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Re: “Farewell, Franzi

What is the daily star?

Sorry, that was for Emil.

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Posted by An Angel gets His Wings on 06/16/2017 at 11:28 AM

Re: “Obon To Offer Sushi, Ramen, Steam Buns and Craft Cocktails Starting Thursday (MENU)

feels good knowing that Obon is still open :)

Posted by Sab on 06/16/2017 at 11:12 AM

Re: “Trial Over TUSD's Mexican American Studies to Begin in Tucson June 26

Interesting. Re-reading Safier's piece, I note that he writes, "A lawsuit was filed" in response to the State Department of Ed ruling / TUSD Board decision, and after the judge's ruling did not get the result the filers of the suit wanted, Safier writes, "The lawyers working on the suit appealed to the Ninth Circuit Court..."

101 level composition courses warn about the "hide the agent" feature of the passive voice. ("A lawsuit was filed"... BY WHOM?) Also suspect: failures to specify name / affiliation of parties in a case: "The lawyers working on the suit": who would they be?

When attorneys are involved, always find out who they are and, more importantly, who is paying them.

Perhaps Safier will do some research to provide the background for his next blog piece: what is the "wealthy foundation" behind the case; who provided and / or provides its funding; who makes decisions about how its funds are allocated; why was this case selected as a funding target?

But don't hold your breath on that. Safier's "follow the money" instincts seem to taper off into nothingness when it comes to who is funding initiatives originating on his side of the political fence. Cf. the 2016 TUSD Board elections and his MIA coverage of the well-documented, serious matter of the ESI marketing exec donations VS. copious crap-quality speculative coverage of the supposed motives of donors to TUSD Kids First, e.g.:
https://m.tucsonweekly.com/TheRange/archives/2016/10/10/more-on-the-financial-backers-of-tusd-kids-first

Whatever the case, Safier is right about one thing: this trial will be worth watching. How do our local and state level institutions function and what is the quality of oversight and decision-making in the "education" system some families in Southern Arizona must use?

We already know the answer, but why not accumulate more evidence? Great material for a book-length treatment. The genre would be farce.

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Posted by Caveat emptor. on 06/16/2017 at 10:26 AM

Re: “Farewell, Franzi

Interesting to see not a word about his passing in the daily star....they must have heard what Fanzi said about them over the years lol...

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Posted by danehick sux on 06/16/2017 at 9:50 AM

Re: “The Weekly List: 16 Things To Do In Tucson In The Next Week

Hellyeah!

Hell no!

Listen to Pantera if you want to hear Vinnie Paul in a worthy band.

Hellyeah isn't worthy.

RIP Dime!

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Posted by Pantera, even Damageplan, is more worth your time on 06/16/2017 at 8:19 AM

Re: “Trial Over TUSD's Mexican American Studies to Begin in Tucson June 26

Response to review the curriculum

Your comment was world class. I don't know that it would necessarily be an ethnic studies but it lays out an approach to studying economics based on solid principles and an historical perspective.

My African American advisory group took a similar approach to creating an ethnic studies class for teachers. The course traced African American involvement in the southwest from the early 1800's forward covering the history of successful African Americans all the way through 20th century.

They and my staff not only created it, they taught it. It was something they were extremely proud of.

That work product of curriculum, lesson plans and organized classrooms never existed for TUSD MAS. It was a haphazard mess. If you wanted to create revolutionaries, they weren't doing a very good job of it. Essentially, these students were victims of a political ideology spun out of control and they were being milked for money, a lot of money.

Even this trial is an example of the money to be made in this business. A wealthy foundation gives a New York law firm $5 million dollars to beat a dead horse in pursuing this case ($5 million gets your very good lawyers, by far the most organized deposition I've ever given). There is a management book about this situation, "What to do when your horse dies."

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Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 06/16/2017 at 8:12 AM

Re: “No Thanks, Trump

Of course, bslap is a know-nothing repetitive troll.

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Posted by anti-bslap on 06/16/2017 at 7:39 AM

Re: “No Thanks, Trump

Of course, Southern Arizona has always stood in full support of illegal immigration.

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Posted by bslap on 06/16/2017 at 7:08 AM

Re: “Farewell, Franzi

Another life that lived and loved the old pueblo, Bravo

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Posted by mboston on 06/15/2017 at 10:24 PM

Re: “Gabby Giffords: Today's Congressional Shooting 'Is an Attack on All Who Serve and on All Who Participate in our Democracy'

@JCC, a commenter named Jay Dub posted the following on the article you linked to: "A minimal valuation of human life may be a common factor between mass shooters and people violent toward womenand I think thats a good correlation to drawbut to pretend that misogyny is the cause or catalyst for his actions doesnt pass a smell test." I think that's a sensible evaluation.

