GOP Malfeasance · GOP Obstructionism

Arizona GOP Senate Candidate Robocalls Democrats And Tells Them To Vote In The Wrong Place

What are they so scared of…?

Think Progress

According to a report by Phoenix, Arizona’s NBC affiliate, Rep. Jeff Flake’s (R-AZ) U.S. Senate campaign called Democratic voters telling them to vote in the wrong precinct — in some cases as much as 11 miles away from their actual polling place. After telling the Democratic voters to vote in the wrong place, the calls also encourage the voter to “vote Flake for U.S. Senate.” Watch the report:

It’s unclear whether these calls were made accidentally or as part of an intentional strategy to depress the Democratic vote.



TSA Agents Confiscate Pregnant Woman’s Insulin

If I say that our country’s  TSA agents are the most incompetent in the world, would that be too harsh?


TSA agents confiscated a pregnant woman’s insulin at Denver International Airport, prompting her and her husband to file a formal complaint with the agency, reports ABC 7 News.

The woman, who asked to remain nameless, was headed to Phoenix for her baby shower on Thursday when she was stopped by airport security.

“He’s like, ‘Well, you’re a risk.’ I’m like, ‘Excuse me?’ And he’s like, ‘This is a risk … I can’t tell you why again.  But this is at risk for explosives,'” she told ABC 7 – this despite the fact she had a doctor’s note and had correctly labeled the medication.

“He’s like, ‘Well, you’re a risk.’ I’m like, ‘Excuse me?’ And he’s like, ‘This is a risk … I can’t tell you why again. But this is at risk for explosives,'” she told ABC 7 – this despite the fact she had a doctor’s note and had correctly labeled the medication.

She was, however, able to get through security with a bottle of nail polish, hair spray bottles and syringes.

Her husband, Aaron Nieman, talked to ABC 7 and said, “It made me feel upset and made me feel somewhat helpless.”

The unnamed woman has since arranged for additional insulin to be delivered to her in Arizona.

The TSA would not comment on this specific case.

According to the TSA website, passengers “may bring all prescription and over-the-counter medications (liquids, gels, and aerosols) including petroleum jelly, eye drops, and saline solution for medical purposes.”

There is no limit on the amount of these materials that may be carried on, but quantities over three ounces must be declared to a TSA official. Additionally, insulin is specifically listed on the website as being allowed through security.

The TSA has been in hot water lately for its handling of passengers with medical concerns. In July, TSA agents soaked a man in his own urine – for the second time. And, in June, screeners forced a 95-year-old woman to remove her adult diaper.

Related articles

U.S. Politics

The ‘apocalyptic’ time-lapse video of Phoenix’s dust storm

The video below looks like something straight out of the special effects department of a blockbuster movie studio. Unbelievable!

The Week

A “mythical,” mile-high haboob swept through Arizona on Tuesday evening. And thanks to a quick-witted photographer, we can see it roll in, too…

The video: Near sundown on Tuesday, the people of Phoenix were swallowed in a massive cloud of dust that knocked out power to almost 10,000 people, shut down the airport, and turned swimming pools into mud pits. Although such storms are very difficult to predict, several intrepid photographers had enough warning to ready their cameras for the mile-high, 100-mile-wide haboob — the Arabic term for this kind of dust storm, used in the Sahara and Arizona. The 100-mile-wide storm “moved like a giant wave” through the city, temporarily burying skyscrapers. In this time-lapse video (Watch it below), Mike Olbinski stood atop a four-story parking garage to capture the 60 mph wall of dust. 

The reaction: It’s easy to believe Olbinksi when he says that in his 35 years in Phoenix, he’s never seen a haboob like this, says Nancy Atkinson at Universe Today. His video of the storm is “just amazing, if not apocalyptic!” The video would have been even better if Olbinski hadn’t stopped clicking “a bit short of the climax,” says Jennifer Bergen at But of course, another five seconds filming this “storm of mythical proportions” would have destroyed his camera. If this destructive dust cloud has a silver lining, says Bryan Walsh at TIME, at least it brought some much-needed rain to Arizona. Watch the haboob roll in:

Another video…

And yet another..

U.S. Politics

Jan Brewer Signs Controversial Abortion Bill Into Law

I truly believe that GOP politicians are unaware of the political pulse of the nation.  They are myopic in their quests to legislate the most extreme laws thinking that the “American people” as they often refer to us, are on the side of conservative governance.  I suspect that there will be a rude awakening in the next two November elections. 

First with national referenda to vote down extreme legislation in several states.  Secondly with recalls of certain extreme legislators in those states.  Finally, a rejection of GOP extreme conservatism resulting in a second term for President Obama and most likely a return to the Dems controlling both houses.

Huffington Post

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer on Tuesday signed into law a controversial bill that makes the state the first in the nation to outlaw abortions performed on the basis of the race or gender of the fetus.

The move comes as anti-abortion groups across the nation try to seize on gains made by political conservatives during the November elections, seeking enactment of new state laws to further restrict abortions.

Under the new Arizona statute, doctors and other medical professionals would face felony charges if they could be shown to have performed abortions for the purposes of helping parents select their offspring on the basis of gender or race.

The women having such abortions would not be penalized.

State legislators have said no such law exists anywhere else in the nation.

Backers of the measure said the ban is needed to put an end to sex- and race-related discrimination that exists in Arizona and throughout the nation. They insist the issue is about bias rather than any broader stance on abortion.    Read More… 

Click for Restrictions.

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords

Big step: Aides say Giffords speaking

Gabrielle Giffords, Democratic nominee and gen...
Image via Wikipedia

This is an extraordinary step in the journey to recovery for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.  According to all reports she has been making  remarkable progress.

The Arizona Republic

Among her first words, she asks for some toast

Recovering U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is making progress word by word and bite by bite.

Giffords, who was shot in the head during a Jan. 8 assassination attempt, recently has started speaking again. Among her first words was a Monday request for toast with her breakfast, her congressional staff said.

“She has rigorous therapy every day, including speech therapy,” said C.J. Karamargin, her spokesman. “Congresswoman Giffords is working very hard, and it is paying off.”

The latest developments are encouraging for Giffords but not necessarily that unusual, said Dr. Christina Kwasnica, director of the neurorehabilitation program at Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix.

“It’s always a very good sign once patients are able to eat and, definitely based on her injury, it’s a good sign that she’s able to talk,” said Kwasnica, who was speaking generally and does not have any specific insight into Giffords’ treatment. “Those are signs that she is moving forward. It’s a slow process, but these first types of changes usually occur within a month, six weeks, maybe up to eight weeks.”

Related Articles