Bill Montgomery: Focus of daily’s sarcastic jab remains inert

October 13, 2014

Ten days ago, the Arizona Republic’s tabloid style insert ran an ironic cover report titled, “No VIP treatment” detailing the handling of arrested “celebrities” in Phoenix. It continues to a jump page which boldly declares, “No one is a celebrity in handcuffs.”

The list details the arrests of actors, a fitness guru, athletes and musicians. 

Missing is any mention of relatives of politicians.

Also MIA is the usually loquacious Maricopa County Attorney, Bill Montgomery.

After a lengthy and intense investigation —- even consulting with out-of-state experts, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office recommended criminal prosecution on 23 felony animal neglect charges against Todd and MaLeisa Hughes and their daughter and son-n-law Logan and Austin Flake. The Hughes’ were on vacation leaving the incompetent Flake’s as caretakers at the Green Acre kennel where nearly two dozen dogs died agonizing deaths, suffocating in the small, steamy utility room in which they were crammed together without food, water or cool air in the scorching heat of June 21.

Frustrated pet owners and the Valley community are weary of the stalling tactics, as County Attorney Bill Montgomery tries his damnedest to obfuscate, deflect and, yes,  figure out a method to ditch this political albatross altogether.

Bringing charges against Sen. Jeff Flake’s son, daughter-in-law and her parents, does not fit into Montgomery’s long-range career goals.

Meanwhile, the preventable deaths which the family initially lied about, occurred months ago and not a word has been heard on the subject from Montgomery since his insulting press conference where he noted that the dead dogs “weren’t 23 children,” after all.

On Sept. 10, Montgomery said it would take a “couple of weeks” for him to come to a decision regarding whether there was sufficient evidence to file charges in the case. Since he’s made numerous endorsements this election cycle, the fallout of his decision could have negative blowback on the hapless candidates he’s thrown his support behind. It would not be surprising if that consideration looms large as the motive for his inertia.

Montgomery has sent the investigative report back to the sheriff’s office. In the meantime, he’s hoping we’ve all developed cases of amnesia.

Few political observers will forget how the self-promoting Montgomery displayed his vile penchant for derision as he turned his back on his former benefactor Joe Arpaio, insulting the man who helped him fundraise during his campaign for Maricopa County Attorney. County Supervisor Don Stapley, hardly a paragon of virtue himself, had the presence of mind to tape record Montgomery as he was more than willing to insult the sheriff* while pimping himself for an interim appointment to the county attorney post that was never in the cards.  

It’s time for Bill Montgomery to proceed with this case. As much as he might wish otherwise, an amnesia epidemic has not overtaken the Valley.

* H/T Phoenix New Times


Still going to the movies? THIS is what you support

October 12, 2014

It’s well known that Barack Obama’s “eloquent” delivery is reliant on a teleprompter.  Now we see that Oscar award-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow is not so articulate without a script.

Recently, sans script, Paltrow evidenced speaking difficulties as she hosted a fundraiser benefiting the Democrat National Committee at her Brentwood/Mandeville Canyon estate. With Obama standing beside her, she attempted to introduce him to the crowd of several hundred supporters who paid up to $15,000 per plate for dinner in her back yard. Attendees included actors Julia Roberts and Bradley Whitford.

Overcome with passion at the prospect of having Obama so close, Paltrow gushed, “You’re so handsome that I can’t speak properly.” She added, “I am one of your biggest fans, if not the biggest, and have been since the inception of your campaign.”

Paltrow, 42, then displayed her abysmal ignorance of, and contempt for, the U.S. Constitution and separation of powers —- the basic tenant of our government —- by saying, “It would be wonderful if we were able to give this man all of the power that he needs to pass the things that he needs to pass.”

She noted she admired the president for his efforts on sustainable energy, as well as his push for equal pay legislation, which she deemed “very important to me as a working mother.” Forbes listed poor Paltrow’s 2014 earnings at $19 million as of June.

