Tag Archives: Jan Brewer

Will the Real Jan Brewer Please Stand Up?

29 May
Inspiration strikes?

Inspiration strikes?

In many ways it would probably be far easier to believe that Hell has frozen over, or that Dick Cheney has a heart (not just a heart facsimile), or that poverty has finally been eradicated than to believe Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s recent broken clock moment. In a stunning display, she demanded legislative support for President Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

Yes, you read that correctly.  The Governor who signed a bill to allow concealed weapons in Arizona the day before the shootings in Tucson, the Governor who believes women should have no rights to govern their own bodies, has now vetoed five bills and will continue to veto any bill that comes before her until Arizona expands Medicaid and passes a state budget. Medicaid expansion is one of the lynchpins of the Affordable Care Act and would help millions of Americans.

Governor Brewer stated:

I warned that I would not sign additional measures into law until we see resolution of the two most pressing issues facing us: adoption of a fiscal 2014 state budget and plan for Medicaid.  It is disappointing I must demonstrate the moratorium was not an idle threat.

Of course, this has not made our Jan popular at her own Tea Party.  The ever charm-free Senate President Andy Biggs (R-Gilbert) told NBC News that he would do everything in his power everything ” to keep a vote on Medicaid from even coming to the floor.”  Lovely! I guess Biggs (ironically named) has a very small heart for any population that is underserved and dependent on Medicaid.

I’m not sure what has gotten into Brewer’s Tea, or perhaps she has stopped drinking Bachmann and DeMint’s homemade brew.  While I am still not a fan of Brewer, I feel I have to acknowledge good behavior. We have three branches of government for a reason. It’s good to see an executive applying some checks and balances to an out-of-control legislature and demanding proper care for the citizens of her state.

Jan Brewer v. Roe v. Wade

16 Apr

Is there anyone whose rights I still need to trample?

Sadly, we have another Stepford wife perpetuating the war on women.  Our Jan Brewer(R. Arizona) who suffers from internalized misogyny, has signed a bill that in many ways challenges Roe v. Wade and sends the message that women are not able to govern their own bodies.   The absurd law states that:

…gestational age as beginning on the first day of a woman’s last period, rather than at fertilization. In practice, that means the state has banned abortions after about 18 weeks.

The absurdly named Women’s Health and Safety Act moves the cutoff threshold for abortions so early that it prevents most medical testing that would inform a woman about the health and viability of a fetus. This is bad enough, but the bill also effectively ends another common, medically sound practice.

Medication abortions, which are nonsurgical and usually performed within the first nine weeks of pregnancy, and account for between 17 and 20 percent of all abortions, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive-rights advocacy group. While women often take the pills at clinics and in their homes, the bill now mandates that a medical provider must have hospital privileges within 30 miles of where the procedure takes place. Many times clinics or homes are not within 30 miles of hospitals, and the distance prevents providers from other cities or even states from caring for women, says Elizabeth Nash of the Guttmacher Institute. Another factor that could contribute to what Nash called a “shutdown” of medication abortions is that the law requires abortion pills to be administered using outdated protocols, confusing providers and obscuring proper use of the drugs.

This bill continues the alarming trend of right-wing legislatures (Arizona’s is one of the most draconian) and tea-soaked governors doing everything they can to thwart the established law of the land regarding abortions. Since taking office, Jan Brewer has proved hostile to every vulnerable population she comes across. How sad that this latest action provides more cover for the Republican obfuscationsists to say “how can it be a war on women when a woman supported it?” Bigots and villains have no better allies than the self-loathing, and Jan Brewer clearly loathes everyone.  We tried to reach Gov. Brewer for comment, but she was busy directing her minions to build a wall around Arizona to keep out Latinos.

