That gagging sound? Dem endorsing AZ Republic choking

November 9, 2014

Diane Douglas wins AZ Superintendent of Public Instruction race as final votes are tallied

After decades of watching its influence continue to wane, the daily newspaper still crows about its relevance when the exact opposite is the case.  The editorial board’s political endorsements, and repeated rehashes or “recaps” fell flat, with Republicans winning all statewide offices —- once again.  This substantive victory can’t be reduced to a fluke or simply part of the national wave of discontent aimed at Obama and his ilk, it is an echo of previous elections. Yet that doesn’t keep the remaining leftists still drawing paychecks despite massive and ongoing cutbacks, from hammering victorious conservatives.

Currently, the keyboard-armed hooligans are reeling over the triumph of Diane Douglas in the state Superintendent of Public Instruction race. Glibly describing Douglas as the “tea party candidate” in an attempt to marginalize her, the goons would have us believe she was an anomaly with no support, ignoring the endorsements of U.S. Reps. Trent Franks, Paul Gosar, Matt Salmon and David Schweikert and state Senate President Andy Biggs. Nationally syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin, who has written extensively exposing Common Core, was an early Douglas supporter who also congratulated her on her primary victory

The harsh reality for the failing newspaper is that perennial Democrat candidates, wannabe-governor Terry Goddard, running for Secretary of State and Felecia Rotellini, trying yet again to win Attorney General, both lost —- big time. Jim Holway, one of their choices for the two open Corporation Commission seats didn’t make a blip on the election night radar, coming in dead last in a field of four. Now their focus is on the office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. The newspaper’s liberal heartstrings were plucked by leftist David Garcia, a committed Common Core educrat.

In order to explain away his defeat, the Arizona Republic engages in what it has crafted into a repetitive whammy art form. The tactic consists of editorials purporting to be news reports, actual editorials which berate and mock, and finally turning their snarling liberal columnists loose to gnaw at the dominant conservative.

None of it works. Arizonans have long been on to the charade. The newspaper is a farce. Regardless of its grinding angst, Republicans won again.

Though the Arizona Republic attempts to blame Democrat losses on “dark money” and outside spending, grassroots conservative Diane Douglas was wildly outspent by her Democrat opponent.  David Garcia had outside interests dump $802,000 into his campaign to Douglas’ $1,100, proving it was her anti-Common Core message, not his money that carried the day.

This Gallup Poll found that Americans prefer local school boards over implementation of the federal government’s Common Core scheme by a wide margin, 56% to 15%. Among those familiar with the federal overreach nearly a third say state government should have the greatest say on curriculum, opposing the federal program which wrests control from parents and local communities.

In 2012 Obama reminded Republicans he had won. Click here to see the best way to remind the Arizona Republic.


Dog deaths: The not-so-subtle bias of news placement

November 1, 2014

Given the gut-wrenching descriptions of the excruciating deaths suffered by the family pets whose owners mistakenly thought they were leaving them in the attentive care of the folks running the Green Acre boarding kennel, it would appear that new revelations would be a top priority with the daily’s news department.  But omissions take priority as the range of Page One articles run the gamut from a recent Suns win over the Lakers to Uruguay’s cultural shift to the left.

Flip, flip, flip to Page Five to find the report detailing the nauseating fact that the nearly two dozen dead dogs, held in the “dog room” were also denied food and water. They were crammed into a small, sealed off area with inadequate air conditioning, made worse by airflow limitations and neglect of basic system maintenance —- in the searing June 21 heat. A veterinarian who posthumously examined the dogs said the only one with sufficient food in its stomach was the owner’s dog, who also died. He concluded that these were all elements of a pattern of negligent treatment.

When the dead and dying dogs were discovered, no veterinarian was called. The dying pets were hosed down in a vain effort to cool them. The carcasses of the dead dogs were stacked like cordwood in a storage shed.

The owners of the boarding kennel, Todd and MaLeisa Hughes pleaded not guilty earlier this week to 22 felony counts and 7 misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals and animal abuse. They were also indicted on a felony fraud charge in the same case.

Logan and Austin Flake, the couple watching the facility while the Hughes vacationed in Florida, are to be arraigned in November. Each faces charges of 21 felony counts and 7 misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals. Logan Flake is the daughter of MaLeisa and Todd Hughes. Logan’s husband Austin is the son of U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake —- which likely accounts for the placement of the news report.

Previous coverage can be read here.


Ballot harvesting? Dem alleges ain’t nutting wrong

October 29, 2014

True to form, the left-leaning Arizona Republic runs a commentary attempting  to refute the untoward Democrat ballot harvesting shenanigans recently exposed.

And who does the newspaper select to make its case that all is fine in Liberalland? None other than Ann Wallack, a former chair of the Maricopa County Democrat Party.

Headlined, “Ballot harvesting: Where’s the scandal here?” Wallack concludes “Voters trust all sorts of people to help them make decisions. So, what’s so wrong with collecting ballots?”

She is solidly onboard with unions collecting ballots and even bows and scrapes to the newspaper that afforded her the space for her inane drivel, declaring, “many voters look to The Republic editorial board’s recommendations before deciding how to vote. Yes, people actually copy those endorsements right onto their ballots without doing their own homework. Imagine!”

During one of her losing races for the state legislature, Wallack filled out the Republic’s questionnaire as an unequivocating, arch-leftwing liberal. She failed miserably in her attempt to woo the Republicans she needed to make it over the top in that district, by misguidedly referring  to “Sen. John McCain’s sensible plan for comprehensive immigration reform,” not realizing his pariah status within his own party.

