Jon Altmann wins endorsement of former foe in District 3 City Council runoff election

October 31, 2007

District 3 City Council Candidate, Jon Altmann , has won the endorsement of former opponent, Jim Iannuzo.

The runoff election is November 6,. Early ballots have already been mailed to voters.

Read about Maria Baier, who is also running for the vacant seat.


Traditional Catholics upset with Bishops’ liberal advocacy

October 31, 2007

SCHIP gets nod

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has urged parishioners to lobby their senators to vote for the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) with the caveat that the bill’s language include the unborn child.

For those who follow the politics of the USCCB, their latest advocacy is no surprise. The USCCB has become known for advocating on behalf of socialized medicine on the installment plan.

Traditional parishioners have complained that the legislation updates have taken on the tone of Democrat talking points for redistribution of wealth, socialism, and an ever increasing government bureaucracy. Many Catholics believe USCCB is no longer a religious organization but rather an adjunct to the Democrat Party. Its anti-U.S. advocacy pronouncements (sanctuary for Illegal aliens & opposition to any legislation to enforce immigration laws), and its anti-capitalist stances are reasons alone for its dissolution.

 National Review’s coverage of the SCHIP scheme is available here.

Paul Howard writes:  Past experience has shown that expanding public programs is not a sustainable alternative to private insurance. Helping low-income uninsured children get access to public health insurance is a noble cause; but making good, private health insurance more affordable for all working families is a better one.


Former foes Arpaio and Pearce join forces on illegal immigration

October 31, 2007

The East Valley Tribune reports on the recently forged alliance between Maricopa County Sheriff, Joe Arpaio and Rep. Russell Peace (R – Dist. 18). Pearce, who has opened a congressional exploratory campaign, is holding a November 17, 2007 fundraiser. Arpaio will be one of the honored guests at the event.

Rep. Pearce, a secure border advocate, is weighing a challenge to Rep. Jeff Flake, who is considered exceedingly weak on the issue of illegal immigration.

Flake co-sponsored legislation with liberal congressional colleague, Democrat Luis Gutierrez, promoting the “Security Through Regularized Immigration and a Vibrant Economy Act” or STRIVE Act, granting tuition and other benefits while extending amnesty for illegal aliens living in our country in violation of our national sovereignty and rule of law.

Arpaio, known for aggressively enforcing the law on illegal immigration, is supporting Pearce’s candidacy.


Of dogs and babies: Police officer treated more harshly in K-9 death

October 31, 2007

“Suffered enough” curtails calls for responsibility in drownings and  babies left in hot cars

Less than two months ago, Chandler police Sgt. Frank Lovejoy made national news as he was booked into the Maricopa County Jail on a misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty. Lovejoy unintentionally left his police dog, Bandit, in his car as daytime temperatures reached 109 degrees. His K-9 officer-companion died.

“I am certain Sgt. Lovejoy has suffered greatly from leaving his police dog in a sweltering car,” the sheriff said at the time, “I do not relish the idea of compounding his sadness. However, Lovejoy must be treated like anyone else in similar circumstances.” Later the sheriff stated, “Our investigation determined that Bandit’s death was not an intentional act on Lovejoy’s part,” “But it was reckless and for that Lovejoy must be charged.”

Yesterday in Phoenix, a 22-year old mother, waitressing at Hooter’s did the same thing. This time it was a baby boy who died, while his mother worked her shift. She tearfully explained she had forgotten to drop him off at daycare. Officers said the inside temperature of the car reached more than 100 degrees.  We’ll have to see how this preventable tragedy plays out within the framework of our legal system.

Three years ago, a Mesa mother, also forgetting she had a child, left her 4-month old infant in her vehicle when she went to work. Although her baby died, the mother was never charged with a crime.

An Associated Press analysis of more than 310 such fatal incidents in the past 10 years found that prosecutions and penalties vary widely, depending in many cases on where the death occurred and who left the child to die—the parent, caregiver, mother or father:

Since 1998, charges were filed in just 49 percent of the cases nationally. Of those that have been decided, 81 percent resulted in convictions or guilty pleas. Only half of those brought jail sentences, with the median sentence being two years.

The emotion generated surrounding the officer’s dog far surpassed any calls for the mothers to face penalties. Parents appear to be treated with “compassion” when leaving children to die in hot cars, while dog deaths, as sad as they are, are viewed with more horror. Could the prevailing abortion mentality have contributed to this concept of a baby’s life being held with less regard than a pet?


