BP under the federal gun to investigate agents

September 28, 2014

Criminal investigations center on law enforcement agents not illegals

The daily reports that Customs and Border Protection has issued a press release on the alleged assault on a teenage illegal detainee by an agent —- at the specific direction of the agency’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The Jan. 30 incident, captured on a security camera video reputedly shows Border Agent Aldo Francisco Arteaga, a nine-year veteran, entering a holding area, confiscating the teen’s disallowed cell phone, and punching him in the stomach. Arteaga is stationed in Nogales, Arizona.  The area is a major portal for illegals and criminal gangs of drug traffickers. 

The article is rife with comments from the expected pro-illegal brigade including ACLU attorneys, a “skeptical” policy analyst at the American Immigration Council and representatives of “human rights” and “immigration rights” groups, expressing doubts regarding prosecution.

Border Patrol Agents are charged as “vigilant protectors of our Nation’s borders,” according to the Mission statement on U.S. Customs and Border Protection website. It neglects to mention that agents are supposed to do their job with one hand tied behind their backs, while being viewed with suspicion by the same federal government that employs them.

The US/Mexican border is a dangerous place. But the Border Agents protecting the U.S. from murderous drug cartels, jihadists intending harm to our homeland and defiant illegal invaders, are vilified by the leftist Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic) newspaper —- as we noted in this post last year.

In 2010, the Sierra Vista Herald reported* there had been a marked increase in violence against U. S. Border Patrol agents —- up a stunning 300 percent in the first two months of the fiscal year. The report indicated 108 attacks on agents in the Tucson sector alone. The previous year there were 27 such reports.

This list of U.S. Border Patrol Agents who have died in the line of duty since Dec. 2003 gives an indication of where the actual focus of prosecution needs to be.

*Sierra Vista Herald report no longer accessible


MC GOP Chair LaFaro exposes Wes Gullett in complaint

September 25, 2014

Maricopa County Republican Chairman A J LaFaro has filed a campaign finance complaint against ‘Arizona Grassroots Action’ with the Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission, Arizona Secretary of State’s Office and Maricopa County Elections Office.   

Here is the complaint:

I wish to file a campaign finance complaint against Arizona Grassroots Action (AGA), which lists its address at 300 West Clarendon, Suite 460, Phoenix, AZ, 85013.  We encourage anyone who reads this complaint to “Google” the address to see who is really located there.*

AGA conducted independent expenditures in multiple Legislative Districts (LD) in multiple counties to effect the outcome of Precinct Committeemen (PC) races.  However, AGA never registered as a political committee, nor has it disclosed its donors or its expenditures.  We went to a great deal of effort to verify that AGA was not filed with the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office and with the various counties in which it campaigned, etc. 

AGA is also not registered with the Arizona Corporation Commission.  It appears that AGA is a name selected to mimic an old campaign committee that was called Arizona Grassroots PAC and was closed in March of 2014.  It is also the precise name of a federal PAC formed to benefit GOP Congressional candidates Martha McSally and Andy Tobin.  However, the federal PAC uses a Virginia address and appears to be quite separate.  So the selection of the name seems to be purposefully for the sake of creating confusion.

At this time we do not have a firm idea on exactly how many expenditures were made, however we have proof that AGA used a series of up to three mailers per precinct that was targeted in their Graham County efforts, two to three mailers per targeted precinct along with robo calls here in Maricopa County.  PCs have reported receiving and seeing AGA’s campaign literature in LD23, LD25, LD28, and LD29. 

We have put the word out asking people to report if AGA’s campaign literature was used in their LDs and will update our list as we get more responses.

While races for Precinct Committeemen do not attract the media attention that larger offices do, they are very important to the candidates who participate in them. The outcome of those races determine the makeup of party leadership both at the county and state level, and control of that leadership includes the ability to speak for the party as well as control over the party’s purse strings.  These races can be very high-stakes.  As such, the strategic advantage that accrues to a group that knowingly violates election law in order to gain a stealth advantage is tremendous. You do not have time to gather an effort to counter something that you have no idea is coming.

The penalties for failing to file a committee and failing to file reports that detail contributions and expenditures are substantial and are laid out in ARS 16-904 for example.  The failure to file and report are both violations of ARS 16-902, 16-902.01, 16-904, 16-912, 16-913 and potentially 16-913.01 and 16-914.02 depending on the source and nature of the funds used to pay for this electioneering and expressed advocacy.

