Russell Pearce's Fantasy Dictatorship, and John Kavanagh as Josephine

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Cute couple, eh?

Jared Lee Loughner should run for the Arizona state Legislature. He'd feel right at home, particularly amongst the Russell Pearce Republicans, who are so delusional and high on their own supply right now that I'm half expecting to see state Senate President Pearce dressed up as Napoleon next time I head down to the Capitol.

Pearce's pal State Representative John Kavanagh? All he needs is an Empire dress and a frilly slip, and he can play Josephine to Pearce's Little Corporal. Maybe he'll carry concealed in a dainty lace garter. Zut alors!

Representative Carl Seel can play Pearce's 18th Century footstool. And state Senator Ron Gould? Pearce's fancypants valet, natch.

All this comes to mind in the wake of various proposed dingbat laws that would: 1) exempt Arizona from international law; 2) require federal agencies to register with the local sheriff; 3) undermine the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution; and 4) grant the Legislature the power to -- magically -- "nullify" any federal laws that legislators believe have gone too far.

If you don't believe the last one, check the suggested language for yourself below.

Can they do this, you might ask? Well, no. Federal law trumps state law. And the feds are not going to stop enforcing federal law just because Pearce and the nudniks at the state Legislature order them to do otherwise. So here we go with another meaningless, waste of time bill. That is, unless Pearce is ready to call up the Arizona National Guard and declare war on the federal gub'mint.

Kind of reminds me of the Emperor Caligula wanting to make his horse Incitatus a Roman consul. What's next? Will Pearce declare himself Sultan of Sand Land? Anoint himself Allah and pardon his fugitive son Joshua Pearce, who currently has a bench warrant out on him?

Hey, in the state of crazy that is Arizona, the loonies run the asylum a la Marat/Sade. Sadly, I may have just given Pearce and his Republinuts an idea or two.

From SB 1433:

A.  The joint legislative committee on nullification of federal laws is established consisting of the president of the senate or the president's designee, who serves as cochairperson, six members of the senate who are appointed by the president of the senate, the speaker of the house of representatives or the speaker's designee who serves as cochairperson and six members of the house of representatives who are appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives.  No more than four members of the senate and no more than four members of the house of representatives may be from the same political party.  Members shall serve two year terms beginning and ending on the convening of the regular session of the legislature each odd‑numbered year.

B.   A majority of the members constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.  The committee shall meet on the call of either cochairperson.

C.  the committee shall recommend, propose and call for a vote by simple majority to nullify in its entirety a specific federal law or regulation that is outside the scope of the powers delegated by the People to the federal government in the United States Constitution.  The committee shall make its recommendation within thirty days after receiving the federal legislation for consideration and process.

D.  The committee may review all existing federal statutes, mandates and Executive orders for the purpose of determining their constitutionality. The committee may recommend for nullification existing federal statutes, mandates and Executive orders enacted before the effective date of this section.

E.  On the committee's recommendation for nullification, the legislature shall vote on whether to nullify the action within sixty days after the committee's recommendation.  Until the vote, the issue in question is of no effect.  The appropriate documentation reflecting the legislature's vote shall be documented in the journals of the respective houses.

F.  If the legislature votes by simple majority to nullify any federal statute, mandate or Executive order on the grounds of constitutionality, this state and its citizens shall not recognize or be obligated to live under the statute, mandate or executive order.

G.  The committee shall ensure that the legislature adopts and enacts all measures that may be necessary to prevent the enforcement of any federal law or regulation nullified pursuant to this section.  The committee shall ensure that the jurisdiction of any cause of action between this State and the federal government regarding nullification of any federal legislation, mandate or executive order with the Supreme Court of the United States alone, as stated in Article III, section 2, United States Constitution.






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Anon
Anon

This is to good to leave behind...

"The state of Arizona does not exist without the Federal Government. The 'feds' have made this place habitable by Americans. They drove off and contained the indians. They conquered and purchased the land from Mexico. They dammed up every river in the state for irrigation, drinking and recreation water. They provided all the military bases we have. They pay our defense contractors a nice sum for their goods.

