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Posted on June 21 at 10:20 p.m.
...but this has nothing to do with the federal level or Obama. This is a local issue and important by that scale.
On Joni Gray's Gotta Pay
Posted on July 9 at 12:49 p.m.
Regarding "not knowing what the witnesses" would say on the stand: This is common for a prosecutor to say and is a common ocurrance. I was the foreman on a Josh Lynn trial several years ago and he said the exact same thing (and got a 3rd strike conviction). This does not speak to DDA Almgren's ability merely what he is faced with. Trials of this type rely upon hostile and non-cooperative witnesses, such as fellow gang members, family and close friends.
On Murder Case Ends in Mistrial
Posted on June 30 at 2:29 p.m.
Complaining about "frat boys" drinking it up in SB is a bit like complaining about the amount of hay in a barn.
Perhaps this festival is just too far for many on here, but let's be honest: we are a frat boy drinking destination and have been for decades. Its not an entirely bad thing either.
Also as East Beach pointed out: Apples and Oranges indeed... the music festival is a lot safer and less violent than Fiesta. Those are the biggest differences. As to whether one type of drunken revelry and vomit is preferably over another... I can't answer that.
On West Beach Fest Unplugged
Posted on June 9 at 3:23 p.m.
I do not understand this at all.
We have mandatory minimum sentencing for drug posession that is significantly harsher than this. We need to realign our sentencing laws to actually reflect community values. Right now child molesters and rapists get out sooner than drug dealers.
This is not acceptable.
On Child Molester Gets Three Years
Posted on May 13 at 9:54 a.m.
One other thing...This idea that all Chumash should band together (pun intended) for a common purpose to prove the worth of Naples. Is unanimity a limus test for historical preservation? If so, we might as well start bulldozing now.
On Santa Barbara, Annex This Land!
Posted on May 13 at 9:43 a.m.
You're offended and pissed off. I get it.
Your latest response makes a lot of assumptions that are false.
Exlusive access for the Chumash? - Not mentioned by Mr. Pommier and legally impossible if it became public land.
Chumash not preserving their own history? - The point of these various Chumash is historical preservation. And before you get on your high horse about them asking for public funds to help them do that, consider how many historical societies depend opn public support (daughters of the golden west to civil war reneactment societies).
Pay for past transgressions? Put your white guilt aside for a minute and just consider my original point about historical preservation and the role of government. Its not about that - its about whether this property is important enough historically or culturally for a government entity to help acquire it. I don't know the answer by the way. I am not Chumash and I am not familiar with the Naples property in that context - but I do recognize that this is what the discussion should be about.
Posted on May 12 at 4:24 p.m.
Some harsh words there... that are also misguided.
Before this becomes a huge "The Chumash are all getting rich and destroying the Santa Ynez Valley" extravaganza, please note:
The Barbareno Chumash Council and its members are *not* the same as the Santa Ynez Chumash that own and operate a casino.
The Santa Ynez Chumash tribe is 155 people. Chumash in California number around 2,000.
They don't all have the same ideas, beliefs etc. This article represents one person's opinion speaking on behalf of one Chumash group.
Your first point on the government's role in preserving our (read as "all Americans") history is silly. It implies you are opposed to national parks, historical registry, zoning ordinances, the Smithsonian, the National Academy, etc.
Posted on April 16 at 9:21 a.m.
I was there last night and I can tell you that the crowd was mostly people trying to get away from there after the incident. At 6:30 (the time of the crime) the parking lot was full due to normal factors: people at the restaurant, walking along the beach and Surfrider Foundation was holding an event adjecent to the crime at the Watershed Resource Center. Naturally when a crime takes place and more than a dozen squad cars show up many people left the restaurant and beach causing a crowd in the parking lot (which was also now difficult to maneuver through because of the fact that it is a crime scene and the police are blocking off access to cars and hindering traffic - even the road was blocked along Cliff Drive).
Shocking crime. My condolences to the family.
On Man Killed at Hendry's Beach
Posted on March 8 at 11:47 a.m.
I actually laughed out loud when I scanned through to the last sentence of "equalitylaw's" last post calling someone else's post a "rant!"
On Embezzler Gets Eight Years
Posted on August 14 at 1:38 p.m.
For once I agree with JohnLocke - there is no real "debate" just mindless shouting. How can real discourse ever happen? The right doesn't want real discussion. They seem intent on shouting exagerrations and lies.
The past newscycle has been dominated by two stories from the right that have nothing to do with what would actually improve our government or society:1. Obama is not American but actually Kenyan/Indonesian2. Obama wants to establish "DEATH PANELS" filled with union leaders no less (probably gays and hollywood execs too) to kill off the sick and elderly
I have to say to the anti-reformers: Congratulations! You Won! I don't want to talk to you anymore.
On Shout Fest Over Health Care