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Comment Archives: stories: Arts & Culture

Re: “Mid-Century Madness

It looks like there's a couple that is restoring one of Tom Gist's mid-century houses here in Tucson and is blogging about it...I wonder if they will be featured on the home tour.

Link for those interested:

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Posted by AsianHomeCook on 10/06/2017 at 11:14 AM

Re: “Mid-Century Madness

More about Barbara Mettler's legacy:…

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Posted by SonoranWinds on 10/05/2017 at 8:43 PM

Re: “Checkpoint Trauma

I always have a good day 'smile and wave'. Especially after being exonerated in court like I have every time one of CBP's minions has tried to do CBP's dirty work for them.

How many times have your buddies tried and failed now? I'm starting to lose count. You could ask the TOPD though, they may know.

While you're at it, why don't you tell everyone why deputies with the PCSD hang out at the CBP roadblock along SR-86 'smile and wave'. I know I'm looking forward to telling the judge why....

Checkpoint USA

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Posted by Checkpoint USA on 09/29/2017 at 11:41 PM

Re: “Checkpoint Trauma

Checkpoint are an idiot! You just provoke and when you get put on your place, you cry. Why don't you tell everyone about how you've been arrested by PCSO for your idiotic acts? You are not an activist, you are just ignorant. Have a good day. :)

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Posted by Smile and wave on 09/28/2017 at 1:54 PM

Re: “Checkpoint Trauma

The CBP roadblock located along SR-86 just outside Three Points, AZ first became a fixture along the highway in January of 2008. It's pretty much been operated 24/7 365 days a year ever since. I've recorded every compelled interaction I've had at the roadblock since it's inception - we ll over 600 and counting at this stage. One of my earlier interactions took place on January 8, 2008 and can be viewed at:

Before January 2008, the roadblock had been setup a few times for brief periods. Once on April 15, 2005. See:

and again on November 12, 2006.

I've been to court multiple times over the years regarding my roadblock encounters and will again in the near future.

Checkpoint USA

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Posted by Checkpoint USA on 09/24/2017 at 10:41 PM

Re: “Checkpoint Trauma

I am a white middle aged woman. I had an agent follow me to a gate on my private property and threaten to pull me out of the window of my truck. I can not imagine the fear and emotional damage these assholes inflict on children with brown skin. The whole situation is beyond disgusting.

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Posted by Kali Turner on 09/23/2017 at 6:57 PM

Re: “Checkpoint Trauma

I taught out in Sells for a couple of years. I remember asking my class once how many of them had been stopped and had secondary inspections at the checkpoint. Every single hand went up. I told them that I never had and that the officers always looked shocked if my husband was with me and we told them he wasn't a citizen, because we are about as white as you can get. As I went through with clear sailing time after time and my students' families were pulled over time after time, it just began to feel very very wrong.

And I'll say hi to Sebastian, because I suspect I taught him a couple summers ago. :)

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Posted by Traci Robison Klein on 09/22/2017 at 9:44 PM

Re: “Checkpoint Trauma

"If allies are strong with the power to protect me, might they not protect me out of all I own?"

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Posted by Frances Perkins on 09/21/2017 at 2:07 PM

Re: “Checkpoint Trauma

We absolutely should have strong immigration enforcement. We as citizens have the right to determine who comes to this country and how many.
That said, the checkpoints are for Nazis. They should be torn down immediately. They're disgusting as well as racist.

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Posted by bslap on 09/21/2017 at 6:32 AM

Re: “Storming the Wall

You honestly think Santa Cruz and Pima counties are exempt from the climate? This is all happening at lightning speed.

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Posted by Ruben Ruiz on 09/15/2017 at 5:01 PM

Re: “Storming the Wall

We in Tucson may see a whole lot of immigrants from Phoenix long before more Latin Americans arrive in 2050. The heat-fatality bell curve up north is getting increasingly broad. Before, only Maricopa County's kids and old folks -- people with little political clout, and often without access to air-conditioning -- died from extreme heat. Now that Maricopa's heat is regularly rising into the higher (often fatal) three digits, and because running A/C (which, incidentally, releases more heat and climate-change gases into the air) is becoming more expensive, people in the middle ranks of society (by age and income) will begin suffering heat-related symptoms including fatal heatstroke. A whole lot of people -- possibly in the millions, certainly in the hundreds of thousands -- will be high-tailing it to our relatively cooler climes in Pima and Santa Cruz Counties. There'll be no border guards or a wall to protect us from this internal migration, unless we deploy a Grapes of Wrath strategy completely alien to our Borderlands culture. What are We going to do with all of Them? Where will they live? How will they earn livings? How do we accommodate yet more traffic? And how do we protect our Borderlands culture from awful, intolerant religious and racist influences that many of the immigrants will bring with them, influences that resulted in Sheriff Joe's lengthy tenure, that sustain the reactionary Goldwater Institute and related kook lobbies, and that pay the lion's share of Republican campaign expenses in Arizona? We have some planning to do, and soon!

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Posted by Jake on 09/15/2017 at 2:34 PM

Re: “Storming the Wall

I appreciate converting the numbers to Fahrenheit so Americans can understand just how devastating climate change is going to be. But I think this conversion is a wee bit off: 5 degree Celsius (41 degrees Fahrenheit) .
5 degrees C is 9 degrees F.

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Posted by bslap on 09/14/2017 at 6:30 AM

Re: “Stolen Goods

I wonder how that couple got that painting? And why was it behind the bedroom door?

Posted by Carol on 09/12/2017 at 3:44 PM

Re: “Stolen Goods

Real investigative journalism would have turned up more of the story. Is the delay just for the FBI to check the fingerprints on the painting?

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Posted by on 09/08/2017 at 1:17 PM

Re: “Fall Arts Preview: Theatre

How are the theatre companies for this fall arts preview chosen?

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Posted by Tucson Theatre Scene on 09/01/2017 at 11:42 PM

Re: “Fall Arts Preview: Theatre

Hi! What about Arizona Rose Theatre? They have a new theatre in the Tucson Mall, and they just finished a great kid friendly show, "The Musical World of Disney." Check out their full season here: Their opera company is producing "Hansel and Gretel," then the theatre branch is producing "The Odd Couple," and in December they have a "A Charlie Brown Christmas."

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Posted by Tucson Theatre Scene on 09/01/2017 at 11:18 PM

Re: “Bloom Free

Isaac you were born to do this work. As Jocelyn Valencia was born to do hers. Give us more to see, as Sondheim said...

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Posted by omoya on 08/11/2017 at 12:37 PM

Re: “Bloom Free

Great piece on a spectacular human. Ive been away from Tucson and its important scene for some time, but as I watch from a distance, Jocelyn is magic, the kind of magic needed in Tucson, and this world. Many blessings and continued success.

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Posted by E Letra on 08/10/2017 at 10:38 AM

Re: “Bloom Free

I really struggle with this. Am I the only one who struggles with the problems of being "woman of color in a white patriarchy" while at the same time indulging what arguably presents itself as a misogynist culture with a capital "M"?

To quote some 21 Savage lyrics: "Spray your block down, we not really with that ru-rah shit/Glock cocked now, I dont really give no fuck bout who I hit/Yeah, your bitch, she get jiggy with me/Keep that Siggy with me/Bitch, Im Mad Max, you know I got Ziggy with me"

Maybe, just maybe, the "ugly gentrification" we see in Tucson and elsewhere might, at least in part, have something to do with the fact that people here are getting tired of being exposed to the very themes that hip-hop seems to eternally perpetuate, like all this gang crap, glorification of misogyny, violence and crime ?

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Posted by AZDiver on 08/10/2017 at 9:41 AM

Re: “A Peek Into 9/11

Charlie Sheen and the rest of us with a 4th grade education know that 9/11 was indeed a very inside job. It is way past time for the rest of the world to wake up before the wars generated because of the false flag attack destroys the world. Those buildings were imploded with demolition, just like Silerstein said they decided to 'pull' Building 7. Wakeup America have the courage we need to demand a criminal investigation.

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Posted by Cheri Jacobs Aspenleiter on 08/01/2017 at 7:25 AM

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