September 24th, 2013
By Kim Stallings and Barry Secrest
Just over four years ago, on August 21, 2009, Conservative Refocus was launched as a counter-measure to the deleterious forces in our government and a Mainstream Media that essentially abandoned their responsibilities as The Fourth Estate in order to support and pacify the Obama Administration's destructive agenda at work in our country.
As of September 24, 2013, Conservative Refocus was ranked #18 in the Top 20 Conservative Political Websites / News and Media in both the US and across the worldwide web according to Alexa:
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Interestingly, out of the top 20 verified sites, Conservative Refocus appears to hold the number one slot as measured by what is termed "bounce rate" which measures whether a visitor is engaged enough to click on other pages, and "Time on Site," which generally keeps the reader engaged for as much as ten times longer as the other top 20 sites. So, why does Conservative Refocus command so much attention?
Secrest indicates that the reasons tend to go towards a fairly complex set of variables which determine whether or not either a news story penned by him or a news article from another venue makes the cut and gets published on the Conservative news site. Either way, the formula tends to work although Secrest will not divulge the overall criteria, which determines published content.
This milestone is no small feat for the Conservative Refocus team, led by the tireless work of Chief Writer,Barry Secrest, and the support of Webmaster / Editor, Kim Stallings, as well as an ever-expanding and loyal readership including Facebook Members and friends who often viral out the articles to support a particular opinion.
Regardless, to be ranked in the top 20 among other notable websites including Newsmax, The Weekly Standard, Redstate and even Michelle Malkin, was one of the more stunning media achievements from this hard-working media team, but could easily be attributed to the Site's incredibly accurate opinion pieces which have stood the test of time and its wide range of reports from various news sites detailing the Conservative argument on a daily basis.
Conservative Refocus is a news and Conservative opinion website which intends to bring to light what Conservatism is and how it can be applied to the problems that we--as a People-face:
"Often times with humor, but always (wherever practical) with facts and figures that will substantiate the argument that we are offering. By using weblinks and archiving critical resources, we can actually take the information a step further than your normal newspaper column so that You, our reader, can verify the information for yourself and thereby allow your own judgment to come into play. A true and passionate Constitutional Conservative has no need to shade or hide the truth that speaks to Man's political and social history."
As Barry Secrest is quick to point out, this milestone is significant, and it is to be celebrated, but there is much more work to be done.
"The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep."
~Robert Frost, "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"
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September 15th, 2013
Now isn't that just special?
The Social Leftist website "Addicting Info" is outraged that college sports and coaches receive far more "public money" than "academic achievers."
The site actually states, "When a country places more importance on sports than on academic achievement, its decline is inevitable. The American Decline is real and this is where it comes from."
Seriously, guys and gals?
You believe that academic achievement trumps real life achievement? Not only that, you believe that that a surplus of academic achievement would actually turn America into a powerhouse of accomplishment?
Pardon us, if just for a moment, but it would seem that the world of academia has gotten everything it asked for and then some lately, especially in the last five years, and what have you folks accomplished?
Record unemployment, declining job base, increased poverty, a veritable welfare state replete with food stamps for all, roughly 30% the last time I checked. Oh, and by the way, America put "one of yours" in charge and then staffed the entire executive branch with what? You guessed it, "academians."
The website goes on to brazenly state, "This is why our politics are a disaster." Well, at least they got that part right. From the mouths of babes...
The really hilarious part of all of this is simply the fact that "money" seems to be the motivating factor for this spate of parsimonious angst, from academians, no less. The law of supply and demand, and the fact that sports bring in lavish amounts of revenue in order to supplant the academians' pay, never seems to enter into the missing equation, probably because these folks are so busy taking "art love" classes they don't even know what an equation is.
The simple fact is that academians have indoctrinated themselves into thinking they are the future, and without them making more in the form of public pay, while others make less, America's decline will accelerate.
