Monday, December 5, 2016

For More About Betsy DeVos' Priorities, Follow the Money

Posted By on Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 5:13 PM

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Betsy DeVos, Trump's pick for Secretary of Education, and her husband Dick devote a chunk of their $6 billion fortune to funding the political campaigns of candidates who are for more charters, private school vouchers and the rest of the privatization/"education reform" agenda. The couple also has a family foundation which contributed more than $10 million in 2015. Politico looked over a copy of the Foundation's 2015 tax forms and listed some of the recipients. The money makes Betsy DeVos's priorities clear. She likes school choice in its many forms and has a soft spot for religious organizations. Here are some highlights from the Politco list.

The Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation is a primary funder of a reasonably recent news-format education website, The 74, begun by former CNN anchor Campbell Brown, which is pro-privatization/"education reform" and pro-DeVos. The Foundation gave $400,000 to the website and another $400,000 to Brown's nonprofit, The Partnership for Educational Justice.

New York's Success Academies, a chain of charter schools, got $150,000. Success's founder, Eva Moskowitz, was being talked about as a possible Secretary of Education pick until she took herself out of the running. (Word has it she's angling for the New York City mayor job.)

The American Enterprise Institute is a major voice of the conservative movement. It received $750,000.

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Win Tickets to See The Nutcracker

Posted By on Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 1:30 PM

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Is it really wintertime without the classic beauty of the Nutcracker? Ballet Tucson says, "of course not!," and they're offering you a chance to see their version of the classic free of charge.

We're giving away two sets of four tickets, and winners can pick which show they want to attend. The options are:

Dec. 22., 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 23, 3 or 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 24, 1 p.m.

We'll be picking winners Wednesday, Dec. 7. Want to go with your three favorite people? Enter here:

Fill out my online form.

Hershel Needs a Home

Posted By on Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 12:31 PM

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Hi, I'm Hershel!

I'm a handsome 6-year-old chocolate lab and I need a home! In my previous home I was a really good boy and even got along well with a cat.

I'm looking for a home where I can get daily exercise and play time and a cozy bed to sleep in.
If you have a current dog bring them over to Humane Society of Southern Arizona Main Campus at 3450 N. Kelvin to do a doggy meet and greet! For more information or to check on my availability contact HSSA at 520-327-6088 ext. 173.

Lots of love,
Hershel (834377)

Cinema Clips: The Eagle Huntress

Posted By on Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 10:00 AM


Director Otto Bell’s documentary actually plays out like a cool, dramatic adventure film as a young girl aims to be the first eagle hunter in her family.

Aisholpan, a 13 year-old Mongolian girl living with her tribe, has always been fascinated with eagles, and wants to become a champion eagle hunter like her father and grandfather (They hunt using eagles to catch game, rather than actually hunting eagles). The film follows her through initial training, including the capturing of her own baby eagle on a treacherous cliff side (This kid isn’t messing around; she really wants this).

It’s fascinating watching the eagle acclimate to its new home; you feel a little sorry for it, but its captors feed it well and it certainly bonds with Aisholpan. It’s an amazing animal, and there’s a lot of joy in simply seeing food gong into its mouth. It’s also amazing to see its particular brand of voracious eating going on just inches from the young girl’s face. This kid has a lot of faith in the goodwill of her big bird.

Yes, that’s Rey herself, Daisy Ridley, chiming in with the occasional narration—her voice was made for this sort of thing. Parts of the doc feel a little staged, but its overwhelming charm cancels out the phony moments.

Aisholpan and her big bird do eventually make it to the eagle festival, with her being the only female participant. It ends with the girl and her eagle going on a winter hunt, and some pretty amazing battles with foxes.

I didn’t even know eagle hunting was a thing until I saw this. This is an entertaining nature documentary, and Aisholpan will put a smile on your face.

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Nine Questions: Sid The Kid

Posted By on Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 9:00 AM

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For the last 10 years DJ Sid The Kid has been bringin' the funk to Tucsonans. As an open format DJ, Kid specializes in playing all genres and primary focuses on music that has been or is in the Top 40. You can see Kid at Hotel Congress on Saturdays.

What was the first concert you attended?
An LL Cool J concert actually. He was beefin' with this rapper called Canibus at the time and Canibus was just annihilating him and this is LL Cool J, one of the biggest MCs of all time and you have this new comer who was just murdering him on wax left and right. I snuck in actually. I'm from a small town in Sierra Vista so the fact that LL Cool J came out to our area was a big deal.

What was the first album you owned?
It was a Def Leppard album—and it sucked. So, the most memorable album that I owned was a Christmas in Hollis Queens album. Run-DMC is on it and I remember rapping it. It was like "Its Christmas time in Hollis Queens. Mom's cooking chicken and collard greens." Yeah, that was it.

What are you listening to these days?
As a Top 40 DJ, I'm definitely focusing on Top 40. In terms of my at home recreational listening, I'm doing a lot of oldies but I'm not stuck there. I like ASAP. Ummm, I'm listening to a lot of Public Enemy actually with all the events going on, its definitely something I will be listening to a lot. Rae Sremmurd, who ever they are. Drake, obviously Kanye. I'm a big Kanye fan.

