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Re: “Democrats Sweep Tucson City Council Races, While Voters Rejected Early Childhood Ed Measure and Remain Split on the Zoo Props

I like the rainbow crosswalks, Mr. Troglodyte, and I don't really care how much they cost.

Now crawl back under your rock and STFU.

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Posted by skinnyman on 11/08/2017 at 9:20 AM

Re: “Sports Scandal Rocks UA Basketball Program

Despite rampant misspellings in the media, Book Richardson's name is Emanuel--one m, one n.

If you read the dates and circumstances given in the actual complaint, it's almost certain that he passed $15k to Jahvon Quinerly (not Grimes, and not his mom). In fact, the complaint explains that his mom demanded more money from Book, apparently unaware that her son had already cashed in, or yes, maybe upset that he didn't get more.

Yeah, yeah, Lute is a Hall of Fame coach, all the respect in the world. But under his leadership, Jason Terry was busted taking money from an agent 20 years ago, and later Arizona was busted for what were admittedly relatively minor infractions, but there were penalties assessed and they did have to vacate victories and an NCAA tournament appearance, which punched a hole in Lute's consecutive NCAA tournament appearance streak.

The point is that college basketball has been corrupted by the enormous sums of money swirling around it for decades. It's a multi-billion-dollar industry in which the principal employees get paid nothing, ostensibly--a recipe for corruption if I've ever heard one.

This will turn out much like the steroid scandal in baseball. The open secret will become a painfully clear fact--cheating and corruption are business as usual, especially for the high end schools.

In order for this problem to really be addressed, the mighty must fall. Louisville is obviously down already, but Kentucky, North Carolina, Kansas, and yes, even the saintly and untouchable Puke University, must be exposed and punished. The truth must be revealed in order to find a way out of this mess. MLB did not address steroids until some of the best players of all time had been exposed and punished.

Very sad that Arizona appeared at the tip of this iceberg and a great guy like Book took the first blow. No doubt he did it to compete in a culture of corruption and impunity that was created by the big programs mentioned above (and many others) and tolerated by the NCAA, which had no interest in staining its own brand by prosecuting its own legends. In such a climate, it's not surprising that even good people like Book got sucked into the sewer in their efforts to compete at the highest level and win championships.

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Posted by skinnyman on 09/28/2017 at 11:14 AM

Re: “Can High School Athletes Take a Knee?

Wayne, you speak as if the defeat of the Roman Empire were unfortunate and avoidable, instead of just purely logical--conquer and oppress the vast majority of people you come across for long enough, and yes, eventually they will all rise up against you.

All empires fall, and eventually ours will, too. Participating, or not, in jingoistic rituals will have nothing to do with it; rather, the fall of the U.S. empire will have everything to do with things like, oh, how many innocent kids we slaughter in places like Yemen, and how many of our allies are alienated by our psychotic fuckwit of a president.

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Posted by skinnyman on 09/27/2017 at 11:56 AM

Re: “Film On Poisoned U.S. Soldiers Coming To Loft

It is a particular detail of fascism that soldiers are glorified by the very same ruthless generals, greedy entrepreneurs and heartless political hacks who also put them in harm's way for no good reason, poison them and then deny them decent health care when they return from their overseas ordeals.

I'm sick and tired of right-wingers squawking about "disrespecting the troops" just because someone doesn't slavishly stand at attention for bombastic jingoistic rituals when a ballgame is about to begin.

You want to respect the troops? You can start by bringing them home from the theaters of torture that we send them to for no good reason, and then maybe try treating them like human beings rather than disposable killing machines.

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Posted by skinnyman on 09/26/2017 at 9:35 AM

Re: “Anti-Racist Protesters Demand Supervisor Miller Resign

Ally Miller did NOT "simply express pride in her racial heritage," as if there were no context accompanying her statement. Nathan K's post is the usual racially-motivated obfuscation, and disingenuous at best.

Immediately after a bunch of heavily armed, fascist white people ran amok in Charlottesville, terrorizing an entire community and murdering a young woman, Miller took to the airwaves to crow that white people had nothing to apologize for.

Apart from being one of the most politically inept and breathtakingly tone deaf actions I've ever seen a local politician take, her statement is offensive on many levels. While everyone else was making statements denouncing the evil of the dangerous, virulent white supremacy that was on display in Charlottesville, she stubbornly took the opposite tack, in essence refusing to even acknowledge--let alone take any responsibility for--the damage that white supremacy has done and is doing to our nation and its people.

We are ALL responsible for racism, and it will only be overcome if everyone admits that it still poisons our nation and its institutions at all levels, discusses it openly and constructively, and speaks out against it wherever it rears its genocidal head. The solution to racism is, and always has been, for communities to say "Not here," and white people to say "Not in my name."

Ally Miller's incendiary, half-wit statement is the exact opposite of the solution, which makes her part of the problem.


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Posted by skinnyman on 08/24/2017 at 1:31 PM

Re: “Cinema Clips: Whose Streets?

Yes, tlglenn, they recommended against prosecuting a white cop for shooting an unarmed black man. What a surprise!

Regardless, Darren Wilson is a racist piece of shite who, in the bad old days, would have spent his time harassing, intimidating, beating and shooting black boys while on the clock and then wearing the pointy white hood on the weekends. (Oh, wait a minute--looks like the bad old days are making a comeback...)

The Dept. of Justice also conducted thorough investigations of the Ferguson Police Dept. and several others (Cleveland, Baltimore, et al.) and found that they were all rife with institutional racism that routinely and as a matter of policy and professional culture violated the civil rights of people of color in those communities. Some of these police departments were then forced to submit to supervision under consent decrees because they could not be trusted to reform themselves.

Some things have not changed a while lot since the bad old days...but they might now, if the good people of the world push back hard against the racism that still poisons our nation and its institutions at all levels.

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Posted by skinnyman on 08/24/2017 at 1:12 PM

Re: “Ally Miller Chickens Out: Under Fire for 'White Pride' Comments, Supervisor Skips Today's Board Meeting

So faux-clever, Nathan, but I don't do yoga. Never been inside a yoga studio in my life, not that there's anything wrong with it. And not that it has anything whatsoever to do with cultural appropriation. (WTF??)

In the absence of any logically or morally defensible position, is that the best you can do? Incredibly stoopid broadsides at yoga? Wow.

Maybe you should go post at Breitbart, where the intellectual and moral vacuity is more your speed...

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Posted by skinnyman on 08/22/2017 at 1:28 PM

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