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Re: “Over Stepping Bounds

There seems to be some confusion over whether " NO ONE in the U.S. Border Patrol can legally give anyone "permission" to operate contrary to the law" or not.

Why was a Border Patrol Agent transporting 110 lbs of cocaine in his rental car trunk to Chicago?

Why did the former DHS Inspector General, Tomshek (previously a 23 yr. veteran of the Secret Service) stated in a an interview that between 5 and 10 percent of border agents and officers are actively corrupt or were at some point in their career".


Why were the 43 College student protestors from Ayotzinapa Guerero disappeared, some from a school bus after it was riddled with bullets by the Mexican Army and Fed. Police; a school bus that has been reported to have previously traveled to Chicago without students; a bus that passed through US CBP twice? What kind of business is there between Guerrero and Chicago? One report linked it to the kind of business that transports the same white substance in the trunk of the BP officer.

Is that part of the law you speak of, or is that part of " some highly-questionable unsigned written agreement" . The students were shot while in the bus with machine guns in the hands of Fed. Mexican police and Army, rrportedly to protect a Cartel's goods. I don't think there is anything "warm and fuzzy" about why those murders happened, do you? But read on, if this appears unrelated . . . .

Immigrants principally leave Guatemala, Honduras, and Southern Mexico because they are pushed off their land by agricultural plantations ensured by NAFTA and CAFTA, because as their rural economies then collapse the drug Cartels move in, and because free trade has guaranteed weak , small , ineffectual governments there (keep tuned into that), they also want to join their family here who worked in places largely (but not completely) eschewed by us. 75% of all farm labor in the US is Mexican (Dept. of Labor 2005). And yes I come from a farm state.

And by the way, an aid station was set up in Nogales in Sonora, Mexico at the border, and it was received well by local Mexican authorities. There is no "thrill" in seeing a beat down immigrant, many who tell of loosing a companion to death in the desert. Many receive food and medical aid every day in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, by volunteers, people not paid.

Those who favor those policies in Central American and Mexico, the cause of migration, also often support the security and detention industries, or the remedy, here at home. Are you one of them?

Curious that. We once had agricultural laws that operated like those in Central American and Mexico. When small farmers were used for labor and they completed their contracts in the South, but usury fees and bank indebtedness "freed up their land", and dispossessed them as the large agricultural estates (former plantations), then bought them for a pittance. That is a form of a cartel. Most of those workers migrated (there is that " illegal" word again) to the north.

In Guatemala and Honduras, when agricultural workers finish their contract, if they try to stay on productive land in order to grow crops to live, the police are called, the dogs are set loose, and the "law" is applied there.

Here those laws were equally legislated sometime ago, Jim Crow.

Posted by Stone Garden on 06/23/2017 at 12:52 AM

Re: “Out-of-the-Box Solutions

Sounds like a great effort. This woman has my thumbs up, and may have a bit of my dough in the future as well. I hope her projects go far.

Posted by Ex-Arizonan on 06/22/2017 at 10:58 PM

Re: “Battle for the Bud

Republicans love State's Rights, until they don't.

Democrats hate State's Rights, until they do.

Posted by lc69hunter on 06/22/2017 at 9:43 PM

Re: “Danehy

Nathan K...that is a thing of beauty. I like where you are coming from.

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Posted by Hard Work Pays Off on 06/22/2017 at 9:08 PM

Re: “Danehy

Republicans will have a built in advantage for so long as Democrats continue to mistake ideological disagreement for ignorance. I understand why they do it. It's comforting. It assures them they are the virtuous, all-knowing Cloud People who could build a utopia if not for these Dirt People who just haven't taken enough sociology courses at an elite coastal universities to know what is best for them. The nice thing (for my side) about this reaction, is that prevents the Democrats from engaging in any introspection, or asking the tough questions about why they lost. Self-reflection is uncomfortable. Far easier just to call the people who disagree with you "stupid."

