User Profile: teddlybar


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  • [2] April 18, 2015 at 4:46am

    “About the second exit is “Lucas Lane Road”

    Uhhh . . . Not even close. Marin’s second exit, northbound out of San Francisco is Spencer Ave./Monte Mar Drive. Lucas Valley Road [which is named for John Lucas, a rancher in the 1800's] is the 14th northbound exit after the Golden Gate Bridge, roughly 18 miles PAST Sausalito and Tiburon.

    While it’s true, most of the single family homes . . . OK, ALL of the single family homes along Lucas Valley road & its adjoining streets run $700k+, they’re also almost all tract housing built in the 1950′s. In Marin, that’s actually “affordable”. Out of the 13 larger cities and townships in the county, only 4 have median home prices under $1 million, and even the lowest of those, Novato, has a median home prices averaging $800k.

    Supposedly, the community is supposed to be geared for teachers, seniors, retirees, and people who support communities in Marin such as police and fire personnel. There have actually been ongoing complaints and concerns expressed for quite some time that police and fire personnel who work here, can’t afford to actually live in the communities they serve.

    While I won’t argue the characterization of Marinites having . . . elitist tendencies, there are some of us here trying to change that, George Lucas being one person who puts his money where his mouth is regarding giving back to their community. I don’t agree with him much politically, but if he manages to pull this off, it’s a plus for Marin.

  • March 22, 2015 at 6:33pm

    Much as I like Ted Cruz, the fact of the matter is that he’s not eligible to legitimately hold either the office of President or Vice-President of the United States.

    In the 1971 Roberts v. Bellei case decided by the US Supreme Court, the entire Court, both those holding to the majority opinion as well as those dissenting believed Aldo Bellei to be a naturalized citizen. The only dispute amongst the members of the Court was whether or not his citizenship enjoyed 14th Amendment protections, but they ALL agreed that the mechanism by which he acquired his citizenship was “wholly statutory” and thus that he was a naturalized citizen. Aldo Bellei was born outside of US territory as was Ted Cruz. Also, like Ted Cruz, Aldo Bellei’s father was not a US citizen. Aldo Bellei’s mother, like Ted Cruz’s mother “was” a US citizen and therefore furnished the basis for the application of US statutory law [currently 8 USC sec. 1401] to acquire his citizenship. Ted Cruz’s citizenship therefore was acquired in exactly the same manner as Aldo Bellei’s and, like Aldo Bellei, he MUST be a naturalized citizen.

    The Constitutional requirement is that you have to be a natural born citizen to be eligible to hold the office of President or Vice-President. A “naturalized citizen” is not the same thing as a “natural born citizen.”

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  • [3] March 14, 2015 at 9:45pm

    An opinion piece, even in as prestigious a publication as the Harvard Law Review does not carry the same authority as a US Supreme Court opinion. The US Supreme Court, generally considered the final arbiter of what’s Constitutional in our form of government has consistently indicated since the 1800′s that statutory citizens are “naturalized” citizens.
    “A person born out of the jurisdiction of the United States can only become a citizen by being naturalized. . . by authority of Congress, . . . by declaring certain classes of persons to be citizens, as in the enactments conferring citizenship upon foreign-born children of citizens . . .” – – Justice Gray [Wong Kim Ark opinion]
    “But it [the first sentence of the Fourteenth Amendment] has not touched the acquisition of citizenship by being born abroad of American parents; and has left that subject to be regulated, as it had always been, by Congress, in the exercise of the power conferred by the Constitution to establish an uniform rule of naturalization.” – – Justice Blackmun [Rogers v Bellei opinion]
    Aldo Bellei, like Ted Cruz, was born outside US territory. Aldo Bellei, like Ted Cruz, had a father who was NOT a US citizen. Aldo Bellei, like Ted Cruz, had a US citizen mother who provided a pathway to statutory US citizenship at birth. Aldo Bellei, was considered by the entire Court to be a naturalized citizen. . . . If Aldo Bellei was, then Ted Cruz is also. Naturalized citizens are not eligible to be President.

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  • [1] December 27, 2014 at 5:38pm

    Regardless of “your” stance on the issue, if Cruz is nominated, you stand the risk, not only of losing an important voice in the Senate, but at the same time, losing the Presidential election as there are, I suspect, a signficant number of people who believe his birth in Canada disqualifies him from being eligible and therefore will not vote for him.

  • [1] November 29, 2014 at 4:12pm

    ” . . .wouldn’t you think the holders(/bank,financial institution) would have had the address of the owners?.If so why wouldn’t they have info on who was holding the bonds?”

    It depends on what type of bonds they were. If they were registered bonds, you’d be correct, however if they were either bearer bonds or even older US Savings bonds, the issuer generally doesn’t contact the owner if they haven’t been turned in. Since they matured in 1992, the likelihood is that they were issued in the 1960′s. Bearer bonds were fairly common back then.

