About The Arizona Conservative

The Arizona Conservative features commonsense posts and is the home of John Semmens’ semi-news, a satirical review of the events shaping our nation and the world. Starting in 2003, we were the first online conservative publication in Arizona.

The Arizona Conservative has been highlighted or mentioned on numerous radio and Internet programs, including Rush Limbaugh and Newsmax.

Our strength is our commentary on social and fiscal issues affecting Arizonans and Americans.

We provide election endorsements for primary and general elections. To gain our endorsement, a candidate should pursue the same principles our educators should be teaching to your children, an uncompromising commitment to

  • the sanctity of human life,
  • a view of the original intent of the U.S. Constitution (as opposed to the Left’s incorrect view of the “living document” that changes to suit radical goals),
  • free enterprise,
  • putting the taxpayers first and carefully and honestly stewarding our money,
  • lower taxes,
  • enforcement of immigration laws. Arizona is a border state, and we must stop drug smugglers from coming in, and we must insist that those wishing to immigrate here do so lawfully through the legal immigration process. We are a nation of immigrants, and we must honor our proud immigration history — while maintaining our integrity as a nation of laws.
  • commitment to marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Anthropologist J.D. Unwin proved that cultures abandoning marriage as the union of one man and one woman suffered decline; we have no excuse for following their folly. To thrive as a culture, we must hold up marriage as the union of a man and a woman as the ideal. We should not promote marriage “counterfeits” — and we should not extract taxes to fund these destructive behaviors. It is not compassionate or ethical to promote the decline of our culture, conceived in liberty and virtue. We as a nation and a state must strive for higher standards, not default to the lowest common denominator.
  • ethics and honesty. These are not relative or arbitrary. Stealing is wrong, killing is wrong, cheating is wrong, victimizing is wrong, abusing is wrong.
  • recognition of the truth about casino gambling: families and marriages are being broken apart by compulsive gambling, which profits off the backs of those who can least afford to waste money that could be paying utility and grocery bills. Ignoring the 8,000-pound elephant in the living room (Arizona is littered with dozens of Gamblers Anonymous groups), people are going to jail for embezzling from their employers to feed their gambling addictions. The negatives of casino gambling and lotteries far out-weight any positives. If gambling is so beneficial, why are poverty, unemployment, domestic violence and alcoholism still highly prevalent in areas around casinos?

Americans have the freedom to engage in behavior that is life-enhancing or self-destructive. But government leaders have no moral justification for forcing taxpayers to subsidize destructive behavior.  Educators have no moral justification for indoctrinating students to experiment in or celebrate destructive behavior. That is not compassion, and it is not the message our citizens and our young people need to hear.

We call on all Arizonans, all Americans to stand with us against the radical, counter-cultural Left, and to oppose the anti-American efforts of Left-Stream Media (don’t call them the mainstream media because they are not) and the American Civil Liberties Union and its campaign of lies and distortion about America’s Founding Fathers and the true meaning of the First Amendment. Religious freedom is intended to prevent government from interfering with religion. Government’s role is not to suppress the influence and presence of religion in the public life of the nation.  Our Founding Fathers believed that religion is the moral guide for our nation — including the government. But today, the government and public education are following a Godless, secular humanist worldview that is destined for failure because it is fatally flawed at its core. In fact, Gilbert and Scottsdale public school districts use curriculum that encourages unethical behavior. It’s no wonder our culture suffers from a moral and ethical crisis. Our schools and our culture should teach people to do the right thing. And it’s no great mystery what the right thing is.

This is not a call for a theocracy, as radical leftists say they fear we’re doing. Instead, it is a call to abandon a failing worldview subscribed to by persons in positions of authority who are forcing it on their constituents and students – to the detriment of our nation and our future. A change of course, a change of worldview represents progress and wisdom.

We must work to select good, virtuous, honest leaders. However, politics is downstream from culture. Our culture is suffering from the damage done by the mass media culture and those with destructive worldviews. We must all work to change this culture for the better. We must work with people who share our values. There is strength in numbers.

  1. I would like to know if Pelosi actually said these things. I am in a heated argument and I am a conservative. If yes, can you point me to information to back it up.