Their molded thinking fits solidly into the zero-sum game that the leftists constantly convince themselves of, that being, if somebody in location A makes more money than someone in location B, it's location A's fault, and they need to give it up.
But what if they of the academian world were to learn that their brand of limited thinking is why America is truly in a state of decline. How can capitalism prosper when virtually every academian has been preaching against it for the last 30 years?
What if the reason for America's temporary decline is simply due to the fact that most of society's ills can be found in the dogma of the left, as largely preached by the academians for the last generation, if not two?
What did you people expect?
One need only look at America's largest declining cities and the political class in power for each, in order to understand why America might now be in certain decline.
So, what is that old saying about the "definition of insanity" again? We all should know it by heart if not by experience, at this point.
September 10th, 2013
By Barry Secrest
The '2 Million Bikers to DC' Ride to be held in Washington DC on 9/11 has quickly evolved from an event originally promoted to counter the "Million Muslim March' protest to a massive ride specifically noted as a commemorative exhibition to honor and remember those who were slain in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Put together by co-founding grass-roots organizer Belinda Bee as conceptualized by Biker "Top Fuel" Bill Williamson, the event has migrated to an all-out Facebook movement among bikers as thousands upon thousands of patriotic Americans from all over the US plan to meet in Washington DC on the morning of 9/11.
"Top Fuel" Bill Williamson
When asked how many riders are expected to attend, National Event organizer Belinda Bee indicates at least 10,000 are expected however the numbers could soar well beyond that, to as many as 30,000 to 40,000 if support group attendees are also included.
The 2 Million Bikers event has obviously struck a resounding chord attracting international attention, much of it in deference to America's 'War on Terror' since the 9/11 attack. But, the detractors of the event also appear to be lining up and in earnest in many cases. AMPAC (American Muslim Political Action Committee) spokesperson Ruby Sous recently laid into the 2 million Biker group on the AMPAC Organization's Facebook page, by calling the Bikers a "counter-protest" and an "ad hoc group" while maintaining that the '2 Million Bikers' are somehow challenging the marching Muslim's civil rights while failing to mention the Muslim group's 'Truther' oriented aims which seeks to lay blame for the 9/11 terror attacks completely at the feet of the US Government.
AMPAC organizer Sous further stated:
"The bikers are going to DC to challenge us acting on our civil rights. They are challenging us because we want to be with all Americans when celebrating 9/11. They are challenging us because we want to rally against the bias media coverage of Muslims that continue to make Muslims the villains to scare the public.
See America, you are being fooled and manipulated again.
If we don't wake up now and seek the truth, our enemy will always divide us, make us hate one another, and at the end control us."
Interestingly, Sous characterization of bias against Islam in the media appears to clash exponentially with most traditional Americans views and even others in the international Community.
Experts tend to see more of a Progressive media bias fostering acceptance of the Islamist movement, even to the often scathing exclusion of both Judaism and Christian faiths. Rather than a media effort to "scare the public about Muslims," many believe that there is more of a media effort at calming post 9/11 US attitudes towards Islam. Journalist Dan Greenfield, states in a recent article, that leading Progressive media organizations such as the New York Times tend to dismiss and omit news articles negative towards Islam:
The incompatible Muslims, like Mohammed’s face, have been pixelated out of existence in the reports on terrorist attacks by disgruntled boxers, doctors and perfume salesmen who just happen to be Muslim. These are the Muslims that the media doesn’t see. And it is doing everything possible to make sure that we don’t see them either.
This cartoon appears on the MAMAF (Million American march Against Fear) Facebook page
Nor does the line of '2 Million Bikers' detractors end at the AMPAC organization. One earlier article spoke to efforts by Leftist websites including 'Veteran's Today' as having falsely indicated that '2 Million Bikers' event co-founder 'Top Fuel" Bill Williamson had agreed to join in the Muslim March, along with many other members, which was later proven to be completely untrue after several attempts to take over the Group Leader's Facebook page.
