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Posted on April 25 at 10:01 a.m.

Since the guy's a centrist, neither end of the spectrum is going to be thrilled with his successes or his missteps.

I'm first in line to complain about Gitmo still existing, for example. And I was aghast, like most, after seeing the documentary "Inside Job".

But to paint him with one brush suggests the artist isn't seeing the big picture. Just the health care bill alone directly and very positively affected my family. I value his increased funding for mental health care for veterans, to prevent violence against women, and to extend benefits to same-sex partners. I liked his appointment of Sotomayor. I am encouraged by his creation of a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and putting Elizabeth Warren in it. I like that the USA is now slowly stepping away from being the policeman of the world. I'm happy that he recognizes infrastructure development and maintenance as a critical source of national strength and employment. I want to see the greater taxation of the richest among us that he advocates, which is a sea change of difference from his predecessor.

The list of what I appreciate about him is long. So is my list of what I want him to do that he hasn't done.
The big picture, however, shows me that he is indeed moving in the positive direction I'd hoped he would--just more slowly and with far more compromises than I'd like.
He has indeed earned this one vote come 2012.

On Why I Can’t Vote For You Again, Mr. President

Posted on April 18 at 4:19 p.m.

Free treatments in exchange for a story, and then no mention of the cost in this puff piece. Sounds like more advertising rev on the way.

On Cellulite Be Gone

Posted on April 8 at 8:34 a.m.

Loon, head up the beach a way by the top end of Lookout--it's much worse there than at Loon Pt because that's where the open pipes are spewing. You can get a nauseating view of them at really low tides when the sand isn't obscuring them.

On The Summerland Seepage Mystery

Posted on March 21 at 9:38 a.m.

I was one of the "little" visitors to Lake Cachuma. I took my family up there many times as my kids were growing up. Was the highlight up there sleeping in a tent or a yurt and making s'mores around the campfire? No. Was it going on the lovely guided hikes through the nature center? No. It wasn't even fishing in the lake.
The highlight was always Neal Taylor. We went on that danged boat tour so often that my kids even knew the punchlines to some of Neal's oft-told anecdotes. When he stopped doing the boat tours, we'd time our trips to correspond with his evening talks in the amphitheatre, in hopes of seeing yet another casting trick.

Our community has lost a treasure, pure and simple.

On Neal Taylor: 1932-2011

Posted on November 3 at 11:30 a.m.

I have been a regular Priceline bidder for a number of years.
When you bid on Priceline for a hotel in Ventura, CA, you are given four area options: Camarillo, Pt Hueneme-Oxnard, Thousand Oaks, or Ventura. These different areas are clearly shown on a map. When you bid for one of these areas, you will get any potential hotel at the star level or above that you've selected in that area. If you choose more than one area, you will potentially get any potential hotel at the star level or above within all areas you've chosen.
If you do not choose Thousand Oaks, you cannot get a hotel in that area. In my experience, Priceline has been surprisingly good at fixing problems of their own creation. Assigning you to a hotel in an area which you did not check during Step 1 of their process would be an example of their mistake, not yours. However, the responses you've gotten from them suggest that you might indeed have checked that area--or perhaps all areas--within Ventura County.
I have saved a small fortune using Priceline to get some good hotels in various cities. I suggest using the services of to aid you in making your bids.

On There's No Business, In Bad Business

Posted on October 4 at 1:14 a.m.

Obamacare was a giant step in the right direction. The plain truth is that universal health under a single-payer system is what this state and this country truly needs. If SB 810 passes, we'll all win.

On Mad as Hell Doctors March in Santa Barbara

Posted on September 22 at 9:37 a.m.

These people are at the end of their rope in countless ways and all P, L, and m can come up with is NIMBY?
What about there but for the grace of God go I?

On Hurdles Just Mount for Homeless Couple

Posted on September 17 at 10:55 a.m.

I appreciated Mr. Ahmed's article and his POV. And, I agree with him. (Well, maybe not about the hot girlfriend, whom I don't know...hope that shout-out got you points, though!)

On Muslim Like Me

Posted on September 15 at 2:43 p.m.

Dang. Stephanie Miller was a lot more fun than my morning coffee to get me going. I'll miss her bigtime.

On Progressive Talk Radio 1490 Off the Air

Posted on July 5 at 11:07 a.m.

Speaking of which...the Jeremiah Weed brand tastes better than Firefly, and makes a tastier drink.

On A Firefly Fourth of July

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