Trashing Trump: A venomous end-of-life political family business

February 9, 2019

In a classless funeral fad, faith and reverence take a back seat to bile spewing and settling scores

The scenario is not one most people choose to contemplate, but it would seem reasonable that the last hours of our lives could be better spent in loving reflection with those we hold dear than in bitter recriminations.

U.S. Rep. John Dingell, Jr. died Thursday at age 92. Prior to drawing his last breath, we are told the liberal Democrat dictated parting remarks to his wife, which included denigrating President Trump —- though not mentioning him by name:

“In our modern political age, the presidential bully pulpit seems dedicated to sowing division and denigrating, often in the most irrelevant and infantile personal terms, the political opposition.”

In 1932, his father John Dingell Sr. was elected the first representative of Michigan’s newly created 15th District. In 1955, John Sr. died and John Jr. won a special election to succeed him. He was ultimately reelected 29 times, serving nearly 60 years and acknowledged as the longest serving congressman in U.S. history. Between them, he and his father represented the southeastern Michigan area for 80 years.

But the Dingell Democrat dynasty doesn’t end there. When his health declined and he finally retired, he ensured the Dingell name would continue to dangle over the state. His wife Debbie Dingell — 28 years his junior — won the election to succeed him in November 2014, as the first non-widowed woman to immediately follow her husband in Congress.

Debbie, a former Republican strategically turned Democrat, is the one who took the dictated anti-Trump message before her husband closed his eyes for the final time — making sure it reached an audience.

In a similar rendition, before John McCain died, he gave instructions specifying who would be invited to his funerals — he had three.  President Trump and First Lady Melania didn’t make the A-List.  They were specifically uninvited by the still resentful man who never attained the presidency.  Although Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner came to show their respects in Washington, D.C., they are now being blasted by mega Meghan McCain, who says she’ll never forgive them for attending. She added, she hopes she made them uncomfortable as she gave her eulogy at her father’s funeral stating, “We gather here to mourn the passing of American greatness, the real thing, not cheap rhetoric from men who will never come near the sacrifice he gave so willingly.”

“I really wanted made very clear that the Trumps have beef with me then and in the words of Cardi B, they’re gonna have beef with me forever and I’m not gonna forget,” McCain added, sounding like a street thug.

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Cindy McCain outed as a human trafficking liar & Update

February 7, 2019

Claim of witnessing human trafficking incident disputed by Phoenix Police

Arizonans, and the nation, were well aware of the duplicity and arrogance of John McCain, a man who was raised in the shadows of brave military men. Both his father and his grandfather were admirals in the U. S. Navy.  As John Sidney McCain, III, he carried their names and had a big legacy to fill. Instead he graduated at the bottom of his Naval Academy class, was a renown womanizer and crashed three jets. When he was shot down, captured and imprisoned during the Vietnam War, his embellished saga was disputed by others on congressional committees along with former POWs. After returning as a hero, he ditched his wife who waited patiently for his return to marry the much younger rodeo queen and Anheuser-Busch beer heiress Cindy Lou Hensley, now morphed into a philanthropist.

Now his widow after McCain’s 2018 death from brain cancer, Cindy, who has also had problems with veracity, is now integral to the grandly named McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University, where Cindy serves on the Human Trafficking Advisory Council and the board of trustees. This scheme has vaulted them both to iconic stature. Cindy made human trafficking her focus. Opiate abuse a topic with which she has personal familiarity would not have served her nearly as well.

During a Monday interview on KTAR‘s ‘Mac & Gaydos’ show, reported by the Washington Post, Cindy recounted an incident which she claimed took place at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport — which, of course, now has a McCain terminal.

“I came in from a trip I’d been on and I spotted…it looked odd….”It was a woman of a different ethnicity than the child, this little toddler she had, and something didn’t click with me. I tell people, trust your gut. I went over to the police and told them what I thought, and they went over and questioned her. And by God, she was trafficking that kid.”

The radio show hosts were aghast.

“No way!” one said.

“And you said a toddler?” the other asked.

“Yes,” McCain said. “A toddler. It was a toddler. She was waiting for the guy who brought the child to get off the airplane.”

