State Bar terrorizing conservatives‏

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

State Bar reneges on promise not to charge conservative attorney hundreds of thousands of dollars of out-of-state attorneys fees 
Denies ever promising conservative attorney they would not seek attorneys’ fees – yet we’ve got the email to prove they did!  

We’ve been following the attacks on Sheriff Arpaio the last few years, including the left going after his attorneys. The left successfully got the Arizona State Bar to disbar former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas and his deputy Lisa Aubuchon, even though the Obama Justice Department cleared Thomas and Arpaio of any wrongdoing. Now, the State Bar is coming after Thomas and his deputies personally for the costs of prosecuting them.The State Bar went out and found expensive out of state attorneys to prosecute Thomas and his deputies, spending hundreds of thousands of dollars. Really? They couldn’t find one attorney of the thousands of attorneys in Arizona who could have prosecuted them? Does anyone believe actually believe that?

We obtained pleadings that were recently filed regarding the allocation of costs. During settlement proceedings, one of the two special out of state prosecutors, John Gleason, assured Andrew Thomas’s attorney in an email, attached, that the attorneys’ fees and out-of-state costs would not be assessed against him.

Now, the other out of state prosecutor, Jamie Sudler, has filed a pleading with the Arizona Supreme Court stating that the assurance does not apply, even to the lower level attorney Lisa Aubuchon. He wrote in his pleading, “Respondent Aubuchon’s reliance on that email, if sincere, was misplaced and not warranted.”

Utterly amazing the nerve to treat them differently than other attorneys who are prosecuted by the Bar! Other attorneys prosecuted by the Bar aren’t assessed hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional legal costs for out of state attorneys! This is a clear violation of due process if we’ve ever seen one, unequal treatment under the law. If Aubuchon had realized the Bar would renege on its promise not to charge attorneys’ fees and out of state costs, she probably would have taken the settlement offer!

This is nothing more than a personal, political vindictive attack on Thomas and his deputies. They have already lost their licenses to practice law. The State Bar is out of control on a jihad against conservatives and it is time to stop the corruption. We here at American Post-Gazette will continue to keep you informed about this as information trickles in. The legislature needs to reform the State Bar, NOW. 
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State Bar terrorizing conservatives

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

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

State Bar reneges on promise not to charge conservative attorney hundreds of thousands of dollars of out-of-state attorneys fees 
Denies ever promising conservative attorney they would not seek attorneys’ fees – yet we’ve got the email to prove they did!  

We’ve been following the attacks on Sheriff Arpaio the last few years, including the left going after his attorneys. The left successfully got the Arizona State Bar to disbar former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas and his deputy Lisa Aubuchon, even though the Obama Justice Department cleared Thomas and Arpaio of any wrongdoing. Now, the State Bar is coming after Thomas and his deputies personally for the costs of prosecuting them.

The State Bar went out and found expensive out of state attorneys to prosecute Thomas and his deputies, spending hundreds of thousands of dollars. Really? They couldn’t find one attorney of the thousands of attorneys in Arizona who could have prosecuted them? Does anyone believe actually believe that?

We obtained pleadings that were recently filed regarding the allocation of costs. During settlement proceedings, one of the two special out of state prosecutors, John Gleason, assured Andrew Thomas’s attorney in an email, attached, that the attorneys’ fees and out-of-state costs would not be assessed against him.

Now, the other out of state prosecutor, Jamie Sudler, has filed a pleading with the Arizona Supreme Court stating that the assurance does not apply, even to the lower level attorney Lisa Aubuchon. He wrote in his pleading, “Respondent Aubuchon’s reliance on that email, if sincere, was misplaced and not warranted.”

Utterly amazing the nerve to treat them differently than other attorneys who are prosecuted by the Bar! Other attorneys prosecuted by the Bar aren’t assessed hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional legal costs for out of state attorneys! This is a clear violation of due process if we’ve ever seen one, unequal treatment under the law. If Aubuchon had realized the Bar would renege on its promise not to charge attorneys’ fees and out of state costs, she probably would have taken the settlement offer!

This is nothing more than a personal, political vindictive attack on Thomas and his deputies. They have already lost their licenses to practice law. The State Bar is out of control on a jihad against conservatives and it is time to stop the corruption. We here at American Post-Gazette will continue to keep you informed about this as information trickles in. The legislature needs to reform the State Bar, NOW. 

