Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Nothing Scares an Arizona Republican More Than an Angry Educator

Posted By on Tue, Sep 11, 2018 at 2:15 PM


I've never used emoticons before, but these angry little guys may be just what I need right now.

"Read my emoticon. Damn right I'm mad! I plan to stay mad through November 6. After that, we'll see."

Republicans are doing everything they can to tell Arizona educators to calm down, there's really nothing to be upset about. It's your own fault the Invest in Ed initiative isn't on the ballot. As for your salary problems, blame your school district, not the legislature or the governor. You educators shouldn't bother your pretty, pedantic little heads about all this complicated governing stuff. Just stay in to your classrooms where you belong. After you vote us back into office, don't worry, everything will be fine.

Republicans hate it when their opponents get mad. Oh, they love to rile up their own base. The Tea Party named itself after a bunch of colonists in Boston who were so pissed about taxes, they threw a shipload of tea in the harbor. Our Liar in Chief inflames his base with a steady diet of hate directed at his growing list of enemies. They know it works.They know it brings their supporters out to the polls.

Which is why they want the opposition to stay calm and quiet. Get sad, not mad. Lose gracefully.

I was surprised to find myself featured in an op ed by Jonathan Hoffman in Sunday's Star. I was the poster child and whipping boy for every educator who is angry at Republican elected officials and their fat cat donors and plans to vote them out of office. Hoffman was complaining about a quote from one of my recent posts, Don't Get Sad. Get Mad!:
“We need to be Red-hot angry over the decision by Ducey’s Supreme Court, backed by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, to take the Invest in Education initiative off the ballot.”
Hoffman hated that "Red-hot angry" phrase so much, he repeated it four times. If anyone missed the point about how dangerous it is to be that angry, he warned teachers they're turning into "Antifa thugs" instead of quiet, staid "college-educated professionals."

Your problems are your own fault, he said.
"You created the problems with the Invest in Ed initiative, not the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry or the Arizona Supreme Court. So, be professional, own the screw-up, and do it right next time."
Take the blame. Slink away quietly. Lick your wounds. You can try again two years from now.

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Tuesday Toon: Presidential Polygraph

Posted By on Tue, Sep 11, 2018 at 12:38 PM

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Pac-12 Power Rankings: Bryce Love's Dominance, Arizona's Offensive Struggles and More

Posted By on Tue, Sep 11, 2018 at 12:11 PM

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We've successfully maneuvered our way through three weeks of the college football season, with a sparse amount of highs and a litany of lows in the Pac-12.

Last week's games produced a series of moments on both ends of the spectrum—with Arizona and USC looking flat-out ugly in road losses to Houston and Stanford, while Colorado punched its way past longtime rival Nebraska in Lincoln.

The 12-game college football season is a grueling gauntlet for most teams, with a single loss standing between immortality and failure.

It's been a brutal start to the season for the conference's dark-horse preseason darlings, Arizona and USC, with the former starting 0-2, while the latter sits at 1-1 after a dismal showing in Palo Alto.

Without further ado, here's my complete power ranking of all 12 teams in what Bill Walton refers to as 'The Conference of Champions':

1. Stanford (2-0, 1-0)

Last Week: Defeated USC 17-3

The Cardinal have been rock solid to start the season, trouncing San Diego State by 21 points in their opener, before stifling a solid USC team 17-3 last Saturday. The Cardinal have looked like a much better team top-to-bottom than last year's squad, which was basically reliant upon the exploits of dynamic running back Bryce Love to succeed. They were lucky, as Love put up a season that should have won him the Heisman Trophy, with 2,118 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns for the Cardinal, despite being hobbled by a nasty high ankle sprain for most of the year. The biggest difference with the Cardinal this fall is the performance of junior QB K.J. Costello, who has 515 passing yards and 5 passing touchdowns in two games, while only throwing one interception in that stretch. Love rebounded from a rough opening game against SDSU, where he ran for 29 yards on 18 carries, with 136 rushing yards and a touchdown on 22 carries against the Trojans. Expect the Cardinal to roll over Dan Hawkins' University of California-Davis team this week, with a road trip to play 20th-ranked Oregon looming large on Sept. 22.

2. Colorado (2-0, 0-0)

Last Week: Defeated Nebraska 33-28

No Pac-12 team has caught me by surprise quite like the Buffs have through their first two games. I was quite impressed by Mike MacIntyre's team and the way they handled their business in Lincoln on Saturday, with junior QB Steven Montez completing 33-of-50 passed for 351 yards and three scores against a much-improved Huskers defense. The Buffs have looked explosive on offense through two games, destroying my alma mater (Colorado State) 45-13 in their opener on Labor Day weekend, exhibiting the type of offensive firepower that's been lacking in Boulder for the past decade or so. The Buffs face their final non-conference tuneup game against the University of New Hampshire this weekend, before hosting Chip Kelly's UCLA squad on Friday, Sept. 28 in their conference opener. Don't be surprised if Montez keeps the Buffaloes in contention for a division crown as the season progresses.

3. Washington (1-1, 0-0)

Last Week: Defeated North Dakota 45-3

The Huskies entered the season as the unanimous pick to be the Pac-12's on-field darling, but ran into a buzzsaw against Auburn in week one. The Huskies weren't able to usurp the Tigers' defensive prowess in a game that the conference desperately needed to win from a PR standpoint, falling 21-16 in a defensive bloodbath of a game. Chris Peterson's team rebounded nicely against a mid-tier FCS squad last week, with a crucial contest in Salt Lake City against an undefeated Utah team on Saturday. The issue is that senior QB Jake Browning has been inconsistent through two games, posting a QB Rating of 53.5 (on a scale of 0-100) against Auburn, before rebounding somewhat to 70.2 against North Dakota. That inconsistency is nothing new for Browning, who finished last season with a 59.8 QBR in 13 games a junior in 2017, a year after a promising sophomore campaign where he had a QBR of 71.1 for the Huskies. It's clear that the senior is heading in the wrong direction statistically for the Huskies, though he has a definitive chance to salvage his career with a strong showing in the conference season. It'll be interesting to see if Browning can crack the Utes' strong pass defense this Saturday, with Utah ranking second overall in passing yards allowed per game, at 62 passing yards per game against Weber State and Northern Illinois University.

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Local Musician June West Celebrates Album Release Thursday Night at Exo Roast Co.

Posted By on Tue, Sep 11, 2018 at 9:30 AM

June West celebrates the release of her self-titled debut at Exo Roast Co., on Thursday, Sept. 13.

With a doe-like spirit and a keen eye set on self-examination, June West chronicles stories of both deep loss and contentment and creates a reflecting pool of her life.

“The release of this album is a big milestone for me as a human trying to find my purpose,” West says. “The greatest lesson has been about how people across communities are generously willing to step up and help me realize my ideas because they believe in what I do.” Which serves as fuel for West to persist through the challenges of being an artist.

Drawing influence equally from the present day (artists like Natalie Prass and Angel Olsen) and the past (godmothers Joni Mitchell and Rickie Lee Jones who helped pave the way), West is a practitioner in flux. “The newer songs have been more deliberately evocative of soul and R&B, which has always resonated with me.”

Upon entrance, delicate and dreamlike, partially hidden from view, June West is an album that reveals its secret gardens with each listen. Here are a few highlights.

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Claytoon of the Day: Double Standards For Serena

Posted By on Tue, Sep 11, 2018 at 8:57 AM

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Three Great Things to Do in Tucson Today: Tuesday, Sept. 11

Posted By on Tue, Sep 11, 2018 at 1:00 AM

The Mountain View retirement community recognizes the hard work of local first responders every year with a block party. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • The Mountain View retirement community recognizes the hard work of local first responders every year with a block party.
First Responders Block Party. Mountain View Retirement Village is hosting their seventh annual First Responders Appreciation Block Party to honor those that put their lives at risk to save others. Guest speakers at the event will include Oro Valley Mayor Satish Hiremath, Pima County Sheriff Mark Napier and Golder Ranch Fire Chief Randy Karrer. Also in attendance will be the Oro Valley K-9 Unit (dogs!) and the Pima County SWAT and Bomb Squad, members of Border Patrol and the Golder Ranch Fire Department's ladder trucks (trucks!). The event works to honor those who gave their lives in New York during the tragic events of 9/11, and to celebrate the first responders that keep our communities safe. The event runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 7900 N. La Canada Drive and is open to the public. Details here.

JPride Pound Workout. Let’s start with a few definitions: JPride is a program sponsored by the Tucson J which began in 2005 with the goal of promoting inclusivity for the LGBTQ+ community. The Pound workout is a growing type of group fitness class that combines cardio, strength training and lots and lots of sweating. So, in attending this class, you’re supporting a diversity initiative and bringing yourself one step closer to the set of abs you’ve always wanted (or at least one step closer to feeling justified in eating the plate of nachos you were going to eat tonight anyway). Every second Tuesday of the month. All ages, abilities, identities, genders, sizes and faiths are welcome! 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11. Tucson Jewish Community Center, 3800 E. River Road. Free. Details here.

Token Tuesday. Every Tuesday night you have the chance to finally level up in that game you just can't beat. The deal is this: free tokens with every drink purchase. So, it all makes sense right? The more you drink the better at gaming you get, therefore you will beat the game! Basic logic. So head on over to Cobra Arcade Bar and plug in. Event runs from 4 to 7 p.m. at 63 E. Congress. Details here.

Events compiled by Emily Dieckman, B.S. Eliot, Ava Garcia and Jeff Gardner.

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