Arizona's Left Leaning Community
"The TCE under the ground is actually coming up through the ground and into the air in Phoenix," said Steve Brittle, an environmentalist and president of a group called Don't Waste Arizona.
Brittle is referring to Trichloroethylene, or TCE, which was used in the microchip processing industry in Phoenix and around the world for decades. In several locations across the Valley, workers dumped TCE into leaky underground tanks, dry wells and washes. The chemical polluted the Valley's groundwater, and is one of the main reasons Phoenix residents receive water from the Colorado River in their taps.
... The EPA examined air and soil samples from the neighborhoods directly west and northwest of the Motorola site. The air in or under 69 homes showed TCE vapor levels between two and 42,000 parts per billion. Only levels of less than two parts per billion are considered safe. [click here for more]
TO: The Honorable Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and the Honorable Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ).
FROM: Beverly Bandler. Arizona Voter.
RE: The National Gun Violence Crisis.
Please support strong, common sense regulation of guns, at the very least:
- universal background checks, including at gun shows,
- a ban on high-capacity magazines over 10 rounds,
- a ban on semi-automatic assault-style weapons.
It is time for members of the U.S. Congress, on both sides of the aisle, to finally have the courage the American people have the right to expect of them and reject the corrupting, unyielding but frail logic, irrational paranoia and ruthless manipulation to support a mercenary goal of the National Rifle Association. The NRA has corrupted our political system. Americans who represent the majority have had enough.
As James O’Donoghue, an attorney in New York City who grew up in Newtown, Connecticut and attended Sandy Hook Elementary as a child, writes: “The NRA sows doubt in the gun control debate by claiming there is no research to prove gun control is effective while they constantly work to ensure no such research is ever conducted. They depict our law enforcement as incompetent by insisting the government should enforce the laws already on the books while they quietly work to ensure existing laws cannot be enforced. They vilify any democratic decision they may oppose as the act of a fascist tyrannical government while wielding unparalleled influence in Congress. There are few organizations that exemplify tyranny more than a group that uses money, fear and misinformation to advance their agenda while obstructing the will of the majority.”
Mr. O’Donoghue emphasizes further: “There is no question of the harms of guns in our society, no doubt of the benefits of reducing the…
> First, there are three full time office locations where petitions are available for signing and, most importantly, where you can pick up petitions to circulate:
55 E. Thomas in Phoenix - the law offices of Snow and Carpio
Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM:
1615 N 36th St in Phoenix
Monday through Friday from 10 AM to 4 PM. In addition this office remains open on Mondays until 7 PM.
5110 N Central, Suite 330, in Phoenix form 2:30 PM to 7:30 PM Monday through Friday, and irregularly earlier in the day, and on Saturdays and Sundays.
> Second, you can sign the petition at the Garage Bike Shop, 9201 S Avenida del Yaqui, Guadalupe. They are open Monday through Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM, and Sunday from 10 AM to 4 PM. When the Bike Shop is closed for lunch or other reasons, you can sign the petition next door at the Pan y Pane Bakery or at the San Diego Bay Restaurant, also next door.
> Third, we will be at the Burton Barr Central Library 1221 N Central Ave in Phoenix on Saturday from 10 AM to 3 PM.
At the Firebird International Raceway event this Saturday and Sunday. It's an all day event; the address is 20,000 S Maricopa Road, Gate 2, Chandler. From Phoenix Metro area and points West , follow Interstate 10 to exit 162 (Wild Horse Pass) and follow the signs for Firebird International Raceway. From Tucson and points East, go north on Interstate 10 to exit 163 (Queen Creek Rd.) take Queen Creek Rd. west 1/2 mile and make right hand turn onto Wild Horse Pass (Maricopa Rd.) OR take NEW exit 162 (Wild Horse Pass) and follow the signs to Firebird International Raceway.
We also have petition circulators at many libraries, parks, grocery stores, movie theatres, bookstores, and other locations on weekends and during the week, but we don't get definitive schedules for these in time to post them.
