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Posted on July 20 at 10:27 p.m.
@EastBeach, I do ride a bike. A nice cruiser bike. I'm quiet, I enjoy the scene, I ride in the designated bike path, and don't run red lights…unlike the thugs with their gang mentality acting like they own the road. No thanks. And btw, your only retort is to declare that yoman and myself have hypertension? LOL.
On Biking Across Santa Barbara
Posted on July 20 at 8:14 a.m.
"Share the road" signs are aimed at you cyclists too. It means you need to share the road and get out of the way of the 4,000 pound hunk of metal with a person texting their friend while driving. I'm all for exercise, but there is no such thing as equal rights when it comes to certain narrow roads like APS. Widening that road would be nearly impossible. And I certainly don't care about you or your thug friends enough for me and my Santa Barbarians to reach into our pockets and fork over tax money so that you can ride it safer. No way. You want to find a safe alternative? Stay off APS. In fact, ride in bike lanes only. You thugs are a menace to the streets and no one wants to see your testicles protruding out of your see-through bike shorts. So gross. I'm sorry about your friend, but she chose a dangerous sport. I feel bad for the person that hit her more. She was just trying to get from point A to B, and now she has to live with that death on her conscious all because your friend chose to ride on a dangerouse roade (which btw is any road you share with cars). I remeber this comedian who once said that this young girl was hit by a car on her street and died. So the community got together and installed a speed bump where she died to slow the cars down. Now every time she went over the speed bump, she cried because it reminded her of her child's tragic death and how she blamed herself for not watching her daughter. Pick another sport or stay out of the way of the hunks of metal. Stay in your bike lane and I encourage police to enforce existing laws about bikes that block traffic. They seem to only remember to write tickets to bicyclists to people on the anual cruiser run.
Posted on July 10 at 6:19 p.m.
I'm all for it as long as they impose stricter laws on knives and BMWs. I left my gun out the other day on the kitchen table and...low and behold... It didn't shoot at anything or anyone. It was wild. I was like "go for it hand gun, shoot something". It did nothing as if it were mocking me. So I put it back in the gun safe where it belongs. Apparently I have one of those guns that don't do bad things that warrant more stupid laws aimed at good citizens.
On New Gun Laws After Isla Vista Murders?
Posted on June 12 at 9:24 a.m.
Wow, there is so much visceral hatred coming from you in this piece. I guess being an unbiased reporter is not your M O. Good luck with that. I will line the bird cage with this piece.
On No Country for Old Dogs
Posted on June 5 at 9:07 a.m.
And yet Sheriff Brown was reelected by your readership. I would like to see change, but I fear HIS knee jerk response will be to blame the weapon, and not the mental health of the boy.
On Temper Tantrum of the Early-Morning Dog
Posted on May 29 at 8:18 p.m.
The FACT is that this lunatic DID pass a background check, he did NOT have high capacity magazines, and he he WAS IN a "gun free" zone. She refused to lay blame on knives or cars I noticed. (Considering a car driven by her intoxicated staff member recently ended a life in SB, you think she would have at least addressed how dangerous these cars are.). Mrs. Capps really should focus her attention on the real problem of mental health. She should also be voted out. She has clearly missed the real problem with our society. Gun violence happens and that is undeniable. However, CA has the strictest gun laws in the US and Santa Barbara has a Sheriff that won't even allow good, law abiding citizens to arm themselves with a concealed carry permit despite the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals landmark decision. I'm not saying that an armed citizen could have prevented such a thing. In fact, it was such a frenzy that night that an armed citizen could have very well been shot down by the foot patrol in the chaos. However, the "gun free" zones are a freaking joke. Let's advertise to criminals that people don't carry guns and can't protect themselves. Genius. This DB was bat sh*t crazy, certified, undeniable. Do you honestly think that stricter gun laws would have stopped him?? He proved that his will to kill by whatever means necessary was stronger than our laws. And as all of his legally obtained guns were California compliant, his only crimes were assault with a deadly weapon, attempted murder, and murder...period.
