Flag Day: A fitting birthday for a proud American

June 14, 2015


Happy birthday to both our flag and our sheriff

Today, Flag Day, is also the birthday of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. How fitting that this proud American, the son of Italian immigrants, celebrates his own special day with that honoring one of the enduring symbols of our liberty. As we fly our flags today, it’s worth reflecting on the many legal immigrants who came to this country through the front door, learned the language of our country, joyfully became citizens, and worked tirelessly to make lives as Americans in this great nation.

Sheriff Arpaio’s distinguished career in law enforcement, including worldwide assignments with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, are indicative of the national pride instilled in such grateful immigrant American families, appreciative of the opportunities afforded them. He concluded his remarkable federal career as head of the DEA for Arizona. Read his bio here.

Flag Day traditions are a meaningful part of our nation’s history. Facts regarding the background of this uniquely American holiday are provided by the National Flag Day Foundation. Take a few minutes and acquaint yourself with some of the fascinating information provided. Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the United States on June 14, 1777.

The Pledge of Allegiance (click here)

 I Pledge Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

This inspiring video ran as a 2012 presidential campaign ad.

Sheriff Arpaio makes nat’l news for speaking truth

June 8, 2015

Sunday’s edition of The Drudge Report headlined this WND report detailing an interview with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

During the interview on the “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio,” broadcast heard on New York’s AM 970 The Answer and Philadelphia’s NewsTalk 990 AM, Sheriff Arpaio said Democrats are mostly interested in immigration reform because the newly legalized residents will eventually obtain voting rights and will vote for Democrats.

“That’s common sense,” said Arpaio. “I don’t think that’s something that nobody knows. You make them here legally so they can vote.”

WND reported last year Eliseo Medina, a former immigration adviser to Barack Obama, boasted in 2009 that granting citizenship to millions of illegal aliens would expand the “progressive” electorate and help ensure a “progressive” governing coalition for the long-term.

Medina is the current secretary-treasurer of the Service Employees International Union, or SEIU. During Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, Medina and Jeff Flake’s radical leftwing pal, U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, served on Obama’s National Latino Advisory Council.

During the radio interview, Arpaio urged Republican president candidates to discuss the issue of drug trafficking when talking about border security.

Arpaio, whose office deals with criminality and runs the county jails, addressed the illegal drugs flooding into the U.S. from Mexico, saying “Ninety-nine percent” of those arrested for bringing drugs into Maricopa County, Arizona are illegal aliens.”

 “Everyone talks about immigration. What about the drugs destroying our young people? Heroin is increasing. So if I were advising the (Republican) candidates, I’m sure they will be calling me even though I’m taking heat again, I’d say start talking about the drug problem coming from Mexico. Forget just the illegal immigration. Put it together. There is a combination of both problems. That’s what I would talk about.”

Sheriff Arpaio asked, “Where’s the president? How come he is not talking about the drugs coming across the border?”

This U.S. Department of Justice National Drug Intelligence Center Report, is five years old. The deplorable statistics have not improved in the intervening years, as drug cartels and gangs have become even more emboldened. Read  Sect.2:11  (17 of 20) under the heading “Phoenix” for a more complete snapshot of the Mexican drug trafficking organizations or DTO’s.

At the time of the report’s release, authorities estimated that there were more than 10,000 gang members in the Phoenix metropolitan area. It stated, “Much of the violent crime and property crime in Phoenix is drug-and/or gang-related.”

In addition to Phoenix, Maricopa County —- one of the nation’s largest counties —- encompasses numerous other cities.

It’s time to stand with Sheriff Joe

May 28, 2015

When it comes to Sheriff Joe Arpaio, facts are incidental to AZ Republic reporters

The Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic)  contrives any opportunity in its attempt to topple career law enforcement professional Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The usual cued-up team goes into overdrive on command. There are the contemptible editorials passing themselves off as news reports, partnered with the actual editorials that are coordinated with the vicious rants from columnists, accompanied by the constant onslaught of derisive cartoons. Editorial writer Linda Valdez, leftist extraordinaire, jumps in with what were previously and correctly called “Quick Hits.” The recipients of her barrage need Kevlar protection.

The coordinated effort among the newspaper’s few remaining staffers doesn’t miss a trick in attempting to skew the sheriff. The República is stridently pro-amnesty, open borders and supports in-state tuition for foreign nationals. Multi-page sob stories bolstering illegals are its stock in trade.

Recently the daily weighed in with yet another article mocking Sheriff Arpaio. Though brief, the intent was to slam him for asking his supporters for financial help. The smug reporters once again were unable to get their facts straight, even misspelling the name of his longtime campaign spokesman.

Sheriff Arpaio writes of incurring legal bills, and often having to personally pay for attorneys to represent him in these cases. “I do not have the personal wealth or the wherewithal to keep up with the costly demands of paying for attorneys to defend me.” He affirms his intent “to keep fighting for what I know is right. I took an oath to protect and defend the US Constitution and I will keep that oath until my last breath.” 

Arpaio has become the eye of the storm for addressing the crisis of illegal immigration. For his efforts, he has paid dearly as the ACLU, advocacy groups representing illegals and left-leaning federal judges have gone after him. His legal costs continue to escalate. He has also committed to running for another term, writing, “It’s going to take a lot of resources to combat the attacks and false allegations against me and my deputies. We anticipate the hardest campaign in Maricopa County history to remove me due to my unyielding stance on upholding the Rule of Law.”

He needs our support now more than ever.  His legal defense fund can be accessed here. His 2016 reelection fund is here. Give what you can.  We need this good man to continue to serve the citizens of Maricopa County.

Obama handcuffs police

May 20, 2015

On February 28, 1997, Los Angeles police officers engaged in one of the most violent gun battles in modern law enforcement history. A foiled bank robbery and the lengthy exchange of gun fire that followed came to be known as the North Hollywood Shootout. Twelve officers and eight civilians were wounded. The two heavily armed bank robbers eventually were taken down. What makes this shootout involving nearly 2,000 rounds of ammunition memorable is the fact that the police were outgunned by the criminals who were wearing the latest in body armor and carrying military-level armaments. The battle gave police agencies a compelling reason to better equip patrol officers, arming them with semi-automatic rifles, rather than pistols and 12-gauge shotguns.

That was then and this is now.

Barack Obama has announced a ban on federal transfers of various types of military-style gear to local police departments.

“We’ve seen how militarized gear can sometimes give people a feeling like they’re an occupying force, as opposed to a force that’s part of the community that’s protecting them and serving them,” Obama said in a speech in Camden, New Jersey earlier this week. He said such equipment can “alienate and intimidate local residents and may send the wrong message.”

He announced the formation of a volunteer, “Elite Tech Team,” described as “data scientists, software engineers, and tech leaders, to assist law enforcement.” Obama absurdly says, “They’re going to work with the police department to troubleshoot some of the technical challenges so it’s even easier for police departments to do the things they already want to do in helping to track what’s going on in communities, and then also helping to make sure that data is used effectively to identify where there are trouble spots, where there are problems, are there particular officers that may need additional help, additional training.  All that can be obtained in a really effective, efficient way,” he claimed. 

Since when is it up to the President of the United States to decide how individual city police departments function and which officers may “need help or additional training?” Exactly how do volunteers fit into that scenario?

Through an executive order, Obama instructed federal departments to consult with police and civil rights groups to come up with restrictions on police use of military equipment. 

Obama also declared that he is launching what he calls “Promise Zones,” to combat “a sense of unfairness and powerlessness, to change the odds for communities because we’re providing job training, and helping to reduce violence, and expanding affordable housing.” 

Instilling the importance of education, respect, and working to lower the astronomical out-of-wedlock births in black communities —- which carry a near certain guarantee of poverty and accompanying high crime rates —- would be a great starting point. 

But don’t expect that to happen. The national media remains fixated on supporting Obama’s agenda of racial divisiveness, dutifully reporting on his betrayal of our dedicated law enforcement personnel —- blaming them for unrest and now severely restricting their abilities to serve and protect.

Grand Jury reinstates charges in dog deaths: Flakes excluded

May 7, 2015

Did prosecutor present sculpted facts to new Grand Jury omitting the actual responsible parties?

Hear that prolonged “phew” resonating across the Valley? That’s Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery breathing a deep sigh of relief after a County Grand Jury reinstated animal cruelty charges against the owners of Green Acre Dog Boarding in Gilbert in connection with the agonizing heat related suffocation deaths of nearly two dozen dogs that occurred during the searing summer heat of June 2014.

Todd Hughes, 32, and MaLeisa Hughes, 45, owners of the kennel each face 21 Class 6 felony counts and 7 Class 1 misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals. Both also face one Class 2 felony count of fraudulent schemes and artifices.

The couple was vacationing in Florida when the deaths occurred last June. They are the expendable mother and stepfather of Logan Flake —- wife of Sen. Jeff Flake’s son Austin —- who were actually in charge of the facility when the dogs were crammed into a small laundry room overnight without air-conditioning, food or water.

Charging the Flakes is what gave Montgomery heartburn. So just before Christmas 2014, when he thought few were paying attention, Montgomery dismissed all felony and misdemeanor charges against Jeff Flake’s son and daughter-in-law. A single fraud charge remained against Todd and MaLeisa Hughes.

It was clear from the June 20 onset, when the dead and dying dogs were found, Bill Montgomery was loath to touch this case. He dillied and dallied, even after Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s extensive three-month examination of facts which included veterinarian performed necropsies. The sheriff’s office recommended numerous felony charges of animal neglect and cruelty in connection with the horrific abuse of the pets. The dogs suffered excruciating pain before dying. When the Flakes found them the next morning, they neglected to even call a veterinarian to aid the not yet dead pets, which they callously hosed down in a vain attempt to cool them. The dead dogs were carted off to a shed where they were stacked like cordwood.

As we noted last September in the post, “Bill Montgomery: Between a Flake and a hard place,” the politically ambitious Montgomery, who endorsed Jeff Flake in his senate race, has career aspirations that are rumored to include the state’s second senate seat, when McCain finally moves on. Obviously how he chose to handle this widely scrutinized case could have had devastating consequences for his ambitions.

This is the latest news release announcing the reinstatement of charges against the Hugheses.  Notice the tempered wording of this May 6 announcement as Montgomery refers to the dead pets as “beloved animals.”  Previously at a Sept. 10, 2014  press conference Montgomery exhibited raw insensitivity to the grieving pet owners as he provided insight as to his bent. “This isn’t to cheapen or minimize the loss of the pets to the families,” Montgomery said. “But we’re not talking about the deaths of 23 children.”

Without the weight of an indictment, Austin and Logan Flake have moved on. Now that Montgomery has dropped all felony charges against them, they’re suing Maricopa County and Sheriff Joe Arpaio, seeking $8 million to resurrect their formerly pristine reputations, claiming they were targeted by the Sheriff’s office and their sterling characters were ruined by this investigation. 

Maricopa County taxpayers should prepare to dig deep for this legal escapade by two marginal Flakes. Since the lawsuit against the county specifically names Sheriff Arpaio, the daily fish wrap will serve as lead cheerleader as these lightweights attempt to get rich on our backs and the carcasses of the dogs they allowed to suffer and die.

This post, “Bill Montgomery sets Flakes loose on county taxpayers” includes additional background.

Would you buy a “danged fence” from this man?

May 5, 2015

Pre-election border policy reversals routine for deceptive McCain

As the 2016 election looms on the horizon, the deception begins anew. With his recent announcement that he will run for a sixth six-year senate term, John McCain told voters that he was spoiling for “a good fight.”

 The problem with John McCain’s good fights is that he views conservative Republicans as those he seeks to decimate.

After suffering an embarrassing 2014 censure by elected Republican state committeemen who passed a resolution chastising his left-leaning positions on a litany of significant issues, he retaliated by spending big bucks with an assist from out-of-state wealthy Democrat donors, to purge conservatives from the Arizona Republican Party precinct committeemen ranks.

His operatives flew into high gear recruiting McCain-friendly replacements to challenge those who sanctioned him. Precinct Committeemen are elected in Primary Elections. Though his capacity for vindictive revenge is boundless, McCain is not above briefly and fraudulently portraying himself in a more acceptable light in an effort to win votes.  That task is accomplished, as it has always been, by fabrication and misrepresenting his actual positions on key issues.

This past January 2015 John McCain and Jeff Flake were soundly rejected by a chorus of  boos and turned backs by elected state delegates attending the annual Statutory Meeting of the State Committee of the Arizona Republican Party.

As a result the man who led the “Gang of Eight” liberal and RINO senate amnesty proponents with the acquiescing Flake in tow, is once again talking tough, calling for strict border enforcement and a stepped up removal of Central American illegals who have swarmed across the Mexican border into the U.S. He even voted against the confirmation of U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch citing her lax approach to illegal immigration, aware that his vote wasn’t crucial to her approval.  Flake covered him with his own “yea” vote.

After years of his pre-election lies, it’s clear that only left-leaners or the chronically uninformed would vote for McCain. This is why McCain, who needs the crossover votes to win, adamantly opposes closed Primary Elections. Prior to running for the U.S. Senate, he  was elected to the U.S. House in the old First Congressional District in 1982. In the intervening years, he has gotten bolder with his dishonesty. Remember this? It was just prior to his push for amnesty immediately after the votes were counted.

Haven’t you had enough?

Police sacrificial pawns in mob-based charges

May 3, 2015

Prosecutor appeases rioting mobs and looters in Democrat-run city

All six Baltimore police officers charged with homicide in the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray who died in a hospital after suffering a spinal injury while in police custody have posted bail. They were released on bonds ranging between $250,000 and $350,000.

In a lightening speed rush to judgment, Maryland State Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced the charges ranging from assault to murder Friday. Mosby has been practicing law for less than ten years —- three of which were spent at Liberty Mutual Insurance, reviewing dubious claims.

Anti-police protests, driven by tech savvy anarchists adept at social media, have simultaneously erupted in cities across the country including New York, Denver, Seattle, Chicago and Portland, Oregon.  After the charges were announced, organizers billed their marches a “victory rally” and celebratory partying followed.

Charges against the Baltimore officers —- three black and three white —- are serious and  carry heavy penalties:

Officer Caesar Goodson Jr. was charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter, second-degree assault, two vehicular manslaughter charges and misconduct in office. 

Officer William Porter, Lt. Brian Rice and Sgt. Alicia White were all charged with involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault and misconduct in office. 

Officer Edward Nero was charged with second-degree assault and misconduct in office, and Officer Garrett Miller was charged with those charges plus false imprisonment.  

Goodson, facing the most serious charges, could potentially be sentenced to as much as 63 years of prison. The others face a maximum sentence of between 20 and 30 years.

Baltimore’s police union president, Gene Ryan, said none of the officers charged are responsible for Gray’s death. Michael E. Davey, an attorney who works with the union and is representing one of the officers, decried what he called an “egregious rush to judgment.”

Opposition to these charges transcend politics. Alan Dershowitz —- a nationally renown criminal appellate lawyer and self-described liberal Democrat who twice campaigned for Barack Obama —- noted that Mosley’s actions were motivated more by political expediency and short-term public safety than strong evidence. He called the charges “outrageous and irresponsible,” especially the second degree murder count filed against police van driver Caesar Goodson Jr. under a rarely seen legal principle known as “depraved heart,” which allows prosecutors in that jurisdiction to charge a person with murder without having to prove intent to kill.

“The decision to file charges was made not based on considerations of justice, but on considerations of crowd control,” Dershowitz said Saturday. “It’s a sad day for justice,” he declared. 


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