Michael Ramirez – He is cuckoo!
By Emil Franzi
As promised here’s the latest crop of political signage springing up at nearly every intersection in Tucson and Pima County.
The 2016 batch of signs are collectively the worst I have seen in several cycles.
Please note the basics of a political sign.
Almost all are designed to be placed in high vehicular travel areas. Yard signs are secondary and their purpose different – they are there to let friends and neighbors know that you support a candidate and hopefully encourage discussion.
WIND. ILLEGAL PLACEMENT. VANDALISM. POOR CONSTRUCTION.
Now here’s some from the first batch reviewed on the northwest side:
KIEHNE LARGE A-
You can see that puppy from a distance. The slogan is so small it’s irrelevant and it’s a minus for not having an elephant or another party symbol – it’s a partisan campaign in a GOP district so maybe when ordered in bulk that was a consideration for Dem turf
Wastes 2/3 of the space and has lower case letters which reduces distance visibility
BENNETT LARGE A-
Again no party
ORO VALLEY COUNCIL
PINA, RODMAN, SOLOMON A-
Reasonable use for a three way. That there’s a union bug on it makes me ask – this a Dem slate?
GARNER – Small B+
OK little sign
ZINKIN – F
One of the worst signs out. The bulldog slogan is good and could have worked but NOBODY IS GOING TO STOP AND GET OUT OF THEIR CAR TO READ IT ALL, MIKE. And the lengthy discourse on the back is ludicrous. Cheez, it’s a SIGN not a mailer.
I’m told someone on Zinkin’s team did this without his knowledge, simply redoing a printed handout. Good example of what not to do at Mike’s expense.
STATEN large F-
This has got to be the worst political sign I’ve ever seen. It gives me a headache trying to read it. The color is hideous and makes the name illegible at any distance over ten feet.
STATEN small – D
Not quite as bad.
And neither have a party designation.
JUSTICE OF THE PEACE
Roberts and Newman. Both B with some wasted space on irrelevant graphics. Also, JP is a PARTISAN office. These guys both part of the elitist lawyer establishment that wants the peasants to have as little influence as possible?
PIMA BOARD OF SUPES DISTRICT ONE
MILLER large – B
Talks too much,(kinda like her), but the basics are OK although it has some space waste. And no GOP recognition?
WINCHESTER large – D
Way too much babble. How about the name ONCE large instead of thrice too small to read at any distance? Again, no party mentioned.
BICKEL small B
OK but letters could have been thicker and “supervisor” larger.
Three way for Smith, Leach and Finchem – A-
The minus comes from no party label in a safe GOP district. Room for a small elephant.
??? for GENERIC CANDIDACY
2016 – Dustin Williams F
Why is telling us what year it is more important than your name which is hard to read at distance or, worse, whatever it is you’re running for?
I couldn’t get close enough to find out and since you consider it barely relevant, so do I.
Hopefully it isn’t an office that requires critical thinking.
Emil Franzi is the Editor-in-Chief/Publisher of the Southern Arizona News-Examiner. He’s been accused of using his high school photo for his column. Yes, he is! Photos by Julia Graziani.
By Emil Franzi
Pla-gi-a-rist n. one who plagiarizes; a literary thief. Webster’s New Twentieth Century Dictionary, 1960.
The Arizona Daily Independent has been nailed on numerous occasions for running stories that were plagiarized ie, stolen.
They’re easy to spot. They’re the ones that are mostly coherent.
When not stealing other people’s material, the ADI, an obscure internet blog, is often publishing dirty personal smears about people with anonymous attributions and sources. That includes Supervisor Ray Carroll, Councilman Steve Kocacik, and my fellow talk show host Shaun McClusky. The excuse is those who are their sources “fear retribution” and cannot be named. Anyone claiming responsible journalism should catch that red flag immediately.
The question one must ask is not how many casual readers haven’t noticed the total lack of credibility this shabby and lying hate sheet spreads, but those who are supposedly legitimate news sources who continue to give it credibility. I specifically include in this both radio station KQTL and television station KVOA. Are you both so desperate for controversy that you‘ll follow up using a source that you’d discover has been discredited multiple times and in multiple places with about an hour of homework? Even the supermarket tabloids have a higher regard for the truth. Do you?
That this is a shabby little hate sheet should be obvious to anybody who pretends to be part of legitimate journalism. Many conservatives beyond myself have attempted to warn the gullible about this including those well known in the movement such as Frank Antenori, Christine Bauserman, and Shaun McClusky.
The ADI “team” has no shame. They are currently critiquing Pima County’s PR shop for “lack of integrity”.
