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Re: “Seth MacFarlane and His Peculiar Distaste For Tucson

Having lived in your insufferable town for seven years, I completely understand why Seth McFarlane has a hate boner for your town full of crazy. I am so glad I was finally able to escape that place. As I learned to say when I lived there, if I owned a place in hell and a place in Tucson, I'd live in the place in hell and rent out the place in Tucson to a sucker, because compared to Tucson, hell is not only cooler, it's overall a more pleasant place with a better class of people.

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Posted by Keith Burwood McFarland on 07/10/2017 at 9:24 PM

Re: “Tucson Restaurateurs Victimized in Home Burglary

I haven't lived in Tucson for many years, but this was always my favorite Indian restaurant! So sorry to hear about the burglary - I remember the owners fondly.

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Posted by Jen on 07/10/2017 at 7:07 PM

Re: “T.H.R.E.A.T. Watch: The Frog Pot Heats Up

Francis, with respect, come on! The president criticizing the press does not threaten the free press. No one is being stopped from printing anything.

The press deserves to be taken down a peg or two. Let's stop pretending that journalists are saintly warrior-monks fighting selflessly for the Truth. In fact, these people are 110 IQ liberal arts majors who couldn't pass calculus in college, scored too low on the LSAT to get into a good law school, and got stuffed into lockers by all the kids going to business school when they were in high school. They are just a pack of half-bright political activists, no different than a party or a PAC.

The press represent a particular, narrow range of opinions held by the coastal elites. Something like 90 percent of them vote Democrat. They have an axe to grind, and they are happy to lie to advance that agenda. For example:

In just the last six months, the Washington Post was forced to retract two Russian hacking stories (one about the "penetration of the utility grid" that didn't happen, and one about the "secret back channel connection between a Trump Tower server and a Russian bank");

The New York Times was forced to retract their claim about "17 U.S. intelligence agencies" concurring in an assessment regarding Russian hacking, they printed a libelous editorial blaming Sarah Palin for the Gabby Giffords shooting (for which they will be paying out healthy settlement), and in sworn testimony, Comey said that a Times story claiming frequent contacts between Trump campaign officials and representatives of the Russian government was "almost entirely wrong."

CNN was forced to institute new editorial approval procedures and fired three reporters after printing a completely fake story about Anthony Scaramucci and a Russian hedge fund manager.

And I could go on. These people deserve to be criticized.

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Posted by Nathan K on 07/10/2017 at 7:02 PM

Re: “Tucson Restaurateurs Victimized in Home Burglary

I have eaten there many times and have always enjoyed it. Excellent food, friendly people. So sorry they have been victimized.

However, if people wish to patronize the restaurant in order to support the owners, please get the location correct. It is nowhere near Broadway. BTW, it's also Bhattis plural, not Bhatti's, possessive. Bad journalism altogether. (Says someone whose degree is in journalism.) Meanwhile, SUPPORT THE RESTAURANT. Excellent food.

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Posted by Jennifer Roberson on 07/10/2017 at 5:40 PM

Re: “T.H.R.E.A.T. Watch: The Frog Pot Heats Up

Yes, David. Keep the focus on Trump. That way you don't have to deal with the issues that matter to most of the electorate or with what's happened to the Democratic Party, which Ralph Nader outlines very well in the quote below, emphasis mine:

"The Democrats began the process of message preceding policy. [...] That means they kept saying how bad the Republicans are. They campaigned not by saying, look how good we are, were going to bring you full Medicare [for all], were going to crack down on corporate crime against workers and consumers and the environment, stealing, lying, cheating you. Were going to get you a living wage. Were going to get a lean defense, a better defense, and get some of this money and start rebuilding your schools and bridges and water and sewage systems and libraries and clinics. Instead of saying that, they campaign by saying 'Can you believe how bad the Republicans are?' [...] they say to their progressive wing, 'Youve got nowhere to go, get off our back.' And this went right into the scapegoating of the last twenty years. 'Oh, its Nader, oh, its the Koch Brothers, oh, its the electoral college, oh, its misogyny, oh, its redneck deplorables.' THEY NEVER LOOK AT THEMSELVES IN THE MIRROR."

When it comes to why we are where we are, with Trump in the White House, it is indeed the mirror that the Democrats need to consult. They have lost credibility with the working class and with much of the professionally educated middle class. They can't and / or won't stand up to corporate America and its lobbyists and they continue to pretend that all that matters is identity politics. They will lose again if they cannot recognize that it's the ECONOMIC REALITIES people who work for a living face that can unite and mobilize the base that used to trust the Democratic Party, but no longer does. You know: all those people who voted for Obama and then Trump. We would not be where we are now if those ECONOMICALLY motivated voters had been given a candidate with a Sanders-style, not a Clinton-style message.

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Posted by Keep distracting the electorate, David. on 07/10/2017 at 5:12 PM

Re: “T.H.R.E.A.T. Watch: The Frog Pot Heats Up

Nathan K: In response: Mr. Safier is on the Mark!!!!.

"The moment we no longer have a free press, anything can happen. What makes it possible for a totalitarian or any other dictatorship (Donald Trump) to rule is that people are not informed; how can you have an opinion if you are not informed? If everybody always lies to you (Donald Trump), the consequence is not that you believe the lies, but rather that nobody believes anything any longer. This is because lies, by their very nature, have to be changed, and a lying government has constantly to rewrite its own history (Donald Trump).

On the receiving end you get not only one lie..a lie which you could go on for the rest of your days but you get a great number of lies, depending on how the political wind blows. And a people that no longer can believe anything cannot make up its mind. It is deprived not only of its capacity to act but also of its capacity to think and to judge. And with such a people you can then do what you please. "...(the Plan of Donald Trump)

John Adams Letter to Thomas Jefferson (15 July 1817)

"Our liberty cannot be guarded but by the freedom of the press, nor that be limited without danger of losing it." --Thomas Jefferson to John Jay, 1786.

