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  • Kim Jong-un to Host 87th Annual Oscars

    12/18/2014 4:47:23 PM PST · by inkling · 19 replies ^ | December 18, 2014 | Jon Gabriel
    HOLLYWOOD (KCNA) — The Revolutionary Artists Committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Scientists are happy to announce that His Excellency Kim Jong-un will host the 87th annual Academy Awards. This will be the first time a supreme leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has led the ceremony, but it most certainly will not be the last. “All peoples celebrate Dear Leader’s most humble decision to host the Oscars,” said Sony Pictures Chairman and CEO Michael Lynton. “We have witnessed his strength and honor from afar and welcome the divine opportunity to explode our love in...
  • Political Ebola Czar Working Exactly As Obama Intended

    10/28/2014 7:27:01 AM PDT · by inkling · 15 replies ^ | October 28, 2014 | Jon Gabriel
    “What we were looking for was not an Ebola expert,” said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, “but rather an implementation expert.” But what exactly was Klain hired to implement — a public health campaign or a political one? The New York Times let slip the Ebola Czar’s true purpose through an anonymous Democrat operative: “He’ll control the message better than most people would, which is really important from an economic standpoint, from a health standpoint, but it’s also important from a political perspective. If anybody can get the way this is being reported and discussed under control in a...
  • Obama Can’t Afford to Win in Iraq

    09/17/2014 7:15:12 AM PDT · by inkling · 16 replies ^ | September 17, 2014 | Jon Gabriel
    Obama does not want to win his new Iraq war. He can’t afford to. If the projection of American military power successfully solved the problem of Islamic terrorism, it would shatter Obama’s entire worldview. A pragmatist would welcome victory regardless of its origins. Sadly, America is stuck with the most rigid ideologue ever to occupy the White House. Obama adheres to a transnational progressive morality that has replaced “Good versus Evil” with “Weak versus Strong.” As the strongest nation on the planet, America is viewed not as its “last best hope,” but the chief among oppressors. He has been steeped...
  • Obama’s Casual Contempt for the Military

    06/05/2014 4:41:28 PM PDT · by inkling · 8 replies
    Ricochet ^ | June 5, 2014 | Jon Gabriel
    Sitting in the boardroom, a dozen social workers, salesmen and developers were waiting for the Health IT CEO to kick off the meeting. As we rocked in our chairs, my boss — an MSW-cum-Chief Sales Officer — complained about his “black sheep” cousin who was shaming the family name. “The rest of us went to college but he’s stuck in the Army,” he said. “Sounds like a good start to me,” I replied, as the only employee with military experience. Those assembled rolled their eyes while my boss looked at me with pity. “He enlisted, Jon. He obviously isn’t the...
  • The Left Doesn't Really Believe in Climate Change

    05/27/2014 2:09:17 PM PDT · by inkling · 28 replies ^ | May 27, 2014 | Jon Gabriel
    The sky is always falling. If the new ice age doesn’t do us in, the ozone hole will. The instant DDT is banned, aerosols must follow. Global warming is replaced by climate change is replaced by “global weirding.” And what is the solution to these often-contradictory scenarios? We anachronists who retain a bias toward the hard sciences would employ very different measures to prevent a freezing ocean and a boiling one. To an engineer, soldier or plumber, this is obvious. But how do leaders of the environmental left address these opposing doomsdays? By raising taxes, increasing government, impeding capitalism and...
  • Community Organizers Chase Trader Joe's Out of Portlandia

    02/05/2014 8:52:18 AM PST · by inkling · 82 replies
    Ricochet ^ | Feb. 4, 2014 | Jon Gabriel
    Trader Joe’s wanted to build a new store in Portland, Oregon. Instead of heading to a tony neighborhood downtown or towards the suburbs, the popular West Coast grocer chose a struggling area of Northeast Portland.The company selected two acres along Martin Luther King Blvd. that had been vacant for decades. It seemed like the perfect place to create jobs, improve customer options and beautify the neighborhood. City officials, the business community, and residents all seemed thrilled with the plan. Then some community organizers caught wind of it.The fact that most members of the Portland African-American Leadership Forum didn’t live in...
  • Introducing the Obama Scandal Bracket!

