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Posted on February 2 at 8:51 a.m.

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--- Men incarcerated 80x rate of women but focus only on blacks %
The rate of incarceration between men and women is based on criminal acts - that it is earned. The problem with black incarceration is that despite the number of say, drug offenses being the same among white and black, black incarceration is way higher - even Rand Paul recognizes that. Thus it is not earned, and hence there should be attention paid to the unfairness.

--- Men ridiculed as idiots in commercials and sitcoms.
And yet the dumb blonde has been a feature of commercial and sitcoms from the start, and continue today.

--- Heart disease
Since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease.

The use of bumper sticker type slogans is superficial and erroneous. Look a little deeper for cause and effect, and also verify that the statements you make are correct.

On An Open Letter to Sansum

Posted on February 2 at 8:49 a.m.

--- Men graduate from high school at much lower rate than women
--- Men college degrees now less % than women but little/no action or care.
--- Men have higher unemployment than women.
This is entirely by choice - men have never had obstacles to overcome for any of these activities. They started at the top, and if they are no longer at the top, it is thanks to them, and them, only.

--- Men have to sign for selective service at 18e
For the most part, men have objected to women being in the military. Debate in the congress has resulted in statements such as "women in the military will degrade combat effectiveness", "women are not as strong as men", yet Israeli and Kurdish women seem to have no problem fighting side by side with men. Blame US male politicians. (Yeah, Kurdish women, you are inspirational.)

--- Men die at same rate from prostate cancer but 1/8th funding
"Among the big cancers, breast cancer receives the most funding per new case, $2,596 — and by far the most money relative to each death, $13,452. Notably, prostate cancer, the most common cancer, receives the least funding per new case at just $1,318. But on a per-death basis it ranks second, with $11,298 in N.C.I. funds."
Start an organization to publicize prostrate cancer. All it takes is effort.

--- Men cannot stop death by abortion but have to pay child support for 18 yrs
Without a man, there is no pregnancy. If a man cannot guarantee that he will not make a female pregnant, then he should not have sex. That will fix both the abortion problem and the child support problem.

--- Men suffer same # of domestic violence incidents but near zero support
This is false - look at the numbers here.
http://www.americanbar.org/groups/dom...

--- Men are circumcised as children but all attention on female circumcision
Men are entirely responsible for circumcision of men, and does not affect sexual performance. In fact, it is practiced in first world countries, where parents make the choice in modern first-world hospitals at the time of birth. Female circumcision is actually female mutilation, is dangerous to the health of a woman, and is not practiced in first world countries. It is far more devastating and controlling of sexual behavior than male circumcision. There is no comparison.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Female_g...

On An Open Letter to Sansum

Posted on January 28 at 7:04 p.m.

Native American Indians are mentioned in the constitution. The original relationship between the Native Indians and the British Government were subsumed by the new US government. Under the British government, the Native Indians were given their own sovereign territory. (I don't know if anyone remembers Bush II explaining what sovereignty means.) It is not a case of them having their own army or navy, but having the final say of what goes on in their own territories and to implement their own laws. There are examples of other sovereign countries surrounded on all sides by a different country - e.g. The Vatican, Monaco, Lesotho, etc. (I don't think any of those countries have an army or a navy.) In fact, at one time it was suggested that affairs between the US and the Native American territories be handled by the State Department.

"When the United States government formed, it replaced the British government as the other sovereignty coexisting in America with the American Indians.[22] The U.S. constitution specifically mentions American Indians three times. Article I, section 2, clause 3 and the fourteenth amendment section 2 address the handling of "Indians not taxed" in the apportionment of the seats of the House of Representatives according to population and in so doing suggest that Indians need not be taxed. In Article I section 8, clause 3, Congress is empowered to “regulate commerce with foreign nations…states…and with the Indian tribes.” Technically, Congress has no more power over Indian nations than it does over individual states. In the 1970s Native American self-determination replaced Indian termination policy as the official United States policy towards Native Americans.[23] Self-determination promoted the ability of tribes to self-govern and make decisions concerning their people. It has been argued that American Indian matters should be handled through the United States Secretary of State, the official responsible for foreign policy.[citation needed] However, in dealing with Indian policy, a separate department, the Bureau of Indian Affairs has been in place since 1824.This has been in place since 1824."

Yes, the author is correct about the extent of land once occupied by the Chumash tribe. What they received in compensation for losing all of that land is a joke, and the 1400 acres for homes for them is not unreasonable. There are standard mechanisms for them to acquire the land legally via the BIA (without a casino).

