Gun owners, NRA remain resolute in face of misaimed backlash

February 26, 2018

Amid all of the negativity illogically lodged against the NRA in the wake of the horrific Florida school shooting, another Crossroads of the West gun show took place at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in Phoenix Saturday and Sunday. The vast area was packed with dealers and overflowing with purchasers, including many families, with children in tow, who understand the importance of our Second Amendment rights enshrined in the U.S. Constitution by our nation’s Founders.

The shooting, perpetrated by a mentally deranged former student, highlights the need for follow-up on obvious concerns since deputies had been called to the family home of Nikolas Cruz 23 times. The FBI was alerted to him months earlier. His Internet postings showing him posing with an AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle and boasting about plans to shoot up a school, should have raised red flags about the threat he posed. The recently expelled 19-year-old, who began introducing himself as a “school shooter,” has been charged with 17 counts of murder perpetrated against classmates on Valentine’s Day. Despite repeated warnings, authorities took no decisive action. When the volley of gunshots sounded from within the school, the armed resource officer chose not  to enter the building.

Though years of warnings were ignored, backlash has irrationally focused against the National Rifle Association. The NRA is a pro-Second Amendment organization that protects the rights of Americans to defend themselves.

Under political pressure from the hard left, some corporations that have long offered discounts and benefits to NRA members have begun peeling away, though many remain in effect. This is the complete statement on corporate partnerships offered by the organization, which includes these words:

“……some corporations have decided to punish NRA membership in a shameful display of political and civic cowardice.  In time, these brands will be replaced by others who recognize that patriotism and determined commitment to Constitutional freedoms are characteristics of a marketplace they very much want to serve.

Let it be absolutely clear. The loss of a discount will neither scare nor distract one single NRA member from our mission to stand and defend the individual freedoms that have always made America the greatest nation in the world.”

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Traumatized teens marching against guns target wrong culprit

February 20, 2018

Blame and threaten Pres. Trump, NRA rather than gun free zones

Statistics point to the fact that it is guns in the hands of the wrong people — psychotic shooters in gun free zones — who are the actual culprits.

This National Review article,A Look at the Facts on Gun-Free Zones,” was published over two years ago, prior to the carnage perpetrated by an expelled student charged with  killing at least 17 classmates and wounding more than a dozen others at his former high school in Parkland, Florida. The LA Times provides an overview of the shooter.

The nation’s sympathies are with the survivors of the horrific bloodbath and the families of those who were mowed down by the manic assailant, who mysteriously slipped through the hands of law enforcement, though the FBI was pre-warned about him in January. Students, encouraged by anti-Second Amendment activists, have called on their peers around the country to demand action. The National School Walkout on March 14 and the March for Our Lives on March 24 are scheduled. With no understanding of the Second Amendment, they are calling for its repeal as they blame the NRA and President Trump for the actions of a former classmate many described as odd and troubled. That would be analogous to banning cars for highway deaths or bread knives for fatal stabbings.

“We’re marching because it’s not just schools. It’s movie theaters, it’s concerts, it’s nightclubs,” student Alex Wind when appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“This kind of stuff can’t just happen. You know, we are marching for our lives, we’re marching for the 17 lives we lost. And we’re marching for our children’s lives and our children’s children and their children.”

“These people who are being funded by the NRA are not going to be allowed to remain in office when midterm elections roll around,” student Emma Gonzalez declared. “They’re going to be voted out of office. Incumbency rates are going to drop.”

Mute when 14 mass shootings occurred during Barack Obama‘s presidency, they obviously have been well coached to blame President Trump. Student David Hogg, called the president “disgusting” for questioning a lack of action by Democrats when they controlled both houses of Congress and the White House.

Ignoring Obama, whose gun-controlled hometown of Chicago rivals a battlefield, Hogg stated, “You are in that exact position right now, and you want to look back on our history and blame the Democrats? That’s disgusting, You’re the President. You’re supposed to bring this nation together, not divide us. How dare you!  Children are dying, and their blood is on your hands because of that. Please take action. Stop going on vacation in Mar-a-Lago. Take action. Work with Congress.”

What they don’t understand is that “gun free zones” are tantamount to issuing an invitation to would-be assassins, alerting them to the fact that there’s no security.

There is no question that our culture has made violence an entertainment staple for decades, from violence in cartoons watched by toddlers to video games favored by preteens and their older siblings, willingly purchased by their obliging parents who slough off the mind numbing effects. Movies and song lyrics contribute to desensitization to violence.

The Second Amendment was placed immediately after the First enshrining freedom of speech for a reason. Our Founders regarded gun ownership as that important.  Not only for hunting, but to provide a means of defense against an over-zealous government.

Weekend reading guaranteed to make you smarter

February 11, 2018

Today we introduce you to Cheryl Chumley, the online opinion editor for The Washington Times, who has written about the novel approach Macy’s department stores are taking in an effort to boost sagging sales. The former retail giant has been closing stores around the United States.

Chumley writes, “Macy’s recently launched a clothing line for Muslim women, including a collection of hijabs, the scarf-like head coverings used as a show of modesty around men.”

