Stacy Ritter Gets Her Mouth On

Fresh off trying to shut down (or shout down) Broward County Commissioner John Rodstrom's opposition to the dubious $2 billion expansion plans at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Stacy Ritter spent a few minutes on CNN last night talking over Republican talk show host Doug Guetzloe.

During her appearance the news network identified Ritter as a "talk show host" rather than Broward County Vice Mayor (though her political post was mentioned in the small print). Yes, that tiny little Saturday show on AM-850 that nobody listens to has become her calling card. But then, why would she want to highlight her political career? It naturally leads to her ethically challenged marital union with lobbyist Russ Klenet -- and unseemly relationships with lobbyists has become a bit of a theme in this presidential election.

Aw, but I'm not here to slam Ritter. She's taken some of my best (and best-deserved) shots and she's still standing. Give her credit for that. She looks pretty good too, I must admit.

In other political news, a business associate of Shahruck Dhanji's has been arrested for fraud and identity theft. FDLE agent Futch is digging deep. Apparently the associate, Gene Edward Dodge, is a former cop. Don't be surprised if this is just the beginning.

And I leave you with this lede from a New York Times obit on David Foster Wallace. See if you can hold your breath through the whole thing.

David Foster Wallace, whose prodigiously observant, exuberantly plotted, grammatically and etymologically challenging, philosophically probing and culturally hyper-contemporary novels, stories and essays made him an heir to modern virtuosos like Thomas Pynchon and Don DeLillo, an experimental contemporary of William T. Vollmann, Mark Leyner and Nicholson Baker and a clear influence on younger tour-de-force stylists like Dave Eggers and Jonathan Safran Foer, died on Friday at his home in Claremont, Calif. He was 46.