Stanton, wife, publication’s 1st “straight” honorees

The City of Phoenix is so broke it had to impose a 2 percent sales tax on the very food residents put in their mouths. It has a crime rate that is high enough for the city website to inform interested parties they have to file a public records request with the Police Department to obtain the information — although adding, that “increasing the availability of statistical information to anyone with an internet connection is something we are committed to improving.”

Our rates of identity and auto theft have been among the nation’s highest.  There is much to do in this city.

Surprisingly, in some quarters,  money still flows freely. Earlier this month, Phoenix City Manager David Cavazos became the lucky recipient of a 33% raise, which amounts to an extra $78,000 a year! He will now be pulling down a yearly base salary of $315,000, plus a $600 monthly car allowance, $35,000 a year in deferred compensation, and a $4,000 “longevity” bonus.

Amid all of this questionable taxation, out-of-control spending and crime, Echo Magazine, a homosexual publication, has found room in its heart to honor Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and his wife Nicole, as the 2012 Man and Woman of the Year — the first “straight” pair so warmly acknowledged.

Nicole Stanton has even been awarded the honor of “Outstanding Service by a Straight Ally.” Among numerous other activities within the LGBT community, the lawyer duo have marched in the Phoenix pride parade. Their liberal roots run deep. The Arizona Democrat Party named her as an elector for Barack Obama.

And hubby Greg?  Stanton is clearly feathering his nest for a run at something far more fulfilling than presiding over Phoenix City Council meetings.  He’s caught the eye of Barack Obama and is a longtime pal of Janet Napolitano, both of whom partnered in a congratulatory phone call when Stanton was elected mayor in November 2011

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26 Responses to Stanton, wife, publication’s 1st “straight” honorees

  1. Westnash says:

    Where were the people in pressuring the City Councilmen to vote against the raise? I believe there was only 1 no vote.

    This raise is only the tip of the iceberg of wasteful spending by city, county, and state government.

    • Clementine says:

      Where were YOU, Westnash? Did you sign up to speak out against the raise at the city council meetings? Did you call your council representative? You do a lot of complaining and seem to have extra time on your hands. Step away from your computer and get active.

    • eubykdisop says:

      SRAZ: Is it blog policy that a comment by Westnash will always be the first in reponse to a posted article? It’s starting to look like the comments section is owned by Westnash.

      • Westnash says:

        Sorry, Euby, when I logged in I saw a question directed to me and answered. I may have missed it but did not see your name in that question.

        Why not insist to the moderator that he put all your comments at the top of the page. I especially like the one about Joe McCarthy being the greatest American.

      • Seeing Red AZ says:

        Euby,
        The first response to a post goes up first. Some commenters, however, are held in “moderation,” meaning their comments do not automatically appear when sent. It’s impossible to stay on top of them as they come in. If your comment is at the top of the queue and another one written and time stamped before yours (but not appearing when you wrote) is removed from “moderation” and suddenly appears over yours, that‘s the reason. Not sure how clear that is, but it’s an honest attempt at answering your question.

        Westnash writes a lot. He does not get preferential treatment. No one does.

      • eubykdisop says:

        Westnash:

        Please quote me where I stated that Joe MCarthy is the greatest American.

        Secondly, tell us precisely what you think was wrong with U. S. Senator Joseph McCarthy, other than he outed Communists and was proven to be correct in his assertion that our government had been infiltrated by Communists.

      • eubykdisop says:

        SRAZ: You misunderstand. I have no desire to be the first poster. My concern is that Westnash always seems to be the first poster and I question whether that is a good thing, always having the same perspective appear first in the comments.

      • eubykdisop says:

        One more thing, Westnash. When you make cracks about U. S. Senator Joseph McCarthy, you are disrespecting an American combat veteran who was highly thought of by his superiors in the military.

