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Re: “Song of the Day: Billy Sedlmayr Digs Deep Into Classic Velvet Trou for Some Monster Tommy Bolin!

I saw Bolin play with Deep Purple in Salt Lake City once -- remarkable performer, and even through a so-so PA he had an amazing guitar sound.

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Posted by Firsttimecaller on 06/10/2017 at 9:00 AM

Re: “Doug Ducey, CEO

The vacancy rate speaks for itself, without an opinion survey.

Take it from the many fully trained teachers in this state who would be working in the field if the net annual compensation would pay even a fraction of the astronomically inflated per annum cost of enrolling their own children in quality 4-year universities, including public universities, which in this state were intended to be "as nearly free as possible." Is estimated annual cost of attendance at the University of Arizona of $25K per annum "as nearly free as possible"? Only when the legislature is derelict in its duty to support the state's public programs of higher education.

Treating education as a commodity and teachers as a low skill, low pay, easily-replaceable-with-untrained-strike-breaker labor pool is having and will continue to have disastrous effects on our schools, our young people, and our teachers.

We do need to increase funding. If we do so, I hope funding will be increased together with responsible oversight of how funds are applied, so the increase will actually benefit students and teachers, and will be sustainable and renewable.

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Posted by Higher pay increases retention and supports competence. on 06/10/2017 at 8:55 AM

Re: “Desert Ordeal

If your religion tells you to let people die in the desert because they committed the horrible "sin" of trying to survive then your religion is wrong. You efforts to seriously try to invoke your ridiculous idea of "god" as justification for such hatred is right up there with those others you hate so much for their "hateful" religion.

And if you don't have a single religious motive but still think allowing people to die in the desert is OK, then you certainly have no heart and are an evil person.

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Posted by Allen Charles on 06/10/2017 at 8:40 AM

Re: “The Skinny

Sadly, Frank Mansell, I've listened to the tape and your supposed good looks don't get a mention. Here's the full recording for anyone else who'd like to give it a listen:

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Posted by Janni on 06/10/2017 at 8:26 AM

Re: “Doug Ducey, CEO

Also, a massive teacher job satisfaction measure showed Arizona to fare no different than the rest of the nation. Higher pay does not produce greater teacher job satisfaction.

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Posted by on 06/10/2017 at 8:20 AM

Re: “The Skinny

There is a very simple solution for Republicans worried that Trump will cost them their seats: Stop being horrible.

You know better than to support him and the absurd policies this administration and its willing lapdog GOP Congress put forward. Even if you don't have the moral sense to know better, basic facts should help you make the right decision. This is not rocket science. A healthcare bill with an 18% approval rating should not even be a hard call for you people, so why is it? Repealing the law that sought to prevent Wall Street from decimating people's retirement accounts? Probably not a great message to send to voters who got stung by the 2008 Wall Street collapse and bailout while bankers got away scot-free and with more money.* Infrastructure bill that focuses on shoveling dollars to cronies rather than fixing our infrastructure and creating jobs? The public is not quite as stupid as you think they are. So grow a pair and try representing the actual people of your districts rather than your wealthy donors for once. Promise this will work!

*Reported in Forbes this week--the bonus pool for Wall Street execs exceeds the total earnings of minimum wage workers across the country. And you wonder why people are angry at you guys--both parties?

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Posted by Pongo1 on 06/10/2017 at 8:15 AM

Re: “The Skinny

McSally, grow up and put your big girl R panties on. Stop riding the fence or go away.

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Posted by Annette Shepherd on 06/10/2017 at 7:57 AM

Re: “The Skinny

You can always spot the religious wacko shills when they start talking about Iran getting money. Take your bronze age fairy tales elsewhere.

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Posted by David N on 06/10/2017 at 12:43 AM

Re: “The Skinny

Ms. McSally, what is "being taken out on you" is in fact your own voting record - which happens to be 100% in line with the president's agenda. Personally, I am opposed to everything he stands for and I will use my constitutional right to call, write and show up at your office - which is actually MY office and that of the 700,000 constituents that live in your district.
You work for US and we will hold those feet to the fire every time we see something we don't like.

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Posted by Gina Reyes on 06/09/2017 at 10:33 PM

Re: “The Skinny

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Posted by AZ angel on 06/09/2017 at 6:18 PM

Re: “Desert Ordeal

Follow the Laws, we can disagree on whether migrants sin when they cross. I'm really not in the position to say as I don't claim to know specific circumstances. In my comments, I was stating the question at hand as having to do with our reaction to migration. We seem to agree that we are called to be merciful. Where we seem to disagree is whether Jesus' command to extend mercy (as he says we must do when we visit the imprisoned) relies on whether we deem them to be guilty or innocent. I believe it does not. We are to visit prisoners, as we are to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, etc. if they have sinned or not. Whether they "deserve" our mercy is immaterial. For example, if a person gets hit by a car while jaywalking (or robbing a bank even) we need to come to their aid and at least call an ambulance. If a person broke immigration laws and, for the sake of argument, sinned, we must still come to their aid and welcome the stranger when they are treated unjustly. When does that happen? When people are deported after many years of living in this country without getting into trouble; when we deport U.S. combat veterans who break the law (even for minor offenses); when we deport DACA students if they steal a pair of shoes; when we cause children to fear that they'll come home after school and not find their parents. To treat them just is to make them pay penalties like everybody else. To treat them unjustly is to tack on additional penalties simply because of their legal status and because we want to be all about the law. But what about God's Law? How do I sin when I don't extend mercy, and how does the nation disobey a command of God (as you reference in Acts) when we fail to see others as fellow children of God. Further along the passage you quote in Romans, Paul instructs us that 'Love does no evil to the neighbor; hence, love is the fulfillment of the law.' In essence, we are to love for love, ahem, trumps law.

