“Shining city on the hill” now presided over by incompetent Obama

August 30, 2014

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah warns the West will be jihadists’ next target unless “rapid” action is taken

Throughout his political career, President Ronald Reagan exuded optimism and his speeches invoked his recognition of America’s greatness. The message was consistent: America was “a shining city on a hill,” and its promise, as well as those of its citizens, remained limitless.

Barack Obama has a much different vision. He began his presidency by apologizing for America’s excellence. Where Reagan reveled in our greatness, Obama has recoiled from it. He has repeatedly and deferentially bowed to repressive dictators, Muslim royals and tyrants.

Rather than exemplifying national strength, he publicly conveys weakness. As radical Islamic extremists savagely behead an American journalist, Christian women and children and vow to decimate American cities, Obama has cut our defense budget to pre-World War II levels. And in the face of ISIS terrorist swagger, Obama admits we have no coherent strategy for dealing with these fanatical and murderous international thugs who follow the Quranic 47:4 imperative to “strike the necks” of unbelievers.

Within a day of delivering his “no strategy” message, Obama has returned to his second favorite activity after playing golf —- fundraising. He was out raising money among the elite of New York and Rhode Island willing to pay up to $32,400 for the pleasure of funding Democrats as they head into the November election.

Clearly the “shining city on the hill” is now presided over by a man the Beatles foresaw in 1967.

The citizens of the UK can be proud of their leader who uses unequivocal language in addressing the pressing problems facing the free world. British Prime Minister David Cameron recently gave a superb speech —- one Barack Obama should have given if he was less politically inept.

Fox News reports PM Cameron announced his government’s decision to raise the UK terrorism threat level to “severe,” and implement a series of measures to combat the Islamist threat within Britain itself, including tough new measures against British-born, self-styled “jihadists,” hundreds of whom have traveled to Iraq and Syria in recent months to fight with ISIS.

Cameron addressed the Islamist menace head-on, declaring that “the root cause of this threat to our security is clear: it is a poisonous ideology of Islamic extremism that is condemned by all states.”

In contrast, President Obama’s remarks to the White House press corps Thursday were weak-kneed, meandering and confused, sending mixed messages both to America’s enemies and the American people. Watch CBS News clip here.


McCain Irony

August 27, 2014

Just days ago we posted “Experts: America facing imminent terror threat,” which included a link to the conservative GOP Daily Dose —- showing numerous photos of AZ Sen. John McCain meeting with the head of ISIS on a secret trip to Syria last year. During the meeting McCain was reported to have promised the  revolutionaries weapons, training, and funding.  He referred to them as “freedom fighters.”

McCain calls the photos a “fabrication,’ even telling the Arizona Republic that attempts to link the Syrian rebels in the photo to ISIS was “fairly ridiculous.”

The denials from John McCain impart a particular ironic twist to the news report of an American jihadist with the unlikely name, Douglas McAuthur McCain. The 33-year-old Muslim convert was killed over the weekend fighting for the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS).

NBC News has the full report.


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.


McCain backtracks on amnesty & it’s not even 2016

August 24, 2014

Trust the untrustworthy McCain at your own peril

Under the headline, “McCain retreats on immigration reform,” the daily runs this report and video clip from McCain’s interview with Brahm Resnik on KPNX 12 News’ Sunday Square Off,* which aired this morning at 8 a.m. 

The entire Sunday Square off show can be viewed here.

McCain was interviewed on the growing ISIS threat, in which he also bears culpability. Check out the deplorable photos under the link. They were posted on GOP the Daily Dose and show McCain secretly meeting last year with the head of ISIS and those he called “brave fighters risking their lives for freedom.”

Resnik: Let’s move to immigration real quick. I heard you on the radio the other day saying, “There’s no reform now, immigration reform, without complete control of the border. Have you stepped back from where you were a year ago?”

McCain: “We need to assure the American people that the border is secure.  People in AZ are so cynical about the promises that have been made about a secure border.  Doing the right things and spending the right money, we can have a 90 percent effective control of the  border within two years.”

