Oh, those gals!

October 28, 2007

City council candidates in Districts 3 and 7 have “issues”

Although the daily Fish-wrapper previously endorsed Laura Pastor in the District 7 City Council runoff, they are left with egg on their face as they expose her lack of credentials for her position with the Maricopa Community College system. Her congressman father, Rep. Ed Pastor, funneled millions of taxpayer monies in the form of grants to the college district, and that she was hired at $16,000 over the maximum salary for the position.

Three rivals for that post had superior qualifications to Laura Pastor’s, but they lacked one critically important component in their job search: None of them had a congressman father to bring in out-of-state, high-dollar donors and pave the way with federal grants to the schools totaling millions of dollars.

It took a court order for Maricopa Community Colleges to release the resumes of the better qualified candidates for the “outreach” position gifted to Laura Pastor. That information is available here.

District 3 candidate, Maria Baier, is a lobbyist who is also well-connected by family ties. She is the sister of Phoenix Fire Chief, Bob Khan, which would pose ethical problems on votes for issues dealing with the Phoenix Fire Department—unless she disqualified herself from all votes involving department issues—which she has not indicated she would do. Like Pastor, she is endorsed by liberal Phoenix Mayor Phil “Sanctuary City” Gordon, and has the nod from Democrat Gov. Napolitano.

Baier, notable for her presence on the Republicans for Janet (Napolitano) list, has been generously repaid by the governor as seen here.


Fannin confirmed as ambassador to Dominican Republic

October 28, 2007

Bob Fannin has finally been confirmed as ambassador to the Dominican Republic. This exotic gig will likely suit him better than that pesky job of chairing the state GOP..

His confirmation merits a press release, commending Fannin on his “great patience,” from the office of Sen. Jon Kyl.


Mark Anderson opens exploratory campaign

October 27, 2007

Lengthy letter misses the boat; raises questions

Republicans are receiving a five-page, singled-spaced letter from Dist. 18 State Rep. Mark Anderson. announcing the formation of his exploratory congressional campaign in District 5, and seeking donations.

 Right out of the chute, Anderson uses his website to take a shot at his legislative seat-mate, Rep. Russell Pearce, citing Le Templar’s blog in the East Valley Tribune:

“He’s (Anderson) considered less ideological and less inflammatory than his two colleagues from legislative District 18, Rep. Russell Pearce and Sen. Karen Johnson.

Additionally, Anderson provocatively refers to the U.S. mission in Iraq as an “invasion.”

It should be noted that Conservative Republican. Rep. Russell Pearce has also formed a congressional exploratory campaign, mounting a challenge to open border advocate Rep. Jeff Flake.

Anderson, a Republican candidate hyping fiscally conservative policies, would be more credible by frugally limiting his mailing to a page or two. More trash cans than people have the time to spend on something this lengthy and tedious. How many people will actually read five single-spaced typewritten pages to conclusion? During a scan of the letter the word “illegal” jumped out a couple of times. However, it was referring to congressional corruption and misconduct. Anderson is keen on the need to “restore civility,” but not a word about securing America’s  border.

Mr. Anderson, was that an oversight?  National security is also AWOL on Anderson’s web pages.. Makes one wonder where he would place national sovereignty and citizen safety on his list of priorities?

He writes about Nero fiddling while Rome burned. That imagery could have provided a great segue to a discussion of the border.  Instead we got a recitation of out-of-state crooked congressmen.  

No one is keen on such slimy slicksters, but what about that sieve-like border, Mr. Anderson?


“Bully” A word liberals adore

October 27, 2007

 Flung around like manure on an alfalfa crop

The Phoenix District 3 City Council runoff election between John Altmann and Maria Baier is becoming fever-pitched.  

Baier has taken to whining about being called a lobbyist (she is) and being exposed for touting her numerous endorsements from the Liberal hierarchy (which she has). Although she claims GOP credentials, she has been endorsed by every high ranking elected Democrat from Governor Janet Napolitano to Phoenix Mayor Phil “Sanctuary City” Gordon. Her mailings boasting these illustrious endorsers were  directed to Democrat residents.

Is there any wonder she is seen as suspect by Republicans?

In crying foul, Baier, who was prominently listed as a Republican for Janet, calls Republican candidate Altmann a “bully.”

This term has recently become fashionable when smearing Republicans. The daily Fish-wrapper first hoisted the slur against GOP Congressman J.D. Hayworth when they endorsed Democrat Harry Mitchell. The fact that Mitchell ran ads showing Hayworth in the crosshairs of a gunsight apparently didn’t phase the editors.

