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There are some people who call Arizona, “God’s Country”. Obviously, those people think God is an ignorant, racist, redneck bigot living in a trailer park…

Awesome Art Courtesy Of Alexander Edward Karnes

There are some people who call Arizona, “God’s Country”. Obviously, those people think God is an ignorant, racist, redneck bigot living in a trailer park…

Awesome Art Courtesy Of Alexander Edward Karnes

What An Arizona State University Diploma Looks Like…
If, that is, Arizona State University was honest and not just a pack of lying, greedy corporate shills.  An honest Arizona State University diploma would truly commemorate all that ASU has totally failed to give you and all that it will completely fail to yield for you in years to come.

What An Arizona State University Diploma Looks Like…

If, that is, Arizona State University was honest and not just a pack of lying, greedy corporate shills.  An honest Arizona State University diploma would truly commemorate all that ASU has totally failed to give you and all that it will completely fail to yield for you in years to come.

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When The Easter Bunny Visits Florida…
Or Arizona, Alabama, Alaska, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia or Wyoming

When The Easter Bunny Visits Florida…

Or Arizona, Alabama, Alaska, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia or Wyoming

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                         … ! PILL BABY PILL ! …

New Arizona Law Will Allow Employers to Fire Women for Using Whore Pills

A proposed new law in Arizona would give employers the power to request that women being prescribed birth control pills provide proof that they’re using it for non-sexual reasons. And because Arizona’s an at-will employment state, that means that bosses critical of their female employees’ sex lives could fire them as a result. If we could harness the power of the crappy ideas coming out of the state of Arizona, we could probably power a rocket ship to the moon, where there are no Mexicans or fertile wombs and everyone can be free to be as mean a cranky asshole as they want at all times! Arizona Heaven!

Yesterday, a Senate Judiciary Committee endorsed Republican Debbie Lesko’s HB2625 by a vote of 6-2, which would allow an employer to request proof that a woman using insurance to buy birth control was being prescribed the birth control for reasons other than not wanting to get pregnant. It’s all about freedom, she said, echoing everyone who thinks there’s nothing ironic about claiming that a country that’s “free” allows people’s bosses to dictate what medical care is available to them through insurance. First amendment. The constitution. Rights of religious people to practice the treasured tenets of their faiths, the tenets that dictate that religious people get to tell everyone who is not of faith how they’re supposed to live, and the freedom to have that faith enforced by law. Freedom®.

Further, Lesko states, with a straight face, that this bill is necessary because “we live in America; we don’t live in the Soviet Union.”

Ah, yes, the Soviet Union. The sort of place where a woman might think about getting birth control through an insurance plan to which she contributes premiums without having to show her boss her prescription in order to prove that she wasn’t using it to not get pregnant. The Soviet Union. A hellscape where women don’t run the risk of losing their jobs over their sexual practices. What a horrible, awful place where herds of sluts run wild like feral ponies, humping everything in sight. The nightmare of unwilling motherhood evaded is a constant spectre in The Motherland.

Anyway, this bill probably won’t get anywhere; it violates all sorts of privacy laws and I can’t imagine that female citizens of Arizona would be in favor of having their rights further legislated away by a chamber of mostly dudes trying to win votes from Team Jerk Version of Jesus. But that doesn’t make it any less depressing. In fact, it’s almost depressing enough to make a lady consider building a time machine so that she can take it back to 1985 and find some job security in the Soviet Union.

Courtesy Of ERIN GLORIA RYAN

On Thursday Sheriff Joe Arpaio held a press conference to announce the “results” of his investigation into whether the Democratic current President of the United States was really born in America at all or whether it was a decades-spanning plot to do (something) because (something) and because, obviously, the first non-lily-white American president cannot possibly be legitimate on the merits, especially in those nooks of America that, like Arizona, have recently rededicated themselves towards race-based paranoias of all sorts.


As near as can be determined, the primary conclusion of Sheriff Joe and his Insane Clown Posse is that scanned documents are scanned. Rather than Arpaio actually having any investigation at all, he simply outsourced it to a passel of conspiracy cranks from World Net Daily and the like who had already reached their “conclusions” years ago, put the Sheriff Joe name on the top of the thing, and called it done. This is the kind of dedicated, not-at-all-asinine work we have come to expect from America’s worst-run sheriff department. The only non-asinine thing about any of it was, as Arpaio so earnestly assured us all, that the hard work of repackaging old conspiracy theories was financed from gullible donors. He did not siphon public money in order to “investigate” anything.