        Admiral Chester Nimitz, Commander in Chief of the Pacific Fleet, issued the following citation regarding the service of Captain McCarthy:

        “For meritorious and efficient performance of duty as an observer and rear gunner of a dive bomber attached to a Marine scout bombing squadron operating in the Solomon Islands area from September 1 to December 31, 1943. He participated in a large number of combat missions, and in addition to his regular duties, acted as aerial photographer. He obtained excellent photographs of enemy gun positions, despite intense anti-aircraft fire, thereby gaining valuable information which contributed materially to the success of subsequent strikes in the area. Although suffering from a severe leg injury, he refused to be hospitalized and continued to carry out his duties as Intelligence Officer in a highly efficient manner. His courageous devotion to duty was in keeping with the highest traditions of the naval service.”

  2. Observer says:

    What a shame that support for homosexuality and so called “gay” issues takes precedence over efficiently and effectively running the City of Phoenix. The only reason crime stats have somewhat diminished is that the massive recession caused a lot of illegals had to move on since there were no jobs here. They had been given hospitable comfort in the “sanctuary city” created under policies established by Stanton’s equally liberal predecessor, Phil Gordon.

  3. Army Of One says:

    Democrats keep getting elected to run Phoenix because of the unions which turn out in large numbers in otherwise lackluster, always low turnout city elections. The teachers, cops and firefighters along with the well paid unionized city workers all get out to keep the status quo. Until conservatives can break this stranglehold, people like the Stanton’s and Gordon will continue to get elected. Gordon was a fool.. The Stanton’s are the two to beware of. They are ambitious and well connected to the liberal power brokers including Obama. I expect to see this couple rise to heights we conservatives will be unable to control…UNLESS we start seeking top-flight candidates, grooming them and giving them the campaign support and financial assistance they need. I would also advise that such candidates need to back away from the tea party crowd.

    Conservative lawyer Jennifer Wright, who ran for Phoenix mayor in this last election, had a fine resume, good background AND the weight of the tea party hanging around her neck. She lost badly when she should have won, or at least done much better. They can help in the background, but valley wide, they have shown they are not effective in getting conservatives elected. We need to pay attention to the hard facts that are staring us in the face.

  4. eubykdisop says:

    Shall we recall the “choice” we had in the election for Mayor of Phoenix?

    “Wes Gullett, Phoenix Mayor Wanna-Be, Hanging Out With BFF Councilman Tom Simplot and Ex Boss, Senator John McCain”

    “By Monica Alonzo Wed., Jun. 29 2011″

    “Standing on the left is Phoenix Councilman Tom Simplot, an openly gay elected official, a longtime Republican who switched to the Democratic party in 2007, and campaign chairman for mayoral candidate Wes Gullett.”

    “Simplot explains that he and Gullett practically are brothers and that he was at the fundraiser to introduce Gullett, who worked for McCain in Washington, D.C. and worked on his 2000 presidential bid.”

    “When it comes to GLBT issues, Wes definitely met my criteria, and he will have an inclusive administration,” says Simplot. “He supports domestic partnerships and civil unions.”

    Source: Phoenix New Times

    • Tomfoolery says:

      Thanks for the reminder, euby. Gullett, the McCainiac, was probably a hair better than Stanton, but didn’t present a palatable choice for conservatives. I agree with Army regarding Jennifer Wright. I hope we see her again, a bit more seasoned and minus the baggers. I actually tried to assist her campaign but was given short shrift by a bozo who appeared to have more sway in the campaign decisions than she did.

  5. PV Voter says:

    So Nicole Stanton’s brother was “gay” and died of AIDs. That’s a tremendous sadness for the family, in many ways. But promoting homosexuality as a mainstream “alternate lifestyle” to young people encourages the impressionable to view this depravity as normal. The bible refers to homosexuality as sin. Whether or not you believe in biblical teachings, creeping liberalism and the debasement of values that are the structures upon which our families are built has consequences. If you disagree with this thinking, you’re slurred as a homophobe! The suffix “phobe” (as in phobia) denotes fear. I am not fearful of homosexuals, but I won’t embrace their actions.

  6. Seen It All says:

    Look at it this way: The same-sex marriage proponents and their brethren are another voting bloc when Greg Stanton (and/or Nicole) runs for higher office. Thus far, they’ve got the Democrat mainstream vote, the far left, numerous unions, the illegals, many members of the State Bar, and now the homosexuals. Each group, and their circles of friends and relatives, carries a solid base of support. The Stanton’s are smart and are laying their future groundwork.

    Greg Stanton was even able to finagle his way out of the scandal with his embezzling campaign treasurer. Mindy Shields deserved a prison term, but being the daughter of the powerful union boss Billy Shields, and with Stanton pleading for mercy on her behalf (knowing where his bread was buttered), she got off with a slap on the wrist, daddy paid the stolen thousands back and Greg Stanton kept his influential friend and most importantly, suffered no personal consequences.

    Don’t say you weren’t warned.

    • Westnash says:

      Phoenix is unique in that so many people who would vote these liberal money wasters out live outside the Metro area. Arizona gets clobbered in massive waste and duplication of city government services because of this. Glendale is broke because of bad judgement by elected officials and probably corruption. A unified city/county government would eliminate duplication and might eliminate some of the real liberals.

      • eubykdisop says:

        Why that’s absolutely brilliant, Westnash… almost! Let’s analyze your proposal.

        1 – You would create a BIGGER government entity, combining BOTH the city AND the county. I didn’t know that you were such a fan of BIG government!

        2 – So you would like to see MARY ROSE WILCOX have a hand in running the City of Phoenix! I guess that must be part of your brand of “Conservatism”!

        3 – You suggest that combining city/county government MIGHT elminate some of the “real liberals”. What is your reason for believing that? What if your proposal INCREASES the number of “real liberals” in government? You know, people like MARY ROSE WILCOX!

        4 – What makes you think that, through the use of government subsidized housing and low interest/low down government housing loans, “liberal” voters won’t be brought into the area outside of the Metro area? How do you think that so many liberals came to live within the boundaries of Phoenix?

        You remind me of the beauty queen who wrote to Albert Einstein proposing that they should create children because those children would have her good looks and Einstein’s brains. Einstein wrote back saying, “What, Madam, if the children were to have my looks and your brains?”

      • Westnash says:

        Nope, I would cut out all the duplication and open the vote to all of Maricopa County and then work to have the best and most fiscally conservative people elected to jobs that were term limited, paid a fair but not enormous salary, and that never came with a pension.

      • eubykdisop says:

        What do you mean “nope”, Westnash, LOL! “Nope” what? As usual, you haven’t addressed a single point raised, ROFL! You never make a cogent, fact-based case for anything. If your ideas are challenged, all you do is restate what you’ve already stated, as if your writing it makes it true, LOL!

  7. Westnash says:

    Euby, with your expertise in the workings of the Defense Department you are aware it doesnt take much more than showing up to get a military letter of commendation. Lyndon Johnson got a Silver Star for riding as an observer.

    • eubykdisop says:

      It is clear, Westnash, that no matter what factual evidence is presented, you will demonize U. S. Senator Joseph McCarthy. Nevertheless, let us proceed to shred your alleged “argument”.

      Your “logic” is that if one person, who never served in the military, receives recognition without due justification, then all people who served in the military who received recognition may have done so without due justification. Your “argument” falls apart, however, because Admiral Nimitiz was very specific in citing the factual reasons for issuing a citation regarding the service of Captain McCarthy.

      “Admiral Chester Nimitz, Commander in Chief of the Pacific Fleet, issued the following citation regarding the service of Captain McCarthy:”

      “For meritorious and efficient performance of duty as an observer and rear gunner of a dive bomber attached to a Marine scout bombing squadron operating in the Solomon Islands area from September 1 to December 31, 1943. He participated in a large number of combat missions, and in addition to his regular duties, acted as aerial photographer. He obtained excellent photographs of enemy gun positions, despite intense anti-aircraft fire, thereby gaining valuable information which contributed materially to the success of subsequent strikes in the area. Although suffering from a severe leg injury, he refused to be hospitalized and continued to carry out his duties as Intelligence Officer in a highly efficient manner. His courageous devotion to duty was in keeping with the highest traditions of the naval service.”

