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Corruption is as Corruption Does AKA Eric Holder

eric holderThe Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee is calling for the resignation of United States Attorney General Eric Holder. Why?

Is Holder corrupt, incompetent, stupid, or some combination of all three? Holder is not an amateur at what he does, he has been around holding Democrat patronage jobs for almost 20 years, minus the Bush years.

With the best of intentions we need to spend a few moments on recalling a real Attorney General and how he and his President were smeared over an inconsequential firing of a handful of U.S. Attorneys. No one questioned Bill Clinton when he fired 93 U.S. Attorneys on the same day.

Alberto GonzalezLet us recall, too that Alberto Gonzalez was the highest ranking federal government Hispanic in the history of the United States of America.

The media and the Democratic Party hounded President George W. Bush and Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez who first served as White House Counsel. Before the 2001 Bush inauguration, Gonzalez served Governor Bush in Texas as a Supreme Court Justice.

Corruption, they passionately charged in all media. Corruption!

The firing of the U.S. Attorneys was an excuse to attack Bush and Gonzalez for the Iraq War and “lies” these two men told so we could invade Iraq for its oil on Bush’s part; and for the opportunity to open a prison camp at Guantánamo Bay in Cuba. Those were the Democrat fantasies they breathed, consumed and lived for during the Bush years.

Gonzalez – as White House Counsel — was accused of soliciting staff legal arguments supporting the invasion, Guantanamo and “torture” by sponsoring legal justifications supporting “enhanced interrogation” or what critics called torture and water-boarding on captured Islamic fanatics caught attacking the US and fighting the US on foreign fields.

Leading Gonzalez’ legal efforts was the brilliant John Yoo, now teaching at UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall law school. He wrote the memos used by the government that supported “enhanced interrogation.” It should be noted that Obama/Holder’s AG office embarked on a witch hunt of Yoo that failed to expose any unethical writings or activities by Yoo and fellow Gonzalez associates.

miguel estradaOn another front, the Democratic Party unrelentingly and unrepentantly indulged in the grossest racism seen in a generation when it destroyed Bush’s nomination to the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals of the brilliant Honduran immigrant, Harvard Law-trained Miguel Estrada.

Estrada had perfected the American Dream beyond imagination arriving here as a child speaking Spanish-only and graduating from Harvard Law and serving brilliantly in the government. Blocking Estrada was a way at getting after Alberto Gonzalez and President Bush. Estrada never was voted on, Senate Democrats refused to put him up for a vote. Though most racist Democrat Senators thought Estrada was Mexican (they all look alike) he wasn’t.

Despite the political hatred of Gonzalez by war critics and the Democratic Party, he was never charged with corruption except for the firing of the U.S. Attorneys. He was despised because he was and is a conservative Hispanic Republican, not a liberal/radical ultra-liberal Mexican American.

Fact: U.S. Attorneys serve at the pleasure of the President; they are not civil servants. The President does not have to have a reason to fire a U.S. Attorney.

Contrast that with President Obama’s friend and Attorney General (AG) Eric Holder who has served as the U.S. Attorney of the District of Columbia under President Bill Clinton and then as Clinton’s Deputy Attorney General.

His record: the corrupt pardon of the worst tax cheat and fugitive in American History, Marc Rich which Clinton signed on Holder’s recommendation. As Attorney General Holder refused to prosecute Black Panthers for voter intimidation. As AG, he signed on to what appears to be a hugely unethical criminal investigation into Fox News Reporter, James Rosen, and is now being investigated for lying to Congress about that case. As AG he apparently authorized a highly questionable massive seizure of phone records of the Associated Press, something never ever done in U.S. History and Congress is wondering whether he has lied about that as well. Then there is the FAST & FURIOUS program of gun-running to Mexican Drug Cartels for which he has been found in Contempt of Congress.

There isn’t an objective person in the world who can say that Alberto Gonzalez was a bad Attorney General when compared to President Obama’s good friend Eric Holder, not one.

