June 22, 2015
Breitbart nails it: “This is the playing field”
The irony is difficult to miss. Leftists, who want to restrict the Second Amendment freedoms accorded to law-abiding Americans, always find a way to get their shots in, so to speak.
Breitbart News highlights the hypocrisy with the deplorable photo accompanying this post: “Guess the political party: AP photo lines pistol up with Senator, 2016 candidate Ted Cruz’s brain.”
Arizonans are well aware of this despicable tactic. In the 2006 congressional race, liberal Democrat Harry Mitchell depicted Republican U.S. Rep. J.D. Hayworth in the crosshairs of a rifle scope in a television ad.
No stranger to politics —- Mitchell was the former chairman of the Arizona Democrat Party, a state legislator, Tempe Councilman and Mayor —- yet he thought that abhorrent depiction was perfectly acceptable.
Democrats are nothing if not two-faced on the issue of guns. They want to rein in the rights of America’s gun owners, but desire easy access to self-protection for themselves. Our illustrative post “Dem gun hypocrites,” is proof positive.
Liberal gun restrictionist, Mark Kelly, husband of Gabrielle Giffords, has relentlessly advocated for suppressing gun rights of others, but was photographed in 2013 making weapons purchases at a Tucson gun store, including “high capacity” magazines, an AR-15 and a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol.
When it comes to Democrats and guns, hypocrisy reigns supreme.
June 16, 2015
Appalling comment should result in her dismissal
After first flippantly stating she “misspoke,” CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield on Monday finally used the word “apology.”
This past Saturday, the experienced reporter enthused over a man using an armored vehicle to launch a gunfire attack against the Dallas Police Department headquarters as “courageous and brave.”
After facing a storm of criticism, the newly anxious Whitfield announced, “I understand now how offensive it was. I misspoke, terribly. I misused those words terribly and I sincerely apologize for making this statement and I understand now how offensive it was.” She added, “I want to reiterate that in no way do I believe the gunman was courageous or brave. I sincerely apologize.”
Also on Monday, Dan Patrick, the Lieutenant Governor of Texas, wrote this letter to Jeffrey Zucker, President of CNN, regarding her shameful remarks. Lt. Gov. Patrick requested that CNN remove Whitfield from her news host duties for her obvious disrespect of the men and women serving as law enforcement officers around the nation.
Just a simple question, Ms. Whitfield: Why do you “understand now how offensive” your words were, when a couple of days ago they suited you just fine?
(Videos of Whitfield’s initial and subsequent statements can be viewed by clicking on the links.)
June 15, 2015
As Americans await the U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions on same-sex marriage, Obamacare, Arizona’s challenge to the so-called “independent” congressional redistricting commission and other issues under consideration, Valley residents can ponder the odd sentence handed down closer to home last week by Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Joseph Welty.
Vrouyr Manoukian, a cocky 24-year old who reportedly entered the courtroom smiling and waving at his family, killed his roommate Matthew McMaster, 24, in July 2013. According to this news report, McMaster died of blunt-force trauma to his head. His body was set on fire and dumped in the desert.
Manoukian was convicted of negligent homicide and abandonment of a body. While awaiting trial, he was jailed for 740 days. That time will count toward his paltry 4 ½ year sentence —- giving him roughly 2 ½ more years in prison.
Judge Welty determined the aggravating factors in the case were the harm done to McMaster’s family, the fact that another roommate, Randall Lee Young, acted as an accomplice, and the evidence that McMaster’s body was dumped and burned beyond recognition. Young, who has an extensive criminal history, was charged with a probation-only offense.
The mitigating factors? Manoukian’s lack of criminal history, his “sniffling” display of remorse, and his acceptance of responsibility for his actions.
Welty was appointed to the bench in 2007 by Gov. Janet Napolitano.
June 13, 2015
Barack Obama’s focus as a community organizer has grown along with the powerful office he holds as President of the United States. Now as a lame duck with his second term closing in on him, he still has leftist agenda items he appears determined to implement.
Currently his sights are set on communities across America that don’t meet his standards of what a diversified community should look like.
Stanley Kurtz writing for National Review explains the far-reaching regulations contained in Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH):
“In the early stages, the AFFH rule will mandate the collection of information on the precise racial, ethnic, and income distribution of housing in nearly every census tract in the nation. Once that information has been gathered, escalating pressure will be placed on municipalities across the country to abandon local zoning policies and re-engineer housing stock at local expense. Municipalities will be pressured to join regional consortia that will have the effect of taking housing decisions out of the hands of elected officials and the citizens they represent. And the federal government will pressure localities to build dense housing developments near transportation hubs and business areas.”
