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Arizona is burning.

  • Posted on: 11 June 2011
  • By: GreyHawk

For those who haven't heard anything about it yet, Arizona is burning.

From Seattle PI,

SPRINGERVILLE, Ariz. (AP) — Smoke from a massive wildfire in eastern Arizona that has claimed more than 30 homes and forced nearly 10,000 people to flee has officials worried about serious health impacts to residents and firefighters as tiny particles of soot in the air reached "astronomical" levels.

Read more: Full article.

This is the second-largest fire in Arizona history (so far), according to the article. And it's not the only one currently ablaze in the state:

Firefighters are battling another major wildfire in far southeastern Arizona, also near the New Mexico line. The so-called Horseshoe Two blaze burned through 211 square miles or 135,000 acres of brush and timber since it started in early May. The fire has destroyed 23 structures but caused no serious injuries. It was 45 percent contained late Friday and fire officials hope to have it fully contained by late June.

Read more: Full Article.

I can't imagine what it would be like to speak of dealing with an ongoing natural disaster in terms of "months" before it could be contained or mitigated. Well...ok, strike that. There's similar scale concepts - tho far different types of impacts and longer durations - when looking at unnatural disasters like Fukushimasee also and even longer-term consequences when considering the impact of anthropomorphic climate disruption.1, 2

And yes, there are those who have wondered if the AZ wildfires are linked to climate disruption, and while they can't prove it, they can show earlier predictors that reinforce indications that it might/could be related - and that there would be more, bigger incidents yet to come.

Not a very reassuring thought, with all those billions currently being spent in order to cripple any attempt to directly admit to and deal with the problem from a national public policy perspective.

 

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America Falters, and so it goes...

  • Posted on: 13 January 2011
  • By: Connecticut Man1

There has been a lot of failure going on around us these days. Whether we are talking about political failures to come to real solutions that will actually solve many of the problems we see everyday, or we are talking about economic failure that is effecting nearly every American out there. Even a basic failure to communicate with a basic level of dignity that can lead to any of the possible solutions.

I watched President Obama's eulogy in Tuscon last night. I am not going to get very deep into any particular analysis of it beyond saying it was almost exactly the kind of statement that needed to be made from our leadership at this time.

I was, however, a little bit disturbed with the reactions of the crowds to the speech. This was a eulogy, not a campaign speech, and many seemed to be taken aback by the crowds' reactions.

It made me feel uncomfortable, at times, hearing people cheering at a eulogy for people that died. Not just cheering but with catcalls and an exuberance that was unsuitable for an solemn event of this type. And watching the speech I could not help but see some slight cringing by the President as some in the crowd reacted that way... Reacted, as some facebook friends put it, almost like they were spectators at a sporting match or watching a rock star on stage.

I know Bloggers are not the only ones that noticed it. CNN has some notes from some of their regular contributors:

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Open Thread - I see pink underwear in Sheriff Joe Arpaio's future...

  • Posted on: 12 November 2010
  • By: Connecticut Man1

And brain bleach to remove that image in my future:

Arizona Sheriff used hidden database to misspend up to $80 million, officials claim

www.rawstory.com

A hidden computer database recently discovered in the course of a racial profiling investigation shows Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio misspent up to $80 million in funds intended for jail operations, according to Maricopa County supervisors and budget officials.

Anything, preferably non-brain bleach related, Open Thread worthy pass through your mind lately?

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Arizona's SB 1070 - Another Case of "Follow The Money"?

  • Posted on: 13 August 2010
  • By: Connecticut Man1

[ed. note - CM1] Bunping this with an update from Rachel Maddow at the bottom. - Originally posted on 2010-07-26 19:30:52 -0400.

From Open Left, who profits from SB-1070? Two of Governor Brewer's top advisers...

When it leads to a profit, the GOP believes that taking away your freedom by subverting the law is a good thing.

More below the fold from Think Progress:

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Arizona Man Kills a Latino Man Over SB 1070 Dispute

  • Posted on: 26 May 2010
  • By: Connecticut Man1

Juan Daniel Varela< Maricopa County,Arizona

Juan Daniel Varela was the father of a 13-year-old girl and was a third-generation Mexican-American. He was a volunteer Little League coach and proud Phoenix resident.

Juan Daniel Varela is also dead now, after being shot by a bigot, Gary Thomas Kelley, that supports SB 1070. More on this Maricopa County slaying below the fold.

Concealing Weapons Just Got Easier In Arizona

  • Posted on: 17 April 2010
  • By: GreyHawk

Via Yahoo News, this gem:

PHOENIX – Favoring the constitutional right to bear arms over others' concerns about gun safety, Gov. Jan Brewer on Friday signed into law a bill making Arizona the third state allowing people to carry a concealed weapon without requiring a permit.

The measure takes effect 90 days after the current legislative session ends, which likely puts the effective date in July or August.

"I believe this legislation not only protects the Second Amendment rights of Arizona citizens, but restores those rights as well," Brewer, a Republican, said in a statement.

Alaska and Vermont now do not require permits to carry concealed weapons.

So now all sorts of freaks and crazies can get guns much more easily in Arizona.

It'll be interesting to see whether that changes the crime rate or incidence of gun violence. What do you think will happen?

Hat-tip Claimsman of DelphiForums.

Sarah Palin Can't Dominate the Polls:

  • Posted on: 29 March 2010
  • By: Connecticut Man1

And so I am left wondering how this can help any GOP candidate?

Last week a Quinnipiac Poll showed that the more people learned about Sarah Palin, the worse her numbers got. This week? A new poll with about 2/3 of Republicans giving her favorables is the only thing propping her dismal numbers up. Outside of the ever shrinking minority of GOP voters the Dems give her about 15% favorables and the idependents? About 33%.

Given the trends of the last few election cycles, slightly growing number of Dem affiliated voters and the fast growth of indies and a continued decline in GOP membership? She could probably come close in the election for Mayor of Wassilla right now. But that is about it.

Has anyone mentioned to the GOP that the fact that they have wildly unpopular leaders - outside of their own party base for certain - and their continued advocacy for failed and incompetent policies that got us in an economic ditch may be leading to their continued decline? When it comes to the Free Market Run Amok? Voters can and will "just say no!" after what the last 30 years of Reagan/Bush trickle down voodoo just did to the American economy.

And as a side note below the fold: