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Re: “Song of the Day: Billy Sedlmayr on Rolling His First Kid Joint to Grand Funk, and 'We're An American Band!'

Now that's what Rock n Roll is and should be all about!

Grand Funk (Railroad) weren't the critic's darlings, but they couldn't care less. They were loved by the people...and they packed every venue, no matter how big, that they visited for several years.

Both of the videos posted here prove why. They fucking rocked.

I have major respect for Mark, Don, Mel and (partial member) Craig. Shit, even Homer J. Simpson is a fan.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=YXKmsvRXE4A

Posted by AZ/DC on 02/23/2017 at 7:35 AM

Re: “Did the TUSD Board Come To Bury Sanchez Or To Praise Him? (Answer: C, None Of the Above)

The bully prepares the ground by giving candy to anyone who agrees with him publicly and by punching anyone who disagrees with him publicly in the face.

Then the bully puts on a show: "How many people agree with me?"

And we are supposed to conclude that because a lot of people are willing to publicly agree with the bully to get candy and very few are willing to publicly disagree and get punched in the face, there is no genuine, widespread opposition to the bully's opinion?

How many people are too stupid to see this for what it is? David Safier pretends to be, but somehow I think that he, having recently served as part of the bully's enforcement squad, understands how it works very well.

Thank you, Jim Campbell, for providing very effective personal testimony. And thank you to Kathy for being one of the only people in town willing to take the risk of very publicly and very effectively asking for better for our kids.

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Posted by Bullying people into silence does not equal genuine support. on 02/23/2017 at 7:16 AM

Re: “Song of the Day: Billy Sedlmayr on Rolling His First Kid Joint to Grand Funk, and 'We're An American Band!'

Mark was part of the "Happy Together" tour that came though Tucson about a year ago. He 's still got the chops!

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Posted by Wise-Guy on 02/23/2017 at 6:30 AM

Re: “Did the TUSD Board Come To Bury Sanchez Or To Praise Him? (Answer: C, None Of the Above)

David,

Let me see if I can explain this to you simply. Why don't people show themselves to you re: TUSD?

Here is Kathy Campbell, mother of three TUSD students, owner of a small homebuilding business that builds about 20 homes a year for families in Tucson. She prides herself in what she does and prides herself in Tucson. But she is dissatisfied with the bullying of her girls, she struggles with the lack of dollars and textbooks in the classroom, her kids with 504 learning plans are ignored and she has great empathy for the teacher friends that are being financially abused by the District. She decides to speak up. Raise her hand. She decides to try to make a positive difference. She simply tries to have a voice in what is best for her kids.

And what do you do David? What do your friends from the embedded establishment do? You try to destroy her. You and your ilk create a website and spread rumors that stain her. We all hear she wants to destroy schools. She wants to kick out the kids (hers as well) and tear the buildings down. Then, because she is a greedy homebuilder who cares zero about her own kids and their education, she wants to build homes on the lands of the destroyed schools. She wants to make money on the destruction of her own kids education. She (and her husband) are the anti-Christ. How dare they speak what they feel is right and fair for their children?

David, you and the ones you support destroy ANYONE that cares differently or may believe in a slightly different direction. A direction that is less political and a bit more about the kids. A direction that pays teachers what they are owed and wants greater than 50 cents of every dollar in the classroom. You destroy them.....and then you wonder why more don't expose themselves to your brutality. Good day sir.

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Posted by Jim Campbell on 02/22/2017 at 10:03 PM

Re: “Did the TUSD Board Come To Bury Sanchez Or To Praise Him? (Answer: C, None Of the Above)

Here's some information on a couple of the devoted Sanchez fans who spoke in the Call to the Audience in the 4/14/17 and 4/21/17 TUSD Board meetings, David. It was just posted in another Tucson Weekly article's comment stream, but it is also relevant here:

One of the speakers in the 4/21/17 Call to the Audience was a former President of the University High School P.A., the same one who had come down to the "dog and pony show" portion of a TUSD Board meeting on June 23, 2015 to receive a $10,000 personal donation check from Sanchez on behalf of the counseling office at University High School.

