Pedestrian deaths soar; AZ nation’s 3rd worst

April 15, 2017

“Distracted drivers” or pedestrians’ own risky behavior to blame?

According to this report released by the Governors (no apostrophe) Highway Safety Association, pedestrian deaths are soaring and Arizona ranked number three in the nation on the 2016 list of fatalities. (Table 6, Page 14 of the report.)   Colorful infographics are even included.

The blame, it says, lies with distracted drivers. “Enforcement is crucial to changing driver behavior,“ the report declares. It was authored by transportation consultant Richard Retting who works for Sam Schwartz Transportation Consultants .The east coast duo have found their niche.

It’s a good bet that most drivers in the Valley and Phoenix metro area would take exception to that misguided characterization blaming them for increased fatalities. Start paying attention to marked crosswalks. Keen observers are well aware that crosswalks are routinely avoided by pedestrians. With children in tow, parents will run across one lane of traffic and then stand in the median waiting for a break in oncoming cars to charge across the opposite lane. This dangerous behavior is customary, by no means an occasional anomaly.

Others will saunter across the street a dozen or more feet outside the crosswalk as if the marked lines providing pedestrian safety were for someone else. Lines are not for the cool. They are for obedient dolts.

Socioeconomic factors also play a role. When Phoenix area summertime temperatures are routinely in the triple digits, people are not walking for pleasure. They are walking because they have no choice. Could it be resentment of their circumstances makes the idea of staying within the crosswalks less appealing?

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, from 2004 to 2014, there were an average of 22 confirmed wrong-way crashes on freeways each year, and eight fatalities on average each year from such calamities. How many of those drivers are unable to read the signs?

Bicyclists have their own lanes in most cities these days. Life should be good for the greenies. But they no longer walk their bikes across busy streets and frequently switch into auto lanes using driver‘s arm signals to show they are not pedaling lesser modes of transportation. Helmets provide minimal protection. When they are in the driver’s blind spot, tragedy can result.

Motorcyclists, repeatedly changing lanes while speeding through traffic are another risky group, posing hazards to pedestrians and other vehicles on the roadways.

The report did concede that 82% of deaths occurred outside of intersections. That fact alone confirms that “distracted drivers” are not the culprits to pedestrians who thumb their noses at the painted lines in the street, put there to ensure their safety.

Look for the Governors Highway Safety Association to keep churning out these half-baked reports — between attending conferences in Seattle, Washington; Nashville, Tennessee; and Grand Rapids, Michigan. The 2017 conference is slated for Louisville, Kentucky. They might think of using that confab to put the onus for pedestrian deaths where it most frequently belongs — with the pedestrians.


AG Sessions visits AZ, announces new border security measures

April 12, 2017

U.S.A.G. Jeff Sessions gives the speech we’ve been waiting years to hear

 U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions visited Arizona on Tuesday and outlined President Trump’s bold new plan to secure our southern border.  Unequivocally stating, “This is the Trump era,” the attorney general announced new crackdowns on illegal immigration.

Read the full text of Attorney General Sessions’s speech as he addressed the uniformed men and women who serve in Customs and Border Protection  — providing the front line of border security.

Sessions stated that federal prosecutors are now required to consider for prosecution a broadened list of offenses, which he clearly outlines with bullet points in the text.

For those who didn’t get a chance to hear his long-awaited message, enjoy it here.


NAU educrat docks student’s grade for use of “Mankind”

April 1, 2017

Propagandizing alive and well at Northern Arizona University

Today is April Fools’ Day, so it’s fitting that we draw attention to Dr. Anne Scott, a Northern Arizona University professor.  Scott, 59, is so caught up in leftist political correctness that she finds the word “mankind” unacceptable. So unacceptable, in fact, that she docked an English major NAU student a grade point for using it.

Student Cailin Jeffers is giving the irrational action the exposure it deserves, saying “In one of these examples she stated that we could not use the word ‘mankind.’ Instead, we should use ‘humankind.’ I thought this was absurd, and I wasn’t sure if she was serious.”