That was the story on Thursday, anyway. Now? Maybe not so much:

Arpaio told radio talk show host Mike Broomhead on station KFYI that the [purported results of his insane hunt for zebras by an outsourced group of zebra-hunters] “takes it into a different level.”

"I’ll have to decide how to go with this and get some more help from our detectives that we should pursue," Arpaio said. "When you get information about a criminal violation, I think it’s incumbent on somebody to look at it and do something about it."

Two things jump out, obviously. One, that he is so taken with this ‘scanned documents are scanned’ theory he is now contemplating having his sheriff department spend actual money following up on it. Two: he says “get some more help”? More? Is this jackass saying he hadprevious help from his own paid sheriff’s staff, despite denying it mere hours beforehand?


While I am sorely tempted to donate money to Sheriff Joe to have him “investigate” other things (and really, Sheriff Joe Investigates sounds like a damn fine Fox News program—I can hear the theremin-heavy opening credits already), I would be damn peeved to hear that this nut has or might use taxpayer-funded employees to pursue his little pet theories. Still, I expect now that Sheriff Joe will want to get cracking on investigations as to whether we ever really landed on the moon, whether the Loch Ness Monster really exists, and what really happened on 9/11. I am sure he will be able to find volunteer “investigators” on the internet for each of those things; all that is required is that he plaster his name up there at the top. This is a man that raids suspected cock-fighting operations in an armored tank with his name prominently displayed on the side, and with Steven Seagal in tow for good measure, so self-promotion would seem to be this conspiracy crank’s core skill.

Courtesy of Hunter for the Daily Kos

Last week, an Arizona House Committee approved a bill requiring even the poorest students to pay a minimum of $2,000 per year to attend public university in the Grand Canyon State.


Arizona Republicans took up the measure, HB 2675, after hearing that nearly half of students at Arizona State University did not pay tuition in the 2009-10 school year, whether due to financial aid need or scholarships. In reality, “[t]he most current figure is closer to 25 percent, said Christine Thompson, the regents’ vice president of government relations.”

Though approximately 100 Arizona college students showed up at the committee hearing to voice their concern that HB 2675 would make it harder to graduate, Rep. Michelle Ugenti (R) had pointed words for them: “welcome to life.”The Arizona Republic has more:

About 100 students signed in to oppose the bill, and a handful spoke out against it. James Allen, UA student-body president, told legislators that by passing the bill, legislators would make it harder to achieve a higher-education degree.

Rep. Michelle Ugenti, R-Scottsdale, replied, “Welcome to life.”

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A few minutes later, Rep. Matt Heinz, D-Tucson, admonished his colleagues for their comments.

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“I feel these students are being greeted with open hostility,” said Heinz, who later voted against the bill.

Despite the students’ protest, the House Appropriations Committee narrowly passed the bill on Wednesday, 7-6. It did not earn a single Democratic vote.

Tuition at the three public universities in Arizona is already above the national average, thanks to recent “sharp tuition increases.” Nevertheless, the University of Arizona voted last April to raise tuition rates again, this time requiring students to pay an additional $1,800 during the 2011-12 school year.

Courtesy of Scott Keyes for ThinkProgress.org 


Show your support for Arizona State University students and sign the petition to Reduce The Costs Of Education For Arizona State University Students at Change.org.

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Nickles and Dimes - Arizona State University’s 2012-2013 Tuition Proposal.
On February 24, 2012, Arizona State University presented its tuition proposal for the 2012-2013 academic year to the Arizona Board of Regents. The ASU proposal does not include a possible (and likely) increase in costs for housing, meals and a variety of other potential student costs and fees.
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With all of the “Nickle and Diming” of it’s over 70,000 students for everything from books to meals to parking to football tickets to housing…etc, etc… Arizona State University hardly needs an increase of it’s tuition by a single penny…
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This year’s ASU in-state freshmen are playing $9,208 for tuition a year. Tuition and fees — depending on their academic colleges — bring their totals close to $10,000 annually. During the 2010-2011 academic year, ASU’s resident freshmen paid $7,800 in tuition. Arizona State University has been receiving growing pressure from parents, students and lawmakers to halt the steep tuition hikes that have occurred in the past few years. Since 2007, tuition and fees have gone up 96 percent at ASU.
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The sharpest increases occurred over the past three years and coincided with significant cuts in state funding because of Arizona’s economic crisis. The university system lost $428 million in state funding since 2008 even as enrollment grew, meaning per-student funding fell by about 50 percent. Last year, the Arizona Board Of Regents voted to hike tuition 20 percent at ASU. 
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Universities are feeling increased pressure at the state and national level to make higher education more affordable. Last month, President Barack Obama called for changes to the higher-education financial-aid system and warned colleges and universities that they could lose federal funds if they fail to control spiraling tuition costs.
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Obama said he was “putting colleges on notice” that skyrocketing tuition hikes have to end.
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“You can’t assume that you’ll just jack up tuition every single year. If you can’t stop tuition from going up, then the funding you get from taxpayers each year will go down,” Obama said in a speech at the University of Michigan.
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As always, Arizona State University President Michael M. Crow welcomes your criticism, complaints, commentary, ideas, questions, condemnation, pugnacity, censure, grievances, protestations, opposition, castigation and smart-ass remarks at michael.crow@asu.edu.
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You are also welcome to sign the petition to Reduce The Costs Of Education For Arizona State University Students at Change.org.

Nickles and Dimes - Arizona State University’s 2012-2013 Tuition Proposal.

On February 24, 2012, Arizona State University presented its tuition proposal for the 2012-2013 academic year to the Arizona Board of Regents. The ASU proposal does not include a possible (and likely) increase in costs for housing, meals and a variety of other potential student costs and fees.

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With all of the “Nickle and Diming” of it’s over 70,000 students for everything from books to meals to parking to football tickets to housing…etc, etc… Arizona State University hardly needs an increase of it’s tuition by a single penny…

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This year’s ASU in-state freshmen are playing $9,208 for tuition a year. Tuition and fees — depending on their academic colleges — bring their totals close to $10,000 annually. During the 2010-2011 academic year, ASU’s resident freshmen paid $7,800 in tuition. Arizona State University has been receiving growing pressure from parents, students and lawmakers to halt the steep tuition hikes that have occurred in the past few years. Since 2007, tuition and fees have gone up 96 percent at ASU.

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The sharpest increases occurred over the past three years and coincided with significant cuts in state funding because of Arizona’s economic crisis. The university system lost $428 million in state funding since 2008 even as enrollment grew, meaning per-student funding fell by about 50 percent. Last year, the Arizona Board Of Regents voted to hike tuition 20 percent at ASU. 

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Universities are feeling increased pressure at the state and national level to make higher education more affordable. Last month, President Barack Obama called for changes to the higher-education financial-aid system and warned colleges and universities that they could lose federal funds if they fail to control spiraling tuition costs.

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Obama said he was “putting colleges on notice” that skyrocketing tuition hikes have to end.

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“You can’t assume that you’ll just jack up tuition every single year. If you can’t stop tuition from going up, then the funding you get from taxpayers each year will go down,” Obama said in a speech at the University of Michigan.

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As always, Arizona State University President Michael M. Crow welcomes your criticism, complaints, commentary, ideas, questions, condemnation, pugnacity, censure, grievances, protestations, opposition, castigation and smart-ass remarks at michael.crow@asu.edu.

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You are also welcome to sign the petition to Reduce The Costs Of Education For Arizona State University Students at Change.org.


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Because there isn’t enough snow in Arizona to support a ski range, the Snowbowl (Toilet Bowl?) Resort is making its own snow. But the only water available is wastewater. Some people are not pleased.

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It’s not uncommon for ski resorts to make artificial snow when the real thing can’t be found, but the Snowbowl Ski Resort in Flagstaff, Arizona, wants to take the practice to another level by covering its slopes with snow made out of 180 million gallons of recycled wastewater. It’s a plan that is drawing ire from local Native American tribes and environmental activists alike.

Snowbowl first received the go-ahead to make artificial snow in 2005 to compensate for unpredictable weather (that’s what happens when you build a ski resort in the desert). More recently, the city of Flagstaff agreed to sell 1.5 million gallons of wastewater daily from a local treatment plant to the resort.

