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Re: “Cannabis Court

On the taxation side, there is an ongoing case in Northern California, with the plaintiffs taking the position it was not Congress's intent that IRC 280(e) apply to state legal businesses. Unofficially, there are many IRS employees hoping the plaintiffs win.

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Posted by lc69hunter on 07/27/2017 at 7:07 AM

Re: “Ask a Mexican!

If the U.S. took half of Mexico then the U.S. took half of France in the Louisiana Purchase. The Mexican Cession was primarily unoccupied country (neither Mexico nor the U.S. ever counted Native Americans) with arbitrary lines drawn back in Europe based on a few Spaniards on horses riding through the area years earlier and some treaties made with Spain. Santa Anna gladly handed it over for some quick money to save his butt. Mexico couldn't control that region and had very little population there and, quite likely, if the U.S. hadn't taken it, someone else would have or it would've seceded from Mexico anyway. It was a semi-autonomous region with constant revolts and mixed populations.
Besides, Mexico stole it from Spain 25 years earlier (who stole it from the Apaches, Navajos, Hopis, Utes, Pasquas, etc.). Not saying the war was right, far from it, but let's not make up a simplistic and misleading history in order to create some vast grievance that justifies illegal immigration all the while pretending to be teaching stupid Americans their true history.
And Mexicans were forced North like the Irish? I must've missed the news of the famine and the U.N. airlifts of rice and flour. Comparing it to the potato famine is hyperbole.
Migrants came north not due to famine, but because of a population surge prior to widespread use of birth control, economic disruptions and lack of opportunity (partly based on policies their own government set), and better money was available in the U.S. These are the same reasons most immigrants came here. But you make it sound like the big bad U.S. forced them into NAFTA and it was a choice between death and immigration. This is over-simplification to advance an agenda.
Not saying anything for or against Mexican immigrants, or minimizing all of the crap Mexico and Mexicans have put up with from the U.S. and Americans over the years, but if you twist and over-simplify history with the transparent goal of creating a special right for Mexicans to immigrate to the U.S., you lose all credibility.

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Posted by bslap on 07/27/2017 at 6:11 AM

Re: “A Few Thoughts On the Mexican American Studies Trial

Remember the story of the tower of Babel. In a multicultural society you need a common language to make your support systems (in this case anything associated with the economy and health) to run smoothly. So the argument for learning English is in fact an argument for get further in life."English only" is a shunt. In other words it is limiting and abrasive. I read part of the argument for the the Huppenthal and Horne side saying the MAS program taught "what to think rather than how to think". I have not seen the MAS program so I would only point out that if in fact that is true, then the MAS literature should be edited to teach how to think. Teaching what to think creates isolationism and leads to smaller economic groups which will stunt the communities growth.
and finally based on reading these comments some of you need to back up a bit and think about how to make this work. The court ruling is is going to be an opinion that will be used for hard law. if your lucky the ruling will give you something to measure with and come to a decent conclusion.

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Posted by Pat on 07/27/2017 at 5:53 AM

Re: “The Skinny

I guess she hadn't heard that the Democrats changed their message. They now stand for whatever the Republicans stand for. Kind of a reflection of John McCain's history.

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Posted by There is no difference on 07/27/2017 at 5:14 AM

Re: “Tour Diaries! XIXA Day 13: Italian Thieves! XIXA Tour Van Busted Into, Gear Ripped Off.

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Posted by domenico carriero on 07/27/2017 at 4:38 AM

Re: “Editorial

I salute the Weekly for calling this out. Let me offer the animal lovers (read: sane people) here an alternative to zoos.

It's summertime in Tucson, and while I love it here the dry heat shrivels the patience and the shoreline sings its siren song. My family and I go San Diego as often as we can. It's a day's drive for a completely different world from the desert. Years ago, though we'd just seen Blackfish and skipped Sea World, we took our daughter to the San Diego Zoo. It's enormous, it's beautiful, it's rightfully world famous for its presentation, and it's still captivity.

What really got me was the silverback gorilla behind the plexiglass. Technically he's safer in a plastic box than at home with poachers sizing him up, but I really thought about him. How did he get here? Does he suffer in this endless performance? Why do we do this?

Here's another creature capable of language and I had no idea how to speak to him. I felt compelled to put my palm against the glass, to meet his eyes and in some way apologize for the absurdity of it all. So we don't go there now. The best zoo in the world, with the best keepers and enclosures, is still a hostage situation.

That may rattle you, and I understand why. I loved the zoo as a kid, and it remains the only way to see the animals we've mostly pushed off the world. The topic of conservation is too nuanced for a layman like myself to make a call on where the line is drawn between salvation and show business. The spectacle is undeniably magnetic, for we all yearn for connection with the web of life. Intention aside, there is such a clear disconnect in our behavior.

