Overpaid Postmaster General “lowers expectations,” raises prices

May 30, 2021

Schools have stopped teaching cursive and good manners have taken a back seat in our coarsened society, so receiving a hand written thank you note for a gift or a letter is a likelihood that has mostly been put to rest. Emails have been replaced by text messaging, so even the voice inflections in a phone call are missed as communication is more frequently through brief and distanced filters. 

But U. S. Postmaster General, Louis DeJoy, has a brilliant plan to address the problems faced by the government agency he oversees. He recently announced a new ten-year plan, that includes higher postage prices, longer delivery times and reduced post office hours. Not content to raise the price of a one-ounce letter or card by the usual one-cent increase, the new increase will jump from 55 cents to 58 cents. Read the press release announcing these and other changes.

The impact will be crushing for the greeting card industry. We all send and receive fewer holiday cards as prices have continually escalated. Magazine subscriptions, which must reflect the increasing mailing costs, have plummeted. Countless jobs have been lost. 

These concerns don’t affect DeJoy, whose base salary, excluding benefits and perks, is $303,460. He said that he expects these plans will save the post office through the lowering of consumer expectations and costs.

How much lower could consumer expectations plummet?

The American Postal Workers Union (APWU) represents over 200,000 employees and retirees of the United States Postal Service who belong to the Clerk, Maintenance, Motor Vehicle, and Support Services divisions. It also represents approximately 2,000 private-sector mail workers.

Career letter carriers get a “step increase” every 46 weeks. Other increases are cost of living and yearly increase that occur in November. And your mail carrier who drives a truck and no longer slogs through the snow, rain, heat or gloom of night?*

This is the Letter Carrier Pay Schedule, implemented April 10 2021.

* “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds” are the words chiseled in gray granite over the entrance of the New York City Post Office in Manhattan.


Maricopa County leads the way as 2020 ballot audit momentum spreads

May 28, 2021

Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Montana moving for full forensic audits

These are the recent headlines and linked reports:

Citizens Launch Petition To Audit The Vote In Pennsylvania, Citing ‘Alleged Fraud’

Forensic results in 9 Michigan counties found 66,104 unregistered ballots; Secretary of State stalls

BREAKING: Wisconsin Officially Launches Audit of 2020 Election

Mail-In Voting Audit of Montana’s 2020 Elections Finds Significant Number of Irregularities

Regardless of the attempts to characterize Maricopa County Republican truth seekers as fringe conspiracy theorists, the notion that Americans have a right to verify the November 2020 election results is gaining momentum across the nation. This national map shows the final electoral votes. Move your cursor to individual states to view the final votes:

In Georgia the final vote was 49.5% for Joe Biden vs. 49.3% for President Trump.

Pennsylvania: 50.0% for Biden, 48.8% for Trump.

Wisconsin’s tally was 49.6 for Biden, 48.9% for Trump.

The final statewide Arizona vote tally was a razor slim, hardly confidence inspiring, 49.04% for Biden to 49.01%  for Trump.


Maricopa County Election audit: DOJ partisan sharks in the tank

May 17, 2021

The Epoch Times’ Jack Phillips reports another bombshell as it relates to the ongoing ballot audit. Headlined, “GOP Chair Elise Stefanik: Justice Department Is ‘Trying to Block’ Maricopa County Audit,”it is a must read. 

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), who was recently elected as the House Republican Conference chair, replacing ousted Liz Cheney, said the Department of Justice’s questions about the audit of the 2020 election in Maricopa County, Arizona, may be unconstitutional.

“I support that audit,” Stefanik said after being asked about the audit in a Fox Business interview Sunday. “Transparency is good for the American people. And again, this should be a non-partisan issue, whether you are Republican, Democrat, independent, or conservative, transparency is important and the audit was passed by the Arizona State Senate.”

Stefanik later said that the “Biden Department of Justice is trying to block that audit,” which she said, “is unconstitutional from my perspective,” adding, “Our states, constitutionally, are responsible for writing states’ constitution law.”

Pamela Karlan, (check link) an ill-mannered, left-wing partisan and principal deputy assistant attorney general with the Biden administration’s Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, sent this May 5 letter to Arizona Senate President Karen Fann (R-LD1) that a “description of the proposed work of the audit raises concerns regarding potential intimidation of voters.” Fann, in response, said that the plan by election auditors to verify the validity of certain individual voters was placed on hold.

“If and to the extent the Senate subsequently decides that canvassing is necessary to the successful completion of the audit, its vendor will implement detailed requirements to ensure that the canvassing is conducted in a manner that complies fully with the commands of the United States Constitution and federal and state civil rights laws,” Fann wrote earlier this month.

Stefanik’s comments Sunday came just days after Dominion Voting Systems and Maricopa County officials said they would not provide passwords for election machines in Maricopa County. Dominion argued that it would comply with the audit, but it added that Cyber Ninjas, the company hired by the Arizona Senate, isn’t accredited by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.

Stefanik, who was supported by former President Trump and GOP House leaders, was approved by House Republicans in a 134 to 46 vote last week to chair the Republican Conference, the party’s Number 3 position in the House of Representatives.


AZ Senate Republicans proceed with 2020 election audit

April 1, 2021

Long-awaited independent audit finally comes to fruition

Gateway Pundit carries the report that the leftist and hemorrhaging subscribers Arizona Republic only alludes to in the most contemptuous of terms, usually employing its two snarky columnists to indulge in ridiculing Republicans and their desire to verify the 2020 election.

Under the banner headline, HUGE BREAKING NEWS: Arizona Senate Republicans Courageously Announce Team Who Will Perform Maricopa County Election Audit and It’s Good News for America!, is the celebratory article which scooped the local newspaper. It comes complete with the Arizona Senate Press Release issued by Senate President Karen Fann (R-LD1), titled, “Arizona Senate hires auditor to review 2020 election in Maricopa County.”

Read it and rejoice in the determination of those GOP truth seekers Arizonans elected statewide.

The press release concludes with these words: “Because it is an independent audit, leadership will not be directly involved, and members do not expect to comment on any of the processes of the audit until the report is issued in about 60 days.”

We’ve waited since Nov. 3, 2020.  We can wait until June 1, 2021.


Bank of America spies on customers, gives info to FBI

February 5, 2021

Searches data for “extremists” purchases

If you have accounts with Bank of America, you’re likely aware of the company’s slogan, “We’re here to help.” The question is, “Who?”

The latest news regarding Bank of America qualifies as chilling. During his Feb. 4, 2021 program, Tucker Carlson reported that Bank of America has been secretly turning over customer data to the FBI. SRAZ has included intact portions of Carlson’s commentary. Read it in its entirety here.

“Tucker Carlson Tonight” has exclusively obtained evidence that Bank of America, the second-largest bank in the country with more than 60 million customers, is actively but secretly engaged in the hunt for extremists in cooperation with the government. Bank of America is, without the knowledge or the consent of its customers, sharing private information with federal law enforcement agencies. Bank of America effectively is acting as an intelligence agency, but they’re not telling you about it.

In the days after the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, Bank of America went through its own customers’ financial and transaction records. These were the private records of Americans who had committed no crime; people who, as far as we know, had absolutely nothing to do with what happened at the Capitol on Jan. 6. But at the request of federal investigators, Bank of America searched its databases looking for people who fit a specific profile.

Here’s what that profile was:

1. Customers confirmed as transacting, either through bank account debit card or credit card purchases in Washington, D.C. between 1/5 and 1/6.

2. Purchases made for Hotel/Airbnb RSVPs in DC, VA, and MD after 1/6.

3. Any purchase of weapons or at a weapons-related merchant between 1/7 and their upcoming suspected stay in D.C. area around Inauguration Day.

4. Airline related purchases since 1/6.

The first thing you should notice about that profile is that it’s remarkably broad. Any purchases of anything in Washington, D.C.; any overnight stay anywhere in an area spanning three jurisdictions and hundreds of miles; any purchase not just of legal firearms, but anything bought from a “weapons related merchant,” T-shirts included; and any airline-related purchases — not just flights to Washington, but flights to anywhere, from Omaha, to Thailand.

That is a very, very wide net, an absurdly wide net. Bank of America identified a total of 211 customers who met these “thresholds of interest.” At that point, “Tucker Carlson Tonight” learned, Bank of America turned over the results of its internal scan to federal authorities, apparently without notifying the customers who were being spied upon. Federal investigators then interviewed at least one of these unsuspecting people. That person, we’ve learned, hadn’t done anything wrong and was cleared.

