Phoenix City Council hides increa$e$ behind blather

June 20, 2014

golden_egg

The illustrious Phoenix City Council has voted to give Phoenix residents a soaking of gigantic proportions. In a maneuver sure to harm businesses in the downtown area and cut into the pockets of cash strapped ASU students, the council raised parking rates from $1.50 an hour to an astounding $4.00! Along with the astronomical increase, free weekend and after 5:00 pm parking will be a thing of the past.

The City of Phoenix under the leadership of a leftist Napolitano crony and Obama canoodler, views us as reliable taxable and fee paying golden egg laying geese, so it makes sense they want us to stay healthy. The officials who have spent us into a $38 million deficit,  say the increases will encourage us to bike or walk. If the idea of a 10-mile hike to and from work in 110 degree heat doesn’t appeal to you, there’s always the aromatic option of riding mass transit such as the transient friendly light rail or the bus.

Not only don’t the council members avail themselves of public transportation, they cordially conceal their nearly party line votes to raise the parking rates.  Republican Thelda Williams voted with Democrats Daniel Valenzuela, Michael Nowakowski, Laura Pastor and Kate Gallego. These Republicans who voted against the measure,  Sal DiCiccio, Bill Gates and Jim Waring, clearly prefer congeniality to irate exposure.

Although they go mute on revealing this crucial information, those in opposition  are  eager to ply constituents with emailed advice on beating the heat, and newsy information about the Top City of Phoenix retirees. One even shares his hopes for a USA soccer team victory over Ghana at the World Cup. Another has the raw nerve to attempt to persuade residents to “Dump the Pump” and buy a $20 7-day transit pass since “gas is currently $3.52 a gallon.”

Always thinking of ways to accommodate us geese, the city has reconfigured many of its meters to accept credit cards and adjust rates upward for higher demand times and events.

Flap your wings and honk if you appreciate your council member. Then lay another golden egg.


Sex trumps sports: Napolitano’s pride in gay athletes

February 9, 2014

As outstanding Americans athletes compete with others from around the globe in the Winter Olympics, Janet Napolitano turns her focus to homosexuality.

What a surprise!

Obama appointed uber-liberal Napolitano, his one-time Homeland INsecurity chieftain, to lead the U.S. Olympic delegation to Sochi, Russia.

The inclusion of three openly gay previous Olympic medalists in the U.S. delegation is regarded as a symbolic protest against Russia’s recent law banning recruitment “propaganda” aimed at minors. For the first time since 2000, the U.S. delegation to an Olympics competition will not include a president, vice president or first lady.

In a hard-hitting speech prior to the opening ceremonies, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach accused “world leaders” of using the Sochi Olympics as a political platform “on the backs of the athletes,” and making an “ostentatious gesture” serving their own agendas. “Have the courage to address your disagreements in a peaceful direct political dialogue and not on the backs of the athletes,” Bach challenged.

Napolitano, Arizona’s former governor, now president of the University of California system, received glowing coverage for her recent endorsement of same sex marriage in On Top, a “gay” publication — a position on which she claims to have “evolved,” sayingthe arc of history has clearly arrived.”

If you’re interested in the competition instead of the agenda, the sporting events are live streamed here.


JD Hayworth: Continues to speak for Conservatives

October 20, 2013

Our thanks to SRAZ reader Saguaro Sam for the following comment regarding former 6-term Arizona Congressman J.D. Hayworth’s appearance on “Geraldo” Saturday evening:

“J.D. Hayworth was just on the Geraldo show tonight (10/19; FOX news channel) talking about the protective curtain that Obama has put around all the Fast and Furious players. J.D. called out Dennis Burke, Janet Napolitano, Eric Holder, and Obama. FACTS, FACTS, FACTS, delivered in the masterfully succinct style that we have come to know and appreciate. Thanks, J.D. You are a patriot and a gentleman.”

Of course, we agree, Sam.

Although we missed that important appearance, We are happy to bring our readers J.D. Hayworth‘s “Tea Party Address,” which he delivered in his role as “Senior Contributor” to TPNN.com — the Tea Party News Network. This rebuttal is in response to Obama’s weekly radio address, more correctly identified as his weakly dose of deception.


Janet Napolitano’s new bungalow rates zero local press

September 20, 2013

If you’re looking for news about Janet Napolitano’s opulent new living style in California, don’t expect to find it in the pages of the Arizona República.  Stories abound of the onetime Arizona governor and Obama’s former Homeland Security chieftain being hired on as the University of California president. But nary a word about her lavish new digs — a mansion being restored by the nearly bankrupt state of California at a cost estimated up to $6 million. In 2008 the costly renovation was ditched when the estimates came in at $8 to $9 million. The historic Blake House has been home to university presidents for decades and the now vacant property — which sits on 10 acres of Mediterranean gardens —  is in need of updating.  In UC lingo, the showplace is needed to “accommodate essential entertainment functions.”

The deluxe residence overlooking the bay, is quite a leap from the more humble walk-up condo at Renaissance Square in downtown Phoenix where Napolitano previously hung her hat. The never married Napolitano will presumably be rattling around the grand expanses solo.

While the renovation is underway, she will reside in a 3,500 square foot rental in Oakland with a mere $10,000 monthly price tag — thoughtfully provided by the university system.

Since Napolitano’s base annual salary is reportedly $570,000, plus an additional $142,500 in moving expenses. It seems she could kick in a buck or two toward the rental.

The University of California is hardly in a position to gush such generosity since budget cuts have caused student tuition fees to double and teachers to be sacked. Yet despite the reductions, The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the UC regents’ buildings and grounds committee voted unanimously Tuesday to begin the renovations to the three-bedroom, seven-bath residence. Plans include adding a laundry, kitchen and upgraded bathrooms, along with roof repairs to the 4,300-square-foot private living quarters in the 13,269-square-foot mansion. 

Even the UK’s Daily Mail’ has a complete report including photos, which can be read here. The República’s report? Don’t hold your breath.

H/T to SRAZ reader and commenter Saguaro Sam


Invasion‘s magical lingo: “Migrants, undocumented, refugees, asylum seekers…”

September 9, 2013

….replacing the politically incorrect “illegal aliens”

Our normally dry Valley is awash, not just with a drenching downpour, but also with a flood of what the daily newspaper cunningly refers to as “migrants.” We know them as illegal aliens, and most often view them as invading the United States via Arizona’s southern border, from Mexico, South and Central America.

Sunday’s edition disabuses us of such notions. An oversized front page report, continuing for two additional jump pages, details the “hundreds, maybe even thousands, of undocumented migrants from India” smuggled yearly into Arizona seeking  “asylum.” On average, they pay $35,000 apiece to gain access, using dubious claims of facing danger in their homeland. The numbers of such claimants is surging. Even the open-borders newspaper reports officials are suspicious of their pitiful tales — though the steady flood  of humanity continues.

Today’s edition provides more of the same. In this saga, it is a Hutu farmer living in Zimbabwe being helped to “rejoin his family” by the Grand Canyon chapter of the American Red Cross. He has not seen his Tutsi wife and children since he fled a refugee camp in Zambia, leaving them behind in 2005.  He is still in Africa, but count on him arriving  in Phoenix soon. For reasons undisclosed, the family requested their names not be released.

Despite being assured by former Homeland InSecurity chieftain, Janet Napolitano that “our borders have never been stronger,” exactly the opposite is true. Watch this sobering WSB Atlanta Action News report detailing the OTM’s (Other Than Mexicans) from terror sponsoring nations, who have learned Spanish and infiltrated the USA.

Is there a genial way to say “We told you so?” Probably not. We will simply self-congratulate on our own early perceptions of the transmogrifications of amnesty and the threats Americans are facing, ignored by our own government officials at both the federal and state level.  

In 2008, we saw it coming, in the post “Lawbreakers morphing into asylum seekers,” noting the reconfiguring of illegal aliens into victims. It was an ideal pretext for the open borders Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic), providing the leftist decimator of pap another convenient hook for its endless promotion of amnesty. And it perfectly comported with the United Nation’s expanded concept of refugees in its 1967 Convention and Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees, to include persons fleeing violence in their home country.

In 2010, we wrote “The ball to keep your eyes on: Newly configured ‘political refugees.’” We followed in 2011 with “Asylum! The hottest ticket for ‘political refugees.’”

The claim worked well for Barack Obama’s Kenyan-born aunt Zeituni Onyango who lived in taxpayer supported public housing in Boston. She was granted asylum in a private hearing six years after being ordered deported.


Biden suggests Janet Napolitano for Supreme Court

September 6, 2013

As a liberal cabinet member, Janet Napolitano has been an Obama favorite. She not only toed the far left line, she was among the first to endorse his 2007 candidacy and then showed her dedication by abandoning her post as Arizona governor midterm as she raced to join the new Obama administration.

