Calif. wine county fires: illegal alien in custody

October 20, 2017

Just another swell guy “coming to do the work Americans refuse to do”?

 On the heels of California Gov. Jerry Brown signing  Senate Bill No. 54, a “sanctuary state” bill intended to restrict cooperation between local police and federal immigration officials (ICE) — and preventing officers from inquiring about immigration status when a suspect is stopped — an arrest has been made in the devastating wine county fires, that have brought death and inconceivable destruction to the idyllic havens of Napa and Sonoma.

Jesus Fabian Gonzalez, 29, a twice deported illegal alien has been arrested on felony arson charges. The impact of the deadly fires that swept across the region is massive, killing at least 42 people, with 310 still missing, displacing over 100,000 residents and destroying over 5,500 homes and businesses. More than 200,000 acres have been scorched.

Gonzales is known to his fellow homeless chums who sleep under bridges, as having a fascination with fire, often setting flame to dry brush in the area. He is scheduled to be arraigned Monday. Sheriff’s officials in Sonoma County said Gonzalez was being held on $110,000 bail, just $10,000 for the arson charge he is facing and $100,000 for an unrelated outstanding warrant.

Reuters reports a Department of Justice spokesman said the California senate bill “codified a commitment to returning criminal aliens back onto our streets, which undermines public safety, national security and law enforcement.”

Here’s Democrat Gov. Jerry Brown emotionally welcoming Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto to Los Angeles and telling illegals in the audience they are all welcome in California.

H/T to Cowger Nation for video

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New York Times slobbers over “Mr. Flake”

October 16, 2017

The leftward lurching New York Times revels in preserving its stuffy demeanor, using titles preceding last names as a standard. In writing a puff piece about Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake The Times likely came close to wearing out the M and F on the keyboard extolling the virtues of “Mr. Flake.”

“Mr. Flake” received quite a reception and where better than in the pages of the liberal Times which goes to great lengths to blame President Trump for Jeff Flake’s dismal polling numbers. The article headlined, Jeff Flake’s Lesson for Republicans: Cross Trump at Your Own Risk is preposterous on its face. 

The marginal Mr. Flake is the man who picked the fight, not the other way around. He began needling Donald Trump preceding the election that resulted in a sweeping victory for the New York entrepreneur. This predilection for elevating Arizona Republicrats, who skate on thin ice back in their home state, showed its face when then-Congressman John Shadegg was covered in the New York Times referring to Arizonans — who prefer not to be invaded by illegal aliens reaping benefits, undercutting wages, and yes, engaging in crime — as “intolerant and xenophobic.”  (A link to the NYT’s original article is boldfaced.) The article includes a photo of Shadegg chortling uproariously as the two senior ladies he’s conversing with look bewildered.

This latest Times piece refers to “Mr. Flake, a Mormon known more for his decency than his independent streak, said he had no regrets“ trashing President Trump.

Decency must be in the eye of the beholder, the vapid or ill-informed. Is it decent to pledge to term limit yourself to three two-year terms as Jeff Flake did when first elected to the U.S. House and then snicker and say, “I lied?” The YouTube video of his arrogant dismissal of his vow to voters vanished quite some time ago. Examples of Flake’s indecency are too numerous to enumerate. He did give fits to the Hillary-endorsing local newspaper in 2011 when he engaged a pre-election about face on his pet amnesty scheme, causing the editorialist to sputter in amazement. It was a charade he learned from both John McCain and Jon Kyl that worked like a charm, until the votes were counted and they resumed their amnesty collusion with Democrats.

The publication of Flake’s 140-page mini-book conceived solely to bash President Trump titled, “Conscience of a Conservative,” — blatantly stolen from Barry Goldwater’s 1960 book —  was enough for the Times to compare the deceptive Flake to Goldwater.

Flake’s dissociation from reality is palpable enough to cause radical Green Party chameleon Kyrsten Sinema now recast as a Democrat CD 9 U. S. Representative to announce her intention to resign to challenge the weak Jeff Flake. The Times refers to her as a “moderate.”

