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Posted on February 28 at 3:59 p.m.
Of course Gus was Greek--that was my point! Arguably, he got elected because he had a Latino-sounding name; it certainly wasn't based upon political acumen, charm and intellect.
Some doofus [from the R side of the aisle] tried to play that game in AZ last year, changing his very Anglo name to a Latino name. I never heard what happened there, but presume that since his scheme was revealed, he didn't get far. That being said, H.L. Menken probably was right: "No one in this world, so far as I know—and I have researched the records for years, and employed agents to help me—has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. Nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby."
On City Election Sea Change
Posted on February 28 at 3:08 p.m.
Walter, you're not alone. And the Lakers, as I recall, were on channel 9 (KHJ).
A few years ago the Lakers made a deal with the TWC devil, and our Cox bills went up about five bucks a month to get the Lakers [back] on the tube. Lotta good that did. For another five bucks, we could have the Dodgers on yet another specialized TWC channel. And don't even get me started on FS1, FS2, Pac10, and all the rest; sports TV is getting ridiculous. But hey--with basic cable, we get the Golf Channel (-groan-).
Screw the Dodgers-TWC TV deal--I'll listen to the radio and read the next day's paper. Meanwhile, I have a mint-condition 00-Wilson Dodger Blue T-shirt--what am I bid?
On Dodgers on the Tube — in Bakersfield
Posted on February 25 at 10:09 a.m.
I've seen these buses running through UCSB for weeks--what's with the "unveiling?" Were the past weeks just test runs?
On SBCC Students Stoked on Bigger Buses
Posted on February 25 at 10:04 a.m.
Where's Gus Chavalas when we need him?
Posted on October 14 at 3:13 p.m.
That one was a Chevy, not a Boeing--check out the gauge. ☺
On Vandenberg Preps for Landing of Top Secret Space Plane
Posted on June 6 at 3:08 p.m.
When Governor, Ronnie infamously said: "If it's to be a bloodbath, let it be now. Appeasement is not the answer." This was shortly before the Kent State and Jackson State killings, in April 1970. Here we are, 44 years later, and he got his wish.
On Temper Tantrum of the Early-Morning Dog
Posted on June 6 at 8:56 a.m.
I agree completely with Indyholio's comment. Facts are facts.
Posted on June 6 at 8:35 a.m.
laxer's last comment is on point. One night in 1974 or '75, two buddies and I had finished studying and then watched some TV, and then went on a beer and Jack In The Box run around midnight. The driver picked up a hitch-hiker on Storke. He was wacked out--said he was the devil, and was going to gather his minions and so on. I was in the back seat next to him, and played along--got into his reality and engaged him in dialogue long enough for the driver to make it to Goleta Valley Hospital and he went, willingly and with verbal encouragement, into the emergency room. We didn't and don't know if he was tripping, clinically disturbed, or what. The point is, talking often helps, whereas displays of force don't. We could've overpowered him and thrown him out of the car, and that wouldn't have helped at all. And, yeah, back then none of us thought about weapons of any kind.
On Isla Vista: Safety in Sisterhood
Posted on June 6 at 8:11 a.m.
On Groundhog Day for Moonbeam
Posted on June 5 at 7:47 a.m.
I hope that the constructive dialogue and actions don't fizzle out over the Summer.