Sen. Rand Paul’s condition more serious than first reported

November 7, 2017

The horrific church massacre in Texas grabbed the nation’s attention over the weekend, relegating the contemptible and vicious assault of Sen. Rand Paul to an auxiliary position. It is anything but minor.

To recap: The Kentucky Senator was wearing headphones and mowing his front lawn when his next-door neighbor, Rene Albert Boucher came onto his property and according to the state Troopers who responded to the scene, “intentionally assaulted” Sen. Paul.

The Republican senator, 54, suffered five rib fractures, including three displaced fractures and bruised lungs. Originally reported as “minor injuries,” the extent of his condition was clarified by his senior advisor, who released a statement saying, 

“Displaced rib fractures can lead to life threatening injuries such as far more serious, hemopneumothorax, pneumothorax, pneumonia, internal bleeding, laceration of internal organs and lung contusions. It is not clear exactly how soon he will return to work, as the pain is considerable as is the difficulty in getting around, including flying.”

Boucher, a Democrat, was arrested and charged with fourth-degree assault after he tackled Paul from behind. 

In Kentucky, fourth-degree assault is a Class A misdemeanor in which a person intentionally or wantonly causes physical injury to another person. It is punishable by up to 12 months in jail and a fine. Felony assault charges are dependent on the extent of a victim’s injuries. Boucher could face additional charges because assaulting a member of Congress is a federal crime.

Assailant Boucher, 59, a retired anesthesiologist and pain specialist and Sen. Paul, an ophthalmologist, have been neighbors in a gated community for 17 years.  

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Mulish McCain attempts to scuttle tax reform

September 28, 2017

Ailing John McCain hasn’t the grace to leave the senate and spend precious time with family  and friends, as his Mayo doctors suggested following the release of his diagnosis of an aggressive brain cancer and follow-up treatment of chemotherapy and radiation. Instead he’s making demands and signaling his intent to torpedo President Trump’s tax reform efforts.

Why? Because tax reform, like repealing and replacing Obamacare, was a key Trump issue that resonated with voters nationwide.  McCain is a jealous and vindictive man who despises President Trump and like his underling Jeff Flake, stated he would not vote for the 2016 Republican nominee, opting to support Hillary Clinton.

McCain wants to call the shots on tax reform exactly as he did on repealing Obamacare. The 81-year old, self identified ‘Maverick” revels in his role as obstructionist-in-chief. Whatever he can do to throw a wrench in President Trump’s agenda makes McCain’s day. Republicans control both the U.S. House and Senate, but the margin is slim and a defector such as McCain can single-handedly doom long-awaited GOP reforms.

Now trying to sound high-minded, but failing miserably, the unhinged egotist is calling for “bipartisanship” on the tax reform deliberations. Bipartisanship has a single meaning in Washington, D.C. It signifies Republicans caving to Democrat demands.  It’s impossible to recall one issue on which meaningful concessions were made by Democrats. That’s not how they function. 

After decades in Washington, the left-of-center McCain knows these facts, but chooses to ignore them.

Republican leaders plan to use the same fast-track procedure on taxes as they attempted to implement on health care reform. The plan requires 50 Senate votes while bypassing a potential Democrat filibuster. Because the GOP controls only 52 votes in the Senate, every vote is essential for passage.

Expecting Democrat support for a tax overhaul is an exercise in futility. Democrats are not known for favoring tax cuts, since their liberal policies require ever more funding.

Earlier this week, President Trump hosted Republican and Democrat members of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee at the White House. He expressed optimism about the simplified tax plan, and promised to “cut taxes tremendously for the middle class.”

The president would be wise to schedule the vote when showboating, elitist McCain is in Scottsdale undergoing treatment at Mayo Clinic. Married to an heiress, he’s able to access health care outside the reach of the average American. When he campaigned for president, he was unable to give a definitive answer to how many homes he owned.

This is presidential candidate McCain caught in his own deceitful web about his knowledge of economics —- essential for reforming the cumbersome and oppressive tax system.

 


Ann Kirkpatrick: political opportunist carpetbags to CD 2

July 23, 2017

She’s ba-a-ack, newly reincarnated

Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick has had a bumpy ride in Congressional District 1 —  opting in and out, winning, losing and getting chased down and booed (brief video) by angry constituents. Now, at age 67, she wants to reprise her political adventure after losing a senate effort to unseat John McCain in 2016.

The on-again, off again Kirkpatrick has recently carpet-bagged into Tucson and registered in Congressional District 2. Throwing caution and good sense to the winds, she’s banking on mounting a successful challenge to 3-term Republican incumbent Martha McSallyThere are seven other already declared local Democrats in the race.

The burning question is, will Kirkpatrick stay in Tucson after her 2018 loss or move back to Flagstaff? That nearly 300 mile drive gets tedious. Her husband, Roger Curley, has a legal practice in Flagstaff, making it unlikely he’d join her in setting up a sham residency.


Interchangeable liberals: Why they’re impossible to miss

May 13, 2017

One liberal goes, another fills the void

The daily’s far left editorial columnist Linda Valdez inhabits a world of her own. Radical liberalism is her calling card and logic is outside her frame of reference. Her views on a wide variety of topics — not the least of them being her deep commitment to an open border with Mexico and gifting amnesty and myriad taxpayer paid perks to America’s illegal invaders —  would most appropriately fall into the category of unhinged.

But recently we noticed Elvia Diaz closing in on Valdez’ territory. In an Opinion piece lecturing newly installed Democrat Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone what he must do with the court appointed advisory panel he wants to ditch, Diaz harked back to Sheriff Joe Arpaio, using the identical adjective “controversial” that Valdez gives a workout. Regardless of what Arpaio says or does, even in retirement,  it’s reported as “controversial.”  The word has transmogrified into an invective to be routinely hurled at conservatives and their ideas.

