21 dead dogs inconsequential as Flake connection gets cover-up

July 17, 2014

Sen. Jeff Flake’s son and daughter-in-law, Austin and Logan Flake, in charge of kennel when heat related deaths occurred, not even worthy of mention in Arizona Republic

The Arizona Republic newspaper never ceases to amaze. The reliably left-wing disseminator of sap and pap does have a soft spot for a few Republicrats. Case in point?  Today’s coverage of the exhaustive search of the Gilbert kennel where 21 dogs died miserable heat-related deaths. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s deputies have served search warrants and collected evidence in the ongoing investigation, including parts of the air conditioning unit and even sending tissue samples to the University of Arizona and the University of Michigan. 

The dogs, crammed in a small room overnight at the Green Acres Dog Boarding facility, were found June 20. Initially the home-based kennel owners Jesse Todd and Maleisa Hughes, who were out of town at the time the deaths occurred, lied to the pet owners about the circumstances surrounding the deaths of their family dogs, saying the dogs “ran away.” A veterinarian performing necropsies on the pets said the deaths were not inconsistent with suffocation, though further testing will be done to determine the exact cause.

 Sheriff Arpaio, whose affection for dogs is well known, created an Animal Crimes Investigations Unit over a decade ago and to this day, it remains one of the only units of its kind in existence inside a law enforcement agency. Here is the MCSO’s initial press release on this horrific crime and another unrelated case that occurred earlier this month. That man, responsible for the heat related death of his own one-year-old dog, has been arrested and booked into jail.

Today’s newspaper report fittingly continues to the back of the Valley and State section, just above the obituaries. 

Omitted entirely from the report is the fact that the animals were under the care of the Hughes’ daughter Logan and her husband, Austin Flake, the son of U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake. The two not only have refused to talk to investigators, directing them to contact their lawyer, but they left town as soon as her parents, the kennel owners returned.

When the atrocious deaths were first reported, the Arizona Republic took to editorializing against Sheriff Arpaio with these words,”But Maricopa County’s flamboyant sheriff needs to focus on the facts, not the drama. This high-profile connection should not matter,” the editorial opines, “but it will raise public interest and attract enhanced scrutiny. Such are the wages of politics.”

It’s clear such are also “the wages” of a reporting shutdown on pertinent facts.

This is the FOX News raw interview footage with the arrogant Maleisa Hughes, who declared that the kennel provided “awesome care.”

Seeing Red AZ reported on the Republic’s biased coverage in this post: AZ Republic uses dead dogs to bash Arpaio, give pass to Flake. Obviously, nothing has changed.


Obama’s deplorable display of hilarity illustrates border disconnect

July 10, 2014

The adage that “a picture is worth a thousand words,” is twice as potent when viewing the President of the United States at a meeting with Texas Gov. Rick Perry Wednesday. These must-see photos linked on PJ Media were taken during a discussion of the crisis resulting from the flood of unaccompanied children and teens —- now estimated at 57,000 —- illegally crossing into the U.S. from Central America.

Although Barack Obama has described the situation on the border as a “humanitarian crisis,” he clearly is not taking the discussion as seriously as others at the table. Contrast his unbridled hilarity with the seriousness displayed by Gov. Perry and other members of the governor’s team.

While visiting Texas for a $10,000 a person to $32,400 per couple a plate barbeque fundraiser raising money for Democrat congressional candidates, Obama refused to visit the border. His lack of first-hand knowledge of the magnitude of the crisis that he has done nothing to alleviate has not restrained him from requesting nearly $4 billion in emergency funding —– with the majority earmarked for processing and care for the children, and not securing America’s sieve-like border.

There’s nothing that is taking place down there that I am not intimately aware of and briefed on,” Obama offered.

U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-South Carolina) has criticized the funding request, suggesting foreign aid should be docked to pay for it. “I think it’s a charade,” he said. “I think the president has set it up to make it look as though the only reason he’s not enforcing the border is because he doesn’t have the money. And that’s not accurate.”

H/T: Reuters photos PJ Media


ALL U.S. job gains since 2000 to immigrants, not citizens

June 27, 2014

Number of U.S.-born not working grew by 17 million

If you’re among those who  think foreign workers and work visas are needed?  Think again —- this time armed with hard facts.  The Washington Times runs a report based upon a study that  challenges the need for importation of foreign workers. Read “ALL of the net jobs gains in the U.S. since 2000 have gone to immigrants,” by Stephen Dinan.

Since 2000, all of the net jobs added by the U.S. economy have gone to immigrants, both legal and illegal, according to a report being released Friday by the respected  Center for Immigration Studies that challenges prevailing thought that the country needs an influx of workers.

Nearly 6 million more people are working in the U.S. now than in 2000, but the number of native-born Americans holding jobs has declined slightly, from 114.8 million to 114.7 million, according to census figures crunched by CIS. Instead, all of that job growth — a total of 5.7 million –— has gone to immigrants.

Some of the native-born are unemployed, but a huge number have been chased from the workforce altogether, in part because of competition from immigrants, states Steven A. Camarota, research director for CIS and lead author of the report.

The crucial, fact-filled Center for Immigration Studies report can be read here

And in the face of this distressing news, CBS News Las Vegas reports that Border Patrol agents in Arizona were reportedly fired upon by a Mexican military helicopter that traveled across the border into Arizona.

Still the outrageous demands from America’s emboldened invaders and their supporters, continue. Breitbart’s Tony Lee reports that amnesty advocates stormed Congress today and arrogantly dared Congressional representatives, particularly Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), to take away their Deferred Action status.

We are at war, and it isn’t in the Middle East. Our country’s future is at stake. Arm yourself with information. Check out this 2014 Congressional Research Service report which provides an accounting of all publicly acknowledged deployments of U.S. Military Forces.


The rise of arrogant “off with their heads”demanders

June 24, 2014

Calls for incumbents to step down becoming commonplace with elites

We hear a lot about bullies these days. Traditionally they were fist-swinging school yard intimidators, usually bigger and brasher and primed for a fight.

Today they are those who think surreptitiously taped private conversations require an NBA team owner to lose his holdings. After being slapped with a lifetime ban from the organization and fined $2.5 million, his team is up for sale pending league approval.

Politicians who don’t like others of their ilk have entered the fray. But instead of swinging their fists, they demand that the other politicians leave, resign or otherwise take a permanent hike. The bullies stand on rocks of righteous indignation, wearing an aura of pomposity and cloaked in irreproachable morality. 

Recently we have witnessed the spectacle of politicians with their own favored candidates in the wings, calling for GOP office holders to step down. Calls are now mounting for state superintendent of public education John Huppenthal to resign. His crime? Using aliases while commenting on blogs. Make no mistake, we are not Huppenthal fans, and in fact, support his conservative challenger Diane Douglas, who has won the endorsement of Michelle MalkinBut the unseemly spectacle of educrats, including the president of the leftwing state teachers union and a couple of has-been state superintendents demanding Huppenthal’s resignation —- coupled with the AZ Chamber of Commerce canceling an awards luncheon honoring him, speaks worse of them than it does of him.

The same fate has befallen Arizona’s effective, conservative Attorney General Tom Horne. His political adversaries, McCain allies who have recruited their own malleable candidate, are contemptibly calling for his resignation —- a shaky political overreach that would, in more reasonable times, cause damaging blowback on them.  Republicans, marginal though they are, have joined with the liberal Arizona Republic against a proven and effective leader who has successfully challenged the Obama administration, sued the federal government to stop ObamaCare and has personally argued on behalf of the state in Federal District and Ninth Circuit Courts, plus winning two major victories for Arizona in the U.S. Supreme Court —-  including Arizona’s right to require evidence of citizenship when registering to vote. Horne defended SB 1070, something his McCain-bonded challenger would never have done.

Yet the allegations have been like buckshot, despite the fact that an independent judge found the accusations of campaign finance violations were false. That decision garners scant coverage. 

The bullies have become emboldened thinking their calls for resignation are golden. In fact, they are premature and arrogant.  The ballot box works.


Phoenix City Council hides increa$e$ behind blather

June 20, 2014

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The illustrious Phoenix City Council has voted to give Phoenix residents a soaking of gigantic proportions. In a maneuver sure to harm businesses in the downtown area and cut into the pockets of cash strapped ASU students, the council raised parking rates from $1.50 an hour to an astounding $4.00! Along with the astronomical increase, free weekend and after 5:00 pm parking will be a thing of the past.

The City of Phoenix under the leadership of a leftist Napolitano crony and Obama canoodler, views us as reliable taxable and fee paying golden egg laying geese, so it makes sense they want us to stay healthy. The officials who have spent us into a $38 million deficit,  say the increases will encourage us to bike or walk. If the idea of a 10-mile hike to and from work in 110 degree heat doesn’t appeal to you, there’s always the aromatic option of riding mass transit such as the transient friendly light rail or the bus.

Not only don’t the council members avail themselves of public transportation, they cordially conceal their nearly party line votes to raise the parking rates.  Republican Thelda Williams voted with Democrats Daniel Valenzuela, Michael Nowakowski, Laura Pastor and Kate Gallego. These Republicans who voted against the measure,  Sal DiCiccio, Bill Gates and Jim Waring, clearly prefer congeniality to irate exposure.

Although they go mute on revealing this crucial information, those in opposition  are  eager to ply constituents with emailed advice on beating the heat, and newsy information about the Top City of Phoenix retirees. One even shares his hopes for a USA soccer team victory over Ghana at the World Cup. Another has the raw nerve to attempt to persuade residents to “Dump the Pump” and buy a $20 7-day transit pass since “gas is currently $3.52 a gallon.”

