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March 10, 2019

Editorial Page editor Boas’ shocking metamorphosis into a beggar 

It’s no secret the Arizona Republic is on its last legs. The situation has turned so dire for the local newspaper, that its parent company, Gannett, Co. Inc. recently laid off its Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist to save a few bucks. The action even threw the newspaper for a loop, featuring an editorial bidding a fond farewell to Steve Benson and his talented but venomous pen. This boot follows previous massive layoffs preceded by large scale buyouts of senior staffers.

A quick Internet search reveals countless publications detailing the company’s layoffs and overall wretched state. The Wall Street Journal recently headlined its report,Gannett’s Loss Widens as Ad, Circulation Revenue Fall.” Its been death by a thousand cuts, with so little coursing life blood left that the anorexic publication relies on vapid ASU Cronkite Journalism School student reporters who write as colloquially they speak. The absurdity could be entertaining, if you enjoy farce.  

But there is a bright light at the end of this darkened tunnel.

Editorial Page editor Phil Boas, is, of course, a deep thinker. Who could forget Boas? He’s the guy who dedicated years of his life to the craven pursuit of taking down popular 6-term Republican Maricopa County Sheriff, Joe Arpaio — his own father-in-law.  Boas oversaw the endorsement of the problem plagued Democrat with this headline: “Elect Paul Penzone, not Sheriff Showboat.” After Penzone was elected, the new sheriff referred to illegal aliens as “guests.”

Now, functioning with editorless staff, a couple of far-leftwing columnists, and mostly purchased content, Boas has had to become inventive. His latest cost-cutting gimmick is called “Voices.” That’s the slick way he sells what they are not paying for but expect you to provide — previously known as op-ed pages. Those haven’t existed in the left-wing echo chamber for years. Not only can’t the newspaper afford established conservative opinion writers, it definitely doesn’t want them.

But the fact remains subscriptions are continuing to tank because few Trump-supporters can tolerate the elitist radical leftism that oozes off every page of the Hillary-endorsing newspaper. Boas and his like-thinking ideologues are bonded to the policy of insulting the very people who pay their increasingly overpriced subscription rates for emaciated editions.

Yet Boas farcically writes, “…we began our experiment with conservative writers [former Gov. Jan Brewer who pushed Medicaid expansion, was the odd choice]. And for a reason. After Donald Trump won election, most newspapers could not turn to their in-house and syndicated conservatives to express pro-Trump points of view, because so many media conservatives opposed Trump. I fit that category.”

After admitting his own bias against President Trump, Boas doesn’t name any conservatives on the Arizona Republic’s staff —- because he can’t. Even Libertarian-leaning Robert Robb has fallen in with the newspaper’s standard.

Most pathetically, following articles is this plea: “Support local journalism. Subscribe….today.” (We omitted the link the failing newspaper provided.)  The big-time beg should be written on corrugated cardboard with a black marker and held up for passing traffic on Van Buren Street by Editorial Page editor Phil Boas.

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An insight: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez & Socialism

February 8, 2019

Since the June 26, primary election, when it became shockingly clear that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 28, soundly defeated longtime incumbent Democrat U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley in New York’s 14th House District,  Americans across the country have been inundated with the inanities uttered, and bizarre antics engaged in, by the full-of-herself, newly elected New York Congresswoman.

AOC is a former presidential campaign organizer for Bernie Sanders. Crowley 56, who had served in congress over two decades was seen as a possible replacement for Nancy Pelosi as the leader of the House Democrats — prior to the election returns coming in. He has not had a primary challenger since 2004, when Ocasio-Cortez was too young to vote. 

She prances and dances, as she spews her radical ideology and redistributionist ideas which many find atrocious, others foolishly amusing and still others grasping at them as if being thrown a life-jacket. The latter groups are the ones in dire need of education.

Knowledgeable people who are familiar with history and economics shudder at her notions of taxing the wealthiest Americans at a 70% marginal tax rate in order to fund her “Green New Deal.”

High earners are not the enemy. They are most frequently job creators who make the American Dream possible for other Americans. They are also who previous generations of Americans desired to emulate, not decimate.

Under AOC’s Green New Deal, every building in the nation would have to be rebuilt to comply with her radical climate change goals, which would include eliminating all air travel within the next ten years. Yes, you read that right! AOC has unilaterally deemed that the earth can only survive another dozen years without swift action.  When questioned about how to fund all of these projects, she shrugs and says, “We’ll print more money “

Ocasio-Cortez embraces the description of radicalism, wildly distorting it to fit her contrived image of herself:

“It only has ever been radicals that have changed this country,” she said. “Abraham Lincoln made the radical decision to sign the Emancipation Proclamation. Franklin Delano Roosevelt made the radical decision to embark on establishing programs like Social Security. If that’s what radical means, call me a radical.”

The best counter to Ocasio-Cortez and her ilk is fact-based truth.  Take time to read, “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez fails miserably at dissociating her socialism from Venezuela’s,” by Monica Showalter and posted at American Thinker. You’ll be glad you did.  It’s a well-written exposé of the global failures of Socialism, always with the same abysmal results. 


AZ Republic shrivels, readying for last rites — & Update RE: Cartoonist Steve Benson

January 22, 2019

In an evasively worded front page notice in Monday‘s edition, the ever-shrinking Arizona Republic newspaper, acknowledges its own demise. It’s suffering from the dreaded disease of attrition, as it deteriorates further and hobbles into the sunset.

The all caps headline of the terse article, titled, “TO OUR READERS,” followed by, “Digital USA TODAY free to Republic subscribers,” appears innocuous enough. In fact, it’s a pre-obit.

Gone are the expected newspaper sections. In their place is a front section that includes brief snippets of local, national and international news. The fold-over page USA Today insert added to give heft to the incredibly dwindling newspaper is now incorporated into the catch-all A Section that includes four full-page ads and 6 half page ads. Page 2 contains local and national weather and is topped by a recycled “best of” column: written by a now deceased columnist. Two full pages include puzzles, Dear Abby, horoscopes, celebrity birthdays and the comics. Another page is TV and movie listings.

Section Two incongruously combines Sports and Obituaries.  The Sunday edition has bizarrely merged the Real Estate and Cars sections. That’s the entire newly revamped, Hillary-endorsing Arizona Republic. We’ve referred to the newspaper as the Daily Regurgitation, for its penchant for recycling identical reports and the Daily Insult as the tone-deaf newspaper continues to insult its ever declining reader base.

The good news is extremist ‘Mexico First’ editorial board member and rancorous columnist Linda Valdez won’t be submitting her vile, anti-Republican, Trump-loathing spew from her Tucson casa since her long-awaited retirement finally came to pass earlier this month. She went out with a leftist swoon, declaring, “We need more migrant labor. Now.”

Valdez’ final column spewed: “GOP blocks needed immigration reform. The labor needs in construction, home health care and agriculture get worse as the GOP shrieks about the so-called dangers of our southern border.”

“In fact,” continued Valdez, who remains unwilling to accept the highest employment numbers in decades delivered by the Trump administration, “the GOP’s anti-immigration rhetoric – which reached ear-splitting shrillness after Trump hijacked the party – is bad for business.” In 2015, predating her actual, but much-anticipated departure, we wrote, “Does nutty column signal Linda Valdez’ swan song?

Just days ago, it was reported that Gannett, Co. Inc., the parent company of the Arizona Republic and USA Today was targeted for a buyout bid from a media group with a history of taking over struggling newspapers and slashing jobs. The local newspaper is already functioning with diminished staff, and ASU Cronkite Journalism School students in dire need of editors.

The AZ Republic is dead.  It just doesn’t know enough to lie down.

 RE: Cartoonist Steve Benson

We were prophetic in the last sentence of the original post. The Jan. 24, issue of the newspaper bids farewell to Steve Benson, the increasingly unfunny but notably talented editorial cartoonist, bonded to flame-headed depictions of Pres. Donald Trump, whom he clearly despised. The oddly worded editorial acknowledges the fact that Steve Benson, a Pulitzer Prize winner, was laid off in the latest round of staff terminations by parent company Gannett Co., Inc., as reported in more detail by the Phoenix New Times.

Benson had a twisted metamorphosis, beginning his career as a young BYU educated conservative and a Mormon, ultimately leaving both his former political bent and his faith. As a grandson of former LDS church president Ezra Taft Benson, he was reviled for his vicious cartoons of then-Gov. Evan Mecham, a devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The farewell by the Arizona Republic’s Editorial Board headlines “Fearlessness with a brush.” It’s a good bet Benson uses pens more frequently than brushes, but attention to detail is not their bag as the few remaining readers of the newspaper are well aware.