> Fourth, you can download the petition from our website at…Continue
I hope I do not read as being trivial and childish in this minor complaint about liberal and centrist media outlets. When I am not reading news stories online (the source I prefer when it comes to getting accurate detail that has not been degraded by one point of view before I can even consume the information), I watch many left-leaning, thoughtful news programs on television.
Most of us are grown and can at least form an opinion for further discussion when we have an unbiased source for our information. I happen to watch most of my television news programs on MSNBC (once 'Morning Joe' is off the air) or CurrentTV. During an average evening I watch Ed Schultz, Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O'Donnell, 'The War Room with Jennifer Granholm' and a particular favorite after Ms. Maddow, The Young Turks on CurrentTV. There are many additional people I trust for my information such as Chris Hayes, Melissa Harris-Perry and so on. If you watch the left-leaning media, at least a few of these names are known to you.
My complaint, if it may be called such, is that I am sick and tired of having to listen to and watch (although I do know how to turn my TV off) - as part of the left-leaning new programs - the nonsense and racism being spouted by Hannity, O'Riley, Beck (Becka-becka-stanna-stanie-stan) and on and on. Yes, I'm VERY aware that sick minds and talking points, such as those puked out daily from Russian Limbaugh, contain very little news of at all. They are primarily lies and propaganda spewed out from the bowels of hell to make the most ignorant, and I'm sorry to say it, stupid among us even more afraid of Socialism, the Kenyan, the evil birth certificate and la la la. It never ends.…Continue
BEWARE OF TING'S THING: California Assemblyman Phil Ting has proposed AB 19, a bill to require the California Secretary of State to implement an Internet voting pilot project.
And if you don't live in California: There are efforts to provide federal cash incentives to any state that "expedites" its voting process. And that will likely be used to shoehorn Internet voting into your state as well.
They tell us Internet voting is secure. It's not. It's not secure, and can't be made secure, but that's not even the point. The point is it's not TRANSPARENT. The whole premise in our Constitution is that we
self-govern. To do that, the public must be able to see and authenticate essential processes, like who actually voted and the vote count, and that is not possible with Internet voting.
Internet voting transfers all control to whoever runs the server. (The server is just a computer that sits in a room -- and one Internet voting company, Scytl, has its server physically sitting in Spain.) Internet
voting gives the administrator complete control over the front end (who put the votes into the system) and the back end (the counting of the votes).
Internet voting is trying to come on with a vengeance, and not just in California. It is now imminent. Unless we are vigilant, many of us will be forced to vote online in 2014 and 2016. Lobbyists are at work to persuade your legislators to install Internet voting.
Political support has been secured from officials in several states. The governor of Hawaii has announced he wants Internet voting. Secretaries of State from Connecticut, West Virginia, Washington, and Oregon are already pushing online voting, and soon you'll hear about it near you. Federal bills promise cash to states that "expedite" their voting systems, with vague language…
America has a tragically dysfunctional healthcare system. For starters, it is the MOST EXPENSIVE in the world, annually spending $6,933 per capita compared to $2,981 in other developed countries - more than a Trillion dollars extra; the entire budget deficit each and every year.
BUT, cost is the least important of the dysfunctions. That our life expectancy is one to four years less than in other developed countries grossly understates the FAILURE TO KEEP OURSELVES ALIVE. Our low life expectancy is because our babies and young people die more often than those in other developed countries. Our old people do die more often, but only by a little.
The most terrifying (but not the largest) difference in the rate of dying is the infant mortality rate. For every thousand births in the US, SIX BABIES DIE. TWO of these babies would not have died if their mother lived in some other developed country.
And the higher death rate for infants continues through childhood:
One year olds die at a 22% higher rate in the US
Two year olds die 31% more often
Three year olds 25% more often
Four year olds 27% more often
Five year olds 32% more often
Six year olds 31% more often
Seven year olds 32% more often
Eight year olds 27% more often
It gets even worse with teenagers and young adults:
15 year old teenagers die at an incredible 51% higher rate in the US
25 year old young adults die 42% more often in the US
35 year old Americans die 37% more often
By age 83, after Medicare for 18 years, Americans actually do better than those in other developed countries.