Diaz picks up the mantle, describing  Arpaio’s Tent City not only as “controversial” but sounding like Valdez, says the renown outdoor jail symbolized “Arpaio’s circus.” Since the tents are military surplus, the same used to house deployed American service personnel, does she think the U.S. Military is also overseeing a circus?

In a later column Diaz condemns Republican President Trump while giving a pass to similar actions of Democrat Arizona Congressman Ruben Gallego, by employing the Maxine Waters justification technique.

Valdez, who telecommutes, pounding out her vicious spew on a keyboard in Tucson, is closing in on retirement age. Diaz is 40. Most of the senior staff took the early retirement buyouts offered by the strapped newspaper and boogied. The newspaper is mostly manned by Cronkike Journalism School students, working out of their cars, and lacking mature guidance.

Wildly biased political deceit runs rampant at the Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic). Radical leftist Diaz is definitely nipping at Valdez’ equally liberal, but aging heels. 


Susan Rice: Dealing in deception — again

April 5, 2017

Sen. James Lankford, (R-OK) and U.S. Rep. Peter King (R-NY) each members of their respective intelligence committees have expressed concerns about revelations regarding pre-election surveillance by the Obama administration of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.  The spying, which has received scant coverage in the mainstream media, was initially disclosed by President Trump and mocked by Obama operatives and their colluders in the press.

Susan Rice, Obama’s national security adviser, is at the heart of the scrutiny.

Sen. Langford takes the allegations seriously, saying, “The accusation is that people in the Obama administration were using their offices to get access to political information. They may have been using classified documents to release names and target individuals. That is not legal and these are serious accusations. We hope Susan Rice will meet with us.”

Congressman King agreed, stating that a thorough investigation is needed. “If these accusations are true, it rises to a level of a very high scandal because it is such an abuse of privacy. It violates the law and it undermines the presidency,“ King said.

Delusional Susan Rice, Obama’s  national security adviser must think she’s still on his payroll. Few will forget her deceptive talking points (video) as she made the rounds of Sunday morning network news shows following the 2012 attack at the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya.. Four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, were killed — not by supposed protesters upset over a video depicting Mohammad, as she claimed — but by terrorists.

Circa News exposes the facts regarding the computer logs that former President Obama’s team left behind in the White House indicating Susan Rice accessed numerous intelligence reports during Obama’s last seven months in office that contained National Security Agency intercepts involving Donald Trump and his associates.

Intelligence sources said the logs discovered by National Security Council staff suggested Rice’s interest in the NSA materials, some of which included unmasked Americans’ identities, appeared to begin last July around the time Trump secured the GOP nomination and accelerated after Trump’s election in November and launched a transition that continued through January.

Andrew McCarthy, writing for National Review points out, “Her interest was not in national security but to advance the political interests of the Democratic party,” calling Susan Rice’s White House unmasking “an abuse of power” and “Watergate-style scandal.” McCarthy, a former chief federal prosecutor, reminds his readers “the thing to bear in mind is that the White House does not do investigations — not criminal investigations, not intelligence investigations.”

Obama’s White House honed its skills in cover-ups.


Monday morning quarterbacking: To your health!

March 27, 2017

What better way to start the week than doing a bit of Monday morning quarterbacking? We’re not talking sports here.  It’s the epic health care debacle that took place on Friday, as House Speaker Paul Ryan was ordered by President Trump to pull the bill Ryan had shepherded —  just prior to the vote.

Former Senator Jim DeMint, president of The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, assesses the American Health Care Act, that was sold as the answer to candidate Trump’s campaign pledge to “repeal and replace” Obamacare.

The Ryan plan, derided as “Obamacare Lite,” or “RyanCare,” caused conservatives to balk at putting their stamp of approval on it.

DeMint sees the events that unfolded on Friday as an opportunity for Congressional leaders to start over. It takes only a single minute to read,There Are Plans Ready That Truly Repeal Obamacare.”

As President Trump moves to put tax reform on the front burner, it will most likely be without Paul Ryan’s choreographing.  

On Friday, we called for the replacement of Speaker Ryan. Judge Jeanine Pirro shares that thought. Here’s her view, given in her own inimitable style: Paul Ryan must go. Now.”


DOA: Ryan’s proven wrong –This is NOT “the moment”

March 24, 2017

Within 30 minutes of the scheduled 3:30 (ET) floor vote on the health care bill, President Trump called House Speaker Paul Ryan, and asked him to pull it from consideration.. This is the second day in a row an expected House vote did not take place due to lack of Republican support for Ryan‘s flawed scheme.

Ryan responded by declaring Republicans “came up short. I will not sugarcoat this. This is disappointing day for us,” Ryan said. “Doing big things is hard. We will need time to reflect on how we got to this moment.”

Paul Ryan should have heeded the wisdom of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich as he tweeted, “Why would you schedule a vote on a bill that is at 17% approval? Have we forgotten everything Reagan taught us?”

Speaker Ryan has repeatedly pressed for passage of his version of a healthcare bill trying to configure it as a repeal and replacement of ObamaCare, using these words of urgency, “This is the moment. This is the time.”

It is only “the moment” if Dead On Arrival has extra meaning for him.  Ignoring the looming concerns of conservative House members, Ryan has put his own ambition ahead of providing accurate advice to President Trump, who ultimately will take the blame for this debacle.

There has been, in fact, no repeal. It obviously follows that RyanCare is no replacement.

What needs to replaced first is House Speaker Paul Ryan.

The U.S. Constitution addresses such concerns regarding the Speaker in Article 1, Section 1, clause 5.