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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A Morals Test

Some of you may have seen this already, but I got a kick out of it.


A Morals Test 

Are you as moral as you think you are?

This test only has one question, but it's a very important one. By giving an honest answer, you will discover where you stand morally. The test features an unlikely, completely fictional situation in which you will have to make a decision. Only you will know the results, so remember that your answer needs to be honest.

THE SITUATION:

You are in Florida , Miami to be specific. There is chaos all around you caused by a hurricane with severe flooding. This is a flood of biblical proportions. You are a photojournalist working for a major newspaper, and you're caught in the middle of this epic disaster.

The situation is nearly hopeless. You're trying to shoot career-making photos. There are houses and people swirling around you, some disappearing under the water. Nature is unleashing all of its destructive fury. 

THE TEST:

Suddenly you see a man in the water. He is fighting for his life, trying not to be taken down with the debris. You move closer. Somehow the man looks familiar. You suddenly realize who it is. It's Barack Obama! At the same time you notice that the raging waters are about to take him under forever.

YOU HAVE TWO OPTIONS:

You can save the life of Barack Obama or you can shoot a dramatic Pulitzer Prize winning photo, documenting the death of one of the world's most powerful socialist men hell bent on the destruction of America .  

THE QUESTION:
Here's the question, and please give an honest answer.


"Would you select high contrast color film, or would you go with the classic simplicity of black and white?"

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Jus' Trying to Be Helpful...

Maybe you've had some of these experiences like I have. 

I try to be helpful to people.  But often, you go out of your way to help somebody, and they don't appreciate it.  On the other hand, there are times when you're just standing there, minding your own business, and somebody finds some way to get upset at you.  Can't win.

I've had people tell me all about how oppressive white society is.  Didn't know that bein' white made me an oppressor.  I've had women (and men) tell me how the worst thing is that we're in a male dominated society.  Mental illness, menopause, menstruation... bad things start with men. 

Course, we've all heard how hateful we conservatives are, and how bad we make life for everyone else, so on and so forth... But all this puzzled me.

Well I've been introspectin' a bit, and I've decided that I must be looking at it all wrong.  People want to be all upset and angry.  They don't want to be happy, because then there'd be nothin' to raise a ruckus about.  Sort of a circular argument, but there it is.  I wasn't bein helpful.

So I'm trying to turn a new leaf over (or whatever the sayin is) in being helpful to people.  I borrowed an idea from a friend of mine in New Mexico, adjusted it a bit, and am gonna stick it on my bumper:



You can borrow the idea if you want to... Jus' trying to be helpful.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Update on Where Velcro's Been

It's been a long time since I've written here, July 2013, so I figured it would be good to give you all an update on what's been going on. 

First of all were some health issues.  I got desperately ill watching and listening and reading about all the crap that was and is happening in Washington DC and here locally in Tucson.  Bad case of rectuminitis, or inflammation of the nerve between the rectum and the eyes, giving one a shitty outlook on things.  That nearly put me in the hospital, where the growing problem that is Obamacare probably would have led to curtains for old Velcro.  Got myself back home where I've been recuperating ever since.

That gave me a lot of time to think, which leads to the second thing.  I'm working on a new business and think I may have the corner on a market here.  The government has sold us a bill of goods, like Benghazi, protecting the border through amnesty, Obamacare, and the like.  If they are so successful with that, why can't I be?

Postholes I've sold to a construction company.
So my new business is selling postholes.  Mostly 3-footers, for ranchers around here and some construction businesses (see picture).  It has really taken off though, and has kept me pretty busy, which is also why I haven't been writing much.  Turns out postholes come in all kinds of sizes and shapes, from little ones for house-for-sale type applications, to big ones for billboards and telephone poles. 

I've already run into a little ethical dilemma.  The county has ordered some potholes for roads around here, and I'm not sure what to do about it.  After I filled my first order I began thinking that I wasn't really helping things by selling potholes.  But there's good business in it, and you know the government from the county on up will always be dialing up things like that.

For example, the local paper here made a big stink last August about widespread poverty here in Tucson and southern Arizona.  Really sad.  Now, there's also a great big mining company that wants to open a big copper mine south of Tucson in the Santa Rita mountains.  But the county and other liberal elitists just can't get over how pretty the mountains are and have been fighting tooth and nail to keep the mine out and local families poor.  That's like showing a hungry person a sizzling steak and throwing it in the garbage.

So that's why I think I can succeed in the posthole business.  In fact, I think I'm going to have to build another warehouse soon.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

I AM GEORGE ZIMMERMAN

I figure if they go after someone like George Zimmerman, they should probably come after me too!

Sent tonight (7/17/2013 23:10 MST) to Sanford.florida@usdoj.gov:

 
 
 

Tags: Department of Justice, George Zimmerman, racism, hate crime.  Please mention / link to the Conservative Observer AZ. Thanks!


Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Who Will Protect Our Children?

h/t PatriotUSA:
In 106 words, the Arizona Daily “Red” Star quietly announced July 1 that TUSD had accepted a donation of $465,000 from Qatar Foundation International, to grow Arabic language programs in International Baccalaureate programs at 2 schools in the district.  In a stellar example of its extreme left-wing bias, the “Red” Star conveniently failed to note the fact that the Qatar Foundation International, the American chapter of the Qatar Foundation, has close ties with the Muslim Brotherhood, the terrorist organization behind Hamas.  That the Star was successful in hiding this explosive bit of information is shown by the number of comments on the article: zero.

Meanwhile, others are paying attention.  According to the Arizona Daily Independent, “The Qatar Foundation International, which awards the Curriculum Grants, is an Arabic/Islamist group that seeks to promote Sharia culture and has undeniable ties to two terrorist organizations whose mission is to destroy America, Western ideology and anyone who does not agree with their extremisms,” Pat Sexton, president of Arizona Latino Republican Association, said after last year’s award acceptance [of a $55,000 grant].”
The Qatar Foundation was founded by Qatar’s ruling emir, Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani, who is also an influential architect of Middle East media mammoth Al Jazeera.  The Foundation says that TUSD was chosen to receive the grant because of its “active cultural and education community involvement.”  Such as, the Mexican American Studies program promoted by La Raza and shut down by the State of Arizona because it advocated the overthrow of the United States and fomented racial hate?
“The money, from the group closely associated with the Muslim Brotherhood, is intended to implement ‘innovative curricula and teaching materials to be used in any Arabic language classroom.’”
Hmmm.  I wonder what kind of innovative curricula.
The Independent continues, “The Qatar Foundation has also named several institutions after a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Yusuf al-Qaradawi. Al-Qaradawi has proclaimed himself “Mufti of martyrdom operations.” … While Al-Qaradawi’s claims to promote moderation, “he has openly permitted the killing of American troops in Iraq and praised the “heroic deeds” from “Hamas, Jihad, Al-Aqsa Brigades, and others,” according to the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT).
I get the fact that money is hard to come by, but the TUSD Board is either stupid and ignorant beyond belief, or is willfully opening the door of the henhouse to the fox.  Given that the State of Arizona had to file suit to shut down the blatantly seditious MAS program, it’s easy to believe that the Board is acting to deliberately and quietly entice young Tucsonans with the taste of "world citizenship", like the hand of a shadowy figure offering candy to a child from the open door of a windowless black van.

Who will protect our children?  Clearly not TUSD, and clearly not the Arizona Daily "Red" Star...


Tags: TUSD, Qatar Foundation International, Terrorism, MAS, La Raza, Muslim Brotherhood.  Please mention / link to the Conservative Observer AZ. Thanks!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Poverty With A View

There's a conservative bumper sticker that says, "Annoy a Liberal: Work Hard, Prosper, Succeed".  Ironically, it was soon followed by the appearance of a liberal bumper sticker that went something like, "Annoy a Conservative: Be Compassionate, [...] , Uphold the Constitution"!  I say ironically because under the Obama Administration, the Constitution has been under relentless attack, with the apparent goal of shredding it as the foundation of our rule of law.

The exhortation to be compassionate is a sick joke, though perhaps less obvious than the thought of liberals upholding the Constitution.  I can think of few things as cold and dispassionate as blocking a family's means of feeding and clothing itself.  Especially when the reason for keeping people in poverty is because the desert is so pretty!

Poverty with a view. (h/t PatriotUSA)

Of course, I'm referring to the Rosemont Mine.  Arizona State University Report 2009 states that Rosemont Copper will stimulate a total of $19 billion in new economic output to the region over the life of the mine, including an average of 2,900 jobs annually.

Raul "Boycott Arizona" Grijalva, who actively fights to keep the poor from prospering and becoming self-sufficient, is of course, solidly against Rosemont since it would be a source of so much prosperity.  In fact, rather than have all that money go to local families he is pushing (again) for huge fees that mining companies would have to pay to the federal government, fees large enough to make them think twice about doing business here.

He claims to worry about out of towners making money without pointing out how much money would stay here (see Fast Facts).  His other tactic is environmentalism.  He wanted to make up to 100 miles from the Mexican border a preserve that would have banned the Border Patrol from the area.  Hmmm, I wonder what his real motive might have been there... 

He's not the only one to use environmentalism as a tactic to keep the poor from prospering.  Recently a salvo was fired that was thinly disguised as "critical habitat*" news in the Arizona Daily "Red" Star: 

Start with an interesting photo of a jaguar... oh, did I mention is was near the Rosemont Mine?
Jaguar Roves Near Rosemont Mine (Arizona Daily "Red" Star 6/28/2013)

Throw in a hint of controversy to keep peoples' attention...
Hunter's 'great' jaguar photo was altered (Arizona Daily "Red" Star 6/29/2013)

Then bring in a big hammer to give it a national spotlight, and circulate it at the UA...
Rare Jaguar Sighting in Arizona's Santa Rita Mountains (Time Magazine 7/1/2013) 


 

Grijalva and friends speak as if their gallant fight is against the bad, evil mine.  However, the mine is only a means to an end - a better life for Tucson and southern Arizona.  The truth is that Grijalva and friends are fighting to keep... poverty with a view - for Tucson and southern Arizona.

 
 
Vote Gabriela Saucedo Mercer for Congress 2014!

[In fairness to the Star, they have recently run the following headlines: 


Tags: Rosemont Copper Mine, Tucson, Raul Grijalva, jaguar photos, Gabriela Saucedo Mercer, Arizona Daily Star.  Please mention / link to the Conservative Observer AZ. Thanks!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Leader of Muslim Hate Group Met NSC in White House by Invitation

Since the American press is still in a drunken, orgasmic frenzy over The One, they are obviously not doing the jobs they were actually invited to do by the Founding Fathers - hold government accountable by telling the TRUTH.  As a result, the foreign press has more credibility than ours.  Lately, the British media has done more than our MSM has in the last 5 years.

The latest example is just breaking from the Daily Mail (6/29/2013):

"EXCLUSIVE: Deputy of banned cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi who endorses Palestinian suicide bombers had White House meeting with National Security Council staff
  • The UK and U.S. have banned Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who leads the anti-Israel International Union of Muslim Scholars.
  • The Obama administration invited that group's VP, Abdallah bin Bayyah, to a private meeting on the day it announced support for Syria's rebels
  • The organization ended its December 2012 board meeting by calling for the end of Israel and the return of its lands to the Palestinians
  • Hours after MailOnline began inquiring with the National Security Council about its meeting with bin Bayyah, the cleric's website was edited to remove the claim that National Security Adviser Tom Donilon attended"
  • Excerpts:
    "The White House's National Security Council has confirmed that staffers held a June 13 meeting with Shaykh Abdallah bin Bayyah, an Islamist cleric who shares leadership of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, where he is vice-president and the terror supporter Yusuf al-Qaradawi is president... 'Like many in the global Muslim Brotherhood movement who pose as moderates to the press and to liberal intellectuals by issuing condemnations of al-Qaida,' it read in part, 'Bin Bayyah refuses to label the acts of groups such as Hamas, Hizballah or Palestinian Islamic Jihad as terrorism.' (quote by Investigative Project on Terrorism).

