Lacey, Larkin homes raided by FBI. Sex site shut down

April 7, 2018

Although the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona has nothing on its website as yet, other sources are replete with information concerning an FBI raid on the Sedona home of former New Times publisher, Michael Lacey, and the Paradise Valley home of Jim Larkin. The duo co-founded Backpage.com.

Sedona Red Rock News carries the report by Christopher Fox Graham detailing that Backpage.com, ranks second behind craigslist for online classified advertising. But its main products aren’t lawnmowers or toaster ovens. Their stock in trade is prostitution and sex trafficking, often involving underage girls. This 2017 report released by a U.S. Senate subcommittee reveals that 73 percent of the child-trafficking reports are knowingly facilitated by Backpage.com.

This is the indictment.  (Click link to open.)

The website has been removed. It has been replaced with a screenshot overlayed with law enforcement insignias and a notice stating: “Backpage.com and affiliated websites have been seized as part of an enforcement action by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division, with analytical assistance from the Joint Regional Intelligence Center.”

Although the Department of Justice said it will issue a press release after the charges are unsealed, CBS News reports that an indictment had been unsealed against seven people allegedly involved in running Backpage, containing 93 criminal counts including money laundering and running a website to facilitate prostitution. The indictment, which was filed in Arizona where Backpage is maintained, reportedly names 17 victims who were trafficked, both adults and children. The site is alleged to have earned more than $500 million in revenue since it was founded in 2004. Law enforcement officials have called it “the world’s top online brothel.”

A year ago, before he departed to work for the hate-mongering Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), Stephen Lemons, still writing his “Feathered Bastard” column for the free-of-charge, far left Phoenix New Times, opined that Lacey and Larkin — his former bosses —  were being treated unfairly for “donating to powerless Democrats.” Even a man of Lemons’ low caliber knew there was far more going on, but chose to try imitating Houdini and misdirect our attention.  It didn’t work then. It clearly doesn’t work now.

Focusing on Mike Lacey, co-founder and former owner of Phoenix New Times, Lemons characterized him as “still battling for freedom of speech despite being slimed by Backpage’s foes.”

With this critical thinking, Lemons couldn’t have found a more accommodating place to land than the equally dishonest SPLC.

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Teen anti-gun marchers, influenced by leftists, descend on DC, other cities

March 25, 2018

Teen mobs led by liberal celebrities march throughout USA

Under-educated students who haven’t been effectively taught the history of our nation’s founding and the enduring greatness of our American Constitution, are flexing their political muscle and threatening to remove members of congress who support the Second Amendment.

Think about that.

Many of them will be first time voters during this fall’s midterm elections. Voter registration activists were among throngs of young Americans who marched for tighter gun laws on Saturday, signing up thousands of soon-to-be voters who want to eject lawmakers who oppose gun control.  Organizers of the voter registration drive hoped to sign up at least 25,000 participants in the DC march alone, a promising boost for Democrats.

Estimates of the March for Our Lives crowd size ranged in the hundreds of thousands, who lemming-like flocked to DC as they flock to rock concerts. Since they are teens, the question is who financed their trek to the nation’s capitol, where food and lodging are not inexpensive. Did they all have parental consent? With or without consent, we find that their benefactors were the left-wing Hollywood elite, who provided funding and buses for the trip. The NAACP was among the co-sponsors of the event, with Martin Luther King, Jr’s young granddaughter calling for the elimination of all guns. Breitbart provides info on the celebs.

This is 17-year-old David Hogg, (video) a survivor of the Parkland Florida high school massacre. Seventeen of his classmates were slaughtered by a crazed, recently expelled fellow student who should have been on the FBI’s watch list, and disallowed to purchase a gun, since the police had been called to the family home two dozen times prior to his murderous rampage at the school.

Rather than engendering compassionate action, cocky, foul-mouthed Hogg uses his new-found status to disparage parents, senior citizens, Florida’s Gov. Rick Scott and issues threats to congress and the Second Amendment. And wouldn’t you know?  He‘s an aspiring journalist. In his profanity laced interview, Hogg calls himself the NRA’s “worst nightmare.”

HeadCount conducts voter registration drives at concerts, and claims it has registered over 500,000 young voters since 2004 — “translating the power of music intro real action.” Missing is any mention of learning about our system of government or the views of individual candidates. These are liberals on the rise. Though they claim to be disconnected from a political party, they direct people to the AFL-CIO union scoreboard and announce, “We balance the power of the wealthy,” (those are the job creators, folks) whom they claim exploit workers — referring to Right to Work laws as “racist.”

