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  •  Seriously, WTF is up with AZ? (23+ / 0-)

    Every time you turn around, they are revving up the "OMG that's fucking crazy" meter past the red-line again. It's starting to feel like the whole state is turning into a "Mad Max" sequel or something.

    "Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane." -- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    by frisco on Wed Mar 23, 2011 at 06:30:58 PM PDT

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    •  You say that like it's a bad thing! (0+ / 0-)

      I hope that, during my lifetime, there will be a liberal president.

      by rantsposition on Wed Mar 23, 2011 at 06:39:08 PM PDT

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    •  It's worse than Mad Max. (8+ / 0-)

      It's more like Mississippi during Jim Crowe.
      Why?
      Maybe you could help us ask the US Dept. of Justice why.

    •  The Rogue State (10+ / 0-)

      Securing Arizona
      What Americans Can Learn From Their Rogue State

      Instead of raising alarm about the state’s financial instability, Republican politicians—with the organized support of some prominent sheriffs, right-wing foundations and policy institutes, and the Arizona Tea Party—have exploited widespread resentment about fading wealth and diminishing social services by scapegoating immigrants and blaming Washington.

      Arizona faces dire problems, but, rather than address them, its leaders make political hay out of convenient distractions. This dynamic demands close scrutiny, especially if the country is facing its future on the border.


      •  I get that the GOP is running amok... (1+ / 0-)
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        Hell, they're running amok in several states (though admittedly not even close to being on the same scale as AZ), like OH, NJ, WI, IN, TN, etc.

        But AZ takes things to a whole new "fucking craziest of the crazy" level and the people, the POPULACE seems to be going along with it. All I can say is "WTF is wrong with them?" There's the willfully ignorant and the blinded by bullshit, and then there's the Arizona-level of STOOPID. Wow.

        "Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane." -- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

        by frisco on Wed Mar 23, 2011 at 07:28:12 PM PDT

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        •   a portion of the populace and concentrated (4+ / 0-)
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          in Maricopa county are in favor of it....the rest of the state for the most part rolls their eyes and wishes we'd actually get an equitable share of state shared revenues so we can fix what's broke ...

          ..but as Maricopa outnumbers the state combined, ol sheriff joe gets a 155 to ride around on........

          Vaya con Dios Don Alejo
          I want to die a slave to principles. Not to men.
          Emiliano Zapata

          by buddabelly on Wed Mar 23, 2011 at 07:32:18 PM PDT

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          •  I'm not just talking about Joe the Asshole (1+ / 0-)
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            How many different stories have we heard from AZ where "teh Crazy" keeps getting rung up one notch after the other there?

            "Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane." -- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

            by frisco on Wed Mar 23, 2011 at 07:38:53 PM PDT

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            •  the majority of those stories come from Phx (3+ / 0-)
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              metro Maricopa County area....Pinal has a whack sheriff too but the majority of the counties are very different.....

              Pinal cty isn't border any more than Maricopa yet those two sheriffs are the ones you hear cry, the actual Border Sheriffs like Clarence Dupnik and Tony Estrada are sane......

              sure there's some whackjobs everywhere but that's everywhere in the country....almost all the really truly nutso stuff comes from just a few places with very large populations compared to the rest of us.....

              Vaya con Dios Don Alejo
              I want to die a slave to principles. Not to men.
              Emiliano Zapata

              by buddabelly on Wed Mar 23, 2011 at 08:02:01 PM PDT

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          •  From the artice I referenced above (6+ / 0-)
            Even before the Great Recession, the state’s two wellsprings of population growth—Latino immigration and Midwest migration—were proving a volatile mix. Surges of snowbirds from the north and immigrants from the south have fed Phoenix and Tucson, with brown immigrant labor building the tile-roofed homes of mostly white transplants who previously had little contact with Latinos.

            The two demographic flows complemented each other economically, but the combination has proved politically toxic, especially as immigrant population growth began to outpace migration from other states. Over the last two decades, the Latino population increased 180 percent while the state shifted from from 72 percent to 58 percent white. Currently, Latinos account for 31 percent of Arizona’s population (yet only 17 percent of the electorate), with an estimated 7 percent of the population being unauthorized. Immigrant population growth over the past two decades has put Arizona on a fast track toward becoming a minority-majority state—likely by 2020 or sooner. It suggests rising Latino political clout and, along with it, a solid Democratic majority. Alongside Latinos, the college-educated white population has been growing faster than the senior white population and the population without college degrees, a dynamic that also disadvantages Republicans [PDF].

            These changing demographics have produced a white backlash that, when combined with historically low rates of Latino electoral participation, have contributed to a Republican resurgence in Arizona.

            http://www.bostonreview.net/...

        •   AZ..."fucking craziest of the crazy" (1+ / 0-)
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          I am truly grateful for this statement about Arizona, and that it's not been made about Texas.

          yet...

          Torture is Wrong! We live near W so you don't have to. Send love.

          by tom 47 on Thu Mar 24, 2011 at 08:39:50 AM PDT

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    •  Arizona was on the Confederate side, not a (0+ / 0-)

      surprise.  A century later and some jerks still want to bust the Union.

      •  Arizona was not a state in the 1860's (0+ / 0-)

        Tucson (now liberal) sympathized with the Confederacy.  Northern Arizona sided with the Union.  That's one reason why the capital was moved from Tucson to Prescott.

        It's not really that simple.

        To believe that markets determine value is to believe that milk comes from plastic bottles. Bromley (1985)

        by sneakers563 on Wed Mar 23, 2011 at 11:10:39 PM PDT

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