Tag Archives: politics

If You Weren’t Upset Enough About SB1070 – LINK

Last year, two men showed up in Benson, Ariz., a small desert town 60 miles from the Mexico border, offering a deal.

Glenn Nichols, the Benson city manager, remembers the pitch.

“The gentleman that’s the main thrust of this thing has a huge turquoise ring on his finger,” Nichols said. “He’s a great big huge guy and I equated him to a car salesman.”

What he was selling was a prison for women and children who were illegal immigrants.

via Prison Economics Help Drive Ariz. Immigration Law : NPR.

This is a quality piece of investigative journalism that sheds light on the forces behind Arizona’s SB1070.

Read it!

A Plea For Reason – LINK

The ability to change your mind in the face of evidence and argument is the hallmark of scientific practice. It should also be the basis for civil discourse in a free and democratic society. Now that science has become inseparable from the functions of society, the need for civil discourse with evidence and argument driving the potential for changing minds must be recognized as our only salvation. Without civil discourse and open minds we will lack the all-important capacity to move, to effect changes, in the face of the wholly singular challenges our historical moment seems heir too.

via Jon Stewart, God, Science, Mutant Fish And A Plea For Reason : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture : NPR.

If you are tired of the constant noise prevalent in today’s political chatter, read this.

It’s well written, well thought out and speaks to my soul. I’m so tired of the constant yelling while simultaneously plugging ears.


Stats contradict immigration rhetoric on crime – LINK

Crime in the Valley and Arizona is on the decrease, according to recent statistics.

The city of Phoenix reported 131,052 crimes in 2004. That number fell to 109,784 in 2008 and 90,024 in 2009, according to the Phoenix Police Department. Phoenix had 9,679 drug crimes last year compared to 10,741 in 2004.

Statewide, the Arizona Department of Public Safety said there were 255,133 serious crimes in Arizona in 2009. That is down 12 percent from 2008. DPS reported 341,101 serious crimes in 2002 and 291,380 in 2001.

Here we go again, messing up good political spin with facts.