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  • Syrian Refugees Have Been Resettled In 36 States, Most In CA,TX, MI

    12/01/2015 1:05:08 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/01/15 | Caroline May
    Since the start of the Syria's civil war in the spring of 2011, the U.S. has admitted 2,311 Syrian refugees and resettled them in 36 different states. According to data from the State Department's Refugee Processing Center the top three destinations for Syrian refugees since the beginning of the conflict are California, Texas, and Michigan. From March 15, 2011 through December 1, 2015, California received the most (261) Syrian refugees, Texas received the second most with 242, and Michigan has received the third most with 217. Other states that have received Syrian refugees since March 2011 include: Arizona (182), Illinois...
  • Trump’s rhetoric turning Muslims against the US, McCain says

    11/29/2015 12:43:40 PM PST · by McGruff · 178 replies
    The Hill ^ | Novemebr 29, 2015 | Bradford Richardson
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Donald Trump's divisive rhetoric is only serving to turn the international Muslim community against the U.S. "Oh, I think it has an interesting effect of turning Muslims all over the world against the United States of America, which is 99.44 percent people who practice an honorable religion," the Arizona senator said of Trump on CBS's "Face the Nation" on Sunday. "As all of our candidates bloviate about the refugees, [Syrian President] Bashar Assad is a major cause of the refugees which are now flooding Europe and causing such consternation in the United States," he said....
  • ‘School Shooting’ May have been Self Defense

    11/29/2015 7:05:00 AM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 29 November,2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The incident widely reported as a rampage 'school shooting' in Arizona at the Flagstaff campus on October 9th may have been legitimate self defense. If you look closely at the photograph, it is clear that Steven Jones suffered some blows to the head. His lower lip is swollen, and you can see abrasions on it and one to the his right below the lip. There is also a abrasion just to his left and above his left eyebrow. It appears that Jones had legal possession of the Glock pistol. It would have been legal for him to have...
  • Gay Marriage Is Legal but Not on Tribal Lands

    11/27/2015 7:33:10 PM PST · by Salman · 37 replies
    AP via ABC News ^ | Nov 27, 2015 | Felicia Fonseca
    Cleo Pablo married her longtime partner when gay weddings became legal in Arizona and looked forward to the day when her wife and their children could move into her home in the small Native American community outside Phoenix where she grew up. That day never came. The Ak-Chin Indian Community doesn't recognize same-sex marriages and has a law that prohibits unmarried couples from living together. So Pablo voluntarily gave up her tribal home and now is suing the tribe in tribal court to have her marriage validated. "I want equal opportunity," Pablo said. "I want what every married couple has."...
  • Ted Cruz is ‘not the establishment but doesn’t need on-the-job training’

    11/27/2015 7:19:00 AM PST · by Isara · 91 replies
    Soshable ^ | Nov 27, 2015 | JD Rucker
    There are many of us, perhaps millions, who believe that the Republican party as a governing force has been the lesser of two evils. We fear what the Democrats are doing to destroy the country but we’re angry about what the Republicans aren’t doing to repair the damage. This is why Donald Trump and Ben Carson have been so popular. It’s why so many people are willing to tell pollsters that they support either of the anti-establishment candidates.Thankfully, there’s a third candidate who would stand in stark contrast to the ineffective Republican Establishment that has been harming the party and...
  • McCain: Focus on refugees 'misplaced'

    11/18/2015 12:14:13 PM PST · by maggief · 44 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 18, 2015 | Rebecca Kheel
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) warned his fellow Republicans on Wednesday not to place too much emphasis on Syrian refugees following the terrorist attacks in Paris last week, calling their focus misguided. “I believe the overwhelming focus on the refugee program in recent days is misplaced,” said McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, in a written statement. “I especially encourage my fellow Republicans to recognize that refugees are not the problem – they are the symptom of the problem.” Since attacks credited to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) killed at least 129, Republicans have called for...
  • McCain slams Cruz's call for religious test for refugees

    11/17/2015 11:56:31 AM PST · by VinL · 73 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/18/15 | Alexander Bolton
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Tuesday panned the idea of favoring Christian refugees from Syria over Muslims, delivering a rebuttal to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), a GOP presidential candidate. McCain said using a religious test on Syrian refugees, especially children, makes no sense. “I don’t think any child, whether they are Christian or whether they are atheist or whether they are Buddhist, that we should make a distinction,” McCain said. “My belief is that all children are God’s children.” It’s a rare example of McCain siding with President Obama, who defeated him in the 2008 presidential election, on a hot-button...
  • Black Lives Matter movement gains momentum in Chandler following church vandalism, theft

    11/25/2015 2:48:45 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 36 replies
    Arizona Daily Sun ^ | November 25, 2015 | Becca Smouse
    CHANDLER - A pastor was hoping to start a community conversation on racial equality when he and his predominantly white congregation installed a sign supporting the Black Lives Matter movement outside their Chandler church. Among the first people they heard from were vandals, who altered and then stole the sign. "(Congregation members) were sad, but not resigned," said the Rev. Andy Burnette of the Valley Unitarian Universalists. "To see that it's still controversial to say black lives matter saddened some of those folks." A "Black Lives Matter" banner was hung in early November with more than 100 signatures from members...
  • Navajo Indian And Democratic Senator Leaves To Join GOP

    11/24/2015 12:38:28 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 40 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | November 23, 2015 | Derek Hunter
    Arizona Democratic State Senator Carlyle Begay announced Monday he is leaving the Democratic Party and becoming a Republican. Senator Begay is a Navajo Indian and represents an area of Arizona which encompasses the Navajo and Hopi reservations. Begay told the Arizona Republican, "the Republican Party better reflects the values of self-determination and self-empowerment that he holds and wants to emphasize to his district." To announce his decision, Begay released a two-minute video entitled "Change Must Happen Now" explaining his reasoning. Citing the failing education system, high dropout rate, crumbling infrastructure and unemployment rates "as high as 80 percent" in parts...
  • Graham & McCain talk about the ‘opportunism’ of Ted Cruz and the need to fight the Islamic State

    11/23/2015 8:55:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Washington Post's PostPolitics ^ | November 23, 2015 | David Weigel
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) returned to the campaign trail this weekend, making seven stops in New Hampshire with his colleague and preferred presidential candidate, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). After the third stop, at an American Legion hall in Hudson, N.H., the two hawkish Republicans sat down for a joint interview about the refugee crisis, the need to send troops to fight the Islamic State, whether the secretary of state should resign, and what the world would look like had voters made McCain president seven years ago. WP: You both mentioned that there are senators who are late-comers to this issue,...
  • Chicago Bound Border Patrol Agent Arrested with 110 Pounds of Cocaine, Say Police

    11/23/2015 6:13:09 PM PST · by markomalley · 25 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | 11/23/15 | Ildefonso Ortiz
    Arizona state policearrested a U.S. Border Patrol agent following a traffic stop where they found four suitcases with 50 bricks of cocaine. The agent said was traveling to Chicago where he was going to receive $50,000 for the trip.Last week, Juan Pimentel went before U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce McDonald who formally charged him with possession with intent to distribute cocaine and ordered he be held without bond pending trial. Troopers with the Arizona Department of Public Safety arrested Pimentel last Thursday following a traffic stop for a minor violation on the interstate highway known as I-10, court records obtained by...
  • Group patrols AZ border for terrorists

    11/23/2015 7:37:44 AM PST · by Biggirl · 3 replies
    KVOA.com ^ | November 23, 2015 | Domenica Fuller
    SASABE, AZ - A group of veterans and concerned citizens, who've been patrolling the border for five years, are now turning their focus on what they believe are new threats to America.
  • Eye in the sky Aerostat system detects aerial incursions into U.S. for decades

