“Reckless cowboys” stand up for free speech

May 6, 2015

First Amendment butts heads with violent Jihadists

In the warped world of the wizards at the Arizona Republic free speech should take a back seat on the politically correct bus. It’s incendiary, donch’a know?  On the other hand, they do purport to be journalists who value the protections granted in the First Amendment. Without a doubt they dance around the subject, weaving such differing opinions into the editorial that it’s not “difficult to imagine” heated debates surrounding the tone the message should take.

The opening words of Tuesday’s editorial which ran under two contradictory headlines in the hard copy and online editions:

“It is difficult to imagine a more provocative, indeed reckless, event: A contest among irreverent cartoonists to see who could draw the best caricature of the Prophet Mohammed.“

The editorial concludes with these words:

“As foolish as it may have been to engage in such an outrageous act of Islamist baiting, we cannot lose sight of the principle that prompted the gathering. The First Amendment does not exist to protect polite speech. It is there to defend obnoxious, even mean-spirited speech with enthusiasm.

The American Freedom Defense Initiative and its artists too willingly put the lives of others in jeopardy. There are better ways to make the point. But when terrorists are quick to kill those with whom they disagree, we’ll stand with the reckless, nose-thumbing First Amendment-riding cowboys.”

The Republic editorialists must be dizzy from spinning.

Andrew C. McCarthy, author and  policy fellow at the National Review Institute, has written a fine analysis in “Islam and Free Speech: Missing the Point in Garland.”

On Monday evening, Robert Spencer, director of Jihad Watch and vice president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, appeared on Fox News’ “The Kelly File,” discussing the jihad attack against the AFDI/Jihad Watch Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest in Garland, Texas.

This morning the New York Daily News reports ISIS terrorists —- dismissed by Barack Obama in 2014 as a “JV Team” —- have declared war on Atlas Shrugs blogger Pamela Geller who helped organize the event. An ominous online message claims ISIS has fighters across America ready to attack “any target we desire.”  They specifically target “Geller and anyone who hides or hosts her.”

Make up your own mind. You can do a much better job than those practiced bob and weavers at the daily. Are Americans supposed to cower in the face of this barbaric insanity?


Baltimore an example of decades of liberal control

April 29, 2015

Law abiding citizens gasp once again as chaos reigns in yet another American city. This time it’s Baltimore, where lawlessness, rioting, looting, arson and the injuring of 15 police officers rolls over into yet another day. It’s a repeat, on larger scale, of the anti-law enforcement mentality that rocked the black majority small town of Ferguson, Missouri in the heat of last August following the police shooting of a black youth. The per capita income of $21,000 is indicative of too little education resulting in too little opportunity. Setting the town on fire and looting stores is strangely regarded as a catharsis.

Now it’s Baltimore. Another death, this time a man in police custody, leads to more rioting, seemingly condoned by those who are supposed to be in charge.  Baltimore’s Democrat  Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said she instructed police officers to allow protestors to express themselves saying, “we also gave those who wished to destroy, space to do that as well.”

These reckless words were spoken as stores were looted and set ablaze, police cars torched and a flaming metal garbage can was hurled toward a line of police officers in riot gear as they tried to push back the violent crowd. Some officers were hit with bricks.

Later the mayor denied ever saying the words that were captured by news cameras. She unashamedly blamed the media for twisting her words and misleading viewers.

The actual misleading message was the one that echoed in the months preceding the 2008 election of Barack Obama. We were told electing the first black U.S. President would be historic. That it would be a balm for race relations.  In fact, they haven’t been worse since the days of the 1965 Watts riots which left 34 dead, more than 1000 injured and caused over $40 million in property damage in the predominately black section of Los Angeles. Over 2,000 National Guardsmen joined the police trying to maintain order on the streets at the time.

According to 2013 Census figures, Baltimore has a 63.3% black population. with 23.8 % living below the poverty level. It’s long been reported that well over half of the high school students in Baltimore City Public Schools are “chronically absent.” The connection is clear.

Race relations in America under Barack Obama have descended to levels most of us never lived through. Rather than healing, he has inflamed. Yet after four years of his failed policies, he was reelected by a stunning 87.4 % of the Baltimore City vote. In nearly 60 years, there have only been only been two Republican governors in the state of Maryland. 

Democrat policies are the root cause of the unrest. Liberalism fosters toxic government dependence. Cronyism, union corruption and the tragically failed schools (video) that follow in their wake, have run amok in Baltimore for over a half-century. 

Fifty-three percent of Americans polled by Bloomberg say race relations have worsened under the man who was supposed to usher in a golden era of “post-racial” relations.

Read Arnold Ahlert‘s “How Obama Poisoned Race Relations in America.” Though written in 2013, it remains relevant.


Tonight’s CAP gala could have tense moments

April 25, 2015

Doug McDucey among featured speakers

The much-anticipated Center for Arizona Policy (CAP) “Reclaiming Hope,” high-dollar soiree at the Arizona Biltmore Resort this evening will be memorable for even more than the keynote address by noted conservative author and commentator Dr. Charles Krauthammer. Also scheduled to address the attendees is Gov. Doug Ducey.

CAP’s president Cathi Herrod endorsed Ducey during his 2014 campaign and extols him on the Center’s website, saying his “priorities are growing the economy, creating jobs, improving outcomes in K-12 education, and balancing the budget. A committed husband and father, Gov. Ducey stands on his pro-life, pro-family values.” 

It’s those last words, “pro-family values,” that could well be giving Herrod a case of buyer’s remorse. Again, from the CAP page advertising the event, are these words: “In 2008, Cathi led the YESforMarriage Coalition that spearheaded the successful passage of Proposition 102 to define marriage in the Arizona Constitution as only the union of one man and one woman.” 

Herrod is a lawyer and successful lobbyist, with many conservative, faith-based, pro-family victories under her belt. But she was dealt an unexpected blow by Ducey earlier this week when he reversed Arizona Department of Child Safety adoption practices that blocked same-sex couples from adopting or providing foster care to children in Arizona.

In his statement Ducey said, “I have made it abundantly clear since day one that my administration is unambiguously and unapologetically pro-adoption. With 17,000 children under the state’s care, we need more adoption in Arizona, not less. That’s why I feel strongly – as I have said many times before – that all loving families should be able to serve as foster parents and adopt. I also have said my administration will follow the law.”

 Ducey added, “Practices have been brought to my attention that do not match those priorities, therefore, I’m instructing the Arizona Department of Child Safety to immediately ensure that all legally married couples in Arizona are able to jointly serve as foster parents and adopt. All children deserve a loving home, and under my watch, I’m committed to making sure government encourages that.”

Ducey also stuck his finger in the eye of another former endorser, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, when he vetoed legislation (HB 2296) supporting Montgomery’s practice of denying free legal aid to same-sex couples seeking to adopt.

Though this fact might have flown under Herrod’s radar, while attending ASU Ducey worked for Hensley & Co., Cindy McCain’s Anheuser-Busch distributorship. His longtime relationship with the McCain’s has obviously influenced his political persona.

This is not the first time Herrod has been disappointed by the cabal with whom she has worked to develop a good relationship. Let’s hope it’s the last. This linked post is from Nov. 2013. 

 


U.S. SC Justices’ bias void impartiality claims

April 22, 2015

Justices Ginsburg, Kagan have taken public stance in favor of same-sex marriage

Should U.S. Supreme Court justices who effectively endorsed same-sex marriage by officiating at such ceremonies be ruling on whether or not the Constitution grants states the right to ban them?

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg performed a same-sex marriage in Washington, D.C., in August 2013. Justice Elena Kagan officiated at a same-sex marriage for her former law clerk and his partner last September. 

Herbert Titus, a nationally recognized constitutional authority, is quoted as saying the two justices must have known at the time that it was almost inevitable for the issue to be put to the Supreme Court, “yet they went ahead and put their official imprimatur on same-sex marriage.” Titus said the likely response from the justices will be that they believe that they can be neutral on the issue of same-sex marriage.

