McCain spaniel Jeff Flake colludes with Dems on Cuba

December 17, 2014

Aisle-crossing Flake sole Republican favoring lifting embargo on Communist isle

Credited as key players in brokering a secret prisoner exchange and working to normalizing relations with the oppressive Communist dictatorship of Cuba were Democrat Sens. Pat Leahy (D-Vt.) and Carl Levin (D-Mich.). U.S. Reps. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md) and Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) were also involved with negotiating the Cuba deal, at the urging of  the Obama White House..

The stand alone Republican in this mix is none other than Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake.

U.S. contractor Alan Gross was swapped for three Cubans jailed in the United States for spying. Gross worked on Van Hollen’s first campaign.

“When I visited Alan last month, he expressed the hope that his ordeal might somehow lead to positive changes between the United States and Cuba,” Flake enthused Wednesday. “With today’s significant and far-reaching announcements, I think it already has.”

Sen. Marco Rubio, (R-Fla), whose parents are Cuban immigrants, summed up Obama’s overreach in normalizing diplomatic relations with Cuba with this statement: “At a minimum Barack Obama is the worst negotiator we’ve had as president since at least Jimmy Carter, and maybe in the modern history of this country,” he said on Fox News. “The issue that I care about in Cuba is democracy. Nothing that is happening here will further that cause.”

Noting he was glad Gross would be reunited with his family, Rubio added that the exchange for three spies sets a “very dangerous precedent.” He said, “It puts a price on every American abroad. Governments now know that if they take an American hostage, they can get very significant concessions from the U.S.”              

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, was no happier.  “President Obama’s actions have vindicated the brutal behavior of the Cuban government.” Menendez said that exchanging Gross for “three convicted criminals sets an extremely dangerous precedent. It invites dictatorial and rogue regimes to use Americans serving overseas as bargaining chips.”  Read his contemptuous  statement. Menendez is also of Cuban heritage.

Obama earlier lifted some travel restrictions for Cuban-Americans and allowed former Cuban nationals living in the U.S. to send remittances (U.S. dollars) to family members still in Cuba.

The U.S. Department of State has had Cuba on the terror watch list since 1982.

Now Obama’s advisors have announced he will attend the Summit of the Americas in Panama —- a conference Cuban dictator/President Raul Castro will also attend.

The U.S. embargo against the Communist regime 90 miles from our shore, has been in effect since 1960.

We previously posted Jeff Flake would be term-limited in his beloved Cuba Check it out.


Bush 3? Conservatives will take a pass on dynasty

December 17, 2014

To no one’s surprise, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush announced on Tuesday he would “actively explore” a 2016 run for the White House.

We’ve written about him before. This post, “Another Bush? Thanks, Jeb, but we’ve had enough,” is from March 2013, when he was promoting his soft-on-illegal-immigration book, written to keep him relevant after leaving office.  It’s worth reviewing —- the post, not the book —- the hardcover of which can now be purchased  for less than a buck on Amazon, exactly what it’s worth.

Nothing has changed except Jeb’s lost 15 lbs, attempting to shape up before entering the fray. Just in time to welcome in the New Year, he’s promising to send out 250,000 email releases from his time as governor and gearing up to release an eBook on his governing style to strut his digital hipness.

The eBook and emails could well serve as a calculated distraction from Bush’s financesincluding overseas investments and his work for venture capital firms, which have recently come under scrutiny.

Well aware he holds numerous positions out of step with the conservative base of the Republican party, Bush acknowledges, “I am who I’ve been.” 

Yep. We’ve noticed. 

Who he’s “been” also includes Jeb Bush being a longtime and dedicated supporter of Common Core.

Apr. 23, 2014:  Why Jeb Bush will never be President

Sept. 6, 2013: Jeb Bush opting out of 2016 presidential race?


Surprising new AZ GOP slate announced at EGC

December 5, 2014

The Executive Guidance Committee of the Maricopa County Republican Committee (EGC) met for its usual first Thursday of the month meeting last night at the state Republican headquarters, 3501 N. 24th St., Phoenix.  A surprise announcement was the formation of a new slate for the party’s state officers:

AZ GOP chairman:  Lori Marsh Urban

1st Vice Chairman: A. J. LaFaro

2nd Vice Chairman: Gabriela Saucedo Mercer

Secretary: Lynne Bryer

Current AZ GOP chairman Robert Graham, who is waging an intense campaign for reelection, was not in attendance. Also MIA was Vernon Parker, the only newly elected Legislative District Chairman out of 20 Maricopa County districts who didn’t bother to show up.

The State Republican Organizational Meeting is January 24, 2015.


Back to the future with Heather Carter & Kate McGee

December 4, 2014

First the disclosure —- unnecessary to our readers, who know the scoop —-  since Heather Carter (LD-15) and Kate Brophy McGee (LD-28) have made a habit of jumping ship from the Republican caucus to repeatedly vote with the Democrats: Due to their close ties to the McCain cabal, we did not endorse either of them in the recent election.

That being said, we have to congratulate ourselves on our wisdom, just as the duo congratulate themselves by hosting an event at which they are the honorees.

No kidding. Who could make that up?

Our good judgment exercised in withholding endorsements is highlighted by the fact that these two —- who are entrusted to craft laws under which the citizens of the state have to abide —- don’t even know what year their self-congratulatory gala is to take place. Their email including the “Save the Date!” announcement was dated Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014.

