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Michael April 24, 2014 at 08:29 pm
I wish all you stupid Liberals would stop trying to take guns away from normal people. We'reRead More AMERICANS, it's our right, and I'm not giving up my rights for idiots that are afraid of guns. You should move to places where they have strict gun control, the paradises known as Mexico and Cuba. Love it or leave it, morons.
MGB April 24, 2014 at 08:49 pm
latest Racist A-hole that conservatives love......................Read More //news.yahoo.com/cliven-bundy-stands-by-racially-charged-comments---that-s-exactly-what-i-said-192309857.html
Vic April 24, 2014 at 09:07 pm
I think he should research where to get a better set of dentures...
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Jackie Loffredo April 24, 2014 at 04:31 pm
stubborn people.. they aren't trying to annoy/disturb you..they are telling you for your safety !
Jackie Loffredo April 24, 2014 at 04:34 pm
don't put a fire fighters life at risk because you want to be stubborn and stupid.
Damn Shame April 24, 2014 at 06:40 pm
Robert Martinez is an idiot to begin with. Engaged to someone else and still married. Sad. Shouldn'tRead More be talking to the news if you're trying to live a double life fool.
The KKK flyer distributed around Fairview Township. Credit facebook
Portent April 24, 2014 at 08:45 pm
tenth district: Your cockamamie, hate-filled and vile racist comment places you not in the tenthRead More district but in the stratosphere of toxic gas.
Portent April 24, 2014 at 08:50 pm
Hey, Steven Spiegel, do you believe that Jewish people should stop remembering and teaching theRead More world about the horrors of the Holocaust just because it's so old and declasse to bring it up?
monkey lewis April 24, 2014 at 09:03 pm
York County, Pennsylvania I wish to call it home one sunny day.Since Obama has taken office black onRead More white crime is up 438% google white girl bleed a lot.
Orange County firefighters put out a house fire in Dove Canyon Wednesday night.
Amanda LaRosa April 24, 2014 at 03:02 pm
In purchasing two new homes and configuring security and fire systems no one ever brought up addingRead More a smoke alarm in the garage. D'oh! Lost sales opportunity!
andy fischer April 24, 2014 at 03:57 pm
While we're on "simple things make a big difference": back up all your important filesRead More (photos, videos, documents) etc on a removable USB hard drive (one terabyte drives are like $69). When you leave the house for a couple days, unplug it (takes five seconds) and take it with you. If the house burns down or is burglarized, you have everything that can't be replaced.
andy fischer April 24, 2014 at 03:59 pm
Also, get an earthquake gas shutoff valve installed. Couple hundred bucks installed (or you can evenRead More DIY - check Youtube). The largest earthquake probably won't destroy your house but the smallest fire (caused by the earthquake breaking the gas line) can destroy your house.
Carisa, the 14-and-a-half pound baby born to Burlington mother Caroline Ruscak. Credit: Massachusetts General Hospital
erin greisch April 24, 2014 at 10:11 am
Thank you Alison I was thinking the same thing....
BIGBAKER.. April 24, 2014 at 04:13 pm
It`s just Baby fat, I had an UNCLE years ago 15 lbs and he was born at home, turned out to be aRead More regular kid.
Queena Armstrong Knox April 24, 2014 at 05:41 pm
Actually this is usually a sign of gestational diabetes. But not always....Alison and Erin. AndRead More BIGBAKER I've heard of bigger babies being born at home years ago too but that gets into the whole accuracy of the way they were weighed. My daughter weighed 9lb 1oz. I'm average size. My birth weight was around 7 pounds. My husband was a premie and weighed about 5 pounds. But he was a big man. Not huge. He was 6ft 1in and weighed about 190 at his heaviest. I'm 5' 3" and weighed 165 at full term. Sometimes the size of the baby is determined by ancestors long dead! My son weighed 7lb 12oz and he was born 4 weeks premature! Imagine where he was headed! So don't go blaming things that may have NOTHING to do with it!
Dr. Jim Gardner
Jim Gardner April 24, 2014 at 07:19 am
I think candidates have been pretty good about cleaning up their signs. Lake Forest has been veryRead More aggressive about removing signs from City land, so there aren't a lot of signs on City property to be removed. Talking about signs on City property, have you noticed that the City is using City property to advertise the new home developments, apparently at no cost to the developers.
