Obama reacts to massacre of praying Americans with moral equivalence

November 19, 2014

Using meat cleavers, knives and a gun to brutally kill innocent worshipers in a Jerusalem synagogue, Palestinian terrorists show they are willing to commit their violence in the most provocative way. Eight others were injured in the Tuesday attack.

The Jerusalem Post reports that Palestinians celebrated the violence, with revelers handing out candy to children, while brandishing axes and posters of the terrorists in praise of their deadly attack. Hamas-affiliated social media also circulated violent and anti-Semitic cartoons hailing the killings.

Three of the five slaughtered by two Palestinian cousins were American citizens residing in Israel. They were identified by the State Department as Mosheh Twersky, 59, Aryeh Kupinsky, 43, and Cary William Levine, 55. The men and a British citizen, Avraham Goldberg, 68, all rabbis, were savagely slaughtered when the murderers stormed the building during morning prayers and began attacking worshippers.

The synagogue is located in a quiet neighborhood that has a large community of English-speaking congregants.

Palestinian radio reports praised the attackers as “martyrs” and loudspeakers at mosques in Gaza called out congratulations.

In a statement, Barack Obama inanely said, “At this sensitive moment in Jerusalem, it is all the more important for Israeli and Palestinian leaders and ordinary citizens to work cooperatively together to lower tensions, reject violence, and seek a path forward towards peace “

The praying victims were certainly “rejecting violence.”

Louisiana’s Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal was less equivocal, strongly condemning the unprovoked attack: “Our hearts and prayers are with the victims and their families after this evil attack on a place of worship. An attack on a synagogue shows that there are no bounds for terrorists. These are people depraved of any humanity in their hearts, and they must not only be stopped, they must be exterminated,” he said. “Unfortunately, Israel is no stranger to these types of attacks. That’s why we must always stand with our close friend and ally, condemn the act of terror and defend their right to defend themselves.”

U.S. Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) each issued strong statements of condemnation of the terrorists and explicit support for Israel, as Obama carefully couched his words.


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.


Montgomery asks 9th Circuit to keep law denying bond to criminal illegals

October 25, 2014

Next step: Appeal to U.S. Supreme Court

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery is asking a federal appeals court to delay the implementation of a recent ruling that allows illegal aliens who are charged with a serious felony to be released on bail. In an emergency motion filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Montgomery requested that the matter be returned to the district court to consider the possible dangers of releasing suspected criminals who pose a flight risk. He also argues that the appeals court ruling in Lopez-Valenzuela v. Arpaio will force Arizona courts to reconsider bail determinations for hundreds of pending criminal trials and overturn a law Arizona voters passed by an overwhelming margin in 2006. Proposition 100 passed 1,170,961 – 332,461 as a Constitutional Amendment.

“In requesting the case to be remanded to the Arizona District Court, we are seeking a fair opportunity to present objective evidence in support of upholding the no bail provision implemented by Proposition 100,” Montgomery said. “Rather than jettison an Arizona Constitutional provision in effect for eight years, the next step should be to resolve the issue of whether Arizona’s interest in detaining without bail serious offenders who are unlawfully present is based on objective data. Respect for federalism, the Tenth Amendment, and the realities of the environment in which Arizona must address public safety concerns call for a full and fair opportunity to present the facts,” he added.

If a stay of the appeals court ruling is not granted, Montgomery will prepare a petition to the U.S. Supreme Court to review the opinion.


Religion of Peace update: Canada addresses home grown terrorism

October 22, 2014

Violence calculated to intimidate Canadians after joining the war against ISIS jihadists meets strong resistance from PM Harper

 Unlike the United States where the word “terrorist” is verboten, Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper swiftly described the perpetrator of a “brutal and violent” attack on the Parliament complex in Ottawa Wednesday as “terrorist,” in his address to the nation.

Michael Joseph Hall, 32, a recent convert to Islam, who changed his name to Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, shot and killed young reservist, Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, 24, as he stood guard at the National War Memorial. The gunman then attempted to storm Parliament where he was shot down.

““We will not be intimidated. Canada will never be intimidated,” PM Harper said in his TV address to the nation.

“This will lead us to strengthen our resolve and redouble our efforts and those of our national security agencies to take all necessary steps to identify and counter threats and keep Canada safe here at home, just as it will lead us to strengthen our resolve and redouble our efforts to work with our allies around the world and fight against the terrorist organizations who brutalize those in other countries with a hope” of attacking Canada, the Prime Minister was quoted as saying in the Globe and Mail newspaper. Like Reagan, Harper has made the military and security hallmarks of his administration, rather than slashing them to pre-WWII levels, cutting $ billions in military spending and leaving us vulnerable, as Barack Obama has done.

Prime Minster Harper’s strong resolve showed not a trace of equivocation, or inclination to refer to the crime perpetrated by a radicalized Islamic terrorist as “workplace violence.”

The killer had been on the radar of federal investigators, who feared he had jihadist ambitions. They seized his passport when he tried to travel to Turkey, calling him a “high risk traveler.”


Indicted! Austin & Logan Flake, Todd & MaLeisa Hughes

October 16, 2014

Felony & misdemeanor charges filed against Sen. Jeff Flake’s son Austin, wife Logan and her parents

Four long months after the heat-related, suffocation deaths of nearly two dozen dogs at a Gilbert kennel, the owners and caretakers have been charged with multiple felony and misdemeanor counts. An indictment was handed down Wednesday by a Maricopa County Grand Jury.

