Weekend reading guaranteed to make you smarter

March 11, 2018

Deborah C. Tyler, writing for American Thinker, makes us all think with her outstanding column carrying the provocative title, “Everyone Knows.”

SRAZ urges you to read it. It’ll be among the best 3 1/2 minutes you’ve spent all weekend. Guaranteed. 


AZ Republic celebrates repression of First Amendment

March 3, 2018

Liberals determine what constitutes free speech

The First Amendment to the Constitution separates America from repressive regimes and anarchies. In their wisdom, our Founders enshrined free speech as sacrosanct. It does not specify speech they approved of, but all speech. Among the rights detailed is that of people to peaceably assemble. The First Amendment, along with the entire Bill of Rights, was submitted to the states for ratification on September 25, 1789, and was adopted on December 15, 1791.

In recent years there have been efforts, especially in the halls of academia — the last place to imagine such constraints to exist — to shut down dissenting voices. What was held as above reproach for nearly 230 years is now unworthy.  Even newspapers, exemplified by the left-wing, Hillary Clinton endorsing,  Arizona Republic, demean those with views opposing their own skewed vantage point. Letters to the editor are selected to substantiate the skew.

Conservative speakers who have been invited to universities by campus groups are now either “uninvited” or banned from the campus and denied the ability to speak. Supposed scholars, putting their ignorance on display as they oppress opposing opinions, have overseen instances where protests have become violent. Bodily injuries, extensive property damage and intentionally set fires have been the instruments of intimidation.

 In 2004, conservative commentator, author and lawyer. Ann Coulter, invited to give an address to the U of A by the College Republicans, was the recipient of a cream pie attack. Ben Shapiro has been booed, as has FrontPage magazine’s editor David Horowitz. Students from ASU’s Cronkite School of Journalism — who should revere the First Amendment — invited then-Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio to participate in a forum, only to shamefully chant ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ over him, denying him the right to speak. (video).

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, invited to give the commencement address at Rutgers University in 2014 was forced to withdraw after students and faculty staged a sit-in protest over her selection due to her involvement in the Iraq war during the G.W. Bush administration. When Rice gave the commencement address at Boston College in 2006, dozens of students and professors turned their backs to her and held up signs protesting the Iraq war.

In this National Review article, conservative author and CRTV host Michelle Malkin, details the absurdity of university students being too offended to hear speakers with whom they disagree — even Vice President Mike Pence, invited as a commencement speaker by the University of Notre Dame. Activist Imanne Mondane told the campus newspaper that she and her peers felt “unsafe” and threatened by “someone who openly is offensive but also demeaning of their humanity and of their life and of their identity.” Pence was formerly the governor of Indiana, where the school is located and was elected to represent the residents in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Here in Arizona the local leftist Arizona Republic newspaper uses this incendiary headline to herald another repression of free speech: Far-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos has another Phoenix-area event canceled.

Yiannopoulos, who reportedly received death threats, is unworthy to be heard because he previously worked for conservative Breitbart News. Being openly homosexual would have otherwise placed him on the newspaper’s preferred list.

Elvia Diaz: Sets poor example for Lenten conduct

February 25, 2018

Those who observe the 40 days of Lent leading up to Easter focus on introspection. Some give up a specific behavior as an exercise in sacrificial self-denial.

 The Arizona Republic’s Elvia Diaz has written a column on her desire to find common ground with people she normally disagrees with as part of her series spanning Lent.

She chooses as her antagonist, Republican Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio. How nice, it seemed, that committed leftie Elvia Diaz wants to make amends with him. Yet despite her stated desire to treat the fiscal conservative decently for the holiday, she describes DiCiccio in less than glowing terms, referring to “his methods of challenging his liberal colleagues as boorish, bordering exaggerations, or truth twisting, and bullying political rivals and journalists when they disagree with him.”

If this negative spew is indicative of her self-reflection, she’s missed the mark by a mile, showing herself incapable of examining her own thoughts and motives.  Diaz also displays her animus toward the word “liberal,” preferring to hide behind the term “progressive,” favored by liberals who want to deny who they actually are. Could she be a “self-loather?”

She does admit that she and DiCiccio have no common ground, defining him as appealing to “tea partiers” — a term rarely used by most conservatives these days. She also disingenuously describes him as “a diehard Trump supporter and buddy of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio.” Is she exhibiting early onset memory loss or simply choosing not to recall that DiCiccio ripped Arpaio in the Ahwatukee Foothills News, telling the newspaper in 2016 that neither he, nor anyone in his family, would be voting for Arpaio.

Her use of the phrase “pro-immigrant rights activists” is duplicitous at best, since she’s discussing illegal aliens, who should have no supporters. This was used in the context of a Trump rally in Phoenix when police employed tear gas to disperse the crowd after the rally ended. The “activists  refused to let the issue go,” she writes, demanding, “among other things, that Phoenix ban President Trump from using city-owned buildings and police officers.”  

Admitting that she “doesn’t throw a blanket endorsement of the work of our men and women in blue” as DiCiccio does, Diaz says, “DiCiccio isn’t wavering and neither am I.”

In summation, after giving him a scathing review, she schizophrenically concedes, “I find DiCiccio respectful, attentive and willing to talk, though we often disagree.”

What happened to the lying boor she described at the beginning of her peculiar article? This must be Diaz’ concession to Lent with which she began her rant.

Leftist AZ Republic hammers conservative U.S. Rep. Biggs

February 21, 2018

In campaign mode, liberal agenda moves front and center

 When the Arizona Republic, an undeniably left-wing newspaper endorsed ethically challenged Hillary Clinton for President of the United States in 2016, the editorial board went to great lengths to characterize the endorsement of the scandal-plagued Democrat as an anomaly. The board collectively claimed it was the first time in the newspaper’s history they veered into liberal land. “Despite her flaws,” the ‘Never Trumpers’ wrote, “Clinton is the superior choice.”

