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Posted on March 3 at 9:09 p.m.

Here are some interesting numbers which indicate that gun violence is decreasing. Thus, take a deep cleansing breath and relax.

http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/...

On <em>The High Cost of Gun Violence</em>

Posted on December 22 at 9:56 a.m.

...OBTW: in none of the incidents referenced (...Columbine, Virginia Tech, Tucson, Arizona, and Aurora, Colorado, couldn’t do, Newtown, Connecticut...) was an AR-15 used.
You were close in Aurora, CO; there was a S&W version of the same weapon.

On Dog Got Your Tongue?

Posted on December 22 at 9:54 a.m.

Nick,
You finally hit the nail on the head; it took a few paragraphs but you got it.
The tragic event in CT was not as much about guns as it was about mental health.
All of the weapons used by Adam were purchased legally. But perhaps his mother did not exercise responsibility in properly securing those weapons.
I would highly recommend that all weapons be locked up by the responsible party to preclude a minor from accessing them; it would seem to me that common sense should also dictate this in a case where there is a mentally unstable person on the premises. If I understand correctly, this is the law here in CA. But, like so many laws, people don't always abide by the law, nor exercise common sense. Still, this is no reason to penalize and/or encumber those who are responsible and law abiding.

On Dog Got Your Tongue?

Posted on August 22 at 9:42 a.m.

Hey Rambler,
What kind of ammo "...drills an endless hole through everything in front of it..."?
Classic knee-jerk nonsense like a pistol grip and shooting from the hip never misses.

On You Too Can Carry a Gun

Posted on April 7 at 3:32 p.m.

The principle known as "priesthood of the believer" clears up this issue. The idea is that once an individual has personally trusted in Jesus Christ for their eternal salvation, he/she is a priest of the one and only God and therefore able to make intercession on behalf of anybody or him/herself.
Still, I think this is a great idea! It reminds me of one progessive lady from Ojai by the name of Emily...

On Women Priests in S.B.

Posted on September 20 at 9:47 p.m.

Binky,
I would say that you should surrender post haste; I believe you have met the epitome of rhetoric.
Aristotle nor Isocrates could hardly begin to consider the depth of this thought process.
Without a doubt there is no better phrase to bring an end to a dialectic discourse than "you suck".

On Locals Only Music Issue, Version 2.0

Posted on September 19 at 10:41 p.m.

Solar power is without a doubt the best thing out there in the long run.
The problem is the the initial cost.
I ran some numbers through a calculator I came across:
http://www.realgoodssolar.com/solar/e...
and plugged in $200/month with SCE in the Bakersfield area at 100% coverage. It estimated that the base price would be $83,000!!
If I could finance it at 6.5% over 30 years it would cost $310/month. This seems to work out to a net cost of $110/month except that once the sun goes down the solar panels don't work very well. So, I would still be buying from SCE at night. If I were able to sell enough electricity back to them perhaps that would balance out. But I don't see how this could pay itself off in less than the time it takes to pay the loan as is indicated by the calculator.
In the end solar power turns out to be only accessible to those affluent enough to not really need to save money.
But of course we're saving the planet so it's for a good cause.

On None

Posted on September 18 at 2:48 p.m.

I find it impossible to believe that a family can live in Goleta on $67,956/year. They must all live in apartments or trailers.

On Goleta Versus Santa Barbara, By the Numbers

Posted on August 30 at 2:20 p.m.

Medical marijuana is not indicated to cure any ailment but to reduce symptoms of an illness.
In Elvy's case, I believe, she has glaucoma; apparently marijuana slows the progress of the disease. It would be impossible to see from her picture whether she is doing better or not.
In the case of those undergoing chemo or radiation treatment, they are able to get relief from the nausea which otherwise makes it impossible to eat anything without vomiting.
It is also helpful for those suffering from AIDS related complex who also have symptoms of nausea.
But I will reiterate my position that all drugs should be legal and the "war on drugs" has been worse than a waste of time which enables criminals to have one more way of making money and increases the number of innocent bystanders that become collateral damage.

On Demonstrators Protest Federal Marijuana Crackdown

Posted on August 26 at 7:33 p.m.

END THE WAR ON DRUGS!!!!

Legalize everything and have the DEA (and the D part of the FDA) become part of the ATF; move the F part to the FBI. Then treat all such substances the same way we do alcohol and tobacco.

With the competition this would bring about it would make the product so cheap the profit motive would be gone from the illicit market and the thugs would have to find another job.

On Federal Cannabis Patient to Lead Medical Marijuana March

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