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Mayoral Mug Shot: The New Face of Detroit
North Star Writers Group ^ | March 31, 2008 | Eric Baerren

Posted on 03/31/2008 7:39:49 AM PDT by Invisigoth

For Detroit, news last week that its mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick, had been indicted on numerous charges – including the felonies of perjury and obstruction of justice – were the kind of kick to the chest that the city could have done without.

Kilpatrick came to office as the face of youth and energy, a former legislator called the “hip-hop mayor.” It was hoped that he would reinvigorate the city, and restore confidence in her.

Housing, as it did everywhere else, boomed. The city sought out new business and new opportunities. Citizen confidence was restored, and an improbable sense of civic pride was on display during a storybook Super Bowl XL when native son Jerome Bettis returned home with the Pittsburgh Steelers and retired with a championship ring.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: corruptdems; detroit; indictment; kwame; scandal

1 posted on 03/31/2008 7:39:50 AM PDT by Invisigoth
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To: Typical...

3 posted on 03/31/2008 7:41:29 AM PDT by evets
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To: Invisigoth
Kilpatrick’s scandal could spell trouble in deeper and more significant ways for the Motor City. It could also mean political upheaval. The mayor is the son of a member of Congress, and the nephew of a member of the state House. Two people – including one of the whistle-blowing cops and a former state lawmaker – have indicated that they plan to challenge the mayor’s mother in Michigan’s August primary, and the next mayoral election could be a bloodbath, with the prize being political control of the nation’s 11th-largest city, which itself is in economic turmoil.

I did not know that. Just the MSM doing it's job, I suppose.

4 posted on 03/31/2008 7:44:36 AM PDT by subterfuge (Obama will NOT get the nomination.)
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To: Invisigoth

I’ve never been to Detroit. But my friend who has been there several times says it looks like East Berlin before the wall came down. It’s a basket case.


5 posted on 03/31/2008 7:46:38 AM PDT by lady lawyer
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To: Invisigoth

Great article by Eric Baerren! Thanks for posting.

March Madness, precedes January & February Madness. There are many more months of Madness, beginning with April as long as King Kwame asserts his will. The Month Madness could extend to Year Madness.


6 posted on 03/31/2008 7:47:23 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: PGalt

Correction: was preceeded by.


7 posted on 03/31/2008 7:48:04 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: PGalt

Spelling correction: preceded


8 posted on 03/31/2008 7:49:14 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: PGalt

It’s madness I say...

...it’s even affecting me.

(Sheesh...where’s my coffee!)


9 posted on 03/31/2008 7:50:15 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: Invisigoth
This is a pretty good synopsis of the case. It's not just about sex, as the national media seems to be promoting the story, but that is what gets their attention
10 posted on 03/31/2008 7:50:27 AM PDT by stayathomemom
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To: lady lawyer
"I’ve never been to Detroit. But my friend who has been there several times says it looks like East Berlin before the wall came down."

Your friend is correct.

And it's no real surprize.

Detroit has, for the past several years, been ruled by the same sort of people that ruled East Berlin before the wall came down.

11 posted on 03/31/2008 7:51:03 AM PDT by chs68
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To: Invisigoth
Kilpatrick came to office as the face of youth and energy, a former legislator called the “hip-hop mayor.”

There is your problem, right there.

If you point to something like this with pride, your culture is already broken.

12 posted on 03/31/2008 7:51:39 AM PDT by 50sDad (Liberals: Never Happy, Never Grateful, Never Right.)
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To: The Forgotten Man

What the hell are you talking about?


13 posted on 03/31/2008 7:52:11 AM PDT by Alter Kaker (Gravitation is a theory, not a fact. It should be approached with an open mind...)
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To: Invisigoth
Kilpatrick came to office as the face of youth and energy, a former legislator called the “hip-hop mayor.”

Lol! If this is true, why would anyone be surprised at this outcome? Not that a "rock n' roll mayor" would be any better, but the sleaze of the hip hop industry is second to none.

14 posted on 03/31/2008 7:52:39 AM PDT by Major Matt Mason (We need a new, conservative party to get back to a two-party system.)
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To: Major Matt Mason
Not that a "rock n' roll mayor" would be any better

I think the "Motor City Madman" would be much better.

15 posted on 03/31/2008 7:53:41 AM PDT by dfwgator (11+7+15=3 Heismans)
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To: Invisigoth
**** called the “hip-hop mayor.”

We have dancing mayors with Nagin and hip-hop mayors in Detroit. The qualifications of American leadership is truly astonishing.

