U.S. SC Justices’ bias void impartiality claims

April 22, 2015

Justices Ginsburg, Kagan have taken public stance in favor of same-sex marriage

Should U.S. Supreme Court justices who effectively endorsed same-sex marriage by officiating at such ceremonies be ruling on whether or not the Constitution grants states the right to ban them?

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg performed a same-sex marriage in Washington, D.C., in August 2013. Justice Elena Kagan officiated at a same-sex marriage for her former law clerk and his partner last September. 

Herbert Titus, a nationally recognized constitutional authority, is quoted as saying the two justices must have known at the time that it was almost inevitable for the issue to be put to the Supreme Court, “yet they went ahead and put their official imprimatur on same-sex marriage.” Titus said the likely response from the justices will be that they believe that they can be neutral on the issue of same-sex marriage.

“It tells you an awful lot about the culture,” he continued. “These people are immersed in the homosexual culture to the point they would step out of their role as a justice to officiate in a wedding that would put them in a position of lending their name and prestige to same-sex marriage when they had every good reason to believe the issue would be before the court.”

April 28 is the day the Supreme Court will hear arguments in an appeal from the Sixth Circuit regarding the constitutionality of state constitutional bans on same-sex marriage. A helpful guide intended for fledgling reporters covering the challenges can be read on the SCOTUS blog

The American Family Association (AFA) provides a way for citizens to tell their congressional representatives that both Ginsburg and Kagan need to recuse themselves from the case.

“U.S. Supreme Court Justices Elena Kagan and Ruth Bader Ginsburg should recuse themselves from any cases involving the homosexual marriage issue on the basis that they have conducted same-sex marriage ceremonies,” the campaign letter states.

Joining AFA is the Coalition of African-American Pastors, (CAAP). It has also called upon the justices to recuse themselves, since each has revealed a pro-homosexual bias.

“A Justice of the Supreme Court is called on to avoid the appearance of bias—especially on a highly controversial and sensitive issue that is currently before the Court,” said Rev. William Owens, president and founder of CAAP. “And yet, both Justice Ginsburg and Justice Kagan have taken a public stance in favor of same-sex marriage, even going so far as to officiate at a same-sex wedding.”

“Not only is this a breach of ethics, but it calls into question the integrity of the Court and the supposed balance that the judicial branch is meant to provide in constitutional interpretation. It is beyond objectionable that no action has yet been taken to ensure that the case will be adjudicated fairly. And so it falls to us, the people, to take action. CAAP is launching a petition urging Justices Kagan and Ginsburg remove themselves from decision-making on this issue and prevent a crisis brought on by the taint of a biased judiciary.”


Hinckley roams freely, Chapman denied parole

April 20, 2015

The facts of the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan’s life and the others who were shot on March 30, 1981 can be found on the Encyclopedia Britannica blog. What is startling is that for the past year, under a judge’s order, would-be assassin John Hinckley, the last man to shoot a U.S. President, spends 17 days a month at his 85-year-old mother’s gated Williamsburg resort community home overlooking a golf course.

Court hearings are set to begin this week on whether to further expand Hinckley’s time away from the mental health facility —- possibly permanently. His outings began in 2003 with day visits outside the institution, then local overnight visits. Starting in 2006, Hinckley was allowed three-night trips to Williamsburg, then four, then more. In late 2013, a judge approved the current 17-day stretches. Paul Friedman, Senior District Judge for the District of Columbia said he was persuaded Hinckley was not a danger and that the longer stays might “provide new opportunities for employment and structured community activities.”

How nice.

Hinckley now nearly 60, volunteers, goes to movies, plays guitar, eats in restaurants and drives alone, but only to places where “people will be expecting him.” He must “avoid areas where the president or members of Congress may be visiting.” 

“Avoid?” Is there no stronger admonition?

Prosecutors have consistently opposed Hinckley’s release, arguing he has a history of deceptive behavior and troubling relationships with women. During the last hearings, they cited a July 2011 incident in which he went to a bookstore instead of a movie and then lied about it. The Secret Service, whose agents sporadically tail Hinckley, reported he looked at shelves that contained books about Reagan and his attempted assassination, though he didn’t pick anything up.

