Dems OK barbaric infanticide, Republicans vote for life

January 31, 2019

Sanity still exists in the Virginia House of Delegates. On Tuesday Virginia Republicans rejected H.B. 2491, known as the Repeal Act, which would have repealed restrictions on late term abortions — even after a mother went into labor. The admission of the bill’s sponsor, Democrat Delegate Kathy Tran, of the ghoulishness of the procedure was the death knell for the bill allowing for aborting human infants minutes from birth.

A House subcommittee voted 5-3 to table the reprehensible proposed legislation. The vote was along party lines, with all of the Democrats voting for infanticide and all of the Republicans voting for life.

Tran is a Buddhist, born in Vietnam shortly after the end of the war. With the devastating loss of life so prevalent and causing her own family to flee to the United States, it would seem she’d have a special affinity for the sanctity of life — even more so as the mother of four children. But leftist politics obscures rational thought.

Todd Gilbert, Virginia’s Republican House Majority Leader, who has been honored as  Legislator of the Year and Defender of Liberty, questioned Tran about the bill during a hearing Monday. He asked Tran if a woman who has physical signs she is about to give birth could request an abortion if a physician alleged the birth could impair her mental health.

“Where it’s obvious that a woman is about to give birth — she has physical signs that she is about to give birth. Would that still be a point at which she could request an abortion if she was so certified — she’s dilating?” he asked.

“Mr. Chairman, that would be a decision that the doctor, the physician and the woman would make at that point,” Tran replied.

 “I understand that,” Gilbert, a former prosecutor, replied. “I’m asking if your bill allows that.”

With not a moment’s hesitation, Tran replied: “My bill would allow that, yes.”

Last week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed S2796 into law. The Reproductive Health Act, is a bill permitting abortion through the end of the third trimester. So proud was Cuomo of what he glorified as the “Woman’s Equality Law,” he even made sure the World Trade Center was bathed in celebratory pink lights. What’s not to celebrate about killing your own newborn as he or she takes its first breath?


Jeff Flake: A shameless spectacle finds leftist perch

January 30, 2019

Just as Pinocchio’s nose grew longer as he told ever more preposterous lies, former Sen. Jeff Flake’s has grown further leftward as he has curried the favor with the anti-Trump media. Breitbart carries the report.

For a man who was unable to run for reelection after a single senate term due to bottom-dragging 18 percent approval ratings in his home state, it’s absurd, though typically Flakey, that he would announce that he’s not going to mount a 2020 challenge to President Trump. Even his kinfolk in his rural Arizona birthplace of Snowflake — named in part for his great-great-grandfather, are no fans of Flake’s vile rhetoric. Most support the president.

Flake is taking his rabid vitriol on the road as a new hire of the left-wing CBS News network. There’s nothing quite as compelling as a defector, ready to turn on the party under whose banner he ran and the Republican President of the United States for the proverbial few pieces of silver.

While trying to give himself cover, he groused that the Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee “are so melded” that they are “trying to do everything they can to squelch any opposition.”

Flake, who has bragged he still stays in touch with Barack Obama, says he prefers BO’s tone to President Trump’s. He’s not referring to volume; it’s the liberal content that grabs the Flake.

Flake’s ego outweighs his conscience to the point he’s back to hitting the bottle —- of peroxide, as he returns to tinting his locks golden again, while moving to get camera ready.

His time-off time could have been better spent with a good surgeon who specializes in rhinoplasty. An added benefit beyond the obvious?  Flake would get more oxygen to his brain, something he could definitely use.


Drinking Starbucks funds effort against Pres. Trump

January 29, 2019

Overpriced brand undermines President Trump and Republican voters

If you were a Barack Obama fan as John McCain turned out to be, even as he waged a lukewarm political battle against BO —- or were sucked into McCain’s constructed view of himself as Obama later was — there’s a new guy on the political horizon who is custom tailored for your tastes.

Enter former Starbucks CEO and chairman Howard Schultz.  The multibillionaire is reportedly mulling a run for the presidency in 2020. In advance of an official launch, the lielong Democrat who would run as an Independent is assembling a team.

Schultz has already hired former Obama aide Bill Burton as a communications adviser. He initially will be charged with rolling out the story of Schultz’ humble beginnings to what they hope are a gullible public, in an attempt to make the liberal elitist appear more mainstream.

Also brought on board the not-yet-official campaign is PR exec Steve Schmidt, a McCain operative who managed John McCain’s failed 2008 presidential campaign. Schmidt renounced his Republican affiliation in June 2018, grousing it had “become the party of Trump.” The newly minted Independent went on to vilify the GOP and conservative voters as “corrupt, indecent and immoral … filled with feckless cowards who disgrace and dishonor the legacies of the party’s greatest leaders. Today the GOP has become a danger to our democracy and our values.”

Describing his new political orientation, Schmidt, now affiliated with leftist MSNBC, stated: “This Independent voter will be aligned with the only party left in America that stands for what is right and decent and remains fidelitous to our Republic, objective truth, the rule of law and our Allies. That party is the Democratic Party.”

For political expediency and job security, the craven Schmidt has morphed into a registered “Independent.”

On his self aggrandizing web page, Schmidt credits himself for transforming John McCain’s campaign “from corpse to contender.”

Hopefully he’ll rely on that same transformative magic for Howard Schultz.


MC Attorney Bill Montgomery yearns to wear black

January 28, 2019

Who knew of Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery’s sartorial longings? Most thought he was happy in dark blue, but it’s actually basic black he hankers for. First elected in 2010, the top county prosecutor wants to step out in something less confined, a bit airier, but more commanding. A judicial black robe would be just the thing.  Superior Court is not where he’s set his sights, and the Court of Appeals holds no appeal. Montgomery is hoping to gain a seat on the Arizona Supreme Court, where a vacancy was recently announced as Justice John Pelander retires from the high court March 1. 

In the event Montgomery — being pushed by Justice Clint Bolick* — is selected, the five member Maricopa County Board of Supervisors will fill the county attorney’s vacancy until the next election cycle. Montgomery’s current term expires in 2020. This is the same route he took to lead the county attorney’s office after his predecessor Andrew Thomas left not long after being reelected — setting his sights on what turned out to be a failed bid for the governor’s office.  Former Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley temporarily replaced Thomas until the next election which Republican Montgomery handily won. 

In 2016 Gov. Doug Ducey expanded the AZ Supreme Court from five to seven justices — including Bolick — pulling off what Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt was unable to do in 1937, as he was accused ofcourt packing.” In 2018, Montgomery endorsed Bolick’s wife for the state legislature.

When asked in December if he would be vying for the U.S. Senate seat that was eventually filled by Martha McSally, Montgomery unequivocally stated that being county attorneyis where God wants me to be.” Either God had a change of heart in the last couple of months or their communications ceased.

Having run for office, he’s political, but don’t sell him short. Montgomery, a West Point grad and military veteran, ably manages a large office, including over 350 lawyers. He is more than capable of handling the Supreme Court job. The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office serves the fourth largest county in the United States, and is responsible for the prosecution of more than 35,000 felony criminal cases each year — taking criminals off the streets and keeping residents safe. 

Check out the list of applicants along with their resumes on the AZ Supreme Court’s website. There are thirteen who submitted applications by Friday’s 5:00 pm deadline. Among them are 9 Republicans, 3 Democrats and 1 who has been registered as both an “Independent” and Libertarian. Another applicant disclosed that she has been a registered Democrat since 2002, but prior to that was not registered to vote — clearly demonstrating how much participation in our enviable elective process mean to her.

* Text messages between Bolick and Ducey made available by the Phoenix New Times through a FOIA request.


AZ moves right: Kelli Ward wins GOP state chair

January 26, 2019

Propelled by a massive show of support at Arizona’s Republican statutory day-long Saturday meeting, Dr. Kelli Ward, a Trump-supporting conservative easily secured the party’s top leadership post.

Ward, a physician and former two-term state senator, addressed the jubilant crowd following the announcement of the vote totals. Having traveled the state as a U.S. Senate candidate, she secured a loyal following, trouncing incumbent chairman Jonathan Lines by over a hundred votes cast by elected state committeemen.  Doyel Shamley, unknown outside of Navajo County also entered the race, receiving only 65 votes.

incumbent chairman Lines running for reelection had an uphill battle after presiding over numerous losses of previously held Republican elected offices in the November 2018 election.

Following the vote, a petulant Lines abruptly left the meeting of 1,236 assembled state committeemen who traveled from every statewide county. He reportedly had to be cajoled into returning via a phone call exchange with the previous chairman Robert Graham.

