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Re: “The New, New Jim Crow

Oh, whatever. As a recovering Catholic, I can say with a clear conscience that if you choose to let religion warp and poison your child's education, then YOU can pay for it. But NOT WITH MY MONEY, and especially not when it flies in the face of one of the key principles upon which this nation was founded: separation of church and state.

And, anyway, what the heck does your selfish "critique" have to do with David's excellent post on institutional racism? Nothing, so why are you even wasting the space? Is your sole animating purpose to prove David Safier wrong about everything? Pretty pathetic.

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Posted by skinnyman on 12/06/2017 at 10:05 AM

Re: “Full Court Press: Deandre Ayton and Arizona host Texas A&M in Phoenix

You're wrong about that UNLV game, too--it was Trier who had the game-high scoring output for the Cats with 29.

A&M came in with the 4th best D in the country, so no surprise that they curbed Arizona's offensive enthusiasm. They double-teamed Ayton all night, quite effectively. Trier and Ayton combined for only 20 points, and Arizona had exactly two fast break points all night--NOT a track meet.

The Cats won that game because they finally played a decent defensive game for the first time all year, and because other players besides Trier and Ayton stepped up.

Say what you will about PJC, but he had the huevos to hit the huge shot at the end that provided the winning advantage. I'll take it.

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Posted by skinnyman on 12/06/2017 at 9:50 AM

Re: “Full Court Press: Deandre Ayton and Arizona host Texas A&M in Phoenix

You're wrong about that UNLV game, too--it was Trier who had the team-high scoring output with 29.

A&M had the 4th best D in the country coming in, so no surprise that they curbed Arizona's offensive production. They were double-teaming Ayton all night, and Trier and Ayton combined for only 20 points. And the Cats had exactly two fast break points all night--NOT a track meet.

The Cats won that game because they finally played fairly consistent defense for the first time all year, and because other players besides Trier and Ayton stepped up. The Cats also double-teamed A&M's excellent big man (Williams) and really shut him down.

Say what you want about PJC, but he had the huevos to very coolly hit the shot of the game that gave Arizona the winning advantage at the the end.

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Posted by skinnyman on 12/06/2017 at 9:45 AM

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

The Brian Terry Foundation smeared themselves, and Brian Terry's name, when they invited this racist P.O.S. to our community.

But in some ways, it makes perfect sense. Multiple independent investigations have shown the U.S. Border Patrol to be a profoundly racist institution. It pervades the agency, from the policy decisions at the highest level right down to the individual actions of far too many of the agents on the ground. The ingrained culture is to demonize Mexican immigrants and treat them as the enemy.

From the question of which immigrant demographic to persecute right down to the brown teenager that gets shot in the back as he's running away, this agency brings shame upon the U.S. and threatens our core constitutional values of liberty for all. Considering that, Steve Bannon--a.k.a. Joseph Goebbels--is the perfect spokesperson.

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Posted by skinnyman on 11/20/2017 at 9:36 AM

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

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