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Comment Archives: stories: Opinion: Rhetoric & Reason

Re: “Preferring mosquitoes to politics

Interesting that Mr. Fonzi mentions the Boundary Waters Wilderness. What he fails to mention is that Chilean multibillionaire Andrnico Luksic bought the house Ivanka and Jared Kushner rent in DC less than a month before they moved in. Luksic had sued the US after trump took the WH because he wanted to open a mine next to the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness Area in Minnesota, though our entire National Wilderness Preservation System is closed to mining. Three months ago, Trump interior secretary Ryan Zinke overturned protections and environmental review so Luksic won his lawsuit against us. Zinke has long advocated for increased mining on federal lands - which belong to the public - so the corps can get even richer by decimating our resources. When they finish taking everything of value, they leave their dirty mine tailings and broken equipment for us to clean up. MN gov Mark Dayton said it best: "The Trump Administration is putting the financial interests of a Chilean mining conglomerate ahead of protecting BWCA for generations of Americans."

Posted by Jenna Lovejoy on 05/14/2018 at 6:14 PM

Re: “At the point of a gun

News report:
"Officials suspect Ronald Rawlinson, 63, of Pismo Beach shot and killed 58-year-old Dana Neece of Grover Beach in her home before turning the gun on himself, according to the Grover Beach Police Department."
There is nothing to indicate there was any 'domestic violence' prior to the incident or even an absolute statement as to who shot who, only suspicion. It could have been her shooting him since the articles does not indicate why the authorities suspect the male rather than the female in this case.
Extrapolating this incident into a rant on domestic violence is disingenuous and apparently stems from the writer's fear of domestic violence not the facts of this particular incident.
Ever death by gun is not another need for more laws that dangerous criminals ignore. Not amount of laws and background checks will predict who might turn to violence ever.

Posted by Gail Katherine Lightfoot on 05/12/2018 at 6:30 PM

Re: “At the point of a gun

Thanks for this insightful evidence based piece.

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Posted by Darryl Young on 05/07/2018 at 4:31 PM

Re: “At the point of a gun

Ummmmm, no it isn't. I own plenty of guns, and that isn't how I read that. I read that to mean we need to change our gun laws, so that more of our citizens are protected - who doesn't want that? Compassion & empathy for your family, friends, & neighbors should they need it?

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Posted by Lori Johnston on 05/06/2018 at 4:48 PM

Re: “At the point of a gun

No thanks this is an attempt to use your Gestopo tactics to find a way to start removing any guns from any law abiding citizens. Yes we have individuals that may at one time abused someone in the past and may have been taken to court with restrictions or restraining order put in place. This is how it starts, next you'll want to put in place other incidents that you deem that are potential risks, veterans, ex police officers, ex security guards, anyone who maybe subjected to being unfit in your opinion that should not have any firearms in their possessions. How about concentrating and enforcing laws against local gang members, drug dealers and felons who already committed heinous crimes. NO on Prop 63.

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Posted by Lucio Acosta on 05/03/2018 at 11:01 AM

Re: “Threat to liberty

This law will be subsumed under the Consumer Legal Remedies Act. Representing that conversion therapy works (after 4 decades there is no evidence that it works without irreparably damaging the patient) is comparable to, for example, representing a repair is needed when it is not or representing that reconditioned goods are new when theyre not. What this law does is that it provides a plaintiff with legal recourse to sue a psychotherapist (who would be considered a quack by the AMA) for damages rendered. It is a stretch for Al to consider this a threat to his personal liberty. This sort of hysteria from the far right is part and parcel of Rupert Murdoch's propaganda machine.

Posted by A. Cooper on 05/01/2018 at 7:34 PM

Re: “Threat to liberty

Assembly Bill 2943, which proposes to set strict restrictions on services to change a persons sexual orientation, also known as gay conversation therapy. Current state law prohibits sexual orientation change efforts or SOCE for children under the age of 18, but AB 2943 would extend the ban to any person of any age and it would prohibit the advertising or sale of SOCE goods and services in the state, Snopes reported.…

Posted by Jon K on 05/01/2018 at 6:41 PM

Re: “Threat to liberty

I'm shocked, shocked I tell you one of SLO counties own right wing nut job LIARS puts this out there as fact

No, California bill would not ban Bible sales…

California Bill Wouldn't Ban the Bible…

Posted by Jon K on 05/01/2018 at 6:39 PM

Re: “Threat to liberty

Is this the intent and meaning of the First Amendment, to allow editorial comment fabricated from whole cloth? I think not, this is editorial malpractice.

First hand survivor stories, educate yourself, conversion therapy is inhumane:

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Posted by George Joseph Hill on 05/01/2018 at 4:50 PM

Re: “Threat to liberty

Hey Al, "FAKE NEWS".

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Posted by Swole Turd on 05/01/2018 at 4:44 PM

Re: “Threat to liberty

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Posted by Brian Poudrette on 05/01/2018 at 4:11 PM

Re: “Threat to liberty

Hello? you say the Democratic party has been taken over by far left progressives? Well, the republican party has been taken over by clowns, white supremacists, corporatists, religious nutjobs, ethno-nationalists & morons of all sorts. You claim liberals hate free speech , want to ban books & to silence anyone who disagrees with them. This has been the agenda of the far right for decades.Fascists have always threatened & vilified anyone speaking out for social justice,peace,women's rights, racial equality, animal welfare & protecting the environment.Now that some of the more strident leftists are over- reaching & espousing censorship, the righties can't take it.So what does "religious freedom" mean to you, Al Fonzi? Freedom to deny a homosexual person emergency medical care if the doctor is a fundamentalist Christian who "follows his conscience? You evidently adhere to the Bible, seeing it as a divinely inspired moral guide. In your holy book, any girl who is not a virgin on her wedding night is to be killed on her father's doorstep to defend the patriarch's honor. Anyone collecting firewood or doing any other sort of work on the sabbath is to be publicly stoned to death. Your sacred text clearly upholds slavery, commands genocide, condones rape & ethnic cleansing. As far as I know, no one is actually advocating banning the Bible, but lots of compassionate , rational people are not exactly charmed by it. Anyhow, Mr Fonzi, you have NO business criticizing liberals, LGBT folk or anyone else, since your party, your tribe is currently okay with serial adultery, pathological lying, sexual assault, pedophilia & treason as long as the perpetrator has an "R" after his name.

