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Arizona Republic Endorses Mitt Romney

The usually left leaning Arizona Republic today boldly announced its endorsement of Mitt Romney for President. Citing a desperate need for job creation, managed debt and a need for true health care reform the editorial staff of the Republic carefully explained desire to see the United States return to the super power of which it is capable.

From the Republic: We believe the nation’s best opportunity to escape the compounding woes of spiraling debt and economic stagnation lies with a president who believes in the free market’s capacity to heal its own wounds.

That leader is Romney. The nation’s economy now is in desperate need of the kind of jobs-creating animal spirits that President Romney would encourage.

The economy indisputably will benefit, perhaps significantly, from a flatter, fairer system of taxation along the lines proposed by Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan.

It will benefit, too, from a regulatory environment that does not smother small businesses with punitive, anti-competitive, hoop-jumping requirements that favor their bigger competitors. We expect a Romney administration to foster that kind of growth-oriented, business-friendly environment.

But, more to the point, we expect better job growth in a Romney economy mostly because Mitt Romney does not fear or dislike a free-wheeling, growing, free-market economy.

We cannot say the same of President Obama.

The editors remind the reader that President Obama has worked diligently to promote the view government not individuals grow the economy casting aside the long held belief that small business is the backbone of the country.

The reason Obama’s infamous “You didn’t build that” comment on July 13 in Roanoke, Va., resonated among his political opponents wasn’t because it revealed some great secret.

It resonated because it validated a suspicion that the president has done little to dismiss. He has consolidated federal power and reach in health care, banking, the auto industry and energy production. He has fostered the view that all good economic things flow from Washington.

It’s an interesting review. The state of Arizona continues to struggle with the poor housing market, foreclosures, and unacceptable unemployment numbers. Most analysts put the state in the red column so perhaps the Republic is just hoping to gain approval and perhaps subscriptions among its readers. Never the less, an endorsement by the newspaper of record for the of Arizona is still a coup for the Romney-Ryan team.

You can read the entire editorial at the Republic’s website AZCentral.

A Good Samaritan VS The City

Are you familiar with NIMBY? It’s the ‘Not in My Back Yard’ syndrome that can affect us all. Residents will hear about a fantastic altruistic plan to help others and are all for it…until they see it will be across the street from them. Suddenly, NIMBY takes over as they try to gather neighbors in an effort to stop the activity.

The following news story is one such case. This one happens to be in my home town in Arizona. For the past seven years a Good Samaritan by the name of Millie has run a food bank of sorts in her front yard. Daily she stops at local grocers picking up donations. After all, what can you do with over ripe bananas? Eat them today or throw them away. The food collected by Millie is placed on shelves by the curb (frozen items in a portable freezer) with a sign inviting those in need to help themselves.  Sometimes up to 50 families a day would stop by to pick up the much needed staples.

But now the City of Glendale has decided that Millie broke the rules. Based on a complaint from one of the neighbors the city notified Millie that one cannot place display shelves in the front yard. A spokesperson from the City of Glendale’s Code Compliance Department said residents can’t leave furniture or appliances in public view or they will be cited. As a code compliance issue, she therefore was ordered to stop giving away the food.  However, as of this writing the city has not returned to issue a citation though Millie says this mission of hers is too important to stop and she plans on defying the orders.

In the video it is easy to hear and see the compassion of this Samaritan, helping others, because she strongly feels this is the right thing to do.

On a personal note: While this topic was being discussed on a local radio program a female caller identified herself as the one who initially complained. Her concern was that ‘strangers were coming onto her street’ and she did not feel it was safe. The show host asked if she had talked to Millie about the situation to which she seemed surprised, replying it wasn’t her place. But she just didn’t like having this happen ‘in her back yard.’ The host pressed further asking if it wouldn’t be the neighborly thing to do before calling the police but she had no answer. So instead of working together for a win-win situation the Good Samaritan now has been pushed into a battle with the city.

Could this issue have been prevented? Or should it even be allowed? What do you think?

 

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer Signs Executive Order Denying Public Funded Benefits to Young Illegal Immigrants

On Wednesday, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer ordered her state government agencies to deny drivers licenses and other public benefits to young illegal immigrants who obtain work permits under the new Obama Administration policy.

In the executive order, she was reaffirming the current Arizona law that denies taxpayer-funded public benefits and state identification to illegal immigrants.

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer issues an executive order denying public-funded benefits to young illegal immigrants

Young illegal immigrants around the country between the ages of 16-30 around the nation began applying for work permits on Wednesday under the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

The new federal ‘policy’ defers deportation of certain young illegal immigrants who have a high school diploma, a GED, or who have served or are currently serving in the United States Armed Services, and all applicants must not have committed certain crimes.

