How did police become the enemy?

July 14, 2019

Leftists get tough supporting invasion

After watching caravans of hundreds of thousands of Central Americans plow through our sovereign border, the far left has become so acclimated to the illegal invasion they are willing to take on law enforcement officers and risk arrest to protect those who hold this country and the rule of law in contempt.

We witnessed this distortion as a reported 100+ people assembled in downtown Phoenix to protest the planned roundup of illegal aliens by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers slated to begin today.

Two of the 16 protesters who were arrested in downtown Phoenix face charges of aggravated assault on a police officer after they attempted to prevent officers from arresting other participants. Protesters filled the streets and blocked traffic following a rally at a local church. They also blocked the light-rail tracks, bringing traffic to a standstill.

This is emblematic of the topsy-turvy world in which we live, where students are systematically dumbed down, given scant instruction in American history and taught that we are an aggressor nation — made even worse by a capitalistic system — which, in fact, separates us from the harsh realities of Socialism such as the people of Cuba and Venezuela endure.

In Arizona last year, Gov. Doug Ducey rewarded teachers with a 20% raise for their part time jobs, as they embarked on a week-long strike and abandoned, in violation of their contractual agreements, an estimated 840,000 Arizona students.

This past Thursday, traffic on Tempe’s Mill Avenue Bridge was shut down and three women were arrested as protesters from Black Lives Matter railed against police.  

On the Fourth of July a reprehensible incident occurred in a Tempe Starbucks, when a barista asked police officers to leave the premises because a customer complained of feeling “unsafe” with officers in the establishment. Several of those officers were veterans who had fought for our country.

In an increasingly hostile environment, police officers put their lives on the line every day as they leave their families to go to work, where they often have to make split-second decisions, and are now routinely covered by an antagonistic media.

Jeri Williams, the weak Phoenix Police Chief, has given increased authority to a citizen review board to second guess officer’s decisions. Though she’s swore to uphold the law, Williams does give her unequivocal support to so-called “Dreamers” — saying she “supports policies” that allow the unverifiable claims of illegals to lawfully remain in the USA.  Those “polices” are known as amnesty.

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Anti-Trump bias vs. Ducey love fest

July 1, 2019

Inconsistent coverage in dealing with rogue nations

President Donald Trump was in Osaka, Japan meeting with world leaders at the G-20 Summit Friday and Saturday. Predictably, the lamestream media coverage of our president was negative.

His significant trade meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping resulting in resumption of talks and reigning in of tariffs was buried on page 8 of the USA Today insert of the daily newspaper. 

On Sunday, Trump became the first U.S. President to set foot in North Korea, briefly meeting in the Demilitarized Zone with Kim Jong Un. The historic meeting was characterized as a concession to the dictator, rather than opening the door to dialogue. Following the meeting, President Trump announced that the USA and Korea will relaunch stalled nuclear talks. Speaking of the meeting through a translator, Kim said, “I believe that this will have a positive force on all of our discussions in the future.”

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, on the other hand, is heralded for hosting the Arizona-Mexico Commission 2019 Summit in Phoenix. Mexico, abutting our southern border, has facilitated the passage of 100’s of thousands of illegal aliens from the Central American countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras through its own normally impenetrable southern border — through its interior — via caravans to the United States. Far from a spontaneous movement, it was strategically planned and supported by Mexico. Prior to this serious breech of so-called friendship, Mexico has long aided and abetted its own citizens as they invaded the United States, even printing comic books* in 2005, to assist the illiterate in evading capture.

Monies sent back to their native countries by Mexican and Central American illegals in 2018, amounted to a record $53.4 billion in American currency — tax-free remittances. Mexico and Central America benefited by this massive transfer of wealth siphoned out of the USA. That’s more than double the estimated cost of building a secure border barrier on the U.S./Mexico border. Taxing those billions of outgoing American dollars should begin immediately, with those monies earmarked to pay for the wall.

By way of a June 27, 2019 News Release, delusional Ducey extols the Arizona-Mexico Commission which he declares has focused on “strengthening Arizona’s relationship with Mexico,” and “promoting goodwill.”

