Today was to be Part III/V of the “Go Forth and Ceribrize Citizens Survival
Guide to Sound Reasoning”. We were to discuss “Mental Magicians Using Slight of
Mind”; political pixie dust sprinkling after a politico has magic wand-whacked you into
believing they could even pull a rabbit out of, well, anywhere. Suspect it when the
Houdini hoodlums of rhetoric have you believing up is down and loving every minute.
Recent city council events force me to take pause. One never passes up a
teachable moment displayed in real life, especially if it has been recorded forever.
The coffers of our award-winning community cable TV treasure chest overflow
with great viewing; intrigue, accusations, brazen character assassinations and nefarious
dealings. Check out the Agenda Item 26 video for the 21 August council meeting and
watch some genuine, “Gawly Goober, did he really say that” examples of “Mental
Magicians Using Slight of Mind”. Spinning their dark arts, two councilmen ‘abba-crap –
drag-us’ to new depths.
We’ll take the second example first. In this special form of “Mental Magicians
Using Slight of Mind” known as ‘distract and destroy’, the politico makes irrelevant
comments that are also irresponsible and painfully cruel. This is what I call, “slibel”. This
stands for silly politicians spewing nastiness in a publicly televised forum. It often occurs
as a seemingly suicidal ritual akin to bloodying their nose on the turf of the dreaded suit-
skinned land shark (attorney), and daring them to sue.
One councilman, while discussing how to handle interim city manager duties, said
with marked disgust, that “...the interim (police) chief...liked martinis better than he
liked to do police work...” When challenged, he became defiant. Ah, but what followed
was more magic. The magic of doing nothing, not unlike when a little boy puts his hands
over his eyes and triumphantly exclaims, “I’m invisible!”
The mayor must uphold the City’s Code of Conduct. When dark lords of mayhem
spin their spells of insult, insinuation and inflammatory incantations, the righteous must
not be transfixed and hesitant to don the protective cloak of ethics, brandish the wand of
wisdom and smack the gavel of gallantry. The sophomoric bullying and bellicose
balderdash of this councilman must stop. It is rude, embarrassing and perhaps most
recently, legally actionable. It was grounds for censure and prime ‘slibel’ time.
The first episode of “Mental Magicians Using Slight of Mind” on the Agenda
Item 26 video was utter nonsense about the double-dipping, dastardly, soon to retire city
manager who will be re-hired as the interim. Posing as a pillar of righteous indignation
and guardian of public funds, another councilman feigns agonizing over having to
condescend to clarify for us poor mortals how there’s trouble in Fairfield city. And that
starts with a “T”, which rhymes with “D” and that stands for double-dipping. And what
are the salary costs for one on paid administrative leave whom seems bent on delaying
Spare us the posturing and pixie dust. It may be a very long time before we get
another city manager and unless all agree we clearly go without an interim hire, the costs
to the city to hire whoever may be more, owing to benefits. The present manager will
have earned his retirement, councilman. If you don’t think we need an interim, as the
assistant can handle it, then why did we have an assistant in the first place; to be a place
card just in case? Please, spare us the mental magic; you who hired a deputy police chief.
Citizens and calmer leaders must not disappear from the process of responsible
mature civic engagement. A non vigilant public surely leads to vigilante virtue at best.
Thinly disguised personal attacks veiled as the voice of reason, expediency or
righteousness are hollow, embarrassing, distracting and transparently self serving. Oh,
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