    Bin Bayyah wrote on his website in the days following that meeting that he 'visited the White House where he met with Ms. Gayle Smith, a senior aide to President Barack Obama, and Mr. Rashad Hussain, U.S. Ambassador to the Organization of the Islamic Conference.'
    'He also met with a number of experts,' that claim continued, 'including the director of public relations in the White House, the national security adviser, and representatives from seven government agencies.'... Smith is Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Development and Democracy at the National Security Council. Hussain is the lawyer tapped to implement the 'new beginning with Muslims around the world' which President Obama promised during a June 4, 2009 speech in Cairo, Egypt.

    The two clerics' close association has caused reputational trouble for bin Bayyah among Western governments, and the U.S. State Department has denied al-Qaradawi entry into the country since 1999. But the Obama administration welcomed bin Bayyah into the White House... Separately, a senior administration official confirmed to MailOnline that 'Gayle Smith and members of the National Security Staff met with Shaykh Bin Bayyah to discuss a wide range of issues including poverty,  global health efforts, and Bin Bayyah’s efforts to counter the al Qaeda narrative.'  'Ms. Smith stated that she looked forward to working with him,' the official added, 'and with other faith leaders on issues of mutual interest.'

    
    Bin Bayyah at the White House 6/13/2013.
    Photo copied from Mailonline.com,
    taken from BinBayyah.net.
    Obama, as a rank amateur, has done more damage to the United States and it's causes worldwide than all other forces combined.  He continues his romance with Jihadist Muslims and denies the deadly truth about Benghazi.  He does not value America, what she has accomplished and what she stands for.  He does not deserve to be President.
     
    IMPEACH OBAMA AND TRY HIM FOR TREASON!

    Thursday, June 27, 2013

    Grijalva Doesn't Give a Rat's Ass About Tucson's Poor

    [Yesterday's post was titled, "Tucson Families At Risk".  A pretty lame title.  And it got the attention it deserved.  So I repost the article here, with a title more fitting to my point.]

    If you're an average person in Tucson, you don't make very much money.  Maybe you work for a school district, or you're a carpenter, and at night you're a convenience store clerk.  Your spouse or partner (if you have one) works at a call center, or a store in Park Mall, or as a mechanic in a garage.
     
    You don't make much money, but you care about your family.  Family is what's important.  You've got 2 or 3 kids to look after, but you can't make it to most of the ball games or concerts because you're always working.  You've also got your ailing mother to take care of.  Why?  Because you care about your family, that's what's important to you.  You don't leave her care to some stranger.
     
    On Saturdays your small back yard is full of aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, and lots of kids running around.  Because they're family, and that's what's important.  Everyone brings something to eat because neither you nor they make much money and everyone shares the burden.  On Sunday you go to Mass.
     
    Now, let's say that, all of a sudden, for no reason that benefits you, a politician in Washington decides that the company you work for, and others like it, need to pay lots of money to the government in Washington.  Because the politician doesn't like your kind of company.  If the company was stable, now it may not be as stable.  There might be layoffs.  You may get laid off.  How are you going to take care of your spouse, kids, mom?  How are you going to pay for your house and the electric bill?
     
    And this politician said he fights for the downtrodden, for the poor people.  But this bill he wants to pass could make life hell for you and your family, especially because you and your family don't have much money.  In fact, almost everything he has done has hurt working families like yours.  If you work for a hotel, or a tourism company, you remember when he took food out of your kids' mouths when he told the whole country NOT to come to Arizona.

    Talk to people who worked in the mines back when they were busy.  It was hard work, but it paid well and had good benefits.  The mines are trying to come back with their good jobs and family benefits.  But Raul Grijalva hates the mines despite the fact that working people with families like you would be lots better off.
     
    He's a two-faced liar, and he's richer than you or I will ever be.  He likes to live high on the hog on your money and mine.  Working people and poor people cannot rely on him, cannot trust him. 
     

     
    Gabriela Saucedo Mercer for Congress in 2014.
    Protect your job and help your family.
     


    Tags: Raul Grijalva, mining fees, family, Democrat, Gabriela Saucedo Mercer, Congress.  Please mention / link to the Conservative Observer AZ. Thanks!

    Wednesday, June 26, 2013

    Tucson Families At Risk

    If you're an average person in Tucson, you don't make very much money.  Maybe you work for a school district, or you're a carpenter, and at night you're a convenience store clerk.  Your spouse or partner (if you have one) works at a call center, or a store in Park Mall, or as a mechanic in a garage.
     
    You don't make much money, but you care about your family.  Family is what's important.  You've got 2 or 3 kids to look after, but you can't make it to most of the ball games or concerts because you're always working.  You've also got your ailing mother to take care of.  Why?  Because you care about your family, that's what's important to you.  You don't leave her care to some stranger.
     
    On Saturdays your small back yard is full of aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, and lots of kids running around.  Because they're family, and that's what's important.  Everyone brings something to eat because neither you nor they make much money and everyone shares the burden.  On Sunday you go to Mass.
     
    Now, let's say that, all of a sudden, for no reason that benefits you, a politician in Washington decides that the company you work for, and others like it, need to pay lots of money to the government in Washington.  Because the politician doesn't like your kind of company.  If the company was stable, now it may not be as stable.  There might be layoffs.  You may get laid off.  How are you going to take care of your spouse, kids, mom?  How are you going to pay for your house and the electric bill?
     
    And this politician said he fights for the downtrodden, for the poor people.  But this bill he wants to pass could make life hell for you and your family, especially because you and your family don't have much money.  In fact, almost everything he has done has hurt working families like yours.  If you work for a hotel, or a tourism company, you remember when he took food out of your kids' mouths when he told the whole country NOT to come to Arizona.

    Talk to people who worked in the mines back when they were busy.  It was hard work, but it paid well and had good benefits.  The mines are trying to come back with their good jobs and family benefits.  But Raul Grijalva hates the mines despite the fact that working people with families like you would be lots better off.
     
    He's a two-faced liar, and he's richer than you or I will ever be.  He likes to live high on the hog on your money and mine.  Working people and poor people cannot rely on him, cannot trust him. 
     

     
    Gabriela Saucedo Mercer for Congress in 2014.
    Protect your job and help your family.
     


    Tags: Raul Grijalva, mining fees, family, Democrat, Gabriela Saucedo Mercer, Congress.  Please mention / link to the Conservative Observer AZ. Thanks!

    Thursday, June 13, 2013

    Tucson - A City Stuck on Stupid (Liberalism)

    Welcome to Losersville!!  (Those aren't my words, they're the words of an economic expert.)

    Back in April, I wrote a response to an article in the Arizona Daily "Red" Star about Tucson maintaining its firm place in MarketWatch's Bottom Ten Cities in America - which makes it a veritable liberal paradise.  No money, no jobs, high emphasis on "culture", everybody on the government handout.

    Mayor Jonathan Rothschild wants to attract people who don't need jobs:  "We need to be attracting people who want to get out and hike and bike. People who like culture and history," Rothschild said. "Not people who are coming to see the old West."  (I thought the old West was history... silly me).  A quote from the obligatory university professor echoes the sentiment: "It's a shame that our kids move away," [University of Arizona professor of Geography and Urban Development David Plane] said. "But a lot of us enjoy Tucson because it's not a slick, corporate place..."

     Must be nice to be part of the 1%, the liberal elite

    However, the proverbial rope is running out, and soon Tucson will hang itself.  According to another article in the Arizona Daily "Red" Star, economic development expert Mark Lautman, "founding director of Albuquerque-based Community Economics Lab, a think tank for new approaches to economic development," is "hoping to stir an "awakening" among city leaders," because Tucson is about to become "Losersville":

    "• Almost all qualified workers are fully employed, leaving no labor pool to attract new companies.
    • The community is desensitized from years of reports of poor economic and education rankings.
    • Maintenance of roads or landscaping is reduced or eliminated.
    • Revenues shrink as demand for services increases, leading to tax increases.
    • "CAVE" people - Citizens Against Virtually Everything - decry business incentives."

    THAT FITS TUCSON TO A "T" !

    With leadership that has squandered millions of dollars in taxpayer money on boondoggles like Rio Neuvo and the now-in-deep-doo-doo Tucson "Modern" Streetcar, I seriously doubt that Lautman's report will make any difference whatsoever. 

    So the poor stay poor, and those who don't want to be poor, leave.  Natural selection in action maintaining the elite liberal paradise.

     

    Tags: Tucson, Community Economics Lab, Mark Lautman, Jonathan Rothschild, University of Arizona, David Plane, Losersville, Arizona Daily Star, Rio Neuvo, Tucson Modern Streetcar.  Please mention / link to the Conservative Observer AZ. Thanks!
     

    Wednesday, May 22, 2013

    A History Lesson: The Battle of Athens, 1946

    I just read a remarkable story in American history I had never heard before, and it is very inspirational.  You should read it in full at Maggie's Notebook.  It illustrates the reason for the 2nd amendment.



     

    Tags: Maggie's Notebook, Battle of Athens, 2nd Amendment, American history.  Please mention / link to the Conservative Observer AZ. Thanks!

    Tuesday, May 21, 2013

    BETRAYED

    I am incensed at the passage today of the "Gang of 8" senate immigration bill from committee.  I am especially incensed at Jeff Flake, who posed as a conservative and now has sold out, as McCain has.

    As far as I am concerned, they both have joined Raul "Boycott Arizona" Grijalva in the Traitor category.

    I tried to call Flake, but not-so-surprisingly, his voice message machine was full!  I didn't even bother with McCain.  It is not useless to call or email them, however, and if you're as angry as I am, here's where you can vent:

    Sen. Jeff Flake
    (202) 224-4521
    Contact: www.flake.senate.gov/contact.cfm

    Sen. John McCain
    (202) 224-2235
    Contact: http://www.mccain.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.ContactForm

    Tags: Immigration, Gang of 8, Jeff Flake, John McCain, Raul "Boycott Arizona" Grijalva.  Please mention / link to the Conservative Observer AZ. Thanks!

    Friday, May 17, 2013

    Janet Napolitano's Border Patrol Priorities

    Submitted by Velcro, crossposted at Blogs For Borders.

    Those of you who have been here before know that I tend to champion Border Patrol agents, who are frequently stuck between political divisions, the law, the cartels, Eric Holder, and their (lack of ) high level leadership. 
     
    Asked about morale and Great Moments in her career as Secretary of the DHS, Napolitano's answers aligns with her boss, the President.  The characterization of President Obama and his cabinet members as lying cheats who are out to destroy the Constitution, line their pockets, and hose the American people remains.  

    The Border Patrol, Local 2544, Tucson Sector, reports on a video conference call where the Boss met with the troops.  Here it is, presented in it's entirety, with no additional emphasis on my part. 
      

    Priorities

    Real leadership you cannot depend on.Real leadership you cannot depend on.
    "It is great to have a “leader” with her priorities in the right place. During a video-conference session yesterday with agents and managers, Secretary Napolitano once again showed how out of touch she is with the rank-and-file employees who make DHS run.
     
    "In response to a question about the low morale problem in CBP, she answered with a laugh “My morale is high.” Her dismissive comment is simply stunning, but unfortunately, it is typical of the way she has run things.
     
    "Asked about her most memorable moment as DHS Secretary, she said something even more stunning. She said her most memorable moment as DHS Secretary was the time she threw out a first pitch at a Yankees game. This pretty much says it all. She revels in her “celebrity” while leading the largest law-enforcement agency in the history of this nation and the most memorable thing she has done is throwing a pitch at a baseball game. Not attending a funeral of a murdered agent, not meeting with the families of murdered agents, not anything to do with her job (outside her “celebrity” status), but throwing a pitch at a baseball game.
     
    "And please don’t think these were just spontaneous comments. All questions had to be submitted days beforehand so she could select the questions she wanted to answer. This was a scripted publicity stunt designed to show she is “connecting” with agents.
     
    "We have begged for real leadership in this Agency for years, and it’s become painfully apparent that nobody cares. It is more important to lie to the American people about how secure the borders are and to push for another amnesty program than it is to be a real leader of a law-enforcement agency.
    NBPC representatives have attended musters and meetings with thousands of agents. We engage in the tough questions. We don’t hide behind some sort of imagined “celebrity” status. We don’t believe rank-and-file agents give one hoot about Napolitano throwing out some ceremonial first pitch at a baseball game. We care about border security, being allowed to do our jobs, being able to take care of our families, getting the equipment and support we need. And we continue to dream about having a real leader who we can respect and trust."
     
    How much longer will the American people allow Obama and his band of thugs and mobsters to rape, pillage, and party at our expense?
       

    Tags: Janet Napolitano, DHS, Border Patrol, Local 2544, Obama, Cabinet, NPBC.  Please mention / link to the Conservative Observer AZ. Thanks!

    Monday, May 13, 2013

    Conservatives: Paranoid Chicken Littles, huh?

    My goodness!  I quit writing for a week or so and all hell breaks loose on the Obama Administration.  In just ONE WEEK nearly EVERYTHING conservatives have been saying about Obama for 4½ years has been proven right.  Why couldn't you Democrat voters have LISTENED??? 

    This apparent action-reaction is enough to make me think about stopping blogging altogether.  And although the vast majority of folks who stumble across this place would likely support this type of attack on liberals, I'd have to figure out something else to deal with my blood pressure.  Until they invent a pill for that however, I'll just have to keep writing to bring it back down.

    Benghazi.  Now that testimony has finally begun, it appears that the MSM (or LSM) can no longer avoid the fact that something BAD happened there on and before 9/11/12, which was followed in the months after in Washington by something downright COWARDLY and EGREGIOUS.  More words are warranted, but those that come to mind fail.  But all of this also means that the Obama Administration can't avoid dealing with Benghazi and the coverup any longer either.  Gee, Hillary, maybe your responsibility for the lives of your subordinates does matter after all.  From what I've gleaned, you should face charges, and your boss, the Liar-in-Chief should face impeachment.

    IRS.  It's not paranoia when they're really after you.  Like most conservatives, I've been called paranoid plenty of times by liberals; it's one of their favorite belittlement words.  But lo and behold, in a move trying to head off the flood of criticism surely to follow, the IRS confirmed in a press conference last Friday the intentional bias the agency carried out against conservative groups who use the terms "patriot" and "tea party".  The very next day, we find out that part of Friday's announcement (and pseudo-apology) was a big lie!  The bias wasn't simply the overly-spirited work of low level employees in the Midwest, it was known - and condoned - at the highest levels in Washington. 

    AP.  DOJ breaks into the phone records of reporters working for the Associated Press.  I find this turn of events somewhat amusing actually.  Its ok for the press to publish names, addresses and phone numbers of legal gun owners, and it's ok for the press to act as Obama's Ministry of Propaganda, but let the DOJ get AP phone records and they're (the ACLU anyway) SCREAMING about how IMPORTANT a free press is to democracy.  Yes, the DOJ's actions confirm the Nazi-like character of the Obama Administration, but I confess to laughing at the two-faced hypocrisy of the press.

    Obamacare.  A quick scan of the recent news showed that Democrats as well as Republicans are trying to find a way out of this nightmare now that it's REALLY going to take place, and things are REALLY going to get bad.  (Some saying involving rats and a sinking ship comes to mind).  Now it appears that HHS Secretary Sebelius is in hot water for trying to "encourage" healthcare corporations to donate to get the next phase of Obamacare rolling.  Really appalling!

    Hey Liberal!  All of this crap is exactly what Conservatives have been saying all along.  Take your fingers out of your ears and STFU about how tolerant you think you are. 

    Engage Your Brain.

    Wednesday, May 1, 2013

    Velcro is a Dull Boy - and a Sad One

    UPDATE:  We were saddened to learn about the passing of our friend Bunni, about whom you can read here.  Until we meet again, Bunni.


    You know, as in, "All work and no play..." 
    
    Typical workday for Velcro

    I haven't been as available to write as much recently as I would like.  For those of you who are gracious enough to risk insanity by visiting here often I say thank you, and I hope to get back on track soon.

    There is a lot of stuff happening at work.  Not so much bad or good, just a lot of it.  [cue sad violin music] Twice this week I've been working until about 2:30am (no, I didn't go in at 11pm!).  Being a salaried employee, there's no overtime.  Work until the work's done.  Work before play (except that the work's never done.)

    But, the truth is that it isn't all work.  There is a big chunk of what's going on that's swirling around the fact that my Mom is moving into a new townhouse.  She is approaching 83 years of age, and I count it a miracle of sorts that she's not moving into assisted living or worse.  She still drives halfway decently, travels, and enjoys being well enough off to help her kids out once in a while.

    But growing up in the depression era continues to keep her skeptical of anyone involved in any big decision around money, especially something like buying a new home (She has lived in our old home for 50 years in June).  She keeps muttering about her certainty of being taken to the cleaners, and turns on that motherly charm in supplication of her son accompanying her to the bank, the title company, to see houses, buy boxes, help pack, etc. 

    There are a few other minor things taking my attention, like my home's air conditioning going out the first week of 100 degree temperatures, a daughter frantically scrambling to finish semester-ending reports that hold the demise of civilization hanging in the balance, alternating with requests for advice about what to do with her clueless boyfriend.

    And then, of course, back to work.

    [sad music crescendo]

    But I do have things in the pipeline. 
    Stay tuned... I'll be back soon.

       

    Tags: Whining, work, nursery rhymes, sad violin music, Daniel Polsby, Congressional Research Service, Gabriela Saucedo Mercer, Raul "Boycott Arizona" Grijalva, Janet Napolitano, Border Patrol.  Please mention / link to the Conservative Observer AZ. Thanks!

    Monday, April 22, 2013

    Tucson: A Liberal's Paradise (No Jobs, No Businesses, Poverty, Illegal Aliens, a Pretty Desert)


    A new MarketWatch report, "Top Cities for Business Growth 2012," has placed Tucson in the Bottom 10 cities for business growth nationally, according to an article in the Arizona Daily "Red" Star, the local rag that pretends to be a newspaper.  I haven't checked, but that probably means
    The Sonoran Desert around Tucson
    Tucson is maintaining its position in the pack.  Joining Tucson in the bottom 10 were six California cities, including Stockton and Modesto.  (Stockton:  Bankrupt, ranked one of the most dangerous cities in America, coming in 10th place, 2nd most dangerous in California (just behind Oakland).[4] In 2013, Stockton was ranked as the 3rd most illiterate city in the U.S. with less than 17% of adults holding a college degree.  Great company for Tucson to keep.)

