No, Jeff Flake isn’t working to boost Trump’s policies

May 25, 2017

Once again hoping to con conservatives, Flake’s back in campaign mode

It’s time for a memory refresher. Two months ago, we alerted our readers to a new contrivance offered by Arizona Republicrat Sen. Jeff Flake and acclaimed by his seatmate John McCain. In fact, McCain was so taken with Flake’s rationale for the Boots on the Border Act of 2017, that he signed on as a co-sponsor — one of only three, including a Democrat.

This was our take at the time:Boots on the Border Act is just that…an act.” It’s worth reviewing to get the full context of today’s post.

When this amnesty supporting, open borders duo colludes on anything — and always with Democrats — expect the worst. They were the main agents behind the Gang of Eight amnesty bill in which they partnered with a quartet of far-left Dems: Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY); Dick Durbin (D-IL); Robert Melendez (D-NJ); and Michael Bennet (D-CO), plus two other RINOs: Marco Rubio (FL) and McCain’s dependable sycophant Lindsey Graham (SC).

The thrust of this legislation (S.595,includes textis to lower the requirements for Border Patrol agents, specifically dropping the necessity for polygraph tests for applicants with military or law enforcement background. Flake’s action to relax the hiring standards amends the current vetting requirement that Congress put in place in 2010 in response to reports of misconduct and corruption within the agency.

Flake’s actions are timed to make him appear to be expediting President Trump’s call to ultimately hire 5,000 new Border Patrol agents. The truth is, Flake’s actions are pure self-interest. Though Flake abhors Trump to the point of announcing during the presidential campaign,Trump can’t win and shouldn’t win,he realizes candidate Trump handily carried the state of Arizona as he swept to victory. Flake won his first senate term after major assists from McCain and then-outgoing Sen. Jon Kyl and still only carried a weak 3 percent margin. Since then, he’s riled the conservative base with his squishiness on a wide range of issues that matter to the solid voting bloc.

This border double-talk is not his first attempt to deceive this cycle. Although he promoted confirming Obama’s lame duck, Democrat U.S. Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, Flake’s now sending out requests for campaign funds based on his supposed adherence to principled conservative positions. Don’t be fooled. 

Flake’s latest gambit is a toothless proposal to remove Arizona from the liberal, but frequently overturned, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals — an issue that has been shot down since 1941Creating a Tenth Circuit Court would be an expensive fix that Flake knows isn’t going to happen, but has campaign resonance. Flake has even momentarily switched his long-held amnesty position for election expediency, just as he’s been on both sides of Second Amendment issues, depending on the audience he’s addressing.

The Arizona Republic which has consistently endorsed him, editorially called Flake “a coward for one of his alternating positions on gun control. The Republic also went apoplectic, calling Flake a “mere politician,” over his change of heart on legalizing millions of illegals. The newspaper needn’t have worried.  It was just campaign rhetoric, which he immediately veered away from following the election.

Between now and the election SRAZ will provide links to previous posts as a reminder of who Jeff Flake actually is. Today we gift you with: Jeff Flake: Reaping what he has sown


Joe Arpaio and the facts get skewed in NYT report

May 24, 2017

Count on the New York Times to write a n inaccurate article on former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The intent of reporter Fernanda Santos was clearly to skewer the career lawman who was repeatedly elected by Maricopa County voters to an unprecedented six-four years terms.

If Fernanda was named Colleen McClanahan, would she have been given this assignment in which she conspicuously interviewed only Hispanics who were erroneously led to believe that Arpaio was targeting them without cause. His workplace raids exposed illegal alien profiteers — business owners and their agents — who hired illegal foreign nationals at substandard wages. Those in the U.S. illegally were rightly booked.

In what clearly appeared to be a personal vendetta carried out by a federal judge timed to coincide with the General Election in which the popular Arpaio was on the ballot running for a seventh term, he was charged with criminal contempt of court for ignoring U.S. District Judge Murray Snow’s order in a three-year old “racial-profiling” case. Arpaio acknowledged violating Snow’s order but insisted the breach was unintentional.

Arpaio was made to sound pathetic, when he is anything but. At age 84, he is quick-witted and robust, with an excellent memory and thoughtful demeanor. Reporter Santos portrays Arpaio as virtually friendless, left to look back wistfully over his expansive career. That, too, is delusional on her part. He still rates standing ovations and has maintained an unwavering base of loyalists.