    My suspicion is that they may have been bonds issued by the US treasury since they continued to accrue interest. Often bearer bonds cease paying interest once they mature.

    After she passed away, I found some US bonds my Mom had that had been issued back in the 1940′s. I was surprised to learn they were still outstanding and earning interest.

  • [-1] November 17, 2014 at 11:46pm

    Gee, I guess that means Ms. Behar also thinks David Ehrenstein is a racist since he’s the one that originally used the term in connection with Barak Obama in a column he wrote for the LA Times in March of 2007 titled ” Obama the Magic *****”. . . . or is she going to take the position that those who are liberals with “black” heritage are “allowed” to use the term “*****” indiscriminately?

    The only thing Rush is guilty of is satirically referring to Mr. Ehrenstein’s OpEd by using Mr. Ehrenstein’s same terminology.

  • November 8, 2014 at 6:30pm

    hmmm . . . Since this took place in California, what was the value of the necklace? If it was less than $950, then, under the rules of the just passed Proposition 47, this crime gets reduced to a misdemeanor. . . . In other words, he just gets a ticket instead of jail time.

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  • [2] October 29, 2014 at 1:52pm

    “Another official called the prime minister a “coward,” among other terms.”
    The Prime Minister is a former Sayeret Matkal commando. I wonder just “what” special forces combat experience said “Administration Official” has that validates him designating that label for Mr. Netanyahu. o.O

  • [2] October 12, 2014 at 2:16am

    “Muslims are not coming to get us as you’re suggesting” – - hmmmmmm . . . There are a couple of buildings missing from the New York skyline that would seem to indicate otherwise. o.O

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  • [2] October 7, 2014 at 4:14am

    So . . . in honor of her daughter, from now on, I guess I’ll be ordering “Snow Eggs over easy” . . . . or “Fried Snow” . . . . or “Snow Fried Steak” . . . . or “Snow Cordon Bleu” . . . or “Kung Pao Snow” . . . or “Snow Marsala” . . . or maybe I’ll have “Snow Enchiladas” . . . or “Snow Tetrazzini” . . . or “Chinese Snow Salad”. . . or “Sweet and Sour Snow”. . . for breakfast I could have Nieve Rancheros . . . . and for dinner . . . . ooooooh! “Beer Can Snow!” . . .;)

  • [1] September 24, 2014 at 11:30pm

    75! Really!

    *Leo Tolstoy first published the complete work of War & Peace at age 41 and one of his last pieces, the dramatic play, “Redemption”, at age 72.
    *Harlan Sanders started KFC when he was 69.
    *Ronald Reagan became President at age 70.
    *Edmond Hoyle was 70 when he first started writing down the rules for card games.
    *Ben Franklin was US Ambassador to France in his 70’s; participated in the writing of the US Constitution in his 80’s and was actively involved in the abolitionist movement to end slavery when he died at age 83.
    *Peter Roget invented the Thesaurus at age 73.
    *Grandma Moses was 76 when she cranked out her first painting.
    *Marjorie Stoneman Douglas started her long fight to protect the Everglades at age 78.
    *Gothe was still writing at age 83.
    *Michelangelo was working on St. Peter’s Basilica at the time he died at age 88.
    *Harry Bernstein achieved success as a writer, publishing his first book at age 96. And just to show that wasn’t an accident, published his second book two years later at age 98!

    This is the United [Freakin’] States of America, where someone born to a single mom, growing up poor can aspire to be President; where a college dropout can become the richest man on the planet; where someone in their 20’s can become a billionaire; and where time and again, someone in their 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, or 90’s is “just getting started.”

    75 indeed! . . . Sheesh!

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  • [4] August 1, 2014 at 5:11pm

    You’re trying to perpetuate a myth.

    In 1948, in the portion allocated to Israel under the UN mandate, 8.6% of the land was owned by Jews, only 3.3% was owned by Arabs, 16.9% had been abandoned by Arab owners who didn’t want to be in an area where there were Jews and 70% was owned by the Mandatory Power [Britain in this case]. The bulk of that land had been directly transferred to the Mandatory Power’s control from the Ottoman Turks at the end of the First World War.

    Much of the land owned by the Jews had actually been purchased from large (usually absentee) Arab landowners over the years who often sold the land to Jews at premium prices. Numerous studies have verified that only about 27% of the land owned by Jews in Mandate Palestine had been purchased from the Fellahin.

    If you’ve any complaint about “Palestinians” being dispossessed in the period prior to Israel’s formation in 1948, it should actually be levelled at the Ottoman Turks whose feudalistic practices through taxation, absentee ownership of tenant farms, merchants and money lenders ended up displacing the Fellahin, or their fellow Arabs who were the actual owners of the land being sold, not the Jews.

