Bloomberg’s $50 million attack on 2nd Amendment

April 17, 2014

Anti-gun leftist, feds & even your doctor want your weapons

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is not letting any grass grow under his resoled loafers now that he’s unemployed. Instead he‘s refocusing his efforts at restricting guns in America, and pledging at least $50 million to accomplish his goal.

Bloomberg, reputedly worth over $31 billion dollars —- ranking 10th on Forbes’ list of America’s Richest People —- has unsuccessfully tried in the past to wage a national campaign against guns. Now the Second Amendment restrictionist is launching a new gun control organization, ‘Everytown for Gun Safety,’ that he hopes can rival the mega status of the National Rifle Association (NRA).

Bloomberg’s bottom line is expansion of background checks to prevent increasing numbers of law-abiding citizens from owning guns. He’s working hand-in-glove with the Obama administration which is stealthily at work creating the infrastructure for a universal gun registry. In budget proposals known as “Program Increases” for the FBI, Attorney General Eric Holder says: “This program enhancement will double the capacity of the existing NICS —- National Instant Check System.  These expansions are vital in ensuring that the NICS system can support a Universal Background Check requirement, which is expected to double gross NICS transactions.” Gun Owners of America‘s alert continues here.

Everytown’s mission statement, claims the effort is “a movement of Americans working together to end gun violence and build safer communities.”

Then comes the tirade:

Speaking of the NRA, Bloomberg bizarrely rants: “They say, ‘We don’t care. We’re going to go after you, If you don’t vote with us we’re going to go after your kids and your grandkids and your great-grandkids. And we’re never going to stop.’ We’ve got to make them afraid of us,” Bloomberg bellowed.

And if you think mature adult gun owners are safe from this lunacy, think again.

Health care attorney Marshall Kapp, director of the Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine and Law at Florida State University Medical School is of the opinion that doctors who treat older patients should routinely ask whether they have access to guns. He defends speaking with family members about confiscating weapons, saying “the physician’s right to engage in firearm-related inquiries could actually be characterized as a legally enforceable obligation.”

“If families are unwilling to cooperate, doctors may need to turn to the law for help,” Kapp said. “Failure to address firearm safety for seniors can be considered a form of neglect that should be reported to the Adult Protective Services agency since it arguably constitutes elder mistreatment.”

Kapp’s shocking report, “Geriatric Patients, Firearms, and Physicians,” was published September 2013 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.


Wage inequality: Dem’s latest great divide

April 9, 2014

First it was the minimum wage that anti-capitalist Barack Obama claimed needed to be hiked. Never mind that raising the pay for entry level jobs meant fewer jobs for the mostly young people seeking them —- thereby thrusting them out of the workforce. Government contractors are now obligated to follow this mandate, and fast food restaurants responded by closing on military bases.

Then came the impoverished Congress. Democrat James Moran (VA) contends that “the American people should know that members of Congress are underpaid,” and he plans to highlight that injustice by introducing an amendment to a bill that funds member’s $174,000 salaries and enviable benefits packages. “Our pay has been frozen for three years and we’re planning on freezing it a fourth year. A lot of members can’t even afford to live decently in Washington,” Moran whined. He’s further upset by the fact that since Republicans took control, the House has been working a 120+ day a year schedule.  Not bad pay for working a third of a year.

Women, it turns out, are also victimized and underpaid. But Obama has boasted he can correct any wrongs he perceives by bypassing the underpaid Congress and enacting executive orders. His latest focus, the Paycheck Fairness Act, applies executive actions to the workforce at large.

Few would be surprised to learn that hypocrisy reigns at the White House. Hot Air reports that critics immediately demanded to know what Obama planned to do about his own gender-pay gap, as women in the administration only earn 91 cents for every dollar earned by men. 

This NRCC Memo calls the Act a “desperate political ploy,” correctly assessing, “It will make it nearly impossible for employers to tie compensation to work quality, productivity and experience, reduce flexibility in the workplace and make it far easier to file frivolous lawsuits that line the pockets of trial lawyers.”

Yet here in the City Of Phoenix, Democrat mayor Greg Stanton, is fixated on the same issue of gender “income inequality,” regardless of the misrepresentations in his Obama-like pitch. Stanton and councilwoman Kate Gallego have announced their intention to create an equal-pay ordinance that includes enforcement of this policy for contractors dealing with the city.

Astute citizens are keenly aware of intentional divisions, the goal of which is fomenting classes of victimhood in America. This concept is fundamental to the far -left mindset. Democrats are only too happy to churn the victimization brew and let those so “afflicted” know the answer to their problems comes through expanded government, thereby relieving people of their need to take personal responsibility.  In tandem, every misbehavior from overindulgence in food, drink, use of illicit drugs, gambling  or even shopping (shopaholics) is now labeled a disease, requiring others to pay to support those who claim they are incapacitated —-  by their own excesses.

No wonder our border is a floodgate.


Reading between the amnesty lines

April 4, 2014

Bob Goodlatte is a U.S. Representative elected a dozen years ago to Virginia’s Sixth Congressional District. During that time the moderate Republican has become a glib disseminator of smarmy double talk.

The Daily Caller, in an article headlined “Goodlatte to Obama: Let’s make an immigration deal, but not yet,” reports that Goodlatte slammed the White House’s lax enforcement of immigration laws Thursday, but suggested that the Republican leadership wants a deal that would provide companies with more workers and would also allow younger illegals to stay in the country.

The GOP caucus doesn’t want to make a deal with President Barack Obama yet, he said, because of a “lot of mistrust of the president.”

Goodlatte can’t actually expect Republican voters to swallow that whole. Disgust with the imperial president —- who brazenly lies and uses executive orders with impunity —- is a given. But the clear intent of the “not yet” aspect of the amnesty deal remains the upcoming midterm elections.  None of the Congressional Republicans want to have the amnesty monkey on their backs until Election Day votes are counted. They know all too well that only 13% of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing. Continued unemployment and under-employment among American citizens disputes the need to import more competition for fewer jobs.

House Speaker John Boehner used similar bogus language recently when he declared Obama “had sown distrust,” blaming his changes and postponements of Obamacare for the delays in implementing “immigration reforms.”

Goodlatte’s own views on “immigration reform” employ the trite terminology of the pro-amnesty cabal: “We are a nation of immigrants and our immigration system has contributed to the greatness of the United States. However, we can all agree that our nation’s immigration system is broken,” he says.

No, we don‘t “all agree.” The system is not broken, Mr. Goodlatte. Your will, and that of your colleagues to enforce our existing laws is obviously what is broken.

Though initially posted several years ago, “Lingo” retains its popularity.  Check it out.  It will assist you in deciphering both Goodlatte and Boehner’s amnesty jargon. The two men might live and work across the country from us, but Arizonans are border state residents and know double talk when it’s lobbed our way. The frequent doses we get from Sens. McCain and Flake keep us on our toes.


Fast food outlets flee military bases, blame wage hike

April 2, 2014

BHO’s minimum wage increase harms, not helps, workers

The Military Times reports on a damaging repercussion of the mandated increase in the minimum wage for companies with federal contracts.

When Obama signed the executive order unilaterally hiking the minimum wage, employees of such companies —- workers at traditionally entry level jobs —- were jubilant. But that cheer will be short-lived for those who find themselves unemployed. The hourly pay increase to $10.10 from $7.25, is causing many fast food concessions on military bases to request release from their contracts

The new rules must be part of any contract we negotiate,” said Kathleen Martin, a Navy Exchange Service Command (NESCOM) spokeswoman. Many vendor partners have verbally indicated hesitation  to accept contract changes reflecting the revised wage rules.

“At the end of the day, there will be fewer jobs,” said an industry source. “And for [the contractors] who stick it out, there will be higher costs and the customers will pay more.”

Labor Department rules issued last fall for fast food workers on federal contracts under the Service Contract Act require an increase in the minimum wage. The rules also require payment of new, additional “health and welfare” benefits at a rate of $3.81 per hour to those employees.

Four restaurants chains, including McDonald’s outlets, are slated for closure on Navy installations, according to NESCOM officials. Two other contractors —- a name-brand sandwich eatery and a name-brand pizza parlor —- have asked to be released from their Army and Air Force Exchange Service contracts to operate fast food restaurants at two other installations, according to AAFES

These closings “are the tip of the iceberg,” the source said. “I don’t think anybody has realized what the far-reaching effects of this will be.”

At the time of Obama’s signing of this executive order, critics of the mandate correctly charged that raising the minimum wage  would have an adverse effect, discouraging businesses from hiring more workers at a time when job growth is sorely needed. It would also negatively impact young workers who typically take these entry level jobs.

Just 54 percent of Americans ages 18 to 24 are currently employed, according to a Pew Research Center study.  That’s the lowest employment rate for this age group since the government began keeping track in 1948. One in four 18 to 34 year olds have moved back in with their parents after living on their own.

Yet in 2012, Obama irrationally carried the youth vote nationally by 60 percent. This liberal demographic clearly is not paying attention.


CIS’ exposé: Catch and release of criminal aliens

April 1, 2014

Arizona highlighted in report as McCain & Flake work for amnesty

Longtime readers of Seeing Red AZ are familiar with the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) since we have previously linked to analysis and reports from its knowledgeable staff.

Today we direct you to CIS’ latest fact-filled and disturbing report, “Catch and Release: Interior immigration enforcement in 2013by Jessica M. Vaughan, Director of Policy Studies.

It begins with a summary which includes these stark realities: “Many of the aliens ignored by ICE were convicted criminals. In 2013, ICE agents released 68,000 aliens with criminal convictions, or 35 percent of all criminal aliens they reported encountering. The criminal alien releases typically occur without formal notice to local law enforcement agencies and victims.”

Table 1 shows the shocking number of cases on ICE’s docket — 872,000 as of the end of the 2013 fiscal year — who had received final orders of removal, but who had not yet departed. Cases are counted in this category after all due process has been exhausted. There are therefore hundreds of thousands of alien fugitives in the United States right now who have been ordered removed and ignored those orders. While a few thousand of these are aliens who cannot be removed because they refuse to cooperate in obtaining travel documents or their home countries will not accept them, the vast majority are illegal aliens who have absconded from immigration hearings, an offense similar to contempt of court. The administration has indicated it is considering an executive action to forbid ICE from taking action against these individuals, rationalizing that these are mere immigration offenses

Following Table 4 in the report comes this news regarding Arizona: One locality that has been specifically targeted by ICE for politically motivated prosecutorial discretion is Maricopa County, Ariz. ICE attorneys in the Arizona field office reportedly are required to terminate deportation cases in which illegal aliens have been convicted of felony identity theft, which is a “crime involving moral turpitude” that requires mandatory detention and should cause the alien to be removed. Reportedly, some of these illegal aliens also have managed to qualify for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), despite convictions for crimes that defrauded the state and federal governments and caused severe problems for the victim of the theft. Some of the illegal aliens benefiting from ICE’s failure to enforce the law are also active in local advocacy groups demanding a halt to deportations.

We urge you to read the full report through to the Conclusion, which exposes the recent campaign by advocacy groups to portray Barack Obama as a tough immigration enforcer at the helm of a system that is producing “record” deportations. Vaughan points out that this portrayal bears no resemblance to the reality of immigration enforcement today. Interior immigration enforcement has declined significantly and ICE is ignoring hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens, including tens of thousands with criminal convictions, who are encountered by ICE officers and agents.

Where are the loud voices raised in protest to these dangerous policies?  And why are Arizona U.S. Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake working to reward our nation’s illegal invaders with the gift of amnesty?

 


GOP won’t win following Dem amnesty scheme

March 19, 2014

Major polls show Americans not onboard with amnesty — Let Dems own it

As Democrats running for office run from the increasingly toxic Obama, Republicans appear to be running headlong into his amnesty embrace.

In this Politico interview, Reince Priebus, Republican National Committee Chairman, claims there is a consensus in the GOP for “serious immigration reform” as he dissects the one-year anniversary of the RNC’s divisive 2012 100-page autopsy” report that said the party “must embrace and champion comprehensive immigration reform.” After all, he says, voters see the GOP as a “scary” group of “stuffy old men” who are “out of touch” with an increasingly diverse country. The only word Priebus omitted from his reckless assessment is “White.”

But Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions declares embracing amnesty is precisely the wrong approach for the GOP to take after the party got whacked by low-income voters in the 2012 presidential election, and in a country in which two major polls have found that a plurality of Americans are less likely to vote for candidates who support amnesty. (We’ve included links to both the NBC News/Wall St. Journal survey and the ABC News/Washington Post poll. Neither has a conservative perspective.)

And what did the GOP’s brilliant consultant class conclude from this resounding defeat?” Sessions asks. “They declared that the GOP must embrace amnesty. The Republican National Committee dutifully issued a report calling for a ‘comprehensive immigration reform’ that would inevitably increase the flow of low-skilled immigration, reducing the wages and living standards of the very voters whose trust the GOP had lost.”

Sessions said Republicans, by opposing amnesty, could make a “clean public break from the special-interest immigration lobby” and let “Democrats own — solely, completely, and exclusively — the unwise and unpopular policies they are pushing on these groups’ behalf.”

“Isn’t it time we made President Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and each of their rank-and-file members defend their near-unanimous embrace of an immigration plan that is so contrary to the wishes and interests of the American people?” Sessions asked.

Take time to read Sen. Sessions well reasoned commentaryBecoming the Party of Workin National Review.

We hope Arizona’s four Republican Congressmen, Paul Gosar,(CD-4); Matt Salmon,(CD-5); David Schweikert, (CD-6); and Trent Franks, (CD-8), read it as well.

The poor excuses for U.S. Senators representing our state are solidly onboard the amnesty express. We’ve devoted an entire scrollable category to John McStench and his doppelganger Jeff the Flake.


Obama surrenders Internet to “global community”

March 14, 2014

With today’s historic announcement, Lawrence E. Strickling,  Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information acknowledges the United States has agreed to cede control of the authoritative root zone file, which contains all names and addresses of all top-level domain names.

To support and enhance the multi-stakeholder model of Internet policymaking and governance, the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) today announces its intent to transition key Internet domain name functions to the global multi-stakeholder community.  As the first step, NTIA is asking the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to convene global stakeholders to develop a proposal to transition the current role played by NTIA in the coordination of the Internet’s domain name system (DNS).  Read the rest of the administration’s press release.

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA.) tweeted, “What is the global internet community that Obama wants to turn the internet over to? This risks foreign dictatorships defining the internet.”

‘Ya think?


Fla. loss signals future Dem defeats, worries McCain

March 13, 2014

McCain’s, Clinton’s, Jimmy Kimmel appear at ASU in attempt to soothe AZ Dem anxiety

The increasingly fanatical leftwing Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic) gives an imitation of flexing its editorial muscle —- renown as decidedly flaccid —- as it goes about dispensing advice to Republicans. This is not the first time the dying newspaper has disingenuously offered the GOP its wisdom.

Feigning concern, Wednesday’s edition uses its sole editorial to instruct Republicans on the fine art of winning elections. It would be laughable if not so bizarre since all major state and Maricopa County offices and majorities in the Arizona House and Senate are held by Republicans. According to the guidance being doled out, the GOP should “solve the immigration crisis.“ (Read give the gift of amnesty to our invaders.) Second, we should “make peace with gay Americans.” (Read support same sex-marriage, though the “war” is a contrivance.) Finally we are advised by our dedicated mentor to “compete for young voters.” In the same breath, we are told that these voters “are liberal on social issues and lean more Democrat than Republican.”

What a shame the liberals missed the packed Maricopa County GOP Lincoln Day luncheon last Saturday and the impressive young people in attendanceJarrod Ogden received a standing ovation for his moving speech.

The newspaper’s dispensing of vacuous advice is nothing more than a smokescreen to cover liberal angst over Tuesday’s special election in Florida. The stunning defeat of Democrat Alex Sink by David Jolly, a lesser known Republican  —- who won despite being vastly outspent —- has produced Democrat shockwaves. Though this was a safe district for Obama in both previous presidential elections, disgust with Obamacare and global warming alarmism didn’t carry the day.  In fact the issues sunk the Democrat ship.

Long-range implications are massive for the Democrats.  Tampa’s special CD 13 election offers a vision of what the future holds in the coming mid-terms.

