Weekend reading guaranteed to make you smarter

March 31, 2012

National Review carries a worthy read by John Fund titled “Still the Alinsky Playbook

It’s a three-pager, chock-full of important information detailing the tactics employed by the Democrat party and its radical operatives. Saul Alinsky is also exposed as the inspiration behind leftist politics and union organizing of the National Education Association.

Fund writes that “just before his death in 1972, he [Alinsky] synthesized the lessons he had learned into a book called “Rules for Radicals,” in which he urged radicals to make common cause with anyone to further their ends. The book was even dedicated, presumably tongue in cheek, to Lucifer, “the very first radical,” who “rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom.”

Barack Obama, who began as an Alinsky acolyte and ACORN ”community organizer” and Hillary Clinton, are among Alinsky’s disciples.

If you read nothing else this weekend, take time for this. Knowledge is power.


Paul Babeu: Dead candidate walking

March 31, 2012

We’ve already used the headline Bombshell! Bye-bye Babeu? so this one was the next obvious choice. Things are not looking good for the Pinal County sheriff and congressional hopeful.

Since this damaging report titled “Deleted Pinal County Sheriff’s Office files spur investigation,” is based on records obtained through a public-records request initiated by the Arizona Republic, we have linked directly to the newspaper article here.  Read it for yourself.

These are previous reports on the ongoing Paul Babeu saga, which have appeared on Seeing Red AZ:

Read DeSisto School: Paul Babeu’s biggest headache — March 13, 2012

Read Former gay lover’s $1 mill lawsuit least of Babeu’s woes — March 7, 2012

Read Paul Babeu: Messages becoming sledgehammers — March 4, 2012

Read Paul Babeu: More campaign hindering news — February 27, 2012

Read Babeu: Attention even publicity hounds don’t crave — February 23, 2012

Read Paul Babeu saga: When lawyers replace romance — February 20, 2012

Read Bombshell! Bye-bye Babeu? — February 18, 2012

This link to the Babeu for Congress event page shows “no upcoming events.”  Don’t expect that to change.

Read McCain uncharacteristically mum on pal Babeu’s loathsome connections, where we exposed Babeu’s appearance with neo-Nazi, white supremacists. — June 24, 2010.

Read McCain’s double standard: Shouldn’t white supremacist trump infomercial? – July 21, 2010

The editorial in today’s edition is aptly titled “It’s looking bleak for Babeu.” 

There is little to dispute the fact that Babeu is a goner.


AZ US Attorney: Kyl, McCain approve Obama’s pick

March 30, 2012

Anti-Arpaio choice emboldens left

WND reports that Republican Sens. Jon Kyl and John McCain have jointly approved the Obama administration’s nomination of John Leonardo for U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona, calling it “welcome news.”

Leonardo is a recently retired Pima County Superior Court judge with a history of rulings unfavorable to Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Since the sheriff’s Cold Case investigative team probing Barack Obama’s eligibility has found probable cause that Obama presented a fraudulent birth certificate and Selective Service registration, the warm welcome of the Obama nominee is especially troubling.

Had either Kyl or McCain objected to Leonardo’s nomination, they could have refused to “blue card” him with the Judiciary Committee, a procedure exercised as senatorial privilege to either approve or block a federal judicial appointment in their state.

Arizona’s U.S. attorney position became vacant when Dennis Burke, a longtime Democrat Party operative and Janet Napolitano protégé abruptly resigned last July, just as the House Oversight Committee and an internal Justice Department investigation began focusing on the role his office played in the botched gun-tracking operation known as “Fast and Furious.” In January of this year, Patrick Cunningham, the chief of the Criminal Division of the Arizona U.S. Attorney’s Office, invoked Fifth Amendment protections against self incrimination when called to testify before Congress.

The efforts to discredit Sheriff Joe Arpaio have deep roots within the Obama administration, especially as Arpaio’s Cold Case Posse has embarrassed Barack Obama with its findings as he heads into his reelection campaign.

This article by Jerome Corsi provides in-depth coverage.


