In 1889, Arizona’s territorial legislature was taking a vote on whether to keep the capital in Prescott or to move it to Phoenix. The vote was going to be close, so the delegates from Phoenix’s Maricopa county made a deal with a prostitute to delay one of the Yavapai county delegates, who would be voting for Prescott.
The delegate was one of Jenny’s regular customers and vain, and he wore a glass eye. So after the man put his glass eye in a glass of water and went to sleep, Jenny drank the contents of the glass, eye and all. In the morning, he refused to go out without his glass eye, and Jenny couldn’t give it back him, and he missed the vote. Phoenix won the vote by one.
Read the whole story from Jim Peipert. Also, Wikipedia. Via OMG Facts.
Drama in Arizona:
Sheriff Joe Arpaio rolled out the tanks to take down a man suspected of cockfighting.
West Valley residents in the neighborhood are crying foul after armored vehicles, including a tank, rolled into their neighborhood to make the bust.
In a massive show of force on Monday, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant and arrested the homeowner, Jesus Llovera, on charges of suspected cockfighting.
Steven Seagal was in the tank. Llovera’s lawyer thinks it was all staged for Seagal’s reality show.
Via The Morning News.
The show What Would You Do? went to Arizona and planted actors in restaurants to act out this scenario: an off-duty security guard asks a Hispanic man for identification. In every instance, the other people at the restaurant came to the defense of the Hispanic man.
Over the course of the two-day shoot, with five shoots each day, we never once encountered someone who defended the security guard’s point of view. It did not matter if the scenario was a man alone, a man with a family, or two men, each time we got the same reaction: People crossed racial lines to help and defend each other from unjust profiling.
From Daily Intel.
Arizona nutcase and governor Jan Brewer will stand by her stupid immigration law, and she will make up unsupportable stories to do it.
“Our law enforcement agencies have found bodies in the desert, either buried or just lying out there, that have been beheaded,” she said.
The anchor notes that he couldn’t find “any beheadings in any kind of news search.”
Talking Points Memo tried to find any shred of evidence that would support this claim and came up empty.
I have to say that this story about an Arizona school asking artists to lighten the skin color on the face of a student on a mural sounds fishy to me. They claim that all kinds of people were driving by yelling “nigger” and “spic” at them, which I find hard to believe. I’m assuming some exaggeration.
Nevertheless, this dude is most certainly a douche:
“Art is in the eye of the beholder, but I say [the mural] looks like graffiti in L.A.,” Councilman Steve Blair said.
“I am not a racist individual,” Blair said on a radio show last month, “but I will tell you depicting a black guy in the middle of that mural, based upon who’s President of the United States today and based upon the history of this community, when I grew up we had four black families – who I have been very good friends with for years – to depict the biggest picture on that building as a black person, I would have to ask the question, ‘Why?'”
The “black guy” in the mural is based on a student of Mexican descent, a school official said.
Also tagged murals, racism
Arizona’s immigration law doesn’t just mess with who’s responsible for federal immigration laws, it also makes an exception for who’s supposed to defend Arizona law in court.
The immigration law she signed gave her the power to coordinate the state’s legal defense because the Legislature saw a “lack of confidence” in Mr. Goddard’s willingness to defend the law, she said.