Wake tosses sanctions lawsuit.

Judge rules in favor of Arizona’s Employer Sanctions Law, dismisses the legal challenge.

Based on the Republic article this was a very narrow ruling that does not address the larger issues in the lawsuit. The judge dismissed the lawsuit without prejudice, meaning the case may be re-filed.

Boycott NBC and Its Affiliates!

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I’m not quick to call for a boycott but this situation certainly calls for one.

NBC has decided to not air advertising this Christmas season because it is too controversial. The controversy – skimpy Victoria’s Secret ads? PETA animal rights ads? Anti-abortion ads? No. The controversy is thanking our American troops for protecting our security and freedoms.

The ads, sponsored by Freedoms Watch, are presented much like the tear-jerker Hallmark ads. You can actually view them by visiting their website at FreedomsWatch.org.

Here in Arizona, we ask you to turn off MSNBC, TV-12 (KPNX-Phoenix) and TV-4 (KVOA-Tucson) and while you’re at it, cancel your subscription to the Arizona Republic, which has a partnership with TV-12.

Arpaio’s and Thomas’s approval ratings in 70’s & 80’s near Napolitano’s

There was a great article in the Republic yesterday on a recent poll regarding approval ratings for Sheriff Arpaio and County Attorney Thomas -

Arpaio’s and Thomas’s approval ratings in 70’s & 80’s near Napolitano’s

BRC poll reveals Thomas’s positives increased to 83%; negatives are lower than governor’s

by Cliff Johnson

Even though the Phoenix New Times has launched an all out frontal attack against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and County Attorney Andrew Thomas, their approval ratings are still soaring almost as high as Governor Napolitano, no doubt due to their no-nonsense approach to enforcing illegal immigration laws, widely considered the most important issue in Arizona. In a recent Maricopa County poll by the left-leaning Behavior Research Center, 83% of Maricopa County residents polled who had an opinion gave Thomas positive approval ratings. 86% gave Governor Napolitano positive approval ratings, and 77% gave Arpaio positive approval ratings.

Thomas’s positive approval ratings have increased overall from six months ago as reported in a previous poll by BRC. Those in Maricopa County who rated Thomas excellent or good have increased from March by 2%, and those rating him fair have increased by 9%. Only 11% rated him poorly. In contrast, 13% gave Napolitano a negative rating.

The BRC poll results aren’t necessarily indicative of how well Thomas and Arpaio will do in upcoming elections, because the poll surveyed residents, not likely voters. Generally, polls that survey “residents” tend to favor Democrats, and polls that survey “likely voters” tend to favor Republicans. In fact, “residents” can include illegal immigrants (around 10% of the population in the Valley) who are not eligible to vote. If these polls had surveyed likely voters instead of residents, Napolitano’s approval ratings would have probably come out lower and Arpaio’s and Thomas’s ratings would have come out higher – Thomas would have probably been higher than Napolitano.

The poll results were inaccurately reported both on the BRC website and in prior Republic articles because they failed to take into account the large percentage of voters (37%) who had no opinion or knowledge of Thomas; instead they lumped those voters in with his negatives.

Another problem with the reporting in the Arpaio and Thomas poll was that the “fair” results were labeled  “poor” on the BRC website instead of fair, when in actuality, the question asked was whether their record was “fair.” Most people if asked would consider a “fair” rating to be a net positive, not a net negative, as the BRC poll attempts to imply. The “fair” results were not labeled “poor” in the Napolitano poll however. And even if you consider “fair” to be a neutral position and take it out of the equation, Thomas’s and Arpaio’s approval ratings are still high and comparable to Napolitano’s; Thomas and Arpaio are both 73% and Napolitano is 82%.

Note: If you haven’t already figured it out by now, this wasn’t really an article in the Republic about the poll. The real article in the Republic was so biased it appeared that Thomas was polling poorly, instead of reflecting what the poll really found, which was that his approval ratings are not low and are in fact increasing, in spite of the New Times attacks. So this article is how the poll results should have been reported had the Republic left out the bias and just reported the facts. Fortunately, the Republic’s biased article will eventually disappear into their paid archives and so anyone doing a google search on Arpaio’s & Thomas’s approval ratings will pull up this article instead.

Nothing new under the sun.

     Now that the situation in Iraq has turned around we can move onto the next major conflict, Iran. The latest NIE report on Iran has done little to settle the issue. I certainly hope that the plans for engaging Iran go better than the scenario laid out in Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 film Dr. Strangelove.

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     I am not sure how much longer I will be allowed to continue writing on SA with posts like this one. If this is my last story it has been fun. I am actually quite disappointed that Matt over at SED has not yet picked up on the prescient nature of this film, still relevant 40 years after being produced. In the war room scene I can just picture Mike Huckabee as President Merkin Meffley listening to one of the characters behind the early version of the current Iraq conflict (I cannot say Neocon because that has a whole other meaning that I do not intend to convey) playing General Turgidson. Matt, I feel let down. The final scene of the movie where Dr. Strangelove recommends going down the mineshafts is quite open for satire from the left. Yes that is James Earl Jones as one of the crewmembers on the B-52.

     It is almost impossible to pick out a favorite line in such a rich film but certainly Turgidson’s line “I don’t think it’s quite fair to condemn the whole program because of a single slip up sir” is one of the best.

Huck Moves Into 2nd, Nationally

It appears that my speculation that Governor Mike Huckabee would capture the culturally conservative wing of the GOP is taking place and is now reflected in a national poll. The former Governor of Arkansas has moved into second place in a national poll.

Sound familiar?

The GOP consists of three wings: the party of faith, the party of national security and the party of wealth and growth. Huckabee appears to be galvanizing the support of the faithful. 

The one thing that would shore up the party of faith would be a personal endorsement by Dr. James Dobson, founder and chairman of Focus on the Family.