Archives for December 2015

RIP Austin Hill, Beloved Conservative Columnist and Talk Show Host of ‘PC Friday’

Austin Hill me and our families

The last time we saw Austin and his son.

By Rachel Alexander
Reprinted from Townhall

It was with great sadness that I heard fellow conservative writer Austin Hill, age 51, had passed away on November 13. Even more well-known for his conservative talk radio shows, he was one of those unique conservatives who appealed to everyone; as more of an intellectual, he rarely alienated anyone. You didn’t have to meet him to sense his warmth and decency, although once you met him, you knew you had a trustworthy, honest friend for life. He wrote for Townhall for many years, and we had many great conversations about how wonderful being with the site had been for our careers.

Townhall’s staff wrote about him,

As faithful readers know, Hill brought a wealth of knowledge and passion to his work, which focused on small business ownership, economics, and entrepreneurship. Beyond his role as columnist, Hill was an accomplished author, consultant, small business owner, and a popular syndicated radio show host.

Austin’s family reported that he passed away from a pulmonary embolism. It may have been related to the incredible pace he kept up. As one radio fan of his wrote, “He was a Christian, a conservative, a radio host, a news anchor, an author, a columnist, a consultant and a public speaker. Whew!” Austin had recently expanded to writing for The Blaze this year, and had started appearing more often on TV. Watch him debate the left-leaning Alan Colmes on a Fox show here.

Austin had a knack  for writing about some intriguing new topic that no one else was covering, in an analytical, cerebral way. I would read his columns and think, “now why didn’t I think of that?” He was also known for interviewing obscure up-and-comers on his radio shows, which no doubt helped their careers.

But what Austin will likely forever be best remembered for is his “PC Fridays.” Let me tell you, as a writer, I spend most of my time researching and writing, and can’t listen to as much talk radio as I’d like. But once I heard that special show he hosted every Friday afternoon with the equally talented Tom Liddy (son of G. Gordon Liddy), I was hooked, and found a way to make the time to listen.

Every Friday afternoon, for one hour of their regular show based out of Phoenix, the guys would begin playing an intro of obnoxious, new age nature music, which featured extra loud, drawn-out bird chirps that were painfully funny to listen to. Next, they would tell everyone to take long, deep breaths, inhaling and exhaling. Then, they would launch into an hour of gushing, breathy voices, pretending to admire the latest crazy left-wing venture, such as why it was so wonderful to use bicycles for transportation. You could not stop laughing hysterically the entire hour; they both were so gifted. Austin and Tom were a very interesting pair; both were younger, extremely talented, good-looking men. The Liddy & Hill Show catapulted them both into legendary conservative status in Arizona.

One quirky fact many may not have known about Austin is that he had a hair transplant in the early 2000s to cover his premature balding. It gave him a perpetually blond, all-American look, and afterward he nonchalantly ran ads for the procedure during his radio shows.

In 2010, Austin co-authored a book, The Virtues of Capitalism: A Moral Case for Free Markets, where he made the case for capitalism and free markets as the best and most moral path for a society, in the wake of the financial meltdown of 2007 – 2008 and the election of Barack Obama. Directed at the masses, not educated eggheads, it was intended to influence the average American, and hence was seen as a threat by many on the left. Before that, he wrote White House Confidential: The Little Book of Weird Presidential History, a quirky little book full of fun anecdotes.

Austin’s family has set up a fund for his son’s college education. They wrote on his Facebook page,

As a follower of Jesus, Austin’s faith permeated and influenced all aspects of his life. He was committed to speaking the truth and engaging people in thoughtful conversation. In addition to writing and public speaking, Austin had a national radio presence with dedicated listeners across the country. Most importantly, he was a loving husband, and as his son describes him, an avid father.

After Austin passed away, I heard that he had been trying to get ahold of me two weeks prior. I’ll never know why. It haunts me to this day, but someday, in heaven, I will find out why. Conservatism has lost one of its best voices for uniting us and he will be greatly missed.

Wendy Rogers: F­35 Fighter Program Vital to National Defense

By Wendy Rogers, Lt Col USAF (ret)

Wendy RogersHorrific terror attacks on America and our NATO allies in recent weeks should serve as powerful reminders of the importance of maintaining our country’s edge in matters of national defense.  As a career Air Force pilot who flew worldwide airlift and humanitarian missions, I understand firsthand the importance of ensuring our military is equipped with the absolute best technology we have to offer.

