Calif. redefined crime, residents continue to suffer effects

October 14, 2021

Repercussions of non-enforcement of criminality are devastating as repeat offenders, aware there are no consequences for their actions continue their crime sprees

With California’s passage of Proposition 47 in 2014 the theft of less than $950 in merchandise is treated as a nonviolent, non-punishable misdemeanor under state law. This crime can be continually repeated. Ludicrously sold to the voters as the ‘Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act,’ it was ostensibly to divert money from incarceration of criminals to enhancing public schools, which have instead transmogrified into bastions of leftism and Critical Race Theory.

The consequences are even worse than anticipated by law-abiding residents. Not only are customers forced to pay more to make up for the losses, but stores that are unable to remain viable while routinely sustaining thousands of dollars in theft, are closing.

The only winners are the criminals.

Under the proposition’s lax standards, DNA samples are no longer collected from misdemeanor offenders, leading to a constricted DNA database, making it more difficult for law enforcement agencies to solve cold cases, including those involving rape and murder. This was the Prop.47 overview as released by the Legislative Analyst’s Office.

As would be expected, the referendum had the support of the California democrat party, the teacher’s unions, and the American Civil Liberties Union, which donated $3.5 million to support it. Ill-informed state voters passed it into law. Leftists don’t believe punishment deters crime, though the facts indicate exactly the opposite is the case. Today the objects of compassion are the criminal perpetrators, not the victims of their lawless aggression. Proposition 47 passed by 59.6% to 40.4%.

In 1866 Dostoevsky wrote his classic novel “Crime and Punishment” that remained required reading for many of us, when such a quaint concept existed. Despite rising criminality, punishment is passé.


Disney’s left turn has economic consequences

September 26, 2021

Earlier this year SRAZ posted, “Disney becomes “inclusive,” drops customary greeting.” It detailed the origins of Walt Disney’s vision, his patriotism and family values that the Disney name came to represent, and concluded with the corporation’s fall to the diversity and LGBQT agenda. Now the corporation has a Diversity Dashboard that outlines its hiring practices that only takes ethnicity, a genetic component over which none of us has any control, into account.

No longer are the theme parks simply a family friendly destination, but are now expensive indoctrination centers. Ticket prices for two days are listed as “from” (meaning upward of) $118 /day per person. For a family with 3 children, that translates to an unaffordable base price for many families — excluding food, hotel and parking.

Disney recently announced it will close at least 60 Disney stores in North America this year. Although the announcement attributed the massive closures to an increase in online shopping, there are many families that are protesting the leftward bent of Disney Company and refuse to support the social agenda that does not represent their values.

We do have a voice.


AZ Republic’s latest farce: “People experiencing homelessness”

August 19, 2021

Phoenix police are characterized as bullies

It’s ironic that the Arizona Republic newspaper which knows first hand about homelessness,* would employ a reporter who focuses solely on homelessness. Jessica Boehm’s job title is, “Homelessness and Housing Insecurity Reporter.”

Her recent article is headlined, “Homeless people say police throw away their belongings.” The three-pager, denigrating police officers, comes complete with three photos. It also gave three words a workout. Homeless people are never described as such. There is a new definition which Boehm uses repeatedly: “People experiencing homelessness.” The attempt is to indicate this is a temporary situation.  For many it is not. In fact, those encamped in tents on vacant city lots habitually refuse to go to shelters which provide beds, toilets, showers, meals and recovery services. Arizona has dozens of them.

What Jessica Boehm conveniently omits is that many of the street people are drug addicts and alcoholics. They don’t want to conform to regulations imposed by the shelters such as segregating men and women.

In many cases, their own families spent years trying to assist the “people experiencing homelessness,” until they could take no more.

Coddling vagrants never works. San Francisco’s homeless problem, exacerbated under democrat Mayor London Breed — who has paid fines for ethics violations while in office — has driven away its once vibrant tourist industry that made it a destination for sightseers, theatergoers, diners and shoppers. Now hotels, stores and fine restaurants have closed due to street bums camping out on downtown sidewalks, accompanied by piles of feces, hypodermic needles and rats. Breed did have time to implement an “Office of equity for transgender and gender nonconforming people.”  The sanctuary city of San Francisco also declared the NRA a domestic terrorist organization.

Jessica Boehm should take a trip to what was once described in song as the “golden city by the bay,” to see the results of what she views so warmly.

