Weekend reading guaranteed to make you smarter

February 5, 2023

Racing to criminalize race

In his recent column titled ‘Race Everywhere,’ Victor Davis Hanson exposes the rush to blame “systemic racism” for the horrific beating death of Tyre Nichols, an unarmed young black man. Nichols was murdered by five members of an elite — now disbanded — all black Memphis police unit, in a majority minority Tennessee city. Take time to read Hanson’s fact-filled column.

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Dennis Prager defines LGBTQ+ ‘Pride’ as Totalitarian

February 1, 2023

As those who have read his thought-provoking books and listen to his nationally syndicated radio show know, Dennis Prager is a reliable conservative voice. His biography ends with these words: “When Dennis Prager speaks, America listens.”

With this intro, Seeing Red AZ brings our readers Prager‘s most recent, enlightening column, “LGBTQ+ ‘Pride’ Is Totalitarian,” On occasion we have posted informative columns under the heading, “Weekend Reading Guaranteed To Make You Smarter.” The column we’re directing our readers to today is too timely and pertinent to wait five days to read.


In remembrance of Russell Pearce and the fate of the “Republic”

January 18, 2023

Although it is not our policy to post articles we did not write or something of this length, this is the worthy exception. Read it and you’ll understand.

A Celebration of the Life of Russell Pearce took place Monday, January 16 in the town he always called home…Mesa. Friends, family, and a crowd of admirers assembled to celebrate the life of this conservative stalwart and thoroughly decent man.

Former Congressman JD Hayworth was in attendance, and could not help but notice the difference between Monday’s service and the “send-off” provided by the daily newspaper. It prompted Hayworth to pen this column, reprinted below.


Russell Pearce and the fate of the “Republic”

You need not look very far to find the latest evidence reaffirming the well-earned nickname of The Arizona Republic.

A reading of the Jan. 5 article on the death of former State Senator Russell Pearce brings to mind the single word that serves both as an accurate description of that sickly publication’s open borders bias…as well as its oft-employed sobriquet: Repugnant.

The trio of creative writers tasked with putting Pearce’s passing “in perspective” certainly didn’t disappoint their editorial overlords; they deliberately mischaracterized the intent of his carefully crafted, ultimately passed, and signed-into-law Senate Bill 1070.

Actually, headline writers began the barrage by calling the legislation “controversial.” That word serves as the “tell sign” when a publication disapproves of the subject of its coverage. Reporters Andrew Oxford, Mary Jo Pitzl, and Daniel Gonzalez weren’t far behind; by the article’s third paragraph, they included predictable leftist doggerel, peddled as fact: “Arizona’s ‘show me your papers’ law,” they wrote.

Had the trio of scribes been interested in objectivity instead of smearing the departed, a simple bit of research into SB 1070 and its fate in the courts would have been highlighted.

The “Fair and Legal Employment Act,” as Pearce named the legislation, drafted in consultation with then-Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who now serves as that state’s Attorney General, was formulated with the intent of defining Arizona’s right to identify and detain illegal immigrants, based on existing federal law.

As Senator Pearce said in 2010, in response to the inevitable court challenges from the Obama Administration and other advocates for open borders, “SB 1070 makes no new immigration law. It simply enforces the laws already on the books…I refuse to apologize for standing up for America and the rule of law.”

In fact, no less a liberal tribunal than the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit made clear in 1983 that nothing in federal law precludes a city from enforcing the criminal provisions of immigration law, and SB 1070, its supporters maintained, simply advanced that same practice for the entire state of Arizona.

But the intervening 27 years brought forth an activism intent on defining “open borders” as noble, and any effort to enforce existing immigration law as wrongheaded, or on “the wrong side of history,” to use the favorite buzz-phrase of the left.

Such a dubious cause sought to wrap itself in legitimacy, and exploit the growing realization that many jurists on the federal bench were more than willing to usurp legislative authority if such a drastic action were in tune with their own political goals. Instead of “equal justice under law,” our nation has witnessed the advent of “unequal application of the law, based upon political preference.”

Eventually, the U.S. Supreme Court considered the constitutionality of SB 1070, and the high court, while finding some portions of the legislation in conflict with federal law, upheld the provision that the left and its media lackeys still mischaracterize.

