Dem swagger embodies intolerance, unipartisanship

January 22, 2014

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo: Calls Pro-Life and Pro-Second Amendment Americans “extremists” and tells them to leave New York.

“Their problem is not me and the Democrats Their problem is themselves. Who are they?” the governor asked. “Are they these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay? Is that who they are? Because if that’s who they are and they’re the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are.”  Watch.

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President Barack Obama: Threatens to continue circumventing Congress by issuing executive orders bypassing the legislative body, to carry out his pledge to “fundamentally transform the United States of America.”

“I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone.” he boasted. “And I can  use that pen to sign executive orders.”  Watch.


The “choice” is death: The disgrace of Roe v. Wade

January 22, 2014

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Today marks the 41st anniversary of the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court travesty known as Roe v. Wade, when our nation’s highest court inexplicably ruled that state sanctioned slaughter of the most innocent was found in the previously unheard of right to privacy.

Over the intervening years, an estimated fifty-six million pre-born human babies have been killed — residing in what ought to be the safest place on Earth — the sanctuary of their mother’s uterus.

And just two days after the nation commemorated Martin Luther King’s birthday, comes this shocking statistic from New York: More black babies were aborted in the city than were born alive. Yet despite that disgraceful fact, New York’s liberal Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that pro-life advocates haveno place in the state of New York.” The Weekly Standard reports Cuomo is now backtracking his contemptible intolerance after calls for his resignation.

Abortion is the Number One Killer of black Americans. More than HIV. More than diabetes. More than heart disease. More than cancer. Abortion snuffs out more black lives than all other causes of death, combined —according to the CDC.

The Radiance Foundation and its civil rights allies, defying Governor Cuomo’s intolerance,  launched the boldDREAM IS DEAD For 56 Million ad campaign in New York on the MLK holiday.  

The encouraging news is the abortion-on-demand trend is meeting public opposition. This Marist poll, released today, indicates more than six in 10 Americans believe that abortion is morally wrong. Just two percent of Americans indicated that it was not a moral issue. Andrew Cuomo, a father of three, is among that razor-slim minority.


Achieving conservative goals requires fundamental change

January 21, 2014

On the heels of the overwhelming 1,150 – 351 vote to censure John McCain passed at the annual mandatory Maricopa County Republican meeting recently, and the similar rebuke of Lindsey Graham in South Carolina — comes this attention-piquing article on the need to change the “incentive structure” in Washington.

Matthew Boyle covers the South Carolina Tea Party Convention, zeroing in on remarks by U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) who said foundational changes to D.C. politics will be needed to achieve a conservative agenda.

“We must change the incentive structure in Washington,” he told roughly 500 attendees.

“You’ve got collusion between Republicans and Democrats in Washington, D.C.  They’re coming together and they’re making deals. You guys have probably heard of the Ryan-Murray budget deal? It does nothing to stop the $6.4 trillion that will be added to the debt over the next 10 years. Nothing. But everybody wants you to come in and vote for it,” he told the enthusiastic crowd.

Take time to read the rest of this post, which addresses the aggressive use of “outside group” vote scorecards to punish wayward Republicans. He mentions Heritage Action, which scores Jeff Flake a low 58% (just a bit above his McMentor, faltering at 43%) the Club for Growth, and the Senate Conservatives Fund.

“There’s nothing that politicians like less than these scorecards,” Bridenstine said. “Why? Because they’re being exposed.”

Although we agree with Rep. Bridenstine’s conclusions, we part company on the issue of Club for Growth, which brutalized principled conservative Arizona businessman Wil Cardon as he challenged establishment fav, then-Rep. Jeff Flake in a 2012 senate match-up. NumbersUSA also has an Immigration Report Card, rating each state’s delegation on this critical issue. We’ve got Arizona’s scores up for you. Not a single Arizona Republican congressman rates an “A.”

The Senate Conservatives Fund, a former 2012 Flake high dollar supporterdid an about-faceas it ran ads criticizing GOP lawmakers who opposed using the appropriations process to cut funding for Obamacare.  Flake was hammered in the worst possible way — by being compared to McCain(Watch the linked ad.)

Practiced liar Jeff Flake is definitely losing popularity, dragging bottom with a 30% approval rating as he emulates John McCain. In a front page assessment of Jeff Flake’s first year in the U.S. Senate, the Arizona Republic was forced to acknowledge that Arizona’s junior senator’s “moderate path over the past 12 months, has enraged his supporters and surprised his critics but also left him in the middle of an uncomfortable crossfire between the right and the left.”

Mark this as a rare occasion we can’t take issue with the daily newspaper.


GOP prioritizes amnesty, ignores American citizens

January 20, 2014

Recent Gallup polling indicates an overwhelming majority of Americans do not think immigration reform/amnesty is even close to a top priority for 2014. Only three percent of Americans think the issue is a priority requiring attention.