SRAZ notes on this page, BofA features a woman named Janet Murguia, blandly identified as a “Civil Rights Activist.” Her topic? “In Unity There Is Strength — the fight to end systemic inequality.” If her name doesn’t ring a bell, this information will help.

Janet Murguia, was the longtime President and CEO of the National Council of La Raza* — “the Race,” a group whose two-sentence motto is alarming to everyone who values equal rights for all: “For The Race everything. Outside The Race, nothing.” When its radical name became too toxic, it rebranded itself as UnidosUS, embracing the deceptive term “undocumented immigrants.” Actual immigrants arrive legally and have identifying documents. The others are illegal aliens.

In 2020 Bank of America announced it was donating a $1 billion (obtained from overcharging their own customers) to “minority communities and minority owned businesses.” This was in the wake of the violently destructive BLM anarchists looting and then torching businesses and police departments, destroying national monuments, overturning police vehicles and throwing cinder blocks, pre-delivered on pallets, at officers. 

Is this the banking conglomerate, more concerned with globalism and climate change than the security of their customers, you want to trust with your money?


AZ GOP senators proceed with 2020 election audit

January 30, 2021

Arizonans looking for fact-based information regarding contentious issues in our state know the radically leftist, Hillary-endorsing, Trump-hating Arizona Republic is not the place to find it. The newspaper dramatically lost subscribers in the wake of the blowback from the 2016 endorsement. They have not returned.

A reliable source is The Gateway Pundit. This Jan. 29, 2021 post,HUGE NEWS! Arizona State Senate Hires Its Own Independent, Qualified, Forensic, Auditing Firm to Analyze 2020 Results,” exemplifies in-depth information that is either never seen or discredited by the far-left local newspaper that has actually threatened its few remaining Republican subscribers.

The Gateway Pundit report includes a comprehensive press release from Arizona State Senate President Karen Fann (R-LD 1) that is definitely worth your time.

Arizona Republicans don’t buckle under hard left partisan pressure. We seek the truth…a scarce commodity at the local newspaper, which has fallen on well-deserved hard times.


GoDaddy eerily morphs into Big Brother

January 13, 2021

The Federalist reports AR15.com, the largest gun forum in the world, was deplatformed on Monday by web hosting company GoDaddy without explanation. When asked by The Federalist about the decision to remove AR15.com, GoDaddy later claimed that the site “both promotes and encourages violence,” but did not offer any specific examples. Instead, they gave AR15.com 24 hours to relocate its business.

The decision by Scottsdale-based GoDaddy follows a series of bans and contract terminations by big tech companies such as Amazon, Google, Apple, Twitter, and Facebook targeting conservatives and supporters of President Donald Trump.

Big Brother was described in George Orwell’s eerily prophetic novel, “1984,” illustrating the consequences of individuals actions and intentions being monitored by the government as a means of controlling and suppressing the will of the populace. The Orwell analogy becomes more fitting as political conservative are further repressed as emboldened leftists gain control, bringing to mind the post-World War II confessional prose by German Lutheran pastor Martin Niemoller:

“First they came . . .”

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out…

Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out…

Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out…

Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me…and there was no one left to speak for me.


US Corporations coordinate efforts to silence Trump supporters

January 12, 2021

Selective outrage and hypocrisy of the left exemplified by everything from silence on Obama’s disastrous Iran nuclear deal to calling looting mobs burning American cities “peaceful protesters”

Myriad corporations and tech titans are suspending political contributions to 147 members of congress —  who voted against the election certification in a joint session of congress last week.

The list includes: American Airlines, American Express, Amazon, AT&T, Best Buy, BlueCross BlueShield, BP, Charles Schwab, CISCO Systems, Citigroup, Coca Cola, Commerce Bank, Comcast, Conoco Philips, Dow Chemical, Facebook, General Electric, Goldman Sachs, Google, Hallmark Cards, Intel, JPMorgan, Marriott Hotels, MasterCard, Microsoft, 3M, Verizon, Visa…to name a few that are either suspending all donations or taking actions against specific individuals.