    05/19/2013 2:41:31 PM PDT · by inkling · 20 replies ^ | May 19, 2013 | Jon Gabriel
    With so many White House scandals—and new ones popping up every day—how are average citizens supposed to keep track? Wouldn't it be nice if Obama went on ESPN and mapped them all on a bracket?Why wait for next year's March Madness when you can start May Madness today? Introducing the Obama Scandal Bracket! Click here for a full-size version and vote for the scandal you think will bring down the president.
  • 71 Years Ago Today (Pearl Harbor tribute)

    12/07/2012 10:53:44 AM PST · by inkling · 4 replies
    FreedomWorks ^ | December 7, 2012 | Jon Gabriel
    Doris “Dorie” Miller was a Mess Attendant working on the USS West Virginia. Like most mornings, he rose before dawn for a dreary day of hauling trash, scrubbing dishes and prepping food for the battleship’s cook. While collecting the crew’s laundry, the General Quarters alarm sounded. Ships have drills all the time — even on Sunday mornings — but a sailor still must answer the call. However this time he couldn’t get to his designated battle station. The torpedo-twisted metal proved this alarm was for real. With nowhere else to report, Dorie ran to the deck to see what was...
  • The Prodigal Uncle

    12/04/2012 4:57:29 PM PST · by inkling · 10 replies
    FreedomWorks ^ | December 4, 2012 | Jon Gabriel
    I’m trying to help a relative get out of a bad fix. He makes $50,000 a year, but Sam has $54,000 (!) of debt on his credit cards. Worse still, he just showed us plans for a $7,500 cruise next year. “Don’t sweat it,” he said, “I still have room on my Visa!” Crazy, right? At our big family dinner last month, several wanted to make Sam see the error of his ways. Being his (favorite) nephew, I tried to gently nudge him to face his problem. When that didn’t work, others called him out directly. By the end of...
  • Update On Obamacare Exchanges: GOP Govs Kasich, Pence and Walker Get It Right

    11/16/2012 9:36:55 AM PST · by inkling · 17 replies ^ | Nov. 16, 2012 | Hugh Hewitt
    Very good news on the Obamacare front as three more states seem likely to refuse to open a state-run "health insurance exchange," thus leaving it to the feds to operate the "exchange" in their state --Ohio, Indiana and probably Wisconsin.  They join Texas, Florida, Alaska, and probably Michigan, and among the big states, only Pennsylvania and New Jersey have yet to decide, and hopefully they will study the issue and follow the lead of these governors, as should Arizona's Jan Brewer, who is being urged by big insurance forces in her state to take the poison.  It looks like the...
  • Key Points on Health Insurance Exchanges (Tell your governor to just say no!)

    11/15/2012 2:45:29 PM PST · by inkling · 10 replies
    Goldwater Institute ^ | Nov. 15, 2012 | Christina Sandefur
    As policymakers in Arizona decide whether or not to establish health insurance exchange, they should keep several key points in mind. The exchange will be Arizona-funded, not Arizona-run. The federal government will be in complete control of the exchange—from who can participate to what plans they can offer and prices they can charge. The federal legislation clearly states, “An Exchange may not establish rules that conflict with or prevent the application of regulations promulgated by the Secretary [of Health and Human Services].” The only part Arizona will play is picking up the tab. While we don’t know exactly how much...
  • Federalism D.I.Y. (Secession's not the answer, Federalism is!)

    11/14/2012 9:28:01 AM PST · by inkling · 9 replies
    Goldwater Institute ^ | June 1, 2011 | Nick Dranias
    The federal government is tightening its control over the 50 states and the lives of every American. The U.S. Constitution, however, says states are supposed to be equal partners with the federal government. State sovereignty — allowing each state to control its own affairs — is the cornerstone of that equal partnership and critical to protecting Americans' freedom. Below are 10 ways local policymakers and citizens can restore that balance of power and do what's best for the people of your state. (Click the infographic for larger, 8½x11" PDF version.)Read Federalism DIY: 10 Ways for States to Check and Balance Washington...
  • Judicial Watch takes its eye off the ball

    09/20/2012 9:29:19 AM PDT · by inkling · 7 replies
    Goldwater Institute ^ | September 20, 2012 | Clint Bolick
    Judicial Watch, the Washington, D.C.-based group that describes itself as a conservative watchdog, has taken on all types of government corruption and waste. Among them is the scandalous practice of union release-time, in which government employees are given paid time to perform union work, including lobbying and campaigning. Judicial Watch condemned Miami-Dade County, Florida Mayor Carlos Alvarez for allowing “public transit workers to be excused from their regular duties while still collecting taxpayer salaries.” Among Judicial Watch’s bill of particulars against the mayor was the “1,300 union police officers who make over $100,000 at the department Alvarez worked in and...
  • Federal Court Upholds 'Save Our Secret Ballot' (NLRB loses!)