Furthermore, AGA failed to notify the candidates who were listed on their mailers of their independent expenditures in a timely manner as prescribed by ARS 16-917.  The penalties for failing to do this shall be three times the cost of the literature.

Lastly, AGA would be required to list any individuals, corporations, LLCs and labor organizations paying for these expenditures should the source of any of this money come from any of these individuals, corporations, LLCs and labor organizations.  There is no such disclosure save for “Paid for by Arizona Grassroots Action” and the penalties for failing to properly disclose are up to three times the cost of the literature.

It is too late to undo the damage done to the candidates who were disadvantaged by these unannounced and unreported mailings.  However, your office can and should send a strong message to this group and those groups who would mimic this technique in the future that their actions carry severe financial penalties.

People and organizations that feel they are above the law by not registering with the appropriate state and county agencies so they can use their dirty money to fund their egregious acts of misleading and confusing the voters is totally unacceptable.

It is quite obvious AGA has violated election laws by not registering as a political committee or filing campaign finance reports, and I am requesting a full and thorough investigation into this heinous matter.  Please consider this complaint a “class action complaint” on behalf of the thousands of individuals that have been wronged.

– A. J. LaFaro, Chairman, Maricopa County Republican Committee (MCRC) Office: 480-752-9164, E-mailaj_ml@hotmail.com

 * First Strategic Communications and Public Affairs

Under “Our Team” you’ll find the names Wes GullettKurt Davis, Marcus Dell’Artino, Barry Dill, Crystal Bradley, Bettina Nava, and Steve Roman. Five of the six highlighted names share a common thread: They have all worked for John McCain.  At least a couple of those McCain cohorts show up on this 2006 Republicans for Janet (Napolitano) list.

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Seeing Red AZ has previously provided additional background on such shenanigans:

This post card is an example of those sent out by then-Sen. Jon Kyl in 2012, as he intruded in the LD 28 precinct committeemen races and attempted to facilitate the removal of conservatives.

Another example of Republicrat duplicity also took place in District 28, where conservatives were targeted for removal on a slate pushing RINOs for election as state committeemen.

Integrity is in short supply these days. Here is a list of RINOs supporting liberal Democrat Felecia Rotellini. “Republican” is a convenient label for these turncoats to keep as they show their true colors while ripping fellow Republicans.  If they reregistered as Democrats, their traitorous acts would lose their potency.

 


French reject terrorists call to define themselves

September 20, 2014

Words matter. We’ve heard that phrase often, especially in political discussions.

As an example, pro-abortion factions despise being called that more honest description, preferring instead to hide behind the word, “choice.” The baby, whose life is terminated never gets to decide in that “choice” and in fact, is never actually referred to as a baby. The term “fetus,” devoid of sentiment, comes in handy in that context.

Any number of similar word plays spring to mind when discussing turns of phrase and definitions. The one we focus on today comes via the administration of French President Francois Hollande, and is brilliant in its simplicity.

The Islamic extremist terrorist group grabbing headlines with its bloody brutality and escalating  threats of violence is alternately referred to as ISIS, IS, or as the Obama administration prefers, ISIL. —- Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The terrorists refer to themselves by the imposing term,  “Islamic State,” representing the compulsory Sharia caliphate they envision having ultimate global dominance.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius was quoted recently in France 24, definitively stating,  “This is a terrorist group and not a state. I do not recommend using the term Islamic State because it blurs the lines between Islam, Muslims and Islamists. The Arabs call it ‘Daesh’ and I will be calling them the ‘Daesh cutthroats.’ ”

The Washington Post admits, “That logic is certainly understandable, and the French aren’t alone in bristling at the idea that an extremist group gets to take the moniker “Islamic State.”

The militants reportedly despise the name “Daesh,” an acronym used by Israel and Arab nations, which they consider a slur. According to this AP report, militants have threatened to cut out the tongue of anyone who uses the name, declaring it shows disrespect and defiance.

Yet another threat that clearly establishes what these Daesh cutthroats are all about.


Obama’s skewed priorities: African Ebola, Muslim refuges take precedence

September 16, 2014

U.S. vulnerability of no consequence to Obama

In the midst of terrorist threats on American soil by Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists, Barack Obama is assigning 3,000 U.S. military personnel and more than $500 million —- drawn from funding normally used for defense efforts —- to west Africa to deal with the Ebola crisis.

