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What a mink looks like when it's not a coat. (Photo: Wikipedia Commons)
avi July 12, 2014 at 09:13 am
Immigration crisis? I think that is a "typo"....didn't you mean "invasion"? IRead More mean basically that is what has happened over the last 30 yrs...we are just sugar coating it to make us feel we are in control of the situation and we are not. But what do we expect Mexican nationals to do? Stay in a country where their whole family may be desimated by gun toting hired guns (paramilitary) in Mexico's? Of course not... we would all run for our lives also. We must use empathy if we are to remain a conscious people outside of whatever our government's actions and shortcomings maybe.....such as creating chaos in a country by sending paramilitary in order to take over the drug cartels...if our country was not full of drug intoxicated victims then Mexico would not have a problem. Now you know why our military has not been deployed to the border....bcause our boys would refuse the mission. So obviously we are relying on paramilitaries to do our dirty work. We should all be appalled at what is happening. Avi
Cynthia Curran July 12, 2014 at 10:06 pm
I use to feel the way you did. Personality, the business class and particularly in Orange County hasRead More hired them for jobs for over 30 years. In fact some of the stats by the US Census while lots of conservatives will not agree with is some of the illegal immigrants left Santa Ana and Anaheim since they couldn't find jobs. The Census shows OC aging and Hispanic immigrants tend to make the county younger but OC is now about 37 years old. Hispanic immigrants tend to have more children and bring the average down. The US Census shows a dropped from 2.8 in 2007 to 2.12 now. Granted, there are still lots of illegal immigrants in the OC but at one time they were over 300,000. As for conservatives Texas has almost as bad a problem since business there hired them to do construction and service jobs like dishwashers and fast food. Also, OC kid population has been dropping which is why I think at least some illegals went home or to other parts of California or out of state. The 5 and under population is now onl 6.1 which is slightly below the US average and the under 18 population is about 23.3 also under the national average.. In fact Hispanics were more foreign born as a percentage of the workforce under George W Bush in 2007 when they represent 56 and are now at 49. The only reason I believe that illegal Hispanics are coming and going particularly from Mexico is the birthrate is dropping they tend to have near the 3.0 figure in the US while native born Hispanics are closer to 2.0.
Cynthia Curran July 12, 2014 at 10:13 pm
The Central American kids crisis is a law passed under George W Bush because of human trafficking itRead More went to far in the direction of protecting them. On the other hand, Mexico we can just return the kids without having a court hearing that the 2008 act made different for the Central American kids. The hypercracy over many Republicans on immigration allowed companies like here in Orange County and Texas to hire them but pushed border control when probably getting rid of the job magnet a long time ago even under George W Bush's first term would have solved the problem. In Orange County that met not hiring every maid, landscaper, car washer, fast food worker, day labor, low skilled assembly worker usually in garment work or sometimes medical devices or aerospace assembly, and prep cooks. These are just some of the jobs that have been done by illegal immigrants in Orange County the passed 30 years. They entered Santa Ana in the late 1970's and started with simple factory work that is now in Mexico because of NAFTA.
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Cheryl Miller July 12, 2014 at 04:20 pm
DMJ, it isn't the Moms ... it is the schools buying the devices and insisting the kids use themRead More these days.
vicki July 12, 2014 at 06:23 pm
Get off here commenting and parent your kids, if you have them. If not, try being a parent for aRead More day! Yall sound like people from the 70's about rock music! Get over yourself! Good grief. Commenting on comics, a new age.
Hydra July 12, 2014 at 06:30 pm
Vicki turn down that noise!
Jonathan Frieman July 11, 2014 at 06:09 pm
This mediocre low level of work is all Marc Levine is capable of. Yikes.
History & Reason July 12, 2014 at 12:18 pm
Anybody ever wonder why bars have parking lots? When are the cannabis growers going to have anRead More opportunity to set up a booth at farmer's markets? I would much rather be driven home by a medicated driver than a drunk driver!
robin July 12, 2014 at 02:24 pm
Great...... bad enough dealing with a bunch of drunks at night and at the OC market, now we have toRead More deal with a bunch of drunks at the farmer's market here. BAD idea... terribly bad idea... sunday morning drunk drivers...... once again - bad idea.