So the real question is- what is Pierce up to? What does he gain from this? He's too old to go any further up the rungs. Does he stand to make money? If so, from whom?

None of this makes any sense to me. Is it simply to drive off people from the state (white and non-white alike)?"

Aaa
Aaa

Bird, don't be a dingbat. Only valid federal law past pursuant to valid and enumerated constitutional provisions trumps state law. Vitriol is fine, but at least make it well researched vitriol, otherwise you just undermine your point and cause people to take you less seriously.

Anon
Anon

Stephen, Great article, telling it like it is!

Theitguy
Theitguy

So, let me get this straight. One, they want to be able to nullify any and all laws that are inconvenient for these throwbacks to the Wild West. Two, they also have no problems cutting every single category of the state budget EXCEPT for prisons. And finally, they want to kick out everyone who does not approach their particular tastes in pale skin. My question is this, how are they going to pay for the prison increase without federal funds? Oh wait, they want to give the federal government the finger, yet collect the handout. Sounds particularly hypocritical, even for them. I can't wait until someone asks this question on live television.

ReggieVV
ReggieVV

One will never go broke underestimating the stupidity of the Arizona Legislature. Please, Get rid of everything the Federal Government ever did for Arizona. Dismantle Hoover Dam, pull up I-40, I-10, I-8, and I-17. Don't forget the railroad lines, they were all subsidized by Federal land grants. Get rid of the CAP canal. Get rid of Roosevelt Dam. Get rid of the Wellton Mohawk Irrigation District. Pull down Davis Dam, and especially for Ron Gould, get rid of Parker Dam. Move Luke Air Force Base out, move the Yuma Proving Ground and MCAS Yuma out. Get rid of Davis-Monthan Airbase, close Fort Huachuca. Close Grand Canyon National Park, and all other National Parks and Mounuments, and give them to Jim Rhodes, Ned Warren, and Fife Symington. Close all mines on Federal Land. Stop all grazing on BLM land. Not one more tree to be cut on Federal Forest Lands. When the forest fires hit do not call the Smoke jumpers, they are Federal employees. All Indian tribes should put fences around their properties and keep everyone else out, since they were federal establishements. And by gosh, make sure no one in this State gets any social security, Medicare, or VA benefits. Get rid of the those Veterans' Cemetaries, and VA Hospitals. Bring back slavery. Open the border, since the Border Patrol is Federal, and no more Customs Enforcement or INS at the border. Leave the border security to Arizona's Sheriff's offices. But make sure you don't raise any taxes to support those Sheriff's, we are all against any tax increases. Please do not give any pay to any Federal judge nor Jon Kyl, or Senator Senile, and especially not to Trent Franks. Please Federal Government, do absolutely nothing for Arizona. That is what they want, give it to them. They all must be nulified in Arizona.

Anon
Anon

The state of Arizona would not exist if it couldn't feed off the Federal government - that may be why they are so obsessed with Obama. They need to concentrate on their own backyard. They've created agencies to feed and perpetuate themselves at the peoples' expense. They all feed out of the same trough.

Anon
Anon

The state of Arizona would not exist if it couldn't feed off the Federal government - that may be why they are so obsessed with Obama. They need to concentrate on their own backyard. They've created agencies to feed and perpetuate themselves at the peoples' expense. They all feed out of the same trough.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

This is how southern state legislatures behaved in 1860 and 1861. Self-righteous, arrogant and convinced that they would prevail against the hated central government. Beware, Rusty. Read some history other than Cleon Skousen.

I Can See You
I Can See You

The problem with Pearce is the city of Mesa 'district 18', the City of Hate and Fear. Pearce, Arpaio and Brewer feed this fear. The Utah community in Arizona has it's own separate government, tax system and social services, and oppose everyone else in the state from collectively providing services they need. They love a police state because it provides jobs for them and their children which they control at the expense of others. They don't care about anyone outside the Utah community and do their best to keep them face down in the dirt.

XSoldier
XSoldier

Guest:America won the land from Mexico in the Mexican-American War in 1848.

Russell Pearce is a stupid, sick old man whose primary agenda is to benefit his already overblown ego.

While Pearce may gain traction with his birthright bullshit through the Affordable Care Act, aka "Obamacare", he will NEVER succeed in changing the 14th Amendment. Unless he wants to lose the equal protection and due process clauses that amendment offers.

To say that we don't have to comply with federal law is simply going too far. While I don't agree with several recently enacted federal laws, this is not the way to resolve them.

Governor Jan Brewer says that the state does not have the money to restore transplants to people who will die without them.

Note to Jan: If you don't sign any more of Pearce's bullshit legislation that is GUARANTEED to get the citizens of this state sued by the U.S. government (or any government, for that matter) and cost more than $1M to defend (SB 1070 anyone?), we will have the money to restore transplants and get this state of the hellhole that it's in!!! Hence the reason Arizona is poor.

Rob
Rob

any modern equivalents of elba or st helens?

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

Paraguay, but most of the Nazis who found sanctuary down there are dead or shitting in their adult diapers.

Stacy
Stacy

Those bunch of clowns at the legislature are making AZ the joke of the nation. BTW, to all those that are unemployed and voted for these assholes, you can send your thank you notes to Russell Pearce and Jan Brewer.

David Saint
David Saint

lol, "Budget, WE DONT NEED NO STINKIN BUDGET, LETS JUST CREATE LAWS TO SEPERATE US FROM THE UNITED STATES!"

david saint
david saint

I think Pearce just created a new definition of insanity with this. First International law, presumably so the UN doesnt try and tell AZ how to treat deportees. Now, they want to try virtually the same thing Texas tried years back, and failed....all while we are in a fiscal nightmare. Great allocation of resources!! Now, can we do something about fixing the budget, or are personal and GOP agendas going to continue?

Mtn Girl
Mtn Girl

The Public Safety and Elections Task Force arm of ALEC has some really big guns (pun intended) providing backing for the creation of legislation, even though ALEC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit: CCA, Geo-Group, American Bail Coalition, NRA, Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, Sodexo Marriott, etc. Why isn't there a real investigation, by proper authorities (the Feds) into the greasing of palms and probable ethics/elections/campaign violations between these entities and Russell Pearce, Jan Brewer, and the 35 other AZ Legislators who pay dues to belong to this group? So far New Times and NPR have published the best investigative journalism about this subject, yet Arizona is still being hosed everyday by ALEC (and FAIR).

Forget being king - Pearce will not stop until he is crowned *despot* of Arizona - or arrested for taking the *law* into his own hands.

Simplybarb
Simplybarb

Pearce needs to go he really is a lunatic! The state is falling apart and he is on such a power trip he avoids the real issues because he is so hellbent on going after hispanics.....you notice I didnt say illegals because he just hates brown skinned people and look up his record ...he is anti-women too. Because he is a wife abuser. The man will bring down this state. He is a loose cannon and someone in our senate needs to stop him from reloading

Hock
Hock

The scary thing is...people (and I use the term "people" loosely) vote for these baffoons. It's just amazing to me how simpleminded voters can be.

James
James

Remember the battle of Athens!

The Class West
The Class West

Got this release from GerriC7@gmail.com, believed to be from our Class East Associate GERRI COCOZZA in NYC, She and her people appear to be linking many politicians to stolen U.S. Treasury funds. Is Senator Pearce involved?

"THE THEFT OF TRILLIONS FROM THE U.S. TREASURY BY AMERICAN OFFICIALS IS NOW BEING EXPOSED AT http://WantaGate.BlogsSpot.com PHOENIX NEW TIMES (www.PhoenixNewTimes.com) reporter STEPHEN LEMONS (Stephen.Lemons@newtimes.com) accurately calls ARIZONA's pathetic loser RUSSELL PEARCE a "fantasy dictator." Please seehttp://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.c... PEARCE, with JOE ARPAIO behind the scenes, is on another legislation binge in Sand Land as he attempts to escape prosecution as a co-conspirator with drunken billionaire RICHARD MELLON SCAIFE in the WANTAGATE THEFT OF TRILLIONS described at http://WantaGate.Blogspot.com . PEARCE is feverishly trying to push through ridiculous and unconstitutional laws specifically designed to shield him and his co-conspirators from federal and international prosecution and imprisonment. Our colleagues are now presenting irrefutable evidence to international authorities, who apparently are networking with Interpol and law enforcement agencies from many nations in taking down the global financial terrorists who own, buy, and sell punks like PEARCE and ARPAIO. Don't drop the soap, guys! The Class West, The Class East, and The Class Global

