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Posted on August 19 at 11:44 a.m.
Good point, nomoresanity. On a per square foot basis, housing is less than half what it goes for in NYC or SF. SB is quite affordable in comparison in many ways. Of course compared to less desirable places like Furguson, Missouri, it's expensive as sh%t.
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Posted on August 18 at 3:29 p.m.
I thought these apartments were too expensive too, but the developer claims they're selling, so I have to give her props. Those of us who live in Santa Barbara can't imagine paying these prices and not getting any substantial private outdoor space, but perhaps there are rich foreigners or Los Angeles buyers without the same reservations. Also, as locals we tend to like the idea of living in houses within walking distance of town, but not necessarily smack off State Street.
At least it's not an ugly building, with massive bulk, like Chapala 1 or whatever it's now called. Let the economy speak! If the market says the prices are too high, eventually they'll come down. I doubt short term rentals are permittedin their condo bylaws, so I wouldn't be too worried with it taking business from local hotels.
Posted on August 13 at 11:31 a.m.
Also, DrDan, your numbers are way off. Hundreds of the Gazans killed were Hamas terrorists, the guys launching rockets, and planning attacks against Israel. Considering Israel was forced by the terrorists to fight in highly populated areas near schools and hostpitals, it's amazing the civilian causualty count wasn't much higher.
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Posted on August 13 at 11:13 a.m.
Why does it matter that few Israeli citizens have died from the rocket attacks? Hundreds of been badly injured. Hundreds of thousands are forced into bomb shelters daily when the rocket alarms ring. But you know this, and simply don't give a sh%t. If your family was forced to live in fear of deadly rockets, your tune would change completely. But you're sitting at home, hating Jews, and feel otherwise.
Negotiation with terrorists doesn't work. Hamas is out to destroy Israel. You keep mentioning Isreali casualties versus Palestinian casualties, but that's simply not the point. One country has been relentlessly attacking the other for years. Israel has been incredibly patient. They've tried over and over to "negotiate," with no success.
Blasting the terrorist fu%kers to smithereens was a last resort. Unfortunately, innocent civilians were killed, but again, it was a last resort, and Israel has every justification for its actions.
Posted on August 12 at 6:42 p.m.
Israel removed all Jewish settlers from Gaza in 2005 in an attempt to show goodwill and make peace with the Palestinians. Sadly, their honorable efforts didn't make an iota of difference. When Israel concurrently pulled it's troops out of Gaza, the Palestinians responded by electing Hamas, extremists dedicated to destroying Israel. Sadly, they've been suffering the consequences ever since.
Posted on August 12 at 4:53 p.m.
If the Gazans kicked out Hamas, renounced terrorism, and left Israel alone, I'm sure Egypt, on its side, and Israel on the other, would end their blockades. But as long as weapons and terrorists are crossing into Gaza, the Gazan's self imposed isolation will continue.
Posted on August 12 at 4:20 p.m.
The Islamic countries occupy over 99% of the land in the Middle East. Israel isn't giving up it's less than 1%. It's land doesn't belong to the Palestinians, and more important, Israel will simply not give it up -- no matter what.
The Palestinians can have peace and properity if they work for it, but war-mongering actions (like electing Hamas) and allowing Hamas to turn their territory into a war embattlement, has been a direct result of their choosing. Unless the Palestinians kick out the terrorists/Hamas, and completely renounce terrorism and it's supporters, innocent civilian causualties will unfortunately continue because Israel will never stop defending itself.
The idea that Israel controls Hamas is total malarky and not worthy of reply.
Posted on August 12 at 1:49 p.m.
Most of the anti-Israel commentors know Hamas and other terrorist organizations can't be negotiated with in good faith. They don't care about Israel, or the deaths of Israelies, and probably hate all Jews. Otherwise, they wouldn't begrudge Israel for defending itself from rocket attacks and hidden tunnel intrusions.
If the Palestinians tried peaceful resistence, they might make big gains, but they don't want peace -- hence the election of Hamas. These Muslim extremists won't rest until Israel ceases to exist. And even if they achieved this unobtainable goal, as we're seeing all over the Arab world, then they would just start killing each other.
Posted on August 12 at 12:16 p.m.
Land for peace? BS. Hamas won't stop until Israel no longer exists. Do you want Iraq to give ISIS land too? Muslim extremists can't really be negotiated with. Their goal is total domination, extermination of all infidels on "their" land, and they won't stop unless they're wiped out first.
Posted on August 10 at 6:44 p.m.
I don't get it. If 100 rockets were being launched at Santa Barbara from Carpinteria every day but only 10 succeeded in hitting Santa Barbara, you're saying that's fine. We should spend our days hiding in our basements and stop complaining?
For some reason, when it come to Jews and Israel, otherwise rational people say the most ludicrous things.
Israel has absolutely no other choice. No country allows rockets to be launched at it's populace for any reason whatsoever from enemy territory on a daily basis. Blaming Israel for civilian deaths is idiotic. The responsibility for their deaths lies squarely on Hamas, and whoever supports them.