Resnik: “So that comes first?”

McCain: “I think it’s going to have to.”

Resnik: “So this changes the discussion?”

McCain: “To a certain degree.”

 *Channel 12 and the Arizona Republic, both Gannett enterprises, are housed in the same building.


Blatantly false claims against AG Horne disproved

August 20, 2014

Falsehoods misrepresented as fact in widely distributed emails

Many of us are recipients of a quasi-blog publication to which none of us have subscribed and there is no comment section.  Still we mysteriously receive it and its often skewed version of facts, constructed to promote a specific political agenda and sent out under the improbable name of “azstatesmen.”  The messages are reposted on a another well-read Arizona blog.

Just days ago the emailed message was titled “Tom Horne refuses to enter gay marriage debate.” The writers accuse Arizona’s conservative Attorney General of  “refusing to file a brief in court defending traditional marriage.” The dishonest contrivance continues with the assertion that “Horne is a RINO on everything except illegal immigration, and even there he’s a Johnny-come-lately who has been barely active.”

These dishonest smears cannot stand.

Fortunately, Frosty Taylor, a retired but still working journalist, with standards galore is in charge of the Maricopa County Republican Committee MCRC Briefs —- sent out on a daily basis. Frosty is relied upon as a steadfast beacon of integrity.

Take a few minutes to read the truth as posted on (MCRC) Briefs and available here, where the links indisputably clarify the issue:

Setting the Record Straight: Tom Horne Refutes Allegations that he “refuses to enter gay marriage debate,” as circulated by American Post-Gazette this week: “This is total fabrication,” Horne said. “There are two challenges in Federal District Court as to Arizona’s constitutional provision that marriage is between a man and a woman and I am defending both of them. In one, I have filed a pleading in which you can read our arguments in favor of the constitutionality of Arizona’s prohibition of same-sex marriages.

See http://www.electtomhorne.com/traditionalmarriage/  There is a case to which the state was not a party dealing with a divorce.  We recently received notice of that because the constitutionality of the provision is an issue, and we decided to intervene to defend the constitutionality of Arizona’s prohibition of gay marriage.  We never refused to intervene, and in fact, decided that we would intervene.

In the Hawaii case they refer to, the Court said, at paragraph 15: “The question before this Court is not whether the State of Arizona allows same-sex marriage or divorce, but whether the laws of the State of Arizona allow a marriage, lawfully entered into in another state, between two persons the foreign state formally recognized at the time of the marriage as male and female, to be dissolved.”   “Where ever the constitutionality of the ban on same-sex marriage has been at issue, I have actively defended Arizona’s ban. The Post-Gazette story is a malicious lie, as you can verify by reading the pleading at http://www.electtomhorne.com/traditionalmarriage/. Then click on http://www.electtomhorne.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Connolly-59-DF-Response-to-MSJ-1.pdf 

Seeing Red AZ addresses the allegation that Attorney General Horne is a “Johnny-come-lately” to immigration issues. Read Chaos erupts over TUSD’s review of ethnic studies program. Horne was out in front and taking heat for his strong pro-American views during his two terms as AZ Superintendent of Public Instruction from 2003 to 2011. He was even burned in effigy by his illegal supporting detractors. As Attorney General so-called DREAMers protested outside his office after he sued a Phoenix-area community college to stop it from charging in-state tuition to illegals. 

Facts are pesky things.  They can be substantiated. Deliberate deception does more harm to the messenger than the one being maligned.

 


Below-the-belt politics? Nathan Sproul lurks nearby

August 18, 2014

The side-by-side signs are head turners. Appearing on street corners around the Valley, they could be the source of whiplash for many driving by. They are also the source of disgust, since they exemplify politics at its worst.

So who would be behind the reprehensible signs slamming two Republican candidates for the office of state treasurer? The reasonable assumption would be a political rival of the opposing party. Then we remember, the upcoming election is the primary. The only challengers at this point are within the same political party.

Given the circumstances, it doesn’t take long for the name Nathan Sproul to emerge.

