The unspoken link between military base carnages

December 8, 2019

What type of vetting takes place in today’s politically correct environment?

Just over ten years ago — November 5, 2009 — a previously unthinkable act of violence occurred at Fort Hood, in Texas. Nidal Hasan M.D., a U.S. Army major, psychiatrist and Islamic extremist, fatally shot 13 people and injured more than 30 others, after ranting openly to colleagues why infidels should be beheaded. During the trial in which he was sentenced to death, Hasan acknowledged that he pulled the trigger in a crowded waiting room where troops were getting final medical checkups before deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Fast forward to the morning of Friday December 6, 2019. A shooter identified as Second Lt. Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, opened fire in a classroom at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida killing three people and wounding 8 others, including two deputies, one of whom was responsible for killing the murderer.

Among the base victims was Joshua Kaleb Watson, 23, a recent graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and officer on deck at the time of the massacre, who alerted first responders to the location of the shooter even after he had been shot multiple times. He was training to become a Navy pilot … a goal that will never be realized.

There is a connective thread between the two horrific incidents of terrorism on U.S. military bases training foreign nationals in the use of the aircraft we send to their countries. Both of the assassins were authorized to be on the base where they committed their carnage and both were devout Muslims, making frequent trips back to their homeland.

Alshamrani entered the United States in 2017, when he began training with the United States military. He attended school and began taking classes in English and aviation at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

Prior to Friday’s massacre Alshamrani hosted a dinner party at his residence where the entertainment was watching videos of mass murders.

One of the students who attended the dinner party was videotaped outside the building while the shooting was taking place. Two other Saudi students reportedly watched from a car. According to an unnamed U.S. official, 10 Saudi students were being held on the base Saturday while several others remained unaccounted for. He also said the FBI was examining social media posts and investigating whether the assassin acted alone or was connected to a larger group.

It’s important to acknowledge that there are American Muslims who are patriotic and fighting against the very things these craven haters believe in. Arizonans are fortunate to have among us Zuhdi Jasser, MD an American medical doctor specializing in internal medicine and nuclear cardiology. Dr. Jasser is a former lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy. He served as staff internist in the Office of the Attending Physician of the United States Congress. Jasser is an author and frequent guest on nationally televised programs where he makes the distinction between the religion and politicized Islam. His website is the American Islamic Forum for Democracy. It’s our sole link today.  We hope our readers will visit it.


Remembering Dec. 7, 1941: “A date which will live in infamy”

December 7, 2019

 

USS Arizona after Japanese attack

Today marks the 78th anniversary of the Japanese stealth bombing attack on our naval fleet in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii resulting in the deaths of 2,335 American service members and 68 civilians. Nearly 1,180 were injured. The attack sank 12 naval vessels and heavily damaged nine others.

President Donald Trump released this Proclamation in remembrance of that horrific day that precipitated United States involvement in World War II.

The USS Arizona still lies beneath the harbor with its dead entombed. The ship sank in less than nine minutes after a 1,760-pound armor-piercing bomb penetrated its decks and exploded in the ship’s forward ammunition magazine. 1,177 sailors and marines on board were killed; 334 crew members survived.

Other major installations on Oahu, including Wheeler Field and Kaneohe Naval Air Station, also were attacked.

View President Franklin Roosevelt’s famous “A date which will live in infamy” speech (Original Draft: page 1, page 2 and page 3) and declaration of war following that unprovoked attack.

In his address to a joint session of Congress, President Roosevelt rightfully referred to December 7, 1941 as, “a date which will live in infamy.”


AZ 2020 Congressional spoiler alert: The field widens

November 22, 2019

Another candidate intent on handing GOP held seats over to radical leftists

If you’ve never heard of Tom Lewellen, join the crowd. The murky political waffler is currently running as a registered Independent in his effort to unseat five-term CD-6 Republican U.S. Rep. David Schweikert, a respected finance and tax policy expert. Lewellen is nothing if not inventive, having started his own political party, ‘CIVIL Governance,’ titling himself, Executive Director. Ballotpedia has his error laden survey responses which reek of Elizabeth Warren’s and Bernie Sanders’ socialist redistribution of wealth. His campaign is based on distrust of our government.

