2015 Phoenix Veterans Day Parade

November 9, 2015


 Date: Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015

Time: 11:00 a.m.

This year’s theme: “No Longer Forgotten, Remembering Korean War Veterans.”

Presented by Honoring Arizona’s Veterans this family friendly event is an impressive tribute to our true heroes — our Veterans. Included are numerous floats, marching bands, color guards, equestrian units, military flyovers, large helium balloons, Veterans Service Organizations and ROTC entries. A 30×60 foot American flag will be carried along the route.

The Phoenix Veterans Day Parade Committee is an all-volunteer, non-profit group of dedicated Veterans, Military, and community leaders who support the mission to ensure our Veterans are recognized on their special day through this parade. Ongoing since 1997, this parade features 45,000 attendees, 100 parade entries, and seven announcers’ booths along the route for attendees to learn more about our Veterans.

The parade route begins at North Phoenix Baptist Church (5757 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85012). Starting on Montebello Ave, it will continue South on Central and turn East onto Camelback Road. The parade then turns South on 7th St. It will conclude at Indian School Rd — a distance of 2.4 miles.

Take time to read the inspiring bios of the 2015 Grand Marshals.

Black Lives Matter myth: Radicals condone violence

October 24, 2015

Black Lives Matter anarchists have no problem crashing meetings and brazenly disrupting dialogues to get their skewed message out. They took over the leftist Netroots Nation gathering in Phoenix in July, and demanded that Democrat presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley each acknowledge that only “Black Lives,” not “All Lives” matter. O’Malley was booed for making such a grand faux pas and apologized. 

Such weak acquiesce from the left only emboldens these subversive provocateurs. Within 48 hours of NYC police officer Randolph Holder, 33, being shot and killed Thursday by a bullet to his forehead, they were marching through the streets, chanting, “It is right to rebel, NYPD go to hell!” Both the officer and the murderer are black. This obscenity follows an earlier mantra, “Pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon,” inciting violence against officers. Yet the hypocrites who have declared open warfare on police have no trouble accepting police protection for their demonstrations.

Last week in California, the group’s obstructive thugs grabbed the microphone from Los Angeles’ Democrat Mayor Eric Garcetti, forcing him out of a Town Hall meeting with constituents. Outside, he was surrounded by a screaming mob, some of whom climbed on the Mayor’s car and stomped on the hood. No one was arrested.

The increasingly rabid activists most often target easily coerced white Democrats, who quickly fall in line.

The group’s issues are what they refer to as police brutality resulting in deaths of young black males and the need to lower incarceration rates. What is left unsaid is that the high death rates are most often gang related and the result of black-on-black gun violence.  Incarceration occurs, not in a vacuum, but when there is a conviction for criminal activity.

Now these radicals have the ear of Barack Obama, who struggles without his trusty teleprompter to justify their indefensible actions, (video) calling it a “legitimate issue we have to address and take seriously,” gratuitously throwing in the “tough job the police have.”

As Daniel Greenfield concludes in his well documented FrontPage mag report, “For black lives to really matter, black violence has to matter.”

Today we ask, where are the protests regarding this tragedy? Or this one that occurred in Tempe just days ago? Young black lives were put in grave danger or lost forever by parents who should provide the safest haven for their defenseless children. Black Lives Matter forgot about them.

Gov. Ducey overstates short-termer Castro’s impact on Arizona

October 18, 2015

Reading Gov Doug Ducey’s announcement regarding the renaming of the Douglas Land Port of Entry on the border to the Raul Hector Castro Land Port of Entry, in honor of Arizona’s 14th governor left longtime Arizonans bemused.

Ducey’s praise of his predecessor was glowing. “Governor Castro was a devoted civil servant, a beloved family man, a loyal friend and an unforgettable, invaluable part of Arizona history,” said Ducey. “He will be remembered not only for making history as our first Mexican-American governor, but more importantly, for the work he did to make Arizona a better place to live. His mission to make our state and nation a remarkable, hopeful and productive land of opportunity is an example we strive to follow today. I’m proud Arizona will continue to honor Castro’s life and legacy with this fitting and lasting tribute.”

No one doubts that Gov. Castro, who died earlier this year at age 98, was devoted to his family and beloved by them.  It’s also true that he had historic status as a Mexican-born governor. But Ducey engages in a bit of hyperbole regarding Castro’s efforts to make Arizona a “remarkable, hopeful and productive land of opportunity.”

Castro, who had earned a law degree and briefly practiced law, was a Democrat Party operative who ran for and was elected as Pima County Attorney and later as Superior Court Judge. He was appointed as U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador and then held the same post in Bolivia. He unsuccessfully ran for governor in 1970, but achieved his goal in 1974.

That’s where the saga takes a strange twist.

Overwhelmed by the duties of governor, then-President Carter offered him the ambassadorship to Argentina. After just two years as governor, Castro happily jumped at the opportunity and stayed in that post until 1980.

 Castro was succeeded by popular Democrat Wes Bolin, Arizona’s longtime Secretary of State, who had served an unprecedented 28 consecutive years. Shockingly, Bolin suffered a heart attack and died after less than 5 months in office.  The next in line of succession was Attorney General Bruce Babbitt, a Democrat who then took over the reins of state, and was later elected to two full terms.

Current Gov. Doug Ducey, lavishing praise on Raul Castro, was a child named Douglas Anthony Roscoe, Jr. and living in Ohio when Castro made his mark. Ducey came to Arizona to attend ASU in 1982 and worked for Cindy McCain’s Hensley & Co. Anheuser-Busch beer distributorship, where he forged a connection with the senior senator. It’s unlikely he ever met Raul Castro.

Arizona has had more than its share of political musical chairs, and the sleeper office of Secretary of State often provides the direct route to the governor’s ninth floor office.  In 1988 Democrat Secretary of State Rose Mofford succeeded impeached Republican Gov. Evan Mecham. Republican SOS Jane Hull followed the same path in 1997 after GOP Gov. Fife Symington resigned due to a felony conviction — which was later reversed.  Republican Gov. Jan Brewer was Secretary of State when she completed Democrat Janet Napolitano’s term in 2009 after Napolitano resigned to join the Obama administration.

It’s never dull in the desert.

House Speaker: AZ conservatives endorse Webster over McCarthy & UPDATE

October 8, 2015

With the announced resignation of U.S. House Speaker John Boehner a welcome reality, a downside looms.

Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), the House majority leader, is Boehner’s ‘right hand man,’ who frequently veers left. Still McCarthy has been regarded as the presumptive successor to Boehner.

Conservatives oppose promoting McCarthy to the leadership position in the wake of Boehner’s upcoming departure.  The prevailing thought is that such a move will leave in place a team that has failed to deliver on its promises or oppose Obama’s “executive” overreaches.

Reps. Daniel Webster (R-Fla.) and Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) both announced their intentions to run in opposition to status-quo McCarthy.

Freedom Works which tracks key votes called on conservatives not to support McCarthy — calling him Boehner 2.0.

Today in a closed-door vote of the House Republican Conference for speaker, Webster received the conservative support.

The full chamber, in a public roll call vote, will vote on Boehner’s successor on Oct. 29. At that time, 218 votes are needed to secure the leadership post.

AZ U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon is a founding member of the invitation-only House Freedom Caucus, a group of approximately 40 Republicans devoted to limited-government principles. Reps. Trent Franks, Paul Gosar and David Schweikert are also members.

The later October date pushes the GOP leadership elections up against a major vote to raise the federal government’s nearly $19 trillion debt ceiling.

The Obama administration advised Boehner in a letter last week that the debt ceiling has to be raised by Nov. 5 or the U.S. will risk defaulting. During Boehner’s tenure, he relied on a group of squish Republicrats to join with Democrats to pass similar legislation.

Has a new day dawned?


FOX News is reporting McCarthy has dropped out, saying, ’It’s best that we have a new face.”

AZ’s 3 university prez, coach, net huge pay raises, bonuses

September 26, 2015

In this March 7. 2015 statement from the Arizona Board of Regents, we read, “Universities were dealt a big blow in the fiscal year 2016 budget with $100 million in cuts. Cuts to university budgets represent 63 percent of all hard cuts made in the name of balancing the state budget.”  But ABOR president Eileen Klein also notes, “Our governor challenged our state to think big.”

That “challenge” was obviously taken literally with the massive salary, benefits and 6-figure performance bonuses “for meeting goals,” being doled out to the presidents of Arizona State University (Michael Crow), University of Arizona (Ann Weaver Hart)  and Northern Arizona University (Rita Cheng). Cheng, the most recent hire, didn’t fare as well as her peers  — this year.

Crow took a $10,000 hit for falling short of the “benchmark” of bachelor degrees conferred. 

As they were distributing the big bucks Thursday, the regents generously threw in a $200,000 pay increase for ASU’s head football coach. Todd Graham’s annual salary now skyrockets to $3 million a year — excluding bonuses.

We recommend you read the facts and figures — printed in the daily newspaper — on an empty stomach.

Hillary sticks to liberal PP lie during Iowa interview

September 25, 2015

Des Moines Register interview: Hillary doesn’t deviate from repeating Planned Parenthood lie

National Review knows the truth. Two months ago the publication carried this article by Michelle Malkin which set the record straight on the false claim, even repeated by candidate Barack Obama in 2012, that Planned Parenthood  provides mammograms to “millions” of women. That would be quite a trick given the fact that the nation’s leading abortion provider has neither the equipment nor trained personnel to administer breast cancer screening exams. . 

We don’t provide those services whatsoever,” a staffer at Planned Parenthood of Arizona confessed during this video exposé. 

Malkin notes: Even the liberal Washington Post doled out a three (out of four) Pinocchio rating for the White House’s mammogram lies. “The problem here is that Planned Parenthood does not perform mammograms or even possess the necessary equipment to do so,” the paper’s resident fact-checker reported. 

Ladies, open your eyes and hearts. Watch the videos for yourselves. Get the facts. Unmask the lies. The cackling profiteers of Planned Parenthood don’t care about your breasts. They’re too busy putting price tags on the baby hearts, livers, lungs, and limbs swirling around in bloody pie plates, stacked in their “research” labs, subsidized with your tax dollars and sold to the highest bidders. For “preventative care,” of course.

Yet Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, during an interview with the Des Moines Register editorial board, defends the taxpayer funding of these abortion profiteers, saying, “I defend and continue to defend Planned Parenthood.”*

She continues by heaping lies upon lies: “500,000 you know, breast screening exams, a lot of other screening programs that are carried out,” Clinton claimed.

Hillary’s brazen dishonesty continued as she stated, “The Republicans have made it clear in recent years that they are not only opposed to abortion which they have been for quite some time, they’re increasingly opposed to family planning and contraception.”

Pro-life Susan B. Anthony List provides this Fact Sheet for an overview of  Planned Parenthood’s statistics. During fiscal year 2013-2014, Planned Parenthood received more than $528 million in taxpayer funding, or more than $1.4 million per day

The Center for Medical Progress, which released the Planned Parenthood exposés, is to be commended for bringing the macabre truths of this monstrous industry to light via these videos.

* H/T Eric Scheiner CNSNews senior video producer

KTAR broadcasts in Spanish: “The voice for a better AZ”

September 16, 2015

File this under “We couldn’t make this stuff up”

The radio trade paper NTS Media Online runs a riveting piece under the heading “Talk and Media News Notes.” The final item features Phoenix radio station KTAR doing a show Thursday night called “Hispanic in Arizona.” If you’re an English-speaking American, this is not the place for you, since the show will be entirely “en Espanol!”

This Thursday evening (9/17) KTAR-FM/Phoenix will host Hispanic In Arizona, a first of its kind, two-hour community roundtable discussion, with one hour to be broadcast exclusively in Spanish. Commenting on the upcoming special program, Bonneville/Phoenix VP Content and Operations Ryan Hatch said, “Our goal at KTAR News is to be the voice for a better Arizona and to connect with our community in a meaningful way. We’re very proud to be the first English-speaking radio station in Arizona history to host a show in Spanish.”

Some of our astute readers may remember an April Fool’s joke in 2009 when then local talk show host JD Hayworth ran an announcement from “The Commission” in “Washington, DC” stipulating that going forward KFYI would be REQUIRED to broadcast in Spanish for two hours each night. The spoof announcement ran in Spanish and English, and caused quite a commotion, though it was, of course, a joke.

Now, KTAR is actually doing it — and in the process, looks to replace the Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic) on the “Politically Correct Pander Meter.”


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