Monday Edition of WTF Arizona?

Sources say Sheriff Joe Arpaio will announce run for governor Monday

PHOENIX – Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is expected to announce Monday if he’ll run for Arizona governor.

Several sources confirm to the ABC15 Investigators that Arpaio has already made a decision, and will likely run for the office.

In a news conference after this story was first published, the Sheriff said he was still weighing his options, but also that he would in fact have an announcement on Monday.

However, when asked about a state sales tax during the news conference, the Sheriff said, “When I’m the governor, I’ll study the issue.” He then clarified, “If become the I become the governor…I’ll study it.”

Republican Party Chairman Randy Pullen said he has spoken with the Sheriff on several occasions about running for governor.

And here’s the Wiki link if you’re not familiar with Sheriff Joe.

Question of the Day

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever seen on a subway?

The most common weirdness I see is either a drunk or druggie who grumbles to himself with an occasional shout for good measure. But that happens frequently enough that it rarely warrants a second glance if not at least a quick change of seats.

But besides that, I once saw a young guy doing chinups using the handrails while balancing a Mountain Dew bottle on his head while asking a girl for her phone number (he didn’t get it). The other one that comes to mind is two men and one woman wearing business attire came onto the subway at Harvard with manual typewriters. One was sitting across from the other two who also had plenty of space between them. They started to type as the train left the station one of them had a smaller paper and would type something on it, ask a stranger to pass it to another typist who would then type something back to her using that same sheet of paper. It was like watching a pre-computer instant messaging conversation.

Conservative Latinos Rethink Party Ties

From the WSJ:

Adam Bustos, a third-generation Mexican-American, has voted Republican since Ronald Reagan ran for president. But he has been reconsidering his party affiliation since Arizona State Gov. Jan Brewer signed the nation’s toughest immigration law last month.

“I’ve been thinking I might leave the party,” said Mr. Bustos, a 58-year-old Arizona native. “A lot of my Latino Republican friends have been talking about it after this law.”

The new Arizona law requires police to question people whom they suspect are in the U.S. illegally. Supporters say the law is necessary to combat rampant illegal border crossings. Opponents say it can’t be enforced without violating civil liberties.

Many Hispanic-Americans say they feel stung by a law they allege invites racial profiling, incites hatred and discriminates against all Latinos.

The law in Arizona was passed by a Republican legislature and signed by a GOP governor. Republican lawmakers in Texas, Utah and several other states have said they would consider introducing laws similar to the one passed in Arizona.

Conservative Hispanic voters, in particular, say they feel betrayed by Republican Party leaders who have supported the law.

Children On Leashes Tied To The Walls While Their Parents Work

From ChinaSmack:

2010 April 20, at a certain brick/tile factory in Dingqiao of Haining in Zhejiang province, many kiln workers’ sons and daughters have been tied to the workshop windows with rope by their parents. The reason the parents have done this is because they do not have time to look after their children yet are afraid of their children running around and getting into an accident.