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Re: “Pick Up Some Clever Condoms, Save the World

The numbnuts keep multiplying! What, is there a Chump rally here? Lord, help me Jesus; I'm surrounded.

Amazing.

17 likes, 16 dislikes
Posted by AZ/DC! on 08/09/2016 at 12:39 PM

Re: “Tucson and Its Not-So-Accessible Public Spaces

I support Adiba's call for access, regardless of whether something is an ADA violation or not. The ADA is not as comprehensive as many imagine, unfortunately, and even when it is comprehensive, it is often not followed. (I see a violation in almost every restaurant I visit: ramps are too steep or not constructed correctly, ramps are blocked with chairs or potted plants, hallway access is restricted with crates or shelves, etc.) Because the ADA is complex, it can sometimes be unclear whether something is a violation, so I would still encourage any parents at TUSD schools to consult with the TUSD ADA Compliance Officer and, if necessary, the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights, to get information. Not all ADA violations or access issues are expensive to correct, and a student should not have to continue facing an access barrier because schools are underfunded. We all need to do everything we can to increase funding for education at the same time, absolutely. When it comes to the Children's Museum, I don't think it's a case of either/or. Should we support the Children's Museum if we can with fundraisers and grant writing? Yes. Are there steps the Children's Museum can take now to increase access, like creating an advisory group on disability access if they don't already have one? Yes. Adiba is doing us all a great service by sharing her experience and getting this conversation started.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by nativetucsonan on 08/09/2016 at 11:49 AM

Re: “Pick Up Some Clever Condoms, Save the World

Two numbnuts now!

Incredible.

17 likes, 17 dislikes
Posted by AZ/DC! on 08/09/2016 at 10:55 AM

Re: “Pick Up Some Clever Condoms, Save the World

Hey look, numbnuts responded again, with another dislike!

How original.

16 likes, 17 dislikes
Posted by AZ/DC! on 08/09/2016 at 10:40 AM

Re: “Get Your Hands on a Stingray at the Desert Museum

"Get Your Hands on a Stingray at the Desert Museum"

No way Jose!

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Steve Irwin on 08/09/2016 at 10:31 AM

Re: “Ducey 'Next Step' Watch: Day 78. Primaries Edition

Cowpokin' Bob:

The only thing you got correct in your statement was that the freeways are there.

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by AZ/DC! on 08/09/2016 at 10:08 AM

Re: “Congressman Gosar Claims Oak Flat Has Never Been a Sacred Site, Wants to Kick Out Apache Stronghold Protesters

I love Arizona. I hate the crooks and money-grubs that are in control of it. I will never live there again if I can help it. Please vote those bastards that wanted to sell Oak Flat out. The people of Arizona have the power and November is around the corner. I live in another state that I also love and has its own issues with people trying to just flatten our forests or steal our water to sell. We also have the f-ing Bundys in JAIL and I'm proud of this fact. It's time for the trend of being a land-grabbing/abusing cowboy to become a thing of the past.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Cynthia English on 08/09/2016 at 10:06 AM

Re: “Pick Up Some Clever Condoms, Save the World

Wow! Some numbnuts out there doesn't like children.

16 likes, 17 dislikes
Posted by AZ/DC! on 08/09/2016 at 9:35 AM

Re: “NAACP Calls For a Moratorium on Charter Schools

Debra- your source is very questionable, a pro-charter website: "We believe that education is not one-size-fits-all and that every family deserves to choose from a range of schools to find the right fit for their children, including high quality charter schools."

The facts are that charters do take away money from public schools, especially here in AZ where the laws and regulations are very pro-charter. Funding is per pupil and based on current year enrollment. Therefore, if a public school loses kids to a charter, their funding is decreased. Alone, this should not be a big issue, but coupled with the relaxed requirements charters receive, can greatly impact public schools. Charters are not required to provide transportation, certified teachers or special education services that public schools are. Amazingly, these extra requirements of public schools are not free. Charters are anything but "inclusive", with many students being "pushed out" for everything from low test scores to special education needs. Public schools take ALL children.

