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Posted on December 25 at 12:39 p.m.
J-J, your post ending in Pace in Terrem was certainly an excellent read in miniature. There for a moment, I could have sworn I was reading from Professor Ira Berlin, University of Maryland, who is a leading historian on cultural tragedy in America. If you should find time, may I post this link:
I will end by saying that it's puzzling why this amazing historian is not called upon more in highly visible venues such as Anderson Cooper and NBC. Professor Berlin is as mesmerizing as Professor Chomsky in lecture, whom the godfather of structural linguistics referred to as /K/omsky.
On Police Prejudiced Against 'Blacks and Browns'?
Posted on December 25 at 8:32 a.m.
@nativeson...There are many more of these inspiring narratives, inspiring despite the social climate. His and many others are proof positive that water seeks its own level.
But on the subject of "qualified people," there is such a thing as a late bloomer, too, during which time many people find their groove. Remember that beautiful garden blossomed over time with a lot of tender, loving care!
On From UCSB Basketball to Tuskegee Airman
Posted on December 24 at 5:55 p.m.
Isn't this telling about public interests and tastes? This heartwarming story merited zero attention from the public when contrasted to, at last count, seventy some posts on a disheartening story concerning the issue of profiling.
Even more telling is how the ubiquitous question of "race" trumps almost any other subject, including Americans being beheaded on camera across the seas. This is not to overlook the numerous mass murders that have taken place in mainstream America, including affluent Santa Barbara.
The year 2015 is fast approaching. So in view of this continuing social malaise, does Ecclesiastes have a point? That the more things change, the more they remain the same?
Posted on December 23 at 6:30 p.m.
Civic involvement to discuss in civil fashion a brushfire that needs putting out. This is a fine step forward.
Wouldn't it be great if the Santa Barbara Police Department were to start a program of getting to know what each other is all about by addressing students at junior high level at assemblies on Friday?
Something, say, under the banner of Operation Reach Out.
Posted on December 18 at 12:37 a.m.
Que El Senor le bendiga por lo bien que Vd. ha hecho durante su maravillosa vida. Yo mismo tengo los mejores recuerdos de Vd. y su restaurante, donde yo siempre compraba para llevar los taquitos que servia y que fueron mis favoritos, de vez en cuando la unica comida del dia. Fijese!
Duerme bien, Dona. Y vaya con la virgen.
On Obituary for Agnes Mata Guevara
Posted on December 18 at 12:13 a.m.
In a criminal matter, the burden of proof is on the accuser. It is not up to the accused to defend since there is a presumption of innocence until proven guilty under Anglo-Saxon Law.
Then, too, in a criminal matter, the bar is beyond all reasonable doubt in a court of law, where the accused is supposedly judged by his peers, not in a media driven circus, where a she says script has been written but no reference having been made as to cross examination.
Would it not have been better for the accusers to go right place then and lodge a complaint, the police, who would have taken the matter under investigation? As it stands decades later, it seems everyone and his cousin was advised of the felony but the very law enforcement agency charged to investigate the matter in the first place.
On When Accusations of Rape Disturb the "Natural Order of Things"
Posted on December 17 at 6:23 p.m.
@SB2SB...Yours is a most likely scenario. So the best thing we can expect in a field interview -- assuming it to be a field interview -- is for cool heads on both sides to prevail. Unfortunately, there have been cases where this hasn't been the case. Media accounts on such fall-outs are legion.
The field interview is a necessary component of law enforcement and is going to be utilized, period. Unfortunately, foot traffic, especially at dark hours, is subject to the field interview. So again, what is of utmost importance is that the officer and the one being interviewed remain as calm as possible under the circumstances, granted sometimes embarrassing to the latter. Remember that clear and present danger is always a possibility in executing the interview. Small wonder, then, that the officer rightfully kept her hands on the service revolver. And having been so instructed to do so in police academy protocol, it is highly likely that she would've conducted the interview in the same manner whatever the ethnicity.
In sum, it might be wise that police academy training incorporate, if it hasn't already, a fair interview protocol when doing the field interview. For example, the what have I arrested you for protocol is provocative and should be discarded. Also, the what are you doing in this neighborhood approach should equally be reviewed, especially after a computer check reveals no priors for the interviewee.
Not claiming to be an authority or advancing ideas that have probably been thought of previously, could enlisting the help of local church leaders as social bridge builders be tabled?
On Racial Profiling on the Westside
Posted on December 15 at 10:49 a.m.
"As long as Jerry Lee Lewis is alive, rock ’n’ roll will survive." All right. Then laissez les bon temps rouler! Or should that be, que la fete commence?
On Jerry Lee Lewis
Posted on December 13 at 8:54 a.m.
I wish these health "authorities" would make up their minds on the matter. I, too, read an opposing position to that of Miss Klein-Rothschild's.
Luckily here, Mr. John Tieber excerpts the same position on this year's flu vaccine: "...Even the USA CDC, not often a credible source, admitted ten days ago (3 December) that this year’s flu vaccine will not be effective for the most common strain of influenza (H3N2)."
So what say you, Miss Klein-Rothschild? Have I subjected myself to a worthless vaccine?
On Public Health Encourages Flu Shots
Posted on December 12 at 11:32 a.m.
Tengo yo los buenos recuerdos de ella! Los taquitos llenaron dia tras dia el estomago de un pobre y de vez en cuando fueron la unica comida del dia. Asi que comi muchos taquitos, fijense! lol!!!
Vaya con la Virgen, Dona, quien le espera con brazos abiertos!
On Rose Café Matriarch Dies