To the rest of us who were not mentored in deceit by John McCain, this is insultingly preposterous. Ducey’s first job when he arrived in Arizona to attend ASU was working at Cindy Hensley McCain’s Hensley & Co., one of the largest Anheuser-Busch beer distributors in the nation. That early association was the basis for a longstanding friendship between the Ducey’s and McCain’s. John McCain, a committed amnesty proponent, encouraged Ducey’s political career. It shows.

* H/T Eagle Forum


AZ educrat duplicity cheats students of a future

June 27, 2019

The latest report assessing the AzMERIT test scores for our state’s students points to abysmal failure, with over half of the students failing in math and third graders unable to pass the reading exams.

The scores of seventh, eighth and ninth graders fell in English. According to the report, fewer than 40% of those eighth grade and higher even passed basic proficiency in the language of our country. 

But the Arizona Department of Education proudly proclaims the test’s new name AzM2! (complete with an exclamation point.) Educrats priorities are skewed as our children are academically screwed.

If your stomach is strong enough, check out Arizona’s schools and their stats. You’ve been forewarned.  SRAZ has randomly picked one. Scroll through the entire page and chart. It is listed as NR (academically Not Rated). With a Kindergarten through third grade student body of 766, listed as nearly 80% Hispanic, and likely a high percentage of English Language Learners (ESL), the mission statement is shameful  There is no commitment to academic excellence, but rather this blather:

“A community that inspires future doers. In order to actualize our school vision, we here at Sevilla East School are committed to: 1. Creating a safe and loving environment for all. 2. Providing physical and emotional support for all stakeholders. 3. Engaging and empowering our community. 4. Challenging all stakeholders to tap into their highest potential to realize their dreams. 5. Holding one another accountable.”

The actual number of English language learners is redacted. Students, “without disabilities,” who received one or more in-school suspensions? 28. Students with Chronic Absenteeism? 258. Students Enrolled in at least one Advanced Placement Course? Zip. Zero. Nadda.

The teachers who are doing such an exemplary job of dumbing down our children are the same ones who dressed themselves in #RedsForEd T-shirts (SRAZ added the “s” for clarity ) followed a 24-year-old, self-described Socialist and hip hop music (non-accredited) teacher, as they abandoned more than 840,000 students for a week in violation of their contractual agreements. They then demanded — and received from spineless Gov.  Doug Ducey — a 20% pay increase. Still, the part-time teachers (do you get the summer off, numerous half days, and lengthy holiday breaks?) have ample money to fund their unions,* which give $millions to Democrat candidates and left-wing issues.

Talk about getting a bang for our bucks.  Our sons and daughters are being sexualized while taught about gender fluidity and Planned Parenthood is invited into their classrooms to teach them the relevancy of homosexuality and how abortion is a woman’s choice to make with her own body, breezily obliterating the fact that there are actually two heartbeats and frequently differing blood types.

Wouldn’t it make more sense to focus on academics to reach their lofty goal of “Challenging all stakeholders to tap into their highest potential to realize their dreams?” And why are kids now called “stakeholders?” If they learn nothing, these bogus stakes will be the only ones they’ll ever hold. Fillet Mignon will be forever out of reach.

* Follow the Money


AZ Gov. Ducey’s selective $alary hike$: lawmakers off his radar

June 10, 2019

Charitable with other people’s money — Arizona taxpayer’s, to be exact — Gov. Doug Ducey was unconstrained as he awarded generous salary increases, along with hefty bonuses, to his staff and administration appointees in 2016. The substantial pay hikes were extended to nearly four dozen state employees.

Ducey was equally magnanimous as he caved to the demands of striking REDsForED teachers who, in violation of their contractual agreements, abandoned approximately 840,000 Arizona students for a week as they followed a 24-year-old hip hop music teacher and avowed socialist Pied Piper. After initially rejecting their demands, Ducey acquiesced and gave them a 20% raise for their part time employment.

