On Friday, I warned that this would happen, and over the weekend we witnessed extremely disturbing confrontations in both Arizona and Utah.  No matter whether you are a supporter of Donald Trump or not, what we are watching unfold should deeply alarm you.  Are violent protests, riots and confrontations with police going to become a daily occurrence until the election in November?  Will this become the spark that sets off widespread civil unrest all over the nation?  Unless Donald Trump wins the election, I have a feeling that he is going to end up deeply regretting running for president, because now his entire family lives under the threat of constant attack.  Is this what “political discourse” is going to look like in this country moving forward?

Fox News fires back at Trump: Enough of your “extreme, sick obsession” with Megyn Kelly

John flagged Trump’s latest Twitter attack on Kelly in this post last night but you should read Fox’s reply too. Imagine: This guy can all but break the back of conservative resistance to him and become the prohibitive favorite for the Republican nomination by beating Cruz handily in Arizona and Utah on Tuesday night — and this is what he’s busy stewing about. He has a general election campaign coming up, he has fundraising to think about, he has a convention to plan, and he’s sitting in front of his TV fulminating about one of the two hours of programming each day on Trump TV that’s not devoted to glorifying him. (Bret Baier’s show is the other.) Good guy. Definitely a guy who’ll have his priorities straight as leader of the free world.

The only way to understand his preoccupation, I think, is Ross Douthat’s way: “Trump envisions his wedding to Megyn Kelly as the made-for-TV highlight of his presidency-for-life.” Fox’s statement:

or all of Fox’s hard shots at Trump in defense of Kelly over the last seven months, though, he’s more ubiquitous on the network now than he’s ever been, doing daily call-ins with “Fox & Friends,” enjoying regular pattycake interviews with Sean Hannity, and being treated with admiration bordering on deference from virtually every Fox host in the line-up outside of the 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. hours. (Gutfeld and Perino are often hard on him on “The Five” but they’re balanced there by Trump superfan Eric Bolling.) Why is that? As a news organization, Fox has a duty to cover his campaign; a presidential candidacy is news and a nationalist takeover of the GOP is big news. They have no duty to give Trump himself a platform, though. That they continue to do so despite him relentlessly attacking their biggest star is proof enough that they don’t give a wet rip about his vendetta against Kelly. Ailes could pull the plug network-wide on Trump interviews right now or the individual hosts could do so on their own programs in solidarity with her. It’s a cinch, after all, that President Trump will end up barring Fox and any other news outlet from the White House if they cover him critically — he’s already done that repeatedly on the campaign trail — so why shouldn’t Fox respond in kind? Either Ailes and company are petrified of losing viewers by ceding Trump interviews to CNN and MSNBC or there are petty rivalries happening behind the scenes leading Fox hosts to side with him over Kelly. (“I do wish that O’Reilly had defended me more in his interview with Trump,” Kelly toldMore magazine recently. “I would have defended him more.”) Whatever the explanation, so long as Fox News continues to operate as Trump TV, you can print out their occasional angry statements standing up for Kelly and wipe with them.

Here’s Kelly last night talking about covering Trump with Jorge Ramos of Univision. Note thebit at 3:45: “Many shows get a pop if they put him on. I would submit to you I’m the second highest-rated show in all of cable news and I haven’t had Trump on in seven months. It can be done without him.” Two things seem increasingly clear about the Trump/Kelly feud. One is that if Trump wins the election and Fox goes all-in as a mouthpiece for the new nationalist GOP, she’ll have little choice but to leave the network. She takes her job seriously and Fox during a Trump administration wouldn’t remotely be a serious news outlet. The other is that, by insisting on this one-sided feud with her, Trump is slowly but surely making her the biggest star in television journalism. To the heavy majority of the country that dislikes him, she earns more respect every day by refusing to back down. I’m sure Trump doesn’t care about any of that right now; any publicity that involves him is good publicity, and Kelly serves as a convenient enemy du jour whenever he needs to throw some red meat to his fans. If you were a betting man, though, you’d get much better odds on Kelly landing as the anchor of a broadcast network news show sometime during the next four years than you would Trump landing in the White House. Her future as a player in national politics is now more secure than his is, thanks partly to him. Maybe they’ll finally make up and she’ll interview him when he’s asking for his old job at “The Apprentice” back.


Arizona Sheriff Tells Citizens: 'Step up and defend yourselves'

Speaking from the Caswells shooting range in Mesa, Sheriff Babeu urged first time gun purchasers to consider taking a firearm safety course which would teach “weapon familiarization, weapon qualification, how to carry and education on the laws.”

“We want a citizen to add to the equation,” Sheriff Babeu told news crews. “Be armed to protect yourself, protect your family until we can get there.”

Arizona Sheriff Tells Citizens: ‘Step up and defend yourselves’

DEA report: Heroin, methamphetamine seizures up nearly 300 percent in Arizona

heroin-meth Both heroin and methamphetamine seizures are up nearly 300 percent in Arizona over the past five years, a Drug Enforcement Administration report said.

The report, released Thursday, said methamphetamine seizures have increased 294 percent. After the United States cracked down on chemicals used to make the drugs over the past decade, the DEA said drug cartels in Mexico have become the leading manufacturer and supplier of meth that winds up the United States.


blue-meth The report, released Thursday, said methamphetamine seizures have increased 294 percent. After the United States cracked down on chemicals used to make the drugs over the past decade, the DEA said drug cartels in Mexico have become the leading manufacturer and supplier of meth that winds up the United States.

The DEA said the cartels have “super laboratories” capable of producing hundred-pound quantities of the drug. The cartels have an easier time getting their hands on the necessary chemicals because of less-restrictive Mexican laws.


flag-1 The reason? The school paper reports “the administration decided it was best to avoid any possible offensive connotations the theme would have.”

What constitutes unacceptable clothing choices that could have “any possible offensive connotations”? According to the school paper:

Authorities confirm 12 killed, 1 missing in flash flooding on Utah-Arizona border

-820709caf3aab347 (1) Authorities have confirmed that 12 people have died in flash flooding that swept away two vehicles in a town on the Utah-Arizona border.

Sgt. Brock Bentley of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office in Utah confirmed Tuesday that three additional bodies have been found. One person remains missing in the floodwaters, while three children survived.

The wall of water washed the vehicles several hundred yards downstream Monday afternoon. Authorities say the victims are as young as 4 years old. It’s unclear if they’re all from the same family.

DPS: Multiple Phoenix freeway shooters likely; ‘person of interest’ identified

635776153705077524-pb-20150911-3 Authorities identified the “person of interest” as Oscar de la Torre Munoz, 19, of Avondale, and said he was being held at Fourth Avenue Jail on suspicion of marijuana possession.


swat-sniper It does not appear to be the same guy,’’ Milstead told The Arizona Republic. “I think we have three MOs. We have one that looks like road rage, we have the bullet ones, we have the projectile ones.’’

DPS has confirmed 11 shootings dating to Aug. 29. Eight vehicles were struck by bullets and three were struck by unspecified projectiles.