bil canfield editorial cartoon

Last Dance

Barrack Hussein Obama vowed to fundamentally change the United States of America. His work is nearing completion.

The latest rulings from the SCOUS move us dangerously closer to the socialist paradise the left has worked tirelessly toward for one hundred years. With unflinching focus and determination our educational system, our news organizations, entertainment industry, book and publishing businesses, congressional houses, the White House and finally the Supreme Court have all been corrupted and turned upon the Constitution, and our "more perfect union."

Police are being vilified as murders and racists. Mr. Obama commutes the sentences of convicted drug king pins while ignoring the brutal murder of lovely Kate Steinle in San Francisco by just such a criminal. All the while hundreds more pour over our open border every day. And, on the day four U.S. Marines are butchered by a Muslim terrorist Mr. Obama sends Ramadan congratulations Muslim nations. Mr. O couldn't even see fit to lower the White House flag in honor of these American patriots for five days, but was quick to convey his sympathy to the families of Trevon Martin and Michael Brown, thugs both.

I can't breath either because, although Black lives do matter, the answer is not the anarchy that is being shouted for in the streets of Baltimore and Ferguson. The rule of law not mob rule is the answer.

John "Lurch" Kerry inks a nuclear deal with the outlaw government of Iran that could one day become a threat to the entire world while Obama continues to disarm and down size our military. North Korea randomly saber rattles, sensing our weakness, China hacks our cyber systems and Mrs. Clinton benefits from influence peddling, the Russian uranium deal and hides her larceny in illegally deleted emails. She the unrepentant Trampas every Republican hopeful must face and vanquish.

The Dem's presumptive candidate has said not a word in outrage over the harvesting and sale of infant organs by the barbaric, government funded Planned (Infanticide) Parenthood, following the lead of the current President, declaring her unerring support for the slaughterhouse it has become. Another glaring indicator that our nation's moral compass points anywhere other than American ideals. There can be no liberty, no pursuit of happiness without there first being life.

The long anticipated debate begins the narrowing of the crowd where some shined while others did not. Mr. Trump proved himself a man of his word, but not the hour.

Our tipping point, election day 2016 looms in the near distance and with it the last dance of American democracy. Will our mostly uninformed electorate choose again the wrong dance partner, or will there at last be an awakening? The choices are clear, anarchy and subjugation or a new birth of freedom. Will the presidency go to the back-stabbing, vicious, "let 'em eat cake" Mrs. Clinton or some pairing of the Republican hopefuls? My dream team, Walker with Carson, Rubio, Fiarino or Jindal as VP with a sure shot at sixteen years of sanity.

Randy Edwards
Cave Creek


Business support for Prop 104 is self-serving

Since most of us assume that business people are conservative, that is, they prefer smaller government and lower taxes, one might logically ask why any business people would be supporting Prop 104, the 31 billion dollar transit tax increase. To answer that question one need only look to the year 1946 when Leonard Read formed the first-market think tank in the United States. At that time Leonard was the president of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and he had become frustrated with his members because they all stated strong support for conservative principles,….except when some new government program would benefit their business. Leonard decided that more education in free-market principles was needed and he left the chamber to start the Foundation for Economic Education-FEE-which is still in existence today. The fact that business people support Prop 104 in Phoenix would suggest that such education in the value of free markets is needed just as much today.

There is one more reason that business people go against their free-market principles to support big government projects like Prop 104. That is something generally referred to as the principle of concentrated benefits and dispersed costs. It is simply the notion that, whenever the government spreads around billions of dollars on construction projects, there are a few businesses who will benefit greatly and a very large number of taxpayers who will only get hurt by a small amount. Therefore, the favored businesses have a large monetary incentive to promote the project (look at supporters of Prop 104) and the taxpayers have insufficient incentive to oppose it.

Even though Prop 104 is an extremely wasteful project (mostly because of the billions of dollars going into light rail), it is quite likely that it will pass. The fact that City Council rushed the measure onto an off-election year ballot in August in Phoenix is also a reason. Phoenix voters should be mindful of the fact that this measure brings our sales tax up to a level so high that it probably cannot be raised again, even if a worthy cause should arise.

Roy Miller


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In liberty,

Russell Pearce


It will probably shock most people to learn that according to the official list kept by United Nations there is no country named America. The island nation, American Samoa, did make the list. Officially, the name of our country is THE UNITED STATES of AMERICA. So why is it that whenever people in power focus on our great nation they refer only to ‘America’ and its three hundred nineteen million ‘Americans’?

There are millions of Europeans living in over 50 countries throughout Europe. If a strong country like Germany decided to call its country “Europe” and then called its people “Europeans” the other countries of Europe may view that as an act of aggression.

There are over a billion people in South America, Central America and North America, collectively known as ‘The Americas’, yet we refer to our country as ‘America’. When a US President vaguely speaks “on behalf of America and all her people”, over seven hundred million people outside our borders probably beg to differ. They may not feel well represented by their own leaders, much less by a US President they did not elect.

The continents of the Western Hemisphere make up The Americas and the United States shares the North American continent with Canada and Mexico. Citizens of Canada are called Canadians, and citizens of Mexico are Mexicans just as in South America the citizens of Brazil are Brazilians. The Western Hemisphere was labeled ‘The Americas’ or ‘America’ in honor of explorer Amerigo Vespucci who discovered South America in 1507 while searching for the New World. Exactly when our exclusive use of the name began is uncertain but it was fueled dramatically in 1910 when Katherine Lee Bates penned the popular ballad “America the Beautiful”. And while a great song doesn’t officially give us the sole right to use that great name, the dictionary definition tells us ‘America’ is short for ‘The United States’ with no explanation as to how our use of it came to be.

Beginning at Plymouth Rock we were called “pilgrims” and later, as early settlers we were called “colonists”. When we fought for our freedom from a distant king and ‘taxation without representation’ we called ourselves “patriots”. The United States is part of North America just as Germany is part of Europe and Brazil is part of South America. The United States of America is arguably the most powerful nation on earth but the name, ‘America’, used to define a hemisphere, is not even recognized as a nation.

The names ‘America’ and ‘Americans’ may be easier to say but ‘The United States of America’ is the name that properly defines this nation our forefathers struggled to create. It’s in our Pledge of Allegiance and in our Constitution. We are proud Citizens of the United States of America and we have no reason to abbreviate our greatness. Let’s use the name we fought and died for and keep our struggle forever tied to and reflected in our greatness.

David E. Tinapple
Cave Creek


Smart” meter court case update

Last May I appealed “smart” meter Decision # 75047 made by the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC). The Decision was illegal in many ways. Plus the commissioners lied repeatedly throughout the Decision.

I detailed all the lies and lawlessness in my appeal to the ACC, but the commissioners denied my appeal by not responding to it within the 20 days specified in law. (My appeal is here: Don't be put off by its 108 pages. The appeal is really only 17 pages long; the rest is supporting material).

I then brought the ACC’s serial lawbreaking to the attention of the Arizona Attorney General’s Office but, typically, it was not interested in enforcing the law, so my only recourse was to file an appeal in Maricopa Superior Court which I did last June 25. (The case # is LC2015-000274.)
On July 14, Judge Crane McClennen issued an Order in the case for me to explain to him why his court had jurisdiction. This was startling for several reasons but first some background on Judge McClennen.

Judge McClennen's Background
Doing a brief internet search on Judge McClennen, I found that he started his legal career in 1972 and has been a judge in Maricopa Superior Court since 1997. In 2008 he had the distinction of being the only judge in Arizona to not meet the Judicial Performance Standards of the Arizona Commission on Judicial Performance Review.

