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Posted on January 15 at 2:04 p.m.
@JarvisJarvis: "Except it is not 'free' for Daddy to give away. Daddy is horse-trading with me, thee, she and he. Mutual benefit is fine."
And there it is. This really isn't about anything other than 'if I can't have it or use it than no one else can'. Never mind that every dollar that goes to higher education yields four dollars back, never mind that a huge majority of nurses, firefighters, police, etc receive their credentials at a CC, never mind that, by 2025, California is looking at a significant gap in skilled labor opportunities versus a qualified labor force to fill those gaps... never mind all of that. If Jarvis doesn't want it or can't have it, then no one else can. It's the ME ME ME ME petulant child-like selfishness of the reactionary right on full display. .
Of course, Jarvis is someone who has the time to post an average of 7 posts per day complaining about unions, Obama, teachers, students, immigrants, Isla Vista, Das Williams, Lois Capps, public transit, etc - instead of making any positive contribution to society - so its no wonder selfishness abounds with Jarvis.
On Free Community College?
Posted on January 15 at 11:15 a.m.
Yet more idiotic handwaving from the reactionary right-wingers who plague these comments. 'Mazing. Perhaps you folks should take advantage of a free two years at SBCC so you don't continue to seem so... stupid.
@JarvisJarvis; "What exactly was Barry trying to accomplish?"
If you had any idea as to what you were talking about, you'd see that this is clearly a shot at the failures of the for-profit colleges like University of Phoenix and others with their high costs and abysmal graduation rates, and an attempt to funnel and entice more students towards a valuable educational system. In addition, most CCs have trade programs (automotive technology, network certifications, nursing and vet programs, etc) - so there's a lot being offered by having a free two years to learn a trade or complete transfer requirements.
Of course, the future of the Republican party depends on an ignorant and uneducated populace, so it's also clearly a shot at the conservatives who haven't figured out that they're a dying breed (among other things) - which is also why this has zero chance of passing the current crop of Republican mouth breathers that make up the majority of the legislative branch (until 2016, that is). But at least people will get to see, once again, who is on their side and who is Republican.
Posted on January 9 at 12:45 p.m.
The most vile thing about this whole ordeal is seeing the same cast of idiotic characters falling over themselves to support the News-Press by screaming the same tired 'Free speech!' mantra - as if free speech means you get to say whatever bigoted, hateful nonsense falls out of your mouth and not take any criticism for it.
And just as vile is watching the News-Press continue to punch down at people while hiding behind the First Amendment - because McCaw and company seem to take some kind of sick glee out of stomping on the working class and immigrant population while she locks herself away like Miss Havisham. So someone shoots some paintballs and now she gets to play the 'poor, poor pitiful me' card? PLEASE.
The people who keep defending her and that rag she calls a newspaper (Lord knows, no one else calls it a newspaper) need to have a long look at themselves in the mirror. As far as integrity goes, they are found wanting.
On Protestors Blast <em>News-Press</em> Headline
Posted on January 6 at 5:21 p.m.
Really, I've been waiting for the right headline regarding the News-Press article:
Sorry Excuse for a Newspaper Prints Horrifically Racist Headline in Order to Appeal to Its Faux Rich But Horribly Ignorant Readership
It's funny that, just as I've passed around the link to the "Police Prejudiced Against 'Blacks and Browns'?" comments to prove that Santa Barbara has serious racism among it's right-wing reactionaries, here comes Wendy McCaw to help put a cherry on top of that sundae. A gigantic racist, bigoted, ignorant cherry...
On Protest Planned over <em>News-Press</em> Headline
Posted on January 6 at 1:20 p.m.
@JarvisJarvis: "How large is it? The deficit is the largest in the history of the universe."
And you would know, given that you're not from this planet.
"Reagan proved that deficits don't matter. We won the mid-term elections, this is our due." -- Dick Cheney
Yeah - anyone expecting a lot "fiscal responsibility" from this Republican congress should open a (recent) history book. Fortunately, it'll only last two years - 'cause the Republicans are going to get their clocks cleaned in 2016.
