The unfortunate repercussions of demon rum

October 29, 2009

Maricopa Community Colleges governing board president Colleen Clark will serve 30 days in Tent City jail after pleading guilty to one misdemeanor count of extreme driving under the influence.

As reported by ABC 15, Clark, of Gilbert, was arrested July 11 in Scottsdale for driving under the influence. The charges were amended to include extreme and super-extreme driving under the influence charges after a blood test revealed Clark had a 0.204 blood alcohol level. Legal limit is 0.08 percent.

Her sentence, which incorporates work release, will begin December 12. Clark is the Team Coordinator for Women’s Ministry at East Valley Bible Church.

Clark, 26, became president of the five-member community college board in January. Her term as president ends in December.


Doing the job he was elected to do

October 29, 2009

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office reports that deputies have arrested 32 illegal aliens in the office’s continued illegal immigration enforcement. The arrests were made as the result of three separate traffic stops in the North Valley which also led deputies to a drop house in Mesa. Thirteen of the 32 illegal aliens were booked into the county jail on state human smuggling charges, a class four felony, and the remaining 19 were turned over to Immigration and Custom’s Enforcement’s (ICE).

The Sheriff’s Office has arrested 72 illegal aliens in the ten days since losing its authority act as federal ICE agents. Of those 72 arrests, 42 have been turned over to ICE and the remaining 30 have been booked on state felony human smuggling charges.

The Sheriff’s Office continues to be the only law enforcement agency to enforce all aspects of federal and state immigration laws. Sheriff Arpaio stated that pressure from politicians, activist groups, the Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Department of Justice will not deter him and his office from continuing the enforcement of illegal immigration laws.

According to the newly released KAET Cronkite/Eight poll, Arpaio rates a sixty-one (61) percent statewide job-approval rating.

The results were nearly the opposite when it came to the Obama administration’s recent decision to limit Arpaio’s federal immigration enforcement authorization to the county’s jails. Sixty (60) percent disagreed with the government.


Celebrating the 45th Anniversary of “The Speech”

October 28, 2009

Watch and enjoy: “A Time for Choosing” — October 27, 1964


Ouch! It must have pained the daily to report this

October 28, 2009

Arizona voters like Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s approach to his job and disagree with the federal government’s immigration-related decisions to curtail the sheriff, according to a KAET Cronkite/Eight poll released last evening. The poll indicates a 61 percent job-approval rating for Arpaio, while 34 percent of voters disapproved, according to a telephone survey of 652 registered voters around the state, as reported in the daily.

The results were nearly the opposite when it came to the U.S. government’s recent decision to restrict Arpaio’s federal immigration enforcement authorization to the county’s jails. Sixty percent disagreed with the government and 36 percent agreed.

For Sheriff Arpaio, the news was especially sweet. Despite the incessant hammering he takes from his amnesty-bent foes at the newspaper, the poll indicated a 6 point up-tick from the support he enjoyed in the November 2008 election, when he received 55 percent of the vote compared with 42 percent for his opponent.

The poll also gave high ratings to Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas. He drew a 44 percent approval rating, with 33 percent indicating no opinion. Only 23 percent disapproved of the job the two-term county attorney is doing.

Given that the role of the chief prosecutor is less known to the electorate, these numbers can also be considered a reflection of citizen satisfaction.

Also worth noting are Republican Gov. Jan Brewer’s odd polling numbers. She fairs as well — or poorly — with Democrats as Republicans. While 40 percent of Republicans disapproved of her performance, 40 percent of the Democrats approved of the job she is doing.


The skinny on the NEA ninny named Rocco Landesman

October 28, 2009

Did you know? “Barack Obama is the most powerful writer since Julius Caesar.”

So says Rocco Landesman of his boss. Obama nominated the Broadway theatre producer,  minor league baseball team and racehorse owner, to chair the National Endowment for the Arts, an independent federal agency. In March, the group received an additional $50 million in “stimulus” funds.

Ed Morrissey at Hot Air refers to Rocco as the “Suck-Up award winner” as he reports on the guy’s brazen love affair with Barack Obama.

For this, “our optimist-in chief” gets this.

(Scroll down to NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman Keynote Address to 2009 Grantmakers in the Arts Conference October 21, 2009.)

This is from a 2008 speech to a congressional committee by Landesman’s predecessor: I am honored to come to you again to report on the state of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and to discuss the President’s Fiscal Year 2008 budget request for $128,412,000. We are pleased that the President’s budget contains an increase of $4 million for the NEA.

‘Nuff said.


Dem droppings

October 28, 2009

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With all of the negative coverage Vice President Dick Cheney received from the MSM, it would be hard to imagine that Vice President Joe Biden’s favorable rating could sink lower. But it has. In fact, Biden’s unfavorable rating in the latest Gallup poll is 40 percent, surging upward from 29 percent last November.

Biden’s average favorable rating during his time in office so far is 45 percent — well below the average 65 percent favorable rating for Vice President Dick Cheney during Cheney’s first year in office.