Congressmen Andy Biggs, Paul Gosar and David Schweikert addressed the crowd, as did Congresswoman Debbie Lesko who spoke from D.C. on a video hookup. Newly appointed U.S. Senator Martha McSally, grossly misjudged the crowd as she spoke warmly of the “leadership of Jonathan Lines.”

Gov. Doug Ducey, who also spoke in support of Lines, summed up the feelings of many attendees, with this understatement, “Like you, I was disappointed that we fell short in some of the races.”

Yep.


McCain’s corruption still haunts AZ GOP in advance of state meeting

January 25, 2019

National publicity is the mother’s milk of those seeking to make an impact. And what is more important in the political realm than energizing the base as they gear up for the next election cycle?  Dirty laundry, it is said, should be aired in private. But when it is downright filthy, sunlight is the best disinfectant.

Gateway Pundit, a nationally well-respected conservative site provides that sunlight as it exposes the internecine chaos via a shocking, leaked, Arizona Republican Party internal memo which raises serious concerns about unethical use of party resources and systematic failures that Deputy Communications Director Robert Maxwell fears will lead to a loss in 2020. The two-page memo to Executive Director Kyle Pierce can be read here.

Which brings us to the Statutory Meeting of the State Committee of the Arizona Republican Party on Saturday, January 26, 2019.  Elected state committeemen will, in turn, elect party officers and vote on resolutions. The magnitude of these events cannot be overstated as we approach the all important 2020 election cycle.

But all is not copacetic as the meeting date approaches. Current AZ GOP chairman Jonathan Lines, who oversaw unparalleled Republican losses in November, is shamelessly running for reelection. Two other lesser known men have been campaigning. All of them are linked to the establishment syndicate, with longtime ties to John McCain — and now, his surrogates. Lines was put in place by former chairman, Robert Graham, a slickster still pulling Lines’ strings.  Lines lives nearly 200 miles away in Yuma, runs a roofing business, parents his 11 children and seldom shows up at the once vibrant Republican headquarters. The phones are rarely answered and messages are returned with the same infrequency.  Pressure to exit has been applied to candidate Frank Thorwald who works with Graham. He is now dutifully falling in line with Lines.

As pointed out in this post-election report, the red state of Arizona is now veering purple, having lost a U.S. Senate seat, Secretary of State — next in line of ascendancy to the governor, Superintendent of Public Instruction, and one of the two seats on the utility rate-setting Corporation Commission. Greg Stanton, the leftist former mayor of Phoenix won in Congressional District 9. Dems now hold five of Arizona’s nine CD seats.

Republicans Paul Gosar (CD-4), Andy Biggs (CD-5), David Schweikert (CD-6), and Debbie Lesko (CD-8) are currently the minority in the delegation.

Fortunately, there is an outstanding choice to lead the Arizona Republican Party. Dr. Kelli Ward, a physician and constitutional conservative who served two terms in the state senate. She’s rock solid, has no puppet master and needs no learning curve. Arizona’s political future depends on getting this right.


$$ sweetens the pot: Adams returns to Ducey

January 24, 2019

Kirk Adams, who resigned as Gov. Doug Ducey’s chief of staff last month, has mysteriously returned before Ducey’s sweet tweet welcoming replacement Daniel Scarpinato, the Guv’s former spokesperson, was fully digested.

Adams, previously a state legislator earning $24,000, was paid just fifty bucks short of $170,000 a year at the time of his abrupt departure from the ninth floor perch. His latest salary hasn’t been fully disclosed, other than the report from Ducey’s current spokesman Patrick Ptak that Adams will be compensated an additional $1500 a month to “cover expenses.” When he resigned Adams, a failed 2012 congressional candidate, said he was “looking forward to new opportunities outside of state government.”

Obviously those “opportunities” never materialized.

The local newspaper’s none-too-bright Elvia Diaz opined that “it was no coincidence that Gov. Doug Ducey’s loyal chief of staff resigned just after Ducey handily won re-election.” In her convoluted thinking, Ducey would appoint Adams to replace Jon Kyl, who agreed to temporarily fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant after John McCain‘s numerous funerals. Then the dutiful Adams would subserviently act as a placeholder until Ducey completed his final term and compliantly step down.  Diaz actually called Adams “Ducey’s golden ticket.”

She clearly has no sense. No one is that loyal…especially Kirk Adams.


Brittany Zamora: Another sexual predator teacher & Update

January 23, 2019

UPDATE: July 12, 2019,  Zamora Sentenced to TWENTY YEARS

Had this sexual predator teacher not been caught, she would be receiving the 20% raise gifted by vacillating Gov. Ducey, who ultimately caved to the demands of the striking unionist teachers who abandoned 840,000 AZ students for a week. His move only embolden them to hold taxpayers hostage at their whim.

For years Seeing Red AZ exposed the sexual predators in Arizona’s schools.  These were not people scaling fences to illegally enter the grounds where children were supposed to be getting an education.  The predators we routinely exposed were the teachers entrusted to educating students, not exploit them.  After covering countless members of the leftist teacher’s unions who betrayed the trust of parents and students, we let our coverage of these predators lapse, since it became what we referred to as theEndless Parade.”

This 2013 post exposed the strenuous efforts engaged in by leaders of the nation’s major teachers unions, the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers — objecting to barring such predators from working around school children. They claimed the measure might “jeopardize workers’ protections under union contracts.”

In numerous cases involving teachers or administrators, union officials have negotiated separation agreements with employers, allowing offenders to quietly leave their positions with a letter of recommendation — enabling them to secure jobs in unsuspecting districts — as well as taking a hefty payout with them as they leave.

Today, we’re reviving the topic of predator teachers to introduce Brittany Zamora, 27, a married sixth-grade teacher at Las Brisas Academy Elementary in Goodyear Arizona who repeatedly engaged in sex acts at the school with a 13-year-old boy who was in her class. His parents have filed a lawsuit against the district, where other teachers and students were aware of the inappropriate relationship. Rather than notifying the boy’s parents, Principal Timothy Dickey lectured students about “the dangers of rumors.”

Read their explicit text message exchanges here.

Zamora was arrested at the home she shares with her husband and is being held on $250,000 bond. 

In 2016, Zamora was certified to teach elementary education K-8 in Arizona, according to the Arizona Department of Education’s database, which now notes she has a disciplinary record on file. She was certified to teach Structured English Immersion, a method of rapidly teaching language skills to non-English speakers. Obviously, she’s found a universal language that bypasses the mundane teaching practices. 

Brittany Zamora has been booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail, charged with 8 counts of sexual contact with a minor, Class 2 felonies; 2 counts of child molestation, Class 2 felonies; and I count of transmitting obscene material, a Class 4 Felony. She is scheduled for a status conference on March 29 and a preliminary hearing April 2, 2019.

 


AZ Republic shrivels, readying for last rites — & Update RE: Cartoonist Steve Benson

January 22, 2019

In an evasively worded front page notice in Monday‘s edition, the ever-shrinking Arizona Republic newspaper, acknowledges its own demise. It’s suffering from the dreaded disease of attrition, as it deteriorates further and hobbles into the sunset.

The all caps headline of the terse article, titled, “TO OUR READERS,” followed by, “Digital USA TODAY free to Republic subscribers,” appears innocuous enough. In fact, it’s a pre-obit.

Gone are the expected newspaper sections. In their place is a front section that includes brief snippets of local, national and international news. The fold-over page USA Today insert added to give heft to the incredibly dwindling newspaper is now incorporated into the catch-all A Section that includes four full-page ads and 6 half page ads. Page 2 contains local and national weather and is topped by a recycled “best of” column: written by a now deceased columnist. Two full pages include puzzles, Dear Abby, horoscopes, celebrity birthdays and the comics. Another page is TV and movie listings.

Section Two incongruously combines Sports and Obituaries.  The Sunday edition has bizarrely merged the Real Estate and Cars sections. That’s the entire newly revamped, Hillary-endorsing Arizona Republic. We’ve referred to the newspaper as the Daily Regurgitation, for its penchant for recycling identical reports and the Daily Insult as the tone-deaf newspaper continues to insult its ever declining reader base.

The good news is extremist ‘Mexico First’ editorial board member and rancorous columnist Linda Valdez won’t be submitting her vile, anti-Republican, Trump-loathing spew from her Tucson casa since her long-awaited retirement finally came to pass earlier this month. She went out with a leftist swoon, declaring, “We need more migrant labor. Now.”

Valdez’ final column spewed: “GOP blocks needed immigration reform. The labor needs in construction, home health care and agriculture get worse as the GOP shrieks about the so-called dangers of our southern border.”

“In fact,” continued Valdez, who remains unwilling to accept the highest employment numbers in decades delivered by the Trump administration, “the GOP’s anti-immigration rhetoric – which reached ear-splitting shrillness after Trump hijacked the party – is bad for business.” In 2015, predating her actual, but much-anticipated departure, we wrote, “Does nutty column signal Linda Valdez’ swan song?

Just days ago, it was reported that Gannett, Co. Inc., the parent company of the Arizona Republic and USA Today was targeted for a buyout bid from a media group with a history of taking over struggling newspapers and slashing jobs. The local newspaper is already functioning with diminished staff, and ASU Cronkite Journalism School students in dire need of editors.

The AZ Republic is dead.  It just doesn’t know enough to lie down.

 RE: Cartoonist Steve Benson

We were prophetic in the last sentence of the original post. The Jan. 24, issue of the newspaper bids farewell to Steve Benson, the increasingly unfunny but notably talented editorial cartoonist, bonded to flame-headed depictions of Pres. Donald Trump, whom he clearly despised. The oddly worded editorial acknowledges the fact that Steve Benson, a Pulitzer Prize winner, was laid off in the latest round of staff terminations by parent company Gannett Co., Inc., as reported in more detail by the Phoenix New Times.

Benson had a twisted metamorphosis, beginning his career as a young BYU educated conservative and a Mormon, ultimately leaving both his former political bent and his faith. As a grandson of former LDS church president Ezra Taft Benson, he was reviled for his vicious cartoons of then-Gov. Evan Mecham, a devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The farewell by the Arizona Republic’s Editorial Board headlines “Fearlessness with a brush.” It’s a good bet Benson uses pens more frequently than brushes, but attention to detail is not their bag as the few remaining readers of the newspaper are well aware.

On a personal note, Steve Benson lost his 40-year-old daughter in a bicycle-vehicle roadway accident this past September. She left behind a young son.


Climate change Kelly needs coaxing to challenge McSally

January 21, 2019

Not surprisingly, former astronaut Mark Kelly, a liberal hypocrite is considering a challenge to Arizona’s Republican Senator, Martha McSally. But according to 314 Action, which oddly identifies as a “pro-science resistance,” the newly coy potential candidate needs coaxing.

The effort to draft Kelly reportedly involves a six-figure digital ad campaign. The ads direct supporters to draftmarkkelly.org where they can sign a petition urging him to run as a climate change advocate. The site refers to him as a “tireless advocate fighting for action on climate change, absurdly posing the question, “Who better to tackle climate change than someone who has seen the earth from space?” The site asserts, “Now more than ever, we need members of the US Senate who understand that the most important issue facing our public safety is climate change.” The illegal invasion, terrorism, proliferation of illicit drugs, rampant crime and failing education system take a back seat. The slick tricksters also vow to “fight the Trump administration’s attacks on science.”

Kelly is a Second Amendment restrictionist for others, but not himself.  In 2013, he was caught on a Tucson gun store’s surveillance camera purchasing an AR-15, which he refers to as an “assault weapon” and a semi-automatic pistol. After he was outted, he claimed he intended his purchases to illustrate the need for more stringent gun laws. While awaiting the background check clearance he was unable to take possession of the guns.

Mark Kelly is a friend of Barack Obama and husband of former U. S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), who survived a 2011 horrific mass shooting at a political event in Tucson, taking the lives of six, including Federal Judge John Roll and a nine-year old girl.

Giffords and Kelly have formed a political action committee, Americans for Responsible Solutions, a blandly named gun control group lobbying for universal background checks on gun purchasers and urging restrictions on various gun purchases.

But their restrictions don’t include deadly pets like his daughter’s pit bull that was caught on a cell phone camera killing a baby sea lion on the California beach where Kelly, Giffords and his daughters were vacationing.

Other Democrats considering challenging Sen. Martha McSally are Rep. Ruben Gallego. Republicrat Grant Woods, who backed radical Kyrsten Sinema this year, says he is considering running for Senate — as a Democrat. Woods is McCain’s onetime chief of staff, who has made a career of endorsing Democrats. Newly elected CD 9 U.S. Rep. Greg Stanton, formerly the Phoenix mayor, who ran on a pledge to eliminate a tax on food, reneging on it after the ballots were counted — and who just won election to Sinema’s House seat in November — is also considering launching a senate campaign.

Kelly has already met with the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

In 2014 the left-wing Washington Post referred to Kelly as “Democrats’ Dream Candidate.” Thinking Arizonans regard him as an opportunistic, far-left nightmare.