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Despite gun control advocates spending millions on the Barber/McSally congressional race in Arizona, McSally appears to have won

by John Lott on Thursday, November 13th, 2014

This is article 42 of 45 in the topic 2014 Elections
With Gabrielle Giffords’ gun control organization spending at least $1.5 million and launching what even the liberal Arizona Republic labeled as “base and vile” ads, Republican Martha McSally appears to have won the congressional race by 161 votes.  There will be a recount, but the vote counters don’t think that the result will be changed.

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Vote Fraud? Video Shows Man Stuffing Hundreds of Ballots Into Ballot Box

by Selwyn Duke on Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

This is article 376 of 377 in the topic Elections

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Defenders of lax election laws say it rarely happens — but apparently it’s happening again. In what critics describe as a shocking example of likely vote fraud, a surveillance video (see below) from a Maricopa County, Arizona, polling place shows a man stuffing hundreds of ballots into a ballot box.

The act was observed by A.J. LaFaro, chairman of the Maricopa County Republican Committee, on August 25 while he was stationed at the MCTEC facility at 510 S. Third Avenue in Phoenix during the primary election cycle. Writes the Arizona Daily Independent:

LaFaro recounts that between 12:54 p.m. and 1:04 p.m., he heard a loud thud and turned to see what was going on. “A person wearing a Citizens for a Better Arizona (CBA) t-shirt dropped a large box of hundreds of early ballots on the table and started stuffing the ballot box as I watched in amazement.”

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Vote Fraud? Video Shows Man Stuffing Hundreds of Ballots Into Ballot Box

 

While sound is not available on the recording

LaFaro provides the following account:

Person from CBA: “What’s your problem?”

LaFaro: “I don’t have a problem.”

Person from CBA: “Stop watching me. You’re annoying me.”

… LaFaro: “One of your ballots isn’t sealed.”

Person from CBA: “It’s none of your business. What’s your name?”

LaFaro: “I’m the chairman of the Maricopa County Republican Party. What’s yours?”

Person from CBA: “Go [f***] yourself. I don’t have to tell you who I am.”

After the man was mostly done with his ballot stuffing, he began taking pictures, which were images of ballots “that he staged in the slot of the ballot box. He then hid behind the ballot box and table as he slipped the unsealed ballot [mentioned earlier] into his brief and left,” the paper reports LaFaro as saying. The man is then seen on the video leaving the building and subsequently returning to drop the ballot into the box. As he left for good he said to LaFaro, “Go f*** yourself, gringo.”

Not surprisingly, LaFaro describes the CBA operative as “a vulgar, disrespectful, violent thug that has no respect for our laws.” “I would have followed him to the parking lot to take down his tag number, but I feared for my life,” said LaFaro.

The next day he visited four other polling locations, where he observed poll workers doing nothing and heard about “ballot parties,” events at which activists collect large numbers of ballots from people so they can “vote them illegally,” as LaFaro put it.

And what’s the nature of CBA? American Thinker’s Thomas Lifson weighs in, writing, “Citizens for a Better Arizona appears to be a left wing organization, hiding behind the usual bland rhetoric.” Its website tells us that it is “a predominantly volunteer driven organization of Republicans, Democrats and Independents committed to improving the quality of life of all Arizonans — better schools, better health care, better jobs, better government and a better, more civil tone of respect and decency when it comes to solving Arizona’s problems.” But, reports Lifson, “[H]ere are some of the stories highlighted on its [CBA’s] “news” page”:

PROTESTERS CONFRONT THE WOMAN BEHIND ARIZONA’S HATE LAW

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ACTIVISTS PRESENT CONSERVATIVE REP. WITH TOILET

http://www.kfyi.com/articles/arizona-news-118695/activists-present-conservative-rep-with-toilet-12057574/ Tweet Read More

But CBA isn’t the only player in the vote-fraud game.

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Neighboring business owner stops credit union robbery by two armed men

by John Lott on Thursday, October 16th, 2014

This is article 579 of 592 in the topic Gun Rights
The fact that the individual who stopped this robbery was outside his business when he saw what was happening indicates that it is a concealed handgun permit holder who stopped this robbery.  From Phoenix, Arizona:

. . . Two armed suspects wearing masks entered the Desert Schools Credit Union near Cactus and Tatum around 3 p.m. and attempted to rob it, police said. A witness then opened fire on the suspects. It is not known if the suspects returned fire.

Authorities said one of the suspects was shot and transported to a local hospital where he died. The second suspect fled the bank and stole a vehicle from someone at gunpoint, damaging several cars as he fled.

That suspect struck a mini-van, which then ran into a wall near 44th Street and Thunderbird. Two people in the mini van were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. The suspect was taken into custody.

The owner of the salon next door to the bank said it was another business owner who opened fire. . . .

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Even liberal media outlets are calling Gabby Giffords’ gun control attack ads completely over the top

by John Lott on Monday, September 22nd, 2014

This is article 35 of 45 in the topic 2014 Elections
From Politico:

Gabby Giffords, irreproachable figure of sympathy, has fashioned an improbable new role for herself this election year: ruthless attack dog.

The former Democratic congresswoman, whose recovery from a gunshot wound to the head captivated the country, has unleashed some of the nastiest ads of the campaign season, going after GOP candidates in Arizona and New Hampshire with attacks even some left-leaning commentators say go too far. And Republicans on the receiving end are largely helpless to hit back, knowing a fight with the much-admired survivor is not one they’re likely to win.

Some of the toughest spots from Giffords’ newly formed pro-gun-control super PAC, Americans for Responsible Solutions, hammer Republican Martha McSally, a retired Air Force pilot who is running for the Arizona seat Giffords once held. One features a wrenching testimonial from a woman named Vicki who weeps and stumbles over her words as she recounts how her 19-year-old daughter was hunted down and murdered by an enraged ex-boyfriend. . . .

Giffords’ bare-knuckled approach isn’t entirely out of character. . . .

As Politico notes, even the liberal Arizona Republic’s had strong words condemning the ads in Arizona.

the Arizona Republic’s editorial page, which is typically liberal leaning, called the “Vicki” ad “base and vile.” The commercial, the newspaper said, put the murder “at McSally’s feet, as if she were responsible. A murder indictment implied. But, of course, McSally had nothing to do with” the death. . . .

 

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Suspected Syrian jihadi bomb maker extradited to U.S.

by Jim Kouri on Monday, September 1st, 2014

This is article 786 of 800 in the topic Terrorism

Despite the need for human intelligence regarding Syria, Iraq and Islamic terrorist groups, the Obama administration proudly announced on Thursday that a radical Muslim from Syria, who was extradited by the police in Turkey to Phoenix, Arizona, and who faces a number of federal terrorism charges, appeared in federal criminal court instead of being interviewed and interrogated for intelligence, according to a Justice Department report.

The suspect, Ahmad Ibrahim Al-Ahmad, is charged with a number of counts, including conspiracy to use improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, in plots against U.S. fighting forces and military vehicles during the Iraqi insurgency between 2005 and 2010, according to an FBI statement.

“Al-Ahmad’s charges also include conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction, conspiracy to damage or destroy U.S. government property by means of an explosive and conspiracy to commit extraterritorial murder of a U.S. national, among others,” according to the indictment.

In addition, the 39-year-old Syrian allegedly supplied materials to an Iraqi insurgent group, known as the 1920 Revolution Brigades, for use in making IEDs to target U.S. and coalition military personnel during that five-year period. The 1920 Revolution Brigades is a Sunni terrorist group in Iraq, which is comprised of former members of the disbanded Iraqi army.

“While this capture should be applauded, it’s still a mystery to me why we would bring this terrorist into the United States and treat him like a bank robber or swindler. He should be in Gitmo [Guantanamo Bay, Cuba] being interrogated for intelligence purposes. This [Obama] administration is really dysfunctional,” said former anti-terrorism unit police detective Joseph Kiernan.

Justice Department and FBI documents reveal that Al-Ahmad obtained the components needed by bomb makers to create radio-controlled IEDs. The dual-use bomb parts were purchased by the suspect from a company headquartered in the Arizona, according to court documents.

