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San Diego Traffic Court Dismisses Google Glass Ticket

Wearing Google Glass while driving and claiming that you're not going to use it is like driving with an open beer in your hand and claiming that you're not going to drink it. Only the stupidity of our legal system buys into such convoluted logic.

January 17, 2014 at 5:30 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Legal Battle Over Encinitas Yoga Continues

Must be that great minds thing benz72.

November 1, 2013 at 10:52 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Legal Battle Over Encinitas Yoga Continues

I guess football should be banned from the schools too since coaches routinely instruct football players to kneel when they are on the sidelines.

November 1, 2013 at 9:50 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

How Should U.S. Respond To Chemical Weapons Attack In Syria?

Amazing how selective our government's outrage is! Even though everyone other than U.S. government acknowledges that there was a coup in Egypt (which according to our laws require that we suspend military funding) we continue to fund a military which committed genocide by killing a thousand or so if its unarmed civilians. I guess genocide doesn't count if you use conventional weapons to kill your population; it's only outrageous if non-conventional weapons are used. Oh wait, it also depends on who is using the non-conventional weapons, since we are quite willing to use non-conventional drones which kill innocents in the process of eliminating military targets.

So let us once again thump our chests, pretend that we give a damn about the people of the world and invade Syria while we have an excuse. It's the least we can do until we can find an excuse to attack Iran...

September 7, 2013 at 10:23 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

San Diegans And Distracted Driving

Research indicates that there is no significant difference between using a hands-free cell phone and a hand-held phone when driving. The impairment in concentration while talking on a cell phone of either variety is comparable to that experienced while driving drunk. The author of the legislation allowing the use of hands-free devices primarily emphasized the supposed safety benefits of drivers having two hands on the wheel yet provided no factual research to support this contention, while ignoring the research which has indicated no significant safety advantage of hands-free devices. If having two hands on the wheel were the central issue, drivers of manual transmission vehicles would not be able to operate their vehicles safely. The bottom line is that driving is primarily a visual-motor task which accesses a different part of the brain than conversation. Once you begin to concentrate on responding to a conversation you are redirecting your attention from the visual-motor centers to the language centers in the brain which distracts from the processing which is necessary to safely operate a vehicle. It is a very simple engineering matter to manufacture cell phones which will not operate while the vehicle's engine is running, which is the simple solution to the current problem.

June 10, 2013 at 9:22 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Survey Shows Majority Of Experts Agree Humans Are Cause Of Climate Change

When mankind damaged the ozone level the earth was not able to "take care of itself;" it has taken human reduction of the ozone-deleting aerosols to reduce the human impact. When humans polluted the water to an extent that rivers in Ohio were flammable the earth was not able to "take care of itself;" it took human action to correct the human-caused problem. While temperature change over time is a natural process, it occurs in geological time, over thousands of years. The global temperature changes we have experienced in the last 55 years would have taken 7000 years if they were a natural process. It is not surprising that while the overwhelming scientific position is that global warming is a man made process, many in the broader public are skeptical. Scientific knowledge always precedes what is understood by the broader population. The educated scientists of their time understood that the world was not flat, while the average person continued to fear falling off the edge.

May 22, 2013 at 4:52 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brown's Budget: Calif. Rebounding With Tax Hikes

Isn't it amazing what a little increase in taxes does to eliminate budget deficits? Despite all the right wing blabber about how lowering taxes is the path to Nirvana the reality, on both the state and federal level, is that when taxes are higher the economy and life in general are better It ain't rocket science; do the math. The boom times, whether under under Reagan or Clinton, were times of significantly higher tax rates. Yes, California does still have substantial unfunded obligations. California has been on a downward spiral since the tax reductions brought about by Proposition 13 some 30 years ago and has been playing a robbing Peter to pay Paul budgetary plan ever since.

January 11, 2013 at 10:02 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Republicans Form Super PAC On Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Geez Britannicus, have a glass of Scotch and chill. The course of history marches onward. The Great Wall didn't keep the infidels from China, just as Hadrian's Wall didn't ensure the survival of The Roman Empire. So do you propose that we construct our version of the Berlin Wall along our southern border? And if, as you assert, 46% of illegal immigrants are coming in by plane then Bush's fence would need to be a bit higher than proposed.

November 21, 2012 at 9:16 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

In California, 'Republican' Is Becoming A Toxic Label

The dismal Republican numbers are due to the party's lack of credible solutions to today's realities. You can't retreat into an idealized past and expect to have relevance for the present and future. The world is changing and moving forward with or without you. Evolve or become extinct.

November 16, 2012 at 10:24 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Senate Panels Finds Anti-Terror, Data-Sharing Centers Were Useless

America. We used to be the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave, but now we're afraid of everything. Terrorists apparently around every corner, Bird Flu, Swine Flu and whatever other Boogey Man we can imagine. We throw money at Homeland Insecurity and the military without question, and give up our Fourth Amendments rights to refuse unreasonable search and seizure every time we use the phone or take a flight as long as we're promised that someone will keep us safe. Wake up America. We need to stop acting like scared children and get a backbone, because if we're not brave we won't long be free.

October 3, 2012 at 10:03 a.m. ( | suggest removal )