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Re: “Dear Daily Star: An Unsubstantiated Claim Is Not a Citation

Now I see the connection with Kanye West. How did he get in the middle of this election dispute? And he blames Hillary?

On Saturday, West ranted about a few longtime friends and acquaintances, including Jay Z, Beyonc and Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg.

Ive been sent here to give yall my truth, even at the risk of my own life, West said on Saturday night. At the risk of my own success. Ill give yall the truth. Jay Z, call me, you still aint called me. Jay Z, I know you got killers. Please dont send them at my head. Just call me. Talk to me like a man.

On Thursday during his concert in San Jose, West editorialized about racism and the Black Lives Matter movement before praising President-elect Donald Trump.

Has Hillary commented on the Pizzagate story?

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Posted by Whatsgoingonwiththis? on 11/29/2016 at 12:13 PM

Re: “Dear Daily Star: An Unsubstantiated Claim Is Not a Citation

You are on to something. I think we watched the birth of the liars politics when Bill Clinton was caught lying under oath. from there we have slid down a slippery slope and it will be hard to return from it. We must hold our elected officials accountable. It doesn't do any of us any good to be constantly lied to.

I am trying to teach my children not to act like politicians. I don't know what else to do.

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Posted by Debra Holt on 11/29/2016 at 10:42 AM

Re: “Dear Daily Star: An Unsubstantiated Claim Is Not a Citation

I wonder if it will be possible, in the current political climate, for citizens to remember that there is something called the truth that exists outside of and separate from the partisan story lines being ceaselessly, relentlessly manufactured on both sides of the political spectrum.

When it comes to voting, the system is, on the whole, reliable, but it is not perfect. Attention should be focused on what is actually weak in the system and on efforts to improve it, not on wild partisan accusations of massive fraud. We saw ludicrous conspiracy theories and unfounded accusations on both sides of the political spectrum during the run-up to this presidential election. Here is one that Safier himself offered to the public:

Democracy cannot function without voters having confidence that their votes will be accurately tallied and reported. Those who throw doubt on the validity of the voting and reporting system without solid factual grounds for their claims and without concrete proposals for solving the problems are irresponsible.

When it comes to education, we have the same problems with irresponsible partisan commentary on both sides of the spectrum.

Contra some of the Democratic partisan commentary in Southern Arizona:
Some poor urban public district school systems (like TUSD) are not delivering uniformly high quality services to their constituents. Observation of and accurate reporting on these districts is needed. Some valuable commentary on the problems in poor urban systems in the U.S. (Kozol's SAVAGE INEQUALITIES is one example) has been provided. But the problem is ongoing; it has not stopped because of the right's efforts to back the formation of an alternative system (aka "privatization"). At the same time that we need to defend the right of public district school systems to exist and to receive adequate funding, we need to provide ongoing observation and honest commentary on actual conditions in public district schools. If we allow some groups, in their effort to defend public district schools, to look the other way when there is malfeasance in public district school governance and administration and to try to silence honest descriptions of some of the problems that do need to be solved (what some members of the faction Safier affiliates with have done when it comes to TUSD), we've already lost the battle to defend this system. In order for the system to function well and to be something to which parents can confidently entrust their children, honest commentary and ongoing efforts to improve it cannot be quashed.

And contra some of the partisan commentary about education on the right:
Laws governing charters and the privates that receive public funds from vouchers, ESAs, etc. need to be strengthened. Some charters and privates currently operating are irresponsible and should not be receiving public funds. The charter and subsidized private system as a whole needs the kind of oversight and transparency public districts are supposed to operate with. (Just as public districts need to actually operate with the oversight and transparency they have in theory but sometimes do not have in practice.)

Seeing everything in terms of a simplistic drama between easily identifiable villains and heroes is a form of entertainment, but it's not journalism, and it's not what's really out there in the world. The tedious and unexciting fact of the matter is that close attention paid to observing and reporting shades of gray and engagement in constructive bipartisan problem solving -- not a never-ending program of indulging in paranoid fantasies and mudslinging -- is what actually gets policy modified in ways that benefit the citizenry.