The Grand Jury should be commended for diligently considering the evidence and doing the job it was impaneled to do —- conducting its business, without regard to politics.

Todd Hughes the owner of the boarding facility, has been a bad actor throughout this despicable saga, lying about the number of dogs involved and initially claiming they merely ran away. The story was later changed to cast blame on the dogs themselves by alleging one or more of the pets chewed through the air conditioning wiring. Hughes and his wife MaLeisa were vacationing out-of-state and left their daughter Logan, and son-in-law Austin, to oversee the care of the pets.

When the Flakes’ returned to the kennel the next day and witnessed the horrific scene, they callously hosed down the dying dogs in a crude attempt to cool them. The carcasses of the dogs were then piled in a storage shed. No professional veterinarians were called to help.

The dogs sweltered to death, packed together  in a steamy utility room, lacking air-conditioning, and without food or water provided for them.

After deputies responded to a call the morning of June 21, 2014, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office launched an extensive investigation and submitted its findings to the County Attorney’s Office on August 27, 2014.  This is Montgomery’s Sept. 10, follow-up press conference. (Courtesy of KTVK-TV3)

The indictment charges Todd and MaLeisa Hughes with 22 felony counts and 7 misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals, and one felony count of fraudulent schemes and artifices. Austin and Logan Flake are each charged with 21 felony counts and 7 misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals.

A hearing for the four defendants is scheduled Oct. 23, 2014.

Seeing Red AZ has covered the deaths of the pets in these posts:

Oct. 13, 2014: Bill Montgomery: Focus of daily’s sarcastic jab remains inert

Sept. 29, 2014: Still awaiting Montgomery’s Flake decision

Sept. 19, 2014: Bill Montgomery: Between a Flake and a hard place

July 17, 2014: 21 dead dogs inconsequential as Flake connection gets cover-up

June 27, 2014: AZ Republic uses dead dogs to bash Arpaio, give pass to Flake & Update


Just one question re: Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi

October 2, 2014

It has now been 185 days since 25-year-old Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi was jailed and held in solitary confinement in Tijuana, Mexico on weapons charges. He had three guns among his possessions packed in his truck as he was moving from Florida to California.

The Marine veteran, diagnosed with post traumatic stress syndrome that has gone untreated, served two tours in Afghanistan. He said he never intended to leave the country but missed an exit when heading to meet friends for dinner at a border town restaurant.

If convicted of weapons charges, he faces six to 21 years in a Mexican prison. Barack Obama has never followed through (news video) on his stated intention to contact Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto to request Sgt. Tahmooressi’s release, although the two have discussed other issues. 

Question: Isn’t it time to cut off foreign aid to this crime-ridden and noxious nation that defies our sovereign border, brazenly disregards our laws and blatantly treats our citizens with contempt? Mexico received $265 million in U. S. taxpayer paid foreign aid in 2013 —- excluding military aid.


Still awaiting Montgomery’s Flake decision

September 29, 2014

A contortionist is described as a performer who peculiarly twists his body for the entertainment of others.

Minus the amusement factor, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery is beginning to resemble such a nimble acrobat as he attempts to maneuver an end to the case of animal abuse resulting in the gruesome heat related deaths of nearly two dozen dogs. They died while supposedly in the care of Austin and Logan Flake at a Gilbert kennel on June 20.

Such a move would not serve him well. Twenty-one pet owners have joined together in filing a civil suit against four defendants. Besides the Flakes, Todd and MaLesia Hughes, Logan Flake’s mother and stepfather, are named in the suit.

On June 23, Sheriff Joe Arpaio promised a full investigation of the deaths. After an extensive three-month examination of facts, which included veterinarian performed necropsies on some of the dogs, the sheriff’’s office recommended 21 felony charges of animal neglect and cruelty in connection with mistreatment of the pets resulting in death by suffocation. The dogs were crammed in a laundry room without air-conditioning, food or water. When the dead and dying dogs were discovered, the Flakes did not call for veterinary assistance, opting to hose down the dogs and then callously pile their carcasses in a shed.

Arpaio, a champion of animals, has had an Animal Crimes Investigations Unit as part of his office for over a decade. “I’m very confident we have the proper evidence for a conviction,” the sheriff said.

At a Sept. 10 press conference Montgomery exhibited raw insensitivity to the grieving pet owners as he provided insight as to his bent. “This isn’t to cheapen or minimize the loss of the pets to the families,” Montgomery said. “But we’re not talking about the deaths of 23 children.” 

The kennel owners Todd and MaLesia Hughes were on vacation and left the animals in the care of their daughter Logan and her husband Austin.  Austin is the son of Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake —- a man the politically ambitious Montgomery does not want as an enemy. 

Numerous lies were initially told by the Hughes and Flakes, including that a dog chewed through the air conditioner’s power cord after the Flakes left the facility for the night. Owners were also told their pets had run away. No evidence supported the claims.

We are now just two days away from the beginning of October, months away from the blazingly hot June day. Montgomery remains mute. 

Bill Montgomery: Between a Flake and a hard place,” providing insight into the political aspects of his silence, was dated ten days ago.


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