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Maricopa County, WTF? 

"Seagal, best known for his roles in movies such as ‘Above the Law’ and ‘Under Siege,’ will lead training on hand-to-hand defense tactics, among other techniques, drawing from his expertise in martial arts, according to a sheriff’s office news release… Arpaio says other notable people also have joined his more than 3,000-strong volunteer armed posse, including ‘The Incredible Hulk’ star Lou Ferrigno and actor Peter Lupus of TV’s ‘Mission: Impossible.’"

Really? 
Seriously?

I can’t with this posse shit… I can’t take anyone seriously who says they’ve got a posse. However, Arpaio’s antics, civil rights violations, and reelection force us to pay attention. Unelected, he’s your weird uncle that rants about immigrants and thoroughly enjoys Chuck Norris, guns, and Mad Dog 20/20. Elected, he’s dangerous.

Maricopa County, WTF?

"Seagal, best known for his roles in movies such as ‘Above the Law’ and ‘Under Siege,’ will lead training on hand-to-hand defense tactics, among other techniques, drawing from his expertise in martial arts, according to a sheriff’s office news release… Arpaio says other notable people also have joined his more than 3,000-strong volunteer armed posse, including ‘The Incredible Hulk’ star Lou Ferrigno and actor Peter Lupus of TV’s ‘Mission: Impossible.’"

Really?
Seriously?

I can’t with this posse shit… I can’t take anyone seriously who says they’ve got a posse. However, Arpaio’s antics, civil rights violations, and reelection force us to pay attention. Unelected, he’s your weird uncle that rants about immigrants and thoroughly enjoys Chuck Norris, guns, and Mad Dog 20/20. Elected, he’s dangerous.

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I can get along great with the Hispanics. In fact, I sure would like to meet them, even the politicians, maybe in the back room or whatever, have a couple of beers and try to explain. But they need to understand that I enforce the laws. I want to listen to them and hear their problems. I want them to tell me what their problems are. Maybe we can come up with a solution.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in a recent interview with the Arizona Republic regarding his sixth term as sheriff.

Did anyone just flash back to professional blowhard Donald Trump talking about how he gets along great with “the blacks?” It’s like they employ the same subtly racist, drunken uncle to write their talking points. Or they just do it themselves.

And note Arpaio is in his SIXTH term in a county with a large Hispanic and Latino population, and he says, Boy, I’d sure like to meet some Hispanics! He’s met Hispanic people, we all know that. The only back room Arpaio prefers to meet Hispanics in is a holding cell of the Maricopa County Jail. And instead of a beer, it’s the business end of a baton and a rotten bologna sandwich. Just Google “Joe Arpaio” and “civil rights lawsuit” – it’s enough reading to keep you occupied for weeks.

I have a solution: Stop voting this old racist into office, clean house staff-wise, and I have a feeling ethnic and race relations in Maricopa County will improve.

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Mesa, Ariz. Woman Runs Husband Over With Her Car for Causing Obama's Re-election

Seriously:

Mesa resident Holly Solomon thinks it’s her husband’s fault that President Obama was re-elected last week, because he didn’t vote. Not only does Solomon, 28, have a thorough misunderstanding of our nation’s electoral system, she also ran over her husband with her car because of this, according to Gilbert police.

In an e-mail to media, Gilbert police Sergeant Jesse Sanger says the argument started in a parking lot Saturday morning over Daniel Solomon’s lack of voter participation. “According to Daniel, Holly believed her family was going to face hardship as a result of President Obama’s re-election,” Sanger says.

Witnesses told police that there was a lot of yelling before Holly Solomon hopped in her Jeep, and started chasing her husband around the parking lot.

Her husband tried to use a light pole to shield himself, and Solomon drove around the light pole several times as she continued to yell at him. Eventually, her husband made a run for it, but Solomon hit him, pinning him under the car and on a curb, according to police.

