Misstating facts? Isn’t that their stock in trade?

June 26, 2016

Fishy_Arizona_RepublicDictionaries define “misstate” as making wrong or inaccurate statements; to express a fact that is not correct; or to state wrongly or falsely. Take your pick.  Any of the choices fit the misuse of facts that appears to be the standard of the Arizona Republic newspaper.

Case in point: Saturday‘s edition. Under Corrections & Clarifications — tucked away on page 4 of the Valley and State section, nestled between ‘Today in History’ and ‘How to Reach Circulation (presumably the desk)  — are two blunders, being acknowledged as such by whomever is in charge. These are their words:

“The face in front of a fiasco,” May 15, 1A:

The article misstated the number of people who showed up at the polls for the presidential preference election March with their early ballots. The number cited, 11,500, was the number of people on the early-voting list who arrived at the polls without their ballots and wanted to vote in person. The number of voters who showed up at the polls to drop off their completed early ballots is unknown.

The article was among many that pilloried Maricopa Country Recorder Helen Purcell for longer than anticipated lines on Election Day, erroneously making the woman known for her integrity appear nefarious and derelict in her duties, even part of a conspiracy to disenfranchised voters when thousands of unanticipated, ineligible would-be voters showed up at election centers.  The newspaper printed baseless accusations by ill-informed voters, including that of Purcell “being on the take” due to fewer polling places and called on her to step down. The newspaper should apologize for every bogus report it printed. A month-and-a-half is a long time to ponder whether this miscalculation was worthy of correction.

“SRP home customers to get summer savings,” June 24, Business, 14A:

The Salt River project sponsorship of the NCAA Final Four games in Glendale next year was approved only by a committee of board members. It still needs approval from the full board of directors. The article misstated who approved it.

Five or fifty board members? We can’t let facts get in the way of agenda. This is the newspaper that routinely crafts devious headlines that include the words, “May,” “Might,” and  “Could” in ongoing efforts to sway public opinion. Seeing Red AZ views this as the motivation behind the Arizona Republic’s reckless assaults.


Americans for Prosperity: 2016 AZ Legislative “Heroes” MIA

June 25, 2016

Legislative Scorecard awards no “Hero of the Taxpayer” designation in latest report

On its website, the Arizona chapter of Americans for Prosperity writes that it works to improve the well-being of Arizona citizens by passing legislative policy reforms that expand economic freedom. The 2016 Legislative Scorecard is the 33rd annual scorecard put out by AFP-Arizona and the Arizona Federation of Taxpayers. The Scorecard assigns weights to bills according to their projected dollar impact to Arizona taxpayers, consumers, and producers ($1 million equals one point). The Fiscal Year 2016-2017 budget was scored according to how many millions of dollars the Legislature and Governor voted to spend above $9.4 billion — including supplemental spending increases to the FY 2015-2016 budget. Legislators are penalized on the Scorecard if key bills do not come to floor votes, but the Scorecard does allows for substitute bills that have similar policy impacts. The weighting of bills is adjusted for a probability factor and for a long-term policy value factor. AFP-Arizona traditionally assigns a triple weight to tax bills, using the Joint Legislative Budget Committee’s three-year Fiscal Notes when available.

All House and Senate members are listed and scored using these designations:

90-100% = Hero of the Taxpayer

70-79% = Friend of the Taxpayer

30-49% = Friend of Big Government

10-29% = Champion of Big Government

80-89% = Champion of the Taxpayer

60-69% = Not Bad

50-59% = Needs Improvement

0-9% = Hero of Big Government

There’s a lot to see here. The Arizona chapter of Americans for Prosperity Legislative Scorecard makes for interesting reading and provides a guide for tracking your legislators prior to marking your ballot. The site includes a brief description of each House and Senate bill as well as State Legislative Objectives for the 2016 Session. The Top Bills of the Session are also included.


SCOTUS blocks Obama’s amnesty proposals

June 24, 2016

In a split decision, the Supreme Court affirmed the ruling of United States. v. Texas, a challenge to Obama’s 2014 amnesty executive actions. The 4-4 decision sends the case back to Federal District Judge Andrew Hanen.. Meanwhile, DAPA and DACA, both Obama constructs, granting legal status to America’s illegal invaders, remain blocked

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott released this statement Thursday, following the Supreme Court’s equally divided decision affirming the 26-state* lawsuit against Barack Obama’s amnesty decrees:

“The action taken by the President was an unauthorized abuse of presidential power that trampled the Constitution, and the Supreme Court rightly denied the President the ability to grant amnesty contrary to immigration laws,” said Governor Abbott. “As the President himself said, he is not a king who can unilaterally change and write immigration laws. Today’s ruling is also a victory for all law-abiding Americans — including the millions of immigrants who came to America following the rule of law.”

Here’s Barack Obama repeatedly stating (video) that he was the President of the United States, not an emperor and was unable to bypass congress and unilaterally impose laws, specifically saying:

“Such an indiscriminate approach would be both unwise and unfair. It would suggest to those thinking about coming here illegally that there would be no repercussions for such a decision, and this could lead to a surge in more illegal immigration. It would also ignore the millions of people around the world who are waiting in line to come here legally. Ultimately, our nation, like all nations, has the right and obligation to control its borders and set laws for residency and citizenship.” 

That was prior to him doing exactly the opposite.

