R.I.P. Jake Brewer: Cyclist, White House Staffer, Husband of Mary Katharine Ham, Dies on Charity Ride After Collision with Car

editor-commen-deskOur heart goes out to the family of Jake Brewer, this is very sad news…

Martin Weil reports: A White House staff member was killed Saturday in Howard County while taking part in a bicycle ride to raise money to combat cancer.jake-brewer

Police said Jacob Thomas Brewer, 34, of Alexandria, died in the Mount Airy area about 3:40 p.m. when his bicycle went out of control at a sharp curve on Old Frederick Road. It crossed the double yellow line and collided with an oncoming vehicle, police said.

The Web site for the Ride to Conquer Cancer reported “a fatal accident involving” a participant in the two-day, 150-mile ride, which began Saturday in the District. The Web site had warned that roads would be open to traffic….(more)

At Hot Air, Ed Morrissey writes:

It is with great shock and sadness that we offer our condolences and prayers to the family of Jake Brewer, the husband of Mary Katharine Ham, and the father of Georgia and a child on the way, as well as his colleagues and friends at the White House and Change.org. Jake died as a result of an accident while participating in the Ride to Conquer Cancer bicycle rally and fundraiser. He gave his life while trying to help others, a quality that Jake’s friends say is defining about him. Jake passed away yesterday at 34 years of age.

Mary Katharine published this statement on Instagram, along with a picture of their growing family:

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Nothing we can add would be adequate to the profound loss and sorrow which Mary Katharine, their families and their friends are suffering at the moment. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of them, and we’d ask our readers to join us….(more here)

At TheHillTimothy Cama has this:

“Simply put, Jake was one of the best,” Obama said in a Sunday statement.bo-mic

“Armed with a brilliant mind, a big heart, and an insatiable desire to give back, Jake devoted his life to empowering people and making government work better for them. He worked to give citizens a louder voice in our society. He engaged our striving immigrants. He pushed for more transparency in our democracy. And he sought to expand opportunity for all.”

Obama said he was “heartbroken” by Brewer’s death….(read more)

(continued from the Washington Post)…Brewer’s mother said he was in the fundraising ride because of a close friend who was a cancer patient. He “lived life large and tended to live life for other people,” Lori Brewer Collins said. Read the rest of this entry »


[PHOTO] When Lockheed Fired Its Death Laser at a Pickup Truck, This Happened

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Lockheed-Martin‘s prototype laser weapon is called the Advanced Test High Energy Asset, or ATHENA, and this is what it can do. The 30-kilowatt laser fired at this pickup truck from more than a mile away during a recent test.

This was the first full field test of the weapon. Lockheed says the poor pickup was mounted on a platform with its engine running to simulate real-world conditions.

Laser weapons—once pure fantasy, and then a pie-in-the-sky tech that couldn’t perform in the real world—are coming into their own. The U.S. Navy is testing its own 30-kw death laser at sea. Enemy boats, beware the red dot.

Source: Motherboard