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Re: “Full Court Press: Deandre Ayton and Arizona host Texas A&M in Phoenix

PJC is the wrong person to inbound the ball. He is to short to get the visibility needed, then he inbounds it to some non dribblers (which he is good at), and they shoot free throws which he is better at. Even Walton commented "why is the shortest guy on the floor, inbounding the ball when he can't see, and then he has to burn timeouts?"

The point that won last night's game was made by anybody that scored one. That's all it took to win. You can't randomly select who to give that honor to.

Great game none the less. We made Texas look like a non #7. Much like everybody did to us in the Bahamas. Going to be a wild year. Glad we have Ayton!

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Posted by Wayne Olson on 12/06/2017 at 9:51 AM

Re: “Full Court Press: Deandre Ayton and Arizona host Texas A&M in Phoenix

You're wrong about that UNLV game, too--it was Trier who had the game-high scoring output for the Cats with 29.

A&M came in with the 4th best D in the country, so no surprise that they curbed Arizona's offensive enthusiasm. They double-teamed Ayton all night, quite effectively. Trier and Ayton combined for only 20 points, and Arizona had exactly two fast break points all night--NOT a track meet.

The Cats won that game because they finally played a decent defensive game for the first time all year, and because other players besides Trier and Ayton stepped up.

Say what you will about PJC, but he had the huevos to hit the huge shot at the end that provided the winning advantage. I'll take it.

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Posted by skinnyman on 12/06/2017 at 9:50 AM

Re: “Full Court Press: Deandre Ayton and Arizona host Texas A&M in Phoenix

You're wrong about that UNLV game, too--it was Trier who had the team-high scoring output with 29.

A&M had the 4th best D in the country coming in, so no surprise that they curbed Arizona's offensive production. They were double-teaming Ayton all night, and Trier and Ayton combined for only 20 points. And the Cats had exactly two fast break points all night--NOT a track meet.

The Cats won that game because they finally played fairly consistent defense for the first time all year, and because other players besides Trier and Ayton stepped up. The Cats also double-teamed A&M's excellent big man (Williams) and really shut him down.

Say what you want about PJC, but he had the huevos to very coolly hit the shot of the game that gave Arizona the winning advantage at the the end.

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Posted by skinnyman on 12/06/2017 at 9:45 AM

Re: “The New, New Jim Crow

David Safier writes, "It would be a mistake of omission to leave Hispanics and Muslims off the list of targeted groups in the Trump era. [...] Trump based much of his campaign on The Wall to keep out Mexicans and The Ban to keep out Muslims."

What about Mexican immigrants who are Roman Catholic, David? You forgot to mention the discriminatory public policy your party favors that would seek to prevent them from applying the public per-pupil funding their tax dollars supply in the schools many of them would like most like their children to attend. Your party values ethnic traditions as long as they involve colorful clothing, lively music, and good food, but not, it seems, when they involve religious beliefs. Your party teaches that lower-SES populations, Hispanic and otherwise, should have free public schooling in secular public district schools but MAKE THEM PAY OUT OF POCKET!!! if they'd prefer to send their children to a Catholic school. In most cases, especially where families are larger, this makes attending the schools some prefer financially impossible. But this party position isn't a way to try to use public policy and economic disincentives to secularize a particular immigrant population in a country whose constitution guarantees freedom of religion, is it? Surely not.

Oops, I think we may have tripped over one of the many hypocrisies of Safier's party's agenda. Dems froth at the mouth over discrimination against Muslims but are equally prone to frothing at the mouth as they vehemently support public policy that prevents Roman Catholics from using public funds to educate their children in schools with a church affiliation. They "support education," but would rather that per pupil funding that could be applied to educate children stay in the state's coffers un-used when a student is pulled out of a public school and enrolled in a Catholic school. Without tax credits, ESAs, etc., that's what happens when a student transfers from a public school to a Catholic school: the money that could have been applied for their education remains in the state's bank accounts, for Ducey to give away in corporate tax credits or one of his other corporate welfare programs. The family pays out of pocket, reducing the amount they can save for inflated college tuition by the amount they must pay for K-12. Very humane, Dems. Very "pro-education." Very supportive of "diversity." (Of some kinds, but not of other kinds. You have to be diverse in the right (politically correct) way to please the Dems, or to qualify for the public funding they like to dole out to some groups but not to others.)

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Posted by Consistency is lacking here again. What a surprise. on 12/06/2017 at 9:21 AM

Re: “Full Court Press: Deandre Ayton and Arizona host Texas A&M in Phoenix

I was there and nothing you predicted was accurate. Ristic and PJC hurt us in so many ways. The new freshmen won the game. Sorry I send hoarse from yelling at the coach.

