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Re: “"Da Great Gatsby": Terrible, Kinda Racist College Project, or Interesting Look at Remix Culture?

Racist, bastardization of high quality lit. Lacks a basic understanding of African Americans as well as humanity. Fuck this person in the ass with a cactus :)

Posted by micaela_smiles on 12/16/2014 at 9:28 AM

Re: “The Best Bar in Tucson, According to Bartenders, Is…

However, this is not a list just for the sake of making a list. This was voted on and awarded by people who work in the industry. While the bests overall may be debatable, this is the best as voted by their colleagues, which should carry weight.

2 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by This guy, over here on 12/16/2014 at 8:59 AM

Re: “U.S. Supreme Court Blocks AZ Abortion Law

What gives the Governor and Legislature the right to use my tax dollars to sue the Federal Government? Even if I agreed with their emotional outbursts, these frivolous lawsuits are pointless.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Mark Murphy on 12/16/2014 at 8:19 AM

Re: “Grijalva: Protect Undocumented LGBT Minors in U.S. Custody

My goodness - aren't we all crabby this morning?

Nice to know, though, that the 4 comments above do not represent a majority point of view in this wonderful nation where the protection of minorities remains supreme.

8 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by Margo on 12/16/2014 at 7:36 AM

Re: “U.S. Supreme Court Blocks AZ Abortion Law

Legislation like this just just proves that the Republicans are no better than the Democrats, both being all about control of other people's lives. I am glad the Court keeps slapping them down.

A pox on both your houses.

2 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by lc69hunter on 12/16/2014 at 6:23 AM

Re: “Grijalva: Protect Undocumented LGBT Minors in U.S. Custody

This traitorous POS will support illegal homosexuals and then sends millions of tax $ to the Taliban for medical supplies so that they can heal up and get back out on the battlefield to kill our soldiers. Grijalva is as bad or worse than the Muslim lover in the Wh.
when it comes to selling our our country! When the SHTF, he needs to have a "come to Jesus type meeting" with some of our patriots! Not even his Mex. cartel paid for security will be able to stop that from happening!!

8 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Rick Jason on 12/16/2014 at 6:14 AM

Re: “U.S. Supreme Court Blocks AZ Abortion Law

Remember when medication meant "administration of remedies"? Sadly it now means- drugs that murder babies.

medication [med″ĭ-ka´shun]
1. administration of remedies.

Remedies
Something, such as medicine or therapy, that relieves pain, cures disease, or corrects a disorder.

1wayGesus

3 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by John Hohn on 12/16/2014 at 5:26 AM

Re: “It’s About Respect

I'm sorry to hear about this, but honestly, when I moved back to Tucson and was shocked to find that the Mosque was utterly surrounded by these brand-new undergraduate apartment monstrosities, I had to chuckle at the inevitability of such a clash. The zoning department sure does have a poor sense of humor. Then again, the dress code of undergraduates offends most decent people within a three-mile radius around campus anyway!

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Posted by Repave the potholes on 12/15/2014 at 10:37 PM

Re: “Grijalva: Protect Undocumented LGBT Minors in U.S. Custody

I really WISH this "mexican" would just GO back to Mexico.. because he's for ANYONE but US. .and Yeah.. Im an American of Mexican Descent... and so TIRED of "El Jeffe Grijalva" and his horrible representation of Americans. But, let an illegal, or a thug, or a "gay person" show up and MAN he's on his knees..

11 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by GuiseppeKnows on 12/15/2014 at 8:09 PM

Re: “U.S. Supreme Court Blocks AZ Abortion Law

Yay! Moms to be don't have to be inconvenienced by a procedure to kill their babies! Woot woot! FORWARD!

4 likes, 14 dislikes
Posted by Carlos Danger on 12/15/2014 at 7:42 PM

Re: “Grijalva: Protect Undocumented LGBT Minors in U.S. Custody

If he cared about his constituants half as much as he does about ILLEGALS, we'd all be better off.

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Posted by CW13 on 12/15/2014 at 6:49 PM

Re: “The Best Bar in Tucson, According to Bartenders, Is…

It's tricky to identify "bests" in categories as broad as this one, because bars tend to excel in situation-specific ways. The bar at the Arizona Inn is magnificent, but it's not where I want to go for a beer after work. There are some seriously good times to be had at Che's, but it might not be the right place to meet up with Aunt Sandy. Bars are purposeful destinations, and all but the saddest attract tend to specialize in something beyond the basic purpose of drinking.

Some bars specialize in many things. The Hotel Congress hums in such resonance with the spirit of Tucson, it's easy to overlook what a great job they've painstakingly come to do over the past 30 years of offering something for everyone. By this rationale, I can't think of a better bar. But there are even a few things Congress doesn't do especially well. (Being quiet is one; being cheap is another.)

Same goes, really, for Bartenders. Some have great personalities. Some approach the art of drink-making with the discipline and affection of old-world craftsmen. (Or women.) And some are just wicked fast. A bartender with all these traits and more is a wondrous thing, and I've met a few. But some of the most fun bartenders—like some of the most fun bars—are quirksome and flawed. Art imitating life, as it were. No one goes to The Buffet seeking excellence in anything.

In this modern age of clickbait and listicles, the online proliferation of best-this and best-that is understandable and forgivable. But the real truth is that Tucson doesn't have a best bar, or a best bartender. It has lots of them, depending on what you're in the mood for. I could go for a glass of Bud, a shot of Jameson's and a jukebox right now. Maybe a little Social D. That still gives me plenty to chose from.

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Posted by That guy, over there on 12/15/2014 at 4:57 PM

Re: “Isabella’s Ice Cream Opens Its First Location at Rincon Market

Congratulations!

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by SonoranWinds on 12/15/2014 at 4:36 PM

Re: “U.S. Supreme Court Blocks AZ Abortion Law

Republicans don't really want to stop abortions. It's the only reason they get votes from their one-issue voters.

12 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Lynn on 12/15/2014 at 4:05 PM

Re: “The Best Bar in Tucson, According to Bartenders, Is…

Interesting.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by rconnelly on 12/15/2014 at 3:37 PM

Re: “Grijalva: Protect Undocumented LGBT Minors in U.S. Custody

Does he have a history of this same fear in the juvenile justice system for American youth?

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Posted by Rat T on 12/15/2014 at 2:54 PM

Re: “U.S. Supreme Court Blocks AZ Abortion Law

One day an Executive Order will stop all of this.

6 likes, 14 dislikes
Posted by Rat T on 12/15/2014 at 1:43 PM

Re: “Sneak Peek: "Zona Politics" Talks with Mayor Rothschild About Bus Fares, Future of Broadway & More

Let's get Jonathan Gruber. He knows Americans and what they need.

2 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Rat T on 12/15/2014 at 1:41 PM

Re: “That $4.4 Million TUSD Raise . . . What Does That Amount To Per Tucson Adult?

Mr Safier,

Why do you continue to ignore the administrative bloat in TUSD? If TUSD brought its per pupil admin costs in line with peer districts, this would save $225 per pupil or about $10.8 million, enough to give its 2700 teachers a $4000 raise.

What say you?

C Weiss

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Posted by cweiss on 12/15/2014 at 1:17 PM

Re: “What's a Folk Song?

I am a huge admirer of Michael Cooney's talent, but I have to disagree with him about folk music. Just because "you know who wrote it" does not automatically disqualify it from being a folk song. There is indeed a folk process, but it has impacted even songs actually written by people we know of. He uses "Wimoweh" as an example: written b y Solomon Linda, adapted by Pete Seeger, further adjusted by the Tokens, it is absolutely a folk song. The narrow definition Mr. Cooney ascribes to is both dangerous and frankly an insult to the folk process. So many of us learned folk songs around a campfire that we later learned were written by Stephen Foster, for example. Does that make them any less folk songs. There are thousands upon thousands of kids who learned "Puff the Magic Dragon" when their parents sang it to them at bathtime or bedtime" the folk process at work. When they later heard PP&M do it, did it automatically lose its "folkness"? I fully admit that I have a pretty broad definition of folk music, in part because I have an inherent distrust of "genres" (mostly artificial constructs designed to reinforce individual musical tastes/prejudices), and in part because I think that almost all music has its roots in the folk tradition. I know that people often smile when they hear Big Bill Broonzy's statement (sometimes attributed to Louis Armstrong) that "All music is folk music, because I ain't never heard a horse sing a song," and then refuse to take it too seriously. But the crux of my personal definition of folk music lies in that statement, however oversimplimfied it might be. I am NOT one of those hardcore purists who believe that only old, traditional (authors unknown) songs played on traditional instruments is folk music. The google dictionary defines folk music as "music that originates in traditional popular culture or that is written in such a style. Folk music is typically of unknown authorship and is transmitted orally from generation to generation." That is silly, self-contradictory, and unhealthily limiting. "Transmitted orally" implies that more modern transmissions (i.e. recordings) are invalid, and its insistence on "typically of unknown authorship" directly contradicts the earlier claim of "written in such a style", as the authorship of songs in that category is generally known. Indeed, all songs at some point were created by someone. The "folk process" is far more intricate and complex than that simple definition indicates. The National Endowment for the Arts provides the following definition of “folk and traditional arts -- rooted in and reflective of the cultural life of a community. Community members may share a common ethnic heritage, cultural mores, language, religion, occupation, or geographic region. These vital and constantly reinvigorated artistic traditions are shaped by values and standards of excellence that are passed from generation to generation, most often within family and community, through demonstration, conversation, and practice.” This is a pretty good place to start. Read it carefully. Despite what some folks assert, it paints with a pretty broad brush. Blues and Rap music would fit easily into this definition. It fails, however, to take into account the rich vein of protest music that has been around for at least two centuries and has often been considered-- even by the purists-- to be part of folk music. Is Woody Guthrie's music folk music? Of course it is. For the most part, like Joe Hill, he took old traditional tunes and put new words to them: something that has been going on for many hundreds of years. Because we can name who did it, does that make it any less folk? When Franz Schubert or Ralph Vaughan-Williams took old German or English folk songs and turned them into classical pieces, did they lose their folk identity? I would argue not. In fact, almost any music can be considered folk if one is willing to take the time to examine and discuss its roots and influences. And we MUST differentiate between defining folk music and articulating our individual tastes in music. There are some artists I do not like to listen to, but that does not make them any less folk. I have a weakness for harmony and for shorter instrumental introductions (unless the piece is an instrumental), but that doesn't mean that I believe folk music to be limited to the songs I like. If it makes someone more comfortable to break music down into categories like "traditional folk", "urban folk", "contemporary folk", "topical (or protest) folk", "folk rock", "folk punk", etc. so be it. But it's mostly all folk to me.

Posted by Nick Noble on 12/15/2014 at 12:38 PM

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