On a personal note, Steve Benson lost his 40-year-old daughter in a bicycle-vehicle roadway accident this past September. She left behind a young son.


Roe v. Wade: Science now provides the truth

January 18, 2019

March for Life holds its annual gathering in Washington D.C. today. This year’s theme is, “Unique From Day One.”

This informative commentary,Why Science Strengthens the Pro-Life Argument,” by Andrea Picciotti-Bayer, is definitely worth your time.

Scientific and medical advances have impacted the Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision in ways that could not be envisioned in 1973. Ultrasound wondrously shows fetal development, a beating heart and an undeniable, unique, human life —- even allowing parents to know the sex of their preborn child. Familial DNA, telling our generational story, is affixed from conception.

Agents of depriving life to preborn humans are celebrating the legal ability to destroy it. A breakfast event, held at the San Diego Hilton Resort and Spa advertises itself as the “46th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade Breakfast Celebration.” It’s hosted by a group known by the dubious moniker, “Coalition for Reproductive Justice.”  The question of whether it’s just to murder the defenseless within what should be the safest place on earth —- their mother’s womb —- is of no consequence to the celebrants who sell event tables for up to $2500. The San Diego “celebration” is one among many across the country.

Undeniably, life begins at conception. Medical advances now allow successful surgeries to be performed on preborn babies, providing incontrovertible evidence that life begins long before birth and what abortion proponents describe as a ‘clump of cells” is actually a growing baby whose life matters.

Web MD provides this spectacular slide show titled, “Fetal development month by month,” detailing a baby’s growth from conception to birth.


Columnist Robb foolishly mourns Flake’s implosion

December 10, 2018

Robert Robb, the local newspaper’s Libertarian-leaning columnist, has written a eulogy lamenting the demise of the stone cold but still upright body of Sen. Jeff Flake. 

His earnest lament can be understood in the context of their shared laissez-faire views. In the truest sense, Libertarians are classical liberals who not only don’t believe the lines in the road apply to them, they go to great lengths to allege they are unjustly constraining rather than providing for safe travel.

In his paean to the failed Flake, Robb oddly describes the nearly out-the-door McCain toady as having been “a beacon for a conservative point of view that should have a place in American politics.”

Conservatives, both seasoned and new to the fold, would have difficulty with that ill-founded definition. Rather than sounding the clarion call for conservatism, Flake has been an angry obstructionist, making long-winded speeches denouncing President Trump to an empty senate chamber. Flake even wrote an anti-Trump tirade, with a title directly stolen from Barry Goldwater’s iconic 1960 volume, “The Conscience of a Conservative,” written two years before Flake was born. Never accused of being an intellectual, he likely thought the title was historical and in the public domain. Preceding the 2016 presidential election, Flake announced that neither he nor his family would vote for Trump — effectively supporting Hillary Clinton.

Since his lame duck status is coming to an end after he prudently decided against running for reelection with bottom dragging 18% approval ratings in his home state, Flake has been showing up on left-wing network programs, apparently auditioning for the contrarian defector position — always a hit with the left.

Flake’s latest dishonorable gambit is holding up the vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee on nearly two dozen of the president’s federal judicial nominees, linking their progress to protecting the Mueller ongoing investigation between Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russia, which has produced not a scintilla of evidence after nearly two years. Surely Robert Robb can’t believe this spitefulness is indicative of conservatism.

Robb bemoans what he views as the tragic demise of Sen. Jeff Flake’s political career. A tragedy is regarded a wretched circumstance over which a victim has no control. Blowing up your own future is masochistic.  Robb is so enthralled with Flake, he even alleges Flake doesn’t engage in mean-spirited politics, a trait he has honed and obviously mastered.  Slathering the less than admirable Flake with undeserved accolades is preposterous.

Robb concludes his commentary with these words: “Flake is a good man who practiced politics civilly and constructively. He was a beacon for a point of view that should have a place in American politics. That merits more appreciation than it is getting.”

Actually, uncivil Flake is getting what is known as the boomerang effect, receiving what he has thrown…exactly what he deserves.

The state’s newspaper of record reports that Flake is even held in low regard in his hometown of Snowflake, AZ — named in part for his founding ancestor, William Flake. The headline includes the words, “Jeff Flake’s name is mud.”


Outrage over speech? Why Rep. Stringer and not McCain?

