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Re: “Brilliant Disguise

That's all... Lol!

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Posted by Rick Fertal on 12/07/2017 at 7:45 AM

Re: “Mindful Minimalism

If you had the marinara & loved it, I respect your experience but here is mine that I lifted from my Yelp review: Well, only 8 reviews & all 5 stars, so what can I say? I guess I'm from an alternate universe. First of all the pizza we had totally sucked, but since we only had the bianca, maybe the 2 others are really good. It'a about a 12" pizza for $13 & most of it is crust, so that's a deal killer right off. Unfortunately it gets worse. Prosciutto is FIVE DOLLARS extra & I'm not kidding, you get maybe 1/10th of an ounce. The other ingredients are fresh mozzarella, ricotta, garlic, olive oil, basil, & chiltepin. Whatever the cheese was it was tasteless. We need to come up w/a word that denotes something below bland to describe it. Didn't really notice the garlic & the chiltepin was sparse as it was just barely noticeable. People we were with ordered the focaccia. For $6 we got what we already had too much of, which is pizza dough. That's it. Bread for $6. Oh, & it had that tasteless cheese sprinkled on it. 4 of us & we didn't even finish it. We also got some roasted squash & everyone agreed that was pretty darn good. Had the flourless almond cake for dessert. I thought it was good but I don't go out to eat for dessert. My wife ordered it & she thought it was totally ordinary. Anyway the squash & cake bumped it up from1 star to 2.

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Posted by Jim Hostetler on 12/07/2017 at 6:52 AM

Re: “The New, New Jim Crow

Im not going to address everything youve referenced here, Betts Putnam-Hidalgo, except to say that when a few token voices crying in the wilderness do the advocacy work with the district that needs to be done, it is easy for the powers that be to isolate and dismiss them. Advocacy work like the important work you do needs to be backed by the party at large. Has your party backed you as you call attention to problems in the district that need to be addressed? No. They have ignored you or opposed you or they have written checks to other, less worthy candidates as they sat on their asses and pontificated about the beauty of public education while they do none of the citizen advocacy tasks that keep local schools from descending into dysfunction. Much easier to do than attending Board meetings or demonstrating outside of 1010, which is often what really needs to be done.

I am sorry about the things you have written that try to lump every freedom of religion argument in with the worst of them. They are not all the same, and the tone deafness of your faction when it comes to hearing what people of faith have to say or understanding what their institutions have to contribute to the common good is unfortunate. It weakens the movement for economic justice in this country, as I have written elsewhere.

I wish you well but in my assessment, your reform-TUSD cause is a lost one. So, more broadly, is the district school monopoly on the use of public funds for education. Those of you who still favor it can get together in forums like this and reinforce one anothers ideas and anti-religious biases, but the monopoly has been broken and it wont be returning. And that is all for the best for the cause of JUSTICE, as far as Im concerned.

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Posted by Reply to BPH on 12/07/2017 at 6:40 AM

Re: “A ‘Dreadful’ Tax Plan

Interesting article. How are we going to "make America great again" by slashing government? Who is going to fix our roads? In the 1950's with high taxes we built the greatest highway system in the world. Now the Chinese are taking that challenge, their New Silk Road, infrastructure upgrade, high speed trains. This is what makes an economy efficient, not tax cuts.


My political satire, entitled "Taking the Tea Party Republican Tax Pledge", is on YouTube. Here is the link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rfk6eVoUGPM

18 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Richard Sloat on 12/07/2017 at 6:38 AM

Re: “The Skinny

What the hell are you smoking?

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Posted by Tommy Chong on 12/07/2017 at 6:34 AM

Re: “Student Housing Shakedown

Wake up nimbys, this is what big money colleges are bringing. What did you expect?

18 likes, 31 dislikes
Posted by Allen N on 12/07/2017 at 6:31 AM

Re: “Student Housing Shakedown

Kozachik is right to question this issue and Durham, who ran on "progressive values" should watch his lead carefully and follow it. This developer is definitely one to stop. The poorly named Michael Goodman has already destroyed one neighborhood after another in his quest to make more and more mini-dorms...and more and more money for himself. Jefferson Park has had a nightmare of a time trying to stop his developments, with long-term residents being boxed in by the big ugly yellow things. If you've noticed that we have fewer and fewer historic homes, you probably can thank Mr. Goodman, who really has made a complete mockery of what "historic" even means. At some point, the city and the University need to sit down and come to a decision about how much is enough--should the whole of center city Tucson be turned over to the behemoth and its high priced housing, or should those of us who live in Tucson be allowed to have a historic city center to enjoy ourselves?

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 12/07/2017 at 5:14 AM

Re: “Sinister Scheduling

Unfortunately both forms were classified by people with no subject matter knowledge. The result is that it will remain too costly and too difficult to procure both forms. The Schedule 2 classification is well deserved for their feckless investment in in anti-marijuana propoganda. Let's hope their choices cost them many billions in lost revenue versus the OTC status the product actually deserves.

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Posted by Jimmy Zuma on 12/07/2017 at 4:56 AM

Re: “The New, New Jim Crow

"Tired of self congratulation...etc. etc. etc." some of us DO show up at TUSD Board meetings, and have been for a long time. I don't buy arguments that seek to undo the separation of church and state, and I never have. I don't think tax money in a country that constitutionally IS supposed to separate those things should go for religious instruction. Period. Not Catholic, not Muslim, not Protestant, not any of it. Such draining of tax monies is among the things that have caused the public schools to decline. Recall that I said SOME. Mismanagement at TUSD is PART of the story, and it happens to be the part that we can work on locally, so its important. But its not ALL of the story, no matter how articulate the argument against the district is. AND it doesn't hold for all public school districts. Your "stretching" of the concept of freedom of religion is befitting the owners of Hobby Lobby and the cake maker who swears that to make a cake for a same sex wedding doesn't allow him his freedom of religion (oh, or speech). I don't buy it there, and I won't buy it here. As happens with other rights held dear by the reigning powers in the country, the right to religion (which is really a misnomer, because the only one that counts is the right to Christianity, of course) is beginning to trample all over other rights. Here, you would have it trample over the rights to public education as they are having it trample over women's rights to make decisions about their/our bodies. Its not even a slippery slope, its a damned cliff.

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 12/06/2017 at 10:35 PM

Re: “The New, New Jim Crow

The second link in the above post should be:

http://tucson.com/news/local/education/discipline-problems-at-secrist-trigger-special-tusd-task-force/article_2c7cfee0-2dec-5e6c-8298-743298b3abf2.html

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Posted by Correction to second link above on 12/06/2017 at 9:51 PM

Re: “The New, New Jim Crow

What is happening right outside the "very safe little neighborhoods" surrounding TUSD enclave schools like Sam Hughes, Fruchthendler, and Sabino is this:

http://tucson.com/news/local/tusd-pours-resources-into-east-side-school-in-effort-to/article_d3d0b851-48ac-5b35-8de9-1d7d3e0c6776.html

and this:

http://tucson.com/news/local/tusd-pours-resources-into-east-side-school-in-effort-to/article_d3d0b851-48ac-5b35-8de9-1d7d3e0c6776.html

and this:

http://tucson.com/news/local/education/six-tucson-unified-schools-to-lose-their-magnet-status/article_d19f0d4b-8043-5ae3-8acf-0abef0651fea.html

and this:

http://tucson.com/news/local/of-tusd-playgrounds-are-unsafe-audit-finds/article_0ec0e889-2187-5224-b25c-2348c914df1a.html

The bigots are those who want to lock poor minority students into low functioning, dangerous schools and insist that the only place public funds can be applied to educate these populations is in schools like Booth-Fickett, Secrist, and Utterback. Southern Arizona Democrats need to wake up and smell the stench of their own hypocrisy and their own willingness to sacrifice other people's children on the altar of their beautiful theories of PUBLIC EDUCATION, theories that have NOTHING to do with what is happening to real students in real schools in Tucson. There are open seats in a number of excellent private schools, all non-profit, both secular and church affiliated, that would serve students much better than TUSD's mismanaged, dangerous institutions serve the students who have the misfortune to be locked into them. And the only barriers to students taking those seats is Democratic party policy and the SOS campaign. Congrats, Southern Arizona Dems. What great, big-hearted humanitarians you all are.

Perhaps if you all started showing up at TUSD Board meetings en masse and actually advocating for better management of the district (difficult, unpleasant, exhausting, frustrating work that it is) the district might be salvageable. But as long as you continue to sit on your asses in the comfort of your homes and pontificate and theorize, congratulating yourselves on what great souls you are while a district serving forty-something thousand ROTS, your proposed policy solutions and your Betsy De Vos and New, New Jim Crow distractions from what is going on locally will not be acceptable.

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Posted by Tired of the self-congratulation & hypocrisy on 12/06/2017 at 8:36 PM

Re: “The New, New Jim Crow

Thank you for your insights and the good fight for equality and fair treatment of all humankind. And most of all for your continuing patience with those who refuse to see their own bigotry and the narrowness of their own experiences as a gauge of what is happening right outside their own very safe little neighborhoods.

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Posted by Shirley Willis on 12/06/2017 at 7:54 PM

Re: “Ed Sec Betsy DeVos on School Choice, College Costs

It doesnt matter whether or not YOU are a Democrat, troll. What matters are the editorial policies of this Democratic-party-policy-promoting rag and whether those policies are enforced. What matters in the schools is whether there are sane disciplinary policies and whether they are enforced so that LEARNING and not violence, disruption, and bullying can take place. Is the lack of ability to have appropriate policies and enforce them a system wide problem for Southern Arizona Dems, in publications, in the school systems for which they want to maintain a monopoly on the use of public funds, and elsewhere? You bet. Not all Dems everywhere are this way, but these are. Why this is the case is interesting and a lot could be said about it, but I wouldnt want to bore you any further so I wont elaborate.

