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Posted on February 21 at 1:40 a.m.
OK so...let me see if I have this right. Permit me to use an analogy:
"We don't want a new police station in our neighborhood because it'll make the lawbreakers uncomfortable and might make it easier to arrest them."
Am I close?
On Huge Protest Against Santa Maria ICE Center
Posted on February 21 at 1:35 a.m.
Good God, what a stinking cesspool!
On Cappello Disqualified for Conflict of Interest
Posted on February 19 at 3:39 p.m.
I'm happy that (so far) the public & classical formats will enjoy a better signal, but sorry to see that the "desirable demographic" is being catered to and programming that the rest of us like is already being eliminated to make way for the younger crowd.
I'm glad I have Sirius in the car, and can listen to NPR there and hear the programs I like and not be restricted to what is targeted to the "desirable youth market". I'm glad my Dad didn't live to see this; he really loved Prairie Home Companion as well as the other programming, and faithfully sent in his donations every year to help keep it going.
The $$ we used to donate to local stations will now be directed to getting Sirius in the house as well as the car so we can listen inside as well. I hope that the younger market preferred by the station operators ponies up with the donations us "old war horses" spent each year to make up the shortfall created by loss of dollars like mine, and keeps the format going, at least. Sure would be a bummer if the area ended up with more lame Top 40-type crap to add to an already saturated market targeted to the "youth demographic".
On Santa Monica’s KCRW to Buy KDB
Posted on February 19 at 2:57 a.m.
OK, I'm a pretty sharp old bird, but I fail to see the connection between eroticism & racism.
Then again perhaps it is as billclausen illustrates: the connection is the almighty buck.
On The Erotic Life of Racism, Explained with Sharon Holland
Posted on January 29 at 8:15 p.m.
So now this is a racial issue? Well, THAT was inevitable!
I can't say I'm surprised; the LAST thing we would ever want to do is admit that perhaps working people into the ground and treating them like disposable diapers, keeping them scared, underpaid, nickled and dimed to death has ANYTHING to do with stuff like this.
And heaven forbid we mention (gasp!) mental illness.
No...let's always find a way to make it all about race and "people of color". Why is that?
Because we can't face the fact that mental illness is so frightening? Because the average worker is treated so poorly? Because perhaps the people in these jobs are chronically sleep-deprived, and struggling financially, suffering from continual shelter and resource insecurity, etc? Because if we dared to think out of the tiny, politically-correct box that we're put in, we might realize how badly so many people are getting shafted in the workplace, and we MIGHT have to actually address these facts?
So...we continue dragging the same tattered red herring of race across every one of these stories because it's simpler than facing and wrestling with real and ugly facts...and by golly it DOES work, because it effectively shuts up anyone who dares question it, or the status quo in general.
San Marco was mentally ill...possibly pushed over the edge by working conditions at her former job. The conditions didn't CAUSE her mental illness, but no doubt they added to it.
And as much as this is going to piss some folks off, the dead aren't "disposable heroes" or even "heroes". They are people who were killed by someone who was mentally ill.
This nightmare didn't occur because San Marco entered the premises looking for "people of color" to kill. It's a tragedy all the way around....and how sadly predictable that someone, eventually, just HAD to play the race card rather than face facts and work to make the world a better, healthier place for ALL to live in.
I wonder if there is a Godwin's Law-type rule covering this type of Monday morning quarterbacking?
On Disposable Heroes
Posted on January 9 at 2:51 a.m.
Well Ken...that's pretty much all this entire area is about; one giant ad for the wine industry and its sales outlets, the ubiquitous wine bars.
This is a true "company town", no different than any other company town, only this one (and I mean pretty much the entire County and beyond) is about the wine industry instead of coal mines or factories. The area has even been renamed "wine country" to reflect the continual, relentless advertising and constant pimping for this one industry.
It's just astounding that people have not figured this out.
On SBIFF's Big Reveal
Posted on January 2 at 3:13 p.m.
12 months a year of the best imaginable growing conditions, excellent soil, etc...and not one bite of food being grown.
I guess there isn't any quick and dirty profit in feeding people, so all the ground must be devoted to raising a product that converts to alcohol instead.
Says a lot about our society.
On California's Island Winery, Reborn
Posted on January 2 at 2:34 p.m.
What Ken Volok said...
On Caltrans's Way <em>Is</em> the Highway
Posted on December 19 at 11:11 a.m.
Competition is good.
On Uber Taxi App a Fit for Santa Barbara?
Posted on December 18 at 11:06 a.m.
How about requiring bicyclists to A: follow the rules of the road, B: pony up about $20.00 a year for registration and a license plate, and C: require everyone to take and pass a basic safety course before issuing said plate?
Oh wait...no...can't do that...it wouldn't be politically correct...and besides, it would remove that wonderful anonymity enjoyed by the jerks who ride on sidewalks, run stop lights and signs, and aggress on pedestrians and drivers who dare get in their way. Can't have any of that, no sir.
Sorry...I forgot myself there for a minute!
Back to reality: I pay to register my car and drive it, I pay gasoline taxes, I pay property taxes and keep the roads usable (for EVERYONE, I thought), I obey the laws, stop at red lights and stop signs and for pedestrians whether or not they are in a crosswalk, and I only walk across the street when the light is green and in a crosswalk when I'm on foot. I enjoy walking, but I know I don't move very fast, so I'm pretty careful to be as safe and visible as possible.
And yes, I HAVE been run down by bikers, both as I was in a crosswalk and numerous times on sidewalks. It ain't pretty.
Bike riders get a free pass all the way around, can do exactly as they please, with complete anonymity, and anyone who questions that is a jerk who needs to "lighten up and get out of their car".
Oh wait...you're disabled? Can't ride a bike? Or maybe you just don't WANT to ride a bike? Then leave...because you aren't welcome here.
Silly me...in my perfect world, people get to walk, drive, take buses, ride bikes and skateboards etc. and peacefully enjoy their days going to and fro. Nobody is endangered, or special, or better than anyone else based on their mode of transport. Everyone obeys the rules of the road and of common sense and courtesy.
Oh well...I can dream, can't I?
On Bicycle Game Changer?
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