“Two points. First, is there truly anyone out there- an intelligent and aware person, I mean- who would trust anything Dianne Feinstein says just on her say-so? Second, as to her comment that "there is a huge malevolence out there" [directed toward the USA], I would ask her why exactly she thinks that is? Could it possibly have anything to do with our foreign policy, or our seeing every problem in the world exclusively as a nail that needs a hammer applied to it?”
woody7 on Dec 1, 2013 at 19:43:01
“you know if and when you could talk to them, they would be very condescending and say that we don't really KnoW the "big"picture....until we can cycle through these clutchers to the past, we are going to be perpetually going through this crap.”
“Not just "right-wing states." Been to California lately?”
chaya on Oct 26, 2013 at 11:22:05
“Whatever. California is such a mishmash of attitudes and beliefs and lifestyles that I have a hard time categorizing it. I suspect you're referring to Northern California and Southern California, neatly excising San Francisco and the rest of the middle of the state from your equation.”
“Well, it is true that those service ribbons certainly don't reflect the valor of such awards that police get for murdering innocent and unarmed civilians or dogs, or smacking little kids around and then high-fiving each other. So, you have a point. The point I don't get from the story is where it said anywhere that he suffered from PTSD from his military service. It did mention his dad's thoughts that he suffered from PTSD (but not the cause), and then the theories from his friend. But I can understand if you are too thick to have picked up that nuance. Perhaps the author should rewrite the piece to be clearer and include pictures.”
“Gosh, don't you just weep for him? Or her? This seemed like a political marriage from the beginning. She hitched her horse to the wrong wagon. Don't really have any sympathy for either of them. If she really was in love (HIGHLY doubt), then that sucks and too bad for her. But he is just a waste of space that doesn't seem to have ever been good at anything so he, of course, turns to politics.”
“Let me 'splain. He was talking to CNBC, a financial network that predominately caters to Wall St. viewers (i.e., Wall St. CEOs watch). He was specifically talking about the debt ceiling, not the government funding in which we are enmeshed right now. If the debt ceiling is not raised (as happened- or almost happened- last time around) then the nation's credit rating drops (as happened last time) causing (at least) two things: the deficit increases because we pay more interest on bonds, and the markets drop causing Wall St. to lose money. When Wall St. loses money, credit markets tighten making things tougher and more expensive on businesses in general, beyond Wall St. That's why CEOs should be worried. I don't like Obama, but he is dead right on this.”
“These poll findings are not any kind of surprise given that, as with any and every other significant issue or program over the last five years, when it comes to the task of speaking directly to and communicating with the American public this administration gets and epic FAIL!”
“This is placebo of which, I suspect, nothing will actually happen. You know what he has complete control over prosecuting or not? Wall St. CEOs and cancer/AIDS/glaucoma/MDS/MS, etc. patients who use medicinal cannabis in states where it is legal (under state law). Which has he chosen as his priority?”
“Um...sorry SantaMonican, but both parties are owned by, and protect, the banksters. Having said that, I have to compliment your name and say I wished I lived in Santa Monica. ;}”
SantaMonican on Aug 1, 2013 at 15:37:32
“Um...then why is the GOP fighting to deregulate Wall St.
Senator Warren is not, she's doing the opposite.. She wants those guys in jail where they belong. Republicans hate her, and have done everything they can to kill her consumer protection agency she created...why? Sorry, you are wrong.
Santa Monica's economy is booming.
Light rail will connect us to downtown LA starting in 2015...they are building all of the infrastructure now. The 3 stations in SM and the two in W LA are beautiful.
The Pier is doing great, Santa Monica Place has been converted to an outdoor shopping center with roof top ocean view restaurants. A new botanical garden across from the pier is opening in Sept. Our City beach club is open to the public with many free services...things are really looking up here.”
“Well first, are you referring to HuffPost as corporate media? I have not seen her covered heavily too many other places than here (i.e., ABC, CBS, NBC, etc.). Second, she is controversial in what she says, and controversy draws attention, and attention sells ad revenues and copy.”
wittenbe7 on Aug 1, 2013 at 14:59:58
“Thank You for the response. It is just that I have never seen anything like it. Could be something to what you suggest.”
“Not suing a widow, suing the estate. His widow is just the representative of the estate, the same as a brother, cousin, or named executor if there were no widow. Ventura says the incident never took place and that it besmirches his reputation in order to sell books on salacious stories. The book certainly has sold more since Kyle identified "Scruff Face" as Ventura (and probably will continue to sell more); so Jesse has a very valid point. Now would I continue the suit? That's another question entirely.”
mtime7 on Jul 20, 2013 at 19:28:08
“There is a widow, and yes she is handling her deceased husbands affairs, just as any other widow, and who owns the estate, the widow and children, so if your suing the estate, you are suing the widow and children.”
“Okay, so now I just realized you are completely making it up. Perhaps making it up on things that you have been told or that you truly believe, but making it up, nonetheless. Also, I was referring to real world practice, not the way the world "should be." In reality, if you shoot someone and a non-LEO, the presumption is against you- not for you. You will be arrested. You may not be charged after investigation is done, but you will be arrested in 99.99999% of the incidents. Also, there is no jurisdiction- none, zero, nunca- in the USA that will allow you to use deadly force in the protection of property. Self-defense or defense of others? Yes, but not defense of property. I agree that the police "should be" held to a higher standard in such cases, but that is not how it plays out in the real world. Sorry.”
CDAH on Jul 9, 2013 at 00:47:24
“Minnesota says that a homeowner can kill an individual to prevent them from committing a felony on their property, which certain cases of theft are. For example, stealing a car, (aka grand theft auto), is a felony. If a person attempts to steal someone elses car off of their property in Minnesota, the owner can kill the thief to prevent it. Laws vary from state to state, but many states do allow people to use deadly force in defense of their property.”
“I once knew a psychiatrist who did evaluations on police recruits in Southern California. He talked about how similar police candidate and criminal profiles often were. In fact, he said that he typically recommended rejecting 85% of the candidates. When asked about the other 15%, his response was, "Well...we need cops."”
3BlindMice on Jul 6, 2013 at 02:48:51
“The 85% is about right from what I have heard from people grad. from a 2 year program. About 1/2 to 3/4 are gone by the end of the first year.
Others say some of the best cops (rare) did small time criminal things and decided to go into law enforcement.”
Jeffrey L Mooney on Jul 6, 2013 at 00:34:31
“Anyone who "wants" to be a cop probably shouldn't be allowed to become one.”
Fattonecat on Jul 6, 2013 at 00:27:37
“I've been saying for decades that there's a fine line between a cop and a crook....”