Federal Courts redefine marriage in Arizona

October 18, 2014

The pro-same sex marriage Arizona Republic crows over the now legal unions with blazing headlines, oversized photos and six pages of gushing splash. The Page One bold headline in oversized, all caps type face, blasts, “LAWFULLY WED.”

As bible-believing conservatives, Seeing Red AZ would more appropriately remove the first “L” in the headline. But as realists in these times of political correctness, elevation of contrived “victimization” status to respectability, and liberal federal courts with unelected judges, overturning the will of the voting citizens in state after state, it was clear this was bound to happen.

Arizona Attorney Tom Horne, who has fought to defend traditional marriage, issued this press release regarding the Federal District Court and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rulings against Arizona. He notes the United States Supreme Court’s unwillingness to accept review in the case of three other circuits in essentially identical circumstances. There is an additional section providing background at the end of the press release. The Attorney General’s Office filed a brief on October 16, advising the court that the Latta decision is not yet considered final under Ninth Circuit case law, and requesting that Judge John Sedwick refrain from issuing any ruling based on Latta until it becomes final. Despite the Arizona Attorney General’s request, U.S. District Court Judge Sedwick issued an order and injunction declaring Arizona’s traditional marriage laws unconstitutional and prohibiting Arizona officials from enforcing the Arizona laws that ban marriage between persons of the same sex

During his 2008 presidential campaign Barack Obama made many promises to various constituencies of the Democrat Party, including the gay/lesbian lobby. Repeal of the 1996 Defense Of Marriage Act was on his “to do” list, and the divided court complied by gutting key sections in 2013. He also called for a law to extend various benefits to domestic partners, which was initially the foundation of the “marriage” effort. Dissenting Justice Antonin Scalia wrote. “I promise you this: The only thing that will ‘confine’ the court’s holding is its sense of what it can get away with.”

Last year, even Pope Francis, who represents the Roman Catholic Church to millions worldwide, and is not legally bound by the heavy hand of liberal, agendized federal courts, disappointingly took the path of least resistance, rhetorically asking,  “Who am I to judge?” The answer was, of course, “You’re the Pope, for God‘s sake!”

We live in times our nation’s Founders could never have envisioned.


Horrors! AZ Republic links Ducey to dreaded Koch brothers

October 3, 2014

In Wednesday’s post, “AZ Republic endorsements: “Close calls” favor known leftists,” exposing the fakery of the newspaper’s endorsements, we predicted the liberals on the editorial board would favor far left lobbyist Fred DuVal in the governor’s race.

Today, what’s left of the deteriorating newspaper, provides unequivocal evidence of what’s to come.

Given the political chicanery engaged in by the few adults still employed at the ailing newspaper, it was not much of a surprise to see today’s Page One,  above-of-the fold headline written by a duo of hatchet women, Yvonne Wingett Sanchez and Mary Jo Pitzl, who view every issue through deep blue lenses.

Their pathetic effort, filled with enough suspenseful adjectives to qualify it for a mystery thriller, aims to expose Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Ducey’s ties to the Koch brothers. The wealthy conservatives businessmen have reached public enemy status with liberals since they legally donate to Republican candidates.

Hold onto your hats! Take a seat.

The headline blasts, “Ducey’s ties to Koch brothers becomes issue in governor race.” To substantiate the shock of this “issue,” the article quotes the far left weekly news magazine The Nation, which has lost money in all but three or four years in over a century of operation, sustained by a large group of devoted leftist donors called ‘Nation Associates.’

As expected, there is silence from the daily on Democrat recipients of the big bucks doled out by billionaires such as Second Amendment hating Michael Bloomberg, Marxist George Soros and Climate Change fanatic Tom Steyer.

OpenSecrets.org, the nonpartisan and verifiable archive of political contributions fills in the gaps you‘ll never find in the liberal news. Here is the 2014 overview of the top organizational contributors, with a color guide along the left side indicating a range of liberal to conservative. Koch Industries is in 34th place, on a list rife with unions and numerous  other radically liberalgroups. Only six are listed as Solidly Republican/Conservative

On MSNBC, hardly a conservative network, Joe Scarborough, in a must watch video segment exposes Big money this year starts with Harry Reid. He ponders why Harry Reid has spent so much time talking about the conservative Koch brothers when Democratic superPACs have outspent all others in 2014.

