Friday, February 26, 2010

Trent AZ Congressman Trent Franks: Abortion Is Worse Than Slavery For Blacks

Posted By on Fri, Feb 26, 2010 at 4:18 PM

Talking Points Memo reports:

In an interview with blogger Mike Stark, Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) appeared to say that African-Americans are worse off today because of legalized abortion, than they were compared to slavery.

"It seems like humanity is very gifted at hiding from something that's obviously true. I mean in this country we had slavery for God knows how long. And now we look back on it and we say, 'Well how blind were they, what was the matter with them, you know, I can't believe, I mean four million, this is incredible,'" said Franks. "And we're right. We're right, we should look back on that with criticism. It is a crushing mark on America's soul. And yet today, half of all black children are aborted. Half of all black children are aborted. Far more black children, far more of the African-American community is being devastated by the policies of today, than were being devastated by the policies of slavery.

"And I think, what does it take to get us to

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Picture This: Boys and Girls Club

Posted By on Fri, Feb 26, 2010 at 2:02 PM

Anthony Taylor, Damon Jaines, Chase Herzog and Gabe Oro Peza play foosball at the Frank and Edith Morton Clubhouse.
  • Anthony Taylor, Damon Jaines, Chase Herzog and Gabe Oro Peza play foosball at the Frank and Edith Morton Clubhouse.

Another snapshot after the jump.

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Fire at Lodge on the Desert

Posted By on Fri, Feb 26, 2010 at 1:10 PM

An early morning fire broke out in the kitchen at Lodge on the Desert today, causing $100,000 in damage before fire crews brought it under control.

Tucson Fire Department Capt. Trish Tracy, a fire department spokeswoman, said a Tucson Police Department officer called in with reports of smoke coming from a window at the Lodge on the Desert at 306 N. Alvernon Way at 6:02 a.m. this morning. Fire crews arrived six minutes later to find smoke coming from the door and windows of the kitchen area. The blaze was brought under control in 24 minutes.

Tracy said the fire did not spread far thanks to an automatic extinguishing system above the kitchen’s cooking equipment. An investigation into the cause of the fire was underway. The restaurant was closed at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported.

Tracy said neighbors told firefighters they had smelled smoke about an hour before police officers saw the smoke, but didn't call authorities because they didn't want to raise a false alarm. She encouraged residents to call 911 at the first indication of fire.

The restaurant at Lodge on the Desert reopened in November, marking the completion of a $15 million renovation at the resort. Calls to the business this afternoon were not immediately returned.

Five Bands for Five Bucks!

Posted By on Fri, Feb 26, 2010 at 11:21 AM

Local bands Golden Boots, Pork Torta, Mr. Free, Cadillac Steakhouse and Lenguas Largas will be putting on a show at Rialto Theatre tomorrow night for only $5.

That's a better deal than a five-dollar footlong!

Artistic Range: Andy Warhol at the Tucson Musuem of Art

Posted By on Fri, Feb 26, 2010 at 11:13 AM


Andy Warhol, Muhammad Ali, 1978, one of four screenprints on Bristol Strathmore paper. © 2009 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts/Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York. The name, image, and likeness of Muhammad Ali appears courtesy of Muhammad Ali Enterprises, LLC. Bank of America Collection.

Tonight's the big night: Andy Warhol Portfolios: Life and Legends opening at Tucson Museum of Art at 5:30 p.m., Preen's grand opening party on Fourth Avenue until 9 p.m. and then a recreation of the Silver Factory by Pauhaus Productions down at the Rialto Theatre. It's a night to get your pure Pop on, people.

Progressive Love

Posted By on Fri, Feb 26, 2010 at 10:58 AM

One the best Valentine's Day presents I got a couple of weeks ago came from Mike Carson and Jack Pruitt in the form of a new blog they recently started.

It's a fun and smart read that's sure to alleviate (albeit temporarily) our fears for the Legislature's sanity or the future of our state.

Check out the inaugural issue of The Sonoran Desert Progressive right here.

The Water Project: Water Rave $10

Posted By on Fri, Feb 26, 2010 at 9:21 AM


A couple of weeks ago, we interviewed Jodi Netzer about a new festival she's helping to put together, The Water Project: Tucson's Synergistic Water Festival.

"THE WATER PROJECT: Tucson's Synergistic Water Festival", March 26-28, 2010, celebrates, educates and facilitates creative and proactive problem-solving to protect our most precious and endangered resource—WATER. The festival promotes conservation and responsible development with businesses, organizations, city / county departments, and individuals. Initiating Tucson's own World Water Week, THE WATER PROJECT features an Enviro-Vendor Fair, policy panel discussion, roundtable brainstorms, film series, theatrical performance, art happenings, inter-faith / cross-cultural water ritual, and more!

There still plenty of time for you to get involved, and one particular event this weekend will help raise money to pay for festival costs and logistics. Continue to check out the event Website here, for

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Loft Cinema: "White Ribbon" Opens

Posted By on Fri, Feb 26, 2010 at 8:57 AM

The White Ribbon opens this week at the Loft Cinema. Details here.

City of Lost Children is the Loft's late-night cult classic this weekend. It's a treat on the big screen. Trailer after the jump.

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