Archive for February, 2010


1 killed in whale attack at SeaWorld’s Shamu Stadium

By Bianca Prieto and Amy L. Edwards, Orlando Sentinel

3:57 PM EST, February 24, 2010

A SeaWorld employee died this afternoon during an incident at SeaWorld’s Shamu Stadium, an Orange County Sheriff’s Office official confirmed.

SeaWorld, rescue personnel and the Sheriff’s Office are not revealing the identity of the victim, although a local TV station is reporting that a female employee was killed after she was grabbed by one of the theme park’s whales at the start of a public show.

Park guest Victoria Biniak told Local 6 that the trainer was a veteran of SeaWorld and had just finished explaining to the audience the show they were about to see.

At that point, Biniak said, the whale came up from the water and grabbed the woman.

“He was thrashing her around pretty good. It was violent,'” Biniak told Local 6.

The whale “took off really fast in the tank, and then he came back, shot up in the air, grabbed the trainer by the waist and started thrashing around, and one of her shoes flew off.”

She said sirens went off and everyone was forced to leave the stadium.

Guests were evacuated from the area, and the whale show was cancelled. The park is not shut down.

Orange County Fire Rescue personnel arrived on scene within five minutes of receiving a 911 call for an unknown medical condition just prior to 2 p.m., a spokesman said. The woman was dead when rescue officials arrived.

The Sheriff’s Office is on the scene.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration dispatched an investigator from Tampa to investigate, an OSHA spokesman said.

Local 6 is reporting that the whale involved in the incident is named Tillikum, and that whale has been involved in at least one other incident at the park.

Tillikum, nicknamed “Tilly,” has a controversial past. The large whale was blamed for the drowning of one of his trainers in 1991 while he was performing at Sealand of the Pacific in British Columbia.

Sold to SeaWorld as a stud in 1992, the whale was involved in a second incident when authorities discovered the body of a naked homeless man lying across his back in July 1999.

Authorities later concluded the man, who had either snuck into SeaWorld after hours or hidden in the park until it closed, most likely drowned after suffering hypothermia in the 55-degree water.

But they also said it appeared Tillikum had bit the man and tore of his swimming trunks, likely believing he was a toy to play with.

SeaWorld has had incidents with its killer whales in the past. In 2005, a trainer was injured by what park officials called an “overly excited” whale that bumped the trainer during a live performance. The injuries were minor.

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Meet the girl who live-tweeted her abortion

I think most of you know my stance on abortion… I am very much pro-life and outspoken about it… so that being said this story broke my heart. Here is an interview with this young lady by my friend Bryan Kemper:



Text FOLLOW WARFAREWORSHIP to 40404 for updates on our new CD release, info on how to get our new shirts, and where to see us live!


My life over the next few months…

I’m looking ahead at my schedule (both personal and business) and I’ll be slightly busy…

1. Warfare’s CD drops March 23. That means all the recording and package designing and everything has to be to the printer by March 5… getting pretty anxious about that! March 23 it should be on iTunes and Amazon for all you downloaders out there!

2. Warfare’s shirts have to be here by March 24 because we leave for Sonfest the next day. 1500 shirts (500 of 3 different designs). I have 2 of the designs done… the last one is stressing me!

3. Sonfest and Passing The Torch are coming up… these are 2 HUGE events that I’ll be  helping to run  Warfare’s media for and all of the Warfare gear will be sold it. It will really be weird seeing shirts I designed being worn around both these events (I hope T.L. Lowery picks up the Jezebel one)

4. City Church is still going to launch May 9! We will start as a house church until we find a building we like that we can afford. The one we love is $8,000 a month (it’s on broughton street) but that’s a little out of our budget right now… so we are still looking

5. The Lake Church’s new building is slated to open May 16. This means although my last Sunday will be May 2 (cause I’ll be switching to City Church) I’ll be back May 16 because I promised to help them run their first service in their new building.

6. Websites. A handful of them (including Lake Church and City Church). I’m using a outdated software on a slow PC to design them and a super-old iMac to code them and upload them to our server… so it’s a painful process but it’s slowly getting done!