Arizonans, all too familiar with the notorious veto queen dubbed “J-No” for her outlandishly partisan number of vetoes of Republican-led legislation and out-of-control spending were happy to see her depart our state. She holds the dubious distinction of having vetoed more bills than any other Arizona governor since statehood.

As Secretary of Homeland Security she did nothing to secure our porous border and ably botched whatever she touched, ranging from oil spills, airline security or misinforming on domestic terror threats. Her department was scandal-plagued.  An ardent liberal, she has been a staunch supporter of amnesty for illegals which would enhance Democrat voter registration and bring a swift demise to the GOP. She even labeled returning U.S. military veterans as “Right-wing extremists” posing national security threats. Her inflammatory report titled “Right-wing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment“ can be viewed in this post.

Napolitano led the Obama administration’s categorization of the murderous Fort Hood attack in which a Muslim extremist yelling “Allah Akbar” killed 13 people and injured 32 others as “workplace violence.”  She supported putting words such as “Islamist” and “jihadist” off limits. “Global War on Terror” was replaced by the phrase “Global Struggle for Security and Progress.” This was accomplished through the edition of “Terminology to Define Terrorists,” a nine-page, “Official Use Only” memo written in conjunction with Muslim advisers.

It comes as no surprise that VP Joe Biden, angling for an Obama endorsement of his own as he readies for a 2016 race, would suck up to Barack Obama by suggesting Napolitano is just the ticket for a U.S. Supreme Court post. Biden, known as a gaffe machine, outdid himself today, as he called her a “really, really bright lady.”

This is her last day with the administration, leaving to become president of the University of California system. Biden made his foolish comments at her farewell event.


Janet Napolitano leaving role as Big Sis

July 12, 2013

Uber-liberal Janet Napolitano is leaving her Obama administration Cabinet post as Chieftain of Homeland Security to take the position as president of the University of California system.

Texas Republican U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, summed up her tenure, saying, “The border is not secure, and the threat of terrorism is not diminishing,” in a statement responding to news of Napolitano’s resignation.

He couldn’t be more correct. Janet Napolitano has never had a commitment to securing America against invasion. As Arizona governor Napolitano gained notoriety for her declaration, “Show me a fifty-foot fence, and I’ll show you a fifty-one foot ladder.” It was her unambiguous indication that she had no inclination to secure Arizona’s southern border, the most active portal for illegal traffic in the nation.

She did no better in providing security for the nation, not only failing to meaningfully address the issue of illegal immigration, but actually ensuring a continued flow  of illegal aliens — as she worked to diminish the rights of America’s citizens.

This is an example of Janet Napolitano’s dismissive arrogance in evading matters of significance when summoned to respond to Congress. Listen to the exchange between her and Texas U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert as he sought answers and she contemptuously ducked and dodged:


Welcome to AZ, Laura

May 31, 2013

Laura Ingraham says Jeff Flake “living up to his last name” 

The Daily Caller’s media reporter Jeff Poor, captured conservative talk show host Laura Ingraham’s words on her recent radio show, as she called out a number of Republican senators who voted to support the amnesty bill. Ingraham concluded the segment saying she was thinking about moving to Arizona to primary Sen. Jeff Flake, who is up for re-election in 2018.

Listen to Laura Ingraham here.

“Let me tell you — I am thinking of moving to Arizona,” Ingraham said. “You know why? I will primary challenge Sen. Jeff Flake myself, if that’s what this requires. Jeff Flake, living up to his last name, backed down from a previous promise his spokeswoman made to Breitbart. This is just like Marco [Rubio] breaking his promise, basically, that he would consider voting in favor of amendments to the Senate’s immigration bill that would close a loophole of allowing illegal immigrants access to state and local welfare. Jeff Flake voted with the liberals against the Ted Cruz amendment.”

Ingraham emphasized why this was an important issue and also suggested that Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Orrin Hatch be faced with primary opposition for their support of this measure as well.

“Should this be grounds to primary challenge every Republican who voted for this bill, and I mean every single one!” she continued. “I don’t care if they just got re-elected. Next time they’re up for re-election. Ann Coulter’s right. This is a single issue — this is a single-issue primary challenge. You know why? Because this is it. As Bill Kristol said on this show, as he said on this show, once you give this pathway to citizenship all these benefits, all this discretion to [Janet] Napolitano, it’s over. It’s too late to complain about it. It’s over.”

