Saturday, January 28, 2012

Arizona

Mark Lindsay, lead singer of the 60's group "Paul Revere and the Raiders" tells Arizona to  "get rid of her hobo shoes, rainbow shades, and Indian braids.”  I honestly doubt that will happen



Just a few days ago, just over a mile from my home, Governor Jan Brewer created an uproar by wagging her finger at the President of The United States


On even sadder news, Congresswoman, Gabrielle Giffords resigned her seat in the House of Representatives on the 25th. After being part of the massacre on January 8th, 2011, her recovery, her life, and her legacy have become both a miracle and an inspiration to us all.  On even sadder news, Congresswoman, Gabrielle Giffords resigned her seat in the House of Representatives on the 25th. After being part of the massacre on January 8th, 2011, her recovery, her life, and her legacy have become both a miracle and an inspiration to us all.  



I had the pleasure of meeting her once, briefly, while attending a Christmas party at the Navy Reserve base located just outside of Davis Monthan AFB. I like her for her open mind and her wiliness to meet with the people in her constituency

Not too long ago, Maricopa Sherrif, Joe Arpaio, was given notice by the Federal Government that he better reign in his department.  Sherrif Joe, has, in the time I have lived in Arizona, changed the color of jail inmates attire, from scrubby looking clothes, to typical prison stripes. He also gave the inmates pink underwear, and died all the baloney green. For these changes, I applauded him.  He also made sure that there is plenty of room in his jails, by establishing "Tent City." The federal government's Department of Justice, has accused the sheriff of racial profiling, and other abuses of power

In July of 2010, State Bill 1070 went into effect. I am opposed to that bill as it seems to me that cracking down on illegal immigration gives too much power to people in power.  That in principle is not a good thing.  I am against the drug and gun running that occurs across the border.  I expressed my concerns in an article titled: When Arizona SB 1070 Goes into Effect on July 29, All Citizens Are Affected


If you watch any cop show or have been arrested (heaven forbid), you know that everybody is innocent until proven guilty.  The arresting officer has to inform you of your Miranda rights.  Now,  I am not talking about the infamous planet from the movie Serenity. I am talking about Ernesto Miranda, a Mesa resident who was arrested for rape in 1963 and confessed without legal counsel. He is too ugly for a picture, but here is a link.

I like my adopted state, and this year we are celebrating our 100 years as a state.  Oh by the way, the Arizona in the song is not the state.  It is the singer's girlfriend, her name is Arizona, and she is somewhat of a hippie.