Don - More kitty-litter-box-liner. Wanted to tell you Aguirre has 2 votes from my house. Anybody else makes me wanna baarrffandgag. Maybe the nerds will be voting and make it real. We can dream Donny.
If I were Aguirre, I would wear my readiness to fight as a badge of honor, he can only reinvent himself so much. He should make clear that he intends to clean up the crookedness in the City. He's got to attack. Alvarez and Faulconer voted for a series of crooked schemes, they should be attacked for it. Fletcher must be denounced as a jellyfish floating on the tide of money pouring into Irwin Jacobs' bizarre schemes.
I wish Aguirre had what it takes, but this vague talk about infrastructure isn't going to win. He must play to this strengths, to the theme that made him City Attorney. He's the honest guy fighting crooks, the City Government has reached a new low in sleaziness, the present council has betrayed the people who elected it. I could go on and on, but I'm preaching to the Choir, let's turn the Hymnal to number 2013, and sing: Onward honest soldiers marching as to war.........
These weren't the charges used to remove him from office, but perhaps the behavior he was apologizing for. If he pleaded guilty to this, he likely will settle the civil cases. I'm puzzled by how such a felony could occur in public without being noticed.
Bob Filner did not get equal justice, we may never get the full details, but no act described seemed very unusual, let alone criminal, on Filner's side. The prosecution behavior, from the Sheriff's hotline, to the international smear, to the active participation of political enemies and more, was not normal or equal. The prosecution was deviant, and possibly criminal.
Bob Filner settles this to bring closure, and perhaps out of real remorse. His enemies are remorseless hypocrites, and the City will have closure only when they are removed from office.
And plenty of dicks stay in office.
This was battery and false imprisonment, not sexual harassment. I've endured and seen far worse than that described, no charges were filed. DeMaio did worse, no charges were filed. It was who he was, not what he did.
"Filner is a disgusting man..." is name calling. You may as well plead to that, as well as failing to read your own writing. ImjustaBill
There must be more than we're told in this plea bargain, but one thing is certain, Filner pled guilty to a felony because the prosecutor would accept no less. From the beginning he seemed genuinely contrite. The sad lesson is that a public figure must never express remorse, only good people feel remorse, and understand their own weakness, but show remorse and weakness and the hypocrites will circle for the kill, howling with the sadistic joy only the remorseless feel.
That political mistake might be the right move for him personally, I hope he learns better manners and recovers from this. He's been wronged, but the only worthy revenge is to live well.
Guilt or innocence is irrelevant to an actual lynching charge, most of those punished by the public might well have been guilty. Obviously lynching here is used as metaphor, and one can claim it's overheated metaphor, if you didn't live in this City when the outrage occurred. The frenzy unleashed went far beyond anything I've ever witnessed, and now leads to a plea bargain that would be laughable on it's face, if it didn't involve a felony. The City was thrown into turmoil for an unwanted smooch, pat on the butt, and hug, from complaints filed after the scheme to use these charges to remove the Mayor was publicly promoted.
This was not equal justice.
shirleyberan: It will take a long time before the San Diego public wakes up to what happened. Best, Don Bauder
ImJustABill: But you are not addressing the key question: if all these women, and all these politicians, knew what they now say they knew before the election, why in the world didn't somebody bring it out? Their credibility is zero. Yes, Filner brought it on; his behavior was not excusable. But an intergovernmental, illegal lynching -- kept secret from the public -- is far more serious than what Filner did. Best, Don Bauder
Mr. Batterson, you seriously need to learn what really happened instead of relying on the Mafia account in the news media which they own.
dwbat: Of course there was an intergovernmental lynching. Why do you think the city attorney, AG, US Attorney, sheriff were all involved in this? Wake up, child. Best, Don Bauder
Might you consider, Oh great muckraker Bauder, a "juicy expose" on some people in the SD publishing business and I am not referring to Papa Reader but to the fishwrap Master of Mission Valley and his Russian mail order bride? You could call it "25 Shades of Scarlett."
dwbat: I think posting one's genitals online -- where they can be picked up by 8 year old girls -- is perversion of the worst kind. Filner's was not. But to each his own. Best, Don Bauder
ImJustABill: They had one obvious option: to look at themselves in the mirror, realize that they had reached such a conclusion because Filner disagreed with their opinions. He was aiming to become the first mayor in decades to stand up to the corporate welfare crowd that has run the city for years, grabbing taxpayer money in the process.
Goldsmith is a lackey for this group. He and his minions should have looked in the mirror and realized THAT was why they thought Filner was unstable.
As to a psychologist. Many of them are like consultants: they will come to the conclusion that they are paid to come to. Best, Don Bauder
SAVEBP: Goldsmith hated Filner because he disagreed with him and fought with him. So he grabbed on to Filner's obvious -- and reprehensible -- weakness, and with the help of many others who hated Filner, and with the help of a pliant press, pulled off the coup, of which he brags in the video above. Note how self-satisfied he is.
Remember, too, that some years ago Goldsmith's wife, in seeking a divorce, stated that he was violent. The two reconciled, but her charges are quite revealing. I have written about them several times and they can be found on the Reader site. Best, Don Bauder
Thanks Don. I'm actually making the comment not because the two had differences of opinions and faught over them, or whether or not they just couldn't stand one another, but because, from observation of Goldsmith over the past few months its pretty obvious, to me, that he clearly has some serious mental issues. I think this is at the core of why Filner is now out of office. It has nothing to do with whether Filner has/had boundary issues....Filner seems to be the most sound of mind of all the characters involved in this pathetic embarrassing event.
Now I thought Les Quatre Cent Coups, described your recent work history, DW, when it was translated as The 400 Blows, turns out the title translates better as Hell raising. If someone paid you money for your prose, I congratulate your salesmanship, but I don't defer to your writing skill, plainly it's not superior to mine. If ever you stuck to the facts, you rarely do here, mostly you practice personal attack, and pure denial of terms, it's very poor prose. Mr. Bauder practices polemic in the tradition of Tom Paine, or Martin Luther, hell raising perhaps, but his prose is not as hot as the King James Version. Like those, he wishes to stir action as much as inform. His hell raising is intended to bring the City's demons to light, we're not surprised at an occasional troll.
Burwell: What is really disturbing is the wording of the charges. He put his arm around a woman, possibly in a so-called Filner headlock, and allegedly didn't stop when he told her to. This is FALSE IMPRISONMENT BY VIOLENCE, FRAUD, MENACE AND DECEIT," according to the GM. The wording of this charge is gross overkill by the government.
A woman asked to have her photo taken with him and he allegedly touched her buttocks. This is a misdemeanor. He kissed a lady on her lips without her permisssion. Said the AG, "The conduct was not only criminal, it was also an extreme abuse of power." All these offenses happened with other people in the room for public events. Is there any evidence that anybody complained at the time?
Filner agreed to the charges to put this behind him. I repeat that this whole matter has been an intergovernmental lynching. Best, Don Bauder
aardvark: He was abrasive toward the people with money. Best, Don Bauder
This wasn't about violating women. It is the lowest low dealing for control of wealth.
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