* Homeless Vagrant on Borrowed Time


Leftist AZ newspaper surprisingly vilifies black, dem, female police chief

August 16, 2021

There’s no doubt Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams is in hot water. Though she ticked off all of the politically correct boxes of being the first female to hold that office, in addition to the bonus of being black, Williams is now surprisingly on the receiving end of the local newspaper’s wrath. She was recently suspended for a day, and is facing calls to resign relating to the Phoenix Police Department’s response to the BLM mobs that stormed Phoenix last year that the left portrays as evidence of “system racism.”  Spineless Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel, dropped charges against the criminal mobs ridiculously portrayed as “protesters.”

Jeri Williams is not a political novice. In 2016, Pres. Obama appointed her as a member of the Medal of Valor Review Board. Her husband, Cody, was a Phoenix City Councilman. Although council members, like the mayor, run under the “non-partisan” subterfuge, a fact made all too clear when he was inducted into ‘Arizona’s Democrat Party Hall of Fame.’ In 2007, he was appointed to fill a vacant position as South Mountain Justice of the Peace, a position he has since run for, and to which he has been reelected.

When Jeri Williams was appointed police chief in October 2016, she all but walked on water, though not the first minority to serve as chief. Ruben Ortega held that post from 1980 to 1991. He was followed by Daniel Garcia who led the department from 2012 to 2015.

Highly acclaimed Doeg Nelson, Arizona’s top ranking black police officer, who rose through the ranks to assistant chief, was exceptionally well qualified and widely expected to be the next chief in 1980 before being ambushed by Ortega supporters within the office. They invited Nelson for a celebratory drink after their shift, and then arranged to have him pulled over after leaving, which left Ortega unchallenged.

Ortega’s arrogance along with his chastisement by a Maricopa County Superior Court judge were exposed in this 1991 Phoenix New Times report titled, “The Rise and Gall of Ruben Ortega.”

SRAZ has previously covered Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams:

Nov. 6, 2021: Biden’s US AG Merrick Garland launches probe into Phx Police

Nov. 5, 2019:  Phoenix police chief prioritizes firing officers

July 14, 2019: How did police become the enemy?


AZ TV-3 puts wokeness on display with “products of conception”

August 13, 2021

Although Phoenix’ TV 3 News goes by the warm identifier, “Arizona’s Family,” it appears to have forgotten what the term “family” signifies.

A recent news report carried this bizarre headline: “Police find products of conception in Mesa park.”

“Products of conception”? No doubt they are referring to a life that was snuffed out. A pre-born human baby. The report noted that “officers responded to Ranch West Park for a report of an unknown presence in a bag in the park. When officers arrived on the scene, they found tissues that developed from a pregnancy.”

Tissues that developed from a pregnancy?  See them here in the first weeks. A baby’s heartbeat can be detected as early as 16 days after conception, before a mother even realizes she is pregnant.

The casual disregard for the sanctity of human life was launched by the notorious Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court 7-2 decision, which inexplicably found the previously unheard of “right to privacy” in the U.S. Constitution. Prior to his appointment to the court, Justice William Rehnquist practiced law in Phoenix. He was later appointed Chief Justice by Pres. Ronald Reagan and confirmed by this 65-33 vote). On Jan. 22, 1973, Justice Rehnquist wrote the dissenting opinion in the ruling legalizing abortion. He was joined by Justice Byron White. The rest of the nine men supported pre-birth infanticide.

The language of  “Wokespeak” is defined here by Prof. Victor Davis Hanson, Ph.D, who makes us all smarter…though few of us will ever attain the pinnacle upon which he stands. It should be required reading for the folks at the local news station who so facilely manipulate the English language.


Disney becomes “inclusive,” drops customary greeting

July 3, 2021

Walt Disney, an American icon who created magic and promoted values through his movies and theme parks was a patriot who renounced the democrat party and became a Republican in 1940. He was a generous donor to GOP candidates. Disney was a founding member of the ‘Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals,’ an organization which stated they “believed in, and like, the American Way of Life — we find ourselves in sharp revolt against a rising tide of Communism, Fascism and kindred beliefs, that seek by subversive means to undermine and change this way of life.”

Given his conservative background, Disney would likely be rolling in his grave if he knew the turn his theme parks are taking, embracing not a wholesome haven for families, but celebrating what is now deceptively sold as “diversity.”

