Bob, these goofy politicians aren't all that out of step with the electorate. How does Jan Brewer get elected to a full term as governor? How do people like Matt Salmon, Frank Antenori and that nutty lady from Show Low, St. John's or wherever who sponsored the bill to allow guns in bars keep themselves in office?
They sure try to sound adult in a bland, bureaucratic way with that "We now consider this matter closed" closing.
It's Arizona. What makes the Weekly so smugly confident that he wouldn't win?
Stanhope hit the nail right on the head. It was perfect.
Isn't it great how Tucson is always reliable for things like this? Anyone remember the 60 Minutes piece from 1993 or 1994 about the U of A? Or Robert Kaplan's Atlantic Monthly article from around 1998 where the author laid bare some of the more enduring social ills of the city? Copies magically disappeared quickly from racks and even from the UA library, almost certainly rounded up by civic boosters and convention and visitors bureau types whose ears were cracking at the sound of anything not positive about the town. Or how about even more recently, in the epic performance of Michael Hicks on the Daily Show, where Mr. Hicks, like the stout Mr. Heller in this segment, was left to cast himself in the most negative light possible, with really no assistance from the interviewer?
We might deride Phoenix (and rightly so), but it sure does seem that Tucson's always good for making a chump of itself when the national media turns its way.
I can't wait for a small army of terrorists to show up and be thwarted—"Victory,"get ready to pitch your script to Disney—by grade-schoolers! It'll be just like Red Dawn, only for a younger (and younger at heart!) demographic, starring Jaden Smith and Honey Boo Boo! Macaulay Culkin will be too old for one of the kid terror-fighter roles, but I'm sure that for the right price we can get Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern to play the terrorists!
The Berlin Wall worked remarkably well, especially since it had guard towers all along it, and had a long "warning track" that was in spots very hard to get through to the wall itself. A handful of people survived their escape attempts, but many more died trying.
Here, the tide of people flowing over the border is thousands of times the number of people who tried to jump the Berlin Wall. It likely wouldn't work, especially when every coyote has a plasma torch in his bag.
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