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Posted on June 8 at 6:32 p.m.
Well, Santa Barbara certainly has its share of dangerous loony-toons, like this guy.
For example, neo-Nazi Ryan Christopher Zietlow-Brown, the slasher of State Street, who targeted blacks.
Isla Vista is far safer.
On Dispute Between Neighbors Turns Murderous
Posted on June 2 at 5:10 p.m.
Every one of the 200 UC Judicial Hearings I've attended started with a swearing in. Run off with your tail between your legs, sacjon, you are a failure.
On Women on Campus: The Hunted
Posted on June 2 at 4:16 p.m.
As far as I know, yes, UC hearings start with the swearing in of the entire committee.
Did I say UC Judicial Affairs ever *exclusively* should deal with arson, robbery, assault, but I did say they do deal with those issues. The more likely case is that the untrustable US justice system will let those perps walk free, but at UC when you enroll you agree to judgement of judicial affairs, and you are held to higher standards of behavior than at random places in SB County. Thank goodness for that.
sacjon, the reason for the failure to report is the poor behavior of detectives, the DA, and deputies in SB County. They simply cast most of their doubt on the victim. Read about what an actual rape evidence kit session is like and that alone is harrowing. Add to that the smirking and hitting on victims by the male deputies, and it is a huge deterrent to reporting. Yes I've heard directly from women who report rape about those issues.
Don't the males in our criminal justice system owe it to us, to encourage reporting of rape, to stop treating rape victims like opportunities for sexual adventure?
loonpt, I just disagree. I don't believe for a second that more than 1 in 1000 women would report a false rape case. There is a myth that sexual intercourse is agreed to by getting drunk, or even getting naked. It is not. Sure doing those things is unwise, but the responsibility is 100% on the man if he proceeds with a drunken woman, or one who wants to call a halt, period. No different than proceeding with a drill to the skull of a drunken man. The assumption that she really tacitly agreed to the sex is no more accurate than the drunken man agreed to a drill to the head.
If I believed two wrongs made a right, and I don't, I could understand a group of women going around and attacking passed out or drunken men with various objects in there, well, anal canal, and saying, well, he was drunk, he asked for it. Many man get quite a bit of pleasure out of stimulation of the prostate through the anal canal.
Posted on June 2 at 11:45 a.m.
Sorry, billclausen, the County Sherriff & DA have a sorry record with rape victims too, I hear the complaints of young women in Isla Vista. They are pressured into giving up their case, and the judicial process is largely unethical and dishonest. The UC judicial process is far more committed to honesty on the part of all involved... as I've pointed out, our law enforcement, courts, and judges and attorneys take no oath to state the *whole* truth. Indeed law enforcement will be intentionally deceptive. It is an ethical disaster, and hurts rape victims enormously.
Let all those folks take a solemn oath to never tell or represent a *partial* truth, let them swear to always tell the *whole* truth, and never be deceptive in any way.
Actually robbery, assault, and arson all are handled by UC's judicial affairs, for the simple reason that perpetrators can and do get banned from UC property, which of course, is not public property, but governed by the Regents.
Posted on June 1 at 5:22 p.m.
``The problem with the analogy is that a lot of women like having consensual sex and will initiate it. If the female was like, "hey let's go back to my place and you can take a power drill to my head!" is just not a conceivable scenario.''
Of course it is not a conceivable scenario, loonpt, but really, I trust (in say, >90% of the cases) the claims of the woman who said she did not agree to or approve of sexual activity. Some women will change their mind the day after, but I think most who agreed to sexual activity don't change their mind.
The heart of the matter is believing the accuser. If a man gets a power drill to the head, most of us will believe he didn't ask for it. On the other hand, a women who claims she did not ask for sexual intercourse is not given the benefit of the doubt. She should be.
Again, many details of this problem are well described in `Missoula' by Krakauer. Worth reading. If Allison Huguet had not secretly recorded her attacker confessing, no-one would have believed her. There are more examples in that book.
Posted on June 1 at 1:40 p.m.
Sure, there are false accusations (I count our local Eric Frimpong as one) and there is inflation of statistics.
But there is also a horrible problem... reading Krakauer's book `Missoula' convinced me of that.
I think both are true: some men are falsely branded guilty and abused.
And a whole lot more women are truly assaulted and are badly treated in the criminal justice system... Allison Huguet in Missoula is a good example. Her abuser got the benefit of the doubt throughout the process, even though she had his confession recorded on tape.
If two men got drunk together, went to one's apartment, and man `A' took out a power drill and drilled a hole into the head of man `B', we wouldn't assume man `B' `invited' it. I see rape the same way. Even going home and kissing on a bed while drunk is simply not an invitation to sexual intercourse, as the same behavior is not an invitation to drilling a hole in the head with a power drill.
Posted on June 1 at 10:31 a.m.
I strongly agree with the sentiments that underly Susan Rose's piece here.
I watched the detention pen the County Sherriff set up (when it could still be seen from the outside) during IV's Halloween. Drunken young women, sometimes with their skimpy clothing falling off, vomit, urine.... not a pretty scene.
But what really stood out: not a single female deputy overseeing them, and a bunch of leering male deputies. This was when Susan Rose was a County Supervisor.
A major unaddressed problem is the poor treatment rape victims get at the County Sherriff's office. Too few female officers, by a lot. Odd that Susan Rose doesn't mention that.
Posted on May 31 at 5:17 p.m.
The seepage is gradual and doesn't kill pelicans, seals, sea lions, etc. Seepage disperses into much smaller globules than the current spill.
The oldest maps of the seeps (1940's) showed them to be much less active than they are now. The truth is no-one knows why they suddenly became active.
It is not impossible that the oil production at Platform Holly, which includes re-injection of pressurized liquids, has upped the seepage rate.
Simple chemical analysis can distinguish whether a specific globule came from a seep or from the spill. Of course, the oil industry doesn't want that analysis to be done, because in absence of such data they can claim that every globule comes from a seep.
On Bureaucrats Talk to Public About Refugio Oil Response
Posted on May 27 at 9:01 p.m.
The Coal Oil Point reserve **is in the Isla Vista Census Designated Place**, not `west of Isla Vista'.
Funny how the media will use statistics and facts from the Isla Vista Census Designated Place (like the 23,000 population) to impugn Isla Vista, but not use the same CDP to describe positive aspects of Isla Vista.
The Isla Vista CDP has an area of 1.9 square miles and a population of 23,000, including quite a bit of open space including the reserve and areas along the airport boundary. The population density of the CDP is unremarkable: 25 more California communities are more dense than the IV CDP, because of all that open space.
County-administered IV has an area of 0.55 square miles and a population of 14,800, and a density that places it between 80th and 90th among similar places in California. That is, the density of the densest part of Isla Vista is nothing special... loads of similar neighborhoods in San Francisco, Oakland, and Los Angeles are more dense than Isla Vista.
Isla Vista has wonderful open space and is home to a terrific nature reserve.
On Official Refugio Cleanup Order Issued
Posted on May 27 at 10:32 a.m.
Isla Vista is a wonderful community, so nice that a positive article is finally written by the Indy. Too bad it took a tragedy to get there.
On Isla Vista Remembers