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Monday, April 22, 2013

Tucson: A Liberal's Paradise (No Jobs, No Businesses, Poverty, Illegal Aliens, a Pretty Desert)

A new MarketWatch report, "Top Cities for Business Growth 2012," has placed Tucson in the Bottom 10 cities for business growth nationally, according to an article in the Arizona Daily "Red" Star, the local rag that pretends to be a newspaper.  I haven't checked, but that probably means
The Sonoran Desert around Tucson
Tucson is maintaining its position in the pack.  Joining Tucson in the bottom 10 were six California cities, including Stockton and Modesto.  (Stockton:  Bankrupt, ranked one of the most dangerous cities in America, coming in 10th place, 2nd most dangerous in California (just behind Oakland).[4] In 2013, Stockton was ranked as the 3rd most illiterate city in the U.S. with less than 17% of adults holding a college degree.  Great company for Tucson to keep.)

For the uninitiated, here's some context before we press on.
In case you're new to this blog, southern Arizona is teeming with a wretched, long-term infestation of liberal "progressives".  The only reason the Arizona State legislature and government is predominantly Republican is because Phoenix is bigger than Tucson.
You may recall Arizona's famous SB 1070, the law that allowed law enforcement to check for citizenship status during traffic stops for other violations.  It was southern Arizona's still-today congressman Raul Grijalva who announced on national television that the rest of the country should boycott his own state.  Southern Arizona has re-elected this racist traitor twice since then.  That should tell you a little bit about southern Arizona.
A reporter named Gabriela Rico was given the unenviable task of getting opinions on the report and writing an article about Tucson's arctic-like business climate.  Here are parts of what she came up with.
David Plane, a University of Arizona professor of geography and urban development: 
He agrees that Tucson needs to do a better job of recruiting and retaining young professionals, but doesn't believe the city should try to become a corporate Mecca.
"It's a shame that our kids move away," he said. "But a lot of us enjoy Tucson because it's not a slick, corporate place..."
The University of Arizona
Yes, Professor Plane; you've got a nice cushy tenured job at the UA.  You can afford to marvel at the pretty Santa Rita Mountains from your air conditioned ivory tower.  There are thousands of people right under your nose between you and the mountains who are living below poverty level.  (UNS Energy Corp. is the only local company on the NYSE. In 2012, Providence Service Corp. was listed on Nasdaq. A second Nasdaq company is opening in Tucson this year, Accelerate Diagnostics.)
"...We're a funky younger sister." Living in the "urban shadow" of Phoenix impacts Tucson because the "something bigger" is nearby, Plane said, such as Sky Harbor Airport.
Really?  Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix is why Tucson is an anorexic little sister?  Oh, right.  Liberal logic: blame someone else for your problems.  Got it.
"Our economic base has never featured a corporate presence," Plane said. On top of that, the population is mixed with retired and less-educated residents and a high level of poverty, he said. 
Don't you think that maybe it's the other way around, that the population is mixed and less-educated with high level of poverty because there's never been a corporate presence?
"The biggest thing Tucson has going for it is the natural environment," Plane said. "Preserving that amenity is crucial."
Trash from Illegal Aliens
Absolutely.  I'm sure that bringing evil corporations and jobs with higher wages to Tucson will completely destroy the Sonoran Desert from New Mexico to California.  Totally.

Tucson's mayor is hizzoner Jonathan Rothschild (Democrat). 
"We need to be attracting people who want to get out and hike and bike. People who like culture and history," Rothschild said. "Not people who are coming to see the old West."
Hike and bike?  I'm sure that brings in lots of business money, and culture and history are HUGE economy boosters.  But to hell with the old West?  I wonder how the Old Tucson people feel about that...
"We're beginning to create synergy around our trade with Mexico and making Sonora and Southern Arizona an economic region. People are getting it," Rothschild said.
Oooh.  Synergy!  Good business word!  Is our trade with Mexico more than jobs for illegals?  I don't quite get it.  They send us tomatoes and illegal aliens, and that benefits us...how?

Mike Holmes, executive director of Imagine Greater Tucson. 
"We're one of the few truly international cities in the U.S.," Holmes said. "We should absolutely be building on that. 
The environment we've built is not friendly to the young professional generation," he said. "The 20-year-olds and 30-year-olds spent a good chunk of time strapped to the back seat of a minivan. They don't like to drive" and want to ability to walk, bicycle or have modern public transportation.
The city is not yet equipped to accommodate an urban lifestyle and living here requires a car to get around, Holmes said.
 "We're no longer a big town, we're a city," he said. "Our political structure just hasn't caught up to that yet."
Tucson is a black hole of misery because those in power want to keep it that way.  They want Tucson to be a cutesy knick-knack on the shelf of towns in some backwater curio shop.  In June 2012, a University of Arizona report stated that since August 2010, Phoenix had created 69,400 new jobs, while Tucson had created 800.  As long as they stay in power, Tucson's average income will remain below Federal poverty level.

