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Posted on August 16 at 6:14 p.m.
OLofG is the best thing about El Fiasco.
And just wondering: what do you do when you travel? No street food? Good god, man, that would be a travesty. I still have saliva-inducing memories of a mystery meat BBQ from a street cart in Taegu, Korea. It was probably dog, but sweet Confucius -- what flavor!
On Surviving Fiesta, The Week of Eating Dangerously
Posted on July 10 at 7:34 a.m.
For those of us who love to hike and camp there, this is most distressing. Thanks, Ray, for the updates.
On Zaca Fire Crosses the Manzana
Posted on July 7 at 9:35 a.m.
Thanks, Lou, for standing up to Wendy.
On Lou Cannon Tears Up Wendy McCaw
Posted on July 6 at 8:49 a.m.
I've noted this before, but santabarbarasblog is not blocked by the News-Press. Who is? It's a good list: the Independent, Ed Hat, the Sound, Blogabarbara, Craig Smith, George at Imnotonetoblogbut, MySpace, YouTube ... and others I'm probably missing. Determined N-Pers used to be able to go to banned sites via logu.in, but the Systems guys finally figured it out and blocked that, too.
If santabarbarasblog is a News-Press front it's a rather poor effort -- like the N-P these days. "Editor Bird" and his insipid posts seem to draw a pretty dim crowd. And let's not forget his shameless sucking up to the infamous Dr. Laura.
But you know what bugs me most about that thing? That he insists, as though it would give it heft, on calling it the Blog. Pretentious Crap, I say.
On Don't Kick a Dead Dog In the Mouth While It's Down
Posted on June 29 at 9:01 a.m.
It's pretty obvious that Shotput is an ad exec at the N-P. He's just the sort of guy Wendy likes: somebody to do the dirty work without question or conscience.
Beware when somebody says "everyone" was doing something, like calling Ganibi a joke. It's hyperbolic BS, pure and simple, just more cheap character assassination from an N-P apologist.
If Ganibi was responsible for selling his own ads he was set up to fail. That's a ridiculous burden to put on a journalist trying to put out a magazine with a skeleton crew. It's also rather strange; in nearly 30 years in the business I've never heard of such an arrangement -- especially when the editor is an employee of a company that has its own ad staff.
Speaking of which, I have to wonder how much sweating the N-P's ad reps are doing. Circulation is in the toilet (I'm guessing it's way below what the last audit said, probably around 30K), and they've got to be feeling heat from their major advertisers. And now Travis is crapping where they live by going after Kristen Amyx and the chamber, which represents -- wait for it -- their advertisers! Brilliant.
Goodwillblogging is right; there are some good people left with decades of experience. I feel for them, because they deserve better than to see all they've worked for go down the toilet with Wendy's jihad against the community and her own employees. They know the N-P's a very bad joke now, and it must be painful.
Ah, but for the days when they had a real publisher, like Steve Ainsely. Those were the days ...
On Is <em>News-Press</em>' Surf Mag <em>Blue Edge</em> Wiping Out?
Posted on May 24 at 7:05 a.m.
Here's all you need to know about Santa Barbara's Blog: It is NOT blocked at the News-Press. But the Indy, Edhat, Craig Smith, Blogabarbara, George, et al, are. Curious, no?
On Dr. Laura's Son Under Investigation
Posted on May 15 at 7:41 a.m.
About the poll: All I can think of is the scene in "An Officer and a Gentleman" where Richard Gere cries, "I got nowhere else to go!"
On All the Snooze Too Fat to Print