Lock your love on 4th Avenue

Lockyourlove

Last year for Valentine’s Day 2015 five heART shaped sculptures were placed around 4th Avenue, for lovers to attach their lock to them. Lots of loving couples did just do that, so the sculptures are mostly full of all types of metal locks, in different colors, shapes, some with decorations.  See photo below.

HeART schulptre on 4th Avenue x E. 6th St. courtesy of Carolyn Classen

HeART sculpture on 4th Avenue x E. 6th St., courtesy of Carolyn Classen

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Bernie Sanders: Candidate of the AZ Democratic “establishment”

Crossposted from DemocraticDiva.com

So I have no problem with this per se:

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The anti-government Tea-Publican strategy of ‘damaging the brand’

Tea-Publicans love to quote Ronald Reagan’s anti-government smear, the nine most terrifying words : “I’m from the Government, and I’m here to help.”

American satirist P.J. O’ Rourke clarified the problem well when he said that “Republicans are the party that says government doesn’t work, and then they get elected and prove it.”

Screenshot-9Boy howdy, do they ever! Their strategy is to make such a mess of government that people lose all confidence in government (and other public institutions). A Gallup poll, Confidence in U.S. Institutions Still Below Historical norms (June 2015), found that already low confidence in our system of government, our economy, the media, banking, big business, religious institutions and watchdogs was further eroding.

From a broad perspective, Americans’ confidence in all institutions over the last two years has been the lowest since Gallup began systematic updates of a larger set of institutions in 1993.

Tea-Publicans believe that by making government not work, voters will reward them for being the Cassandra who prophesied that “government does not work.”

(They of course have no plan to “fix” government to make it work more effectively or efficiently. That’s not their objective.)

Unfortunately, this evil plan has worked like a charm. Voters are simply too ignorant or disengaged from politics, or too discouraged with a broken system to vote and to hold those responsible accountable.

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Authoritarian Movement Conservatives Assault The Voter Protection Act

Last October I warned you about how Authoritarian Movement Conservatism threatens democracy. You should refresh your recollection by re-reading this post.

Arizona has long been a hotbed for radical authoritarian movement conservatism.

Corporate interests and groups like the “Kochtopus” American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) have increasingly been pursuing state “preemption” measures to block local control over a range of issues, from the minimum wage, to LGBTQ rights, to immigration. Corporate Interests Take Aim at Local Democracy.

MussoliniIn his state of the state speech, Il Duce, the ice cream man hired by Koch Industries to run their Southwest subsidiary formerly known as the state of Arizona, threatened local municipalities from enacting wage and conditions of employment regulations, or he and his henchmen in our lawless Tea-Publican legislature will punish them by withholding state revenue sharing funds. Gov. Ducey warns cities against minimum wage laws. (Note: our lawless Tea-Publican legislature has been sweeping stealing state revenue sharing funds from local municipalities for years to “balance” the state budget with gimmicks, so this isn’t much of a threat).

This is despite the fact that the Arizona Courts have ruled that local municipalities have the legal right to set minimum wage and conditions of employment under a citizens initiative, Prop. 202, enacted by voters in 2006. Court: Arizona cities can raise minimum wage.

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