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Blackout Unplugs San Diego Economy

Once again, San Diego is spared enduring any meaner effects of a true disaster. Last Thursday, was merely an inconvenience. We skated through with barely a scratch. What if the blackout HAD lasted 24 hours; 48 hours, 72 hours? --or more?
If the blackout was set in motion by one solitary incompetent technician, having an OOOPPSSS! moment; what might be possible if several, ill-intentioned,-- dare I say, terrorists, did their best to sabotage the electric power grid here or elsewhere?

September 12, 2011 at 6:11 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

High-Profile Candidates Join Race For Mayor

WHY would anyone rational person EVER choose to run for mayor of San Diego; and most especially at this juncture in time? The job is the entryway to the great black hole of politics in San Diego. Of the former mayors which would you say were 1.Outstanding-San Diego's "George Washington"
2. Okay (Dwight Eisenhowerish) 3. Left a lot to be desired. (Millard Fillmore) 4.What a jerk! 5 What a crook!

WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
1. Jerry Sanders-Current mayor Where is he NOW?
2, Acting Mayor for a few months, Toni Atkins
3..Acting mayor for 3 days, Michael Zucchet
4 Dick Murphy-driven from office by bad PR in Time Magazine
4. Susan "if we builld it; they all will come" Golding
5. Maureen O'Connor, or is it Maureen O'Hara?
6. Roger Hitchcock (renowned raconteur, intellectual, and bon vivant)

June 13, 2011 at 7:56 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

You Can You Ride A Bike If You Just Believe In Yourself

I was taught to ride in our New York City Queensborough neighborhood by my brother, older than I by six years. Oh what a proud day when the "training wheels" came off. What a whirling sense of accomplishment was achieved when i was able to move forward, without losing balance on just two wheels.I recall that initial sense of surprise of being free of any "crutches" and able to do what had seemed impossible, just months earlier. That experience was the first clear case of needing to believe some action (riding a bike) was truly possible. Once that crucial sense of self-confidence in the uncompromised belief in the possibility of riding two wheels was attained, it all seemed as natural as walking, crawling, or eating already were. I think I rode for about 4 hours straight (well, I did learn how to do turns too.) that first day.

June 8, 2011 at 4:55 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

You Can You Ride A Bike If You Just Believe In Yourself

So, who taught you to ride a bike? Seriously, I am interested. Cycling is a child's introduction to a means of locomotion other one's feet and hands. At least, most kids learn to ride a bike before they learn to drive a car---PERHAPS, EXCEPT IN CALIFORNIA! Furthermore, the concept of cycles and the ebb and flow of life is enscribed into a child's memory via his psycho-motor learning-- a very powerful learning device!
So take yoUr place on the GREAT MANDELA, AS IT MOVES THROUGH YOUR BRIEF MOMENT OF TIME!

June 7, 2011 at 6:09 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

You Can You Ride A Bike If You Just Believe In Yourself

Bike riding is THE PROTOTYPICAL METAPHOR FOR HUMAN LIVING ITSELF.
" As in riding a bike, one must continue moving forward in order to maintain one's balance.---"Einstein's THIRD LAW OF MOTION MEETS FREUDIAN ANALYSIS"

June 6, 2011 at 5:38 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

If You Build It They Will Come

Without the existence of high-density, multi-tiered, multiple-lane freeways, WITH innumerable on-ramps, connector roads, DRIVERS WOULD BE UNABLE TO USE THEM. Look to the history of our glorious automobilized neighbor to the north. Once upon a time there was just one Freeway--The Pasadena Frwy. Then faster than rabbits in mating season, LA gave birth to freeways by the score during the post-war era. Today, LA County is home to over 10 million motoring folks and probably twice as many cars. Orange County is home to over 3 million in a land area, just a fraction of the land size of SD County. Riverside and San Bernardino Counties each have more than 2 million. Add LA County and Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties;
SHAZAM! OVER 18 MILLION PEOPLE IN JUST those four counties. TECHNOLOGY FROM The past century has demonstrated how society can successfully AND RAPIDLY construct URBAN SPRAWL ON AN EVER-INCREASING SCALE.

As you WILL SEE BELOW- although I omitted San Diego County's population from the tally of OVER 18 MILLION FOLKS IN LA-ORA-RIV-SBDO MEGA-COUNTIES; SAN DIEGO COUNTY, BY ITSELF, RANKS AS THE SECOND MOST POPULOUS COUNTY IN THIS GOLDEN STATE.

By Population SOUTHERN CA COUNTIES (2010 CENSUS)
Los Angeles 10,441,080
San Diego 3,224,432
Orange 3,166,461
Riverside 2,139,535
San Bernardino 2,073,149
Alpine* 1,189

**I INCLUDED ALPINE COUNTY TO SHOW WHAT A STATE OF CONTRASTS CA IS. IF YOU WANT TO GET AWAY FROM PEOPLE GO NORTH, YOUNG ONE, GO NORTH. 1,189 PEOPLE IN THE ENTIRE COUNTY OF ALPINE. THERE ARE MORE PEOPLE LIVING IN MY APT. COMPLEX!

ANYWAY, THE ROAD TO THE FUTURE IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY IS CLEAR AND STRAIGHTAWAY. WE SEE THE FUTURE; AND IT IS LOS ANGELES MEGALAND. SO, HERE IN SD, MORE AND MORE FREEWAYS WILL HAVE TO BE BUILT AT AN ACCELERATING RATE IN THE YEARS AHEAD IN ORDER TO SUSTAIN CALIFORNIA'S DRIVING POPULATION. HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS MORE ON-RAMPS WILL SPROUT IN OUR CHERISHED EDEN-BY THE SEA.
MEGAMOTORWAYS-- 48 LANES ACROSS, WITH THREE VERTICAL TIERS OF TRAFFIC LANES WILL HAVE TO BECOME COMMONPLACE. WE'LL HAVE TO BUILD FREEWAYS EXTENDING SEVERAL MILES OFFSHORE INTO THE PACIFIC, AS WELL AS HIGH-ALTITUDE east-west, north-south FREEWAYS, UPWARD IN THE SKIES ABOVE!! WE'LL HAVE TO THINK OUTSIDE OF THE BOX!
WHAT AN EXCITING FUTURE of CREATIVE SPRAWL DESIGN LIES BEFORE US!

June 2, 2011 at 6:12 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Pedestrian Activists Confront Streets That Are 'Dangerous By Design'

Streets are built for automobiles. Why do you think they invented asphalt and gasoline? It's the way it's always been. Dang pinko liberals want to clog the streets with people on bikes or walking. You wanna walk, buy an exercise machine. This STILL is the U.S. OF A.!!!

May 30, 2011 at 6:17 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Will The Padres Have A Winning Season Without Adrian Gonzalez?

My hopes for the 2011 season: 1. Attendance at home games averages above 25,000 per game. 2. More Padres fans will be in attendance at home games than fans cheering the visiting team. 3. Padres fans will not imitate pantomime artists when they cheer the Padres. SILENCE IS GOLDEN--BUT NOT AT A MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL GAME. 4.That the Padres will have a homefield advantage at PetcoPark. Last year the Padres won exactly as many games AWAY, as they did "at home". 5. That the team roster does not change by more than twenty players before June 1st. PLAY BALL!

March 31, 2011 at 7:04 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

San Diego Police Shooting Gets Live Coverage

A picture is worth a thousand words. But what does the picture SAY? Appearances can be deceiving. A half-truth is still a lie. Ultimately, REALITY IS IN TH EYES, EARS, AND MIND OF THE BEHOLDER. REALITY IS MERELY ONE'S STATE OF MIND. Everything we perceive; that is, see, smell, touch hear, taste, read we put through a muiltitude of personal filters. The output is our personal reality. So, the police were responding to an imminent threat to public safety in a responsible, appropriate manner.
OR-- The police grossly over-reacted to a known mentally-disturbed person with no gun, who posed no real threat to the public. The police utilized far too many personnel, and used unnecessarily dangerous tactics to control a minor disturbance; a clear excessive use of force. APPROPRIATE OR EXCESSIVE POLICE RESPONSE?

March 30, 2011 at 2:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

My Revolutionary Friends In Egypt

Tom:
I wish I could be more optimistic. Americans have this romanticized belief that all the world wants to be just like America. This fantasy holds true across the political spectrum. A country of 80 million people, which is so desperately poor--(yes, Egypt does have an "enlightened" middle and professional class.) There is in Egypt a commnality with other Arab states. There exists a visceral mistrust of the West. Egypt's Gamal Adel Nasser tapped into this trait, and was a much beloved leader among Egyprians, as were his ANTI-AMERICAN, PAN-ARABIST, PRO-SOVIET policies.
His successor, Anwar Sadat, a truly honorable man, was assassinated in a plot that took the lives of Sadat and several other governmental officials. Why, because he signed the Peace Treaty with Israel. Ties whcih bind Egyptians together 1. NATIONALISM/ PAN-ARABISM- pride that Egypt is the "natural leader of the Arab world" 2. ANTI-WESTERNISM //ANTI-ZIONISM- a by-product of the West's history of colonialism and PRO-ZIONIST policies --which your friends evidently exhibited to you quite openly. 3. Lack of exposure to, and affinity for among the Egyptian masses, western liberal democratic traditions and values, EXCEPT WHEN EGYPT experienced western democracy under the heel of British Colonialism. 4. POVERTY AMONG THE VAST MAJORITY OF EGYPTIANS. -romantic notions of the joys of democratic institutions gets trumped by empty bellies and jobless multitudes every time. 5. Visceral ANTI-ISRAELI SENTIMENT-- the US was lucky that we had Mubarak on the US dole for as long as we did. He maintained the Camp David accords and kept a "COOL Peace-STATE OF NON-AGGRESSION" with Israel, all the while the US was funneling billions in foreign aid to Hosni Mubarak as his 'PEACE DIVIDEND" for keeping the peace with Israel. Tom, ironically, I had an occasional correspondence with the late Anwar Sadat and his widow, Jihan through his personal secretary from1978 until death. Sadat was a true Egyptian patriot and a man of peace with honor. Yet, his willingness to make peace with Israel made him a hated leader among most Egyptians and, in the end was the reason for his assassination thirty years ago, this October. So, yes, it would be a fitting tribute to the memory of Sadat's foresight and courage, if democracy thrived in Egypt. The circumstances which brought about Sadat's (his secretary-my intermediary, was also murdered) martyrdom are still thirty years later alive and well in Egypt. Yes, I remain pessimistic about a blooming of prosperous democracy on ther very crowded banks of the eternal River Nile. Share my words with your friends. Ask if they take issue with what I have written here.

March 24, 2011 at 7:19 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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