Hannity exposes McCain’s Tea Party waffle

July 31, 2011

McCain taken to the woodshed for once again betraying conservatives

Watch as Sean Hannity holds John McCain’s feet to the fire on his slice and dice of the Tea Party on the senate floor this past week.

Hannity asks: “Why are you attacking the Tea Party?”

“I wasn’t attacking the Tea Party. What I was trying to point out was the Wall Street Journal was,” the “straight talking” McCain answered with a straight face.

And listen as McCain admits “I voted against my own party time after time. I‘m proud of my record.”

Then watch McCain reading from the WSJ editorial, saying the “Tea Party Hobbits could return to Middle Earth having defeated Mordor” while throwing in digs at conservatives. “This is the kind of crack political thinking that turned Sharron Angle and Christine O’Donnell into GOP Senate nominees.”

This is a topic with which McCain has familiarity. He was certainly a “crack ” presidential nominee.

Quartzsite AZ’s crazy sister city in Gould, Ark.

July 31, 2011

First Amendment also takes a back seat in Gould, Arkansas

Recently Earnest Nash, the mayor of Gould, Arkansas and city council of the tiny town of 850 residents have been waging a battle of Constitutional proportions. The council has issued an ordinance banning all public and private meetings discussing any city matters within city limits without its approval. The vaguely worded Ordinance No. 062011-5 would even prohibit such discussions around the dinner table in private homes.

Nash is a member of the Gould Citizens Advisory Council, which the council has banned from doing business within the city limits.

“This is America and even though this is Gould, Arkansas, this is still part of America. And in America, you can’t just vote and violate people’s constitutional rights,” said Mayor Nash.

“I couldn’t believe that it was real when I first read it,” said University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law Dean John DiPippa. “The truth is the city of Gould doesn’t have the authority to tell anyone that they have no right to petition them, no right to speak and no right to exist in their city.”

Gould’s city attorney gave the council the same news. In return, members tried to fire him. The town is about 30 miles southwest of Pine Bluff.

As tensions escalated, Nash was pistol whipped (video) this past week, requiring hospitalization. During a television interview with Fox 16, Councilwoman Sonya Farley drove up and confronted him again. Farley had to be restrained.

Despite the threats Mayor Nash said he has no plans to step down. “I’m not leaving, I’m not going anywhere,” he said. “I’m going to stay the mayor whether they like it or not. They’re not going to run me off.”

Arizonans have their own brand of craziness in the town of Quartzsite, where the First Amendment has also been under attack. We’ve written about it here, here, here and here. AZ Attorney General Tom Horne has weighed in on the subject.

Herman Cain apologizes to Muslims

July 30, 2011

“I remain humble and contrite”

In what is likely a deal breaker for his presidential aspirations, Herman Cain met with American Muslim leaders to apologize for some of his past comments about the American Muslim community that “might have caused offense.”

While campaigning in Tennessee earlier this month, the Republican and former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza told the Tennessean newspaper that plans for an Islamic center in Murfreesboro was “an infringement and an abuse of our freedom of religion.” He said he opposed the mosque being built because “it isn’t an innocent mosque” and believed that the Islamic center was being used as “another way to try to gradually sneak Sharia law into our laws.”

His apology included these words: “While I stand by my opposition to the interference of Sharia law into the American legal system, I remain humble and contrite for any statements I have made that might have caused offense to Muslim Americans and their friends.”

Cain, 65, serves as associate pastor at Antioch Baptist Church North in Atlanta.

His remorseful statements, made at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center where he met to discuss politics and religion, can be read on his campaign website. The meeting was held earlier this week on Wednesday, July 27, 2011.

The ADAMS Center is “one of the largest Muslim communities/mosques” in the United States, servicing over 5,000 families in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

AZ AG Horne: Quartzsite violated open meeting law

July 30, 2011

“Normally, we do not release the results of an investigation until it has been completed. However, because this is a matter of unusual public interest, we are prepared to say that, based on review of a video of a July 10 meeting, there is reasonable cause to believe that there has been a violation of the Open Meeting Law, inasmuch as the public was excluded. The meeting was held under the misconception that an emergency meeting can be conducted without the public present. Independently of the question of whether the Town Council had a legitimate reason to hold an emergency meeting, even proper emergency meetings must allow the public to be present. The exception is if there is a legitimate basis for an executive session, and the City Council did not attempt to hold a proper executive session during the emergency meeting. The investigation of this and other alleged violations of Open Meeting Laws is ongoing.”

