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AZ Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal has been revealed as a big old internet troll and my friend Bob Lord, whom I blog with at Blog for Arizona, is the one who broke the story. Here’s Bob being interviewed on Channel 5 in Phoenix Wednesday night, in a report that led the 10 pm broadcast.


Don’t forget all us little people, Bob, you media sensation! It was neat how this blog was mentioned on the segment and Hupp has popped into the comments section about a dozen times over the past few years, most often under the Falcon09 nom-de-sockpuppet. I will say that the stuff he posted has been fairly innocuous, with the exception of this comment to a post I did shortly after the Tucson mass shooting in January 2011:

Jared (Loughner) was a “fervent” atheist, smoked pot “daily” and his beliefs were described as “leftist”. Bill Ayers, the President’s mentor, is the CEO of the school activist program running at Jared’s high school ,which Jared participated in.

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That short statement has it all: Derailing from the issue of guns and lack of health care, insinuation that atheists are bad people, Reefer Madness, and conspiracy theory about the President. If Huppenthal really believes what he wrote there – and according to his own statement about his posting history he posted on blogs out of a sincere desire to enlighten and further public discourse – then he is maybe a tad too paranoid to be the top person in charge of Arizona schools. And no, it’s not “just joking” and it’s not “taken out of context”.