There is no doubt the effort was coordinated in order to prevent Republican voters from seeking alternative companies with which to do business. Many of us already took our business elsewhere when Bank of America donated a $Billion to BLM, which looted and torched American cities, tearing down national monuments, too ignorant of history to know that Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves and Gen. Ulysses S. Grant led union troops against the south. Both men were elected presidents and were Republicans.

When the anti-Bank of America fury became too potent to ignore, the bank later reconfigured the money as “economic development in the face of the pandemic.”

Coercive corporations, exemplified by BlueCross BlueShield  which has made significant contributions through the health insurance company’s BLUEPAC political action committee, donated $246,750 to GOP lawmakers during the 2020 cycle. The corporation announced it was ending donations to all Republicans who challenged the Electoral College results. Its announcement is disingenuous at best, claiming all of its donation are employee generated. How many democrats working for the corporation would be donating to Republican candidates? It concluding with this sentiment, “We also encourage you to connect with us on Facebook, check out our videos on YouTube and follow us on Twitter.”

These are all sources that have also clamped down on Republicans, even permanently shutting down President Trump’s Twitter account.

Then there’s the malicious anti-Trump Lincoln Project, which is creating a database of Trump administration officials in order to keep them from future employment. Given that lawyer Kellyanne Conway was integral to Donald Trump’s campaign as its manager and served as senior counselor for President Trump, would these employment restrictions extend to her? She is the wife of Lincoln Project’s blubbery George Conway.


Left’s crackdown on civil liberties didn’t take long

January 9, 2021

The erosion of liberty and free speech under dictatorial democrats should strike fear in the hearts of all Americans

On Friday the big tech companies decided free speech was no longer an American right as Twitter permanently suspended the account of President Donald Trump — a direct slap in the face of the more than 74 million people who voted for him. NBC refers to us as “dejected and paranoid.”

Google has removed Parler from its App stores. Parler is the free speech Twitter alternative gaining a league of conservative users. Apple is also threatening to drop Parler unless the social media platform conforms to Big Tech’s authoritarian censorship practices. Watch Parler CEO John Matze’s response, carried on CNS News.

And if those instances aren’t enough to signal to Americans the degradations of freedoms under the incoming Harris/Biden administration, CNN is said to be working to take Fox News off the air on the pretense the network is directly responsible for the recent siege on the U. S. Capitol after black-clad Antifa thugs infiltrated the massive assemblage of Trump supporters.

Enjoy your weekend, even under the COVID restrictions. Looking back, they’ll seem like a piece of cake compared to the notorious days when the democrats dominated.

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AZ AG joins multi-state lawsuit against Google’s monopoly

December 18, 2020

On Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich joined a multi-state lawsuit stating:

“Google’s quest to build a monopoly has led to less privacy, stifled innovation, and reduced choice for consumers. I’m not interested in micromanaging businesses, but consumer privacy must be protected. Our bipartisan antitrust lawsuit against Google is targeted to stop illegal conduct and improve consumer welfare.”

Read the AZ AG’s press release, “AG Mark Brnovich Joins Multistate Lawsuit Seeking to End Google’s Illegal Monopoly in Search.”

This antitrust lawsuit, (redacted) filed in federal court in Washington, D.C. by attorneys general of 35 states along with the District of Columbia and the territories of Guam and Puerto Rico alleges the search giant has an illegal monopoly over the online search market, harming consumers and advertisers as it discriminates against specialized search providers and denies access to its search-advertising management tool, SA360, to competitors like Bing. The suit also seeks to stop Google from becoming dominant in the latest generation of technology, such as voice assistant devices and internet-connected cars.

The bipartisan legal action accused the company of “anti-competitive conduct” in the online advertising industry, including a deal to manipulate sales with rival Facebook.

In March 2018, Attorney General Brnovich sent this letter to Facebook Chairman, CEO and controlling shareholder Mark Zuckerberg, discussing his obligation as Attorney General to help “ensure that the privacy of the people of Arizona is respected and preserved.” He also raised concerns about Facebook allowing third-party application developers to not only access personal data from Facebook users but also acquire comprehensive data about friends of those Facebook users.

By Thursday evening Google appeared to be retaliating by taking down the link to the Arizona Attorney General’s office and AG Mark Brnovich’s press releases. Eventually the site reappeared.

En garde…the duel is on!

We’re putting our money on the attorneys general rather than the monopolistic internet bully.