Will Obama endorse his former VP Joe Biden?

August 12, 2019

Joe Biden, a man of profound brilliance, hits the campaign trail

“We choose unity over division, we choose science over fiction, we choose truth over facts….”

H/T GOP War Room

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Venomous column signals bent of Republic’s new ownership 

August 11, 2019

The steady decline of the Hillary-endorsing Arizona Republic appears to have exacerbated with its recent acquisition by Gatehouse. The newspaper was actually founded in 1890 as the Arizona Republican, a name it kept for nearly half a century. Later, the then-conservative newspaper flourished under the ownership of Eugene and Nina Pulliam, changing its direction after their deaths.

The best indication of the course being taken is the massive photo of an elephant’s backside atop this headline: “I leave GOP as it turns its back on what it stood for.”

The “Your Turn guest column,” a shifty vehicle for securing free editorials, is written by a Mesa immigration lawyer with the incongruous name of Yasser Sanchez. A dichotomy of complexities, he’s also a graduate of BYU.

As our astute readers have likely guessed, President Donald Trump is at the core of Sanchez’ complaints. Among Sanchez’ litany of criticisms is what he refers to by the left’s favored contrived term of “nativism.” “Nationalism,” a reliable indicator of love of country and patriotism is also the recipient of his ire. According to Sanchez, such feelings are pejoratives.

The lawyer needs to revisit our nation’s founding documents. Included in his litany of things that “sicken him” are the freedoms delineated in the Second Amendment. He is also “repulsed” by President Trump.

Sanchez, who says he came to the United States as a child with his parents doesn’t clarify if they entered legally, but he misuses the termundocumented immigrantswhen describing illegal aliens, the legally correct, precise term used by the U.S. Supreme Court.  The high court has decided numerous cases involving federal immigration law using “illegal alien” — as Hans von Spakovsky, Senior Legal Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, capably points out in this brief column.

Sanchez also has an aversion to the term “invasion,” though it would be interesting to know what he calls hundreds of thousands of people who illegally breach our sovereign border on their way to accessing American taxpayer funded benefits while flipping off border agents.

As pointed out in this Media Research Center’s now older though still accurate report,The Liberal Media: Every Poll Shows Journalists Are More Liberal than the American Public — And the Public Knows It.”

The policy of insulting its few remaining readers that brought Gannett and the industry to it’s knees, is obviously the path the that will be followed by the newspaper’s new ownership.

If you still subscribe, save your money. The insults will keep coming.  Why fund them?


Will Arizona go to (recreational) pot?

August 10, 2019

The sham of imperiling our youth for the promise of $300 million a year

The guise of medical marijuana has been a scheme that fooled no one. Suddenly there was a rise in youthful patients experiencing “chronic pain” and desperately in need of a “prescription” dispensed by pain doctors, who just happened to be working out of dispensaries with a marijuana plant on the building‘s signage.

The deceptively titledSmart and Safe Arizona Act* was filed Friday with the Secretary of State’s Office. There is little doubt the well-funded measure will collect the necessary signatures to be on the 2020 ballot.

To make the initiative with the deceptive name appear palatable to Arizona voters who turned down a similar measure in 2016, the current version has seemingly socially conscientious provisions attached via a 16% excise tax — including $15 million from the “medical fund” to be directed to the state universities’ Arizona Teacher Academy, $10 million to the Department of Health Services for public health programs and $10 million to the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to reduce impaired driving. Stoned drivers presumably will not get the same level of scrutiny as inebriated ones, who aren’t integral to the charade. It also promises to create thousands of “good-paying jobs” across Arizona, no doubt in dispensaries. The few penalties that are incorporated in the initiative are nothing more than a slap on the wrist.

Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy raises awareness about the harms of marijuana and other substances, and opposes the legalization of marijuana. Its website states: Marijuana is a harmful, addictive substance. Public policy decisions involving marijuana should be based on science, not made in the ballot box.

As a gift to those with multiple convictions, the ballot initiative facilitates expungement and sealing of arrest records, convictions, adjudications, and sentences that were predicated on conduct made lawful by this Act.

For those seeking a more rational, medical assessment of marijuana usage, we urge you to readMarijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence,” a Hillsdale College Imprimus article by Alex Berenson. He details a conversation with his wife, Dr. Jacqueline Berenson, then a senior psychiatrist at Mid-Hudson Forensic Psychiatric Institute. It’s one of three places the state of New York sends the criminally mentally ill defendants judged not guilty by reason of insanity.