Ms. Barnes was accompanied on that check-receiving occasion by Suzan Costich, a University High School fundraiser. By a strange coincidence, Ms. Barnes spoke in support of Sanchez's leadership in the 4/21/2017 meeting, and Ms. Costich spoke in support of Sanchez's leadership the previous Board meeting where "Fire Sanchez" was on the agenda, 4/14/2017.

Here's a link to the video tape of June 23, 2015 meeting, where you can see Ms. Barnes and Ms. Costich receiving the $10,000 personal check from Sanchez at about minute 40 in the videotape:
http://www.tusd1.org/contents/govboard/gbvideo062315.html

If you'd like to view Ms. Costich speaking in support of Sanchez's leadership, that's at about hour 2, minute 14 in the video of the 2/14/2017 meeting:
http://www.tusd1.org/contents/govboard/gbvideo021417.html

If you'd like to view Ms. Barnes speaking in support of Sanchez's leadership, that's at about minute 17 in the video of the 2/21/2017 meeting:
http://www.tusd1.org/contents/govboard/gbvideo022117.html

I do feel sorry for you sometimes, David. You try so hard to make a good case for your friends, and they make it very hard for you sometimes, don't they?

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Posted by A couple of Sanchez's "staunch supporters" on 02/22/2017 at 8:04 PM

Re: “TUSD Suspense Continues

Oh look, it's Lisa Barnes holding a "Keep Sanchez" sign.

Wasn't she the President of the University High School P.A. who came down to the "dog and pony show" portion of a TUSD Board meeting on June 23, 2015 to receive a $10,000 personal donation check from Sanchez on behalf of the counseling office at University High School?

I do believe Ms. Barnes was accompanied on that check-receiving occasion by Suzan Costich, a University High School fundraiser. By a strange coincidence, Ms. Barnes spoke in support of Sanchez's leadership in the 4/21/2017 meeting, and Ms. Costich spoke in support of Sanchez's leadership the previous Board meeting where "Fire Sanchez" was on the agenda, 4/14/2017.

Here's a link to the video tape of June 23, 2015 meeting, where you can see Ms. Barnes and Ms. Costich receiving the $10,000 personal check from Sanchez at about minute 40 in the videotape:
http://www.tusd1.org/contents/govboard/gbvideo062315.html

If you'd like to view Ms. Costich speaking in support of Sanchez's leadership, that's at about hour 2, minute 14 in the video of the 2/14/2017 meeting:
http://www.tusd1.org/contents/govboard/gbvideo021417.html

If you'd like to view Ms. Barnes speaking in support of Sanchez's leadership, that's at about minute 17 in the video of the 2/21/2017 meeting:
http://www.tusd1.org/contents/govboard/gbvideo022117.html

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Posted by Who showed up to support Sanchez's leadership? on 02/22/2017 at 7:57 PM

Re: “TUSD Suspense Continues

Nicely written. Thank you, Danyelle.

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Posted by What, Again on 02/22/2017 at 6:25 PM

Re: “'Enemy of the People': The Phrase's Ironic and Instructive Literary History

Great article! What an interesting take on this whole bizzare circumstance we find ourselves in.

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Posted by Adam Borowitz on 02/22/2017 at 5:58 PM

Re: “T.H.R.E.A.T. Watch: Bless, Keep and Protect Our Free Press

Francine. Follow your own advice. Don't like things, leave.

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Posted by CW13 on 02/22/2017 at 5:39 PM

Re: “Did the TUSD Board Come To Bury Sanchez Or To Praise Him? (Answer: C, None Of the Above)

Sylvia Campoy's name seemed to come up a couple of times last night as the Board bickered about who would and would not get to speak in the Call to the Audience and how long the Call would last. Ultimately, they closed the call without allowing Sylvia, the Latino Plaintiff's representative in the desegregation case, to speak.

Why was that? Personally, I would much rather hear someone who tracks social justice issues and desegregation plan implementation in TUSD speak than I would like to hear the head of the Tucson Chamber of Commerce speak. Yet Adelita Grijalva was very eager to have the head of the Tucson Chamber of Commerce -- a man who is not an expert in the management of public school districts, to my knowledge -- effusively praise Sanchez, while she had no interest in hearing Ms. Campoy's perspective.

Why do you suppose that was, David? Whose interests do your friends actually represent? The interests of the disadvantaged, or someone else's interests?

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Posted by Why wasn't Sylvia allowed to speak? I wonder... on 02/22/2017 at 5:04 PM

Re: “Did the TUSD Board Come To Bury Sanchez Or To Praise Him? (Answer: C, None Of the Above)

Rules for Radicals!

"After losing his 1972 bid for a seat on the Tucson Unified School Board, Grijalva studied the activism of Saul Alinsky and came to understand that his own unfiltered militancy was likely alienating some members of his local community. "

http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/individualProfile.asp?indid=1316

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Posted by What, Again on 02/22/2017 at 3:38 PM

Re: “Arizona Environmental and Wildlife Officials Continue to Push for an Update on the Recovery Plan for Endangered Mexican Gray Wolves

Did Michael Robinson describe Mexican grey wolves as beautiful creatures? These 'beautiful creatures' don't have such 'beautiful' traits in the way they consume their prey. I understand they're not always very hungry when they take down an animal for consumption; that they like to eat a little now and maybe come back and eat a little later. How sadistic is that? Oh yeah, we're talking about wolves here. Liberal urbanites~they can be so boring.

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Posted by Bethel Bennett on 02/22/2017 at 3:20 PM

Re: “'Enemy of the People': The Phrase's Ironic and Instructive Literary History

Francine. If things are so bad I suggest you move elsewhere.

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Posted by CW13 on 02/22/2017 at 3:14 PM

Re: “Did the TUSD Board Come To Bury Sanchez Or To Praise Him? (Answer: C, None Of the Above)

" a room filled with a mixture of community members, staff members who were there as part of their job, reporters and curious onlookers,"

Well for goodness sakes, who was missing?

Parents of school children affected.

But they now can identify the supporters.

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Posted by TUSD should be ashamed on 02/22/2017 at 2:18 PM

Re: “Did the TUSD Board Come To Bury Sanchez Or To Praise Him? (Answer: C, None Of the Above)

Gee, David, you really are a little slow on the uptake. This issue of why support for Grijalva and her hand-picked administrative servant is so loud and public and why opposition takes place anonymously has been addressed many, many times in this comment stream. Here's one comment among many that explains it:

"People who support those currently in power in the district, like Andrea Rickard, have no reason not to post under their own names, and may in fact be earning brownie points with leadership for doing so. This is power politics 101 (actually, remedial power politics -- any grade schooler who chooses not to "dis" his teacher to her face gets it). So why is this hard for you to understand?"

Several people I know received requests from a few different directions to speak in the Call and write to the Board. Some received these requests to speak in support of Sanchez. Some received requests to speak in opposition to Sanchez. I've talked to representatives of both sides, so let me brief you on how the thought process goes:

Case A: I've received a request to speak in support of Sanchez. Perhaps I don't like him, but at this point I don't know whether or not he will continue to occupy the powerful position he occupies. Do I go to speak in support of him, no matter how ambivalent my feelings about his leadership may be? If I have a child enrolled in these schools and / or if I represent people who hope to continue getting contracts with the district and / or if I am an employee or am related to an employee, you bet I go. Not to obey the summons would be dangerous to my interests.

Case B: I've received a request to speak in support of firing Sanchez. Perhaps I am passionately in support of giving him his marching orders and securing more competent leadership for this troubled district, but at this point I don't know whether or not he will continue to occupy the powerful position he occupies. Do I go to speak in support of firing him? Though you do seem pretty dim sometimes, David, I think you can probably see where this is going: If I have a child enrolled in these schools and / or if I represent people who hope to continue getting contracts...etc. Do I go to speak in support of firing him? No way. To agree to do so is potentially dangerous to my interests or the interests of my loved ones. Multiply the potential dangers of blowback within TUSD to include potential blowback within various other city agencies where members of the same network hold office: there are contractors who've said they fear running into difficulties getting permits for work they need to do if they publicly oppose some of TUSD's entrenched politicians.

