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Re: “T.H.R.E.A.T. Watch: Journalist Christiane Amanpour Is Worried

David, you quote Amanpour:

"...we have to be prepared to fight especially hard for the truth in a world where the Oxford English Dictionary just announced its word of 2016: post-truth."

And you agree with that? "We have to be prepared to fight especially hard for the TRUTH"? I'd like to remind you here, publicly, that when in 2014 you heard someone complain that a candidate you supported had lied about data in a public meeting and had been caught doing so, you mocked the individual who complained about the lying and told her not to "get her panties in a twist" or "have a case of the vapors" about a little lying by an elected official?

There were several witnesses to that conversation.

FYI a commitment to the truth, to have any validity, has to be UNIFORM. It is a commitment to the truth when it's Donald Trump violating the TRUTH, as well as when it's a candidate you've endorsed violating the TRUTH.

(Here, again, in case you've forgotten, is the definition of HYPOCRITE, provided to you recently by another one of the commenters on your blogs: "someone who claims to have moral standards or beliefs to which his own behavior does not conform.")

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Posted by David Safier wants to fight for the TRUTH? on 11/30/2016 at 7:26 PM

Re: “T.H.R.E.A.T. Watch: Journalist Christiane Amanpour Is Worried

Marc Thiessen Bitch-Slaps Christiane Amanpour For Lying During CNN Interview

Please David. Do some research.

We do have a free press. It's too bad they have chosen to lie.

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Posted by Dave Nelson on 11/30/2016 at 4:42 PM

Re: “The Skinny

Nitzel is just a tool of Huckleberry.

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Posted by T on 11/30/2016 at 1:36 PM

Re: “T.H.R.E.A.T. Watch: Journalist Christiane Amanpour Is Worried

You are admiring the woman that helped Donna Brazil cheat in the debates to help Hillary? That's rich David. Real rich.

"Shes a walking parody of an unhinged leftist reporter."

Read more at:

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Posted by The Russians Hacked My Email Again on 11/30/2016 at 12:07 PM

Re: “Betsy DeVos, Privatization and . . . Fallujah?

Sorry gcb1 but public schools instituted social advancement over academics. That's why colleges are trying to teach freshmen to read and add. Denying it doesn't make it go away. And many in private schools are low income and got a second chance based on tax credits and family and friends help.

There is no point having a discussion if we can't be honest.

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Posted by Public Ed Is So Broken on 11/30/2016 at 11:15 AM

Re: “Betsy DeVos, Privatization and . . . Fallujah?

In your desire for the smear, you miss the elephant in the room. DeVos states she is opposed to Common Core standards yet the initial quotes from her appointment not only state her and Trump's support for national standards but national standards even more dislocating than Common Core.

In other words, she doesn't like the poison because it is not toxic enough and not mandatory enough.

Let's review the results of Common Core. Math scores went down for the first time ever, ever. Reading scores previously on an upward trend, did not improve. The percentage of parents rating their child's school an "A" (Gallup/PhiDeltaKappa) plunged from 36% in 2011 to 24% in 2015, from the highest in the Gallups 47 year history to the second lowest.

We beat that trend in Arizona - we had the highest combined math and reading gains in the nation and parent ratings improved , but only because we understood why standards for children are so damaging and avoided those pressures for the most part.

National standards would be much worse than common core and that's evidently what they intend to do.

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Posted by on 11/30/2016 at 10:43 AM

Re: “Betsy DeVos, Privatization and . . . Fallujah?

Public schools are about opportunity for all. Private schools are about privilege for a few. Public schools are about inclusion and diversity. Private schools are about exclusion and homogeneity. Public schools are about public governance. Private schools are about money-based governance. Public schools are about choices. Private schools are about limiting choices. I vote for public schools. Yes, some fall through the cracks, unfortunately, in public schools. In private schools, those who do not succeed are either booted out, or covered up by influence. Anyone remember the "gentlemen's 'C' grade? Excellence not required but provided by network. Public schools are where excellence is determined by individual and/or group effort.

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Posted by gcb1 on 11/30/2016 at 10:43 AM

Re: “Betsy DeVos, Privatization and . . . Fallujah?

"I'm taking a side trip to Iraq, 2004, "...

How about taking another trip there in 2016? I'm sure we could easily crowdfund a one way ticket for you.

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Posted by Danehick Sux on 11/30/2016 at 10:35 AM

Re: “Betsy DeVos, Privatization and . . . Fallujah?

Wrong, Again:

Get mental help Troll. Nobody needs it more than you do.

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Posted by AZ/DC! on 11/30/2016 at 10:20 AM

Re: “Betsy DeVos, Privatization and . . . Fallujah?

Socialists like Safier and most liberals are absolutely the least qualified to speak of privatization or profits. He has no knowledge of it, no experience, has lived off the backs of taxpayers all his life, and it is him and his elk that have destroyed the public education system.

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Posted by What, Again on 11/30/2016 at 10:14 AM

Re: “Betsy DeVos, Privatization and . . . Fallujah?

The problem with the bromide, "everyone knows the private sector can always do it better", is the sheer hypocrisy from the privatization crowd. They want privatization without risk, or accountability. The problem with it is public service is not their priority, profit is. Blackwater essentially wanted profit, but no one could complain when anything went wrong based on sheer stupidity, mismanagement, or profit gouging. Privately operated charter schools receiving public money want the money, but if they procure from their own family operated companies, no questions, when they exclude special needs students because of cost, no questions, when they "select out" students who may lower their test scores, no questions, when the self select their boards, no questions, when they solicit for "teacher improvement funds", no questions, when they send unreported profits to their for profit owners, no questions allowed.

