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Re: “Gen. Michael Flynn, Conspiracy Tweeter and Trump Whisperer, Is a National Security Risk

You guys make this too easy. Canada Free Press is the Arizona Daily Independent with a Toque. In other words, a joke trying to pass itself off as journalism.

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Posted by Peabo on 12/07/2016 at 9:34 AM

Re: “Gen. Michael Flynn, Conspiracy Tweeter and Trump Whisperer, Is a National Security Risk

Canada sounds a warning for white democrats. But I believe that they are talking to all of us. Where is the party headed?

http://canadafreepress.com/article/why-anti-semitic-anti-israel-black-muslim-democrat-keith-ellison-will-be-ch#

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Posted by Hillary For Prison 2016 on 12/07/2016 at 9:26 AM

Re: “Gen. Michael Flynn, Conspiracy Tweeter and Trump Whisperer, Is a National Security Risk

What's happening with national governance these days is indeed frightening.

But let's rewind a bit: what methods were used by Clinton and the DNC to defeat Sanders' groundbreaking grass roots campaign to wrest the "Democratic" party out of the hands of neoliberal plutocrats? We didn't see much coverage of that in this blog, David. And, when it comes to the LARGE purveyors of "liberal" discourse in this country, many of us who followed the NYTimes and the Sanders campaign noticed a disturbing lack of balance in the way that supposed bastion of accurate, fair, well researched journalism reported on Clinton and Sanders. The violations of journalistic integrity and respect for FACTS may not have been of the same magnitude as the Twitter absurdities you report in this piece, but some would say the violations of integrity were different only in scale, not in kind.

While we're talking about behaving responsibly with FACTS in political discourse, the problems we have in social media and the blog-o-sphere in this country include not only circulating specious stories that have no basis in fact, they also include what some call "lying-by-omission." That means failing to report something that is relevant and that voters need to know, for example your own omission of discussion of candidates you endorsed receiving compromising donations from people affiliated with a company to which they had recently voted to grant a multi-million dollar contract. Or your failure to mention the fact that so-called political progressives you had endorsed voted in favor of outsourcing the management of substitute teacher labor and in effect undermined the ability of long term substitute teachers to qualify for benefits. Or the absence in your blog on education of reference to the fact that the AZ Attorney General's office found that candidates you endorsed for the TUSD Board had violated Open Meeting Law when they voted to discuss the Superintendent's goals in a closed rather than in an open meeting.

You object to the subject of this piece being "gullible enough to believe in the wild-eyed conspiracy theories...[or]... a liar spreading wildly untrue fake news for political purposes." That brings to mind the conspiracy theories you spread about TKF in the days before the November 8 election. With absolutely no basis in fact, you spread speculations about the motives of Tucson business leaders who donated to that IEC, while conspicuously failing to mention documented violations of campaign finance ethics and reporting practices of the candidates you endorsed. See this piece and the comment stream following it:

http://www.tucsonweekly.com/TheRange/archives/2016/10/10/more-on-the-financial-backers-of-tusd-kids-first

I imagine some of your readers are enjoying the self-righteous posturing you've made your 24/7 occupation since November 8, but to those who've paid consistent attention to the quality of reporting you tend to provide, the whole scene -- both mainline Democrats and those they love to complain about -- brings to mind the famous passage from the first chapter of Isaiah:

The whole head is sick,
and the whole heart faint.
From the sole of the foot even to the head,
there is no soundness in it.

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Posted by "There is no soundness in it." on 12/07/2016 at 9:17 AM

Re: “Gen. Michael Flynn, Conspiracy Tweeter and Trump Whisperer, Is a National Security Risk

Bisbee boy,
You are excited about trump's choices for HUD and Education. Let's see. HUD, Ben Carson publicly admits he has no ability or knowledge to run a federal agency. Should be interesting, and this excites you. Future DOE Sec Devos has no experience with public education as a parent, student, teacher or administrator and doesn't even believe it should exist. So you don't want to fix public education, you want to eliminate it. OK. This excites you. Again, interesting.

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Posted by Kenneth Groves on 12/07/2016 at 8:18 AM

Re: “Gen. Michael Flynn, Conspiracy Tweeter and Trump Whisperer, Is a National Security Risk

Much better than the current one. At least he pays attention. Settle down David, you will make yourself crazy if you do this for eight years.

