The Tea Party And Conspiracy Theorists Run The State (Of Arizona) Now

The crazy keeps on getting crazy in Arizona with the latest anti-United Nations bill in the Arizona Senate. From MSNBC’s “Agenda 21: Arizona close to passing anti-UN-sustainability bill

Among the U.N. declaration’s non-binding principles are calls for sustainable development, environmental protection, eradicating poverty, eliminating unsustainable production and consumption patterns, economic growth and the participation of women in government decisions.

“We wouldn’t be able to use CFL light bulbs in state buildings because that would be considered energy efficiency,” Campbell said.

Campbell also said that the state’s Economic Security Department, which handles unemployment and welfare benefits, could be outlawed because it has to do with eradicating poverty.
Also, Arizona universities have sustainability programs that could be banned if the bill becomes law, Campbell warned.

The Times also reported that during House debate Wednesday, Rep. Jack Harper, R-Surprise, said the declaration is connected to the “occult” of sustainability.

“The tea party and conspiracy theorists run the state now, Campbell told msnbc.com.

What Is The Source Of This Woman Hitting A Pole In Rio Rancho

Apparently A person hit a utility pole in the middle of the desert of Rio Rancho. I found several sites “reporting” on it, such a WTF and pictures sites but I cannot find the original source which I assume is from a local source in New Mexico. The best I can find is a UK Orange News site which had this to say:

Car Hits Pole In Rio RanchoPolice in the US are baffled after a woman managed to drive her car into a telegraph pole in the middle of a wide-open desert.

She somehow managed to plough straight into the middle of the 20ft pole, despite being surrounded by acres of empty desert in Rio Rancho, Sandoval, New Mexico.

The damage to the front of the grey car is clearly visible in the snap, with the sheer force of the crash also causing the wooden utility pole to snap.

A Rio Rancho police officer said the driver of the vehicle had no life-threatening injuries but was taken to a local hospital as a precaution.

New Mexico is one of the most vast and least densely populated states in the US due to its mountainous territory and desert landscape.

Based on the picture that accompanies the article, I cannot place exactly where the photo was taken in Rio Rancho but I can see what appears to be at least one house in the back ground. I also suspect there is a road behind the camera.

Update: PNM on Twitter says this was a real incident.

Intel Misses New Mexico Hiring Goals

From the Albuquerque Journal “Intel Misses N.M. Goal For Hiring“:

For the third time in five years, computer chipmaker Intel fell short of a goal set by Sandoval County to ensure 60 percent of the new hires for its Rio Rancho plant are New Mexico residents.

A report presented to Sandoval County commissioners by Intel government affairs manager Liz Shipley this week showed only 35 percent of the 349 employees the company hired in 2011 were state residents.

Under the 2004 agreement, Intel must pay the county $100,000 to be spent on educational initiatives if it fails to meet the hiring requirement.

Bologna Smuggling Into New Mexico

A Colbert Special Report on Bologna smuggling into the US via New Mexico.

Armed Vigilantes Attack Suspected Illegal Aliens

Arizona continues to keep it classy. From azcentral.com “Two killed in Eloy ambush near smuggling route“.

Around 10:30 p.m., an unknown number of people in camouflage armed with rifles ambushed a pick-up truck filled with a group of suspected illegal immigrants, according to a press release from the Pima County Sheriff’s Department.

Detectives from the Pima County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene near the Ironwood Forest National Monument in southwest Eloy and found one person dead in the truck bed and another body in a nearby wash, the release said