John McCain’s latest border security deceit

January 14, 2017

McCain’s entire career has been marked by partnering with the most liberal Democrats — along with Jon Kyl and now Jeff Flake — to promote amnesty for illegals. The most recent charade was the infamous Gang of Eight, orchestrated by the AZ duo and their leftist Senate cohorts Chuck Schumer, Dick Durbin, Robert Menendez and Michael Bennet. They were joined by by Republicrats Lindsey Grahamnesty and double talker Marco Rubio.

A recent press release from John McCain’s senate office contains a joint self-congratulatory I’ll-slap-your-back-if-you-slap-mine routine with AZ CD 2 Rep. Martha McSally.

Since the issue is about the duo’s Border Security Technology Accountability Act, conservative’s antenna should be rising, since we know McCain has long been in the forefront of amnesty proposals  — not implementing security to stop illegal invaders. The deceptive press release is up on his website, which we have no reason to link to. The bill can be read here.

John McCain is working to deflect his now admitted involvement in the effort to dismantle President-elect Donald Trump before he is even inaugurated, by delivering vile and unverified allegations with shady origins against Trump to FBI director James Comey.  McCain still hasn’t gotten over his colossal loss to Barack Obama and his visceral hatred/jealousy of Donald Trump capturing the American imagination has consumed him. McCain withdrew his iffy endorsement of the Republican nominee. Jeff Flake appeared wherever a camera would train on him, to declare he wasn’t voting for Trump. That means both of Arizona’s marginal senators, either by acts of omission or commission,  voted for Hillary Clinton.

Returning to the Border Security Technology Accountability Act, we’ve been down this path before. McSally introduced a bill with the same title July 27, 2015. And technology has been tried and failed since the days of the first Homeland Security chief, Judge Michael Chertoff’s efforts to get a 28-mile  “virtual fence” that pledged to use radar and surveillance cameras. That was during  the George W. Bush administration, which also gave a wink and a nod to illegals crossing into the U.S.

It was a costly farce then and it will be a costly farce now.  Donald Trump is committed to a border wall and so are most Americans who were moved to support him on that compelling issue. SRAZ wrote,” Virtual fence is a virtual flop,” in April 2008. Earlier, in Feb. 2008, we covered,Virtual fence “looks good” to Homeland Insecurity Chief Chertoff,” regarding the technical malfunctions, glitches and postponements carrying $ multimillion price tags. This postand we’ve got a bridge to sell you,” which includes a list of just some of the terror sponsoring nations breaching our border plainly illustrates nothing has changed.

Believe these practiced liars at your own peril.


Hypocrite McCain holds hearings on cyber security

January 7, 2017

Yes, THIS John McCain. Who could forget his admission as the 2008 ultimately failed GOP presidential candidate that he was “an illiterate” who has to rely on his wife for all the computer assistance he can get.

Fast forward three years, and we find McCain tweeting with pseudo-celeb Snooki and chatting with leftist open borders advocate and multi-billionaire Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg. The suddenly tech-savvy McCain now opines no one watches television anymore. Why then did he dump $ millions into deceptive TV ads trashing his able opponent this past election cycle?

The daily newspaper, which has long assigned a Johnny-McOne-Note reporter to cover the out-of-touch octogenarian, runs a Page One article and oversized photo of McCain at a senate committee hearing with the headline, “McCain talks tough on election hacking.”

Suddenly the self proclaimed computer “illiterate” is advocating “serious consequences for cyber attacks.” Yet  James Clapper, director of national intelligence unequivocally asserted in response to a leading question, “They did not change any vote tallies or anything of that sort.”

The fact is, the much covered hacks were not only damaging to Democrats but deeply embarrassing as they revealed themselves to be everything they claim to oppose. Donna Brazile, the interim chair of the Democratic National Committee even refused to apologize for giving the questions to Hillary Clinton in advance of a presidential debate.

