Biden’s sagging poll numbers take a toll on Democrat candidates

November 3, 2021

Blatant rejection of radical Biden agenda will continue

The tale of the emperor who had no clothes, appears to have taken a decidedly back seat to the reality of the president who has no coattails. As the much watched Virginia governor’s race played out, the numbers are clearly a repudiation of Joe Biden who carried the state last year by a 10-point margin. His chaotic exit from Afghanistan, uncontrolled spending, open border policies, soaring prices amid limited supplies, escalating crime rates and overreaches into parental control of their children’s education — as they reject Critical Race Theory and explicit classes normalizing all types of sexuality, rather than insuring they learn educational fundamentals — have fostered a constituency that rejects Bidenism. Real Clear Politics lists the final vote count as 50.9 for Youngkin to 48.4 for McAuliffe.

Republican Glenn Youngkin, stayed the course, running on the issues that resonate with Virginians, focusing on parent’s concern over education. Democrat Terry McAuliffe, a former Virginia governor, miscalculated by bringing in Biden, Barack Obama, Stacey Abrams and Keisha Lance Bottoms, the mayor of Atlanta, as he courted the black vote which is less energized by white candidates.

New Jersey has a similar scenario. Gov. Phil Murphy, a democrat running for reelection finds himself in an exceedingly tight race — separated by just .03 of a percentage point — against Republican former State Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli, with 97% of the precincts reporting.

Joe Biden captured majorities in Virginia and New Jersey last year. This year his coattails have lost their heft just as his memory appears to have run its course.

UPDATE:

Proving every vote counts, nearly 24 hours after the polls closed. dem incumbent Phil Murphy retained the governor’s office over GOP challenger Jack Ciattarelli Wednesday by less than a single percentage-point. While we still have the right to vote, we need to be sure to exercise it.


Exceptional exposé of agenda-driven public/government schools

October 24, 2021

Columbia University Law Professor Philip Hamburger has written a stellar assessment of America’s public school system, titled “Is the Public School System Constitutional?” It was posted as a commentary in the Wall Street Journal.

His summery includes these words: “Education consists mostly in speech, and parents have a right under the First Amendment to exercise authority over what their children hear.”

The WSJ requires a subscription, so the link may not work. Tap “Read Article” in the WSJ’s pop-up box. It’s important reading. If the first paragraph link doesn’t work, SRAZ located the commentary on the Fry Electronics site, which advertises itself as “an automatic aggregator of the all world’s media.” The paragraphs are oddly spaced, but the content remains. One way or another, this is a must read.


Biden’s economy: Buy now, think later…when you’re in servitude

October 15, 2021

Recent news accounts describe the problems accompanying the staggering inflation delivered to Americans by Joe Biden, including escalating gas and energy prices, empty shelves in grocery stores and unaffordable housing. We are being told to buy holiday gifts now, since stock will not be replenished. Year-old cars are selling for more than they did new, and merchants are beginning to ration toilet paper again.

Although Biden mandates vaccines for Americans, hinging employment, schooling and the ability to travel on producing verification of falling in line with his demands, there are no such restrictions on the hundreds of thousands of illegals from countless countries, continuing to invade the United States and being transported and relocated across our nation.

U.S. Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN.), the chairman of the Republican Study Committee, sent this list of 42 disastrous items to his Republican colleagues, outlining the dangerous policies in President Biden’s $3.5 Trillion budget proposal. This list should energize us all to call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121. Stacey Lennox of PJ Media urges lighting up the phone lines of individual congressional members stating. “it matters more than you think and some Democrats need to get more uncomfortable about the midterms than they already are.”

Take time to review these stats from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and it will be obvious that our agents are overworked as the numbers have grown beyond the ability to apprehend and hold the vast numbers for processing. They are referred to as “encounters.” These stats have not been updated since August 2021 and are currently much worse.


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.


NYC’s Mayor de Blasio punishes smart kids, promotes “racial equality”

October 10, 2021

More contemptible democrat lunacy invades American schools

Fox News reports Bill de Blasio is phasing out New York City’s Gifted and Talented program — bowing to critics who complain that the esteemed model is racist.

The term “racist” is the latest pungent pejorative. Hurl it and anyone in its path risks an irrevocable taint. The political left has now succeed in installing the Marxist ideology of Critical Race Theory in our schools, teaching children as young as kindergartners that whites are oppressors and minorities are victims.

The Daily Wire runs a revealing exposé, “Nation’s Largest Teachers Union Says It Will Teach Critical Race Theory In All 50 States, 14,000 School Districts. “ It’s definitely worth your time. The article reveals, “the NEA also vowed to team up with organizations such as Black Lives Matter at School and the Zinn Education Project — named after the anti-American and factually challenged historian Howard Zinn — to call for an October 14 rally in honor of George Floyd’s birthday “as a national day of action to teach lessons about structural racism and oppression.”

