Not Even Sexual Harassment Charges Will Bring Down San Diego Mayor Bob Filne (for now)… And Other News

San Diego Mayor Bob Filne

San Diego Mayor Bob Filne is facing calls of resignation over sexual harassment charges.

Instead of throwing in the towel (Michael Applebaum…) or refusing to talk about the allegations (Rob Ford…), San Diego Mayor Bob Filne has admitted that he needs help.

“I am embarrassed to admit that I have failed to fully respect the women who work for me and with me, and that at times I have intimidated them,” he said in a statement on Thursday, “It’s a good thing that behavior that would have been tolerated in the past is being called out in this generation for what it is: inappropriate and wrong.”

“I have reached into my heart and soul and realize I must and will change my behavior,” the 70-year-old liberal Democrat continued, indicating he would not resign.

He also said he and his staff would partake in a few sexual harassment training classes. Well, that should solve the problem (insert eye roll). You stay classy, San Diego! CNN

.Awww… isn’t it sweet when sons defend their dads? Even when their dad is ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Moris. Morsi’s 30-year-old son Osama Morsi told his recently deposed dad to stay strong and “remain defiant”, even going so far as to warn him that “the Mohamed Morsi that would back down or flee would be shameful to me, even if he stayed president.” Osama remains outraged at the “coup on democracy” and believes that the legitimate leader (his daddy) will return. Aww. CNN

Bull GoreOops, I spoke too soon about the lack of goring during the annual Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain. The latest update is that three men were gored by half-tonne bulls as they raced through the city, making it the bloodiest run of the celebration. The winners of the first gorings of the year, a 20-year-old American and two Spaniards aged 31 and 42, were all rushed to hospital. The punishment for the bulls? They will be killed by matadors in an afternoon bullfight. Well they would have been killed regardless of the gorings – but at least they got a few good horn thrusts in there. Raw Story

Snowden at Airport MeetingEdward Snowden had a meeting in his home office today (his home being the transit area of a Moscow airport) with several human-rights groups to discuss how he plans to get the hell out of Russia and into a more lively Latin American country. However, he must first get out of the airport he’s been living in for three weeks. To do so he must ask Russia for temporary asylum. Putin sees no problem with that as long as he stops issuing leaks that damage the United States. Snowden quickly abandoned his whistle-blowing ways and agreed to the conditions. After three weeks of airport life he probably would have agreed to anything… New York Times

MalalalalaMalala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban, addressed the United Nations on Friday is honour of her 16th birthday. And to talk about the importance of access to global education blah blah blah. “Here I stand, one girl among many,” she began. “I speak not for myself but for those without voice … those who have fought for their right … to live in peace, to be treated with dignity, to be educated.” Malala also came up with a great scare tactic to use against extremists: books and pens. Apparently school supplies scare the sh*t out of them. “The extremists are afraid of books and pens,” Malala told the crowd, “The power of education frightens them.” BBC News

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