AZ IRC chair Colleen Mathis facing possible ouster

October 31, 2011

Our sources indicate that Gov. Jan Brewer will call a special session tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. to address gerrymandering by the Independent Redistricting Commission (IRC).

Chairwoman Colleen Mathis could face removal if Republicans can muster a 2/3 vote in the Arizona senate.

This post provides additional background, including Gov. Brewer’s statement alleging gross misconduct, which can be read here, her letter to the commissioners and the pointed letter to commission Chair Mathis.

Tourists cower in Cabo mall during midday gunfight

October 31, 2011

“Jaw-dropping” amount of narcotics seized as Mexican violence invades AZ

This past weekend hundreds of locals and tourists ran for cover, spending over two hours hiding amid a gun battle in a Cabo San Lucas shopping mall in the popular Mexican resort town. Security forces traded gunfire with armed men in the parking lot and searched stores for suspects.

Shoppers and employees were ordered to stay inside during the battle and the subsequent search of the mall. Armed soldiers provided security for the shoppers and employees when they were finally allowed to leave the shopping center.

This video depicts the chaotic reality.

Although the U.S. tries to soft-pedal travel warnings, as seen here with this weather related travel advisory, the U.S. Department of State is duty-bound to ensure the safety of American citizens. Criminal organizations, a staggering increase in murders of Americans and narcotics-related violence are addressed in this carefully worded travel warning regarding “the security situation.”

Today Reuters reports that a series of raids conducted by local, state, and federal officials in Arizona seized thousands of pounds of narcotics and resulted in the arrest of at least 70 suspected drug smugglers with ties to a billion dollar violent drug cartel in Mexico. The amount of narcotics being smuggled into the United States was termed “jaw-dropping.”

AZ “Occupiers” dangerous radicals, not merely fools

October 30, 2011

The extremists who showed up at Occupy Phoenix were provided with fliers detailing implicit instructions on “When Should You Shoot a  Cop.” This was on a table along with other information for protesters.

The anti-government, anti-law enforcement flier resulted in this counter-terrorism alert issued to all Arizona law enforcement agencies. It’s difficult to imagine that American youth who live better than their counterparts anywhere in the world, would advocate murder of law enforcement personnel, governmental overthrow and support a Marxist revolution.

We encourage you to take the time to read these linked documents and educate yourself to the truth of this irrational, radical and anarchistic movement. You can’t counter the unknown.

Information is power. Seize it.

Jerry Lewis: The content of his character

October 29, 2011

Sonoran News’ Becky Fenger writes a very readable weekly column known as Fenger Pointing. That title is especially apt this week, since “The rest of the story” her most recent report, points a finger directly at Jerry Lewis — running for the District 18 senate seat held by Sen. Russell Pearce. 

Unless they are living under a rock, Arizonans are all too aware of Lewis, the candidate recruited to mount a recall challenge to Arizona’s Senate President Pearce. Lewis was promoted as a squeaky clean LDS Bishop and superintendent of Sequoia Schools — a publicly-funded charter school chain. Fenger’s finger points directly at his less than squeaky dealings.

Earlier this month, we exposed some other less than savory actions of the man who carries the same moniker as an over-the-hill, once zany comic. “Jerry Lewis fingered in Backpackgate” bared the exceptional arrogance exhibited by this man who would, given his background, be expected to be a straight arrow. Espresso Pundit blog did an in-depth report on Lewis’ circuitous path regarding a yearly major charity drive aimed at securing corporate and private donations for the homeless schoolchildren Lewis’ Children First Academy serves. That report is included in the link above. 

Make no mistake. This recall, scheduled in advance of a regularly planned election, is primarily intended to send a message to anyone who has the temerity to craft legislation curtailing illegal immigration. Pearce is the architect of the nationally copied Arizona law known as SB 1070.  This is not the first time Republican Pearce has been challenged by the open borders crowd. In 2008, Jeff Flake recruited his own immigration lawyer brother-in-law, Kevin Gibbons, to challenge Pearce. It was a fool’s errand.

