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  • George Takei on Facebook: I owe Clarence Thomas an apology

    07/03/2015 6:27:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 85 replies
    Facebook ^ | 07/03/2015 | George Takei
    I owe an apology. On the eve of this Independence Day, I have a renewed sense of what this country stands for, and how I personally could help achieve it. The promise of equality and freedom is one that all of us have to work for, at all times. I know this as a survivor of the Japanese American internment, which each day drives me only to strive harder to help fulfill that promise for future generations. I recently was asked by a reporter about Justice Clarence Thomas’s dissent in the marriage equality cases, in which he wrote words that...
  • George Takei apologizes

    07/03/2015 3:12:51 PM PDT · by raccoonradio · 95 replies
    facebook ^ | 7/3/15 | George Takei
    I owe an apology. On the eve of Independence Day, I have a renewed sense of what this country stands for, and how I personally could help achieve it. The promise of equality and freedom is one that all of us have to work for, at all times. I know this as a survivor of the Japanese American internment, which each day drives me only to strive harder to help fulfill that promise for future generations. I recently was asked by a reporter about Justice Clarence Thomas’s dissent in the marriage equality cases, in which he wrote words that really...
  • Sulu doubles down: All I meant is that Clarence Thomas is a fake black who abandoned his heritage

    07/03/2015 10:26:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 69 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/03/2015 | AllahPundit
    Oh. Well, my mistake then. Yesterday I thought he was saying something racist.What did this guy think his critics were accusing him of, if this is his “clarification”? A few fans have written wondering whether I intended to utter a racist remark by referring to Justice Thomas as a “clown in blackface.”“Blackface” is a lesser known theatrical term for a white actor who blackens his face to play a black buffoon. In traditional theater lingo, and in my view and intent, that is not racist. It is instead part of a racist history in this country.I feel Justice Thomas...
  • State health director urges judge to throw out challenge to new abortion law (Arizona)

    07/03/2015 5:47:24 AM PDT · by Morgana
    azcapitoltimes.com ^ | July 1, 2015 | Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services
    State Health Director Cara Christ wants a federal judge to throw out a challenge to a controversial new abortion law because no doctor has yet been disciplined for breaking it. In legal filings in federal court, attorney Douglas Drury who represents Christ tells Judge Steven Logan that he should dismiss the lawsuit filed on behalf of abortion providers and doctors because the case is not “ripe” for consideration. “Plaintiffs and their patients have not suffered any injury in fact,” Drury wrote. That same argument is being made by the Attorney General’s Office representing the Arizona Medical Board, the agency that...
  • ACLU sued by Larry Klayman And NSA/CIA Whistleblower Dennis Montgomery For Ethical Violations

    07/02/2015 6:21:51 PM PDT · by Moseley · 11 replies
    Fairfax Free Citizen ^ | July 2, 2015 | Tim Hannigan
    Larry Klayman, former federal prosecutor for the Justice Department and the founder of Judicial Watch and now Freedom Watch, announced the filing of a lawsuit against the American Civil Liberties Union (“ACLU”), and certain of its attorneys for violating their fiduciary duty and attorney client relationship, as well as defaming NSA/CIA whistleblower Dennis Montgomery. The complaint was filed in federal court in Miami, Florida (Case No. 15-cv-22452). Montgomery sought legal assistance from the ACLU with regard to his whistleblowing of the unconstitutional and illegal acts by the NSA and CIA, much like the disclosures of Edward Snowden. Montgomery possesses information...
  • Bad news from Mr. Sulu: Clarence Thomas is a “clown in blackface”

    07/02/2015 4:33:00 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 59 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | July 2, 2015 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Via the Free Beacon, I think it was Dan McLaughlin of Red State who tweeted after last week’s SSM decision was released, “Now the contest begins to see who’ll be the angriest winner.” His point was that, for a movement that’s been unstoppable culturally over the past 10 years, there’s a curiously strong impulse towards nastiness in some lefties’ reaction to each new victory. With this remark from George Takei, I think it’s safe to say the contest is now over. Takei’s overreacting to a point Thomas made in response to Kennedy’s idea that state recognition of gay marriage is...
  • Employee 'admits' murdering couple... 'while high on meth' [Maricopa, Arizona]

