MC Recorder Fontes compares voter verification to slavery

May 4, 2017

Just days ago we posted what turned out to be a tip-of-the-iceberg article about the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office, advising, “Keep your eye on the Maricopa Recorder’s Office.” Little did we realize how prophetic that warning would be.

Newly elected Adrian Fontes is the first Democrat to hold that important, but under the radar, office in decades. And he’s wasting no time politicizing it. That was never the case as longtime Maricopa County Recorder, Helen Purcell, a Republican, and  Elections Director Karen Osborne, a Democrat, interacted in a trustworthy manner without interjecting a partisan agenda.

Those days are gone. Right out of the hatch, Fontes, who won by a single percentage point, made it clear he intended to mandate mail-in ballots in time for the 2018 statewide elections — eliminating polling places, poll workers and security.

Fontes is now claiming that eligible voters may have been denied the right to vote because their forms were missing proof of citizenship such as a passport, birth certificate, naturalization number, tribal ID or a driver’s license. In an attempt to verify those he alleges have been disenfranchised, he’s hired nine additional staffers to perform extra research in the motor-vehicle system to verify citizenship and add eligible applicants to the voter rolls. He has since significantly downgraded the inflated numbers of supposedly disenfranchised voters he originally reported.

Comporting himself more like a street thug than an officeholder Adrian Fontes is reported to have said he’s itching for a court fight. ”They can bring it,” he said. “I’m not interested in the status quo, I’m interested in doing what’s right.” Asked if that meant going against state statute, he countered with, ’That’s what they said during slavery.”

It’s not difficult to see where this is going. The leftist ACLU has already jumped aboard this out-of-control train. If Fontes seeks to change the law, the state legislature is the route to take.

Proposition  200, the “Arizona Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act,” passed overwhelmingly by voters in 2004, requires proof of citizenship and presentation of a photo ID at a polling place in order to vote — along with proof of eligibility to receive taxpayer funded benefits. With nonexistent polling places count on the vultures swooping in to pick over the bones of the law.

Joe Kanefield, an attorney who was the state elections director in the Secretary of State’s Office when Proposition 200 was passed says, “The statute seems pretty clear cut to me. If a voter registration form is received and does not contain evidence of citizenship, the registrar shall reject it.”

According to the local newspaper, Fontes is the only Arizona county recorder not rejecting state issued voter applications lacking proof of citizenship. His actions should raise concerns. He countered by stating “What we’re doing is not illegal. If you read the entire statute, and you take it in context, I’m doing exactly what I should be doing. And that’s enabling U.S. citizens to vote.”

Others view the grand scheme differently, expressing concerns about ballot security, including ballot harvesting, and coercion. There is also the real problem of non-citizen participation in our elections.

The guarantee of secure elections is a fundamental expectation of each and every voting citizen. We should accept nothing less. Registering online, receiving a ballot in the mail  — regardless of whether it was requested by the voter  —  voting it at your kitchen table and returning it by mail, removes oversight and opens the entire process to fraud.

Fontes indicates that any voter who is eligible to vote in local elections — though they’ve never previously requested or received a mail-in ballot need not do anything to participate. All registered voters will automatically receive a ballot.

March 2016, Seeing Red AZ posted How secure is your mail-in ballot? It included several links that expose the very real crimes associated with voter fraud — including ballot harvesting.

Last November, just days before the presidential election, the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated Arizona’s ban on ballot harvesting. Read more in SCOTUS blog. 


Jeff Flake impersonates a Republican as reelection nears

May 2, 2017

Monday’s mail held quite a surprise. There was a letter from someone passing himself off as Jeff Flake asking for money for an upcoming reelection campaign. Jeff Flake, you will recall, is Arizona’s slippery junior senator serving with John McCain, now attempting to persuade Arizona Republicans that he represents our interests.

The missive begins with these words, “President Obama and his team spent a lot of time over the past eight years using executive orders to grow the federal government — and now we are working around the clock to make it smaller.”

Bashing Obama, he omits the fact that he took great pride in being a member of Barack Obama’s basketball team and traveling to unusual locales with the Democrat president — including Kenya as the sole Republican, and accompanying him to Communist Cuba to normalize relations with repressive dictator Raul Castro.

Flake then advises that he “had the privilege to meet both privately with Judge Gorsuch and as a member of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary” attempting to take credit for President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court appointment. What Jeff Flake neglects to mention is his zealous, but failed advocacy for fast-tracking the confirmation of Obama’s lame duck Democrat nominee Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court to fill the seat of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia.

