Posts tagged Arizona
Posts tagged Arizona
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:
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[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 eligibility… his dad DID spend time in Mexico… Romney’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?
If you’d like to email Ken Bennett, his email is email@example.com. I’ll post a response if I get one.
I’m sick of this shit.
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 eligibility… his dad DID spend time in Mexico… Romney’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.
Now, let’s hope Santorum Rickrolled Michigan.
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…
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.
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!
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.
All The Heritage Foundation can tweet about now is Obama’s Christmas Tree tax…