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Posted by Jay Bonestell on 04/26/2018 at 5:00 PM

Re: “Threat to liberty

You are, of course, wrong. This bill would prohibit "conversion therapy," a practice that is widely considered to be quackery. You can read the bill and the analysis. Conversion therapy already is illegal in California for minors, and is outlawed to varying degrees in 21 states. It is a concept that is founded in ignorance, and it is entirely within the purview of the Legislature to do what they have done: They have considered the consensus--the overwhelming consensus, Al--of the medical profession, and have proposed to prohibit this harmful, high-risk activity that has been shown to create long-lasting harm. The opposition comes from the usual Taliban of evangelist hypocrites who excuse pedophilia even as they vilify homosexuality. No thanks to them, and no thanks to you for spreading disinformation.

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Posted by tsankawi on 04/26/2018 at 1:48 PM

Re: “It's up to us

DOGGR is far too cozy with the oil corps. They should not be allowed to operate in the dark, because when they do, you end up with billions of gallons of toxic wastewater stored in open pits (Kern County, as one example) that never were permitted or even evaluated for their environmental impacts (leaks into groundwater, evaporation in air, birds and other wildlife dying...). Time to get this bunch of oil shills under control.

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Posted by Jenna Lovejoy on 04/19/2018 at 3:30 PM

Re: “It's up to us

Support the initiative to Ban Fracking and New Oil Wells in San Luis Obispo County by signing a petition at one of the locations listed on the Coalition to Protect San Luis Obispo County website -

Sign in support by April 29th to assure this initiative qualifies for the November ballot. The time is now to act to protect our water and discourage low-grade oil extraction in our county.

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Posted by Doug Timewell on 04/19/2018 at 9:25 AM

Re: “Objection to a 'modest proposal'

Gun fetishists always claim they need their precious killing tools to someday fight against "government tyranny."Of course, to these right wingnuts "government tyranny" means a peaceful, civilized democracy where people have health insurance, a living wage, quality public education, consumer protection, clean air & water & a host of other terrible oppressive things. "Freedom" to gun humpers looks something like what we might see in failed states & war zones. An anarcho-libertarian dickface would feel right at home in a dystopican hellhole like Somalia, Northern Mexico or the tribal regions of eastern Pakistan. In these awful places, there is no centralized stable government & the only law is the rule of the strong over the weak. Places where men with guns cruising in pickup trucks scour a ruined landlooking for plunder & girls to rape . AmeriKKKa's dimwitted, vicious gun lickers say they're prepared to wage war on liberals & the federal government but they couldn't fight their way out of a paper bag. Instead, they prefer to shoot up schools or blow up day care centers. The neoNazi gun worshiping scum are just punks & chickenhawks; lowest of the low.

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Posted by Jay Bonestell on 04/12/2018 at 11:08 PM

Re: “Objection to a 'modest proposal'

That's all a quite delightful reimagining of history, Al. You conveniently left out all of the facts related to slavery, and its role in the deal-making that brought us the 2nd Amendment with the help of Patrick Henry and the other Virginians who weren't keen on the new federalism. The South wanted to ensure that it would be able to put down slave revolts without having to rely on a central military, so Madison approved the idea of carefully controlled (does "well regulated" ring a bell?), state-operated militias. That satisfied Virginians, and they ratified the Constitution. So, the truth is not quite as prosaic as your English peasants waving their truncheons about, but it is what it is.

And, by the way, John Paul Stevens is about the only one I've heard calling for repeal of 2nd Am. It's a red herring that diverts attention from the real goals of the overwhelming majority of Americans: Universal background checks, limited magazine capacity, ban on semi-auto. Let's discuss those proposals, without ginning up fear among the NRA cultists.

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Posted by tsankawi on 04/12/2018 at 10:25 AM

Re: “Objection to a 'modest proposal'

You da Fonz. What a great comment. I hope sufficient numbers are paying attention. In spite of GOP control of all three branches of government, seems conservatives have gone to sleep. I hope they wake up to the immense peril in store for the nation if the democrats seize control of the House this year.

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Posted by Gene Ralno on 04/12/2018 at 8:01 AM

Re: “Sign here

This article demonstrates that the importance of our "local" effort reaches way beyond our borders. Please get involved.

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Posted by Richard Robinson on 04/05/2018 at 2:31 PM

Re: “Dire consequences

Simply put AR-15s and similar weapons in the same legal category as machine guns and bazookas. Done. Simple. And lives will be saved.

The Second Amendment might be worth preserving, but it should also be followed, requring all these yahoos with military weapons to be part of a "well regulated militia" if they want to play gun dude with military style killing machines. Unfortunately, so many gun nuts don't want anythign to do with being "regulated" and have no true understanding or respect for the Second Amendment as concevied by our leaders of the past.

Posted by rightword 2 on 03/25/2018 at 7:18 AM

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