We will get nowhere as a nation as long as partisan hysteria remains the pervasive M.O. on both sides of the political divide.

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Posted by Is constant partisan hysteria all that's possible now? on 11/29/2016 at 10:12 AM

Re: “Memories and Meaning

whoever took that photo did a damn good job.

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Posted by Gilbert Flores on 11/29/2016 at 10:09 AM

Re: “Dear Daily Star: An Unsubstantiated Claim Is Not a Citation

Seeing that you are NOT ALLOWED to ask anyone for ID or proof of citizenship and anyone can fill out a voter registration application even by mail. I would say THERE IS NO WAY OF EVER TELLING how many NON citizens voted.

There are 14,000,000 Green Cards in the US
There are 14,000,000 work permits
There are 10,000,000 Work and family Visas
There are 21,231,396 Visa Waver Program
There are 30,000,000 lllegals.

All can vote says the SCOTUS by Swearing they are Citizens of the US! Lying should be enough deterrent. LOLOL !

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Posted by Postimpressionist on 11/29/2016 at 9:17 AM

Re: “Dear Daily Star: An Unsubstantiated Claim Is Not a Citation

There is not a shred of evidence of voter fraud. The people making the claims typically don't even know how voter registration or voting work.

Just one of many example. Under Republican Rick Scott "the Florida Department of State created a list of 182,000 potential noncitizens that had voted. That number was whittled down to 2,700, then to about 200 before the purge was stopped amid criticism that the data was flawed given the number of false positives"

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Posted by bslap on 11/29/2016 at 7:12 AM

Re: “Dear Daily Star: An Unsubstantiated Claim Is Not a Citation

This is what voter fraud actually looks like, it is rare and tends to be carried out by Republicans.…

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Posted by Jay Lasher on 11/29/2016 at 6:48 AM

Re: “Dear Daily Star: An Unsubstantiated Claim Is Not a Citation

For a more local take on this issue, please see the Arizona Daily Independent story on journalism's failure in the reporting of economic "incentives" to attract corporations to Tucson:…

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Posted by AVL on 11/29/2016 at 6:34 AM

Re: “Dear Daily Star: An Unsubstantiated Claim Is Not a Citation

Akisha you really dont know what happened to Kanye?

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Posted by Larry McNeil on 11/29/2016 at 6:33 AM

Re: “In The Flesh: The Dracula Kite-Songs of The Cure at the Surly Wench

Whoa! Outstanding! And what great song selections! Please keep performing Cure tunes into 2017. I have seen 13 of The Cure shows this year New Orleans, the three Texas shows, Denver, the three New York shows, Charlotte, Paris, Lyon, and Madrid. I intend to be in Phoenix that final four weekend in early April. Any chance The Cure's music can become part of the weekend's festivities and that you can perform that Friday before (31sr) or Sunday (2nd)? Just a thought...

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Posted by Mark Dodd on 11/29/2016 at 1:31 AM

Re: “Dear Daily Star: An Unsubstantiated Claim Is Not a Citation

Any day now Safier will post about Trump's pick for education secretary, and he will be SCANDALIZED about what a CHARTER MAVEN she is and how horrible the PRIVATIZATION agenda of the EVIL CORPORATE CLASS is, and what a CRIME it is that people like this malign and undermine the many shining public district examples of democracy, transparency, and excellence in TUSD. (Only he'll leave out the TUSD part, of course, as he always does except when he's making excuses for their failure to desegregate and their failure to deliver anything resembling a quality education to the vast majority of students attending this fantastic PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT.)

Accurate and credible reporting? I don't think so.

Advocacy for improving education, including public district schools? Nope. Sleights of hand to distract the ignorant from observing what's really going on is more what's proffered here.