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613 Days and Growing…

The number of days since Mayor Stanton promised he would end pension spiking and after 613 days not one single public meeting or public vote has been scheduled.  “It’s time to end pension spiking, it’s time to keep the promise to end it and it is time to schedule a public meeting and vote. So we now need to go directly to the voters to put the pressure on the politicians” said Councilman Sal DiCiccio.

The online petition can be found at  http://StopPensionSpiking.com

After six letters and a request for a personal meeting with Mayor Stanton, Councilman Sal DiCiccio launched an online petition hoping to get a public meeting and a vote to end pension spiking.

DiCiccio, a staunch opponent of the practice, has maintained pension spiking is in direct violation of the Arizona Constitution.  In every communication to the Mayor’s office, he has requested a public discussion and vote so the public can know where the Mayor and Council stand on the practice.  Pension spiking has contributed to Phoenix’s $2.4 billion unfunded pension liability.

The Goldwater Institute recently filed a lawsuit against Phoenix to end the practice.  Delaying council action puts Phoenix in legal jeopardy.

“I figured after seven attempts to contact the Mayor it was time for a new approach. Hopefully, this petition will get his attention. 613 days without a public discussion or vote is no longer acceptable. Everyday wasted is another day taxpayers are left footing the bill for extravagant pension packages. It is time to schedule a vote.” said Councilman DiCiccio.

Survey Shows Immense Support for the Referendum on the ObamaCare Medicaid Expansion

 

The United Republican Alliance of Principled Conservatives released the results of a statewide survey conducted last week that shows immense support for the referendum on the ObamaCare Medicaid Expansion. The statewide survey shows that 69% to 70% of respondents continue to reject Governor Brewer’s plan to implement the ObamaCare Medicaid Expansion in Arizona.

The survey asked:

Do you believe that the voters should have the opportunity to vote on the Obamacare / Medicaid Expansion in the 2014 election?

  • (30%) No
  • (70%) Yes
  • (0%) Unsure

The survey also shows that regardless of political affiliation, income, or gender people in Arizona believe elected representatives should participate in any law they impose upon the people with an extraordinary 97% positive response to the question:

Do you agree that Congress and their employees should be on the same plan as taxpayers?

  • (02%) No
  • (97%) Yes
  • (01%) Unsure

The Governors attempt to ignore the facts that Proposition 204 was a vote on how to spend the tobacco fund and a population increase to 100% versus her 2013 Medicaid Expansion bill that is funded by new taxes and increases the population to 133% is rejected by a consistent 69% to 70% of those surveyed.

The survey was conducted from August 19-21, 2013 with on online survey and 541 respondents. The heavily Republican response shows that 72% oppose ObamaCare, 69% reject a tax increase to pay for it, and 70% reject a repeat of the 2010 cuts to education, roads, or public safety.

The numbers reveal a steady pattern consistent with the poll conducted in April of this year by Magellan Strategies, proving once again that Arizona voters reject participation in ObamaCare including the Medicaid Expansion.

URAPC presents the survey as evidence that the referendum will experience the same resounding victory that occurred with the overwhelming passage of Proposition 106 in 2010. The survey clearly shows the Governors attempt to ignore the copious differences between her 2013 Medicaid Expansion and the 13-year old Proposition 204 is rejected by the majority of Arizona voters.

The United Republican Alliance of Principled Conservatives continues its mission to unite the voters in Arizona to defeat Governor Brewer’s ill conceived and unconstitutional legislation so it can be referred to the ballot and vetoed by the people of Arizona.  The Governor and Restoring Arizona continue to openly mock and ridicule

the Precinct Committeemen, Small Businessmen, and Hard Working Taxpayers that have taken up pen and clipboard to thwart the alliance of Corporate welfare recipients, greedy lobbyists, and rogue Republican legislators. URAPC grows as those committed to having their voices heard by collecting the required signatures to send this critical decision to the voters.

 

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Jim Sharpe: Stop protecting bar disciplinary judge O’Neil and release public documents

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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Jim Sharpe: Why is crooked Bar Disciplinary Judge O’Neil being protected? 

O’Neil let his friend practice law in prison after he killed a woman in a hit-and-run DUI, while he disbarred Andrew Thomas for political reasons 

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Above the law
ABOVE THE LAW: No judge or attorney will dare take O’Neil on, since he has the power to take their license to practice law away.

transcript from the Jim Sharpe show Friday afternoon on KFYI:

We learned that judges are above the law when it came to the Andrew Thomas deal, but it goes beyond that. It’s the job of William O’Neil, bar disciplinary judge, to determine whether lawyers keep or lose their license. He sits on a 3-member panel, which is made up of an attorney from the State Bar, and a public citizen. They took away Andrew Thomas’s license. They never looked at the allegations Thomas had brought against public officials, even though the grand juries found them valid. They claimed that Thomas just didn’t like the way the judges were ruling.

