The year 2016 left us aghast, agape and agog, and not just on the nationwide front. Local political leaders, gadflies and other folks stated the most amazing things over the previous year.
For your amusement and illumination, we’ve assembled a few of our favorites. Delight in the following look back at a stogie-obsessed congressman, a councilwoman who screamed on phase, a pizza-prone president-elect and more.
The ‘Twit’ and the Pendulum
– “Who is letting this twit spam us all with the yoga postings?”– Carlsbad Councilman Mark Packard in a comment that stimulated a brouhaha after a local yoga trainer erroneously spammed countless regional residents on the Nextdoor site.
– ” In retrospection, I must have counted to 1,000, and most likely would not have actually sent it, however I did … I believe we would all concur that spam is frustrating, and believing it would improve sales is silly, therefore somebody who sends out spam is a ridiculous, annoying person (the Webster meaning of twit).”– Packard, to Coast News.
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– ” I am looking forward to the day we do not have to see your smug face on the City board anymore.”– the yoga instructor.
Perhaps the yoga instructor need to try to unwind, take a yoga class.
Smoke ‘Em While You Got ‘Em free of charge
– ” These donations consistently enhance morale and service to alleviate tension.”– Rep. Duncan D. Hunter, who notoriously vaped in the halls of Congress, in a letter requiring the FDA to permit tobacco business to contribute stogies to the troops.
– ” You, or anybody else there who doesn’t care to go battle, or wants me to do it for you, I get to smoke cigars. Tobacco helps service members soothe their nerves, relax and operate better in high-stress circumstances … Why put me under excessive stress?”– Hunter, to the Union-Tribune.
– ” I do not care. When it pertains to guys abroad fighting, I don’t care.” Hunter to the U-T, on prospective illness from stogies.
Inning accordance with finance records, Hunter’s campaign spent $131 in 2015 on purchases from a cigar shop in Temecula. No word on whether campaign morale enhanced and unnecessary stress was relieved but we’re wagering everybody’s clothes needed to go to the dry cleaner.
A Gold mine of Trump Quotes
– ” Papa John.”– Donald Trump’s referral at a San Diego rally to previous Union-Tribune publisher and Trump advocate Doug “Papa Doug” Manchester. (Via the U-T).
That need to be why my paper utilized to show up on the porch each morning with pepperoni and sausage.
– ” Perhaps Trump will get the message.”– a U-T editorial advising main voters to compose in former President Ronald Reagan.
Ended up Reagan wasn’t an official write-in prospect, so votes for him were never counted, and Trump got no such message, not that he’s really the message-getting type.
– ” Trump is not a think-tank guy.” — Hunter to Politico on Trump.
– ” I’m not into politics … I have other things to do.”– Hunter, describing why he would not serve as a Trump delegate regardless of supporting him. (Via L.A. Times).
That’s it. No more cigars for the congressman.
Mic Drop of the Year.
– ” We are teaching youths an awful lesson. If I believe that I am a Russian princess, that does not make me a Russian princess, even if my buddies and acquaintances are willing to indulge my fantasy.”– USD teacher Gail Heriot, affirming to Congress about transgender people throughout a hearing on bathroom gain access to. (Via the L.A. Times).
– ” You are an ignorant bigot.”– San Jose Rep. Zoe Lofgren to Heriot.
Non-ignorant bigots shook their heads purposefully.
Fulfill the Blame-the-Weather Defense.
– ” He was overwhelmed with the lovely women, beautiful beaches, exceptional weather condition, and all that is connected with California.”– a declaration to the court by the mom of convicted rapist Jonas Penis, implicated of belonging to a predatory ring of “pickup artists,” through a story in the Daily Beast.
The sun is calling an interview to react to this.
Yeah, However Who’s Getting Buried Now?
– ” The possibility of bringing some artistic, airy fairy, consultant-based, planner-based plan to those blocks is difficult.”– downtown booster Fred Maas to the U-T on the possible site of a convadium downtown.
– Local leaders recently enhanced downtown “since of their vision, their leadership and their willingness to take on the cynics and town undertakers that have occupied our city because the days of John Spreckels. Small town undertakers like (Rob) Quigley.”– Maas in a VOSD commentary supporting a downtown convadium, ripping architect Rob Quigley and riffing on a long-ago undertaker jibe from San Diego builder and visionary John Spreckels.
– ” Where was Quigley on any of those downtown triumphes? … No doubt he was hard at work structure transit stations at Solana Beach or art centers in Fallbrook or a visitor center in Imperial Beach. Hardly the seminal work of Frank Gehry, Rem Koolhaas or Robert A.M. Stern.”– Maas, ripping Quigley once again.
The Small-Town Undertaker Anti-Defamation League simply included an additional staffer.
Obit of the Year. No, the Decade.
” He left behind gallons of bourbon, vodka and gin that we have no idea what to do with as we are all sober … His great looks, joy de vivre, dancing abilities and love of stunning ladies led him on numerous romantic adventures and 2 more attempts at marital relationship up until he recognized he was much better off single and friendly.”– an awesome family-written obituary of former San Diegan George O’Donnell, who died in May.
Noted: “George’s ashes will remain with household until we determine what to do with them.”.
A Few More Quotes to Remember (or Forget).
– ” The Padres are trash, however a minimum of they know how to lose in funny methods.”– Deadspin, remembering a game where “Christian Bethancourt started the video game as catcher, and eventually got on the field as a left fielder and 2nd baseman before Andy Green handed him the ball for the eighth and final inning. He did not dissatisfy.”.
– ” Gómez when toured California with a Spanish-punk band. She was the vocalist, however mostly shouted, she stated.”– a CityBeat profile of effective City Council candidate Georgette Gómez.
– ” I don’t have an issue voting against the interests of someone who is a pal or someone with whom I have actually had some previous organisation relationship. If I did, the only people that might serve in public office would be introvert eunuchs.”– Port Commissioner Bob Nelson to the U-T on conflicts of interest.
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