Jan Brewer labeled the new federal policy by Barack Obama as “backdoor amnesty” back in June when the policy was announced.

Arizona has been a leading state in fighting for the right to protect their citizens from illegal immigrants, most recently making the news with the Arizona v. United States Supreme Court decision.

The U.S. Supreme Court in June overturned parts of the Arizona enforcement law known as SB1070 but ruled that a key provision on requiring police to ask people about their immigration status under certain circumstances can be implemented.

The Obama Administration and Eric Holder challenged the law in 2010, claiming that Arizona doesn’t constitutionally have the right to pass the law, since Immigration powers are enumerated to the federal government.

Gov. Brewer went on the Mike Broomhead show on 550 KFYI radio to discuss the executive order, listen here:

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Twins Born at 23 Weeks Home as AZ Defends Prohibiting 20 Week Abortion

After an unexpected critical health issue Arizona twins were born by cesarean section at only 23 weeks. The twin boys, called miracle babies, by staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center survived difficult challenges, including surgeries, blood transfusions and months in the Nursery Intensive Care Unit.

The boys, now three months old, are home with their parents, and weigh about seven pounds each.

Read more at AZCentral.com

A heartwarming story right? Unusual, no doubt. But it’s even more. These tiny babies, while surviving due to improved technology, are a statement of fetus viability. It wasn’t that long ago when infants born at two pounds were considered miracles. Medical advances are daily improving the chances of a pre-term fetus to not only survive, but live and grow a healthy life.

Arizona recently passed a law prohibiting abortions at a point of fetal viability. By the standards set in the law this would be at 20 weeks gestation. Remember these tiny twins were born just three weeks beyond that point.

Abortion rights groups have challenged this new law saying the 20 week period does not give women enough time to decide whether to abort a problem pregnancy.

The 9th Circuit Court put a stay on Arizona’s new law until a hearing can take place. Nine other states have enacted similar bans after 20 weeks pregnancy.

Arizona AFB Will Become Training Base for F-35

The U.S. Air Force and Department of Defense announced today that Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Arizona will serve as the new training base for the F-35A Lightening II.

In a joint statement Arizona Senators McCain and Kyl wrote: “This is a proud day for the State of Arizona. We are pleased with the Air Force’s decision to station three F-35 training squadrons at Luke Air Force Base, with the potential to add three more squadrons in future years. This decision demonstrates that Luke AFB will remain the Air Force’s premier pilot training facility and underscores the unparalleled training opportunities offered in Arizona at the Barry M. Goldwater Range.

“We welcome the Secretary of the Air Force’s commitment that, in addition to the three F-35 training squadrons, the Air Force will maintain both U.S. and foreign F-16 pilot training at Luke AFB through 2023. This decision is consistent with the Air Force’s goal to leverage existing capacity at Luke AFB to the maximum extent. We also received assurances that the Air Force will station these 72 F-35As at Luke AFB regardless of the status of purchases by partner nations.

Glendale Mayor Elaine Scruggs, co-chair of the Luke Forward campaign stated, “The goal of our statewide initiative was to send a clear message to the decision makers in Washington D.C. that Arizona strongly supports Luke Air Force Base continuing to serve as our nation’s premier fighter pilot training facility.”

The Air Force will initially place three squadrons, F-35s, at Luke AFB starting as early as next year. Additional F-35’s will arrive at the base in phases.

This announcement ensures Luke’s 56th Fighter Wing will now be the Air Force’s F-35 pilot training site as well as continuing F-16 training for fighter pilots in the foreseeable future.

This decision will have a strong economic impact on the West Valley cities with new construction for the squadrons, infrastructure upgrades and other maintenance. Luke AFB will receive $100-125 million from the federal government to pay for these projects. It is anticipated that nearly 3,000 construction jobs will be created.

Roadside Amnesty in AZ

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu posted about the new ICE policy in Arizona. He describes an incident from June 27, 2012:

At 4:45 p.m. one of my deputies stopped a vehicle on a traffic stop after he observed it speeding at 85 mph in a 35 mph zone near Merrill Ranch Parkway on Felix Road. The vehicle also unsafely passed another vehicle while using the two way left turn lane.

The driver of the vehicle was a 17-year-old Hispanic male who verbally identified himself and told the deputy he was driving in such a reckless manner because he was “late for work.” The driver told the deputy he did not have a driver’s license and could not obtain any identification, since he lacked proper documentation required to qualify. He also said that his parents are also in the United States illegally. He told the deputy he was born in Mexico. When asked where he lived he stated, “Little Mexico.” The driver said that he could not remember his exact home address.

The deputy notified his supervisor of his stop and then notified U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE). The deputy explained to the ICE representative he had a 17-year-old juvenile stopped who had committed two misdemeanors, had no identification, admitted both he and his parents were in the United States illegally.

