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The letter “K” is a universally accepted symbol for a strike out in baseball. The Diamondbacks have certainly had any number of strikeouts with their two Ks—Kevin Towers and Kirk Gibson, field skipper.


It’s not a botched death penalty execution if the murderer dies. If he suffered while he dies? So be it. His victims suffered, too.


I used to enjoy watching TV but not that much anymore. It’s bad enough that there’s about as many ads as the actual program. Too many are about medicines, the side effects and dying. Then there’s the awful laugh tracks that interrupt programs. I can tell it’s mostly canned laughter. If it’s funny, people at home can laugh. But there’s not that much to laugh about anymore. I hope everyone has a nice day.


Given our recent experience with Century Link, we propose a new corporate nickname: Clink.


Don’t forget to register to vote for the Senate and Congress in November this year. Let’s remember who took our unemployment away: The Republican Congress. Kick the bums out.


To all the men and woman who work retail who are required to wear a uniform or certain clothes: Look in the mirror before you leave your house or ask someone if you look OK! I work in retail and time after time I see workers, usually men, who wear pants that are too short, too tight and either wear no socks or no-show socks. To the retail managers: Are you paying attention to how your workers look? They look like a joke! Tell them to wear the proper clothing or don’t bother showing up for their next shift! I saw a guy today wearing black pants that looked like they came from the woman’s juniors section with no socks. And since when did it become OK for retail workers to look like they just came from a police lineup? I’m not a prude but some of these workers look horrible! They are pierced and tattooed from head to toe with crazy hair. Not professional looking at all! They look like they belong at a carnival, not a retail store.


Did you notice World War II veterans weren’t later named the “Greatest Generation” because they won battles? It was because they came home, went to college and back to work to rebuild America and not to cry over the horrors of battle memories. War is the hell needed to celebrate survival. Pay attention to that thought.


Have you noticed the “give me, give me, give me—I’m entitled” generation is about to learn it owes more than it is owed? It’s time to pay your generation dues. Pay attention to what’s going on in the world. It’s the world you made.


The best news in the past election is that Mary Rose Wilcox lost. Halleluiah! That made my day and I know many other people feel the same. Go back to where you came from, Mary Rose. We don’t need you in our politics.


I think it’s time for Scottsdale to take the “social” out of their “social services.” After going there to try to get some help from my electricity, I can’t believe what I encountered. I sat there 20 minutes for someone to recognize me. One of the ladies next to me got hugs and kisses and pats on the back and they went into the office. I sat there another 15 minutes and waiting. Nobody cares. There wasn’t a smile. This is what we call social services? I know Scottsdale is there to help people, but who are they hiring for a social services? The only people who care is Granite Reef. They call it racial profiling. I call it just plain nasty.


I’m sick and tired of all these freebies and handouts that Scottsdale is giving to these people. They’re too sick to work. But they’re not too sick to drink and smoke and still get free rent, free food stamps, free television, everything free, free phone. All these people taking care of kids have teenagers who don’t want to work, men who don’t want to work. They all have a backache. No wonder the State is in default. It’s time to check up on these takers. All they do is take, take, take.


The money movers give you a name to vote for. The Constitution gives you a choice to vote for someone else. Think about that. There are more than two people running.


I sure miss Wallace and Ladmo. It made the state a better place. Rest in peace, Wallace. You’ll be missed.


Everybody knows money talks, but the NFL talks the loudest. So let them pay for parenting and social manners classes for all their players. Wouldn’t that be a good way to spend all their money? Classes for the heroes.


If the smart, middle-aged women of today are the hope of world peace, heaven help us if the screaming teenage girls music fans are the future. When do they wake up?


What will be the cost to taxpayers for the errors and special election costs required due to the failure to include all eligible candidates for Peoria City Council on the recent ballot? Are the department or responsible individuals that caused the error held accountable? Is there any process to “proof” the ballot by the candidates in place? It seems like a forgivable error the first time and not the second.


I gotta blame the people for putting these back-stabbing politicians back in. All they gotta do is get the handout for the dark money. Very few of these politicians care about their constituents because their constituents are too stupid. They keep putting these hypocrites back in.