To parents contemplating sending your kids to this bastion of higher learning, check out the 2016 – 2017 undergrad tuition and fee schedule. Can you possibly think you’re getting the best bang for your buck here, when their intent is to propagandize rather than educate?

Last year, Princeton University sent out this memo informing faculty and staff that they must stop using the word “man” and “other male-leaning language.’ Instead they are to substitute preferable, gender-neutral terminology that must now be used in official school documents.

As reported in Campus Reform, “Multiple professors at Washington State University have explicitly told students their grades will suffer if they use terms such as ‘illegal alien,’ ‘male,’ and ‘female,’ or if they fail to ‘defer’ to non-white students” who don’t have the benefit of ‘white privilege.’

Fortunately, Seeing Red AZ bows to no such constraints, since we believe accuracy matters. Illegal aliens are not immigrants, They are also not undocumented, since they often carry plenty of documentation, counterfeit, stolen or belonging to children.

The punishment for repeatedly using the banned words, a Washington State instructor warns, includes “but [is] not limited to removal from the class without attendance or participation points, failure of the assignment, and— in extreme cases— failure for the semester.”

Brainwashing reaches soaring new heights when it becomes a threat tied to dire consequences.

Watch as Tucker Carlson interviews NAU student Cailin Jeffers:


Dying AZ Republic refuses to take its meds

March 8, 2017

While the markets have been surging since the election of President Trump, Gannett Co., Inc. (GCI) parent company of the Arizona Republic has been in decline.  On Dec. 4, 2015 Gannett was selling at $17.48 a share. Tuesday morning it was trading at $7.85. The plunge began in earnest after the leftist publication came out with a Sept. 27, 2016 presidential endorsement of scandal-plagued Hillary Clinton.  The newspaper was forced to admit that the move precipitated a flood of calls to cancel subscriptions. 

But insulting the remaining readers is de rigueur for the Republic, whose favorite topics are sob stories promoting illegal aliens and attempting to normalize deviant behavior –a wide-ranging topic which took on a new luster under the paper’s former editor, Randy Lovely.  He did such a bang-up job in Arizona, he has been promoted to a VP position at Gannett, necessitating a move to the company’s headquarters in McLean, Virginia.

The stock market has responded favorably to Donald Trump, with the Dow breaking above 20,000 for the first time ever within days of his inauguration. Following his speech to Congress, the Dow Jones hit another record — this one climbing above 21,000.

Despite a massive boom in employment since his election, the Arizona Republic continues to hammer him, with a daily barrage of skewed headlines topping reports that have only a passing acquaintance with the truth.  Cartoonist Steve Benson has lost his ability to portray any entity other than increasingly vile distortions of President Trump. The editorials are a constant agenda-filled harangue.

Now the continually shrinking — in size and content — newspaper has a new gimmick.  No, we’re not talking about the propensity to run the same story twice in the same edition, although that has a decided eeriness to it. Demographic studies point to senior citizens as the reliable reader base, hence the majority of ads are for hearing aids, senior facilities, and life alert alarms to assist in the event of a fall.

Are these the people to aim Page One articles and oversized photos of hurdles faced by transgender Arizonans in the workplace? How many even heard the term until recently when it became newsworthy due to their desire to use public restrooms of their feelings, not their biology and demanded accommodations?

The latest stunt is to take up three-quarters of the front page or jump page with repetitive miniscule graphics. A report on escalating crime, for example, included a legend to reading the meaning into the pictures of guns (shooting), fists (blunt force), knives (stabbing), a hypodermic needle (drug overdose), skull and crossbones (poisoning), and a flame (smoke inhalation). The editorial board obviously regards its declining base as being in need of remedial support to aid their reading experience. 

It’s clear the leftist publication would rather die as a purveyor of skewed news, continuing to insult its remaining readers than live with impartial journalistic integrity as a hallmark. The fact that the entire newspaper has become the editorial page is unmistakably reflected in its steadily declining stock prices.


Illegals or vets: Who gets McCain’s attention?