      Now, Westnash, with your expertise in the workings of Marine combat operations during WWII in the Pacific Theater of Operations, you would have us believe that you know better than Admiral Chester Nimitiz what transpired between September 1 to December 31, 1943 in the Solomon Islands area. That is what you are asking us to believe, isn’t it, Westnash, that you know better than Admiral Nimitz, who was there? Were you there, Westnash? Were you a Naval Officer, an Admiral serving as Commander in Chief of the Pacific Fleet? Well, were you, Westnash?

      Tell us, Westnash, why it is that you would deny Joseph McCarthy, a U. S. combat veteran, recognition for his service to his country? What precisely is it that you have against anti-communist Joseph McCarthy that would cause you to be so vehement that you would belittle a combat veteran who enlisted to serve, even though he was exempted from military service because he was a judge.

      In another post you wrote “…your precious military…” Yes, Westnash, our military is precious. If you think our military to not be “precious”, then wny don’t you move to a country which is not under it’s protection? It is the height of hipocrisy to enjoy the protection of our military while demeaning it and demeaning those who served honorably and with courage defending the nation is which YOU live. Nevertheless, you expect the men and women in our military to put their lives on the line while you cut them down. You make me sick!

      • Westnash says:

        Here is the factual evidence, Euby, of Joe’s military record:

        When the United States entered the Second Word War McCarthy resigned as a circuit judge and joined the U.S. Marines. After the war McCarthy ran against Robert La Follette to become Republican candidate for the senate. As one of his biographers has pointed out, his campaign posters pictured him in “full fighting gear, with an aviator’s cap, and belt upon belt of machine gun ammunition wrapped around his bulky torso.” He claimed he had completed thirty-two missions when in fact he had a desk job and only flew in training exercises.

        Joe was an alcoholic, fraud, and a bully. It caught up with him.

      • eubykdisop says:

        Westnash wrote: “Joe was an alcoholic, fraud, and a bully.” That’s not factual evidence, Westnash, that’s your leftist opinion.

        The facts are that Joseph McCarthy enlisted in the Marines during time of war, served in combat, received a citation from Admiral Nimitiz, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and received an honorable discharge. All of the above are a matter of record and nothing you say changes that.

        Now if you want to see a real fraud and bully, look in the mirror.

        Furthermore, the record is clear regarding Senator McCarthy accurately outing Communists, especially within our government.

        “In his famous speech on February 9th, 1950, McCarthy brought public a list of 57 known communists working for the state department. These revelations took the American public by storm. Out of all the Senators and public figures in Washington, only McCarthy had the courage to stand up against communist infiltration. It was a deed that McCarthy’s leftist critics would never forgive him for.” Apparently Westnash won’t forgive Senator McCarthy for exposing Communists either!

        “He was noted for claiming that there were large numbers of Communists and Soviet spies and sympathizers, engaged in a conspiracy to undermine the United States, inside the federal government. He was proven correct by government documents and inquiry, including decrypted Venona files.” Despite the claims of “witch hunts” by Westnash and the left, Senator McCarthy was proven correct. Part of that proof came from the Venona files. What are the Venona files?

        “The Venona project intercepted codes passed among agents of the communist Soviet Union during World War II, and attempted to decrypt them.”

        “After the collapse of the Soviet Union, documents from the KGB and Comintern Archives in Moscow became available to researchers and the public for the first time, corroborating the facts of McCarthy’s underlying premise.” So the facts of McCarthy’s underlying premise were corroborated by the Venona files.

        The Moynihan Secrecy Commission stated that:

        “The first fact is that a significant Communist conspiracy was in place in Washington, New York, and Los Angeles, but in the main those involved systematically denied their involvement.”

        Hayden Peake, curator of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Historical Intelligence Collection has stated, “No modern government was more thoroughly penetrated.”

        Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Chairman of the bipartisan Commission on Government Secrecy, responsible for securing the release of Venona project materials, in the Introduction to his book Secrecy states, “The Venona intercepts contained overwhelming proof of the activities of Soviet spy networks in America, complete with names, dates, places, and deeds.”

        “Over 200 named or covernamed persons found in the Venona translations, persons then present in the U.S., are claimed by the KGB and the GRU in their messages as their clandestine assets or contacts.”

        The Venona files prove Westansh to be wrong. Statements from the Moynihan Secrecy Commission prove Westnash to be wrong. The statement by Hayden Peake, curator of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Historical Intelligence Collection, prove Westnash to be wrong.

        Tell us why it is, Westnash, that you continue to attack an honorably discharged U. S. combat veteran who is proven to be a staunch and reliable anti-communist? How is it that you take the same position on McCarthy as do the most radical of the leftists?

  8. Westnash says:

    If McCarthy was a war hero, give him credit. It does nothing to overcome his alcoholic fits and communist witch hunts and smear campaigns later in life. Didn’t Hitler win awards in WW1? Does that influence his place in history?

    Euby, with your expertise in History of the Twentieth Century you only portray yourself and your followers as loony’s if you run far and wide waving pictures of Joe McCarthy as an American hero. He never found a spy but cost lots of innocent people their jobs.

  9. eubykdisop says:

    Let us once again debunk the far left style propaganda of Westnash, shall we? How shall we do that? With facts, which are loathed by Westnash.

    “In his famous speech on February 9th, 1950, McCarthy brought public a list of 57 known communists working for the state department. These revelations took the American public by storm. Out of all the Senators and public figures in Washington, only McCarthy had the courage to stand up against communist infiltration. It was a deed that McCarthy’s leftist critics would never forgive him for.” Apparently Westnash won’t forgive Senator McCarthy for exposing Communists either!

    “He was noted for claiming that there were large numbers of Communists and Soviet spies and sympathizers, engaged in a conspiracy to undermine the United States, inside the federal government. He was proven correct by government documents and inquiry, including decrypted Venona files.” Despite the claims of “witch hunts” by Westnash and the left, Senator McCarthy was proven correct. Part of that proof came from the Venona files. What are the Venona files?

    “The Venona project intercepted codes passed among agents of the communist Soviet Union during World War II, and attempted to decrypt them.”

    “After the collapse of the Soviet Union, documents from the KGB and Comintern Archives in Moscow became available to researchers and the public for the first time, corroborating the facts of McCarthy’s underlying premise.” So the facts of McCarthy’s underlying premise were corroborated by the Venona files.

    The Moynihan Secrecy Commission stated that:

    “The first fact is that a significant Communist conspiracy was in place in Washington, New York, and Los Angeles, but in the main those involved systematically denied their involvement.”

    Hayden Peake, curator of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Historical Intelligence Collection has stated, “No modern government was more thoroughly penetrated.”

    Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Chairman of the bipartisan Commission on Government Secrecy, responsible for securing the release of Venona project materials, in the Introduction to his book Secrecy states, “The Venona intercepts contained overwhelming proof of the activities of Soviet spy networks in America, complete with names, dates, places, and deeds.”

    “Over 200 named or covernamed persons found in the Venona translations, persons then present in the U.S., are claimed by the KGB and the GRU in their messages as their clandestine assets or contacts.”

    The Venona files prove Westansh to be wrong. Statements from the Moynihan Secrecy Commission prove Westnash to be wrong. The statement by Hayden Peake, curator of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Historical Intelligence Collection, prove Westnash to be wrong.

    We have to ask ourselves why it is that Westnash is so determined to attempt to smear Senator McCarthy, a staunch anti-communist who was an honorably discharged U. S. combat veteran? For that matter, why is it that to this day the whole of the left feels that it needs to continue to do the same thing? If Westnash and the entire left are against McCarthy, what does that tell you, both about Senator McCarthy AND about Westnash?

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