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(Actual, unretouched I-75 exit sign from very near my hometown. Seriously.)

What is it with powerful men and stupid decisions involving hookers? Of course, the location of the alleged incident transforms the event from the tragically banal to the hilariously absurd:

The co-founder and former CEO of the liberal-progressive Democracy Radio and husband of U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow was caught in February by a Troy police sting aimed at catching prostitutes, according to a police report.

Thomas L. Athans was stopped Feb. 26 by undercover officers investigating a possible prostitution ring in a room at the Residence Inn near Big Beaver and Interstate 75. Athans paid a 20-year-old prostitute $150 for sex in a Troy hotel but was not arrested, according to police reports obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request by The Detroit News. The police report said officers observed Athans enter a room under surveillance and leave 15 minutes later. Detectives followed and stopped Athans' silver 2002 Cadillac DeVille on Interstate 75 near Square Lake Road.

Everyone from the Detroit area laughs about Big Beaver Road. And now the nation can laugh along with us.

Not funny, however, is the following paragraph:

Troy police Lt. Gerard Scherlinck said Troy's undercover officers focus their efforts on breaking up prostitution rings about four times a year, depending upon manpower. During the stings they arrest only the prostitutes.

What gives, Troy, Michigan? In a drug deal, do you not arrest both the buyer and the seller? So how come the ladies are the only ones thrown in the slammer for the paid sexual transactions? Either they're both breaking the law, or neither of them is. For the so-called "City of Tomorrow, Today," your attitudes are sadly retrograde.

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