American heroes: Did they die for diversity?

May 27, 2013

As Americans mark this Memorial Day — remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country — it’s appropriate to examine what separates the United States of America from other nations. Our founding documents are masterful works that speak to the indomitable spirit of those who were devoted to, and willing to fight for, freedom.

Undergirding the uniqueness that has set us apart is unity. Legal immigrants have come here from every nation on the globe to gratefully become Americans — part of what was once heralded as “the melting pot.” They obeyed the law, learned English, and adopted our nation’s history as their own. The new Americans raised their children with hope in the future, and the knowledge that a diligent commitment to work and a determined pursuit of education are the key elements to success in this land of opportunity.  In short, they and generations before them, assimilated.

Yet today liberals insist that “diversity” is our strength and something to be celebrated. In fact, at the core of American exceptionalism is the concept of “unity.” Focusing on what separates us, divides.

Ours is the only nation where people of diverse backgrounds come together to become part of something grander than their individual components. Like a symphony, the music is created by various instruments, striving for harmony, playing together.

“E Pluribus Unum,” Latin for “Out of Many, One,” are the words on the Great Seal of the United States. The significance of those words remains as momentous today as when they were adopted by an Act of Congress in 1782.

Memorial Day is a fine day to reflect on their meaning.


Memorial Day 2013

May 27, 2013

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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.

Seeing Red AZ has used this image previously and likely will again.  It is a poignant reminder of the need to teach American children the valuable lessons of honor, duty and commitment.

Freedom isn’t free.


Arizona República on sale

May 26, 2013

It’s no secret the conservative hating Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic) is in its death throes. We’ve written about its convulsive travails countless times.

Now adding further credibility to its obvious decline, the newspaper is on sale. Okay, not the building itself, but access — as it offers either Monday through Sunday editions including “full access,”  just Wednesday and Sunday editions, also with full access or the digital e-newspaper alone — all discounted 67% off the regular rate! These are presented as “flexible delivery options to fit your lifestyle.”  In reality, what they are is life supporting oxygen.

Most often when the newspaper mentions “lifestyle” it is in the context of promoting the same sex agenda-driven propaganda so near and dear to the heart of Randy Lovely, chief editor and VP of News and the assenting staff.  This revolting kid glove treatment of a pedophile predator of underage boys is a case in point.

Were it not for the agendized advancement of homosexuality, a relentless push for amnesty for illegals and trouncing of Republicans, actual news would be difficult to locate. Today Linda Valdez frets about the cruelty of a border wall to stop illegal invaders. The República, fond of space-filling half page photos,  is supplied by USAToday, its Gannett sibling, and buys feed from Politico. It’s main concern these days is trying to hang on until the last old timer qualifying for retirement can beat it out the door.

Attempted resuscitation of the dying newspaper is delivered by way of a shouting oversized red banner,3 Months for the price of 1.” One can almost hear a newsboy of yore crying out, “Extree, extree read all about it!  Get yer paper here!”

Worthy of note is that this deal is only available as an inducement to new customers. Not a crumb of gratitude for the few loyal readers of the leftist rag.


E-mail invasion: Brewer’s surrogates pimp expansion

May 25, 2013

We all get Spam.  It’s a fair bet none of us like it. If you’re a conservative not keen on the Obama-endorsed Arizona expansion of Medicaid, having your inbox violated by Governor Brewer’s pals promoting her plan to increase taxpayer debt by over $2 billion, makes the intrusion even more loathsome.

The promotion refers to the “courageous senators who chose people over politics,” neglecting to inform that six RINOs voted with the unified Democrats to push this massive federal expansion on the state‘s citizens. These collaborators are deceptively described as “putting hard-nose politics aside.” Also omitted is the fact that the Medicaid expansion contains no prohibition of taxpayer funding to abortion providers. The unconscionable hospital bed tax goes unmentioned.

The e-mail opens to a website exposing a deep pocket campaign. It’s difficult to miss their noxious commercials that have been flooding the airways replete with tales of woe.

Recipients of the e-mail are encouraged to “stand with the governor,” via selections they can click to “take action to directly contact your state legislators.”  The folks at Restoring Arizona thoughtfully provide the language for the ill-informed to contact their State Representative, Senator and even the Gov herself. 

The website touts “overwhelming support for Medicaid in Tucson,” the reliably leftist bastion of the state. It includes graphs showing the high “percentage of costs that will be paid by the federal government.” Omitted is the fact that government doesn’t generate a thin dime. It functions through confiscatory taxation of the working public. 

Restoring Arizona actually has the nerve to call this expansion, a “relatively minor tweak to populations already covered by Arizona voters,” and fallaciously claims due to “enhanced federal matches expansion is 100% federally funded.” Left out is the fact that when the feds withdraw funding, which is sure to occur, Arizona taxpayers will be on the hook.

