Obama handcuffs police

May 20, 2015

On February 28, 1997, Los Angeles police officers engaged in one of the most violent gun battles in modern law enforcement history. A foiled bank robbery and the lengthy exchange of gun fire that followed came to be known as the North Hollywood Shootout. Twelve officers and eight civilians were wounded. The two heavily armed bank robbers eventually were taken down. What makes this shootout involving nearly 2,000 rounds of ammunition memorable is the fact that the police were outgunned by the criminals who were wearing the latest in body armor and carrying military-level armaments. The battle gave police agencies a compelling reason to better equip patrol officers, arming them with semi-automatic rifles, rather than pistols and 12-gauge shotguns.

That was then and this is now.

Barack Obama has announced a ban on federal transfers of various types of military-style gear to local police departments.

“We’ve seen how militarized gear can sometimes give people a feeling like they’re an occupying force, as opposed to a force that’s part of the community that’s protecting them and serving them,” Obama said in a speech in Camden, New Jersey earlier this week. He said such equipment can “alienate and intimidate local residents and may send the wrong message.”

He announced the formation of a volunteer, “Elite Tech Team,” described as “data scientists, software engineers, and tech leaders, to assist law enforcement.” Obama absurdly says, “They’re going to work with the police department to troubleshoot some of the technical challenges so it’s even easier for police departments to do the things they already want to do in helping to track what’s going on in communities, and then also helping to make sure that data is used effectively to identify where there are trouble spots, where there are problems, are there particular officers that may need additional help, additional training.  All that can be obtained in a really effective, efficient way,” he claimed. 

Since when is it up to the President of the United States to decide how individual city police departments function and which officers may “need help or additional training?” Exactly how do volunteers fit into that scenario?

Through an executive order, Obama instructed federal departments to consult with police and civil rights groups to come up with restrictions on police use of military equipment. 

Obama also declared that he is launching what he calls “Promise Zones,” to combat “a sense of unfairness and powerlessness, to change the odds for communities because we’re providing job training, and helping to reduce violence, and expanding affordable housing.” 

Instilling the importance of education, respect, and working to lower the astronomical out-of-wedlock births in black communities —- which carry a near certain guarantee of poverty and accompanying high crime rates —- would be a great starting point. 

But don’t expect that to happen. The national media remains fixated on supporting Obama’s agenda of racial divisiveness, dutifully reporting on his betrayal of our dedicated law enforcement personnel —- blaming them for unrest and now severely restricting their abilities to serve and protect.


GOP establishment conspires with Obama on trade deal

May 18, 2015

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McConnell: Obama ‘has done an excellent job’

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) appeared on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday morning, telling host George Stephanopoulos that he supports Hillary Clinton’s Obamatrade deal. (Transcript here)

McConnell has come under fire from both Republicans and Democrats this past week for pushing the slippery Trade Promotion Authority that would fast-track the Trans Pacific Partnership trade liberalization deal Barack Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton negotiated with eleven Pacific Rim nations.

Conservative Rick Manning, president of Americans for Limited Government, contends McConnell is jeopardizing Republican control of the U.S. Senate in the next election by pushing this tremendously unpopular trade deal through Congress.

But McConnell is not to be dissuaded. He previously described his coordination with Obama on trade as “an out-of-body experience.” 

Fast-track authority faces a significantly more difficult path in the House. Nearly all Democrats are opposed to the scheme, along with strong a contingent of Republicans.

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, expressed confidence that the measure will pass in the House. “We will have the votes,” Ryan declared on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “We’re doing very well. We’re gaining a lot of steam and momentum.”

Arizona Rep. Matt Salmon (R-CD-5) exhibiting eel-like slipperiness, was quoted as saying, 

“The president I don’t think has any political capital at all with this place, and it’s coming to bear right now because the president needs a real heavy lift, and nobody feels any real connection with him or like they owe him anything.”

Still, Salmon plans to vote for Obama’s trade agenda when it hits the House floor, though unlike Ryan, he claims doesn’t think House GOP leadership has the votes.

 “I’m voting for it,” Salmon stated, “not because of him but in spite of him. I don’t think he could pick me out of a crowd, which is so different from when I was here when Bill Clinton was president because President Clinton was really engaged with everybody.” 

Sunday’s Arizona Republic weighs in with an mega-editorial urging Democrats Kyrsten Sinema (CD-9) and Ann Kirkpatrick (CD-1) not to side “with extremists” and to ignore pressure from labor unions which oppose the trade pact and, coincidently, fund their campaigns. 

Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images


Double murderer a dreamer?

