BradHemphill 
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Re: “Danehy

Also, one of my favorite saw-it-on-HBO-when-I-was-young-and-impressionable-guilty-pleasure-cult-favorite films is Robert Zemeckis' "I Wanna Hold Your Hand." I still can't get Nancy Allen out of my head!

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Posted by BradHemphill on 05/10/2018 at 12:52 PM

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Complete agreement from me on live performances. The Beatles were not great live. The YouTube link of the 1965 NME concert below is mindblowing. The Moody Blues are ridiculous right off the bat and everyone, and I do mean everyone (shaking my hand in the air a la Lavell Crawford) outperforms The Beatles, especially The Animals, Donovan, The Stones, and even Herman's Hermits. And, as much as I love live music, great songs are still the measure. The Beatles wrote more great songs in just over ten years than all the groups I just mentioned put together.

One "fact check" on "50 years later the Stones are still true to their music and themselves." True. But a rather unfair debate point for the thesis of the column. The Stones might be less "true" if Richards died in 1980. Or Jagger. You pick.

Love "Hide Your Love Away." One of the highlights of my concert-going was seeing Daniel Johnston perform it at the 2009 ACL Festival.

Lastly, you and Tom both being wrong is not something that is hard to wrap my mind around! ;)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93HYF8uuT3…

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Posted by BradHemphill on 05/10/2018 at 12:41 PM

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I might be biased by having played Stones' songs like "Honky Tonk Women" and "Start Me Up" what seems like a million times in various bar bands over the last thirty or so years, but those songs and others ("Satisfaction") just wear on me. Speaking of radio, if a classic Stones' song comes on, I generally change the station out of boredom. Conversely, I have never tuned out "A Day in the Life," or "Strawberry Fields Forever." Admittedly, "Get Back" is getting rather tiresome. Abbey Road might be my favorite album ever. Maybe second. Probably no surprise that my favorite Stones' songs are "Ruby Tuesday," "She Smiled Sweetly," and "Dead Flowers."

We've had this conversation, Tom. I don't need to go to the Rialto for confirmation. Beatles.

p.s. - Weird Al was fantastic at The Fox last weekend. Played almost entirely originals.

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Posted by BradHemphill on 05/10/2018 at 9:35 AM

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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

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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

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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

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