Trump supporters give Weekly Standard the boot

December 15, 2018

Formerly conservative magazine folds

The Weekly Standard magazine charted its own course for disaster with its intensely critical messaging on President Donald Trump. Once considered a conservative bastion, its relentless insulting of the pro-Trump reader base, has finally rung the magazine’s death knell.

The last issue will be published Dec. 17.

“All good things come to an end,” Bill Kristol, The Weekly Standard‘s co-founder and editor-at-large, tweeted. “We worked hard to put out a quality magazine, and we had a good time doing so.”

Is serious commentary in dramatically divided America intended to impart joviality or inform? Clearly, the Weekly Standard did neither.

Kristol, a one-time adviser to John McCain, must have developed a case of amnesia, forgetting these decisive election night results.

The Feb. 15, 2016 issue of National Review featured a vicious editorial that called then-candidate Donald Trump, “A threat to conservatism,” including critiques by nearly two dozen prominent conservatives united in their opposition to his candidacy. The cover was emblazoned with the words,Against Trump.” Founded by William F. Buckley, who was in the forefront of the draft Goldwater movement, it now features articles like this one.

Conservative news magazines are not dying simply because of digital advances. The real cause is the lack of desire to take the pulse of their readers —- who overwhelmingly support President Trump. Not only has he put Justices Neil Gorsuch (2017) and Brett Kavanaugh (2018) on the U.S. Supreme Court, he is keeping his promises to the American people.

Denigrating this popular president, who generates massive, cheering crowds at rallies across the country, is not the route to keeping subscribers on-board.

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AZ Sen. Meza aided Google’s leftist election push

December 13, 2018

State Sen. Robert Meza, who was first elected to the Arizona House of Representatives representing District 14 in 2002, appears to keep a low profile. The General Election was Nov. 6, and the 54th Senate site is still is devoid of information.

This senate seating chart shows him relegated to the back of the chamber. Though he’s now in the state senate, there is no listing for him. Bio? Don’t bother. There is none. The former House member was first elected in West Phoenix, when he wasn’t actually living in the district from which he ran, but conveniently rented an apartment to establish a home base —- moving only after the votes were counted.  Currently representing District 30, after the last redistricting, the Democrat has no listing of bills he has sponsored or co-sponsored. There is no photo, which could erroneously lead to the conclusion that he’s camera shy.

But a shrinking violet Meza is not, as evidenced by this Conservative Treehouse posting, titled, Jim Jordan Questions Google CEO About Specific Example of Overt Political Bias From Executive…”

The post opens with this:

According to an email chain between Google executives obtained by Fox News’ Tucker Carlson and Breitbart News, Google’s Multicultural Marketing development head Eliana Murillo sent out an email November 9th, 2016, detailing how Google had “supported partners like Voto Latino to pay for rides to the polls in key states,” which she characterized as a “silent donation.”

“We even helped them create ad campaigns to promote the rides (with support from HOLA folks who rallied and volunteered their time to help),” Murillo said. “We supported Voto Latino to help them land an interview with Sen. Meza of Arizona (key state for us) to talk about the election and how to use Google search to find information about how to vote. They were a strong partner, among many in this effort.”

Read “the rest of the story,” to get the full thrust of Meza’s behind the scenes activities.

But even with his heavy lifting, he does manage to have time on his hands. In October 2017, on ‘National Coming Out Day,’ Meza joined with three other openly gay state lawmakers to announce the creation of a new ‘LGBTQ Caucus’ in the Arizona legislature. The caucus was obviously a legislative necessity.

Meza was integral to Google’s efforts ensuring the reliably Democrat Hispanic vote was gathered.  Google and Facebook also compile massive amounts of data on those who use their sites. The Guardian has the disturbing information.

H/T Commenter: Saguaro Sam


Pres. Trump refuses to cave on border wall

December 12, 2018

Democrat hypocrisy: Method acting comes to Washington

During a public, televised meeting with Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Sen. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), President Trump announced he would be, “Proud to shut down the government for border security,” stating “border security is national security.” Funding for FY 2018 runs out Dec. 21.

Notice that Schumer refuses to make eye contact with the President as he says border security does not need a wall, and Pelosi repeatedly states the meeting should be held privately. Following the meeting at which she admonishingly shook her finger at the president, Pelosi later maligned his position on the border wall telling House Democrats, “It’s like a manhood thing for him. This wall thing.”

Democrat stalwarts, including Sens. Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, and Chuck Schumer, joined a roster of 26 Democrat senators who aligned with 54 Republicans and embraced the Secure Fence Act of 2006, signed by Pres. George W. Bush.  A dozen years later, Democrat’s visceral hatred of President Trump has dramatically changed their perspective.  This brief but illustrative video is provided by the Washington Post, a staunchly liberal publication.

