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Mayor's Office Plans Meeting With San Diego Chargers On Stadium

It is always so amusing to me that so many of the same folks who decry public funds for libraries, public broadcasting, art, etc. will change their tune when it comes to professional sports teams. It is just me or does anyone else look at our world of football and see the world of the Roman gladiators? Bread and circuses!

I sure hope that MMikey above is correct and that the voters will vote down giving over a billion dollars to the Chargers but sadly, I think a majority will vote yes. They want their bread and circuses on Sunday afternoons!

April 5, 2014 at 10 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Downtown Tijuana Stages A Revival

Tijuana is a lot a fun! As others have said, behave appropriately as any guest in a foreign country would behave, do your research beforehand and know where you are at all times, and you should have a great time. Some of the restaurants are tremendous. On the weekend nights, Revolucion is a blast. But there are many other parts of the city that are fun.

For those of you who are terrified of venturing into Mexico, may I remind you that here in the United States, it is dangerous to enter a cinema (where an armed psychopath from San Diego may get up and start blasting away at innocent movie-watchers on the opening night of a much-awaited movie), a mall (where some other armed psychopath may stand up and starting shooting at innocent shoppers), an airport (where another armed psychopath with his Second Amendment protected firearms may start shooting at innocent travelers and TSA representatives), or an elementary school (where a different armed psychopath, after having just killed his mother, can start killing innocent teachers and their five-year-old students).

Oh, by the way, it is not recommended that you go down to Mexico looking to score a kilo of cocaine or marijuana.

March 22, 2014 at 8:26 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Creation Museum Denied Membership By San Diego Museum Council

In today's world, before one can begin to debate religion in general or any religion in particular, we must first decide if we are going to treat the teachings as historical facts or symbolic truths. In short, are we going read the teachings literally or symbolically? If after 500 years of discovery in geography, anthropology, comparative religions, psychology, and most importantly science, someone still chooses to believe in religious teachings as absolute fact and not mythological, symbolic teachings meant to guide and protect societies and help the participants of these societies live meaningful lives, then there is no reason to debate. There is no dialogue. We are speaking two different languages.

This would not be such a problem if it were not for the fact that we live in the modern world where we have cracked many of the secret codes of nature, unleashing powers that we have yet to understand fully let alone know how to control effectively. When a large portion of our society decides to turn their backs on this world and believe in a mythological, fairy-tale world that so obviously is at odds with the universe as we have discovered it, it only makes it that much more difficult for our society to handle these powers intelligently. Will we move from an "us-versus-them, my religion is better than your religion and I'm gonna' kill you if you don't believe the way I believe" view of the world to an appreciation of the role of religions in the ancient world and what religions have to offer us today in this modern world that is speedily shrinking in size and resources? May God help us in this critical endeavor! (And by "God," I am not talking about an old man with a beard sitting on some throne just above the dome of the sky, okay?)

November 17, 2013 at 7:51 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

DeMaio, Goldsmith Discuss 'Future Of Pension Reform'

Pension reform is indeed an important issue. But simply moving to defined benefit plan (often referred to as a traditional pension plan) to a defined contribution plan (such as 401k plans) is not going to solve the long-term problems. A defined contribution plan can cost an employer as much or more as a defined benefit plan, depending upon the implementation. The root problem is that we are living much longer. While it is a great problem to have, it is still a problem. Employees used to retire at 62 and die at 65, especially men. Now, we are retiring at 62 and living until 92. There are many ways to address the problem but the most apparent and tempting remedy is to increase the retirement age. Our health is better and we are living longer, therefore, we will need to work longer. While there are many who disagree with this course of action, it seems to me the most obvious. We will see how it plays out over the next 10 to 20 years.

March 16, 2013 at 3:31 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Pedestrians Targeted In San Diego Police Sweep

When are they going to go after the huge number of drivers (including police officers!) who are talking and texting on the cell phones? The studies show that they are as or more dangerous than drunk drivers.

March 9, 2013 at 8:08 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Barrio Logan Gets Its Mercado

I ride my bike through this neighborhood on my commute to work. It is very dangerous indeed. The people there live in houses and have kids and drive cars and go to work and church and the bank and the market -- every day!. It is really scary. Yes, JeanMarc, you belong in the safe and secure suburbs, surrounded by barbed wire and armed guards. Being so close to these undesirable people is not for you. Stay away! Stay far away! (Whew! Hopefully that will be one less person in the Los Cuatro Milpas line!)

December 23, 2012 at 6:35 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Take Two Worms And Call Me In The Morning

It gives me such great pleasure to know that we were on to something back when we used to sing, "Nobody likes me. Everybody hates me. I'm gonna' eat a worm!"

December 16, 2011 at 6:15 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Flying Marijuana Over The Border Low & Slow

Build a better mousetrap ... and the mice get smarter!
It is time to end the decades-old charade.
Although no drug is 100% safe, marijuana is one of the safest drug available. It is far safer than tobacco or alcohol. It is even safer than aspirin or caffeine. When will this extraordinary popular delusion and the madness of crowds end?

May 19, 2011 at 3:02 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

U.S. Demand For Drugs Fueling Violence In Mexico

How did the First Prohibition way back in the early part of the 20th Century turn out? Hmmm, not so good, huh? And alcohol is many times more dangerous than marijuana. It is time to stop the trillion-dollar charade. Legalize it!

May 17, 2011 at 2:30 p.m. ( | suggest removal )