Saturday, September 4, 2010
Ballard Seems Comfortable With Chaos In His Administration
The surgeon announced, "Remember how God removed a rib from Adam to create Eve? Obviously, medicine is the oldest profession."
The engineer replied, "But before that, God created the heavens and the earth from chaos, in less than a week. You have to admit that was a remarkable feat of engineering, and that makes engineering an older profession than medicine."
The lawyer smirked, and said, "Who do you think created the chaos?"
We think this joke captures the essence of the Ballard Administration. In this case the Mayor has relied on two attorneys Barnes and Thornburg's Bob Grand and Joe Loftus as his key advisers relegating the mayor as little more than a point man for overseas junkets. In the space of two days we are witnessing the beginning of chaos and Mayor Ballard seemingly unaware or unconcerned.
First you have this bizarre story from Russ McQuaid on what appears to be an internal Watergatesque scenario that allegedly links Dr. Frank Straub to a possible wiretapping of IMPD Major William Benjamin's office. This is on top of a botched vehicular accident investigation involving an IMPD officer leading to a civilian fatality.
Second, WTHR13 Mary Miltz has a politically embarrassing piece on John aka "Jetson" Clark's well documented spending spree, arrest and recent job interview all on the taxpayer's dime. Ballard's response to Milz inquiries sounded like the mid-manager he truly is instead of the leader of the 14 largest city in America as he unsuccessfully tries to shift the blame to the Airport Authority Board.
According to a couple of sources who contacted us via email,despite repeated warning from others these two characters were hired under the direct orders from our two modern day Rasputins, Joe Loftus (JLOF) and Bob Grand (BGRAN). It is painfully obvious that this Mayor is an empty suit of a man. In some sort of Faustian deal he has given all of his power and authority to these two attorneys in exchange for what appears to be his political manhood.
In the meantime the City of Indianapolis is beginning to look a lot like a taxpayer financed reality show with Ballard as its comically clueless star. And for the record, we feel that this upcoming speech by Hizzoner only address the symptoms of what is ailing IMPD. Ballard and his incompetent sycophants fail to understand that this isn't a crisis of the rank and file, this is a crisis of leadership. His leadership.
Indianapolis residence are again asked a familiar question: "Had Enough Yet?"
Our answer "No Question About It."
UP: MKEN $180, SiMi $105
DOWN: GBAL $30, FSTRA $30, NQAI $10, JLOF $70, BGRAN $80