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Posted on March 13 at 6:47 p.m.

Literally the jury is still out on whether Denunzio is guilty of driving under the influence.

With unanimity as the necessary standard in criminal cases, after the procedure and benefit of a trial the jury has been reported as 'hung' at 8 in favor of guilt and 4 to acquit.

The pre-judging may be on your part, "JohnLocke," as you seem to suggest Denunzio's innocence, contrary to the determination of 2/3 of the jury after the evidence presented in a trial.

I look forward to the re-trial.

On Mistrial Declared in Tony Denunzio DUI Case

Posted on March 10 at 6:18 p.m.

You have finally attained full Troll status, "Ken_Volok"; baiting, arguing, and bashing another commenter based on your own wild speculation.

On <em>Condor Express</em> Catches Fire

Posted on March 6 at 4:16 p.m.

Seems like politicians and Californians ARE "doing something about that" in spite of keeping your eyes closed and ears plugged, "billclausen."

: : "Alcohol-involved crash fatalities decreased by 15.2% in 2010, the biggest decline since a decreasing trend started 4 years ago."
- - 2012 Annual Report of the California DUI Management Information System

I'm not optimistic that any facts presented will get between "billclausen" and his well-oiled rant, however.

On Spraying Lead

Posted on March 4 at 2:23 p.m.

Again, "howgreenwasmyvalley" you compare apples and oatmeal: the relative simplicity of a CID to a municipal government the size of Santa Barbara or California requires different methodologies. Goals, activity, and scope are not comparable.

Take a look here at the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for our state, and tell me what more info you need. Of particular note to both you and "JohnLocke," please notice funds and assets (and obligations, deficits, etc.) explained in often frightening detail.

Guv'mint may be run poorly, but disclosure and accounting practices are hardly the problem.

In the meantime, I'll bone up on the Davis-Stirling act of which I am unfamiliar.

On Orange You Going to Say Goodbye?

Posted on March 3 at 7:21 p.m.

I'm surprised both "DrDan" and "JohnLocke" fell prey to "Howgreenwasmyvalley"'s apparent ignorance of accounting; private and public accounting practices are by design and utility different.

This is a long-standing and well-recognized distinction that governments are not businesses. Unlike business, in which the bottom line in to create value and a profit, government exists to serve its constituency.

Any number of online sources can further the detail, but here are two good ones.

Of course, governments, like businesses, don't always comport appropriately or openly, but that seems a different, case-by-case, discussion.

On Orange You Going to Say Goodbye?

Posted on March 2 at 4:24 p.m.

I take from your comment, "billclausen," value at its face: as it took me about 30 seconds to write the comment above, if it is not a "lot of energy" it is surely too much energy for this hideous woman.

"zappa" has posted the most creative idea:


In fact, I challenge her to do so.

Suggested questions:

- - "Billy, what were you really saying before the 'hunters' shot you to death?"

- - "Do you feel you have any responsibility for the way the 'hunters' reacted?"

- - "What's your stand on gun restrictions vs. the rights within the 2nd Amendment?"

- - "Looking back, Billy, do you forgive the 'hunters?'"

On A Heart-to-Heart Talk

Posted on March 2 at 2:33 p.m.

This woman is either an abject fraud or completely unhinged.

I pity anyone taken in by her charade, and condemn Ms. Stitchfield for taking advantage of such desperate gullibility.

On A Heart-to-Heart Talk

Posted on February 26 at 6:38 p.m.

I am an unabashed feminist, but this is impossible to defend, and is a tone-deaf PR stumble in today's political climate.

Rather more incredulous to me is that the Pres. of the AMPAS is named Hawk Koch. (I really need to find out how how his nom de phlem is pronounced.)

On Hannah-Beth Jackson Blasts Oscar Host

Posted on February 25 at 1:55 p.m.

I'm betting "peterlackner" is more of a Max Beckmann fan.

And I don't think it's necessary to tell him about either Bayer or the Bauhaus, "Ken_Volok."

On Chromatic Gate Restoration Begins

Posted on February 23 at 1:52 p.m.

Looks like about 50/50 domestic vs. foreign suppliers;

- - Alaska the largest outside source of domestic (12% of total), California delivering about 38% of its own crude:

- - and Saudi Arabia the largest overseas supplier (~16% of total):

On Fracking the Central Coast

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