There’s been some interesting goings on over the past few years with Judge O’Neil. There is a former friend of O’Neil’s who is trying to get the information out there. The story is convoluted, which benefits the wrongdoers. The average person doesn’t pay attention and the wrongdoers keep going.

There’s an attorney named Christopher Perry who hit an elderly couple while driving drunk, killing the woman, and he fled the scene. He was indicted by a grand jury, and was sentenced to only a year and a half in prison. Perry’s name appears on about 1,600 documents as an attorney- all while he was behind bars! If you or I had done what he did, we’d probably be doing 7 years behind bars. He served only a little over a year. You’d think his law license would have been taken away. But it wasn’t. This goes back to Judge O’Neil. He issued an order of stay on the suspension. People have been asking to see these orders, but they’re not being produced.

Perry held the loan on O’Neil’s mother-in-law’s home. That house was sold in a short sale in 2010, and purchased by a business partner of O’Neil’s, who then turned around and transferred a 50% interest to the judge! You or I have a short sale, we move out of the house, we lose the house. Well O’Neil’s mother-in-law has continued living in the house the entire time!

I have a string of emails here, there is an attorney who had her license taken away by Judge O’Neil, who tried to ask for these documents, but she was told they’re not part of Perry’s file!

I have been contacted by someone from the State Bar. Why does this private organization get to decide who gets to keep their law license? They’re a bunch of liberals who don’t like people like Andrew Thomas. Whereas people who kill little old ladies get to continue practicing law! The Arizona Supreme Court can pass along the authority to manage attorneys’ law licenses to anyone they want. They need to oversee this and make sure the right thing is done. No lawyer wants to jump into this, because the judge they’re going after could take away their law license! That’s what happened to Andrew Thomas. If you try to go after anyone in power who has control over your law license, they will take you out.

I don’t know why the governor’s office isn’t all over this. It’s starting to become clear that they’re preventing folks from putting the documents all together to stop them from figuring it all out. Come on, produce the documents that have been requested. People are trying to protect a judge that should not be protected. Enough is enough is enough. These people are supposed to be unbiased and judging cases. Put some confidence back in the legal system.

Listen to the show here, it’s the first 10 minutes.

We recommend concerned people contact your legislators about this situation, because clearly the State Bar and Arizona Supreme Court aren’t going to do anything on their own.

House Speaker Andy Tobin atobin@azleg.gov 602-926-5172
Senate Majority leader Andy Biggs abiggs@azleg.gov 602-926-4371

Rep. John Allen has indicated he would like to help out in this area, so you may want to contact him too – allen@azleg.gov 602-926-4916

Read our last five exposes on O’Neil here:

http://sonoranalliance.com/2013/07/13/radio-talkshow-host-jim-sharpe-shocked-that-nothing-has-been-done-about-az-bar-disciplinary-judge-oneil/
http://sonoranalliance.com/2013/07/08/corrupt-az-bar-disciplinary-judge-teaching-ethics-to-gop-lawyers/
http://sonoranalliance.com/2013/07/04/az-bar-disciplinary-judge-using-work-resources-to-investigate-political-opponents/
http://sonoranalliance.com/2013/07/03/bar-disciplinary-judges-unethical-short-sale-going-viral-makes-radio-show/
http://sonoranalliance.com/2013/06/21/az-bar-disciplinary-judge-walks-over-crooked-short-sale-michigan-judge-gets-prison/
 

 

 

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Dr. Art Laffer: E-Fairness Is A Pro-Growth Solution


Marketplace Press Release-1Study projects 1.5 million jobs in the next 10 years; Over 39,000 in Arizona

For Immediate Release

July 18, 2013

Contact: Paul Layeux

paul@colemandahm.com

Phoenix, AZ – Small business owners in Arizona welcomed a study conducted by economist Art Laffer and Donna Arduin that shows closing the online sales tax loophole has a myriad of benefits, including the potential to lower overall tax rates and jumpstart economic growth.  Laffer’s study suggests that passing e-fairness legislation like the Marketplace Fairness Act would create a tax system with fewer loopholes, a larger base, and lower rates for all taxpayers, which could lead to an increase in GDP of $563.2 billion and over 1.5 million jobs over the next 10 years.

