Posting might be on the light side today because of some family things going on, but here are two a couple of local news stories on the lighter side — the first from Detroit and the next from Ft. Wayne Indiana.

When I think of positive images of “Detroit,” I think of Motown tunes, cars, Axel Foley, Barry Sanders, and of course Robocop.

Somebody suggested to Dave Bing, Detroit’s Mayor, that the city should erect a statue in honor of Robocop, but that request was met with heartache:


Oh come on! Philadelphia has a statue of Rocky and it’s one of the things they’re famous for. It’s not like Detroit doesn’t have the room to put one, because everybody’s leaving.

Next up, in Ft. Wayne, a potential embarrassment with the name of a building:

A former Indiana mayor who won four terms in the 1930s and 1950s is proving less popular with modern-day city leaders, who say they probably won’t name a new government center for him because of the jokes his moniker could inspire.

Harry Baals is the runaway favorite in online voting to name the new building in Fort Wayne, about 120 miles northeast of Indianapolis.

But Deputy Mayor Beth Malloy said that probably won’t be enough to put the name of the city’s longest-tenured mayor on the center.

In order to avoid embarrassment, Ft. Wayne officials might instead decide to name the building after a different legendary area public official. They’ve got four other options from which to choose: Craven Moorehead, Anya Neeze, Willie Dicker and Hugh Jorgin.


18 Responses to “Detroit Mayor: Robocop Will Not Get an Erection in My City”

  1. Tweets that mention Detroit Mayor: Robocop Will Not Get an Erection in My City : The Powers That Be -- on February 9th, 2011 12:15 pm

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  2. Clu Seatoe on February 9th, 2011 12:33 pm

    …but another worship center for the demon allah will.

  3. Marshall_Will on February 9th, 2011 12:50 pm

    I guess being a guitar player ( the first person 'I' think of would be Terrible Ted! )

    Gordie Howe? ( Shows age )

    How about a monument to $49,000,000.00 in Laptop computers artfully arranged in the image of Axel Foley? Yeah! That's… the ticket!

  4. SignPainterGuy on February 9th, 2011 1:21 pm

    Since so much of what dem. administrations do at local, state and federal levels seems to be rehashes of previous failures, it`s a small surprise the city isn`t considering a memorial to the Edsel !

  5. nannykins on February 9th, 2011 2:04 pm

    I think a better statue in Detroit would be one with Coleman Young and Kwame Kilpatrick with their pockets, shirts, socks and coats stuffed with cash from the taxpayers they have ripped off for 40+ years. Sad thing about that is that the constituents wouldn't get it because they loved, loved, loved their crooked leaders.

  6. Marshall_Will on February 9th, 2011 2:17 pm

    "because they loved, loved loved their crooked leaders"

    So true. So true.

    What's more disappointing is that ( as Ron Paul shared on Fox this AM ) if there 'is' to be a recovery ( non-porkulus variety ) then allowing assets, and by extension WAGES to fall to more normal non-stimulus/gov. supported levels is absolutely essential!

    It's hard for U.S mfr's to compete globally when a home in San Fran costs 3/4ths of a million dollars and you have to PAY people enough to be able to afford to LIVE there! Well, what's that leave? Right, you got it, The Rust Belt.

    If we continue the blind love, love, love, and insist on having BO "pick winners and losers" ( as MM rightly points out ) how are -ever- going to gain any economic traction!? Believe it or not, if we can't jump start the Midwest mfr. base, then fuggedaboutit.

  7. Clu Seatoe on February 9th, 2011 4:20 pm

    It seems like we have two different governments at work here in the U.S. and neither one of them really paying much attention to the other.

    One is the socialist who is governing by nothing more than decree for wealth redistribution to his own people and ignoring the majority of the people, bogging down and ruining the economy.

    The other group, the conservatives, are just plodding along seemingly doing pretty much nothing at all except talking about what they’re “going” to do.

    And while federal courts deems the socialist’s decrees and laws unconstitutional the conservatives just sit and watch him continue on his own paths ignoring the constitution and the courts and taking the country down the damn toilet.

    And Ron Paul goes on national TV showing how he’s being bamboozled by the socialist’s sleight of hand by keeping your attention over here while making the constitution disappear. Is Soros that good or are the conservatives actually too scared to fight? From where I sit it looks like the latter.

  8. Marshall_Will on February 9th, 2011 4:56 pm


    Not to make excuses for the GOP by any means but I'm afraid their hands ( however 'willingly' ) are somewhat tied here? Ron Paul is an absolute HERO to Bubble-Bloggers and his observation that gov't intervention in propping up home prices needing to END is spot on!

    So why not just let the Housing Market crash and crash -completely- and get on w/ a meaningful recovery? ( You know, a recovery that includes j-o-b-s? ) Well.. if they ( rightfully) allow home prices to plummet, that… is a hit to their Wall Street banking buds balance sheets. And we can't have 'that'?!

    Further, as more and more homeowners go underwater.., you'll see more and more people simply wanting to walk away from their homes and rent! Only driving home prices ( their banking bud's collateral ) ever-more into oblivion! This is the trap the GOP is caught in. They'd like to generate pvt. sector jobs but…? In short, I agree.

  9. OK_Loyalist on February 9th, 2011 5:36 pm

    This is exactly what I was saying last night in the °O°bowMaocare post. Today is Day #9 that this administration is in contempt of a Federal judges constitutionality ruling.

  10. CDL on February 9th, 2011 5:54 pm

    Detroit should erect a giant statue of a welfare check.

    I'm not touching the one from Ft. Wayne.

    For obvious reasons.

  11. Marshall_Will on February 9th, 2011 5:57 pm


    And it did not go unnoticed Sir! Correct, and I believe MM 'tweaked' her book title just a' smidgen to "Culture Of Contempt"! ( Good fer' you sister! )

    Yeah, so it's R-Day +9 ( and counting? ) Meanchelle has the grill fired up and they're livin' large at the WH ( what's the problem here? )

    Again, lest I stand accused of being a GOP/Wealth water-carrier.., what I believe The Fed is trying to financially engineer is a "controlled crash". I don't think Turbo-Tax Timmy and Heli-Ben have any delusions of a hasty recovery for housing prices, they'll likely continue their slide.

    But scores of newly-built ( and recently abandoned ) subdivisions are sure to put a strain on the $ printing press. And that's all Ron Paul was driving at. Fat, Drunk and a decimated currency is no way to go through life son!*

    *Dean Wermer

  12. SignPainterGuy on February 9th, 2011 6:37 pm

    Two snickers !

  13. OK_Loyalist on February 9th, 2011 6:53 pm

    Think of how his campaign ads went … "I'm Harry Baals and I approved this advertisement"

  14. Doug on February 9th, 2011 7:27 pm

    "I'm Harry Baals and I approve this message" — it's funnier with the proper emphasis on the final syllable of the last word…

  15. SignPainterGuy on February 9th, 2011 7:52 pm

    As in "The Clinton Library and Mass-aaahge Parlor" ?

  16. OK_Loyalist on February 9th, 2011 7:53 pm

    When he finally lost, the headline read, "Harry Baals Gets Clipped"

  17. SignPainterGuy on February 9th, 2011 8:31 pm

    "Hairless" ?

  18. OK_Loyalist on February 9th, 2011 8:44 pm

    The local radio show has the Harry Baals story on it as I type.

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