After another baby dies after being left in a hot car, a mother recounts a mistake that might have cost her daughter's life.
John Asmar July 13, 2014 at 03:53 am
RDJ there is no other solution and the car will not catch on fire. Modern cars are loaded withRead More electronics. And the system would be simple to use and the responsibility of the parent to make sure it is used and understand how it works. Like leaving your keys in the ignition. My car warns me that i did that. Either way laws will not stop it and people are per-occupied with other things in life it seems to remember a baby is in the car when they go to work. Someone suggested that the day care folks make phone calls when kids do not show up. So if that law was passed would they be responsible and sued. My system would work rather nicely. People think by making new laws things will change. They don't . But there are groups of people out there making useless laws all day long and nothing is accomplished with that. But i still need a name for it. Just my thoughts on the issue
Deborah Genovese July 13, 2014 at 06:31 am
Follow up to post my earlier..never claimed to be a 'perfect' parent though it is a parentsRead More responsibility to make sure your child is in a safe environment if unattended such as bathroom or cooking, a safe daycare, etc.. I don't normally waste my time posting on topics but not keeping a child safe from death is just not right and breaks my heart...Sorry no sympathy for morons!
D V July 13, 2014 at 06:52 am
The graphomania has reached a fever pitch on this board, not to mention the invective, and RDJ, IRead More hold you mostly to blame. Judging by the foregoing, it's likely an exercise in futility, but I'll try anyway to tie a gathering knot at the end of all these weavings. I don't think any parent (not just a bioparent, but a genuine mom or dad) would disagree that their child/ren are the most important things in the world to them, and occupy their thoughts, hopes, and daily motivation more than anything else in their lives. Separately, where the facts conservatively warrant, an untimely death ought to be officially investigated in order either to uncover or to rule out wrongdoing. However, to assume that a loss of life, no matter how horrific or catastrophic, that had resulted from a mistaken apprehension of circumstances or even momentary lapse of judgment, is irrefutable evidence of that person's cognitive or moral deficiency or, worse, culpability, is not only mean-spirited but unreasonable and, simply, false. There. Oh, and John Asmar, since your last post is right before my eyes, I would offer to you that although it seems a very good idea from a safety perspective, one must also consider that every modification and added feature that goes into the design and manufacture of an automobile comes at a cost that will raise the price point for all purchasers, not just those that happen to be parents. Perhaps as an option or after-market feature your idea might be commercially feasible, but I don't see it as a viable standard feature. Just my $0.02.
Lance Hairdo July 10, 2014 at 02:26 am
Honestly, guys, the best way to save on fuel is to maintain your vehicle. I know that we aren't allRead More mechanics so it can be hard to do that but if you buy a couple simple tools, you'll be able to do it. I started by buying a device that reads and translates the codes from the car computer. I just plug it into the car, it downloads some info, and tells me if anything is wrong. It also reads and resets the check engine light. Super easy...everybody should have one. This is the one I bought but they have really good ones for way cheaper: http://goo.gl/xRDysZ
DMC July 10, 2014 at 09:52 am
No, No, we need the price of gas to go UP--that way windmills and solar panels and gas from soybeansRead More and corn will be "competitive"--and we do not want to talk about natural gas--because that is more abundant in the US than oil!---and cheaper--so let's not talk about that---
Hopkin July 10, 2014 at 10:19 am
DMC, start a petition to make all gas stations in Marin charge 50-60 cents more per gallon, like theRead More Shell station on Nave Dr does!
Bryan Stow was beaten and severely injured at Dodgers Stadium in March 2011. A jury has found the Dodgers business entity negligent in its security for the stadium. Patch file photo.
