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Re: “Gay, Bisexual Men May Be Able to Start Donating Blood; ACLU Still Isn't Happy

do they ask "straight" people if theyve "slept around"?? I get it that its a MEDICAL thing - but, its the self-admitted behavior NOT the persons sexual orientation..RIGHT?

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Posted by GuiseppeKnows on 12/24/2014 at 3:43 AM

Re: “DREAMers Can Start Getting Licenses Today

They don't hand licenses out without passing a written test or a driving test.

Since they offer insurance at more places than they offer licenses, i'm guessing the clogged lines were the internet tubes and phone lines (15 minutes can save you $).

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Posted by Not a Rancho Snob on 12/24/2014 at 12:10 AM

Re: “DREAMers Can Start Getting Licenses Today

Just curious. Do they have to pass a drivers test ? Or is this some sort of benefit for illegals like WIC, Obama phones, rent assistance , Food Stamps etc ? It isn't clear from the article.

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Posted by Bill Sinnott on 12/23/2014 at 9:20 PM

Re: “Arpaio Has Until Today to Explain Why His Lawsuit Against Obama Should Get the Green Light

Rick Jason. the rancher who was killed was ROB Krenz. Your errors go way beyond the correct name of a murdered rancher, though.

Your vitriol and hatred are both symbolic and symptomatic of the divisions in this country that I spoke of previously. Stop looking at "libtards" and Mexicans as the cause of your troubles. The people you are being manipulated into hating are actually at the same playing level as you. It is the people who are teaching you this garbage that are the true danger to all of us. Look behind the Fox news logo to where the both the "information" is coming from and where the $$$ is flowing to.

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Posted by Kali Turner on 12/23/2014 at 7:41 PM

Re: “Arpaio Has Until Today to Explain Why His Lawsuit Against Obama Should Get the Green Light

I am out in the desert between Nogales and Arivaca once a week at least. I walk the trails, pick up t debris, and have a good sense of what transpires out there. I do it in the chill of the winter, as well as when it's 105 degrees. I watch the washes fill with water in monsoon. I understand the law, and although I may disagree with it, I understand it and obey it. I haul trash bags of migrant and hunters debris out. There are lots of Bud light large cans of beer out there. Any romance of this situation is quickly dissolved especially on a June or July afternoon. I tend to hike about 3-6 miles a day with water and whatever I can haul out. I don't agree with our laws, but I do abide by them. I understand the drug situation, and do not take or use drugs. But that situation would not exist if our culture didn't lust and hunger for these things, not to mention pay good money for them. How 'bout you? Ever smoke a joint? Ever? If the answer is yes, then you are part of the problem. Many mules face gunpoint to carry drugs over. But drugs will find their way over through tunnels, catapult (read the New York Times story about the cartels catapulting bales of weed over the wall). I'm simply saying crossing ain't easy even if getting over the wall is. EVERYONE wants an easy fix for an extremely complex problem. There is historic, archeological, and anthropological evidence that people have crossed what is now a border for centuries. The wall isn't working or stopping it. A militarized border patrol with the most advanced technology isn't stopping it. There are over 40,000 to 60,000 Border Patrol agents, fully armed working a 2000 mile border. The war on drugs would be laughable if it were not so tragic and lethal for so many on all sides of the issue and the border. Drugs are killing our culture, our future. Sadly if one faces this issue truthfully, it's not just a Mexican problem. You can buy heroin at less expensive costs than a large cappuccino. The toughest sheriff in America isn't getting it done either. He's simply a tax burden to his constituents and exploitive of an easy target.
I respect your ability to write an opinion on this topic especially when you avoid personal and erroneous vindictive. I simply must disagree. I am no angel of mercy. I love this land and country. My take on being liberal is literal. Look it means being generous. If I make a mistake, I hope to make a mistake on the side of being generous, but not stupid or ignorant of issues. Maybe I'll make that mistake someday on I-19 when you or one of your kids has car trouble, and offer you a ride into town. Would that be a mistake?

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Posted by ronko on 12/23/2014 at 7:39 PM

Re: “Arpaio Has Until Today to Explain Why His Lawsuit Against Obama Should Get the Green Light

Yo Ronko, by your own words do you condemn yourself and your ignorance of what the border situation is really like. You try to divert the jist of the convo making yourself just another "Joe Average" accidentally making a mistake when in fact, we are talking about, in the majority of cases, an INTENTIONAL violation of a nation"s laws. Not just one, but as a rulle, several as each of these illegals normally violate several laws when crossing our borders. The illegal crossing is only one of many, as a rule, as they usually have forged papers provided by the cartels that bring them over. Many illegals will mule over drugs in order to pay for their passage. Some times even working for the cartels here in the U.S. in order to pay for their crossing. In the process, they will trespass on private lands where some will resort to theft/burglary of farms, ranches, homes, etc. Do I even need to talk about the more serious crimes like the murder of rancher Ralph Krenz in Az., or the husband and wife that were ski jetting in Tx. on the border, etc. Sometimes they cut down rancher's fences, destroy their water tanks in effort to get a drink, litter our country sides, start forest fires, intentionally and unintentionally, etc., etc., etc. So Ronko do yourself a favor, and not try to act like some angel of mercy, trying to play to all those who would feel so bad for the plight of the illegal, when in fact, you know nothing of the reality!

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Posted by Rick Jason on 12/23/2014 at 5:33 PM

Re: “Arpaio Has Until Today to Explain Why His Lawsuit Against Obama Should Get the Green Light

Rick and Simple Math,
You've never broken a law? Cheated even a wee bit on your taxes, rolled through a stop sign? People who live in glass houses may consider where they throw stones. I was once stranded in Mexico City and a perfect stranger who had much less than I, helped me out. Every been stranded on a dark highway and a samaritan helped you with your car pre cell phone days. My ancestors immigrated without a penny. Pulled themselves up to be good citizens and tax payers. Therefore my soft spot for the underdog. It has nothing to do with hitting a bong, or my boyfriends schlong. For your information, I'm happily married for 40 years to the same woman, and heterosexual. Why must you bring what could be an intelligent conversation to such a base level? I can only deduce that you are not only racist but homophobic also. Get with it, it's soon to be 2015. Your biases left over from antiquity are obsolete, and and are useless in a progressive society.
I said nothing about the law enforcement doing or not doing their job. Most migrants know the dangers they face. If life was a picnic at home for them, they wouldn't risk it all. Would you send your daughter out into the desert? Litigation costs tax payers money, that's all I am saying. Joe Arpiao has lost his fair share of law suits during his tenure as the nation's toughest sheriff. Case closed.

Thanks to Kall for such a level headed comment.

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Posted by ronko on 12/23/2014 at 5:16 PM

Re: “Ron and the recount

Yo' Justin C, can it be true that there might just be a cure for the disease of Liberalism???

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Posted by Rick Jason on 12/23/2014 at 5:14 PM

Re: “Ron and the recount

It is a clear reflection of the very sad times we live in when an ex-liberal such as myself is actually happy that a far-right loony tune named Martha McSally won this election. I am so fed up with Illegals and the entitlements and special treatments that the feds are giving them that I am happy about booting out every single politician who goes along with that goal - even if the replacement is a horrible choice.

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Posted by Justin Craig on 12/23/2014 at 4:42 PM

Re: “Police dispatch

chicks = trouble

Posted by Earp on 12/23/2014 at 4:37 PM

Re: “Arpaio Has Until Today to Explain Why His Lawsuit Against Obama Should Get the Green Light

Ronko is the typical libtard mentality. Obey the laws, unless you believe the way I do. Then the laws don't apply.
I guess that is what happens when you are constantly hittin' the bong (or in a lot of the cases, their boyfriends schlong).

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Posted by Rick Jason on 12/23/2014 at 4:35 PM

Re: “Arpaio Has Until Today to Explain Why His Lawsuit Against Obama Should Get the Green Light

The liberal wannabe elitist mentality is to enforce the laws until it comes to them. They are a disgusting culture that has ruined our country. Cockroach dung has a higher rating when it comes to being purposeful.

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Posted by Rick Jason on 12/23/2014 at 4:31 PM

Re: “Danehy

If you had universal health care, you wouldn't have these problems.

The Forest Service would ban outdoor fires before the EPA would. The ATF has no interest in taking hunting rifles The AR-15 and the AK-47 are not hunting rifles. Neither is the SKS in my collection and I have never harbored the illusion that it is.

Your pitiful view of things that you fear but that have not come close to happening (either with Clinton in the 90's or Obama now) is sad. And it's getting more and more sad watching people like you (or the less rational ones, even) get yourselves all worked up over nothing.

Go hug your kids and tell them that you love them. Play games with them, tell them stories, and be there for them.

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Posted by Not a Rancho Snob on 12/23/2014 at 4:01 PM

Re: “2014: Voter Turnout "Signaled a New Stage of Disintegration"

Our elected officials have prostituted themselves to every environmental organization, or corporate entity, that they couldn't afford to help average citizens if they wanted to.

They have too many favors to return and paybacks to be made.

Reaction is typical. Hide your head in the sand.

And now they decide to attack the police, because it's all they've got left. These officers are our friends and neighbors. Most live in the community they work in.

Please register to vote and educate yourselves on the issues. Don't do what the networks tell you to do. Have a genuine thought.

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Posted by Rat T on 12/23/2014 at 3:48 PM

Re: “2014: Voter Turnout "Signaled a New Stage of Disintegration"

At the end of the day it is a question of which party mobilizes its loyal members to get out and vote that decides the election. With over a third of voters choosing neither the Democrats or Republicans as their political home- independent voters become increasingly a deciding vote in our elections. But I won't be surprised to learn, when the dust settles, that independents did not show up in significant number in these past midterms either. Like Ldonyo implies, in a plutocracy voting becomes largely irrelevant and voters come to understand their place - dead last.

Take a look at the Democrats (Ron Barber included) who voted for Cromnibus and threw their constituents under the bus. Yes the government is for sale and it doesn't matter if you identify with one or the other political crime syndicates, they are essentially the same.

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 12/23/2014 at 2:09 PM

Re: “DREAMers Can Start Getting Licenses Today

Any lines to buy insurance? Seems like there should be.

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Posted by Rat T on 12/23/2014 at 2:04 PM

Re: “2014: Voter Turnout "Signaled a New Stage of Disintegration"

It seems more like people realizing that, although the names and faces may change, the story remains the same. With the Citizen's United decision all but making our government a plutocracy, that story looks to remain the same for the foreseeable future.

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Posted by Ldonyo on 12/23/2014 at 12:34 PM

Re: “Black Lives Matter Gathering Happening Tomorrow Afternoon

So who funds Al Sharpton and National Action Network?

According to National Action Network, sponsorship requires a minimum contribution of $5,000, though donations can run as high as $100,000. Corporations this time around included repeat donors such as American Honda, Coca-Cola, Ford Motor Company, Home Depot, McDonald’s and Wal-Mart. Yet they also included newcomers such as Facebook and Mars Inc. Organized labor also made its presence known in the form of the National Education Association, the International Association of Machinists, the New York-based Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Locals 1199 and 32BJ, and the United Federation of Teachers, which is New York City’s American Federation of Teachers affiliate. The following is a list, in alphabetical order, of all 42 sponsors:

Advent Capital
All the Way Foundation, Dennis & Karen Mehiel
American Honda Motor Company
Ariel Investments, LLC
Best Buy
Black Entertainment Television
Coca-Cola Company
Con Edison
CVS Caremark
Ford Motor Company
General Electric
Home Depot
Human Rights Campaign
International Association of Machinists and
Aerospace Workers
Jackson Lewis LLP
Macy’s Inc.
Mars Incorporated
National Education Association
Ira Newman
The News Corporation
OraSure Technologies Inc.
Perennial Strategy Group
SEIU Local 32BJ
SEIU Local 1199
Sony Music
Sports Medicine
United Federation of Teachers
UPS Foundation


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Posted by Rat T on 12/23/2014 at 10:42 AM

Re: “Arpaio Has Until Today to Explain Why His Lawsuit Against Obama Should Get the Green Light


Law officers job is to enforce the law. Entering America ILLEGALLY is breaking the law. Simple math

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Posted by Simple Math for Ronko on 12/23/2014 at 9:46 AM

Re: “Black Lives Matter Gathering Happening Tomorrow Afternoon

Yes Rat, but fortunately he is okay now. I wish they would have taken Chris Gaines instead.
I have no doubt that being a cop is a difficult job. That's a big responsibility. But when that responsibility is trusted to people who don't deserve it, we have problems. I believe most cops are good. At least decent. But they're all human, just like us. And they shouldn't be held above the law. If they mess up, they should be held responsible. Just like us.
There's no valid excuse for what Brinsley did. It will only escalate the us vs. them mentality and cause more friction, put more people on edge (cops included).
Yes Carlos, it is the job of the police to enforce the law. It is also their job to use appropriate force. If a cop's life is truly in danger, I fully expect him or her to respond with fatal force. When a cops uses force that well exceeds what the situation calls for, they should be reprimanded, possibly fired. Just like anyone else at any given job.
And no, I'm not a referee. Whatever that means. I'm not on a hearing board. But I have the right to express my thoughts and opinions. I do believe excessive force cases should be reviewed by a non-affiliated group. Isn't it odd when police have tried to destroy or tamper with photo or video evidence taken of their wrong actions?
I still don't know where you're going with this hip comment. I haven't even mentioned black lives matter. Yes, they do, as do all lives. I'm not sure which group you'd think I'd be selling out to, but feel free to make more assumptions. Or, you could just ask me. And I strongly believe in the golden rule. If everyone did, we wouldn't be seeing the shitty situations happening all around us.

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Posted by stalecloud on 12/23/2014 at 9:23 AM

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