Phx City Council runoff: Why it’s crucial to elect Chris DeRose

February 16, 2017

The Phoenix City Council on Wednesday rejected a petition to give sanctuary city status the nation’s sixth largest city.  But the issue is not dead.  It’s been referred to a committee for further review after the city hall chambers were jammed with shouting illegal advocates.

Sanctuary cities provide a safe haven for illegal aliens, who are living and working in the United States using stolen or falsified social security numbers and other ID while taking jobs and taxpayer-funded benefits. Among them are criminals who have previously been deported and returned.

Who can forget the senseless murder of Kate Steinle as she walked along the San Francisco pier with her father? The gunman Francisco Sanchez  was an illegal alien  — a repeat drug felon — who had been deported five times. Taken into custody again, the city of San Francisco refused to hold Sanchez for deportation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials because of San Francisco’s “sanctuary city” policy. Sanchez was dumped back out onto the streets where he stole a gun and ultimately killed the 32-year-old Steinle.

Closer to home is the horrific case of Grant Ronnebeck, 21, a Mesa convenience store clerk killed without provocation  over a pack of cigarettes by Mexican-born Apolinar Altamirano, who was arrested following a high-speed chase on at least two valley freeways, endangering countless other lives..

San Francisco was also where sanctuary policies played a role in the slayings of a 48-year-old father and his two sons, 20 and 16 by allowing city officials to shield the killer, Edwin Ramos, from deportation back to his native Salvador, despite his violent criminal history.

These are but a few of thousands such cases across the U.S. They are nothing we want to emulate as a matter of policy.  We need another Republican on the Phoenix City Council to offset the leftward lurch of the liberal majority who sanction sanctuaries.

The fallacy that has been relentlessly promoted for years is that the mayor and council members are non-partisan. Nothing could be further from the truth. When he was elected mayor in 2011, Greg Stanton received a congratulatory call from then-Pres. Barack Obama and Homeland Insecurity Chieftain Janet Napolitano. Stanton is already moving on filing to run for Secretary of State, frequently a dependable path to the governor’s office.

Red state Arizona has a blue stained capitol city, with only two Republicans — Jim Waring (Dist. 2) and Sal DiCiccio (Dist. 6) among the eight council members who represent Republicans in their districts.  Thelda Williams, (Dist. 1), also a registered Republican, is less steadfast, though she issued this statement in opposition to the sanctuary city petition.  Waring and DiCiccio both voted in opposition. After the vote, DiCiccio rightly accused the council of “punting” the issue by forming a committee to make recommendations.  The remaining members newly appointed councilwoman Debra Stark (Dist. 3); Laura Pastor (Dist 4); Daniel Valenzuela (Dist. 5); Michael Nowakowski (Dist. 7); and Kate Gallego Dist. 8) are all liberal Democrats.

Residents of City Council District 3 (map here) will participate in a crucial March 14, 2017 runoff election (complete election info, including early voting under link).  Stark was appointed as an interim to replace Councilman Bill Gates who was elected to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. Gates is a Republican. There is an excellent candidate ready to replace liberal, short-term, appointee Debra Stark.  Chris DeRose, unafraid to declare his political affiliation and with an outstanding resume and a much-needed vibrancy, is the obvious choice.

If you live in Phoenix District 3, commit Chris DeRose’s name to memory.  This is a major election with far-reaching ramifications. It’s too important to mistakenly regard as inconsequential.


Fed. Judge Neil Gorsuch named to replace Scalia

February 1, 2017

Fulfilling yet another campaign promise for his first 100 days in office, Pres. Donald Trump has nominated federal judge Neil Gorsuch, 49, to replace Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. Justice Scalia unexpectedly passed away last February.

Gorsuch was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit by Pres. George W. Bush on May 10, 2006 and was confirmed by a unanimous voice vote. 

SCOTUS blog, in an earlier profile of Judge Gorsuch notes “his background is filled with sterling legal and academic credentials.”

