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Re: “Define 'hate group'

I see many comments here that are opposed to diversity and vibrancy. You have all been reported to the SPLC for hate comments.
--Shlomo, Bergblatt, and Silvershekel Attorneys at Law

Posted by matarbongo on 10/20/2018 at 3:24 PM

Re: “Define 'hate group'

"On the site, the first thing that caught my eye was a photo, and, oh baby, is this picture worth a thousand words. It shows a skinny, blond white boy running gleefully toward the camera, a girl, also white, not far behind. The headline is "Help Save Some America for Tomorrow."


Posted by Concerned local on 10/20/2018 at 3:16 PM

Re: “Define 'hate group'

"In addition to helping generations of children learn openness and compassion through its Teaching Tolerance programs in schools" ----- Helping white children learn that they dont matter and that the brown children of the third world will always be favored over them because 'whites are evil nazis' and should feel guilty about establishing this amazing country that as of late (since 1965) has gone to ruin.So keep those borders open kids and remember to virtue signal that you wish you were brown so you could have a voice and be empowered by the mainstream liberal globalist ideology its what Heidi Harmon would want.

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Posted by Concerned local on 10/20/2018 at 3:09 PM

Re: “Let's keep moving forward

I am not COLAB
Remember this when we march the cool wine aunts to the countryside to work our pot farms for a bowl of fair trade organic quinoa a day (if you behave). I'm going to share a little story told to me by a good friend, Catholic, and political science professor in Toronto. Whenever I hear Bob Marleys Buffalo Soldier I think of Elon Musk... he was stolen from Africa and brought to America... and his entrepreneurship has certainly had him fighting on arrival, fighting for survival #Startup #Africa
Not even Heidi Harmon's iPad made by slaves owned by techno-fascist liberals from San Francisco can save us from the coming apocalypse. I can reveal more of the plan if you would like.
Admit it, "Shredder" if that's even his/her/xer/xim/pir/xis real name, has nothing on me.
God Bless (hugs)

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Posted by matarbongo on 10/20/2018 at 11:56 AM

Re: “Let's keep moving forward

@matarbongo a.k.a. Mike Brown of COLAB. Why not use your real name?

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Posted by Kathie Walker on 10/19/2018 at 11:56 PM

Re: “Let's keep moving forward

Liberal capitalist Heidi Harmon is no progressive, no socialist, and certainly not a Freida Khalo communist (LMAO they would have sent her bourgeois behind to the gulag faster than you can say cool wine aunt). Maybe you can get a loan for a down payment ? HA! Get a loan for another loan, yea nice try chica. You are the same old neo-liberalism wrapped in virtue signalling, and vegan farts. This is why people are leaving the Democrat party. How about rent control so building owners don't double the rent on downtown businesses overnight? How about getting rid of this sanctuary city nonsense so the working class don't have to compete with cheap immigrant labor? How about repaving South Higuera? Something as simple as fixing a dang road, I know you are just a small town politician and are basically in it to build your "brand", but come on, that's the whole reason towns are formed, so we can have basic things like decent roads. How about going after corruption? Everyone knows what I'm talking about here, but that might actually require you to stick your neck out and could damage your brand. How about programs to promote people having children and starting families. How about tax relief for small businesses? How about getting rid of Amazon, the destroyer of businesses and the middle class? I think people like Heidi must want the world to be a tiny handful of elites surrounded by impoverished migrant labor bused in every morning to do the jobs the robots can't do (and also so they can practice their overly enunciated Spanish to feel oh so cosmopolitan and diverse)
Heidi Harmon The only people left in town are two Amazon executives but at least the vegan bike lane is carbon neutral!

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Posted by matarbongo on 10/19/2018 at 11:17 PM

Re: “Let's keep moving forward

I think your fake flower and your "progressive" ideals are dangerous to this community and I hope that nobody votes for you. I am sick of seeing you on your red bike looking smug while you peddle past the growing homeless population in our downtown area.You have done NOTHING that enhances our town in fact I have seen more trash in the creek, more drug deals going down in front of families trying to enjoy the mission and less cops since you took over.The fact that you created a lipstick color to further expand you 'mighty heidi' brand is pukey to say the least.I really wish you would stay home and play with your ugly 90's girl power baby doll art and leave the politicking to people who actually care about our community as a whole.Your fake Heidi and we know it, your as fake as the flower in you dye job hair. Oh and by the way Frida Kahlo would think you a disgusting corporate whore so stop trying to emulate her.

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Posted by Concerned local on 10/19/2018 at 4:28 PM

Re: “A need for change

"Intimate Partner"???
Is that some kind of newspeak for girlfriend/boyfriend or husband/wife?

