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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 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

Re: “Tucson Restaurateurs Victimized in Home Burglary

Oh no! I'm so very sorry for Mr. & Mrs Bhatti, India Oven is our favorite Tucson restaurant! We were just there in early June, saw the new granddaughter, what a wretched thing to have happen!

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Posted by Cherie Somerville on 07/07/2017 at 10:59 PM

Re: “Danehy

Tom. We get it. You don't like the results of the election and you're butt hurt. Give it a rest...

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Posted by Ramrod39 on 07/07/2017 at 10:08 PM

Re: “AHCCCS Denied

What do you expect from these 3. To work for you. They work more against us.

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Posted by Kevin Madera on 07/07/2017 at 8:39 PM

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

Sorry, but didn't you write that taxpayers would have been picking up most of the tab for loan forgiveness, to the tune of $16.6 billion? Then you write, "Due to the Trump administration's delay [in implementing the loan forgiveness program], students and taxpayers lose out."

No, David. Students who attended fraudulent for-profit colleges lost out because their government failed to protect them from those predatory enterprises, but taxpayers do NOT lose out when the loan forgiveness program is stalled, not unless the amount the for-profit colleges would have been forced to pony up of their assets equaled the full amount of the loan debt to be forgiven. Can you do simple math and do you see how that subtraction equation works? Our government cannot keep reaching into the pockets of middle class taxpayers -- a source of funds they seem to think is limitless, a class of people they believe to be hard working, docile sheep-like laborers who can be forced to pony up billions for ANY disasters resulting from ludicrous federal failures of regulatory oversight -- the housing market crash in 2008, billions of dollars of young, gullible citizens' credit being sucked into worthless for-profit education ventures...what else? Where does it stop?

We've had 9 years since 2008 to recognize what's going on in his country. Some of us are, so to speak, "woke." Perhaps it's time for you to wake up, too. (It's hard, I know, when you are more insulated than most of us from the financial shocks of recent disruptions in the financial system. But you seem like a pretty bright guy. Perhaps, if you thought about it enough, you might start to "get it.")

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Posted by Wake up, David. on 07/07/2017 at 6:40 PM

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