That action has bizarrely won the approval of the National Organization for Women (NOW), a hard left feminist group — despite the fact that Islam tramples women’s rights and forcefully represses any notions of gender equality.  Read the facts, substantiated with excerpts from the Quran.

Take a minute to read Chumley’s excellent commentary 

Why higher Ed produces brainwashed liberals

February 10, 2018

American parents want to ensure a solid future for their kids and a degree from a prestigious college is seen as the key component to prosperity.

But consider what the university setting inspires in a field where a majority of professors identify as liberal. A request to grant extra credit to students who attend an upcoming guest lecture by Fox News commentator Katie Pavlich at Kennesaw State University on the subject of “Fake News” and liberal media bias has drawn the ire of one professor.

In an email exchange with the event’s student organizer, Business Law and Ethics Professor Neil Wilkinson agreed to give his 225 students extra credit if they attend, — in accordance with school policy — but also encouraged them to go after Pavlich like a “mad dog in a meat store.”

The event, slated for March 7, is hosted by Young Americans for Freedom and aims to “celebrate women’s month by hearing from speaker Katie Pavlich as she discusses the ways in which media is being used as leftist propaganda,” This is taboo subject, and one worthy of inciting violence against Pavlich.

This survey is dated by four years. Given increasing campus trend towards liberalism, chances are today’s numbers are even more skewed to the left. In 1990, according to survey data by the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) at UCLA, 42 percent of professors identified as “liberal” or “far-left.” By 2014, that number had jumped to 60 percent.  In colleges across the country, far-left professors now dominate disciplines such as English literature, sociology, and history. Few have anything positive to say about capitalism, the Constitution or the United States in general.

This could explain why college age Americans supported Socialist Bernie Sanders for U.S. President even though he was old enough to be their grandfathers and with whom they had little in common, though the lure of free tuition was irresistible.  It’s impossible tot be motivated to cherish, protect or defend a nation in which its citizens are steeped in moral relativism and  there is an appalling lack of understanding of America’s superior system of liberty and freedom based governance.

In a 2016 poll conducted by Harvard, 51 percent of Americans between 18 and 29 rejected capitalism, and a third said they supported socialism, a system based in Marxism, which older Americans understand is destructive to individual rights.  A Pew poll in 2011 showed that the same age bracket had more positive views of socialism than capitalism. Young people who are taught the USA is a flawed nation and believe, as Barack Obama does, in the failed policies of redistributing wealth will eagerly toss our freedoms to the wind and have no desire to protect the rights contained in our founding documents.

Barry Bluestone, a Northeastern University professor was caught on tape telling his students he “wouldn’t mind seeing President Trump dead.” If he had said that about Obama, he’d be charged with inciting  murder. The double standard is indefensible, but the lack of education in America’s educational institutions is far worse.

MLK Day icon Calvin Goode isn’t so iconic

January 16, 2018

Double standard exists: Calvin Goode made a mockery of MLK’s words when attempting to defeat a “white” woman based solely on her race

Reporting on Martin Luther King Day observances, the Arizona Republic gave front page coverage to notable black community activists and the winner of the Calvin C. Goode Lifetime Achievement Award.

What is omitted in the coverage is Goode’s own not so subtle bigotry. As we noted back in 2013, Goode threw the inspirationalI have a Dream” sentiments of Martin Luther King to the wind as he vigorously opposed a fellow Democrat woman running for a city council seat based solely on….her race. Take a couple of minutes to read Calvin Goode: Former councilman proposes racial gerrymandering, which includes his confounding letter to the newspaper’s editor explaining why “white” Kate Gallego should not be elected to the District 8 Council seat.

 Goode, who served on the Phoenix City Council for over two decades, elected by people of all races, shamefully opposed Kate Gallego not on the content of her character, but on the color of her skin — turning Martin Luther King‘s words on their ear. Regardless of Goode’s embarrassing protestations against her, she was elected. As an update, we note that in the intervening years her marriage to Ruben Gallego abruptly ended before the birth of their child.  Ruben Gallego is now the far-left, Trump-bashing congressman representing AZ CD 7.

This post, Council candidate Kate Gallego subject of incendiary race baiting, relates the vicious verbal abuse aimed her way by disreputable anti-white bigot Jarrett Maupin, II, a one-time Al Sharpton protégé. It exposes the appalling silence of the duplicitous Arizona Republic when she was called “white sham candidate in brown face,” “an interloping political puppet,” (albeit with a degree from Harvard and an MBA from the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania) and “a white political patsy.”  He also referred to her as “a power-hungry white…who not is openly campaigning as white. Liberal Kate Gallego apparently has learned nothing from the racial political grinder she was put through. She is now a declared candidate for Mayor of Phoenix, and an open apologist for illegals, who she says, “benefit our city” by making it more “diverse.”

As we stated in 2013, “Seeing Red AZ is a politically conservative site, not in the business of giving aid and comfort to leftist Dems such as Kate Gallego.  However, the vicious assaults on this woman are reprehensible, and standing by in silence would be condoning this despicable behavior. We would be remiss not acknowledging that fact, regardless of race or party affiliation.”