Let’s be clear.  Cyber attacks are not new or unique to rogue nations. But the issue here is that the damning material released shows high ranking Democrat advisers at their worst in their efforts to ride Hillary’s coattails to the White House.  The fact that she didn’t win not only rankles Democrats, but also John McCain, who previously called her a rock star “he could support for president.” Ultimaley he withdrew his lukewarm support from Republican nominee Donald Trump. Sharyl Attkisson’s informative exposé  Eight Facts on the “Russian Hacks” is definitely worth your time.

McCain’s hearings couldn’t be more partisan if his liberal pal Chuck Schumer was conducting them. The thrust of the effort is to call Donald Trump’s election into dispute and delegitimize him prior to his Jan. 20, 2017 inauguration.

Where was McCain when Barack Obama tried to sway the Israeli elections to undermine the reelection of conservative Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu? Obama even had operatives working within Israel. Not a peep from McCain about election insecurity and taxpayer dollars being directed by a sitting U.S. President to try to influence Israeli voters to vote against their Prime Minister. Despite Obama’s actions to intrude on an international election and McCain’s hypocritical inaction, Netanyahu won.


MC Recorder’s race: Vote for Aaron Flannery

August 9, 2016

Law intended to provide voters with a sense of confidence in the integrity of the voting system will not be enforced by Helen Purcell who instead declares, “We’re not the police”

In the race for Maricopa County Recorder, political newcomer Aaron Flannery would appear to be a long-shot as he challenges Helen Purcell, currently running for her 8th term. Purcell has been a diligent elected official, overseeing the meticulous recording of all permanent public records and maintenance of the voter registration rolls for Maricopa County’s nearly 2,000,000 registered voters.  She is responsible for administering the Elections Department which conducts all national, state and countywide elections and has won awards for her efforts.

Then came the March 23, 2016 presidential preference election, where long lines created havoc and outraged voters accused her of intentionally authorizing too few polling places, a cost saving measure that had been approved by the Board of Supervisors.  She acknowledged her error in not properly anticipating the large turnout and refused to submit  to demands that she step down. The snafu was not deliberate or intended to suppress minority votes, a fallacious charge hurled at her by the left. As might be expected in managing an office that delivers so many services to so many citizens, there have been other lapses from time to time.

But Helen Purcell’s refusal to enforce the state law banning the nefarious practice known as ‘ballot harvesting (video) in the August Primary Election currently underway is a bridge too far. The Arizona legislature passed HB 2023 this past session in response to concerns regarding the fraudulent practice. Ballot harvesting is now a Class 6 Felony. Violators face up to a year in jail and $150,000 in fines.

In signing the bill into law March 9, Gov. Doug Ducey said:

“Voting is a key pillar of our democracy. This bill ensures a secure chain of custody between the voter and the ballot box. We join 18 other states in this common sense approach to maintaining the integrity of our elections.”

Of all people, Helen Purcell should realize the importance of providing  confidence in the trustworthiness of our voting system. No more passes for Ms. Purcell.  She has forfeited the trust placed in her since first taking office in 1988.

Aaron Flannery, a Phoenix native, family man and active Republican, introduces himself with these refreshing words:

“I am a small business consultant and independent contractor. I hold a Master’s in Business Administration and a Master’s of Public Administration and the only government job I have held is with the US Army.”

Pay a visit to his website. You’ll be impressed.


Ballot harvesting alive and well in AZ despite law

August 4, 2016

New law intended to provide voters with a sense of confidence in the integrity of the voting system not being enforced by county or state election officials

The Arizona legislature passed HB 2023 this last session. It came in response to the practice of election fraud known as ‘ballot harvesting.’ Passed by the House and Senate and signed into law by Gov. Doug Ducey March 9, 2016, it makes the practice of knowingly collecting voted or unvoted ballots from another person a Class 6 Felony. Specific exceptions are written into the bill. In signing the bill into law, Ducey said:

“Voting is a key pillar of our democracy. This bill ensures a secure chain of custody between the voter and the ballot box. We join 18 other states in this common sense approach to maintaining the integrity of our elections.”

Now we learn that Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell has declared that neither elections officials nor poll workers will enforce the ballot harvesting ban lawmakers approved earlier this year. Secretary of State Michele Reagan is also taking a pass on ensuring ballot integrity, an issue on which she based her campaign (video) as she ran for Secretary of State. Both women have chosen to flagrantly ignore the law. 