People know in some distant way that zoos are full of slaves. We won't leave a dog in a car but a polar bear in a swimming pool is judged acceptable. Thousands of human beings with loving hearts and functioning minds somehow spend all day admiring animals and stop to eat a few on the way out without a second thought. The way we treat animals is just one of those enormous problems we pretend isn't happening. The elephant in the room has been turned into tacky end tables and scrimshaw knick-knacks.

Sanctuaries, on the other hand, represent a different road for disenfranchised animals, and we were thrilled to discover one not far from San Diego in Alpine. Lions, Tigers and Bears is a great operation that aims to provide a haven for big cats and others rescued from the horrors of the exotic animal trade. We were told of cut-rate breeding farms in squalid trailer parks, rich kids abandoning their pets (like the old alligator myths but true and shocking), and sickening practices like fur and "predator urine" farms. Reality was not sugar coated.

Yet what we saw were not haggard, suffering beasts lumbering through concrete mirages. These cats and bears are healthy, happy and clearly loved. Our guide hand-fed each one with a long tool that kept both parties secure. Not a one was without shelter, shade, and above all, room to roam. Their stories all had happy endings because of the tireless work of the site's proprietor and her dedicated staff. The tour ran long for the parents of toddlers, but the experience was worth every penny once we saw exactly where the money was going.

Lions, Tigers and Bears states their mission as follows:

"Lions Tigers & Bears is dedicatedto providing a safe haven to abused and abandoned exotic animals while inspiring an educational forum to end the exotic animal trade."

They deliver this and more. I heartily recommend and encourage anyone interested in the welfare of animals and the witnessing of redemption for these long-suffering animals who deserve our compassion and stewardship to visit this sanctuary. For more information, visit their website: https://lionstigersandbears.org/

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Posted by ApocalypseFatigue on 07/26/2017 at 11:33 PM

Re: “A Few Thoughts On the Mexican American Studies Trial

Huppenthal seems to forget that this counties fore fathers spoke multiple languages and encouraged it because if further proved you didn't have to be rich from a good family to be an educated gentleman. Worries me he is so focused on English only, yes it's a key to success but it's not a corner stone. Plus US history books kinda skip over how they broke their own treaties and laws to steal land. Maybe he can explain to me how a little less then half a million in acres is taken legally from the original inhabitants? Plus wish my grandmother was still alive so he could to tell her the lynching of her grandfather was legal. Maybe he can explain to her why she wasn't allowed to buy that land back let alone any unless specifically designated, till civil rights movement. Horne might be able to answer me how I go about requesting for our ancestors to be exhumed off land that was theirs, but belongs to the state and private owners...but these are just problems for those whose families have been here for generations before the deceleration of independence.

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Posted by Adam Martinez on 07/26/2017 at 10:01 PM

Re: “A Few Thoughts On the Mexican American Studies Trial

Your're a coward John Huppenthal! A mentiroso who seems to always have the time to defend your racist blogs! You have no clue about what MAS was or who the teachers were that taught the classes and never bothered to talk to us to our faces about the concerns you had. In our community, which you claim to know so much about, we call that type of person a sin verguenza! You looked like a punk ass little chavala on the stand...a disgraced and despicable politico that CAN NEVER STOP LA RAZA!

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Posted by Alexandro Escamilla on 07/26/2017 at 9:43 PM

Re: “A Few Thoughts On the Mexican American Studies Trial

I can't help wondering if Huppenthal put a poster of Albert Einstein on the wall! Since posters have such power.

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Posted by gcb1 on 07/26/2017 at 9:38 PM

Re: “A Few Thoughts On the Mexican American Studies Trial

As a longtime successful educator, I remain highly skeptical of Huppenthal's self-aggrandized statement of his superior teaching capability and knowledge of effective pedagogy. I thought in court he testified that 5 African-American students in unnamed grade levels in an unidentified setting under his tutelage each solved 50,000 math problems. Now it is four in his statement. Whoop-de-do. Without much more serious description of location, grade level, materials used, hours devoted to practice, types of problems encountered and solved, and "fun doing it," we have no proof at all that he is doing anything remarkable. Was this done in a regular classroom setting with other students involved as well? Were the boys sitting at computers playing "Number Munchers" or "Fraction Munchers?" Does he use a variety of teaching materials? Are the students working and developing word problems or just doing worksheets or pressing arrows on a computer? How is he measuring grade level progression? And where is his control group that proves his method is superior? Most of Huppenthal's testimony was just as specious as that little diversion he tried to make.

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Posted by gcb1 on 07/26/2017 at 9:16 PM

Re: “Danehy

CW69, belch and give me a hint.

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Posted by CW13 on 07/26/2017 at 9:13 PM

Re: “A Few Thoughts On the Mexican American Studies Trial

It's frightening that someone who can't lay off the racist dog whistles to save his life is teaching anybody anything. Today, it's the overture from "English Only" as if that issue is in anyway pertinent. The MAS trial was an object lesson, facilitated by the State, in how much programs like MAS are needed for our kids. I can't wait to read the transcript.

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Posted by Elizabeth Ferrari on 07/26/2017 at 8:43 PM

Re: “Danehy

It's not just the left disliking you, it's everyone.

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Posted by The Grim Reaper on 07/26/2017 at 7:58 PM

Re: “A Few Thoughts On the Mexican American Studies Trial

Because of course John Huppenthal would comment...that's what racist-fallen-elected-official-internet-trolls do.

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Posted by Ryan Kelly on 07/26/2017 at 7:52 PM
Posted by Three Sonorans on 07/26/2017 at 7:13 PM

Re: “A Few Thoughts On the Mexican American Studies Trial

I think he just outed you David.

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Posted by Amigos de Quatro on 07/26/2017 at 7:10 PM

Re: “A Few Thoughts On the Mexican American Studies Trial

Again with Ben Franklin, John? I wonder why that bothers you so much. If the man owned your ancestors, if they were his personal property, and all around him others were treating people like your ancestors as property, as animals over whom they had the right of life or death without any legal repercussions, as nothing more than useful machinery, that wouldn't bother you? If you could shrug your shoulders about that -- "Oh well, that's life, it's the way things were back then" -- you either have ice water in your veins or you have no self awareness.

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Posted by David Safier on 07/26/2017 at 6:53 PM

Re: “A Few Thoughts On the Mexican American Studies Trial

David, you are showing your bigotry.

The number one predictor for an immigrant's success in the United States is their knowledge of English. We were developing Balkins in Phoenix with billboards in Spanish and literature in some neighborhoods completely in Spanish. You could have neighborhoods where children never encounter English until they reach school. That's an economic curse to a lesser future.

I grew up and went to school in an overwhelmingly Hispanic neighborhood in Tucson. All of my buddies went on to graduate from college, an almost statistical impossibility from such a high poverty, high crime neighborhood. Marcelino Lucero is a pharmacist, Richard Sanchez became an athletic director, James Ortega became a vocational education teacher, Stella Peralta became a elementary school principal, Luis Rodriguez became an Avionics Engineer.

The one common denominator is that they all became very articulate in English - the best predictor of economic success better than a high school diploma, better than a college degree.

You know when researchers do that thing they call a specification, i.e. body weight is a function of height. Earnings is a function of HS diploma, College Diploma, English scores. English scores win.

My comments are antiracist. Concerned about the future of these kids. You are expressing what president Bush referred to as the bigotry of low expectations and the lack of discipline needed to escape extreme poverty.

Those of us who escaped extreme poverty know what it takes and want every one of these kids to have the great chances we had.

Those MAS classes were toxic and racist. They weren't Mexican American studies classes, they were designed to be an indoctrination into Marxism. One of directors made no bones about it. He wrote a research journal article directly stating his intent. He was going to "racimize" the classroom - apply the Marx framework of the oppressed being Hispanics and the Oppressor being Caucasians. That's racist and hateful.

They were direct about it. In their model classroom, they had this big poster of Che Guvera who shot 14,000 Cubans in the back of the head for their ideas and speech alone.

That's who they were glorifying.

They described Benjamin Franklin as a racist. The founding father who helped create schools for African Americans, who associated with, published the ideas of and encouraged every leading abolitionist of the 18th century, and himself the President of the Pennsylvania abolitionist society.

You are deceiving people about what was going on in those classrooms. You are deceiving people about me.

I now devote my life to teaching students of color and poverty mathematics. Many of them from the highest crime, highest poverty zipcode in Arizona, the same way those nuns devoted their lives to helping students and me in South Tucson.

Four of my students this year made 4 years of academic progress. In one year, passing the scores of Caucasians. To do it, they did over 50,000 math problems each, having fun in the process. My slowest student did over 10,000 math problems. By eight grade, all will surpass Caucasian performance at this pace.

The idea that you propagate, that these students are ineducable, that the households that they come from permanently limit them, that is the ultimate racist idea. That current results are the best we can do.

Look in the mirror buddy. Your are the racist.

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Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 07/26/2017 at 6:07 PM

Re: “A Few Thoughts On the Mexican American Studies Trial

TL/DR: The public schools should not be teaching critical race scholarship to high school students. There will be plenty of opportunity to learn how to hate white people in college.

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Posted by Nathan K on 07/26/2017 at 4:30 PM

Re: “Jogger Plans Half-Day Run To Support No More Deaths

Not at all Surprised!!!

Jerry is a GREAT Guy and Teacher. Thank you Jerry for your Dedication as a Teacher and your help in STOPPING this tragic lose of Human Life along the US/Mexican Border, Immigration Reform....and..."that it is through Love that we can Transform Ourselves and Human Society"!!!

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Posted by Francis Saitta on 07/26/2017 at 4:26 PM

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