The reason the US has such low life expectancy is because our babies and young people die more often than babies and young people in other developed countries. We all should most earnestly hope that Obamacare gives to mothers to be, children and young adults something like Medicare.
Konst makes some very good points in her op ed about the Democratic leadership in Arizona blowing their chance. Now that two bloggers have given their comments, I feel it is time to share a dissenting opinion http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/opinions/articles/20121129... First up Konst states that growing the party is the number one mission of a party and the Democratic Party did not grow. Voter registration is party basics. Well we became nearly dead last in voter registration share with about 36% Rep, 33% Other, 30.5% Dem and barely 1% third parties. The state committee elected Cherny knowing about his No labels support. Sunday Square off on 7-24-2011: Cherny said that he did not care if independents surpassed democrats in share of registration and they do now.
Specifically Cherny said there is no majority party in Arizona and that is about a third, a third and a third. Resnik said Democrats might be the number three party in 2012-an interesting prediction. Cherny said some people think that is a bad thing for independents to gain registration but Cherny said it is the world we live in. He also said it was unlikely that he would run for statewide office but focusing on the Democratic party and having three small children at home.We have people in no party surpassing the Democratic Party registration in Arizona. This is a serious problem for political parties but the parties do very little to address the frustration many voters are expressing by registering in no party
We backed establishment candidates looking to Republican models which was essentially true in more cases than not or the incumbent. Running closed candidacies with insider candidates that was true especially on the CD…
In Maricopa County you can vote EARLY and IN PERSON:
TODAY (Wednesday), Thursday and Friday
SEE BELOW FOR THE FIFTEEN LOCATIONS AND HOURS
You can also turn in your mail-in ballot at these 15 locations.
And the GENERAL ELECTION is NOVEMBER 6, 2012
Early Voting Locations and Hours
RECORDER'S/ELECTIONS OFFICE – DOWNTOWN
111 South 3rd Avenue, Phoenix
Wed-Fri, 8AM - 5PM
RECORDER'S/ELECTIONS OFFICE – MCTEC
510 South 3rd Avenue, Phoenix
Wed-Fri, 8AM - 5PM Sat,
RECORDER'S/ELECTIONS OFFICE - MESA
222 East Javelina, Mesa
Wed-Fri, 8AM - 5PM Sat I would not count on this Saturday date.
AVONDALE CITY CLERK’S OFFICE
11465 West Civic Center Drive Suite 200, Avondale
Wed-Thurs, 7AM – 6PM
BUCKEYE TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
530 E Monroe Avenue, Buckeye
Wed- Thurs, 7AM - 6PM
CAREFREE TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
8 Sundial Circle, Carefree
Wed-Fri, 8AM – 4:30PM
CHANDLER CITY CLERK’S OFFICE
175 S Arizona Avenue, 1st Floor, Chandler
Wed– Fri 8AM – 5PM
GILBERT MUNICIPAL CENTER
50 East Civic Center Drive, Gilbert
Wed– Thurs 7AM – 6PM
MESA CITY CLERK'S OFFICE
20 East Main Street, Mesa
Wed- Thurs, 7AM - 6PM
SCOTTSDALE CITY HALL/ELECTION’S OFFICE
3939 N Drinkwater Boulevard, Scottsdale
Wed – Fri, 9AM – 5PM
SOUTH MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY CENTER
212 East Alta Vista Road, Phoenix
Wed- Fri, 9AM - 5PM
SURPRISE CITY CLERK’S OFFICE
16000 N Civic Center Drive, Surprise
Wed– Thurs, 7AM – 6PM
TEMPE – ASU (Palo Verde West Bldg /Room 151)
330 East University Drive, Tempe
Wed– Thurs, 10AM – 6PM
Fri, 10AM – 5PM
3500 Rural Road, Tempe
Wed– Thurs, 10AM – 6PM
Fri, 10AM – 5PM
WICKENBURG TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE
155 North Tegner St, Wickenburg
Wed- Thurs, 7AM - 6PM