The Center for Immigration Studies reports 63% of non-citizen households access welfare programs compared to 35% of native households. Net cost to taxpayers for every illegal who sneaks into the United States has reached nearly $70,000 —- seven times the cost of deporting them —- about $70 billion, according to 2016 federal Census data. 

Breitbart News covered a Harvard-Harris poll revealing dreadful immigration news for Democrats. The overwhelming majority of Americans —- 80% —- agree with President Trump’s pro-American immigration agenda. Those surveyed said that legal immigration to the U.S. should be based on skills and merit, rather than the current system giving priority to chain migration, linked to family members already in the U.S.

Democrats have long been hypocrites on fundamental issues of importance to Americans, as we noted in 2012, in our post titled, “Dem gun hypocrites,” demonstrating the double standard of Second Amendment restrictionists, Sen. Chuck Schumer and former Sen. Dianne Feinstein who both have concealed carry permits, but don’t want you to have the same access.


Fmer Mesa Police Chief George Gascon: Arrogance personified

December 11, 2018

It hardly seems like a decade ago we were writing about George Gascon, then Mesa’s police chief, who consistently advocated limp enforcement policies for illegal invaders.

Cuban-born Gascon left the East Valley city to heed the sultry siren’s call of far left San Francisco where he became police chief in 2009. Possessing a law degree, he was initially appointed in 2011 then elected District Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco by then-Mayor, now Governor-elect, Gavin Newsom. Gascon boasts about reducing crime rates —- by selectively charging crimes which he claims disproportionately target minorities —- while fighting construction of a much-needed new jail.

You might call it a bullet-like, precision-driven trajectory for this leftist in the Democrat-controlled city and county —- until it appears to have pitched and plummeted with a thud by way of arrogant missteps.

Gascon, the top cop and then district attorney, who should know better, haughtily thinks he is above the law. 

The December 9, 2018 edition of the San Francisco Chronicle reports on the lawsuit resulting from a former senior investigator who was fired for blowing the whistle on his boss, San Francisco District Attorney Gascon, whom he alleged carried a gun while flying —- in violation of federal law.

Gascon reacted with a “pattern of retaliation and harassment” that culminated in the termination of senior investigator Henry G. McKenzie on Oct. 30, 2017, according to the suit filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco.

In this Nov. 24  court filing, McKenzie says that Gascon repeatedly carried a gun onboard commercial flights in violation of federal law after becoming D.A. in January 2012.

According to the suit, members of the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office Investigators Association, which included McKenzie, discussed the “need to blow the whistle” on Gascon’s potential criminal violations in early 2017.


Gov. Ducey’s magical “fee” is actually a tax

December 9, 2018

Teacher pay hikes that “wouldn’t raise taxes,” find their funding source: YOU

Remember when Gov. Doug Ducey, vowed he would not be held hostage to teachers’ demands for a 20% pay hike, and then acquiesced, though promising no tax increases would be needed to fund their excessive demands for their part-time jobs?

Surprise!

Beginning Jan. 1, 2019 there will be a new, deceptively namedpublic safety fee(notice it’s not called a tax) that will be tacked on to vehicle registrations. The newspaper headline says it takes effect Jan. 1, but the ADOT press release declares Dec. 1.  Which one of these charlatans to believe?

ADOT’s website is full service, providing a choice among 103 languages from Afrikaans to Zulu, and even has a readily accessible Civil Rights Division, in case your feelings were bruised during your work day. If that isn’t enough, it also hawks specialty license plates, “for that person who’s impossible to shop for.”

The $32 fee/scam, originally touted as $18, was projected to raise either $149 or $185 million yearly. The numbers fluctuate wildly depending on the “fee” and who made the projections.  When the word “stakeholders” is used, your suspicion antenna should be on high alert. ADOT itself announced it would actually be $265.6 million! Good luck in finding that news release now. This is the enabling legislation, signed by Gov. Ducey. The purpose of this “fee” is to free up highway safety money tapped into for educrats, according to this revealing news report.

On July 13, 2018 leftist editorialist Linda Valdez wrote, “What’s wrong with Phoenix raising taxes?” one of her loads of drivel passing for a column.  Valdez is a staunch cradle-to-grave advocate. With liberals, having the government provide for you throughout your lifetime is a core belief comparable to the religious fervor she so disdains. Of course, “the government” is us.

The rest of us hold the belief that taxes are our money, necessary for maintaining infrastructure (pipelines, utilities, roadways, bridges, and military preparedness), but often misspent. President Trump’s tax cuts have, in fact, spurred economic growth. Tax cuts, not tax increases, are the means of energizing the economy and empowering Americans.

Tell that to da Dems and da Ducey.


