Rick Spanier 
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Re: “What Will We Tell the School Children?

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Imagine if all voters were required to have the same minimal understanding of US government that is required of all new citizens. How many could name event the three branches of government? Describe how a bill becomes a law? Most of us learned this in junior high school. The president elect seems a bit confused with both of these basic tenets so it might be expecting too much of the average citizen. "An informed citizenry?" Right.

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 11/21/2016 at 11:20 AM

Re: “What Will We Tell the School Children?

When teachers stray from teaching facts to opinion they enter the non-education realm of indoctrination. The only fact we have at this time is that Donald Trump was elected President of the United States on November 8, 2016 with a clear majority of the only body that counts in our election, the Electoral College. Enough Americans under the current process voted in sufficient numbers to place him in a position to be elected.

So here's a lesson that can be taught at the appropriate grade level: What is the Electoral College, Why is this means we use to elect presidents, and for discussion Should we consider doing away with it and use the popular vote to select our president?

Many of us are dismayed by Trump's election. Many of us would have been equally dismayed by the election of Hillary Clinton. Many of us are dismayed that as Ochsian Liberals ("Love me, I'm a liberal) and Progressives our votes don't matter in the State of Arizona just as many of our conservative friends are dismayed that their votes don't matter here in the Baked Pueblo.

So here's another lesson to be taught at the appropriate grade level: How are congressional districts drawn up? Why are the outlines of the districts so weird? If the popular opinion of Congress is so low, why do the same members of congress and senators keep being elected?

See? No weeping and gnashing off teeth. No barely contained fits of rage. No whining and cries of victimization. Discussion of elections and politics can be held without jumping off the cliff of confusing education with indoctrination.

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 11/20/2016 at 8:12 AM

Re: “Song of the Day: 'Going Home' by Leonard Cohen

Closing Time is my favorite (and apt under the circumstances)

all the women tear their blouses off
and the men they dance on the polka-dots
and it's partner found, it's partner lost
and it's hell to pay when the fiddler stops:
it's CLOSING TIME

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 11/15/2016 at 11:41 AM

Re: “Editor's Note

Better woman candidates for President would include Tammy Duckworth (D) and Susana Martinez (R).

Wish this campaign was over, I've exceeded my "makes me want to vomit" quota with two disgusting choices. I'll pass.

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 10/31/2016 at 12:11 PM

Re: “Editor's Note

The FBI has just re-opened its investigation into Clinton's personal email server. The "optics" are not good with this latest outbreak linked to Anthony Weiner and his wife (for now) Huma Abedin's (Clinton's most trusted advisor) and a lurid case involving Weiner's online predatory correspondence with a fifteen year old girl.

Fun to watch the Clintonistas pitching predictable fits, now excoriating FBI Director Comer who was once their hero for not indicting Hillary. Congratulations to the Democrats. They've nominated the only candidate capable of losing to a certifiable lunatic.

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 10/28/2016 at 1:50 PM

Re: “Editor's Note

"Now I'm wondering what happens with Clinton's election? As women, I don't think we need teabaggers to remind us, as they did with racism, that misogyny is alive and well in the good ol' U.S.A. I don't need that."

People (teabaggers you say, will reject Clinton as president because they are misogynists? I'm not buying it. The majority of voters who dislike and/or distrust Clinton, have varied reasons for their antipathy the least of which is her gender. For me, her responding to a question concerning why she accepted $775,000 from her friends at Goldman Sachs said it all: "that's what they offered."

The Clintons have accepted tens of millions from true misogynists, their wealthy donors in Quatar, Saudi Arabia and the emirates. Want to worry about sexism, start there. She is the luckiest woman alive, gets to run for the presidency against a loud mouthed fool. There are worthy women in the Democratic Party, all of them would be a better choice than Bonnie Darrow.

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 10/27/2016 at 1:17 PM

Re: “Danehy

Nice nod to a tremendous man and the impact he had on the music we love. Thanks.

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 10/27/2016 at 12:59 PM

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