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By Tom Prezelski Re-posted from Rum, Romanism and Rebellion So, anyway, last week, David “Three Sonorans” Morales posted this on his Facebook page: At first, I saw this and wanted to respond by pointing out that David’s memory seems to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
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By Tom Prezelski Re-Posted from Rum, Romanism and Rebellion There is actually a pretty vigorous debate over Common Core Standards and many legitimate questions over to what extent, or even if, they should be implemented. It is a debate that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
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By Tom Prezelski Originally posted to Rum Romanism and Rebellion It is statehood day, so I wanted to write something special. This was written a few years ago and posted in a few different places. I was going to re-visit... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
By Tom Prezelski Re-posted from Rum Romanism and Rebellion I suppose that I could go on and on about how high-handed, pretentious, manipulative and ultimately hollow the annoying Super Bowl tribute to the troops was (someone else already did that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
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By Tom Prezelski Re-posted from Rum, Romanism and Rebellion For Arizonans, the rise of the TEA Party nationally has only meant that we now have a convenient name for a strain of Republicans who have always menaced the political scene... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
By Tom Prezelski Re-posted from Rum, Romanism and Rebellion In the wake of Tuesday’s State of the Union Address, two reactions stand out, not so much for the degree which they contributed to or failed to contribute to public debate,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
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By Tom Prezelski Re-posted from Rum, Romanism and Rebellion Folks who have been active in Baja Arizona Democratic politics for a while probably remember Britt Farbo, the feisty badass from the Sulphur Springs Valley who made her mark on the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
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By Tom Prezelski Re-posted from Rum, Romanism and Rebellion State Representative John Kavanagh (R-Fountain Hills) is an ex-cop from a working class background who earned a PhD at a public university and teaches at a community college. This should be... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
By Tom Prezelski Re-Posted from Rum, Romanism and Rebellion NB: Some folks may be wondering why I have not been posting here of late. This is largely due to the fact that my name is being circulated for a possible... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
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By Tom Prezelski Re-posted from Rum Romanism and Rebellion Voting in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Online Fan Poll lasts only a few more days. For Tucsonans, two choices are obvious. First, we are going to vote for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2013 at Blog For Arizona
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By Tom Prezelski Re-blogged from Rum, Romanism and Rebellion Most folks here have already heard that former State Representative Daniel Patterson (D-Tucson) has filed a suit against the City of Tucson and The Pima County Sheriff, alleging that they violated... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2013 at Blog For Arizona
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By Tom Prezelski Re-posted from Rum, Romanism and Rebellion It has been a hard week for the Mexican-American community in Phoenix and Arizona, as two irreplaceable leaders have been lost in the space of a few days. First, journalist and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2013 at Blog For Arizona
Sunnucks forgot to mention that the name "Gallego" is from a Spanish word for "Celtic." This little detail may be irrelevant, but does relevance really matter in this context?
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By Tom Prezelski Re-blogged from Rum, Romanism and Rebellion Iconic state Senator Manuel “Lito” Peña, who served in the legislature from 1967 to 1997 passed away today at 88. I did not have the opportunity to serve with Peña, though... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2013 at Blog For Arizona
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By Tom Prezelski Re-Posted from Rum, Romanism and Rebellion Back in 1995, during the last government shutdown, prompted, as some might recall, by Speaker Newt Gingrich’s fit of bratty pique after a perceived snub by President Clinton, Arizona Governor J.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2013 at Blog For Arizona
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By Tom Prezelski Re-posted from Rum, Romanism and Rebellion I was going to write a snarky piece which said that Senator John McCain's takedown of Ted Cruz, while effective, was nowhere nearly as awesome as what his predecessor, Senator Henry... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2013 at Blog For Arizona
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By Tom Prezelski Re-posted from Rum, Romanism and Rebellion A few days back, we learned that James Spader will be playing the misanthropic robot Ultron in the next Avengers movie. To be honest, I do not know what to make... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2013 at Blog For Arizona
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By Tom Prezelski Re-posted from Rum, Romanism and Rebellion To use a well-worn paraphrase of Mark Twain, there are lies, damned lies, and campaign rhetoric. The last category includes those easily refutable throwaway little fibs that inevitably arise during a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2013 at Blog For Arizona
By Tom Prezelski Reblogged from Rum, Romanism and Rebellion As reported earlier this week in Blog for Arizona, an effort co-chaired by Frank Antenori to force Arizona’s Medicare expansion on the ballot seems to be short of signatures and will... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2013 at Blog For Arizona
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By Tom Prezelski Re-posted from Rum, Romanism and Rebellion For a blogger, discussing foreign affairs is strictly an academic exercise, sort of like complaining about our summer heat in Tucson. Nonetheless, sometimes, the irony of a situation is so rich... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2013 at Blog For Arizona
By Tom Prezelski Re-blogged from Rum, Romanism and Rebellion Online comment sections are generally regarded as a miasma of ignorance, malice, and outright lies which makes one wonder why so many publications think it necessary to have them. They may... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2013 at Blog For Arizona
Nice try, Thucididies, but this particular mantra has been repeated over and over again. At best, it is only part of the problem. This might be true for the trees in the lowlands such as mesquites, but the trees in the areas we are talking about are largely dependent on precipitation. For the most part, these soils are too shallow to retain a significant amount of water. Otherwise, these lands would have been cleared for intensive farming decades ago. Beyond this, Republicans have been complaining about the state of forest management for years without understanding the complexity of the problem. They blame "radical enviros" even though in some cases, sound management has been neglected because of opposition from ranchers and small business, or because of lack of funding. The problem is hardly a simple one, and is ill suited to be properly addressed on Twitter.
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By Tom Prezelski Re-blogged from Rum, Romanism and Rebellion Yesterday, I wrote here about how the Martin Luther King Jr. of the public imagination has been reduced into a cuddly Care Bear to make him palatable to the picket fence... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2013 at Blog For Arizona
By Tom Prezelski Re-blogged from Rum, Romanism and Rebellion In retrospect, inducting Martin Luther King Jr. into the Pantheon of American Heroes may have been a mistake and a disservice to what he fought for. Back during the late 1980s... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2013 at Blog For Arizona
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By Tom Prezelski Re-Blogged from Rum, Romanism and Rebellion Folks who claim that our modern border militiamen are part of a proud Arizona tradition would do well to read what Captain John G. Bourke, an officer who accompanied General George... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2013 at Blog For Arizona