Bible vs. Big Bro Joe

April 29, 2022

Light bulbs, toilets not the purview of the federal government

According to Genesis 1:14, the first book of the Bible, “On the fourth day of creation, God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years.”

Obviously God believed adequate light was crucially important.

That is inconsequential to frail Joe Biden’s handlers who have indicated they are phasing out incandescent light bulbs in favor of lighting they prefer, intended, they claim, to conserve energy. This will not be an option, but a mandate. Homeowners will have no choice in the matter, regardless of what they prefer in their own homes. This invasion of our freedoms was given excellent coverage in, “Why Light Bulbs Sum Up The Complete And Total Failure Of Liberalism,“when it initially surfaced. Barack Obama was desiring to focus on Climate Change legislation.

We’ve been down this leftist road before. Bill Clinton mandated low flush toilets, which required two flushes to completely clear the bowl, in direct opposition to the stated water saving purpose. Dems are bonded to promoting perceptions rather than utilizing common sense.

And who is Biden’s latest Department of Energy hire? Sam Brinton, a nonbinary drag queen — ‘an asset,’ say queer activists, as reported by Yahoo! Life.

In the face of historic inflation that is gut-punching American families struggling to make ends meet, impacting basics, such as food, housing, utilities and gas in your tank, the Department of Energy has announced new rules that change the definition of general service lamps and set a minimum standard of 45 lumens for light bulbs that meet a revised definition. Once the new rules are in effect, manufacturers will be required to sell only energy-efficient light bulbs. Preposterously, this sleigh of hand tries to convince Americans we will save $100 yearly, while a single loaf of bread has risen in price by over $5.19 according to this scrollable Consumer Price Index, via the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Citing unsubstantiated figures in 2009, Barack Obama claimed the new efficiency standards he promoted for lamps “would result in substantial savings between 2012 and 2042, saving consumers up to $4 billion annually, conserving enough energy to power every U.S. home for 10 months, reducing emissions equal to the amount produced by 166 million cars a year, and eliminating the need for as many as 14 coal-fired power plants.”

A prolific liar, Obama was banking on the fact that the majority of those who heard his message would no longer be above ground using energy.

No one dies in Arizona: The era of magical language

April 7, 2022

Words matter…now, more than ever

Locals who read obituaries have noticed a new phenomenon. Arizonans don’t die. They “pass away.” As language gets softened to obscure realities, we no longer are invaded by illegal aliens. They have morphed into “migrants.” Problems have mysteriously evaporated. People now have “issues.” Contacting someone is now passé, foolishly replaced by “reaching out.” And sex? There are no longer men and women, as we learned from Joe Biden’s Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson who recently appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee for her confirmation hearing. During questioning from Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Jackson said she could not provide a definition for the word “woman” — maintaining it was not in her purview as a judge to answer that, absurdly adding, “I’m not a biologist.”

In a “woke” world there are no longer “pedophiles,” a word which we are told “stigmatizes” the perverts it describes. The preferred, more palatable term is now Minor Attracted Person, or MAP, despite the fact that they tragically ruin the lives of children. On March 14, SRAZ posted, “Education or indoctrination? Educrats push LGBTQ agenda, teacher sues,” which puts this lunacy into context.

Acceptance of thievery has gone mainstream in California following the 2014 passage of a referendum known as Proposition 47, which reduced the classification of most nonviolent property and drug crimes, including theft and fraud for amounts up to $950, from a felony to a non-prosecuted misdemeanor. Emboldened smash-and-grab criminals (video) enter high-end jewelry and other upscale stores, then boldly walk out with filched merchandise without fear of legal repercussions.

When democrats are elected, be assured the inmates are running the asylum. They condone lawlessness, destroy our education system, distort reality, impose ever increasing taxation and bludgeon our language for their own gains.

Take just two minutes to read the Heritage Foundation’s first-rate observation on politically correct vs. accurate terminology, in “Sorry, but the Accurate Legal Term is ‘Illegal Alien’,” by Hans von Spakovsky, Senior Legal Fellow. You’ll be smarter for having read it.

SRAZ posted “Orwell’s 1984: Alive and well with journalistic word police,” in 2010. It continues to be relevant today.

Women’s History Month: A leftist contrivance

March 30, 2022

There is no male equivalence

Women’s History Month is coming to an end…and not a moment too soon. Taking up the entire month of March, it joins this list of other overly-long celebrations, the majority of which are acknowledged in the United States. Some even rate presidential proclamations.

That there are agendas being played out is not even in question.  Facilitating month-long observations for a wide range of topics is an industry in itself, necessitating offices, public relations staff and media contacts to perpetrate itself. This year the theme is “Hear Our Voices,” symbolized by a torch held aloft in hands representing various races. It is oddly topped by a clenched fist, identical to the Black Lives Matter stylized emblem used to demonstrate resistance. It is identified, however, as representing the Women’s March on Washington, January 21, 2017.

We all remember the hatred-laced speeches directed at President Donald Trump, with Madonna publicly proclaiming she’d thought of blowing up the White House and Ashley Judd comparing the president to mass murderer Nazi Adolph Hitler.

Somehow national organizations as diverse as The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service and the Smithsonian Institution join in commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history. Read the first paragraph of the K-12 grade Teachers Guide to fully comprehend what their focus is.

Not that long ago, card shops were filled with Mother’s Day images of flowers and words of gratitude to mothers. Florists did their most brisk business on that day. Department stores held pre-Mother’s Day sales. Families celebrated together at Mother’s Day brunches. That passé vision has been replaced by angry female celebrities, reciting raunchy “poems,” and indoctrinating their impressionable fans with far-left politics.

Being a mother is ranked lower than dirt. Being an adherent of “climate change” and not having children, is a far more noble pursuit.

Education or indoctrination? Educrats push LGBTQ agenda, teacher sues

March 14, 2022

Kansas School District demands respect of child’s “chosen pronoun”

Here’s one “for the books.” Math teacher Pamela Ricard is suing the Fort Riley school district superintendent, board members and her principal after being suspended for “discrimination and harassment”  for not using “transgender and non-binary” student’s preferred name and pronouns.

Ricard, a middle school teacher since 2005, refuses to use the preferred names and plural pronouns of the newly “woke” transgender and nonbinary students because doing so violates her religious beliefs. In today’s skewed world, they have no validity. She was previously reprimanded for addressing a student as “miss” to avoid using the student’s preferred first name after being told the student used he/him pronouns. Ricard has now been suspended for violating the district’s bullying and diversity and inclusion policies.

She was denied a religious exemption to the district’s required practice.

The federal lawsuit was filed against USD 475 Geary County School District and the principal of Fort Riley Middle School in Fort Riley. It is filed on behalf of Pamela Ricard, a “decades-long” teacher assigned to the school since 2005.

This in-depth article, ”Kansas Teacher Sues After Being Punished for Refusing to Use Student’s Preferred Pronouns,” posted on Real Clear Politics was written by Michael Ryan. It is definitely worth your time.

For an excellent overview of how today’s colleges and universities face a choice between two opposing worldviews: the traditional, spiritually embedded one upon which most were founded, or the secular, hedonistic, materialistic worldview that now dominates them and the mindset of those who control the teaching profession, we direct our readers to “A Tragic Abandonment of Identity: The Secularization of America’s Religious Colleges and Universities.” It was written by Arthur Goldberg in 2018, but is increasingly relevant today.

Who “owns” our children?

February 15, 2022

Parents haven’t abdicated their rights, but schools attempt to usurp them

Using the newly trendy pronoun “they” rather than “he” and “she,” the local newspaper displays its hipness with a prominently featured, lengthy report headlined, “Advocates warn Arizona bill could hurt LGBTQ students.”

Written by Endia Fontanez, a leftist ASU Cronkite Journalism School graduate, who interned last year with OUTvoices Phoenix, her niche at the vacuous and hemorrhaging subscriptions Arizona Republic, is ostensibly covering health but actually focuses on the promotion of what is now being mainstreamed as LGBTQ — an acronym for “lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (or questioning).”

The headlined article focuses on House Bill 2161, which defines the rights of parents over their own children and clarifies existing parental rights laws by stating that a parent has access to a minor child’s medical and educational records, whether written or electronic. It ensures that public and charter schools that intend to survey students, must first provide the survey language to parents to properly obtain written informed consent. The bill also allows parents to sue the government, including public schools, for violations of their rights.

