Quote of the Day: Malice vs Stupidity

In honor of the superintendent and governing board of the Scottsdale Unified School District… “Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity. But don’t rule out malice.” Via John Groseclose and Wikipedia. Commonly known as “Hanlon’s Razor,” or “Heinlein’s Razor,” the expression is attributed in parts to science fiction writer Robert […]

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“Too Jewish”

There isn’t much I disdain as much as racism. One of those things is false claims of racism. Another is sanitizing the record in order to hide either of those. “Respect Our Scottsdale Students” (aka “ROSS”) is a Facebook group which describes its mission thusly: “Regaining the trust of the Voter and the Legislator requires […]

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Bookshelf Intellectualism

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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Smart vs Brilliant

Smart is when you believe only half of what you hear. Brilliant is when you know which half to believe. Robert Orben, (born March 4, 1927) is best known as an American professional observational comedy writer, though he also worked as a speechwriter for Gerald R. Ford and as a magician. Thanks to Calvin Peel […]

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Glendale’s Pro Sports Bill May Hit $21 Million This Year | KJZZ

“I don’t know to say if it’s an equal value,” [Glendale city manager Kevin] Phelps said. “But I think it certainly presents a compelling case to be in that market.” If you don’t KNOW that you are getting your money’s worth, then there is nothing “compelling” about such a case. This uncharacteristically disjointed article by […]

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Department of Translation: “Divisive”

For those of you who haven’t heard of Dan Schweiker, he’s a recent carpetbagger from Paradise Valley running for Scottsdale City Council with a ‘nuggets of nothingness’ campaign (shades of Virginia Korte). Dan hopes you’ll vote for him because he’s a nice guy and because his name is very similar to another ‘tea’ guy, David […]

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Scottsdale’s incumbent mayor quotes Einstein…but like the mayor, it’s a fake.

In an effort to explain a political flip-flop wherein he first opposed a citizen vote on a massive, expensive, and unwanted commercial intrusion into a billion-dollar, taxpayer-funded nature preserve before he supported citizen input (only after it was clear it wouldn’t have council majority support anyway, I might add), Scottsdale’s embattled incumbent mayor, Jim “Shady” […]

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Quote of the Day: Appealing to Prejudice

You can sway a thousand men by appealing to their prejudices quicker than you can convince one man with logic. Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988), “…one of the most popular, influential, and controversial authors of science fiction of the 20th Century” [WikiQuote]. From, Revolt in 2100/Methuselah’s Children (1998). (Thanks to Bob Coffin and Mike Halley for […]

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