May 17, 2015

The Arizona Republic newspaper, short on news and long on far-left opinion, fills its pages with sports, vacuous celebrity-based entertainment coverage, oversized photos and a load of editorializing. News content is slim, often lacking facts. The staff that remains pushes, ad nauseam, the dual agenda of amnesty for illegals —- along with in-state tuition for their children, now affectionately known as “dreamers” —- and same-sex marriage. They pause only long enough to give yet another uppercut to the jaw of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio as part of the ongoing attempt to decimate the dedicated and lifelong lawman.

To plump up the scant weekend news, the newspaper has devised bit of trickery labeled, “The Week in Review.” Rehashed articles from each day of the preceding week are reprinted. Among those considered worthy of regurgitation is one titled, “For 20 years, cop killer ‘living the dream’ in California.”

The five-paragraph report tells of Ernesto Salgado Martinez, an Indio, California resident, sentenced to death for the Aug. 15, 1995 murder of Arizona Department of Public Safety Officer Robert Martin, 57, who had pulled Martinez over for a traffic stop near Phoenix. Later that same day, Martinez crossed into California and used the dead officer’s service revolver to kill Randip Singh, 43, in Blythe during a convenience store robbery.

Although the Arizona Republic mentions Martinez’ name seven times in the short article and identifies him as one of the most dangerous prisoners in Riverside County and member of a notorious prison gang, the names of his victims were omitted. We found them and the facts of the Arizona case with a Google search. What the newspaper deemed important to focus on were his words of bravado in speaking to a judge on April 17, during a recent court hearing. “I’m housed here in Riverside,” Martinez boasted. “All is well. Living the dream.”

He still has not been tried for the California murder or extradited to Arizona to face the death penalty to which he was sentenced.


Stephanopoulos acted disreputably…but “for the best reasons”

May 16, 2015

The unbridled arrogance of the left exposed once again

George Stephanopoulos, chief political correspondent and anchor for ABC News, as well as the co-anchor of ABC’s “Good Morning America” and host of the Sunday show, “This Week,” has been exposed as a high dollar donor to the increasingly questionable Clinton Foundation. 

Among the myriad revelations to emerge regarding the donor list is the relationship between the Clinton Foundation and Uranium One, a former Canadian mining company that was taken over by Russia in 2013 with U.S. government approval. From 2009 through 2013, Uranium One’s chairman donated a whopping $2.35 million to the Clinton Foundation. Hillary Clinton claims that there is “not an inherent conflict of interest” between the foundation donations and her decisions at the State Department. Foreign governments with much to gain also contributed. 

Stephanopoulos, who had not previously disclosed his own donations, has now admitted he has given a total of $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation. That figure represents contributions of $25,000 each in three consecutive years. ABC News initially said that Stephanopoulos had given a total of $50,000 to the foundation —- which has raised nearly $2 billion since it was founded in 2001

Clinton Cash” author Peter Schweizer rightly refers to Stephanopoulos’ donations as a “massive ethical breach.” After Sens. Rand Paul and Mike Lee joined the chorus for him recuse himself from all 2016 coverage, he has finally acquiesced and will step aside.

This man is not a political novice. Prior to joining the network, Stephanopoulos was communications director and senior adviser for policy and strategy to President Clinton. He was also communications director on Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign. 

This video montage shows Stephanopoulos shamelessly acting as Clinton Defender-In Chief.

Stephanopoulos apologized for not making the contributions public knowledge. The left-of-center network issued a statement saying he was wrong not to disclose the contribution though calling it “an honest mistake.’ 

In an interview Stephanopoulos acknowledged that while he made the donations “for the best reasons,” he now realizes he “probably shouldn’t have” done so, even as he nobly characterized his “substantial donations” as given to “stop the spread of AIDS, help children and protect the environment in poor counties.” 

Would this newly selfless and benevolent, longtime Clinton political strategist, have come to that conclusion had he not gotten caught?


AZ Republic selectively redefines marriage

May 15, 2015

The local newspaper has once again gotten its dander up on the topic of marriage. This time it is not carping about family owned bakeries, florists, wedding photographers or pizzerias whose religious views cause them to decline serving same sex ceremonies —- making the small businesses ripe targets for ruinous lawsuits. 

Editorialists at the Arizona Republic have set their sights on the FLDS a fundamentalist polygamous sect which broke away from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) over a hundred years ago. It operates out of a small, one-school town in Mohave County now known as Colorado City. Back in the 1950’s then-Gov. Howard Pyle made headlines after authorizing state police and National Guard raids on the town when it was known as Short Creek.

The newspaper has swung into high gear headlining an editorial “Polygamous town an affront to justice.” 

Make no mistake, Seeing Red AZ is not onboard with numerous wives allowed in patriarchal polygamous societies. Multiple spouses do not constitute our idea of marriage. Polyandry, where women have multiple husbands falls into that same unacceptable category, as do deplorable forced marriages and child brides in Colorado City.