In what amounted to political suicide for Gibbons, Pearce trounced him by a wide margin — as Pearce won 5,717 votes to Gibbons 2,587 in the GOP primary. Since the upcoming election is a recall and not a primary, it is not limited to Republican voters, making it far less certain.

If you live in legislative District 18, be sure to vote. If you know others who reside there, get them energized to vote for Senate President Russell Pearce. Early balloting is already underway. This race will have far reaching consequences. Election Day is November 8.

Get your JD Hayworth here!

October 28, 2011

It’s no wonder Arizona is filled with diehard JD Hayworth fans.  The former congressman turned radio talk show host is a treat to listen to. 

Tomorrow — Saturday, October 29 — he will be plying his wit and wisdom on 890 AM WLS Chicago from 10:00 to 11:00 Phoenix time. (Noon to 1:00 pm, Central).

Click here to listen live.

Media Matters but brains don’t

October 28, 2011

It’s a given. Satire is based upon wit. And the best humor works because there is at least a scintilla of truth underlying it. Both of these essential qualities are woefully lacking in this vicious attack on the right, Arizona conservatives and even Bishop Thomas Olmsted by New Times editor Michael Lacey. In a vain effort to draw a parallel between SB 1070, illegal immigration and anti-Semitism, he spins this sorry attempt at satire.  It was disgusting when it first appeared in April 2010.  It doesn’t get any better with age.

Now, in a priceless display of irony leftwing Media Matters has been taken in by the equally leftist Lacey and his given-away-for-free New Times. Venting his distaste for Tea Party groups in general and conservatives in particular, Matt Gertz pathetically struggles to link them to Neo-Nazis.

Obviously the minions of George Soros have not honed skills of discernment or abstract reasoning. Like scribes of old, they must be paid by the word. It’s clear their forte is not in the realm of historical accuracy. Factual evidence is obviously not high on their list, but rolling in the swill of blatant lies should trouble even liberals. Yet even more troubling is either the inability or the unwillingness of these self important pseudo-intellectuals to distinguish sick, humorless ‘satire’ from actual events.

In 2005, when he became majority owner of the Village Voice which now fronts the freebie New Times, Lacey was described as “potty-mouthed” by the New York Magazine. He’s only gotten worse since then. Now his mouth (the Phoenix New Times) is more sewer-like.

And Media Matters? It’s too inane to matter at all.

NEA’s plan to indoctrinate child activists thwarted

October 28, 2011

Grandiose words get a workout these days. Even the most discerning ears become inured to the overuse of “awesome” and “amazing.” Nevertheless, their equally tired adjective partner “outrageous” works to describe this headshaker:  

The National Education Association, the nation’s largest labor union, offered a $5,000 Learning and Leadership Grant to two Wisconsin teachers who intended to use the funds to “help first and second grade students” become “activists.”

The description of the grant for teachers Andrea Burmesch and Tara Krueger of Muskego Elementary, a public K – 4 school read:  Ms. Burmesch and a team of colleagues will develop a critical literacy inquiry based unit of study to help their first and second grade students understand the role that power plays in their lives. The teachers will learn how visual literacy and technology, particularly website and podcast development, can be used by students to create activist messages that make a positive difference in their lives and the lives of others. The students will create their messages around issues important to their lives.

Then Mark Belling, the afternoon drive time host on News/Talk 1130 WISN-AM inMilwaukee took up the issue, questioning the use of grant funds to turn seven-and-eight-year-olds into activists for the NEA.

Muskego-Norway Superintendent Joe Schroeder responded to an inquiry from Belling, and noted “upon inspection, I found a description of the grant that, while rooted in the development of critical thinkers and positive community members, was described with some very concerning language,” the Muskego Patch reports.

Schroeder said he had specific concerns over “helping first and second grade students ‘understand the role that power plays in their lives’ in effort to ‘create activist messages’ is language that, especially under the umbrella of a national union’s grant foundation, can understandably raise concern.”

This is that “national union” — the NEA:

Here is a sampling of “activists“: