2014: A Last Look Back!

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TEMPTATION DOES COME YOUR WAY

Pastor Mark Connelly had to resign from Gilbert's Mission Community Church after confessing that he'd had a number of extramarital affairs.

AT LEAST CONGRESS COULD AGREE ON THE "NO SOCIAL

SECURITY FOR NAZIS ACT"

The federal government has paid out millions of dollars in Social Security benefits to former Nazis and SS guards who were persuaded to leave the U.S. on the condition they could keep their benefits. The Associated Press reported that those receiving benefits included SS troops who guarded Nazi camps where millions of Jews died, a rocket scientist who used slave labor in his research, and a Nazi collaborator who contributed to the deaths of thousands of Jews.

THE PINOCCHIO KINGS

USA Today reported that the Obama administration misled the public in its assurances that 2,200 people it freed from immigration jails in 2013 had only minor criminal records. When then-Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton was asked prior to the release if any of the candidates were charged with or convicted of murder, rape or sexual abuse of a minor, he said flatly, "They were not."

In fact, the newspaper reported some faced charges of kidnapping, sexual assault, drug trafficking and homicide.

FIASCOES! FIASCOES EVERYWHERE, I TELL YOU!

Arizona Republican Gary Kiehne, a candidate for Congress in District 1, said: "If you look at all the fiascoes that have occurred, 99 percent of them have been by Democrats pulling their guns out and shooting people. So I don't think you have a problem with Republicans." Kiehne later apologized, saying he has since learned the information on which he based his comments was inaccurate and incorrect.

BEWARE THE SNEAKY SCRIBBLER

Former State Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal admitted that he trolled left-leaning political websites by commenting under made-up names. Writing as Falcon9 and Thucydides, Huppenthal called those who receive public assistance "lazy pigs" and wrote that there is "no aspect of (Child Protective Services) nationwide which protects children."

Arizona voters sent Huppenthal packing in the August primary.

THE LITTLE FAMILY BUSINESS WE CALL TUSD

TUSD hired Olga Gomez as a principal without knowing she was the mother-in-law of Adelita Grijalva, Board President. Grijalva, daughter of former board member and current Congressman Raul Grijalva, recused herself from the vote but didn't tell other members on the board of her relationship with the candidate. Board member Mark Stegeman said, "Hiding such information predictably creates the impression that the decision would not survive scrutiny."

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