Unseemly sideshow at the Ninth Circus Court of Appeals

December 11, 2017

Sexual impropriety once again raises its multi-faceted, sordid head. As if members of the U.S. House and Senate, business titans, and celebs aren’t enough, the judiciary now gets its turn at the harassment lynching tree. Ancient claims, often alleged by unidentified women are all that are needed to bring down the powerful in the current climate.

The latest is Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Alex Kozinski. We’re no fans of the liberal, frequently overturned U.S. Circuit Court, but Alex Kozinski, a Reagan appointee on the bench since 1985 is decidedly unlike his fellow jurists. His few campaign contributions were not large and made in the early 1990s, but they all went to Republican congressional candidates. He served as chief judge of the appellate court for seven years.

Judge Kozinski’s personal background contributed to his broader view. He was born in Communist Rumania and immigrated to the U.S. with his Holocaust survivor parents when he was 12.  His background made him a supporter of the Second Amendment. Among his many notable quotes is this:

“My excellent colleagues have forgotten these bitter lessons of history. The prospect of tyranny may not grab the headlines the way vivid stories of gun crime usually do. But few saw the Third Reich coming until it was too late. The Second Amendment is a doomsday provision, one designed only for those exceptionally rare circumstances when all other rights have failed. A free people can only afford to make this mistake once.”

Yet, none of this background explains his bizarre predilections. In his case, there is no presumption of innocence. His actions are a repeat performance.

Just days ago, Heidi Bond —- who as a romance novelist uses the pseudonym Courtney Milan —- told The Washington Post that Kozinski showed her pornography three times in his chambers while she was clerking for him over a decade ago. Four other women who previously worked for Kozinski have since followed suit, saying he also acted improperly towards them, lacing his conservation with sexual innuendo. Except for Bond, Judge Kozinski’s accusers remain anonymous saying they feared “retaliation.” Other former Kozinski clerks contacted by the newspaper denied experiencing any harassment.

The judge, described as “brilliant and possessing a wry sense of humor,” is decidedly a mixed bag. n 1992 Judge Kozinski authored the foreword to a handbook titled, “Sexual Harassment in Employment Law.”

Constitutional-law professor Josh Blackman writing for National Review provides insight into the legality 0f Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Arizona law. Kozinski dissented. Read his reasoning on this contentious issue.

He may be brilliant and funny, but he has a decided disconnect. Similar allegations against Judge Kozinski emerged in 2008. At the time, his lawyer wife, Marcy J.K. Tiffany, sent this email* attempting to explain the reasons he had pornography on his computer.

The time has come for Judge Kozinski, age 67, to retire from his lifetime appointment. With President Trump naming his replacement, conservatives can breathe easily.

* H/T Patterico’s Pontifications

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Ex-AZGOP chair Graham chairs anti-Trumper’s campaign

December 4, 2017

Robert Graham, the former AZ GOP chairman, is not letting any grass grow under his feet. The McCain/Flake aligned Graham has found a new gig —- that of campaign chairman for Farhana Shifa —- who is running for a state House seat from Legislative District 18. (Click on her name, find her filing and then hit “more.”)

In this Dec. 2 post, Arizona Freedom Alliance provides some background on Farhana and her failed political prognosticator husband Raphael Ahmed, citing his comments that appeared in a March 23, 2016 Phoenix New Times article:

“Anybody but Trump can beat Hillary, and the only person who cannot beat Hillary is Trump,” said Raphael Ahmed, a Republican precinct committeeman for Legislative District 17. (This is not an error, Farhana and Raphael have since moved). The only way Trump would have a chance against Clinton is if he “backpedals everything he’s said.” Ahmed expressed concern about Trump’s stance toward immigrants and Muslims. He appreciates the methods of [former] state Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham, who ‘reached out’ to people in the Asian American community, like himself. Ahmed said he’s hoping this summer’s Republican convention will turn things around, but he admits it’ll be tough for a competitor like Cruz to catch up.”

Although Farhana Shifa refers to herself using the winning word “conservative” on her website, it’s clear she emerges from the same anti-Trump faction as Arizona‘s Senior Senator (ASS); his lame duck unable-to-win reelection sidekick Jeff Flake; and the former and current AZ GOP chairmen who go mute on the topic of President Trump. Their disconnect is odd, given the fact that in the Arizona GOP primary, Donald Trump carried Arizona by more than 20 percentage points, before winning the state in the General Election.

What remains a mystery is CD-5 U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs sharing top-billing duties with Robert Graham for Farhana Shifa’s Nov. 17, 2017 campaign kickoff event. 


Sexual harassment claims become a growth industry

November 22, 2017

“I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior. I am greatly embarrassed. I have behaved insensitively at times, and I accept responsibility for that, though I do not believe that all of these allegations are accurate. I always felt that I was pursuing shared feelings, even though I now realize I was mistaken.”  —Charlie Rose, now fired from his longtime PBS program and CBS’ “This Morning,”

ASU is evaluating whether to rescind the Walter Cronkite Excellence in Journalism Award, presented to Rose in 2015. Charlie Rose is the latest in a long list of those who have acknowledged claims leveled against them.