Yet as  marriage is redefined, we witness the unprecedented spectacle of “anything goes” simultaneous trio and quintet egalitarian “marriages” as evidenced by these reported in Brazil, and the Netherlands.

For the Arizona Republic, which glorifies the redefinition of marriage when it involves same-sex couples —- declaring the concept of family has evolved —- to editorialize about the lawlessness presented by polygamy is beyond disingenuous.

The newspaper has toiled tirelessly to create this reckless affront to traditional moral principles. It can’t have it both ways.


Pope Francis embraces leftist doctrines

May 14, 2015

Capitalism is the culprit

In a deeply disturbing move that negatively affects peace talks by removing  incentives for Palestinian leadership to return to the negotiating table, Pope Francis has given his recognition to the “state of Palestine.”

The United States, many Western European nations and Israel —- which the Palestinians and other Arab nations have pledged to annihilate —- oppose such recognition. 

According to The Blaze, the treaty was finalized days before Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ scheduled visit with Pope Francis at the Vatican. Abbas, a Muslim, is heading to Rome to attend the upcoming canonization of new Catholic saints. The Pope will bestow sainthood on two Palestinian nuns this Sunday.

“This (Palestinian state recognition) is a very important recognition as the Vatican has a very important political status that stems from its spiritual status,” said Abbas’ senior aide, Nabil Shaath. “We expect more EU countries to follow.”

This disappointing position is not a stand alone.

Pope Francis is also a proponent of the Global Warming farce, more recently known as “Climate Change” since the warming has failed to materialize. Regardless of the name, the culprit remains the same: The United States of America. Third World polluters such as China, India, Korea and Iran are given a pass as we are constrained.

The pope’s closest adviser recently denounced climate change skeptics; blaming capitalist motivations from “movements in the United States” for opposing his upcoming environmental letter issued in tandem with a U.N. sponsored agreement and a U.N. summit on climate change in Paris later this year.  “The ideology surrounding environmental issues is too tied to a capitalism that doesn’t want to stop ruining the environment because they don’t want to give up their profits,” opined Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga. 

Last May, during a speech at a gathering of several U.N. agency leaders, Francis, sounding a lot like Karl Marx,* called on governments to redistribute wealth and benefits to the poor to help curb “economy of exclusion.”  Latin America’s first pope has frequently lashed out at what he terms the injustices of capitalism and the global economic system.

Staying with the economic theme, Francis even delved into the issue of equal pay declaring it a “pure scandal” to pay women less than men, though he gave no indication that he would be putting that plan into effect at the Vatican.

Days ago, Cuba’s President Raul Castro received a warm welcome at the Vatican from Pope Francis, who played a key role in normalizing relations between the United States and the hostile island nation just 90 miles off our shore.  

“Bienvenido!” Francis greeted the Communist leader. The meeting lasted nearly an hour, as the Argentine-born pope and Castro spoke in their native Spanish. Francis will pay a visit to Cuba in September opting to stop there first en route to the United States. 

*Income redistribution is the main theme of Marx’ Communist Manifesto: “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.”


Parent alert: The Feds want your kids 24/7

May 13, 2015

Public boarding schools on Obama regime’s agenda

It was not even a dozen years ago that apprehensive Arizona parents balked at what was being pushed as “Full Day Kindergarten” by leftist Gov. Janet Napolitano. It was put into effect in 2004 despite objections to the governmental overreach subjecting preschoolers to institutionalization and liberal indoctrination when they were barely out of diapers.

Many parents opted out.

Fast forward as the educrats have even more insidious schemes in mind for America’s children. Federal Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Tuesday proposed the idea of public boarding schools open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“One idea that I threw out is the idea of public boarding schools,” Duncan said at the National Summit on Youth Violence Prevention in Crystal City, Va. “That’s a little bit of a different idea —- a controversial idea —- but the question is do we have some children where there’s not a mom, there’s not a dad, there’s not a grandma, there’s just nobody at home?”

Does Duncan mean ever? Or are these parents or other relatives simply at work when the kids arrive home from school?  We all know not all home situations are ideal, but less ideal are governmental communes.

“There’s just certain kids we should have 24/7 to really create a safe environment and give them a chance to be successful,” Arne Duncan continued. “I think all of our schools should be community centers,” he said. “Our schools should be open 12, 13, 14 hours a day with a wide variety of after-school programming.

Pay attention. We are witnessing the incremental encroachment of the benevolent dictatorship which author Aldous Huxley prophetically envisioned in 1932 in his literary masterpiece, “Brave New World.”  No longer fictional, it’s being brought to us nearly 85 years later by the Obama administration. This book was once required reading in high school English classes. It needs to be brought back.

Read the full CNSNews report by Penny Starr who points to documented soaring school violence rates. The report includes the brief but nonetheless alarming news video clip of Secretary Duncan.


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