According to their website,, “Established in 1992 by a constitutional amendment passed by voters, the Commission's membership includes eighteen members of the public, six attorneys and six judges.” This nonpartisan outfit rates judges and, in the publicity pamphlet that voters receive before an election, provides the results of their ratings to help voters make informed votes on whether to retain judges. It is very seldom that a judge does not meet the Judicial Performance Standards.

In 2013, Judge McClennen was publicly reprimanded by the State of Arizona Commission on Judicial Conduct due to a complaint brought by Mark Faull, the Chief Deputy Maricopa County Attorney.

According to their website,, “The Commission on Judicial Conduct acts on complaints alleging one or more judges have engaged in judicial misconduct in a particular case or circumstance.”

Comprised of six judges, 2 lawyers and three members of the public, the Commission wrote this in its public reprimand of Judge McClennen:

“The complainant alleged a superior court judge exhibited unprofessional demeanor, ridiculed trial prosecutors, and made political comments from the bench.

The Arizona Constitution forbids judicial conduct that is prejudicial to the administration of justice and brings the judicial office into disrepute. See Article 6.1, Section 4. Rule 1.2 of the Code of Judicial Conduct requires judges to “act at all times in a manner that promotes public confidence in the independence, integrity, and impartiality of the judiciary.” Rule 2.2 requires judges to “perform all duties of judicial office fairly and impartially.” Rule 2.8(B) requires judges to be “patient, dignified, and courteous” to lawyers.

After reviewing the complaint, the judge's response, and the relevant recordings and transcripts, the commission found that, on two separate occasions, Judge McClennen made inappropriate sarcastic statements from the bench that violated the Arizona Constitution and the rules set forth above.”

According to a CBS 5 AZ news report on the above 2013 public reprimand, Judge McClennen was also reprimanded twice previously:

"He was accusing me of not answering his questions. He impugned my integrity," said defense attorney Eleanor Miller. She filed a complaint against McClennen last year, and the commission publicly reprimanded him after looking into it.

In 2002, McClennen was also privately reprimanded for similar conduct.

Back To My Case
Getting back to my case, as I said, it was startling that Judge McClennen wanted me to explain why his court had jurisdiction.

The law that Judge McClennen wanted me to explain is so clear and straightforward that his request made no sense to me – unless maybe he was trying to get rid of me.

I had appealed the ACC's decision to Superior Court under A.R.S. 40-254 which states in part that:
“… any party in interest, or the attorney general on behalf of the state, being dissatisfied with an order or decision of the commission, may within thirty days after a rehearing is denied or granted, and not afterwards, commence an action in the superior court in the county in which the commission has its office, against the commission as defendant, to vacate, set aside, affirm in part, reverse in part or remand with instructions to the commission such order or decision ….”

I had appealed within the thirty day period but Judge McClennen, after quoting the part of the law I just did above, wrote that:

It appears Woodward is challenging an order of the Arizona Corporation Commission issued on April 30, 2015. As noted above, a party has the right to bring an action “within thirty days after a rehearing is denied or granted, and not afterwards.” Thirty days from the date of the Corporation Commission’s order would have been May 30, 2015. It thus appears Woodward’s pleading filed June 25, 2015 is untimely, which would mean this Court would not have jurisdiction.

Incredibly, Judge McClennen made the mistake of starting the thirty day countdown from the date of the ACC's decision, not from when my appeal to the ACC was denied.

Or was it a mistake?
It is not customary for a judge to attempt to dismiss a case in this way. Usually the other side in the case would do that. So it seemed to me that Judge McClennen was doing the work of my adversaries. Adding that to his history of reprimands, I wanted a different judge.

The particular court I am in, Lower Court Appeals, runs by the Rules of Civil Procedure. There's a rule that gives a person the right to a one time change of judge just for the asking. In other words, you don't need a reason. So I filed a Notice of Change of Judge on July 27. But I was denied because Maricopa Superior Court also operates under “Local Rules,” and there was a Local Rule that overrode the right to a change of judge that I thought I had.

However, that Local Rule (plus a state statute) did give me the right to a change of judge if I showed cause. Grounds for cause had to be “That the party filing the affidavit has cause to believe and does believe that on account of the bias, prejudice, or interest of the judge he cannot obtain a fair and impartial trial.”

That was exactly what I 'had cause to believe and did believe.' So I filed an affidavit to that affect on July 30.

In the affidavit, I stated that in attempting to dismiss my case as “untimely,” Judge McClennen was doing the work of the defendants and therefore showing his bias. I also mentioned that his misconstruing the thirty day time period appeared intentional since he is an experienced judge who should know better.

The next day Judge Randall Warner, the Civil Court Presiding Judge to whom I presented my affidavit, ruled against me. According to him, “Bias and prejudice under A.R.S. § 12-409(B)(5) means a “hostile feeling or spirit of ill-will” or an “undue friendship or favoritism” towards a litigant.” He claimed I didn't show that. I was pretty sure I had shown a “hostile feeling or spirit of ill-will,” even though I hadn't used those exact words in my affidavit.

Judge Warner also stated, “Judicial bias or prejudice ordinarily has to come from an extrajudicial source and not what the judge has done in the case.” Of course the key word there is “ordinarily,” and its inclusion means there must also be cases like mine that are not ordinary, but are in fact based on “what the judge has done in the case.”

At this point the Rules of Civil Procedure became unclear to me, and I was unsure exactly what my options were. I also wasn't sure I wanted to spend more time pursuing this particular injustice even if I could figure out the rules, so I accepted Judge Warner's ruling. Sometimes even I give up.

Meanwhile, Judge McClennen had given me until August 7 to tutor him on A.R.S. 40-254, the thirty day time limit law. So on August 5 I supplied him (free of charge) with a detailed explanation of how that law works.

Evidently realizing that his court did in fact have jurisdiction in my case, on August 10 Judge McClennen issued an order giving the ACC until August 31 to respond to my Notice of Appeal. He also gave me until September 11 to respond to whatever the ACC filed if I so desired.

So that's where the case stands at this time.

By the way, none of what I've written above has transpired inside a courtroom. It's all done by filing papers. Because I want to be sure the documents I file get filed on the day I want them filed, I drive them down to Phoenix. I also need copies stamped by the Clerk of Court to deliver to the defendants whose offices are just a few blocks away from the Superior Court, so I drop those off while I am there.

Every time I go to Superior Court I get a real laugh out of the sculpture that's in front of the building and right next to the main entrance. Have a look at the photo at this

The sculpture depicts a family who've been stripped of everything – even their clothes – by the legal system, and they are fleeing the courthouse. Too perfect!

Warren Woodward


Work will save this nation

America is only as good as our workers and doers. Dreamers are critical. Faith is vital. However, faith and dreams without works are dead.

Everywhere I travel these days I see Nigerians, Kenyans, Egyptians, Asians and of course Hispanics doing jobs all over the United States. They seem to occupy 90% of the maid service jobs in hotels and to dominate the taxi industry. In many areas the Chinese and Mexicans appear to be the ones opening new restaurants. Two of the best restaurants in my town are the local Mexican and Chinese restaurants. Farmers desperate for workers and cheap labor bring Mexicans into America legally by the thousands on H-2 Visas. Farmers reportedly say the Mexicans will do the cheap labor jobs that Americans won't do.

I keep hearing that these Internationals are doing the jobs that Americans won't do.
Why is this? Too many Americans are quite happy to survive on a government check and food stamps rather than work.

Disabled Social Security, SSI and food stamps are disabling this nation. Too many people are willing to survive rather than work and try to better themselves. For all the people who truly deserve these benefits I say God bless you. I'm glad America can help. For the rest of the liars and thieves who work harder at cheating the system rather than trying to earn a paycheck then it's time that your lazy ways end and you start paying back all the money you've stolen from your country.