I say it's time for a change. Time to vote out Sheriff Brown. Let's give the lady Sergeant Brown an opportunity. Second, let's vote out this talking head Capps. She has been in Congress for way too long. Two words: term limits.
We protect our money in the bank with guards who carry guns. We protect our public officials and our president with men carrying guns. We protect our forest with men carrying guns. Should we not extend that protection to our children in school? It's called deterrence. And when deterrence won't stop a maniac with a gun or knife or car, a gun will.
On Lois Capps Takes Isla Vista Killings to Congress
Posted on May 9 at 3:40 p.m.
Does anyone know if the lady Brown is anti-concealed carry like the Mister? We need and I will only vote for a Sheriff that supports concealed carry and will open that door.
On Inside the Race for Sheriff of Santa Barbara County
Posted on February 18 at 11:29 p.m.
The article is sound. The incident is strange. Unless there is video of the man brandishing or the "suspect" was so stupid that he admitted to the "crime", then he should get it dropped to "disturbing the peace" and it ultimately getting dropped without any further time in jail. This charge appears to be absolutely ridiculous. Unless they found a meth lab in this guy's house, there was no reason for A) the arrest and B) the arrest. It was on his property for f**k sake. At the very least, the key word here is CURTILAGE: "It delineates the boundary within which a home owner can have a reasonable expectation of privacy and where "intimate home activities" take place. It is an important legal concept in certain jurisdictions for the understanding of search and seizure, conveyancing of real property, burglary, trespass, and land use planning"
The "suspect" hopefully used his right to remain silent, and his right to a criminal attorney and then a pro-bono civil attorney. If this arrest was made in poor judgement, then I would start with suing the owner of the dog in question, then personally suing the arresting officer (after getting a dollar estimate his home), the sergeant on scene, and the city of Santa Barbara. I would then hire a PR person that is close with the NRA. This guy could be on Fox News by Monday talking about how our police force has become overly militant. I would argue the police were reactionaries and that they trespassed without strong probably cause.
Of course, I wasn't there. The guy could be a total POS with a history of brandishing. And as I have a lot of friends in the force and most of the SBPD are college educated, I would say that there was a pretty damn good reason to arrest this guy. There are definitely better ways to handle situations with dogs, especially noting that he himself is a dog owner. Shame on him for making this gun debate worse for the good, responsible gun owners. IN SB, there is always an alternative to pulling a gat.
On Man with Gun Arrested on De La Vina Street
Posted on February 13 at 12:26 p.m.
The blame should party fall on the Independent for endorsing Obama. The rest of the blame should fall on the voters that voted for Obama. This is his baby. Welcome to the new world of unaffordable healthcare. Thanks.
On Thousands of Sansum Patients Left Stranded
Posted on April 9 at 1:53 p.m.
Great story and I am glad this was written. I was hoping there names would come out. I am a gun owner and a pet owner, including a dog. This is a complicated situation. However, speaking as a gun owner, I feel these guys just wanted to shoot something. They like the feel of the kill and I am positive they shot at more than just the dog that day. Probably a fox, a bunny, who knows, but I am positive they did. However, Wild boar/pigs are aggressive and vicious and destroy land. I have hunted them. Thus there are many sides to this story. But, an experienced shooter would and should react better than what happened. And, the dog owner should have had a better handle on his dog.
Frankly, this should be hashed out in civil litigation. Luckily for the dog owner, in civil litigation, one must only convince the jury for a majority to win his/her case. I do hope, in this rare incident, that I get that jury summons in the mail that week and that i have the opportunity to serve. If so, I will giggle with joy and convince the judge of my non bias and sit there quietly and on the inside, ponder and stare at these dumb hunters and nod and judge and then make a recommendation of a settlement that will be feasible yet terrible for the hunters to pay over the course of the next ohhh...10 years of their garnished wages. Sorry boys. Your are on the wrong side of this one.
On Dogs Versus Hunters in the Backcountry