Gov. Brewer’s own office website says her “Medicaid Plan comes at NO COST to the General Fund,”  and calls this liberal scheme “the conservative choice for Arizona.”

Meanwhile, acting on her threat, the petulant governor has been busily vetoing bills, five so far, until she gets her way. We can do without new laws, but we can’t live with this one.

For more information on this disastrous and unsustainable scheme, we recommend Arizona Director of Americans for Prosperity Tom Jenney’s fact-filled Medicaid Expansion: Been There, Done That.  The Goldwater Institute’s Christina Corieri has written States Can Impose Fiscal Discipline on Washington, providing an excellent cost analysis.


Sen. Cruz: McCain impugns integrity of Republicans

May 24, 2013

“There may be more ‘wacko birds’ in the Senate than suspected”

In an impassioned speech, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz (TX) skillfully upended John McCain as the two clashed on the Senate floor Thursday morning. Cruz was a standout as he readily embraced the “wacko bird” epithet McCain hurled at him, Rand Paul and other conservatives earlier this year.

 

“The senior senator from AZ has impugned the Republicans by claiming repeatedly that it is only a minority of Republicans who are opposed to raising the debt ceiling on just 50 votes. And he has repeatedly suggested on the floor of the senate that in fact it may be a small minority — that the overwhelming majority of Republicans, the senior senator from Arizona said, stand with Harry Reid in wanting to be able to raise the debt ceiling on 50 votes. 

Let me suggest to the senior senator from Arizona that, Number One, in saying that he is impugning all 45 Republicans in this body. But Number Two, it has been suggested that those of us who are fighting to defend liberty, fighting to turn around the out-of-control spending and out-of-control debt in this country, fighting to defend the Constitution —  it has been suggested that we are “wacko birds.“

Well if that is the case, I would suggest to my friend from Arizona there may be more wacko birds in the senate than is suspected. Indeed I would encourage my friend, the senior senator from Arizona, that if he were to circulate to Republicans a simple statement that said, ‘we the undersigned Republican senators hereby state that we support giving Harry Reid and the Democrats the ability to raise the debt ceiling with 50 votes instead of 60,’ I believe he would find his representation to this body that it is only a minority of Republicans that oppose that is not accurate.”

(Excerpted 5:25 minutes into speech)


Previous bank closure information vanishes

May 23, 2013

Feds remove complete search list

It’s been a while since we visited the failed bank list. But bank closures in Scottsdale and Gold Canyon within weeks of one another are worthy of note.

Central Arizona Bank (click link for troubled asset ratio) was closed days ago by the Arizona Department of Financial Institutions, which appointed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as receiver. To protect the depositors, the FDIC entered into a purchase and assumption agreement with Western State Bank, Devils Lake, North Dakota, to assume all of the deposits of Central Arizona Bank. Presto! The Central Arizona Bank reopened as a branch of Western State Bank

Gold Canyon Bank failed on April 5, 2013. It was acquired by First Scottsdale Bank. 

The failed bank list for 2013, as of mid May (13), 2012 (50), 2011 (92), and 2010 (157).  The number of failures for each year are in parentheses. Arizona banks have appeared on three of the four lists.  The information is made available via an independent investigative reporting network.

Of significance is the fact that the list previously displayed all bank closures since October 1, 2000. The vast majority of bank failures have taken place since Barack Obama assumed office, January 2008. Interestingly, the list  no longer reflects years prior to 2010. Now the search goes back to 1934, but you need specifics which no one has in order to discover information.

On September 5, 2009 we noted the number of bank failures that year stood at 89 after regulators shut down banks in Missouri, Illinois, Iowa and Arizona the previous day. Such information has mysteriously disappeared. All data has been scrubbed.

Anyone with a bank account has heard of the FDIC, but have you ever wondered who runs it and how they were put in their positions?  Scroll down this lengthy list for names and titles. While detailed information is difficult to locate, the FDIC proudly proclaims its Mission, Vision and Values along with its 2013 Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan which “addresses the goals of President Obama’s executive order calling for federal agencies to develop and implement a more comprehensive, integrated, and strategic focus on diversity and inclusion” — an “important priority.”

All we wanted was the back list of bank closures going back to 2000. Apparently that information is not as important as “workplace diversity and sustainability.” Who’da guessed?

The FDIC is managed by a five-person Board of Directors, all of whom are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate, with no more than three being from the same political party. Wanna hazzard a guess at which party controls the majority votes?


John McCain bashes pal Marco Rubio over debt limit

May 23, 2013

The nameless“my colleague from Florida” being accused of impeding senate business is none other than McCain’s “Gang of Eight” amnesty loyalist, Marco Rubio.   Listen as the usually mild mannered McCain* repeatedly hammers ”my colleague from Florida.”

*A stab at Thursday morning humor.