Disney Park’s automated announcements, which play before all performances, have surrendered to the newly empowered LBGQT clamoring chorus and changed the traditional greeting, “Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls.” Now they began with, “Good evening, dreamers of all ages.”

“Inclusion is essential to our culture and leads us forward as we continue to realize our rich legacy of engaging storytelling, exceptional service, and Disney magic,” Josh D’Amaro, chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, recently enthused on the company’s website.  D’Amaro, whose personal life is shrouded in mystery, with only his work and education history highlighted, has a vision for Disney that would have earned him a final paycheck and an escort to his car if the company’s namesake were still at the helm of the world-wide company.

Spend your money elsewhere. Exposing children to this agenda regardless of how it is cloaked, might appear subtle, but it is now so ubiquitous that even subtleties are readily absorbed.


Biden, dems, impose fed. power over local zoning laws

June 29, 2021

Comply or lose gov’t funding…our own money…as voter demographics are altered

Many Americans choose to live in the suburbs and endure the longer drive to the city center where their jobs are often located. It’s a trade-off they opt to make. They want the openness of suburbia, a yard, maybe a pool; a place where their kids can walk safely to a neighborhood school, and a nearby park. Their grandparents, frequently immigrants or a generation or two away, often lived in big cities, dense with low-rent, high-rise apartments and tough neighborhoods.

Their educated and upwardly mobile descendants were able to use their earned resources to relocate. Being Americans gives us the freedom to decide where we live.  Or so we thought.

It turns out democrats have other plans in mind.

When President Donald Trump warned about the democrats’ plan to “abolish” suburbs by infusing low income, high density housing into established neighborhoods during a Phoenix rally, he was falsely accused of “race baiting.” National Review’s Stanley Kurtz wrote “Biden and Dems Are Set to Abolish the Suburbs,” verifying what many attendees remember.

Luke Rosiak writing for The Daily Wire has written an investigative report titled, “Stealth Goal Of Infrastructure Plan Could Be To Abolish The Suburbs By Bribing Towns To Change Zoning Laws,” that is sure to leave you wondering what’s going on.

The answer is power-hungry democrats now dominate Washington, D.C.

These reports are not something you should read. As a freedom loving citizen, they are something you must read. There is a method to what appears to be leftist madness. Infusions of democrats into GOP suburbs will unalterably change voting demographics. That’s plain to see with the democrat courting of illegal aliens.

The Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, which Kurtz refers to as “radical,” was conceptualized during the Obama administration and carrying an effective date of July 31, 2021, requires local governments that receive federal funding to study racial bias in their housing patterns and develop plans to address it.

It’s a grotesque transmogrification of title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, 42 U.S.C. 3601-3619.

Get politically involved. Silence is acquiescence. Begin with your city council and state legislators. Time is short.


Diversity, inclusion go off the rails at MC Attorney’s Office

June 22, 2021

Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel has new mission

In an office whose duty is prosecution of criminals, Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel has, instead, hopped onboard the inclusivity and diversity bandwagon, signing a “unity pledge.”

Recently, the appointed county attorney bizarrely dismissed the charges against the anti-police rioters marauding in downtown Phoenix, issuing this statement:

“It is the decision of this office that it is in the interests of justice to not proceed.”  She concluded her statement with these words: “I believe that just because we can legally pursue charges does not always mean that we should. It is not an easy decision to step away from a case when we believe crimes were committed, but in this case, it is the right thing to do.”

This absurd action emboldening criminality is why she needs to be challenged by someone who understands the difference between a social worker mentality and doing the job of prosecuting criminals and keeping the county safe for law abiding residents. 

Instead there is a new focus. An interoffice email from the MCAO Diversity Committee lavished praise on President Biden for making history by signing a law recognizing Juneteenth as a federal holiday. 

“Hello MCAO Community, the DEI Committee is going to start sending out a “Spotlight on Diversity” email at the beginning of each month.  Starting with July, we will spotlight an MCAO employee, sharing the diversity and value they bring to our office.  If you or someone you know would be a great spotlight, please let us know!”

The email also noted that “June is Pride month, celebrating the LGBTQ+ community, giving its history along with this “Fun fact”: A few years ago, organizers decided it is too hot in Phoenix to have a June parade and festival.  Phoenix Pride parade and festival now happens in early November.”