Now we know what’s wrong with Congress: They all think they need to know every single military secret, so they can be sure of success when they finally do vote. Congress is not another TV war show. Wake up! This is for real. No kidding.


It’s almost unfortunate that our president is an honest, decent man who just does not know how to deal with thieves and liars and politicians and camel traders. He needs help from those people who are more like the other warring people.


ISOL is not only an infectious cancer, it is an epidemic hiding under every bush in every state. Don’t be fooled into  thinking they’re going to dry up and blow away. Or that they’re all going to be killed in Iraq and Syria. They could be your neighbors. Pay attention. They are not only a cancer, they are an epidemic.


Let’s play “What If.” What if Obama was truly a good person and a Christian? What if God, Jesus Christ, was behind him? Never close your mind so much that you have nothing left but hatred.


Oh boy. These credit card people just don’t give up. For the 10th time this summer, Bridget has informed me this is my second and final notice if I don’t do something about this credit card that they want me to have and I don’t want to have. Bridget and Carmen and the man who calls and calls and calls. Are these idiots ever going to stop annoying people? Is there no way to stop these stupid recordings? It’s a stupid world to begin with.


Why are so many nitpicking politicians so blind they do not see their race-hating comments as ignorance? Why? The equally ignorant media shows the same stupidity. They both call it news. Poor dummies. Wait until they wake up.


It appears this country’s electorate has very short memories and can’t remember which political party controlled the Congress that caused the 2008 financial crisis. It was a crisis that caused millions of job losses and millions to lose their homes. In case you need a reminder, it was the Republican Party that ignored the corruption and greed on Wall Street and among their banker buddies. As we approach the 2014 elections, the Republican Party hopes we have either forgiven them or have simply forgotten the misery they caused and will keep them and their Tea Party buddies in office. If you have been paying attention to the House of Representatives since President Obama was elected, you have noticed the only agenda the House Republicans have is to make sure they block everything the president has tried to do. And for that we pay those guys $184,000 annual salary for life.


During election cycles, there is always a lot of talk about education, both primary and college level. It is about budgets and tuition and how to make our education system work better for everyone. One of the things often overlooked in the debate is what a good deal our state universities have become. Communities are better off when the high-education system provides a prepared workforce, and Arizona excels at our three state universities. A few years ago, their budgets were cut by millions and it was quite challenging to get the right balance between tuition and mandated budget cuts, but all three state universities worked through the difficulties and now offer first class educations that is affordable and respected, ASU increased their grant aid from 68 percent to 75 percent in four years. Arizona has a lot to offer and our universities are a huge part of this attractive state.


To University of Phoenix Stadium officials: Get your act together! How do you expect to host the Super Bowl when you can’t get people in and out of a sold-out concert? It took us three and a half hours to get from south Scottsdale to Glendale for One Direction, and two and a half hours of it was from the Loop 101 and Interstate 10 to the stadium. Wake up and start widening the roads and improving traffic flow.


Iran is the major supplier of rockets, not only to Hamas, but also Hezbollah. They also supply other arms as well as fighters to assist terrorist groups. I have read there are more than 10,000 rockets in Southern Lebanon, and Hamas still has 6,000. What if the current conflict between Israel and Hamas is just a distraction to keep everyone occupied on this rather than Iran obtaining the bomb? I am sure that if Israel goes it alone to retard the development of the bomb that all of these rockets will rain on Israel together with longer-range missiles than Iran possesses. This could be tragic to the people living in Israel, which includes 1.5 million Muslims. The clock is ticking. Quite frankly, I don’t have faith that our current president will act in time. What do you think?


I just love the way Arizona builds new homes and businesses in a new area, but don’t have the common sense to think ahead when it comes to the roadways! Just take Higley Road and the 202 San Tan Freeway. They put in all these new homes out there but do they widen Higley? No! It’s only one way in both directions! That is just plain stupid! Try driving that stretch of road in November at 5 p.m.! Now watch, they’ll say, “Oh we didn’t have the money” but then you hear about all the wasteful spending! You’d have the money to fix the problem, if you knew how to budget!


Well it’s not hard to see what’s wrong in poor old Missouri. It’s still Civil War hangover, and the governor is not about to let that black man show him how to bring a town to a peaceful conclusion. Nothing but ego war in sight. Shameful.