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Crane Inflicts New Damage at National Cathedral

Posted on Sep 7, 2011
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A crane being used in repairing earthquake damage to the main tower of the Washington National Cathedral toppled Wednesday, damaging two adjacent buildings at the historic place of worship.

The accident happened just as workers were putting the final touches on initial earthquake repairs, a project they had hoped to finish before services planned this weekend to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The extent of the damage is not yet clear, and cathedral officials could not say whether the memorial services, which President Barack Obama had planned to attend, will be forced to find a new venue. —BF

The Associated Press:

A spokeswoman for the cathedral told AFP that the crane fell over at around 10:55 am, crashing into two adjacent buildings: the church house, which is the headquarters of the Episcopal diocese, and the cathedral’s Herb Cottage, a popular gift shop on the church grounds.

There were no injuries in the accident, church officials said, and church officials could not provide an immediate estimate of the cost of the damage.

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By PatrickHenry, October 27, 2011 at 3:05 pm Link to this comment


This thing was built before there were sales taxes.

They simply need to get a tax exempt certificate from D.C. (happens all the time} and all materials that are used in its construction are tax exempt.

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By karl, October 27, 2011 at 11:45 am Link to this comment
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@Ralph Kramden - The “National” Cathedral was built and is owned by the Episcopal Church of America, not by the US government. It was built with private funds and donations. You are not wrong that the church is not taxed, but the people who made the money to donate were taxed (99% of them anyway), the materials and labor to build it were taxed, and the substantial amount of money that the tourists to this sight spend is taxed. Besides, one cannot stand in front of a structure like this and ask for explanation of it’s existence. it is a monument to the glory of the higher powers of this world.

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By Ralph Kramden, September 10, 2011 at 7:44 pm Link to this comment
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Well, another made-in-the-USA myth exposed. We are a secular country, are we? And we have a national cathedral? Explain. We subsidize religion by allowing them not to pay taxes. That is not an entitlement, as our Republican friends call it? If that is not an entitlement or a subsidy, please lower my income tax to zero. I will worship my financial well-being. The Immaculate Church of My Financial Well-Being.

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By raja1031, September 10, 2011 at 2:12 pm Link to this comment
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Knock the thing down.  We need a national cathedral like the Kremlin needs a monument to Ronald Reagan.  Replace it with a Museum of the Enlightenment.  The project will create jobs that last for decades.

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By christian96, September 9, 2011 at 3:48 pm Link to this comment

The damage to the Cathedral can’t compare to the
damage inflicted by Pat Robertson and his son,
Gordan, on the SO-CALLED Christian television program, The 700 Club. I didn’t have the opportunity to watch Monday’s Labor Day program so I recorded
it.  Since Pat is a Republician businessman I wanted
to see if he would honor working people on Labor
Day.  I watched the Labor Day hour long program this
afternoon(Sept. 9th). Pat took the day off.  His
son, Gordon, took over the reins.  Not once during
the hour long program did anyone mention Labor Day.
No mention of the working class people in our
country.  However, not five minutes into the program,
Gordon did mention a business contrator, Steve,
who’s income went from $150,000 a year down to
$40,000 a year.  After sending The 700 Club a love
gift of $10,000 things improved financially for
Steve. After the segment about Steve was over Gordon
looked straight into the camera and said, “God can
do the same for you. Put God first in your tithes
and offerings and see what God can do for you.”
He then quoted Isaiah 35: 6,7 as prosperity verses.
They aren’t prosperity verses. They are verses that
describle conditions in the coming Kingdom of God.
Gorden is more deceptive than his father. The old
ladies around the country keep sending in their
money. For some reason Pat nor Gordon never discuss
someone who sent them money but God didn’t make their
life better.  The vortex of deception. Using the
name of God to better one’s self is “taking the name
of God in vain.”  The congress and senate in
Washington is loaded with people who have taken the
name of God in vain to further their political lives.
Pat and Gordon Robertson on The 700 Club talk mainly
about politics and business.  Periodically, they use
the name of God when talking about prosperity or
when praying.  Jesus warned against the Pharisees
who loved to pray before people to look good in their
eyes.  Jesus called them hypocrites.  Bernie Madoff
is in prison for deceiving people but Pat and Gordon
keep raking the money in.  They will face the
judgment of God someday.

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By jane, September 9, 2011 at 12:58 pm Link to this comment
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considering that the ground was saturated by the hurricane, I would say that this
is a case of ‘haste makes waste’. If they had not been in such a hurry to make
things beautiful for the 9/11 anniversary show, this would not have wasted so
much money. When is the US going to learn??

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By berniem, September 8, 2011 at 12:53 pm Link to this comment

I wonder if taxpayer dollars are being spent for this?

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By PatrickHenry, September 8, 2011 at 4:39 am Link to this comment

The was the first use of a brand new 500 ton hydraulic crane owned by Crane services.

A 5 million dollar cranes rents for $40,000 to $50,000 per day and takes dozens of tractor trailors to move the counterweights required.

The ground around the Catherdral has been saturated by days of rain and apparently gave way.

Someones head is going to roll over this.

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