The ski resort plans to construct a 15-mile pipeline from the city that goes to a reservoir. When Snowbowl is low on real powder, it will be able to pump the wastewater into large fans that churn out a fine mist of water droplets, which can quickly freeze into snow.

Perhaps the largest impediment to Snowbowl’s plan is the Hopi Tribe, which sued Flagstaff for its decision to go ahead with the wastewater plan. The problem: Snowbowl’s wastewater runoff will likely end up on land that the tribe considers to be sacred. In fact, 13 Native American tribes worship at the San Francisco Peaks—the inactive volcano range that is home to Snowbowl. And having soiled water on sacred land so that people can go skiing doesn’t sit well with the tribes.

The Hopi Tribe explains:

The contract provides for the use of reclaimed wastewater in a mountain setting where runoff and overspray cannot be prevented, as Arizona law requires. Additionally, restrictions on limiting human contact with wastewater cannot be met, and harm to the unique alpine environment in the area, including rare animals and plants, cannot be prevented. The contract is also illegal under Arizona law because it will result in unreasonable environmental degradation and will further deplete limited drinking water resources.

The Hopi tribe also contends that the project violates its water rights, which guarantee that the tribe has enough water to meet the needs of its reservation.

The Coconino National Forest’s environmental impact statement for the project contains a laundry list of other potential problems: visible “scarring” of the local landscape, increased local noise levels from the snowmaking machines, the potential to change soil chemistry and moisture, and destruction of wildlife habitats.

And then there are the health implications of skiing on treated poop water. Mother Jones points us to a study claiming that Flagstaff’s treated wastewater may contain hormones, endocrine disruptors, pharmaceuticals, carcinogens, and more. This could cause toxicity and reproductive issues for wildlife surrounding the ski slopes. And as for the humans at Snowbowl? It’s hard to say what the health impact may be—this is the first time a ski resort has attempted to use 100% treated wastewater to churn out snow. Skiers should just hope that they don’t fall and get a mouthful of the stuff.

Despite the Hopi lawsuit, Snowbowl began construction on its wastewater system this past spring. But if the project fails, we have another suggestion: When real snow arrives, cover the ski slopes in bubble wrap. Patrons may be more inclined to ski on plastic than on recycled sewage.

Courtesy of ARIEL SCHWARTZ

Ariel Schwartz is a Senior Editor at Co.Exist. She has contributed to SF Weekly, Popular Science, Inhabitat, Greenbiz, NBC Bay Area, GOOD Magazine and more

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February 9, 2012:

The recent actions by the ASU administration to block access to the Change.org tuition petition are despicable. Worse, the University’s justification for these actions was a bold-faced lie.

For the University to block an online petition just because it advocates something they may not like is the height of institutional censorship, which is contrary to the most deeply held virtues of the academy.

Does AT&T disconnect your phone call if you’re telling a friend that their service is overpriced? Does your MacBook stop working if you go to download a Linux distribution? Of course not.

Worse, far worse, is ASU’s claim that they blocked access to this website to conserve their network resources. This is a lie, plain and simple. They know it, and they purposefully lied to the University community anyway. This website uses a miniscule amount of bandwidth. Students and faculty transfer tens of gigabytes of data without thinking twice, or stream multi-GB movies from Netflix. Compared to these everyday “acceptable” uses of the network, the amount of bandwidth consumed by Change.org‘s petition is utterly trivial — maybe a few hundred kilobytes. This has nothing to do with the cost of tuition at ASU. It’s about censorship and about using lies to justify it.

Sun Devils, you deserve better. You deserve for your university to foster open discourse, something that has been cherished by academics for a thousand years, and not censor ideas just because they’re afraid of them. You also deserve for your university, to whom you each pay thousands of dollars a year, to not lie to your faces about what they’re doing and why.

Walter Freeman
Ph.D., Computational Physics

Originally published February 8, 2012 at 5:18 pm at statepress.com

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Arizona State University infuriated activists when the school decided to block access to Change.org, a popular site that allows people to create and sign petitions in an effort to produce social change.

According to Free Press — a nonpartisan media reform organization — ASU decided to lift the ban after being inundated with “thousands of complaints.”

The school is claiming that the now discarded ban had nothing to do with the content of Change.org, but rather was implemented to protect students and the university’s network from spam and viruses.

"Arizona State University blocked access to the website change.org after it was used to spam thousands of university email accounts in early December 2011," a university statement says. ”ASU strongly supports the First Amendment and an individual’s or group’s right to free speech.”

But the blog Common Dreams noted that Change.org is currently hosting a petition demanding ASU reduce its tuition rates.

"The corruption and greed that masquerades as Arizona State government must come to this realization now. The citizens of the State Of Arizona and the students at Arizona State University demand better," the petition states.

A writer for Common Dreams who used to work for Change.org shot back at the university’s claims, saying, "Change.org is anything but spam. It’s a perfectly lawful website that has helped millions take action on a host of important issues."

The university apparently felt the battle wasn’t worth fighting and announced last week that access to Change.org had been restored.

"The university acknowledges and understands the expression of concern from some members of the community who desire access to Change.org from university computing resources," the school said in a statement obtained by Free Press. “The university has removed the restriction against site access from university computing resources.”

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Courtesy of the Huffington Post

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Eric Haywood, the author of the original petition censored by ASU and also, the publisher of TheDailyShit.com, responded to ASU’s ridiculous claims as follows;



26 minutes ago ( 8:11 PM)
"Spam is a mass mailing to different email address from one entity, undertaken for the purposes of financial gain. Change.org is the inverse. It solicits the masses to mail just one entity, and the petition is undertaken for the purpose of social change or altering a law or policy, not for for financial gain."

No spam was ever sent to any ASU student. ASU is full of crap.

As the publisher of thedailysh­­it.com and the author of the petition hosted by Change.org which can be found at;

http://www­­.change.o­r­g/petiti­on­s/arizo­na-­state-­boar­d-of-­regen­ts-r­educe-­the­-costs-­of­-educati­o­n-for-ari­­zona-state­­-universi­t­y-studen­ts

It has been my experience as a student at ASU that ASU is not interested in fostering an environmen­­t that is respectful of the 1st Amendment.­­..Nor am I of the opinion that ASU is concerned about the quality of education that it is tasked to provide. What I do believe is that ASU is far more interested in the financial exploitati­­on of students above all other things…I believe that ASU is failing it’s students and society as a result.

In other words, ASU cares about the money it can generate from the 72,000 plus students that are currently enrolled. We are nothing more than cows to be milked. Sheep to be sheared. We are livestock.

We, as students, are there for ASU. ASU is not there for us.
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When a person donates to a political figure, they expect that cash to be used towards furthering said politicians’ stated goals. Jan PAC, Arizona Governor Jan Brewers’ fund raising group, has pledged to focus on 4 goals:

  • Securing the border & restoring integrity to our immigration system
  • Fighting ObamaCare
  • Creating jobs – Getting Americans back to work
  • Reducing the size of government

Instead, Jan Brewer has used donations to her political action committee to buy her own book (ostensibly to give to donors who contribute $100 or more but happens to have the side effect of putting PAC money directly into her pocket) and to stay at an expensive hotel.

According to a report from Talking Points Memo:

“The governor had raised only about $22,000 for Jan PAC by the end of 2011 and spent nearly a quarter of the cash, buying books from Amazon and paying a bill at the luxurious Waldorf Astoria hotel in Orlando, Fla. The rest of the money is still in the bank.

Brewer spent $3,423 on books and shipping from the online retailer, according to the financial reports. On her fundraising website, she offers a signed copy of her book “Scorpions for Breakfast” to every donor who gives $100 or more.

In early December she also spent $624 for a night at the swank Waldorf Astoria in Orlando, which her financial disclosures repeatedly misspell as “Orlanda.” Another $513 went to airfare on Southwest Airlines.”

It’s the kind of thing Republicans would definitely take Democrats to task over, but as usual, when a Republican is guilty of misusing donations, it’s perfectly acceptable.

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This report reveals quite a lot about Jan Brewer and her support team. Like the typical Right Wing nut job, she has no intention of actually using money for its intended purposes. Like the typical Right Wing nut job, she is selfish and thinks she is more important than she actually is. Like the typical Right Wing nut job, she abuses the trust of the her constituents. And like the typical Right Wing nut job, she can’t spell. As I said before, if a Democrat was doing this, Republicans would be screaming bloody murder about fraud and waste and would be calling for resignations and investigations. How can the Republican Party claim to be the defenders of what our money is spent on when they can’t even use PAC funds for the purposes they say they’re supposed to be used for?

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