Harry Reid: Bundy, supporters, “domestic terrorists”

April 18, 2014

Although there is currently a lull, with federal snipers no longer in sight and cattle returned, the standoff in Nevada is not likely to go away anytime soon, as Sen. Harry Reid continues to lie and provoke. The back stories to this issue continue to emerge. Cliven Bundy is the last rancher in Clark County, where there were previously dozens. But the Bureau of Land Management has restrained the ranchers in southern Nevada by limiting the land on which their cattle can graze, reducing the number of cattle allowed on federal land, and charging grazing fees for the diminishing privilege. The effect of these restrictions has been to drive the ranchers out of business.

Cliven Bundy says the feds are using protection of the desert tortoise as ruse to force him and others from public land to make room for a dry lake solar zone.  This is an allegation that appears to hold water. 

Harry Reid and his lawyer son, Rory, a lobbyist for Chinese energy giant ENN Energy Group, are both involved in the company’s effort to build a $5 billion solar farm and panel manufacturing plant in the southern Nevada desert not far from the Bundy ranch.

Rory Reid was elected to the Clark County Board of County Commissioners where he served from 2003 to 2011.  The commission is considered by many to be one of the most powerful governmental bodies in the state of Nevada, since it has oversight over all unincorporated county areas. 

Another odd ‘coincidence’ is the fact that Harry Reid endorsed the judge, who originally ruled against Bundy, for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Yet one more bit of serendipity concerns the very recent confirmation of Neil Kornze, 35, as the new  Bureau of Land Management director. Kornze is a former senior policy advisor to Harry Reid. Just confirmed April 8, he is now in charge of the federal agency that oversees 264 million acres of public lands —- primarily in western states. 

And radical leftist Harry Reid, the most powerful man in the U.S. Senate, has the temerity to call Cliven Bundy “a domestic terrorist?”


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.


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?

 


Hypocrisy at the AZ Republic? Who’d a guessed?

March 18, 2014

The Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic) is at it again. Recently the arrogant leftist radicals at the newspaper have taken to advising Republicans how to conduct themselves and win elections.

Sunday’s edition carried a chastising editorial titled, “Lawmakers, Listen to Voters.” This particular bit of drivel begins with the words, “Lawmakers, show some respect for voters.” The topic of such importance is directing $10 million a year of Lottery revenue to the state Game and Fish and Parks Departments. The money, approved over two dozen years ago by voters in more flush times was intended to protect habitats for species such as the 3-inch lowland leopard frog —- which according to this reportis still relatively secure in central Arizona.”

Since the makeup of the Arizona House and Senate is predominately Republican, the logical conclusion is the newspaper is railing against the GOP again.

There is no such outcry from the charlatans at the daily demanding the voices of voters be respected when the issues apply to people rather than frogs. Here are but a few of the hucksterisms from the Arizona Republic:

When RINO legislators (named here) joined the unified Dems in forcing through Obama’s reckless Medicaid Expansion —- an economically unsustainable government overreach, championed and signed by Jan Brewer —- while subverting the will of GOP voters and legislative districts statewide, there was no protest from the liberal Republic.

Popular and nationally copied SB 1070  “Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act,” was routinely maligned by the newspaper, which waged a daily and multi-pronged war against its author Senate President Russell Pearce. Redistricted into a predominantly Democrat legislative district, he ultimately lost his reelection bid. The Republic gloated.

SB 1062, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act was the subject of a misinformation campaign that intentionally mischaracterized the bill. The Republic led the charge.

The deceptive Open Elections/Open Government” or “Top 2 initiative aimed specifically at gutting Republican influence was championed by the daily disseminator of leftist propaganda. Ultimately, it was defeated 1,340,288 to 662,366. In this case the Republic was trampling on voters. “Respect” was nowhere to be seen.

In 2008, Arizona voters overwhelmingly passedProposition 102, the Marriage Protection Amendment,” defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman, by a vote of 56.3 – 43.7 percent. At the time, the crafty word-twisters at the Arizona Republic, defined the issue as the “Gay Marriage Ban.” The newspaper bashed the LDS Church’s influence but was mum on supporting the voice of the people.

When five Republican senators shamefully broke ranks and voted with Democrats to defeat SB 1310 a bill prohibiting the State Board of Education from applying Obama’s Common Core in Arizona, the newspaper said not a word against their actions.

