Dueling Mormons

Marshal Jeff Flake goes toe-to-toe with Russell Pearce, and a former New Times staffer's popped for armed robbery

Pearce, of course, wants none of it. He later e-mailed this egret, "We don't need reform, we need enforcement." Pearce wants no compromise, he just wants all the brown ones shipped home to Mexico, pronto!

Flake dismisses that as unlikely to occur: "Most Arizonans, most Americans, know that's not realistic, to deport 12 million people. That's more than twice as many people who live in the state of Arizona."

But Pearce and his allies aren't concerned with what's realistic, moral or practical.

Fred Harper

Without the issue of illegal immigration, Minuteman Simcox and his fellow weekend warriors would have to disband for lack of any pussyfoot patrols to go on. And Pearce would have no outlet for his demagoguery, save maybe for beating his dog or drowning stray cats.

That's why Marshal Flake and his posse must face them down and present them with a federal fait accompli they cannot ignore, in much the same way the 1964 Civil Rights Act forced redneck America to respect the rights of African-Americans, and swallow their own prejudice like a big, nasty plug of chewin' tobacco.

THE GAMBLER

Surprised, shocked and saddened. That's the reaction of this flummoxed flamingo to the news that ex-New Times staff writer Joe Watson was popped Friday for allegedly sticking up at least five Valley businesses, including three salons in Scottsdale, hence his newly acquired sobriquet "The Salon Bandit."

Scottsdale detectives arrested Watson at 1:40 p.m. on March 30, doing one of his favorite things — playing poker at Casino Arizona. No surprise to this mynah bird there, at least. Watson confided to having a gambling addiction to other New Times scribes before he resigned his position with the paper a year ago. According to the Scottsdale Police Department's flack, Sergeant Mark Clark, Watson admitted his prob to the po-po, too, stating he had committed the robberies to feed his gambling habit. He's being held in the Maricopa County Jail on five counts of armed robbery. A sixth charge is pending. And the cops suspect Watson of robberies in Phoenix and Tempe, as well.

During his New Times tenure, Watson penned what's become one of the most popular NT cover stories ever, the tale of William Windsor, a Phoenix eccentric who wears diapers year 'round and sleeps in a crib the size of a Volkswagen ("Baby Man," June 9, 2005). Watson was well-connected in PHX journalism circles, having worked as an editor for Arizona State University's State Press magazine and newspaper. He also toiled on the East Valley Tribune's sports desk, until famously getting fired for skipping work to attend the World Series, when he had been emphatically warned not to do so by his boss, then-sports editor Slim Smith, who's (ironically) doing four months for extreme DUI.

Watson had a brief stint as editor of the glossy Scottsdale mag 944 and even sat on the board of the Arizona Press Club. Watson had also freelanced under the pseudonym Zachary Best for Phoenix Magazine, where his fiancée, managing editor Ashlea Deahl, still works. Deahl declined comment when contacted for this item. They had been engaged to be wed later this year.

Watson wore a hat as disguise during the robberies and used what may have been a simulated weapon in a paper bag or with a towel over it, police say. Video surveillance footage from one of the robberies was shown on a 10 p.m. newscast. In that footage, he was wearing his beloved Boston Red Sox baseball cap. Someone recognized Joe and dropped a dime. Clark stated that Watson didn't resist arrest at the casino. (Wonder what kind of hand he was holding?)

The Bird knew Watson had been battling an obsession with gambling for years (he once spoke rapturously of the seedy 1998 poker flick Rounders starring Matt Damon and Ed Norton), and he had sunk low in the past because of it. But this beak-bearer had no idea he would go so far. Watson had lately been working at some sort of medical publishing house in P-town. He was upfront about his addiction, but it remained beyond the understanding of most of his friends. Physical addiction to illicit substances, food, or sex — this pterodactyl gets. But gambling? That's all in your head, which maybe makes it more dangerous.

Nothing excuses what's been done, but the Taloned One hopes Watson finds a way to turn his life around. As is, it sounds as if he's got material enough to write a novel from the pen. Maybe even a poor man's version of Nelson Algren's The Man With the Golden Arm (about a self-destructive poker dealer in gritty, post-World War II Chicago).

PHIL'S FOLLY

It's not difficult for us to imagine Mayor Phil Gordon in drag, and that was before he moved his 2007 campaign headquarters into a building that was once home to one of the gnarlier tranny bars in the PHX, the 307 Lounge, next to Wayne Rainey's monOrchid gallery, downtown on Roosevelt.

