I love the brand and heart of REPTUC.
Way to go get it Israel. Very proud of you and Cheppe
Tucson is not about creating jobs or businesses. It about making money for the city, not helping business people. It about raising parking fees to make for money, to drive out people from shopping in the city. When will the city council and mayor wake up. People you can help chance that. Fire and defeat those council members running this fall.
We adopted our sweet hound a few years ago from PACC. The conditions when we were there were very sad -- many, many gorgeous dogs and a thread-bare crew of staff that were obviously stretched and unhappy. It took us a long time to go through the adoption process due to the lack of staff and the volume of people that were coming in the door with new strays.
It's easy to slam Pima County, but at the end of the day Arizonans have decided that we'd rather pay attention to low-tax slogans than maintaining a better standard of public services like animal shelters or schools. You know, 'big government' stuff. "Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me."
I volunteered at IWM in 2002. I can tell you a couple of things.
For one, a fellow docent who shall remain nameless (to tell the truth, I can't remember their name) told me that, contrary to what the museum publicly stated, there was indeed at least one animal that had been shot for the express purpose of being exhibited at IWM--some kind of antelope, I think.
But the real problem with IWM is that, unlike the picture that Don_Coyote paints, it was hardly educational. Compared to a museum like the American Museum of Natural History or the Academy of Natural Sciences, IWM's educational potential was pitiful. When I started volunteering, the taxonomical information on many species was woefully out of date. Javelinas were described as being part of the pig family, when more recent research had placed them in a family of their own. Mongooses and civets were placed in the same family. A Chinese water deer was exhibited alongside an African jackal, leading people to believe that the two either inhabit the same area (they don't) or are related in some way (they're not). I realize that some of this sounds arcane, but it is an important part of science.
Looking at the bigger picture, many of IWM's specimens were poorly exhibited, with little to no information in general on most of the species displayed in the "Red Room". If memory serves, some animals did not even have their scientific names listed. Where's the education in that?
The exhibits weren't even very well planned. Here are the insects, here are the birds of the world, here are the ducks, here's the Red Room, here's Sheep Mountain, here's the Sonoran Desert, and here's the café. Voila. Nothing with a similar theme to, say, the American Museum of Natural History's Hall of Biodiversity. As a matter of fact, the subject of biodiversity was not even explored. Neither was paleontology. Neither were marine animals, presumably because they cannot be shot. Whole orders of mammals were by and large ignored, such as bats, whales, monotremes, and many primates. And if it was extinct, it was of no interest. How will this give kids a comprehensive view of the natural world?
So tell me how educational and valuable IWM is. What can you expect in a state whose AIMS science test relies more heavily on reading comprehension and spatial math skills than real scientific knowledge?
SPEAK UP NOW ABOUT THE ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION INVASION OR LET BOTH PARTIES TURN THIS COUNTRY INTO A TOILET OF POVERTY?
CAN WE TRUST THEIR PROMISES AGAIN?
Every reader who gets the majority of intelligence on illegal immigration storm, are more than likely inclined to believe the Liberal driven press, whether national or local regenerated reports. That’s about as far as the U.S. population gets, and so the media achieve the main objective to brainwash the masses. Insignificant to some are the grassroots organizations, which has neither the money nor the powerful representation of acclaimed in the news articles to pass on the facts. The Tea Party that has grown in millions of members has been ridiculed by some of the press, but the advocates for the Obama administration have used their power to spy on Conservatives.. This government has driven a wedge between the American people,
Earlier this year we were told 622 criminal illegal persons were released from prison; the real number being 8,000, according to ICE documents.
These people committed homicide, kidnapping, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, threats, extortion, sex offenses, cruelty toward family, resisting an officer, illegal weapon possession, hit and run, and drug offenses accompanied by sentences of more than a year. It was Obama who willfully sprung them free into our backyards, giving them defacto amnesty. Oh! I forgot ID theft? This has essentially caused much misery to the citizen or legal resident victims. Further to that has been the never ending stream of drunken driving violations. The majority journalists and reporters omit these stories, because of Liberal sentiments or upsetting certain radical ethnic groups.
Both political parties have remained dormant enacting laws that make logical sense, such as writing into law a biometric Social Security card. Electronically recognized for such acts as determining who is hired for a job, who has the right to vote and also to protect a legal person’s credit and personal data. This is the height of ineptitude, because billions of dollars that could be saved in stopping theft on a grand scale. Yet the Obama administration is distributing free food stamps, to low income (illegal aliens) and their babies and children. Are you even aware that American taxpayers are still the fall-guy in supporting continuous numbers of previously sponsored new citizens, that during the 1986 amnesty because the limited governments agents who are supposed to oversee that the financial support didn’t have the manpower or that the original petitioner could not care for the CHAIN MIGRATION family members. Chain Migration needs to be amended or rescinded, same as the Birthright citizenship law that gives babies and children illegal alien mothers a right to citizenship. These two laws are overwhelmingly a huge blot that comes with illegal aliens on international flights or just crossing the border. The Heritage foundation had it right when they stated it was a 6.3 trillion burden.