John McComish, Adam Driggs, Steve Pierce, Michele Reagan and Bob Worsley, deceived their constituents —- who had every right to expect more than such traitorous actions.  Reagan is now running as a Republican for Secretary of State.

The far left Arizona Republic caterwauls when the issue is a lowlands leopard frog but either becomes mute or blithely spews venomous distortions as it targets Arizona families and conservatives.


Religion of Peace update: Iraqi law legalizes child marriage

March 16, 2014

Within the framework of our American Judeo-Christian heritage, marriage is celebrated as a joyous occasion, uniting a man and woman as they begin a life partnership and build a family. In today’s world they are frequently both educated, on a career path, and often several years older than previous generations of brides and grooms.

Such is not the case in Muslim Iraq.

Under the draft measure Iraq’s Justice Ministry introduced late last year to the Cabinet, which approved it in February 2014 —- girls as young as 8 years and 8 months old can be given in marriage by their father, the only parent with the right to accept or refuse a marriage proposal. Often the men marrying these young children are decades older. Iraqi law has previously set the legal age for marriage with parental approval at 15.

The new measure, known as the Jaafari Persos law.nal Status Law, is based on the principles of Shiite Muslim religious law. Besides allowing for the marriage of child brides, the new law includes provisions that prohibit Muslim men from marrying non-Muslims, restricts women’s rights in matters of inheritance, limits their parental and other rights after divorce, simplifies the process for men to take multiple wives, legalizes marital rape and lowers the marriage age to fifteen for boys according to Human Rights Watch.


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?


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.)


Radical homosexual agenda funded by billionaire lobby

February 26, 2014

Given the raucous demonstrations accompanied by cries of discrimination surrounding the issue of religious liberty SB 1062 has engendered here in Arizonait’s worth asking the question, “Just where does all the money advancing the ‘gay’ agenda come from?”  Michael Voris, who produces ChurchMilitant.TV, provides the answer.

Voris’ own religious perspective is Catholic, but his words hold truth regardless of one’s faith.

We urge you to watch the enlighteningPink Money.”

There is no discriminatory language pertaining to “gays’ or anyone else contained in SB 1062. That fact has not kept it from becoming a rallying cry for those relentlessly pushing the homosexual agenda. 

The Arizona Republic, leading the charge against the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, “came out” long ago, as we previously pointed out in the post In their very gay element at the daily.

 


Gov’t monitors: Obama control in newsrooms

February 20, 2014

White House exerts control and intimidation 

From the “No Obama Overreach Is Too Much Department” comes this news regarding the federal government’s crushing boot on the neck of the First Amendment and the free press.

The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) is reporting that the Obama administration is looking to send the FCC into newsrooms to  investigate how the media chooses stories.

The Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs (CINs) initiative was proposed last spring. The FCC said it wanted information from television and radio broadcasters “to ascertain the process by which stories are selected, station priorities — for content production quality, and populations served —  perceived station bias, perceived percent of news dedicated to each of the eight CINs of ‘critical information’ necessitating coverage and perceived responsiveness to underserved populations.Read the CIN study here.

Equally disturbing are the in-depth interview questions (beginning on page 25) stratified by employment level, with questions such as What is the news philosophy of the station? Who else in your market provides news? Who are your main competitors? How much news does your station air every day?

At the top of page 37, the city of Tucson is misspelled as TUSCSON, adding to the anxiety level brought on by this alarming report.

There are legitimate reasons for concern that the government will exert influence over what stations cover, since the FCC authorizes  their licenses. The agency is now poised to expand its regulatory powers to include newspapers, over which it has no authority.

This blatant attempt at media control comes on the heels of Reporters Without Borders ranking the United States 46th in its World Press Freedom Index.

ACLJ’s Matthew Clark cogently sums up the unconscionable assault on our free society with these words: “Imagine a government monitor telling Fox News it needed to cover stories in the same way as MSNBC or Al Jazeera.  Imagine an Obama Administration official walking in to the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal and telling it that the American public would be better served if it is stopped reporting on the IRS scandal or maybe that reporting on ObamaCare “glitches” is driving down enrollment.”

Obama’s approval rating is in the low 40’s. Think about it.


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