Bob Forsberg April 24, 2014 at 10:17 am
The council would gain greater respect if they placed a measure on the ballot for a vote banningRead More political eyesore signs from our streets. Is anyone seriously influenced by the ego placards polluting our community during the election circus?
Jim Gardner April 24, 2014 at 11:18 am
Hi Bob. As I said, if I had my choice I would ban them all together. In fact when I ran one year IRead More asked each of the others to voluntarily agree not to put up any signs so we didn't pollute the City, waste resources, pile up the landfills, etc. No one else would agree, so I used signs too.
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anothen April 24, 2014 at 02:18 pm
Listen to that pandering politician dribble: Susan Kang Schroeder, chief of staff for the OrangeRead More County District Attorney's Office, which promoted the bans. "We put our heart and soul in every brief and every argument to protect the children of Orange County from dangerous sex offenders. "We still believe it was the right thing to do. We don't regret the effort, and we're going to continue to do all we can to protect children from sex offenders." What a huge crock of horse manure. You would stand a better chance by applying for an audition at Universal Studios. There are very few dangerous Sex Offenders on the registry. Had it been reserved ONLY for the dangerous, ONLY then would it be worth all of the effort and expense the politicians were pushing on the American voter. Only just now are the common people are beginning to realize they sold us a raw egg, because they have tried vehemently to place every Tom, Dick and Mary that they could on the registry, regardless of whether they were legitimately dangerous. And now, the really dangerous, who are on the registry are well camouflaged behind the thousands who are not. It's your fault Politician, had you been wise instead of selfish, we would not have this mess now. I also accuse you, and your selfish pandering, that every sexual abuse, and sexual crime that occurs falls on your responsibility because you have the audacity to tell the common voter "We put our heart and soul in every brief and every argument to protect the children of Orange County from dangerous sex offenders." because you have not. As long as you continue to focus on the registry as the answer to the problem, you will never reach the goal. Either do some research, I mean real scientific research that will aid to reduce or eliminate Child Sexual Abuse, or shut up, I'm not buying it.
T. Weeks April 24, 2014 at 02:29 pm
One wonders how much heart and soul OCDA Chief of Staff Schroeder put into her goal of protectingRead More the children of Orange County from 'dangerous sex offenders' when she declined to step up to the microphone at the first of the Lake Forest parks ban repeal hearings in December of 2012. This was minutes after the Orange County District Attorney got his **** handed to him by the Mayor of Lake Forest (the video is on-line and about as entertaining as a city council meeting can be). The Chief of Staff was called to make her statement (one would assume she had submitted a speaker card) but chose to remain silent. She did not appear so shy when city council after city council unanimously voted for this ban after her presentations, typically without discussion and great appreciation for the foresight of the DA's office, all the while she was assuring them that this was researched by the finest and best the OCDA has to offer and that it would surely pass constitutional muster.
T. Weeks April 24, 2014 at 02:34 pm
@Bob Forsberg - ... and as even better people strive to uphold the Constitution. Listen andRead More repeat... these ordinances were ruled, and therefore are, unconstitutional. Nothing says that people (good and otherwise) cannot protect their friends and families. Just not at the expense of the Rights of others and the Constitution. Anything to the contrary would lead directly to the destruction of our society and civilization as we know it.
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Paula Larson April 24, 2014 at 05:58 pm
" Prosecutors contend he planned to murder the two teens and waited in the basement with aRead More bottle of water, a book, energy bars and two guns" How did he know that these kids were going to show up? Did he invite them just to kill them? If that's the case, it was premeditated. He shot one of them in the face after he was down and said he wanted them dead. I'd call that guilty of murder. His attorney is calling it stress.
Ana Ham April 24, 2014 at 06:08 pm
This was justified. He should not have been charged with anything. Free this man.
NWBL April 24, 2014 at 06:23 pm
IMO if you break into someone's house (or assault them for that matter) you are taking your chancesRead More as to what they will do to you.