December 8, 2018

David Stringer, a GOP State Representative from Prescott is accused of making racially obtuse, cringe-worthy remarks that have resulted in him being stripped of his vice-chairmanship position on the House Judiciary Committee and his seat on the House Education Committee.

The Prescott City Council interjected itself into the matter, toothlessly voting 6-1 that Stringer should resign from the legislature. The leaderless Arizona Republican Party even jumped into the fray, issuing a condemnation. Yet his comments fall far short of those uttered by the relentless amnesty-for-illegals-supporting John McCain when he picked on the gawky teenage Chelsea Clinton as being the “ugly” love child of Hillary Clinton and Janet Reno, specifically asking, “Do you know why Chelsea Clinton is so ugly? Because Janet Reno is her father.”

There were no loud voices denouncing McCain and demanding he resign. Silence accompanied McCain’s vulgar tirade directed at his wife, Cindy — the mother of 4 of his 7 children — in front of staffers and reporters. The AZ Republican Party neither condemned McCain nor asked for his resignation.  Nope.  They helped him get elected — over and over again. The Arizona Republic newspaper, piling on Stringer, heaped infinite eulogies on this marginal but arrogant man, who survived the Keating Five scandal that destroyed other senate careers, by selling out his associates.

Stringer’s remarks resulted in him being striped of key committee assignments. As a lawyer he should certainly know better in today‘s volatile political arena. But ultimately, it should be up to those who put him in office to take him out, not the self-important members of the Prescott City Council, the leftist, Hillary-endorsing newspaper or the McCain indulgent AZ GOP. He was returned to his seat by over 67,000 votes just last month. He stands for reelection in two years. If the voters so choose, they can replace — or keep — Rep. Stringer. This article, “So, What Did Representative David Stringer Really Say? appeared in Prescott eNews.

Weighing Rep. Stringer against President Donald Trump, there is no question who should take precedence. It’s open to discussion whether Stringer— who easily won one of the two District 1 House seats last month would be reelected, but most of us pray Pres. Trump will be.

For that reason, we direct our readers to a recent National Review column by the brilliant Victor Davis Hanson, titled,How Trump Can Translate His Policy Successes into Political Success.”

This is where the rubber meets the road.  The double standard in the media and the unfailingly McCain and Flake supporting Arizona Republican Party is more of a problem than the ill-considered comments of Rep. David Stringer.


Facts re: judicial order restricting Trump’s border security 

November 24, 2018

Those of us who pay attention are aware of the Nov.19, judicial decision resulting in a nationwide restraining order barring President Donald Trump from denying asylum to caravans of illegal aliens who cross over the southern border between legitimate points of entry.

After advocates for the thousands of foreign invaders from Central America did some judge shopping, they found their ideal black-robed decider on the United States District Court for the Northern District of California,

How much do any of us know about Judge Jon Steven Tigar? He fits the metric for an Obama appointee. The former San Francisco public defender graduated from UC Berkeley School of Law. And as an immigrant himself, his bias is clearly with  the illegal border crossers. The difference is, he arrived legally from London, England, where his father was a law professor. But when there is an opportunity to constrain the Republican President of the United States, the lines predictably blur.

Michael Cutler, writing for FrontPagemag provides an in-depth report in which he concludes the judge’s ruling “ignores the Constitution, the 9/11 Commission Report and common-sense.”  Cutler’s impressive bio and previous articles can be read here.

Federal judge blocks Trump’s asylum ban on illegal aliens,“ is highly recommended reading to bring us up to speed on the federal judiciary’s attempts to hamstring President Trump’s efforts to provide security to America’s citizens and expect our sovereign border to be respected.

Previous generations of immigrants came legally — often processed through Ellis Island. They were eager to learn English, acclimate and became proud Americans taking our nation‘s history as their own. Today we are told to “Press One for Spanish.” Using California as a template, these facts from the California Department of Education’s Language Census: Fall 2017 stand out:

A total of 2,637,412 students (English Learners and Fluent English Proficient) speak a language other than English in their homes. This number represents about 42.3 percent of the state’s public school enrollment.

Americanization is now a contemptible goal. We are no longer a “melting pot,” but rather a “salad bowl,” of distinct ethnicities where diversity, rather than unity, is celebrated. Hyphenated Americans have become the norm. And a single Obama-appointed judge like Jon S. Tigar wields more power than our elected president.