The prosecutors and FBI agents said, “[T]hat the parts [given to the 1920 Revolution Brigades] were believed to be used in a 2007 attack near the Baghdad International Airport, that left three U.S. soldiers dead. Also, the IEDs allegedly manufactured in a Baghdad home by Al-Ahmad were used in a 2007 attack that killed one U.S. soldier and [wounded] four others.”

Al-Ahmad was originally charged in May 2011 and but wasn’t arrested until he crossed the border from Syria into Turkey. He was held by the Turkish police until Wednesday when he was extradited from Turkey to Arizona, according to the FBI statement.

Al-Ahmad is facing a maximum life sentence and his trial is scheduled for Oct. 7, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Latest concealed carry permit numbers for Arizona

by John Lott on Saturday, July 12th, 2014

Latino group and Obama ally exposed by America’s toughest sheriff

by Jim Kouri on Monday, June 30th, 2014

This is article 440 of 467 in the topic Immigration

It’s no secret to many Americans that President Barack Obama and his administration, especially Attorney General Eric Holder and the Justice Department hierarchy, have it in for the man known to many as America’s toughest sheriff, according to supporters for the reelection of Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio in an email release on Sunday. The latest attacks on Arpaio stem from his exposing a Democratic Party favored activist group known as the Puente Movement.

Puente’s legal team on June 18, 2014 filed a federal lawsuit against “Arpaio… and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office challenging… laws that turn immigrants into felons simply for working to provide for their families,” according to thegroup’s website.

“We are requesting an immediate injunction and permanent halt to the workplace raids and to expunge the records of raid victims who continue to face discrimination and barriers from exaggerated felony charges,” Puente officials claim.

“They have spent more time and resources coming after me and my office to keep us from enforcing illegal immigration laws than they do working to stop illegal immigrants from crossing our borders,” according to the 82-year-old Arpaio, who displays the energy of a man half his age,.

“Why? Because I’m the only law enforcement official in this state that has actively enforced our illegal immigration laws,”he said in the campaign email.

Arpaio has frequently pointed out that the Obama administration placed a federal “monitor” in the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office to make there’s no “racially profiling” going on within the department’s jurisdiction. Arpaio calls this waste of taxpayer money absurd and says he’s in the midst of appealing the ruling and will continue to appeal all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court.

In the past few days, Eric Holder’s non-governmental agency allies such as the ultra-liberal American Civil Liberties Union and the aforementioned open-borders, pro-amnesty group called “Puente” filed a federal lawsuit to prevent Arpaio’s deputies from conducting workplace operations to arrest “employees” that are engaged in identity theft by using other people’s social security numbers.

“Being a victim of identity theft is no trivial matter. It can ruin your credit, your ability to purchase a car or a home and make your life miserable because someone broke the law and used your identification. I can’t help it if the vast majority of these identity theft suspects are illegal immigrants,” said Arpaio.

Arpaio claims that Puente is a radical group that demands the deportations of illegal aliens be stopped. Puents also wants permanent citizenship for those who have broken U.S. immigration laws to enter the United States. Even more absurd is the group’s demand that the federal government disband both the U.S. customs and border patrol departments.

“They have consistently called for my arrest, protest outside my office or wherever I appear publicly and have actively worked to remove me from office. They’re counting on me to surrender and quit,” said Arpaio..

‘I won’t surrender. And I won’t quit. I don’t care if it’s the Justice Department, liberal attorneys or these extreme open-border groups that want to see me gone.

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Green Energy for Dead Vets

by Daniel Greenfield on Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

This is article 298 of 303 in the topic US Military

Three years before Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki would be forced out of his job because of the veterans who had died under him, he visited the Massachusetts National Cemetery. He wasn’t there to see the men and women who had died because of him.

While vets were dying, Obama and Shinseki had turned their attention to something truly important; seeing to it that all the cemeteries where they were being buried had wind or solar power.

The Massachusetts National Cemetery was getting a wind turbine so that the dead veterans would have all the sustainable energy they needed.