The ICE representative asked how long the individual had been in the United States. The deputy told him the juvenile said he was born in Mexico but claimed to have been living in the United States for the majority of his life. The deputy was told by ICE that since he was in the United States for more than five years, they were not interested in him unless he committed a felony crime.

The deputy asked the ICE representative about the parents whom the juvenile said were illegally in the United States as well. The ICE representative told him that if the parents have been in the United States for five years or more also, he was not going to take any action against them either.

The driver was cited and released to his mother who responded to the scene. The vehicle impounded for 30 days due to the fact it was operated on the roadways without a licensed driver.

True to their word, ICE is no longer responding to situations involving illegals in Arizona. The ICE agent made a clear decision not to investigate the matter based simply on a phone conversation. No one verified that any of the information was fact. 

Sheriff Babeu and his deputies are frustrated. On his website Babeu writes, “As troubling, President Obama established a toll free hot line to report law enforcement for suspected racial profiling. How have we arrived at this point in America, where our own President decides what laws don’t apply to illegals and then establishes a hot line for them to report our heroes in law enforcement for suspected racial profiling? Where is the hot line for me to call to demand that all the laws are enforced and for the President to stop portraying law enforcement as the bad guys?”

It does not appear that the Department of Justice, the Department of Immigrations and Customs nor the Obama Administration will do anything to promote justice for the citizens of Arizona…at least until there is a new administration.

GOP Congressman: Fighting For The Constitution Is A Losing Battle

H/T Western Journalism

Republican Rep. Paul Gosar (Arizona Dist. 1) proves there really is no difference between the left and the right. Republican politicians are the same as Democrat politicians. They are spitting all over The Constitution. We are allowing these “elected officials” to give our country away.

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What happens when a Republican Congressman tells Conservative Activists that fighting for the Constitution is a losing battle? Watch the fireworks as Unite In Action’s Director of Legal Affairs KrisAnne Hall and 912 Project National Co-Chair, Unite In Action President, Stephani Scruggs respond.

This took place at The National Republican Club of Capitol Hill, commonly known as the Capitol Hill Club, in Washington DC on June 28th, 2012 with Michelle Bachmann, Rep Gosar and several other members of congress as well as The Tea Party.Net. with syndicated talk show host Rusty Humphries as the MC. It was broadcast on LiveStream by The Tea Party.Net

 

Is Arizona Being Punished?

Is Arizona being chastised by this administration? Just minutes after the Supreme Court ruling that upheld the right of law enforcement to check citizenship on detained individuals the White House issued a bold statement. The Department of Homeland Security would suspend existing agreements with Arizona police and would stop responding to most of Arizona law enforcement calls related to illegal immigrants. In addition, a complaint telephone number has been posted for anyone who may feel police stopped him due to racial profiling.

Instead of offering further assistance to secure the border of Arizona DHS has stated that no additional officers will be provided.

In the short clip below former border patrol official Robert Gilbert reminds us that Americans are expecting ALL law enforcement to work together.

Listen to long time border Sheriff Larry Dever explain the insult to the professionalism of Arizona law enforcement.

Today as many hear the news they are asking if Arizona is being punished for attempting to do the job that the Federal Government won’t.

 

Teen Stands Ground. Saves Family.

An Arizona 14 year boy shoots and seriously wounds an intruder to his home.

The teen was watching his younger siblings when a woman first rang the door bell, then began pounding on the door. He realized something was not right and ran upstairs where a gun was stored. As he returned a male intruder kicked down the door and entered with gun in hand. The teen shot at and hit the intruder. Police say his quick actions may have saved this family. Stand your ground.

 

 

Forest Fires: Can We Lessen Damage?

It’s only mid-May and Arizona already has several raging forest fires. In less than a week and involving more than 1,700 firefighters the five fires have already cost $5 Million. Fighting wildfires in rugged Arizona is fraught with danger. Hot Shot crews in the Crown King area are contending with hidden mine shafts from prospecting days. The fires awaken hostile animals including venomous snakes. In addition, the crews are dealing with hot weather now in the triple digits.

There is no doubt that the warm La Niña weather pattern with less rain and snow make for a potentially bad fire year, especially in the Southwest. With temperatures well above average, burning restrictions are already in place on most Federal Forest land in Arizona.

Though the cause of these fires is under investigation wildfires are often nature’s way of keeping a healthy forest. As we watch the line of fire march across the landscape we must ask, “Are we doing what’s best for our forests? Can we lessen the damage so that our children are able to return to these areas for recreation?

