Fed. Judge dismisses charges against former sheriff Joe Arpaio

October 5, 2017

Following the presidential pardon of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton has dismissed a guilty verdict against him.

U.S. Department of Justice lawyers and Arpaio’s defense team requested the dismissal. Arpaio had been found guilty in July of misdemeanor criminal contempt for “flagrant disregard” of a judge’s order. He faced up to 6-month’s incarceration.

Bolton had denied Arpaio the jury trial he requested, opting to sit as both judge and jury herself. Joe Arpaio was an immensely popular sheriff, having been elected to an unprecedented 6-four-year terms.

Relentless, in-tandem, daily attacks by the local newspaper’s editorial board, columnists, reporters and cartoonist, coupled with the infusion of $ 2 million pumped into the campaign of Arpaio’s Democrat challenger Paul Penzone by Socialist billionaire George Soros, proved too much for the respected sheriff to overcome. Politico reports Soros is on a mission to overhaul the U.S. criminal justice system to fit his radically left-wing ideal. In a display of gratitude to his benefactor, Penzone entered office by referring to illegal invaders as “guests.”

The charges against Arpaio, which many viewed as the culmination of a witch hunt, stemmed from his office’s enforcement of the law relating to illegal immigration. Arpaio had not yet been sentenced when the president issued the pardon in August.

Denied the perp walk and mug shot that was always the newspaper’s end game, it greeted the news of the dismissal with a small two sentence front page report, continuing with a jump to a page 10. The Diamondbacks victory over the Rockies dominated Page One, complete with an oversize photo of the game’s relief pitcher. The Arizona Republic’s despair is palpable.

Arpaio is quoted as saying, “I’m happy the conviction was dismissed, especially since I am not guilty.” He also praised President Trump, saying, “It took me 85 years to find my hero and it’s the president of the United States.”

Classic Joe.

We join Arizona’s law-abiding citizens in wishing him well.

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Trump-hating AZ Republic focuses on “The Wall”

September 25, 2017

Many of us remember a John Hershey novel as required college reading. ‘The Wall,’ set in the WWII era was not a new publication, but the chilling account of the monstrous, dehumanizing evil of the Warsaw ghetto and the valiant efforts to escape the Nazi’s “final solution,” captured our attention.

The same title has been co-opted for an ongoing series in the Periódico de la República (Arizona Republic), long committed to amnesty for illegals and an open southern border.  Gannet, the parent company of the Republic and USA Today — which also owns  myriad other left-leaning publications — has  given this continuing, collaborative report daily Page One status.

The driving force behind the series is, of course, President Trump and his focus on border security, stemming from his campaign promise to build a wall. That issue resonated with American voters who ultimately put him in office. The Hillary Clinton-endorsing leftwing media, (scorecard under link) including the Arizona Republic, was stunned as the numbers came in on election night. This account by Dan Gainor details the shock, which he correctly assesses as the media’s ‘primal scream.’

The series offers a litany of reasons why the wall is a terrible idea. If one doesn’t appeal, there are plenty of others to choose from. Reader alert: Be aware the newspaper uses the terms “migrant,” “undocumented” and “immigrant” when referring to illegal aliens.

Although the report assures that illegal border crossings are down, it oddly claims deaths of “migrants” are on the rise invading  what it refers to as our “imaginary border.”

Fencing, we are told, may inhibit drug trafficking, but won’t stop it. Using that convoluted logic, an open border is the way to go. These are definitely the spirited entrepreneurs we should welcome into the United States.

Tribal members whose land abuts the border in some locations, are opposed to the wall because it may encroach on sacred ground. Since sacred land takes a back seat to tribal casino operations, opening secure gambling establishments in these spots should solve the problem.

Scare tactics include the claim that tomatoes may cost more — a problem easily remedied by growing your own.

An even more novel opposition to the wall centers on biologists’ concerns that jaguars (cats, not cars) may “become extinct in the U.S. without a connection to Mexico.”

A Coyote, the well-paid transporters of illegal aliens flooding the United States. says the price he charges illegals to cross the border fence from Mexicali, Mexico, to the U.S. has gone up as border security has increased, The ridiculous article’s conclusion? He’s “not worried about the border wall, the border wall will make him rich.”

The latest segment is titled, “Who will really pay for President Trump’s wall?” What the República fails to grasp is that the wall is not Trump’s. He was elected by Americans who desire the security provided by an impenetrable barrier.

In the Sunday edition of the newspaper — as though there is no other news affecting Arizona — the entire 12-page Valley and State section of the newspaper is devoted to coverage of “The Wall.”

A recent article was headlined, “Phoenix composting program is suffering from low participation.’ Help it get on its feet.  If you still subscribe, drop your newspapers in a collection bin.  Then call to cancel. Think of the exhilaration of starting your day without having your intelligence insulted.


All time first: AZ Republic runs an aditorial praising McCain

September 24, 2017

No, that is not a misspelling.  It’s our description of what we found looking for Sunday’s editorial in the Arizona Republic.

There it was, a full page topped by the all capitalized words in bold type:

P R I N C I P L E D

L E A D E R S H I P

The princely accolade is following by a  seven-and-a -half-inch square photo of pre-brain surgery scarred John McCain.  Directly below that is a paragraph from “Arizona’s health care  and business leaders” heaping praise on  Arizona’s senior senator (ASS)  for his  desire to work with the Democrats on health care reform in what these “leaders” call a bipartisan manner in “adopting lasting and meaningful health care reform.”

You know, exactly as Barack Obama and the Democrats like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi did when they shoved Obamacare down America’s throat. In the intervening years since the massive government overtaking of healthcare was passed, Arizonans have seen a dramatic 116 percent rise in premiums — which the “leaders” have either overlooked or actually don’t care about.

Following the praiseful paragraph is a Sept. 22, 2017 quote from McCain which the “leaders” say they couldn’t agree with more. It was taken from his speech following his second vote against President Donald Trump’s efforts to follow through on his campaign promise to “repeal and replace” Obamacare.

McCain, who was embarrassingly trounced 52.1 to 44.5 when he ran for the presidency in 2008, is still smarting over President Trump’s overwhelming victory over Hillary Clinton. Both McCain and Jeff Flake voted for the scandal plagued liberal Democrat, saying they could not support Donald Trump — though he emerged victorious from a Republican primary field of 17 contestants.

The besotted signers on the aditorial must have short memories. Just last year, running for another 6-year senate term at age 80, McCain campaigned on repealing and replacing Obamacare. Were they happy with him then or did they vote for Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick who supported Obamacare?


Illegal advocates demand cash, firing of Motel 6 employees

September 16, 2017

Some Motel 6 locations in the Valley have been accused of cooperating with local law enforcement, turning in the names of guests whose ID given to the desk clerk — such as Mexican voter ID cards or driver’s license — appears to indicate they are here illegally.

As sure as day follows night, the protests begin. The pro-amnesty, open border newspaper Periódico de la República — alternatively known as the Arizona Republic,  headlined, “Phoenix leaders demand Motel 6 fire employees who gave customer names to ICE.”

Those “leaders,” quickly assembled Friday to march and demand a boycott of all Motel 6 locations. They said the boycott should continue until the employees they suspect of involvement are fired. What they are accused of doing is not illegal. The shortsighted “activists” aren’t taking into consideration that a boycott would displace Hispanic maids and laborers employed by the motels.

Their actions bring to mind the economic boycott of the entire state of Arizona called for in 2010 by radical leftist AZ CD-3 U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva  (his background included under link) as a protest against SB 1070. Using the signature Alinskyite tactics of the community organizer he once was, the law had to be fought at “a political, legal and economic level,” he said. 

Grijalva remained indifferent to the fact that his actions would displace Mexicans who work in the hospitality industries. The cameras were not on them, they were focused on him, just as mics were thrust toward his face to catch his every word. The headiness of the attention captured Grijalva’s ego and unconcerned his Hispanic constituents, in his specially carved out ethnic majority district, would end up in the unemployment line.

And Motel 6? Its corporate management tweeted this conciliatory statementwhich of course, wasn’t good enough since there was no financial payout involved.

Protesters demanded the company must provide monetary compensation to the illegal families whose members faced deportation proceedings.

“We are going to fight back,” said Viri Hernandez, director of the Center for Neighborhood Leadership, a pro-immigrant advocacy group.  (Read that to include the word ‘illegal’ before immigrant) “And we’re going to make sure our economic power is not going to you. So for our community, [sic] clear message: It’s time to boycott Motel 6.”


AZ AG Brnovich sues Board of Regents over tuition hikes

September 9, 2017

On Friday Attorney General Mark Brnovich filed a lawsuit against the Arizona Board of Regents (“ABOR”) for dramatically and unconstitutionally increasing the price of base tuition and mandatory fees at Arizona’s public universities by more than 300 percent since 2003. The Arizona Constitution requires that “the university and all other state educational institutions shall be open to students of both sexes, and the instruction furnished shall be as nearly free as possible.”

“Every Arizonan dreams of being able to send their kids to college,” Brnovich stated. “Within the last 15 years, Arizona went from having some of the most affordable public universities to having some of the most expensive. We believe the Board of Regents needs to be held accountable and answer tough questions for Arizona’s skyrocketing tuition rates.”

The State alleges that ABOR has adopted unconstitutional tuition-setting policies, has abandoned its duty to serve as a check on the university presidents, and has ceased deriving tuition rates from the actual cost of instruction. According to the lawsuit, ABOR has misinterpreted its “nearly free” mandate to mean whatever the market rate is for peer institutions and made itself as the arbiter of “affordability” for Arizona’s students and families.

Intertwined with these price hikes, ABOR has also refused to comply with Arizona law prohibiting state subsidies for students “without lawful immigration status.” ABOR is causing the illegal expenditure of public monies and the failure to collect tuition in direct contravention of clear and established Arizona law

The 20-page lawsuit can be read here.

Seeing Red AZ has been writing about the ongoing tuition and fee hikes for years, as well as the excessive salaries, bonuses and perks ASU President Michael Crow and his wife Sybil Francis receive. These are just a few of the posts going back to 2007 — the year of the launching of this blog.

