"The difficult ... you're supposed to do right away. The impossible ... that'll take you a few days longer." Building your own town
out near Tuscon, Arizona probably falls in the category of "the impossible," but Ed Keeylocko did that, a pickup truck of materials at a time. This is the story of Cowtown Keeylocko
, built by an African-American with red hair and swamp green eyes, who was abandoned by his mother, a self-proclaimed minority of minorities. He served in Korea and Vietnam
, and he returned to the US, where he took up ranching in Arizona. In December of 1974, he founded Cowtown Keeylocko, a western ranch that is "an odd mixture of the real and the fanciful."
The ranch/town expanded by 1989 to have a mayor, citizens, its own zip code, fourty-six head of cattle, three ranch hands, 10,800 acres of land, and five buildings
(Google books preview). The March/April 1996 issue of American Cowboy has a short article on Ed Keeylocko and his cowtown
, and here's a more recent (but still dated) website on the mayor and trail boss of Cowtown Keeylocko
, with stories from visitors and photos from a roundup.
Hello, [insert tv market name]!!
A collection of the ‘Hello News’ package produced by Gari Communications, sold to various TV networks, nationwide (and Australia.) Hello Bonus 1:
Florence Warner sings “Hello Nashville” live, accompanied by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. Hello Bonus 2:
The Osmonds record a “Hello Utah” promo.
Project ROSE is a Phoenix city programme that arrests sex workers in the name of saving them. In five two-day stings, more than 100 police officers targeted alleged sex workers on the street and online. They brought them in handcuffs to the Bethany Bible Church. There, the sex workers were forced to meet with prosecutors, detectives, and representatives of Project ROSE, who offered a diversion programme to those who qualified. Those who did not may face months or years in jail.
Through the use of Photoshop, Swiss photographer Gus Petro shows us what it would look like if Manhattan was dropped into the middle of the Grand Canyon.
In 1960 or so, Professor Perry C. Van Arsdale was helping his 7-year-old granddaughter researching the Santa Fe trail. He found his granddaughter's textbook to have some number of errors. He set off to create a map of pioneer history (prior to the 1900's), using his own knowledge and information from judges, sheriffs, and descendants of historical figures
. This was his start in creating the Pioneer New Mexico map
, which would contain 300 towns that no longer exist
, old trails of all sorts
(including the three historic Santa Fe trails and various camel
routes), locations of minor squabbles and major battles, and because he couldn't fit everything on the maps, he also included extensive notes in the corner of the map
. [more inside]
Phoenix pulls back the curtain on the future of inland empires. If you want a taste of the brutal new climate to come
, the place to look is where that climate is already harsh, and growing more so — the aptly named Valley of the Sun.
on climate change and Phoenix concluding one or several decades from now, people will bet on a surer thing: they’ll take the road out of town.
Joe Arpaio has followed the NRA's suggestion and tasked a 3,500 man volunteer armed posse with patrols of 59 elementary, middle and high schools in the Phoenix area.
The journalist details his experience of posse training, and the article notes that the same force may previously have been involved in the shooting of a surrendering burglar. History bonus: there's already too much Arpaio previously on Mefi
to individually detail.
Robbie Maddison's Air Craft
(slyt) Motorcycle stuntman Robbie Maddison, who worked on the James Bond movie Skyfall
, shows off his skills at an Arizona airplane graveyard. Like Danny Macaskill
with a motor, or Ken Block
with fewer wheels, kinda.
Not little fluffy clouds in Arizona, but little squishy, um...orbs. In the desert near Tuscon, thousands of tiny purple spheres have appeared, isolated from the rest of the terrain. The mysterious objects, described as being like "gooey marbles that ooze out a water substance when squished," have yet to be identified.
Environmental and Native American activists in Flagstaff, AZ face federal charges
for allegedly "interfering with a forest officer" after a protest action in which they "quarantined"
the Coconino National Forest Service lobby to protest a decision permitting the expansion of the Arizona Snowbowl ski resort onto the San Fransisco Peaks
– a site regarded as sacred
by the Navajo, Hopi, and Havasupai people. The proposed expansion entails the use of treated sewage effluent, aka reclaimed wastewater
for snowmaking operations. These events occurred on the same day that the USDA and Forest Service issued a final report (pdf)
which outlines recommendations for working more closely with Native representatives surrounding sacred sites issues.