February 26, 2017

The plight of U. S. military vets who were enticed with cash bonuses to sign up for extra tours of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan a decade ago is making the news as the Pentagon is demanding the vets repay the enlistment bonuses. The enticement of $15,000 or more was given as an incentive when the military was struggling to fill its ranks.

Soldiers say the military is reneging on 10-year-old agreements and imposing severe financial hardship on veterans whose only mistake was to accept the bonuses.

In 2010, after reports surfaced of improper payments, a federal investigation found that thousands of bonuses and student loan payments were given to California Guard soldiers who did not qualify for them, or were approved despite paperwork errors.

Last October, the Los Angeles Times reported on the devastating impact on nearly 10,000 soldiers who have been ordered to repay the substantial enlistment bonuses, or be slapped with interest charges, wage garnishments and tax liens if they refuse.

Some high ranking Guard officers were charged and convicted after pleading guilty to filing false claims resulting in $ millions in payouts. But instead of forgiving the improper bonuses, the California Guard assigned 42 auditors to comb through paperwork for bonuses and other incentive payments given to the soldiers, a process that was finally completed last month. The National Guard Bureau, the Pentagon agency that oversees state Guard organizations,  has acknowledged that bonus overpayments occurred in every state at the height of the two wars. 

Arizona National Guard members were not immune to this debacle. This past Friday, the Arizona Republic reported on Ashley Christopher, 33, who finds her world turned upside down, after being forced to sell her home to try to repay the bonus she received.

Amnesty proponents John McCain and Jeff Flake are going to bat to help the so-called “DREAMers”  foreign nationals who are currently 35 years of age or younger and claim they were brought here before they were 16 years old by their parents who illegally invaded the United States. Verifying how many came as babes in arms or ably propelled themselves over the border last year at age 34 is impossible to substantiate. We need to call this farce what it is: Stealth Amnesty. It is also a liberal “dream” come true, lacking any means of verification while permanently swelling the ranks of the Democrat Party.

McCain chairs the Senate Armed Services committee. He should be directing his efforts toward American National Guard members who are being threatened by the Pentagon to repay reenlistment bonuses they signed up for in good faith.

John McCain’s abysmal record with veterans is well-known and recently evident during the Phoenix VA hospital scandals, which occurred right under his nose. Why does he choose to allow illegals to capture his attention?


Ignorant lunatic lefties and their benefactors & UPDATE

February 22, 2017

In case you missed the outrageous leftist spectacle Tuesday evening as FOX News anchor Tucker Carlson attempted to interview Sunsara Taylor of the anarchist group, “Refuse Fascism,” we have the video segment.   

Repeatedly dragging out the irrational and indefensible Hitler analogy which the failing Arizona Republic also succumbs to in describing President Donald Trump, she showed her ignorance of history with these words, “He is more dangerous than Hitler ever could have been. I’m calling for mass political protest and resistance.”

“This is a danger to humanity. And yes, it’s in its early stages, but people need to rise up and stop it before it is too late,” Taylor raged. She accuses Pres. Trump and VP Pence of having “seized the reins of power” —- conveniently forgetting they were elected by millions of Americans.

Taylor’s group of radicals were behind the Berkeley riots. And just like antagonist John McCain who recently compared President Trump to a dictator, they are funded by multi-billionaire socialist George Soros, who disdains national borders. According to this report in the Daily Caller, he recently gave the extremists $50,000 through various sources within his network. Other funders, such as the United Steel Workers labor union and the City of Tucson are also listed.

The City of Tucson??

The Daily Caller reports a Tucson city official says the city merely acted as a pass-through for a Native American tribe that provided a grant to the radical group. The city official claimed no city money went to Soros’ Alliance for Global Justice. But what moved Tucson to act as a facilitator? And how did the needy tribe become flush enough to be granting money to “Refuse Fascism?” Since the tribe wasn’t named, perhaps it’s a casino owner…just as Donald Trump previously was. They should have more in common than this. Either way, this makes no sense.

Meanwhile, the Democrat Party — which lost not only the White House, but the Senate and House this past November —  is poised to appeal to this very type of leftist as they shift away from what would be their own mainstream to pick a National Party chairman.  Meeting in Atlanta weekend, their two top candidates are Rep. Keith Ellison (Minn.), the first Muslim elected to Congress and Tom Perez, blandly described as Obama’s former Labor secretary.