That is why, as a nation, it is critical we reaffirm our support to maintain full funding for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. America’s air superiority remains critical, not only to protect our brave men and women overseas, but to effectively fight enemies like ISIS – a terror threat which is metastasizing.

As ISIS spreads globally, the battlefield continues to change, too. We’re fighting a new kind of war, one that will likely be redefined time and again throughout the 21st Century.

America must innovate and upgrade our defense capabilities to have a meaningful impact in the Middle East and elsewhere. The fifth-generation F-35 fighter jet is quite simply the platform of future, representing the culmination of years of cutting-edge innovation, research, and development.

F35AZBut how does it take the fight to ISIS which relies on improvised weapons, social media, and religious extremism? ISIS doesn’t have jets, after all.

Never underestimate our enemy’s reach, even if its technology, military presence, and tactics are completely different from ours. The versatility and unmatched situational awareness of the F-35 makes it integral to fighting ISIS’s asymmetric threat.  The F-35’s ground-breaking communications systems also allow for better coordinated missions with our allies who have invested in the program. The F-35’s interoperability between the US and our NATO counterparts enables us to instantly adjust strategies to respond to unexpected, real-time changes on the ground, giving us greater flexibility and control.  Moreover, the F-35’s maneuverability and advanced missile detection systems safeguard our pilots from anti-aircraft fire for a distinct advantage.

In fact, Lt. Gen. Bogdan of the United States Air Force testified before Congress that “the combination of the F-35 being able to go where no other airplanes can go and its ability to see the battlespace in clarity, creates an advantage for the United States that is critical in future air dominance.”

We owe it to our brave men and women in uniform to provide the safest and most technologically advanced weaponry available. As the world’s greatest military force, we must continue to evolve to meet new types of threats that will no doubt emerge in the coming years and decades. The F-35 program is more than capable of helping us to accomplish both of these feats.

As a career Air Force pilot, I can say the F-35 is exactly what this country needs to not just keep up with – but to effectively combat – the threats we face on a global scale. I’ve been behind the program from the beginning as the vast majority of Arizona elected officials have been.

We must continue supporting the F-35 program in order to reap the benefits it will provide for decades to come.  Anything less will be needlessly wasting a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to strengthen our armed forces to keep America safe and secure.

Lt Col Wendy Rogers and her husband are small business owners living in Flagstaff, serving communities in northern, eastern and southern Arizona.

Obama’s Promise to America

by Jim Harbison

As a candidate for President, Barrack Obama promised to fundamentally change America.  After seven years in office we have all witnessed significant changes to our society, our nation, and our way of life.  In my opinion these changes have undermined and destroyed the America that provided so much for my generation and those before me.

The promise of a future better than the current generation is gone.  Our children and grandchildren will have little opportunity to achieve the quality of live we have been able to experience. Thanks to our poor selection of elected “leaders” they have been encumbered with massive tax burdens, a decaying infrastructure and burdensome regulations.

We have witnessed the degradation of our military capability.  Our Army is now the smallest it has been since prior to World War II.  We now have more policemen in New York City than we have military forces in NATO.  Senior military leadership has been purged and more than 500 senior military leaders have been forced out of the military.  Only those “yes men” who support Obama’s political agenda and his vision of a European socialist type America have been allowed to remain.    This loss of this tactical and strategic experience may have tragic consequences for our future.  Obama has socially re-engineered the military to fit his vision without regard to military readiness or capability.

Our society is now more divided than any point in my lifetime.  Rather than unite our nation his policies have resulted in greater divisions based on race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, and education.  We are no longer united as Americans but have become hyphenated Americans (i.e. African-Americans, Mexican Americans, Native-Americans, Jewish-Americans, Islamic-Americans, etc).

His economic policies have destroyed the once admired American work ethic and now many Americans find it easier to rely on the government to support them rather than taking a job that requires hard work.  More than 90 million people are no longer in the workforce and the costs of the social programs to support them are staggering.   We are rapidly approaching the point where the half of the American population that is working is supporting the half that is not.

