Gov. Perry’s bold border action: Left v. Right views

July 22, 2014

After it was announced that Texas Gov. Rick Perry was deploying 1,000 National Guard troops to his state’s southern border to provide much-needed security, the liberal Dallas Morning News ran with this headline, “Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s border sheriffs pan Perry’s plan to send National Guardsmen.” 

Perry described his decision as an imperative response to help U.S. Border Patrol agents overwhelmed by an estimated flood of 60,000 unaccompanied children from Central America who have arrived since October. With border security spread thin and distracted, drug cartels and human traffickers might push into a state where their crimes already have taken a toll, he said. At the current rate, the illegal arrivals, mainly from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and, of course, Mexico, are expected to reach 90,000 by fall.

This was the Drudge Report’s top-of-the-page take on Perry’s action:

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The Dallas newspaper’s VP and editorial page editor is the same Keven Ann Willey who set the leftwing tone of the Arizona Republic before her move to Texas a dozen+ years ago.

The time has come to deduct the costs of this invasion from the foreign aid cash-strapped American taxpayers are ponying up to send to these countries that hold the United States, our sovereignty, rule of law and generosity in utter disdain. In 2013, El Salvador got $27 million, Guatemala received $84 million, Honduras took in $52 million and Mexico put its hooks in us to the tune of $265 million. Check it out on this U.S. government Foreign Assistance website. Make sure you haven’t eaten before you move the cursor over the map. There is also a drop-down box to facilitate your search.


Did Obama negotiate with terrorists to save traitor? & UPDATE

June 4, 2014

Why is Bergdahl’s father reciting passages from the Koran in Arabic?

U.S. Army Pfc. —- promoted in absentia to Sgt. —- Bowe Bergdahl was released from Taliban custody over the weekend in exchange for five of the extremist Islamic group’s top commanders held at Guantanamo Bay.

Armed with facts and sources unavailable to those of us irate over the dangerous and precedent-setting prisoner swap —- unilaterally executed without Congressional approval by the Imperial Obama —- Michelle Malkin tells “The story you haven’t yet heard about Bowe Bergdahl’s desertion.”

Malkin’s syndicated column provides a unique perspective on the revered Taliban leaders exchanged in the prisoner swap for a man whose true bent is continually being revealed. The Blaze discloses the disturbing phrasing Bowe’s father, Robert Bergdahl, uttered during his meeting with Obama. “Bismillah al-Rahman al-Rahimis a common Arabic phrase, considered to be a major pillar of Islam and featured prominently in the Koran.

What message was Robert Bergdahl sending? Even the left-leaning Washington Post refers to his actions, including tweets to the Taliban, ascurious.”

Malkin concludes her commentary with these words:
Are you listening, Capitol Hill and America? The Bowe Bergdahl mess isn’t just a story about one deserter, but two. There’s the muddle-headed lowlife who left his post and brothers behind. And there’s the corrupt commander-in-chief who has jeopardized more American soldiers’ lives to “rescue” Bergdahl by bowing to the Taliban, while snubbing the surviving heroes and at least 8 dead American soldiers who lost their lives because of him.

This cannot stand.”

Update-tag

June 6, 2014:

Despite mounting evidence to the contrary, talking-points-reliant, Susan Rice —- Obama’s worthless national security adviser —- defends her comment describing Bowe Bergdahl’s service as one of “honor and distinction.”  Watch the CNN interview video here.

It’s now being reported that during his questionable “captivity,” U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe converted to Islam, fraternized openly with his captors and declared himself a “mujahid,” or warrior for Islam, according to newly obtained, classified documents prepared on the basis of a purported eyewitness account and obtained by Fox News.  Read the full report here.

 


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.


How America treats illegal aliens vs. Veterans

May 25, 2014

Memorial Day reading

Longtime readers of Seeing Red AZ are familiar with some of our favorite nationally syndicated columnists —- Michelle Malkin, Thomas Sowell, Ann Coulter and Victor Davis Hanson among them. Today, in honor of Memorial Day, we feature Malkin’s recent column “How America Treats Illegal Aliens vs. Veterans.”

Malkin points out, “In Arizona, illegal aliens incurred health care costs totaling an estimated $700 million in 2009. In Phoenix, at least 40 veterans died waiting for VA hospitals and clinics to treat them, while government officials created secret waiting lists to cook the books and deceive the public about deadly treatment delays.”

These wise words conclude her column, “America: medical and welfare welcome mat to the rest of the world, while leaving its best and bravest veterans to languish in hospital lounges, die waiting for appointments, and compete for jobs and educational opportunities against illegal border-crossers, document fakers, visa violators and deportation evaders. Shame on us.”

Read it in full here.

