Riggs mocked for staying fit, silence on Flake’s ego trip

July 19, 2014

“A tough guy for a tough job”

Gubernatorial candidate Frank Riggs’ latest campaign ad juxtaposes a few seconds of shots of the 62-year-old former U.S. Congressman working out as it lists his numerous credentials qualifying him for Arizona’s top office.

Leave it to the leftist Arizona Republic newspaper to use the ad to ridicule Riggs, in a bit of tripe titled, “I’m too sexy for my shirt.”

Riggs, also an army vet, a former police officer and a deputy sheriff, begins the pitch with “Arizona needs a strong governor,” and tags his commercial with “Sure it’s a tough job, and I’m just the guy to do it.”

Speaking himself rather than using a paid voice-over announcer, he says, “Big changes take hard work. As governor I’ll protect public safety….Finally secure our border….I’ll fight federal overreach and the Obamatization of Arizona ….by repealing Common Core on Day One and stopping Medicaid Expansion. And I’ll fix the state budget and get our economy growing again.  Sure it’s a tough job….and I’m just the guy to do it.

The same newspaper went silent in 2009 when then-congressman Jeff Flake, in his 40’s at the time, took a solo vacation on a deserted Pacific island with only his tripod and camera to keep him company. He sent shirtless photos of himself to the immediate world and got a pass.

We covered the preening Flake, when he didn’t cover himself —-  and the local newspaper looked the other way. The egocentric Flake even sent his pics to the liberal Washington Post. His shirtless adventure was covered in a Reason magazine piece cleverly titled, Rep. Jeff Flake goes on island vacation, catches crabs, and he milked his beefcaking on in this televised interview.

Hypocritical double standards exist at the amnesty pushing Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic). Republicrat Jeff Flake is solidly onboard with their leftwing agenda, so don’t look for objective reporting.


US Supreme Court lobs a major blow at ObamaCare

June 30, 2014

Today’s 5 – 4 U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down ObamaCare’s employer paid contraception and abortificides —- abortion inducing drug  —– mandate is a decisive victory for religious freedom.  Barack Obama’s efforts at the socialization of American health care has suffered a major setback.

This decision is even a more significant triumph since it is the first time that the high court has ruled that for-profit businesses can hold religious views under federal law.

On June 28, 2012, Chief Justice John Roberts stunned conservatives by joining with the liberal Justices Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor—– as he shockingly cast the deciding vote upholding the ‘Affordable Care Act,’ which Obama viewed as his signature domestic achievement. The flagrant and massive federal overreach into American’s personal health care decisions is widely known as ObamaCare. Here is a montage of Obama’s repeated lies.*

In today’s decision, Justice Samuel Alito wrote the majority opinion. Justice Anthony Kennedy, often a swing vote, voted with the majority. The court’s four liberal justices hung tight, with Ginsburg writing the dissent.

The decision in Burwell, Secretary of Health and Human Services, et al v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., (joined by Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp.) can be read here in its entirety.

* H/T to Abraham Reisman for video 


Illegals with contagious diseases put Americans at risk

June 8, 2014

Invaders bringing serious illnesses across southern border

ABC Channel 15 in Phoenix reports on yet another major border concern as the Obama administration  allows the unconscionable dumping of contagious-disease carrying, illegal aliens all across the country.

This time the focus is not solely on the women, and often unaccompanied children, who are streaming across the border into Arizona unabated.  Agents are now expressing strong concerns about a serious viral outbreak.

“It’s contagious, we are transporting people to different parts of the state and different parts of the country,” said Border Patrol agent and Rio Grande Valley Union representative Chris Cabrera.

“We are sending people everywhere. The average person doesn’t know what’s going on down here,” Cabrera said. “Detention centers and holding facilities have quarantined areas for those who come in sick.” But Cabrera adds, the sick and healthy are separated only by a thin strip of yellow caution tape.

There have been warnings about serious outbreaks of drug resistant,  highly contagious and sometimes fatal cases of tuberculosis, as Phyllis Schlafly reports in this important article.


The problem of insidious infectious diseases is not new. As far back as 2005, Schlafly wrote, “Legal immigrants are required to be free from disease, but no one examines the thousands of illegals who enter our country every day and disappear into our population. They are bringing diseases that we never had before in the United States or which we eradicated decades ago.

Tuberculosis had virtually disappeared from the United States, but is now expanding rapidly, particularly a drug-resistant variety until recently endemic only to Mexico.

Chagas, for which there is no effective cure, infects 18 million people in Latin America, causing 500,000 deaths annually, was unknown in the United States until recently, and has now infected our blood supply. Suddenly, thousands of cases of leprosy have appeared brought in by illegal aliens from India, Brazil, the Caribbean, and Mexico. West Nile Virus, which comes from Africa, was unheard of in the U.S. prior to 1998 and now infects tens of thousands of Americans. Malaria had been obliterated from the U.S., but is now reemerging. Since 1991, the U.S. hasn’t had a case of a native-born American getting polio, but aliens are bringing back polio, too.”

Yet nothing appears to deter Congress, including our AZ 4 —- in concert with the illegal enablers McCain and Flake —- all standing poised to grant stealth amnesty. Have they heard from you yet? Time is short.


