Remembering our many blessings, obligations this Independence Day

July 4, 2019

 ….and honoring those 56 brave men* who had the vision and strength of character to challenge authority and affix their signatures to the Declaration of Independence.

Before signing the Declaration of Independence, our Founders included this memorable line:

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”

* Click on each Declaration signer’s name for a brief biography.

On this momentous holiday, we gift our readers with,This Fourth of July, why patriotism is worth defending,” by Kyle Smith — a New York Post columnist whose engaging style and reasoned approach has made him a newly found favorite. Do yourself a favor and get acquainted with his take on popular culture and politics.

Smith’s unique background includes serving as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army during the Persian Gulf War, and with the Second Armored Cavalry Regiment in Saudi Arabia. He graduated summa cum laude from Yale.

This recent Gallup Poll indicates the level of pride in America has plummeted among our own citizens, with only 22% of Democrats saying they are “extremely proud,” down 10 points in one year. For their part, most Republicans have remained extremely proud of our country, though the latest 76% reading is 10 points below the high recorded in 2003. Even when Barack Obama was in office, Republicans’ extreme pride never fell below 68%.

Still, these latest numbers are catastrophic in a country that stands as a beacon of freedom to the world. They are indicative of the media’s extreme anti-Trump sentiment and the fact that the radical hippies who spat on our returning Vietnam vets have permeated our educational establishment, disparaging our history and negatively influencing successive generations.  To ensure our nation’s survival, history and patriotism must be taught at home.

H/T Independence Hall Association (us history.org)

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AZ educrat duplicity cheats students of a future

June 27, 2019

The latest report assessing the AzMERIT test scores for our state’s students points to abysmal failure, with over half of the students failing in math and third graders unable to pass the reading exams.

The scores of seventh, eighth and ninth graders fell in English. According to the report, fewer than 40% of those eighth grade and higher even passed basic proficiency in the language of our country. 

But the Arizona Department of Education proudly proclaims the test’s new name AzM2! (complete with an exclamation point.) Educrats priorities are skewed as our children are academically screwed.

If your stomach is strong enough, check out Arizona’s schools and their stats. You’ve been forewarned.  SRAZ has randomly picked one. Scroll through the entire page and chart. It is listed as NR (academically Not Rated). With a Kindergarten through third grade student body of 766, listed as nearly 80% Hispanic, and likely a high percentage of English Language Learners (ESL), the mission statement is shameful  There is no commitment to academic excellence, but rather this blather:

“A community that inspires future doers. In order to actualize our school vision, we here at Sevilla East School are committed to: 1. Creating a safe and loving environment for all. 2. Providing physical and emotional support for all stakeholders. 3. Engaging and empowering our community. 4. Challenging all stakeholders to tap into their highest potential to realize their dreams. 5. Holding one another accountable.”

The actual number of English language learners is redacted. Students, “without disabilities,” who received one or more in-school suspensions? 28. Students with Chronic Absenteeism? 258. Students Enrolled in at least one Advanced Placement Course? Zip. Zero. Nadda.

The teachers who are doing such an exemplary job of dumbing down our children are the same ones who dressed themselves in #RedsForEd T-shirts (SRAZ added the “s” for clarity ) followed a 24-year-old, self-described Socialist and hip hop music (non-accredited) teacher, as they abandoned more than 840,000 students for a week in violation of their contractual agreements. They then demanded — and received from spineless Gov.  Doug Ducey — a 20% pay increase. Still, the part-time teachers (do you get the summer off, numerous half days, and lengthy holiday breaks?) have ample money to fund their unions,* which give $millions to Democrat candidates and left-wing issues.

Talk about getting a bang for our bucks.  Our sons and daughters are being sexualized while taught about gender fluidity and Planned Parenthood is invited into their classrooms to teach them the relevancy of homosexuality and how abortion is a woman’s choice to make with her own body, breezily obliterating the fact that there are actually two heartbeats and frequently differing blood types.

