Gilbert Watch Blog

September 10, 2016
9/11/2001 Timeline

The timeline begins at 5:45 am on September 11, 2011:  Hijackers Pass Through Security Screening in Portland, Maine.  On the morning of 9/11, a total of nineteen terrorists will hijack four California-bound commercial airplanes shortly after their departures from airports in Boston, Massachusetts; Newark, New Jersey; and the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.

Hijackers Mohamed Atta and Abdul Aziz al-Omari pass through security at Portland International Jetport in Maine at 5:45 a.m. Atta and al-Omari board a commuter flight to Boston Logan International Airport, where they connect to American Airlines Flight 11. Three other hijackers will join Atta and al-Omari aboard Flight 11.

Less than two hours later, the five terrorists who will hijack American Airlines Flight 77 are videotaped as they pass through Washington Dulles International Airport’s west checkpoint. Three of the hijackers, Nawaf al-Hazmi, Khalid al-Mihdhar, and Majed Moqed set off metal detectors, but no weapons are found. They proceed to the gate. The hijackers are carrying concealed knives on their persons or in their carry-on luggage.

Before 9/11, airports were not required to videotape security checkpoints. At that time, knives were allowed on planes if the blade was less than four inches in length.

6:00 A.M.  New York City Polling Stations Open....

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Tags: Islam, Christian Persecution
September 9, 2016
Jim O'Connor Announces Run for State Party Chairman of the AZGOP

I have tremendous respect for Jim O’Connor.  In the following press release, you will read about Jim's role in renouncing the National Popular Vote.  I was one of the people he patiently educated regarding its problems.  Ultimately, a group of us were able to convince our Senator, Sylvia Allen, to back away from supporting it.  Jim is true to the Republican platform and has provided leadership in other areas as well, including the passage of HB2088, which protects students against surveys that gather private, personally identifiable information.  He advised his representative in LD23, Heather Carter, "Our 444 Precinct Committeemen are reflecting the opinions of the 70,000 registered republican votes in our district overwhelmingly protecting the rights of parents and children. Please represent these and other republicans who desire to restrain government overreach."  She voted in favor on reconsideration.  Mr. O'Connor has stood firmly in support of legislation that honors parental authority and rejects federal control of education in Arizona.

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Tags: Arizona Legislature, Republicans, Education, Elections
September 5, 2016
You may know society is doomed when you see....

You may know society is doomed when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing; when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors; when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you; [and] when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice. 

Ayn Rand, "Atlas Shrugged", 1957

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Tags: Free Market
September 1, 2016
Gilbert Watch Primary Voting Recommendations: August 30, 2016

As you complete your Primary ballot, please consider the following candidates for offices all the way from United States Senate to Town Council. Time hasn't allowed for the vetting of every office throughout the state.  The suggestions you see here are based on voting patterns, leadership, and commitment to constitutional, conservative ideals.   

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Tags: Arizona Legislature, Town Council, Elections, Arizona Constitution, Constitution, Congress
August 27, 2016
Sen. Ted Cruz Endorses Andy Biggs in Race to Replace Rep. Salmon

Sen. Ted Cruz on Friday endorsed state Senate President Andy Biggs to succeed retiring Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.).

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Tags: Congress, Constitution, Elections, Families
August 27, 2016
Christine Jones: Serial Exaggerator, Phony

It is beyond me why the voters in CD5 would want to be saddled with Christine Jones as their Representative in Congress.  She’s clueless about the character and demographics of its citizens--she lives in CD9, not CD5.  How do you “represent” citizens you know nothing about?   CD5 is one of the most conservative, family-oriented districts in Maricopa County.  After reviewing the history of Christine Jones, my head hurts.  But not as badly as the perpetual migraine that she will inflict on CD5.  Take away her paid handlers and well, think of a Conservative, and then take away courage, conviction, and good judgment.    

Jones has a history of contradicting herself to the point of absurdity.  Add to this a shaky grasp of the Republican platform, high praise for Hillary Clinton, and a tendency toward self-aggrandizement.

Christine Jones wants to be...Governor...Secretary of State... Mayor...U.S. Senator...U.S. Representative...Somebody!  

Her reason for not taking on her own district (CD9) defies logic.   

CD9 is currently represented by Democrat/Liberal/Leftist Kyrsten Sinema.   Jones would be a conservative heroine if she had run in her own district and beat Sinema!  In November 2015, Jones was asked if she planned to run against Sinema in 2016.  She stated "Although (the 9th District) appears eminently winnable, pursuing a seat in Congress at this time is not the highest and best use of my time."  See Christine Jones Won't Challenge Kyrsten Sinema.  

By April 2016, she decided to pole vault into CD5 and run against a solid constitutional conservative, former Senate President Andy Biggs

This carpet bagging didn’t sit well with the Republican Leadership of CD5.  They quickly responded in an 4/8/2016 Intellectual Conservative article titled CD5 Republican Legislative District Chairs call for Local Representation as follows: 

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Tags: Congress, Elections
August 24, 2016
Jimmy Lindblom and LaCinda Lewis Endorsed by Pro Common Core, Anti-Parent "Stand for Children"

Stand for Children/Arizona has just endorsed Jimmy Lindblom, who is running for a Senate seat against Warren Petersen in LD12, and LaCinda Lewis, who is competing against Eddie Farnsworth  and Travis Grantham in the House.

 A review of Stand for Children/Arizona's website indicates that this group proudly supports the entire Common Core agenda, aka Arizona's College and Career Ready Standards, including AzMerit.  

Stand is proud to have defeated a litany of anti-Common Core legislation, as well as other bills that parents have fought for, including the defeated SB1455.  This bill would have acknowledged that parents know more than the State about what's best for their own children.  These parents wanted to opt their children out of the unvalidated, secretive AzMerit.  Stand would have none of it.  See "Top Legislative Results."   

Parents and their children suffered verbal and emotional abuse at the hands of school administrators, teachers, other parents, and other students for daring to opt out of AZMerit.  Remember?  See Sen. Allen calls for schools to respect parents over assessment concernsThe Schools' War On Arizona's Children: Part 1The Schools' War on Arizona's Children: Part 2 Online Charter Schools The Schools' War on Arizona's Children: Part 3 Emotional Child Abuse.

Voters should be wary of groups that "sound" wonderful.  Scratch the surface, and you discover how pro-Statist and anti-Family they truly are.   Expect More Arizona is another such group.  See Is Expect More Arizona in it for the Money?    

 
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Tags: AzMERIT, Arizona Constitution, Arizona Legislature, Common Core, Elections
August 24, 2016
Has YOUR Legislator been Endorsed by Pro Common Core, Anti-Parent "Stand for Children"?

Stand for Children/Arizona has just endorsed 26 candidates for the Arizona Legislature in the Primary Election on August 30.  “Stand for Children Arizona does not take its endorsement process lightly.  These candidates have been fully vetted to make sure they currently agree with, and will stay true to a majority of Stand’s policies and educational priorities that we believe will bring the quickest results." 

 A review of Stand for Children/Arizona's website indicates that this group proudly supports the entire Common Core agenda, aka Arizona's College and Career Ready Standards, including AzMerit.  

Stand is proud to have defeated a litany of anti-Common Core legislation, as well as other bills that parents have fought for, including the defeated SB1455.  This bill would have acknowledged that parents know more than the State about what's best for their own children.  These parents wanted to opt their children out of the unvalidated, secretive AzMerit.  Stand would have none of it.  See "Top Legislative Results."   

Parents and their children suffered verbal and emotional abuse at the hands of school administrators, teachers, other parents, and other students for daring to opt out of AZMerit.  Remember?  See Sen. Allen calls for schools to respect parents over assessment concernsThe Schools' War On Arizona's Children: Part 1The Schools' War on Arizona's Children: Part 2 Online Charter Schools The Schools' War on Arizona's Children: Part 3 Emotional Child Abuse.

Voters should be wary of groups that "sound" wonderful.  Scratch the surface, and you discover how pro-Statist and anti-Family they truly are.   Expect More Arizona is another such group.  See Is Expect More Arizona in it for the Money?    

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Tags: Arizona Constitution, Arizona Legislature, AzMERIT, Common Core, Elections
August 19, 2016
Lindblom and Lewis and their Questionable Endorsements

Jimmy Lindblom is running as a conservative against proven conservative, Warren Petersen, for the open Senate seat in LD12.  LaCinda Lewis is running as a conservative against proven conservative Eddie Farnsworth and Travis Grantham for one of the House seats in LD12.

Lindblom's website cites Protecting Individual Freedoms • Limited Government • Local Control • Education Advocate • Business Friendly.  Under the heading "Media", you will see several flyers, including one titled "Our Conservative Team for the State Legislature," which includes LaCinda Lewis as his team mate.  (See below.)

Lewis touts Family - Education - Economy from a  a "unique conservative perspective."

It’s hard to fathom why voters would believe that Lindblom and Lewis are conservatives.   Conservatives abide by the Republican platform.  They work very hard to stand up for and defend those principles.  RINO’s and Democrats don’t.  Why work hard when it's easier to vote for something that sounds good.    

Lindblom and Lewis have listed many endorsements they have received from local leaders.  Gilbert Watch took a look at some of those endorsements. 

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Tags: Arizona Legislature, American Values, Free Market, Education, Elections, Bill of Rights
August 18, 2016
Jenn Daniels Raises Gilbert Taxes in Second Meeting as Mayor

On August 9, 2016, the Gilbert Town Council voted to increase taxes this year by $1.5 million dollars. It seems that, since former Mayor John Lewis and Council Members Eddie Cook, Jenn Daniels, and Jordan Ray earned "Hero of Big Government" ranking from Americans for Prosperity in 2015,  the trend continues.  Council members are spinning and denying it's a tax increase!    

According to Mayor Jenn Daniels:  "In light of the incredible misinformation that is being disseminated on Facebook and other forums, I would like to set the record straight:  YOUR TAXES DID NOT GO UP by our vote last night or any other vote by our current Town Council." 

The Arizona Tax Research Association (ATRA) called it a tax increase, as did the Town of Gilbert website!  

ATRA stated:   

"In a split vote, the Town of Gilbert elected to raise its secondary property tax for FY17 from a rate of $1.0567 to $1.0609.  This results in a tax levy increase of approximately $1.5 million.  Surprisingly, some council members attempted to argue the tax rate and levy increase wasn't a tax increase at all. For town leaders to suggest this is not a tax increase is simple obfuscation.  

"In actuality, the rate should have decreased substantially this year if they accounted for what property taxpayers have already paid.  For cities and towns, the secondary property tax is used exclusively for the repayment of voter-approved bonds.  The estimated debt service schedule in this year is $22.7 million.  The town has previously over-collected nearly $15 million for this purpose. This money is not a rainy day fund and cannot be used for any other purpose.  The town voted to use just 12% of this overpayment account ($1.7 million) to pay for debt service in FY17.  It is regrettable the town elected to increase taxes while it earns interest on past over-collections which sit in the bank.  Taxpayers must pay the debt-service on bonds, but they first ought to be credited for what they have already paid.  At a minimum, Gilbert owes a specific plan to its taxpayers to credit them back for what they have previously overpaid.  There is no financial justification to stockpile a massive sum as taxpayers are constitutionally obliged to repay the debt service on voter-approved debt each year via the property tax, making it an incredibly reliable and secure debt-instrument."

Town of Gilbert website:  "Proposed New and Increased Taxes or Fees"

 

The tax hike passed 4-2.  Here is the vote: 

 
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Tags: Taxes, Town Council, Elections
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