AZ Republic headline gives conservatives hope

December 12, 2017

The headline in the left-wing Arizona Republic newspaper is a head turner: “Removal process of feral hogs continues across New Mexico.“

Will the trend catch on and continue across the wide expanse of the entire United States? It sounds like New Mexico is eradicating its Democrat population, so fond of the concept of nanny government (brief video).

It’s also reminiscent of a previous post (March 26, 2011) on the topic of capturing wild hogs.

This parable defines the issue of government dependency: 

Years ago a wise farmer noticed that wild pigs roamed freely in the woods adjacent to his farm. “If I could just capture some of those wild pigs, I could fatten them up and reap financial rewards,” he told his neighbor.  But the neighbor scoffed, “Those pigs are wild animals, clever in fending for themselves. You can never round them up.”

The wild pigs were suspicious of any advances by the farmer. However, the farmer was a very patient man, and knew the rewards would be great if he was able to gain their trust. The farmer set out with his plan to tame the beasts.

His plan evolved. Each day he took corn and tossed it in the woods where the pigs could safely feast under the cover of darkness. Gradually, as the pigs grew less cautious, the farmer scattered the corn in a pasture located nearer the farmhouse. Then he set about hammering in fence posts around one side of the pasture. That night, the pigs noticed the posts with some curiosity but were eager to dig into the big pile of corn the farmer had left them. A few nights later, they noticed more posts had been erected. At last, the farmer attached wire to the posts around the perimeter but the corn inside was so enticing and delicious that they gobbled it up as they had gotten used to doing, setting aside any apprehension they had about the fence.

Finally, the pigs noticed there was a fence around the entire pasture with a wide and welcoming gate, swung open and leading to where the sweet corn was piled high. Although a few pigs were suspicious and refused to enter the gate, the more fearless ones entered the enclosure. After several nights when no harm came to them, the others decided to join in the banquet and gorged to their delight, as pigs do.

Then late one night as the pigs were busy feeding, the farmer quietly walked up to the gate, closed and locked it.

So it is with reliance on government to meet our basic needs. The trap is set.  We simply have to anticipate the gate swinging shut on us.

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Sexual harassment claims become a growth industry

November 22, 2017

“I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior. I am greatly embarrassed. I have behaved insensitively at times, and I accept responsibility for that, though I do not believe that all of these allegations are accurate. I always felt that I was pursuing shared feelings, even though I now realize I was mistaken.”  —Charlie Rose, now fired from his longtime PBS program and CBS’ “This Morning,”

ASU is evaluating whether to rescind the Walter Cronkite Excellence in Journalism Award, presented to Rose in 2015. Charlie Rose is the latest in a long list of those who have acknowledged claims leveled against them.

New allegations of sexual misconduct in Hollywood, the media, and on Capitol Hill are dominating headlines. Men forcing themselves on women, and in some cases young men or boys, is reprehensible behavior. In recent weeks revelations have reached epidemic proportions. Politicians and celebrities appear to be standing in line to step up to the podium to offer apologies for past indiscretions. Many are entering sex addiction programs to show their commitment to rehabilitating themselves, as they watch their hefty salaries and prestige screech to a halt.

Newsweek’s Anna Menta writing that it’s becoming increasingly difficult to keep track of the powerful men who have been accused of sexual harassment, misconduct and assault, has posted a chronological list which will be updated regularly as new allegations come to light.

Conspicuously missing is admitted womanizer, impeached President Bill Clinton. Questionably included is Judge Roy Moore, now running for a U.S. Senate seat in Alabama. Though he‘s been a candidate five times, none of the 40-year-old allegations arose until the Republican establishment — led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — determined he was too independent to be compliant and began circuitously dredging for “victims” to recite uncorroborated stories, with liberal lawyer Gloria Allred as coach. Moore has emphatically denied the allegations which have been thrown at him for maximum political damage preceding the Dec.12, 2017 special election.

Prior to his dalliance with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, which Bill Clinton first lied about, then admitted. (video) he had numerous women claim he forced himself on them. Another Geniffer Flowers, acknowledged a multi-year affair with him. Hillary, Bill’s ambitious enabler wife, blamed the revelations of his indiscretions on the “vast right wing conspiracy,” (video) while she gave campaign aides orders to “destroy” his accusers.

In the increasingly steamy environment, bizarreness has emerged. For a new low in political swagger there is the statement released by Bill O’Neill, an Ohio Supreme Court Justice currently a Democrat candidate for governor. O’Neill, responded to the controversy surrounding Al Franken’s behavior with a grotesque recitation of his own sexual past, which he says was complied to “save my opponents some research time.” He revealed he “was sexually intimate with approximately 50 very attractive females” in the last 50 years.

