Neo-Nazis, White Supremacists Confront Demonstrators at ASU

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Sadly, I missed all the fun Tuesday at Arizona State University's Tempe campus, where demonstrators assembled to support two ASU instructors singled out by neo-Nazi groups: ASU English Professor Lee Bebout and Ph.D. candidate Robert Poe.

The ASU State Press reports that on March 3, demonstrators "protested outside ASU's Fulton Center . . . calling for ASU administration to defend their faculty members from the harassment of outside organizations, such as National Youth Front."

Protesters were countered by six or seven neo-Nazis and white supremacists of various allegiances, including Harry Hughes of the National Socialist Movement and John Hess of the National Youth Front.

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National Youth Front's "John Hess" Cops to "Anti-White" Fliers Targeting ASU Professor

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A National Youth Front member, identifying himself as "John Hess," has admitted to fliering Arizona State University's Tempe campus with images of ASU English Professor Lee Bebout, labeling the teacher "Anti-White."

During a conversation we had via Facebook, Hess said he is the hooded individual seen in a video on NYF's YouTube account, passing out fliers targeting Bebout.

He also copped to being the person who filmed and posted to YouTube his debate with ASU PhD candidate Robert Poe, during Poe's recent teach-in at ASU to discuss Professor Bebout's controversial course on critical race theory, subtitled "The Problem of Whiteness."

Since Fox News reported on the course, Bebout has been the subject of intense criticism from conservatives and those further to the right.

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AZ Redistricting Case Before U.S. Supreme Court Monday, and Mr. Eagletarian Will Be There

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How much power do Republicans in Arizona need, for cryin' out loud?

They own every statewide office in Arizona, including the governor's, and they have majorities in both chambers of the legislature, squirting out crazy bills with astonishing regularity.

The Rs currently boast a 5-4 advantage in U.S. House members from Arizona, and, of course, our two U.S. Senators are GOPers.

But power is like heroin for these guys. They're hooked and can never get enough. Which is why the tusker-controlled Arizona Legislature is challenging an amendment to the state constitution, overwhelmingly approved by voters in 2000, which forms an independent redistricting commission every ten years, giving it the authority to redraw Arizona's political map.

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Judge Allows Ex-Minuteman Leader Chris Simcox to Represent Self, Trial Reset for March 16

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A Maricopa County Superior Court Judge will allow former Minuteman leader Chris Simcox to represent himself during his upcoming trial on allegations that he molested two young girls, one his own daughter, in 2013.

During a pretrial hearing Monday morning in Phoenix, Judge Jose Padilla summarily granted Simcox's request, which had been filed February 12.

This offers the disturbing possibility that Simcox will be able to cross-examine his alleged victims, who were 6 and 5 at the time of the incidents.

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Jeff Flake's Son, Daughter-in-Law Going After Arpaio, County for $8 Million

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My, how the canine crazies will howl.

Actually, they're howling already, because on Thursday, Austin and Logan Flake, the son and daughter-in-law of U.S. Senator Jeff Flake, submitted a notice of claim to Maricopa County and Sheriff Joe Arpaio, demanding $8 million for their wrongful indictment in last year's Green Acre dog-boarding tragedy.

More than 20 dogs died from heatstroke after an air conditioning unit, which had been cooling the 9-by12-foot room the dogs were in, went on the fritz in the incident at the Gilbert facility.

Though initially described by one sheriff's deputy as a "horrible, tragic accident," the case quickly turned into a witch hunt, with the media and the public stirred up by Arpaio and seeking the hides of the owners of the home-based business, MaLeisa and Todd Hughes, and of the Flakes, who had been minding Green Acre while the Hugheses were away.

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Alleged Child Molester Chris Simcox Representing Self at March 2 Trial

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Chris Simcox, former minuteman leader and alleged child molester, is looking to test that old saw about how any defendant who acts as his own attorney "has a fool for a client."

According to a February 12 filing in Maricopa County Superior Court, Simcox wants to fire his public defenders and play Perry Mason during his scheduled March 2 trial before Judge Jose Padilla in Phoenix.

Simcox's request to the court states that "after conferring with his assigned attorneys in this matter," the man whose detractors have labeled "the Little Prince" is invoking "his right to represent himself for all further proceedings, including the jury trial set in this matter."

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White Supremacists Target ASU Professor and His Family Over "Whiteness" Course

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An Arizona State University professor and his family are being targeted by white supremacists and neo-Nazis over a controversial class he's teaching called U.S. Race Theory and the Problem of Whiteness.

Lee Bebout, an associate professor of English at ASU, has faced fierce criticism after Fox News anchor Elizabeth Hasselbeck picked up on a recent report on the class from ASU student Lauren Clark, a correspondent for the right-wing website CampusReform.org.

Conservatives have lambasted Bebout for engaging in what they see as a kind of pointy-headed reverse racism, and for daring to suggest that the concept of "whiteness" -- as defined by a history of slavery, genocide, and Jim Crow -- may still play a role in American society.

The ASU course also has garnered the ire of white supremacists, who have inundated both the Tempe campus and the neighborhood where Bebout lives with handouts featuring his photo, labeling him "anti-white."

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City Buildings Vandalized with Neo-Nazi Graffiti During "Graffiti Free Awareness Month"

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Talk about a missed opportunity.

On Wednesday, Phoenix city leaders gathered for a press conference at City Hall to announce that February is "Graffiti Free Awareness Month," and to pat themselves on the backs for all the great work Phoenix does in combating graffiti.

The media event included City Council members Kate Gallego and Michael Nowakowski. A Phoenix Police Department sergeant and the head of Phoenix's neighborhood services division were present. Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Gallardo stopped by to lend his support.

Mayor Stanton was a no-show, but he sent a proclamation, encouraging each resident during the month of February "to do their part to keep our neighborhoods free of blight by reporting graffiti and helping to clean our community."

Interestingly, no one present mentioned that city property had been hit just a couple of days prior with a vicious bit of neo-Nazi vandalism.

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Rim Country Crackpot Sylvia Allen Wants to Deny the Public Access to Public Meetings

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Like a bad case of shingles, dealing with Rim Country crackpot and state Senator Sylvia Allen is both painful and seemingly without cure.

In 2012, in the wake of redistricting, Allen chickened out of a run in a newly-drawn Legislative District 6, following a poll's showing her with a 22 percent approval rating.

So the crazy cat lady-lookalike, best known for her unhinged pronouncements about the world being only 6,000 years old, trees causing drought, and "chemtrails" poisoning the atmosphere, decided to run instead for a seat on the Navajo County Board of Supervisors, which she did successfully.

I was hopeful Allen would fade into obscurity. But some nuts are hard to crack, and Allen's practically a fossilized macadamia.

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Brnovich Disappointed with State Attorney's Language in Prison Rape Case

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Roxana Bacon really should know better.

A former president of the State Bar of Arizona, she recently penned an op-ed for the Arizona Republic wherein she blasted state Attorney General Mark Brnovich for a blame-the-victim "you asked for it" opinion of rape.

"In Brnovich's view," she wrote, "prisons are places where guards and administrators have no responsibility to maintain safety or protect its citizens. If there is no duty to protect, we should not be surprised that there is no protection. Under Brnovich's view of Arizona's law, his only duty is to post signs that say 'enter at your own risk.'"

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