GOP debate tonight Jan. 28, 2016: 5 to 8 (AZ)

January 28, 2016

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Unpredictable, petulant Trump, ignores voters, grabs headlines,  risks alienating base

Parents have long known it’s the agitating kid demanding attention, who challenges the adults to react. Now the presidential candidate tantrum thrower is not even going to show after pitching a fit and engaging in derisive name calling.  Donald Trump has referred to close rival Ted Cruz as a “liar,” mockingly declaring, “Nobody likes him.”  Accusing Fox News of “playing games” with him, GOP frontrunner Trump is boycotting tonight’s Fox News/Google debate after referring to moderator Megyn Kelly as a “lightweight and third-rate reporter.”

Here we go again. Either by widely publicized inaction or roaring bravado, Trump becomes the news as the seriousness of the prime time debate is pushed to the back burner.

The Fox News/Google main event is set for 6 P.M. (9 p.m. ET) tonight, Thursday, Jan. 28,  in Des Moines, Iowa and marks the first GOP presidential primary debate that is Trumpless. Instead he’ll host an event in Iowa to raise money for Veterans and Wounded Warriors — a noble gesture indeed, but one he could do on any other night. Americans want to hear from the candidates tonight.

Participants include Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, John Kasich, and Rand Paul.

Those qualifying for the earlier, 5 p.m. (AZ time) second tier debate are: Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, and Jim Gilmore.

Both debates will be moderated by Fox News anchors. The earlier one will feature Martha MacCallum and Bill Hemmer.  Prime time honors go to Megyn Kelly, Bret Baier and Chris Wallace.

The candidate lineup was decided based on the results of national, New Hampshire and Iowa polling  To qualify for the prime-time debate, candidates had to place in the top six in an average of recent national polls, or in the top five in an average of recent Iowa or New Hampshire polls. The earlier  debate features candidates who received a minimum 1 percent in at least one recent national poll.

This debate will be the candidates’ last before the Monday, Feb. 1, 2016 Iowa caucuses – which kick off the Republican presidential nominating process.

Access the debate on Fox News Channel (cable TV). Streaming at FoxNews.com and Fox News mobile apps. Live stream at KFYI-AM 550 radiol.


Pope Francis has it exactly backwards

January 12, 2016

Muslim  “refugees” entering Europe expect acquiescence to their lifestyles, not the other way around

When Pope Francis traveled to the United States last September — after first visiting with and warmly greeting the Cuban Communist dictator Raul Castro — he used the occasion to chastise the United States on various issues, among them his fervent plea for us to accept more refugees fleeing Syria. He also urged compassion for the hordes of illegal aliens flooding through our southern border, advising that we should graciously accept them.

“Let us remember the golden rule: ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,’” he directed.

Francis oddly urged Americans to reject blind adherence to ideology, be it religion or capitalism. Redistribution of wealth, a Marxist principle, is one of his frequent themes along with the disputed science of climate change. He previously blasted ‘trickle-down’ economics, a basic tenet of President Reagan’s economic policy as a “crude and naive theory,” and stated “inequality is the root of social evil.”

Monday, in his annual address to diplomats in Vatican City, Francis initially appeared to evidence a bit of a change of heart, as he warned that the recent influx of Muslim refugees risked overwhelming European values and traditions. He concluded, however, by saying he was confident the continent could successfully integrate the newcomers.

Even the pope knows integrating the newcomers will be an impossible task, (video) since Europeans, with low birth rates, are not even replacing themselves. Middle Eastern and African Muslims have large families. Moreover, Islam is not a counterpart of what we regard as our Judeo-Christian religious heritage.  It strictly dictates every aspect of life — moral, economic, political, legal, social and cultural — requiring compliance with Sharia law for its adherents. The immigrants entering Europe expect acquiesce to their lifestyles, not the other way around.

European women and girls are targeted by the male refugees. Rape in Germany has been described as reaching epidemic levels.  Sweden is now known as the rape capital of the West. Vetting those bent on terrorism is impossible.

Francis made headlines last year for taking a Melkite Greek Catholic refugee family from Damascus, Syria into Vatican City. He did not bring Muslims into his cloistered world. No further news of their whereabouts has been made available.

In February he will travel to Mexico and Juarez, on the border with Texas, to draw attention to the issue of illegal immigration, which has become a focal point of U.S. presidential campaigns. It’s a sure bet the pope is not in favor of a border wall, though he is secure in Vatican City, a virtual fortress contained behind four-foot thick stone walls which rise 39-feet high.

Yep. He’s got a border wall.


New Year 2016: Obama transforms America

December 31, 2015

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As we embark upon this New Year, there is no better time to renew our acquaintance with America’s founding documents: The Declaration of Independence, our U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

They have served us well. The least we can do is stay familiar with what they contain, hold our Republican House and Senate majorities accountable and ensure that our children know what blessings we have been given as a nation.

Then ponder this census clock, which gives us all something to think about:

One birth every 8 seconds — One death every 12 seconds — One “international migrant” (net) every 29 seconds.

May God bless us all in the coming year.


“A matter of faith”: Islamic Somalia bans Christmas

December 25, 2015

Remember Somalia? In 1992, American troops on a humanitarian mission known as ‘Restore Hope,’ began assisting in relief operations in the famine plagued African nation. Ultimately thirty American military personnel lost their lives and 153 were wounded. The vision that remains is the horrific spectacle of the mutilated bodies of dead U.S. soldiers being dragged through the streets by cheering Somali mobs — the very people Americans thought they had rescued from starvation.

Fast forward to Dec. 2015. The government of Somalia has issued an edict prohibiting Christmas and New Year’s celebrations in the Muslim country of approximately 10 million, saying the festivities “have nothing to do with Islam.”

“We warn against celebration of Christmas, which is only for Christians,” Sheikh Mohamed Kheyrow, director of Somalia’s ministry of religion, said on state radio. “This is a matter of faith. The Christmas holiday and its drum beatings have nothing to with Islam.”

Kheyrow said the ministry has sent letters to the police, national security intelligence and officials in the capital Mogadishu instructing them to “prevent Christmas celebrations.”

The announcement had echoes of Islamist militants al Shabaab, which controlled the capital Mogadishu until 2011. Among their edicts was to ban Christmas celebrations.

It is now being reported that Somalia, two thousand miles from Syria, is a new recruiting hotbed for ISIS terrorists.


2015: Joyous Christmas Wishes

December 25, 2015

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With sincere best wishes for a Merry Christmas to all of our readers.

May the peace and goodwill of this season be with us all. We express our gratitude to our service personnel, many stationed far from their own families, who ensure our countless freedoms.

May God continue to bless America.

Seeing Red AZ


T’was the night before Christmas….

December 24, 2015

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As is our tradition, we present this charming image of Clement Clarke Moore’s original handwritten poem, “A Visit From Saint Nicholas.” It was penned in 1822 as a gift to his children. Here is the fulleasier to read version.

Enjoy Christmas Eve.


Dec. 7, 1941: “A date which will live in infamy”

December 7, 2015

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Today marks the 74th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack, which led to war with Japan. More than 2,400 Americans were killed and nearly 1,180 injured when stealth Japanese fighters bombed and sank 12 naval vessels and heavily damaged nine others. There are few survivors left, with most in their 90’s. The Pearl Harbor Survivors Association disbanded December 2011.

The USS Arizona still lies beneath the harbor with its dead entombed. The ship sank in less than nine minutes after a 1,760-pound armor-piercing bomb penetrated its decks and exploded in the ship’s forward ammunition magazine. 1,177 sailors and marines on board were killed; 337 crew members survived.

Other major installations on Oahu, such as Wheeler Field and Kaneohe Naval Air Station, also were attacked. LIFE’s photos of the attack can be seen here. The Pearl Harbor Visitor’s Center features galleries, interactive exhibits, two movie theaters, an amphitheater and an education center.

The live streamed theme of today’s ceremony is “Pathway to Reconciliation, From Engagement to Peace.” 

For more history, visit the U.S. Department of the Interior National Park Service site here and the Naval History and Heritage site here.

USS Arizona Commander Daniel J. Condon was among the survivors of the attack. A medical doctor, he later served as the Medical Examiner for Maricopa County. His sword & belt were salvaged from the ship. His sword is on display at the Arizona State Capital, and his sword belt is displayed at the University of Arizona Museum. Dr. Condon died in 1992.

View President Franklin Roosevelt’s famous “A date which will live in infamy” speech (Original Draft: page 1page 2 and page 3) and declaration of war following that unprovoked attack.


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