Sept. 30, 2014: Gifting ASU’s Prez with $95K raise+benies = one helluva deal

Apr. 22, 2014:  AZ higher education: As nearly free as possible? & Update

March 7, 2013: ASU’s Crow backs lower tuition for illegals — again

Feb. 8, 2013:   Michael Crow, Sybil Francis: A$U’s pricey duo

May 7, 2011:   ASU’s Crow tackles budget reductions by raising tuition – again

Feb. 2, 2011:   ASU’s overpaid Crow warns of tuition increase as stimulus ebbs

Apr. 11, 2009: “Economic recovery surcharges” hit AZ university students

March 6, 2008: Disputed scholarships for illegals revived

Nov. 23, 2008: AZ universities feel students’ pain as tuition spirals and money dries up

Apr. 26, 2008:  ASU’s overpaid King Crow issues threats

Nov. 17, 2008: ASU’s Crow in cash glut while economy tanks and tuition rises

Sept. 8, 2007:  ASU’s Michael Crow subverts intent of law


Housing crisis or selfish lack of common sense?

August 21, 2017

Tale of woe doesn’t generate sympathy

The daily newspaper runs a front page article about ‘the new housing crisis,’ headlined, “A family’s plight: An income that’s $200 too much for housing help.” If you‘re in the mood for a tear-jerker, you couldn’t ask for more than this news article that reads like a paperback novel. It continues on two jump pages, complete with a photo showing the tattooed dad tenderly kissing his young son‘s head. Midway through, be forewarned, your patience will wear thin.

The account of a family’s travails begins with these words:

The kitchen light was already on as Kevin Scarbrough rose for another day of empty promises. He poured a mug of strong coffee and slipped a cellphone into the pocket of his jeans, turning up the volume in case a call came from the hospital or the housing authority.

“Where are you going?” his 4-year-old son Anthony asked. A catheter dangled from his leg, running to a kidney that failed before he was born and set in motion his family’s spiral into the shelter.

“I’m going to smoke,” replied Kevin, 41, and he stepped into the mid-morning sun. He stood in the gravel as he did each day and lit a cigarette, staring out into the concrete emptiness of UMOM New Day Center in east Phoenix. It had been the same view for almost a year, after the Scarbroughs were swallowed by an affordable-housing crisis the federal government was calling a national problem.

Ultimately, the sick little boy received a much-needed kidney transplant. The mother cut back her work hours to qualify for public assistance and the family of five was able to move into a subsidized apartment.

A “shrunken paycheck” would arrive at the end of the week, and they needed basics like towels, sheets and pillows. But according to the newspaper account, unemployed Kevin had the first $140 earmarked.

“He already had tattoos of his children’s names and the New York Knicks logo, and now had another in mind, the heart-in-hand logo of Phoenix Children’s Hospital with Anthony’s name arching above it.” The Dad with no job and on food stamps that never last the entire month “wanted to be a walking billboard for the hospital that saved his son.”

Know this: With a jobless father who puts cigarettes and tattoos before the basic needs of his family, dire circumstances will remain the norm for the Scarbrough family. This saga is a poor example of a national housing crisis. It only reflects the flawed mindset of a self-centered fool who is able to father children.


Networks’ disgraceful allegations against Christian legal group

July 15, 2017

ABC, NBC and CNN  dishonestly call Alliance Defending Freedom a “hate group”

The Valley of the Sun is fortunate to have Scottsdale-based Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) in our midst. ADF is the nation’s largest religious freedom legal advocacy organization, winning  seven cases before the U.S. Supreme Court in the past seven years.

Earlier this week, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions addressed the group on the topic of religious freedom.  ABC, NBC and CNN networks headlined the event describing ADF as an “anti-LGBT hate group,” using information gleaned from an actual hate group, the radical, violence inciting Southern Poverty Law Center  (SPLC)— which NBC deceptively referred to as a  “prominent civil rights watchdog.”

Count on the shameless Democrats to join the dishonest tirade. DNC spokesman Joel Kasnetz was quoted as declaring, “Sessions’ appearance at this event, as the top law enforcement official in the country, brings into question whether the attorney general intends to protect all Americans.”

Some Phoenix residents are familiar with the New Times, a giveaway, left-wing tabloid, featuring soft porn ads along with its sensationalized articles blatantly targeting conservative officials. Until recently, Stephen Lemons, whose rancorous column titled, ‘The Feathered Bastard,’ was a mainstay of the tabloid, was a local resident. His final column which we addressed in,A vile goodbye from a sour Stephen Lemons,” was written in April as he prepared to move to a new gig with the disreputable SPLC in Montgomery, Alabama, befitting his extremist bent.

Kristen Waggoner was interviewed by Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Friday evening. She does an excellent job of describing the skewed news reporting of Attorney General Sessions’ speech, the mission of ADF and its many successes in the courts. She is ADF’s senior vice president of US legal advocacy and general counsel, with an impressive bio.

The Federalist provides this copy of Attorney General Sessions inspirational speech. You’ll be glad you took a few minutes to read it.