More recently was the news that National Park officials in Washington DC had denied the '2 Million Bikers' group a permit to ride through DC, despite Officials earlier having granted a permit to the original 'Million Muslim March' event to be held at the National Mall and outdoor pavilions. DC officials stated that the riders would in effect be too much of a disruption, to which National Event Organizer Belinda Bee states, "we didn't need a permit in the first place."
The Blaze website later published an article in which a leading DC Park official denied Bee's statements with regard to why the permit has been officially denied, stating that she had no idea why the permit has been refused. Organizer Bee responded with an actual email from the official in question proving that the DC official's statements were simply untrue.
The Fake pic
But there have also been instances of internal conflict within the movement. The early power struggle for both Bee and Williamson began when several former administrators within the Bikers group had earlier accused organizers Bee and Williamson of fostering liaisons with both a Tea Party Group of 9/11 Truthers, and the Million Muslim March, as outlined within the Veteran's Today article stating that both the Muslim and Biker Groups planned on banding together in DC, inciting outrage, to which Bee published a statement of refutation:
I am sorry you folks believed their lies, had you paid any attention you would have seen Bill Williamson and I went ON AIR and IN WRITING to deny their lies! However, it seems some will continue to believe muslim rhetoric and continue to divide our great nation.
Despite Bee's and Williamson's announcements of complete dismissal, the group was showing signs of fracturing, prompting Bee to immediately get her story out to the website Conservative Refocus, a site well known to her and also to online news site, The Examiner, in addition to the Conservative Refocus Live radio show. The media strategy allowed thousands of members to both see and hear Bee's and Top Fuel Bill's articulate explanations on the supposed crisis.
The reasons for the internal group conflict at this juncture were grounded within the impetus of the ride's earlier origins as a counter-protest to the 'Million Muslim March of 9/11, it was only later that Bee and Williamson decided to transform the negatives of such an event into a positive in honoring the fallen of 9/11. The Group member's anger had indeed been understandable, based on the rumors which had been fostered by none other than the Muslim opposition group and its Left-wing media supporters.
However, Bee's plan of action worked brilliantly as the Conservative media articles viraled out all over both Facebook and the web as other sites and radio shows picked up the story, and the storm of member dissension immediately calmed. The crisis and ensuing power struggle would then ironically became a call to action as thousands of members turned their outrage at what had happened into a determined viraling effort.
Both Bee and Williamson had regained control of the event. The groups Facebook presence then went hyper-ballistic, from an impressive 33,000 likes to over 63,000 in just a matter of days, while the 2 million biker state precincts quickly took shape and began adding members. As of September 11, the Facebook "Likes" Have reached to well over 100,00 making the Bikers to DC group easily one of the most popular on Facebook.
The movement had become a stunning success.
As the 9/11 ride event quickly approaches for the '2 Million Bikers to DC' riders, event Organizers have announced the speakers and other details for the outset of the event.
Incoming riders will be meeting at the Harley-Davidson of Washington DC Dealership in Fort Washington, Maryland beginning at 8:00 am. At 10:00 am the event will kick into high gear with Co-Founder Belinda Bee offering a word of prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance along with initial remarks.
Next up will be a sole member rendition of The National Anthem, followed by originating co-founder "Top Fuel" Bill Williamson who will greet the riders and expound on the event's actual meaning while also introducing the Keynote Speakers, Nobel Prize nominee, Conservative Author, and Bethune Institute founder, Dr. Jim Garrow and Patriotic film-maker Dennis Michael Lynch, who will be filming the event's circuitous tour around Washington DC.
Rounding out the speakers will be Bishop Dan Johnson, of the 'Hearts of Fire Ministries' and recognized as one of the top 50 Pastors in the US --and even more aptly as being the Man of the Cloth who worked tirelessly with others at Ground Zero on 9/11 while also delivering last rites to victims as they filled the NYC morgue.
Dr. Garrow is well known for his book, "The Pink Pagoda" which details his life's work in rescuing infant girls in China from the fate of gendercide. According to current accounts, Garrow has rescued upwards of 100,000 baby girls and placed them with Chinese families while also operating a network of highly effective English language schools in China. Garrow is well-known as having been a Nobel Prize Nominee for his Christ inspired life-saving works in 2009, ironically losing to none other than Barack Obama, a Leader Dr. Garrow frequently and publically criticizes for his lack of positive leadership while lamenting Obama's continual and utter disdain for the US Constitution.
Dennis Michael Lynch is known for his film documentary "They Come to America" which focuses on the cost of illegal aliens in America. Lynch has also frequently been seen on popular news shows headed by Sean Hannity, Neil Cavuto, and even Bill O'Reilly, and is in the process of promoting his latest film "They Come To America II: The Cost of Amnesty."
Iron Thunder in DC
After the greeting phase and opening speeches, the event will go "Kick-Stands Up" at 11:00 am and the riders will begin their journey around DC. Bee states the routes to be taken will not be disclosed to the public out of security concerns however once begun, it's probably safe to say that everyone will easily be able to hear where the riders are.
When questioned on security concerns, Bee indicates several well known and highly experienced motorcycle groups, which will remain unnamed, will be riding guard for the thousands of other riders throughout the event. Bee further indicates that a number of these and other groups have contacted her throughout the event and offered timely advice and even support on how to overcome specific problems typically encountered. Recently the group 'Special Operations Speaks' which is made up of former military special operations personnel announced its invitation to the 2 Million Bikers to join with them at a 'permitted rally' on the Capital west lawn, along with several other groups.
As to the countering 'Million Muslim March' event, organizers state their event will be keynoted by speakers to include Dr. Cornel Ronald West, MD. Rabbi Alam, and Isa Hodge. Black Caucus Chairman and US Congressman Emanual Cleaver was originally announced however his name does not currently appear on the formal list of speakers to the event.
The 'Million Muslim March' group which was eventually renamed 'Million America March Against Fear,' will apparently undergo yet another name change at 2:00 pm on that same day. The latter event will evolve from 'Million American March Against Fear' to the 'March Against Drones' which could be construed as an understandable concern all things considered.
As to the big day on 9/11 in DC, co-founders Bee and Williamson issued a brief note to all who have supported and who are participating in the event:
"Folks thanks for all your kudo's but we did not do this alone.
There are many people behind the scenes (past and present) who we give the credit to.
Thanks for all your love and support, GOD BLESS THE BIKERS AND GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!"
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September 2nd, 2013
Here be dragons" means dangerous or unexplored territories, in imitation of the medieval practice of putting dragons, sea serpents and other mythological creatures in uncharted areas of maps.
"The president does not have power under the constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that doesn't involve stopping an actual or imminent attack on the nation"~ Liberal Democratic Senator Barack Obama of Illinois , 2002
By Barry Secrest
Why is it that a US President who has forcefully and repeatedly argued against placing US Troops needlessly into harm's way, now pines almost sentimentally for the opportunity to conflagrate America into yet another Mideast war? Granted the President has ceased his momentum for an admittedly lackadaisical attack so that Congress can offer a votified precedent, but only after his handlers could see the rather dangerous change in the winds of public opinion, no matter what one may read in the media to the otherwise.
Nor does Obama have the backing of his Liberal base, either, not to mention the Conservative who are forcefully against such a move as well, in fact, only the Progressives of both Parties prayerfully muddled at the center seem to want to punish Syria with extreme prejudice, but for what? America's citizens, the Brits and even the French governments now have ultimately left Obama somewhat alone at the altar of loosing the poodles of war on Syria.
But does Obama's fervor for Syria's attack truly stem from the killing of Syrian innocents as stated?
As a nation, the US kills well over a million infants every year, so how could "the killing of innocents" suddenly be of paramount importance, especially to a President who championed partial-birth abortion as if it were the Jiffy peanut butter equivalent of sublime Civil-Rights nirvana?
The plot thickens measurably when we repeatedly note that the US holds neither interests nor security concerns within the region in question. The counter-argument from the White House holds that this particular attacking of another diminutive Mideast country is not an act of war, but rather a military counter-offensive of the mere category.
But what if the conflagration of a Mideast embroiled in war needed only the suggestion of a spark to trigger the entire Arab world, and its proxies, into taking measurable part in both sides of the conflict? Odyssey Dawn somehow avoided that eventuality, and that was with the tacit approval of the world, but what if the Sunni and Shiite sectarians finally find their touchstone of needful things for the entire Mideast to eventually tip over into war and from a domino effect of unlikely happenstance?
Russia and China have stepped up their warnings against military intervention in Syria, with Moscow saying any such action would have "catastrophic consequences" for the region.
Unlike the Libyan conflict, Syria is a proxy nation of both Russia and Iran with tentative ties to even China, meaning other significant powers hold interests within Syria, which might be sauce for the US gander, were not Israel in such an unenviable position nestled snugly in the eye of the storm. The antics of both Russia and China against the US have been increasing almost on a weekly basis, but the US would not seem to be finding itself in a position of righteous fury in this particular case, based upon its track record of fighting against terrorism for over a decade before chaotically falling in with the terrorists now.
So, is the nation of Syria strategically worth the overall risks of a widening proxy war involving US and Israel?
If we think oil prices are high now, as both US and Eurozone economies continue to struggle along under the relativistic mass of Progressively burdensome regulations, how will they fare under fuel at $7 dollars per gallon or certainly double that in Europe if a participled war were to some way ensue? Nor is it a granted that Barack 'I have a Drone' Obama has the surety of certain Syrian duplicity in gassing its own people.
On the contrary, there have been numerous reports that it was the rebels who launched toxic gas strikes against Syrian citizens. Journalist James Rosen, however, has reported that the Israelis actually intercepted a message from Syria's Foreign Minister to a high-ranking Syrian official asking the question "What in the hell did you just do?" Ostensibly the question being asked was about a recent gas strike.
But then other reports have outlined the fact that a high-ranking Saudi had actually placed rudimentary gas weapons into the hands of rebel fighters who knew little about what type of weapons they were using when they launched a gas strike against citizens loyal to Syria, point being that only the Obama Regime's intelligence apparatus seems to have the answers to all the questions, notwithstanding the question of whether or not US intelligence is due copious amounts of unquestioning trust at this point.
Adding insult to injury, there was one particular slip of a story further which ran across our purview from Reuters and then slid largely off the media's radar, however, the portent of the story spoke volumes. Indeed, with regard to this particular story, most of us know all too well that very few things escape into the general media from the Islamist Dictatorship that is Iran, unless of course Iran wishes the story to be known. Which is why the article in question should lead the Obama Regime and Congress into wondering why, exactly, the strongest of Syrian government supporters, that being Iran, seems to want the US to attack Syria. The short blip of a story appeared in Reuters and had to leave many scratching their heads in confusion.
According to the Reuters post, a highly-placed former politician in the Iranian government seems to be admitting that the Syrian government did indeed gas its own people; even after numerous UN Officials have indicated that Al Qaeda rebels were the culprit.
Below is the Reuters story:
(Reuters) -Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said the Syrian government, a strong ally of Tehran, had carried out chemical weapons attacks against its own people, the semi-official Iranian Labour News Agency reported on Sunday.
"The people have been the target of chemical attacks by their own government and now they must also wait for an attack by foreigners," Rafsanjani said, according to ILNA.
"The people of Syria have seen much damage in these two years." (Reporting By Yeganeh Torbati, Editing by William Maclean and Andrew Heavens)
Now, if Iran, a serial liar on the world stage, truly wishes for the US to stay out of the Syrian civil war conflict, which is predicated on whether or not the Syrian government gassed thousands of its civilians, why would an Iranian politico come out and confirm that the Syrian government did, in fact, gas its own people?
This, in truth, should tell the Obama Regime and Congress everything else it needed to know about whether or not it might be wise to stand down in Syria.
