Memorial Day 2016

May 30, 2016

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To Those who Gave the Last Full Measure of Devotion

On this Memorial Day, our thoughts and prayers are with all of those who are grieving. May we, as Abraham Lincoln said, “highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

 We are blessed to live in the greatest and most free county in the world. As you enjoy the long weekend, pause to honor the 1,354,000+ men and women who died in service to our country since 1775.

 This inspiring video is provided courtesy of Hillsdale College. 

Then take a moment to listen to this poignant rendition of “Echo Taps” performed by the U.S. Marine Band.


AZ Gov. Ducey’s veto supports gun restrictionist Michael Bloomberg

May 12, 2016

Action dilutes Ducey’s signing of two 2nd Amendment bills

The NRA enthusiastically reported that two of the bills the organization backed in Arizona  — SB 1266 and HB 2338  were signed by the governor.

The report states, “The NRA-backed bills won support throughout the Arizona State Legislature despite attempts by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s out-of-state gun control groups to derail them with outlandish claims of gloom and doom.”

But that’s only part of the story.

Gov. Doug Ducey vetoed HB 2524, which actually assists dedicated gun restrictionist Michael Bloomberg and leaves a hole big enough for liberals to drive a MACK truck through. The Arizona Citizens Defense League had requested the interstate firearms legislation which would have prohibited Arizona and other member states from enacting firearm transfer requirements that are more restrictive that existing federal law. In his veto letter Gov. Ducey said that he sees “no reason for Arizona to tie ourselves to other state’s decisions on public policy relating to the transfer of firearms.”

By agreeing to follow federal law as part of an interstate compact, enactment of HB 2524 would have derailed the Bloomberg financed ballot measure Arizonans can expect to be filed soon. If this ballot measure passes in November, it will criminalize all private firearms transfers in Arizona that are not conducted through a federal firearms licensee. In order to make this “universal background check” requirement work, state level gun owner registration would have to take place –-  otherwise how would they know you are breaking the law?

By vetoing HB 2524, Gov. Ducey gave the green light to Bloomberg. Now that the Legislative session is over, all that Bloomberg needs for his measure to get on the November ballot is to file the required paperwork and gather 150,642 petition signatures by July 7. Easy work for a billionaire.

In 2014, after passage of a “universal background check” ballot measure in the state of Washington, Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety bragged that they were going to target Nevada, Maine and Arizona for the same treatment. In 2015, Bloomberg’s groups successfully met the requirements to get their scheme on the 2016 Nevada ballot. Earlier this year, they met similar requirements in Maine. 

In April, Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund, hired Pedro Morillas, a New York lobbyist registered in Arizona. That sends a clear signal they are getting ready to start the petition filing process here. The countdown has begun. We can still win!

With the Governor’s veto of HB 2524, we need to shift our focus to defeating Bloomberg at the ballot box in November. In Washington, despite Bloomberg and his buddies spending over $10 Million, their ballot measure passed with only 59% of the vote. That suggests to us that if gun owners show up on Election Day we can tilt the odds in our favor. But, that means we need to pull together to make sure that Arizona’s gun owners understand the issue.

Seeing Red AZ realized something was amiss with the information in the NRA report when Tucson was misspelled by the Fairfax, Virginia based NRA.. Arizona Citizens Defense League is based here in our own state. The NRA lost credibility when it endorsed John McCain in the 2010 Senate race after he worked for years to close what he referred to as the “gun show loophole,” which gun owners know to be a farce. Here’s McCain in a 2008 campaign ad, meddling in Colorado politics. In 2007, the NRA also endorsed then-Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, a liberal Democrat who was dedicated to a city gun buy-back project paying for firearms to be melted down and recast into sculpture.

Such lunacy is the aim of leftists and Republicrats. We must defeat them with our votes. Knowledge is power. Share this post with those you know who value our constitutionally based freedoms.  Our nation’s Founders placed the Second Amendment immediately after the First for a reason.


Happy Mother’s Day

May 8, 2016

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American-born impressionist Mary Cassatt (1844 – 1926) specialized in paintings and pastels depicting mothers and children. Our selection for this Mother’s Day, A Kiss for Baby Anne, (1897), illustrating a child being gently kissed by her devoted mother, is a warm reflection of this special day.


London poised to elect Muslim mayor today: Has defended terrorists

May 5, 2016

Unrestrained immigration alters demographics, dooms native cultures

Is “So what?” the appropriate response to the fact that London is poised to elect its first Muslim mayor? The Washington Post thinks so.

The distance between Phoenix, Arizona and London, England is well over 5,000 miles, with eight hours separating the two time zones. But there are myriad ties that bind us from shared history and language to our legal system based in part on English common law.

 The Spectator, a British publication, features a report titled, “Muhammad really is the single most popular boys’ name in England and Wales.” The Daily Mail, a well-respected British news source reported in December 2015 on the proliferation of Sharia courts dispensing ‘justice.’ At the time the article was written, there were eighty-five such courts.

