Shocking: Liberal PC politics imperil US citizens

January 21, 2016

Democrats play dangerous political games with national security

As Obama vows to accept 10,000 additional Syrian refugees this year, on Wednesday Senate Democrats —- by a vote of 55 to 43 —- rejected a bill to require vetting of Syrian and Iraqi refugees, an attempt to verify they posed no security risk before entering the US.

Obama threatened to veto the bill.

The American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act of 2015 or the American SAFE Act of 2015 should have passed with overwhelming support of both parties.


Reality comes to small Mississippi town

January 10, 2016

Heightened concerns front and center after ongoing terrorist attacks

Supplanting emotions with a healthy dose of judiciousness, Aldermen in the tiny rural town of Louise, Mississippi — with a population of about 200 — have decided to withdraw a resolution to open its doors to refugees.

By a vote of 3-1 on Wednesday, the officials reversed their original statement which said, “This town’s governing body fears no threat, but rather feels its Christian duty and obligation to divine providence which has led this great nation from its founding to contribute relief for these poor peoples’ needs.”

 In November, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant joined this growing list of governors who have stated they will continue to oppose resettling Syrian refugees in their states, despite repeated assurances from the Obama administration that the resettlement program can be trusted. The governors’ announcements followed the terrorist attacks in Paris that left 129 people dead and hundreds wounded. Other attacks have followed, including ISIS-based carnage here on American soil.

The Clarion-Ledger quotes Bryant as saying he will do “everything humanly possible to stop any plans from the Obama Administration to put Syrian refugees in Mississippi.”

 Although Obama plans to bring at least 10,000 Syrians to the United States in 2016, FBI director James Comey has told a House Committee on Homeland Security that the federal government does not have the ability to conduct thorough background checks on all of the Syrian refugees that the president says will be allowed to enter the U.S.

“If someone has never made a ripple in the pond in Syria in a way that would get their identity or their interest reflected in our database,” Comey said, “we can query our database until the cows come home, but there will be nothing show up because we have no record of them.”


Dems push HR 569: Death knell for 1st Amendment

December 27, 2015

Liberal lemmings leap at ending any and all discourse and education regarding the global threat posed by Islamic jihadists

The Gatestone Institute, an international policy council chaired by Ambassador John R. Bolton, and listing Phoenix physician M. Zuhdi Jasser, M.D. as a member of its Board of Advisers, has this quote at the top of its web page.

“Let us tenderly and kindly cherish, therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write.”

—John Adams

In this Dec. 26 post, Jihad: “All the Fault of the West!” historian and journalist Lars Hedegaard who serves as President of the Danish Free Press Society, delivers some stunning news, beginning his analysis with these words:

As long as we in the West are not prepared to take Muslims at their word when they claim to be waging bloody jihad because it is their religious obligation, we have no chance of repelling the current onslaught on the West.

In the United States, a House of Representatives bill, H. Res. 569, has been sponsored that would censor one of the few countries left with freedom of speech. The bill, in accordance with the 10-year plan of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), would criminalize all criticism of Islam, worldwide.

A group in the U.S. House of Representatives has sponsored H. Res. 569, in condemnation of violence, bigotry and “hateful rhetoric” toward Muslims in the U.S.  It has been referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

This bill comes on the heels of Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s post-San Bernardino outrageous statement to the Muslim American community that she will prosecute anyone guilty of anti-Muslim speech. Passage of this legislation will be the death knell for the First Amendment and the end of any and all discourse and education about the threat posed by the global jihad.

The treacherous House Resolution was sponsored by U.S. Rep. Donald S. Beyer, Jr., a Virginia Democrat. It was introduced Dec. 17, 2015. Read the complete text of the Resolution and the list of left-wing co-sponsors.

Arizona Democrat Reps. Raul Grijalva (CD 3) and Ruben Gallego (CD 7) have shamefully signed on to this repressive lunacy which, if passed, signals not only the restriction, but the utter and complete death of the First Amendment.

Heritage Foundation reminds us that the oath of office taken by all members of Congress at the beginning of each term of office obligates them to observe the limits of their authority and act in accordance with the powers delegated to them by the Constitution.

These Democrats obviously think they are above such mundane restrictions.