It’s time the rest of you in the local media got around to letting the public know how putrid this source really is. No, it won’t just go away. It needs to be exposed. That’s your job – and mine.
Hey gang, this stinks up the profession.
Emil Franzi is the Editor-in-Chief/Publisher of the Southern Arizona News-Examiner, the host of the INSIDE TRACK radio program streamed live at insidetrackaz.com every Saturday from 1-4pm MST, past recipient of two Arizona Press Club Awards for reporting, and the 2014 Lariat Award for VOICES OF THE WEST radio from the Western Writers of America. He uses his high school pic for this column because he can!
She was known to all of us as “Grand Mama”. She was Kathy and my next door neighbor for over 40 years, and our kids had the rare privilege of sharing her and their Grand Daddy Chester until his death in 1984.
Next door neighbors and in-laws can often be vexing when in close proximity. Having Grand Mama nearby was a total delight, from the books we exchanged to the meals we shared daily (unlike Kathy, I had someone to share really spicy stuff with) to being my opera and symphony companion. She is deeply missed.
She graduated from Miami University with a BA in the 1930’s when few women went to anything besides teacher’s colleges. Having spent many hours going through her large library, it is clear that she was broadly educated. Beyond several hundred mystery novels now being distributed to some folks who share a love of that genre (as I believe she would’ve wanted as I would want to be done with my westerns), there are large pockets of biographies, history, religion, grammars and dictionaries, art, and several feet of solid classic literature.
Her filing system at first seemed chaotic until I grasped that it was done by SIZE. She adapted to a shelving system that wasn’t adjustable accordingly, which is why I found Kipling in five different places! (Unfortunately, we don’t find him in many others today. A friend has a daughter with a degree from Oxford in English Lit. She knew nothing of old Rudyard – he is now ignored or worse.)
Monica’s shelving system illustrates her adaptability, no doubt stemming from over a decade of being a navy wife who had to adapt to many moves until the Pylants – Chester, Monica, Andrea, Kathy and Charlotte – came to Tucson in 1959.
She was a delight to have as a partner for the TSO concerts and Arizona Opera. She liked to reminisce about going to the MET as a child and noting operas she saw then like CARMEN and FAUST. She even remembered the conductor Walter Damrosch from the 1920’s. TSO Music Director George Hanson’s jaw dropped when I told him that one.
One anecdote from 2011 and a performance of Puccini’s TURANDOT. She noted that she didn’t recall seeing it as a child. I responded with “well, Monica it hadn’t been written yet.” She smiled coyly and noted “ oh, you’re right.”
I also recall her tenure as a state CPS employee until her retirement in 1981. She was housed in the H & W Building as was I working for Pima County Physical Plant. She told me (with a straight face) that she let her colleagues know that her son-in-law had a very important job – “he’s who you call when there’s no toilet paper.”
We moved through many generations of cats and dogs, particularly when three kids plus a couple of fosters named Coleen and Demetria where always finding some animal waif to bring aboard. In 2001 her last dog, a golden from daughter Andrea’s kennel delivered from Spokane, finally passéd. I spotted a beautiful Australian shepherd named Max at the Humane Society section at PetsMart and adopted him for her. Told her he was clearly a wandering bum and couldn’t be trusted to stay home, so he’d need walking twice a day. She did that until 2013 when she left to stay with Andrea in Green Valley “for a while”. Worked well for both her and Max.
Max was a year old when Grand Mama Monica was 85. Figured we’d probably end up with him. She outlived him by a year.
After all those years as a navy gypsy, Chester, Monica, and us settled at our current location in the Tortolitas in 1973. Monica spent 40+ years in the same house. After Chester’s death, she spent many years traveling all over the world from Europe and the British Isles to Australia and Pacific islands like Tahiti. She brought back pics of a balloon ride she took in the Outback.
The kids had a standing joke about her many travels – that she was really a super CIA spook who was so low key nobody would suspect her. They validated that every time she went somewhere close to a newsworthy event! When she told us about her next trip – Egypt, New Zealand, wherever – the kids would say they’d be checking the news for some important happening because they KNEW the spooks were sending her.
She was fascinated by lighthouses and the large map in the guest bedroom on the wall that contains those in the USA will be left as a reminder to those who stay there later after the house is reconditioned. She was also interested in items depicting both buffalos (bison type) and moose (mooses?) Much of the art hung on her walls were from paintings from the very able artist that was her mom.
She moved to GV at the end of 2013 while I was recovering from cancer surgery, I believe planning to ultimately return. She never did and the dementia grew but she had a pretty clear handle on things well into her 90’s.