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Michael Hipp April 24, 2014 at 11:54 am
I don't disagree with you that we're becoming less and less a free country but it's wrong to blameRead More democrats alone. It wasn't dems alone that passed the patriot act. It hasn't been dems alone that have been re-uping it since it was passed the first time. On how bad Hillary will be as a president. Every president is bad in some ways. Reagan raised taxes more than a dozen times. Bush took us to war on two fronts with no way to pay for it. Clinton signed DOMA and DADT. Obama gave away the farm in order to get the Affordable Care Act passed. Papa Bush said that atheists shouldn't be considered Americans. Sure Hillary will be a bad president in some ways.... they are all bad in some way. I can tell you this much though, any president is going to be a worse president when the publicly stated goal of the opposition is to obstruct that president at any and all opportunities. The dems did it to Bush. The republican'ts are doing it to Obama. It's like Palestine and Israel, they'll fight to the death out of spite and habit, neither one of them knowing which one threw the first punch and not caring because winning is the only goal. What America needs are citizens that go into government for the good of the country instead of the good of their party.
Michael Hipp April 24, 2014 at 12:03 pm
Oh, one last point on your last post B. Dub. "Hillary presidency combined with a DemocraticRead More Congress." Ain't gonna happen. Republicant's have gerrymandered the states to absolute death. They have the House for the foreseeable future and they have a good chance at getting the Senate. I can't guarantee you who's going to win in 2016 but I can very well guarantee you that no one party will take executive and legislative branches, both.
PAUL April 24, 2014 at 03:57 pm
who the hell cares?????????????????
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John Strother April 24, 2014 at 05:38 am
with caller ID they should be able to point to the caller. Sorry but an out of state telephoneRead More number should be a tip off.
Eddie April 24, 2014 at 05:52 am
The caller used Skype, via the Internet, and will probably never be found if he took certainRead More precautions unless he's running his mouth about this prank.
Bob West April 24, 2014 at 03:20 pm
@ eddie, I wouldn't mention any specific phone-calling service in case any other arseholes areRead More looking for tips. But for better or worse, those calls are traceable. They have "add-ons" that can fool your friends, but certainly not the NSA. BTW, that phone service was bought by Microsoft a couple of years ago- so much for any illusion of confidentiality. By using it, you "opt in" to give up your privacy, just like with G-mail. Using a computer to make a prank call is a dumb move in itself. Any computer transmits a wealth of information. Non-smart phones are a lot less traceable than anything else. Have you ever seen how many items advertisers and other web sites use to uniquely identify your computer? They can't tell your name but track your unique computer. It's called "computer fingerprinting." As soon as you give your name at a web site they track, they've got you. Check this site sometime to see how unique your computer is-- https://panopticlick.eff.org/ .... I suspect that nobody's putting much effort into tracing this call, because in the big scheme of things, they've got more serious things to deal with. (Unfortunately, unlike our local PDs.) Shame this idiot got so much publicity from his crime. I think the glorifying news "perp walk" should be stopped in virtually all cases.
Alberto Flores Ramirez. Photo courtesy of the Santa Ana Police Department.
Robert Curtis April 23, 2014 at 12:13 pm
Regardless of the years we MUST pay for his room and board the guy has a life sentence on the sexRead More offender registry and that's no picnic.
andy fischer April 23, 2014 at 04:54 pm
I still like the idea of some prison guys being used (voluntarily of course) to do the work illegalRead More aliens are currently doing: Positive, even though probably menial, work, potential for sentence reduction or treats, and reduction in idle yard time in which gang collaborations flourish. The farm owners pay the "job shop" state of California so the state gets some reimbursement for the costs of housing prison guys. The demand for illegal aliens goes down. Government resources aren't being drained as much on services to illegal aliens. Cool Hand Luke. Win Win Win.
Robert Curtis April 23, 2014 at 05:19 pm
Andy Fischer I agree with you, but at a deeper level. Cut our demand for foreign products to halfRead More by development within our own third world class in our prisons. The purpose has to be engineered as trade building for those incarcerated but sold at same price as imported goods from China. They after getting out will have support systems in place to help them intergrate back into society and it would help build back our once manufacturing industry. We have been mostly a service based country for to many years. Churches and social programs at community level will help by providing alternatives to incarceration. We are our brother's keeper anyway you look at it we just need a better way of being such. Even having a local currency at county and state level will help encourage us to build and buy local. Why do we have so much government anyways?