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Posted by Ex-Arizonan on 06/15/2017 at 8:02 PM

Re: “New Lease on Life

Such a comprehensive look at the issue. Thanks Eddie!

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Posted by Angela Alvarado Botello on 06/15/2017 at 7:35 PM

Re: “No Thanks, Trump

It doesn't matter what they are opposed to, if the president wants and succeeds in actually building this wall, their point is moot. Perhaps if they thought as highly of natural born American citizens rather than the law breaking illegal border crossers, they would be applauded!

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Posted by norm9 on 06/15/2017 at 4:56 PM

Re: “Farewell, Franzi

Are there any details about a memorial service for him?

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Posted by Don B on 06/15/2017 at 4:12 PM

Re: “Gabby Giffords: Today's Congressional Shooting 'Is an Attack on All Who Serve and on All Who Participate in our Democracy'

Francis. I don't understand your obsession with PRESIDENT Trump. He speaks highly of you. Plus I'm sure he's very impressed with all the big words you use.

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Posted by CW13 on 06/15/2017 at 3:54 PM

Re: “Gabby Giffords: Today's Congressional Shooting 'Is an Attack on All Who Serve and on All Who Participate in our Democracy'

Maybe there should be a Northern Poverty Law Center group that investigates left wing hate groups. Could that be a money maker? They could call it the bandana bunch.

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Posted by R King on 06/15/2017 at 3:32 PM

Re: “Farewell, Franzi

First time I met him was at a merit commission meeting in 1982 and he had a bowl haircut and looked like Peter Lorre.

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Posted by J.T. on 06/15/2017 at 3:08 PM

Re: “Gabby Giffords: Today's Congressional Shooting 'Is an Attack on All Who Serve and on All Who Participate in our Democracy'

skinnyman - He was hard-core socialist liberal who belonged to several hate groups who chose to specifically target Republicans and who was at least partially encouraged to do so because of the non-stop anti-Trump hate speech and murderous imagery that you and yours can't seem to stop spewing. The "tolerant" "civil" left are master manipulators of the weak minded "victims" that they create and one of your soldiers took the bait. Own it. No one is buying the spin.

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Posted by YouCantHandleTheTruth on 06/15/2017 at 3:01 PM

Re: “Gabby Giffords: Today's Congressional Shooting 'Is an Attack on All Who Serve and on All Who Participate in our Democracy'

Clarence D. Talk about making an A hole out of yourself.

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Posted by CW13 on 06/15/2017 at 3:00 PM

Re: “Trial Over TUSD's Mexican American Studies to Begin in Tucson June 26

A publicly funded school system in a democracy should present the history of political parties in the U.S. and how they evolved, as well as a representative sampling of ideas from all parts of the political spectrum and the thinkers who have influenced different political camps. Once that has been done, it should be up to students to form their own opinions. "This is the Republican Party platform. This is the Democratic Party platform. This is how Libertarians differ from Republicans. This is how Greens differ from Democrats. This is what Adam Smith thought. This is what Karl Marx thought. This is what Milton Friedman thought. This is what Joseph Stiglitz thinks. Which do you find most persuasive? Why? Write a position paper and explain what you think. Participate civilly in debates with classmates who think differently.

That would be educating citizens effectively for constructive participation in a democracy, keeping in mind that the families utilizing public schools have many different political affiliations and none of them should find themselves in a position where their children are evaluated at school based on whether or not they are willing to "convert" to a different political camp.

Were there different points of view presented in this curriculum and were students allowed to form their own opinions and beliefs? Or was one monolithic point of view promoted as the correct one? They read Marx and Freire? OK. Who else did they read? How were Marx and Freire presented? We hear different things from different people writing in the media and comment streams. Lots of strong opinions on both sides, lots of shrill rhetoric.

Is there a copy of this curriculum and its reading list available somewhere for the public to review?

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Posted by Where can the public review the curriculum? on 06/15/2017 at 2:55 PM

Re: “The Time Has Come! The Second Round of Best of Tucson is Open

It depends on what you ware.

Posted by Sarah Smile on 06/15/2017 at 2:49 PM

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