Is civilization approaching crisis mode?

October 2, 2022

Seeing Red AZ has occasionally shared a particularly enlightening column we’ve encountered with our readers — posting it under the headline, “Weekend Reading Guaranteed to Make you Smarter.”  Today we upgrade our previous description as we bring you the genius of favored columnist, Victor Davis Hanson, and his most recent commentary titled, “The Thinnest Veneer of Civilization.” Appearing on Townhall, it embodies sheer brilliance. Reading it is sure to raise knowledge levels and possibly our IQs. 

Constitutional Freedom denied to AZ teams owner Robert Sarver

September 24, 2022

The United States is unique among nations in that our constitution guarantees freedom of speech via the First Amendment, which specifically states:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Nowhere do those words, drafted in 1789 — fundamental to the Bill of Rights by James Madison — a Virginia representative who later became the fourth U.S. president, specify that the speech must be agreeable to a specific percentage of the populace. They are guaranteed to the speaker, not to a specific audience.

Yet Arizona native, University of Arizona graduate and philanthropist Robert Sarver, the 18-year majority owner of the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury, previously uttered words currently deemed sexist and racist, initially resulting in a one year suspension by the NBA and a hefty $10 million fine. Now he is being forced to sell the teams, though he has contritely stated, “As a man of faith, I believe in atonement and the path to forgiveness. I expected that the commissioner’s one-year suspension would provide the time for me to focus, make amends and remove my personal controversy from the teams that I, and so many fans, love.”

The speech police have ruled otherwise. Though Sarver is unique in owning major teams, we the hoi polloi, (Greek for “the masses“), have less to lose but can also suffer from not falling in line with the latest edicts of the authoritative language masters. Speaking to work associates about anything other than business is risky these days, giving enhanced meaning to the words, “Silence is golden.” The lesson is, saying nothing is preferable to speaking, which could cost you your job or more. There is no path of redemption.

“Women” erased by newly woke leftists

July 20, 2022

During the confirmation hearing following her nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court by Joe Biden, Ketanji Brown Jackson infamously told Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) that she was unable to define the word “woman.” Americans watched the exchange in disbelief:

“Can you provide a definition for the word ‘woman?’” Sen. Blackburn asked. Jackson replied, “Can I provide a definition? No, I can’t.”

“You can’t?” Blackburn asked incredulously. “Not in this context, I’m not a biologist,” the nominee responded.

That foolish vantage point, with roots in the recently “enlightened” democrat party has gone mainstream. Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary has now jumped onboard the newly politically correct, absurdity train. The dictionary definition of “female” has been changed to appease “trans” activists. Once defined as “adult human female,” the term now has a lengthy definition, including “having a gender identity that is the opposite of male.” Gender identity, or that “vibe,” or “internal feeling” of being a woman has now linguistically and by definition been intertwined with biological sex. Objecting to the change is now a chargeable offense.

Congress under the Biden administration has altered official documents to eliminate the word “mother” and replace it with “birthing parent” bizarrely eliminating women from their biological sex and their unique role in conceiving, carrying a pregnancy to term and giving birth.

On Dec. 30, 2010, SRAZ posted, “Orwell‘s 1984: Alive and well with journalistic word police,” which included a relevant news video, describing the then newly-approved language authorized by the Diversity Committee of the Society of Professional Journalists.

To say, “nothing has changed,” would be the height of foolishness. It has only worsened in the intervening years.

Memo to Fox News: Illegal aliens are not “migrants”

July 11, 2022

The word migrate implies travel, it does not designate an ultimate destination

Fox News launched on October 7, 1996, presenting a unique, conservative alternative to other network programming. As its ratings soared, it soon left the uni-thought organizations in the dust. Its commitment to facts and a conservative perspective provided viewers with an outlook that was abysmally lacking in mainstream political coverage.

Fast forward a couple+ decades and the lines have decidedly blurred as language has intentionally muddled, obscuring facts. This facile switch has happened with such proficiency that we have to remind ourselves that we are the victims of institutionalized trickery.

The standout example is the correct term “illegal alien,” which Fox newscasters, jackbooting in lockstep, have recently replaced with “migrants.” They also have taken to calling leftists “progressives,” as though they are forward thinking rather than demonstrably regressive.

Are Fox newscasters adhering to Biden’s policy implemented in April 2021, which instructed U.S. immigration enforcement agencies to replace the term “illegal alien” (which is used throughout U.S. immigration law) with “undocumented non citizen?”

Hans von Spakovsky, writing for the Heritage Foundation, titled his cogent commentary, “Sorry, but the Accurate Legal Term is ‘Illegal Alien.” The son of two legal immigrants, he is an author and  election law authority appointed by President Donald Trump to the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity in 2017.

AZ Republic’s long awaited apology misses the mark

June 27, 2022

Alluding to cramps more offensive than daily assault of leftwing dishonesty and promoting abortions

The Arizona Republic is a failing relic from another time. It has fallen on hard times and few subscribers remain, due not only to its relentless leftwing bias, but to the fact that day-old news thrown on a driveway has been replaced by instant news, as close as your pocket and providing a wide variety of perspectives rather than the constant drone of a far-left whine. It has even curtailed deliveries to paid subscribers in an effort to keep itself afloat.

Yet Sunday’s edition momentarily provided some hope that the editorial board that veers so far left it is impossible to correct its stance, had seen the light. Tucked away on page 4A was this all caps headlined, NOTE TO READERS:

“The Dilbert cartoon in today’s newspaper contains material that could be offensive to many readers. Unfortunately, our comics section was pre-printed, and we were not able to replace it with another comic strip.  We apologize to readers who find offense.”