A VA press release about the cemetery turbine boasted that “under the leadership of Secretary Eric K. Shinseki… VA is transitioning into a 21st century organization that better serves America’s Veterans.”

Shinseki arrived in person at the dedication ceremony to flip the switch on the cemetery wind turbine.

“Nationally, VA continues to expand its investment in renewable sources of energy to promote our Nation’s energy independence, save taxpayer dollars, and improve care for our Veterans and their families,” he said.

The cemetery turbine had cost $533,000. Veterans were dying to save the VA a few hundred dollars. Shinseki had made his order of priorities clear. Green energy boondoggles came first. Improving veteran care came last.

Acting Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs Steve Muro told the crowd, “With one of VA’s first wind turbine projects, the Massachusetts National Cemetery is leading the way in the use of renewable energy while providing the burial benefits that New England Veterans and their families have earned.”

Muro had made the entire macabre spectacle worthy of a Joseph Heller novel. Obama’s people had not only killed veterans, they had killed satire.

When the VA wasn’t installing a wind turbine at a cemetery, it was installing solar panels at cemeteries to better serve the dead veterans that it was killing.

The Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery’s solar panels cost $787,308. According to the press release, the solar panels in the cemetery would “reduce greenhouse gas emissions”.

$742,034 worth of solar panels was put in at the Calverton National Cemetery.  The San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery got an $800,000 solar panel setup. The Riverside National Cemetery got a $1.3 million solar system.

“We are investing in clean energy and renewable energy projects at our national cemeteries to reduce our environmental footprint,” Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki declared. ”The transition toward these renewable energy sources helps VA continue to be a leading example of going green in the federal government.”

Vets might be dying at VA facilities, but they would have solar panels and wind turbines over their graves so that Shineski could provide Obama with a leading example of “greenness”.

The cemeteries may have been where the VA’s scandal of shorting care for vets ended, under the shade of solar panels and wind turbines, but it was not where it began.

The VA scandal began at the Phoenix VA Health Care System where administrators earned promotions and bonuses by shunting patients who needed treatment into fake waiting lists.

As many as 40 veterans had died while waiting for care and 1,715 veterans in the Phoenix VA Health Care System had waited more than 90 days for an appointment.

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Endorsement: Diane Douglas for Arizona state superintendent

by Michelle Malkin on Friday, May 16th, 2014

This is article 248 of 259 in the topic Education

2032bc05672f69b03f3996dd5ad4a6bd_4tf6As readers know, I’ve dedicated the last two years to raising the alarm about Common Core. There has been a dramatic sea change since I started reporting on the issue. When I began, Fox News barely gave it a few minutes’ notice. Now, the pedagogical controversy over Fed Ed is being covered wall-to-wall. It’s the target of late-night comedy jokes. Glenn Beck and Kyle Olson’s book on the issue is a top-ten bestseller at Amazon. And the nationwide revolt against the costly, control-usurping, privacy-undermining, rigor-sabotaging, top-down-test-imposing, crony-rewarding racket is in full swing.

This breakthrough into the mainstream is thanks to vigilant and tireless grass-roots parents, activists, and scholars at the vanguard of the Stop Common Core movement. Now, the battle is moving to the polls. As I reported last week, two Indiana state legislative candidates ousted pro-Common Core incumbents. Jason Hart reports that an Ohio state GOP legislative challenger also defeated a pro-Common Core incumbent.

In Arizona, the Republican state superintendent John Huppenthal is a zealous defender of Common Core. Earlier this week, he savaged opponents as “barbarians at the gate.” This ad hominem attack is straight from the playbook of other elitist Common Core peddlers (see Arne Duncan’s bigoted sneer at “white suburban moms”, Missouri state rep. Mike Lair’s swipe at “paranoid” parents, and Jeb Bush’s snit fit against critics.)

Smug Huppenthal is confident he’ll cruise to victory on the August 26th primary.

But parents in Arizona have a choice.

Mom and former school board member Diane Douglas is in the race to unseat arrogant Huppenthal and combat Common Core. She’s principled, clear-thinking, and bold.