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Posted by Carlos Rodriguez on 06/09/2017 at 5:06 PM

Re: “Southern Arizona Stands Against Proposed Border Wall

Born in the Bronx. Moved to Plainview L.I. when I was 10. Giants then Mets. Just no Yankees. I'd rather have a sister that's a crack whore than a brother who's a Yankee fan. Trump resign? No way. Impeached? Possible. Very possible. Granted it would be on trumped up charges ( no pun intended). Throw in a cone of Nathan's fries and your on.

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Posted by CW13 on 06/09/2017 at 4:38 PM

Re: “Quick Bites: Delectable Memories

The word I got was yes local, and the other tennants are staying.

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Posted by Lovelocks on 06/09/2017 at 4:25 PM

Re: “Desert Ordeal

"We wholeheartedly believe that Christians are called to be compassionate and merciful toward immigrants (Exodus 22:21; Leviticus 19:3334; Matthew 25:35). We also believe that the United States should have a more compassionate and merciful immigration policy. However, that is not the question at hand. The question at hand concerns illegal immigrationwhether it is wrong to violate a nations borders and transgress its immigration laws.

Romans 13:17 makes it abundantly clear that God expects us to obey the laws of the government. The only exception to this is when a law of the government forces us to disobey a command of God (Acts 5:29). Illegal immigration is the breaking of a governments law. There is nothing in Scripture that contradicts the idea of a sovereign nation having immigration laws. Therefore, it is rebellion against God to unlawfully enter another country. Illegal immigration is a sin."

Carlos, I appreciated your post above until I thought about it and researched some facts.

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Posted by Follow the Laws on 06/09/2017 at 3:39 PM

Re: “Southern Arizona Stands Against Proposed Border Wall


Born in Brooklyn and raised in Nassau County. Dodgers and then the Mets. I blame Hillary's hubris for the mess we are in and wish she would now simply sit down and shut the fuck up. (I liked the Libertarians but they had the wrong guy heading up the ticket) ... (Weld would have done much better in the general election).

That said and back to NY street smarts: one thing I always liked about us New Yorkers is our uncanny ability to see through a brick wall of bullshit. On Trump we disagree...this guy defines a NY bullshitter ...but I will bet you a Nathan's hot dog he is out in under a year through resignation or indictment and impeachment.

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 06/09/2017 at 2:59 PM

Re: “Southern Arizona Stands Against Proposed Border Wall

I'm the first to admit if I'm wrong. We seem to have a lot in common. I'm independent too, with no use for either party. Trump was not my first choice but he sure was a better option than Hillary. ( My opinion.) I would love to see him given a fair chance, but I'm not about to hold my breath. Dems don't like him because he's a Republican. Republicans don't like him because he's not part of the Washington establishment. The elite if you will. They're scared shitless he's going to upset the apple cart. He was never going to get the nomination. He did. Hillary was going to wipe the floor with him in the general election. She didn't. Now all of a sudden these clowns are starting to worry that he may do some of the things he said he would. To my credit I spent the first 35 years of my life in N.Y. I'm far from the brightest bulb out there, but what I am is street smart and people smart. You have to be to survive in that crazy place. I may very well be wrong but, I believe that Trump means well and if given a fair shot he could get things done. We'll see. Democrat, Republican, conservative, liberal. We better hope I'm right or all our asses are going to be sucking muddy canal water.

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Posted by CW13 on 06/09/2017 at 2:40 PM

Re: “Desert Ordeal

The purpose of the walk is to raise awareness and to remember the dead. More than 7,000 people have died crossing the US-Mexico border in the last 20 years -- and that number only includes the ones who have been discovered. Now you know. What you choose to do with that information is between you and your God.

To suggest that our 75-mile walk encourages or discourages anyone from making the trek north is foolish. People migrate to escape violence, reunite with family, and to search for a better life. I am certain that the face of a hungry child is more compelling than my blistered feet.

While governments in source countries share the blame, the United States cannot claim to be innocent. International trade policies that make it impossible for people to make a living in their home countries, expatriated gang members who learned the thug life in the U.S. and are now committing atrocities in their original homelands, immigration policies that make it unrealistic to wait in line, walls around urban crossing ports of entry that force people into more remote and dangerous routes, and the continued demonization of people who simply want to feed their families all contribute to this man-made humanitarian crisis. Migration (as we see it in the animal kingdom) is part of God's Creation. While we can agree that borders help a nation regulate who enters and who does not, border enforcement must be humane. Judgment day will come for us individually and as nations (see Matthew 25:31-45).

Finally, how we treat one another matters. Walls, anti-immigrant ordinances, and sin all separate us from one another and from God.

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Posted by Carlos Rodriguez on 06/09/2017 at 2:33 PM

Re: “Danehy

Allen Kath hardly knows "everything". He can't even pronounce Ina & Houghton Roads correctly - something that should be a priority for a so-called Traffic Reporter.

One thing that really bugs me is the number of local reporters who don't know the difference between Streets & Avenues. We often hear about crashes at impossible intersections ... for example Alvernon & Sixth Avenue.

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Posted by Phild on 06/09/2017 at 2:27 PM

Re: “Paper Weight

Thanks Carl.....

Posted by William Sedlmayr on 06/09/2017 at 2:21 PM

Re: “The Skinny

There is a common thread on this rag to advise people to "stop watching Fox News," which I find ridiculous. In case you hadn't noticed, just yesterday, the New York Times, NBC, ABC, MSNBC and CNN had to apologize for misleading the American people on collusion between the current President and Russia regarding the 2016 election. It appears that none of it was true. The only one that hadn't reported it? Fox News.

What facts have you withheld?

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Posted by Victor E on 06/09/2017 at 2:08 PM

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