I'm going to run for Senator as the “shake your booty” guy. As my first act of legislation I'm going to propose a new federal holiday, Ramakwanzikanus.

16 posted on 03/31/2008 8:01:06 AM PDT by Red6 (Come and take it.)
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To: evets

He sounds like a big fat irresponsible person who just took what he could get.


17 posted on 03/31/2008 8:01:35 AM PDT by No Dems 2004 (No Dems in 2008 either)
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To: chs68

Actually, it looks like downtown Benton Harbor...

(Michigan folks will understand.)


18 posted on 03/31/2008 8:01:56 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Home of the world's longest bridge (according to Sinbad))
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To: Invisigoth

It could have been worse. With a nickname like “hip-hop mayor”, his term in office might have ended with a gun fight.


19 posted on 03/31/2008 8:05:54 AM PDT by AZLiberty (Wipe the national hard drive and reinstall the Constitution.)
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To: Invisigoth
Mayoral Mug Shot: The New Face of Detroit

Coming to a presidency near you.

What's wrong with voters lately?

PS: Loved your work on x-files.

20 posted on 03/31/2008 8:09:07 AM PDT by DungeonMaster (WELL I SPEAK LOUD, AND I CARRY A BIGGER STICK, AND I USE IT TOO!)
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To: lady lawyer
,i>I’ve never been to Detroit. But my friend who has been there several times says it looks like East Berlin before the wall came down. It’s a basket case.

pretty much sums up the view from my office. I've mentioned before they filmed a post-apocolypse movie just around the corner form my office. Didn't have to use special effects.

21 posted on 03/31/2008 8:10:44 AM PDT by strange1 ("Show the enemy harm so he shall not advance" Sun Tzu The Art of War)
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To: dfwgator
...I think the "Motor City Madman" would be much better.

Met the "Nuge" once, hell-uv-a nice guy, He'd be so much better than KK

22 posted on 03/31/2008 8:12:23 AM PDT by strange1 ("Show the enemy harm so he shall not advance" Sun Tzu The Art of War)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel
Actually, it looks like downtown Benton Harbor... (Michigan folks will understand.)

Sure do,....lots of the same stuff

23 posted on 03/31/2008 8:13:25 AM PDT by strange1 ("Show the enemy harm so he shall not advance" Sun Tzu The Art of War)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

Back in late ‘50s, early ‘60s, we used to stop by Benton Harbor, via the Red Arrow Highway, on our way to Paw-Paw, Michigan. Just turn left drive over the bridge from St. Joe.

I have a summer place up in Michigan City, bought it in 1984. I took a nostalgic ride down the Red Arrow that same week, crossed the bridge at St. Joe for old times sake, and when we got to the over side, I stopped and pulled out the map.

OMG, it was Benton Harbor! All the stores were boarded up, and just like a Twilight Zone program, there were honest-to-God tumbleweeds blowing down the main drag. To this day, it’s just as bad, and I don’t care how you spin it (discrimination, poor-housing, lack of education, etc...all the liberal excuses), when the town was white, it never even looked remotely like it does now. And to prove a point, cross the bridge again and go back to St. Joe.

It’s white and all right. Once upon time, so was Benton Harbor.


24 posted on 03/31/2008 8:19:57 AM PDT by toddlintown (On Obama's moral compass, "N" doesn't stand for "North.")
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To: 50sDad

“....If you point to something like this with pride, your culture is already broken”.

B-I-N-G-O !


25 posted on 03/31/2008 8:40:52 AM PDT by Mac from Cleveland (Three rules for a happy life-Fill what's empty, empty what's full, and scratch what itches.)
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To: toddlintown

Benton Harbor is the Michigan standard for “urban blight”; not Detroit.

By the way, the same rules apply...A Democratic stronghold for decades.


26 posted on 03/31/2008 9:04:10 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel
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To: lady lawyer
I’ve never been to Detroit. But my friend who has been there several times says it looks like East Berlin before the wall came down. It’s a basket case.

My mother was born in Detroit and some 25 years ago she died. I needed an official copy of her birth certificate. I contacted Detroit's department of public records and have never dealt with such incompetent morons in my entire life. The city clerk actually said that the only person who could request the copy was my dead mother. Then it showed up in my mailbox the next day so it was in the mail at the time. 25 years ago Detroit was East Berlin without the public safety. I can't imagine what it is today.

27 posted on 03/31/2008 11:04:13 AM PDT by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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