Always thinking of ways to accommodate us geese, the city has reconfigured many of its meters to accept credit cards and adjust rates upward for higher demand times and events.

Flap your wings and honk if you appreciate your council member. Then lay another golden egg.


AZ Republic’s farcical effort “to save marriage”

June 17, 2014

Goal: Expanding the definition of marriage 

The far left daily rarely disappoints. With rampant global chaos and the United States being led by a president who is making good on his promise to fundamentally transform America, the newspaper seizes on an issue near and dear to its heart to editorialize about: Same-sex “marriage.”

The lengthy piece begins by giving the lofty credentials of scholars, intended to impress the newspaper’s dwindling readership, which slipped 11 percent last year.

The editorial attempts to persuade that “gays can save traditional marriage,“ by striking a grand bargain “that if realized would bring together conservatives and liberals, gays and straights, in no less a cause than the preservation of marriage.” The goal of these scholars —- meeting at an Oct. 2 DC Marriage Opportunity Project conclave of national “thinkers/leaders” —- is to construct a “pro-family coalition that builds from the center out instead of the right in.”

 “Gay marriage”, we are told, “is a fait accompli. Whether you like it or not, the facts are stacking quickly in its favor. It will soon be the law across the land. And if not, the next generation will make it so.”

Further the argument goes, if current economic trend lines continue the country we’ve known will unravel. “Imagine,” the editorial states,” if gays saved marriage — saved the institution they fought so hard to get for themselves. How would that look to conservatives who’ve spent the last decade arguing equality would destroy marriage?”

According to the unnamed editorialist, same-sex unions (called “gay marriage” throughout the piece) will help strengthen working-class communities and build consensus that can soothe the culture wars, since they acknowledge that marriage is a bulwark against deprivation and dysfunction in low-income populations. These are populations progressives want dearly to help —- the liberals using their favored descriptive term “progressives,” write.

This new approach is called “marriage opportunity”and the newspaper writes it eagerly looks forward to having a conversation about it.

We’ve already been having the conversation.  This 2010 post Same sex “marriage” given editorial nod by AZ Republic, serves as a reminder that nothing changes with the dual agendas of homosexuality and amnesty. Same sex issues have stepped front and center with the newspaper since January 2008, when Randy Lovely took over as chief editor and VP of News at the daily newspaper, moving to Phoenix with his partner.


McCain compares Fox News to war propagandists

June 16, 2014

In this interview with Fox News host Neil Cavuto, ingrate John McCain sarcastically bites the hand that fed him as he compares the network to Vietnam radio propagandist “Hanoi Hannah.”

During his 2010 senate campaign McCain played both Fox News viewers and AZ GOP’ers for suckers. He was seemingly ubiquitous in the network’s primetime lineup. Greta Van Susteren and Sean Hannity couldn’t give him enough air time. Former AZ U.S. Rep. J.D. Hayworth, mounting a challenge, was relegated to a couple of appearances on the O’Reilly Factor.

Now conservatives have the opportunity to view Hayworth each weekday on Newsmax TV. “America’s Forum”airs daily 6:00 to 9:00 am, AZ Time. And beginning today, June 15, the latest news, views and interview programming will air on both Dish Network (Channel 223) and DirecTV (Channel 349) —- as well as streaming live at www.newsmaxtv.com. They also have an accommodating repeat schedule available.

Bookmark Newsmax TV. You’ll be glad you did.


Maricopa College board raises your property taxes…again

May 30, 2014

Easy come, easy go….it’s only other people’s money

The Maricopa County Community College District governing board met earlier this week and approved yet another property tax increase. The daily reports this is the fourth tax increase in seven years and the second in a row for the 10-college district —- increasing taxes $128.24 yearly per $100,000 in property.

We reported just last month on the governing board increasing tuition by $3 per credit hour, to $84 per credit, noting MCCCD tuition has skyrocketed nearly 60 percent in just 10 years. 

This latest 2 percent increase in the tax levy, along with the tuition increase and taxes on new construction in the county, will generate about $21 million in additional revenue for the insatiable colleges.

The vote on the tax increase was 4-1. Only board member Debra Brimhall Pearson voted against the hike, although she voted for the previous increase. Pearson, who served in the state legislature as Debra Brimhall representing Snowflake from 1997 to 2004, said the state Legislature “has been derelict to the community colleges” for decreasing funding over the last several years. State aid went from 10 percent of the district’s revenue a few years ago to about 1 percent now, at $7.4 million for 2014-15.

“But I don’t believe the answer is in property taxes,” she said. Later in the meeting Pearson announced she would not run for re-election to the District 3 seat, saying, “I have a moral objection to property taxes.”

About 60 percent of the district’s revenue is from property taxes, and the community colleges account for about 12 percent of property owners’ annual bill.

After the tax vote, the members voted 5-0 to give a 1 percent pay increase to residential and adjunct faculty and most other employee groups. The board also approved the 2014-15 budget. The $774 million operating budget is about 8 percent higher than this year’s budget. The total budget, including the auxiliary, restricted and capital funds, is $1.7 billion.

Arizona’s Constitutional mandate for the state’s higher education to be as “nearly free as possible” is becoming increasingly quaint. These are the words contained in Article 11 Section 6 of the Constitution of the state of Arizona: Section 6. Admission of students of both sexes to state educational institutions; tuition; common school system.


Amnesty: King Obama poised to bypass Congress

May 23, 2014

More Executive Order tyranny

Democrat Senators Harry Reid (NV) and Chuck Schumer (NY) are issuing new threats regarding Barack Obama acting unilaterally on halting deportations of illegal aliens if the House doesn’t move quickly on immigration reform.

Regarding himself as a monarch rather than an American president, Obama has made bypassing Congress via the issuance of executive orders, a hallmark of his regime. 

Breitbart News reports that the issue for Reid and other Democrats is timing. Senate Democrats believe there is a narrow window of about six weeks this summer –— from mid-June to the end of July –— for the GOP-led House to move immigration bills, and they want the focus during that period to be on Republican lawmakers, not the Obama administration.

Schumer and Jeff Flake’s amnesty-promoting, leftist buddy, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (IL), have declared that this year is the last chance to pass sweeping amnesty legislation. In pressing Congress to pass the Senate’s amnesty bill, Schumer shows his complete disregard for U.S. citizens. The Congressional Budget Office issued a report concluding such a move would lower wages of American workers.  In 2011, Seeing Red AZ wrote that the radical Gutierrez advocated for pushing amnesty via Executive Order. Nothing has changed except the level of intensity is now accompanied by threats.

Luis Gutierrez has previously bragged that he “drafted amnesty language for the White House.”

In a wild display of hypocrisy, the Dems want to delay the actual implementation of their amnesty package until Obama leaves office in 2017, even as they  propose giving amnesty to all illegals who arrived in the U.S. prior to 2014.

“We’ve waited 329 days, we’re willing to wait another six weeks,” Reid warned Thursday, referring to the number of days that have passed since the Senate passed a wide-ranging amnesty bill. “But at the end of six weeks, if something hasn’t been done, then there’s gonna have to be a move made. And it’s too bad we have to do that, because we all know things can be done administratively, but it’s better to change the law.”

Here Obama vows to use his “pen and phone” to bypass Congress:

But trusting the AZ 4 on amnesty is also folly. This duplicitous double-talk is what we recently got from three of the four.  The other one allowed illegal invaders and their supporters to camp out overnight in the front yard of his family home. He joined them in prayer —- neglecting  the opportunity to talk to them about the Rule of Law and the Constitutional rights of a sovereign nation.


Michelle O urges teens: monitor family for racism, accept homosexuality as norm

May 21, 2014

Addressing graduating high school students in Topeka, Kansas, Michelle Obama told them they need to monitor their older relatives, friends and others for any racially insensitive comments they might make, and to challenge those comments whenever they’re made

“Our laws may no longer separate us based on our skin color, but nothing in the Constitution says we have to eat together in the lunchroom, or live together in the same neighborhoods,” she said. “There’s no court case against believing in stereotypes or thinking that certain kinds of hateful jokes or comments are funny.”

Mrs. Obama encouraged students to take steps to “drag my generation and your grandparents’ generation along with you” in the fight against racism. “Maybe that starts simply in your own family, when grandpa tells that off-colored joke at Thanksgiving, or you’ve got an aunt who talks about ‘those people,’” she said. “Well, you can politely inform them that they’re talking about your friends.”

Obama continued, “You have seen Latino singers win Grammys, black coaches win Super Bowls. You’ve watched TV shows with characters of every background.  So when you watch a show like the “The Walking Dead,” you don’t think it’s about a black guy, a black woman, an Asian guy, a gay couple and some white people —- you think it’s about a bunch of folks trying to escape some zombies, right?  Period. “

“And then when some folks got all worked up about a cereal commercial with an interracial family, you all were probably thinking, really, what’s the problem with that?  When folks made a big deal about Jason Collins and Michael Sam coming out as gay, a lot of kids in your generation thought, what is the issue here? And if someone were to say something racist on Twitter, well, I imagine that many of you would tweet right back, letting them know that’s just not cool.” 

Mrs. Obama, the wife of a twice elected bi-racial President, still doesn’t think America is accepting enough. You’ll remember back in 2008 the Ivy League graduate, married to another Ivy League grad and U.S. Senator, with a hefty yearly salary between them and their daughters in private schools, had a difficult time being proud of the country that afforded them so much.

 


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