Rick Spanier 
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Re: “Danehy

What you're missing TT is the simple fact that car accidents and other assorted causes of accidental or preventable deaths are not contagious. The annual flu season is and will continue to take a toll but does not overwhelm the healthcare systems. Vaccines are available at little or no cost at the local CVC, Walmart, or primary care physician office. We're not scrambling for ventilators, PPE, and toilet paper because of the flu season. It's here to stay for now and will kill tens of thousands just like heart disease and cancer.

This pandemic, in 3 months has killed more US citizens than the soldiers who died in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan in the past 50 years. I take that seriously. Do whatever you deem appropriate, just don't cough in my facee.

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 05/03/2020 at 11:37 AM

Re: “U.S. Rep. Tom O'Halleran: Next Coronavirus Package Must Work for Arizona Families, Not Just for Washington

John Stuart Mill once said (to paraphrase) "Your right to swing your fist ends where my nose begins." Today, that observation takes on currency.

Your right to enforce your own version of protection against a devastating pandemic ends where our collective lungs begin, in the nose and mouth.

Grow up.

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 05/03/2020 at 10:21 AM

Re: “Danehy

Tom, grow up.

Yes, it is a pain in the ass to be quarantined and have to take elaborate precautions to venture forth and try to find toilet paper at Costco. For Danehy, I'm sure the specter of canceled athletic seasons and empty seats is a nightmare hopefully to dissolve with the next morning's sunrise. Tom, this is real. People are dying every hour of every day and survivors may be handicapped for life. The US has seen more deaths from Covid 19 than from all wars since Vietnam and the number is rising.

It is convenient and au courant to blame the entire mess on Trump's mishandling of the epidemic but that ignores the reality of a lack of sustained funding and planning for a pandemic crisis we've been warned of for decades including the Obama and GW Bush administrations.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigati…

It's great to be the strongest nation on the face of the earth militarily, but bullets, bombs, and aircraft carriers won't stop this invasion. Our distinction, our exceptionalism, today can be seen in the wildly disproportionate rates of contagion and death compared with the rest of the world. Yes, we are number one if that offers solace to anyone. Scoring cheap political points on the misery of real people is the most blatant form of stupidity.

Stay home if possible, stay safe, venture out carefully as needed, and try to give a shit about the lives and health of fellow citizens. It's hard, I know. WWII was harder. The Civil War was harder. The depression was harder.

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 05/03/2020 at 8:29 AM

Re: “Danehy: We have to win in November

A final thought for the mathematically challenged Tom Danehy. "Another thing about Sanders: It rings true when someone who makes thousands of dollars a year complains about millionaires. But when a millionaire like Sanders constantly complains about billionaires, it seems disingenuous."

Uh, Tom, you realize that Sanders has served 29 years in Congress as both a House member and a senator, right? You still with me? Today's salary for either position is $174,000. Do the math. He's earned somewhere north of $5 million in his congressional career not counting expense reimbursement and other big bennies. His wife has also worked throughout their marriage adding more to their estate.

If he hadn't managed to achieve a net worth of $1 million we'd be comparing him to some idiot who could lose money owning a casino.

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 03/15/2020 at 9:21 AM

Re: “Danehy: We have to win in November

Bernie made a foolish move in 2020, he ran as a Democrat. Danehy's comments pretty much sum up the revulsion Democrats hold toward this wild-eyed pinko who argues for social equality, access to healthcare as a right, access to higher education without bankrupting themselves, an end to stupid, pointless wars, you get it all the things Biden has fought against over the past 40 years.

But, but, but if Bernie had run as an independent .... blah blah blah. If Bernie had run as an independent, we might be looking at a close three-way race. His strategy of running as a Democrat was doomed from Day 1. Why run for president in a party dominated by "neo-liberal centrists" aka moderates fearful of...everything. So we have Biden, the aging right-winger carrying enough baggage to make a Pullman porter gaze in astonishment.

But, but, but Bernie has moved the Democrats to the left! If Biden is left, up is down, and backward is forward.

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 03/13/2020 at 9:46 AM

Re: “Danehy

Not to worry, Trump and his son-in-law have crafted a middle-east peace plan. I can't see why he doesn't receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his statesmanship there, in North Korea, Iran, and of course on the Mexican border. With the imminent purchase of Greenland and the annexation of China, we are on a roll. MAGA!

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 03/05/2020 at 8:04 AM

Re: “Danehy

Well, I'm glad Tom got this off his chest. Trump supporters are dumb, dare we say deplorable? Lindsay Graham is a closeted gay from South Carolina. Case closed.

But no, Clinton played the "deplorable" card last time around and managed to piss off enough of the Democratic base of workers to actually lose an election to Donald John Trump. So let's double down. Trump is homophobic, so let's try that on for size and attack his enablers from a dumb-ass state.

One reason, among many, for the electorate's distaste for Tom's Democratic Party is its veneer of intellectual superiority and alleged coastal elitism. If intellect is considered a virtue in politics, a wise person does not repeat previous mistakes but instead learns from them and adjusts. For the Democrats including those here in the desert hinterlands, who opine " But Hillary won the popular vote," a simple study in our Constitution aided by some fairly basic math demonstrates that really stupid people running major party campaigns can't count high enough to figure a majority of electoral votes.

Trump and his Republicans need to be defeated. Lame attacks on half the voters' intelligence is a losing and stupid strategy.

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 02/01/2020 at 8:29 AM

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