If some people are squawking and squealing about the 1400 acres, then possibly they should respect the legal manner that the Chumash are employing concerning 1400 acres they bought, as opposed to the 7,000 square miles that non-Chumash appropriated illegally, for a paltry 140 acres in return. Come on, show some grace.

On Open Letter to Supervisor Peter Adam

Posted on January 28 at 6:31 p.m.

Santa Barbara Cesspit Press run by children.

On <em>News-Press</em> Takes on Murillo

Posted on January 26 at 1:57 p.m.

"The assessment was based on currently available peer-reviewed studies. The authors say they found gaps in available data, particularly regarding offshore drilling in federal waters. They also found areas where further investigation is needed. Long says shallow wells that are fracked, for example, might be more likely to be connected to aquifers used for drinking water.

"We don't know if there is a problem but we think it's worthy of further investigation to determine whether the controls on how we're permitting and testing are sufficient to protect the citizens of California," says Long.

The report is only the first volume of a three volume study to examine current and potential well stimulation practices. The second volume will discuss how well stimulation affects water, air quality, seismic activity, wildlife, vegetation, traffic and noise levels. It won't be released until July."

http://www.capradio.org/articles/2015...

" These experts looked at water quality and earthquake risk and found “less-than-significant” environmental concerns."
That is a blatant lie - they said nothing of the sort.

Repeat:

---- "We don't know if there is a problem"
---- "The second volume will discuss how well stimulation affects water, air quality, seismic activity, wildlife, vegetation, traffic and noise levels. It won't be released until July."

They have said nothing so far about water quality and earthquake risk - that will only be released in July.

Why do you lie?

On Voters Have Spoken

Posted on January 26 at 1:44 p.m.

This seems to be a highly complex issue.

http://www.lao.ca.gov/2007/tribal_cas...

Federal Law. The IGRA permits casino operations on Indian lands, which it defines as (1) reservation lands, (2) lands held in trust by the U.S. for benefit of an Indian tribe or individual, or (3) certain specified lands over which an Indian tribe exercises governmental power. (The State Constitution also provides that tribal casinos in California must be on Indian lands “in accordance with federal law.”) Historically, ancestral lands of many tribes have been taken from them by policy or force. Tribes, therefore, may seek to rebuild a land base by having the federal government acquire lands in trust for their use through a lengthy, complex process. In some cases, this can mean that tribes seek to establish a land base in areas (such as urban or suburban areas) not associated with the tribes in recent history. Throughout the nation and in California, conflicts occasionally have arisen between tribes wishing to establish a casino (particularly on recently acquired trust lands) and nearby communities resisting such development.

Recent Trends. The rules governing where tribes may operate casinos are extraordinarily complex. In recent years, however, the general trend seems to have been for federal and state policymakers to make it more difficult for tribes to open casinos on recently acquired trust lands. The U.S. DOI has not approved many pending requests of tribes to acquire trust lands for the purpose of establishing casinos and has established rules requiring environmental reviews and support from nearby community leaders before approval will be granted. In 2005, the Governor released his policy for tribal gambling compacts, which declared his general opposition to (1) “proposals for the federal acquisition of lands within any urbanized area where the lands sought to be acquired in trust are to be used to conduct or facilitate gaming activities” and (2) “compacts where the Indian tribe does not have Indian lands eligible for Class III gaming.” Opponents have criticized several proposed compacts with California tribes for their provisions to establish casinos on these types of lands. Such criticisms have been one reason why the Legislature has not yet ratified some proposed compacts.

I guess that the Chumash have to show that the land will not be used for a casino and that they are being environmentally responsible.

Does that environmental responsibility also apply to all of the building going up along Hollister Avenue? What I have seen of some of the private development there is somewhat horrifying.

On County Appeals Federal Camp 4 Approval

Posted on January 22 at 4:10 p.m.

Not one sentence of any consequence in either the OP or the posts.

Btw, OP, you may want to do some homework.

Senate Republicans Vow to Keep Guantanamo Bay Open
http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/senat...
Republicans have refused to pass any funding to close Gitmo, despite all of Obama's efforts.

Since you do not know that, it casts doubt on much of your other writing.

Unfortunately, too many in this country reflect the lack of information, knowledge and critical thinking lampooned by #FoxNewsFacts, when even conservative David Cameron called a Fox News commentator "an idiot" for stating that Birmingham, UK, was 100% muslim. As Jon Stewart said, how bad does the smell of BS have to be on BS mountain, before someone apologizes.

On Ganging Up on Gun Violence

Posted on January 22 at 3:55 p.m.

I wonder if all of the employers who allowed immigrants to come into the country, because the low wages they paid helped their bottom line - think about the brouhaha that has resulted.

And I wonder if they are daily thankful, that they do not have to pay for the consequences of not paying decent wages to their fellow Americans.

