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Posted on May 14 at 2:45 p.m.

Good thing there wasn't a power outage from this fire, as there are no radio stations in Lompoc. Santa Maria's two "news" stations had on Squeaky McManperm and that guy who sounds like Gilbert
Gottfried, respectively. Lompoc does have a flood alarm, tho!

On Vegetation Fire Burning Near Lompoc

Posted on April 25 at 3:11 p.m.

"University Of Hawaii-Hilo Prevents Students From Handing Out Constitution

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By Jonathan Wolfe, Fri, April 25, 2014
Two students at the University of Hawaii – Hilo are suing their school after they were prevented from distributing copies of the Constitution on campus. The students say the move on their school’s behalf infringed on their First Amendment free speech rights.

The students, Merritt Burch and Anthony Vizzone, were prevented from distributing pamphlets of the Constitution in accordance with the University of Hawaii’s Registered Independent Student Organization (RISO) handbook.

Here’s the pertinent section from the book:

“When using a public venue, RISOs may not approach people to solicit them. Although we support a diverse intellectual and social atmosphere on campus, we also believe that each person should be able to freely choose whether to listen to your solicitation or not.”

According to the Complaint in Burch’s lawsuit, solicitation in this context also refers to distributing literature. So the school’s move blocking Burch and Vizzone from distributing pamphlets has nothing to do with the fact that it is the Constitution being handed out. Distributing any literature would be prohibited, whether it’s the Constitution or a handout summarzing Mein Kampf.

Here’s the less than satisfying response the school gave when asked to explain their policy.

“The University policy [for events] says that RISOs can’t approach people. We run a diverse campus and people can feel intimidated and it’s like they [the students] can’t say no. We have a free speech zone for students to use and it’s between the theater and new student services building…

“This isn’t really the 60’s anymore. People can’t really protest like that anymore, times have really changed since the movement back then...”

Law professor Eugene Volokh criticized the school’s policy in his Washington Post column today, and said the “students can’t say no” theory is weak at best.

“In any event,” he writes, “this is a pretty clearly unconstitutional policy, and I hope the university will promptly withdraw it in the face of the lawsuit.”

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Like I thought...a lame "rule" to be sure, but it has nothing to do with "banning the Constitution".

On A Voltaire Moment for Liberals

Posted on April 25 at 3:03 p.m.

"The students were told that they could only distribute literature from within UH-Hilo’s “free speech zone,” a small, muddy, frequently-flooded area on the edge of campus."

Was anyone else allowed to distribute anything else outside of this "free speech zone"?

This sounds like one of those stunts where kids will defy a strict (didn't say not stupid) dress code by wearing something with Old Glory on it...."The E-ville gubmint schools hate America!!!"

On A Voltaire Moment for Liberals

Posted on April 15 at 4:50 p.m.

"Concerned Taxpayers I.N.C."

He used to write it "Inc."

Where can I join?

On A Fair American Flat Tax

Posted on April 7 at 4:22 p.m.

Don't forget those folks at the labor line in the morning, who work all day in Montecito.

On Santa Maria Approves ICE Facility

Posted on April 7 at 4:19 p.m.

What was the over/under on cliff fallers?

On Deltopia Party Devolves Into Isla Vista Riot

Posted on April 5 at 4:56 p.m.

"Several farmers let their workers off early that day to attend the afternoon meeting." I wonder if Adam Farms were among them?

The 800-pound gorilla in the room...agribusiness. Do ya think they're gonna let La Migra take away their cheap labor?

And, note to Gloria Acosta: Cesar Chavez was AGAINST opening the borders to illegal immigrant labor--it was undercutting any leverage he and the UFW were trying to gain against Big Ag.

On Santa Maria Approves ICE Facility

Posted on April 4 at 4:25 p.m.

Yes, but there's never been 7 billion+ people on Earth before. Florida, Louisiana and Bangladesh (as well as all the coastal metropoli) go glug-glug first; where and how are we gonna relocate all these people?

On The Climate's a-Gonna Change

Posted on April 4 at 4:19 p.m.

Five bucks says the girl's home-schooled.

Looks like the poor thing's kept indoors most of the time, too. Get in your closet and PRAY, Carrie!

On UCSB Professor Pleads Not Guilty to Theft and Battery

Posted on March 7 at 3:24 p.m.

Let alone all the other goop put in the fields and yards...they can't ALL be wholesome goodness, can they?

On Monarch Mystery Confounds Biologists

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