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Water Gun Fight Spills Into San Diego Mayor's Race

This entire thing is just incredibly silly, reductive, and petty. Talk about political rhetoric! I'm certainly not a supporter of DeMaio but can we please place the focus where it belongs? None of this has anything to do with the event that happened at the park nor the Mayoral campaign. It was simply an unfortunate event with no malicious intent that got way out of control and something bad happened. BIG DEAL! The people responsible are being held accountable for it. It's over. Move on.

And what's with all this guilt by association? Are you all serious? The UT and The Reader mentioned the event as well. How come none of you are skewering them?

Duck - I normally agree with 99% of the things you say but your "facts" listed above are just worthless statements that carry no meaning nor weight. And, your last "fact" is just completely unsubstantiated heresay meant to provoke and incite an emotional reaction.

You don't like DeMaio. We get it. Stop jumping on the smear-bandwagon and let the rest of us think for ourselves. We're certainly capable of that despite your constant preaching from your soap box.

August 15, 2012 at 10:59 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

U.S. To Stop Deporting Younger Illegal Immigrants

Political stunt? Has any politician in recent memory ever done anything that wasn't politically motivated? No. We've just become so indifferent to it because everything they do is politically motivated. Everything is calculated. Nothing is done purely because "it's the right thing to do." Am I being cycnical? No. I'm being realistic. I think it's naive and idealistic to believe that anyone we elect to any office is going to be selfless and not consider in great detail how their actions will impact their careers. If they were faced with a choice being "doing the right thing" or not, and the "doing the right thing" meant they could put their career in jeopardy, they're NOT going to do the right thing. We're supposed to live in a representative republic. We don't. We live in a system that's controlled by those who already have the power, those with enough money to influence government, and politicians willing to play that game. When only 20% - 30% of people vote in local elections it's proof the system is broken. People are apathetic and indifferent. I don't blame them. I still vote in every election, though. Although it becomes more difficult with every election.

June 15, 2012 at 3:43 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Federal Regulators Fail To Answer Key Question About September Blackout

The worst part of that horrible day was how employers let employees all leave at the same time. Normally it takes me 20 minutes to commute from the Golden Triangle to my home. That day I sat in traffic for nearly 4 hours. But I had no choice because my employer wouldn't let anyone stay in the building. When I brought this to my employer's attention and suggested they develop a plan for the future I was told it would never happen again and there really wasn't any "plan" to put in place. A lot of bad things happened that day. People were stranded everywhere without fuel for their cars, children were left alone and vulnerable because their parent's couldn't get to them, and Senior citizens and the disabled were hit the hardest. And the City and employers has done nothing since then to develop a plan. If it happened again today we'd all be in exactly the same situation.

May 18, 2012 at 11:45 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Mayor Sanders Applauds President's Same-Sex Marriage Decision

Speaking as a gay man, I don't see myself ever getting married in the eyes of the government. It's not something I personally want to do (ever). I'm a few years beyond 40 so it's not as issue I have waffled on nor ever see changing for me personally. However, I do believe marriage is a federal right that everyone should be afforded. I think that's one of the points/arguments Peking_Duck_SD is trying to make - you can be gay but not necessarily in favor of marriage for yourself.

Additionally, I do know plenty of gay people who are, believe it or not, NOT in favor or extending marriage equality to gay people. Their argument is that marriage (gay or straight) is a horrible institution that no one should ever enter into. I think that's another point Peking is making. So... I agree... the sexual orientation of a candidate is in no way an indicator of how they feel on issues. Although many heterosexual people might find this hard to believe, gay people are incredibly diverse socially and politically. Gay does not by any stretch equate with being politically liberal. Trust me on that! Just look at Carl DeMaio! He's as conservative as they come and he's gay.

May 10, 2012 at 3:01 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

$600,000 Already Raised For Permanent Kiss Statue

I agree with everyone posting here. I won't repeat what everyone has already said. I will just say I think it's too big, intrusive, not very well-done, totally in the wrong location, and being supported by a very small minority of people for all the wrong reasons. It's not needed. I would never say something wasn't art. It is what it is. Art is subjective. Overall I just don't think it's at all appropriate.

April 13, 2012 at 3:33 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Outcry After Calif. Police Pepper Spray Students

Satariel and benz72... you're both very wrong but for reasons you probably didn't consider. Pepper spray and tasers are both weapons. They were never intended to be used to coerce someone into performing some action, nor were they ever intended to be used as punishment if someone disobeys an order. They were created and are used by law enforcement in lieu of using lethal weapons (guns). Your argument that the students were "asking" for it is just illogical and ridiculous. They were doing nothing illegal. The police did NOT have to use pepper spray. They were being extremely lazy and not doing their jobs properly. Pepper spray and tasers are appropriate in many situations but not when used against a group of students exercising their Constitutional right to peacefui protest. Here's a solution that would have worked for everyone: The police (all of them) could have backed up 500 feet and observed. Or, left. The protesters were harming no one, doing nothing illegal, and were simply protesting. How come the police don't pepper spray the awful "God Hates Fags" WBC idiots when they're protesting at military funerals and gay pride parades? Using your arguments all protesters should be handled with tasers and pepper spray. Fortunately, we live in America where the right for these students to protest peacefully (which they were doing) is protected. Those rights were CLEARLY violated.

November 22, 2011 at 1:56 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Running A Gay Bar in the 1950s

It's amazing how far we've progressed in the last 60 years! I owe my ability to live my life (mostly) free of fear to these brave men and women back in the mid-20th Century. We've still got a long way to go but the progress made has been incredible.

May 16, 2011 at 9:39 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

What Fuels Atheism in America?

@Vicki: LOL! Pretty funny... For a minute I almost believed you were serious! Now I see the humor having read what you wrote a few more times. I love the irony! Thanks for a great laugh!

April 12, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Rants and Raves: Elizabeth Taylor

The work she did for AMFAR in the early days of AIDs when it was incorrectly thought to be a gay disease will never be forgotten. She had the guts to speak out when everyone else around her was running in the opposite direction. The positive impact she had was tremendous and can't be understated. She did more to raise awareness and reduce stigma than most have done since. She was a truly remarkable human being, a compassionate and deeply generous person, and the world is a far better place because this woman was born. I will miss her deeply.

March 23, 2011 at 3:37 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

The San Diego-Tijuana Border From A Mexican Perspective

For the first time in probably over 10 years I decided to go down to TJ on a recent Friday afternoon and evening to do some shopping toward the southern part of town - not in the Avenida Revolucion area. I was pleasantly surprised. It was a lot cleaner than I remembered. There were police and security guards everywhere. I felt very safe. I had dinner at a beautiful restaurant. Although it's hard to judge nationality of people based on looks/clothing/etc., I did get the impression that I was the only American in TJ that night, so to speak. I noticed my use of English wasn't as well-accepted as it was in the past. I think they've quickly gotten used to the lack of Americans visiting and TJ belongs to Mexicans again. I'm not one to believe every little thing the media reports so I wasn't afraid to go at all. I was more curious than anything, but definitely got some good deals. I'm looking forward to going back again soon. More Americans should. And no... I don't work for the TJ Chamber of Commerce... ;-)

March 23, 2011 at 2:53 p.m. ( | suggest removal )