Wouldn’t it make more sense to focus on academics to reach their lofty goal of “Challenging all stakeholders to tap into their highest potential to realize their dreams?” And why are kids now called “stakeholders?” If they learn nothing, these bogus stakes will be the only ones they’ll ever hold. Fillet Mignon will be forever out of reach.

* Follow the Money


AZ daily’s pity party for “unauthorized immigrants”

June 14, 2019

Border situation has reached crisis proportions as hundreds of thousands arrive, demand and infect

With its last gasps, the dying Periódico de la República de Arizona (The Arizona Republic), passing itself off as a newspaper, features an article that places the warping of language on full display.

The premise concerns difficulties faced by Arizona high school students who face financial impediments to their future plans, since they have to pay the full college tuition — like everyone else. They want special consideration…because they are “undocumented’ or “unauthorized immigrants.”

They are interchangeably called “undocumented youths, students and young people.” The words are relentlessly regurgitated throughout the article since the newspaper refuses to use the accurate description of “illegal alien,” which has been deemed politically incorrect by the leftists in charge of the press. Of course, all of the illegals “want to give back to their community,” though not their home countries. 

Intentionally misusing the word “undocumented,” is integral to the perpetration of the fraud. We direct you to definition Number 3 in our post,Lingo: Reading in Republicese.”

In the story (it doesn’t qualify as a legitimate report) the word “undocumented” was actually used 34 times — more than qualifying as pushing an agenda. In numerous instances, the overworked words abutted themselves in adjoining sentences.

The newspaper longs for a renewal of Obama’s admittedly unconstitutional Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program which gave some illegals protection from deportation. They had to affirm that they were children brought to the U.S. by their invading parents, but providing evidence of that claim was not part of the equation.

If your nephew, Jack, was Arizona-born but has lived in California the past few years, he would have to pay out-of-state tuition going to an Arizona University. That’s too harsh for the illegals, who are not only protesting, but have the newspaper pleading their case for in-state tuition, that would be beyond the reach of Arizona-born Jack.

The difference? Jack was apt to be a Republican, while the “unauthorized immigrants” could be counted in the Democrat column.

In 2006 Arizona voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 300 which denied privileges granted citizens to extend to illegals. It passed by 71.4 %. It required verification of immigration status of persons applying for state-funded services, including in-state tuition and financial aid for college students.

As word spreads of insufficient border enforcement, the number of illegals from around the globe breaching our southern border increases. 

Days ago, Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents reported finding the body of a 7-year-old child from India who died crossing the desert from Mexico with her large family group.

Recently, over 550 Africans were apprehended in Texas in just one week. The majority were from the Democratic Republic of Congo, the country with the worst Ebola outbreak in the world, dwarfing its measles epidemic.

And Congressional Democrats, who hate President Donald Trump far more than they love our country, continue withholding funds for a necessary border wall.


AZ Gov. Ducey’s selective $alary hike$: lawmakers off his radar

June 10, 2019

Charitable with other people’s money — Arizona taxpayer’s, to be exact — Gov. Doug Ducey was unconstrained as he awarded generous salary increases, along with hefty bonuses, to his staff and administration appointees in 2016. The substantial pay hikes were extended to nearly four dozen state employees.

Ducey was equally magnanimous as he caved to the demands of striking REDsForED teachers who, in violation of their contractual agreements, abandoned approximately 840,000 Arizona students for a week as they followed a 24-year-old hip hop music teacher and avowed socialist Pied Piper. After initially rejecting their demands, Ducey acquiesced and gave them a 20% raise for their part time employment.

Where he draws the line, however, is with the per diem daily allowances for state legislators, which he just vetoed. There is no doubt the effort was a back door route to provide them a living wage, and it’s a shame they had to resort to such drastic measures as SB1558.

In 2013 we wrote, “AZ legislature: It’s not a “part time” job,” pointing out that Arizona legislators haven’t had a pay increase since 1998, when their salary was boosted from $15,000 to $24,000. In the intervening years, several ballot proposals to increase the annual salary to $30,000 have been nixed. Yet our legislators are entrusted with passing multi $billion state budgets and writing the laws that effect each and every state resident.

 Due in large part to the relentless negative publicity hurled at Arizona’s Republican majority legislature in the past by the leftist daily newspaper, voters repeatedly rejected pay increases when they appeared on the ballot. With the newspaper on the skids, and readership in the tank, its negative influence has diminished.

The job is erroneously referred to as part time. But constituents rightly expect to have access to their state senators and representatives throughout the year. Numerous issues arise requiring legislators’ attention. Additionally, governors can, and do, call special sessions after the regular session has concluded.

Because the pay is so low, the legislature has become a haven for retirees, various “consultants,” housewives, and a plethora of school board members, who do not have to rely on the low legislative salary to support a family.

The job’s long hours, coupled with the abysmal pay, restricts many average Arizonans from participating in what was designed to be a citizen legislature. All leftists actually care about, however, is domination. That’s why the legislature has become a Democrat family legacy profession, with parents and children serving together or succeeding one another. Husbands and wives have been legislators. That familial institutionalism is newly exemplified by a Democrat brother and sister team. Alma Hernandez and Daniel Hernandez, Jr., were recently elected to the AZ House in adjacent districts.


Christian U students protest faith-based VP Mike Pence

May 19, 2019

Liberal Arts Taylor University students take the word “liberal” more seriously than “Christian”

Taylor University is a nondenominational Christian liberal arts school that appears to take the word “liberal“ more seriously than its commitment to Christianity. There was a student and faculty walkout protesting Vice President Mike Pence just prior to him delivering the commencement address, beginning with these words:

“Throughout most of our American history it’s been pretty easy to call yourself a Christian, but things are different now,” Pence said. “Lately, it’s become acceptable, even fashionable, to malign traditional Christian beliefs. So as you prepare to leave this place and build your life on a Christ-centered, world-engaging foundation poured here at Taylor University, be prepared to stand up.”

Founded in 1846, Taylor University has veered far from its original roots. Its admission page urges applicants to learn more about how God could use you during and beyond your Taylor college experience, but there has been a disconnect, based in the promotion of the homosexual agenda as some students affixed rainbow signs and stickers atop their mortar boards, “We are Taylor too. ” They said the message represented “support for marginalized people hurt by the Trump administration’s policies,” clearly demonstrating their lack of knowledge.

The majority of the 494 graduates did not leave and greeted the comments by VP Pence, a former Indiana governor, with applause and a standing ovation. But the fact that there was a protest at a faith-based school is indicative of the radical leftist popular culture invading even what should be regarded as strongholds for normalcy.

The petition protesting Vice President Mike Pence’s commencement address can be viewed here.

While the university’s website addresses its commitment to Christ, some students suggested a more appropriate speaker would be South Bend Indiana mayor and long-shot Democrat presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, married to another man.

Next weekend V. P. Pence will deliver the commencement address to U.S. Army cadets at West Point military academy.


Invasion USA: Central Americans overwhelm border

May 10, 2019

Yuma, AZ among three southern border areas most impacted by illegal invaders as Central Americans transplant themselves in USA

David Horowitz, writing for Conservative Review, provides shocking facts and figures from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regarding the mass illegal invasion of the United States by Central Americans. April was a record breaking month.

Here are the key takeaways from the April CBP border report:

In total, 109,144 individuals were apprehended at the border – 98,977 between points of entry and 10,167 at points of entry. This is the highest number in 12 years, it is very likely the highest number of unique individuals of all time, given that many in the past were the same individuals deported multiple times within the same week, while almost all of these are first-timers.

The 58,474 individuals in family units set another record, but an increasing number of people are also coming as single adults, 31,606. The overwhelming number of single adults are from Mexico, while most of the family units and unaccompanied teens are from Central America.

The increases over the previous month seemed to be from the Rio Grande Valley (RGV), El Paso, and Yuma sectors, the three busiest corridors in absolute numbers. Overall, for this fiscal year, every sector has seen a massive increase in family units.