Obama’s delayed, disappointing speech and UPDATE

December 8, 2015

Some long and hard thought was given to writing about Barack Obama’s speech, (video) delivered from the Oval Office on Sunday evening.  Several problems arose. Looming largest is the fact that his arrogance and conspicuous disregard for the United States of America — the nation he is supposed to be leading —- make it difficult to scrutinize his words using more integrity than he exhibits. Obama waited from Wednesday morning until Sunday night to address the jihadist terror attacks that killed 14 and wounded 21 others attending an office Christmas Party in San Bernardino.

Since clenched teeth and keyboard dexterity don’t go hand in hand, we gutlessly backed off that particular post.

As it turns out, that decision was a stroke of luck for the readers of Seeing Red AZ. Thomas Sowell did an extraordinary job in coolly analyzing, “The President’s Speech.”

If you are up to watching Obama broaden his gun control rhetoric or cunningly discuss the illusionary “65 countries that have joined an American-led coalition” against ISIS — which he persists in calling ISIL — the link in the first sentence will transport you to Obamaland, where heinous acts of terrorism are facilitated by…..climate change.

Americans are becoming weary of being told that Islam is a peaceful, tolerant faith merely plagued by a few extremists. Increased gun sales in the wake of bloody violence carried out by radicalized Muslims clearly point to angst among our own citizens.

Citizens looking for inspired leadership from the President of the United States, continue to be painfully disappointed. You’ll find far greater wisdom from Dr. Thomas Sowell.

Update-tag

Independent Journal headlines “Muslim Group Calls Out PC Culture for Being too Afraid to Take Down Islamic Extremism,” featuring an interview with Zuhdi Jasser, M.D. an Arizona physician and president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy. Take time to listen to his reasoned thoughts on the problems we face.


AZ GOP chair Robert Graham’s McMyopia

November 21, 2015

Make no mistake.  We are no fans of either Democrat U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (CD-1) or Barack Obama. However, the odd email sent out Friday by AZ GOP chairman Robert Graham, has left numerous conservatives scratching their heads in bewilderment.

Graham chastises both Kirkpatrick and Obama for not supporting the SAFE Act, which he cagily calls “a program to preserve national security by pausing the Syrian refugee program until additional background investigations of the refugees are in place.”

Well and good.

But where are the equally harsh words for Arizona’s other congressional liberals who voted in exactly the same matter as Ann Kirkpatrick?  

Why have leftists U.S. Reps. Raul Grijalva (CD-5) and Ruben Gallego (CD-7) slipped the surly bonds of Graham’s condemnation? 

The answer is all too simple. U.S. Sen. John McCain, who will be 80 by Election Day, is running for yet another 6-year term after over three decades in office. Throughout those years his record on myriad issues has been interchangeable with the Democrats, with whom he has often partnered against Republicans.

That’s why he was publicly censured by elected precinct committeemen at the January 2014 mandatory meeting of the Maricopa County Republican Committee by a vote of 1,150 to 351. Two weeks later the annual Statutory Meeting of the State Committee of the Arizona Republican Party also censured the longtime politician for a litany of grievances, including a “record [which] has been disastrous and harmful to Arizona and the United States.” 

Graham is suffering from a severe case of McMyopia, a refusal to see the same shameful behavior in the lying, “Open Borders” attitude of Arizona’s senior senator as evidenced by three of Arizona’s four congressional Democrats.

This was SRAZ’s take on the same issue as it relates to (AZ CD-9) U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema’s vote with the GOP and her reasons for doing so.

Robert Graham, fantasizing McCain is not facing primary challengers goes directly at Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick who will be running in the General Election. McCain has primary opposition, acknowledged by Breitbart though ignored by Graham, ever eager to carry McCain’s distasteful water. As we recently noted, Roll Call is not as constrained as Graham. It lists John McCain number six on the roster of the ten most vulnerable U.S. Senators on the 2016 ballot.


Anarchy reigns at University of Missouri

November 11, 2015

Threat: “This is just the beginning”

By now we’ve all heard about the student protests at the University of Missouri resulting in the resignations of the school’s president, Tim Wolfe and chancellor. R. Bowen Loftin. Amid demands for “racial justice” and insistence Wolfe acknowledge his “white male privilege,” the black activist student group known as Concerned Student 1950, made numerous other demands posted here in the Independent Journal.

Racism is not the issue. CNS News reports on the university’s black elected student body president, Peyton Head, discussing “empowerment.” This lunacy is rooted in leftist politics.

The school’s football team joined the fray after a black graduate student from a multimillionaire family,* began a hunger strike, bizarrely saying the dispute would either end with Wolfe resigning or the student dying. But it came down to the team, joined by its coach, using the threat of not playing its game against BYU, which if canceled would have cost the university well over $1 million.