  • [1] July 11, 2014 at 6:40am

    o.O Hmmmm . . . In order to pull this off, the Senate needs a minimum of 67 to vote for the resolution. That means they’ll need at least 7 Republicans to join the Democrats & Independents. Then they’ll need 290 votes in the House of Representatives. That means they’ll need 89 Republicans to go for this idea. Finally, they’ll have to get 38 states to go along with this . . . . Yeah, Good Luck with that.

  • July 9, 2014 at 7:37am

    “Observers seemed to agree that the policy was tacitly targeting black people.”

    Really!?! Has anyone looked at what inner city [and some rural area] white [gangsta wannabe] kids are wearing nowadays?

  • [1] June 18, 2014 at 6:35pm

    “Washington Redskins nickname is “disparaging of Native Americans”

    Really? If “Redskin” is a disparaging term that needs to be dropped from the language, how about the Ohio Indian term “níkkashi n ga xí n ha-zhide” or the Quawpaw term “zho-zhitte” or the Pawnee term “cahrikspa-hat” or the Natchez term “tvmh-hakup” or the Chickasaw term Hattak Api’ Homma’”? All of these are the Native American terms, in that particular language for “Indian” and all of them literally translate as some variation of Redskin, Redman or Redflesh. Are we then going to tell Native Americans that they need to change their native languages for the term they use for themselves because the term is racist?! It seems to me that we’ve got better things to worry about than the name of a football team that uses a term that even Native Americans have built into their own languages. [See:

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  • [2] May 9, 2014 at 4:18am

    Bill Nye, the Science Guy, has a Bachelors Degree in mechanical engineering and played a scientist on TV. He believes that man caused global warming [AGW] is real.

    Dr. Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. [Meteorology], Dr. John Christy, Ph. D. [Atmospheric Sciences], Dr. Roger Pielke, Sr., Ph. D. [Meteorology], Dr. David Legates, Ph. D. [Climatology], Antonino Zichichi Ph.D. Emeritus Professor of Advanced Physics, and Gerrit J. van der Lingen, PhD, geologist and paleoclimatologist, just 6 of many, are all published, peer reviewed experts on climate, and are all skeptical of AGW.

    . . . . . Gee, who to believe, the Ph. D’s or the guy who played a scientist on TV . . . . obviously the guy who plays a scientist on TV, because he’s the more credible “expert”. . . . . [Sheesh! No wonder we’re in trouble. We keep believing in the least qualified authorities]

  • February 5, 2014 at 3:37am


    I’m not sure if you’re having trouble understanding me or if you’re deliberately misinterpreting what I’m saying.

    Of course having a masters degree doesn’t necessarily make Mr. Nye smarter. Lying however, about whether he has a masters degree, does reflect both on his character and by extension on whether his factual statements made in support of his position can be taken at face value as accurate or need to be called into question.

    Particularly since “I” didn’t have a chance to see him make that claim, I simply wanted clarification as to whether he’d actually made it, particularly during this debate since it would have bearing on the credibility of his arguments.

    This has nothing to do with whether or not you and I can think for ourselves, but simply on whether I need to categorize this gentleman’s character as questionable.

  • February 5, 2014 at 2:20am


    Only that if he did in fact claim that he has a masters degree that there’s no indication he’s actually earned it in any bio I’ve seen written for him. It therefore raises the question as to whether this was merely Strawberry411a mis-hearing what he said OR, if he actually made this claim, whether all of the bios on him I’ve read are wrong, whether he inadvertently mis-spoke or whether he was deliberately shading the truth to lay claim to more academic authority than he’s rightfully due. If the latter, it would then call into question the veracity of other factual claims he’s making.

  • February 5, 2014 at 2:13am

    No, not a massive conspiracy, just a mistaken belief their interpretation is correct. Basically, you’re arguing that because there’s apparent consensus from a large number of scientists that they “must” be correct. Before you put too much credence in the consensus argument, you might want to take a look at the circumstances surrounding the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

    Dr. Dan Shechtman’s 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery of quasicrystals can furnish a notable lesson in allowing scientific orthodoxy to take the place of sound science. His discovery literally overturned science’s understanding of crystalline material structures with the Nobel committee noting that his work “eventually forced scientists to reconsider their conception of the very nature of matter.”

    So much for “consensus” taking the place of sound science. [See: and ]

  • February 5, 2014 at 1:59am

    “he said he has a master s degree…in science”

    Just to clarify, the bio on Bill Nye’s website indicates that he “is a graduate of Cornell with a Bachelors of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.” It continues indicating that he holds three Honorary Doctorate degrees. Nowhere does it indicate that he’s actually earned a master’s degree or higher at any educational institution.

    I haven’t yet had a chance to listen to the entire debate. Did he actually say he has a masters degree in science? If so, it sounds like he was stretching the truth a bit.

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