Michael Alexander

Michael Alexander 5 months, 2 weeks ago on Lawmaker’s AHCCCS suit rebuffed

Gotta love these illogical strawman arguments from the "My Way or the Highway" types... like there's only one solution to a problem... theirs... just like the Obama drones running around the country saying "It's this Iran Deal or WAR!" These are the exact same drones who support Common Core... "Let's keep 'em stupid and they'll believe anything we tell them... they're already so stupid that we'll have to tell them when we're being sarcastic and when we're not."


Michael Alexander 6 months ago on Lawmaker blasts EPA for spill

Talk about delusional... in the face of this environmental disaster of epic proportion that may yet have negative impacts for uncounted decades to come, here are the Big Government GimmeDat Zombies who STILL want poor old decrepit, bloated and incompetent Uncle Sam to do everything for them. And what a weak strawman argument it is to use the struggle for civil rights as justification for a federal Uber-government... yeah... like they've done such a GREAT job with race relations these last six or seven years. Look, buddy... if it weren't for us local yokels out here in the states, there would even BE a federal government. To paraphrase Bill Cosby (back when he used to be respectable), the states brought the federal government into this world, and we can damn sure take it out.


Michael Alexander 6 months, 1 week ago on Rim Country presses for access to Fossil Creek

We said it at the meeting two years ago, and we say it again now... if the feds can't manage Fossil Creek (and they obviously can't), then they should pull out and let the State Park Service take over. This is Arizona, after all, and one has to look no further than Tonto Natural Bridge to see an example of this state's efficiency in the management of its natural resources. With 100,000 visitors, it shouldn't take long at $5 a pop to pave the road to Fossil Creek with gold!


Michael Alexander 6 months, 1 week ago on State’s wildfire season mild, but much of West goes up in flames

Scientists at two of the world’s leading climate centers – NASA and NOAA – have been caught manipulating temperature data to overstate the extent of the 20th century “global warming”.

The evidence of their tinkering can clearly be seen at Real Science, where blogger Steven Goddard has posted a series of graphs which show “climate change” before and after the adjustments.

When the raw data is used, there is little if any evidence of global warming and some evidence of global cooling. However, once the data has been adjusted – ie fabricated by computer models – 20th century ‘global warming’ suddenly looks much more dramatic.

This is especially noticeable on the US temperature records. Before 2000, it was generally accepted – even by climate activists like NASA’s James Hansen – that the hottest decade in the US was the 1930s.



Michael Alexander 6 months, 1 week ago on Stream stocking experiment befuddles anglers

"How many fish yield the best angler experience...?" I can't help but wonder what member of the Federal Brain Trust came up with THIS idiotic experiment! However many hundreds of thousands of dollars this study is costing the taxpayer, it all could have been saved with a one-word answer = More.


Michael Alexander 9 months ago on Pipes burst

Without even trying to address the incongruous leap of logic in conflating the dollars spent to repair a small town water main to the massive federal debt, suffice it to say that it does no good to feign shock and dismay when we keep electing the same Big Government Big Spenders (of both major parties), while expecting them to act differently. If we just keep changing the players without fixing the playing field, we, in a democracy, end up with precicely the government we deserve.



Michael Alexander 10 months ago on Man dies as dispatchers dicker about helicopter

Pat... The Zane Grey Highway (SR 260) out of Camp Verde climbs eastward up on top of the Rim and intersects with SR 87 about 10 miles north of Strawberry in Coconino County, then the two highways run together south into Payson where SR 260 breaks away to the east and SR 87 continues south, becoming the Beeline Highway, down to Mesa. The geography is confusing, but no more confusing than DPS' policy.


Michael Alexander 10 months, 1 week ago on Gun battles

I think you hit the nail on the head, Pat... if YOU don't know who the Good Guy is, then neither does the Bad Guy. Checkmate.


Michael Alexander 10 months, 2 weeks ago on Gun battles

Someone once told me not to call anyone an idiot, no matter how idiotic they may be, unless I am prepared to deal with the response one might expect from such an insult. In my experience, my use of that word has almost always been done in haste, and I ended up apologizing for not selecting a more proper term. So far, that has worked out well for me.

But leaving that aside for the moment, I find the notion of "two people starting a shoot-out" rather amusing. If memory serves, not since there were quick-draw duels in the dusty streets of the Territory have two people "started" a gun fight... it's almost always one person, and if others do get involved, it's in response, and the intention is to end the gunfight, not start it.

Now granted, in a horrific shooting incident where one crazed individual attends a public gathering, like a town council meeting, with the intention of shooting one or more innocents, and does so, that person deserves being called "the idiot in the room with a gun."

If, on the other hand, there's another guy in the room with a gun who stops the idiot before he can completely unload his weapon into a room full of innocents, then it is hardly proper or mannerly to include him on the list of "idiots" in the room with a gun.

Just sayin'...