Now, however, in a purely partisan effort, the same senate Democrats who joined in giving Judge Gorsuch unanimous approval to the federal appellate bench are posed to attempt to scuttle his Supreme Court nomination.

It’s worthy of note, that while in the U.S. Senate Barack Obama voted against Bush Supreme Court appointees John Roberts and Samuel Alito, both of whom were confirmed.


Pres. Trump’s travel ban protects Americans

January 31, 2017

America hating George Soros revs up mobs

President Donald Trump is not letting any grass grow under his feet as he takes his job seriously and fulfills promises he made as the Republican nominee.  After eight years of an Obama administration, American leftists can’t deal with a leader with integrity, who means what he says and  gets down to the business of protecting the country he loves.

Late Monday Pres. Trump announced the firing of acting attorney general Sally Yates, an Obama holdover, who had defied him on his travel ban, saying she “has betrayed the Department of Justice.” It will be a different story when Sen. Jeff Sessions is confirmed as U.S. Attorney General.

Trump issued an executive order imposing a 90-day restriction on entry to the U.S. by citizens of seven countries where vetting of “refugees“ is impossible. The countries are Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Libya and Yemen.  The MSM refers to them as immigrants. They are not.  The moratorium is referred to as a Muslim ban.  It is not. From the liberal perspective, it would appear that anyone who desires to enter the United States has a right to do so, and we have an obligation to allow them unfettered access to our land, despite being unable to gauge the risk of terrorism they could present.

Barack Obama  who spent most of his presidency golfing, traveling or vacationing,  has now become an activist, saying he “fundamentally disagrees” with  Donald Trump’s “Muslim ban” and is “heartened” by the protests.

 Obama must be suffering from amnesia, since he instituted  similar restrictions himself, in 2016.  As a former ACORN community organizer, the protesters clogging airports and streets would appeal to him.  The fact that large numbers of otherwise non-working people can be mobilized  within short order is thanks to multi-billionaire Socialist George Soros, who advocates for borderless nations — which are not nations at all. 

This no doubt accounts for Soros’ close friendship with the unprincipled John McCain, who has promoted amnesty for illegal aliens since his days of partnering with liberal icon Ted Kennedy. Now he has other cronies, but the issue of throwing open our doors and funding benefits for those who enter the U.S. by stealth has always appealed to him. His latest amnesty cohort, Jeff Flake, refused to endorse GOP nominee Donald Trump, and like McCain, made it clear he would not vote for him.  

Mull that over. Arizona’s two U.S. Senators, who run as Republicans, both voted for Hillary Clinton. 


AZ Republic editorial proves newspaper still doesn’t get it

January 23, 2017

Fishwrap Alert

In the Sunday editorial that sounds as though it was emailed from Tucson by the telecommuting leftie editorialist Linda Valdez, the carping begins and ends with, “Trump’s inauguration speech proves he still doesn’t get it. “

There was a time we would have provided a link to the sham “Editorial Board’s” dissemination of misinformation laced with extremist partisan myopia. We see no need for such generosity when  the intent of the piece was to marginalize our newly elected Commander-in-Chief, Donald Trump. Facts take a back seat when points are attempting to be scored by the Hillary-endorsing newspaper, which referred to the departing Obama’s as “gracious” and scandal plagued, often scowling Hillary Clinton as “respectful.”

These words reveal the newspaper’s real agenda: “Trump’s inaugural speech was an opportunity to rise above a divisive campaign and low approval ratings by reaching out (cliché alert!) to America’s better angels. But he did not show an understanding that his audience has grown to include all Americans — those who voted for him and those who voted against him.”

In fact, Donald Trump reached past the angels, going directly to God, whose spirit he invoked throughout his speech. Democrats don’t like that.  Who can forget when they booed the inclusion of God (video) at their 2012 national convention?

In a shameful display of petulance and signaling an unwillingness to work together for the American people, 67 Democrat members of Congress boycotted the inauguration of our nation’s 45th President. Republicans, none too thrilled with the 2008 and 2012 elections of Barack Obama, showed him and the office to which he was elected the respect due them. There were no boycotts.

