If John McCain’s the answer, what was the question?

August 23, 2016

There’s been a good deal of grumbling over the fact that Dish Network no longer carries NewsMax in the Phoenix market. With the publication of this absurd editorial, the broken ties will be much easier to take.

Sounding as if the puff piece came directly from the McCain fact manipulation mill, the poorly written, fabrication-filled endorsement would be laughable if not so disappointing. The writer obviously is not an Arizona voter or active in the Arizona Republican Party whose elected Precinct Committeemen overwhelmingly voted a censure resolution against John McCain in an unprecedented action at a statewide meeting of delegates in 2014. He had previously been censured at the annual mandatory Maricopa County meeting — the nation’s fourth largest — by a vote of 1,150 in support with only 351 opposed. These numbers reflect more than “some critics” who “complain he’s not conservative enough,” as described in the piece.

As to Obama “despising” McCain, that’s hardly the case. McCain has been a frequent visitor to the Obama White House. They are both cunning enough to contrive public differences to insulate McCain during this tough election year.

We are told, presumably with a straight face, “conservative icons in the senate have stepped forward to endorse McCain.“ All three are junior senators from their respective states and have been in the U.S. Senate for a single year — each taking their oath of office in January 2015.

The editorial has all the makings of a good baloney sandwich. Responding to it all would be a pointless exercise in tedium. The facts omitted about Dr. Kelli Ward, McCain’s primary challenger speak volumes. Instead they were obscured by phony allegations of chemtrail obsessions and her votes to aid ISIS — while in the state senate. Any fifth grader paying attention knows that issues relating to national security are considered in Washington, D.C. not the state legislature. But facts don’t keep the far left, well oiled pro-McCain out-of-state PAC machine from making outrageous allegations.

Reading the editorial, you would not be aware that Dr. Kelli Ward is a family practice physician. Her husband, Dr. Michael Ward, an Air Force Colonel, who has served voluntary tours of duty in global hot spots, is the Arizona State Flight Surgeon. The couple has three children.

Watch (scroll down for video) Dr. Kelli Ward, listen to her message, check out her issues pages. Then decide if the 80-year-old McCain, who is arrogantly running for a sixth 6-year term is long past being the answer to problems. Remember the Veteran’s Administration scandal erupted in Phoenix, within a short distance from McCain’s penthouse — one of the 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, or 11 homes he and Cindy own. He’s not sure.

If you think a sovereign nation doesn’t need enforceable borders, and it’s wise to reward those who illegally invade the United States with the gift of citizenship in these perilous times, John McCain is your guy. If you enjoy being repeatedly lied to on such major issues, go with McCain. If you’re looking for an honest, vibrant and accomplished woman who knows how to get things done, Dr. Kelli Ward deserves your vote. 


Politically motivated Judge refers Sheriff Arpaio, aides for prosecution?

August 21, 2016

Seemingly vendetta-based action timed to coincide with election

Unable to contain their elation, the crew at the Arizona Republic reported on Saturday with bared teeth and an all cap, declaration of war-sized headline, “CRIMINAL CONTEMPT.” The sense is the exact model of the coverage, including the 7 x 7 inch unflattering photo of Sheriff Joe Arpaio was on ice waiting for the judge’s order. They were showing irritation on May 31, when the newspaper’s testy report was titled, “No ruling yet on criminal charges for Arpaio.”

That moment came on Friday when U.S. District Court Judge G. Murray Snow haughtily wrote:”Criminal contempt serves to vindicate the Court’s authority by punishing the intentional disregard for that authority.” 

 Judge Snow was appointed to the federal bench on the recommendation of Sens. John McCain and Jon Kyl, He was given the fast-track, green light by Democrat Sen. Harry Reid, who announced “all Senators should be aware that this vote will occur very quickly…” Snow was nominated to the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona by President George W. Bush, but without a recorded confirmation vote. This unanimous consent agreement sufficed. Federal judges do not stand for either election or retention. They hold their positions until they decide to retire or are unable to fulfill the duties.

