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Posted on June 2 at 5:55 a.m.

It's pretty obvious that the comment made by BC was in _response_ to (and implicitly critical of) some equally obvious racist trolling by "Dewdly."

ETR seems to be taking faux offense over his dismissal of "gangsta rap" and making assumptions based on that.
I happen to agree with BC on that one (gangsta rap), but to each his own and all that.

Not liking a particular example of "art" (quotes there are for you, ETR.
I think we had this discussion once before) that is associated with a particular group or culture is _not_ tantamount to disparaging the group that may produce most of it.

If, for example, I didn't like opera, am I then anti-......?

On Isla Vista Killings: Shock. Suffering. Survival.

Posted on May 31 at 4:49 p.m.

Hah! Thanks, DD, for my chuckle of the day. I have no "fear" of educators. What makes you think that?

I'm pretentious? Read some of your own know-it-all, sanctimonious posts.

Haven't smoked a bone in decades, but I think I like being called "z."

Have a nice, "teacherly" day.

You can have the last word on this one.

On Can you spot the untruth about the June 3 election?

Posted on May 31 at 3:55 p.m.

No. As I already stated, I assume that most people here are _not _idiots who need to be "taught" by a smarter-than-you -are "educator."
Indeed, you may qualify as "Dr. Overly Obvious."
Have a nice day. Based on your comment at 2:23, though, perhaps you're already well into your third Midori sour or something like that this afternoon.

On Can you spot the untruth about the June 3 election?

Posted on May 31 at 3:29 p.m.

Uhm, yeah, sure, Dr.Dan, but I was assuming that most people here aren't idiots and would be able to figure out the reference or google it themselves if it were something unknown to them.

On Can you spot the untruth about the June 3 election?

Posted on May 31 at 1:27 p.m.

Epimenides: "All Cretans are liars."

On Can you spot the untruth about the June 3 election?

Posted on May 28 at 2:01 p.m.

Wrong board? Think there's another site in town for the uber-conscious dog and cat people who like to fret and rant about this stuff.

On Daisy and Duke at Risk

Posted on May 28 at 6 a.m.

As a parent, I can't begin to imagine the pain that the parents of the young victims must feel.
In theory, I'm in favor of "tighter" gun control laws, but am not sure how these would have applied to this tragedy. Indeed, there are mental health and monitoring issues (the latter is surely a touchy issue) that need to be addressed.
While I would be hesitant to question how any parent might try to deal with his/her pain in such circumstances, I also think that Mr. Martinez needs to step back from the media spotlight.
Maybe later there will be a time to organize, further memorialize,arrange meetings with other willing parties and so on, but now seems wrong to me.
Not really sure what purpose hashtags and slogans will really serve other than to feed the ever-churning media machines.

On Isla Vista Memorial Shouts “Not One More”

Posted on May 26 at 7:17 a.m.

I consider myself a patriotic citizen of the U.S., but I've never understood the jingoism or, least of all, the notion of "American Exceptionalism" that one often encounters with the "USA,USA" type crowd. Germany, Switzerland, the Scandinavian countries, yes, even France, are places I'm familiar with whose political systems and societal norms certainly contain elements we can learn from and emulate.

On Why Does the I.V. Tragedy Surprise Us?

Posted on May 25 at 7:19 a.m.

geraldbostock: You may want to give some thought to the sometimes-latent tendency of "oversharing," or maybe that's where that other site comes in handy? Have to agree with DrDan regarding the latter.

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Posted on May 25 at 7:11 a.m.

I can understand your frustration, I have a college-age kid who lives most of the year in a different time zone too, one that doesn't always pick up the phone or respond to a text. As the other commenter pointed out, it does seem that you were routed to available info in a timely matter.

The school my student attends does have a email system that sends out alerts and information to parents as well as staff and students in an emergency situation. However, the only time I've experienced this was in a natural disaster type situation (hurricane) where there was advance warning and planning.
Per UCSB's website, seems they set up a call center and an emergency hotline (not sure when implemented), but I'm not sure what else they could have done in this situation.

On UCSB Lacks Emergency Info

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