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Posted on July 20 at 7:16 a.m.

The WSJ article is interesting,but it makes no claim that Israel "started" Hamas. What it does discuss is how the Israelis' policies of playing various Palestinian factions against one another may have contributed to the groups that evolved Hamas becoming further entrenched at the expense of the more secular groups such as Fatah. This certainly may be true.
The US has done similar things in the Middle East, Afghanistan etc., playing off rivalries between ethnic, religious and tribal factions for its own interests. Various former CIA operatives and such have written about the "blow-back" we may have experienced as a result of these sometimes bungled policies. This does not mean that Israel "started" Hams or that the CIA "created" al-Qaeda. Only the constantly conspiracy-minded give these events such a reading.
Key point from the article: "Hamas traces its roots back to the Muslim Brotherhood.."
There are lots of books out there on the origins of the MB, the somewhat related rise of Wahhabism that are worth reading,but are unlikely to change anyone's fixed mindset or tendency to seek conspiracies and plots everywhere.

On Jews Against the War

Posted on July 17 at 6:06 a.m.

District elections seems to make sense. Anything that encourages people to vote, increases grassroots-type participation in the democratic process is inherently a good idea. I don't see it happening either,though, the present system and its adherents is now far too entrenched.

On S.B. Corrupt? Say It Ain’t So

Posted on July 17 at 5:58 a.m.

Hope that other site "aggregates" this one. The six resident old farts, visiting crazies and their sock-puppets will have a lot of fun being outraged in their amusingly illiterate ways. I agree with billclausen's comment though.

On You Damn Dirty Dogs!

Posted on July 10 at 8:41 a.m.

thethorns4 (anonymous profile)
July 10, 2014 at 8:18 a.m.
"Also, the SBTP is an educational group."

Yeah, so was the Deutsches Jungvolk (trying to keep that well-known "law" from being applied) , but thanks for the laugh of the day from the dimwitted right.
There's _nothing_ inherently wrong with carrying flags, but when those same people doing so espouse neo-racist ideologies and prevent other groups with far better bona fides from participating, well, there you have a problem.
Of course, you won't see that.

On Tea Party on Parade

Posted on July 2 at 6:11 a.m.

"Contractor (Mercenary)?" "the everyday possibility to die in a myriad of ghastly ways from the local natives (sic)?"

Are you freaking serious?

On Ms. Roshell Goes to Washington

Posted on June 28 at 6:36 a.m.

I like the Indy and its policy of rather light moderation in the comments section (as opposed to another notoriously lame local site), but the recent influx of all the new "conspiracy" babblers is a bit disturbing, I suspect some are people who troll (in both senses) the Internet for stories with even a smidgen of a connection to their obsessions/topics and who then engage with the those willing to debate this stuff endlessly and, ultimately, pointlessly. Maybe I'm wrong and SB has acquired a sub-culture of truther/birther types who now have their own wine-bar or something down in the "Funk Zone?"
Maybe that local biweekly rag that covers the FZ like flypaper will do a story?

On Families of Isla Vista Victims Call Out Sheriff's Office

Posted on June 28 at 6:18 a.m.

Although I too have issues with seemingly endless subsidies for some and, like the first poster, sometimes struggle to keep my kids housed, fed and schooled, this seems like a pretty small investment to keep kids academically engaged and connected with a positive environment which otherwise may be lacking. If the payoff is better-educated and ultimately more productive citizens with enhanced skills for taking responsible actions, this program seems like a fairly sound and reasonable one.

On Summer Program Kicks Off for Underprivileged Kids

Posted on June 21 at 5:23 a.m.

Sorry, but I fail to see your need to share the story of this supposed encounter. Okay, you were once a "hero," the cops were "heroes" too and for $2.5 million we can find a "simple" solution to the havoc caused by madmen with guns. Is that it?

On To Meet a Madman

Posted on June 18 at 6:10 a.m.

Very interesting article (someone, author or Indy, should fix the few small errors in first few paragraphs though), especially regarding the reactions of Brazilians to yet another government-sponsored economic project that, despite its promises, brings prosperity only to a chosen few.
Seems to be happening everywhere these days.

Do people really still refer to themselves or others as Santa "Barbarians" rather than Santa Barbarans? Sounds goofy to me (longtime resident, but not born here) whenever I hear or read this usage.

On Watching World Cup with Santa Barbara Eyes

Posted on June 15 at 6:49 a.m.

There's absolutely nothing wrong with learning/knowing Spanish and from a basic demographic point, it makes sense for English speakers here to do so perhaps. One of the problems I have is that "bilingual" has come to mean (only) English/Spanish fluency in too many contexts. There are lots of languages out there that may be deemed 'useful" to know. Spanish is but one of those.

The bottom line in this debate, however, has been covered, IMO, by various comments above. Parents have to take a role in their kids' education; there's no excuse for not reading to them starting at an early age in whatever language. If a parent is illiterate in even his/her native language, it's incumbent on the parent to rectify that situation regardless of other commitments of time etc. There are programs and they are free.
If one makes a choice to reside in a country (skipping all the "illegal" debate here), it is simply also incumbent on that person to learn to function in the language of the realm as has been done for centuries in various waves of immigration to many lands, even long before there was an English-speaking United States. Learning _another_ language does not equate to giving up one's culture.

On School District Dealing with English-Learner Limbo

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