New allegations of sexual misconduct in Hollywood, the media, and on Capitol Hill are dominating headlines. Men forcing themselves on women, and in some cases young men or boys, is reprehensible behavior. In recent weeks revelations have reached epidemic proportions. Politicians and celebrities appear to be standing in line to step up to the podium to offer apologies for past indiscretions. Many are entering sex addiction programs to show their commitment to rehabilitating themselves, as they watch their hefty salaries and prestige screech to a halt.

Newsweek’s Anna Menta writing that it’s becoming increasingly difficult to keep track of the powerful men who have been accused of sexual harassment, misconduct and assault, has posted a chronological list which will be updated regularly as new allegations come to light.

Conspicuously missing is admitted womanizer, impeached President Bill Clinton. Questionably included is Judge Roy Moore, now running for a U.S. Senate seat in Alabama. Though he‘s been a candidate five times, none of the 40-year-old allegations arose until the Republican establishment — led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — determined he was too independent to be compliant and began circuitously dredging for “victims” to recite uncorroborated stories, with liberal lawyer Gloria Allred as coach. Moore has emphatically denied the allegations which have been thrown at him for maximum political damage preceding the Dec.12, 2017 special election.

Prior to his dalliance with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, which Bill Clinton first lied about, then admitted. (video) he had numerous women claim he forced himself on them. Another Geniffer Flowers, acknowledged a multi-year affair with him. Hillary, Bill’s ambitious enabler wife, blamed the revelations of his indiscretions on the “vast right wing conspiracy,” (video) while she gave campaign aides orders to “destroy” his accusers.

In the increasingly steamy environment, bizarreness has emerged. For a new low in political swagger there is the statement released by Bill O’Neill, an Ohio Supreme Court Justice currently a Democrat candidate for governor. O’Neill, responded to the controversy surrounding Al Franken’s behavior with a grotesque recitation of his own sexual past, which he says was complied to “save my opponents some research time.” He revealed he “was sexually intimate with approximately 50 very attractive females” in the last 50 years.

Are all accusers victims? When repeated denials are issued by the accused, those making the claims should be deposed under oath. Not every assertion is valid. Whether or not allegations have been verified, they are now considered compelling enough to ruin lives and careers. Our legal system still operates under the presumption of innocence. The politically motivated charges against Judge Roy Moore should give us all pause.


Reagan Foundation’s big blunder

November 16, 2017

Who are the decision makers?

Receiving an invitation to the Reagan Foundation and Institute to hear a speech on “Returning to the principles and purposes of a great national political party,” would certainly strike the right chord with conservatives. The event includes dinner in the Air Force One Pavilion following the program. Tickets are reasonably priced at $75 for the Nov. 27th soirée.

So what’s the catch?

The guest of honor.

He’s someone Arizonans know well as a crude, hot-tempered, erratic, scheming, ethically challenged individual, who has made a career of colluding with liberals, worked to purge conservative elected precinct committeemen from the AZ Republican Party and relentlessly hammers President Donald Trump. What he knows about principles would fit in a thimble.

President Ronald Reagan was a man of integrity, good humor and grace. He possessed a spirit of optimism with which he infused the nation. When giving his Jan. 11, 1989 farewell address, he spoke of the Shining City On A Hill.” It was impossible not to feel the pride in our country that he so richly articulated.

In this Oct. 27, 1964 speech, A Time for Choosing,” prior to Reagan’s own political career, he spoke on behalf of Barry Goldwater’s presidential campaign. It’s been viewed by nearly 2 million people.

This montage shows the good-humored Reagan at his best. What a contrast to the Nov. 27th guest!


Dem sexual predators receive awards; others get prison terms

October 21, 2017



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.


AZ Republic’s embarrassing “new” news reporting

October 1, 2017

Would mature journalists refer to a little girl missing overnight as taking part in an “urban camping adventure”?

It took two top-notch Arizona Republic reporters to teach readers the latest techniques in delivering news.

Jason Pohl and Chris McCrory collaborated on an creatively written report about an 8-year-old Mesa girl who disappeared from school and was missing overnight.  In novella style, the time frame was described, “As day turned to night and night turned to morning.”  That’s gotta be unconcealed aiming for a Pulitzer.

As would be expected in such a terrifying state of circumstances, the resulting 17-hour search included over one hundred trained investigators and teams of volunteers.

Oddly, the reporters named the little girl, who it turns out, spent the night at an “improvised campsite in a grown-over area” near the school. She went prepared, the duo write, “packing a bottle of water and extra granola bars from her friend, who backed out of the “adventure at the last minute.”

According to the headline, the child was simply engaging in “urban camping.”

There are too many questions arising from this report to spend time itemizing. It’s enough to say the terminology is bizarre. Our hunch Pohl and McCrory might be students or recent grads from ASU’s J School proved to be correct.

This is what happens when seasoned reporters and editors are laid off or take early retirements when lucrative buy-outs are offered by the failing Hillary-endorsing newspaper desperate to sustain itself Current, not day-old  news is now instantly available in a wide variety of outlets. Newspapers are called Newsosaurs for a reason.