Jeff demonstrated his Flaky side when questioning President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch, turning serious business into a joke. (video) No one has ever accused the perpetually smirking Flake of being an intellectual, but this display of foolishness gave new meaning to the word embarrassing.

Flake also broke with Senate Republicans, voting with the Democrats to confirm lawyer William H. Orrick III, a high dollar Obama campaign bundler, to the U.S. District Court. Last week, Orrick blocked President Trump’s executive order to withhold federal funding from sanctuary cities refusing to cooperate with immigration enforcement. Orrick was not unknown to Jeff Flake. He worked at the Department of Justice when the agency filed a lawsuit against the state of Arizona and was involved in coordinating the Obama administration’s argument against SB 1070.

Judge Orrick issued a temporary restraining order against the Center for Medical Progress, a pro-life group that released undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood officials and abortionists haggling over lunch for dollar amounts in the sale of aborted human body parts.

Jeff Flake is a dedicated amnesty proponent, who worked with McCain to orchestrate the Gang of Eight amnesty scheme with two other RINOs and four of the furthest left Democrats in the U.S. Senate. This betrayal came immediately after he was safely ensconced in the senate, having won by 3 slim percentage points. Count on the fact that this duplicitous bill will be revived if Flake is returned to the senate. Don’t be conned by the tricky rhetoric that “our immigration system is broken.” The only thing broken is the will to enforce it — a nightmare scenario in these perilous times. When Flake says, “We must quickly and thoughtfully secure our borders,” read between the lines. To Flake “thoughtfully” is amnesty, without using the career killing word. And America does not have borders.  We have a single border surrounding our entire (contiguous) country.

In the solicitation letter Jeff Flake portrays himself as a supporter of President Trump, another colossal lie. Jeff Flake’s refusal to endorse Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump was followed by his repeated declaration that he would not vote for Trump. In fact, he haughtily declared Trump “can’t and shouldn’t win.  Not voting for Trump put Flake firmly in Hillary Clinton’s column.

Flake has long demonstrated he has no core. Prior to his political career, Flake worked as a lobbyist and registered foreign agent for Rossing Uranium — one of the world’s largest suppliers of nuclear fuel — which operates a mine in the African country of Namibia where Flake did his LDS mission. Flake earned a substantial salary opening doors in D.C. and promoting the firm which had deep financial ties to Iran. When it benefited him as a candidate, Flake deftly switched his position on Iran.

Flake nearly threw the left-leaning Arizona Republic into apoplexy, causing it to editorially declare Flake to be a mere “politician” — no longer a “statesman,” when he exhibited a campaign related change of heart on legalizing millions of illegal aliens. It was just a short-term move in order to secure votes. Those on the editorial board need not have wasted a moment’s concern.  He reverted to his former position immediately after the votes were counted.

When your solicitation letter arrives, consider using the enclosed postage paid envelope to send it back to him — empty — replicating the promises he’s made.

Dr. Kelli Ward is a bright conservative possessing core convictions.  Check out her website. Send her a donation.  She doesn’t have the D.C. lobbyist crowd who fund Jeff Flake. She needs us. These are six-year terms. How much more of the McStatus quo can we take?


Janet Napolitano: She’s only gotten worse

May 1, 2017

Right thinking Arizonans dealt as best they could under the oppressive, radically left-wing Gov. Janet Napolitano. It wasn’t easy as she repeatedly slashed her veto pen over excellent bills — earning her the moniker J-No,  unwaveringly appointed partisans to the state courts, and declared her bonding to open borders with her notorious statement, “You show me a 50-foot wall and I’ll show you a 51-foot ladder at the border. That’s the way the border works.”

We all knew Janet Napolitano never had a commitment to securing America against invasion.

Who knew she was also a crook?

Breitbart features a revealing article by Chriss W. Street that reminds us of how fortunate we are to be rid of this wretched liberal who abandoned her gubernatorial post to join the Obama administration as the ineffectual Secretary of Homeland Security. Now as the coarse and boorish president of the University of California system, Napolitano is accused in this recently released 167 page report by the California State Auditor Elaine Howle of hiding $175 million in budget surpluses while continuing to raise student tuition.

The audit found that the UC spent $32.5 billion on expenses during the 2015-16 school year to fund 10 campuses, five medical centers, and its Office of the President headquarters. Although the UC states that its “fundamental missions are teaching, research and public service,” the UC only spent “$6.7 billion (21 percent) on teaching, “$4.6 billion (14 percent) on research” and “$630 million (2 percent) on public service.” The other $20.6 billion (63 percent) was spent on non-fundamental activities.