4 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by BHwines66 on 08/09/2016 at 9:34 AM

Re: “Election Integrity Resurfaces as a National Issue, Thanks to Vladimir Putin

You just can't make this stuff up. The father of the Orlando terrorist that killed 49 stopped by a Hillary Clinton campaign stop to show his support.

http://drudgereport.com/

The Florida DNC sent a rally invitation to the father of the Orlando Pulse Nightclub Terrorist, Omar Mateen.

You might remember all of those pictures of Seddique Mateen in Washington DC meeting with State Department officials and Democrat members of congress.

Well apparently Omar’s father, Seddique Mateen, a full-throated DNC supporter, accepted the invitation and was caught on camera sitting directly behind Hillary Clinton and cheering for her during the event in Kissimmee.

http://downstreampolitics.com/2016/06/15/orlando-killers-father-held-meetings-white-house/

10 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by Is Anybody Going To Say Something? on 08/09/2016 at 9:29 AM

Re: “Election Integrity Resurfaces as a National Issue, Thanks to Vladimir Putin

Non-partisan has no teeth.

0 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Honeycomb on 08/09/2016 at 8:39 AM

Re: “Pick Up Some Clever Condoms, Save the World

I don't wear condoms. I've got children to prove it.

15 likes, 18 dislikes
Posted by AZ/DC! on 08/09/2016 at 8:36 AM

Re: “Tucson and Its Not-So-Accessible Public Spaces

Hi Adiba,

I really wish I had the benefit of an editor sometimes because the free flow of ideas that I post do not always reflect the tone I intended. I do commend you for writing this piece, I do think this is a legitimate issue and I know that changes can be made if it is done right. From my perspective that means enforcing ADA from the top down and going above and beyond ADA from the bottom up, with community involvement and support.

It would definitely help to create a label or means of advertising that this is going to be a part of an ongoing series, because that is missing, and I think it makes a huge difference. I know I am looking forward to reading about your progress, the barriers you end up facing and how you overcome them.

I think that as this unfolds many groups in the community will find that this process of change applies across the board and not just to disabled peoples. This really can turn into an impressive and difference making series, and, dare I say, piece of journalism.

I look forward to reading about your progress and maybe even I will get involved :-)

Thanks!

Posted by HumanBean on 08/09/2016 at 7:49 AM

Re: “Tucson and Its Not-So-Accessible Public Spaces

Hello Abbey and Daughter
Reading your comment on the lack of disability friendly areas in Tucson. Something has to be done! Lack of money is a popo excuse. Starting at this moment I will make notes and comment on all areas in this city that are non handicap friendly. Awareness Provokes Actions so thank you

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Walter Ayala on 08/09/2016 at 4:51 AM

Re: “A Very Frightening Story From BASIS San Antonio

BASIS schools suck. They have no morals and could care less about neighborhoods. They were allowed to build a 40 foot massive ugly building in my neighborhood. A neighborhood where it is rural. We have no sidewalks, no street lights and have alot of horse property. The biggest issue is we have one way in and out of our neighborhood. Did they care? No! Did their parents care? No. They destroyed our beautiful rural neighborhood. Now we have major traffic issues, no parking signs, stop light, parking lot lights, etc Shame on City of Scottsdale for allowing this. Shame on BASIS parents. Most if them don't even live in the neighborhood to understand our concerns. BASIS parents, come buy my house, I need to get out of here. Oh yes, and BASIS lawyers told us their school will bring up our home values. Really? Would you like to live right next door to a 40 foot ugly as hell building? Plus sit in their traffic each day? All native plants have been taken down. Now. A huge, ugly parking lot. Come buy my house!