Let’s play the game of Fish-wrap Speak

October 30, 2007

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It’s a whole new language

The headline in today’s edition of the Daily Fish-wrapper reads: Migrants, stolen cars found at AJ shop.

Translation: Illegal aliens are entrepreneurally engaging in an unlawful chop-shop business. They are not migrants, nor were they merely found beside stolen cars in Apache Junction. They were actively engaging in criminal activity.

The body of the article then hauls out a new descriptive phrase: undocumented immigrant workers.

Translation: These are criminals who entered the United States in violation of our law. They are not migrating swallows returning to Capistrano. They are not undocumented, as you will read in the next paragraph. “Workers?” Odd term to use to describe criminals engaged in the felonious pursuits of auto chop-shops.

More from the Fish-wrapper: Documents were also seized, including vehicle-registration titles, which police believe may have been altered, fictitious or used in the remanufacturing or selling of the stolen cars and parts.

C’mon Mr. de Uriarte,* let’s drop the “undocumented” pretenses once and for all. These criminals have plenty of documents. They are forged, counterfeit or stolen from law-abiding citizens.

Isn’t it finally time to cancel your subscription to this deceitful publication?

*Richard de Uriarte is the editorial page editor of the Daily Fish-wrapper.


Liberals proclaim sanctuary city policies; tie hands of police in dealing with illegal felons

October 30, 2007

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Approved voting privileges for illegals

Takoma Park, Maryland is the Berkeley of the east coast. Not long ago, the City Council established an immigrant sanctuary law, declared itself a nuclear-free zone and voted to call for the impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney. The council approved the impeachment resolution 5 to 0, with two members absent.

With the encouragement of a cheering crowd, the council formally requested that the Montgomery County Council, the county executive, the Maryland legislature and the governor consider adopting similar resolutions.

Now, the town council has voted unanimously to reaffirm the town’s status as a “sanctuary city” where police and other municipal employees are forbidden to enforce federal immigration laws.

According to WTOPNews.com, the vote came two weeks after the council denied the police chief’s request for more flexibility in executing immigration warrants—only if police come upon previously deported illegal alien felons.

Mayor Phil “Sanctuary City” Gordon and his erstwhile Chief of Police, Jack  “Lacky” Harris, would feel right at home in this community. Maybe they can influence the Phoenix City Council to follow the lead of Takoma Park, which actually allows residents who are not U.S. citizens to vote in municipal elections. Such a move would bolster those paltry vote totals that greased his re-election skids.  

Maryland, granted a charter in 1632, was one of the original Thirteen Colonies. It was the seventh state to ratify the Constitution of the United States in 1788. Seems they now desire to secede.


First the flag ceremony at Vet’s cemeteries, now the Washington Monument

October 29, 2007

Is God no longer welcome in nation’s Capitol?

Read the article on WorldNetDaily describing the recent omission of Judeo-Christian references to God at Washington Monument.

After citizen protests, the ruling adverse to the flag folding ceremony was rescinded.


Presidential candidates last quarter financial filings

October 29, 2007

Some interesting information is contained in these reports.

This is recommended reading for inveterate politicos.


Extra! extra! Get your regurgitated news from Arizona’s largest daily paper

October 29, 2007

Monday morning edition becomes journalistic parody

When the daily Fish-wrapper determined that its “busy readers” needed a condensed Monday morning version, the decision did not merit rave reviews. For a time, the Valley & State section disappeared entirely and Sports was expanded. Arizona Living became a clone of Simple Living magazine, with articles from that publication used as space filler between Britney Spears updates and the comics.

Although Valley & State has returned to the anorexic Monday paper, it is chock full of repeat articles from previous editions. An outstanding example of this reporting rerun is the article on today’s front page of Valley regarding a missing physician who had his license revoked after three patients died following liposuction surgeries. The exact article was in a previous edition.

Another repeat today, using a different headline and pushing one of their chosen city council candidates, is tagged with this admission: A version of this story may have appeared in your community Republic.

May have?  Did they think we didn’t notice? This pathetic effort at news reporting qualifies the entire newspaper as the Comics.


Michael Medved’s open letter to Congressman Ron Paul

October 29, 2007

Similar concerns have been raised by others

Syndicated columnist and radio talk show host, Michael Medved, posts an open letter to presidential candidate, Ron Paul, on TownHall.com.

Edward Morrissey of Captain’s Quarters wrote an interesting analysis earlier this year.

Wonder if Medved receives a reply?


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