Announced Democrats include: Anita Malik, who lost in 2018, unknowns Karl Gentles and Stephanie Rimmer and opportunistic carpet-bagger Hiral Tipirneni, who relinquished her medical license under pressure, yet continued to portray herself as a medical doctor — including wearing scrubs and a stethoscope in her last cycle ads. She failed in both of her challenges to U.S. Rep. Debbie Lesko in 2018, in the special election and the general, running at that time in CD 8, across the valley. Tipirneni does not reside in the district in which she is now running. Democrat Gentles has a novel way of introducing himself, self-describing on his website in these words:

“Karl a longtime supporter of Democrats and Democratic campaigns, from interning on former Arizona Governor Bruce Babbitt’s presidential campaign to running city council campaigns to supporting President Obama. He also served as a staff assistant for Senator John McCain in 1989. Karl credits the Senator for showing him that politics is less about ideology and party and more about building coalitions and doing what is right regardless of those factors.”

Seeing Red AZ has previously written about Daniel McCarthy, (here, here, and here,) a 34-year-old lacking any relevant experience, but carrying a super-charged ego, even naming his campaign “Demand Daniel.” His mission is to unseat Republican incumbent Sen. Martha McSally.  McCarthy is his own major campaign contributor. President Trump has unequivocally endorsed McSally, a former combat pilot and the first woman to lead a fighter squadron into a war zone. She also served as a two-term member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Incumbent Sen. McSally is being challenged by heavily financed, Soros-supported Democrat Mark “Mr. Gabby Giffords” Kelly, who, based on fundraising alone, is considered formidable as he runs for a seat national Democrats are salivating over. Hypocrite Kelly, a close Obama associate, is a gun confiscator for the rest of us, though not himself.

Efforts to lure Arizona Republican voters who are currently being represented in Washington, D.C. by well qualified GOP incumbents will end in disaster, giving the edge to Democrats who will turn our state into a deep blue, Democrat bastion. Don’t be fooled by novice political slicksters. If we lose the Senate, President Trump will not get any of his judicial nominees confirmed. Another Supreme Court vacancy is expected soon. 

A vote for an upstart candidate over a solid incumbent is guaranteeing a seat lost to the Democrats, something we will live to regret.


Mexico: A terrorist nation run by violent drug cartels

November 11, 2019

The United States military is unparalleled. On Veterans Day, we pause to acknowledge the security our troops provide, not only to America, but with peacekeeping missions worldwide in regions where security is threatened or violence is commonplace.

Our troops are deployed in more than 150 countries around the world, with over 170,000 active-duty personnel serving outside the United States and its territories. The numbers, according to Wikipedia, are based on the most recent United States Department of Defense statistics as of June 30, 2019.

In view of the inconceivable carnage Mexican drug cartels inflicted upon three American citizen mothers and their six children — caravanning in three separate vehicles — grotesquely ambushed, brutally slaughtered and burned, leaving other children seriously injured, it’s time to stop our farcical dealings with Mexico. We have no choice other than to acknowledge the country is run by terrorists and to deploy troops on our own border.

Mexico is a dangerous country as evident by these U.S. Department of State advisories, which are not new. Americans are urged to reconsider travel or bluntly advised not to travel, as violent crime, such as homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery, are widespread. Giving them nearly $300 million a year of American taxpayer dollars has done nothing to alleviate the pervasive crime in the resource-rich country.

There has been a despicable effort to blame the victims and lessen the culpability of the murderers, with Associated Press zoning in on the group’s polygamous past or claiming the slayings were due to “mistaken identities,” the brutal killers thinking they were part of a rival gang, blaming water conflicts within the farming communities where the victims lived and even deriding the dead mothers as part of a “sex cult.”

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) recently stated, “Mexico is leaning dangerously toward becoming a failed state. We have not seen enough action toward addressing the threat that it presents, not only to the Mexican people but to the American people. When the drug cartels become as big, as powerful, as bold and as callous toward human life as these have become — I think this is a time for us to take this very seriously and to figure out the best steps forward.”

Mexican law enforcement and military are no match to the crime-related violence. In 2018, the number of drug-related homicides in Mexico rose to 33,341, a 15 percent increase from the previous year—and a record high. Mexican drug cartels have killed at least145 candidates and politicians and party workers in the lead-up to Mexico’s 2018 presidential elections.

Global Conflict Tracker lists Mexico in the same category as Syria, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Lebanon and Turkey. 

