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.


Pres. Trump intends to build a wall

January 27, 2017

Financing? That’s the easy part

Amid much fanfare, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto cancelled his trip to Washington on Thursday. He’s miffed that President Donald Trump has neither backed off his call for the construction of a wall along our southern border or suggesting that it could possibly be funded by an import tax on goods from Mexico.

There are myriad ways of financing a security wall to keep illegal drugs, gangs and illegal invaders from Mexico, South and Central America as well as global terror sponsoring nations from flooding the U.S.

What is beyond comprehension is that Mexico would condone losing its young, vigorous men, leaving the country to be inhabited by women, children and the elderly. And why?  The answer is remittances, those funds sent back to Mexico from their nationals living and working here, bolstering the Mexican economy by more than $25 billion in 2014.

Several years ago, Mexico even produced a comic book to aid its own less than literate citizens in navigating the desert to leave their homeland. They were instructed what to wear and bring with them. It outlined their “legal rights” telling them what do and say if they are detained. Once they reach the US, they are instructed to keep a low profile. WND’s post is titled,  “How to be an Illegal.”

Remittances, a massive, tax-free transfer of wealth out of the United States, now exceed Mexico’s oil exports as the nation’s greatest source of income, according to this February 2016 in-depth report by the Government Accountability Office. The study was commissioned by Sen. David Vitter (ret.) and U.S. Rep. Tom Price. All told, it reveals that foreign-born workers, both legal and illegal,  in the U.S. sent $54.2 billion in remittances abroad to Mexico, China, India, and the Philippines which collectively received the most money, according to GAO’s analysis of the World Bank’s Bilateral Remittance Matrix, in 2014.

Billions are also sent yearly to China, India, the Philippines, Vietnam, Nigeria, Guatemala, El Salvador, Dominican Republic and Korea. So paying these foreign nationals’ salaries does not result in strengthening our own economy, since much of their earnings detour back to their homelands.

Banks, credit unions and even convenience markets are among various entities facilitating remittances.  The time has come for these money transfers to be taxed.  Then there is the issue of the $millions in foreign aid American taxpayers are funding and the benefits they underwrite once the illegals get settled. The U.K.’s Daily Mail tells the shocking story.  Do you recall reading about this in the local news? Didn’t think so.


McBull in the news

January 26, 2017

Why does military repeatedly receive the back of McCain’s hand?

Did we need the AZ Republic to tell us that “John McCain has come out swinging against the Trump administration“?

The article begins with the mystifying words, “John McCain is making it very clear that he isn’t just going to go along with everything President Donald Trump proposes, despite the fact they are both Republicans.”

Let’s be clear. John McCain only hauls out that cumbersome “R” to place next to his name when ballots are printed.  He prefers themaverick” designation (video), meaning he’s pushing back against Republican principles at every opportunity.

McCain is still smarting from the beating he took at the hands of Barack Hussein Obama, whose middle name he banished from American lips as unfitting, although Obama proudly used it in both of his inauguration ceremonies.

After President Donald Trump announced he would be launching a major investigation into voter fraud, megalomaniac octogenarian McCain boasted about his own vicious 2016 Senate reelection campaign saying, “Listen, I won by 14 points. I’m absolutely sure that there was not a single illegal vote in that election in Arizona.”  McCain must have missed this video, showing irrefutable proof of ballot box stuffing in Phoenix, which was the impetus for a law halting what became known as ballot harvesting.

Rasmussen Reports’ Daily Presidential Tracking Poll shows that less than a week into his presidency, Donald Trump is scoring points with Americans — with a 57% approval rating on Wednesday. On Monday, the question revolved around Pres. Trump’s use of the phrase “America First” to describe his trade and foreign policy agenda. 52% agreed with the statement.

The stock market has responded favorably to Trump, with the Dow breaking above 20,000 for the first time ever. Americans are heartened, seeing many of Donald Trump’s campaign promises being carried out within days of assuming office. McCain withdrew his momentary support from Trump after he was the GOP nominee and had previously called Hillary a “rock star” he could support.

No wonder John McCain is posturing. He’s got little to show for his decades in Washington other than colluding with Democrats on amnesty for illegals and mistreating family members of Vietnam POW/MIAs who merely want him to unseal the documents regarding their loved ones. Watch his Feb. 2, 2008 despicable performance, as he disgracefully insults and shuts down Delores Alfond, Chair of the National Alliance of Families, seeking information about American POW/MIAs unaccounted for since their service in Vietnam. Ms. Alfond’s pilot brother Capt. Victor J. Apodaca was last heard from as he was flying over North Vietnam. She passed away in Dec. 2010.

McCain was also onboard with Obama’s plan to cut benefits to our military personnel, as reported in Military Advantage. And although the worse scandal involving VA hospitals, resulting in dozens of needless deaths of veterans, occurred in Phoenix, John McCain didn’t venture into the facility seeking answers.


John McCain’s latest border security deceit

January 14, 2017

McCain’s entire career has been marked by partnering with the most liberal Democrats — along with Jon Kyl and now Jeff Flake — to promote amnesty for illegals. The most recent charade was the infamous Gang of Eight, orchestrated by the AZ duo and their leftist Senate cohorts Chuck Schumer, Dick Durbin, Robert Menendez and Michael Bennet. They were joined by by Republicrats Lindsey Grahamnesty and double talker Marco Rubio.

A recent press release from John McCain’s senate office contains a joint self-congratulatory I’ll-slap-your-back-if-you-slap-mine routine with AZ CD 2 Rep. Martha McSally.

Since the issue is about the duo’s Border Security Technology Accountability Act, conservative’s antenna should be rising, since we know McCain has long been in the forefront of amnesty proposals  — not implementing security to stop illegal invaders. The deceptive press release is up on his website, which we have no reason to link to. The bill can be read here.

John McCain is working to deflect his now admitted involvement in the effort to dismantle President-elect Donald Trump before he is even inaugurated, by delivering vile and unverified allegations with shady origins against Trump to FBI director James Comey.  McCain still hasn’t gotten over his colossal loss to Barack Obama and his visceral hatred/jealousy of Donald Trump capturing the American imagination has consumed him. McCain withdrew his iffy endorsement of the Republican nominee. Jeff Flake appeared wherever a camera would train on him, to declare he wasn’t voting for Trump. That means both of Arizona’s marginal senators, either by acts of omission or commission,  voted for Hillary Clinton.

Returning to the Border Security Technology Accountability Act, we’ve been down this path before. McSally introduced a bill with the same title July 27, 2015. And technology has been tried and failed since the days of the first Homeland Security chief, Judge Michael Chertoff’s efforts to get a 28-mile  “virtual fence” that pledged to use radar and surveillance cameras. That was during  the George W. Bush administration, which also gave a wink and a nod to illegals crossing into the U.S.

It was a costly farce then and it will be a costly farce now.  Donald Trump is committed to a border wall and so are most Americans who were moved to support him on that compelling issue. SRAZ wrote,” Virtual fence is a virtual flop,” in April 2008. Earlier, in Feb. 2008, we covered,Virtual fence “looks good” to Homeland Insecurity Chief Chertoff,” regarding the technical malfunctions, glitches and postponements carrying $ multimillion price tags. This postand we’ve got a bridge to sell you,” which includes a list of just some of the terror sponsoring nations breaching our border plainly illustrates nothing has changed.

Believe these practiced liars at your own peril.