    11/22/2015 12:12:21 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Derek Jordan
    FORT HUACHUCA — For decades, the large, helium-filled aerostat has floated silently against the horizon above Sierra Vista, time enough for both long-time residents and new arrivals to possibly lose sight of the skyborne equipment’s mission as an important link a chain of detection spanning the entire international border. The Tethered Aerostat Radar System, or TARS, traces its origins back to the 70s and 80s, when traditional, ground fixed radar systems were being evaded by the newly airborne efforts of South American drug cartels.
  • Three more Syrian men with fake Greek passports arrested on Caribbean island

    11/21/2015 7:09:40 PM PST · by george76 · 26 replies
    Daily Mail, ^ | 21 November 2015 | Martin Gould
    Three more Syrian men with fake Greek passports arrested on Caribbean island as the extraordinary lengths five others went to in a bid to enter US amid ISIS fears is revealed. [ Full title ] Earlier this week, five Syrians were arrested in Honduras with forged Greek passports . ... Three Syrians apparently attempting to sneak into the United States by traveling with fake Greek passports have been arrested on the Caribbean island of St Maarten.. ... the investigation is continuing to determine their identities and how they obtained the fake documents. They arrived on the island on an Insel...
  • Free .22 Ammunition at Gun Show, 2015

    11/21/2015 7:16:48 AM PST · by marktwain · 29 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 21 November, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    I attended the first gun show of the season in Yuma. I paid $60 to rent a table and give away free .22 ammunition. I have more than I will likely shoot in my lifetime, purchased when the prices were much lower.I could sell it, but the Bible says that generosity is a virtue. I am curious about human nature. and the lingering lack of .22 on store shelves prompted me to give away some bulk Remington golden bullets. I used the event to promote the blog where I do most of my writing, Gun Watch. I gave away...
  • 5 Pakistanis, 1 Afghan detained near Patagonia

    11/20/2015 10:16:02 AM PST · by SandRat · 20 replies
    U.S. Border Patrol agents detained five undocumented border-crossers from Pakistan and another from Afghanistan near Patagonia this week. The individuals were detained Monday along with two smugglers, the Border Patrol said in a statement issued Thursday. Patagonia Marshal Joe Patterson said the arrests occurred in the Rail X Ranch Estates neighborhood just northeast of town, near Milepost 22 on State Route 82. “As a standard procedure, agents processed the six individuals and checked their identities against numerous law enforcement and national security-related databases,” the Border Patrol statement said. “Records checks revealed no derogatory information about the individuals.”
  • [One] Republican teams up with House Dems to create first Congressional Transgender...

    11/19/2015 6:53:04 PM PST · by markomalley · 52 replies
    Lifesite ^ | 11/19/15 | Dustin Siggins
    One Republican has joined eight Democrats in creating the first Transgender Equality Task Force in Congress. Created by the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus and chaired by Rep. Mike Honda, D-CA, the task force held a hearing yesterday to discuss challenges, especially violence, that transgender advocates say are prevalent among transgendered Americans. According to the description below the Human Rights Campaign's video of the two-hour forum, the event consisted of two panels. The first was about "the lived experience of transgender victims and educating on the scope of violence experienced by transgender people." The second panel included "HRC President Chad Griffin...
  • FBI CONFIRMS: EXCLUSIVE—6 Men from Pakistan, Afghanistan Busted [ ] Entering Arizona from Mexico

    11/19/2015 10:56:14 PM PST · by GonzoII · 28 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 19 Nov 2015 | Bob Price and Brandon Darby
    UPDATE: After the publication of this article, a local NBC affiliate contacted the FBI for confirmation. The FBI confirmed that the six men were apprehended after illegally entering the United States in Arizona.Original article:A highly trusted federal agent working under the umbrella of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has confirmed to Breitbart Texas that a group composed of 5 Pakistani men and 1 man from Afghanistan was captured by U.S. Border Patrol agents after having illegally crossed the porous U.S.-Mexico border in the Tucson Sector of Arizona.The six men were traveling in a group and were captured roughly 16...
  • When a Racist Restaurant Opens on the Edge of Campus, What Is a University's Responsibility?

    11/19/2015 1:18:30 PM PST · by Drew68 · 55 replies
    truth out.com, some whimpering lefty blog. ^ | 16 Nov 2015 | Roberto Cintli Rodriguez
    A white-owned Mexican restaurant called "Illegal Pete's" will open in December at the doorstep of the University of Arizona. A growing debate surrounds the restaurant's opening - a debate that could ultimately touch every university in the country. In this case, the proposed restaurant is just one block from the main entrance to the university, and it is precisely where the campus pep rallies take place before the big games. Because of the restaurant's location, its opening has ramifications that go beyond legal or real estate questions. Yet, at the moment, the university is remaining neutral on this matter. But...
  • Open Carry in Yuma Medical Facilities

    11/19/2015 8:11:54 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 19 November, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    I regularly open carry around town in Yuma, Arizona. A couple of months ago, my Doctor recommended that I undergo a series of tests, mostly as a precaution. My Doctor and I get along quite well. She has never offered any complaint about my open carry in her office, and it has become something of a joke with the receptionist that I have to remove a considerable amount of gear, including pistol, knife, phone, keys and other items before I weigh in.My first personal physician in Yuma never had a problem either; he is a competitive shooter and worked...
  • McCain slams Cruz's call for religious test for refugees

    11/17/2015 2:55:18 PM PST · by detective · 49 replies
    MSN News ^ | November 17, 2015 | Alexander Bolton
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Tuesday panned the idea of favoring Christian refugees from Syria over Muslims, delivering a rebuttal to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), a GOP presidential candidate. McCain said using a religious test on Syrian refugees, especially children, makes no sense. “I don’t think any child, whether they are Christian or whether they are atheist or whether they are Buddhist, that we should make a distinction,” McCain said. “My belief is that all children are God’s children.”
  • Refugees headed to 180 towns, but avoid D.C. and other expensive cities

    11/17/2015 10:18:04 AM PST · by jazusamo · 81 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 17, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    As President Obama presses communities to accept Syrian refugees, his current hometown of Washington, D.C., is likely to be spared much of the pain. There are about 180 communities across the U.S. that welcome refugees, but some of the more obvious cities, including San Francisco, New York and, yes, Washington, aren't high on the list because they are just too darn expensive for the refugees. Instead, the top major cities are places such as Atlanta, San Diego, Houston, Dallas, Chicago and Boston, the State Department says. And there are a host of medium-sized cities as well: Boise, Idaho, Nashville, Tennessee,...
  • Now 25 Republican governors - and one Democrat too - say they don't want to accept Syrian refugees

    11/16/2015 6:16:22 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 128 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | November 16, 2015 | Nikki Schwab
    Now, 25 Republican governors – and one Democrat too – have said they don't want Syrian refugees in their states, as President Obama recommitted the U.S. to take a portion of this population fleeing from ISIS. In a press conference this morning in Turkey, Obama said that 'the United States has to step up and do its part,' while chiding those in the opposition party for suggesting there be a 'religious test' for entry into the United States. There's concern, after Friday's brutal attack in Paris, that ISIS fighters are infiltrating those fleeing Syria and will carry out future violence...
  • 28 states refuse Syrian refugees - AL, MI, TX, LA, AR, IN, IL, MA, MS, OH, FL, WI, NC, AZ, ME, NH...

    11/16/2015 9:47:39 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 442 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 16, 2015 | Jesse Byrnes
    "Slamming the door in their faces would be a betrayal of our values," [Obama] said.Six Republican governors have announced that Syrian refugees won't be allowed to resettle in their states in the wake of last week's terrorist attacks in Paris. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley issued statements Sunday saying that they wanted to prioritize the safety of the residents in their states. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott; Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a GOP presidential candidate; Arkansas Gov. Gov. Asa Hutchinson; and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence joined them on Monday. "Michigan is a welcoming state and we are...
  • Gov. Duceys promises to boost border security fall short (Rubio's AZ ice cream man)

    07/10/2015 5:02:15 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 1 replies
    Washington Times ^ | July 7, 2015 | BOB CHRISTIE
    When Gov. Doug Ducey was stuck in a six-way Republican primary one year ago, he promised to fight back with every resource at my command to secure the states border with Mexico. Fencing, satellites, guardsmen, more police and prosecutors, Ducey said in a campaign ad. Well get this done. If Barack Obama wont do the job, Arizonans will.
  • Ducey stops flow of all refugees to Arizona

    11/16/2015 12:03:22 PM PST · by Cheerio · 13 replies
    NBC 12 News ^ | November 16, 2015 | Brahm Resnik
    Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday said he was ordering "an immediate halt" to the placement of all refugees in Arizona. In a prepared statement, the governor also called on the federal government to give states more authority in placing refugees.
  • Gov. Ducey calls for immediate halt of new refugees to Arizona

    11/16/2015 11:32:55 AM PST · by exbrit · 37 replies
    KVOA Tucson ^ | 11/16/2015 | Scott Oathout
    PHOENIX- Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has ordered the immediate halt to the placement of any refugees in Arizona, following the attacks in Paris on Friday.
  • Rubio’s Bill Would Have Opened Floodgates to Islamic Refugees ( Gang of 8 )

    11/16/2015 7:19:05 AM PST · by george76 · 3 replies
    CR ^ | November 15th, 2015 | Daniel Horowitz
    Here's a question an incisive debate moderator ought to ask Marco Rubio: are you happy Senators Sessions and Cruz helped defeat your Gang of 8 immigration bill? One of the more obscure yet destructive provisions of the Gang of 8 bill I wrote about in 2013 was section 3405 (page 693), which created an entire new pipeline for refugees. This bill would have concocted an unconditional right to immediate legal permanent resident status for any person in the world who declares himself "stateless." Had the bill passed in 2013, it would have given the Obama administration power to define who...
  • Conspiracy Tale at Arpaio Contempt Hearing

    11/14/2015 9:13:41 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 87 replies
    Courthouse News Service ^ | November 13, 2015 | JAMIE ROSS
    After invoking the Fifth Amendment 220 times under five hours of questioning Thursday, an investigator for Sheriff Joe Arpaio blurted out an impassioned tale that the sheriff's office investigated the federal judge overseeing Arpaio's contempt-of-court hearing because the judge was "a victim" of the federal government's illegal seizure of his bank and IRS records. The court heard a number of audio recordings Zullo made with his iPhone... In another recording, former billionaire Tim Blixseth tells Arpaio that then-Senator Barack Obama had hired computer hackers to doctor Obama's birth certificate and change Florida voting records to alter redistricting efforts. Blixseth said...
  • McCain Gives Obama Attorney General Nominee A Tentative Thumbs-Up

    11/11/2014 11:51:54 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 97 replies
    BuzzFeed News ^ | November 11, 2014 | Andrew Kaczynski
    And I would imagine from my first glance at her credentials that she would get approved by the Senate. This is a very outstanding young woman from everything that I can tell.(VIDEO-AT-LINK) Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain said Monday that based on his first impression, he assumes U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch will get approved by the Senate to replace outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder. McCain called Obamas nominee and the chief federal prosecutor in the Eastern District of New York an outstanding young woman. I think elections have consequences and therefore you give his nominees the benefit of the doubt,...
  • AZ Sheriff: 67,000 Criminal Illegals ‘Have Been Released Into Our Community’

    11/13/2015 3:46:33 PM PST · by TangoLimaSierra · 12 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 11/12/15 | Ian Hanchett
    Pinal County, AZ Sheriff and Congressional candidate Paul Babeu (R) said, “67,000 criminal illegals, the violent ones, have been released into our community” and that GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s deportation plan is “logistically very difficult” in addition to stating, “we’re not going to build the great wall of Mexico” on Thursday’s broadcast of CNN’s “AC360.”
  • Once A Year, The Sun Hits These Pillars And Creates A Sight That’ll Make Any American Proud

    11/11/2015 6:56:55 PM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 28 replies
    the federalist papers ^ | Jason W. Stevens
    In Anthem, Arizona there resides five pillars. These five pillars serve as a memorial for our armed forces, each pillar representing a different branch of the military. Designed by local artist and resident Renee Palmer Jones, the memorial is used in a Veteran’s Day ceremony every year to honor our fallen men and women. But during the ceremony, what looks like an ordinary series of pillars actually becomes quite special. If you look closely, you will see that due to the way the pillars are aligned, that the sun will shine right through holes built into each descending pillar due...

    11/11/2015 11:46:46 AM PST · by BigEdLB · 12 replies
    Rocky Mountain Poll ^ | 11/11/15 | Earl de Berge
    Phoenix,Arizona,November11,2015.Ben Carson and Donald Trump are in a virtual tie for the votes of registered Republicans who can participate in the March 22, 2016 party primary. Were that primary to have been held at the time of this survey, which was taken in the last week of October and the first week of November, Carson(23%) and Trump(21%) each would have drawn about a fifth of the vote. Snip The findings outlined in this report are based on a statewide survey of 700 adult heads of household including 226 registered Republican voters. It was conducted between October 24 and November 5,...
  • Armed Biker Displays Gun to Open Carrier in Yuma

    11/09/2015 1:16:13 PM PST · by marktwain · 24 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 9 November, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    I stopped to fuel up at a local gas station. The price was $1.93 a gallon. I was open carrying my old Glock 17. As I came out the door, the biker was standing beside this beautiful Indian motorcycle. I said "Nice bike", and he replied, "What are you carrying?"Glock 17, I said, and he pulled open his vest to show me his S&W M&P. He was an armed biker. His vest proudly proclaimed that he was a Vietnam Vet. I said that while I had been in service during Vietnam, my tour was in California, at...
  • Arizona legislators give up on idea of privately funded border fence.

    11/09/2015 12:15:45 PM PST · by Coronal · 8 replies
    KTAR.com ^ | November 9, 2015
    A faltering project backed by Arizona legislators to construct privately funded fencing on the border with Mexico has officially seen its final days. State lawmakers will decide Monday what to do with the $265,000 that was collected for the nearly five- year-old plan. Republican backers of the 2011 legislation hoped to collect as much as $50 million in donations for the project.
  • "Mystery" Ballistic Missile Test Lights Up Sky Over California, Leads To Social Media Panic

    11/08/2015 2:33:43 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 68 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | November 8, 2015 | Tyler Durden
    Late on Friday there was a surprising announcement by the Federal Aviation Administration according to which night-time flights to and from Los Angeles International (LAX) would avoid flying over the Pacific Ocean to the west of the airport, the second busiest in the US.(snip)...thousands of reports from Los Angeles and San Diego flooded social networks with reports of a mysterious bright light in the sky that sent Californians into panic. The San Diego Union-Tribune said police were inundated with calls "reporting everything from a flare to a comet to a nuclear bomb". The newspaper said the light was seen as...
  • Facility demolition clears way for Cochise College Downtown Center

    11/08/2015 8:35:05 AM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Derek Jordan
    SIERRA VISTA — The near-empty shell of the former Sierra Vista Regional Health Center is slowly giving way to demolition work as crews prepare the decades-old facility for its new life as Cochise College’s Downtown Center, set to open next year. When the facility was officially gifted to the college by the Legacy Foundation of Southeast Arizona earlier this year, it effectively expanded the square-footage of the college’s Sierra Vista Campus by 50 percent, with just over 90,000 square feet of additional space to house the college’s nursing and allied health programs, culinary arts program and more. “We’ve basically gutted...
  • Arizona a top destination for businesses relocating from California