Editor’s Note: reposted with permission from Cafe Con Leche Republicans – original link

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Raoul-Contreras-LoweryRaoul Lowery Contreras (1941) was born in Mexico, raised in the USA. Former U.S. Marine, athlete, Dean’s List at San Diego State. Professional political consultant and California Republican Party official (1963-65)…Television news commentator, radio talk show host…published Op-Ed writer (1988 to present)…author of 12 books (as of 1-05-12). His books are availab

Betrayal in Benghazi

A m e r i c a n  P o s t – G a z e t t e

Distributed by C O M M O N  S E N S E , in Arizona
Thursday, May 30, 2013

Betrayal in Benghazi
 
Phil “Hands” Handley
Colonel, USAF (Ret.)
 
The combat code of the US Military is that we don’t abandon our dead or wounded on the battlefield. In US Air Force lingo, fighter pilots don’t run off and leave their wingmen. If one of our own is shot down, still alive and not yet in enemy captivity, we will either come to get him or die trying. Among America ‘s fighting forces, the calm, sure knowledge that such an irrevocable bond exists is priceless. Along with individual faith and personal grit, it is a sacred trust that has often sustained hope in the face of terribly long odds.
 
The disgraceful abandonment of our Ambassador and those brave ex-SEALs who fought to their deaths to save others in that compound is nothing short of dereliction-of-duty. Additionally, the patently absurd cover-up scenario that was fabricated in the aftermath was an outright lie in an attempt to shield the President and the Secretary of State from responsibility.
 
It has been over eight months since the attack on our compound in Benghazi . The White House strategy, with the aid of a “lap dog press” has been to run out the clock before the truth is forthcoming. The recent testimonies of the three “whistle blowers” have reopened the subject and hopefully will lead to exposure and disgrace of those responsible for this embarrassing debacle. 
 
It would appear that the most recent firewall which the Administration is counting on is the contention that there were simply no military assets that could be brought to bear in time to make a difference… mainly due to the unavailability of tanker support for fighter aircraft. This is simply BS, regardless how many supposed “experts” the Administration trot out to make such an assertion. The bottom line is that even if the closest asset capable of response was half-way around the world, you don’t just sit on your penguin ass and do nothing. The fact is that the closest asset was not half-way around the world, but as near as Aviano Air Base , Italy where two squadrons of F-16Cs are based. Consider the following scenario (all times Benghazi local):
 
When Hicks in Tripoli receives a call at 9:40 PM from Ambassador Stevens informing him “Greg, we are under attack!” (his last words), he immediately notifies all agencies and prepares for the immediate initiation of an existing “Emergency Response Plan.” At AFRICON, General Carter Ham attempts to mount a rescue effort, but is told to “stand down.” By 10:30 PM an unarmed drone is overhead the compound and streaming live feed to various Command and Control Agencies… and everyone watching that feed knew damn well what was going on. At 11:30 PM Woods, Doherty and five others leave Tripoli, arriving in Benghazi at 1:30 AM on Wednesday morning, where they hold off the attacking mob from the roof of the compound until they are killed by a mortar direct hit at 4:00 AM. 
 
So nothing could have been done, eh?  Nonsense.  If one assumes that tanker support really was not available… what about this:
 
· When at 10:00 PM AFRICON alerts the 31st TFW Command Post in Aviano Air Base, Italy of the attack, the Wing Commander orders preparation for the launch of two F-16s and advises the Command Post at NAS Sigonella to prepare for hot pit refueling and quick turn of the jets.
 
· By 11:30 PM, two F-16Cs with drop tanks and each armed with five hundred 20 MM rounds are airborne. Flying at 0.92 mach they will cover the 522 nautical miles directly to NAS Sigonella in 1.08 hours. 
 
· While in-route, the flight lead is informed of the tactical situation, rules of engagement, and radio frequencies to use. 
 
· The jets depart Sigonella at 1:10 AM with full fuel load and cover the 377 nautical miles directly to Benghazi in 0.8 hours, arriving at 1:50 AM… which would be 20 minutes after the arrival of Woods, Doherty and their team.
 
· Providing that the two F-16s initial pass over the mob, in full afterburner at 200 feet and 550 knots did not stop the attack in its tracks, only a few well placed strafing runs on targets of opportunity would assuredly do the trick. 
 
· Were the F-16s fuel state insufficient to recover at Sigonelli after jettisoning their external drop tanks, they could easily do so at Tripoli International Airport , only one-half hour away. 
 
· As for those hand-wringing naysayers who would worry about IFR clearances, border crossing authority, collateral damage, landing rights, political correctness and dozens of other reasons not to act… screw them. It is high time that our “leadership” get their priorities straight and put America ‘s interests first. 
 
The end result would be that Woods and Doherty would be alive. Dozens in the attacking rabble would be rendezvousing with “72 virgins”… and a clear message would have been sent to the next worthless POS terrorist contemplating an attack on Americans that it is not really a good idea to “tug on Superman’s cape.” 
 
Of course all this would depend upon a Commander In Chief that was more concerned with saving the lives of those he put in harm’s way than getting his crew rest for a campaign fund raising event in Las Vegas the next day. As well as a Secretary of State that actually understood “What difference did it make?”, or a Secretary of Defense whose immediate response was not to the effect that “One of the military tenants is that you don’t commit assets until you fully understand the tactical situation.” Was he not watching a live feed from the unarmed drone… and he didn’t understand the tactical situation? YGBSM! 
 
Ultimately it comes down to the question of who give that order to “stand down?” Whoever that coward turns out to be should be exposed, removed from office, and face criminal charges for dereliction of duty. The combat forces of the United States of America deserve leadership that really does “have their back” when the chips are down.

Diane Landis files for Arizona House of Representatives in Legislative District 13

Diane Landis

PHOENIX (May 29, 2013) –Diane Landis, current City Councilwoman from Litchfield Park, has filed paperwork to run for the Arizona House of Representatives for Legislative District 13.  An Arizona native, Diane Hathaway Landis was born in Nogales, Arizona to a pioneer ranching family.  A Certified Public Accountant and Financial Planner, she is a small business owner and active community volunteer.

Diane is running because she says, “I want someone to watch out for me, the little guy.  We must keep government under control.  We need to focus on job creation, education, and public safety.”

Diane served in the George H. W. Bush administration as the White House Liaison for the US Department of Veterans Affairs then returned home to Arizona, where she has resided for more than 20 years.  She also serves on the WESTMARC Board of Directors, Maricopa Association of Governments Human Services Coordinating Committee, is Board President of the Southwest Lending Closet, has been active with Special Olympics and is a graduate of both West Valley Leadership and the Dodie Londen Excellence in Public Service Series.

“Our state is in a fragile recovery right now. I’m not sure how anyone can fix the budget if they don’t understand it.”  As a CPA and financial planner, Diane is uniquely qualified in areas of finance. “I understand the importance and consequence of good financial planning – not just for individuals but for our state.”

Diane Landis currently lives in Litchfield Park with her husband Dick, a retired Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) officer. Her deep roots in Arizona have also included time spent living and working in Yuma, an integral part of LD 13.

Key Sun City Group Opposes APS Solar Kill Efforts

Tell Utilities Solar Won't Be Killed

The Recreation Centers of Sun City Have Written The Arizona Corporation Commission Supporting Net Metering

(SUN CITY, Ariz.) There’s a reason they call it “Sun City.”  The Recreation Centers of Sun City have written to the Arizona Corporation Commission  expressing opposition to any plans to alter net metering, pointing out that the Centers utilize solar energy and net metering as do many of the residents of Sun City, who live on fixed incomes.

The letter read in part:

The Recreation Centers of Sun City, Inc. (RCSC) would like to express our concerns over the recent discussions regarding changing the policies surrounding net metering.  RCSC has fourteen solar projects that will be completed and online in the very near future and many of our residents in Sun City have invested in rooftop solar, because of the net metering policies that the Commission adopted.  Net metering allows RCSC and our residents the choice of solar, while also providing those on a fixed income the ability to manage their energy costs and needs.