The Obama regime must be stopped. America will not tolerate any more violations of our Constitution.
Obama has engaged in mass deception and cover-ups from his personal role in the Benghzi attacks to “Fast and Furious” gun-running operation, NSA spying, tacitly supporting a Muslim Brotherhood revolution and this “president” illegally bypassed Congress to pass Obamacare. That's the short list.
A new report by the Center for Immigration Studies shows that 57.5 million working-age Americans are either unemployed or out of the labor market. This figure is almost identical (57 million) to the number of people the Senate's "Gang of Eight" amnesty legislation would bring in. Steve Camarota, the author of the study, said:
In one of the furthermost contributors to the vast civil rights advances in the 1960s was the fact that the United States had a rigid labor market with the aim of increasingly needing Black American workers, particularly in the Southern states.
And a key reason for the rigidity of the employment market was the spectacular decrease in annual immigration flows continually since 1921, according to historians of that period.
Throughout the 50th anniversary celebration of the 1963 civil rights march on Washington D.C, it is essential to be attentive of the role that spiked volume Immigration that has repeatedly played in stalling economic progress among the descendants of America's appalling slavery system. It is a time to acknowledge how the economic, political and social advances of Black Americans in general spiraled upwards when annual immigration numbers were reduced throughout our history.
Analysis debunks White House report on amnesty benefits
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
According to the Heritage Foundation’s Robert Rector, a recent White House report citing the economic benefits of granting amnesty and citizenship to illegal aliens is misleading and based on dubious assumptions. His study suggests the overall cost to taxpayers of such an amnesty is likely to exceed $6 trillion.
The White House report claims that amnesty would increase the income of Americans by $791 billion over the next decade. Rector say the income boost claim is misleading because the amnestied illegal aliens themselves would benefit the most through higher wages. And the magnitude of the increase is faulty because the underlying assumptions claim their wages would increase by a full 25 percent. According to federal data, the 1986 amnesty increased illegal-alien wages by only 5–10 percent.
The report also claims that amnesty would create almost 2 million new jobs for current citizens over the next decade and increase their income by about $130 billion. Rector says the simplistic Keynesian economic assumptions used to generate these figures have been “discredited for decades.”
Moreover, Rector said the White House report ignores the net costs associated with amnesty and citizenship. Millions of illegal aliens would be eligible for Social Security, Medicare, Obamacare, and more than 80 different means-tested welfare programs such as food stamps and public housing. And the benefits they receive will greatly exceed the taxes they pay
Rector found that legal immigrants without a high school diploma receive $5 in government benefits for every $1 in taxes paid each year. That means the annual net cost of the amnesty to taxpayers would be about $37,000 per household.
Read Robert Rector’s article. Read more on the costs and forced illegal immigration inheritance on American society through the websites of Numbersusa.com and Judicialwatch.org and many other non profit, grassroots organizations.
The drug war has a life of its own. Do you think the thousands of DEA employees are just going to go quietly? Or that the billions of funding for law enforcement will just be given up? The scare thing is what 'war' the feds would dream up if we ever get real and decriminalize pot and other drugs.
Hosearn, the hormones are not just used to keep bitches out of heat, they are also used as performance-enhancing drugs. There can be adverse effects such as ovarian cysts. Also, humans can choose whether or not to use birth control, but these dogs have no say. To use hormones so intensively on an animal throughout its life is bound to have terrible repercussions for that animal.
How does a partnership with Ben's Bell's either actual or perceived help the school district? Is there some subinstitutional ethos they will bring and remove the need for metal detectors and anger management classes with their beautiful mosaics? So are you saying Dean Packard was let into the UHS principal's job because of Ben's Bells???????? Gee, I sure hope Ben's Bells can build my alma mater a new campus...for now, there is no place for UHS to benefit from a mosaic, lol. This is one half-baked article, I must say. As usual, you get the journalism you pay for. But I will second greased wheels' sentiment that cronyism in this, a throwback to our Western heritage that is reinforced by countless transplants from the the urban centers of _________________(name your Coast) is a HUGE impediment to measurable progress. We have all the cronyism/nepotism at all levels of govt/university/school and very little of the big tax dollars to go with it. Niiiice. TUSD case in point. Have no opinion on Dean; is it possible he is qualified based on experience and education. What if he, gulp,. can actually fund raise? What if - just bear with me - he has managerial training? That would hardly be lowering the bar in this district - in fact, not sure Tucson is ready for somebody who handles running schools with any discernible level of business acumen. Need. more. info. before. we. pass. judgment. That said, EVERY employer in Tucson, government or otherwise, changes their job descriptions and does an obligatory three-day fake post for jobs that are actually pre-allocated to somebody's buddy...so at least it looks like a competitive hire (Bear Down!). Don't like it; change it. Don't complain. What are YOU doing about institutional transparency in this town?
This track does nothing to enhance the quality of life for the residents of South Tucson. It has a confirmed record of animal abuse. And we are expected to believe not one regulating agency or elected official can take action
This track nothing to enhance the quality of life of the residents of South Tucson. It owners and employees reportedly have difficulty following local laws. Dogs apparently disappear into the night after less than human treatment. This is simply not okay.
