US Rep. Andy Biggs recipient of insults — hurled by a jerk

November 9, 2017

Leftist columnist E.J. Montini can’t handle a principled stance 

Those who still read the Arizona Republic are all too aware of its descent into oblivion. Content is flimsy, engineered to appeal to the casual reader seeking entertainment and dining reviews who definitely doesn’t want to be taxed with major issues or the seniors who are the target of the multiple full page hearing aid ads or retirement community inducements. Local news is frequently written by ASU’s Cronkite journalism students who obviously need another semester or two under their belts. National events are filtered through the liberal lens of Associated Press. International issues appear in the USA Today insert. The Hillary-endorsing newspaper’s stock in trade has been its unswerving dedication to battering former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and President Trump.  The overarching policy is amnesty for illegals.

When an issue tugs at its leftwingism, out comes the multifaceted, in-tandem grinding machine including contrived reports, columnists, the cartoonist and the trusty fallback, the editorial page to inflict punishment on the offender.

Now there is a new target. U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs. Prior to being elected to congress in 2016, Biggs represented state Legislative District 22 — running unopposed —- and served as President of the Arizona Senate. Besides being a genuinely decent man, he’s bright. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies, he earned a Master’s degree in political Science, holds a Juris Doctorate, and was licensed to practice in three states before retiring from the practice of law to concentrate on politics. He and his wife have six children.

So what causes him to be the recipient of slings and arrows and held in enough contempt by a marginal, left-wing Republic columnist to be called a “toady” and a “loser“?

Biggs is a principled, conservative. He is also a first-term member of congress.  It’s clear the newspaper thinks it has a better shot at replacing him with a Democrat than more deeply entrenched AZ Congressman Trent Franks (R-CD8), leading to this opening salvo.

According to scrawny liberal columnist E..J. Montini, Biggs has crossed the line in joining with other Congressmen in calling on former FBI director Robert Mueller to acknowledge his obvious conflicts of interest and step down as special counsel in what has become known as the Russian probe.  As FBI director in 2010, Mueller bungled an investigation into Russian bribery and extortion resulting in a deal to purchase 0ne-fifth of the U.S. uranium resources, known as the Uranium One Deal. Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was complicit in approving the nefarious deal. The Obama administration Justice Department sat on information for four years and silenced a whistle-blower who tried to alert Congress to the questionable activity.

Montini’s “loser” description is his attempt at sarcasm stemming from the fact that Biggs once won the Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes, but is a political loser for challenging the integrity of an Obama administration official.

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Weekly Standard gives cover to Jeff Flake — literally & figuratively

November 5, 2017

In recent years, magazines have had a tough time, with many of them folding. News magazines are especially hard hit since the latest information is readily available in your pocket. Digital delivery has dramatically altered the dissemination of news. This fact is woefully evident in the October 30, 2017 issue of The Weekly Standard. Given the time consuming nature of writing, printing and mailing, the latest issue is filled with old news by the time it reaches the mailbox. We’re talking postal delivery, not email.

Case in point is the Weekly Standard cover story titled, “Is there room for Jeff Flake in Donald Trump’s GOP?”

Senior writer John McCormack is obviously a Flake fan, which means he’s likely an eastern liberal. If he had his finger more firmly on the pulse of Arizona conservatives, his article would have been less fawning and more factual. But then again, preceding the 2016 election, he authored a report, “How Trump can be stopped.” He was wrong then, and he’s wrong now. Donald Trump was victorious over 16 other GOP primary candidates, vanquished scandal-plagued Hillary Clinton, and now sits in the Oval Office.

The current article could have been written last year, since it missed Jeff Flake’s showboating senate speech opting out of his reelection bid. He tried to configure his decision based on not being able to be “complicit” with President Trump, when in fact he was trailing family practice physician and former two term state senator Dr. Kelli Ward, a principled conservative, by hefty double digits in recent polls.

The author gives Flake undeserved kudos for “cutting pork,” which was Flake’s initial theme to get elected. How does this square with Flake’s ongoing amnesty for illegals bent? According to this Fox News report the estimated yearly financial burden to American citizens is $135 billion.