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Posted by Ralphie on 12/07/2016 at 6:14 AM

Re: “Gen. Michael Flynn, Conspiracy Tweeter and Trump Whisperer, Is a National Security Risk

Trump has "a 20 minute attention span?"

Seems overly generous to me, David.

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Posted by Skeptic on 12/07/2016 at 5:56 AM

Re: “Gen. Michael Flynn, Conspiracy Tweeter and Trump Whisperer, Is a National Security Risk

Thanks for descending from your pedestal long enough to bless us with your opinion.

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Posted by Peabo on 12/06/2016 at 9:58 PM

Re: “Gen. Michael Flynn, Conspiracy Tweeter and Trump Whisperer, Is a National Security Risk

David,

I neither know enough to comment on your latest anti-Trump appointment diatirade, nor am I concerned at this moment. These issues will be overly discussed in time.

Meanwhile, I support all of his choices, subject to further info. To be sure, I am most excited about Donnie's choices for Defense, HUD and Education. Three long mishandled areas, in my view.

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Posted by Bisbee boy on 12/06/2016 at 9:21 PM

Re: “Gen. Michael Flynn, Conspiracy Tweeter and Trump Whisperer, Is a National Security Risk

You dropped your foil hat, Dave.

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Posted by Peabo on 12/06/2016 at 5:05 PM

Re: “Gen. Michael Flynn, Conspiracy Tweeter and Trump Whisperer, Is a National Security Risk

Nothing to see here folks. Move along and wait for the FBI reports on Podesta and Weiner's emails. Everything was above board.

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Posted by Dave Nelson on 12/06/2016 at 4:54 PM

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

P.S. : If you wanna get it right, it's AZZZZ(emphasis on the Z)/DC.

I am not a hard rock band from Australia. You extreme right wing morons can never get anything correct.

Imagine that!

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Posted by AZ/DC! on 12/06/2016 at 2:48 PM

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

You can't imitate me.

I have a an account dumbass.

You click on my name, you get a user history.

Unlike your chicken shit ass!

Go away Ratt, ya bother me.

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Posted by AZ/DC! on 12/06/2016 at 2:42 PM

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

Susan, I can't believe that you don't see what you are doing. This article is making the case that those that attend private, religious schools have no right to comment on public schools. I can only wonder if you are not one of them. The Constitution protects us from people like you. It's in the 9th Amendment.

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Posted by AC/DC! on 12/06/2016 at 1:42 PM

Re: “For More About Betsy DeVos' Priorities, Follow the Money

We know you "don't get" many of the comments in these streams, Michael S. Ellegood, because your own commentary has repeatedly made that clear.

If you are referring to the first comment, it is not "snarky." It is honest, factually based (if you know recent TUSD history and the history of the political networks that feed on the district) and justifiably angry. Not "snarky," a term of disparagement that that comment, and others like it, does not deserve.

Some of us who are well acquainted with healthy, high functioning pubic district school systems in other states know how to recognize a diseased system when we see one. TUSD is that in spades, and Safier, while running down the people who are involved with promoting access to alternative school systems, feeds TUSD's disease and the need for alternatives locally. The two irresponsible sides of this misleading and heavily propagandized debate are intrinsically related, as the yin-yang comment above tried to point out: when people like Safier excuse malfeasant governance and administration in public school districts and lie about what is going on in them, this gives people like DeVos portfolios of dysfunction to justify their misguided ideological programs.

I support public school systems, but unlike you and other apologists for David Safier, unlike various local PCDP politicos who backed egregiously under-performing TUSD school Board members 100% in their sad bids for re-election, I recognize that part of supporting public district school systems is telling the TRUTH about them. Part of supporting them is doing what's necessary to increase transparency and to recruit QUALIFIED administrators -- not sadly underqualified, dishonest, self-serving hacks like HT Sanchez.

I hope to God January 2017 will bring about a move in the right direction in TUSD, but based on what I've seen to date it will probably not happen. This being the case, much of the commentary which you term "snarky" will probably continue. No one will be able to silence those who are speaking honestly about the problems tens of thousands of families utilizing these schools are experiencing and those who are speaking honestly (and angrily) about what needs to happen with governance and administration (and media commentary on education) for the problems to be solved.

