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Posted on April 16 at 10:19 a.m.
Caution: the water at this narrowing of the canyon may be crowded with decomposing trout in summertime, or possibly earlier after dry winters. Manzana Narrows, farther upstream, is much more reliable. But I seem to remember Manzana Narrows as being 5 miles past the wet spot, not 2 miles, or a total of 10 miles east of Nira. Maybe it just felt like it.
What was this pre-modern thinking, backpacking up a dry creekbed in summer? I was thinking "What was I thinking?" Drank a full gallon of water upon arriving at shady Manzana Narrows. Darwin was wrong.
On Manzana Day Hike to 'Ray’s Camp'
Posted on February 19 at 10:59 a.m.
howgreen's so right! Everyone's more or less inept on terra ingognita.
On Six Exchange Students Rescued in Mission Canyon
Posted on February 18 at 9:33 a.m.
This forgiveness from below is qualitatively different from the usual forgiveness from Church hierarchy. But good for Paul F.!
On Letting Go
Posted on February 13 at 2:10 p.m.
Sign petition for Calif SB 52 to post donors directly on political ads: http://www.caclean.org/
But imagine the grass roots demanding public campaign financing that would save us all a lot of money, once politicians are working for the public only.... (Incumbent pols & mass media would only lose, so we lumpenproletariat receive no official sanction to think on such matters, and must therefore encourage one another directly.)
On It's the Money, Honey
Posted on February 9 at 7:19 p.m.
Arright, I concede that Ebonics is a dialect designed to facilitate the inflection of speech with nuances of attitude and emotion that are much harder to impose onto polysyllabic English, and so Ebonics serves a noble purpose. Also, the concrete imagery is poetic. (Do these observations make me a racist, ha ha?)
And imposing standard English instruction on speakers who are down is another way of promoting bilingualism, nicht wahr?
On The Bilingual Advantage
Posted on February 9 at 6:37 p.m.
Ever notice how ppl whose English is mexly accented are much less likely to use subjunctive than native English speakers? Odd, that. I seem to recall a page-long list of situations where subjunctive is required in Spanish. But who can blame them, when US English is sliding toward pidgin/Ebonics?
Soon, public school teachers will be red-penning traditional English when Ebonics could have been employed. Hey, it's about communication, after all. And it's imperative that Ebonics BE spoken correctly, right? Of course. Subjunctive is usually found in articulated sentences anyway, and who needs that sh**?
Ah, but now I'm employing "micro-aggression" and arrant racism. UCLA grad students recently staged a sit-in because students of color had their writing assignments corrected for grammar: http://www.fredoneverything.net/Soul....
Teach English speakers Spanish? Sure, but first improve the minds of Ebonics and Spanish speakers. Our collective future is at stake.
Posted on February 6 at 10:40 p.m.
Also, let's not forget to pounce on County officials at this moment, who will probably soon allow outside boats back onto Cachuma, because of their short political horizons. Once Zebra or quagga mussels get introduced & clog water supply lines, things will probably get "apocalyptic." Fishing and birding will presumably go way south, as well. OK, west, not south.
On Sewage Seas
Posted on February 5 at 9:45 p.m.
This is unorthodox, therefore it must be untrue, however logical.
On Water Is … Development?
Posted on February 3 at 6:02 a.m.
Oh, heck, what's a synonym for a run-away "pet" issue, as in NOT stray dogs but as in a fanatic's non-negotiable cause? Locus of derangement? Will bite histories be revealed to potential adopters, or will fanaticism hew to Innate Goodness of Cockers & conceal the bite history?
Given the overabundance of adoptable dogs of all breeds, cool-headedness will dictate that face-biters join the doomed entourage to make room for friendly pups on the adoption roster. Logical? Go, County!
On A Despicable Killing
Posted on February 2 at 5:59 a.m.
SEC. 9. Section 31108 of the Food and AgriculturalCode is amended to read:31108. (a) No dog that is impounded pursuantto this division shall be killed before five business days have elapsed from the time of the taking up of thedog. (b) Any dog that is impounded pursuant to thisdivision shall, upon expiration of the holding perioddescribed in subdivision (a), be released without cost toa nonprofit animal rescue or adoption organization ifrequested by the organization prior to the expiration ofthat holding period.http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/97-98/b...
On Dog Bite History Prompted Euthanasia