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Posted on November 26 at 11:50 a.m.
Only problem I had was a Hwy Patrol car thinking he had the right of way - pulled out from the ramp right in front of me. Then stopped me for no front license plate! (which he couldn't possibly see from the ramp). He commits a moving violation then tickets me for trivia. Gotta love our local LEOs.
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Posted on November 25 at 8:20 a.m.
Yes, DrDan, that was the point. Connotation, right? Compare to your own thoughts. And now I'm done.
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Posted on November 24 at 8:54 a.m.
Maybe those who see the term as racist themselves see the world through a racist lens.
I've been falling off horses since I learned to ride at age 5. Doesn't bother me at all. But the term "high horse" may be interpreted to mean the horse is a druggie, which may be taken as an insult by the horse.
Posted on November 23 at 2:56 p.m.
No, DrDan, it's you and K_V who are wrong, as demonstrated by two descriptive dictionaries and WIkipedia (perhaps not quite as high quality a source). The dictionaries are descriptive not prescriptive, i.e. describe not only what words mean but how they are used (i.e. CONNOTATION), and are created by language scholars, whose opinion I will take over yours.
Now both you folks abandoned the discussion once I quoted these THREE sources to you, which clearly indicated that you were defeated, even though you won't say so in words. But continuing to argue your incorrect opinion in the face of scholarly fact simply makes you look like the folks who wear T-shirts that say "Don't bother me with fact, my mind is made up".
And, unlike the two of you, I do admit my errors, most recently in the matter of the Independent's national award. Have you EVER admitted an error?
You have a nice turkey day, now, ya hear...
Posted on November 23 at 8:44 a.m.
@K_V: Since I quoted three different dictionary sources to you that said nothing about tarbaby being racist except, according only to Wikipedia, in rather specific cases, after which you disappeared from the scene for quite a while, I repeat - tarbaby in the article regarding Syria was not being used in a racist sense. Now, man up and admit when you're wrong.
Posted on November 22 at 12:48 p.m.
Santa Barbara Police - protect and serve
Posted on November 22 at 12:27 p.m.
Example of oxymoron: extreme center-left.
Posted on November 22 at 12:26 p.m.
"FIFTY YEARS AGO: On November 22, 1963, I felt a dark cloud descend on the streets of Santa Barbara". How typically SBcentric. The dark cloud descended on the nation and the world.
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Posted on November 22 at 10:44 a.m.
Hey, where are the language police? Isn't "Mexican Mafia" a racist slur?
@ K_V, DrDan, what do you think?
Posted on November 18 at 8:13 a.m.
Everyone commenting on this issue should read a fascinating article in The Economist a few weeks ago regarding the dismal state of scientific research. It addresses specifically such things as the politicization of research results, the lack of peer review, and the paucity of research that challenges the politically acceptable view. Not on any specific topic, but on science in general in the current day.
Also, don't forget that 500 years ago people absolutely knew that the world was flat and 100 years ago people absolutely knew that Newtonian physics was the last word. Good science is meant to be challenged.
@K_V: sounds like you're still smarting from that tarbaby discussion. Started using the dictionary yet?
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