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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: Danehy

Re: “Danehy

As per Wayne Olsons post on knives:

Here is the direct link to the FBIs Uniform Crime Report on homicides in the U.S..…

Murders by rifles and shotguns 521
Murders by knives or cutting instruments 1,544
Murders by clubs and hammers 421
Murders by hands, fists, feet 624
Average annual deaths by drowning in a swimming pool - 677 (Children under the age of 15 account for 335)

Total Murders by firearms 9,616
Deaths caused by Drunk Drivers 10,265

These statistics beg the question of why aren't those people, who are all wee-weed up about the Las Vegas shooter, trying to get knives, hammers and clubs, swimming pools, and alcohol banned?

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Posted by tctw on 10/14/2017 at 12:57 AM

Re: “Danehy

Just more uniformed anti-gun zealotry along the lines of Hillary Clintons statements about the mythical silencer.

They're not good for hunting. Patently false. Semi-automatic weapons can and do make great hunting rifles unless you would like to explain why they dont.

And, when using military-grade ammo, able to shoot the limbs off a fleeing concertgoer. That is about as ignorant a statement as you can get. Military ammunition is designed to cause the least amount of damage to a body as possible. The Hague Convention of 1899 prohibits the use of projectiles that will increase injuries and suffering of combatants. As a result, military projectiles have full metal jackets. They resist fragmentation/deformation, do not transfer all of the energy from the projectile to the target, and often pass completely though a body only leaving a wound channel. They do not blow arms and legs off of bodies. It does the serve the purpose of misinforming people and scaring them about firearms.

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Posted by tctw on 10/13/2017 at 11:15 PM

Re: “Danehy

CW13 finally says something that makes sense. Now if he'll just listen to his own advice.

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Posted by W Corvi on 10/12/2017 at 10:31 AM

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"According to crime statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), knives are consistently used to kill people far more often than rifles are used. And the numbers arent even close: five times as many murders were committed with knives than were committed with rifles last year."

Typical liberal type solution. Punish everybody for the few. Why not knives? How thoughtless.

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Posted by Wayne Olson on 10/12/2017 at 9:50 AM

Re: “Danehy

A warning to anyone who wants to present an opposing view to Tommy. ( That's right, I said Tommy) Don't bother. It will fall on deaf ears and you'll be called an idiot by Peabrain and the rest of Tommy's Legion of Liberal losers. You'll even be insulted in Spanish by Peabrain's "friend" Miss Francis. Save your breath.

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Posted by CW13 on 10/12/2017 at 8:40 AM

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Let's stipulate, as attorney's do, that we have the means and the laws to end all newsworthy gun massacres tomorrow. No more do we sit entranced as the shootings play out, the killer dead or taken into custody, motives examined, blame assessed, photo spreads of the victims and tales of heroism and lives cut short published, police chiefs daily press conferences and, of course, the thoughts and prayers of officials extended to families of the victims. Great, problem solved.

Unless you are concerned about the other 99% of gun related deaths that go virtually unreported every day of every year. If it bleeds, they say, it leads. But the blood has to be in rivers, not trickles. Danehy jumps belatedly on the bandwagon adding nothing new to the discussion. "Well yeah, they (more gun laws) would. I can think of any number of low-key, common-sense laws that would have cut the Las Vegas death toll by 80 or 90 percent." Great Tom, but how about looking at the forest instead of that one Redwood? One neighborhood in Chicago (Austin) has had more shooting deaths year to date (69) than the toll in Las Vegas. Chew that over. One neighborhood in one US city.

My point should be clear. Mass murders and media circuses aside, we have a problem that will not be resolved in any of our lifetimes. There are roughly the same number of guns in this country as there are people living within its borders. The genie is out of the bottle. No legislation is going to put it back in.

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 10/12/2017 at 7:05 AM

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Ahhhh. I bet you tell that to all the boys !!

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Posted by CW13 on 10/02/2017 at 2:55 PM

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Azmom and ContemptuousWacko13 obviously don't think at all.

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Posted by So Tired of Conservative Assholes on 10/02/2017 at 8:37 AM

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It's interesting - a friend has for years claimed that throwing money at the problem will not help. Now that there are private schools and vouchers, he says he's 'willing to try anything'. Especially throwing money at the problem.

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Posted by W Corvi on 09/30/2017 at 12:56 AM

Re: “Danehy

Think nothing of it Azmom. I've been around here a long time, you get used to it. I could praise the virtues of Mother Teresa and people would hit dislike. And don't ask these people to think on their own. If Tommy says it, that's good enough for them.

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Posted by CW13 on 09/30/2017 at 12:19 AM

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Why do you dislike my comments??? Because you would rather agree with his rhetoric than actually think about the possible positive affects good charter schools may have?

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Posted by Azmom on 09/29/2017 at 8:06 AM

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I dare you to actually go visit a charter school in Tucson before you write another article that is so anti-charter school. My son attends a charter high school that has a location in mid-town and one in the Northwest, and no, it is not Basis. The kids/parents choose to attend for various reasons, but many need to have jobs, so a school that has two different sessions is helpful to their situations, they can go to school and then go to work in the early afternoon. Some kids don't like or fit into the traditional culture of a high school having, been bullied by other students (which is NOT tolerated at this HS) or the they just want to graduate asap since this is possible to do it at your own pace. There are also special needs kids that the public schools can't seem to find a place for (that's my situation) and they are a lot smaller and more adaptable then the public school. So get the chip of your shoulder and go beyond your hate of Basis and see what other low profile charter schools are all about, who they serve and why they are there.

