AZ Republic: Hypocrites in face of ISIS jihadist attacks

November 19, 2015

Newspaper lobs misplaced brickbats at conservative Republicans

In an irrational editorial that clearly defines its radically leftist lurch, the Arizona Republic places the blame for unspeakable acts of terror not on ISIS, but on…..conservative Republicans.

 Carrying the absurd title,“ ISIS hits and the right goes wobbly,” making the Islamic jihadist organization sound more like a paper tiger than a dedicated killing machine committed to ensuring  every knee bend to Allah and in total submission to Sharia law.

Barack Obama, who refuses to use the words radical Islam, referred to the coordinated murderous attacks across Paris as “a setback,” after one day earlier foolishly claiming ISIS was “contained.” (Video under link) Previously he deemed ISIS a “JV team.” French President Francois Hollande hesitated not a moment in declaring the slaughters as “an act of war.”

But in Republicese, blaming Republicans carries the day, since there’s not a chance liberal Democrats could ever be culpable. There’s no need to read the entire frenzied editorial, the first 83 words will more than suffice.

As to Barack Obama, the incompetent President of the United States, it’s well to remember his Sept. 25, 2012 speech delivered at the United Nations just days after the Sept. 11 Benghazi attack when Islamic militants stormed the American diplomatic compound in Libya, killing the American ambassador and three other Americans attached to the embassy.

Obama’s speech contained these words, “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.”

With the forced release of Hillary Clinton’s emails, we now know Obama deceptively blamed what he termed “a crude and disgusting video [that] sparked outrage throughout the Muslim world,” as he tried to rationalize the attacks with trickery.

Obama is a liar. His regime’s operatives lied on his behalf, denying what we now know was a pre-planned act of terror and definitely not “spontaneous.” And Hillary Clinton, who will likely be the 2016 Democrat presidential nominee, and will undoubtedly win the endorsement of this embarrassing rag masquerading as a newspaper — lied as well.

Sham candidates aid McCain

November 9, 2015

Can’t win candidates flood the field, assist McCain

Why would an unknown and self-acknowledged “long shot” 74-year-old who believes in cryonics — the freezing of dead humans until a cure might be found for what killed them — be entering the AZ  U.S. Senate race to challenge John McCain?

And why would John McCain’s sycophantic reporter at the daily newspaper eagerly cover David Pizer’s late and unlikely entry into this race? Candidate Pizer has yet to find a campaign manager.

If Pizer sounds like a Jimmie Lee Deakin ringer to you, you’re not alone. Deakin, no economics wizard, was facing foreclosure on his home, only to mysteriously regain his financial footing at the conclusion of the election cycle. Known for his crassness, he also fumbled his FEC campaign filing. Deakin’s sole purpose was splitting the vote to help assure a McCain victory. It didn’t hurt that moneybags McCain outspent his conservative challenger former Congressman  J.D. Hayworth roughly ten to one — aided by 2008 taxpayer matching funds.

The more people with no chance to win take on McCain, the better it is for McCain. Siphoning off votes from an actual reputable challenger is madness at best. You can fill in what it is at worst.

Perennial candidate Clair Van Steenwyk, who calls himself Van the Radio Man, though he‘s nowhere on your radio dial, and Alex Meluskey, who wants to “streamline” our “flawed “ immigration system are cut from the same cloth.

Dr. Kelli Ward, a two term state senator and physician, who understands the complexities of the increasingly costly monstrosity known as Obamacare, has the credentials that give her a real chance to take out the senior senator who will be 80 by Election Day.

This election is too important to leave to egocentrics, bozos and a treacherous snake who has been censured by his home state Republican Party.

U.S. Senate terms are six long years. After more than three decades of McCain working to promote amnesty for illegals, collusion with the left to purge conservative elected precinct committeemen from the state GOP and targeting conservatives for IRS scrutiny, Arizonans deserve real representation.

In 2008, former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay summed John McCain up very well with these words. He was right then. His words still resonate today.

No news to print? Non-announcements work

November 3, 2015

Christine Jones, who lost the six-way Arizona GOP gubernatorial Primary Election to Doug Ducey by over 20 percent, tells the increasingly devoid of news daily she will not campaign for the 9th Congressional District in 2016. The Congressional seat is currently held by uber-liberal Democrat Kyrsten Sinema, warmly endorsed by the Arizona Republic in 2012.

Referencing CD 9, Jones said, “Although [it] appears eminently winnable, pursuing a seat in Congress at this time is not the highest and best use of my time.”

While she indicated she’d be open to looking at the race again in the future, Jones neglected to say how she’s currently making the “highest and best use” of her time.

We have to hand it to Christine Jones for contriving such a clever political strategy. Few would-be contenders would wait until a vulnerable congressional newcomer is more deeply entrenched before mounting a challenge. Ms. Jones obviously has a plan, as evidenced by her too-late-to-be-a-viable-contender, non-announcement braggadocio. She’s just holding it close to her vest.

AZ Republic’s exodus revs up as enticements lure

November 2, 2015

Flinging his last bit of liberal illogico, Robert Leger, the Arizona Republic’s opinions editor, takes his early retirement with this “short takes” missive:

Journalism, the oil that keeps democracy running

“Stop buying the nonsense that when one journalist messes up (um, CNBC), it means all journalists are idiots. We’re not the Borg.  We’re human, which means journalists will make mistakes. But most that I know believe in serving their communities. They strive to be fair. They strive to soar. Their work, at best, is the oil that makes self-government possible. As I leave The Republic, I salute the many fine reporters and editors here who do tremendous work.”

Nice try, but no cigar, Mr. Leger. “Mistakes” does not begin to describe the intentionally nasty, gotcha sabotage the entire CNBC panel of “journalists” dished out during the Oct. 28 assault on GOP presidential candidates, passing itself off as a “debate.” Fortunately, they were thwarted by the candidates, who rightly called them out on their pathetic behavior.

Seeing Red AZ has frequently pointed out the left-wing bias, trickery, blatant abhorrence of Republicans, and unconcealed deceit which are the hallmarks of the newspaper Leger so reveres.

We recently noted the Gannett incentive package intended to persuade “veteran” employees to take an early hike from the failing newspaper. Leger at 58, obviously finds the deal attractive. Others have also been taking the money and running.

Soon the ASU Cronkite journalism students who care little for the First Amendment they are supposed to defend, will be running what remains of a once conservative newspaper that lost its way after the death of Eugene Pulliam — founder and longtime president of Central Newspapers Inc. He and his wife Nina, ran a newspaper empire that employed professionals and actually provided an op-ed section on the editorial pages. In what now seems to be a novel concept, it gave readers news instead of editorials passing themselves off as reports.

Today’s Arizona Republic is a repository for regurgitated USAToday’s leftward AP spew and recycled efforts from earlier in the week, or even the preceding one. Its focus has shifted from authentic news reporting to magazine-like entertainment and local dining coverage. Insulting the remaining readers with agenda is basic policy. The student reporters construct what should be straight news into Snoopyesque prose, and it often takes multiples of them to pull that off.

Believe it or not, the now failing newspaper was founded as The Arizona Republican. In it’s heyday and before the advent of instant news, the Republic was so robust it had an afternoon edition in addition to the morning delivery.

This bit of out-the-door self promotion and grandiose bent-arm back slapping doesn’t address the craftiness to which Robert Leger’s craft has fallen prey. The opinions he oversaw were intended to distort and manipulate. Only if he’d take credit for that degradation would he deserve the applause he seeks.

But, but….it’s for the children

October 20, 2015

Never ending tax increases

A recent editorial in the local newspaper clearly defines the definition of going ballistic. At issue is the Maricopa County Republican Party’s opposition to the nearly thirty school districts across the Valley asking for voters to approve school bonds and overrides.

This is the October 16, 2015 press release that caused the commotion:

Republican Party of Maricopa County Calls For Sweeping Reforms To Override Election Laws

The Maricopa County GOP is calling for sweeping reforms to school district override election laws, in order to ensure that the voting public is no longer misled regarding how the money will be spent should the tax increase be approved.

The overwhelming majority of voters in Arizona are unaware that school districts are only legally obligated to spend override monies on the priorities outlined in the official voter pamphlets and promoted by pro-tax political action committees in the first year. After year one, school districts are free to waste the override dollars on whatever non-essential, non-classroom purposes they choose.

“Legislation to correct the widespread voter confusion as to how override dollars can be spent and the manner in which those expenditures are communicated to the public prior to the election is long overdue,” said Republican Party of Maricopa County Spokesman Jake Hoffman. “As a former elected school board member, I have sat in public meetings where in response to that these very district leaders intend to squander the money on non-classroom expenditures.

County GOP leadership is right. Regardless of the habitual, plaintive pleas from schools and cities for ever more funding, citizens are not golden egg laying geese. Arizona school children and the education they receive are too important to be left to these bait-and-switch tax schemes pushed by public school district administrators under the guise of teacher pay and smaller classes.

In a suspiciously timed August election — when low city voter turnout is guaranteed to be even lower — residents of Phoenix were asked to double the city transit tax over 35 years and spend $31.5 billion on an unaccountable light rail expansion — which is actually used by less than one percent of city residents. Thanks to solid union voting blocs — police, fire fighters, unionized teachers and city employees — this unconscionable monstrosity passed as special interest groups disproportionately skewed the vote to the left.

Now we are being told that a disaster of apocalyptic proportions will be visited upon our children if we don’t loosen up even more cash via higher property taxes. It’s a never-ending saga.  As cash-strapped families are forced to get by on less, school districts think they are exempt from such belt-tightening.

Schools are teaching climate change instead of American history and recycling rather than the U.S. Constitution. Cursive is gone, ensuring the end of handwriting. College students can’t find Japan on a map, and if your math challenged child lands a job at McDonald’s he can push the pictures on the computerized screen in front of him to process the order and dump the correct change in the customer’s hand. Public school grads are unable to count back change. 

We did find some humor in the newspaper’s editorial tantrum. They are still miffed that GOP County Chairman Tyler Bowyer hosted Donald Trump’s Phoenix appearance. They call Trump a “gadfly mogul” whose comments are offensive to the voters the Republican party needs to win elections  — as if the newspaper liberals care whether we win elections. The censure of John McCain in numerous counties and by elected statewide Republican delegates also doesn’t sit well with the editorial board. The editorial says it was because “McCain had the good sense to pursue immigration reform,” code jargon for amnesty. 

The Arizona Republics ranting fools fool no one.

Valdez’ increasingly bizarre rants provide clues

October 13, 2015

Looking more likely to leave

In Monday’s post, “Does nutty column signal Linda Valdez’ swan song? we speculated that the local newspaper’s far left editorial writer Linda Valdez might be considering the early retirement package being offered to long-term employees. Her typical seething screeds have veered into hysterical rants, screeching at readers, and giving credence to the idea of her takin’ the money and gettin’ outta Dodge. 

It was easy to mistake her bizarre “zombie” column as the most solid evidence of her imminent departure. Who knew there’d be even more outrageousness with her name attached the very next day? Now she wants to “Repeal the Second Amendment.” Seriously.

We already knew of her desire to collapse the First Amendment on the heads of conservatives, so her liberal swerve into Constitution shredding shouldn’t come as a surprise.  It’s her blatant arrogance as she kicks sand in the face of readers that gives rise to the notion that her hand is outstretched. 

Does nutty column signal Linda Valdez’ swan song?

October 12, 2015

Coinciding with Gannett’s offer of an early retirement package to “veteran” employees is  one of the more bizarre columns ever written by editorial writer Linda Valdez — who has never been known for thoughtful prose. Gannett, the parent company of the struggling  Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic) will finalize acceptances after a 45-day consideration period has closed — today, October 12, 2015.

Valdez has been in perpetual whirling dervish mode since the introduction of SB 1070, Arizona’s landmark case addressing illegal immigration. Although parts of the law have been gutted by the courts, last month U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton dismissed the last of seven challenges to the law, allowing police, during a “lawful stop, detention or arrest,” to investigate the immigration status of those suspected of being in the country illegally. In her opinion, Judge Bolton — a Bill Clinton appointee — wrote opponents have “not produced any evidence that state law enforcement officials will enforce SB 1070 differently for Latinos than a similarly situated person of another race or ethnicity.”  The statute’s provisions mirror federal law.

Valdez, who appears to be on the brink of either madness or retirement, refers to the law as a “zombie” that “needs to be killed for our children.” She says the judge’s ruling, “Keeps the monster alive.’

Linda Valdez’ well established hatred of Republicans is evident as she opines, “Election season is when Republican politicians appeal to people’s worst fears instead of their better nature. The nativists are already shaking their pitchforks in the general direction of the Mexican border.”

“Nativists,“ for the uninitiated, is an invented term crafted by leftist open border proponents, intended to denigrate Americans who resent having our country invaded by illegal foreign hordes.

Witnessing a breakdown is disturbing, but in this case there is unintended levity as Valdez cites an editorial she probably wrote for the newspaper that pays her salary, to verify her radical views. She says SB 1070 was “considered so odious when it passed in 2010 that it was decried in a rare front page editorial in the Arizona Republic, the state’s biggest newspaper.”  

Finally, she swings into insult mode as she refuses to take into consideration the word ‘illegal.” Within the restricted framework of her convoluted reasoning, Valdez claims the Senate Bill remains “a symbol of how easily Arizona was duped into denying its Mexican heritage. It’s testimony to how easily Arizona dismissed the concerns of long-time Latino residents who suddenly became second-class citizens in a state their ancestors helped build.” In her convoluted world there are no American citizens of Mexican heritage.

In what sounds like a swan song tinged with Halloween-like, apocalyptic overtures, Valdez states, “this soul-stealing zombie has to be brought down. Once and for all.”

Most of us believe a border wall needs to be erected. Once and for all. Zombies have nothing to do with it.


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