The Hangover

Thanks ever so much, Mayor Martin Resendiz. Don't know you, but really appreciate you reviving the "don't blame me, I was drunk!" argument in public life.

Resendiz, the elected leader of Sunland Park, N.M. along the Mexico border, claims he inadvertently signed nine contracts with a California company after throwing back a few too many. The company is now suing the city for $1 million and will not settle for a six-pack.

Resendez, a former El Paso cop and Sunland Park municipal judge, says the unfortunate autographs took place "after 5 p.m." when he was so bombed, "my sister had to pick me up."

The mayor, incidentally, seeks the Democratic nomination for Congress. It remains to be seen whether he has ever taken photos of his private parts and emailed them to political friends or foes.

The "blame the booze" argument reminds me of a list of witticisms from noted sudsy sage, Homer J. Simpson. Behold, two of my all-time faves:

"Maybe, just once, someone will call me 'Sir' without adding, 'You'remaking a scene.'"

And: "To alcohol!  The cause of - and solution to - all of life's problems!"

- Monica Yant Kinney