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Darren: Mayor Mo and Hedgecock were not friends, understandably. Mo and Golding thought little of each other, too. Of the three, Mo was by far the best mayor. Murphy and Sanders were at the bottom of the barrel. It looks like Filner will be a good mayor. He is on the right side of the most important issues and is standing up to the downtown overlords. Best, Don Bauder

Feb. 14, 2013

SurfPup: He is inactive. I do not believe he should practice law. You and I have been through this before. Best, Don Bauder

Feb. 14, 2013

Darren: Is Roger really that successful now? I just don't know. In any case, his mentality hasn't changed. According to Daily Kos, on a KFMB show Jan. 29, Hedgecock said Hiroshima and Chernobyl really weren't so bad; "hysteria" from "anti-war, anti-nuke folks" makes those two disasters seem destructive. "Hiroshima is one of the most modern cities because it had an instant redevelopment plan," quoth Hedgecock. Before the World War II explosion, the city was "a rabbit warren of medieval streets." There has been a "surge in wildlife" in Chernobyl. "The dirtiest radioactive site in Europe has become the continent's biggest animal sanctuary. So much for the hysteria." Sounds like the road to economic revival requires being nuked first. As I said, Roger hasn't changed. Best, Don Bauder

Feb. 14, 2013

califcomedy: The trouble with Hedgecock's claim that he hasn't changed, but the conditions have changed, is that the conditions would have had to change in one helluva hurry, since he began conservative talk radio four days after leaving the mayor's office. Best, Don Bauder

March 7, 2013

Darren: I'm not sure anyone, including Hedgecock, would say he is saintly. He is doing very well financially while being a second- or third-tier talk show host, depending on how you define it. He takes a lot of money from an arch-conservative nonprofit that professes to be nonpartisan, but that doesn't appear to be a sin. Best, Don Bauder

March 6, 2013

Darren: Good point. My bet is that Hedgecock will not mention that report, which showed the futility of the Iraq war, in case there is anyone who doesn't already know. I doubt that Hedgecock will talk about the fact -- and it is a fact -- that the White House deliberately lied to convince the public that it was necessary to go into that war, claiming that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction without any knowledge to back that up. It wasn't an error; it was a lie. What has always fascinated (and repulsed) me is how hard Cheney fought to make sure that what was said in his meeting with the oil industry was never made public. That's because, in my opinion, the oil industry, with Cheney moderating the discussion, was carving up Iraq assets even before we went into that war. Best, Don Bauder

March 7, 2013

Darren G. Sarvis: Southern California media such as LA Oberved are reporting that Bree Walker, former anchor in San Diego (Channel 10) and Los Angeles, was arrest on a DUI in Anaheim. She was released after promising to appear in court. She apparently ran a red light and failed a field sobriety test. Best, Don Bauder

Feb. 20, 2014

Darren: According to LA Observed, quoting other media, she was treated several years ago for alcohol abuse. This is very sad. Best, Don Bauder

Feb. 20, 2014

Darren: With the water, pension, and infrastructure crises as bad as they are, anyone would be crazy to want taxpayer money spent on a Chargers stadium. Prediction: the majority of the council, along with the new mayor, will prove to be thoroughly crazy. Best, Don bauder

Feb. 22, 2014

Darren: How can he do that job while he is under house arrest? Best, Don Bauder

Feb. 27, 2014

Darren: I voted for Nixon twice (I was a Republican until 2004), but I was all in favor of Nixon's impeachment and conviction after I read what was on those tapes. The man was clearly paranoid, probably sociopathic, as well as corrupt. (Have you seen my article about Nixon's money in a Mafia Swiss bank?) But if there were an election between Nixon and Trump, I would go for Nixon. Best, Don Bauder

Feb. 12, 2017

Nixon did a lot of good things. In 1972, he reopened America's relations with China. And he signed one of the first treaties limiting the deadly nuclear arms race. He also largely ended segregated classes in the south, revenue sharing, he ended the draft for soldiers for Vietnam, he created new anti crime law and put into affect a new environmental program - he is largely responsible for the Environmental Protection Agency. He was the only President who was able to achieve a balanced national budget.

Trump may destroy the EPA, bring us to the brink of (if not in) a nuclear war, and chill our relations with China and other nations. Trump is creating a division instead of unity.