Cindy McCain is the co-chair of Gov. Ducey’s Arizona Human Trafficking Council. The Ducey and McCain families have been close since Doug Ducey first arrived in Arizona and was hired at Hensley & Co. while attending ASU. Years later as a businessman, John McCain encouraged him to run for state treasurer and he is now serving his second term as governor.

The McCain worshiping Arizona Republic newspaper has so far been mute on Cindy McCain’s fabricated human trafficking tale, on which she has now backtracked since Phoenix Police refuted her story on Wednesday as reported by KTAR News.

Fri. Feb. 8, 2019:

The Arizona Republic, several days late and a dollar short, as the saying goes, finally addresses Cindy McCain’s fabricated tale of saving a toddler from human trafficking — burying it on page 13.  The banal headline: “Cindy McCain steps back from report of trafficking,” sits atop a brief article tucked in among a full page of ads for discounted zoo tickets, window blinds and resale jewelry. Bringing embarrassment to the widow of the Machiavellian man the newspaper obsessively reveres, would never do, even when Cindy McCain’s acknowledged motive for contacting the airport police was based in racism. Imagine the placement and coverage this preposterous claim would have received if the person making the false allegations was First Lady Melania Trump.


Mealy-mouthed Lindsey undermines Pres. Trump

January 14, 2019

Lindsey Graham, a dedicated McCain loyalist, can’t figure out which way he swings without his good buddy to accompany him down the dark senate corridors, while whispering not-so-sweet nothings in his ear.

Just days ago Graham was stepping out in a fit of pseudo boldness, advising President Trump to hang tough and not cave to the petulant Pelosi and unscrupulous shakedowner Schumer. In this statement, Graham advised Pres. Trump, “Speaker Pelosi’s refusal to negotiate on funding for a border wall/barrier — even if the government were to be reopened — virtually ends the congressional path to funding for a border wall/barrier. It is time for President Trump to use emergency powers to fund the construction of a border wall/barrier.”

Now he advises Trump to cut a deal with the intransigent leftists.

Appearing onFox News Sunday,” (video) Graham urged the president to reopen the partial government shutdown for three weeks to allow lawmakers to negotiate.

Talking out of both sides of his mouth, Graham said, “It really does perplex me how you expect this to end when you tell the president of the United States, you can’t get $1 for a wall when in the past Democrats have appropriated billions for the wall. What’s he supposed to do, just give in? He’s not going to give in.”

Then in the next breath, Graham pressed Trump to do exactly that, saying, “I would urge him to open up the government for a short period of time — like three weeks — before he pulls the plug, see if we can get a deal. If we can’t at the end of three weeks, all bets are off — see if he can do it by himself with the emergency powers. That is my recommendation.”

As Graham pursues an agenda markedly different from the conservative, Trump-supporting base — pushing the farcical DACA and expanded Temporary Protected Status currently estimated to exceed 400,000, it’s important to remember exactly who Lindsey Graham is.

In July 2015, Graham called GOP frontrunner Donald Trump a “jackass” during an interview on CNN. By December, Graham suspended his lifeless presidential campaign, due to lack of support and dismal polling and quickly endorsed former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. When it became clear Donald Trump would be the Republican presidential nominee, Graham, emulating McCain and joined by Flake, announced that he would not vote for either Trump or Hillary Clinton, stating on CNN, “I think Donald Trump is going to places where very few people have gone and I’m not going with him.”

Graham is obviously not someone Pres. Trump can rely on. His advice is worthless. With friends like Lindsey Graham, who needs enemies?


More bull from the Senate’s “Sell Out Six”

January 11, 2019

Leftist media mischaracterize border wall as “Trump’s.”  It’s OURS!

Here we go again. Compromise to Republicrats and Leftists always includes provisions for granting amnesty to illegal invaders.  It’s the old song and dance that John McCain and Jon Kyl peddled for years, followed by the same two-step with performers McCain and Flake, as we noted back in 2013. McCain minced no words telling us we had to accept amnesty.

In its latest incarnation, there’s a new component added to the mix. It’s the reliable magician’s trick of misdirection, which falls flat when wily senators rather than David Copperfield are on stage. Cunning and deceit are not showstoppers.  Americans are weary of the porous border, its accompanying crime and the lies being proffered to cover the deception.

