AZ Regents chair gets testy at challenge, hurls personal insults & UPDATE

June 17, 2017

Mark Finchem, a Republican representing Dist. 11 in Tucson doesn’t meet the high standard of dress established by former state legislator Greg Patterson — who has since gone to law school and is now the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) chairman. Patterson oversees the three state universities he previously sucker punched for their imperial excesses.

It no doubt galls Patterson, who is also a CPA, that the less educated Rep. Finchem is a member of the Judiciary and Public Safety Committee and Vice Chair of two other significant committees.

In a private meeting that Patterson secretly recorded,* he laid into Finchem — who along with East Valley Rep. Jill Norgaard (R-Dist. 18) — had the temerity to co-sponsor a bill to rein in the authority of the board that Patterson chairs.

Apparently, she dresses well enough and is suitably degreed to suit Patterson, but her perch as Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Education, gives her a level of prominence that rankles the ‘Top Regent’ who takes his title very seriously. Bully Patterson referred to Rep. Finchem’s western attire as a  “costume that doesn’t work.” He advised Finchem to trim his mustache and buy a suit before abruptly leaving the meeting.

Though Patterson has been a registered lobbyist since 1997, he fails miserably in the area of persuasive techniques.

This news article provides background on the unsavory meeting, and includes disapproving comments of Patterson’s actions from Vice Chair Bill Ridenour, who takes over as chairman July 1. Board of Regents President Eileen Klein, also condemned Patterson’s behavior, saying it was not reflective of how the regents do business. 

The Arizona Board of Regents voted on Jan. 20 to oppose SB 1061, a bill proposing to cap tuition and fee increases at two percent per year at the state’s public universities. The bill was co-sponsored by nine Republican state senators and one Republican state representative and would have significantly restricted the power of the regents and the universities to impose ever escalating tuition and fees on students. Readers have to plow through ten paragraphs of self-congratulatory hogwash to get to ABOR’s opposition to restrictions to rein in student costs. 

Universities do not have market forces and shareholders to enforce spending discipline, so foisting the trickery of “a $1 billion/30-year plan to fund new capital and rebuild aging infrastructure without raising taxes,” sounds reasonable to the elites who won’t be around in 2047 to answer for its ruinous impact.

One burning question remains: Were they dressed appropriately enough to meet Greg Patterson’s exacting standards as they implemented the epic con job?

ABOR Chair Greg Patterson has resigned after hurling an insult-laden spew at state legislator Mark Finchem.

As of his resignation Monday June 19, the pretentious Board of Regents chairman is now officially a goner, though he still had three years on his term. According to this report in the Arizona Republic, he laid off his obtuse insults — which he secretly recorded and then disseminated to shocked regent staffers — on being “overzealous.” He also declared he was in a “caffeine-induced rage.”  If those foolish excuses weren’t enough, he had one more up what we assume was his perfectly starched and ironed sleeve.  He didn’t want to be a “distraction.”

Patterson won’t distract anyone. But as he toils at his lobbyist day job, will he be able to attract clients who don’t want to risk having their grooming insulted?


Vicious Dems tweet vile spew re: ballpark shooting

June 15, 2017

Raw evidence that there’s more that separates Republicans and Democrats than their party platforms:

Caution…You might need a gag bag as you read these depraved thoughts.*

Count on conservative Ann Coulter to get it right, with The ‘Resistance’ Goes Live Fire.

 * H/T The Blaze


US Rep. Steve Scalise shot at congressional baseball practice & UpDate

June 14, 2017

Gunman intended to shoot Republican Congressmen

A would-be assassin opened fire on Republican members of the U.S. Congress during a baseball practice near Washington. DC this morning, wounding several people including  U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, House of Representatives Majority Whip,—  the third-highest ranking member of the House Republican leadership.

Rep. Mel Brooks, who represents Alabama, estimated 50 to 100 shots were fired in the spree that lasted about 10 minutes. Those at the practice were “sitting ducks,” with no place to hide in the open field.

Scalise, 51, represents Louisiana. He was shot in the hip and is undergoing surgery. Five people were transported to local hospitals. Two of the wounded were Capitol Hill police who responded to the scene. Also shot was Zack Barth, a congressional aide to Roger Williams. Williams was injured trying to escape by jumping into the dugout

The attempted assassin, who was shot by Capitol Police, was identified as 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson, of Illinois has died of his injuries. As he entered the Alexandria, Virginia ballpark, he specifically asked if the players were Republicans, since the site was known as a congressional practice field.

