New U.S. Senator speaks truth: It’s not “immigration” that’s the problem

November 17, 2014

Oklahomans have elected a thinking conservative senator in James Lankford

Oklahoma Republican U.S. Rep./Senator-elect James Lankford was among the guests appearing on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace yesterday. He is clearly a man to keep our eyes on. Oklahoma should be commended for sending this thinking conservative to the U.S. Senate.

Lankford responded to a baiting comment from Wallace harkening back to a “government shutdown” as the conversation turned to defunding Barack Obama’s unilateral decision to shove through amnesty for illegals via an executive order. 

LANKFORD: “But people are not pursuing some government shutdown, though. Let me take you back into the Clinton administration. President Clinton put out an executive order and the House voted against that to defund that executive order 417-2. That was in 1998, because it took over power from the legislative branch in the states. I would love to see that bipartisanship again where the Congress steps up and says to a president, you do not have executive authority to do this. You have to do your responsibility. We have to do ours.”

WALLACE: “But I guess what I’m trying to get at and, you know, I fully understand there are a lot of members who say, look, you’ve got to use the power of the purse. That’s your one advantage, your one piece of leverage over the president, to try to change policy. But are you willing to go to possibly shutting down the government to do that? Because it seems — let me — my point is, that regardless of who is responsible on the merits, it seems like Congress gets blamed and the president ends up winning. It certainly happened in October of 2013.”

LANKFORD: “Sure. But, Chris, your assumption is, is that that’s the only option that’s sitting out here, is to be able to shut down government. I just don’t believe that that’s true. I think there are ways to be able to fund everything, and I don’t think the president has the high ground. He has this perception that everyone in the country thinks like him, and that is not correct. I represent millions of people. Tom Cotton represents millions of people. There are millions of people scattered around the United States that think like us, and, though, the president thinks only these few crazy conservatives in Congress think this way and no one else does, he’s misjudged the American people.

Arizonans who don’t hear such cogent truth from their own senators might want to commit these words spoken by newly elected Sen. James Lankford to memory: “The American people really do believe in the rule of law. They don’t have a problem with immigration. They have a problem with illegal immigration. And for the president to step up and say, I’m just going to remove the word “illegal” and to be able to transition this and ignore the law, a lot of people have a problem with that, Republicans and Democrats alike.”

Lankford, who refreshingly campaigned as “a faithful, conservative leader” will fill the unexpired term of retiring Senator, Dr. Tom Coburn, who is sadly battling serious health problems.


Obama 2011: Executive order on amnesty “not appropriate”

November 15, 2014

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Obama 2014: Eagerly embraces Mexico’s poverty exportation scheme as political retaliation

The news is rife with speculation that lame-duck President Barack Obama intends to unveil a series of executive orders that will shield millions of illegal aliens living in the U. S. from deportation, while granting them work permits and access to taxpayer-funded benefits.

His timing is odd, given that the Nov. 4 midterm elections repudiated Obama’s policies —- including those making America an illegal alien sanctuary nation, with an intentionally unenforceable border. Voters across the nation spoke clearly by turning the senate to a Republican majority as well as retaining the House and GOP governorship dominance by even greater margins. Obama’s response is to engage in a flagrant and lawless assault on our constitution to enact measures wrathfully calculated to increase the Democrat voter base.

Democrat duplicity abounds. Obama was pressured to suspend such actions by his own political partisans concerned about the effect amnesty would have on their reelections. These self-serving liberal congressional stalwarts supported Obama’s agenda more than 90 percent of the time.

Of crucial importance is the fact our porous border provides entry to all comers, many who intend harm to America and her citizens. Obama, however, puts his leftist ideology before America’s security.

How do struggling American citizens, many still unemployed or underemployed, benefit by having at least 5 million suddenly legalized foreign workers competing for jobs while undercutting salaries? The new action will expand Obama’s 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policies, which are already pitting our college-bound students against the now legitimized influx for university placement. 

By now it should be clear that Democrats stock in trade is not putting Americans first and lying about it. This is Obama speaking to a live Univision audience in March 2011. Univision television, based in New York, is an American Spanish language broadcast network with major production facilities in Florida.

“With respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations through executive order, that’s just not the case,” Obama said at the time.

“We’ve got three branches of government,” he instructs.  “Congress passes the law, the executive branch’s job is to enforce and implement those laws and then the judiciary has to interpret the laws,” he says.

“For me to simply through executive order ignore those congressional mandates would not conform with my appropriate role as president.”


Austin, Logan Flake plead not guilty in dog deaths

November 14, 2014

More drama on the way?

When you are solely responsible for a kennel filled with nearly two dozen dogs entrusted by their owners to your care, and those dogs die agonizing heat-related suffocation deaths in a small windowless utility room, sans air conditioning —- with neither food nor water available —- entering a plea of not guilty to the charges seems reasonable. 

That is, if you’re Austin and Logan Flake, the son and daughter-in-law of Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake.

Logan’s parents, vacationing in Florida, left the couple in charge of the kennel they owned. The twosome appeared in Maricopa County Superior Court with their lawyer and entered their pleas to the charges Thursday. They each face 21 felony and seven misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty after being indicted by a grand jury last month. Neither of the Flake’s sought any emergency veterinarian help, instead opting to hose down the dead and dying pets in an attempt to revive them.