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Posted by Jonathon K on 12/06/2017 at 6:45 AM

Re: “The New, New Jim Crow

David, two more great reads on the subject: "Stamped from the Beginning" by Ibram X. Kendi, an incredibly well researched and documented (and damning) history of the racist ideas that undergird the country from day one...Warning! if American exceptionalism appeals to you, it probably won't after reading this book, as it was certainly used in the early days (as today) as a form of white supremacy....and "Color of Law" by Richard Rothstein which traces an insidious history of the US government role in segregation through very careful (and tended) redlining through the use of segregated home (and home building/developers') loans, VA benefits, neighborhood covenants, etc. These tiny bureaucratic details that were instituted by every federal agency resulted in the creation of white neighborhoods (and, by definition, non-white neighborhoods) that remain today, and that are frequently cited as the reason we cannot desegregate our schools. If you thought neighborhood segregation was just because "people like to live around their own kind" think again. There are serious economic incentives to do so and they go all the way back through our history.

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 12/06/2017 at 6:14 AM

Re: “Bad Grades

Three Sonorans,
Hispanics have every opportunity to get a quality education at TUSD! MAS, a proven anti-American class was rightfully eliminated from the course of studies has nothing to do with it, and absolutely nothing to do with racism, that is a cop out! Stick to Math, Science, American History, reading, writing, languages and Physical Fitness.

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Posted by Douglas Niemela on 12/05/2017 at 10:10 PM

Re: “Ed Sec Betsy DeVos on School Choice, College Costs

I see that I was right in a previous comment when I predicted that TW will not be able to keep the thugs out of its comment streams. Is TWs inability to eliminate bad behavior, insults and aggressions here somehow related to the Democratic Partys inability to keep the schools it would like to retain their monopoly on the use of public funds from descending into chaos? Its an interesting question.

http://tucson.com/news/local/tusd-pours-resources-into-east-side-school-in-effort-to/article_d3d0b851-48ac-5b35-8de9-1d7d3e0c6776.html

http://tucson.com/news/local/education/discipline-problems-at-secrist-trigger-special-tusd-task-force/article_2c7cfee0-2dec-5e6c-8298-743298b3abf2.html

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Posted by Thuggish behavior in schools & comment streams: related? on 12/05/2017 at 4:29 PM

Re: “Ed Sec Betsy DeVos on School Choice, College Costs

My comments are always way too long, way too boring and chock full of misinformation. I can't help but point out that David Safier is always wrong, even though he backs up what he says with actual facts. Gaw...I can't stand that.

(Plus, I always type a paragraph or two that reside within parentheses.)

I should focus on more important things, but I can't help myself.

Please help me! I have obvious mental issues.

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Posted by ...and A Comment Referencing My Mental Illness on 12/05/2017 at 2:45 PM

Re: “The Skinny

Are you saying that it isn't? That's crazy.

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Posted by Wayne Olson on 12/05/2017 at 12:56 PM

Re: “The Skinny

Higher taxes make people less intelligent? Classic crazy from the idiot who thinks hip hop is the tool of Satan!

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Posted by The Duke on 12/05/2017 at 12:41 PM

Re: “Ed Sec Betsy DeVos on School Choice, College Costs

The fact that often people dislike the truth more than they like it does not make it any less true.

Questions for those who think it is appropriate to lock students whose families have low income levels into malfunctioning schools, while allowing families with higher income levels to attend school wherever they please:

Are you well informed about conditions in TUSD schools?

If you are well-informed, what are you doing to ask for better governance and administration in TUSD?

Attending every Board meeting?

Speaking regularly in the Call to the Audience?

Organizing demonstrations around, for example, issues relating to substitute teacher compensation and the proper use of 301 pay?

Donating to and volunteering for candidates who can bring about positive change on the Board?

Volunteering in the schools?

Serving as a community rep on your local schools Site Council?

If you answered No to any of the above, can you, in good conscience, deny other peoples children the right to transfer their per-pupil funding out of the troubled schools you refuse to devote advocacy energy to improving, schools that are not meeting their educational needs?

When citizens dont perform their proper roles in a democratically controlled school district, it malfunctions. When it malfunctions, people have to be allowed to exit. There should not be an economic penalty against families who recognize when an institution is failing and get their children out. That is responsible behavior, and it should be rewarded, not penalized.

Supporters of Public Schools: you continue to support something that is a good idea in theory, but decade after decade, you have not been able to get it to deliver good services in practice. We have long since passed the point where your inability to improve the institutions you support (in theory, but not in citizen-advocacy practice) has undermined the publics ability to have confidence in your policy preferences.

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Posted by ...and A Comment Referencing Citizen Apathy on 12/05/2017 at 8:28 AM

Re: “A Conversation with Bruce Bartlett, Part 2: "Trump Is Unquestionably the Most Incompetent, Most Inept, Most Ignorant President We've Ever Had in Our History"

Huppenthal:

Why do you spread all that misinformation?

Does it make you feel superior?

Too bad that you didn't learn your lesson the first time that you were exposed to the public as the idiot that you are.

That's the definition of a true idiot. Someone who makes obvious mistakes and can't learn one stinking thing from it.

It's time for you to retire from making commentary. Take up pickleball, or canasta, or anything else.

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Posted by Hupp needs to vanish on 12/04/2017 at 12:58 PM

Re: “A Conversation with Author Bruce Bartlett, Part 1: Tax Bill Is "Dreadful Legislation"

Nothing you can say makes Hillary Clinton a viable choice. Americans did the best they could with the choices given at the time. Retire her or lose more voters. She is not trusted.

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Posted by Wayne Olson on 12/04/2017 at 10:41 AM

Re: “A Conversation with Bruce Bartlett, Part 2: "Trump Is Unquestionably the Most Incompetent, Most Inept, Most Ignorant President We've Ever Had in Our History"

What's new? Obama tax cuts were a tax increase for many. Looks like they just can't stop spending.

In 2010, President Obama signed an $858 billion tax cut deal. It extended the Bush tax cuts through 2012 and unemployment benefits through 2011. It cut payroll taxes by 2 percent, adding $120 million to workers' spendable income. It extended a college tuition tax credit. It also included $55 billion in industry-specific tax cuts.

To pay for part of these costs, Obamas deal revived the inheritance tax that had lapsed for a year. It applied a 35 percent tax rate to estates worth over $5 million for individuals or over $10 million for families. (Source: Washington Post, "Obama, GOP reach deal to extend tax breaks," December 7, 2010)

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Posted by Wayne Olson on 12/04/2017 at 10:36 AM

Re: “A Conversation with Bruce Bartlett, Part 2: "Trump Is Unquestionably the Most Incompetent, Most Inept, Most Ignorant President We've Ever Had in Our History"

I love the comment above by huppent. I didn't know that Obama was so powerful that even a chance of him being elected could cause a financial economic collapse. Wow!
And Obama cut taxes. By a lot. Look it up, or search your memory if you have a longer memory than most Americans these days.

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Posted by bslap on 12/04/2017 at 9:16 AM

Re: “A Conversation with Bruce Bartlett, Part 2: "Trump Is Unquestionably the Most Incompetent, Most Inept, Most Ignorant President We've Ever Had in Our History"

Lots of problems, yes, but at least there are some reductions in illegal immigration and overall immigration with a good chance of more reductions to come. Politics isn't pretty and Democrats have a lot of soul searching to do on who they're really representing.

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Posted by bslap on 12/04/2017 at 9:15 AM

Re: “A Conversation with Author Bruce Bartlett, Part 1: Tax Bill Is "Dreadful Legislation"

Hmmm, only more Obama bashing here by the pro-Drumpsters? They all seem to forget that the economic recession that Obama had to fix was caused by the policies of Republican George Bush. Obama did his job so well that Trump was gifted with an expanding economy, that Drump now takes credit for.

These writers above don't seem like 1%-ers to me. When they find their taxes being raised, and their individual standards of living declining, because of the Republican tax bill being shoved through Congress right now, they will learn that elections do indeed have consequences, especially when you weren't really paying attention to the issues.

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Posted by Dave Phillips on 12/04/2017 at 5:46 AM

Re: “Ed Sec Betsy DeVos on School Choice, College Costs

Yes, David: keep focusing on Betsy De Vos. You certainly would not want to focus on what is going on at Booth Fickett or what has gone on at Secrist or Utterback or Doolen because then the attempt to deny people the ability to transfer their public per-pupil out of some of our mismanaged, increasingly dangerous local schools might look like what it actually is: bad public policy, damaging to our community at large and unfair to the families living within the catchment zones of these schools.

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Posted by Another comment referencing actual conditions in the schools on 12/03/2017 at 11:36 AM

Re: “A Conversation with Bruce Bartlett, Part 2: "Trump Is Unquestionably the Most Incompetent, Most Inept, Most Ignorant President We've Ever Had in Our History"

" the recession ... was a direct result of Bush's administration "

Maybe not.

Lucas won the Nobel Prize for rational expectations theory, that a change in what people expect for the future immediately changes the present. A simple concept that when people on a train look down the tracks and see them going over a cliff, they get off immediately.

As Obama went from a 15% chance of being president in 2008 to 70%, the stock market weakened and then collapsed $8.2 trillion. As he was first stalemated by the Republicans and then walked to the door, the stock market first went up $7 trillion and then with Trump's surprise election, another 5 trillion.

Obama promised and delivered a big tax increase on small businessmen and women. The economics department at the University of Arizona is so twisted; they think that is good for the economy. Its not; it laid waste to us in something called the Great Recession. Just like Roosevelts increase from 25% to 93% made the Great Depression the Great Depression.

Obama caused the Great Recession intensified the Great Recession, and lengthened the Great Recession.

The huge tax increase that Obama put in place and the huge diversion of resources to engage in the stylish pursuit of climate change devastated our economy. Growth in capital intensiveness, the core of improving living conditions ground to a complete halt.

As a result, our labor productivity improvement only averaged one-half percent under Obama after averaging 2.5% under Bush. No improvement in labor productivity equals no pay increase for the workers.

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Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 12/03/2017 at 9:28 AM

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