Cheaper by the Dozen: Hypocrisy in Arizona

21 May

Love Defines a Family

Thanks to my friend Jen Lockett for inspiring this story.  You know Arizona, home to Jan Brewer and John McCain. Hard to believe in a gun carrying, bigoted, homophobic state like Arizona one could find a gay couple raising 12 children.  Despite  the McCain’s adamant opposition to gay adoption and the legal ban passed in 2008 that makes it illegal for marriage equality, Steven and Roger Ham are raising their 12 adopted children.  Do I think Steven and Roger are a bit crazy? YES!  I can’t imagine how hard it must be to raise 12 kids and keep your sanity.  Do I have an amazing amount of respect and look at them with awe for adopting these 12 kids, YES!  My hope is that after the Rapture today, the Ham family can have more space and take over some of their neighbors’ houses.  Unfortunately, the Ham family is up against a great amount of hate in Arizona, including the gun toting, gay hating,  governor, Jan Brewer.  I just want to underscore that families come in all sizes and shapes and ultimately it is LOVE that defines a family.  Wow, Déjà vu–I’m brought back to the exact same conversation that helped bring down President Bush Sr. and Dan Quayle’s attack on Murphy Brown.  I suspect that Ben Quayle feels right at home in Arizona. I wonder what Quayle and Bush Sr. would say about the non-fictional character of Arnold Schwarzenegger?  Click here to see the full story.

Doesn’t Everyone Need a Gun at College?

9 Apr

Don't All College Students Need A Gun

Yes, Audience, we are back to Arizona and that madcap Jan Brewer. What better environment to carry a gun than a college campus? We all know how dangerous those institutions of higher learning are.  Reading Walt Whitman, Jane Austen, Alice Walker, and Plato’s Symposium is just an invitation to mayhem.  I am certain that Whitman would have made the guns for Ms. Celie and Elizabeth Bennett to have had their duel.  Why bother talking existentialism and the power of words and persuasion when you can simply take your gun out? In fact, we don’t need colleges and universities, when we simply subscribe to the age old maxim: Might is Right, thus proving there is nothing to separate us from the rest of the animal kingdom. In fact, we owe a debt of gratitude to the gun slinging Brewer and her gang, for proving that devolution does exist. On Thursday night, Arizona lawmakers gave their final approval for Senate Bill 1467, which allows guns on college campuses; it now awaits the Governor’s signature. Is anyone else as terrified as I am about this?  Is anyone paying attention?  Click here to see the full story.

Total Recall: Power of the People

7 Mar

Bye,Bye,Brewer

As the sun is out shining here in Portland, Oregon, I am comforted by the news in Arizona and Wisconsin. If you follow this blog, you have endured my rants against Jan Brewer, the Governor of Arizona.  Yes, there is actually hope in Arizona now. While the gun loving Brewer went on vacation in Alaska, (I think she and Palin are sharing a brain) the people of Arizona started to collect the necessary signatures to recall Brewer. 423,000 signatures are needed by the end of May to force a full recall–hard for me not to smile. Click here to see the full article.

But wait, there is more good news. As the Koch Brothers are paying for people to be bussed in to support Scott Walker, there is growing support to recall this piece of work as well. Is anyone else simply amazed at the amount of money tossed about all over the country by the Koch Brothers for their GOP agenda? Click here to see the Koch money trying to protect Scott Walker. Regardless of the money and efforts of the Koch Brothers, momentum is building to recall Governor Walker.  Speak Truth to Power!

The Hate We Are Up Against…

13 Feb

The Face of True Evil

Yes, back to Arizona. The state of Sharron Angle, Jan Brewer, and John McCain, now has Steve Anderson. Anderson is the preacher at Faithful Word Baptist Church. Anderson, who claims to be a “christian” preacher has been receiving a great deal of media attention for his verbal attacks against President Obama, going so far as to say that he prays for Obama’s death. He has also been viciously attacking the LGBT community. Please take time to watch this video, as difficult and painful as it will be to do so. This man is pure evil and it is very difficult not to wish him ill will. I bring this to your attention because this is what we are up against–this is what we must look at and only respond with love and compassion and not retreat into the vile venomous discourse he is baiting. Click here to watch the video.

Thank you to my friend, Jenn Burleton, for calling my attention to this video.

