Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Stupidity vs. the Liar

This past weekend the mayor of Toledo, Carty "the mouth" Finkbeiner again made Toledo look really stupid. You see the marines from Grand Rapids, MI, had planned an urban exercise for the weekend in Toledo. They had all their advance permissions to do this, as they have done before. Or so they thought. As they were arriving, a representative of the mayor met their first bus and basically told them that the welcome mat had been withdrawn. You can read about this here.

But I guess we have to put stupidity in relation to lying and cheating. Here's why.

On the 27th of January when we were in the Detroit airport, waiting for our flight to Costa Rica, the big story was that the mayor of Detroit, Kwame Kilpatrick, had lied under oath about whether he had an intimate relationship with a top aide. This was during a whistle blower trial a couple years ago where two police officers were saying that they were fired because of their investigation of his security detail having covered up such a relationship. The case was settled out of court and cost the city 8.2 million dollars, paid for by tax dollars. Detroit, like any major city is cash-strapped at best.

Fast forward to now. The Detroit Free Press got their hands on some records of text messages that Kwame and his aide sent to each other on city-owned phones. The graphic messages left nothing to be imagined. It was obvious that there had been an intimate relationship. Kilpatrick's studly response is, "No, I'm not going to resign. After all, I'm a guy, I'm a dude, I'm a man, I'm a person, I've got a wife and children. There are things I don't want out on the street."

So there you have it folks. You have to put it in perspective.

Carty = stupid
Kwame = cheat
Carty = $10,000 loss to the Marines for expenses
Kwame = $8.6 million loss to the citizens of Detroit

This in no way lets Carty off the hook. Please Carty, get someone to talk for you and stop making us look stupid. I don't care if you want to personally look like you didn't get past second grade, but I am tired of getting swept into your little forays.

But this is not the end of this whole story.

You see, buried in the Detroit article about good ole' boy Kwame, is the fact that his aide resigned the day after this all hit the papers. Yep, you got it.

The woman took the fall.

For that I am livid. Kwame struts around like a little Banty rooster, while the woman slinks off to lick her wounds.

What's wrong with this picture?

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