It is no surprise that Trumpites would talk smack about Grijalva and add enough comments for us all to recognize that they are racist bigots. We know their roots and we know what to expect. OK we all get it.
What I think is being lost on many in Tucson is the amount of disgust that Grijalva has accumulated within the Mexican voting community. I live, work and socialize mostly on the beautiful west and southwest side of Tucson. For about a year and a half I have repeatedly heard criticism about Grijalva. Here is a short list:
The lack of responsiveness from his office. It is extremely slow or non-existent;
Raul Grijalvas continuous display of drunkenness in public. He falls all over himself; stammers and basically embarrasses himself;
His constant interference into Tucson Unified School District politics based on his daughters lack of skill and ability to do the job on her own. She would be a big zero without his political support;
His exploitation of progressive issues. He knows that those of us who are progressives cannot much argue with his voting record. However, for him this is a no brainer. He supports every progressive issue and knows that it is going to go down in flames in the current Congress. He hardly has to work but he still accrues points; and
His is so-called machine, which may be losing some its steam. (Many of Rauls candidates lost on November 8th, including one who he practically raised: Cam Juarez
It is time to oust Raul and replace him with someone outside of his incestuous camp. The Grijalva machine is not serving the community, inclusive of the Mexican community. He has not delivered much of anything to improve Tucson or to positively impact the working class of Tucson.
Raul has become the worst of politicians. His alcoholism impedes him both physically and mentally and he relies on all of his enablers to help him get by. Getting by just is not good enough.
(A short list of his enablers: Mona Grijalva, Adelita Grijalva, Glenn Miller, Regina Romero and Mr. Regina Romero, Richard Elias, Ramon Valodez, Dan Eckstrom, Jonathon Rothschild, all Tucson Weekly writers, the Pima County Democratic Party, HT Sanchez, Kristel Foster, Cam Juarez, Isabel Garcia, etc.)
Oh no. Tell me it's not true. Raul the fool won't be there. They better keep all guns and sharp objects away from Trump. What does this self-important putz think Trump is going to do, beg him? What a brass pair.
Mexico? I tot he was kuban.
Of course he won't. He hates America. He's so crushed he won't have any power to actively destroy it anymore.
And his 'constituents' in Mexico should welcome him back to his home country.
The only problem, there, "yes, no," is that these were standards, not straight jackets. And do opponents believe there should not be base information on math and science that should be universally known regardless of location? After all these ARE the base knowledge for every profession. The question I kept asking was should there be regional standards for math knowledge, biology and geology, computer science, English grammar, in a global society. The irony is that the same critics who whined about US students not competing with students in other countries then did not want universal, international standards "straitjacketed" on our students.
Oh my gosh. Donald will be heartbroken if this racist gaspacho is a no show. If he could drop the hatred long enough to listen to them he would have heard the ACA is not being repealed without a replacement coming on board.
Try giving some respect. You might get some.
You and Sen McCain could get together to plot against our citizens.
Cold blooded killers.
A Phony uses a phony excuse to disrespect the new President. I've said it before and I'll say it again, Raul is a jerk. A grade-A, can't be topped jerk.
As you said, history is hard. Let me help you and make you proud.
PP has its roots in Brooklyn, New York, where Margaret Sanger opened the first birth control clinic in the U.S. She founded the American Birth Control League in 1921, and she changed its name to "Planned Parenthood" (PP) in 1942. History, Markx.
And Kermit Gosnell?
Gosnell's trial was very informative for you history buffs. His Clinic and the PP exchanged patients over the years from about 1972. Some Gosnell patients complained to PP. PP said they would report Gosnell to Health Authorities. They (PP) never complained or reported Gosnell to Health Authorities.
Why not?, you might ask.
Among other historical connections between Gosnell and PP (three blocks away) over thirty years of trading patients, page 96 of the Grand Jury Report investigating Kermit Gosnell details what has come to be known as the Mothers Day Massacre.
