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Posted on April 10 at 10:21 a.m.
I doubt that the traffic counts of **AUTOMOBILES** are accurate. Perhaps we should call for an immediately halt of all auto-oriented road projects pending a detailed review of the auto traffic counts. Odd how Cars are Basic don't focus at all on the accuracy of auto counts; they only focus on the accuracy of the counts of bikes, Basically because they are emotionally opposed to bikes; rationality would call for a review of **ALL** counts.
Quite a few cyclists have been **KILLED** by auto drivers in the past few years in Santa Barbara County: Jake Boysel, Martin Luna, Antonio Guerca, Erik Okerblom, Kendra Payne, James Hamlin, or Matthew O'Neill, to name a few.
The cause was not *ever* a cyclist running a stop sign. The cause was in every single case careless driving by an automobile driver.
And so, what is the solution that auto drivers propose to the epidemic of cyclist killings in Santa Barbara County? Cyclists should do better at stopping at signs. Check. MRDA.
Car drivers are incredibly careless here... every few weeks another car driver drives the wrong way on the 101, and every few years there is a horrific accident killing multiple innocent car occupants because of the wrong-way 101 driving. But you never hear any car driver calling for better respect for safety by other car drivers.
As for costs, Measure A is a sales tax on all sales, regardless of whether you own a car or not. The vast majority of that money gets spent on car-related improvements. Non-car owners vastly subsidize car owners in this County.
On Car Chasing the Dog
Posted on February 9 at 12:18 p.m.
Perhaps Nayra Pacheco can name one country or city in the world *not* founded on historical injustices and institutional inequities.
To deal with the 11 million or so illegals, we do need to tax ourselves at the trillion-dollar level to pay for the exportations. I'm often surprised at how ignorant many commenters are here... a plane ticket back to Mexico might be cheap, but proving that any given person qualifies for deportation is not cheap.
As for the 14th Amendment, remember: "Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman's two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said "the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether."
We are only 150 years out from the Civil War.
On The People's Voice
Posted on February 4 at 9:04 a.m.
The GDP of Greece is comparable to that of the US State of Oregon, or of Connecticut. Yawn.
Or, 1/10 that of the State of California.
Yawn. Why the big deal about Greece? And if you were silly enough to loan them money, maybe you should lose some of it.
But boy oh boy, Germany and the US have some horrible history in Greece that we forget but they don't. One of my Greek friends in college felt that the US had come in and backed the Nazi sympathizers after WWII. That is hard to walk back.
On The Rejection of Austerity in Greece
Posted on January 28 at 11:18 a.m.
Our taxes pay for the air handling system in City Hall.
Atoms that we paid for processing end up in the bodies of City Council members!
Therefore, FOIA requests should be made by the News-Press for any action taken by a City Council member while taxpayer-paid-for atoms are in the members bodies!
In fact, the News-Press could just request a direct plumbing connection from the privies at City Hall, where many taxpayer-paid-for atoms end up, right on to Scott Steepleton's desk.
I'm sure his inquiring mind wants to know exactly what is in the poop and pee excreted by City Council members.
On <em>News-Press</em> Takes on Murillo
Posted on January 10 at 2:18 p.m.
Unimagintives, literals, and two-dimensionals don't seem to get noun-ification.
On Protestors Blast <em>News-Press</em> Headline
Posted on January 10 at 11:28 a.m.
The illegals said to the poor, the meek, and the sick: rise up, don't let nounification oppress you! The rich, the brazen, and the confident disagreed.
Posted on January 9 at 12:59 p.m.
According to the OED, `illegal immigrant' dates from 1939, first used to describe Jewish people who settled in British-controlled Palestine.
Posted on January 8 at 4:21 p.m.
I lived for a while in Switzerland, in Suisse Romande. A visitor once stayed for 2 weeks with us. After 1.5 weeks, a local policeman came to our door, and asked for the documents of our visitor, to see if they were in order. The policeman saw our radio not he counter and asked (politely) for proof we'd paid the radio tax that year. Luckily we had the little receipt from the post office.
Switzerland is a police state, don't let anyone fool you. A polite, well managed police state. Americans wouldn't stand for that level of policing.
But I think we need a systematic effort to get national ID cards out, very high tech, with enough funding to cover the usual objections... that is, really good canvassing of poor areas of the US with honest bureaucrats who work hard to sort out the fakers from the true US citizens who happen to live outside the normal bureaucratic records.
On Protest Planned over <em>News-Press</em> Headline
Posted on January 8 at 2:53 p.m.
What lightweights you are, 88 & JarvisJarvis. To successfully deport 11 million illegal immigrants, there will have to be a huge, enormous government undertaking. Lawyers will get rich. Whining about how it happened in the past counts for nothing. Only real, honest to goodness plans, including a strategy to find the $300 billion to do it count. Otherwise, you are pissing up a rope into the breeze. Well, you love the warm feeling and the smell, maybe that is what you are all about.
Posted on January 8 at 1:30 p.m.
And when the police grab you, JarvisJarvis, and give you the $250 ride to Mexico City, you won't call a lawyer and start filing a lawsuit? Of course they'll say all your proofs are counterfeit, hey, for illegals like you, it is guilty until proven innocent.