Four. Hundred. Thousand.

Cross-posted from RestoreReason.com.

That’s how many of Arizona’s children live in poverty. 400,000 children who are likely food insecure, with a dim outlook for the future. Let’s face it. The American Dream is no longer the promise it once was. Yes, those who work very hard can still make something of themselves in our country, but it is no longer a given that a child, even one who really applies themselves, will be better off than his or her parents.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation publishes an annual Kids Count Databook that rates states in on how children fare in each of the 50 states. In the 2016 report, Arizona ranked:

  • 45th in overall child well-being
  • 39th in economic well-being
  • 44th in education
  • 45th in health
  • 46th in family and community

Not statistics to be proud of by any imagination. Not surprising either, since with one in five (1.26 million) living below the poverty line, Arizona is second to last in the nation, in front of only Mississippi. Continue reading

An easily gullible media got head-faked by Trump on immigration ‘softening’

shiny_objects_shirtYesterday I suggested that the media’s infatuation with Donald Trump’s “softening” of his immigration stance was just a head-fake of an easily gullible media. I was right.

As Jeb! Bush noted yesterday, “Well, I can only say that whatever his views are this morning, they might change this afternoon, and they were different than they were last night, and they’ll be different tomorrow.” Late yesterday, Trump, shifting back, now says no legal status for all 11 million illegal immigrants:

Donald Trump on Thursday appeared to shift back to some version of the hard-line immigration posture he adopted in the GOP primaries, telling CNN that he does not support a path to legal status for illegal immigrants unless they leave the country and return legally.

The comment added a new layer of confusion to the GOP presidential nominee’s position on one of his signature issues. This week, Trump and his aides have softened their rhetoric on immigration, signaling an openness to legalizing many of the nation’s 11 million illegal immigrants despite Trump’s long-standing vow to deport them all.

Cartoon_62In a CNN interview that aired Thursday evening, Anderson Cooper asked Trump: “So if they haven’t committed a crime, is there going to be a path to legalization? I’m not talking about citizenship.”

Trump responded: “First thing we’re going to do. No is not a path — there is no path to legalization unless people leave the country. When they come back in, if they come back in, then they can start paying taxes, but there is no path to legalization unless they leave the country and come back.”

In seeming to shift back toward his original position, Trump acknowledged that he would not be able to easily and efficiently deport all 11 million people at once. Trump said that “bad dudes” would be deported as soon as he took office, a group he described as containing “probably millions.” He did not say what would happen to the remaining immigrants, but he did say “there is a very good chance” they would eventually be deported.

“It’s a process. You can’t take 11 at one time and just say: ‘Boom, you’re gone,'” Trump said.

For all the lazy media villagers who stenographically report whatever Donald Trump says without questioning what he is actually saying or having the political savvy to know when you are being played, you got played by writing all those “softening” reports over the past week. You should turn in your media credentials and seek more suitable employment.

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Arizona List endorsed candidates for 2016 primary

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Per Laura Hogan, Political Director: “Arizona List celebrates all pro-choice women candidates. Being “On The List” means that we are keeping a close eye on this candidate as her campaign shows promise. She shares our Democratic values, she is well qualified and we are excited she is running for office.These candidates may move to endorsed status as the campaign progresses. We try to keep our website updated as any changes are made.”

More info at www.arizonalist.org.

Vote wisely on or before August 30, 2016.  Happy Women’s Equality Day.

Hillary Clinton tears the varnish off Donald Trump’s alt-right white nationalist racism

Yesterday, Donald Trump attempted a preemptive strike against Hillary Clinton’s anticipated speech on the alt-right white nationalist racism of his campaign by calling Clinton a “bigot.” Trump: ‘Hillary Clinton Is a Bigot’: this “has become an embedded part of his new appeal to minority voters – [and] was delivered as a variation of asking voters to ‘reject the bigotry of Hillary Clinton’ for what Trump called pandering and condescension to communities of color.”

As Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post highlighted last week:

Rubber-GlueBut sometimes, under attack, Trump shifts to that trusty playground tactic — I know you are but what am I? — a move intended to jujitsu the conversation away from his own perceived vulnerabilities . . . I’m rubber, you’re glue. Whatever you say bounces off me and sticks to you.

Hillary Clinton today delivered her speech in Reno, Nevada that tore the varnish off Donald Trump’s alt-right white nationalist campaign. Read The Full Text Of Hillary Clinton’s Speech On The Alt-Right:

[T]oday, I want to address something I hear from Americans all over our country.

Everywhere I go, people tell me how concerned they are by the divisive rhetoric coming from my opponent in this election.

It’s like nothing we’ve heard before from a nominee for President of the United States.

Cartoon_44From the start, Donald Trump has built his campaign on prejudice and paranoia.

He’s taking hate groups mainstream and helping a radical fringe take over one of America’s two major political parties.

His disregard for the values that make our country great is profoundly dangerous.

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Trump betrays the nativists and racists of the Mass Deportation Party on immigration (or is it just a head-fake of an easily gullible media?)

Far-right state Senator Kelli Ward, who is running against John McCain in the GOP primary for US.Senate, has Donald Trump’s money man, Robert Mercer, financing her KelliPAC TV ad asserting that McCain “betrayed us on amnesty” for undocumented immigrants by joining the “Gang of Eight” for immigration reform.

Nevertheless, “The Donald” was forced to  endorse John MCain for reelection.

This schizophrenia is now evident in “The Donald’s” alleged “softening” of his immigration stance.

Cartoon_62After spending the primary season highly critical of former Florida Governor Jeb! Bush’s immigration plan, insisting that he would round up all 11 million undocumented immigrants with a “deportation force” and build a “beautiful” wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, this week Trump adopted Jeb! Bush’s immigration plan. Trump’s nativist and racist supporters in the Mass Deportation Party must be apoplectic over his “betrayal on amnesty” for immigration reform.

Or are they? Do they understand that Trump is simply giving them a wink and a nod that he is “softening” his position on immigration to try to win a persuadable segment of the electorate only to win the election, but he will do exactly as they desire if he is actually elected president? Is this just a head-fake of an easily gullible media?

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National Park Service celebrates 100 years

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“The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016, and we’re inviting visitors of all ages to join in the celebration throughout the month! With special events across the country, and free admission to all 412 national parks from August 25 through August 28, the National Park Service is encouraging everyone to #FindYourPark / #EncuentraTuParque for the centennial!”

For those of us in Arizona, here’s the link to find your park:

https://www.nps.gov/state/az/index.htm. Drop by either Saguaro East or West this weekend since they will both be free.  I hear there’s free birthday cake today starting at 9 a.m.

Perhaps one of my favorites (of course) is Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island of Hawaii, where there are two live vents of the volcano erupting. The 2nd one Pu’u O’o just recently in July entered the Pacific Ocean, so public views are available now by hiking into the area, by boat, plane or helicopter.  Some of the views are breathtaking.

Enjoy our national parks.