“Should these people be primary challenged — Jeff Flake, John McCain, Lindsey Graham and everyone else, Orrin Hatch,” Ingraham continued. “He just snuck in. He snuck in. He came on this show and he promised, ‘Oh I’m not for amnesty. I’m not for amnesty.’ Well, of course, Orrin Hatch voted — he voted with the Democrats on this issue.”

Heads up to Laura: 

Seeing Red AZ has dedicated an entire category to the slippery Arizona politician we call “Jeff the Flake.” The posts leading up to and during the 2012 campaign will give you plenty of background to mount a first-rate challenge. You’ve got the credentials and name recognition. Arizonans, living in the major border portal, will give you plenty of support.


“Allah Akbar” again

May 22, 2013

Depravity in London

Despite being told there is no war on  terror, once again, here is proof positive that such madness exists.

Two Islamic fanatics wielding meat cleavers butchered an off-duty  British soldier, taking their war on the West to a new level of horror. The men were arrested after savagely stabbing and attempting to behead their victim who they executed at the midday scene, witnessed by dozens of passers-by. Throughout the frenzied attack they shouted ‘Allah Akbar’ — Arabic for ‘God is great’ — demanding horrified witnesses film them as they issued threats.

‘We swear by Almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you. The only reasons we have done this is because Muslims are dying every day. You people will never be safe. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth’

“This British soldier is an eye for an eye a tooth for tooth,” they declared. We apologize that women had to see this today, but in our lands our women have to see the same. You people will never be safe. Remove your government. They don’t care about you. You think David Cameron is going to get caught in the street when we start busting our guns? You think your politicians are going to die? No, it’s going to be the average guy like you – and your children.”

This unspeakable horror, including photos and video is reported by the UK’s Daily Mail.

‘Allah Akbar,” the same praise of Allah accompanying depraved acts of murder was uttered by the mother of the two Boston bombers.  Nidal Malik Hasan, the jihadist U.S. Army major and psychiatrist, who did not want to be deployed to fight Muslims, shouted “Allah Akbar” before killing 13 people and injuring 32 others at Fort Hood in November 2009. Although FBI and congressional investigations found the shootings to be an act of terrorism, the Obama administration categorized the attack as “workplace violence.” He continues to draw $278000 in salary while awaiting trial.

Janet Napolitano preferred to think that “Right-wing extremists” posed the greatest national security threats.   In January 2008, immediately after his first election, Obama’s administration sanitized our language, putting words such as “Islamist” and “jihadist” off limits. “Global War on Terror” was replaced by the phrase “Global Struggle for Security and Progress.” This was accomplished through the edition of “Terminology to Define Terrorists,” a nine-page, “Official Use Only” memo written in conjunction with Muslim advisers. Associated Press has joined in word policing.

Political correctness will be our undoing, but the left prefers to silence truth.


Turbulent career of Dennis Burke hits wall

May 22, 2013

USAToday runs a brief exposé on former Arizona federal prosecutor Dennis Burke, the beleaguered Janet Napolitano toady, who hitched his wagon to her star, though ultimately crashing and burning. The news article, IG: Prosecutor improperly leaked ‘Fast and Furious’ memo, can be read here.

Burke had been at Janet Napolitano’s side for years, serving as her Chief-of-Staff when she was Governor and as Chief Assistant Attorney General, during her term as Attorney General. When Napolitano was Arizona’s U.S. Attorney, it was Burke who was at her right hand. Then he joined Napolitano in positioning himself on the Obama team. It all paid off — until it didn’t.

Now he appears to be in a heap ‘o trouble. Will Janet don her red cape and swoop in for a rescue? We’re not laying odds on that happening. Napolitano is no Clark Kent, and we’ve heard the warning that you don’t tug on superman’s cape.

Seeing Red AZ has tracked Dennis Burke’s bouncy career ride:

June 16, 2009: Napolitano crony likely Obama pick for U.S. Attorney

September 16, 2009: Dennis Burke confirmed as U.S. Attorney: What a surprise

October 11, 2010:  Dennis Burke: AZ U.S. Attorney’s office “open for (special) business”

July 2, 2012:  Dennis Burke exposed

August 30th, 2011: Dennis Burke, AZ US Attorney forced to resign amid scandal, cover-up


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