Voting Sometimes Feels Futile.

Voting sometimes feels futile, doesn’t it? Yeah, it does, but we can’t let that make ourselves complacent. Yesterday was primary election day here in Arizona, and that ballot included some important local races, as well as statewide and national candidates. Among those up for reelection is Maricopa County Sheriff Joe… Continue reading

Here we go again, SB1054

SB1054, a bill whose time has long since past. Ultra-conservative Tea Party good-ol-boy-network Republican State Senator John Kavanagh has introduced legislation to make it illegal to record a police officer within 20 feet without express permission. Kiss sousveillance goodbye. Open the door for police abuse of power. I don’t need… Continue reading

Public Schools, Sayonara

It’s been a long and busy day, but I wanted to get a brief post online before I go upstairs and collapse. I spent the day watching all sorts of genre peeps down at Phoenix Comicon and wishing I was there. Instead, I went to the high school graduation of… Continue reading

Wonderful, Horrible Spring

When you live in the heart of Arizona like I do, temperatures under 100 degrees Fahrenheit are nothing to sneeze at. Except they are. When the mercury finaly breaks in the fall, it’s a welcome relief to both your body and your check book. Winter, well, we had 10 days… Continue reading

Arizona Attempts to Legislate Chemistry

Government Can’t Pass Physical Laws Last night, Arizona governor Doug Ducey signed a bill into law that severely restricts the permissibility for abortions in the state of Arizona to be paid under any ACA (Obamacare) insurance plan. But, that isn’t what I’m posting about. As in many controvertial issues, both… Continue reading

Usher In the Mathematically Illiterate Society

Math is Too Hard, Dammit! Apparently, the state of Arizona is headed toward a mathematically illiterate society. We expect too much from from our children, at least, that’s what I gather from this letter to the editor that appeared on the opinions page of today’s Arizona Republic. (If you can’t… Continue reading

Not All Arizona Laws are Crackpot

For the benefit of those not living under the Arizona Good ol’ Boy Network, here’s some visibility of some legislation that didn’t make national news. Ten laws that go into effect tomorrow, and they aren’t all that crazy. 1. Civil Penalty for boaters who refuse drug or alcohol tests. Arizona… Continue reading

Unpublished Op-Ed on the Slide Fire and Climate Change

During the worst stages of the Slide Fire, I had written the Arizona Republic on the connections between global climate change and the predicted increase of severity of wildfires in the western United States. The slide Fire and climate change, is there a connection? They are apparently not going to… Continue reading

Slide Fire

Several days ago, when the Slide Fire first broke out, I sent out a tweet predicting it to become a very dangerous major fire. By this morning, the fire was expected to be as large as 8000 acres, with almost 850 firefighters working hard to get some containment. Oh no…. Continue reading