“As a small business owner, I think a level playing field is essential, but Dr. Laffer’s study makes it crystal clear that this is something that will create jobs in Arizona” said Sole Sports Running owner Lance Muzslay in Tempe.  “It’s hard to argue with the possibility of adding over 13% to Arizona’s GDP while also helping Main Street businesses.”

The Marketplace Fairness Act received a bipartisan vote in the U.S. Senate on May 6, 2013, and similar legislation is already pending in the House of Representatives with over 60 bipartisan cosponsors.

Dr. Laffer’s findings support the efforts of a growing coalition of small business owners, governors and free market conservatives across the country who are urging the U.S. House of Representatives to act and to pass the Marketplace Fairness Act.

“The Laffer study shows we have a chance to not only correct the inequity of the current system, but also to boost economic growth by cutting taxes across the board” said Jim Mapstead of Accurate Signs & Engraving of Phoenix.

Click here to download a copy of the report.

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Maricopa GOP Chair Rallies LD Censures

To all Arizona County and LD Republican Committee Chairmen -
Below is the front page article of the July 15 Arizona Capitol Times. I want to express my appreciation to those courageous and principled County and LD Republican Committees who have already conducted votes of “censure” and/or “no confidence.”
Jan Brewer, the legislators and their crony capitalist friends that support ObamaCare and Medicaid expansion have betrayed Americans, Arizona Republicans and the Republican Party Platform.  Their lack of ethics, integrity and egregious acts are motivated by only two things – greed and the lust for power – at the expense of hard working tax paying Americans.
The law was expected to cost $898 billion over the first decade when the bill was first passed, but this year the Congressional Budget Office revised that estimate to $1.85 trillion.  Money that will have to be borrowed from the Chinese or printed in the backroom of the Federal Reserve.  Latest polls indicate a majority of Americans are opposed to ObamaCare and Medicaid expansion with an overwhelming majority of Republicans in opposition.
During the past six months, we did everything we could to make a solid argument against ObamaCare and Medicaid expansion, we tried to reason with these people and even tried to make them see the light.  Unfortunately, our lobbying efforts fell on deaf ears and without success.
During one of Ronald Reagan’s difficult political battles he said,
               ”When you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat.”
I’m asking all the County and LD Republican Committees to make these people feel the heat by passing public censures for their actions.  They are elitists who think what they have done should be forgiven. They are mistaken.  We are not going to be able to defeat all of them, but we can defeat a majority of them in the 2014 Primary Election.
You can go to “MCRC Briefs” and get examples of public censures that have already been passed.  http://briefs.maricopagop.org/  Just type “censure” in the search field on the left.
Warmest regards,
 A. J. LaFaro
Chairman, Maricopa County Republican Committee
P.S.  Please encourage all of your PCs to keep up their daily efforts in getting petition signatures for www.urapc.org  Getting ObamaCare and Medicaid expansion on the November 2014 ballot will be historic for Arizona’s grassroots conservatives.

Bar disciplinary judge’s unethical short sale going viral, makes radio show

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Distributed by C O M M O N S E N S E , in Arizona
Monday, July 1, 2013

You can get away with anything if you're the judge over all the attorneys in the state.

You can get away with anything if you’re the judge over all the attorneys in the state.

Radio talk show host Jim Sharp fed up with officials ignoring Bar disciplinary judge’s unethical behavior
Among other unethical behavior, Judge O’Neil permitted a DUI offender who killed a woman to continue sleazy real estate legal work from prison

We broke this story a week and a half ago, and now it is getting legs, as respected Phoenix talk show host Jim Sharpe covered it last Friday on his show. The State Bar’s disciplinary judge William O’Neil has been engaging in clearly unethical behavior for years, and no one will touch him because they’re scared of him and his power. His former friend Mark Dixon is now speaking out about the corruption. Mark wrote the story for us here.

In a nutshell, O’Neil facilitated a short sale of his mother-in-law’s house while she was still living in it, through a straw man, who then transferred the home back to him. A judge in Michigan who did a similar short sale was sentenced to prison for one and a half years! The attorney who assisted O’Neil with this, Christoper Perry, killed a woman in a DUI hit and run. O’Neil provided cover for him and allowed him to continue to practice law all while in prison, where who knows how many more unethical short sales he performed.

Meanwhile, O’Neil stacked his disciplinary panel with cronies, to guarantee the outcomes the State Bar told him to make, regardless of the acts. Although the disciplinary panels are supposed to have panelists from different counties, O’Neil stacked many of his panels with his Pinal County neighbor and friend Robert Gallo. Gallo was described as being from Maricopa County to throw everyone off.

Complaints have been made to various agencies to no avail; this man is above the law, serving to punish the enemies of the State Bar and reward his friends through his power. Listen to the Jim Sharpe show here, the part about O’Neil starts about 16 minutes in. Maybe people are starting to wake up. If you look at O’Neil’s disciplinary calendar, it is empty the entire summer, after a lot of activity through May.

 

State Representative Steve Montenegro on the Supreme Court’s decision re: Voting Rights Act

Montenegro-Logo---SOS2PHOENIX – “Today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court is a victory, not just for Arizona, but for our nation.  It is proper recognition that we, as a country and as a people, have made tremendous progress over the last fifty years.  It also works towards ending the discriminatory treatment of states like Arizona that have been forced to beg the permission of a more often than not hyper-partisan Justice Department to make even the simplest of revisions or improvements to the elections process.

Elections should be blind to matters of race, color, ethnicity, and sex.  Today’s decision is a small but important step towards that day when racial gerrymandering ends, and all Americans are treated as independent thinkers, each entitled to their own unique opinion and viewpoint of the world, without being forced together with others simply because they share a skin color or ethnicity.”

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Toby Farmer Announces Candidacy for District 13 House Seat

Toby Farmer for House

BUCKEYE, Ariz. – Today, conservative businessman Toby Farmer announced his candidacy to represent district 13 in the Arizona House of Representatives.  Farmer is the founder and principal of 1776 Capital, a private investment and holdings firm based in Buckeye.

“Running for public office was never something I planned to do, but as a father, husband, and small business owner, I have become more and more concerned with the direction this state is heading,” said Farmer.  “District 13 voters need someone who understands the impact of the decisions made in our state capitol, someone who will fight for the principles of limited government.”

Farmer’s roots run deep in district 13, which spans from Buckeye to Yuma.  Both his grandfather and great-grandfather worked for the Wigwam Resort in the 1940s, and his great uncle, John Roach, is in the Arizona Farming and Ranching Hall of Fame.  As the son of public school teachers, Farmer understands the importance of a quality education and of giving back to the community.  At age 21, he started a scholarship program that helped underprivileged students attend college.

As a legislator, Farmer plans to pursue a commonsense, conservative agenda in the state legislature.

“It is time for our leaders to pursue solutions that are fiscally responsible so our children will have a future full of opportunity and growth,” Farmer said.  “As your representative, I will focus on balancing the budget and ending policies that hinder job growth and stifle Arizona’s small businesses.”

More About Toby Farmer

Farmer lives in Buckeye with his wife of five years, Missy, and their two sons.  The Farmers are expecting their third child in August, and they attend Christ Church of the Valley.  Farmer earned his J.D. from the Phoenix School of Law, and his undergraduate degree from Hardin-Simmons University.  He worked for the San Carlos Apache Nation as a law clerk and is a former Ronald Reagan fellow at the Goldwater Institute, a conservative think tank.  In addition to running 1776 Capital, Farmer owns Seed and Co., a provider of luxury kitchen products, and Toby Farmer Films.

 

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Who’s Looking Out for Us?

Who looks out for us when the federal government ominously turns against the American people? There is now a deep fissure, it is beyond unease, between the American people and the federal government.  Trust of the federal government is disappearing.

First, true ownership of General Motors was stolen from the rightful owners and given to the United Auto Workers, who neither purchased ownership nor earned it.

Second, a national health care program, written not by Congress but the private socialist Apollo group and supported by only one political party, was rammed down the throats of Americans. The bill was so thick that no member of Congress even read it.

Third, a massive stimulus bill was passed to create private sector jobs, except that all spending was directed toward the public sector and public sector unions to protect union jobs at the expense of private sector jobs.

Fourth, under the guise of “Wall Street Reform,” a massive financial regulation bill was passed, not to improve the financial health of the country but to allow egregious regulations to act as a proxy for socialist domination and control: capitalism has been severely damaged.

Fifth, the “Fast and Furious” ATF cover-up continues. Recently, the Justice Department Inspector general released a report condemning a government leak intended to smear a key ATF whistleblower.  Top administration officials have been caught in multiple lies and Attorney General Eric Holder was found in contempt of Congress over his failure to turn over documents related to the ATF crimes. And, lest we forget, Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was murdered in the line of duty.