Outrage over speech? Why Rep. Stringer and not McCain?

December 8, 2018

David Stringer, a GOP State Representative from Prescott is accused of making racially obtuse, cringe-worthy remarks that have resulted in him being stripped of his vice-chairmanship position on the House Judiciary Committee and his seat on the House Education Committee.

The Prescott City Council interjected itself into the matter, toothlessly voting 6-1 that Stringer should resign from the legislature. The leaderless Arizona Republican Party even jumped into the fray, issuing a condemnation. Yet his comments fall far short of those uttered by the relentless amnesty-for-illegals-supporting John McCain when he picked on the gawky teenage Chelsea Clinton as being the “ugly” love child of Hillary Clinton and Janet Reno, specifically asking, “Do you know why Chelsea Clinton is so ugly? Because Janet Reno is her father.”

There were no loud voices denouncing McCain and demanding he resign. Silence accompanied McCain’s vulgar tirade directed at his wife, Cindy — the mother of 4 of his 7 children — in front of staffers and reporters. The AZ Republican Party neither condemned McCain nor asked for his resignation.  Nope.  They helped him get elected — over and over again. The Arizona Republic newspaper, piling on Stringer, heaped infinite eulogies on this marginal but arrogant man, who survived the Keating Five scandal that destroyed other senate careers, by selling out his associates.

Stringer’s remarks resulted in him being striped of key committee assignments. As a lawyer he should certainly know better in today‘s volatile political arena. But ultimately, it should be up to those who put him in office to take him out, not the self-important members of the Prescott City Council, the leftist, Hillary-endorsing newspaper or the McCain indulgent AZ GOP. He was returned to his seat by over 67,000 votes just last month. He stands for reelection in two years. If the voters so choose, they can replace — or keep — Rep. Stringer. This article, “So, What Did Representative David Stringer Really Say? appeared in Prescott eNews.

Weighing Rep. Stringer against President Donald Trump, there is no question who should take precedence. It’s open to discussion whether Stringer— who easily won one of the two District 1 House seats last month would be reelected, but most of us pray Pres. Trump will be.

For that reason, we direct our readers to a recent National Review column by the brilliant Victor Davis Hanson, titled,How Trump Can Translate His Policy Successes into Political Success.”

This is where the rubber meets the road.  The double standard in the media and the unfailingly McCain and Flake supporting Arizona Republican Party is more of a problem than the ill-considered comments of Rep. David Stringer.


Higher education reaches its nadir*

December 6, 2018

Illegal invaders now charity recipients, courtesy of Berkeley

Gone are the days when a university degree was indicative of attaining a higher education. Nurtured in a curriculum of liberal indoctrination from the earliest grades, students are pawns in an ideological crusade. This appalling example from Edina, Minnesota is not an anomaly, but is reflective of teaching throughout the United States.

Is it any wonder that by the time the barely out of wet-diaper toddlerdom, kindergartners are propagandized, matriculating as brainwashed high school students, ultimately reaching institutions such as Berkeley or Princeton, they engage in full-throated lunacy?

The student government at the University of California, Berkeley, “voted to financially fund the migrant caravan in a resolution passed by the student senate,” as Breitbart reported. “US imperialism and white colonialism has been implemented in Central American countries,” said a teary-eyed student, adding that she would be ashamed to see anyone in the student senate vote against funding the migrant caravan. Once again students illiterate of history accuse anyone they disagree with as being “Nazis,” although there are no brutal labor camps with ovens specially constructed for humans or gas streaming from shower heads, killing men, women and children given bars of soap to make the victims more compliant. Janet Napolitano, formerly Arizona’s radically leftist governor and Obama’s appointee as a worthless Homeland Security chieftain, is now the president of the University of California system.

On the East coast, Princeton sophomore Noa Wollstein was so offended by the “toxic masculinity” expressed in the song, “Kiss the Girl,” she was moved to write to the student newspaper, The Daily Princetonian to complainShe declared the Disney song performed by an all-male a cappella group, the Princeton Tigertones, was misogynistic and dismissive of consent. In the cartoon film, The little Mermaid, it is sung by Sebastian a talking crab, urging him to kiss Ariel, the little mermaid.

“Remove the context of magic and mermaids,” Wollstein wrote, “and the lyrics blatantly encourage a man to try to make physical advances on a woman without her consent.”

FrontPage mag exposed, “Another week of leftist lunacy,” writing, “One worrying illustration of this comes from – none other than – the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) with, chapters at more than 500 universities and colleges throughout the U.S. According to Campus Reform, the AAUP is urging its members to combat legislative proposals meant for “the protection of free speech” on campus.”

Imagine that?

* That’s ‘rock bottom’ for those of you who graduated from an Ivy League school.