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Posted on March 13 at 2:09 p.m.

I am Heinz 57 but one Irish component landed in New York in 1831, got hell out as did Mr. Den and spend 9 years of study with the Jesuits in Guadalajara, Mexico, then on to the Republic of Texas and then on to California in 1849, spoke 5 languages.

I have a relative that survived the Goliad Massacre right after the Alamo, he died in California in 1871.

The "Old 300" of the Austin Party were all Celts. mostly Irish.

I would disagree with the number of Irish that starved at the hand of the British, more like 2 million.

Irish Catholics were banned from owning land as well.

Many Irish modified their surnames to be better pronounced in Spanish, just like the Basque than came in with Anza, took Spanish surnames but still spoke Euskara and very little Spanish.

Great write up.

On How Irish Immigrants Saved Santa Barbara

Posted on March 13 at 1:41 p.m.

"Right now the state has only about one year of water supply left in its reservoirs, and our strategic backup supply, groundwater, is rapidly disappearing. California has no contingency plan for a persistent drought like this one (let alone a 20-plus-year mega-drought), except, apparently, staying in emergency mode and praying for rain."

On VIDEO: California Snowpack Measures Up Dry

Posted on March 12 at 9:39 a.m.

UCLA Geriatric Psych Ward costs $2,500.00 per day, but your do have a teaching hospital with young residents.

On Ask Not for Whom the Dog Barks

Posted on March 10 at 11:40 a.m.

Native Americans also have many health problems, including high rates of diabetes, caused by processed foods, which again have vast amounts of SUGAR or sugar substitutes such as High Fructose Corn Syrup.

By the way I am total against Nanny State Sugar Drink Taxes as a means of behavior modification.

No substitue for Good Parenting.

Compare free range Buffalo meat to Feed Lot Domestic Beef, marbled with fat from grain. Factory Farming has a lot to do with the abundance of Fat in our diets.

This is an American Modern Society Issue as much as it is a pacific group.

Traveling to other countries, I don't see obesity as big an issue as it has become in the USA.

On How to Reduce Latino Diabetes?

Posted on March 10 at 10:04 a.m.

Quinoa has become popular, as demand goes up, so does price.

Quinoa can be grown in North America and it is being done in the Pacific North West, Canada and Colorado but not in any significant quantity, yet.

Rice growing in North America is ridiculous considering the water needed to do it.

Agricultural food shifts have occurred for thousands of years.

Diabetes runs in my family, many many members have died in their twenties. One of my Great Uncles was an outstanding baseball player that would have played pro ball if he had not died at 18, in 1906, from diabetes.

So for me its not a fad but being smart, I don't eat fast food at all, as little processed food as possible.

Did I mention my family has been in California since 1775, our Patriarch died at age 27. My Great Great Grandparents had 11 children starting in 1857, when their Father died in 1881 only three (3) had survived. My Great Grandmother had 7 children and only two survived past 25.

You don't have to be FAT or out of shape to be Diabetic.

I remember when my Grandfather was dying the poor old guy in the room with him, had just had his leg amputated because of diabetes.

Processed foods, since the 1950's has done great harm to this society.

Latinos also have health problems from Gluten as well, causing many stomach disorders.

I won't eat flour tortilla, only corn.

So I have quinoa with carrots, some leftover chicken mixed in with honey on top for breakfast with 64oz of water. This meal lasts me until dinner time when I will have a salad and more water, not expensive at all. Of course that was after getting up at 05:45 and walking 5 miles.

People eat too much, its not necessary.

I know some Filipino ladies and every time I see them they want eat, its a cultural thing and it drives me nuts but the whole social thing revolves around food. This was a great idea when food was scarce but today food is so plentiful, people overeat.

Look at all the lard asses on the County Board of Supervisors, way to many luncheons.

So its more than food price, it has a cultural component and the ease of available food, most of which is not good for anyone, regardless of cultural background.

On How to Reduce Latino Diabetes?

Posted on March 9 at 4:35 p.m.

Quinoa is an excellent food and mixes with fruits, vegetables and lean meats.

Makes all kinds of leftover meals when used as a base.

On How to Reduce Latino Diabetes?

Posted on March 5 at 2:29 p.m.

Santa Barbara 1925

The 1925 Santa Barbara earthquake hit the area of Santa Barbara, California on June 29, with a moment magnitude of 6.8 and a maximum Mercalli Intensity of IX (Violent). It resulted in 13 casualties and destroyed the historic center of the city, with damage estimated at $8 million.

On If This Dog’s a Rockin,’ Don’t Bother Knockin’

Posted on March 5 at 2:22 p.m.

The 1812 Santa Barbara Earthquake: In Brief
In 1812, Mission La Purisima, situated in the bucolic setting of Lompoc Valley, was typical of the nineteen Spanish missions that were spread throughout California. But on the morning of December 21, around 10:00 or 10:15, the quiet of that mission was upset when the earth underneath Mission La Purisima began to shake. The strong earthquake frightened the mission's residents-- padres, Indians, and soldiers--who rushed out of the mission buildings. Luckily for the mission residents, they were too scared to reenter the buildings, because the first shock turned out to be only a foreshock.

About fifteen minutes later, a stronger earthquake struck. The shaking was so intense that the mission's church bells rang out, the adobe walls of the mission buildings were shattered, were thrown out of plumb, and in some instances collapsed, reducing Mission La Purisima to "rubble and ruin, presenting the picture of a destroyed Jerusalem." Severe damage from the earthquake was also reported from Mission Santa Ines, Mission Santa Barbara, the Santa Barbara Presidio, Mission San Buenaventura (Ventura), and Mission San Fernando, covering a distance of over 100 miles.

The soldiers at the presidio in Santa Barbara were so disturbed by the earthquake that they abandoned the presidio, building thatched huts near the Santa Barbara Mission, where the shaking from the earthquakes was said to be more moderate. Strong earthquakes continued to rock the region through February of 1813. The Spanish soldiers from the presidio did not return to their former home until March, almost three months after the first earthquake.

There is also a report of a tsunami at Refugio Canyon near the northwestern end of the Santa Barbara Channel and abandonment of Chumash villages on Santa Rosa Island. Not everyone is convinced that a tsunami occurred which could have produced the effects that many people ascribe to it.

The missionaries reported that a large ground crack opened in the hill behind (south) of the mission, and that three days later the mission site was flooded over by mud that washed out from the crack.

On If This Dog’s a Rockin,’ Don’t Bother Knockin’

Posted on March 5 at 2:17 p.m.

The newly renovated Ventura Mission was evacuated in 1812. Please note the Mission is uphill and inland from the shoreline.

1812 – A Large earthquake and tidal wave force Padres and local Indians, now living and working at the mission, inland. Padre Señan, head of Mission wrote "...sea was greatly stirred up by the tremors in such a way that the waters might flood the Mission...". They built temporary “casitas” up the Ventura River towards Ojai (now called Casitas Springs).

On If This Dog’s a Rockin,’ Don’t Bother Knockin’

Posted on March 4 at 8:43 a.m.

I was passionate about the Seeds, they were local instead of the more popular imports. Great Music. Acid was problem, knew two guys that died from it, one tried to fly off the Summerland Cliffs, as a teenager, another made it to 30 and flamed out.

On Garage Band Confidential: Watch <em>The Seeds: Pushin’ Too Hard</em>

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