February 16th, 2015
Conservative Refocus has been continually tracking both train derailments and plant explosions which seem to be occurring with alarming regularity, in both the US and Canada.
By Ryan Parker
A train derailment Monday afternoon in West Virginia caused multiple explosions and a massive fire, and the CSX-owned train is leaking crude oil into the Kanawha River, officials said.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin declared a state of emergency about 6 p.m. Eastern time.
Nearly three hours after that declaration, the fire was still burning, and 1,000 people had been evacuated, according to Lawrence Messina, the state's public safety spokesman.
At least one home near the derailment in Fayette County caught fire and was destroyed, Messina said.
The derailment happened about 1:20 p.m. Eastern time as the 109-car train carrying Bakken crude oil was going from North Dakota to Yorktown, Va., Messina said. As many as 15 train cars were involved in the derailment and fire, he said.
“State officials are on site and will continue to work with local and federal officials, as well as CSX representatives, throughout the incident," Tomblin said in a statement. Crude oil from at least one of the rail cars is leaking into the Kanawha River, Messina said.
CSX said one person was treated for potential smoke inhalation and that no other injuries were reported.
"We expect that approximately 2,000 customers in the Montgomery area will lose their water service within a few hours if the plant remains shut down," the company said on Facebook.
The plant will not be reopened until it is confirmed the water is safe, it said.
CSX said it was working with the American Red Cross and other organizations to address the needs of evacuees.
Some of the tanker cars exploded, and oil on a portion of the river caught fire after the derailment, according to the office of Kanawha County Emergency Management & Floodplain Management, which was assisting in the response.
Kanawha County is downriver from Fayette County, which is about 60 miles southeast of Charleston.
Heavy snow was falling in the area, but Messina said it was unclear if that would help extinguish the fire.
The cause of the derailment is under investigation, according to CSX.
February 16th, 2015
A UT-Arlington Muslim student who claimed she was threatened at gunpoint on campus this week admitted Friday that she’d lied, a university spokeswoman said.
The student told police she hadn’t even been at the school the day she said the incident occurred.
UT-Arlington had been investigating the complaint with Arlington, Denton and University of North Texas police, school spokeswoman Kristin Sullivan said.
Officials have not released the student’s name, and it was unclear Friday night whether she would be charged with filing a false police report.
The student could not be reached for comment.
University President Vistasp M. Karbhari said in a written statement that he appreciated the police efforts in the case.
“We take these issues very seriously,” he said. “The safety and security of all UT Arlington students, faculty and staff is our utmost concern.”
The university had issued an alert Friday that the student told police she had been followed six miles by a man in a pickup before she reached the campus. She had reported that when she parked at the university, the man threatened her and pointed a gun at her before he left.
The student also posted on social media that the man might have targeted her because she is Muslim. In a Facebook post, she referred to the killings of three Muslim students this week in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Chapel Hill police say a long-running parking dispute between neighbors motivated 46-year-old Craig Stephen Hicks to kill Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23; his wife, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21; and her sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, at a condominium complex near the University of North Carolina campus.
A Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization has asked authorities to address speculation about possible religious bias in the Chapel Hill slayings.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Update at 4:23 p.m. by Julie Fancher: The student who reported being threatened at gunpoint by an unknown suspect on campus earlier this week admitted to police Friday that the incident did not happen, a UT Arlington spokesperson said.
University spokeswoman Kristin Sullivan said in a follow up interview with police, the student told police she had not been on campus that day and the confrontation did not happen.
UT Arlington police had been investigating the complaint along with the Arlington, Denton and University of North Texas police departments.
Original post by Mallory McDonald: A UT Arlington student reported being threatened at gunpoint by an unknown suspect on campus Wednesday morning.
The Muslim student told police she was followed by the man for six miles before reaching campus. The man who followed her was driving a white Ford pickup with a Texas flag on the antenna.
When the student parked her car about 9:15 a.m. in Lot 49 at South Cooper and West Mitchell streets, she said, the suspect got out of his truck, yelled a threat and pointed a gun at her. Afterward, the man left the scene.
The suspect was described as a white man in his mid-30s wearing a camouflage baseball cap, a short-sleeve blue shirt and bluejeans. He also wore a black bracelet and a wooden bead bracelet on one wrist.
The investigation is ongoing, and police are increasing patrols on campus.
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February 16th, 2015
Whenever the subject of presidential monuments comes up in the modern day, we know already where it's leading, and most other people tend to as well.
Obama, as the most socially & racially divisive, anti-constitutionalist President in modern history, should in no way be added to Rushmore.
...But, they will try
~ Refocus Notes
Mount Rushmore, the mountain in South Dakota chiseled with the giant likenesses of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt, is perhaps America's most iconic symbol of the presidency.
But the thought of adding any of the more recent presidents to the sculpture leaves most Americans cold.
The survey of 800 Adults was conducted on February 13-14, 2015 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.
