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Posted on July 22 at 8:47 p.m.
Am I the only person who wonders what, precisely, an article on golfing in Florida is doing in the Independent?
Or, for that matter, what any of Mr. Navis' pieces are doing here? It's not that he's a poor writer- it's that his work has absolutely zero relationship to Santa Barbara, or the Central Coast.
Does the guy really need an outlet for his press-junket golf trips that badly? And, why does the Indy feel compelled to publish this stuff?
On World Golf Village and Caddyshack
Posted on March 18 at 3:45 p.m.
...and if people adhered to waiting for the facts, not a single living human being with a functional brain would pay any attention whatsoever to Rush Limbaugh, Fox News, or Glenn Beck.
My sincerest condolences to the families of those involved in this terrible and tragic incident.
On Hiker Dies on Cold Spring Trail
Posted on February 27 at 7:32 a.m.
Your opposition to mountain bikes is well documented- you were part of the farcical attempt a couple of years ago to limit mountain bikes on Santa Cruz trail, for example, and you have penned many other anti-mountain bike screeds in the past.
Furthermore, you make disingenuous, willfully misleading comments such as this: "Getting a handle on how we feel about mechanized use of the trails is one of those points of discussion as is what damage they cause to the trails."
We both know, Ray, that mountain bikes are not "mechanized" in general sense of that word. By lumping mountain bikes in with motorcycles, you are engaging in some pretty ethically dubious "journalism".
Also in this vein, the photo captioned with "This is an example of a spot along the trail where mountain bikes have cut a new shortcut down a steep section" shows no such thing: there is no evidence at that spot whatsoever of tires tracks, nor is is a place in the trail where it would make sense for riders to slow down just to cut the trail. Instead, that shortcut was created by hikers, Ray.
These examples- and there are many others in this blatantly slanted article, but I'll stop with these- show the extent to which you are simply using the Indy as a bully pulpit in an effort to further your minority agenda.
I am, frankly, shocked that the Indy would print such a one-sided piece: this is a pretty embarrassing editorial decision.
As for me, well, I will continue to ride my bike- with consideration for other equitable trail users, care for the environment, and utter and joyous disregard for you and your asinine agenda, Ray.
On The Hidden Costs of Mountain Biking
Posted on February 8 at 7:06 p.m.
Thanks for the clarification on Alder! I was up there last year, and ended up walking the final mile or so up the road in the dark. Figuring that the last half mile couldn't be that bad, I wandered around for a couple of hours by headlamp, and finally just camped under the flume...
A beautiful area, for sure...
On Alder Creek Camp and the Upper Franklin Trail
Posted on January 22 at 5:02 p.m.
It's "Allen Ginsberg"...
On Interview: Kevin Barnes
Posted on January 7 at 6:06 p.m.
Um, not to be difficult or anything, but I kinda have to believe that Aly Comingore read the below interview with Mr. Svenonius published on the great UK music website The Quietus back in June, and simply "borrowed" many of the questions:
There are just way, way too many similarities between the two interviews for it to be coincidental... I hope I'm wrong, but it seems really fishy.
Quoth Morrissey: "Do no plagiarize nor take on loan/There's always someone, somewhere, with a big nose who knows..."
In any event, this should be a great show.
On Interview: Ian Svenonius
Posted on December 25 at 5:53 p.m.
Just between us guys, how many spliffs did you indulge in before penning this one?
Swing low sweet chariot,
On Review: <em>Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues</em>
Posted on March 25 at 7:04 a.m.
"... conservatives who understand that our policies work if and when they are tried."
This is singularly asinine. Asinine, and self-indulgent. As long as the GOP continues to believe that your policies "work" and that it's just a matter of perception, it will continue to lose votes, lose clout, and lose relevance.
The GOP's policies are increasingly out of step with the beliefs of the electorate, and voters are indicating very clearly how they feel.
Best o' luck to you, neocons!
On Getting Back to Our Grassroots
Posted on February 7 at 6:55 p.m.
Surely, I can't be the only reader to find the headline, "Counting the Least Among Us" to be wildly offensive? "Counting the Least Fortunate Among Us" would be one thing, but the title of the piece as it stands is a terribly subjective judgement, and simply terribly demeaning.
I would have expected significantly more decency from the Indy, particularly on this issue.
Jeff ButlerLos Olivos
On Counting the Least Among Us
Posted on January 28 at 2:20 p.m.
Very well-written, well-considered review here... For a, uh, slightly different take on the album: