Donald Trump expected to draw thousands in Phoenix

July 10, 2015

Focus on illegal immigration resonates

Due to overwhelming demand for tickets to hear presidential candidate Donald Trump, his Saturday, July 11 event is moving from the Arizona Biltmore Resort to the much larger Phoenix Convention Center.*

Within hours after it was announced that Trump was scheduling a visit, organizers began scrambling to locate a larger crowd accommodating venue. At last count, over 3,500 people have signed up for the free tickets at www.standwithtrump.eventbrite.com.  Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio will accompany Trump, who will be speaking on illegal immigration.

Trump’s poll numbers have surged, topping out the GOP candidate list, according to this just released national survey. Rasmussen reports that most Americans agree with Trump on the criminality associated with illegals.

The Washington Post reports that Jeff Flake — who has the lowest rating in the U.S. Senate, 3-points below bottom-dragger John McCain — attempted to pressure Maricopa County GOP chairman Tyler Bowyer not to sponsor the event.

But Bowyer would have none of it, instead issuing a statement in response to Flake’s comments saying the party is “thrilled” to welcome Trump. Bowyer accused the senator of violating former president Ronald Reagan’s 11th Commandment: “Thou shall not speak ill of any other Republican.”

“It is saddening that at a time when Republicans should be exposing the negligence and failed policies of Democrats — from sanctuary cities to DACA and catch-and-release to Obama’s refusal to secure the border — some Republicans choose to instead gossip about which GOP presidential candidate was invited to meet with voters in their home county,” the statement read.

Amnesty-supporting Flake declared Trump’s views as not reflective of the Republican Party.

“As an elected official and as a Republican, I’m not excited about this, to say the least,” Flake said. “I don’t think that [Trump’s] views are reflective of the party, particularly in Arizona, a border state.” 

Yet in a case of views being “reflective” much closer to home, when Flake’s then 15-year-old son, Tanner, was exposed for his online spew of vile racist, anti-Semitic, and homophobic slurs, Jeff Flake actually apologized on behalf of his son, requiring nothing of him. Tanner, who used the name “ni**erkiller” as a game participant, was equally vicious in his insults of the very Hispanics his dad is working so hard to legalize, referring to Mexicans as “scum of the earth.”  Read our post “Generational Flakes.”

*Phoenix Convention Center, 100 North 3rd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004 — North Ballroom.  Saturday, July 11, 2015 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM


“Reckless cowboys” stand up for free speech

May 6, 2015

First Amendment butts heads with violent Jihadists

In the warped world of the wizards at the Arizona Republic free speech should take a back seat on the politically correct bus. It’s incendiary, donch’a know?  On the other hand, they do purport to be journalists who value the protections granted in the First Amendment. Without a doubt they dance around the subject, weaving such differing opinions into the editorial that it’s not “difficult to imagine” heated debates surrounding the tone the message should take.

The opening words of Tuesday’s editorial which ran under two contradictory headlines in the hard copy and online editions:

“It is difficult to imagine a more provocative, indeed reckless, event: A contest among irreverent cartoonists to see who could draw the best caricature of the Prophet Mohammed.“

The editorial concludes with these words:

“As foolish as it may have been to engage in such an outrageous act of Islamist baiting, we cannot lose sight of the principle that prompted the gathering. The First Amendment does not exist to protect polite speech. It is there to defend obnoxious, even mean-spirited speech with enthusiasm.

The American Freedom Defense Initiative and its artists too willingly put the lives of others in jeopardy. There are better ways to make the point. But when terrorists are quick to kill those with whom they disagree, we’ll stand with the reckless, nose-thumbing First Amendment-riding cowboys.”

The Republic editorialists must be dizzy from spinning.

Andrew C. McCarthy, author and  policy fellow at the National Review Institute, has written a fine analysis in “Islam and Free Speech: Missing the Point in Garland.”

On Monday evening, Robert Spencer, director of Jihad Watch and vice president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, appeared on Fox News’ “The Kelly File,” discussing the jihad attack against the AFDI/Jihad Watch Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest in Garland, Texas.

This morning the New York Daily News reports ISIS terrorists —- dismissed by Barack Obama in 2014 as a “JV Team” —- have declared war on Atlas Shrugs blogger Pamela Geller who helped organize the event. An ominous online message claims ISIS has fighters across America ready to attack “any target we desire.”  They specifically target “Geller and anyone who hides or hosts her.”