Politicizing SB1070: Gov Brewer gets it right….again

March 30, 2012

Gov. Jan Brewer has responded to this amicus brief filed by Democrat Attorneys General in opposition to Arizona’s popular and much copied SB 1070. These liberal AG’s represent California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Brewer hit the nail on the head with this zinger: “This legal filing is pure politics and takes tortured logic and rank hypocrisy to new levels.”  

It gets better. Read the governor’s complete, and well reasoned statement.

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear Arizona v. The United States on April 25. Last December 12, the High Court agreed to take the case involving key provisions of Arizona’s SB 1070

Here is Gov. Brewer getting it right the first time as she signs the “Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act” (SB 1070).

 


Trayvon Martin: He be da martyr

March 29, 2012

The Daily Caller provides an insight into Trayvon Martin, the sudden hero of the left. A photo accompanying his profanity-laced and sexually explicit twitter account, shows the tattooed 17-year-old flipping off the camera.  He used the handles NO LIMIT NIGGA and “T33ZY TAUGHT M3,” on the 152 pages of compiled Twitter activity retrieved by the Daily Caller.

This is a standout, written by the “son” of Barack Obama, now given celebrity status in death:  “Plzz shoot da #mf dat lied 2 u!”

Meanwhile Martin’s shooter, self-described Hispanic George Zimmerman has a $10,000 bounty on his head and has been abandoned by Hispanic groups some of whom are actually challenging Zimmerman’s ethnicity while bonding with Martin.

The National Council of La Raza* urges Latino participation in rallies for the slain youth, demanding “Justice for Trayvon,” insisting  that block watch volunteer George Zimmerman, as well as law enforcement be held accountable for the unfortunate death. Janet Murguia, the group’s President and CEO wrote this article. Her twin sister is Mary Murguia, a judge on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Their brother Carlos is a US Federal judge in Kansas.

The racial overtones of this highly charged shooting have become irrational as black columnist Leonard Pitts “explains” why George Zimmerman is white.

* Do yourself a favor and read this exposé of La Raza by Charlie Norwood, the late Georgia Congressman, who provided great insight into the inner workings of the leftist organization and its anti-American agenda.

H/T Human Events


7 lip-service AZ Republicans dis religious freedom

March 29, 2012

The front page, above the fold headline in today’s edition of the consistently liberal Daily Endeavor screams out: “Dems, moderates block state birth-control bill.”

Mischaracterizations of the bill aside, the laser-beam focus should be on who those “moderates” are who voted with the “Dems,” and against HB 2625 sponsored by Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-Dist.9). The bill modifies certain insurance provider statutes related to religious beliefs and healthcare coverage. It specifies that coverage is not excluded for prescription contraceptive methods ordered by a health care provider with prescriptive authority for medical indications other than for contraceptive, abortifacient, abortion or sterilization purposes.

Republican posers voting with the Democrats are Rich Crandall, Adam Driggs, John McComish, John Nelson, Steve Pierce,  Michele Reagan and of course the jokester Jerry Lewis. Check them out here.

Sen. Nancy Barto (R-Dist. 7), usually no friend of the conservative caucus, yesterday employed a legislative maneuver with this amendment, voting against the bill in order to request a revote.

Rep. Lesko is the conservative PAChyderm Coalition’s top-rated House member, with a 95.2 score.


Fla. Sen. Marco Rubio endorses Mitt Romney

March 29, 2012

Last evening on the Sean Hannity Show, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio unequivocally endorsed Mitt Romney. Support from the popular Florida conservative provides another major boost as Romney — the GOP presidential front-runner —  heads into the home stretch to win the Republican nomination and take on Barack Obama in November.

 

Check out the delegate calculator here. Then take a look at the scorecard by state.


Rep. Steve Urie takes a hike for greener pastures

March 28, 2012

Single-term state Rep. Steve Urie (R-Dist.22), has announced he‘s not interested in running to retain his seat in the Arizona legislature.

His reason? “I just really like working on the local level,” said Urie, a Republican who first entered politics in 1999 when he was elected to the Gilbert Town Council.

