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Re: “Nine Questions: Pike Romero

Pike is a great guy all around. Generous and kind, his commitment to the community is unstoppable.

Posted by Jeanne Kresser on 12/01/2016 at 3:30 AM

Re: “Clothing With A Purpose

"The resale model was proven successful through local Tucson clothing store, Buffalo Exchange." I know the Weekly is practically a Buffalo Exchange fan club, but it's not the only game in town. Desert Vintage and How Sweet It Was also deserve credit. (And Penelope's is still much-missed by some as well.)

Posted by Ex-Arizonan on 11/30/2016 at 11:18 PM

Re: “Vintage Vinyl Tucson

Johnny D of course The Nazz, (as I hit palm of hand on side of head) and yes - a top notch GREAT, five-star record! Wish I owned a real one...

Posted by Lee Joseph on 11/30/2016 at 10:26 PM

Re: “Vintage Vinyl Tucson

They were The Nazz, in between the Spiders and Alice....come on Lee!!! This is a GREAT record...and you can quote me.

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Posted by Johnny D MostlyVinyl on 11/30/2016 at 10:17 PM

Re: “Betsy DeVos, Privatization and . . . Fallujah?

I miss her too.

4 likes, 16 dislikes
Posted by Long Live The Rat on 11/30/2016 at 10:02 PM

Re: “T.H.R.E.A.T. Watch: Journalist Christiane Amanpour Is Worried

Did someone do that Olive? Who was it?

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Posted by Dave Nelson on 11/30/2016 at 10:00 PM

Re: “Betsy DeVos, Privatization and . . . Fallujah?

Where is Rat T?

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Posted by What happened to Rat T? on 11/30/2016 at 9:50 PM

Re: “T.H.R.E.A.T. Watch: Normalizing 'White Nationalism' Down to 'Nationalism'

Betts, to many if not all of us in the left (as opposed to mainstream neoliberal) wing of the Democratic party, what is going on now in the liberal media looks a lot like what went on in the conservative media after Obama was elected.

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Posted by au contraire on 11/30/2016 at 9:18 PM

Re: “Betsy DeVos, Privatization and . . . Fallujah?

Wow, gcb1, what a lot of PREJUDICE you have to offer when it comes to discussing public vs. private schools. Is your commentary based on direct experience of private schools, as a parent, as a teacher, as a student? Or just on hearsay and assumptions?

I was quite surprised to see this from you -- I've been a fan, at some points, of your commentary on TUSD, and the forum you organized at Palo Verde was by far the best of the four TUSD forums I observed this fall.

"Some fall through the cracks, unfortunately, in public schools." A professional educator who is willing to allow that the loss of a child's education is an acceptable casualty is -- what shall I say? -- "irresponsible" is one way to put it. I know several children who failed to thrive in public schools whose educations were saved by the individualized attention they received in private schools. But evidently you feel that if a family doesn't have sufficient $$$, the opportunity available to some in our society to learn in an environment that more suits an individual child's needs should be blocked for them. That's what the actual, on-the-ground consequence of opposing all forms of "privatization" means.

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Posted by Some are heartless, or willing to sacrifice children to IDEOLOGY on 11/30/2016 at 9:09 PM

Re: “T.H.R.E.A.T. Watch: Journalist Christiane Amanpour Is Worried

Trump saved 1,000 American jobs today. Read "em and weep, pencil neck geek.

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Posted by CW13 on 11/30/2016 at 9:01 PM

Re: “Betsy DeVos, Privatization and . . . Fallujah?

De Vos has said that her children attended private schools and she wants that opportunity to be available to children from families where there may not be the means available to pay 100% of tuition out of pocket.

What's your opinion on that topic, David, as a private school parent?

(I'll tell you my personal opinion: anyone who has utilized private schools themselves for their own children does not have any ground to stand on when they oppose what is called "privatization," which, whatever they choose to call it, is in fact a means for a broader portion of our population to utilize the kinds of institutions they themselves have used. The only people who have a right to ask that the public system retain a monopoly on the use of public funds are those who have used the public system exclusively for their own children. And when I say exclusively, I mean for K-12, for college, and for professional school. If all of those levels of institutions have been utilized, ALL of those need to have been PUBLIC, for those who expect to oppose privatization without earning an epithet that seems to be coming up frequently in comment streams on your blogs these days: HYPOCRITE.)

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Posted by Hypocrisy here, hypocrisy there, hypocrisy everywhere. on 11/30/2016 at 8:54 PM

Re: “T.H.R.E.A.T. Watch: Journalist Christiane Amanpour Is Worried

Dear Trump Supporters: your man won. He is going to be everyone's president. Congratulations. Be proud of your win.