Flake’s poll numbers continue to plummet. Cunning but not considered sharp, he relentlessly alienates Arizona’s conservative base. Donald Trump swept the state and captured all 11 electoral votes. How does Flake think his continual hammering of the president will win him intra-party friends? The majority of conservatives will not forgive this monumental transgression.

Meanwhile the AZ GOP has lost its ability to speak. The inept establishment leadership appears to be content to allow a Republican senate seat to be lost. Despite their silence, conservatives have an ideal alternative to the unacceptable scenario on the horizon. Dr. Kelli Ward is the actual conservative in Arizona’s U.S. Senate race.  Acquaint yourself with her principled positions on the issues. Send her a donation. Unlike Jeff Flake, she is not beholden to D.C. amnesty lobbyists. Arizona deserves better than the status quo or Sinema.

 


Liberal Greg Stanton joins political musical chairs game

October 9, 2017

Beguiled by Washington, political opportunist Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton drops bid for Secretary of State

It’s possible to get a severe case of whiplash trying to keep your eye on the political prize Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton is after.

 The Democrat who is not inclined to being democratic as we’ve pointed out here, here, and here, still has an open campaign for Secretary of State — a sleeper position often the direct route to the governor’s office since it is next in line of ascension if a sitting governor is unable to serve out their term.

But now we see that the ambitious liberal isn’t content waiting for a governor to provide an opening. He’s  announced he’s resigning the top city job and looking directly at D.C., now that Democrat Kyrsten Sinema is bounding from her Congressional District 9 House seat and mounting a challenge to Jeff Flake, John McCain’s doppelganger senate seat-mate. Dr. Kelli Ward is the conservative in the race.

The only discernible activity on Stanton’s Secretary of State page is a payment of $1000 Stanton made to Equality Arizona last November, listed as an expenditure. But there was a method to Stanton’s seemingly madcap donation. EQAZ, as it nicknames itself, lists its mission on its website:

“Each election cycle provides us the important opportunity to help elect candidates who will work to achieve full LGBTQ equality in our state. Helping to elect pro-LGBTQ candidates is one of the most important things we do.”

For an insight into Stanton’s mindset, EQAZ supports “our LGBTQ immigrant population.” which they claim is “too often at high risk for discrimination, isolation, and a lack of access to resources.” The group also opposed the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Liberal Democrat Stanton announced that he was “disappointed” that President Donald Trump plans to rally supporters in mid-August. “’It is my hope that more sound judgment prevails and that he delays his visit,’ Stanton said. In fact, Stanton ludicrously linked the visit and request for the president to “delay his plans” to visit Phoenix “to what he referred to as “the nation still healing from the tragic events in Charlottesville.”

During his campaign for mayor, Greg Stanton was so beholden to then-Firefighters union boss Billy Shields, that when his daughter, Mindy, given a job as Stanton’s treasurer, was charged with embezzling over $77,000 from Stanton’s campaign, lawyer Stanton — who should have known better — tried to have the felony charges dismissed so as not to rile her powerful father. Shields was still angry enough that the crime was reported, to support Stanton’s opponent.

In our January 2013 post,Phoenix Mayor Stanton: An ambitious liberal to watch,” we detailed his commitment to a keeping a sieve-like border as he told mayors of Mexican border cities meeting in D.C.,  “We should never let border security get in the way of the economy.”

We predicted then that Greg Stanton, who was congratulated on his mayoral win via calls from Barack Obama and Janet Napolitano, has higher aspirations.

In March 2013, Stanton blatantly lied about the imposition of a food tax on Phoenix residents. Imagine if this radical liberal with no conscience gains a congressional seat. It was by design not happenstance that Phoenix City elections have notoriously low voter turnouts, timed for the hottest part of the summer when many residents are vacationing. The only announced mayoral candidate is Daniel Valenzuela, another liberal with union roots.

We need a solid Republican to step up and re-take the reins of the nation’s fifth largest city. We’ve been in the liberal abyss far too long.


More gun duplicity from Dems following Vegas massacre

October 6, 2017

In the wake of the murderous rampage that took the lives of 59 concert goers in Las Vegas and wounding over 500 on Sunday, Democrats have reliably rolled out their favorite canard of Second Amendment restrictions which we are assured will curb any future widespread acts of violence. The 2013 Boston Marathon bombing that used pressure cookers, not guns, to murder 3 and mutilate over 260 others, including 16 who lost limbs, must have slipped their minds.

