AZ Democrat Rep. Raul Grijalva makes notorious Hamas-linked list

January 29, 2010

The blogs Sultan Knish and Thoughts of a Conservative Christian give in-depth reports on the links of 54 Democrat Congressmen to Hamas and CAIR.

Democrat U.S. Reps. Keith Ellison and fellow Minnesotans Betty McCollum, and James Oberstar sent a deviously worded letter* to President Obama (shown here addressing the Muslim world) urging him to use diplomatic pressure to “resolve the blockade affecting Gaza.” Fifty-four members of Congress, many of whom have been recipients of CAIR/Hamas linked largess, have signed on to Ellison’s letter. Ellison widely hailed as America’s first Muslim congressman, when he took his oath of office on the Koran, could more accurately be described as CAIR and Hamas’ man in Congress

PJ Media previously did an exposé on the California friends of Hamas. The post includes sections from the Hamas Charter, clearly defining their vicious and murderous mission.

The U.S. Department of State’s current list of Designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations, includes Hamas along with numerous Palestinian-based groups.

Arizonans need to contact Rep. Raul Grijalva and ask him why he is associated with this nefarious bunch. Grijalva’s contact information is at the bottom of this page.

*H/T Powerline

McCain tanks: Polling at a mere 40%

January 29, 2010

Arizonans who have been around awhile still have vivid recollections of the Keating Five banking corruption scandal that nearly brought down John McCain in the early 1990’s. His lost credibility took him to the verge of falling off of the political precipice. McCain’s image sank along with his approval ratings, which dropped to 38 percent in 1994.

Now, according  to the latest poll conducted by the Behavior Research Center, a  mere 40% of Arizonans approve of the job McCain is doing for them in D.C.

A Rasmussen Reports statewide survey of Arizona Republicans in September found that 61% thought McCain was out of touch with those in his own party. And as dismal as those numbers are, they were up eleven points from 50% in May. Only 33% of Republicans in the state believe McCain has done a good job representing GOP values, according to that same poll.

The aggregate of these flagging numbers become worrisome as he attempts to fend off a primary challenge by popular former U.S. Rep. J.D. Hayworth. So far, McCain has been willing to spend early and liberally, running radio ads that are blistering attacks on the still unannounced candidate, Hayworth.

As McCain frets over the potential Tom Daschle-like embarrassment he would suffer if he were ousted, he and his operatives have engaged in despicable attempts at character assassination aimed at Hayworth. They have repeatedly tried to link him to the discredited and incarcerated lobbyist, Jack Abramoff, although they are well aware that Hayworth has been “completely vindicated” by the U.S. Department of Justice.

TPMDC reports that McCain’s job approval numbers are at a 15-year low in Arizona.  That’s not much of a surprise, given that he barely carried the state in the 2008 presidential match-up with Obama, limping to a home state victory by just 9 points.

Follow J.D. on Twitter to keep track of his appearances.

Gilbert police officer killed during traffic stop

January 29, 2010

The East Valley Tribune is reporting that a Gilbert police officer was shot and killed during a traffic stop at 10:45 last night.

Police shot and wounded the suspects near Superior after a chase involving dozens of police cars from Gilbert, Mesa, Department of Public Safety, Pinal County Sheriff’s Office and Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. The suspects were firing shots as they fled and were throwing objects from the back of their utility truck at pursuing officers.

The slain officer was identified as Lt. Eric Shuhandler.

Read more here.

J.D. Hayworth: Now it begins

January 28, 2010

Revving up for his formal announcement, J.D. Hayworth has launched a statewide volley of pre-recorded calls. Judging from remarks by those who have received his message, they are hitting the intended mark with accuracy.

Rather than lobbing salvos of distortions as  the desperate McCampaign has hurled at Hayworth, his message is fact-based. Pledging to be a “consistent, faithful conservative,” his words resonate with the Republican base and those who are tired of the “Mavericky” leftward lurching.

This is his message:

“Hi, this is JD Hayworth calling. If you share my opinion that John McCain has admirably served our country but that 28 years in Washington is just too long, then I want you to know that I will soon be announcing my
candidacy for the United States Senate. Arizona’s Republicans deserve a choice and an alternative to Senator McCain’s moderate record on taxes, social issues, the border, and bailing out the banks. I will be a consistent, faithful conservative that you can rely on to put Arizona first. This is going to be a great debate, and I need you. Please get involved by going to (disclaimer).”

 Finally. The time for grousing is over. Now we have work to do.

Mark Levin on J.D vs.McCain: “This is a race between a conservative vs. a phony”

January 28, 2010

Constitutional lawyer, author and conservative commentator Mark Levin, gives his strong and unequivocal endorsement of former congressman J.D. Hayworth’s Republican primary challenge to Arizona’s senior Sen. John McCain.

On his radio program earlier this week, Levin said he doesn‘t trust McCain, adding, “You want to send a signal that will be heard all over the world? Elect J.D. and defeat McCain.”

Levin began his program by saying “I strongly urge the support of J.D. Hayworth over John McCain. This is a race between a conservative vs. a phony.”

Listen for yourself (1/26/10) as Levin calls McCain out on his support of amnesty for illegals and Cap and Trade, and exposes the threats and assaults McCain has unleashed on Hayworth.

“Let me put my marker down right now for J.D. It wasn’t even a hard decision,” Levin says.

Join Mark Levin and the growing number of Arizona conservatives who support J.D. here. We’ve endured McCain’s ever-increasing duplicity for 28 years.  The time for a change is NOW.

State of the State: Obama criticizes U.S. Supreme Court decision

January 28, 2010

In a stunning breach of decorum, President Obama used his State of the Union address to criticize the court‘s campaign finance decision: “Last week, the Supreme Court reversed a century of law to open the floodgates for special interests — including foreign corporations — to spend without limit in our elections,” Obama said. “Well I don’t think American elections should be bankrolled by America’s most powerful interests, or worse, by foreign entities. They should be decided by the American people, and that’s why I’m urging Democrats and Republicans to pass a bill that helps to right this wrong.”

The justices, sitting stoney-faced, did not appear to be  amused.

Watch closely as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito shakes his head and mouths the words, “Not true.”

Obama: “This is not about me”

January 27, 2010

All right, maybe just a tad.

Who do you want watching the money?

January 27, 2010

When making the crucial decision on who to support in the Arizona State Treasurer’s primary, this Americans for Prosperity newly released scorecard should help clarify who would best protect taxpayer funds.

Sen. Thayer Verschoor (R-Dist.22) scores at the top of the list with a healthy 89 percent rating. Term-limited Sen. Barbara Leff (R-Dist.11), who just recently decided to enter the treasurer’s race, rates 17th of the 18 Republican senators — dragging the bottom of the list with a paltry 66 percent. Only big-government advocate Carolyn Allen scores below Leff.

When investing your money. Would you prefer someone who is a “Champion” or “Not bad?“

Check out the AFT blog here for an in-depth analysis and decision-making process.

Extra! Extra! Read all about it…or maybe not

January 27, 2010

In case you needed an touchstone indicator that the Newsosaur industry is headed into a deep Jurassic abyss, this should do it.

A few months ago, Newsday, the sixth largest regional newspaper in the U.S. was purchased by Dolan Media for $650 million. It has since put its website behind a pay wall.

The Long Island/New York City paper, which traditionally has been a potent money maker, lost $7 million in the first three quarters of last year, and the concept of $5 a week, or $260 a year, subscriptions had a decent ring to it.

So, three months later, how many people have signed up at the site?

The answer: 35 people.

As in fewer than three dozen. As in a decent-sized elementary-school class, cannily observes the New York Observer.

It’s only $1.1 million — the key issue is did Gabby Giffords, hubby have a good time?

January 27, 2010

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) unresponsive to questions and refusing to release details of the Danish junket, finally had to summit her foreign travel expenditure report.

The best takeaway line was: “It was cold… I was there because I thought it was important for me to be there,” Rep. Henry Waxman, (D-Calif), said. “I didn’t look at it as a pleasure trip.”

CBS News’ Sharyl Attkisson reports on the outrageous expenditures of the congressional elites and their travel boondoggle to the Copenhagen Climate Summit, during these economically depressed times. Over 165 travelers made up the U.S. delegation.

Arizona’s Democrat U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (CD 8) spends a lot of time lecturing on the non-science of “climate change.” In fact, on her website, she proudly substantiates that she “walks her talk on solar energy,” by installing solar panels on the roof of her Tucson home to reduce electricity bill and increase energy independence.

What is curiously omitted are her high-flyin’ high-jinxs at the invitation of House Speaker Pelosi at taxpayer’s expense. Mr. Giffords, AKA astronaut Mark E. Kelly, accompanied Gabby to Demark.

Seeing Red AZ has previously followed the arrogance of Ms. Giffords and her congressional colleagues here.