Irvine-based Botox maker Allergan is the target of a $45.6 billion takeover attempt by a rival company. Patch file photo.
OldTimer April 22, 2014 at 02:48 pm
Just a matter of time before the pharma industry is composed of just a handful of companies. MyRead More guess is that Allergan bites at this offer and then swallows it all the way down to it's lower intestine. The days of the blockbuster drugs are practically over. Now all we see are molecular spinoffs of drugs that already exist or requests for extensions of patent lives! It's getting harder and harder for ethical drug companies to survive on their own. Buyouts are commonplace. And it's the trend. Expect more of it - like with the banking industry. Not good for Mr. Consumer tho. When the universe of companies gets smaller your wallets get lighter.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan's ban on affirmative action in college admissions.
dwayne roberson April 24, 2014 at 07:37 pm
I got you Kevin. I f you delete the point of contention then the debate is incoherent. The BlackRead More Panther of poetry was defending his viewpoint. I disagree with race based politics but he was standing up in the arena of ideas Then poof...( hello Patch?)... he was gone. I know the Panthers have a terror tactic history, but I thought media has forgiven the past. In Philly 08, Holder allowed military uniformed poll watchers to prevent any 2nd party participation with obvious intimidation. I appreciate Patch. We gotta talk this stuff out. Maybe the panther crossed the line his last comment we did not see, and they scrubbed up a bit. What ever happened, I do appreciate the Patch forums. It is a good local thing for info and exchange. If it becomes editorially dysfunctional, then we all will move on to a more open forum.
dwayne roberson April 24, 2014 at 07:49 pm
In the past, our local Patch editor would jump in and correct our misconceptions on Patch policy andRead More what actually happened on the thread. His name is Bob Bynes and I will always respect him as an objective journalist... too few. So many, so few.
monkey lewis April 24, 2014 at 09:09 pm
How ya like me now.
Everyday Mathematics is just one of the programs that makes a heck of a lot of $ off of the millions of textbooks sold to schools that teach to the 'Core.' The Common Core isn't just restricting for teachers & students, it's lining people's pockets.
Tamara April 24, 2014 at 09:15 pm
Gary did a great job with his CC deets, except one thing - the CC does have suggested reading lists.Read More There are even books marked "Common Core compliant" and things like that. Some of the books on the list are pornographic, some are anti-American, some are simple comic strips and many take away the love of reading - especially when combined with the incessant high stakes testing required.
Tamara April 24, 2014 at 09:21 pm
What Should we do Instead? 1) Improve standards through evidence of best practice and holdRead More educators accountable. If I stink at my job - I get fired! 2) Continue to expand school choice - monopolies never work – that is why they are illegal! 3) Build teaching “profession” & stop jerking them around with revolving standards. 4) Build solid families that support their children and tie incentives to their actions.
Tamara April 24, 2014 at 09:27 pm
**Common Core is a Violation of the U.S. Constitution and Three Federal Statutes (1) GeneralRead More Education Provisions Act (GEPA), which forbids the federal government from meddling in the state’s education programs. (2) Department of Education Organization Act (DEOA), which prohibits the federal government to develop curriculum and program of instruction, textbooks and other instructional materials. (3) Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), which prohibits the federal government to mandate, direct, or control a State, local educational agency.
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Paul April 22, 2014 at 06:10 pm
Netflix is hands down the best deal going, and it has been a bargain for YEARS. I guess theRead More nonsensical whiners who complain about a long-delayed, $2 a MONTH increase are worried it will cost them a (partial) SINGLE LATTE. Utterly ridiculous.
Gregg L. DesElms April 23, 2014 at 07:36 am
TO MICHAEL BRENNICK: Leftist, Democra... WHAT? You think Comcast is part of the so-calledRead More "liberal" media (which, by the way, doesn't even exist)? Are you freakin' KIDDIN' me? [shakes head in disbelief] Wow. The FOX NEWS CHANNEL should be held criminally liable for what it has done to your brain.
Gregg L. DesElms April 23, 2014 at 11:39 am
FOR THOSE WHO LIKE AMAZON PRIME OVER NETFLIX: Here's an interesting article from today (23 Apr 2014)Read More about how Amazon Prime just got HBO to stream at least some of its older content, plus "HBO GO," to Amazon's new Fire TV box, thereby making NetFlix upset because NetFlix (nor any other streaming service, including HULU) has never been able to get any HBO content; and so Amazon has scored a real coup! On the Fierce Wireless website | http://bit.ly/1i9J0l7 | Interesting.
