A glimpse into the convoluted thinking at the AZ Republic

June 24, 2015

U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake has oddly found himself on both sides of the “political fallout” in the Charleston “church slayings.” That‘s according to the erratic Arizona Republic newspaper’s Page One, above-the-fold article. Flake was one of myriad national office holders and candidates who once accepted campaign donations from a man now identified as the founder of a white rights organization —- since being mentioned in the rabid ramblings of the cold-blooded murderer who slaughtered nine people in a prayer service last week.

Those who read this blog know we hold Flake and his mentor John McCain in low esteem. In that regard, we are not alone. The duo has the worst polling numbers in the country. But it is outside the realm of reasonableness to taint Flake with allegations of racism for accepting the contribution. His office issued a statement saying he would donate the money to a fund set up to aid the church. There’s a lot to dislike about the flaky Flake, but making this link is a stretch too far.

What we do find peculiar is this bizarre aid and comfort provided Flake in the same newspaper.  The brief piece referring to Flake’s “humane immigration reform” [read: amnesty] is written by none other than Phil Boas, director of the editorial department, who presides over the nearly daily decimation of his own wife’s father, Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Boas writes, “Flake has dedicated his career to pursuing humane immigration reform while challenging conservatives to update their views on the issue.” He also gives Flake bonus points for voting for the confirmation of the exceedingly problematic Loretta Lynch as U.S. Attorney General.

When it comes to racism and Flake, it’s his son Tanner who is the offender. In 2013 teenage Tanner was the subject of our post “Generational Flakes.” The younger Flake was exposed for his online spew of vile racist, anti-Semitic, and homophobic slurs. BuzzFeed has more here. For his vulgar rants, there was no woodshed or even a pretense of one for the arrogant brat. Jeff Flake apologized for his son, teaching him that getting off easy is easy when your dad is a U. S. Senator.

That doesn’t make Jeff Flake a racist either. Just a self-absorbed flake who let an important teachable moment pass.

 

 

 


AZ U.S. Senate race 2016: What’s wrong with this McPicture?

June 23, 2015

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After over three decades in congress, John McCain is reportedly not in a hurry to get his 2016 reelection campaign underway. He claims not to be worried about a credible conservative challenge, yet his ad campaign is already up and running. And where else but on conservative sites where he vainly tries to refurbish his very tarnished image.

Conservative precinct committeemen of his own party were the ones who repeatedly censured him in county meetings across Arizona. In 2014 elected statewide delegates overwhelmingly voted this censure resolution against McCain. The final vote was 1,150 in support with only 351 opposed. The following year the delegates’ ire had not abated. He was met with boos and turned backs. Many walked out as he took to the podium.  In retaliation, his surrogates worked with an out-of-state Obama donor to purge the GOP of conservative activists.

This past week, visits to the Drudge Report and Breitbart News brought up an ad announcing, “John McCain continues the fight for our veterans and military members.  Join us.” A click on the link asks for help with his campaign.

Though the nearly 80-year-old McCain has long shown signs of memory loss, most of the rest of us have our cognitive faculties intact. As examples, we recall the following:

This Oct. 16, 2011 article in Military.com titled, “ McCain Okay With Cutting Military Benefits,” tells a different story. The Army Times and the Navy Times substantiate the report.

Then watch his Feb. 2, 2008 performance, as he disgracefully insults and shuts down Delores Alfond, Chair of the National Alliance of Families, seeking information about American POW/MIAs unaccounted for since their service in Vietnam.

If John McCain actually cares about veterans and military members, he has a strange way of showing it. Conservatives are hoping Dr. Kelli Ward, a two-term state senator with an impressive bio will challenge the devious dodger.

Her concern for the military takes root in her own home. Ward, a family physician, is married to Michael Ward an Emergency Medicine physician. He is a Colonel in the AZ Air National Guard and currently serves as Arizona’s State Air Surgeon. Kelli and Mike have three children.

