I am all for swearing. Screw tactful and polite articulation of your point of view or frustrations, people should just swear.

Damn it.

That’s why I’m so excited about the recent trends at City Hall.

First, of course, you had the mayor tell his chief rival, you know. Then you had the much-publicized e-mail where the mayor’s spokesman complains in a profanity laced dialect about City Attorney Mike Aguirre to Union-Tribune Editorial Page Editor Bob Kittle.

(Kittle, by the way, is sure to complain as adamantly about that lack of decorum as he did a year ago in an editorial when one of the city attorney’s deputies used profanity in an e-mail:

City Attorney Mike Aguirre’s top deputy, Don McGrath, has demeaned not only himself but the city of San Diego by sending two profanity-laced e-mails to a lawyer representing the Municipal Employees’ Association, the city’s biggest labor union. Even more disgraceful, however, is Aguirre’s refusal to discipline McGrath for conduct that was not only unprofessional but outrageously crude.

Outrageous indeed.)

Finally, in case you missed it, CCDC President and COO Nancy Graham offered this explanation about past concerns about her relationship with a developer of an iconic downtown project.

Graham said her financial connection to Related has ended. She sold her interest in N-K Ventures to her former husband, Kevin Lawler, when they divorced in 2006. State law prohibits public officials from making decisions for one year about any entity that has paid them more than $500.

“I have no interest in N-K or anything they do,” Graham said. “It is a bullshit argument by either sour grapes losers or other people. They were given no favoritism.”

Is bullshit outrageously crude? Either that or outrageously succinct. I will be on the edge of my seat, though, waiting for the U-T to condemn those comments and the others the editorial board finds so objectionable.


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