by Pa RockIt seemed like old times yesterday morning when the Armed Forces Radio Network ran a story about Federal Judge Susan Bolton derailing the most odious parts of Arizona's racist Senate Bill 1070.
AFN ran an obligatory sound bite from Governor Jan Brewer in which she cackled that the judge's ruling only amounts to a "little bump in the road." The Sand Hag, who immediately vowed to put the matter before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, may be right about this being only a minor setback, but one can always hope that it will be the critical "bump in the road" that sends this cracker clown car plunging into the Grand Canyon!
The next sound bite on the story came from Maricopa County's geriatric sheriff, Joe Arpaio. Sheriff Joe, who does not have the ability to walk by a camera or a microphone without stopping to dispense his effluence, said basically that the judge's ruling would have no impact on him because he never listens to judges anyway.
Now we can all sit back, put our feet up, crack open a beer, and wait for the Republicans to start their show. They will be going at it hammer-and tong about the evilness of activist judges whose main function in society is to thwart the will of the people. (Never mind that the people in this case are wearing bedsheets and dancing around a burning cross!) Those yahoos consider a judge who does anything that would benefit the poor or downtrodden to be activist. However, they see judges who engineer election thefts (George Bush in 2000) or give corporations the right to pour unlimited amounts of cash into the election process (Citizens United) as conscientious jurists who are just looking out for the rights of normal (rich, white) Americans.
Kudos to Judge Bolton for putting the "little bump in the road" in front of SB 1070. That is definitely a step in the right direction. But America still needs to come together and put its collective shoulder to the wheel in an effort to stop, or at least slow down, the juggernaut of rampant racism that Arizona seems to be loosing on the rest of the nation.
Boycott Arizona! Boycott Arizona and contact Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig to demand that the 2011 Baseball All-Star Game be moved to someplace more respectable, someplace where the color of one's skin does not limit their civil rights. It's time that we all stand up to the evil nonsense!