Mark Krikorian, Executive Director of Center for Immigration Studies, does a fine job of analyzing the action in his cogent commentary: “SCOTUS Doesn’t Abolish Separation of Powers – Yet.”

This 2016 Rasmussen Report survey shows over half of American voters believe providing a pathway to citizenship for those in this country illegally will just encourage more illegal immigration. Seventy percent of Republicans — and 51% of all voters — support GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall along the U.S./Mexican border to help stop illegal immigration. Gallup polling indicates nearly one-quarter of American Hispanics do not favor a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

* The 25 other states joining Texas in the lawsuit with Obama over his executive amnesty are: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin.

 


The Vicious Snake: recited by Donald Trump

June 23, 2016

Food for thought

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump began reciting the lyrics to a song titled, “The Vicious Snake,” at his rallies several weeks ago.  Trump included this reading in his recent Phoenix appearance.


Jeff Flake colludes with liberals on gun control

June 22, 2016

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It’s Jeff Flake — back to his “bi-partisan” antics. Here he is, hard at work with Democrats and Republicrats to rein in our Second Amendment rights. Flake was also integral to pushing amnesty for illegal invaders as a fixture of the Gang of Eight —- along with John McCain, Chuck Schumer, Dick Durbin and a load of other unsavory left wing types. As a member of the U.S. House, Flake labored tirelessly alongside Illinois Democrat Luis Gutierrez promoting amnesty to “turn more red states blue.”

The aptly named and ambitious Flake — with strong Libertarian leanings — has run as a Republican because he knew that provided the direct route to the rarified Club of 100 — the U.S. Senate. As a close Obama associate who has traveled with him  to Kenya and Cuba and is a regular basketball playing chum, Flake has honed progressively close Democrat ties. Posing this question to Jeff Flake was met with stony silence.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest intimated Tuesday that Republicans are cowards for opposing Monday’s gun control proposals. Jeff Flake, who the Arizona Republic newspaper denounced as a “coward” for his campaign-related vote opposing background checks in 2013, as it lavished praise on John McCain, who it claims, “did not fail” as “one of just four Republicans who dared follow their conscience on this bill.” McCain was complimented for taking the path “of the maverick once more.”

Now it’s Jeff the Flake who has done a stunning about-face as he shreds Second Amendment protections with proposals that would not have prevented the Orlando massacre perpetrated by an ISIS inspired terrorist who praised Allah in his call to police.

Photo credit: Reuters/Yuri Gripas

H/T Commenter Doc


AZ Nat’l Committeeman Bruce Ash urges violence against Trump staff

June 22, 2016

After serving in the position of Arizona’s National Committeeman for nearly a decade, establishment crony Bruce Ash is showing signs of a serious disconnect with reality. His haughtiness has now warped into the category of disgraceful embarrassment as Ash calls for Trump staffers to be shot execution style “in the back of the head,” due to what he believes is their gross incompetence. Ash made the comment during an appearance on Tucson Talk Radio Station KVOI.

The Daily Caller reports on Ash’s outrageous comments linking to a report in the Arizona Daily Independent which carries the audio.  This isn’t Ash’s first round of thuggery. Seeing Red AZ reported on Ash’s outrageous 2014 call for conservative radio talk show host James T. Harris to be “kneecapped” because he did not support the establishment candidate — now U.S. Rep. Martha McSally — as she campaigned for a seat in AZ Congressional District 2.

Conservatives have viewed Ash with suspicion since his 2011 eleventh hour decision — widely seen as a contrivance — to abandon the race for AZ GOP Chairman citing health issues that didn’t keep him from his business duties or cause him to abandon his post as National Committeeman. With amazing speed, Tom Morrissey was recruited and won as a write-in candidate, soundly trouncing the McCain supported candidate.

The brash Ash has all too clearly demonstrated he’s no longer worthy of holding a leadership post within the GOP and should heed the mounting calls to step down.


It’s not about guns, but senate missed the message

June 21, 2016

Begin by turning off spigot of unable-to-be-vetted “refugees” from terror sponsoring countries

Disarming Americans is tough work. The U.S. Senate spent Monday evening trying to enact controls on the Second Amendment rights of American citizens in response to the most recent ISIS inspired massacre in Orlando.

Political shenanigans were the order of the day in an effort to constrain law-abiding citizens as those elected to represent us pursue their bizarre scheme ostensibly to “prevent further mass shootings.” Heritage Foundation offers a far superior plan on how to prevent another domestic terror attack: “Implement counter terrorism policies.”

The executive director of the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA), Chris W. Cox, summed up the farcical maneuvering with these words:

“Today, the American people witnessed an embarrassing display in the United States Senate. President Obama and his allies proved they are more interested in playing politics than addressing their failure to keep Americans safe from the threat of radical Islamic terrorism.

We all agree that terrorists should not be allowed to purchase or possess firearms. We should all agree that law-abiding Americans who are wrongly put on a secret government list should not be denied their constitutional right to due process. These are not mutually exclusive ideas.  It is shocking that the safety of the American people is taking a backseat to political theatre.”

Cox’ full statement can be read here.

Erich Pratt. Executive Director of Gun Owners of America, sent this letter to Senators, which included a survey of over 15,000 law-enforcement personnel illustrating that our first responders believe that armed civilians, not gun control, will make Americans safer. 


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