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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 458 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 257 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 558 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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‘America’s Toughest Sheriff’ punishes flag desecraters with special diet

by Jim Kouri on Monday, January 27th, 2014

This is article 16 of 16 in the topic US Symbols/Flag

The lawman known to many conservatives and libertarians as “America’s Toughest Sheriff,” Arizona’s Joe Arpaio, announced that 38 prisoners in his jail rebelled against his new department policy of installing American flags inside of jail cells. The inmates desecrated the Stars and Stripes and he punished them by feeding them what amounts to a “bread and water” diet, according to CNN News on Friday.

The purposely unappetizing meal is a mixture of mashed fruits and vegetables combined with milk powder, dough and other ingredients, all combined in order to fulfill legal nutritional requirements for prisoners.

Arpaio, a former federal law enforcement agent and longtime Maricopa County, Ariz., sheriff, told the press that any inmate who damages one of the flags in their jail cells will be fed the Arpaio mixture — which he calls “nutra-loaf” — using their hands, instead of the usual plastic forks and spoons, for 14 days.

“I run a patriotic jail system,” Arpaio told reporters. “I am somewhat disappointed that 38 inmates recently desecrated the flags, tearing them up and writing on them and throwing them in the toilet.”

Arpaio achieved celebrity status in part thanks to the ACLU, President Barack Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder and the left-leaning news outlets who complained about his alleged mistreatment of prisoners, especially illegal aliens from Mexico. One of his practices that riled the leftists was his making jail inmates wear pink uniforms.

However, among many American citizens, Sheriff Joe is a hero who they believe should be emulated by more leaders. For example, while those questioning President Barack Obama’s citizenship are held up to ridicule even by some conservative pundits, Arpaio caused an uproar in Washington by officially investigating the authenticity of President Obama’s birth certificate, which he and his special task force claim was fabricated, according to an Examiner news story.

In another federal case, the Obama Justice Department alleges that Arpaio and his deputies use racial-profiling when dealing with Latinos, something the five-term sheriff calls nonsense.

To those who complain that the flag desecraters are exercising their constitutional rights, the tough-as-nails sheriff is ready for that argument. “This is not a First Amendment situation,” Arpaio said. “When they tamper with the flag, they are tampering with government property.”

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Maricopa County GOP votes to censure John McCain

by Shelley Hoelz on Saturday, January 11th, 2014

This is article 86 of 94 in the topic Republican Party

575362637_Republican_elephant5477_xlargeThe annual Maricopa County Precinct Committee meeting was held on January 11, 2014. It was a time to catch-up with old friends, meet and learn about candidates running for office, elect new members and conduct the general business of the Maricopa Republican party.

US Congressman Trent Franks, David Schweikert, Matt Salmon and Paul Gosar were welcomed by the delegation. As always, Sheriff Joe Arpaio was greeted with cheers.

What was different this year than most were 14 resolutions that reflect the disappointment at the state of our union and the direction our country is taking. Resolutions to curb spending and limit tax increases, the support of the 2nd and 10th amendments, advocating for teaching our children about the true history of our nation, and resolutions regarding the election process within the state were introduced.

Illegal immigration and amnesty were the topic of two resolutions, and with that a resolution to support Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

But the resolution hitting the local media this week was the resolution to Censure Senator John McCain and it read:

As leaders in the Republican Party, we are obligated to fully support our Party, platform, and its candidates. Only in times of great crisis or betrayal if it necessary to publicly censure our leaders. Today we are faced with both. For too long we have waited, hoping Senator McCain would return to our Party’s values on his own. That has not happened. So with sadness and humility we rise and declare:

Whereas Senator McCain has amassed a long and terrible record of drafting, co-sponsoring and voting for legislation best associated with liberal Democrats, such as Amnesty, funding for Obamacare, the debt ceiling, liberal nominees, assaults on the Constitution and 2nd amendment; and

Whereas this record has been disastrous and harmful to Arizona and the United States; and

Whereas Senator McCain has campaigned as a conservative and made promises during his re-election campaigns, such as the needed and welcomed promise to secure our borders and finish the border fence, only to quickly flip-flop on those promises; and

Whereas McCain has abandoned our values and has been eerily silent against Liberals, yet publicly reprimands Conservatives in his own Party.

Therefore

BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED that the Maricopa County Republican Committee censures Senator McCain for his continued disservice to our State and Nationa, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that until he consistently champions our Party’s Platform, we, the Republican leadership in Arizona will no longer support, campaign for or endorse John McCain as our U.S. Senator.

Lively debate ensued, but by the end of the day 13 resolutions were passed overwhelming, most by a margin of about 4-1 in favor, including the censure of John McCain with that final vote being 1150 in support and 351 opposed. Only one resolution squeaked by, passing by 115 votes. One resolution failed by only 53 votes.

The message from Maricopa County is clear. We are tired of those within the party selling out the party platform to the liberals ideals. Further, we are not in support of amnesty for illegals nor for providing taxpayer funded services for them. We expect all elected officials to adhere to the US Constitution and will support those representatives who stand up for those principles, regardless which state they represent.

 

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Bipartisan state legislators defy Obama’s NSA spy program

by Jim Kouri on Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

This is article 170 of 184 in the topic US Constitution

While intelligence gathering and analysis are considered federal activities, California may be one of the first of 50 states to stop President Barack Obama’s National Security Agency (NSA) domestic spy program in its tracks, officials from a grassroots organization that opposes unconstitutional laws, regulations and actions announced on Monday.

On July 6, the first Monday of the New Year, California’s State Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) and State Sen. Joel Anderson (R-San Diego) introduced the Fourth Amendment Protection Act in an effort to ban state support of the NSA, according to officials with the non-profit, nonpartisan Tenth Amendment Center on Monday.

“State-funded public resources should not be going toward aiding the NSA or any other federal agency from indiscriminate spying on its own citizens and gathering electronic or metadata that violates the Fourth Amendment,” Sen. Lieu, a Democrat, said on Monday.

Records show the director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, Jr., initially lied to Congress and denied the existence of NSA’s blanket phone surveillance of all Americans. Multiple media reports regarding NSA activities have now caused Clapper to confess to lying and that the NSA has, in fact, been collecting phone information on all 317 million Americans for years. A federal judge recently declared the NSA’s blanket phone monitoring program to be unconstitutional, calling the dragnet ‘near Orwellian.’

Judge Richard Leon of the District Court for the District of Columbia in the federal lawsuit Klayman v. Obama (13-cv-881) had ruled on Dec. 16, 2013, that the NSA’s spy program violates the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Judge Leon characterized the intelligence program as being “almost Orwellian.”

Based on model legislation drafted by a bipartisan coalition, SB828 prohibits the state of California and its subdivisions from: “Providing material support, participation or assistance in any form to a federal agency that claims the power, by virtue of any federal law, rule, regulation or order, to collect electronic data or metadata of any person pursuant to any action not based on a warrant that particularly describes the person, place and thing to be searched or seized.”

In addition, the proposed legislation prohibits any state funding to the NSA or any entity supporting it in the state.

According to the Tenth Amendment Center, the legislation:

1. Prohibits state and local agencies from providing any material support to the NSA within their jurisdiction. Includes barring government-owned utilities from providing water and electricity.

2. Makes information gathered without a warrant by the NSA and shared with law enforcement inadmissible in state court.

3. Blocks public universities from serving as NSA research facilities or recruiting grounds.

4. Provides sanctions against corporations attempting to fill needs not met in the absence of state cooperation.

“I agree with the NSA that the world is a dangerous place,” Lieu said. “That is why our founders enacted the Bill of Rights. They understood the grave dangers of an out-of-control federal government.”

Californian lawmakers and its neighboring state Arizona’s legislature are interested in all four of the above listed provisions of the Fourth Amendment Protection Act.

Meanwhile, lawmakers in Missouri and Kansas also introduced legislation which covers the second step of the above listed four-step plan. In a press statement, Tenth Amendment Center communications director, Mike Maharrey, says he expects at least four other states to undertake passage of a similar bill during the 2014 session.

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Joining Forces to Kill Law Enforcement

by Jerry McConnell on Saturday, August 31st, 2013

This is article 44 of 50 in the topic Police/Fire

One of the bravest, dependable, loyal to America and innovative sheriffs in the country is under heavy attack from anti-American forces mentioned in the heading shown above as they try to bring him to his knees and strip him of his authority.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, State of Arizona explained in an online article published on Thursday, August 22, 2013 titled, “This Is Outrageous” in which he lays blame for most of the anti-American statements in the public domain on loose and porous borders and a lack of enforcement of existing laws for illegally crossing the border.

The title of his article, “This Is Outrageous” comes from his observations of drastic differences between the United States and Mexico in the enforcement and resulting actions by those two countries.  Arpaio states “If you cross the borders into Mexico illegally you will be jailed for up to two years. But, if you cross the United States border illegally you could get:

  • A driver’s license
  • Access to Social Security and Medicare
  • Access to Food stamps and Welfare
  • Subsidized rent or a loan to buy a house
  • Free education for your children
  • Free health care and Emergency Room visits

All of those benefits that are given gratis to illegal aliens who break our laws by entering this country illegally are approved by our president Barack Obama, and his administration, and approved by the U. S. Senate, the ACLU, all federal judges appointed by Obama,  Ex-president Bubba Clinton and an overwhelming number of liberal communistic Democrats all across America. That is why Sheriff Arpaio called his article, “This Is Outrageous”, because that’s what it is.  The sheriff goes on to say, “until we tighten the border and enforce existing laws for illegally crossing the border, millions of people will continue to traverse it every year.”

Arpaio got his reputation and nickname “America’s Toughest Sheriff” the hard way—by simply being just that, America’s toughest sheriff, proven over and over again until he was known not only to all the so-called ‘tough’ criminals who tried to ignore his warnings but found themselves wearing pink clothing as a symbol of their toughness in the face of Joe’s strident talk and hardass tactics with criminals.

But the lily-livered pantywaist Liberal Democrat politicians who perform like 11 year old spoiled little girls with pink ribbons in their hair in the face of law-breaking louts while speaking tough to law-abiding citizens are firmly against the tough sheriff’s methods of handling criminals.  Those same pussy-cat pols and their federal government wimps in the unJustice Department and the White House along with federal judges who have been thoroughly wimp-whipped by our usurper president are fighting Arpaio and accusing him of “racial profiling” as if it was such an unfair thing to do.

When the inordinately large percentage of vicious criminals in the entire country fit a well known description of physical characteristics, it is the most competent and tax dollar saving reality to mark those physical traits and targets for identification in order to properly apprehend and incarcerate the very most likely perpetrators of mayhem and crime.

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Horrifying: Entire hot shot crew perishes in Arizona’s Yarnell Fire

by Michelle Malkin on Sunday, June 30th, 2013

This is article 34 of 35 in the topic Natural Disasters

The scale and deadliness of the Yarnell Fire in Arizona is beyond horrific. An entire hot shot crew of 18-19 firefighters reportedly died today fighting the Yarnell Fire. Some 250 homes have already burned.

Twitchy has all the breaking, heart-breaking developments.

And tributes to Arizona’s fallen Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew flood Twitter.

Officials say it’s the largest firefighter loss in any incident since 9/11.

Keep all those affected in your prayers as the blaze rages on.

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