AZ Republic’s tacky message to subscribers

February 2, 2016

The shiny white postcard arrived with a terse message oddly bunched in the upper left quadrant. Besides the stiff salutation addressing the recipient by first and last name, were four sentences and the closing, including a replicated signature.

On its reverse side the return address indicated The Arizona Republic as the sender, with the now ubiquitous azcentral.com logo on the next line. That’s the newspaper’s techie moniker letting readers know that the days of publishing a hard copy newspaper are closing in. The front page usually carries a vaguely proctological sounding “go deeper with digital” message.  The communiqué?

 “We want to let you know about a change to your subscription effective March 2016. There will be a change to our subscription cancellation policy. Refunds will only be made to positive account balances of $10 or more. We appreciate your loyalty and thank you for your subscription. 

Sincerely,

Barbara Smith, VP Customer Service” 

Barbara, Barbara, Barbara. How smart is this? We all know the newspaper is in the proverbial toilet. But to admit that so many subscribers are ditching its increasingly lightweight and leftwing content that you affix a monetary punishment as they exit, is not exactly an exhibition of business savvy. This reeks of larceny. There is no restocking fee, as if an electronic product is returned, requiring repackaging and a discounted price. What you are alerting the few remaining readers to is the fact that you intend to keep their money if they have the audacity to leave and still have a balance of…let‘s say, $9.52. That’s indefensible, Barbara.  It’s beyond cheesy. Rational subscribers are leaving because they are tired of being insulted by the editorial policy, reporting slant and the ASU sweatshop student reporting crew that replaced the reporters who took the early buy-out packages the newspaper offered to stay afloat.

So you intend to add further insult to that effrontery by clipping us as we take a hike? It sounds an awful lot like the antiquated concept of alimony — the old pay-up-for-walking-out proposition.

We‘ve never even held hands, Barbara. Don’t even think of grabbing any additional money.


By George! McCain & Hillary have a lot in common

February 1, 2016

Billionaire leftist George Soros is their common bond

McCain_lovingly_HillaryFor starters, we’ll remind readers of John McCain’s longtime close association with Hillary Clinton and his stated admiration of the devious snake-oil saleswoman. In 2013 he called her arock starhe could support for president in 2016. McCain referred to conservative Sens. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul as representing an obsolete “isolationist, America-Firsters” mindset element of the Republican Party for wanting to enforce our nation’s sovereign border. Republican pretender McCain even took potshots at America’s iconic President Ronald Reagan, sarcastically saying his presidency was “perfect, without ever a problem.”

In Jan. 2014, Seeing Red AZ posted John McCain cavorts with pal George $oros, exposing the deep ties McCain has cultivated with the extremist, America-hating, anti-capitalist. George_Soros_John_McCain

Discover the Networks.org Guide to the Political Left uses this page to direct its focus on multi-billionaire George Soros and the left-wing organizations he has long been instrumental in funding. Tucked in near the bottom of the lengthy list is an entity known as the Shadow Party which was principally conceived and organized by George Soros, Hillary Clinton and Harold McEwan Ickes — all identified with the far left element of the Democrat Party. Other key players included: Morton H. Halperin, Director of Soros’ Open Society Institute and John Podesta, Democrat strategist and former chief of staff for Bill Clinton.

Under the heading Follow the Money, John McCain’s involvement is revealed. Richard Poe, a New York Times-best selling author and award-winning journalist, writes “John McCain Gets Soros Cash.” Why would McCain be the willing recipient of money from Soros — who funded Barack Obama’s 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns?

We posted McCain joins Soros pushing “refugee” invasion, Nov. 2015 — filled with excellent links that further expose the man who is seeking a sixth, six-year senate term at age 80. The depth of McCain’s deception is mind-boggling.

Soros_and_HillaryThe Daily Caller reports Hillary Clinton is the beneficiary of a $6 million donation from Soros Sunday, in an attempt to save her on the eve of the Iowa caucus — and bringing his total haul to pro-Clinton groups to $8 million. The first paragraph of the report contains a stunning Hillaryism.

Conservative Human Events lists the Top 10 Reasons George Soros Is Dangerous.

If John McCain lived in Iowa, it’s not a leap to imagine he’d be caucusing for Hillary today. The duo are joined by Soros’ tainted and strings-attached generosity.   


Phx water rate hike to pay for city workers’ raises

January 14, 2016

Last week we ran this postAnte up! Phoenix “water bill” not high enough?  detailing the Arizona Republic‘s enthusiastic support of increased City of Phoenix water rates.