Logan Flake’s parents Todd and MaLeisa Hughes separately pleaded not guilty in October to 22 felony charges and 7 misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals, along with one felony count of fraudulent schemes and artifices.

Our best guess?  Logan will be pregnant by their next court appearance Jan. 2, 2015.  What better way of gaining sympathy and deflecting attention away from dead dogs than a human baby?  Few will forget Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery’s obnoxious press conference where he noted that the dead dogs “weren’t 23 children,” after all.  The Flake’s presumably can process guidance.

We’ve covered the late June horrific event numerous times. With so much lag time this one and this other, serve to bring readers up to speed.

Yesterday’s raw courtroom video courtesy of Channel 3.


Weekend viewing guaranteed to make you smarter

November 8, 2014

As baseball legend Yogi Berra so famously said, “It’s Déjà vu all over again”

Bill Whittle foretold what is clearly the truth in “Time to Go”

 

H/T PJTV


“An Election About Everything”

November 4, 2014

Congressional, statewide and legislative district elections take place today. Propositions are on the ballot. Vote your values! There will not be a do-over

Today’s election is as important as most of us have encountered in our lifetimes. The national midterms will, without a doubt, determine the future of our country. Charles Krauthammer was on “The Kelly File” discussing the  impact of the midterm elections underway today. “This is a referendum on Obama’s hyper-liberalism,” he said. “This is liberalism on trial.”

Stephen Hayes, writing for the Weekly Standard, calls it “An Election About Everything.”

“It’s about the size and scope of government. It’s about the rule of law. It’s about the security of the citizenry. It’s about competence. It’s about integrity. It’s about honor.  It’s about an electorate determined to hold someone responsible for the policy failures that have defined this administration and the scandals that have consumed it—even if many in the fourth estate will not.

And it’s about time,” Hayes rightly concluded.

His single-page commentary is insightful and concise. His analysis is definitely worth your time.

Today of all days. 


Brnovich shows wisdom in late release of McCain ad

November 2, 2014

Republican Attorney General candidate Mark Brnovich is in a tight race against liberal Democrat Felecia Rotellini. Election Day is Nov. 4, and in these waning days before final ballot counting begins, strategy matters.

That fact makes it all the more surprising to find that Brnovich has the none-too-popular and repeatedly censured John McCain cutting a radio ad for him. The good news is that a fair share of early ballots have already been turned in. Using Maricopa County as a barometer, nearly 50 percent of Republicans had returned their early ballots by noon Friday.

Check out the ad here.

Early voting began Oct. 9. Election Day, Tuesday Nov. 4, is only three days away.

 


Celebrate unity — diversity is nothing to cheer

October 24, 2014

Assimilation binds, separatism divides Americans

In January 1994, speaking in Milwaukee, then-vice president Al Gore gave a speech in which he appeared to have mistakenly translated the Latin-based national motto E Pluribus Unum as “Out of One, Many.”

“E Pluribus Unum,” our nation’s motto—- actually translates to “Out of Many, One,” and celebrates unity. People of various cultures and backgrounds joining together, with common goals, and the glue of a unifying language, uniting as Americans for their mutual benefit as well as that of our country.

The concept is uniquely American and has proven successful for countless generations.

As Michael Barone wrote about Gore in his book The New Americans: How the melting pot can work again, “one might guess that this was an inadvertent error, or evidence that Gore did not take Latin at St. Albans or Harvard. Except that in the words that followed he made it clear that they had come out as intended: “You all share the American belief that there is strength in all our differences,” he said, “that we can build a collective civic space large enough for all our separate identities.

Separate identities.

Here Gore fundamentally aligned himself with a view widely prevalent among his fellow leftist partisans. So it comes as no surprise that the Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic) would run a front page, mega article titled, “A patchwork of diversity in valley.” It neatly dovetails with its parent Gannett publication, the hotel throwaway USAToday, stuck in the middle of the República to provide heft. That front page is nearly orgasmic in it’s breathless “Special Report” celebrating “The changing face of America.” The headline is “Second immigration wave reshapes nation —- by 2060, a new mosaic.”

Celebrating diversity has thrust us backwards, crushing meaningful reforms. Now, however, the separatism is self-imposed. With the advent of racially based college dorms and separatist race-based studies programs, we have a permanently aggrieved society where status is achieved through victimhood. Minority/majority residents of congressional, state legislative and city council districts have come to believe that only a representative of a specific race can comprehend “their” issues, engaging in ugly, Balkanized battles, fueled by once respected leaders.

Worse is the divisive concept of hyphenated Americans. As an example, people whose families have no familiarity with Africa refer to themselves as African-Americans.

Gore was mocked for what was widely regarded as a mistake. Yet he should have been praised by his allies in the institutional left, because it is precisely how they view the uniquely American idea of the melting pot. They despise the concept of assimilation. Liberals don’t want us all to melt into a common culture and set of ideals, where legal immigrants proudly claim our nation‘s history as their own. Far better, goes their logic, is dividing us along racial, ethnic and class lines because in their minds, far more separates us than unites us. Besides, those of European ancestry have had their day in the sun.

The Arizona Republic is a perfect example of such a corrosive mindset.


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