Tags: Tucson, MarketWatch, "Top Ten Cities For Business Growth", Bottom Ten, Stockton, Modesto, Arizona Daily Star, Gabriela Rico, University of Arizona, David Plane, Jonathan Rothschild, Mike Holmes, Imagine Greater Tucson, Raul Grijalva, liberal policies.  Please mention / link to the Conservative Observer AZ. Thanks!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Gun Control Replies

Patricia Maisch:  What you went through was terrible, but... NO! shame on YOU!  Shame on you for trying to infringe upon the rights of the rest of us, when Jared Loughner would not have been stopped by this legislation because he passed a background check.

Mark Kelly:  NO! it wasn't the gun lobby, it was WE THE PEOPLE!  (and quit exploiting your wife's victimhood!).

Barack Obama:  NO! everybody DIDN'T agree with you!  Today wasn't a shameful day, what is shameful is you and liberals trying to tear up the Constitution.


Tags: Gun control, gun ban, background checks, senate gun vote, Mark Kelly, Patricia Maisch, Barack Obama, Jared Loughner.  Please mention / link to the Conservative Observer AZ. Thanks!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Gun Control - The Legal Side of the Battle

The battle for the 2nd Amendment is raging right now.  I'm so angry that I could spit.  But spitting's not much to assuage my emotions... who the hell came up with that anyway?  I'm angry, and when I'm angry I don't articulate my thoughts very well and this keyboard isn't help[ing a bit! 

But I came across an article... a scholarly article... a scholarly article BY A LAWYER, of all things, that speaks articulately to so much of what's going through my head.  The article begins,

"This essay seeks to reclaim a serious argument from the lunatic fringe."
Before you click away from my blog with that line, consider where the MSM puts us conservatives... in the lunatic fringe, right?  Follow me?  Well, here's some more:
"...Still less have [contemporary scholars] asked whether a society's weapons policy might be one of the institutional arrangements that contributes to the probability of its government engaging in some of the more extreme varieties of outrage." 
"Few if any of those who are hostile to the institution of an armed civilian populace considered the possibility that our government... could ever degenerate into the sort of pitiless totalitarian instrument that has, at one time or another, afflicted most of the peoples of the Old and Third Worlds." 
"In our view, the failure to acknowledge the prospect of rogue government represents a serious failure of imagination.  Trusting in the free press and the right to petition government to redress grievances, firearms abolitionists do not envision a world in which satanic rather than benevolent bureaucrats possess the effective monopoly of the means of force."  (all emphases mine)
These words were written in 1997, way before the then-left leaning "free press" dropped into the abyss of fawning orgasmic worship of The One and became His mouthpiece. 

No more a free press to help check government.  Thus, we are in more danger than before.

The article gets better, and I will put up more from it.  These words were penned by Daniel D. Polsby, currently the dean of the law college at George Mason University.
Source:  Polsby, Daniel D. &Kates, Don B.  (1997) "Of Holocausts And Gun Control", in Washington University Law Quarterly, 75 Wash. U. L. Q. 1237.

A New Look

Speculation, Part II will have to wait for a bit.  Yes, I really do have something in the pipeline for it, but on second glance it's something I've said before in other ways.

But, it's been a busy time, and in spite of that I felt that a change was needed to the look.  Hopefully it will be easier to read (not that I've gotten any complaints - maybe I'm just getting old). 

I know that in some of the old posts I've used colors that will not show up well with this new palette, but I really don't feel up to going back and re-editing.  Sorry...

Some good material coming up, but it's not directly "actionable", and the times seem to call for action.  America and what she represents are being threatened all around, and most dangerously, from within.  I never imagined we'd be here.  But that's part of the problem, in a variety of ways.  Getting ahead of myself though...

Stay tuned and please feel free to comment on the new look, good or bad.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Gun Control and Mental Illness: Speculation, Part I

For me, the necessary and sufficient factor against gun control is that gun ownership is fundamentally part of the protection against tyranny built into our Constitution.  'Nuf said. 

But let me dabble in a thought experiment beyond the 2nd Amendment.  What would happen if we tried to screen for the criminally insane?

My thesis:  Mental illness cannot be consistently screened for.  Let's say we have 100 people who all of us unanimously would agree should not have a gun.  We would lock them up for the night and go celebrate just because we agreed on something.