TUSK (Tell Utilities Solar won’t be Killed) is  grateful  that entities such as RCSC embrace solar energy and net metering, which requires  Arizona Public Service (APS) to pay fair market value for any excess electricity rooftop solar customers send back to the grid. APS is seeking to kill solar energy in Arizona by attempting to end net metering as we know it. The net metering policy in place in Arizona is being used in 43 states.

TUSK Chairman Barry Goldwater Jr. said, “They say with age comes a little wisdom. That’s evident by the support expressed by our friends in Sun City. They are among the many seniors Valley wide who save money with solar.”

To learn more about T.U.S.K. visit www.dontkillsolar.com

T.U.S.K. believes that rooftop solar is similar to a charter school—it provides a competitive alternative to the monopoly. Monopoly utilities aren’t known for reducing costs or for driving business innovation, but the Arizona solar industry is. Solar companies have a track record of aggressive cost reduction in Arizona. The more people use rooftop solar, the less power they need to buy from the utilities. Energy independence for Arizonans means smaller profits for the utilities, so APS is doing everything it can to stop the spread of independent solar.

Bipartisan AZ Lawmakers Submit Letter to EPA Regarding Proposed Rule for Navajo Generating Station

Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Submit Comments to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regarding Proposed Rule for Navajo Generating Station
Letter Urges EPA to Convene Public Hearings Throughout Arizona Given Dramatic Adverse Impacts of the Proposed Rule

 

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX (May 28, 2013) – Today, a bipartisan majority of the Arizona House of Representatives will file the attached letter with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regional Administrator Jared Blumenfeld. The document urges the agency to conduct broad public hearings throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area and rural areas during the EPA’s public comment period for its proposed regional haze rule for the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) in Page, Ariz..

21 Republicans and Sixteen Democrat Members of the Arizona House of Representatives signed the letter signaling a strong, bi-partisan opposition to the proposed rule. The sweeping nature of the EPA’s proposed rule, the legislators argue, would have significant adverse impacts on Arizona families, tribes, businesses, agricultural interests and other key industries in the state through increased energy and water rates. There also is enormous risk to the Arizona’s economy as thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in lost economic activity will impact the state every year. Public hearings are needed throughout the entire state to ensure a transparent process that reflects broad stakeholder engagement and input on the rule.

“The Navajo Generating Station provides affordable energy and water to Arizona. It’s disconcerting that its operation might be undermined—or worse, shut down altogether,” said House Speaker Andy Tobin. “If implemented, EPA’s rule would drive up water rates, jeopardize jobs, and severely damage Arizona’s economy.”

The EPA’s proposed rule rejects the detailed Best Available Retrofit Technology (BART) proposal submitted by NGS’s operator, Salt River Project, and would instead impose the installation of additional technology controls that could cost as much as $1.1 billion. Incredibly, the rule would yield no perceptible visibility improvement at the Grand Canyon, according to the government’s own study. The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) concluded “the body of research to date…is inconclusive as to whether [installing additional controls] would lead to any perceptible improvement in visibility.”

NGS provides energy to the Central Arizona Project (CAP), which makes renewable, affordable water available to 80 percent of Arizona’s residents—45 percent in Phoenix alone. If NGS shuts down, or has to install these costly controls, it would result in a potential doubling or tripling of water rates throughout the state. Likewise, 3,400 skilled jobs and an estimated $20 billion in economic activity over the next three decades could be in jeopardy if NGS is forced to shut down due to the rule.

“The EPA must convene multiple public hearings in geographically diverse areas of the state so the agency can begin to understand firsthand how its proposed rule will harm the livelihood of Arizona families, businesses, and communities,” said House Minority Leader Chad Campbell. “All of us have a stake in this debate, and my colleagues from both sides of the aisle urge EPA to expand its study of the issue and ensure Arizonans’ voices are heard.”

