JustWondering: I wasn't dodging the neighborhood issue. I just don't respond to every point a commenter makes. I had a long conversation yesterday with someone who related how Filner went out of his way to make sure that the veterans' tent did not close. Also, he has done much for the homeless, I understand. In re managed competition: there may have been successes, but yours is the first one told to me. Best, Don Bauder
Vitalinfo: Yes, those power plant decisions went San Diego's way. He has done other positive things. Yes, the media lynching is not only cheered by the corporate welfare crowd, but in one egregious case, the U-T, it is being financed by the moochers. Best, Don Bauder
Truly. I would love to witness any of the rat pack who are in a frenzy of declaring Filner psychotic and criminal, declaring Bauder vile and in a "fugue state," making ageist remarks, etc., spend instead endless online hours going after congressmen who are probing women's vaginas and denying them the right to decide what happens to their own bodies. Instead, the rat pack are in a frenzy over simplistic insults to grown, mature women who know full well how to address any kind of insult lobbed at them. As Ronne Froman has said many times, "put your big girl panties on!" The fainting spells because of gyrating "moral compasses" at hearing the word "bitch" (and I'd love to know who was called that, because I've sure called a few women that myself) make me wonder: did the rat pack grow up entirely in Mr. Rogers Neighborhood, or was the worst trauma in life having a time out and being denied video-game time? What a bunch of PC opportunists and twits. I just keep asking myself, what would Frank Zappa say about these idiots?
Randy: Do you really think anybody will be smeared or brutalized for coming out against Filner? Puh-leeze. Public opinion appears to be running 70% to 80% against him. Best, Don Bauder
KLoEditor: It seems Filner came on to women around his age, who had gathered a lot of power, and were very successful. I agree with you. The notion that these women's psyches were shattered, their self-confidence uprooted, their psychological health ruined by the trauma does not make sense to me. Best, Don Bauder
KLoEditor: I hope you are right -- that the hysteria will die down and rationality will return. Best, Don Bauder
We have been a laughing stock before. So what? I didn't see anyone losing any sleep over getting rid of Murphy for no particular reason. Or Aguirre. No doubt people laughed when a mayor landed in jail.
Still, we have better weather than they do, and a nice ocean, so they leave their morally superior towns and come here on vacation or to retire.
Yankeedoodle: Let's name those morally superior towns: New York City? Chicago? Newark? Miami? Las Vegas? Detroit? Jersey City? Boston? There are more that merit double question marks. Best, Don Bauder
KLoEditor: Eventually it will pass, yes. Best, Don Bauder
I applaud your can-do attitude.
BlueSouthPark: I haven't read the Chait piece but it sounds very interesting. It has been obvious for some time that Republicans in Congress will block Obama at every opportunity, and care not a whit about the country. Unfortunately, our political system makes this possible: the obstructionists, who are playing the race card, are appealing to their base back home in the South or West. They may be destroying the Republican Party, too, but they don't care: they are gaining votes at home.
Jones playing the race card didn't work back when he played it, but it may work now with the anti-Filner hatred being stirred up. Best, Don Bauder
Yankeedoodle: For a couple of decades, I have thought New Yorker cartoons have declined from what they were in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. Best, Don Bauder
Yankeedoodle: Don't forget Rolling Stone. Matt Taibbi's stories on Wall Street are MUST reading. Best, Don Bauder
dwbat: Not sure. The New Yorker did a fantastic job on the Iraq war -- before, during and after. Closer to home, it did a good job on Issa. Best, Don Bauder
DiFi has set up Hubby Blum so many times I lost count back in the early 1990's when she/Gov was funneling Bank owned/REO commercial properties by the billions (Under US control vie the RTC) to CB Commercial, now CB Richard Ellis. Sickening
dwbat: I call what you describe total political dishonesty. For most if not all of his life, Filner has been an a-hole -- arrogant, abrasive, domineering. That's what his enemies dislike. But I doubt seriously he has been sexually aggressive with older women all or most of his life. His detractors want to get him for being an a-hole, but are taking the surefire route of ginning up a sex scandal. Best, Don Bauder
Psycholizard: He clearly doesn't know when to stop with different women, but when told to stop with any one woman, he stops, at least according to information -- make that "information" -- reported to date. Best, Don Bauder
Scott, we love you for reading this far and joining in. Just so you know, KPBS is as complicit in this attempted Filner assassination as the U-T.
Different money, different political faves, same motivation to get rid of Bob. It's why I call the snakes "strange bedfellows." Those breathless weird glassy-eyed women reporters at KPBS never asked the complainants a single tough question, like, "What took so long for you to speak out?"
JustWondering: Who told you managed competition is such a money-saving initiative? It can be in a relatively clean city. But in a crony capitalist city such as San Diego, it would just fatten some already-bulging pockets. Best, Don Bauder
Yet, a Voice of San Diego “Fact Check” somehow labeled Faulconer’s Billion-Dollar-Savings claim “Mostly True.” http://voiceofsandiego.org/2013/11/04/fact-check-pension-savings-for-neighborhoods/ In the same article, however, the VOSD “fact checker” labeled Fletcher’s similar Decreasing-Pension claim “Misleading.” Amazing. Maybe over there at Liberty Station the VOSD folks are spending too much time over at Stone Brewing. Anyway, I will go with Mike Aguirre’s assessment: Faulconer is “materially misleading.”
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