Dumping Flake: Nov. 6, 2018 a much anticipated day

January 9, 2018

We’ll start with the truism that each day is a gift. Wishing them away is beyond foolish. But conservatives can be excused for looking forward in anticipation to the Nov. 6, midterm general election.

As the votes roll in, it will signal the end of the showboating, contrarian political career of the exceptionally mediocre Jeff Flake. He began his time in office under the guise of deceit — vowing he would only serve three terms in the U.S. House. When the time came to fulfill his pledge, he inanely grinned while glibly admitting, “I lied,” and ran for a fourth, fifth and sixth term, before heading to the senate in 2012 with major assists from John McCain and retiring Sen. Jon Kyl.  Even with the senior senators going to bat for the marginal Flake, he won by a mere 3 points.

In retrospect, it’s a good bet Flake’s far more accomplished opponent, former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona, M.D., a man with a powerful personal story and background in the military and law enforcement would have served Arizonans better. The impoverished high school dropout who won two Purple Hearts for combat wounds in Vietnam, got his GED and earned numerous degrees eventually becoming a nurse, medical doctor and professor. Due to a disagreement with George W. Bush, the president who appointed him, the registered Independent allowed himself to be recruited by the Dems, which was a mistake.

Flake’s main job outside of feeding at the public trough was as a registered foreign agent lobbying in D.C. on behalf of Rossing Uranium, a company which operates a mine in the African nation of Namibia — where he previously lived during his church mission and became fluent in Afrikaans. The company is among the world’s largest suppliers of nuclear fuel —- and partially owned by Iran.

A total of 468 seats in the U.S. Congress (33 Senate seats and all 435 House seats) are up for election on Nov. 6, 2018. Heading into the election, Republicans hold a 52 seat majority in the 100 member Senate. There will be several special election due to congressional resignations including Trent Franks, here in Arizona.

Like amnesty supporters McCain and Kyl, Flake had no trouble jumping on the amnesty train. In fact, he and McCain were the architects of the infamous Gang of 8 amnesty schemers. Flake cultivated a friendship with Barack Obama, traveling with him to Kenya and Cuba, and even promoting his lame duck appointment of Democrat Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court to fill the vacancy that occurred by the unexpected death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia.  The election of Donald Trump put an end to that disastrous attempt. President Trump nominated Judge Neil Grosuch, who had earlier in his career clerked for Scalia. He was eventually confirmed.

Now we read that as a lame duck, with nothing to lose, Flake is back in the amnesty— a word he abhors — saddle again.

This important report by John Binder describes the trickery currently being engaged in by committed anti-Trump fanatic Jeff Flake. In the past, we’ve said he is aptly named. On further consideration, the moniker ‘Jeff the Snake’ is even more fitting.

Conservative Dr. Kelli Ward, formerly a two-term state senator, is running to replace Flake in the U.S. Senate and is deserving of our support.We can’t afford another mistake.

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USA Today: Trump supporters accused of being white nationalists

December 19, 2017

Reporter using flawed premise throws rancid red meat to Leftists

 The USA Today Page One headline was definitely perplexing. But there it was in all of its anti-Trump glory: “Decades of pent-up anger feed a new white nationalist crusade,” followed by a secondary headline “Movement tailors tactics to a ripe political climate.”   It took just three short paragraphs to draw the essential parallel:

“President Trump’s election became a major rallying point for white nationalists as  the Republican repeatedly amplified some of their views in campaign rallies and tweets.”

From there the biased report quotes an “analyst” from the radical Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which USA Today’s self-described “roving reporter” Trevor Hughes erroneously defines as an organization “that tracks hate groups.” That’s a monumental flaw, since SPLC is the very essence of hate group itself. This past April reprehensible hate monger Phoenix New Times reporter Stephen Lemons moved to Alabama to work for SPLC.

Truth Revolt does a masterful job of exposing the Southern Poverty Law Center as the hate group it is.

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary the term white nationalist is defined as “one of a group of militant whites who espouse white supremacy and advocate enforced racial segregation” 

To the dismay of scandal-plagued Hillary voters, Donald Trump won the 2016 election. (revealing video) His supporters abound. Conservative Republicans gladly claim that “supporter” handle, having voted for him and content to see him keeping his campaign promises, filling the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy with Appellate Judge Neil Gorsuch and presiding over the strongest economy and lowest unemployment in years. They soundly reject white nationalism and neo-Nazism, defined as members of a group espousing the programs and policies of Hitler’s Nazis. If such people exist, they’ve elusively  flown under the radar, escaping notice of friends, family, faith and business associates.