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Posted by Look elsewhere for accurate and credible reporting. on 11/28/2016 at 9:39 PM

Re: “Dear Daily Star: An Unsubstantiated Claim Is Not a Citation

There are plenty of things that should be monitored that go unobserved and unreported while the liberal media continues to gorge itself on Trump's provocations and then regurgitates glob after glob of obvious and unnecessary (and unappetizing) commentary on these provocations for our consumption.

NEWS FLASH! : the provocations will not stop. They are, in case you haven't figured it out yet, part of the man's method. So do you stop covering local governance and state governance and (if you're an "education" blogger) what's actually going in real educational institutions (if, that is, you ever bothered to cover any of that in the first place -- a big IF in the case of David Safier)?

Not if your intention is to be "accurate" and "credible" ... and relevant. But we've known for some time now that that is not Safier's intent.

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Posted by Enough already w/ Trump commentary. What is achieved thereby? on 11/28/2016 at 9:26 PM

Re: “Dear Daily Star: An Unsubstantiated Claim Is Not a Citation

I wish the media would stop all this Trump bashing and find out what has happened to Kanye West.

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Posted by Akisha T on 11/28/2016 at 8:35 PM

Re: “Noise Annoys

So happy Josh is back at the weekly!

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Posted by Jordan Prather on 11/28/2016 at 8:02 PM

Re: “Dear Daily Star: An Unsubstantiated Claim Is Not a Citation

What would you like us to do Francis, boycott NC?

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Posted by What Happened To The Weekly? on 11/28/2016 at 4:21 PM

Re: “Dear Daily Star: An Unsubstantiated Claim Is Not a Citation

As I was saying before my computer weirded out on me.
Francis. Like I told that pencil-neck geek Safier.....
Have Mommy take you to McDonalds for a happy meal. Maybe that will help cheer you up.

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Posted by CW13 on 11/28/2016 at 4:10 PM

Re: “Dear Daily Star: An Unsubstantiated Claim Is Not a Citation


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Posted by CW13 on 11/28/2016 at 4:01 PM

Re: “Dear Daily Star: An Unsubstantiated Claim Is Not a Citation

The Ku Klux Klan says it will hold a Trump victory parade in North Carolina

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Posted by Francis Saitta on 11/28/2016 at 3:55 PM

Re: “Dear Daily Star: An Unsubstantiated Claim Is Not a Citation

HOUSTON, TX. November 27, 2016: True the Vote (TTV), the nations leading voters rights and election integrity organization, today released a statement with respect to President-Elect Donald Trumps claim that millions of individuals illegally voted in the 2016 Election.

True the Vote absolutely supports President-elect Trumps recent comment about the impact of illegal voting, as reflected in the national popular vote. We are still collecting data and will be for several months, but our intent is to publish a comprehensive study on the significant impact of illegal voting in all of its many forms and begin a national discussion on how voters, states, and the Trump Administration can best address this growing problem.

True the Vote (TTV) is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) voters rights organization, founded to inspire and equip voters for involvement at every stage of our electoral process. TTV empowers organizations and individuals across the nation to actively protect the rights of legitimate voters, regardless of their political party affiliation. For more information, please visit

True the Vote has long been a lightning rod for criticism from the left, and was among the organizations targeted for abuse in the IRS scandal.

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Posted by Dave Nelson on 11/28/2016 at 3:40 PM

Re: “Dear Daily Star: An Unsubstantiated Claim Is Not a Citation

Trump's behavior is reflective of Mental Instability. He is a CROOK and Unfit to Serve in Public Office. These facts were recognized (prior to the Election), generally, by the Republican Leadership who did NOT support him. After the Election, they fell in line like sheep.

Let us hope that this Election was conducted fairly without Internal or External Vote Manipulations; the Former is an Act of Treason; the Latter an Act of War.

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Posted by Francis Saitta on 11/28/2016 at 3:28 PM

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