Amnesty lags well behind other issues such as jobs, the economy, heath care, dissatisfaction with Washington politicians, the debt and deficit, lack of money, ethics and moral issues, poverty, education and foreign aid.

Yet despite the fact that the majority of Americans oppose Congress or Barack Obama prioritizing amnesty issues, House Speaker John Boehner and House GOP leadership are giving the issues precedence.

Boehner, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte, and Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan, and others are currently drafting piecemeal immigration “principles” that will ultimately recommend granting legal status to upward of 30 million illegal aliens in America, and massively increasing U.S. levels of legal immigration. These competitors for fewer jobs in a still soured economy are exactly what American citizens do not need.

Immigration issues only fit into the priorities of voters when they are viewed through the lens of how economically devastating amnesty and a subsequent massive increase in legal immigration would be to American workers —- issues that negatively affect jobs and the economy, which Gallup lists as two top priorities. 

On January 8, 16 House Republicans — led by Congressman Mo Brooks (Ala.) sent a letter to Obama, regarding the displacement of American workers if amnesty proposals succeed. Read the scathing letter on The Blaze.

Signers included Reps. Kerry Bentivolio (R-MI), Lou Barletta (R-PA), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Walter Jones (R-NC), Phil Gingrey (R-GA), Michele Bachmann (R-MN), John Fleming (R-LA), Steve King (R-IA), Ted Yoho (R-FL), Joe Wilson (R-SC), Steve Stockman (R-TX), Lamar Smith (R-TX), Steven Palazzo (R-MS), Mike Rogers (R-AL) and Jeff Duncan (R-SC).

 Disappointingly, not a single Republican member from the border state of Arizona saw fit to sign on. Their contact information is here if you’d like to ask why.

“Rapidly expanding unskilled immigration – at a time when factory work and blue-collar jobs are disappearing – would represent the final economic blow for millions of workers who have been struggling to gain an economic foothold,” the members wrote. “Yet, despite this jobs crisis for American workers, the White House continues to advocate that CEOs and business executives seek lower cost labor. The White House has entertained a parade of high-powered business executives to discuss immigration policy, all while shutting out the concerns of everyday wage-earners who overwhelmingly oppose these measures. You even released an economic report saying that the ‘hospitality and leisure industry’ needs ‘legislation that would legalize workers in the U.S. and facilitate the lawful employment of future foreign-born workers.’”

Read this shocking report in the Washington Examiner written by Byron York, detailing how American workers are being laid off by companies demanding “immigration reform” and the importation of cheap labor.

NumbersUSA cites the immigration plan outlined outlined by the New York Times as a horrible deal for the American people. The proposal would hand out millions of lifetime work permits, completely ignoring the needs of 20 million unemployed and underemployed Americans, and the terrible social cost of their joblessness. There appears to be no offsetting in the scheme; meaning the huge amnesty is not counterbalanced by cuts to other categories of immigration.


Public school overreaches: Mandatory psych exams?

January 19, 2014

If Democrat Assemblywoman Margaret Markey has her way, all public school students in New York will be required to undergo repeated mandatory psychological evaluations. As proposed, Markey’s bill would require that families allow their children to be subjected to such testing twice in elementary school and twice in secondary grades. 

Introduced last October, the disturbing proposal was referred to the education committee on January 8, 2014. The bill, AO 8186, would amend current law requiring physical health examinations to include the following language:

EACH SUCH CERTIFICATE SHALL ALSO STATE THAT A PSYCHOLOGICAL EXAMINATION WAS PERFORMED AND THAT THE CHILD IS MENTALLY FIT TO PERMIT ATTENDANCE AT SCHOOL.

Additionally, each student’s entire health history must be made available to the school district upon request. This news interview* (video) provides background.

Those who are paying attention are aware that the Obama administration’s implementation of the Common Core left-wing “standards” include propagandizing American students. The scheme also enables data mining of student information, including out-of-school activities and their parent’s political involvement and religious beliefs.

Since the name Common Core has become so incendiary, Arizona’s Gov. Jan Brewer and Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal have deceptively collaborated to re-christen it “Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards,” in an effort to make it more palatable to the unsuspecting.

Many will remember this shocking video of a father merely questioning the implementation of Common Core getting hauled out of a meeting by security — and arrested!  The left is in this for the long haul and will not only go to any lengths to silence dissent — they want to control our children from the earliest ages. Obama has stated America needs to start enrolling 4-year-olds in all-day pre-K to ensure children are “better prepared for the demands of the global economy” and to help parents save on “child-care costs.”

