AZ integral to contrasting refugee resettlement reports

December 10, 2019

Refugee status often contrived to exploit: Arizona falls prey

First we direct your attention to a compelling commentary by conservative columnist Michelle Malkin, titled,Citizen revolt: Resist refugee resettlement dumps!

Read it from beginning to end. We promise you the facts will shock you out of your shoes.

Then hop over to the local newspaper. Monday’s pathetic edition was so anorexic it contained only two sections. Sports was one. Leftward skewed news was the other. Characterized by oversize photos, regurgitated reports and purchased content, it is rife with hearing aid ads and even those dealing with ED, aimed at the senior citizens who are accustomed to the flaccid plop of a folded newspaper on their driveway.

You’ll find an intriguing Page One report  that coalesces flawlessly with Malkin’s stunning assessment This one, however, details the welcoming of costly “refugees.” And, of course, it’s taking place right here under our noses in Arizona.  It’s time to get up to speed on this far-reaching problem as our state thrusts its finger in the eye of our citizens, but also President Trump, who has set more rational standards.

On September 26, 2019, President Trump signed an Executive Order specifying a humanitarian and responsible approach to refugees that protects the welfare of American citizens. This brief fact sheet clearly states his rational approach to  dealing with refugee resettlement, which increases transparency and prioritizes America’s citizens.

Important takeaways from the White House fact sheet:

The primary goal of our refugee policy is to enable refugees to ultimately return home, where they can help rebuild their communities – which also supports our foreign policy interests.

The United States spends billions of dollars resettling refugees that could be invested in our citizens here at home.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) spent more than $96 billion on programs supporting or benefiting refugees between 2005 and 2014. HHS surveys show that 45 percent of refugees arriving between 2011 and 2015 were receiving cash assistance and 49 percent were receiving Medicaid.

President Trump is prioritizing the safety and security of the American people by making sure we do not admit more people than we can vet. The United States can only admit so many refugees while ensuring we maintain a high standard of screening.

Proper controls are vital, as many refugees come from countries that are known sources of terrorism or lack the modern record keeping to help us identify their nationals.

Law enforcement has apprehended a number of alleged terrorists in recent years who passed through our refugee program.

This is the man the Democrats are intent on impeaching.


Mexico: A terrorist nation run by violent drug cartels

November 11, 2019

The United States military is unparalleled. On Veterans Day, we pause to acknowledge the security our troops provide, not only to America, but with peacekeeping missions worldwide in regions where security is threatened or violence is commonplace.

Our troops are deployed in more than 150 countries around the world, with over 170,000 active-duty personnel serving outside the United States and its territories. The numbers, according to Wikipedia, are based on the most recent United States Department of Defense statistics as of June 30, 2019.

In view of the inconceivable carnage Mexican drug cartels inflicted upon three American citizen mothers and their six children — caravanning in three separate vehicles — grotesquely ambushed, brutally slaughtered and burned, leaving other children seriously injured, it’s time to stop our farcical dealings with Mexico. We have no choice other than to acknowledge the country is run by terrorists and to deploy troops on our own border.

Mexico is a dangerous country as evident by these U.S. Department of State advisories, which are not new. Americans are urged to reconsider travel or bluntly advised not to travel, as violent crime, such as homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery, are widespread. Giving them nearly $300 million a year of American taxpayer dollars has done nothing to alleviate the pervasive crime in the resource-rich country.

There has been a despicable effort to blame the victims and lessen the culpability of the murderers, with Associated Press zoning in on the group’s polygamous past or claiming the slayings were due to “mistaken identities,” the brutal killers thinking they were part of a rival gang, blaming water conflicts within the farming communities where the victims lived and even deriding the dead mothers as part of a “sex cult.”

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) recently stated, “Mexico is leaning dangerously toward becoming a failed state. We have not seen enough action toward addressing the threat that it presents, not only to the Mexican people but to the American people. When the drug cartels become as big, as powerful, as bold and as callous toward human life as these have become — I think this is a time for us to take this very seriously and to figure out the best steps forward.”

Mexican law enforcement and military are no match to the crime-related violence. In 2018, the number of drug-related homicides in Mexico rose to 33,341, a 15 percent increase from the previous year—and a record high. Mexican drug cartels have killed at least145 candidates and politicians and party workers in the lead-up to Mexico’s 2018 presidential elections.

Global Conflict Tracker lists Mexico in the same category as Syria, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Lebanon and Turkey. 

