Stir It Up
A flash of Mulenga
Published: October 12, 2011
"No more incongruous than the Nation of Islam and the Ku Klux Klan coming together on an issue."
"Separation of the races, both the Klan and the Nation believed in that, for different reasons of course. It's like a Buddhist paradox, something that doesn't seem to make sense on the surface but should be contemplated."
"Anything else I should be contemplating these days?"
"There are plenty of things to contemplate out there, but I think one of them is this thing with Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano and Turkia Mullin, the development director who left the county to work for Metropolitan Airport. That whole thing is so stinky somebody's head should roll. Plus, I think Ficano is pretty highhanded with the way he refuses to answer questions about it. The $200,000 was paid to Mullin without knowledge of the County Commission and he refuses to answer their questions about it. First he lied and said the county was contractually obligated to pay the money; then he admitted there was no contract but won't talk about it. That sounds more like the attitude of a dictator rather than a public servant. Maybe the ghost of Ed McNamara still roams the halls of the Municipal Center."
"And the spirit of Bernard Kilpatrick."
"Another thing that seems pretty stinky is the Michigan Legislature deciding to cut off lifetime health insurance for future legislators but not for themselves. That was somehow supposed to show that our representatives are ready to take on the same sacrifices that public workers have had to shoulder. That's a pile of crap!"
"Mulenga, don't get too worked up, it's just you and me here."
"I guess I should relax. Maybe we should play a little football." He ducked his head and charged like he wanted to tackle me. I gave him a push and he went down. His legs flew apart and the skivvies ripped wide open. Maybe he could use a banjo to hide something.
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