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Same-sex marriage hassles include gifts: Problem solved with same-sex wedding Lucky Voodoo Doll couples

From “His” and “Hers” towel sets to “His” and “Hers” china cups that cost too much and no one uses, there is no dearth of wedding gifts for the bride and groom.

The happy groom and groom same-sex wedding Lucky Voodoo Dolls/Art and photo Ryn Gargulinski

But when it comes to same-sex marriages, finding suitable presents for the groom and groom or the bride and bride can be a bit of a challenge.

Enter Same-Sex Marriage Lucky Voodoo Dolls.

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Buy new car – get free cat: Tucson Jim Click and Hermitage Cat Shelter strange bedfellows indeed

Thinking of buying a new car?

Free cat comes with new car purchase Oct. 9 from Jim Click /Photo illustration Ryn Gargulinski

Don’t delay – the best deal to wheel its way to Tucson is going down Saturday, Oct. 9, with the pairing of Jim Click and the Hermitage Cat Shelter.

Buy a car, get a free cat.

That’s right, head on down to Jim Click KIA at Auto Mall and you can drive away with a fine car and a fine feline.

The Hermitage will be on hand with cats and Jim Click will pay the cat’s adoption fee for anyone buying a car that day.

Never mind zero percent financing or other savvy savings that often come with new vehicles, Jim Click KIA is offering a bargain that’s the cat meow, the cat’s pajamas – and much better than anything the cat drags in.

This has to be one of the most creative bargains we’ve seen yet.

Kudos to both Jim Click and Hermitage Cat Shelter for a deal that definitely stands out from the rest.

We also dig the fact that Jim Click’s Nick Scalpone will donate $250 to the Hermitage with the purchase of a KIA any day of the year.

Creative as it is, however, we’re wondering how effective it will be.

Perhaps die-hard cat lovers will, in fact, find a way to buy a car Oct. 9 just to get the free feline. But we also bet the marketing would be much more effective if it were the other way around – buy a cat, get a free car.

Now don’t take this wrong way. The Hermitage Cat Shelter is one of the finest organizations since the Cat Dancer cat toy. We support them as well as all other groups geared towards helping animals.

We also support new cars, if you can afford them. They at least have the capacity to drive more than 22 mph around Tucson streets, as other cars seem unable to do.

But the pairing of a free cat with a new car seems strange, at best, and hazardous, at worst.

The last time we tried to transport a cat in a vehicle, it panicked and peed all over the interior.

The family van reeked of cat urine every time it rained.

What: Buy a car, get a free cat
When: Sat, Oct. 9, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Jim Click KIA Auto Mall, 775 W. Wetmore Rd.
Why: Because desperate times call for creative measures.


What do you think?

Is that the deal of the century or what?

What other strange marketing and deals have you seen?

Will you be buying a Jim Click car on Saturday?

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Largest pot bust in state this year right here in Tucson: How well do we know our neighbors?

Tucson gets a gold star for a notable feat: the largest Arizona marijuana seizure so far this year went down right here in the foothills area.

More than 7,  200 pounds of pot seized from Tucson foothills house/ICE photo
More than 7, 200 pounds of pot seized from Tucson foothills house/ICE photo

More than 7, 200 pounds of pot was seized by U.S. Immigrant and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents at a home near Alvernon and River roads on June 14, according to a news release from the agency.

Agents had been scoping out the house for several days and were able to take action after they spied an 18-foot trailer being hauled into the driveway.

The two men in the GMC Yukon hauling the trailer got out of the truck and fled – perhaps tipping off agents that something was amiss.

Agents gave chase with the help of the Pima County sheriff’s canine unit but were unable to nab the two suspects. They were able to obtain a search warrant, however, which uncovered 5,500 pounds of pot in the trailer and an additional 1,700 pounds in the house.

The house is owned by a local Tucson businessman and was rented to a Mexican citizen by a property management company.

While it is utterly exciting to live in a place that boasts the biggest Arizona pot bust of 2010, we also have to wonder who lives among us in this fair city.

How well do we really know our neighbors?

Sure, we might know their names are John and Jane and they drive a red SUV to their kids’ soccer practices. Or we may know the college-age guy zooms down the sidewalk on his bicycle while dragging his leashed dog by the neck along for the ride.

But that’s about it. When it comes to what goes on behind closed doors, we often have no clue.

This does not mean some busybody neighbors don’t attempt to find out all that is going on. Some will peer over our fences or even take photos of things like metal artwork they think violate homeowner association rules.

But when it comes to helping or reporting problems, lots of folks get namby-pamby.

All of a sudden it’s none of their business.

Now, we’re not saying this massive foothills stash house was not reported on by the neighbors. ICE did not disclose its sources.

But we are saying that people are often reluctant to get involved.

Some may simply say it’s none of their business if the wife gets beaten or the dog gets kicked. Others may rather grit their teeth through a loud, raucous party than risk potential beer cans in their yard or the bother of calling police and reporting it.

And others may stay silent out of fear. After all, if some people are bold enough to deliver more than two tons of pot to the middle of a driveway, who knows what they would do if they found out someone was ratting on them.


What do you think?

How well do you know your neighbors?

Are any of them engaged in illegal or bothersome activities?

Have you ever ratted them out?

Are you afraid to report any suspected problems?

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Odd Pueblo: Snappy or crappy?

This fun Odd Pueblo feature asks the audience to rate a trend, topic or sighting of something around town: is it snappy or crappy?

The last snappy or crappy, giant, concrete balls, rolled in a full 50 percent of crappy votes for being silly and annoying. Twenty-nine percent gave them a snappy, 16 percent said snap/crap and a mere 2 percent said they were too busy getting their car out of a ditch after being distracted by the balls to decide.

