2018: Celebrating the first full year of Trump’s administration

December 31, 2017

Filling vacancy on U.S. Supreme Court ranks right up there with booming economy as stocks surged to record highs

Seeing Red AZ sends sincere best wishes for a satisfying, productive, safe and healthy New Year to our valued readers.

This January 20th marks a full year since Donald Trump’s inauguration as 45th President of the Untied States. Facing Democrat and Republicrat opposition at every turn, he was able to nominate and win confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. The final vote was 54-45 in favor of Gorsuch’s confirmation.

In July 2006, Gorsuch’s nomination to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit had been confirmed in the Senate by a unanimous voice vote, which clearly illustrates the partisan politics that has relentlessly battered President Trump and his administration.

Gorsuch’s confirmation was a triumph for the American people as well as for President Trump, who understood the pressing need for a conservative to succeed Justice Antonin Scalia, who died unexpectedly in February 2016.

President Trump fought to fulfill his promise of turning the high court around.  Justice Gorsuch, 49, could serve on the court for 30 years or more.

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AZ Republic’s leftism goes full frontal

December 31, 2017

The Hillary-endorsing, amnesty-supporting, left-wing Arizona Republic, much like the amoral biblical Salome, has provocatively dropped its final veil but misses the mark as a seductress. Those still reading the undisguised pap and taking it seriously continue to dwindle. With layoffs and buyouts of longtime editors and reporters, the failing newspaper relies on ASU Cronkite students to keep the political prostitute on the street.

The latest effort trotted out as an editorial is titled, “Arizonans to help lead the way in 2018.”

Mentioned first is Juan Ciscomani, a Mexican native, and aide to Gov. Doug Ducey, described as instrumental in “mending Arizona’s relationship with Mexico.”

Ted Cooke, the general manager of the Central Arizona Project, is described as a “major player in the water wars.” Just last week, the same newspaper referred to the Rio Salado Project as John McCain’s legacy. The parched desert of Arizona suddenly has enough water to make everyone a player. Arizona natives were taught it was the state’s first U.S. Sen. Carl Hayden, who got the ball rolling long before McCain carpet-bagged into the state.

Gov. Doug Ducey is King of the Hill, with nary a rival in sight. But where does he go when he’s termed out. With unpopular Jeff Flake opting not to run in 2018 and McCain seriously ill with brain cancer, there will soon be two senate seats up for grabs. No one expects Ducey to abandon the governorship to grasp at the golden ring, but stranger things have happened. Congressional District 8, Trent Frank’s undisputed stronghold, is also now available since his recent surprise resignation. Watch for high stakes political musical chairs not previously seen.

Next comes the poser regarding tax raising, liberal Phoenix mayor Greg Stanton: “Can he go national?” asks the editorial, “Kyrsten Sinema took what should be a perennially contested district, Congressional District 9, and made it a safe seat for Democrats. But now she is running for U.S. Senate.” Not mentioned is bisexual atheist Sinema’s radical past. The former Green Party candidate is now a beloved Democrat. The newspaper is pinning it’s hopes on Stanton, referred to as a “proven vote getter,“ taking the CD 9 seat. When elected mayor, Stanton received a joint congratulatory call from Barack Obama and Janet Napolitano.

CD 2 Rep. Martha (Mc)McSally, a McCain ally, has also announced for the senate. Mysteriously missing from the senate lineup is Dr. Kelli Ward, a family practice physician and former two-term member of the Arizona senate. Despite garnering national support, her conservative credentials have made her a non-person to the newspaper’s far left editorial board.

 U of A’s President Robert Robbins made the list. He should sue for defamation of character after being compared to ASU’s flamboyant Michael Crow who favors illegals over Arizona students.

 Daniel Valenzuela, a longtime union leader and Kate Gallego, who was defamed by minorities for not being a minority despite her name, now rate the headline “More firsts in Phoenix.” The newspaper describes them as potential mayoral candidates both coming from the”Democrat rich” city council.

The newspaper is salivating. Conservatives have their work cut out for them.


List of 2017’s most annoying words & phrases released

December 30, 2017

Marist College notes “Whatever” loses ground but still ranks

The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion recently released its annual list of most annoying words or phrases used in casual conversation.

