Tuesday, January 29, 2008

You Can Dance If You Want To . . .

Latest Detroit mayoral scandal is no big shock, but it does provide a smoking gun: detailed text messages between Kwame Kilpatrick and Christine Beatty, his chief of staff, obtained by the Free Press and published on the internet, delve not only into their illicit sexual relationship but also suggest various abuses of power. The City of Detroit has already paid out more than eight million dollars in a recent whistleblower trial, and the new text messages point to perjury, among other matters. Ms. Beatty resigned her post yesterday; Kilpatrick, after a week in hiding from public view, is supposed to speak tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. -- at his church. I guess that means he doesn't intend to resign voluntarily. Pitiful.

Speaking of scandalous, I'd love to find a copy of Betty Fussell's Mabel: Hollywood's First I-Don't-Care Girl (1982). Mabel Normand (ca. 1895-1930) was apparently quite a character. Another artiste who died early -- she succumbed to tuberculosis at 35.

Way too much going on these days. We'll see what tomorrow brings . . .

Yesterday's Rune: Harvest. Today's: Partnership.

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