Monday, June 30, 2014

Grijalva Responds to Executive Action on Immigration Reform

Posted By on Mon, Jun 30, 2014 at 6:30 PM

When word went out that President Obama would announce at a press conference today that—tired of the Republicans lack of backbone to address immigration reform—he was finally going to act using executive action—something immigration reform activists and DREAMERS had been begging, organizing and fasting for.

Today's press conference happened and it felt like maybe the Obama administration had been taken over by Arizona Democrats who use terms like border security like the best of Gov. Brewer's advisers. Yeah, mentioning the large number of Central American children crossing and now warehoused and then an increase in border enforcement, what are folks left to think except maybe we have a president who doesn't understand the difference between a humanitarian crisis and immigration reform. And continuing the trajectory of increasing the number of Border agents—it's, well, kind of depressing.

Congressman Raúl Grijalva issued a statement in response to Obama's "executive action," and it seems he's thinking the same thing, but being diplomatic enough with a dash of hopeful—let's wait and see:

Today, President Barack Obama announced that he will take administrative actions to address our nation’s broken immigration system in the face of continued Republican opposition in the House of Representatives. Congressman Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) released the following statement:

“After 18 months of political stonewalling and 12 months of ignoring the bipartisan Senate immigration reform bill, I am glad to see the president is prepared to act where Congressional Republicans refuse,” said Rep. Grijalva. “There are many options available to the president, from extending deferred action to all deserving family members to allowing for prosecutorial discretion on deportations.”

President Obama has directed the Secretary of Homeland Security and Attorney General to move available and appropriate enforcement resources to the border. He also directed his team to identify additional actions and send him recommendations by the end of the summer.

“While the president’s announcement today is a welcome first step, the success of this effort will depend largely on what comes next,” Grijalva continued. “Sending more enforcement to our borders will do nothing for the men, women and children who are caught up in our broken system. Nor will it provide a humanitarian solution to the crisis of child refugees arriving from Central America. I look forward to the president’s next steps, and urge him to focus his efforts on protecting vulnerable families going forward.”

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Lupita Murillo Celebrates 36 Years at KVOA

Posted By on Mon, Jun 30, 2014 at 5:30 PM


She’s a living local icon who seems to get better with every year—36 to this day, to be exact. It’s Lupita Murillo, a KVOA nightly news mainstay since 1978, when she moved here from KRGV-TV in Weslaco, TX. She was South Texas’ first Hispanic female in broadcasting at the time, and continues to produce award-winning investigative reporting on border issues, frequently appearing on national NBC broadcasts.

Murillo, whose thick-accented segment sign-offs may be as well-known and loved in this town as the old Gordo’s or Szechuan Omei commercials, has come a long way from her beginnings as a buttoned-down, reserved cub reporter. Earlier this month she was featured prominently on “Mystery on Sunrise Drive,” Dateline’s two-hour special on the 1996 Gary Triano murder case, in which Triano’s ex-wife was ultimately found guilty and sentenced to life behind bars.

Next month, however, Murillo will be behind a different kind of bar (sorry, couldn’t resist), as she serves up cocktails at The Coronet to benefit the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation. Murillo and SAAF Executive Director Wendell Hicks will be your “Startenders” from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 15, at Fourth Avenue’s coolest new patio destination. “Coolest,” not only for the Coronet’s Old World European-inspired ambiance, but for the oscillating misting fans that actually work.

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For Your Enjoyment/Horror, Here's a Photo of Joe Arpaio and Frankie Muniz

Posted By on Mon, Jun 30, 2014 at 4:30 PM

So, this happened.


It's amazing what they can do with wax figures these days. Wait, that's actually Sheriff Joe. Point retracted.

Cue a series of jokes about how Muniz's dad is a meth kingpin.

If you've been wondering what sometimes-Scottsdale resident Muniz has been up to, he was playing drums in a band, he's been playing in celebrity golf tournaments and FINALLY his long-delayed pizza-guy-turned-superhero flick Pizza Man will be available on-demand and on DVD (co-starring Shelley Long and the dad from Family Ties!)

Pizza Man will be available on July 8.

