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2012-05-25 01:40:40 PM  
DO NOT WANT! TAKE ME BACK TO REALITY!
 
2012-05-25 01:49:22 PM  
He is Arizona's chief elections officer. He is a Republican. He is also co-chairman of Mitt Romney's campaign in Arizona.

Someone needs to explain how this is even allowed to happen, especially in light of the questions raised in Florida circa 2000. If you needed a good example of a conflict of interest, this would be it.
 
2012-05-25 01:55:19 PM  
If it wasn't for Arizonans, Arizona would be a loverly place to visit.
 
2012-05-25 02:01:24 PM  
How is it Arizona doesn't have its own tag?
 
2012-05-25 02:03:50 PM  
The chemicals from the meth labs have gotten into the water, it's gotta be the explanation. They weren't that stupid when they moved there.
 
2012-05-25 02:04:24 PM  
Arizona: Where the chickens are all farked out.
 
2012-05-25 02:05:43 PM  

I_Am_Weasel: If you needed a good example of a conflict of interest, this would be it.


No no no. You have to remember that in politics, conflict of interest is subjective and based on who is in power. That guy doesn't conflict with the GOP's interest, so it's all good.

You know things are bad when people are perfectly ok with corruption or unfair tactics as long as their side benefits from it.
 
2012-05-25 02:07:46 PM  
She's gone to France now, on a taxpayer-funded mission to convince Europeans that Arizona is a good place to relocate.

Sounds legit
 
2012-05-25 02:11:08 PM  
falconvoice.com

Not all of Arizona is that bad. FREE BAJA ARIZONA!
 
2012-05-25 02:35:27 PM  
Javelina aren't ugly. Mean? Sometimes. Ugly? No.

www.jenniferjo.com
 
2012-05-25 02:52:10 PM  
This state used to have a very popular governor, Jan Napolitano, who held back the wackos. But once she left to become secretary of homeland security, the statehouse was left without a stronghold of sanity.

This is a mixed bag. While I am still pissed at Obama for taking her, she wasn't all that. She was afraid of Joke and caved to him.

The issue here isn't the sun or the lack of water or that we are so far away from Washington DC (Hawaii and California are further and more liberal). The issues, I think:

1. We've had so many people move here in the last few decades, that they don't know the history of the state they call 'home'. They don't remember all the scandals and embarrassments the state has done to itself over and over the last few decades (since the influx began). Arizona used to be pretty progressive (and with water, had to be). So we've people moving here and thinking 'old west', 'wild west' and 'screw the government'. Idiots like Joke jump all over this and people believe it.

2. Mormon strongholds. They vote. Republican. This would be Team GOP for those who follow present day politics. They hold parts of the state that, when assembled, resemble Bizarro Voltron. Some are liberal and some are moderate. But most are GOP.

3. Retirement communities. Del Webb set up these walled bastions of blue haired bigots. The state loved the influx of money so much that they goofed with voting requirements to allow someone who lives here 4 months out of the year the right to vote on things that impact the rest of us 12 months out of the year. And they are old, scared and in need of paladins. They vote and will vote out education in favor of protection and prisons and so on.
 
2012-05-25 03:13:32 PM  

I_Am_Weasel: He is Arizona's chief elections officer. He is a Republican. He is also co-chairman of Mitt Romney's campaign in Arizona.

Someone needs to explain how this is even allowed to happen, especially in light of the questions raised in Florida circa 2000. If you needed a good example of a conflict of interest, this would be it.


Why do you hate freedom!!!
 
2012-05-25 03:16:56 PM  

I_Am_Weasel: He is Arizona's chief elections officer. He is a Republican. He is also co-chairman of Mitt Romney's campaign in Arizona.

If you needed a good example of a conflict of interest, this would be it.


What are you talking about? Being the chief election officer doesn't conflict at all with his interest to get Romney elected!
 
2012-05-25 03:26:50 PM  
I both loved and hated my time in AZ.

I got to work with the NHL, I got to meet Mohammed Ali, I got to work with Cirque de Soliel, I got to hang backstage with ZZ Top, and met some great people. Ate some incredible food. I miss the Hells out of my Messican peeps, and there is a vibrant culture in Phoenix. Chinese, Japanese, Canuckistanis, Mexicans, Filipenos, and more. Great Soul Food places in Phoenix too, which was a joy after being in New England for so long. Some gorgeous women, and the Mormon gals out there were not just beautiful, but were just a lot of fun, in and out of the sack.

And then there's the golf crowd, and the crazy folks. And those are the folks who are running the show. Phoenix is a fun town in spite of the stumbling blocks put in place by the Crazy Train, but it can be damn hard to parse through it.
 
2012-05-25 03:29:29 PM  

impaler: I_Am_Weasel: He is Arizona's chief elections officer. He is a Republican. He is also co-chairman of Mitt Romney's campaign in Arizona.

If you needed a good example of a conflict of interest, this would be it.

What are you talking about? Being the chief election officer doesn't conflict at all with his interest to get Romney elected!


true
 
2012-05-25 03:35:19 PM  
Arpaio is now spending taxpayer money doing what a small group of Tea Party birthers have asked him to do.

I thought he was using donations, not taxpayer money. Has he started using taxpayer money?
 
2012-05-25 03:37:21 PM  

Three Crooked Squirrels: Arpaio is now spending taxpayer money doing what a small group of Tea Party birthers have asked him to do.

I thought he was using donations, not taxpayer money. Has he started using taxpayer money?


He started using tax payer money, promising to pay it back with donated cash. Which, in an odd confluence, will come to just exactly the amount needed, or slightly less. Swears. He'll feel very bad about that. Administrative costs and the paperwork will consume anything more. Pinkey Swear.
 
2012-05-25 03:39:49 PM  
Arizona, you're making me ashamed again.
 
2012-05-25 03:55:35 PM  
Loughner shot the wrong guys
 
2012-05-25 04:17:16 PM  
Being Canadian, I don't know the first thing about Arizona. Except it's apparently hot. And it's got a lot of tarantulas. Or something.
 
2012-05-25 04:24:11 PM  

gopher321: Being Canadian, I don't know the first thing about Arizona. Except it's apparently hot. And it's got a lot of tarantulas. Or something.


As another Canadian, I am pretty Arizona is a mad max style hellscape run by a Yosemite Sam-esque sheriff who arrests brown people at puts them in a private run prison system funding the Governor's political campaign.
 
2012-05-25 04:26:34 PM  

mrshowrules: gopher321: Being Canadian, I don't know the first thing about Arizona. Except it's apparently hot. And it's got a lot of tarantulas. Or something.

As another Canadian, I am pretty Arizona is a mad max style hellscape run by a Yosemite Sam-esque sheriff who arrests brown people at puts them in a private run prison system funding the Governor's political campaign.


also there are like a million outdoor shopping malls.
 
2012-05-25 04:48:01 PM  
graphics8.nytimes.com

Oh dear God. Mitch McConnell has reproduced.
 
2012-05-25 04:54:00 PM  

hubiestubert: Three Crooked Squirrels: Arpaio is now spending taxpayer money doing what a small group of Tea Party birthers have asked him to do.

I thought he was using donations, not taxpayer money. Has he started using taxpayer money?

He started using tax payer money, promising to pay it back with donated cash. Which, in an odd confluence, will come to just exactly the amount needed, or slightly less. Swears. He'll feel very bad about that. Administrative costs and the paperwork will consume anything more. Pinkey Swear.


I'm sure he will be welcoming of any efforts to audit those records.
 
2012-05-25 05:20:08 PM  

hubiestubert: Three Crooked Squirrels: Arpaio is now spending taxpayer money doing what a small group of Tea Party birthers have asked him to do.

I thought he was using donations, not taxpayer money. Has he started using taxpayer money?

He started using tax payer money, promising to pay it back with donated cash. Which, in an odd confluence, will come to just exactly the amount needed, or slightly less. Swears. He'll feel very bad about that. Administrative costs and the paperwork will consume anything more. Pinkey Swear.


If that is true, and I have no reason to doubt that, that is crazy. I can't believe that is allowed.

To me, that is like a head groundskeeper at the parks and rec department requesting funds to visit a "super awesome" park in Hawaii, just to see what they are doing to make it so super awesome. When the town council rejects funding, he just borrows it with the intent to re-pay. How can that happen?
 
2012-05-25 05:25:10 PM  

Three Crooked Squirrels: f that is true, and I have no reason to doubt that, that is crazy.


I also can't believe it is allowed. But he runs the county.

The Sheriff said the posse is being accompanied by a sheriff's deputy.

"That deputy is there for another reason a security reason I'm not going to get into," said Arpaio.

The Sheriff said the deputy's salary is being paid by the county, but the posse will reimburse all expenses related to the deputy's travel.


Must be a 2nd Amendment issue.

Link
 
2012-05-25 05:28:28 PM  
img.photobucket.com
 
2012-05-25 05:40:51 PM  
Arizona, what happened to you? You used to be cool.
 
2012-05-25 05:41:19 PM  
he forgot the banning of ethnic studiesin AZ schools and that pregnancy begins two weeks before conception. And the part where employer can pry into their female employees sex life in regards to BC.
 
2012-05-25 05:43:07 PM  

Nadie_AZ: Javelina aren't ugly. Mean? Sometimes. Ugly? No.

[www.jenniferjo.com image 640x436]


Javelinas are plenty ugly...but, delicious if prepared properly.
 
2012-05-25 05:43:27 PM  

I_Am_Weasel: He is Arizona's chief elections officer. He is a Republican. He is also co-chairman of Mitt Romney's campaign in Arizona.

Someone needs to explain how this is even allowed to happen, especially in light of the questions raised in Florida circa 2000. If you needed a good example of a conflict of interest, this would be it.


Came to ask the same thing.
 
2012-05-25 05:46:29 PM  
It's pretty basic, actually. They really REALLY REAAAAALLLLYYYY don't like immigrants or people perceived to be immigrants.
 
2012-05-25 05:46:52 PM  

hubiestubert: I got to work with Cirque de Soliel,


I just want you to know you have no idea how jealous I am of you for this.

Diogenes: [graphics8.nytimes.com image 190x131]

Oh dear God. Mitch McConnell has reproduced.


I can't find a shot of it, but he reminds me of Senator Kelly from the X-Men movie, towards the end when he squeezes himself through the bars.
 
2012-05-25 05:48:14 PM  

AeAe: Arizona, what happened to you? You used to be cool.


Maybe in January. . .
 
2012-05-25 05:48:32 PM  
"In response, more than 17,000 people this week put their names on an online petition asking the secretary of state to investigate whether Mitt Romney is a unicorn."

Win.
 
2012-05-25 05:48:33 PM  

brap: If it wasn't for Arizonans, Arizona would be a loverly place to visit.


encrypted-tbn2.google.com
The problem with Arizona, is that it's full of Arizonans.
 
2012-05-25 05:50:42 PM  

Wyalt Derp: "In response, more than 17,000 people this week put their names on an online petition asking the secretary of state to investigate whether Mitt Romney is a unicorn."

Win.


Teach the controversy.
 
2012-05-25 05:52:09 PM  

Arachnophobe: hubiestubert: I got to work with Cirque de Soliel,

I just want you to know you have no idea how jealous I am of you for this.


You probably don't want to hear about the costume changes then...

Dancers...
 
2012-05-25 05:53:07 PM  

Karma Curmudgeon: Wyalt Derp: "In response, more than 17,000 people this week put their names on an online petition asking the secretary of state to investigate whether Mitt Romney is a unicorn."

Win.

Teach the controversy.


Teach the 'Corn-troversy.
 
2012-05-25 05:53:50 PM  

HallsOfMandos: I_Am_Weasel: He is Arizona's chief elections officer. He is a Republican. He is also co-chairman of Mitt Romney's campaign in Arizona.

Someone needs to explain how this is even allowed to happen, especially in light of the questions raised in Florida circa 2000. If you needed a good example of a conflict of interest, this would be it.

Came to ask the same thing.


Don't forget Ohio in 2004, as well.
 
2012-05-25 05:55:33 PM  
Fot those who have never been there, here is the best thing about Arizona...

img710.imageshack.us
 
2012-05-25 05:55:43 PM  
I thought Gov. Brewer acted pretty normal during the Gabby Giffords/Obama Show. She was very sweet and nice and seemed to respect the Commander in Chief.

Was she just acting like my [relative], who an turn on the "normal" switch when required but soon starts cracking at the edges after about 3-4 hrs?
 
2012-05-25 05:56:35 PM  
Been here 8 years now. Been wanting to leave for about the last 5. The only reason I'm here is my house is underwater and the economy is in the tank.

About the only good things are the cities of Phoenix and Tuscon. And just parts of both. I'm on Roosevelt Row in downtown Phoenix. It's a historic district with a cool arts and music scene. My biggest problem is how I to nuke this state from orbit while preserving my little square of sanity.
 
2012-05-25 05:56:58 PM  
Arizona and Florida.

1. Hot.
2. Old People.
3. Latinos.
4. Spring training for Baseball.

Yeah, not a good combo for sanity.
 
2012-05-25 05:58:37 PM  

coeyagi: Teach the 'Corn-troversy.


*golf clap*
 
2012-05-25 05:58:55 PM  

Diogenes: [graphics8.nytimes.com image 190x131]

Oh dear God. Mitch McConnell has reproduced.


Apparenly with too close a blood kin.
 
2012-05-25 05:59:08 PM  

tinyarena: Fot those who have never been there, here is the best thing about Arizona...

[img710.imageshack.us image 470x342]


I'm pretty sure that's just a painting the coyote put up to fool the roadrunner.
 
2012-05-25 06:02:10 PM  

coeyagi: Arizona and Florida.

1. Hot.
2. Old People.


These two factors have been my best guess when I ponder these two states.

Heat stroke and dehydration can disorientation and delusions, and generally impaired mental function. And it's well-known that cognitive function generally declines with age.
 
2012-05-25 06:03:29 PM  

Wyalt Derp: "In response, more than 17,000 people this week put their names on an online petition asking the secretary of state to investigate whether Mitt Romney is a unicorn."

Win.


I suspect he's a Draconequus, myself.

i0.kym-cdn.com

/has no problem being both for and against everything, after all
//also favors the deregulation of reality
 
2012-05-25 06:05:56 PM  

tinyarena: Fot those who have never been there, here is the best thing about Arizona...

[img710.imageshack.us image 470x342]


The Arizona Strip is pretty cool, but you can always just pretend you're still in Utah. The Wave and the 4-day hike down the Paria Canyon are genuinely awesome.
 
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