Friday, October 31, 2008

Arizona’s Proposition 105—Part II

On this Halloween it is worth noting that Jason LeVecke’s Proposition 105 asks Arizona voters to amend their constitution in a way that automatically assigns a “No” vote to all dead voters who remain on the voting rolls. Maintaining the list of registered voters is a notoriously difficult and perpetually underfunded task.

Remember Prop 105 is only about changing the rules so that registered voters who don’t show up get their vote assigned for them by Mr. LeVecke and his crew whose only goal is to kill the initiative process. It is a rich irony that they are attempting to do this with the initiative process.

That’s just wrong.

Don’t let this Halloween’s witching hour become a part of our state’s constitution. Vote No on Prop 105. Visit for more.

As a great Arizonan said "Proposition 105 is a trick, not a treat."

Jim Breitinger

Proposition 105--The Halloween photo

Vote No on Prop 105. It is wrong not only for the dead to vote--it is even worse to presume to know how they would have voted, which is exactly what Prop 105 would do.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Arizona's Proposition 105

The people reserve the power

When Arizona became a state in 1912, one provision in our state’s constitution provided citizens the ability to write or change laws and amend the constitution. It is our citizen’s initiative process. Initiatives allow the people of Arizona to take charge of their state when their elected representatives don’t do something that they want done. The statewide smoking ban that was passed in 2006 is one example of the initiative process in action. In 2008, Proposition 105 proposes to kill the citizen’s initiative process in Arizona.

It is worth a moment to go back to the Arizona Constitution and read the words that the founders placed in that document: “The legislative authority of the state shall be vested in the legislature . . . but the people reserve the power to propose laws and amendments to the constitution and to enact or reject such laws and amendments at the polls, independently of the legislature; and they also reserve, for use at their own option, the power to approve or reject at the polls any act, or item, section, or part of any act, of the legislature.”

“The people reserve the power,” but Prop 105 would take that power away. Proposition 105 is a dangerous and deceptive amendment. It is titled “Majority Rules, Let the People Decide.” That sounds good but the title is nothing more than false advertising. Prop 105 would amend our constitution so that any future initiative would require a majority of all “registered” voters. Registered is the key word. The normal practice in a democracy is that a majority of those who actually vote are counted. Under Prop 105 all registered voters who don’t show up to vote would be counted as No votes. This is un-American and undemocratic. Not a single initiative that was passed by voters, and enacted in to law, since 1974 would have received enough votes under the rules created by Prop 105.

Arizona is part of the bold American journey that began in 1776. Our nation adopted our constitutional form of government in 1787. The U.S. Constitution set the stage for the rise of the greatest democracy ever to grace the face of the earth. Our state’s constitution is modeled after that great document. We cannot allow insidious proposals to undermine our voting rights. Please join me to preserve the voting rights of Arizonans. Prop 105 is a deceptive attempt to take away those rights by counting people who don’t vote.

Vote No on Prop 105!

Jim Breitinger
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Sunday, October 19, 2008

The Jakester

Stretching our legs on a day with a lot of driving. Arizona has long stretches of wilderness (or near-wilderness) all over the state. Certainly as much as Utah, if not more.

Dodge on the high plain

Here's my Dodge on the high plain between Flagstaff and Winslow at about 5,800 feet.

Meteor Crater is about a dozen miles to the east-southeast (the right side of the horizon here). Meteor Crater is the first confirmed impact site on our planet--created when a meteorite hit about 50,000 years ago. It is easily visible from a jetliner at 30,000 feet. It's not visible at all here, but is nearby.

You've got to love the Western Sky.

Juniper berries

The most vibrant juniper berries I've ever seen. From Wikipedia: "A juniper berry is the female seed cone produced by various species of junipers. It is not a true berry but a cone with unusually fleshy and merged scales, which give it a berry-like appearance. The cones from a handful of species are used as a spice, particularly in European cuisine, and also give gin its distinguishing flavour."

The Second Amendment

Hunters and others have had fun with this relic of a bygone era. Flagstaff's San Francisco Peaks are in the background.

Monday, October 13, 2008

With a little help from my friends

Finally . . . my place is almost presentable. I've been slow moving in getting it set up. This is especially pathetic since living such a simple life as an Airstreamer means there isn't all that much to do.

Nevertheless, it took me a month, but my new Airstreaming setup with my Dulles/Jetson-esque building is finally presentable to friends and family.

Now I'll have to get motivated and invite some people over. I had major help from a couple of friends and one in particular. The big step yesterday was getting my couch and favorite chair out of storage.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Hanging out at the islands

I just returned to town after spending my second night in Arizona's little-known Pinaleno Mountains. I am here for work, but chose to take advantage of being near these gorgeous mountains. The Airstream stayed in Phoenix. I have been truck camping, sleeping under the stars in the bed of my pickup.

As mentioned a couple of years back, I wrote an article on these mountains which is mostly unchanged and available right here on Wikipedia.

I stayed at lower elevations to avoid freezing mornings. I wish I had a week to just explore and be outside. The highest point of the Pinalenos is almost 11,000 feet above sea level.

What a joy to be camped out on the edges of one of Arizona's islands in the sky.

To get a full appreciation for the island reference, go to the Wikipedia article.

Safford, Arizona

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Bounce for me

I too am experiencing my worst ant outbreak since becoming an Airstreamer.

Check this great video out . . . yes that is the same Malibu park I was in earlier this year.

Monday, October 06, 2008

An Airstreaming update

We've been back in the Airstream for a month now and are feeling settled again. The view within the trailer is vintage 1973 with plasticky woods, vinyl coatings on the interior aluminum, and large plastic light covers.

We LOVE it all.

I really do need to get motivated and shine the exterior of this thing up. It may be a project that is impractical within the confines of the trailer park.

The bad thing about my current setup is I have a semi-permanent sewer hookup. It would be very difficult for me to unhook for trips and hook back up here.

I have a George Jetson-esque building that I am parked next to--picture the terminal at Dulles Airport with the big sweeping roof. My little version of Dulles serves as potential guest quarters, and storage. I had the floors and wrap-around concrete deck painted before moving in. The trailer is semi-presentable at this juncture, but the inside of my little building is a mess.

The trailer park is in a not so great neighborhood, but well located in town--close to work and all of my usual shopping spots (Trader Joe's being the most important).

Join the lifestyle of the Airstreaming set . . . buy a new or vintage Airstream and live the life you've always dreamed of.


Jim and Jake