Leftist radicals seek to derail Trump inauguration, ball

January 17, 2017

Undercover video of potential criminal acts aimed at creating havoc 

Seeing Red AZ has very politically attuned and well read readers. We know most of you check a variety of sites each day since our commenters frequently provide us ideas for posts.  So it was when “Conservative Since Birth” posted Part 1 of the undercover Project Veritas investigative video exposing extremist groups plotting criminal activity at  Donald Trump’s inauguration and festivities. We later saw it on Drudge Report, so it is getting much-needed exposure.

On further reflection, we decided to post it here today since plotting these disruptive activities is adverse to the peaceful transfer of power that has underwritten each incoming presidential administration throughout our nation’s history.  If you’ve seen this video, consider watching it again. It’s that important.

These plotters are talking about setting off butyric acid into ventilation systems and activating fire alarm sprinklers at a Trump inaugural  ball. “We will show them no mercy of any kind.” they say. They discuss shutting down traffic in Washington, D.C. “Just f*ck it all up.”

“In the next four years, we will fight Trump and everything he stands for. We will show them no mercy of any kind,” they pledge.

Hollyweird radicals Michael Moore, Alec Baldwin and Mark Ruffalo are organizing a massive anti-Trump rally in New York City. Remember them — and their lunatic liberal cohorts — the next time you think you need to go to a movie or a concert.  Funding these marginal people who get rich reading other people’s words, only emboldens them.

Project Veritas notified the FBI, Secret Service and DC Metro Police regarding the content of this video prior to its release.


Petulant Dem U.S. Reps. boycott Trump inauguration

January 16, 2017

That smooth transition Barack Obama promised incoming President Donald Trump was just so much hot air. He has done nothing to dissuade his minions intent on delegitimizing the presidency of Donald J. Trump — whose much awaited inauguration will take place Friday.

The inauguration snub movement gained momentum when Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) declared that he would boycott the event because he doesn’t see Trump as a “legitimate president.” Trump responded saying “Lewis was all talk,” and soon news outlets were united in referring to Lewis as an untouchable civil rights “icon.”

Other members of Congress have jumped on the bandwagon, declaring they will be protesting. The list of mostly minority Democrats who have publicly stated they won’t be at the Jan. 20 ceremony  currently stands at about two dozen. The 115th Congress includes 435 U.S. House members. Republicans number 241 and Democrats 194, so the impudent dissidents hardly constitute a ripple.

We notice Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) isn’t on the list. Of course his mind is heavy with pressing issues, such as he evidenced in 2011 when he  expressed his concerns (video) that Guam would tip over and capsize, falling  into the ocean if too many people resided on the island.  More recently he has compared Jewish settlers to termitesRep. Raul Grijlava (D-AZ) is boycotting.

Jeff Flake’s close congressional amnesty buddy Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Illinois) has joined the list of non-attendees. Since Flake was so vocal in his opposition to Donald Trump that he frequently said  he wouldn’t vote for him, it will be interesting to see if he once again breaks ranks with Republicans and sits the inauguration out. We’re betting he’ll be there, letting the sunlight glint off his bottle streaked locks.

Former U.S. Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, along with their wives will attend. Former President George H.W.Bush and his wife, Barbara, will be absent. A spokesman said that “at ages 92 and 91— and all that entails — President and Mrs. Bush will be unable to attend.” The elder Bush has had serious health problems in recent years. 

Former President George H.W. Bush sent a gracious letter to the President-elect on January 10, apologizing for having to miss the ceremony, saying he and Barbara “wish you the very best as you begin this incredible journey of leading our great country.”
“My doctor says if I sit outside in January, it likely will put me six feet under. Same for Barbara,” Bush wrote, in a letter reported by ABC News. “So I guess we’re stuck in Texas.”

And the obsessive Obama? Lacking any semblance of a personal barometer or decorum, he continues to make sweeping policy changes within days of his exit and has not called on the  boycotting Democrats to act civilly as we install his successor. 


SPI Douglas follows predecessors: rebrands Common Core

January 13, 2017

Breitbart News stuns with the headlined article, “Arizona State Board of Education ‘Rebrands’ Common Core.” Yes, the same Common Core that had parents throughout the state so riled, they elected unknown Diane Douglas as Arizona’s Superintendent of Public Instruction based on her promise to repeal the so-called standards.