Over the weekend, Peggy Noonan wrote “President Trump Declares Independence,” noting  his refreshing message to America, Remember those things I said in the campaign? I meant them. I meant it all ”

The new White House website provides proof.

Those of us who waited in the long lines to attend Donald Trump’s rallies, connected with him and voted for him — get it. Liberals are in for the same tough ride we had under the Constitution-shredding Obama, but will not handle it with grace. “Snowflakes” that they are, they’ll need more safe rooms, coloring books and hot cocoa.


“President Trump”— The words we’ve been waiting to hear

January 20, 2017

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Here is the full schedule for Donald Trump’s inauguration, beginning this morning at 9:00 am AZ time. (11:00 am (ET).

Fox News GO provides every viewing option, 24/7 — live from your desktop, tablet or smart phone.  You don’t have to miss a minute of Donald J. Trump’s inauguration as the 45th President of the United States. 

This extensive coverage of Thursday evening’s festivities— including numerous photos — comes courtesy of the U.K.‘s Daily Mail.


Making America Great Again: A moving performance by Lee Greenwood

January 19, 2017

Pride and then some: Lee Greenwood sings, “God Bless the USA” at Lincoln Memorial, Jan. 19, 2017, the day preceding Donald J. Trump’s Inauguration as 45th President of the United States of America.

H/T Michael L. French


Yes, we can pay for the wall

January 8, 2017

WaPO refuses to allow the word “Obamacare” to appear in print, but calls national border security, “Trump’s wall”

The double standard is laughable. The Washington Post insists on calling problem plagued Obamacare the “Affordable Care Act,” to remove the onus from Barack Obama. Yet here in Arizona the costs have risen an astronomical 116%, taking it far from the realm of “affordable.’

So it is when you buy ink by the barrel, as a wise observer once noted.

The newspaper, which might as well declare itself an arm of the DNC for its blatant liberal bias, tries to configure the Republican majority House and Senate at odds with itself over “the party’s deeply held desire to rein in government spending in conflict with its long-standing goal of cracking down on illegal immigration and toughening border security.”

The WaPo oddly refers to the construction project that resonated with voters as “Trump’s wall” and disingenuously ponders how the project will be funded.  The newspaper echoes the words of Vicente Fox, Mexico’s former president, who insultingly questions the authenticity of Trump’s election, and then calls “Trump’s wall” a “racist monument.”

On the campaign trail, President-elect Trump said he would get Mexico to pay for the construction. There are many ways of accomplishing that fiscal feat. We offer a simple one. Warn the recipients that the gravy train is screeching to a halt for those aiding in the invasion of the United States.

FY 2017 U.S. foreign aid committed to Mexico $134,664,000.

The seven countries of Central America: Belize: $1,250,000; Guatemala: $145,105,000; El Salvador: $87,982,000; Honduras: $105,655,000; Nicaragua: $14,800,000; Costa Rica: $1,825,000; and Panama: $3,200,000

Then add in: Dominican Republic: $22,481,000 and Haiti: $218,050,000. And would you believe? American taxpayers even pony up for the Communist dictatorship of Cuba to the tune of $15,000,000

We have not even checked out the vast amounts of foreign aid directed to South American countries in 2017 which also funnel their citizens to the U.S. Withholding or drastically curtailing it will go a long way toward loosening up money to pay for the wall.

Of major importance are the $ billions in “remittance funds” sent back to their homeland by foreign nationals illegally living in the U.S., according to this 2016 General Accounting Office study to congress, which says “remittances have become an important and stable source of funds that exceeds revenues from exports of goods.” The transfer of our cash “can also be used to launder proceeds from different types of criminal activities, including drug trafficking and human smuggling, through methods such as structuring.” The high reporting threshold of $3,000 lets individuals send broken-up payments without raising questions. This transfer of our wealth needs to be heavily taxed or stopped.

Breitbart reports remittances to Mexico rose 25% after Trump’s election.

It’s past time to rein in this sapping of our resources. In these perilous times, we need to rebuild our military, invest in our infrastructure and secure our border.