Today is a good day in Phoenix. Well, interesting, yummy and hopeful anyway.
Under the interesting category:
Last night [Monday, 21APR08] around 8p, another incident of the “Phoenix Lights” was observed in the northern sky.
Four red lights in a sequence resembling the shape of a square, eventually becoming triangular, were observed north of the Deer Valley Airport. The lights, moving toward the east and disappearing one by one, and were visible for about 13 minutes.
The Deer Valley airport officials said that the lights were not from any aircraft taking off from or landing at that airport; the Federal Aviation Administration stated air traffic controllers at Sky Harbor Airport reported witnessing the lights; and Luke Air Force Base reported none of its aircraft in that area. A number of civilians also reported, and photographed, the lights.
This incident is similar to what has become known at “the Phoenix Lights” seen on 13MAR97 where thousands of residents reported seeing a mile-wide, v-shaped formation of lights over the Valley. In that case, the lights appeared about 7:30p and lasted until 10:30p.
At that time, the Lights were dismissed as weather balloons, flares, or an optical phenomenon. This “illusion” was noted in two U.S. States [southern Nevada and Arizona, spanning from the northern to the southern borders] and the Mexican state of Sonora.
With regard to the recent incident, officials aren’t disclaiming the lights but rather stated they don’t know the cause. Oh, I know the cause and The Truth Is Out There.
Under the yummy category:
Krispy Kreme Donuts returns to the Valley of the Sun on 13MAY08.
In 2006, all local franchise stores, owned by the same individual, filed for bankruptcy and closed its stores in the Metro Phoenix area giving no prior notice to its customers or employees. It was a very sad day.
Since then, only the memory of the sweet, melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness of a Krispy Kreme Donut lingered in the hearts, souls, and tummies of the locals. But that’s over now!
So far, the only location selected for the Winston-Salem, N.C. purveyor of about the best food on Planet Earth is in the far east Valley, specifically, Mesa. The franchisee plans, eventually, to open 15 to 20 stores Valley-wide. If anyone cares for specific locations on the west side of town, feel free to contact me.
Under the hopeful category:
The Good, The Bad, & The [possibly] Ugly
The good: HB2807, having passed the Senate vote of 20-9 on Monday, 21APR08, would require city and county police agencies address federal immigration violations by training its officers and by placing federal immigration agents [ICE] within the units.
The training allows police officers to make immigration arrests while carrying out their regular duties. It also allows jail officers to speed up the deportations of criminal immigrants after they complete sentences on state violations, thus reducing local corrections costs and getting them in the hands of federal authorities quicker.
Additionally, the bill would prohibit county and city governments from having policies that prevent or restrict them from receiving or exchanging information regarding immigration status in certain instances.
Currently, there are relatively few police agencies in Arizona that have sought the special training required in order to enforcement federal immigration law. One of the biggest proponents of rounding up, detaining, and deporting illegal aliens is Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Few people in the U.S. have not heard of Sheriff Joe. Yes, he’s a media hound and the subject of a great deal of criticism, but, and most importantly, he is the only elected official doing something about the catastrophic problem of illegals we have in this state.
The bad: the next step to enacting this bill would be to have Governor Janet “Illegal Immigration is the Fed’s Problem” Napolitano sign it. Governor Napolitano has repeatedly and consistently disregarded concerns voiced by the citizens of this state — “citizens” being the operative word here — to the extent, concerns have now turned to open dissension.
The State of Arizona is operating under a significant budget deficit. The negative impact would be greatly reduced were we not obligated to support an estimated half a million illegals. But, instead of addressing a number of issues to resolve this dilemma, the governor is focused on her goal of higher political aspirations by traveling to other states supporting Democratic Presidential Candidate Barrack Obama. Can you say U.S. Attorney General?
Meanwhile, Phoenix City Mayor Phil “I’m Doing Everything in My Power to Make Phoenix a Sanctuary City” Gordon and his right-hand puppet, Chief of Police Jack “It’s Not My Job to Enforce Immigration Issues” Harris, fully support the governor’s continued efforts to cede Arizona back to Mexico.
The ugly: if this bill is not signed by the governor, Arizona’s top elected official has once again loudly proclaimed that the best interest of this state’s citizens is not a priority, thus giving way to further diligent, determined, and divisive hostile take-over by a foreign country.
Whether today is a great day or merely a good day remains to be seen. I have no control over some events that impact my life; with regard to those circumstances that I do, however, I’m off and running and taking charge. I’m just sayin’…
Amended 30APR08: As a follow up to “The ugly:”, the governor, yesterday, signed 45 bills into law, a couple of which were relaxed rules on cage-fighting events and one that creates a new Arizona Highways license plate – boy, I was losing sleep over that last one possibly not going through!
What she didn’t approve, however, was [drum roll, please] the one on local immigration enforcement because it would “cost too much to enforce”.
If someone with a calculator and a clear, unbiased head on their shoulders could tell me the differential in cost impact between what I’m forced to ‘donate’ in order to support the social services, the education, the health care, and all the other “free” programs currently directed to illegals in this state as opposed to the cost of training individuals in the police force, along with staffing for federal agents within those forces, who would then have the capability of eliminating much of the illegal population, that would be just swell. If I’m incorrect in my assessment of the situation, I will duly back off. However, I seriously doubt I am.
There are times I hate it when I’m right; this is another one of those times.
I’m just sayin’…