It was also detailed by James Taranto in the Wall Street Journal:
"It was called the Mothers Day Massacre the brainchild of Harvey Karman, an eccentric California man without medical training who had served 2 years in prison for performing illegal abortions in the 1950s. Karman teamed with a young Philadelphia doctor who offered to perform abortions on 15 impoverished women, each between four and six months pregnant, who were bused to the (Gosnell) Philadelphia clinic from Chicago on Mothers Day 1972.
"What the women didnt know was that they were guinea pigs for a device Karman had invented, which he called the super coil. He had tested it only on wartime rape victims in Bangladesh, where he had traveled under the sponsorship of the International Planned Parenthood Federation."
That was the "Planned Parenthood Federation" for all you history buffs.
And that young Philadelphia doctor, of course, was Kermit Gosnell.
The Super Coil was a bunch of razors coated with protective gel and wrapped into a ball before being placed into the mothers uterus. After warming up in the body, the gel would melt and the razors would spring open cutting up the baby. You must be so proud, Markx.
There's lots more history. History experts should look this stuff up before preaching.
I was with you, Frances, until you started pitching for Common Core.
Fully educated, fully professionalized teachers -- the kind we should continue recruiting to staff our classrooms -- do not need (and most I know do not want) a rigid straight jacket tying them to regulators' vision of what is appropriate to teach to every same-age cohort of kids in the United States.
Ever heard of Vygotsky's zone of proximal development? You determine where a particular cohort is and gear instruction to meet that cohort where they are, taking them from point A to point B or from point B to point C. Leaping from point A to point Z is impossible and expecting it is abusive of both the teachers and the students in question. But it is exactly those kinds of leaps that are prescribed by rigid, top down, uniform standards like Common Core that are developed at a considerable distance from those on whom they will be imposed and do not acknowledge real and important differences between cohorts living in radically different circumstances throughout the US.
Children are not widgets, and their learning cannot be manufactured according to specifications determined by authorities with no direct knowledge of the characteristics of the groups in question.
"..the larger and more authoritarian an organization, the better the chance that its top decision-makers will be operating in purely imaginative worlds." Kenneth Boulding
You should allow a place for high achievers who will be competing in the global race. After all, they will be the ones subsidizing those who are not able to achieve.
60% of Households Now Receive More in Subsidized Income Than they Pay in Taxes - REDISTRIBUTION OF INCOME!
And everyone balked at "47%". Try 80% dependent on 20%. Do you really think that a country can achieve anything at that point?
Teacher training? They need to take a Non Violent Physical Intervention class so that a teacher knows how to handle "Special Behavioral Problem" students when she is attacked! I had such training and after retirement went back to Substitute. As a SUB (because of this training), I was required to "follow" ONE student all day long to keep him from attacking other students and teachers while holding onto my hair and scalp! Education has been reduced to this a dumping ground for parents who didn't particularly want kids but needed the deduction!
We have a shortage of doctors in rural areas of the State. Let's just relax regulations on doctors or allow Cochise or Mohave Counties to just write their own regulations on doctors. This will solve the shortage problem. Right, Kelli Ward? It's similar to those who hated Common Core standards. When they were asked to specify which standard was most in error, of course none of them had ever read the damn things. So Arizona changes a couple of minor standards, slaps a new label on them and magically, Arizona Standards, none of those pointy headed standards from Obama. Works the same with doctors. What could go wrong.
That Ms. Putnam-Hidalgo and Stegeman -- both strong critics of the three person majority that was in place in TUSD 2012-2016 -- want to attribute Pedicone's resignation to the results of the 2012 election that put this majority in place is not a surprise.
For the record:
Pedicone's contract extension was signed in August of 2012. The election that changed the TUSD Board majority to Grijalva-Foster-Juarez occurred in early November 2012 and Foster and Juarez assumed office in January of 2013. Pedicone's resignation letter was dated March 20, 2013, more than four months after the results of the election were clear.
The Star article on the resignation stated, "Pedicones resignation from Tucsons largest K-12 school district [...] is effective at the end of June more than one year before his contract is set to expire. The announcement, made Wednesday at Tucson Unified School District headquarters, came as a surprise to many as Pedicone has repeatedly voiced his commitment to TUSD despite its many challenges."
