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Posted on October 8 at 11:50 p.m.
Marriage is stupid. If I really hated gay people I'd want them to get married so they can hate each other. It's just a stamp the government gives, it doesn't encourage anything. Young brides go nuts over it, then they sue their husbands for all they're worth. It makes gay people happy(more gay), they move here, pay more taxes. We have a budget crisis. It's not a moral issue. The world won't end. I've lived in countries with gay marriage, the world didn't end and gay people weren't forcing everyone to be gay. It's only a big deal if you choose to make it a big deal. Gay people exist in all societies, even Iran. They're born that way.
I don't think we should encourage one way or the other, just put that govt stamp on the marriage certificate and collect the money. Let the rest of us decide who we want to be with. I also have no problems with polygamy. I don't think we should get into people's private lives and legislate their behavior, preferences, etc. Get government out of the bedroom. We hear a lot about the evils of big government, but I've yet to see that followed to action.
Set up vending machines throughout the state selling those things for $1k/pop. Ka-ching.
Posted on October 8 at 11:07 p.m.
Good foster parents are hard to find, and abuse sadly takes place. By allowing for gay marriage, there are more families to choose from when deciding on foster parents thus there's less probability of an abusive situation. As is, the state is forced at times to adopt to parents that are less than ideal. Two male incomes = lots of money, combine that with love and you have a better situation than some kid thrown in a trailer and abused while living in poverty. Some foster children are killed by their foster parents, even in our neck of the woods:
http://www.ksby.com/Global/story.asp?...Santa Maria woman arrested for alleged murder of 3-year-old foster child
Posted on September 23 at 12:31 a.m.
Having said all that, I think McCain TP is in bad taste and I wouldn't purchase it. This TP moves everyone away from the issues and it offends, it doesn't add anything to the discussion. We just wasted time discussing toilet paper. How about this bailout package, war in Iraq, health care, lobbyists, taxation, tax cuts, deficit. The presidential election shouldn't be a high school popularity contest. Remember when we heard how Al Gore wasn't charismatic enough, now that the dem nominee is charismatic, he's a Britney Spears celebrity.
BS, how about the friggin' issues. It's easy to sit around like old maids and gossip, how about researching each candidate's position then debating intelligently.
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Posted on September 22 at 11:13 p.m.
> Please name ONE accomplishment. Is a passion to serve really a qualification?
** First legislation, the HOPE Act, which increased Pell Grants to $5100, and later joined Senator Kennedy on the Higher Education legislation that passed July 20, by a vote of 78-18.
**The Coburn-Obama Government Transparency Act of 2006http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_...
**The Lugar-Obama Nuclear Non-proliferation and Conventional Weapons Threat Reduction ActAuthored by U.S. Sens. Dick Lugar (R-IN) and Barack Obama (D-IL), the Lugar-Obama initiative expands U.S. cooperation to destroy conventional weapons. Signed into Law on January 11, 2007.http://my.barackobama.com/page/commun...
**The 2007 Government Ethics Billhttp://www.commonblog.com/story/2007/...** The $-1²¼Democratic Republic of the Congo Relief, Security, and Democracy Promotion Act.http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill....
** S116 - Summer Learning demonstration project to provide summer learning grants and encourage new teaching methods.http://www.pasesetter.org/demonstrati...
Obama's Global Poverty Act of 2007WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Barack Obama (D-IL), Chuck Hagel (R-NE), and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA)
Amendments, that have all passed:
S.Amdt.159 to S.Con.Res.18 - To prevent and, if necessary, respond to an international outbreak of the avian flu.
S.Amdt.390 to H.R.1268 - Meal and telephone benefits for members of the Armed Forces who are recuperating from injuries incurred on active duty in Iraq
S.Amdt.670 to H.R.3 - To provide for Flexible Fuel Vehicle (FFV) refueling capability at new and existing refueling station facilities to promote energy security and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
S.Amdt.808 to H.R.6 - To establish a program to develop Fischer-Tropsch transportation fuels from Illinois basin coal.
S.Amdt.851 to H.R.6 - To require the Secretary to establish a Joint Flexible Fuel/Hybrid Vehicle Commercialization Initiative, and for other purposes.
S.Amdt.1362 to S.1042 - To require a report on the Department of Defense Composite Health Care System II.
S.Amdt.1453 to S.1402 - To ensure the protection of military and civilian personnel in the Department of Defense from an influenza pandemic, including an avian influenza pandemic.
S.Amdt.2301 to H.R.3010 - To increase funds to the Thurgood Marshall Legal Educational Opportunity Program and to the Office of Special Education Programs of the Department of Education for the purposes of expanding positive behavioral interventions and supports.
S.Amdt.2605 to S.2020 - FEMA no-bid contracting.
S.Amdt.2930 to S.2349
S.Amdt.3144 to S.Con.Res.83 - $40 million for the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program
S. Amdt 41 to S. 1 To require lobbyists to disclose the candidates, leadership PACs, or political parties
Posted on September 21 at 10:04 p.m.
Why would you live in this liberal-infested city if you hate liberals? Why not move to the wonderful state of Texas(minus Austin). There you can find no pesky architecture review boards and no building restrictions -- a paradise of sprawling concrete suburbs as far as the eye can see.
Posted on September 20 at 2:54 p.m.
That is at least a debatable position, the astroturfing SOS California group seems to be blowing smoke.
But I would disagree with you, drilling off the coast would do little to remove the addiction to foreign oil since the added oil production would be a fraction of the oil we use:
If we really wanted to remove our addiction to foreign oil we would be spending $600B on alternative fuel research vs throwing $600B at Iraq. Oill drilling will only provide a fraction of the oil needs of the USA, 30 years from now. Research into algae-based biodiesel for example holds more promises regarding energy independence. I am all for energy independence as well.
Also, as I have said, the constantly polluted gulf of mexico does not provide an example of how far our technology has come, leaks still happen every year there, and they will happen here if we expand oil drilling. We don't hear about it because the coasts along the gulf are already ecological disaster areas. Tourists come to California, not Texas, to visit beautiful beaches. Our economy relies on tourism. What we would gain with expanded oil drilling we would lose with a decrease in tourism as we become another gulf of mexico.
Then you look at how Exxon has fought tooth and nail against paying out damages for the Exxon Valdez oil spill, taking it all the way to the supreme court, and it's clear that expanded oil drilling is a losing proposition for Santa Barbara. Of course people in north county who wouldn't be affected by spills will clamor for it.
And I never said that we should oppose new drilling since oil companies will make a profit. I don't care about their profit, it's only interesting in terms of motivations, I care about our fragile ecosystem. Make as much profit as you want, just don't mess with our environment. I make plenty of profit, but of course I do that with websites and I don't take a dump over the environment.
They said years ago no problem, they would put a pipeline in, remove the barge, and now it turns out they want to expand drilling before they do these things. Again they are having their way with us and they haven't even expanded oil drilling yet. How stupid do they think we are... PR fronts(Oil Drilling is Good For You), backing out on past statements.
Then of course there are these quotes after the 1969 spill:
Fred L. Hartley, president of Union Oil Co.:"I don't like to call it a disaster," because there has been no loss of human life."I am amazed at the publicity for the loss of a few birds."
I don't mind expanded drilling in the gulf of mexico, it's already an ecological disaster area.
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Posted on September 20 at 11:50 a.m.
The 5 figure came from an environmental group but I'm looking for a better source.
The quote from the UCSB scientist came from the UCSB scientist.
The point is, at first glance this is a harmless group of random liberal citizens excited about stopping oil seepage. Then you look further and you see a bunch of ties to the oil industry. And GOPers, an anomaly in this town, which tends to be pretty liberal. A random group of local citizens doesn't stand to profit from expanded oil drilling, this group does. How it works in the PR industry is a client comes to you asking to influence the public because the public is adamantly against their position(ie everyone is anti-oil). So the client uses his connections, maybe someone from Venoco/Exxon calls the founders of SOS after working with them in the past, gives them some cash and they run with it, creating SOS california.
Also, Lad Handelman is the founder of this company:
> Oceaneering is a global oilfield provider of engineered services and products primarily to the offshore oil and gas industry, with a focus on deepwater applications.
But it is public so he probably sold his chunk.
More interestingly, this company:
> We provide a full range of services that includes Marine Construction, Commercial Diving, Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV), and Vessel contracting services.
Handelman is a board member:
So we have just proved that he stands to profit from more oil drilling. Contact with the oil industry is fine, but standing to profit from this group's actions is a different matter, I think that is highly relevant to anyone looking into SOS California and their motivations.
This gets more and more interesting as I look into this. But I am but a layman at this game, I can only google search. This would definitely make for a spicy investigative report. So thanks for helping to kick it off, I already contacted the Independent about it and referred them to the comments of this article, they thanked me.
Posted on September 19 at 3:59 p.m.
Lad Handelman donated to Mitt Romney.
Pic and info about him:
Posted on September 19 at 1:57 p.m.
The more you look into this, the more interesting it gets. Judy Rossiter is on SOS's whois page and authors articles for SOS. Is this the same Judy Rossiter who owns the PRStore in Santa Maria?
PR companies are well known for astroturfing, could there be a link? Our local reporters are always churning out stories about how the waves break this way or that way, this could make for an interesting investigative report don't you think?
Posted on September 19 at 12:10 p.m.
You mentioned you were into facts.
The scientists who funded the study that SOS references say that SOS overstates their conclusions:
> However, Bruce P. Luyendyk, a UCSB professor of marine geophysics who conducted the study used by SOS, said he believes the group is "overstating" the negative impacts of seepage.
Regarding SOS, you have to be insane to not recognize this as a PR front. Go read the book, "Toxic Sludge is Good for You". Local community grassroots astroturfing is a time honored business for oil companies.
2 minutes of research revealed the address in SOS's whois information:
121 Via del Cielo
A google search reveals this company is there:
http://www.mmcg.net/ (The Marine MammalConsulting Group (MMCG) )
What do they do?
MMCG helps industry comply with such regulations, yet still complete projects on time and on budget.
Their employees have worked on projects with oil companies:
And the founder?
MMCG was established in 1992 by Peter Howorth and Lad Handelman. Howorth has worked with marine mammals since 1962. He is recognized by state and federal regulatory agencies as a mitigation expert. He has worked extensively in this country as well as in other countries. Handelman was a founder and CEO of two of today's premier offshore underwater contractors, Oceaneering International and Cal Dive International.
They stand to profit from more oil drilling since they will be needed to issue reports for expanded drilling.
That's a far cry from a bunch of people in our community clamoring to stop oil seepage via oil drilling.