The article briefly focuses on Arpaio’s successor, Sheriff Paul Penzone, but neglects to mention that Socialist billionaire George Soros, who is contemptuous of national borders, funded his campaign as part of a massive effort to reconfigure the U.S. Justice System. Penzone, who  refers to illegal aliens as  “guests” meets Soros’ criteria. Also missing from the report is the fact that Penzone had roughed up his former wife while a sergeant on the Phoenix Police force and was placed on administrative leave.

Santos scores another deception as she writes, “Fiscal conservatives deserted Arpaio, weary of the rising costs of his legal bills.“ Missing is any reference that Paul Penzone is angling for a $10 million budget hike for the upcoming fiscal year, which she obviously considers unworthy of mention.  Apparently the sidelong glancing Santos is only able to focus her negativity on Arpaio, which she then pumps up with flaccid “facts.”

Arpaio’s renown Tent City has been dismantled by Penzone, who has negatively referred to the cost saving effort as a “circus.”  The tents are military surplus, the same tents our service personnel bunk in. Here in Phoenix they are air-cooled.  In the Middle East desert, there is no such accommodation for our troops.

Included in the interview is a 31-year-old state legislator, identified as “a son of Mexican immigrants” (legal? illegal?) who represents the West Phoenix district where he grew up. He recalls seeing sheriff’s deputies “going down my street, raiding homes in my neighborhood.” This is a brazen lie. Such raids would only take place with a warrant issued in criminal cases, yet the bogus recollection is included as part of Fernanda Santos’ report. If his neighbors were drug dealers or murderers, he neglected to mention it.

The New York Times, it should be remembered, is the same newspaper that in 2008 — during John McCain’s failed presidential bid — wrote a piece on Arizona politics, highlighting then-congressman John Shadegg. He referred to his constituents who believe that a sovereign nation has a right to secure its borders, asxenophobic and intolerant.”  Shadegg is no longer a congressman.  He’s now earning a lucrative salary as a DC lobbyist — and no longer insulting us.


It’s not your parent’s Democrat Party

May 19, 2017

Democrats engage in violent identity politics as truth takes a back seat to “tribalism”

Dana Loesch, NRA national spokesperson and syndicated talk radio host, appeared on Tucker Carlson’s program Wednesday evening. Their discussion centered on the increasingly violent and fanatical responses of the left in their “resistance” movement and quest to impeach President Trump — just four months following his inauguration.  This brief segment is enlightening. Take time to watch it,


AZ Republic sniffs for scent of blood to do in Trump

May 18, 2017

Failing newspaper aided in its quest to take down Pres. Trump by AZ Republicrat Sens. McCain and Flake and gutless AZ GOP

The editorial in Wednesday’s edition of the Arizona Republic emblazons the headline, “Our View: Trump is unbalanced. What are Republicans going to do about it?”

Let’s begin with the fact that this is the same liberal newspaper, bogusly referring to itself as “conservative,”  that endorsed scandal-plagued Hillary Clinton prior to the Nov. 8, 2016 presidential election. No one was fooled then, nor are they now as they read this claiming to be definitive, tripe. It is the expected spew from what is known alternatively to its dwindling readership as the Repugnant, or the Daily Regurgitation, for its deceptive or repetitive articles which often appear in the same edition.

Among the adjectives editorially used to describe the President of the United States are: “Destabilizing, reckless, erratic, incapable and imperfect.” President Trump is portrayed as “a  cannon loose in the White House…gashing the timber.” Rather poetic for these leftist ranters who despise not only Trump, but those of us who put him in office.

Though working from their anti-Republican script, the editorial board feigns concern for the future of the Republican Party. In truth they’d be ecstatic if the party of Lincoln vanished. Amusingly, the newspaper also carries a  headlined report, “Sens. John McCain, Jeff Flake say Donald Trump woes a drag on GOP agenda” The truth is the actual drag are Republicrats John McCain and Jeff Flake, who both refused to vote for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Flake was quoted saying,Trump can’t win and shouldn’t win.”

Arizona Republican Party leadership shamefully went mute, doing nothing to rein in “maverick” McCain and his underling, Jeff Flake for their political heresy.

Returning to the anti-Trump editorial, the editorial board goes on to ask, “Did the president obstruct justice? Did he commit a crime?” They admit, “We don’t know the answers, but the allegations are powerful and credible.”

Allegations are just that. Allegations. Powerful and credible requires proof of wrongdoing. There is none. As if they care, the editorial goes on: to express concern that Trump would take the Republican Party down with him. They write “Trump’s conduct has brought a torrent of accusations that in themselves and their unrelenting fierceness can be destabilizing.”

So according to the Hillary-endorsing newspaper, “fierce accusations” should cause President Trump to vacate the Oval Office. Using that logic, why didn’t bolting the party orthodoxy to vote for Hillary Clinton provoke an editorial urging McCain and Flake to step down from the U.S. Senate? Where was the voice of then-state GOP Chairman Robert Graham? Current Chairman Jonathan Lines has not uttered a word of reproach.

Hypocrites abound — within the Arizona Republican Party hierarchy as well as at the Arizona Republic.


Interchangeable liberals: Why they’re impossible to miss

May 13, 2017

One liberal goes, another fills the void

The daily’s far left editorial columnist Linda Valdez inhabits a world of her own. Radical liberalism is her calling card and logic is outside her frame of reference. Her views on a wide variety of topics — not the least of them being her deep commitment to an open border with Mexico and gifting amnesty and myriad taxpayer paid perks to America’s illegal invaders —  would most appropriately fall into the category of unhinged.

But recently we noticed Elvia Diaz closing in on Valdez’ territory. In an Opinion piece lecturing newly installed Democrat Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone what he must do with the court appointed advisory panel he wants to ditch, Diaz harked back to Sheriff Joe Arpaio, using the identical adjective “controversial” that Valdez gives a workout. Regardless of what Arpaio says or does, even in retirement,  it’s reported as “controversial.”  The word has transmogrified into an invective to be routinely hurled at conservatives and their ideas.

Diaz picks up the mantle, describing  Arpaio’s Tent City not only as “controversial” but sounding like Valdez, says the renown outdoor jail symbolized “Arpaio’s circus.” Since the tents are military surplus, the same used to house deployed American service personnel, does she think the U.S. Military is also overseeing a circus?

In a later column Diaz condemns Republican President Trump while giving a pass to similar actions of Democrat Arizona Congressman Ruben Gallego, by employing the Maxine Waters justification technique.

Valdez, who telecommutes, pounding out her vicious spew on a keyboard in Tucson, is closing in on retirement age. Diaz is 40. Most of the senior staff took the early retirement buyouts offered by the strapped newspaper and boogied. The newspaper is mostly manned by Cronkike Journalism School students, working out of their cars, and lacking mature guidance.

Wildly biased political deceit runs rampant at the Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic). Radical leftist Diaz is definitely nipping at Valdez’ equally liberal, but aging heels. 


Jeff Flake’s new gimmick to win conservatives

May 12, 2017

Political ploy intended to garner votes is a stale scam

Jeff Flake, rightfully concerned about his lagging popularity as he gears up for a 2018 reelection campaign, has a shiny new object to grab your attention away from his less than stellar commitment to Republican principles.

Even the left-of-center, Hillary endorsing Arizona Republic had to admit that according to its own poll, Flake’s numbers are weak.

His most recent fundraising email, using John McCain’s “Friend” salutation, touts his efforts, along with McCain, of course, to sever Arizona from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.  Flake says the court is too large to be effective. He backs that up with the protracted time — up to 15 months — he claims it takes “to make a decision because they are so backed up in their work.”

“I’ve introduced a bill with John McCain that will split the 9th and create a new, 12th Circuit Court of Appeals because Arizonans and other Western states don’t have the bedrock principle of swift justice found in the rest of our nation,” writes Flake.

Before he moves to the money plea, using bold italicized type Flake intones, “Justice delayed is justice denied,” neglecting to credit British Prime Minister William E. Gladstone who said those words in 1868.

“Join me in fighting for a solution for Arizona,” Flake implores. “We need courts that are fair and effective for everyone, not political institutions. Let’s make it happen; chip in $5, $10, or whatever you can today to bring justice to Arizona!”

We’ve removed the links to his donation page, since even $5 is too much to send to this Republicrat phony. Money is the least of his problems. He’s been amassing plenty from lobbyists.

Flake blathers about the size of the court and its backlog of cases, slowing its actions.

What he doesn’t mention is that the Ninth Circuit is a crushingly liberal monopoly and one of the most overturned circuit courts in the nation, since those facts don’t matter to increasingly left-leaning Flake. This is not Flake’s first trip to this political well. He also introduced this legislation during the 114th Congress, but it didn’t receive a vote. The current version has a single cosponsor, John McCain. Congress has considered proposals to break up the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals dating back to 1941.

