Double murderer a dreamer?

May 17, 2015

The Arizona Republic newspaper, short on news and long on far-left opinion, fills its pages with sports, vacuous celebrity-based entertainment coverage, oversized photos and a load of editorializing. News content is slim, often lacking facts. The staff that remains pushes, ad nauseam, the dual agenda of amnesty for illegals —- along with in-state tuition for their children, now affectionately known as “dreamers” —- and same-sex marriage. They pause only long enough to give yet another uppercut to the jaw of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio as part of the ongoing attempt to decimate the dedicated and lifelong lawman.

To plump up the scant weekend news, the newspaper has devised bit of trickery labeled, “The Week in Review.” Rehashed articles from each day of the preceding week are reprinted. Among those considered worthy of regurgitation is one titled, “For 20 years, cop killer ‘living the dream’ in California.”

The five-paragraph report tells of Ernesto Salgado Martinez, an Indio, California resident, sentenced to death for the Aug. 15, 1995 murder of Arizona Department of Public Safety Officer Robert Martin, 57, who had pulled Martinez over for a traffic stop near Phoenix. Later that same day, Martinez crossed into California and used the dead officer’s service revolver to kill Randip Singh, 43, in Blythe during a convenience store robbery.

Although the Arizona Republic mentions Martinez’ name seven times in the short article and identifies him as one of the most dangerous prisoners in Riverside County and member of a notorious prison gang, the names of his victims were omitted. We found them and the facts of the Arizona case with a Google search. What the newspaper deemed important to focus on were his words of bravado in speaking to a judge on April 17, during a recent court hearing. “I’m housed here in Riverside,” Martinez boasted. “All is well. Living the dream.”

He still has not been tried for the California murder or extradited to Arizona to face the death penalty to which he was sentenced.


AZ Republic selectively redefines marriage

May 15, 2015

The local newspaper has once again gotten its dander up on the topic of marriage. This time it is not carping about family owned bakeries, florists, wedding photographers or pizzerias whose religious views cause them to decline serving same sex ceremonies —- making the small businesses ripe targets for ruinous lawsuits. 

Editorialists at the Arizona Republic have set their sights on the FLDS a fundamentalist polygamous sect which broke away from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) over a hundred years ago. It operates out of a small, one-school town in Mohave County now known as Colorado City. Back in the 1950’s then-Gov. Howard Pyle made headlines after authorizing state police and National Guard raids on the town when it was known as Short Creek.

The newspaper has swung into high gear headlining an editorial “Polygamous town an affront to justice.” 

Make no mistake, Seeing Red AZ is not onboard with numerous wives allowed in patriarchal polygamous societies. Multiple spouses do not constitute our idea of marriage. Polyandry, where women have multiple husbands falls into that same unacceptable category, as do deplorable forced marriages and child brides in Colorado City.

Yet as  marriage is redefined, we witness the unprecedented spectacle of “anything goes” simultaneous trio and quintet egalitarian “marriages” as evidenced by these reported in Brazil, and the Netherlands.

For the Arizona Republic, which glorifies the redefinition of marriage when it involves same-sex couples —- declaring the concept of family has evolved —- to editorialize about the lawlessness presented by polygamy is beyond disingenuous.

The newspaper has toiled tirelessly to create this reckless affront to traditional moral principles. It can’t have it both ways.


AZ Republic wants to mute your voice, muzzle your vote

May 11, 2015

It wasn’t that long ago, the daily newspaper was rife with editorials, columns, contrivances and a variety of other machinations passing themselves off as reports, pushing what it termed the “non-partisan,” or “Top Two” Primary. In a nutshell, the scheme does away with party aligned voters selecting their own candidates to run in the General Election. The ideal scenario of the leftists at the newspaper would have the “Top Two” both Democrats, restricting voter’s choices to liberal or liberal. Swell for the leftists at the newspaper, bad for the rest of us.  