Daniel Solomon’s currently in critical condition at a hospital. Holly Solomon was booked into jail on charges of domestic violence and aggravated assault, and there are no indications she was impaired by alcohol or drugs at the time, according to Sanger.

At the risk of sounding like a cold cynic, voter outreach: you’re doing it very, very wrong.

But in all seriousness, I wish I were shocked this happened. But after the insane demonization of Barack Obama by right-wingers, I’m more shocked something like this didn’t happen sooner. In a strange way, it’s sad that she was so convinced her family was going to face hardship that she had such an extreme reaction to her husband not voting to stop it — not that his vote would have prevented Obama’s re-election or ensured Arizona’s electoral votes went to Romney, which they already did. And she did this, according to police, stone-cold sober.

Holy hell. I feel like there’s more to this story.

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But this is my boomstick! Gun owners and fire prevention intersect

I’m hearing complaints from people regarding possible limits on shooting in open areas because some fires may have been started by those shooting off ranges. Chairman of the Utah Sports Shooting Council Clark Aposhian said that perhaps 5 percent of the wildfires in the state have been caused by target shooters this year, and “I don’t know how much of a problem it really is.”

Two things:

1. Yes, this has happened:

"A Mesa man is facing six months in prison and a $5,000 fine for his role in starting the Sunflower Fire which charred nearly 18,000 acres of Arizona land.

Authorities said Steven Craig Shiflet, 23, from Mesa, and four of his friends were in the Sycamore Creek area for a campout and bachelor party on May 11, 2012.

The group had been shooting at targets when Shiflet loaded a shell into his shotgun and fired it. Shortly after Shiflet fired the shot, smoke appeared in the brush just behind where the shot was fired. The men told police, despite their best attempts, they were unable to extinguish the fire.”

Also, this happened:

"Among the recent fires, target shooters on June 21 ignited a blaze south of Salt Lake City that forced the evacuation of about 2,300 before it was contained."

2. Your right to bear arms ends where my property rights and personal safety begin. Find an outdoor shooting range instead of the brush. No one is telling you that you can’t have guns. We’re saying you can’t use those guns in certain areas, at certain times, for the safety of other people. Are these target shooters really so selfish that they cannot limit themselves out of personal responsibility? I thought the right to bear arms was about protecting one’s self and others, not about risking burning down their homes because gun rights mean getting to shoot whenever and wherever. 

Take some personal responsibility and shoot in designated areas, and obey fire restrictions — basically, quit bitching restrictions infringe on Second Amendment rights. They don’t. It’s a temporary restriction while the West is a tinderbox waiting to explode.

But only five percent of fires! But boomsticks!

Ask the people who lost homes in the Waldo Canyon Fire about that. Though that fire’s cause is still unknown, a point of origin was found and a reward is being offered for information. It can take one fire sparked by one person shooting one round.

Would shooting into a crowd be justified if a person was hit only five percent of the time? 

No, of course not. Because THAT would be ridiculous, amirite?!

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

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Rep. Luis Gutierrez warns Canadian Justin Bieber to bring papers to Arizona

Priceless:

Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) made a point about the potential for racial profiling in Arizona’s anti-immigration law on Wednesday by challenging members of the House to look at a series of photographs and determine which of the people were immigrants and which were citizens.

In a 5-4 ruling earlier this week, the the Supreme Court found that three out of four provisions of the Arizona law were unconstitutional because they were preempted federal laws. The court upheld that police could be required to inquire about immigration status when they stop suspects, but it left open the possibility of future challenges once that portion of the law was finally implemented.

"In Arizona today, all that stands between you and a legal nightmare is whether a police officer feels that there is a reasonable suspicion to inquire about your country of origin," Gutierrez explained. "Yet, Arizona politicians will tell you — with a straight face, no less — that they can apply this law without racial profiling, without assuming that someone named Gutierrez isn’t less likely to be in this country legally than someone named Smith. That’s an amazing skill!"