Black History Month: Welcome to the New Racist America

1 Feb

We Need Black History Month More Now Than Ever

Thank you to my friend Mary Sauve for inspiring this story. How sad that we have more evidence to support how desperately we still need to celebrate Black History Month.  The absolutely shameful behavior of the Republican Party, in its attempts to prevent President Obama from running in 2012, is nothing less than disgusting and racist.  Probably few people were surprised when CRAZY Arizona recently reintroduced a previously failed bill that would require Obama to provide a copy of his birth certificate in order to be placed on the ballot in the state, but now Connecticut?  Yes, the GOP in Connecticut has introduced legislation that would require potential presidential and vice-presidential candidates to provide the secretary of state with an “original birth certificate” in order to run.  Is Faux News really that powerful that people don’t believe President Obama was born here, or is it that we as a country are very fearful of this brilliant black man?  I think we all know the truth is that there is no leftist media and that we are afraid of a black man that is smarter than most of the country.  Click here to see the full article.

I propose if we are going to go through these ridiculous lengths of proving American Birth, we go farther and force all political candidates to take a reading test and history test–then we could say goodbye to Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Jan Brewer, half of the Supreme Court and probably 2/3 of the Republican party.

Beck Benefits by Bellicose Bombast

23 Jan

The Face of an American Terrorist

The new Republican Chair of New Hampshire, Jack Kimball, said that his hero was Glenn Beck.  This gives me great worry and should also worry the rest of the country that Kimball’s hero is, by all accounts, a terrorist!  Yes, Beck and those promoting violence are nothing less than terrorists. I think we see concrete evidence of this in the tragedy that is Tucson–thank you Beck, Palin, Brewer, and Angle. I received a great comment from a fellow blogger yesterday and now I would like to share this link to his blog.  He does a great job of exposing Beck for the terrorist he is. So how do we stop these American Terrorist?  Well, we take their voice away.  We stop watching Fox News. We stop listening to functioning illiterates like Sarah Palin. We stop listening to the lies and the anti-woman, anti-gay, and anti-poor rhetoric.  This Klan of white angry folk breed fear and earn a great fortune from instilling fear.  Here is a link to the definition of terrorist: click here.

Gun Crazy Nation: Crazy Being the Key Word

14 Jan

As most of you know, Gov. Jan Brewer signed a bill into law, the Friday before the Saturday of the shootings in Arizona, that made it legal to carry a concealed weapon. In New Hampshire they just voted to allow state representatives to carry guns on the capitol floor, and another Congressman is writing legislation to allow members to bring guns to the floor of the US Congress in DC.  Trent Humphries, Tea Party Leader in Tucson, said that: “Rep. Giffords should have had security at her event if she was so concerned about possible violence.”  Really?  Really?  So more guns?  That’s the answer?  Am I the only one that believes that an eye for an eye just leaves us all blind?   We truly are becoming a nation of Swiftian Yahoos.  What is next?  Shall we fatten up the young poor children and sell them to the rich as food?

Welcome to America

Sarah Palin’s Street Gang:Promoting A Culture of Violence

10 Jan

Jessica Valenti’s article, The Shooting of Gabrielle Giffords highlights the “Man-up” culture in US politics: In a country that sees violent masculinity as the ideal, it’s no wonder this rhetoric resonates, does a remarkable job of looking at Tea Party women that have promoted a culture of violence.  Sheriff Dupnik acknowledged this disgrace in his press conference.

Valenti looks at several key culprits, including Sharron Angle, who suggested that if Congress “keeps going the way it is”, people would turn toward “second amendment remedies”. (The second amendment of the US constitution outlines the right of Americans to bear arms.) And in an interview with a local Nevada paper, Angle said: “The nation is arming … If we don’t win at the ballot box, what will be the next step?”

I love how Valenti articulates how these right wing women buy into a masculine model of violence for political expediency: “Stephen Ducat, author of The Wimp Factor: Gender Gaps, Holy Wars and the Politics of Anxious Masculinity, says that masculine and violent language is often used in elections and campaigns – especially by men on the right – because of a fear of being perceived as feminine. In a sexist society, what could be worse than being called a girl? So it doesn’t seem unlikely that conservative female politicians feel the need to peddle their ideas in gendered and violent language in order to fit in with the masculinised right.”  Republican Christine O’Donnell said that her opponent was “unmanly”; Angle told Harry Reid to “man up”; and Palin praised Republican Arizona Governor Jan Brewer as having “the cojones that our president does not have” to enforce immigration laws–all embarrassing examples of the promotion of violence.  Did these women not believe there words would have consequences?  I hope you will take the time to read the article in full.

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