Six RINO Senators including Lindsey Graham,(SC); Thom Tillis,(NC); Lamar Alexander,(TN); Rob Portman,(OH); Lisa Murkowski,(AK); and Susan Collins,(ME) are swaying and swooning to the ludicrous amnesty and farcical DACA tune, as they play to their business class campaign donors desirous of cheap labor.

Then Presto! Graham has an epiphany, issuing this statement chiding House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for “her refusal to negotiate on funding for a border wall/barrier — even if the government were to be reopened”… opining, “It is time for President Trump to use emergency powers to fund the construction of a border wall/barrier.”

Earlier Graham concluded that under a potential deal “the president gets his security funding and can add some things to the mix that would draw some bipartisan support.” 

Let’s get this single fact straight: Making deals with the devil makes you a demonic pawn.  Graham, a member of the infamousGang of Eight,” was integral to the many versions of McComprehensive Immigration Reform, despised by American citizens. Their frustration set the stage for the presidency of Donald J. Trump, who fully comprehended the level of discontent and remains keenly aware that border security is national security.  

Graham obviously missed the fact that Pelosi said there will be no funding for any type of border barrier — although she does make her priorities clear. The ability to fund killing human babies remains paramount, yet national security is “immoral.”

It’s time to put the numbers in perspective. The Immigration Reform Law Institute’s 2017 study revealed illegal immigration to the U.S. costs federal, state and local taxpayers a staggering net cost of $116 billion a year — an increase of $16 billion compared to previous estimates. Consider the relative costs as the Washington Post reports today that “another caravan of illegal invaders is forming in Honduras, with plans to embark next week on a journey that will once again test the immigration policies of Mexico and the United States.”


Jon Kyl: Lobbying been berry, berry good to me

January 6, 2019

Jon Kyl reprises Chico Escuela

Bet’cha didn’t think this parallel was possible, but twice retired Sen. Jon Kyl and Chico Escuela have more in common than you may imagine. Comedian Garrett Morris portrayed Chico, “the immortal” former all-star baseball player for the Chicago Cubs, an immigrant to the U.S. from the Dominican Republic, who became renown for the phrase, “Baseball been berry, berry good to me.” The theme of the intro Saturday Night Live skit is set up here.

Kyl might say the same about his lucrative lobbying gig at the D.C. based, international law firm of Covington & Burling. His myriad clients — nearly two dozen — ranging from Anheuser-Busch (sniff, sniff…smell the McCain connection?) to Walmart paid him, usually through Covington, nearly $2 million. The firm’s campaign donations favor Democrats.*

As we pointed out in this 2012 post, What’s a Kyl or McCain endorsement actually worth? the duo frequently endorsed leftists — even for cabinet posts and federal judgeships.

Jon Kyl was not acting as a “sherpa” for Supreme Court nominees Gorsuch and Kavanaugh out of the goodness of his heart. Hired by Judicial Crisis Network, Kyl was paid $100,000 for shepherding Neil Gorsuch through the SCOTUS process. Given the surge of politically-based, unsupported attacks on Brett Kavanaugh, his squiring for him must have been at least that much. This report was reflective of 2017- 2018.  H&R Block is one of Kyl’s clients, but it’s doubtful the cut-rate tax filers get anywhere near Kyl’s substantial financial holdings.

U.S. Senators are paid a base annual salary of $174,000, with plenty of perks (these are reflective of 2013, and interestingly follow a 16-day government shutdown under Barack Obama.) This list omits foreign travel, often including staff and spouses.

For his brief return to the senate to fill John McCain’s term until U.S. Rep. Martha McSally was appointed, Kyl has now been bestowed praiseworthy status. Take this trip back to the 2012 GOP Primary Election for a memory refresher of his manipulative tactics. Kyl reached into the precinct level in an effort to replace conservative committeemen with RINOs. McCain engaged in the same unsavory tactics. The reason? Elected Precinct Committeemen, many of whom are subsequently elected within their district meetings as State Committeemen, vote for the internal GOP leadership. Current AZ GOP Chairman Jonathan Lines, shamelessly running for reelection, oversaw unprecedented Republican losses in the November General Election.  If you’re a state committeeman, conservative Dr. Kelli Ward, running for AZ Republican chairman, deserves your support.