Rock the Vote, calls Arizona a “vote blocking state,” claiming it restricts voter rights, appears on DiscovertheNetworks.org: A Guide to the Political Left. RTV also works to register and mobilize voters aged 18-29 to support left-wing Democrat political candidates. Like HeadCount, it forms partnerships with music-industry and popular-culture icons who share the organization’s left-wing values, and use their celebrity status to influence the opinions of young voters.

If your kids are concert goers, you need to get up to speed on these insidious groups and their agendas. Who would have thought music would become a political menace to our Constitutional freedoms?


Trump wasn’t elected to capitulate to Dems, RINOs

March 24, 2018

Chuck and Nancy” will ride this charger to the midterms and Republicans will not be the benficiaries

The $1.3 trillion Omnibus spending bill — all 2,232-pages of it that no one read — was signed into law by President Trump on Friday, despite a threatened veto. Bluster without action is worthless.

We saw more responsible leadership from him on the reality show, ‘The Apprentice.’

As he affixed his signature to the bloated monstrosity, Trump disparaged the legislation as “crazy” vowing “I will never sign another bill like this again — I’m not going to do it again.” Still, he yielded to advisers and squish GOP leaders Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell who warned that standing firm would precipitate a government shutdown crisis.

So what?

According to this Fox News report, the government has shut down a total of 20 times since Congress introduced the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act, which established the federal budget process in 1976. Half of those shutdowns occurred over a weekend. Democrat and Republican presidents have presided over the closures.

President Trump’s capitulation to the Democrats will have far reaching consequences, none of them positive. He is encumbering our grandchildren’s great-grandchildren with massive debt and selling our soul to retaliatory enemies like China, who already have us by the shorthairs. Heritage Foundation explains the spending. Schumer gets his tunnel and taxpayers get the shaft.

Americans rallied behind Donald Trump in large measure because he campaigned on securing our nation against the invasion of illegal aliens, drugs and criminality. His promise of building a border wall resonated. Now, he expressed frustration that the lowball estimates of 800,000 DACA recipients received no protection in the law. He can’t keep the continued support of American voters while he bemoans the lack pf protections to this mass of illegals whose claims are unverifiable but will swell the ranks of the Democrat Party.

Sorry, Mr. President.  You can’t have it both ways.

The law he signed includes no money for the wall, impedes the hiring of thousands of border patrol agents, blocked deep cuts to foreign aid, the diplomatic corps and environmental programs; thwarted a push to fund vouchers for private and parochial schools and even shovels more money at the already well-funded Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities. Sanctuary cities and Planned Parenthood were not scaled back, but received increases — as did the salaries of congressional staffers.

Laura Ingraham gets it right with this Tweet.

Ann Coulter has this to say.

On his radio program, conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh unequivocally states, “This budget was designed to end the Trump presidency.” If you missed it, the transcript is here.


Why do perverts contribute to Kyrsten Sinema?

March 19, 2018

U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, CD-9, has gone to great lengths to clean up her image. The foul-mouthed Democrat had a lot to bury before recrafting herself as a soft spoken, sympathetic and attractive candidate who won election despite her acknowledged atheism and bisexuality. 

When sworn in, Sinema who attended BYU but ditched the LDS faith in which she was raised, emulated Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to the U.S. Congress. Ellison insisted on using the Koran for his oath. Sinema also refused to take her oath of office on the Bible, opting to place her hand on a copy of the Constitution. Conservative commentator Dennis Prager addresses the consequences of this hubris.

 Sinema not only dropped her harsh demeanor, glasses and weight, she went to great lengths to conceal her closeness to Barack Obama and her previous Cinco de Mayo and May Day greetings in The People’s World Weekly Communist newspaper. She even developed an election-based affinity for our military, which she previously vilified. To no one’s surprise, the pro-amnesty for illegals Sinema was endorsed by the Arizona Republic newspaper.

Using caginess, in the swing district, Sinema a supporter of Obamacare, has learned to turn a phrase for optimum benefit:

“I used to say that I wanted universal health-care coverage in Arizona, which went over like a ton of bricks. Turns out, Arizonans hear the word ‘universal’ and think ‘socialism’— or ‘pinko commie.’ But when I say that I want all Arizonans to have access to affordable, quality health care, Arizonans agree wholeheartedly. Same basic idea, different language.”