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Posted by AZMom on 09/28/2017 at 9:53 AM

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Charter Schools is just another way for politicians to funnel public money into private coffers. They could care less about the education that students get. Charter schools allow the owners to continue funneling money back into the politicians re-election campaigns so that both parties continue to benefit from their mutual agreement. Also charter schools were devised by Republicans to get rid of or weaken the Teachers Union as well. Killing two birds with the same stone is a Republican trait.

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Posted by Beneal Good on 09/28/2017 at 9:47 AM

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A few years ago I had a temp job at a charter school on Prince in which not one single teacher presented lessons to students. Packets were given to students who were interested in them, but most kids just sat around all day and talked with their friends. I've worked in numerous public schools as well, and almost every teacher I encountered was trying to do his or her best with the circumstances handed to them.

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Posted by Jamie Massey on 09/28/2017 at 9:29 AM

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"And if you can't satisfy that fake-ass board, that's like getting a D-minus from your mom when you're home-schooled." LOL

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Posted by Parent X on 09/28/2017 at 8:28 AM

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Define sacred public trust. This language indicates you are not genuine in seeking accountability, responsibility for waste of taxpayer dollars

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Posted by Grandma Suzy on 09/28/2017 at 6:55 AM

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This member of a two-parent white household loves our charter school. They have discipline, and dress standards, and high teacher-student ratio, and teachers who haven't been completely beaten down by the system. Those are all horrible things, I know. If we were proper liberals we should have our kids in the local 2,000 kid mediocre-or-worse high school. They could be part of a social engineering experiment by the pols on the TUSD school board.

* As always, full disclosure, I am that most evil thing in the world: a straight, white male.

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Posted by bslap on 09/28/2017 at 6:31 AM

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In the countries where charter schools and tax vouchers are successful, there is strong central control and oversight, which is missing from the US versions. Great article in the Economist a few months back on this topic, one which lays out all sides of the argument. Netherlands has the number seven best educational system in the world and uses both religious and governmental schooling. The mix works only because of a strong oversight from their central government, something which Betsy Devos seems to miss. By the way, the Economist article gives the US a number thirty-seven rating. Ask yourselves where China and other competitors are before opening your mouth about how wonderful charter schools are.

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Posted by Russ Ty on 09/28/2017 at 3:57 AM

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PS I like the Ally Miller job opp a little. You can't be held accountable for not warning someone who's not listening that she's once again about to put her foot in her mouth or walk off a cliff.

On the other hand, it would mean a lot of curtseying to self-anointed Foothills nobility, the rather gauche and self-absorbed elite who keep Miller "employed" and off the streets. And you must be prepared to be fired on a whim. "Him? Gone! Next?"

Replacing Sarah Huckabee Sanders is sounding pretty good right now. You could help the Orange Man "peel his rind" -- come across as human, no small accomplishment -- and even get a book out of it.

Yeah, that's the ticket! Do it quick, though, certainly before 2018 when he's probably gonna be gone. Mike Pence won't be half the fun.

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Posted by Jake on 09/15/2017 at 5:10 PM

Re: “Danehy

Danehy, don't count on Social Security to provide much of a backstop for whatever else you do -- and you will have to do it, whatever it is. Social Security is no windfall. I paid quite a lot into the system during my more lucrative periods of employment, so I qualified for almost-adequate benefits if I waited to take normal retirement (age 66). But faced with the choice of finding a decent-paying job in my sixties -- probability, zero -- or creating my own business to employ me, when I was 62 I took what SSA calls "early retirement." It's a lot less than had I waited to turn 66, but I didn't have the leisure to wait.

I used my lower SS payouts to cover my bare-bone costs of living and once more became an entrepreneur. You're not supposed to do this, work while you're collecting if it exceeds a certain amount, but when the alternative is penury until you drop, you break some rules. (Hey, it's money I paid in!)

Fortunately, my new company worked out, sufficiently so that I don't have to completely rely on my continuing early-retirement checks -- which would be totally inadequate if I had to rely on them to pay personal and property taxes, utilities, premiums on supplemental health insurance (Medicare is fine, but it doesn't pay for everything), cable Internet, cellphone service, auto insurance, and occasional travel and nights out, etc., etc.

The rather stupid commenters above deride Social Security as some sort of government gravy train. It's not. It's a small monthly stipend for basic survival. Unless there are reforms in the future that help workers when they're past "productive age" -- whatever the 1% decides that is -- Americans (unlike citizens in most of Europe and Canada) will need other income, whether investments, exceptional jobs, or their own inheritance to get by. Screw the "rugged individualism" sloganeering. It's braggadocio, a hoax. The rugged ones die first.

Also per those fools: SS is no "Ponzi scheme." It helps a hundred million Americans save a little so they don't have to rely on the kindness of strangers (in the same predicament), payday and conventional loan sharks, or eating a lot of ramen to keep their heads above water. With good fortune and planning, it's also enough to allay the stress that brings on sickness, heart attacks, and early death. You have to be pretty damn cruel to wish an early demise on anyone, just so that you can some utter alt-right crapola like that above. Or hide your own fear at growing old and meager. Suck it up, it's your fate, too.

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Posted by Jake on 09/15/2017 at 4:24 PM

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