The full letter is attached.  Signers of the letter include: 

Republicans
Andy Tobin, Speaker of the House
David Gowan, Majority Leader
Rick Gray, Majority Whip
J.D. Mesnard, Speaker Pro Tempore
Brenda Barton, LD 6
Paul Boyer, LD 20
Heather Carter, LD 15
Doug Coleman, LD 16
Jeff Dial, LD 18
Karen Fann, LD 1
Doris Goodale, LD 5
Debbie Lesko, LD 21
David Livingston, LD 22
Kate Brophy McGee, LD 28
Justin Pierce, LD 25
Ethan Orr, LD 9
T.J. Shope, LD 8
Steve Smith, LD 11
Bob Robson, LD 18
Bob Thorpe, LD 6
Kelly Townsend, LD 16

Democrats
Chad Campbell, Minority Leader
Bruce Wheeler, Minority Whip
Albert “Ahbihay” Hale, LD 7
Lela Alston, LD 24
Mark Cardenas, LD 19
Andrea Dalessandro, LD 2
Juan Carlos Escamilla, LD 4
Rosanna Gabaldon, LD 2
Lydia Hernandez, LD 29
Jonathan Larkin, LD 30
Stefanie Mach, LD 10
Juan Mendez, LD 26
Martin Quezada, LD 29
Andrew Sherwood, LD 26
Victoria Steele, LD 9
Macario Saldate, IV, LD 3

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Legislator Eval Update – through 5-24-13

Updated Ratings!!!

 

Arizona Conservative Coalition Republican Legislator Rankings
Legislative Actions as of 5/24/2013
Last Updated 5/26/2013
There wasn’t much official activity on bills we are tracking during the past week. The was just one vote in the Senate. There is still much discussion going on about the state budget including Medicaid Expansion (which we strongly oppose). The state budget is currently be consider by the Arizona House of Representatives. Tell your representatives to oppose increases in government spending and to especially oppose Medicaid expansion!
To look at the legislator scores, click on legislative report.
 For bills used in evaluation, click on bill weights.For detailed evaluation data, click on detail evaluation data.

For Frequently Asked Questions, click on  FAQs.

TUSK Launches New Ad Against 800 Lb Utility Monopoly

TUSK (Tell Utilities Solar Won’t Be Killed) released a new ad Thursday against the APS monopoly by placing ads across the banner of the Drudge Report – one of the internet’s most visited political news sites.

Here’s a screenshot of the ad across Drudge:

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In the latest ad, TUSK portrays APS as the “800 Lb. utility gorilla” beating up on independent solar businesses in Arizona. Former congressman, Barry Goldwater, Jr. then explains why conservative Republicans should be leading the charge for energy choice in Arizona.

Here is a copy of the ad:

The message: Don’t let APS monopolize Solar Energy in Arizona. To learn more about TUSK visit www.DontKillSolar.com.

Are You Marching for Immigration Reform?

March for Innovation

There’s a virtual march for immigration reform taking place online.

Are you part of it?

Now is your chance to check out the discussion and action taking place online to innovate immigration reform in America.

Visit MarchforInnovation.com for more information.

 

 

It All Comes Down to One Person – Greg Stanton

A special message from Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio:

Due to my efforts fighting for the elimination of the food tax, pension reform and other government reforms, a liberal group with a secret donor list, is attacking me and the accomplishments we’ve made over the past few years. Unfortunately, this group has chosen to attack me with mailers and emails full of half-truths and some outright lies. Sadly, but not surprisingly, the members of this liberal group tie directly to Mayor Greg Stanton. View the infographic below to learn more about their operation. It’s time to blow their cover!

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One Person - Greg Stanton

 

Arizona Corporation Commission reference link: http://starpas.azcc.gov/scripts/cgiip.exe/WService=wsbroker1/corp-detail.p?name-id=18291457

Arizona State Representative David Livingston Speaks to Legislative Budget Priority

Great speech by Arizona State Representative David Livingston (R) on the priority of the state budget. This comes as Governor Jan Brewer vetoes five bills as retribution for not taking up the Obamacare Medicaid expansion bill.