We now have an entitlement mentality society.  A society that believes the government, or someone else, owes them the comforts and assets that they cannot, or will not, provide for themselves.  The Obama administration has virtually eliminated the concept of individual responsibility and created the philosophy that someone else is responsible for their lack of success and economic advancement.  Rather than obtaining an education that will provide them with greater economic opportunity they demand higher wages for low skilled or menial jobs.

America was once known for its religious tolerance and freedom and was a magnet for those experiencing religious persecution around the world.  In Obama’s America we have witnessed the advancement of a secular America where religious traditions are under constant attack.  Expression of religious beliefs is not acceptable and a progressive judiciary has “legislated from the bench” to restrict religious freedoms espoused in the Constitution.

Let’s not forget Obama’s failure to enforce immigration laws and his open borders policies are intentional acts to fundamentally change America’s culture and traditions and will impact this nation for generations.

President Obama is the one politician who has steadfastly adhered to his campaign promises to fundamentally change America.  Sadly, his visions are shared by the progressive left and America is transitioning into a very different nation, a nation similar to the ones our founding fathers were escaping from.  Unfortunately, Obama’s fundamental changing of America is rapidly occurring without any meaningful opposition.

Book Review: How To Bag a RINO – The Book, the Tour and the Movement

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How To Bag a RINO: The Whiz Kids Who Brought Down House Majority Leader Eric Cantor by Gray Delany and Zach Werrell

Gray Delany and Zach Werrell are quickly becoming household names in conservative activists’ circles nationwide. These two whiz kids (only 23- and 24 years old) have teamed up to write an account of the campaign that shocked a nation, humbled the Washington Elite, and inspired a national grassroots movement.

Across every county and district within this United States of America, it is their campaign that is energizing a movement of grassroots activists to pressure their representatives, as if even the most untouchable amongst them, are no longer invincible.

As we know today, not only have we seen the defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor at the hands of Dave Brat in Virginia, but we’ve since also seen the surrender of Speaker of the House John Boehner at the hands of a nation.

This book does not begin with a brilliant idea or even a full proof plan. If you are expecting a secret formula, innovative fundraising ideas, or a genius way to start from nothing to a victory, then you don’t know the story of Dave Brat’s bid to challenge the seat of the third most powerful Republican in Washington D.C.

This is a story of a commitment to a vision, sheer determination, and indispensable wisdom, not masterminds.

This is a story about the most active activists, committed beyond anything else – average citizens, abandoning their day-to-day life for the taxing life of campaign operatives, something the book does not sugar coat. And most importantly, this is a story about a candidate who actually was what he said, and was what his district desired.

Let me add this – because this is the most important thing, if you are living in a district, and hoping for change, but you have no network of patriotic and committed grassroots activists… forget it. None of this would have happened without them. If you want to know what it takes, as citizens in a district, to create change, real change, then you need to read this book and understand how instrumental the average citizen is in bagging a RINO.

Finally, the third component, and the reason why these two young men are able to write such a book – you need simplicity itself: truth. You need to tell the truth about your current representative. You need to tell the truth that has been denied to the people living under establishment rule and rhetoric. Make them defend the truth, because the Eric Cantor’s, John McCain’s and John Boehner’s in Washington cannot defend themselves in the light of reality.

What Delany and Werrell have laid out in the book is indispensable wisdom for anyone looking for real representation in Washington. You want real change? Read this book America! Tired of John McCain? Read this book Arizona! At the same time, you need to realize how hard it is to have, how hard it is to offer, and how hard it is to actually win. This is the playbook. This is the story. This is the book that everyone frustrated by the hypocrisy and dishonesty of their Representatives in Washington DC should read, Democrat or Republican.

This is the book the Washington elite do not want you to read.

However, if you are reading this and find yourself in Arizona, and you’re wanting to Bag a RINO of your own, you need to read this book. You’ve got a qualified candidate in Dr. Kelli Ward, and the next step is to build an army of activists, a movement that understands the inner workings of the Republican Party. Having said that, Dr. Kelli Ward can run on philosophical and realistic principles and policies, and create the contrast you know already to exist.

Next week, The Book Tour with Delaney and Werrell will be crisscrossing Arizona on the How-To Bag a RINO Book Tour: Learn the importance of truth in politicking.

