jEFFSTANA on August 18th, 2010

  It’s easy to fault right-wing blowhards as they expound on any number of knee-jerk propositions. Criticizing polemic closer to the stone is a more nuanced effort. I often follow David Safier — an Arizona local — at his site: Blog for Arizona. Another noted blogger posting on the same site goes by the nom […]

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jEFFSTANA on May 20th, 2010

Driving about metro Phoenix, AZ this spring, I noticed a great crop of political posters sprouting up amidst the urban jungle. Privately I tabulated and categorized the most prevalent signs and additionally noted the staged backdrop to these human-planted advertisements. One of the more popular political sign posts, hawked the wares of the old maverick […]

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jEFFSTANA on May 2nd, 2010

Kudos for a well written piece in today’s AZ Republic by Dennis Wagner, questioning alleged border violence. A media fury fueled by the recent death of a border rancher and the shooting of a deputy sheriff, in separate incidents, along Arizona’s southern border increases the stakes for politicians seeking reelection. In part, the passage of […]

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jEFFSTANA on June 14th, 2009

Glen Beck, the other day, mentioned the holocaust museum shooting as proof that “there is a mentality in our enemies, our country is now vulnerable, this kind of stuff is now coming”. The reason for this tempest says Beck-o, “it’s the economy, it is political correctness, it’s corruption in Washington, it’s the militant Islam”. Maybe […]

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jEFFSTANA on May 2nd, 2009

Rather than closing entire elementary schools (as recently dictated in several locations in the Phoenix metropolitan area), over a very few confirmed cases of a successively mild form of flu; we might have turned to informed disease specialists. Instead, our mass media sold panic to the bored denizens of TV land. If the notion had […]

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