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Endless Boycotts

Filed under: General — DRJ @ 11:23 am

[Guest post by DRJ]

Denver schools have banned their employees from traveling to Arizona. This whole boycott thing has William A. Jacobson confused. Me, too.


32 Responses to “Endless Boycotts”

  1. That’s fitting, given that any sane parent “bans” their children from attending Denver Public Schools crappy, incompetent schools.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  2. We should all boycott each other and just stay home–at least it’s cheaper.

    Rochf (ae9c58)

  3. Why would the Denver schools be going to Arizona?

    JD (3b62be)

  4. Stupid.

    Dopey (a812c5)

  5. The “will of the people” only matters when they agree with you.

    Sadly for them, it would probably pass in Colorado 2:1.

    HeavenSent (a9126d)

  6. “On official business”, I assume. Not even the Denver school board can tell them where to go on their own time.

    mojo (8096f2)

  7. If you’re an Arizonan, you gotta love this. The law was only supposed to repel the illegals, but delivered the bonus prize of getting the supporters of illegals to stay out voluntarily.


    Matador (fea72b)

  8. Another boycot, sounds like something Barney Frank would enjoy.

    Corwin (ea9428)

  9. So, let me see if I’ve got this right:

    1) The Arizona bill is bad because it constitutes profiling, ie assuming all people who share a superficial characteristic are potential illegal immigrants.

    2) Therefore, it makes sense to punish the State of Arizona for passing a bill that constitutes profiling.

    3) Therefore, it makes sense to try to punish all Arizonans indiscriminately, simply on the basis of superficial characteristics without regard to whether said Arizonan agrees with said law or not.

    So… its OK to engage in actual profiling to show how wrong potential profiling is? Am I missing something?

    Sean P (4fde41)

  10. I know Arizona pretty well and, until the past six months, was planning to move there in the next year. This boycott will be good news to everyone except the resorts, which have laid off a lot of employees. Most Arizonans are hoping that California will join the boycott and I doubt any are upset that Colorado is joining, especially school employees. The only people who are welcome in Arizona right now are people who plan to buy a house and those with plenty of money who plan a stay at one of the expensive resorts that are hurting.

    Mike K (8df289)

  11. Denver Public Schools is prohibiting employees from taking work-related trips to Arizona due to the state’s crackdown on illegal immigration.

    This must cover any kind of professional seminars for educators. And field trips with classes, assuming they still have them. So the end result is, the students suffer.

    DCSCA (9d1bb3)

  12. Probably DPS’ boycott makes sense, DPS budget woes are such that it can’t afford bail money.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  13. I was in Phoenix once and staying at my hotel was a convention of high school journalists and their teacher advisers. I would presume this is the type of trip that would henceforth be verboten. Also, when I was a kid, tennis and baseball teams from Colorado high schools would often play in tournaments in Arizona over spring break to escape the potential Rocky Mountain spring snowstorms. I don’t think the Denver Public Schools were ever a part of that, but I suppose that even if they could afford the trip it would now be prohibited.

    JVW (08e86a)

  14. Think of the children!!

    Yeah, the students have to suffer the fools who are in charge of the Denver Public School System.

    Dr. K (0e9868)

  15. They should take this further: ban official trips outside of Colorado. Think of the money they would save.

    Kevin Murphy (805c5b)

  16. So, do you think a few of the teachers and parents of students in the Denver school system may have some thoughts about this political/unilateral/non education-related decision? Surely they aren’t ALL nuts out there. I realize this is one more liberal attempt to have a “teachable moment” for indoctrinating kids, but still.

    elissa (dd0e5c)

  17. Fyi, a little off topic, but here is a protest you might actually want to participate in. You might have heard about the everyone draw mohammed movement. Well, i created a blog for it. click on my name to go to the site, or cut and past this link:

    also check out the mission statement, here:

    as i say on the blog, no artistic abilities necessary. i mean seriously, look at what we published. most of us stink. because quality is not the point. telling the terrorists we are not intimidated is…

    A.W. (e7d72e)

  18. Liberal states and cities do things I don’t like. If Texas boycotted them, they would call whoever was behind that a nutjob.

    This is just going to encourage more polarization, which is actually likely to lead to at least a few more places following Arizona and OK’s leads. And since it’s probably going to save lives and make people happier, it’s going to snowball.

    the best thing the nutjobs could have done was ignore this.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  19. Boycotts worked to get AZ to recognize MLK day. Hopefully they’ll work again.

    imdw (df0dab)

  20. Gee, boycott??? Arizona took much of SoCal’s river water(it was really theirs), many, many of our jobs, factories and brain trust and now we want to boycott them? I think we’ve got it backwards–they’re going to be saying stay away, what we have they don’t need.

    bald01 (35bc9b)

  21. So, Denver schools will not be sending any baseball teams to AZ for spring-break tournies…Oops, isn’t spring-break over?
    And, who in their right mind would go to AZ in the Summer, most people are trying to leave AZ then, for somewhere cooler.
    Gee, do you think if AZ sends groups to CO (on official business) in the Summer, the Gov will stand at the airport gate blocking their entrance?

    AD - RtR/OS! (3def68)

  22. AD, its just an example of the meaningless posturing that keeps DPS from noticing that they are abject failures at their primary purpose – education.

    And that’s not just a off-hand insult on my part. State testing shows that DPS really is an abject failure.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  23. Can someone explain to me how city governments and schools are able to ban their workers from travelling to any state, if only for “state business”? If some Republican barred state employees from traveling to states that allowed gay marriage as a gesture of protest, leftists would be screaming fascism at the top of their lungs.

    I hate to disillusion the mayor, but protests in America rarely work. This country lacks the kind of internet culture and one voice approach that can drive and sustain a national movement as found abroad.

    lee (cae7a3)

  24. Unfortunately, only ten percent of Denver high school students could find Arizona on the map.

    Birdbath (8501d4)

  25. Race pimps like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton use boycotts to extort money from all sorts of organizations.

    daleyrocks (1d0d98)

  26. The Denver Board of Education spent hours debating if boycott meant you banned young males from traveling to Arizona.

    Birdbath (8501d4)

  27. Aren’t the boycotts a violation of the commerce clause?

    A city (or state) engages in economic discrimination against a different state. Here is a discussion of the cases:

    The boycotts would have a hard time passing even a “rational basis” test – “Yes, we are deliberately trying to hurt a neighboring state”.

    [note: fished from spam filter. –Stashiu]

    TomHynes (2e563b)

  28. ROFLOL…The Denver Board was determined to not be one upped by the Santa Clara Board of Supervisors, who outlawed happy meals… silly, stupid, halfwit, pretentious is the best one can say about such spirited Public Servants… However, I think Democrat, says it best…

    jkstewart2 (c48d38)

  29. I am watching a Dbacks game against the Cubs. There was supposed to be a boycott of the game, but it looks like a pretty good turnout. Guess it didn’t work.

    And the last three games were against Colorado Rockies. Pretty good crowds there also.

    imdw, I think the MLK holiday did not pass because of the boycott, but because they were trying to take away one holiday to give us that one. But thanks for trying.

    PatAZ (9d1bb3)

  30. #27, I thought the same thing. Of course, a state legislature could get around that by denying any intent to target a particular state, but that wouldn’t exactly fly when the same politicians are racing to the nearest camera to brag about what they are doing and why.

    And again I must ask, how is “profiling” all Arizonans and Arizonan companies in this manner any different than the type of “profiling” opponents claim this bill will cause?

    Sean P (16c9fb)

  31. Comment by TomHynes — 4/29/2010 @ 5:06 pm

    — That’s cute.

    Wrong . . . but cute.

    Icy Texan (2c4563)

  32. WOW! This is backfiring on California, they have become the boycott target.

    I don’t thinks Arizona has to worry. From all the buzz on the internet tonight, there are MORE calls to BOYCOTT CALIFORNIA . There are people form all over the states that are confirming that California will be the target, I have seen everything from boycotting produce wines, travel and any food product made in California.

    Their boycott won’t last long. they have the other 49 states supporting them.
    It’s being called BUYcott Arizona.

    Julie (13e10c)

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