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Posted on November 27 at 7 p.m.
St. B. the D. says "arf."
On Dear Stormy: How to Get Along?
Posted on November 23 at 4:44 p.m.
This somewhat moronic haggling over the term "tarbaby" reminds me of a similar dispute to which I was a witness years ago regarding the word "niggardly." My advice to all parties: Let it go. Personally, I'd not use either term due to the, ehrm, prevailing sensibilities of the times, not to mention the general downward march towards ever-burgeoning illiteracy. The persistent flogging of this person on this topic would seem, if I were more PC-centric, to be an example of so-called "cyber bullying." He's said his use was based on the other (accepted) definition. Accept that, let it go and move on.
On Is the Mexican Mafia Making Moves in Santa Barbara?
Posted on November 22 at 9:05 a.m.
While I do think there's more to the JFK assassination than we know, or may ever know, many of the "facts" presented by this writer are much disputed, the "quotes" attributed to LBJ's mistress, for example, being of the urban myth variety. Stating that something is a "fact" does not make it so.
Many years after the assassination, while in Dallas, a local took me to the site in Dealey Plaza and I remember being surprised at how "close" everything seemed, how expert marksmanship may have been less a factor than commonly supposed.I do think there's more to the story; Oswald may indeed have been the "patsy" he claimed to be, but those who go to far off into conspiracy land, on any topic, ultimately just drive away the rational-minded who may have their own doubts.
On The JFK Mystery
Posted on November 20 at 8:36 a.m.
I seldom weigh in on these sorts of things, but have to agree with comment above re "ointment on stomach" etc. It _does_ sound like a crock and this is in fact the story he put forth. Maybe it was trumped up for other family feud type reasons, but his own account is more than suspicious. Good riddance.
On Immigration Officers Seize Montecito Church Employee
Posted on November 14 at 10:22 a.m.
Although I am in favor of the ACA, in theory at least, whiny and self-righteous screeds such as this could push me in the other direction.I find his mention of race as a factor in the President's motives only slightly less offensive than the mention of same made here by the resident right wing loon a week or so ago.
On States' Rites
Posted on November 14 at 10:17 a.m.
I find it difficult to believe that anyone, even a self-described progressive, would have failed to note the general air of cluelessness in Ms. Alley's campaign. Surely that too was a factor in the election results.
On Final Election Results Released
Posted on November 8 at 6:12 a.m.
Have to admit, I comment on the sports pages of an east coast paper because I still follow my "home town" teams. However, I can't imagine commenting on local politics or events (after not living there for several decades) or sending in a diatribe about "bad" it was in ol' Beantown (ah, gave it away) and sort of gloating about where I live now.
That being said, it's her "right" to do so although I don't get the motivation.Many of the points raised by the commenter who's irking others may even be valid. I'll likely head back east to retire and the older of my SB-born and raised kids has already reverse-migrated back east for college and I suspect she'll remain there. The economics of living in Santa Barbara, or California in general, are certainly an issue, one perhaps that could be better addressed than by the doggerel that inspired these comments.
On We're #10
Posted on November 5 at 1:48 p.m.
"part white and arab (sic)" Hmm, whatever could you be implying?
I hereby deem this thread "Game of Thorns."
On Bill of Goods
Posted on November 5 at 9:17 a.m.
I rather enjoy her Tea Party/conspiracy blather and think the Indy should give her a regular column, sort of a "Pet Psychic" for political loons.
Like the theories promoted by other fringe types and conspiracy buffs, these sort of messages, racially tinged and largely unintelligible, usually have the opposite of their intended effect.
Posted on November 5 at 6:19 a.m.
The Sentinel is better than I thought it would be and doesn't seem to in 100% lockstep politically with its sister publication. I appreciate that they've provided another forum for candidates this election cycle. The editorial comments can be a bit smarmy at times and clearly its emphasis is on food and drink, the downtown and Funk Zone "scenes" and a somewhat relentless promotion of local businesses, the latter presumably accounting for all the ad revenue. The copy editing could definitely be better, but even there, it's certainly a vast improvement over the now defunct and laughably non-edited Daily Sound. More local media is a good thing in general, but I'm not sure anyone's endorsements or perceived leaning have all that much effect on voters these days. Does anyone really "clip and save" these things to take to the ballot box or the mail box in this case?
On City Council Donations Flying In
The worldly and beguiling Pink Martini returns for a special ... Read More
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