President Jimmy Carter, age 90, has demonstrated an ethic of hard work. The President's retirement package is generous. He could have lived in an exotic retirement spot the rest of his life but he kept working. His labor for Habitat for Humanity has been remarkable plus all of the other national and international diplomatic efforts that he has performed. Thus, Carter has remained sharp and has continued to be a working American. Carter recently announced he has liver cancer that has spread to other parts of his body. Our thoughts and prayers go out to he and his family as he now battles for his life.

If able Americans would go back to work and start doing some of these jobs that Internationals are doing we could begin to take back some of our country.

Many of the illegals would go home because there would not be work for them to do. They are surviving well here because there is so much work to do!

Americans would become healthier physically and mentally. Many Americans have just enough financial support to watch television all day and then do little else with their lives. Millions of Americans are on massive amounts of medication and taking antidepressants and pain medicine each day. They know their lives are going nowhere and many become suicidal. In the meantime their eating and exercise habits are unhealthy and they become obese with declining health. This is further dragging our nation down because it costs hundreds of millions each year to treat all the people who are on welfare. If they were working to feed themselves they would be doing something meaningful. They would be out of the house and their health would be better thus saving the nation billions in medical and other welfare costs.

Homebound welfare Americans also produce children. Many of these children become second-generation welfare recipients because that's all they have learned to do. This vicious cycle is eroding the very core of America that made us great and that core is the heart to work.

We truly need to get our good paying jobs back in America. However, we are only going to lose more if we aren't willing to work.

Glenn Mollette
Syndicated Columnist and Author


It's time to bring education into the 21st Century

A record number of high school students are celebrating their hard-earned diplomas this year.
The celebrations won't last. Despite their hard work, these students will soon find that they're far from prepared for life after graduation. Academically, they're worse educated than most of their foreign contemporaries. Occupationally, they're ill-equipped for the jobs our economy needs. And emotionally, they're less healthy than any generation in recent history.

America's K-12 educational system is to blame. Despite huge advances in classroom technology and the science of learning, our nation's schools remain a relic of another era.

Modernizing our schools isn't just a matter of changing funding formulas and tweaking mechanisms for accountability. Instead, we must completely re-imagine the American model of schooling, drawing on the science- and technology-driven practices that have revolutionized the modern world.

U.S. students are rapidly falling behind their international peers. In a recent report, America's schools ranked 28th in the world based on the average math and science scores of 15-year-old students.

Even worse, the report found that almost a quarter of American 15-year-olds failed to acquire "basic skills" in math and science. Of the 76 countries evaluated in the study, only Luxembourg performed worse.

This poor academic performance translates directly into inadequate workforce skills, especially in science, technology, engineering, and math, or STEM, industries. Because of a lack of qualified applicants, companies take more than twice as long to fill STEM positions than equivalent non-STEM ones.

What's more, current school practices are also making students psychologically unhealthy. The incidence of anxiety and depression among American adolescents has reached alarming levels. Nearly one in five high school kids contemplated suicide in 2013, many due to stress from school.

If we're to reverse these trends, we need to completely change the way we teach young people.

That starts by acknowledging that every student is different. As a result, students need educations customized to their evolving individual needs.

This idea is far from new. Individualized teaching has long been recognized as superior to standard one-size-fits-all instruction. One study showed that individually tutored students performed better than 98 percent of students educated in a standard setting.

The problem is that such tutoring has long been prohibitively expensive. But with the advent of new technology, programs such as Khan Academy and Coursera are demonstrating that personalized, self-directed learning is possible on a large scale.

Once students master foundational core knowledge and skill requirements, they need resources and time to pursue their own projects, internships, and other opportunities for applied learning.
Rather than trudge through unnecessary extra science classes, for example, an aspiring writer should be encouraged to work on the novel kicking around in his head. By the same token, a science-lover should be able to spend her time in the laboratory rather than taking unwanted extra English courses. Apart from academics, schools should address students' emotional and social growth. Those who embrace socio-emotional learning experience very real, measurable benefits -- including enhanced academic achievement.