    09/05/2012 5:22:47 PM PDT · by inkling · 24 replies
    Goldwater Institute ^ | September 5, 2012 | Lucy Caldwell
    Phoenix—In a strong rebuke to the Obama Administration Wednesday, federal district court Judge Frederick J. Martone ruled that the Secret Ballot Amendment, which protects workers’ right to secret ballot in union-organizing elections, is constitutional. Drafted by the Goldwater Institute in 2009, the Save Our Secret Ballot amendment was added in 2010 to state constitutions in Arizona, South Dakota, South Carolina, and Utah, by voter majorities ranging from 60 to 86 percent. The constitutional amendment was sought after President Obama and congressional Democrats attempted to end the use of secret ballots in union-organizing elections and force workers into a system called...
  • Every Arizonan Owes More than $7,500 in State Debt

    08/30/2012 9:56:59 AM PDT · by inkling · 3 replies
    Goldwater Institute ^ | August 30, 2012 | Stephen Slivinski
    Every Arizona household's debt is getting bigger — but most people don't even know they owe. In Arizona, every man, woman and child owes state and local governments more than $7,500 for bills ranging from sports stadiums to parking garages. State and local per-person long-term debt grew from $4,568 per Arizonan in 2000 to $7,587 in 2009, an increase of 66 percent in less than a decade. Arizona's per-person debt load is almost $1,000 more than the national median of around $6,800 in per-person debt. The $7,587 owed by every Arizonan to pay off state and local debts is in...
  • Spotted owl could be game-changer in Tombstone water war

    06/09/2012 10:42:26 AM PDT · by inkling · 69 replies
    CNN ^ | June 9, 2012 | Ann O'Neill
    Tombstone, Arizona (CNN) -- The six Forest Service rangers suddenly crouched, whispering, on their way up the rocky mountain trail. It was early Friday afternoon, the first day of the Tombstone Shovel Brigade, and the rangers were out in force, hiking to the spot where dozens of volunteers worked with picks and shovels to move and bury Tombstone's makeshift water line. Shhh! Look! Do you see it?The rangers stopped in their tracks. Binoculars emerged from pockets, and fingers pointed to a stand of trees. And there it was, a Mexican spotted owl, perched high in a pine tree. It was...
  • The other union story from Tuesday

    06/07/2012 9:14:53 AM PDT · by inkling · 1 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 7, 2012 | Jazz Shaw
    In the midst of the various celebrations taking place following Scott Walker’s victory in Tuesday’s recall election, it’s understandable if most of us missed another story which broke on the same day involving the relationship between government, taxpayers and public sector unions. This one takes place in Arizona, and long time readers will already be familiar with the efforts of the Goldwater Institute there to battle union abuse of public funds. I’ll provide some links at the bottom to our previous coverage, but the short recap goes something like this: The City of Phoenix has been locked into some crippling...
  • Judge Halts Union Release Time (Government Unions on the Run!)

    06/06/2012 9:54:46 AM PDT · by inkling · 15 replies
    Goldwater Institute ^ | June 6, 2012 | Goldwater Institute
    Phoenix — Maricopa County Superior Court Katherine Cooper ruled in favor of the Goldwater Institute Tuesday to enjoin provisions of a contract between the City of Phoenix and the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association allowing officers to perform union work on police time. The contract grants approximately $1 million in release time dedicated to union business, including to six police officers who perform exclusively union work and collect automatic overtime. The current contract expires on June 30. A new contract continuing release time was approved last month by a 4-4-1 vote by the Phoenix City Council, with the abstaining vote counting...
  • DC Tells Tombstone, AZ They Can Repair Water System, As Long As They Use Horses and Hand Tools