Included in the email was a list of Inclusion tips:

– Get familiar with the LBGTQ+ spectrum

– Learn terminology

– Use inclusive language in communication (instead of Ladies and Gentlemen, try folks, friends, community members)

– Participate in local events and groups (consider joining the LGBTQ+ ERG as an ally)

– Respect people’s pronouns and names

The tagline on the lengthy memo, announcing monthly messages on this topic, states: “Diversity in itself does not create inclusion — an inclusive environment must be intentionally designed, nurtured, and supported.”

Allister Adel’s selection by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors following the resignation of former Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery when he was appointed to the Arizona Supreme Court was greeted with fanfare proclaiming her as the first female to head the prosecutor’s office. 

She should not have been identified by her plumbing, but by her leftward bent.


Did you know you’re a big donor to Gay Pride Month?

June 12, 2021

Newsweek magazine, which became an on-line only edition in 2012 as ad revenues fell, devotes its E-edition to celebrating LGBT/Gay Pride and lists 50+ brands and companies that are onboard “celebrating inclusion, equality and love for LGBT Pride month.”

The compilation begins with a warning:

“But just because you see a rainbow shirt in the window, doesn’t mean the store is giving back. Below, we’ve compiled a (not complete) list of retailers, restaurants and other companies with Pride offerings benefiting LGBT nonprofits like GLAAD, GLSEN, The Trevor Project and the It Gets Better Foundation.”

You’ll be cheered to know that Absolut Vodka has brought back its rainbow bottle in celebration as did Smirnoff. Disney is onboard with the Rainbow Disney collection, offering more than 50 products, including Mickey Mouse ears for toddlers. Ikea is flying the Pride flag at all of its locations. Bud Light is donating up to $150,000. Cindy Hensley McCain’s Anheuser-Busch beer distributorship celebrates and donates “this month and all year long” with a “Pour with PRIDE campaign.”

There is big money involved. Starbucks is matching donations to Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’ Foundation through June 30, committing up to $250,000. Stores from Target to Macy’s and Ralph Lauren to Nordstrom are not only celebrating, but are major contributors. T-Mobil intends to donate up to $200,000. Not to be outdone, Verizon is donating $250,000 to PFLAG National and Pride events nationwide, including L.A. Pride, D.C. Black Pride and the NYC Pride March. Athletic shoes, clothing and makeup companies to Johnson and Johnson’s Listerine mouthwash, which has come out with a rainbow striped bottle, and has raised more than $1 million for LGBT nonprofits since 2011, are all supporters.

As you scroll through the merchandisers remember that your patronage is funding their generosity.

In recent years we have been inundated with the homosexual message, which has been glorified in films, television and celebrity news, causing people to overestimate the actual number of people living this lifestyle as Gallup pollsters pointed out in 2019. Few ever heard the word “transgender” until former Olympian Bruce Jenner, who has been married to three different women and fathered 2 children, became Caitlyn Marie Jenner amid great fanfare in 2015. Republican Caitlyn,71, is now running for governor of California as a recall election is underway to remove Leftist Gavin Newsom. No formal date for the election, with a growing number of candidates, has been announced.


Leftist shrinks spew anti-white death threats, anti-Trump venom

June 8, 2021

Psychiatrists are medical doctors who specialize in diagnosing and treating people with mental illness. But where do they go when they are mentally disturbed themselves?

Dr. Aruna Khilanani and Dr. Bandy X. Lee both chose Yale University. 

The New York Post reports on Dr. Khilanani’s speech, ‘The Psychopathic Problem of the White Mind,’ at the Yale School of Medicine, declaring that she had fantasies of “unloading a revolver into the head of any white person that got in my way…like I did the world a f**king favor.”

She spewed the bigoted and violence inciting remarks — in which she also said she’d walk away from the shooting “with a bounce in my step” and that white people “make my blood boil” and “are out of their minds and have been for a long time” — at the Ivy League institution’s Child Study Center on April 6, 2021.

Dr. Bandy X. Lee, who taught at Yale School of Medicine tweeted a comparison of then-President Donald Trump and Nazi genocidal mass murderer Adolph Hitler in which Hitler was judged superior. She wrote, “Donald Trump is not Adolph Hitler. At least Hitler improved the daily life of his followers, had discipline, and required more of himself to gain the respect of his followers. Even with the same pathology, there are varying degrees of competence.”

The tweet, covered at the time by Fox News, was removed, and she is no longer at Yale. Though she incites violence, Dr. Lee is listed as a “specialist in public health approaches to violence prevention.” She has appeared on CNN and MSNBC, both welcoming forums for provocative and irrational leftists.