In 2012, SRAZ posted Dem gun hypocrites (photo and video) putting their duplicitous double standards on full display. Republican lawmakers are galvanizing behind legislation that would restrict devices known as bump stocks, that alter semi-automatic weapons turning them into rapid fire automatics. The murderer who shot randomly at the concert attendees did so from the 32nd floor of high-rise hotel directly across from the venue where 22,000 had come to hear county music performers.

NRA leaders Wayne LaPierre and Chris Cox issued this joint statement, reasonably including these words:

“The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations.” 

Surprisingly, it was the restrictionist Obama administration’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that in 2010 approved the devices, determining that the rapid action components were not weapons. Approved without verification, bump stocks were originally peddled by the Texas manufacturer, Slide Fire, as an assist to persons whose hands have limited mobility.

Its website bills the bump stock as “fun, exciting, and entertaining,” omitting any disability justification.

“The stock has no automatically functioning mechanical parts or springs and performs no automatic mechanical function when installed,” stated this 2010 letter from the ATF signed by John R. Spencer, then-Chief of the Firearms Technology Branch. “Accordingly, we find that the ‘bump-stock’ is a firearm part and is not regulated as a firearm under the Gun Control Act or the National Firearms Act,” Spencer wrote.

Frequently confused Democrat Nancy Pelosi using her muted Harry Reid voice, responded when asked whether the gun bill she’s pushing might represent a slippery slope toward other gun restrictions, Pelosi, in a rare moment of truth, replied,I certainly hope so.

Never forget, that’s the actual end game.


All time first: AZ Republic runs an aditorial praising McCain

September 24, 2017

No, that is not a misspelling.  It’s our description of what we found looking for Sunday’s editorial in the Arizona Republic.

There it was, a full page topped by the all capitalized words in bold type:

P R I N C I P L E D

L E A D E R S H I P

The princely accolade is following by a  seven-and-a -half-inch square photo of pre-brain surgery scarred John McCain.  Directly below that is a paragraph from “Arizona’s health care  and business leaders” heaping praise on  Arizona’s senior senator (ASS)  for his  desire to work with the Democrats on health care reform in what these “leaders” call a bipartisan manner in “adopting lasting and meaningful health care reform.”

You know, exactly as Barack Obama and the Democrats like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi did when they shoved Obamacare down America’s throat. In the intervening years since the massive government overtaking of healthcare was passed, Arizonans have seen a dramatic 116 percent rise in premiums — which the “leaders” have either overlooked or actually don’t care about.

Following the praiseful paragraph is a Sept. 22, 2017 quote from McCain which the “leaders” say they couldn’t agree with more. It was taken from his speech following his second vote against President Donald Trump’s efforts to follow through on his campaign promise to “repeal and replace” Obamacare.

McCain, who was embarrassingly trounced 52.1 to 44.5 when he ran for the presidency in 2008, is still smarting over President Trump’s overwhelming victory over Hillary Clinton. Both McCain and Jeff Flake voted for the scandal plagued liberal Democrat, saying they could not support Donald Trump — though he emerged victorious from a Republican primary field of 17 contestants.

The besotted signers on the aditorial must have short memories. Just last year, running for another 6-year senate term at age 80, McCain campaigned on repealing and replacing Obamacare. Were they happy with him then or did they vote for Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick who supported Obamacare?


Lying McCain fails America again on Obamacare repeal

September 23, 2017

John McCain actually made repealing and replacing Obamacare a cornerstone of his 2016 reelection campaign

Friday was notable for John McCain reprising his previous showboating tactics honed in July when his was the vote that brought down legislation designed to repeal and replace Obamacare — an issue on which Republican leaders have promised their constituents for seven years they would deliver relief. It was such a compelling issue, McCain used it as the bedrock of his 2016 reelection campaign. But Arizona’s Senior Senator (ASS) has no core beliefs and usually sways with the Democrats when the votes are tallied.