The 32-page Criminal Contempt Order signed Aug. 18, 2016 by Judge G. Murray Snow can be read here. Being forwarded to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for possible criminal contempt charges are Sheriff  Joe Arpaio, his Chief Deputy Jerry Sheridan, the MCSO’s former Professional Standards Bureau Captain Steve Bailey, and Arpaio’s former attorney Michele Iafrate.

In May 2015, Breitbart reported on incendiary comments alleged to have been made by Judge Snow’s wife to a friend and overheard in a Valley restaurant. The allegations which were never denied by either the judge or his wife, should have caused Judge Snow to recuse himself from this case. He did not. A motion for recusal was filed, Snow remained on the case.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio has been the focus of professional agitators and race-baiters who have spent years filing claims against him and loudly protesting outside his office, beating drums, screaming and holding derogatory signs — as they accuse him of racial profiling, a charge he has steadfastly denied. He has complied with previous judicial orders intended to rein in control of the office he  has repeatedly been elected to lead. This contempt charge appears suspiciously timed to coincide with the upcoming election.

Vote for Sheriff Arpaio, a dedicated, career lawman who has always done the job Maricopa County citizens have elected him to do.


MCSO Chief responds to AZ Republic’s relentless attacks on Sheriff Arpaio

August 10, 2016

Beneath the device of a sarcastic headline (not included here), the Arizona Republic provides “My Turn” space for Jerry Sheridan, chief deputy of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office to respond to the incessant assaults on the integrity of career law enforcement officer and popular Sheriff, Joe Arpaio. Sheridan, a 38-year veteran of the office, wrote the following in response to a recent editorial endorsing a newly minted Republican also ran.

Your recent editorial endorsing Dan Saban for sheriff of Maricopa County (“Sack Sheriff Joe Arpaio — and vote Dan Saban instead, July 31) was sad, but not surprising. As is typical, it read more like a liberal blog than a serious opinion from our state’s largest newspaper.

As chief deputy, I am deeply offended that The Republic would impugn the reputations of so many dedicated and faithful law-enforcement officers that make up the MCSO by taking cheap shots at their sheriff who has dedicated his life to public service.

The editorial board at The Arizona Republic knows full well that Saban does not stand a chance in this primary campaign, and upon defeat will immediately run to Paul Penzone’s side to endorse him just as he did four years ago.

In the general election, The Republic will undoubtedly endorse our opponent, which means The Republic is willing to sacrifice any shred of integrity it has left to support both of these candidates. This, in contrast to Sheriff Arpaio, who not only has more experience than any other candidate but has successfully led this office and this organization of more than 3,400 employees for more than 23 years.

There is no mention of Sheriff Arpaio’s successful programs, saving taxpayer money by creating and operating Tent City or the millions of dollars the sheriff returns to taxpayers each year by operating under budget. Also curiously absent is the mention of the support he has from the 17,000 men and women in Arizona law enforcement who have endorsed his campaign for re-election. As a matter of fact, the areas the MCSO patrols are the safest in the Valley.

The Republic abandoned any sense of objectivity regarding Sheriff Arpaio a long time ago. Any real “extensive reporting” by The Republic would show that the MCSO, the second largest law-enforcement organization in Arizona which also runs the country’s third largest jail system, is a world-class operation that other agencies envy.

The Arizona Republic should be ashamed for printing this garbage, but sadly, your readers know this is only just the beginning.

The Republic endorsed problem-plagued and opportunistic party switcher Dan Saban. During his last attempt at running for sheriff, Saban did so as  a Democrat in 2008. Arpaio trounced him 55.2% – 42.2%.

After years of nearly daily attacks on Sheriff Arpaio, employing  biased reporting, vicious cartoons, skewed editorials and leftist columnists who don’t let facts get in the way of their agenda, allotting his chief deputy a constricted opportunity to reply isn’t evenhanded. It’s the newspaper’s  typical, self-serving and condescending move, enabling the editorial board to point to Sheridan’s defense as  evidence of fairness. It is not.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a solid conservative, has been treated miserably for doing the job he’s been repeatedly elected to do.  He deserves our support again. 

