Reality takes a hike when Trump haters gather

October 29, 2017

From time to time SRAZ has posted, “Weekend reading guaranteed to make you smarter.” With the retirement of brilliant conservative Thomas Sowell, such worthy columns are more difficult to find.

Yet as much as we enjoy reading columnists with whom we agree, it’s crucial to be aware of what  those passing themselves off as conservatives attempt to misrepresent as factual.

Today we are veering off into the incomprehensible mindset of New York Times columnist David Brooks, who appeared Friday on ‘PBS NewsHour’ with Judy Woodruff and Mark Shields. Woodruff was recently honored at a soiree in Phoenix where she was presented with the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism, given annually by Arizona State University. In her acceptance speech, Woodruff issued an assurance that “journalists are not the enemy.”

That bit of information should prepare you for what comes next —  David Brooks: This Was The Week Steve Bannon Really Took Control Of The Republican Party, posted on Real Clear Politics.

RINOs, such as Arizona’s two now irrelevant senators and leftists have joined at the hip in portraying highly accomplished Bannon as evil incarnate.  His wrongdoing?  Bringing Donald Trump to the forefront of the GOP primary lineup of 17 candidates and across the finish line as the campaign’s chief executive. After Trump was elected president, Bannon was appointed White House Chief Strategist before returning to Breitbart News as executive chairman.

David Brooks’ New York Times op-ed, The Week Trump won, opens with references to Lenin, Trotsky “and the rest of the Bolsheviks” taking over Russia.  Guess who he views as the present day disastrous political extremists? 

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Flake left the senate because he can’t abide the GOP

October 25, 2017

This morning’s issue of the Arizona Republic is a multi-page paean to the man we have often characterized as Jeff the Flake. The Hillary Clinton endorsing newspaper heralds him on the front page with an oversize  photo and overlayed with his quote, “I will not be complicit.” The jump pages include his speech and a dose of fawning by his mentor John McCain. There is no denying the hard fact that throughout his career Flake has shown himself to be “complicit” —- with Democrats and against conservative positions.

The personification of sanctimonious arrogance, the always preening Jeff Flake has been an utter disappointment to Arizona Republicans. He held closed door or invitation only town halls because Arizonans overwhelmingly wanted to see a border wall built while he was acting in concert with John McCain, two other RINOs and a gaggle of the most liberal senate Democrats on the “Gang of 8”amnesty bill. Few have forgotten his 2016 effort to pass “bipartisan” gun control legislation, his collusion with Barack Obama over a nuclear deal with the terror-sponsoring, American-hating rogue nation of  Iran, or the implementation of his long held desire to lift the U.S. embargo on travel to Communist Cuba — another deal made with his buddy Obama.

Then there was  the shocking spectacle of Jeff Flake taking Barack Obama’s lame duck Supreme Court nominee Democrat Merrick Garland through the halls of the senate in an attempt to garner votes for him. With the election of President Trump,  conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch was appointed to the high court to fill the seat previously held by Justice Antonin Scalia.

There have been numerous other betrayals and glib attempts at trickery, all with his ever present smirk plastered on his face. He belittled GOP nominee  Donald Trump who won the Republican nomination over 16 other primary candidates, declaring, “He can’t and shouldn’t win,” while loudly and repeatedly proclaiming his refused to vote for Trump — putting him squarely in scandal-plagued Hillary Clinton‘s column. He must have choked on his own sputum on Dec. 8, 2016 when the results came in showing Trump was elected President.

Flake’s decision to leave the U.S. Senate is based in the  knowledge he is out of step with Arizona’s voters and  couldn’t win in 2018. 

Fortunately, conservatives have an excellent candidate in Dr. Kelli Ward, a physician, military wife, and former two-term state senator who spent 4 years burnishing her conservative credentials in the Arizona legislature. She also supports the President of the United States.


America First “unpatriotic, half-baked nationalism,” says McCain

October 17, 2017

Ailing award recipient can’t resist taking potshots at President Trump

The National Constitution Center reports Arizona’s Senior Senator (ASS) was awarded its Liberty Medal on Monday. Barack Obama’s former Vice President Joe Biden presented the award to his “longtime friend” McCain. The medal, awarded annually since 2006, is “given to men and women of courage and conviction who have strived to secure the blessings of liberty to people the world over.”

That description would certainly fit the contemptible and jealous ASS. He even deprecates and works to purge conservative elected Republicans from the party under whose banner he has chosen run.

During the ceremony McCain, who is suffering from an aggressive form of brain cancer, stated:

“To fear the world we’ve organized and led for 3/4s of a century, to abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of international leadership and our duty to remain the last, best hope of earth, for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism, cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history.”

This is classic McCain, using any occasion, even one intended to honor him, to underhandedly jab President Donald Trump — who won the presidency that will forever elude 81-year-old ASS — with the slogan “Make America Great Again.”

On its website the Center states that seven recipients of the medal have subsequently won the Nobel Peace Prize. Proving the Peace Prize is purely political, within months of being elected Barack Obama was a questionable recipient, having accomplished nothing of significance other than being the first black American president. He joined Palestinian terrorist leader Yasser Arafat, who won the Peace Prize in 1994. Arafat was better known for orchestrating the PLO bombing of Israeli school buses, instituting an ongoing reign of terror and colluding in directing the brutal massacres of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany.

In 2015, Geir Lundestad the former Nobel Secretary related that he regretted Obama’s award, which he said raised questions, even among Obama’s supporters. ASS was an Obama supporter even as he was the Republican nominee challenging Obama.


Leftist media with smarter audiences have free rein to revile Trump:

October 3, 2017

Sophisticated and enlightened news consumers lean left, conservatives are dolts

Conclusions reached in a bizarre report by Pew Research Center regarding media coverage of President Trump and the political bent of the audiences they aim for is nothing short of insulting.

A summation of Pew’s assumptions: 

 “News outlets with a right-leaning audience cited fewer types of sources in their reporting, offered more positive and fewer negative evaluations of President Donald Trump and his administration, and had reporters who were less likely to challenge something the president said than outlets whose audience leans to the left or those with a more evenly distributed audience.

Seven-in-ten stories from outlets with a left-leaning audience and 62% from those with a more mixed audience included at least two of nine types of sources evaluated, such as a member of the administration, a member of Congress, or an outside expert. That was true, however, of less than half the stories (44%) from outlets with a right-leaning audience. In particular, outlets whose audience leans right of center were less likely to include Trump and his administration, outside experts or interest groups as sources. They were also about half as likely to include voices from both Democratic and Republican members of Congress (7% of stories vs. 14% for outlets with a left-leaning audience and 15% for outlets with a more mixed audience).”

 Pew did admit that compared with past administrations, coverage of Trump’s early days focused less on policy and was more negative overall. But it ignored the uniformly positive coverage of Barack Obama which occurred from the onset of his presidential candidacy.

Scant coverage was given to Obama’s questionable associations such as his campaign kickoff in the home of former Weather Underground bombers of the NYC police department and DC government buildings, Bill Ayers and his wife Bernardine Dohrn — former fugitives who morphed into respected educators, as could only happen in Chicago. Remorseless years later, Ayers  said, “I don’t regret setting bombs, I feel we didn’t do enough.”

Then there was Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the preacher who officiated at the Obama’s wedding and baptized their daughters. They sat in his black nationalist church for 20 years, listening to him spew race-based hatred.

Either of these associations — and there were many otherswould have brought a screeching halt to other campaigns, but Obama got a pass by his adoring liberal media.

It’s no secret reporters are overwhelmingly liberal. Over a decade ago, the same Pew Research Center released a survey of 547 journalists and news media executives, including 247 who worked for national news organizations. Pew found that the proportion of liberals in the national media had increased over the previous nine years, from 22 percent in 1995 to 34 percent in 2004. Meanwhile, the percentage of conservatives remained minuscule: just four percent in 1995, seven percent in 2004. As for local reporters, liberals dominated conservatives by a nearly two-to-one margin (23 to 12 percent).

Pew also asked journalists to name a news organization that seemed to cover the news from an especially liberal or especially conservative angle. When it came to a liberal news outlet, most of the national journalists were stumped. A fifth regarded the New York Times as liberal; ABC, CBS, CNN and NPR were each named by just two percent. One percent of reporters said NBC was liberal.

But journalists did see ideology at one outlet: “The single news outlet that strikes most journalists as taking a strong ideological stance — either liberal or conservative — is Fox News Channel,” Pew reported. More than two-thirds of national journalists (69 percent) tagged FNC as a conservative news organization, followed by the Washington Times (9 percent) and the Wall Street Journal (8 percent).


Obamacare provider exits, insured left high and dry

August 8, 2017

AARP and others thank ASS for a nightmare scenario

Sunday’s Arizona Republic newspaper carried a dramatic full-page ad, white background with stark black letters declaring:

Thank you

Senator

McCain

The rest of the text is blue:

for putting patients first

and voting

against the

Senate health

care bill.

The lower third of the page included the names and logos of sixteen health related organizations representing various diseases and, of course, the Obamacare supporting AARP. The flashy show of appreciation to Arizona’s Senior Senator (ASS), was in regard to his obviously practiced and intended to shock, Roman emperor Caligula-style thumbs down vote against the gladiator begging for mercy in the arena. In this case the victims are the American people sold a bill of rotten goods.

ASS has never recovered from his own failed 2008 presidential bid, exacerbated by Donald Trump’s stunning victory. Casting the deciding vote to derail the Republican effort was the self-described Maverick’s ultimate revenge.

Nevada’s Insurance Commissioner Barbara Richardson issued this statement on Monday, announcing that Anthem, the largest provider of Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in the country, would pull out of the state’s 2018 individual insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act. (Obamacare)

When Obama’s lips are moving you can be sure he’s lying. President Trump will survive the petty ASS’s vote. Can the same be said about the people of Nevada?


