Thursday, April 29, 2010

Real St. Paul Mayors of Genius

Chris Coleman wants to punish those nasty Nazi Arizonans, the Pioneer Press reports:

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman wasted no time Wednesday morning in inserting himself into the debate over the controversial new Arizona law on illegal immigration.

Without knowing whether any trips had been booked from the capital city to the Grand Canyon State — and not caring much either way — the Democrat issued an executive order banning city-funded travel to Arizona and urged other elected
leaders to do the same.
That's actually pretty snarky for the lead to a news article, but in this case the snark is definitely warranted. This deep thought, like Gavin Newsom's similar edict from San Francisco, is meaningless posturing and deserves every bit of derision it gets. Given St. Paul's parlous financial condition, city officials shouldn't be traveling much farther than Roseville anyway.

But since Coleman is insistent on pursuing such things, he really needs to double down. All things Arizona must now be considered suspect and ought to be banned in the Capital City. In the spirit of concerned citizenship, and as a former resident of St. Paul, I'd like to propose some additional things that ought to be banned:

1. Arizona Iced Tea
2. Hyundai Tucsons
3. Kia Sedonas
4. Watching the movie "Raising Arizona"
5. Listening to Glenn Campbell's "By the Time I Get to Phoenix"*
6. Arizona jeans
7. All internet banner ads for the University of Phoenix
8. Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald
9. Being stranded on the corner in Winslow, Arizona
10. Tempura batter, which sounds suspiciously like Tempe

*The Isaac Hayes version of "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" is still allowed. If you have to ask why, there's really no helping you.

Dammit, we have to take a stand on this sort of thing.


my name is Amanda said...

Expect to see similar stories; the Boycott Arizona movement has traction among many political leaders in our country. The mayor of the capital city of MN getting on board is just as important and symbolic.

Perhaps you can work on more suggestions like the ones mentioned here, for future stories?

Bike Bubba said...

I was kinda hoping that people in Pig's Eye would pass a similar law to keep the riff-raff out from San Francisco......

....and I think I'm going to "girlcott" Arizona by looking to see if Galco Gunleather has another holster or belt that I "need." :^)

Mr. D said...

I think I'm going to "girlcott" Arizona by looking to see if Galco Gunleather has another holster or belt that I "need." :^)


W.B. Picklesworth said...

If the Boycott Arizona movement has real traction then there's less hope for us than I thought. If, however, it's mainly preening politicians from safe districts and municipalities, then I don't think AZ has a lot to fear. Surely it is symbolic of something, but of what? How's this? Out of touch politicians who are happy to be ineffectual in the name of self-congratulation.

Gino said...

thank God i own a santa fe.

i'm waiting for the the mayor of los angeles to add water from AZ to his boycott.

and dont forget to boycott las vegas.

CousinDan 54915 said...

I was thinking of a late Spring golf trip to AZ with a few friends but if Obama and Janet Napolitano thinks it's a bad idea I will not go. After all, who has time to play golf?

Mr. D said...

After all, who has time to play golf?

Now that was sly, Dan. Well played.