AZ GOP prepares for 2012

May 31, 2011

The following is an announcement from Arizona Republican Party Chairman Tom Morrissey regarding personnel changes at state GOP headquarters:

Phoenix, May 31 – Arizona Republican Party Chairman Tom Morrissey announces that Brett Mecum, a holdover from the previous Pullen administration, has left his position of State Executive Director to pursue other opportunities. 

“Upon my election in January, I chose to retain Mr. Mecum so he could provide transition for the Party as we gear up for the 2012 election cycle,” stated Mr. Morrissey.  “With the conclusion of that transition period, it is time to employ and empower the highly qualified personnel necessary to achieve the results Arizona Republicans expect.”

Mr. Morrissey continued, “As the first step in that process, I am proud to announce that the Honorable Thayer Verschoor has agreed to provide the staff leadership necessary for across-the-board Republican victories at all levels across Arizona in 2012.”

Senator Verschoor stated, “I am honored that Chairman Morrissey has entrusted me to be a key component of his team in these critical days for the state.  My efforts over the next seventeen months will be focused on electing small government conservatives so small businesses can once again flourish and provide employment opportunities for all Arizonans.”


Child drownings: The preventable death

May 31, 2011

Over the holiday weekend, and with the onset of soaring temperatures, the Arizona Republic ran a lengthy Page One article titled One Fatal Moment, detailing the 21 Valley children who died as a result of drowning this past year.

Just beneath the headline were these words: A distracted parent. A determined child. An inviting pool. It takes just one minute, and Valley families are left with a lifetime of grief.

It’s difficult not to be struck by the fact that these children were victims of more than a “distracted” parent. The photos of cherubic young faces accompanied a list of the activities engaged in by the “supervisors” (the newspaper’s word, not ours) of these mostly infants and toddlers who needlessly perished. Some were in backyards, others at community pools or even in their home bathtubs.  Many of the adults were talking on the phone, texting or sleeping.  They certainly were not watching their children or those in their charge. Were the doors locked or pools fenced? If not, why not?

The truth is, these are preventable deaths, caused by inattention. They are child neglect in the extreme. The adults are torn by grief and guilt, as they should be.  But the children’s lives are irretrievably snuffed out.

If a child killer marauded through Valley neighborhoods randomly killing dozens of young children each and every year, there would be an outraged cry to find and bring such offenders to justice. When they are parents or babysitters, people merely shake their heads, cluck over how sad it is, and then inevitably say “they’ve suffered enough.” 

If these “supervisors” were charged with child endangerment, they might get the message — one that would resonate with others who still think it’s safe to leave babies unattended in bathtubs or young children by themselves in the yard while “supervisors” go in the house to answer the phone.

How many more children must die?

Pamela Gorman: Up in smoke with big tobacco?

May 31, 2011

Pamela Gorman, a onetime Arizona legislator and congressional candidate has announced that she has moved to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and will no longer serve “as the Sarah Palin of Arizona.”

For anyone else, that might be a tongue-in-cheek adios, but her follow-up declares “it will be nice to return to the private sector and no longer have a bull’s-eye on [her] back,” giving it the air of dramatic authenticity.

Gorman failed to respond to several inquiries on her Facebook page as to where she was going to be working. But her former colleague and campaign consultant Chris Baker is rumored to have done consulting work for RJ Reynolds tobacco — coincidently located right there in Winston-Salem, NC. Connecting the dots, David Parker, VP of RJ Reynolds, donated $1,000 to Pamela Gorman for Congress in 2010.

Is conservative Pamela Gorman going to do PR work for big tobacco? That might explain her reluctance to respond to those friends wondering where she was settling in. Brian Fojtik, a Chicago lobbyist and consultant with ties to Gorman is also on her Facebook page. Fojtik donated $2400 to her congressional race. His key client?  US Tobacco Public Affairs. Here Fojtik gives the lengthy and enthusiastic endorsement on her campaign page.

The numerous dots all connect Big Tobacco to the self-described “Sarah Palin of Arizona” — Pamela Gorman. Somehow this move doesn’t strike us as all that conservative.

Media bias exposed as SB 1070 routinely maligned

May 30, 2011

Third Reich lingo gets a workout from liberal media

Media Research Center’s bias alert confirms the liberal predisposition of the mainstream media in describing Arizona’s SB 1070.  In the most derogatory of jargon — using Nazi terminology to portray the law actually titled: “Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act,” NBC Justice Correspondent Pete Williams repeatedly referred to the law as “Arizona’s Nazi Law,” “Round up the usual suspects law” or the “Show us your papers law.”

The Arizona Republic has yet to write about the popular and much imitated Senate Bill, signed into law by then-Gov. Napolitano, without using the word “controversial” before the title.

It’s worth remembering that liberals often suffer from limited cognitive and analytical abilities, giving way to mischaracterizations and repetition as their primary means for conveyance of ideas.

Ex-RNC chair Michael Steele takes left turn

May 30, 2011

Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele — often at odds with conservatives in his party — is now onboard as a new hire with MSNBC, a liberal network known as a reliable Democrat mouthpiece.

Steele has appeared as frequent MSNBC guest, but will now be seen as a regular on the full programming lineup as part of the network’s analysts and contributors.

It’s an honor to contribute and engage in the dialogue on MSNBC,” Steele said. “I look forward to engaging a diverse audience to share insights and analysis about the people, issues, and events shaping America’s future.”

“Diverse audience?”  Steele must also be angling for a comedy slot alongside cackling Rachel Maddow, if this gig doesn’t pan out.

Steele’s tenure as RNC chairman was marred by his bouts with party officers over control of the GOP’s purse strings. He blasted members for pushing a plan for implementation of new checks and balances on the chairman’s spending powers, accusing them of a power grab “scheme.”

Steele, failing at his attempt to maintain his leadership post, was replaced as RNC chairman by Wisconsin GOP party chief Reince Priebus in January.

Memorial Day 2011

May 30, 2011

 A day to thank our veterans and their families, who have given so much to protect our many freedoms

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs has a fact-filled site with a treasure trove of historic information regarding the observance of Memorial Day.

We invite you to listen to this haunting rendition of “Taps” played by the U.S. Marine Band.

The following event takes place yearly at the Los Angeles National Cemetery, where over 80,000 Veterans — including 10,000 from the Civil War — are buried.

Several thousand Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Scout leaders and parent volunteers assemble for the annual Memorial Day Weekend placement of flags at the grave of every veteran. Each scout reads the name of the veteran aloud, places an American flag in the ground, observes a brief moment of silence….and salutes each fallen patriot.  Within a hour, the entire cemetery is decorated with thousands of American flags. Most importantly, the lesson of gratitude these young scouts learn will stay with them throughout their lives.

Freedom isn’t free.

JD Radio: Tune in Monday morning 6 – 9 am

May 29, 2011

You can hear a true conservative and “recovering Congressman” JD Hayworth tomorrow — Monday morning — on stations across the nation!

JD Hayworth is filling in as guest host for Laura Ingraham on her nationally syndicated talk show. Arizona airtime: 6:00 -9:00 am.

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