Thursday, October 30, 2003


Evidence gathered in the roughly two-month investigation shows nothing to contradict the three officers’ statements that they shot Mario Madrigal Jr. on Aug. 25 because they believed an officer’s life was in danger, Romley said.

"Clearly the scientific evidence discredits the Madrigal family’s account," Romley said. "This shooting was justified under Arizona law."
-East Valley Tribune

So what about all the reporters and commentators who publicaly ridiculed the police? Are there any apologies being issued? E.J. Montini?

It's obvious, no, PROVEN, that the Madrigals are liars. They saw dollar signs when there son was killed. Maybe if they were this interested in their son when he was alive he wouldn't have been drunk, waving a knife at poilice.

Luke Duke 10/30/2003 10:13:00 AM #

Economy Grows at Fastest Pace Since 1984

Any more liberals want to give Bush economical advice? Step up.

Luke Duke 10/30/2003 10:04:00 AM #

Tuesday, October 28, 2003


Finally, the weather is great(under 100) in Phoenix. The weather hasn't kept Infinite Monkeys away from the keyboard. Curent hot topic: Hip-hop.

Luke Duke 10/28/2003 11:49:00 AM #

Friday, October 24, 2003



John MacDonald
Public affairs consultant, brother

My friend was on a roll.

"I'm sick of people feeling sorry for inmates. Bad childhood, crazy - who cares? I'm tired of it," he ranted. "These guys are scumbags. They're criminals. Put 'em in thumbscrews, for all I care." I waited for him to take a breath.

When he did, I casually mentioned my big brother, the bank robber currently a guest of the Arizona prison system. My embarrassed friend looked at me like I had three heads.

"Well," he remarked, "maybe they're not all scumbags."

All my friend did was innocently repeat what most people think, which is why prisoners will always be convenient dogs to kick. But once we take our boots off, we'll have to remember that while there are no excuses for crime - my brother, like most inmates, deserves his cell - there are reasons.

Until then, Sheriff Jenny Craig will continue to count calories, throw up more tents, defend more lawsuits. Then win in a landslide next year.
-"Plugged In"

Boo hoo. "My brothers in prison so you should hold your tongue." Your brother is the reason that when I go down to my friendly neighborhood bank, I have to share small-talk with the teller through three inches of bullet-proof glass. What about that cage? Do they deserve to work under those conditions? Your brother is
a scum-bag. What "reasons" did he have for robbing a bank? Not enough hugs? Did the man get him down?

Mr. MacDonald's post contradicts itself in principle. He's mad that his friend calls convicted felons scum-bags, but goes on to call a popular elected official "Sheriff Jenny Craig" in the very next paragraph. In his mind, the criminal is the victim. The jury is the bad guy. If you vote for Sheriff Joe, you're a big meanie. You're entitled to you're opinion unless you're in the majority, because then you're oppressive. Criminals commit crime because they fell through the cracks.

In my opinion, if a criminal like John MacDonald's brother is in jail, he didn't fall through all the cracks.

Luke Duke 10/24/2003 12:56:00 PM #

Steve Benson is back form hiatus with more ignorant, dishonest propaganda. He hasn't done a new cartoon in about a week. What I want to know is, how did The Republic survive without his witty, clever, and extremely important opinions in the form of dime-a-dozen drawings that do nothing to distinguish him from cartoonists employed by every other paper in the free-world. If not for him, how would I form my opinions?

"What's that Benson? Oh, Arnold used to do movies, but now he's running for governor? You should probably draw something up right-quick, maybe even use some catch phrases from popular movies he was in. Yeah, that's the ticket. NOBODY else will be doing that."

Get a real job.

Luke Duke 10/24/2003 12:11:00 PM #

Thursday, October 23, 2003


More Proof Iraq is Already a Better Place...

A top Iraqi official attending an international conference on raising funds to rebuild Iraq warned Thursday that France and Germany's limited donations would not be forgotten.

Ayad Allawi, the current head of Iraq's U.S.-appointed governing council, said he hoped German and French officials would reconsider their decision not to boost their contributions beyond funds already pledged through the European Union.

"As far as Germany and France are concerned, really, this was a regrettable position they had," Allawi said. "I don't think the Iraqis are going to forget easily that in the hour of need, those countries wanted to neglect Iraq."

I think these statments show promise for the future of an Iraqi democracy. It is imperative for them to know the difference between friend and foe, and right and wrong. I imagine that as Iraqi citizens have access to more news sources, and they hear of the sweetheart deals that some countries(FRANCE!) had with their recently ousted dictator, they will further recognize who their enemies are(FRANCE!).