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone seem to love, but you just don't get?
Dude, I don't get The Beatles, man. I don't know what it is about The Beatles, I just, you know, I just don't get them. There is a part of me that loves like Tom Petty and it's not just because its old rock and roll I just don't get The Beatles. Its like one of friends said he doesn't get Kool and The Gang and I'm like "How do you not get Kool and The Gang?" "How do you not get The Beatles" you don't know how to explain it.

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
Obviously Michael Jackson. I met my adopted dad getting my passport to go see Michael Jackson in London. Weird. This was like '05 I believe and I was adopted so I had to get information only my adopted dad would know and it was crazy. But yeah, it's definitely Michael Jackson. That or maybe Hulk Hogan, but Hulk has something out right now.

What is your favorite guilty pleasure?
Yachty. I have no reason for Yachty, dog. I'm a 37-year-old male bouncing to the hardest shit out right now and love it. I feel guilty because people might say he's corny but I like it. I just don't knock peoples hustle. No matter what.

What song would you like to have played at your funeral?
Oh man! It might be Broccoli, naw naw its not Broccoli, damn. Oh, 100 percent, Nas "Take it in Blood" straight up! "I made it like that, I bought it like that, I'm livin like that! You wack MC's!" Thats defiantly it man. I want to die to that song, forget being buried! I want to die to that song!

What artist changed your life and how?
Michael Jackson because he's the King of Pop and in that even in my DJ style, I'm always DJing popular music. I'm never DJing something that I like personally or that is not popular and that everyone is not going to like and that is pop—and that is Michael Jackson.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
Oh that's easy and I'm going to get killed for this! I hope that kids don't listen to it actually: Brotha Lynch Hung's Season of da Siccness.


Friday, December 2, 2016

Casa Video Top 10

Posted By on Fri, Dec 2, 2016 at 4:30 PM

Somehow it's already December and 2016 is slipping through our fingers—not that anyone is going to miss this year, it's been rough. While I personally think you should spend your remaining movie watching hours for the year filling your brains with performances by Alan Rickman, Florence Henderson and Gene Wilder, I suppose you also have the option of watching some more current films.

Here's your weekly look at what's popular at Casa Video:

1. Finding Dory

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Betsy DeVos Set To Join the Trump Cabinet's Billionaire Boys [and Girls] Club

Posted By on Fri, Dec 2, 2016 at 3:34 PM

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"I have decided to stop taking offense," Betsy DeVos wrote in a Roll Call column, "at the suggestion that we are buying influence. Now I simply concede the point."
Betsy DeVos, Trump's pick for Secretary of Education, knows plenty about buying influence and has plenty of money to do so. Dubbed "The New Kochs" by an article in Mother Jones, Betsy and her husband Richard earned multiple mentions in Dark Money, the authoritative book on the topic by Jane Mayer. True, among the über-rich who participate in the Koch brothers' seminars, Richard and Betsy rank a few notches below the top ten. Their almost $6 billion valuation isn't near the combined $86 billion of Charles and David Koch or the $31 billion of Sheldon Adelson. But $6 billion ain't chopped liver. It can buy you a whole lot of influence. And it has, in the pursuit of removing any restrictions from political donations and in promoting the spread of vouchers and charter schools.

Betsy DeVos, born Betsy Prince, came from a wealthy family, and she moved up a rung or two when she married into the Amway marketing empire fortune. Betsy and Richard have been part of the upper echelons of the state and national Republican Party. Richard ran for Michigan governor in 2006, unsuccessfully. In 1997, Betsy was a founding board member of the James Madison Center for Free Speech, a group whose only purpose was to wipe out legal restrictions on spending money in politics. (A school choice group she ran still owes a $5.2 million fine to the Ohio Elections Commission for making illegal political contributions in 2008. One of the lawyer's arguments against paying the fine is that the contribution would have been legal if the Citizens United decision had been in place at the time.)  In 2000, DeVos put $2 million into a state referendum pushing school vouchers, which was voted down by 68 percent of the voters. Vouchers lose when they're put to a popular vote every time, so she decided to devote her efforts to electing pro-voucher legislators who could enact the necessary legislation without needing voter support.

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You're a Wizard, Harry: A Harry Potter Ball at Your Favorite Barnes & Noble

Posted By on Fri, Dec 2, 2016 at 2:10 PM

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Have you always known you're a witch or wizard at heart? Well, shed your muggle-ness for an evening of holiday celebration and magic at your local Barnes and Noble for the Harry Potter Magical Holiday Ball.

Barnes and Noble locations across the country will hold a Yule-ball inspired dance party at all stores in the U.S. on Friday, Dec. 9 from 7-9 p.m. Muggles of all ages are welcome to join in on the holiday fun. 

Whether you want to come in your best-dressed, as your favorite Potter character or in your Hogwarts uniform, there will be festive activities to celebrate all things Potter.

Because of the obvious popularity of this free event, Barnes and Noble said customers should call their local store ahead of time for capacity limits or special instructions.  

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