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Matthew Kuraja

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If attracting a politician's attention has a history of drawing surveillance, police raids, and phony criminal charges, there's a certain disincentive to lending identifiable support to opposition efforts. Retaliation isn't always so crude, of course. Usually, it occurs in more subtle ways as politicians manipulate the tendrils of our intrusive modern state.
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This is really interesting. Without researching beyond the article, I hope these both pass. 
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Matthew Kuraja

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I never liked how this place touted itself to be a cowboy's bar and even had waitresses wearing old western revolvers but the sign posted at the entrance strictly forbid anyone from exercising their 2nd amendment right.
 
The restaurant, 3757 E. Van Buren St., will be open until 3 p.m. Sunday, when it is shuttering its doors after 59 years in business.
The iconic Bill Johnson's restaurant on Van Buren is closing.
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I turn 59 years old last January. I have dine there several times. Not long ago they set up WIFI to draw more people. The area at the time Bill Johnson's Big Apple was built (1956) was not that bad. There was a lot of Hookers walking up and down the sidewalk on Van Buren in the late 1970's and the first half of the 1980's. Every time I drove home from ASU at night they where everywhere. The stretch of Van Buren was really bad place at night. I can see why this location is closing down.
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Matthew Kuraja

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Leave people alone. Nobody wants to be managed as a perpetual baby in the hands of the State.

Liberty is about choosing our own risks. The purpose of police was not about having gunmen telling people exactly how to live. 
In an effort to save more lives on Arizona’s roadways this month the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is partnering with the Peoria  and Glendale police departments and other local law enforcement agencies to enforce Arizona’s seat belt and child safety seat laws.
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I always thought the homes on our mountains should do this too. Blend in more into the landscape and not be such an eye sore to everyone in the valley.
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Looks nice to me.
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Luft Hans

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This Saturday, May 16, join us at #LMLabs for #Arduino Camp with expert Dan Cervo teaching. Sign-up today - the free event is from 2 - 6 p.m. http://bit.ly/1cLegYm
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Luft Hans

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Join LM Labs and ArizonaFPV on May 12 at 3 p.m. for a #drone #videography clinic & #RallyFighter filming. http://bit.ly/1F8DJay
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Luft Hans

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Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame fundraising concert Sunday 2015May17, noon to 21:00.

Music by AMEHOF INDUCTEES:

Dolan Ellis

Walt Richardson

Marshall Trimble

Charles Lewis

from Goose Creek Symphony: Bob Henke with Alan Harkrader

from The Reed Family : Michael and Tabitha Reed with Johnny Carasco

With special guests:

Chuck Hall

Marty Mitchell

The Pistoleros

Ronnie Glover and Trio Rio

Bob Meighan

Steve Larson

Hans Olson

The Arizona Geezers

and many more!
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Vee Iye Pea

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* TEACHERS APPRECIATION DAY IS MAY 5TH *

Mcdonald’s to give teachers beverage tags May 5. Arizona McDonald’s restaurants will honor teachers across Arizona with special tags on Teacher Appreciation Day, Tuesday, May 5. 
Teachers who purchase a McCafé beverage and show their school identification at their local McDonald’s restaurant will receive a key tag valid for a free small McCafé beverage every day until Dec. 31, while supplies last.
VIA The East Valley Tribune Page 5 of Thursday April 30th, 2015 edition
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Luft Hans

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Free Comic Book Day is this Saturday. Probably all comic shops are having a festival. We hit 3 last year :). But, of the few I just pulled up only All About Comics put something on the web site, so that's the shop I'm linking to. Check your favorite shop for activies.

http://www.freecomicbookday.com/Home/1/1/27/992
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For anyone interested in the people and places around the Valley of the Sun. There's a lot going on in town, so share the things you're working on or excited about. Posts are welcome for any city in the greater Phoenix area. Please post _only_ with your personal account - no business accounts.

William DeMardes

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Four Photos of Sperry Flight Systems (now Honeywell International). The location is North 19th Avenue and Rose Garden Lane in North Phoenix. Photos taken from 1957 to 1985. The two photos showing construction was in February of 1966. The snow image cover is on December 11, 1985.

#honeywell   #sperry   #phoenixaz  
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I also had a ice scraper from Honeywell that was in my car forever, unused. Lol
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James Britt
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Not the #1 we might want


According to the Harvard study said Arizona had the highest instance of illegal corruption -- "private gains in the form of cash or gifts by a government official, in exchange for providing specific benefits to private individuals or groups" -- when surveying nearly 1,000 reporters.

To determine the most corrupt states, the authors had reporters rank the instances they see illegal corruption in the different branches of government on a one (least) to five (most) scale. Arizona did not fare well in any ranking, especially the executive and legislative branches, where reporters said they see "very high" instances of corruption.

http://ktar.com/22/1788959/Study-Arizona-most-corrupt-state-in-US

The most legally corrupt state was Kentucky

Legally corrupt?  Is that a thing?
Arizona is the most corruption-ridden state in the nation, a Harvard study said.
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Luft Hans

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Ever want to learn how to laser cut? Laser Cutter Friday at LM Labs this Friday, May 22 at 7 p.m. is your chance. Sign-up today. http://bit.ly/1HsdcWp
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Luft Hans

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The exhibit opened today and runs through August.
 
"Super Heroes: Art! Action! Adventure!" at Heard Museum.

A couple of years ago I was at the Heard and saw an exhibit I remember being parent-child artwork. As I recall there were a couple of fun superhero oriented pieces in that collection.

I'm glad to see it's an artform that's being encouraged.

http://kjzz.org/sites/default/files/ts0515%20SUPERHERO.mp3
In the exhibit, kids will be able to become their own super hero. They will choose their super power and create their super hero costume. They will then embark on exciting adventures, including an animal companion interactive experience, a Native video game and other adventures along their “super” journey.
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Luft Hans

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Run for the Wall is passing through Phoenix again this year. They're in town tonight, heading to Marana in the morning.

If you want to see hundreds of motorcycles, then find a good overpass on the route.

They're at I-10 and 51st Ave tonight, heading out at 07:30 in the morning.

Here's video from the ride into Phoenix from a couple of years ago.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gfJj91HjJI
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Matthew Kuraja

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Susan Rastella

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I'll be there with Todrick Hall and his crew.  Vonzell Solomon (3rd place on American Idol) will be there with her great smile and awesome vocals.  See also Chester and surprise guests.
 
Todrick Hall Videos Pics
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JD James (BAZ)

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There was a significant "death" of sorts in Phoenix last week. One of the most iconic murals (Medina '02) in CenPho was painted over (in black, of course) by a new car dealership that has moved into the building at 20th St and Indian School Rd. It was originally painted in 2002 for Genesis Custom Cycles, in lieu of a sign which required a permit and $$.

Shame on them! May the bastards quickly go out of business!!!
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That's so sad! I used to drive past this every day.
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Matthew Kuraja

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The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has issued a high pollution advisory for ozone for the Phoenix metropolitan area on Friday.
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Gone now I bet ;-)
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Luft Hans

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this Sunday
 
The Geek Family and Friends Day is the first Sunday of the month.

In May, we'll have a picnic before the summer hits.

The historic part of Sahuaro Ranch Park has peacocks, chickens, a small orchard,  a barn and some farm machinery.

We have ramada #1 including a grill starting at 10:00. Let's eat at 11:00.

In addition to the historic area, the park has modern sections with fields and a child play area.

Ramada #1 is closest to the parking lot.

http://www.glendaleaz.com/ParksandRecreation/documents/SRPRamadaDetailMap.pdf

The park is just north of GCC and there's a Glendale library nearby as well.

Free Comic Book Day is the day before on Saturday the 2nd. Go meet superheroes and get comics :).

http://www.freecomicbookday.com/Home/1/1/27/992

Closest comic shop to the park:

http://drawntocomics.com/

A festival from 09:00 to noon and further events all day.

All About Comics was smarter and actually put info on their web site.

http://allaboutbooksandcomics.com/wp/free-comic-book-day-party-saturday-may-2-2015/

Cost: no cost

Bring friends and family :).

As always, costume up if you'd like, they do have a small shop that sells engineer hats for the kids.

GFFD is a new group to provide a regular family friendly social gathering of the fandoms ( technology, scifi, fantasy, comics, gaming, etc ).

Get in on the ground floor to represent your fandom, hobby or other enthusiastically pursued endeavor.

For June and July the plan is a board game day someplace indoors one month and a water park the other. Any suggestions for where we can meet for the board game event?
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