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Posted by Frances Perkins on 11/30/2016 at 10:13 AM

Re: “Betsy DeVos, Privatization and . . . Fallujah?


Is David Safier distinguishing between not-for-profit and for-profit? I though he opposed "privatization" (charters and vouchers) across the Board, both when the public money in question is used in for-profit and in not-for-profit charter schools and private schools. If I'm wrong about that, he will no doubt correct me.

Opposing any form of what is called "privatization" in education is a lost cause; there are at this point too many people receiving better services in alternative settings than they could receive in their neighborhood public district schools and the outcry if those opportunities were eliminated across the board would be tremendous. What we should be trying to accomplish: better laws regulating the alternative sector, greater transparency, more reliable professionalization of the faculty in alternative institutions, and some labor protections that are not currently in place. Eliminating for-profit charters and privates entirely would be a good plank in that reform platform and those affiliated with most of the responsible not-for-profit charter and private operations I know locally would support it.

At this point, the "tilting at windmills" of the hard-core "anti-privatization" crowd diverts attention and public pressure from the policy areas where it should properly be applied to improve services to students. It is utopian fantasy, not serious policy advocacy.

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Posted by Could we start promoting a reasonable policy agenda? on 11/30/2016 at 9:19 AM

Re: “Hotel Heights

As a U of A alum who first arrived off an America West flight (or was it Southwest?) from Oakland in 1990, and been back a few times since I moved to Phoenix...not sure if I'll use this hotel either, unless I get a super sweet deal on Priceline. Can the Holiday Inn-Radisson owned by greedy HSL please reopen? Absolutely NOTHING wrong with that hotel. That was a cool hotel and an awesome value. Best room service breakfast ever. Friendly staff for the most part. Unacceptable that it is being left to rot because of basically a peeing contest between the city of Tucson and HSL. In general, I have mixed feelings about the gentrification/Austinization of downtown Tucson and the U of A. Happy to see amenities that frankly should have been there in the 90s (I was screaming for light rail in Tucson as a U of A student and people called me nuts, "Tucson's not ready for that," Tucson's not LA, Phoenix, or the Bay Area...) but at what price, now that I look back with nostalgia on a Tucson that's a long way past the rearview mirror?

Posted by Michael Reed on 11/30/2016 at 8:41 AM

Re: “Betsy DeVos, Privatization and . . . Fallujah?

Keep the light on these privatization schemes. For-profit schools using public money is a bad model.
I'm fine with purely private schools, and with non-profit, publicly funded charter schools. But for-profit schools sucking public money has been shown as a failure at the college level already. It begs for corruption.

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Posted by Carmen Frank on 11/30/2016 at 2:51 AM

Re: “Betsy DeVos, Privatization and . . . Fallujah?

I like how you structured this piece. Fun to read.

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Posted by Olive Eckwin on 11/29/2016 at 11:20 PM

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

...and I would add to that kvoa local news. It has become a waste of my 10 pm time. If you change to 9 or 13 they are all running the same special interest stories, almost like they start the day with the same assignment editor. Or do they all have moles on the inside? What happened to creative journalism?

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Posted by Walter Winchel on 11/29/2016 at 9:17 PM

Re: “T.H.R.E.A.T. Watch: Normalizing 'White Nationalism' Down to 'Nationalism'

Such vitriol! I wish the first post, that says that Trump is lots of smoke and very little fire was true. He is surrounding himself with people that can and will produce a great deal of fire if they receive their confirmations. It may be more productive to figure out how to put that fire out (or how to try to block those confirmations) than to fight every single other person or organization trying to do the same thing.

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 11/29/2016 at 9:05 PM

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

I don't think the wording was a mistake, and I think the article was great. I am loud in my critique of Safier for his biased reporting on TUSD, so its only fair to be equally loud in my defense of his work when it's good and insightful. This normalization of the lies and corruption that politics is accompanied by more than ever right now has been a real issue for the media. In fact I wonder how donations to the various non-profit media outlets are going (I refused to donate to a media that didn't cover ANY substance, just the b.s. surrounding the electoral period and didn't even cover AT ALL the biggest phenomena happening in the country, Bernie Sanders' campaign. I wonder how many others responded similarly).

I too have always enjoyed opening the paper and drinking coffee, but with the new management, I have almost given up. There is, essentially, no more coverage (or VERY reduced coverage) of TUSD, almost as if the guy at the top successfully scared the daylights out of both the journalist who used to cover it and the editorial/ownership staff. At the same time, there were NO recommendations for local school board or superintendent of public education races--in other words, wherever the new owners come from, its not this area, and local news is of little interest to them. But its the only reason I take the paper--if I want non-local news, the NY Times has always done a better job than simple AP repeats....I support the CONCEPT of newspapers, and I support the smell of the ink and the sound of the pages turning. And I REALLY support good investigative journalism (endangered species that it is) But its increasingly difficult to support the Star for its local news...or lack thereof.

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 11/29/2016 at 8:51 PM

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

The incorrect wording probably was an innocent mistake, but I appreciate your point. Thanks for sharing.

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Posted by Olive Eckwin on 11/29/2016 at 7:20 PM

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