Saturday, September 11, 2010

Welcome to Maricopa. . . Look at Our Mess!

The primary elections are over and there’s nothing more irritating to the eyes than to see dozens of those annoying election signs scattered all over town. Maricopa is not a very attractive city to begin with, so having your dumpy town littered with these signs doesn’t help its’ image at all. Hopefully, this mess will get cleaned up before Christmas. In fact, I’ve seen crack infested neighborhoods that looked better.

One might think that having to live amongst trash and litter isn’t such a big deal when your city is city full of criminals, sex offenders and other scumbag type personalities. I beg to differ because trash and decay is an incubator for other more serious social ills. The City of Maricopa is just such an incubator.

I am tired of driving passed these election signs that are in various stages of falling down. Many of them are off the posts and laying on the ground. I drove by one the other day that was out in the middle of the street. Every time the wind blows, more end up where they shouldn’t be.

The politicians that erected these signs are nothing more than political prostitutes. They beg for you vote and once the election is over, they either disappear or betray the voter if they manage to get elected. They could care less if their signs are blowing in the wind weeks or even months after the election.

Political Yard Signs

Many people like to express their support for a political candidate with a yard sign. Sometimes this form of freedom of expression conflicts with a city law banning or limiting the time in which political signs may be displayed. The question becomes whether such city laws infringe upon citizens’ and perhaps the candidates’ First Amendment rights.

I support all political candidate’s First Amendment rights, but all bets are off when their signs are off their posts and blowing around out in the street. When their signs become litter, then the candidate should be paying a hefty fine for his or her negative impact on the environment.

I think it would be funny if someone would show up at Frank Pratt's house and dump a load of smelly garbage in his front yard. Let's put the shoe on the other foot. It would be really interesting to see what happens. I bet Frank would throw a fit. So, if anyone is looking for something to do. . .

Most cities and town have regulations that require candidate to remove their election signs within a reasonable time following the election. Wait a minute! When was the last time a lawmaker cared about obeying laws? What was I thinking?

I originally posted photographs of the election sign mess in Maricopa on Facebook on September 6, 2010. After a few more days, the mess only got worse and as I noticed by the comments only a few took the time to let their opinions be known. It seems that people’s priorities were focused around finding a Chinese restaurant instead.

My post on Facebook. . .

"Welcome to Maricopa. Look how messy we are." Location: NB SR 347 across from the high school. . . . Who is going to clean this up and when? Will the people named on the signs take some responsibility?

In Nearby Tempe: Political signs should not be allowed on city property.

Political signs on private property is not litter. Private property owners are free to exercise their freedom of speech. City property belongs to all of us who live in the city. I'm not allowed to put up signs on city property -- why should politicians? The city of Tempe has tough sign-age laws -- why are these laws ignored for politicians?

With an ailing economy, a shortage of employment opportunities and a city full of disgusting wasteful apathetic people, one can see that Maricopa is on the road from being Arizona’s 88Th city to becoming Arizona’s newest “ghost town”. The sooner, the better.

I have lived a few miles outside Maricopa’s city limits for nearly 18 years. I honestly liked it better in the days before incorporation when Maricopa had no stores, traffic lights and hordes of disgusting people. I say, “Let the cows stay and get rid of the people.”

'Tolerance And Apathy Are The Last Virtues Of A Dying Society” -- Aristotle

Monday, September 6, 2010

How I Spent My Labor Day Weekend. . .

Of course, I went on illegal immigration patrols in the Sonoran Desert National Monument and saw many interesting things. Illegal aliens and drug smugglers are really making themselves scarce in this area. Unfortunately, my sometimes questionable health caused me to cut some of my outdoor activities short this weekend. I often burn the candle from both ends and find myself overdoing it. Looking back, I was on the go for eight of the last ten days.

Michael Chow of the Arizona Republic came along on Saturday to record my activities. I think we both saw a few things we never expected to encounter.

My long week even included a trip to the dentist chair. He finally replaced the filling that fell out while I was in Los Angeles last April. I had to pay for an exam and cleaning before they would deal with the filling that had already failed twice. They didn‘t charge me for the replacement filling.

I stayed home on Sunday and Monday. I didn’t want to be a casualty as my healthcare plan doesn’t cover everything, especially ambulance rides. Sometimes, the co-pays and deductibles may be more harmful than those things that ail me. Remember, healthcare is only going to get worse under Obamacare. I did clean up my office a little bit and vacuumed up a black widow spider that was under my desk.

Last week’s rain pushed lots of debris including branches and bicycles up against a barbed wire fence under Interstate 8. I also noticed a shoe, but there was no foot in it. Water is a powerful force that never ceases to amaze me. I witnessed the 1977 Johnstown Flood as a teenager. That event has educated me as to what fast moving water can do.

As you can see by my photographs, somebody trekked all the way across the scorching Arizona desert carrying feminine hygiene products only to leave them behind. What was she thinking? If she doesn’t get a job picking produce or cleaning rooms, how will she replace these? What will she do then? Shoplift or make use of some shop rag or something? Maybe, I’d rather not know.

Somebody else ditched their “ Super Wet” hair crap. The worst that could happen to this person is that she’ll turn up at a disco with flat hair and her friends will laugh at her.

On a more negative note, I spotted motor vehicle tracks in washes that are part of the wilderness area. The washes are clearly marked with vehicle restrictions. Upon inspection, I did not find any evidence of drug smuggling. It could very well be the work of some dumb ass that chose to ignore park rules. Bicycles and hang gliders are not even allow in these washes according to the BLM marker. That’s right, hang gliders. That’s something I’d really like to see.

While investigating the tire tracks, I came across a really old ironwood tree. These trees are unique to the Sonoran Desert and can live to be 1500 years old.

Migrants say Arizona worth risk of crossing

NOGALES, Mexico - Hector Ortega stumbled across the body of a fellow migrant as he walked across Arizona's harsh desert in the searing summer heat. He tried not to look too closely.

With nothing to be done for the deceased, Ortega and the others trudged on, guided by a smuggler across the U.S. border, determined to complete their illegal odyssey even as they endured record-high temperatures and fever-pitch resentment.

I’d rather be stuck in Mexico alive than be in the U.S. dead. Anyone that would rather be dead, may as well go and blow their brains out or find something high above a hard surface and do a swan dive.

I still have major issues with people that are so willing to quit on their country and turn their backs on their countrymen. Imagine if that was the attitude exhibited by our founding fathers. There would be no United States of America. Mexicans should stop making excuses and fix their country instead of abandoning it.

Having been to Mexico, I can say that there are abundant resources and endless potential. Unfortunately, there is no motivation. We see this exact same thing in most Third World Countries.

Number of illegal immigrants in US now declining

WASHINGTON – The number of illegal immigrants living in the U.S. has dropped for the first time in two decades — decreasing by 8 percent since 2007, a new study finds. The reasons range from the sour economy to Mexican violence and increased U.S. enforcement that has made it harder to sneak across the border. Yahoo News

I wouldn’t be taking this news to the bank. There are more illegal aliens in this country than anyone can possibly count or imagine. The last time an amnesty was granted, nearly three times the number expected, turned up and registered. If amnesty should be granted today, I would expect there to be close to 30 million illegal aliens in the country ready to sign up. . . And they are breeding millions of anchor babies to boot.

"Liberalism is an essentially feminine, submissive world view. Perhaps a better adjective than feminine is infantile. It is the world view of men who do not have the moral toughness, the spiritual strength to stand up and do single combat with life, who cannot adjust to the reality that the world is not a huge, pink-and-blue, padded nursery in which the lions lie down with the lambs and everyone lives happily ever after." --Dr. William Pierce