The daily’s gaseous toll roads sermonizing

December 30, 2010

Just days ago, with the threat of $5 a gallon gas looming, the newspaper blithely tossed out the idea of toll roads. It was headlined, Study looks at opening HOV lanes to toll payers. The two-pronged hook was easing congestion on Valley freeways and, of course, raising revenues. Following the departure of the liberal newspaper’s beloved and free-spending Governor Janet Napolitano, Arizona was facing an unprecedented fiscal crisis. To be sure, the debt was exacerbated by the national economic downturn, but Napolitano never saw a spending program she was willing to turn down.

The solution to her hemorrhaging trail of debt? Tax the fools who elected her.  The problem is, others who used some sense at the ballot box find themselves caught in that pricey net.

The sucker punch came a day later via the editorial, titled: To ease traffic, try to think outside the box. The editorialist contemptuously reprimands Arizonans to “keep an open mind” regarding paying tolls, since “we don’t know nearly enough to make a decision.” It’s time, we are told, to “put that knee jerk reaction aside and do a reality check.”

We are being force-fed public transportation as we brace for ever increasing gas prices. But it is the liberal Democrats, so attuned they remind us, to the problems of the American’s working families, who have long advocated higher fuel prices to curtail consumption.

These do-as-we-say, not as-we-do hypocrites and their grandiose ecological sermonizing have an agenda. Never be fooled into thinking American taxpayer consumers are the intended beneficiaries.

Last year we posted Looks like the fix is in for toll roads. This is one curve we didn’t want to be ahead of.


AZ border violence incidental to Napolitano’s actual mission

December 17, 2010

As the hunt for the fifth killer of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry enters its third day, Arizona sheriffs expressed irritation that Homeland INsecurity chieftain Janet Napolitano did not bother to schedule meetings with them or include them in a Tuesday conference call on the issue of border security. The lackluster Napolitano, over her head and unwilling to exert any meaningful border enforcement, visited the area yesterday, as part of a previously scheduled trip. She met only with Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada.

Last March 27 Cochise County rancher Robert Krentz was murdered on his family ranch by Mexican nationals.

While chaos reigns on the US./Mexico border, the former Arizona governor, famous for her quip “You show me a 50-foot wall and I’ll show you a 51-foot ladder at the border. That’s the way the border works” makes “Environmental Justice,” including obscene land grabs and backdoor amnesty her priorities.

Syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin, who “gets it,” congratulates Napolitano with these well chosen words: “Heckuva job, J-Nap. Heckuva job.”

With liberal Napolitano, who as a former border governor should know the severity of these issues, at the helm of border enforcement, is it any wonder we are Seeing Red [in] Arizona?

The Arizona 2012 Project is organizing a Tea Party delegation to attend   Agent Terry’s memorial service, during the week of Dec. 20. Click here for updated information.


Al Gore’s environmental extremism at play in Cancun

December 2, 2010

The United Nations Climate Change Conference is meeting in Cancun, Mexico from November 29 – December 10 2010; and Americans for Prosperity  takes its Hot Air Tour live webcast there for a meet-up this evening, 7PM CST — December 2nd.

Obama administration bureaucrats have been flocking to Cancun this week, with American taxpayers once again picking up the tab, just as we did last year when they met in Copenhagen.

Obamanites will join other radical environmentalists at the United Nations Climate Change conference to plot their next moves to kill jobs, intrude on our freedoms and dictate the way we live our lives – all in the name of Al Gore’s radical global warming agenda.

Last year, Seeing Red AZ wrote about Cap-and-Trade, the most sweeping environmental bill in U.S. history — an expansive measure intended to undercut American industry by placing severe restrictions and exorbitant penalties on carbon-emitting fuels which liberals blame for the questionable science of global warming.

Although Democrats pulled members out of alcohol rehab to cast their ballots for the measure, AZ Congressman Jeff Flake missed the 219 – 212 vote, contributing to its passage.

Watch this video for an idea of the excesses in Cancun:


Nearly two years later, Calif. Dems still blame Bush for economy

October 11, 2010

Rasmussen Reports clearly illustrates that skewed facts still rate an audience.

A new survey of likely California voters finds that after nearly two years in office, only 35% feel the poor economy is due to the policies of President Obama — a full 13-points lower than the national average.

Still, only 27% of those same California voters say the current policies of the federal government have put the U.S. economy on the right course. About half (49%) disagree and feel the government’s policies have derailed the economy from the correct path. Another 24% are in the never-never land of uncertainty.

Most Democrats, (91%), taking their marching orders from the left‘s talking points, blame former President George W. Bush for the bad economy, while 70% of Republicans and 64% of voters not affiliated with either political party blame Obama.

