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Posted on September 19 at 2:49 a.m.

@ Eckermann - I agree with last half of your post. But the first part is totally off base. You give sh-t to Foley, asking how you do it long term on loans, saying the answer is that you don't. But the sh-t you load on Foley is precisely for doing what you say to do ... stop the loans which were a short term expedient not sustainable in long term. So why do you give him sh-t for this? It's doing what you say to do, but you punish it anyway.

Are you truly a friend to this cause in this North American reality or not? Yeah, Yeah, give us Denmark or some other unhelpful suggestion that ain't happening in this section of North America. Any other helpful ideas before we just totally tune you out, and tune out your unhelpful trashing of folks trying to do at least something good at Casa, like folks Foley and many others? That is, the Casa located in Santa Barbara, CA, USA ... not the one in Copenhagen or some other subsidized right thinking EU bliss state..The real, of the here and now.

Thanks for your lack of support, in the reality of what we live here, not the beautiful reality (or theory) of "there", east of the meridian. feel free to engage locally when you're ready.

On 'Tough Love' for Homeless Shelter

Posted on May 23 at 6:11 a.m.

Michael McQuade, it's up there in the second paragraph and stated quite clearly.... "paid for by grants from the California Coastal Conservancy and UCSB’s Associated Students Coastal Fund and coordinated by the Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration (CCBER)."

I don't see "tuition" or the raising of it mentioned. So what are you ranting about?

On New Stairway for Campus Point

Posted on December 12 at 9:51 p.m.

Yeah, tons o' money in the homeless business. It's a veritable gold mine ... not.

On Casa Esperanza's Winter Shelter Opens

Posted on December 7 at 10:04 p.m.

I'm sure ice skating is fulfilling. But nothing can match the pleasures of spending other people's money.

On Ice Rink Project Gets $250,000

Posted on December 4 at 8:35 p.m.

Ken V> "But the vast majority of Israel's Jewish population is of direct European descent."

Ken, I know wikipedia doesn't know everything, but I still think you're wrong on this particular point. They say that the Ashkenazi's are in the minority, which confirms my gut feeling that the Sephardim have become the majority..

On Whole World Watching

Posted on October 26 at 6:21 a.m.

I'm sick as a dawg right now, and Woodsman here has me looking twice or three times at my kitty cat as the culprit. Here kitty kitty .... on second thought, keep your distance kitty.

On Got Mice? Feral Cats Will Work for Food

Posted on October 24 at 5:02 a.m.

I have noticed elsewhere on these pages that Transition House needs some immediate help now. My impression is that they largely serve locals, the working poor if you will, folks struggling with situations but trying to work it out .... not young "crusties" or "bums" on the move who have chosen homelessness as some weird lifestyle choice.

While this debate rages and is good, I'd like to suggest a visit from each of us to Transition House's website, to make whatever donation you can. Then come on back and resume the argument with gusto.

On Demonizing the Homeless?

Posted on October 22 at 11:42 a.m.

For brother or sister spacey. I humbly offer this, it has helped me on occasion when I have said similar things: Matthew 7:3-5.

On Unite the Vote

Posted on October 15 at 8:13 a.m.

I share Mr. Watson's concern over the individual mandate, and the right the Federal government is claiming under the commerce clause. It needs to be struck down, not because universal health insurance is a bad thing, but because its not necessary to burn down this important restraint on federal power in all our affairs, for the sake of this one aspect of our lives.

My preferred way to do this, without mangling the interpretation of the constitution, is through the income tax code and by provision of a basic federal catastrophic care plan for everyone who doesn't have a private plan; high deductibles, keep it very basic and essential, pays for nothing thats routine. You get a tax credit if you file a certificate of private insurance with your W2, and you won't get the federal cover. So if you don't want to voluntarily buy private cover, that's cool, nobody will force you .... but you will have it regardless, and you will be sacrificing your tax credit to pay for it, and we won't have to watch you die for the lack of it.

I'd like to see Mr. Watson's views on this approach. Are the legal challenges just about defeating universal cover and that's it ... or are they about providing universal catastrophic cover in a manner that respects freedom of choice? Those of us who dig individual responsibility and the right to choose still need a much better answer than "let him die" when they ask "that question." You know, the one about the guy who gets deathly ill, having chosen not to buy insurance either for lack of resources or lack of brains. Let's just let him live, having freely chosen to give up his insurance tax credit, whatever the reason he had for not buying insurance on his own.

On Give Me Liberty or Give Me ObamaCare!

Posted on October 12 at 8:48 a.m.

Cycleboy, that's an interesting concept ... our government using force against its citizens. We sovereign citizens do extend limited power of force to them, at least temporarily. But the citizens will have the final word, whether you think they're lazy or not. One thing the citizens will do, even those citizens currently sharing in Carp's euphoric green celebration, is to evaluate whether the government has matched means with ends, and has been judicious in it's exercise of "force".

Like you, I have been persuaded that the ban on plastic bags makes sense, and is worthy of suffering the infringement of my liberty. Much evidence and consideration has gone into weighing the costs and benefits of plastic bags, and they have been found wanting (imho). Other methods of restraining their use, that are more respecting of liberty and free choice, such as bag taxes, are probably more cumbersome than they're worth. So the "nudge" of a ban on plastic bags, I can accept.

But recyclable paper bags? Absolute over-reach, arbitrary and capricious, not supported by evidence of significant harm, and no consideration of unintended consequences. An injudicious use of government force.

I'm kindof an environmentalist. "Kindof" because, while I share many of the "ends" sought by most environmentalists, I reject the "means" that most environmentalists (at least around here) embrace. Of course, the ban on paper is not the end of the world, it's only grocery bags we're talking about. But such small things add up and can be magnified in the public psychology and opinion -- and that matters when you realize that exercise of government force is fleeting in this democracy. It will be remembered when a much bigger environmental issue is at stake. A reluctant public will be hearing from the green opposition: "watch out, don't trust the greens, you compromise and give an inch and they'll take a mile. Remember how a ban on plastic mysteriously mutated into a ban on recycled paper as well."

On Carpinteria Bans Bad Bags

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