Politics in 2016 is now about identity - to which tribe to you belong? - than it is about knowledge. You see, if only college educated whites had voted in the 2016 election, Trump's margin of victory would have been bigger. And Danehy knows that. The lecture he delivers to the working class, rust belt whites in this piece - do you think he would give that speech in inner city Baltimore? Would he drive out to Sells, and tell everyone, "you people just need to study math! Pull yerselfs up by yer bootstraps like mi papi did!" Of course not. Those people are on Danehy's team, so they're worthy of his sympathy; rust belt whites aren't, so they're not. In the end, it's not about knowledge or ignorance for Danehy either - it's about who are your people, and who aren't.

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Posted by Nathan K on 06/22/2017 at 7:07 PM

Re: “How's the New 'Anyone Can Teach in Arizona' Law Working Out So Far?

The average teacher salary in Arizona is $47,000 per year. The shortage salary is $32,000 per year. There wouldn't be any shortage of teachers at all if you could open that average salary up. However, the legislature can only change the average salary. It can't change the shortage salary at all, only the districts can do that.

Paradoxically, it is quite possible that an increase in the average salary would result in a reduction of the shortage salary. Systems do that when rewarded for certain behaviors.

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Posted by on 06/22/2017 at 6:15 PM

Re: “Danehy

It is hard to believe after all the Trump administration has accomplished and all the #MAGA moves they are making that there are still people out there that hate our President. Obviously Danehy must feed bile to his followers even though that universe is rapidly shrinking. Knowledgeable folks are looking past Trump's many, superficial flaws and realizing what an asset it is to have a businessman's focus in the White House.

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Posted by bilohak on 06/22/2017 at 6:13 PM

Re: “Danehy

Amen brother. My retirement account has increased 20% in the last 6 months. And that means I can be more generous with giving some of my money to others even as I pay more in federal and state taxes. If these folks are so smart, why don't they understand simple math?

They aren't that smart. They just think they are.

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Posted by The Russians Hacked My Email Again on 06/22/2017 at 4:26 PM

Re: “Police Dispatch

Don't forget the University of Arizona Police Officer who was the one that had the initial contact.

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Posted by Marc on 06/22/2017 at 4:23 PM

Re: “How's the New 'Anyone Can Teach in Arizona' Law Working Out So Far?

Are you unwilling to let the voters have their say? There is so much more to the equation than the simplistic statement that "a strong public schools create a vibrant economy." In fact the U of A has proven just the opposite. Most that get a good education leave Tucson for better pay and more amenities.

Like fully paved streets.

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Posted by What is this town thinking? on 06/22/2017 at 4:22 PM

Re: “How's the New 'Anyone Can Teach in Arizona' Law Working Out So Far?

This state has had a Republican legislature for the last 24 yrs, and a Republican governor for 20 out of the last 26 yrs. Public education is not a priority for them, and the GOP here in AZ is not smart enough to figure out that strong public schools help create a vibrant economy and attract business. The voters keep sending the same kind of people to the legislature, so unless those people change, nothing will change.

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Posted by Pima Mujer on 06/22/2017 at 4:09 PM

Re: “No Thanks, Trump

So...potholes all fixed, then?

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Posted by Nathan K on 06/22/2017 at 3:00 PM

Re: “Over Stepping Bounds

On a related issue, Humane Borders operates a number of water stations for border crossers on public land (e.g., the Fish and Wildlife Service's Buenos Aires NWR). I am not able to find FWS's NEPA documentation for the permits for those water stations that were issued in 2010. Did FWS ever do an environmental impact statement or an environmental assessment for those water stations?

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Posted by Nathan K on 06/22/2017 at 2:56 PM

Re: “How's the New 'Anyone Can Teach in Arizona' Law Working Out So Far?

I think this is a worthy experiment, and we should probably give it time to play out before declaring failure. The basic problem is that teaching pays so much less than, say, engineering, so I have difficulty understanding why someone who had the test scores to be admitted to and worked hard to successfully complete an engineering programming would want to accept so much less pay than their market value. I might see people do that for lifestyle reasons, or as a sort of semi-retirement, but not right out of school with student loans to pay back.

Perhaps the solution to Arizona's teacher shortage is to start bringing in immigrant teachers on H-1B visas (at least for STEM fields). There may just not be enough Americans to fill these jobs. Accessing a deep pool of immigrant teaching labor would also help level the balance of power with the teacher unions.