The next morning, we run the applicants through a battery of tests: MMPI-II, Millon, SASSI,
Barack Obama using human suffering to support his agenda.
whatever.  Most of these tests compare an individual's answers against a "normed" standard decided by the average of hundreds or thousands of other peoples' answers.  Most of those norming groups were selected by some kind of system that knowingly or unknowingly included the test designer's biases, so the comparison of applicant answers to the normed answers is already flawed.

Besides being prohibitively expensive, the tests' built-in biases and wide ranges of "normal" answers to some questions blur the picture they provide of the applicant.  It's not obvious in most cases whether a person will be a high risk with a gun or not.  But let's pretend that this battery of tests weeds out 20%.

 Now suppose that someone comes up with a really good test.  What then?  Well, the next problem is that there are people with mental illnesses who are really good at faking good answers.  They can often figure out the rubric intuitively and come up with "fake-good" answers.  These throw the value of the test out the window for these people.  But let's pretend that this test is still very effective at weeding out 50% of applicants who shouldn't have a gun. 

So now we're down to 30%, who are the most difficult 30% of the original group to detect problems with.  But now we're going to look at past behavior, and also give them a polygraph.  (Past behavior is really the core of a background check, so waiting until this late in the screening process is not how it really would work.  It would probably be one of the first screens used.) 

How the Facts Break Down.
For adults over 21, most of the 30% will have already shown some kind of bad behavior.  Maybe not lawbreakers with a record, so we'll get feedback from schoolteachers, parents, and others to sift out who the problem people are.  And we run them through the polygraph.  This is probably the level of screen used to determine if someone can be trusted with a top secret security clearance.  This maybe eliminates 27% of the original 100 applicants, leaving only 3.

Having escaped the screening process, the 3 individuals buy guns.  They may do ok for years and then "pop", they may "pop" right away, or they may never "pop".  Maybe 2 of them "pop" and do themselves in.  There is still one.


The liberal answer is to eliminate guns.  If house-to-house searches were the most effective method, we might be successful at keeping guns out of the hands of the mentally unstable.  But do you really think going house to house confiscating guns would get rid of ALL guns?  No way it would!!! 

Do you really think that criminals who support themselves and whatever habits they have by stealing are going to willingly give up their guns, especially if all of the law abiding citizens no longer have them?  No!  In spite of cameras, alarms and bulletproof glass we still have bank robberies!  And let's not lose sight of the fact that many criminals are mentally ill.

Guns will still be present:
  • On a thriving black market
  • By those smuggling people/drugs
  • By gangs
Knowing that the populace is not armed, bad people will get bolder.  Society will be less safe.
  • More armed robberies
  • More armed assaults
  • More murders
  • Just like Chicago
Gun Control Doesn't Work!
The Aftermath:  Speculation, Part II   

Tags: Gun Control, Mental Illness Screening, psychological testing, gun ban, Chicago gun record.  Please mention / link to the Conservative Observer AZ. Thanks!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

¡NO RECONQUISTA! - Stop Racial Profiling!

Crossposted at Blogs For Borders.
I got an interesting comment on a previous post where I encourage readers to support the U.S. Border Patrol.  It's reprinted below in its entirety with permission from the commenter.  But first, let's set the stage.

Back on the eve of last November's election, I posted a plea for "the masses", especially minorities, to break free from the chains of liberal stereotyping.  My point at that time was to get the Hispanic population to take a long look at the differences between Gabriela Saucedo Mercer and Raul "Boycott Arizona" Grijalva.

Grijalva, of course,  is one of the most progressive liberals in Congress.  He loves to play the role of Hero to the Downtrodden Masses, especially Hispanics with whom he identifies.  (The same is true for Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Michael Moore, and the other rich, fat cats of the liberal elite.)

But he can only be the Hero for as long as the victims remain victims.  When victims are no longer downtrodden, oppressed and poor there is no need for a Hero.  So for Mr. Boycott to continue being the Hero, he must keep the downtrodden, oppressed and poor in that same state.  That is part of the insidiousness of liberal business as usual.

It is for exactly that reason that the liberal media show parades of Hispanics in monolithic solidarity supporting things like amnesty for illegal aliens (phrase licensed for AP use only), who are constantly being abused by the likes of Joe Arpaio.

All Hispanics must be seen as Democrat, pro-amnesty, and fiercely protective of a culture that has been twisted to portray them as downtrodden, oppressed, and poor.

Enter my commenter.

"Anonymous April 4, 2013 at 8:50 PM

Hi! I don`t know how many people read this, but here is something that has been bothering us.

