Friday, January 27, 2012

Red State, Blue State

I thought I was through being embarrassed by our politicians the day former Governor Evan Mecham was impeached. I guess I was wrong.

In the future, when someone asks you if you know the precise time period in which Arizona turned from a red state into a blue state, try "pointing" them to this post.

Now looky here, son. I run the show in these here parts.

Related link: Arizona Daily Star: Obama steps off his jet into a clash with Brewer

Friday, January 20, 2012

Apache 8

APACHE 8 tells the story of an all-women wildland firefighter crew from the White Mountain Apache Tribe, who have been fighting fires in Arizona and throughout the U.S., for over 30 years.

The film delves into the challenging lives of these Native firefighters. Four extraordinary women from different generations of the Apache 8 crew share their personal narratives with humor and tenderness. They speak of hardship and loss, family and community, and pride in being a firefighter from Fort Apache. APACHE 8 weaves together a compelling tale of these remarkable firefighters, revealed for the first time. This inspirational documentary is now playing on AZPBS Channel-8 in Phoenix.

Source: Apache8 and PBS NewsHour

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Arizona Is One Tough Place

"Arizona is one tough place to live." How many times have I heard that phrase?

It's true that the attitudes of residents here is much different than many other states. But, that independent attitude must be one that appeals to many Canadians, since they've been buying up foreclosed properties here since the housing bust in 2008. But, don't just take my word for it.

TOUGH WEST from Henrique Barone on Vimeo.

Monday, January 2, 2012

It's Election Season

Election season in Arizona is always a giant circus. While I love the weather, the natural beauty, and the vast majority of people living in Arizona, big business interests and corrupt politics always seem to detract from that beauty and enjoyment.

It doesn't matter which party you belong to, the politics here seem only to represent the interests of the corporations or those who can afford corrupt politicians, instead of the people and the state as a whole. So, this year I'm writing in my own candidate for election, someone who the average Arizonan can identify with, someone who isn't fake, someone who's respected.