Car jack used to breach AZ border fence

February 25, 2012

 A sobering reminder of our vulnerability

In this shocking video taken along the Arizona border, a group of Mexican drug smugglers use a simple car jack to lift open a portion of the border fence and deliver hundreds of pounds of illegal drugs onto American streets.

With no border patrol agents in the surrounding area, the smugglers were able to make their way into the U.S. completely undetected. So much for the “border being more secure now than it’s ever been,” as Department of Homeland INsecurity chieftain Janet Napolitano persistently boasts.

It is inconceivable that illegal aliens smuggling drugs or terror suspects intent on doing harm to our country are able to use an automotive jack to break open our border fence faster than ICE can set free “non-violent” illegal aliens.

This “fence” would be a joke if not such a serious a threat. Can the fence in your backyard be raised using an automotive jack? The fence surrounding the yard of an average American’s home is more effective than the fence protecting our nation’s southern border from terror suspects and illegal aliens flooding our neighborhoods with illicit drugs.

This U.S. Government Accountability Office report to Congress warns of an “ever-present threat of terrorist infiltration over the Southwest border.”

Chelsea Schilling writing for WND provides a chilling account of the numerous Special-interest countries’ and ‘sponsors of terror’ including Afghanistan, Iran, Egypt, Pakistan, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen, whose nationals make their way into the U.S. through the porous border that remains unsecured under the Obama administration.


TIME Magazine’s racially charged article misidentifies AZ Republic photog

February 24, 2012

Magazine cover asserts Latinos will decide next President

In advance of Arizona’s GOP primary this coming Tuesday, Time Magazine features a cover story titled “Yo Decido. Why Latinos Will Pick The Next President,” depicting images of Latino voters.

Maybe.

According to New York Magazine at least one person photographed for the cover does not identify himself as Latino at all. In fact, Michael Schennum is half Chinese and half white. (He is in the top row just behind the letter “M.”)  “They never told me what it was for or asked if I was Latino,” said Schennum — who just happens to be employed as a staff photographer for the left-leaning Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic).

According to the magazine, their photographer Marco Grob spent a weekend in February “chronicling Latino voters in Phoenix, Arizona.”

Time Magazine told New York Magazine, “We took steps to ensure that everyone self-identified as Latino, that they are registered voters, and that they would be willing to answer our questions. If there was a misunderstanding with one of our subjects, we apologize.”

The cover story claims that the Latino vote has grown in certain parts of the country giving the group the ability to reelect Barack Obama in 2012. Saying new voters in the Southwest are largely Latino, and that if Obama is able to win “heavily-Latino Western states like Nevada, Colorado and Arizona,” he would be able to afford losing industrial Midwestern states like Ohio and Wisconsin. How racially charged is that?

Carefully omitted in the exceedingly biased report is Hispanic disenchantment with Obama for not carrying through on his 2008 election promise of instituting a pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens within 90 days of his election. At the time Obama called “immigration reform” — more accurately known as ‘amnesty’ — a “top priority for the country.”

Spanish language Univision even uses the Time article to issue a threat: “Politicians, you’ve been warned,” it cautions.

The cover story’s author Michael Sherer actually calls it an “awkward coincidence” that the last of the Republican debates is occurring in Arizona– a state known for its “controversial immigration laws.”

He’s no doubt referring to Arizona’s popular and nationally copied SB 1070.


Making the case for Romney

February 24, 2012

“Most conservative candidate we’ve run for president since Reagan”

Reliably conservative political pundit Ann Coulter asks,”What’s their problem with Romney?”

Read her cogent column here.

Then pay Mitt Romney a visit.

UPDATE:

Today’s newly released Rasmussen Report survey shows Mitt Romney has widened his lead —  42% to 29% — over leading challenger Rick Santorum in the Arizona Republican Primary race, with the vote just four days away.

The survey finds Romney up three points and Santorum down two from last week when it was a 39% to 31% race.

A poll of likely Republican primary voters in Michigan shows Romney with 40% of the vote and Rick Santorum trailing with 34%.

Both polls were conducted on Thursday night, following the last scheduled debate among the GOP candidates.

The AZ GOP debate video can be viewed in its entirety here.


Babeu: Attention even publicity hounds don’t crave

February 23, 2012

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu’s sordid saga of sodomy, unrequited love and a threat-laced jilting has been making news around the country. From Florida’s Miami Herald to the San Francisco Chronicle, national outlets are reporting that Arizona’s Attorney General Tom Horne has designated Solicitor General Dave Cole to head an investigation into allegations that Babeu abused his power. Horne announced that he’ll recuse himself from the probe since he and Babeu have been political allies in the past.

Babeu, known for his insatiable appetite for publicity, is currently running for Congress in Arizona’s new 4th District. He has requested an investigation into allegations made against him and his office. Last weekend, Babeu acknowledged his homosexuality after Jose Orozco, a Mexican national and former lover, alleged he was threatened with deportation if he ever exposed their relationship.

Babeu was a no show at the Pinal County Board of Supervisors budget meeting yesterday.


Defining moment of AZ GOP debate

February 23, 2012

 Romney takes on Santorum with some pointed reminders

H/T to commenter Stanford


Phil Lovas appointed to AZ House

February 22, 2012

In a unanimous 5 – 0 vote, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has appointed Peoria resident Phil Lovas, 43, to the open House seat in Legislative District 4 formerly occupied by state Rep. Judy Burges.  Burges replaced former state Sen. Scott Bundgaard last month.

Lovas says he intends to run for the House this fall in the newly reconfigured District 22, which covers Peoria, Glendale, Sun City West and Surprise. He is employed as a regional director of development in the hospitality industry developing hotels throughout the western U.S.

On his campaign issues page he declares himself “pro-life,” supporting “full enforcement of our immigration laws.”  Lovas adds, “I am pro-second amendment and support gun rights.”

His goal is “to make Arizona the number one place in America to do business.” He says he will focus on job creation by trying to cut the size and scope of government and protect conservative values at the Legislature.


AZ hosts GOP debate tonight: Wed. Feb. 22, 2012

February 22, 2012

 

Time: Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 6:00 pm AZ time — 8:00 pm ET

Where: Mesa Arts Center — Mesa, Arizona, 

Live Stream: CNN

Sponsors: Republican Party of Arizona in conjunction with CNN

Moderator: John King
Participants: Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum.

For real-time debate coverage of the Arizona primary, go to CNNPolitics.com or to the CNN apps or CNN mobile web site.

Check out the latest results in the national presidential tracking polls, courtesy of Real Clear Politics.

The fluctuations since the beginning of the GOP challenge to Barack Obama have been roller coaster-like, with one, then another, candidate rising and sinking in the polls.  Expect tonight’s debate to be defining. The stakes are high with the candidate’s presentations this evening being pivotal as they shake out positions on fundamental issues in this final debate before Super Tuesday — when 10 states will hold voting contests on March 6. Up for grabs are 518 delegates, more than three times the number awarded so far in this variable competition,

Candy Crowley, CNN Chief Political Correspondent has an overview worth reading.

Check out the delegate calculator here.

UPDATEThe AZ GOP debate video can be viewed in its entirety here.


Taking the gloves off: Sen. candidate Wil Cardon’s ad

February 22, 2012

Stunning straw poll results

Watch Republican Cardon’s powerful video as he takes on Jeff Flake.

The extraordinary straw poll results from yesterday’s GOP Lincoln Day Awards luncheon can be viewed here. Keynote speaker, presidential candidate Rick Santorum was the runaway First Choice winner with 64.2% of the vote.

And in the Arizona race for U.S. Senate, Wil Cardon carried 50.9% as compared to Jeff Flake’s 38.2%. However, Flake was the winner in the Least Acceptable category, with 46.3% of the attendees registering their disapproval of the senate aspirant.


SCOTUS to hear affirmative action challenge

February 21, 2012

“The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race”

The U.S. Supreme Court announced today (scroll down to page 6) its intention to hear a challenge to the University of Texas’ affirmative action program. The program  has been used in categorizing applications after the automatic admission of all in-state applicants who graduated in the top 10 percent of their high school class.

Texas’ “top 10 percent” law was passed with the intent of facilitating diversity on campus after a federal appeals court in 1996 banned affirmative action in Texas’ public universities. In 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court — in a majority opinion written by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor for herself and the Court’s four liberals — approved of certain types of race-conscious admissions practices in higher education for the purpose of achieving a diverse student body. In response, the University of Texas reinstated affirmative action, this time to assess applicants who would not be automatically admitted under the top 10 percent law.

Texas student Abigail Noel Fisher was one such student. In Fisher v. University of Texas, she argued that she was unconstitutionally denied admission based on her skin color — which is white.

In the intervening years since the previous decision, the makeup of the court has changed. Justice Samuel Alito has replaced O’Connor, who reveled in her well-honed “swing vote“ position. In 2007, Alito joined with Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas to strike down affirmative action programs in public high schools in an opinion that wisely concluded, “The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.”

Once again, Obama’s former U.S. Solicitor General and current Justice Elena Kagan has recused herself, due to her participation in the early stages of the case in her previous post.


Continued bank failures: Another sobering reality

February 21, 2012

Staggering and underreported losses of Obama economy

From time to time we examine the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s (FDIC) list of bank closures. This list includes banks which have failed since October 1, 2000.

Two Arizona banks are among the 52 institutions which have failed since the beginning of the year. The three branches of Western National Bank, in Phoenix, Arizona have been acquired by Washington Federal, of Seattle, Washington.

Summit Bank in Prescott, Arizona has been acquired by The Foothills Bank, in Yuma, Arizona.

Click here to view the FDIC “Failed Bank List,” showing all closures since October 1, 2000. Note that the vast majority of bank failures have taken place since Barack Obama assumed office, January 2008.