Cellphone, Internet, and telephone services across half of Arizona went dark on Wednesday after vandals sliced a sensitive fiber optic cable, according to those familiar with the situation. The incident is raising concerns about the safety of U.S. infrastructure.
The outage shut down critical services across large parts of the state, preventing individuals from using their phones, bank and ATM cards, and the Internet. Critical services, such as police and state government databases, as well as banks and hospitals, also were affected as a result of the vandalism.
Republican Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake are liberals representing a conservative state. By their statements and actions, they have proven that they are no longer worthy to be the U.S. Senators from Arizona.
Senator John McCain (R-AZ), who once described the mainstream media as his political base, has declared war on conservatives and the people of Arizona; reportedly leading a purge of the state’s GOP apparatus to pave the way for an easier reelection bid should he decide to run again in 2016.
In January 2013, Tea Party members and other conservatives managed to get John McCain censured by the Arizona Republican Party, for what they characterized as a liberal record that has been “disastrous and harmful” to the state and nation. It was not even close; the Republican Party of Maricopa County, Arizona’s most populous, passed a resolution to censure the senator on a 1,150-to-351 vote. The state GOP party’s censure didn’t even require a recorded vote, it passed by acclamation, meaning by a voice vote.
Now, according to the left-leaning outlet Politico, McCain is getting his revenge.
All high-school students in Arizona would be required to pass the same 100-question civics test required for U.S. citizenship to graduate under a proposal from a state lawmaker.
State Rep. Steve Montenegro, R-Litchfield Park, announced the plan Wednesday that he said would ensure that all Arizona high-school graduates have a basic understanding of civics.
Montenegro is working with other state legislators and officials from the Civics Education Initiative, part of the Civics Proficiency Institute, to craft legislation for the requirement.
Every single student in Arizona and across the United States of America should have basic knowledge and understanding of American government. Civics is just common sense. So, this Civics Education Initiative … is a common-sense approach at achieving that goal,” Montenegrosaid at a press conference with supporters of the proposal,including Rep. John Allen, R-Scottsdale, and Jay Lawrence, representative-elect for District 23.
Lucian Spataro, president and CEO of the Joe Foss Institute, another civics organization affiliated with the initiative, cited a study from the Pew Research Center that found that only about a third of Americans can name the three branches of government.
Other studies, he said, found that less than a quarter of high-school students in Arizona and Oklahoma passed the U.S. Citizenship Civics Test.
The initiative is intended to bring a renewed focus on civics in education, said Sam Stone, national campaign manager for the Civics Education Initiative.
“This a first step to increasing civics education in schools, renewing the importance and focus on civics,” he said.
No surprise this came from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
PHOENIX — Calling the state policy motivated by animosity, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals this morning ordered that “dreamers” be allowed to get Arizona driver’s licenses, at least for the time being.
In a unanimous decision, the court rejected arguments by Gov. Jan Brewer that she was entitled to issue an executive order two years ago denying licenses to those in the federal government’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The court ordered U.S. District Court Judge David Campbell, who had initially denied an injunction on behalf of the dreamers, to direct the state Department of Transportation to provide licenses to those who are in that program.
Today’s ruling does not mean the dreamers will get to keep their licenses. That still needs to be determined after a full-blown trial.
But Judge Harry Pregerson, writing for the three-judge panel, said the evidence presented shows they are likely to ultimately succeed.
There was no immediate response from the governor.
The Obama administration’s response to yesterday’s Supreme Court decision affirming the right of authorities to seek proof of legal residency when otherwise engaged with suspects has now made manifest Barack Obama’s contempt for the rule of law. This is a legitimate election issue that the Romney camp should take up. It far transcends immigration and ethnic politics. Stephen Dinan of the Washington Times explains the response:
We are not far from the end folks. We can’t take much more political correctness. This picture was taken at the AZ state capitol. This photo was taken at a rally at the state capitol yesterday.
The news will not show it and the Capitol Police and Homeland Security would not let Americans or any of the Veterans that were there do anything about it. Friends were threatened to be arrested and were told they would be booked under federal charges if they did anything.
OBAMA’S ILLEGAL 2012 CAMPAIGN FOR PRESIDENT IS LAUNCHED: In the wake of the most destructive, ineligible, fraudulent POTUS administration in American history, Barack Obama possesses no record of positive merit upon which to campaign for re-election. Therefore, infected with a debased liberal disposition, he is left with only a “scorched earth” negative strategy and a slew of personal vendettas against those he hates. The first stop on Obama’s incendiary political delusion begins way out west with a heroic law enforcement official from a little municipality, in a desert borderland far, far away.
WITHIN mere minutes of spotting a car travelling on a dusty track in the United States’ south-western desert, the Republic of Singapore Air Force’s (RSAF) latest and most lethal “smart” bomb found and hit its target.
The 1.6 million-hectare Barry M. Goldwater Training Area in Arizona – about 19 times the size of Singapore – was where the RSAF dropped the Laser Joint Direct Attack Munitions (Jdams) bomb for the first time on Friday.
PHOENIX — The Arizona Legislature gave final approval late Thursday night to a proposal that would require President Obama and other presidential candidates to prove they are U.S. citizens before their names can appear on the state’s ballot.
Arizona would become the first state to require such proof if Gov. Jan Brewer signs the measure into law.