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


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.


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

December 7, 2013


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.

2013 Phoenix Veterans Day Parade information

November 10, 2013


Veterans Day is Monday, November 11. This year’s theme is “Saluting America’s Veterans.” The event will kick-off with a flyover by WWII Biplanes in the air and a large Heroes Flag carried by 30 volunteers on the ground. For the tenth year in a row, U-Haul is sponsoring the event. The business was founded by World War II Navy veteran L.S. “Sam” Shoen and the family has maintained the fine tradition.

Nearly a dozen bands and floats will participate in parade along with military vehicles, Color Guards, ROTC units, canine units and more. In total there are 86 entries in the parade.

The parade begins at 11:00 a.m. at NorthPhoenixBaptistChurch on Central Avenue and ends at approximately 2:00 p.m. at Indian School Road and Central.

Road closures include:
Central Avenue: Closed from Missouri Street to Mariposa Street; limited to local access at Indian School Road for northbound traffic up to Mariposa Street.

Camelback Road:  Closed from Central Avenue to 8th Place; limited to local access at 12th Street for westbound traffic up to 8th Street.

Missouri Street: Closed from 3rd Avenue to 4th Street; limited to local access at 7th Avenue for eastbound traffic up to 1st Avenue; limited to local access at 7th Street for westbound traffic to 1st Street.

7th Street:  Closed from Indian School Road to Pasadena Avenue; limited to local access at Bethany Home Road for Southbound traffic up to 300 ft. North of Camelback Rd. (starting at 10:00 a.m. closed from IndianSchool to Osborn Rd.)

Highland Avenue: Limited to local access at 12th Street for westbound traffic to 8th Street.

Indian School Road: Stating at 10 p.m. closed from 9th Street to 3rd Street

ABC 15 News gives updates on complimentary meals and other services offered to those who have served and defended our country. Check them out here. This is definitely worth looking into as a way of showing gratitude to our veterans.

McHeavenly match: McCain hires pro-Syrian rebel liar

September 29, 2013

Earlier this month, we reported on Dr. Elizabeth O’Bagy, the gal with a fake Ph.D. whose op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal served as a catalyst for urging U.S. use of force in the Syrian powder keg. The 26-year-old Syria researcher’s writing was cited by both Secretary of State John Kerry and Sen. John McCain during congressional hearings as they advocated for U.S. strikes.

When it was revealed that in additional to lying about her educational credentials, O’Bagy was the political director — lobbying for the Syrian Emergency Task Force, a group that advocates within the United States on behalf of Syria’s rebels — the Institute for the Study of War abruptly fired her as announced in this terse memo.

At the time, we wrote: Here in Arizona we think we know this duplicitous guy.  Read these linked articles to get a flavor of how little we actually know about McCain’s back door dealing in the halls of the senate.  It’s bad enough that we are continually deceived by this marginal man of ample ego and limited intelligence, but his advocacy for entering a war zone from which there is little hope of resolution — based on the urgings of a winsome lobbyist paid to encourage our involvement, is beyond reprehensible.

So it should come as no surprise that the less than honest John McCain has hired this young counterpart Elizabeth O’Bagy as a legislative assistant. The two posers should get along famously. This is McCain’s gushingly enthusiastic statement regarding his new staffer: “Elizabeth is a talented researcher, and I have been very impressed by her knowledge and analysis in multiple briefings over the last year. I look forward to her joining my office.”

“Talented,” indeed. O’Bagy has honed the skills of lying like a rug, which no doubt should appeal to practiced deceiver John McCain.

Daniel Greenfield of FrontPageMag, is an expert on radical Islam. His excellent report as the events unfolded can be read here: “McCain’s Syria Expert Doubles as Syrian Lobbyist.”

Mexican drug cartels recruit US soldiers as assassins

September 15, 2013

Mexican drug cartels are recruiting American soldiers to act as clandestine hit men, paying them thousands of dollars to assassinate federal informants and organized crime rivals, law enforcement experts tell the New York Daily News.

The Mexican drug syndicates have been offering cash to American military members to act as contract killers in murder-for-hire plots in the United States. Experts worry this line of work will only become more enticing for vets who struggle to find civilian jobs after serving in combat zones.

According to the article, the most recent FBI statistics show that 53 gangs have been identified with members who have served in or are affiliated with the U.S. military. Those gangs include MS 13, Latin Kings, Crips, Bloods and Barrio Azteca, some of the most notorious and nefarious outlaw groups operating in the U.S. and Mexico.

