Insulting readers not Rx for AZ Republic’s survival

May 31, 2015

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, 73, is a political aberration who could only exist among the oddballs who bought into the far left views of Vermont ice cream entrepreneurs Ben and Jerry. Not content to peddle uniquely named flavors such as “Vermonty Python,” the duo ventured into stirring their leftist politics into the creamy treats —- turning off conservative fans. The latest flavor promoting “climate justice” is dubbed, “Save Our Swirled.” Get it?

Vermont is also where Judge Edward Cashman veered left as he ordered a pedophile who pleaded guilty to the ongoing rape of a little girl to 60 days in jail rather than the maximum 20 years prosecutors requested.

In this outstanding column in National Review Matthew Continetti identifies Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ redistribution ideology as “Fossil Socialism.”  Self-described “Democratic Socialist” Sanders was deceptively elected as an Independent and caucuses with the Democrats. 

So who does this left-wing critic of capitalism counts among his Arizona fans? None other than the Arizona Republic ’s resident fellow traveler Linda Valdez.This was her two cents worth a couple of days ago:

 “It might be deja vu all over again for Hillary Clinton

Barack Obama is a fine president, but he did jump the line in 2008. It was supposed to be Hillary Clinton’s year. But Obama had a more authentic message. So Hillary had to wait. Conventional wisdom says 2016 is her year. The Democratic nomination is hers to lose. But will it be deja vu all over again? This time Bernie Sanders is the long shot who sounds more authentic. His message resonates in forgotten corners of America and scares the pants off the power elite.  Go Bernie.”

As the newspaper hemorrhages readers, subscriptions plummet and the remaining staffers try desperately to implement the switch to a much cheaper, easier to print and deliver digital version, they mindlessly continue to insult their own bread and butter with this radical drivel. 

Gannett, which owns the Arizona Republic and its mainstay USA Today, has seen its stock tumble. Recently USA Today’s editor-in-chief, David Callaway admitted it could stop publishing a daily print newspaper as soon as in the next “five or six years.” His candid assessment was made in response to a question during an Internet Week New York panel.

Yet the Republic continues to insult the aging demographic that still likes the sound of a newspaper thrown on their driveway and remembers it from its better days as an actual journalistic endeavor. Regardless of the leftwing content that surrounds the crossword puzzles, obits and grocery coupons, those folks overwhelmingly vote Republican.

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Ann Coulter stands her ground against Jorge Ramos

May 30, 2015

“We have taken in one-quarter of the entire Mexican population,” Coulter emphasized to Fusion host Jorge Ramos. “At what point will we have taken in enough, in your view?”

Matthew Boyle writing for Breitbart covers the interaction. Read it and watch the video as Ann Coulter, author of ¡Adios America!, boldly counters Ramos’ underestimation of the numbers of his fellow countrymen who have illegally invaded the United States.

Father‘s Day is Sunday, June 21. ¡Adios America!: The Left’s Plan to Turn Our Country into a Third World Hellhole, is a book worthy of gifting. Dads have enough after shave, power tools and ties. Expand his mind.

The bold Coulter’s book is newly released. Yet there is far more to consider. In May 2011 we posted “Hezbollah on our doorstep: Radical Muslims in border towns.” The first paragraph includes a link to this alarming ABC 10 News in San Diego report which details the fact the Shi’a Muslim terrorist group Hezbollah, described by authorities as even more dangerous than Al-Qaida, has a long-established foothold in the city of Tijuana. The sole focus is radicalizing Mexican communities.

 As far back as October 2001, WND sounded the alarm in an article titled, “Arab terrorists crossing border,” noting a “tremendous increase in OTM’s (law enforcement’s term for ‘Other Than Mexicans’). Illegals from the former Soviet Union, Asia, and the Middle East are joining the flood of Mexicans, Central and South Americans — all slipping in through our incredibly accessible and porous South border. Apprehensions have also included illegals from the Sudan, Iraq, and even Iran.”

Yet in complete disregard of the seriousness associated with an unsecured border, accompanied by a rise of the global terrorist threat presented by ISIS —- which the clueless Barack Obama referred to as a Jay-Vee team as he claims the junk science of Climate Change is the most serious problem facing us —- we have three spineless Arizona Republican Congressmen write this nonsense as they double-talk the critical issue. The liberals at the Arizona Republic call it a “good thing.” Both  U.S. Sens. McCain and Flake are solidly onboard with the open border agenda.

 We can, and must,  do better.


AZ GOP’s Cap & Trade and Obamacare amnesia

May 29, 2015

Make no mistake. Although Seeing Red AZ, like the vast majority of Arizona conservatives, actively supports the defeat of John McCain, we are not onboard with liberal Ann Kirkpatrick who recently announced her challenge to the RINO senator. 

