December 7th, 2014
The New American
by Alex Newman
Attacking the United States and fomenting misguided hatred seems to have become the top priority of the “dictators club,” more formally known as the United Nations. Just days ago, a multi-pronged UN assault on U.S. gun rights, local police, national sovereignty, federalism, and more, was unleashed in the wake of the chaos in Ferguson.
Now, as Americans across the political spectrum express outrage and sadness about the tragic death of Eric Garner by a police officer who was not indicted by a grand-jury, UN boss Ban Ki-moon, sensing another opportunity to meddle in U.S. affairs, is again barking commands at the American people as if he were some sort of benevolent global overlord. Hordes of UN “human rights” experts also joined in.
Citing the decision of a grand-jury in New York not to indict the police officer involved in the arrest-related death of Garner, the primary focus of Ban’s latest comments was to make more demands on U.S. authorities. The UN boss urged the United States, for instance, to do “anything possible to respond to demands of greater accountability,” he was quoted in a UN press release. It was not immediately clear what those “public demands” were.
Nor was it immediately clear how Ban and the United Nations determined what the American public was “demanding,” or why a local incident in the United States concerns a dictator-dominated outfit set up under the guise of preserving “international peace.”
“We are obviously aware of what is going on here in our backyard,” said the UN boss’s spokesman, Stéphane Dujarric, during a daily press briefing at UN headquarters, with “our backyard” presumably referring to New York City, where the widely ridiculed “dictators club” is formally based.
According to the secretary-general’s spokesman, Ban’s thoughts “are with the families of Mr. Garner” and with “the people of New York.” Much of the UN press release was focused on stale race-mongering and statements from various overpaid international bureaucrats attacking the United States as an alleged bastion of horrors, injustice, and human-rights abuses along the lines of most of the UN's member states.
“I think the [Garner] case is again focusing on the attention of accountability of law enforcement officials,” continued Ban’s spokesman, adding that the UN chief welcomes the announcement by disgraced Attorney General Eric Holder’s Justice Department to open a civil-rights investigation on Garner’s death.
“I think I would just add that we’ve seen a lot of demonstrations here in New York. [Mr. Ban] would urge the [protestors] to demonstrate peacefully, and for the authorities for the respect of those demonstrators [sic] to do so peacefully.” The UN made similar statements in the wake of the Ferguson grand jury’s decision as well.
The irony and hypocrisy of the UN calling for “accountability” in America is mind boggling. When victims of the dictator-dominated organization’s misnamed “peacekeeping” forces seek accountability for rape, murder, and more, for example, the UN purports to “immune,” even recently arguing in a U.S. court that the global outfit’s “peace” troops could not be held responsible for spreading death in Haiti.
The UN is also openly obsessed with reducing the population of Africans. Even more ironic, perhaps, is that Garner’s death during an arrest for selling illegal tobacco has been widely linked by high-profile politicians and analysts to New York’s draconian cigarette tax and its hyper-zealous enforcement. In a recent meeting at which the public and the press were physically removed, the UN “World Health Organization” again endorsed even more massive tobacco taxes to fund bloated governments....
December 7th, 2014
By Barry Secrest
Conservative icon Rush Limbaugh appeared with Fox News Host Chris Wallace to speak out on the racism rhetoric and violence unfolding in protests across America.
In a question and answer session, Rush stated that the impetus of racism is "ripping America apart."
When asked by Wallace about the current state of race relations in America, Rush stated that the current conversation leaves out the improvements which have taken place. He further stated that the truth is irrelevent to those pushing the racism arguments, especially with regard to President Obama, who is exacerbating the problem.
Wallace then challenged Rush on the "chokehold" used on Eric Garner; in response, Rush stated that he was listening to police chiefs across the nation telling him that the hold evidenced on the video was not a chokehold.
Rush went on to point out the dichotomy between those who seem to want more government and then complain when they get it in the form of more police actions. He also indicated that those who are saying "we need to heal" are the very ones trying to exacerbate the situation.
Chris Wallace later pointed out Rush's criticism of Fox News on the government shutdown; when Rush responded, it's not a government shutdown--"only 17% of the government is shutdown."
He then stated this is not about a government shutdown, but rather it's about Anericans who want Obama to be stopped.
Rush went on to criticize Republicans for being afraid of a government shutdown and soon became irritated when Wallace pointed out recent election exit polls. Rush then criticized the Republican Establishment who, along with the Democrats, also actually detest the mere thought of a government shutdown.
Rush stated "the American people are being let down, here."
Wallace went on to conduct a lightning round of questions on Hillary Clinton and 2016, Obama's being the man-child who took over the country, and Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who Rush doesn't care for as President, and who Rush stated is "running against the base."