    07/02/2015 3:54:03 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 46 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | Thursday, July 2, 2015 | Reporter
    An Arizona man charged with killing a married couple who went missing more than a week ago 'essentially confessed' to shooting them dead during a suspected drug deal gone wrong and then burying the bodies in his backyard, authorities revealed this afternoon. Jose Valenzuela, 38, of Maricopa, was arrested early Thursday morning on two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Michael and Tina Careccia. The couple, who have five children between the two of them, were last seen alive leaving their Maricopa home on the morning of June 22. Mr Careccia's 17-year-old son reported them missing that night...
  • George Takei's Racist Rant: Clarence Thomas Is a 'Clown in Black Face'

    07/02/2015 8:49:06 AM PDT · by Cubs Fan · 100 replies
    George Takei unleashed a racist rant against Clarence Thomas, sneering that the Supreme Court justice is a "clown in blackface." The Star Trek actor on Monday fumed, "[Thomas] is a clown in blackface sitting on the Supreme Court. He gets me that angry. He doesn't belong there." Talking to a local Fox affiliate in Phoenix, Takei snarled that the second African American on the Supreme Court is unqualified: "This man does not belong on the Supreme Court. He is an embarrassment. He is a disgrace to America."
  • Brush fire spurs alarm on Fort Huachuca

    06/30/2015 1:46:12 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Staff/HERALD REVIEW
    Smoke from a brush fire that consumed about 30 acres of land on Fort Huachuca brought response from the post fire department and the Coronado National Forest Sierra Vista Ranger District. Sometime after 6 p.m., the fire was reported off from Range Road in the general proximity of the wind turbine on Fort Huachuca.
  • Supremes Block Voter ID; Decline to hear case

    06/29/2015 4:05:28 PM PDT · by Nachum · 43 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 6/29/15 | Brian Lilley
    The Supreme Court effectively blocked an attempt by Arizona and Kansas to require voter ID after the high court declined to hear an appeal. By rejecting a joint appeal by the states, the high court left in place a November 2014 ruling by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. That appeals court decided that the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, a federal agency that oversees changes to state voter registration procedures, was not required to grant the states' request that proof of citizenship be added to registration requirements. The Election Assistance Commission was established in 2002 to support and enforce...
  • Supreme Court Upholds Creation of Arizona Redistricting Commission

    06/29/2015 8:21:22 AM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 27 replies
    NYT ^ | 07/29/2015 | Adam Liptak
    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that Arizona’s voters were entitled to try to make the process of drawing congressional district lines less partisan. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote the majority opinion in the 5-to-4 decision. She was joined by Justices Anthony M. Kennedy, Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. The case, Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, No. 13-1314, concerned an independent commission created by Arizona voters in 2000. About a dozen states have experimented with redistricting commissions that have varying degrees of independence from the state legislatures, which ordinarily draw election maps. Arizona’s commission is most...
  • The dozen rebels targeted by GOP leaders

    06/28/2015 1:28:54 PM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 27th, 2015 | Scott Wong and Cristina Marcos
    To keep conservative rebels in check, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and his allies have been doling out punishments at an aggressive clip in the 114th Congress. From kicking unruly members off the Rules Committee and GOP whip team to stripping a lawmaker of his subcommittee gavel, leadership has been growing more comfortable with taking retaliatory measures to try to enforce party discipline. But several Tea Party targets haven’t gone quietly. They’ve been fighting back with help from Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan’s conservative House Freedom Caucus, which successfully pressured leaders this week to return a subcommittee gavel to one of their...
  • Is California trying to take our water?

    06/28/2015 8:42:54 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 42 replies
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | June 28, 2015 | By Tony Davis
    Republican Gov. Doug Ducey and Democratic Rep. Raúl Grijalva don’t agree on much, but both worry California could take Arizona’s water. The conservative governor and the liberal congressman say Arizona must be vigilant to ensure its drought-parched neighbor doesn’t use federal action to grab some of Arizona’s Colorado River supply. Of particular concern is a California drought bill that’s been quietly negotiated for months in the U.S. Senate. “The secrecy generates concern and nervousness. Nobody I know in Arizona knows what’s in this bill at this point,” says Chuck Cullom, who manages Colorado River issues for the Central Arizona Project,...
  • Gun Owners We Love: Carrie Lightfoot

    06/28/2015 9:25:43 AM PDT · by rktman · 8 replies
    range365.com ^ | 6/24/2015 | Barbara Baird
    From the parking lot, the headquarters of The Well Armed Woman (TWAW, often referred to as “tee-wah”) https://thewellarmedwoman.com looks like another collection of offices in an affluent business area of Scottsdale, Ariz. Open the door, though, and you enter the world of women’s shooting. From receptionist to the warehouse workers to the guard dog—a mutt named “Sig Sauer”—TWAW revolves around personal protection for women. The mantra “Educate. Equip. Empower” forms the backbone of TWAW, which, less than three years after its star, has d 229 shooting chapters and thousands of members in 49 states. There is also now an online...
  • Body of Iraqi pilot recovered from F-16 crash site.

    06/27/2015 5:51:12 AM PDT · by SandRat · 13 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Derek Jordan
    SIERRA VISTA — The body of an Iraqi student pilot killed when his F-16 crashed north of Douglas on Wednesday has been recovered. American military officials had been searching for the body of the pilot since the crash. He has been identified as Brig. Gen. Rasid Mohammed Sadeeq by Iraq’s Defense Ministry, according to the Associated Press. On Thursday, a defense ministry official provided a different name for the killed pilot, identifying him as Brig. Gen. Rafid Mohammed Hassan. The ministry on Friday had no explanation for the conflicting identities, the AP reported. Residents near the site of the crash...
  • Iraqi brigadier general flying F-16 that crashed near Douglas

    06/26/2015 3:06:49 PM PDT · by Brown Deer · 16 replies
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | June 25, 2015 | Curt Prendergast
    An Iraqi pilot who has been training in the United States for four years was flying an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft that crashed in southern Arizona, a spokesman for the Iraqi defense minister said Thursday. "We have no word yet on his fate or the reason behind the crash," Brig. Gen. Tahseen Ibrahim told The Associated Press. "We are in contact with the Americans to get more details." Ibrahim confirmed the pilot is Brig. Gen. Rafid Mohammed Hassan. The fighter crashed about 8 p.m. Wednesday in grassland some five miles away from the Douglas airport during a night training mission,...
  • Iraq confirms its pilot died in Arizona military plane crash

    06/26/2015 3:03:45 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies
    BAGHDAD (AP) — The body of an Iraqi pilot whose military plane crashed during a training mission in the United States has been found at the crash site, Iraq’s Defense Ministry said on Friday, as violence continues to strike around the capital, Baghdad.
  • Pilot of crashed F-16 was Iraqi student training in US

    06/25/2015 2:47:11 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Derek Jordan
    The pilot of the crashed F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft has been identified as Brig. Gen. Rafid Mohammed Hassan by a spokesman for the Iraqi defense minister, according to the Associated Press. The fate of Hassan remains unknown. Thursday afternoon, U.S. Martha McSally released a statement on the crash. “My thoughts and prayers are with the pilot, his family, and all first responders. Instances like this remind us that those who wear the uniform put their lives on the line every day, and deserve our constant gratitude.” SIERRA VISTA — The F-16 aircraft that crashed east of the Douglas Municipal Airport...
  • Hundreds attend town hall meeting to discuss BLM's plan for closures of public land ( Colorado )

    06/25/2015 6:38:33 AM PDT · by george76 · 39 replies
    KJCT ^ | Jun 24, 2015 | Daniela Pardo
    Grand Junction, COLO. It's a hot debate that's sparked a lot of controversy in Mesa County. The updating of the Resource Management Plan has been in the works for years. It was announced a few months back, but not everyone's happy about the proposal. The Mesa County Commissioners and the Bureau of Land Management took turns speaking at the town hall meeting. The public listened to what happened in a meeting with representatives from the governor's office, in regards to the Resource Management Plan, and had the chance to share their concerns and suggestions. At last week's meeting with the...
  • Davis-Monthan AFB: F-16 crashes in Douglas (Arizona)

    06/24/2015 10:48:45 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 29 replies
    KPHO ^ | 6-25-2015 | Catherine Holland
    n F-16 from the 162nd Fighter Wing of the Air National Guard has crashed near Douglas close to Arizona's border with New Mexico, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base has confirmed.
  • Convicted Ex-Boyfriend Killer Jodi Arias Ordered to Pay $30K to Slain Man’s Family

    06/22/2015 10:10:37 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Monday, June 22, 2015
    Convicted murderer Jodi Arias is required to pay the family of the man she killed in 2008 roughly $30,000 in restitution charges, a Phoenix judge ruled Monday. The family of Travis Alexander, who Arias, 34, was convicted of shooting and then stabbing almost 30 times, had petitioned for approximately $100,000 in order to reimburse their travel and lodging expenses during her lengthy trial hearings. But Judge Sherry Stephens ordered the smaller payment because the family didn’t provide all of the receipts for their costs, according to Arias’ attorney, Jennifer Willmott. The family may not end up getting the funds back...
  • JEFF FLAKE'S SON SUES ARPAIO, SENATOR WAS UNDER MCSO SURVEILLANCE

    06/22/2015 5:54:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    Phoenix New Times ^ | MONDAY, JUNE 22, 2015 | STEPHEN LEMONS
    The son of U.S. Senator Jeff Flake has filed suit in federal court against Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Maricopa County, claiming that the sheriff's investigation into the deaths of 23 dogs last year at Gilbert's Green Acre dog boarding facility was motivated by politics, spite and Arpaio's insatiable hunger for publicity. The complaint, which was filed late Friday, alleges that Arpaio directed his deputies to target Flake's son Austin and Austin's now estranged wife Logan because of the media-value of their last name. The sheriff also hounded his investigators to establish a link between the Senator and the animal cruelty...
  • U.S. Senators Call For Arming Ukraine

    06/20/2015 5:25:58 AM PDT · by McGruff · 91 replies
    Radio Free Europe ^ | June 20, 2015
    U.S. Senator John McCain has again called on the United States to send weapons to Ukrainian forces fighting pro-Russia separatists in the east of the country. At a press conference in Kyiv on June 20 with two other visiting U.S. senators, McCain (Republican-Arizona) said it would be "disgraceful and shameful" for the West not to act as Russian President Vladimir Putin, in McCain's view, sought to dismember Ukraine. McCain, one of the most vocal supporters in the U.S. Congress on arming Ukraine, said the Ukrainians had "proven they are willing to fight." Speaking alongside McCain, U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (Republican-Arkansas)...
  • Girls' shooting team defies stereotype

    06/20/2015 8:48:02 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 41 replies
    KPHO (CBS Arizona) ^ | 06//2015 | Jason Volentin
    A lot of people think of shooting as a sport mainly for guys. But a group of teen girls from south of the Valley is proving that girls can hit the mark just as well as the boys. “Why yes, I do shoot like a girl,” said Karen Shedd, a 13-year-old from Pinal County who can hit five targets with her .22 caliber pistol in under two seconds. Karen and her three teammates have gone up against the boys, and won. They took the top prize at the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation, Scholastic Pistol Program state tournament in Tucson --...
  • City Council President Andy Ginther caught up in red-light camera bribe case ( Ohio Democrats )

    06/19/2015 1:55:50 PM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | June 19, 2015 | Lucas Sullivan & Darrel Rowland
    A former chief executive officer of the red-light camera company Redflex has pleaded guilty to bribing Columbus elected officials - including Council President Andrew Ginther - through the Ohio Democratic Party to install the cameras and keep them operating in the city. Karen L. Finley, 55, of Cave Creek, Ariz., pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit federal programs bribery, according a press release from Carter M. Stewart, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio. Records from the U.S. District in Columbus show that from 2005 to 2013, Finley made campaign contributions to elected public officials in...
  • U.S. top court rules for church in free speech case over signs [Unanimous]

    06/18/2015 12:55:54 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6/18/15 | Lawrence Hurley
    The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that an Arizona town violated a local church's free speech rights by preventing it from posting signs notifying the public of its worship services. The court decided 9-0 in favor of Good News Community Church.... ....."Speech discrimination is wrong regardless of whether the government intended to violate the First Amendment or not, and it doesn't matter if the government thinks its discrimination was well-intended," said attorney David Cortman of the Christian legal group Alliance Defending Freedom, which represented the church.
  • House OKs Obama trade agenda on 2nd try, bill heads to Senate

    06/18/2015 10:16:05 AM PDT · by dware · 44 replies
    Fox News ^ | 06.18.2015 | Fox News
    The House on Thursday approved a key plank of President Obama's trade agenda after the push nearly imploded amid Democratic resistance last week, sending the bill to the Senate where it still faces an uncertain fate. The 218-208 vote nevertheless marked a significant victory for Obama and his pro-trade supporters in both parties. The vote came after Obama huddled Wednesday evening with congressional allies to try to craft a way forward.
  • Boehner takes his retribution

    06/16/2015 12:48:44 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 28 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 6/16/15 | Scott Wong
    House GOP leaders booted three members off the whip team for voting against a procedural rule that structured how a critical trade package was brought to the House floor last week. Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) informed Reps. Cynthia Lummis (Wyo.), Steve Pearce (N.M.) and Trent Franks (Ariz.) on Monday that they were no longer a part of the GOP’s vote-counting operation, a source close to the whip team confirmed. Scalise’s decision was based on longstanding whip team rules that stated members must “vote as a team on procedural matters” but are free to vote against leadership on underlying legislation,...
  • Three Booted From GOP Whip Team as Leaders Crack Down

    06/16/2015 9:04:52 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 58 replies
    National Journal ^ | 06/16/2015 | Daniel Newhauser
    House Republican leaders are cracking down on rebellious members after a near-disaster on a trade vote last week, but another imperiled rule coming to the House floor Tuesday is making it difficult to punish members leaders need to pass the measure. Reps. Cynthia Lummis, Steve Pearce and Trent Franks have been removed from the whip team after they sided with GOP rebels to vote against a rule governing debate on a trade bill, according to sources close to the team. Lummis, a deputy whip and a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, was perhaps the whip team's highest-ranking bridge...
  • 200 Eloy immigrant detainees go on hunger strike

    06/14/2015 2:21:34 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 16 replies
    tucsonnewsnow.com ^ | june 13, 2015 | shelley shelton
    Responding to what they say is ongoing abuse and neglect, and demanding an independent investigation into two recent detainee deaths they feel are suspicious, about 200 immigrant detainees launched a hunger strike Saturday morning at the Eloy Detention Center. At 9:45 a.m., the men sat down in the recreation yard and declared their strike against what they say are brutal and inhumane conditions. Among their demands: Independent investigation into the two recent deaths, both of which happened under what detainees say are mysterious circumstances, allegedly after guard abuse An investigation into excessive use of force at the detention center Better...
  • USS Gabrielle Giffords: Navy ship christened for ex-Arizona congresswoman

    06/14/2015 10:58:52 AM PDT · by llevrok · 52 replies
    Cleveland. Com ^ | 6/14/2015
    MOBILE, Ala. — Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle "Gabby" Giffords of Arizona had a Navy vessel named in her honor during a ceremony at a Mobile, Alabama, shipyard Saturday afternoon. Giffords joined others including Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, as the USS Gabrielle Giffords was christened in coastal Alabama. The 419-foot ship was built at the Austal shipyard and is the Navy's 10th littoral combat ship designed to operate in shallow waters near the coast. Giffords was badly wounded in a 2011 shooting that left six dead and a total of 13 injured in Tucson. The Democrat left...
  • SpaceX and the Russian Rocket Mess

    06/13/2015 8:55:34 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 27 replies
    Wall St Journal ^ | June 12, 2015 | Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.
    The first thing to notice is how rapidly Elon Musk's SpaceX is altering the market for government-sponsored rocket launches. Witness how frequently the words "to compete with SpaceX" appear in industry statements and press coverage. To compete with SpaceX, say multiple reports, the United Launch Alliance, the Pentagon's traditional supplier, is developing a new Vulcan rocket powered by a reusable engine designed by Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin. Because of SpaceX, says Aviation Week magazine, Japan's government has instructed Mitsubishi to cut in half the cost of the Japanese workhorse rocket, and China is planning a new family of kerosene-fueled Long...
  • Massive Iran gathering warns of bad nuclear deal with Iran

    06/13/2015 12:16:57 PM PDT · by Keyvan Salami · 7 replies
    June 13, 2015 | Keyvan Salami
    Less than three weeks remaining to the June 30 deadline set for the P5+1 to reach an agreement with Iran in negotiations over its nuclear program, tens of thousands of Iranian exiles from across the globe rallied on June 13 raising their voice in protest to the regime in Iran. Over 600 prominent international dignitaries from 69 countries joined the gathering in Villepinte near Paris in support of Iranian opposition calling for regime change in Iran. The keynote speaker of this gathering was Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, the umbrella opposition body composed of...
  • An Iranian crowd eager for democracy in Iran

    06/13/2015 10:05:14 AM PDT · by Keyvan Salami · 3 replies
    June 13, 2015 | Keyvan Salami
    Paris – As the June 30 deadline approaches for a final nuclear deal between world powers and Iran, Iranians from all over the world overcrowded Villepinte Hall on Saturday June 13. They were Iranians from all walks of life with different tendencies, gathered in an annual meeting staged by National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI). The crowd wore Blue- colored shirts and stayed applauding the speakers for hours, featuring burning desire for freedom and democracy and demonstrating their desperate to topple the ayatollahs in Iran. Hundreds of figures and MPs from the US, Europe, Canada, Australia and the Middle...
  • Transgender woman says bar refused to serve her

    06/08/2015 12:28:04 PM PDT · by redreno · 52 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | June 8, 2015 - 11:20amUpdated June 8, 2015 - 11:38am | By ERIKA FLORES
    A transgender woman said Tempe Tavern in Tempe, Ariz., refused to serve her Saturday. The woman said she walked into the bar to get a soda and instead was kicked out. “All I wanted to do was see a horse race and have a drink,” Briana Sandy said. But Sandy said she didn’t expect what happened. “‘I can’t serve you any drinks,’ and I go, ‘What? What’s the problem?’ And she goes, ‘We don’t serve your kind,’ and I’m like, I didn’t just hear that. And then all of a sudden, this guy, who was I guess the bouncer, walked...
  • Sheriff Joe: Democrats using illegals for votes

    06/07/2015 11:48:04 AM PDT · by yoe · 21 replies
    WND ^ | June 7, 2015 | Staff
    Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio said Sunday Democrats are mostly interested in immigration reform because the newly legalized residents will eventually obtain voting rights and will vote for Democrats.[snip] As WND ( previously reported,)Medina is the current secretary-treasurer of the Service Employees International Union, or SEIU. During the 2008 presidential campaign, Medina and Gutierrez served on Obama’s National Latino Advisory Council. During the interview, Arpaio urged Republican president candidates to discuss the issue of drug trafficking when talking about border security. “Ninety-nine percent” of those arrested for bringing drugs into Maricopa County, Arizona are illegal aliens,” according Arpaio.]snip] Stated Arpaio: “Everyone...
  • Was Anti-Islam Rally in Phoenix Unconstitutional?

    06/06/2015 8:45:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    The Republic | 6/5 | E.J. Montini
    Was Anti-Islam Rally in Phoenix Unconstitutional?(Only link may be posted)
  • Brittney Griner files to annul marriage to Glory Johnson

    06/06/2015 11:38:16 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 27 replies
    WaPo Blog ^ | 06/06/2015 | Marissa Payne
    WNBA star Brittney Griner said she has filed for an annulment of her marriage to Glory Johnson, a day after Johnson, who also plays in the WNBA, announced she was pregnant. Their marriage lasted 29 days. “Last Wednesday, Glory and I agreed to either legally separate, get divorced, or annul our marriage,” Griner said in a statement Friday (via ESPN). “I can confirm that today I filed for an annulment.” Griner called the marriage a “mistake” and added that during the week leading up to the May 8 wedding, she attempted to postpone the wedding “several times” while she sought...
  • Police seize manure-masked marijuana.

    06/06/2015 5:48:21 AM PDT · by SandRat · 13 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Derek Jordan
    SIERRA VISTA — An attempt to smuggle several bales of marijuana hidden inside a horse trailer was thwarted by a sharp-nosed Sierra Vista Police K-9 on Friday morning. It was about 9:15 a.m. when officers conducted a traffic stop on the white pickup truck hauling the trailer. A department narcotics-detective dog was brought to the scene and alerted to the presence of illicit drug inside the vehicle, prompting a search. Inside a hidden compartment within the trailer, investigators located 19 bales of marijuana covered in manure in an apparent attempt to mask the drug’s smell. A total of 482 pounds...
  • Arizona’s Kelli Ward Slams Obamatrade Secrecy: Not ‘The Way Government Should Be Doing Business’

    06/05/2015 2:56:55 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 6 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 6/5/15 | Michelle Moons
    Obamatrade may play a major factor in a primary in Arizona next year where Sen. John McCain may end up fighting for his political life. State Sen. Kelli Ward, a conservative Republican and family practice physician who’s considering running against McCain, tells Breitbart News exclusively that she doesn’t believe the secrecy surrounding Obamatrade is the way government should operate. “The TPA and TPP are becoming so intertwined and I think we can have a TPP without the TPA,” Ward said of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) it would fast-track—collectively known as Obamatrade. Ward expressed concern over...
  • Arizona’s Salmon Bides His Time on McCain Challenge

    06/04/2015 5:24:29 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 16 replies
    rollcall.com ^ | 6/4/15 | Simone Pathe
    The pressure for Arizona Rep. Matt Salmon to challenge Sen. John McCain doesn’t end with conservative outside groups hoping to unseat the five-term Senator. “Numerous members in the House — and some members of the Senate — which has shocked me greatly,” have encouraged him to run in a GOP primary, Salmon told CQ Roll Call Wednesday. “It seems like the drumbeat is getting louder and louder and louder. From colleagues here, from colleagues over on the Senate side,” Salmon said. But Salmon, 57, isn’t ready to take the jump — at least not yet. And he thinks much of...
  • Planned Parenthood Sues to Stop Arizona Law Telling Women the Abortion Pill Can be Reversed

    06/04/2015 4:58:26 PM PDT · by Morgana · 6 replies
    life news ^ | June 4 2015 | Steven Ertelt
    The Planned Parenthood abortion business may talk a good game about being choice but another move by the abortion company makes it clear the only choice Planned Parenthood favors is abortion. The abortion corporation has filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn a new Arizona law allowing women to know that they can change their minds about an abortion with the dangerous RU 486 abortion pill even after the abortion has started. New Arizona law SB 1318 requires that abortionists tell their patients that they could reverse the effects of the RU-486 abortion regimen if they change their mind during the...
  • [AZ] ‘Draw Muhammad’ organizer goes into hiding as Americans debate free speech anew

    06/02/2015 4:45:38 AM PDT · by markomalley · 23 replies
    Absolute Rights ^ | 6/2/15 | Jon Dougherty
    The onetime U.S. Marine who organized the latest “Draw Muhammad” protest event outside a Phoenix mosque Friday has a message for America: “Tyranny” has already come to America. In comments to the media after the event, Jon Ritzheimer said he planned to go into hiding after the demonstration was over because of death threats he says have already been made against him. “I’m having to go into hiding after this because they are calling lone wolfs to come in and behead me,” he said. “That’s tyranny. That’s terrorism right here in America.” “I’m going into hiding. I hope more patriots...
  • Another Arizona immigration law dismantled by the courts