Make up your own mind. You can do a much better job than those practiced bob and weavers at the daily. Are Americans supposed to cower in the face of this barbaric insanity?


Ted Cruz: Democrat Party “radicalized and extreme”

April 3, 2015

In an insightful dialogue with Breitbart News, recently declared GOP Presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) focuses on assaults to religious liberty. He notes the modern Democrat Party is “so radicalized and so extreme” that it won’t stand up for the most basic tenets of the U.S. Constitution, including religious liberty as afforded by the First Amendment.

This exclusive interview needs to be read. The 2016 presidential election is rapidly approaching. Candidate interviews such as this provide us with the necessary information we need to make informed decisions. No candidate —- or the ultimate nominee —- will meet each of our standards, but we are living in perilous times and need solid leadership. After living through the Obama regime it’s obvious that must be provided by a Republican. Whether that person is Ted Cruz or someone else, this is the time to glean facts.

Readers of this site might recall the September 2012 post titled “Chaos reigns as Dems boo God, Jeer Jerusalem,” during their national convention. It’s worth reviewing and watching the accompanying video detailing the mockery of what most  Americans view as fundamental. It was not an occasional radical liberal delegate who jeered and booed the mention of God. It was a clear majority. The resulting embarrassment of the party leadership required them to take a recount. They needed three! They also fudged the results.

Sen. Ted Cruz correctly defines the shallowness of today’s Democrat Party.


Feds raid state political meeting, harass attendees

March 2, 2015

In what appears to be a wild display of overkill, federal and local police forces raided a political meeting in Bryan, Texas, fingerprinting and photographing all attendees as well as confiscating their cell phones, iPads, laptops, and personal recording devices. No arrests were made.

The Republic of Texas, a separatist group, was holding one of its regular meetings at the local VFW Post with 60 attendees. There was nothing illicit taking place. Yet according to this account in My San Antonio, an armed and armored force of the Bryan Police Department, the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office, the Kerr County Sheriff’s Office, Agents of the Texas District Attorney, the Texas Rangers and the FBI disrupted the meeting.

In the end, at least 20 officers corralled, searched and fingerprinted all 60 meeting attendees, before seizing their personal electronic devices in the raid.

In this video, Gov. Rick Perry says, “Texans know best how to govern Texas” as he commended the efforts of the 2009 legislature in introducing HCR 50, affirming that Texas claims sovereignty under the 10th Amendment. 

Seeing Red AZ is not advocating in favor of secession. But it’s a good bet that many regular readers of this site have attended countless political meetings of various stripes and cringe at the thought of being subjected to such tactics for exercising their constitutional rights.

Read more about the underpinnings of the raid here.


Illegals? Word police vandalize CA newspaper office

January 11, 2015

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“Worst ever” headline “dehumanizing,” “creates hostile atmosphere”

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So here we are mere days from the terrorist massacre perpetrated against the French

publication, Charlie Hebdo. Twelve people were slaughtered and eleven others wounded after the satirical newspaper provoked Islamic ire for running a caricature of Muhammad.

Now, in the U.S. where the First Amendment protects free speech, we read that vandals in California have used spray painted graffiti to deface the building which houses the Santa Barbara News-Press. At issue is the word “illegals” in a headline accompanying a report about the state of California granting driving privileges to people who entered the U.S. illegally.

The News-Press’ front-page report was titled “Illegals line up for driver’s licenses.”  It was accompanied by a photo depicting waiting lines at the DMV. With the passage of Assembly Bill 60, California motorists can now obtain a driver’s license without proof of legal residence.

Kudos to Donald K. Katich, the News-Press director of news operations, who boldly states that the newspaper has used the term ”illegal” for nearly 10 years and it is appropriate.

“It is an appropriate term in describing someone as ‘illegal’ if they are in this country illegally,” he said, adding, “When breaking the law becomes the norm, America is no better than other lawless nations.”

The headline led to a protest staged in De la Guerra Plaza, a small park adjacent to the newspaper. About 100 people turned out, including members of the group People Organizing for the Defense and Equal Rights of Santa Barbara Youth. They seek to assert editorial control by demanding the paper “retract” the headline, apologize and adopt Associated Press style, which, since 2013, has sanctioned variations on the word illegal, including “living in or entering a country illegally or without legal permission.”

