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Thanks, Monaghan! Love you, too!

Confrontation? KPBS? Viewers need a snort of meth to make it through "Evening Edition." Take it from one who knows, KPBS is about as non-confrontational as it gets. I once referred to "Star Wars" fans as "morons" on the air and judging by my producer's reaction, you would have thought the 'c' word had slipped out of my mouth. In this case, the deer-in-the-headlights look on the reporter's face was probably shock-induced. They couldn't believe that sandwiched between reruns of "Lawrence Welk" and "Antiques Roadshow" someone actually gave their lily-livered station a scoop.

July 30, 2013

While at MoPA I attended numerous galas with a member of "the Filner 7." Or is it 8? One of the complaints she leveled concerned kisses on the cheek. I cannot tell you how many times I witnessed this woman both give and receive facial pecks. She was like Dicky Dawson on the old "Family Feud." Hell, on an occasion or two, I may have been guilty of giving her a greeting smooch. Now, when there's a flimsy bandwagon to hop on it's considered sexual harassment.

And don't you find it odd that these women told their stories to vanilla KPBS instead of going to the U-T?

I admire the ferocity with which you are covering the story, Don. I'd hate to see all of Filner's hard work go to waste. Thanks!

July 28, 2013

Get over it dwbat. Have you ever padded an expense account? Ever claim office supplies as your own? Same thing, smaller scale. If we were to try every politician that padded an expense account the jails would be full of them.

What about Filner's holier-than-thou accusers who sat silent for years? How many lives could these thoughtless servants of the people have spared from the humiliation of the dreaded Filner headlock? Why don't we investigate the rumors that surfer dude Donna Frye has a DUI or two to her credit? How about the allegations against Jan Goldsmith for Domestic Violence? Who cares about alleged drunks and wife beaters? We have a fanny pincher on the prowl!

I once dated a lawyer who encountered on-the-job sexual harassment. She wrote off the first offense as the liquor doing the talking at an office party. The second time he touched her she said, "The next time you lay so much as a finger on, I'm calling the cops AND you'll be wearing your balls as a scarf." Filner's accusers are tough, credible career women, not helpless haufraus given their 15 minutes of fame on "Oprah." Had a retired Navy rear-admiral and college dean come forward as individuals, do you really think anyone would have ignored their allegations? In PC terms, doesn't that make them all Filner-enablers? Instead, they wait for someone to put a package deal together for them. The whole thing stinks.

July 29, 2013

Always like it when the teacher compliments the student. Thanks, Professor!

It's very seldom that I exit the multiplex. When it comes to leaving comments on the Ticker, I frequently find myself feeling outclassed by many of your ardent and eloquent followers. Don't think that just because I don't comment doesn't mean that I'm not reading. Every day, Don! I just hate leaving my comfort zone. You are the only writer in this town who seems capable of making sense of this current mayoral boondoggling.

July 29, 2013

hey Don, I know youve been interested in the "pre-packaging" of all this. ...very brilliant comment someone wrote on the UT. I added most of it to my blog on how Goldsmith was investigating ways to make Recall much easier back in early may.

But all this for sure points to a planned coup. so maybe you want to look at this and write about it?

UT article on the mayor, (what else do they write about):

XXXXX commented on a link. The Mayor, by statute, can't be recalled before 6 months has passed in his/her term. So that would be June 3, 2013. Does anybody know how many days Donna Frye waited after that deadline to start threatening him with recall? Probably about 4 or 5 days, is my guess. Very interesting "coincidence". They had to wait for the controversy about the June 21-26 Paris trip to kick in (and they weren't going to start this with him overseas) which is why they waited to July 10th to hold the press conference. It was all very tightly figured out. We need some real "Freakonomics" type analysis on this timeline. It's not going to come from the UT, of course.

XXXXX: Also interesting are the two articles regarding the City's recall process published in the Voice of San Diego on April 22 and May 6. Both by the rather new and unpublished Zachary Warma the VOSD's "Events and Community Manager". Warma does not necessarily specialize in political articles. I am curious who shopped him the stories, because they were a bit out of the blue. However, I do note that he worked on Filner's mayoral primary campaign, and of course would have known Donna and others from that.

July 29, 2013

Mexican "bargains" may be reason for first-timers or students with loans or retirees trying to stretch their retirement dollars to cross the border. But people who return to Mexico repeatedly go because it is dramatically different from the USA in a million ways -- not least because of Mexico's layers of indiigenous languages, ruins, arts, handcrafts, music, cuisine, alcohol and pre-Columbian pre-Christian cultures. Plus Mexico has gorgeous mountains, jungles and seashores and the Mexican people are uniquely memorably social and warm, even to gringos.

Nov. 8, 2019

OMG. In contrast to these dark views of our neighbor to the South, I can only say I know Kiwanians who mentor youth groups from the US of A who regularly go into the hills east of TJ to build Habitat for Humanity houses for very poor people. I know Americans who go down to TJ for regular visits to the dentist. I know surfers who drive their families in caravans to Baja Sur to catch long waves. I have relatives who spend Easter in a tiny town on the Sea of Cortez, shelling and swimming with those little near-extinct porpoises. I know American retirees who live happily in Oaxaca and Guadalajara and San Miguel de Allende and Mexico City. Mexico is a fabulous place and we are lucky to live nearby. Just stay out of Culiacan.

Nov. 7, 2019
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