"I Loved it...I Loved it All"
An eight minute film essay that Ned Judge
co-produced and directed with Edward Abbey in 1985. At the time Judge was working for a network magazine show. The executive producer took him to lunch one day. He told him that he was having trouble with his son who was 18. The son thought his dad was a corporate whore. He had told his father if he had any balls at all he’d put Edward Abbey on his show. That’s why the EP was talking to him. Would Judge see if it was possible? Judge had an acquaintance who knew Ed and he passed the request along. Ed responded that he’d give it a try. He signed the contract and wrote a script. Judge and Abbey met in Moab and went out to Arches National Park to shoot some practice sessions with a home video camera. They would review them at the motel in the evening. After a day or two, Ed was feeling pretty comfortable on camera so they scheduled the shoot. They were all happy with the way it went. But then they ran head-on into network reality. Roger Mudd, the show’s host, was extremely negative about putting an “eco-terrorist”
on the show. The executive producer caved (his son was right about him apparently). So this Abbey essay was put on the shelf and never aired. Abbey died 3 years later in March 1989. [more inside]
Running for Congress? Better be a straight shooter. It's not enough for Joe Manchin to shoot up the cap and trade bill
), or for Ron Gould to shoot up the health care bill
...for all we know, an actor made the shot. Fear not, let's change the angle a bit so it's over your sholder...how about Rob Wallace shooting up some Texas water
Putting a law degree to good use:
a Deputy Attorney General of the State of Hawaii responds to a request for Barak Obama's birth certificate from the Secretary State of Arizona. (Scroll down for the actual correspondence.)
Arizona leads with another ground-breaking move after their immigration bill
. A bill that prevents "abortion providers like Planned Parenthood from receiving public funds" has passed into law, says CNN
. (Planned Parenthood lists 14 health centers
in Arizona.) [more inside]
The US Supreme Court today heard arguments in the case of Arizona et al vs. United States
, which concerns the role of states in enforcing federal immigration law. Two years ago this month, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed into law SB 1070, considered by many to be the toughest anti-immigration law in the country
. In an ensuing outcry, the legislation was called racist
and its backers nativists
, with several groups organizing boycotts
against the state of Arizona. [more inside]
Arizona's Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu
, a Republican border-security hawk
and a leading candidate for Congress has been accused
, along with his attorney, of threatening to deport a Mexican former lover when the man refused to agree to not disclose the relationship. [more inside]
"Hackers of the world are uniting and taking direct action against our common oppressors - the government, corporations, police, and militaries of the world
" says LulzSec (previously)
in their latest release, Chinga La Migra
. "We are releasing hundreds of private intelligence bulletins, training manuals, personal email correspondence, names, phone numbers, addresses and passwords belonging to Arizona law enforcement. We are targeting AZDPS specifically because we are against SB1070 (previously) and the racial profiling anti-immigrant police state that is Arizona.
is a new track from nerdcore rapper ytcracker (previously)
Stewart's Petrified Wood
is a shop off of I-40 in Holbrook, Arizona
with giant animatronic dinosaurs eating
, and sometimes being ridden by
, somewhat decrepit mannequins. Also, there's an ostrich farm. [more inside]
Jose Guerena, 26, was a Marine veteran and father of two. He served two tours in Iraq in 2003 and 2005. On May 5th, he was killed in his home by a SWAT team looking for narcotics [more inside]
Walking Home: stories from the desert to the Great Lakes.
Laura Milkins is walking home. Home is Grand Rapids, Michigan. Laura lives in Tucson, Arizona. That's 2,000 miles (3,219 km), or about 4,473,976 steps. Right now she's in the shoulder of the road somewhere around Holbrook, Arizona. She has a pack on her back, a webcam streaming 24 hours strapped to a sun visor on her head
, and hopefully, a place to stay tonight. You can follow her every step of the way, by watching live video broadcast from her hat.
Or walk with her
. [more inside]
Jan Brewer, the Governor of Arizona, has vetoed the controversial 'birther bill'
that would require presidential candidates to provide AZ's secretary of state with proof of citizenship before they could appear on the ballot, up to and including a 'circumcision certificate
"When undocumented workers are taken out of the economy, the jobs they support through their labor, consumption, and tax payments disappear as well."
