What, Nothing About the Black Helicopters?

It’s not often you hear a candidate for sheriff say he can’t do much about violent crime. Republican sheriff candidate Terry Frederick gets extra points for injecting anti-UN into this:

Terry Frederick’s Prayers Go Out To Our Fellow Americans

The horrors of the shootings in the movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, remind us that our lives and families are precious to us. My prayers go out to all of those affected by the deranged attacker. Unfortunately, this event is a stark reminder that only we can protect ourselves. There isn’t enough money or manpower on the planet to have an armed policeman on every single street corner… or inside every movie theater. Only law-abiding citizens have the power to repel such an attack. I demand that Secretary of State Clinton not sign the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty.

Ich Bin Ein…

Sometimes, Pima County District 5 is called a “West Side” district. It takes in a big chunk of Western Tucson, including places like Barrio Anita, Menlo Park and Old Pascua.

But, there is a strip of the district that takes in a pretty hefty chunk of midtown. The district goes pretty far, its frontier tickling the East side at Craycroft.

Well, I thought it only went that far. Apparently, it includes Germany.

You’d think so from the “likes” that the Republican candidate for county supervisor in that district, Fernando Gonzales. He’s managed to accumulate 4,066 “likes” for his Facebook page, the overwhelming bulk of which came in the last week and a half. As a matter of fact, it looks like more than half of those 4,066 “liked” him on June 3rd.

That would be unusual enough. It’s even odder than that. According to his Facebook stats, the place where he’s most popular is Munich.

Yes, there actually are firms that will boost your likes. I was a bit shocked when I listened to a recent episode of On the Media to find that there not only are firms that will boost your Twitter followers and Facebook likes, but people actually hire them.

Not that I’d think Gonzales would have to do such a thing. He’s huge in Germany. He’s Tucson’s answer to Hasselhoff.

Both Sides Now…

One of the laziest constructions in our political dialog is the assertion that “both sides do it.”

Yes, if you want to point out something like “both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are raising millions from Wall Street”, then yes, it makes sense. But something like “both sides use the filibuster” when it’s been used so much more by one side is just letting folks off the hook for the sake of maintaining some standard of “objectivity.”

It’s even sillier for politicians to do it, especially when it’s used by someone in the majority party. It is a way for them to absolve themselves (and their fellow partisans) of responsibility while trying to make out like they are criticizing the system.

Take Vic Williams (with apologies to Henny Youngman). Michael Chihak had him on last week to talk about fund sweeps. I didn’t get a chance to watch Chihak’s show, but KUAZ played a bit from his interview on transportation funding earlier this week.

I’m glad to see that Williams is concerned about sweeps of HURF money. Of course, the cynic in me wonders if this concern over local government is timed to coincide with his running for county supervisor. Still, I’m glad he’s working on this.

Unfortunately, I can’t find a link to the audio of the show or the excerpts that were used in the shorter piece. However, Williams made the assertion that the sweeps have been used by legislatures of both parties to make up for budget gaps.

Hmm. Legislatures of both parties.

When did a Democratic controlled legislature do this? Was there even a HURF all those decades ago when the Democrats last controlled the legislature?

Just for Kicks, Google “Pele Massa”

So, why the bruhaha over Ted Nugent? I guess he’d get more attention for his music if he’d done anything notable since Damn Yankees broke up, and even that was of dubious value.

He definitely crossed some lines with his comments, so much so that even the NRA is trying to get some distance. The Secret Service questioned him, and I’m sure the Nuge was disappointed to find that they didn’t bring any of those Colombian prostitutes he’d heard about.

I got a call from a relative of one of the January 8th victims the other day who was angry that Nugent would be playing at the Pima County Fair. She also pointed out that Sarah Palin’s “don’t retreat, reload” comments that she retroactively got so much grief for were made at the fairgrounds during the 2010 election. Yeah, a bit of a stretch, but given what she and her family have been through over the last year and a half, I’ll cut her some slack.

