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Our social capital is depleted. We don’t want grand projects for renewal so much as someone to blame. The right understands this better than the left, and exercises Total Political War on the terrain of everyday life. A teacher molests a student. Al Gore darts around the world in a jet and gets fat. Black kids beat up a homeless white veteran. Mexicans spray-paint graffiti on walls while stealing our Social Security. The list is endless. And our conversation is now worse than mindless. It’s the decay of society and our polity. We’ve reached the end of a tether that connected past and present, present and future. We’re floating out there in space, hopeless and bitter. soleri

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While it is true that similar anti-gay Jim Crow laws have been introduced in at least nine other states, only Arizona passed it through both houses of the Legislature. It would have become law if not for the veto, under great pressure, by Gov. Jan Brewer. 'Picking on Arizona'

Arizona has always been unusually dependent on outside capital. Today, lacking major local banks or much mining, ranching or agriculture, it is more vulnerable than ever. It lacks the economy of Texas or Georgia, but it has a large population. Thus, Arizona’s carrying costs are far higher than the average Krackpot state of the New Confederacy. Arizona’s economy is far less diverse than even in the 1990s, even as it has added more people. It needs tourism more than ever. It needs people moving in to buy tract houses, especially the ones being laid down farther out on the fringes, and buy at ubiquitous malls and shopping strips more than ever. The growth machine must be fed or the unsustainable contraption will crash into the Sonoran dust. Rogue Columnist

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The saddest part of this whole thing to me was the response of most of the Christian community. I get your nervousness as a citizen, but surely Christ is a higher allegiance than culture? Regardless of whether or not you think that a same-sex relationship is sinful, surely you acknowledge the neither Jesus, nor any other New Testament writer gives Jesus’ followers any directions on the treatment of our LGBT friends and family members outside of loving them. Is that LGBT person a brother or sister in Christ? Then love them. Are they an unbeliever? Then love them. Are they a neighbor? Love them. An enemy? Same deal. So regardless of how we over-react as Arizonans, if you claim the name of Jesus Christ, kindness and care to all are Jesus’ call. Explaining Arizona: An SB1062 tutorial on the Arizona psyche

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