Read Attorney General Tom Horne’s press release here.

Neely’s longtime links to liberal causes exposed

July 29, 2011

Wasteful spending of taxpayer dollars another Neely hallmark

Remember the infamous WISH List? The acronym stands for Women In Senate and House. Its mission — as stated in this fundraising letter to “WISH friends” — is to “provide strategic advice, training, and financial support to hundreds of outstanding pro-choice Republican women candidates.”

Then- city council candidate Peggy Neely won their support.

Once it was exposed to the GOP grassroots that the party leadership was endorsing an organization directly opposed to the pro-life plank in the Republican Platform, the Arizona chapter of WISH  mysteriously disappeared in 2008. Republican activists exerted pressure, causing the hierarchy to withdraw its support.

As we wrote when noting its disappearance, the group preferred the more sanitized designation of “pro-choice” to “pro-abortion.” After all, who can be opposed to “choice?”

Former District 2 Phoenix City Councilwoman Peggy Neely, 52, is now running for mayor, benignly describing herself as a “soccer mom.” Don’t be fooled.  She is a career politician irrevocably tied to extreme liberal elements while cloaking herself as a Republican. Neely has the words, Jobs, Jobs, Jobs, emblazoned across the top of her campaign signs. But Phoenix residents recall all too well when the jobs she was seeking to ensure were those of illegal laborers who had entered our country in violation of the law. Her steadfast support of the Macehualli Day Labor Center and its radical activist founder, Salvador Reza, along with her numerous other deceptions, should not be rewarded with your vote.  Neely supported the $97.4 million subsidy for the CityNorth development, resulting in a lawsuit by the Goldwater Institute.

The backlash to her support of gifting $120,000 in taxpayer dollars to Reza’s center was so great that opponents of Neely’s actions initiated a recall election against her. That support also led voters in 2004 to overwhelmingly pass Proposition 200. The law bans illegal aliens from receiving some public benefits and requires voters to show proof of citizenship.

Pew concedes Obama’s sinking like a rock

July 28, 2011

You know things are not looking good for Barack Obama when even the Pew Research Center acknowledges his dramatically sagging numbers going into the 2012 cycle. This shift is driven by a steep drop-off in support for Obama among registered Independents. Where Obama held a slim 7-point edge among Independent registered voters just two months ago, a generic Republican holds an 8-point edge today.

Read the latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press here.

Cleaning up the courts via judicial merit selection?

July 28, 2011

Here’s the scoop on Oklahoma’s judicial selection scheme from the American Judicature Society:

In Oklahoma judges were originally chosen in partisan elections. The impetus for change came in the mid-1960s, when one Oklahoma Supreme Court justice was convicted on bribery charges and another was impeached and removed from office. A third justice was already serving time in federal prison for income tax evasion. Described by one journalist as “one of the blackest marks ever on state government,” these events led to two constitutional amendments aimed at insulating judicial selection from direct partisan politics. Elections for district court judges were changed from partisan to nonpartisan contests, and merit selection was adopted for appellate court judges and to fill interim vacancies on the district court.

Obviously taking the vote from the grubby hands of the electorate worked out splendidly. Donald Thompson is a case in point:

Donald Thompson, 64, a former Oklahoma judge convicted in 2006 on felony indecent exposure counts for using a sexual device known as a penis pump while presiding over trials in his court — for which he served 20 months of a four-year prison term — has been arrested again. This time he faces felony drug and alcohol charges.

Thompson faces six charges, including three felonies — driving under the influence, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription after a former felony conviction and possession of a controlled dangerous substance after a former felony conviction. To add insult to injury, Thompson was driving on an expired temporary license.

A Special District Judge has set Thompson’s bail at $76,500.

In 2009, he was convicted inTulsaCounty of actual physical control of a vehicle while under the influence. In June 2011, Thompson was also charged with stalking a woman known to be his ex-girlfriend. A court hearing on that charge is scheduled for Aug. 9.

After being disbarred, he was charged with a string of other offenses including driving under the influence.

Tulsa World has additional coverage on this meritorious merit selection judge. Seeing Red AZ has previously covered the stealth political process here.