We optimistically look forward to a face-off led by state Sen. Kelli Ward, a uniquely qualified Mohave County whirlwind.  Sen. Ward, a family physician, has opened an exploratory campaign, impressing crowds as she travels the state with her well articulated conservative message.

In tackling the liberal Kirkpatrick, we found it curious that the AZ GOP chose to raise the issue of her votes in support of Obama endorsed Cap and Trade and his signature Obamacare.

They must have suffered a memory lapse regarding Jeff Flake’s stunning complicity when the votes on these mega-issues were taken. The appropriately named Flake was one of only two Republicans who didn’t bother to show up —- which was a good as voting for the so-called American Clean Energy and Security Act (Cap and Trade), a massive government expansion with dire consequences for American taxpayers and manufacturing. By his absence, Jeff Flake helped the Democrats pass a junk science, climate change-based, massive national energy tax, restricting carbon emissions by imposition of exorbitant penalties against the U.S., which other nations are able to skirt.

Flake claimed a “family conflict” due to his daughter’s participation in the talent portion of a teen beauty pageant in Alabama to be held the weekend following the vote. His fellow Republican dodger John Sullivan was in alcohol rehab, though the Dems thought the vote was crucial enough to pull Rep. Patrick Kennedy out of his drug treatment program.  

Another “family conflict” ensured Flake was also MIA on the crucial vote to restore funding of Obamacare. His mentor, John McCain, voted with the Democrats.

In giving cover to McCain, the AZ GOP oddly referred to the lackluster Kirkpatrick as Arizona’s “Most Progressive Democrat in Congress,”  completely obscuring the disastrous records of Raul Grijalva; Ed Pastor, succeeded last election by Ruben Gallego; and former Green Party member Kyrsten Sinema. The voters of the First Congressional District were so dissatisfied with Kirkpatrick’s performance they booted her out after her first term. She regained the seat by a slim margin in 2013 when U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar, who replaced her, relocated to CD 4 and was returned to congress representing that district.

Kirkpatrick is not formidable. Neither is she any different from either Flake or McCain. We have gotten the same treatment from them that she dishes out. The only difference is they deceptively run as Republicans.


It’s time to stand with Sheriff Joe

May 28, 2015

When it comes to Sheriff Joe Arpaio, facts are incidental to AZ Republic reporters

The Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic)  contrives any opportunity in its attempt to topple career law enforcement professional Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The usual cued-up team goes into overdrive on command. There are the contemptible editorials passing themselves off as news reports, partnered with the actual editorials that are coordinated with the vicious rants from columnists, accompanied by the constant onslaught of derisive cartoons. Editorial writer Linda Valdez, leftist extraordinaire, jumps in with what were previously and correctly called “Quick Hits.” The recipients of her barrage need Kevlar protection.

The coordinated effort among the newspaper’s few remaining staffers doesn’t miss a trick in attempting to skew the sheriff. The República is stridently pro-amnesty, open borders and supports in-state tuition for foreign nationals. Multi-page sob stories bolstering illegals are its stock in trade.

Recently the daily weighed in with yet another article mocking Sheriff Arpaio. Though brief, the intent was to slam him for asking his supporters for financial help. The smug reporters once again were unable to get their facts straight, even misspelling the name of his longtime campaign spokesman.

Sheriff Arpaio writes of incurring legal bills, and often having to personally pay for attorneys to represent him in these cases. “I do not have the personal wealth or the wherewithal to keep up with the costly demands of paying for attorneys to defend me.” He affirms his intent “to keep fighting for what I know is right. I took an oath to protect and defend the US Constitution and I will keep that oath until my last breath.” 

Arpaio has become the eye of the storm for addressing the crisis of illegal immigration. For his efforts, he has paid dearly as the ACLU, advocacy groups representing illegals and left-leaning federal judges have gone after him. His legal costs continue to escalate. He has also committed to running for another term, writing, “It’s going to take a lot of resources to combat the attacks and false allegations against me and my deputies. We anticipate the hardest campaign in Maricopa County history to remove me due to my unyielding stance on upholding the Rule of Law.”

He needs our support now more than ever.  His legal defense fund can be accessed here. His 2016 reelection fund is here. Give what you can.  We need this good man to continue to serve the citizens of Maricopa County.


Kirkpatrick challenges McCain: liberal v. RINO

May 27, 2015

Arizonans deserve better

In an article rife with omissions, misrepresentations and even misspellings, MSNBC reports that far left U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-CD 1) has announced her intention to challenge Republicrat Sen. John McCain. 

After initially winning a House seat in 2008, she was unceremoniously kicked to the curb by voters just two years later, as they replaced the lackluster Kirkpatrick with Republican Paul Gosar. After he and his family relocated to Congressional District 4, she ran again in 2012, besting Republican Jonathan Paton by a slim 3.6 percent. Gosar was elected in CD 4.