Sproul, the former executive director of both the Arizona Christian Coalition and the Arizona Republican Party, eventually opened Sproul & Associates, a political consulting firm. After the his name became toxic he switched to the more reputable sounding Lincoln Strategy Group, but the sliminess remained. Sproul is a pro-amnesty McCain ally who, among his other notorious schemes, has previously defended a tawdry independent expenditure campaign as a “battle for the heart and soul of the Republican party.”

In this latest despicable venture into the intra-party primary, Open Secrets reveals Sproul has teamed with Tucson auto dealer and high-dollar McCain donor and bundler, Jim Click, to form the high-minded sounding “Preserve America’s Future.” The two are listed as top contributors, with political operative Sproul running the show, and registered with the AZ Secretary of State’s Office on Aug. 7.

Nathan Sproul is listed on competing GOP treasurer candidate Hugh Hallman’s campaign website as one of his supporters, on a list that looks like a Who‘s Who in McCainville, with a few surprises thrown in. Connect the dots. As this post points out the link is always McCain.

Sproul is far more than merely a supporter. He actually recruited Hallman.

The daily covers the sleazy tactics Sproul has employed to aid Republicrat Hugh Hallman’s desperate campaign, using distortions and outright lies about both the exceptionally well-qualified Randy Pullen, whom we have endorsed, and Jeff DeWit. Neither man should be subjected to these squalid tactics.

Sproul is quoted as saying his committee will disclose its donors during the next reporting period. The next campaign finance reports are due Aug 22, just 4 days before the Aug. 26, Primary election.

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Libertarian spoilers in key GOP senate races

August 15, 2014

As Americans who are paying attention are all too aware, it is imperative for the GOP to regain control of the U.S. Senate. With Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid playing hand-in-glove with a president who disregards congress as irrelevant and has repeatedly made good on his vow to use the power of executive actions to bypass the Republican-controlled House, the urgency of winning the midterm senatorial elections is undeniable 

But Republicans face a substantial problem, and it isn’t coming from the left. Game-playing Libertarians present a new wild card, with the potential of gumming up these vital elections by siphoning votes in crucial races from Republican candidates.

A key 2014 race is in New Hampshire, where Libertarian candidate Gardner Goldsmith is complicating Republican former senator Scott Brown’s bid to unseat Democrat incumbent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. Brown trails Shaheen by 10 percentage points (42 – 52) with Goldsmith taking 2 points and 9 percent of voters still undecided, according to most recent polling.

Although Goldsmith’s 2 percentage points might appear too small to decide the race, politicos contend New Hampshire voters have a history of supporting independent candidates, which means that Goldsmith could take a hefty chunk of the undecided vote and decisively block any hope of a Brown victory.

North Carolina is also dealing with a Libertarian spoiler. Sean Haugh a perennial candidate, open-borders supporter and pizza delivery guy is attempting to throw ice water on Republican plans to defeat Sen. Kay Hagan, considered one of the most vulnerable Democrat incumbent senators.

This Aug. 7, 2014 Rasmussen survey shows Thom Tillis edging Hagan 45-to-40 percent, with Haugh taking 6 percent of the vote, though other polls show Haugh hitting 11 percent. The odds of the Libertarian winning are nil, but his ability to botch the election is formidable. Those odds increase should he qualify for the senatorial debate series which begin Sept. 3. 

The Libertarian Party goes to great lengths to mask its spoiler image, oddly claiming it has broader appeal.  “Gay marriage, less taxes, there’s overlap there,” Libertarian Party President Wes Benedict recently claimed in a Fox news report. “From a marketing perspective, we want to distinguish ourselves from Democrats and Republicans. But we do want to attract voters from both sides,” he admits.

This Washington Post July report provides an overview of Libertarian efforts to swing control of the U.S. Senate away from the GOP.

Here in Arizona, Sen. Jeff Flake and Attorney General challenger Mark Brnovich run as Republicans but have roots deep in Libertarian soil. Both have worked for the Libertarian — not Republican — Goldwater Institute.  It should come as no surprise that Flake supports Brnovich’s candidacy.


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