7. Invisible Children returns on March 21. If you haven’t heard that then you must live in a cave because I have been super annoying about getting the word out about it… but yeah I really want a full house for them so that’s been consuming a lot of my free time. As you can see the week of March 21 is busy… Invisible Children on the 21st, Warfare CD drops the 23rd, Sonfest the 25th-28th

8. Wilderness Outcry is in June and that’s something I don’t have a whole lot of details on except they expect 700.000 people there and Warfare is performing and we’ll have a merch table there.

9. Oh and last but not least today is my 7 month anniversary with Amber so we are celebrating by going to IHOP for National Pancake Day! How romantic, huh?


Young adults ‘less religious,’ not necessarily ‘more secular’

Young adults ‘less religious,’ not necessarily ‘more secular’

By Cathy Lynn Grossman, USA TODAY
Young adults today are less church-connected than prior generations were when they were in their 20s. But a new study finds they’re just about as spiritual as their parents and grandparents were at those ages.

Members of today’s Millennial generation, ages 18 to 29, are as likely to pray and believe in God as their elders were when they were young, says the report from Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.

“They may be less religious, but they’re not necessarily more secular” than the Generation Xers or Baby Boomers who preceded them, says Alan Cooperman, associate director of research.

The study, “Religion in the Millennial Generation,” draws primarily on data from the 2008 Pew Religious Landscape Survey of 35,000 people and on the General Social Survey by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, which has measured aspects of religious affiliation and religiosity for decades.

Millennials are significantly more likely than young adults in earlier generations to say they don’t identify with any religious group. Among Millennials, 26% cite no religious identity, compared with 20% for most members of Generation X (born 1965-1980) at the same ages, and 13% for most Baby Boomers (born 1946-1964) at those ages.

Worship attendance is sliding steadily, too: 18% of Millennials say they attend worship nearly every week or more often, vs. 21% of Gen Xers when they were in their 20s and 26% of Boomers at those ages.

Neither are Millennials any more likely than earlier generations to turn toward a faith affiliation as they grow older.

“Where people start is where they end up, or if they move, it’s away from religious ties, but they tend not to move on beliefs,” Cooperman says.

Yet “by several important measures, Millennials often look a lot like their elders now and earlier generations when they were young,” says Pew senior researcher Greg Smith.

Among Millennials:

•40% say religion is very important in their lives, similar to 39% of Boomers at the same ages.

•41% report praying daily, like 42% of Gen Xers as young adults.

•53% are “certain God exists;” 55% of Gen Xers were certain at the same ages.

It’s too soon to tell what Millennials will say when they’re older. However, the study finds that as people age, they are more likely to say religion is very important in their lives, and they pray more frequently.

In the late 1970s, when most Boomers were in their 20s or early 30s, 39% said religion was very important in their lives. Thirty years later, 60% of Boomers say so.

In the early 1980s, 47% of Baby Boomers who were young adults at the time said they prayed daily. But 25 years later 62% of this same group say they pray daily.

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Picture of the diaper Pastor Brandon will wear if 50 people come to ONE80 tonight


Are you listed on is a hilarious website I just stumbled upon. Here is a quote from their website:

Hey, do you have a Twitter account? Have you ever noticed those messages in which people tell you where they are? Pretty annoying, eh. Well, they’re actually also potentially pretty dangerous. We’re about to tell you why.

Don’t get us wrong, we love the whole location-aware thing. The information is very interesting and can be used to create some pretty awesome applications. However, the way in which people are stimulated to participate in sharing this information, is less awesome. Services like Foresquare allow you to fulfill some primeval urge to colonize the planet. A part of that is letting everyone know you own that specific spot. You get to tell where you are and if you’re there first, it’s yours. O, and of course there’s badges..

The danger is publicly telling people where you are. This is because it leaves one place you’re definitely not… home. So here we are; on one end we’re leaving lights on when we’re going on a holiday, and on the other we’re telling everybody on the internet we’re not home. It gets even worse if you have “friends” who want to colonize your house. That means they have to enter your address, to tell everyone where they are. Your address.. on the internet.. Now you know what to do when people reach for their phone as soon as they enter your home. That’s right, slap them across the face.

The goal of this website is to raise some awareness on this issue and have people think about how they use services like Foursquare, Brightkite, Google Buzz etc.

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