For example, in January, Developmental Psychology published a study of grade-school students who were taught meditation and mindfulness techniques. After 12 weeks, the students showed a 24 percent decrease in aggression and a reduction in depression-like symptoms – plus a 15 percent improvement in math scores!

Nearly every business model and academic field has been radically disrupted by new research and technology in recent decades. Yet our archaic industrial age model of K-12 schooling persists. For the sake of our future, our economy, and our children, it's time we brought American education into the 21st century.

Alan Shusterman
School for Tomorrow (SFT)


China declares trade war, signals recession

Beijing has launched a preemptive strike on the West and on other emerging economies, devaluing its currency by about 2 percent in a move that now threatens to disrupt the balance of trade worldwide.

This could be the beginning of China's own brand of quantitative easing, and comes after the People's Bank of China had briefly allowed the yuan to appreciate. It had been up 25 percent since 2005.

By weakening the yuan now, China cheapens its exports, and to remain competitive in the price war, other nations will have to respond in kind.

As's Tyler Durden warns, "In a zero-sum trade world, the market now demands much more quantitative easing from the European Central Bank, Bank of Japan and, soon enough, the Fed itself because the deflationary export deluge which China just unleashed will send the 10Y [U.S. treasuries] solidly below 2 percent in the coming days..."

Interest rates are already plummeting as markets adjust to the new reality while experts predict the move could forestall plans by the Federal Reserve to hike interest rates this year.
After its stock market crash, the move signals weakness in the Chinese economy and, thus, forecasts slow or no global growth in the near term. The reason to cut prices, if you're China, is because U.S. consumer demand is perceived as being weak.

In the meantime, OPEC announced that it has been increasing production even as oil prices have plummeted the past year. Europe remains in depression. Combined with China's easing — which should lower the price of consumer goods — the deflationary pressures on the global economy continue to build.

Meaning, the worst may be yet to come.

The currency devaluation also poses a political setback for the Obama administration, which had been pressuring China to increase — not decrease — the value of the yuan by letting it float on open markets.

So much for that.

Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump, a fierce China critic, predicted the currency move would hurt the U.S. economy.

"They're just destroying us," said Trump in a CNN interview, adding, "They keep devaluing their currency until they get it right. They're doing a big cut in the yuan, and that's going to be devastating for us."

A preview of the U.S. response to China could come as soon as September, when the Federal Reserve had been expected to hike interest rates. If there is no rate hike now, it could indicate that the China yuan move has significantly altered and reduced global growth expectations at the central bank.

But even then, the Fed has no more bullets to fire since it cannot go any lower with interest rates to attempt to boost the economy. Quantitative easing has run its course, too.
Meaning there may not be a response.

The U.S. is in a trade war with China. And, so far, it is not shooting back.

Robert Romano, Senior Editor
Americans for Limited Government


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Is rural America hazardous to your health?

The question is based on a finding that many of the health issues that plagued rural America a decade ago are still prevalent, and in many cases getting worse. Over the past several years the Center for Rural Affairs has documented these issues in a series of reports.

The most acute health issues vary by region of the country, but they all have an underlying issue of access. There simply are not enough rural health care providers and not enough economic wherewithal in rural America to adequately address the health care issues facing rural people, despite heroic efforts to address rural health care concerns.

A new Rural Healthy People 2020 report from the Texas A&M School of Public Health highlights these challenges, including, nutrition and weight status, diabetes, substance abuse, and access to mental health services as well as closure of rural hospitals. This last challenge has been exacerbated by the failure of many states with large rural populations to expand their Medicaid programs as allowed by the Affordable Care Act, worsening the financial difficulties faced by many rural hospitals.

All these health issues play out in an environment also containing a host of economic and social issues – generally higher poverty rates, older population, lower educational attainment, and a lack of well-paying jobs - which have a direct influence on health. These circumstances are not just. Americans should expect better from their health care system, and from policymakers, no matter where they live.

Jon Bailey
Former Rural Policy Program Director at the Center for Rural Affairs