Friday, September 22, 2006

Stunning "Thorns and Flowers" News

Posted By on Fri, Sep 22, 2006 at 11:13 AM

OHMIGOD OHMIGOD OHMIGOD. The stupidest feature in one of the worst opinion sections of America actually almost took a hard-hitting position on something today. Almost.

In today's Arizona Daily Star, "Thorns and Flowers" started off in typical fashion by taking an obvious position (Free speech = good! Countries who squelch that = bad!), although it did seem slightly more insane than normal by awarding not just a flower, but a specific flower—"a bouquet with plenty of pink and baby's breath." (I get that the flower recipient, UA prof/writer Elif Shafak, just had a baby. But come on.)

But after that, "Thorns and Flowers" took, well, a POSITION ON SOMETHING!

THORNS, THORNS and more thorns to those involved with the David Duke Web link to Randy Graf.

The first thorn goes to former Ku Klux Klan leader and Louisiana state Rep. Duke, who put a link from his Web site to Congressional District 8 Republican candidate Graf's site. ...

The Arizona Democratic Party made the situation thornier when it e-mailed a press release Wednesday that suggested a Graf-Duke alliance, which was based only on Duke's Web site. 

We can only imagine Duke's motives in adding the link that Graf disavows, but we're fairly confident it was to promote Duke and did not have Graf's interests in mind. Graf is a conservative and has strong beliefs on border security that have been called extreme, but he is not in the same orbit as Duke.

Let's stay focused on the merits of the candidates and the issues—not the actions of an over-the-top, out-of-district racist.

Wow. I mean, wow. They put the smack down on the Dems for publicizing the link (which they probably should not have), and called for everyone to stay focused on the issues.

Of course, this comes from the same chickenshit opinion section that refused to do primary endorsements and seems to be afraid of local commentary, so they're not practicing what their preaching. But still ...