McCormack‘s screed is filled with errors. We’ll stick with the most glaringly twisted. In describing Flake’s initial senate run in 2012,  he plays fast and loose with the facts, using these well-chosen words:  “Five short years ago, Flake cruised to victory in his first GOP Senate primary with nearly 70 percent of the vote.” What McCormack fails to relate is that Flake won the General Election by a razor-thin 3 points over George W. Bush’s former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona a registered Independent until he ran for retiring Jon Kyl’s open seat as a newly minted Democrat. Carmona’s background is compelling. Rising from a high school dropout raised on the tough streets of NYC’s Harlem, to a stint in the Army, where he earned his GED. He later became a police officer, a nurse and finally a surgeon and professor of medicine at the University of Arizona.  Along the way Carmona earned a Masters and PhD. He received the Purple Heart in recognition of  his combat actions in Vietnam.

And Jeff Flake? Aside from a career feeding at the public trough, he served a short time as director of the libertarian, not conservative, Goldwater Institute. Prior to his overly long political career — he reneged on his pledge to serve 3 two-year terms — Flake worked as a lobbyist and registered foreign agent for Rossing Uranium, one of the world’s largest suppliers of nuclear fuel,  operating mines in the African country of Namibia. Flake earned a substantial salary opening doors in D.C. and promoting the firm which had deep financial ties to Iran.

Though McCormack mentions others who are considering entering the senate race, he neglects to reveal they are all tied to John McCain, the self-declared “maverick” who arrogantly ran for a sixth, six-year senate term at age 81. Now suffering from what his Mayo doctors refer to as an aggressive form of brain cancer, he continues to sick his finger in President Trump’s eye. In so doing, he insults the rest of us who voted for the man who is working to keep his campaign promises, despite as much opposition from Republicrat contrarians as from the liberals who don’t want Trump to succeed.


Reality takes a hike when Trump haters gather

October 29, 2017

From time to time SRAZ has posted, “Weekend reading guaranteed to make you smarter.” With the retirement of brilliant conservative Thomas Sowell, such worthy columns are more difficult to find.

Yet as much as we enjoy reading columnists with whom we agree, it’s crucial to be aware of what  those passing themselves off as conservatives attempt to misrepresent as factual.

Today we are veering off into the incomprehensible mindset of New York Times columnist David Brooks, who appeared Friday on ‘PBS NewsHour’ with Judy Woodruff and Mark Shields. Woodruff was recently honored at a soiree in Phoenix where she was presented with the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism, given annually by Arizona State University. In her acceptance speech, Woodruff issued an assurance that “journalists are not the enemy.”

That bit of information should prepare you for what comes next —  David Brooks: This Was The Week Steve Bannon Really Took Control Of The Republican Party, posted on Real Clear Politics.

RINOs, such as Arizona’s two now irrelevant senators and leftists have joined at the hip in portraying highly accomplished Bannon as evil incarnate.  His wrongdoing?  Bringing Donald Trump to the forefront of the GOP primary lineup of 17 candidates and across the finish line as the campaign’s chief executive. After Trump was elected president, Bannon was appointed White House Chief Strategist before returning to Breitbart News as executive chairman.

David Brooks’ New York Times op-ed, The Week Trump won, opens with references to Lenin, Trotsky “and the rest of the Bolsheviks” taking over Russia.  Guess who he views as the present day disastrous political extremists? 


Flake’s a loser: Time to diminish conservative Ward

October 23, 2017

Fish wrap back to trying to slay conservative candidates

The Arizona Republic is in the throes of political agony. Its two venerated RINOcrat senators are in trouble. “Thumbs down” McCain, 81, who deliberately sabotaged President Trump’s efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare, is seriously ill. Jeff Flake is reaping what he has sown in denigrating President Trump, and is failing in the polls.

Flake, running for a second 6-year senate term in 2018, is struggling to  keep his head above water. Writing an ill-timed, anti-Trump booklet has not endeared him to Republicans in a state that gave Trump all 11 of its electoral votes.

 Enter Dan Nowicki, McCain’s sycophantic reporter employed by the Hillary-endorsing  newspaper.  Rather than reporting accurately about  conservative challenger Dr. Kelli Ward, who just this past week had a thunderous campaign kickoff featuring conservative icon Laura Ingraham and executive chairman of Breitbart News, former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.

Nowicki compares Ward, a family practice physician and two-term state senator, to two women he identifies as “tea party” candidates from Nevada and Delaware, both  of whom won their 2010 primaries only to lose in the general election.  He gets a pass from the left-of-center newspaper which would be the first to call this sexist coverage if the topic was Democrat women.

This iffy language, lacking specifics, is typical of the style Nowicki employs to make his foolish point regarding Dr. Ward:

Many Republicans consider her a weak candidate.”

