discarded couches of portland: tucson edition

One of the highlights of my recent trip to Tucson was the discovery of this discarded couch:
What it may be lacking in cushions, it more than makes up for in character. Pick it up quick, before some pack rat makes it its home.

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daylight savings not

Those of you dear readers not living in Arizona and that one county in Indiana may have noticed something strange over the weekend. It’s still light outside at night.

Daylight Savings Time, AKA The Stupidest Idea Known To Man, used to end on the last weekend in October. Not any more! Congress, in a fit of sanity, passed legislation in 2005 that extends Daylight Savings Time for about a month – one week in the fall and three in the spring. Those of us in Northern latitudes will come home in the pitch dark for four less weeks of the year. We won’t have to look outside our offices at 4PM and watch the sun set. We won’t get on our bikes, wait for the bus, or take our patriotic automobiles home in near total blackness.

What I’m trying to say is: thank you, Congress, for getting one thing right. You’ve started the job, now we need you to finish it. Abolish the time change altogether. It will make the world a brighter place.

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Crazy Bastard

Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce is the latest Arizona politician/xenophobe to weigh in on the immigration debate. His position? He hates Mexicans and wishes we were a nation of white folks, just like the good old days.

From NPR: “I will not back off until we solve the problem of this illegal invasion,” he says, from an office decorated with awards, keepsakes and photos of fellow fighters Ronald Reagan and John Wayne. “Invaders, that’s what they are. Invaders on the American sovereignty and it can’t be tolerated.”

The United States has never been a nation that welcomes people of color (even the Irish were considered a little too low-class for America’s high standards for a while). We have no problem mucking about in other countries’ business, but when refugees from misbegotten wars come flooding into our borders, well, that’s cause for alarm.

It’s hard for me to take someone like Russell Pearce seriously. Maybe he’s so afraid of immigrants because their children will grow up and vote against him in upcoming elections. I hope they do.