Arizona Republic speaks illegalese

November 25, 2013

Tucked in among the plethora of hearing aid ads aimed at its mostly senior readership, the  Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic) newspaper’s headline, “Regents reject step toward lower migrant tuition,” sits atop a report bemoaning the fact that the Arizona Board of Regents rejected a motion to lower tuition for…..you guessed it …..”undocumented” students.

The República’s brief report uses the term “undocumented immigrants” 8 times, twice in abutting sentences. Although much of the anorexic newspaper’s feed is sourced from AP, this article was written by staffer Anne Ryman.

The article would be laughable if not so bizarre. Written in accordance with the latest AP Stylebook standards outlined in ‘Illegal immigrant’ no more, in which Senior VP and Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll last April explained the changing manner of “how we describe people living in a country illegally.”

The Washington Times editorially addresses this attempt at language control by correctly stating altering words “doesn’t’ change facts.” The Times contends the term “illegal alien” is highly specific and accurately describes the problem, unlike “undocumented immigrant,” which purposefully removes a stigma that should rightly remain.

In December 2010 Seeing Red AZ reported that the Diversity Committee of the Society of Professional Journalists was calling on news reporters nationwide to stop using the term “illegal immigrant” in their news coverage.  Seeing Red AZ will continue to use the appropriate term “illegal aliens” to describe those invading our nation. We direct you to our primer “How to decipher Republicese,” which includes a link to the popular “Lingo.”

In 2006 a law (Prop. 300), passed by 71 percent of state voters prohibited “a student who does not have lawful immigration status from qualifying as an in-state student for tuition purposes.” It also prevents such students from receiving any financial aid paid from state funds. The in-state and non-resident tuition and mandatory fee schedules can be seen here.

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne has said the intention of the law is clear and in June he sued the community college district for violating state law by giving such benefits to illegal alien students. Bravo to Horne for enforcing the law!


US Rep. Sinema: Ex-Greenie-turned-Dem saved by party switch

November 24, 2013

Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett reports that the Green Party has been decertified in Arizona because it doesn’t have enough registered party members.  The group was also hampered by the fact that too few Greenies voted in last year’s presidential election.

To qualify for recognized party status, new parties must file 23,041 valid signatures with the Secretary of State by February 27, 2014. The Green Party is attempting to get recertified.

In a bold stroke of political opportunism, Kyrsten Sinema concocted the reconfiguration of herself as a radical Democrat —- facilitating her election to Congress in AZ CD-9 in 2012.

But a decade earlier, in 2002, Sinema lost her initial state legislative race as a Green Party candidate.  She finished in last place, receiving only 8% of the vote.  By 2004, as a newly constructed Democrat — Sinema, a close associate of Janet Napolitano — won a state legislative House seat in the former LD 15, by 37%.  Now she’s a far-left member of Congress.

Although she revels in her unconventional roles as the first openly bisexual and acknowledged atheist elected to the U.S. Congress, Kyrsten Sinema nonetheless became mainstream enough to gain the endorsement of the liberal Arizona Republic and skunk the CD-9 voters.

Her yearly “Cinco de Mayo greeting” in the Communist People’s Weekly World and foul mouthed descriptions of stay-at-home mothers apparently didn’t phase the Dems who dutifully marked the ballot for her.  Recently, transforming herself yet again,  she tried to separate herself from the Obamacare debacle by voting with the GOP.

Sinema will be up for reelection in the upcoming congressional mid-terms. Will the Democrats continue to pay so little attention?


Obama’s state-run media rivals Pravda

November 23, 2013

Remember when Barack Obama promised his administration will be the most open and transparent in the history of the country?

How times have changed. Now there’s a new supremacy move emanating from the Obama White House, limiting the right of the American people to get an independent view of the president while he’s conducting official business.

THIRTY-EIGHT of the nation’s largest news organizations have lodged a complaint against the White House for instituting troublesome new limitations on photojournalists covering the president. Access to important executive branch functions is being shut off so the White House can release its own ‘official’ video and photos. This is the letter* hand-delivered to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney protesting the restrictive new policies.

Laura Ingraham rightly defined it as Pravda-style propaganda. As the press has begun to turn a more critical eye on Obama and his policies, the White House has moved more aggressively to limit access and circumvent scrutiny. This is a far cry from what Barack Obama promised when he said “transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency.”  At long last, the Obama-colluding mainstream media appears to be waking up — even if it’s five years too late.

The White House deceptively claims it is adding more transparency and access via its own official photographers and videographer. In fact, independent journalism is being replaced by paid White House staffers, who under the administration’s newly imposed limits on media access represent a troubling precedent with a direct and adverse impact on the public’s ability to independently monitor and see what its government is doing.

*H/T Daily Caller


Dems go nuclear: Power grab overturns 225 years of precedent

November 22, 2013

 Hypocrisy reigns as Dems impose extreme tactic known as the “Nuclear Option”

Senate Democrats employed a rare parliamentary move to change the rules enabling presidential nominations to advance to confirmation votes by a simple majority of senate votes, rather than the 60-vote super majority that has been customary procedure. Filibusters were eliminated outright. The Dems were motivated by their desire to allow the confirmation of three Obama picks to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) accused Democrats of focusing on the D.C. Circuit in an effort to stack the court, which reviews many cases related to federal laws and regulations — tilting its balance in a far left direction.

Deceitful Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) acting as the undersized dictator he is, broke the rules to get his way. But watch as he articulated quite a different position on May 18, 2005, (imbedded video) as he then declared, “The roots of the filibuster are found in the Constitution and in our own rules.”

The uproar ended on a vote of 52 to 48, with all but three Democrats backing the move and every single Republican opposing it.

Obama’s nominees to lifetime federal judicial posts and executive-office positions provided the backdrop to this liberal senate overreach.  Republicans countered that they had confirmed 99 percent of Obama’s judicial selections.

Illinois Sen. Obama back in 2005 vehemently opposed the tactic. (video link) “Mr. President, I rise today to urge my colleagues to think about the implications of what has been called the nuclear option and what effect that might have on this Chamber and on this country,” Obama said “I urge all of us to think not just about winning every debate but about protecting free and democratic debate.”

This statement is his new view as president.

Here’s a memory refresher (video link) from V.P. Joe Biden:

Then-Sen. Biden took to the Senate floor on May 23, 2005 to decry the use of nuclear option, saying such an action would, “abandon America’s sense of fair play. It’s the one thing this country stands for,” Biden said. “Not tilting the playing field on the side of those who control and own the field. “

Thursday McConnell said, “The solution to this problem is at the ballot box,” he said. “We look forward to having a great election in 2014.

Ditto.


AZ AG Tom Horne requests SCOTUS abortion review

November 21, 2013

Arizona’s Attorney General Tom Horne is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse the ruling issued by the liberal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that an Arizona law passed as HB 2800 — stripping Medicaid funding from abortion providers — is unconstitutional.

Horne argues that Arizona has a right to deny Medicaid funding to abortion providers.

Planned Parenthood, Arizona’s largest abortion provider, will receive more than $1.5 billion in Medicaid subsidies, enabling abortion funding in direct contravention of the will of Arizona taxpayers, through the actions of their elected legislative representatives.

The same circuit court ruled that the Arizona law and another challenge brought by Attorney General Horne and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery (Isaacson v. Horne) banning most abortions past 20 weeks of pregnancy (HB 2036) is also unconstitutional. In that case, the court reversed the ruling of then-Presiding U.S. (AZ) District Court Judge James Teilborg.

Horne, whose job it is to defend these laws, wants clarity in these fundamental life issues.

This March 27 post provides background regarding the expansion of funding for abortion providers. No wonder statewide GOP Legislative Districts have passed resolutions in opposition to Gov. Jan Brewer’s Medicaid Expansion in support of Obamacare.


Oprah Winfrey: Old white people “just have to die”

November 21, 2013

Oprah Winfrey has become an American billionaire in large part because of white fans boosting her ratings, buying her books and attending her movies.

Yet while in the United Kingdom recently, she gave this interview (excerpted) on the BBC in which she not only said that President Obama is treated with disrespect because he’s black, but also that entire generations of racists are going to have to die for racism to end. Apparently Oprah has forgotten that Americans of all ethnic backgrounds twice put this man in the highest office in the United States.

“As long as there are people who still — there’s a whole generation – I say this, you know, I said this, you know, for apartheid South Africa, I said this for my own, you know, community in the south — there are still generations of people, older people, who were born and bred and marinated in it, in that prejudice and racism, and they just have to die.”

For her racist views, Obama rewarded the media mogul with the highest civilian honor — the 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom. Sixteen recipients were honored at the White House ceremony Wednesday.


Illegals voting in AZ? Never happens. Move along

November 20, 2013

Since fewer people read the Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic), it’s not surprising that this front page report might have been missed. Headlined “Migrant vote-fraud cases are rare in Arizona,” the increasingly anorexic newspaper uses its “findings” to take pot shots at…who else…Republicans. The article names Gov. Jan Brewer, Attorney General Tom Horne and Secretary of State Ken Bennett among those asserting illegal voting is a problem. Bennett has recently announced his intention to run for AZ Governor.

In fact, the pro-amnesty, pro-open border radical newspaper harangues both Horne and Bennett for citing voter-fraud concerns as justification for continuing a federal court battle over state voter ID requirements. The daily also berates Republican lawmakers who have used the same argument forwarding a package of new election laws slated to appear on the November 2014 ballot.

The daily claims voter fraud cases in Maricopa County involving illegal aliens are nearly non-existent, and have been since before the changes to voter-ID requirements were enacted as the “Arizona Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act” or Prop. 200 in 2004 — by nearly 60 percent of Arizona voters — requiring proof of citizenship to register to vote.  The newspaper account states that numbers of actual cases and convictions vary and the “descriptions of the alleged fraud become foggy or based on third-hand accounts.”  Referring dismissively to illegal voting, the report says, “no one was convicted of a felony or given any jail time. A couple of the cases were dismissed; the other suspects pleaded guilty to misdemeanors and served a few months of probation.”

According to this convoluted mindset, lack of follow through on cases means fraud doesn’t exist.

Attorney General Tom Horne is unequivocal in his assertion that voter fraud by illegals is a problem in Arizona. “There are thousands of people who were non-citizens who registered to vote, and many of them voted,” he said.

Horne bases his statements on court testimony by county recorders, who said more than 200 people in a single year had stated on a jury duty summons that they were not citizens. “And jury forms only go to a small percentage of residents, so you have to multiply that to get the number of non-citizens who actually registered statewide,” he said, adding the low number of prosecutions doesn’t prove anything. “A lot of them don’t get prosecuted,” Horne said. “The county attorneys have scarce resources and bigger fish to fry.”

Attorney General Horne said he will continue to defend the voter-approved requirement for proof of identification to register to vote as it moves through the courts. He said he believes voters agree that voter fraud by those in our country illegally is a problem in Arizona, and that’s why they passed the requirements.

“If people believe that their votes are diluted by people voting illegally, they lose faith in the system and you can get a decline in participation,” he said.

The folks at the República view requiring ID to vote as “demonizing undocumented immigrants.” But last month, newspaper columnist Robert Robb supported Horne’s contentions. We include a link to his column in this post “Reason rears its head at AZ Republic: Robb lauds Horne.”