Iowa: Random cars to be selected in traffic checkpoint Friday

Illegal check points

Illegal checkpoints continue to spread across the nation

KCCI
Oct. 3, 2013

The Central Iowa Traffic Safety Task Force is planning a traffic safety checkpoint in western Polk County on Friday night.

Authorities said vehicles will be systematically chosen by officers to enter the checkpoint. For example, it may be decided that every fifth vehicle will be directed to a station within the checkpoint.

Authorities said that once stopped, drivers can expect a brief visual verification that turn signals, brake lights, and headlights are functioning properly and that current licensing, registration and insurance documentation check.

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Iowa Democrat prayer: Thank God for abortionists!

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Hey, this could be progressAbout time last year, the Democratic National Convention booed when the platform committee tried to backtrack and add a mention of God that had been earlier removed.  In Iowa, at least Democrats have gone back to openly praying, but perhaps they should be hoping that God isn’t listening:

They made the unusual decision, for Democrats, to begin the event with a prayer. This was likely in response to a prayer vigil being conducted by pro-life activists at the same time nearby.

Des Moines activist Midge Slater took the podium and spent five and a half minutes thanking God for abortion rights, abortion doctors and taxpayer funding for abortions. She also referred to the decision to have an abortion as “a blessing”.

During the entire prayer, State Senator Jack Hatch and Rep. Tyler Olson, both of whom are running for governor, kept their heads bowed and eyes closed, joining in the group prayer.

The Iowa Republican transcribed a bit of the prayer, which goes on for quite a while:

“We give thanks, oh Lord, for the doctors, both current and future, who provide quality abortion care.”

“We pray for increased financial support for low-income women to access contraception, abortion and childcare.”

“Today, we pray for women in developing nations, that they may know the power of self-determination. May they have access to employment, education, birth control and abortion.”

“Today we pray for the families who have chosen. May they know the blessing of choice.”

Here’s my favorite part, very obviously aimed at the pro-life demonstrators:

“We pray for women who have been made afraid by their paternalistic religion.”

Afraid? For feminists, they don’t seem to have much faith in women to decide for themselves whether to live as Christians and follow its tenets without fear forcing them into it. However, based on this prayer for blessings on abortions and the demand to spread it worldwide, I’d guess that they’re less interested in faith than they are in their own political agendas anyway.

Record-Breaking Midwest Heat Continues

(Weather.com) – Scorching hot temperatures have made a comeback in the central states.

A dome of high pressure in the upper-levels of the atmosphere will continue to dominate the nation’s midsection over the next several days. Sunny skies, sinking air, and gusty southerly surface winds will send temperatures rocketing well into the 90s and even low 100s over a large swath of the Plains and Upper Midwest.  

Let’s break down some of the notable heat details.

How Hot Will it Get?

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As our forecast high temperature maps show at right, the heat will be oppressive and even potentially dangerous. Be sure to stay hydrated and limit your time in the heat, if at all possible.

The broiling heat began Saturday in parts of the Plains, where highs included 102 in Pierre, S.D., and 100 in McCook, Neb.

Minneapolis, and St. Cloud, Minn., both broke their record highs on Sunday as the mercury peaked at 96 and 94 degrees respectively. Duluth, Minn., another Minnesota hotspot, was only one degree from tying its daily record of 94.  Monday brought a repeat record performance to the Twin Cities with a high of 97.

Monday was once more a day for record-breaking heat in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. The temperature at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport topped out at 97 degrees, shattering the old record of 94, set in 1948.  

Heat advisories continue for a large part of the Upper Midwest, and the Twin Cities have been included in an excessive heat warning that’s in effect until Tuesday night.  

Background

From Milwaukee and Chicago to St. Louis, Kansas City and Rapid City, S.D., we expect much of the Midwest to roast in the 90s to near 100 degrees on Tuesday. Record high temperatures are possible in Des Moines, Iowa, Chicago, Ill. and La Crosse, Wis.

A cold front may knock temperatures down a few degrees in the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes by Wednesday, however temperatures will remain above average through the end of the week.

From the central Plains to the Middle Mississippi Valley, highs in the middle 90s to low 100s will continue through the end of the week.

Hot temperatures may be welcomed news for those interested in hitting the pool or boating on the Great Lakes. That said, the hot and dry conditions are not good news for areas wrestling with persistent drought.

While a swath from Oklahoma to South Dakota has seen some drought relief this summer, parts of Iowa and northern Missouri have dried out significantly, according to the latest Drought Monitor analysis.

Kansas City’s rainfall deficit since June 1 is over 5 inches, while Des Moines, Iowa has yet to pick up an inch of rain this month. With just over 5 inches in the bucket since June 1, Iowa’s capital is over 7 inches below its average summer rainfall to date.

Severe Storms Target East Coast Friday

A cold front will head through the East Coast on Friday with a threat of scattered severe storms.

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Published: Apr 19, 2013, 8:38 AM EDT weather.com

Friday’s Forecast

Localized damaging wind gusts are the main concern from the southern Mid-Atlantic to the central/eastern Carolinas, however we cannot rule out an isolated tornado. The cold front responsible for the storms will then push off the East Coast Friday night, allowing the weekend ahead to be mostly free of severe weather.

In addition to severe thunderstorms, heavy rain from this same storm system has caused significant flooding in the Midwest. The Chicago metro area was hit hard by major flash flooding on Thursday morning.

Major flooding is either ongoing or is forecast to occur at many river gauge locations along the Mississippi River in Iowa, Illinois and Missouri. Several river gauge locations in northern Illinois, southern Wisconsin and Lower Michigan are also forecast to see major flooding.

Altogether, 46 river/stream gauge locations were in major flooding as of early Friday morning in parts of Missouri, Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan.

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