Naked People- Ewwwww!

Those who live or spend a good amount of time in the Valley of the Sun will notice that, like all states, Arizona has its share of religious wackos and crazy leftists. I have friends in this state from the very far “cling to your bible and gun” right to “dear god wipe off that patchouli oil, you effing hippie” left. Arizona, in the past year or so, has gotten kind of a bad rap for its political landscape. And, while I’ll be the first to admit that sometimes my fellow Arizonans are a bit…crazy…this reputation is, at least in some instances, undeserved.

Until our legislature gives us a wtf moment.

It seems as though our elected officials (Representative Steve Court to be exact), when presented with the plethora of problems this state faces with immigration, unemployment, education, and border crime, decided to take a stand and do something really meaningful; amending the Arizona Revised Statutes to protect the unassuming public from the scourge of the dreaded lap dance and the evil underboob. Source. No more booze, either, if this monstrosity passes.

Sigh.

8 Responses to Naked People- Ewwwww!

  1. Charles Platt says:

    I have been told that Arizona has the second-highest percentage population of Mormons after Utah, and many are in the legislature. This may be relevant.

  2. DHMCarver says:

    If there are indeed “crazy leftists” in Arizona, they seem to be having no impact on public policy. I look westward (from Albuquerque) in fear at your Sheriff Joe, your “headless bodies in the desert” governor, your Minutemen, your birther laws, your laws stating what level of English proficiency is required for public office, etc., etc. “Pox on both your houses” is a facile position to take, but only one house in Arizona has any power. Maybe you need to wake up to that fact.

    • Beth Hutchens says:

      Rawr! Simmer down, DHM! It’s too beautiful of a day. Besides, this was an article about proposed legislation in adult entertainment, not a discourse on Arizona’s political landscape. Let’s stick to our kitting, shall we? Any thoughts on the proposed amendment?

    • A Pimp Named Slickback says:

      I think the “crazy leftists” she was referring to are the vocal, non-voting lefties who are fond of picketing the offices of the governor and Sheriff Joe with misspelled signs depicting them as nazis. The crazy right-wingers are certainly more effective in Arizona public policy, though.

      The difference is, come November, the lefties never leave their drum circles. Right-wingers take five from the TEA Party gathering and actually cast a vote. The only reason one party has dominance in this state is because the party that doesn’t have control prefers to exercise the kind of free speech that has no legal effect. Check the statistics; Republican and Democratic voter registration are within 4 percentage points of each other, statewide. That small margin alone cannot account for the Republicans holding 2/3 of the legislative seats. Voter turnout is the decisive factor there.

      As for the other issues you mentioned, we’re not the only state with Minutemen or proposed birther laws. I’ll admit, Gov. Brewer may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer, but if the voters had such a problem with her, why did they elect her to be first in the line of succession to Napolitano, and why did she so handily beat her democratic rival in 2010 (who by the way was a two-term attorney general, two-term mayor of Phoenix, and son of a former Arizona governor)? And Sheriff Joe, if he’s so hated, how is it he continues to get 55-65% of the vote in a county where Democrats have 6% higher registration than Republicans?

      Finally, as for the recently publicized English-language requirement, the law could use some tweaking to better define what level of proficiency is necessary. But no sane person could say that woman in San Luis had the language competency to hold public office. The U.S. may not have an official language, but Arizona does, and by law all government proceedings must be conducted in English. It matters not that her community is largely Spanish-speaking. Very little of a councilmember’s job is sitting in monthly meetings and talking to constituents. The vast majority of her time, if elected, would have been spent in study sessions with other councilmembers, and time spent on intergovernmental affairs — all of which would require a command of the English language that she did not display. Her community would be ill-served if it elected someone to represent it that could not effectively communicate on the public record.

      I’m not saying that one party isn’t in control here; I’m just saying the examples you use to justify that conclusion are as ill-informed as the guy standing outside Sheriff Joe’s office occasionally stepping into traffic right now wearing a sandwich board that reads: “Pig Sharif Jo is a Corupped Nazi Murder!” and holding a picket sign that reads: “Honk if you want to kill Joe Arpaio”.

  3. Charles Platt says:

    DHM the Mormons are different from many other Christian sects because they have an absolute prohibition on alcohol. Add a generally restrictive attitude toward, um, sex (forbidden outside of marriage) and stricter mormons outlawing oral sex and homosexuality, and it is unsurprising that places which serve alcohol and feature scantily clad women should be targeted.

    • Beth Hutchens says:

      I’m not sure of the demographics of the legislature, Charles, but I don’t think you’re far from the truth. And maybe I’m not the best person to opine on that because I see no difference between any of the different types of Christianity.

      Still, I think religion may have some relevance to the motivation behind the proposed amendment, I’m not sure what else we can take from it to combat this type of puritanical legislation. Any thoughts? Because I’m totally out of ideas.

      • A Pimp Named Slickback says:

        About 4% of the State of Arizona is LDS, while roughly 15% of the Legislature identifies that way. Outside of the greater Phoenix and Tucson metro areas, Mormons account for something between 25 and 30% of the population. Within the Phoenix area, there is a political stronghold for Mormons in two districts within the east valley where they, along with a significant population of immigrants (legal, but nonetheless unable to vote) make up the majority. About 1/3 of the Legislative Districts are outside of the Phoenix/Tucson areas. Add all of the east valley seats and a quarter of the “rural” district seats, and you have about 15% of the Legislature.

        Mormon representation in the Arizona Legislature, while disproportionate to the population as a whole, is roughly proportionate to the communities within the districts they are elected from.

        That said, while this bill is one of many slightly embarrassing novelties of the Copper State, it’s only that. This is the final week for legislation to be heard in its chamber of origin and HB2765 hasn’t even been assigned to committee. It was effectively dead on arrival when it was filed, and will be officially dead at adjournment on Thursday.

  4. Jay Wolman says:

    I wonder if anyone has fought this with the following tactic: if you are opposed to breasts, you must be gay.

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