In fact, the Senate Majority PAC, run by allies of Harry Reid, is the superPAC that spent the most in 2014 — leading Scarborough to wonder aloud why Reid has spent so much time talking (notice the change of ties in the linked video) about the conservative Koch brothers.

We join his bewilderment, questioning why the Arizona Republic is focused on Ducey and the Koch‘s, rather than exposing the longtime ties of career political insider and D.C. ‘K Street’ lobbyist, Democrat contender Fred DuVal.


Gifting ASU’s Prez with $95K raise+benies = one helluva deal

September 30, 2014

Crow called “a bargain” at $900,000 a year

When it wants to push its leftist perspective, the Arizona Republic is a marvel of inconsistencies. Look no further than the convoluted meanderings of Monday’s editorial as it attempts to justify the outrageous salary increase for Arizona State University president Michael Crow.  The heist is headlined, “It’s vision, not money, that motivates Crow.”

In this still troubled economy with many remaining behind the eight ball financially, the state Board of Regents awarded Crow a $95,000 raise and we are told we got a bargain in the process.

Betch’a didn’t know that Crow is a “gale force of big ideas, who swept into this intellectual desert” when he arrived in 2002.

He is also extolled for “throwing open the doors to a surge of low-income and minority students…”  Back in 2007, when Crow began promoting scholarship funding and in-state tuition for illegal alien students the open-border newspaper called Crow’s efforts  to subvert the voter approved Prop. 300 “courageous.”  Crow referred to the hundreds of foreign national students here illegally as “special-class international students.”

This previous post “Michael Crow, Sybil Francis: A$U’s pricey duo,” fills in the dollar amounts in salary, bonuses, pensions, retirement and “step up bonuses,” car and housing allowances that Crow and his wife Sybil Francis were previously raking in. Updated, enumerated numbers are not readily found, although this year alone he receives a $40,000 incentive and up to $180,000 in 2015 for “meeting goals.”

It’s difficult to pick a winning line in the blatherous editorial, but the words, “money doesn’t motivate him” which he proves by staying on here in Arizona, where this superhuman “visionary” is “underpaid,” float to the top.

“It’s no secret that a lot of major institutions would like to steal him away from us,” Regents Chairman Mark Killian said. “We think he’s doing a wonderful job, and we’d like him to stay around.”

Regent Greg Patterson “gushingly” heaped further praise, actually calling Crow “transformative.“

 That electric definition alone could power up Sybil Francis and Michael Crow’s $million+ nest in swanky Paradise Valley.

The swooning regents duo sound suspiciously like former U.S. Senator Dennis DeConcini, then a regent in 2007.  “He’s worth every dollar he gets paid because he delivers,” DeConcini said.

As Crow and Francis live large, citizen students feel the sting as tuition and fee hikes continue to rattle Arizona families. And the question remains, if  Crow isn’t motivated by money, why do the regents continually throw more of it at his well-shod feet?


BP under the federal gun to investigate agents

September 28, 2014

Criminal investigations center on law enforcement agents not illegals

The daily reports that Customs and Border Protection has issued a press release on the alleged assault on a teenage illegal detainee by an agent —- at the specific direction of the agency’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The Jan. 30 incident, captured on a security camera video reputedly shows Border Agent Aldo Francisco Arteaga, a nine-year veteran, entering a holding area, confiscating the teen’s disallowed cell phone, and punching him in the stomach. Arteaga is stationed in Nogales, Arizona.  The area is a major portal for illegals and criminal gangs of drug traffickers. 

The article is rife with comments from the expected pro-illegal brigade including ACLU attorneys, a “skeptical” policy analyst at the American Immigration Council and representatives of “human rights” and “immigration rights” groups, expressing doubts regarding prosecution.

