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Re: “Another Good Thing

If it's a good thing, why is it only $15/hour? Shouldn't it be at least $100/hr? Or is Queen Nappy saying those folks can only have so much of a good thing? Got to keep those serfs in line you know.

Did anyone ask the taxpayer? Oops, I forgot, to the social communists, the 'progressives' like the author don't believe it's the taxpayer's money, it's his to give away and there is as much to give as there is to take.

Pigs at the trough.

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Posted by What, Again on 07/24/2015 at 2:50 PM

Re: “Take the Power Back

Nice try, "Viernes".

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Posted by Miguel Ortega on 07/24/2015 at 2:15 PM

Re: “Dust Devil

Nice! Excellent synopsis.

Posted by Brian on 07/24/2015 at 1:57 PM

Re: “Take the Power Back

Based on the landslide vote total it seems like the residents were already able to exercise control over the association as soon as they got organized. The residents already have the means to control the association. I'm not sure I understand how cutting out the non-resident business owner vote is anything more than plain old revenge for the previous election covered up by playing on residents' fears of gentrification and losing neighborhood identity.

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Posted by Viernes on 07/24/2015 at 1:48 PM

Re: “"I'd Like To Buy a Euphemism, Pat"

This is what religious freedom looks like in Arizona: http://killingthebreeze.com/arizona-religious-freedom-freedom-discriminate/

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Posted by Killing The Breeze on 07/24/2015 at 1:10 PM

Re: “A Couple of Good Things From the Feds

You have trapped them Rat T. Math is not their strong suit.

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Posted by walter simpson on 07/24/2015 at 11:42 AM

Re: “Is Arizona Wasting Taxpayer Money When Drug Testing Welfare Recipients?

Sharpen those pencils, boys and girls!

The study mentions 42 presumably positive (asked to retest) tests over 5 years. Let's extrapolate the 87,000 tests in 3 years to 145,000 tests in 5 years.

Does anybody really believe that only 0.0003% of the welfare population tests positive for drugs? Hell, thousands should have tested positive for cannabis based only on the general population!

Please. There is something drastically wrong with the study methodology or it's creators can't apply simple mathematics.

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Posted by Oscar Ogorki on 07/24/2015 at 11:07 AM

Re: “Look at all These Cool People Doing Their Best of Tucson Ballot

Why not show us results as on noon today? Nobody else is voting are they?

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Posted by Debbie T on 07/24/2015 at 10:54 AM

Re: “Help the Humane Society Win $5k—We're in Second Place!

That was for Pima County Animal Control, not the Humane Society. The Humane Society is a non profit organization completely separate from the county facility.

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Posted by liz on 07/24/2015 at 10:53 AM

Re: “Opinion MMJ Part I

Just what are we talking about here with new ailments that could be added to the list. All of these would be moot and a superfluous ordeal of public time an monies. Why would anyone put an effort to promote and submit new proposals to AZDHS when the push is for Legalization and sweep Medical Marijuana under the rug such as MPP"S proposal.

Lets look at whom is to benefit from Legalization,
1-Law enforcement definitely has a good stake is seeing it passed. Lets look at our current Sheriff Dupnick it was just reported that in his administration he has 17 former deputies that had administrative jobs. These individuals retired from @ $140,000.00 job to collect $100,00.00 in retirement. Only to have their job previously held to a civil position and then rehire those retired back @ $100,000.00 salary with Benefits that bring annual compensation to $126,000.00. So MPP's proposal builds a new administrative position for retired police. Remember the Sheriffs department is a policing for profit ordeal. The Department even has former Sheriff Boykin on the payroll @ $90.000.00 and no one knows what he does.

2- Civil penalties instead of criminal prosecutions which basically says your guilty till proven innocent if you can afford it and charge interest on unpaid fines on civil actions Basically building a debtor prison of such just like the medieval times but it doesn't cost the king till you have something.

3- the lottery winners DISPENSARIES that now feel that they have a propriety ownership in the business of Marijuana. They feel as such they have enlisted a Washington Marijuana lobby Firm called "Medical Marijuana Policy" (MPP) They are hired by Law enforcement and the Arizona Dispensaries Assoc. (ADA) to lock in a market to where a few are allowed. Impose heavy criminal prosecutions for those that cant play putting a huge burden on the tax payer prosecute and incarcerate because they cant collect taxes and give them to the state. MPP will not reveal the donors odds are some of the civil forfeitures are going for that very thing.

4-MPP would have all individual rights of home and solace their in capitulate to any kind of local ordnance the right of business even to allow not to be able to smoke in your own home. ( Just yesterday the AZ appellate court the smell is not an illegal act and does not allow search ) Believe it or not the courts have been going in the Users mostly stifling the bureaucratic rule making.

Whom want to keep it illegal
1- Insurance companies, can you imagine the cost of actuary tables if some has Cannabinol's in their system is no longer proof of being impaired and payouts out cant be denied

2 Pharmaceuticals, don't want to compete on several medications I have cut my diabetes medication some out completely and the neuropathy Opiates prescribed are gone as well as some of the one being advertised on TV. So Just Diabetes alone is a 70 billion a year market that don't want it legal.