 


MC Recorder’s race: Vote for Aaron Flannery

August 9, 2016

Law intended to provide voters with a sense of confidence in the integrity of the voting system will not be enforced by Helen Purcell who instead declares, “We’re not the police”

In the race for Maricopa County Recorder, political newcomer Aaron Flannery would appear to be a long-shot as he challenges Helen Purcell, currently running for her 8th term. Purcell has been a diligent elected official, overseeing the meticulous recording of all permanent public records and maintenance of the voter registration rolls for Maricopa County’s nearly 2,000,000 registered voters.  She is responsible for administering the Elections Department which conducts all national, state and countywide elections and has won awards for her efforts.

Then came the March 23, 2016 presidential preference election, where long lines created havoc and outraged voters accused her of intentionally authorizing too few polling places, a cost saving measure that had been approved by the Board of Supervisors.  She acknowledged her error in not properly anticipating the large turnout and refused to submit  to demands that she step down. The snafu was not deliberate or intended to suppress minority votes, a fallacious charge hurled at her by the left. As might be expected in managing an office that delivers so many services to so many citizens, there have been other lapses from time to time.

But Helen Purcell’s refusal to enforce the state law banning the nefarious practice known as ‘ballot harvesting (video) in the August Primary Election currently underway is a bridge too far. The Arizona legislature passed HB 2023 this past session in response to concerns regarding the fraudulent practice. Ballot harvesting is now a Class 6 Felony. Violators face up to a year in jail and $150,000 in fines.

In signing the bill into law March 9, Gov. Doug Ducey said:

“Voting is a key pillar of our democracy. This bill ensures a secure chain of custody between the voter and the ballot box. We join 18 other states in this common sense approach to maintaining the integrity of our elections.”

Of all people, Helen Purcell should realize the importance of providing  confidence in the trustworthiness of our voting system. No more passes for Ms. Purcell.  She has forfeited the trust placed in her since first taking office in 1988.

Aaron Flannery, a Phoenix native, family man and active Republican, introduces himself with these refreshing words:

“I am a small business consultant and independent contractor. I hold a Master’s in Business Administration and a Master’s of Public Administration and the only government job I have held is with the US Army.”

Pay a visit to his website. You’ll be impressed.


Dan Saban: Would you like some syrup on your waffles?

July 22, 2016

Perennial candidate for sheriff is back  —  opportunistically party switching

After attempting to unseat Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio three times— in 2004, 2008, 2012 — with no success, politically slippery Dan Saban is giving it another try, using a new guise — this time as a white haired, white mustachioed Republican. When he ran in 2012, it was as a bottle brunette Democrat, even dying his mustache. Saban changes his hair color nearly as often as he switches political parties and changes his wives.

With no core values, he’s been all over the political map and has lost every previous race. Not only does he fail at challenging the sheriff politically, but Dan Saban has even sued him — and lost.

Now, however,  voters can rest assured Saban’s party allegiance is absolute.  How can they trust the ever vacillating political opportunist?  Simple. This time he’s got an elephant on his roadway campaign signs. Yeah, that should do it.

We posted Perpetual loser Saban takes swipe at Arpaio in 2012, illustrating Saban’s problems telling the truth — even during a taped legal deposition. The included videos tell more about Dan Saban than his deceptive campaign signs do.


Jeff Flake bungles parenting, yet tries to reprimand Trump

July 11, 2016

By now most of us have heard Jeff Flake’s weak stab at witticism claiming that he can’t attend the Republican National Convention because he needs to “mow his lawn.” This boycott is Flake’s arrogant posturing to unequivocally send his message of contempt for Donald Trump. Flake doesn’t approve of Trump’s messaging and tone, so he takes to public forums to publicly chastise the Republican presidential nominee. Flake accuses Trump of racism for stating that he will build a wall along our southern border and has called for a moratorium on unable to be vetted refugees from terror sponsoring nations.

Closer to home, Jeff Flake fails miserably in the scolding department.

When it comes to racism and Flake, his son Tanner was the indisputable champion offender. In 2013 teenage Tanner was the subject of our post “Generational Flakes.” The younger Flake was exposed for his online spew of vile anti-black and Hispanic, anti-Semitic, and homophobic slurs. BuzzFeed has more here  including the offensive screen name Tanner used in online games.

