Boycott Arizona Anyway

Let’s have one last look at this pesky little issue that seems to have rendered Arizona’s divided ‘Pubs into even more frenzied incoherence than usual.

Ending a day that cast a glaring national spotlight on Arizona, Gov. Jan Brewer, a Republican, vetoed a bill on brewer_videostill-videoSixteenByNine540Wednesday that would have given business owners the right to refuse service to gay men, lesbians and other people on religious grounds.

Her action came amid mounting pressure from Arizona business leaders, who said the bill would be a financial disaster for the state and would harm its reputation. Prominent members of the Republican establishment, including Mitt Romney and Gov. Rick Scott of Florida, also sided with the bill’s opponents, who argued that the measure would have allowed people to use religion as a fig leaf for prejudice.  — NYTimes

Pause here and consider — Florida’s own Gov Dickwithears as the voice of reason.  This is an unprecedented development.  We’ll return to events in the Nation’s Dicktip  momentarily.

After the bill passed the Legislature and set off a national uproar, tourists and business travelers started directing hundreds of calls and emails to the Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association, a trade group, telling that they would never again visit the state if the measure was approved. A growing list of companies — Apple Inc., American Airlines, Intel — added their voices, some with threats to withdraw business from the state if the measure became law.

Add to this the NFL, which made noises about seeking alternative sites for the 2015 Superbowl.

“I don’t give a damn about dykes kissing each other — hell, I watch that shit all the time on line in my office,” one business executive told reporters, requesting anonymity, but identifying himself as a ‘God-fearing American and solid Red-State Republican.’  “But when you’re talking about costing me business, that’s another story entirely.”

Ms. Brewer spent all day in her office parsing the measure with her director of legislative affairs and other senior members of her staff, and then speaking to legislators and business leaders. One of them was Steve Pierce, a Republican state senator who voted for the measure, approved on a 17-to-13 party line vote, and then regretted it, joining two colleagues in a letter to the governor urging her to reject the bill.

“I made a mistake,” he said in an interview. “At this time,” he went on, a veto “is the best thing the governor can do for Arizona.

So let’s see — it took Bachmann/ Palin look-alike Jan Brewer an entire day to un-do what her own party’s majorities in both houses first passed, then desperately lobbied against under pressure from big-moneyed interests.  “Nobody here cares about fucking over the fags,” one staffer said, dismissively.  “Or anybody else, for that matter.  If we could figure out to sell illegal immigrants for fertilizer or fuel, we’d do that, too. This was all about what’s important: MONEY.  You’d suppose even the Tea Party ‘Tards would know that by now.”

But back in the Gunshine State, not much has changed:

Fearing same-sex couples may soon be allowed to wed in Florida, conservative activists have filed a motion in Miami-Dade Circuit Court defending the 2008 state law that defines marriage as only between a man and a woman.

“Inasmuch as marriage is the legal union of only one man and one woman as husband and wife, no other legal union that is treated as marriage or the substantial equivalent thereof shall be valid or recognized,” according to the motion filed Tuesday.

The Liberty Counsel motion is on behalf of several other conservative groups including Florida Family Action, People United to Lead the Struggle for Equality and Florida Democratic League.– Miami Hurled

More conservative ‘Pubs expressing their faith in small government and individual liberties by deploying the judicial activism they detest and deplore.  Evidently the Arizona Epiphany didn’t waft this far southeast.  Perhaps Gov Dickwithears will interfere in his OWN state next.  Wanna bet?   #wrongsideofhistory

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9 Responses to Boycott Arizona Anyway

  1. Red White & Blue says:

    Why do you hate America?

  2. Private Partz says:

    “Bachmann/ Palin look-alike Jan Brewer”

  3. Ted Williams' Head says:

    As bad as these fools are in Washington, it seems that on the state level they’re several cuts below. How did they pass a bill this ignorant and NOT see what was coming? Inquiring (and detached) minds want to know.

  4. 'Nonymous says:

    Not surprisingly, your analysis and take-away are exactly wrong. The real disgrace here is the way the Arizona legislature and Governor backed down from defending principles of religious freedom and surrendered to national organizations of radicals pushing the Gay Agenda. I love the way you liberals frame your prejudices and turn intolerance into political correctness.

    • Dawgbowl says:

      Government-sanctioned homophobia is a peculiar way to express “religious freedom,” ‘Nonymous. States Rights = Freedom to unconsitutionally discriminate. We had this conversation (and war) in this country over a century ago.

    • Squathole says:

      Glad you disagree, ‘Nony — it restores my faith in my own judgment. BTW I love the way you rednecks see a radical national conspiracy behind any attempt by progessives to drag the country into the 21st century.

      • 'Nonymous says:

        When everybody from Barney Fag and Al Gore to the New York Times and 99% of Hollywood gangs up, yeah, I’d call that a national conspiracy. BTW not everybody who disagrees with you libs about religion and sexual deviants is a redneck.

      • Squathole says:

        Oh, sorry ‘Nony. I didn’t mean to suggest you were a redneck because we disagree about religion and all. I assumed you’re a redneck because of where you live (or where your server is) and because it’s mostly rednecks who think I’m a liberal.

  5. One Man's Opinion says:

    I truly find hard to believe that, in the 21st century, their are still people out there that don’t know that all prejudices are wrong; they can’t even see how wrong prejudice against something a person has no control over is.
    And then along comes ‘NonymASS……and it’s back to the stone age.
    ‘NonymASS, FYI; race and sexual orientation is not a personal choice. To refuse to accept, much less recognize, that fact is just ignorant. Religion, on the other hand, is simply a personal choice. I personally don’t think any religion is better or worse than another. As long as the rituals don’t involve blood sacrifices, or any other activity that, if not for the auspices of religion, would be consider immoral, illegal, or just wrong, then let ’em pray. All religions I know preach some kind of intolerance, which inevitably manifests as prejudice by it’s followers. Prejudice and intolerance are the real evils here not the freedom to love anyone you want.
    Why can’t we “live and let live”, “love and let love”, and “pray and let not pray”?
    “Why can’t we all get along?”…..Rodney

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