    06/01/2015 1:25:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 1, 2015 4:03 PM EDT | Jacques Billeaud
    The U.S. Supreme Court landed the final blow against an Arizona law that denied bail to immigrants who are in the country illegally and are charged with certain felonies, marking the latest in a series of state immigration policies that have since been thrown out by the courts. The nation’s highest court on Monday rejected a bid from metro Phoenix’s top prosecutor and sheriff to reinstate the 2006 law after a lower appeals court concluded late last year that it violated civil rights by imposing punishment before trial. While a small number of Arizona’s immigration laws have been upheld, the...
  • McCain, Paul scuffle amid NSA debate

    06/01/2015 6:06:38 AM PDT · by McGruff · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 31, 2015 | Jordain Carney
    Republican Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) faced off late Sunday afternoon, as the Kentucky Republican tried to speak from the Senate floor about expiring provisions of the Patriot Act. McCain and Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.) were speaking about the National Security Agency's (NSA) phone "metadata" collection program when Paul tried to ask a question. Coats said he had not yielded the floor to Paul, effectively blocking the 2016 presidential candidate from speaking. Coats then yielded to McCain for a question, instead. "The senator from Kentucky needs to learn the rules of the Senate," McCain said. "Maybe the...
  • Arizona Muslim group: “The Islamic State has nothing to do with Islam” [taqiyya]

    06/01/2015 3:56:01 AM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 5/31/15 | Robert Spencer
    Well, this is reassuring — and we’ve certainly never heard it before! There’s just one catch (well, maybe a few catches): note, first of all, that Ahmidiyya leader Shahzad Amjad, at least as far as this story goes, doesn’t offer a single specific example of how the Islamic State is misrepresenting the teachings of the Qur’an and Muhammad. Second, it is risible for Amjad to present himself as a representative of mainstream Islam, when the Ahmadiyya represent no more than three percent of Muslims worldwide, and are violently persecuted as heretics by Sunni Muslims in Pakistan and Indonesia. In Pakistan,...
  • Graham's entry into race could help Rubio, hurt Paul

    05/31/2015 9:57:29 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/31/2015 | Alexander Bolton
    Sen. Lindsey Graham will formally announce his candidacy for president in his hometown of Central, S.C., on Monday, entering the race with the strongest foreign policy resume of any candidate. Republican strategists give him little chance of winning, but say he could play the role of kingmaker in South Carolina, a crucial early primary state that — with the exception of 2012 — historically picks the Republican nominee. Graham’s bid is designed to push the muscular foreign policy approach that he and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), his close ally, have advocated for years.
  • This Is How Little It Cost Goldman To Bribe America's Senators To Fast Track Obama's TPP Bill

    05/31/2015 6:16:54 AM PDT · by cutty · 56 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 05/30/2015 | Tyler Durden
    It took just a few days after the stunning defeat of Obama's attempt to fast-track the Trans Pacific Partnership bill in the Senate at the hands of his own Democratic party, before everything returned back to normal and the TPP fast-track was promptly passed. Why? The simple answer: money. Or rather, even more money. Because while the actual contents of the TPP may be highly confidential, and their public dissemination may lead to prison time for the "perpetrator" of such illegal transparency .... fast-tracking the TPP, meaning its passage through Congress without having its contents available for debate or amendments,...
  • Phoenix Mayor Slams "Draw Muhammed" Contest As "Purposely Provocative,Divisive Behavior"

    05/30/2015 2:28:26 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 54 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | May 30, 2015 | Awr Hawkins
    During the May 29th airing of CNN’s OutFront with Erin Burnett, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton (D) described the “Draw Muhammad” contest as “purposely provocative” and a demonstration of “divisive behavior.”
  • Tense standoff outside US mosque over Mohammad cartoon protest

    05/30/2015 7:45:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    AP Via Yahoo News ^ | 05/30/2015
    Phoenix (AFP) - Anti-Islam protesters -- some of them heavily armed -- faced off against religious rights demonstrators outside a US mosque, in a tense but peaceful standoff. About 200 demonstrators from each group stood outside the mosque in Phoenix, Arizona, where a biker crew had said they would hold a Mohammed cartoon contest. Dozens of officers lined up between the two sets of protesters, using yellow police tape to separate them near the gates of the Islamic Community Center mosque in north Phoenix. "Stop Islam" was among the slogans on placards held by bearded bikers, one of whom wore...