Far from radical, the “Supremes” found that seeking documentation for a person’s immigration status was entirely reasonable. The ruling stated that if law enforcement officers have stopped a subject for a legitimate reason, those officers must “reasonably attempt” to determine that subject’s immigration status when there is a “reasonable suspicion” that the person may be in the country illegally.

But reasonableness means nothing to the rabid, and the reporting of the “Repugnant” focuses on pleasing a particular point of view typified by those whose hatred of Russell Pearce has not abated…even after his earthly departure.

How else to describe the featured comments of one “community activist,” who compared Pearce to a terrorist? Said this “activist,” whose name is omitted from this column since she is undeserving of any additional notoriety: “I’m sad for all the terror that he caused our community, [and] all the people who were deported because of his political grandstanding.”

For good measure, the “Repugnant” reporters felt the need to include one more example of this self-appointed “humanitarian’s” inhumanity: her desire to see the deceased lampooned for laughs. “She would love to see one last political cartoon showing Pearce standing at the gates of Heaven, and being asked to ‘show his papers.’”

What does The Arizona Republic have to show for its desired editorial goal of open borders and its eager embrace of amnesty for illegal aliens? Fewer readers, for one thing. A budget awash in red ink, for another.

Russell Pearce met the fate that awaits us all. Now he belongs to history.

The smug and self-assured, so eager to bid him farewell will soon find the publication for which they toil facing its own demise. Maybe then, the staff of The Arizona Republic will realize that they are on “the wrong side of history.”


Weekend reading guaranteed to make you smarter

January 14, 2023

Today we gift our readers with another gem from Victor Davis Hanson. Posted on Townhall, this column is titled, “What Caused the Political Hysteria?

In his abbreviated Townhall biography, Hanson is described as a “noted historian and social critic whose philosophies are rooted in classicism, an author, contributing editor and professor.” He’s all that and more. Whenever you want to explore the mind of a conservative genius, you need look no further than this compilation.


Chuck Schumer worried dems aren’t reproducing

November 21, 2022

Schumer’s illogical answer to a great future for America is to let our nation be flooded by illegals, though he is unsure how many invaders are here.

In this November 21, 2022 edition of the Washington Examiner, reporter Paul Bedard exposes “Biden opens secret amnesty door, swamping border facilities.”

This detailed report by FAIR (Federation for American Immigration Reform) is titled, “The Fiscal Burden of Illegal Immigration on United States Taxpayers.” The shocking facts printed in 2017 have proven not to be stagnate. The myriad costs have wildly increased in the intervening years, as the illegal invasion has soared unabated during the Biden administration. 

H/T RNC Research


Lessons to be learned from 2022 General Election

November 19, 2022

Victor Davis Hanson’s most recent column “Let the Blame Games Begin?” provides an intelligent review of the just concluded 2022 General Elections. Conservative Hanson raises cogent points in what could be described as a post mortem, though one we should learn from, as he enumerates each misstep.

Hanson poses, then answers the question, “Who or what was responsible for the Republican nationwide collapse in the midterms? After all, pundits, politicos, and pollsters all predicted a “red tsunami.”

Longtime readers of SRAZ are aware of the high esteem in which Prof. Hanson (bio) is held on this site. Do yourself a favor and read the linked, thought-provoking and instructive article.


Missing Michelle Malkin already

October 30, 2022

We all gain our inspiration from admired sources. The nine Muses, daughters of ancient Greeks Zeus and Mnemosyne, are credited as personifications of the arts, writing and knowledge. A more recent inspiration was born in Pennsylvania to Filipino legal immigrant parents — a doctor and a teacher. Michelle Malkin, a conservative columnist and blogger, author of seven books, and a frequent Fox News contributor until she was deemed too conservative for the network widely regarded as conservative. She finally quit, joining Newsmax TV. American Thinker’s Peter Barry Chowka’s July 20, 2020 report was headlined, “Michelle Malkin beaten by BLM thugs and prevented from speaking at Denver pro-police rally.”

Never one to mince words, Malkin has been a reliable voice for conservatism. In 2019, she took heat for criticizing the “ghost” of the late Sen. John McCain stating: “Congress has repeatedly mandated a nationwide visa entry-exit system to track legal short-term visa holders. But one has yet to be built—even in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, which were perpetrated in part by several illegal alien visa overstayers. E-verify has been stalled. Sanctuary cities metastasized. And BOTH parties are to blame – yeah I’m looking at you, Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, the Bush family, Mitt Romney and the ghost of John McCain.”