    05/11/2012 9:24:09 PM PDT · by inkling · 29 replies
    All American Blogger ^ | May 11, 2012 | Duane Lester
    This is an incredible story showing how far the federal government is from rational thought. Here’s what happened in Tombstone: Between May and July 2011, the Monument Fire engulfed a large part of the eastern portion of the Huachuca Mountains. Record-breaking monsoon rains followed. With no vegetation to absorb the runoff, huge mudslides forced boulders to tumble down the mountain sides, crushing Tombstone’s mountain spring waterlines, destroying reservoirs and shutting off Tombstone’s main source of water. In some areas, Tombstone’s pipeline is under 12 feet of mud, rocks and other debris; while in other places, it is hanging in mid-air...
  • The Feds Are Coming for Our Water

    05/03/2012 8:41:41 AM PDT · by inkling · 10 replies
    Goldwater Institute ^ | May 3, 2012 | Nick Dranias
    The City of Tombstone, Arizona is no longer the only one fighting the federal government for water rights. The latest move by the Federal Bureau of Land Management appears to herald a bigger and much more comprehensive effort to seize water and access rights on federal lands throughout the western states. Just last week, the Bureau of Land Management declared to the Arizona Department of Water Resources that the federal government holds senior water rights across much of Arizona’s San Pedro River riparian watershed. The BLM’s objection to the “Designation of Adequate Water Supply” issued by ADWR to Sierra Vista’s...
  • Forest Service Demands $80,000 to Turn Over Public Records to Non-profit Group

    05/02/2012 5:24:35 PM PDT · by inkling · 13 replies
    Goldwater Institute ^ | May 1, 2012 | Press Release
    Phoenix, AZ -- Transparency in the Obama Administration has a price. The U.S. Forest Service wants $78,935.80 before it will share public records the Goldwater Institute has requested under the Freedom of Information Act. Not only is the U.S. Forest Service blocking emergency repairs to the City of Tombstone’s Huachuca Mountain water supply, it is now hiding the documents that might explain its outrageous conduct.  In a showdown with the “town too tough to die,” the U.S. Forest Service blocked Tombstone from repairing its mountain spring aqueduct after it was destroyed in the 2011 Monument Fire. The Forest Service is...
  • Arizona Action Alert: Call Speaker Tobin and Tell Him to Bring HB 2103 to the Floor!

    04/12/2012 3:18:13 PM PDT · by inkling · 1 replies
    Goldwater Institute ^ | April 12, 2012 | Starlee Rhoades
    It’s no secret that government unions need reform. Government workers earn nearly twice as much as their private sector counterparts, and taxpayers are paying for it. These inflated salaries and benefits are threatening to bankrupt Arizona cities. On top of that, unions spend millions to influence the outcome of elections, estimated to be $400 million this year alone, and support issues that are at odds with the limited government policies you and I support.  The vast majority of that money comes from dues that are automatically deducted from workers’ paychecks. Right now when a government employee joins a union, a...
  • Tombstone, Arizona is ground zero for state sovereignty

    04/11/2012 11:32:22 AM PDT · by inkling · 11 replies
    Goldwater Institute ^ | April 11, 2012 | Nick Dranias
    In a showdown between the Obama Administration and the “Town Too Tough to Die,” the U.S. Forest Service is refusing to allow the City of Tombstone to repair its mountain spring water infrastructure after the 2011 Monument Fire destroyed pipelines and catchments. Despite Gov. Jan Brewer’s declared state of emergency to empower Tombstone to restore its municipal water supply, the feds continue to block Tombstone, citing the Wilderness Act, which was passed decades after Tombstone secured the water rights. The Forest Service's decision risks the lives and properties of Tombstone residents and tourists due to the loss of adequate fire...
  • When Debt Is Not Debt and a Government isn't a Government

    04/05/2012 1:28:50 PM PDT · by inkling
    Goldwater Institute ^ | April 5, 2012 | Mark Flatten
    Click image to enlarge Open your wallets even wider, Arizona taxpayers. You may already know that every American is on the hook for just under $50,000, each person’s piece of the $15.6 trillion in debt run up by the federal government. But what you may not know is that so much more is owed in your name; about $10,258 for every Arizonan’s share of the $66.5 billion in debt and unfunded obligations borrowed by state and local governments. In a new report, Debt and Taxes, the Goldwater Institute breaks down that debt. It also enters the strange world of...
  • Reform Government Unions NOW