Guatemala still leads the pack for the most migrants coming in all categories, followed by Honduras, with a sharp drop-off for Salvadorans. Overall, 301,900 Guatemalans were apprehended at and between points of entry since the beginning of fiscal year 2018. In other words, in just 19 months, 1.7 percent of Guatemala’s population came to our border, and that is on top of the 815,000 Guatemalan nationals who already lived here, most of them illegally. A recent poll showed that a third of Guatemalans would like to immigrate to the U.S. A total of 224,078 Hondurans have come since FY 2018, 2.4 percent of the population. That is on top of the 623,000 already here. This means that the size of these countries’ populations in America equal roughly 6.6 percent and 9.2 percent of their respective populations in Guatemala and Honduras. “Only” 79,000 have come from El Salvador over the past 19 months, but because they dominated the Central American migration in previous years, we already had 1.4 million Salvadorans in this country as of last year, representing roughly 22 percent of their entire homeland population!

Unlike in the past, when mainly single adults were coming over and were immediately repatriated, most of these individuals are being released. ICE has released 168,000 just since December 21, and that number doesn’t include the 33,000 released by CBP directly without ever being processed in an ICE holding facility since March 19.  The cost to taxpayers of just one year’s flow of illegal immigration, as estimated by the Center for Immigration Studies, would be roughly $150 billion.

Horowitz, a onetime leftist raised by Communist parents, eventually came to conservatism, which makes him reviled by the far left Southern Poverty Law Center and unwelcome on college campuses — in this case his own alma mater — when Republican student groups invite him. Campus Reform reports, “He was deemed too provocative to fringe elements and anarchists in the city of Berkeley.” Horowitz astutely observes,“Dissent is heresy.”

David Horowitz is an ardent supporter of President Donald Trump, which puts him even further in the radical left’s cross hairs.


Crisis politics rules at leftist AZ Republic

May 3, 2019

Continuing invasion by illegal aliens on our southern border doesn’t meet crisis standard but everything else does

Recent issues of the failing Arizona Republic feature skewed headlines that fit its leftwing agenda. Everything is a crisis, but its own dilapidating health on which it doesn’t report. Stock prices for Gannett Co, Inc., it’s parent company, continue to plummet as it struggles to fend off a hostile takeover by MNG, a newspaper conglomerate. Gannett’s answer is that it’s pursuing “a digital transformation” (read an end to far more costly to produce hard copies) and “quality journalism,” long known to be comatose at the Hillary-endorsing local newspaper.

Sample full page report headlines reveal the identity politics that undergirds its mission:

“Arizona Faces an Imprisonment Crisis, but the burden is not equally shared in all of our communities. “ The thrust of the article is that “people of color” are incarcerated more frequently, and for longer terms.

Missing is the fact that juries, who have weighed the evidence in criminal trials, decide the fate of defendants. Many are recidivists, who disproportionately commit increasingly serious crimes.

Ditto the entire front page crisis coverage headlined “CLASS DISPARITY,” which the newspaper’s own analysis indicated black students are suspended at higher rates from Arizona schools. The Republic would have readers believe the students are suspended based on race rather than behavior. The following day, a Page One story asserted, “School discipline varies wildly —  depending on districts.” Missing is the fact that problem students, who deprive their classmates of education, are often in districts where education is not prioritized at home.

Another crisis report carries the headline, “State aims to stem flood of evictions.” There is now a movement to keep people in properties for extended periods after missing rent payments. No word on how the property owners, who have responsibilities of their own to meet, are going to fare when renters no longer feel paying for their basic needs is a priority. There are currently utility payment assistance programs and food stamps now known as SNAP. Free breakfast and lunch programs are available at schools, even in the summer months. Health care is never denied.

Gone are incentives to provide basics for yourself or your own family — a lesson taught to succeeding generations.

Leftwingism is on a roll at the Hillary-Clinton endorsing newspaper, which explains why it is failing in a state that gave all of its electoral votes to 2016 Republican candidate Donald Trump — whom we now proudly call “Mr. President.”