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Posted on November 25 at 12:09 p.m.

Suing Laguna Blanca is a real stretch. I guess they're going for the deep pockets. The guy may have met the girl when he was a teacher at LB, but the crime happened the following year, when he was no longer her teacher. The allegation that the other teacher, Ms. Elliot, should have reported the previous incident of assault because the girl "discussed it in front of her" is very vague. It doesn't sound like the girl actually went to the teacher and told her about it. How much is a teacher supposed to infer from something that was discussed in front of her-- did the teacher understand that this was a real incident that had never been reported? Even if they can assign blame to Ms. Elliot, is the school responsible for her inaction? Furthermore, to say that reporting the first incident might have saved the girl from the second incident… well, it's a stretch. --Nitz's wife

On Former Teacher Sentenced for Sex with Minor

Posted on November 15 at 7:23 p.m.

Obama was "elevated" to President because he won the election, 365 electoral votes to 173 for his opponent. Thank you Dewdly once again for the choice vocabulary.

"Get over it and move on" might express a desire to quell someone else's free speech, but when it comes from the mouth of an ordinary citizen it is itself free speech. Only when an authority compels a person to "shut up and sit down" can that person claim their civil rights were violated. For me to tell you to shut up, if I'm just some guy on the sidelines, violates nothing. Your right to speak doesn't trump my right to respond. Shouting matches are perfectly legal. In any case a right to free speech doesn't mean you can say anything you want at any time (hence no "fire" in a crowded theatre, no libel, slander, fraud) but only that saying things that are true, or personal opinion, can't land you in jail or get your head chopped off, very specific things the framers had in mind when they wrote that amendment.

I guess if the complainers can show that the professor was trying to incite the crowd to violence against them, perhaps they could make a civil rights claim. Seems like quite a stretch. If she was trying to incite she was unsuccessful, as no one attacked them and the only physical interaction was with the professor herself. The prof had no authority, these weren't her students whom she threatened with F's unless they shut up, so I just don't see a civil rights violation in there. It will be interesting to see what happens.

On Anti-Abortion Group Sues UCSB, Professor, Students

Posted on November 12 at 1:51 a.m.

"…full of women who become hysterical…" eh, Dewdly? Oh, excellent choice of adjective there in your completely unsubstantiated and counterfactual claim. Once again, your Freudian slip is showing; you should really check that dearie. Thy raging misogyny is so… ripe? aflame? stereotypical? These posts are a gift to generations of feminist studies scholars.

And once again, I'm with Eckermann. --Nitz's wife

On Anti-Abortion Group Sues UCSB, Professor, Students

Posted on October 30 at 5:53 p.m.

So what if they live in Santa Barbara! (Whatever that means.) No one's telling them to get out of town, just to stop crowding, littering and insulting people on the public street. That law applies to everyone, not just to transients.

Marin and Barnes need to calm down the rhetoric. It comes off as if they think it's ok that these "homeless" (or not) kids actively make a public nuisance. Most of the homeless in this town are not sitting on State being a-holes, but are somewhere trying to be safe, eat, sleep, drink, live, whatever, but not be aggressive intimidating jerks. The jerks make it harder for everyone, homeless included. They gotta go.

On Council Cracks Down on Street People

Posted on October 19 at 12:53 a.m.

This is not just a third lane, it's an HOV/carpool lane during commute hours. Won't end gridlock, but will speed things up for carpoolers. Hence the problem with the left-side ramps.

On Mayor Blasted for Alleged Conflict-of-Interest

Posted on September 29 at 11:34 a.m.

Just wanted to point out it's not just a 3rd lane, it's an HOV (carpool) lane.

On Clock Ticking Down on HOV Lane Appeal

Posted on September 19 at 2:48 p.m.

Just because we don't want billboards on State St. doesn't mean Gator Boy has to go. Apples and oranges.

The rules that govern this weren't received from above carved in stone: they were made by people, and people are supposed to use their judgement. This whole "our hands are tied" is a bunch of bunco.

Speaking of billboards, I know just what Jimenez means about being treated like a kid. It would have been the same or worse had he applied for a permit. When I applied to change some words on the side of my building downtown, change them from the name of the previous business, which had been there at least a decade, to the name of my business, exactly same color, size and font, and fewer letters, (the City's own approved standard font, like you see all over the Courthouse, etc.), just two words, no "art," my sign guy was told by a member of the sign committee that we were "trying to put up a billboard" and "we don't want Santa Barbara to look like Oxnard." This was in a public meeting, on the record. I wonder if city officials of Oxnard ever hear get wind of the disrespect casually dealt out by city officials of SB. It was all I could do to refrain from slapping the sign committee member, and that's because I wasn't there.

Jimenez is right: too plain is a negative, and small surprises like Gator Boy are what keep it fun. Save Gator Boy!
--Nitz's wife

On Cajun Kitchen Rallies to Save 'Gator Boy'

Posted on September 13 at 9:30 a.m.

Hi Bill. He's having breakfast right now.

On Knitting Psychedelic Day Dreams

Posted on September 12 at 4:47 p.m.

So, is the crocheted item presently stretched over the metal sculpture in front of the County Building downtown NOT a yarn bomb? I just assumed it was. All that's mentioned in the article are the Bomber's installations out in the wilds of SB.
He's British; of course he like to put doilies on things, right? Right?
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, ya'll. I heard that somewhere once.
Now, let's discuss the Chromatic Gate, or those turd-like sculptures installed on State St. at public expense a few years back.
--Nitz's wife

On Knitting Psychedelic Day Dreams

Posted on September 10 at 5:17 p.m.

So, I mean, the story is, they can't label it on a diagram of female internal parts, right? They can't point to the alien's neck and say "there." Like in other words, they can't read a map, they can't read a blueprint, they have no sense of how things would look if they had reproductive-tract x-ray vision… that's how I'm interpreting this news, because I just can't believe they don't know "where" it is on their bodies. Funny statistic. --Nitz's wife

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