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Name: Aram Katz
Gender: Do not display
Hometown: Sullivan County, NY
Home country: USA
Current location: Tohono o'Odham Nation, AZ
Member since: Tue Mar 23, 2021, 11:44 AM
Number of posts: 855

About Me

Running for AZ House in LD4 against an odious Republican. Looking for help as I am a complete neophyte.

Journal Archives

From my Campaign Website: Everywhere around the world, they're looking at America

Please reflect on the photo above. As my wife and I work through the Green Card process to get her here, I am drawn to this picture. Look at it. In Cuba. In Iran. In Venezuela. In Hong Kong. People marching and protesting for democracy, voting, freedom, and opportunity. Look at the symbol they used. Look at the one symbol worldwide that represents the things people in four places are protesting.

They are using us. Our example. Our freedoms. Our system. We, as Americans, represent the best of what the world has to offer. We stumble, we fall, and sometimes we fail miserably to live up to the expectation the world sees in us and we see in ourselves. We aren't perfect, though we do air our dirty laundry for the world to see.

Posted by AZLD4Candidate | Sun Jul 25, 2021, 11:26 PM (7 replies)

From my Campaign Website: Joel John and the Amazing Teacher Gag Vote


"You cannot administer a wicked law impartially. You can only destroy. You can only punish. And I warn you that a wicked law like Cholera destroys all it touches, it's upholders as well as its deniers.

Don't you see that if you take a law like CRT and make a crime to teach it in the public schools, tomorrow you make it a crime in the private schools. And then you can make it a crime to read about it. Then you may turn Catholic against Protestant. And Protestant against Protestant. And try to foist your own religion on the mind of man. If you can do one, you can do it all. Because fanaticism and ignorance is forever busy and needs feeding.

And soon, with banners flying and drums beating, we'll be marching backwards. . .BACKWARDS! To those glorious days of the 16th century when bigots burned the man who dared bring intelligence and enlightenment to the human mind!"

Spoken in a 1960 film adaptation of a 1956 Broadway play. . .and its more relevant now than it was then!

Posted by AZLD4Candidate | Tue Jul 13, 2021, 08:26 PM (0 replies)

From my father, RE: Gov. Death by Chocolate's signing of CRT Ban

I figure you may fine the wording and syntax interesting and useful

So now it is illegal in Arizona to teach Critical Race Theory (another name for “The Truth, even if it Hurts”). I can see a classroom 50 years from now. Let's listen in to a conversation between a Teacher and a Student in the year 2071:

Student: Mr Jones, in the Constitution, Article 1, Section2, Paragraph 3 refers to “three fifths of all other persons”. Who were these “other persons”?

Teacher: That is a good question, but unfortunately Arizona law forbids me to answer it.

Student: The 13th Amendment to the Constitution outlaws slavery. It was ratified into law in 1865. Does that mean there was slavery in the United States before 1865? Who were the slaves?

Teacher: That is a good question, but unfortunately Arizona law forbids me to answer it.

Student: The 2nd clause of the 14th Amendment changed Article 1, Section 2, Paragraph 3 by taking away the “three fifths of all other persons” clause. What happened to all those people?

Teacher: That is a good question, but unfortunately Arizona law forbids me to answer it.

Student: The first paragraph of the 15th Amendment says that people shall have the right to vote regardless of their race, color or previous condition of servitude. What did they mean by that?

Teacher: That is a good question, but unfortunately Arizona law forbids me to answer it.

Student: Why did the Southern States secede from the Union?

Teacher: That is a good question, but unfortunately Arizona law forbids me to answer it.

Student: Why was the Civil War fought?

Teacher: That is a good question. The North was fighting to preserve the Union, but unfortunately Arizona law forbids me to say why the South fought it.

Student: I read something about a massacre that took place right here in Arizona in 1871 outside a place called “Camp Grant”. Can you tell us about it?

Teacher: That is a good question, but unfortunately Arizona law forbids me to answer it.

And the list of topics the teacher is forbidden by law to teach about goes on and on and on and on.....
Posted by AZLD4Candidate | Tue Jul 13, 2021, 08:06 PM (2 replies)

CRT fanatics are threatening schools, teachers, their families, and administrators

Critical race theory battles are driving frustrated, exhausted educators out of their jobs
Battles over diversity and equity initiatives in public schools have resulted in administrators and teachers being fired or resigning over discussions about race.

When Rydell Harrison started a new job as a school superintendent in southwestern Connecticut last August, he was excited to join a community that seemed committed to diversity and equity.

The Easton, Redding and Region 9 district, which covers two small, mostly white towns, had recently established a task force and allocated money to address the racial climate in schools. That decision was a response to the hundreds of students and recent alumni who wrote to school board members following George Floyd’s murder to describe racist incidents they’d experienced or witnessed at school. To Harrison, the task force was a sign that the community sat up and listened when young people advocated for change.

Things shifted, however, after the riot at the U.S. Capitol in January.

Posted by AZLD4Candidate | Mon Jul 12, 2021, 07:27 PM (6 replies)

Gov. Triple Nut Fudge passed the critical race theory ban

I will now go on record as saying I will use my classroom as the test case. Any one willing to take up a Clarence Darrow lawyer case if the thought police invade my classroom?

I will refer you also to my campaign website about my position on this issue: Attacking Teachers with Fines

Keep in mind my opponent votes YES for this modern day Scopes Monkey Law and he's supposedly a teacher.
Posted by AZLD4Candidate | Mon Jul 12, 2021, 07:17 PM (9 replies)

Ohio police chief out after leaving 'Ku Klux Klan' note on Black officer's coat

Source: NBC News through AOL

Surveillance video from the Sheffield Lake Police Department in Ohio shows the longtime chief printing a note reading “Ku Klux Klan” and placing it on a Black officer's raincoat, according to the city's mayor.

Sheffield Lake Mayor Dennis Bring said he was made aware of the incident, which occurred last week, by the police union. Chief Anthony Campo was immediately placed on administrative leave pending a review of the video, Bring told NBC affiliate WKYC of Cleveland.

"I said, 'I don't want to even hear about it," Bring said, describing his conversation with Campo. "I said, 'You've already have admitted to it.' And I said, 'You've got 10 minutes to get out of this office.' I said, 'I want your keys, badge and that’s it. Get out.' "

Bring said he also met with the officer following the incident to apologize for Campo’s actions.

Read more: https://www.aol.com/news/ohio-police-chief-leaving-ku-203847048.html

I guess not all Blue Lives Matter after all.
Posted by AZLD4Candidate | Sun Jul 4, 2021, 04:56 AM (21 replies)

I just got the visa update bulletin from USCIS

There is no backlog, wait, or delay for spouses of American citizens. It's all over by the clerical work, a cursory interview, and then this almost year old separation from my wife is OVER!!!

When she has her IR1, it's off to Phuket for a short vacation together, then back to the US!

Anyone who wants to go through this process, I don't recommend it. Our "legal" immigration system is completely broken and are using laws passed in 1952, so our immigration system was set up during the xenophobic Cold War.
Posted by AZLD4Candidate | Fri Jul 2, 2021, 05:02 PM (2 replies)

My wife's everything has been submitted to the NVC for her immigrant visa and green card

I am a little confused and maybe those with more experience or knowledge can help.

There is a massive backlog at the USCIS for visas and applications. This backlog is supposed to last until, minimum, March 2022.

I submitted my wife's everything in early April. Late May, she was told she was processing. A week later, she was approved.

I was then told it would take 45 days for me to get the I-797 approval form. I received this from USCIS in three days.

I was then told by USCIS that it would take up to two months to get notification from the NVC of her case and invoice number. It took two days.

So, things that were supposed to take a minimum of 90 days took seven.

We will be doing her DS-260 at the NVC now.

My question is: Is this time frame normal even under normal circumstances and not COVID19 issues?

My uncle contacted Mark Warner (because my uncle is in Virginia) and I contacted Mark Kelly (because I am in Arizona). Do you think their constituent service caseworkers might have exercised me authority and pulled a few strings, considering this is the spouse of an American citizen and, as I said many times, the US Government should not be in the business of separating Americans from their families.

Just curious. I will update as things progress. I hope she files through the issuance of visa number processes. According to the NVC website, we are pretty much step ten out of twelve step process.

Step 10, 11, and 12 I have little to do with because it's all on her.

Step 10: Prepare for the interview by getting all documents in order, getting the medical exam done, and then setting up the visa interview in Guangzhou.

Step 11: Go to Guangzhou and have the interview. Show the consular officer all original documents to prove the marriage is legit and that she will come and stay (so the bar is lower than an NIV, since non-immigrant visa, the burden of proof is that the applicant has to prove they will leave. Immigrant visas need to prove they will stay. What I told her was say "we could have done this immediately after we got married in 2014. But we waited seven years into the marriage to do this, and if it weren't for COVID19, we wouldn't do it anyway."

Step 12: Get her passport back from Guangzhou, pay the last USCIS fee (the actual Green Card fee), get her Thai visa, get mine (if Americans aren't still visa free travel), go to Phuket, then come back together. Get though CBP (who I hate with the fire of ten thousand suns), get stamped into the country, wait up to sixty days, then celebrate when her Green Card is in her wallet.
Posted by AZLD4Candidate | Mon Jun 28, 2021, 12:17 AM (4 replies)

Online gamer here. I've learned how to deal with gamie troll

I am usually a healer or a tank. First complaint I get, I normally say "well, you seem like you can do a better job than me." then I break off the group and walk away, usually when they are in intense battle.

This man taught me to do that:
Posted by AZLD4Candidate | Sun Jun 27, 2021, 07:48 PM (1 replies)

Mike Huckabee tweets about filling out dead relatives' absentee ballots, and key Federal Election Co

In 2017, the magazine Fast Company hailed former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee as “the least funny person on Twitter,” spotlighting these kinds of “dad jokes” over the years as evidence:

A tweet that he fired off over the weekend — assuming it’s one of his trademark knee-slappers — certainly won’t cost him that Fast Company crown:

Joking about committing voter fraud just days ahead of one of the most contentious elections of all time? The reaction from his followers ranged from cringe to anger across social media:

Posted by AZLD4Candidate | Sat Jun 26, 2021, 02:46 PM (1 replies)
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