Comments by jonkwilliams

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Posted on January 7 at 9:50 a.m.

Hmm, an an "orbital planetary defense system capable of heating the surface of potentially hazardous objects to the vaporization point." No disrespect to Dr. Lubin and crew, but how long do you think it will take the owners of such a system to turn it around, point it at those with whom it has a disagreement, and say "Go ahead, make my day"? Surely others countries are hard at work on systems of their own, so can we count on "Mutually Assured Vaporization" to maintain the peace?

On Directed Energy Planetary Defense Luncheon Meeting

Posted on June 27 at 6:14 p.m.

As I see it, 4th of July celebrates the day we declared our inalienable right to freedom. We have other days dedicated to celebrating soldiers and fighting and victories.

On Fourth of July Organizers Deny Veterans for Peace Float

Posted on June 25 at 5:31 p.m.

Wow, sounds like the parade's organizer is setting himself and/or the organization he represents up for a major lawsuit. Earlier this year the Walt Disney company tried unsuccessfully to trademark "Dia de los Muertos" and now it appears Paul Lamberton's Spirit of 76 Foundation thinks it can lay claim to "4th of July." Who initiated past confrontations between parade volunteers and VFP supporters? Probably not the anti-war folk. Will the parade's sponsor have to pay a clean up fee whether VFP participates or not? Probably so. All one can really assume is that Lamberton and company are in disagreement with Veterans for Peace over the proper way to express one's patriotism. Denying VFP the right to participate in a parade celebrating freedom of expression is the ultimate irony, contrary to everything the Founders stood for.

On Fourth of July Organizers Deny Veterans for Peace Float

Posted on February 27 at 7:38 a.m.

No pain no gain, Botany? Should we just lift restrictions and regulations altogether, trusting that the oil and gas companies would pass the resulting savings on to the consumer? And then the bill for cleanup, if the mess they make can even be cleaned up?

I'm wondering why our two environmentally-oriented representatives aren't pressing to ban the practice of fracking completely in California. Forcing the companies to safely dispose of, or monitor ground water for, the very toxic byproducts of fracking will do us little good if our limited source of H2O does become contaminated.

Do they feel that they could never get enough support in the assembly and senate for a total ban on fracking, given the financial power of the oil and gas companies even over the Democratic representatives? Or that we absolutely have to make sopping up the last dregs of fossil fuel a priority over developing other sources of energy, or finding new ways to substantially reduce our overall energy use?

Progressives need to insist that our representatives stop moving the goal posts further to the right, in both Sacremento and Washington DC.

On Jackson, Williams Introduce Fracking Bills

Posted on February 25 at 8:18 a.m.

Drones seem to me to be the opposite of nuclear weapons in that while the latter make the cost of war too great, drones used as assassination tools make dealing in death too easy.

That's not to say I approve of our having a nuclear stockpile. The chance of accident or misuse is far too great and we ought to be working harder toward a nuke-free world.

Permitting drones to be used for domestic snooping also makes it too likely that our right to privacy will be violated. As the Obama administration is showing us, even a supposedly liberal government finds ways to justify its bending of the Constitution. An even more frightened and ignorant populace than ours will almost certainly surrender more freedoms, especially under a more paranoid government.

On More Bush than Bush

Posted on December 9 at 9:36 a.m.

Wow, I didn't know "compassion" was in the conservatives' lexicon but I checked and, yes, it's allowed so long as it's followed by "toward me."

On Carpinteria Councilmember Joe Armendariz Arrested for DUI

Posted on December 5 at 9:24 a.m.

"None of us should try to get in the officer's head," Chief Sanchez says, admitting he's only seen the video and hasn't talked to the officer or witnesses, or reviewed the reports. Excuse me? That's all I've been wanting since this happened, is for someone to get "in the officer's head" and tell us why he went so crazy on someone who so obviously wasn't posing a physical threat.

Today it's Denunzio, tomorrow who? And why? If the chief of police isn't looking into the officer's head, I hope someone else in the department is. And until Sanchez has a better idea of what really went on that night, I don't think he has any more right to comment on it than any of us do. What in his job description, anyway, if it's not knowing his officers inside and out? Especially in a town of this size.

On Police Department Releases Tony Denunzio Arrest Footage

Posted on June 15 at 8:33 a.m.

Thanks, Suzanne. While I would have thought our "anti-drug spending" went mostly to law enforcement, last week I read a story in the L.A. Times that reported this, leading me to realize the War On Drugs is really, like the privatization of prisons, Big Business:

"The majority of U.S. counter-narcotics contracts are awarded to five companies: DynCorp, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, ITT and ARINC, according to the report for the contracting oversight subcommittee, part of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

Counter-narcotics contract spending increased 32% over the five-year period, from $482 million in 2005 to $635 million in 2009. DynCorp, based in Falls Church, Va., received the largest total, $1.1 billion."

On The War on Drugs 40 Years Later

Posted on January 26 at 7:54 a.m.

Homeland Security and ICE don't have more relevant things to do than monitor the internet for porn postings?

On KEYT Employee Pleads Not Guilty to Child Porn Charges

Posted on November 22 at 9:27 a.m.

I didn't know David was gone, Marjorie, and I'm so very sorry. He was, indeed, a delight and a giant bright spot in this community. I met David, I think, when the Howard Dean campaign got me involved in local politics and I remember very, very few gatherings I've attended since then when David wasn't present. I smile remembering phone calls -- seeing "David Wass" on my cellphone screen -- and answering to hear my name in his long, drawn-out way, "Jo-o-o-o-n," followed, inevitably by "I was thinking..."

He was always thinking, wasn't he? And he always had a twinkle in his eye. I'm sure any number of his "enemies" will be on hand in Tuckers' Grove on the 11th to honor him. I'll miss David but I'll definitely miss him with a warm feeling in my heart.

On David P. Wass, 1928-2010

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