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Posted by Nathan K on 06/22/2017 at 2:46 PM

Re: “How's the New 'Anyone Can Teach in Arizona' Law Working Out So Far?

I suppose they can claim that supposedly "qualified" college graduates who can't get jobs in their fields can now go to work teaching, thereby being a full-employment program for the state. Fat chance!

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Posted by gcb1 on 06/22/2017 at 2:35 PM

Re: “Home is a Tenacious Heart

She deserves so much more and so does he! Our city does so much for illegals but yet they don't do anything for our citizens.

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Posted by Deborah Townsend on 06/22/2017 at 2:00 PM

Re: “Danehy

Let me give you a number: $4 trillion. That's how much the stock market has increased since Trump surprised everyone, including investors, by getting elected. Do you know what the total stock market is in France? $3 trillion. Great Britain? $4 trillion. China, with its 1.3 billion residents? $7 trillion.

That's a completely new trajectory for our economy and for our nation. That $4 trillion means that Hillary's entire $1.1 billion campaign was a scam, trying to falsely convince us that we would all be better off with higher taxes, more regulation and more people on welfare.

Somehow, the unwashed masses, ignorant as we are, figured it out.

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Posted by on 06/22/2017 at 1:56 PM

Re: “High-Flying Chicken

They'll do anything for money, I guess. Sure cheapens the science.

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Posted by SonoranWinds on 06/22/2017 at 12:48 PM

Re: “Laughing Stock: Where Does Comedy Come From?

I just read about another local restaurant that is closing. The owner said it was due in part to slow times but the increase in minimum wage finished them off. Is that part of this problem also? This is no laughing matter.

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Posted by Coulrophobia Is Real on 06/22/2017 at 12:13 PM

Re: “Carpe Diem Charters Are Failing to Seize the Day, Or the Students

I see the League of Women Voters of Arizona has signed on as a supporter of the misleadingly titled "Save Our Schools" campaign:

Another sad sign that the AZ League, in spite of its professed concern with EQUITY, doesn't actually know what the term means and / or is led by people who haven't the faintest clue what is going on at the ground level in TUSD.

I detect the influence of some of our local "Supporters of Public Ed." They may be able to mislead the Board of the League of Women Voters of AZ by pouting and telling fairy tales about financially transparent, democratically controlled and uniformly deserving public school districts whose only obstacle to delivering "GREAT EDUCATION to EVERYONE !" is lack of funds, but a lot of people locally see through campaigns based on the false notion of public school districts as bastions of an "EQUITY" that has never existed and will never begin to exist in districts like TUSD, even if funding is increased.

Equity cannot begin to exist in TUSD in part because some of our better known "Supporters of Public Ed" don't care to advocate for it. They remain silent when the factual findings of people like Sylvia Campoy are disparaged by the district's representatives. They remain silent when the Superintendent re-allocates millions of dollars from improving services to underserved students to paying three different sets of expensive law firms to pick fights with the desegregation judge. They remain silent when their friends on the TUSD Board vote twice in support of a patently inequitable plan to funnel students directly from wealthy-neighborhood-Fruchthendler-Elementary to wealthy-neighborhood-Sabino-High-School, bypassing a middle school where Fruchthendler children might have to attend school with (shudder) less privileged TUSD students.

Did I miss the "Supporters of Public Ed"'s conspicuous advocacy on these topics, David Safier? If so, please send me a link to where I can see these public-spirited, compassionate campaigners using their influence in the community to defend EQUITY in TUSD.

(In general, I will say that it's best when education policy analysis and education policy initiatives are created by people who've taken the time and trouble to study for a few years under the tutelage of experts in education and / or education policy. Right now the policy initiatives produced by our local "Supporters of Public Schools!" are not, and while they continue to market their own particular brand of hypocrisy and ignorance to the electorate, what they are actually doing is a lot of damage to the credibility of and soundness of management in public schools in this state.)

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Posted by P.S. on "Supporters of Public Ed!" and EQUITY. on 06/22/2017 at 11:39 AM

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