Trump appointees to SCOTUS having major impact

June 23, 2019

The Daily Caller headlines its post by Kevin Daley, “Kagan Seethes As High Court Conservatives Deliver Property Rights Win.”

It contains less legalese than the SCOTUSblog, but they each cover this significant case and Justice Elena Kagan’s searing rebuke of her conservative colleagues, accusing them of smashing “a hundred-plus years of legal rulings to smithereens.”

The dissent noted Friday’s case was the second time this term that the conservative justices have overturned a controlling precedent, prompting Kagan to ask, forebodingly, which precedent the high court will overrule next.

“Just last month, when the Court overturned another longstanding precedent, Justice [Stephen] Breyer penned a dissent,” Kagan wrote. “He wrote of the dangers of reversing legal course ‘only because five members of a later Court’ decide that an earlier ruling was incorrect. He concluded: ‘Today’s decision can only cause one to wonder which cases the Court will overrule next.’”

“Well, that didn’t take long,” Kagan added. “Now one may wonder yet again.”

Kagan was referencing Breyer’s May dissent in Franchise Tax Board of California v. Hyatt, which asked whether states are immune from lawsuits in the courts of other states. In Hyatt, the five-justice conservative majority overturned a 1979 decision and said the states do indeed have sovereign immunity in the courts of their sister states.

Friday’s property rights dispute arose when a small town in Pennsylvania adopted an ordinance requiring that cemeteries “be kept open and accessible to the general public during daylight hours.” The town told Rose Mary Knick, whose 90-acre property includes a small family cemetery, that she must comply with the rule. Knick sued, saying the ordinance violates the takings clause of the Constitution. The takings clause says the government must compensate property owners for any land seized for public use.

 A 1985 Supreme Court case called Williamson County v. Hamilton Bank required Knick to seek compensation at the state level before going to federal court. Indeed, that ruling required Knick and plaintiffs like her to exhaust all possible state compensation remedies before turning to the federal judiciary.

Writing for the majority, Chief Justice John Roberts said the Williamson County decision was wrong and Knick can go to a federal judge right away.

“Williamson County was not just wrong,” the chief wrote. “Its reasoning was exceptionally ill founded and conflicted with much of our takings jurisprudence.”

The Williamson County ruling, Roberts said elsewhere, imposes “an unjustifiable burden on takings plaintiffs, conflicts with the rest of our takings jurisprudence, and must be overruled. A property owner has an actionable Fifth Amendment takings claim when the government takes his property without paying for it.”

The chief justice noted the Court considers several factors when deciding to overrule a prior decision. In that connection, he cited the 2018 Janus v. AFSCME decision, which said government unions cannot force non-members to pay so-called agency fees. The citation to Janus drew a sharp rebuke from Kagan.

“If that is the way the majority means to proceed — relying on one subversion of stare decisis to support another — we may as well not have principles about precedents at all,” Kagan wrote. “Stare decisis” is a Latin legal term meaning “to stand by things decided.” Janus overturned the 1977 Abood v. Detroit Board of Education ruling.

Friday’s case is No. 17-647, Knick v. Township of Scott.

This was the Aug. 5, 2010 senate roll call vote on Elena Kagen’s confirmation.

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AZ border towns become war zones…

June 15, 2019

…as Democrats prefer to impeach our President and leave southern border vulnerable

Tucson’s KVOA News 4 provides the grim statistics of gun violence perpetrated by members of drug cartels in the communities of Naco and Agua Prieta, Sonora, both of which are adjacent to Douglas, Arizona — located in Cochise County — in the southeastern-most corner of the state. View map below.

According to the report, a bloody gun battle in the border town of Agua Prieta claimed the lives of nearly a dozen people this past week. Six people were reportedly killed Friday with an unknown number wounded.

This high level advisory was posted by the Douglas Police Department.

Cochise County Sheriff Mark J. Dannels expresses “serious concern” regarding the ongoing violence, stating the “deputies are working with local, state and federal partners to monitor the situation.”

This is not happening in Afghanistan.  This war is on our southern border. Arizonans need to acknowledge that congressional Democrat inaction on providing funding for a wall is making all Americans vulnerable. Instead of providing security, Dems are instead focused on the politically motivated impeachment of our president, whom they claim engaged in “Russian collusion,” disproved by the Mueller Report, which entered in public record:

“The investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.”

Yet this old saw, not border security, is the Democrats 2020 campaign issue.

Bill Clinton, 49, at the time, was impeached and disbarred for both lying and suborning perjury, but never removed from the Oval Office where he cavorted with 22-year-old White House intern, Monica Lewinsky.  He was elevated to icon status and his scandal-plagued, deceitful wife was endorsed for president in 2016 by the failing, far-left Arizona Republic newspaper. 

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Montini feigns ire when McSally is called out for disloyalty

June 7, 2019

Earlier this week SRAZ posted, “Memo to McSally: Thrashing Trump is key to failure,” calling out Sen. Martha McSally for her lack of fealty to our Republican President, Donald Trump.  We also reminded her of her loss to far-left Democrat Kyrsten Sinema necessitating her appointment to the seat she currently, albeit precariously, holds. Our post included these words:

Keep up your foolishness, Martha, and not only will you not get the Democrat or registered Independent votes you seek, you will lose the Trump-supporting Republican base you need.

The leftist local newspaper has already begun hammering you. It’s a cinch it will endorse open borders proponent Mr. Gabrielle Giffords, (Mark Kelly). You need us. But we don’t come easy and you can’t take us for granted. It’s time to retool your campaign to garner our support. Otherwise, you’ll lose again and your next appointment will be to the political graveyard.

Apparently our honesty doesn’t sit well with radical columnist E.J. Montini who, at retirement age, is as mentally and physically emaciated as the newspaper for which he still works. He wrote this op-ed column linking to our recent post and excoriating Seeing Red AZ and our readers for distrusting Martha McSally.

Don’t be fooled by this bogus chivalry embracing McSally. It’s all a scam intended to make the newspaper appear thoughtful and less in the tank for far-left, Obama pal, Mr. Giffords/Kelly, who hypocritically opposes Second Amendment rights for everyone but himself. The duplicitous, Hillary-endorsing Arizona Republic, previously endorsed Sinema over McSally. But hedging its bets in 2016, it gave the green light to a slippery McSally then running for the CD2 House seat, tucking her endorsement in among a load of Democrats including one who had previously been elected as a Republican.

In 2018 the schizophrenic editorial board gave McSally a pass for her comment about building a wall, actually writing, “McSally is just pulling a John McCain,” as it referenced his “build the dang fence campaign ad,” and acknowledged he was lying. Sucker-punching themselves repeatedly they extolled and bashed both of the candidates. But as anticipated, the General Election endorsement went to Sinema.

This time around we fully expect it to go to Soros-connected Mr. Giffords/Kelly. With subscriptions plummeting, endorsements no longer have any currency. If McSally is looking to survive and hang on to the Arizona senate seat it’s crucial she stop playing games. Running as a Republican, she needs to act like one. Support President Trump, and not as a whim or on occasion. 

Conservatives will be watching. We’re sick of being lied to and will sit on our hands rather than take another shiv in the ribs and say, “Thank You,” because we were stabbed by a Republican poser. We are also aware that our principles present a double edged sword, since this is exactly what the fake McSally protectors are hoping for, as they waffle again, but will end up endorsing Mr. Gabby Giffords, aka Mark Kelly.

That’s a prediction you can take to the bank.


Illegal alien impregnates 11-year-old Phoenix girl

May 26, 2019

Just another illegal coming to do what Americans refuse to do*

In these politically correct times, the local newspaper no longer provides the citizenship of arrested and charged criminals. Nevertheless, we’d like to introduce you to a sterling hunk of a guy.  At 5’4’ and weighing in at 130 lbs., there’s no doubt 20-year-old Carlos Jacinto Cobo-Perez is a sought after Romeo. The problem is he’s been romancing a child. Although he admitted to authorities that he knew it was wrong, he couldn’t contain his overwhelming lust for an 11-year-old, who is now pregnant. His bond has been set at $150,000.

Ironically, the girl’s pregnancy was confirmed at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

As to his citizenship…with a bit of resourceful searching we found that in addition to the child sex charge, the pedophile also faces illegal immigration charges, a fact the Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic) is unwilling to report. During his initial appearance, Cobo-Perez, who is obviously also a jokester, asked the judge if he would sign his Order of Deportation. Count on this Carlos: That won’t be happening.

According to the victim’s mother, the family reported Cobo-Perez to Phoenix police three times prior to the pregnancy — initially when she first saw a hickey on her little girl’s neck. They “didn’t do anything,” she said.

In a related matter, U.S. District Court Judge Haywood S. Gilliam, Jr. of the Northern District of California, on Friday ruled against President Trump. The issue was the completion of a portion of border fence. Gilliam was nominated to the court in 2014 by Barack Obama.

Federal election records reveal Gilliam donated $6,900 to Obama’s campaign for president…$4,600 to Obama for America and $2,300 to the Obama Victory Fund. Barack Obama’s commitment to open borders and amnesty for illegals is well documented.

*The Left’s frequently repeated refrain is, “These are just good people coming to take the jobs Americans refuse to take.”


Terrorist’s short term, early release, should be inconceivable

May 23, 2019

In 1953, turning on your country was a crime punishable by death. Ethel, 35, and Julius Rosenberg, 37, the parents of two young sons, were charged with conspiracy to commit espionage.

On March 29, 1951 the couple was found guilty of spying on behalf of the Soviet Union, and were executed in the electric chair on June 19, 1953, although the evidence against Ethel was weak.

Fast forward to 2019. John Walker Lindh, 38, a Californian who converted to Islam at age 16, provided support to the Taliban. He became known as the “American Taliban” after his battlefield capture in Afghanistan in November 2001, where he was fighting with the Afghan Taliban two months after the 9/11 attacks.

On February 5, 2002, Lindh was indicted by a federal grand jury on ten charges of conspiracy, including conspiracy to murder U.S. citizens and providing material support and resources to terrorist organizations. He could have received up to three life sentences and 90 additional years in prison.

Instead, Lindh, who now uses the name Abu Sulayman al-Irland, has preposterously been granted an early release from a federal prison after being sentenced to a paltry 20 years. Lindh is getting out 3 years early for “good behavior,” though his actions resulted in American deaths.

In 2010 Lindh and a Syrian-American prisoner, represented by the ACLU, sued to lift restrictions on group prayer by Muslim inmates. U.S. District Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson, an Obama appointee, ruled in their favor, saying that the government had shown no compelling interest in restricting the religious speech of the inmates by prohibiting them from praying together.

According to an internal report by the National Counterterrorism Center, Lindh told a visiting television news producer that he had not renounced extremist violence and continues to advocate for global jihad, saying, “ISIS,” the terrorist group that beheaded Americans, “is doing a spectacular job.”

The burning question is, what can we expect next as this America-hater is free?


Pres. Trump’s approval soars along with economy

May 7, 2019

Despite unrelenting media bias and congressional roadblocks, Americans support President Trump

Though using a sarcastic headline* to proclaim the undeniable fact, the latest Gallup poll shows President Donald Trump’s presidential job-approval rating hitting a record high of 46 percent. Trump’s 91% approval rating among Republicans in the latest poll is on the high end for this group, nearly matching the record high of 92% from November of last year.

The survey, conducted from April 17 to April 30, shows the April 18 release of the Mueller report actually spiked his approval ratings.

The president, who has termed the politically motivated “Russia probe” a “witch hunt,” has the support of the American people, who obviously take the biased media coverage with a grain of salt. As caravans of hundreds of thousands of Central American illegal aliens, facilitated by Mexico, flood our country, he has remained adamant on the need for U.S. Border security, which resonates with citizens as an imperative. Congressional Democrats consistently refuse to fund the much needed barriers.

Gallup was forced to admit:

“Barack Obama’s job-approval rating was 44 percent in Gallup polling at the same point in his presidency (April 2011), and he still managed to find a way to win re-election in 2012.” 

Rasmussen’s Daily Presidential poll shows President Trump holding firm with 50 to 51% the first week of May.

Voters are paying attention and see through the devious coverage and unrelenting bias, as noted by Dan Backer, writing for Politicallaw.com. They know that jobs surged in April as unemployment rates have fallen to 3.6%, the lowest level in nearly 6 decades. Having a businessman at the helm of the country has ushered in marked prosperity, which has not been lost on American voters.

* “Trump Approval Remains High for Him, at 46%”


Pres. Trump and economy soar & NRA Update

April 27, 2019

NRA meeting showcases Pres. Trump and V.P. Pence

Friday was a booming day for the stock market, as both the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite indexes closed at record highs. The economy, exceeding expectations, grew at a 3.2% annual rate in the first quarter. 

It was also a winning day for President Trump, as he and Vice President Mike Pence rallied Second Amendment supporters at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum / Convention held this year in Indianapolis, Indiana, where they were repeatedly greeted with cheers from the massive crowd. Billed as “America’s largest freedom celebration,” the convention draws tens of thousands of firearm enthusiasts each year.

Trump used the occasion to announce the withdrawal of the U.S. signature from the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty, in response to concerns from gun owners that it could impinge on Americans’ Second Amendment rights. It was signed in 2013 by Barack Obama, but never ratified.

“Under my administration we will never surrender American sovereignty to anyone, we will never allow foreign bureaucrats to trample on your Second Amendment freedom and that is why my administration will never ratify the U.N. trade treaty,” President Trump unequivocally stated.

Among the speakers addressing the gathering was U.S. House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), who survived a June 2017 assassination attempt on the lives of Republican members and staffers practicing for the annual ‘Congressional Baseball Game for Charity,’ scheduled for the following day. Before opening fire, in the vicious act that nearly killed Congressman Scalise, the left-wing assailant specifically asked if it was the Republican team practicing. Watch Steve Scalise’s speech here.

Like President Ronald Reagan, who was shot and seriously wounded along with press secretary James Brady, a Secret Service Officer, and a D.C. Police Officer, Rep. Scalise continues to defend our constitutionally protected Second Amendment freedoms.

Scalise has said the experience reinforced his support for gun rights. “I was a strong supporter of the Second Amendment before the shooting,” he said, “and frankly, as ardent as ever after the shooting in part because I was saved by people who had guns.

“They saved my life. But they also saved the lives of every other member. There were over a dozen members of Congress and staffers who would have been executed. That was the intention of the shooter.”

Defend Freedom. Join the NRA today.

Fox News reports Wayne LaPierre, the executive vice president and public face of the National Rifle Association, alleges the organization’s board president, Oliver North, is trying to extort him into stepping down.

This is the 3-page letter Wayne LaPierre sent to the Members of the NRA Board.

For longtime members of the Second Amendment protection organization, LaPierre is the organization. We wish him well in this unfortunate internecine feud.