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Posted on March 25 at 7:04 a.m.
"... conservatives who understand that our policies work if and when they are tried."
This is singularly asinine. Asinine, and self-indulgent. As long as the GOP continues to believe that your policies "work" and that it's just a matter of perception, it will continue to lose votes, lose clout, and lose relevance.
The GOP's policies are increasingly out of step with the beliefs of the electorate, and voters are indicating very clearly how they feel.
Best o' luck to you, neocons!
On Getting Back to Our Grassroots
Posted on February 7 at 6:55 p.m.
Surely, I can't be the only reader to find the headline, "Counting the Least Among Us" to be wildly offensive? "Counting the Least Fortunate Among Us" would be one thing, but the title of the piece as it stands is a terribly subjective judgement, and simply terribly demeaning.
I would have expected significantly more decency from the Indy, particularly on this issue.
Jeff ButlerLos Olivos
On Counting the Least Among Us
Posted on January 28 at 2:20 p.m.
Very well-written, well-considered review here... For a, uh, slightly different take on the album:
Posted on November 29 at 8:26 a.m.
"'Barack Obama had some huge coattails, and he brought people home,' he said."
Make lame excuses much? How about assuming some of that personal responsibility the GOP so frequently espouses?
On Where's Maldonado Now?
Posted on November 21 at 7:21 p.m.
@JohnLocke: C'mon, man- surely you jest. I mean, you DO get the joke in Nick's comment, right? Right? Am I right, or are you really that dunderheaded?
On Prelude to a Dog
Posted on November 14 at 11:28 a.m.
I'm honestly not sure if you're joking, but the answer is no, of course not: the otters have been here for millions of years, and the human population for less than twenty thousand.
Apologies if I'm missing the intended humor in your comment...
On Legalizing Sea Otters
Posted on November 1 at 12:11 p.m.
"Wind turbines would be visible from Jalama Beach Park to La Purisma Mission"
Your point being? Look- I was born in SB, and literally grew up at La Purisima Mission (my dad was a ranger, and I lived there until I was 18), and viewsheds are critically important for me. That said, I, for one, would rather take concrete, achievable steps to help decrease dependence on fossil fuels, than bicker forever around who is willing to look at turbines.
We all have to make choices, and this is one that makes a great deal of sense.
Your argument is flimsy to to the point of silliness, and you're engaging in the laziest form of "not in my backyard"-ism.
On Dude, Where's My Wind Farm?
Posted on October 23 at 7:11 p.m.
Eucalyptus is a horrendously destructive invasive species which has radically altered the ecosystem in California and elsewhere. Rather than trying to save these trees- which are, fundamentally, pests- let's let the bugs do their work, and then re-introduce native species in their place.
On Eucalyptus Woes
Posted on September 20 at 10:10 p.m.
While I hate to seem pedantic, and while SB is many things, one thing it certainly is not is "one of the climbing capitals of the world".
I'm not sure who fed Matt this remarkably spurious bit of misinformation, but really: Bishop, Boulder, Bend? All plausible. Chamonix, Squamish, Yosemite, Fontainebleau? Yep. SB? Not so much...
In fact, there has been relatively little development here since Steve Edwards put out the bouldering guide "Ocean's Eleven" over a decade ago. Sure, some of this is due to lack of a cohesive community, but most is down to the basic lack of solid rock.
While I hope that the advent of the gym spurs another cycle of exploration and development- who knows? there may be a boulder field of the scope quality of Hueco Tanks or Rocklands out there in the hills- SB remains at this point very much a marginal- albeit enjoyable and beautiful- climbing locale...
On Cliffhanging for All
Posted on September 20 at 9:59 p.m.
RIP, Tom. Pure Juice...
On Saying Goodbye to a Legend
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