For this Dilbert cartoon which mentions “cramps” to be considered offensive, but the daily barrage of leftist insults and month-long same-sex “pride” events rate a pass, exemplifies the insanity that drives the Hillary-endorsing, Trump-despising, out-of-touch with reality, garbage can liner.

Monday’s edition includes a multi-page “report” peddling the lie that abortion has been overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court. In fact, the Supreme Court merely turned the decision back to the individual state legislatures. Reporter Stephanie Innes actually used the words, “Pregnant person’s rights.” Attributing pregnancy to something only women experience is a bridge too far for radicals. And granting “personhood” status to pre-born human infants rates as abhorrent.

Uneducated students protest US Constitution’s 2nd Amendment

June 12, 2022

In a coordinated effort, anti-gun rallies were reportedly held in hundreds of U.S. cities across the nation Saturday. Many were student-led.

The Second Amendment (read the brief highlighted reference to the impact of Heller decision) to our Constitution took a back seat to emotion, as the rallying cry of the group known as “March for Our Lives,“ made restricting gun ownership the focus of their attention.

From its website, under the heading, Our Demands for the Biden-Harris Administration, is this absurdity carrying the price tag of “at least $1 billion in funding”:

“Much like the COVID-19 pandemic, and the HIV pandemic before it, the gun violence epidemic requires a unified, national plan with a public health lens. President Biden must appoint a Director of Gun Violence Prevention and dedicate at least $1 billion in funding to combat gun violence, rebuilding our research and data collection infrastructure while supporting community-based violence intervention programming. March for Our Lives is urging the Biden-Harris Administration to lead the federal response by meeting the following demands…listed under the link in this paragraph.”

The New York Post provides insights into the abysmal lack of American history taught in our public schools as teachers admit they “teach to the test.” What would motive students’ desire to protect our unique Constitutional-based nation, when they are ignorant of what separates us from Socialist and Communist dictatorships?

It is the public school system run by unionist teachersnot the Second Amendment — that desperately needs to be reevaluated.

Following Uvalde massacre, a sane discussion on Second Amendment

May 29, 2022

This crucial warning from retired military officer, trial lawyer and twice weekly senior Townhall columnist Kurt Schlichter, is titled: “If Republicans Collaborate with Dems to Betray Us on the 2A, They Will Lose the Midterms.”

You won’t regret taking time to read this rational commentary. Schlichter’s impressive bio is available here.

State Farm engages in trans indoctrination of 5-year-olds

May 24, 2022

Johnny can’t read, Suzy can’t write, but they’re learning transgenderism

The Washington Examiner titles its must read report, “State Farm donating transgender books for 5-year-olds to schools in Florida,” to which we are directing our readers. To call it shocking is the height of understatement.

Still drinking Starbucks, shopping at Target? You’re funding abortion, LBGT scheme

May 20, 2022

Stores with leftwing political, social agendas undeserving of our business

Today we take our readers directly to two superb and enlightening articles by Family Research Council’s Suzanne Bowdey, titled “Starbucks on Dangerous Grounds with Abortion.“ Target, pushing the LGBT agenda on kids, is no better, as you’ll read in, “Target’s Aisle of Denial.”

These well researched reports and substantiating links are a must read. Please take the time to arm yourself with the shocking facts. As we’ve said before, knowledge is power.

After 234 years of statehood, Mass. panel unanimously ditches ‘non-PC’ state seal, motto

May 19, 2022

Leftist Massachusetts bows at the altar of tribal political correctness, eliminates old emblems, in place since 1896 as “racist”

Except for the anomaly of electing a Republican governor, now serving his second term, (formally addressed as ‘His Excellency‘) who ran on the same “getting stuff done“ mantra as Arizona’s democrat U. S. Sen. Krysten Sinema, the state/commonwealth of Massachusetts is solid blue. Other officeholders, including the Attorney General elected in 2014 and the Secretary of State (in office for 27 years and running for reelection); incredibly face no term limits. Democrats also fill every House and Senate seat in the state legislature, ensuring all the leadership posts are held by the same party.

It is against this backdrop that we bring our readers this headlined report, “Special commission backs new state seal and motto for Massachusetts,” from GBH, a far left, publicly funded, network akin to KAET/PBS.

Massachusetts was the sixth state to ratify the Constitution on February 6, 1788 — 234 years ago. Today The special commission charged with reviewing and possibly revamping Massachusetts’s official state seal and motto officially voted unanimously this week to recommend that both be replaced.

Brian Weeden is co-chairman of the commission and chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe. He is feeling a “racist” sting, as he states, “It’s a reminder of the oppression and the genocide that was caused to the Indigenous people. As we know, here in the commonwealth is where the English and the Pilgrims landed, first on Cape Cod out here in Wampanoag territory, and then further inland to Plymouth, which is also Wampanoag territory.

“After the English got here … a lot of the Indigenous people out here in the Northeast were kind of the guinea pigs. They were able to assimilate us, forced Christianity upon us…”

History, now regarded as transitory, is easily eradicated if it doesn’t march in lockstep with today’s version of politically correct thinking. This fact-filled version of the background of the state seal and motto is interesting reading. It’s newly updated but historically based, rather than agenda-driven.

Will the Bible be next to go? The banishment of Adam and Eve (representing all of humankind) from Eden for disobedience, was the first of many punishments that could be considered overly harsh by the newly empowered PC crowd.