ADINN Top Ten Stories of 2013

top-ten-640Veteran’s FaceBook post to Paul Ryan goes viral
Just days after Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan and Washington Senator Patty Murray cut a budget deal which cut the retirement benefits of America’s veterans, Chuck Wooten, Chief Master Sergeant, USAF (Ret), received an email from Ryan begging him for an “emergency end of the year donation.”

Flake drops A-10 bomb on constituents
Senator Jeff Flake is making the customary rounds of Arizona during D.C.’s summer recess, and on a rare trip to Southern Arizona, he dropped a bomb on the residents of the 6th poorest metropolitan area in the country. In one of the few free opportunities to hear from their senator, Tucsonans were told that the Air Force plans to phase out the A-10, which will result in an estimated loss of 5,000 jobs.

New Wisconsin law makes it harder to kill a school mascot
The parents, students, and alumni of the Mukwonago School District, which has used it’s Indian nickname for over a century, are celebrating Governor Scott Walker’s signature today on Assembly Bill 297. It will now take more than one offended person and a handful of supporters to kill school mascots.

Warthog fans rally after Flake revelation
A nationwide effort has begun to save the Air Force’s A-10 after Arizona Senator Jeff Flake revealed on a Tucson radio show that plans were in place to mothball the craft. Boots on the ground have joined A-10 pilots and crews to save the plane that has frequently saved them.

Mark it: November 18 is ‘Don’t Send Your Child to School Day’
On Monday, November 18, parents across the nation are being encouraged to participate in a nationwide peaceful protest of Common Core education standards by keeping their children home from school for the day.

Border Patrol agents assaulted by crowd of Mexican Nationals (video)
On November 24, 2013, more than 100 people illegally crossed the International Border from Mexico one-quarter-mile west of the San Ysidro Port of Entry in the Tijuana River channel. The group advanced toward a Border Patrol agent positioned one-eighth of a mile north of the border.

McCain’s pro-Syrian bombing roadshow (updated)
When Tucsonans heard the impassioned pleas for U.S. intervention by a Muslim woman, Rania Hemzawi, at John McCain’s town hall meeting yesterday, they believed they were listening to a neighbor. A next door neighbor; not a global neighbor.

DuVal’s photoshopped image outrages many
An Arizona democrat candidate for governor has waded into the murky waters of racial politics last week, when he released a photo of himself with his face darkened to look more Hispanic. Fred DuVal, the presumed nominee for his the Democrat Party, said he wanted to show republicans that he’s a “good sport.”

An Oregon parent speaks out on Common Core
“Settling the frontier was the central plan, stealing tribal land was how it began, conflicts started taking place of course, as settlers broke treaties and killed natives for sport… sound-off 1-2, sound-off, 3-4, 1-2-3-4 inhumane!

The Collectivist Mind
President Obama once proclaimed, “If you’ve got a business – you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen…You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else.”

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Air Force demands silence on A-10
The Air Force is clamping down on information about a recent report in which they are planning to mothball the A-10. According to family members of Davis Monthan Air Force Base, those in command have commanded that no one is to discuss the matter.

Kozachik relieves himself, double standard intact
On March 22, the chief of staff of Tucson city councilman, Paul Cunningham, was arrested after being verbally abusive to police and physically aggressive towards one of her employees, who came to drive the drunk woman home. At the time of her arrest, the high ranking city employee gave the assisting officers the impression that she felt that laws against public intoxication and jaywalking were not applicable to people of her stature.

Gun buyback holds rare economic opportunity for one Tucsonan
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Some pictures are so powerful that there are not enough words to spin away their message. One scene that the media hoped you would never know about played out before their cameras at the political stunt gun buyback held by Tucson City Councilman Steve Kozachik last week.

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