Kudos to AZ U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-CD 4), who sponsored the amendment blocking the passage of AFFH —- a social engineering regulation of the worst kind. It would rig federal grant monies intended to address community improvements to compliance with the regime’s standards.
“American citizens and communities should be free to choose where they would like to live and not be subject to federal neighborhood engineering at the behest of an overreaching federal government,” said Gosar, who is leading an effort in the House to block the regulations. Watch Gosar’s appearance on FOX News.
If enacted, this measure could depress property values as cheaper homes crop up in wealthier neighborhoods and raise taxes, Gosar warned. It could also tilt the balance of political power as more Democrat-leaning minorities are funneled into Republican-leaning neighborhoods.
June 11, 2015
Breitbart’s Big Government exposes U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) as “Pelosi-esque” on fast-tracking and passing Obama’s clandestine trade scheme. “It’s declassified and made public once it’s agreed to,” Ryan said of Obamatrade in Rules Committee testimony.
Rational Arizona voters, this is where the rubber meets the road. Watch the votes on this deceptive measure and cast your votes accordingly when these go-along-to-get-along colluding phonies come up for reelection. Anyone who supports this measure is not worthy of being returned to congress.
This is how Seeing Red AZ characterized this massive and disreputable power grab which gives Barack Obama irreversible authority since treaties supersede statutes under the U.S. Constitution. Be sure to watch the J.D. Hayworth interview in which Dick Morris exposes the indefensible components of what is being blandly characterized as a Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).
Observer News reports that foreign governments are paying former U.S. Senate leaders to sell TPP. Tom Daschle and Tony Podesta, brother of Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta, been paid handsomely to counsel Japan on U.S. policy. Other nations involved in the treaty have also hired similar high-profile consultants and lobbyists.
All the rest of us have to persuade congress are our voices and our votes.
Regardless of where you live, here is the contact information.
Act now! Time is running out.
June 10, 2015
ISSUE: Characterization of Mexican gov’t helicopter crossing border, firing at U.S. Border Patrol
In this May 5, 2015 press release, Judicial Watch announced it obtained documents from the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) that confirm a June 26, 2014 attack by a Mexican government helicopter on U.S. Border Patrol agents. The Mexican helicopter crossed into U.S. airspace before firing on U.S. Border Patrol personnel. The Mexican government initially denied that the attack near Arizona’s San Miguel Gate occurred, but later admitted to the armed incursion.
The CBP documents were eventually released in response to a July 9, 2014 Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to CBP. The fact filled report, including important links, can be read here.
The day following the attack, the amnesty-promoting, south-of-the-border apologists at the Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic) headlined an article, “Mexican official says chopper didn’t cross border, fire at U.S. agents.” It opens with these words, “A top Mexican official Friday denied a report by Customs and Border Protection that a Mexican helicopter crossed the border into Arizona and fired shots near U.S. agents Thursday.”
A search turned up no admission of the attack from the Mexican government reported in the Arizona newspaper.
In Repúblicaspeak, the U.S. agents are wrong. The Mexican official is right. That’s it. End of story.
June 9, 2015
America’s airports vulnerable
Last week ABC News confirmed that Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screeners failed 67 out of 70 tests —- or 96 percent —- carried out by special Department of Homeland Security investigators known as “red teams.” The vulnerabilities tests were conducted as part of a DHS Inspector General review. The acting head of the agency was reassigned after the deplorable findings were made public.
As an example of the failures, an undercover agent with a fake bomb strapped to his back set off a magnetometer —- but the screener still neglected to find it. The watchdog report revealed undercover agents were able to sneak fake explosives and banned weapons through checkpoints as part of an investigation that revealed a massive, system-wide security failure at America’s airports.
Following that alarming disclosure, Fox News reports that the TSA failed to flag 73 airport workers “linked to terrorism.” According to TSA data, the people in question were “working for major airlines, airport venders and other employers.”
The agency acknowledged that individuals in these categories “represented a potential transportation security threat,” according to the report.
At a White House briefing following the disclosures, press secretary Josh Earnest said President Obama continues to believe that Americans should feel confident traveling in airports across the country.
Which raised the question, when was the last time anyone in the Obama family traveled in a commercial airliner?
A search of the Inspector General’s reports turned up nothing relating to these mammoth security breaches. However we did find one relating to an investigation of a U.S. Marshal based on an anonymous letter alleging the Marshal had engaged in intimate personal relationships with subordinate employees in violation of U.S. Marshals Service policy.
Which set of circumstances most imperil the security of American travelers —- deserving of information regarding their safety rather than gossipy innuendo?