And the failed stimulus scheme? Forty-one percent (41%) of California voters say the $787 billion stimulus package helped the economy, while 32% say the plan hurt the United States. Twenty percent (27%) feel the stimulus plan had no impact on the economy

George Bush the Convenient has become the reliable whipping boy for the disastrous results of $1 trillion health care debacle, Cap and Trade, the stimulus package, government interference in the running of banks and insurance companies, and taking over major aspects of the auto industry, or suing the state of Arizona over our illegal immigration law, as the Obama regime continues pushing its anti-capitalist agenda.

Why the people of California are oblivious to the harsh realities defined by Barack Obama is anyone’s guess.


Wondering what the old Maverick McCain is up to lately?

September 8, 2010

In an article Senators support illegal immigration super highway published in the Las Cruces Sun-News, Marita Noon discloses shenanigans in the U.S. Senate that we haven’t been reading about here in Arizona.

Twenty-three Senators have recently thrown their support behind an innocent looking bill — S1689 — introduced by Democrat Sen. Jeff Bingaman and his lone co-sponsor and fellow Democrat Tom Udall last September. The bill will, among other things, create an illegal immigration superhighway, remove access to “natural resources,” and ultimately strip ranchers of their grazing rights, all under the mega-deception of “preserving” approximately 250,000 acres as wilderness.

As other issues such as stimulus spending, health care, and cap-and-trade have taken the spotlight, this harmless sounding bill, which makes land in New Mexico part of the National Wilderness Preservation System and the National Landscape Conversation System, received virtually no attention. However, it has percolated to the top as the markup of the bill has been approved (23-0) and is headed to the Senate floor — with the support of the Obama administration, given in testimony before the Energy Committee.

As numerous non-border states mimic Arizona’s immigration law, polls show that the majority of the public wants to stem the tide of illegal immigrants. S1689 will disappoint that majority.

Unless people speak up, this New Mexico bill will sail through on a professional courtesy to Sens. Bingaman and Udall.

And as John McCain gave electioneering lip service to citizen’s demands to close the border, he joined with 23 others who voted to move S1689 to the floor. Supporters including McCain and his Senate Democrat cohorts Mary Landrieu (LA), and Blanche Lincoln (AR), need to be held accountable.

Now that he has, for all intents and purposes, been reelected for another six-year term, don’t look for John McCain to be making the rounds or answering questions.  Just figure we’ve been snookered again.

But what the heck — give him a call, anyway.


So our border is “more secure than at any time in the past 20 years?”

July 19, 2010

Regardless of what we’ve been told by amnesty advocates,  Janice Kephart, Director of National Security Policy at the Center for Immigration Studies, reports that illegal activities and violence is, in fact, escalating.

Hidden Cameras on the Arizona Border 2: Drugs, Guns, and 850 Illegal Aliens” is the group’s second web-based film on the impact of illegal alien activity in Arizona. The initial video can be viewed here.

This new 10-minute mini-documentary raises the bar, featuring footage of illegal alien entry as well as gun and drug smuggling. The inescapable reality revealed by the hidden cameras is far from what we are being told in the media or by President Obama, who actually said in a July 1, 2010 speech, “The southern border is more secure today than at any time in the past 20 years.”

The hidden camera footage indicates there is an abysmal lack of federal law enforcement presence on Arizona’s federal land on the border in Nogales, in the Coronado National Forest (15 miles inside the border), and the Casa Grande Sector (80 miles inside the border).

Also significant to the story are responses received as part of Freedom of Information Act requests made by Janice Kephart, in August 2009. Featured in the film is a 2004 federal government PowerPoint showing the near-complete devastation of a borderland national park due to illegal-alien activity, highlighting the disconnect between the situation on the ground in Arizona and Washington rhetoric.


Day 64: Obama overruled as judge grants relief for Louisiana

June 22, 2010

U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman has lifted the six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling imposed by President Barack Obama following the largest oil spill in U.S. history. Obama temporarily halted all drilling in waters deeper than 500 feet on May 27.

The administration’s decision to ban drilling was likely “arbitrary and capricious” and would do “irreparable harm” to companies and individuals’ livelihoods, federal Judge Feldman wrote in his decision. Read it here.

More than a dozen Louisiana offshore service and supply companies sued U.S. regulators to lift the ban. State officials claim 20,000 Louisiana jobs are in jeopardy if the deepwater drilling suspension lasts 18 months.

Presidential spokesman Robert Gibbs response: “We will immediately appeal to the Fifth Circuit.”

While Obama waits for a response, he can busy himself with another few rounds of golf or partying with celebrities.

Florida’s WKRG News 5 has a live video feed of the BP oil spill from the Gulf of Mexico floor, 5,000 feet below the water’s surface.

UPDATE:

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says he will issue a new order imposing a moratorium on deepwater drilling after a federal judge struck down the existing one.

In a statement this evening, Salazar said that the new order will contain additional information making clear why the six-month drilling pause was necessary in the wake of the Gulf oil spill. The federal judge in New Orleans who struck down the moratorium earlier in the day complained there wasn’t enough justification for it.

The White House also is appealing the judge’s ruling.


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