It turns out there was an even more objectionable underbelly to the increase that is being revealed by District 6 City Councilman Sal DiCiccio, and reported by KSAZ TV-10 Fox News.

“They were out there telling the public this big lie, that they made all these cuts, what they didn’t tell you is they moved all those employees over to the water department and then jacked up the rates to cover that, the same thing is happening again,” DiCiccio tells reporter John Hook.

This year the rates are going up 2.6% on average, and another 2% hike is expected next year. DiCiccio says the average compensation for an employee in the water department has gone from $76,000 in 2009 to over $88,000 in 2016. So that’s where your rate hike is actually going.

“What they’re not telling you is the compensation increase equals the hike and the tax increase on water,” said DiCiccio.

This is the revealing email sent to constituents by Councilman DiCiccio.

Have you heard from your council representative on this crucial matter?  If not, why not? Their contact information is here. You pay their salaries. No doubt they’d like to hear from you….


Ante up! Phoenix “water bill” not high enough?

January 6, 2016

Leave it to the Arizona Republic to take the position that the City of Phoenix water rates aren’t high enough. In fact, the shadowy “editorial board,“ an assemblage that we are to believe writes in unison, takes that editorial view.

The rate hike will be nominal, we are told. It would add “about $1.59 per month” to the bill of the average Phoenix residential customer. It would be the first water rate increase in nearly four years. We should go for it…and then some, since its such a bargain. The sub rosa authors remind us we live in a desert and the pipes do a yeoman’s job carrying water here and there.

Though we are continually told by the newspaper’s open borders liberals who crank out their daily pap, “our immigration system is broken,” they make no such claim about the water pipes. Instead they turn to the director of the Phoenix Water Services Department speaking governmentese, who says, “This rate increase is about enabling a steady level of investment in the rehabilitation and replacement of aging infrastructure so that we can continue to provide reliable water deliveries out here in the middle of the desert.”

There’s that “desert” jargon again, as if the approximately 1.5 million Phoenix customers don’t know where they live.

City Council members are expected to vote on the proposed hike in water and sewer rates at a public hearing scheduled for 2:30 p.m. today. And, wouldn’t you know, the City neglected to advise us of that 2.6 percent increase in our bill — though the editorial advises the council to vote for the rate increase.

Here are the facts as they appear on the monthly City of Phoenix Services Bill which is misidentified as the “water bill”:

Water Base Fee

Water Usage Fee

Environmental Mandates – Water

City Services Tax

Sewer Fee

Environmental Mandates – Sewer

State Mandated Jail Costs

City Sales Tax

State and Other Taxes

——————–

Solid Waste Services

Refuse

State Landfill Disposal Fee

We need to pay more for all of these obscure charges and hidden fees. The newspaper says so. End of story.


AZ Republic’s predictions omit “The Big One”

January 2, 2016

Fishy_Arizona_Republic

A few decades ago Sanford and Son was a popular TV comedy. When Fred Sanford, a cantankerous schemer, was caught in a ploy, he would often clutch his chest feigning a heart attack, look skyward and call out to his dead wife, “This is The Big One, Elizabeth! I’m coming to join ya honey.” This ongoing and anticipated satirical antic was a reliable laugh producer.  

Unfortunately for the Arizona Republic, its repeated routines are neither funny nor able to retain old readers or capture new ones.

In an effort to fill space in the incredibly shrinking newspaper — which has morphed into a slim entertainment review, increasingly staffed by Cronkite student reporters — the New Year’s Day edition takes a stab at making predictions. There are nine. Accompanying the obligatory sports forecast most of the rest use Republican candidates as punching bags. In fact, the newspaper is not above stretching the truth when it cones to giving cover to John McCain, shamefully running for a sixth six-year term at age 80. If he’s elected and is able to function in office, he’d be closing in on staring 90 in the eye at the end of that term. Increasingly unpopular, he recently had trouble generating an audience for his kickoff announcement.

There was a time when the Republic endorsement list was clutched in the hands of voters standing in line at neighborhood polling places. Newcomers to the state will find it difficult to imagine that the publication was conservative in its previous incarnation. Today, an endorsement is likely to be the kiss of death for an issue or candidate.

Now there are few polling places since registering as a voter can be accomplished online and voting is increasingly done at the kitchen table with ballots mailed in. We are repeatedly told that voter fraud is non-existent, but the ease of registering and voting makes that a tough sell.

