Rick Spanier 
Member since Oct 5, 2010


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Re: “Danehy

Agree with all Tom lays out here. My only question to him, as a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat, is when, precisely, is enough, enough? My guess is, when, as Pelosi&Co. seems to believe, they are swept back into power after the next elections. The odds of that magical moment are - at best -50-50.

Meek and mild in the face of an existential threat is not a strategy, it is cowardice and neglect of duty.
Impeach now.

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 08/16/2019 at 7:23 AM

Re: “Danehy

Gretchen, Your presidential and your senate candidates need votes from folks like me, an independent. Progressive on social issues and conservative on fiscal policy, I will vote for virtually any Democrat in every race on the ballot I receive. This will be a first for me, I have never voted a straight ticket in over 50 years. Trump is, in my eyes, toxic and a clear and present danger to this country.

But please, enough of this we have to steer a non-controversial course considering universal healthcare, relief to students while they are in college and for the rest of their lives and who will never be able to shed the debt incurred by attending over-priced and under-performing colleges and universities, and a battle to save the planet from pollution and climate change, far-left positions.

Putting an end to endless wars that benefit none of us and offering sound and forceful legislation to end the carnage in our streets, schools, theaters, and malls, are not extreme positions. Protecting the lives of and careers of women and the right to seek sanctuary as asylum seekers are not leftist positions. If your party wants the votes of millennials (and younger), minorities, progressives, and women, think hard about who will be your party's standard-bearer. There is no dearth of candidates.

We are in a political war, Gretchen (and Tom), your weak and rudderless political party needs all the help it can get. But really, your party needs to stand for something other than elections every two or four years. If your party nominates Joe Biden or another centrist with no spine, your party will lose again. And another loss to Donald Trump effectively ends any claim your party has to be a viable political organization.

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 08/10/2019 at 6:43 AM

Re: “Danehy

Yes, Tom advises, just shut up and hand off the ball to Biden for the buzzer-beater. Biden is, after all, the most electable of the candidates with a rich history of keen judgment and invaluable experience.

What could possibly go wrong with a mid-septuagenarian who voted in favor of invading Iraq (while 150 of his fellow party members said no), badgered Anita Hill, takes credit for authoring a crime bill establishing a school-to-private prison pipeline, served as the eager handmaiden to Wall Street and the corporations licensed in his home state, referred to Obama as "clean and articulate" and has spent the last couple of years earning millions for his insights in speeches to anyone with the money to burn on his becoming president?

So shut up you young whippersnappers with all this talk about social and economic equality and taking boots off the necks off younger generations hobbled by debt and struggling in the gig economy. Uncle Joe has the plans - he borrowed them from Hillary.

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 08/09/2019 at 7:51 AM

Re: “Goodbye, Frankie Cheesesteak

This is our 25th year in Tucson after immigrating from Philadelphia. Before Frankies, we were lost in a desert without a true Philly cheesesteak in sight and pretenders still asking if you wanted mayo on their faux concoctions. Here, in the Weekly, I stumbled across a notice that a cheesesteak place was opening. My thought was, "whatever." But then I saw that they were bringing in the rolls from Amoroso's back home. And, Frankie confirmed, they had cheeze whiz bubbling on the burner.

Frank was an institution who worked hard alongside his cooks and servers. He was an ambassador for the best Philadelphia has to offer. Cheesesteak, cheezewiz, wit. Sorry to hear of his passing.

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 08/03/2019 at 7:44 AM

Re: “Danehy

Wow, folks are still subscribing to cable TV?

Who knew?

We cut the cord years ago, use streaming (Hulu and a few others) and have Curiosity to encourage proper brain hygiene. Our bill is under $90 for all and we don't worry about being scammed by Comcast and the other remaining leeches still out there.

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 05/24/2019 at 7:58 AM

Re: “Danehy

It surprised me to learn the Rose Bowl began in 1902. One Hundred and seventeen years later, the Arizona Wildcats have established a record that even Chicago Cubs fans might envy. The Wildcats are the only team, repeat only, to have never made it to Pasadena from either the Big Ten or the PAC8/10. That record does not appear to be in jeopardy anytime in the near future, so it needs to be embraced and celebrated. Is a 150-year drought even possible?

Yep! Let's go for it!

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 05/05/2019 at 6:56 PM

Re: “Danehy: Tom takes on the anti-vax community

Been thinking of something along the lines of "freedom has its consequences."

No one prevented some former ISIS brides leaving the US to join the jihad and abet murder. Now they want to come home. Sure, no problem. But they will be met at their selected point of entry, arrested, placed in custody and charged under the appropriate federal terrorism statutes. Stupidity and gullibility are not exculpatory rationales for treason.

Anti-vaxxers have the freedom in some states to deny their children vaccinations under any set of rationales they can conjure up. Again, no problem. But their children can and should be denied access to public schools (including charters, community colleges and other institutions of higher ed. Stupidity and gullibility are not exculpatory rationales for spreading disease among healthy children.

Consider this: if you want to have your dogs and cats attend a daycare center, be boarded overnight, or be cared for by a veterinarian, they need to be vaccinated against rabies, at a minimum, with parvo and distemper also required by many animal caretakers. Arguing against children receiving vaccinations against what can be a deadly disease is far more inane than refusing to vaccinate your pets and constitutes child abuse.

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 03/17/2019 at 7:43 AM

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