It’s been charged that many of the ballots that are so benignly “picked up” are signed and not filled out. That makes them more than a harvest. The action might even qualify as a violation of the Arizona criminal code.


Celebrate unity — diversity is nothing to cheer

October 24, 2014

Assimilation binds, separatism divides Americans

In January 1994, speaking in Milwaukee, then-vice president Al Gore gave a speech in which he appeared to have mistakenly translated the Latin-based national motto E Pluribus Unum as “Out of One, Many.”

“E Pluribus Unum,” our nation’s motto—- actually translates to “Out of Many, One,” and celebrates unity. People of various cultures and backgrounds joining together, with common goals, and the glue of a unifying language, uniting as Americans for their mutual benefit as well as that of our country.

The concept is uniquely American and has proven successful for countless generations.

As Michael Barone wrote about Gore in his book The New Americans: How the melting pot can work again, “one might guess that this was an inadvertent error, or evidence that Gore did not take Latin at St. Albans or Harvard. Except that in the words that followed he made it clear that they had come out as intended: “You all share the American belief that there is strength in all our differences,” he said, “that we can build a collective civic space large enough for all our separate identities.

Separate identities.

Here Gore fundamentally aligned himself with a view widely prevalent among his fellow leftist partisans. So it comes as no surprise that the Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic) would run a front page, mega article titled, “A patchwork of diversity in valley.” It neatly dovetails with its parent Gannett publication, the hotel throwaway USAToday, stuck in the middle of the República to provide heft. That front page is nearly orgasmic in it’s breathless “Special Report” celebrating “The changing face of America.” The headline is “Second immigration wave reshapes nation —- by 2060, a new mosaic.”

Celebrating diversity has thrust us backwards, crushing meaningful reforms. Now, however, the separatism is self-imposed. With the advent of racially based college dorms and separatist race-based studies programs, we have a permanently aggrieved society where status is achieved through victimhood. Minority/majority residents of congressional, state legislative and city council districts have come to believe that only a representative of a specific race can comprehend “their” issues, engaging in ugly, Balkanized battles, fueled by once respected leaders.

Worse is the divisive concept of hyphenated Americans. As an example, people whose families have no familiarity with Africa refer to themselves as African-Americans.

Gore was mocked for what was widely regarded as a mistake. Yet he should have been praised by his allies in the institutional left, because it is precisely how they view the uniquely American idea of the melting pot. They despise the concept of assimilation. Liberals don’t want us all to melt into a common culture and set of ideals, where legal immigrants proudly claim our nation‘s history as their own. Far better, goes their logic, is dividing us along racial, ethnic and class lines because in their minds, far more separates us than unites us. Besides, those of European ancestry have had their day in the sun.

The Arizona Republic is a perfect example of such a corrosive mindset.


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.


AZ Republic explains endorsement of Republican

October 15, 2014

Some of the remaining readers of the far left daily newspaper have questioned the rationale for the endorsement of a Republican for governor of Arizona

A Republican, you say?

To respond to their dismay, the newspaper hauled out the opinions editor Robert Ledger to engage in a Q & A on this gut-wrenching topic causing more than a bit of angst among the liberals who still shell out too much for a daily infusion of leftist bias.

Taking time away from the relentless promotion of same-sex marriage and amnesty for America’s illegal invaders, the Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic) sends out its call for reshaping the state via its endorsements

It’s been a difficult dry period for liberals. All state offices and the majority of the 90 members of the state legislature are Republicans. The Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, Treasurer, Superintendent of Public Instruction and Corporation Commissioners were entrusted to Republicans by the voters of the state of Arizona.  Maricopa County, the fourth most populous county in the United States, also boasts a lineup of Republican elected officials.

Now like the answer to a prayer of Biblical proportions, all of the statewide offices are up for grabs.  The editorial board is in a state of disbelief that such monumental good fortune is playing out before their very eyes. In response, they have endorsed Democrat retread Samuel Pearson “Terry” Goddard, III for Secretary of State —- an inconsequential post that has frequently been a direct ascension route to the governor’s office.

Felecia Rotellini, another liberal, is the newspaper’s pick for Attorney General. The Treasurer’s Office was won by default by the Republican, since Democrats —- self acknowledged bad money managers —- didn’t bother to field a candidate in that race.  In the race for Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction, the daily pushes Common Core proponent, David Garcia and they advise “splitting the ticket” for the two vacant seats on the Corporation Commission.

In congressional races with challengers, the newspaper endorses the marginal Ann Kirkpatrick (Dem. CD-1), and fawns over openly bisexual  self-proclaimed atheist and radical leftist Kyrsten Sinema (Dem. CD-9), calling her “a force of nature.” Hispanic Republican Gabby Saucedo Mercer, (CD-3) a splendid choice to take out extremist Raul Grijalva, goes unmentioned.

The editorial board recommends Republican Air Force Col. Martha McSally (ret.) over incumbent Democrat Rep. Ron Barber in CD-2. The newspaper compliments her “impressive grasp of foreign policy.”

So the daily’s support of Doug Ducey? 

It’s a no-brainer. Democrat Fred Duval is so problematic even the far left Arizona Republic realizes his potential to be a drag on the rest of the ticket. Besides, Ducey carries enough McEstablishment endorsers to make him palatable.


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.


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