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Posted by Reply to a troll on 12/06/2017 at 5:54 PM

Re: “Know Your Product

Skating Polly has been a favorite for the past few years, since Exene Cervenka of X produced their 2nd record, "Lost Wonderfuls." They are incredible live, and I know we're going to be hearing from them for a long time, since they are incredibly talented! Go see them, they are fantastic!

Posted by XRaySpex000 on 12/06/2017 at 1:48 PM

Re: “Ed Sec Betsy DeVos on School Choice, College Costs

Too bad that they can't keep the thuggish trolls out.

I could actually read an article without being exposed to a certain person's rants that are usually twice as long as the article itself.

By the way, I'm not a democrat. Just a person who dislikes the way you present your opinion. Big difference there bub.

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Posted by Thuggish behavior in comment streams: unnecessary! on 12/06/2017 at 1:08 PM

Re: “The New, New Jim Crow

...and the choir sang AMEN!

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Posted by Mona S on 12/06/2017 at 11:43 AM

Re: “The New, New Jim Crow

The constitution guarantees freedom of religion. Separation of church and state is a principle put in place to try to defend freedom of religion, to prevent the state from requiring membership in a state sponsored religion and / or discriminating economically or otherwise against people who refuse to practice a state sponsored religion, which is what the English government and Church of England had been doing in the country from which many of our original settlers in New England came. It is deeply ironic that what we have going on in this country now is economic discrimination against those who elect to enroll in religious schools of their own choosing. In many ways it looks as though we've just switched the previous bias for the Church of England to a bias for secularism. "Recovering Catholics" should not be using public policy to punish the church they have left and / or to economically discriminate against fellow citizens who choose to continue affiliating with it.

What does my critique have to do with David's post? Easy to answer: David mentioned discrimination against Hispanics and Muslims. I was extending the argument that we should not discriminate against ethnic and religious minorities (a position with which I agree) further than David took it to say that public policy should not discriminate against Hispanic Roman Catholics who want to use their per-pupil funding in Catholic schools. How is my argument "selfish"? I am not a Mexican immigrant, nor am I a low-income Hispanic Roman Catholic. In making the argument, I am advocating for fairer treatment of a group to which I do not belong.

Making reasoned, fact-based arguments against ideas with which you disagree is not, in my opinion, "pathetic." What is "pathetic"? People who use these comment streams to engage in ad hominem attacks. If you disagree with the ideas, say so and give reasons. Name calling ("selfish"; "pathetic") demonstrates nothing about the validity of the arguments with which you would like to disagree.

Every time one of these ugly comments is posted and remains up, it tells us something about what Tucson Weekly is, and something about what kinds of behaviors are probably taught in the form of schooling name-callers and bullies prefer. And that only strengthens the validity of the position my camp argues from. So thanks for that.

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Posted by Bullies and bigots do not persuade on school policy. on 12/06/2017 at 11:13 AM

Re: “The New, New Jim Crow

Oh, whatever. As a recovering Catholic, I can say with a clear conscience that if you choose to let religion warp and poison your child's education, then YOU can pay for it. But NOT WITH MY MONEY, and especially not when it flies in the face of one of the key principles upon which this nation was founded: separation of church and state.

And, anyway, what the heck does your selfish "critique" have to do with David's excellent post on institutional racism? Nothing, so why are you even wasting the space? Is your sole animating purpose to prove David Safier wrong about everything? Pretty pathetic.

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Posted by skinnyman on 12/06/2017 at 10:05 AM

Re: “The New, New Jim Crow

I worked hard, had some success and moved to an upper income foothills home. Upon arriving I found two black families and a green card alien from Mexico. All are now friends and all voted for Trump.

Blaming others for non existent racism does not help you understand why you lost the election. It may be that you are simply to afraid to face the truth. But that kind of thinking is partially to blame.

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Posted by Wayne Olson on 12/06/2017 at 9:55 AM

Re: “Full Court Press: Deandre Ayton and Arizona host Texas A&M in Phoenix

PJC is the wrong person to inbound the ball. He is to short to get the visibility needed, then he inbounds it to some non dribblers (which he is good at), and they shoot free throws which he is better at. Even Walton commented "why is the shortest guy on the floor, inbounding the ball when he can't see, and then he has to burn timeouts?"

The point that won last night's game was made by anybody that scored one. That's all it took to win. You can't randomly select who to give that honor to.

Great game none the less. We made Texas look like a non #7. Much like everybody did to us in the Bahamas. Going to be a wild year. Glad we have Ayton!

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Posted by Wayne Olson on 12/06/2017 at 9:51 AM

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