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.


John McCain suffers major memory lapse

September 7, 2014

John McCain has previously been the object of scorn and in larger numbers

In a collection of recent tweets from the past week, the daily newspaper has this gem from Arizona’s senior senator:

“First I was sanctioned by Vladimir Putin, then #ISIS labeled me “the enemy,” now Fidel Castro! Who’s next?!”

In an obvious memory lapse, McCain appears to have forgotten a “sanction” or two that preceded them all. Right here in Arizona, a state he visits infrequently, McCain was more than sanctioned. He was repeatedly censured by elected members of the party he claims to represent.

This past January elected GOP state committeemen representing Republican voters throughout Arizona assembled at their annual Statutory Meeting of the State Committee of the Arizona Republican Party and voted overwhelming to censure McCain.

That vote came on the heels of a similar vote of censure by the Maricopa County Republican elected precinct committeemen. In a stern rebuke of his increasingly liberal positions and abandoning the Republican platform to join with Democrats on significant issues, the vote to censure McCain passed overwhelmingly — 1,150 in support with only 351 opposed. The ‘Resolution to Censure Sen. John McCain’ can be read here.

Other counties statewide joined Maricopa in expressing deep dissatisfaction with McCain. Apache, Cochise, Gila, Mohave and Santa Cruz counties all passed Censure Resolutions.

When it comes to dissatisfaction with McCain, no one knows him better than those he has repeatedly deceived for the past three+ decades. Arizonan Republicans were first in line imposing sanctions on John McCain by way of repeated censures.

Since the word ‘sanction’ has two distinct —– and opposite meanings —- the often confused McCain could mean he has the explicit or official approval of Putin, ISIS and Castro, rather than their attempts to limit him. Merriam-Webster Dictionary’s description of the word ‘sanction’ can be read here.


Missed the news about the news

August 16, 2014

Gannett’s print and broadcast divorce

This recent Gannett press release slipped under the radar as politics dominate in this pre-election period. But make no mistake, the “separation” of fading print assets from its broadcast and digital businesses, signals a split that no conciliation expert worth his/her salt would consider repairable. Gannett is the parent company of the Arizona Republic —- often referred to on this site as the Periódico de la República de Arizona, for its relentless pro-amnesty positions —- and KPNX-TV 12 in Phoenix. The mirror-image entities are housed in the same building.

Gracia Martore, president and CEO, said, “The bold actions we are announcing…are significant next steps in our ongoing initiatives to increase shareholder value by building scale, increasing cash flow, sharpening management focus, and strengthening all of our businesses to compete effectively in today’s increasingly digital landscape.

Translation: Print is dead, The fetid stench of decay assaults the senses.

When the Gannett chairman of the board then announces the company “has made huge strides in strengthening each of its businesses over the past few years, and the Board believes that the creation of two highly focused companies with enhanced financial and regulatory flexibility will accelerate growth and create additional value for our shareholders,” it’s clear concern for the shareholders exceed those of the dying newspapers.

The pull-down “Arizona” box under the map, provides an indication of a likely problem.  The now defunct Tucson Citizen is misspelled as Tuscon. When the mighty media giant Gannett can’t spell the name of its own holdings —- former or not —- it signals the dissolution is merely a formality. The love was gone when the subscriptions caved.


AZ AG Horne: Setting the record straight

August 14, 2014

The following message, sent out in an email to supporters by Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne is titled, “Stand With Us.” What makes it particularly compelling is that it cogently lays out the stark differences between incumbent Horne and his establishment recruited opponent. It’s definitely worth your time:

As your Attorney General, I’m proud of our accomplishments over the past four years. We’ve fought federal overreach, and won. We’ve dismantled drug cartels, protected women and children from the horrors of human trafficking, and helped homeowners during the mortgage crisis.

Quite frankly I’m fed up. I’m fed up at my primary opponent and his establishment allies at the distortions and outright lies they have leveled against me and the great people that work at the Arizona Attorney General’s Office. I think it’s very telling that my opponent has shown that he is willing to say and do anything to win an election. He’s sold out to the establishment more than once. While I continue to be an independent and impartial Attorney General, he’ll be the lapdog of the open borders, special interest crowd that is funding his campaign.

Let’s look at the facts, while I have fought to secure the border and have beaten the Obama Administration in court on SB 1070, Mark Brnovich has been a senior fellow at a think tank that has advocated amnesty and open borders. He’s also donated to the campaign of Pete Rios who is one of the premier open border advocates in the state. While I have spent the last fourteen years serving the public, Mark has found a way to double dip. While he was supposedly serving the public as a prosecutor, he was also a lobbyist for private prisons. I’m still unclear on why this wasn’t a conflict of interest. While it may not have been illegal, it surely is very unethical.

This primary election couldn’t be more important. I’m the clear conservative in the race. That’s why Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Senator Gail Griffin, Senator Judy Burges, Representative David Gowan, and former Senate President Russell Pearce have all endorsed my campaign. I’m endorsed by two major law enforcement organizations (Highway Patrol Association and Correctional Peace Officers Association), where my opponent is endorsed by none. I’m also the only Arizona statewide candidate endorsed by the National Rifle Association. By contrast, my opponent is endorsed by the liberal Arizona Republic.

It’s time to make a choice and spread the word. You can choose an independent Attorney General who has a proven track record of fighting to protect all Arizonans or you can choose the candidate that has sold out to liberal, special interest. With only two weeks left before the August 26th Primary, you can stand with me by clicking the link and making a generous contribution to my re-election. No amount is too small and every dollar goes a long way to ensuring that we have a tough and thoughtful Attorney General.

Sincerely,
Tom Horne
Attorney General

If you approve of the job Attorney General Tom Horne is doing, help him get reelected.  It matters.


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