Where he draws the line, however, is with the per diem daily allowances for state legislators, which he just vetoed. There is no doubt the effort was a back door route to provide them a living wage, and it’s a shame they had to resort to such drastic measures as SB1558.

In 2013 we wrote, “AZ legislature: It’s not a “part time” job,” pointing out that Arizona legislators haven’t had a pay increase since 1998, when their salary was boosted from $15,000 to $24,000. In the intervening years, several ballot proposals to increase the annual salary to $30,000 have been nixed. Yet our legislators are entrusted with passing multi $billion state budgets and writing the laws that effect each and every state resident.

 Due in large part to the relentless negative publicity hurled at Arizona’s Republican majority legislature in the past by the leftist daily newspaper, voters repeatedly rejected pay increases when they appeared on the ballot. With the newspaper on the skids, and readership in the tank, its negative influence has diminished.

The job is erroneously referred to as part time. But constituents rightly expect to have access to their state senators and representatives throughout the year. Numerous issues arise requiring legislators’ attention. Additionally, governors can, and do, call special sessions after the regular session has concluded.

Because the pay is so low, the legislature has become a haven for retirees, various “consultants,” housewives, and a plethora of school board members, who do not have to rely on the low legislative salary to support a family.

The job’s long hours, coupled with the abysmal pay, restricts many average Arizonans from participating in what was designed to be a citizen legislature. All leftists actually care about, however, is domination. That’s why the legislature has become a Democrat family legacy profession, with parents and children serving together or succeeding one another. Husbands and wives have been legislators. That familial institutionalism is newly exemplified by a Democrat brother and sister team. Alma Hernandez and Daniel Hernandez, Jr., were recently elected to the AZ House in adjacent districts.


#RedsForEd teachers aggressively stalk legislators

May 29, 2019

The May 29 edition of the Hillary-endorsing local newspaper features a large photo of teachers, incorrectly headlined as “educators,” clad in their #RedsForEd tee shirts monitoring  state legislators. They filled the gallery of the Arizona Senate chamber to keep a “close eye on the new state budget.” The threat in the tagline is, “they want to hold legislators accountable.” Most are on their cell phones.

Let’s cut to the chase. In 2018 Arizona public school teachers, in violation of their contractual agreements, abandoned over 840,000 students for a week following a 23-year-old avowed Socialist— as they marched, danced to a brass band at the state capitol and clamored for a 20% pay raise for their part-time employment. Gov. Doug Ducey, momentarily balked, then caved to their outrageous demands.  SocialistWorker.org gloated.

SRAZ directs your attention to the 2019 activism expansion, which includes a brief video of how President Reagan handled the PATCO Air traffic controller strikers: May Day: Significant day for teachers to abandon students.

Today’s newspaper’s account calls their “activism more subdued.” They are given credit for sitting in the gallery through the late night through early morning session, which is often typical for legislators. The irony of the leftwing, unionized teachers* keeping a hawk eye on the state budget negotiations and threatening to “hold  legislators accountable,” is Arizona legislators have not had a pay increase since 1998. Unlike neighboring state California, where legislators are paid $110,459 and a hefty per diem of $192, our legislators receive $24,000 with $35 per diem for those within Maricopa County and $65 for those who often have to find local accommodations in a state that is larger than many eastern seaboard states. Sparsely populated North Dakota pays $177/day plus a lodging reimbursement up to $1,682 per month.

Political activism far supersedes a desire to positively impact students. Arizona public school students continue to under-perform as a shockingly low 41% of Arizona students passed math and reading on the 2018 AzMERIT test administered in grades 3-12 as reported by North Phoenix News.

Teachers are busying themselves electing Democrats. That is their commitment. It is not Arizona’s students. In Cave Creek School District, they’ve teamed with Planned Parenthood to sexualize elementary school children, but the kids can’t read with proficiency.