Arizona conservatives knew McCain as a marginal man and pro-illegal alien zealot who arrogantly created his own funeral “guest list” pointedly omitting President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, though Barack Obama was tapped to give a eulogy. McCain apparently reached untouchable sainthood status following three funerals in Phoenix, Arizona, Washington, DC, and Annapolis, Maryland.

CNS News delivers the disappointing news that Michelle Malkin is calling it quits — hopefully just for a breather. Read her commentary, Michelle Malkin Signs Off: ‘An Ending, but Not the End.’

To remember what we will be missing, read her exceptional tribute to conservative Tom Tancredo, a former member of congress from her home state of Colorado, correctly identified by Malkin “as one of the three modern leaders standing as the pillars of the America First movement: Pat Buchanan, Tom Tancredo and Donald Trump.”


Is civilization approaching crisis mode?

October 2, 2022

Seeing Red AZ has occasionally shared a particularly enlightening column we’ve encountered with our readers — posting it under the headline, “Weekend Reading Guaranteed to Make you Smarter.”  Today we upgrade our previous description as we bring you the genius of favored columnist, Victor Davis Hanson, and his most recent commentary titled, “The Thinnest Veneer of Civilization.” Appearing on Townhall, it embodies sheer brilliance. Reading it is sure to raise knowledge levels and possibly our IQs. 


Frantic EJ hurls deceitful slurs, attempts to invalidate popular Republicans

September 1, 2022

Arizona’s failing newspaper employs a pitiful man who obediently carries its polluted water. It’s the ideal job for a wizened toady past retirement age who needs to feel relevant. And how does he accomplish this feat? EJ Montini focuses his bile on people who have had careers in public service; actually accomplishing all that eluded pathetic EJ who uses his keyboard to spew vile hatred.

What distresses this pitiful shell of a man is Republicans. Conservatives drive him to distraction. As General Election Day approaches he has lost all sense of restraint and engages in name-calling like the neighborhood bully who threw rocks and threats, but cowardly kept his distance, as we were walking to school. The difference is, Montini has no heft, either physically or mentally. His stock in trade is derision with contemptible abhorrence thrown into his unsavory brew.

It’s not enough that this characterless character is hate-filled and perpetually enraged at GOP politicians; his stock in trade is smearing them. His latest targets are Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake and Mark Finchem, the Republican candidate for Arizona secretary of state.

The thought of them ascending to Arizona’s top two offices is more than Montini can process. He actually calls them “Donald Trump cultists.”

Resorting to venomous tirades, he attempts to link both Republicans and state Senator Wendy Rogers to a state senate candidate in Oklahoma, who Montini has declared to be “homophobic and anti-Semitic,” vicious handles he hopes will somehow stick to the Arizona candidates. 

The only thing that will stick is the stench of Montini‘s boundless hatred of Republicans. He is drenched in the repulsive odor.


Fulfilling Biden admin’s agenda: Census distortions benefit democrats

August 29, 2022

The U.S. Census takes place every ten years. The fundamental reason for the headcount, according to the U.S.  Census Bureau’s website is to comply with “The Constitution of the United States, Article I, Section 2, which states. “Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers…”

“Apportionment is the process of dividing the 435 memberships, or seats, in the U.S. House of Representatives among the 50 states, based on the state population counts that result from each decennial census. These results determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives for the next 10 years.”

Obviously it is critically important. With democrats in control, vigilance is crucial — which is why we direct our readers to  “Census Bureau Admits Overcounting 7 Blue States, Just 1 Red State,” written by Hans von Spakovsky, whose impressive bio follows his photo.

The Census Bureau, mandated by the U.S. Constitution, is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Its qualified director Robert L. Santos, is irrelevantly identified as being the first Hispanic to head the agency. He was appointed by Joe Biden, who puts a premium on genetic factors outside of our control.

The Census Bureau, mandated by the U.S. Constitution, is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Its qualified director Robert L. Santos, is irrelevantly identified as being the first Hispanic to head the agency. He was appointed by Joe Biden, who puts a premium on genetic factors outside of our control. Even the FBI, whose stated mission is to “Protect the American people and uphold the Constitution of the United States,” has shamefully fallen into the Diversity and Inclusion contrivance.