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Posted on March 26 at 10:52 a.m.

I wish I had known Mr Ward during the many years I lived in I.V. He sounds like the kind of community servant we need more of -- throughout the land. I hope you enjoy life after Isla Vista, Mark!

On The Wisdom of Mark Ward

Posted on March 17 at 5:32 p.m.

Swinging the Censer, by Katherine M. Den Bell (Nicholas's daughter), is available from the public library system. As are copies of Royal Rancho, and microfilm of the local newspapers starting in the 1880s, and tons of other local history sources including the SB Historical Society's quarterly *Noticias,* and a bank of clipping files from the 40s through 2005, other books and periodicals and files...ask at the central library's reference desk. Or, of course, go to the SB Historical Society's library to consult the expert, Michael Redmon.

On How Irish Immigrants Saved Santa Barbara

Posted on March 16 at 3:37 p.m.

The term "second-generation X" is so common I can't believe anyone who can read and write and hear is not familiar with it. Just google "second-generation Japanese" (use the quotation marks) or "second-generation Mexican" or any ethnicity for copious evidence. In fact, the term for second-generation Japanese is Nisei, and there is a term for 3rd gen, Sansei.

Also, look up Immigrant generations in Wikipedia - note, though commonly used, the meaning is not uniformly agreed upon. Some say first generation is the immigrant who comes to America, some say first generation is the offspring of the immigrant, therefore the first generation to be *born here.*

LaFleur, 3rd (or 4th) generation Irish, English, French, German, and zillionth-generation Neanderthal

On How Irish Immigrants Saved Santa Barbara

Posted on March 11 at 5:46 a.m.

Peter is right. UCSB, as a state agency, can do what it damn well pleases and the local community has to just suck it up. You cannot stop them, even the Coastal Commission (another state agency) won't prevent them from expanding, even when their plans conflict with the CC's mission. UCSB has done what it wants for decades to the detriment of Isla Vista, which has been home to many families and other non student residents. It has refused the wise counsel of concerned homeowners to encourage home purchases by faculty and staff by subsidizing mortgages, in order to increase the number of sober invested people who can contribute a stabilizing influence on the community. UCSB builds builds builds and goes through the motions of getting community input but does exactly what it wants in the end. Water supply and other infrastructure issues - too bad. Almighty UCSB is unstoppable.

On UCSB: The Elephant in the Room

Posted on February 27 at 11:27 a.m.

Why do people insist on throwing wet blankets onto other people's good time??

If your "good time" seriously disturbs my ability to enjoy my life after a reasonable hour (e.g., listen to my music, sleep, let my kids sleep, study, read a book, have a conversation) then you should stop making the disturbance. If you won't stop, then society will send its representatives to require you to stop. Don't be a selfish jerk and we'll all coexist peacefully.

On Second UCSB Frat Closed in Three Months

Posted on January 28 at 6:30 p.m.

Well, UC Davis: http://psychology.ucdavis.edu/faculty...

Pedophiles and child molesters are not the same:
http://articles.latimes.com/2013/jan/...

On Boy Scout Abuse Trial Begins

Posted on January 28 at 5:31 p.m.

"nativeson", what do you call men molesting 12 or 13 year old girls? HETEROSEXUALITY. Is it any less abusive than men molesting 12 or 13 year old boys? It happens more often. Step fathers, mom's boyfriend, neighbor, uncle, teacher, pastor, friend of the family. So if you think there's something about gays being more dangerous to children, I have to disagree - way more children are harmed by heterosexuals. Probably because there are statistically more hetero men overall.

On Boy Scout Abuse Trial Begins

Posted on January 28 at 10:32 a.m.

Well, then, John_Adams, let's kick all the men out of the military, because they are responsible for the rape of thousands of subordinate women and men in their organizations. And we should probably fire all male teachers in K-12 schools because there has been abuse. Oh, women teachers also have molested students, so we should all go to homeschooling. Oh, wait, parents and guardians have also molested their children, so ...

There are predators of all persuasions. We need to vet these people carefully before allowing them access to children. And not tolerate any abuse whatsoever. Don't try to punish a whole class of people for the misdeeds of a few of their members.

On Boy Scout Abuse Trial Begins

Posted on January 28 at 10:31 a.m.

Well, then, John_Adams, let's kick all the men out of the military, because men are responsible for the rape of thousands of subordinate women and men in their organizations. And we should probably fire all male teachers in K-12 schools because there has been abuse. Oh, women teachers also have molested students, so we should all go to homeschooling. Oh, wait, parents and guardians have also molested their children, so ...

There are predators of all persuasions. We need to vet these people carefully before allowing them access to children. And not tolerate any abuse whatsoever. Don't try to punish a whole class of people for the misdeeds of a few of their members.

On Boy Scout Abuse Trial Begins

Posted on January 23 at 11:14 a.m.

*Bimbo*teskie - aptly named

On No Love Lost over 'Illegal' Headlines

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