Tuesday, March 8

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> OUR CHURCH is more like In-N-Out than Denny's. ~ link

IT REALLY wasn't very hard to put the Arizona state budget nearly $1 billion into the black -- without cutting any government or social services, or education. I didn't even have to raise sales taxes. ~ link

PHOENIX POPULATION increasing -- in spite of the weak economy and foreclosure crisis. We're now the 11th largest city in the US --
As of today Phoenix and its suburbs are home to 4,575,353 people, and the number is on the rise. The next milestone of 4,580,000 is expected to hit March 20. ~ Phoenix Business Journal
> "A FEW possible ways that someone fleeing Libya right now might be granted lawful permission to resettle in the United States." ~ link

CONGRESSMAN PETER KING:
“There is a real threat to the country from the Muslim community... and the only way to get to the bottom of it is to investigate what is happening.” 
That kind of sweeping statement from a major government official about a religious minority — soon to be backed up by the intimidating aura of Congressional hearings — can only serve to further demonize a group of Americans already being pummeled by bigotry and vicious stereotyping. ~ NY Times
Yes, there are probably some potential threats from within the American Muslim community but we are in even greater danger if we demonize the whole lot and turn everyone into an enemy through this kind of public harassment. If there are threats, they should be dealt with in a low-key and discreet manner -- fairly and individually -- and legally. Can you imagine Congress initiating an investigation of all Baptists in the US because of the activities of the Westboro Baptist Church?

TIBET IS CLOSED to foreigners this month. I guess I'll have to do spring break elsewhere. ~ Time
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