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Re: “Obama's New Border Strategy: Reaction from Congressional Candidates

The problem is that we think we need more illegal immigrants (illegal aliens) from Central America or Mexico. How about a bunch of Indian computer engineers, or Korean steel workers, or German mechanics. People who are nor likely to create crime or stay on welfare and who will learn English from the first day. (Oh wait they probably already know English!)
I don't think we need more peon breeders. Or hotel workers.

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Posted by Fraser on 07/02/2014 at 10:51 AM

Re: “Arizona Advocates Hail, Condemn Supreme Court Ruling on Contraception

It's a shame the Supreme Court didn't say to Hobby Lobby and Conestoga: "Unincorporate and do as you like." Incorporation involves some benefits, e.g., no personal responsibility of the owners for the acts of the corporation, but also some responsibilities, one of which is obedience to the general laws binding corporations. SCOTUS has decided that these family businesses can have the benefits of incorporation while excusing themselves from compliance with one aspect of the Affordable Care Act due to the personal -- hardly corporate -- religious convictions of the owners. The decision is deplorable mostly because it adds one more element to the 'personhood' of corporations, even if only closely held ones in the present instance. If we ever get a Congress and a President who can work together to clarify the law -- probably including the Constitution -- by way of elimination of rights and privileges of citizenship and personhood for corporations, we won't have this sort of foolishness any longer. But I am not holding my breath. Too many powerful persons -- real and fictional -- benefit too much from the present nonsensical situation.

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Posted by franklymydears on 07/02/2014 at 10:37 AM

Re: “Hobby Lobby Decision is Crazy, so Ease Your Pain with Ginsburg (And Think Michaels?)

AND this decision by the five, white, male, catholic, radicals on the court is another brick in the phony wall of corporate "rights" trumping Human Rights!

If this decaying country lasts long enough, these egregious, tortuous, evil "decisions" based on the five radical's ideology instead of any rational reading of the Constitution or the Intent of the Founders will, like Dred Scott and Separate but Equal, be overturned...

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Posted by ChetDude on 07/02/2014 at 10:33 AM

Re: “Downtown Futbol Fans Flood Congress St.

No. Danehy didn't show up. He had a date with Ann Coulter. Neither heard a word the other said. But both felt that their views were the most important.…

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Posted by mmh on 07/02/2014 at 10:00 AM

Re: “Closing The U.S. Teaching Gap

Excellent post on the most important issue facing teachers struggling with federally mandated school improvement programs, now CCSS, before NCLB. These drill'em, kill'em mandates assume a level of college preparation of aspiring teachers and professional development of current teachers that simply does not exist. The "new teacher" is expected to be a diagnostician and expert in proven interventions - sort of like a physician. Fine, let's treat future teachers as medical students.

Before we can revamp the schools and begin competing internationally there has to be a radical restructuring of teacher development and compensation attracting highly competent individuals to the profession. No Child Left Behind and now Race To The Top with the Common Core Standards for States has nearly destroyed public education and will continue to harm even more students and teachers. You can blame Bush or Obama, ultimately they are both responsible for creating an atmosphere of fear and loathing among our teachers and students, ruining at least another generation of kids and neutering those who would help them grow. And you can throw in Bill and Melinda Gates, Pearson and an army of "experts" engaged in today's version of the great gold rush.

Follow the money and understand why Arne Duncan was selected over Linda Darling-Hammond. Public education is a huge, trillion dollar, enterprise and the pigs are feasting while the other farm animals fight over scraps.

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 07/02/2014 at 9:32 AM

Re: “Closing The U.S. Teaching Gap

The Federal involvement in education is of less significance than here at the local level and do we have work to do! Here in Arizona, our education funding level is 48th in the nation a full $3000 per student less than the national average. School administrators are caught in a huge financial squeeze having to defer maintenance, making do with last years books, and so forth. Meanwhile our teachers, already grossly underpaid for what they do, for their education level and for the hours they work, must reach into their own pockets to purchase school supplies. IMHO we are entering into a downward spiral that will end in total failure of our public schools. This movement is deliberate and brought to us by very conservative groups like ALEC and the Goldwater Institute. i encourage one and all who read this to go to Adopt a Classroom ( and consider supporting a local classroom. And by all means, let's all pay attention.

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Posted by Michael S. Ellegood on 07/02/2014 at 7:46 AM

Re: “Closing The U.S. Teaching Gap

"Nearly two-thirds of U.S. middle-school teachers work in schools where more than 30 percent of students are economically disadvantaged"

What if we could pass a bill that would import even more poor people to the United States? We'll call it "comprehensive immigration reform".