This Oct. 2012 Pew Research report details the sharp decline in newspaper readership, which has only worsened in the intervening years.

Reflections of a Newsosaur illustrates the plummeting advertising and the deep generational divide in newspaper readership. While 53% of the Boomer generation (those 55 and older) said they read print newspapers, only 22% of Millenials (ages 18-34) and 32% of Generation Xers (ages 35-54) read hard copy news. It’s a certainty these numbers have continued a downward spiral since the data was collected. Digital news distribution fares no better.

The Arizona Republic’s “Big One” on its prediction list is concealing the fact that it’s on life support. Employees have been pink-slipped and buyout options have allowed many older, higher paid staffers to take the money and run. The hard left newspaper is struggling to stay afloat, but continues to insult the very readers it needs to survive.

The good news is fewer Arizonans notice.


BHO’s year-end sucker punch wallops American workers

December 31, 2015

Unprecedented, expansive, foreign worker program imperils future of U.S.    

Are you or someone you know still out of work, underemployed or working multiple jobs to keep hearth and home together? If you’re a recent graduate, is your college debt taller than you are, while the jobs you are trained for are scarce? Well, listen up!  Barack Obama has an end-of-the-year surprise for you.

Acting unilaterally, the imperial president is executing yet another executive order — a massive one — circumventing congress, that will definitely impact your job prospects in 2016 and beyond.

In a sweeping year-end action, Obama’s latest display of distaste for Americans comes by way of a new proposal issued today by his Department of Homeland Security.  Not only will this expansive rule increase work permits for much cheaper-to-hire foreign college graduates, who will directly compete with, and negatively impact, Americans seeking professional level jobs — it also imperils national security at a time when it such measures should be should be tightened, rather than relaxed.

Barack Obama is making good on his promise to “fundamentally transform the United States of America.” And the foolish crowds cheered.

For all the facts, read Neil Munro’s report in Breitbart News. We recommend you do so on an empty stomach. The report also includes a method for the public to protest the executive order. We envision those forms sliding down a chute into a vast, dark hole never seen by human eyes.


Border hypocrisy, lies, flung by McCain & AZ Republic

December 30, 2015

Chronic deceit from AZ’s senators and local newspaper

Arizonans are routinely treated as fools. Not only are we subjected to colossal dishonesty on issues related to our dangerously porous border by U.S. Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake, but the open border proponents at the Arizona Republic conspire with them to bend facts to suit a distinctly leftwing agenda.

Tuesday’s editorial,* “Fences? We don’t need no stinking fences” is a case in point.  The prevailing opinion of the “editorial board,” whom we are led to believe write this preposterous dreck in unison, is that any political discussion regarding securing the border is “stuck in a time warp.”

The fence, they claim, is “a largely completed component of a broader border strategy that relies on technology” — rather than an “ugly, unneighborly concrete and steel barrier, between the U.S. and Mexico —- a valuable trading partner.”

According to the wizards at the newspaper, “solar-powered towers with radar, cameras that offer real-time and day-and-night surveillance” are part of the border technology plan. Hot off the drawing board and supposedly in place, are “underground sensors, imaging sensors, remote surveillance stations and mobile units.”

We’ve been down this road before. Since Thanksgiving was just a month ago, lets “talk turkey” instead of preposterous liberal notions.

Back in Feb. 2008, Michael Chertoff, the second Homeland INsecurity Secretary, visited our state and declared that a brand new high-tech “virtual fence” along the Arizona /Mexico border near Sasabe “looks good.”

By April of the same year, the technologically advanced virtual fence intended to provide an alternative to “divisive” walls and federal agents policing the Arizona-Mexico border was exposed as a “virtual flop.”

Two years and $700 million later, Janet Napolitano, who followed Chertoff, froze the funds for the virtual fence, before axing it altogether.

And Arizona’s senators?

Here’s the REAL John McCain as opposed to the phony candidate border hawk strolling Arizona’s southern border with Pinal Sheriff Paul Babeu and declaring the need to “complete the dang fence.”

On February 24, 2010, John McCain questioned then-Homeland INsecurity Secretary Janet Napolitano during the Budget Submission Hearing for Fiscal Year 2011, where he stated the “border fence issue has been a waste of billions of dollars.”

Who are you going to trust? John McCain or John McCain?

McCain underling Jeff Flake is also adept at differentiating his campaign border stance from this actual one. Haven’t you had enough?

*The hard copy and online versions carry different headlines and reworked content.


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