Patriots' Alan Branch Lost Four Dogs at Green Acre; Canine Crazies Foam at Mouth

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Cross Super Bowl XLIX madness with the insanity of the Green Acre dog fanatics, and you've got yourself one hothouse loony bin.

The canine crazies are online crying for revenge again, riled up this time by the news that New England Patriots' defensive tackle Alan Branch lost four dogs at Gilbert's Green Acre Dog Boarding facility in June, when an air-conditioner at the home-based business failed and 20-plus dogs lost their lives from heatstroke.

Fox Sports reports that Branch discussed the loss during a recent interview, telling the news outlet that his deceased pooches were "part of the family" and that they are "definitely on my mind" as he heads into the Pats' Super Bowl Sunday showdown with the Seattle Seahawks at Glendale's University of Phoenix Stadium.

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Tom Horne Scores New Gig, and Why He Still Needs to Be Punished

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What's former Attorney General Tom Horne doing these days? Apparently, he's joined up with his former law partner, Scottsdale attorney Sandra Slaton. His mug is on Slaton's website and the State Bar of Arizona now cites Slaton's office as his professional address.

Slaton, you'll recall, briefly represented Horne in an appearance before the Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission. And she filed a SLAPP suit against an independent group of GOPers who were running ads against Horne early on.

Which, of course, went nowhere.

(Note: A SLAPP suit is a libel suit threatened or filed to shut someone up, regardless of the underlying merit of the claim.)

A call to Slaton's office reveals that her firm, formerly Slaton & Sannes, is now Horne, Slaton & Sannes. Horne was out when I phoned, but I left a message. Perhaps he'll call back. If so, I'll offer an update below.

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Charlie Hebdo, Dennis Gilman and How Pro-Cop Thugs Resemble Muslim Terrorists

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In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo killings, I've heard a lot of lame talk, sometimes from very intelligent people, about how the terrorist attack on the French satirical weekly reveals the general intolerance of Islam, particularly when compared to (supposedly) enlightened Western democracies.

American commentators have been emphatic on this point, overlooking the intolerance of home-grown extremists toward those who speak their piece.

The 1968 slaying of Martin Luther King, Jr., by a white supremacist comes to mind, since today is MLK Day.

Add to that, the terror that the self-proclaimed "Christian" organization known as the Ku Klux Klan imposed on blacks, Jews, immigrants and anyone who opposed it.

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Bill Montgomery Slams Pooch Kooks in Press Conference

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Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery has verbally spanked a pack of loony dog lovers who are pushing for animal-cruelty charges to be refiled in the Green Acre dog boarding case.

During a regularly scheduled press conference Wednesday, Montgomery explained why he wouldn't meet with the Green Acre lynch mob last week, a decision that resulted in a demonstration against him on the steps of his office in downtown Phoenix by dog wackos and their supporters.

"In trying to understand the almost myopic focus on one set of defendants," he told reporters, "the only point I can now conclude...is that this is just an effort to further their civil suit and identify deep pockets."

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PIO Valkyrie Cari Gerchick Leaves County Post

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During her five-plus years as Maricopa County's communications director, Cari Gerchick demonstrated a backbone of titanium, going where most public information officers fear to tread.

Whether it was calling out Sheriff Joe Arpaio on his agency's misspending more than $100 million in voter-protected jail funds, or, literally, standing in the way of an MCSO commander as he sought to seize e-mails crucial to the ACLU's big racial-profiling case Melendres v. Arpaio, Gerchick was a valiant warrior on behalf of the county in an era when the county was in constant conflict with both the MCSO and now-disbarred former county attorney Andrew Thomas.

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Joe Arpaio's Anti-Immigrant Workplace Raids Enjoined by Federal Court

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In yet another blow to Arizona's state-imposed system of terror targeting the undocumented, U.S. District Court Judge David Campbell on Monday enjoined both Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery and Sheriff Joe Arpaio from enforcing two identity theft statutes that underpinned Arpaio's infamous worksite raids.

Campbell, a conservative judge nominated to the federal bench by President George W. Bush, found that the Arizona laws passed in 2007 and 2008 were preempted by a federal immigration system regulating the employment of unauthorized aliens.

These two Arizona statutes improperly targeted the use of fraudulent ID by the undocumented to gain employment, according to Campbell, a situation already addressed by federal law.

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Jay Lawrence Steps in It, Suggesting "Non-Citizen" Designation for Arizona Driver's Licenses

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I've known ex-radio host and recently-elected state Representative Jay Lawrence for a while now, and I've always liked him.

He's a genial guy, who can wow you with tales of how he used to show the Beatles a thing or two back in the day, when they first came to America, and he was greasing skids for them.

Lawrence is pretty conservative, but at least on his talk radio show on KTAR, he seemed a reasonable right-winger, more moderate on immigration than others.

I was a guest on his show once. At other times, he would let me call in to challenge people he had in the studio with him.

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Joe Arpaio Exploits Dog-Mauled Little Boy to Score Publicity

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The older I get, the more I appreciate that line by Elvis Costello: "Oh, I used to be disgusted/ Now I try to be amused..."

But you'll forgive me if Sheriff Joe Arpaio's latest stunt nevertheless leaves me nauseated. According to an MCSO press release, he will be hosting five year-old Kevin Vicente at his office, today at 11:30 a.m.

Vicente is the little boy who had his face half-chewed off by a vicious pit bull in February.

After that shocking incident, human nature being what it is, many people initially rallied around the, um, pit bull.

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Joe Arpaio's "Mickey Cam" Spits in Face of Mauled Little Boy

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Like you needed additional evidence that we live in a sick society, we now have "Mickey cam," a 24-7 camera fixed on a vicious pit bull that mauled the face of a little boy, leaving him with permanent, painful injuries.

Who's responsible for this obscenity? Who else? Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who this week, came one step closer to being held in criminal contempt by federal Judge G. Murray Snow in the racial-profiling case Melendres v. Arpaio.

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Russell Pearce and the AZ GOP's Jerry Springer-Style Family Feud

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What would I do without Republicans in this state? Their Jerry Springer-esque antics are a hoot, and would make for an excellent reality show, which I propose calling, with a hat tip to Snoop Dogg, "Deez Nutz."

Thursday night, the Maricopa County Republicans' Executive Guidance Committee -- under the leadership of Chief Grand Inquisitor and outgoing county party chair A.J. LaFaro -- met to vote on a censure of eight Republican precinct committee persons, because they allegedly supported Democrats in one way or another during the general election.

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