The latest snappy or crappy happens to carry a similar theme as the giant balls – a Hillary Clinton nutcracker doll.

Hillary Clinton nutcracker doll/AZMouse photo
Hillary Clinton nutcracker doll/AZMouse photo

Loyal reader AZMouse spotted this sweet doll at a Goodwill store in Vail, so it counts as being local. The price tag put the doll at $3.99, although we are sure it is worth much, much more.

Close up of Hillary Clinton nutcracker doll/AZMouse photo
Close up of Hillary Clinton nutcracker doll/AZMouse photo

The Hillary Clinton nutcracker doll – and other political caricatures and figurines – are just one more way for Americans to mock authority. Such depictions of our political leaders are demeaning, insulting and crass.

That definitely makes them snappy.

Don’t you just love freedom of speech?

Thanks for sending photo, AZMouse!



Close up of Hillary doll label/AZMouse photo
Close up of Hillary doll label/AZMouse photo

What do you think?

What’s the most tasteless political mockery you’ve seen?

The funniest?

Would you want to be depicted as an action figurine? Please explain.

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Would the world be a better place if we all smoked pot?

The world is filled with so much hate, rage and bitterness it’s enough to make us cry.

Pot shirt party goer/Ryn Gargulinski file photo
Pot shirted party goer/Ryn Gargulinski file photo

Daily headlines scream about bombings, brutality and bloodshed. Neighbors hate neighbors and strangers hate friends.

But there may be a simple way to turn all that bitterness and rage into peace and harmony – just hand everyone a joint.

After all, pot is known to make people happy, generous and loving. We don’t recall any stories of pot-smoking hippies tearing each other’s hair out. That Manson thing was just a fluke.

For the record, I am not a fan of pot, or any drug for that matter. Drugs have ruined too many lives.

But let’s look, just for a moment, at all the compelling pot information put forth on Drug War Facts. This website is run by Common Sense for Drug Policy which is “dedicated to reforming drug policy.”

Yes, we know the site is slanted to only show pot’s benefits – we’re making a pro argument here.

And after checking out some of the site’s fast facts, it makes sense not only to make marijuana legal for medicinal purposes, but for any adult who wants some.

Marijuana may be less harmful to us than some stuff we already eat, the site tells us. And we’re not talking about deep-fried Twinkies or greasy drive-through fries. We’re talking vegetables.

“In strict medical terms marijuana is far safer than many foods we commonly consume,” says Francis Young, the DEA’s administrative law judge. “For example, eating 10 raw potatoes can result in a toxic response. By comparison, it is physically impossible to eat enough marijuana to induce death.”

Even lab rats don’t die from the stuff. Heck, Drug War Facts said you can inject 1,000 milligrams per kilogram of marijuana into rats, mice, dogs and even monkeys and they don’t drop dead. That translates to a 132-pound person eating a whole 2 ounces of pot with no ill effects.

We’re not sure why people would be eating pot rather than smoking it, but we do know that five deaths originally attributed to marijuana in Britain were found to have other causes. Drug War Facts says the five didn’t die from pot, but from choking on their own vomit, presumably after passing out and puking.

See how safe marijuana can be?

Decked out VW bus/Ryn Gargulinski file photo
Decked out VW bus/Ryn Gargulinski file photo

And we didn’t even get into the traffic statistics. Marijuana could actually help some drivers do better on the road.

“…Cannabis consumption either increases driving ability or, more likely, drivers who use cannabis make adjustments in driving style to compensate for any loss of skill,” Drug War Facts said.

In other cases, marijuana poses absolutely no risk on the road whatsoever.

“Cannabis is only considered a risk factor for traffic accidents if drivers operate vehicles after consuming the drug.”

There we have it.

In addition to bettering traffic, a society full of pot smokers could benefit the economy.

The first savings would be, of course, a major cost reduction in the more than $30 billion government spends annually on the drug war. Taking marijuana out of the mix would shave off a few dollars for sure.

More jobs would be on the market. We’d have gads of new pot packaging and processing plants as well as openings from those who decide to now smoke pot daily. Some may quit their jobs when they realize they could legally sit around getting stoned all day while others would likely be fired when tasks that used to take them two minutes began to take them two hours.

The economy would get a major boost from marijuana taxes. If pot taxes were anywhere near the astronomical ones levied on cigarettes and booze, the government could make up a good chunk of funds wasted on the drug war in the blink of a bloodshot eye.

Society would become one big well-oiled machine.

Folks who smoke pot are generally not violent like those on PCP, don’t start dumb fights like angry drunks, don’t make weird sniffing noises like the coke fiends, and don’t hold up gas stations like those with rabid crack habits.

They are not prone to spreading AIDS like needle-happy heroin addicts and don’t lose all their teeth like the meth heads.

The argument stands that pot smokers are usually peaceful, harmonious folks – who even know how to drive.

Please note: I am still not sure if making pot legal would make society any better – but I am wholly impressed that pot only poses a road hazard if you drive after smoking it.

Cartoon by CHRIS EDWARDS, UA student who drew it for English class on public argument
Cartoon by CHRIS EDWARDS, UA student who drew it for an English class on public argument



Ryn Gargulinski is a poet, artist, performer and Ryngmaster who likes VW buses. Her column appears every Friday on Rynski’s Blogski. Her art, writing and more is at and E-mail

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Should pot be legal in Arizona?

Should it be legal everywhere?

Should all drugs be legal – or should we get rid of everything, even alcohol?

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