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Crazy in Arizona

April 5, 2012

Okay, Arizona, you can stop now. We give. You’re the undisputed champion of Krazy.

Arizona Governor, Jan BrewerI think the entire State of Arizona has been out in the sun too long. I don’t know how else to explain the level of sheer insanity that continues to come out of there. In recent years, that crazy hit the national spotlight with the passage of the infamous “Papers Please” immigration law. Not only did this brilliant piece of awesomely bad legislation inspire a wave of similar laws in other red states, but it also helped to insure that the nation’s fastest growing demographic (read: extremely important voting block) will not be going red any time soon. (Good work, guys!)

Not content with losing the Hispanic vote alone, the wise legislators of Arizona then set their sights on women. This year’s HB 2625 would allow the firing of employees for using birth control if they couldn’t prove it was being taken for something other than birth control. After passing the House, it was defeated by four votes in the Senate. But don’t you worry – it’s not dead yet! “Sen. Nancy Barto, R-Phoenix, who championed the measure in that chamber, said she will bring it back for a revote this session.”

Of course, there’s lots of crazy that doesn’t often make it to the national stage. Por ejemplo:

Just a week before criminalizing trips to the supermarket sans birth certificates, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed a decree that empowers state residents to carry a concealed weapon with no license, no registration, and no questions asked. Exciting, right? But wait—there’s more! If your gun was made in Arizona, you don’t even need to submit to a federal background check to buy it. (Mother Jones)

Good one, huh? Yes.  Arizona also continues to lead the way on immigration, with bills just this year to require hospitals to verify residency before giving care; redefining the Citizenship clause, and much, much more!

And did I mention ending healthcare for children?

But Arizona, ever the go-getter, isn’t done yet. Not by a long shot – after all, there are right wing conspiracy theories to embrace.

Citing conspiracy theories about “a one-world order,” the Arizona Tea Party is attempting to slip a bill through the legislature that could strip programs designed to help residents in the state become more energy efficient. (Think Progress)

That’s right, folks, the Arizona Senate is considering a bill that would eliminate programs that promote energy efficiency. Why? Because “clean energy programs in Arizona are a plot by the United Nations to create a single world government in order to control people’s lives.”

As hard as it may be for sane people to believe, this is an effort by duly elected representatives of the people to legislate based on an hilariously off-base interpretation of a decades old U.N. plan for sustainable development, Agenda 21. I won’t even try to explain this conspiracy theory. Instead, let’s break out the tin foil hats and let Glenn Beck’s website The Blaze do the ‘splainin’:

‘Sustainable Development’ sounds like a nice idea, right? It sounds nice, until you scratch the surface and find that Agenda 21 and Sustainable Development are really cloaked plans to impose the tenets of Social Justice/Socialism on the world.

At risk from Agenda 21;

♦ Private Property ownership
♦ Single-Family homes
♦ Private car ownership and individual travel choices
♦ Privately owned farms

Plus, also, just in case you weren’t already completely convinced of the evil:

Soros money has been tracked to funding parts of ICLEI ;

In 1997, George Soros’s Open Society gave ICLEI a $2,147,415 grant to support its Local Agenda 21 Project

Well, that seals it, eh? (It’s just not a good right wing conspiracy theory without George Soros!)

This is the same “Agenda 21” nonsense that made the manatees of Kings Bay, Florida such a socialist menace last summer, if you’ll recall. Of course it’s preposterous, but that’s not the point… I guess… Really, I’m not sure what the point is. But the upshot is that it takes a truly special place like Arizona to legislate this much crazy.

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