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Posted on November 29 at 10:31 a.m.
Yes, Bill, "freedom of religion - a civil right guaranteed by the First Amendment to the US Constitution" is certainly a watershed moment in human development, thanks to James Madison. Yet even with such an enlightened provision, the road to such expression was often bumpy. Why did Roger Williams leave Massachusetts, of all places, the home of Harvard University, for Rhode Island? And the emergence of Joseph Smith, Jr., as founder of the Church of the Latter Day Saints, was not greeted with shouts of jubilation. In fact, Mormon followers, in somewhat similar fashion as the Cherokee peoples of Georgia, had to make a similar trek to the Utah territory to fully realize that freedom. During our recent presidential campaign, I personally was stunned to witness on television presidential hopeful, Mitt Romney, being refused a handshake by a disgruntled citizen in Texas as he extended his hand. Fortunately, the expression we all applaud might be attributed to the the fact that the United States was a young nation in formation where entrenched orthodoxies hadn't taken hold as in older civilizations. So hooray for youth and the Bill of Rights. I might point our here that some of the African slaves were Islamics who converted to Christianity under duress.
On Goleta Mosque Closer to Reality
Posted on November 28 at 8:30 a.m.
If such a belated reality is coming closer in Goleta, then can the same be far away in an equally quiet suburb of Los Angeles named Alhambra?
Posted on November 14 at 2:31 p.m.
There are many high rollers from Africa shopping in Switzerland these days. And entourages of women from African oil producing nations regularly are seen about Switzerland shopping, their husbands executing business matters at Credit Suisse. In fact, the latest economic reports I've mulled over seem to suggest that an Angolan woman has quite a few more dollars than O. Then again, while working the Christmas sale season at J. W. Robinson in Beverly Hills, I was careful not to make value judgments on the basis of mere appearance alone. In the Swiss matter you refer to, the world of appearances was deceiving, wasn't it? So I think I'd have handled the matter differently and with tact. But for now, I prefer to let sleeping dogs lie..
On Oprah Winfrey to Receive Film Fest's Montecito Award
Posted on November 14 at 8:51 a.m.
See whatcha get for being just another face in the crowd? I mean I had so wanted over the years to see O as her earlier counterpart in business and influence, Sarah Breedlove, who went on to fame in commerce as Madame C. J. Walker and breaking fresh business ground at a very difficult time in American history for women of any color but more so for a woman of color.. For example, legend has it that Breedlove's Westchester County mansion (something as equally unusual as O's mansion in exclusive Montecito) was the social scene of many a party attended by many notables from the national and international set, something socially unprecedented for the time. Breedlove's success story has so many other parallels to O's life that I've always been amazed that it did not occur to any in O's entourage to raise the doability of such a project. After all, what do we have here central the mix? The stunning rise, de profundis, of two high achieving women of color!
Posted on November 13 at 9:12 a.m.
The girl's all right with me. You know the girl's all right. Anyone with a smile such as that and can come up with a knockout line like, “Live your life now. You can rest when you die" has got to be all right! A single mom? Do I assume rightly a marriage that didn't work out? With so much going for her, family, a fantastic job, friends, and surroundings, yeah, by all means, stay right where you are, in Santa Barbara!
On The S.B. Questionnaire: Tanya Spears Guiliacci
Posted on October 29 at 10:35 a.m.
Someone, please tell me that what I'm reading isn't true? John Luke Ruiz, "Johnny," is a standout in my often strolls into yesteryear! This can't be true. But if it is, then my mourning and grief runs deep. And may I express to family and those who loved him, as I did, my profound condolences. Time does dim many things from days gone by. But it doesn't quite erase all that took place. Even though I hadn't seen Johnny in many a summer, I did from time to time bring up his memory in my thoughts. Johnny, you were an excellent human being who is well remembered by this classmate of yours. I am deeply saddened by what I have just read!
On Obituary for John Luke Ruiz
Posted on October 15 at 9:19 a.m.
Here's hoping coaches of today expand tennis play to include a more varied style of on-court play. The power game is frankly boring, as many see it, in that the spectator is not given enough pluck for the buck. Instead, it's power, power, and more power. Also the level of noise, coming mainly from the women's side, is increasingly being criticized. Is it really all that helpful in on-court play? Many think not. But it's heartwarming to see tennis alive and well in SB. And here's to a greater American presence into a sport America, along with its cousin, Australia, once owned. As it stands now, the ova's have taken ova tennis!
On UCSB Women’s Tennis Coach Makes National News
Posted on September 27 at 12:01 p.m.
No need ever to qualify rape with an adverb! Ever! The act speaks for itself as being savage. So once was too many, wasn't it? And will someone please explain under what circumstance his license hasn't been revoked?
On Cottage Abuse Victims Speak Out
Posted on September 27 at 11:39 a.m.
Let me see here. " ...sexually assaulting partially paralyzed female patients recovering from brain injuries as he helped them shower." Come again? Yep, I read correctly, "...as HE helped them shower." Under what circumstance was the fox put in charge of the henhouse? Tsk! Tsk!
On Sex Abuse Cover-up At Cottage Hospital?
Posted on September 22 at 4:01 p.m.
@Interesting. Interesting, indeed. But I seem to remember that in early socialization children were taught not to speak to strangers. And that is early socialization, mind you. By time both genders are beginning middle school those patterns should be well internalized and practiced. So it follows, then, that in early adulthood (from 18 on) the command "avoid getting into cars with strangers" should be a well ingrained survival mechanism. Now, pardon me while I enroll at Harvard to be brought up to speed as to how a "...not fully formed brain..." trumps what should be by now instinctive survival reactions.
On City College Student Sexually Assaulted
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