We need a wall, a vigorous military presence and a fervent commitment to securing our border — Democrat opposition be damned.


Mexico: Our murderous south of the border “neighbors” & Update

November 5, 2019

Massacre of mothers and children traveling to a wedding ambushed in three separate vehicles 

The U.K.’s DailyMail.com covers the horrific slaughter of three mothers and six of their young children in full, graphic detail. They were all American citizens living in a decades old LDS fundamentalist settlement in Sonora, Mexico. The murders were carried out by ruthless Mexican drug cartel savages.

Reliable open border proponents at the Arizona Republic would prefer we view Mexico through a softly filtered lens. Don’t be conned. This shooting and torching brutality of innocents is reality.

What should be an unfathomable atrocity took place about an hour south of Douglas, Arizona.

U.S. authorities have no way of discerning who is among the hundreds of thousands of Central Americans and Mexicans who have breached our sovereign border and invaded the United States. They have been coached by illegal advocates to claim they are political refugees. Many have criminal histories and brutal gang backgrounds.

Today Tucson is voting on whether to become a “sanctuary city” for illegals.

Nov. 7, 2019: Within days of the slaughter, Arizona Republic reporter Daniel Gonzalez, writing for the never-blame-Mexico-for-anything newspaper, bylines a ludicrous Page One report headlined, “Cartel may have mistakenly fired.” All of the facts, including that the vehicles were miles apart, mothers and children were shot at close range, and then the vehicles were torched, incinerating living infants, point to murderous intent. 


A slippery solution for AZ’s failing students

October 28, 2019

Fail safe scheme falsely insures top-notch results

Earlier this month we covered the colossal testing failures being promoted by Arizona’s public schools. The bottom line is that Arizona students are doing even worse on tests than their previously low scores. More than half who took the tests failed — for the FIFTH year in a row!

This marks the first year high schools were given the ability to opt out of participating in this specific assessment, which no doubt thrilled the school administrators, since school funding is based in part on student proficiency in basic skills. Now some schools are resorting to trickery to boost scores, giving those who earn a “B,” for example, a bright shiny “A,” if they were deemed “proficient.”

But wait…there’s more! The latest educrat mumbo-jumble is based on the fact that a student’s ACT scores can determine students’ chances of being accepted into college, class placement, or even access scholarships. The added bonus is students have an opportunity to finagle their scores. As of September 2020, students who have taken the ACT test will have the option to retake individual sections of the test instead of the entire exam. Those who take the test more than once will be given an ACT “superscore” that averages their highest possible ACT composite score. These perks come on the heels of the ability to “pre-test.”

 It’s not difficult to see where this is going. Being a “super scorer” is not an indication of brilliance, unless brilliance is determined by the ability to pre-test, take and retake the test and use the highest score across all attempts to maximize the submitted score. 

What better training for the real world where there are rarely opportunities for do-overs — and certainly not chances to use false cumulative scores? In addition, beginning September 2020, students will have the opportunity to take the ACT online during national test dates, guaranteeing there will be no failures.

ACT initially came into being in the 1950s when schools actually taught. At that time, the acronym stood for American College Testing. Today, ACT stands for nothing. It is a registered trademarked company, headquartered in Iowa with regional offices across the United States and international locations.

Education has become a big business, with undisguised leftist leanings,* that routinely produces a shoddy product — pathetically under-educated American students. Teachers, its first line marketers, now routinely go on strike as we witnessed in Arizona. This model would never survive in a truly competitive environment where outcomes matter.

 *Center for Responsive Politics


Judicial Watch exposes dark alliance between UofA, ChiComs

October 24, 2019

In an impeccably researched and well-documented report, Judicial Watch reveals the troubling alliance between the publicly funded University of Arizona and Chinese Communists complete with hefty sums of cash changing hands.

The account, titled, “Public university gives Chinese Communists funding, exclusive rights to intellectual concepts, trademarks, inventions,” is stunning in its scope. Read the concise report here, being sure to access the substantiating links.

The University of Arizona (UofA) appears to have an affinity for Communism. In August 2018, SRAZ reported that radical leftist Noam Chomsky, then age 89, was hired for an outrageous salary of $750,000 a year. Chomsky, who supports Hezbollah and defends communist regimes, was brought in to teach his nefarious leftist brand of politics — on a part-time basis. Couple this contemptible giveaway with in-state tuition made accessible for illegal aliens, while our own Arizona students get slammed with increasingly high tuition and fees.

