Bored by the Border

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Another of my Arizona-specific efforts for TucsonSentinel.com.

It's time for the Republican Party primary, which means it's time for candidates to talk about the issues that matter to voters. Not jobs, not education, not health care, not the environment (definitely not the environment) and not gun control (definitely not gun control). No, it's time to talk about The Border.


While Syria Burns ...

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Just kiddin', Mr. President.

I understand that apples have a much longer shelf life.


The Midnight Ride of Paul Babeu

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A Republican sheriff who takes a hard line against immigration and aspired (aspires?) to political office.

A few busloads of undocumented minors (who never arrived).

A Republican congressional primary candidate who tried to use the protest to his advantage.

A busload of YMCA campers who happened to be driving by.

A mariachi band.

In other words, just another day in Arizona politics.

School's Out for Summer

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Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is worried Israeli kids won't be able to have a "normal summer vacation" unless Israel occupies the Gaza Strip.

School's out for summer ... roll the tanks!


It's War!

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[Former mayor] Michael Bloomberg has declared war (again) on the National Rifle Association, pledging to spend $50 million this year to build a nationwide grass-roots network he hopes will be able to fight the N.R.A.


As Good As Any Other Explanation

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It probably didn't happen this way, but this is ... as good as any other explanation.


Judgment Day

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Word has it Fred Phelps, Sr., merchant of hate and prejudice, is at death's door.

I can't imagine what Hell for Fred Phelps would look like, but I bet it will be nicely decorated, and that all the boys at the gym will be wearing short shorts.



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Arizona Governor Jan Brewer announced Wednesday that she will not run for re-election, ending speculation that she might seek a third term.

Chances, are, though, that when Jan rides off into the sunset, there will be plenty of guns left in the valley.


Be Prepared

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CNN's Anderson Cooper talks with Arizona State Senator Al Melvin, a backer of SB 1062, a measure that would amend the state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and that some say would allow Arizona business owners to deny service to gay and lesbian customers as long as proprietors were acting solely on their religious beliefs.


Let 'Em Eat Burgers ...

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The passage this week of Senate Bill 1062 by both houses of the Arizona legislature has prompted protests that it will be used by businesspeople to discriminate against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

But two can play at that game, and Rocco DiGrazia, owner of Rocco's Little Chicago Pizzeria, in Tucson, quickly launched a discriminatory counterattack. A sign in the window of the restaurant says "We reserve the right to refuse service to Arizona legislators."

While it's undoubtedly true that man cannot live by pizza alone (unless he's in college), DiGrazia has posed the question to legislators: "Can man live without pizza at all?"


The Curling Edge

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The British men's curling team is into the Olympic final in Sochi, and it hasn't escaped our attention that the primary qualification for some of the women's curling teams is ... hotness. Yes, Russia, we're talking about you.

On the men's side, the Norwegians have again swept (pardon the pun) the best-dressed category, and many other teams are heavily populated with metrosexuals.

No word on what Mr. Putin thinks.


Kickin' It Slopestyle

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Slopestylin' dudes Joss Christensen, Gus Kenworthy and Nick Goepper. In a sport you hadn't heard of until this week


Hero of the Capitol

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This is one that will go completely over the heads of the younger generation, but those of us old enough to remember the comic books of the 1960s and 70s will remember the back page ads for Charles Atlas, "The World's Most Perfectly Developed Man".

In the news this week is New York Congressman Michael Grimm, who after President Obama's State of the Union speech threatened to throw reporter Michael Scotto over a balcony in the U.S. Capitol, after the reporter had had the temerity to question Grimm about his campaign finances.


Media Feeding Frenzy

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Who's happiest about the New York Yankees' signing of pitcher Masahiro Tanaka? The Yankees' other Japanese players, Ichiro Suzuki and Hiroki Kuroda, can't be unhappy that they very likely will face greatly reduced scrutiny (except for the thousands of questions they will be asked about Tanaka) from the Japanese media hordes that will descend on the Yankees from the first moments of pitcher-catcher spring training.



Advice to Future Emperors

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From an atypically casual family portrait released by the imperial family. In which we imagine Emperor Akihito explaining to his grandson Japan's position on the Senkaku Islands, which are highly coveted (and claimed) by China.
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