I am an American of Hispanic descent. And of course my family is too.
Just about all of us are against ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION.

Most of us have been personally affected by an illegal immigrant and all in a negative way.
When the media describes hispanic activists calling for reform, most hispanic Americans do not agree.

We also know that these 'activists' are here from other places and are all in support of

Reconquista is the main reason they are calling for this reform.

This needs to be told to all of our fellow Americans, as Reconquista is as bad as National Socialism.

Thank you for your time.

Thank you, Anonymous, for your service to your country, and for your courage to speak truth.


Tags: Reconquista, Hispanics, liberal politics, minorities, Gabriela Saucedo Mercer, Raul Grijalva, illegal immigration, border patrol, Joe Arpaio racial stereotyping, racial profiling.  Please mention / link to the Conservative Observer AZ. Thanks!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Obamanomics: Reply to a Conservative Observer AZ Commenter

A comment (reproduced without deletions below in boldface block quotes) by "Anonymous" was left on my post, "Barack Obama: Hell Bent on Destroying America"; this is my reply (in yellow italics).
"Usual far right paranoia!"  
Which part of the quotes of liberals and other facts in the post are "right paranoia"?  An ironic comment given that historically, paranoia has been the domain of the left going all the way back to the 30s and 40s - evil government tapping phones, spying on citizens, being opaque ... the very same things the right is currently concerned about, but with factual evidence.  My question is, why isn't the left up in arms as they historically have been?  The only reason that comes to my mind and is based on what I see, is that they are too wrapped up in fawning, orgasmic worship of "The First (half) Black President."  (cue Hallelujah Chorus).  But then, I'm sure I'm being racist there, right? 
"What are you conservatives going to say about Obama in 3 years when none of this ACTUALLY does anything to significantly alter the way we live? We're not going to lose our basic freedoms (because of him), he's not going to take all our guns away, and we're not going to be hit by another 9/11 style terrorist attack! I'll bet the ranch that in 2016 he fades quietly into history with the rest of his predecessors!"
If what you say actually comes to pass, I, for one, will say, "Thank God!"  I sincerely hope you are right, Anonymous.  But I and other conservatives see too many red flags (pun intended) and other signs to think that we can afford to be quiet and just wait and see. (explained below).
"Anyone who continues to blame either a democrat or republican president for the downfall of our country..."
The leaders in all 3 branches of the government, with a few exceptions, fall into either democrat or republican philosophies; whoever is in power is de facto responsible.  That's why we elect and pay them.  Responsible here means "problem solver", not necessarily "problem causer".  So if the situation was bad when Obama took power, the question is, has he made things better or worse?  By any measure, the answer is much, much worse.

"...(which is YOUR image of america--not mine)... "
What do you mean, my image of America?  What are you presuming my image of America to be?  And what is yours?

"...doesn't know anything about who or what is really running this country!"

So, in your opinion, who is running the country, if not a democrat or republican?  It certainly doesn't appear to be WE THE PEOPLE anymore, now does it? 

"...There is a BIG difference between a democrat and a Marxist!"

There USED to be a difference between a democrat and a Marxist, but anymore, the line has become very blurred.  You could name a Marxist belief or trait, and I bet I could find it in what Obama has stated somewhere along the way.  And given the generally rabid support from congressmen and senators in his own party - the fawning, orgasmic worship - they have fallen into line with him.  Obama has spoken - been recorded - about how to redistribute wealth:  that's socialism.   With the foundations (the Constitution) that everyone took for granted 50 years ago currently under attack by the President of the United States, concerned people know we cannot afford to wait and watch.
"Get a clue people--You don't know what the hell you're talking about!

You offer no evidence to support this, so I interpret your remark to be the frustrated liberal fallback to emotionalism.  I gave you facts in my original post.  So no, we do know.  I think YOU don't. 

"Why? Because in spite of his Keynesian style economic approach (which I disagree with, too--believe it or not)..."

Here, the comment was truncated, but I believe our commenter was going to say that the economy is picking up.  But it is not because more Americans than ever are out of the workforce (and therefore not counted in the monthly unemployment figures) and the number of unemployed who ARE counted continues to grow.

I imagine at this point that the commenter came to his senses and thought, "Damn, that Velcro is one smart guy; he's right!"  :-)

Tags: Obama Hell Bent On Destroying America, Obamanomics, unemployment, workforce, Keynesian, Marxism, liberal argument.  Please mention / link to the Conservative Observer AZ. Thanks!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Gun Control Screening Criteria for Potential Mass Killers

This is pretty short and to the point, so I don't need to elaborate... but at least one person has figured it out: how to screen people for who should not own a gun.  We need to institute these protocols immediately.

