Back to Germany

In a little less than 24 hours, I will be back on a plane to Germany for another three-week stint. Ah, the wonders of a global economy and technology…

I hope to post more than what I did on the last trip. There are several topics that I would like to put my two-cents in. The Democratic Party’s nomination woes for one, our health-care crisis for another, and the housing/mortgage mess last.

I also hope to visit everyone else’s blogs too. I’ve managed to visits everyone on my blogroll this past week at least once, but I would like to visit more.

Stay tuned!

Detroit’s Mayor Charged

I was wondering if this was going to happen today… From the Detriot News:

In a stunning and historic day, Kwame Kilpatrick was charged with perjury, obstruction of justice and misconduct in office Monday, the latest blow to the Detroit mayor embroiled in a text-message scandal.

Kilpatrick could go to prison if convicted of any of the eight felonies filed against him by Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy. His former chief of staff, Christine Beatty, faces seven felonies.

“Our investigation has clearly shown that public dollars were used, people’s lives were ruined, the justice system was severely mocked and the public trust trampled on,” said a visibly angry Worthy. “This is as far from being a private matter as one can get.”

This is the latest of problems that Detroit’s mayor has had to face. Parties at the mayor’s mansion, reports of using the city’s credit card for personal trips & expenses, and giving family members jobs without work are just a few of the antics Detroit’s citizens have had to contend with. Then there is the unsolved murder of a stripper that had supposedly performed at one of those mayoral mansion parties, and to top it all off, a $6,500,000 settlement to two former police officers who blew the whistle on the mayor’s activities.

Yes, people make mistakes, but the honorable ones take responsibility for those mistakes. That action shows character and decency. In all the press conferences and a speech from his church(!), Detroit’s mayor showed that he does not have the honor nor decency of a leader, but the morals of a self-serving ego-centric power hungry politician. And you know how I feel about career politicians…

I agree with The Patriot on the following comments from an earlier post:

Is this how Detroit will continue to be seen? This is how Michigan makes the national news. Because the Detroit mayor is a liar and possibly a murderer.

Note to Mayor Kilpatrick: Don’t resign, I want you to be hauled out of the mansion in cuffs as the acting mayor.

Patroit, you just might get your wish.

Welcome Home?

The homecoming is frustrating.  No, nothing by the wife or cats, but all the other stuff…

First, a repeat of what happened a couple of years ago, the ex-wife claimed the son on her taxes again (post here) when she is not supposed to.  Her excuse this time?  She changed tax preparers.  Doesn’t she know what she signs?  Obviously not (I’m going to expand on this in a later post).

Next, sometime last week, the drain line from the humidifier on the furnace clogged up.  So now there’s water all over the place, and since part of the basement is finished, the carpet & padding is soaked.  Unclogged the line, mopped up the water, and put a dehumidifier in the area on full.  Hopefully, everything will dry out & not be damaged too much.

Last, my son is coming to visit for Easter.  He is currently living in an assisted-living apartment, but visits are always stressful for everyone – he will be out of his routine and familiar surroundings.

Hope I survive long enough to escape back to Germany…

Headed Home

After almost three weeks in Germany, I’m ready to come home. And I hope to be home around 24 hours from now. While I’ve enjoyed my time here, it’s time for a break.

The good part is that I’ll be home for almost a week and a half. The bad part is that I’ll be heading back to Germany on March 31 and won’t come home again until April 18.

I wonder if the cats and wife remember who I am and what I look like…