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Posted on July 19 at 10:49 a.m.

Hamas is committed to the annihilation of an entire People, while Israel is dedicated to the preservation of their State. That is a simplistic viewpoint but a useful starting point. Another is the fact that Palestine is not nor was ever a State in any modern (or, arguably, historic) sense. Hence, there is no "occupation." evolution is accurate in his representation of the two sides' war tactics: Hamas intentionally targets innocents, attacks without warning (including breaking cease-fires) and expresses no remorse, while Israel routinely offers medical services, gives ample warning of impending attacks and attempts to eliminate innocent injury and death. Although Israel is not without reproach, they do not strike the first blow in armed conflict.
DrDan (and Ken_Volok), I agree with your disdain for Netanyahu and Lieberman, though all politicians across the globe should be mistrusted (nod to billclausen). However, it is unrealistic to return, geopolitically, to 1967. Things change over half a century, particularly in areas of unrest. I must say that Israel, over the years, has far surpassed the US in their efforts for assimilation and compromise with a militarily outclassed enemy. That takes restraint and says something about humanitarianism and class. Hamas exhibits none of these redeeming qualities.
Murder is, generally, wrong. Innocent murder is certainly a terrible act but using innocent human shields to protect yourself so you can continue to murder or placing your arms among innocent people to garner more sympathy is worse. It is absolutely despicable.

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Posted on January 4 at 1:04 p.m.

Dick Box is 69 years old? Sorry to be crass but the irony is lowbrow hilarity.

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Posted on October 29 at 8:01 p.m.

I find it disturbing that, despite several hundred thousands of dollars spent by law enforcement, it is the AS of UCSB and other dissimilarly funded organizations that pursue preventative and safety measures. Why don't the police help people anymore? For 1% of their reported expenses from last year, they could have 20 porta-potties. Temporary fencing would also be a pittance, comparatively. So many things could be done, instead of flooding the area with police personnel, all looking for people to cite and arrest. It is not just silly, it is downright stupid.

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Posted on October 16 at 5:06 p.m.

Hey youknowhoo, I am pretty sure that aborted fetuses can't RSVP, so there's that.

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Posted on March 11 at 6:25 p.m.

@maven12, zappa and DrDan (hey, teach!) Thank you so much for your comments as I was also dismayed at many of the comments here. My children (and I) went to the Oaks and the bonds that I and my children formed there with the other parents and their children endure to this day. This is not a daycare program and requires quite a bit more participation from the parents than nearly any other preschool program of which I know. It is a program underpinned by dedication to the children and where every parent plays an active, participatory role in their -and the other- children's upbringing. Moreover, I would stand 100% behind the Oaks' former director M- S- and her assistant. Their kindness and dedication make me proud to have been part of that experience. There is a good reason why the wait list is 2 years long there. It is a lot of work but it is a lot of learning, too. These programs are special and a vital part of Santa Barbara's all-too-rapidly dwindling community.

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Posted on March 25 at 12:23 p.m.

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