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I was just about to post the exact same thing.

I've thought about that a lot over the past few weeks as the crisis has deepened due to covid-45's criminal behavior. I've also thought that this consortium of states could have knowledgeable spokespeople provide factual information to the public to counter the misadministration's lies.

Cancellation of the Tucson Festival of Books


It is with great sadness that the Board of Directors of the Tucson Festival of Books has chosen to cancel the 2020 Tucson Festival of Books. We know the Festival of Books brings much joy to many in our community as well as visitors from around the country. Unfortunately, we find ourselves in a situation this year where we are unable to provide a quality festival for several reasons:

Amid concerns over the Coronavirus (COVID-19) we have experienced more than 100 author cancellations; authors have expressed deep regret that they will not be able to spend the weekend with us. This has deeply affected our author panel schedule and we anticipate more changes and cancellations will be forthcoming. This leaves us with little or no way to plan for author panels or to communicate effectively with the public about those changes.

Over the weekend, our board initially made the decision to make the 2020 festival a “touch free” festival, meaning that authors would not be shaking hands/hugging or taking selfies with festival goers. As a result, we had to cancel the interactive, hands-on activities and tours in Science City, and modify many activities in the children’s area, again diminishing the festival experience.



This free annual book fair is a major regional event that was scheduled to take place next weekend. The two-day festival draws over 135,000 people.

Border wall is quickly changing look of desert in southwestern Arizona



As construction has progressed in recent months, environmental advocates have raised concerns about the impact on Organ Pipe, which is part of the national park system and was designated as a biosphere reserve by the United Nations.

Hundreds of saguaros and other cacti were dug up and moved out of the construction zone. Others were destroyed outright. A National Park Service report last year cautioned that Tohono O’odham artifacts could be destroyed when the road along the border is cleared for construction.

Last week, construction crews started blasting along the border line that runs over Monument Hill near Lukeville. That news came just days after cottonwood trees were cut down at the San Pedro River in Cochise County to make way for a wall across the river.


I am extremely upset at this border wall construction defiling the pristine Arizona-Sonora desert, and our national monuments, primitive areas, and the last of our southern Arizona free-flowing rivers, the San Pedro. I am upset at it dividing wildlife populations, and blocking the roaming of jaguars, mountain lions, and other species for whom such roaming is necessary for their continued diversity and survival. I am upset at the expense of it all, the blight on the landscape, the illegal diversion of funds to create it, the message it sends to the world, the mindset it instills in us as Americans.

What I want to see is elected democratic officials, and democrats running for office (not just president, but other offices as well) promise that under a new democratic administration, they will work to tear down the wall and beat the bars into metaphorical plowshares. I think that could create a very large groundswell of support.

"Tear down this wall!"

Thank you for the hearts!

I'm not a big poster, as you can see from my post count, even though I've had an account since 2008. I have been posting a bit more recently, and got my first heart ever a few days ago from TheOther95Percent (thank you!), who had a thread inviting people to post their nicknames for our president* in exchange for a heart. ("Drumpf" is what I use.) But I've gotten two more since last night, perhaps in response to my first post in Latest Breaking News regarding "Trump tries to turn border debate his way with El Paso rally." Thank you to my anonymous donors!

In spite of my low post count, this place really is my go-to every day to see what the current news is, and what is brewing. I chime in when I have the time and feel as though I have something relevant and constructive to say. This site really is an amazing resource and support community.


A poll to put us in the mood for a Democratically led House

I am SO looking forward to the Democrats finally bringing to the House some real oversight and investigations with teeth.

I've found myself wondering:

If Drumpf were given non-consecutive jail sentences for all the crimes he's committed since he turned 18, and the sentencing was just, what do you think his total jail time would be?

Cheers for a brand new shiny 2019.
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