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Posted on September 28 at 7:08 p.m.
That's all wonderful and having personally met with several of these people and organizations, I have to ask the obvious question -- WHEN DO WE BEGIN DOING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT HERE IN SANTA BARBARA (either the city or the country)?
Seriously, just about every other area is responding to the recession and the evaporation of jobs with organizations funded and set up to attract business, jobs and opportunity to their respective regions. Ventura has VCEDA (helmed by Bill Burratto who was involved in the Goleta Economic Summit), San Luis Obispo has the Economic Vitality Corporation and Santa Maria has the Economic Development Commission. Apart from tourism, Santa Barbara does virtually nothing, not to take anything away from WIB, who could use a lot of assistance from other stakeholders.
On Positive Impact of Green Economy on Santa Barbara County
Posted on September 22 at 11:10 p.m.
Mr. Quaid's best role was probably one of his first, in 'The Last Detail' (1973), a Hal Ashby film with Jack Nicholson. Randy played Meadows, a young Marine arrested for petty theft of $40 and headed for a stiff prison sentence. Life imitates art, apparently.
On Quazy Quaids
Posted on September 22 at 10:48 p.m.
American journalism, especially television and radio, is now ranked as among the worst of western industrialized nations. Too much commentary, gutless, virtually no investigative reporting and a systemic aversion in covering anything that might be detrimental to their corporate masters. Very sad. Not only is it ensuring a poorly uninformed public but it ultimately results in very bad public policy that rarely serves the interests of the taxpayer.
On Progressive Talk Radio 1490 Off the Air
Posted on August 16 at 5:41 p.m.
Located many, many hundreds of yards away (two full city blocks), its really a stretch and disingenuous for anyone to claim the proposed building, which apparently will look nothing like a Mosque from the outside, is "near Ground Zero". As usual, the Dems are missing a strong counterpoint argument by not responding to the Republicans and their Fox News and talk radio propagandists by retorting, "So, how far isn't too close?" With that one simple question they lob the ball firmly back in the right wingers' court.
On Obama's Manhattan mosque endorsement: “...our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakable.”
Posted on June 15 at 5:18 p.m.
They don't make 'em like that any more. Wouldn't it be wonderful to establish a political education center in Mr. Kelly's name open to the public here in Santa Barbara to provide a counterpoint to the mawkish and disingenuous Reagan Ranch Center on lower State Street? I'll write the first check if anyone wants to pursue the idea. Great tribute David. I remember in June of 2008 when the Unite for Change rally was being organized to welcome Hillary Clinton supporters to the Obama campaign, you were among the first to accept as a guest speaker. You didn't know me from Adam and you graciously said "yes" on the spot. It was an inspiring afternoon and Tim Allison, Hannah-Beth Jackson, Das Williams and so many others enjoyed your comments. Thank you, again.
On Frank Kelly in Memoriam
Posted on June 15 at 5:01 p.m.
It seems clear now that the toll of the Bush-Cheney disaster, the Tea Party insanity and the endless propaganda efforts of Fox News and talk radio has permanently turned swing voters and independents away from conservatives and others promising nothing but more GOP subterfuge. One can only hope a Libertarian Party will finally provide a third party alternative which will likely split the right wing vote and keep their policies in the margins forever.
On Dems Sweep S.B. Races
Posted on April 19 at 3:34 p.m.
Absolutely nuts. Is THIS an example of the current level of intelligence of the right wing? If these folks truly have a credible position why can't they find coherent spokespeople with specific public policy proposals? All they ever seem capable of are hate filled lunatic fringe tirades. Being that last week's CBS News/New York Times survey exposed these people for the hypocrites they really are - a majority of them strongly support a continuation of Social Security and Medicare - its no wonder they can't rail against anything except the usual right wing targets of "big government" and taxes. Couple that with the fact that they were strangely silent during all 8 years of the unelected Bush-Cheney administration and its clear these are little more than bitter Fox News viwers with too much time on their hands.
On David Horowitz Speaks at Tea Party Event
Posted on March 29 at 7:51 a.m.
Strong public education and well managed apprenticeship programs that result in the prospect of excellent employment opportunities is the foundation for a truly egalitarian society. If we repurposed even 10% of our annual $1 trillion defense expenditures on these kinds of programs we'd be living in a much healthier, more prosperous and less corrupt nation.
On Teens in Toques
Posted on March 26 at 7:30 a.m.
The GOP is proving definitively that it is nothing more than a bunch of scummy paid-off corporate hacks and that their followers (20%, maybe 30% of the general public) are too dim witted to understand that all elected representatives, the military and most seniors are already the beneficiaries of "socialized", government-run health care. The stupidity of millions of Americans is truly breathtaking.
On Congress passing healthcare overhaul?
Posted on March 22 at 7:30 a.m.
Imagine being guilty of NEVER doing anything for the taxpayer and voter and instead always bowing to the interests of big business. Furthermore, contemplate how it must feel to ALWAYS be on the wrong side of history. The GOP and its supporters share these fates. The Republican Party was wrong about Social Security, wrong about Medicare, wrong about civil rights. (Ever meet a Republican who REFUSES to cash their Social Security check or use Medicare? No, I didn't think so.)
Today they continue to be wrong about equal marriage and health care reform. The pary of Bush, the party of "No" truly is a sad, dark corner of the nation.
On Running Dog Bites Dust
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