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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo: Calls Pro-Life and Pro-Second Amendment Americans “extremists” and tells them to leave New York.
“Their problem is not me and the Democrats Their problem is themselves. Who are they?” the governor asked. “Are they these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay? Is that who they are? Because if that’s who they are and they’re the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are.” Watch.
President Barack Obama: Threatens to continue circumventing Congress by issuing executive orders bypassing the legislative body, to carry out his pledge to “fundamentally transform the United States of America.”
“I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone.” he boasted. “And I can use that pen to sign executive orders.” Watch.
Despite 30 % approval rating, Flake’s deceptive actions earn compliments from McCain
In a front page assessment of Jeff Flake’s first year in the U.S. Senate, the daily newspaper is forced to acknowledge that Arizona’s junior senator’s “moderate path over the past 12 months, has enraged his supporters and surprised his critics but also left him in the middle of an uncomfortable crossfire between the right and the left.”
The article, complete with a large photo of the bottle-blonde streaked Flake, pensively holding his chin while a blurred specter of mentor John McCain peers from the background over his left shoulder, hits the mark. Flake’s trademark smirk is gone.
Reporter Dan Nowicki earns an A+ for his forthright review of Flake’s numerous blunders, which Nowicki refers to as Flake’s “less-than-graceful debut in Capitol Hill’s upper chamber.” His low approval ratings are also included in the review.
The Flake/McCain duo recently incurred the ire of Center for Arizona Policy’s President Cathi Herrod over their duplicity in voting for S. 815 the so-called Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), when their pre-election answers to the faith and family-based group’s questionnaire didn’t match the reality of their senate vote. Sen. Dan Coats (R-Indiana) was the single principled member to speak for religious freedom and against the bill.
An end-of-year survey conducted by Susquehanna Polling and Research Inc., sharply illustrated Flake has lost favor among Arizona voters — as have McCain and his on-again, off-again chum, Barack Obama. In the poll of 600 “likely” Arizona voters, well over half — 57 percent disapproved of the job Flake was doing as senator — while only 30 percent approved. McCain fared even worse with 58 percent disapproving of his performance on the job he has held for decades.
The Senate Conservatives Fund, a former 2012 Flake high dollar supporter, did an about-face, as it ran ads criticizing GOP lawmakers who opposed using the appropriations process to cut funding for Obamacare. Flake was hammered in the worst possible way — by being compared to McCain. (Watch the linked ad.)
Flake fell from grace in the eyes of a mammoth, nationally respected, conservative organization, Family Research Council. In 2010 the group called Flake’s vote to pass Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, a “huge disappointment,”* noting Flake’s “weakness” in being swayed from the GOP and voting “aye” on the stand-alone repeal. Chastisement this strong from a group that previously touted “celebrating Jeff’s 100% record on our last scorecard,” is not insignificant.
It’s happened before, as we pointed out in “Oops — Jeff Flake’s crown slips as he sinks to mere McPolitician,” when, as an unwavering amnesty-supporting congressman, Flake did an about-face to win conservative votes for the senate seat he so blatantly coveted. At the time, editorialist Doug MacEachern called Flake’s change of heart on legalizing millions of illegal aliens “jarring.” Imagine our surprise as the Republic declared the vacillating Flake to be a mere “politician” — no longer a “statesman” — for emulating John McCain’s border fickleness during his own 2010 senatorial campaign.
Arizona’s two coreless senators will do or say whatever it takes to stay in Washington, D.C. They represent nothing else….certainly not Arizona voters. Seeing Red AZ has dedicated a category to each of them. One is called McStench and the other Jeff the Flake. As you scroll through, you’ll notice the articles often overlap, as do the two men.
* Add another disappointment. During Jeff Flake’s 2012 senate race, the Family Research Council removed its harsh criticism of him.
This morning, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, at 9:30 a.m., the Arizona Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear the case Korwin v. Cotton — a three-year legal battle more often referred to as the ‘Bus Shelter Ads case.’ The First Amendment free speech aspect of this legal matter has brought together two usually divergent groups, the Goldwater Institute and the ACLU/AZ, which filed an Amicus Curiae brief.
Alan Korwin is a widely read author and recognized expert on America’s gun laws. Debbie Cotton is the director of the Phoenix Public Transit Department who claimed the ads didn’t promote a commercial transaction as required by city policy
This decision could have wide-ranging implications for free speech in Arizona, as well as whether advertisers should be limited in what issues they are able to address on city property.
In this FOX 10 News report Korwin explains how his bus bench signs that read “Guns Save Lives,” advertising his company’s website TrainMeAz.com were taken down at 50 Valley sites by the City of Phoenix. Ultimately, the city allowed altered ads stating “Guns Stop Crime.”
Background on this important case, all of the legal documents and the timeline can be seen here on the Goldwater Institute’s website.
The Appellate Court’s Case Information is available here.
Elections are the means of giving voice to the voting citizens. We might not always like the results, but they are accepted as the outcome of a fair and legal process. Unless you are a liberal Democrat. Then the results that don’t play out in the desired manner are derided as bogus.
