September 3rd, 2014
Democrats are using the tragic shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri earlier this month to mobilize black voters ahead of the midterm elections.
It could impact the races in Georgia, North Carolina, Louisiana, and Arkansas, where black voters represent a significant part of the electorate. African-Americans represent thirty percent of eligible voters in Louisiana and Georgia alone.
The New York Times’ Jonathan Martin indicated that African-Americans “played a pivotal role” in 1998 elections. Yet, trying to drive up voter turnout will be tricky since the states that will determine if Democrats keep the Senate are in the south, where Obama is deeply unpopular (via NYT):
With their Senate majority imperiled, Democrats are trying to mobilize African-Americans outraged by the shooting in Ferguson, Mo., to help them retain control of at least one chamber of Congress for President Obama’s final two years in office.
In black churches and on black talk radio, African-American civic leaders have begun invoking the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, along with conservative calls to impeach Mr. Obama, as they urge black voters to channel their anger by voting Democratic in the midterm elections, in which minority turnout is typically lower.
“Ferguson has made it crystal clear to the African-American community and others that we’ve got to go to the polls,” said Representative John Lewis, Democrat of Georgia and a civil-rights leader. “You participate and vote, and you can have some control over what happens to your child and your country.”
The push is an attempt to counter Republicans’ many advantages in this year’s races, including polls that show Republican voters are much more engaged in the elections at this point — an important predictor of turnout.
The terrain is tricky [for Democrats]......Continue Reading
September 2nd, 2014
By Barry Secrest
More and more we are learning that the paranormal or spiritual world can --and often does-- play a singular role in some unusual deaths, especially when such deaths come from a series of repetitive circumstances.
Tragic death, it would seem, often desires ongoing company, which brings us to a story from Wisconsin which was so compelling that an actual documentary was made of it.
The movie will be aired initially in the local community of Lacrosse in order to answer apparent concerns that have been growing in the town which is located in Wisconsin.
We should expect to see more stories, similar to this, surfacing in the months to come.
The following is the story from the Lacrosse Tribune.
A movie airing Saturday at the Onalaska Omni Center explores whether a paranormal phenomenon is responsible for a string of river drownings in La Crosse.
Ten young men have drowned in La Crosse rivers since 1997. All had alcohol levels at least twice the legal limit for driving.
Wisconsin Paranormal Investigators investigated a possible paranormal cause of their deaths.
The association explored a theory involving the 1870 sinking of the steamboat War Eagle, which killed seven people, including a college-age woman, Mary Ulrich. One theory is that the ghost of this young woman is still crying for help in the river and the young men are able to hear her cries and go into the river in an attempt to save her, according to Hidden Truth Productions.
The paranormal investigators twice conducted investigations on the river from a boat anchored over the wreckage of the War Eagle.
“This type of paranormal investigation is very rare and may even have been the first of its kind,” according to the production company.
The documentary finds similarities with river deaths in Chicago and speaks with elders in the Native American community to learn their opinions of these deaths.
The film was originally pre-screened at Chicago’s Paranormal Ghost Conference in October 2012.
Producers and investigators will take audience questions after the showings.
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September 2nd, 2014
by PAUL JOSEPH WATSON
Nobel Peace Prize nominee and fierce Obama critic Jim Garrow claims he was set up in retaliation for criticizing the President after an illegal gun was planted at his home, leading to Garrow’s subsequent arrest.
Garrow, the founder of The Pink Pagoda Girls, an organization dedicated to rescuing baby girls from “gendercide” in China, appeared on the Alex Jones Show last year to warn that he was told by a top military veteran that the Obama administration’s “litmus test” for new military leaders is whether or not they will obey an order to fire on U.S. citizens.
Garrow subsequently went on to claim that he had been a covert CIA agent but was fired by the Obama administration for speaking out.
On Sunday August 24, Garrow was arrested at his home in Ontario, Canada in an incident he asserts was a “set up” in retribution for his public statements against the Obama administration.
“When I arrived home from the Infiltration Tour I unloaded my camper trailer and discovered a pistol in a Ruger bag with ammunition and a gun lock,” Garrow told Agenda 21 Radio. “I called my son in law Chris Neilsen who is a cop and he came over and had a look at it. He told me that it is a restricted weapon like one he had to turn in. I asked what they are worth on the black market and he told me an amount that floored me. He didn’t ask me where it came from oddly enough. My wife and I went for a ride on our Goldwing and when we got back the cops arrived and arrested me. They took my passport and kept me in jail for 5 hours. I have 4 charges against me. This was all a set up.”
Garrow went on to reveal that he has been restricted to staying in his Province and cannot continue his speaking tour, while expressing anger towards his son in law who turned him in to the police.
“Valerie and Bathhouse Barry must have had a great laugh today,” wrote Garrow in reference to Barack Obama and Valerie Jarrett, who is a senior advisor to the President.
