12.05.2012

Where's Jan?


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Arizona Governor Jan Brewer is not in her office this week, nor has her office released information on her whereabouts (the governor's office releases her schedule every week). She is reportedly on a week-long work-related trip out of the state, but that's all we know.

If that's even true. Remember Mark Sanford?

Followers of this blog will know I cartoon for TucsonSentinel.com and as a result have developed an unhealthy interest in Arizona politics.

11.08.2012

Never Say Die


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As a regular cartoonist for TucsonSentinel.com, I keep an eye on the Arizona political scene.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 6, over 600,000 early and provisional ballots remained uncounted in Arizona. Voters can cast “conditional provisional” ballots when they arrive at their polling places with insufficient identification. They then have five business days, or until the end of business on Tuesday, Nov. 13, to return to their county elections office with proper ID.

Fubar County


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As a regular cartoonist for TucsonSentinel.com, I keep an eye on the Arizona political scene.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 6, over 600,000 early and provisional ballots remained uncounted in Arizona. Voters can cast “conditional provisional” ballots when they arrive at their polling places with insufficient identification. They then have five business days, or until the end of business on Tuesday, Nov. 13, to return to their county elections office with proper ID.

10.27.2012

Elmer J. Wen


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The New York Times has just published a superb investigative report on the family fortune of Chinese prime minister Wen Jiabao. This follows reports on the fortunes of disgraced high-flier Bo Xilai and president-in-waiting Xi Jinping.

At the moment, no comment yet from Wen.

10.24.2012

Sisyphus Romney


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A Republican candidate for one of Indiana's seats in the U.S. Senate seat is under fire for having suggested that pregnancy resulting from rape is "something that God intended to happen."

McKayla is not impressed. And neither, we presume, is Mitt Romney.

10.03.2012

Zen and the Art of Washing Rice


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Made this comic after an afternoon shooting the preparation for and operation of a weekly soup kitchen by Second Harvest Japan in Tokyo's Ueno Park. Starring in this comic is Kosone-san, and I must confess that she told me absolutely nothing about her mother's rice washing techniques ... I made up the entire text (except that the main points about rice washing are all valid).

9.18.2012

Zen and the Art of Chopping a Tomato


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Made this little comic after an afternoon shooting the preparation for and operation of a weekly soup kitchen by Second Harvest Japan in Tokyo's Ueno Park. In addition to the efforts of staff members, Second Harvest's work is made possible by hundreds of volunteers every year, some of whom (like Watanabe-san, pictured in this comic) have been contributing their time for years.

9.08.2012

Men at Work


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Five Tucson city employees have resigned or were fired after an investigation revealed they had used city equipment and materials for personal gain. 

City officials allege the workers performed side jobs for personal gain at the city's expense, and that a Department of Transportation leader "treated the Streets division as a personal enterprise."

The activities went on for at least eight years, dating to 2004, city documents said.


The Tucson Sentinel has the complete story.

9.04.2012

Money, Drugs and Guns


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In his last state-of-the-nation address before leaving office in December, Mexican President Felipe Calderon said he was not to blame for the spiraling drug-related violence, which has killed more than 50,000 people since he took office in 2006.

9.02.2012

A Tale of Two Sheriffs


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Friday was a big day for two high-profile Arizona sheriffs, as both Joe Arpiao and Paul Babeu were cleared of wrongdoing by federal and state investigators.


The U.S. Attorney's Office announced it had ended its investigation of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, declining to bring charges of financial misconduct, according to a Reuters report.

Earlier in the day, the state attorney general's office cleared Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu of wrongdoing after allegations Babeu had threatened a male lover with deportation. Babeu had requested the investigation in an effort to clear his name.

8.30.2012

Roos-colored Glasses


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Outside the United States, American elections are watched closely with an eye to predicting the impact of possible "regime change" on bilateral relations.

Sitting around in his underwear in the Kantei, drinking beer with his boys, prime minister Noda is likely to have wondered what a Romney administration might mean for Japan.

Gantiarabriella


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Arizona Republican Congressional hopeful Gabriela Saucedo Mercer is, as a Republican, "tough" on immigration, though she is herself an immigrant. In an interview with a conservative website last year, she said:

"If you know Middle Easterners, a lot of them, they look Mexican or they look, you know, like a lot of people in South America, dark skin, dark hair, brown eyes. And they mix. They mix in. 
And those people, their only goal in life is to, to cause harm to the United States. So why do we want them here, either legally or illegally? When they come across the border, besides the trash that they leave behind, the drug smuggling, the killings, the beheadings. I mean, you are seeing stuff. It’s a war out there."

To paraphrase Kurtz, "The beheadings! The beheadings!"

8.28.2012

Buying Chris Christie


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If you type "How fat is" into Google, the fifth result from the top is "How fat is Chris Christie?"

If he moves up two places, pollsters say, he'll have enough of a national profile to consider running for president.
 
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