Category Archives: America

Ducey Supports Congress for Examining Refugee Tide

Gov. Doug Ducey said of the efforts to bring refugees here from the Middle East …

“If ever there were a time to put politics aside, it’s right now. With reports that even officials within the federal government have previously expressed concerns about the screening of refugees, it remains imperative that this issue be taken seriously and that our government put the security of the American people first.

“On Monday, I called on national leaders to act with urgency in protecting our homeland, and I am encouraged by efforts in Congress to pause refugee admissions from Syria and Iraq until we have a new standard of verification and assurances to the public.

“This legislation is a good first step, but it should not be a last step. It’s still important that states have greater oversight and authority in this process. I hope leaders on both sides of the aisle can come together and place the security of our nation before all else.”

Cong. Franks Praises the Veterans who Kept us Free

Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-08) released the following statement thanking American Veterans on Veterans Day:

“Americans bask in the sunlight of freedom today because of the courage and sacrifice of our noble soldiers and their families. We owe an unspeakable debt of gratitude to the veterans who have fought to preserve the precious light of liberty in the past, and to those soldiers who are even now waging battle.

“To our veterans and to our troops still fighting to preserve this flagship of freedom, I offer my humblest gratitude for your selflessness, your sacrifice, and your noble service. You will be forever remembered among this generation as champions of human freedom.”


The Courage of Supt. Douglas is Worthy of Emulation and Respect

We elected Republicans to go to Washington and fight Obama’s abuses and an out-of-control, unaccountable government. In 2014, we put Republicans in complete control of Congress to do that.

Senate President Mitch McConnell and former House Speaker John Boehner refused to follow the will of the people and do that. They acted like the Scottish nobleman who rode away from the battlefield when William Wallace and the patriots wanted to fight against England for their freedom.

People are tired of being betrayed by political candidates who promise the sky and then refuse to deliver.

Diane Douglas told us that, if elected state superintendent of Public Instruction, she would fight to get rid of Common Core education standards. She bears the scars of the battles she’s encountered in living up to her word. The radical Left wants to recall her.

But on Monday the state board of education voted 6-2 to formally sever ties with the copyright that accompanies Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards — formerly known as Common Core.  Now Arizona can alter its 2010 adoption of Common Core-based standards. Children and the state will be the better for it.

Many people are not paying attention and do not know what all the fuss is about. In fact, the Christian Science Monitor asks, “Why is Arizona trying to repeal Common Core?”

The group Arizonans against Common Core helps break down the problems with Common Core:

  1. The standards are of mediocre quality;
  2. They violate federal statutes;
  3. Our state will pay a heavy price to implement them;
  4. These standards intrude on student and family privacy; and
  5. These standards further federalize education and usurp power from the state, eroding state sovereignty.

As long as public education in America is based on a secular humanist worldview, our nation is selling itself and our children short and will not fully prosper. But the example of Superintendent Douglas’s courage and persistence — in the face of overwhelming leftist and union opposition — is worthy of emulation and respect. Oh that we would have this in Congress.

This is a good start in the revival of Arizona’s K-12 system. Now it is up to you, mothers and fathers and taxpayers to lend your voice and insist on better education for our children. Education that will not perpetuate lies and myths while undermining the values of good and honest parents.

New Book Exposes Left-Stream Media’s Folly over HB1062

Less than two years ago, extremists on the far Left fringe and their media lemmings in Arizona and around the nation successfully waged a campaign of fear, deceit and distortion against a state religious freedom bill, HB 1062. They stampeded Gov. Jan Brewer into fearfully vetoing this harmless, but helpful, bill. Virtually every television station in Arizona bought the lies of homosexual activists … hook, line and sinker, and engaged in yellow journalism. Even a Phoenix sportscaster, Mike Jurecki, foolishly shot off his mouth about what the bill would not do, further spreading the Big Lie, the Big Narrative of the Left. We saw again how gullible, how ignorant and misinformed and how horribly misguided the left-stream media really is. And just how easily the left-stream media could be led by extreme leftists, without pretending to be fair or factual.

Outside of The Arizona Conservative, there were few in this state who really stood up to speak the truth to this manufactured “crisis.”

Now Ryan Anderson of The Heritage Foundation has addressed what happened here — in his book “Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom.” He writes the following in Chapter 5: Religious Freedom: A Basic Human Right. We think this is well worth your read:

In February 2014, the State of Arizona considered a minor legislative clarification to its state RFRA, attracting incendiary media coverage. The New York Times editorialized that the Arizona legislation had passed “noxious measures to give businesses and individuals the broad right to deny services to same-sex couples in the name of protecting religious liberty.”