“My vision is to put Arizona’s education back in the hands of Arizonans, she says. “We know what’s best for our children and we don’t need people from Washington telling us how to educate our children.”

She vows to:

Use every power of the office and all my energies to ensure the AZ Dept & our State Board of Education protect and defend our 10th Amendment right to direct and control the education of our children.

Work with our Republican legislators to protect our children, and their families, from the unconstitutional invasion of their privacy through massive federally mandated data collection.

Diane Douglas has valuable experience at the local educational level:

The Governing Board of the Peoria Unified School District from 2005-2012; board president 2008 & 2009.

The Site Councils of Desert Valley Elementary and Ironwood H.S. – PUSD.

Apostle’s Lutheran Church Board of Education – 2009 – 2013; Preschool Board 2012-February 2013.

But she says her most important job has been as full-time mother to her children:

While I have been blessed with various opportunities the single most important “job” I have held in my adult life was being a full time mother; anything I have ever done or achieved pales in comparison.

Winston Churchill stated:

“There is no doubt that it is around the family and the home that all the greatest virtues, the most dominating virtues of human, are created, strengthened and maintained.”

Douglas has called out Arizona Common Core promoters for their devious rebranding scheme and she lambasted Huppenthal’s attack on parents:

If this is how John Huppenthal views the citizens of Arizona, then he should seriously consider suspending his campaign and retiring at the end his current term of office.

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Cops endorse legislation to stop federal gun grabbing laws and agencies

by Jim Kouri on Thursday, February 6th, 2014

This is article 504 of 592 in the topic Gun Rights

The campaign to stop federal violations of the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment at the state and local level got two big boosts with the introduction of the Second Amendment Preservation Act in Arizona and an important police endorsement for a similar bill pending in Florida, according to press statement released on Monday by a national think-tank based in Los Angeles, Calif.

According to the Tenth Amendment Center, Florida’s HB733 picked up the endorsement of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association. Sheriff Richard Mack founded CSPOA and he’s a former sheriff in Arizona.

The highly-decorated law enforcement chief said his organization supports the Florida Second Amendment Preservation Act, and he would like to see every state in the Union take the same path.

“This bill is one more needed action in the growing movement to return the powers not expressly given to the federal government back to the States and the People, according to the Constitution. We are in league with this legislation, and we encourage every state to enact similar laws,” Mack stated.

CSPOA is in the process of communicating it’s support to legislatures throughout the country, according to Rick Dalton, CSPOA legislative liaison. “Our members are on the front lines and this kind of law will aid us in standing firm in defense of the rights of the people we serve,” said he said.

Eugene Morrissey, also a retired police commander, told the Examiner that he believes this is a step in the right direction for states seeking to articulate their sovereignty. “We have finally been visibly confronted with a federal government in the throes of lawlessness. The current White House has little regard for constitutional law and even less regard for American citizens,” said Chief Morrissey.

“Obama told Americans ‘if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor,’ but we discovered that was a lie. He’s also claimed he is not seeking to take Americans’ guns away, but we know he and his attorney general are chomping at the bit to grab those weapons,” Morrissey added.

CSPOA just held a conference last week in Las Vegas where all those present signed a resolution putting the federal government on notice that lawless and unconstitutional federal activities will not be tolerated where its members have jurisdiction.

In fact, a police commanding officer in New Mexico returned to his office after attending the conference in Las Vegas to find he was placed on “administrative leave” by political leaders in his jurisdiction, according to an Examiner news story.

Jemez Springs, New Mexico, Police Chief Shane Harger was arbitrarily terminated, in part, for his participation in a conference of Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (CSPOA) in Las Vegas one week ago, according to the Examiner.

Along with eight other sponsors, Arizona state Senator Kelli Ward introduced the Second Amendment Preservation Act in the Grand Canyon State. SB 1294 declares all federal regulations violating the Second Amendment “invalid and void in this state.” It also prohibits the state from enforcing “any federal act, law, order, rule or regulation that relates to a personal firearm, firearm accessory or ammunition within the limits of this state.”

“We’ve sat back and allowed the federal government to trample the Constitution long enough,” Ward said.

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