Case in point? The results of last Tuesday’s recall election in Colorado. Former Colorado Sen. Angela Giron, a Democrat who was ousted in a historic election for her pro-gun control votes. Her anti-Second Amendment cohort Sen. John Morse was also removed. The duo are the first senators in Colorado history to be recalled.
Here is Giron on CNN blaming her defeat on “voter suppression” — in her predominantly Democrat district. Giron, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and even Obama’s former top advisor David Axelrod can’t bring themselves to admit trampling on Second Amendment rights doesn’t fly with American citizens — regardless of their affiliation.
Giron: “What this story really is about, it’s about voter suppression. When Colorado has voted by mail — 70 percent of Coloradoans vote by mail — and we didn’t have access to that mail ballot, I mean, I…”
Host: “Forgive me, but I’m going to cut you off right there because if we talk voter suppression, I’ve read reports about a lack of popularity on your behalf, let’s just not go there. Let’s get to the meat of the story, which is this gun control stance…”
Both Colorado senators held their seats in deep blue territory. In 2012, Obama won Giron’s district by 19% and carried Morse’s district by 21%. The anti-gun effort was bankrolled by billionaire New York City Democrat Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Colorado’s last legislative session was defined as “one of the most liberal ever” by Joe Hanel of the Durango Herald. Democrats veered hard left on gun control and virtually every other policy issue dominating the left-wing agenda. But the election results show that in the end, radicalism doesn’t play well — even with the left.
Score a big win for Constitutional rights.
Republican Liz Cheney is a fortunate U.S. Senate candidate. John McCain has stepped forward and endorsed her opponent in the 2014 Wyoming race.
The Daily Caller recently interviewed her on a variety of issues. The articulate and dynamic Liz Cheney, possessing a strong background in national security and foreign policy, presented as an impressive conservative — part of a “new generation,” as the 46-year-old attorney and mother of five refers to herself.
McCain’s endorsement of Cheney’s opponent, incumbent Mike Enzi, 69, translates to a plus for her as the campaign moves forward. “Maverick” McCain is the conservative base’s most loathed Republican. He works closely with Chuck Schumer and other liberals pushing amnesty for upward of 25 million illegals, just as he‘s done in the past with Ted Kennedy. His most intense collaborative bondings have formed with Schumer, Hillary Clinton, Joe Lieberman, Russ Feingold and John Kerry. He’s not above striking deals with radical Harry Reid as he did days ago to approve seven of Obama’s federal judicial nominees. McCain has mocked conservative favorites Rand Paul and Ted Cruz as “wacko birds,” while repeatedly aligning with Barack Obama.
Once again exposing his liberal core, McCain now wants to repeal the “stand your ground laws.” In fact, the disconnected McCain has said that he was “confident” Arizona legislators would reconsider the law “because it (the ability to defend yourself) is a very controversial legislation.” McCain was unable to coherently express exactly what is controversial about self-defense in the face of imminent threat. Even if he was able to make a point, he’d be laughed out of the Arizona legislative chambers with such a suggestion.
Mike Enzi, who touts himself as a defender of Second Amendment freedoms, must be overjoyed having McCain in his corner.
Liz Cheney foretold the truth in 2008 when she said, “If McCain is the nominee it will be sad day for the Republican Party.”
That precise prediction alone should win over a lot of Wyoming conservatives.
Holder derides self defense laws
As many black Americans raise their voices in threatening rage after being incited by the media over the outcome of the trial in the Zimmerman case, conservative pundit Laura Ingraham asks the appropriate questions as it relates to Hispanic George Zimmerman:
“Where is La Raza on all of this?” Ingraham inquires. “Where are any of the Hispanic organizations? Where’s Univision?”
And Tuesday, Eric Holder, an activist masquerading as U.S. Attorney General, addressed the NAACP convention in Orlando, weighing in on the need for a national review of “stand-your-ground” laws. Before an audience that demands selective prosecution — the group is at the forefront of the effort to pressure the Justice Department to bring federal civil rights charges against Zimmerman — Holder confirmed that his department is reviewing that possibility, citing his personal concerns about the case. He also assailed the right to self defense the “stand-your-ground” laws protect.
“Separate and apart from the case that has drawn the nation’s attention, it’s time to question laws that senselessly expand the concept of self-defense and sow dangerous conflict in our neighborhoods,” Holder asserted.
Holder’s bizarre comments were a reference to laws, in Florida and other states, which allow people to use deadly force if they think their life is being threatened. According to the jury’s instructions, Zimmerman had “no duty to retreat and had the right to stand his ground and meet force with force” if he reasonably feared for his life or great bodily harm. Arizona‘s law can be read here.
There is great significance in Holder’s appearance before the group. As Breitbart points out, the NAACP has claimed credit for inciting the prosecution of George Zimmerman.
NewsMax provides the full text of Holder’s speech.
