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Posted on May 11 at 10:41 p.m.
“But nativeson you haven't found the freedom of expression to answer my question to you, like you cannot handle pk's questions to you following absurd charges you made. Dialogue, right? the freedom to dissent. Bring it on, but you engage in rightwing marginalization of dissent with your stupid terms like Islamofascist: get a clue.” DavyBrown
DB: are you surprised? Nativeson and his ilk represent our country’s underbelly, our “Nation of obese, violent, pig-ignorant, bible-thumping morons contaminating world culture.” One really can’t reason with this group of know-nothing, “facts-are-the-enemy-of truth” reactionaries. If they’re lucky, life will lift them above their irrational fears, to some level of compassion and humanity. But don’t hold your breath.
On At War in Garland
Posted on May 11 at 10:43 a.m.
It’s good to hear that SB may improve its bicycling infrastructure. Our region, like many, would be a better place if more people bicycled rather than drove cars. Better in the sense that there’d be less traffic, fewer parking problems, less petroleum usage and pollution, and perhaps most important, fewer health issues. Cars and trucks are valuable, even essential to some, and recreational fun for others, but they are not the only way to get around. Quick trips around town are often much easier and faster on bike than by car. If biking were safer and more convenient, more people would do it.
We as a community should do what we can to make bicycling safe and convenient so that people that need to drive can do so more easily and so that more people are healthier.
On The Future of Biking in Santa Barbara
Posted on May 8 at 10:41 a.m.
Thank you Barney for writing this heart-felt and timely op ed.
“@Nativeson, of course Ken_Volok knows nothing about you...you post anonymously.” billclauson
Actually nativeson’s comments here and elsewhere show him to be consistent – consistently bigoted against people and topics he clearly doesn't understand. Tabatha and others have shown how wanting his understanding of this topic is.
I’d throw my hat in the ring with loonpt, bc and others who think government should get out of the marriage business except that the reality is, that there are a myriad of important issues that require a legal sanction of the union – taxes, inheritance, medical decisions, etc. The main (only?) arguments against same-sex unions are based on religion. We have separation of church and state in the USA: any adult couple that chooses to should be able to join in a legal civil union and assume the same responsibilities and benefits as any other married couple.
On Right to Do What Other People Do
Posted on May 7 at 12:50 p.m.
“These sorts of questions were not asked during the time that there was a Crucifix suspended in urine and a picture of the Virgin Mary smeared with elephant dung in a supposed "art" gallery in New York. Christians didn't riot in the streets and/or kill anyone over that, showing self-control much superior to Muslims.” Nativeson
This comment reflects a very narrow and bigoted view, one that is destructive and encourages more hatred. The majority of people, including Muslims, are peaceful. However, it’s not hard to find examples of lack of restraint and unjustified violence by any religious group. Many frightened weak-minded people cling to their religion to assuage their fears, and frightened weak-minded people say and do bad things. For example, google “christian atrocities 2014” and there will be numerous results. Here’s one:
“On Friday, thousands of Muslims hopped aboard trucks packed with their possessions, protected by soldiers from Chad, and drove out of Bangui, as Christians cheered their departures or tried to loot the trucks as they drove through Christian areas. At least one Muslim man, who fell from a truck, was killed by a mob. Meanwhile, thousands more Muslims huddled at the airport in a crowded hangar, waiting to be evacuated.”
On Creating visual images of Prophet Muhammad is:
Posted on April 9 at 9:38 p.m.
Well said, Eckermann. I'm sorry you gave up biking in SB. As an avid bicyclist for more than 50 yrs, and a resident and driver in SB for almost 40, I can see truth in many concerns expressed here and elsewhere. There are better and worse places to bicycle on the road then this area, but its still mainly pretty good. If more people road bicycles, the result would be easing of automobile traffic and an increase in general level of health. Of course there will be many that need to (or are more comfortable when they) drive cars. Bicycling and driving do not need to exclude the other. In the end roads will be shared, and all should be respectful of not only traffic laws but of each other.
On Car Chasing the Dog
Posted on April 9 at 9:26 p.m.
"People don't actually read newspapers," McLuhan says; "they get into them every morning like a hot bath."
After enjoying the old NP for decades, I've skipped the cold slimy morning bath the McCawful NP offers and prefer the warmer, clean waters found elsewhere. I do hope SB one day regains the privileges of a respectable daily.
On McCaw, Mold, and Another Black Eye for the <em>News-Press</em>?
Posted on April 7 at 1:23 p.m.
"...if your opinion of something is based off what you watch in the media then you can count on being consistently wrong. I don't care if you watch Fox News, MSNBC or KEYT, they are all complete trash and are all playing off of the divide and conquer strategy." loonpt
Sad but true. At best the mainstream media has become an entertainment business as portrayed (predicted?) in the movie Network.
On Murder By Initiative
Posted on April 7 at 1:16 p.m.
nativeson: I've said nothing that suggests I believe homosexuals are "superior," and I don't believe they are - they're just people. Your rants reveal you as a bigot with a poorly functioning and disturbed mind. None of your inferences are accurate. You should seek help.
Posted on April 7 at 11:23 a.m.
nativeson: you're comments are not outstanding examples of anything, including redneckness and bigotry. Just run-of-the-mill, predictable, ignorant and boring drivel. yawn. You might find a sliver of enlightenment (and relief from the onus of your apparent bigotry) by asking yourself why you're interested in homosexuality enough to demand explanations of its merits, and why you, at least implicitly, are defending a government person who wants to introduce law to kill US people based on his religious beliefs. Are you against the separation of church and state?
Posted on April 6 at 11:12 a.m.
"Homosexuals and their supporters need to defend homosexuality on its own merits, not simply attack their opponents as being the ones whose reasoning is somehow skewed. BTW: what are those merits?" nativeson
Nativeson: Please explain the merits of bigotry. Then mind your own business; no one cares about your sexuality and you shouldn't worry about that of others.