Video: Arizona GOP Group Censures Senator John McCain





The Maricopa County Republican Party has voted overwhelmingly to censure Senator John McCain (R-AZ).

Members of the group feel the senator has failed to stand behind the Republican Party’s principles and crossed the aisle and voted with Democrats too many times. The vote was 1,150 for the censure and 351 against.





Sheriff Joe Prepares For “Friendly Fire”





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As someone commonly described as America’s toughest lawman, Sheriff Joe Arpaio has become adept at handling criticism from his opponents. One of the highlights of the upcoming Western Conservative Conference, however, will give his friends and fans an opportunity to heap on some good-natured insults.

In addition to sharing his unique perspective with attendees of the two-day event, Arpaio will be the subject of a dinner roast headed by U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon. The Maricopa County, Ariz. sheriff’s long career in law enforcement will provide plenty of fodder for what promises to be a riotous event.

A Korean War era Army veteran, Arpaio joined police forces in Washington, D.C. and Las Vegas, Nev. shortly after his military career ended. From there, he began to earn a nationwide reputation as a fierce crime fighter within the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. He infiltrated established drug cartels around the world and soon presided over the DEA’s Arizona division.

More than 20 years ago, he kicked off his first campaign to become the chief of what is now America’s third largest sheriff’s office. He won that bid and has been enthusiastically re-elected by Arizona voters in every election since.

Early into his tenure, he began what he calls Tent City, which, as its name implies, houses 2,000 convicts in an outdoor compound covered by canvass tents. He has also combatted public blight by establishing prisoner chain gangs responsible for cleaning up streets throughout the county.

In order to cut costs, Arpaio has developed the most inexpensive prison menu in the nation, with meals costing less than 40 cents each to prepare. Furthermore, inmates are required to work for the money to purchase their own food.

He continues to keep criminals in line by banning almost any imaginable vice and limiting exposure to television. Also, his department’s policy of issuing pink underwear to male inmates was established to prevent prisoners from stealing county-issued boxer shorts.

Arpaio is not entirely focused on making jail tough on inmates. His initiatives include “Hard Knocks High,” which is the nation’s only accredited high school sponsored by a sheriff’s department. Repeat visitors to Tent City are also kept to a minimum through his office’s substance abuse treatment program.

His Cold Case Posse has aided in the resolution of numerous unsolved crimes. The volunteer task force has also been instrumental in investigating the controversy surrounding Barack Obama’s birth certificate.

He continues to remain popular among Arizonans due primarily to the effectiveness of his policies. Now in his 80s, Arpaio shows no signs of slowing down and looks forward to seeking another term in office.

His many supporters across the U.S. will have a unique chance to experience the lighter side of this conservative hero during his roast Feb. 22. Early bird pricing is available online until Jan. 1.

–B. Christopher Agee

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Video: Sheriff Arpaio Invites You To The Western Conservative Conference





The Western Conservative Conference is February 21 & 22nd, 2014 at the Phoenix Convention Center. An all-star line-up including Ted Nugent, Steven Seagal, Matt Salmon, Russell Pearce, and many more speakers will provide inspiration and strategy to move the conservative message forward to reclaim our former glory and prosperity. Get your tickets now for early bird discounts. Go to www.westernconservative.org for more information and tickets.





Politicians, Entertainers Unite For Conference





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A new conference set for early next year is shaping up to include some of the most high-profile conservatives from the worlds of politics and entertainment.

The two-day Western Conservative Conference will be held in Phoenix, Ariz. on Feb. 21 and 22 at the Phoneix Convention Center. In addition to various speakers, the event will boast a plethora of captivating and enlightening panels.

Whether interested in tax reform, media bias, security threats, immigration reform, or Barack Obama’s scandal-plagued presidency, the inaugural conference offers something for conservatives of all stripes.

Conservative congressmen including Matt Salmon, Paul Gosar, and David Schweikert will be on hand to address attendees, as will well-known entertainers such as Ted Nugent and Steven Segal. Additional speakers are being added regularly; and invited guests include senators Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Mike Lee, as well as Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, recognized nationwide for his tough stance on crime and dedication to exposing Obama’s fraud, will be a special guest speaker at the conference.

Those in the Western Center for Journalism audience will be among the first to learn of updates, additions, and special deals when they become available.

Tickets to the once-in-a-lifetime event are currently on sale at a discounted price for a limited time. Those interested in reserving a spot can do so for half price by registering online before Dec. 31.

Further discounts are available for the comprehensive package, which includes admission to each session of the conference as well as meal events. The $400 package is currently available for just $199.

Planned for the perfect time of year for those in cold climates to enjoy Arizona’s temperate winters, the conference is designed to offer attendees an unforgettable experience.

For more details or to reserve your seats, visit the official site.

Western Journalism staff writer

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Learn Some History, Senator RINO (I Mean, McCain)





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So I’m reading the Wall Street Journal, and I came across this gem from John McCain (RINO—Arizona) talking about the consequences of not raising the debt limit (a/k/a the Bank of China Mastercard):

“I’ve talked to people in New York who say the markets will react very negatively.  Of course I’m worried.”

What people in New York?

The people who packaged bad mortgages into securities, sold the securities, and then bet against the securities they manufactured and sold?  Those people? Or maybe the people who run the ratings companies that stamped Triple A on those securities made of pure crap?  Those people?

And what markets?  The ones the Federal Government bailed out when they put $120-Billion (with a B) into AIG Insurance (which all immediately went to companies like Goldman Sachs and Citicorp to make those bets good)?  Those markets?

Hey Senator!  Did you get shot down over Hanoi and spend four years in the Hanoi Hilton fighting for the right of those pencil necks in “New York” to screw the rest of us in flyover country?  Or did you go through all of that fighting for our right to have the government stay out of the market except to punish those “people in New York” for screwing the rest of us? (Which, let’s face it, is the ONLY role the government should be playing in a free market economy.)

Frankly, Senator, the Nevada Gaming Commission, pathetic though it is, does a better job of insuring a fair game than the Federal Government does in insuring the same thing in “the markets”.

So I don’t want to hear a load of crap from you or anybody else about “the markets” as the folks in Congress actually do their job for a change and tell the President that all spending bills originate in the House, and it is NOT “blackmail” for them to set conditions on their willingness to do what it is they were elected to do.

What I’m saying in very polite terms is, “Screw the Markets”. 

Have you ever noticed that the players in “New York” make money whichever way “the markets” go?  Have you ever wondered why?

Do you know what a “negative” reaction of “the markets” is?  It means that to make money, the “people in New York” merely have to change their bets.

Isn’t it time you started worrying about the people you are supposed to be representing in Phoenix?

And did it ever occur to you that the Goldman Sachs Alumni club that produces Secretaries of the Treasury mostly looks out for its own interests?  How much real pain would there have been on Main Street if the Government had done NOTHING in 2008 and 2009?

The answer is probably as much “pain” as the recent faux “shutdown” caused, which is to say not very much.  The “pain” would have been limited to “people in New York” not getting multi million dollar bonuses for screwing people like us.  Think of all the BMWs and Mercedes that would not have been sold in 2010.  Think of all the vacation condos that would be vacant in Vail.  Oh, the humanity!

The problem we in flyover country have is that idiots like you and our President actually buy into this nonsense.

The next time I hear about capital formation on Wall Street from some overpaid, overdressed master of the universe, I’m going to throw up.

Back in the day when all that crap might have been closer to being true, they also had a saying amongst stockbrokers:  “But where are the customer’s yachts?”

Today, most of what happens in places like Wall and Broad is better played out at the corner of Tropicana and the Strip in New York’s Westernmost suburb, Las Vegas.

The odds are better, and the public has more trust in the fairness of the game.

And that’s a very sad commentary on the way politicians have handled the thieves who run Wall Street.

At least Bugsy Siegel provided entertainment at the Flamingo.

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