The best example of political correctness gone awry

November 30, 2008

Ottawa’s Carleton University Students Association passed a motion last week to stop funding the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation — because Cystic Fibrosis has been found primarily to afflict white men, and isn’t, therefore, an “inclusive” enough disease.


LifeSiteNews carries the full report.


Arizona’s Black Market workforce gets the kid glove treatment from the daily

November 30, 2008

Bet you didn’t know we could save Arizona’s faltering economy by employing illegals

In an article in today’s newspaper, illegal aliens are front and center. Of course they are called “undocumented immigrants,” and we are treated to numerous tales of how they skirt the Fair and Legal Empoyment law requiring employers to comply with the federal E-Verify system.

Reporter Daniel Gonzalez takes readers on a magical tour of the underground economy which he alleges is fueled by the stringent laws hindering illegals in finding gainful employment. His best comedic effort comes when he writes that the lawbreakers are “borrowing” identities of others in order to work.

Such “borrowing” is known as forgery and or theft, and is a prosecutable crime.

Then there is the employer who colludes with Gabino (no last name provided for fear of deportation), and declares he is now “Pedro’ at the workplace, as the two of them conspire to skirt the law, making him a criminal accomplice.

Gonzalez provides  an inside glimpse into the saga that is Gabino’s, a 37-year old from Guanajuato, Mexico, living in the U.S. for 10 years. He worked with papers “lent to him” by an American citizen, but was fired when they did not comport with E-Verify. Gabino was “lent” the citizen’s Social Security number and driver’s license.

Gabino also sells “used items” and the puppies he raises in his trailer, for cash at swap marts.

The newspaper’s take on this illegal scenario is that the law is harmful. Not to illegals, but to the economy, which is losing out on collection of state and federal taxes.

They always have an angle to support their open border contention. The front page and entire jump-page article are filled with quotes from pro-illegal advocates and their groups, such as We Are America and Immigrants Without Borders.

However, the lone voice of reason in the article, Rep. John Kavanagh (R. Dist. 8) the majority of whose comments are tucked in at the bottom of the article, said, “Allowing illegal immigrants to legalize their status would be a mistake because they tend to earn low wages and would pay less in taxes than the benefits they use, including emergency health care and education. Legalizing them would provide them access to even more benefits,” he said.

“It’s unfortunate that they continue to disrespect our laws by working off the books in addition to living here illegally. But this (working off the books since implementation of the state’s employer sanctions law) is one step closer to driving them out of the state. . . . It’s making it more uncomfortable for them to get jobs,” said Kavanagh

The Republic’s article ends with this not-so-veiled caveat: Still, as long as Gabino can keep making money, he said, he has no intention of leaving Arizona.

Getting into the holiday spirit the Planned Parenthood way

November 30, 2008

Appalling twist on Christmas gift giving

The nation’s leading abortion provider is under fire for handing out gift certificates for its services.

The network of 35 clinics across the state of Indiana announced it is offering holiday vouchers for basic health care services “or the recipient’s choice of birth control method.”

The organization decided to offer the vouchers “because so many people are uninsured or are putting off health care because of prohibitive costs,” said Betty Cockrum, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Indiana. “Nearly 800,000 Indiana residents don’t have health insurance,” she said.

Pro-life supporters say the scheme by Planned Parenthood of Indiana denigrates the holiday season.

Read the complete OneNewsNow article here.

Decline in AZ birthrate: Lack of romance, faltering economy or increased enforcement of illegal hiring?

November 29, 2008

The daily appears unsure

The article is worth reading for its peculiar take on the issue. It seems none of those interviewed for this article want to give credit where it is most likely due: Increased enforcement and fewer jobs are causing illegals who are in the state to return home.

The incentive for others to come here in violation of the law is also considerably diminished.

That was the intent of the Fair and Legal Employment Act, (House Bill 2779), familiarly known as Employer Sanctions, which Gov. Janet Napolitano unexpectedly  signed into law July 2, 2007.

It’s working.

Read the article here.

Law school dean says Florida judge should run for legislature

November 29, 2008

Mat Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel and Dean of Liberty University School of Law, says the Miami judge who ruled against Florida’s ban on homosexual adoption should run for the legislature if she wants to practice activism.

Staver takes issue with Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Cindy Lederman’s ruling allowing Martin Gill, a 47-year-old homosexual, to adopt two young brothers who have been his foster children.

“In the short-term, this judge’s ruling is merely a tempest in a teapot, but in the long-term, it means nothing,” Staver contends. “The courts will clearly overturn this judge’s ruling on appeal. This law has previously been challenged and upheld by both the state and federal appeals courts.”

Seeing Red AZ recently covered this subverting of the will of the people by Judge Lederman.

Dean Staver calls Lederman an activist judge and notes that he and others are getting fed up with her type.

Florida state attorneys plan to appeal the ruling, which will ultimately decide what happens to the ban, in existence since 1977.

OneNewsNow carries the complete report.

Silencing dissent

November 29, 2008

Andrew Breitbart exposes Hollywood blacklist against Prop 8 supporters

What’s so important about this issue right now is that George Clooney is silent and secondly President-Elect Barack Obama is against gay marriage, Vice President-Elect Joe Biden is against gay marriage, ” says Andrew Breitbart.