We need a wall, a vigorous military presence and a fervent commitment to securing our border — Democrat opposition be damned.


Honoring Our Veterans (Parade route included)

November 11, 2019

Date:  Monday November 11th, 2019

Time:  11:00 AM – 1:00 PM (arrive early)

Parade route: The parade runs southbound on Central Avenue starting at Montebello, turns east onto Camelback Road and then south on 7th Street, ending at Indian School Road.

Today’s parade will feature over 2,500 participants, numerous floats, bands, Veterans Service Organizations, giant helium balloons and eight Veteran Grand Marshals, representing each era of military service from World War II to present day.

Sponsors of the event, presented by Honoring America’s Veterans, Inc., can be viewed here.

Information about parking and street closures available here.

Today’s parade is designed to commemorate and honor our veterans and to educate Americans about the service and sacrifices our nation’s veterans have made to protect America’s unparalleled freedoms.


AZ Dem chair Foolisha Rotellini accuses Pres. of ISIS affiliation

October 31, 2019

Arizona Democrat Party chair Felecia Rotellini put her visceral partisanship and abysmal lack of knowledge on display (video: reporter Ryan Saavedra’s tweet*) during a panel discussion at the recent, “We the Voters Conference.” The Phoenix event was hosted by the Citizens Clean Elections Commission.

Rotellini, who obviously doesn’t watch FOX News, claimed President Trump, who earlier authorized the Syrian raid resulting in the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi “has aligned himself with ISIS.” When U.S. forces were closing in on him, the world’s most wanted man who led a movement that prided itself on mass murders, beheadings and indiscriminate violence, cowardly detonated a suicide vest intentionally killing himself and three of his own children.

Dr. Kelli Ward, AZ GOP chair, didn’t let Rotellini’s foolish, but intentional slur go without a response. 

“It is extremely disconcerting to hear the top Democrat in Arizona slander and malign an innocent person for being aligned with the world’s most evil terrorists, let alone the president of the United States,” Ward said.

“While fear-mongering from the left is expected up to a point, we have to draw the line somewhere if they’re going to refuse to police themselves. Baseless statements like those made by the chair of the Arizona Democrats are wildly irresponsible and not rooted in reality.”

The local newspaper reports that Matt Grodsky, spokesman for the Arizona Democrat Party attempted to run interference for the party chair via email saying, “It was a poor choice of words.”

He might have had better luck sending a copy of Louis Prima‘s rendition ofFelicia No Capicia.’ (Capicia = comprehend in Italian.)

*H/T Daily Wire


Billionaire anti-Trump leftist targets AZ Sen. McSally

October 17, 2019

Arizona Sen. Martha McSally, a former two-term congresswoman, is in the crosshairs of the extremist big guns as she is once again being hit by volleys of negative ads. The recent barrage is produced by an anti-Trump, pro-impeachment group financed by multi-billionaire leftist Tom Steyer. McSally is one of several GOP senators in battleground states being pressured to break with President Trump.

Steyer made an initial ad buy of $3.1 million in TV and digital ads slamming Republican incumbents in key races.

The reliably left-leaning CNBC All-America Economic Survey recently released a poll that found 47 percent of respondents oppose impeachment, compared with 44 percent who approve. But 88 percent of surveyed Republicans, according to the same poll, oppose impeaching Trump. Americans understand all too well that Democrats are working double time attempting to nullify their 2016 vote.

 It’s McSally’s allegiance to President Trump and his unequivocal support of her candidacy that underscores her appeal to conservative, Trump-supporting Arizona voters.

Tom Steyer is not merely a leftist Democrat with exceedingly deep pockets, he is also a 2020 presidential candidate. Although he made his money as a hedge fund manager engaged in a capitalist based economy, his campaign is steeped in Socialist Bernie Sanders’ style rhetoric. 

Steyer wants to roll back President Trump’s tax cuts — which energized the economy by allowing Americans to spend more of their own money — but Steyer also wants to impose higher taxes on “the rich,” who already pay the largest share. The rich are not the enemy. They are the ones who took risks and worked long hours to get ahead. They are also job creators who enabled their employees to buy homes, cars, put food on the table and send their kids to college.

Radical Steyer and his like-thinker George Soros, who is funding Second Amendment restrictionist AZ Dem Senate candidate Mark Kelly aka “Mr. Gabby Giffords,” are the problem…not Sen. Martha McSally.