Now they run a headline declaring, Altmann mailing angers Baier. The headline should more accurately read, District 3 voters angered at being duped.


Running Interference for Rudy

October 27, 2007

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 McCain can’t go it alone

For those hooked on the 2008 presidential campaigns and the machinations that undegird the frontal verbal sparring, this American Spectator column by Liz Mair will give you more red meat to gnaw on.

McCain’s strategy appears to be dependent upon knocking off Romney at all costs. Based on the long-standing and warmish relationship between McCain and Giuliani, this approach could well be a strategic tandem attempt to slay the Romney dragon and give McCain a Giuliani campaign tail to ride.  It’s clear that McCain, going it alone, goes nowhere.

McCain would rather hitch his wheeless wagon to Rudy’s star than tolerate ceding any advantage to Romney.

Jeanne Cummings, writing for Politico.com provides interesting analysis of Romney’s campaign.

Seeing Red AZ has predicted a hold-your-nose Giuliani / McCain GOP ticket. Such a scenario appears even more likely with the lackluster showing by the less than enthusiastic campaigner, Fred Thompson.  Many of us were expecting more.

This is one occasion where we hope to be proven wrong.


God now eliminated from flag ceremonials at veteran’s cemeteries

October 26, 2007

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Vet’s groups furious over complaint

Flag-folding recitations, which include references to God, by Memorial Honor Detail volunteers, are now banned at the nation’s 125 veterans graveyards because of a complaint about the ceremony at Riverside National Cemetery.

Read more here.


Washington Post sensationalizes crimes against illegals

October 26, 2007

Their own reporters admit crimes are based on opportunity rather than bigotry

In an article titled, Robbers Stalk Hispanic Immigrants, Seeing Ideal Prey, reporters, Ernesto Londoño and Theresa Vargas detail teenage assailants attacking illegal aliens. The headline and first dozen paragraphs would lead readers to the erroneous conclusion that these are crimes based in racial bigotry.

Yet it takes the observant reader to paragraph thirteen before seeing these words, belying the original premise:

Despite their brutality, the robberies are not necessarily motivated by ethnic bigotry, authorities say. Rather, they are typically crimes of opportunity. While the majority of the perpetrators have been identified as black men, Latinos and whites have also been charged in some cases, authorities said

Just a bit of clarification for those who might not have gotten past the headline and continued on to page two of the article.

These attacks are certainly abhorrent criminal acts and the thugs should be prosecuted. But let’s also be aware that the bias comes jumping off the page rather than from the shadows.


Singing in unison: Tra la la

October 25, 2007

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Phil Gordon, Janet Napolitano and Greg Stanton form trio

Playing the same old refrain, called “It’s the Job of the Feds,”  Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, Councilman Greg Stanton, and AZ Governor Janet Napolitano, the trio known as Democrats All,  take their music to the folks, hoping they will draw an appreciative crowd.

Gordon soloed, crooning the lyrics made popular by Napolitano: “If they’re making local government do their work, then we ought to be paid for it.” Following that ditty, the trio warbled the trendy liberal melody, “We’re sending the Feds the bill for immigration enforcement

Stanton yodeled the melodious accompaniment: “Sending a bill sends a strong message that they need to do their part. There is a significant cost for congressional inaction,” he sang in a shrill falsetto, while strumming his guitar.

But it was Buckeye Chief of Police, Dan Saban, and his old nemesis, Maricopa County Sheriff, Joe Arpaio, who took the center stage spotlight as they sang a rare duet. The duo won the grand prize with their wildly popular rendition of “I will support my officers using their discretion to call Immigration officials, whenever they deem it appropriate. We’ll enforce the law and protect the citizens who elected us.”

The appreciative citizens roared a grateful, “Bravo!”


Not a bad place to be

October 25, 2007

Enumerated Powers Act

Arizona Congressman John Shadegg’s persistent reintroduction of Enumerated Powers Act merit’s an entire Walter Williams column.

The Enumerated Powers Act requires that Congress specify the basis of authority in the U.S. Constitution for the enactment of laws and other congressional actions.

Dr. Williams, a nationally syndicated conservative columnist and former chairman of the economics department at George Mason University writes:  “I salute the bravery of  Rep. Shadegg  and the 28 co-sponsors of the Enumerated Powers Act. They have a monumental struggle. Congress is not alone in its constitutional contempt, but is joined by the White House and particularly the constitutionally derelict U.S. Supreme Court.”


More news on the “good people” illegally seeking a better life in the U. S.

October 25, 2007

The Los Angeles Times reports that six non-English speaking illegals were arrested by U.S. Border Patrol agents in Qualcomm Stadium for stealing food and water intended for California wildfire evacuees.


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