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Sec. Eric Shinseki and Press Secretary Jay Carney resign (VIDEO)


President Obama announces Shinseki resignation

President Obama made a statement to the press and announced the resignation of Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki. Meet Sloan Gibson, Shinseki’s replacement at the VA. The new appointee is the Department of Veterans Affairs Deputy Secretary. He will serve as temporary head of the VA until he decides on a permanent replacement for Eric Shinseki.

Following his remarks, he popped in again to announce Press Secretary Jay Carney's resignation. Carney will be replaced by Josh Earnest.

According to MSNBC, this announcement came as a complete surprise. President Obama said of Josh Earnest,"His name describes his demeanor. Josh is an earnest guy, you can't find a nicer individual."

The video includes both the president's remarks and Jay Carney's.

More from the president:

"Jay has become one of my closest friends and is a great press secretary and a great adviser. He has good judgement, good temperament and he's got a good heart. I'm gonna miss him a lot."

And from Carney:

"It's an important interaction that takes place here. It's not always pretty. It could certainly be better. But to be a part of it is an honor and a joy for me. And no matter how tough the briefing is, I walk out of here having been glad to stand here."


Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner pleads guilty to false imprisonment, battery



Via an L.A. Times email alert:

Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has been charged with one felony count of false imprisonment and two misdemeanor counts of battery, San Diego Superior Court officials said today.

The charges were filed by the state attorney general’s office and are expected to be announced at a 10 a.m. news conference.

The charges are related to three victims, identified only as Jane Doe 1, 2 and 3, a court official told The Times.

Filner, 71, the city's first Democratic mayor in 20 years, resigned Aug. 30 after cutting a deal with the City Council for the city to defend him against a sexual-harassment lawsuit filed by an ex-staffer.

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And a CNN email alert piles on with a couple of more details:

The former San Diego mayor who resigned this summer over accusations of sexual impropriety has been charged in connection with allegations made by three women, the San Diego County Superior Court said today.

Bob Filner was charged with a felony count of "false imprisonment by violence, fraud, menace and deceit," and two misdemeanor counts of battery, the court said.

Filner, also a former nine-term Democratic congressman, resigned from the mayor's post in August after at least 19 women accused him of sexual harassment and boorish behavior.

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And as I write this, I am getting updates. This one is from the Times again:

Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, who left office in August in a scandal over allegations of sexual harassment,  pleaded guilty today to one felony count of false imprisonment and two misdemeanor counts of battery.


GOP candidate for serial groper Bob Filner's job allegedly caught openly masturbating in restrooms



Republican Carl DeMaio is running for Congress, but he also may run for former Mayor Bob "The Slobbery Groper" Filner's old job.

The New York Post (yes, yes, I know) and investigative site are reporting that DeMaio has been caught openly masturbating in restrooms on multiple occasions.


According to the reporting, when DeMaio was in the City Council, he would leave during meetings to masturbate in a men’s room, per former City Council president Ben Hueso, a Democratic state senator who claims to have actually walked in on DeMaio during the act more than once.


[O]thers suspect his inappropriate activity was more frequent. [...]

“DeMaio was masturbating,” Hueso told the website. “He jumped, caught by surprise. He jumped to the sink ... saying ‘I’m sorry, I’m sorry’ about six times. Then washed his hands, darted out.”

T.M.I. people...

Marti Emerald, a City Councilwoman, confirmed Hueso's story:

Ben was in a state of shock, face red, eyes bulging,” Emerald said. “I said: ‘You look like you just saw the devil?’ He said: ‘DeMaio is masturbating in the middle of the room.’”


San Diego officials said masturbation could be a fireable offense for a municipal employee, but not necessarily for an elected official.

See? Elected officials get perks!

Such an activity could have criminal implications, according to director of the city’s personnel department Hadi Dehghani, with the city attorney’s office making that decision.

Okay, time to get serious. Filner abused a whole lot of women. DeMaio (allegedly) pleasured himself, as embarrassing and shocking as his not-private-enough activities were to anyone who awkwardly encountered them. He clearly should have had better judgment, like, you know, waiting until he got home and understanding when and where to engage in masturbation, but that said, he's no Filner.

And if the allegations are true, he's also not exactly living up to those so-called Republican "family values" we hear so much about.

Bottom line: San Diego needs to clean up its political act. Enough with sordid situations like these to divert voters away from serious debate on policy positions.

By the way, the Post went out of their way to point out that DeMaio is "openly gay." That was irrelevant to the story and served no other purpose than to wrongly imply that gay men are icky and have no self-control. DeMaio's sexual orientation had no place in this article. None.

A DeMaio spokesman calls the masturbation accusations “absurd and ludicrous.”

So was the Post's "openly gay" reference.


Serial groper Bob Filner faces criminal investigation


Mr. Toast 2

Serial groper Bob Filner agreed to resign as San Diego mayor, so he's gone, vamoose, outta here. Good riddance.

Of course, you know he's filled with remorse, embarrassment, and shame for the repeated assaults and nauseating tongue action he inflicted on at least 18 women (and counting), right?

The Los Angeles Times:

In an emotional and defiant address to the council after the vote was announced, Filner apologized to his victims and supporters but also said he had been victimized by "the hysteria of the lynch mob" caused by politicians and the media once the allegations by some 18 women became public.

Alrighty then.

To make matters worse, the City Council approved a deal to pay for some of his expenses from a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a former aide. They did that, per council members, "in the best interest of the taxpayers" and to limit any damages the city might face from the lawsuit.

When you've finished banging your heads against your walls, read the next part. You'll be more encouraged:

Within minutes of the council decision, a spokesman for the state attorney general's office confirmed that a criminal investigation into Filner's treatment of women "is underway." Investigators have been interviewing some of the women who have come forward with allegations.

Filner's resignation does not affect the investigation, a source close to the investigation said.

That's better.

If there is any justice in this world, he will have a future as a piece of toast.