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Bev on 08/08/2016 at 10:03 PM

Re: “Election Integrity Resurfaces as a National Issue, Thanks to Vladimir Putin

There is no voter fraud.

http://projectveritas.com/

17 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by We're being lied to on 08/08/2016 at 9:47 PM

Re: “Election Integrity Resurfaces as a National Issue, Thanks to Vladimir Putin

What practical goal is this blog post trying to achieve?

It doesn't seem to be advocating any specific improvement to election security (though, from the information contained here, it would seem using systems that produce paper ballots against which electronic records can be checked and ensuring that we have "scrupulous chain of custody of the ballots and a rigorous sampling procedure" might be important).

The concluding paragraph (before the "no this isn't voter fraud" note) seems to want to leave us with the thought that yes, our national election results are vulnerable to tampering by Putin and other bad actors, if "cybersecurity was lax enough."

And I suppose we should draw the conclusion that the Presidential candidate who has been friendlier than some think advisable with Putin and who ran such a loose ship at the Republican convention would be capable of allowing lax enough security that Russia could gain control of our elections if he were elected....?

What's your point, David? A few blog posts ago we had Trump = McCarthy. Now we have this: Russia could control our elections if Trump were elected? Russia may tamper with our elections in order to get Trump elected? If Trump is elected, Russia will be at fault?

This is a very low form of "connect the dots" commentary and fear mongering.

You should perhaps return to where you actually live -- the world of Realpolitik -- and admit that you understand that what is going on in this country is not going to follow the plot of some two-bit, poorly written spy thriller. Trump will be controlled by the Republican machine if he is elected. He will need them to get things done. He won't want to look like a complete "loser" in the office and the Machine will be pulling the strings on their Trump puppet. If you prefer the Democratic Machine to the Republican Machine, say so in plain English and give your reasons for preferring one Machine to the other. But please STOP with the ludicrous conspiracy theory and drawing parallels / hypothesizing conspiracies between Trump and every villain in the last 100 years of American history and world history.

If you want to do something practical to increase voter confidence in elections -- critically important for the health of our democracy -- start or join a non-partisan, citizen-run election observer program. That would be a constructive and responsible way to address the issues you discuss in this post, but you probably have too many partisan affiliations for the public to take you seriously in such a role.

16 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Stop fear mongering. on 08/08/2016 at 5:36 PM

Re: “Tucson and Its Not-So-Accessible Public Spaces

When ADA first started, I was going to PCC and hung out with a variety of other disabled people. Though I can walk, not all disabilities are visible to the naked eye. (for those of you who think people who can walk shouldn't have disabled driver's tags) I learned quickly to see though others eyes when it came to accessability and have been fighting for wheelchair accessability every since, especially when it comes to disabled parking vs ramp location. I've found that once you point it out, many places are willing to fix the problem. Others, not so much. Offer to put the owner of the business in a wheelchair for the day (be sure to mention you'll tie them in with velcro) and often that will get them to change whatever needs changing.

Posted by Sally Chandler on 08/08/2016 at 4:34 PM

Re: “Pick Up Some Clever Condoms, Save the World

the natural increase rates in countries worldwide have decreased from what it used to be, insofar as that most of the developed world has a rate that will result in a net loss.

5 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by Palisades on 08/08/2016 at 4:02 PM

Re: “Election Integrity Resurfaces as a National Issue, Thanks to Vladimir Putin

I recall the RTA vote, and to this day, I haven’t met ANYONE who voted for it, yet here we are today, just as ignorant of the results as we were then.

As for Vladimir Putin (can I type his name without some NSA program tagging me?), he’s already got the Republican Party presidential candidate in his pocket for the price of a few compliments.

By the time the dust settles in this year’s presidential election – what with the choice between the lesser of two evils and the party defections to the Libertarian and Green candidates – we’ll be lucky if we can tell who voted at all.

You know there is a reason we see those voters with their ink-stained fingers during overseas voting in war-torn countries. Perhaps it is time for us to give our inked-stained fingers to those running elections in this country too.

12 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by sgsmith on 08/08/2016 at 3:45 PM

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