sgsmith 
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Re: “Koz and Effect

Thank goodness the United States Air Force doesn't need the Tucson City Council's approval of the F-35 Lightning II. The world is a dangerous place and it is not getting any safer.

Don't get me wrong, I love the A-10 Thunderbolt II and I had hoped that the Air Force would have found a replacement for it, but the truth is the procurement guys are mostly former fighter jocks who like fast and flashy over tough and ugly.

Nevertheless, we need to modernize now while we have the chance and training new pilots in state-of-the-art aircraft should take precedence over those who sacrifice nothing basking in the freedoms won and safeguarded by those flying "noisy" military aircraft.

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Posted by sgsmith on 05/10/2018 at 11:54 AM

Re: “Diane Douglas: Let Teachers Carry Guns

So now instead of the three "Rs" -- Reading, (W)riting and (A)rithmetic, we add a fourth "R" -- Reloading?

The reasons why these mass shootings continue to happen are as varied as the identified subjects and the victims, but the preferred method -- firearms -- is simple, whether we like it or not, firearms are relatively easy to obtain, both legally and illegally.

In addition, the perpetrators select locations and circumstances where the likelihood of anyone fighting back is very, very low, which only illustrates that they may be crazy, but they are not stupid.

The powers-to-be are now talking about putting all options on the table, including arming teachers and other school personnel. I submit that for every weapon they put into a school they also assign a psychiatrist, a psychologist, a sociologist and a guidance counselor and see who or what makes the most difference.

They say "guns don't kill people, people kill people". Well, if that is true then guns don't help people, people help people.

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Posted by sgsmith on 03/14/2018 at 3:43 PM

Re: “The Skinny

Future entry on a history website concerning America post 2016:

RICH TRUMPS RIGHT -- A period in the history of the United States of America when the three branches of the federal government were focused on rampant partisan politics above all else, fueled by nefarious behind the scenes dark money and special interests geared toward the exponential increase of wealth and power concentrated in the hands of an extremely small number of people without regard to and with the perversion of the rule of law and the constitutionally protected rights of the overwhelming vast majority of the American people.

This period was characterized by repeated incidents of mismanagement, malfeasants and criminal activity by federal, state and local governments attempting to maintain the status quo in the face of outrageous personal, professional, political, corporate and institutional behavior, frequently directed at minority groups based upon race, religion, sexual orientation and social-economic status.

Repeated grass-roots attempts by these minority groups to address inequalities and injustice repeatedly failed because of their inability to nonviolently address core issues on a level playing field because of the undue and insurmountable political and social influence welded by those entities able to concentrate their wealth and influence on corrupt and impotent federal, state and local governments and the various "elected" officials and representatives they fully controlled through financial and political means.

Using disruptive business practices to achieve financial goals, those welding power undermined not only the political process, but the delicate infrastructure of the criminal justice system. By eliminating justice from the equation, the rule of law became a jumble of rules, regulations and laws that favored the few at the expense of maintaining civil order, directly contributing to the total breakdown of society and the eventual fall of the United States.

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Posted by sgsmith on 02/08/2018 at 11:50 AM

Re: “The Skinny

Martha McSally flew high,
Made a name for herself in the sky,
But then to politics she jumped,
Backing Donald the tRump,
And her ethical compass just died.

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Posted by sgsmith on 01/18/2018 at 4:44 PM

Re: “Out of Bounds

In the world of comic books and super heroes "with great power comes great responsibility."

Unfortunately, in the real world with great power comes even greater stupidity.

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Posted by sgsmith on 01/16/2018 at 7:39 PM

Re: “Ed Sec Betsy DeVos on School Choice, College Costs

Kleptocracy -- a government with corrupt leaders who use their power to exploit the people and natural resources to extend their personal wealth and power.

Plutocracy -- a government where a small minority of wealthiest citizens rule.

Welcome to America's nightmare -- a Kleptoplutocracy, where a small minority of the wealthiest citizens personally or through the use of the corrupted political puppets they control exploit the rule of law, the Constitution, the people and virtually every American institution to extend their wealth, power and influence, even at the risk of starting regional international conflicts and world war.

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Posted by sgsmith on 12/03/2017 at 2:21 AM

Re: “Steve Bannon Beats the Drum Against Undocumented Immigrants in Tucson Appearance

"It's unfortunate when any group has to start putting labels on people -- 'white nationalist', 'Black Lives Matter'. We all matter", Ralph Terry said.

Yes, except they are not shooting white nationalists dead in the street for little more than being a white nationalist -- although Steve Bannon and his ilk would like nothing more than to pass this false equivalency off as the truth.

Trying to compare the deaths of black people at the hands of various law enforcement agencies to the "plight" of white nationalist is like comparing the stress of Nazi concentration camp guards to the prisoners of those very same camps.

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Posted by sgsmith on 11/20/2017 at 3:40 AM

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