Pres. Trump refuses to cave on border wall

December 12, 2018

Democrat hypocrisy: Method acting comes to Washington

During a public, televised meeting with Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Sen. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), President Trump announced he would be, “Proud to shut down the government for border security,” stating “border security is national security.” Funding for FY 2018 runs out Dec. 21.

Notice that Schumer refuses to make eye contact with the President as he says border security does not need a wall, and Pelosi repeatedly states the meeting should be held privately. Following the meeting at which she admonishingly shook her finger at the president, Pelosi later maligned his position on the border wall telling House Democrats, “It’s like a manhood thing for him. This wall thing.”

Democrat stalwarts, including Sens. Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, and Chuck Schumer, joined a roster of 26 Democrat senators who aligned with 54 Republicans and embraced the Secure Fence Act of 2006, signed by Pres. George W. Bush.  A dozen years later, Democrat’s visceral hatred of President Trump has dramatically changed their perspective.  This brief but illustrative video is provided by the Washington Post, a staunchly liberal publication.

The Center for Immigration Studies reports 63% of non-citizen households access welfare programs compared to 35% of native households. Net cost to taxpayers for every illegal who sneaks into the United States has reached nearly $70,000 —- seven times the cost of deporting them —- about $70 billion, according to 2016 federal Census data. 

Breitbart News covered a Harvard-Harris poll revealing dreadful immigration news for Democrats. The overwhelming majority of Americans —- 80% —- agree with President Trump’s pro-American immigration agenda. Those surveyed said that legal immigration to the U.S. should be based on skills and merit, rather than the current system giving priority to chain migration, linked to family members already in the U.S.

Democrats have long been hypocrites on fundamental issues of importance to Americans, as we noted in 2012, in our post titled, “Dem gun hypocrites,” demonstrating the double standard of Second Amendment restrictionists, Sen. Chuck Schumer and former Sen. Dianne Feinstein who both have concealed carry permits, but don’t want you to have the same access.

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Fmer Mesa Police Chief George Gascon: Arrogance personified

December 11, 2018

It hardly seems like a decade ago we were writing about George Gascon, then Mesa’s police chief, who consistently advocated limp enforcement policies for illegal invaders.

Cuban-born Gascon left the East Valley city to heed the sultry siren’s call of far left San Francisco where he became police chief in 2009. Possessing a law degree, he was initially appointed in 2011 then elected District Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco by then-Mayor, now Governor-elect, Gavin Newsom. Gascon boasts about reducing crime rates —- by selectively charging crimes which he claims disproportionately target minorities —- while fighting construction of a much-needed new jail.

You might call it a bullet-like, precision-driven trajectory for this leftist in the Democrat-controlled city and county —- until it appears to have pitched and plummeted with a thud by way of arrogant missteps.

Gascon, the top cop and then district attorney, who should know better, haughtily thinks he is above the law. 

The December 9, 2018 edition of the San Francisco Chronicle reports on the lawsuit resulting from a former senior investigator who was fired for blowing the whistle on his boss, San Francisco District Attorney Gascon, whom he alleged carried a gun while flying —- in violation of federal law.

Gascon reacted with a “pattern of retaliation and harassment” that culminated in the termination of senior investigator Henry G. McKenzie on Oct. 30, 2017, according to the suit filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco.

In this Nov. 24  court filing, McKenzie says that Gascon repeatedly carried a gun onboard commercial flights in violation of federal law after becoming D.A. in January 2012.

According to the suit, members of the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office Investigators Association, which included McKenzie, discussed the “need to blow the whistle” on Gascon’s potential criminal violations in early 2017.


Columnist Robb foolishly mourns Flake’s implosion

December 10, 2018

Robert Robb, the local newspaper’s Libertarian-leaning columnist, has written a eulogy lamenting the demise of the stone cold but still upright body of Sen. Jeff Flake. 

His earnest lament can be understood in the context of their shared laissez-faire views. In the truest sense, Libertarians are classical liberals who not only don’t believe the lines in the road apply to them, they go to great lengths to allege they are unjustly constraining rather than providing for safe travel.

In his paean to the failed Flake, Robb oddly describes the nearly out-the-door McCain toady as having been “a beacon for a conservative point of view that should have a place in American politics.”

Conservatives, both seasoned and new to the fold, would have difficulty with that ill-founded definition. Rather than sounding the clarion call for conservatism, Flake has been an angry obstructionist, making long-winded speeches denouncing President Trump to an empty senate chamber. Flake even wrote an anti-Trump tirade, with a title directly stolen from Barry Goldwater’s iconic 1960 volume, “The Conscience of a Conservative,” written two years before Flake was born. Never accused of being an intellectual, he likely thought the title was historical and in the public domain. Preceding the 2016 presidential election, Flake announced that neither he nor his family would vote for Trump — effectively supporting Hillary Clinton.

