With no small amount of debate going on in the US with regard to Arizona's soon-to-be implemented Immigration Law, the County of Milwaukee were discussing whether they - like other parts of the USA - should call for Milwaukee businesses to boycott Arizona businesses. Step forward Supervisor Peggy West - click here for a Youtube video of her testimony.
For those who missed it, Peggy West declared that:
"If this was Texas, which is a state that is directly on the border with Mexico, and they were calling for a measure like this saying that they had a major issue with undocumented people flooding their borders, I would have to look twice at this. But this is a state that is a ways removed from the border."
The only problem is, Arizona is directly on the border with Mexico...
Arizona Senator Jon Kyle swiftly followed this up by sending Ms. West a letter that confirmed this fact:
"You will be interested to learn that Arizona does indeed share a border with Mexico. I have enclosed a map for your convenience."
He helpfully enclosed the map seen at the top of this post. Peggy, perhaps slightly embarrassed at her geographical slip assured voters that:
"I did get a passing grade in Geography in high school and in college and I do obviously know that Arizona is on the border"
Peggy then went on to suggest that she had meant to say that Arizona had the second longest border. Which obviously makes a lot of sense taken in the context of what she said. Perhaps, instead of following in the footsteps of George W. Bush, Peggy should have taken a leaf out of the book of a rather more respected President, Abraham Lincoln:
"It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt."