Arizona fights back over State Department Report


She rightly noted the Orwellian aspect of a sitting president appealing to a world government to quash a popular state law. “The idea of our own American government submitting the duly enacted laws of a State of the United States to ‘review’ by the United Nations is internationalism run amok and unconstitutional,” she wrote. Brewer vowed to challenge the report all the way to the UN:

I again respectfully request that you amend the Report to remove Paragraph 95 relating to the State of Arizona and S.B. 1070. If you choose not to do so, the State of Arizona will monitor the proceedings and assert any rights it has in this process. Be assured that the State of Arizona will fight any attempt by the U.S. Department of State and the United Nations to interfere with the duly enacted laws of the State of Arizona in accordance with the U.S. Constitution.

From Obama isn’t being smart on Arizona, noting the report:

“A recent Arizona law, SB1070, has generated significant attention and debate at home and around the world. The issue is being addressed in a court action that argues that the federal government has the authority to set and enforce immigration law. That action is ongoing; parts of the law are currently enjoined.”

So why is the Obama administration so intent on vilifying Arizona over politics? Do they somehow think invoking world opinion will change the facts that Arizonans, and Americans, demand their government enforce immigration law and protect its citizens? If they do, they’re delusional. The United Nations isn’t much liked by many Americans. Involving them in an internal matter won’t endear the UN or the President to the American people.

AZ GOP Primary

AZ Election Results are coming in. Not too many surprises really to be seen on the GOP side. I personally did not vote for a single incumbent given the mess the incumbents have made of things.

Senator McCain looks to have easily defeated his challengers, as expected. I didn’t vote for either McCain or Hayworth, the former for being an incumbent, the latter for simply being an ass. I’m with the eleven or so percent who voted for the third guy running that was ignored universally by the news media: Jim Deakin.

Jan Brewer also appears to easily have crushed her challengers. Again didn’t vote for her  being a complete failure for Arizona. A governor focused on a single issue (immigration) is not what this state needs and her positive efforts on immigration do not negate the numerous screw ups she’s made elsewhere.

Curiously in CD 3 (not my district, FYI), Ben Quayle looks to have defeated his opponents.  But then again there were ten candidates there. Ten! How crazy is that? Honestly, with the buzz Vernon Parker seemed to be getting I’m surprised he didn’t do better.

In my district, CD 4, Janet Contreras looks to have defeated Joe Penalosa. I voted for Contreras feeling she would better challenge that sellout git Rep. Ed Pastor (D) .

The GOP candidate for State Attorney General looks too close to call between Andrew Thomas and Tom Horne at this point.

For Maricopa County Attorney it looks like Montgomery has defeated Rick Romley. I voted for Montgomery so am pleased by this.

GOP Candidate for Secretary of State Ken Bennett won unopposed.

Doug Ducey looks to be the GOP nominee for State Treasurer.

I was pissed off that the GOP didn’t deign to put up a candidate for Justice of the Peace or Constable for my district, so I wrote myself in for JP as a protest. Sure it won’t mean anything but the point is that no elected position should be won by default simply because there were no challengers. Democracy doesn’t work, particularly one where party politics dominate, if the parties won’t even field a token challenger.

A Short Comment on Prop 8 Ruling

Judge strikes down California’s ban on same-sex marriage –

A federal judge in California on Wednesday knocked down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, ruling that voter-approved Proposition 8 violates the U.S. Constitution — handing supporters of gay rights a major victory in a case that almost all sides say is sure to wind up before the U.S. Supreme Court.

I’m glad the judge struck down Prop 8, but this is just the beginning of a long battle to the Supreme Court. I personally don’t understand what the big deal is about gay marriage. It’s not like gays go out and force heterosexuals to marry them or demand heterosexual couples not to have children. I tend to look at it this way: we all want to be treated equally under the law regardless of whether we agree with one another. Prop 8 clearly did not provide equal treatment under the law.

Anyway, there are more important things to worry about in this country like immigration, the bad economy, and war than what two consenting adults do together.