BradHemphill 
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Re: “Danehy

I don't hate President Trump. I honestly don't know that there's anyone I would say I hate, especially anyone I don't even know. Again, you criticize others for not making factual rebuttals, then when I make make a logical, unemotional response, you want to dismiss it as hate. Not that it matters in the grand scheme of things, but (at a minimum) it would be nice if you picked a prefered criticism and applied a little consistency to it.

My district did not have a vote on striking. We did get a letter of support from our Superintendent with important information about the stance of our board and the challenges of a walkout. This may sound self-important, but in 26 years of teaching I've never complained about the pay. I could have done anything coming out of high school. I was a journalism major, considered law school. I chose teaching because I wanted to coach. I wanted to follow in my father's footsteps. My eyes were wide open about the pay. That said, from even a purely supply and demand/market approach to the issue, Ducey and the Republicans that have controlled Arizona's government since Obama appointed Napolitano better figure something out if they have any interest in attracting and retaining quality teachers in this state.

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Posted by BradHemphill on 04/19/2018 at 9:55 AM

Re: “Danehy

More specifically, you defended Trump and bagged on Obama and then criticized the lack of logical challenges to your point. I obliged you. Another "fact" is that a large number of Republicans and conservatives also did/do not agree with the attack in Syria. Either way, in this very example of Syria, both men in question said one thing and then did something else. You seem to not want to apply your view of such flip-floppery equally. You, indeed, "defended Trump's decision to bomb a sick dog," something he vehemently criticized doing just a few years ago. Surely if his mind can change, so can Mr. Obama's. As for lies, you want to have a lie-off involving President Trump? That will be fun.

And finally, I'm in my twenty-sixth year teaching English! Kudos to you on that one!

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Posted by BradHemphill on 04/18/2018 at 12:42 PM

Re: “Danehy

Interesting response for someone who (yet again) complains that others don't offer logical "challenges" when presented with fact. Actually, you didn't say they "don't" challenge your comments, you said they "can't." Yet this is the second column thread in a row in which I followed this complaint with solid, logical challenges. Your response both times? Pivots.

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Posted by BradHemphill on 04/18/2018 at 8:37 AM

Re: “Danehy

I'll play, CW13. Again. There are some obvious "challenges" to what you said. Let's start with Trump. You seem to want to hold Obama to a statement that he made, and subsequent actions that don't correspond to the statement. Fair enough. I wonder, then, how you feel about Trump saying this about attacking Syria at that time:

"What will we get for bombing Syria besides more debt and a possible long term conflict? Obama needs Congressional approval."

"The President must get Congressional approval before attacking Syria-big mistake if he does not!"

"The only reason President Obama wants to attack Syria is to save face over his very dumb RED LINE statement. Do NOT attack Syria,fix U.S.A."

So Obama drew a red line and then changed his mind when faced with the details of that decision. Trump insisted we have no place bombing Syria in response to chemical attacks, but has also changed his mind when faced with current details. And that garners praise from you for one, ridicule for the other?

Next, this: "Obama let his mouth write a check that his ass couldn't cash." I think "couldn't" is poor word choice. Do you doubt our military could have been effective in a 2013 attack? I don't. Obama wrote a check he chose not to cash. Big difference. Harkening back to the last point, Trump conversely cashed a check he had previously called counterfeit. Bank fraud? Someone call Mueller!

Finally, "Trump bombed it into oblivion." Oblivion? Really? Trump ordered previous bombings of Syria to little affect. And this attack will not do much to curb Assad either. "Oblivion" has a definition. What we just did to Assad's ability to crush his own people in a civil war is not it.

It's unfortunate, but 2013 Trump was probably right. I, for one, would rather have Trump as my priest than my president.

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Posted by BradHemphill on 04/17/2018 at 3:03 PM

Re: “Danehy

The last anecdote reminded me of the scene in which Austin Powers is collecting his personals following his cryonic stay. With Vanessa Kensington looking on, a "Swedish-made penis enlarger pump" is taken from the crate. Austin replies, "that's not mine." Next comes the credit card receipt for one Swedish-made penis enlarger "singed by Austin Powers." Austin: "I'm telling you, baby, that's not mine." Next? A warranty card filled out by Austin. Austin: "I don't even know what this is. This sort of thing ain't my bag, baby." The final item? one book entitled "Swedish-Made Penis Enlarger Pumps And Me (This Sort of Thing is My Bag...Baby)" written by Austin Powers. Still in denial, Powers signs the form to collect his belongings "just to get things moving."

Great bit.

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Posted by BradHemphill on 04/12/2018 at 10:30 AM

Re: “Danehy

CW13 - It is true that we don't know each other personally. And your charge that I seem "awful interested" in you just seems like a dodge. Danehy bashers are fond of repeating the criticism that when liberals are presented with facts on these boards, they don't respond. You claim that I probably haven't even heard the quotes I included. I provide video. And you pivot. Then you ask me a "personal interest" question about Rizzo's. You're making this too easy.

Unfortunately, I have not yet been to Rizzo's. And, despite the comment above, I am still committed to a slice on my next trip to NYC. As promised, I will give a full report when that day finally arrives.

I looked up the Radiothon. It looks fantastic. For fun, I also learned that Michael Savage runs a scholarship program, and Mark Levin does great work with rescued animals. Glenn Beck is involved with many charities, and Alex Jones once offered a million dollars to charity for Chelsea Clinton's paternity test. Observations I gladly make since they don't impact the "crackpot" debate in the slightest.

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Posted by BradHemphill on 04/03/2018 at 12:53 PM

Re: “Danehy

To be clear, I said it "seems" rather close-minded to push your "maybe haters should stay home from church" angle just one day after bagging on someone else for being critical of those that "look at life" differently. And closing with calling them a hypocrite. Just seemed a little "crackpot/kettle" to borrow a phrase. I have no idea how open-minded you are or are not, generally.

As for "failing to mention anything positive," why would I have that burden? i didn't post a comment saying they were irredeemable, or even that they are not potentially, personally fantastic. I simply said a valid argument can be made that some of the people on your list are crackpots. Speaking of...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7Prp9qhyt… - for Savage
Limbaugh admitted to making that statement in a Newsday article
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRgvr5ymnp… - for Levin (at about 2:42)

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Posted by BradHemphill on 04/03/2018 at 9:40 AM

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