Wallace ended the question and answer section on Limbaugh's collection of children's books.
December 7th, 2014
Too little, too late....the Democrat party in tattered ruins [post-Obama], now thinks to show itself in turmoil with Obama, as if it's all on the President.
Unfortunately for them, the American people are all very much aware of the Democrats' fawning worship of Obama, even while leading America down the road to ruin with virtually every single Democrat's support--right up until the very end.
Not to mention the mainstream media's worshipful backing.
The Democrats can run from their legacy as fast as they dare, but they can't hide......~Refocus Notes
WASHINGTON (AP) — It used to be that Democrats would mutter under their breath about President Barack Obama and the White House.
In speeches, negotiations and congressional hearings, several high-profile Democrats are disregarding the White House in ways large and small. The White House has responded with an extraordinary veto threat while Obama has made a round of calls to liberal Democrats urging them to stand up against their own leadership.
Consider that in just a week's time:
—Sen. Harry Reid, the Senate's Democratic leader, was on the verge of cutting a deal with Republicans with a 10-year price tag of more than $400 billion in tax breaks without White House input.
—Sen. Chuck Schumer, a prominent member of the Senate Democratic leadership, raised new doubts about the timing of Obama's 2010 health care law.
—Sen. Robert Menendez, the outgoing chairman of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, began work with Republicans against the Obama administration's wishes on new penalties against Iran.
"There is always going to be some friction between somebody who's never going to run again and a bunch of people who are," said Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. "There's going to be a natural rub there — the president never has to worry about his approval rating again."
Put differently, many senators have served a long time; presidents come and go. With two years left in his two-term presidency, Obama's time is running out.
That doesn't mean Obama necessarily wields a weaker hand. The deal by Reid, D-Nev., to permanently extend certain tax breaks failed after the White House rallied liberals and issued a veto threat. Menendez, D-N.J., has yet to put together a veto-proof majority on his Iran plan.
What's more, Obama also appears to be setting his own postelection path, distinct from Democrats. In remarks to corporate executives Wednesday, Obama expressed his wish to complete trade deals before the end of his presidency and urged Democrats drop their opposition to pending deals with Europe and Pacific Rim countries.
"Don't fight the last war," he said. "Those who oppose these trade deals ironically are accepting a status quo that's more damaging to American workers."
No episode laid bare the competing interests between the White House and senior Democrats more than the move by Reid for a deal on tax breaks and exemptions, and the White House's remarkable veto warning shot.
White House and congressional officials acknowledge that the White House was not in the loop during Reid's talks with House Republicans. Reid's lead negotiator was aide David Krone, who had already angered the White House by publicly blaming the administration for Democratic losses in the November elections.
On Nov. 25, two days before Thanksgiving, the White House learned that the contours of a deal were coming together fast.
Obama was traveling to Chicago to talk about his immigration executive actions. While aboard Air Force One, he called Democratic senators notifying them he was going to make the veto threat. Back in Washington, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and Obama chief of staff Denis McDonough reached out as well.
The White House considered, but then rejected, the idea of having Obama himself announce the threatened veto at the start of his remarks on immigration. But he was already going to address the grand jury verdict in the police shooting case in Ferguson, Missouri.
So shortly after Obama landed and before any deal was announced, the White House rushed out its veto threat in a statement.
Reid's office and Republicans continued to talk over the holiday, but by then it was evident no deal would emerge.
"You learn things all the time," Reid later said. "It's hard to veto something that doesn't exist."
The administration said the deal would not have made permanent expanded provisions in the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit, while making permanent billions of dollars in tax breaks to businesses. But the package did have important Democratic priorities as well, including making the American Opportunity Tax Credit for college-related costs permanent and indexed for inflation.
Democratic congressional aides familiar with Reid's talks suspect the White House did not want the tax breaks extended permanently so it could use the business credits to help negotiate a broader corporate tax overhaul next year.
White House aides deny those motivations. They note Republicans insist on a tax overhaul that is "revenue neutral," one that does not generate more tax money for the government. Making tax breaks permanent now would lower the government's revenue threshold over 10 years, they say, and would give Republicans an advantage in a "revenue neutral" tax negotiation.
In the end, the House passed a simple one-year extension of the tax credits. The Senate could take up the House bill this coming week.
But the disagreement, and how it unfolded, signals potential difficulties ahead. Obama wants to shed his lame-duck status and work with the Republicans who will control Congress, and congressional Democrats are setting out on their own paths and trying to distinguish themselves from their GOP rivals.
"The distance between Capitol Hill and the White House is a lot farther than 16 blocks. It can strain party relationships," said Charles Brain, who served as White House director of legislative affairs in the last year of President Bill Clinton's administration. "Ultimately, people pursue their own interests regardless of party, especially as you get toward the end."
