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Montini: From my parents’ day of ‘infamy’ to my children’s 9/11 — Each generation passes on its worst memory. (Photo: The Republic) Each generation passes on its worst memory to its children, asking them to keep fresh the sorrow and loss and sacrifice so they might learn from it and not repeat the past. That's why, on Dec.

Montini: Scientists debunk ‘five-second rule;’ I debunk scientists — Edible within five seconds? (Photo: EJ Montini) Researchers at Rutgers University -- where researchers apparently have nothing better to do -- have announced that they have conclusively disproved the 'five-second rule.' They say the popular notion that is perfectly safe to consume an item of food that has fallen on the floor if you retrieve it within five seconds is false.

Montini: Sentencing time -- Is 1 day in jail per dead dog enough? — A makeshift memorial outside the site where 23 dogs died. (Photo: The Republic) Under a deal struck between MaLeisa and Jesse Hughes and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery a dog's life is worth one day in a human jail. Twenty-three dead dogs. Twenty-three days. That's how it worked out.

Montini: Doobie-ous political foes still blowing smoke over legal marijuana — Opponents of legal marijuana are trying to make it tough to see clearly. (Photo: Photo: Chmee2) The opponents of legalizing small amounts of recreational marijuana are trying desperately to cloud the issue. That's all they've got. The latest to blow smoke into the faces of potential voters are Gov.

Montini: Did you hear Trump praise Putin again, Sen. McCain? Come on, man!

Montini: You’re not voting FOR the other guy, you’re voting AGAINST Joe Arpaio — Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio looks at a picture of his toughest opponent. (Photo: Nick Oza / The Republic) Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's toughest opponent is - and always has been - Joe Arpaio. The antics that have made him so wildly popular all these years also have caused him - and taxpayers - the most trouble.

Montini: Should police around NFL (including here) refuse to protect Colin Kaepernick? — San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, middle, kneels during the national anthem before the team's NFL preseason football game against the San Diego Chargers. (Photo: Chris Carlson, AP) The police officers who usually work security for football games at Levi's Stadium, where the San Francisco 49ers play, are threatening not to do so.

Montini: WANTED: John McCain to condemn Kirkpatrick ‘Wanted’ poster — The Arizona Republic Party created this poster (Photo: The Arizona Republic Party) Arizona Republicans figgered they could wrassle up some rootin' tootin' Old West style free publicity last week by delivering a passel of 'wanted' posters to the office of Democratic senate nominee Ann Kirkpatrick.

Montini: Diane Douglas endorses Trump on the state’s dime — Arizona's Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas (Photo: Patrick Breen/The Republic) It's a shame when the state's Superintendent of Public Instruction needs to be educated in state law. This apparently is the case with Arizona's school boss Diane Douglas.

Montini: Would President Trump exact revenge on Arizona over Flake and McCain? — He believes in revenge. (Photo: The Republic) Donald Trump gets even. He has said it over and over again. He believes it. He lives it. In his book "Think Big" he wrote, "When people wrong you, go after those people, because it is a good feeling and because other people will see you doing it.
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Sep 26, 2016

RT @JZSamm: @PHXSPORTSFAN @ejmontini ? Carelessness w/email but "horrible" has been debunked-repeatedly. Unlike Trump's misdeeds. I'm fond…

Sep 26, 2016

READER: If Babeu wins does he go from Sheriff Underpants to Rep. Underpants? ME: If the bloomers fit  via @azcentral

Sep 26, 2016

READER1: Hillary will crush him. READER2: She has no chance against Trump. ME: You're both right.  via @azcentral

Sep 26, 2016

RT @DanaPHX: @PHXSPORTSFAN @ejmontini Comical is the uneducated blind sheep following a failed business man with shallow platitudes sans solutions.

Sep 26, 2016

RT @JZSamm: @PHXSPORTSFAN @ejmontini Oh no. Just no. "Delivery" doesn't matter. By any objective measure he is unqualified, ill-informed, &…

Sep 26, 2016

RT @JZSamm: @ejmontini Imagine debate w/ 2 intelligent, respectful people debating approach to GDP, income gap, improving education. Sigh.…

Sep 25, 2016

Montini: The 100 percent guaranteed winner of Monday's debate is...  via @azcentral

Sep 25, 2016

RT @JZSamm: @ejmontini Weird charges often added to force a plea deal. So yeah, easy fix that BOTH parties can support. (Hope you had a nice vacation)

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