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— How come in 2005 Donald J. Trump paid a federal income tax rate of 24 percent, and I paid a higher percentage? My income was somewhat south of Trump’s $150 million. In 1963, a married couple that earned more than $400k filing jointly would have paid a 91 percent tax. Those were the days. The rate was lowered to 70 percent in 1964. In 2004 under the war-mongering, scum-bucket. moronic administration of Bush II, the rate was lowered to 35 percent, which Trump managed to avoid even that rate.

— How is it some Tucson veterinarians charge as much as $800 to clean canine teeth and mine charges $215?

— What will be the effect of a 28 percent budget cut in the State Department? And when did the filthy-rich, oil-soaked Secretary of State become mute?

— A letter by a Mr. William Lindberg in today’s Star says: “In the fiscal year 2016 there were 19,828 border agents apprehending 364,768 illegals at a cost of $3,642,820,000 or $9,986 per apprehension and 18.4 apprehensions per agent.” I have no idea whether Mr. Lindberg is correct, but it would not surprise me if it were true. It’s no small irony that the Cato Institute, that bastion of Libertarian thought has long contended that labor markets should be unfettered by borders. Cato routinely criticizes the administration for its immigration policy. To wit: https://www.cato.org/blog/four-ways-presidents-new-immigration-ban-undercuts-own-arguments.

— I happened upon a Star online columnist who writes about Tucson. It’s called “This is Tucson.” She wrote a piece last year asserting that Tucson residents should be called Tucsonans, “not Tucsonians.” This is horse pucky. If you read the now defunct Tucson Daily Citizen in the 1970s and ’80s, residents of the Old Pueblo were always called “Tucsonians.” The Star, however, called them “Tucsonans.” The issue is very political. The Citizen was in those days owned by William Small who sported a very conservative editorial page, one that even supported South Africa’s apartheid. The Star was owned by the Pulitzer family of St. Louis and projected a liberal editorial voice, so liberal that conservatives referred to it as “The Red Star.” In this sense then, to use the term “Tucsonan” is a sign the writer/speaker is at best a raging pinko, commie sympathizer or, worse, a no-growth advocate determined to destroy capitalism’s very foundation. Speak “Tucson” at your own risk.

‘Let’s went’

From time to time I like to remember “The Cisco Kid.” It was on 1950s TV. I adopted a favorite sentence often uttered by Pancho as imagesplayed by Leo Carrillo: “Let’s went.” They also had this thing at the end of every episode when Pancho would say: “Oh, Cisco!” Then Cisco would say: “Oh Pancho!” Then they would both laugh as though they shared a really nasty/dirty little secret. Wish I knew what it was, and that it was at the very least risqué.

I am now rather irritated by the fact I just discovered that Duncan Renaldo, who played Cisco, was born in Romania, in Oancea, a small town on the border with Moldova. His name was Renault Renaldo Duncan and would  have more appropriately cast in a Dracula movie. Or a French flick with Renault driving his Renault.

A Romanian playing a Mexican is just wrong, really, really wrong — like Donald J. Trump playing a presidential candidate.

At least Carillo was the real McCoy, a California native and great conservationist — a state park is named in his honor. I have heard he had family in Tucson, but was never able to confirm it. Incidentally, “Cisco” is short for “Francisco.” And “Pancho” is a nickname for “Francisco.” That makes much too Frank for me, even if “Cisco” is about the city. In which case, it should have been the “Frisco Kid.” In which case, it sounds a little too close to the “Frisky Kid.” In which case, the censors likely would have been involved.

Here is a Cisco Kid movie poster from 1949:Screen Shot 2016-02-21 at 7.45.56 PM


urlDon’t think we’ll see another movie of its like, certainly not the title.

url-1The ingenue in the movie was played by Armida, a Mexican actress from the 30s and 40s. She did not land many roles. She was not born in Romania, but in Aguascalientes, Sonora. Her name was Armida Vendrell, and her father ran a movie house in Douglas.

A theological question

If it is true, as the Bible tells us, that it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven and if there is no such thing as limbo, does it not logically follow that Donald J. Trump’s destiny in the hereafter is as an eternally burning resident of Hell? If it does, then why would Americans of any faith vote for a Hell-bound Republican whom the Pope has declared un-Christian?