 Read more and watch the video in the Arizona Daily Independent.

Republican Aaron Flannery is challenging incumbent Maricopa County Reorder Helen Purcell in the Primary Election currently underway with early balloting. Election Day is Aug. 30. Purcell has held the office for nearly three decades.  Take time to look over his impressive bio.

Seeing Red AZ has previously covered this crucial issue in these posts:

March 10, 2016: AZ Gov. Ducey signs ballot harvesting / felony bill

Feb. 9, 2016:   AZ GOP Chair Robert Graham’s ballot harvesting amnesia

Oct. 28, 2014:   Democrats engage in voter fraud, ‘ballot harvesting’

March 13, 2012:  Voter fraud? “We’re not the police”


A picture of Democrat brazenness

July 6, 2016

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Obama’s third term is assured if apathetic voters don’t begin paying attention

Despite being “extremely careless in handling of very sensitive, highly classified information,” an emboldened Hillary Clinton, is resurrected once again, this time as the Democrat’s ideal presidential candidate. Here she is escorted by a grinning Barack Obama to greet supporters during a visit to Charlotte, N.C.

The happy couple was traveling in conjunction with her resuscitated campaign on Tuesday; hours after FBI Director James Comey announced his agency would not recommend that she be charged — in relation to her arrogant use of a private email server, suppressing and destroying evidence, distorting facts and knowingly jeopardizing national security during her tenure as secretary of state.

It’s never been more clear that there are two sets of standards — One for the political class and one for the rest of us.

This is the statement by James Comey:

* Photo credit: Bob Leverone AP


McCain: Cutting edge on technology

March 29, 2016

John McCain: I don’t use email so I won’t write things I later regret

 Amidst the controversy surrounding Hillary Clinton’s exclusive use of a personal email address and server during her time as secretary of state, Sen. John McCain, who will be 80 by Election Day, confirms that he has opted out of using email altogether:

“Well, you know that from time to time I get a little emotional. I’m afraid that if I was emailing, given my solid, always calm temperament that I might email something that I might regret,” he continued, adding that he prefers to use the phone and Twitter. “You could send out an email that you would regret later on and would be maybe taken out of context,” McCain said. “And frankly, I don’t have any trouble communicating with my constituents without it.”

Of course, it’s also possible to say things on Twitter that you later regret, like, perhaps this tweet McCain sent out back in 2012:”Good pic of my son Jimmy’s bulldog, Apollo — I’m sorry Mr. President, he’s not on the menu!” [@SenJohnMcCain 19 Apr 2012]

Source: Mediaite.com “Use Email,” on 2016 Arizona Senate race Mar 5, 2015

H/T On the Issues


Our world has changed: Anonymity no longer an option

January 31, 2016

Did you ever wonder how law enforcement was able to link the Tsarnaev brothers to the April 15, 2013 Boston Marathon bombings so quickly?  One of the most important eyewitnesses to the horrific bombing never took the stand and never said a word to the jury. It was a camera. But Bob Leonard, the skilled photographer snapping 10 to 20 photos a minute with his Nikon that ill-fated day, likely gave no thought to the ubiquitous and invasive technology now becoming the norm.

This photo was taken in Canada and shows about 700,000 people. With the increased use of innovative technology, it’s virtually impossible to disappear in a crowd. Pick a small portion of the crowd — even in the distance, double-click a couple of times — wait — click a few more times and see how clear each individual face becomes. Using the wheel on your mouse also works. The images are incredibly sharp!

The pictures were taken with a 70,000 x 30,000 pixel camera (2100 Mega Pixels.) These cameras are not sold to the public and are being installed in strategic locations. The camera can identify an individual face among a multitude of people.

It’s not so easy to hide in a crowd anymore. In this photo* of Barack Obama delivering his Jan. 2009 inaugural address, Bill Clinton had to show up with Hillary. They’re a few rows behind and to the left of Obama and his teleprompter. The Supreme Court Justices are directly behind Obama. Wander around. You’re sure to recognize more than a few faces in the vast grouping.

* Photo by David Bergman