A joint report from The Center for American Progress
and The Immigration Policy Center
calculates the striking costs for trying to remove undocumented immigrants from Arizona. Although S.B. 1070 has not been fully implemented in AZ, were it to be, it would: decrease employment by 17%; result in the loss of ~600k jobs; reduce state tax revenue by 10%; and, shrink the state economy by ~$49 billion. Intro and summary
(pdf). Full report
Yesterday Paula Aboud, a State Senate Democrat from Tucson, proposed the secession of Pima County from the rest of the state
as an amendment to the State Senate Bill 1433. Aboud's move was something of a middle finger to the state legislature, as SB 1433 was the bill that recently gained a good deal of notoriety on its own as the law that would allow Arizona legislature to override any Federal laws
. Aboud's amendment was unsuccessful, but it would appear that the discussion is far from over. A group of citizens in Tucson, Arizona have started a movement to promote similar push for secession
, believing that Pima County should be the 51st state in the union. The Facebook page
for the Start Our State movement is seeing a lot of comments, both positive and negative.
Gun show undercover
- how dangerous people get guns.
Copycat of Arizona's immigration status bill
has passed the Mississippi Senate by a vote of 34-15. The difference here is that there is a precondition with the immigration status check. Though selection cannot be based on race, color, or country of origin but ability to English can cast enough suspicion to warrant a check on immigration status.
Michael Chabon is currently blogging about President Obama's Arizona speech
, Huck Finn
, the return of hip-hop
to his life, and his hometown
176 Horn Lane, Acton, London
, probably isn't an address you think of when it comes to death sentences in Arizona and California. It is the home of a small driving school. And Dream Pharma
, a mom and pop pharmaceutical wholesaler. [more inside]
"Is the US heading toward a future of greater diversity and racial tolerance, or of racially-motivated violence and separation?" Al Jazeera takes a look at the White Power movement in the United States.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer blanks catastrophically in a TV debate.
No matter how strongly you feel about her immigration bill, it's hard not to feel for her. After all, public speaking is America's greatest fear
, so the trainwreck might conceivably even help her. But then, here's her equally terrible reaction to press questions afterwards about her false claims that immigrants behead people.
Not a good day for the controversial Arizona gov, who has now sworn off debates. [more inside]
In addition to being a five term US senator, Barry Goldwater
was an accomplished photographer
, particularly of people
of the American West. [more inside]
Journey Through Canyons
— a stunning HD time-lapse of the canyonlands in Arizona and Utah, featuring the Grand Canyon, Glen Canyon, Bryce Canyon, and Zion Canyon. A thorough way to explore these magnificent geologic marvels is to follow The Hayduke Trail
, one of America's Best Adventures
On July 28, Federal District Court Judge Susan Bolton
issued an injunction
(link to pdf of court order) blocking several portions
of the recent immigration bill SB1070,
which was passed on April 23. (Previously on Metafilter.)
Among other provisions, the bill would have allowed Arizona police officers to demand proof of immigration status of people suspected of being in the country illegally pursuant to a legal police stop.
Most importantly, the federal ruling blocked the portion of the law that would have allowed police officers to demand proof of legal status. Opponents
of the law, who had already planned demonstrations yesterday, the first day the law was set to take effect, reportedly view the ruling as a victory, though partial and perhaps temporary.
Proponents of the law
are predictably unhappy
with the ruling, and react with disappointment.
"In our need to restore our sense of self-control are we actually going to reward politicians who are not working to bring us together, but instead are forsaking America's beautiful 234-year history of diversity?" Another Op-Ed from a national newspaper? No, it's the note from Bill
in this month's Penzeys Spices catalog
(.pdf), introducing a new blend called Arizona Dreaming
, which combines the flavors of South of the Border "in ways Americans love so much."
Tucson's own Calexico
has made one of their concerts available
(Nuremberg 2009) for streaming and downloading. Calexico's Joey Burns has also been very busy lately with Artists For Action
, an Arizona organization that is actively speaking out against
AZ's controversial SB 1070. Calexico has a history
of hosting benefit concerts in support of various border issues. [via]
The Arizona Clemency Board says that William Macumber, convicted of murder in 1975, is the victim of a "miscarriage of justice."
But Arizona's governor, Jan Brewer
, declined to follow the Board's unanimous recommendation that Macumber be freed. She also declines to explain why. Another man confessed to the murders, but although Macumber has been tried twice, neither jury was told of the confession
Supreme Court Blocks Arizona Campaign Finance System.
After it's recent highly controversial
ruling in Citizens United Vs. Federal Election Commission
, which struck down longstanding Federal limits on corporate political spending (discussed previously here
on the blue), the court now seems poised to strike the last nail in the coffin of the possibility of public campaign finance reform by considering arguments over the constitutionality of public financing of political campaigns. [more inside]
A group of artists has been asked
to lighten the faces of children depicted in a giant public mural
at a Prescott school. The project's leader says he was ordered to lighten the skin tone after complaints about the children's ethnicity. (via Wonkette)