    02/07/2012 2:45:14 PM PST · by inkling · 3 replies
    Goldwater Institute ^ | February 7, 2012 | Goldwater Institute
    The average government worker now receives hourly pay and benefits that are 44 percent higher than the average private sector worker’s. Those high costs are bankrupting state and local governments—and taxpayers—across the nation.But it doesn't have to be this way. A package of bills being considered by the Arizona legislature would reform this unfair spoils system, protecting workplace freedom, the state's economy, and all Arizona taxpayers.​Scroll down for the latest videos, research and articles on reforming Arizona.Click image to the right for the full-size infographic.
  • Superior Court Upholds Education Savings Accounts

    01/26/2012 8:47:34 AM PST · by inkling · 7 replies
    Goldwater Institute ^ | Jan. 26, 2012 | Goldwater Institute
    PHOENIX — Education-reform advocates won a key victory today, with a judge upholding the constitutionality of Arizona’s first-in-the-nation education savings accounts. The Maricopa County Superior Court rejected a legal challenge by the Arizona School Boards Association and the Arizona Education Association against the accounts, known formally as empowerment scholarship accounts (ESAs).   “Though this is only the opening round of a protracted legal battle, it is gratifying to start with a victory for the kids,” declared Clint Bolick, vice president for litigation at the Goldwater Institute, who argued on behalf of the Institute before Judge Maria Del Mar Verdin.  ...
  • Ending the solar subsidy fiasco

    01/12/2012 7:59:36 AM PST · by inkling · 10 replies
    Goldwater Institute ^ | Jan. 12, 2012 | Clint Bolick
    It’s not every day that the New York Times makes a compelling case against government giveaways. But a recent page-one article underscored that the Solyndra scandal was only the tip of the solar-subsidy iceberg. Huge companies like Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, General Electric, utilities including Exelon and NRG, and even Google are receiving government guarantees that ensure large profits with virtually no risk — except to the taxpayer. The Times ascribes to the Obama administration a “gold-rush mentality” when Congress expanded green-power incentives in 2009, despite a paralyzing federal deficit. The chief executive of NRG, which received $5.2 billion in...
  • What real parent empowerment looks like

    01/03/2012 8:06:37 AM PST · by inkling · 53 replies
    Goldwater Institute ^ | Jan. 3, 2012 | Jonathan Butcher
    Imagine if your child’s assigned elementary school had puddles of urine in the bathroom, mouse droppings in the cafeteria, and clogged water fountains. Now imagine if your complaints were rejected by the principal. Parent Revolution, the Los Angeles-based group at the center of the “Parent Trigger” or “Parent Empowerment” movement, reports that these were the deplorable conditions at Washington Elementary School in Lynwood, Calif., when parents organized to help turn things around. The parents put pressure on school officials and formed a committee to help develop solutions. This idea — empowering parents to take ownership of reforms long overdue at...
  • Goldwater Institute an Aggressive Conservative Watchdog

    12/26/2011 9:41:02 AM PST · by inkling · 1 replies
    New York Times ^ | Dec. 25, 2011 | Marc Lacey
    Clint Bolick looks like any other high-powered lawyer, for the most part. But glance down at his index finger, which sports a scorpion tattoo, for first-hand evidence of his unconventional streak.Mr. Bolick has fought for the right of Arizonans to have their toes nibbled. After successfully defending a tattoo artist, he celebrated by having himself inked. From his perch here at the Goldwater Institute, a high-powered libertarian think tank, Mr. Bolick has even picked a fight with an entire professional hockey team.From a conservative point of view, there is no end to the government interference in individual liberties going on...
  • Entrepreneur providing in-home service to elderly fights unconstitutional regulations

    12/13/2011 12:00:10 PM PST · by inkling · 12 replies
    Goldwater Institute ^ | Dec. 13, 2011 | Goldwater Institute
    PHOENIX — A cancer survivor and former hospice nurse’s assistant is suing the Arizona Board of Cosmetology over rules she says unconstitutionally deny her the right to earn an honest living – while at the same time needlessly denying services to homebound, elderly and bedridden individuals across the state. Lauren Boice opened Angels on Earth Home Beauty, which connects the elderly, sick, and terminally ill with licensed cosmetologists. Homebound individuals desiring a haircut, manicure, or massage call Lauren, who matches them with a cosmetologist who will visit the client’s home or assisted living center. But while Lauren’s clients see her...
  • Taking on the union freebies (Group suing public employee union)