     
    For the uninitiated, here's some context before we press on.
    In case you're new to this blog, southern Arizona is teeming with a wretched, long-term infestation of liberal "progressives".  The only reason the Arizona State legislature and government is predominantly Republican is because Phoenix is bigger than Tucson.
    You may recall Arizona's famous SB 1070, the law that allowed law enforcement to check for citizenship status during traffic stops for other violations.  It was southern Arizona's still-today congressman Raul Grijalva who announced on national television that the rest of the country should boycott his own state.  Southern Arizona has re-elected this racist traitor twice since then.  That should tell you a little bit about southern Arizona.
    A reporter named Gabriela Rico was given the unenviable task of getting opinions on the report and writing an article about Tucson's arctic-like business climate.  Here are parts of what she came up with.
     
    David Plane, a University of Arizona professor of geography and urban development: 
    He agrees that Tucson needs to do a better job of recruiting and retaining young professionals, but doesn't believe the city should try to become a corporate Mecca.
    "It's a shame that our kids move away," he said. "But a lot of us enjoy Tucson because it's not a slick, corporate place..."
    The University of Arizona
    Yes, Professor Plane; you've got a nice cushy tenured job at the UA.  You can afford to marvel at the pretty Santa Rita Mountains from your air conditioned ivory tower.  There are thousands of people right under your nose between you and the mountains who are living below poverty level.  (UNS Energy Corp. is the only local company on the NYSE. In 2012, Providence Service Corp. was listed on Nasdaq. A second Nasdaq company is opening in Tucson this year, Accelerate Diagnostics.)
    "...We're a funky younger sister." Living in the "urban shadow" of Phoenix impacts Tucson because the "something bigger" is nearby, Plane said, such as Sky Harbor Airport.
     
    Really?  Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix is why Tucson is an anorexic little sister?  Oh, right.  Liberal logic: blame someone else for your problems.  Got it.
    "Our economic base has never featured a corporate presence," Plane said. On top of that, the population is mixed with retired and less-educated residents and a high level of poverty, he said. 
    Don't you think that maybe it's the other way around, that the population is mixed and less-educated with high level of poverty because there's never been a corporate presence?
    "The biggest thing Tucson has going for it is the natural environment," Plane said. "Preserving that amenity is crucial."
    Trash from Illegal Aliens
    Absolutely.  I'm sure that bringing evil corporations and jobs with higher wages to Tucson will completely destroy the Sonoran Desert from New Mexico to California.  Totally.

    Tucson's mayor is hizzoner Jonathan Rothschild (Democrat). 
    "We need to be attracting people who want to get out and hike and bike. People who like culture and history," Rothschild said. "Not people who are coming to see the old West."
    Hike and bike?  I'm sure that brings in lots of business money, and culture and history are HUGE economy boosters.  But to hell with the old West?  I wonder how the Old Tucson people feel about that...
    "We're beginning to create synergy around our trade with Mexico and making Sonora and Southern Arizona an economic region. People are getting it," Rothschild said.
    Oooh.  Synergy!  Good business word!  Is our trade with Mexico more than jobs for illegals?  I don't quite get it.  They send us tomatoes and illegal aliens, and that benefits us...how?

    Mike Holmes, executive director of Imagine Greater Tucson. 
    "We're one of the few truly international cities in the U.S.," Holmes said. "We should absolutely be building on that. 
    The environment we've built is not friendly to the young professional generation," he said. "The 20-year-olds and 30-year-olds spent a good chunk of time strapped to the back seat of a minivan. They don't like to drive" and want to ability to walk, bicycle or have modern public transportation.
    The city is not yet equipped to accommodate an urban lifestyle and living here requires a car to get around, Holmes said.
     "We're no longer a big town, we're a city," he said. "Our political structure just hasn't caught up to that yet."
    Tucson is a black hole of misery because those in power want to keep it that way.  They want Tucson to be a cutesy knick-knack on the shelf of towns in some backwater curio shop.  In June 2012, a University of Arizona report stated that since August 2010, Phoenix had created 69,400 new jobs, while Tucson had created 800.  As long as they stay in power, Tucson's average income will remain below Federal poverty level.
     
     
       

    Tags: Tucson, MarketWatch, "Top Ten Cities For Business Growth", Bottom Ten, Stockton, Modesto, Arizona Daily Star, Gabriela Rico, University of Arizona, David Plane, Jonathan Rothschild, Mike Holmes, Imagine Greater Tucson, Raul Grijalva, liberal policies.  Please mention / link to the Conservative Observer AZ. Thanks!
     

    Wednesday, April 17, 2013

    Gun Control Replies

    Patricia Maisch:  What you went through was terrible, but... NO! shame on YOU!  Shame on you for trying to infringe upon the rights of the rest of us, when Jared Loughner would not have been stopped by this legislation because he passed a background check.

    Mark Kelly:  NO! it wasn't the gun lobby, it was WE THE PEOPLE!  (and quit exploiting your wife's victimhood!).

    Barack Obama:  NO! everybody DIDN'T agree with you!  Today wasn't a shameful day, what is shameful is you and liberals trying to tear up the Constitution.

       

    Tags: Gun control, gun ban, background checks, senate gun vote, Mark Kelly, Patricia Maisch, Barack Obama, Jared Loughner.  Please mention / link to the Conservative Observer AZ. Thanks!

    Tuesday, April 16, 2013

    Gun Control - The Legal Side of the Battle

    The battle for the 2nd Amendment is raging right now.  I'm so angry that I could spit.  But spitting's not much to assuage my emotions... who the hell came up with that anyway?  I'm angry, and when I'm angry I don't articulate my thoughts very well and this keyboard isn't help[ing a bit! 