The Times got it wrong. The Arizona bill, an amendment to the stat’s 1999 RFRA protections, never even mentioned same-sex couples. In provided that the RFRA protections would extend to any “state action” and would apply to “any individual, association, partnership, corporation, church, religious assembly or institution or other business organization. In other words, the bill would have protected all citizens and the associations they form from undue burdens by the government on their religious liberty and from private lawsuits that would have the same effect.

Kirsten Powers jumped into the fray with a USA Today column misleadingly titled “Arizona Latest to Attack Gay Rights.” She warned that the law “would result in nothing less than chaos,” even though the federal government has operated under the same rules for twenty years and Arizona had had similar protections since 1999. A bipartisan group of law professors set the record straight in a letter to Governor Jan Brewer:

The bill has been egregiously misrepresented by many of its critics …

We should not punish people for practicing their religion unless we have a very good reason. Arizona has had a RFRA for nearly fifteen years now; the federal government has had one since 1993; and RFRA’s standard was the constitutional standard for the entire country from 1963 to 1990 …

[The proposed law] would amend the Arizona RFRA to address two ambiguities that have been the subject of litigation under other RFRA’s. It would provide that people are covered when state or local government requires them to violate their religion in the conduct of their businesses, and it would provide that people are covered when sued by a private citizen invoking state or local law to demand that they violate their religion.

The rhetoric about giving bigots a license not to serve gays and lesbians was simply nonsensical. Indeed, religious liberty claims in connection with same-sex marriage have never been about turning away certain persons or groups, but about not endorsing certain actions or ceremonies.

But the lies worked, and Governor Brewer, a Republican, vetoed the bill. Among those applying pressure were Arizona’s two Republican senators, John McCain and Jeff Flake, as well as Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney [and State Senator Bob Worsley], showing that both political parties are susceptible to abandoning principle once the media dial up the heat. Or big business. National Football League officials expressed concern about holding the Super Bowl in Arizona, as scheduled, should the religious liberty bill be enacted.

The scholar’s letter flew right over the head of the frightened governor, who vetoed the bill and got the rabid radicals off her back.

Sen. Ted Cruz in Texas Speech

Germany Struggles to Make Immigrants Feel Welcome

By John Semmens – Semi-News — A Satirical Look at Recent News

JohnGermany is taking some extraordinary steps to try to accommodate an estimated 1.5 million Muslim immigrants that will enter the country this year.

In a number of locations German students have been assigned to perform domestic chores—including doing laundry, preparing meals and cleaning up after the immigrants. These tasks have been made more arduous and risky by the obnoxious behavior of some of the beneficiaries, which includes throwing their trash out the windows of the apartments provided for them and raping the females entering the premises to clean..

Inhabitants of small towns being inundated by swarms of migrants have been advised by the German government to move if they don’t like it. Refugee Coordinator Detlef Placzek waved off any possible objections, blithely asserting that “the decision to welcome these people comes from the highest level. It is every German’s duty to obey the decrees ordered by their government.”

Twenty migrants have shown their “gratitude” by filing a lawsuit. Abu Sirh, spokesman for the litigants, complained that “the Berlin State Office for Health and Social Affairs has been too slow in delivering the expected bundle of welfare benefits. To make us wait more than a week before receiving what we came so far to get is intolerable. We are Allah’s chosen people. It is the kafirs‘ obligation to serve us.”

Sirh blamed the delay in the distribution of benefits for a spate of prostitution among the daughters and wives of some of the migrants. “Without the benefits promised to us, many men have been forced to rent out their daughters and wives to get money to buy cigarettes and other necessities,” Sirh charged.

In a bizarre bid to placate these religious fanatics, the German government has lifted the ban on the publication of Hitler’s anti-semitic screed Mein Kampf. Spokesman for the Merkel government Heine Douchefangen asked his countrymen “to be more accepting of the culture of the newcomers. This book is a perennial best seller in the places the immigrants come from. Making it available in our book stores will help them feel more at home.”

In related news, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton labeled residents who questioned his decision to invite thousands of Muslim immigrants to the state racists and suggested they should move out. “That terrorists might be hiding with the immigrant community is a risk I’m willing to take,” Dayton said. “We can’t yank away America’s historic ‘welcome mat’ out of exaggerated fear. The number of Minnesotans who might be harmed is small compared to sustaining the bigger principle of open-borders.”

US State Dept Slams Israel’s Disproportionate Response to Palestinian Attacks

Palestinian terrorists have launched a series of knife-wielding assassins upon innocent Israeli citizens. So far eight Jews have been killed and more injured. A few of the assassins have been shot for their efforts. State Department spokesman John Kirby criticized the shootings, calling them “disproportionate responses that can only escalate the terror.”