Sixth, the Obama administration continues to cover up the egregious actions surrounding the death of four Americans, including our Ambassador, in Benghazi. Witnesses are prevented from testifying before Congress and the Secretary of State shrilly declares, “What difference does it make?” as if the four American deaths were irrelevant.

Seventh, the Internal Revenue Service confessed to its illegal activities against Tea Party and other conservative groups. In fact Obama and several members of Congress wrote the IRS and demanded these investigations. “It is no small exaggeration to conclude that Team Obama’s dead aim is to chill conservative speech and criminalize conservative dissent.” [1]It was also meant to suppress conservative votes and contribution:  the IRS audited many contributors to Mitt Romney’s campaign.

Eighth, we now have the most massive domestic spying program in American history, thanks to big statist socialist president.  The Obama administration has given itself a blank check to access what it wants, whenever it wants without articulated reason and all in violation of the United States Constitution.

In a public filing in the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), the Department of Justice to urged the court to continue to suppress publication of a 2011 FISC opinion that the National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance under the FISA Amendments Act to be unconstitutional.[2] In effect, the Department of Justice is covering up through legal maneuver the fact the NSA is engaged in unconstitutional activities against the American people.

“The American idea of freedom and civic involvement is being replaced by a technocratic nightmare in which government bureaucrats and their allies in the corporate sector rig the rules of society in order to protect the power and privilege of a few select politicians and businessmen. All the while, the majority of the American people are kept in check via debt, imprisonment, and a vast surveillance network which keeps us monitored, controlled and marching in lock step with the government’s dictates.”[3] Welcome to the new American order: liberal-fascism.

Who are the liberal-fascist corporations cooperating with the Obama administration: Microsoft (who also supported the administration’s egregious Common Core educational initiative), Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, Apple and Verizon.

This criminal collusion (criminal because this massive spy program is unconstitutional) has enormous privacy implications. Already, the companies I have cited as government partners have lost all credibility. Not one company can state that it values its customers’ privacy.

Article IV of the United States Constitution provides for “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized” (emphasis mine).

We now know that the Director of National Intelligence admitted that his agencies engaged in illegal and unconstitutional activities.[4] Yet, rather than stopping these illegal and unconstitutional activities, the Obama administration has doubled-down. Why?  The NSA massive spying program on Americans has nothing to do with protecting America from its enemies; the program is all about controlling the population through intimidation.

The American people no longer have trust in the Obama administration, the National Security Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Justice Department, and Homeland Security among many agencies.

Peggy Noonan recently wrote in an op-ed column for the Wall Street Journal  that, “Our government is not totalitarian. Our leaders, even the worst of them, are not totalitarian. But our technology is totalitarian, or rather it is there and can be used and abused by those whose impulses tend, even unconsciously or unthinkingly, in that direction.”

I disagree with Ms. Noonan. The idea behind the massive spying program is totalitarian: population control.  The authority that approved this massive spying program tilts to one party, oppressive rule and Barack Obama.

The Department heads that report to Obama and support and utilize this massive domestic spying program have bought into the liberal-fascist party line. How else could this massive intrusion into Americans’ privacy be secret from the American public for so long?  Why didn’t one of these people raise the red flag on an activity so obviously unconstitutional and un-American?

In the 1968 presidential election, President Johnson had utilized the FBI, the CIA and the National Security Agency to spy on the Nixon campaign. Protecting the NSA surveillance and code-creaking capabilities was paramount. Johnson’s people were in a quandary: use the intelligence to hurt Nixon but make public the capabilities of the NSA or not use the intelligence.

Dean Rusk supplied the answer: “I do not believe that any president can make any use of interceptions or telephone taps in any way that involves politics. The moment we cross over that divide, we are in a different society.”[5]

Yes, America is now a different society. But has America crossed the Rubicon?

 

AZ Conservative Coalition Leg Eval Updated

Updated Ratings!!!

 

Arizona Conservative Coalition Republican Legislator Rankings
Legislative Actions as of 5/31/2013
Last Updated 6/3/2013

The number of bills being tracked is 266 plus 4 Strike All amended bills. During the previous week, SB1244, which increases fees charged by the Homeopathic Board,  was added with a (-8) weight (we oppose it) as a regular bill and HB2111 SE, which simplifies sales tax filings for businesses, was added with a (+8) weight as a striker. This has been another slow week as far as votes on bills we are tracking. Most of the activity is likely still focused on budget negotiations. The only vote was on SB1244 which had previously passed the Senate and was defeated in the House in an initial vote and then again in reconsideration. Since it was a fee increase, a two thirds vote was required to pass this which is a good thing since a majority of House members voted YES. It is interesting that there was not a single Democrat that voted NO on this bill. This is a bill we opposed.