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Posted by avocado_toast on 10/10/2018 at 2:48 PM

Re: “Define 'hate group'

"We've spoken about the SPLC and its credibility, and you can visit their home page to help decide for yourself."

The SPLC assigned 954 "hate groups" to the US for 2017 (it being the sole arbiter of that lucrative label). While the company provides no corroborating evidence that a journalist, researcher or donor could use to verify the claims, fully 300 of these alleged groups are listed simply as "statewide," meaning the SPLC cannot even provide a known city or town location, let alone any kind of estimated membership count.

We get to take the company's word for it that these groups really, really exist, with no proof, no verification whatsoever.

That's not good enough and it certainly isn't good journalism. Big claims demand big proof, or any proof, for that matter.

Nationwide, according to the SPLC, 28 out of 72 alleged KKK groups are "Statewide," 91 out of 120 alleged neo-Nazi groups (75%), 35 out of 100 alleged White Nationalist groups, and a literally incredible 63 out of 71 alleged Racist Skinhead groups are "Statewide" phantoms, or 89% of the number claimed.

For California, 22 of the 75 alleged "hate groups" the company assigned in 2017 are "statewide" (or pinpointed to either "Southern" or "Northern" California). These include 3 of 8 alleged White Nationalist groups, 10 of 11 alleged Racist Skinhead groups, and 5 of 6 alleged neo-Nazi groups.

"Hard data" come a lot harder than this.

One final factoid from the highly credible SPLC: According to the company, 241 of the 954 alleged groups assigned nationwide for 2017 are Black or Black Muslim, the largest and fastest growing category by far (25% of the grand total). Of those, only 8 are allegedly "statewide" phantoms. For California, 17 of 75, also the largest single category, of which only one is "statewide."

If the SPLC are going to be your go-to "experts you'll have to accept ALL of their claims, no matter how patently ridiculous.

SPLC "hate group" numbers are for fundraising, not fact-finding.

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Posted by Richard Keefe on 10/05/2018 at 5:13 AM

Re: “Define 'hate group'

It never seems to amaze me how a so called award winning journalist could be so out of touch . He actually sounds like a cheap liberal, snowflake, whiner. He needs to get his facts straight! How dare him call Michael Rivera a racist. He needs to research CAPS and see what the truth is. The SPLC is known to be the most unreliable source for truth. Go to and learn. People like this make me sick. And the worst thing about it is the Newtimes is in league with him which is not surprising . This mans opinion is just that. Half truths guilt by association and a bunch of non-sense. He doesnt know enough to understand that another of CAPS founders and original advisory board members was the founder of the Sierra Club. What do you think of that all you environmentalists out there. Another example of fake news and the smacks who suck it in.

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Posted by Theone714603521 on 10/04/2018 at 11:06 PM

Re: “Define 'hate group'

Its funny how the wealthy love to virtue signal their love of immigrants from the safety of the suburbs where they will never have to deal with the fallout besides getting cheaper labor and destroying that pesky native working class who wants to be paid enough to own a home and raise a family where they work. SLO is supposedly a sanctuary city, and the median home price is what $600k? LoL, sanctuary for the rich maybe. And funny how in the working class neighborhoods people aren't so keen to open the doors to the 3rd world, but hey they are just ignorant flyover people who don't know the most correct and virtuous ideology of global liberalism. But once you get out of the USA and Western Europe some nations aren't fooled and dont' have a bored wealthy class bent on pushing migration to show their status. Like Israel for one, they understand what open borders means, cultural and ethnic suicide, regardless of the attractiveness of super cheap gardeners and the warm fuzzy feeling you get from a good little "tolerant" citizen (this is different from the feeling the virtuous bored rich housewife gets from boxed wine). The Dalai Lama gets it too. He has seen first hand what existential issues result from open borders. Now good Western liberals can't counter signal Israel because of the holocaust so this is ignored, the Dalai Lama has been problematic however. What happens with science, objective reality, world spiritual leaders, and ancient nations are racist and don't agree with the boxed wine comfortable air headedness of Western liberal elites?

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Posted by avocado_toast on 10/04/2018 at 4:08 PM

Re: “Democracy demands a free press

Every major media corporation, TV, newspapers, internet, most celebrities, the financial institutions, Saudi Arabia and other brutal regimes... all put their full weight behind Hillary... and she lost. Fake News, it's over, the people are over it, the old lying press is finished. The fake news meme is brilliant and a long time coming. If we are worried about "the free press is the first to go in a totalitarian take over" well then that happened a long ago, when the boomers were having too much fun and prosperity to notice anything besides the hip and cool issues they were told to care about. America is having its emperor wears no clothes moment on many levels. If people remember that story, the emperor walked around naked for quite a long time until a young person stated the obvious. There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen

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Posted by avocado_toast on 10/04/2018 at 2:22 PM

Re: “'Pro-water'

We need an Independent Audit before we proceed. How do we get that, press the CCSD board members?