“Without the Capitol Hill police it would have been a massacre,” Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)  said, describing the scene as “sort of a killing field.”

SRAZ’s post yesterday titled, Celebration of assassination betrays leftist hypocrisy, deals with an acclaimed New York theatrical production of Julius Caesar, featuring the stabbing assassination of a President Trump look-alike Caesar. 

Recently comedian Kathy Griffin thought it was appropriate to do a routine including a mock,  bloody severed head representing President Trump. When she met with derision she whined at a press conference — accompanied by her lawyer — that she felt her career was over and that Trump “broke” her.

Arizona Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake never let an opportunity pass to disparage President Donald Trump. Civil discourse has taken a back seat to reviling the president. They are just as guilty of stirring up hatred as Kathy Griffin.

It all has to stop. This shooting stands as stark evidence.

This update on the condition of Rep. Steve Scalise is from MedStar Washington Hospital Center:

June 14, 2017, 8:15 pm

“”Congressman Steve Scalise sustained a single rifle shot to the left hip. The bullet travelled across his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs, and causing severe bleeding. He was transported in shock to MedStar Washington Hospital Center, a Level I Trauma Center.  He underwent immediate surgery, and an additional procedure to stop bleeding.  He has received multiple units of blood transfusion. His condition is critical, and he will require additional operations.  We will provide periodic updates.

In other news, Breitbart News reports President and First Lady Melania Trump went to the hospital where he sat at Steve Scalise’s bedside and they spoke with members of his family.


Celebration of assassination betrays leftist hypocrisy

June 13, 2017

Broadway incites presidential assassination, mob cheers

In a bizarre mockery of President Trump passing itself off as a highbrow production of Julius Caesar, the assassination scene is the main impetus. If this is public theater, it has sunken to a new low. Even the reviewer called the production “genuinely frightening.”

We live in dangerous times in an increasingly polarized nation. Donald Trump was elected by a majority of Americans who were demoralized following eight years of far leftist governance by Barack Obama.  Imagine if conservatives controlled the entertainment venues of Broadway, Hollywood and the majority of what comes directly into our homes via television — filled with biased news and vicious deceit passing itself off as comedy.  Obama and his family who were revered by the celebrity clique, would still never be treated in such a repulsive manner.

Some of Julius Caesar sponsors have pulled their funding. They all should have. Presidential assignations are no joke. Four U.S. Presidents have been killed, two others were wounded,  surviving attempts on their lives.

The same elites who consider the stabbing of our president entertainment, celebrating it as a free speech issue, go mysteriously silent when universities — where free speech should flourish — stage raucous protests to repress it when it conflicts with their liberal views. They remain silent when conservative speakers with whom they disagree are shut down or uninvited.

North Korea’s unstable leader is threatening to nuke New York. Terrorism in the United States and Western Europe has reached epic heights resulting in the murders and maiming of ordinary people going about their lives. Instead of pulling together in a united effort to defeat evil, we are increasingly inundated with those who appallingly find it appealing.

Freedom of speech is enshrined in our Constitution. It once had its limits. Schenck v. United States, decided in 1919, is notable for Supreme Court Justice Oliver Holmes writing “the most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man falsely shouting fire in a theater and causing a panic.” It was overturned in 1969 by the infamous Warren Court.


Pres. & Melania Trump’s Saudi trip a solid winner

May 20, 2017

Perfectly attired Melania Trump makes us proud

Gateway Pundit answers the question as to whether First Lady Melania Trump will be donning a headscarf as she joins President Donald Trump in Saudi Arabia, on the first leg of their week-long foreign trip. The schedule also includes stops in Israel, Brussels, Rome and Sicily.

The flawlessly attired Mrs. Trump who arrived in Saudi Arabia in a long sleeved, one piece black, wide-legged pantsuit adorned with a gold belt, represents America with class. Saudi Arabia Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir is quoted as saying, “We welcome any style in clothing.” Al-Jubeir issued his statement to media sources on Thursday. 

President Donald Trump appropriately shook hands as he met the Saudi Royals.  Unlike Obama who swooned at the sight of Muslim royalty, he did not bow. No previous American president has ever assumed a subservient position to other world leaders. Saudi King Salman stepped forward to greet President Trump on the red carpet rolled out for his arrival. The gracious salutation included  dancers, prancing horses and overhead welcoming jets, none of which was accorded Barack Obama.