Apparently, she’s not the only one concerned about this. This is from Richard Elías’s Facebook page. The Pima County Board of Supervisors granted the Southwest Fair Commission, a private group, the right to run the fair years ago, but he’s been getting calls:

Concerned Pima County residents:

Many of you have complained about the appearance at the 2012 Pima County Fair of Ted Nugent. I am among those who deplore the reprehensible and irresponsible statements that Mr. Nugent made to the National Rifle Association about President Obama. In light of the horrific shooting spree of January 8, 2011, that took six lives and injured 13 others, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Mr. Nugent’s comments were especially hurtful and inappropriate to many of us in this community. The Southwestern Fair Commission Inc. and its employees put together the Pima County Fair. If you have strong feelings about Mr. Nugent’s offensive statements, please share them with the commission: (520)762-9100; Office@pimacountyfair.com

Sincerely,
Richard Elías
District Five Pima County Supervisor

The Greatest? Um. About that…

I recieved the latest newsletter from State Representative and county supervisor candidate Vic Williams. He entitles it “Float like a Butterfly, Sting like a Bee.”

Yep, when I think of Muhammad Ali, the first image that comes to mind is Vic Williams.

Did you know that just like Ali, Williams is the name he adopted after converting to Islam? It’s a little known fact.

Anyhow, this is from his even-overly-self-congratulatory-for-a-campaign-newsletter newsletter:

On immigration and SB-1070, he avoided CNN’s attempt to make it a racial issue…

Yep. It’s not a racial issue, so says the white politician. I’m glad he cleared that up.

I saw that la Cervecera tried to emphasize this today too. Being a proud half-Mexican, let me express my appreciation to Williams and all of the Anglo conservatives that want to tell Hispanics what racism is so that we can make sure to only be concerned about what issues you want us to be.

¡Gracias, jefe!

Bond Committee Meeting Fun

I’m headed off to a meeting of the Pima County Bond Advisory Committee today. My understanding is that Terri Proud and some other sponsors of a bill to cripple the county’s ability to sell bonds will be there.

The bill would give Sahuarita, Oro Valley and Marana the ability to effectively veto projects. Ostensibly, this is being done to protect those communities, but those communities also have reps on the bond committee, request some big money projects and, near as anyone can tell, haven’t asked for this bill.

But hey, why miss a chance to bash local government? Especially one run by Democrats. Facts be damned.

Oh, by the way, if this is about protecting smaller communities, why not South Tucson? Just curious.

I’m working on an op-ed about the bill. Look for it.

Now He Tells Us

Rep. Vic Williams has a post up on his blog decrying the “sweeps” of HURF money. This fund is largely funded through gasoline taxes and mostly goes to local governments for transportation needs.

The legislature has been “sweeping” this money for years, using it for other programs or to keep the budget in balance while they keep cutting other taxes.

Well, Williams is having none of that:

As a fiscal conservative, I believe legislation to halt these raids on Arizona highway spending is needed to provide a guarantee to state citizens that money is spent as intended. Whether it is at the federal, state or local level, taxpayers are sick and tired of politicians displacing tax dollars from the purposes for which they were meant to other non-related programs.

That’s nice, except he voted for the budgets that included these sweeps, and according to legislators I talked to, didn’t raise any hackles about this issue at the time.

His sudden concern about the needs of local government might seem less convenient if it coincide with his “exploratory” race for county supervisor.

Young Wright to Run for Supervisor

There has been speculation that former Representative Nancy Young Wright may either run for legislature, or instead try for the Pima County Board of Supervisors.

Speculation is over: Board of Supervisors it is. Press release after the jump.

She’ll be facing the winner of a Republican primary that features businessman Charlie Bowles, Young Wright’s former legislative seat mate Vic Williams and two Tea Party activists: Ally Miller and Stuart McDaniel.

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And They Are Not Bringing Back Let’s Bowl Either

The folks at the Daily Show are apparently not going to air the story on the “Free Baja Arizona” effort. This means if Paul Eckerstrom hopes to appear on Comedy Central, he’s going to have to brush up his stand-up routine and hope they bring back Premium Blend, an inside straight to be sure.

Yes, I know, the story got delayed because of stories about the birth certificate and bin Laden. At least, that’s what they want us to think. This is the result of a conspiracy, no doubt, or at least the Maricopa MAN coming down on us bajaarizonenses once again. You all are more than welcome to share your conspiracy theories.