Seeing Red AZ celebrated Douglas’ huge win opposing Common Core as she trounced the incumbent in the Sept. 2, 2014 Primary Election. In the comment section of this post, she noted she was “honored to have our support and endorsement.” 

Conservative syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin was an early endorser. She also praised Douglas for calling out Arizona Common Core promoters for their devious rebranding scheme.

Arizona parents have previously been through this “rebranding” con. Gov. Jan Brewer and Douglas’ predecessor John Huppenthal already pulled a fast one as they magically re-christened Common Core as “Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards” — hoping no one would notice. Malkin devoted countless columns to exposing the federal overreach that aims to place control of local schools in the hands of unelected Washington bureaucrats.

In Sept. 2013 SRAZ posted “Educrat trio: Huppenthal, Brewer, AZ Republic,” exposing the deceitful scheme to which Diane Douglas appeared to be the antidote. She wasn’t. 

Diane Douglas rode the anti-Common Core horse to the winner’s circle. Now she’s exposed as throwing the race.

H/T commenter azgary


Dems confirmation sham calculated to disrupt Trump’s transition

January 12, 2017

Here’s some information to put all of the liberal Senate confirmation posturing of President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet picks in perspective. The U.S. Senate’s website has a lengthy but fascinating history of the process. Before checking the facts, take a guess at the number of Cabinet nominations ever rejected or withdrawn.

It turns out to be a rare event for the Senate to reject a Cabinet nomination. Only nine Cabinet appointees in all of U.S. history — appointed either by incoming U.S. Presidents or sitting Presidents attempting to fill vacancies in the middle of their terms — have ever been voted down by the Senate. 

Republicans are in the majority which should make confirmation even less of an issue, although Republicrats who are still reeling in the wake of Donald Trump’s victory revel in trying to disrupt the process.

Meanwhile, OneNewsNow reports the Obama and Hillary coat tail hangers are finding themselves jobless in D.C. The sure thing they so fervently believed in turned out to be an apparition. And that smooth transition Barack Obama promised Donald Trump’s administration? His lips were moving as he talked about emulating the graciousness of the 2008 George W Bush transition — a sure sign Obama was lying.


Silliness Trying To Trump Common Sense

January 6, 2017

Much longer than our usual posts, this guest commentary is being given space due to the relevancy of the issues presented here prior to our Republican Maricopa County and state statutory organizational meetings coming up later this month. We hope all elected precinct committeemen and state committeemen are alert to the slick attempts by AZ GOP Chair Robert Graham to deliver the party to the Republicrat syndicate led by McCain and Flake. Jim O’Connor is the conservative choice for state chairman. We’ve been in the wilderness long enough.

How many mail angels can dance on the head of the word “mail” in a statute involving giving notice of a meeting of a purely private political organization?  An anonymous writer at Sonoran Alliance posted a silly article.  It contains some choice SILLINESS.

But, before getting to that, I saw reported on the MCRC Briefs a nice summation of the “mail” issue in the context of the Solicitor General’s “informal opinion”

Attorney Ted Naeckel Responds To AG Opinion: I saw the “opinion” from Bronovich. He clearly acknowledges that his “opinion” is hasty and not well researched. The only authority for USPS mail that he sites only is in the   rules of court and rules of civil procedure for serving documents another party and is inapplicable in terms of a call letter to PC’s because court procedure is a specialized circumstance and the sole purview of the courts.   It has no binding application to “normal” areas of the law.  The definitions section of the Arizona Revised Statutes does not define “mail” as being only Snail mail.  Nor does Title 16, which deals expressly with the political structure set up by the state, define “mail.”  Further, depending on the dictionary, I can find the term “mail” to include e-mail. Because the definition of “mail” is not established anywhere other than the court rules of civil procedure, e-mail is not precluded under title 16. With the new “e-filing” system, everything but the initial service of a complaint is done by e-mail now. And, the initial service can also be done by the agreement of the parties.Back to the silliness contained in the silly anonymous article at Sonoran Alliance:

“Just issued, a legal opinion by the Arizona Solicitor General office of the Arizona Attorney General, resolves a dispute regarding notification in Republican Party elections.”

“In the opinion posted by Attorney General Mark Brnovich, Solicitor General Draye

clarifies and establishes the correct definition of “by mail” . . . .”

“Given this official legal opinion, the Maricopa County Republican Party Bylaws are out of compliance with the law.”

“The Solicitor General’s opinion affirms AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham’s assertion was correct, that districts such as LD23 that improperly noticed their precinct committeemen by email, were in violation of party bylaws and state statute all along.”

“With the State Republican Party Meeting and Election rapidly approaching, there is not enough time now for a ‘do-over’ election leaving LD23’s illegally elected state committeemen potentially ineligible to vote.”

Um, no.  These statements are all non sequiturs – inferences that do not follow from the premises.  When a non sequitur is stated by someone who knows it is an inference that does not follow from the premises, then the non sequitur may be called something else:  a lie.

Saying something that is not based on fact and untrue over and over and over does not make it so.

Who is this person who writes such unsupported assertions?  He remains anonymous.  Turnabout is fair play.  So shall I.

“Resolves a dispute?” What dispute?  Between whom?  In what court of competent jurisdiction?  Blank out.

“Illegally?” What are criminal penalties?  Under what statute?  And who has jurisdiction to rule on the “illegality” and impose criminal penalties?  Blank out.

“The opinion issued by Dominic Draye to incoming Speaker of the House JD Mesnard, settles the legal question of whether or not precinct committeemen were properly noticed regarding the upcoming Maricopa County Republican Party election and ultimately the election of State Committeemen in LD23 including an announced candidate for State Party Chairman.”  Again, a non sequitur.  Or lie, depending upon the intention of the writer.

“Settles the legal question of whether or not [sic] . . . .”  Really?

This is what an “advisory opinion” of the Arizona Attorney General constitutes:

From the 2016 archive page of the AG’s web site explaining what force and effect AG opinions have (and, mind, you this “informal opinion” that concludes “notice by email appears insufficient” is not signed by Brnovich, and has no signature by the alleged signatory, the Solicitor General, and is based on a single federal court decision interpreting a statute, an Arizona Rule of Civil Procedure in a completely different context involving legal rights of parties involved in litigation.  The other analogies are based on, again, court rules involving legal rights in the context of protective orders, civil appellate rules, another rule of civil procedure, and a rule in the Code of Judicial Admin.; in the situation involving the notice of a meeting “by mail” by a political party, we are talking about how a private organization that can have no mandatory dues for precinct committeemen (because they are all elected volunteers and mandatory dues would potentially disenfranchise the voters in the precinct who elected the PC(s)) gives a notice of a private meeting of a private organization, a political party meeting, for which the PC is under no legal compulsion to attend:

The following opinions were issued from 1999 to the present time. The first two digits of each opinion indicate the year it was issued (I99 indicates it was issued in 1999), and the next three digits sequentially number the order in which the opinions were issued. For example, I99-003 would be the third opinion issued in 1999. The number in parentheses (R98-025) references the request for an opinion file number. Opinions of the Attorney General are advisory, and do not have the same effect as decisions of a court of law.

https://www.azag.gov/ag-opinions (Click on the link to the 2016 archived opinions if you do not see this at this link.)

NOTE THAT THE REAL QUESTION IS AVOIDED.   

The real question is:  If the notice requirement of A.R.S. Section 16-824 B. was not met (for whatever reason), and the elected precinct committeemen of a county committee nevertheless appear for their statutory organizational meeting, and are credentialed, who, if anyone, has the right to declare the meeting invalid?

Some party “leaders” stamp their feet and pronounce that a non-snail mail notice somehow makes the meeting invalid.

SAYS WHAT STATUTE?  They can provide none.  Because no statute says so.

Who has authority to determine the meeting to be invalid?  No court or state chairman has any authority to prevent the members of the county committee from conducting their meeting.  The meeting “belongs to” the members of the county committee, not to any law court’ and not to the political party’s state chairman.

