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The “Super Bowl Host Committee” is a traveling band of con artists–I mean, “non-profit organization”–which colludes with local officials to pad their bottom line with taxpayer subsidies and dole out a few measly bucks to local charities. Thus they earn support from local communities for “their” (NFL) generosity; a perfect merger of political entrepreneurism and philanthropic entrepreneurism.

How many times has the Super Bowl been played in Scottsdale? None.

But that didn’t stop Mayor Lane, and council members Suzanne Klapp (soon to be mayoral candidate), Linda Milhaven (Wells Fargo VP by day), and Virginia Korte (of car sales fame) from giving away over a million of your tax dollars to the SB Host Committee the last time that carnival was nearby.

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Scottsdale Parking Solution? Quit Causing Parking Problems!

June 28, 2017

According to Daniel Davis, who wrote a letter-to-the-editor on the subject of parking that was recently published: Overlying our parking woes is something called “parking minimums.” Parking minimums are laws requiring developers to build specified amounts of free parking spots. These parking minimums are often totally arbitrary and inflate the costs of building housing and […]

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Scottsdale schools superintendent under fire after contentious changes, charges of nepotism

June 23, 2017

How much of this criticism should also be directed at Barbara Perleberg and the rest of the SUSD Governing Board, to whom Birdwell is accountable.

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Hawks get their $142.5m in tax money, Atlanta mayor says public doesn’t appreciate his “heart” | Field of Schemes

June 20, 2017

Georgia State University student Tim Franzen said he didn’t understand the city’s love of stadiums. “It’s insane,” he said. “We are not in a crisis of resources. We are in a crisis of moral authority.”

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Diamond Green Backs

June 6, 2017

In an article I posted last week (Bookshelf Intellectualism) about the utter failure of the Scottsdale Planning Commission to live up to it’s mission of serving the citizens of Scottsdale, I referenced a letter-to-the editor by political entrepreneur, Jim Bruner. You may also remember that Bruner was a driving force in bringing taxpayer-funded professional baseball to […]

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Bookshelf Intellectualism

May 31, 2017

In a column that ran recently in “the other so-called newspaper” in Scottsdale, the editor regurgitated nonsensical remarks by Jim Bruner, which Bruner had delivered at a reception for city board and commission volunteer appointees. Scottsdale’s boards and commissions are SUPPOSED to vet issues and provide citizen-oriented recommendations to the mayor and City Council when […]

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Public meetings and the First Amendment

April 19, 2017

At a city council meeting in February, Scottsdale citizen Mark Stuart was arrested for–in essence–exercising his First Amendment rights, and rights proscribed by the Arizona State Constitution and Scottsdale City Charter and policies, during time reserved for such “public comment,” at that meeting. Stuart’s topic was a petition opposing the Desert Discovery Center. Stuart’s removal […]

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Check out this article from azcentral:

April 18, 2017

Theranos reaches $4.65 million fraud settlement with Arizona Arizona served as the main testing grounds for Theranos in 2013 when it began to roll out its unproven technology at Walgreens stores across metro Phoenix. The company opened 40 Theranos Wellness Centers in the Valley, and operated a laboratory at Arizona State University’s SkySong office complex […]

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No one should be treated like that

April 12, 2017

“He can’t be [at fault]. He was a paying passenger sitting on our seat in our aircraft, and no one should be treated like that. Period.” United Airlines Chief Dumbass Officer Oscar Munoz, who initially said the passenger’s “belligerence” was to blame for his being beaten, bloodied, and dragged off a United flight.

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