sgsmith 
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Re: “The Skinny

Transparency, complying with established rules, regulations and laws you do realize you are talking about Donald Trump, right?

I suggest you step outside your politically-correct liberal bubble and start paying attention to the new reality encompassed by the post-fact, climate-change and science denying, nouveau barbarian horde that is occupying Washington intent on dismantling, purging and "decontaminating" anything and everything that came into contact with the former administration.

"Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement: and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. In the first stage of life the mind is frivolous and easily distracted, it misses progress by failing in consecutiveness and persistence. This is the condition of children and barbarians, in which instinct has learned nothing from experience."

George Santayana (1863 -1952) "The Life of Reason, Volume 1, 1905"

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Posted by sgsmith on 04/20/2017 at 10:37 AM

Re: “Money and Challengers, Oh My

Based on the ROI (return on investment), I am pretty sure that electing politicians to any office -- federal, state or local -- amounts to crowd-sourcing careers, income, benefits and retirement of said politicians with little else to show for the common constituents.

Now, if you are a special interest lobbyist, corporation or major donor, America has the best politicians you can buy, but don't ask the Russians right now, I think they are having buyer's remorse.

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Posted by sgsmith on 04/20/2017 at 10:06 AM

Re: “Rep. Grijalva Sues Trump Administration Over Border Wall

While the lawsuit may be good for Congressman Raul Grijalva to maintain his political base and it helps raise awareness for the Center for Biological Diversity, the current administration in Washington has clearly shown that the environment and the federal agencies and applicable laws are mere speed bumps in the way of corporate greed and exploitation.

On the plus side, history has shown again and again that trying to curb the forces of nature are about as successful as the presidents comb-over, but that won't stop spending a whole lot of time and taxpayer money to keep a campaign promise that is about as substantial as a coyote fart in a dust devil.

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Posted by sgsmith on 04/13/2017 at 8:48 AM

Re: “The Skinny

Three things I already knew, but the Tucson Weekly confirms over and over again:

First, Governor Ducey and his gang in Phoenix are lying, conniving elitist who will continue to steal from the land and the people by any means necessary to ensure their own positions and to guarantee that future generations are denied an education, a political voice and the natural resources that belong to all the people.

Second, elections in Arizona have been fixed so long that having them only demonstrates how long this has been going on. All you have to do is figure out the way the powers to be want it to go and surprise! The election will go that way, but it will always be by a "close" margin as a concession to EVERYONE that opposed it.

Lastly, feeding the trolls only results in more trolling. My grandfather used to say, "Never wrestle with a pig -- you both get dirty and the pig likes it."

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Posted by sgsmith on 04/13/2017 at 8:26 AM

Re: “Justice Denied

Yet there are so-called "real Americans" alive today that would gladly see the Constitutionally guaranteed rights of Islamic-Americans limited, curtailed or eliminated because of the same racially-motivated fears based on ignorance and misdirected national patriotism.

I spent more than 20 years defending the United States from "all enemies, foreign and domestic", but more than that it was about upholding values and recognizing the reality that there are evil people in the world who would use any means necessary to secure and maintain power over others -- even if it meant harnessing the most base emotions, cloaking them in the American flag, and using them to destroy the America that I know and love from within.

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Posted by sgsmith on 03/31/2017 at 10:50 AM

Re: “The Skinny

Dave, even a broken analog watch is right twice a day.

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Posted by sgsmith on 03/30/2017 at 9:01 AM

Re: “The Skinny

They say you should judge people not by what they say but by what they do. If that's true, based on the contents of the American Healthcare Act the people in power wanted to see the poor -- both young and old -- just die.

Of course, no one will come out and say that, but there is this elitist attitude in Washington that people without means are not real people if they were, they could just go out and get jobs or stop buying "luxury" items such as cellphones and spend their money taking care of themselves.

Those in congress and the senate talk about eliminating entitlements, even when they are the most entitled class out there. People in the military have to spend at least 20 years to retire with benefits. These guys just need to spend four years to get a full retirement with benefits.

How many former senators, congressmen and congresswomen are out there living off of those entitlements? How much could be saved if they took a cut? We'll never know because despite what they say, what they do is take. Perhaps if they had to live within the meager means that most Americans do, they would begin to see the choice they have given us is get rich or get dead.

"When a man tells you that he got rich through hard work, ask him: Whose?"
-- Don Marquis (1878-1937)

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Posted by sgsmith on 03/30/2017 at 8:21 AM

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