View the invitation here.

Ladies, January 2014 has come and gone. If you can’t get something as simple as the date right, how can you be trusted with law making?

The answer is obvious.


Seeing Red AZ rates a backhanded first place award

November 29, 2014

Kudos from the Phoenix New Times

blue_ribbonOkay. We can take it.  It’s all in fun, after all.  Or is it? At any rate, the bizarro-world* leftists at the Phoenix New Times tabloid have awarded Seeing Red AZ the “Best Right-Wing Blog, 2014.” We are even credited as a valuable resource “for reporters and researchers.”

They got us right on our view of John McCain, but skewed the facts on nearly everything else, as was doubtless their intent. We missed the issue in which the award was initially given since the publication is not on our regular reading list.  Still, we take a deep bow and emulate director James Cameron, hooting at the academy awards he was “King of the World.” Cameron simply omitted the all-important two words, “blog” and “Arizona.”

Thanks, Phoenix New Times. Perhaps you‘ll learn a thing or two as you venture into that “journey into darkness” with us. Stranger things have happened. Prior to seeing the light, conservative icon Ronald Reagan had once been a Democrat union leader.

 

* New Times’ description of the mindset of our readers.


Obama set to ignore America’s repudiation of his policies

November 20, 2014

Exhibits brash contempt for still struggling American citizen workforce

As we await this evening’s announcement granting amnesty to upward of five million illegals, it’s worth keeping a sharp eye on the Republican establishment, some of whom are poised to cave to this dangerous overreach that will give rise to a further surge of invaders.  Beware when the words, “our nation’s immigration system is broken,” are used.

Surprisingly, the habitually deferential MSM networks —- ABC, CBS and NBC —- are reportedly taking a pass on Barack Obama’s primetime address, as he outlines his executive action in defiance of the American people who soundly rejected his schemes on Nov. 4.

In fact, this newly released NBC/WSJ poll shows Hispanics do not overwhelmingly support Obama’s decision to bypass Congress. Nearly half of all Americans express disapproval.

Acting unilaterally, the “Emperor of the United States,” as Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) has so correctly tagged, him is moving forward with imposing executive amnesty.

Rush Limbaugh notes that Sessions is also the most eloquent, consistent, outspoken critic of illegal immigration and amnesty.  He writes op-eds and delivers effective speeches from the floor of the Senate. He has been tireless in his characterization of the danger that this portends to the country, to the future. He understands what’s at risk, both democratically and constitutionally.

For his efforts, Republican leadership in the Senate want to kick Sessions off the Budget Committee, where he is the Ranking Member. If that occurs, it pretty much tells us all  we need to know about what’s going to happen with the new Senate majority we were just rejoicing over.

After winning the only nationally uncontested senate election in 2014, Sessions said, “The American people dramatically repudiated the policies of President Obama, Senator Reid, and Leader Pelosi. It was also a dramatic affirmation of the policies our GOP candidates campaigned on: controlling spending, balancing the budget, repealing Obamacare, unleashing American energy, and boosting wages through pro-worker reforms.”

“Republicans in the House and Senate campaigned against the Obama-Senate immigration bill and on the pledge to block President Obama’s unlawful executive amnesty. The immediate emergency facing our new majority will be fighting the President’s disastrous planned actions, and we will have not only a Constitutional mandate but also a popular mandate to do so,” Sessions said.

“President Obama’s immigration order would provide illegal immigrants with the exact benefits Congress has repeatedly rejected: Social Security numbers, photo IDs and work permits —– which will allow them to now take jobs directly from struggling Americans in every occupation. Congress must not allow this unconstitutional action. That means Congress should fund the government while ensuring that no funds can be spent on this unlawful purpose.”

“The last six years of the Obama-Reid majority have been a government of the elites for the elites. Our new GOP Senators will lead the way in returning government to the loyal citizens who sent us here.”

Those were Sen. Sessions words following the election that swept Republicans into office nationwide earlier this month.  Will they ring true?


2014 Phoenix Veterans Day Parade information

November 10, 2014

 

Veterans_Day

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014

Time: 11:00 a.m.

This year’s parade theme is “Duty, Honor, Sacrifice: Celebrating Our  World War II Veterans.”  The Phoenix Veterans Day Parade will mark the 70th anniversary of  the Invasion of Normandy in celebrating our World War II Veterans with a flyover by WWII Biplanes flown by Fred Gorrell and his Thunder Flying Group.  

Join the Phoenix community as it honors America’s brave men and women from every generation and conflict, who have sacrificed and risked their lives to preserve our freedom.  

 The Phoenix Veterans Day Parade began in 1997 and has grown from 50 entries to more than 100 entries and tens of thousands of spectators.

 The Parade kicks off at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 11, 2014. Starting point is North Phoenix Baptist Church (at Bethany Home Rd. and Montebello). The parade then heads South on Central, turns East on Camelback and then heads South on 7th Street where the parade concludes at Indian School Road.  Street closures begin at 10 a.m.

THE PARADE ROUTE AND MAP CAN BE SEEN HERE.

Check out these great deals, including free meals being offered by local restaurants in honor of military service personnel. This list was compiled by ABC TV-15.


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