Celebrity gossip site TMZ blasted both Paltrow’s embarrassing foolishness and what it described as “the latest example of how demeaning it has become for Presidents to act like circus animals — performing for crowds that will feed them … in this case, feed them with money to line political coffers.”

Obama had three other such events scheduled for this weekend.


Ebama: The tale of a president willing to gravely endanger Americans

October 8, 2014

Thomas Duncan, 1st Ebola patient diagnosed in U.S., died today in Dallas

The General Election is just around the bend. Many of the races and candidates have been covered here. But today we digress from campaigns to a single politician —- Barack Hussein Obama.

As the President of the United States, he is the man entrusted with the solemn duty of keeping American citizens safe.  Yet he is now risking the lives of the populace with policies designed to further the spread of a deadly contagion.  More concerned with political correctness and a commitment to open borders, he refuses too impose any travel restrictions from the West African nations where death runs rampant. Several African nations, including Kenya and Nigeria have issued travel bans. Additionally, Obama has inexplicably sent American troops, unprepared to deal with a deadly epidemic, to the infected areas.

The U.S. State Department currently allows applicants with HIV/AIDS to apply and enter our country. Those infected with tuberculosis, leprosy, or other afflictions “of public health significance” can apply for waivers.

Ebola, with no treatment or known cure, is rapidly becoming a global health crisis of monumental proportions. According to this September CDC report, which admits under-reporting of the actual cases, the number of Ebola outbreaks in Liberia and Sierra Leone could escalate to between 550,000 and 1.4 million by January 2015, and rise even higher if there are no “additional interventions or changes in community behavior.”

Another assessment published by WHO experts in the New England Journal of Medicine reports the fatality rate of the outbreak in West Africa is 71% and assesses the “current epidemiologic outlook [as] bleak.”  “The Ebola epidemic,” they write, is “in grave danger of spiraling out of control.”

Against this backdrop, we invite you to read the illuminating commentary “Ebola and Obama” by Dr. Thomas Sowell. It’s printed in Human Events, known for its powerful, conservative voices.


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?


Jeff Flake, NM Dem: Senate Refugees from Reality

September 12, 2014

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“Bipartisanship” convenient ruse as Sens. Jeff Flake, Martin Heinrich ask Discovery to feature them in reality show

Initially, it appeared to be an absurdity too foolish to consider authentic, but when narcissistic Jeff Flake is involved, the absurd becomes commonplace, so it begged a second look.

In the midst of a massive illegal invasion of our homeland, raging global turmoil, gruesome beheadings of American journalists by depraved radical Islamic terrorists who are also issuing threats against major cities in the United States, it would appear that U.S. Senators would have more to do than head to a deserted island to preen before cameras. It’s been widely reported that our porous southern border is a major portal for those intending harm to this country. Yet Republicrat Flake and leftist Martin Heinrich, both border state senators, have been outspoken amnesty supporters who bear responsibility for the sieve-like border. Flake momentarily veers right when campaigning, but swings back to open-border mode immediately after election day.

Odd that these senators conveniently take a self-promoting hike, when the going they aid and abet, gets tough.

Arizonans have previously witnessed these preening antics with Jeff Flake. The perennially smirking guy with a propensity for bleaching his locks and sending shirtless pics of himself, is no stranger to deserted islands. He’s made a sideline of chronicling his egotistical high jinx.

Senators Flake and Heinrich released this bizarre statement regarding their self-serving venture: “Both of us know just how frustrated people are with Washington right now. We can both attest that no one is more frustrated than those of us trying to get things done in this environment. We recognize how difficult it can be to cut through the partisanship. So we decided to do something completely out of the ordinary and frankly a little extreme to show the world and our colleagues that even if you have serious differences, if you want to survive you have to work together.”

According to Entertainment Weekly’s promo of the show, “Rival Survival,” the duo “were dropped on the island of Eru, Marshall Islands. Using only limited resources and their wits, the pair must work together in a harsh environment as they attempt to spear fish, build shelter and find enough water to survive for one week.”

