September 2, 2009


When Local is Loco

Local politics is fun, fun, fun. Ask anyone. The microcosm of the Real World Machinations that probably runs your city, or one close to you (Vaughn or Aurora,anyone?), is usually the best show in town. Even here in my city, I get to watch a bunch of - for the most part - over-elected, under-accountable nimrods waste my money. My favourite part? Getting a newsletter, that I paid for, telling what they've done for me lately. Think they'd get a damn crick in their elbow reaching for their own backs all the time.

Anyway. Here in Salon is a absolute gem. The mayor of Kansas City, Missouri (why do they do that? I hate that. Kansas City has no business being in Missouri) has a whackaloon for a wife who has turned that city's governmental offices into a total joke. How whacked is she? Sits a desk outside her husband's office after they win the election she campaign chaired for him. Screams "do him real good tonight" into a staffer's phone, to his wife. Gives her 17-year-old son dancing penises as stocking stuffers. Please, you have to read this.

The guy who wrote it is a former newspaper journalist who signed on as Mayor Funkhouser's head of Communications. As such, he had an inside track to the lunacy. Of course reading this, you can't help but come to the conclusion that anyone who sat witness to this mess was aiding and abetting a nutbar, and it begs the question "and you stayed why?". But the answer is in there: this out of control woman called the writer a 'genius'. It's funny how if your ego is being stroked, you're willing to categorize 'insane' as 'sprititual' and 'balls to the wall crazy' as 'effective'.

The Mayor's wife also sent out a Christmas letter from their family. Christmas letters are eye-stabbingly irritating at the best of times, and when your wife has run her train off the track it probably isn't the best of times. She told their Christmas list about his prostate exam. Because nothing says Merry Christmas like a prostate exam. The letter was published by Harpers. Read the letter.

Ah. Local politics.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

all I can say is OMG!

September 02, 2009 1:39 PM  
Blogger OmemeeOzzie said...

Apparently not all loons live in Alaska...

September 02, 2009 1:44 PM  

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