There’s no flim-flam. Just cold, hard facts you won’t soon forget. We hope you’ll recall the article when it comes time to vote on this sow’s ear of a measure.

 *H/T AZFamily.com TV 3


Why stabbing fatalities fly under the media radar

August 9, 2019

The recent wave of killings of innocents by knife wielding criminals has garnered scant coverage by the left-wing, agendized news media. In the past couple of days, vicious stabbing fatalities have increased without grabbing national headlines or being exploited by Democrat politicians.

Zachary Castaneda, a 33-year-old convicted felon and known gang member — described by the Garden Grove, California police chief as “full of anger” motivated by “robbery, hate, homicide,” — went on a two-hour, two-handed stabbing and robbery rampage in Southern California. He randomly killed four people and wounded two others using “some sort of machete knives.”  Law enforcement officials say changes in state law led to Castaneda being released from prison earlier than he previously would have been. In 2011 California’s Democrat controlled legislature, passed Assembly Bill 109, approved by Democrat Gov. Jerry Brown. The aim was to reduce prison populations via machinations.

The police chief noted the suspect and all his victims were Hispanic.

This clearly doesn’t play into the “racist” narrative that has irrationally been hung around President Trump’s neck by scheming leftists.

Neither does the stabbing fatality that took place in New York as William Rivas, 39, fatally stabbed his wife, Carmen Santiago multiple times in the back at a nail salon where she worked. Shocked witnesses filmed part of the horrific, bloody attack on their phones.

Hispanic killers don’t fit the left’s hypocritical playbook. Neither are knifes and machetes included in Second Amendment protections that radical leftists want to abolish.  There is no equivalent of the NRA protecting long blades.


GateHouse buys carcass: AZ Republic sold in Gannett deal

August 8, 2019

The dawn of New Year 2019 gave the Hillary-endorsing Arizona Republic little to celebrate as it became a homeless vagrant on borrowed time. Since then, the situation facing the newspaper has gone from bad to worse.

By June it was once again on the auction block. If it were a hospital patient, the term “critical” would apply. Earlier, Gannett — the Republic’s parent company — barely survived a hostile takeover by Digital First Media. The Republic has engaged in massive staff layoffs, including Pulitzer-prize winning cartoonist Steve Benson.

The latest news, buried on page 6 of the single page Nation & World section is headlined, “GateHouse buys owner of Republic, azcentral.” Slathering makeup on the corpse, it was announced that New Media will acquire Gannett. Following the close of the transaction, both New Media and its operating subsidiary GateHouse will be rebranded and operate under the “Gannett” label. The deal included GateHouse assuming approximately $600 million of Gannett debt.

Rick Edmonds, writing for Poynter, has compiled an in-depth report on the acquisition including links to memos sent to Gannett and Gatehouse employees.

Look for the next shoe to drop when the 2020 election cycle rolls around and the whichever interchangeable leftist Democrat presidential candidate, promising to give away “free” health care to all, including illegals, and “free” college tuition, wins the newspaper’s endorsement. The Republic’s 2016 Hillary endorsement resulted in a self-admitted massive loss of subscriptions. Repeating a similar move in these precarious circumstances could prove disastrous.

Today’s front page, with more white space and bolder headlines, deceitfully features, “Protests Greet the President” followed by the bogus sub-header, “Visits by Trump to Ohio, Texas stir residents who voice opposition to his rhetoric.” Here’s proof of the extent of the lie. The Last Refuge has more.

USA Today concluded its report with these predictive words:

“The stakes are high. The fate of for-profit local journalism hangs in the balance as the news industry spars with digital giants Google, Facebook and others for revenue and the attention of Americans.”

SRAZ suggests insulting the newspaper’s remaining readers is not a model for success. This is a practice routinely engaged in by the grievously ill Arizona Republic, which is why it is in need of resuscitation.  The conglomerate appears to have amnesia, forgetting that Arizonans — and the nation — overwhelmingly supported Donald Trump. 

We will again.


Media irretrievably corrupted: contemptible arm of Dem Party

August 7, 2019

Beware: Gun control is on the horizon

The New York Times, which ordinarily doesn’t allow access to non-subscribers, has broken its own rule to herald this headlined report:Red Flag’ Gun Control Bills Pick Up Momentum With G.O.P. in Congress. It’s linked from a bright red Drudge Report header blasting: “Republicans coalesce around gun control.” 

As Second Amendment supporters ponder what exactly is looming, take a moment to remember that this is the same newspaper that caved to leftist pressure Tuesday and changed a headline that treated President Trump objectively and without interjected liberal malice.