Are all accusers victims? When repeated denials are issued by the accused, those making the claims should be deposed under oath. Not every assertion is valid. Whether or not allegations have been verified, they are now considered compelling enough to ruin lives and careers. Our legal system still operates under the presumption of innocence. The politically motivated charges against Judge Roy Moore should give us all pause.


AZ Teachers want 20% raise — Great. Earn it

October 24, 2017

Good teachers are worth their weight in gold and their pay should reflect that, but facts are part of the equation 

After it was reported that Gov. Doug Ducey gave promotions and accompanying raises to numerous staffers, Arizona’s teachers are now demanding salary increases.

Speaking for the teachers was their Arizona Education Association union boss, Joe Thomas, who said, “Everybody deserves a healthy pay raise and  I think our teachers were counting on that.”  Thomas described  the teachers, whose emotions ran the entire gamut, as “disappointed, angry and outraged,” that their pay bump was only one percent compared to the governor’s staff who received larger increases.

 The pay issue raised some questions. Randomly picking a central Phoenix school district, we downloaded its Aug. 7, beginning and May 23, ending school days for the current 180 day calendar year. There were eleven days that were listed as “Half Day Schedules” and “Early Release Days.” Ten holidays were listed, totaling 29 days. Easter and Christmas have gone by the wayside, replaced by Spring (6 days) and Winter(12 days) Breaks. A 5 day Fall Break is in addition to a 2 day Thanksgiving Break. Teachers Planning Days are half days for students and no teaching is done on state testing days. “Teacher Collaboration Time” factors in as an Early Release Day.

State employees in Arizona have ten holidays off. They work full days and have no time set aside for collaboration with their co-workers. Unlike teachers, they don’t get the summer off. State workers are not members of a union. Employees can be fired at will since they have no guaranteed employment protection as do tenured teachers. State workers have to show they are performing to standard, turning out a quality work product. Teachers’ pay based performance standards should be high achieving students, but such sensible markers are vigorously opposed by the unions.

Without teaching to a specific test, teachers should have student achievement markers tied to salary increases, just like the rest of us.  There is a reason many parents are choosing alternatives to public schools.

And how is it that “underpaid” teachers are able to send dues specifically earmarked to fund mostly liberal politicians?  These are the people who spend more time influencing American students than their parents do. Consider why Leftist Barack Obama and Socialist Bernie Sanders cornered the youth vote.

Open Secrets/The Center for Responsive Politics shows the $ millions the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) lobbying arms give to leftist elected officials. The AFT gave not one thin dime to Republicans.

We’ve all seen the intended to be humorous video clips of students strolling their university campuses, who are unable to answer the most basic questions regarding American history, geography or politics but know the latest celebrity trivia. They are pathetic rather than funny. Yet they spent years in classrooms, graduating with enough on their educational resume to gain admittance to a university.


AZ Republic fixates on pervert’s rehab;Trump’s tax redo? 0

October 12, 2017

Left-wing newspaper disregards conservative president’s tax overhaul

The Arizona Republic has taken a breather from its incessant Trump-bashing to focus on a serial sexual predator. But does anyone really care about the license plate on the van transporting Harvey Weinstein to the Van Nuys airport? Are you concerned about the model of  the private jet he was flying  to a Wickenburg, Arizona rehab for sex addicts, or to whom it was registered? The state’s  newspaper of record seems to think this is newsworthy.

Prestige, power and money — lots of it —  make the unappealing strangely compelling, especially when the aggressive predator was a high dollar honcho in Democrat circles. Open Secrets lists the 185 individual political donations Weinstein has made. His predilections were well-known and ignored by Hollywood elites and the Dem recipients, who didn’t want the money train to stop.

President Trump is dedicating his energies to tax reform, a major issue that resonates with American taxpayers, though it doesn’t have the salacious  aura of Weinstein, an Oscar-winning producer, spending decades hitting on alluring Hollywood stars, on the rise or already there. It took Hillary Clinton, supposedly the great women’s advocate,  nearly a week to denounce her prolific donor’s debauchery.

Ignore the garbage, just as you ignored the recipients of Weinstein’s largesse.

With these words: “Your government is working for you once again, not for the donors, not the special interests, but the hardworking taxpaying citizens of our country” — President Trump outlined his bold plan to lower rates for Americans in every tax bracket, simplify the tax code, and reduce the U.S. corporate tax rate, which is one of the highest in the world. There is no rational argument against keeping more money in the hands of those who earned it.


Amid global chaos NFL continues to disrespect USA

October 1, 2017

As Spanish police shoot rubber bullets and injure over 300* Spaniards, shutting down elections on the government’s banned Catalan separatist referendum, America’s overpaid and under educated NFL players continue to engage in anti-American protests.

Ignorant of history, they stand for “God Save The Queen” while playing in England, but ‘take a knee’ during the playing of our national anthem and offensively disrespect our American flag.

