Thursday, January 24, 2008

And the Detroit Circus Continues

Cirque du Soleil is coming to Detroit. That was pretty big news here during the last couple days. But once again, the circus that is Detroit city government has taken the spotlight.

Who is at the center of it this time? Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, of course. Yes, the guy who is ground zero for annual scandal--yet whom a moronic voting public continues to keep in office. From charges of wild stripper parties at the mayor's city-owned mansion to nepotism to misappropriation of resources, the story never seems to end.

Yesterday it was revealed that the good mayor lied under oath in last year's highly publicized trial where he was accused of firing cops who knew too much about his extramarital affair with his chief of staff. The cops won upwards of $9 million from the cash-strapped city for wrongful dismissal, though the mayor repeatedly denied under oath that he had had an affair.

So what appears yesterday? A bunch of text messages between the mayor and his lover, directly contradicting both their testimonies. And now they could each face up to 15 years in prison. It's no wonder people have long been saying that Detroit is run by thugs. It's hard to clean up a crime-infested city when the infestation starts at the top.

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