In the opinion of SRAZ, 2017 was a bonus year in terms of inanities. A few of our favorite misuses of the English language and general dopey words and phrases are listed below. We invite our readers to add their personal (un)favorites to our list.  Make it a fun Saturday.  Oops, there we go. Fun is a noun not an adjective. Or is it?

Topping our list is the now ubiquitous, touchy-feely “reached out,“ replacing contacted, called or asked. It has become a staple in news reports written by ASU Cronkite Journalism School student reporters now toiling for the Arizona Republic as its staff continues to dwindle through more layoffs. Example: “The investigator reached out” to (the crime victim}. 

Speaking of crimes, how does one “go missing”? What happened to “disappeared”? Go or went missing sounds as if a missing person had a plan, compete with a map, when in fact they may have been kidnapped or otherwise a victim of criminal activity — all too often the case. Go missing falls into the same new English language learner category as, “Throw Mama from the train, a kiss.”

Another strange word usage is the word “so,” now frequently used in beginning a response to a question. As an example, “How did you meet you wife?” is answered with, “So, we were sitting across from each other in Starbucks.”  What was your first job might well be answered with, “So, I worked behind the counter at McDonalds.”

Another routine bungling of language is the misuse of the pronoun “myself” when the speaker intends to say me and isn’t sure whether the correct usage is “me” or “I.”  Myself is always reflective on the speaker, as in “I went to the store by myself.”  “Myself” didn’t go to the store.

“Contact Joe or myself,” is wrong. “Contact Joe or me” is correct.

Overly descriptive teen favorites “amazing” and “awesome,” now co-opted by their parents and grandparents head the dopey list. The response to, “I’ll see you at noon,” is “awesome!” Suddenly, most grandparents have “amazing” grandchildren. What the dimpled darlings do to amaze is up to dispute. Remember when kids were simply cute or said thedarndest things“?

Give us your best shot adding to the Marist list. This could be funner than you thought.

 


Pollster Gallup gallops away from reality

December 29, 2017

Liberals and AZ RINO dominate “most admired” list

Impartiality in conducting reliable surveys should be paramount for pollsters. Lacking that qualifier, poll results would merely be a reflection of their own opinion or how they’d prefer to shape public opinion, and be considered worthless. With those considerations as key factors, Gallup’s latest findings stretch credibility beyond reasonable limits.

This recent survey listing Arizona’s Senior Senator (ASS) John McCain in a 3-way tie as fourth most admired man in the world is preposterous on its face. His untrustworthiness is legend. He even coined the term “Maverick” to describe his propensity to defiantly run afoul of the Republican Party under whose banner he’s campaigned for decades. He has colluded with out-of-state Obama donors to oust Republican elected precinct committeemen from the party ranks after he was overwhelmingly censured at the GOP statutory statewide and Maricopa County meetings for a lengthy list of transgressions. Committeemen are the unpaid backbone of the party apparatus, doing the heavy lifting when campaign season rolls around. McCain is known as crude and deceitful. Now suffering from brain cancer, with any need to appear conciliatory gone, he acts in an even more outrageously provocative manner. 

How ASS could be tied with respected evangelist Billy Graham defies logic.

Number One on the list of most admired is Barack Obama — who edged out President Donald Trump by three points — and Marxist Pope Francis in the top three slots. That the six-way tie for number five includes Socialist Bernie Sanders, the utter absurdity of this poll is apparent.

 Topping the list of most admired women — all Democrats — are scandal-plagued Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Elizabeth Warren who deceptively claimed American Indian heritage during her Massachusetts senatorial campaign, earning her the sarcastic nickname “Pocahontas.”

Beyonce Knowles is admired, by those polled, but why? Beyonce has stated that she is personally inspired by Michelle Obama, saying “She proves you can do it all” and she has described Oprah Winfrey as “the definition of inspiration and a strong woman.” She was a stalwart supporter of Hillary Clinton, appearing onstage in a “I’m with her” tee shirt and took part in a celebrity fundraiser. She and her rapper husband Jay-Z raised $4 million for Obama and she sang at both of his inaugurations. 

Also on the list is German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has allowed unrestricted Muslim immigration to irretrievably alter that nation’s culture and heritage.

George Gallup who founded the polling organization in 1935, must be rolling in his grave.

Though the findings are supposedly reflective of a “worldwide” poll, Gallup’s own methodology describes ”results for this poll are based on telephone interviews conducted December 4-11, 2017 with a random sample of –1,049— adults, ages 18+, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.”

In polling parlance, that must qualify as a “worldwide” sampling.  Those with a grade school level of geography know better.


Probe closing in on McCain: Is it too late?

December 28, 2017

Brain cancer could keep him from being subpoenaed

We don’t claim any expertise in discerning who’s a spy — a Russian, a Brit  or a partisan working at the FBI.

But there’s no denying the intersecting connections. When, as contemptible as it was, former DNC chair Donna Brazile was revealed to be feeding Hillary questions prior to a nationally televised debate, the mainstream media gave her criminal enabling limp coverage. As the 2016 “sure thing” Clinton campaign stumbled and hacked along, her buddy John McCain, and his doppelganger Jeff Flake disclosed neither they nor their families would vote for Donald Trump. The animus aimed at Trump by his envious adversaries was palpable. Uncharacteristically chivalrous, McCain called practiced liar and scandal-plagued Hillary arock starhe could support. It was far better treatment than the profane tirade he publicly lobbed at his wife, Cindy,

In Donald Trump’s lead-up to his stunning primary victory over 16 other GOP contenders, it was great sport (video) to dismiss him as a momentary anomaly, an annoying flea on an elephant’s backside. Trump was actually akin to a fire breathing dragon, making bold commitments Americans were not used to hearing, and vowing to follow through on them when elected.

The primary results proved to be too much for the liberals to digest. Amid Hillary’s choking, gagging and falling, a national populist movement was gaining steam and rallying behind the premise of “Make America Great Again!” It was clear Hillary’s political days were over.

 Something had to be done to impede Trump’s energetic trajectory.

Byron York, writing for the Washington Examiner, fills in the missing puzzle parts, following the route of what has become known as the “Trump dossier.” It should more accurately be known as the “McCain dossier,” since the now discredited file was hand carried to former FBI director by none other than point-man John McCain to whom it was delivered, in an obvious effort to diminish Trump, and bolster Hillary.

House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes has issued a subpoena to David Kramer, a former State Department official who, in late November 2016, traveled to London to receive a briefing and a copy of the dossier from its author, former British spy Christopher Steele. Kramer then returned to the U.S. to give the document to Sen. John McCain.

David Kramer is a senior fellow at the McCain Institute for International Leadership at ASU.

From there, it was just a few heel clicks to ensure Hillary’s victory. Fortunately, it didn’t work out that way. Still, the dirty business McCain was up to his comb-over in is finally spotlighted. The Arizona Republic wanting no part of this sordid business continues to promote McCain’s “legacy.”

McCain and Hillary are more than casual friends bonded in their abject abhorrence of all things Trump. They are co-conspirators on a wide range of issues. They each have “foundations” bearing their names that have been accused of sanitizing donations from unsavory sources, and both rely heavily on Socialist multi-billionaire George Soros, a man who disdains national borders and is trying to remake the American justice system and reconfigure the global economy. Here in Maricopa County, Soros funded Democrat Paul Penzone’s takeover of the Sheriff’s Department and attempted to do the same with the County Attorney’s Office.


Salt Lake Tribune more honest than AZ Republic

December 27, 2017

It’s impossible to imagine the AZ Republic accusing John McCain of staying too long in the Senate

The Salt Lake Tribune has named Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch “Utahn of the Year.” But the Christmas Day editorial was not a worshipful paean to his time in office — over 40 years! It was a stinging rebuke of his utter lack of integrity that rises from his unquenchable thirst for power.”  Hatch is even accused of “theft from the Utah electorate.”

After a recitation of a litany of his transgressions, the editorial running under the headline  “Why Orrin Hatch is Utahn of the Year,” concluded:

“But perhaps the most significant move of Hatch’s career is the one that should, if there is any justice, end it.

The last time the senator was up for re-election, in 2012, he promised that it would be his last campaign. That was enough for many likely successors, of both parties, to stand down, to let the elder statesman have his victory tour and to prepare to run for an open seat in 2018.

Clearly, it was a lie. Over the years, Hatch stared down a generation or two of highly qualified political leaders who were fully qualified to take his place, Hatch is now moving to run for another term — it would be his eighth — in the Senate. Once again, Hatch has moved to freeze the field to make it nigh unto impossible for any number of would-be senators to so much as mount a credible challenge. That’s not only not fair to all of those who were passed over. It is basically a theft from the Utah electorate.

