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Greetings Baja Kossacks

      And Kossacks from around the world. It's May in Baja AZ and you know what that means, it means the Flavor of the Month is Orange Dream. Just jokin'. We all know what May means, it means HEAT, blessed heat. I don't know about you, but I'm damned sick and tired of being cold all the time. Bring it on I say, triple digits can't come soon enough. Here's a pretty cool summer song from a venerable Tucson band:

                   

      Oh yeah, May is also the month when we start talking about the annual Baja Arizona Kossacks Picnic. Planning is already under way for our 3rd Annual Picnic; date, time and venue have been selected. Click through and we'll talk about the rest.

First The News

      I don't know if Jan still thinks she can run again, but the Arizona State Constitution pretty clearly states that she can't. At least three Repubs have already expressed interest; Secretary of State Ken Bennet, disbarred former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas and Baja's own, angry loon Cap'n Melvin. On the Democratic side, Fred DuVal kicked off his campaign yesterday. Raúl Grijalva has endorsed DuVal. Speaking of Grijalva, Gabriela Saucedo Mercer has announced that she'll try again to unseat him in CD-3. Sally McMartha, who damned near beat Ron Barber in CD-2 last time, hasn't said if she'll run again for that seat but she's up to something. Matt Heinz has accepted a job in DC, Steve Farley and Macario Saldate have both applied for federal jobs.

Then there's this

      OK, so I get my copy of Harper's yesterday and, as always, I go first to their Harper's Index where I see this:

Amount a Tucson mayoral candidate has raised to give out free guns in the city's high-crime neighborhoods: $13,000
This was news to me. I don't know how I missed it since the story was all over the place, including The Star and Blog for Arizona, but anyway, this raving loon, who tried to troll Occupy and was only just barely a mayoral candidate because he couldn't get enough signatures to get on the ballot, thinks it's a good idea to pass out free shotguns to folks in "high-crime" neighborhoods because, well you know, the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun ... What a freakin' loon. Hey, I wonder if my neighborhood qualifies ?

OK, on to the Picnic

      Here's what we've got so far. ItsaMathJoke will host the event at her place. She lives out in the desert near Vail. We'll send more precise directions by personal Kosmail to those who RSVP. It's a bit of a drive from Tucson, but it makes it a little easier on the Cochise County people. I think it will be well worth it. We're thinking it'll be BBQ'd pork ribs. I couldn't be happier about that 'cuz I loves me some ribs. We'll need BBQ appropriate sides like salads and beans, and some dishes for non-carnivores. I'll bring 2 or 3 different sauces. The date is Saturday, June 1 starting in the afternoon. We have an announcement in navajo's * New Day * series. It goes up every morning at 7:30, you can see the RSVP list there. So who's goin'? What are you bringing? And stuff like that ...

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