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.

KTAR broadcasts in Spanish: “The voice for a better AZ”

September 16, 2015

File this under “We couldn’t make this stuff up”

The radio trade paper NTS Media Online runs a riveting piece under the heading “Talk and Media News Notes.” The final item features Phoenix radio station KTAR doing a show Thursday night called “Hispanic in Arizona.” If you’re an English-speaking American, this is not the place for you, since the show will be entirely “en Espanol!”

This Thursday evening (9/17) KTAR-FM/Phoenix will host Hispanic In Arizona, a first of its kind, two-hour community roundtable discussion, with one hour to be broadcast exclusively in Spanish. Commenting on the upcoming special program, Bonneville/Phoenix VP Content and Operations Ryan Hatch said, “Our goal at KTAR News is to be the voice for a better Arizona and to connect with our community in a meaningful way. We’re very proud to be the first English-speaking radio station in Arizona history to host a show in Spanish.”

Some of our astute readers may remember an April Fool’s joke in 2009 when then local talk show host JD Hayworth ran an announcement from “The Commission” in “Washington, DC” stipulating that going forward KFYI would be REQUIRED to broadcast in Spanish for two hours each night. The spoof announcement ran in Spanish and English, and caused quite a commotion, though it was, of course, a joke.

Now, KTAR is actually doing it — and in the process, looks to replace the Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic) on the “Politically Correct Pander Meter.”

Fox only network to link police murders to vile chant

September 2, 2015

“Pigs in a blanket, fry ‘em like bacon”

NewsBusters reports on the startling lack of media coverage of police and sheriff’s deputies who are increasingly targeted by cold-blooded killers goaded by the blatantly hypocritical Black Lives Matter movement.

Friday night we were met with news of the unprovoked, execution style ambush of Sheriff’s Deputy Darren Goforth in Texas.  Goforth, 47, the married father of two young children, ages 5 and 12, was shot 15 times as he filled the gas tank of his patrol car. He was murdered by Shannon Miles, 30, a black male.

“We’ve heard black lives matter — all lives matter,” the visibly angry Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman told reporters. “Well, cops’ lives matter, too.”

ABC, NBC and CBS dutifully reported the tragedy during their weekend news broadcasts, while noting the increase of police officer deaths in 2015. Missing from the accounts are the increasing death threats against uniformed officers, which  have become a mainstay at Black Lives Matter rallies, often preceding or following acts of violence against police.

Such was the case on Saturday afternoon when Black Lives Matter activists gathered at Minnesota’s State Fair. As they marched, they referred to police as “pigs” and called for them to “fry” while they were, ironically, protected by police escorts.

This certainly isn’t the first time activists have called for violence against law enforcement officers and had their wish fulfilled. Last December, two NYPD officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, were sitting in their police unit when they were gunned down. The killer posted on Instagram the same vicious chant, “I’m putting pigs in a blanket,” just before he killed the two officers.

On Tuesday morning Illinois police officer Lt. Joe Gliniewicz was murdered. Police are conducting an intensive search for three suspects. Gliniewicz, a married father of four had been an officer for more than 30 years.

In Louisiana, State Trooper Steven Vincent, 44, was gunned down following a traffic stop last week. He was married and the father of a nine-year-old son.

Instead of reporting on the chants of violence at these rallies, the networks instead reported on the less offensive “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” slogan — knowing this mantra was based on a falsehood. Still the network news broadcasts continued to include it in reports without comment or correction, an astounding 156 times in less than a year.

Mount McKinley gets Squaw Peaked

September 1, 2015

Obama purges American history to conform to political correctness

Although it’s being configured as restoring the original native Alaskan name, Obama’s politically motivated name change of Mount McKinley to Denali has taken a questionable route all too familiar to Arizonans.

As the story goes, North America’s tallest mountain got its officially recognized name in 1896, when a prospector, William Dickey, was exploring in central Alaska. When he heard the news that William McKinley, a Republican and Spanish-American war hero, had received his party’s presidential nomination, Dickey named the mountain in his honor. The name was formally recognized in 1917. It should be noted that numerous native peoples of the area had their own names for the massive peak.

In unilaterally switching the name, Obama is effectively thumbing his nose at McKinley, the 25th president, who was born in Ohio and assassinated early in his second term. Ohioans have long pointed with pride at the towering Alaskan mountain named for their native son. Ohio’s congressional delegation, both Republicans and Democrats, have reacted angrily, calling Obama’s actions “deeply disappointing” as well as an “insulting political stunt.“ 

Squaw Peak, a popular hiking site and focal point of central Phoenix, received similar treatment in 2003, when New York-born Democrat Gov. Janet Napolitano determined the word “Squaw” was derogatory.  Using ham-handed tactics not previously seen, she ramrodded  through the name change to Piestewa Peak, honoring Army Pfc. Lori Piestewa — a Hopi tribal member killed in the Iraq War. Napolitano waived the five-year waiting period required for posthumous naming to effect the change and her henchman bullied the chairman of the state geographic names board.

Napolitano later abandoned the governorship to join the Obama regime as the ineffectual chieftain of Homeland Security, noted for her blasé retort when frustrated Arizonans pleaded for actual border security: “Show me a 50-foot fence, and I’ll show you a 51-foot ladder.”

Political correctness is a hallmark of the left. Common sense?  Not so much.

Adm. Lyons: U.S. transformation in full swing since 2008

August 31, 2015

Muslim Brotherhood has penetrated all U.S. National Security Agencies

In a no-holds-barred speech, retired Four Star Admiral James “Ace” Lyons begins his presentation to the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. earlier this year, by declaring Barack Obama has implemented the unilateral disarmament of our military. He unequivocally states that under Obama’s guidance, all of our national security agencies have been infiltrated by the Muslim Brotherhood.

Obama is obviously making good on his promise to fundamentally transform the United States of America.  Few of us will forget the words uttered by presidential candidate Barack Obama days preceding the 2008 election. The foolish crowds, taught moral equivalency rather than American exceptionalism, by liberal unionist teachers, cheered as he vowed, “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”

Watch Adm. Lyon’s brief presentation, listen to his warning and forward it to your contacts. Regardless of your stance on the 2016 presidential candidates, this information is something we all can agree is critical for our nation’s survival. It’s imperative we unite behind someone who puts America first.


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