    11/07/2015 5:16:09 AM PST · by smartyaz · 12 replies
    Phoenix Business Journal ^ | 11/5/15 | Staff
    Arizona is the third-best market for California disinvestment, according to a seven-year Spectrum Location Solutions study of companies leaving the state. Texas, Nevada and Arizona are in the top three slots, following by Colorado, Washington, Oregon and North Carolina. Report author Joseph Vranich, a site selection consultant, confirmed that more than $68 billion in capital has been diverted to other states as a result of the more than 1,500 disinvestment actions – the act of a company pulling up stakes and relocating. “Companies moving to other states save 25 percent to 35 percent of operating costs compared to California costs,”...
  • In Trashing Land, The EPA Has Nothing On The Forest Service

    09/03/2015 1:14:03 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 09/02/2015 | William Perry Pendley
    Americans now comprehend fully the disdain the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has for truth-telling, the rights of others, and the environment. Forget the last six spiteful years; the Colorado mine disaster suffices. The EPAs wanton malfeasance experts warned of a catastrophic blowout unleashed three million gallons of orange arsenic-, cadmium-, and lead-laden wastewater into an Animas River tributary trashing public, private, and tribal lands and waters in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and the Navajo Nation. Even so, the EPA has nothing on the U.S. Forest Service. In documents filed days ago in a federal district court in Arkansas,...
  • The Pentagon Paid Millions to Pro Sports Teams for Military Tributes

    11/04/2015 2:06:05 PM PST · by Wolfie · 23 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | 11/04/15
    The Pentagon Paid Millions to Pro Sports Teams for Military Tributes That time 80 members of the National Guard unfurled an American flag on the turf during an Atlanta Falcons football game? You paid for that. That on-field swearing-in ceremony for soldiers at a New York Mets game? You pairs for that, too. That's because the Department of Defense paid at least $6.8 million in taxpayer money to professional sports teams for military tributes over the last few years, according to a new report by U.S. Senators John McCain (R) and Jeff Flake (R), both of Arizona. The document shows...
  • Saudi Arabia buys up land in Arizona; using desert water after drought concerns at home

    11/03/2015 12:04:32 PM PST · by george76 · 16 replies
    abc 15 ^ | Nov 2, 2015 | Joe Bartels
    VICKSBURG, AZ - Like a desert mirage, the Almarai hay farm about 100 miles west of the Valley sprawls out on almost 10,000 acres. Buildings rise from the dust, and an endless stream of delivery trucks come and go. The bustle of activity is from alfalfa feeds as far as the eye can see. Saudi Arabian state-run media reports Almarai bought the land last year. That was after a Saudi government directive to conserve that nation's natural resources. Experts say underground reservoirs and ancient aquifers have almost dried up in Saudi Arabia after decades of modern farming. And since Almarai...
  • Earthquake in Phoenix Area

    11/01/2015 10:31:14 PM PST · by Jeff Chandler · 31 replies
    Small one, didn't last very long.
  • ‘The Five’ hosts scold ‘rude’ co-host as Jeb Bush imploding makes some of them testy

    11/01/2015 7:04:47 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 50 replies
    BIZPAC Review ^ | 10/31/15
    Jeb Bush’s imploding presidential candidacy sparked an explosive debate among Fox News hosts on “The Five” this week. Tempers began to flare after Meghan McCain, the daughter of Arizona senator and former presidential candidate John McCain, argued that while Bush is flawed candidate much of the blame for his sagging poll numbers could be attributed to him having “bad people around him.” Being the “only person that has been on a campaign that imploded and came back from the dead” she believes Bush can make a comeback. “He needs to clean house with his staff,” she said before her co-host...
  • Owens Valley at mercy of LA, drought

    10/31/2015 12:35:45 PM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies
    Manteca Bulletin ^ | October 28, 2015
    Water in the aqueduct that helped fuel Los Angeles' growth was flowing toward the city Wednesday for the first time in six months after workers removed an earthen and concrete dam that had diverted runoff to the parched Owens Valley. ... Owens Valley ranchers are .. at the mercy of Los Angeles .. LA owns most of the water rights it furtively bought in the early 1900s in a widely chronicled land grab loosely recounted in the movie Chinatown. William Mulholland conceived the gravity-fed channel to slake the growing city's thirst and famously quipped, "There it is. Take it," as...
  • DOD replaces plan it concedes put commissaries at risk

