Anon: Obama used the Internet and other electronic platforms much more effectively than Romney did. That was definitely one of the keys to Obama's reelection. I wish I could say the oligarchs are headed out the door but, unfortunately, I can't say that. Best, Don Bauder
Anon: Today, Brown-appointed CPUC commissioners outmaneuvered the two pro-utility, anti-consumer commissioners (Simon and Peevey). Many of us have been waiting for the new commissioners to overthrow the corrupt ones. This appears to be a step in the right direction. Maybe UC-Berkeley will be just as lucky: some honest leaders will rise out of the muck. Best, Don Bauder
Anon: There has been a societal breakdown because people no longer trust law enforcement, the judicial branch, Congress and state legislatures, local councils, administrative branches from the White House down to the local level, the legal profession, the medical profession, big business....the list goes on and on. The trouble is that the people's distrust is thoroughly justified. Corruption is ubiquitous. Greed kills. Best, Don Bauder
Edwin Meese, former close aide to Ronald Reagan both as California governor and president, told Newsmax that President Obama could ...
Anon92107. Manchester locally and Congressional Republicans nationally want to thwart the will of the majority by any means, fair or foul. Best, Don Bauder
A comment posted on VOSD (not mine, I'm not that creative) this morning (Aug 12) described the the drama in San Diego better than I've read in a long time. They're his thoughts.....
"All this reminds me of the final scene of the original 1930s film "King Kong." Alone atop a pinnacle of power, the beast, machine-gunned by encircling bi-planes, reaches out with one hand to swat them down. With the other, he grasps Fay Wray, his human and unrequited love. In Filner's case, what would Fay Wray represent? Misogyny? Love of power? Disregard for social norms? Loyalty to the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party that has censured him? Whatever it is, Filner's grasp of it (or the grasp of the "monster" Filner has confessed is within him) is impressive and tragic. Rather than usher in a Greek chorus, however, it might be more fitting to cue up the Rolling Stones' "Sympathy for the Devil" (perhaps as the soundtrack for TV news videos). After all, to paraphrase another Stones tune, "it's only politics but we love it, love it, yes we do!""
He, Filner, is just a politician who let his uncontrollable urges get the better of him. To have Anthony Weiner as one of your contemporaries speaks volumes.
Filner's "dark passenger" (borrowing a description from a cable T.V. show) wanted to play and I have no doubt he played a lot in the past. I suspect there were many women who were happy with the attention shown to them by a United States Congressman. Old guy or not.
Sadly, Mr. Filner's ultimate legacy will, no doubt, be the butt of late night comedian's commentary.
Is his forthcoming demise hastened by politics? You betcha it is Red Ryder, and that's no surprise in 21st politics. In the final analysis, Mr. Filner, himself, is his own worst enemy. His own conscious doings, will be his undoing.
Diogenes: That is one of the tragedies of this. Filner fought all his life for the rights of minorities, women, the underfed. His harasser, Goldsmith, has been in the pockets of the aristocracy all his life.
Doubly tragic and ironic is that Goldsmith has been charged with violence against his wife -- in front of his children -- in a divorce filing. Goldsmith shoved and threatened her she sstated. To my knowledge, there has been no such charge against Filner. Best, Don Bauder
I am sure that Filner will undergo a brain scan to rule out frontal and pre-frontal lobe lesions. Parkinson's, Pick's disease, and certain early Alzheimer's dementias are within the differential diagnosis. Then, a complete neuropsychological battery of tests, then rule out OCD and bipolar disorder, etc.
I know Filner personally and worked on his campaign as well as being a relatively large campaign contributor. I met his ex-fiancee', too.
I am very familiar with the medical/legal issues he is facing. I am also very concerned with Filner on a personal level.
I review brain scans with physicians frequently. In fact, just yesterday I reviewed several brain scans at Scripps Clinic with a physician showing an inner ear lesion as it developed over a course of time. That information was correlated with cervical scans and other medical tests.
Some things are characterological and personality disorder-based. An MMPI would help there with a good clinical interview and history.
Behavior is a complex thing. I have studied it for almost 50 years. My primary profession is not medicine, but I have dealt professionally with many behavioral issues in a medical/legal context during the past 35 years.
It will be interesting to see the workup presented as a defense, if it comes to that.
Would you blame someone with Tourette's syndrome for cursing?
He says he has a problem. Just what that problem is remains a mystery. Therefore, the moral and legal judgment to be applied will vary with the diagnosis.
I assume that since "therapy" is being used, that no organic basis has been found. There are medications that can eliminate testosterone-based behavior. Aversion therapy, such as having to look at Gloria Allred is known to work.
If Filner has no organic explanation for the alleged behavior, and the testing does not assist in making a diagnosis, then it is likely that there are fewer mitigating circumstances.
Filner is atypical. The pattern of the alleged assaults are unusual. Why would he stroke a great, grandmother's hand? Well, one has to understand this type of brain problem to understand that, if it is true.
Murphyjunk: I am not so sure he is as motivated by revenge as his opponents are: they are avenging his victory at the polls. Best, Don Bauder
You admire corruption, abuse of women, and misuse of public funds?
Filner's removal was a grassroots effort from a wide variety of San Diegans: poor, middle-class, rich, conservative, liberal, moderate. All types. All people.
Good bye and good riddance to a horrible politician. The people don't ever want to see Filner's face in San Diego again. He should go home to Pittsburgh and stay there forever (or at least until he goes to prison).
Today, the people of San Diego have overcome a corrupt and wicked man!
August 23rd will forever be celebrated in San Diego as:
The day right defeated wrong.
Good destroyed evil.
Honor halted corruption.
Filner brought Washington DC corruption to San Diego. He didn't just treat women like 2nd class citizens. That was the tip of the dirty iceberg. He is also being investigated by the FBI for corruption and bribe taking. Not to mention embezzlement of public funds. And all of that in just 6 months!
Could you imagine 4 years of this? San Diego would have devolved into Chicago or Detroit!
The majority of San Diegans think women should be respected, that politicians shouldn't take bribes, and that tax dollars should be spent in the public's best interest.
So I take it you, like Filner, are not with the majority.
Anon92107 Yup, I'm sure you also know the feeling of crying Wolf while everybody else has their ear buds plugged in, listening to their own version of "Everything is going to be all right".
I look forward to shaking your hand and listening to what you have to say in person!
Founder: It's up to Anon92107 to reveal his identity, if he likes. Best, Don Bauder
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