Thursday, February 2, 2017
"Thank you for printing my article last Wednesday. I received over 100 wonderful responses and four hate-laden notes. Abe Kwok’s editorial response was interesting since he has never met me. Unsurprisingly, he regurgitated the same falsities central to the Manufactured Crisis proffered by the Arizona Republic and various Machiavellian actors. Consequently, I will briefly readdress their malicious mischief in the 200 words I’ve been granted.
"Craig Harris’ coverage of the Arizona Department of Economic Security was not “exhaustive.” It was shoddy, third-rate and cheapjack. Facts were optional. ADOA created and maintained the State No-Hire List. ADOA approved every DES termination. Only one of 475 ex-DES employees sued DES. The lawsuit was withdrawn. Only two ex-employees filed grievances with the State Personnel Board. The dismissals were sustained. The ex-employees shamefully paraded as victim-martyrs by Craig Harris and Laurie Roberts were terminated legally. Accountability was not optional at DES, yet colleague morale TRIPLED. Over 6,000 colleagues appreciated my 600+ visits, personal emails, morning videos, smiley faces and passion to protect them. My love, care, generosity and authenticity were unprecedented. For 633 days, DES shined brightly, but political hacks bled me dry. Self-serving bureaucracy won, Arizonans lost. Thousands share my outrage! Do you?"
Posted by Rachel Alexander at Thursday, February 02, 2017
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Phoenix a sanctuary city? Wait - A study found that Illegal immigrants commit crimes disproportionately
With Trump bringing back the program to allow local law enforcement to deal with illegal immigrants, and the City of Phoenix considering becoming a Sanctuary City, it's a good time to remind everyone of the study the Maricopa County Attorney's Office did in 2008 when I was there, which found that illegal immigrants commit crimes at a higher rate than the general population. I moved to Phoenix in 1999, and my car was stolen by illegal immigrant gang members. Since I could only afford liability insurance at the time, I was out a car. (Went back to riding the bus again for awhile until I could save up again to buy another car) We have a serious problem with illegal immigration and crime, and it's not going away, especially with the addition of radical Islamists coming into the country.
The study found that although illegal immigrants only comprised 9% of the population in Maricopa County, they accounted for:
• 16.5% of those sentenced for violent crimes
• 18.5% of those sentenced for property crimes
• 33.5% of those sentenced for the manufacture, sale or transport of drugs
• 50% of those sentenced for crimes related to “chop shops”
• 35.8% of those sentenced for kidnapping
• 20.3% of those sentenced for felony DUI.
Editor's note: I'm not going to bother linking to the story Sal refers to, it's so worthless
The story purposely leaves out the fact that a current city of Phoenix employee who worked in the private sector FAILED to file. Yes, no reprimand just a wink wink from city staff on that one. The reporter also PURPOSELY failed to include my entire statement:
The question you are asking is very important and you will see from the reports that there are very few individuals or entities that have registered with the city of Phoenix and since you are doing the story with Dustin Gardiner, there is a very unresolved issue here dealing with the fact that he is known to burn his sources and has been accused of plagiarism, using someone else's work product and calling it his own, and until those are answered I cannot work with a reporter who has those ethical challenges. Thank you.
Gardiner has repeatedly shown a propensity to use his personal beliefs and motivations to create a story on those who he personally disagrees with.
All reporters use political opponents as sources, but experienced reporters know how to cut through the weeds. Gardiner uses his motivations to create stories and then uses those same familial and political sources for each and all his stories.
The Republic is clearly biased and is selecting stories on who they purposely target and excludes any mention of others.
This story is an example of why I have been in a battle with this newspaper for over two years now.
No one wants to battle a large newspaper with all their power especially when they have shown how they target who they don't like or agree with. But, at some point it becomes important that some expose their bias and the misleading information they provide the public.