Comments by Dan Blick
Kevin, I think that Jefferson was aware of eager many supposedly-religious people were for the government to adopt their religion's tenets & symbols, and to apply them to everyone else (to the exclusion of themselves, in many cases!). Today, the leading vote-getter in the Republican primaries is Rick Santorum - a fundamentalist "Christian" extremist who seems to regard the Constitution as an inconvenience. To me, it's pretty simple: God doesn't need Government Assistance. God can do just fine without…
Does anyone have any information about the helicopter that buzzed Moss Beach earlier this afternoon??
No big deal here in Moss Beach. The estimate of ~3 ft seemed pretty accurate, along with the arrival time. Fortunately, the tide was pretty low (+1 ft), so the regular tide + tsunami is about +4 ft or so, well below the +6 ft high tides that we often get. I'm looking at the damage at Santa Cruz harbor, and hoping that everything's OK at Pillar Pt. Harbor. No news is good news, I guess, but I'm staying away from there for the time being. I'll post a link to the video of the tsunami once I get it uploaded.
Sabrina, You've just demonstrated why I have *never* voted on an electronic voting machine, and I never will. I always, *always* request a paper ballot. Why would anyone choose to use a voting system that - is so easily hacked - is useless if a recount is necessary - the code and inner workings are private and proprietary, not accountable to the County's voters As a citizen of San Mateo County, I have a right to make sure that my vote is counted. That is *impossible* with the electronic systems.…
Has Orange Fever hit the Planning Commission?
3 outages, 9 hours of total outage.
We had the one this morning; back on pretty quickly, so 1 outage for about 5 minutes so far.
On the credibility of Paul Krugman vs. Fox News: Maybe you can tell us which "special interest" you think Paul Krugman might be working for? On the other hand (and no, I'm not an economist), Fox News, in an appeal of their losing case against two whistle-blowing reporters, asserted that they have the Right to Lie in their "news" broadcasts! And they won!! No, I'm not kidding. http://www.foxbghsuit.com/ The judge reversed the jury's decision because there's no written law, rule, or regulation that…
The best solution is the simplest: Make Medicare available to anyone who wants to buy into it. Medicare doesn't get between you & your doctor, like health insurance companies do. It doesn't ration health care like health insurance companies do. It lets the doctor decide what you need, and then it just pays the bill. And it does this at an overhead rate of 3.5%. The health insurers' overhead rate is 15-35%. No pre-existing conditions, no getting dropped. This would also be a boon to small businesses,…
How is requiring a development permit a "taking" of property?
When I see a sign on the road that says "NO LEFT TURN," has my car been confiscated by the government?
Francis, on AB1991 we agree! It's a bad bill.
Aw, c'mon, Francis! I realize it was a tough choice -- between providing some evidence of "liberal bias," or resorting to the old, reliable personal attack.
From the way you were talking, I thought you had plenty of good ammo. Oh well... So sad...
Better luck next time, eh?
> Given the drastic decrease in violence in Iraq, the recent successes of its military, and the advances by its government, the coverage you seek could easily be called biased. And that information comes to us from... the Administration, via the Major Media. Yes, there's been a decrease in violence -- partly because we (US taxpayers) are **paying** Sunni militias NOT to fight us, and partly because several militia leaders have declared a unilateral cease-fire. If Iraq is doing so well, why are there…
Francis, I never said anything about the existence of bias. I never asserted that any news or infotainment organization is UNbiased. Of course bias exists, and it's a part of human nature. I was specifically challenging the widely-held notion that the bias of the major media networks is "liberal." My mind is far from made up. If you can show me some evidence that this media bias is liberal, I'll have to give it some careful consideration. In my line of work, as well as my political views, I can't…
Other than a bunch of corporate or right-wing pundits repeatedly saying that there's "liberal bias," there's simply no evidence that it exists.
However, a simple reality check, in my previous post, shows that if it does exist, the executives who manage those networks are painfully inept and should be fired!
Show me the evidence!
Kevin, if all the networks you named are "liberal" or "blatant left," as you assert, why did they all wholeheartedly support the invasion of Iraq, even though hundreds of thousands of Americans were taking to the streets in protest? Why did they fire anyone who dared question the administration's case for the invasion (i.e., Phil Donahue, who had the most highly-rated show on MS-NBC)? Why did they air the administration's paid propagandists and let them spout their pro-war talking points without…
I appreciate Lanny's loyalty. It's an admirable quality. But why would any rational adult believe what he's saying? And why would the City of HMB shell out so much $$$ for a hired shill whose judgment is so obviously impaired? Other cable news organizations are biased, but only Fox News has asserted (in a Florida Appeals Court) -- and won -- the right to lie in their "news" programs! They won by asserting that the FCC's policies against the deliberate distortion of the news were not 'laws,' so the…
Barry, Darin & Scott, thanks for stepping up on this. I know that you three will help make our local government more transparent & available to everyone.
I can't wait!
Sorry, Steve. That sounds too much like the GOP / NeoCon agenda: 1. Spend money like crazy. Empty the Treasury, and transfer the People's wealth to corporations and political supporters. 2. Lower taxes so that U.S., state, & local governments are starved for funds, even to meet the obligations of employees and bondholders. 3. Then have those same corporations buy up the public resources (land, water, infrastructure) at fire-sale prices so that state & local governments have some cash to make payments…
Yes, it's true -- if HMB pays the $18M, it owns the property. Selling a small number of lots for development would reduce the debt. Another option would be to dedicate the land to agricultural use -- either by leasing it to nearby farmers, or by partitioning it for community or individual gardens. With rapidly rising food & energy prices, growing food locally is a more attractive use of the land, especially from a financial standpoint. As long as enough money can be made to make a dent in the monthly…
Can someone please tell me how former City Attorney Adam Lindgren, and hired guns Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, figure in this settlement? Who was representing the City of HMB in the negotiations?
Is Lindgren's resignation related in any way to the deal?
Is this constitutional??
Something stinks here.
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