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Posted on July 28 at 9:43 a.m.

So equus, I am supposed to accept the risk of being attacked by violent dogs because their tendency toward violence is "instinctual?" Let me just respond politely that I remain unconvinced by your logic. And at-large, I believe your analogy equating the animal shelter to the County Jail shows that you missed my point. The animal shelter contains animals and the jail contains humans. I realize that many dog owners consider their pets "family." However, such an emotional attachment taken to the extreme of putting humans at risk of being bitten by dogs is irrational and perhaps not quite mentally healthy and even slightly sociopathic. Drawing analogies in this case to human society is simply neither logical nor proper. This was not a human tragedy unless some human loses his or her livelihood because of it.

On Dog Mauled to Death at County Shelter

Posted on July 27 at 2:26 p.m.

This was a foul up but not one that requires a human being losing his or her job. Come on Tommi, let's get some perspective. A dog died. In fact a dog with a violent reputation died violently. This is sad for the owners and was no doubt a painful and violent few minutes for the dogs involved. But this is not a human tragedy and we should not turn it into one by separating some person from his or her job. Violent dogs have no place in human society. They are a dangerous risk to human health and safety and a public menace. There was a break down in procedure in this case and the person responsible should be required to get remedial training, but let's not get all carried away and turn this into a human tragedy as well.

On Dog Mauled to Death at County Shelter

Posted on July 24 at 2:26 p.m.

Nice guess about my past and experiences but no cigar for you Hobbs3. I have lived and continue to live a very interesting and rich life. I have been menaced by policemen who entered my home without knocking and without permission and proceeded to threaten me with all manner of crimes (only about a third of which really applied to situation of all the pot smoking minors in my apartment). I watched a friend get hit by a metal flashlight for the crime of sassing off. But you know, I grew up and I got perspective and I quit putting myself in situations where I might run afoul of the police (i.e., I quit breaking the law). Cops should not exceed the boundaries of their authority. On the other hand, drunk drivers are much more dangerous than zealous cops. Just look at the statistics.

On Attorney Darryl Genis Again Accused of Misconduct

Posted on July 23 at 6:58 p.m.

From my perspective, rogue cops are not a threat to me as I spend my evenings at home mostly and the last dozen or so entertainment venues I attended, I saw not a single cop while driving home (or when my wife drove home if I had been drinking). What I think is a far worse menace and public safety hazard is drunk drivers on the road. I am all for exuberance in the pursuit and arrest of drunk drivers. A drunk driver who gets off on a technicality because Genis is a skilled attorney remains a menace and public health hazard. Twice in my life, I have lived in countries ruled by dictatorships and the police protection that we have in Santa Barbara County is nothing like what those poor people endured. In my view 14noscams and loonpt are a little too paranoid about the police. Maybe they had bad relationships with their fathers.

On Attorney Darryl Genis Again Accused of Misconduct

Posted on July 22 at 7:53 p.m.

Genis is apparently a narcissistic sociopath (like most of his clients) simply from the evidence of the video. Does he think he is James Bond? Oh the adrenalin rush when he pauses and turns away to avoid the detection the bailiff, who soon thereafter enters the scene! The best thing that could happen on August 1st is for him to be found guilty of contempt, taken into custody by the bailiff, and taken to the pokey (without a toothbrush) for 48 hours or so to sit in his Homburg hat and ponder his actions. What a low rent loser he is.

On Attorney Darryl Genis Again Accused of Misconduct

Posted on July 20 at 7:28 p.m.

Oh come on SB Lifer, your taxes have paid for executions, the slaughter of thousands of Iraqis and Afghanis, the drone rocket annihilation of random terrorists all over the Middle-East and that is only a list of those our government kills outright. All the death that occurs due to hostile or benign neglect by our government is too numerous to delineate on this post. Abortion is an unfortunate decision when it occurs. You never know what potentiality, both good and bad, is lost. But abortions happened when they were illegal and would continue to happen if made illegal again. The poor women who feel that they have to resort to this decision deserve our compassion, respect, and privacy. What they don't need is wackos haranguing them like some deranged crazy person on the street. Leave the poor women alone.

On Anti-Abortion Group Threatens to Sue City

Posted on July 19 at 8:19 p.m.

Salud is a quick study and handles himself well in these forums. He has the ability to grasp the essential elements of an issue if provided with a decent briefing by the experts. He also has the ability to communicate the issue in simple terms, which is a skill that the experts often lack. We are not going to reverse global climate change because the rich don't want to be inconvenienced and the poor want to eat. Consequently, we are going to have to concentrate on adapting to the effects of climate change. The forum in which Carbajal is participating is a good start. Unfortunately, the poor will suffer the most from climate change while the rich will grumble about the cost and inconvenience but not change their lifestyles very much at all.

On Carbajal in Climate Change Talks

Posted on July 17 at 7:49 p.m.

I commuted on my bike for 10 years and, I have to say, I was scrupulous about following all the rules of the road. I stopped at every stop sign and red light, I signaled my lane changes, I road on the correct side of the road. I did so out of self preservation (I had young children and a beautiful wife at home). Now, just so that you all don't think I am taking a holier-than-thou stance: I also used to chase surf before work in the pre-dawn hours (in my car). Before the sun was even a glimmer on the horizon, I was driving around to various surf spots seeking out the best waves to catch before work. In those journeys, I ran stop signs and red lights all the time (time was of the essence). In fact there is a stop sign that I so regularly used to run at 4:30 or 5:30 AM that to this day I have to force myself to stop at it in the middle of the morning (old habits are hard to break). Having been a bicycle commuter for so long, I understand Nick's argument. However, I so much enjoy Nick's writing that I would admonish him to be safe. It does not take much of a bonk on the head to scramble all those wonderfully coherent and articulate verbal brain cells. Be safe Nick.

On You Damn Dirty Dogs!

Posted on July 16 at 8:29 p.m.

I'm confused. Someone enlighten me regarding why anyone would attend Deltopia. Why is it considered "fun." Don't get me wrong, I enjoy a good party with lively and intelligent conversation. I enjoy a day at the beach, surfing, body surfing, throwing the Frisbee around and such. God knows I enjoy a drink or two or three or six. But it escapes me how wondering about the streets of Isla Vista for a day drinking oneself into a stupor would be considered "fun." Please don't give me the "cruising for chicks" explanation. I doubt whether anybody ever hooked up in an environment like Deltopia unless is was a matter of rape. So if they weren't coming to Isla Vista to have "fun," perhaps they were coming to Isla Vista to get drunk and riot. In which case they got what they came for and perhaps will go to jail as a bonus. Good job losers.

On Authorities Make Eight More Deltopia Arrests

Posted on July 16 at 10:17 a.m.

This sounds to me like an internecine spat between the Department of Defense (DoD) and the National Park Service (NPS). There are probably folks in DoD who feel like they lost something when the San Miguel was turned over to NPS and the DoD is now asserting whatever power it has to show NPS who the toughest kid on the block really is. Of course there could more complex, conspiracy-theory type explanations. However, my Occam's Razor simplicity filter tells me that this a macho inflated-ego jock vs. smug tree hugging nature geek kind of conflict. DoD should not waste a single penny of taxpayer treasure on San Miguel Island, turn the whole thing over to NPS, wash their hands, and just walk away.

On San Miguel Island Closure Irks Officials

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