    12/08/2011 10:22:12 AM PST · by inkling · 4 replies
    Goldwater Institute ^ | December 7, 2011 | Clint Bolick
    In September, my colleague Mark Flatten released an investigative report showing that Phoenix and other Arizona cities spend millions of dollars every year to pay employees to perform union work on city time. Less than three months later, we are going to court on behalf of Phoenix taxpayers to put an end to the practice of union “release time.” Our case takes on the city’s contract with the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association (PLEA), which provides an estimated $900,000 in annual release time for police union work, including lobbying. The provisions take six full-time officers off the streets – giving them...
  • The Pilgrims' failed experiment with communism

    11/23/2011 1:20:03 PM PST · by inkling · 22 replies
    Goldwater Institute ^ | Nov. 23, 2011 | Byron Schlomach
    When the Pilgrims arrived on the Mayflower, they set up a society in which no one could own property and everyone shared equally, no matter how much work they did. The result was misery and hunger. But when the governor allowed each man to plant and raise crops for his own household, something amazing happened. William Bradford recorded the experiences of the Separatists who came to the New World on the Mayflower and later voyages some years after the events actually occurred. His memory was evidently aided by personal letters that had been retained as well as his own contemporary...
  • The Missing Reform: How one reform could change government regulations forever

    11/10/2011 1:13:20 PM PST · by inkling · 11 replies
    Goldwater Institute ^ | Nov. 9, 2011 | Nick Dranias
    Across the country, people seeking work in harmless occupations, including barbers, cosmetologists, dental hygienists, and even frog farmers, are forced to spend thousands of dollars and otherwise productive hours complying with regulations. The cost of state-imposed regulations in California alone was recently estimated at nearly $500 billion. Federal regulations have been estimated to cost $1.75 trillion per year, which is roughly 14 percent of total national income. All of these incredibly costly regulations slow economic activity and prevent the creation of jobs and wealth. Unfortunately, efforts to rein in excessive regulations have proven inadequate. The fundamental problem is that government...
  • Public union targets trustee who questioned how taxpayer money is spent

    11/01/2011 9:43:09 AM PDT · by inkling · 19 replies
    Goldwater Institute ^ | October 27, 2011 | Mark Flatten
    Natasha Nimer had a simple question: As a trustee in a local labor union representing City of Phoenix employees, did she have a duty to check the books of a taxpayer-funded insurance account it managed? So she asked the executive board of AFSCME Local 2960. The response was an emphatic “no.” She dropped the matter and thought it would end there. She was wrong. In the months that followed, union officials tried to strip Nimer of her duties as a trustee and steward. They tried twice to force her out of AFSCME, only to have the international headquarters order her...
  • Money for Nothing: City taxpayers foot the bill for union work

    09/22/2011 11:06:28 AM PDT · by inkling · 6 replies
    Goldwater Institute ^ | September 21, 2011 | Mark Flatten
    Phoenix taxpayers spend millions of dollars to pay full salary and benefits for city employees to work exclusively for labor unions, a Goldwater Institute investigation found. Collective bargaining agreements with seven labor organizations require the city to pay union officers and provide members with thousands of additional hours to conduct union business instead of doing their government jobs. The total cost to Phoenix taxpayers is about $3.7 million per year, based on payroll records supplied by the city. In all, more than 73,000 hours of annual release time for city workers to conduct union business at taxpayers’ expense are permitted...
  • George Will: Government by the ‘experts’

    06/10/2011 7:30:04 PM PDT · by inkling · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 10, 2011 | George Will
    "The legislative cannot transfer the power of making laws to any other hands... The power of the legislative, being derived from the people... [is] only to make laws, and not to make legislators." — John Locke, “Second Treatise of Government”Here, however, is a paradox of sovereignty: The sovereign people, possessing the right to be governed as they choose, might find the exercise of that right tiresome and so might choose to be governed in perpetuity by a despot they cannot subsequently remove. Congress did something like that in passing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare. The point...
  • An Arizona city's sports mania encounters a hard check (George Will hits McCain)

    04/09/2011 11:05:08 AM PDT · by inkling · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 9, 2011 | George Will
    PHOENIX - Suburban Glendale is less a community with professional sports facilities than a sports enterprise with a community held hostage to previous improvident decisions. Now Glendale’s government may multiply its follies — unless Arizona’s constitution saves the city from itself. Taxes provided $346 million of the $455 million cost of the huge (up to 72,200 seats) retractable-roof NFL stadium where the Arizona Cardinals will play 10 times this season, if there is a season. (The NFL is having labor problems.) But Glendale (population 253,000) has a more immediate problem with its hockey team, the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes.
  • Judges rule public records are, well, public

