Should Setting a "National Day of the Cowboy" Be a Priority for the State Legislature?

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Governor Jan Brewer has signed into a law that creates the non-legal holiday of the "National Day of the Cowboy" in Arizona.

The purpose of this "holiday" is to, um, you know, uh . . .

"Many of the blessings enjoyed by Arizonans today are because of the contributions of our Keepers of the Range: The Arizona cowboy and cowgirl," the press release from Governor Brewer's office says. "These men and women -- of all races and backgrounds -- are among the truest symbols of the American Southwest. I thank Senator Griffin for sponsoring this measure and legislators for taking action to honor our unique cowboy culture."

In other words, it does nothing -- but it takes place annually, on the fourth Saturday of July.

Taking into consideration things like the state budget, would you consider a "National Day of the Cowboy" to be a priority for the state Legislature?

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MandyMountain
MandyMountain

Screw that entire drug store cowboy thing. I have nothing against real cowboys. They have crappy, difficult jobs. More power to them. The whole fake country cowboy thing, though, is just stupid.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

Speaking of wasting taxpayer money, has anyone seen the "state gun" they approved or the "I'm a Clueless Teabagger" licence plate that is funded by taxpayers?

TaxpayingVoter
TaxpayingVoter

This legislature and governor are so IDIOTIC!  It's aggravating, to say the least.

How about working on some REAL issues for a change?  Earn some of that money we pay you guys!

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

If there is ONE thing the legislators of this state are EXTREMELY good at......

It's wasting Arizona taxpayers TIME AND MONEY!!!

Mary Doe
Mary Doe

If it keeps them from even dumber things, by all means, let's them busy themselves with cowboys days, vaquero day (ehh, right), or selecting the state bacteria.

Sandy Yost
Sandy Yost

Education, education, education.

Wayne Michael Reich
Wayne Michael Reich

Gary: as much as I despise NT, we don't need this- whether it takes five days or five minutes to run through, our state has actual issues to deal with, and staffers at any level shouldnt be dealing with the issue of stupid days that no one pays attention to anyway.

Lorri Rupp-Woodmansee
Lorri Rupp-Woodmansee

It's Arizona silly! We always have at least one bill that makes everyone say....hmmmmm. Come on, stop acting surprised.

Gary Waterman
Gary Waterman

Oh, and nice job digging up a pic of gay cowboys just to see if you could create a stir. You people have the integrity of a National Inquirer reporter that was fired for not being able to meet their standards.

Gary Waterman
Gary Waterman

Uuum you might want to read your own article. At no point did Jan Brewer say ANYONE was making it a "priority"!!! It costs nothing, harms nobody and in all reality is little more than a signature on a piece of paper. It sounds more like New Times, in your never ending quest to invent stupid stories, is once again trying to create something out of nothing. Just an fyi for those of you who arent aware of how a legislature works (Ahem..New Times employees) Many many minor things are processed by staffers that have minimal affect on the masses and only affect a few. Thats why staffers handle them. The major players, ie the elected official, handle the major issues that affect us.

Ted Meyer
Ted Meyer

no thinking they might have more pressing matters to handle

Marisa Getz
Marisa Getz

We have more important things to worry about than this!

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

Why do people react emotionally to these things instead of thinking?

Would you rather have Brewer spending her days signing meaningless proclamations, or doing something that might really impact your life?

Besides, we've already got a "national ____ day" or week or month for just about everything you can think of.

Today (April 8) is "national empanada day"


valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

Why do people react emotionally to these things instead of thinking?

Would you rather have Brewer spending her days signing meaningless proclamations, or doing something that might really impact your life?

Besides, we've already got a "national ____ day" or week or month for just about everything you can think of.

Today (April 8) is "national empanada day"


WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

So, we should now refer to the GOP in the legislature as the "Brokeback Mtn Boys"!  And all this time I though they were more like the hillbillies in Deliverance....