Posted by Jeannine Jacobs on 09/29/2018 at 11:17 AM

Re: “Not for civil liberties

Bob Cuddy it's always good to read your comments and reporting. I was shocked when I learned Stew Jenkins was elected to chair the local ACLU. Having experienced Jenkins wrath, while serving on the Democratic Central Committee 2003 - 2010, I was curious where his support for this very important role came from. Doesn't seem to fit the personality or the traits that I remember. Surely the ACLU should have been part of the Women's March. Jenkins seems to always come out fighting from a side you'd never expect and can't always understand. Keep alert, stand up for justice.

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Posted by Sandra Marshall 1 on 09/19/2018 at 12:49 AM

Re: “Like oil and water

"Federal prosecutors say Wieck kept for himself at least $600,000 that a portion of which should have been paid to investors, and that he tried to sell a percentage of an oil well he never owned."…

Posted by Doug Timewell on 09/17/2018 at 9:10 AM

Re: “Not for civil liberties

This must be appealed to the So Cal chapter of ACLU...can't they do something about Stew Jenkins trying to ruin the name of ACLU?? I would hope someone has complained. Maybe I will just send them this story and see what comes of it.
Gina Whitaker

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Posted by Gina Whitaker on 09/14/2018 at 7:14 PM

Re: “Not for civil liberties

As a card carrying member of the ACLU for over 2 years, I did not receive an invite to any San Luis Obispo gathering in the past or present. My husband, Tim Jouet, has the same story. We are both appalled by this leader of the local ACLU chapter. We didnt know many of the details described in this article. Thank you for your good work.

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Posted by Lisa Jouet on 09/14/2018 at 8:35 AM

Re: “Like oil and water

Well said Ms Ferrari -

BIG OIL publicists, lobbyists, consultants, and marketing spinners - want to make the issue more complicated than it needs to be.

THE QUESTION THAT MATTERS: Do you want BIG OIL to greatly expand in SLO County? Or, is SLO agriculture, tourism, and water-safety, and banning Fracking more important to you?

Fracking is Destroying America's Water Supply.. read up..

Visit and learn what YES on Measure G does to protect our water, our economy, and our future.

YES on G - Protects our water by limiting the expansion of unwanted oil field waste injection into local aquifers. Water that we can use in our homes and for local agriculture is wasted and poisoned.

YES on G - Bans a future of Hydraulic Fracking and Acidification well-stimulation that can cause earthquakes and endanger water sources.

YES on G - has NO impact on local fuel prices - every drop of oil from SLO county goes to Bay Area refineries and sold on international markets. Our oil never gets to a local gas station.

YES on G - takes NO current oil jobs, No impact on taxes or economy - oilfield jobs and taxes are not stopped and existing oil production may operate with the hundreds of active wells currently in production.

>>> What the oil company and their paid publicists are not telling you... including:

Oil extraction in SLO county depletes 19 gallons of water for every 1 gallon of oil extracted. That water is dumped and injected with oil field residue back into water aquifers.

Proposed expansion in Arroyo Grande by another 481 active oil wells risks our precious water resources and impacts future water supply, tourism, agriculture, and residential home values.

Ban Fracking and Oil Expansion in the unincorporated lands in our county - vote YES on G - visit: - pledge your vote, endorse YES on G, order your lawn sign, check out Artists for YES on G, volunteer, donate, attend an event - help protect our county!

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Posted by Doug Timewell on 09/06/2018 at 8:28 AM

Re: “Like oil and water

You gotta' love Ms Ferrari's well researched and timely debunking of the "no on g" talking points, soon to be gushing from its oil well funded dis-information campaign. If this election is anything like the one in Monterey, the "no on g" front group will spend an average of $500,000 a week between now and the election. The volunteer, grassroots, citizen's funded YES on G campaign cannot financially compete with that; but we have people power, objective facts, commonsense, and the long-term well being of every citizen in our County as a basic value. Protecting our precious groundwater supplies and quality from the threats of expanded oil extraction (using the polluting technologies of fracking, acidizing, or steam injection) is the heart of Measure G. Go to to find ways you can support and help this peoples' campaign.

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Posted by Charles Varni on 09/06/2018 at 7:08 AM

Re: “Agony and loss

The author of this piece accuses others of acting entitled for coming to SLO for jobs or housing, but the author also seems to think that he or she is entitled to a city that doesn't change. For better or for worse, cities do change.

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Posted by ra237 on 08/30/2018 at 11:42 AM

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