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Posted on August 10 at 4:52 p.m.

Come on liberals and democrats, wake up. I'm all for banning Chik-Fil-A for their homophobic bs, but seriously, you tolerate a lot worse every day, and even benefit from it, seemingly without a second thought. We tolerate Raytheon, the deportation of migrant folks, companies like ATK making depleted uranium weaponry, police harassment of homeless folks while buildings sit empty, the UC's involvement in the development and manufacture of military technology including nuclear weapons... you even accept the sponsorship of shady companies for your cushy elite events, pride fest, and political campaigns. Are these politicians really talking social justice or are they just jumping on a convenient issue to look self-righteous? Ban Chik-Fil-A but don't leave the war profiteers and military/police/surveillance and other shady corporations around to fund your next ga...

On Chick-fil-A Debate Santa Barbara Style

Posted on August 10 at 4:44 p.m.

No one should be put in a cage, especially for public art. If you don't like it paint over it; that's what graffiti is all about. People with the spine to make their surroundings look how they like while the rest of you just call the cops if your walls ain't nice, clean and boring.

On Police Arrest Three Suspected Graffiti Vandals

Posted on August 8 at 10:34 p.m.

You know people are wrong when they base their arguments around a single typo instead of substance.

On Chalk Body Outlines Appear on City Sidewalks

Posted on August 3 at 3:35 p.m.

The art was the work of participants in the Occupy Santa Barbara movement, acting in solidarity with Anaheim residents currently in struggle against the brutality of their local police, who recently shot an unarmed man in the back and the head, and when neighborhood residents met at a bbq to discuss a response, the Anaheim police arrived and shot the crowd (including small children) with rubber bullets and a police dog. Occupy Santa Barbara chalk artists also distributed literature calling for strong and democratic civilian oversight boards to punish rogue police, and for the organization of accountable, diverse and directly democratic neighborhood security forces as an alternative to traditional unaccountable government policing.

On Chalk Body Outlines Appear on City Sidewalks

Posted on June 7 at 10:31 a.m.

The SBPD describes "generating arrests" as "output"?? And brags about it? This is disgusting, but revealing. "Productivity is up, sir! We've imprisoned hundreds of poor people!"

If homeless people make you uncomfortable, fight homelessness as a societal problem; arresting individual homeless people only creates more pain and hardship.

On Carrot and Stick for Street People

Posted on June 29 at 12:57 p.m.

Best article I've seen in the Independent in a while. In depth, relevant, honestly looking at the complexity of the issue... in a time when Independent stories tend to be shallow and non-controversial. We need more writers like this. Maybe soon Independent writers will start aggressively investigating the police.

On Tiger Salamander Caught in the Middle

Posted on April 28 at 9:08 a.m.

Yes! Ted is the best!

On Politics, Culture, Zombies

Posted on March 8 at 7:59 a.m.

The question is... *are* we going to take it? Will one day in March be the "climax" of our resistance, or are we going to raise the stakes if demands aren't met? Students across the state are occupying UC buildings and holding unpermitted rallies that actually pose a threat to the Regents (as seen by the Regents unwillingness to voice their support for "those protesters". Here's a hint: If the folks who have the power to fix your situation, the folks who you're making demands of, claim that they are your allies and march with you... you're not a threat. You need to up the ante.).

Information missing from this article: Some administrators, such as presidents and chancellors, appointed by the Regents make between $450,000 and $900,000 a year. They've voted for salary increases at the same time they voted for tuition raises and budget cuts. It's not just the state that's the problem. We hate Yang because he's a thief and directly responsible for the problem, not because he's simply representative of "the man".

On UCSB Takes a Stand

Posted on October 7 at 9:10 a.m.


On Man Shoots Self

Posted on October 2 at 12:33 a.m.

(psst love the message but I think you mean Gandhi, not Ghandi, common mistake though, don't feel bad)

On Gandhi and Farm Animals

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