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex) called Kirby’s remarks “idiotic and unacceptable” and demanded that Secretary John Kerry disavow Kirby’s comments. “The fact that some of the intended victims of these ambushes had the foresight to arm themselves ahead of time and were prepared to defend themselves against unprovoked attacks is not an escalation,” Cruz argued. “It is the kind of prudent measure that cautious individuals take. The presence of armed bodyguards is the first line of defense for public figures like Secretary Kerry.”

Shooting down a would-be assassin doesn’t escalate terror,” Cruz added. “It deters it. If more innocent victims were armed, terrorists would be less apt to strike. This is the whole philosophy behind the President’s Secret Service protection and our country’s Armed Forces. For the State Department to criticize Israelis for imitating what we do is hypocritical nonsense.”

Kerry declined to criticize his subordinate. Instead, he claimed that “Senator Cruz’s siding with Israel and against his own country’s Department of State confirms his disloyalty to the President and his government. If President Obama weren’t so magnanimous and merciful Sen. Cruz would have cause to really rue his remarks.”

In support of Kirby’s escalation claim, Kerry cited an incident where over a hundred Palestinians set fire to Joseph’s Tomb in the West Bank town of Nablus. “This site honoring a Biblical hero of the Jews that stood for thousands of years was destroyed in retaliation for Israelis disproportionate responses to the knife attacks,” Kerry intoned. “I think that validates Mr. Kirby’s analysis of the situation.”

Obama Rebuffs FBI over Clinton Emails

President Obama’s dismissal of security concerns about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s unsecured personal email has rankled the FBI. “For the President to flatly say that these unsecured emails posed no security problem is a judgment rendered in the absence of facts,” complained an FBI official requesting anonymity. “Clearly, the matter merits an investigation as to whether any damage might have been done.”

Irked that an agency under the Executive branch would contradict him, Obama reminded everyone that “I am the nation’s chief enforcer of the law. If I don’t think there is anything to prosecute on an issue it is insubordination for anyone within the government to contest my determination.”

The fact of the matter is that I can order a halt to any investigation carried out by any agency of the federal government,” the President boasted. “I can pardon anyone convicted by any prosecution that is conducted by any judicial body in the country. Likewise, I can order any agency under my control to prosecute anyone on any charge I deem warranted. And if prosecution is unworkable I can order the execution of any person that poses a threat to this country or its government.”

New DOJ Unit to Focus on Eradicating “Anti-Government Views”

This week the US Department of Justice announced the formation of a new “enforcement unit” to combat domestic terrorism. According to Assistant Attorney General John Carlin, “the focus of this new agency will be the eradication of anti-government views, racism, bigotry and anarchy, and other despicable beliefs.”

While the media has been sensationalizing the so-called threat from Islamic terrorists, it is the Administration’s view that domestic right-wing political groups pose a much more insidious danger,” Carlin contended. “With the public’s attention diverted to distant shores, home-grown opponents of our government have been free to work on their evil plans undisturbed. This new unit will home in on these groups and exterminate them.”

Evidence of the pervasiveness of the right-wing threat cited by Carlin included “the disproportionate representation of minorities among America’s prison population, arrests, and confrontations with law-enforcement personnel. The pattern suggests that domestic terrorists have successfully infiltrated police departments, prosecutors’ offices, and state legislatures. Rooting them out will require effort, determination, and in many cases, extreme measures.”

Carlin urged citizens to help support the Administration new push by reporting likely suspects to the new agency. “Key ‘red flags’ for incipient enemies include assertions that current government policies may be unconstitutional, that the President is a tyrant, or that citizens ought to obtain firearms,” Carlin said. “Anyone who suspects neighbors, fellow employees, or even strangers of harboring such opinions has a moral and legal obligation to report this behavior to federal authorities. Anonymous ‘tip lines’ will be provided for this purpose.”

Dem Candidates Promise New Freedom

This week’s debate among Democrats vying for their Party’s presidential nomination inspired a bidding war as to which of them could promise more “free stuff” to voters.

Sen Bernie Sanders (Vt) vowed to eliminate the need for money. “Too many people are barred from having what they want by the fact that they lack the money to purchase it,” Sanders lamented. “Billionaires like Donald Trump never have to face such deprivation. Why should poorer Americans be denied the same rights? When I’m president all merchandise will be free.”