    04/04/2011 9:58:29 AM PDT · by inkling · 13 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | April 02, 2011 | Bob Unruh
    An Arizona school has been rebuffed in its efforts to obtain a court ruling that it doesn't have to provide access to public records to district residents and has been ordered to pay attorneys' fees to those it sued. The case came out of arguments in the Congress Elementary School District in Arizona, where officials objected to the number of public records requests – several dozen – submitted by various parents and community members.The district sued the parents to obtain a court ruling that officials would not have to provide access to records but was turned backed by the Arizona...
  • Video: McCain endorses 'pork-barrel spending' on AZ TV

    03/27/2011 6:53:10 PM PDT · by inkling · 22 replies · 1+ views
    12 News (Phoenix) ^ | March 27, 2011 | Brahm Resnik
    In order to keep the NHL's Coyotes in their town, the City of Glendale, Ariz., is paying a millionaire Chicago businessman $100 million of taxpayer money to "buy" the team. The businessman, Matthew Hulsizer, has hired former Arizona Attorney General Grant Woods to lobby for this taxpayer ripoff, and guess who shows up at his side? Woods' longtime friend Sen. John McCain. The only group in town standing against the Senator and his sweetheart deal is the Goldwater Institute, a conservative watchdog that noticed the plan violates the Arizona Constitution. Needless to say, Sen. McCain has decided to attack those...
  • Goldwater Institute successfully defends First Amendment in Tea Party T-shirt lawsuit

    03/14/2011 5:22:10 PM PDT · by inkling · 8 replies
    Goldwater Institute ^ | March 14, 2011 | news release
    Flagstaff, Ariz. – Coconino County has accepted a settlement in a federal lawsuit filed by the Goldwater Institute on behalf of Flagstaff voter Diane Wickberg. The suit was filed after Mrs. Wickberg was told by County poll workers at her voting precinct to cover up her T-shirt with the words “We the People” and “Flagstaff Tea Party – Reclaiming our Constitution Now” during two different elections in 2010. Coconino County has agreed to implement objective standards at voting precincts to enforce the state electioneering law while protecting the voters’ right to free speech. The new standards are based on a...
  • Mayor equates Tea Party protest to Tucson tragedy.

    03/14/2011 4:06:43 PM PDT · by inkling · 22 replies · 1+ views ^ | March 11, 2011 | Michael Graham
    Actually I’m paraphrasing. Here’s the original sentence: Scruggs said that because the word "protest" was used, she reported the situation to the Police Department. “Scruggs” is Mayor Elaine Scruggs of Glendale, AZ.  The word “protest” was in an email from a local Tea Party activist, Annette McHugh. The Tea Party opposes plans for a taxpayer-subsidized $197 million stadium deal.  But that mundane issue quickly turned into something else: [McHugh] emotionally told members that the mayor confronted them with an e-mail McHugh had sent to party members. The e-mail said the group might protest at Scruggs' community town hall Tuesday, although...
  • Why is the NHL attempting to silence a conservative watchdog group?

    03/09/2011 12:32:40 PM PST · by inkling · 49 replies ^ | March 9, 2011 | inkling
    Phoenix—NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman Tuesday night accused the Goldwater Institute of blocking a scheme under which Chicago businessman Matthew Hulsizer would receive a greater than $100 million taxpayer subsidy to buy the Coyotes. The independent taxpayer watchdog organization is not party to the arrangement but has attempted to obtain public records related to the deal to determine its legality. Bettman refused to accept the Goldwater Institute’s invitation to meet in a transparent setting open to journalists, stating, “the situation is far too serious for such game play.” Goldwater Institute President Darcy Olsen responded, “It sounds like Commissioner Bettman is playing...
  • Arizona is the new Israel.

