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“Five days after the civilian aircraft was downed in Europe, Obama called for ‘A prompt and full … investigation.’ Five days is not prompt!”
District 18 Republican state senate candidates Jeff Dial and Tom Morrissey discussed Common Core standards, Medicaid, job growth and legislative pay increase during a forum hosted by the East Valley Tribune on July 11.
As we approach the primary election, Arizona is in an envious place right now. Of the six Republicans running for the governor’s office, each of the four front-runners arguably have the credentials to become a good governor for our state.
Our state is taking a beating over our nation’s broken immigration system. Unfortunately, we’re hearing a lot of rhetoric and campaign pandering on this issue. Here’s the truth: securing the border is about more than guards and fencing.
“Well, the school board has the override placed on the ballot … so the teachers can vote it in! Live in your budget!”
“Christine Jones says no amnesty for illegals. Methinks she need to sign up for the Duceys’ class on civics since the governor doesn’t have that power.”
Talk about back to the future.
Border Patrol agents stationed in South Texas are the busiest in the country, arresting tens of thousands of children illegally crossing the border without their parents and thousands more families with children.
In this July 12, 2014, photo, Central American migrants ride a freight train during their journey toward the U.S.-Mexico border in Ixtepec, Mexico. The last time so few people were arrested at the country’s borders was 1973, when the Border Patrol recorded just fewer than 500,000 arrests. And the volume of people being arrested at the border remains dramatically lower than the all-time high of more than 1.6 people in 2000. [AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo]
The questions were about improving Arizona's economy.
An open letter to Congress: Here is how to fix the growing border crisis. Come back to D.C., forget that month-long, do-nothing vacation, do your jobs and repeal the 2008 law that is creating this mess. Yes, a law passed by a Republican Congress and signed by G.W. Bush. So all you righties, stop the blame game and look at your own. The GOP created this mess in 2008. Furthermore, we the people are to blame for the all bozos we send to Washington, left, middle and right. After all, they are just a mere reflection of our own personal dysfunctions. I take blame for voting for the bozos I did. Will you? I seek change, real change. Term limits for one. The president is the only one who is handcuffed by them. Senators and House members need term limits, or gridlock will never end!
One of the candidates claims he would make Arizona students learn civics as a graduation requirement. I think it was ‘the Ducey.’ Hope the course includes the topic on who is responsible for illegal immigration. Maybe Dougy needs to retake it.
Former Arizona Senate President Russell Pearce has been offered a job with the Maricopa County Treasurer's office overseeing the agency's technical services department, but he may not take the job right away because he's too busy.
Compadre Stadium will soon be replaced by a residential community.
“I have never voted for any Republican presidential candidate, but if Rand Paul is nominated, he has my vote.”
“Gun owner to Target: I carry everywhere, end of discussion. However, Target just became a whole lot more dangerous place for people to shop. Thanks for the lack of protection and public invitation to criminals.”
We celebrate our nation’s 238th birthday this month, unless we count from the year of the Constitution’s adoption. If so, then it’s a young 227 years old. Too young for a nation to die? Not according to history. We learn civilizations generally collapse within 200 years, so we can wonder if the USA is overdue to “tap out.”
Gubernatorial hopefuls Tuesday discussed issues related to education, immigration and the state’s economy as part of a series of five forums for statewide elections.
A Chandler man accused of luring a 14-year-old Massachusetts boy to have sex has pleaded not guilty in the case.
Service branch: U.S. Army Special Forces
Where and when served: February 1967 to December 1969 in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.
Reflection: My most memorable moment came in the spring of 1969 near the tri-border area of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. We observed several thousand soldiers of the North Vietnamese Army finishing breakfast and massing just inside Laos. Myself and one other American Green Beret were in command of a Mobile Strike Force Company (about 150–165 Sedang Montagnard strikers) when an order came down to “go get ’em” and my first thought was, “me and what army?”
Even though we didn’t speak the same language, I could see the looks on the faces of these boy soldiers and the translation was unmistakable! I’ve heard it before and I’ve heard it since … “Crazy Americans!” We slowly worked through the linguistic barriers when it came to trying to understand complex concepts versus just taking a simple direction or explaining a set of instructions. The basic message was, “you guys are nuts and are going to get us all killed, we think we have a better idea and one which may not get everyone killed” … including this young American Green Beret. Their argument made sense.
We’d take a few guys down there, look around, see what we could see and then call a massive B-52 airstrike down on them and that would be that. Then we would race back to the relative safety of our hilltop perimeter. We got about 50 meters outside of our perimeter and we ran smack into the middle of a forward element of about 500 NVA soldiers of the 66th NVA Regiment. We set up a hasty ambush, which slowed them down long enough for us to make a beeline back to the top of the hill, but we took several casualties in the process. We were outside of artillery range and the monsoon cloud cover precluded bringing in tac air (tactical air support).
Hours went by and we were running out of ammunition and water and we were taking more casualties. Surrounded, we began to formulate an escape plan … our options were all bad. Several hours had past and it was now late in the afternoon. A few times, there were breaches in our defenses and some soldiers had managed to make a run at the small command post in the center of the perimeter. One made it all the way to my location, but he was out of ammunition, so he came at me with a bayonet; I turned but my arm took the point of the bayonet; I turned hard with my arm crooked and he took a full forearm to his jaw.
The sound of crunching teeth and bone were distinctive. He crumpled to the ground. My bodyguard, Dai, ran over and emptied a full magazine into him. Just as we were about to come to grips with our inevitable demise, the clouds broke ever so slightly and an old Skyraider came down through the clouds and almost instantly began dropping copious amounts of ordnance on our enemies. It was dropped so close I had a piece of shrapnel fall right next to me. It was the size of a football. Another hour passed before we began to feel secure that we would actually see another day.
I can see, feel, and taste that day just like it was yesterday. It was a memorable moment all right … and for the better part of that day, I thought it was going to be my last. There were many days like that one, but that’s the one that I remember the most.
I can only imagine the machismo in the air at Wednesday night’s gubernatorial candidate summit on immigration and border security hosted by Mr. Muy Macho himself, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu.
“The answer to the problem about all the illegal alien kids that were dropped off at the Phoenix bus stop is simple, the president invited them here so put them back on a bus and drop them all off in front of the White House. Problem solved!”
The right wing of the Republican Party has pretty much had its way with the people and state of Arizona. From corrupt and wacky governors to a border hawk sheriff shacked up with an illegal alien, a Legislature run by the likes of Russell Pearce and a herd of kooks and an attorney general who gives a whole new meaning to crooked lawyer.
The way Gov. Jan Brewer sees it, the media should be doing more to press the Obama administration for answers about the flood of immigrants across the border.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and Sonora Gov. Guillermo Padres answer questions Friday about the flood of immigrants across the border following the meeting of the Arizona-Mexico Commission. [Howard Fischer/Capitol Media Services]