The precinct committeemen who show up on January 14 to be credentialed can be credentialed whether they received an email notice, a snail mail notice, or no notice at all.  Having received a snail mail or other notice is not a prerequisite for being credentialed.  If a snail mail notice got “lost in the mail,” and the PC never received it, does that mean he can’t be credentialed?  No.  The PCs who show up on January 14 will be credentialed and conduct the meeting, as they see fit, as no statute gives any court or anyone else any power or jurisdiction to “intervene” and prevent the meeting of the private, voluntary organization from taking place.

As a wise man once wrote, the power to resolve any question any political party committee might need to resolve resides entirely with the members of the party committee itself.  Political parties and their state, county, and legislative district committees are private associations of volunteer individuals. Giving government any role in determining rights in any private association, especially a political party, would be entirely inappropriate and likely unconstitutional.  Political party committees, being wholly private, voluntary associations of volunteer members, have the right and power to adjudicate disputes over the affairs of the committees.

The precinct committeemen members of the political parties have no constitutional, civil, or statutory right to be a precinct committeeman – they can only become an elected precinct committeeman if enough of the registered voters of their political party in their precinct elect them (or, as in the overwhelming majority of cases, the number of candidates in their precinct is equal to or less than quota of slots for their precinct and they win by default).  Likewise, elected precinct committeemen are not public officials – they have been elected by the voters in their respective precincts (or have won by default) to represent them in a purely private organization – a political party.  No statute compels precinct committeemen to do anything; they cannot be compelled to participate at all in the meetings of their legislative district committee or their county committee unless they volunteer to do so.  For example, the chairman of the state committee cannot order any other elected member of the party to do anything, as all members are volunteers.

Some people have trouble grasping these fundamental concepts and facts relating to our private political parties.  None are difficult to learn and know.  Perhaps the stumbling block is most never had Basic American Civics in middle school or have never taken the time to read and study the statutes relating to political parties and the bylaws of the state committee and county committee.

POLITICAL POWER FLOWS FROM THE VOTER TO THE PRECINCT COMMITTEEMEN ON “UP” TO THE STATE CHAIRMAN; THE STATE CHAIRMAN DOES NOT HAVE THE POWER TO CHOOSE THE ELECTORS

The political representation flows from the voters to the precinct committeemen (who directly elect their legislative district committee officers and county committee officers and state committeemen) and to the state committee, who represent the precinct committeemen and elect the state committee officers.  We currently have a state chairman who appears to want to bluff his way into HIM electing the state committeemen electors.

Once the precinct committeemen are elected in Maricopa County, they come together at an organizational meeting to form the new county committee.  A simple notice of the meeting needs to be sent out “by mail” by the county chairman, and the Maricopa County Republican Committee (“MCRC”) Bylaws define the undefined-in-the-statute word “mail” as email or postal service mail.  Perfectly reasonable. From the Republican National Committee’s “autopsy” report which over and over recognized the need for the Republican Party to leverage digital technology to make its operations more efficient:

Campaigns and Elections magazine reported that an “active email list is a gift that keeps on giving.” We agree. Email continues to generate significant revenues and, importantly, can provide hard dollars in the fall when the major donors are maxed out. State parties and campaigns must invest in the data to continue to grow their working email lists and harvest them for fundraising and political benefit. It is worth noting that in 2012 email raised more than twice the percentage of total funds it raised in 2008.

Google it.  So now we have a county chairman who wants to use email to more efficiently (in terms of money, in terms of time, and in terms of sweat equity) send out a simple notice about the date, time, and location of a meeting – which many, many legislative district chairmen welcomed along with many, many precinct committeemen, because of the savings in time and money, yet some adamantly pronounce:  “If I don’t get my snail mail, the meeting is ‘invalid’ and ‘null and void!’”  Or something.

Again, we are talking about the notice of a meeting at which the only business to be conducted is the election of five officers and any other possible business, such as amending of the county committee’s bylaws or resolutions proposed by the members.  The procedures for accomplishing these things are covered in the MCRC bylaws.

The precinct committeemen wear another hat, that of member of the county committee.  Later, by statute, they are to be given ten day notice by the chairman of that meeting.  “By mail.”  Which can be email.  Per the statute and the bylaws.  Again, we are talking about a mere notice of a meeting telling the precinct committeemen the date, the time, and the location of a meeting.  That’s it.

What if, somehow, the ten-day notice is not given.  Are there any penalties for anyone?  No.  Search the statutes – none will be found.  Why?  Because precinct committeemen and the officers they elect ARE NOT PUBLIC OFFICIALS.  They are volunteers who happened to be elected first as precinct committeemen and then, perhaps, as a committee chairman or other officer.  The courts have NO jurisdiction over the internal workings of the political parties because no civil or constitutional rights are involved.  The organizational meetings are governed by statute only insofar as the windows of time for them are stated and the notice requirements are set forth.  But, even if a deadline were to be blown, the meeting can still take place and late notice can be given – and if a precinct committeeman thinks otherwise, and decides not to attend, and complain about late notice, so be it.  Because it would take a majority vote of all the PCs present to make that decision.  And why would they invalidate their own meeting?  So they could force themselves to come back some other Saturday and have the county committee, which runs on donations, not mandatory dues, spend money a second time for a second meeting?

Let’s see if that happens on January 14.  And let’s see what happens on January 28. 

The anonymous non sequitur-writer provides this legal advice for the state chairman and the readers:

“The legal remedy is for Chairman Graham to disregard the illegally called meeting results, seat an appointed contingent of committeemen from LD23, and hold the State Meeting according to statute and bylaw.”

BY WHAT AUTHORITY?  UNDER WHAT STATUTE OR STATUTES? PER WHAT BYLAW OR BYLAWS?

Blank out.  The reader is left to wonder.  Perhaps no statutes or bylaws are stated, and no explanation of this “legal remedy” is given because none exist.

Precinct committeemen and only precinct committeemen in a precinct have the power to elect a captain.  If they choose not to do so, the legislative district (“LD”) chairman is required by the MCRC Bylaws to appoint one.  How many of the LD committee chairmen in Maricopa County have complied with the MCRC Bylaws to ensure the election of precinct captains at their organizational meetings, or, if the precinct committeeman have failed to elect a captain, have appointed one?  As far as I know, zilch.

The county bylaws require the district chairs and all PCs to cooperate with the county chair and to help reach the goals of the county committee.  Instead, some choose to be thorns in the sides of the volunteers who are trying their best to bring the county committee and its members, the PCs, from a pen, paper and phone world into a world of email and databases that has been used by every other type of organization for going on almost three decades.  But it’s so much more fun demanding, “I want my snail mail letter, damn it.  Because, ‘mail.’  Or something.”

Gee, it’s almost as if the state chairman and others DO NOT WANT precinct committeemen to use digital technology to communicate with one another.  I recall our current state chairman promising when he ran for state chairman, and then ran for reelection for state chairman, to provide a digital tool to all of the state’s precinct committeemen so that every precinct committeeman in the state could communicate digitally with every other precinct committeeman to accomplish the goals of the Republican Party:  to effectively and efficiently get out the vote for the best Republican candidates in the all-important, traditionally-very-low-turnout primary elections and then again in the general elections for the winners of the primary.  Four years later?  Still waiting.

The Democrats have been doing this with their Voter Activation Network software, which is the original, Democrat, version of rVotes, for about eight years.  What software do we, as Republicans, have, provided by the RNC and the state party, that allows each precinct committeeman to communicate and organize GOTV efforts like this with their fellow precinct committeemen?  Zilch.

The precinct committeemen in each legislative district nominate state committeemen, who are then deemed elected by the county chairman.  ONLY the precinct committeemen can select these state committeemen.  A legislative district committee organizational meeting at which the elected PCs in attendance, by majority, approve of the conduct of the meeting, cannot be undone or “invalidated” by a county chairman or a state chairman or anyone else.  Despite what some huffing and puffing state committee or county committee “leader” might say.

The precinct committeemen elect their state committeemen, who in turn elect the state officers, including the state chairman.  The state chairman has NO authority for picking and choosing which state committeemen were “properly” elected.  ONLY the precinct committeemen may do that.

Some in our Party try to get away with, and often succeed in getting away with, a lot of I-am-making-up-the-rules-as-I-see-fit usurpations through bluff and bluster mostly because too many of the county chairmen and legislative district chairmen and precinct committeemen have failed to spend the time and expend the effort to learn and be fully aware of who can do what per the statutes and the bylaws, whether it’s the state bylaws or the county bylaws.