Border Patrol Agents are charged as “vigilant protectors of our Nation’s borders,” according to the Mission statement on U.S. Customs and Border Protection website. It neglects to mention that agents are supposed to do their job with one hand tied behind their backs, while being viewed with suspicion by the same federal government that employs them.

The US/Mexican border is a dangerous place. But the Border Agents protecting the U.S. from murderous drug cartels, jihadists intending harm to our homeland and defiant illegal invaders, are vilified by the leftist Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic) newspaper —- as we noted in this post last year.

In 2010, the Sierra Vista Herald reported* there had been a marked increase in violence against U. S. Border Patrol agents —- up a stunning 300 percent in the first two months of the fiscal year. The report indicated 108 attacks on agents in the Tucson sector alone. The previous year there were 27 such reports.

This list of U.S. Border Patrol Agents who have died in the line of duty since Dec. 2003 gives an indication of where the actual focus of prosecution needs to be.

*Sierra Vista Herald report no longer accessible


The Hill uses unreliable information in McCain report

September 26, 2014

Polling shows John McCain carrying increasingly negative numbers as well as the wrath of a large swathe of his home state Republicans —– evidenced by multiple state and county censures.  As The Hill speculates about the senior senator’s political future, major flaws in the article “McCain gets ready for the race of his life,” are revealed in the sourcing and less than accurate skew.

Reading the article, one outside of Arizona would likely come away thinking McCain was invincible and that his three-plus decades in DC, have imbued him with brilliance in matters of national security and accumulated wisdom simply by virtue of staring octogenarian status in the eye.

The facts belie such notions. His left-of-center alliances and preference for illegal invaders over Arizona’s citizens have earned him the ire of grassroots Republicans .

Yet The Hill anoints convicted felon Wes Harris as the ‘grassroots conservative expert’ to speak for all of Arizona. Although Harris’ observation of McCain’s unpopularity is correct, his assertion that McCain won reelection in 2010 because his conservative challenger —- former Congressman J.D. Hayworth —- was a flawed candidate laden with too much “baggage,” has no basis in reality.

Arrogant and divisive Wes Harris has alienated many conservatives. Few would say he speaks for them.

In fact, the popular Hayworth was formidable. After a year-end Rasmussen Reports survey showed McCain in a virtual dead heat with the still-undeclared Hayworth, McOperatives did the expected, launching into counterattack mode by running a disreputable push poll to inflate McCain’s numbers. Hayworth, who carried strong conservative support, was not hobbled by baggage, but rather by being outspent roughly 10 to 1.

The man with baggage galore is John McCain. Last January at the annual mandatory meeting of the Maricopa County Republican Committee, elected precinct committeemen voted to censure McCain. The measure passed overwhelmingly — 1,150 in support with only 351 opposed. Read the complete Resolution to Censure John McCain, including a list of grievances 

Later the same month, McCain was censured again, this time by elected state committeemen at their statutory meeting of the State Committee of the Arizona Republican Party.

The Hill article does include one telling segment worthy of a second glance:

Former Sen. Jon Kyl, a longtime Republican colleague, said McCain would likely draw a challenger but predicted he would prevail. Kyl is quoted as saying the state party make-up next year will be different from the one that censured McCain in January.

 “I think you’ll see a different party make-up after the primary election. There will be a new group of precinct committeemen. I don’t think you’ll see many of the same old faces,” Kyl said.

Kyl’s facile words tell a much more significant story.  The McCain/Kyl/Flake establishment has been hard at work attempting to remove  diligent, conservative elected Republican precinct committeemen and replace them with compliant moderates. This past Primary Election cycle, when committeemen are elected, there were numerous reports of recruiters being paid for enlisting new people to run against conservatives. McCain’s frequent censures were a national embarrassment the McCabal doesn’t want repeated. 

Thursday’s post MC GOP Chair LaFaro exposes Wes Gullett in complaint explains the efforts being taken to oust elected committeemen.

