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Re: “Tour Diaries! XIXA in Fun, Fun, Fun on the Autobahn. Detained!

Amen to the "keep right except to pass." Drives (no pun intended) me crazy here in the U.S. Enjoying your diaries and want to see you live when you return to Tucson.

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Posted by Jet on 07/21/2017 at 8:32 AM

Re: “The Weekly List: 13 Things To Do In Tucson In The Next 10 Days

Would love to hear some local bands. Sedona
Eric Zamg percussionist, midddle Eastern, from Phoenix

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by beachlover31 on 07/21/2017 at 5:53 AM

Re: “Flake Loves Him Some Cruzcare

FLAKE IS A CLOSET DEMOCRAP, he supported everything the traitor that lived in the while house did for 8 years. I hope he looses the next election and a real conservative is elected.

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Posted by AZPaul on 07/21/2017 at 5:20 AM

Re: “Tour Diaries! XIXA in Fun, Fun, Fun on the Autobahn. Detained!

Forgive the typo, it's actually Ostrava, Czech Republic.

Posted by WW on 07/20/2017 at 6:37 PM

Re: “Flake Loves Him Some Cruzcare

Francis, just in case you hadn't noticed, what you are advocating for is already available in the US. It's called the VA. My family knows all too well what the government can do to our healthcare. The military has been abused for decades, and now you want to include all Americans in the abuse.

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Posted by Just Try To See A Doctor on 07/20/2017 at 3:08 PM

Re: “Dr. Word Says: Trump Tries His Hand at Poetry

There is some Trump coverage that would be useful: e.g., taking the campaign promises he made that persuaded working class and middle class people to vote for him and investigating -- entirely without ridicule, without snark -- to what exact extent his policies, appointees, and actions in office are delivering on those promises and to what exact extent Trump's administration is actually benefiting Trump's economic class at the expense of labor.

That is the Trump-related reporting that needs to be done. Not Russia conspiracy theories, not "Ivanka took his seat at the G20 summit," not "Kushner looked stupid in his bullet proof vest," not "Melania isn't living at the White House," not "he was childishly delighted with the military displays in Paris" and certainly not "here's a metrical analysis of one of his Tweets." How can the constant mockery and condescension and the inability of distinguished media titans (NYT, WaPo, even WSJ) to report on him using the tone usually reserved for discussions of the U.S. President do anything but confirm in the minds of ordinary people who voted for him that the "mainstream media" doesn't see or understand the economic issues they believed Trump would address? It seems likely that the approach being used will just confirm their belief that the "mainstream media" should not be trusted because they are on a non-stop, mean-spirited, elitist witch hunt.

The economic threats this generation of Americans face are real. The unreported story which, nevertheless, many people who work for a living understand, is that since Bill Clinton's presidency, the Democratic Party has not only failed to better the lot of the working and middle classes, and it has failed to defend them from abuse and damage in debacles caused by failures of regulatory oversight like the housing market crash and the pending student loan debt crisis. A significant percentage of working Americans have home mortgages and a growing number have burdensome, even crushing, student loan debt. 2008-2016 made clear the extent to which elected representatives of the people were failing to put reasonable checks on the financial sector, as Obama presided over an unprecedented bailout of the banking system at taxpayer expense and the Justice Department's failed to prosecute those responsible for -- and profiting from -- the disaster: you know, people like the banking executives who proposed to pay themselves bonuses with taxpayer-funded bailout funds, within a year of crashing our economy with worldwide repurcussions.

In this context, ridiculing Trump won't persuade people who voted for him based on his promises to increase their prosperity, opportunity, and security to jump on the bandwagon pulled by the Democratic donkey who looks more and more like a self-involved JACKASS every day. It will probably just intensify their hatred of "the elites."

Job well done, David Safier et al. Keep up the good work.

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Posted by In Trump coverage like this, the donkey seems a jackass. on 07/20/2017 at 2:53 PM

Re: “There's Election Integrity, and Then There's Election Integrity

Forget Hillary. She lost the election and does not matter anymore.

I do not understand continuing support for Trump when so many lies are proven, and "Yes, I do," accept responsible journalism over Trump Tweets.

So try:…

If you refuse to believe these examples, then keep voting for the man and all he represents.

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Posted by Discouraged & Dismally Dismayed on 07/20/2017 at 12:49 PM

Re: “Dr. Word Says: Trump Tries His Hand at Poetry

"A man has got to know his limitations."-Clint Eastwood in Dirty Harry

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Posted by The Russians Hacked My Email Again on 07/20/2017 at 11:37 AM

Re: “Dr. Word Says: Trump Tries His Hand at Poetry

...because there certainly aren't any serious policy issues about which the American public needs to receive valid facts and analysis. Most citizens have little leisure time available to consume commentary, and what time they do have available, they should be asked to fill with scoffing at Trump's various high-profile idiocies and analyzing the meter and literary devices in his Tweets.

Still waiting, David, for your "compare and contrast" of higher ed financing in various developed economies and for your explanation of why our efforts to create universal health care in the U.S. did not produce a single payer system. But perhaps competently addressing those policy topics would undermine your goal of promoting Democratic policy compromises that produce better yields for the banks, the insurers, and the pharmaceuticals than they do for the citizens who are asked to vote for "Democratic" politicians.

(If I thought it was worth my time, I would calculate the % of NYTimes and Washington Post news alerts I receive that begin with the word, "Trump." But it is NOT worth my time. Neither reading the articles, nor calculating the degree to which our media "watchdogs'" time is spent avoiding reporting on wages, entitlements, worker safety protections, regulation of the banking system and other paltry matters that reporters seem to think are of such negligible importance to the citizenry. It'll be interesting to see what's left of the country three years down the road after so much of the citizenry's attention has been wasted on Trump, as though we could afford to waste time available for advocacy in a country this troubled and on a trajectory this disturbing.)

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Posted by What's missed while the media indulges in Trumpomania? on 07/20/2017 at 11:31 AM

Re: “Flake Loves Him Some Cruzcare

What Jeff Flake wants most is some Koch money. Every organization he has listed on his web page leads back to Koch and then there is DeVos who "had him at charter schools." She has one mission, to privatize education and more specifically to turn it over to religious schools, while a company she owns hounds college students to pay the outrageous interest rates on their student loans that have disaster in the fine print. Two TUSD schools nearby have been turned into subdivisions with houses so close together you can hear your neighbor cough as charter and private schools continue to drain education funds out of the state budget for education. California has outlawed it. Something we can learn from them along with encouraging people to use solar power instead of punishing them for it.

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Posted by soundcloud on 07/20/2017 at 8:56 AM

Re: “Dr. Word Says: Trump Tries His Hand at Poetry

Colbert did a bit of satire on that tweet last night! ;)

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Posted by Gary McCormick on 07/20/2017 at 8:14 AM

Re: “Flake Loves Him Some Cruzcare

Obamacare collapses but yet he spent $9B giving phones to people that could not or would buy health insurance and then had rate payers pick up the medical tab for the phone users. This is what happens when government picks winners and losers.

Didn't want to believe it until I read it.

Clinton Bush Obama take your pick. The next program will be PCs for all and then ISP for the indigent. Now you can see why Medicare is about to be bankrupt when they are buying transportation vehicles with medical expense money.

Social Security recently announced that they will be sending out more in monthly benefits that they collect. Neither party has found a dimes worth of cuts, so you can expect for things to get much worse before they get better. This economy need some 3-4% growth years and increase employment and wages.

You can't run a home or a country with this type of budgeting and spending. Meanwhile the infrastructure crumbles.

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Posted by Larry McNeil on 07/19/2017 at 2:57 PM

Re: “Flake Loves Him Some Cruzcare

Seems like it would be necessary to influence what happens in the primaries enough to get someone worth voting for on the ballot, something Independents cannot do w/o an organization and a ground game. As long as the two parties are the only organizations able to put viable candidates on the ballot in the general they may continue to nominate people who will be, from the point of view of the ECONOMIC best interests of those who work for a living, Ms. Bad VS. Mr. Worse, candidates like Trump and Clinton who make Teresa May's parliamentary seat opponent Lord Buckethead look like an improvement over the options offered us.

Don't see an alternative to reforming the Democrats (good luck with that) or vigorously supporting the growth of a third party like the Greens, the menacing growth of which is about the only thing that could effectively force the Dems to start flushing out the Augean stables their party has become.

(Perhaps they are capable of looking at what went on in 2016 and drawing the right conclusions, but, if so, few signs of it are appearing in the mainstream media outlets they control, including this one.)

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Posted by Lay the blame where it belongs. on 07/19/2017 at 2:51 PM

Re: “Flake Loves Him Some Cruzcare


I agree with you on nearly every point you make. But, the public IS "increasingly savvy enough not to be diverted from that purpose by the ongoing bottom-feeding soap opera of non-stop partisan BS the media feeds us."

Why do I say this? Because the public is increasingly fleeing the "two party system" in favor of independence and non-alignment. The sorry spectacle of Clinton vs Trump in '16 has accelerated this trend with, today, more voters registering independent than either Democrat or Republican. In 2018, I expect to see this trend continue with independents becoming a majority, not a plurality. The duopoly is becoming irrelevant to the needs and desires of the voting public.

There ARE some Democrats I would vote for in the primaries but alas, I cannot vote in the Democratic primaries because I am not a registered Democrat and will not join the party in order to vote.

The two most popular candidates in '16 (Trump and Sanders) frequently claimed the system was rigged. The more that message resonates, the lower the turnout will be and the more likely Republicans will continue to dominate elections at every level. Because, if nothing else, they are very good at beating Democrats in elections.

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 07/19/2017 at 2:11 PM

Re: “Flake Loves Him Some Cruzcare

Elizabeth Warren? At least she frequently seems to be able to keep her eye on the ball of who benefits and at whose expense -- and, even rarer among politicians -- she not only tracks that ball, but speaks honestly with the public about its progress down the field.

I agree, Rick, an imperfect universal healthcare system is better than no universal healthcare system or a universal healthcare system the current administration refuses to fund. Better still would be a public that was well-informed enough and well-organized enough to be effective in requiring their elected representatives to give them a clean, single-payer health care system, a public savvy enough not to be diverted from that purpose by the ongoing bottom-feeding soap opera of non-stop partisan BS the media feeds us.

Why do we not have a public that is prepared to do that? Whose fault is it?

The Republicans have not betrayed their natural role in the American dialogue, as I understand it. If we have a capitalist system, someone has to represent the interests of capital. Who has betrayed their role as an effective communicator with and organizer of labor, taking on a portfolio of business interest donors, lying to the public and concealing their real (donors') motives on almost every major policy issue? Who has allowed and / or facilitated their opponents' plutocratic descent into unbridled contempt for the common man, as they themselves have left the common man's interests defenseless, though they pay these interests lip service and pretend to defend them?

The Democrats. As a member of the middle class that works for a living, not a business owner, not a capitalist, I've never expected the Republicans to defend my best interests, but I did, for many years, expect the Democrats to do so. And it's their failure to do so effectively and their 2016 betrayal of two candidates that both had more to offer labor than Clinton did (Lessig and Sanders) that caused portions of the working class and middle class electorate to defect to Trump. Trump courted their votes while Hillary chummed it up with Wall Street hedge fund managers and bankers and schemed with th DNC to cut worthier candidates out of the running in the Democratic primary contests.

We need to stop chastising the Republicans for playing their natural role. It's a waste of time and changes nothing. Instead, ask the DEMOCRATS to WAKE UP from the Clinton-corrupted dream they have been dreaming for a few decades now and reform themselves.

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Posted by Lay the blame where it belongs. on 07/19/2017 at 1:49 PM

Re: “Flake Loves Him Some Cruzcare

As of this writing, Republicare is dead. And Nero is content to fiddle while the only US backed healthcare program burns. In fact, Orange Caligula is not only fiddling, he is actively advocating for the ACA to die a slow death for which he, as POTUS, feels no responsibility. Yeah, that's the ticket.

Republicans have blown their own cover. They have demonstrated a level of incompetence never before equaled in legislative history. A level of disdain toward the poor, sick and dying unparalleled in any modern democratic nation. An ability to huff and puff and nothing more. This crowd of bomb-throwers- hasn't a decent bone in their collective skeletons.

And then we have the Democrats huddled in their caves, planning for an electoral juggernaut in '18 that is little more than a pipe dream. We are deep in the weeds hoping it all goes away. Desperately seeking a hero or heroine. Any nominations?

22 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Rick Spanier on 07/19/2017 at 12:34 PM

Re: “Flake Loves Him Some Cruzcare

The top seven hospitals combined revenue went up by $4.5 billion per year after the ACAs coverage expansions kicked in, a 15 percent jump in two years. Meanwhile, their charity care already less than 2 percent of revenue fell by almost $150 million per year, a 35 percent plunge over the same period.-Politico July 18

So how did hospitals become so flush with cash? The ACA forced rate payers to fund charity cases, and yet the hospitals maintained their tax exempt status. I thought the Democrats were all about taxing the wealthy, yet these wealthy pay no taxes at the hands of the Democrats. One might think it had something to do with campaign contributions.

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Posted by Gov't Healthcare Is Not Right on 07/19/2017 at 10:52 AM

Re: “Flake Loves Him Some Cruzcare

Sorry but the primary focus of the government is not the development of it's may be reading the wrong Constitution.

Citizens are born with God given rights to pursue freedom, liberty and success. Government dependence always ends poorly for all affected.

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Posted by Gov't Healthcare Is Not Right on 07/19/2017 at 9:59 AM

Re: “Flake Loves Him Some Cruzcare

Gov't Healthcare is Not Right: "....What is everyone's motivation for anything, but income? Come on. What is next, hungry people should not be forced to pay for food? ..."

Such a Barbaric Statement reflective of a Lack of a Fundamental Understanding of the very nature of Human Society; that the very nature of our Democracy creates a Complementry/Interactive, Mutual Dependent Social System with the Requirement to provide Assistance to others when Assistance is Necessary; that the primary focus of Government is the development of Citizens primarily through Public Education and Health Care; both should be provided at Public Expense and NOT through a "Free Market, Profit Based Economic System" where maximizing Profit and Salaries are the primary motivations and not First Rate Systems of Public Education and Health Care!

34 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Francis Saitta on 07/19/2017 at 9:41 AM

Re: “Flake Loves Him Some Cruzcare

I had thought of Flake as somewhat moderate until he started touting his A+ ratings from some of America's farthest-right organizations, beginning with the NRA, in his fear of a primary challenge from the wingnut right, aka Kelly Ward for one. Every true independent voter in Arizona better be ready to go to the polls in November 2018, dragging along a lazy Democrat, to vote for whoever wins the Democratic nomination.

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Posted by franklymydears on 07/19/2017 at 9:28 AM

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