Jeff Flake word thief: Steals from Goldwater, ex-Rep. Shadegg

July 31, 2017

Plagiarizes from late  AZ Senator and former Congressman

It’s difficult to veer too far from the truth when those who know the facts are still above ground, but that doesn’t stop the fakery emanating from the pages of the Arizona Republic. Dan Nowicki, the assigned sycophant covering Arizona’s senior senator, must be dealing with bouts of insomnia thee days, fretting over his future. The man he has covered for years will be 81 within days and is seriously ill with an aggressive form of brain cancer.  He’s unlikely to finish the six-year term to which he was reelected in 2016. His obstinate underling, more supportive of Barack Obama than Donald Trump, is considered to be one of the most vulnerable Republicans up for reelection in 2018.  Flake polls exceedingly low as he gears up for reelection, with a 37 percent approval rating according to recent polling conducted by Morning Consult.

 But reporter Nowicki soldiers on, with duplicity in high gear. His article on the front page of the Sunday edition is ridiculously titled, “McCain and Flake make the case for compromise.“ Where was the compromise when the senior senator obscenely voted with the unified Democrats and two other Republicrats to blow up any chances of President Trump succeeding on repairing the monstrosity known as Obamacare? Where was the unity when Jeff Flake joined the never Trump resisters as he repeatedly statedTrump can’t win and shouldn’t win.”  After Flake’s unequivocal assertion that he wouldn’t vote for the GOP nominee, Hillary Clinton featured him in a campaign ad.

Flake, who viciously campaigned against presidential nominee Donald Trump is described as having written a book that hypocritically promotes the “rejection of destructive politics and a return to principle.” Known as a self promoter and never regarded as a serious thinker, he even pathetically lifted the title of Barry Goldwater’s 1961 book, “Conscience of a Conservative” for his own soon to be released book. The crème de la crème of Flake’s word thievery is given headline prominence on Breitbart News: GOP Sen. Flake: Under Trump GOP Lost its way, Given to ‘nativism,’ ’xenophobia.’

In this Oct. 2006 article in the New York Times, then-Arizona Congressman John Shadegg was quoted as saying, ““I believe the Republican Party in Arizona has been hurt very badly by the image created by those who have been most outspoken in their attacks on the illegal immigration issue, who have created the appearance that Republicans are xenophobic, that seem by their comments and are by their comments intolerant.”

No. We simply want foreign nationals to respect our laws and sovereignty. There’s nothing intolerant about that.

Shadegg must have thought Arizona voters were too unsophisticated to find the words he never used around his constituents, reserving them for the east coast elites. Now, Jeff Flake lifts the sentiment that places illegals above American citizens.

We can do better than the frauds passing themselves off as Republicans. Haven’t you had enough?

 Acquaint yourself with  conservative Dr. Kelli Ward.   She needs our donations and our votes. Flake has amassed a mighty war chest with the aid of open border lobbyists and hard core leftists. It’s time to elect a conservative, not a flake.

 


Prepping for Meghan? Would Gov. Ducey actually do it?

July 21, 2017

On the heels of the disclosure that Arizona Sen. John McCain is battling brain cancer, comes a barrage of Meghan McCain image polishing in the local newspaper.

Thursday’s front page features a massive photo of the nearly 81-year-old senator with a report on the “aggressive, tough to treat” malignancy. It also includes this tweet from daughter Meghan, in which she says of her father, “….like any daughter, I cannot and do not want to be in a world without him.”

Page 7 carries a full page report, headlined,: “Meghan McCain: He is the toughest person I know.”  But the editorial is what was the attention grabber, the hard copy version is headlined, “Meghan McCain emerges with poise and eloquence.”  It would be difficult for Arizonans to equate this description  with the coarse, tattooed, motor mouth who complained that her father’s presidential campaign ruined her sex life, calling his failed effort a “libido killer” and even throwing in a slam to her much classier mother. The editorial, referring to John McCain as “one of the most influential leaders of our time,” was a rehash of his legendary heroism, disputed (video) by those who were imprisoned with him in Vietnam and members of congress who questioned his permanently shutting down access to POW and MIA records.

The online version of the editorial is even more blatant, “Our View: John McCain’s legacy is in good hands.” Sounding more appropriate for an obituary, this creepy praise came as John McCain is still among us.

Despite being bewildering it’s clear the Arizona Republic is pushing for Gov. Doug Ducey to appoint the marginal Ms. McCain to fill the senate seat occupied by her father. Ironically, it wouldn’t be much of a push, since the governor and senator have a longstanding connection dating to the  early 1980s when Ducey moved to Arizona to attend Arizona State University, and began working at Hensley& Co., the Anheuser-Busch distributor owned by Cindy McCain.

None of his 6 other children (2008) rate this syrupy coverage or even a mention.

Meghan McCain’s Republican credentials have always been suspect. A social liberal, she became a Republican as a Father’s Day surprise, in a display of “commitment” to her Dad. It’s worth noting that at the time, he was the GOP nominee for the U.S. Presidency. Like her father, Meghan refused to vote for Republican nominee, now President Donald Trump.

Even plagued with serious health problems, John McCain continued to lash out at President Trump, who, joined by First Lady Melania, sent him warm wishes after hearing of the serious diagnosis.