The NYT’s early edition carried the headline, “TRUMP URGES UNITY VS. RACISM,”  in which he strongly condemned “White Supremacy.” That was too evenhanded to suit the likes of gesticulator Robert Francis O’Rourke, nicknamed “Beto” as a boy by his family’s Mexican maid.

After a fury of liberal backlash was unleashed — O’Rourke called the headline “unbelievable” and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez termed it “cowardice” — the newspaper capitulated, changing the headline in a later edition to: “ASSAILING HATE, BUT NOT GUNS.” 

Even in her dotage, the once venerable Gray Lady, founded in 1865 should have known better than to rile her base with a front-page headline which gave a positive impression of President Donald Trump’s response to two mass shootings. Wielding its heft, today’s left has made the Mafia in its heyday, look tame.

The NRA has an entire section dedicated to state gun laws. Arizona’s informative page can be accessed here.

Red Flag laws, which sharply curtail the rights of Americans, are currently being pushed by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey as he channels his mentor John McCain. He calls his version the Severe Threat Order of Protection or STOP. Breitbart covered the depths of Ducey’s deception.

Following the recent Texas and Ohio premeditated murders, the NRA, now facing internal problems after briefly bringing in the arrogant Oliver North, issued this statement, NRA Welcomes Call to Address Root Causes of Violence which contains these words:

“The NRA welcomes the President’s call to address the root causes of the horrific acts of violence that have occurred in our country.  It has been the NRA’s long-standing position that those who have been adjudicated as a danger to themselves or others should not have access to firearms and should be admitted for treatment.”

Meanwhile, in the most bizarre of alliances, Sens. Lindsey Graham (R- SC) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), yes…he’s the one who deceitfully claimed to be a Vietnam combat veteran, though he never set foot in the war-torn country — announced a bipartisan bill that would create a federal grant program to aid states in adopting “Red Flag” laws, in response to the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton over the weekend.

The law, a knee-jerk response to the dual killing rampages, permits police or family members to petition a state court to order the removal of firearms from a person who they believe may present a danger to others or themselves. It is rife for abuse.

“These grants will be given to law enforcement so they can hire and consult with mental health professionals to better determine which cases need to be acted upon,” Graham said in a statement.


Why wasn’t Obama blamed for Sandy Hook, other massacres?

August 6, 2019

In the wake of the two horrific mass shootings this past weekend, the drumbeat emanating from the left is as reliable as day following night. Regardless of how they report or discuss the unrelated slaughters of innocents, the blame is always placed at the feet of President Donald Trump.  Barack Obama was in office from Jan. 20, 2009 to Jan. 20, 2017, during which time numerous gun related killings occurred. The inconceivably horrific Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in which 26 people were killed, including 20 six and seven year-old children, occurred two weeks into Obama’s second term.

He was never blamed.

The Arizona Republic continues on it’s politicizing rampage today:

Few things rev up radical leftwing columnist EJ Montini more than elected members of congress offering sympathy in the form of prayers or even as in the case of atheist Democrat Sen. Kyrsten Sinema tweeting her “heart is with the people of the people of El Paso.” He derides Republicans, Congressman Andy Biggs’ and Sen. Martha McSally’s responses, calling them “lame.” What hater Montini actually wants is total obliteration of the Second Amendment.

Racist Elvia Diaz, the bigoted Linda Valdez replacement, devotes a column to asking, “Why is evil by whites excused as mental illness?”

Syndicated Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen, a Trump-hater extraordinaire whose column appears in today’s Arizona Republic, writes, “Republicans have trapped us in dark age. “  It begins with these incendiary words:

“The Republican Party is the modern-day equivalent of the medieval church. It fights science. It protects ignorance. Above all, it embraces a lunatic reading of the Second Amendment so that any nut can buy a weapon that can kill a maximum number of people in a minimum amount of time.”

The horrific Boston Marathon bombing occurred on April 15, 2013, celebrated as Patriots’ Day in Massachusetts, and occurred under Barack Obama‘s watch. Two Muslim brothers who immigrated with their parents from the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan diligently crafted homemade pressure cooker bombs set to detonate near the finish line. Three people, two young women and a little boy were killed, and hundreds of others were wounded, including 16 who lost limbs, one a 7-year old girl.

There were no calls to ban pressure cookers and no blame hurled at Obama — nor should there have been.

Rational Americans should question the radical left’s double standard.