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.


Gifting ASU’s Prez with $95K raise+benies = one helluva deal

September 30, 2014

Crow called “a bargain” at $900,000 a year

When it wants to push its leftist perspective, the Arizona Republic is a marvel of inconsistencies. Look no further than the convoluted meanderings of Monday’s editorial as it attempts to justify the outrageous salary increase for Arizona State University president Michael Crow.  The heist is headlined, “It’s vision, not money, that motivates Crow.”

In this still troubled economy with many remaining behind the eight ball financially, the state Board of Regents awarded Crow a $95,000 raise and we are told we got a bargain in the process.

Betch’a didn’t know that Crow is a “gale force of big ideas, who swept into this intellectual desert” when he arrived in 2002.

He is also extolled for “throwing open the doors to a surge of low-income and minority students…”  Back in 2007, when Crow began promoting scholarship funding and in-state tuition for illegal alien students the open-border newspaper called Crow’s efforts  to subvert the voter approved Prop. 300 “courageous.”  Crow referred to the hundreds of foreign national students here illegally as “special-class international students.”

This previous post “Michael Crow, Sybil Francis: A$U’s pricey duo,” fills in the dollar amounts in salary, bonuses, pensions, retirement and “step up bonuses,” car and housing allowances that Crow and his wife Sybil Francis were previously raking in. Updated, enumerated numbers are not readily found, although this year alone he receives a $40,000 incentive and up to $180,000 in 2015 for “meeting goals.”

It’s difficult to pick a winning line in the blatherous editorial, but the words, “money doesn’t motivate him” which he proves by staying on here in Arizona, where this superhuman “visionary” is “underpaid,” float to the top.

“It’s no secret that a lot of major institutions would like to steal him away from us,” Regents Chairman Mark Killian said. “We think he’s doing a wonderful job, and we’d like him to stay around.”

Regent Greg Patterson “gushingly” heaped further praise, actually calling Crow “transformative.“

 That electric definition alone could power up Sybil Francis and Michael Crow’s $million+ nest in swanky Paradise Valley.

The swooning regents duo sound suspiciously like former U.S. Senator Dennis DeConcini, then a regent in 2007.  “He’s worth every dollar he gets paid because he delivers,” DeConcini said.

As Crow and Francis live large, citizen students feel the sting as tuition and fee hikes continue to rattle Arizona families. And the question remains, if  Crow isn’t motivated by money, why do the regents continually throw more of it at his well-shod feet?


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.

 


Dr. Sowell defines urgency of GOP Senate victory

September 17, 2014

In 66 words, the genius of Thomas Sowell illuminates

“Despite TV pundits who say that public opinion polls show Barack Obama is in trouble, the president is not in the slightest trouble. He is doing whatever he feels like doing, regardless of the Constitution and regardless of how many people don’t like it, because he is virtually impeachment-proof. The country is in huge trouble and real danger because of his policies, but he is not.”


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.


Huppenthal requests $1million to “embrace” illegal kids

August 22, 2014

John Huppenthal, the wildly erratic state superintendent of public instruction, is requesting the federal government pony up $1 million for educating the illegal alien children being housed in Arizona. They are among the tens of thousands who have flooded into the United States from Central America.

On Wednesday, Huppenthal sent this letter to Obama’s education secretary Arne Duncan asking for the financial aid, which he calculates at the rate of 202 students x $5,082 per student.

“We want to be positioned to do the best job we can to embrace those children,” he said during a press conference. “But, at the same time, we want to send a notice out that we expect to be compensated for those students.”

Huppenthal, who previously claimed conservative credentials as a candidate, has cozied up to Obama’s educrat point man Arne Duncan. This press release from Huppenthal was from chummier times as the alleged Republican trumpeted the fact that he was escorting liberal Duncan around the state.

Instead of doing the job he was elected to do, Huppenthal has spent a great deal of his taxpayer paid work time posting anonymous, insulting comments on blogs —- including Seeing Red AZ —- first denying his actions and then giving a tearful apologetic press conference. Watch the CBS TV 5 coverage in which he admitted his actions.

Now, rather than protecting Arizona’s Constitutional requirement for local control of our district schools, Huppenthal is shamefully pushing policies intended to cede control of every facet of our education system to federal bureaucrats as he promotes the disastrous federal overreach once known as Common Core. Hoping Arizona’s citizens wouldn’t notice, Huppenthal and Gov. Jan Brewer conspired to rename the unpopular federal overreach which suddenly morphed into “Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards.”

Conservative syndicated columnist, Michelle Malkin who has devoted the past two years to sounding the alarm on Common Core, supports Diane Douglas in Tuesday’s primary election. Read her endorsement.


Billionaire elephant slayer picks pachyderm to assist

August 19, 2014

Christine Jones’ benefactor ginning up her campaign war chest

As primary election campaigns slide into the final stretch, the governor’s race gets more pedal to the metal in the form of a mega amount of hard cash being infused into the gubernatorial coffers of Republican hopeful Christine Jones.

GoDaddy.com founder Bob Parsons, who sold his company for a cool $2.25 billion in July 2011, added yet another $1 million into an effort to help Jones, his company’s former corporate lawyer. She hasn’t been a piker, either. Jones donated $758,000. to her own campaign on Aug. 12.

Parsons, a controversial elephant killer, made the hefty donation to Better Leaders for Arizona, an independent campaign committee that supports Jones while zoning in on attacking another contender, Doug Ducey. The GOP primary is heavy with candidates: Ken Bennett, Doug Ducey, Frank Riggs, Scott Smith, Andrew Thomas, and Jones are all vying for the state’s top job. State Sen. Al Melvin dropped out June 23, after being unable to gain traction.


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