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Posted on March 5 at 1:01 p.m.
Loon: College students are not an endangered species, they are not even very special and they are easily replaced if lost. Consequently the rest of society can impose rules on them that make sense for the rest of us. Simple stuff. The entitlement attitude that you so present in such an affected manner is humorous and I appreciate the joke. Meanwhile, the rest of us will establish rules about how people in this community impact one another. It's called civilization.
On Good Laws Make Good SBCC Neighbors
Posted on March 5 at 11:53 a.m.
Nothing like threatening the fat cow that these folks have been milking for decades to bring them out with the fear rhetoric. Let's get on with the change and push back on the fortress and frightened mentality which only serves to create recidivism, highly paid correctional officers, expensive prisons and jails and too many prosecutors. Europe incarcerates about a third of the number we do per 1000 and for about a third as long per similar crime and its crime rate is substantially less than ours. Punishment just doesn't work to accomplish its purported goal. The Prison Industrial complex is happy to take your money though.
On Sheriff, DA Rain on Prop 47 Parade
Posted on March 2 at 12:09 p.m.
Every technology can ultimately be controlled or at least inhibited enough for the power structure to survive the truth. Blind allegiance on the free "press" is very naive. It is corrupt already. Look at the world. We are being lied to daily by the media which is part of the system and wants to stay rich and protected. But without regulation the inevitable consequence is a dominant oligarchy or monopoly that screws consumers. For this reason the FCC thing is at least a feint at helping the free flow of ideas.
On Cox Condemns FCC's Net Neutrality Vote
Posted on February 26 at 12:53 p.m.
OMG, can't we see that the sky is not falling? Santa Barbara is not dependent on its own water. The drought is not going to be permanent. The major user of water is agriculture which wastes more water each year than urban users consume. So don't panic into this outrageously waste and environmentally destructive technological solution proposed desal plant. Patience, prudence and persistence will get us where we need to be. Put the pressure on the state to get big ag to use water wisely. Look to the skies. Northern CA is getting rain and there is snow in the mountains. We will get state water as promised this year or next or the next. Meanwhile, maybe it would be wise to stop granting new building permits locally.
On Of Mega Dogs and Mega Droughts
Posted on February 24 at 3:03 p.m.
loonpt accepts the inevitable triumph of glands over brains and assumes that the human condition is just about the same as the condition of other animals. I aspire to an idea that humans can control lust, gluttony, avarice, drunken cravings and other such corruption. My own education was not centered on partying and I certainly did not expect the others in the community to support such as part of my birthright. I did appreciate that in those days everyone educated in California could get an affordable and quality college education if they wanted it. But it wasn't part of that that we have community college dorms, new cars, and the latest technology when we were in school. Finally, I am happy, actually I am thrilled, to provide educational opportunity to those seeking it. I just don't see the right to live in Isla Vista as complimentary to that opportunity.
On SBCC Students Stoked on Bigger Buses
Posted on February 24 at 1:23 p.m.
Absurd that SBCC has 3500 students living in Isla Vista! This is not a community college model. These students are not here for education but for party. I wonder if the buses are equipped with on board happy hour bars? I also assume that the cost per passenger is subsidized by local taxpayers so once again we are bearing the burden of the student tourism encouraged by our grandiose SBCC leadership.
Posted on February 20 at 11:57 a.m.
The double standard is what people should look into. By that I mean the general alacrity with which judges cite defense attorneys for misconduct or contempt and the almost complete dearth of such sanctions on prosecutors. The LA Times ran an editorial picking up on the explosion of prosecutorial misconduct last week. The DA's strike fear into the judges because the DA may run against them or support an opponent. Interesting that this judge found the "little girl" term contemptuous but wasn't interested in the "asshole" characterization. I guess it is worst to be the first term.
On Contempt Finding Against DUI Attorney Reversed
Posted on February 20 at 10:23 a.m.
Discussing this with knowledgeable people it is suggested that there are two likely suspects for the donation: !. The union which would benefit from the jobs and hours and on call/overtime pay. 2. Contractors who are hoping to build the new jail(s). The first idea seems unlikely in that there has to be reporting to the members for such an expenditure and this would certainly be leaked by those unhappy with the boss. The second idea poses all kinds of ethical issues if true. If Brown knew who gave the money he may be in a seriously compromised position as to anything the donors want. The disclosure of the donor or the return of the money seems ethically compelled. Do we have any Wikileaks options here?
On County Balks at $800,000 in Helicopter Gifts
Posted on February 19 at 11:23 a.m.
Actually the disdain the Sheriff has for the elected representatives of the public is amazing. Secret black operations funneled into equipment which may or not be a high priority but which will occupy personnel and resources for maintenance and operation. This is private and secret cooption of the essential concept of citizen oversight. The Sheriff's willingness to kiss up to these people is troubling. I assume he knows who they are. Why can't we?
Posted on February 18 at 11:19 a.m.
The last time I checked, the remedy for dealing with an elected liar is to defeat the liar in the next opportunity. This is called democracy and free speech and the market place of ideas. My suspicion is that few people care that Lois lies, certainly they don't prefer Mitchum to Capps as shown by the vote.
On Mitchum Sues Capps for Defamation of Character