AZ Republic shrivels, readying for last rites

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. 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.

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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.


Illegals can’t speak English but can say,“Asylum”

November 19, 2018

Coached by their advocates and legal advisers, a new wave of Central American illegal invaders estimated at 7,000 are causing havoc at the California border and creating problems in Mexico, which refuses to accommodate them though allowing them passage through the country to invade the United States. Tactically posed photos depict women and children but the facts indicate the majority are young, unaccompanied men.

Texas Republican Congressman Louie Gohmert tells (video) Fox News’ Leland Vittert, “[Voters] have already held the House responsible … if we don’t fund this now –– it’s not going to happen.”

Gohmert is correct, of course. Thanksgiving is nearly here and the Christmas holidays are fast approaching, leaving little time for the current Republican-led House to fund the wall. The brief window is closing. After January, the new Democrat majority House members will be sworn in and funding for the wall will be nothing more than a fantasy. Democrats view the hordes of illegals as potential voters.

Victor Davis Hanson, Senior Fellow in classics and military history at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, former California State University (Fresno) professor, commentator and author, wrote this prophetic article for City Journal in 2002, Do we want Mexifornia? in which he addressed the flood of illegal immigration into California raising urgent questions that the whole nation must face.

We’re living in that future now.


AZ Republic already falling out of love with Sinema?

November 17, 2018

A tabloid-style tale of a short-lived romance

Although the clowns at the Arizona Republic have removed off their pre-election, shiny plastic light bulb noses, oversized shoes and fright wigs — aimed at distracting inattentive voters — they still have the ability to make rational people laugh.

You’ll remember the newspaper endorsed the crude chameleon Kyrsten Sinema for the U. S. Senate. She’s the self-outed bi-sexual version of the now deified “maverick” John McCain who spent his 35-year congressional career lobbing grenades at the same Republican Party under whose banner he calculatingly chose to run and whose funds and energies went into getting him elected.

Overcome by an irrational wave of ecstasy, the newspaper fell into a deep swoon over former Green Party candidate Sinema, who previously sent out May Day and Cinco de Mayo greetings in the Communist Party newspaper. It didn’t ditch her, when in a spectacular turn-around, she dumped her former demeanor to reconfigure herself as soft-spoken, slimmed down blonde who wanted nothing more than to bring people together. Sinema ran from the word, “Democrat,” referring to herself “Independent minded.” 

It was a no-brainer for the left-wing, Hillary-endorsing newspaper to find Sinema’s deceit appealing, as it wildly lavished her with affectionate paeans masquerading as news reports, embraced her with editorial odes and breathlessly nestled alongside her.

Then Shazam! Within a week of her defeating the much more accomplished Republican Congresswoman Martha McSally — the first female fighter pilot to fly in a combat zone and command a Air Force squadron — the smitten newspaper is already tiring of its new squeeze Kyrsten Sinema.

Going for the gold, the newspaper unleashed its whine queen Laurie Roberts — who previously specialized in sob story columns — on Sinema with this headline: “Kyrsten Sinema reneges on her pledge to spurn Chuck Schumer,” followed by: “In her first official act as Arizona’s senator-elect, Kyrsten Sinema already has gone back on her word. Great start.”

Roberts rails in bold type: “McCain bucked his party. She didn’t. If you make a promise, keep it.”

You can tell from her dragon’s breath, Roberts, speaking for the newspaper, is really mad.

And what caused this frenzied rage?  Sinema voted for Chuck Schumer for Senate minority leader after making a campaign promise that she wouldn’t.

Com’mon, Laurie. You might have a little girl name, but it’s time to grow up. Get used to the fruits of your labor. And don’t forget, senate terms are six long years. You can feign being irate for quite a while. It’s known as job security.