The funniest part of the anonymous author’s article arrives in the last paragraph, where he states:

“Party activists and officials must be aware of these important bylaws and statutes especially when they conduct the process of elections and seek higher leadership. Pushing a personal agenda by skirting the rules or making them up as you go is the not the upholding manner in which GOP leaders should conduct themselves.”

Was the writer deliberately stating such ironic hypocrisy?

TOO FUNNY. ;-)

Some background on all the silliness.


The specter of Joe Arpaio looms large at MCSO

January 5, 2017

Is there actually a “new sheriff” in town?

Many residents of Maricopa County were disappointed by the election night news that Sheriff Joe Arpaio lost his seventh reelection bid.  The popular career law enforcement official had served the people of Maricopa County ably for an unprecedented 6 4-year terms. But it was Arpaio’s commitment to actually enforcing the law that made him the punching bag for the daily newspaper, which never saw an illegal alien it didn’t prefer to Arizona citizens.

Checking out the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) website we got a much-needed chuckle.  The staff of Paul Penzone — the incoming sheriff who received funding from radical globalist, multi-billionaire and open borders proponent George Soros* — has failed in its attempt to do a thorough cleansing of its Home Page.

The first photo is of the Sheriff’s Office building. Second is a “Mission Statement,” and a list of “Values and Expectations From Ourselves and Our Employees” Our favorite comes up next with the depiction of two deputies standing before metal paneled doors, with the inscription instructing “Pull forward to yellow line to activate door.” Emblazoned across the door in bold, all caps, yellow letters are the words SHERIFF JOE ARPAIO —- making it all too obvious Team Penzone isn’t ready for prime time.

* Find out more about Soros at Discover the Networks, A Guide to the Political Left.

Politico reported on George Soros’ behind the scenes efforts to single handedly overhaul the U.S. justice system, including involvement in the elections of sheriffs and district or county attorneys with his infusions of $ millions.

Then remind yourself that this is the man who brought us Paul Penzone.


Has Meghan McCain already become a liability for Fox?

December 31, 2016

Regurgitating father’s odd, self-serving views doesn’t match conservative format

Just weeks ago to much fanfare and hoopla, Meghan McCain was named a permanent co-host of Fox network’s weekday news program “Outnumbered.” Tattoos hidden, nostrils sculpted, a couple of enhancements added and newly slimmed — Meghan is clearly not the brightest bulb in the all-fem chandelier — the format of which features a lone male guest. The day her father, then in a tough senate reelection race, showed up on the set as that guest, awkwardly epitomized bungled thinking.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to share my unique perspective with viewers on a now daily basis,” Meghan solemnly stated as she began her new job. Her “unique perspective“?  In this interview with People magazine after the Republican National Convention, Meghan McCain, 32, admitted she cried when the Republican Party made Trump its presidential nominee. “This is a garbage election with two garbage candidates and America deserves a lot better than this,” she said at the time. As a testament to her impeccable judgment, Megan registered as an Independent when she was 18 and bragged that she voted for John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election.

Ms. McCain’s Republican credentials have always been suspect. She became a Republican as a Father’s Day surprise, in a display of “commitment” to her Dad. It’s worth noting that at the time, he was the GOP nominee for the U.S. Presidency.

As John McCain, who withdrew his lukewarm support from GOP candidate — now President-elect Donald Trump — showboats, things have gotten even dicier.  McCain and his omnipresent traveling buddy and senate colluder Lindsey Graham have announced they will hold hearings on what they regard as Russia’s interference with our presidential elections. The aim is to cast doubt on Trump, delegitimizing the breadth of his popularity and neutralizing him on the world stage before he assumes office. Even the hard-left Rolling Stone writes the Russian hack story of the Democrat National Committee emails “stinks.

And Meghan?  Unable to continually spew her daddy’s talking points, she has been absent from the “Outnumbered” set for several days. She’s too new at the job to be given holiday vacation time that long timers have earned. It would be a wise corporate move to say she’s unable to continue her gig due to other pressing considerations.