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Posted by bslap on 07/02/2014 at 7:44 AM

Re: “Closing The U.S. Teaching Gap

I could not agree more: Obama made a horrible choice for Secretary of Education. And it is a fact that education in the U.S.A. is unlikely to improve very much unless we address the high level of childhood poverty in America, and honor and value the teaching profession.

What we have going on in the U.S. today is a stupid, ridiculous battle between private and public, and the private is winning this battle at the expense of all things public: schools, libraries, parks, wilderness areas, beaches, etc., etc..

The advocates for all things becoming privately owned are convinced that they are returning America to its original intent. But they are wrong. The Founding Fathers and early economists like Adam Smith knew the importance of the public and public ownership of land for public schools, etc.

The Public, or the Commons is important and necessary for democracy and the economy to work. Public schools must be strengthened, not weakened. Indeed, Linda Darling-Hammond would have been a far better choice for Secretary of Education. Perhaps she will in 2016.

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Posted by Dave Gallagher on 07/02/2014 at 7:34 AM

Re: “New York City, Chicago and Tucson's University High

Why not replicate the UHS model elsewhere? Don't tell me the magic is all locked up at 5th and Swan on the Rincon campus.

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Posted by Carlos Ruiz on 07/02/2014 at 7:34 AM

Re: “Obama's New Border Strategy: Reaction from Congressional Candidates

The problem with drug cartels is caused by the failed American drug war, not by American drug addicts.

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Posted by bslap on 07/02/2014 at 7:19 AM

Re: “Obama's New Border Strategy: Reaction from Congressional Candidates

Comprehensive immigration reform would be easier to swallow if it didn't double our already historically high legal immigration rates. Plus it grants amnesty immediately while deferring most of the meaningful enforcement measures years down the road. It's more of the same. Let's keep it broken rather than swallow another failed reform that will, like past reforms, lead to more legal and illegal immigration.

318,000,000 and counting. How many more people can we take in before our country is hopelessly overpopulated?

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Posted by bslap on 07/02/2014 at 7:18 AM

Re: “Hobby Lobby Decision is Crazy, so Ease Your Pain with Ginsburg (And Think Michaels?)

Actually, the decision is more about control of women and their bodies in a much broader sense than just "f.....g"-

I also can't wait for the wave of new lawsuits brought forth regarding any number of health services--a lawyer's windfall gift for sure! What about a closely held company whose owners believe in contraception but not vaccines or blood transfusions--why are only contraceptives cherry picked by the justices?

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Posted by a on 07/02/2014 at 6:40 AM

Re: “Arizona Advocates Hail, Condemn Supreme Court Ruling on Contraception

More and more religion is taking over this nation. Soon the USA will be a mirror of the Muslin religon. Religions have radical thinkings and most people that belong to a church do NOT follow all the rules of the church, like birth control, or other facets of their lives.
The voters have chosen to let politician rule and regulate them. Is this the kind of nation you want? The Tea Party and Republicans scramble to past bills that regulate the choices of women, take away our voting rights, regulate education. Is this the kind of politicians you want controlling you. State/US government should be in the background of our lives, not in the forefront.

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Posted by Sam Smith on 07/02/2014 at 6:34 AM

Re: “Watch Dolly Parton Cover “Yakety Sax" at Glastonbury



Posted by Riorican on 07/02/2014 at 5:44 AM

Re: “Downtown Futbol Fans Flood Congress St.

Did Danehy show up?

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Posted by donkiyoti on 07/01/2014 at 10:25 PM

Re: “For Your Enjoyment/Horror, Here's a Photo of Joe Arpaio and Frankie Muniz

Joe for president! !!

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Posted by AZPaul on 07/01/2014 at 8:21 PM

Re: “Grijalva Responds to Executive Action on Immigration Reform

I sent emails to every city that boycotted us thanking them. I Told them that considering most illegals have service industry jobs many will Lose them and go back to Mexico.

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Posted by AZPaul on 07/01/2014 at 8:16 PM

Re: “The Underwear Party is Back

Sounds potentially excellent. Can someone post something about what range of folks have previously come to this? Is it a broad-based crowd, one where lots of different kinds of people would feel comfortable and have fun? Or is it aimed at a more narrow set - like a 21-28 frat or hipster set who don't want to really see anyone else? I have nothing against the latter - I just don't want to go and be out of place. If it's broad and friendly, we'll get together a group of fun brave friends and help tear up the floor. I'd rather have an honest than a pleasing answer.

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Posted by Andy Wedel on 07/01/2014 at 7:15 PM

Re: “Tucson vs. Sierra Vista on Food Newtwork

One is Filapino mand the other is mexican.

Posted by C.J. Hamm on 07/01/2014 at 7:04 PM

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