Heck, back in the day, former Partridge Family member Danny Bonaduce famously assaulted a beefy transgendered dude nearby, a tranny who frequented the 307. So, the spot's got the right mojo for a less-than-manly man, and this nasty nighthawk's not even getting into the fact that the word "monorchid" refers to the state of having one testicle.

Gossip mavens have been enjoying a field day recently with the fact that the former tranny bar was shut down, along with monOrchid, for lack of a certificate of occupancy — this following Phil's move into the structure.

"Nobody knew. We didn't know and the property manager didn't know," screeched clueless Gordon flack Tony Motola.

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rich vanek
rich vanek

People need to be accountable for their actions!!!!!!!!When people work for the UNITED STATES gov. they took an oath to UPHOLD THE CONSTITUTION, and serve the public, NOT.... orders from their bosses,(ie... POLICE CHIEFS,JUDGES,EDITORS of media,or whoever they maybe)And when you state to be an American, you did the same thing!!!!!A Paper gun or a real gun, if your on the wrong end of it you lose!!!You four parts to your being (physical,spiritual, financial,emotional)until our laws protect all of your being, we're lost.LOOK where our leaders have led us, nowhere near the protection,guidance and love we need.WAKE up AMERICA WAKE

rich vanek
rich vanek

People need to be accountable for their actions!!!!!!!!When people work for the UNITED STATES gov. they took an oath to UPHOLD THE CONSTITUTION, and serve the public, NOT.... orders from their bosses,(ie... POLICE CHIEFS,JUDGES,EDITORS of media,or whoever they maybe)And when you state to be an American, you did the same thing!!!!!A Paper gun or a real gun, if your on the wrong end of it you lose!!!You four parts to your being (physical,spiritual, financial,emotional)until our laws protect all of your being, we're lost.LOOK where our leaders have led us, nowhere near the protection,guidance and love we need.WAKE up AMERICA!

Keith
Keith

thats what I just love about new times reporting (not Bias ) We are talking about immigration enforcement !!!! Ask the American Indian about immigration enforcment ?? My plan for stopping border crossings .... Landminds.... hope you speak spanish .... and by the way as soon as they read and write english you are out of a job !!! I truly am not against any one trying for better oppertunities for their family. And I know that is what this is about. But there must come a time when it becomes a situation of a refugee status .... we must and I mean must stop the flow of illeagals into this country. Stupid closed eyed, just looking for name recognition reporting isnt helping the issue. But thats what the rest of us have do deal with, Knukle head num nuts like you that are trying to just get ahead so they can move on with their career to a real paper !!!!

Charles Chambers
Charles Chambers

In regards to the Flash's view that illegals are law abiding, hard working citizens, I'm curious.

How does someone immigrate illegally, and then hold down a job without a work visa, and still be law abiding?

Mark
Mark

Jason West's commment shows the compasioate side of conservativism. Four letter words are not acceptable and they merely show how un-educated and boorish Jason can be.

Jason West
Jason West

Enough of your high-and-mighty liberal leftist diarrhea-of-the-mouth BULLSHIT already!! Shut the fuck up you self-righteous lump of shit! You use this cutesy, anecdotal euphamism, "The Bird" to promote some serious sympathizer bile. Your vitriolic rants are tired, uninspired Berkeley-style propaganda. Here's a thought: formulate an original thought that lends SOME level of credibilty to your agenda. You don't provide thought provoking ideals for those not of your mindset - you just provoke. Anyone can place their wide, lumpy ass into a chair and hurl printed insults at community and governmental leaders, you chicken shit. Let me remind you that you're a journalist and an inherent responsibility therein lies to - HAVE A POINT! You bitch and moan and hurl insults, but where are your solutions, Einstein? You are a literary pussy. Your unrealistic, idealistic, pie-in-the-sky notions that ANYYONE can enter the U.S. at that their own whim, that people can just do whatever they want, whenever they feel like, and that it will all just work itself out is a total crock, trans-fat dumpster. This country didn't become the nation everyone wants to run to by instituting those kinds of shit policies and you fucking know it. But go ahead, run down to the border and show those illegals the safest route to cross, hand them a multi-grain bar and a jug of water. Hell, how about putting 30 of 40 of them up in your place? No? Thought so, dipshit. Go hug a Saguaro and jerk off the twill of sparrow nested above.

And fuck yeah, feel free to publish.

 
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