Rick Spanier 
Member since Oct 5, 2010


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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

Re: “Pima County and City of Tucson File Lawsuits Against Opioid Manufacturers and Distributors

I have no problem with suing physicians who have prescribed opioids wantonly, ignoring limits on how long they should be used when medically necessary. I have no problem with class action suits against pharmacies and their middlemen who see patterns of abuse and ignore them for monetary gain. When we have more deaths from opioid overdose than from shootings and car accidents combined, folks, we have a national problem. Get to the source, follow the money, lock 'em up and bankrupt them.

22 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Rick Spanier on 01/26/2019 at 8:16 AM

Re: “Interstate 10: A Personal History

Too many trips between Tucson and the Valley to recall. Before leaving a sense of dread, pangs of angst, and dread. Not for the destination, but for the ride through the post-apocalypse landscape of litter and abandonment.

Zoellner awakens these emotions beautifully. With talent like his available, guest appearances would be a welcome relief from the same old stories told by the same old writers.

33 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Rick Spanier on 01/13/2019 at 8:30 AM

Re: “Danehy

I'm probably a few years ahead of Tom in the rush to the finish line but still manage to find great music by great new musicians every week. My favorite this year is the Sweet Lizzy Project with Joan Delgado. And in our own backyard, Billy Sedlmayr's Charmed Life (released in '14). Yeah Tucson Kills and the Desert is No Lady, but that's another story.

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 12/29/2018 at 8:32 AM

Re: “Get To Rocky Point While You Can: Prez Trump Threatens "To Close the Southern Border Entirely"

Ah, Trump Derangement Syndrome again.

Yes, TDS is a national scourge much like RLS (Restless Leg Syndrome) but without any of the pharmaceutical huckstering crowding the morning news shows.

I believe TDS is all around us, manifested by a willingness to believe contradictory statements issued minutes, or hours or days apart by someone who denies science, considers both facts and truth obsolete and quaint notions, and debates his many "enemies" using an odd mix of schoolyard taunts and blustering ad hominems.

When will the nation wake up and demand a War of TDS?

69 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by Rick Spanier on 12/29/2018 at 8:21 AM

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