Do you get it now?

FYI, what they decided in the meeting was to proceed with external counsel. When Stegeman responded in the comment stream on the Star's article on the same Board meeting you are writing about here, he wrote, "You are right, but this is a personnel process. Personnel processes are generally not public processes. Things usually become clearer at the end."

Perhaps I'm reading the tea leaves wrong, David, but I believe this all means they are in the process of trying to fire Sanchez with cause. If that happens, after it happens, you may see a very different Call to the Audience than you saw last night. And then again you may not. Why would anyone take the trouble to attend and speak in one of those egregious meetings when what they believed was best for the district has already been accomplished? Perhaps it would be better to just send Mark Stegeman a personal thank you note, if he succeeds in doing what he seems to be trying to do: something that is without doubt the best possible thing to do to help this troubled district.

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Posted by For David: Remedial Power Politics on 02/22/2017 at 2:15 PM

Re: “Did the TUSD Board Come To Bury Sanchez Or To Praise Him? (Answer: C, None Of the Above)

Bullying is very effective especially when the bully signs the paychecks and his sponsor(s) is the most powerful politician in Pima County.

Grijalva was able to instigate a boycott against his own state, his own people. Just think what he could have inflicted on TUSD employees that stand against him and his daughter.

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Posted by What, Again on 02/22/2017 at 2:13 PM

Re: “'Enemy of the People': The Phrase's Ironic and Instructive Literary History

David,

Here is the problem with your metaphor/analogy. You are the conveyor of toxic baths. The district school system with the classical classroom is a dead end for children of color and poverty. It just doesn't work for them.

What are you going to do for penance a decade from now when they discover that these students are not only capable of moving three times as fast academically but systems can be organized to do it. When you discover that it was you who was letting the sharks eat the kids. That it was you who was exposing the kids to Escherichia coli.

You are on the wrong side of history, the wrong side of ethics, the wrong side of morality. The wrong side of your analogy.

Give it up.

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Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 02/22/2017 at 11:08 AM

Re: “'Enemy of the People': The Phrase's Ironic and Instructive Literary History

Here is your problem: you are the conveyor of toxic baths. The district school with the classical classroom is a dead end for students from poverty and students of color. Yet, you insist that everything is ok and keep writing testaments about the greatness of district education.

David, what are you going to do for penance when, a decade from now, they discover that the average student of color and poverty can move 300% faster academically than the current district school is moving them? When you discover that it was you who let the sharks eat the kids? When it was you who exposed them to escherichia coli?

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Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 02/22/2017 at 11:01 AM

Re: “'Enemy of the People': The Phrase's Ironic and Instructive Literary History

Mr. Trump, I my view, is NOT fit to service in the Office of President of the United States. He is Mentally Unstable and has undermined the very nature of our Constitutional Democracy with Three Co-Equal Branches of Government, as well as our Independent and Free Press. His statements regarding His Russian Mentor and "Friendship" with the Thug Putin threatens the National Security of our Country.

It remains to be determined the nature of the contacts He and his Minions have had with Russia before, during, and after the Presidential Election. His statements during the Election encouraging Russia to hack Servers of the DNC and Mrs. Clinton are sufficient, in my view, in making him Complicit in undermining the validity of this Election and are sufficient Grounds for His Impeachment. This, of course, is a decision that Congress will make when these Congressional Investigations are Complete.

All Partisanship Must be put aside in the evaluation of the evidence and in determining if Donald Trump should be removed for Office.

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Posted by Francis Saitta on 02/22/2017 at 8:34 AM

Re: “'Enemy of the People': The Phrase's Ironic and Instructive Literary History

The history of the leftists that now control the main stream media and the democrat party, most especially in Tucson;

Mass killings under Communist regimes
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mass_killings_under_Communist_regimes

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Posted by What, Again on 02/21/2017 at 5:55 PM

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