On SB1062

An ASU law prof weighs in on Arizona’s “controversial” anti-gay/pro-religious freedom bill and finds it to be a big, fat nothing-burger

“…in Phoenix, Tucson and Flagstaff, which do extend rights based on sexual orientation, only the government can take action against an offending firm, with companies already able to claim a shield against government action under existing law. There is no individual right to sue.

‘My summary is, it means almost nothing,’ said Paul Bender, former dean of the Arizona State University College of Law.

‘People talk about, “I’ll go into a bakery and ask them for a wedding cake,’ and they’ll say, “I don’t do wedding cakes for gay weddings,”‘ Bender said. ‘So what? You can’t sue them for that.'”

So it looks like a government body created a law that does no real good and only serves to make legislators feel like they’re “doing something”? 

Wow. How often does THAT happen? 

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February 26th, 2014 by exurbankevin

History in the making.

The Beatles first performance on the Ed Sullivan Show.
Neil Armstrong walking on the moon. 
The invention of sliced bread. 

What do all of these have in common?

They all PALE  to the the Arizona Bloggers (Conservative) meetup on the 22nd, location TDB. If you’ve gone to one, you know they’re always a good time of fun and smart talk with like-minded people.  



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February 11th, 2014 by exurbankevin

Free to be you and me

Last week, the Congressional Budget Office released its assessment of Obamacare’s impact on the jobs market, and the message it sent to the few remaining supporters of the law was brutal.

In its new budget outlook, CBO very clearly states that Obamacare amounts to an implicit tax on work and workers that will reduce employment by as much as 2.5 million jobs over the next ten years.

You make it more expensive to work and people work less. How hard is that to understand? For Nancy Pelosi, very hard indeed.

“What we see is that people are leaving their jobs because they are no longer job-locked,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told reporters after House votes Tuesday afternoon. “They are following their aspirations to be a writer; to be self-employed; to start a business. This is the entrepreneurial piece. So it’s not going to cost jobs. It’s going to shift how people make a living and reach their aspirations.”

Because, of course, Craigslist is FILLED with ads for jobs for post-doc gender studies majors with an art history minor.

What happened to the liberalism of old that celebrated work, not dismissed it? Where are the calls to increase production in the bomber factories or buy war bonds? When did Rosie The Riveteer decide to live the life of Julia? Why is today’s liberalism so hostile to the idea of an honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work? 

The liberal leaders of today didn’t arise from unions on the factory floor, they clawed themselves out of the muck of local politics to fight their way to the top of the D.C. food chain, or they are transplant from the far-off lands of upper-crust college law schools. Very few of them know what it’s like to actually have to work for a living, and fewer still are acquainted with the consequences of not working. Whether it’s in the halls of power of the halls of academia, they’ve never had to face the consequences of their actions: That’s what committees and adjust faculty are for.

The reaction to Obamacare assault on jobs is merely the latest expression of the consequence-free lifestyle that Democrats endorse. Democratic operative (now candidate for State Senate) Sandra Fluke drew national headlines a few years back for demanding that taxpayers fund her sexual lifestyle choices. Never mind NSA spying, drone attacks on civilians or IRS bullying, as long as people can be free from the consequences of who they choose to sleep with, they are truly free.

Forward, into a Brave New World.

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February 10th, 2014 by exurbankevin

Have a Coke and a smile

It appears that the dextrosphere is panicking over the fact that an iconic worldwide brand closely associated with a nation of immigrants uses immigrants to sell its product

 For the record, as an immigrant to the U.S., I thought this Coke commercial was pretty neat. It’s a good reminder that people come to this country from many other cultures speaking many different languages, but somehow, they wind up being Americans. 
Which is really, really cool. I’ve lived in a country with an official language (two of them, in fact), and designating an official language or an official religion only ends to countries breaking themselves into small and smaller pieces. If we truly believe in the idea that liberty and freedom are universal human rights and are not limited to just one nation, then those ideas are what we need to concentrate on, not the language they’re communicated in. 

Also, if you’re worried that because of this commercial, “America The Beautiful” will become an anthem for the Progressive Left, relax, it already is. It was penned by Katherine Bates, a die-hard Progressive who may or may not have been a lesbian, but who sure did love big government and world-wide treaties. 

A lifelong, active Republican, Bates broke with the party to endorse Democratic presidential candidate John W. Davis in 1924 because of Republican opposition to American participation in the League of Nations. She said: “Though born and bred in the Republican camp, I cannot bear their betrayal of Mr. Wilson and their rejection of the League of Nations, our one hope of peace on earth.”

Besides, anyone who knows the history of English knows that language has a long and glorious history of sucking up new languages and cultures and making those words a part of the language.

Or perhaps you think words like “burrito”, “menu” and “martyr” came from Olde English? If so, take ten minutes and find out where our language actually came from. We borrow more stuff than my next door neighbor.

Look, I love the Ray Charles version of America The Beautiful as much (or more) as the next guy, but his version was heavily influenced by soul music, which comes out of the call and response of worship services in black churches. Ray’s iconic version of this great song was filtered through the lens of immigration. Forced immigration from which our country is still healing from, but immigration nevertheless, so why are we arguing about that same song being sung by even more immigrants?

And I mean it’s not like our national motto is written in a language other than English, right? Right? 

Erick NAILS it.

Never mind.

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February 5th, 2014 by exurbankevin