*Open Secrets


Calif. Leftist billionaire Steyer targets AZ Republicans

May 14, 2019

First, a bit of background. During the 2016 election cycle Arizona saw the entrance of out-of-state money as Socialist multi-billionaire George Soros interjected himself into numerous campaigns. He targeted and spent millions in an effort to unseat Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and County Attorney Bill Montgomery, both Republicans. Arpaio, who was elected to an unprecedented six 4-year terms lost to Soros-backed leftist Paul Penzone, who was the recipient of $3.2 million. Montgomery retained his seat despite being in the crosshairs of a Soros-funded PAC which spent over $1 million.

This seemingly inexhaustible spending has been Soros’ modus operandi throughout the United States as he has worked to liberalize criminal statutes and elect those who would do his bidding.

Shortly after Penzone, a onetime Phoenix police officer, previously noted for roughing up his former wife, was sworn in as sheriff, he warmly referred to illegal invaders who breach our southern border by the hundreds of thousands, as “guests.”

Globalist Soros is an ardent opponent of sovereign nations and national borders.

Unlike Hungarian-born Soros, Tom Steyer is a homegrown radical billionaire, but the two are on similar missions: Replacing Republican office holders with far-left Democrats. Steyer’s group spent more than $3 million to oust Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich and three GOP state senators, batting zero. Ditto with the Democrats Steyer funded for the Arizona Corporation Commission. He also failed in 2018, while spending close to $100,000 trying to unseat AZ Gov. Doug Ducey. That was an intriguing effort, since John McCain was a longtime recipient of Soros’ wealth, and McCain recruited his friend Ducey to run — first for state treasurer and then for governor. Ducey’s first job when he arrived in Arizona to attend ASU was working for beer heiress Cindy Hensley McCain at Hensley & Co., the Anheuser-Busch beer wholesaler and distributor.

Steyer, who is considering a 2020 presidential run, is targeting two of President Trump’s congressional loyalists and leaders of the House Freedom Caucus: GOP Reps. Jim Jordan (OH) and Mark Meadows (NC). The ad money is supplied by Steyer’s “Need to Impeach PAC.This ad, (video) invokes an image of John McCain as displaying “courage” for his vile treatment of Trump.

Tom Steyer has many far-left irons in the fire. He is also insinuating himself into the battle opposing the Arizona Public Service rate increase, to curry favor with ratepayers, who have no choice in the utility from which they purchase power. The question to ask is why is this leftist Californian interested in Arizona utility rates, and how does he benefit? 

Both Steyer and Soros are frequently referred to as “philanthropists.” Giving vast sums to aid extremist Democrats and Republicrats is obviously the height of benevolence.


May Day: Significant day for teachers to abandon students

May 1, 2019

Last year, Arizona public school teachers, in violation of their contractual agreements, abandoned 840,000 students for a week — as they clamored for a 20% pay raise for their part-time employment.

In unison, they donned red t-shirts emblazoned with #RedforEd. Here at Seeing Red AZ, we dubbed their slogan #REDSforEd, in acknowledgement of the fact that, lemming-like, they followed a 24-year-old avowed Socialist and 2016 AZ Bernie Sanders campaign coordinator who had only a “provisional” teaching certificate having failed to complete the required history and government courses for certification. His mantra,“Teaching is political and silence is complicity,”is enough to send chills down the backs of any responsible parents.

It turns out we were more correct than we realized in using the term “REDS.” Today, May 1, is celebrated as May Day by Communists. And wouldn’t you know…it’s the day the predominantly left-leaning union members have chosen to take a unified national hike from their students and jobs.

In North Carolina, out-of-the-political-closet teachers, poised to strike today, have even adopted the communist symbol of a clenched fist as their emblem.

Arizona’s recently elected Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman’s ‘State of Education’ speech demanded additional teacher’s salary increases, as she thumbed her nose at the 20% raises foolishly given by Gov. Doug Ducey, who caved to the pressure. Educrat thugs responded by promising “Armageddon,” a catastrophic calamity of biblical proportions.

The formerly esteemed profession of teaching has veered off the rails into a leftist, youth propagandizing machine while running an ongoing  heist of taxpayer’s dollars.

When the PATCO union air traffic controllers threatened a nationwide walkout, President Ronald Reagan responded accordingly: