Is Republican-lite the salvation of the GOP?

November 27, 2008

Randy Pullen, the AZ GOP chairman discusses the future of the Republican party and the much ballyhooed concept of party survival being based on pulling to a center position on immigration

GOP stares down immigration divide, by Reid Wilson, Arizona Capitol Times correspondent, is a compelling read.

The complete article is available here.


Thanksgiving wishes and a gift to our readers

November 27, 2008

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We take a moment to reflect today on the many blessings we enjoy as citizens of this great land, and wish the abundant bounties of this uniquely American holiday to each and every one of our readers.

We also urge you to read this stunning article by Paul Sperry detailing congressional watchdog, U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick’s (R – N.C) tireless efforts to alert the nation to a very real threat with the potential to annihilate the freedoms we cherish and give thanks for today.

The information you receive in this reprised piece will be an invaluable gift to yourself, your family, neighbors, co-workers and friends.


Bad news for Phoenix as 1000 jobs cut

November 26, 2008

Labor groups wary of Gordon’s proposals

Phoenix will likely eliminate 1,000 positions next year as part of city officials’ effort to slash the budget by up to $250 million because of the ailing economy and a drop in tax collections.

Phoenixx Mayor Phil Gordon’s announcement marked the first time the city acknowledged how many of its 14,000 jobs could be eliminated.  Most of those staffing cuts will be through attrition, meaning the city will not replace people who leave. The city’s annual budget is $1.2 billion.

The mayor said he and his staff will voluntarily take one furlough day each month without pay, and that he would ask all other city employees to do the same. Gordon said he plans to meet with union representatives to request that employees forgo pay raises for one year to avert some layoffs.

Labor groups are wary of the proposal. Richard Clewis, of the Administrative, Supervisory, Professional and Technical Employees Association, said he understands the severity of Phoenix’s fiscal challenges but wants leaders to evaluate every option before cutting staff. The organization represents 3,600 city workers.

Read the article in the daily here.


Four Horsemen of Apocalypse cut swath through Arizona political scene

November 26, 2008

McCain, Kyl, Shadegg and Flake exert force in district power plays

Last night’s District 11 organizational meeting results mirror those of other Maricopa County districts. It appears that the grassroots conservative leadership continues to be assaulted by the pro-illegal immigration crowd, being lead by the majority of the Arizona GOP delegation beholden to business interests desirous of a continued stream of low -wage and exploitable workers.

The pattern in which they obtain their dominance reflects the McCain-driven power structure. Daring to disagree with their version of what the Republican party stands for has consequences.

Still the vote was close. Rob Haney the incumbent chairman garnered 191 votes to Steve Tully’s 203. Tully is a former state legislator and McCain aide.

Good manners take a back seat when the crowd is on a mission to undermine the grassroots precinct committeemen. Wes Gullet, a McCain strategist, and his wife Deb, who is an advisor to Democrat Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, led the rowdy opposition crowd.

Other districts where attempts have been made to silence the border and social conservatives are Districts 6 and 8.

At the LD 6 meeting Congressman Shadegg endorsed the more liberal slate. Apparently most of the precinct committeemen were unaware of his recent comments to the New York Times insulting Arizonans who simply recognize the need for secure national borders in these perilous times. Crime and identity theft are rampant. “Guest” workers are not the answer, particularly with our current economic downturn and high citizen unemployment And our Fourteenth Amendment assures any children born to such “guests” are granted instant citizenship.

Suspecting his inclination, Chairman Haney invited the congressman to speak after the election was concluded. Knowing that he would not be allowed to do an encore endorsement as he had at the election the night before, Shadegg left, though his staffers remained.

The election results are available here. It was far from a major defeat as Haney’s team won 110 of the 143 coveted state committeeman slots.


Another judge subverts the will of the people

November 26, 2008

Judicial activism spotlighted in adoption case; state will appeal

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Cindy Lederman has ruled that a strict Florida law that blocks same-sex couples from adopting children is unconstitutional. The judge said there was no legal or scientific reason for sexual orientation alone to prohibit anyone from adopting.

Judge Lederman said the 31-year-old law violates equal protection rights for children and their prospective homosexual parents, rejecting the state’s arguments.

She noted that gay people are allowed to be foster parents in Florida. “There is no rational basis to prohibit gay parents from adopting,” she wrote in a 53-page ruling.

Florida is the only state with an outright ban on gay adoption. Arkansas voters last month approved a measure similar to a law in Utah that bans any unmarried straight or gay couples from adopting or fostering children. Mississippi bans gay couples, but not single gays, from adopting.

Florida Assistant Attorney General Valerie Martin said an appeal would be filed on behalf of the state Department of Children & Families, likely setting up a battle that could reach the Florida Supreme Court.

John Stemberger, chairman of a successful drive earlier this month to pass a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in Florida, called the ruling “classic judicial activism” and predicted it would be reversed on appeal.

“Everywhere in the law where children are affected, the standard must always be what is in the best interest of the child,” said Stemberger, an attorney in Orlando. “What is stunning to me is that when it comes to dealing with gays, that standard goes out the window. Children do better with a mother and a father.”

The AP report is here.


Citigroup: Too big to fail? Is any corporation off the table?

November 25, 2008

Pandit: The unmasked bandit

Federal regulators have agreed to backstop about $306 billion of Citicorp’s riskiest assets to bolster the staggering banking giant, in yet another in a growing list of radical efforts to shore up confidence in troubled financial markets.

Vikram Pandit, Citi’s chief executive officer, welcomed the action. “We appreciate the tremendous effort by the government to assure market stability,” he said in a statement.

Mr. Pandit should be thanking the American taxpayers.

USA Today says Citigroup is such a large, interconnected player in the global financial system that it is seen by Washington policymakers as too big to fail. The company has operations around the globe in more than 100 countries.

Read the AP report here.


Another gift from our neighbors

November 25, 2008

Doctors at Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center were startled to find the culprit causing numerous and serious medical problems for a Phoenix woman. Her physicians suspected a brain tumor, but discovered instead a parasitic worm eating her brain.

“We’ve got a lot more cases of this in the United States now,” said Raymond Kuhn, professor of biology and an expert on parasites at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. “Upwards of 20 percent of neurology offices in California have seen it, ABC News reports.

According to Kuhn, who has traveled to study this parasite, cysticercosis is a big problem in some parts of Latin America and Mexico where health codes are hard to enforce and people may frequently eat undercooked pork.

Kuhn said that as people travel across the border with Mexico, so does the tapeworm. One person infected with a parasite, who also has bad hand washing habits, can infect many others with eggs.

“These eggs can live for three months in formaldehyde,” said Kuhn. “You got to think, sometimes, a person is slapping lettuce on your sandwich with a few extra add-ons there.”

All the more reason to check the restaurants you frequent for their participation in the federal E-Verify program.

And remember this outbreak that closed Valley swimming pools last summer?


Bush issues pardons, commutations: Allows Border agents to languish in federal prison

November 25, 2008

President Bush has granted pardons to 14 individuals and commuted the prison sentences of two others convicted of crimes ranging from drug offenses to tax evasion, from wildlife violations to bank embezzlement.

The latest round of White House pardons are Bush’s first since March and come less than two months before he will end his presidency. The crimes committed by those on the list also include offenses involving hazardous waste, food stamps, and the theft of government property, according to an AP report.

Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean were given terms of 11 and 12 years respectively on their convictions for shooting an illegal alien drug smuggler.

A comprehensive and updated report on the fate of the agents is available here. That they continue to be held is a true tragedy.


Is this the strangest comment ever uttered on Horizon?

November 24, 2008

Seeing Red AZ has patiently waited until the video and transcripts were available to check this for accuracy.

Phoenix Business Journal reporter, Mike Sunnucks, appeared to have uttered a truly bizarre comment on the Journalists Roundtable program last Friday evening, November 21.

We thought we heard him say, “People don’t want unbridled Capitalism.”  But since that would be such an absolutely inflammatory statement, we thought we misheard it.

Nope.

That was actually what he said. Watch for yourself.


Daily gleeful at renewed prospect of reining in Sheriff Arpaio

November 24, 2008

It’s expected that illegal aliens will get softer treatment under the Obama administration’s Justice Department, according to a report in the daily.

Eric Holder, formerly a deputy attorney general in the Clinton administration and President-elect Obama’s appointee to lead the U.S. Justice Department, has a track record of investigating “racial-profiling.” These are the unfounded allegations leveled at Sheriff Arpaio’s neighborhood crime suppression sweeps.

Holder played a key role in the Justice Department’s investigation of the New Jersey state police in the late 1990s that alleged officers were disproportionately stopping Blacks for minor traffic stops to look for drugs.

During a Senate subcommittee hearing involving the investigation, Holder, who is Black, and the son of an immigrant from Barbados, said he had become particularly sensitive to complaints of racial profiling after New Jersey police searched his trunk for guns when he was a college student. He said he believed the incident stemmed from racial profiling.

Sheriff Arpaio said he is not concerned that his office could face greater scrutiny under the Obama administration.

“I don’t care,” Arpaio said. “I feel very comfortable with the way we do things. . . . I have confidence in my deputies, and nothing is going to change. I am going to continue my operations even though the administration is going to change.”

The complete article is available here.