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.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.
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.
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.