Seeing Red AZ covered the AP imposed Newspeak in this 2013 post. Count on this site, fixated on meticulous definitions, to continue to use the clearly definitive term “illegal alien.”


Small reason Republicans must win US Senate

October 17, 2014

Puny Harry Reid’s bodyguard physically attacks reporter

Journalist Jason Mattera was recently pinned to the wall by one of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s goons.

Mattera, exercising his Constitutionally guaranteed First Amendment rights, is the author of “Crapitalism.”

Reid, 74, a far leftist from Nevada, did not respond to repeated questions from CNSNews.com about whether American citizens who try to ask him a question in the Capitol hallway should be physically barred from doing so by Capitol Police —- as happened when reporter Mattera introduced himself, shook Reid’s hand, and asked him a question about how he became a millionaire on a government salary. Reid’s been at the public trough since 1969.

Read the full report.

 


AZ GOP candidates join Dem’s feigned outrage, Pearce resigns

September 15, 2014

Conservative icon Russell Pearce, Arizona’s former Senate President, knows all too well what it’s like to be at the center of controversy. Now as a  radio talk show host he has once again energized the left with comments he made on his popular Saturday evening KKNT 960-AM radio program, The Russell Pearce Show, which provides a forum for Republican candidates and expression.

The brouhaha grew from the expected ire of state Democrat Party Executive Director DJ Quinlan to include pilers-on from within the Republican Party as they struggle to distance themselves from his comments and secure Independent votes in the upcoming General Election.

First out of the hatch to join the Dems was Mark Brnovich candidate for Attorney General. Pearce endorsed his incumbent, primary opponent. Brnovich jumped at the opportunity to issue a statement saying Pearce’s remarks “are unrepresentative of the Republican Party I know. The notion that government would force sterilization upon anyone is counter to everything I believe about individual liberty and contrary to the founding principles of a free nation,” adding, “comments that demean the plight of the poor, including women in the dual role of mother and economic provider, are not conservative; they’re cruel. And I reject them.”

So what has caused the uproar that united some statewide Republican candidates (named in this Arizona Republic article) to join with the Democrats in denouncing the conservative leader? He is reputed to have said, “You put me in charge of Medicaid, the first thing I’d do is get Norplant, birth-control implants, or tubal ligations. Then we’ll test recipients for drugs and alcohol, and if you want to [reproduce] or use drugs or alcohol, then get a job.”  He did not call for state-imposed sterilization.

Pearce was elected to a two-year term as First Vice Chair of the AZ Republican Party by a wide margin of state committeemen at their January 2012 meeting, carrying the strong endorsement of then-State Party Chairman, Tom Morrissey. 

Now the current party chairman Robert Graham has accepted Pearce’s conciliatory resignation tendered late last night in this statement:

“As an unapologetic conservative, I’ve stood up for the rule of law and our constitutional freedoms. I love this great Republic, and have loved serving Arizona and my service with the Republican party. Recently on my radio show there was a discussion about the abuses to our welfare system. I shared comments written by someone else and failed to attribute them to the author. This was a mistake. This mistake has been taken by the media and the left and used to hurt our Republican candidates. 

I do not want the progressive left and the media to try to take a misstatement from my show and use it to attack our candidates. I care about the Republican party and its conservative platform too much to let them do that. Yet I have to recognize that hosting a radio show and the nature of the debates that we have had and will continue to have are incompatible with what our Party needs from its leadership team. For that reason, I am submitting my resignation as a Vice Chairman of the Republican Party. I will never back down from standing up for what I believe in and I will continue to fight for the principles that our founding generation risked their lives for. But I have no intention of being used as a distraction by the Democrats looking to escape responsibility for their failed policies. It is time to return the focus to where it belongs, and that is the direction that our state and country should be headed towards. Let’s get back to winning in November!”

The Honorable Russell Pearce, who has endured slings and arrows before, resigns rather than allow Republican statewide candidates to fail. The rest of us should keep our eyes on the ball, as First Amendment rights ensuring freedom of speech are being curtailed. Some Republican candidates who should be upholding them are joining with the most liberal elements to misconstrue and constrain them.


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