    10/31/2015 9:39:53 AM PDT · by SandRat · 11 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Tom Philpott
    The Pentagon’s last two budget plans to “reform” the commissary benefit for military families and retirees were driven by a goal to save money, without due regard for preserving the benefit, said a senior Defense official who claims to be leading commissary reforms on a less perilous path. In a strikingly frank address Tuesday to commissary brokers, suppliers and product representatives at the annual convention of American Logistics Association, Peter Levine, deputy chief management officer for the Department of Defense, confirmed what critics in Congress and industry, and advocates for commissary patrons, had charged for the past two years. That...
  • Poll: Ben Carson overtakes Donald Trump among Arizona GOP voters

    10/30/2015 4:49:54 PM PDT · by VinL · 78 replies
    KTAr ^ | 10/30/15 | Staff
    Arizona Republicans are now more likely to vote for Dr. Ben Carson than mogul and television personality Donald Trump in 2016, a Thursday poll showed. The poll, conducted by MBQF Consulting, asked 1,057 high-efficacy Republican voters which GOP candidate they would vote for in the 2016 election. The results said 25.5 percent of Republican voters back Carson, while 24.8 percent back Trump. Carson’s lead does fall within the poll’s margin of error. Last month, Trump led Arizona voters by about 8 percentage points. Trump is also trailing Carson in some national polls. “Well, I don’t get it,” a confounded Trump...
  • Armed Black Man's Post on Traffic Stop Is Internet Smash

    10/30/2015 10:04:36 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 43 replies
    Newser ^ | 10/30/15 | Evann Gastaldo
    'MAYBE IF YOU TREAT POLICE OFFICERS WITH RESPECT, THEY WILL DO THE SAME TO YOU' Steven Hildreth Jr. was "a black man wearing a hoodie and strapped"—he was legally carrying a gun—when stopped by a Tucson police officer for a broken headlight. And yet, he and the officer involved were respectful to one another, and both walked away from the incident unscathed, Hildreth writes in a Facebook post that's been shared more than 250,000 times. In it, Hildreth tells the story of how he informed the officer he was carrying a weapon near his wallet, the officer disarmed him as...
  • Fort leadership disputes lost civilian position figures

    10/30/2015 9:13:53 AM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies
    SIERRA VISTA — Fort Huachuca leadership are disputing the figures cited by the local president of a union of federal employees regarding the number of civilian positions lost on the military installation over the last year and a half. "Recently, a false report of 1,100 Department of the Army civilians being cut from Fort Huachuca over the past 18 months has come to our attention. Let me be as clear about this as I possibly can: that number is incorrect,” said Tom Borer, deputy to the Garrison Commander Col. Thomas Boone, in a statement Thursday. On Wednesday, Katie Rasdall, president...
  • 29 buried with honor at veterans' cemetery

    10/26/2015 12:37:16 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies
    SIERRA VISTA The afternoon was bright and a slight wind made it feel like a usual autumn day. The flags of the five services Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard fluttered, their services insignias backlighted by the sun. On a table containers were placed holding the cremains of 21 soldiers, a Marine, two sailors, four airmen, a Coastie and the spouse of one the soldiers and five American flags, one for each branch of Americas armed forces, which would be symbolically be unfolded and then folded again during the hour-long service.
  • Lovely: The EPA Spill In Colorado Was Completely Preventable

    10/25/2015 7:29:18 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 25, 2015 | Matt Vespa
    <p>The Colorado spill would have been avoided had the EPA team checked on water levels inside the inactive Gold King Mine before digging into its collapsed and leaking entrance, a team of engineers from Interior's Bureau of Reclamation concluded in a 132-page report released Thursday.</p>