Calling this a “national security priority,” he says he is responding to appeals from Africa to supply medical and logistical support to overwhelmed local health care systems and to boost the number of beds needed to isolate and treat victims of the deadly virus that has reportedly claimed 2,200 lives in the region The U.S. has already spent more than $100 million responding to the outbreak

Most American taxpaying citizens would likely agree that our own “national security” priorities should take center stage.

Obama is taking these unprecedented actions despite reports of ISIS terrorists preparing to carry out attacks on Times Square and the Las Vegas strip and our porous southern border being a pipeline for any comers who intend harm to our country. Could it be any more clear that  American citizens who should be secure in their cities take second place to Obama?

So far a few hundred U.S. military “advisors’ have been assigned to fight terrorism in Iraq.

To fuel our internal crisis, WND reports that displaced Syrians will likely make up the next big wave of Muslim refugees joining approximately 250,000 refugees from Islamic countries to be resettled in the United States.

Earlier this year, the State Department moved to ease the rules that protect the U.S. from accepting refugees with potential ties to terrorist organizations. The rules were seen as “too strict” by the refugee-resettlement groups that lobby Congress and the administration continuously to let in more Muslims from the war-torn Middle East.

“The  UNHCR  just this year started referring Syrian refugees to the United States for processing,” said the dull-witted Marie Harf, deputy spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State at this Sept. 4 press briefing. “Obviously, we have several thousand in the pipeline, and that number will continue to go up,” Harf said.  For those wondering what the acronym stands for, it’s “United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.”

Yes. Under the Obama administration, we are now taking our immigration marching orders from the United Nations.

 Obama’s claim of a “broad coalition” of support to deal with ISIS terrorists in a war he refuses to call a war, is outed as “non-existent” in this contemptuous front page analysis in the New York Times. Breitbart has additional, in-depth information.


AZ Republic: Single pronoun reveals homosexual agenda

September 16, 2014

The trickery engaged in by the propaganda pushers at the state’s agenda-driven, radically left-leaning newspaper has morphed into a full-fledged art form.  We’ve often pointed out the dual issues focused on by the increasingly diminished crew at the Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic). Ever more intensified arguments on behalf of same-sex and amnesty issues leap to the forefront as actual reporting is infused with editorializing.

A case in point? The sly efforts to normalize homosexuality have reached epic proportions in the news coverage of David Trujillo, 27, a former Ahwatukee Foothills high school dance instructor.  For his egregious acts of sexual abuse of a minor in his charge, Trujillo was sentenced Friday to one year in jail and lifetime probation in connection with a “sexual relationship” he had with a student.

The report written by Tyler Fingert, a student at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Republic “Breaking News Reporter,” uses the term “sexual relationship,” which implies consent — something minors legally cannot give.

Trujillo pleaded guilty in July to two counts of sexual conduct with the student and received what amounted to a judicial slap on the wrist. Contrast the double standard sentence meted out in 1985 to ‘Teacher of the Year’ Ken Lamberton —- then a Mesa science teacher. 

The eight paragraph news report of this betrayal of trust as a sexual pervert in a position of authority preys on a youthful student, takes the reader to the second to last sentence to divulge the underage victim’s gender by use of the pronoun “he.”

Tyler Fingert’s obviously a quick learner. What a shame the newspaper is unlikely to exist by the time he needs a paycheck to facilitate his life as an adult.


AZ GOP candidates join Dem’s feigned outrage, Pearce resigns

September 15, 2014

Conservative icon Russell Pearce, Arizona’s former Senate President, knows all too well what it’s like to be at the center of controversy. Now as a  radio talk show host he has once again energized the left with comments he made on his popular Saturday evening KKNT 960-AM radio program, The Russell Pearce Show, which provides a forum for Republican candidates and expression.

The brouhaha grew from the expected ire of state Democrat Party Executive Director DJ Quinlan to include pilers-on from within the Republican Party as they struggle to distance themselves from his comments and secure Independent votes in the upcoming General Election.

First out of the hatch to join the Dems was Mark Brnovich candidate for Attorney General. Pearce endorsed his incumbent, primary opponent. Brnovich jumped at the opportunity to issue a statement saying Pearce’s remarks “are unrepresentative of the Republican Party I know. The notion that government would force sterilization upon anyone is counter to everything I believe about individual liberty and contrary to the founding principles of a free nation,” adding, “comments that demean the plight of the poor, including women in the dual role of mother and economic provider, are not conservative; they’re cruel. And I reject them.”

