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Posted on June 12 at 4:44 p.m.

There is something wrong with our system when the litigant gets $125,000 and the lawyers for the case get $671,000.

On Legal Defeats Cost City $1.59 Million

Posted on June 12 at 4:41 p.m.

It seems to me that the risk of emotional trauma to a driver of suddenly being confronted with a downhill skateboarder, and being unable to avoid an accident is far too high. Think of how the driver would feel for the rest of his life if he accidentally killed someone. People really need to put themselves in other people's shoes once in a while.

On Gibraltar Skateboarder Survives Car Collision

Posted on June 12 at 4:27 p.m.

IV is a great place to live during your college years if you think college is the time for partying, rather than preparing to maximize your future potential through education. Truly serious students feel they have no place else to live, and only tolerate it because they have to. Any high school guidance counselor can tell you that one of the main criteria of college selection for many students is the college's ranking as a "party school." UCSB has one of the top such ranking in the country.

On Isla Vista: Investor's Paradise

Posted on June 12 at 4:21 p.m.

That cannabis may or may not be healthier than alcohol, tobacco and coffee is in no way an argument for cannabis. It could just as easily be taken as an argument against alcohol, tobacco and coffee, especially since it has been established that alcohol and tobacco represent 80% of health care costs, and coincidentally account for 80% of the difference in longevity between men and women.

On New Pot Shop Gets Green Light

Posted on June 12 at 4:10 p.m.

Environmentalists can only do what they can do, or become Amish I suppose. Sam's argument is specious, however his point about the ubiquitousness of environmental pollutants is well-taken.

On Since the oil spill, do you feel safe swimming in the ocean?

Posted on June 8 at 8:36 p.m.

Bill, I actually agree to a point. "Do not judge so that you will not be judged. For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you.…" Nevertheless, "not shaming" Is not the same as saying there are no standards of behavior, or that every action is okay, as you have rightfully pointed out many times in your comments on impulse control. I was actually being a little sarcastic and criticizing the implicit double standard.

On Women on Campus: The Hunted

Posted on June 8 at 4:21 p.m.

Yeah, maybe what we need is some sexual shaming of men. The double standard is alive and well. There are a lot of comments that seem to be desperately seeking justification of bad behavior.

Attention men, if you think it is okay for women to want and enjoy sex with multiple partners, then discard that niggling suspicion that if she cheated on the guy before me, she will probably cheat on me. As long as male jealousy is also alive and well, multiple sex partners is a recipe for all kinds of problems. There is a reason that throughout history, men could openly have mistresses, but heaven help the cheating wife if she should be caught.

Regardless, of the backlash, it is still true that reserving sex for marriage is still the safest and most trust-inducing policy for both genders.

On Women on Campus: The Hunted

Posted on June 6 at 2:40 p.m.

It is most certainly possible to be against rape without aligning oneself to any particular political group. Lay aside the questions of parties, drunkenness, and dubious metaphors for a moment. What men do not seem to know or want to know, is that nearly every woman, even teetotaling women, have been subjected to unwanted and unreported sexual advances, often before their first period. Educators spend a lot of time urging girls to tell someone. Girls and women often do not report because, for whatever reason, the consequences of reporting, even to a parent can be perceived as worse than not reporting. Men who do not know this do not know much about women regardless of any studies.

On Women on Campus: The Hunted

Posted on June 6 at 2:26 p.m.

District elections seem kinda silly in a town as small as Santa Barbara. In big cities, this whole town would be one district. BTW How far away do you have to from from the Eastside to be non-local in such a small town? The Milpas Community Association can write whatever bylaws it wants. If its bylaws permit (or do not prohibit) participation by non Eastside residents, that is their prerogative.

On Even-Year Elections Proving Elusive

Posted on June 6 at 9:47 a.m.

First of all, merely defining the word "moron" in no way indicates that Ms. Smith is one. Second, that is a judgment word. Even primary school logic teaches that judgments are not facts. A judgement may be supported by facts, but the judgment itself is not a fact.

Third, apparently Ms. Smith is not a moron as supported by the fact that she accurately summarized the facts as we known them. She did not cite sources, but Tabatha and I cited a number of credible sources. If you are the blood cancer expert you claim to be, you would not even need the citations. On the contrary, you claim the facts are well-known. Only 5 minutes of homework was enough to establish that you are correct. The facts as she summarized them are well-known. Meanwhile, you have provided not a single source supporting your argument, only a mocking fiction scenario laced with ad hominem.

Finally, even if it were established by fact that someone is a moron, stating so is still a prohibited personal attack and unnecessary. Readers can judge for themselves who is being moronic and who is not in this thread.

How about this approach? The Golden rule will never lead you astray. Personal attack and ad hominem always undermine whatever merit there might have been in an argument. More often, personal attack and ad hominem is used to camouflage an empty argument. It is a kind of misdirection having nothing whatsoever to do with free speech.

If you are prepared to defend your implied argument that an oil spill is no more dangerous than an oil seep, and do it in a civil manner, go for it. In any case, discussions would be a lot more educational and productive if everyone not only followed the Independent Discussion Guidelines, but also went the extra mile to apply the Golden Rule to all their interactions.

Your defense of your violation of the guidelines is tantamount to saying there is no such thing as a personal attack (unless presumably it is directed at you). Clearly, the Independent does not agree with you.

On Soap and Oil

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