For his vulgar rants, there was no woodshed or even a pretense of one for the arrogant punk. Jeff Flake apologized for his son, teaching him that getting off easy is easy when your dad is a U. S. Senator. Tanner may have apologized to his parents for the negative publicity, but never publicly took responsibility for this hate filled rhetoric.

His weak cover-up doesn’t make Jeff Flake a racist. Just a self-absorbed flake who let an important teachable moment pass.

Jeff Flake’s parenting failures are legend. Another son, Austin, who along with his then-wife Logan, bore the responsibility of caring for the dogs kenneled at the dog boarding facility owned by her parents Todd and MaLeisa Hughes, vacationing in Florida. Under the young newlyweds less than watchful supervision 23 family pets died horrific heat-related deaths. Austin and Logan are magically off the hook, while the Hughes have been sentenced to jail time.

After the younger Flake’s indictment mysteriously vanished, they have the raw nerve to sue the taxpayers of Maricopa County for $8 million for the damage they say was done to their formerly pristine reputations.

Not a word from Papa Flake who will long remember the kindness of Houdini Montgomery, the obliging Maricopa County Attorney, who cut the Flake’s loose.

When Jeff Flake comes up for reelection next year, conservatives should take a page from the Arizona junior senator‘s book, and be too busy “mowing our lawns” to cast a ballot for him. He deserves the same cold shoulder he and his mentor John McCain are giving Donald Trump by not showing up at the Republican National Convention and undermining the GOP candidate.


Jeff Flake’s ex-kin accept plea deal, jail time

July 1, 2016

Son and former daughter-in-law skip prosecution, sue for $8 million

Todd and MaLeisa Hughes, the former in-laws of Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake’s son Austin, have accepted a plea deal in conjunction with the June 2014 gruesome heat related suffocation deaths of  23  dogs at their Green Acre dog boarding facility in Gilbert.

On Thursday, the couple took the pleas in lieu of going to trial. As defendants, each pleaded guilty to one count of facilitation to commit fraudulent schemes and artifices, and one count of cruelty to animals, both Class 6 felonies. Their sentences will each include 23 days in jail without the possibility of work release, work furlough, home detention or compliance monitoring.  The days to be served equal one day per dead dog.

This raw video of the court proceedings is available from KMOV TV 4, St. Louis. In addition to the jail terms, the Hughes’ must complete 230 hours of community service and serve three years of probation. They are prohibited from posting about the case on social media or resume running a pet boarding facility . Additionally, they are to write letters of apology to all who lost their family pets.

Missing from the news reports is the fact that the Hughes’ were vacationing out-of-state when the deaths occurred, leaving Austin Flake and his-then wife, Logan, who is the daughter of MaLeisa Hughes, responsible for the care of the pets. When the Flakes’ returned to the kennel the next day and witnessed the horrific scene, they callously hosed down the dying dogs in a crude attempt to cool them. The carcasses of the dogs were then piled in a storage shed. No veterinarians were ever called.

The dogs sweltered to death, packed together in a steamy utility room, lacking air-conditioning, and without food or water provided for them.

Todd Hughes lied about the number of dogs involved and claimed they merely ran away. The story was later changed to cast blame on the dogs themselves by alleging one or more of the pets chewed through the air conditioning wiring, which was never the case.

After Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery dropped the 21 felony charges and 7 misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals against Austin and Logan Flake, the actual responsible parties, they filed a lawsuit against the taxpayers of Maricopa County and Sheriff Joe Arpaio, seeking $8 million to resurrect their formerly pristine reputations. They claim they were targeted by the Sheriff’s office and their characters were ruined by this investigation. Though now divorced, a few $million each could go a long way to soothe their hurt feelings.

These are some of the posts SRAZ has written about the case that was Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery’s worst nightmare — since charging Jeff Flake’s son and daughter-in-law and her parents never quite fit into his long rage career plans:

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

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, 2014Indicted! Austin & Logan Flake, Todd & MaLeisa Hughes