    Thanks

    Congress Exempts Self from Health Care Bill

    While the health care legislation recently passed by congress is deemed worthy enough to merit universal application to ordinary folks—in fact there are fines and prison sentences in store for those who would dare to refuse to participate—it apparently is not good enough for members of the federal government. Despite being given eleven different opportunities to amend the bill to include mandatory participation by members of congress, the Democratic majority voted every one of the amendments down.

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi explained that “the President said that people who are satisfied with their current health insurance don’t have to change. We in congress are satisfied with our insurance and, to be blunt, are in a position to ensure that we don’t have to change, because we make the laws.”

    The health insurance coverage enjoyed by members of congress has long been considered the “gold standard” for its extensive and generous benefits. Suggestions that it be used as a model for a national health care system for all Americans has been repeatedly rejected as infeasible due to its high cost.

    “It’s possible to cover a small minority, like congress, with the kind of benefits we all long for,” Pelosi said. “But it would be far too costly to try to provide it for everyone. It is essential to ensure that those who govern this great nation be kept in the best of health. To try to do the same for all is a luxury we cannot afford. Sometimes people just have to settle for less than they might want.”

  2. SNOPES said the words attributed to Obama in the article below were never said by him. Is this true?

    JOHN SEMMENS: Semi-News — A Satirical Look at Recent News

    Obama Scraps Idea of Billing Vets for Service-Related Injuries

    March 21, 2009

  3. What words are you talking about? I don’t even see an article. But BHO was shamed (or forced) to scrap the idea of billing veterans’ private health insureres for service-related injuries. Not being a veteran himself, BHO doesn’t know anything about the military.

  4. Sorry … I mistyped INSURERS.
    It wasn’t another of those misspoke, misspeak, mislied, etc things.

  5. Help. I quoted one of your articles as fact (5% Rule). Help me out. What real truth can I send when I explain to my friends that the original was satirical?

  6. Bev,

    Tell ‘em it was satire, but that it seemed so “in character” for Dodd that the idea that it might be satire never crossed your mind!

  7. You should never believe anything on line especially because if you didn’t hear for yourself then things can be changed to make papers sell even if it harms people basically because nobody really cares.

  8. Wesley Stinnett

    I had to write and tell you that I love the way you write! I was one third of the way thru
    your article about Diamond walnuts when I realized it was satire, I must say it sneaks up on a person because it it is probably what a politician would say if only truth was spoken!

  9. New Comedy Website for the Right

    Frederick, MD—March 1, 2012–If those on the political left want to go out to see left-minded comics then they are in luck: most comics are. If those on the political right want to see right minded comics, they might prefer to stay home. But those on the right might not need to go out because now there’s an on-line comedy website custom-made for them. It’s http://www.politicallyincorrectfun.com.

    It’s basically a low budget, one-man show run by founder, Matt Dunn. But it’s not stand-up comedy. “Exactly, in fact, if I behave myself, I’m allowed to sit and everything, and if a joke bombs–like that last one–there’s no one there to heckle me. Ain’t the internet great? Thanks Al Gore!” kids Mr. Dunn.

    Instead politicallyincorrectfun.com relies on different comic devices to lampoon the left. One is “chinsters.” “These are politically incorrect, stereotypical and sarcastic chin puppets that are truly offensive, yet somehow produce more joy than tree-huggers at a forest fire,” Mr. Dunn says. Some chinsters perform quasi-impersonations of political figures, such as Bill Clinton, Arianna Huffington and Charlie Rangel. The latter recently appearing on Politico.com. Others are Mr. Dunn’s own character inventions, such as “Chinster Pops,” “Chinster Tamika” and “Hard Hat Charlie Chinster.” Other devices include skits, observational humor, poems, letters, photo call-outs, bumper stickers, gags, audio bits, song spoofs, mask routines, FAQ’s and “a good dose of nonsense,” Mr. Dunn confesses.

    Political correctness, obviously, fuels much of the comedy; and the news media, Hollywood, Madison Avenue, big government, Obama‘s health care, global warming, affirmative action, gun control, reparations, the abortion rights and gay rights movements–along with the liberal champions of such causes–fuel it more. But the site isn’t entirely political,” Mr. Dunn points out. “All righties need to break away from the political, and they can find plenty of apolitical humor at http://www.politicallyincorrectfun.com, but until my mood improves—he-he!—right of center political satire will be the main focus.”