There have been other such schemes over the years. The warm and fuzzy sounding “Home Rule,” included provisions to appoint all county “line officers” as they were dismissively called, including the County Attorney, Sheriff, Treasurer and School Superintendent. Though its intent was to eliminate citizen’s ability to vote for these and other county officials —-  turning the immense appointment power over to the Board of Supervisors —- it was promoted as merely a “housekeeping” budgetary provision. Arizona voters caught on quickly as did the elected office holders, both successfully pushing back against this ruse.

Now the slippery tricksters at the Fish Wrap have taken the editorial route again to advocate for appointing the five members of the Arizona Corporation Commission, charged among numerous other tasks, with regulating utility rates. Ambiguous language is its tool in trade and denials of hazy allegations are flippantly dismissed. Regardless of the specious reasons the newspaper puts forward for taking away the vote of the people —- this time —- the actual reason is purely political. Commissioners Tom Forese, Doug Little, Bob Stump, Bob Burns and Chairman Susan Bitter Smith have one thing in common that rankles the folks at the Arizona Republic: They are all Republican.  So are the Maricopa County elected officeholders with the exception of a single County Supervisor.

 In July 2012 columnist Robert Robb candidly exposed the Republic’s angst regarding the Top Two. His words apply to the latest crusade to remove our vote:

“A little honesty and sobriety is in order about the top-two primary system initiative that apparently will be on the November ballot. The purpose of the initiative should be stated plainly and bluntly: It is to reduce the influence of conservative Republicans in Arizona. The rhetoric used to sell it will be more lofty. There will be a pretense of deploring extremism on both sides of the political divide. But what’s driving the initiative isn’t a concern that the Democrats who get elected in Arizona are too liberal. It’s a call-to-arms reaction to a bone-deep belief that the Republicans who run Arizona are too conservative.”

No wonder the liberals get testy.


“Reckless cowboys” stand up for free speech

May 6, 2015

First Amendment butts heads with violent Jihadists

In the warped world of the wizards at the Arizona Republic free speech should take a back seat on the politically correct bus. It’s incendiary, donch’a know?  On the other hand, they do purport to be journalists who value the protections granted in the First Amendment. Without a doubt they dance around the subject, weaving such differing opinions into the editorial that it’s not “difficult to imagine” heated debates surrounding the tone the message should take.

The opening words of Tuesday’s editorial which ran under two contradictory headlines in the hard copy and online editions:

“It is difficult to imagine a more provocative, indeed reckless, event: A contest among irreverent cartoonists to see who could draw the best caricature of the Prophet Mohammed.“

The editorial concludes with these words:

“As foolish as it may have been to engage in such an outrageous act of Islamist baiting, we cannot lose sight of the principle that prompted the gathering. The First Amendment does not exist to protect polite speech. It is there to defend obnoxious, even mean-spirited speech with enthusiasm.

The American Freedom Defense Initiative and its artists too willingly put the lives of others in jeopardy. There are better ways to make the point. But when terrorists are quick to kill those with whom they disagree, we’ll stand with the reckless, nose-thumbing First Amendment-riding cowboys.”

The Republic editorialists must be dizzy from spinning.

Andrew C. McCarthy, author and  policy fellow at the National Review Institute, has written a fine analysis in “Islam and Free Speech: Missing the Point in Garland.”

On Monday evening, Robert Spencer, director of Jihad Watch and vice president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, appeared on Fox News’ “The Kelly File,” discussing the jihad attack against the AFDI/Jihad Watch Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest in Garland, Texas.

This morning the New York Daily News reports ISIS terrorists —- dismissed by Barack Obama in 2014 as a “JV Team” —- have declared war on Atlas Shrugs blogger Pamela Geller who helped organize the event. An ominous online message claims ISIS has fighters across America ready to attack “any target we desire.”  They specifically target “Geller and anyone who hides or hosts her.”

Make up your own mind. You can do a much better job than those practiced bob and weavers at the daily. Are Americans supposed to cower in the face of this barbaric insanity?


