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Posted on December 11 at 11:45 p.m.

Is this about new kids in town trying to hone in on existing alcohol turf?

On Feds Now Reviewing Sta. Rita Hills Expansion

Posted on December 11 at 8:30 p.m.

"I'm curious, what is the politically correct definition of a 'white collar'? Libs are throwing the term around on recent blogs. A lot of us are mixed race in this country including BO."

nativegeo (anonymous profile)
December 11, 2014 at 7:03 p.m. (Suggest

A white collar can either be a bleached shirt, or a person who works in a job that does not require physical labor. To actually answer your question, if "libs" deem something as such, it's politically correct by definition.

On Justice Demands Accountability

Posted on December 11 at 8:19 p.m.

Not wanting to rely on either side of the thread to form my opinion, I went to the Waldorf site myself. Maybe they are a Leftie/Hippy-Dippy school, but from what I can see in the link I am about to show, they seem to have a good curriculum.

On Waldorf School in Financial Straits

Posted on December 11 at 6:30 a.m.

Jarv you forgot to mention the very expensive white collar crimes committed by whites guys from Montecito.

Herschel_Greenspan (anonymous profile)
December 10, 2014 at 6:27 p.m.

Who commits such crimes in African countries and places such as Haiti? (Hint: Human nature is nasty and is often unleashed when we're given power)

"In 2004 here are the annual income breakdowns: Asian American $57K @ year, Euro/White $48K @ year, Hispanic/Latino $34K @ year, and African American $30K @ year. There a many factors leading to crimes permitted by various groups; poverty and hopelessness figure into these causes, too."

DrDan (anonymous profile)
December 10, 2014 at 6:19 p.m.

Good point, no criticism here but one sub-question: Where do Jews fit in on this graph? I ask because Jews have endured terrible discrimination in the U.S. (as well as language barriers when they arrived) yet succeed in much greater numbers than their Christian counterparts. (Barring Mormons, who themselves were persecuted)

"Jarvis, breathe deeply, walk around the block, or do what it takes to clear your head."

atomic_state (anonymous profile)
December 10, 2014 at 9:08 p.m.

"Breathe deep the gathering gloom; watch lights fade from every room". (From the Moody Blues' Nights in white satin")

"Dr Dan brings some interesting stats to the table here. Asians, many that come here with little more than the shirt on their back and a language barrier too seem to succeed where other minority groups and even whites have failed in obtaining higher incomes.

It would seem that strong family ties and cultural values that encourage higher education have much more influence than perceived racial discrimination. That may be over simplistic as well, but it's a huge factor."

Botany (anonymous profile)
December 10, 2014 at 9:29 p.m.

The Great Botanical One is correct. Let's also add that Asians speak languages that not only have nothing in common with English, but are not written the same way.

@Tabatha: You probably know by now that I've been throwing a tantrum ever since the NDAA was passed--for whatever its worth. The NDAA is in direct violation of the Sixth Amendment, but when a country is hooked on Redneck reality T.V., Rap "music", and Kim Kardashian's derrière, it's hard to convince the fiddlers that Rome is burning.

On Justice Demands Accountability

Posted on December 11 at 6:06 a.m.

Di-Fi's move is laudable, but I wonder if she sees the connection between her support of Patriot Act (and after the fact) the NDAA and the climate that made CIA torture tactics acceptable?

A "mea culpa" on these matters would be nice.

On Last Train to DogVille

Posted on December 11 at 6:03 a.m.

Same deal in Chicago. Come home at two in the morning, your street light is out, report it, it gets fixed.

Here you're lucky if you can even talk to a live person.

On Bare-Knuckle Politics — Santa Barbara-Style

Posted on December 10 at 6:34 p.m.

(part two of two)
Today the mainstream Black music scene is filled with an often-misogynistic venue of entertainment knows as Rap/Hip-hop where women are often referred to in terms that for reasons of fearing justifiable censorship, and out of interest for good taste, I won't repeat here. Where violence and gang culture is venerated. We see the slew of female so-called "artists" playing into this by dressing like crack-addicted street hookers. All the while making millions for doing so. It's commonplace to hear about some rapper getting shot, all the while the voices who claim to speak for Black Lives fail to criticize this for fear of A: Appearing racist; or B: Fear of "selling out" "acting White" or not "keeping it real". Out-of-wedlock births are now the norm in Black culture, where husband and wife are replaced with "baby mama" and "baby daddy". How did we go from Marvin Gaye and Gladys Knight, to 50 cent and Nicky Minaj? (How did we go from Martin Luther King to anti-Semitic, race-baiting, lying homophobe Al Sharpton, who is a commentator in good standing with Democratic Party media shill MSNBC?)

When a person is raised in a way when they are told that the world owes them, and that because of the injustice in their life they do not have to be accountable for their actions, then more than likely you will have a person who grows up to be anti-social and ultimately, in trouble with the law. When a society collectively becomes so consumed with guilt over injustice historically aimed at a certain race/s, and lower the expectations placed collectively on that race, you will see many of that race behaving accordingly, or to coin the currently politically correct term "acting out". When you tell people that they cannot achieve because society is racist and hates them, all the while incorporating government programs that encourage these people NOT to build stable families, then it should come as no surprise that the crime rates among said demographic soars.

Stop treating Black (and for that matter, Mexicans) as if they are incapable of doing better. Yes, racism is out there, abusive cops are out there, (I'm white and I've had plenty of bad run-ins with cops so I'm no defender of the Code Blue of cop culture) but with rights come responsibility, and those rights were won at a very high price: Just ask Martin Luther King about the price HE paid

On Justice Demands Accountability

Posted on December 10 at 6:34 p.m.

(Part one of two) Let's look back a few decades and start be focusing on the music that came out from Black America.

Whether it was Motown, or the sound of Philadelphia, the music was about dignity, strength, empowerment, and a better world. The love songs were just that--love songs. Songs about hope, growing old together, and romance. As an ironic footnote, the Beatles' "Blackbird" was an ode to the civil rights movement--as its composer Paul McCartney explained, specifically "take these broken wings and learn to fly; you were only waiting for this moment to arrive". As someone born in 1961 and who started becoming aware of things when I was about 10 years old, I felt that I was watching a great transformation of our country into a place where we could--as Martin Luther King said "live together as brothers" (and sisters) In fact, blacks used the terms "brothers" and "sisters" to refer to one another. Hope was in the air. Fast forward to today...


On Justice Demands Accountability

Posted on December 10 at 7:09 a.m.

As I recall, the Ninth Circuit Court has shown an anti-authoritarian bent in their views.

Pointing a gun at cops isn't compatible with wanting to stay alive.

On Excessive Force or Suicide by Cop?

Posted on December 9 at 9:38 p.m.

"our soylent..."

On Vegetation Cleared from Douglas Preserve

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