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Happy Cesar Chavez Day

      And welcome to another Baja Kossacks Open Thread. This will be the last one I'll post before our 4th Annual Picnic on Saturday, April 5 at the home of Mr. & Mrs. sneakers563. Our announcement can be seen here ☛ Connect! Unite! Act! We have 10 RSVPs and 2 Maybees. I'll send the address and directions to RSVPs by personal Kosmail in the next couple of days.

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Yes It's Cesar Chavez Day Today

     Unofficially anyway. On Tuesday, March 4 the Tucson City Council proclaimed Cesar Chavez Day a paid holiday for City employees. The new holiday will be observed on the Monday nearest March 31 starting in 2015. There was a march Saturday celebrating the holiday and the release of a new movie about the celebrated labor leader and Arizona native. There is some controversy about the new film. Some reviewers complain that the movie glosses over Chavez's opposition to illegal immigration. Chavez represented farm workers and objected to growers using undocumented labor to break strikes. Tom Prezelski's take on the controversy can be found here ☛ Blog for Arizona Here are Los Tigres del Norte:


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      A Tucson man pulled a monster catfish out of Patagonia Lake last week. He was jigging for bass on March 24 when he caught the Flathead Catfish which weighed 56.2 pounds. ☛ Arizona Daily Star According to Arizona Game and Fish the state record Flathead was caught at Bartlett Lake and weighed 76 lb. 8.64 oz. Also in the Star, the National Republican Congressional Committee has chosen two Arizona Republicans as members of their "Young Guns" program. They are Andy Tobin in CD-1 and Martha McSally in our own CD-2. It looks like they intend to pour money into these two races. ☛ Arizona Daily Star The New York Times has a story on the 9 Republican candidates in the Arizona Governor's race. They include my pick, Baja's own Cap'n Al Melvin who claims that the Tea Party “saved the United States as a country in 2010.” ☛ New York Times The Grijalva campaign opened their 2014 headquarters on Saturday. The new Grijalva HQ is located at 309 E. 7th St. That's 7th St. and 5th Ave. in the building that used to house Borderlands Trading Company, coolest location ever. Finally, it seems there was some trouble down on University Blvd. after the Wildcats loss to Wisconsin Saturday night. Tucson police arrested 15 people, 9 of them UofA students. ☛ Arizona Daily Star. Wisconsin center Frank Kaminsky is a helluva' player but I think the 'Cats would have won the championship easily had they not lost froward Brandon Ashley to injury.

      OK, that's all I got. The Picnic is April 5. There will be grilled Bratwursts and something good for the vegetarians. Bring something if you can, I'll bring a German Potato Salad. It's an Open Thread, how's everybody doin' ?

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  •  Tip Jar (7+ / 0-)

    The free market is not the solution, the free market is the problem.

    by Azazello on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 05:53:57 PM PDT

  •  So what should I bring? (5+ / 0-)

    I'm perfectly happy to pick up some pizza & a couple dozen wings from Rocco's on my way. Or mac & cheese, or chili, or albondigas, or something else. I know I'm not bringing any desserts to any soirée Mrs Sneakers is hosting.
    Might even bring a couple of bottles from the little brewery that opened up on Plumer - Iron Johns.
    Fun starts at what? 5ish, 6ish?

    I'll tell you right out, I am a man who likes talking to a man who likes to talk. - Kasper Gutman

    by rasbobbo on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 06:06:06 PM PDT

  •  Dump cakes? (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Azazello, DaNang65, navajo

    Mrs. Sneakers will have you flogged!

    I'm thinking of bringing the sauerkraut, if nobody else claims it.

    Patagonia Lake is terrific, and such a cute little town there.

    Reality has a well-known liberal bias -- Stephen Colbert

    by ItsaMathJoke on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 06:46:12 PM PDT

  •  I put catfish into a very undesirable category. (5+ / 0-)

    I'm extremely biased: I grew up eating fish sticks, Steelhead Trout, and Salmon. The fish sticks because we had to eat fish on Fridays don'tcha know, the others because my grandfather was an expert flyfisherman. The fish stick rule only applied during the no fishing months, otherwise the big fish ruled. Spoiled me forever. Catfish just strike me as evil bottom dwellers, akin to trolls but uglier.

    Speaking of the meetup, how about if I acquire the ingredients for a green salad? I know, it's not all that German, but as long as the main dishes are already spoken for, I'm comfortable with making one.

    Very windy down here today. Saw a dust devil that was at least 75-80 feet across and over a hundred high. Currently there are fewer devils, but they are quite big. I don't know if this is a trend, but it could be hazardous if they stay big.

    Last weeks topic: High Speed Rail. I favor the "Green" alternative, a straight shot up the I-10 corridor to downtown PHX. When considering the others, they show potential for a lot of stations being added, at which point you no longer have "High Speed" Rail, you just have rail. The benchmark Japanese, French, and German systems do not stop at smaller cities/towns, they fly past, connecting only the bigger cities (with a few exceptions for natural transfer locations).

    A train corridor that wanders around eastern Pinal and Maricopa counties becomes a commuter railroad, and not a real car-killer. I would propose only one stop: Casa Grande. CG could become a real bedroom community for either big city at this point, and one stop does not slow the overall schedule much.

    Definition note: High Speed Rail is only 110 MPH in the US, the rest of the world defines it as 150+MPH. German and French trains regularly do 300KPH/186MPH, and the Japanese are also in that range. If we ran this system at world class speeds, you're looking at about 30 minutes, city-to-city. With only one 3 minute stop, total time could be about 35 minutes one way.

    I got more, trust me - I'm a train guy. I'll save the rest for later.

    And yeah, I know tarantulas don't really act like that at all, so no snarking, this is the internet damnit!

    by itzadryheat on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 07:56:57 PM PDT

  •  Maybe someone will help me out (2+ / 0-)
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    Azazello, navajo

    and suggest something for me to bring besides drnatrl.

    War beats down, and sows with salt, the hearts and minds of soldiers." Brecht

    by DaNang65 on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 08:09:55 PM PDT

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