Biden’s numbers have plunged most dramatically among registered Independents. Last November, 55 percent of Independents  expressed a favorable impression of Biden. Now, it’s a mere 32 percent. Biden’s favorable rating — among his own Democrat base is 73 percent — down from 88 percent last December.  Among Republicans the numbers have slipped to 18 percent, down from 33 percent last year.

And, there is a greater gap between Biden’s favorable rating and President Obama’s than there was between Cheney and President George W. Bush and Gore and President Bill Clinton. Biden’s 45 percent average favorable rating this year is well below Obama’s average of 63 percent. Cheney’s 65 percent average was near Bush’s average of 69 percent, and Gore’s 55 percent rating was close to Clinton’s average of 57 percent.


Unvarnished Democrat truth

October 27, 2009

Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) lets the cat out of the bag, by boldly declaring Democrats are “trying on every front to increase the role of government.”


New York Republican leaders get wake-up call

October 27, 2009

In an earlier post, Suicide by RINO, we noted that one-time conservative icon Newt Gingrich calls his nearly stand-alone endorsement of a RINO (Republican In Name Only) a “practical choice.”

He writes, “My endorsement of Dede Scozzafava in the special election for New York’s 23rd Congressional District is a means of regaining a conservative majority in America.”

Sorry, Newt, but you couldn’t be more wrong. The way to regain a conservative majority is by backing and electing conservatives.

The growing list of solid GOP endorsers lining up for Doug Hoffman, running as the candidate of the Conservative Party, is impressive:

Former GOP Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin

Congresswoman Michele Bachman (MN)

Congressman Todd Tiahrt (KA)

Congressman John Linder (GA)

Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (CA)

Former Sen. Fred Thompson (TN)

Former Congressman Dick Armey (TX)

Gov. Tim Pawlently (MN)

Former Sen. Rick Santorum (PA)

Former Presidential candidate Steve Forbes

James Dobson, Founder of Focus on the Family

Sen. Jim DeMint (S.C)

Former Sen. Al D’Amato (N.Y.) should come out for Hoffman tomorrow. He is the de facto head of the Republican party in New York.

 The latest Club for Growth Poll shows Hoffman 31.3%, Owens 27.0%, Scozzafava 19.7%.

The race in New York will decide who replaces former Republican Congressman John McHugh, who was recently appointed Secretary of the Army by President Obama.

In her earlier assembly campaigns, Scozzafava has accepted the endorsement of the Working Families Party, a group with close ties to the discredited, radical group ACORN.  She is supported by the Log Cabin Republicans and the New York State Teachers, the state’s largest labor union. Her views have even earned her an unsolicited endorsement from liberal activist Markos Moulitsas, founder and publisher of the Daily Kos blog.


PAChyderm Coalition Special Education Alert

October 27, 2009

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Tom Jenney, Arizona Director of Americans for Prosperity / Arizona Federation of Taxpayers, recommends “NO” votes on school overrides. Read his cogent letter to Arizona taxpayers here.


New Phoenix City Manager David Cavazos: A tribute to “integrity, diversity and transparency”*

October 27, 2009

Last week the daily reported that the eight-member Phoenix City Council and Mayor Phil Gordon, would be conducting closed-door, executive session, interviews to find a replacement for retiring City Manager Frank Fairbanks. And although lip service is paid to the issue of “transparency,” there was none evident in this exclusive selection process.

In light of past disciplinary actions, council members also stressed the importance of ethics.

“We’ve had some lively debates and I want to share with you that integrity is of the utmost importance from here on forward,” said councilwoman Peggy Neely.

That pesky integrity issue might have accounted for the lack of allowable public scrutiny of the process that would put the ultimate winner in charge of 14,000 city employees and a $3.6 billion annual budget.

Yet in an 8-1 vote, the council appointed 22-year Phoenix employee David Cavazos, 49, described in the newspaper report as a “Hispanic, and the first minority to hold the highest non-elected office in the nation’s fifth-largest city.”

In 2006, David Cavazos, then an acting deputy city manager was suspended for a week without pay after an internal investigation found that city workers spent more than $280,000 in taxpayer money on questionable travel expenses.

But not to worry. City leaders warned Cavazos that any future unethical behavior would not be tolerated.

Councilman Michael Nowakowski, also identified by the daily as Hispanic, defended Cavazos as the most qualified candidate for the job, not downplaying the ethnicity angle. “It’s sending a message out there that we are going to be diverse, not only diverse within the Latino community, but we also have a large African-American, Asian, Native American and LGBT community,” said Nowakowski, who nominated Cavazos. “So it’s diversity, and our management should look like the city of Phoenix.”

Councilman Michael Johnson cast the lone dissenting vote, saying he had serious concerns about Cavazos’ suspension for violating city travel policies and setting a tone that allowed his employees to abuse city funds. Cavazos, then an acting deputy city manager, who at the time served as assistant aviation director was forced to repay the city $911 following the investigation into travel abuses at the city.

The four finalists, all Phoenix deputy city managers, were Cavazos, David Krietor, Rick Naimark and Ed Zuercher. Of course, the closed-door interviews allowed for no public comment.

The manager’s annual pay range is $163,592 to $257,670.

* Absolute and utter sarcasm in view of the fact that diversity trumped integrity and there was zero transparency in the closed door interviews.