Remind your legislators to keep government spending lower and oppose Medicaid expansion as they consider the budget!!!

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.

Betrayal in Benghazi

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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.

Legislator Eval Update – through 5-24-13

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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!
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AZ Governor & Six Senators aligning with progressive socialists

Dear Arizona Republican State Representatives and Senators,

“Be careful about going down a road that you cannot come back out from. Be careful about accepting this federal program that once you are in you will not get back out of. You still have a choice to make an individual decision for the citizens of Arizona, and you have a choice to look to the west at California, or you can look to the east at Texas, and decide whether or not you want to go bankrupt as a society,” Whittle said.
Arizonans throughout the state heard Bill Whittle’s message loud and clear. I certainly hope you heard and agree with Mr. Whittle, and the millions of Americans who are against ObamaCare and Medicaid expansion. An overwhelming majority of Republicans here in Arizona and the U.S. oppose ObamaCare and Medicaid expansion – with the overall support by all Americans dropping to 35 percent (please see article below).

Even though Arizona’s U.S. Senators, Congressional Delegation, Republican National Party and Arizona’s Republican County and LD Committees are adamantly opposed to ObamaCare and Medicaid expansion, Arizona has a rogue Governor and a few state legislators who say they’re Republicans aligning themselves with the liberal Democrats and progressive socialists.

May 16, 2013, will be remembered as a “day of infamy” in Arizona’s history. Their egregious actions will have serious consequences. Their political careers are all but over and their days numbered.
I am asking all of you to vote no on any proposal to expand ObamaCare and Medicaid here in Arizona.
Voting no on any proposal is the right thing to do.

Sincerely,
A. J. LaFaro
Chairman, Maricopa County Republican Committee

McComish draws First Blood

From the AZ Republican Party resolutions:
“Stand your ground. Don’t fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here.”
John Parker, Battle of Lexington, 1775.

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In a stunning late night move Republican Senators John McComish, Adam Driggs, Rich Crandall, Steve Pierce, Bob Worsley and last minute surprise Michele Reagan turned on the Republican caucus passing a pork-heavy-spend-expand-grow budget. Make no mistake – they drew first blood.

Senator John McComish voted 18 times with the Democrats.

There was nothing bi-partisan about the budget, nothing bi-partisan about the amendments and absolutely nothing bi-partisan about the Medicaid Expansion – simply the 6 Brewercrats gave the Democrats everything they asked for.  An observer in the gallery observed the Democrats were “drunk with glee.”

The afternoon began with President Biggs proposing a budget that offered the Governor many of her spending increases including education but not including the Medicaid Expansion.

So John McComish put it on their for her releasing a frenzy of million dollar spending.

The AZ Capitol Times reported  they “included $9 million for Child Protective Services, $875,000 for Navajo Technical College and funding for the Arizona State Parks Board and Arizona Arts Commission.” Senator Rich Crandall justifies making the cake and then fork-feeding it to the Democrats as a “challenge to get the 16 votes …. Biggs warned his colleagues that adding at least $57 million in spending over three years could blow up the entire spending package.”

So – you following this? The Democrats would only agree to pass the Medicaid Expansion budget if it also funded Adult Education, Arts, and the stupid State Parks Board!  Not one compromise was extended to a Republican.  President Biggs offered 11 amendments trying to keep the Expansion constitutional and in control of the legislator.  All were voted down by the democrats and a mixture of the same 5 Senators.  Senator Kelli Ward, the only elected physician, offered 7 amendments with justifications based on real life consequences - all defeated.  The oh-so-delighted to discover the liberal out of control spending mindset was back in charge at the Arizona senate twittering press ramped up the personal insult slings at Ward.

If  the Medicaid Expansion circuit breaker kicks in and the Federal Government stops paying Medicaid Expansion these additional programs and all this spending will not stop.  This scenario is setting Arizona up for mountainous debt worse than 4 years ago.  Do we want to live through all these cuts again?

Six Republican Senators turned on their own over and over and over again.
They turned on the precinct committeemen in Arizona.
They turned on those who walked and called and gave them money.
They turned on the 11 republicans in the room with them.
Then they went up to the Governor’s office for a pizza party before they dealt the final blow.
All while the Democrats celebrate the new plus four majority in the Arizona Senate.

