Scandal rocks AZ State University, Pres.Michael Crow slides

April 18, 2019

ASU’s Michael Crow’s salary exceeding $1.55 million in base pay and bonuses vaults him to nation’s top paid public university president

The local newspaper can’t get enough of Arizona State University President Michael Crow. It devotes numerous articles to extolling the virtues of the overpaid liberal,* who has put together programs providing financial assistance to illegal aliens, as tuition and fees continually skyrocket  for Arizona students and wildly spiral for out-of-state American citizens. 

Today’s edition of the Hillary-endorsing newspaper headlines a front page report, “Audit: ASU misspent more than a $million, questions raised over use of research funds.” The 3-page article includes references to redacted information throughout the audit, and “questionable expenditures.”  Missing is any mention of Michael Crow.

Since Crow is in charge of the university, why is there not a single reference to him? 

Money magazine in June 2017, named Crow as the nation’s highest paid public university president, at that time raking in $1.55 million in base pay and bonuses, with a package that vaulted him into the top spot.

His future brightened considerably in May 2018, as he received a 15% raise in his base pay bringing his salary — excluding bonuses and perks — to $690,000 applied retroactively to January 2018. Crow also receives automatic annual 3.5% increases in his base salary starting in September 2019  His salary was unanimously approved by the Arizona Board of Regents.

ASU’s website still extols President Barack Obama Scholars Program, which is described using these words, “President Barack Obama represents outstanding academic achievement, thoughtfulness, a long record of service to others, inspired leadership and a commitment to building strong communities across this country.” It includes a “coaching component.” to elevate failing minority students.

Obama has been out of office since 2016, but still rates high at ASU.

*These figures, published by The Chronicle of Higher Education, reflect Michael Crow’s base salary as of 2016-17. His bonuses and other compensation, including car and a housing allowance for his nearly 5,000 sq. ft. Paradise Valley mansion, personal and social club benefits are in addition to his base plus a $150,000 bonus and a $550,000 payment from the university foundation as a 10-year retention bonus.

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Mark Kelly: Dem $enate challenger’s big con

April 16, 2019

Mr. Gabby Giffords, a deceptive, hypocritical gun disdaining Democrat, also know as Mark Kelly, is reportedly steering clear of corporate PAC money as he wages his fledgling campaign for the U.S. Senate. Republican Martha McSally, who formerly represented AZ CD 2 in the U.S. House, currently holds that post, though she will have to run again in 2022.

Kelly has placed himself in a precarious position with the local newspaper, which never sees a leftist it doesn’t deem worthy of support. His facile two-step on corporate funding has forced the Hillary Clinton-endorsing newspaper to headline a report on Kelly with these words, “Mark Kelly shuns corporate PACs, but his ties with corporate money are more complicated.”

“More complicated”? The failing newspaper could have saved space and ink by simply printing “deceitful.”

Leftist Act Blue — akin to MoveOn.org, part of a syndicate of radical George Soros funded groups masquerading as “grassroots” organizations — unequivocally declares, “Mark Kelly is rejecting corporate PAC money.”

In this campaign video posted on Twitter, Kelly damns the money that traditionally has funded political campaigns claiming it “divides us” and “poisons our democracy.”

Mark Kelly’s campaign rhetoric is crafted to give him an aura of high mindedness, but don’t be fooled into thinking he actually rejects money from business interests. He’s just another double-talking Democrat saying whatever he thinks it takes to win an election.

Kelly held a stealth fundraiser in Washington, D.C. in March. It was later revealed to be hosted by lobbyists whose corporate clients include Comcast, Exxon Mobil and Chevron, Wall Street banks such as JPMorgan Chase, defense industry giant Lockheed Martin and the massive pharmaceutical lobbying group PhRMA. Walmart, numerous health care, real estate, securities companies and sport franchises were represented — all of whom were kept under wraps by hypocrite Mark Kelly.

What Kelly does and says, as he makes these assertions while corporate lobbyists are raising increasing amounts of money for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) bear no resemblance to each other. Although Mark Kelly has never previously run for office, the Obama cohort is as much of a charlatan as any seasoned Democrat politico.

Until his duplicity was exposed, Kelly continued to earn money on the speakers circuit from groups aligned with business interests, making an average of $25,000 per speech for presentations made through the Keppler Speakers bureau. He gives the same speech, merely filling in the blanks pertaining to the group he’s addressing and city he’s appearing in. Mark Kelly must have something to recommend him, but he does a commendable job keeping whatever it is concealed.

