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Friday, July 19, 2013

Gail Collins, "Sex Scandals in the Sun": Sex in Your Seventies in San Diego

Observing the success of recent Maureen Dowd op-eds focusing on sex in Paris (see:, Gail Collins would have us turn our carnal thoughts to allegations of mayoral misbehavior in San Diego. A 67-year-old Collins writes of liberal Democrat Bob Filner:

"Filner, 70, was just beginning what was supposed to be a war to shift resources from the big guys to the little people. Then, this week, some of his prominent supporters called for his resignation, claiming he had sexually harassed staff members and campaign volunteers.

The complainants, who reportedly include a 72-year-old constituent, have not yet come forward in public. Filner says he’s not going anywhere. But when the politician’s first defense is 'I’m a hugger,' it does not necessarily bode well.

Things couldn’t get much worse. San Diego is the eighth-largest city in the nation. Reforming it while fighting charges that you regularly grabbed women by the buttocks or put them into a 'Filner headlock' seems close to impossible."

"Things couldn’t get much worse"? I beg to differ. At least reformation of San Diego still appears to be a viable option. Not Detroit, which, just filed for "the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history" with long-term debt which is "more than $14 billion and could be between $17 billion and $20 billion" (see:

More than $14 billion, but less than $20 billion? Heck, what's does the difference of a mere $6 billion make?

And here I was made to believe that Obama saved the US auto industry . . .

Looking to the not too distant future, I wonder how much sex in your seventies is happening in the Motor City. Perhaps I should indeed consider spending my golden years in a more kindly San Diego.

Yet, bottom line, nothing has changed for me: "On the whole, I'd rather be in Philadelphia."

1 comment:

  1. Here's the video version, W. C. Fields never got to see:

    The urban landscape of most American inner cities looks strikingly similar.

    Anyone returning to the US after living abroad for as long as you have would be entering the Twilight Zone. Count your blessings.