Conservative author and nationally syndicated talk show host Dennis Prager has taken on the subject recently and with a decidedly different interpretation than the far-left media:

Prager is quoted as saying,

“To not understand that the neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klanners present an infinitesimally small threat to your society, but the left-wing mobs are a serious threat is to be a fool, to be a willing fool.” He continues, “This is what the communists did in Eastern Europe to install themselves, they called everybody a fascist, and they violently took over society.

The threat from the Left in this country is so much greater than the threat from the Right, that you have to be a fool not to realize it. You have to be either a leftist or a fool.Those who don’t fight real evil, fight little evils. That’s the Left in a nutshell. They didn’t fight communism or Islamic terror, but they do fight Confederate statues.”

To get a grip on reality, reporter Trevor Hughes needs to read Dennis Prager. He might start here:

The Atlantic Publishes All You Need to Know About the Left


Suspended lawyer attacks AZ AG in Republic editorial & UPDATE

December 17, 2017

Serial suer has filed hundreds of lawsuits, been suspended by State Bar

The Opinion page at the daily newspaper consists of a one-sided view of events and individuals. There hasn’t been an Op-Ed page in years — one challenging the editorial page rife with leftist spew. At one time the now-failing Arizona Republic occasionally ran syndicated conservative columnists, whose opinion pieces it had to purchase. Now it relies on “My Turn” activists with a grudge to bolster its radical editorial board’s distorted views.

 The irrational headline, “Why does Brnovich hate the disabled,” is a case in point. Brnovich is Arizona’s Attorney General Mark Brnovich. The absurd “hate” charge is leveled by lawyer Peter Strojnik, a legal gadfly who has made a career of filing specious Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuits.  In 2012, Peter Stojnik, was reinstated as a member of the State Bar of Arizona  after being suspended for 30 days.

 The lack of ethics are hereditary. In December 2016, Strojnik’s same named lawyer son was suspended by the State Bar of Arizona for attempting to “publicly shame” a business into settlement. Peter K. Strojnik was suspended for 30 days and ordered to serve a two-year probation period, which included undergoing chemical dependency treatment and  psychological evaluation.

 ABC15 News Investigative reporter Dave Biscobing provides the background on the elder Peter Stojnik’s ongoing legal battles with the Federal Court and Attorney General Mark Brnovich. Hundreds of questionable accessibility lawsuits have been filed against Valley businesses without prior notification.

 The bizarre newspaper article features a boldfaced question below the vulgar headline claiming Brnovich hates the disabled: “Courts have repeatedly slapped down the Arizona attorney general’s efforts to fight the rights of the disabled. Why is he still at it?”

That the Arizona Republic would print this factually incorrect information tells more about the lack of judgment of Phil Boas, the newspaper’s editorial director, than it does about the repeatedly sanctioned, provocateur lawyer who wrote the preposterous article and deals in deceit.

December 19, 2017  UPDATE:

Mea Culpa from Phil Boas

 Boas: We need to set the record straight on ADA-lawsuit guest column

Using the royal “We” Phil Boas, the Arizona Republic’s Editorial Page director admits his mistake in giving credibility to repeatedly sanctioned gadfly lawyer Peter Strojnik.

Strojnik, who makes his living filing hundreds of bogus lawsuits under the guise of the Americans with Disability Act, was provided a platform and despicable headline to slander Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich.

The failing newspaper has begun resorting to obviously unvetted My Turn “guest columns” since they cost nothing and  it is in neither a mental mode nor financial position to purchase actual Op-Eds challenging the liberal vantage point of the Hillary endorsing daily, which claimed to be conservative as they made the preposterous recommendation.  Arizonans who still read their spew overwhelmingly rejected the advice. Many cancelled their subscriptions.

It’s not surprising that within just two years of being brought on as president of the Arizona Republic, Mi-Ai Parrish is resigning the post she took to much acclaim — irrationally based on her ethnic minority status.  What more appropriate spot to move on to than the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at ASU where students who should value the First Amendment, shut down the free speech of invited guest, then-Maricopa County sheriff Joe Arpaio, by rudely singing over him at the mistakenly named First Amendment Forum, until it was shut down.

 


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.


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.