Wokeism exposed by the brilliant Victor Davis Hanson

March 4, 2023

No amount of flattery is sufficient to describe the national treasure that is exemplified by prolific author Dr. Victor Davis Hanson, whose impressive credentials include being a distinguished fellow of the Center for American Greatness. He is also a classicist and historian at the Hoover Institution and Stanford University. Today we present his most recent column which is, as we have previously noted with others, “guaranteed to make us all smarter.”

Regardless of the need to change the air filters, trim some trees or fill the gas tank, make time to read his most recent column, “The Woke Wrecking Machine.”  You’ll be wiser for doing so.

Wokeism is alive and well at Arizona State University, where president Michael Crow‘s base salary is $809,846. Crow received a $90,000 bonus for the 2021-2022 school year in addition to numerous other perks, including housing and vehicle use, and bonuses for achieving additional goals, according to this report in ASU‘s State Press. Crow’s wife, Dr. Sybil Francis, is also on the payroll as reported by the Phoenix New Times in 2017.

Pay attention. This epidemic rivals COVID, but there is no immunization.

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AZ rancher, 73, faces murder charges for defending property from invading illegals

February 23, 2023

George Alan Kelly is being held on $1 million bail in the shooting death of a previously deported illegal alien invading the Nogales, Arizona ranch on which he and his wife work and live.

Arizona’s failing leftwing newspaper characterized the shooting with the words, “rancher shot and killed a Mexican citizen in the back as he ran for his life.”

Fox News earlier reported a GoFundMe account organized on Kelly’s behalf was booted based on its policy explicitly prohibiting campaigns that raise money to cover the legal defense of anyone formally charged with a alleged violent crime.

An active fundraiser for Kelly remains on the Christian crowd funding platform GiveSendGo.

“Neighbors say that he had been having difficulty keeping invaders out and say that Mr. Kelly would have acted in good faith,” the fundraiser’s organizer, Shannon Pritchard, wrote. “It is a tragedy that a simple farmer, who should be protected by the government, has been abandoned and had to defend himself.”

On his website, in a letter titled, “Welcome to safe, historic and beautiful Santa Cruz County,” Sheriff David Hathaway inanely wrote: “As a family with nine children, we can attest to the fact that Santa Cruz County is a great safe place to raise a family and has the advantage of offering the experience of multiple cultures and easy visits to Mexico.”

Hathaway, a democrat, mostly self-funded his $70,000 campaign in Arizona’s smallest county.


Sex comes to the AZ legislature

January 4, 2023

Public schools are barely making the grade in imparting education to students in what is providing the left an easily controllable populace, short-changed on history and not even able to find China on a map. Cursive has been relegated to a relic and math is “too difficult” to bother with. We covered this educrat catastrophe recently in, ‘As Nat’l education report card reveals sinking test scores teacher’s unions support 4-day school week.’ Our children will be ill-equipped to be competitive in the international arena, but our boys can wear teal satin tights and girls will know the power of being known as Tom while at school.

Gaining prominence among educrats is the newly trendy “gender fluidity,” accompanying “preferred pronouns“ as teachers encourage Johnny to use feminine pronouns and Suzy is given the go-ahead to use male identifiers. Some classrooms have a closet filled with boys and girls clothing which the children are encouraged to wear in class as they take on a new sexual persona. This is all done without parent’s knowledge as the young students “role play.”

Fortunately Arizona’s state legislature has Sen. John Kavanagh, a Fountain Hills Republican, who has introduced SB 1001,bearing the reference title: “pronouns; biological sex; school policies.” It has just been introduced in the 2023 legislative session, so it will likely take a few days for the full text to appear.

Sen. John Kavanagh’s bio and answers to questions can be read in the pro-life, pro-family Center for Arizona Policy Arizona’s Voter’s Guide.

In the November 8, 2022 District 3 election, Sen. Kavanagh recently defeated his democrat challenger 61.0% to 39%.