Following Wolfe’s resignation, the university’s athletic department issued a statement that the football team would return to the practice field to prepare for its Saturday game.

After Wolfe weakly complied to the mob, the hunger striking student announced on Twitter that he had cancelled his self-imposed starvation.

“Our demands must be met in totality to create systems of healing within the UM System,” said Marshall Allen, one of the protesters. “In addition to this, students, staff and faculty of color must be involved in the process of deciding who will be our next UM System president.”

As is often the case, the adage “follow the money” works here. Not only is there the immense revenue generated by the football game, but there is also a back story that has received little attention. Unrest actually began in August when the university announced it would no longer be offering health insurance subsidies for graduate students. MU said it can no longer pay for graduate students’ health insurance because of changes in federal health care policy under Obamacare.

To no one’s surprise, the White House praised the protesters, though others regard the model of the football team holding the presidency hostage as setting a dangerous precedent and further proof that political correctness on university campuses has a stranglehold on rational thinking, making administrators who had recently been praised for their stewardship of a complex institution suddenly vulnerable to student mayhem.

Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder denounced a university faculty member who deprived student reporters of their First Amendment rights after she was videotaped harassing and trying to kick the reporters out of their “no media safe space.” Read his statement as reported on Mediaite here. Kinder will be running for governor on the Republican ticket in 2016.

*H/T Joe Holleman St. Louis Today


Gov. Ducey overstates short-termer Castro’s impact on Arizona

October 18, 2015

Reading Gov Doug Ducey’s announcement regarding the renaming of the Douglas Land Port of Entry on the border to the Raul Hector Castro Land Port of Entry, in honor of Arizona’s 14th governor left longtime Arizonans bemused.

Ducey’s praise of his predecessor was glowing. “Governor Castro was a devoted civil servant, a beloved family man, a loyal friend and an unforgettable, invaluable part of Arizona history,” said Ducey. “He will be remembered not only for making history as our first Mexican-American governor, but more importantly, for the work he did to make Arizona a better place to live. His mission to make our state and nation a remarkable, hopeful and productive land of opportunity is an example we strive to follow today. I’m proud Arizona will continue to honor Castro’s life and legacy with this fitting and lasting tribute.”

No one doubts that Gov. Castro, who died earlier this year at age 98, was devoted to his family and beloved by them.  It’s also true that he had historic status as a Mexican-born governor. But Ducey engages in a bit of hyperbole regarding Castro’s efforts to make Arizona a “remarkable, hopeful and productive land of opportunity.”

Castro, who had earned a law degree and briefly practiced law, was a Democrat Party operative who ran for and was elected as Pima County Attorney and later as Superior Court Judge. He was appointed as U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador and then held the same post in Bolivia. He unsuccessfully ran for governor in 1970, but achieved his goal in 1974.

That’s where the saga takes a strange twist.

Overwhelmed by the duties of governor, then-President Carter offered him the ambassadorship to Argentina. After just two years as governor, Castro happily jumped at the opportunity and stayed in that post until 1980.

 Castro was succeeded by popular Democrat Wes Bolin, Arizona’s longtime Secretary of State, who had served an unprecedented 28 consecutive years. Shockingly, Bolin suffered a heart attack and died after less than 5 months in office.  The next in line of succession was Attorney General Bruce Babbitt, a Democrat who then took over the reins of state, and was later elected to two full terms.

Current Gov. Doug Ducey, lavishing praise on Raul Castro, was a child named Douglas Anthony Roscoe, Jr. and living in Ohio when Castro made his mark. Ducey came to Arizona to attend ASU in 1982 and worked for Cindy McCain’s Hensley & Co. Anheuser-Busch beer distributorship, where he forged a connection with the senior senator. It’s unlikely he ever met Raul Castro.

Arizona has had more than its share of political musical chairs, and the sleeper office of Secretary of State often provides the direct route to the governor’s ninth floor office.  In 1988 Democrat Secretary of State Rose Mofford succeeded impeached Republican Gov. Evan Mecham. Republican SOS Jane Hull followed the same path in 1997 after GOP Gov. Fife Symington resigned due to a felony conviction — which was later reversed.  Republican Gov. Jan Brewer was Secretary of State when she completed Democrat Janet Napolitano’s term in 2009 after Napolitano resigned to join the Obama administration.

It’s never dull in the desert.


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