    But I came across an article... a scholarly article... a scholarly article BY A LAWYER, of all things, that speaks articulately to so much of what's going through my head.  The article begins,

    "This essay seeks to reclaim a serious argument from the lunatic fringe."
    Before you click away from my blog with that line, consider where the MSM puts us conservatives... in the lunatic fringe, right?  Follow me?  Well, here's some more:
    "...Still less have [contemporary scholars] asked whether a society's weapons policy might be one of the institutional arrangements that contributes to the probability of its government engaging in some of the more extreme varieties of outrage." 
    "Few if any of those who are hostile to the institution of an armed civilian populace considered the possibility that our government... could ever degenerate into the sort of pitiless totalitarian instrument that has, at one time or another, afflicted most of the peoples of the Old and Third Worlds." 
    "In our view, the failure to acknowledge the prospect of rogue government represents a serious failure of imagination.  Trusting in the free press and the right to petition government to redress grievances, firearms abolitionists do not envision a world in which satanic rather than benevolent bureaucrats possess the effective monopoly of the means of force."  (all emphases mine)
    These words were written in 1997, way before the then-left leaning "free press" dropped into the abyss of fawning orgasmic worship of The One and became His mouthpiece. 

    No more a free press to help check government.  Thus, we are in more danger than before.

    The article gets better, and I will put up more from it.  These words were penned by Daniel D. Polsby, currently the dean of the law college at George Mason University.
      
    Source:  Polsby, Daniel D. &Kates, Don B.  (1997) "Of Holocausts And Gun Control", in Washington University Law Quarterly, 75 Wash. U. L. Q. 1237.


    A New Look

    Speculation, Part II will have to wait for a bit.  Yes, I really do have something in the pipeline for it, but on second glance it's something I've said before in other ways.

    But, it's been a busy time, and in spite of that I felt that a change was needed to the look.  Hopefully it will be easier to read (not that I've gotten any complaints - maybe I'm just getting old). 

    I know that in some of the old posts I've used colors that will not show up well with this new palette, but I really don't feel up to going back and re-editing.  Sorry...

    Some good material coming up, but it's not directly "actionable", and the times seem to call for action.  America and what she represents are being threatened all around, and most dangerously, from within.  I never imagined we'd be here.  But that's part of the problem, in a variety of ways.  Getting ahead of myself though...

    Stay tuned and please feel free to comment on the new look, good or bad.



    Thursday, April 11, 2013

    Gun Control and Mental Illness: Speculation, Part I

    For me, the necessary and sufficient factor against gun control is that gun ownership is fundamentally part of the protection against tyranny built into our Constitution.  'Nuf said. 

    But let me dabble in a thought experiment beyond the 2nd Amendment.  What would happen if we tried to screen for the criminally insane?

    My thesis:  Mental illness cannot be consistently screened for.  Let's say we have 100 people who all of us unanimously would agree should not have a gun.  We would lock them up for the night and go celebrate just because we agreed on something.

    The next morning, we run the applicants through a battery of tests: MMPI-II, Millon, SASSI,
    Barack Obama using human suffering to support his agenda.
    whatever.  Most of these tests compare an individual's answers against a "normed" standard decided by the average of hundreds or thousands of other peoples' answers.  Most of those norming groups were selected by some kind of system that knowingly or unknowingly included the test designer's biases, so the comparison of applicant answers to the normed answers is already flawed.

    Besides being prohibitively expensive, the tests' built-in biases and wide ranges of "normal" answers to some questions blur the picture they provide of the applicant.  It's not obvious in most cases whether a person will be a high risk with a gun or not.  But let's pretend that this battery of tests weeds out 20%.

     Now suppose that someone comes up with a really good test.  What then?  Well, the next problem is that there are people with mental illnesses who are really good at faking good answers.  They can often figure out the rubric intuitively and come up with "fake-good" answers.  These throw the value of the test out the window for these people.  But let's pretend that this test is still very effective at weeding out 50% of applicants who shouldn't have a gun. 

    So now we're down to 30%, who are the most difficult 30% of the original group to detect problems with.  But now we're going to look at past behavior, and also give them a polygraph.  (Past behavior is really the core of a background check, so waiting until this late in the screening process is not how it really would work.  It would probably be one of the first screens used.) 

    How the Facts Break Down.
    For adults over 21, most of the 30% will have already shown some kind of bad behavior.  Maybe not lawbreakers with a record, so we'll get feedback from schoolteachers, parents, and others to sift out who the problem people are.  And we run them through the polygraph.  This is probably the level of screen used to determine if someone can be trusted with a top secret security clearance.  This maybe eliminates 27% of the original 100 applicants, leaving only 3.

    Having escaped the screening process, the 3 individuals buy guns.  They may do ok for years and then "pop", they may "pop" right away, or they may never "pop".  Maybe 2 of them "pop" and do themselves in.  There is still one.

    You've probably guessed the point here:  THERE IS NO WAY TO COMPLETELY ELIMINATE THE RISK OF PUBLIC SHOOTINGS. 

    The liberal answer is to eliminate guns.  If house-to-house searches were the most effective method, we might be successful at keeping guns out of the hands of the mentally unstable.  But do you really think going house to house confiscating guns would get rid of ALL guns?  No way it would!!! 

    Do you really think that criminals who support themselves and whatever habits they have by stealing are going to willingly give up their guns, especially if all of the law abiding citizens no longer have them?  No!  In spite of cameras, alarms and bulletproof glass we still have bank robberies!  And let's not lose sight of the fact that many criminals are mentally ill.

    Guns will still be present:
    • On a thriving black market
    • By those smuggling people/drugs
    • By gangs
    Knowing that the populace is not armed, bad people will get bolder.  Society will be less safe.
    • More armed robberies
    • More armed assaults
    • More murders
    • Just like Chicago
    Gun Control Doesn't Work!
     
    The Aftermath:  Speculation, Part II   

    Tags: Gun Control, Mental Illness Screening, psychological testing, gun ban, Chicago gun record.  Please mention / link to the Conservative Observer AZ. Thanks!
    

    Wednesday, April 10, 2013

    ¡NO RECONQUISTA! - Stop Racial Profiling!