The players’ ongoing  despicable actions have  caused fans who just want to watch football, to abandon the teams they’ve previously cheered, while paying astronomical prices for tickets and memorabilia. American citizens, fans and non-fans alike, have paid  $billions in tax dollars financing ever more grandiose stadium construction nationwide, as reported by The Daily Signal.

Before any more games are scheduled, NFL players should be required to take remedial history courses. They might realize how fortunate they are to live in the liberty-based United States of America, with free elections — rather than be governed by linage-based monarchies, repressive religions or brutal dictatorships.

If the players don’t like it here,  they’re free to go. They might prefer North Korea, Haiti, Afghanistan, Venezuela or any of the impoverished, terror-sponsoring regimes and corrupt nations of the Mideast, Africa, Asia or South America. There’s a wide world from which to choose.

*Reports later today indicate the number of Spaniards wounded in the demonstrations is closer to 750.


Amid gender lunacy, leftist dad screws with kindergartner’s mind

September 21, 2017

Before Olympic gold metal-winning decathlete Bruce Jenner became Caitlyn in the summer of 2015, the term “transgender” was an unfamiliar one. It was boldly introduced with a Vanity Fair magazine cover of a sultry Jenner, the father of four and step-father of four others, in a white, form-fitting swim suit. Dark, shoulder hugging tresses and professionally applied makeup caused Americans to do a double take scanning the magazines in the check out line. The photo was captioned “Call me Caitlyn.” Jenner was 65 at the time.

Over the past couple of years, the words ‘transition’ and ‘gender fluidity’ have been debuted by the LGBTQ community  If that acronym is unfamiliar, count yourself as antiquated.

In the wake of this “awakening,” pronoun police emerged, demanding an end to personal pronouns denoting gender.  ‘He’ and ‘she’ are doomed to extinction, replaced with ‘they’ and ‘them.’ But it gets even more convoluted as the University of Tennessee (Knoxville) Office for Diversity and Inclusion reveals with this chart consisting of an entirely new, unpronounceable,  gender neutral vocabulary.

The issue took off in Target stores, with protests over unisex dressing rooms and restrooms allowing men to use the urinals with girls in plain sight. The stores also eliminated labeling toy and bedding sections as appropriate for girls or boys. An economic boycott ensued and the stock plunged.

“Misgendering,” another  previously unknown word, can be the cause of transgender activists’ outrage as noted in this Phoenix New Times report.

Now we are being introduced to children barely past toddler-hood, whose parents are encouraging them to be “who they are,” boys who want to be girls and vice versa.

The issue has spawned a library of books aimed at “Pre-K”  children, barely out of diapers — titled,Teaching Kids About the Fluidity of Gender and the Importance of Acceptance.”

It’s against this backdrop we read an Arizona Republic article by parent Robert Chevaleau,My transgender daughter was forced to leave her school.”  It begins with the words, “My daughter is lucky” —  and ends with the same four words. He is describing his five-year-old kindergartner, “determined to learn to learn to lace up her own shoes” — who was previously his son.

Supportive and open-minded Dad, in his capacity as president of the Arizona Trans Youth and Parent Organization — AZTYPO — is making the rounds. Here is an article in the Phoenix New Times describing the family dynamics and — to no one’s surprise — his “major disappointment” when Donald Trump was elected.

It’s not much of a surprise that left-lurching politics is the back story to this sad tale.

 


Emmy Awards: Leftwing celebs get it wrong again

September 18, 2017

Mocking Pres. Trump takes center stage

The 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards took place Sunday night hosted by liberal Stephen Colbert, a flawed presidential predictorCelebs, who revel in grabbing the spotlight outdoing one another in the glam department, put their politics before their egos as they donned the same accessories: Rabid, hate-filled tirades aimed at President Trump and blue ‘ACLU Supporter’ ribbons, denoting their activism with the far left organization.  There was also a strong pro-illegal alien theme permeating the self-congratulatory awards ceremony.

Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer even got into the act, making a “surprise” appearance to ridicule Pres. Trump. In a perfect world, this treacherous act should render him unemployable in Republican circles. Spicer, who once wore his flag lapel pin upside down, symbolizing distress, has reportedly turned down an offer to appear on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ with his wife.

If these were the Academy Awards, we’d advise our readers to stop wasting money on overpriced tickets and less than entertaining movies, with increasingly grotesque subject matter. Keeping the overwhelmingly liberal Hollyweird crowd basking in wealth for a career based on reading other people’s words makes no sense.

Since the soiree celebrates television productions, conserve electricity next year by clicking the “off“ button. Treat yourself with a good book. Better yet, talk to someone who matters to you.

The majority of the awards program was filled with venomous tirades directed at Donald Trump, the President of the United States. Ironically, it was televised on Constitution Day. Fortunately for the hate mongers the First Amendment gives them the freedom to engage in immature temper tantrums. The good news is the show’s ratings tanked.

Watch Colbert and his like thinkers getting it wrong here: