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2012-05-25 06:06:45 PM  
The state's turning blue and it's driving the racists and old people nuts. Give us a few more years, we can become sane, I promise.
 
2012-05-25 06:06:47 PM  
But it's a DRY crazy.
 
2012-05-25 06:09:58 PM  
Dear Arizona,

Thanks.

Yours,

Texas.
 
2012-05-25 06:12:09 PM  
Just a follow up to the Joke Derp ...

Arpaio has repeatedly told the press that this birther farce won't cost the taxpayers dime one, though we now know that the bill for the birther investigation so far is $40,000

But you are seeing people grow tired of his crap.

Wearing flip-flops, grass skirts and Hawaiian leis, with surfboards in tow and the pungent odor of sunscreen trailing behind them, around 15-to-20 members of Citizens for a Better Arizona stormed the 19th Floor of Phoenix's Wells Fargo Building this afternoon, briefly taking over the entranceway to Sheriff Joe Arpaio's tony executive offices.

....

"He's not running a private corporation," Parraz said at one point, referring to Arpaio. "He should send us [to Hawaii]. We're all qualified to go to Hawaii and do nothing."

Up on the 19th Floor, some demonstrators laid out beach towels and got comfy, while others sang songs and practiced their hula moves, all while Parraz jousted with a receptionist via the office intercom. He demanded that the sheriff show himself, or that one of his flunkies come out.


Link
 
2012-05-25 06:14:30 PM  
Been living in AZ since 1994 and teaching at ASU as long. There are good folks here - Tempe, parts of Phoenix, Tucson are not GOP strongholds. As someone noted earlier, it's the influx of snowbirds who are given the vote that is responsible for much of the crap. Move the elections to July and see what happens.
 
2012-05-25 06:15:02 PM  

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

[img710.imageshack.us image 470x342]


I dunno, the ex-Mormon gals are certainly worth it.

And the plethora of great Mexican joints is amazing. New Year's posole with my crew always a great time.

Arizona isn't just Phoenix. It's not just the metro area, but the concentration of a great deal of douchebaggery in Phoenix, and the insane amounts of money that people pour into it only inflates the negative.

You'll notice that Sheriff Joe wasn't on his illegals campaign while the housing boom was going on. You know why? Because his friends NEEDED cheap labor and fast. They weren't happy with the gangs, or the drugs, but the sad fact is, the gangs were supplying the Biltmore types with some GREAT cocaine and weed, so instead, they took down the most egregious offenders, wrung their hands, and folks were happy. And they had good coke. They had good weed. And they had a LOT of cheap labor to build housing development after housing development.

Once those housing developments got built, and the market started to tank, then you had Sheriff Joe and the Law and Order types get their backs up, because they had ignored the influx of illegal labor, and they ignored it, because those housing developments wouldn't have gotten built. This is the fun of the Phoenix metro area. Folks are fine with illegal labor, so long as they need to hire folks on the cheap. Once that is done, then they are suddenly all about Law and Order.

Yes, it sucks. Yes, it is hypocritical. It is 99% bullsh*t, and what's sad? In his zeal to bust "illegals" the Sheriff's Department winds up ignoring the folks who hire illegal labor, and goes after anyone of Hispanic origin, and in the Phoenix area, that's a LOT of folks who are naturalized citizens, who are here on work visas, who were even born there. It doesn't begin to tip the iceberg of wrong that is the power structure in the state, but it is a symptom of some serious problems, that Arizona just doesn't want to face up to. In education. In housing. In domestic programs. In employment. In unemployment. In the vast suck that Phoenix drains water to keep the golf courses green.

What sucks about the area, is that a lot of Snowbirds and the folks who prey upon them, and service them, and try to take care of them, all have their fingers into the pie, and the pie is STILL fat, and you have a load of folks who are shoving and pushing and pulling to stick MOAR fingers in, and they all know that there is going to be less and less soon, but no one wants to deal with making more, so instead, they are looking to shut down anyone else from getting in.
 
2012-05-25 06:15:07 PM  

Stile4aly: The state's turning blue and it's driving the racists and old people nuts. Give us a few more years, we can become sane, I promise.


True. So true. It make take another 10+ years though.
 
2012-05-25 06:19:24 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.


Sorta looks like it ...

blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com
 
2012-05-25 06:20:47 PM  
tinyarena, much like eraser8, all I could think of while looking at your pic was "Meep meep!"
 
2012-05-25 06:22:04 PM  
I think my derp is broke
People are writing intelligent responses
 
2012-05-25 06:22:10 PM  
Jan Brewer went to Paris on the taxpayers' dime to "convince people to move to Arizona?"