Senate Minority Leader — liberal New Yorker — Chuck Schumer, called McCain’s defection “courageous.”

If ”courageous” McCain spent any appreciable time in Arizona or cared enough to be informed, he would know that premiums on Barack Obama’s signature heath care legislation have skyrocketed 116 percent in the state into which he carpetbagged to launch a fresh life and political career in the 1980s.

A bit of background on the unsavory McCain: He used the family connections of his then-new wife Cindy, to gain access to Charles H. Keating, Jr., chairman of Lincoln Savings and Loan, who became his benefactor. As a quid pro quo, McCain sought favors for Keating bringing in four Democrat senators to assist. All but two of those entangled in what became known as the Keating Five Scandal — a crisis which cost American taxpayers $3 billion, ended their careers. Only the carefully crafted “heroes” survived: Astronaut John Glenn and John McCain. Approximately 23,000 Lincoln bondholders were defrauded and many investors lost their life savings. The generous political contributions Keating had made to each of the senators, totaled $1.3 million.

With his second vote against repealing Obamacare on Friday, McCain said he could not “in good conscience” vote for the legislation. In actuality, he doesn’t have to concern himself with such mundane matters. He accesses the first class care for his malignant brain tumor at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale.

Blaming his age and grim prognosis for his betrayal of the American people and the political party under whose banner he has made a name for himself is too simplistic. Younger and healthier, his collusions with the left on issues from amnesty for illegal invaders of the United States to campaign finance laws that benefited liberal candidates, have characterized him. In one minute, Tom DeLay, former House Majority Leader, clearly defined McCain in 2008. McCain’s deceit has only worsened in the intervening years. His obsessive jealousy and deep-rooted hatred of President Trump drives him today.

Here is John McCain at his lying best when in campaign mode. In 2016. John McCain actually ran on repealing Obamacare. Here he is debating Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick and arguing for repeal:


New healthcare reform bill: Relying on McCain is a fool’s errand

September 22, 2017

AZ’s Senior Senator (ASS) remains too consumed with jealousy over Trump’s presidential victory to honorably function on behalf of those he’s supposed to represent

Arizona’s Senior Senator (ASS) John McCain, 81, who with a dramatic thumbs down motion reminiscent of the Roman emperor Caligula denying mercy to a wounded gladiator in the arena, took time from his treatment for an  “aggressive malignant brain tumor” to cast the deciding vote, torpedoing Senate Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare.  With his self-serving negative end of July action, in an obviously rehearsed betrayal, ASS afforded himself another opportunity to lob a jab at President Trump — though negatively affecting millions of Americans with his pettiness. In ASS’s bitter world, revenge takes center stage, regardless of the consequences. 

A new plan is on the table. Sens. Lindsey Graham, (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy, M.D., (R-LA) are prime co-sponsors of the proposal that would shift health-care spending currently earmarked for Obamacare, Medicaid expansion and health-care exchanges from the federal government to the states through a system of block grants. Graham-Cassidy would also eliminate the individual mandate, requiring people either carry insurance or pay a fine. Acquaint yourself with the legislation to reform health care and read the comments of supporters — all included here.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, a longtime McCain ally, has announced he’s on-board with the plan, saying in a statement, “Graham-Cassidy is the best path forward to repeal and replace Obamacare.”

Will it make any difference that Graham, McCain’s closest senate comrade, is a co-sponsor? Although McCain functions from his visceral core that is devoid of reason, Ducey is sending him a message to support this replacement effort that carries a Sept. 30 deadline for passage, when rules preventing a Democrat filibuster will expire.  Just as last time, when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell held up action awaiting McCain’s arrival in DC, every vote counts. It remains to be seen if ASS will revert to anti-Trump jealousy mode again and gum up the works. ASS is on record saying, he might “reluctantly” support the bill, although, to no one’s surprise, the Republicrat, self-anointed “maverick” prefers a “bipartisan” approach. 

Following Ducey’s announcement ASS said he was “still very frustrated” with the process and was “not ready to announce a decision to vote for it.”

Expect nothing from ‘Focus-On-Me’ McCain and you’ll never be disappointed.