Clever contrivance, but isn’t there real work to be done? American citizens deserve more for that $174,000 base salary (not including benefits, allowances and perks) we’re paying you.  Try talking to us instead of catching crabs.


Obama sinks in new poll, American disapproval rises

September 10, 2014

As Barack Obama’s favorability rating plunges to all-time lows, the mainstream media has chosen to disregard the stark reality of his disapproval by the American people. A newly released Media Research Center study found that network evening newscasts have routinely buried negative poll results for Obama.

According to the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll, a mere 42 percent of respondents said they approved of Obama’s handling of his job as president, while 54 percent said they disapproved. Townhall provides additional polling numbers hereSeventy-one percent of those polled expressed support for air strikes against jihadist terrorists in Iraq, up from 45 percent on June 22, almost two weeks after ISIS seized control of Iraq’s second-largest city, Mosul, and swept across northern Iraq. 

As radical Islamic fundamentalists have begun systematically decapitating American non-combatant journalists and displaying the grisly videos, Americans expect a response from the president who has yet to identify these terrorists as Islamic jihadists.  

These terrorists pose a threat much closer to home as Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah warned recently, saying the West —- Europe and America —- will be jihadists’ next target unless “rapid” action is taken.

Obama will address the nation during prime time tonight (6:00pm AZ time/9:00pm ET) on his strategy for dealing with the ISIS threat. He was roundly criticized for his August 28, public admission that “we don’t have a strategy yet.” (video clip)

Last January, he glibly dismissed ISIS —- the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria —- as the “junior varsity” of terrorist organizations, a statement he only recently retracted.

Yet in the face of the ongoing barbarous butchery, Obama has steadfastly refused to use the words “jihadist” and “Islamist,” or “war on terror” to describe the very real threat posed by violent and extreme adherents of radical Islam. How can he confront and hope to defeat that which he refused to acknowledge?  

Syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin has an especially apropos commentary today, The Jihadists’ Eternal Plan, which we recommend.


Lame duck Gov. Jan Brewer seeks vengeance

August 25, 2014

Her hoped for legacy? A RINO legislature

Arizona’s Republican governor Jan Brewer is sliding none too gracefully out the door of the ninth floor office she has occupied in the state Executive Tower. That’s the same office she was so warmly welcomed to in January 2009, when Democrat Janet Napolitano took an early hike to sign on with the Obama administration. Republicans greeted the change with jubilation.

Lacking a Lieutenant Governor, Arizona’s line of succession is through the Secretary of State’s Office, and many governors besides Brewer have found that to be the slickly greased route. Jane Hull, Rose Mofford, and Wesley Bolin also ascended to the state’s top job by virtue of their predecessor’s good or bad fortunes.

Jan Brewer, a woman with over three decades of political experience under her belt, has chosen a destructive path as she wraps up her final term. Rather than remaining neutral in statewide and legislative races, or endorsing GOP incumbents, she has chosen to spew bile on her way out, by working hard to topple conservative state legislators who voted against her wildly ill-conceived and costly Medicaid expansion —- which became the focal point of her left-wing platform. 

Brewer has been doling out endorsements like candy to those who voted in support of her outrageous scheme, while spitefully cold-shouldering conservatives, many of them incumbents with solid records. 

Though claiming pro-life credentials, Brewer endorsed abortion supporter Michele Reagan for Secretary of State. 

The spectacle of this petulant woman who has spent her entire career in elective office, now acting like a spoiled child is appalling to watch. One would hope for a less ignoble way to take leave.

Uncomfortably aware of her own limitations early on, Brewer was all too eager to cede her authority over to the McEstablishment and they enthusiastically took the reins, as she was relegated to a figurehead doing their bidding.

She leaves as a second-rate disappointment to those who once celebrated her arrival. Tomorrow evening’s election returns will show if her now sullied name holds clout or hampers those RINOs she sought to help. We’re betting on a noxious taint following her endorsements.


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