Prejudice can flow in both directions and is equally abhorrent regardless of its origins. Oddly, the newspaper refuses to acknowledge this truth. And deserving recipients are gifted with a Lifetime Achievement Award named in honor of bigoted Calvin Goode. 

List of 2017’s most annoying words & phrases released

December 30, 2017

Marist College notes “Whatever” loses ground but still ranks

The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion recently released its annual list of most annoying words or phrases used in casual conversation.

In the opinion of SRAZ, 2017 was a bonus year in terms of inanities. A few of our favorite misuses of the English language and general dopey words and phrases are listed below. We invite our readers to add their personal (un)favorites to our list.  Make it a fun Saturday.  Oops, there we go. Fun is a noun not an adjective. Or is it?

Topping our list is the now ubiquitous, touchy-feely “reached out,“ replacing contacted, called or asked. It has become a staple in news reports written by ASU Cronkite Journalism School student reporters now toiling for the Arizona Republic as its staff continues to dwindle through more layoffs. Example: “The investigator reached out” to (the crime victim}. 

Speaking of crimes, how does one “go missing”? What happened to “disappeared”? Go or went missing sounds as if a missing person had a plan, compete with a map, when in fact they may have been kidnapped or otherwise a victim of criminal activity — all too often the case. Go missing falls into the same new English language learner category as, “Throw Mama from the train, a kiss.”

Another strange word usage is the word “so,” now frequently used in beginning a response to a question. As an example, “How did you meet you wife?” is answered with, “So, we were sitting across from each other in Starbucks.”  What was your first job might well be answered with, “So, I worked behind the counter at McDonalds.”

Another routine bungling of language is the misuse of the pronoun “myself” when the speaker intends to say me and isn’t sure whether the correct usage is “me” or “I.”  Myself is always reflective on the speaker, as in “I went to the store by myself.”  “Myself” didn’t go to the store.

“Contact Joe or myself,” is wrong. “Contact Joe or me” is correct.

Overly descriptive teen favorites “amazing” and “awesome,” now co-opted by their parents and grandparents head the dopey list. The response to, “I’ll see you at noon,” is “awesome!” Suddenly, most grandparents have “amazing” grandchildren. What the dimpled darlings do to amaze is up to dispute. Remember when kids were simply cute or said thedarndest things“?

Give us your best shot adding to the Marist list. This could be funner than you thought.


Pollster Gallup gallops away from reality

December 29, 2017

Liberals and AZ RINO dominate “most admired” list

Impartiality in conducting reliable surveys should be paramount for pollsters. Lacking that qualifier, poll results would merely be a reflection of their own opinion or how they’d prefer to shape public opinion, and be considered worthless. With those considerations as key factors, Gallup’s latest findings stretch credibility beyond reasonable limits.

This recent survey listing Arizona’s Senior Senator (ASS) John McCain in a 3-way tie as fourth most admired man in the world is preposterous on its face. His untrustworthiness is legend. He even coined the term “Maverick” to describe his propensity to defiantly run afoul of the Republican Party under whose banner he’s campaigned for decades. He has colluded with out-of-state Obama donors to oust Republican elected precinct committeemen from the party ranks after he was overwhelmingly censured at the GOP statutory statewide and Maricopa County meetings for a lengthy list of transgressions. Committeemen are the unpaid backbone of the party apparatus, doing the heavy lifting when campaign season rolls around. McCain is known as crude and deceitful. Now suffering from brain cancer, with any need to appear conciliatory gone, he acts in an even more outrageously provocative manner. 

How ASS could be tied with respected evangelist Billy Graham defies logic.

Number One on the list of most admired is Barack Obama — who edged out President Donald Trump by three points — and Marxist Pope Francis in the top three slots. That the six-way tie for number five includes Socialist Bernie Sanders, the utter absurdity of this poll is apparent.

 Topping the list of most admired women — all Democrats — are scandal-plagued Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Elizabeth Warren who deceptively claimed American Indian heritage during her Massachusetts senatorial campaign, earning her the sarcastic nickname “Pocahontas.”

Beyonce Knowles is admired, by those polled, but why? Beyonce has stated that she is personally inspired by Michelle Obama, saying “She proves you can do it all” and she has described Oprah Winfrey as “the definition of inspiration and a strong woman.” She was a stalwart supporter of Hillary Clinton, appearing onstage in a “I’m with her” tee shirt and took part in a celebrity fundraiser. She and her rapper husband Jay-Z raised $4 million for Obama and she sang at both of his inaugurations. 

Also on the list is German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has allowed unrestricted Muslim immigration to irretrievably alter that nation’s culture and heritage.

George Gallup who founded the polling organization in 1935, must be rolling in his grave.

Though the findings are supposedly reflective of a “worldwide” poll, Gallup’s own methodology describes ”results for this poll are based on telephone interviews conducted December 4-11, 2017 with a random sample of –1,049— adults, ages 18+, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.”

In polling parlance, that must qualify as a “worldwide” sampling.  Those with a grade school level of geography know better.