Not one to tax himself, Urie says the demands of the office were too high for a job that is supposed to be part-time. Apparently he had no idea of the legislative job description when he ran for the office — although he willingly resigned his Town Council position to campaign for the state House seat.

In a statement announcing his decision to run for Justice of the Peace, he said, “I’m excited for the opportunity to work more directly with the citizens of Gilbert, Mesa, and Chandler and to bring my personal experience to this job.”

Urie conveniently omits the fact that there is a much more attractive benefits package and salary of over $95,000, as JP’s earn 65% of the $150,000 per year Superior Court judge’s base salary. And instead of gearing up for reelection every two years, JPs only face the voters every four years. Plus, there’s also an impressive black robe and the aura of being a judge — even if you’re actually a real estate agent and property manager.

State legislators earn a paltry $24,000 a year + per diem.  They need a raise. Shuck and Jivester Steve Urie needs a dose of truth serum and a focus booster. 

PAChyderm Coalition, a Reagan Republican group that rates GOP legislators has Urie dragging bottom at an uncomfortable 36 out of a list of 40, with a grade of 54.6% and unflatteringly rated as a “Big Government Republican” on its most recent scorecard.


AZ Supreme Court: “gratuitous violence” standard

March 28, 2012

“Insufficient evidence to prove aggravating circumstance”

Apparently James Granvil Wallace’s confessions to the grisly premeditated bludgeoning deaths of his girlfriend Susan Insalaco, her 12-year-old son Gabriel and 16-year-old daughter Anna aren’t “aggravating” enough to warrant the previous death sentences imposed by Pima County Trial Courts.

Yesterday. Arizona’s Supreme Court overturned his death sentences, declaring the acts committed in 1984 were not heinous or depraved enough even though they were “atrocious” and “senseless.”   The justices found that Wallace didn’t knowingly inflict more wounds on the family than he thought were necessary to kill them.

Wallace’s sentence is reduced to two consecutive terms of life in prison.

These are the facts: After lying in wait for the children to return from school, he first beat Anna in the head with a baseball bat and rammed the then-broken bat into her neck, down her chest cavity and out her back.

When Gabriel entered the residence, Wallace hit him repeatedly with an 18-inch pipe wrench, until he had “crushed his skull.” A couple of hours later Susan was murdered with the same pipe wrench when she returned from work.

In 2008 the state’s high court threw out the previously imposed death penalty against Wallace for murdering Susan Insalaco.

Here Justice John Pelander writing for the court states: “….evidence does not show beyond a reasonable doubt that Wallace actually or constructively knew that he had delivered one or more fatal blows to Anna or Gabriel before he stopped striking them. We therefore vacate the death sentences imposed on the two convictions relating to Anna and Gabriel’s murders and impose life sentences for each of those convictions.” (Page 20 of the opinion.)

In his confession, Wallace described killing Anna. “I thought she would die with one blow…that’d be it, like in the movies,” he told police. “It ain’t that way. She looked me in the eye, she knew who was killing her. … I wanted to put her out of her misery, man.”

Read the Arizona Supreme Court opinion issued March 27, 2012.


Longtime bureaucrat Tom Manos named MC manager

March 27, 2012

Maricopa County gets new manager within one day of Phoenix getting new police chief

Today a slimmer than usual voting bloc of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors unanimously selected Tom Manos, 59, as the new county manager to succeed recently retired David Smith. He currently serves as executive director of the Maricopa County Industrial Development Authority and manager of the county’s Human Services Campus.

Manos began working in county government in 1984, although he has also pulled stints within the governor’s office assisting Gov. Brewer with her 2009 transition team when she first took office after the abrupt departure of Janet Napolitano. He also served as Brewer’s deputy chief of staff in charge of finance.

As assistant county manager and chief financial officer, he managed several departments, including finance, risk management and materials management

Since the county manager has the discretion to make settlements on lawsuits affecting the supervisors, both Don Stapley and Mary Rose Wilcox — who have outstanding lawsuits against the taxpayers of Maricopa County — recused themselves from the vote on the advice of legal counsel.

Thus the five-member board approved Manos’ appointment on a 3 – 0 vote.


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