 Read the complete, chilling, news account here.

Then acquaint yourself with the 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment, published by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Scroll down past “Figure 16” following Map I and 2 to “Appendix A” which lists gangs in each state. In 2011, there were over 70 gangs operating in Arizona.

McCain, Kerry base Syrian hawkishness on young liar

September 12, 2013

Politico exposes Dr. Elizabeth O’Bagy, the gal with a fake Ph.D, whose op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal served as a catalyst for urging U.S. use of force in the Syrian powder keg.

The 26-year-old Syria researcher’s writing was cited by both Secretary of State John Kerry and Sen. John McCain during congressional hearings regarding U.S. strikes.  O’Bagy has since been fired by the Institute for the Study of War for lying about her educational credentials, the ISW announced in this terse memo on Wednesday.

In addition to her work for the Institute for the Study of War, O’Bagy is also the political director for the Syrian Emergency Task Force (SETF), a group that advocates within the United States on behalf Syria’s rebels — a fact that the Journal did not disclose along with O’Bagy’s editorial.

Daniel Greenfield of FrontPageMag has the rest of the toe-curling story, “McCain’s Syria Expert Doubles as Syrian Lobbyist.”

The Daily Caller’s Charles Johnson reveals that O’Bagy, McCain’s “Syria expert” wears at least two hats — lobbyist for the rebel faction being just one.

Here in Arizona we think we know this duplicitous guy.  Read these linked articles to get a flavor of how little we actually know about McCain’s back door dealing in the halls of the senate.  It’s bad enough that we are continually deceived by this marginal man of ample ego and limited intelligence, but his advocacy for entering a war zone from which there is little hope of resolution — based on the urgings of a winsome lobbyist paid to encourage our involvement, is beyond reprehensible.

Breitbart: McCain out of step with AZ Republicans

September 8, 2013

The issue: Abandonment of GOP principles

Quoting the Maricopa County GOP’s latest electronic news briefs, published on Saturday, Sept. 7, Breitbart describes it “as chock full of anti-McCain stories and full of examples of how McCain has abandoned GOP principles.”

The Maricopa County GOP website says:  “There Is Lots Of Chatter Regarding The Short Notice The Public Had On Sen John McCain’s sudden, overnight called Town Halls in Phoenix, Tucson and Prescott this past week.  Briefs has confirmed reports that McCain’s office didn’t bother to notify AZGOP Robert Graham, nor Maricopa County Republican Committee Chairman AJ LaFaro. Now if that isn’t a slap in the face of two top Arizona GOP elected officials.”

Maricopa County GOP gets it.  The conservatives in Arizona get it, too. Seeing Red AZ has exposed the deception of John McCain and his trusty sycophant Jeff Flake on numerous occasions — even devoting an entire category to each of them.  Any thinking Republican voter who doesn‘t comprehend the extent of the scam being perpetrated on us, must not be paying attention.  If anything is a must-read, this is

McCain schedules mystery meetings in AZ today* & Updates

September 5, 2013

Calculated to reduce citizen participation

CBS TV 5 is reporting that AZ Sen. John McCain has planned town hall meetings in Phoenix and Tucson to sell the unpopular Obama plan to authorize U.S. military action in Syria.

He is also scheduled to discuss the sweeping amnesty “reforms” which undermine Americans by granting citizenship to illegal invaders – a scheme being pushed by McCain and Jeff Flake along with the notoriously left-leaning Senate Gang of Eight.

Although the events are scheduled for Thursday morning in Phoenix and in Tucson this afternoon, there is deliberate secrecy surrounding the times and venues — which are mysteriously missing from the news report. In typical Mcfashion, the limited information and lack of advance notice is devised to curtail active citizen participation. Midday meetings are scheduled to keep those with jobs out of the action.

It turns out the Phoenix meeting is already underway at the Burton Barr Library at Central and McDowell. It began minutes ago at 10:00 am.

It’s past time to get angry. We are being deceived by those who lie to get elected and then refuse to face us.

* Correction: We previously  — and incorrectly reported the Tucson meeting as Friday. It will be this afternoon.


H/T to commenter Kate who informs us that McCain will speak at the Tucson Interagency Fire Center, 2646 E. Commerce Center Place in Tucson at 2:00 pm. today.

This is the FOX News report detailing the heckling McCain received at the Phoenix meeting where he made his and Obama’s case for launching a U.S. attack on Syria. A;though not in attendance, Jeff Flake supports the action, as heard in his audio response to the news station.


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