--- On Tue, 2/1/11, Ct global Documents <ctglobaldocs@yahoo.com> wrote:

From: Ct global Documents <ctglobaldocs@yahoo.com>Subject: REQUEST FOR INVESTIGATION TO THE ICC PROSECUTERS - Fw: WANTAGATE PRIMER - BARRY SOETORO aka OBAMA's VATICAN BANK SLUSH FUNDS - HOW SOETORO/OBAMA, THE BUSH BUFFOONS, and HILARY and BUBBA CLINTON STOLE TRILLIONS FROM "WE THE PEOPLE."To: Date: Tuesday, February 1, 2011, 11:41 PM

To The International Criminal Court Prosecuters: These are opinions based on known facts. We request a full investigation under the ROME STATUTE, Article 15, reqarding the criminal corruption and INSIDE COUP being perpetrated by BARRY SOETORO aka OBAMA, GEORGE BUSH, Sr and Jr, HILARY and BILL CLINTON, and their global co-conspirators, who include the ITALIAN PRIME MINISTER SILVIO BERLUSCONI. You can supplement your inquiries with the irrefutable evidence adduced at the CIA-COLUMBIA-OBAMA Sedition and Treason trial, held last May, 2010, in NYC. SOETORO/OBAMA, the CIA, and their many co-conspirators were convicted of SEDITION, CONSPIRACY, MAIL/WIRE FRAUD, and other HIGH CRIMES AGAINST AMERICA. A summary and transcripts of "The Trial" are at www.CRS-Reports.org and www.ATLAH.org . Please see the summary and evidence in the GLOBAL SETTLEMENT FUNDS FRAUD at http://wantagate.blogspot.com . We are seeking INTERNATIONAL INDICTMENTS and/or WARRANTS for SOETORO/OBAMA and his co-conspirators because their true intent is to DESTROY A SOVEREIGN and FREE NATION - THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. We are getting NO ASSISTANCE from any of our politicians because many are getting kickbacks and pay-offs from the slush funds being laundered by THE VATICAN BANK and other people and entities. Thank you for your assistance. Sincerely, /s/ CT Global Documents, by ___________________________________, ___________________________________, </ctglobaldocs@yahoo.com></ctglobaldocs@yahoo.com>

Coz
Coz

Arizona leadership is fucking nuts...they all belong in an insane asylum.

Oldman47
Oldman47

Now I get it. Pearce and his cronys, in this case with special recognition to Gould from Lake Havasu, are liberalizing the gun laws in this state to prepare for an AZ army that will fight the US when it invades Arizona after cessation.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

And like West Virginia, southern Arizona will secede from the rebels and join the union side as Baja Arizona - I can hear it now - the lilting refrain of "Marching Through Mesa!"

East Valley Girl
East Valley Girl

Russell Pearce is a perfect example of a bully---someone who would abuse animals, beat up a wife and take advantage of anyone that he knows is unable to fight back. It's just about time someone accept the responsibility of admitting him to the state hospital for the insane for testing---or just go ahead and commit him. This man is dangerous.

WTF
WTF

What The FUCK is wrong with voters in AZ specially those in Mesa......this is absolutely the most stupid state in the nation for electing this Nazy idiot over and over!!!! i don't even want to bring the others Brewer, Arpaio Horne..etc the list just never ends......

Tcniner Guy
Tcniner Guy

Haddie, just take a minute and think about the personality of a guy who can whup on the little woman when she 'gets out of line' and then when she's had enough and files for divorce he is able to talk her out of it, impregnate her and then many years later convince her that none of it ever happened.

In my opinion pearce is only doing all of this to improve what he thinks is his image in the Republican party of Arizona.

He's probably not doing this of additional money, simply personal recognition. I am fairly sure he gets a lot of recognition from folks named Brewer, Arpaio, Pullen, Kavanaugh and many others of their very ilk.

He's simply an overgrown, over inflated goober, just waiting for the day he is popped. When it happens I hope to get to watch him, and his very ilk, do the perp walk.

Anon
Anon

long overdue... so the people continue to suffer harm.

Anon
Anon

control is this age groups'orgasm..

Simplybarb
Simplybarb

to ask why Pearce does what he does would be like asking Hitler why he did what he did. They are one in the same.He is on video at rallies with J.t. Ready cheering him on. The man is evil pure evil and not only did he beat his wife he votes against any tools an abused women can use to get out of her situation. Like waiving the fee for her to get a restraining order against an abusive spouse. I hope the recall on him works !!

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

It is infrequent, but when I think about all the distracting do-nothing legislation that the Republican party is bringing forth this session, I am not able to articulate my dismay, disbelief, and disgust. I was part of the voting group that elected Republicans in overwhelming majorities to FIX THIS STATE'S problems. So far, I have seen NOTHING of SUBSTANCE come into the legislative sausage grinder. As such, I am not hopeful that anything of substance will come out of the other end. I feel as if I told my son to clean his room and find him watching sponge bob while polishing the kitchen faucet that did not need polishing.

The legislative session is short. They have not even started on the priorities that I had when I voted Republican for my state reps. Perhaps, I have no reason to gripe because my fellow Arizonans don't believe the state budget, economy, and job markets need some work.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Gerry, this is why I changed my affiliation to Independent about 18 months ago, after having been a registered Republican most of my adult life. The Arizona Republican party has tilted so far to the right they need crutches to walk vertically.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

I don't even know what direction the Republican party is tilted toward. I don't think it is "right," maybe "insane?"

Phale68993
Phale68993

Why in god's name did you vote for republicans? They have controlled the legislature for 40 years. You were expecting something different?

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

I did not vote for all Republicans, but I did vote for Republicans for my reps in the state legislature. I am regretting that at this point. I absolutely did not vote for Pearce and I regret that I did not have the geographic opportunity to vote for or against him. I did not vote for Brewer either. But I did help give Pearce his super majority. :-(

Rob
Rob

I changed from R to I last year...well registration wise...I lost anything I had for the Republican party in 2004. That said, yes Arizona has been GOP dominated and outside the occasional wacky Governor we've actually had some fairly moderate, decent ones...

This new group though...they're on another planet.

Gray Race
Gray Race

If this fucking asshole Pearce ran Arizona like a nation then he would be far the number 1 worst dictator in the whole world. Any dictator you can think of dipshit Pearce would be worst then them.

Dennis Gilman
Dennis Gilman

There is nothing but wackiness going on with Pearce's reign. Republicans are trying to pass bills so you can hunt rabbit AT NIGHT. Lets not forget the BIRTHER BILL which sometimes gets forgotten because of the 14th Amendment attack. It just never ends. We already condemned 100 people to death under Brewer Care and her Death Panel. Where are the jobs?

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

Well, considering that a large amount of Pearce's constituency hunts small rodents for food, I can see why he'd want to pass that bill - The East Valley is full of hillbillys that like to trap and hunt in the desert near the Superstitions.

Guest
Guest

The state of Arizona does not exist without the Federal Government. The 'feds' have made this place habitable by Americans. They drove off and contained the indians. They conquered and purchased the land from Mexico. They dammed up every river in the state for irrigation, drinking and recreation water. They provided all the military bases we have. They pay our defense contractors a nice sum for their goods.

So the real question is- what is Pierce up to? What does he gain from this? He's too old to go any further up the rungs. Does he stand to make money? If so, from whom?

None of this makes any sense to me. Is it simply to drive off people from the state (white and non-white alike)?

XSoldier
XSoldier

Guest, You make a good point that Arizona doesn't exist without the federal government.

Pearce is up to his usual in ridding the state of people he doesn't like (read:Mexicans) simply because when he worked for the MCSO, he was shot by an illegal. He also benefits the Flaccid Fool of MCSO with his laws because rumor has it that an illegal immigrant shot and killed one of the Flaccid Fool's kids, though I have no evidence that happened.

Anon
Anon

the millions coming from prisons for-profit -- SB1070/CCA/Coughlin

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