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Posted on February 28 at 8:59 p.m.

How can you " have no idea why the two comments above were removed" and then say the Independent "invites public comment and censors comments that are offensive to the editorial opinion of the publisher" ?

I saw one of the comments, and it was offensive to me, in that it speculated that Lopez was drunk. Hardly the attack on free speech you seem to believe without foundation.

On Case of Disappearing Anchorwoman 'Solved'

Posted on February 10 at 2:50 p.m.

Except, Mr. JohnTieber, this is the actual wording which results in various interpretations:

"A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed."

Not the sentence fragment you provided.

And squaring the intent of the first part of the Amendment with the dependent clause you cited is the source of disagreement.

On Jackson Introducing Bill to Ban Specific Shotgun

Posted on February 4 at 11:14 a.m.

Roger Durling's enthusiasm, programming skills and industry contacts are invaluable to the Festival; indeed, he is singularly responsible for it's vast improvement and success since taking the reins.

Interviews, and the skill set necessary to make enjoyable, interesting, Festival-worthy events, have NEVER been Durling's strength. It's surprising such a intelligent and sensitive soul would be so blind to his own shortcomings.

Durling would better serve the Festival by recruiting skilled and knowledgeable interviewers, and reserve his stage time to brief intros and taking the occasional well-deserved bow.

On Jennifer Lawrence’s Awkward Conversation

Posted on January 23 at 11:31 p.m.

It seems Kevin O'Connor thinks the 49 percent actually "pays nothing." While they may not pay Federal income taxes, they do contribute payroll taxes.

"Tax Policy Center data show that only about 17 percent of households did not pay any federal income tax or payroll tax in 2009, despite the high unemployment and temporary tax cuts that marked that year In 2007, a more typical year, the figure was 14 percent. This percentage would be even lower if it reflected other federal taxes that households pay, including excise taxes on gasoline and other items."

"When all federal, state, and local taxes are taken into account, the bottom fifth of households pays about 16 percent of their incomes in taxes, on average. The second-poorest fifth pays about 21 percent"
----- Misconceptions and Realities About Who Pays Taxes

On Flat Tax, Everyone?

Posted on January 7 at 11:04 a.m.

The reporter may have branded Costello a "vegan."

From the article:
"And even this vegan maintains there’s no need to forgo meat completely. “My philosophy is to eat a mostly plant-based diet (veggies, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds) with small amounts of high-quality animal protein.”

Because as you pointed out John_Adams, only a hypocrite or charlatan would use the very specific term vegan while chomping down meat.

That said, the program is less "purging" as Oblati asserts, and more "replacement." Overall it seems a sensible program which may provide benefit to those with over-sweet, fatty, and process-food diets.

Not to be confused with the hokum and potential harm associated with the fasting, purging, and cleansing regimes often found in the various fuzzy-thought food-cliques in Santa Barbara.

On To Cleanse or Not to Cleanse?

Posted on January 6 at 10:52 a.m.

"Superstitious beliefs in junk science magic totems and magic rituals is but one example of unhealthy thinking."

I agree, Obati.

Based on your advice, why did you post this rather pious christian bible reference here?
"2 Thessalonians 10"

On To Cleanse or Not to Cleanse?

Posted on December 21 at 11:30 a.m.

What a great photo of Rivera by Paul Wellman!

On End-of-the-World Blues?

Posted on December 19 at 2:41 p.m.

No, not Taffy's spot. (independent should put in a map).

Nicky D’s is next to a Chinese restaurant facing de la Vina in the Ralph's / Jensen Music / Regal Laundro-mat, etc. shopping center on the upper part of de la Vina. (Just saw it today.) Used to be a chain pizza place -- Pizza Hut?.

Never knew Taffy's had tri-tip. I believe they are still going strong near Mission on de la Vina.

On Nicky D’s Wood-Fired Pizza

Posted on December 15 at 6:34 p.m.

I suppose the defense of your father (if that is correct) is understandable, "DPWorker" but it wasn't the Independent who called Dario Pini a "Public Nuisance" or "Slumlord of the Year."

It's Santa Barbara City Attorney Wiley's lawsuit which brought up the term "public nuisance."

An NOBODY called him "Slumlord of the Year" (yet). I believe you refer to this article, when Pini was nominated to the 'Landlord Hall of Shame."

- - Tuesday, May 10, 2011, By Tyler Hayden:

- Dario Pini Nominated to Landlord Hall of Shame

- Renters’ Rights Organization Looks to ‘Shine a Public Spotlight’ on the ‘Bad Apple’

- "Though it’s been a few years since Dario Pini was in the news for renting dirty and dilapidated housing to low-income residents and foreign students, his disgruntled tenants haven’t forgotten about him. Fielding recommendations from this group, Tenants Together – a statewide organization that fights for renters’ rights – just nominated Pini to its Landlord Hall of Shame."

Don't blame the messenger.

(And if Pini is so gosh-darn charitable, why doesn't he buy a few less turkeys, and just follow the law?)

On Public Nuisance Number One?

Posted on December 6 at 5:52 p.m.

Legalize pot, sure.

But Ken Volok and 3domfighter own a big apology to ridiculing DeniseL who called it correct in the previous article comments, and knew this guy was more than someone puffing a bit of weed -- armed freakin' robbery!.

Stanley as a "Good family man (3domfighter), my arse.

On Repeat Offender Takes Plea Deal

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