Since his lame duck status is coming to an end after he prudently decided against running for reelection with bottom dragging 18% approval ratings in his home state, Flake has been showing up on left-wing network programs, apparently auditioning for the contrarian defector position — always a hit with the left.

Flake’s latest dishonorable gambit is holding up the vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee on nearly two dozen of the president’s federal judicial nominees, linking their progress to protecting the Mueller ongoing investigation between Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russia, which has produced not a scintilla of evidence after nearly two years. Surely Robert Robb can’t believe this spitefulness is indicative of conservatism.

Robb bemoans what he views as the tragic demise of Sen. Jeff Flake’s political career. A tragedy is regarded a wretched circumstance over which a victim has no control. Blowing up your own future is masochistic.  Robb is so enthralled with Flake, he even alleges Flake doesn’t engage in mean-spirited politics, a trait he has honed and obviously mastered.  Slathering the less than admirable Flake with undeserved accolades is preposterous.

Robb concludes his commentary with these words: “Flake is a good man who practiced politics civilly and constructively. He was a beacon for a point of view that should have a place in American politics. That merits more appreciation than it is getting.”

Actually, uncivil Flake is getting what is known as the boomerang effect, receiving what he has thrown…exactly what he deserves.

The state’s newspaper of record reports that Flake is even held in low regard in his hometown of Snowflake, AZ — named in part for his founding ancestor, William Flake. The headline includes the words, “Jeff Flake’s name is mud.”


Gov. Ducey’s magical “fee” is actually a tax

December 9, 2018

Teacher pay hikes that “wouldn’t raise taxes,” find their funding source: YOU

Remember when Gov. Doug Ducey, vowed he would not be held hostage to teachers’ demands for a 20% pay hike, and then acquiesced, though promising no tax increases would be needed to fund their excessive demands for their part-time jobs?

Surprise!

Beginning Jan. 1, 2019 there will be a new, deceptively namedpublic safety fee(notice it’s not called a tax) that will be tacked on to vehicle registrations. The newspaper headline says it takes effect Jan. 1, but the ADOT press release declares Dec. 1.  Which one of these charlatans to believe?

ADOT’s website is full service, providing a choice among 103 languages from Afrikaans to Zulu, and even has a readily accessible Civil Rights Division, in case your feelings were bruised during your work day. If that isn’t enough, it also hawks specialty license plates, “for that person who’s impossible to shop for.”

The $32 fee/scam, originally touted as $18, was projected to raise either $149 or $185 million yearly. The numbers fluctuate wildly depending on the “fee” and who made the projections.  When the word “stakeholders” is used, your suspicion antenna should be on high alert. ADOT itself announced it would actually be $265.6 million! Good luck in finding that news release now. This is the enabling legislation, signed by Gov. Ducey. The purpose of this “fee” is to free up highway safety money tapped into for educrats, according to this revealing news report.

On July 13, 2018 leftist editorialist Linda Valdez wrote, “What’s wrong with Phoenix raising taxes?” one of her loads of drivel passing for a column.  Valdez is a staunch cradle-to-grave advocate. With liberals, having the government provide for you throughout your lifetime is a core belief comparable to the religious fervor she so disdains. Of course, “the government” is us.

The rest of us hold the belief that taxes are our money, necessary for maintaining infrastructure (pipelines, utilities, roadways, bridges, and military preparedness), but often misspent. President Trump’s tax cuts have, in fact, spurred economic growth. Tax cuts, not tax increases, are the means of energizing the economy and empowering Americans.

Tell that to da Dems and da Ducey.


Outrage over speech? Why Rep. Stringer and not McCain?

December 8, 2018

David Stringer, a GOP State Representative from Prescott is accused of making racially obtuse, cringe-worthy remarks that have resulted in him being stripped of his vice-chairmanship position on the House Judiciary Committee and his seat on the House Education Committee.

The Prescott City Council interjected itself into the matter, toothlessly voting 6-1 that Stringer should resign from the legislature. The leaderless Arizona Republican Party even jumped into the fray, issuing a condemnation. Yet his comments fall far short of those uttered by the relentless amnesty-for-illegals-supporting John McCain when he picked on the gawky teenage Chelsea Clinton as being the “ugly” love child of Hillary Clinton and Janet Reno, specifically asking, “Do you know why Chelsea Clinton is so ugly? Because Janet Reno is her father.”

