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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?
Posted on December 18 at 10:47 a.m.
Good ole business-friendly Santa Babylon...well...if you are a tourist-oriented business or a bar of some kind...yeah, SB is a great place to be. Everyone else get the heck out...and if ya don't do as you're told, the powers that be will just outspend you and push you out anyway.
SB is so worried about pot shops...but bars...yeah...more bars...yup...SB needs more bars.
The hypocrisy boggles.
On Pot Shop Calls It Quits in Lawsuit with City Hall
Posted on December 9 at 11:57 a.m.
From personal experience in my younger days when I drank alcohol, I can state with confidence that it takes a LOT longer than a couple of hours after drinking alcohol for the effects to wear off enough to safely drive. I NEVER, EVER drove after drinking ANY alcohol. Period.
Was it 2 hours? 3? Let's see...get hammered at the Indy party, drive a car, hit a pedestrian who now may die, then argue semantics as to whether it was 2 hours or 3 between Hammer Time and Drive Time. PERFECT! Classic denial process SO familiar to all alcoholics. Kind of like "It's just beer and wine...not the hard stuff..." How sadly predictable. And now two lives are ruined.
I'm not interested in the inevitable red herrings, defensive and offensive remarks, and name calling that inevitably arises from any commentary not gushingly supportive of the alcohol industry, the ubiquitous & constant marketing of its product (including in this publication), and its products' subsequent consumption.
If you want to drink, fine...go on ahead...but don't drive. Don't push your choice to get hammered and push its results on everyone else. It's like smokers...go ahead and smoke, but not in my house or my car. I am NOT a fan of prohibition in any form; I just want the freedom to be safe from the decisions of other people to impair themselves and take to the roads.
What I AM interested in is roads safe from this kind of menace. Everyone knows better than to drink and drive, yet people make the choice every DAY to take the lives of helpless, unsuspecting OTHER HUMAN BEINGS into their impaired hands, and do it anyway. "I'm OK to drive...I just had a little wine..." or a couple beers. Please. Just take a taxi or call a sober friend. Don't risk my life or the lives of other people so you can drink and be one of the crowd at a party or "wine tour".
Two families are going to have a lousy Christmas this year because this guy made a decision to engage in what he KNEW was risky behavior. I'm sure his family is crushed, and there is no doubt that the victim's family is crushed, too.
The level of selfishness of people who drink and drive is just staggering, and anyone who has the gall and audacity to attack those who point that selfishness out clearly has some major issues of their own.
On Lois Capps Representative Arrested for DUI Hit-and-Run
Posted on December 9 at 11:33 a.m.
"Los Padres officials announced today that they are seeking public comments proposed changes to fees.."
They did that before when this mess started, "sought input". When they didn't like what they heard (what they heard was a big, fat "NO! And HELL no!"), they thanked everyone for their "input" & passed the fee anyway.
It's like what real estate developers do when they know their project is odious & everyone's guaranteed to hate it. Build a couple of "mockups" of the ugly proposal, smile, & assemble the "stakeholders" to "offer input" & "choose a model that best suits their vision".
Each model of the proposed development is something the developer's perfectly happy to build; they're just slightly different versions of the same ugly behemoth. All will have white stucco, red tile, look exactly like every other ugly development in SB, & be equally hated, but the trick is to convince the sheeple that they actually got to CHOOSE. It's like the condemned getting to choose which instrument is used in an execution; some are quicker and possibly less tortuous than others, but all ultimately cause death.
Developer gets what he wants anyway, & the sheeple are conned into thinking they had a "place at the table" in the "visioning process".
For those of you who have ever played BS Bingo at a boring staff meeting, the above paragraph makes "Bingo!" on at least 6 doublespeak buzzwords/phrases :-)
This is what the USFS did; conned everyone into believing their opinions mattered, then rammed what they wanted down our throats anyway and expected a nice "thank you" in response. Ever since, they're received a response, and it DOES have the word "you" at the end of it, but "thank" isn't the first word.
My feeling all along has been what DrDan said, that so many folks don't realize: this is double taxation. Our taxes already PAY for these dubious "improvements".
Nonetheless, the "improvements" are pretty "rustic", and we've already paid and continue to pay via taxes. The campground hosts aren't paid. Only rangers are paid. The rest is lining the pockets of politicians, as it always does.When they want more, they just shove those greasy mitts a little deeper into all our pockets. Kind of like the school system, but that's another story for another day.
Meanwhile, I do not and will not pay to use that which the Creator hath made and given unto us. I've paid my taxes and if that isn't enough, then I want to know where the money is going & why it's going there. What I'm NOT going to do is give MORE because someone can't seem to stick to their budget. Here's a newsflash, USFS: live within your means...you know,like all the rest of us are expected to do in the real world.
Double taxation; pure and simple.
On Los Padres Forest Proposes Changes in Recreation Fees
Posted on December 6 at 12:25 p.m.
On Reborn at the Red Barn
Posted on December 5 at 11:17 a.m.
What do you have to do in order to be one of the chosen ones? Oh right....you have to have children. Everyone else...under the viaduct!
On Chumash Donates Toward Affordable Housing Project