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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: Downing

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A few minutes of journalistic due diligence would have enlightened the author of this pointless, half-baked piece to two key facts she lazily only speculates about: 1. The movie began production in early June 2010, thus the location decision would have necessarily been made no later than the start of the year, long before 1070 was on the national radar. 2. Because New Mexico has long offered producers a financial incentive package far superior to Arizona's, every Hollywood production that's written for Arizona is shot in New Mexico, Texas or some other 'film friendly' state that's not Arizona. This includes "3:10 to Yuma."

Alas for our poor author's rote stab at expressing her minority politics, the decision to film in New Mexico was due solely to financial considerations, not - was this a laugh line? - "our brutally stupid politics."

At least she gets one thing right: "District 9" is indeed a "thrilling" movie.

Posted by locust on 12/10/2010 at 12:42 PM

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You just described why I am eating less and less for breakfast. I always try to make the last bite of Raisin Bran coincide with the reading of the TV listings. I now have time to do the Sudoku as there is a certain amount of Raisin Bran that I need to sustain life. I love walking out to the street in the morning, taking off the rubber band and reading the front page above the fold as I walk back in. I will always have the paper delivered until I am on an IV and off the Raisin Bran but the content (or lack of content) sure is depressing.

Posted by blr333 on 11/14/2010 at 11:49 AM

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Perfectly right on is always the best ingredient. My fave spots are in my neighborhood, walking distance. Lovin Spoonful and Govinda's.

Posted by native daughter on 10/25/2010 at 7:25 PM

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No way Maynards. Until they pay their fair share of rent, choose another Downtown option.

All you can eat at La Contessa?...all you can obese. Take that soda straw out of your mouth while you're at it.

The new to a tire shop and across the street from rat and roach killers (where the Empress Porn shop was and will always be) and a low life biker bar. Great.

Posted by YesSireeBob on 10/25/2010 at 9:53 AM

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"...she'd eaten there the night before and that, as usual, it had been like having dinner at a friend's house. Ed and I were there the next Friday, and that's exactly what it was like—if, that is, you had a friend who could make ideally greaseless chile rellenos. It's always quiet and the people are extremely nice."

ONE visit and you know it is ALWAYS QUIET? Is this a paid political announcement?

Posted by W Corvi on 10/21/2010 at 8:09 PM

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I was very distressed to find that my favorite mom-and-sisters place, La Contessa on Ina, is closed. $10 all-you-can-eat delicious home-style Italian food! Guess it was too good to last :-(

Posted by AJ Flick on 10/21/2010 at 3:23 PM

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Love is a secret ingredient for good food, and one you're not going to get at a big corporate chain restaurant. When people ask for my recipes I invariably list love as the last ingredient; it's last important.

I too have a standard go to list for restaurants with love: JaxKitchen (not the author's neighborhood, unfortunately, at Ina/Oracle), Venzo's Pizza (Swan/Broadway), Kazoku Sushi (Columbus/Speedway), and Maria's (6th Ave, across from the VA Hospital). These places aren't super fancy, and the don't have long menus with hundreds of items, but what they do have is real people in the back inventing and cooking foods that they love to share as much as we love to eat. That's what makes a restaurant special.

Posted by Zack Jarrett on 10/21/2010 at 6:12 AM

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That's what and who we are. In that order. Get used to it and get a job.

Posted by YesSireeBob on 10/19/2010 at 12:33 PM

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Very well said.
We have allowed our democracy to be stolen from us. I am afraid that the answer to the questions you pose will be that the woods are set afire and burnt to the ground. Our little experiment in freedom was interesting while it lasted; who can say what will arise in its stead.

Frdmftr : .................ah hell Jimmy, I'll just delete the rest of this comment myself and save you the trouble.

Robert Alexander Dumas

Posted by Robert Alexander Dumas on 10/18/2010 at 2:39 PM

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Typical short-sighted leftist view: It's all the fault of the rich. They should all sell their mega-yachts and stop acting like they are better off than anyone else, right? Well, they did that during the Great Depression in New Jersey. They bought into that Great Guilt-trip being laid on them by columnists not unlike Renee Downing, and they sold their mega-yachts and a lot of other rich-man's toys.

And when they did, 50,000 service workers, who serviced the marine industry, and the restaurant workers and clothing stores and the whole darned infrastructure that depended upon those marine workers, were put out of work.

Renee, stop blaming the only people who invest in jobs for all the trouble. Blame the Marxist idea that government has to be big enough to give you everyone you want, because that means government is big enough THAT IT HAS TO take everything you have.

This recession -- on the verge of depression -- isn't the fault of the rich or the poor or the Tea Party. This recession is the fault of the same kind of banking dynasties that ran the world for 500 years before the American Revolution. We kicked them out in 1783, and their covert operatives talked our government into inviting them back into control of our economy in 1913.

From 1800 to 1900 America was the most prosperous nation on the face of the Earth. The average working man, woman, and child saw his or her living standard improve more in that 100 years than it had in the prevkious 25 centuries. When you worked for wages, your wages were wealth, and the laborer was able to send his children to university and the children of laborers became captains of industry. Then the bankers robbed us of our gold and silver coin, started loaning us worthless paper money at interest while keeping all our gold and silver, and we've been working for debt ever since.

Try learning something about economics before you go spouting off theories on subjects you know nothing about.

Posted by Frdmftr on 10/18/2010 at 6:17 AM

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If you want to know what went wrong with our republic, find the answers and how to fix it here:…

Posted by Dan_Kanna on 10/13/2010 at 5:46 PM

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My mother was fond of saying, "The downfall of Civilization was Elvis Presley and The Pill." She was not one to expand on this, but I think what she observed is a slippery slope away from traditional icons of purity, loyalty and respect for authority (e.g. Church and Country) that leads unintentionally to the erosion of fairness and not harming others (e.g., divorce and war). Surprisingly, she despised the Catholic Church to which her mother converted sometime in her thirties, and which resulted in my mother being forced to go to Catholic school. She described her priest as "a toad" with a big jeweled ring. So much for their effectiveness in teaching her respect for authority.
Two decades later, a large number of my Protestant contemporaries, without despising clergy, moved out of organized religion because they became too secular (e.g., "the edifice complex"). Looking back at both our generations, I am inclined to think the spread of the practice of psychology had a role. It is a more insidious form of authority (quasi-scientific) that provides excuses for our choices: we should be true to ourselves (after getting to know who we are); if we can't help ourselves, how can we help others; blame our parents (or the Church); and, in the worst-case scenario, a wide spectrum of "mental illnesses." This explains, too, the priests raping boys and nuns making "naughty girls" into slaves in the convent laundry (subject of another film).
Where did so many older priests and nuns come from? Often they were "given" by their parents to God at an age before they could begin to know who they are, what they believed, how they would like to live their lives, or that there were any other choices. By obeying, these children were being fair to their parents and not harming their families by either embarrassing them as churchgoers or taking their bread. As you say, where was the government then? Sending children off to become priests and nuns seemed certain to bind them to the other three pillars: loyalty, purity, and respect for authority. What a gamble that was!
GOOD NEWS: I hear there is a strong contemporary movement within the Catholic Church strengthening all these pillars at once, and that is the formation of groups of Sisters who have had successful careers and now want to lead -- perhaps for just a short time, but maybe for the rest of their lives -- regular devotion to both spiritual and humane objectives. Hurrah! There must be a similar movement among Catholic men.

Posted by Karen Dahood on 10/07/2010 at 11:11 AM

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Thank you for having the courage to speak out against the real terrorist threat that exists in this world. Men(predators) acting like the devil disguised in religious garb!

Posted by milagro135 on 10/07/2010 at 10:13 AM

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As one whom the right considers too far to the left, and the left considers too far to the right, I applaud your philosophical position on the subject of sexual morality and religion. I would caution, however, that your comparison of the left and right in the second to the last paragraph is just a little too narrow: There is such a thing as one who is to the left socially, and to the right politically: He's called a libertarian. In my case, he's called a Constitutionalist: For liberty to thrive, government must constrain itself to the limited authority delegated by the Consent of the Governed (the Constitution), and that means stay the hell out of our private lives.

Posted by Frdmftr on 10/07/2010 at 5:52 AM

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i moved from tucson to providence, ri in 2005, and reading this made me miss monsoon season so much! the rain out here is completely different - most of the time, it rains for days on end, and it's almost never exciting. sure, it storms here, perhaps more often than in tucson, but my guess is that i encounter a storm that has thunder and lightning maybe once a year. monsoon season in tucson is so hard to explain to someone who has never experienced it, especially the part about being able to see isolated rain storms from clear across town.

one thing i don't miss about monsoon season, however, is the wave of tarantula sightings that accompany it. heebie-jeebies!


Posted by illyanadmc on 09/23/2010 at 10:41 AM

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Geezane -- actually years ago I got to look around a weather command center (I don't know what the real name is) in the Enviro Sciences building at the U during storm season and it was beyond impressive. And as for the people who report it -- I know they work in horrid caves. I just couldn't resist.

Posted by Renee Downing on 09/16/2010 at 4:41 PM

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I like to remark that our local weather people have every tool available to them, except maybe a window to look out of.

Posted by Geezjane on 09/16/2010 at 4:24 PM

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The original version of this column indicated that the Friends of the Pima County Public Library Book Barn is open four hours a week. This has been corrected to four hours a day. The hours are:

Monday-Wednesday 8 a.m.-noon
Thursday 8 a.m.-noon and 6-9 p.m.

Posted by imessina on 08/26/2010 at 4:02 PM

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90% of energy in the US is generated by coal. Coal companies blow off mountaintops in eastern Kentucky, and blow up flat land in western Kentucky. Many trees are killed in the process. What do you think powers your laptop? Where do you think the batteries which run your laptop that die every few months are buried? Have you thought about going to the library? It's a wonderful invention. There, books can be obtained after your neighbor has read them. It is a remarkable system. You go in, get a card, and you can be lent a book. It does not have to be reprinted.

Posted by reader on 08/21/2010 at 10:01 PM

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I'm not cheap, there was a time I paid for books. But circumstances being what they are, these days I am just this side of poor. Imagine the day comes when an author I wish to read has a book published that is available download only. If I and all the destitute masses could actually afford a Kindle like device, would we be able drop by the library to download this book for a couple of weeks? I think not.

Posted by lanceC on 08/19/2010 at 7:11 PM

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