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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 jhuppent@hotmail.com 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

Re: “Danehy

Did your mother have any kids that lived?

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Posted by CW13 on 07/08/2017 at 1:10 PM

Re: “Danehy

Mrs Depalma, like I said. No lives.

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Posted by Vietnam Vet on 07/08/2017 at 1:08 PM

Re: “Danehy

Mrs DePalma, AKA Rat T, AKA What, Again:

You have exposed yourself by continuing to post the same crap every time. Your phony Christian values and your condescending questions at the conclusion of your uneducated posts reveal who you truly are.

Try harder.

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Posted by Rat, Again is still here-the only difference is the Display Name on 07/08/2017 at 10:18 AM

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

Here's a quote from the above-linked article: RE the flawed mortgage-backed securities that caused the 2008 financial crisis: "warnings, many from within the financial community, were disregarded, not because they were viewed as inaccurate, but because, as one high-level banker put it, 'A decision was made that Were going to have to hold our nose and start buying the stated product if we want to stay in business.'

Gosh, what does that language remind me of? Perhaps the language David used RE why the electorate should vote for Prop 123?

Safier's blog through the years is a testament to and example of all kinds of compromises made in the area of delivering quality information to the public, compromises made in his particular case so that the public district system can "stay in business." These kinds of moral compromises do not end well for the community at large or for individual citizens in a country where the soundness of governance depends on the electorate having ACCURATE information before they vote.

As for the loan forgiveness program and a few of Safier's assertions about it: the problem was caused by deregulation, and deregulation in this country and others occurred as much during the Clinton (and Blair) years as during Republican administrations. Read the coverage of the regulatory peel-back behind the Grenfell Tower disaster in London. It was Britain's equivalent of the Clinton Democrats, "New Labor" under Tony Blair, that was responsible. Like Blair, Hillary Rodham Clinton would not have been someone equipped by her associations with and indebtedness to the financial industry to accomplish effective reforms in the U.S. Reaching into taxpayers' pockets to "solve" problems created by negligent politicians who routinely defend the best interests of their campaign funders in the financial industry rather than the best interests of citizens is not the right approach.

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Posted by Learn to spot who benefits: it's usually the banks. on 07/08/2017 at 8:35 AM

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