Arizonans will remember far leftist Perez as the Assistant Attorney for Civil Rights under Attorney General Eric Holder who was committed to taking down Sheriff Joe Arpaio. In 2009, The Washington Times editorialized,Perez’s positions give pause.” They still should. The Democrats are selecting between bad and worse to lead their party.

Update-tag

On Feb. 25, Obama cohort Thomas Perez was elected DNC chair. He quickly named Keith Ellison to be the committee’s deputy chair.

President Donald Trump tweeted his “congratulations.”


Phx City Council runoff: Why it’s crucial to elect Chris DeRose

February 16, 2017

The Phoenix City Council on Wednesday rejected a petition to give sanctuary city status the nation’s sixth largest city.  But the issue is not dead.  It’s been referred to a committee for further review after the city hall chambers were jammed with shouting illegal advocates.

Sanctuary cities provide a safe haven for illegal aliens, who are living and working in the United States using stolen or falsified social security numbers and other ID while taking jobs and taxpayer-funded benefits. Among them are criminals who have previously been deported and returned.

Who can forget the senseless murder of Kate Steinle as she walked along the San Francisco pier with her father? The gunman Francisco Sanchez  was an illegal alien  — a repeat drug felon — who had been deported five times. Taken into custody again, the city of San Francisco refused to hold Sanchez for deportation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials because of San Francisco’s “sanctuary city” policy. Sanchez was dumped back out onto the streets where he stole a gun and ultimately killed the 32-year-old Steinle.

Closer to home is the horrific case of Grant Ronnebeck, 21, a Mesa convenience store clerk killed without provocation  over a pack of cigarettes by Mexican-born Apolinar Altamirano, who was arrested following a high-speed chase on at least two valley freeways, endangering countless other lives..

San Francisco was also where sanctuary policies played a role in the slayings of a 48-year-old father and his two sons, 20 and 16 by allowing city officials to shield the killer, Edwin Ramos, from deportation back to his native Salvador, despite his violent criminal history.

These are but a few of thousands such cases across the U.S. They are nothing we want to emulate as a matter of policy.  We need another Republican on the Phoenix City Council to offset the leftward lurch of the liberal majority who sanction sanctuaries.

The fallacy that has been relentlessly promoted for years is that the mayor and council members are non-partisan. Nothing could be further from the truth. When he was elected mayor in 2011, Greg Stanton received a congratulatory call from then-Pres. Barack Obama and Homeland Insecurity Chieftain Janet Napolitano. Stanton is already moving on filing to run for Secretary of State, frequently a dependable path to the governor’s office.

Red state Arizona has a blue stained capitol city, with only two Republicans — Jim Waring (Dist. 2) and Sal DiCiccio (Dist. 6) among the eight council members who represent Republicans in their districts.  Thelda Williams, (Dist. 1), also a registered Republican, is less steadfast, though she issued this statement in opposition to the sanctuary city petition.  Waring and DiCiccio both voted in opposition. After the vote, DiCiccio rightly accused the council of “punting” the issue by forming a committee to make recommendations.  The remaining members newly appointed councilwoman Debra Stark (Dist. 3); Laura Pastor (Dist 4); Daniel Valenzuela (Dist. 5); Michael Nowakowski (Dist. 7); and Kate Gallego Dist. 8) are all liberal Democrats.

Residents of City Council District 3 (map here) will participate in a crucial March 14, 2017 runoff election (complete election info, including early voting under link).  Stark was appointed as an interim to replace Councilman Bill Gates who was elected to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. Gates is a Republican. There is an excellent candidate ready to replace liberal, short-term, appointee Debra Stark.  Chris DeRose, unafraid to declare his political affiliation and with an outstanding resume and a much-needed vibrancy, is the obvious choice.

If you live in Phoenix District 3, commit Chris DeRose’s name to memory.  This is a major election with far-reaching ramifications. It’s too important to mistakenly regard as inconsequential.