After meeting with Democrat Merrick Garland, Obama’s lame duck Supreme Court nominee, Jeff Flake tried to fast track him to the High Court. Make no mistake, Flake is a mirror image of John McCain and his former senate seatmate, Jon Kyl, who both voted to confirm liberal Democrats to the  Ninth Circuit and other federal courts.

When Flake first ran for congress, he latched onto the issue of eliminating “pork,” the term used for non-essential spending. Forming another federal Circuit Court will incur massive costs, though Flake omits that fact. Amnesty supporting Flake has never addressed the astronomical costs associated with turning illegal aliens into citizens or its impact on actual American citizens.

Let’s review who Jeff Flake actually is:

AZ GOP’s Jonathan Lines exposed as establishment trickster  provides a list exposing Jeff Flake.

Jeff Flake impersonates a Republican as reelection nears

 Refurbishing of RINO Flake begins

SCOTUS nominee Gorsuch grilled by legion of lessers & UPDATE Watch the embarrassing video under “Update.”

Jeff Flake: Reaping what he has sown

So you think you know Jeff Flake? Think again


Boorish grads boo U.S. Ed. Sec. Betsy DeVos

May 11, 2017

Commencement season brings with it prominent speakers to bestow words of wisdom on graduates as they leave the confines of academia and prepare to make their way in the world. In generations past, the speakers were greeted with cordiality as the eager college seniors looked forward to putting their years of education to good use.

Unfortunately, times have changed. Many students, such as those at U of Calif. Berkeley, are practiced rioters. Twelve previous years of El-Hi have inculcated them with massive doses of liberalism — five days a week, 180 days a year. Rioters are not alone.  There are now a substantial number of “snowflakes,” who react negatively to instruction or issues they disdain, needing safe spaces, soothing music, coloring books, puppies and hot cocoa to comfort them.

They are products of non-competitiveness, where everyone on the team gets a participation award, but there are no actual winners, or conversely, losers. The prospect of hurting a losing competitor’s feelings is too unbearable to comprehend. Graduates who are unable to speak grammatically correct English are indicative of the lack of time spent on communication skills. What American History is taught has been given a new slant along with factual revisionism. Americans are not world leaders who live in freedom, granted by a masterfully crafted Constitution that invokes a Creator. It is an aggressor nation that oppresses its citizens and exploits the environment.

Graduates are not likely to favor capitalism over communism, because they view the former as exploitive, though they have no real grasp on the issues. Many of them voted for Socialist Bernie Sanders. They refer to politicians they don’t like as “Hitler,” lacking any understanding of the atrocities committed by the Nazi Third Reich.

It is with this backdrop that U. S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, was scheduled to give the commencement address at Bethune-Cookman University — a historically black university in Daytona Beach, Florida on Wednesday.

DeVos was greeted with loud boos and turned backs as she reached the lectern to deliver her commencement remarks. As she spoke, she was booed, shouted at, and met with calls of “Go home!” from students and audience members. Minutes into her speech, the president of BCU, Edison Jackson, stopped her to address the disruptive students. Jackson said degrees would be mailed to students if their behavior continued. “Choose which way you want to go,” he said.

DeVos began again, but the toothless warning went unheeded as the boos increased.  She addressed some of the opposition to her speaking at the black university, asking for those critical of her to hear her out, voicing the Trump administration’s support for black colleges and universities. “We support you and we will continue to support you,” she said.

Business Insider reports that the weeks leading up to her speech were marked by vocal opposition by students, civil rights organizations, and Florida education groups, who claimed DeVos has no understanding of the history and significance of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs)

Parents often go into debt to provide the college education they believe to be the key to their children’s successful futures. But instead of being educated, they are being indoctrinated and propagandized by mostly leftwing unionist instructors. This is where their National Education Association (NEA*) dues go. The American Federation of Teachers (AFT*) has the same agenda. American children spend more time each day with these agents of the left than they do their own parents.

On Tuesday, petitions carrying the names of over 8,000 students were delivered to university leaders urging them to “disinvite” DeVos from addressing the commencement ceremony.

Victimhood is a status graduating college seniors — of any background or ethnicity —-should ditch. It clashes with caps and gowns.

*H/T Center for Responsive Politics