According to the ASU State Press, on May 2018 ASU’s leftwing President Michael Crow received a pay hike of $90,000 bringing his annual salary to $690,000. This outrageous sum does not include his bonuses and perks, including the $70,000 housing allowance for his 4550 sq. ft. Paradise Valley estate. According to this July 14, 2019 report in the local newspaper which notes he ranks 10th nationally in public university president pay, Crow also receives a $10,000 vehicle allowance, a $143,450 retirement contribution, and $5,145 nontaxable compensation (medical, vision benefits).

The Arizona Board of Regents, which oversees the state’s three university president’s salaries (ASU, UofA and NAU) and has the ability to award bonuses, is chaired by Larry Penley, who possesses quite a sense of humor:

“I think all of our presidents are really remarkable leaders. We’re very lucky to have them,” Penley said. “When one looks at the marketplace, I really believe that we’re doing a good job in retaining these university presidents, and we’re doing so with reasonable salaries for the kind of jobs they have.”

How does anyone disagree with that “logic”?


AZ teachers deserve lumps of coal, not 20% pay hike

October 11, 2019

Students continue to fail basic AzMERIT tests; ADE’s solution? Change its name to AzM2!

AzMERIT is the educrats’ highly touted program that measures what should be proficiency in student ability to comprehend basic math and reading skills. The recently released scores illuminate the abysmal failures being turned out by Arizona public schools that continually ask for bond overrides and increased school spending.

The Arizona Department of Education appears to go to great lengths to derail active searches of overall scores and those of individual schools. Navigating the 37-page AzMERIT Reporting Guide requires more skills than renowned voyager Magellan likely possessed. We suggest you start here, but make no promises.

The bottom line is that Arizona students are doing even worse on tests than their previously low scores. More than half the students who took the tests failed — for the FIFTH year in a row!

This marks the first year high schools were given the ability to opt out of participating in this specific assessment, which no doubt thrilled the school administrators.

 Since school funding is based in part on student proficiency in basic skills, some schools are resorting to trickery to boost scores, giving those who earn a “B,” for example, a bright shiny “A,” if they were deemed “proficient.” These shortchanged students will be in for a rude awakening when they have to survive in the real world, where they will be expected to perform based on actual ability, a broad range of knowledge, creative thinking aptitudes and effective communication skills.

The Federalist reports schools now have social agendas that have nothing to do with education. Illinois, for example, recently passed a law requiring children as young as preschoolers to be taught LGBT history. Districts can only purchase textbooks that include positive contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals in their history curriculum.

NPR affiliate Illinois Public Radio labeled Christian and conservative opposition to this law while it was being considered as stemming from “hate groups.”

In 2018 Seeing Red AZ wrote, #REDS for ED: Union thugs demand more $ for less. It’s chock full of facts and worth your time to review.


Forbes list of billionaires features 7 Arizonans

October 8, 2019

America: The land of opportunity

The Forbes 400 is known as the definitive list of wealth in America, profiling and ranking the nation’s billionaires by their estimated net worth. The 2019 ratings show people of every ethnicity and background have risen to the top due to diligence, hard work and the resolve to succeed. Contrary to what you would be led to believe if you rely on the local press for information, of Arizona’s 7 billionaires 3 are Hispanic. (Scroll down on this link and click on “state.”)

New to the list this year is 37-year-old Ernest Garcia III, the co-founder of used-car e-commerce site Carvana. In 2012, he had the idea to sell cars online, but his boss — his father, Ernest II — had his doubts. “I wasn’t sure people would buy a used car online without seeing it,” Ernie II says. According to Forbes, the Garcia’s were already motor moguls, owners of used-car dealerships from Atlanta to Albuquerque.

Ernie III was able to persuade his father, and today Carvana is a publicly traded, nearly $2 billion-in-sales business. The stock has more than doubled since January. Ernie III is president, CEO and chairman; his father is the largest shareholder.

Tucson native, Arturo Moreno, a former billboard industry executive, owns the Los Angeles Angels. Moreno, the oldest of 11 children born to Mexican parents who settled in Tucson, got his start working for outdoor advertising business mogul Karl Eller, who later merged his business with KTAR radio and television in 1968 to form Combined Communications, Inc. Moreno is a Vietnam vet and University of Arizona alum with a degree in marketing.

America’s Richest Self-Made Women is another interesting list to explore.

Capitalism, reviled by the Socialist-leaning Democrat presidential candidates, is responsible for leveling the playing field, and providing opportunity for those with relentless determination to succeed.