She's more obvious than Malory Archer.
 
2012-05-25 06:22:20 PM  
Arizona, making Texas look sane since 1912
 
2012-05-25 06:22:43 PM  
You know, this may make me sound like a broken record, what with some of my recent activity, but what follows is no exaggeration:

I think Joseph Heller came back from the dead and wrote modern day Arizona, and this article about it, into existence.

This?

Arpaio was Bennett's inspiration. Bennett wanted to be governor in the worst way, and for that he knew he could look at the top of the electoral pyramid in Arizona to Jan Brewer. Brewer had once blanked out in dead-air silence when asked during a televised debate what she would do for the people of Arizona. They rewarded her with the governor's office. Brewer was last seen on an airport tarmac wagging her finger at the commander in chief.

A few days prior, Brewer vetoed a bill aimed at promoting community service by high school students. This proposal would have allowed kids who do more than 200 hours of good deeds to receive an official commendation on their transcripts - a way to boost their chances of getting into college, supporters said. Brewer didn't think government should be rewarding students this way, but she did think government should be able to stop people and ask them to prove their citizenship.

By the time Colonel Cathcart raised the number of missions to fifty five, she'd gone to France on a taxpayer-funded mission to convince Europeans that Arizona was a good place to relocate. Brewer lived and worked in phoenix, and was the type of governor who thinks that going to Paris on the public's dime is something that government should do, especially when it's 110 degrees in Phoenix.


Is genius.

/okay I may have jostled it a bit to make it work...
 
2012-05-25 06:25:06 PM  

thamike: Jan Brewer went to Paris on the taxpayers' dime to "convince people to move to Arizona?"

She's more obvious than Malory Archer.


Also a phenomenal reference.
 
2012-05-25 06:29:55 PM  

Nadie_AZ: 3. Retirement communities. Del Webb set up these walled bastions of blue haired bigots.


Whenever I'd see ads for AZ retirement communities I'd picture this alternate voiceover:

"Want to retire somewhere sunny, but don't want to be around all those Democrats and Jews? How about Arizona!"
 
2012-05-25 06:34:11 PM  
Lived there for a bit back in the '80s. Up in Oregon helping the lunies gun-towtn', god-feren', rail 'mericans move down there.
 
2012-05-25 06:34:34 PM  

Nogrhi: How is it Arizona doesn't have its own tag?


It got deported.
 
2012-05-25 06:36:13 PM  
My old man was sane before he moved out to Arizona. These days? Lord. When he told me Fox News was in bed with the Democrats I done gave up.
 
2012-05-25 06:41:17 PM  

Duke Phillips' Singing Bears: When he told me Fox News was in bed with the Democrats I done gave up.


i0.kym-cdn.com
 
2012-05-25 06:42:35 PM  

rudemix: 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.


That last part isn't true.
 
2012-05-25 06:44:48 PM  
And to add to the fun we apparently have someone going round planting bombs in flashlights. Three this month.
 
2012-05-25 06:44:55 PM  
This is now a Legend City thread.
 
2012-05-25 06:49:58 PM  

BKITU: Duke Phillips' Singing Bears: When he told me Fox News was in bed with the Democrats I done gave up.

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Poor HS level flash animation is poor.

But effective.

Still. It's no
www.digitalstormonline.com
 
2012-05-25 07:03:09 PM  
Nuke it from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.
 
2012-05-25 07:07:07 PM  
Anywhere there is a lot of heat, people are crazy and stupid.

SoCal. Arizona. Texas. Florida. The Middle East. Sub-Saharan Africa.

Crazy and stupid.

/Flame on
 
2012-05-25 07:08:07 PM  
There's no mystery what a nation run by the Tea Party and talk-radio zealots who've taken over the G.O.P. would look like. It would be Arizona.

DEAR GOD it's worse than we thought.
 
2012-05-25 07:12:28 PM  

BarkingUnicorn: rudemix: 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.

That last part isn't true.


Maybe not, but it certainly seems to violate medical privacy.

Under HB 2625, some employers could drop birth-control coverage if they cite religious reasons for doing so. But if birth-control drugs were prescribed for reasons other than contraception, the coverage would still be required.

How exactly are you going to prove to your employer that your birth-control drugs aren't for contraception?
 
2012-05-25 07:12:35 PM  

Snatch Bandergrip: Anywhere there is a lot of heat, people are crazy and stupid.

SoCal. Arizona. Texas. Florida. The Middle East. Sub-Saharan Africa.


Isn't Saharan Africa hotter than sub-Saharan Africa? It's a desert on the Equator for chrissakes.
 
2012-05-25 07:13:04 PM  

wippit: Nuke it from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.


I think it's been done before. It would explain the desolation and mutants.
 
2012-05-25 07:14:25 PM  

fusillade762: How exactly are you going to prove to your employer that your birth-control drugs aren't for contraception?


Making your boss at the Truck 'n' Sip wear a rubber before asking for a raise?
 
2012-05-25 07:14:32 PM  

Snatch Bandergrip: Anywhere there is a lot of heat, people are crazy and stupid.

SoCal. Arizona. Texas. Florida. The Middle East. Sub-Saharan Africa.

Crazy and stupid.

/Flame on


Where it's cold, we get places like Canada and the Scandinavian countries. Hmm...
 
2012-05-25 07:15:49 PM  

Shaggy_C: Snatch Bandergrip: Anywhere there is a lot of heat, people are crazy and stupid.

SoCal. Arizona. Texas. Florida. The Middle East. Sub-Saharan Africa.

Isn't Saharan Africa hotter than sub-Saharan Africa? It's a desert on the Equator for chrissakes.


Is this a joke?
 
2012-05-25 07:16:13 PM  
Been in AZ for five days, which is about all I can handle. WI actually looks sane by comparison.

/PHX is a clusterfark
 
2012-05-25 07:17:35 PM  

thamike: wippit: Nuke it from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

I think it's been done before. It would explain the desolation and mutants.


Hmm...

How fine-tuned could this be dialed?

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-05-25 07:19:43 PM  

LordJiro: Snatch Bandergrip: Anywhere there is a lot of heat, people are crazy and stupid.

Where it's cold, we get places like Canada and the Scandinavian countries. Hmm...


Canada is in the process of going full-retard because we have a majority conservative government so don't look to us. My money is on Scandinavia
 
2012-05-25 07:22:04 PM  
Ken Bennett: 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. Surprisingly, Bennett has not been sniffing around rainbows, nor recruiting maidens with expertise in medieval folklore to crack the unicorn question.

Joe Arpaio: You know Sheriff Joe - he's on Fox News constantly, providing a balance to the conspiracy theorists who don't have a badge.

Jan Brewer: She once blanked out in dead-air silence when asked during a televised debate what she would do for the people of Arizona. They rewarded her with the governor's office.

Jesus, this stuff is comic gold... I am SO glad I moved the fark out of there...

In reality, the 'unicorn' thing went a bit far... If they REALLY wanted to call it out for the racist witch hunt it was, they should have asked him to do nothing more then investigate the Mittster's BC just as thoroughly. Of course, that includes having Mitt release his standard BC, the one he can use to apply for a loan, get a passport and a driver's license with anywhere in the country. Then, Bennett will have to wait until people STILL won't quit asking Mitt about his "long form" birth certificate, to the point that he gives up, calls in a favor to the Governor of Michigan, and has the officials there release the 'long form' of Mitt's BC. Still not satisfied, THEN Bennett needs to personally travel to Michigan himself and review the BC.

Until Mitt has to undergo that type of scrutiny, then there really is only one reason I can see for Obama getting far more bullshiat shenanigans played on him than ANY OTHER CANDIDATE IN HISTORY, and that is his race.
 
2012-05-25 07:28:54 PM  

fusillade762: How exactly are you going to prove to your employer that your birth-control drugs aren't for contraception?


Do as a lot of women do: claim the birth-control is for acne.
 
2012-05-25 07:30:03 PM  
graphics8.nytimes.com

"On a scale of 1 to 10, reality is about here."
 
2012-05-25 07:32:10 PM  

wippit: thamike: wippit: Nuke it from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

I think it's been done before. It would explain the desolation and mutants.

Hmm...

How fine-tuned could this be dialed?

[upload.wikimedia.org image 200x200]


www.theforce.net

"This floating bellybutton is fully operational!"
 
2012-05-25 07:32:36 PM  

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

[www.jenniferjo.com image 640x436]


Mmmmm, they can taste really good, too...
 
2012-05-25 07:33:14 PM  
My parents are in Myrtle Beach this week on vacation. One of their updates: "I don't know about this Amendment One crap, the people don't seem half as bigoted as those turds in Arizona."
 
2012-05-25 07:35:16 PM  

coeyagi: My parents are in Myrtle Beach this week on vacation. One of their updates: "I don't know about this Amendment One crap, the people don't seem half as bigoted as those turds in Arizona."


Bless their hearts. You did a good job getting raised by them :)
 
2012-05-25 07:41:03 PM  

LordJiro: Snatch Bandergrip: Anywhere there is a lot of heat, people are crazy and stupid.

SoCal. Arizona. Texas. Florida. The Middle East. Sub-Saharan Africa.

Crazy and stupid.

/Flame on

Where it's cold, we get places like Canada and the Scandinavian countries. Hmm...


Doesn't matter, it's an unsolvable situation. Global Warming will make sure of that. Regardless, I will devote my life, from here on, to invent a machine to drastically reduce earth's global temperature. It doesn't matter if that ends up punishing the Canucks or the Norwegians; Canada must be punished for hockey, and after the butter shortage (not sure if it ended yet), Scandinavia is better off dead.
 
2012-05-25 07:41:53 PM  

coeyagi: My parents are in Myrtle Beach this week on vacation. One of their updates: "I don't know about this Amendment One crap, the people don't seem half as bigoted as those turds in Arizona."


Myrtle Beach is South Carolina, I thought the Amendment One thing was North Carolina. Or did SC go and pull their own version?
 
2012-05-25 07:42:00 PM  

coeyagi: My parents are in Myrtle Beach this week on vacation. One of their updates: "I don't know about this Amendment One crap, the people don't seem half as bigoted as those turds in Arizona."


Myrtle Beach? Tell them to stick around for awhile if they're really curious.
 
2012-05-25 07:42:21 PM  

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



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.


Why would you want to pretend that? When enjoying the outdoors, Northern Az is a legitimate contender, but if you're trying to escape loony-bin governments and extreme Red State morons, Utah isn't exactly first on your list.

Example: Our legislature now spends a good 2/3 of their time in session working on "message bills", designed to send a "message" of some sort to those nasty feds in Washington. Usually the message is "we're insane", but that's not their intent. One bill is set to declare eminent domain on all federal lands in the state, seize them(After paying "fair market value" to the federal government), and then sell them off to the highest bidder. Now, the last I'd heard, they DO plan on letting the feds keep the National Parks, but there will no longer be a buffer zone between a natural park and a coal mine, uranium mine, oil field, natural gas field, etc... This is all done "for the children", since our funding for schools is horrible, there are only two problems with that rationale:

1. Everything that gets passed "for the children" gets gutted before "the children" ever see the money. This is always a "temporary" situation, but the "temporary situation" expires at about the same time as the increase in sales tax, or whatever funded everything "for the children" in the first place.

2. After fighting a mountain of lawsuits, the state would STILL have to come up with the "fair market value" for all of that land before they could turn around and sell it to developers, miners, WalMart, and oil barons, then the state would naturally make sure that all of that money was replaced before "the children" saw the money, so I would say that the best case scenario on "the children" seeing a dime of this stupid plan go to their schooling would be my 3 year old daughter's grandchildren.

So yeah, no benefit to pretending you're in Utah. Arizona is just nice enough to be taking the heat off of us right now.
 
2012-05-25 07:43:58 PM  

Arachnophobe: coeyagi: My parents are in Myrtle Beach this week on vacation. One of their updates: "I don't know about this Amendment One crap, the people don't seem half as bigoted as those turds in Arizona."

Myrtle Beach is South Carolina, I thought the Amendment One thing was North Carolina. Or did SC go and pull their own version?


It's the Hunting and Fishing Amendment. Doesn't sound very anti-gay to me either.
 
2012-05-25 07:44:12 PM  
I'm not going to call Arizona Arizona anymore. From now on I'm calling it the God-Fearin' Freedom-Lovin' Republic of REAL Amur'ca. Because I've a feeling they'll choose a name similar to that when they secede.

/Wisconsin and the Carolinas and most of the Deep South will likely join them
 
2012-05-25 07:45:14 PM  

darwinoid: Been living in AZ since 1994 and teaching at ASU as long. There are good folks here - Tempe, parts of Phoenix, Tucson are not GOP strongholds. As someone noted earlier, it's the influx of snowbirds who are given the vote that is responsible for much of the crap. Move the elections to July and see what happens.


I said this for years when I still lived there. I can't remember if it's 3 months or 4, but the blue hairs in Minnesota fark everything up and move away again. Also, Joe keeps getting in because he uses his own deputies to intimidate anyone who dares to run against him. I've been wanting that sack of shiat gone almost since the day he took office. He's not "Tough on Crime", he's "Tough on Truth", refuses to let it actually surface.
 
2012-05-25 07:45:47 PM  

jim_walter: more liberals... lets forget the economy, because it sucks so bad

yea... thats going to work


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