    Crossposted at Blogs For Borders.
    I got an interesting comment on a previous post where I encourage readers to support the U.S. Border Patrol.  It's reprinted below in its entirety with permission from the commenter.  But first, let's set the stage.

    Back on the eve of last November's election, I posted a plea for "the masses", especially minorities, to break free from the chains of liberal stereotyping.  My point at that time was to get the Hispanic population to take a long look at the differences between Gabriela Saucedo Mercer and Raul "Boycott Arizona" Grijalva.

    Grijalva, of course,  is one of the most progressive liberals in Congress.  He loves to play the role of Hero to the Downtrodden Masses, especially Hispanics with whom he identifies.  (The same is true for Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Michael Moore, and the other rich, fat cats of the liberal elite.)

    But he can only be the Hero for as long as the victims remain victims.  When victims are no longer downtrodden, oppressed and poor there is no need for a Hero.  So for Mr. Boycott to continue being the Hero, he must keep the downtrodden, oppressed and poor in that same state.  That is part of the insidiousness of liberal business as usual.

    It is for exactly that reason that the liberal media show parades of Hispanics in monolithic solidarity supporting things like amnesty for illegal aliens (phrase licensed for AP use only), who are constantly being abused by the likes of Joe Arpaio.

    All Hispanics must be seen as Democrat, pro-amnesty, and fiercely protective of a culture that has been twisted to portray them as downtrodden, oppressed, and poor.

    Enter my commenter.

    "Anonymous April 4, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    Hi! I don`t know how many people read this, but here is something that has been bothering us.

    I am an American of Hispanic descent. And of course my family is too.
    Just about all of us are against ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION.

    Most of us have been personally affected by an illegal immigrant and all in a negative way.
    When the media describes hispanic activists calling for reform, most hispanic Americans do not agree.

    We also know that these 'activists' are here from other places and are all in support of
    RECONQUISTA.

    Reconquista is the main reason they are calling for this reform.

    This needs to be told to all of our fellow Americans, as Reconquista is as bad as National Socialism.

    Thank you for your time.
    BCAZ, USAF Vet"

    Thank you, Anonymous, for your service to your country, and for your courage to speak truth.

       

    Tags: Reconquista, Hispanics, liberal politics, minorities, Gabriela Saucedo Mercer, Raul Grijalva, illegal immigration, border patrol, Joe Arpaio racial stereotyping, racial profiling.  Please mention / link to the Conservative Observer AZ. Thanks!

    Monday, April 8, 2013

    Obamanomics: Reply to a Conservative Observer AZ Commenter

    A comment (reproduced without deletions below in boldface block quotes) by "Anonymous" was left on my post, "Barack Obama: Hell Bent on Destroying America"; this is my reply (in yellow italics).
    "Usual far right paranoia!"  
    Which part of the quotes of liberals and other facts in the post are "right paranoia"?  An ironic comment given that historically, paranoia has been the domain of the left going all the way back to the 30s and 40s - evil government tapping phones, spying on citizens, being opaque ... the very same things the right is currently concerned about, but with factual evidence.  My question is, why isn't the left up in arms as they historically have been?  The only reason that comes to my mind and is based on what I see, is that they are too wrapped up in fawning, orgasmic worship of "The First (half) Black President."  (cue Hallelujah Chorus).  But then, I'm sure I'm being racist there, right? 
     
    "What are you conservatives going to say about Obama in 3 years when none of this ACTUALLY does anything to significantly alter the way we live? We're not going to lose our basic freedoms (because of him), he's not going to take all our guns away, and we're not going to be hit by another 9/11 style terrorist attack! I'll bet the ranch that in 2016 he fades quietly into history with the rest of his predecessors!"
     
    If what you say actually comes to pass, I, for one, will say, "Thank God!"  I sincerely hope you are right, Anonymous.  But I and other conservatives see too many red flags (pun intended) and other signs to think that we can afford to be quiet and just wait and see. (explained below).
     
    "Anyone who continues to blame either a democrat or republican president for the downfall of our country..."
     
    The leaders in all 3 branches of the government, with a few exceptions, fall into either democrat or republican philosophies; whoever is in power is de facto responsible.  That's why we elect and pay them.  Responsible here means "problem solver", not necessarily "problem causer".  So if the situation was bad when Obama took power, the question is, has he made things better or worse?  By any measure, the answer is much, much worse.

    "...(which is YOUR image of america--not mine)... "
     
    What do you mean, my image of America?  What are you presuming my image of America to be?  And what is yours?

    "...doesn't know anything about who or what is really running this country!"

    So, in your opinion, who is running the country, if not a democrat or republican?  It certainly doesn't appear to be WE THE PEOPLE anymore, now does it? 

    "...There is a BIG difference between a democrat and a Marxist!"

    There USED to be a difference between a democrat and a Marxist, but anymore, the line has become very blurred.  You could name a Marxist belief or trait, and I bet I could find it in what Obama has stated somewhere along the way.  And given the generally rabid support from congressmen and senators in his own party - the fawning, orgasmic worship - they have fallen into line with him.  Obama has spoken - been recorded - about how to redistribute wealth:  that's socialism.   With the foundations (the Constitution) that everyone took for granted 50 years ago currently under attack by the President of the United States, concerned people know we cannot afford to wait and watch.
     
    "Get a clue people--You don't know what the hell you're talking about!

    You offer no evidence to support this, so I interpret your remark to be the frustrated liberal fallback to emotionalism.  I gave you facts in my original post.  So no, we do know.  I think YOU don't. 

    "Why? Because in spite of his Keynesian style economic approach (which I disagree with, too--believe it or not)..."

    Here, the comment was truncated, but I believe our commenter was going to say that the economy is picking up.  But it is not because more Americans than ever are out of the workforce (and therefore not counted in the monthly unemployment figures) and the number of unemployed who ARE counted continues to grow.

    I imagine at this point that the commenter came to his senses and thought, "Damn, that Velcro is one smart guy; he's right!"  :-)
       

    Tags: Obama Hell Bent On Destroying America, Obamanomics, unemployment, workforce, Keynesian, Marxism, liberal argument.  Please mention / link to the Conservative Observer AZ. Thanks!