 *H/T Video courtesy of RightSightings


Lindsey Graham stung as censures of RINOs sweep GOP

January 18, 2014

Rebukes of Republican renegades gaining momentum

 A week ago today we reported on the passage of a resolution censuring Sen. John McCain  presented at the annual mandatory meeting of the Maricopa County Republican Committee. It was overwhelmingly approved — 1,150 in support with only 351 opposed —  by the elected precinct committeemen (representing the county seat of Phoenix, and including numerous surrounding cities.

It turns out we were not alone.

Thursday night, the Pickens County, South Carolina GOP publicly rebuked Senator Lindsey Graham by passing a 30-point censure resolution. This makes Pickens County GOP the 7th Republican group that has passed similar resolutions so far in South Carolina.

 The censure resolution, which passed by 78%, cites 30 examples of Graham violating the Republican Party platform. The censure states: “Lindsey Graham has committed a long series of actions that we strongly disapprove of and hold to be fundamentally inconsistent with the principles of the South Carolina Republican Party.”

Pickens County GOP Chairman, Phillip Bowers told Benswann.com’s Joshua Cook, “I have yet to talk to a single person who believes that an elected office is a life time job … we need to change them out, like diapers, they need to be changed from time to time.”

“… I can tell from the mood that the people were glad that we were taking a stand for our platform. The local representatives in the state house and the federal officers just trample on our platform. If they don’t agree with our platform … they shouldn’t run on our Republican platform and habitually ignore it. Is it really ethical to run as a Republican in PickensCounty, but then go to Columbia and consistently vote with Democrats? And you can look at their records. We have representatives at home that say they are Republicans, and go across the river down there and vote the other way.”

“We are going to have to start standing up and tell elected officials you’re either with us or you’re not – we need to clean it up,” he added.

 Read the rest of the article on Benswann.com Graham Support Crumbles: Pickens County is the 7th Republican Party to Censure Lindsey Graham

Listen to the interviewsafter John McCain’s shadow Lindsey Graham was censured. Graham was held accountable for his voting record and going against the Republican Platform.

The Pickens County Resolution to Censure Sen. Lindsey Graham can be read in its entirety here.

*Audio courtesy of the Greenville Post.


AZ Republic shills for McCain

January 17, 2014

Daily mocks aggrieved GOP PCs as “zealots” and “griping GOP faction”

When well over a thousand elected precinct committeemen of a political party assemble for a yearly county-wide mandatory meeting, it’s noteworthy. When the gathering of the officials are Republicans from Arizona’s most populous county — Maricopa — which includes Phoenix within its borders, that would ordinarily insure news coverage. But when the assemblage voted by a hefty 1,150 – 351 on a formal resolution to censure Arizona’s Republican senior senator John McCain, the state’s reliably liberal newspaper was uncharacteristically silent.

 The censure resolution began with these words:

As leaders in the Republican Party, we are obligated to fully support our Party, platform, and its candidates,” the formal censure resolution reads. “Only in times of great crisis or betrayal is it necessary to publicly censure our leaders. Today we are faced with both. For too long we have waited, hoping Senator McCain would return to our Party’s values on his own. That has not happened.”

The meeting which included the extraordinary reproach of McCain was held on Saturday, Jan. 11. At long last, on Thursday Jan. 16, the newspaper’s editors were finally able to pull their jaws from the ground and address this stunning rebuke of their favorite “maverick.” Since far too much time had elapsed for the issue to be addressed as a news item, they resorted to the editorial page in an attempt to wallop the elected committeemen, identified by the newspaper as “zealots,” and a  “griping GOP faction.” The editorialist goes to the mat with the term “practitioners of blasphemy politics,” in an attempt to give cover to McCain, described as “put to the stake” by [his] own.

Such a verbal assault of dedicated party activists, who put their values to work on behalf of countless candidates and issues, is contemptible. However, it irrefutably identifies who the adamant McCain supporters are.

Know this. They are not mainstream conservative Republicans.


Fed. judge assails traditional marriage as “irrational”

January 16, 2014

Liberal federal judge enacts social engineering, dismisses support of 76% of voters for traditional marriage as “irrational”

A federal judge has declared Oklahoma’s law defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman to be “irrational” and well as unconstitutional. Read his 68-page Opinion and Order here.

“The Court holds that Oklahoma’s constitutional amendment limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution,” wrote U.S. District Court Judge Terence Kern — as he emulated other courts engaged in in the liberal practice of fundamentally transforming the definition of marriage.

Oklahoma’s constitutional amendment was passed in 2004, shortly after the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court declared that state’s constitution required recognition of same-sex marriages. The Oklahoma ban passed the state Senate by a vote of 38 to 7, and the state House, 92 to 4, making its way to the ballot.

Kern, age 70 and semi-retired, stepped down from the court, assuming senior status in January 2010, yet he was able to subvert the will of 76% of the state’s voters, substituting his judgment for that of 1,075,216 Oklahomans.

His  decision was in response to a lawsuit filed by two lesbian couples challenging Oklahoma’s law restricting marriage to a union between one man and one woman. He based his ruling on his conclusion that the Oklahoma ban “intentionally discriminates against same-sex couples desiring an Oklahoma marriage license without a legally sufficient justification [for the discrimination].”

Adding insult to injury, Kern opined that  Oklahomans who passed the constitutional amendment had engaged in “an arbitrary, irrational exclusion of just one class of Oklahoma citizens from a government benefit.”

Kern was nominated to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma in 1994 — one of 305 District Court judges appointed by Bill Clinton. He was confirmed by a voice vote, leaving no record of individual yeas or nays.

Oklahoma’s Republican Gov. Mary Fallin issued this blistering statement: “The people of Oklahoma have spoken on this issue. I support the right of Oklahoma’s voters to govern themselves on this and other policy matters. I am disappointed in the judge’s ruling and troubled that the will of the people has once against been ignored by the federal government.”

Ed Whelan’s Bench Notes written for National Review provide a brief but worthy analysis.


McCain “at top” of his game? Newspaper challenges boast

January 15, 2014

Although John McCain claims to be “at the top of his game,”The Herald, Sierra Vista’s newspaper, will have none of it.

In this opinion piece — Our View: McCain in trouble, again— the editorial staff pulls no punches from the opening sentences:  “We can’t figure out if U.S. Sen. John McCain is extremely confident, or completely out of touch with his constituency. Or both.”

The Herald points to the Resolution of Censure against the state’s senior senator that passed by more than a three-to-one margin — 1,150 -351— this past Saturday at the Maricopa County Mandatory Meeting of elected Republican precinct committeemen.

“Losing the support of Maricopa County Republicans is not a trivial matter. As the state’s most populous county, which includes Phoenix, Maricopa has 62% of Arizona’s1,129,845 registered Republicans,” the editorial asserts.  “…it is apparent that an increasing number of Arizona Republicans want nothing to do with the state’s senior senator.”

Despite the hammering from various corners, McCain’s notorious swagger remains in full swing. He’s already cranked up his fundraising machine. This event last month at the St. Regis Hotel in New York City was $1,000 per attendee, with hosts chipping in a cool $5,200. On Jan. 28, 2014, he’ll be at Johnny’s Half Shell, in D.C., expecting his loyal lobbyists to shell out the same contribution amounts.

Although the most recent campaign finance reports have not yet been released, McCain’s campaign coffers held nearly $1.2 Million, on September 30, 2013. This bundle comes from transfers of accounts connected to his 2008 failed presidential bid with $369,000 from “John McCain 2008, Inc.” and $820,000 from the “McCain-Palin Compliance Fund, Inc.”

When 2016 rolls around, McCain, who turns 78 this year, will be 80. Senate terms run six years. Do the math. Does anyone think a man looking 90 squarely in the eye, will be at the “top of his game?”

Give Arizonans a break, and take one yourself, John. That four-acre compound with guest houses that Cindy’s trust bought up in Cornville should provide you a nice rest.  We’d enjoy it, too.


Aisle crosser Flake frets Gates’ book harms bi-partisanship

January 14, 2014

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Robert Gates’ honesty riles dishonest Jeff Flake

Sen. Jeff Flake (RI*-AZ) recently condemned former Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ new book, “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War,” as “extraordinarily bad timing, and form.”

Gates is a Republican.

“For a former Secretary of Defense to be so critical of the current commander-in-chief, particularly on an issue like Afghanistan when negotiations over future security arrangements remain unresolved, strikes me as bad timing and bad form,” Flake, who regularly plays ball with Obama, wrote.

“Worse yet, it makes it less likely that this President, or future Presidents, will reach across the political or philosophical aisle when filling out his or her cabinet. The country benefits when people with discordant views are in a position to challenge and shape a President’s views in private, when it matters most. This book makes that less likely to happen,” noted aisle-crosser Flake opined.

The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward reveals significant details from Gates’ new book. Some of the items that have surfaced prior to “Duty’s” official release today offer harsh critiques of both Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — especially in regard to their handling of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Gates also reflects unconcealed contempt for Vice President Biden and many of Obama’s top aides.

Jeff Flake knows a thing or two about the aisle crossing he advocates. He crafted it into an art form while in the House of Representatives, partnering with far left, Chicago colleague, Luis Gutierrez promoting amnesty, in all its incarnations.  Now under the tutelage of John McCain, he’s honing his duplicitous skills even more. Flake eagerly jumped on the Gang of Eight amnesty train immediately following his swearing-in — after switching his campaign mode to border hawk in order to get elected.

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