(I have not found a bud tender that has a clue or a dispensary fakes and frauds on ailments listed above if asked they go to the old standard SATIVA or INDICA I ask at a purple place they said yea they are there! I ask just up the road RE: what are you looking for? I just told you the ailment. RE; yea man

3- Employers, Bus Drivers, Pilots, police officers, correctional officers, Truck and equipment drivers, Air Traffic, Train crews, on and on and on. What is needed is not to show someone has used but that they are impaired and the Current Dispensaries wont help with that. and the Insurance rates then attributed with it.


I just tired of these superficial people willing to throw citizens under the buss make second class citizens of those that don't want to go their free concerts so they can party out their old stock and call it a community gift the gall REALLY!

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Posted by Carpet Baggers on 07/24/2015 at 10:18 AM

Re: “Is Arizona Wasting Taxpayer Money When Drug Testing Welfare Recipients?

When over 50% of USAmericans have to take a pharmaceutical drug to "get through the day", when psych meds are prescribed like candy -- to those who can AFFORD THEM (or has the right 'insurance'), when the average USAmerican swills his/her beer and booze in front of the TV every night, those who are rendered even MORE miserable by the USAmerican economic/social nightmare aren't allowed to try to ease the pain?

What's wrong with THAT picture!

The whole phony "war on drugs(tm)" is an obscene, expensive, useless endeavor and this stupid, punitive drug test law is probably the 2nd most egregious example of it...next to locking people up in the Torture Chambers of the USAmerican Criminal-Injustice Gulag!

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Posted by ChetDude on 07/24/2015 at 10:05 AM

Re: “Take the Power Back

This is probably one of my angriest pieces. But when the people we love are attacked, what are you gonna do, ya know? http://www.locallyownedaz.com/?p=316

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Posted by Miguel Ortega on 07/24/2015 at 9:57 AM

Re: “Is Arizona Wasting Taxpayer Money When Drug Testing Welfare Recipients?

Humanbean it's not just her. It's a daily barrage of red meat for the vegan crowd here, that has them so confused they don't even know what's going on.

Do you think any of them could quote the actual statement Trump made regarding criminal illegals or would they quote NBC?

One is a lie.

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Posted by Rat T on 07/24/2015 at 9:29 AM

Re: “A Couple of Good Things From the Feds

$17 billion divided equally among fifty states is $340 million each state. If you paid each preschool teacher $50,000 per year you could hire 6800 teachers in each state.

When will you accept accountability? More money has never been the solution. It's the start of bigger more expensive problems.

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Posted by Rat T on 07/24/2015 at 9:25 AM

Re: “A Couple of Good Things From the Feds

From the article cited:

"This is a development grant, and it allows us to do a lot of the infrastructure work that has to be in place before we can really start expanding the number of kids that are getting into these programs ... So it is a game-changer in that sense."

Kelley Murphy with the Children's Action Alliance

""With this grant, we can provide higher-quality experiences for these kids right now,"

Patsy Rethore-Larson, director of children services with the Homeward Bound Program in Phoenix

Seems there is a bit of cognitive dissonance regarding the grant program. Building "infrastructure" or delivering services to "these kids." A final point in the article notes the program has not been approved for funding beyond the $20 million in its first year - three years after the next election. I would call this "soft money."

As HumanBean suggests, let's not step over a dollar bill to pick up a nickel. The State of Arizona owes the public schools a minimum of $300 million, over a billion if the courts decide to extend the debt to cover additional years money was withheld. I'd call that "hard money."

ECE is vital and needs reliable funding, not a grant unlikely to trickle down to children at risk and subject to the whims of the US congress.

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 07/24/2015 at 8:49 AM

Re: “Is Arizona Wasting Taxpayer Money When Drug Testing Welfare Recipients?

if you do illegal drugs you get no welfare !!!!!,,, test em all !!!!

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Posted by jammerk65 on 07/24/2015 at 8:01 AM

Re: “Police Dispatch

How dare this shopkeeper try to stop a thief, doesn't he realize that food (and apparently everything else) belong to the people. How dare he try to make an honest living by selling things that should be shared. Just ask Bernie Sanders!

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Posted by mrbigshotno1 on 07/24/2015 at 7:46 AM

Re: “A Couple of Good Things From the Feds

$20 million? Didn't the courts rule last year that the state legislature owes it's schools over $300 million? $20 million is not a whole lot of money. According to the most recent (2013) American Community Survey from the census bureau there are around 450,000 children in Arizona under the age of 5, 20 million dollars works out to about $44 a kid without assuming any administrative loss. This really is a small amount of money, and a pittance in comparison to what the state has been withholding from out schools.

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Posted by HumanBean on 07/24/2015 at 7:35 AM

Re: “Is Arizona Wasting Taxpayer Money When Drug Testing Welfare Recipients?

I am starting to associate Maria's name with bad journalism. Check your source (another blog) and their source (USA Today) before you publish something that is not true. There are 87,000 welfare recipients in the state. All of them were asked in a questionnaire whether they had used drugs in the last 30 days. ONLY those who answered yes were subject to further testing, not all 87,000.

I think drug testing is a stupid idea and a waste of money but you are doing more harm by republishing someone else's bad journalism as your own. It is becoming a pattern and it makes you and the Tucson Weekly look bad. Your bad journalism is just feeding the trolls. Knock it off.

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Posted by HumanBean on 07/24/2015 at 7:19 AM

Re: “A Couple of Good Things From the Feds

Congress funded head start with $17 billion this year for early childhood education. How much more do you need?

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Posted by David w on 07/24/2015 at 6:10 AM

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