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AZ Governor Shows Guts, Common Sense

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer showed some much needed common sense and vetoed the so-called birther bill that would require Presidential Candidates to prove their U.S. Citizenship and their residences for the last fourteen years.  According to Huffington Post, Brewer said, “I never imagined being presented with a bill that could require candidates for president of the greatest and most powerful nation on earth to submit their ‘early baptismal or circumcision certificates’.  This measure creates significant new problems while failing to do anything constructive for Arizona.”

According to a story on WTVR.com, Governor Brewer went two for two on common sense vetoes.  She vetoed the bill that “would have made Arizona the second state in the nation to allow an individual to carry a firearm — either concealed or not — in the public rights of way on higher education campuses.”

Good for her.  Finally, a politician that didn’t sign a law because it would help them politically.  She showed intelligence by vetoing two bills that do not do anything good for Arizona.  It’s too bad that she probably will lose her party’s nomination when she runs for re-election.  Arizona has demonstrated that common sense doesn’t run deep.

Wish we had a governor that used his head and wasn’t politically motivated to sign bills.

 

My Own Cross hairs

The whole way the right wing people and their media, Fox News, have been handling the shooting in AZ would be laughable – if a nine year old wasn’t dead.  I love how the very first thing the Palin camp said was that there wasn’t a target on Congresswoman Giffords’ district – they were cross hairs, like you would find on a map, according to SarahPAC staffer Rebecca Mansour.

While Mansour is correct that cross hairs are “common in optical instruments used for astronomy and surveying”, they are “Most commonly associated with telescopic sights for aiming Firearms,” according to Wikipedia.  I don’t know about you, but whenever I see cross hairs, I think of gun sights.

Anyway, while the right (and especially Palin’s camp) claim that their violent rhetoric had nothing to do with sending a mentally disturbed person off the deep end, I decided to try an experiment that some might consider in poor taste.  Below is my hit list of people who should be eliminated from the public eye.  After all, according to the right wing, I can’t be blamed if a mentally unstable person takes my words out of context, right.

  • Sarah Palin
  • Rush Limbaugh
  • Glenn Beck
  • John Boehner
  • Michelle Bachmann
  • Scott Walker
  • Rebecca Mansour

Feel free to comment below to add to the list.  Because we’re just enacting our freedom of speech and there’s nothing wrong in doing so.

Congresswomen Giffords, Sarah Palin and Free Speech

Before I begin my little rant, I’d like a moment of silence for the six people who died on Saturday due to a “mentally unstable” (in the word’s of Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik) man1.  This is truly an unspeakable tragedy and horror.  My thoughts and prayers go out to Congresswoman’s Gifford’s and the other victims’ families.

And, now for my political ranting:

In my email, I found a breaking news message from Politico that stated the following:

An aide to Sarah Palin said images of crosshairs were never meant to evoke violence, in the Palin camp’s first extended comment on yesterday’s attack. “We never ever, ever intended it to be gun sights,” Rebecca Mansour told the talk radio host Tammy Bruce in an interview transcribed by the Alaska Dispatch.

Gun sights? What’s that all about?

I started looking up Sarah Palin and Congresswoman Gifford and I found a blog denouncing liberal bloggers2, abeit in a nice way,  for blaming Palin’s Political PAC for “targeting” 20 Representatives.  Interesting – someone who is defending a picture of cross hairs – with one directly above Giffords’ district.  As you can see from the above quote, Palin’s team had no intention of the cross hairs to be considered gun sights.  Well, they look like gun sights to me.  What else can they be considers?  Thumbs up signs?  Palin’s team has taken down the picture, but I found it here.

I’m glad Palin’s team is trying to back down from this, but quite truthfully, Palin’s retorhic has always included a violent message.  Anyone remember her tweet, “Commonsense Conservatives & lovers of America: “Don’t Retreat, Instead – RELOAD!” Pls see my Facebook page.”

The truth is that she isn’t alone.  A lot of people yell, scream, write things that if someone actually followed through – like what happened on Saturday – would bring them to their knees with guilt.

I realize that everyone has freedom of speech.  I support freedom of speech, but I think saying things like RELOAD is really just asking for some nut to take you literally.  Sure, I’ll buy she didn’t mean it, but I believe that it is time for people in Sarah Palin’s position to start thinking about what they say.  There are a lot of people who take words very literally and out of context and then end up shooting innocent people.

Question for Arizona

Governor Brewer and Senator John McCain keep claiming that AZ has the second highest kidnapping rate in the world. Governor Brewer has even claimed that headless bodies have been found out there in the desert wilds. (A story for which she has no proof, I might add.)

Here’s my question — pay attention — it’s a good one: Why would any American consider, even for a moment, taking a vacation to Arizona when the Governor of the state and one of its respected Senators has basically announced that the state is full of lawless illegal immigrants and, because of them, people are not safe? Where would you like to spend your vacation money: some place safe, like, say Maine or in the wild, wild west of Arizona where you’ll be lucky to come home outside of a body bag?

Why would you advertise your home state that way?

Hey, I had no plans to visit Arizona this year nor next year, so it really doesn’t matter to me. However; I’m sure a lot of people do have or are making plans to go there. Based on what I know about Arizona, the state takes in a lot of tourism dollars, so why would you want to discourage tourism? Especially, when you offer no proof of your claims?

It seems pretty hokey to me. Is this just so Brewer and McCain can win their respective elections come November?

Or, have they been sitting too long in the Arizona sun and they are suffering from heat stroke?

Just asking.

The new AZ law

Quick note: Kiss your freedom goodbye in AZ. The police have the right to stop and question you if they have a “reasonable suspicion” that you are an illegal immigrant. How do you NOT look like an illegal immigrant? Okay, I’m a very white woman, but I can pass for Italian or Russian or Irish. I’m not saying a police officer would do this, but he or she could stop me because they suspect I might be an illegal immigrant from Ireland or one from Russia.

Granted, I probably won’t be stopped in AZ, but it could happen. Walk down the street and speak with an accent and police officer could decide to check your citizenship papers. And, what if you’ve forgotten your driver’s license that day? You better hope someone is at home to get it for you and bring it down to the police station.

I realize we have an illegal immigrant issue in this nation, but removing freedoms is not the answer. I don’t think this law will stand up in court, but it might.

The law gives every police officer in the state of AZ the right to stop anyone at any time. All he or she has to say is: “I thought they might be illegal.”

God Bless America

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