“Mr. Hinckley has not shown himself ready to conduct the hard work of transitioning to a new city,” prosecutor Sarah Chasson said in 2011.

Mark David Chapman shot and killed John Lennon in 1980. He was sentenced to 20 years to life. He has been denied parole eight times.  The parole board concluded that releasing Chapman would “deprecate the seriousness of the crime and serve to undermine respect for the law.”

Why couldn’t Judge Friedman, a 1994 Bill Clinton appointee, reach the same conclusion when it comes to John Hinckley?


Brnovich flies under radar as he caves on illegal enforcement

April 6, 2015

It’s all about $aving taxpayer dollar$, doncha know?

Unless you’re an eagle-eyed reader, you might have missed the latest news from Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich. It was tucked away and hugging the bottom of Page 3 in a travelogue sounding section called “Around Arizona.”.

The Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic) couldn’t be more gleeful to report that Brnovich filed a motion on Friday asking a U.S. District Court to dismiss the Ninth U. S. Circuit appeal of a policy charging illegal aliens as co-conspirators with their well-paid coyote transporters as they smuggle themselves into Arizona.  By pulling the appeal, Brnovich will let stand an injunction against enforcing the statute.

In a statement to the newspaper, Brnovich says he is “committed to defending Arizona from federal overreach and enforcing our immigration laws.” Then comes the “but,” which in legalese morphs into “however.”

“However, I also have an obligation to be responsible with taxpayer dollars and defend the state where we are most likely to prevail. That is why I filed for the dismissal of the state’s legal challenge to the human-smuggling portion of SB 1070 today.”

Karen Tumlin, a lawyer with the far-leftist, pro-illegal invasion National Immigration Law Center in California, cheered, “The chapter of the smuggling law is now officially over.” But she noted that litigation continues on others, including the “Show me your papers” statute that requires law-enforcement officials to inquire about the citizenship of people they stop and statutes regarding day laborers and impounding the vehicles of people harboring illegal immigrants. “This is a sign that the state may move away from this litigation,” Tumlin hopefully added.

In an astonishing double standard, The Republic evidenced no reluctance to use scare tactics in editorials and news reports including declaring citizens would be unable to board an airplane without an intrusive national ID card as it promoted legislation on a “Show me your papers” law for American citizens.


Police shooter in custody — Obama, Holder fanned flames

March 16, 2015

Police in St. Louis have confirmed that the man who shot two police officers in the early morning hours Thursday is in custody.

A known Ferguson, Missouri police protestor, Jeffrey Williams, 20, is reportedly charged with two counts of first-degree assault, firing a weapon from a vehicle, and two counts of armed criminal action. The shootings took place outside the police department in the wake of the resignation of the city’s police chief.

Although Williams admits firing the shots that struck the officers, his claim that he didn’t intend to shoot them verges on implausible. At the time of the shooting, the young black parolee was the subject of an arrest warrant for failing to meet with his parole officer in connection with a previous conviction of receiving stolen property.

Although the Justice Department claims that Ferguson police have been  too aggressive in their interaction with black residents, a credible case could be made that police weren’t vigorous enough. If Williams had been tracked down and arrested pursuant to the outstanding warrant, chances are he would not have been on the streets and able to shoot the officers.

On Friday we posted “Chaos in Ferguson fueled by Obama, Holder.” In it, we noted Attorney General Holder called the gunman “a damn punk” who was “trying to sow discord in an area that was trying to get its act together, trying to bring together a community that had been fractured for too long.”

But Holder’s Justice Department also released a separate report asserting that racial profiling was at play in the city police force, and the municipal court system was driven by profit on the backs of the town’s predominantly low-income black residents. 

As SRAZ commenter Frankly Speaking noted, Barack Obama appeared on comedian Jimmy Kimmel’s show talking out of both sides of his mouth after the police officers were shot: “What had been happening in Ferguson was oppressive and objectionable and was worthy of protest.” And “whoever fired those shots shouldn’t detract from the issue. They’re criminals. They need to be arrested.” Read his words carefully.

Obama skillfully sticks to the narrative alluding that the protestors had every right to burn down stores and overturn police cars, characterizing any authority as something that needs to be assaulted and destroyed. This is the same president who characterized shooting victims Trayvon Martin as his “son” and robber Michael Brown as a “gentle giant.”

Kevin Jackson of Blacksphere reports Brown’s mother posted these vile comments on her Facebook page after the police shooting.

The racial divide in our country has worsened under the nation’s first half-black president.


Gabby Giffords in DC: Seeks new gun restrictions

March 4, 2015

Sales and transfers of firearms in peril with “universal registration”

Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords will be back on Capitol Hill today diligently working to expand criminal background checks on all firearms sales.

Last session similar legislation failed to get a hearing in the U.S. House.

Currently, stores selling firearms check purchasers with designated law enforcement agencies to ensure the customer doesn’t have a criminal history. Democrat lawmakers want to expand such checks to private transfers, sales and those at gun shows.

The National Rifle Association, a Second Amendment protection organization, firmly opposes such restrictions, noting that many people convicted of crimes involving guns obtained them through theft, making ‘straw’ purchases, or on the black market, entirely evading background checks.

Watch this video to find out the shocking truth about “illegal transfers.”

After she was severely wounded in 2011, Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly founded Americans for Responsible Solutions, an organization that advocates for stricter gun laws —- while hypocritically exempting themselves. Just two years ago we posted “What’s this? Gabby’s hubby buys “assault weapon?” 

A leading proponent of restricting gun ownership and the Second Amendment Rights of others, the duplicitous Kelly was busted making his own gun purchases — including an AR-15, which he disparages as an “assault rifle”–– and claims should be disallowed for Americans to own. Kelly has previously claimed the purpose of such weapons is “to kill a lot of people very quickly,” and criticized such products as “too readily available.”

Mark Kelly was photographed at 3:30 pm on the afternoon of March 5, 2013 at Diamondback Police Supply, 170 S. Kolb Street, Tucson, AZ, making his purchases, including “high capacity” magazines and a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol.

Seeing Red AZ has previously exposed other liberal hypocrites who desire to restrict our ability for self protection while ensuring their own — even having concealed carry permits.

The Second Amendment is about much more than simply carrying concealed, hunting, or sport shooting. Our right to keep and bear arms is a bulwark against tyranny. The U.S. Constitution and 44 States have Constitutional provisions enumerating the Individual Right to Keep and Bear Arms.


Laurie Roberts: The “kook” pot calling the kettle….

February 25, 2015

Right on the heels of a column earlier this week “Brnovich not the guy to investigate APS-Corp Com links” in which Laurie Roberts actually sounded like the investigative sleuth she purports to be —- she reverts back to her infantile “Kook” name calling.

In the earlier column she points out that Attorney General Mark Brnovich is too beholden to Arizona Public Service Co. to investigate major corruption claims against the utility made by a whistleblower (Letter here courtesy of 12 News) regarding cozy deal making between then-Corporation Commission chairman Gary Pierce and the company’s CEO as the utility was seeking a rate increase. APS, the largest electric utility in the state is regulated by the Arizona Corporation Commission. Arizona Public Service’s parent company, Pinnacle West, dumped $425,000 into Brnovich’s campaign coffers last year which raises the question why the power provider was so keen to influence the Attorney General’s race.

Just weeks ago, Roberts was loathe to mention Brnovich’s name. Now it’s headline material.

Yet it’s her fixation on conservatives she deems “Kooks” that continues to grasp her attention. Now she has gone even further than her usual derogatory snipes at individuals, by deeming the entire state of Arizona “Kooksville.”  In Roberts’ extremist view, legislative leaders are hard at work “to declare our independence from federal gun laws, from the Affordable Care Act, from the Environmental Protection Agency, from the Department of Justice, from Barack Obama and from just about anything else associated with the state’s most detested f-word. Federal, that is.”