This time as Jeff Flake goes publicity-hounding, he takes two of his sons along and (mostly) keeps his shirt on. Last time? Not at all. Flake’s 2009 egocentric photos of his survivalist adventure on a remote, uninhabited isle were worthy of the ridicule they received since he made book on the fact that he traveled bare-bones, sans even food and matches, but brought along his trusty tripod and camera to catalogue his bare-chested crab catching. The ego-trip was timed in anticipation of his senate race.
After taking flak from the local newspaper, and other outlets, he has given another ‘exclusive’ to the far-left and more appreciative Washington Post.
After the first trip, the AZ Republic’s Dan Nowicki wrote, “In the light of the romantic scandal involving South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, Flake is assuring his constituents that his ‘Robinson Crusoe’ adventure is not a cover story for any Argentina-style monkey business.” Quoting Flake, “I did tell (my wife) Cheryl, ‘That island is uninhabited, I promise,’ ” Flake said. “No one can accuse me of giving in to any kind of vices there, unless you call eating fish and coconuts a vice.”
Cheryl Flake need not worry. Surely she has read Ovid’s account of Narcissus, who also found joy near water?
Even when Flake inadvertently votes the right way, he backtracks when confronted
The latest Public Policy Polling survey does not bode well for Arizona’s junior senator Jeff Flake. In fact, after just 3 months in office Flake has already become one of the most unpopular senators in the country. We’d understand if Flake lost favor over his stance on granting amnesty to the at least 25 million illegal aliens who have invaded our country, but that’s not the reason for his decline.
It’s no secret where Seeing Red AZ stands on Jeff Flake. We strongly supported conservative businessman Wil Cardon in his bid for the senate seat, open through Jon Kyl’s retirement. Our previous regard for Club for Growth fell to zero after the group ran vicious back-to-back, distortive, independent expenditure campaign ads intentionally misrepresenting Cardon.
Flake has done nothing to earn the trust of conservatives. From laughingly breaking his term limits pledge — declaring “I lied” — or using the flimsiest excuse to cravenly avoid casting a responsible vote opposing “cap-and-tax,” the junk science-based, massive national energy tax, to doing a pre-senate race waffle on his always liberal stance on illegal immigration. Flake’s opportunistic moment, was so “jarring” to the pro-open borders Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic), it even editorialized the guy they idolized as a “statesman” had become a mere “politician.”
So imagine our plight as we find ourselves defending what we know to be his self-serving vote, parting company with mentor McCain on expanding background checks for gun purchases. For his vote, the República, which writes lengthy reports on bullying, again engages in name calling, this time calling Flake a “coward.” We were rapidly thrust back to our senses when finger-to-the-wind Flake vacillated the day after his vote. Flake flim-flamingly said he cast his nay vote because the language was “too broad.” Constitutionally-based conservative convictions never entered the picture.
The raucous protestors outside his office, along with his “long time friend” Gabrielle Giffords and her hypocritical, carpetbagging husband Mark Kelly — who despite their friendship, have pledged they will support a senate challenger, have prompted Flake to now propose a “streamlined” version he hopes will win Congressional support.
In appeasing the gun control advocates demanding he apologize for failing to support Barack Obama’s prized legislation restricting firearms, the aptly named Flake alienates conservatives who believe in the relevance of the Second Amendment of the Constitution. He’s lucky he doesn’t face the Republican voters he needs until 2018.
The polling questions regarding Flake asked by the left-of-center — they call themselves “Democratic-leaning” — Public Policy Polling, run from page 3 through 7 of the 21 page report and can be viewed here. Their polling on the same topic also includes Alaska, Nevada, and Ohio.
Concerned about the threats of Second Amendment restrictionists to remove him from office, Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake is already doing an about-face on his “nay” vote on universal background checks.
His Thursday vote, separating from his mentor John McMaverick, earned him the animosity of the Arizona Republic, which called him a “coward.”
On Friday, Flake’s Phoenix office was the scene of a protest, as anti-gun activists jeered, “Shame on Flake.’ It doesn’t take much to cause the junior senator to backpedal. Within two days, he was singing a new tune and calling for a new gun bill.
“I hope this debate isn’t over. I hope we can continue,” Flake waffled. “We do need to take measures to make this situation better and we can do so in a way that is consistent with the Second Amendment,” said contortionist Flake.
Remember, Flake is actually speaking of the bill he just voted against.
Now, with his finger in the wind, Flake says he cast his nay vote because the language was “too broad.” After uncomfortable clashes with the newspaper, the raucous protestors outside his office, along with his “long time friend” Gabrielle Giffords and her opportunist husband Mark Kelly — who despite their friendship, have pledged they will support a senate challenger — Flake is now proposing a “streamlined” version he hopes will win Congressional support.
Flake can’t have it both ways. In appeasing the gun control advocates demanding he apologize for failing to support Barack Obama’s prized legislation restricting firearms, Flake alienates Second Amendment supporters, who believe in the relevance of the Constitution.
Grow a spine, Mr. Flake.