So what has caused the uproar that united some statewide Republican candidates (named in this Arizona Republic article) to join with the Democrats in denouncing the conservative leader? He is reputed to have said, “You put me in charge of Medicaid, the first thing I’d do is get Norplant, birth-control implants, or tubal ligations. Then we’ll test recipients for drugs and alcohol, and if you want to [reproduce] or use drugs or alcohol, then get a job.”  He did not call for state-imposed sterilization.

Pearce was elected to a two-year term as First Vice Chair of the AZ Republican Party by a wide margin of state committeemen at their January 2012 meeting, carrying the strong endorsement of then-State Party Chairman, Tom Morrissey. 

Now the current party chairman Robert Graham has accepted Pearce’s conciliatory resignation tendered late last night in this statement:

“As an unapologetic conservative, I’ve stood up for the rule of law and our constitutional freedoms. I love this great Republic, and have loved serving Arizona and my service with the Republican party. Recently on my radio show there was a discussion about the abuses to our welfare system. I shared comments written by someone else and failed to attribute them to the author. This was a mistake. This mistake has been taken by the media and the left and used to hurt our Republican candidates. 

I do not want the progressive left and the media to try to take a misstatement from my show and use it to attack our candidates. I care about the Republican party and its conservative platform too much to let them do that. Yet I have to recognize that hosting a radio show and the nature of the debates that we have had and will continue to have are incompatible with what our Party needs from its leadership team. For that reason, I am submitting my resignation as a Vice Chairman of the Republican Party. I will never back down from standing up for what I believe in and I will continue to fight for the principles that our founding generation risked their lives for. But I have no intention of being used as a distraction by the Democrats looking to escape responsibility for their failed policies. It is time to return the focus to where it belongs, and that is the direction that our state and country should be headed towards. Let’s get back to winning in November!”

The Honorable Russell Pearce, who has endured slings and arrows before, resigns rather than allow Republican statewide candidates to fail. The rest of us should keep our eyes on the ball, as First Amendment rights ensuring freedom of speech are being curtailed. Some Republican candidates who should be upholding them are joining with the most liberal elements to misconstrue and constrain them.


AZ Republic heading for last roundup

September 13, 2014

Still trying to scalp readers as it rides off to the sunset

Raw evidence that the carcass of the extreme leftwing Arizona Republic is heaving its last breaths comes by way of the news of further pink slips amid what is cunningly referred to as “operational streamlining” involving approximately a dozen positions —- this time.

Newsroom positions will be renamed and employees will be subject to the humiliation of reapplying for their current jobs. As new hires, benefits will likely be delayed until a probationary period has passed, factoring in a cost savings to the newspaper and leaving any “rehired” employees in limbo.

The failing newspaper, rife with seemingly endless layoffs, cutbacks and increasing reliance on students from ASU’s liberal Cronkite School of Journalism, recently informed nearly two dozen community reporters they would need to work from their laptops at Starbucks and McDonald’s — which supply free WiFi — and consider their cars to be their offices.

As the newspaper’s brass pushes its reporters onto the streets, the subscription rates have just skyrocketed nearly ten dollars a month. Quite a deal if you enjoy having your intelligence routinely insulted and being relentlessly deluged with open borders and same sex issues.

Given its propensities, the future of the local Gannett holding has grown ever more bleak. We recently noted the “separation” of fading print assets from its broadcast and digital businesses. Gannett, which operates 82 daily publications including USA Today, is the parent company of that fattening agent of the anorexic pages of the Arizona Republic —- often referred to on this site as the Periódico de la República de Arizona, for its relentless pro-amnesty positions. It also owns KPNX-TV 12, the NBC affiliate in Phoenix. The mirror-image local entities have been housed in the same building since 2010.

Jim Romenesko details Gannett’s 16 job descriptions and salary ranges under the “Newsroom of the Future” parameter.  He writes, “each newsroom employee at each Gannett property must be in one of these positions. They are all digital-centric and aligned with Gannett’s new “Picasso” initiative, in which journalism is driven solely by metrics and journalists are expected to be marketers and ‘community connectors.’”

Unbiased reporting doesn’t exist at the Arizona Republic. The entire newspaper reeks editorial content. If you’re actually seeking untainted news, you’ve gone to the wrong place. And now you’ll have to shell out close to ten more bills each month for the insult.


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