Saudi Arabia practices one of the world’s strictest interpretations of Islam. Shops close five times daily for prayers. Local women are required to wear floor length robes known as abayas, and a head scarf. However, when asked whether the U.S. First Lady would have to dress accordingly, the Saudi official said the capital city of Riyadh — the Kingdom’s political, financial and administrative hub, “usually doesn’t demand” a specific dress-code, but rather “accepts suggestions.”

Scroll through Daniel Pipes’ Hijabs on Western Public Women to see photos of former First Lady, Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton donning a hijab or headscarf — required attire of repressed Muslim women. Her daughter Chelsea also wore the garment, as did former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, NBC anchor Ann Curry followed suit. ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer did so while conducting an interview with oppressive dictator and Holocaust denier Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Speaker of the U.S. House of Representative Nancy Pelosi also scarfed up. George W. Bush’s wife Laura is pictured wearing a hijab while visiting Saudi Arabia. Obama’s U.S. Attorney General, Iranian-born Valerie Jarrett, is shown in the same garb.

Other female foreign dignitaries, celebrities, and members of various royal families are shown in headscarves. Former First Lady, Michelle Obama’s is fringed.

Democrat female politicos are skilled at giving lip service to “women’s causes” and denouncing “repression.” First Lady Melania Trump’s voice will be unambiguous through her grace and actions.


Best wishes for a happy Mother’s Day — 2017

May 14, 2017

American-born impressionist Mary Cassatt (1844 – 1926) specialized in paintings depicting mothers and children. Our selection for this Mother’s Day is “Sleepy Baby,” a pastel completed in 1910. It is on display in the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas.


“Mom, Dad…about those slaves you owned…..”

April 22, 2017

Universities foster and elevate victimhood

In today’s zany world, it had to happen. Intending-to-produce-“snowflake“-guilt courses such as the Problem of Whiteness within the African Cultural Studies program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and White Privilege along with courses in Black Lives Matter. As colleges offer monetary scholarship inducements at Sam Houston State University in Texas lunacy has reached its zenith.

Now we read that Students at Western Kentucky University voted in favor of a resolution seeking to provide free tuition to black students as reparations for slavery. The Student Government Association passed this resolution Wednesday by a vote of 19-10, according to this report in the Lexington Herald-Leader. Their parents and other Kentucky taxpayers will be footing the bill for what the coddled students regard as free.

The Civil War ended over a hundred and fifty years ago. President Abraham Lincoln, a Republican, halted slavery with the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. Today, any American with a determination to succeed can work, study, achieve and aided by a wide variety of academic scholarships, complete their education. 

Yet people out-hustle themselves to claim greater victim status. There are countless books on the topic, detailing every conceivable affront.  The very concept of victimization now carries with it an odd measure of prestige. Academia has fostered a nation of victims who revel in their new-found status and exhibit an ambivalence about growing up.

Writing for PJ Media, David Solway’s snowflake” description is as good as they come:

“Anyone who has followed academic issues since the anti-intellectual 1960s knows that the university is in serious trouble, catering to a professoriate that has bought into the travesty of “social justice” a coercive ideology obsessed with “victim groups.”

The university’s ancestral mission of pursuing truth has been replaced by a species of social engineering and leftist indoctrination. At the same time, it views its mandate as establishing a “safe space” for a student clientele that spends far too much of its time and energy “wringing its hands over pronouns, gluten and microaggressions” (link to Jon Brown at American Thinker) rather than devoting itself to the rigors of study and the acquisition of honest merit. These impoverished souls have come to be known as “snowflakes,” justifiably.”

The victim mentality is a cultural phenomena that looks to blame others for perceived shortcomings. For too many, the long acclaimed sense of personal responsibility has given way to desiring a mantle of inevitable weakness.  Universities stand as a testament to that foolish philosophy.

Recently the students at Notre Dame University protested Vice President Pence, a former Indiana governor and native son, as their commencement speaker, saying his appearance on campus “made them feel unsafe.”

Conservative Ann Coulter has been disinvited to speak at left-wing Berkeley University, where repression of First Amendment freedoms take center stage.

Here are but a few of our recent posts under the heading “academia”

April 17, 2017: Clemson Univ. teaches expecting promptness is racist.

April 10, 2017: Skewed news & rethinking the desirability of a college education

April 1, 2017: NAU educrat docks student’s grade for use of “Mankind”

Dec. 24, 2016: Tucker Carlson eviscerates overindulged, liberal college student