Kirkpatrick, an enthusiastic supporter of the disastrous Obamacare, is pro-amnesty and is a same-sex marriage advocate. Although identified as Catholic, she is pro-abortion. And though CD 1 is home to more tribal members than any other district in the United States, Kirkpatrick managed to insult the Apache tribe’s chairman Wendsler Nosie Sr. after he hosted a fundraiser for her on the San Carlos Reservation in 2010.

Uncomfortable when unscripted, she oddly fled from none-too-happy constituents assembled at a Holbrook grocery store for a town hall meeting with her.

McCain is indeed vulnerable. His own party’s elected officials overwhelmingly voted to censure him. He retaliated by colluding with Democrats as he attempted to purge the conservatives activists from elected precinct committeemen ranks.

Both John McCain and his senate doppelganger Jeff Flake are exceedingly unpopular among Arizona grassroots Republicans, and are embarrassingly ranked the lowest among U.S. Senators nationally, with McCain at a bottom-dragging 30 percent approval rating and Flake even lower at 27 percent.  The duo vote as liberals but reconstruct themselves prior to primary elections to assume a momentary aura of conservatism. Aware of the disdain with which he is held by conservatives, McCain is fighting to have open primaries since he needs crossover votes to win. Against the wishes of the majority of GOP activists, the AZ GOP establishment is giving him cover.

There is an actual conservative giving consideration to this race. Kelli Ward, a state senator, family physician, mom and military wife has opened an exploratory campaign. Arizonans don’t have to settle for a committed liberal or a RINO masquerading as a “maverick.”

This will be an expensive and critically important campaign. Sign up to help Sen. Ward. It matters.


Buying American: It’s more difficult than you think

May 26, 2015

…and will only get worse

We’ve all felt the bone-deep frustration of wanting to buy American made items and being met with a sea of foreign produced goods. Whether we’re looking for the latest in technology, a wrench or a new pair of running shoes, the dearth of American products is not only apparent, but often the manufacturing  origin is stealthily concealed.  The words “distributed by” assure consumers of a distribution address in New York. A magnifier is needed to read the much smaller print “Made in China” or PRC (People’s Republic of China).

Eighty-four percent of American consumers say they would rather buy an American-made product, believing them to be more reliable than imported ones, according to a recent survey. Respondents said they were even willing to pay more for U.S. made goods.

Consumer Reports, the longtime rating and recommendations company, gives the lowdown on the issue and provides a sampling of companies that make or assemble at least some of their products in the United States. Trying to sort it out becomes even more confusing, since some primarily American companies may have manufacturing facilities in more than one country.

Food products are not immune from the garbled presentations. They give the example of brands of salmon that are labeled both “wild-caught Alaskan” and “Product of Thailand.” The fish was caught in U.S. waters but took a detour to Asia to be skinned and boned (to take advantage of cheaper labor) before making its return voyage. Under the law, that side trip must be noted.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, American manufacturing lost almost 6 million jobs between 2000 and 2010. “Offshoring” became a buzzword with the implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1994. But the more recent hemorrhaging of jobs was due in large part to China’s entry into the World Trade Organization in 2001. A decade of BLS data reveals heavy job losses across more than a dozen manufacturing sectors, including apparel and textiles, electrical equipment, iron and steel production, computers, glass, and leather tanning and finishing.

Last Tuesday we wrote that Congressional Republicans are foolishly poised to give Barack Obama irreversible fast track authority on Trans Pacific Partnership, an 11-nation trade agreement that provides an unrestricted flow of workers into the United States. This is particularly dangerous since treaties supersede statutes under the U.S. Constitution.  If you missed the post and accompanying video, take time to acquaint yourself with the facts.

The previous day the post “GOP establishment conspires with Obama on trade deal” reveals the depth of the putrid deception being flung by Republicrats who claim to representative us.


Memorial Day 2015

May 25, 2015

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This day is set aside to pay tribute to America’s military personnel — and their families — who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country

Following a tradition of gratitude, five thousand Los Angeles area residents —- including Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops —- made their annual visit to the Los Angeles National Cemetery. They were there to pay their respects to military members by placing flags on each of the graves. As each flag was affixed, the soldier whose name was read aloud received a salute.

The annual flag placement day tradition is followed each Memorial Day weekend to honor those who have lost their lives serving in the U.S. military.  The first interment dates to 1889. 

Watch this inspirational news video* to hear what the special tradition means to these young people who are fortunate to have been taught about the sacrifices others have made to ensure their many freedoms.

We invite you to listen to this moving rendition of “Taps” played by the U.S. Marine Band.

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.

Arizona’s ABC 15 lists free offers and special discounts for veterans and active military.

 * Courtesy Los Angeles ABC 7 News