Knowledge is power —- a commodity that is increasingly in short supply as we lose our grasp on our Constitutionally based Representative Republic. Our elected representatives appear to have forgotten the American citizens who supported them and voted them into office. They obviously need to be reminded. Give them a call. Since we pay their salaries, they should be happy to hear from us.


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.


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.


Will she fight for the flag she won’t salute?

February 27, 2014

The Army Times reports Pfc. Tariqka Sheffey, a soldier who hid in her car to avoid saluting the flag — and then flaunted her unpatriotic defiance on Instagram — is the latest service member to be accused of dishonoring her military service. Sheffey, currently a member of the 59th Quartermaster Company, 43rd Sustainment Brigade, at Fort Carson, Colorado, should be a former member, with a dishonorable discharge to accompany her dismissal.

The vulgar Sheffey, whose Instagram handle is “sheffeynation,” posted a selfie with a caption that reads:

“This is me laying back in my car hiding so I don’t have to salute the 1700 flag, KEEP ALL YOUR ‘THATS SO DISRESPECTFUL/HOWRUDE/ETC.’ COMMENTS TO YOURSELF cuz, right now, IDGAFFFF.” (Care to decipher? Click here.)


Aisle crosser Flake frets Gates’ book harms bi-partisanship

January 14, 2014

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Robert Gates’ honesty riles dishonest Jeff Flake

Sen. Jeff Flake (RI*-AZ) recently condemned former Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ new book, “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War,” as “extraordinarily bad timing, and form.”

Gates is a Republican.

“For a former Secretary of Defense to be so critical of the current commander-in-chief, particularly on an issue like Afghanistan when negotiations over future security arrangements remain unresolved, strikes me as bad timing and bad form,” Flake, who regularly plays ball with Obama, wrote.

“Worse yet, it makes it less likely that this President, or future Presidents, will reach across the political or philosophical aisle when filling out his or her cabinet. The country benefits when people with discordant views are in a position to challenge and shape a President’s views in private, when it matters most. This book makes that less likely to happen,” noted aisle-crosser Flake opined.

The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward reveals significant details from Gates’ new book. Some of the items that have surfaced prior to “Duty’s” official release today offer harsh critiques of both Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — especially in regard to their handling of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Gates also reflects unconcealed contempt for Vice President Biden and many of Obama’s top aides.

Jeff Flake knows a thing or two about the aisle crossing he advocates. He crafted it into an art form while in the House of Representatives, partnering with far left, Chicago colleague, Luis Gutierrez promoting amnesty, in all its incarnations.  Now under the tutelage of John McCain, he’s honing his duplicitous skills even more. Flake eagerly jumped on the Gang of Eight amnesty train immediately following his swearing-in — after switching his campaign mode to border hawk in order to get elected.

*RINO


Dec. 7, 1941: “A date which will live in infamy”

December 7, 2013

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Today the National Park Service and the U.S. Navy jointly host a memorial ceremony at the Pearl HarborVisitorCenter at the World War II Valor in the PacificNational Monument.

At 7:55 a.m., the exact time on the Sunday morning in 1941 when hundreds of Japanese planes began raining bombs and torpedoes onto Oahu’s U.S. military ships and planes, about 2,500 onlookers across from the sunken USS Arizona became respectfully silent in commemoration of the 72nd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

More than 2,400 Americans were killed and nearly 1,180 injured when stealth Japanese fighters bombed and sank 12 naval vessels and heavily damaged nine others. There are few survivors left, with most in their 90’s. The Pearl Harbor Survivors Association disbanded December 2011.

The USS Arizona still lies beneath the harbor with its dead entombed. The ship sank in less than nine minutes after a 1,760-pound armor-piercing bomb penetrated its decks and exploded in the ship’s forward ammunition magazine. 1,177 sailors and marines onboard were killed; 337 crew members survived.

Other major installations on Oahu, such as Wheeler Field and Kaneohe Naval Air Station, also were attacked. LIFE’s photos of the attack can be seen here.

The Pearl Harbor Visitor’s Center features galleries, interactive exhibits, two movie theaters, an amphitheater and an education center.

For more history, visit the U.S. Department of the Interior National Park Service site here and the Naval History and Heritage site here.

USS Arizona Commander Daniel J. Condon was among the survivors of the attack. A medical doctor, he later served as the Medical Examiner for Maricopa County. His sword & belt were salvaged from the ship. His sword is on display at the Arizona State Capital, and his sword belt is displayed at the University of Arizona Museum. Dr. Condon died in 1992.

View President Franklin Roosevelt’s famous “A date which will live in infamy” speech (Original Draft:page 1page 2 and page 3) and declaration of war following that unprovoked attack.


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