"I’m sure Justin helped Gomez learn all about American customs and feel more at home in her adopted country," the congressman said. "Oh, wait a minute. I’m sorry. Because I’m not a trained Arizona official, I somehow got that backwards. Actually, Ms. Gomez of Texas has helped Mr. Bieber of Canada learn about his adopted country. Justin, when you perform in Phoenix, remember to bring your papers," Gutierrez warned.

Indeed. Paging Joe Arpaio…

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[Obama is] just very, very scary. Now, I know there’s a lot of people that are very skeptical as to whether he was born in Hawaii. Personally I believe that he was. I actually believe he was fibbing about being born in Kenya when he was trying to get into college and doing things like writing a book and on and on and on.

So if there was weird stuff going on, I actually think it was happening back in his college days because I think he has spent $1.5 or $2 million through attorneys to have all the college records and all that stuff sealed. If you’re spending money to seal something, that’s probably where the hanky panky was going on.

Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett proving he’s an even bigger jackass than I thought. When asked about his comments later, Bennett replied, “I have no personal knowledge about what happened.” But he’ll sure pretend he does!

I had emailed Bennett previously about the whole “I’m not a birther, I just play one on TV" thing. He never responded. Total shock, I know. I had to email him again about this egregiously racist claim.

And yes, I call it racist because this is the second time he’s attempted to tie Barack Obama to being Kenyan (or pretending to be Kenyan) in some way — supposedly in the name of vetting him — yet Mittbot™ escapes the same scrutiny. Remember when George W. Bush used to crack jokes about being a C student at Yale? Imagine Barack Obama doing that. 

Go on. Imagine it.

It drives these people up the wall that Barack Obama, a charismatic black man, not only succeeded at an Ivy League University, but went on to have a successful career as a professor and became president. Not to mention he wouldn’t have to spend money to have college records sealed because of privacy law.

In other words, clutch the pearls and pray to all the angels and baby Jesus, because there’s an intruding BLACK man in our WHITE House. </sarcasm>

The cherry on top of this racist sundae is Bennett has formed an exploratory committee to run for governor in 2014. It’s never too late to start pandering to your base.

Anyhow, here’s my email to Ken Bennett. If you’d like to email him too, his email is kbennett@azsos.gov

[Image Text: 
Dear Mr. Bennett,

I previously wrote you regarding your dabbling in birtherism. To refresh your memory, please view the email here: http://cognitivedissonance.tumblr.com/post/23321374521/my-email-to-ariz-secretary-of-state-ken-bennett

I was thrilled to see you finally back off the pursuit of Barack Obama’s birth certificate after Hawaii satisfied your desires. However, I do believe you should investigate whether or not Mitt Romney is a robot. This is a very real possibility. View the evidence here, here, and here. I have just as much evidence that Romney is a robot as Sheriff Joe Arpaio has that Obama was born in Kenya. But no matter…

I am writing regarding your recent comments about Obama lying about being born in Kenya in order to get into college. You said:

[Obama is] just very, very scary. Now, I know there’s a lot of people that are very skeptical as to whether he was born in Hawaii. Personally I believe that he was. I actually believe he was fibbing about being born in Kenya when he was trying to get into college and doing things like writing a book and on and on and on.

First off, citation needed. Second, I heard a rumor you lied about being a gay Chinese Buddhist from Lincoln, Neb. in order to get into Arizona State University. In reality, you’re a straight white Mormon from Tucson, Ariz. BORING. No wonder you lied.

Please refute these allegations, or else I will assume they are true. After all, I have as much evidence as Arpaio regarding Obama’s birthplace, and just as much evidence about your college attendance as you do about Obama’s. Also, would your office please call for Romney to refute the allegation that he lied about being a human being to get into Harvard.

Cheers,

Meg]

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Joe Arpaio Arrests Six Year Old Girl

In Joe Arpaio’s Arizona, a six-year-old child falls under his jurisdiction as a criminal, instead of a minor in need of care from Child Protective Services:

Maricopa County Sheriff Office deputies arrested a 6-year-old suspected illegal immigrant Friday, the day President Barack Obama softened the country’s deportation policy toward young illegal immigrants.

