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Posted on October 29 at 5:05 p.m.

Thanks, mikeb. I was just typing when your comment popped up. My sentiments are mirrored.

Bob and Carol, Hersch' and Linda:

Have you seen these statements from Lois Capps, one from the Congressional record no doubt?

"I will continue to work in Washington to oppose any efforts"

"Mr. Speaker, less than 10 percent of our Nation's children walk"

Using, of course, the same Cappsian lack of ellipses which no one seemed to notice or deem significant until mikeb. Is that how one finds truth in advertising? Is that why one (or two) is proud of their representative and their district. Remind me again of the saying about a nation of sheep. They shall be led by what?

And now, for something completely bipartisan.

Why not bash them all.

It must be nice to be in Washington, D.C. Our representatives are a privileged class. Speaking of sheep, and lambs, here's a modest proposal.

For those of you not familiar with the 28th Amendment, you've already been here several minutes, it will take you less than a minute to read this. What can you lose? If you agree, please pass it on.

The 28th Amendment – 35 States and Counting

It's an idea whose time has come to deal with this self-serving situation:

• Children of Congress members do not have to pay back their college student loans.

• Staffers of Congress family members are also exempt from having to pay back student loans.

• Members of Congress can retire at full pay after only one term.

Members of Congress have exempted themselves from many of the laws they have passed, under which ordinary citizens must live. For example,

• They are exempt from any fear of prosecution for sexual harassment.

• they have exempted themselves from Healthcare Reform, in all of its aspects.

Must we tolerate an elite class of such people, elected as public servants, then putting themselves above the law?

I truly don't care if they are Democrat, Republican, Independent, Libertarian, Peace and Freedom, Green/Peas and Freedom, whatever.

The self-serving must stop.

Governors of 35 states have filed suit against the Federal Government for imposing unlawful burdens upon their states.

It only takes 38 (of the 50) States to convene a Constitutional Convention.

What if...

Each person that reads this forwards it on to 20 people, and so forth, and so forth… In three days most people in The United States of America will have the message.

Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution:

"Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States."

You are my 20.

On Mitchum’s Biggest Role Yet?

Posted on June 24 at 1:10 p.m.

Evelyn Wood strikes again. Or is it Common Core? Read the entire article and your questions are answered. Try fishing in the stream of consciousness, dolphin.

Give a dolphin a fish, and he lives at Sea World on Fish Stamps. Teach a dolphin to fish…

Use your sonar for a change.

On Red Wine With Blues

Posted on June 23 at 12:41 p.m.

WaterChem, you said much more succinctly, of course, what I was trying to say, assuming by "verifiable facts," you mean it's not just arbitrary numbers leached from expensive instrumentation, or "the Answer." The "How" (and the Why) the answer is attained is fundamental.

I still fear we may always find ourselves in a land of lies, damned lies, and statistics. Where it then becomes political.

On Chromium 6 Cursing Santa Ynez Water District

Posted on June 21 at 1:37 p.m.

Condor Hiker has the numbers. And I am with him all the way on that path. He is excellent with numbers. Unfortunately, when he strays off the numbers path, he extrapolates with no backup, i.e., to shift from "So the ratio of the MCL to the PHG is the ratio of 10 to 0.02 or 500 times…" to "Does that mean that 500 additional people out of a million will die of cancer?" is not only a leap of faith (for one so skilled with numbers), it is sheer fear mongering.

The state of California and our beloved federal EPA not only do not agree on the numbers, they do not agree on the risk. (Yes, I know, lobbyists are stronger in DC than in Sacramento, but still…)

EPA Standards For Chromium 6:
Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) = 0.1 milligrams per Liter (mg/L) or 100 parts per billion (ppb)
Maximum Contaminant Level Goal (MCLG) = 0.1 mg/L or 100 ppb
Health Effects - Some people who drink water containing chromium (total) in excess of the MCL over many years could experience allergic dermatitis. (no mention of being carcinogenic)
Drinking Water Health Advisories provide more information on health effects (See EPA website)
Chemical Abstract Service Registry Number - 7439-92-1
Sources of Contamination - Discharge from steel and pulp mills; erosion of natural deposits

The state of California, on the other hand, well, just go here: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/public_info/f...

So, Condor, does this information indicate that 500 more people will contract cancer and that all will die?

You remember this from any mathematics course, don't just give the answer, show your work.

Mark Twain hits the trifecta here with "lies, damn lies and statistics."

On Chromium 6 Cursing Santa Ynez Water District

Posted on April 3 at 12:07 p.m.

>BeachFan: me thinks Salud gets too many pieces of silver from throughout the county to frustrate everyone but himself. He wants to go to Sacramento and/or DC, where the frustration is a bit more cloudy, and personally blameless. Where there are lifetime capps on discontent. Let him. It's legislative LegoLand.

On Supervisors' Meeting “Hijacked” by Mental Health Advocates

Posted on March 17 at 5:30 p.m.

Gotta go to Paul Simon's "The Boxer"…"a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest." Or perhaps better paraphrased here, "…and censors all the rest."

And a note for anyone hurling malicious monikers at other commenters: think very carefully about using the word "intellectual" or "anti-intellectual" in your comments.

It's a dead giveaway.

(P.S. – for those wishing to quibble with "a 'man' hears", it is genderless. No pun intended.)

On UCSB Professor Accused of Assaulting Anti-Abortion Activist

Posted on March 6 at 8:13 p.m.

Not to worry, Bill. The winter of their discontent was made glorious summer, by "summer", who noted that "the boy lives with his father? In & out of jail, crackhead... That's not any better for him."

It's good to have that anecdotal information to prove that the x-chromes are always right. There's always a bad guy there, somewhere. I'm surprised men are even allowed to be sperm donors.

On Woman Sentenced to Probation for DUI Crash That Broke Son's Neck

Posted on November 29 at 12:06 p.m.

As long as the burial in AG land has the appropriate EIR and approval from the neighborhoods established on AG land. I think it is covered in Obamacare, on page 2468, that residential use of AG land is granted Nature Conservancy status...at taxpayer expense.

And why not?

Might think about moving Thomas Paine's remains there as well.

On As Wine Harvest Ends, County Talks Ramp Up

Posted on July 10 at 4:04 p.m.

Welcome to the club!

On Drake Wines Debuts in Santa Barbara

Posted on April 9 at 2:33 p.m.

Nice article, Matt. Very nice.

On Raising Dough with Pinot in Maui

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