As a member of the AZ legislature and an  early supporter of same-sex marriage, she mockingly blasted women who devote themselves to their families rather than working outside the home. Her crude comment was: “These women who act like staying at home, leeching off their husbands or boyfriends and just cashing the checks is some sort of feminism because they’re choosing to live that life. That’s bulls**t. I mean, what the f**k are we really talking about here?” Following the spirit of unity Dems claim to embrace, Sinema derided conservatives as“Neanderthals.”

 Read more about her in this Sept. 2012 SRAZ post, titled, Kyrsten Sinema: “Far-left radical AZ CD 9 Dem exposed.” Sinema is pictured with her far left gal pal, Janet Napolitano.

Now for the second time she’s had to unload a sizable campaign contribution from questionable sources, as reported in the local newspaper. The most recent was nearly $34,000 from Ed Buck, (born Buckmelter) the homosexual rights advocate who waged a recall war against Republican former Gov. Evan Mecham, initiated before he even assumed office. Buck was found with a dead, naked house guest who died of a methamphetamine overdose while watching male porn on a mattress on Buck’s living room floor, casting a taint on his contribution.

In April, Sinema had to ditch the $53,400 she received from those with ties to Backpage.com, a website that authorities say knowingly accepted ads offering sex with underage girls.

 Sinema’s appeal to perverts should raise the antenna of every rational voter in the state. Sinema is now running for the AZ U.S. Senate post soon to be vacant through the forced retirement of Jeff Flake, whose 18% approval rating convinced Flake he was unelectable in Arizona.  Flake remains arrogant enough to talk about considering a presidential bid to unseat President Donald Trump in 2020.

 Dr. Kelli Ward, the lone conservative in the U.S. Senate race, deserves our vote and support. She has what it takes to make us proud.


Lesko wins CD-8 GOP Special Primary

February 28, 2018

With 100% of the precincts reporting, the unofficial figures are:
Debbie Lesko:               35,77%  —  25, 508 votes

Phil Lovas:                   23,88%   —  17,031  votes   

Steve Montenegro:       23.82%   —  16,987  votes

Montenegro, originally considered by many observers to be the front-runner, was irreparably damaged by recent revelations of his sexting with a legislative intern. A married pastor and former District Representative for U.S. Rep. Trent Franks, who resigned his congressional seat in December, Montenegro was endorsed by Franks — who remains popular in the district. Montenegro also took hits for his support of the National Popular Vote, which would have put Hillary Clinton in the White House.

Phil Lovas, originally appointed to the state legislature, attempted to use his early endorsement of President Trump to gin up support for his own candidacy, but fell far short.

Conservative Lesko, a state senator who served as Senate President Pro-Tempore, and carried the endorsement of former Gov. Jan Brewer, held her impressive lead over 11 challengers from the earliest reporting tallies. Congressional District 8 is a GOP stronghold. It’s highly unlikely liberal Democrat victor Hiral Tipirneni with 21,703 votes, will carry the solid red district in the April 24, 2018 Special General Election.


AZ CD 8: political reality show within days of election

February 22, 2018

Solid red congressional district suddenly plagued by blunderous candidates

Wednesday was a full news day — of the wacky variety.  First there was the report of candidate Steve Montenegro, who resigned his state legislative seat in mid-December to run for Congress, exchanging steamy text messages with a legislative staffer while he was still a state lawmaker. A pastor and former Trent Franks’ district representative — carrying high level endorsements including Franks, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Rick Santorum and Ted Cruz — is now being counseled to end his campaign. These are his positions on the issues.

Debbie Lesko, regarded as the front-runner in the crowded GOP field is facing accusations of funding Conservative Leadership for Arizona (CLA), a super PAC endorsing her candidacy with an infusion of $50,000 from her Senate reelection campaign fund. The intrigue-o-meter is reaching epic levels since it appears the group (CLA) is a construct of her strategist.

The Special Primary Election to fill the congressional seat from which U.S. Rep. Trent Franks resigned is Feb. 27, 2018.

Early Trump supporter Phil Lovas, who has been running behind the two now troubled front-runners, stands to benefit from their missteps. His claims of imposing term limits resonate with voters, but have no realistic expectation of coming to fruition, since no incumbents will vote in favor of their own political demise or to end the pensions they’ve earned, another Lovas campaign pledge.

Former Corporation Commissioner Bob Stump is increasingly well positioned as the Arizona congressional train abruptly switches gears.

Montenegro, Lesko, Lovas and Stump all identify as political conservatives.

The list of candidates is here. The Federal Election Commission (FEC) provides the candidate and committee viewer here.

Stay tuned.


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.