    10/06/2010 4:49:47 PM PDT · by inkling · 24 replies ^ | Oct. 6, 2010 | Jon
    It's bad enough that the government of the United States is actually suing one of those united states. But to hand 11 foreign governments the baseball bat so they too can take a whack at the pińata that is Arizona? Well, that's just bad form. (We aren't even filled with delicious candy!) Thankfully, Gov. Jan Brewer is fighting back... {snip} Like Israel, Arizona's attempt to control its borders has made her an international pariah state. While their close ally Hugo Chavez cuts weapons deals with Iran, Ecuador and Bolivia are upset about Arizona enforcing pre-existing federal law. While Nicaragua and...
  • Lisa Murkowski in 'Senate Attraction' (Photoshop)

    09/30/2010 11:45:46 AM PDT · by inkling · 7 replies ^ | September 30, 2010 | Jon
  • AZ Dem congresswoman issues panicked campaign email

    09/29/2010 11:00:26 AM PDT · by inkling · 21 replies ^ | Sept. 28, 2010 | Jon
    Embattled Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Ariz., CD1) has sent out a truly bizarre fund-raising e-mail which shows the panic over-taking her campaign. The message starts with news of Kirkpatrick's impending defeat, followed by the start of a Kirkpatrick concession speech the day after the November election. While most candidates – especially incumbents – put on a brave face and at least feign confidence, the pro-stimulus, pro-Obamacare Kirkpatrick is all but conceding the race to her grassroots challenger, Dr. Paul Gosar. I've included the email below in its entirety (HTML email at the link)
  • Spice invaders (New spice blend to protest Arizona!)

    09/28/2010 9:38:10 PM PDT · by inkling · 20 replies · 1+ views ^ | Sept. 28, 2010 | Jon
    We Arizonans have been scolded by politicians, media figures, actors, musicians and more, all for a misunderstanding of our wildly popular immigration bill. Just as the debate was finally fading away, an upscale spice retailer has decided to rub salt in the wound. The Arizona Republic, the newspaper-cum-opinion journal that breathlessly created the false narrative of SB1070, proudly advertises this subversive spice blend:Arizona immigration law: Spice maker uses new blend to counter bill Penzeys Spices has introduced a new blend called Arizona Dreaming, with the message that Mexican culture is a beloved part of the state's - and the country's...
  • Baghdad Nancy

    09/24/2010 4:08:18 PM PDT · by inkling · 11 replies ^ | September 24, 2010 | Kevin
    REMAIN CALM! ALL IS WELL!!!!!! Pelosi: House Dems 'clamoring' for Obama to campaign with them House Democrats are "clamoring" for President Obama to campaign in their districts, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) asserted Friday. The top House Democrat said the members were eager to appear with the president, though some lawmakers in that caucus have run campaigns that distance themselves from Obama and Pelosi herself. "Members are clamoring to me to have the president come to their districts," Pelosi said at her weekly press conference. "There wouldn't be enough time for him to honor all of those requests."They're "clamoring" for...
  • Transcript: Obama's emergency Christian press conference (satire)

    08/20/2010 3:01:42 PM PDT · by inkling · 6 replies ^ | August 20, 2010 | Jon
    President Obama: Let be be perfectly clear: I am a Christian. I am not a Muslim. Period. Mark Knoller, CBS News: Mr. President, what's with the hat? Obama: Oh, this? It's a mitre. Many Christian leaders wear a mitre – bishops, popes and whatnot. Being a Christian myself, I happen to wear one from time to time. This one looks a little different due to the presidential seal, but it's just a Christian mitre. Major Garrett, Fox News: Mr. President, although you have repeatedly stated that you are a Christian, do you bear any responsibility for the Muslim rumors? You...
  • Photoshop: Harry Reid is 'El Jefe'!

    08/12/2010 12:22:22 PM PDT · by inkling · 19 replies ^ | August 12, 2010 | Jon
    Now that Harry Reid is the arbiter of all things Hispanic, he needed his own movie poster. (Click here for the larger version.)
  • Obamas Take Four Vacations in One Month.

    07/26/2010 3:49:31 PM PDT · by inkling · 75 replies · 3+ views ^ | July 26, 2010 | Jon
    While many Americans are cutting back on their vacation plans or eliminating them altogether, Barack Obama is setting an aspirational example for all of us. Sure, times are tough, but perhaps we can enjoy a life of leisure vicariously through our betters. On July 16-18, the Obamas enjoyed their first summer vacation in beautiful Bar Harbor, Maine. The idyllic town has long been favorite summer getaway for the rich and powerful going back to the Gilded Age. Truly a resort fit for a king public servant. Anticipating exhaustion from two long weeks in Washington, D.C., Michelle Obama is hosting her...