Top 44 Gov’t salaries went to Phx VA employees

June 2, 2014

Astronomical salaries eclipse all other Gov’t agencies

Since the ongoing scandals at the Veterans Hospital were first revealed in Phoenix, we thought it might be interesting to see how our tax dollars earmarked for the health care of America’s military veterans are being spent.

“Open the Books* — a project of American Transparency” has done a masterful job in compiling the numbers. There are 100 entries per page, with 6 pages devoted to Arizona.

Page one, alone, lists 2013 salaries ranging from $357,526.00 to $217,404.00. All employees are identified by name.

The top of the page indicates a limited number of views are available before registration is required.

WND reports that the VA handed out $9 million in bonuses since 2011. Breitbart notes that the Edward Hines Jr. VA hospital outside of Chicago spent over $1 billion on salaries for over 4,200 employees for the three years ending in 2013. Just 309 of these employees are doctors, and less than a quarter of the total employees provide direct medical care. 

*H/T Adam Andrzejewski —- Open the Books


WH rats fleeing or being axed from BHO’s sinking ship

May 30, 2014

Jay Carney, Obama’s White House press secretary, who recently grew a beard to hide behind, will be stepping down in June. Obama announced Carney’s departure in a surprise appearance at the White House press briefing room today, saying deputy press secretary Josh Earnest will take over the job.  How earnest Mr. Earnest will be remains to be seen. Watch the video here showing the practiced waffler, Carney.

Obama also announced beleaguered Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki is resigning in the wake of the  rapidly growing scandal involving veterans’ health care at the nation’s VA hospitals. The horrendous problems resulting in often unnecessary deaths of American veterans and accompanying deceitful cover-ups were initially revealed here in Phoenix at the Carl T. Hayden Veterans Medical Center.

Obama claimed Shinseki told him he did not want to be a distraction. “I agree,” Obama said. “We don’t have time for distractions. We need to fix the problem.” 

November 2016 will provide the nation that opportunity.


Jeff Flake mimics mentor McCain: Teams with liberal

May 7, 2014

Since assuming the senate seat previously occupied by Jon Kyl, there’s no denying that Jeff Flake has become an eager apprentice to John McCain. Right out of the election hatch, Flake joined McCain and a load of liberals as a pro-amnesty member of the Gang of Eight.

Now bi-partisan-stepping solo, he has united with far-left-wing Democrat U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (CD-1) in opposing the ouster of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki —- breaking with the American Legion —- which has called for Shinseki’s resignation.

The group’s demand came after news of scandalous delays in medical treatments allowed dozens of our military veterans to die without receiving appropriate treatment for months, and in some cases, nearly 2 years. Allegations of coordinated cover-ups of this malpractice at the highest levels have resulted in Phoenix VA Health Care System Director Sharon Helman, Associate Director Lance Robinson and others being placed on administrative leave by Shinseki last week.

The American Legion, the nation’s largest veterans service group, cited a litany of complaints against the VA, noting everything from the agency’s notorious backlog and attempts to conceal the serious lack of treatment to indefensible bonuses to Sharon Helman.

This is the tastelessly cheery photo Flake felt was suitable to use in conjunction with a local radio talk show interview in which the facts of this tragic situation were being discussed. One of those appearing on the show was a mother who lost her veteran son to suicide after he went without necessary care. Other callers related the disgraceful facts regarding the impact of the negligence on their family members.

Delays in providing appropriate treatment were purposely hidden as part of a complex cost-cutting scheme set up by Veterans Affairs managers.

The buck stops at the top. Regardless of what Republicrat Flake and liberal Democrat Kirkpatrick think, Shinseki needs to go.


Phx. VA chief on leave during death investigations

May 2, 2014

Shocking revelations of gross criminal negligence should lead to firings and charges

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki placed Phoenix VA Health Care System Director Sharon Helman, Associate Director Lance Robinson and a third employee on administrative leave amid charges that dozens of VA hospital patients may have died while awaiting medical treatment.

Shinseki released this statement of concern and announced the actions on Thursday. But this is how the Washington Examiner editorially described Shinseki the same day. 

Delays in providing appropriate treatment were purposely hidden as part of a complex cost-cutting scheme set up by Veterans Affairs managers. Their alleged goal was to hide the fact that between 1,400 and 1,600 sick veterans were forced to wait up to 21 months to see a doctor, according to whistle-blowing retired top VA doctor, Samuel Foote, M.D.

U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL), chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs said staff investigators have evidence that the Phoenix VA Health Care System kept two sets of records to conceal prolonged waits for doctor appointments and treatment that patients were forced to endure. “It appears as though there could be as many as 40 veterans whose deaths could be related to delays in care,” Miller revealed.

To hide the fact that they were compelling sick veterans to wait indefensible months to see a doctor, Phoenix VA managers kept two separate lists. One was an official list sent to Washington that alleged progress in providing timely appointments. The second and secret one revealed the actual lengthy wait times. Dr. Foote says those records have been shredded.

Because the VA uses performance targets of reduced wait times to determine bonus levels,  Sharon Helman actually received nearly $10,000 in bonuses last year — despite knowing about the off-the-books list and defending its use to staff.


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