Open Secrets shows Teachers Unions have steadily increased their political involvement with the National Education Association (NEA and  the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) giving $millions to democrat state and national candidates. The unions have ramped up their political spending, increasing from $4.3 million in 2004 to $43.7 million in 2020. Just 2% of teachers union donations in the 2020 cycle went to Republicans.

Teachers unions’ political support for Biden has undeniably paid off as he took their side against reopening schools.


AZ Regent Karrin Kunasek Taylor Robson supports huge raises for overpaid university presidents

October 4, 2021

With Gov. Doug Ducey term-limited, the list of those from both parties eager to lead the state continues to grow. Most are inexperienced dolts

Today we focus on Karrin Kunasek Taylor Robson, not to endorse her, but to expose the fact that as a Doug Ducey appointed member of the Arizona Board of Regents (ARBOR), she was instrumental in gifting extraordinary salary hikes and numerous additional bonuses to the presidents of ASU and UofA and university coaches as the depressed Biden economy and surging prices are negatively impacting Arizona taxpayers. Robson was appointed by Gov. Ducey in 2017 to an eight-year term.

Focusing on ASU President Michael Crow, his new base salary is $771,282 up from $714,150. This is separate from the $70,000 housing allowance, $10,000 car allowance and an “18 to 21% contribution” to Crow’s retirement funds. All of that is in addition to another $50,000 for achieving some of the goals he set last year.

The cagily written press release can be read here.

The astronomical tuition and other fees at the 3 state universities not only make ASU President Michael Crow one of the highest paid state university presidents in the nation, while dinging parents and students with tuition that is beyond the reach of many. Yet Crow has long advocated for reduced rates (in-state tuition) for illegals who he welcomes with open arms.

Karrin Kunasek Taylor Robson, married to wealthy developer Ed Robson 35 years her senior, self identifies as the founder and president of Arizona Strategies, a land-use strategy company, an impressive title…unless your husband is a longtime, successful developer. She was instrumental in rubberstamping these astronomical pay and benefit increases. Now she has the nerve to run for governor? The U.K.’s Daily Mail even covered  Ducey ignoring a phone call from then-President Trump, when the distinctive incoming ring tone “Hail to the Chief” played, Ducey, a McCain toady silenced it, proceeding to certify the questionable Biden victory.

Karrin Kunasek Taylor Robson a prominent Republican donor, has never held or run for political office, is now a governor wannabe with nothing to recommend her for the state’s top job other than marrying Ed Robson who indulges and finances her whims. At 92, Ed Robson is older than her father. She spoke volumes when she was conveniently “out of town,” during President Trump’s July 24, 2021 “Rally To Protect Our Elections!

She’s a Republican poser, undeserving of your vote for governor.


AZ dem vaccine love fest embraces Cindy McCain…

July 1, 2021

…ignores ugly realities of the school where dems staged photo-op

Leaving her husband’s caretaking duties to professionals, “Dr.” Jill Biden came to Phoenix Wednesday, to push COVID immunizations at what was described as a “closed” school-based vaccination event. Accompanied by Doug Emhoff,* Mayor Kate Gallego, her ex-husband U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego, (whom she divorced in 2016, when pregnant with their son) and, of course, Cindy McCain…an increasingly necessary fixture to complete any democrat event.

Oddly, the report was relegated to Page 3 of the interior section of the leftist local newspaper. Could it be because Isaac Middle School where the event was held, should have been showcased the dire conditions of the minority-majority population school, where 86.8% are “economically disadvantaged” and falling far behind in basic math and reading proficiency scores? The school scores a “1” (10 is Best) when compared to schools statewide and nationally.

None of those harsh realities were on the minds of the still-masked democrat attendees on hand for the photo-op. Among them were AZ Secretary of State Katie Hobbs (now arrogantly running for governor); City Councilman Laura Pastor; Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez; and state Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ, who cloaks herself as a PND (Party Not Declared.)

The Biden-Harris spouse trip came as headlines blast, “Support for Biden erodes among Democrats as U.S. looks past pandemic.”

*Kamala Harris’ husband, oddly referred to in the report as the “second gentleman.”


Your tax dollars and the AZ Board of Regents at work

May 23, 2021

“Diversity and inclusivity” reign supreme at University of Arizona

The University of Arizona is advertising for an open position: Director of Native American Student Affairs. It comes complete with “4+weeks of annual vacation, 88% of health benefits (including for domestic partners and their families) paid for by UArizona, and 6 weeks parental leave for both parents.” Check out the compensation and benefits.”

Not any applicant will do. They are specifically seeking someone with a Master’s degree in higher education, with a specific focus on Native American and Indigenous students and/or other student populations from marginalized groups…or equivalent work experience.

Topping the list, overseen by the shameless educrats and elitists on the Arizona Board of Regents, is “Experience in engendering and integrating the values of diversity, inclusion and teamwork across various groups. Experience working with and leading Native American and Indigenous students.

Experience partnering with Tribal Nations and Leadership. Previous experience working with intersectional identity groups (i.e., LGBTQ, gender identity, race and ethnicity, multiracial, disability, socioeconomic class).”

The selected candidate needs “previous experience in revenue generation and/or grant writing,” necessary to raise more funds from leftwing entities to keep bogus programs like this one going.

The notice goes on to state: “At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As a Hispanic-serving institution and a Native American/Alaska Native-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.”

Yearly tuition costs are steep, approximately $60,000 for a state university primarily known as a party school. UofA President Robert Robbins, whose base salary in FY 2019-20 (list of all UofA employees‘ salaries*) was nearly $900,000 excluding benefits and perks, yet was dwarfed by Sean Miller, the head basketball coach making a base of $2,400,000. Bouncing and running with a ball and shooting it into a basket is paramount.

Even more egregious is the fact that in 2018 UofA paid radical Hezbollah-supporting, Communist propagandist Noam Chomsky, 89, $750k to teach “politics.” Read this linked Seeing Red AZ post exposing the insanity.

*H/T The Daily Wildcat


Educrat equivocator Weingarten changes her tune

May 14, 2021

Despite a year of vigorous pushback against parents who want their children back in school, Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) is now all-in for in-person education.

Weingarten, a far left-winger who takes her marching orders from the democrat party, said in a speech to the AFT Thursday, “Given current circumstances, nothing should stand in the way of fully reopening our public schools this fall and keeping them open. The United States will not be fully back until we are fully back in school. And my union is all in.”

This would best be identified as a load of horse pucky, but SRAZ is too genteel to engage in such descriptive terms.

Referring to remote learning which the unions have advocated, Weingarten has done a complete turnaround. She now says. “Prolonged isolation is harmful. School is where children learn. It’s where they work together and play together.”

Make no mistake, the duplicitous union leader is responding to furious parents who are fed up with the public school systems that have been failing their children for years. Recent polling conducted by the union, which represents nearly 2 million members, found that 73% of parents are comfortable with in-person learning this fall. The number increases to 94% if the teachers union’s reopening plan is fully in place. Still, numerous teachers unions, whose members have continued to be paid, have dug in their heels opposing reopening schools. And though teachers sought and were given priority in receiving the vaccine, and children have been ruled out as COVID spreaders, they remain resistant to going back to the classroom.

Weingarten, who possesses rare psychic abilities, said she supports President Biden efforts to reopen public schools in his first 100 days in office. Facts tell a different story. He was inaugurated January 20, 2021 and schools have remained closed.

This Pew Research survey taken well before the pandemic, headlined  “U.S. students’ academic achievement still lags that of their peers in many other countries,” exemplifies the dismal shape of the union-run public schools, as we are compared with “developed and developing counties.” Read the second paragraph in the link for sobering details.

While the nationwide debate over reopening schools has raged, teachers’ unions gave overwhelmingly to Democrat political candidates. These are the people who frequently spend more time influencing America’s children than their parents.  During the 2016 presidential election cycle, Weingarten, one of Hillary Clinton’s top education advisors, presented an award on behalf of the AFT to Clinton, submissively calling the chronic liar, “Our hero and champion.”


Whiteness morphs into insidious crime, as students taught self hatred

May 7, 2021

Critical Race Theory is a term we hear bandied about with increasing frequency, invading not only our culture, but our schools. It is anything but benign. Its main objective is to alienate Americans from one another, cast blame, and instill guilt, while elevating some by blaming others through insidious indoctrination. Taking pride in our country is regarded as the purview of racism. Voices raised to defund the police have become de rigueur.

At its core is the word “theory,” which is not a fact based premise, but rather a conjecture based on hypotheticals.  AZ Senate Bill 1532 has been introduced to address these overreaches in classrooms.

The bill’s wording mirrors that of Idaho’s recently passed landmark legislation HB 377 (Dignity and Non-discrimination in Public Education) that was signed into law by Republican Gov. Brad Little. The Daily Wire headlines its report, “First In Nation: Idaho’s Republican Gov. Signs Bill Banning Critical Race Theory.” Arizona Gov. Ducey should do no less.

Victor Davis Hanson, a leading conservative historian has written, “Is Racism Moral Now?” posted on American Greatness. The left is attempting to silence us into submission. This is an important commentary that is definitely worth your time. As SRAZ has often reminded our readers, Knowledge is power. These are unprecedented times that require vigilance and solid responses to the deceptive madness that is endorsing repression as equality. Silence is acquiescence.