Garrow revealed last year that he had, “been informed by a former senior military leader that Obama is using a new “litmus test” in determining who will stay and who must go in his military leaders.”
“The new litmus test of leadership in the military is if they will fire on US citizens or not. Those who will not are being removed,” Garrow wrote on his Facebook page, later following up the post by adding the man who told him is, “one of America’s foremost military heroes,” whose goal in divulging the information was to “sound the alarm.”
Garrow has been personally involved in “helping rescue more than 36,000 Chinese baby girls from death” as part of the work he does with The Pink Pagoda Girls.....
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September 2nd, 2014
By AARON KLEIN
A newly released research paper from the West Point counterterrorism center cites U.S. weapons being sent to Syrian rebels that now may be in the hands of ISIS.
The West Point paper, released in the August edition of the academy’s CTC Sentinel magazine, is entitled, “ISIL’s Political-Military Power.”
ISIL, or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, is now known as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS.
The West Point paper relates that field reports show ISIS utilized “recoilless rifles, shoulder-fired anti-tank weapons, and, less frequently, guided anti-tank missiles.”
A footnote in the report explains how ISIS likely obtained those weapons. It cites a March 8, 2014, posting entitled, “ISIS Deploys Croatian Weapons Against The Iraqi Army,” from the Brown Moses Blog.
According to that blog post, Saudi Arabia in early 2013 “began smuggling weapons it had purchased from the Croatian government through Jordan to the south of Syria, to forces loyal to the Free Syrian Army.”
The blog noted videos surfaced on the Internet in March 2013 of some of those weapons being brandished by jihadist organizations, including the al-Qaida-linked Ahrar al-Sham.
Meanwhile, the West Point paper documented numerous Syrian rebel extremist groups have joined ISIS.
Many of those groups were reportedly aided by Arab countries to fight in Syria.
Asks the West Point paper: “What makes ISIL more appealing to foreign fighters than other jihadist groups? Is it because ISIL is more welcoming of foreign fighters, or is it because other groups prefer to rely on Syrian fighters rather than foreigners? It is also possible that a new wave of foreign fighters will be attracted to ISIL’s unbounded enthusiasm and seemingly unstoppable ‘victories.’”
Lost in the report is the alleged U.S. involvement in arming Syrian rebels now reportedly joining ISIS.
According to the New York Times, the CIA started helping Arab governments and Turkey in obtaining and shipping weapons to the rebels fighting the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
The Times reported on March 25, 2013, that this covert aid to the Syrian rebels started in early 2012.
The Times reported U.S. intelligence officers aided Arab governments obtaining weapons “including a large procurement from Croatia.”
The Times reported in its March 2013 article the weapons airlifts to Syria began on a small scale and continued intermittently through the fall of 2012, expanding into a steady and much heavier flow later that year.
The Times reported that from offices at “secret locations,” American intelligence officers “helped the Arab governments shop for weapons . . . and have vetted rebel commaders.....
September 1st, 2014
The Russian president is reported to have boasted his forces could sweep into Kiev in a fortnight if he wanted to as Nato announced it would build a new “spearhead” rapid reaction force
By Ben Farmer, Defence Correspondent, in Brussels and Nick Squires in Rome
Vladimir Putin has boasted to European leaders that his forces could sweep into Kiev in two weeks if he wanted.
The Russian president reportedly made the threat to the European Commission president during talks on the Ukraine crisis.
Mr Putin told Jose Manuel Barroso: “If I want to, I can take Kiev in two weeks,” Italy’s La Repubblica newspaper reported, implying this could be the result if the EU stepped up sanctions against Russia.
His comments, relayed by Mr Barroso to colleagues at last weekend’s EU summit, emerged as Nato announced it would build a new “spearhead” rapid reaction force of up to 4,000 troops that can be flown into eastern Europe in 48 hours to respond to possible Russian aggression.
The EU’s new head of foreign policy, Federica Mogherini, also warned there was no military solution to what is now Europe’s biggest crisis in decades.
Anders Fogh Rasmussen, secretary general of the alliance, said Nato faced multiple crises on its southern and eastern borders that could erupt at any time.
Leaders of the alliance’s 28 members are expected to agree to the new force at this week’s Nato summit in Wales, and it is likely to include British troops.
The spearhead force is part of a package of measures to sharpen up the alliance as it faces crises in Iraq andUkraine.
A senior Nato official said allies would take turns to command the spearhead and many of the arrangements would be in place by the end of the year. Troops would be based in their home countries and come together when necessary.
The summit will agree to stockpile supplies in eastern Europe so that equipment and ammunition are waiting for the force when it arrives.
The alliance will also boost the number of exercises in the area, so that troops are constantly cycling through it. Mr Rasmussen said the new spearhead force would “travel light and strike hard if needed”.