Some political observers say she could help deliver the senate seat to the Democrats in the general election.”

He repeats the fallacious McCain hype calling her “Chemtrail Kelli” for responding to a question at a candidate forum during her challenge to McCain. Nowicki batters Ward for her commitment to building a wall along our southern border, conveniently overlooking the fact that John McCain and Jeff Flake, both court globalist, billionaire George Soros — a committed Socialist —-  and  open borders proponent — except when McCain and Flake are candidates.

Following Nowicki’s Sunday article, the Republic’s columnist Laurie Roberts jumped in today, with a heading, “Kelli Ward’s run is Democrats’ dream come true.” Echo queen Roberts reaches into the newspaper’s reliable reiteration barrel to absurdly link Dr. Ward to “chemtrials,” and those considered unsavory enough to sully Ward.  But Roberts tosses what she hopes is credibility by going to defamed political operative Nathan Sproul for substantiation of her anti-Ward thesis.

Describing Dr. Kelli Ward’s 2016 loss to John McCain, Nowicki fails to note that McCain outspent her 10 to 1, and brazenly lied about her.  As is his modus operandi McCain has a third candidate enter the race  to split the vote, ensuring  his victory. 

Jeff Flake has been at the public trough for the majority of his adult life, except for a stint as a lobbyist and  registered foreign agent in the African nation of Namibia, where he worked for Rossing Uranium — one of the world’s largest suppliers of nuclear fuel. Flake earned a substantial salary opening doors in D.C. and promoting the firm which had deep financial ties to Iran.

Take time to read about Dr. Kelli Ward and review her principled positions on the issues facing Arizonans and all Americans. Donate what you can. This is a crucial race and she isn’t sitting atop a pile of lobbyist money as Flake is.


Contrarian McCain’s legacy: Colluding with the left

September 27, 2017

From his bonding to amnesty for illegals, lack of commitment to tax reform and promoting campaign finance measures crafted to benefit Democrats — through to his deception on health care reform and sports teams’ refusal to respect our American flag and national anthem — McCain takes the wrong side

After selling out Americans for the second time with his “no” vote on replacing Obamacare, John McCain has moved on to giving aid and comfort to those who disrespect our national symbols of liberty — the American flag and national anthem.

We could lay his betrayals off on what his Mayo doctors referred to as an aggressive brain malignancy, and sympathetically declare that he is reacting to the scourge that’s overtaken his sensibilities. It only takes a brief moment to regain equilibrium and recognize that McCain, now 81, is acting as he always has, in whatever manner gains him the most press and attention as he cravenly colludes with the left and then configures himself as a “conservative during campaign season.

In the instances of his stance voting in opposition to healthcare reform, there is one response.  It happens to be the same reason he is siding with the unpatriotic NFL players who show contempt for the symbols of our freedoms by”taking a knee” and refusing to stand for the national anthem.

The reason is based in his jealousy of and hatred for President Donald Trump, a political outsider who attained what McCain spent his entire career angling for — the presidency. It rankles McCain that Donald Trump overcame 16 other Republican contenders and now continues to work toward fulfilling promises he made to the American people as the 2016 GOP standard-bearer. Keeping promises is a concept beyond John McCain‘s limited abilities.

There was a time when kneeling was indicative of a display of humility and honor. With the National Football League, it denotes unity with broad and unfounded oppressive racial overtones. The football players live large on their inflated salaries paid for by sports fans who just want to see a game. They are tiring of the ongoing and increasing displays of arrogance and lack of patriotism. As a result, attendance and viewership is down. NFL has come to stand for “Not For Long.”

In her nationally syndicated column today, NFL Pigskins at the Public Trough, Michelle Malkin details the $billions spent on taxpayer-funded stadiums across the country.  But that doesn’t bother the tone-deaf John McCain, who sides with the players “rights” of free speech.

Although the First Amendment protects free speech, there are limitations. While the government is prohibited from infringing on free speech, private businesses are not. Workplaces have the ability to determine what is allowable within their confines. Sports teams are well-financed workplaces.

President Trump’s defense of patriotism is correct. John McCain is on the wrong side — again.


Jeff Flake refers to illegal aliens as “Americans by choice”

August 22, 2017

In a blunderous description reminiscent of failed presidential candidate Jeb Bush, who said illegals aliens come to America as an “act of love” — Jeff Flake now calls these same foreign invaders who disregard our sovereign border, “Americans by choice.” Jeb favored a “pathway to citizenship” to allow those here in violation of the law to “come out of the shadows.” At the time, Jeff Flake praised the absurd contention that breaking our laws was “an act of love.”