This Los Angeles Times editorial tries its damndest, wildly contorting language using “might not” twice in the single headline, to give cover to Napolitano as it questions the audit. This is an example:

“The audit puzzlingly implies that non-restricted funds are either being hoarded or misspent on illegitimate uses instead of direct student services. One of the supposedly problematic projects it names is UC’s Washington Center in the District of Columbia, where students from all campuses are eligible to live in a dorm and take courses. If this isn’t a direct student service, it’s hard to imagine what is. Other uses of the money include helping undocumented students who fear deportation and reducing UC’s carbon footprint.”

Could the newspaper’s agenda be any more clear?

This may, might, could convince the equally far leftist California Gov. Jerry Brown (brief video), but not many others. Janet Napolitano needs to be replaced.


Clemson Univ. teaches expecting promptness is racist

April 17, 2017

Cultural divide expands even further; now extends to the clock

Diversity training scores another goose egg. Craig Bannister writing for cnsnews exposes the latest leftward lunacy coming out of what was previously referred to as higher education.

Clemson University’s “diversity education and training” instructs the university’s employees that every “cultural perspective regarding time” is equally valid, so it’s wrong to expect people to be prompt.

The university is spending nearly $27,000 on this program for its faculty members and the school’s President James P. Clements has pledged that ‘all employees will participate in the diversity plan in order to create a more inclusive environment on campus.

As an example, in one slide presentation, employees are taught that tardiness is acceptable because the concept of time is culturally relative. Thus, every culture’s perception of the actual time must be respected — since one “cultural perspective regarding time is neither more nor less valid than any other.”

Got that?  Chronic lateness  is no longer rude or disqualifying, but needs to be respected.

The presentation gives the example of “Alejandro,” who called a 9:00 a.m. meeting, and instructs that he should not rebuke a group of foreign professors and students who show up late: “Time may be considered precise or fluid depending on the culture.” The slide tutors that Alejandro shouldn’t impose his definition of time on others since doing so is not only disrespectful, but racist.

Bannister’s source is Campus Reform.

This past week SRAZ postedSkewed news & rethinking the desirability of a college education,” describing a professor at Fresno State University who took to twitter to opine, “To save American democracy, Trump must hang. The sooner and the higher, the better.” It melds with the Clemson madness. Our once revered institutions of higher learning have become liberal propaganda machines, dispensing outrageousness and putting the finishing touches on the 12 previous years of brainwashing by members of the leftwing teacher’s unions. Open Secrets reveals the donations made by the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), two of the largest lobbying groups in the country.

The deception grows as Clemson’s President James P. Clements sums his views up with these words on the university’s website: 

“It is important, as an institution of higher learning, to celebrate our diversity and help others see the importance of creating an environment of inclusive excellence.”

We should be celebrating unity — which strengthens, rather than separates us. That’s what America has represented to generations of legal immigrants who gratefully assimilated into Americans, making our heritage their own as they transitioned to speaking English,  embraced our traditions and honored the freedoms enshrined in our Constitution. It was known as Americanization.

In a paean to diversity, the inmates with multiple degrees are now overseeing an increasingly Balkanized asylum. President Clements’ annual base salary is $801,330.  No doubt he’s worth every cent.


Skewed news & rethinking the desirability of a college education

April 10, 2017

Aggressor professor morphs into victim, claims death threats lodged against him by fascists (political conservatives)

Fresno State University Professor Lars Maischak, who teaches — of all things — American History, a topic he appears not to comprehend, has been in the news recently.

We thought the Fresno Bee might have an update on this pathetic excuse for a lecturer. Instead, the newspaper headlines it’s article Breitbart News singles out Fresno State professor over tweet on Trump, describing Professor Maischak who advocated on his twitter account, “to save American democracy, Trump must hang. The sooner and the higher, the better.”

Maischak identifies himself as “teaching American History with a German accent at Fresno State.” He has a predilection for the words fascist and fascism which he uses liberally throughout his tweets. After he was outed, he used weak excuses to back away from his calls inciting murder of the President of the United States.

The Bee refers to Maischak as a “target,” rather than an insurrectionist. It repeatedly characterizes Breitbart News as “right-wing.”

The fault, you see, lies with Breitbart for calling attention to this anti-American ignoramus. Such is the view of the radicals inhabiting academia and the media today.

On the university’s website alongside its name are the words, “Discover, Diversity, Distinction.”  There was a time, not so long ago, when unity rather than diversity was celebrated. Now hyphenated Americans with questionable commitment to the USA, merit praise.