Reggievv
Reggievv

This inspires so many wonderful ideas. National Black Helicopter Appreciation Day. National Take Your Gun to Work Day. National Regulate a Womb Day. National Kick A Union Member Day. National Save the World from the Homosexual Agenda Day sponsored by The Arizona Center for the Taliban. National Ignore Science Day. National Fly in Duke Tully's Squadron Day. National Budget Gimmick Day. National give Away the Farm Day sponsored by the Lets Make a Mint on the Public Tit School Choice Committee. So many wonderful days just waiting for The Befuddled One's signature.

MandyMountain
MandyMountain

@TaxpayingVoter OTOH, given that most of the legislation they pass is moronic or worse, maybe it's best they stick with entirely pointless crap.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@TaxpayingVoter  Seriously, how much time do you think they spent on this?  It was one of a stack of bills that basically got rubber-stamped.

And what, do you imagine they should be doing to make things better?  Try to limit your answers to things that (a) are within their power to control and that (b) their constituents would approve.


JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@valleynative I suppose you're right.  They could be doing things like tightening the penalties for child prostitution or ensuring that everyone receives equal protection under the law in places like Colorado City.  But who needs that stuff.  But point taken - if not this then they'd just find a way to spend our tax dollars on something stupid.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@WhoKnows   Um, because all cowboys were gay?   Interesting that when you think of cowboys, you think of them having sex with each other.  Maybe there's something you're not telling yourself.


david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@Reggievv lol shit, every day is "lets get hammered and see what bat shit crazy laws we can come up with next Day!" at the AZ state Leg. 

sliperymike
sliperymike

@Reggievv yeah!!! someone remembers duke tulley, like 3/4 of the state government, all phony posers!

TaxpayingVoter
TaxpayingVoter

@valleynative @TaxpayingVoter Here's a better question:  What PRODUCTIVE legislation have they passed that didn't stomp all over the rights of some portion of the populace without the means to fight it?

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@JohnQ.Public  You know that they've already spent as much time on those issues as they're likely to, and failed to act responsibly.  This bill really didn't take any more of their time than a bathroom break would.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@TaxpayingVoter   You might have noticed that my first post on this topic was to the effect that it's better to have them working on trivial matters than doing something to make us all worse off.  Did you somehow get the impression that I was defending them as something other than clowns?  The fact that I know how the legislature works doesn't mean I'm defending them.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@WhoKnows Yes, I know the process.  I also know that trivial bills simply ride along through the system without wasting much time.    In your mind, how many hours do you suppose they spent debating this?  The reality is that it would be among a list of bills they voted on without any serious discussion.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@valleynative @WhoKnows Have you read the state website to LEARN the process to pass a bill? Why don't you start there, as you clearly don't know what many people do!

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@WhoKnows You claimed to know a cost.  Was that just a bluff?   This sort of bill is trivial and gets rubber stamped through the steps.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@valleynative @WhoKnows Do you understand the process for ANY bill in the Legislature?  It seems you don't! Start there.  The data is on the state website!

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@WhoKnows You made the claim, give me a citation.

Why would they hold meetings about this bill?  Why would staffers require extra pay for it?  It's one of a stack that probably took less than 10 minutes to handle.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@valleynative @WhoKnows Do you think that a bill doesn't cost ANYTHING?  With staffers, and meetings, and all that stuff?  $50k is the LOW end of the costs.  Google it!

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@WhoKnows I would really like to know where that number comes from.  Thanks

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@valleynative is it just irony that Kavanagh's first name is John and his bathroom bill has ended up in the crapper? I'm just pissed about this whole thing. It's really shitty that they considered Kavanagh's bill at all.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@JohnQ.Public See, that's the sort of thing they would be spending time with if they weren't passing trivial bills.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@valleynative Yes, but did they have to prove their gender on the way into the bathroom so that Kavanagh was comfortable that everyone was going in the right place (yeah, pun intended).

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@WhoKnows  An insignificant amount of time is an insignificant amount of money.  As I said earlier, this probably took less time than they spend on bathroom breaks.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@valleynative @WhoKnows But valley, it takes TIME, and TIME is money.  Do the 90 dwarves work for peanuts?  And maybe bananas?

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@WhoKnows  The legislature divides itself into committees.   There are committees working on those things.  They don't work on the same task constantly until it's finished.  That would be a really lousy way to budget time.

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