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Peggy Prater Mcmillan April 24, 2014 at 08:01 am
Those boys need to be punished, if they are doing things like that, no telling what they will beRead More like when they are older.
David S April 24, 2014 at 03:16 pm
This case is no longer up to this boy, Autistic or not. The state will be the one to prosecute thisRead More case, and will go to trial. Quite frankly, I would send these two girls to a state facility for twenty years. They are obviously sick to do something like that to anybody, let alone the dog as well. "Hang Em High"
Brian White April 24, 2014 at 09:20 pm
Peggy, what boys? They were Two girls who committed this crime.
Dr. Jim Gardner
Craig Hermann April 22, 2014 at 09:20 am
Blaming API test scores of Lake Forest students on the teachers and administrators badly misses theRead More mark. If you were to carefully analyze the demographics of the test scores you will find that cultural influences play an overwhelming part in these results. High-ranking API schools do not have the ESL problem that Lake Forest has. In addition, high property values in other cities result in a higher dollar amount being spent on each pupil - with those schools offering significantly greater technological tools for teachers to use. When parents come for parent-teacher conferences in Lake Forest many bring translators with them. What kind of help do you think their kids get with homework and test preparation at home? Do you really think they even have computers at home? In some cultures, academic prowess is a top priority in families - but not in others. In many cases both parents (if there are two parents) work two jobs each just to survive. I will look forward to your specific comparisons so that you present a balanced argument. Going independent is not going to solve the social and demographic problems in Lake Forest. Craig Hermann, Lake Forest
Jim Gardner April 22, 2014 at 09:24 am
Hi Kelly. It certainly isn't as good as it sounds. Baker Ranch is doing a big dis-service by tryingRead More to lure potential new buyers to their new 2,300+ home project with the nice sounding phrase that SVUSD schools "make frequent appearances on the list of California Distinguished Schools" which to a naïve person sounds excellent. Who wouldn't want to be in a "distinguished school" until you realize that it isn't as good as it sounds.
OldTimer April 22, 2014 at 10:32 am
Of course it's not as good as it sounds. It's the equivalent of smothering lipstick on a pig. ButRead More that's their modern educational method used to ensure nobody's feelings get hurt. Just like the new Common Core curriculum. More lipstick on the pig to disguise underperformance and to lower the bar so no one fails. If this nonsense isn't stopped in it's tracks this nation is going to turn into a 3rd world hellhole. It's absolutely reprehensible what these so-called 'leaders' are doing to our society and to our children. Shame on them all! Oh, and thank you Scott and Craig for emphasizing the importance of CULTURE! To me this is plain old horse sense. But in this politically correct world you don't dare say it out loud. You'll be ostracized and called nasty names by the progressives who apparently have no problem selling out their own children.
Mineta San José International Airport. Wikimedia.
april ann April 22, 2014 at 10:30 am
I agree with B. Dub 100%! How was this kid able to scale a fence and just walk right over to theRead More plane? TSA: for all the harassing you do in the terminal...you ain't all that!! As far as the kid being a runaway..maybe he does face some serious abuse issues at home. He's damn lucky to be alive. But, I raised three boys, and a 16 year old boy can runaway for any collage of reasons. My kids never ran away but, I'm wondering if the fact that the plane was going to HAWAII has anything to do with it. It sounds a little compulsive to me. CPA need good follow up on this. Thank you lucky stars kid!
Lee Jacobsen April 22, 2014 at 03:42 pm
It wasn't a miracle that he survived, it was Easter Sunday, and good things always happen.Read More "always look on the bright side of life"......Life of Brian........overlooked miracle worker....... Not a problem to let other kids of similar intelligence do the same thing, it will improve the human gene pool immensely, and the human race will benefit overall as a result.
mimi April 23, 2014 at 11:09 am
There are two separate issues here. The first and certainly the most obvious is security failure.Read More The second is to determine what is in the best interest of the teen, as well as the public.. He needs a psych eval, at the very least. Then again, so does most of the public.