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Rich And Poor San Diegans Take Stock Of The American Dream

I certainly did not come from a background of wealth or entitlement, and I doubt most of you on here were any closer to poverty than I was growing up. While I've come a long ways from those days in my time - it's clear to me that many people never move beyond it because of personal choices. Yes, it's harder when you're from the back woods or the ghetto to get a leg up, but no one owes you anything. The faster you get that, the faster you'll make progress. Someone mentioned Oprah on here as an example of a wealthy person who has been generous - good for her. Take a look at Oprah's life, look what happened to her and where she came from. I'll bet you'll find that she didn't get to where she is today by gathering up her arguments against those who had it better. If you want to be happy, plan to do so without conditions, and work, work, work at it. That's the best anyone can do and anything less is you wallowing in your own self pity and I won't help people like this.

September 28, 2012 at 10:37 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Rich And Poor San Diegans Take Stock Of The American Dream

The American middle class have been slipping quite a bit in recent decades and the number of "poor" growing. While American still remains a place for great opportunity, it's getting harder and harder, at least in my opinion, to maintain the middle class lifestyle. While I do feel pity for the poor, and in fact grew up with people around who would fit that definition, I have seen examples of behavior that fuels the argument from the wealthy that too many people have a sense of "entitlement." I've seen for example, that too often the poor just keep having kids? They spend money on non-essentials, tattoos, piercings, and get involved in behavior such as drug use that ensures they'll likely flunk a urine test if they are even considered for a job. There's the working hard but poor anyway, and then there's just poor because you continue to make bad choices and behave badly. It's hard to feel much sympathy for that segment, and we shouldn't enable and encourage them with our pity.

September 27, 2012 at 1:17 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

U.S. Ambassador To Libya, Three Other Americans Killed In Benghazi Attack

@llk - In my opinion, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam all create problems for the world, but the first two have been tempered by modernity and therefore are for the most part, less threatening to world stability. Islam on the other hand, at least in countries where those beliefs dominate, has not changed much with the passage of time and that is why it’s so out of step with the rest of the modern world. It's a complex subject as to what to do domestically and internationally about Islam. My ideas might surprise you, but I don't care to get into the weeds on this at this time. I've said enough. Stay tuned, maybe another time. ;)

September 19, 2012 at 3:21 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

U.S. Ambassador To Libya, Three Other Americans Killed In Benghazi Attack

@mission - Who is skirting the issue?The issue is that whenever Muslims are offended in the slightest there's a good chance an American Embassy will be attacked and people will die. No other religious group TODAY (very important people) behaves with such extreme reaction. Here's why this is so important that we talk about the present time specifically and stop referring to what happened hundreds of years ago or between two groups whose violence was mostly limited to Northern Ireland. Islam is a global threat - violence has happened in our recent history and continues to happen against anyone that voices any public dissent about this faith. Often the apologists for this faith like to say it's only the extremists that are doing this, millions of Muslims are peaceful. Good point, but the so called "moderates" aren't stopping the extremists, and the Muslim clerics that one would think you could count on to be more active in subduing the reactions of the faithful are too often talking out of both sides of their mouths. Islam isn’t to be toyed with, and I don’t mean we should run from it, or “submit” to its outlandish demands – I mean the day this very small minority of so called extremists get their hands on a nuke, a dirty bomb, or a chemical or biological agent it's over. Unlike past close calls between the West and the Soviet Union there won't be any rationalizing with the zealots. That is the issue - we best wake up to the reality of it.

September 19, 2012 at 11:06 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

U.S. Ambassador To Libya, Three Other Americans Killed In Benghazi Attack

@mission - Really, you agree with Edward Said that we can get away with writing things about Muslims that we could not with any other group? Really? I'd say just the opposite is true. You draw a cartoon, make a video or movie, write a book, even translate the book that supposedly speaks negatively about Islam and you'll have a Fatwa on your head. They kill people routinely over the slightest things. No other religious group in the world behaves in this manner in response to criticism or mockery of their faith. There are numerous skits, movies, blogs, and organizations that routinely do so to Christianity and Christians don’t then riot, burn down buildings and kill people over it. Islam is out of control, and the civilized world shouldn’t play their game of backing off just because they can’t handle it. I would no more placate them than I would a child throwing a tantrum.