Tour dates and locations are as follows:

Monday, December 7, 8:00 AM

Listen in to the Gary Sheler Show, How-To Bag a RINO interview with Gray and Zach,

On KAAA am 1230 or online at http://www.talkatoz.com/index.mv?mvc=hosts.mv

Tuesday, December 8, 5:00 PM

Scottsdale Plaza Resort – 7200 North Scottsdale Road Scottsdale, AZ 85253

Wednesday December 9, 4:30 – 5:30

Listen in to the James T Harris Show How-To Bag a RINO interview with Gray and Zach, KQTH 104.1 FM Online at http://www.1041kqth.com/listen-live/

Wednesday, December 9, 6:30 PM

U-Like Buffet – 5101 N Oracle Rd Tucson, AZ

Thursday, December 10, 6:00 PM

Colorado River Tea Party, sponsor, at Mohave Valley Association of Realtors – 841 Hancock Rd. Bullhead City, Arizona 86442

Contact Mardi Allen Benedict for more information: 928.201.1635

Friday, December 11, 1:00 PM

Green Valley Joyner Library – 601 N La Canada Dr.. Green Valley, Arizona 85614

Monday, December 14, 6:30 PM

Arizona Project Headquarters – 3375 E. Shea Blvd. suite 2. Phoenix, Arizona 85028

Tuesday, December 15, 11:30 AM

Pima County Republican Club, sponsor, at Sabbar Temple Shrine 450 S Tucson Blvd Tucson, Arizona 85716

Wednesday, December 16, 4:00 PM

Sedona

These events are free to attend. Autographed copies of the book will be on sale for $20 per copy / $15 for five or more.

To reserve a seat, go to www.retiremccain2016.com/booktour

Legalizing Marijuana in Arizona Will Nullify Education Results

By Paul Boyer

Paul BoyerThe marijuana legalization movement in Arizona is relying on a specious study to make the case for recreational marijuana at the ballot next year. Their study says marijuana is 114 times safer than alcohol. Interestingly, it also says meth is ten times safer than alcohol, while heroin and cocaine are twice as safe.  On that logic, why not make meth, heroin, and cocaine like alcohol, as well?

Meanwhile, serious peer reviewed research regarding the effects of marijuana has been shown to increase high school drop outs, lower IQ, induce memory loss, and in some cases cause paranoia and psychosis – especially among adolescents.

For those of us concerned with the state of education in Arizona, this is extremely alarming. With considerable discussion about Arizona’s education funding, along with high school and college graduation rates, we should be working to improve our state of education, not exacerbate an already bad situation by legalizing a substance detrimental to every outcome we want for our children.  And make no mistake, legalizing this dangerous drug for adults will lead to more use by children, just as we see with alcohol.

States that have marijuana-friendly legislation have seen a dramatic spike in marijuana exposure to children.  The Journal Clinical Pediatrics found an over 600 percent increase in the amount of marijuana exposure to children six and under in such states. That study suggests, “the rate of marijuana exposure among children is associated with the number of marijuana users.” We don’t need that here in Arizona.

Nor can the toxic health, educational, and behavioral impacts to children be overstated. A 2014 New England Journal of Medicine study lists the damaging health effects of just short term marijuana use, including: impaired short term memory and motor coordination, altered judgment with an increased risk of catching and transmitting sexually transmitted diseases, and paranoia and psychosis in high doses. And let’s not forget that today’s marijuana is much more potent than that of previous decades.  We are not talking about Woodstock and commonly grown marijuana anymore, we are talking about a high potency drug.

Similarly, long term or heavy use effects of marijuana include: addiction, altered brain development, poor educational outcomes with an increased risk of dropping out of school, cognitive impairment with lower IQs among frequent users during adolescence, and diminished life satisfaction and achievement.

And who will have to address the consequences of legalization? All of us, including parents, teachers, and an already over-burdened healthcare system will have to pick up the pieces left in the wake of legalization’s destruction.

Given all our debates about funding education in Arizona, one is left asking what the point of all this would be if we introduce a substance into our society that will nullify, if not reverse, everything we have worked so hard to improve when it comes to our children’s education.  Whatever plan we settle on with education, adding marijuana into the mix will render this debate, and its result, essentially pointless.

State Representative Paul Boyer represents Legislative District 20, which includes Glendale and North Phoenix. He is the Chair of the House Education Committee, a member of the House Health Committee, and teaches 10th grade Humane Letters.