Rob Robb Drinks Birther Kool-Aid, Declares It's Not So Bad

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The likeness is uncanny. Think Rob Robb posed for it?

If a large segment of a society believes in hocus pocus, then the irrational inevitably affects reality.

Wars have been fought in the name of religion, i.e., the worship of supernatural beings that do not exist. People in some parts of the world still wear talismans to ward off "the evil eye." 

Not too long ago, the United States of America invaded one middle-eastern country seeking revenge for an attack that emanated from an entirely different middle-eastern country. This, in search of weapons of mass destruction that did not exist. 

Such phenomena, in part, explain the power of the birthers in Arizona politics. When cynical politicians such as Sheriff Joe Arpaio launch investigations into the political equivalent of the chupacabra, and otherwise sane politicos such as Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett feel the need to curry favor with delusional idiots, then fantasy has overtaken us, illogical thought trumps reason, white is black, up is down, and gravity no longer exists.

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An excerpt from what SOS Bennett received today from Hawaii. See the full doc, here.

Of course, the law of gravity is still in effect, and some here in Sand Land know this, but, for the time being, a majority of Arizonans have given themselves over to the irrational. And because these people, sadly, can vote, they alter our reality in numerous, deleterious ways.

(For a dissection of how the nuts of Mesa's Red Mountain Tea Party tie-in to this topic, check this week's column.)

It is magical thinking, for instance, to accept the notion that if you rid the state of brown people all crime will go away. And yet, those who support Senate Bill 1070 often assert just that, though their assertion is contradicted by any truthful analysis of historical FBI crime data.

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A 2011 letter from Hawaii's current health director Loretta Fuddy

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majii
majii

I don't see AZ as "The Land of the Crazies, but I see it as sharing the same problems as my southern state:  the majority of eligible people don't vote, a small vocal minority uses the media and intimidation to push its agenda, and general apathy.

Ross
Ross

Things might be getting better.  We sent the Governor to Europe on a trade mission.  Maybe we can find a good politician there, whom they are willing to trade for her.

Car_del99
Car_del99

All Mr.Robb does is a apologist forthe Rep party..and his so-called " opinions " are just  "sheep    propaganda "  (get it ? ) for the idots out there...
If he said or the legislators , that the state was messed up because of illegals, if the state is better now.is it because of the illegals ?

April
April

Lying around, not "laying".  Sorry, but this article has a hint of hate itself. Did you read The Onion's joke that the NRA wants to legalize shooting someone who hurts your feelings? I live in NYC. Yesterday I got into a cab as a young man exited. He had huge duffel bag and what looked to me as an instrument case.  Very long, Interested, I inquired which kind of instrument was in the box. "A firearm," said he.  I know that handguns are illegal here, but this could have been a MIG or AK47. Should I have called the cops?

anti-idgit
anti-idgit

Great piece, as usual. Glad to see you calling out Robb. His writings are filled with pseudo-intellectual political expediency. There is evidence to back up this statement, too. Also, he lives in one of those homogeneous, uber-rich gated Stepford communities that dot the Phoenix landscape and offer a warped worldview. What does he know about reality?

karlleuba
karlleuba

Kool-Aid?  Maybe in combination with their denial of global warming leading to spending too much time in the noon day sun with the mad dogs and Englishmen.  I don't care much how this insanity affects the state, economically or otherwise.  I do care a great deal about how it gums up the lives of hard working decent Arizona workers who earn about 3000 dollars a year less than their counterparts in other states.  I've lived here, in Phoenix for 70 years.  I left for a while, to serve as a Combat Engineer in the US Army.  Phoenix has a top notch Veterans Service Facility.  It's named for Carl Hayden, Senator from Arizona, and once upon a time the Sheriff of Maricopa County.  He would probably be run out of the state today.   At the steps of the State Capitol Building between offices of the government is the Wesley Bolin Plaza Another long serving Arizona Politician.  He became Governor when Raul Castro was given an Ambassadorship.  Today he would be running Ken Bennett to the State Hospital if he could get past Capitol security. Rose Mofford served out the term of Evan Mecham when that man was impeached and removed from office. Rose is still around, still has a great sense of humor and somebody ought to get in touch with her and ask what she thinks of the most recent occupant of her only elective office. 

PeeOnTea
PeeOnTea

Selina Kyle to Bruce Wayne: "Do you think this is gonna last? There's a storm coming, Mr. Wayne. You and
your friends better batten down the hatches, because when it hits, you're all
gonna wonder how you ever thought you could live so large and leave so little
for the rest of us. Meow!

 

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

This is the same Robert Robb who says that GED Jan had legal authority to fire Colleen Mathis of the IRC.

The same Robert Robb who said that recalling disgraced, corrupt, narcissistic and mentally sick Pearce was an abuse of the recall process.

The same Robert Robb who claimed that Candy Andy Thomas and the Miscreants are the victims of a witch hunt because the Disciplinary panel charged them with 33 ethics violations.

No wonder Robert Robb is catering to the birthers. Look at his track record.   

Chem Trail Karen
Chem Trail Karen

You are so full of shit you FEATHERED BASTERD!  Chupacabra's do exist. One stole my baby. 

TheRaoulDuke5000
TheRaoulDuke5000

Stephen,
  Typically you're spot on, and I enjoy your work, but I must take issue with one of the points made in this article. I think its a bit simplistic to say stricter gun control would have prevented a Jared Loughner from unleashing doom.  He could have just as easily made a homemade bomb from fertilizer and blew up those poor people. People who fall into this insane logic defying melody, as you pointed out, are willing to allow their beliefs in a nonexistent beings and events to inspire them to perform all kinds of heinous massacre. The instrument is inconsequential compared to the resulting unavoidable carnage. Crazies have always found a way, and well before guns were prevalent in our society. So stricture gun control would do no more to stop a Jared Loughner than would making sticker fertilizer laws. I'm not sure how you do stop these types, but I'm simply saying its a little to easy to blame the gun.  

Willard Olson
Willard Olson

Let me guess--your state must be Mississippi or possibly Louisiana.  What an honor.

Willard Olson
Willard Olson

I believe all of Hitler's relatives are dead.
 

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

The best offer as of today is shards from a broken Chinese vase from the "Bling" dynasty, circa 2011. No value.

No European politician is willing to relocate to Airy Zona.

Willard Olson
Willard Olson

No.  We all started down an unpredictable slide with the encouragement to "turn somebody in" for nearly offense from drunk driving to animal maltreatment.   We might all do better in an environment of ladies and gentlemen who minded their own business.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Please keep in mind that Mr. Robb doesn't have to be valid in any of his statements or thoughts. Like Limbaugh, he's nothing more than an entertainer. He simply throws out his "opinion" to stir the pot of political debate and get people to read his thoughts.

Does he really believe the mush he writes about? Only he knows for sure.

Naughty Lisa
Naughty Lisa

Yep and now your piece of shit baby is sheriff of maricopa county.....

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

Really? Name the last time one was sighted in Arizona.

Right. You can't think of one. Seems to me you're the one who's full of shit. Now fuck off.

Deportloudobbs
Deportloudobbs

 Was this right after you put it in the washing machine after you left it in the tanning booth for four hours?

Triple-6 Gun Mane
Triple-6 Gun Mane

 I thought you died? Looks like it's time for you to go back under, instead of 6ft. Make that 12ft this time.

Neanderthal.

GreenHornet
GreenHornet

Easy access to guns makes it too easy. Sure, Loughner could've gone around stabbing people. He could've tried pulling a McVeigh. Point is, it's harder to do that kind of shit. As far as guns go, all you have to do is roll down to the next gun show, buy an AR  or whatever off someone's back and go to town. Make it harder. Have some hoops to jump through. It won't kill you. Literally.

John
John

 Spot on, and pretty much my own thoughts of the matter. 

Phoenix Justice
Phoenix Justice

 So, the law's allowance of a super-high capacity magazine, which used to be banned by law, didn't have an affect?

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Funny how everybody gets hung up on guns when the best preventative measure for this tragedy would be for Az. to have a decent mental health care system. Unfortunately, having one of the worst mental health care systems in the nation has also become "Ordinary" to Arizonans.

John
John

 That is correct.

John
John

 
Mr. Lemons I've read your articles for a few years now, and have for the most part understood you as being a pretty sharp reporter.  In keeping with that, please re-read the attached note, as too the notes linked by way of the highlighted ''Fuddy button'', and give me your honest thoughts.  Thanks

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