Dr. Kelli Ward offers a conservative choice. The thought of six more years of the egocentric John McCain, who will celebrate his 80th birthday before Election Day in 2016, is more than most thinking Arizonans can tolerate.

Yet in words that sound like more of a threat than a promise, McCain chillingly tells us, “The reason why I want to seek re-election is that there’s a lot more to do, both for Arizona and the country.” 

God help us.


Breitbart takes note of Sen. Kelli Ward; McCain fares badly

June 6, 2015

Salmon onboard with McCain on deceptive trade deal

It has often been a practice at Seeing Red AZ to run a post titled, “Weekend reading guaranteed to make you smarter.” We’ve included columns by respected conservative writers such as Victor Davis Hanson, Michelle Malkin, Thomas Sowell, Mark Steyn, Walter Williams, and Charles Krauthammer.

Today we introduce you to Michelle Moons, whose Breitbart News exposé on John McCain should be included among your weekend activities. Moons interviews Arizona State Sen. Kelli Ward who expresses her concerns over the secrecy surrounding the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), known colloquially as Obamatrade.

Make time to read, Exclusive —  Arizona’s Kelli Ward Slams Obamatrade Secrecy: Not ‘The Way Government Should Be Doing Business.’

We recently covered this “huge” issue and its inclusion of irreversible authority to the participating nations, including unrestricted immigration.

This site steadfastly encourages Sen. Ward and applauds her exploratory campaign for the U.S. Senate. To turn that effort into the real deal takes widespread support. Read her message here. Then help her out on this secure contribution page. We all know Arizonans are ready for a change after over three decades of the treacherous John McCain. Campaigns are costly. Please give what you can.

It matters.


Perennial candidate Van Steenwyk aids McCain

June 5, 2015

Arrogance is never attractive. When it’s attached to a marginal man possessing little other than a colossal ego, it becomes a sight to turn away from. That’s exactly what serious Arizona voters need to do with perennial candidate Clair Van Steenwyk.

John McCain does not represent us. He has been in Washington D.C over three decades and is looking 80 squarely in the eye, yet he tells us he still has more to do. Thank you very much John, but we’ve had our fill of your leftward lurches and colluding with Democrats against the Republicans you claim to want to represent.

Clair Van Steenwyk, a Sun City West retiree, who has run for nearly every conceivable political office, is unfortunately back to his old tricks. Usually he is regarded as a gnat-like irritant. When he challenged U.S. Rep. Trent Franks last year he embarrassingly carried 27% of the vote to Franks’ 73%. 

This time it‘s serious, when every vote counts in the effort to unseat the multi-censured John McCain. Arizonans have an actual conservative choice with state senator Kelli Ward, a woman with brains and a following.  Van Steenwyk has decided that the time is right to reprise the spoiler role played by Jimmie Lee Deakin who gave McCain the boost he needed to defeat popular conservative challenger and former U.S. Rep. J.D. Hayworth in 2010 by dividing the vote.

Many regarded Jimmie Lee as a diversionary puppet for McCain. His home, which had been in foreclosure, was mysteriously rescued from a trustee sale after the election.

Though Clair Van Steenwyk engenders little support and wins even fewer votes, the narcissistic 70-year-old retiree who held a variety of unrelated jobs during his younger years, is much like a spoiled child craving attention. He struts and prances saying little of consequence, but clearly relishing his serial moments in the political spotlight.

In 2010, many conservatives suspected Deakin, who like Van Steenwyk claimed a tea party following, of being a covert McCain recruit. Money is not an issue to McCain. Besides being one of the wealthiest members of the U.S. Senate, his longtime lobbyist connections provide him with the ability to spend extravagantly on promoting and reinventing himself for the too often disengaged electorate.

Sen. Kelli Ward, 46, provides Arizona conservatives a vibrant choice.  We are all too familiar with the  rancid status quo rife with manipulation, colluding with liberals against us and not representative of our values.

U.S. Senate terms are six long years. It’s time to act smart and replace John McCain with a winner. Sen. Kelli Ward fills the bill. An accomplished woman —- a physician —- serving her second term in the Arizona senate, she has been traveling the state, sizing up her support. Unlike McCain, who receives jeers, boos and turned backs, she has been met with enthusiastic crowds who see her conservative perspective as manna from political heaven.

Thinking voters need to reject the ego-massaging candidacy of Clair Van Steenwyk.  The sole beneficiary of his senate run will be John McCain.

 


Why McCain is ditching “rock star” Hillary for Lindsey

June 2, 2015

In 2013, Arizona’s doddering senior senator John McCain proclaimed Hillary Clinton a “rock star” who he could support for the presidency in 2016.

His deep affection for Clinton remained true, even in the face of the outrage he expressed over the four dead Americans at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya —- left unprotected by the State Department Clinton oversaw and the barrage of lies told in the cover-up effort. Then on October 6, 2014 came the tear jerking  news that the two-timing McCain was jilting Hillary

We wrote at the time: The old crooner either forgot he was already serenading his liberal honey Hillary, or he suddenly discovered she isn’t quite as alluring as his submissive South Carolinian buddy Lindsey Graham. Either way, the daily reported that “if U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham decides to run for president in 2016, he can count on the whole-hearted support of the 2008 Republican nominee, U.S. Sen. John McCain, his longtime ally on national security, immigration reform and other matters.”

“Of course,” McCain, said, explaining his change of heart. “I mean, we’re the closest of friends.”

These days, McCain’s fickle-heartedness has an even more pragmatic thrust propelling his decision-making. Since he was blowing kisses in Hillary’s direction, elected Republican precinct committeemen at their January 2014 annual Maricopa County mandatory meeting overwhelmingly passed a resolution to censure him by a vote of 1,150 – 351. A similar, embarrassing  censure was also  passed at the GOP statewide meeting of elected state committeemen two weeks later. At the 2015 GOP Statutory Meeting McCain and Flake were both booed and met by turned backs and an array of derisive lapel buttons and stickers.

Although Lindsey Graham kicked off his presidential bid Monday, he hasn’t even registered a blip on the RealClearPolitics political radar.  And without making it into the top 10 —- which is highly unlikely —-  he won’t make the cut for the August and September debates.

Those details are of little consequence to McCain as he desperately attempts to burnish his tarnished image. He is solely focused on the fact he can’t get away with supporting liberal Hillary when he is likely facing a conservative challenger in state Sen. Kelli Ward.  The family physician, also a lawmaker, mom and military wife, is married to AZ Air National Guard Colonel Michael Ward, who currently serves as Arizona’s Air Surgeon.

McCain, on the other hand, as reported in the Examiner, urged the IRS to target Tea Party, conservative groups, and his operatives have worked to eradicate conservative PC’s in a concerted effort to replace them with mavericky moderates after the censures. FrontPage carries this report detailing how McCain used San Francisco Obama donors to purge conservative precinct committeemen from the Arizona Republican party ranks.

McCain likely recruited Lindsey Graham, his obliging toady and nearly constant companion, to provide him much-needed cover. Why else would the South Carolina senator, who was censured throughout his own state, enter the already packed GOP presidential field where he has little chance of success? 

It’s time for the manipulative and aged RINO McCain to take a rest in one of his eight…or is it seven or nine?…homes. He can’t remember.


Ann Coulter stands her ground against Jorge Ramos

May 30, 2015

“We have taken in one-quarter of the entire Mexican population,” Coulter emphasized to Fusion host Jorge Ramos. “At what point will we have taken in enough, in your view?”

Matthew Boyle writing for Breitbart covers the interaction. Read it and watch the video as Ann Coulter, author of ¡Adios America!, boldly counters Ramos’ underestimation of the numbers of his fellow countrymen who have illegally invaded the United States.

Father‘s Day is Sunday, June 21. ¡Adios America!: The Left’s Plan to Turn Our Country into a Third World Hellhole, is a book worthy of gifting. Dads have enough after shave, power tools and ties. Expand his mind.