This is a bill that would never previously have been regarded as necessary, but times have unfortunately, changed, as homosexuality has relentlessly been promoted in every phase of entertainment and now has its long tentacles reaching into taxpayer-funded schools that intend to seize and obliterate parental authority over their own children. Teacher’s unions are generous supporters of democrat candidates.*

This alarming concept, now gaining momentum, is not new. Nearly a decade ago, CNSNews exposed a 30-second promo for MSNBC’s Lean Forward campaign, featuring educrat Melissa Harris-Perry, advocating that society end the “private idea that kids belong to their parents or kids belong to their families,” and instead institute a “collective notion” that kids “are our children,” they belong to the community.

While U.S. schools focus on sexualizing our children and mandating masks, U.S. News and World Reports presented this distressing report, U.S. Students Show No Improvement in Math, Reading, Science on International Exam in Dec. 2019, coinciding with the onset of the COVID pandemic. The situation worsened as unionized teachers stopped teaching and schools closed.

Center for Arizona Policy (CAP), a non-profit advocacy group whose mission is to promote and defend the foundational values of life, marriage, family and religious freedom, does an exceptional job of summarizing and following the progress of HB 2161.

* H/T Open Secrets

Dem’s masking hypocrisy exposed

February 7, 2022

Masks for thee but not for me

To roust us out of our dreary pandemic doldrums and ever increasing Bidenflation, we take our readers to Not the Bee (The Bee is a satirical site) which runs a compilation of hypocrite dems in the unmasked, dare we say, “naked,” condition in which they were born.

Brace yourself for a major dose of dem deception. Note the underlings, children and wait staff are required to be masked, while the dem elites, who freely inhale the rarified air they desire to deny us, don’t abide by such restrictions themselves

H/T Jesse James

Walk inside crosswalk? Phoenix residents would rather die

February 5, 2022

On a list of the twenty deadliest U.S. cites for pedestrians, Phoenix holds the unenviable distinction of being Number 4, according to Quote Inspector, an auto insurance association. When it comes to pedestrian related fatalities, Phoenix comes in behind Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Detroit, Michigan; and San Bernardino, California.

These are the hazardous numbers:

  • Pedestrian fatality rate: 4.6 per 100k (2.7X higher than U.S. average)
  • Total pedestrian fatalities (past 5 years): 362
  • 5-year change in pedestrian fatalities: 88.5%
  • Pedestrian fatalities in low light conditions: 76.8%
  • 65+ pedestrian fatality rate: 7.3 per 100k
  • Minority pedestrian fatality rate: 4.3 per 100k

Although alcohol often plays a role in the late night (described as “low light”) fatalities there appears to be a cultural defiance to walking inside crosswalk lines. We’ve all seen people deliberately walk several feet outside the crosswalk when they and the children they often have in tow would all be much safer minus the penchant for mocking the law.

Arizona Revised Statutes §28-793 is very clear as it relates to crossing at other than a crosswalk.

Always eager to expand the bureaucracy, democrat-controlled Phoenix approved an Office of Pedestrian Safety in 2018, though the fatalities have continued to rise. 

Though the majority of pedestrian-vehicle fatalities are avoidable deaths, the local newspaper puts a different spin on the problem, headlining, “Phoenix has deadliest roads in nation. Is the city doing enough?” The city is not causing the needless deaths, it‘s the defiant pedestrians, which an activist quoted in the article suggested we “stop shaming.”

Phoenix also has a deadly problem with “wrong-way” drivers on Valley freeways as exemplified by this shocking ABC15 video (provided by ADOT). Despite the clearly marked exit signs, there is an increasing penchant for entering on the egresses. Alcohol is frequently involved, but a frequently contributing factor is the inability to read English. Arizona is a border state, and the welcoming Biden administration, making sure they have access to every conceivable economic benefit, bears a burden for the deaths, as it views the millions of illegal aliens it welcomes as unalterably increasing the numbers of the democrat party. 

The Western Journal headlines its clarifying September 30, 2021 report, “Number of New Illegals in ‘21 Greater Than Populations of 11 States.”

Leftist bigotry thrives, hits Minnesota teachers paychecks

January 3, 2022

School Board authorizes pay increases for non-whites

On January 1, in a post titled, “Remembering the wisdom of Judge Bork as we greet 2022,” we wrote about the latest trendy terms, “Equity” and “Equality.” If you were too busy over the New Year holiday to get to it, it’s crucial to fully comprehend the misappropriation of our language that is invading America’s culture at breakneck speed, by reviewing the link in the following paragraph:

Three and a-half decades ago, with clarity and foresight Judge Robert Bork referred to the crisis we now face, based in the rise of political leftism that intentionally obliterates the definitions of “equality and equity.” The words are further clarified in “The Inequality of ‘Equity,‘ by Ben Shapiro.