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December 6th, 2014
Good thing this disturbed individual wasn't white, or worse, A POLICEMAN....also good that he was tasered instead of shot by police, who by the way, probably saved at least several lives.....Unfortunately, he was a veteran, and to be sure, the media simply couldn't wait to write about that particular detail, however, they are still leaving the most obvious (and their most favorite element) out.....~Refocus Notes
Williams, 44, is charged in the stabbing of four people, including an Amtrak conductor, on the Blue Water Service train at about 7 p.m. Friday. He faces four counts of assault with intent to murder, officials said.
Williams' grandmother Ethel Williams, 89, said he had served in the U.S. Army for about 10 years and at one point had been in a Veteran's Affairs Hospital in Saginaw before being released with medication. The Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center is in Saginaw.
"I know one thing, he needs to be in a hospital, there's something wrong with him. I don't know what it is, but there's something wrong with him," Ethel Williams. "He's supposed to be taking some kind of medicine. They gave him some medicine."
She said she was told that when he got on the train it appeared that he was agitated. She was told that he became agitated after someone said something to him.
She said she had not seen him lately but was returning to Saginaw to live. She said she did not believe that he came from Chicago.
"I know he needs to be back in the hospital where those veterans are at," she said. "Someone told me that he thought someone was bothering him."
Michael Williams is slated for video arraignment Monday and remains at the jail in St. Joseph, Mich., the spokeswoman said.
He is accused of stabbing a female and three males, according to a statement from Niles, Mich. Police Chief Jim Millin. The four victims were taken to area hospitals where their conditions have stabilized, according to Millin.
Amtrak spokeswoman Kimberly Woods said the incident took place on Train 364, and at the time of the incident, the train was at the Niles station in Michigan. The Amtrak Police Department is assisting in the investigation.
Amtrak has arranged alternate transportation for 172 passengers, Woods said.
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December 6th, 2014
After stories too numerous to count continually vilify "white policemen" for black deaths, now comes a story out of Michigan where a black male has stabbed at least four on an Amtrak train.
Suddenly, the media is race ambivalent with numerous searches trying to ascertain the suspect's race, never mind a possible Islamic aspect to this particular story, which fits the pattern being developed in other attacks.
When the situation's reversed, the crickets chirp.....~Refocus Notes
- Man allegedly stabbed four people on an Amtrak train in Niles, Michigan
- Incident occurred at station near N 6th Street and Pokagon Street at 7pm
- Conductor said to be among victims; is in critical condition in hospital
- Three passengers were also stabbed, but their conditions are unknown
- Suspect, 44, from Saginaw, taken into custody; police are investigating
UK Daily Mail
A 44-year-old man wielding a knife has been arrested after allegedly stabbing three passengers and a conductor on an Amtrak train in Michigan on Friday evening.
The unnamed suspect, from Saginaw, reportedly attacked the commuters and employee at a station near N 6th Street and Pokagon Street in Niles, 100 miles east of Chicago, at around 7pm.
The train's conductor was rushed to hospital, where he remains in a critical condition, according to reports. The other victims were also taken to hospital, but their conditions are unknown.
On Friday night, people across America were taking to Twitter to express their shock at the stabbing in Niles, situated in Berrien County, around 11 miles north of South Bend in Indiana.
Commuter Chris Maynard, from Chicago, posted a photo purporting to show the black male suspect lying on the ground of the Amtrak train. A police officer is pictured standing over the man.
Alongside the image, Mr Maynard wrote: 'Crazy world we live in. Some man just stabbed 4 people one car away from me on the train.' He later told CBS police had to use stun guns to subdue the suspect.
Another commuter, Gerald Stewart, tweeted a photo showing blood spattered across the floor of the train car, with the caption: 'Multiple standings in Michigan... sad, sad stuff.'
A Niles Police spokesman told WSBT that the rampaging man was Tasered by officers, before being taken into custody. But they did not say when - or whether - he is likely to be charged.
They also confirmed that at least one of four victims was taken to SB Memorial Hospital with stab wounds. Two others are believed to have been hospitalized at Lakeland Healthcare Hospital in Niles
Passenger Caitlin Cipri, who was travelling on the train from Chicago to Port Huron, Michigan, said she was packing up her things to leave the car when she heard a loud screaming.
She said she initially thought the suspect was punching a passenger until she saw the butt of a knife. She then reportedly saw the man stab two other people.
'It was terrifying and you don't think something like that is going to happen to you,' she told the South Bend Tribune in Indiana. 'It's terrifying that things like this happen.'
Niles Police Chief Jim Millin said a dispatcher received a call from the train around 7pm from someone reporting a suspicious person. When police arrived, the attack was already underway, he said....