Scottsdale Darts

October 18, 2017

The latest edition of the “Voice of Scottsdale” (aka, “voice of Virginia Korte”) threw a dart at Scottsdale Arts (formerly known as the Scottsdale Cultural Council) this morning. I’ve reprinted the column below, but I’ll give you a little background first: Scottsdale Arts is a private business that contracts with the city, ostensibly to manage […]

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The crisis of the nonprofit business model – Phoenix Business Journal

October 9, 2017

Wow, does this ever apply to Scottsdale Arts! https://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/news/2017/10/08/my-view-the-crisis-of-the-nonprofit-business-model.html

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Behavioral economics and “mental accounting”

October 9, 2017

Richard Thaler, Nobel winner from Chicago, fought to get heretical economic theories published – Chicago Tribune This is a story from 2012 describing  work which just this week led to a Nobel Prize in Economics for Mr Thaler. http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-richard-thaler-nobel-profile-20171009-story,amp.html

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“Too Jewish”

October 9, 2017

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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Cats and dogs living together, mass hysteria!

October 4, 2017

It’s always interesting when historically opposing forces–or, in this case, public figures that represent those forces–suddenly come into alignment, for no obvious reason. In this case, Scottsdale mayor Jim “Shady” Lane published a letter in the Scottsdale Incompetent, in which he praised new Scottsdale Unified School District superintendent, Denise Birdwell. Lane is probably the most […]

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“Gastropub” by any other name is… a bar

October 4, 2017

With this headline, “Bitters cocktail bar and restaurant to open at SkySong in Scottsdale,” we see what I believe is the bar district’s camel nose under the tent at the taxpayer-subsidized SkySong office park gulag. And if bar district princess (and city councilwoman) Suzanne Klapp is tweeting about it, you can be sure that Klapp […]

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Margaritas ante porcos…

September 9, 2017

…lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

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Bulldozing the Preserve

August 28, 2017

Is this a preview of the arrogant bulldozing (figuratively and literally) of Scottsdale’s citizens and their McDowell Sonoran Preserve by Sam Campana and her “Desert Edge” (aka “Desert Discovery Center) cronies on the Scottsdale City Council? Click here to read Neil DeMause’s article, “Blues don’t wait on Park Service permission, go ahead and bulldoze park […]

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How deep will the corruption reach? City leaders who are allies of the guv?

July 5, 2017
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Harris County demands repayment for Houston Super Bowl costs, told “sorry, too late” | Field of Schemes

July 3, 2017

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 […]

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