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Justice? When Jodi Arias becomes what's-her-name — No matter what a jury in the Jodi Arias sentencing trial jury decides -- or doesn't decide -- two results are absolutely guaranteed: 1. Travis Alexander's family finally will get some justice. 2. Jodi Arias will NOT get what she deserves.

Sorry, Hillary. Your e-mail is OUR e-mail. — We can't pretend that we don't like in the modern world. It was ridiculous that Hillary Clinton did not have a government e-mail address during her time as Secretary of State. It is equally ridiculous to believe that her personal e-mails, in which she did government business, weren't preserved on government computer servers, as was reported in The New York Times.

Sheriff violates order, WE pay. Thanks again, Joe. — When you're the most visible law enforcement officer in a county, like Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, you're kind of supposed to, oh, I don't know, follow the law. For example, if you get taken to court, and lose, and someone like U.S. District Court Judge G.

AZ lawmakers protect right of kids to wield Uzis — Apparently the most powerful pro-gun lobbyists in Arizona are boys and girls under the age of 14 who want to fire automatic weapons. No one messes with them. Any proposed legislation designed to inhibit the opportunity for 'tweens' and early teens to squeeze off hundreds of rounds per minute is - to quote a grim cliché - dead in the water.

Dr. Seuss STILL on the loose (Happy birthday, Mr. Geisel!)

Anti-Obamacare ex-sheriff wants you to pay his bills — You may or may not remember former sheriff Richard Mack. He was in the news a lot in Arizona for a few years. Sort of a second string Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Mack was the sheriff in Graham County for years. He ran for the U.S. Senate in Arizona.

Fans to Morris brothers: Thanks. Now shut up and play — The Morris brothers are young men. Young millionaires. Young, gifted - blessed - professional athletes. But still young, and young people can sometimes be injudicious. With that in mind, I would like pass along this small bit of advice to Phoenix Suns stars Markieff and Marcus (particularly Markieff).

OMG! Sheriff Joe is in trouble! (Not.) — Oh no! I just received an email ... wait ... two emails ... alerting me to the fact that ... hold on ... three emails... all telling me in the most alarming fashion that SHERIFF JOE IS IN TROUBLE. Although, when you think about it, has Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio ever been out of trouble?

That day I embraced my inner Spock — A few years back I wandered down to the convention center and into Phoenix Comicon. I needed a break from my job, from the news, from reality. he wrote an autobiography called "I Am Not Spock." It didn't matter. To the world, he was that character.

Why does Rep. Matt Salmon want to be ... me? — I was wrong about U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon. Not in all ways, of course. I was right to believe that Salmon is a smart and decent guy. He is. I was right to believe he finds ways to get along with those who don't share his world view. He does.
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Mar 02, 2015

READER/Cabbie: I just safely dropped off a fare. Why weren't the (PhxSuns) Morris twins there to cheer for me?

Mar 02, 2015

READER: Hey (Phx Suns) Morris brothers! I'm working outside today with no fan support. Please come cheer for me.

Mar 02, 2015

RT @jayysheire: “@azcsports: Fans to #Suns' Morris brothers: Thanks. Now shut up and play. @ejmontini's column:” shots fired

Mar 02, 2015

Anti-Obamacare ex-sheriff wants you to pay his bills via @azcentral

Mar 02, 2015

RT @hogg: Well said, @ejmontini: Fans to Morris brothers: Thanks. Now shut up and play via @azcentral

Mar 02, 2015

RT @azcsports: Fans to #Suns' Morris brothers: Thanks. Now shut up and play. @ejmontini's column:

Mar 02, 2015

SUNS FAN: Great pros let their play do the talking. Then there's the Morris brothers. ME: (Nothing to add.)

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