Adds context to the "Don't tread on me", and illustrates that the adjective illegal is being applied to the wrong noun - employers instead of employees.

Maybe, the example was set when other foreign workers were hired to perform cheap labor in this country, not to mention slave labor.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_...

The US has a history of employing cheap foreign labor to help its economy, and then turning on those very laborers for having the nerve to be in the country. The issue of civil rights will continue as long as the US tries to have its cake and eat it too, on the backs of foreign labor.

"They also worked as laborers in the mining industry, and suffered racial discrimination at every level of society. While industrial employers were eager to get this new and cheap labor, the ordinary white public was stirred to anger by the presence of this "yellow peril". Despite the provisions for equal treatment of Chinese immigrants in the 1868 Burlingame Treaty, political and labor organizations rallied against the immigration of what they regarded as a degraded race and "cheap Chinese labor". Newspapers condemned the policies of employers, and even church leaders denounced the entrance of these aliens into what was regarded as a land for whites only."

On Soy Charlie; Je Suis ‘Illegal’

Posted on January 18 at 9:28 a.m.

President Barack Obama's proposal to send many students to community college for free has widespread public support, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll finds.

Sixty percent of Americans say they're in favor of Obama's proposal to give two years of free community college tuition to students with a C+ or better average who are making progress toward a degree, with 32 percent opposed and another 8 percent unsure.

A substantial 45 percent of Americans say they know someone who wants to go to college and has the ability to do so, but can't afford to do so. Forty-three percent have taken at least one class at a community college themselves, although few received a degree from one.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01...

How to pay for it? One approach: Recalibrate some of our corporate subsidies (hello, Big Oil and coal - $21 billion a year, according to one estimate – and Big Ag – $14 billion a year, per this estimate). Taxpayers for Common Sense count $3.38 billion in the most recent budget for military programs the Pentagon doesn’t want (apparent gifts to weapons and other military contractors). We have the money. We just don't spend it on the right things.

What this comes down to is refocusing national priorities. For too long the federal government has put corporate health ahead of community health. While a vibrant economy is important, it is only part of the equation for a stable and thriving society. After a few decades of increased globalization, we are a less economically diverse society than we used to be. Making community college tuition-free won’t fix that, but it’s a step.
http://www.latimes.com/opinion/opinio...

Community colleges are publicly funded local institutions that offer vocational courses or prepare students to transfer to a four-year university. Mr Obama calls them “essential pathways to the middle class” and praises their flexible schedules: “They work for people who work full-time. They work for parents who have to raise kids full-time. They work for folks who have gone as far as their skills will take them and want to earn new ones, but don’t have the capacity to just suddenly go study for four years and not work.”

Mr Obama’s new plan is loosely based on the Tennessee Promise, a state programme backed by both Republicans and Democrats

http://www.economist.com/news/united-...

Thanks ETR for some intelligent commentary among the tired, short-sighted, blind dogma-driven mostly frass on these boards, by some who seem to earn their living posting mindless, endless propaganda. I would far rather see billions of dollars wasted on subsidies to people who are on the rich side of income inequality, be used for those who have been lost in stagnant wages since RR was President.

On Free Community College?

Posted on January 18 at 9:11 a.m.

A highly-amplified atmospheric pattern over North America–once again

What has been the cause of all this California weather volatility and the recent trend towards warmer and drier conditions (despite the fact that January is historically California’s wettest month?). A high-amplitude atmospheric flow pattern has once again developed over the Eastern Pacific and North America, deflecting the Pacific storm track north of its typical cool-season position along the West Coast and allowing repeated intrusions of extremely cold Arctic air to invade the American Midwest and Eastern Seaboard.

This unusual atmospheric configuration has occurred with remarkable frequency and intensity over the past several winters, and has been a major contributor to California’s ongoing extreme drought. While December’s heavy coastal precipitation–associated with a strong zonal Pacific jet–brought a substantial reprieve from this recurring high amplitude flow pattern for a brief period of time, recent observations (and, unfortunately, forecasts for the next couple of weeks) suggest that this persistent pattern has returned in the new year.

The GFS also indicates very warm and dry conditions, though it suggests temperatures will be slightly less extreme. Both the ECMWF and GFS ensemble means are completely dry for most of California out through 10-12 days–very impressive, given that January is the climatological peak of the rainy season in California. There are some hints in the GFS that a more zonal pattern may try to develop in early February, but realistically the sort of high-amplitude blocking pattern that will be in place during late January tends to be highly stable and often persists longer than projected by the global numerical models.

http://www.weatherwest.com/

On Drought Forecast: 'Peachy Keen'

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