*Blogger’s note: I was late in getting this post up on Friday, so I’ll be leaving it up through Tuesday to allow my work-week readers a chance to see it. Holiday weekend and all…
For those of you who’ve come looking for “The Seen” — I’m sure you’re horribly disappointed, so I’ll make it up to you with a bigger, better, more Tucson-tastic Seen next week. (Hint: I’m learning to use photo software from this millennium!)
Thanks for not going all Metta World Peace on me.
THE KEVLAR-TEEN RABBIT
Arizona’s legislators didn’t just level the big guns on women this term — helpless animals, too, should watch their backs.
It is now legal for hunters in Arizona to use automatic weapons, silencers, and armor-piercing ammunition to stealthily rid the desert of wildlife that’s just too dang amalgamated.
Of course, the animals do have home-court advantage, so I suppose those poor hunters had to level the playing field somehow. Besides, you know the old hunter’s creed: “Leave no part of the animal identifiable.”
IN THE WEE, SMALL HOURS
An extremely-last-minute push of heavily amended legislation resulted in huge tax breaks for AZ’s richest corporations and individuals.
Opponents pointed out that a few hours isn’t really long enough to review what was essentially a whole new bill, but lawmakers couldn’t hear the complaints over the sound of campaign finance reform’s death rattle.
Another big win for big business was what opponents call the “Polluter Protection Act” – essentially a force-field of indemnity for environmental offenders. In plain English, the new law says pollution ain’t a crime if you admit to it & promise to clean it up.
Admit it to the government, that is. We The People aren’t privy to that information anymore.
You know, until we start turning orange.
BRIGHT LIGHTS, MIDDLE FINGER
Star-gazers are scratching their collective astronomical map over a new law that permits electronic billboards along AZ highways.
Brewer vetoed a broader version of the bill only months ago, claiming it could hurt the astronomy industry. She now think that 75 miles is enough dark zone to surround telescopes that can see other galaxies.
Which means that Tucson might soon lose even more of its brightest minds, as aspiring young scientists find more and more reasons to leave in droves.
But on their way out of town, they just might be lured into seeing The Beach Boys at AVA Ampitheater.
So I guess we’ll just have to look on the bright side. Literally.
“B-B-B-Brewer and the Leg” is SO going to require a Part 3. Stay tuned!
If you missed “B-B-B-Brewer and the Leg: Part One”
If you want to read real coverage of Arizona’s recent legislative session.
Locally, Vocally is just political satire. Don’t get your skivvies in a twist.