* Center for Responsive Politics


McCain verified as source to discredit Pres. Trump

January 4, 2019

Buried in the end-of-the-year news of 2018, was something the adoring Arizona Republic neglected to mention during its inexhaustible coverage of John McCain and his seemingly endless funerals.

Gregg Re, writing for Fox News, a more reliable source than Arizona’s newspaper of record, has a fascinating report that verifies what we’ve suspected about the less than praiseworthy John McCain. Rather than deserving of days of fawning coverage and a rotogravure-like magazine insert commemorating the far less than sterling man, Re uses these words in his opening:

An associate of the late Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain shared with Buzzfeed News a copy of the unverified, salacious opposition research dossier alleging that Russians had compromising material on President Trump, according to a bombshell federal court filing Wednesday.

McCain had strenuously denied being the source for Buzzfeed after it published the dossier, which was funded by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. In recent days, the dossier’s credibility has increasingly come under question, as the Yahoo News investigative reporter who broke news of its existence said many of its claims were “likely false,” and an adviser to ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen said Cohen never went to Prague to pay off Russian hackers, as alleged in the dossier.

Nevertheless, the FBI extensively relied on the dossier in its warrant applications to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court in seeking to surveil Trump aide Carter Page. On four occasions, the FBI also incorrectly suggested to the FISA court that the Yahoo reporter, Michael Isikoff, had written an article that provided an independent basis to surveil Page — even though London court records revealed Isikoff was, in fact, relying on the leaks from the dossier’s author. (Page, who has not been charged with wrongdoing, is now suing the DNC for defamation.)

Earlier this year, Fox News reported that a top McCain associate, David Kramer, had been briefed on the dossier written by British ex-spy Christopher Steele in late November 2016 in Surrey, England. Kramer invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination to avoid testifying before House Republicans about his handling of the dossier.

 

In 2013, SRAZ posted,McCain may support “rock star” Hillary in 2016.” He also referred to Fox News as “schizophrenic.” In retrospect it appears he was setting the stage for his future collusion with the DNC on behalf of Hillary.

Read the entire Fox News report here. It’s definitely worth your time.  McCain is no longer above ground, but his contemptible legacy, exemplified by his vengeful desire to obliterate President Trump —- who attained the position which eluded him —- lives on.  

 


AZ Republic: homeless vagrant on borrowed time

January 1, 2019

A common New Year resolution for many is to slim down. The Arizona Republic is taking that to the next level. It’s not simply depriving itself of extra calories. It’s becoming an emaciated homeless vagrant.

The 10-story building and parking garage the Republic once called home has sold for a reported $38 million. The plan is for the company to lease back space from ViaWest, the Phoenix-based real estate company that purchased the newspaper’s properties.

Subscriptions have continued to plummet and Gannett shares have followed suit. Still, the departing execs take good care of themselves, as tweeted by longtime insider, Jim Romenesko. The latest closing price for Gannett as of December 31, 2018 was a skeletal 8.53.

The handwriting was on the wall as far back as June 2011, when Gannett — the parent company of the Arizona Republic — laid off 700 employees in its newspaper division, as it announced, “we need to take further steps to align our costs with the current revenue trends.”  Layoffs and buyouts continued as the newspaper decreased in size and content, replacing seasoned reporters and editors with ASU Cronkite J students.

Aside from promoting leftist candidates, an open border, taking potshots at elected Republicans and insulting its remaining readers while spewing venom at President Trump — the Hillary Clinton and Kyrsten Sinema endorsing newspaper could be counted on to give slavish praise to Senators McCain and Flake. The Republic dedicated incessant coverage to the seemingly endless funeral for one and the face-saving “retirement” of the other, after he garnered only 18% approval ratings in his home state.

Newspapers were once regarded as bastions of integrity, printing op-eds, presenting different points of view. That practice has long been cold-storaged at the local newspaper. The homeless Arizona Republic is dead. It just doesn’t know enough to lie down.