On Debt Crises
Posted on January 2 at 5:46 a.m.
It's fun watching the same anti-intellectual right-wingers tripping over themselves to criticize everything but Applebaum's work, since it's clear they couldn't figure out which end of a book to open in order to read it, much less pass a Sociology class.
Incidentally, USA Today ranked UCSB's program #1 in the country:
"Graduates of this program enter the work force earning an average starting salary of $44,000, increasing to an average of $73,000 at the mid-career level."
@billclausen: "Checked the air quality in Chino Valley, Arizona recently, the air readings are very good, despite the absence of these emission regulations, (plus the fact that being a valley is a geographical worst-case scenario for air quality.)"
Chino Valley is a town of 10,817 spread out over 60+ sq miles Santa Barbara is a town of 90,000 spread out over 20+ sq miles. And guess what - Santa Barbara *still* has better air quality. The readings for Chino Valley are basically on par with the rest of AZ, while Santa Barbara is below both the U.S. and CA mean. Try again, Bill.
On Rich Appelbaum: Creating the Future
Posted on December 31 at 12:55 p.m.
@Botany: "ETR as usual declines to provide facts with his vitriol."
You're such a crybaby. As proven time and time again, facts are wasted on you. Bye, Felicia.
@JarvisJarvis: "My own stupidity is fertilized constantly...."
Yeah. I already knew you had [CENSORED] for brains.
The nice thing about you folks (hey, Botany, since you threw your so unclever hat into the ring, we'll lump into this prestigious group of reactionary handwavers as well) is that you're all a perfect example of the Dunning-Kruger Effect - or, to paraphrase John Cleese - "Stupid people [that] have no idea how stupid they are...”.
But hey, Palin, Cruz, Bachman and Fox News need *someone* to line their pockets while they fleece their political base. Congrats on that dubious honor. Drips.
On Police Prejudiced Against 'Blacks and Browns'?
Posted on December 31 at 12:05 p.m.
I keep telling people who live outside of Santa Barbara, who believe that SB is a 'paradise', that it contains some of the most racist, bigoted, backward-thinking reactionaries you can find outside of the deep south. I want to thank the typical right-wing nutjobs for now providing me a single link to which I can send people to prove my point.
Special thanks to JarvisJarvis, nomoresanity, and Riceman for really hammering the point home by proving, once again, that your unique brand of stupidity is not eliminated by plenty of sunshine and mild winters.
Posted on December 19 at 9:41 a.m.
@JarvisJarvis: "There are jobs dangling right under your nose. You need to get the skills package to apply for them."
I'll make you a deal. I'll get the 'skills package' (again, words are hard for JarvisJarvis) to become a Clinical Psychologist Postdoctoral Intern (as posted on the County of SB job board).
And then you can be my first patient. I'll make sure you can finally get the electro-shock therapy you so desperately need.
@JarvisJarvis: "You have made yourself right now a very corrosive voice and spirit in this community."
To quote Christopher Hitchens, 'I always think it's a sign of victory when they move on to the ad hominem.' As I said before, I don't use my own personal success as a justification to beat down on other people (unless, like you, they have it coming).
But I really do suggest you get a job and find out what living in the real world feels like. You clearly haven't a clue.
On Court Workers Picket for Pay Raise
Posted on December 19 at 8:59 a.m.
The City currently has 5 - count 'em - 5 job openings, and none are entry level openings (two of them are police officer and one is a airport development manager).
The County has 32 job openings. All of the jobs that pay $50k or better require some kind of specialized experience or qualification (certifications, Masters Degree, specialized knowledge in a given field, etc) - all of which cost time and/or money to obtain. None of the entry level jobs pay more than $23 an hour (typically around $17-20).
@JarvisJarvis: "Those jobs are dangling right under your nose."
It took me all of 5min to prove that this is entirely nonsense.