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Posted on November 11 at 6:27 a.m.

native: Sounds like quite an etymological/semantic stretch to me, but sure, okay.
Not sure how UCSB would "relieve" her of her "reputation."
"Teaching credentials" (or certification,) in this context, would seem to refer to the fairly specific things these words actually mean, something not applicable in this instance. In any case, it's all rather moot. She's not going anywhere unless she chooses to do so.
Over and out.

On Anti-Abortion Group Sues UCSB, Professor, Students

Posted on November 11 at 5:23 a.m.

She will not lose her job over this. For a number of reasons, that will never happen.
Also, college professors are not required to have "teaching credentials."

On Anti-Abortion Group Sues UCSB, Professor, Students

Posted on November 9 at 6:15 a.m.

"It is completely a woman’s choice to wear a scarf." This is simply not true in many Islamic societies and cultures today and is a key point in any honest discussion of this subject.
You, the author, are of course free to dress according to your sensibilities and beliefs.

The French government's outright ban on the full-face cover version (not the same as the hijab) was much in the news in the past year:
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-...
The head scarf issue was also involved in the ongoing legal process there::
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/03/opi...

On Wearing Hijab for Modesty in All Things

Posted on November 8 at 5:06 a.m.

Like Eckermann, can't imagine too many times I'd be in agreement with Adams, but I am in this instance. Common sense needs to prevail.

I've also never understood the rather weird fascination for pit bulls that is displayed by many of their advocates. Clearly, there are valid reasons why they're banned/regulated in many states and quite a few countries.

On The ‘Dangerous’ Dog Dilemma

Posted on November 6 at 5:21 p.m.

I am by no means a fan or supporter of Lois Capps (nor of the other dud who was running), but stating she "doesn't really have native knowledge of the local culture?" Are you kidding? How weirdly insular and "townie" can one get?

On Capps Survives; Measures P and S Flame Out

Posted on November 1 at 8:36 a.m.

Interesting take by the Nexus on (urging a no vote for S). Appears that even UCSB students, or at least the editorial board of the student paper, has wised up to the ongoing SBCC scam. Of course, they may also just be sick of the SBCC faux-students who clog up IV and, per reports, cause a disproportionate amount of the problems.

On Getting Out the Student Vote

Posted on October 25 at 6:56 a.m.

*with large blocks--damn keyboard?
Wish the Indy would add that five minute edit feature some sites now have.

On Whooping Cough Cases Increase

Posted on October 25 at 6:49 a.m.

Hmmmm, serial posting, lwith arge blocks of cut and paste; this "truthy" person sort of reminds me of someone. Let me think.......

On Whooping Cough Cases Increase

Posted on August 14 at 7:14 a.m.

* make themselves HEARD--must be typo Thursday.

On Life or Death?

Posted on August 14 at 7:12 a.m.

I'm not convinced that the amount of years of its existence with regards to the the other Abrahamic religions gives Islam a pass when it comes to stepping into the 21st century. I've sort of come around, though, to Hitchens' thesis that "religion," indeed "poisons everything."
One need look no further than the former Yugoslavia of the 90s to find examples of mutual atrocities on both the Christian sectarian and Christian/Muslim divide.

Can't take the Thorn family too seriously in any case. Their "talking points" are all derived from Fox News and its ilk.

I do wish that moderate voices of Islam were willing to make themselves with greater frequency.

Minor historical point: When the Moors invaded southern Europe, they weren't doing so as carriers of "culture" (though that was a byproduct for sure), and the invasion was centuries before the Crusades.

Bin Laden and now others often expressed the desire to return to "al-Andalus" which they still consider part of their lost Caliphate.

On Life or Death?

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