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Posted on October 28 at 8:19 a.m.
FWIW, I don't see that this is at all about liberals, conservatives, or The Children in any way. This is entirely about a defective unit, pure and simple. The "spay and neuter everything that breathes" crowd should turn their weapons on losers like this lest they further pollute the already fouled gene pool with offspring.
This entire bunch is a literal trainload of freaks and as billclausen says, hellbound. Hopefully they won't make too many more stops along the way.
On Graham Pressley Sounds Off on Jesse Rugge's Release
Posted on October 14 at 1:51 p.m.
My mother tried to bring attention to the issue of aged-out foster children at least 40 years ago, and was scorned for her trouble.
Teenagers aren't cute and appealing, nor do they gain attention and funding from programs, the public, etc. Nobody cares about teenagers; they are defiant, angry, confused, hormonal and hard to love in many cases. It's easy to love and want to advocate for a cute baby or a charming small child who hasn't yet been destroyed by the system; a pissed-off teenager is another story all together.
I hope Mr. Wassenaar is successful in his quest for better treatment for foster children. The situation as it is is clearly not working.
On Foster Children System Needs Repair
Posted on October 7 at 7:05 a.m.
On Importance of Patient Advocacy
Posted on October 7 at 7 a.m.
You need to understand, Bud, that this is Santa Babylon you're describing, and if a fee can be attached to something there, it will be done. Nothing is free or affordable for long; once something free/fun/affordable is discovered, it is quickly eliminated and replaced with fees, permits and strict oversight in order to keep the riff-raff out.
Further, SB doesn't really care about clean air, it cares about A: what The Tourists see/think, B: making money, C: eliminating anyone who doesn't fit the Master Plan.
Additionally, there is a politically powerful faction which wants ALL motor vehicles removed from their Utopia By The Sea, and replaced with young, healthy, hard-bodied beautiful people hiking, biking and jogging. Can't do that? Then move to Bakersfield.
You might be allowed in if you're over 30, but you must fit the above description, or be a celebrity, or just wealthy...which gets you a pass to Paradise in any event. The occasional token disabled person might be permitted in order to give the appearance of "equal opportunity", but basically, it's Blade Runner meets Soylent Green.
The free plugs were like what drug dealers do to get customers: give the sucker a little "taste", get him hooked, then once that's done, the stuff is so expensive that the addict is robbing 7-11's and banks to feed his habit.
None of this is new. It's just disappointing because it's more of the usual behavior, and getting uglier by the day.
On Subsidy Subsided
Posted on September 25 at 4:06 p.m.
Relentless red tile and white stucco. Yawn...
I remember a friend's brother who graduated from college as a newly minted architect saying "I didn't break my a$$ in school all this time so I could build the same ugly crap over and over and over. This area doesn't allow any imagination whatsoever." and he moved.
Not a fan of "sleek and modern" either.
A little imagination would go a long way.. Preserving some of the great old Craftsman and Victorian homes and exercising some creativity in newer buildings would go a long way in making that area look a lot more interesting.
An endless sea of all-alike white stucco and red tile buildings is just not interesting.
On Modern Twists on Santa Barbara’s Classical Architectural Style
Posted on September 25 at 3:55 p.m.
One artery hemorrhaging out biased faux-news from the north to the south Counties...whoo-hoo! And all the strings are being pulled by Queen Wendy and her #1; King Arthur Von Wendyburger!
KEYT is a nightmare and has been since the takeover; by the time I left, I'd stopped watching it entirely.
Gosh I wish I still lived there; NOT!
Seriously....is ANYONE alarmed by any of this?
On KEYT Parent Company to Co-Own KCOY
Posted on September 25 at 3:40 p.m.
You nailed it 14noscams & Botany!
As I sit here on the farm 1800 blissful miles away from the dystopia of Santa Babylon and read this stuff, I realize that I made the right decision in getting myself and my animals as far away from that place as possible. There was no way I was ever going to be able to live in retirement there, and not end up homeless, and living in continual shelter insecurity and grinding poverty is NOT how I wish to spend the rest of my life. I have worked hard all my life, paid my bills and my taxes, and I deserve better than living in that kind of hell.
Endless summer is just not that important for me; I LOVE wide open spaces, big trees, things that are green and growing that feed people, and not worrying continually about becoming homeless, not being able to pay my bills, or about animal rights extremists stealing my dog to forcibly spay her in their relentless quest to exterminate all domestic pets.
Calif is doing this to itself, and SB more than most places there. I truly do not miss any of it.
On Comparing Santa Barbara's Poverty to the Country's
Posted on September 25 at 3:28 p.m.
"the House bill first cuts off assistance to unemployed childless adults, which includes veterans."
Yeah...maybe if we just starve those pesky unemployed childless adults off the planet, the world will be a better place and the truly deserving ones will have more for themselves and of course, their children. Gotta get rid of the non-productive consumers, right?
Truly...that kind of DOES seem to be the thinly veiled message here; poor adults without kids= not important.
What a great society we live in. Soylent Green and/or Blade Runner, anyone?
On Massive Cuts Loom for Food Stamps Program
Posted on September 23 at 7:06 a.m.
Nobody answered your question billclausen because the answer is that if you aren't physically capable to bike-n-hike, you're just kinda screwed in this projected New World. Funny how the disabled are always left out of these Utopian scenarios.
On Bike Commute Numbers Spike
Posted on September 20 at 1:36 p.m.
Among others, I have a wonderful memory of sitting for hours over dinner at a local Chinese buffet/Mongolian BBQ with George and Ken and closing the place down...then standing around the parking lot for another half hour until we all figured we better go home before we turned into pumpkins. Time flies in Warp Drive when it's spent with people like George and Ken.
What a fun, funny, brilliant man...and how much more beautiful our world is because George spent time here...it just wasn't long enough. Another hundred years wouldn't have been long enough.
Gentle journey, George. See you on the other side.
On George Delmerico, 1945-2013
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