    “And that’s where there’s a real demand, I think. If one-half of Americans consider themselves right of center, and so few right-center comedy outlets exist , the need for one should be enormous, and I want to tap into that. I want to offer the right something they definitely want, need and deserve: a comedy outlet that will turn the tables on the left and give the right some long overdue laughs. All I want in return is a date with Condoleezza Rice, not much to ask!” Mr. Dunn jokes. Mr. Dunn has performed stand-up comedy in New York and Maryland; he has a B.A. in History/Political Science from S.U.N.Y.A; and he’s been published in The Record, The Atlantic City Press Newspaper, The Ridgewood News, The Ramsey Reporter, The Greenwich Time and The ASP.

    For more information, please contact:
    Matt Dunn
    info@politicallyincorrectfun.com
    http://www.politicallyincorrectfun.com

    ###

  10. A handy link for when the MSM starts playing the “Adoring Obama followers are fainting all over the place” angle

  11. Dr. Krecia Bain

    There is NO WAY that I am a BHO fan. However, there is this email floating around with RE: to an interview that is alleged to have taken place on Meet the Press. You most likely know the one, Sept. 7, 2008. A Gen. Ginn and BHO talking about our Flag and National Anthem and both were being dissed BHO. It is my policy to check these things out before I forward them and the research that I did said that BHO was not on Meet the Press on that day and that this information was satire written by you. Please shed the truth for me as I could not get back to 2008 in your sites archives.
    If you know of a site other than Urban Legend or snopes to verify articles and information of this nature please share that as well.
    Thank you for the work you do! Krecia

  12. Dr. Krecia Bain

    I understand about the satire. But did Mr. Semmons actually write the piece that I am referring to Sept. 7, 2008 RE: Gen. Ginn and BHO? That is my bottom line question. Thank you so much.

  13. So…… You didn’t answer Dr. Bain’s question…. The question is NOT whether or not your articles are satire….. The question IS did YOU write the article about BHO and his feelings on the flag?

  14. In CD1, where the left wing Ann Kirkpatrick is trying to get back the seat, we have Payday Jonathan Paton running. However, Conservative, Independent Thinking Republican Doug Wade, a Yavapai County GOP member and long-time builder/businessman is gaining traction across CD1 with Tea Party and other conservative groups. During Vietnam, Wade volunteered for the Army – he didn’t wait to be called. Conservative, No Fear, Accomplished.

  15. CHARLES K. COPELAND

    is daily home delivery available? I am looking for a CONSERVATIVE daily home delivery newspaper. Can you help. Provide me name and telephone number or address. I do not want this e-mail stuff for a newspaper. I love to sit and read a good newspaper in the morning. I am FED UP with all of this LIBERAL B.S. HELP NEEDED, CHUCK COPELAND, ARIZONA CITY

  16. Anything on the Judges? A quick tip sheet would be GREAT. I’m at 2 hours now and counting trying to figure out if these guys are keepers or nut cases. Thank you.

  17. Central AZ Water Conservation District – if you want to help the farmers and ranchers – please write it up for these 5: Jean McGrath, Pamela Pickard, Lisa Atkins, Gayle Burns and Carrie Hamstra. Otherwise? Expect higher water bills and lower flush toilets with Goddard.

  18. Sorry, Mr. Semmens, not Semmons.

  19. Again Sorry, BHO not HBO, duh!(trying to write quickly due to 2 year old!)

  20. I posted a question earlier today regarding the article regarding the satire from Mr. Semmens of March 21, 2009. The Moderator didn’t see fit to post much less answer it. It is not accessible and several “fact checking” sights are referencing it as the actual origins in a chain email that is circulating for an Obama quote regarding veterans being charged for health services. All I, as Dr. Bain questions for another article, want to know is whether those are indeed articles and statements that originated from your Mr.Semmens. Why the hush hush?

  21. FYI. Nov. 1-2, 2013 is the date of the next annual meeting of NARTH, the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality, in Phoenix. I encourage you to attend, learn, and meet ex-gays.

    You can get on NARTH’s e-mailing list. See http://www.narth.com and info@narth.com.