As we move forward, though, please don't respond to a lie by our president with something about a lie by Hillary. That battle is done. It's not about Donald versus Hillary anymore. Please don't assume that everything President Trump says is the gospel truth, or everything in the mainstream media is a lie. I want him to succeed as president, so he has my support until he loses it. Please let's hold him to the standard of this great office.

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Posted by Olive Eckwin on 11/30/2016 at 8:03 PM

Re: “T.H.R.E.A.T. Watch: Journalist Christiane Amanpour Is Worried

David, you quote Amanpour:

"...we have to be prepared to fight especially hard for the truth in a world where the Oxford English Dictionary just announced its word of 2016: post-truth."

And you agree with that? "We have to be prepared to fight especially hard for the TRUTH"? I'd like to remind you here, publicly, that when in 2014 you heard someone complain that a candidate you supported had lied about data in a public meeting and had been caught doing so, you mocked the individual who complained about the lying and told her not to "get her panties in a twist" or "have a case of the vapors" about a little lying by an elected official?

There were several witnesses to that conversation.

FYI a commitment to the truth, to have any validity, has to be UNIFORM. It is a commitment to the truth when it's Donald Trump violating the TRUTH, as well as when it's a candidate you've endorsed violating the TRUTH.

(Here, again, in case you've forgotten, is the definition of HYPOCRITE, provided to you recently by another one of the commenters on your blogs: "someone who claims to have moral standards or beliefs to which his own behavior does not conform.")

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Posted by David Safier wants to fight for the TRUTH? on 11/30/2016 at 7:26 PM

Re: “T.H.R.E.A.T. Watch: Journalist Christiane Amanpour Is Worried

Marc Thiessen Bitch-Slaps Christiane Amanpour For Lying During CNN Interview

Please David. Do some research.

We do have a free press. It's too bad they have chosen to lie.

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Posted by Dave Nelson on 11/30/2016 at 4:42 PM

Re: “Vintage Vinyl Tucson

Cortez High school i think. What a cool article,and i salute you Lee.
your friend,-billy

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Posted by William Sedlmayr on 11/30/2016 at 2:52 PM

Re: “The Skinny

Nitzel is just a tool of Huckleberry.

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Posted by T on 11/30/2016 at 1:36 PM

Re: “T.H.R.E.A.T. Watch: Journalist Christiane Amanpour Is Worried

You are admiring the woman that helped Donna Brazil cheat in the debates to help Hillary? That's rich David. Real rich.

"Shes a walking parody of an unhinged leftist reporter."

Read more at:

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Posted by The Russians Hacked My Email Again on 11/30/2016 at 12:07 PM

Re: “Betsy DeVos, Privatization and . . . Fallujah?

Sorry gcb1 but public schools instituted social advancement over academics. That's why colleges are trying to teach freshmen to read and add. Denying it doesn't make it go away. And many in private schools are low income and got a second chance based on tax credits and family and friends help.

There is no point having a discussion if we can't be honest.

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Posted by Public Ed Is So Broken on 11/30/2016 at 11:15 AM

Re: “Betsy DeVos, Privatization and . . . Fallujah?

In your desire for the smear, you miss the elephant in the room. DeVos states she is opposed to Common Core standards yet the initial quotes from her appointment not only state her and Trump's support for national standards but national standards even more dislocating than Common Core.

In other words, she doesn't like the poison because it is not toxic enough and not mandatory enough.

Let's review the results of Common Core. Math scores went down for the first time ever, ever. Reading scores previously on an upward trend, did not improve. The percentage of parents rating their child's school an "A" (Gallup/PhiDeltaKappa) plunged from 36% in 2011 to 24% in 2015, from the highest in the Gallups 47 year history to the second lowest.

We beat that trend in Arizona - we had the highest combined math and reading gains in the nation and parent ratings improved , but only because we understood why standards for children are so damaging and avoided those pressures for the most part.

National standards would be much worse than common core and that's evidently what they intend to do.

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Posted by on 11/30/2016 at 10:43 AM

Re: “Betsy DeVos, Privatization and . . . Fallujah?

Public schools are about opportunity for all. Private schools are about privilege for a few. Public schools are about inclusion and diversity. Private schools are about exclusion and homogeneity. Public schools are about public governance. Private schools are about money-based governance. Public schools are about choices. Private schools are about limiting choices. I vote for public schools. Yes, some fall through the cracks, unfortunately, in public schools. In private schools, those who do not succeed are either booted out, or covered up by influence. Anyone remember the "gentlemen's 'C' grade? Excellence not required but provided by network. Public schools are where excellence is determined by individual and/or group effort.

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Posted by gcb1 on 11/30/2016 at 10:43 AM

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