Nixon may have been paranoid and was forced to resign because of a cover-up. But Trump will never achieve anything close to the good deeds that Nixon did. Trump cannot be compared to any president. To do so is an insult to all the presidents who served with dignity and honor.

Feb. 12, 2017

Darren: The problem with recruiting some rich folks to invest in a football stadium is that such football stadiums are lousy investments. That is why owners get the taxpayers to pick up 70 to 80 percent of the tab. Best, Don Bauder

Jan. 18, 2015

Darren: I'm not sure the Spanos clan controls the city council. It may have some members dancing on a string, but I have a hunch it may not even have a majority, at least at this point. Best, Don Bauder

Jan. 17, 2015

Suddenly the knife at the Mayor's throat got some passion stirring. This morning on KUSI he was ready to go to war. Hmmmffffff!! Those poor schleps in Carson don't realize that they're mere pawns in this old game that Fabiani wins either way it goes. They're going to waste so much money on signature drives and such in Carson and guess what, they'll end up staying in San Diego as the Raiders stay in Oakland due to some smoke and mirrors filled backroom deal. Count on it.

Feb. 20, 2015

Excellent post. May we see more from you in coming days, weeks and months? The Reader needs more participation in such comments. (I don't speak for the Reader, just for myself.)

Nov. 18, 2016

Ah, ethnicity came to bear in this story because the self-appointed "Chaldean representative" Mark Arabo could not resist engaging his big mouth into the affair. Now, thanks to Arabo, it is a "Chaldean issue." Personally, if I were a Chaldean in El Cajon, I would ask him to stay out of these things. Arabo is a loose cannon that shines a light on the bad behaviors of his community while in pursuit of his own selfish personal and political agenda.

Memo to El Cajon Chaldeans: Tell Mark Arabo to shut the f__k up and you will all be better off.

Sept. 5, 2015

Darren: Fabiani has known all along that he would be fired if the Chargers had to come back to San Diego, tails wagging between their legs. Don't feel sorry for him. He has plenty of clients, including Sheldon Adelson, the Vegas casino magnate. Best, Don Bauder

Jan. 13, 2016

Darren: I agree. San Diego should cut the cord. But local politicians, knowing how rabid football fans make up a voting bloc that has muscle, showing up at the polls in huge numbers, will capitulate. Best, Don Bauder

Jan. 13, 2016

First, I want to express my condolences to St. Louis' mother, Ms. Standsfield on the loss of her son, especially under these circumstances. That being said, the article clearly documents the facts as follows: St. Louis, an 18-year-old adult, was drunk, aggressive and in the process of committing a felony commercial burglary when he ran full-tilt at then-Officer (now-Sergeant) Webb who, fearing for her life and safety, shot him. He died as a result of his wounds. I know Tenaya and can only imagine how understandably frightened she must have been, as she was outnumbered and being charged by one of the group, St. Louis, a young man whose own mother described him as a drunk, miserable high school failure and (at least recently) a narcotics abuser. She cited his accomplishments as planning to get his GED and working on getting a job. His own attorney describes the entire group as what most people might describe as "White Trash", that two were deposed while incarcerated for other crimes (which she couldn't specifically recall but didn't "remember" as being violent, allowing herself some plausible deniability) but, said they were the kind of good people who would have your back. I really doubt she routinely interacts socially with these kinds of "good people who would have your back". As for any comments by Jennifer Joy about Tenaya, remember the words of Abraham Lincoln. "Just because you call a lamb's tail a leg doesn't mean the lamb has five legs." When we boil it down to the basics, we have a cop trying to do the right thing by stopping a felony theft. It sounds like she was just telling them to put the beer back and leave and, in so doing, handle things informally. She was prevented from doing that when attacked by an aggressive, drunk, drug abuser who, along with three other "what most people might describe as 'White Trash'", were in the process of stealing liquor and beer from a store - in epic amounts by the way - and, because of St. Louis' actions and those of his friends was forced to defend herself with deadly force. There was no "murder" as Ms. Standsfield charges. There was a lady in a dark parking lot trying to defend herself against an attack by an adult man and his three cronies and that is when he became the suspect and, she, the victim. As for the comment by St. Louis' mother that "beer runs" are a teenage tradition and that there is no teenager that has never done it, I disagree. The PX where I was stationed in the Marine Corps when I was his age frowned on things like that.

June 29, 2016
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