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Posted by Francis Saitta on 07/10/2017 at 4:27 PM

Re: “Danehy

"Did your mother have any kids that lived?"

Clever. Harvard or Princeton?

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Posted by Not Amused on 07/10/2017 at 4:15 PM

Re: “Police Dispatch

Why the he'll would you consent to the OVPD jackboot Nazis? Dumb, dumb,dumb. These Hitler youth rejects are the worst scumbag pigs in AZ

Posted by Jon connor on 07/10/2017 at 4:08 PM

Re: “T.H.R.E.A.T. Watch: The Frog Pot Heats Up

First, the President is right to point out that the media have abandoned even the pretense of objectivity, and are now acting essentially as an opposition political party. Safier has it backwards when he says the media speak truth to power. It's the opposite. The media are the powerful in this country. They define the culture. They mediate which opinions are acceptable, and punish those that are forbidden. They are the mouthpieces of the coastal cultural elite and the enforcers of their public morality. Trump, by contrast, represents a sort of dissident, populist counterculture. When Trump resists the media, he is speaking truth to their power.

Second, let's remember that Trump's travel ban has widespread popular support, garnering 60% in a recent poll. The people of our country have the right to determine who we invite to join our national community. Prospective immigrants (and unelected judges) don't get to make that decision - we do. If national sovereignty means anything, it means that.

Third, lawbreakers, like illegal immigrants, should feel pressure and anxiety. That's right and proper. If illegals are anxious about being deported, maybe they should go home.

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Posted by Nathan K on 07/10/2017 at 4:01 PM

Re: “T.H.R.E.A.T. Watch: The Frog Pot Heats Up

The Viability of our Political System is being tested like it has never been tested before. Congress must put Country before Party and Remove this Inveterate Liar and Crook, Donald Trump, from Office.

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Posted by Francis Saitta on 07/10/2017 at 3:32 PM

Re: “Tucson Restaurateurs Victimized in Home Burglary

Because the criminals went beyond theft to also extensively vandalize their home, could this also be a hate crime?

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Posted by Steve Zupcic on 07/10/2017 at 10:37 AM

Re: “Tucson Restaurateurs Victimized in Home Burglary

So you changed the article to reflect that the business is on Campbell... but it's NOT "near" Broadway.

Glenn, yes. Even Grant, yes. Broadway, no.

How difficult is this?

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Posted by Renée Luna on 07/10/2017 at 9:58 AM

Re: “Song of the Day: Billy Sedlmayr on Kathi McDonald Covering Willie Dixon's 'Insane Asylum'

Great article Billy. Thank you so much for keeping the memory of Kathy alive she was awesome person!

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Posted by English Cathy Harris on 07/10/2017 at 9:03 AM

Re: “Tucson Restaurateurs Victimized in Home Burglary

Sorry to hear this news. The Bhattis run our favorite Indian restaurant in Tucson. India Oven has been a mainstay for many.

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Posted by RussellLowes on 07/10/2017 at 7:07 AM

Re: “DeVos Delays Loan Relief For Students Ripped Off By For-Profit Colleges

How difficult is it to understand that banks that can't (or won't) recognize a bad loan risk when they see one should go out of business, not be bailed out with billions of dollars of taxpayer funds? The banks and their sick loan schemes (deployed in public and non-profit educational institutions as well as in for-profit ones) are the problem, and also politicians who take campaign donations from the financial industry. Together, they've sold the next generation into indentured servanthood, and now they keep proposing that taxpayers, in addition to taking on inadvisable amounts of debt to fund their own children's outrageously overpriced college and professional education, should be asked to bail out banks that have given out billions in loans to borrowers who, if the banks knew their own business, could easily have been recognized as bad loan risks?

What kind of an "education" system do we have, that people don't see through this scam?

It is absolutely astounding what kind of policy CRAP is served to the public as a supposedly palatable, nourishing meal by some of our so-called "defenders of labor" in the Democratic Party these days.

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Posted by When did we stop asking banks to competently assess risk? on 07/09/2017 at 3:02 PM

Re: “Heart Attack Kills Greasy Tony?

worked for the family in Tempe..John was such a wonderful character!..great memeories!

Posted by Sean Seamus Somers on 07/09/2017 at 7:44 AM

Re: “DeVos Delays Loan Relief For Students Ripped Off By For-Profit Colleges

Where is a refund for students ripped off by state and non-profit colleges? Massive longitudinal studies have found that over 50% of students in college show no evidence of cognitive gains. Loaded up with debt and nothing to show for it.

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Posted by on 07/08/2017 at 10:08 PM

Re: “Tucson Restaurateurs Victimized in Home Burglary

Headline alert. Restaurateurs is the correct spelling.

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Posted by SonoranWinds on 07/08/2017 at 7:27 PM

Re: “Tucson Restaurateurs Victimized in Home Burglary

It's on Campbell near GLENN STREET, nowhere near Broadway. About half a block south of Glenn St.

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Posted by ShyJuly on 07/08/2017 at 6:29 PM

Re: “Tucson Restaurateurs Victimized in Home Burglary

So hard to lose heirlooms but after awhile it's almost a blessing, to be rid of them. The older you are however, the more difficult it can be to see it this way. The violation of one's personal space is worse than the loss of things. In the meantime, is there a gofundme page to right the ship, so to speak? Best of luck to them, and peace.

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Posted by tucsonsuitsme on 07/08/2017 at 1:11 PM

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