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Thursday, September 04, 2008

Inauspicious!

I'm having a rough time of it, Windsor. This computer is finding new ways to shit the bed with every passing moment yet has, in its munificence, deigned to salvage my earlier entry. So let's make a feeble attempt to continue it, shall we?

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So that's all she wrote, then: The esteemed Mayor Kilpatrick of Detroit pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice in his perjury/obstruction/conspiracy trial in connection with the wrongful dismissal of a whistle-blower kawsuit involving former Detroit police officers. For his troubles Kwame will spend four months in jail, five years on probation and pay a $1 million fine. Oh, and resign as mayor.

WeACT chair and notable local blogger [and sometime reader of this one] Chris Schnurr got a nasty surprise when he submitted a Freedom of Information request on some documents pertaining to an audit of 400 City Hall Sq. and on the Detroit/Windsor tunnel: a bill for over $350,000. Such manoeuvres are typically meant to discourage the continued pursuit of said information, though the city claims the total was calculated in accordance with current legislature based on the volume of documents requested and the man-hours needed to prepare them. You make the call, Windsor.

Christopher Hitchens [who I typically file under 'smarmy git who hopped on the atheism train when Dawkins scored a bestseller'] harvests a rare kernel of my approval for a recent Vanity Fair column extolling the virtues of urban bohemia, and why the development of New York's Greenwich Village is a very bad thing. I commented to Lady Trail last night as we left the trading party how infested Queen Street was becoming with....the same old shit. A Gap, an Urban Outfitters, an H&M...should Queen Street really be the place for that? With the consumerist megalopolis over on Howard Avenue, should any of that boarded up space on Ouelette be taken up by chain stores? I prefer not.

More fun with Republicans: Remember all the hooha over Barack Obama's pastor? Why isn't the media discussing Palin's church, where she, among other things, calls the Iraq war a task from God? BoingBoing rounds it up for you.

Also, Rage Against the Machine protest concert goes a capella after the cops shut down their PA.



Now, I'm going to go take a tire iron to my internet connection.

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