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Clearlake, CA

Who do you support for U.S. House in California (District...

Mike Thompson a man very everyone but for no one  (Oct 31, 2010 | post #18)

Clearlake, CA

Who do you support for U.S. Senate in California in 2010?

Vote out all incumbents  (Oct 31, 2010 | post #957)

Clearlake, CA

Who do you support for Governor in California in 2010?

No confidence in incumbent corruption  (Oct 31, 2010 | post #2525)

Lakeport, CA

Algae bloom is typical condition for Clear Lake

Thanks, I think.  (Aug 26, 2010 | post #31)

Lakeport, CA

Algae bloom is typical condition for Clear Lake

The only way to resolve the conflict of interest in regards to the inaction of city and county officials and their collusion with local winegrowers to skirt their responsibility for the bio-amplification of nutrients as a result of run off is to file a lawsuit to initiate an injunction stopping the cultivation practices that are contaminating our lake. Of course when there is a chance that our officials may have a direct investment in property and capital of wine growers assets, there is going to be a certain degree of inaction by our leaders because they stand to lose money if any meaningful action is pursued. With emerging evidence of such mismanagement scandals like that of Bell city official’s salary embezzlement, citizen distrust and antipathy for the corruption of the official responsibilities of our public leadership is prevailing and becoming realistic. The problem is not all successful people are going to be good and altruistic leaders. And we know it. But we choose successful and more often than not affluent members of our communities because success is synonymous with intelligence and competence. Is it really? Successful people don’t always make competent and successful public leaders. Conflicts of interest are more than likely the most common type of mismanagement practices that are senseless and costly to the taxpayer. And the affluence of many of our trusted leaders can be a damning prospect for those of us citizens that require public policy to enrich our lives. And too many of our public leaders rather legislate oppressive and misleading edicts for the censure of the underprivileged and the protection of the privileged rather than act on a pressing issue that affects the quality of life of everyone. And this is the primary motivation that should compel a consensus for the litigation necessary to promote action. I don’t think there is a lawyer out that would pass up on opportunity to litigate change and profit against a corrupt public office. Sure in the long run lawyers are the favored to gain the most out of the competition for action and the proper use of our tax dollars. But consider the years and years of apathy and mismanagement we have already endured so that our privileged leaders can reap the rewards of virtually ineffective and counterproductive tenures in public office? Good luck to you citizens and patrons of action for true reform of public mismanagement.  (Aug 24, 2010 | post #28)

Gay/Lesbian

Am I a Homosexual?

Hey friend. We should really reserve the term "gay" for the successful few men and woman who have found true compatible relationships with their partners. All others should really be considered "curious " and "open" to new experiences--just my opinion. In reality you really should consider that you are challenging new assumptions about yourself by exploring your boundaries and acclimating yourself to your own thoughts about your limits. Good news is that you're human and normal. What you challenge yourself to do and experience is never wrong unless you are hurting yourself of others with what your are doing. You know there are other thoughts that are more than likely swimming around in your head about about those times that you are seeking release and sexual gratification. Sexual stimulation will always create the chemical in the brain called dopamine that creates feelings of euphoria, optimism, and release. As with any hormone and chemical released in the body to facilitate a certain biological function it will have more than one effect and consequently varied responses for different people. The feeling of regret that you feel after releasing is often the biological response of dopamine dropping off in the brain and hence different thoughts will bubble up based on your feelings that occur without the pleasant experience of dopamine. So you have some thoughts of expanding your experiences with different sorts of people, that's not a bad thing. But following your feelings w/o transcending them with mature and honest reflection and responsible choices can be dangerous and life threatening. You made a good choice in opening up your avenue of discovery in this way. I wouldn't worry about whether or not it's wrong to be feeling the way you do. You are always going to feel things that challenge your ability to adapt and overcome your own limitations. In many ways you could be challenging yourself to just that when you consider the emotional and psychological effects of your thoughts. All you have to do is follow through with your knowledge of your limitations. You are always going to have opportunities to challenge them as you pursue your social engagements. Are you gay? Only you can tell. If a man comes up to you and asks you out, asks for sex, requests a relationship commitment from you and you accept, that will be gay and perfectly OK. If a man cruises you and seduces you and you accept, you should probably be labeled irresponsible and destructive before calling yourself gay. I hope you get my point. Considering whether or not you are gay may not be the most important priority for you at this time. After all being gay is a distinction that one can answer only after exploring more fundamental concerns about your worldview, your psychology, your boundaries, your place, and your views on relationships and your commitment to healthy relationships and actions. Have fun exploring those thoughts before you fall prey to confusion and regret by engaging in actions that may cause you great bodily and psychological harm.  (Aug 19, 2010 | post #72)

African-American

Dr. Laura Schlessenger Gives A Weak Apology For Using N-...

It's easy to get emotionally charged about a subject that has been difficult for many--especially those struggling with class, stereotypical behavior, and irrational behavior. In my opinion, keeping in context of the conflicting messages sent by Dr. Laura during her conversation with a caller, she probably could have avoided any misgivings in her treatment of the topic by qualifying her remarks before she made them regarding the use of the 'n' word. As a public figure and a professional psychologist she should know that her remarks require a modicum of professional conduct even if she were just elaborating an opinion that racism is a misspent issue when people don't have the presence of mind to respect themselves and others in their manners of speech and interpersonal relationships. Did she mess up? Yes. Is she a racist? No. Is she arrogant sometimes? Yes. Has she helped people in the past with her intellect and skills of analysis? Absolutely. I'm not going to discount anybody who has had the misfortune to fall into the trap of this kind of debate. I hope the caller won't harbor any hatred for someone who had obviously made a mistake from her position of character and obligatory responsibilities. Good luck in your struggles. We all have them. We all have to overcome them.  (Aug 15, 2010 | post #111)

Ukiah, CA

Gay Marriage - Ukiah, CA

We can't have liberty and equality without toleration and diversity. Even the most stout leaders must abandon bias and allow truly effective objectivity to achieve social progress.  (Aug 15, 2010 | post #16)