From Filner to Nixon, people do the darndest things

     

    Quick hits today about various American miscreants:

    Maybe San Diego should assemble a list of the women who have not been groped or molested by Mayor Bob Filner.

    Number 14, a city employe named Stacy, surfaced yesterday, recounting how Filner “took both my hands and he held them – and he holds them kind of around the wrists and around the hands, kind of so you can’t move….And he said, ‘I just want to make this clear, I’m not asking you out on a business lunch, I’m asking you out for a date.”‘

    Filner, who is reportedly receiving “intensive” behavior therapy, is so out to lunch as mayor that he can’t even attend today’s ribbon-cutting at the city airport. And since he refuses to resign – despite pleas from prominent fellow Democrats, including Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer – the government has taken steps to protect any and all women who might cross his path. According to City Attorney Jan Goldsmith, “At my request, the mayor is not to meet with women alone at city facilities.”

    Filner’s position, of course, is that it’s all the city’s fault, that he might never have done what he did if the city had given him anti-harrassment training. But he didn’t go on the city payroll until he became mayor early this year – and one local woman says that Filner was harassing women in 2011, when he was a congressman. In fact, says Lori Saldana, “I blew the whistle on this two years ago to the local Democratic leadership.”

    But the leadership stayed mum. Truth is, local Democrats, long out of power in San Diego, didn’t want to wreck their chances of electing a Democratic mayor. Pitiful.

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    Did you see the story about the Pennsylvania guy who got mad at his local government (a dispute over his land), and thus decided on Monday night to blow people away at a town hall meeting? With a rifle and a .44 Magnum, he managed to kill three. Then he declared, “I wish I had killed more of them.”

    Gee. Where had I heard that kind of remark before, from a member of our Second Amendment Well-Regulated Militia?

    Bingo! A guy in Pittsburgh, who used his personal arsenal to kill three cops in 2009, later said: “I wish I had killed more Pittsburgh police.” And a guy in Connecticut, who killed eight co-workers in 2010, later said: “I wish I coulda gotten more of the people.”

    Or, as the gun lobby would call it, Freedom.

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    Earlier this month, the House Republicans floated a funding bill that explicity stated there would be no federal money whatsoever for their bete noire, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform – better know as ACORN. This bill marked the 13th time that the House Republicans have vowed to defund ACORN.

    Um. ACORN disbanded in 2010.

    No word yet on whether the House Republicans will refuse any and all foreign aid to the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

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    Some Arizonians, protesting a Wednesday speech by President Obama, hoisted placards that said things like, “Bye Bye Black Sheep” and “Impeach the Half-White Muslim.” One learned citizen said he was “ashamed” to have a “47 percent Negro” in the White House. (Memo to citizen: the term Negro became obsolete circa 1967.)

    But hey, no problem. Chief Justice John Roberts declared this summer that racism in America is on the wane.

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    And finally, to mark the 39th anniversary of Richard Nixon’s resignation (Aug. 9, 1974; departure via helicopter), let’s review his taped ruminations about his fellow Americans.

    On the ethnic Irish: “The Irish have certain – for example, the Irish can’t drink. What you always have to remember with the Irish is they get mean. Virtually every Irish I’ve known gets mean when he drinks. It’s sort of a natural trait.”

    On black people: “(Secretary of State) Bill Rogers has…a sort of blind spot on the black thing because he’s been in New York. He says, well, ‘They are coming along, and that after all, they are going to strengthen our country in the end because they are strong physically and some of them are smart.’ So forth and so on. My own view is I think he’s right if you’re talking in terms of 500 years….What has to happen is they have to be, frankly, inbred.”

    On the ethnic Italians: “The Italians, of course, just don’t have their heads screwed on tight.” (I love of course).

    On Jewish people: “The Jews are just a very aggressive and abrasive and obnoxious personality.”

    We miss ya, pal.

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