Iran knows that any sort of US attack would further alienate the already embattled Obama Regime and US, while pushing the Mideast that much closer to an all-out conflagration. It's as if Iran is begging for the US to attack, which puts the US in nothing if not a "Rook and Pawn" position should it choose to carry out such a uselessly impotent offensive.
Remember, too, Iranian fundamentalists both await and believe that a legendary prophetic Islamist war leader, the 12th Imam, will only return when the world is in full chaos, and this could be the preceding keystone event that sparks the eventual chaos. One other thing: News articles reporting a seeming oddity, which are less than 100 words long, typically stink of a government propaganda event, this one originating within the Iranian Government, notwithstanding and then there was something else which caught our eye...
The following article originates from the Friends of Syria Group
The rather surprising article essentially tells us that certain mainstream media outlets, in this case CNN, are duplicitous in manufacturing various news stories in order to gain public affirmation in support of sometimes dubious seeming US Government aims.
But is the story legitimate?
The website is a Wordpress site, which is sponsored by an international collective of countries dedicated to the premise that Syria, while a dictatorship, is being overrun by America's even worse terrorist enemies. The site goes on to maintain that, while America has fought an all-out war against terrorists over the past decade, under Obama's leadership, America has effectively pursued the act of joining in with those same Islamic terrorists in certain more recent cases, those being under Obama's purview.
According to information available, the Friends of Syria collective was actually started by none other than French Right-Wing Ex-President Nicholas Sarkozy. Sarkozy felt the need to combat US Mainstream media attempts to co-opt US public opinion into support of Obama's often Pro-Islamic stances on the Mideast.
The Group holds meetings internationally and is currently made up of the following countries:
- Saudi Arabia
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
- United States
The simple fact is that the US Conservative media has indeed documented hundreds of thousands of attempts by the US Liberal media to support Obama's Leftist (frequently pro-Islamist) agenda. The US mainstream media's past stances on Obama's policies would suggest a definite culpability in avoiding certain truths in sublimation to the powers that be both on domestic and foreign policy fronts.
However, even if the pro-Syrian site were affirmed as being sponsored by Assad directly--the numerous sites sponsored by the Obama Regime and operating on an international basis probably also engender certain questions that bear asking.
So, what would be the difference? A Syrian government leadership sponsored propaganda site versus an Obama Regime sponsored propaganda site? There truly is none ladies and gentlemen, which would seem to be one of the major points, in this story.
The most interesting argument which seems to defy conventional logic is the fact the Assad had the rebel forces pretty much under tentative control at the time of the alleged gas attacks. So, with that being that case, why would the Syrian Army turn around and suddenly launch a toxic gas attack on the remaining rebels who had already been defeated? Only the most extreme of foolish leaders would seek to rile up world opinion with a WMD, but then, look at the other side of the argument.
What if the rebels initiated a false-flag WMD attack in a last ditch effort to garner support from the world, and what better way to achieve that end?
Point ultimately being, we now live in a world quickly becoming so politically complex and ideologically polarized that it becomes difficult to understand which identity some other country or group is wearing at what particular time. It would seem, that under those circumstances, decisions being made that seem to go against the grain of our former actions might be the anvil on which America's steel is shattered, bringing in the venerable medieval label explaining unexplored or perilous territory as Here Be Dragons, and dragons indeed seem to be pestilently infiltrative of America-- from both within and from without these days.
Extreme Article Update 24 hours after publishing-- As heard on the Rush Limbaugh Show of Tuesday 9/3/2013:
Below is the CNN referencing article, which is ranging heavily throughout the world--which is our reason for bringing it to the US in the first place from the Friends of Syria organization; you be the judge:
Friends of Syria
The primary “witness” that the mainstream media is using as a source in Syria has been caught staging fake news segments. Recent video evidence proves that “Syria Danny”, the supposed activist who has been begging for military intervention on CNN, is really just a paid actor and a liar.
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