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Veteran’s Facebook post to Paul Ryan goes viral

Just days after Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan and Washington Senator Patty Murray cut a budget deal which cut the retirement benefits of America’s veterans, Chuck Wooten, Chief Master Sergeant, USAF (Ret), received an email from Ryan begging him for an “emergency end of the year donation.”

Tucson students get roughed up after Elite Eight game

It should have been expected, and the Tucson Police should have been prepared to keep the peace on the night of March 29, 2014, before and after the of the University of Arizona’s final appearance in March Madness. Instead, they were geared up for a riot, and one young woman, walking down the sidewalk, felt just how geared up they were when she was attacked by two police officers and knocked to the ground.

Arizona primary ballot box stuffing caught on tape

A. J. LaFaro, Chairman of the Maricopa County Republican Committee testified at the 2013 hearings before the Arizona State Legislature regarding election reforms that eventually became HB-2305. At the time of its passage, opponents claimed the law would suppress the vote and disenfranchise the mostly Hispanic community.

JTAC on A 10: “the sound of don’t mess with me”

With all the politics swirling around the latest rendition of the NDAA and the Air Force’s effort to scrap the A-10, it is time to cut through the spin and hear the unvarnished truth from the battlefield in Afghanistan.

Wolf attacks on humans in North America

A recent ADI article by Mark Finchem on the Mexican Grey Wolf brings to mind some enviro-hype about wolves in general.

I have often heard the claim by environmentalists that there has never been a documented attack on humans by wolves in North America. That claim is untrue as I will demonstrate. Wolf attacks on humans are rare as are attacks by mountain lions and bears, but they do occur. Somewhat more common are apparent “stalkings” by wolves, especially of children in rural areas (see the Catron County Wolf Hotline for incidents involving the Mexican Gray Wolf in New Mexico). Quite common, however, are incidents of predation by wolves on sheep and cattle.

Vinegaroons and Sun Spiders

Last Monday, I wrote about scorpions (see reference below). This time I continue with some related, scary-looking, but harmless arachnids, the vinegaroons and sun spiders.

Cactus water will make you sick

ADI recently had a story about six men lost in the desert who claimed they survived by drinking water from cacti. The story reported that the men became sick.

That’s what happens if you drink water stored in a cactus. You can get some moisture from cactus fruit and all cactus fruit is edible, though all do not taste good.

AZ Dept of Education to anti-Common Core Teacher: “What a f*cktard”!

Ever wonder why more public classroom teachers don’t speak out against the Common Core and their Superintendents of Instruction and Governors who support it?

I am a Tucson teacher who wrote my first anti-Common Core op-ed this past February in the Arizona Daily Independent and it was subsequently reprinted by other online news sources. I followed up the publication of the op-ed with an interview on a local radio station.   This was the reaction of the Arizona Department of Education bureaucrats in emails recently obtained by the Arizona Daily Independent:

TUSD Sabino High censors tape up yearbook

When the students of Sabino High School opened up their new yearbooks they were surprised to find little patches of black and yellow duct-type tape scattered across the pages. According to sources, the censors in Sabino’s administration must have scrambled to cover the ten “offensive” comments offered

Chuck Hagel’s A-10 legacy

When he spoke about next year’s defense budget on February 24, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel addressed his decision to go along with the Air Force and retire all existing A-10 close air support aircraft.  In that statement, he made the following assertions

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