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Posted on August 15 at 10:24 a.m.
I believe that it is just about impossible to use the brutal and wholly inexcusable practice of mutilating a woman's genitals as part of any good faith argument opposing circumcision.
Men mutilate their daughters in order to promote the dominance of men over women. There is no other motivation or basis for that practice. A clitorectomy is not in any respect similar to a circumsicion.
You do not need to agree with me on whether or not to circumcize your son (or on most other topics). But if you call the removal of a woman's clitoris a "circumcision", and you then equate that brutal practice (directly or indirectly) with a practice followed by substantially every Jewish family on Earth, I start wonder about you,
Are you a thinking person, or are you a person that simply repeats the propaganda that he hears?
Or do you have some other motivation that draws you to attack the deeply private decisions that other people make for themselves and for their families?
Is this really about your and your parents? Is this really about you and the girl that would not touch your wee-wee when you played doctor as children? Is this really about you and Jews?
Of course, I don't know the answers to any of these questions, but when someone makes a really stupid comparison of a circumcision to a clitorectomy, I just have to wonder about that person.
Just my views.
On Meet Santa Barbara’s Mohel
Posted on April 27 at 4:54 p.m.
Is Avesar's article intended as satire? If so, it is pretty funny, as are the comments.
However, if any of these folks actually believe what they are writting, then these threads are more sad than comical.
On Israeli-Palestinian Confederation
Posted on April 20 at 8:06 a.m.
Congrats to EDN! and its founders. Great work.
On Everybody Dance Now! Celebrates Fifth Anniversary
Posted on March 1 at 4:16 p.m.
On Bring Back Curb Extensions
Posted on February 2 at 9:06 a.m.
Average, tax-paying citizen here. I am not in the construction industry and have no financial dog in this fight. I am a Santa Barbara City resident, the (part) owner of a local business, a property owner, a pedestrian and a driver. And I think the curb extensions - or bulb-outs, as the letter-writer prefers - are great.
On Curb Extensions Whacko
Posted on January 28 at 2:41 p.m.
A broken promise is not a lie - at least, it is not necessarily a lie. A broken promise is only a lie if the promissor does not intend to fulfill the promise at the time that she makes the promise.
It may be that Ms. Capps lied about her intentions when she made that term limits promise. However, I have never seen any evidence to support that assertion.
In any event, although I am a lifelong Democrat, I have not voted for Ms. Capps since she broke that very promise; and I will never vote for again because she broke that promise.
On Buyer Beware
Posted on January 25 at 11:21 a.m.
I agree with the letter's proposition that curb extensions should be encouraged.
People are basic. Cars are not.
On Up With Curb Extensions
Posted on January 4 at 7:47 p.m.
Sorry, Diana. You are brave enough to sign your name. I respect that. My name is Brett Locker, and I wrote the previous comment.
On President's Communist Agenda
Posted on January 4 at 7:45 p.m.
Diana, Diana, Diana,
You sure are one wild and crazy gal. But you sure do have a short memory.
My memory, on the other hand, is still working pretty well. And you have a very distinctive name. As a result, I can remember a lot of things about you.
For example, I remember your very vocal support for the Republican agenda that created this economic mess.
But you've been healed now. Is that it?
But just so you don't go and revert back to your old free-spending Republican self, please, let me just remind you about a couple of your little mis-steps along the way over here.
Here's one itsy bitsy example: your support for the Iraq war. Perhaps, you thought that this war was gonna be free? Or maybe cheap? Or quick? Or easy? Perhaps, you thought that those WMD were worth that minimal little expenditure of destroying and rebuilding a country. Oh well, live and learn, right? But that was a Republican-led war, not a Tea Party-led revolt.
But I do remember your support for President Bush's Republican borrow-and-spend policies that drove our economy into this ditch. And I cannot forget your support for that president's huge expansion of government - yes, I do recall your support for the creation of Homeland Security and the Patriot Act, and I do remember your support for warrantless wiretaps). [But I guess totalitarianism is okay, as long as it isn't Communist totalitarinism. Is that how it works?]
Oh, and before that, I seem to remember how vocally you supported the recall of Governor Davis, which was followed closely by the Governator's borrow and spend policies, which you seemed to think were steps in the right direction.
Please correct me if I am wrong.
It is strange how you seem to have forgotten about Enron, and what it did to California, and how closely tied Enron was to the Vice President that you supported so enthusiastically.
Remind me, Diana, didn't you also favor that silly tax rebate of $300 per taxpayer back around 2000? I seem to recall that you thoughtt that was some smart governing. Instead of building highways and train stations (or, heaven forbid, updating that old power grid), give the money back to the people so that we could all buy flat screen tvs or DVD players.
You are right, Diana. You tea partiers are gonna change the country. You're loud, you're proud and . . . well, that's about it.
Posted on November 16 at 1:02 p.m.
That sculpture is so beautiful. I just want to give a big thank you to the Brittingham family for making the improvements and selecting the sculpture.
On Sculpture of Jerry Garcia’s Hand at the Bowl