“Truth is, I agree with Jeb, and I applaud him for having the guts to say it,” Flake posted on Facebook as reported by Huffington Post in 2014. “Growing up here in Arizona, I’ve seen what motivates those who come here illegally. Sure, some come with the intent to do harm or simply to take advantage of our generosity. But many come to find work to feed their families. To lump everyone who crosses the border illegally into the same class is unfair and unproductive.”

Now, in a sappy op-ed in the New York Times, Jeff Flake takes another potshot at President Donald Trump’s immigration polices as he recounts his family’s ranch and his father’s hiring practices of employing illegals. The fact that some were repeatedly deported and  returned didn’t bother the senior Flake, who rehired them.  His bottom line took precedence.

The New York Times is the same left-wing newspaper former Arizona Congressman John Shadegg, a McCain protégé, ran to as he hurled insults at Arizonans who simply want our nation’s laws respected. Shadegg went across the country to the liberal eastern press to call us “xenophobic and intolerant,“ invectives he never used to our faces, especially as he solicited our donations and votes.

Roy Beck, founder and president of NumbersUSA provides an in-depth report on amnesty-supporter Sen. Jeff Flake, titled,Sen. Flake extols his family’s illegal-alien hiring in attack on RAISE Act.

This evening President Donald Trump will address a rally of supporters at the Phoenix Convention Center. No rational conservative would either expect or desire Jeff Flake, a persistent detractor of the president to show up. Ditto McCain, who has relentlessly opposed President Trump and his policies.  Both men, who colluded with Democrat leaders on the “Gang of 8” amnesty scheme, were booed (video) by elected Republican state committeemen at a GOP statutory when they were slipped in the back door and led onstage by former AZ GOP chairman Robert Graham.

McCain had previously been censured by the same delegates.  He retaliated by plotting with San Francisco-based Obama donors and others of their ilk to purge conservative elected precinct committeemen from their posts. These internecine purges have been McCain’s ongoing commitment, even taking place in precincts this past election cycle. 

Will Arizona’s Republican U.S. House members show up to honor our Republican Commander in Chief? Their presence  — or absence — will speak volumes as the 2018 elections roll around. Those who ran and were elected as Republicans are Martha McSally, CD 2; Paul Gosar, CD 4; Andy Biggs, CD 5; David Schweikert, CD 6; and Trent Franks, CD 8.


Hero or Goat? Typifying the liberal quandary

July 30, 2017

Though deeply entrenched in the digital world, there remains an enigmatic appeal to holding a book or magazine in our hands and turning pages. This explains why the arrival of the conservative Weekly Standard in the mailbox each week is such a pleasure.

The magazine runs the gamut from serious commentary, analysis of the news to dashes of humor. Today we bring you the humor, which we all so richly deserve after the antics that dominated the news this past week. This selection is from The Scrapbook:

Hero or Goat?

The latest threat to the American workforce has arrived, and it’s on four hooves.

A public-employee union is up in arms over a team of blue-collar billy-goats employed to clear brush on a college campus. The union claims that by using the animals, Western Michigan University is snatching jobs away from union workers. They’re not kidding around, either—the union has filed a grievance against the university. Their complaint is a sort of inversion of Orwell’s Animal Farm motto: Two legs good, four legs ba-a-a-a-ad.

What’s particularly delightful about this conflict is how it pits two key leftist enterprises—public-employee unions and college environmentalists—against one another. After all, the reason Western Michigan University chose goat grazers in the first place was concern for the environment. Eschewing chemicals, the college instead opted for the green solution, hiring a team of 20 goats to clear 10 acres of rough bramble and poison ivy. Last year a trip of 10 goats proved efficient and sustainable, and the current flock is ahead of schedule.

Alas, such environmental considerations weren’t enough to pacify the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. The union was quick to leap to the defense of its members in the face of the ruminant menace.

And just how great is that menace? The Washington Post did the math and found that in one month, one person with a tractor can do the work of 3,600 goats. Even if all 2.5 million goats in the United States were employed, they would only threaten 347 full-time human jobs nationwide.

Small as that number may be (and it’s nothing compared with the threat posed by automated robot goats), it’s not nonexistent, which leaves leftists with a dilemma. It seems to The Scrapbook that there is an obvious compromise that would satisfy all parties: The goats should unionize.