Fred Thompson appears in Valley

November 30, 2007

Sounds like an endorsement of Employer Sanctions?

GOP presidential candidate, Fred Thompson and his wife, Jeri, made a swing through Phoenix yesterday. He addressed the luncheon gathering of the Republican Trunk & Tusk at the Airport Marriott, receiving a warm welcome.

Opposed to “sanctuary city” policies, Thompson stressed that illegal immigration should be addressed through joint efforts of the state and local police and the Federal government.

But, he added, “If we don’t have the cooperation of employers then we’re not going to get the job done.”


Leave it to a Democrat

November 30, 2007

Bring on the Nanny state?

Rep. David Schapira (D – Dist. 17) has filed the first bill of the 2008 Arizona legislative session. His proposed legislation would ban smoking in cars carrying children. While a noble concept in an idyllic world, we live in the realm of reality and one where most people cherish private property rights.

Second-hand smoke is valid concern. But, Schapira appears to miss the point that children are in the care of their parents, rather than the state. Read a complete account here.

Immigration group: Huckabee a “disaster”

November 30, 2007

“Every time there was any enforcement in his state, he took side of illegal aliens.”

The Washington Times reports today that groups supporting a crackdown on illegal aliens haven’t settled on their champion in the race for the White House, but there’s little doubt which Republican scares them most— former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

“He was an absolute disaster on immigration as governor,” said Roy Beck, president of NumbersUSA, a group that played a major role in rallying the phone calls that helped defeat this year’s Senate immigration bill. “Every time there was any enforcement in his state, he took the side of the illegal aliens.”

The entire article is printed here.

Approaching December: the nuttiness begins anew

November 30, 2007

The “C” word and the potentially offended

Gov. Janet Napolitano doesn’t want to offend non-Christians, so she has decided to call the Christmas tree in the lobby of the Arizona State Capitol Tower a “holiday tree.”

And, exactly what “holiday” would that be, Governor? Certainly the other major world religions don’t celebrate with pine trees festooned with tinsel, colored glass balls and lights.

When she was Attorney General, Napolitano put out a memo listing what she considered “acceptable seasonal decorations.“ These included snowflakes, icicles, garland, poinsettia plants and wrapped presents. Santa, not even a religious symbol, was banned, of course.

What foolishness.

Now word comes from the American Family Association, regarding Kohl’s Department stores.  Last year, thousands of customers asked Kohl’s to include “Christmas” in their in-store promotions and advertising. The company gave its assurance they would. But this year, Kohl’s has ignored that pledge. The word Christmas is not even visible on their home page.

Macy’s, refusing to allow clerks to wish customers a “Merry Christmas!” a couple of years ago, rescinded that instruction last year, after being inundated with customer complaints.

Last year Lowe’s home improvement stores captured the prize with their ridiculous “family trees” which looked a whole lot like Christmas trees to casual observers.

Odd that concerns over “offending non-Christians” on Christmas have taken on such proportion. Are the other religions equally concerned with offending Christians as they celebrate their holidays?

 Non-Christians are well aware of Christmas. They also have their own meaningful holidays to celebrate. This time of year should be filled with sharing joyous good tidings and less anticipation of imagined offenses.

As illegals self-deport, they heap scorn

November 29, 2007

The American Dream Goes to Mexico

“The United States is not the wonderful country that it was. The people are hypocritical and don’t value our sweat.”

Santiago Crespo, 28, of Valle de Santiago, Guanajuato, in Central Mexico.

The Dallas Morning News reports that Crespo and his three buddies, all traveling from Denver, where they worked picking crops, planned to drive 14 hours straight to their hometown. None planned on returning to the U.S. next year.

“The employers are asking for Social Security numbers, proof of ID, stuff they know we don’t have,” Crespo said. “I could get some fake papers, but when you don’t feel welcome anymore, why return to a place where they close the door on you?”

He said he had worked in Denver for 10 years and saved enough money to open his own grocery store, and even buy a tractor so he can cultivate a four-acre plot.

Crespo was bringing gifts, including two bikes and a TV, to his wife and two kids.

So at age 28, Santiago Crespo owns a grocery store, a tractor and gifts any family would greet with smiles?  Not a bad haul from the “hypocrites,” whose home he entered uninvited.

A view of Canada’s Single Payer Health System

November 29, 2007

 Would you like to function under this? Michael Moore and the liberals think this is just the ticket!


Oddly, increasing numbers of Americans hold the belief that health care is 

a  “right.”

Illegal Immigration remains THE issue

November 29, 2007

Arizona tops the unenviable list: 65% of all immigrants here in violation of our law

Half of the nearly 3.5 million immigrants living in Texas are in the country illegally, the Center for Immigration Studies says in a report released today. According to the report, the majority are uneducated, unskilled workers.

Based on the latest Census Bureau data, the report said Texas has one of the fastest-growing immigrant populations of any state. It said that 50 percent of the state’s foreign-born population, or slightly more than 1.7 million people—are illegal immigrants. Only Arizona at 65 percent, North Carolina at 58 percent and Georgia at 53 percent had a higher proportion of illegal immigrants in their immigrant populations.

Under the provisions of the Fourteenth Amendment, the United States continues to grant birthright citizenship to the children born to those illegally in our country. We do this at our own peril.

Take time today to read the staggering facts contained in this report.

Despite mounting disclosures, Huckabee climbing in Iowa.

November 29, 2007

Señor McCain comes in at bottom of the heap with just 4%

Rasmussen Reports declares the trend is unmistakable. Despite his ever-increasing list of thorny problems, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has gone up and just about everybody else has gone down. Huckabee’s 28% support represents a twelve point increase from a report taken earlier this month.

Romney (25%) is down four points while Giuliani (12%) and Thompson (11%) are each down three points from the previous survey. Señor McCain is down two points and earns just 4% support. Ron Paul picked up a point and is now at the 5% level.

You are Invited

November 28, 2007

AZ Chapter of the Institute for Justice

Open House Wednesday, December 5, 2007

4:30 – 6:30 PM (Brief Remarks at 5:30 PM)

The Arizona Chapter of the Institute for Justice invites you to join us as we celebrate two champions of freedom: IJ-AZ client Dale Bell and nationally acclaimed author David Harsanyi.

Dale Bell, owner of San Tan Flat Steakhouse, is fighting to protect his economic liberties.
David Harsanyi is the author of Nanny State, which explores the dangers of Big Government and mentions IJ’s work in opposing government abuse.

RSVP to Kasey Higgins

or (480) 557-8300

398 S. Mill Ave., Suite 301
Tempe, AZ 85281


Institute for Justice renews challenge to AZ’s scheme of taxpayer-funded political campaigns

November 28, 2007

Persistence in “Clean Elections” challenge is welcomed

Tim Keller executive director of the Institute for Justice Arizona Chapter, has said:

“Arizona’s so-called ‘Clean’ Elections Act allows the state to enter the political debate, place its thumb on the scales, and tip the balance in favor of taxpayer-financed candidates.”

The Institute for Justice has filed papers with the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona renewing a First Amendment challenge to the scheme on behalf of Arizona State Treasurer Dean Martin.

The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated the case, Martin v. Brewer, in August, and sent it to the district court to decide whether the system is unconstitutional.

Read more about this important issue here.   IJ is a worthy group, deserving of our support.