Posted by a commenter on a recent L.A. Times article on Aurora theater killer James Holmes (spelling & grammatical errors left in place):

"I think we might be on to the root of the problem.... Why is it that those who steal guns,then kill movie goers and children in school’s have never been a conservative NRA member?
  • Maj. Nidal Hasan (Ft Hood terrorist) - Registered Democrat – Muslim
  • Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold (Columbine) - Too young to vote; both families were registered Democrats and progressive liberals
  • Seung-Hui Cho (Virginia Tech) - Wrote hate mail to President Bush and to his staff - Democrat activist.
  • James Holmes (Colorado Theater Killer) - Registered Democrat; staff worker on the Obama campaign; Occupy Wall Street participant; progressive liberal
  • Jared Lee Loughner (the guy who shot Gabby Gifford’s) was a registered Democrat
  • Adam Lanza (Connecticut School Shooter) - Registered Democrat; hated Christians
  • Christopher Dorner (California killer) – Registered Democrat. “Manifesto” supports Gun Control, Anti NRA, Obama supporter
"Common thread is that all of these shooters were progressive liberal Democrats on psycotropic drugs. INTERESTING..., isn't it? Seems guns don’t kill, Democrats do"

[Reformatted for easier reading]   

Tags: Gun Control, mental health, screen criteria, gun ban, mental illness, L.A. Times, Democrats, Hasan, Ft. Hood, Harris, Klebold, Columbine, Cho, Virginia Tech, James Holmes, Colorado theater killer, Loughner, Gifford, Lanza, Dorner.  Please mention / link to the Conservative Observer AZ. Thanks!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

What Sequester? Obama Taking $1 Million Flight To Denver To Campaign For Gun Control…

Reposted from Weasel Zippers:

What Sequester? Obama Taking $1 Million Flight To Denver To Campaign For Gun Control…

"I'm here!  It's great to be seen by all of you here today!"
Wasn’t Obama lecturing the country on everyone making sacrifices because of the sequester cuts? Apparently his non-stop campaigning is exempt.
Via NRO:
Today President Obama  travels to Colorado to “meet with law enforcement and community leaders to discuss the gun control package signed into law by Gov. John Hickenlooper.”
That’s a three hour flight, right?
At  $179,750 per hour, that comes out to $1,078,500 in costs for Air Force One for the trip.
That’s just about the cost of public tours of the White House for one year.   
Eh, you knew I was kidding… Obama’s not just flying across the country to give a predictable speech on gun control; he’s also traveling out to San Francisco for a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee fundraiser, and he’ll stay overnight. (Yes, our president is already preparing fundraising for November 2014 midterm elections.) So the cost of the flights for today and tomorrow is really closer to $1.4 million.
Boy, that Sequestration demands a lot of sacrifices from all of us, doesn’t it?

Tags: sequestration, Obama, Air Force One, Colorado, White House tours, gun control.  Please mention / link to the Conservative Observer AZ. Thanks!

Local 2544: Furlough and AUO Decertification on Hold

Crossposted at Blogs For Borders.

This from Local 2544 today:
"A memo is coming out today notifying everyone that the furlough days and AUO decert is being placed on hold until the agency can figure out how to fix their budget mess with the new funding that was recently approved by Congress... On the same day that David Aguilar is no longer with us we get some good news on border security and the delay in pay cuts."
A small victory in a skirmish - perhaps temporary - but the war continues.  Conservative Observer AZ is firmly convinced that public pressure that focuses on the U.S. Border Patrol can accomplish good things.
  1. Public support for the Border Patrol can help boost the morale of those whose dedication to protect their country in spite of the Federal government keeps them driving hours to their station day after day, for a job for which they receive little thanks.
  2. It holds the Federal government accountable for upholding the rule of law.
  3. Keeping the Border Patrol in the center of attention helps keep the realities of the invasion from the south side-by-side in stark contrast to the ivory tower dreamers in Washington.  This occurs two ways: 
  4. One is by highlighting the high level of danger along the border that occasionally leads to loss of life - on all sides. 
  5. The second is drawing attention to the large quantity of drugs that cross the border, paving the way for increasing drug cartel influence in the United States. 
  6. Finally, public support for the U.S. Border Patrol can help put them in the proper light:  They save lives by rescuing abandoned men, women, and children in the searing desert.  The Border Patrol is not the tool of racist policy.


Tags: Furlough, Border Patrol, AUO decertification, public support, Local 2544.  Please mention / link to the Conservative Observer AZ. Thanks!