Breitbart (London edition) headlines its article, “London is about to elect a Muslim mayor who has defended Islamists, 9/11 terrorists, and who is endorsed by anti-Semites.” That news is definitely worth more than a casual shoulder shrug accompanied by “So what?” Londoners go to the polls today to choose a replacement for the outgoing Mayor, Boris Johnson MP, the conservative who has held the post since 2008. Despite the fact the Labour Party is currently mired in an anti-Semitism scandal, if all things remain equal, expect the party’s candidate Sadiq Khan MP to be confirmed in the early hours of Friday morning. Zac Goldsmith is the conservative candidate.

Regardless of the laissez-faire attitude exhibited by the tolerant-of-everything Washington Post, this is serious business, with far-reaching consequences, as Europeans throughout the continent stand at the brink of becoming minorities in their own countries. Prolific Muslim mass immigration coupled with exceedingly high birth rates will topple the ethnic Europeans and their unique cultures in short order. 

Gatestone Institute identifies “The True Cost of Europe’s Muslim “Enrichment,” pointing to the dire consequences of the demographic changes, coupled with the resistance to assimilation. Country by country the effects of unchecked immigration are staggering. Europe’s immigration/migrant/refugee crisis is not a “So what?”

Neither is ours.

Donald Trump’s repeated vow to “build a wall” has given him the GOP nomination, surprising establishment pundits. 


Sen. Ted Cruz’ greatest blunders

May 2, 2016

For an acknowledged brilliant guy, with conservative values that rankle the GOP establishment, he’s woefully deficient in the strategy department

Talking about “New York values” right before the New York primary was not a smart move. The reverberation from that perceived slam, put this icing on his resounding defeat cake.

Conspiring with the self-centered John Kasich to put the skids on Donald Trump‘s presidential campaign — only to have the undisciplined and slippery spoiler Kasich bail on him. Kasich is hoping for a brokered convention, which has the very real potential to ensure the GOP future political irrelevance .

Ted Cruz’ selection  of Carly Fiorina “I have great admiration for Hillary Clinton” (video) as his Vice Presidential running mate. Fiorina also supports and lauds John McCain (video) as well as serving as an economic adviser to, and  high dollar bundler for his failed presidential campaign.

Refusing to answer”Meet The Press” interviewer Chuck Todd NINE TIMES Sunday as to whether he’d support Donald Trump if he‘s ultimately the GOP nominee.

Where are his advisers?


Pondering our undoing

April 23, 2016

Thomas Sowell is a man who possesses a brilliant mind, which makes his “Random Thoughts” worth reading.

This is an example:

“Historians of the future, when they look back on our times, may be completely baffled when trying to understand how Western civilization welcomed vast numbers of people hostile to the fundamental values of Western civilization, people who had been taught that they have a right to kill those who do not share their beliefs.”

Ponder that.


McCain signs onto bill releasing thousands of criminal aliens

April 16, 2016

In an April 15, 2016 Action Alert, Numbers USA headlines that Arizona Sen.John McCain has signed onto a bill that would release thousands of criminal aliens into the U.S. with no deportations.

 Dear Arizona activists,

We have just learned that Sen. John McCain has become a cosponsor of S. 2123 — the Criminal Justice reform bill that could release tens of thousands of illegal aliens onto the streets.

Even as a member of the Senate Gang of 8, Sen. McCain has always been supportive for the rule of law and spoken against sanctuary cities. But S. 2123 would disproportionately favor non-citizens. According to government data, 77% of federal drug possession convictions and more than 25% of federal drug trafficking convictions in FY 2015 were non-citizens. It’s these criminal aliens that would be released from federal prisons and into our local communities if this bill becomes law. And unfortunately, the Obama Administration has shown little willingness to remove non-violent criminal aliens from the country.

You can read more on the bill here and here.

Numbers USA’s Chris Chmielenski, with the best of intentions though obviously not an Arizonan, urges calls to John McCain’s D.C. office  (202) 224-2235, advising us to tell the senate staffer to let McCain know that we’re disappointed in his support for S.2123 — the Criminal Justice Reform bill that would disproportionately benefit criminal illegals, and urge him to change his position on the bill. 

This is the John McCain — contemptuous of conservative opinions — Arizonans know all too well, which is why elected state delegates at the annual Statutory GOP Meeting overwhelmingly voted to censure him in 2014. The following year, John McCain and Jeff Flake were both greeted by the delegates with boos and turned backs.  Some attendees walked out.

Of “jump off the page” interest is the fact that the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary chaired by S. 2123 sponsor Sen. Chuck Grassley, is a veritable Who’s Who of John McCain and Jeff Flake’s notorious, amnesty pushing Gang of Eight cohorts, including Charles Schumer (D-NY), Dick Durbin (D -IL), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) — along with the two Arizona Sens. McCain and Flake. Marco Rubio (R-FL) found his involvement in the amnesty scheme derailed his presidential aspirations.


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