The girl was with 15 other people believed to be in the country illegally who were traveling to the Midwest and northeast United States, said Chris Hegstrom, spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office…

The whereabouts of the girl’s parents or other caretakers is unknown. All of the people traveling with her claimed to know nothing about the girl.

"Where was she going? What are they going to do with her? We’re trying to get to the bottom of this right now," Sheriff Joe Arpaio said.

All of the other suspected illegal immigrants, who claimed to be from Mexico, were booked into jail.

"We enforce the human-smuggling laws here," Arpaio said. "Every chance I can get to take action on my own without turning them over to ICE, I do. Especially with the new policy the president has."

I fear any action that Arpaio takes “on his own” — keep in mind, he’s the target of a Department of Justice lawsuit over abuses towards inmates and residents of Arizona, particularly those with brown skin. And it sounds like he arrested this six-year-old girl out of spite over Obama’s new policy towards young undocumented immigrants.

For Sheriff Joe:

Well, Arizona, all your crimes are now solved, thanks to Sheriff Joe.

Filed under Joe Arpaio Immigration Politics Joe Arpaio is a punk undocumented undocumented immigrant seriously? Arizona Maricopa County MCSO

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My email to Ariz. Secretary of State Ken Bennett

You know the Secretary of State in Arizona who’s demanding Obama’s birth certificate to certify him for the ballot? I thought I’d give him some helpful suggestions via email:

[Image text pasted below] 

[Image Text: Dear Mr. Bennett,

I imagine it can be difficult when you have constituents like Sheriff Joe Arpaio pressuring you to make sure that brown-skinned guy in the White House is really allowed to be president. And then when it appears he really is allowed to serve, well, I bet all hell breaks loose, right? I mean, Sheriff Joe makes a hullabaloo with his report a few weeks ago, stirs even more folks up, and I am sure you just thought, “Why not compromise? Why not send that $5 money order? It’ll make ‘em shut up.”

Well, you gave in to the fringes of this great country. They now own you - or at least they think they do. This is one of many requests I imagine the birther faction will make. Why not verify Mitt Romney? After all, folks just sued in California this March questioning Romney’s eligibilityhis dad DID spend time in MexicoRomney’s claimed several states as his home… Is that not suspicious enough? [Note: I’m being sarcastic, sir, but fair IS fair.]

May I make a suggestion?

Buy these in bulk: [Image of a coffee mug featuring a picture of Barack Obama, Barack Obama’s birth certificate, and the text ‘Made in the USA’]

You can purchase them here. I propose these mugs are a better use of taxpayer dollars in Arizona than kowtowing to the birthers who will likely demand further investigation.

It’s much simpler, too. One of them walks in to your office, your administrative assistant hands them a mug. One of them calls your office, your administrative assistant sends them a mug via USPS. One of them faxes you, well, you get the idea.

I cannot believe a man such as yourself is able to buy into the inherent racism of the birthers and would lack the spine to them no, the White House has already released Barack Obama’s birth certificate, and you can view it online. I pray this was only a momentary lapse of judgment. Right?

Sincerely,
Meg Lanker-Simons
Editor, Cognitive Dissonance
@meglanker
meglanker@gmail.com]

If you’d like to email Ken Bennett, his email is kbennett@azsos.gov. I’ll post a response if I get one.

I’m sick of this shit.

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Ariz. Sec. of State Wants to See Proof of Obama’s Citizenship

It never ends:

Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett wants you to know that he is not a birther, but he says he wants proof of Barack Obama’s citizenship before putting his name on the Arizona ballot.

In a radio interview today, Bennett said he is just doing his job of making sure “that those people whose names are on the ballot have met the qualifications for the office they are seeking.” He says he has been trying for eight weeks to get documents from Hawaii.

So that means he’s requesting Mitt Romney’s birth certificate, right? Since it’s verifying everyone, right?

Matt Roberts, Bennett’s spokesman, said in an email that Bennett had not asked for Romney’s Michigan birth certificate because “This was simply in response to some constituents asking us to ask Hawaii,” he said.

In other words, they’re kowtowing to the birthers of Arizona, the most famous of which is Sheriff Joe Arpaio. This suggests something more troubling — instead of having the spine to tell the birther crowd no, it’s easier to waste time and taxpayer dollars placating them. 

It’s not about eligibility. It’s about the persistent belief that a black man with a funny name cannot occupy the White House, couched in claims of eligibility.

Any Arizona followers want to start making some noise about Romney’s birth certificate? After all, folks just sued in California this March questioning Romney’s eligibilityhis dad DID spend time in MexicoRomney’s claimed several states as his home… I’M JUST SAYING IT’S WEIRD, OK?

Now go. Question Romney. See what the Arizona SoS has to say.

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Arizona Strikes Again: State Rep Suggests Statewide "Caucasian Day" to Counter "Latin American Day"

It’s a concept so cliche it’s even painful to type: privileged, usually-white person is so offended by the concept of Latin American Day (or Black History Month, or MLK Day, etc) that s/he suggests a “Caucasian Day” to counteract the debilitating effects of “reverse racism.” It’s exhibit number one in people not understanding the concept of overwhelming white privilege, which persists even as Latinos, African-Americans and other non-white racial groups surpass whites in population.

In this case, it’s Arizona State Rep. Cecil Ash. After State Rep. Richard Miranda proposed the induction of a statewide Latin American Day—a small consolation considering Arizona’s rampant anti-Latino policies—Ash countered, “I just want them to assure me that when we do become the minority, you’ll have a day for us.” Clearly, his statement upset some—even once he said he was “joking”—and he was compelled to clarify his remarks to a local news station (via Mediaite):

"Yes, I think it was appropriate. It was appropriate for the mood that was in the House and I think that if and when the Caucasian population becomes a minority, they may want to celebrate the accomplishments and the contributions of the Caucasian population the same way," Ash said.

Goddammit, Arizona. You make me proud by recalling Russell Pearce, then you pull some foolishness like banning ethnic studies and this above. I think you need to go sit and think about what you’ve done.

In all seriousness, Black History Month is 28 days (29 in a leap year). The rest of the year, it’s white history month(s). And remember - Black History Month tends to get whitewashed as well. Caucasian people have written and revised history for ages. Is it unfair to celebrate other cultures? Please, someone, explain…

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Time for a mic check?
Sheriff Joe doesn&#8217;t want protesters at his speaking gig, and we all know what Sheriff Joe thinks of the Bill of Rights.
Hey Tucson (and the rest of Arizona) - you know what to do! Go share your love of the First Amendment with America&#8217;s Toughest Worst Sheriff.
Here&#8217;s the info:
Republicans Meeting with speaker Sheriff Joe ArpaioWhere: Voyager Catalina Room, 8701&#160;S. Kolb Rd. (I-10 and Kolb, Exit 270, go south 1/4 mile, entrance on the left hand side of street).When: Tuesday, December 6, 2011, 5:30 PM
Go Occupy Sheriff Joe!

Time for a mic check?

Sheriff Joe doesn’t want protesters at his speaking gig, and we all know what Sheriff Joe thinks of the Bill of Rights.

Hey Tucson (and the rest of Arizona) - you know what to do! Go share your love of the First Amendment with America’s Toughest Worst Sheriff.

Here’s the info:

Republicans Meeting with speaker Sheriff Joe Arpaio
Where: Voyager Catalina Room, 8701 S. Kolb Rd. (I-10 and Kolb, Exit 270, go south 1/4 mile, entrance on the left hand side of street).
When: Tuesday, December 6, 2011, 5:30 PM

Go Occupy Sheriff Joe!

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

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So this is a thing:

For some Arizona kids, photos with Santa come with the usual holiday cheer and some serious firepower.
Armed with assault rifles, grenade launchers, and pistols, the jolly old fellow is posing with families and their children at a Scottsdale, Ariz., gun club. Young and old can preserve the moment while gripping the high-powered weapon of their choice.
To gun enthusiasts like Bruce Stevens, the photo shoot is something to be joyful about. He plans to take his four children, ages 8 to 17, to take pictures with Santa and his arsenal. &#8221;It&#8217;s a unique opportunity for a family that does enjoy shooting and the recreation portion of it and the history of it all,&#8221; he says.
But some say linking guns to a figure affiliated with Christmas sends the wrong message. &#8221;It&#8217;s a time when you&#8217;re talking about peace and good cheer and things of that nature,&#8221; says the Rev. Brent Loveless of the North Valley Baptist Church in Phoenix. Although he is a hunter who supports the right to bear arms, the pastor says that arming kids with machine guns around Santa &#8220;is probably just a little too much.&#8221;
The cost of a sitting with Santa is $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers, with one print photo and one digital copy included.
To Eric Bowen, the father of an 11-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy, the photo shoots are more of a novelty than anything else. &#8220;It all comes down to a personal right,&#8221; he says. &#8220;If you want to celebrate the Christmas season with Santa and your favorite rifle, then why should I stop you?&#8221;
At the photo session Nov. 26, people of all ages took turns standing next to St. Nick, grinning and toting AK-47s and modified AR-15s. The backdrop included an $80,000 Garwood Minigun, a heavy machine gun.

"If you want to celebrate the Christmas season with Santa and your favorite rifle, then why should I stop you?" Is this from the War on Christmas claim? Because I thought that was all about &#8220;Jesus is the reason for the season&#8221; etc. - not that gun-hating liberals want to take away the right to pose with Santa and guns. 
Did anyone else think of the "Red Sleigh Down" episode of South Park?
You know what actually surprises me about this? With 30.2 guns for every 100 people, Wyoming didn&#8217;t do it first.

So this is a thing:

For some Arizona kids, photos with Santa come with the usual holiday cheer and some serious firepower.

Armed with assault rifles, grenade launchers, and pistols, the jolly old fellow is posing with families and their children at a Scottsdale, Ariz., gun club. Young and old can preserve the moment while gripping the high-powered weapon of their choice.

To gun enthusiasts like Bruce Stevens, the photo shoot is something to be joyful about. He plans to take his four children, ages 8 to 17, to take pictures with Santa and his arsenal. ”It’s a unique opportunity for a family that does enjoy shooting and the recreation portion of it and the history of it all,” he says.

But some say linking guns to a figure affiliated with Christmas sends the wrong message. ”It’s a time when you’re talking about peace and good cheer and things of that nature,” says the Rev. Brent Loveless of the North Valley Baptist Church in Phoenix. Although he is a hunter who supports the right to bear arms, the pastor says that arming kids with machine guns around Santa “is probably just a little too much.”

The cost of a sitting with Santa is $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers, with one print photo and one digital copy included.

To Eric Bowen, the father of an 11-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy, the photo shoots are more of a novelty than anything else. “It all comes down to a personal right,” he says. “If you want to celebrate the Christmas season with Santa and your favorite rifle, then why should I stop you?”

At the photo session Nov. 26, people of all ages took turns standing next to St. Nick, grinning and toting AK-47s and modified AR-15s. The backdrop included an $80,000 Garwood Minigun, a heavy machine gun.

"If you want to celebrate the Christmas season with Santa and your favorite rifle, then why should I stop you?" Is this from the War on Christmas claim? Because I thought that was all about “Jesus is the reason for the season” etc. - not that gun-hating liberals want to take away the right to pose with Santa and guns. 

Did anyone else think of the "Red Sleigh Down" episode of South Park?

You know what actually surprises me about this? With 30.2 guns for every 100 people, Wyoming didn’t do it first.

(Source: csmonitor.com)

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