Robert Robbed of memory on closed primary

May 1, 2015

The rest of us still have our wits about us. The symbol of the Republican Party is the elephant, noted for its long memory

Those of you who still read the daily fishwrap might have felt your jaw unhinge over what passed for a column by Robert Robb.

Robb claims that having a closed primary in 2010 wouldn’t have made a difference in the U.S. Senate race in which conservative former Congressman J. D. Hayworth challenged the self-identified “maverick” and amnesty proponent John McCain.  

And if you don’t buy that load of baloney, Robb throws another curve, opining that even though the Republican Party would be on sound legal ground to close the primary, to do so would be nothing short of a “PR blunder.”

Want more? He adds that a “non-partisan” or Top Two Primary which does away with parties selecting their own candidates to run in the General Election, would provide an actual solution. He blasts Republicans who desire a return to the closed primary system where registered Independents don’t have a hand in selecting our candidates, as “hard-bitten” and “hardliners.”

Robb writes the “GOP brass, however, have decided not to pursue such a court case,” completely ignoring  the fact that the “brass” are McCain operatives, aware that he benefits from having outsiders choose our candidates. The divide in the Arizona Republican Party over this major issue separates grassroots conservatives and the party elites as few issues have.

Robert Robb must think we’ve forgotten his prior stance on this critical election component.

 In July 2012 Robb had an entirely different mindset, in a column opening with these words:

A little honesty and sobriety is in order about the top-two primary system initiative that apparently will be on the November ballot. The purpose of the initiative should be stated plainly and bluntly: It is to reduce the influence of conservative Republicans in Arizona. The rhetoric used to sell it will be more lofty. There will be a pretense of deploring extremism on both sides of the political divide. But what’s driving the initiative isn’t a concern that the Democrats who get elected in Arizona are too liberal. It’s a call-to-arms reaction to a bone-deep belief that the Republicans who run Arizona are too conservative.”

Could job security be responsible for Robert Robb’s double-talking turnaround? His newfound opinion coincides with yesterday’s announcement of a shakeup of the honchos at the Arizona Republic as it undergoes a major “corporate transition.”

For a genuine insight into the compelling need to close Republican primaries refresh your memory with our April 13 post A. J. LaFaro dispels Robert Graham’s myth on closing Primary. It includes a letter to the members of the AZ GOP executive committee sent by immediate past Maricopa County Republican Chairman A.J. LaFaro, in which he lays out the case in detail. 

Closed primary resolutions were overwhelmingly passed by elected state delegates at the January 2014 and 2015 AZ GOP Statutory Meetings. Yet instead of being voted on at the April 18, 2015 executive committee meeting, state chairman Robert Graham, carrying McCain’s water, shut out Precinct Committeemen and scrapped the issue opposed by…..John McCain.

Get it?


Arizonans are well acquainted with Fishwrap news

April 30, 2015

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The Washington Examiner, using the provocative headline “Fishwrap: Just 2% of younger Americans trust media to ‘do the right thing,'” reports media limps in dead last among institutions younger voters trust. The Examiner cites a new Harvard University survey.

In the school’s Institute of Politics poll of over 3,000 18-29-year-olds, a miniscule 12 percent said they believe the media do the right thing. A whopping 88 percent said “sometimes” or “never.” Just 2 percent said they trusted the media to do the right thing “all of the time,” and 39 percent said “never.”

Here in Arizona, the daily statewide newspaper (the Periódico de la República de Arizona /Arizona Republic) is an agenda driven, far-left structure, teamed with the local Gannett owned NBC affiliate KPNX News 12. With all pretenses gone, they are now housed in the same building, facilitating their ability to use one another to substantiate their own skew.  This dual deception would be an engrossing study if not for the fact that, working in tandem, they foist the their pet issues on an often unsuspecting consumer base, who trust that the once noble profession of journalism still exists.

The poll results, best to worst:

Q – How often do you trust each of them to do the right thing?

1 – Scientists

— All/Most 56%

— Sometimes/Never 44%

2 – The United States military

— All/Most 53%

— Sometimes/Never 46%

3 – Your local police department

— All/Most 49%

— Sometimes/Never 50%

4 – Supreme Court

— All/Most 42%

— Sometimes/Never 58%

5 – United Nations

— All/Most 37%

— Sometimes/Never 62%

6 – President Obama

— All/Most 36%

— Sometimes/Never 63%

7 – Your local government

— All/Most 33%

— Sometimes/Never 67%

8 – Your state government

— All/Most 30%

— Sometimes/Never 69%

9 – Federal government

— All/Most 26%

— Sometimes/Never 74%

10 – Congress

— All/Most 18%

— Sometimes/Never 82%

11 – Wall Street

— All/Most 14%

— Sometimes/Never 86%

12 – The media

— All/Most 12%

— Sometimes/Never 88%


Dare challenge McCain? Attacks on Sen. Ward begin

April 27, 2015

Arizona State Sen. Kelli Ward has accomplished more in her four+ decades than most folks ever aspire to in a lifetime. In addition to representing the residents of Lake Havasu City as a two-tem Republican lawmaker, she is a mother of three, a family doctor, and a military wife married to a Colonel in the Arizona Air National Guard. Her husband Michael serves as Arizona’s State Air Surgeon.

Exceedingly accomplished, Sen. Ward, now a physician, previously worked as an environmental chemist. She holds an undergraduate degree in psychology. (Bio here)

But none of her successes are enough to keep her out of the grinding gears of the McCain Machine. Though not a declared candidate, Kelli Ward has committed the unpardonable sin of opening an exploratory campaign for U. S. Senate earlier this month, “testing the waters” for a possible run. 

Conservative elected state committeemen who censured McCain at their 2014 Statutory Meeting know all too well the ferocity of his retaliatory tactics. Keeping his distance, he uses surrogates to accomplish his disreputable deeds. His efforts to rid the Arizona Republican Party of dedicated precinct committeemen, elected by their Republican neighbors in their own precincts, resulted in a devastating blow to the grassroots election efforts. As FrontPage magazine reports, under the guise of the benign sounding “Arizona Grassroots Action PAC,” San Francisco-based Democrat McCain donors helped raise nearly $300,000 to oust and replace elected conservative committeemen —- the backbone activists of the AZ GOP —- who voted in a stinging rebuke to censure McCain.

Make no mistake. The coordinated attempts to marginalize Sen. Ward are underway. Within short order after her exploratory announcement came the choreographed “chemtrail” conspiracy hype from the team of slicksters at the McCain-endorsing newspaper. Its assigned sycophantic McReporter Dan Nowicki, created a vaporous contrivance that was followed by a supporting column by leftist pap peddler, EJ Montini.  She’s already been subjected to cartoonist Steve Benson’s toxic hit pen.

The latest in bogus contrivances is the attempt to declare her unfit for using a photo her husband took of her in her senate office on a fundraising email sent out to supporters. Over half a page in the daily is devoted to this effort. The accompanying Nowicki article illustrated the concern with a 6 ½ x 7 ½  inch depiction of the photo. The last sentence in the unintelligible article notes “Secretary of State Michele Reagan’s office signaled it won’t likely pursue the issue.”

A recent edition of the Mohave Valley Daily News quoted McCain saying he was aware that Sen. Ward is considering running against him.

Feigning joviality, he said, “I always enjoy a good campaign and have had a lot of good, exhilarating campaigns and I’m certainly looking forward to another campaign.” 

Translation: I will use whatever means and spend whatever is necessary to brutalize anyone who dares cross me.  

This time it could well be a woman who runs rings around him in the brains department and is not likely to fear the man who has spent decades in Washington D.C. giving aid and comfort to Democrats.

Haven’t you had enough? 


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