Bill Clinton even waded into the Florida mix, recording this campaign auto dialer for Alex Sink. The former president’s unmistakable Arkansas twang provided no lift to her sinking campaign.

Now it’s being reported that Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton are hosting a three-day conference of the Clinton Global Initiative University at ASU next week. They will be joined by Hillary’s close friend John McCain who has already signaled his 2016 support for her, his wife Cindy; Democrat former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, her husband Mark Kelly and comedian Jimmy Kimmel.

Kimmel isn’t actually needed to dispense comic relief. The McCain’s and Clinton’s should handle that very well. One of the topics on their agenda is climate change. It was a sure-fire winner in Florida.


Union protects heroin-using K-6 grade school teacher

March 9, 2014

As expected, parents were outraged when they learned that an elementary school teacher had been shooting up heroin while on the job — not once, but twice. Though drug paraphernalia was found in the faculty rest room at Benjamin Cosor Elementary School in Fallsburg, N.Y, the teacher’s union representing the addict is hard at work preventing efforts to reveal his identity. The school’s young students are kindergarteners through sixth graders.

When police narrowed the list of those entering the lounge area by use of surveillance videos, the teachers union refused to allow them to be drug tested. Of the eight the police were investigating, only one non-union employee agreed to submit to testing.

School administrators are also in collusion shielding this criminal. A letter informing parents of the incident disclosed only that an “employee of the District found drugs and related paraphernalia in a school rest room.” It failed to mention that the drug was heroin, that it was found more than once and that it was discovered in the faculty-only area. The intentionally deceptive letter is not posted. However, there is a letter to parents regarding snow days — in both Spanish and English.

Along with Principal Mary Kate Stinehour’s message outlining the “fundamentals,” for students, is this timely edict including tips for parental involvement, which she calls the key to increased student achievement. “It is vital for our parents to be involved in monitoring their child’s progress.” The School Rules begin with “Respect yourself and others” and “Think before you act.”  But they pertain to students, not union teachers.

When parents demand information about drug addicts who are interacting with their children each day, they are stonewalled. This travesty occurred in New York, but it could have been anywhere. The National Education Union (NEA), the largest labor union in the United States, and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) are committed to implementing Obama’s Common Core and are staunch opponents of parental school choice through the use of vouchers. In 2013 the NEA spent $2,475,284 on lobbying efforts alone. The Center for Responsive Politics reveals the group’s expenditures were overwhelmingly made in support of Democrats. Worthy of note, the NEA also lobbies on behalf of “immigration.

Watch Fox News coverage of the heroin using teacher and the union cover-up in New York.

 


McCain, Flake approve Obama’s federal judges

March 1, 2014

Not many Arizonans are aware there is a dire emergency due to a dearth of judges in the state’s federal courts. Fortunately for us, the Senate Judiciary Committee is taking steps to rectify the problem by approving six candidates nominated by Barack Obama to fill judicial vacancies at the U.S. District Court for Arizona.

These lifetime appointments* are intensely political and usually accompanied by partisan wrangling at the highest levels.

But according to Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), typical spirited partisan debate took a backseat thanks to the bipartisan efforts of Arizona Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake.

“I expect that this diverse group of judicial nominees will be confirmed now that they have been reported out of Committee and have the support of their home state Senators,” Democrat Leahy complimented.  “The progress we made today in the committee to move these nominations forward would not have occurred without the support of Senator McCain and Senator Flake. I thank them for their support today and I hope the Senate quickly confirms these nominees who are urgently needed in the state of Arizona.”

Such actions are nothing new for McCain and his junior senator. Previously, McCain and then-Sen. Jon Kyl endorsed and voted for a rash of extreme liberals to the courts as well as to other key posts.

The six latest candidates on the Democrat-heavy list nominated Feb. 27, for the U.S. District Court for Arizona are Steven Paul Logan, John Joseph Tuchi, Diane J. Humetewa, Rosemary Marquez, Douglas L. Rayes and James Alan Soto.  (Notice can be read here.)

The nominees will require confirmation by the full senate.

*Once a judge meets age and service requirements he or she may retire and will then earn his or her final salary for the remainder of his or her life, plus cost of living increases

More here: 28 U.S.C. § 371 : US Code – Section 371: Retirement on salary; retirement in senior status.


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