2016 Phoenix Veterans Day Parade

November 10, 2016

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Date: Friday, Nov. 11, 2016

Time: 11:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.

This year’s theme: Welcome Home Vietnam Heroes  Vietnam vets are currently the largest living group of veterans.

Presented for the 20th year by Honoring Arizona’s Veterans this family friendly event is an impressive tribute to our true heroes — our Veterans. Included are 18 floats, 15 marching bands, color guards, equestrian units, military flyovers, large helium balloons, Veterans Service Organizations and ROTC entries.

The Phoenix Veterans Day Parade Committee is an all-volunteer, non-profit group of dedicated Veterans, Military, and community leaders who support the mission to ensure our Veterans are recognized on their special day through this parade. Ongoing since 1997, the popular parade expects 45,000 spectators, 100 parade entries, and seven announcers’ booths along the route for attendees to learn more about our Veterans. There will be 2500 Participants in the parade with floats, bands, and marching units. The 2016 parade features eight Veteran Grand Marshals, representing each era of military service from World War II to present day

The parade route begins at North Phoenix Baptist Church (5757 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85012). Starting on Montebello Ave, it will continue South on Central and turn East onto Camelback Road. The parade then turns South on 7th St. It will conclude at Indian School Rd — a distance of 2.4 miles.  Map HERE.

The Arizona Republic lists over 40 valley restaurants offering dining specials or free meals for veterans with military ID. Check it out HERE.


An Election Day gift to our valued readers

November 8, 2016

Or click here to view this inspirational message by Dave Bray.

H/T Commenter Saguaro Sam


A frank discussion with Donald Trump

October 8, 2016

Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has reportedly cancelled nearly $1.7 million in televised ads scheduled for the key states of Florida, North Carolina, and Ohio — as well as other buys in Colorado, Iowa, New England and Pennsylvania markets.

This decision coincides with the release of a decade old, open mic spew of vulgarities, for which Trump apologized Friday (video). Still, he was unable to resist impetuously leaving the door open to discuss Bill Clinton’s extramarital escapades.

Too easily distracted, Trump must focus on the needs of our nation.

This tit-for-tat strategy is pure folly. Bill Clinton is not running in this upcoming election. The issues are the enormous debt incurred by Barack Obama, which Hillary Clinton would expand upon as she promises free college tuition and increased benefits. Joblessness is on the rise. Social Security and government-funded health care are unsustainable and must be retooled. The flood of unable to be vetted “refugees” from terror sponsoring nations must come to an abrupt end.  Our border must be secured. In these uncertain times, it’s imperative we invest more in defense and rebuilding our military, long neglected by Obama — who prefers bowing to despots, heads of corrupt regimes and Muslim royalty on his global apology tour — to safeguarding American citizens. There is no question beefing up the nation’s deteriorating infrastructure is an issue of foremost importance. We are vulnerable on far too many fronts.

Republicans need to win this election, Mr. Trump. Redefine the perpetual pout and limit the adjectives. We heard you the first time. No need to repeat everything three times.

This isn’t rocket science. Alicia Machado was not the bait you should have taken in the first debate. Neither is attempting to cover your own crude statements by trying to make Bill Clinton’s conduct worse.  This is not a vulgarity contest.

Donald Trump needs to move past these distractions and discuss his vision for America. That’s the only message.

After eight years of the outrageous excesses of Barack Obama, this presidential election should have been a cake walk for Republicans. Instead key endorsers are peeling away and the campaign is on life support. It can be resurrected, but the clock is ticking. Stay on message, Mr. Trump.

We need you.


John McCain proves he’s no friend of veterans

August 8, 2016

Phoenix VA Hospital scandal just the tip of the McIceberg 

Breitbart News reports that John McCain backed a visa program for Afghani interpreters and their relatives that is funded by imposing higher costs on U.S. military veterans’ health care. The extent of the entitlement programs detailed in the link is sure to make your blood boil.

“It’s time for the Senate to stop treating U.S. immigration policy like a Christmas tree that they can simply add more baubles to on a whim,” a press release from NumbersUSA sent to Senate offices read. “Americans have to pay for each of those baubles — through higher taxes, fewer jobs, lower wages, and, tragically, higher health care costs for soldiers and their families.”

To no one’s surprise, McCain’s office declined to respond to queries from Breitbart News. John McCain spearheaded the program.

The Daily Caller News Foundation previously reported that congress cut healthcare benefits to veterans in the 2016 budget by increasing pharmacy co-pays — using money accrued from those savings to fund an expansion of the Afghan Special Immigrant Visas program. The money could have been taken from other spending accounts — such as programs at the State Department.

We urge you to read both linked reports. Despite his claims to the contrary, John McCain is no friend of our military. The VA Hospital scandal, resulting in the deaths of dozens of veteran’s, took root right here in Phoenix, under John McCain’s nose.

Is it any wonder the Second Amendment restricting John McCain is ranked as the least popular senator — with the worst polling numbers in America? In his home state of Arizona where elected GOP party officers overwhelmingly voted to censure him, only 30% of the voters approve of the job he’s doing.