The public statements made about the resignation, including the resignation letter
do not make clear what specifically motivated the resignation, which is common in statements of this kind. Nothing in the letter and nothing in the timeline leading to the resignation determines that the resignation was necessarily a reaction to the change in the governing board majority.
A lot can happen in four and a half months. I see no reason to disqualify the assertions that have been made by more than one person close to top-level TUSD decision makers -- assertions made independently of one another, on separate occasions, and with no knowledge of what the other parties making the same assertion had said -- that the largest factor in Pedicone's resignation decision was Stegeman's behavior between August of 2012 and March of 2013.
In closing, it's worth noting that there is at least one factual error in Ms. Putnam-Hidalgo's post. She states, "Pedicone[...] saw a compliant board quickly flip to one that was, at least during the campaign, completely opposed to his major contributions to TUSD-- [including] school closures...A few years into the new Supe... those same candidates were [...] allowing school closures to proceed."
It was not years after coming on the Board and after the Sanchez administration was in place that the new members (Foster and Juarez) reversed their positions on school closings. It was immediately after they came on the Board, before Pedicone's resignation. The Board voted for the closings in December 2012, immediately before they joined, the desegregation authority approved the closings in February 2013, immediately after they joined, and the new majority made no move to stop or revise the closings asked for by Pedicone's administration and approved by the previous Board and the desegregation authority. The closings occurred between the 2012-2013 school year and the 2013-2014 school year, just as Pedicone stepped out of the Superintendency and as Sanchez assumed the role.
It may be true that the PCDP operation has demonized Stegeman, but it is unfortunately also true that others, in opposing PCDP's view, have been led to view him in a more positive light than a careful examination of his behaviors in office would suggest is deserved. Those who've watched the district's recent history without a revisionist impulse and wishful thinking coloring their judgments know that it will be important to keep a very close eye on what Stegeman does with his role, going forward.
"This proposed rule change would make it easier to implement this plan by allowing the Congress to give away every single piece of property we own, for free, and pretend we have lost nothing of any value. Not only is this fiscally irresponsible, but it is also a flagrant attack on places and resources valued and beloved by the American people."
This has become to be recognized as the liberal/progressive mantra. Much like "police brutality" that is yelled after every suspicious stop. Of suspicious activities.
His concern is that the value (to the federal government) has been lost.
You sir have put us $20T in debt. What would you know about value? You don't value all the funds already confiscated from hard working citizens.
...and certification makes an attempt to complete an in depth training to prepare teachers for harsh realities?
Spoken like a true union member and/or educational elitists. Nobody else could possibly be smart enough to handle the rigors of daily life.
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Nick Meyers; Interesting dimensional view of the potential marijuana/hemp revenues and markets.
Had 205 passed we would of had a negotiated medical marijuana division of the Department of Health. Much like market forces competing against one another. If we limit this, it will impact that, so we can study and divert upon need. >> SAME?
So many ask then what would be the needs. DUH! Really? Cash flow and market expansion and availability of market limit competition.
Stifle, control outside interference collaborate with interstate economic federally illegal organizations against commerce laws build immune banking away from federal oversight.
There is no mention of all of these that have their hands in the cookie jar. Let's keep the jar called medical that is really the only way till the feds change. 205 was a market control travesty. We watch what happens in other states how it is administered through multiple existing state agencies. Not this GORILLA called the " Department of Marijuana License and Controls"
WHICH NO OTHER STATE HAS LEGALIZED I SUCH A RECLUSIVE GOVERNMENTAL SEGREGATED WAY AS 205 WANTED TO DO.
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You are absolutely right David! Giving districts the authority to relax teacher certification will tempt some districts to follow the path of least resistance and hire non-professionals who will not contribute to increases in achievement. Teachers today are forced to deal with a multitude of harsh realities that are challenging even for certified, highly skilled and seasoned professionals Expecting those with no expertise to do the same is crazy!
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