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Re: “Dickweed Mess

Shit, I'll wager that Emperor Chump will be begging for that 17 bazillion zillion dollars when he actually realises what his "Great Wall" will cost.

Chump will make sure that the world's supply of masking tape and Gummi Bears is taxed at outrageous amounts so that he (not we) can make 'Murica "great again" by building a wall. The same wall which tunnels and ladders will easily defeat.

Oh, the ignorance that is displayed. Putin is loving every moment of this.

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Posted by AZ/DC! on 02/23/2017 at 8:28 AM

Re: “No Ordinary Pie

It's amazing. I've been a regular customer at the Rillito Farmer's Market.

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Posted by Buff Crone on 02/23/2017 at 8:22 AM

Re: “Did the TUSD Board Come To Bury Sanchez Or To Praise Him? (Answer: C, None Of the Above)

TUSD has lost 15,000 students under Adelita Grijalva and H.T. Sanchez. Those parents don't go to the meetings.

Choice is a wonderful thing for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

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Posted by What, Again on 02/23/2017 at 8:20 AM

Re: “TUSD Suspense Continues

Of course, "Who showed up", the whole thing is a dog and pony show that forefronts politics while putting kids, achievement and learning on the back burner! There were a few key facts left out by this one-sided account of the most recent Board meetings. The majority of the speakers the first night that this issue was considered showed up solicited by Kristel Fosters' campaign, and some had given campaign donations as well. Not noted here is that Cassandra Becerra is also an aide to Congressman Grijalva, the illustrious father of the previous Board president. Also not noted is the number of people who throw accusations at Stegeman and Sedgwick and heckle throughout the meetings that have deep connections to the local Democratic power structure: think Adam Ragan (major player in the Kristel Foster campaign and becoming well known for trumpeting invectives against the twosome) and Derek Harris, an OMA teacher. Neither of them have been active prior to this election at school board meetings and to my knowledge neither of them have children in the district either--not that parents are the only ones with interest in TUSD. Given that its all more about politics and less about substance, how surprising is it that people who received the Superintendents' largess showed up to support his regime? What else is personal largess for?! I recall when the decision was announced to give $10,000 to an individual school as well as a considerable sum to Davis Elementary for their mariachi camp, (attended by a few Board members' children)--conveniently enough, Davis families and administration are also strong supporters of Sanchez. I thought that it was unethical and should be against policy: in the past Superintendents have donated to Educational Enrichment Foundation and allowed it to give the money to children and schools on a greatest need basis.But there is absolutely no political patronage benefit to doing something so simple and altruistic--better to give it to a few chosen schools (whose favor you need) out of the 86 that the Superintendent is responsible for. It was so obviously buying allegiance that only a caudillo would have thought of it to begin with.

In trying to explain TUSD to an out of town friend the other day, I was reminded of how amazing it is that a district could be such an abject leadership failure on so many fronts all while receiving 65 million extra dollars to desegregate and improve the education of who has now become the majority of its students. How could that even happen if the Board and the Superintendents WERE focused on doing the best by the kids? Its always amazing to me that the Board member who talks about continuity the most often says "I have seen X number of Superintendents over my years on the Board" without wondering whether her own very long-term presence or actions could have been a part of that level of discontent! Continuity is a brand new value: I don't recall any of the Board majority 4 years ago begging Dr. Pedicone to stay (although Kristel Foster did have an epiphany during the most recent campaign, with photos and stories to prove her new BFF relationship with the man she eviscerated for his MAS stance during the first campaign).

In short, this article is another stunning example of biased reporting on TUSD from the once-great Weekly. On that note, I will say that it was a real thrill to see David Safier, the usually very biased TUSD blogger actually AT THE MEETING taking notes. I'd like to think that by actually being there, he might have noticed the grotesque level of disfunctionality in the Board family that is NOT caused by the new majority. Whether or not he would make such a thing public, though, is a different question. I am not holding my breath!

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 02/23/2017 at 8:18 AM

Re: “Best Art Classes

I have been thinking about taking art classes. I think I need a better creative outlet in my life. Art can be so therapeutic and fun at the same time! http://www.colorestartsupplies.com/fall-2016-class-schedule.html

Posted by plassila on 02/23/2017 at 8:07 AM

Re: “Song of the Day: Billy Sedlmayr on Rolling His First Kid Joint to Grand Funk, and 'We're An American Band!'

Now that's what Rock n Roll is and should be all about!

Grand Funk (Railroad) weren't the critic's darlings, but they couldn't care less. They were loved by the people...and they packed every venue, no matter how big, that they visited for several years.

Both of the videos posted here prove why. They fucking rocked.

I have major respect for Mark, Don, Mel and (partial member) Craig. Shit, even Homer J. Simpson is a fan.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=YXKmsvRXE4A

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Posted by AZ/DC on 02/23/2017 at 7:35 AM

Re: “Did the TUSD Board Come To Bury Sanchez Or To Praise Him? (Answer: C, None Of the Above)

The bully prepares the ground by giving candy to anyone who agrees with him publicly and by punching anyone who disagrees with him publicly in the face.

Then the bully puts on a show: "How many people agree with me?"

And we are supposed to conclude that because a lot of people are willing to publicly agree with the bully to get candy and very few are willing to publicly disagree and get punched in the face, there is no genuine, widespread opposition to the bully's opinion?

How many people are too stupid to see this for what it is? David Safier pretends to be, but somehow I think that he, having recently served as part of the bully's enforcement squad, understands how it works very well.

Thank you, Jim Campbell, for providing very effective personal testimony. And thank you to Kathy for being one of the only people in town willing to take the risk of very publicly and very effectively asking for better for our kids.

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Posted by Bullying people into silence does not equal genuine support. on 02/23/2017 at 7:16 AM

Re: “Modern Slavery

How did "Salvery" -- in the headline, of all things -- ever get past an editor?

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Posted by Firsttimecaller on 02/23/2017 at 6:58 AM

Re: “No Ordinary Pie

Oh boy, sure hope the toppings include pineapple, kale and Brussel sprouts, and don't forget bbq chicken! What's this proscutto stuff anyway?

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Posted by mrbigshotno1 on 02/23/2017 at 6:55 AM

Re: “Song of the Day: Billy Sedlmayr on Rolling His First Kid Joint to Grand Funk, and 'We're An American Band!'

Mark was part of the "Happy Together" tour that came though Tucson about a year ago. He 's still got the chops!

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Posted by Wise-Guy on 02/23/2017 at 6:30 AM

Re: “Ask a Mexican!

I found your response to the first question to be totally irresponsible. Entering the US without proper documentation is a crime. Just as if I went more that 100 miles into Mexico without stopping at the border filling out the proper forms and paying my $21.00 fee. The very least you can be is truthful. Si?

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Posted by Tucsonbass on 02/23/2017 at 6:26 AM

Re: “Ask a Mexican!

No, they 'aint Immigrants, Mano, when they come America without permission, they are ILLEGAL Aliens HERE

Just like the Guatemalans who enter Mexico without permission are ILLEGAL Aliens THERE.

Changing descriptive adjectives and adverbs doesn't change the status!

Comprehende?

Of COURSE you do!

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Posted by KitWarden on 02/23/2017 at 6:14 AM

Re: “Modern Slavery

Tucson and Pima County Open Border Policy, or "aiding and abetting, enticing or encouraging, or otherwise encouraging the illegal entry of impoverished Mexican citizens for economic and political exploitation", which the Tucson Weekly SUPPORTS, has contributed HUGELY to this despicable enterprise for more than three decades.

Why doesn't THIS article discuss THAT?

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Posted by KitWarden on 02/23/2017 at 6:07 AM

Re: “Did the TUSD Board Come To Bury Sanchez Or To Praise Him? (Answer: C, None Of the Above)

David,

Let me see if I can explain this to you simply. Why don't people show themselves to you re: TUSD?

Here is Kathy Campbell, mother of three TUSD students, owner of a small homebuilding business that builds about 20 homes a year for families in Tucson. She prides herself in what she does and prides herself in Tucson. But she is dissatisfied with the bullying of her girls, she struggles with the lack of dollars and textbooks in the classroom, her kids with 504 learning plans are ignored and she has great empathy for the teacher friends that are being financially abused by the District. She decides to speak up. Raise her hand. She decides to try to make a positive difference. She simply tries to have a voice in what is best for her kids.

And what do you do David? What do your friends from the embedded establishment do? You try to destroy her. You and your ilk create a website and spread rumors that stain her. We all hear she wants to destroy schools. She wants to kick out the kids (hers as well) and tear the buildings down. Then, because she is a greedy homebuilder who cares zero about her own kids and their education, she wants to build homes on the lands of the destroyed schools. She wants to make money on the destruction of her own kids education. She (and her husband) are the anti-Christ. How dare they speak what they feel is right and fair for their children?

David, you and the ones you support destroy ANYONE that cares differently or may believe in a slightly different direction. A direction that is less political and a bit more about the kids. A direction that pays teachers what they are owed and wants greater than 50 cents of every dollar in the classroom. You destroy them.....and then you wonder why more don't expose themselves to your brutality. Good day sir.

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Posted by Jim Campbell on 02/22/2017 at 10:03 PM

Re: “Did the TUSD Board Come To Bury Sanchez Or To Praise Him? (Answer: C, None Of the Above)

Here's some information on a couple of the devoted Sanchez fans who spoke in the Call to the Audience in the 4/14/17 and 4/21/17 TUSD Board meetings, David. It was just posted in another Tucson Weekly article's comment stream, but it is also relevant here:

One of the speakers in the 4/21/17 Call to the Audience was a former President of the University High School P.A., the same one who had come down to the "dog and pony show" portion of a TUSD Board meeting on June 23, 2015 to receive a $10,000 personal donation check from Sanchez on behalf of the counseling office at University High School.

Ms. Barnes was accompanied on that check-receiving occasion by Suzan Costich, a University High School fundraiser. By a strange coincidence, Ms. Barnes spoke in support of Sanchez's leadership in the 4/21/2017 meeting, and Ms. Costich spoke in support of Sanchez's leadership the previous Board meeting where "Fire Sanchez" was on the agenda, 4/14/2017.

Here's a link to the video tape of June 23, 2015 meeting, where you can see Ms. Barnes and Ms. Costich receiving the $10,000 personal check from Sanchez at about minute 40 in the videotape:
http://www.tusd1.org/contents/govboard/gbvideo062315.html

If you'd like to view Ms. Costich speaking in support of Sanchez's leadership, that's at about hour 2, minute 14 in the video of the 2/14/2017 meeting:
http://www.tusd1.org/contents/govboard/gbvideo021417.html

If you'd like to view Ms. Barnes speaking in support of Sanchez's leadership, that's at about minute 17 in the video of the 2/21/2017 meeting:
http://www.tusd1.org/contents/govboard/gbvideo022117.html

I do feel sorry for you sometimes, David. You try so hard to make a good case for your friends, and they make it very hard for you sometimes, don't they?

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Posted by A couple of Sanchez's "staunch supporters" on 02/22/2017 at 8:04 PM

Re: “TUSD Suspense Continues

Oh look, it's Lisa Barnes holding a "Keep Sanchez" sign.

Wasn't she the President of the University High School P.A. who came down to the "dog and pony show" portion of a TUSD Board meeting on June 23, 2015 to receive a $10,000 personal donation check from Sanchez on behalf of the counseling office at University High School?

I do believe Ms. Barnes was accompanied on that check-receiving occasion by Suzan Costich, a University High School fundraiser. By a strange coincidence, Ms. Barnes spoke in support of Sanchez's leadership in the 4/21/2017 meeting, and Ms. Costich spoke in support of Sanchez's leadership the previous Board meeting where "Fire Sanchez" was on the agenda, 4/14/2017.

Here's a link to the video tape of June 23, 2015 meeting, where you can see Ms. Barnes and Ms. Costich receiving the $10,000 personal check from Sanchez at about minute 40 in the videotape:
http://www.tusd1.org/contents/govboard/gbvideo062315.html

If you'd like to view Ms. Costich speaking in support of Sanchez's leadership, that's at about hour 2, minute 14 in the video of the 2/14/2017 meeting:
http://www.tusd1.org/contents/govboard/gbvideo021417.html

If you'd like to view Ms. Barnes speaking in support of Sanchez's leadership, that's at about minute 17 in the video of the 2/21/2017 meeting:
http://www.tusd1.org/contents/govboard/gbvideo022117.html

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Posted by Who showed up to support Sanchez's leadership? on 02/22/2017 at 7:57 PM

Re: “TUSD Suspense Continues

Nicely written. Thank you, Danyelle.

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Posted by What, Again on 02/22/2017 at 6:25 PM

Re: “'Enemy of the People': The Phrase's Ironic and Instructive Literary History

Great article! What an interesting take on this whole bizzare circumstance we find ourselves in.

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Posted by Adam Borowitz on 02/22/2017 at 5:58 PM

Re: “T.H.R.E.A.T. Watch: Bless, Keep and Protect Our Free Press

Francine. Follow your own advice. Don't like things, leave.

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Posted by CW13 on 02/22/2017 at 5:39 PM

Re: “Did the TUSD Board Come To Bury Sanchez Or To Praise Him? (Answer: C, None Of the Above)

Sylvia Campoy's name seemed to come up a couple of times last night as the Board bickered about who would and would not get to speak in the Call to the Audience and how long the Call would last. Ultimately, they closed the call without allowing Sylvia, the Latino Plaintiff's representative in the desegregation case, to speak.

Why was that? Personally, I would much rather hear someone who tracks social justice issues and desegregation plan implementation in TUSD speak than I would like to hear the head of the Tucson Chamber of Commerce speak. Yet Adelita Grijalva was very eager to have the head of the Tucson Chamber of Commerce -- a man who is not an expert in the management of public school districts, to my knowledge -- effusively praise Sanchez, while she had no interest in hearing Ms. Campoy's perspective.

Why do you suppose that was, David? Whose interests do your friends actually represent? The interests of the disadvantaged, or someone else's interests?

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Posted by Why wasn't Sylvia allowed to speak? I wonder... on 02/22/2017 at 5:04 PM

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