We have the opportunity to make a much needed change during the upcoming Primary Election.  Dr. Kelli Ward  is a family practice physician, mother, military wife and former state senator with proven conservative credentials. She is running to bring conservative values and a much needed vibrancy to representing the people of Arizona.  Her husband Dr. Michael Ward, is a Colonel in the Air National Guard, where he serves as Flight Surgeon. He has been deployed world-wide including voluntary tours to Kuwait, Iraq and Turkey. This is a dedicated family that will make us all proud.  At 80, John McCain is running for another 6-year term. You do the math.

Mark your ballot for Kelli Ward.


John McCain, Vietnam, 1969: audio bombshell

August 6, 2016

TRUNEWS, a non-profit Christian digital news source, has released what is referred to as a “bombshell audio recording.” Writing that the “1969 North Vietnamese radio broadcast has never been heard in the United States of America,” the news site says, “there has never been any knowledge that such a recording existed.”

The article and script are headlined as “John McCain’s 1969 “Tokyo Rose” propaganda recording released.” It was broadcast on North Vietnamese radio. The audio recording was reported to have been found in a misplaced file in the National Archives in Washington, D.C. The broadcast was recorded by the Foreign Broadcast Information Service, a branch of the CIA that monitored international shortwave and foreign radio broadcasts.

Throughout his decades in Washington, McCain has worked to suppress information about POWs and discredit those seeking answers, as reported by WND in McCain and the POW cover-up, written by Pulitzer Prize winning author Sydney H. Schanberg. 

John McCain has done everything in his power to block the release of information on American Vietnam era MIAs as evident in this shocking video by Vietnam Veterans Against McCain. It features veterans, U.S. Congressmen and knowledgeable staff.

This equally stunning video shows John McCain stomping out of a congressional hearing after insulting Delores Alfond, chair of the National Alliance of Families, who dedicated her life to seeking information after her brother was shot down over North Vietnam. McCain intentionally made sure all information was classified and made unavailable.

The “why?” has been answered by TRUNEWS.


Americans becoming more wary

June 14, 2016

Confidence in many established institutions dropping like a rock

Trust in banks, organized religion, news media, and congress fell significantly during the past decade, according to this recent Gallup survey.

The report reveals Americans clearly lack confidence in the institutions that affect their daily lives: the schools responsible for educating the nation’s children; the houses of worship that are expected to provide spiritual guidance; the banks that are supposed to protect Americans’ earnings; the U.S. Congress elected to represent the nation’s interests; the news media that claims it exists to keep them informed and the judiciary which is supposed to render unbiased decisions. The U.S. military remains held in high regard as does law enforcement and big business.

 The nearly across-the-board decline in trustworthiness of these previously solidly respected institutions has given rise to an increasingly jaundiced view, culminating in higher levels of distrust.

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Seeing Red AZ is conducting our own poll, with this two-pronged question: Where has your level of confidence fallen most significantly, and why? We’re also interested in our reader’s solutions.


Vicious AZ US Senate campaign ads: Follow the McMoney

June 4, 2016

You’ve likely seen the despicable televised ads attempting to link Dr. Kelli Ward, the sole conservative in the AZ U.S. Senate race, to Islamic terrorists and claiming she wants to leave our military vulnerable. This is contemptible since she is a military wife as well as a physician and former state senator. Her husband, Dr. Michael Ward is a Colonel in the Arizona National Guard where he serves as state flight surgeon. He has been deployed to global hot spots.

But facts can’t get in the way of the well-financed agenda when John McCain is running scared.

The ad’s tag line identifies Arizona Grassroots Action PAC as responsible for the content. Open Secrets/Center for Responsive Politics provides a link to even more, including the Federal Election Commission (FEC) 15-page report of the Alexandria, Virginia based PAC’s most recent filing, covering Jan. 1, 2016 through March 31, 2016 which can be seen here.

 Gregory W. Wendt, the all too familiar San Francisco liberal who has bankrolled Barack Obama and other left-wing Democrats, is tucked in among the mostly out-of-state supporters of John S. McCain. Wendt and his wife Lisa have been longtime McCain benefactors — as has radical leftist billionaire George Soros who is not on this particular list, though he has funded McCain since 2001. Human Events lists 10 reasons Soros is dangerous, none of which concern John McCain.

D.C. based Lisa Lisker is listed as treasurer of the intentionally hazy, high-dollar group that misidentifies itself as “Republican/Conservative.” It spends the bulk of its well over a $ million “against Republicans” as shown in the Open Secrets graph titled Party Split by Cycle. — click on the header for the revealing graph.

Don’t allow yourself to be fooled. At 80, John McCain is running — scared — for another 6-year term. Although he uses bravado to target Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick in the General, it’s Primary challenger Kelli Ward he fears

Ward‘s solid message: “Send a fresh, new voice to the U.S. Senate — Let’s shake up Washington together, “ resonates with McCain weary Arizonans. Show these well-heeled tricksters Arizona Republicans can’t be bought by out-of-state McCain promoting liberals. .