It’s all in the spin

In Malibu the fascination of politics as an activity depends almost wholly on whether you are on the winning or losing end of the issue. Malibu Councilman Ken Kearsley, over the last three months, damned Malibuites who disagreed with his perspective for the direction in the development of the Malibu community. Ken called these Malibuites “curmudgeons” and made them sound like something evil.

Now, a Malibu Curmudgeon is easy to spot (Curmudgeon is gobbledygook for a mature man, who verbalizes his thoughts on various issues. In Malibu it’s normally over a cup of caf coffee at 8 a.m.) During the playing of the National Anthem, Curmudgeons will hold their hands over their hearts and sing without embarrassment. They know the words and believe in them. They remember World War II, Pearl Harbor, Guadalcanal, Normandy and Hitler. They remember the Atomic Age, the Korean War, the Cold War, the jet age, and the moon landing, not to mention Vietnam. They remember neither when the Chumash Indians lived in Malibu or the Stone Age nor do they want to return to those times. They are members of the Malibu Navy League, the Malibu Rotary Club, the Kiwanis Club, the Lions Club and a few have even been known to be in the Malibu Optimist Club.

If you bump into a Curmudgeon at the Ralph’s market, or anywhere in Malibu for that matter, they will apologize. Curmudgeons have faith in our court system and are themselves courtly. They hold the door for the next person and always, when walking, make sure the lady is on the inside for protection. Curmudgeons get embarrassed if someone curses in front of women and children, and they do not like filth in the media. Curmudgeons do not brag unless it is about their children, or grandchildren in sports or music recitals.

The City of Malibu, Mr. Kearsley, needs Curmudgeons with their decent values and common sense. It is the Curmudgeons who know our great country is one nation under God, indivisible. Curmudgeons appreciate our military, firefighters, law enforcement officers and put up with the Malibu City Code Enforcement Officer. Yes, we are good folks, we Curmudgeons. And to paraphrase Curmudgeon Ray Vogue, “I am just proud to be one.”

Me! I am heading to “that” caf. You know the place where the Curmudgeons still drink coffee. Just maybe we can get a Curmudgeon to run for Malibu City Council. We have already elected the President of the United States.

And that is all I have to say.

Tom Fakehany

(Curmudgeon: a surly, ill-mannered, bad-tempered person. Webster’s Dictionary.

The Malibu Times is the first newspaper in Malibu, serving the community since 1946.

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