Archive for Gov. Jan Brewer

"Arizona: the American Uganda. It's not the hate, it's the stupidity."

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Another guest post by the one, the only Will Durst who's having a little fun with Arizona, Arizona's governor, Jan Brewer, and her recent decision to veto a terrible bill that would have legalized discrimination in the name of religion.

Brewer is so totes adorbs that Will couldn't resist analyzing her and her reasons for signing SB 1062, as well as poking fun at the state as a whole. Enjoy:

IT’S NOT THE HATE, IT’S THE STUPIDITY

Alright. Woo- hoo. We’re partying now. With the kind of enthusiasm normally reserved for sorting Phillips head screws from flat head screws, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer publicly vetoed SB 1062, legislation that would provide legal cover to businesses denying services based on the operator’s religious beliefs. The return of Jim Crow with a cactus beat.

Yes, the finger jabbing governess banged down the brakes of the bigot bill. And the disappointment rumbling through the evangelical community caused snakes to be mishandled all the way to Eastern Tennessee.

Give the lady credit. She hemmed. She hawed. She deliberated. Took her time like a molasses coated snail slogging up Everest against the wind in the dead of winter. The right thing was done; for the wrong reasons. The same way deciding not to drink that 8th beer was a smart move whether the cause was self- restraint or misplacing the bottle opener under the front seat.

Mostly it was the threat of another state- wide economic boycott including the possibility of losing a second Super Bowl that did the trick. Once again, the NFL trumps religion. Of course, if those darn liberals hadn't put up such a stink, she would have signed it so fast it would make a roadrunner's head spin, mid beep- beep.

Ironically, Brewer’s painstakingly lackadaisical response was responsible for ratcheting up the backlash that inflamed the country. She inadvertently gave the press time to trumpet the story. And the resulting uproar bodes as well for the umpteen other states considering similar legislation as a dead gila monster- head in your Frosted Flakes.

This is what happens when the tourist industry, the business community, the state’s 2 GOP US Senators and even some of the bill’s co- sponsors turn against it. With friends like these, who needs enemas?

You’d think that vetoing a bill that sanctioned discrimination would be a no- brainer, but no- brainers aren’t quite the sure thing in Arizona. This is the state famous for voting against recognizing Martin Luther King’s Birthday as a holiday and encouraging local police to stop anybody with a tan on both their arms. Not to mention Alice Cooper.

Perhaps Arizona legislators are unaware that religions other than Christianity exist, because depending on the faith of the business owner, this bill would have allowed folks to refuse service not just for sexual orientation but for sporting nail polish, fastening pants with zippers or eating shellfish. The burning hunger for desert shellfish having been dealt with many millennia ago.

Not wearing a hat offends some gods. While the wearing of hats offends others. The gods, they are sartorially conflicted. Suspected of engaging in premarital sex, no ice cream for you. Divorced patrons can purchase their organic rutabagas somewhere else, thank you very much. Wear a turban? Don’t need a couch. Customers would need to take a urine test every time they dropped something off at the dry cleaners.

With every piece of ludicrous legislation, it becomes increasingly apparent that AZ- the postal abbreviation for the Grand Canyon State- stands for Angry Zenophobes. And yes, xenophobe is actually spelled with an X, but the insensible and intolerant denizens of Arizona are probably unaware of that. Arizona: the American Uganda. It’s not the hate, it’s the stupidity.

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VIDEO: Oops! Climate change denier Gov. Jan Brewer's caught-on-camera Moment of Cranky

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At about :50, you can see a rather irked Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (or as my pal @Geoff9Cow likes to call her, Gov. Ashtray) didn't realize the KTVK-TV  camera was still rolling when she said, "Where in the hell did that come from?" in response to a question about climate change.

When she was asked about whether human beings have had any responsibility for giving Mother Earth a rising fever, she said:

“Everybody has an opinion on it, you know, and I probably don’t believe that it’s man made. I believe, you know, that weather elements are controlled maybe by different things.”

Climate deniers like Brewer are creating preventable disasters that will affect generations to come. And unbelievably, Neanderthals like these still hold positions of power:

Marco Rubio is unsure how old the Earth is. He is a member of the Senate’s Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee.

Michele “Man-Made Climate Change is ‘Manufactured Science” Bachmann sits on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

The soon-to-be forgotten moron on climate change, Todd “legitimate rape” Akin, sits on the Science Committee, as does Paul Evolution, Embryology and Big Bang Theory are “lies straight from the pit of hell, Climate Change is a Hoax” Broun.

Global warming skeptic Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) set to chair House Science Committee.

This is all just a bad dream, right? Please?

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VIDEO: AZ Gov. Jan Brewer: “I know if President Obama is elected in November, which I hope he is..."

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I know if President Obama is elected in November, which I hope he is, he will be able to come together with all of us and come up with a solution. I believe he will secure our borders. And therefore, we can resolve all of the other issues as a simple matter.”

Thank you Tommy Christopher at Mediaite! I was watching the GOP convention coverage and saw Brewer say this last night. Then I thought, no, no I didn't, I must have misheard her.

Turns out I heard correctly!

And she was right about securing our borders. Border crossings have plunged.

Brewer for Obama! Looks like it's our turn to wag our collective finger in her Papers Please face.

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VIDEO: Hispanic super PAC ad links Mitt Romney to Arizona's Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Gov. Jan Brewer

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Mitt Romney is too extreme for Arizona.

Mitt Romney is too extreme, period.

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La Cucaracha: How you know Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is trying to reach you

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A major advantage of having a Twitter pal like Lalo Alcaraz (@LaloAlcaraz) is that he generously shares his work with us.

Here’s today’s La Cucaracha:

As opposed to how you know when Gabby Giffords is trying to "get hold" of you:

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La Cucaracha: The real reason Jan Brewer poked her finger at President Obama

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A major advantage of having a Twitter pal like Lalo Alcaraz (@LaloAlcaraz) is that he generously shares his work with us.

Here’s today’s La Cucaracha:

Of course. That had to be it.

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Raw VIDEO of meeting ADDED! Surprise! Gov. Jan Brewer’s version of exchange with President Obama looks to be, well, exaggerated

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VIDEO ADDED. H/t: Reader BellPeppery, via Denver Post.

First of all, for those who have asked, "Where was the Secret Service?" the above photo should provide you with an answer. (Speaking of photos, compare and contrast)

Next of all, it looks like this so-called "tense", confrontational, finger-in-Obama's-face exchange wasn't all that Jan Brewer cracked it up to be. Quel surprise.

Remember, she claimed that the president walked away "mid-sentence" and she felt “a little bit threatened”.

She should have felt a little bit respectful.

Mayor Scott Smith of Mesa wouldn't divulge all the details about what he heard, but TPM provides his version:

President Obama didn’t exactly walk away from Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) during their disagreement on Wednesday on an airport tarmac near Phoenix, said one of the only people to witness the exchange up close. The president simply began talking to the other two elected officials who were there to greet him. [...]

[T]he mayor said he was standing right next to the governor when the exchange took place and Obama didn’t seem to be in any kind of hurry to leave... In fact, he said, the president stayed and had a pleasant conversation with Smith, who’s a Republican, and Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, a Democrat.

He called it an “awkward moment.” It appears the president wasn't uppity a scary black man a threat after all.

Jan Brewer's lack of credibility remains intact.

More at TPM.

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