Until this district is reformed, the FACT of the matter will be that its students do need alternatives, and public dollars applied in some of our alternative institutions will probably be better spent: they will better meet student needs and produce better educational outcomes. I've seen the insides of many schools in Tucson both as a teacher and as a parent -- public, private, and charter. There is no question that every single one of the schools with which I have direct experience was serving its students better than TUSD is at this point. That is a FACT that no amount of misleading propaganda can get around: when we talk about education policy, local and national, FACTS like this have to be recognized, acknowledged, and dealt with. Successful policy cannot be formulated by sweeping them under the rug and pretending they do not exist.

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Posted by Supporting Public Ed Means Supporting Local Reform on 12/06/2016 at 11:00 AM

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

Your posts had nothing to do with saving lives. It had to do with politics.

You're the one who brought this off topic subject into this thread just to feel big and slander liberals.

Once again, your lack of class is exposed.

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Posted by Susan Hirsh puts the ass in class on 12/06/2016 at 10:23 AM

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

So saving lives to you is nothing more than politics? I don't think you are comprehending what I am saying.

Have a good day.

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Posted by Susan Hirsh on 12/06/2016 at 10:16 AM

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

Wake up! You're being the bully.

Throwing politics into an arena where it doesn't belong is also EXTREMELY disrespectful.

Are you out of venom yet?

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Posted by Susan Hirsh, 5 posts weak, is still putting the ASS in low class on 12/06/2016 at 10:13 AM

Re: “For More About Betsy DeVos' Priorities, Follow the Money

I don't get all of the snarky comments on David's well researched report. He is not talking about TUSD, HT Sanchez, he is simply sharing data on the educational philosophy of our soon to be U.S. Secretary of Education. Betsey DeVos is not an educator, nor has she nor any of her family attended public schools. She is a wealthy heiress who married into wealth. So she has little first hand knowledge either of public schools or the struggles of people not born into wealth. Consequently she eschews our publicly run community schools in favor of for profit corporate run private schools. She has contributed a great deal of money towards supporting legislators in these United State, including here in Arizona, who will continue to dismantle our public schools. Vouchers for all!! Sadly this is a cruel joke particularly in the inner cities and in rural areas.
Our public schools have made our country great, turning education over to corporate interests will simply deny a thorough and efficient education to a large portion of our population.
David Safier: Please keep shining a light on this.

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Posted by Michael S. Ellegood on 12/06/2016 at 10:03 AM

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

Please stop using my name to bully posters on this thread.

For any others that had interest in the process, this is the point:

8.2.A. Absolute Immunity

By its terms, Section 1983 imposes liability without defense on state and local officials who, acting under color of law in their individual capacity, deprive plaintiffs of rights created by the Constitution and federal law. Nevertheless, the Supreme Court, drawing on common law, created absolute immunity from liability for some government officials and qualified immunity for others. Absolute and qualified immunity were developed to protect officials from lawsuits for actions relating to their official duties. The Court explained the underlying rationale for immunity:

[T]he public interest requires decisions and actions to enforce laws for the protection of the public . . . . Public officials, whether governors, mayors or police, legislators or judges, who fail to make decisions when they are needed or who do not act to implement decisions when they are made do not fully and faithfully perform the duties of their offices. Implicit in the idea that officials have some immunity absolute or qualified for their acts, is a recognition that they may err. The concept of immunity assumes this and goes on to assume that it is better to risk some error and possible injury from such error than not to decide or act at all.

http://federalpracticemanual.org/chapter8/section2

This who they are left to go after.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/oakland-warehouse-owner-refuses-questions-interview-fire-article-1.2900279

Lessons, hard as they seem, must be learned from this tragedy. Or it will happen again.

Tucson City Council, are you listening?

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Posted by Susan Hirsh on 12/06/2016 at 9:59 AM

Re: “For More About Betsy DeVos' Priorities, Follow the Money

Wrong, Again:

Calm down cupcake.

You are not taking the friendly advice I gave you. If you remember correctly, which I understand is a challenge for you, I gave you some great pointers on how to actually get the attention of those who utilize more of their brain than you do. It starts with being CORDIAL. I get that this would be the toughest thing you've ever done in your life, but if anyone needs to step outside of their comfort zone...it's you.

Someone who is obviously as uneducated as you are should never comment on an article that focuses on education. Hell, as uneducated and ignorant as your dumb ass is, you should never comment on anything.

It's better to burn out than fade away. So please, just burn out already.

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Posted by AZ/DC! on 12/06/2016 at 8:57 AM

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