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Re: “The Skinny

Not sure where "there is no difference" has been living, but the democrats I know pretty much stand for "what Bernie stands for," with a determination to push the party to progressive beliefs that will appeal across the spectrum from older to younger. As for Kirkpatrick, I'm still smarting from her falling into line with Flake and McCain about Oak Creek. Heinz didn't seem to have his heart in it. Bruce Wheeler has served my district well.

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Posted by soundcloud on 07/29/2017 at 1:29 PM

Re: “McCain Returns to Senate To Push Mystery GOP Healthcare Bill Forward

"And that is exactly why we are $20T in debt. There must be an end to this insanity." ML

There is.

It's called an election.

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 07/29/2017 at 7:08 AM

Re: “A Few Thoughts On the Mexican American Studies Trial

One of the issues in the MAS controversy was the extent to which the curriculum went through a public approval process by democratically elected officials in an open meeting and the extent to which the complete curriculum was and is available for public review.

Whether or not you agree with the pieces of the curriculum highlighted in media reports and in the recent trial, it remains the case that the validity of a lengthy sequence of instruction cannot be properly assessed by pieces of it taken out of context. If MAS taught Marx one week and Adam Smith the next week and asked students to form their own opinions about conflicting interpretations of history and economic structure, that would be quite different from teaching students that Marx (or Smith, for that matter) was "right."

Laws about public approval processes and public accessibility of documents relating to how public institutions function are there for a reason. In public schools funded by tax dollars, the materials used for instruction should be readily available IN THEIR ENTIRETY for the public to review. We distract ourselves with partisan issues and disregard and de-emphasize the bipartisan need for transparency at our own peril: if we don't uniformly defend our right to know what officials of both parties who are elected to "represent" us are doing with the power given them by the electorate, we'll find that at some point, by some officials, that power is being abused.

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Posted by Curricula in public schools should be transparent to the public on 07/29/2017 at 7:08 AM

Re: “Tour Diaries! XIXA Day 13: Italian Thieves! XIXA Tour Van Busted Into, Gear Ripped Off.

Mille Grazie, mi amico!
We will return to Torino.
Thank you for your help and your kindness, Domenico!
We hope to see you again.
Ciao!
WW

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Posted by WW on 07/28/2017 at 9:37 PM

Re: “Meritocracy, System Justification and Mexican American Studies

Let me get this straight, David. You have in past blogs expressed skepticism that desegregation works, and have even tended to excuse American schools lapsing back into "separate but equal" schools as a way of coping with the persistent patterns of econominally and racially segregated housing in our nation. When it comes to discussing TUSD, our largest local majority-minority district, you have time and time again passed up opportunities to help build public awareness of inequitable conditions in the district's schools and you have repeatedly, vigorously opposed students who are being academically ill-served in their local public schoos being allowed to take their per-pupil funding and apply it in private schools that produce better academic results for the students who attend them.

Yet you believe that it helps minority students to learn of past injustices and know that they belong to a class of people that have been oppressed in this country. (Actually, though it is true that this nation has systemically advantaged people of certain heritages, economic classes, religious affiliations, and skin colors at different points in its history, it is fallacious that racial classes as a whole should be regarded as "oppressed" or "oppressors." Laborers of every skin color and nationality have been oppressed in this country, and in certain contexts, members of every racial category have been oppressors. From the dawn of time there have been wars and unjust seizures that have resulted in changed borders and dispossessions. If we really wanted to undo all the injustices, persecutions and dispossessions on this continent, we would have to remove all people of European descent, including descendants of the Spanish who intermarried with Native Americans. Then we might have to start weighing and considering who was right and wrong in inter-tribal wars among pre-conquest Native Americans. By the time we were done there would be no human beings left, just the animals, who, as, Peter Singer points out, have been much abused and exploited by humans.)

Returning now to your argument here, in which you once again play the Democratic Party trick of portraying yourself as a great crusader against racial injustice while conspicuously failing to support any specific administrative actions, allocations of funds, or policy implementations that REMEDY the problems in the here and now, you tell us you think it will help minorities self-esteem to learn that they belong to an oppressed and exploited racial class.

Personally, I think effectively eliminating oppression and discrimination and inequitable conditions in schools wherever and whenever they occur would help minorities -- and all others -- more. But some have a need to divert attention from real actions in office, real policy solutions, real funding allocation decisions, and real contemporary conditions in real local schools.

So they write blog posts like this.

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Posted by What helps the oppressed most is effectively opposing oppression on 07/28/2017 at 7:38 PM

Re: “McCain Returns to Senate To Push Mystery GOP Healthcare Bill Forward

And that is exactly why we are $20T in debt. There must be an end to this insanity.

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Posted by Mizzer Lou on 07/28/2017 at 3:53 PM

Re: “Meritocracy, System Justification and Mexican American Studies

Another shining example of why TUSD and other so called public educations are mired down in idiocracy and mediocrity. It is truly an atrocity.

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Posted by Save The People on 07/28/2017 at 3:51 PM

Re: “Song of the Day: Billy Sedlmayr On Crazy Jimmy, and also Elton John's ‘Have Mercy on the Criminal’

Great review of a great song

www.yoursongscollectibles.com

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Posted by Komer Growl on 07/28/2017 at 1:48 PM

Re: “Meritocracy, System Justification and Mexican American Studies

Yesterday I read your thoughts on the MAS trial, then the comments. Today I read The Atlantic article regarding our belief that somehow we live in a meritocracy.
I zoomed back to post a link to The Atlantic piece, but you were quicker.
Here's to hoping your readers learn a few things from the study cited in The Atlantic.
And also, the MAS classes were taught in english, so how is that even relevant to anything?

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Posted by fnpmuller on 07/28/2017 at 1:22 PM

Re: “McCain Returns to Senate To Push Mystery GOP Healthcare Bill Forward

Mizzer Lou

That's for congress to decide. It's their job, what they are paid to do on behalf of their constituents (us)!

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 07/28/2017 at 12:46 PM

Re: “Seth MacFarlane and His Peculiar Distaste For Tucson

There are other writers and I thought Seth MacFarlane hadn't done any writing for Family Guy since 2010, when he started moving on to other projects? Maybe one of the other writers hates it...

Posted by K4l4p4 on 07/28/2017 at 12:11 PM

Re: “McCain Returns to Senate To Push Mystery GOP Healthcare Bill Forward

Who and how will this ACA be paid for, or are you content to just add more debt?

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Posted by Mizzer Lou on 07/28/2017 at 11:25 AM

Re: “McCain Returns to Senate To Push Mystery GOP Healthcare Bill Forward

The answer to anyone's guess is McCain showed tremendous courage in joining with Collins and Murkowski to destroy their party's idiotic crusade against the ACA. Seven years later and Bozo and the Insane Clown Posse have gone down in flames -never had a plan only a perpetual bitch session.

Bad week for Bozo with the sanctions bill passing nearly unanimously, his new communications director going off the rails, conservatives daring him to fire Sessions or Mueller, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs rebuking him for his brain fart directed at transgender soldiers and the Boy Scouts of America apologizing for his politicizing their Jamboree.

I thought we had seen how many clowns could fit in the circus car during the primaries, now make room for hundreds more as the Republicans self-destroy. (And yes, I agree the Democrats are just as bad, just not as dangerous as the party controlling the executive, legislative and judicial branches).

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 07/28/2017 at 10:20 AM

Re: “Sticky Summer Nights

The grandstands and clubhouse at Warren Ballpark are primarily constructed of raw adobe, not concrete. It is the only such facility left in the U.S. There will be a rugby tournament there Dec.9-10 2017 and a vintage baseball tournament Apr. 7-8, 2018.

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Posted by Mike Anderson on 07/28/2017 at 6:18 AM

Re: “Cannabis Court

s It is now popular voter registration. Since registration put' one on the jury rolls. Does ADHS/MMJ program share patient and purge them off the jury rolls?
What about it Nick I dont know of one patient that has sat on a Jury.

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Posted by Carpet Baggers on 07/28/2017 at 2:28 AM

Re: “Cannabis Court

Is this not the issue in it's whole ?

The abuse of civil laws brought on by Clinton.
Profiling citizens into categories by credit rating. Then allowing the insurance charge rates according credit rating.
Clinton deregulated Banks to allow them to buy and own Insurance companies. Say "AIG" Invest in venture development.
Clinton Tried to stop Government entitlements to people that tested positive.
Clinton did this civil seizure thing till the rental/trust business took off. In the mean time during the raiding of property and wealth swelled police/prosecution coffers.
Clinton's bank deregulation and allowable accounting practices, conglomeration of all financial to be intertwined caused the crash. Cowboy Bush come riding out of Texas didn't help, but neither did congress.

I have been listening to congress C-span only. We are back to policing for profit just like Clinton had outlined. The opioid explosion since Clinton released Doctors to prescribe OXY in 96 for pain. Now the powers at hand says Legalization can carry the burden for ABUSE COSTS AND POLICING FOR

So many here think this is the position to go. The ADA "Arizona Dispensary Association" seemly endorse this route. Now we have management/nefarious non-disclosed taking control.

What would be the position of supply to market. As well as patient to market. Simple just like methadone control the market raise the price hide principals in trusts.

This is why it is in so many interest to keep in schedule 1.

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Posted by Carpet baggers on 07/28/2017 at 1:30 AM

Re: “Danehy

While Danehick usually does suck, I must admit ... this column does not.

Signed, Danehick Sux

ps - I ran into Vern at Sprouts Market 4 or 5 years ago (right before he had his stroke) along with my father-in-law (who knew Verne 40 years ago), and the coach still remembered him. He was a high quality person.

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Posted by danehick sux on 07/27/2017 at 10:44 PM

Re: “In The Flesh: Jimmy Carr and the Awkward Moments Create a Raucous Musical Celebration Aboard Sun Link

i considered going but knew it would be too full. still sounded awesome though

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Posted by Palisades on 07/27/2017 at 6:11 PM

Re: “A Few Thoughts On the Mexican American Studies Trial

Hey, let's give John Hupp some credit. At least this time he has the huevos to post comments under his real name. I'd say that's progress. He went from middle school level behavior almost to adult behavior. KUDOS John!!!

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Posted by Fred Barlam on 07/27/2017 at 2:17 PM

Re: “Jogger Plans Half-Day Run To Support No More Deaths

He is not a hypocrite. Where does he say he supports anything about israel?

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Posted by Palisades on 07/27/2017 at 2:05 PM

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