September 24, 2014
We note with sadness the passing of David Gage, former chairman of the Maricopa County Republican Party. He was elected to that post in 1971 at age 32.
David was a respected lawyer who had an exemplary career and also devoted time to serving his community.
Time and place of the memorial service to honor his life can be found here.
June 14, 2013
Happy birthday to both our flag and our sheriff
Today, Flag Day, is also the birthday of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. How fitting that this proud American, the son of Italian immigrants, celebrates his own special day with that honoring one of the enduring symbols of our liberty. As we fly our flags today, it’s worth reflecting on the many legal immigrants who came to this country through the front door, learned the language of our country, joyfully became citizens, and worked tirelessly to make lives as Americans in this great nation.
Sheriff Arpaio’s distinguished career in law enforcement, including worldwide assignments with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, are indicative of the national pride instilled in such grateful immigrant American families, appreciative of the opportunities afforded them. He concluded his remarkable federal career as head of the DEA for Arizona. Read his bio here.
Flag Day traditions are a meaningful part of our nation’s history. Facts regarding the background of this uniquely American holiday are provided by the National Flag Day Foundation. Take a few minutes and acquaint yourself with some of the fascinating information provided. Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the United States on June 14, 1777.
The Pledge of Allegiance (click here)
I Pledge Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
February 28, 2013
Sheriff Joe Arpaio broke his left shoulder earlier today. He’s obviously on the mend. After a tender kiss from his wife Ava, here he is giving an update:
We wish our Maricopa County Sheriff the very best and a rapid recovery. We need this good man on the job!
Follow him on Twitter@RealSheriffJoe
Read the AZ Family News 3 report.
October 6, 2012
Just in time for the 2012 election, employment suddenly skyrockets by 873,000 — the biggest one month jump since 1983
Noel Sheppard of NewsBusters writes: “The unemployment rate decreased to 7.8 percent in September, a number certain to impact the presidential race. Pundits have been saying for months this number had to drop below 8 percent for it not to be a hindrance to President Obama’s reelection chances.
The economy added 114,000 nonfarm payrolls in the month according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics with gains in healthcare, transportation and warehousing.
Truly shocking in the report was that the number of unemployed people dropped by 456,000 to 12.1 million.
Maybe more shocking, total employment, as measured by the Household Survey, rose by 873,000 in September to 142,974,000, the biggest one month jump since June 1983.
As such, total employment now stands at the highest level it’s been since December 2008 before Obama was inaugurated. But even more mysterious is the divergence in the two surveys done by Hilda Solis’ Labor Department.
The Household Survey showed a gain of 873,000 people employed in September – resulting in the surprise drop in the unemployment rate – while the Establishment Survey only showed a rise of 114,000.
March 6, 2012
The PAChyderm Coalition, a Reagan Republican organization, has just released its latest cumulative evaluations of legislators.
This list reflects legislative actions as of 3/2/2012 . It was last updated 3/06/2012. Scroll down to see the bills used in the evaluations and the summary of criteria used to weight bills.
Howard Levine’s narrative follows: “We have added a few more bills in response to feedback we have received and have removed a couple from the evaluation as well. Most changes in the bill weights from this point forward will be due to amendments.
The number of bills being tracked now is 198 (a net increase of 11 since last week) plus 37 bills that have strike all amendments.
Only one legislator still has a +100% rating! We still have quite a few Reagan Republicans, though.
Votes over the last week have caused Republican scores at the top to move down and some at the bottom to shift up. This typically happens as more floor votes are taken. Some changes in scores is due to changes in bill weights, but many of the votes taken on bills whose weights were recently added or changed were excluded from the evaluation because the legislators were not aware of what weights we had assigned to the bills.”
December 29, 2011
Aptly named handbook: “Consider the Source”
The Girl Scouts of America isn’t quite the organization our mothers and sisters remember fondly. The updated group, Girl Scouts USA, “forever green” to the hilt, promotes Energy Star* light bulbs and appliances, and disdains using cars with a pledge to “be part of something bigger than yourself.”
It also teaches young girls how to process and understand media messages — a worthy tool considering today’s bombardment of not always reliable information. But what does the organization use as the guiding light in its book called “MEdia?”
Under the headline, “Consider the Source,” girls are encouraged to go to the George Soros-funded Media Matters for America website to clear up any media misinformation they might encounter. Nowhere is Media Matters identified as a leftwing propaganda spin machine.
“MEdia” reads, “Tired of not seeing your reality in the media around you? This journey is your chance to put some real ME in media. So get ready to shape media — for yourself, your community, the world!”
In view of the fact that young and impressionable girls are being sent to the partisan, leftwing site Media Matters as a truth filter, the cloak of impartiality is off. The book’s entire premise of teaching how to honestly assess information is exposed as more of what our children are force-fed on a daily basis at their public schools from their NEA unionist teachers. The Scouts would be much better served by a link to NewsBusters, a site that supplies facts.
A gift shop featuring pages of products to purchase, is also part of the experience. Apparently shopping and spending isn’t on the prohibited list.
Click on picture to enlarge and read the portion under “Urban legends and other misinformation.”
June 18, 2011
The Republic waxes editorially eloquent this morning spinning the tale of a new “moderate” think tank called the Grand Canyon Institute. When the newspaper touts something as “centrist” and “moderate” any reader with a modicum of historical knowledge knows deception is afoot. The editorialist desperately wants to articulate “liberal” but the word just doesn’t form.
We’ll help out.
When the likes of former state legislators Carolyn Allen, Sue Gerard and Pete Hershberger — notorious RINOs all, are on the board as Republicans, it’s not a leap to question the thinking this tank will engage in. They are joined by Democrats, including George Cunningham, cunningly referred to as a budget guru and onetime Phoenix mayor Paul Johnson, a Democrat reincarnated into an Independent — among other members.
Sounds like run-of-the-mill liberals to us. From the website, we know they plan to engage in “elevating, accelerating, promoting, stabilizing and linking.” They also want donations to support their activities. Who’d a guessed?
The newspaper opines that “the institute is led by a bipartisan group of well-respected Arizonans with deep roots in the state,” who “see the pitfalls of extreme partisanship.”
Reading that uproarious line while drinking a morning cuppa Joe is a guaranteed snort-inducer. We suggest you put the cup down until you finish the poorly crafted attempt at fabrication and separating you from your money.