There’s a slew of legislation rattling Roberts, including House Bills 2055, 2058, 2368, 2643, (Committee on Federalism & States’ Rights) and  Senate Bill 1330 (Public Safety, Military & Technology Committee) along with 2014’s Proposition 122.

Watch for Roberts to begin providing cover for soon-to-be 79-year-old John McCain as he gears up for another 6-year senate term. She’s already going after state Sen. Kelli Ward (R-LD5). The Lake Havasu lawmaker/physician is only rumored to be considering a challenge to McCain, but the status quo wagons are already beginning to circle.


Bill Montgomery sets Flakes loose on county taxpayers

February 21, 2015

Imagine you’re Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery. Com’on, you can do it.  You’re full of political vim and aspiration and like a good establishment soldier dutifully await a greater opportunity. The U.S. Senate sounds good. But dang! That old goat McCain is making noises about running again. He’ll be 79 in August and a six-year term would place him at a gnarly 85. Not only will the youthful glow also be off Montgomery’s rose, but playing well with that Flake family is not bringing the hoped for returns.

Rather than repeat the gruesome facts of the case involving Sen. Jeff Flake’s son Austin and daughter-in-law Logan along with her parents Todd and MaLeisa Hughes, and its potential to derail Montgomery‘s ambition, read Bill Montgomery, dead dogs & the Flakes: We got it right the first time.

Now that Montgomery has dropped all felony charges against Austin and Logan 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 characters were ruined by this investigation. 

“The Sheriff has a long history of bringing cases for publicity.  This case to him had everything.  It had publicity, it had a politician’s son, it had pets and the one thing it didn’t have was probable cause,” claimed lawyer Jack Wilenchik. His law partner father Dennis Wilenchik, previously represented Arpaio and cozily lists the “Maricopa County Attorney” as a client.

The Wilenchik’s, publicity seekers extraordinaire, were singing a different tune —- “Vamos Jose!” (Let’s Go, Joe!) —- with Sheriff Joe Arpaio in happier times, as they interviewed him about the “latest county news” on their podcast radio show.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a champion of animals, who has had an Animal Crimes Investigations Unit as part of his office for over a decade forwarded twenty-one charges of animal neglect and cruelty to Montgomery, recommending numerous felony charges of animal neglect and cruelty in connection with horrific abuse resulting in the deaths of nearly two dozen family pets.

On Oct. 15, a Maricopa County Grand Jury indicted both couples. At the time, Montgomery solemnly stated, “Today’s indictment is the result of a thorough review of the extensive investigation into this incident and a decision to seek charges based on objective facts. We now look forward to the next step in seeing that justice is served in this case,” he said. But God knows he wanted the hot potato to go away.

If these marginal Flakes are successful in their outrageous lawsuit, Maricopa County taxpayers will be the ones paying out millions, and that includes the families who lost their beloved pets to the Flake’s obscene neglect.

It was clear from the June 20 onset, when the dead and dying family pets were found, Bill Montgomery was loath to touch this case.  He finally dropped it Dec. 22, 2014.

Background on this case can be read in these links:

Dec. 24, 2014:  Bill Montgomery, dead dogs & the Flakes: We got it right the first time

Dec. 13, 2014: Flake kin beg for cash to aid in dead dog defense

Nov. 14, 2014: Austin, Logan Flake plead not guilty in dog deaths

Oct. 16, 2014: Indicted! Austin & Logan Flake, Todd & MaLeisa Hughes

Oct. 13, 2014: Bill Montgomery: Focus of daily’s sarcastic jab remains inert

Sept. 29, 2014: Still awaiting Montgomery’s Flake decision

Sept. 19, 2014: Bill Montgomery: Between a Flake and a hard place

July 17, 2014: 21 dead dogs inconsequential as Flake connection gets cover-up

June 27, 2014: AZ Republic uses dead dogs to bash Arpaio, give pass to Flake & Update


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