With Joseph L. Castro at the school’s helm and former Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano in charge of the entire California university system, it’s not difficult to see that the liberal skew is carefully cultivated and maintained. Castro’s absurd statement following Maischak’s treasonous comments said, “Statements made on his (Maischak‘s)  personal social media accounts are his alone and are not endorsed by nor reflect the position of the University.”

No chastisement.  No talk of firing or even a suspension.  Just a tacit signal that more of the same is OK with Castro.

The University President’s Commission on Human Relations and Equity provides an insight of what matters most in this liberal, liberal arts school. As an example, under a heading  KEY TERMS is Intersectionality: It’s described as “a theory and methodology developed in feminist studies, intersectionality (Crenshaw, 1989) reveals and explains the ways in which identity categories, such as gender, race, sexual orientation, ability and other axes (do they mean axis’) of identity, intersect to produce multiple and varied lived experiences and inequalities.  Intersectionality helps us understand how our multidimensional racialized, gendered, and sexualized social identities shape our experiences of power and oppression.”

Got that? Want to pay thousands to make sure your kids do?


Liberal clowns turn Supreme Court confirmation into circus

April 6, 2017

Emblematic of the Democrats’ unhingement syndrome over SCOTUS nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch is radical leftist Sen Jeff Merkley. The Oregon senator is desperately trying to ratchet up his political profile from zilch to a 2020 Democrat presidential candidate.

Merkley was such an ardent Bernie Sanders supporter, he was the lone U.S. Senator to endorse the self identified Socialist over scandal plagued Hillary Clinton.

Merkley’s 15-hour convoluted filibuster stunt begun Tuesday evening, concluding Wednesday morning, is a contrivance to block Pres. Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch. The chicanery revealed showboater Merkley as nothing more than a vacuous windbag.  Merkley referred to the vacancy left by the unexpected Feb. 13, 2016 death of Justice Antonin Scalia, as a “stolen seat” that is “being filled by an illegitimate and extreme nominee.”

Despite these shamelessly deceitful Democrat antics, with more scheduled today, we are reminded by the Washington Examiner that in 2006, when he was nominated to serve on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, Neil Gorsuch won unanimous confirmation including Democrats and Republicans.

Know this: These actions have nothing to do with Judge Gorsuch. They have everything to do with Merrick Garland — Obama’s lame duck Supreme Court appointee who was not confirmed.


Mail-in ballots should be a choice not a mandate

April 3, 2017

Ease of voting lessens safeguards and ballot integrity

Do you like the feeling of dropping your ballot in a secure ballot box at your polling place?  Many of us do. We can almost hear “God Bless America” playing in our heads as push the ballot through the slot.

That long-standing tradition will become as passé as glove compartment maps and White Out in Maricopa County as soon as next year if the newly elected Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes has his way. Fontes has announced his intention to mandate mail-in ballots in time for the 2018 statewide elections — eliminating polling places, poll workers and security.

Democrat Fontes, who won the office by 1 percentage point, describes the issue as a cost and time saving mechanism. Others view the grand scheme differently, expressing concerns about ballot security, including ballot harvesting, and coercion. There is also the real problem of non-citizen participation in our elections.

The guarantee of secure elections is a fundamental expectation of each and every voting citizen. We should accept nothing less

March 2016, Seeing Red AZ posted How secure is your mail-in ballot? It included several links that expose the very real crimes associate with voter fraud — including ballot harvesting.

Last November, just days before the presidential election, the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated Arizona’s ban on “ballot harvesting.” Read more in SCOTUS blog. Previously, the County Recorders and Secretary of State refused to stop the fraudulent practice.

How much easier and more open to fraud could voting be?  Fontes indicates that any voter who is eligible to vote in local elections — though they’ve never previously requested or received a mail-in ballot need not do anything to participate. All registered voters will automatically receive a ballot. Voters can register online. 

Fontes is quoted as saying, “The old system, (it) is time, in my mind, to move to the side,” I don’t know anybody that uses a horse and buggy today either.”

Fortunately Fontes is not the sole determiner of how the election system plays out. The state legislature will need to amend state law and the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has the responsibility to authorize such a major shakeup of our elections. Then there are those pesky voters who prefer to cast their ballot in person, and have reason to distrust a system that lacks oversight.

Following the retirement of longtime Elections Director Karen Osborne, Fontes is conducting a nationwide search for a replacement, rather than promoting from within the office that functions in tandem with the Recorder’s Office.