As a nation, we have consistently failed to live up to the ideals set forth for us in the beginning. Mostly because of people who now call themselves tea partiers, though they've had many different names over the years. We have made progress in spite of them, and will continue to do so. They will fail for the same reason they have always failed. The inability to adapt to change. Unfortunately, they won't go the way of the dinosaurs. They're more like locusts. In a generation or so, a whole new generation of barely literate, heavily armed, seditious idiots will be back to subject our descendants to another round of batshit crazy.
Actually, "Ay Pepito" is a Mexican variant of a far older Scottish ballad called "I Was a Gay Spark in My Time", which tells the same story but through a far different cultural lens. Curious parties can seek out a version by the late, great Hamish Imlach if they'd like a chuckle and the challenge of translating things through a Scottish brogue.
For all the people who keep bleating about a two-party system, I respond that it'd be nice if we had one. The only difference between the Ds and the Rs is that they both pay lip service to their various constituencies while whoring themselves out for corporate campaign funds from the same sources. Imbeciles like Danehy keep stirring the pot with an utterly false left/right dichotomy, content to let their supposedly beloved country be sold down the river as long as the salesman has a letter behind their name that they approve of. And equally stupid readers lap up their confirmation biases, secure in the illusion that they live in a free society. No one is less free than a slave who insists their chains don't exist.
Cruz touched me
This is one of my favorite stories in a long time. Thank you!
Dear Gustavo, In response to the snarky commentary above and on the subject of language...I enjoy your column, being called guera by my Mexican supervisor, being called m'ija and taught the Spanish equivalent of objects by my Mexican co-workers and being good naturedly included in conversations with people who flow between English and Spanish with beautiful fluidity. Students pay big bucks to take language classes here at the University but this old white lady is getting it and more for free. Cogitate on that "Anglo Reader" and brush up on your own English grammar, punctuation and composition if you're so dead
proud of it.
Teatotler Tommy will tell anyone who'll listen that he's never had a drink in his life. And with great rightousness I might add. He's probably abstains from booze because it costs alot more than water. I can see him sitting on the ground in front of an abandoned store on 4th holding court with a bunch of local losers. Ironic, Tommy a TEAtotler.
Dear Mex: two comments on this weeks letters and YOUR answers. 1 hardly ever read your column. Today I did and now I recall why. If you want to pick up Anglo readers like me, it strikes me you should speak in clear English decipherable to us. I have no idea what Gabacho means, etc. Therefore you have not communicated. Ditto, "Pocha." (??) 2. Parks in the city is in my opine a lame excuse here in Tucson b'cuz of Reid, usually filled with every ethnicity living here, including yours from Christmas to St. Swivins Day. Lastly, in Denver with a high Hispanic population, there exists "green zones" (aka PARKS) what seem to be every ten blocks for most of the last century, occasioned by every one, from the famous author of Broadway plays to nudists....so there. Rethink your think, bud.
Bob: If you want to continue this discussion, feel free to stop by the office sometime.
Don't worry about Tommy. He will be sitting at a bar on 4th Ave, telling the Progressives, dopers, students all about his glory days as a Girls BB coach and how he sent his kids to a charter school.
When this country goes down the toilet at least people like me, frank and fraser were smart enough to see it coming. Talk to me, Tommy. Signed up yet ?
Great post! Well done. Add to the crowd you mentioned the 15,000,000 illegals who will magically become citizens and you have a Perfect Storm of failure.
Mr. Danehy, in answer to your question: " When the Greatest Generation Dies." Then you and the Fourth Avenue crowd can finally take over along with the news room of the Star, Birkenstocks, bongs, and EBT cards and storm the gates of DM, City Hall, the Police Department, and every other symbol of authority you've hated, and have at it. You might want to review the last hour of Zhivago after the revolution, and the madness in the streets, the "committees" assigning housing, long lines for food. It's coming.
fraser says: "Tucson is 41% Hispanic and TUSD is over 60% Hispanic. Yet nobody wants to go to TUSD, they move to Vail, Marana, etc. They are voting with their feet. They don't care about TUSD."
Many, if not most, of the middle class (mostly white) parents who send their kids to non-TUSD schools still live within TUSD's boundaries. They ought to care a lot about what goes on inside TUSD schools because a whole bunch of their tax money is being frittered away to keep TUSD administrators living in the style to which most of us will never become accustomed. The state and federal government pay about the same amount per pupil to all the local school districts. So any differences in per pupil spending result from the different amount of local taxes paid to each of the districts. In 2012...the most recent year with audited reports...here are the total per pupil expenditures for some local districts: Vail/$6,523 per pupil; Catalina Foothills/$6,633; Flowing Wells/ $6,887 per pupil; Sunnyside/$7,004 per pupil; Tanque Verde/$7,261 per pupil; Amphitheater/$7,830 per pupil; TUSD/$8,751. As you can see, TUSD got more than a $1,000 more per pupil than any other local district. In fact, TUSD $2,000 or more per pupil than Vail, Catalina Foothills, and Flowing Wells. All data comes from the Arizona Auditor General's 2012 report on Arizona School District spending.
Especially the part about the importance of having a "meaningful" Facebook profile photo.
Yes, Yes Dan. All that and more.
But the next time you're pimping out your made-up aggregate hits, clicks and comment metrics to advertisers, include all the insulting pricks you depend on.
Yes Bob: I've never deleted anything of yours, have I? Do you double-dog dare me to ban you?
Actually, I feel pretty safe in saying you're just a troll, and while I guess I do profit from your binge of comments each week in the most minor way, for the two or three clowns who engage in this shitty behavior, there are thousands of people who visit our site each day without resorting to trying to get attention in the most pathetic manner.
Do you know my wife or my friends? Say what you will about me, that's fine, but to pretend that you have any sense of what my wife is like from a few remarks I've made? That's what I call trolling, especially when you hide behind a screen name and that dumb giraffe profile photo from Facebook.
Remember when you emailed me to bring my attention to one of your insults? That was cool.
Tucson is 41% Hispanic and TUSD is over 60% Hispanic. Yet nobody wants to go to TUSD, they move to Vail, Marana, etc. They are voting with their feet. They don't care about TUSD. They see the results.
That's a good point Happel.
I didn't consider the full amount of tit available to me if I decided to depend on a good suckling.
Local tax payers milking is a good point too.
Bob, those aren't Federal teats. If you own property in TUSD, those teats are yours. So far, half a billion dollars worth of mother's milk.
Much like a sick mother who intentionally keeps her child sick to get extra benefits and attention from wet-nurses, TUSD insists on maintaining "segregation". 30 years now.
We're not racists. Fiercely nationalistic yes but not racists. The natural course of the demographics in Tucson have clearly "desegregated us".
Even though "desegregation" has loud and clear overtones of prejudice and racism, TUSD just cant give up Mother's milk. If I knew someone with the tits of the Federal government, I might be tempted to suck them too. Count me as part of the problem.
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