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February 15th, 2015
By Barry Secrest
"The invasion, evidently, has begun," says Michael Gergen, in his article titled "An Invasion of Artificial Outrage," even while affectionally grasping and stumbling along with his cumbersome liberty-snatching pod.
No, Michael Gerson, the invasion of America has, in fact, been ongoing for some time now.
It's real-time forced "Climate Change" that is occurring all across America, and yet it has nothing to do with global warming, but everything to do with both a cultural and wealth dilution, of traditional America.
The funny thing is simply that the establishment GOP, including folks like Gerson, have been infiltrated by closeted Leftists and then politically geo-relocated, rather cleverly at least at first, to fill the vacuum left behind by the virtually extinct old-school Democrat party.
It reminds us of the old movie, "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" where undocumented aliens arrive from another world, in the form of seeds.
These aliens, thinking to re-establish themselves under the vague auspices of peace and prosperity for mankind, do so by sucking out the essence of each human and replacing that human with an organically grown alien.
This, while simultaneously appearing as the old human it's replacing, but with a completely new mind and body, grown from a nearby alien pod.
In essence, this is what the establishment GOP is trying to accomplish with the Conservative base of the GOP, if not America as a whole, and it's a stolen idea from none other than Obama himself, under the imperative of "Change We can Believe in."
Now, the new Socialist-Democrat Party, which is populating Obama's "transformational" political and social agenda, is filled with Neo-Liberals and militant Progressives, each having an axe (or sickle) to grind, against the successful, if not, traditional America of old.
All of this, even as many establishment Republicans, rather vacuously now, move themselves into these new voids, thinking to re-occupy and claim their newly carved-out "reform Conservatism" positions.
What the establishment GOP doesn't understand is the fact that this should be viewed as a game of political whack-a-mole, by the now modern and re-educated (but still Conservative) American voter. The electorate, as we learned in the last election, will not easily allow these force-vacated pod-holes, if you will, to be re-occupied.
Gerson continues--“What’s not acceptable,” Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) explained recently, “is people that want to come and conquer us.”
"Yes, the conquest of the United States: pretty unacceptable. “That’s not immigration, by the way,” he continued, “that’s colonization.” Ditto on being colonized, as the British learned to their chagrin. “If they want to come here and they want to set up their own culture and values, that’s not immigration; that’s really invasion — if you’re honest about it.”
Here, Gerson sets up the foundation of his rather obtuse argument in trying to, somehow, convince us that what is now actually happening in America, isn't happening at all.
To paraphrase Charles Dickens, Gerson wishes us to think that our borderless quandary is "just an undigested bit of beef, a blot of mustard, a fragment of underdone potato, there's more of gravy about this than [America's] grave," when nothing could be further from the truth.
Under Obama, America has finally found its lost decade, and the establishment Republican party of the last four years is at least gestational, with regard to overall culpability.
""By all means, let’s lay all the cards on the table. Jindal is talking about a Muslim fifth column, intent on establishing sharia law in unassimilated enclaves and eventually subverting the Constitution and conquering the country. A pretty serious charge against some portion of the several thousand Muslims living in Louisiana, for instance."
Here, Gerson tries to lambast Jindal for accurately describing what is happening in America across the entire fruited plain. Gerson sees no problem and, therefore, rejects Jindal's argument out of hand.
However, we've all grown increasingly aware of the radicalized menace growing like kudzu in various enclaves across America. Moreover, these Islamic refugees are, by virtue of the Quran, taught not to intermingle with the infidel culture of America. This is how pockets of Sharia law are being established and allowed to proliferate against the prevailing culture of the rule of law and the US Constitution.
Thus, we have a both growing and interdependent refugee population which simply cannot be assimilated into the culture and population of America--a thing that Gerson somehow refuses or wishes not to see--which we must then also financially support because many of these are ill-educated and have little to offer, beyond spewing welfare-ready offspring about like confetti on a blustery day.
Gerson's Sterling Record of Being Wrong
Indeed, Gerson, who rarely if ever gets anything right, is doubling down on his historical record of inaccurately or ignorantly understanding what is happening to both the population and cultural demographics of the powerhouse that was our (now-declining ) America of old.....
February 15th, 2015
You already know, so we'll just leave it at that~ Refocus Notes
Times of San Diego
In a stroke of Friday the 13th bad luck, Fox 5 San Diego briefly portrayed President Obama as a sex-assault suspect on its 10 o’clock news.
At 10:04 p.m., viewers heard anchor Kathleen Bade say: “The only suspect in a sex assault at SDSU will not be charged.” At the same time, a picture of Obama appeared with the legend “NO CHARGES.”
The Obama shot lasted about 5 seconds, but it was noticed immediately in the newsroom, said Mike Wille, an assignment editor.
“Yeah, there was an accident when they had an over-the-shoulder” display, Wille told Times of San Diego. “It wasn’t on purpose.”