The reason for this review will be evident as you grasp the full effect of the insanity now instituted by a school board in Mankato, Minnesota, a town of fewer than 45,000 people. The headline, “Mankato schools vote to allow extra pay for non-white teachers,”* reveals, in the most disgraceful manner, the race-based divisiveness that is invading our nation, taking hold in far-left arenas. Info on Mankato can be found on DataUSA.

Decades after it was outlawed against minorities, race-based discrimination, now targeting whites, has taken on a new life in Minnesota. Leftwing NBC News, in a review of the 2020 election results, characterizes Minnesota as “a solidly blue state in presidential elections and Democrats control the governor’s office and the state House, while Republicans control the state Senate.“ Non-partisan Ballotpedia reveals that senate “control” consists of a single vote. Be wary of where you get your news.

*H/T Kyle Hooten, Managing Editor of Alpha News

Remembering the wisdom of Judge Bork as we greet 2022

January 1, 2022

As 2003 was coming to an end, Judge Robert Bork, a distinguished conservative scholar and a former judge on the Federal Appeals Court for the D.C. Circuit, wrote, “Slouching Towards Gomorrah: Modern Liberalism and American Decline.” The instant best-seller provided a prophetic view of a failing culture, a nation in such serious moral trouble that its very foundation is crumbling — a nation that metaphorically slouches not towards the ancient religious city Bethlehem but towards decadent Gomorrah.

Three and a-half decades ago, with clarity and foresight, Judge Bork referred to the crisis we now face, based in the rise of political leftism, that intentionally obliterates the definitions of “equality and equity.” The terms are clarified in “The Inequality of ‘Equity,“ by Ben Shapiro, which we urge you to read.

“Slouching Towards Gomorrah” provided a devastatingly insightful exposé of a country in crisis at the end of the millennium, when the rise of modern liberalism, which stresses the dual forces of radical egalitarianism (the equality of outcomes rather than opportunities) and advances radical individualism (the drastic reduction of limits to personal gratification). Advancement of these notions, particularly via indoctrinating educrats on college campuses has undermined our culture, our intellect, and our morality with special attention to matters of sex and censorship, race relations, and the relentless attempts to erode American moral values on the altar of leftism.

“Equity” and “Equality” may seem to be the same, but they have very different political and ethical meanings. Equity — equality of result — is impossible without unfairly taking from some and giving to others, facilitated by removing earned accreditation from those who have earned merit without their consent. Judge Bork foresaw this disturbing socialist trend years ago, and for that he was sacrificed at the altar of political correctness, after President Ronald Reagan nominated him for the U.S. Supreme Court. On October 23, 1987, the senate, stunningly led by none other than Sen. Joe Biden, rejected Bork’s nomination to the Supreme Court by a vote of 58-42.

Judge Bork, who died in 2012 was a unique, articulate figure in the annals of the U.S. Judiciary, undeservedly becoming a punching bag for the radical left and having his name morph into a slag term in the Merriam-Webster and Oxford English Dictionaries. The verb “bork” is now identified as a means to “defame or methodically vilify, and use the mass media with the aim of preventing an appointment to public office; to obstruct or thwart (a person) in this way.”

We wish all the best in the New Year to our readers.

Your friends at Seeing Red AZ.

A Christmas gift you’ll be proud to give…won’t have to wrap

December 18, 2021

Victor Davis Hanson has been described as a conservative political commentator, classicist, university professor and military historian. He’s all that…and much more, as anyone who has seen him on FOX News Mark Levin’s “Life, Liberty & Levin” can attest. There are no adjectives imposing enough to describe the impact of Hanson’s wisdom.

Today we gift our readers with his most recent syndicated column, “Why Is the Left Suddenly Worried About the End of Democracy?

We’re all better informed after absorbing his perspective. Reading this column takes just a few minutes, but the impact will be lasting.  Pass it along to your freedom loving friends.  It won’t require wrapping paper or a bow, and you’re sure to be thanked.