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Political Analysis: When Do Political Attacks Become Libelous?

I'm not sure why KPBS scheduled and aired this segment. It merely gave publicity to a crackpot and discussed a controversial topic, not because it is relevant to any mainstream issue, but apparently just because it is controversial, primarily to fringe elements.

The poor analysis and low quality of comments that have ensued are logically the only result that could have occurred. These kind of stories had better not become a habit for KPBS. A total waste of time and resources.

November 6, 2009 at 11:20 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Finding A Site For Winter Homeless Shelter In S.D.

Interesting how this conversation is all about "where we will put them" for winter, as though we are trying to figure out where to store our beach towels and umbrellas for the off-season. These are people, you will not "put them" anywhere. Council members in the most affected districts can complain about whether or not it is "their turn" all they want, but the reality on the ground is far less political and far more pragmatic.

The homeless will PUT THEMSELVES wherever they want, as they are free people and probably constituents of the affected districts. The choice for the council member is whether the districts they represent want to see the homeless suffering and dying on the streets in that district or if they would optionally prefer the homeless to seek shelter in a building in that district.

September 25, 2009 at 1:16 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

ACORN Controversy Heats Up

The hidden-camera videos certainly taint the image of those ACORN offices, and naturally cast suspicion on the organization as a whole. The public's trust has been generally undermined at this point.

Yes, this organization may have ongoing goals and projects that people would find agreeable. Unfortunately, they have inserted themselves into the political process via the use of public funds and via involving themselves in the voting process. In doing so, they expose themselves to public scrutiny no matter their ideology or merits.

If ACORN isn't able to handle the intense responsibility that comes along with being publicly funded, then they need to get out of the proverbial kitchen. Publicly funded organizations need to be actively monitored for misuse of funds and for corruption, so the investigations ought to be welcomed by all.

September 25, 2009 at 12:46 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

The High Cost of Health Care (Part 4)

I was impressed with both politicians' comments on this show. If only the evidence was there that these politicians actually care about the health and lives of their constituents, I would be moved to congratulate them.

The reality, however, is that they are politicians who really do not care about the issues that they try so hard to align themselves with in this program. They complain about costs, but have bankrupted this country on an illegitimate war, because of politics and special interests. They complain about not having enough time to fully consider legislation, yet rarely read the bills they pass, and even pass bills that fundamentally strip out rights without reading them at all, sometimes in the dead of night (see: PATRIOT). Again, politics and special interests.

It is politically expedient for both of these politicians to appear as though they are profoundly considering the wide-ranging impact of their votes and the humanitarian impact that legislation will have on their constinuents, but let's get down to brass tacks, shall we?

The health care industry and big pharma make up Bilbray's second most lucrative source of campaign contributions. The Health Care industry is the 3rd most lucrative source of income for Filner's campaign. You can trace these figures at maplight.org.

These men are bought, folks. Getting on the radio and giving KPBS's listeners the warm fuzzies by pretending there are any other considerations at play here other than Party Politics and Special Interests is a joke. Nobody asked them to account for how campaign contributions are affecting their vote, and that would have been the best opportunity to engage in that old past time: listening to politicians lie.

August 6, 2009 at 2:27 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Comic-Con's Economic Impact on San Diego

I do believe we want to "ensure" that Comic-Con stays in San Diego. Keep it tight, KPBS! Great program!

July 24, 2009 at 1:53 p.m. ( | suggest removal )