sgsmith 
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Re: “Anti-Social Media

Dehumanizing and desensitizing speech has been used throughout human history to justify one cause or another, but the common thread is that people die as a result and those who use these tactics are left morally and ethically bankrupt and must begin to build their cultures all over again.

I thought we were "Making America Great Again", not making the same old mistakes AGAIN.

"What luck for rulers that men do not think." -- Adolf Hitler (1889-1945)

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Posted by sgsmith on 07/04/2019 at 6:33 AM

Re: “Danehy

Everyone is outsourcing everything -- why should local government be any different?

Because they were elected to do a job, not sit back and try to foist their responsibilities on local neighborhoods.

One day they say they are paid to make the "hard" decisions and then they either try to raise taxes, fees or use some other financial contrivance to throw tax-payers' money at problems, which isn't making a hard decision at all.

Now they are trying to pass on the "hard" decisions to local communities and telling them to pony-up the money themselves. Again, not a hard decision.

Here is a hard problem with a hard solution:

How do we get our local government to work for us -- we tell them to do the job they were elected to do, or we put down the Roku remote, get off the couch and go to the polls and throw them out.

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Posted by sgsmith on 07/04/2019 at 6:03 AM

Re: “Danehy

Ah, the memories.

A year after graduating high school I found myself failing my first year at Pima Community College, which they called Pima Junior College then. I was going no where fast without any direction. Enter the new Volunteer Army with its "Be all you can be" slogans with ads promising fun, travel and adventure -- even though men were still being drafted and the war in Vietnam was still going strong -- I was hooked.

When I walked into the recruiter's office, they had a cow. There I was, a high school graduate, no criminal record, no alcohol or tobacco use -- although at that time using both was almost a requirement for military members -- and no drug use. I was a recruiter's trifecta.

I passed all the tests with flying colors with one small glitch. I was slightly underweight. I was told to go home, drink plenty of banana shakes, and given a date to go to the Phoenix Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) for a physical. Once there, I again passed everything but the weight requirement. I had gained exactly five pounds and met the weight requirement in Tucson, but apparently in Phoenix, I was five pounds lighter.

I rode the bus home feeling dejected, but I was told that if I gained the necessary weight, I would be "good-to-go".

After another week of banana shakes -- something I cannot stomach to this day -- I had gained another five pounds: However, when I went back to Phoenix, I was still five pounds short. I started to fear that I would not make the cut, when an officer at the MEPS stated that I could receive a waiver for being underweight, and that on the condition that I gained the necessary weight in Basic Combat Training (BCT) at Fort Ord, Calif., I would be in.

Thanks to generous helpings of chili-mac and other army cuisine that was "hot, brown and plenty of it" I made the grade.

As for the mystery of the five pounds... . Well it seems that it was easier to get a waiver for being underweight than overweight and with more overweight guys trying to join than underweight ones setting the scales lighter in Phoenix seemed like a good idea.

In all fairness thought, the guys I went to BCT with who had a few pounds extra lost their weight just as I gained mine.

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Posted by sgsmith on 06/27/2019 at 6:21 AM

Re: “Check, Please

Many topics have become highly politicized third-rail subjects and mentioning them can result in a political death for so-called elected representatives -- even when the people they represent support them. Sensible background checks are one of these topics because the idea has been lumped in with the specter of gun control and that is very unfortunate.

Firstly, I am an absolute supporter of the Second Amendment.

Secondly, l firmly believe that people who have clearly demonstrated the lack of intelligence and moral and ethical responsibility to safely store, handle and use firearms should forfeit the right to own firearms, much like a repeat DUI driver or traffic offender loses his or her license to drive. Gun owners who shoot themselves or others "accidently", gun owners who brandish firearms to threaten and intimidate, and gun owners who leave firearms -- loaded or not -- lying around their homes, unsecured and unsafeguarded, like so many outdated television remotes come to mind for those who would make the list.

Simply put, it is not necessary to keep track of and control the weapons -- an idea that serves as a call to arms to the gun lobbyists. Documenting and monitoring those who have shown the lack of critical thinking skills necessary for responsible gun ownership does not threaten the right to possess arms -- and even if the "guvment" comes for us and gets a hold of the lists of people who CANNOT own guns, what have they got?

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Posted by sgsmith on 06/27/2019 at 5:35 AM

Re: “Long Arm of the Law

In 1961 President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned Americans of the Military-Industrial Complex and its threat to democracy during his farewell speech January 17.

I wonder if Arizonans should be concerned with a Prosecutor-Lawmaker-For Profit Prison Complex and its threat to Justice in Arizona.

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Posted by sgsmith on 06/24/2019 at 6:38 PM

Re: “Burdens and Barriers

And who did the Russians help in the 2016 Election? There is destruction from within and then there is destruction from WITH HIM.

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Posted by sgsmith on 06/15/2019 at 2:11 AM

Re: “McSally Reveals She Was Sexually Assaulted While Serving in the Military

When did believing victims of crimes become dependent on their political affiliations?

It may be hard for some people to believe, but criminals and sexual predators are not as partisan and politically discriminating as you think when it comes to identifying and targeting their victims.

Contrary to what political parties and the media tell us, not everything should be seen through the eyes of political dogma and propaganda.

Victims need to be believed without reservation until the facts prove otherwise, just as a suspect's innocence must be presumed until the evidence proves guilt beyond mere suspicion.

"One who condones evils is just as guilty as the one who perpetrates it."

-- Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968)

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Posted by sgsmith on 03/06/2019 at 9:44 PM

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