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Re: “Militarizing Cities, Criminalizing Schools

David, did you see that TUSD is adding more police to its high schools and middle schools (…), at predominantly schools of color (Black, Brown, & Native)? There will be no SRO's at Sabino or Sahuaro where the majority school demographic is White. HT said that this will make our schools "safer." I say that this further criminalizes our youth. We do not need more police in our schools, what we need are transformative educators that facilitate "critical consciousness" so that we police our own schools and community. Given the history of TUSD, Tucson, and Arizona as a specific context relative to Raza community relation to the police, this move by TUSD is simply a continuation of the criminalization of our community. "Our youth" in particular already live in neighborhoods/barrios throughout Tucson where there is a heavy police and border patrol presence, a police state if you will.

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Posted by Sean Arce on 08/17/2014 at 3:01 PM

Re: “The Skinny

The timing of Brewer's endorsement might be perplexing if there were any evidence that voters return early ballots the same day they arrive in the mail. To the contrary, there is evidence that the recurring problems with counting the Maricopa County vote come from the practice of voters to wait until Election Day to drop off their ballots at polling places.

The Brewer/Smith strategy seems to be based on the theory that the last endorsement voters hear is the one they will remember. Or let's just call it the Smith strategy: Brewer isn't that smart, but Smith is.

Prediction for this horse race: Win Smith; Place Ducey; Show Jones.

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Posted by Ross on 08/17/2014 at 1:40 PM

Re: “FBI Finds that 8 Out of 10 Cops are Overweight

Yeah Wow.....Fat cops? Now I know why when they FINALLY get off their FAT behinds theyre MAD. They got Jelly Doughnuts just getting STALE back at the Office! There should be a REGULATION - in shape or Out of a Job. Terrible Examples...

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Posted by GuiseppeKnows on 08/17/2014 at 1:18 PM

Re: “Haboob Hootenanny!

All this and a lot more is on the Stonewall Democrats of Arizona page

Posted by Robert Rowley on 08/17/2014 at 12:42 PM

Re: “City to Address Streetcar Gridlock & Rider Delays Following 2nd Saturday Troubles

Nationwide on newer systems of this nature they seem to be having issues. I emphasize newer systems. Why is that the US has such a horrible ego to not visit countries in Europe and ask questions on how they created such efficient systems? Or better yet, study places such as New York city, Chicago and even San Francisco that have been pretty darn successful with their systems. Years of experience might have given the city planners a heads up about how stupid their thoughts were regarding what I call the "triangle crush" (a.k.a. 4th, Congress, Toole) The only solution that I see coming quickly is to turn Congress into a "pedestrian only" street. But that would mean filling up the parking garages and actually making some money too. Oh, that might not be so bad after all. Or at least shut down traffic into downtown as they do for parades (x-mas for example) or other special events (bar crawl) - oh, that is already a clean solution for second Saturdays. No? Doh.

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Posted by Andreas Hohl on 08/17/2014 at 11:42 AM

Re: “Militarizing Cities, Criminalizing Schools

Ms. Marty: FYI!!!

By CBSNewsCBS/APMay 16, 2008, 4:40 AM

Al Qaeda's media operation has released a new audio message on the Internet from Osama bin Laden, dealing primarily with Israel and the Palestinians on the 60th anniversary of Israel's creation.

The message, downloaded by CBS News from the prominent jihadist Web forum El Ekhlas, did not include any new images of the al Qaeda chief.

The 9:40-minute audio by bin Laden showed an old photo of his face over a brown graphic and included the title, "A Message to the Peoples of the West: From Sheik Osama bin Laden," with the subheading: "The Reasons for the Struggle on the 60th Anniversary of the Creation of the Occupation State of Israel."

Bin Laden began his message by telling listeners that the Palestinian-Israeli conflict has always been the primary cause for friction between the West and the Muslim world - a struggle which he said was getting more difficult due to European policies biased in Israel's favor.

"The Palestinian cause has been the main factor that, since my early childhood, fueled my desire, and that of the 19 freemen (Sept. 11 bombers), to stand by the oppressed, and punish the oppressive Jews and their allies," the al Qaeda chief said.

"We shall continue the fight, Allah willing, against the Israelis and their allies, in order to pursue justice for the oppressed, and we shall not give up one inch of Palestine, as long as there is still a single true Muslim alive."

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Posted by Francis Saitta on 08/17/2014 at 9:06 AM

Re: “Militarizing Cities, Criminalizing Schools

Raul - And would "rolling military vehicles down our streets, carrying heavy duty weapons and wearing protective garb suitable for war zones" have had any affect on the outcome of Columbine, Newton, Boston Marathon or 9/11? Nope, none, nada, zippo.

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Posted by Dave in Cochise on 08/17/2014 at 7:17 AM

Re: “FBI Finds that 8 Out of 10 Cops are Overweight

Cut back on the doughnuts?

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Posted by Dave in Cochise on 08/17/2014 at 7:09 AM

Re: “Militarizing Cities, Criminalizing Schools

It is typical that ANY criticism of Israel is viewed by narrow minded, uninformed, individuals (such as yourself), unwilling to consider our Middle East Policy objectively, as anti Semitism ....BULL S__T!!!!

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Posted by Francis Saitta on 08/17/2014 at 5:34 AM

Re: “Militarizing Cities, Criminalizing Schools

Francis Saitta: Your comment amounts to one anti-Semite quoting a few other anti-Semites to justify your desire to do away with Israel. You fail to mention any of the other aspects of US Middle East policy, i.e. our support of the Saudi oil princes, our action in replacing the democratically elected government of Iran with the Shah in the 1950s, and our support for King Hussein of Jordan who has killed far more Palestinians than Israel. It is clear that for you the only significant aspect of US Middle East policy is the support for Israel.The fact is that Israel exists...regardless of what Truman, Forrestal and the rest of these guys wrote during the Cold War. To imagine a world without Israel you need to have some idea what to do to or with the Jews who live there. Care to share where they all should go, or maybe Hitler's Final Solution holds some appeal for you. After all, the leading Palestinian of the 1930s and early 1940s, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, spent WWII in Germany as a guest of his good buddy, Adolph Hitler.

And, once again, you completely fail to connect a single dot from your diatribe to the issue of whether or not the police ought to be more and more like paramilitary troops. The change under discussion is much more a consequence of the war against Islamic terror. Homeland Security...created after the murderous attacks on 9/ the prime funding source for all the heavy weaponry. And please do not even try and push the idea that it was US support for Israel that "forced" bin Laden's crew to attack the US.

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Posted by Marty on 08/16/2014 at 8:20 PM

Re: “City to Address Streetcar Gridlock & Rider Delays Following 2nd Saturday Troubles

I was downtown that Saturday, eventually eating on 4th Ave. I sat on the outdoor patio at Magpies and watched the traffic go by. One of the things that struck me was how often I saw the same cars go by. I wondered if they were cruising "American Graffiti" style or just circling to find a place to park. Anytime a parking spot opened up it was immediately occupied. How much does parking add to the traffic congestion? I imagine that if parking on the downtown street were not free on the weekends we would see less hunting behavior. I wonder about parking at the terminus of the street car. Is there free parking at UMC where we could ditch the car and then ride down to fourth?

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Posted by Pauli on 08/16/2014 at 4:34 PM

Re: “Guest Commentary

Thank you Steve! I will be sending a donation to Project Mariposa to show my support since they have been stepping up to the plate and doing what I refer to as "The work of Jesus" (AKA helping the poor and down trodden) in regards to the immigrant/refugee situation in Tucson.

Posted by doggirl on 08/16/2014 at 4:10 PM

Re: “Guadalajara Fiesta Grill Fire Cause Still "Undetermined"; New Guadalajara Coming to Old TGI Fridays

I don't see the point of insurance fraud unless you burn down your business in order to collect the money to do something like, say, move to the Bahamas. But why do it just to reopen your restaurant? GG was doing good business. The spot on Broadway will be a great locatation.

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Posted by donkiyoti on 08/16/2014 at 2:11 PM

Re: “Editor's Note

Since 1033 took over TucsonWeekly,there is less and less "Links" on Opinion/Current Web pages!!!!!!

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Posted by North Of The River on 08/16/2014 at 1:36 PM

Re: “Guadalajara Fiesta Grill Fire Cause Still "Undetermined"; New Guadalajara Coming to Old TGI Fridays

If I owned a business next to to the new Grills. I would have cameras on your neighbor 24/7. You never know who may want to see the tapes some day.

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Posted by Bill T. on 08/16/2014 at 1:03 PM

Re: “Editor's Note

"So many are so overworked, underpaid and stressed that they have no time to give thought to primary elections."
Lazy and ignorant is more like it. Any one who can't be bothered to take 2 minutes to fill in their mail-in ballot (and maybe spend a few hours watching the News, reading the web, or newspaper to find out who to vote for) shouldn't be allowed to vote.

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Posted by bslap on 08/16/2014 at 12:18 PM

Re: “Ask A Mexican!

This column is interesting, in a car wreck kind of way - until you realize the letters are all made up and are just setups for opinion.

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Posted by bslap on 08/16/2014 at 12:15 PM

Re: “Danehy

"and tried to cover both sides of a story without prejudice."
Well, that's definitely not Danehy. He sticks to his preconceptions, right or wrong. Gotta give him that.

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Posted by bslap on 08/16/2014 at 12:13 PM

Re: “Editor's Note

Ralph Hill needs to get back on his meds. Or maybe, it is his meds talking.

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Posted by lc69hunter on 08/16/2014 at 11:28 AM

Re: “City to Address Streetcar Gridlock & Rider Delays Following 2nd Saturday Troubles

People waited an hour for a trolley? Bloody 'ell, they could have walked almost the entire Uni- to- Menlo- Park route by then. Just follow the tracks if you're worried about getting lost ... unless you're a bicyclist, in which case the tracks may kill you (yes, the City knew about this risk before the tracks were put in, yet gave the go-ahead to install them anyway; all the "use caution" signs will not absolve them of malfeasance and reckless endangerment).

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Posted by templeton on 08/16/2014 at 10:01 AM

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