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Posted on October 1 at 8:29 a.m.
Yeah, KPFK's hands aren't tied, but it often spouts conspiracy-theory wack-job "news" that's way over the top. I'm a leftist, but KPFK is the lefty version of Fox News.
And the idea that KCSB programming is interfered with in any way by the UC Regents is just a flat out lie.
I'll be listening to KCRW online (or NPR news on KCBX) until they fix the Oxnard transmitter -- my thing is that it's hard to believe in this day and age it could take 6 days to get atop a tower to fix something like this. I don't understand how "sharing" affects this, but of course I'm no radio engineer.
On KCRW Off Santa Barbara Air Till Saturday
Posted on September 12 at 8:15 a.m.
AShaw: Look at it this way -- you'll be dead someday and the "problem" will be someone else's to deal with. Namely, those of us who are younger and actually have learned to live with our neighbors of Latin American ancestry instead of blaming them for nearly every problem under the sun. By the way, I hear that the Irish put whiskey in their babies' bottles -- can you believe THAT lack of parenting skill!? Thought you'd like to know...
It must be so sad to be living in the past, when "things" were so much "better" and more "well run." Of course, living in the past and pontificating from one's sofa probably beats the hell out of actually doing something constructive to address real problems. Good day.
On Long-Term Gang Response Unveiled
Posted on June 18 at 12:36 p.m.
In other stories about this, it sounded as if any group could have a plate created as long as they could guarantee 400 pre-orders or pay $4000. So a Buddhist or pagan group could certainly get their own plate added to the offerings at the DMV. I guess I find that legitimate equal opportunity and not "state promotion".
What's more disturbing is the new SC law allowing the Ten Commandments and Lord's Prayer to be displayed in public offices and other public/government locations.
On Church and State Collide on Highway
Posted on May 15 at 4:53 p.m.
Congratulations on the recognition, Independent! We love you!
On Independent.com Wins the EPpy
Posted on May 2 at 10:24 a.m.
I have sympathy, but not an unlimited amount of it, for someone who "didn't even see it coming." Really? It's a shame that anyone would feel immune from a crazy person's hatchet job just for doing a good job and being productive, but after *everything* that's happened in the past few years, to not have a Plan B up one's sleeve is, sadly, just naive.
I have reason to believe that others who were further down the totem pole probably knew this day was coming at some point, and may even be happy to be out of that torture chamber on the plaza.
On News-Press Axes Ten
Posted on May 2 at 10:12 a.m.
Man, Holly & Mooseo need some Satire Therapy. Now I know what Joel Stein of the LA Times means when he says he gets hate mail for making fun of everything.
I have to confess, I cringe when a good friend thinks a pair of day-glo Crocs qualifies as evening wear for dinner out on the town... but hey, at this age, I've learned to suck up secondhand embarrassment. I also have to confess that I'm more than tempted to buy a black pair of the non-holey Crocs -- they don't look half bad and might actually be as comfy as everyone says. You might catch me wearing them at Trader Joes, but don't worry, not at Opal or Seagrass.
Sorry, Starshine, but even if these go the way of the dodo, they're sure to be replaced in a couple years by the latest fugly incarnation of Birks or Tevas.
On A Croc of Shoe
Posted on March 12 at 12:48 p.m.
"...then go back to Ghana where tribal laws allow adult men to sexually molest underage girls without [sic] impunity ..."
You, Ms. Arlene, are a certifiable chauvinistic, backward-thinking, patronizing IMBECILE. And I shouldn't even be giving time to a comment troll such as yourself.
On Frimpong Gets Six Years
Posted on March 11 at 9:32 a.m.
Uh huh, and all the things you True Believers are saying about Frimpong have been said about hundreds of other wrongly convicted "criminals" whose convictions were later overturned. Don't act as if because someone was found guilty in a court of law means that there's no other possible reality or that it reflects the Absolute Truth. Unfortunately, though, that's all we have to go on, so yeah... we have to 'assume' he's guilty because the court has said so. You're probably the same type of people who I've heard say things about exonerated "criminals" like: "Well, even if he was wrongly convicted, he probably wasn't an angel anyway, otherwise why would there have been any circumstantial evidence in the first place?"
And no, I am NOT enamored of someone because he is a "star athlete". I could care less about that, so stop trotting that out too.
One doesn't deserve to be violently raped just for being drunk to the point of blacking out or very nearly so.... but I hope young women will take something away from this that there is a level of responsibility involved in drinking and being able to remain in a state of consciousness that allows you to ensure your own safety as much as possible. And no, I'm not being a "misogynist" by saying that.
If the "body of evidence" that the alleged juror above referss to shows that they were together at some point, and he had her DNA on his genitals... who knows what all the possible alternatives are. I have no idea why his attorney didn't posit some of them -- maybe because he thought he had an ironclad case. Maybe she performed oral sex on him at midnight, and then god knows how long she was staggering around intoxicated in Isla Vista or on the beach, where god only knows how many men could have happened upon her in a state in which she probably couldn't have judged with whom she came in contact. Do you know what it means to have a BAC more than double the legal limit and what that might do to one's possible memory or even whether one is considered "conscious" or not? Please.
Posted on January 18 at 5 p.m.
I think those blaming Clinton's campaign for the total disarray and disorganized crowd control are misplacing their anger -- but it's true that there was an absolute lack of leadership or organization on the part of whomever should have been in charge of the crowd at UCSB.
There was someone going up and down the line with a counter by 5pm, and if it was more than clear that there were many more than the 1000 capacity at that time, any newcomers should have been turned away and they weren't. People were just allowed to keep filtering toward the open area at the end of the "line". Either UCPD or the campus CSO should have taken charge of the situation (though I do understand this was probably dropped on them with short notice). Or maybe it's true, someone from SBforHillary should have been more on the ball in terms of sending someone out with a bullhorn to tell people that anyone without a ticket wouldn't get in. It's amazing what happens when no one is willing to TAKE CHARGE, and you had a lot of irritated and uninformed people out there shivering in the dirt, including this commenter!! No way to run an event! It's exceedingly rude to just let people wait and wait if they have no hope of getting in and someone KNEW that there was no hope of them getting in. Many have said that it was a calculated move so that the large crowd outside would make a good photo/video-opportunity.
On Hillary Clinton Rallies at UCSB
Posted on December 18 at 11:55 a.m.
This verdict is disappointing.
I know I wasn't on the jury, but from all the journalistic accounts of the evidence presented, I don't know how these 12 citizens felt there was enough justification to convict beyond reasonable doubt. No real physical evidence or DNA evidence, and a victim whose blood-alcohol level was 0.2 many hours after the incident. She had complete memory lapses to the level that could perhaps be described as "blackouts", yet she was able to say with absolute certainty who assaulted her? What percentage of rape victims have absolutely NONE of their assaulter's DNA on their genitals or anywhere on their body (especially if a medical exam is done within 5-6 hours of the event)?... seriously, I'm curious about this.
This feels like a travesty. How many jurors were people of color? What was the "race" of the victim? Was that ever mentioned?
sa1: Your comment is disgusting: "'enjoying' the other side of the coin..." You're completely uncouth. I have no doubt you're the type of person who'd fully support public torture of criminals to match the details of crimes they're convicted of. Oh, and of course, I'm sure you live in a society where no one EVER gets convicted wrongly. That's sure never happened anywhere I've ever heard of... nope... and certainly not on the basis of wholly circumstantial evidence.
On Frimpong Found Guilty of Rape