Monday, August 17, 2009

That's our Jack...

What was the most colorful bit of news today?

...President Obama's speech to the VFW Convention in Phoenix?

Nah. That went off without a hitch. AZ5's own Congressman Harry Mitchell even rated a prominent mention in the speech.

...A dozen protesters carrying guns outside his speech, including one with an assault rifle?

Closer, but nope. Under the watchful eyes of the police, Secret Service, and the other citizens assembled outside the Phoenix Convention center, the firearms enthusiasts (see? I don't *have* to use loaded words like "gun nuts". :) ) actually behaved themselves.

...The White House apparently abandoning real health care reform because of opposition from industry lobbyists and their lackeys in Congress (from both parties)?

Nope. It's bad, but not "colorful."

...Texas mandating a Bible curriculum in its public schools, starting this fall?

Well, no. Like "Manny being Manny" (that's a baseball reference for the heathens among you :) ), that's just "Texas being Texas." Let the lawsuits and late-night punch lines begin.

...Tom Delay moving from dancing around ethics laws to dancing around the ballroom floor on Dancing with the Stars.

Actually, that one *is* pretty colorful, but it doesn't top a local politico.

...I'm not even talking about Rep. Bill Konopnicki standing on the floor of the House and accusing the State Senate of deciding to raise taxes.

Of course, he neglected to mention (or even consider) the fact that Article 9, Section 22 of the Arizona Constitution requires a 2/3 vote of the lege to increase or create a tax.

Or that no such vote has taken place.

While it is an outright lie on Konopnicki's part, at least it fits in with the GOP theme that the soon-to-expire suspension of the equalization property tax from a few years ago is actually a new tax.

In other words, he may be lying, but he is far from the only member of his caucus to engage in it. As such, his coloring blends in, not stands out.

...Nope, the most colorful bit of news today came from (who else? :) ), State Senator Jack Harper (R-OK, this isn't really much of a Surprise! anymore).

From's Political Insider -

State Sen. Jack Harper, R-Surprise, likened the behavior of legislative Democrats during budget talks this year to that of Sunnis who ruled Iraq with an iron fist for more than two decades.

The minority Sunnis, led by dictator Saddam Hussein, long controlled Iraq and its majority Shiite population through a mix of intimidation and brute force. Torture and murder at the hands of Hussein and his goon squads were commonplace.

Damn! For the first time in months, I went to the lege figuring all of the best action (and quotes) would be in the House. Hence, I spent most of my time there and missed this.

Let's see - Harper's statement was ignorant, inflammatory, and bigoted, all in one sentence.

That's our Jack.


Thane Eichenauer said...

Many firearms enthusiasts (99.9% of them at least) manage to behave themselves even when government police aren't watching. I hope that fact doesn't surprise anyone.

Jen said...

I don't think it does, Thane. I think that is one of the reasons why the public display of ignorant and irresponsible gun toting is so infuriating. It's nothing more than the behavior of little men with small penises making a mockery of the 2nd Amendment.