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Posted on August 30 at 4:57 p.m.

"Yes onshore oil has been good stewards for over 100 years, which is why your side can only regurgitate hollow talking points instead of enlightening us with facts."

Greka Energy had 400 waste leaks in 10 years…

Not a hollow talking point at all.

On Unintended Consequences

Posted on July 31 at 7:29 a.m.

Great column. One name... Smedley Butler. Want to understand US policy toward Central America? Look him up.

On A Once and Future Dog

Posted on July 22 at 10:54 p.m.

Botello's case ended in a mistrial, and then the prosecution was dropped:

Car drivers can kill bicyclists with impunity (except, of course, they feel bad for a while) in this country.

On Biking Across Santa Barbara

Posted on July 21 at 2:37 a.m.

vonG, I feel so bad for those car drivers who have killed cyclists. The car drivers I'm sure feel regret for the rest of their lives.

But I feel a whole worse for the cyclists they killed.

Jake Boysel, 12 years old, was riding legally in the bike lane when the speeding Ernesto Botello hit him so hard that Jake was blown out of his shoes. Yet Botello didn't serve a minute in jail. Ditto the drivers who killed Eric Okerblom and Kendra Payne.

It is rare in America for feeling bad to constitute a sufficient deterrent to prevent a crime which results in a death.

There is kind of a tyranny of car drivers: they feel they can be careless and kill with impunity. The billions spent of freeways just for their cars isn't enough for them, they can't be bothered to be just a little more careful and quit texting, quit talking on the phone, slow down, arrive 10 seconds later, etc, to save the life a a cyclist. Weird.

On Biking Across Santa Barbara

Posted on July 17 at 11:23 a.m.

Traffic at Storke & Hollister is truly ferocious now. It is not uncommon for me to wait 5 minutes to get through the two stoplights, one at Storke & Hollister and the other at the Marketplace entrance drive.

All the promises about support of buses, bikes, and walking to Camino Real Marketplace, made by the County & the Developer during the EIR process for Camino Real Marketplace were broken without comment, apology, & regret by local government (and the developer). There was going to be a transit station. There was going to be support for bike commuters (showers, bike boxes, etc). Actually there are signs inside Camino Real Marketplace that forbid bikes, but everyone ignores them. There was going to be a new pedestrian overpass across the 101, where 2 young people have died running across the road.

And after all the dishonesty, huge new projects across Hollister from CRM and down the street at Los Carneros; the new Deckers corporate headquarters; new hotels all around.

What the City of Goleta has done is first lie a lot, and now the have exponentially increased the lies with these projects. Time to recall the entire Council.

On Goleta Approves 465-Unit Building Project

Posted on July 2 at 6:54 a.m.

I like the Black Hills of South Dakota. The wildflowers are sublime, as is the landscape.

On Ms. Roshell Goes to Washington

Posted on June 4 at 8:11 a.m.

Roger Aceves was a public union member who retired at 53 and receives a generous public pension.

On Janet and Bill Win Big; M Loses Small

Posted on May 26 at 4:16 p.m.

Strange that a UK group recently did a documentary on Thor Christiansen, the wretched murderer of Isla Vista women from 1976-1977:

On Disturbing Details Released in Isla Vista Murders

Posted on May 16 at 5:23 a.m.

Agree, it was amazing to see him take the lead without pedaling, down the SB side of 154. The other riders must be made of balsa wood.

The broadcast TV of the event cut to a commercial when the Phinney came along Modoc and made the turn at Las Positas, unfortunately. Only interesting to locals. Great coverage of the ascent of Cliff and descent through the waterfront.

On Taylor Phinney Wins Stage 5 of Amgen Tour

Posted on April 15 at 7:44 a.m.

Actually, government revenue collection is *regressive*, when *all* aspects are considered… sales tax, social security, property tax, etc. Income above about $117,000 is not charged Social Security at all; self employed who earn up to $117,000/year pay 15% or so.

Then there is carried interest, by which the wealthy avoid income tax.

So an unexpected reason for a flat tax: get the wealthy to pay up.

And also: any US Corporation that has foreign income: they would pay the flat tax on all that income.

As long as the tax were totally impossible to get out of, no exceptions, applying to all capital gains, dividends, municipal bonds, etc, a flat tax might actually be an improvement, but not for the reasons pointed out in this article.

On A Fair American Flat Tax

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