There were no loud voices denouncing McCain and demanding he resign. Silence accompanied McCain’s vulgar tirade directed at his wife, Cindy — the mother of 4 of his 7 children — in front of staffers and reporters. The AZ Republican Party neither condemned McCain nor asked for his resignation.  Nope.  They helped him get elected — over and over again. The Arizona Republic newspaper, piling on Stringer, heaped infinite eulogies on this marginal but arrogant man, who survived the Keating Five scandal that destroyed other senate careers, by selling out his associates.

Stringer’s remarks resulted in him being striped of key committee assignments. As a lawyer he should certainly know better in today‘s volatile political arena. But ultimately, it should be up to those who put him in office to take him out, not the self-important members of the Prescott City Council, the leftist, Hillary-endorsing newspaper or the McCain indulgent AZ GOP. He was returned to his seat by over 67,000 votes just last month. He stands for reelection in two years. If the voters so choose, they can replace — or keep — Rep. Stringer. This article, “So, What Did Representative David Stringer Really Say? appeared in Prescott eNews.

Weighing Rep. Stringer against President Donald Trump, there is no question who should take precedence. It’s open to discussion whether Stringer— who easily won one of the two District 1 House seats last month would be reelected, but most of us pray Pres. Trump will be.

For that reason, we direct our readers to a recent National Review column by the brilliant Victor Davis Hanson, titled,How Trump Can Translate His Policy Successes into Political Success.”

This is where the rubber meets the road.  The double standard in the media and the unfailingly McCain and Flake supporting Arizona Republican Party is more of a problem than the ill-considered comments of Rep. David Stringer.


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

December 7, 2018

Today marks the 77th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack, which led to war with Japan. 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.

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 on board were killed; 337 crew members survived.

Other major installations on Oahu, such as Wheeler Field and Kaneohe Naval Air Station, also were attacked.  View LIFE’s photos of the attack. The Pearl Harbor Visitor’s Center features galleries, interactive exhibits, two movie theaters, an amphitheater and an education center.

For more history of the date we should never forget, visit the U.S. Department of the Interior National Park Service site here and the Naval History and Heritage site here.

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

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.


Higher education reaches its nadir*

December 6, 2018

Illegal invaders now charity recipients, courtesy of Berkeley

Gone are the days when a university degree was indicative of attaining a higher education. Nurtured in a curriculum of liberal indoctrination from the earliest grades, students are pawns in an ideological crusade. This appalling example from Edina, Minnesota is not an anomaly, but is reflective of teaching throughout the United States.

Is it any wonder that by the time the barely out of wet-diaper toddlerdom, kindergartners are propagandized, matriculating as brainwashed high school students, ultimately reaching institutions such as Berkeley or Princeton, they engage in full-throated lunacy?

The student government at the University of California, Berkeley, “voted to financially fund the migrant caravan in a resolution passed by the student senate,” as Breitbart reported. “US imperialism and white colonialism has been implemented in Central American countries,” said a teary-eyed student, adding that she would be ashamed to see anyone in the student senate vote against funding the migrant caravan. Once again students illiterate of history accuse anyone they disagree with as being “Nazis,” although there are no brutal labor camps with ovens specially constructed for humans or gas streaming from shower heads, killing men, women and children given bars of soap to make the victims more compliant. Janet Napolitano, formerly Arizona’s radically leftist governor and Obama’s appointee as a worthless Homeland Security chieftain, is now the president of the University of California system.

On the East coast, Princeton sophomore Noa Wollstein was so offended by the “toxic masculinity” expressed in the song, “Kiss the Girl,” she was moved to write to the student newspaper, The Daily Princetonian to complainShe declared the Disney song performed by an all-male a cappella group, the Princeton Tigertones, was misogynistic and dismissive of consent. In the cartoon film, The little Mermaid, it is sung by Sebastian a talking crab, urging him to kiss Ariel, the little mermaid.

“Remove the context of magic and mermaids,” Wollstein wrote, “and the lyrics blatantly encourage a man to try to make physical advances on a woman without her consent.”

FrontPage mag exposed, “Another week of leftist lunacy,” writing, “One worrying illustration of this comes from – none other than – the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) with, chapters at more than 500 universities and colleges throughout the U.S. According to Campus Reform, the AAUP is urging its members to combat legislative proposals meant for “the protection of free speech” on campus.”

Imagine that?

* That’s ‘rock bottom’ for those of you who graduated from an Ivy League school.