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Posted on November 27 at 2:07 a.m.

Yes, we certainly know that The Indians were treated horribly. I don't think there is a person who doesn't know this, yet Santa Barbara still proudly celebrates Fiesta.

On Misery at the Missions

Posted on November 27 at 1:39 a.m.

I feel so much safer now. Soon the cleansing will be complete and we can rid ourselves of those pesky homeless people.

All we have to do now is tear down those ugly old houses on the Eastside and Westside, replace them with McMansions and the economic cleansing will be complete.

I feel SO much better now.

On Homeless Camps Cleaned Up

Posted on November 26 at 8:07 p.m.

An angle that I've never heard raised: Per the money businesses save by hiring cheap labor, how do we know these businesses are passing the savings onto us and not pocketing those savings for themselves?

To address SBporVida's point: I would have no problem paying higher prices in order not to support the cheap labor market.

On S.B. Responds to President's Immigration Reform

Posted on November 26 at 2:44 p.m.

People DO drive like fools down the pass, aggressive, speeding, and tailgating. It is impossible to obey the posted speed limit without people running up your bumper and I would say that at least 90% of the drivers do this. The question beckons: "What is your big hurry?"

I drove the pass from 2005-2013 when I lived in Solvang commuting to Santa Barbara and I totally support the author of the letter in her appeal to the CHP and I have been appalled at the lack of enforcement in this area.

The Highway 1 out of Lompoc isn't much better, but at least there is more room to pass.

I feel far more threatened by the drivers on the road than I do by gangs, or people using drugs. Law enforcement has its priorities in the wrong direction.

On Fearful on the Pass

Posted on November 26 at 1:14 a.m.

"So will THE NEED for more doctors, nurses, etc" (who will not come from a demographic discouraged from assimilating)

On S.B. Responds to President's Immigration Reform

Posted on November 26 at 1:10 a.m.

(Part two of two)
Back to the issue of education: The strength of a country (internal, not colonial strength--e.g., Norway, Denmark, et, al) corresponds to the level of education of its people. How can the encouragement of unlimited immigration by people with little education--and then ensuring they remain that way by discouraging linguistic/cultural assimilation--be beneficial to anyone but the powers-that-be on both sides of the border? Simply put, why do we accept the idea that Mexico and the rest if Central America is incapable of doing better? With the ratio of undereducated people increasing, so will the availability of doctors, nurses, and those needed to run our infrastructure. Does the idea of simply not having enough doctors concern any of you? Look at the changes happening.

I also find it amazing how the liberals of days past, who so embraced the concept of Zero Population Growth, have morphed into the "progressives" of today who suddenly embrace unlimited population growth via our de facto open border.

I could go on, but I would like to make this closing analogy: If a ship is sinking, and the lifeboat unto which the people escaping the sinking ship is sinking due to the fact that too many people are piling aboard the lifeboat, wouldn't it make more sense to fix the sinking ship?

OK, I barely made it through high school, so how is it that the college-educated Intelligentsia fails to see these basic truths?

On S.B. Responds to President's Immigration Reform

Posted on November 26 at 1:09 a.m.

(Part one of two)

Why do we have immigration laws if we they are randomly enforced according the vested interests of pressure groups and the Chamber of Commerce? For what it's worth, the Libertarian Party supports open borders but would also cut the government entitlement programs that subsidize the work force of the big business sector. In short, rich profiteers who don't want uppity (sarcasm intended) people who are used to labor law protections demanding fair pay/treatment decide to hire those who come across the border illegally because they know that the Sword of Damocles hangs over these people's heads: They know if they speak up, they may be deported, so they put up with the abuse and unreasonable work conditions that the reformers of the turn of the 20th Century tried so hard to change.

As for Inspired 805's question, does it matter what we do for a living? What matters is the content of our posts. Does the fact that I do security guard/janitorial work validate my opinion? Does the fact that I'm "white" (despite my 50% Assyrian heritage and Middle Eastern appearance) invalidate me as a supposed beneficiary of "White Privilege" Why do professors of color in the educational field get paid many more times what I do when they don't work as hard physically as I?...because they went to school and cracked the books. No complaints here, I'm just making the point that with education, even those who come from the humblest of beginnings can overcome the economic poverty of their situation. Someday I would like to improve my lot, again, where there is a will there is a way.

Having said all this we must realize that there are vested interests that do not want people to be educated because again, if they were, they would know how they are being taken advantage of, and demand better treatment. NAFTA--an issue conveniently sidestepped by both major political parties, (opposed by the way, by Libertarians--and as far as I know--The Green Party) has done much to hurt the actual people of Mexico--not Mexico as defined by its corrupt patriarchal Ivy League-educated Billionaire Boys Club. THAT needs to be discussed.

On S.B. Responds to President's Immigration Reform

Posted on November 24 at 2:59 p.m.

It's nice to see a venue where people can have fun that doesn't involve getting drunk.

Also, it's nice people don't have to go all the way to Oxnard in order to get on a pair of skates.

On Ice Rink in Goleta Breaks Ground

Posted on November 24 at 4:08 a.m.

JarvisJarvis, read this article and tell us why you still hate people living in their vans/RV's:

On RV Ordinance Revision Hits the Skids

Posted on November 24 at 4:07 a.m.

GREAT article!

On To Richard

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