Luke Duke 10/23/2003 02:57:00 PM #

There has been a lot of talk latelly about 20-year old Nathaniel Heatwole, the man who brought contraband aboard a Southwest Airlines plane. I'm surprised at just how many people are congratulating his idiotic actions, some even calling what he did "patriotic." Many feel this genious shouldn't be punished. Are people losing their minds?

If I rob a bank, Wells Fargo doesn't thank me for exposing their flaws. If somebody breaks into my house, I'm not gonna say,"Hey, thanks buddy. I guess a Schnauzer wasn't the best choice in guard dog after all." People are honestly going nuts. If you joke about having a bomb in an airport, in two seconds flat you'll be bent over the turnstile with the homeland's finest snapping on the gloves. Can we say Ca-vi-ty Search? But this moron brings razor blades on an airplane, where they remained for five weeks, and people want to show him mercy?

Luke Duke 10/23/2003 01:24:00 AM #

Wednesday, October 22, 2003


In a scathing rebuke to his own party, Andrew Cuomo is charging that Democrats are "lost in time," often appear "bloodless, soulless and clueless," and have "fumbled" their role in the post-9/11 world.
What's more, Cuomo is praising President Bush "for recognizing the challenge of 9/11 and rising to it."
-NY Post

It's nice to hear a little honesty coming out of the democratic party. Cuomo is part of a growing number of democrats who realize that republicans can't be blamed for everything, and that complaining doesn't get you very far. Not that I make a habit of helping Democrats, but here's a little advice; Bush bashing makes you look petty. You need to know what you want, and who you want in office. When a largely marginalized party further marginalizes itself by flooding the presidential campaign with grown men(and a woman) who bicker like children, there is not much of a chance for victory.

The Democratic party has options. Turn their hate towards Andrew Cuomo, a man who through his honesty is risking political ruin to help the party, and face the possibility of losing even more control and respect, or they can learn from their mistakes and become a relevent part of the political process again.

Luke Duke 10/22/2003 03:34:00 PM #

Another beautiful fall in Phoenix.

Tuesday was not a fit day for man nor beast nor pumpkins nor kindergartners.
On a day when the normal high would be a gentle 84 degrees, the Valley recorded the latest 100-degree reading it has seen in more than a century of record keeping.
-East Valley Tribune

God help us. I can't take it anymore. IT'S OCTOBER. I'll go crazy if I read one more post from Lileks bragging about what a great Autumn the Twin Cities are having this year.

Luke Duke 10/22/2003 11:29:00 AM #

German researchers say they've found a highly active compound, called methylpyridinium, in coffee that may prevent colon cancer. In studies with animals, this potent antioxidant compound appears to boost the activity of phase II enzymes, which are believed to protect against colon cancer.-Yahoo News

So get your ass some cofee.

Luke Duke 10/22/2003 11:03:00 AM #

Tuesday, October 21, 2003


Elton John is heading out to showbiz pasture. Following in the footsteps of Celine Dion, Wayne Newton, and countless other has-beens, Sir Elton has signed a long term contract that will see him performing 75 shows Caesars Palace.

"I cannot do this show anywhere else in the world except here," the flamboyant, 56 year-old entertainer said at a Tuesday news conference. "It's back to costume changes and Velcro."

If the $50 milllion deal doesn't work out, I hear Siegfried is looking for a new partner.

Luke Duke 10/21/2003 06:16:00 PM #

ASU's Tunnel of Oppression...
Picking at society's scabs.

Luke Duke 10/21/2003 03:41:00 PM #

Tammy Faye Messner and Ron Jeremy are among the once and future stars sharing a Hollywood Hills mansion during the second season of the WB's "The Surreal Life."

The former televangelist's wife and the porn king will live in the house and act as hosts for 11 days. They'll have four other roommates: rapper Vanilla Ice, "CHiPs" actor Erik Estrada, former "Baywatch" actress Traci Bingham and "Real World: Las Vegas" cast member Trishelle. They'll also have a celebrity guest move in each week on the reality show, which began shooting Monday.

This just may be the most incredible show ever made.

Luke Duke 10/21/2003 02:17:00 PM #

A midway worker at the Arizona State Fair was arrested Monday night in connection with two Phoenix killings that occurred two decades ago.

Forty-six-year-old Michael Blackwell made his initial court appearance overnight at Maricopa County Madison Street Jail, where he was booked on two counts of homicide.

Police said DNA evidence and fingerprints link Blackwell to the 1983 rape and killing of a young woman whose body was found behind a motel near 28th and Van Buren streets.

Blackwell also was responsible for a similar crime in 1984, in which the victim's body was found in a downtown Phoenix motel, police said.

Blackwell was released from prison in 1997 after spending nearly 11 years for manslaughter.-
The Arizona Republic

Way to break the stereotype.

Luke Duke 10/21/2003 01:33:00 PM #
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