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr July 9, 2014 at 11:41 pm
Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood are the kind of tribal animals who can never be rehabilitated.Read More They can never be allowed back into society, not ever again. But some Rose Bird bleeding-heart leftist judge will "give them a second chance". You elected the leftists who appointed them. I did not. My deepest sympathies for Mr. Stow and his family, sincerely.
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Douglas Quaid July 10, 2014 at 01:08 pm
Glad to see limits (hopefully) being place on high school football. The research shows time andRead More time again the damage being done to the human brain after consistent hits to the head. Minimizing the risk seems like the natural and best thing to do.
JMarsh July 10, 2014 at 02:15 pm
I totally agree with limiting the chance of brain trauma. One thing we need to remember is thatRead More junior high and high school students' brains are still developing.
Giorgio C. July 10, 2014 at 04:39 pm
For those who think it is ok for your kid to get their brain throttled, do you support their use ofRead More drugs, too? Mixed messages.
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Richard T. July 11, 2014 at 09:49 pm
Do you have the classic physical symptoms of withdrawal, or is it merely a psychological problem?
Chris July 11, 2014 at 10:19 pm
Addiction kind of makes sense... Alcohal is a form of sugar and that is addictive...
Richard T. July 11, 2014 at 11:28 pm
There are physical symptoms to alcohol withdrawal.
#MonticelloFire. Photo courtesy of  National Weather Service Sacramento @NWSSacramento/Twitter.
Prickly Pear July 9, 2014 at 08:55 am
Yep, just what I knew.... like the Butts fire - deliberately set....Sad, sick people.
Belle (Orchid Lady) July 9, 2014 at 09:41 am
The Butt's fire was reportedly started by landscaping equipment. I'm not sure I'd call thatRead More deliberate, unless there's more information that I am unaware of?
Belle (Orchid Lady) July 9, 2014 at 09:44 am
Just by looking at the map of the fire, doesn't it seem plausible that it was started by a cigaretteRead More but tossed out of a car? It seems, based on the map to have started near the road.
Rock Fan July 8, 2014 at 02:30 pm
Well , this is some new info .But I doubt it will change the minds of these people screaming in theRead More streets for a murder charge . Because we all know a veteran cop just relishes the chance to shoot down a Mexican kid in the street . Always a great career move .
bruce mallon July 9, 2014 at 07:38 am
Gosh this mary wanna stuff must be really strong to make a cop shoot the kid, what, 8 times? ThisRead More has got to be the first time since Dan White was let off for murder because he ate a Twinkie to come up with this FOX propaganda type of logic. Now this cop is supposed to get off because the victim was stoned. Wow, what a great country this has turned into. Oh i forgot he was a Latino. Now that explains it.
John Richards July 9, 2014 at 12:09 pm
You are so wrong Bruce. No one is using the drug issue as a reason to let the cop off. The cop wasRead More well within his rights to shoot someone who looked like he was about to fire an AK-47 rifle.
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Ken Lewis July 9, 2014 at 09:50 pm
The thing I find interesting is women are dead set against people that smoke but the major majorityRead More of them drink regularly. I suppose they justify it because booze won't give them lung cancer. So who cares about liver cancer, hardening of the arteries, heart disease, kidney failure, abdominal and bowel cancer and a permanent lose of thousands of brain cells with each drink. I have yet to see one report of a driver under the influence of nicotine killing anyone while driving. So heres lookin at ya drink up and put that cigarette out before ya kill somebody with second hand smoke and just use a car.
Amanda Reckenwithe July 11, 2014 at 01:20 pm
THAT'S it!! I'm not hanging around, with any more dead people!
LCT July 11, 2014 at 07:06 pm
Driving under influence of alcohol or drugs stats DO NOT include accidents caused by an impairedRead More driver who did something stupid, caused an accident, but wasn't in the accident. Cutting someone off, weaving in high-speed traffic, crossing center line, stopping short, running stop signs/street lights, etc. can cause an accident without offending party being in the accident. These drivers are oblivious and merrily drive on their way.
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