“It tells you an awful lot about the culture,” he continued. “These people are immersed in the homosexual culture to the point they would step out of their role as a justice to officiate in a wedding that would put them in a position of lending their name and prestige to same-sex marriage when they had every good reason to believe the issue would be before the court.”

April 28 is the day the Supreme Court will hear arguments in an appeal from the Sixth Circuit regarding the constitutionality of state constitutional bans on same-sex marriage. A helpful guide intended for fledgling reporters covering the challenges can be read on the SCOTUS blog

The American Family Association (AFA) provides a way for citizens to tell their congressional representatives that both Ginsburg and Kagan need to recuse themselves from the case.

“U.S. Supreme Court Justices Elena Kagan and Ruth Bader Ginsburg should recuse themselves from any cases involving the homosexual marriage issue on the basis that they have conducted same-sex marriage ceremonies,” the campaign letter states.

Joining AFA is the Coalition of African-American Pastors, (CAAP). It has also called upon the justices to recuse themselves, since each has revealed a pro-homosexual bias.

“A Justice of the Supreme Court is called on to avoid the appearance of bias—especially on a highly controversial and sensitive issue that is currently before the Court,” said Rev. William Owens, president and founder of CAAP. “And yet, both Justice Ginsburg and Justice Kagan have taken a public stance in favor of same-sex marriage, even going so far as to officiate at a same-sex wedding.”

“Not only is this a breach of ethics, but it calls into question the integrity of the Court and the supposed balance that the judicial branch is meant to provide in constitutional interpretation. It is beyond objectionable that no action has yet been taken to ensure that the case will be adjudicated fairly. And so it falls to us, the people, to take action. CAAP is launching a petition urging Justices Kagan and Ginsburg remove themselves from decision-making on this issue and prevent a crisis brought on by the taint of a biased judiciary.”


Hinckley roams freely, Chapman denied parole

April 20, 2015

The facts of the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan’s life and the others who were shot on March 30, 1981 can be found on the Encyclopedia Britannica blog. What is startling is that for the past year, under a judge’s order, would-be assassin John Hinckley, the last man to shoot a U.S. President, spends 17 days a month at his 85-year-old mother’s gated Williamsburg resort community home overlooking a golf course.

Court hearings are set to begin this week on whether to further expand Hinckley’s time away from the mental health facility —- possibly permanently. His outings began in 2003 with day visits outside the institution, then local overnight visits. Starting in 2006, Hinckley was allowed three-night trips to Williamsburg, then four, then more. In late 2013, a judge approved the current 17-day stretches. Paul Friedman, Senior District Judge for the District of Columbia said he was persuaded Hinckley was not a danger and that the longer stays might “provide new opportunities for employment and structured community activities.”

How nice.

Hinckley now nearly 60, volunteers, goes to movies, plays guitar, eats in restaurants and drives alone, but only to places where “people will be expecting him.” He must “avoid areas where the president or members of Congress may be visiting.” 

“Avoid?” Is there no stronger admonition?

Prosecutors have consistently opposed Hinckley’s release, arguing he has a history of deceptive behavior and troubling relationships with women. During the last hearings, they cited a July 2011 incident in which he went to a bookstore instead of a movie and then lied about it. The Secret Service, whose agents sporadically tail Hinckley, reported he looked at shelves that contained books about Reagan and his attempted assassination, though he didn’t pick anything up.

“Mr. Hinckley has not shown himself ready to conduct the hard work of transitioning to a new city,” prosecutor Sarah Chasson said in 2011.

Mark David Chapman shot and killed John Lennon in 1980. He was sentenced to 20 years to life. He has been denied parole eight times.  The parole board concluded that releasing Chapman would “deprecate the seriousness of the crime and serve to undermine respect for the law.”

Why couldn’t Judge Friedman, a 1994 Bill Clinton appointee, reach the same conclusion when it comes to John Hinckley?


Education or divisive, anti-American indoctrination in TUSD?

March 7, 2015

Tucson Unified School District and AZ SPI Diane Douglas form odd alliance

The Arizona Daily Independent recently ran this cogent report, “Douglas finds TUSD Ethnic Studies class in compliance.” Posted midweek, it began with this well-turned phrase, acknowledging waning support and unusual alliances:

“Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas found Tucson Unified School District’s Ethnics Studies Culturally Relevant classes to be in compliance of Arizona law. The Superintendent, who is trying to avoid a recall, hastily called a press conference to announce her decision.”

Diane Douglas ran for state Superintendent of Public Instruction and was elected as a grassroots conservative candidate based on her unwavering opposition to the federal mandates under- girding the Common Core curriculum and support for local control of public schools. Now those issues have fallen by the wayside as she works hand-in-glove with TUSD Superintendent Heliodoro Torres “H.T.” Sanchez to implement the anti-American,  La Razaendorsed ethnic-studies programs.

The ADI report concludes:  

“After several missteps, it is widely believed that Superintendent Douglas is making strictly politically motivated decisions to avoid a possible recall effort.”

In January, after barely two weeks in office, Douglas disappointingly exhibited a startling new position on the separatist studies. In a statement released following her initial meeting with Sanchez she indicated she is not, in fact, opposed to ethnic studies. Douglas hit a low note with this conclusion, “It is important to correct the misunderstanding that the Arizona Department of Education is opposed to ethnic studies. If any child educated in Arizona is not exposed to the suffering, trials and triumphs of all ethnic groups who have contributed to our state’s rich cultural mix, then we are failing to teach accurate history.”

Seeing Red AZ has been following the TUSD’s ethnic studies program since 2008. A sampling of the reports can be found following this post, “Diane Douglas disappointingly parses ethnic studies.”

In January 2011 even the leftist AZ Republic editorially lambasted the TUSD’s ethnic studies duplicity as “bogus.”  The editorial rightfully referred to the data used to buttress the claims “repeated constantly by [the program’s] defenders that students perform better academically as a result of taking ethnic studies classes and that they go on to college more often” –— “academically unsupportable.” Further the newspaper states that officials who make such claims “are acting irresponsibly in doing so.” The editorial goes so far as to say the results “appear rigged.”

In the intervening years, the only thing that has changed is we now have an irresolute superintendent fearful of being ousted and eager to make any concessions to avoid that embarrassment.


MLK Day and Roe v. Wade: irrevocably intertwined

January 19, 2015

Our nation observes Martin Luther King Day today with local and national events and a federal holiday marking the civil rights leader’s birthday. Many also prepare to mark the 42nd anniversary of the Supreme Court decision which legalized abortion just days later on Jan. 22. We mention the two in tandem since it’s important to remember the terrible toll abortion has had on black America —- as the leading cause of death.

The statistics on abortions among black women are staggering. Even though African-Americans comprise 12.6 percent of the U.S. population, more than one of every three abortions in the United States is performed on a black woman, accounting for nearly 35 percent. According to “Silent No More: A Major Crisis in the African-American Community,” by Rev. John J. Raphael, SSJ of Howard University in Washington, DC, of an estimated 4,000 abortions performed each day 1,452 black babies are killed daily in abortion mills. 

Overall, baby killing is a lucrative industry. Planned Parenthood’s net revenue totaled $1.21 billion in its organizational fiscal year ending June 30, 2013, with about 45% of that revenue —- $540.6 million —- provided by taxpayer-funded government health service grants. 

This video* is not new, but it is illustrative of the racist Margaret Sanger, who called those she considered inferior, “human weeds.”  Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, targeted poor European immigrants and blacks, placing “birth control” facilities in their inner-city neighborhoods, in an effort to control their numbers.

The devastating impact the 1973 Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade has had on our nation is felt in every community across America.  But today of all days, honoring the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr., it is crucial that we acknowledge the tragic impact of abortion on the community he devoted his life to elevating.

 * H/T American Life League


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