September 18, 2012 at 1:17 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

U.S. Ambassador To Libya, Three Other Americans Killed In Benghazi Attack

@mission - I never said the leaders in these regions had themselves to be fanatical Muslims, but their methods of controling such a population in light of how socially backwards these people are don't surprise me. You're always the apologist for religion, and even for the most extreme behavior that is so frequent within this particular faith. No other religious group makes the news for such behavior and neither at such frequency. I well knew Sadam was a secularist, I was serving in the military at the time and got into trouble for suggesting that getting rid of him (despite his brutality) might open the door for chaos between the fanatics - guess I might know what I'm talking about. I also predicted the collapse would strengthen Iran. People too often are ignorant of the social climate in these places and think that you can apply "our" ideas easily and readily in them - we assume too much, and need to be informed and realistic, examine the facts, the history, and preferably, stay out of the region as much as possible. If they want freedom and democracy, then let them fight for it themselves. We have to stop being involved even when asked by them because later they don't appreciate it, and we only wind up getting sucker punched again in the nose later as soon as (fill in the blank) dictator is removed. I for one have had enough of it. The Libyan government should have not allowed our Embassy to be attacked in this way - they are almost always too passive when it comes to dealing with their masses getting too riled up over slights to their faith. Grow up, evolve people.

September 12, 2012 at 3:58 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

U.S. Ambassador To Libya, Three Other Americans Killed In Benghazi Attack

So unfortunate, but just another example of how difficult it is to help and have normal relations with the people in this region of the world when they are so steeped in religious fanaticism. 11 years after 9-11, and while we haven’t had planes fly into our buildings since, we must not forget that Islam is a volatile faith capable of violence over the smallest of offenses.
Is it really any wonder why so many of their leaders are brutal in their methods of maintaining population control? Animals deserve animals.

September 12, 2012 at 9:17 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Escondido Police Under Fire

@Peking - I can't agree with conclusions, it is certainly not a bogus argument to make that people should come here legally. I find saving the money to buy a Porsche to be difficult too, so by your reasoning should I just steal one?

While deporting everyone who is here illegally may not be practical or possible at this point, it's utterly ridiculous to call check point stops as some kind of cat and mouse game. Cops can't possibly catch every person who drinks and drives either, but we don't give up on trying.

Laws, we need them, and we need to enforce them for the safety and progression of our society - otherwise we can be just like all the third worldish places so many come here from, places most of you wouldn’t want to live.

March 21, 2012 at 10:52 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Escondido Police Under Fire

@missionaccomplished - Since I'm a registered Democrat I won't speak for the "right-wingers" on those issues that you refer to. However, as an American citizen who has lived in various places here in the US and abroad, I do feel that Americans in general are hyper-individualistic, and Californians in particular. Sometimes there are benefits to that; sometimes it creates unrealistic burdens and unnecessary rifts in our society - that is my opinion. As far as entitlements go - protesting the police taking your car, arresting you, fining you, even contacting the authorities to have you deported if you're here illegally - I don't know what else a rational person would expect? Interesting enough, in today's UT a man was awarded $7.5 million after being hit by a person here illegally. "Rowley said that the van’s driver, Pedro Flores Miramontes, was a non-U.S. citizen who had an expired driver’s license and had never been trained as a shuttle driver." While we can't prevent things like this from happening regardless of what we do, we certainly don't have to encourage it or tolerate it when we find it.

March 19, 2012 at 11:14 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Escondido Police Under Fire

It's not okay to drive without a license or auto insurance. Having a license indicates you have passed a written rules-of-the-road test, a practical driving skill test, a vision test, that you agree to comply with DUI & drug testing, and you are on record so that should an officer run your information your driving history and identity can be verified. If you don't have a license you can't purchase insurance and do I need to explain what kind of problems that creates?

Check points help catch people who are not complying with the law and the statistics show that unlicensed drivers are much more likely to be involved in fatal crashes, hit and runs. That fatality could be a friend, a spouse, your children, or you. It is in the best interest of our society to enforce these very practical and sensible laws in my opinion.

I've lived in CA for quite a few years now and I guess I shouldn't be shocked at how much flap this kind of thing this causes by now. This state has so many people with an attittude of entitlement, really hyper-individualistic, no matter what the cost that brings to everyone else. Is it bigoted to want reasonable laws enforced? Apparently in CA it has become so.

March 15, 2012 at 10:09 a.m. ( | suggest removal )