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Posted on November 5 at 3:13 a.m.

@robert (Robert LeBlanc)

"This is an Opinion piece (as stated at the top of the story)."

Since when is that a justification for printing falsehoods? *Real* newspapers fact check their opinion pieces -- that is, they check that *factual assertions* are accurate. Since when are journalists unable to distinguish between assertions of fact, which are checkable, and personal statements of value and judgment, which are not?

On Think (Clearly) Before Voting to Legalize THC

Posted on November 5 at 3:06 a.m.

"MichelleR, I visited every page on that site. How you can find it to be for Prop 19 is simply beyond me."

I just looked again and am again amazed at SezMe's lack of perspicuity on this matter. e.g., from the first entry on the Q&A page:

"On the one hand you have the United States government’s view as best exemplified by the brilliant Harry Anslinger. On the other hand you have a bunch of dope-smoking young punks and dirty old hippies who really ***only have science on their side***. Who cares what some "reefer-loving" over-educated ***research types and scientists*** happen to think? ***Our politicians clearly know best.***"

And he says "You cite the Q&A page but the story of Jackson, for example, is true."

Yes it's true, which is the whole point! It's given as an example of "the appropriate punishment for the possession of marijuana" when obviously a life sentence for having 0.005644 of an ounce of pot near your foot in a friend's apartment is *not* appropriate. Sheesh.

On Think (Clearly) Before Voting to Legalize THC

Posted on November 5 at 2:52 a.m.

Bill, if you ever developed even a hint of a sense of humor and the ability to grasp irony, parody, satire, sarcasm, and, yes, hyperbole, it would be a good thing.

On Mad as Hell Doctors March in Santa Barbara

Posted on November 5 at 2:33 a.m.

"I feel the typical love and tolerance of a leftist."

I don't love garbage.

"Or would you just be so scared that you would have to love me?"

As a sociopath you just don't get the concept.

On For The Sake of a Meal

Posted on November 5 at 2:30 a.m.

"The people who are now calling for something to be done about this have been silent up until now"

A statement typically ignorant of you.

"and miss the point by making this a gay-bashing issue"

Uh, not when the bullying at hand is specifically homophobic.

"Try being a Republican in Santa Barbara."

It must be tough when your very identity is to be a sociopath.

On Gay Girl Takes on Gay Bullying

Posted on November 5 at 2:22 a.m.

"Pappas, Watson, veracity, and zigot validate everything negative said about Republicans. "

Add maximum and juandeveras to that list.

On Watson Claiming Potential Voter Fraud

Posted on November 5 at 2:15 a.m.

"I could listen to one of the most underrated songwriters of the 70's"

He wasn't underrated at the time, but that fatwa thing did kinda bite into his regard.

On Civility is a Pre-Existing Condition

Posted on November 5 at 2:10 a.m.

"So she accidentally ran for a 3rd term?"

Did you accidentally fail to grasp the point?

If someone ... let's make that *you* -- if you say you aren't going to do something and then you do, it's only a lie if you *intended* to do it when you said you wouldn't. Otherwise, it's called "changing your mind". And no, you didn't change it "accidentally". See, "accidental" is not the only alternative to "intentional" if you're not omniscient -- it's also possible to utter a falsehood because you aren't *aware of* the truth of the matter. Like if you tell your SO that you're going to Ralph's to buy peaches but when you get there they don't have any so you buy them at Von's instead, you didn't *lie* about going to Ralph's to buy peaches, nor did you *accidentally* buy them at Von's.

Now, if you were a mature and honest person, you would say "Oh, right, sorry, that's obvious; how foolish of me; sorry for implying that Capps lied when she didn't" -- but you aren't anything of the sort.

On What's Up, Watson?

Posted on November 5 at 1:43 a.m.

Uh, no, it wouldn't be anything like that.

The irony remains that this article says "an Islamic center (called a mosque in the media) " at the same time that it calls it a mosque (in the media).

On <em>The Manhattan Mosque and Burning Qur'ans: Placing an American Dilemma in Perspective</em>

Posted on November 5 at 12:32 a.m.

Hey, genius, let's see you do it.

On Vandenberg Personnel Discover, Detonate Bomb

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