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Posted on December 17 at 4:23 p.m.

Racial Profiling on the West Wing

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Posted on December 17 at 12:28 p.m.

"The fact that so many people died clearly shows he was being reckless."

Yes, he was being reckless... but the entire reason for his existence was due to the problem of legitimate doctors being fearful of this type of prosecution. It would have been better for many of these patients had their regular doctors been less fearful of prescribing them. They would have better monitored their dosages.

The 20 people who died were addicts with pain. Guess what? Alcohol is legal and that is addictive, too. Who is to say these 20 people if they didn't have access to opiates through the Candyman wouldn't be alcoholics instead? Or who is to say they wouldn't be buying heroin off the street?

The best thing we can do for addicts is not to drive the industry underground or restrict it so heavily that legitimate doctors fear prosecution for prescribing medications to their patients. This causes the price and the perceived value of these substances to go through the roof, it causes people to seek less legitimate means of obtaining these substances and can also lead to people getting impure medications from the underground market.

Addicts will always have access to addictive and dangerous substances and time after time, from the prohibition of alcohol to the prohibition of drugs we have seen that making these substances illegal or restricting them heavily ends up causing more problems than it solves.

On ‘Candyman’ Now Facing 1,500 Years in Prison

Posted on December 17 at 12:23 p.m.

A message to the Thorns:

On Christmas Naughty List

Posted on December 17 at 12:15 p.m.

"Do you think the 20 dead people and their families would agree with you Loon?"

If they read my entire post in a thoughtful manner, unlike yourself, then yes.

On ‘Candyman’ Now Facing 1,500 Years in Prison

Posted on December 17 at 12:06 p.m.

You aren't reading my post, what I said was that the statistics make IV appear to be 'dangerous' when it isn't and that people who live there go through these horrible experiences when almost none do. The regurgitation of feminist garbage about rape culture by the author is ridiculous as well. Rape has gone down at least 25% in the last 30 or 40 years in part due to easy access of online pornography. There is no rape epidemic. There will always be individual instances and people should be aware, women should taken caution in how much they drink and be with people they trust. Basic common sense.

I didn't ask for any more cops in IV after my bike was stolen. My bike had a serial number imprinted on it from when I registered it as a freshman, so I reported it stolen in case it was found. Beyond filing a report, that doesn't require much in the way of resources. Also, as it has been pointed out numerous times by other posters IV receives less resources per capita than other areas in the county. Residents are putting in more than they are getting out. If anything, IV should be allowed more resources... but I would only give them resources they ask for. You don't need more cops on Friday and Saturday night. You don't need cops out enforcing alcohol and noise ordinances. Noise ordinances should only be enforced when neighbors complain. There are CSO out looking for people causing problems, they can call in the cops if there is a serious situation.

If anything there should be more cops patrolling when the students are gone for the holidays, not when they are out partying just so they can give them tickets for drinking, ruin their lives for no reason and make money.

On The Isla Vista Problem Isn’t an Isla Vista Problem

Posted on December 17 at 11:34 a.m.

The problem with the statistics in the article is that it skews things into sounding much, much worse than they actually are. It surprises me that this person has ever even lived in IV. Why doesn't the Independent get people to write for them who have a better understanding of IV and the culture?

Stealing a bike is a property crime. I had my bike stolen in IV. Most people seem to have a bike stolen at some point in the 4 years they are at UCSB. Is that a bad thing? Yes, but it isn't the worst thing in the entire world to have one of your bikes stolen in a 4 year period especially if that is the worst thing that happens to you.. I had my bike stolen one time when I was a kid in the suburbs. Nobody breaks into your house to steal your bike, they just cut a lock and take off with it. It sucks, but that is about it. To say that having your bike stolen is akin to living in some type of horrible dangerous environment is completely absurd. IV can be a relatively easy target for property crime, no doubt, when I was there pretty much everybody had an open door policy.. but we also kinda all knew each other and would watch out for our roommates and neighbors. The only time any of us ever had a problem was over winter break, one of my friends had their house broken into over winter break when nobody was around and had a stereo stolen.. which is crazy because the whole rest of the year they would leave their door open and nothing ever got stolen then..

A violent crime in IV might be a drunken brawl between two douchebags who want to fight each other. I'm not saying that's a good thing, but how can you put that crime in the same category as an armed robbery by gang members in South LA, or even an armed robbery in Goleta? Both are "violent crimes", but one could be an armed gunman inside the home of an innocent family whereas the other is just two douchebags fighting in a parking lot..

When talking 'trash' on IV in these Independent columns, can the editors please use a bit more discretion about how these types of statistics are skewed to make IV look much worse than it actually is??

On The Isla Vista Problem Isn’t an Isla Vista Problem

Posted on December 17 at 11:05 a.m.

I hope he gets out on time served..

The reason most of his patients had to go to the "Candyman" in the first place was likely because they had legitimate pain that needed to be treated and their actual doctor refused to prescribe them pain medications at all, or refused to prescribe them in the doses they required because they were afraid of facing prosecution and revocation of their license.

If they had all been prescribed these substances by their regular doctor instead and doctors had less to fear from facing this type of prosecution, they would have been prescribed more reasonable yet effective amounts.

However most of these patients would have benefited greatly from a pain medication that is non-addictive, highly effective and non-toxic and that is cannabis. Unfortunately in most cases you have to go to a "special" doctor to get this prescription and there are still ridiculous restrictions on employment and otherwise that accompany using this safe alternative pain medication.

Until we change our attitudes and laws regarding using cannabis as medication, we will continue to see people dying while using dangerous, addictive and in many cases less effective prescription medications. Ya, technically it is 'legal', but it's still not completely accepted and I'm not going to force anybody to accept it but as long as you don't, you are part of the problem.

On ‘Candyman’ Now Facing 1,500 Years in Prison

Posted on December 16 at 6:32 p.m.

"I would rather die in a country that upholds every human’s inalienable rights than live in a country ‘protected’ by barbarous thugs."

On Reaction to CIA torture report?

Posted on December 15 at 2:56 p.m.

"So then dewdly playing devils advocate here, what would be the point of torturing these guys at all if there was no actionable intelligence, other than as a smoke screen for what may be really going on elsewhere."

Torturing Muslims creates more hatred and extremist groups in the MIddle East, which they are attempting to destabilize.

Also, pretty much any 'theory' coming out of the MSM about anything important going on in the world you can bet is wrong.

On Last Train to DogVille

Posted on December 15 at 2:52 p.m.

Anybody who is "overpaid" is only overpaid because of government created monopolies.

Bankers and similar financial institutions which benefit from artificially lowered interest rates are overpaid because of the Federal Reserve banking monopoly.

Sports teams monopolies and entertainment monopolies are created primarily through regulations put in place by the Federal Communications Commission.

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