Watch Laura Ingraham’s interview with Breitbart on FOX News.

The LA Times runs an article titled, Liberal Hollywood ponders next step in fight for same-sex marriage, in which some Hollywood proponents, furious over the passage of Prop. 8 which bans such unions, are considering boycotts and blacklisting those who supported its passage.

The article is available here.

The San Francisco Chronicle provides a public disclosure website lookup of contributors in support and opposition of passage of Prop. 8. The intention is to reveal the names of supporters of the defense of traditional marriage proposition in an effort to silence them through intimidation within the entertainment and service industries.

Goldwater Institute releases 2008 legislative report card

November 28, 2008

Arizona’s forty-eighth legislature scored

The sixth edition of the annual Goldwater Institute Legislative Report Card scores Arizona legislators on 237 votes across four categories: education, constitutional government, regulation, and tax and budget. Those scores are tabulated into final percentage scores and letter grades that indicate how well each legislator adheres to the principles of limited government enshrined in the U.S. and Arizona Constitutions.

The highest-scoring senators were Republicans Ron Gould (Dist.-3), Jack Harper (Dist.-4), and Karen Johnson (Dist.-18).

The highest scoring representatives were Republicans Andy Biggs (Dist.-22), Russell Pearce (Dist.-18), and Trish Groe (Dist.-3).

The Goldwater Institute writes, “The report’s broad scope and intuitive grading scale shine light into what are often dark recesses.”

We thank them for this effort at providing that bright light.

More Republicans for Janet

November 28, 2008

Perfecting the immigration two-step

Longtime readers will remember the disgraceful list of Republicans for Janet* during her last gubernatorial campaign. It was heavy with McCain aides and staffers, unwilling to support Republican candidate Len Munsil.

Today we have two more notables to add to the ranks: Sens. John McCain and Jon Kyl. They call the nomination of Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano as Secretary of Homeland Security, “A good fit.”

“She knows border issues. She knows the problems of a state like Arizona, which has to put up with a lot of illegal immigration,” said Kyl, who is the ranking Republican on the Senate’s anti-terrorism subcommittee. “And while that’s only a piece of her job as Homeland Security secretary, we’re not going to have to explain it to her.”

Today’s daily describes McCain as “effusive in his praise” of Democrat Napolitano.

“I think she’s highly qualified, and we as citizens of Arizona are very proud to have a border-state governor and someone with her knowledge and expertise serving in this very, very important and vital position, I think we all know that we face challenges from Islamic extremism throughout the world, and I believe she will do an outstanding job,” McCain said.

Apparently they missed her numerous vetoes of legislation intended to implement border security.  Sen. Jon Kyl campaigned as tough on the border but immediately after winning reelection, he joined his senate cohorts, John McCain and Ted Kennedy in attempting to push through the so-called Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill, which met strong public opposition and was derailed.

*Although the site has been taken down since it embarrassed some GOP candidates for office who had signed on, the names remain available at AZ Conservative, where Dennis Durband thoughtfully copied and retained the list.

Five hard truths for RINOS

November 28, 2008

Recovering from a beating doesn’t mean emulating the mugger

Townhall’s John Hawkins has written a must read article for those Republicans who are convinced that the road to GOP revitalization lies in becoming more like the Democrats who defeated them.

Certainly winning is not only essential, it is vital to expanding our message of less government and more individual responsibility. However, capitulation on core principles in a move to emulate the Left, serves neither cause nor party.

That is how we lost the recent presidential race to a shallow and virtually inexperienced charlatan who preached “Hope and Change” to a nation heavily populated with eager sheep wanting another trough-load of gravy while expending no energy to achieve it.

McCain was not the answer. It is incumbent on the national party leadership to begin the grooming and vetting process early, in preparation for the 2012 cycle.

Read Hawkins’ article here.

Rumor has it….

November 28, 2008

We hear a new name is circulating in Republican circles as a possible candidate to challenge current AZ GOP chair, Randy Pullen.

Ready for some clues?

He is a onetime power-player who bakes a mean chocolate dessert known as “Governor’s Cake.”

Aides once suggested he dye his pale blond eyebrows. He didn’t.

A former pilot, he had credibility when he said he witnessed UFO’s in the Arizona sky.

During their college years, he rescued Bill Clinton from a near drowning and was rewarded with a presidential pardon decades later.

Of course, it’s former Arizona Gov. Fife Symington. 

But the office of State GOP Chairman might be too big a leap for the onetime state leader. He ran for District Chairman in his home legislative district a couple of years ago, and was clobbered by a retired IBM engineer and political dynamo.

Add Symington’s name to the continually vacillating list of state chair wannabes. If he enters the fray, the rumor of interest in the position by Jay Heiler, Symington’s former chief-of-staff, would no doubt be laid to rest. However, both men have a major hurdle to overcome: Neither was elected as a state committeeman, rendering them ineligible to run for state chair.  Hi-jinks and shenanigans might be in the works to subvert the rules. Watch and listen.  The GOP state meeting will be held January 24, 2009.

And look for a woman or two to hop onboard the state leadership train.