    The normal-gay fraud, which I call GayScam, must be ended.

    See also http://www.gaytostraight.org, http://www.peoplecanchange.com, and http://www.josephnicolosi.com. Thank you.

    –Sharon Kass
    Washington, D.C.

  22. Dear sir

    We are planning to move out of the ghetto that is Michigan. I am a self employed patent attorney so my family and I can move anywhere. Do have a recommendation for a nice walkable conservative town in Arizona?

    • Yes! Gilbert is a suburb of Phoenix and was in a recent year rated the 7th most conservative city in the U.S. and No. 1 in Arizona.

      Payson is a small mountain town about 80 miles NE of the Phx area and is conservative.

      Also explore Prescott.

      We look forward to having you and your family in Arizona!

  23. Glad to have found this site.

  24. The federal government leaders of today only pretend and speak to a degree that they care about the safety and welfare of the citizen. They will say of do anything that retains their power and control over our liberty. The President is not worried about gun control since he will not be running for this again.
    Freedom is not free and only will last as long as enough of us are willing to stand up against evil and face the onslaught that we will be faced with.
    My hope for our nation first off is a great revival and return to God. That we and the church especially would repent and stand on His Word in the Bible. Jesus Christ faced every form of opposition and evil we can thing of, but always pointed to God the FATHER and the eternal hope of heaven.
    We need healing and forgiveness between all people in our nation, between classes, race, and religion or no religion. Those that lead us often do more harm to divide us then to bring a true possibility of understanding and communication!
    Let’s pray and help one another out with anything, including money, food, provisions of any kind and be willing to share as each has a need. Read the 1st four chapter of ACTS in the Bible and see how the early followers of Jesus worked and cared for each other.
    I believe also that if we have a constitutional convention of the states, that a two-thirds majority could declare the Federal Government unconstitutional and help return us to our Declaration and Constitution.

    Blessings to you all,

    Pete

  25. Hey guys!

    My name is Lauren and I am an Arizona native now working in DC for the Franklin Center doing blogger outreach. Just wondering if anyone was attending the Town Hall McCain is holding in Tucson today.

    Also, I am working on a school choice conference and I’d love to talk to you guys about it. I’d love to have your thoughts. lauren.bouton@franklincenterhq.org.

  26. Have you heard about the event featuring Dr. Ben Carson on January 28th at the Arizona Biltmore? His speech is titled “America the Beautiful . . . Rediscovering What Makes this Nation Great”. For more information email atierney@thunderbirdacademy.org.

  27. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    February 12, 2014
    For more information Michael Auerbach – (480) 492-7553
    http://www.auerbachforcitycouncil.com

    Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Maricopa County Sheriff, Endorses Michael Auerbach for Scottsdale City Council

    Scottsdale- City Council candidate Michael Auerbach today announces the Honorable Joe Arpaio has endorsed him for Scottsdale City Council.

    “Today I am pleased to endorse Michael Auerbach, Candidate for Scottsdale City Council 2014. Michael is a strong supporter of law enforcement and will be an advocate for public safety. I encourage you to support Michael in his run to ensure that Scottsdale maintains it low crime rating”.

    “Thank you Joe. It is humbling to receive such kind words from a law enforcement leader.” said Auerbach in response.

    You probably know him as “America’s Toughest Sheriff,” In 1992, Arpaio successfully campaigned to become the Sheriff of Maricopa County. Since then he has been reelected to an unprecedented six 4-year terms. During his tenure as Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arpaio has consistently earned high public approval ratings.

    In June of 2013, in response to citizens concerns about the future of Scottsdale, Auerbach filed his committee paperwork to run for the seat being vacated. Auerbach is a former Neighborhood Advisory Commissioner for the city of Scottsdale.

    # # #

  28. WHY DO I GET A 404 WHEN I SEEK CONFIRMATION FROM YOUR PAPER RE OBAMA PER YOUR ARTICLE ON “WEARING” THE PIN US FLAG ON HIM. SNOPES SAYS FALSE BUT THEY ARE “CONTROLLED” SO SHOULD I BELIVE THEM???
    (azconservative.org), 27 Oct. 2007 THANK YOU

  29. Let’s Make History, Arizona! http://www.writeinjjohnson.com for Governor November 4, 2014

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