Noting many females and a few males who lived into their 90’s and a even a few centenarians in both her and my family history, the life expectancy for Carroll, Monica, Rebecca and Julia should stretch well into the 21st Century, as should Andrea’s daughter Christina and her daughter Sarah.
Grand Mama was a unique person. May we all remember her in our own ways. I know we all miss her.
Emil Franiz is the Editor-in-Chief/Publisher of the Southern Arizona News-Examiner. Quit accusing him of using his high school picture in his columns. Because he is!
As part of my role on the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Political Pathology, I occasionally tune in the J.T. Harris show for entertainment value. NOT.
With Harris, many of us have wondered if that’s just an act or is he really that stupid. Sloppy, lazy and, unable to grasp simple concepts , he’s incapable of anything approaching accuracy and can barely read copy or articles. He’s now trying to lie his way out of being nailed for actually REHEARSING with his favorite guest, Pima County Supervisor Ally Miller. Miller shares with Hillary not only illegally using e-mails but the definite need for a teleprompter. And that’s for radio.
I call the Harris show BLAZING SADDLES which he somehow finds complimentary. He needs to check that great anti-racist film again. Listen closely. It’s the dumbs**t crackers who talk like they think black folks talk and sound like him. The black folks talk normal. So do all the other conservative blacks I can name like Thomas Sowell, Clarence Thomas, Walter Williams, Tim Scott, Ben Carson, Ken Blackwell and a dozen others. I wonder if Harris even knows who most of these people are – they clearly aren’t his role models.
Recently he and Miller squandered almost a half hour by discussing the stunning revelation that the agenda for the Pima County Board of Supervisors was set by the “evil” Chuckleberry proving once more his insidious and corrupt power to squander our tax dollars on his friends and cronies..
Hang on a bit, all you slacked jaw dumbos who reached once more for your pitchforks. Here’s how things work in the real world and even Pima County.
Most boards of directors, of everything big to small, hire administrators to compile their agendas. From Wayne LaPierre at the NRA office to the Empire Ranch Board I serve on, the administrator does that. They gather parts of the agenda from the individual members but earn their pay by bringing board members additional items based on reports from their staff or from their own observations. If they get too haughty of don’t respond to their real bosses, the members OR in this case the voters, they get canned or the board does at the next election. But – and I will now type real slow for some folks in Oro Valley – THEY WILL SIMPLY BE REPLACED BY ANOTHER ADMINISTRATOR WITH THE SAME ROLE.
That Miller and Harris apparenty have yet to grasp this after several years indicates a gigantic paucity in their respective observational powers
For those of you with three digit IQs I’ll expound a little further about why it’s that way at Pima and the other 14 Arizona counties.
Besides being a rather intelligent way to govern, please note that under the Arizona Open Meetings Law (a sad piece of crap the voters were dumb enough to buy many years ago) there is no way an elected supervisor including the chairman could communicate sufficiently with the rest of the board to HAVE an agenda beyond his own!
Duh. Get it now?
One more piece of glaring hypocrisy from the Harris/Miller/ADI clot
Caught a promo for the Harris show featuring Miller on 104.1. In the same time break there was a commercial for a local business which has also played on the Harris show. It’s from a local shop called ADULT EXPECTATIONS.
My libertarian side allows for a rather tolerant view of what gets printed, sold and censored. I have no desire to suppress content nor the ability of those promoting what some call perversions to advertise their wares even on the publically owned airwaves, but I’m disturbed by Miller and Harris sharing time with this particular business.
Bluntly put, it’s what we used to call “a dirty book store”. It has tons of videos broken into categories I will not tell you about here and I’m a reasonably raunchy guy. They have a variety of sex toys, devices, potions, etc., spread over several hundred square feet that challenge the imagination. Unlike their forebears who delivered this stuff in plain brown wrappers in a sleazy shop in the bad part of town, they’re a bright, clean – and large – establishment. Part of the progress Progressives have brought to us.
I know conservatives well enough that many would barf over much of what’s carried there and Harris and his station are helping sell. Conservatives and libertarians mostly understand tolerance but fall short of the endorsement Harris does by carrying these ads and Miller does by appearing on a show that promotes porn. I suspect that like much else, she is so focused on herself that she hasn’t noticed and Harris could obviously care less.
This for all of you who support Miller. You might try letting her know that her appearance next to a porn shop is somewhere between bad taste and hypocrisy. And you who support Harris need to get off that kick because his fake conservatism is showing again.
Emil Franzi is the Editor-in-Chief/Publisher of the Southern Arizona News-Examiner. And, yes, he is using his high school photo for his column photo. Get over it!