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What's in a Name

Posted: 09/04/10 06:14 PM ET

As a boy growing up in the shadow of Yankee Stadium I would wonder what was "Gigantic" about the Giants or "Brave" about the Braves. At a point in time I realized that the names mean absolutely NOTHING!

As in politics I wondered where the names of the political parties came from until I realized (in my opinion) that they mean little or nothing at the moment.

While it is undoubtedly a gross overstatement, our political parties represent two teams like the Braves and Giants, fighting for money and power, and their names are Republicans and Democrats.

In my hardly ever humble opinion, our president is smart and I like what he stands for. Can someone or anyone PLEASE tell me what Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, Liz Cheney, Rush Limbaugh, Mitch McConnell, Newt Gingrich, Tom DeLay, Sharron Angle, or John Boehner stand for?

Using the words from the Movie Airplane:

Ted Striker: Surely you can't be serious?
Dr. Rumack: I am serious and don't call me Shirley.

Moving along to the horrendous gaffe last week made by the incumbent Republican Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, in theory debating her Democratic opponent Terry Goddard. The Governor stammered with her opening statement yet that was not "the bad part." That about a half a minute into her comments when she appears to runs out of things to say, she looks down, clasps her hands, and pauses for about five seconds. She clasps her hands, and gives a sort of combination sigh and giggle, and then says "We have, uh ... did what was right for Arizona."

To me this "gaffe" mattered little compared to what she had done in the past as Governor. It demonstrates once again that if you are going to do something stupid, do it when there are no cameras or microphones around!

Governor Brewer had promised to keep taxes low in Arizona, in an attempt to attract business from other states, Sadly two months into her term, she proposed a tax increase in front of the State Legislature, causing two Republican members to walk out of the address mid-speech.

Earlier this year Brewer signed the "Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhood Act." This made it "a state crime for illegal immigrants to not have an alien registration document." It requires police "to question people about their immigration status if there is reason." It also makes it illegal for people to hire illegal immigrants for day labor or to knowingly transport them

Another bill concerning "racial profiling" issue was passed by the Arizona legislature just before ending their 2010 session, and it was signed by Brewer. The signing of the bill has led to massive demonstrations in Arizona and many other cities across the United States, both for and against the legislation.

In July 2009, Brewer signed SB 1113, which entitles persons in Arizona to carry concealed guns in bars or restaurants as long as they do not consume alcohol, and the business has not specifically posted a sign in accordance with Arizona law that guns are not to be permitted on the premises.

Brewer also signed SB 1168, a measure that bans property owners from prohibiting the storage of firearms in locked vehicles parked on their lots.

She signed SB 1243, which allows a person who is threatened to announce they are armed, or display or place their hand on their firearm before the use of deadly force.

In April 2010, Brewer signed SB 1108, which removes the licensure requirement for law-abiding citizens who choose to carry a concealed firearm in the state of Arizona -- the third state in the union with such a law after Vermont and Alaska. Brewer is a member and supporter of the National Rifle Association, as well as the Arizona Rifle and Pistol Association.

Brewer believes in strict enforcement of border security, with absolutely no amnesty for illegal immigrants entering the United States unlawfully over the Mexico-United States border. As Governor, she has prohibited state and local governments from giving any public benefits to illegal aliens, in addition to making it a misdemeanor for a state or local government official to fail to report immigration law violations discovered while administering a public benefit or service. Brewer has also supported efforts to re-deploy the National Guard of the United States along the southern Arizona border, in an attempt to provide increased border security.

While speaking on the subject of crime related to illegal immigration, she was quoted as saying that "law enforcement agencies have found bodies in the desert either buried or just lying out there that have been beheaded," a claim that has been disproven.

I just absolutely LOVE this:

Brewer's signed Arizona SB 1070 and it made her the recipient of much of the bill's criticism.

In response to the various personal attacks launched against her, many of which called her a Nazi, she responded: "Knowing that my father died fighting the Nazi regime in Germany, that I lost him when I was 11 because of that . . . and then to have them call me Hitler's daughter. It hurts. It's ugliness beyond anything I've ever experienced." However Brewer's father had died in 1955 (ten years after World War II) from lung cancer. Brewer's father never served in the military nor was he overseas during the war.

While this is nowhere near the magnitude of fibbing about a sexual encounter in the oval office, there has not been a peep about it from Republican leaders, whoever they are.

After saying that "Our law enforcement agencies have found bodies in the desert either buried or just lying out there that have been beheaded." A Fox News team investigated the claim and concluded in the last two years only one human skull had been found and that had been the results of animals. Six medical examiners in Arizona from Yuma, Pima, Santa Cruz, Cochise, Pinal and Maricopa confirmed that they had no records of decapitated bodies.

The Brewer administration has also been investigated by KPHO for hiring Chuck Coughlin and Paul Senseman, both lobbyists for Corrections Corporation of America, as a policy advisor and communications director. Although Coughlin continues work as both a lobbyist and policy advisor, Senseman no longer does work for CCA. CCA operates six private, for-profit prisons in Arizona. After KPHO published its investigative report, Brewer's re-election campaign retaliated by pulling all campaign ads from KPHO, a move which was criticized on the Rachel Maddow Show.

Governor Brewer happens to be a "Republican" Good Grief (GG). She warrants the GG less because she is a Republican but rather because she appears to be, dare I say, Just Plain Ignorant!