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Posted on December 16 at 2:29 a.m.
Are you going to open an EZK market?
On The Fresh Market Opens on Milpas Street
Posted on December 15 at 7:28 p.m.
As I am reading this I see no author's name attached to the letter.
On Tennis, Not Private Club
Posted on December 15 at 7:15 a.m.
I see no connection to Capps' hiring him and the tragedy that happened. Two separate incidents.
Why did Morua do what he did?...who knows, none of us live in his head.
What I see no sign of being addressed--and don't expect to see--is the pervasive culture of alcohol all around us. The self-control required not to drink and drive would be an affront to the hedonistic culture in which we live, not to mention a threat to many vested financial interests. The emotive caterwauling will do nothing to have a lessening impact on this happening again.
On Justice per <em>Antigone</em>
Posted on December 15 at 12:09 a.m.
I went through a DUI checkpoint last night in Lompoc. The cop told me they busted a guy with a 0.27 blood alcohol content.
On Authorities Announce Annual DUI Crackdown
Posted on December 14 at 8:47 p.m.
Loonpt: According to KEYT she was walking legally across the street. No inference of any wrongdoing on her part.
On Capps Announces Changes in Hiring Practices Following Morua DUI Hit-and-Run
Posted on December 14 at 7:40 a.m.
We all know what fun bunch of guys those North Korean Communists are. North Korea is the Borscht Belt of the Far East.
On UCSB Professor Surprised by North Korean Execution
Posted on December 14 at 7:30 a.m.
Loonpt: Do you think it's likely that he left the scene because he wanted to evade punishment?
Posted on December 12 at 6:01 p.m.
So let me get this straight: They live comfortably in Oregon, but each winter choose to come down here so they can live outside? Seems a little farfetched to me.
On Shelter from the Cold
Posted on December 12 at 3:10 p.m.
Wow "zappa"., you really have me scared and feeling guilty now.
On DUI Hit-and-Run Victim Dies, Suspect Charged with Murder
Posted on December 12 at 6:41 a.m.
It hit me this morning about how the people who supported slavery in this country were people who ironically argued about freedom--the freedom to do with your property as you see fit. Thomas Jefferson was very refined, and brilliantly articulated the case for the rights of mankind, yet saw no contradiction between his stated philosophy and his support of that repulsive and brutal institution which saw black people as mere possessions to literally be sold down the river. The thing is, those genteel folks who sat in their luxurious plantations sipping tea or sitting in the White House entertaining foreign dignitaries simply rationalized that they were not responsible if a slavemaster or his/her overseer beat/raped/killed their slaves. They failed to see that their support of the institution itself allowed for this absolute power one group had over another to flourish. Same deal with drinking and driving...
While we cannot totally stop a person from getting drunk and then getting in their vehicle and driving, we can draw a parallel to the slavery analogy. Just as Jefferson and others talked out one side of their duplicitous mouths about "all men (and yes, the gender exclusion doesn't go unnoticed by me) being equal" and slavery being a "necessary evil" we also have politicians double-speaking about public safety while giving the Green Light to an industry that by its very nature, depends on people drinking and driving. The purveyors of the wine bars, tasting rooms, bars on lower State Street, and the politicians who are in bed with them know perfectly well what is going on yet tell people to "drink responsibly". They know that people cannot judge their own sobriety as demonstrated time and time again, yet they wash their hands of their role in the overall picture. They figure if they themselves don't drink and drive then they have no blood on their hands if someone comes out of one of their alcohol establishments, gets in their car, and runs into someone. Like the slaveowners, they make sure to protect their financially vested interests even of doing so is at the expense of the well being of others. The phrase "collateral damage" comes to mind.
It's isn't rocket science to figure out why people go to bars, tasting rooms, etc, and it doesn't require even a triple-digit I.Q. to figure out that these people are driving under the influence, and that be so doing, they are putting everyone on the road at risk. What it comes down to is this: Do we wash our hands of the matter by telling people to drink responsibly, even as we are complicit in their behavior of intoxicated driving? Or do we do what we can to make people aware that drinking and driving is like leaving a loaded gun out where children can access it? If we don't speak truth to power, than we are playing Russian Roulette with our own lives, and that of everyone around us, and I'm not willing to have that on my conscience.
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