The Hill reported that in the final national newspaper endorsement count, Clinton led by 57, to Trump’s 2 — proof that endorsements mean nothing. The only endorsement that matters is that of the voters on Election Day. In a decisive vote against the Jeb! Bush supporting GOP establishment, Trump swept the Electoral College. He also won formerly solid Democrat states. Hillary’s declaration that she was going to shut down coal mining in West Virginia, badly backfired. Traditionally blue states Michigan and Wisconsin joined a host of others that went for Trump.

The Republic’s decidedly leftward lurch is evident with the in-tandem efforts of columnists EJ Montini and Laurie Roberts engaging in unconcealed cronyism with cartoonist Steve Benson, as all ferociously rip the president.

The latest tactic is to undermine Arizona’s strong congressional conservatives with incendiary language in a concerted effort to destroy them. 

SRAZ recently bared the vile effort to undermine U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar (AZ CD-4).  The editorial was headlined, “Paul Gosar is a disgrace to Arizona.”  It began with these words, “ Republicans in Congressional District 4 need to find somebody to defeat U.S. Rep Paul Gosar in the primary. His smash mouth style brings serial embarrassment to our state.”

Who are they kidding? The dentist turned congressman makes Republicans who are paying attention proud. Conservatives usually pay extra close attention, and they have no reason to peel away from the popular representative of the people. . 

Now the target is U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs (AZ CD-5), former state senate president. Marginal Montini shovels what he views as the first load of escremento, calling Congressman Biggs a “Trump toady,” and maligning him for winning the Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes. That prize allowed Biggs to retire from the practice of law and enter the political arena, a move which has greatly benefited Arizonans. Leftist ideologue Montini, a dependable lap dog for the radical mindset of those who pay his salary, has accomplished nothing to which he can point with pride since he was first hired in 1979.

Count on the fact that the newspaper known as the Arizona Repulsive is just warming up. Election season is approaching. But as the failing newspaper is gasping its last breaths it has been rejected by those who were touted as keeping it on course. We recently wrote, “AZ Republic becomes an orphan as both mommies split,” detailing its abandonment.

Weekend reading guaranteed to make you smarter

February 11, 2018

Today we introduce you to Cheryl Chumley, the online opinion editor for The Washington Times, who has written about the novel approach Macy’s department stores are taking in an effort to boost sagging sales. The former retail giant has been closing stores around the United States.

Chumley writes, “Macy’s recently launched a clothing line for Muslim women, including a collection of hijabs, the scarf-like head coverings used as a show of modesty around men.”

That action has bizarrely won the approval of the National Organization for Women (NOW), a hard left feminist group — despite the fact that Islam tramples women’s rights and forcefully represses any notions of gender equality.  Read the facts, substantiated with excerpts from the Quran.

Take a minute to read Chumley’s excellent commentary 

AZ Republic’s prelude to Sinema endorsement

February 5, 2018

‘Sally McCain’ gets axed by her former chums at the AZ Republic

The hot-to-trot Arizona Republic is already making endorsements in the Aug, 28, primary election. Seven months in advance is an unusual jump start, but the left-wing newspaper wants to leave no stone unturned in its ultimate endorsement of CD-9 U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema for the U.S. Senate. The seat is prudently being vacated by one-termer Jeff Flake whose 18% approval numbers are lower than dirt.  This is extremist Kyrsten Sinema, before she altered her appearance and softened her tone.

Last Oct. Flake acknowledged he would not be able to win the Republican primary admitting, “That’s the bottom line.” Not quick on the uptake, he oddly thought he could increase his popularity by referring to Trump-supporting Republican primary voters as “a subset of a subset.”

The first clue that the Hillary endorsing newspaper was no longer standing with Martha McSally — often referred to on this site as Sally McCain, for obvious reasons — was the column by Linda Valdez’ protégé Elvia Diaz.

Diaz’ piece titled,Will the real candidate Martha McSally stand up? (hard copy headline) slams McSally into a no-win spot, exposed for refusing to endorse presidential candidate Donald Trump as she now engages in “kissing up” to President Trump. Reading the article the bigger picture becomes clear:  Beat up on McSally, then take the hatchet to Dr. Kelli Ward and former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, both of whom Diaz eviscerates. Here’s her dire prediction:

’”I’m not impressed with the new McSally. But I would – in a heartbeat – take the former female fighter pilot over Arpaio or Ward. Arizonans must reject the extreme views of the former Maricopa County sheriff and the former state legislator who promotes isolationism in trade and global politics. That kind of philosophy hurts America; we must wake up before it’s too late.”

The article, filled with arrogant bluster foolishly assumes whatever newspaper readers remain are all compliant Republicrats in lock-step with Diaz’ far leftist views and will vote according to instructions in the primary election.

The predictable tag team columns follow, with E. J. Montini, declaring McSally suddenly McSkittish about criticizing the president. Sap queen Laurie Roberts also weighs in.

In 2016 McSally won this warm newspaper endorsement. How times have changed in Liberal Land. Conservatives are supporting Dr. Kelli Ward, a straight talking, principled two-term state senator and physician. Check out her website, see where she stands on the issues of importance and send her a donation.  This is a critically important election with far-reaching national implications.

Arizonans have a rare opportunity to replace deceitful Jeff the Flake. Señor Juan McAmnesty is seriously ill and has not returned to D.C. in weeks while undergoing treatment for brain cancer. Expect another senate seat to open soon.


Weekend reading guaranteed to make you smarter

January 28, 2018

Derek Hunter writing for Townhall provides a thought-provoking column this morning,Are We Heading for an Immigration Sellout?”  It’s well worth your time.