There are some who believe all forests should remain in their natural state without human intervention. Some believe good forest management means limited access to people. Past disagreements over how best to create a healthy forest ecosystem stopped programs such as clear cutting when, managers moved to the other extreme of limited use land. The unfortunate end result of both extremes is an unhealthy forest, thick with undergrowth and vulnerable to disease and severe wildfire.

Native American Tribes, considered sovereign nations, are allowed to manage forests through contracts developed with the Bureau of Indian Affairs.  Both the BIA and the Forest Service have mission goals of a healthy vibrant forest. Some argue that the tribal interest is financial only and “they prioritize timber extraction over conservation and preservation of fish, wildlife and watershed…” Tribal members will tell you that they have a long term, inter-generational investment and desire for a healthy forest.

The 2011 massive Wallow Fire of Eastern Arizona gave a unique opportunity to study the two different management systems. The fire bordered both the Fort Apache and San Carlos Reservations. As it burned from federally managed forest into the reservation land the fire slowed and was stopped. Part of the tribes’ strategy for forest management was to thin through timber extraction (logging sales) knowing that the increased tree spacing keeps fires from crowing and jumping from tree to tree and use aggressive prescribed burns to keep underbrush manageable. Further evidence that fuel treatment methods are effective can be seen in the area surrounding the tiny town of Alpine where the fire was halted due to thinning and good management.

The Wallow Fire Fuels Treatment study results are expected to show that aggressive management of the forests allow for a healthier ecosystem and trees that are better able to survive a fire.  This study comes at the same time the Obama administration works with the Sierra Club and Earthjustice to promote a new management program. One would hope this administration would take the Wallow Fire study to heart and consider implementing some of the tribal strategies.

Please join Arizonans as we pray for less wind, lower temperatures and for an early monsoon. Pray also for the safety of the many firefighters who brave these difficult conditions, not for themselves, but for us. And pray that this administration will look hard at the Wallow Fire to see the benefits of the Indian management plan. Diligent management of the forests may improve the chances for tree survival and faster recovery from fire. Forest fires are a natural part of life but those with less impact will allow our children and grandchildren future enjoyment of our timbered lands.

*Photo of the Willow Fire, 2011, courtesy Jane Boyles, photojournalist.

AZ – Where They Desecrate the Flag to Support Illegals

I am not going to fly off on a tirade about this behavior. It does no good anyway. The people involved in these sorts of activities just take words against them, and spin the complaints so that the people pointing out how wrong they are end up looking like the bad guys. Instead, I am going to tell you all a story.
Desecrated Flag
My maiden name is Ross, and since my first name is Elizabeth, some members of my family would call me Betsy, like my paternal grandfather. This was something that he liked very much, having a granddaughter with the same name as the woman who was historically credited with making the first flag of this nation. The reason he liked this undoubtedly had something to do with his being a generally patriotic man, and a veteran. But, shortly after he died, it became abundantly clear why this quiet gentleman liked that name in his family tree so much.

When we were sorting through his belongings, we found a flag. It was folded neatly, and kept in an old department store shirt box wrapped in tissue paper. When my father carefully unfolded it, and spread it out on my grandmother’s bed, we saw that it had just 48 stars. The white stripes and stars had long since turned to sepia tone, and some of the hem on the edges had fallen apart because the thread had disintegrated. And then we noticed that there was a deep brownish red stain over many of the stripes.

We knew that my grandfather had served in World War II, but didn’t know where, or in what capacity. Until we found that flag, we never knew that he had obviously been in combat. We would find out later from some of his friends from the American Legion that the flag was his because he had used it to wrap around a member of his unit in battle. That man had died in my grandfather’s arms, with that flag as a blanket. Apparently, he had tried to give that flag to the dead soldier’s family, but they either couldn’t bear to take it, or said that he should keep it. In spite of the fact that it is very old and worn, it has never been added to the yearly pile of flags that local veterans burn and bury each year. It sits, neatly folded, hiding the bloodstains it holds, in a case at an American Legion post. It will probably molder to nothingness before any veteran of that post decides to permanently retire those colors in the flames.

Understanding the importance of that flag is what it means to be an American. That is a gift that citizens of this country can own. Failing to grasp that is a tragedy. The flag not only represents this nation, but also the blood spilled to protect it.

The following video shows a group of people that probably will never understand what it really means to be an American citizen. Their only concern is what they can get out of the government. They have no desire to contribute to society, and only desire to usurp the freedoms that were earned by the blood of others. While it is tempting to scream in protest at the desecration they have done, one must remember – they don’t know any better. They cannot be taught to feel what true Americans do. They cannot be taught to respect themselves, let alone others. They are not worth anyone’s time or attention. But, we mustn’t forget that people like this exist in this country. We must continue the fight to remove those that have no desire to actively participate in our society as law-abiding, respectful, legal citizens.
Illegal Alien Protesters Desecrate Flag

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