Monday, April 30, 2007

Range Readers, You Kick Ass!

Posted By on Mon, Apr 30, 2007 at 10:41 PM

Yes! YES!!! The Range's preferred design for the state quarter, No. 2, is the overwhelming favorite of Arizonans who voted in a survey by State Treasurer Dean Martin. We've yet to learn which design came out ahead on Gov. Janet Napolitano's survey, but we're thrilled that Range readers appear to have risen as one to support quarter No. 2, which got half of the all votes cast for the five designs.

As you might recall, some of our junior staff--cough, Saxon, Kelli, cough, cough--suggested other designs. They're clearly out of touch with the majority of people in the state. Design No. 1 got the vote of only 13 percent of those surveyed. (In your face, Burns!) Once again, we see who is the master and who are the students ...

Tomorrow, Napolitano will unveil her pick.

Gonzo Journalism

Posted By on Mon, Apr 30, 2007 at 12:44 PM

It appears that Sen. John McCain may be struggling to keep control of that Straight Talk Express, at least when it comes to those folks he’s tossing underneath it. The watchdogs at Media Matters filed a report last week that McCain told Mike Allen of The Politico that he thought it was past time for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to go.

“Out of loyalty to the president, he (Gonzales) should obviously step down,” McCain was quoted as saying in the article. “He’s not serving the president well. I reached that conclusion a long time ago. I just haven’t been asked.”

Except, as Media Matters notes, McCain was asked by The New York Times, New Hampshire’s Union Leader and the Associated Press—and our senior senator either declined to answer or said Gonzales deserved a chance to defend himself before Congress.

Guess it can be hard to keep all the straight talk, well, straight.

More on McCain in this week's Skinny, coming your way in just days!

Cooking Hershberger

Posted By on Mon, Apr 30, 2007 at 8:49 AM

It hasn't gotten any play down here that we've noticed, but Arizona Republic columnists have been busting on state Rep. Pete Hershberger for siccin' the Secretary of State's Office on Robin Scoins, a woman who has been a consistent critic of Child Protective Services ever since she had her own kids taken away from her. Nine months later, she got them back.

Scoins has declared herself the head of Arizona Family Rights Advocacy, which she presents as a lobbying organization, although she mostly just hangs out at the Legislature and sends out e-mails blasting CPS and Hershberger.

But that was enough for Hershberger to complain to the SOS office that Scoins has never filed paperwork to be a lobbyist.

Hershberger, who represents the northwest side of Tucson and Oro Valley, has taken both barrels from Laurie Roberts and Rob Robb.

Roberts also noted on the Republic blog that "[w]hen he's not at the Legislature, Hershberger is an administrator for Open Inn, Inc., a Tucson-based social service agency that gets nearly $800,000 worth of CPS contracts every year."

Janet Napolitano Speaks Out About Sex Abuse of Women in Military

Posted By on Mon, Apr 30, 2007 at 8:31 AM

Three cheers for Janet Napolitano and Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius for speaking out on the sexual abuse and rape that women in the military face in Iran and Afghanistan. These women soldiers are not dealing with sex abuse from the enemy but rather from the military, higher ranking officers and fellow soldiers. 

War is hell in more ways than one for women.

Napolitano and Sebelius have requested that Defense Secretary Robert Gates launch an immediate and comprehensive investigation into the treatment of U.S. women in combat. 

I wonder how high on the pecking order (pun intended) Gates will feel this request is?

A March 2007 story in The New York Times Magazine was the impetus for her request.  

Saturday, April 28, 2007

No Wonder Eight Dems Are Running ...

Posted By on Sat, Apr 28, 2007 at 9:32 AM

After refusing to use the word for the first chunk of his presidency, George W. Bush all of a sudden loves the word “no.”

In fact, after a warning he made this week regarding Congressional efforts to setting a timetable to pull out of Iraq, his veto pen seems to be surgically attached to his hand. 

It’s no wonder so many Democrats are coming out of the woodwork to run for presidency in 2008. 

Frakin' Toasters

Posted By on Sat, Apr 28, 2007 at 9:30 AM

Looks like the Japanese are bringing us ever-closer to Cylon dominance. Don't blame me ... I voted for Roslyn.

And this is bad news regarding the cleaning system at the midtown bureau ...

Get Hot Teat at Ike's!

Posted By on Sat, Apr 28, 2007 at 9:28 AM

What a difference one letter makes.

I was reading the May/June 2007 issue of Highroads, the Arizona AAA magazine*. On Page 26, the article asks readers to recommend "eclectic coffee".

Julie S. from Scottsdale writes: "From hot teat to Italian sodas to hot or cold coffees—it's all yummy. Plus they have a very rustic look with both indoor and outdoor seating."

Julie S. is writing about Ike's Coffee & Tea in Tucson. Funny, I never thought of Ike's as rustic. Maybe to plastic Scottsdale, everything in Tucson is rustic.

*Unfortunately, they only have the March/April issue online.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Yee Haw--Kucinich Introduces Impeachment Articles against Cheney

Posted By on Fri, Apr 27, 2007 at 9:10 AM

Now here's a man with a good idea.

And why impeach Cheney?  

To summarize: It's this vice president who is the driving force of taking the United States to the war against Iraq under false pretenses and is once again rattling the chain of doing the same thing against Iran, again under false pretenses.

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