The bold Coulter’s book is newly released. Yet there is far more to consider. In May 2011 we posted “Hezbollah on our doorstep: Radical Muslims in border towns.” The first paragraph includes a link to this alarming ABC 10 News in San Diego report which details the fact the Shi’a Muslim terrorist group Hezbollah, described by authorities as even more dangerous than Al-Qaida, has a long-established foothold in the city of Tijuana. The sole focus is radicalizing Mexican communities.

 As far back as October 2001, WND sounded the alarm in an article titled, “Arab terrorists crossing border,” noting a “tremendous increase in OTM’s (law enforcement’s term for ‘Other Than Mexicans’). Illegals from the former Soviet Union, Asia, and the Middle East are joining the flood of Mexicans, Central and South Americans — all slipping in through our incredibly accessible and porous South border. Apprehensions have also included illegals from the Sudan, Iraq, and even Iran.”

Yet in complete disregard of the seriousness associated with an unsecured border, accompanied by a rise of the global terrorist threat presented by ISIS —- which the clueless Barack Obama referred to as a Jay-Vee team as he claims the junk science of Climate Change is the most serious problem facing us —- we have three spineless Arizona Republican Congressmen write this nonsense as they double-talk the critical issue. The liberals at the Arizona Republic call it a “good thing.” Both  U.S. Sens. McCain and Flake are solidly onboard with the open border agenda.

 We can, and must,  do better.


AZ GOP’s Cap & Trade and Obamacare amnesia

May 29, 2015

Make no mistake. Although Seeing Red AZ, like the vast majority of Arizona conservatives, actively supports the defeat of John McCain, we are not onboard with liberal Ann Kirkpatrick who recently announced her challenge to the RINO senator. 

We optimistically look forward to a face-off led by state Sen. Kelli Ward, a uniquely qualified Mohave County whirlwind.  Sen. Ward, a family physician, has opened an exploratory campaign, impressing crowds as she travels the state with her well articulated conservative message.

In tackling the liberal Kirkpatrick, we found it curious that the AZ GOP chose to raise the issue of her votes in support of Obama endorsed Cap and Trade and his signature Obamacare.

They must have suffered a memory lapse regarding Jeff Flake’s stunning complicity when the votes on these mega-issues were taken. The appropriately named Flake was one of only two Republicans who didn’t bother to show up —- which was a good as voting for the so-called American Clean Energy and Security Act (Cap and Trade), a massive government expansion with dire consequences for American taxpayers and manufacturing. By his absence, Jeff Flake helped the Democrats pass a junk science, climate change-based, massive national energy tax, restricting carbon emissions by imposition of exorbitant penalties against the U.S., which other nations are able to skirt.

Flake claimed a “family conflict” due to his daughter’s participation in the talent portion of a teen beauty pageant in Alabama to be held the weekend following the vote. His fellow Republican dodger John Sullivan was in alcohol rehab, though the Dems thought the vote was crucial enough to pull Rep. Patrick Kennedy out of his drug treatment program.  

Another “family conflict” ensured Flake was also MIA on the crucial vote to restore funding of Obamacare. His mentor, John McCain, voted with the Democrats.

In giving cover to McCain, the AZ GOP oddly referred to the lackluster Kirkpatrick as Arizona’s “Most Progressive Democrat in Congress,”  completely obscuring the disastrous records of Raul Grijalva; Ed Pastor, succeeded last election by Ruben Gallego; and former Green Party member Kyrsten Sinema. The voters of the First Congressional District were so dissatisfied with Kirkpatrick’s performance they booted her out after her first term. She regained the seat by a slim margin in 2013 when U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar, who replaced her, relocated to CD 4 and was returned to congress representing that district.

Kirkpatrick is not formidable. Neither is she any different from either Flake or McCain. We have gotten the same treatment from them that she dishes out. The only difference is they deceptively run as Republicans.


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