As Nat’l education report card reveals sinking test scores teacher’s unions support 4-day school week

January 2, 2023

As the world becomes ever more competitive, the harsh reality of America’s plunging educational test scores should provide a reality check. Blame is placed on the COVID pandemic, while omitting the fact that teacher’s unions are now advocating a four-day school week.  This comes as The Nation’s Report Card reveals disastrously low test scores. We have linked the Arizona’s Fourth Grade scores, though grades 8 and 12 are also accessible — showing proficiency in mathematics, reading, science and writing. Each area shows a “significant decrease from the national public average, indicated by plunging arrows. Despite the low scores, Arizona’s Liberty Elementary School District’s Governing Board approved a change to a four-day school week, which will begin in the 2023-2024 school year.

In addition to curtailing education studies by slashing a classroom day each week, there is a new educrat language threat including the use of code words, “diversity, equity and inclusion,”  for marginalizing some students to artificially benefit others. Education, including history, geography, math, English and grammar, are given short shrift. Public schools have eliminated cursive, so no one will have a signature.

When Robert Chanin, general counsel to the National Education Association, retired after 41 years, in his farewell address to the NEA convention he spoke honestly, (shocking video) stating,” Despite what some among us would like to believe it is not because of our creative ideas; it is not because of the merit of our positions; it is not because we care about children; and it is not because we have a vision of a great public school for every child.

The NEA and its affiliates are effective advocates because we have power. And we have power because there are more than 3.2 million people who are willing to pay us hundreds of million of dollars in dues each year because they believe that we are the unions that can most effectively represent them; the union that can protect their rights and advance their interests as education employees.

This is not to say that the concern of NEA and its affiliates with closing achievement gaps, reducing drop-out rates, improving teacher quality, and the like are unimportant or inappropriate. To the contrary these are the goals that guide the work we do. But they need not, and must not, be achieved at the expense of due process, employee rights, or collective bargaining.

That is simply too high a price to pay.”

For a more rational approach benefiting our children and America‘s future, read How to Rein in the Teachers’ Unionsby Howard Husock, and “How Teachers’ Unions Handcuff Schools,” by Sol Stern in City Journal.

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Sen. Sinema’s party metamorphosis not unique in AZ

December 10, 2022

Since Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema made headlines Friday with her announcement that she is ditching the democrat party to register as an Independent, speculation as to her motivation has run rampant.

Never adverse to doing whatever it takes to promote herself, beginning in her days as a Green Party candidate and moving on to a dem with an incredibly false story of growing up in an abandoned gas station without running water and electricity. Sinema is now a newly transformed Independent. The actual motive for this move is to expand her voter base to gain votes when she is likely to be challenged by far left dem U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego, (CD-7). In a statement issued shortly after it was made public that Sinema was leaving the democrat party to become an independent, Gallego accused Sinema of “putting her own interests” ahead of those of Arizona residents.

Arizona’s two U.S. Senate seats are both currently held by democrats for the first time since 1953. Senate terms are six years, three times as long as members of the U.S. House of Representatives who run every two years.

The last time Arizona had two democrat U.S. Senators was when Ernest McFarland and Carl Hayden represented the state. Hayden had been the territorial sheriff, first running for congress in 1911 in anticipation of Arizona’s 1912 statehood. He was born in Hayden’s Ferry, Arizona Territory, which was later renamed Tempe in 1878. McFarland was unique — serving in all three branches of government, elected to the U.S. Senate, where he became the Senate majority leader; Arizona’s governor, and the state’s Supreme Court Chief Justice.

Arizona does have a precedent for a party switching member of congress. Democrat Bob Stump served four terms in the Arizona House of Representatives from 1959 to 1967, followed by five terms in the Arizona State Senate from 1967 to 1976, where he was senate president. He was first elected to congress in 1976 as a democrat. After voting for President Reagan’s tax cuts in 1981, he announced his party switch to Republican. U.S. Rep. Stump remained popular, and continued to win by wide margins, until his retirement in 2000.

Sinema asserts she will not caucus with Republicans and says that she intends to vote the same way she has while in the U.S. Senate. “Nothing will change about my values or my behavior,” she said.

Interestingly, there is not a word on her U.S. Senatorial site about her change of party affiliation. Calls to her Phoenix and Tucson offices transferred to Washington DC, and went unanswered.


Arizona Republic writes its own obituary

October 25, 2022

Buried on page three under an over-sized photo of a same-sex “Pride” celebration, is the headline, “Gannett puts Phoenix printing facility up for sale, asks $47.7M.”

Gannett is the parent company of the dramatically failing Arizona newspaper and its online version. Poynter, a news industry fact checker, with a decidedly leftwing bent, headlined its coverage, “Gannett announces new cuts including mandatory unpaid leave and buyouts. The company also will pause overall hiring and temporarily suspend matching 401(k) contributions.” It included this letter from Gannett president Mike Reed, detailing the dismal future for the company and employees.

Parents overpay to send their kids to ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication (home to partisan Arizona PBS) — named for a leftwing CBS broadcaster who oversaw the erosion of journalism as he interjected his own leftist commentary into his nightly newscasts. He demoralized families of those serving in Vietnam when he ended his nightly newscasts with photos of caskets being off-loaded from airplanes, accompanied by individual photos of dead U.S. servicemen. Cronkite’s baritone voice was considered familial, but he was as political as the enemy American’s were fighting in the Southeast Asian jungles. Identified as “Uncle Walter” in the early days of television, discerning viewers eventually found him to be anything but warm and fuzzy.

And coming full circle, who did we find among the myriad associates at Poynter?  None other than Mi-Ai Parrish, glowingly described as the chair of Poynter’s National Advisory Board; CEO and President of MAP (her initials) Strategies Group; Endowed Chair, Media Innovation and Leadership and Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, at ASU. She is heralded as former president and publisher of USA TODAY NETWORK Arizona, The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com in Phoenix, AZ — and, of course, “the first person of color in the role.” Poynter refers to conservatives as “conspiracy theorists” and “far-right extremists.” The World Tribune writes: Poynter is funded by Soros’ Open Society Foundations and the Omidyar Network. The two combined for “$1.3 million in grant funding.” Soros-funded Poynter blacklists ‘unreliable’ conservative publications.

After being indoctrinated for years, newly graduated reporters instinctively fall into lockstep with the left. It’s what they do. It’s who they are. That fact, besides working for little pay, underscores their value to the dying local newspaper.


Elections near: Beware of the dems

October 18, 2022

Spooky Halloween is approaching, but ghosts and goblins take a back seat to the actual frights that are increasingly emerging from the far-left democrat woodwork as elections near. Many of us have already received our early ballots.

The Gateway Pundit‘s Jordan Conradson has done an exemplary job of covering the skewing of Arizona’s elections. Today we recommend to our readers two of his recent reports that are more certain to curl your toes than any Frankenstein horror show.

Take the time to read them. They are too fact-filled to be condensed. If this sounds like an assignment, you’re right! The upcoming elections are too crucial to vote haphazardly or hurriedly. There will be no do-overs and the consequences of indifference will be dire.

DEFUND PBS: AZ State Legislators And Kari Lake to Enact Legislation to “Sever All Ties And Support” After PBS Betrays Arizona Clean Elections Commission.

RINO AZ Attorney General Mark Brnovich Asks The FBI And IRS To Investigate True The Vote.


Constitutional Freedom denied to AZ teams owner Robert Sarver

September 24, 2022

The United States is unique among nations in that our constitution guarantees freedom of speech via the First Amendment, which specifically states:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Nowhere do those words, drafted in 1789 — fundamental to the Bill of Rights by James Madison — a Virginia representative who later became the fourth U.S. president, specify that the speech must be agreeable to a specific percentage of the populace. They are guaranteed to the speaker, not to a specific audience.

Yet Arizona native, University of Arizona graduate and philanthropist Robert Sarver, the 18-year majority owner of the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury, previously uttered words currently deemed sexist and racist, initially resulting in a one year suspension by the NBA and a hefty $10 million fine. Now he is being forced to sell the teams, though he has contritely stated, “As a man of faith, I believe in atonement and the path to forgiveness. I expected that the commissioner’s one-year suspension would provide the time for me to focus, make amends and remove my personal controversy from the teams that I, and so many fans, love.”

The speech police have ruled otherwise. Though Sarver is unique in owning major teams, we the hoi polloi, (Greek for “the masses“), have less to lose but can also suffer from not falling in line with the latest edicts of the authoritative language masters. Speaking to work associates about anything other than business is risky these days, giving enhanced meaning to the words, “Silence is golden.” The lesson is, saying nothing is preferable to speaking, which could cost you your job or more. There is no path of redemption.


GOP Govs send illegal aliens to “Border Czar’s” D.C. home

September 19, 2022

The Washington Examiner headlined its comprehensive coverage of the ingenious handing of the ongoing illegal alien crisis, WATCH: Another bus of migrants sent from Texas arrives at Kamala Harris’s house in DC.

During an interview where she was pointedly asked about the 2 million most recent invaders, Vice President Harris preposterously attempted to deflect the crisis onto former President Donald Trump, who prioritized the border and fulfilled his campaign promise by initiating construction a border wall — which Joe Biden immediately began dismantling. “We have a secure border, and that is a priority for any nation, including ours and our administration. But there are still a lot of problems that we are trying to fix, given the deterioration that happened over the last four years,” Harris deceitfully stated.

Though “Border Czar” Harris has yet to spend a moment at the border, considering it a laughing matter, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis — all Republicans — are faced with confronting the costly and criminal realities on a daily basis. They have competently undertaken busing and flying the invaders to the democrat strongholds of Chicago, New York, Washington, DC and the high tone enclave of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, where the Obama’s have a $12 million estate which sits on 29.3 waterfront acres, and features seven bedrooms. That should afford them plenty of room to accommodate more than a few so-called “migrant” families.

To equip yourself with pertinent information, we urge you to read, “Biden’s Public Charge: Open Borders and Open Wallets,” by Bob Dane, FAIR’s executive director.

Editor’s note: Seeing Red AZ does not refer to illegal aliens as “migrants” which denotes a transitory status.  These invaders are not interested in short-term, temporary accommodations. They are here to stay…at taxpayer’s expense, which means you‘re permanently picking up the multifaceted tab which has escalated to an additional $20.4 billion annually.


Abortion called “health care” by AZ Planned Parenthood

August 30, 2022

“Reproductive Rights advocates” deceptive term used to conceal profitable death industry

In today’s America with Bidinflation destroying our economy, purchasing power, and quality of life, the leftwing Arizona Republic newspaper instead gives front page and jump page placement to the resumption of abortions by Planned Parenthood — which assists in “planning“ your family by butchering some of them. The report whines about the fact that baby killing, which is described as a “service,” will currently resume only in Tucson.

Nevertheless, the proponents have found reason to rejoice. “Our staff, everyone at Planned Parenthood Arizona, we are just so incredibly excited to be able to serve our community again in this way with essential abortion care,” according to a quote from Brittany Fonteno, CEO of Arizona Planned Parenthood. “No matter what happens we’re going to continue fighting for our patients and their ability to access this health care.”

Despite the ambiguous language, “health care,” when referred to by Planned Parenthood, means certain death to the babies the cult of death refuses to refer to as preborn human infants. Fonteno also uses the terms “reproductive rights advocates” to describe those advocating for and profiting from abortion, as well as “pregnant person,” in an apparent effort not to offend transgender people who offend easily.

Abortion is a lucrative business.

Life News headlined its 2021 report, “Planned Parenthood Brought in $1.6 Billion, Made $70 Million Profit From Killing Babies in Abortions.”