It would be good for Utah if Hatch, having finally caught the Great White Whale of tax reform, were to call it a career. If he doesn’t, the voters should end it for him.

Common is the repetition of the catchphrase that Hatch successfully used to push aside three-term Sen. Frank Moss in this first election in, egad, 1976.

“What do you call a senator who’s served in office for 18 years? You call him home.”

Less well known is a bit of advice Hatch gave to Capitol Hill interns in 1983.

“You should not fall in love with D.C.” he admonished them. “Elected politicians shouldn’t stay here too long.”

If only he had listened to his own advice.”

Conversely, the Arizona Republic heaps praise on John McCain, doing so prior to his brain cancer diagnosis. The fact that he ran a vicious smear campaign against an able opponent, Dr. Kelli Ward, a family practice physician and two-term conservative state senator, deceitfully accusing her of aiding ISIS, was irrelevant to the liberals staffing the failing newspaper. At age 81 and seriously ill, he can’t bring himself to relinquish power any more than nearly 84-year-old Orrin Hatch. U.S. Senate terms are six years. You do the math.

Dr. Ward is running again —- for the senate seat soon to be open by virtue of Jeff Flake’s abysmal polling. In a face-saving move, he’s opted not to run for reelection, farcically blaming his decision on President Trump, whom he irrationally talks about challenging.

The failing Arizona Republic, engaging in more layoffs,* to stay afloat, recently named the senate duo 2017 Arizonans of the Year.

*Reported by the Phoenix New Times’ Ray Stern


Marginal Jeff Flake’s delusions of grandeur

December 26, 2017

Flake claims GOP a party of old, angry white men 

Jeff Flake, a single term senator, whose polling numbers were so low he opted out of a reelection bid to avoid an embarrassing defeat, is now dangling the possibility of a 2020 challenge to President Trump. An unrelenting critic of President Trump, Flake believes the president‘s behavior is “dangerous for democracy.” Read paragraph three of Psych Central for further insight.

Flake’s aspirations would be humorous if not so pathetic. When he ran in 2012 he was given major boosts by retiring senator Jon Kyl and John McCain, who appeared in numerous televised ads on his behalf. Even with the assists, he barely squeaked into office by a flatlined 3 percentage points.

Not noted for integrity, Flake, an out of touch amnesty proponent, refused to honor his pledge to leave the U.S. House after three 2-year terms, staying on for double that, after wisecracking, “I lied.” He flamboyantly donated $100 to the Democrat in the Alabama senatorial special election, saying if he lived in that state he would “run, not walk to the polls” to cast his ballot for the pro-abortion liberal.

Appearing on ABC’sThis Weekon Sunday, Flake feigned concern the GOP under Trump, who ran and won on the issues that resonated with American voters,  represents “spasms of a dying party,” while audaciously promoting himself in 2020.

“By and large, we’re appealing to older white men and there are just a limited number of them, and anger and resentment are not a governing philosophy,” Flake opined. “But I do believe if the president is running for reelection, if he continues on the path that he’s on, that that’s going to leave a huge swath of voters looking for something else.”

In Flake’s skewed view, that political savior would be none other than Jeff Flake, known more for his peroxide streaked locks, obsession with  beef caking himself and often inappropriate grin, than for exercising good judgment. The fact is that Republicrat Jeff Flake, doing his pal Obama’s out-the-door bidding, promoted Democrat Merrick Garland to fill a crucial U.S. Supreme Court vacancy. Flake  escorted him through the senate, arranging meetings with those who would be casting confirmation votes and stated it was “time to confirm” Garland. Fortunately, Donald Trump was elected president and nominated conservative Judge Neil Gorsuch to the high court. But Flake still didn’t get the magnitude of the hearings as he embarrassed himself with this foolish line of questioning. (video).

Flake scored a pathetic 25 percent favorability rating among Republican primary voters in this GBA Strategies poll, with a 56 percent unfavorable rating. Over half — 59% — of Arizona voters disapprove of the job Flake is doing, and only 34 percent approved. If he can’t win in his home state, how well could the delusional Flake, who now refers to himself as a “globalist.” possibly do in a nationwide race?

Conservative Review gives Flake a.bottom dragging “F” Liberty Score. He has also ranked as themost unpopular senator in the nation,” as reported by AZFamily, Channel 3.

The Beatles must have been imagining Jeff Flake when they penned their lyrics to “He’s a real nowhere man.”