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Mon Feb 18, 2013, 12:11 AM

I have a small but good thing to report...

...to wit: I attended the Tucson Gem Show with some friends this past few days. We stayed at a Country Inn in Tucson. On Saturday morning while we sat having breakfast, I looked up at the TV and lo! and behold! It was tuned to UP With Chris Hayes!!

I expected it to be tuned to Faux News, and was actually shocked to hear Chris and his guests having an intelligent discussion.

I took it as a good sign. Every little bit helps!

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Response to ljm2002 (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 12:32 AM

1. That it happened in Jan Brewski, John McLaim, & Jerry Arpino Arizona......

.......makes it a phenomenal sign!

I bet the Inn manager is a sadistic librul who is secretly trying to drive the chain underwater.

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Response to ljm2002 (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 12:41 AM

2. You would be surprised. I have only seen one business in Tucson in my 2+ years here

With Fux on. That was Oro Valley Hospital. At least it was until I showed up for knee surgury. Now they have CNN or cooking shows or whatever. I was polite. Tucson is pretty blue and I think business owners know that if they have fux on, they lose customers. Can't think of anything that would get me to walk out the door faster.

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Response to ljm2002 (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 12:50 AM

3. Agree - sometimes it's the small things that are telling. And helps put a smile on my face.

This did.

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Response to ljm2002 (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 12:57 AM

4. I was surprised too......

was in a backyard burger fast food place in SPringfield, MO last week and they had on CNN. I know a year or so ago when I was in there they had on faux.
Maybe, just maybe folks are starting to come to the light........

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Response to ljm2002 (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 01:00 AM

5. Tucson is an oasis in Arizona. Big college town.

Some parts of the Phoenix area are quite tolerable.

Did you make it to Quartzsite?

--imm

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Response to immoderate (Reply #5)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 11:44 AM

11. Nope, didn't make it to Quartzsite...

...as we were only there for 2 days. Maybe next time.

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Response to ljm2002 (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 01:30 AM

6. we need every bit of good news we can get--no matter what size.

would love to hear all about the gem show--I miss being able to go.

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Response to niyad (Reply #6)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 11:46 AM

12. The gem show was amazing!

But then, it has to be, with vendors from all over the world packed into every available space in the city... We were only there for 2 days so barely scratched the surface. I did come home with some very nice additions to my collection.

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Response to ljm2002 (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 01:36 AM

7. Jealous!!! I so badly want to go to the Tucson Gem & Jewelry Show someday. So many beads!!!!

I bet you had a great time!!! I look at all the bead books and mags with a bib on from all the drooling!

And then to top it off with this special bit of good news - it's like adding the perfect clasp to a beautifully assembled necklace! And in Arizona no less! That means whoever was there before left it tuned to MSNBC. There is obviously a recognition of demand there on behalf of that hotel's management. GREAT news! You better believe every little bit helps! The ocean is made of many drops of water.

Great post!!!

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Response to calimary (Reply #7)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 11:47 AM

13. We did have a great time...

...but next time I think I'll insist we spend a full 4 days. The 2 days we spent (really 1-1/2 days of shopping time) just weren't enough to do it justice.

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Response to ljm2002 (Reply #13)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 11:52 AM

14. Criminy - you can't do the Tucson show in two days!

That's like saying you get one afternoon in Disneyland.

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Response to calimary (Reply #14)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 12:55 PM

16. No kidding...

...in fact, you can't do the whole show if you stay from beginning to end. Still, it was a wonderful experience and I have some great items to show for it. I'll put some pictures up in the Photography Group sometime in the next few days.

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Response to ljm2002 (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 02:10 AM

8. I don't really watch news too much

But whenever I see fox news turned on the TV in the break room at work, I start to mock it and complain about my brain cells dying and how stupid the viewership of that network is. I've been doing it since about election time and I've noticed that the TV is tuned to fox less and less.

There is only one rabid fox news fan in my facility that I know of and, I hate to be so full of myself, I'm way smarter and much more well read than him and I can blow him away in any political conversation that he wants to wage. Also, unlike this guy, courtesy of the US Army I am much more worldly than he is despite my relative young age.

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Response to ljm2002 (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 02:41 AM

9. Our Hardee's had Fox for years.. Now THE WEATHER CHANNEL!!!!

Hardees had Fox 24/7 and the staff was not even allowed to change it..Talk about torture! The Weather C is an improvement! We have been very excited about a few of the changes in our town. Our McDonald s has had MSNBC the last few times we were in there.. We get Senior drinks in the fast food places. The McDonald's here has the best coffee in town!

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Response to ljm2002 (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 02:42 AM

10. Arizona needs a lot more than that. But at least it's something

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Response to world wide wally (Reply #10)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 12:06 PM

15. Yes. Even in Arizona. It can happen even in Arizona! Just make your voice heard!

Just start by making a complaint. And keep at it til you get what you want. That's what the frickin' teabaggers have done. That's what Pox Noise does every day of the week and twice on Sunday! Repeat, repeat, repeat. On it, on it, on it. Again, and again, and again. I did that at my neighborhood bank. And I didn't give up. Every time I went in there, I complained. I complained to whatever teller I saw. THEN, when I didn't see any results, I started walking over to the far end of the room where the managers' desks were, and I complained THERE. Sure enough, I soon noticed that there was no more Pox Noise on my bank's TV monitors. Now it was CNBC or CNN.

I made my complaints personal. I used to be a news reporter/anchor. And truly, I am personally offended by what passes for "news coverage" on outfits like Pox Noise. It dirties up the profession I used to love and in which I was SO proud to play a small part. Gives the whole concept of "news" a big fat oozing black eye. It makes me ashamed. It makes me ashamed of that whole industry that I was once part of. I looked on it as more than just a job or a profession. It was almost like a calling. A calling to inform and educate and illuminate, to spread truth and shed light and cut through lies and bullshit and bear witness. It was like being on a mission. And then these assholes come along with their blonde blow-up dolls and their plastic puffed-up "anchormen" and their ding-dong bells and flashing lights and bright moving colors and just PERVERT everything, while dumbing down America.

I HATE Pox Noise with a burning passion.

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Response to ljm2002 (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 01:01 PM

17. I have been noticing somewhat the same here in South Carolina.

I don't see MSNBC (not on the very basic tier on my local cable network), but I am seeing less and less of Fox "News" on TVs out and about. Even at my gym, where the set in the women's lounge is usually tuned to some other channel. It it's on Fox, and nobody is watching, I do my patriotic duty and change the channel. I have found myself having to do that less and less over the past few months.

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