What is next?  It now goes to the House.  – we can and must stop it there.  Speaker Tobin is leading this battle and trying everything in his power to stop Obrewercare.  For a complete list of contact information, email updates and call to actions go to: www.fragaz.org

FRAG AZ

 

 

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Arizona Republican Legislative District 10 Conclusion:

While we applaud Governor Brewer’s decision to oppose the Obamacare Exchanges, we oppose her support for the Obamacare Medicaid expansion. We must stop State implementation of both. We urge Governor Brewer, and all Republican legislators, to hold the line against enabling the socialist takeover of our health care system and insurance industry by rejecting the Medicaid expansion. Do not sell out our Republican principles and our birthright of Liberty for a bowl of lentils and the promise of 3 years funding that will benefit a few special interests at the cost of our State sovereignty and our core Republican values. We will adamantly oppose all those who compromise our core values for short term political expediency. Governor Brewer is correct that “elections have consequences”. She is wrong in believing that it means that Republicans must roll over and forsake our core values whenever Republicans lose a national race. This is our line in the sand.

Occupy Arizona – Brewer & McComish Rally Progressive Grassroots

Just how desperate are Governor Brewer and political wizard Chuck Coughlin to force Obamacare on an unwilling Arizona? Dwindling resources, loss of votes, and lackluster public support seem to be a reason for the fraught Republicans to enlist the support of a Saul Alinsky based organization. What exactly do Brewer and Coughlin want the Occupy Wall Street types to do?

Brewer and McComish on IAF siteArizona’s Republican Governor Jan Brewer graces the Industrial Areas Foundation website (under IAF in Action) attending an event at the Valley Interfaith Project and with her are Senate Majority Leader John McComish and Representative Heather Carter.

IAF was established in 1940 by Saul Alinsky and “trains community organizers in the tactics of revolutionary social change. It is a Chicago-based community-organizing network consisting of 59 affiliate groups and Valley Interfaith Project is one of those groups. “IAF is not a grassroots network; its local affiliates are created as the result of careful planning by its national leadership.” 

So was this meeting with the Governor who signed SB1070 a “result of careful planning by its national leadership?” What are they planning: the implementation of Obamacare in Arizona, which is second only to Texas as a leader in State rights, or the defeat of the republican majority in the 2014 elections?

Valley Interfaith Project proudly proclaims a Marxist mission defining itself as “a non-partisan organization of dues-paying member congregations, schools, unions and non-profits committed to building relational power through organizing people for sustainable social and economic improvement.”

At the meeting Senator John McComish states, “If you don’t have these kinds of gatherings, organizations lose momentum.” This is Republican leadership in our State Senate? The Majority Leader, a republican, is publicly spurning his party and the legislative district he is suppose to represent which happens to poll as the highest LD in Arizona at 78% as “less likely to reelect a legislator who votes for a hospital tax to fund the expansion of Medicaid.”

Senator McComish seems to forget that there is a constitutionally defined separation of the branches of government and he happens to be a leader in the legislative branch not the water boy of the executive branch. Brewer has plenty of highly-paid-lobbyist. Is it really necessary for McComish to be rallying protestors against his own legislators from a group holding the extreme opposite philosophy of the people who elected him?

The Valley InterfaithProject: opposes SB1070; wants to raise taxes to equalize society; claims to “continue to stand against local nativist attacks on families.” They want to reweave our public and social fabric” and in their “Strategy for Engagement” in the Economic Play theybelieve that institutions — congregations, schools, labor unions, among others–-play a crucial role in the development of public people.”

So why is the ragtag band of Brewer, McComish, and Carter enlisting the aid of a community organizers?

To date a rumored $750K has been wasted on a full-fledged campaign complete with TV Medicaid-FAIL-300x204ads and highly paid lobbyists to twist the arms of legislators. 100% of the Democrat caucus stand with the Governor who signed SB1070. But the support of the entire minority party and all the money and arm twisting has not only failed to bring Obrewercare to Arizona it has resulted in the loss of Republican votes.

The Brewer/Coughlin plan is failing.

While Governors of states like Florida, with legislators rejecting Obamacare, are facing the fact there is a system of checks and balances and branches of government are indeed separate- Arizona’s Governor Brewer refuses to accept the fact that the public, including Democrats, reject Obamacare and new taxes.