This post card is an example of those sent out by then-Sen. Jon Kyl in 2012, as he inserted himself into the LD 28 precinct committeemen races and attempted to facilitate the removal of conservatives.

In the end, it’s all about maintaining McCain and his ilk, even if it means destroying the Arizona Republican party by eliminating committed party stalwarts in the process.


Naturalized AZ Rep. proposes requiring civics to graduate high school

September 18, 2014

State Rep. Steve Montenegro knows a thing or two about American citizenship.  His background has motivated his desire to ensure that Arizona high school students are knowledgeable about our government and the freedoms that were intended for us by our nation’s founders.

Montenegro, a Republican representing Legislative District 13, was born in El Salvador, immigrating to the United States with his family when he was little more than a toddler. His personal history is inspiring —- a true American success story.

A Magna Cum Laude graduate of Arizona State University, he earned degrees in Political Science and Theology. He has taught school and works as a youth minister. Montenegro is also a District Representative for U.S. Rep. Trent Franks (CD-8). 

Montenegro has proposed that graduating high school students have a solid understanding of civics. He is working with other state legislators and representatives of the Civics Proficiency Institute, writing legislation for the requirement. Arizona’s 51st legislative session begins January 12, 2015.

“Every single student in Arizona and across the United States of America should have basic knowledge and understanding of American government,” Rep. Montenegro said. “If we as a people don’t know where our fundamental rights come from, where that authority comes from, it’s easier to be led astray, led away, misled,” Montenegro said at a press conference Wednesday. “What we want is to help people engage in society.”

He was joined by fellow Republican Representatives supporting the proposed legislation, including John Allen (LD15) and newly elected Jay Lawrence  (LD23).

The alarming  lack of basic knowledge about our government is exhibited by the high school students in this video. These grossly undereducated kids will be deciding our nation’s future. Will they be inclined to protect that which they are ignorant about?


AZ Republic heading for last roundup

September 13, 2014

Still trying to scalp readers as it rides off to the sunset

Raw evidence that the carcass of the extreme leftwing Arizona Republic is heaving its last breaths comes by way of the news of further pink slips amid what is cunningly referred to as “operational streamlining” involving approximately a dozen positions —- this time.

Newsroom positions will be renamed and employees will be subject to the humiliation of reapplying for their current jobs. As new hires, benefits will likely be delayed until a probationary period has passed, factoring in a cost savings to the newspaper and leaving any “rehired” employees in limbo.

The failing newspaper, rife with seemingly endless layoffs, cutbacks and increasing reliance on students from ASU’s liberal Cronkite School of Journalism, recently informed nearly two dozen community reporters they would need to work from their laptops at Starbucks and McDonald’s — which supply free WiFi — and consider their cars to be their offices.

As the newspaper’s brass pushes its reporters onto the streets, the subscription rates have just skyrocketed nearly ten dollars a month. Quite a deal if you enjoy having your intelligence routinely insulted and being relentlessly deluged with open borders and same sex issues.

Given its propensities, the future of the local Gannett holding has grown ever more bleak. We recently noted the “separation” of fading print assets from its broadcast and digital businesses. Gannett, which operates 82 daily publications including USA Today, is the parent company of that fattening agent of the anorexic pages of the Arizona Republic —- often referred to on this site as the Periódico de la República de Arizona, for its relentless pro-amnesty positions. It also owns KPNX-TV 12, the NBC affiliate in Phoenix. The mirror-image local entities have been housed in the same building since 2010.

Jim Romenesko details Gannett’s 16 job descriptions and salary ranges under the “Newsroom of the Future” parameter.  He writes, “each newsroom employee at each Gannett property must be in one of these positions. They are all digital-centric and aligned with Gannett’s new “Picasso” initiative, in which journalism is driven solely by metrics and journalists are expected to be marketers and ‘community connectors.’”

Unbiased reporting doesn’t exist at the Arizona Republic. The entire newspaper reeks editorial content. If you’re actually seeking untainted news, you’ve gone to the wrong place. And now you’ll have to shell out close to ten more bills each month for the insult.


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