Hard to make a great point after that post. Well done!!! And while not a resident of AZ, I’m offended by TGP’s flaunting of laws, thumbing their noses and the odd relationship with ADOR. This really is a stain on the state. What are the welfare laws and are they enforced? TGP is acting as if it has a “free pass”. Perhaps time to cut the umbilical cord? Seems the money could have great use elsewhere.
Not much has changed since your story 'Bad Track Record' back in October, so I'll copy/paste the same comment I made then:
People here fail to realize that the ONLY reason Tucson Greyhound Park continues to exist is due to the money it makes from its OTB operations. It has a monopoly on horse/dog racing wagering here. Take away that monopoly and TGP would likely fold in a matter of months.
In 2007 the state passed a law that made it a felony to gamble online, including betting on horse racing. When that law was passed any Arizona resident with an account with TVG, Xpressbet, Twin Spires, etc. had their accounts closed and received a check for their balance. I had two such accounts closed, leaving me with one option to bet on horse racing - driving across town to one of TGP's crappy OTBs. So the state pretty much killed a hobby I had enjoyed for years as it simply is not desirable or practical to try to follow racing and wager regularly when you have to drive 15-20 minutes to place a bet in a dingy environment. I now only bet a few times a year, on the Triple Crown and Breeders' Cup races at a local OTB. Other than that, the only betting I do is at the races at Rillito.
So if local politicians truly want to see an end to the disgrace that is Tucson Greyhound Park they should lobby state legislators to repeal the inane, intrusive law that prohibits its residents from betting online. Of course this will never happen as long as the disengaged electorate here continues to elect people to state government who feel it's their job to tell you how to live your life.
I used to own a pure bred Blue Tic hound. I did not want to have her fixed in case somewhere down the road I wanted to breed her. I'm not sure if the shots the Vet gave her were steroids or not to keep her from going into heat, but, I do know that later when I was ready, I was able to breed her without the fear that it would be some unknown dog from down the street that jumped my fence just to get my do get my dog pregnant. Not all, but most people support birth control in humans, especially young girls that will ruin their lives if they get pregnant at an early age. Why is it so wrong for the trainers to do the same for their dogs?
Arizona Department of Racing Director: Instead, he defended the injections. "The (track) veterinarian treats these dogs once a month with really low doses, just to allow them to settle down and not go in season while the racing is going on.
(Not really. Confess that the real reason is if they are in season, they cannot race, and if they cannot race, they cannot make any money.)
So, is Bill Walsh saying that now the dogs ARE being treated with steroids even though South Tucson previously said take it off the premises and Pima County banned it entirely?
If this is so, what's the fine for treating dogs with steroids when there's an ordinance, Pima County?
Of course, Bill Walsh, Arizona Department of Racing director, will defend Tucson Greyhound Park. After all, he's a regulator and we all know how these agencies regulate -- it's like OJ policing himself. Also now the Arizona Department of Racing is not supported by your tax dollars (the General Fund) and must provide for itself so why do they want to harm/kill off one of their own?
Tucson Greyhound Park continues to do as it's always done without transparency and accountability.
Thank you Tim Vanderpool for continuing to tell the story of state sanctioned dog abuse as well as since 1994 has never paid taxes on their millions and millions of dollars earned on live dog racing or simulcast. (They do pay property taxes, licensing, food & beverage tax.)
Everyone reading this should be contacting their AZ state legislators (even the ones who claim to be animal advocates) and ask them how/why this cruel charade is allowed to persist. TGP is a black mark on South Tucson and the City of Tucson (because it's called Tucson Greyhound Park, doesn't matter what city it's in) and Pima County.
There is absolutely NOTHING in AZ state law that prohibits a local municipality from requiring more stringent animal welfare requirements than state law. For example, Pima County bans tie-outs of dogs, yet state law does not. Pima County absolutely has the legal authority to enforce kennel licensing laws and laws against the administration of anabolic steroids to female dogs to prevent estrus at TGP, and there is nothing in state law that requires them to notify the Department of Racing before an inspection or other enforcement activities. Director Walsh apparently knows more about pharmacology and veterinary medicine than the 90 veterinarians who supported the ban on steroids. Even the drug manufacturers of these controlled substances warn users against chronic administration of them to females and say they are only for occasional use. The deliberate flouting of the law by TGP is aided and abetted by Director Walsh, the Department of Racing, and the City of South Tucson. TGP is simply a disgrace.
It's a disgrace to our community that these notorious dog abusers are still allowed to operate here.
Given the lack of vetting TUSD normally gives a candidate Dr. Sanchez will be shown to be overwhelmed by the lack of leadership and competency of the TUSD board. He will go along to get along and not provide any real leadership himself. Tucson get what it deserves when it plucks people out of the woodwork and expects them to produce educated and productive individuals who are eager take their education to the college level. Tucson doesn't have any leadership. And that's why my child attends a private school.
There are probably many more criminals that Diaz could honor. Even live criminals that are imprisoned. If more drug smugglers were to experience this justice then Diaz could have more subjects to paint.
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