Rival candidate Hillary Clinton averred that “while I agree with Senator Sanders in principle, I’m not sure doing away with money is feasible. I believe a more practical approach would be for the government to simply provide money to those who need it. That way we can maintain the traditional mechanisms of our society. Whether this money is confiscated from the rich or whether it is created by the Federal Reserve is a question to be answered by experts at a later date.”

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley insisted that he “would have come up with a similarly brilliant idea if I had gotten the chance to speak first. Since I wasn’t given that opportunity I’m stuck with saying ‘me too.’”

Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee pointed out that “unlike any of the other candidates in either Party, I am named after Abraham Lincoln—the Great Emancipator. I think this establishes a modicum of credibility that I could achieve the emancipation of wage-slavery that the American people really need.”

Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb was widely booed by the audience when he admitted that “I don’t have the facts and figures to refute what everyone else is saying, but it makes me a bit uneasy. Is it really possible to give everyone everything he wants without him having to lift a finger?”

A Satirical Look at Recent News

John Semmens is a retired economist who has written a weekly political satire for The Arizona Conservative since 2005. He says working on his satires is one of the ways he tries to honor the liberties our Founding Fathers tried to protect. 

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Senate Bill would Block Sanctuary Cities Laws

The Center for Immigration Studies has published an analysis of Senate Bill 2146, the “Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect American Act” introduced by Senator David Vitter. This sanctuary legislation is designed to block state or local governments from enacting or continuing sanctuary laws or policies that protect aliens from the reach of federal immigration authorities, most especially with regard to aliens arrested and convicted for criminal offenses.

Recent data reveals an estimated 1,000 criminal aliens a month are being released due to sanctuary policies, making congressional action imperative. The bill seeks to incentivize state and local governments to cooperate with federal authorities by continuing existing grants to those which exchange information and comply with detainers; cutting federal funding to sanctuary governments which refuse to cooperate, that is then distributed to jurisdictions that do cooperate; and by providing immunity to officers when engaging in cooperative efforts, including complying with detainers or providing information.

View the entire report here.

“The Obama Administration refuses to deal with the sanctuary problem, which has led to crimes such as the murder of Kate Steinle by a five-times-deported illegal-alien felon,” said Dan Cadman, a Center fellow and author of the report. “This bill addresses the sanctuary policies which result in thousands of criminal aliens being released into our communities to reoffend. Unfortunately, it is not as comprehensive as the Davis-Oliver Act, which would deal with the sanctuary policies and the administration’s deliberate suppression of enforcement.”

Rep. Schweikert: Second Amendment Under Attack with Oregon Shootings

Snapshot 1 (10-14-2015 12-00 PM)The Second Amendment is under attack again from the Oregon community college shootings because “there’s a visceral reaction when there’s a tragedy to talk about firearms,” Rep. David Schweikert told Newsmax TV on Tuesday.

“But the reality, if you want to have an honest conversation about what is happening in our society, you’ve got to be willing to actually do something that’s uncomfortable for a lot of people — and that is look at actual data,” the Arizona Republican told “Newsmax Prime” host J.D. Hayworth in an interview.

“There’s data out there that say, do you know today there are half as many mass shootings as there were 30, 35 years ago?” Schweikert added. “And people have trouble believing that. “What has occurred in our society that is actually working?

“It’s interesting, because that’s disharmonious to a lot of the folks on the left that seek to control firearms as the way to make us safer,” he said.

On October 1, eight students and a teacher were killed and nine others wounded when Christopher Harper-Mercer, 26, entered an Umpqua Community College classroom and began firing. He asked students to stand up and state their religion. If they responded that they were Christians, he shot them.

Turning to the race for House speaker, Schweikert is a founding member of the conservative Freedom Caucus, which played a critical role in the move to replace House Speaker John Boehner at the end of the month. The caucus supports Florida Rep. Daniel Webster.

Other candidates seeking the post include Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, and Texas Rep. Bill Flores. Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, is under increasing pressure to seek the post. The 2012 vice presidential candidate has repeatedly said that he was not interested in being speaker.

“Let’s face it, Webster is not nearly as conservative as many of us, but he’s made it very clear he would follow the rules of the House — therefore giving everyone a fair shot,” Schweikert told Hayworth. “And this is really more about the opportunity for legislators to be able to legislate.”

He said Ryan, who has a wife and three young children, told him last week that he was against seeking the speakership. “He was pretty tough on the fact he had no interest,” the congressman said. “The moderate speaker, it’s a tough job. “You have tremendous weight on your shoulders to raise money — and for someone with children, that would be a really tough lifestyle.”

Arizonans Demand Defunding of Planned Parenthood: ‘Women Deserve Better’

Today’s Protest at Planned Parenthood in Chandler