Second Amendment supporters should be aware Kelly heads a gun control group, “Americans for Responsible Solutions.” Mark Kelly is nothing more than a slippery leftist with zero credentials


Film critic turned book reviewer goes anti-Trump

April 7, 2019

Try to imagine a report in the Hillary Clinton-endorsing Arizona Republic focused on her myriad lies and her husband’s numerous sexual exploits. Bill, a serial philanderer and accused rapist, was an avid golfer who bragged to his frequent links partner, lawyer/confidant Vernon Jordan, while chopping on a cigar, about his reckless White House cigar interlude with 22-year-old intern, Monica Lewinsky. That got soft-soaped in the local Arizona newspaper, though Clinton was President of the United States, married and over twice the young woman’s age.

Barack Obama appeared to be on the greens more often than he was in the Oval Office, not necessarily a bad thing in his case. He displayed his horrendous judgment by going off on a golfing vacation on Martha’s Vineyard minutes after delivering a statement in which he said he’d just gotten off the phone with journalist James Foley’s parents following news he had been beheaded by Islamic militants. Fun seeker Obama later said he “misjudged the optics” of his timing. The leftist media cut him slack.

Capturing attention in the anti-Trump local newspaper is the review of a newly released book “Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump,” by former sports columnist Rick Reilly, who describes his motivation for writing the book as being, “really mad.”

“What’s wrong with him?” Reilly asks. “This is why I wrote the book. This is what I’m trying to say — there’s something not right about this guy. If you’re going to cheat at golf,” Reilly says, “you’re going to cheat on your taxes, cheat on your wife and cheat on — what else? Elections? If you’re going to lie about your round, why not lie about how many votes you got, or how big your inauguration size was? Do you realize he lies about the size of his buildings? It’s incredible to me.”

Movie critic Bill Goodykoontz, now pulling double duty as a book reviewer, after the anorexic newspaper recently axed its Pulitzer Prize winning political cartoonist, following a series of pink slipping longtime employees, smoothly falls in line with the newspaper’s agenda. He even takes to Twitter to quote Reilly as he revs up the Trump bashing.

This bizarre toadyism has a name. It’s called as “job security.” Robert Robb, once considered a voice of rationality, has also fallen in line, hoping not to be the next employee to feel the dull blade of the newspaper’s ax on his neck. Today, he calls the president’s actions on the border, “irresponsible.”

Abutting Robb’s column in another by a CNN host, beginning with these words: “To call President Trump “Machiavellian” is to give him a little too much credit. Machiavelli had a keen awareness of history and could speak in complete sentences.”

No wonder the newspaper is dying in a state that gave all of its electoral votes to Donald Trump in 2016 and where he remains immensely popular. Trump continues to generate record breaking crowds at his national rallies. The Arizona Republic, whose stock continues to plummet, can barely keep the lights on. Parent company Gannett, Inc. recently averted a hostile takeover by a hedge fund corporation, smelling blood in the water. Shares of Gannett have dropped over 40% since its debut as a public company in 2015, when it split its publishing and broadcasting businesses. In 2018, it sold its 10-story office building and parking garage in downtown Phoenix, becoming a homeless vagrant. The newspaper, hemorrhaging subscriptions and relying on editorless ASU Journalism student interns is hardly in a position to judge success.


Smollett aided beating the rap by Obama, $oros connections

March 28, 2019

The Chicago Tribune details the double standard for celebrity Jussie Smollett in what turned out to be a hoax rather than the “hate crime” he reported to police. The headline from the local newspaper blasts, “Chicago police files on Jussie Smollett investigation show behind-the-scenes maneuvers.”

The back story is even more despicable than his fraudulent tale concocted to boost his salary for the televised series in which he participated.

By all accounts, the police work — including thousands of hours diverted from real crimes in the war zone of Chicago — was diligent and impeccably carried out.  Smollett, black and gay, alleged that he had been a crime victim carried out by two men who bound and poured bleach over him.  And what a surprise, the assailants who just happened to be wearing President Trump’s MAGA (Make America Great Again) hats yelled racial slurs at Smollett. It plays out like a script, right down to a threatening letter that was sent to Smollett after he wasn’t getting the reaction he desired. He was behind that, too. The men, Nigerian brothers, were found to have cashed a $3,500 partial payment check from Smollett. The incident supposedly occurred at 2 a.m. as Smollett was walking back to his apartment from a Subway sandwich shop —- assuring there would be no witnesses.

Problems arose when surveillance tapes showed a much different scenario than the one described by actor Smollett. In the end the 16-count indictment handed down by a Chicago Grand Jury meant nothing. He ultimately was sentenced to a couple of days of community service logging it in with Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition. That, and forfeiture of his $10,000 bond was bizarrely enough to satisfy prosecutors in Chicago.

The most riveting aspect of the contemptible saga is the chain of “angels” who shone their purifying light on this fake victim of a sham hate crime specifically constructed with a vicious anti-Trump angle. Former First Lady Michelle Obama had a hand in this legal debacle. Her onetime chief of staff, Tina Tchen, also a lawyer, personally contacted the Illinois State’s Attorney to put in a good word for Smollett, exchanging  text messages (here and here) with prosecutor Kim Foxx before charges were dropped. In one of the messages, Tchen urged Foxx to convince Chicago police to hand the investigation over to the FBI, where Obama still had sway. Replete with trendy liberal speak the exchanges are filled with “reaching out.” Liberals don’t contact one another. Neither do they have problems. Liberals have “issues.”

Messages on this level are compelling stuff if you’re a Democrat in Barack Obama’s hometown.

Foxx was a former chief aide to Cook County Board president before she caught the eye of Socialist billionaire George Soros  He’s also a player, funneling a reported* two $300,000 donations to a Super PAC to support Kim Foxx’ campaign, an additional $333,000 personal contribution, plus $75,000 after she won —- all in his quest to realign the criminal justice system in his skewed image. He’s also funded Secretary of State campaigns and others responsible for election oversight. Soros, who disdains national borders, dumped money into the Maricopa County Sheriff’s race ensuring leftist, wife-beater Paul Penzone had sufficient funding to take out popular, 6-term Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Immediately after being sworn in, and right on cue, Penzone referred to illegal invaders as “guests.”

When Kim Foxx was elected in 2016, she made this statement: “I ran for this office to make sure that we had a criminal justice system people can believe in. That’s my duty.”

Apparently her “duty” cap fell off as she raced to appease the Obama’s and fulfill her obligation to George Soros.

*H/T  Law Enforcement Today


Selling out is Robert Robb’s job security

March 25, 2019

In a recent commentary, Robert Robb, the libertarian leaning, once sole deviant opinion writer among the braying gaggle of leftists at Arizona’s newspaper of record, leapt like a lemming off the extremist cliff. His precipice plunge was titled, “Elizabeth Warren is right: The Electoral College has got to go.”

He’s lost his way down the murky liberal alley more frequently as former colleagues have increasingly been replaced with ASU Cronkite Journalism students, who have neither editors nor offices. In September 2018, we wrote,AZ Republic’s Robb grovels, earns his pay on AZ Senate race,”

In response to the virulent anti-Trump spew his superiors routinely dole out, Robb’s recent submissive offering was titled, “Trump’s irresponsible budget.” Barack Obama was never the recipient of such an assault, though his spending eclipsed all previous presidents combined. It’s not difficult to imagine the meeting with editorial page editor Phil Boas, and the instructions being handed to Robb, with that pathetic commentary as the result.

Now Robb’s outdone himself, singing George Soros’ mantra of the National Popular Vote (NPV). His most recent opinion piece is titled….brace yourself ….“Elizabeth Warren is right: The Electoral College has got to go.”

Surely Robb is aware that this farce has become a front burner item for the Democrats. He’s no dummy, as demonstrated by his use of the word “fecund” (which we had to look up), as he described Democrat presidential candidate, Elizabeth Warren. He is, however, all too willing to sing for his supper.

As if by providence, SRAZ wrote a post on the very topic last Friday, taking a much different view than the skew offered by Robert Robb. We place more value on our Nation’s Founders and our U.S. Constitution than in either Socialist billionaire George Soros or Elizabeth Warren. Our piece is headlined, “Desperate Dems embrace NPV absurdity.”

Soros wants to hijack our presidential elections allowing a few highly populated and left-leaning states such as California, New Jersey, New York and Illinois to have a disproportionate influence in our elections. He has also been pouring $millions into under-the-radar campaigns influencing local district attorney races in numerous states to reconfigure the American justice system to his liking, as reported by POLITICO.

NPV is partnered with FairVote, a project of the Soros-funded Center for Voting and Democracy. Along with advocating for the flawed national popular vote for president, it also sets as a goal lowering the voting age to 16.

Robert Robb should know that selling one’s soul to the left is the ultimate degradation. Conservatives no longer have high expectations of him, but he should have them for himself.


Paul Manafort’s jeopardy: There’s a leftist link 

March 14, 2019

The syndicated game show Jeopardy! has been In the news recently after the debonair host Alex Trebek shockingly disclosed he’s been diagnosed with a stage 4 pancreatic malignancy. 

Longtime viewers of the popular quiz show will remember former contestant Matt Jackson, a young paralegal who had one of the long-running show’s most memorable winning streaks —- 13 episodes. The intellectually gifted 23-year-old was impossible not to cheer for. The Yale philosophy major never caught up with all-time winner Ken Jennings who topped out at a record 74 episodes in a row, but Jackson won $413,612. He recently appeared with other top winners participating in the All-Star Tournament.

Wondering what this has to do with Paul Manafort, President Trump‘s former campaign manager who has been charged in connection with fraud unrelated to the campaign?

Early in the show, Trebek asked Jackson to talk about his “very different” parents.

He responded, “My mother is white, liberal and Jewish, and my dad is black, Christian and conservative.”

Matt Jackson comes from an intellectual gene pool. Both of his parents are lawyers. His father is Washington, D. C. attorney Darryl Jackson, who served as a Commerce Department official under former President George W. Bush.

His maternal grandfather, Barnett Berman, was a physician at Johns Hopkins University. Matt Jackson cited him as an early influence in becoming well-read.

And Jackson’s mother — the woman her own son described as “liberal”? Barack Obama nominated Amy Berman Jackson as United States District Judge for the District of Columbia. She was confirmed by a 97–0 vote on March 17, 2011, and was commissioned the next day. The roll call vote can be seen here.  Following their established pattern, Arizona Senators John McCain and Jon Kyl both voted to confirm the leftist nominee.

It was Judge Jackson who added three-and-a-half years on top of the nearly four-year sentence Manafort received last week in a separate case in Virginia, though he’ll get credit for nine months already served.

This is the statement the nearly 70-year-old delivered to the court prior to the sentence being handed down. It was met with an icy reception from Judge Amy Berman who said she was not satisfied with Manafort’s apology, accusing him of trying to avoid punishment.


Phx’ farcical mayoral election today: Leftists rule

March 12, 2019

Today is Election Day in the City of Phoenix. It’s not just any election, mind you. It’s a Special Election — for mayor. The seat was left open when the former deeply committed mayor, Greg Stanton boogied to run for congress in Congressional District 9, following Kyrsten Sinema’s departure. On his way out the door, Stanton doled out $2.4 Mil of our tax dollars to a La Raza ally. When initially elected mayor, he received a congratulatory call from then-President Barack Obama and his Secretary of Homeland INsecurity, Janet Napolitano — clearly exposing the farce of “non-partisan” city elections.

For her part, Sinema magically ran for, and was elected to, the U.S. Senate — without ever once mentioning her party affiliation.

If you’re wondering about the election today, there’s not much to bother yourself with. Both candidates are Democrats. The only choice is the “conservative” liberal or the straight-up, liberal liberal. It’s all a disgraceful charade. Council District 5 and 8 seats are also on the ballot since those are the seats Valenzuela and Gallego abandoned.

It does sound confusing, but just think of it as Democrat politics as usual. In this case Daniel Valenzuela has political operative friends who have been financing mailers that describe the firefighter unionist and committed liberal as a “conservative,” when nothing could be further from the truth. Moses Sanchez, who ran and lost claiming GOP credentials, has endorsed Valenzuela. He joins other AZ Republicrats Woods and Romley (appropriately at the bottom of the endorsement list) who have made careers of endorsing liberals. Woods recently made good on his longtime promise and re-registered as a Dem, losing his swag. Also among Valenzuela’s endorsers are McCain insiders Robert Delgado and Doug Yonko, both honchos in Cindy Hensley McCain’s Anheuser-Busch beer distributorship empire.

Kate Gallego, who was the object of incendiary race-baiting when she ran for the city council seat she has abandoned for the mayor’s race, has the better credentials. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard University and earned an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania — though her endorsements are as radically leftist as Valenzuela’s. Her ex-husband, U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego, who she divorced while pregnant with their only child, has gallantly endorsed her candidacy for mayor.

Arizona voters need a scorecard to keep up with the ambitious, reconfigured Democrats and their stranglehold on the city of Phoenix and encroachment on D.C. in the Senate and House.

If you’re up for this, election results can be viewed here. We suggest you watch the on an empty stomach. Polls close at 7 PM.