• I keep eclectic company. Arizona's piano-playing, car-clipping-to-hide-canoodling, legal-troubled but ambitious Attorney General Tom Horne has put me on his list. So I get the "Cracking down on polygamist abuses in Colorado City is a Top Priority" email. How this helps him is a mystery to me. Gov. Howard Pyle, who didn't have Mr. Horn-e's, um, issues, ordered the Short Creek Raid in 1953, and it helped cost him the election. I keep thinking about all the children in poorly funded school districts who are stuck for life because of the malpractice of this gentleman and his successors as Superintendent of Public Instruction. But in the post-St. Janet Arizona, they just get promoted.
• Then there's Sal DiCiccio, who represents the largely Anglo and affluent District 6 in Phoenix City Council. He's a Facebook friend. Why this developer, right-wing "friend of the taxpayer" wants to get Homey's screeds is a bit of a mystery. I wish it were like old Arizona, where people of different ideas could be real friends and even compromise for the common good. I'm not sure this is possible with today's GOP, although I do respect Mesa Mayor Scott Smith, with whom I am on cordial terms. Back to Sal. I read a story about how "the 11th-floor at Phoenix City Hall has become a metaphorical revolving door as of late, with numerous City Council aides and staffers announcing their departures." Missing was the why of the "Ws" that old journalists once prized. One must read these stories like a Kremlinologist back in the Cold War. Among the changes, DiCiccio "hired Lisa Gray, an activist and wife of Rep. Rick Gray, R-Sun City, somewhat recently to be his council aide/scheduler." Am I the only one who would like to know what kind of activist this person was, and are Phoenix tax dollars going to pay for an employee who lives in Sun City? I'm sure it's all innocent. Better call Sal, to paraphrase Breaking Bad.
• Speaking of calling, City Hall is replacing human telephone switchboard operators with an automated system on Oct. 1. It will save — wow! — $250,000 by putting the switchboard operators out of work. There's the usual blah-blah-blah about "the way people communicate with the city has changed." But this is just one more way we perpetuate both unemployment and the endless time suck of being stuck in these "please listen to the entire recording because our options have changed" circles of hell. Jim Kunstler had a great rant about this last year.
The saloon is yours. What's going on that isn't being reported?