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Tucson Tamale Company Opening Ina and Oracle Location

Posted By on Mon, Jun 30, 2014 at 3:45 PM

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  • Jackie Alpers

There won't likely be much rest in 2014 for Todd and Sherry Martin, the owners of Tucson Tamale Company. They opened their second location, on the eastside at Tanque Verde and Sabino Canyon, in January and are now following that expansion up with a third location scheduled to open this October on the northwest side.

Located just north of the Ina/Oracle intersection in the former Jax Kitchen spot at 7286 North Oracle Road, the 2400 square foot space will offer dine-in, take-out and catering. Like the other two locations, tamales will be made fresh on-site.

Congrats, northwest-siders (and me, because I'll have another option for lunch).


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The Underwear Party is Back

Posted By on Mon, Jun 30, 2014 at 3:00 PM

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Good news for you exhibitionists out there: The Underwear Party is back. The third annual underwear fiesta will begin at 9 p.m., Saturday, July 19, at Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress St. There will be a live performance by B4skin, and The Human Terrarium is making a comeback. A professional photographer will be available to take your picture in front of an Ancient Roman backdrop.

Satyr Entertainment, Bob Felix, Sid The Kid & Jalph will be deejaying the inside and outdoor dance floors all night long.

Here's an A to Z guide by Artifact Dance Project and Joe Pagac: 

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Dog Freaks Out When Owner Gives Him 100 Balls for His Birthday

Posted By on Mon, Jun 30, 2014 at 11:30 AM


Maymo, the internet's favorite Lemon Beagle for the next 15 minutes, received the best Birthday gift a pooch can ask for. His owners gave him 100 balls, and his reaction is priceless. Maymo and his sister Penny will never appreciate all the different colored balls because they are color blind.

If you want to keep up with this adorable canine, follow him on his FacebookInstagram and Twitter page.

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Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone" Manuscript Sells For $2 Million

Posted By on Mon, Jun 30, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Bob Dylan's four page manuscript for "Like a Rolling Stone" just sold for $2.045 million at auction.

Rolling stone. A rock that rolls. Rock and roll. As a word guy (and a Dylan guy), I gotta love it.

The farthest back I can go with the phrase is the Muddy Waters song "Rollin' Stone," recorded in 1950, which is his version of an earlier song, "Catfish Blues," which goes back to the 20s. Jumping forward 12 years, in 1962 (if you're going to believe Keith Richards in his autobiography, "Life"), the very scruffy, very dirty, very poor group of aspiring blues musicians Keith, Mick and Brian, got a gig and were asked, "What do you call yourselves?"


We stared at one another. "It?" Then "Thing?" This call is costing. Muddy Waters to the rescue! The cover is on the floor. Desperate, Brian, Mick and I take the dive. "The Rolling Stones." Phew!! That saved sixpence.

Fact or legend, the Stones' Chicago blues roots are unquestionable.

The name of the magazine Rolling Stone, first published in 1967, either came from the Muddy Waters song or the Rolling Stones, maybe both, depending who you believe. But a better name for a rock and roll magazine is hard to imagine. After all, according to another Muddy Waters song, "The Blues Had A Baby, And They Named It Rock and Roll."

Dylan's songs are such a crazy mix of musical references, literary references and the alphabet soup in his head, there's no way of knowing where the Rolling Stone reference came from. But as for the lyrics themselves, he claims he didn't originally write them as a song.

It was ten pages long. It wasn't called anything, just a rhythm thing on paper all about my steady hatred directed at some point that was honest. In the end it wasn't hatred, it was telling someone something they didn't know, telling them they were lucky. Revenge, that's a better word. I had never thought of it as a song, until one day I was at the piano, and on the paper it was singing, "How does it feel?" in a slow motion pace, in the utmost of slow motion.

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Last Chance to Vote for Best of Tucson

Posted By on Mon, Jun 30, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Today is the absolute last day to cast your votes for this year's Best of Tucson. Please help us praise everyone and thing that helps makes this city so great. The polls close at midnight, so don't wait another Tucson minute.


We just want to thank everyone that has already voted. Big shout out to all the supporters that shared the link, and directed traffic our way. Good luck to all the golden nominees. 

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