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Charlie LeDuff golfs the length of Detroit - What 50 years of Democrat rule does to a city)
Fox Detroit ^ | Jul 05, 2012 | Dennis Kraniak

Posted on 07/05/2012 6:24:02 PM PDT by PanzerKardinal

FOX 2's Charlie LeDuff takes on an epic challenge of golfing his way from 8 Mile Road to Belle Isle... literally. It's a par 3,168, 18-mile, single hole course.

The 46-year-old Pulitzer Prize winning writer carries only four clubs in his bag while facing extraordinary hazards that took years to form. He strokes his way through grassy fields, abandoned houses and crumbling landmarks. The half-way houses on this course are real.

(Excerpt) Read more at myfoxdetroit.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; Political Humor/Cartoons
KEYWORDS: corruption; democrat; detroit; golf
It's really sad what has happened to this once great city.
1 posted on 07/05/2012 6:24:15 PM PDT by PanzerKardinal
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To: Springman; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; madison10; ...
Charlie LeDuff needs a national show. I'm no fan of cities but I do appreciate his love of his hometown.

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2 posted on 07/05/2012 6:29:37 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: PanzerKardinal

Saw that earlier in the day, glad you posted it.

Funny / sad / pathetic

Great Society was a huge success.


3 posted on 07/05/2012 6:30:38 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: PanzerKardinal

Half-way houses? Half-way to where?


4 posted on 07/05/2012 6:31:20 PM PDT by Cyber Ninja
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To: PanzerKardinal
Detroit is a wasteland

There is so much empty and abandoned space in Detroit that the entire city of Paris can fit inside.

Look at this satellite photo.

detroit

5 posted on 07/05/2012 6:31:48 PM PDT by PanzerKardinal (Some things are so idiotic only an intellectual would believe it.)
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To: PanzerKardinal

“It’s really sad what has happened to this once great city.”

It’s also sad that most Americans do not see the role of unchecked Democratic leadership and heavy unionization across many areas played in the city’s current state.


6 posted on 07/05/2012 6:33:17 PM PDT by CriticalJ (Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress.. But then I repeat myself. MT)
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To: PanzerKardinal

Democratic rule?

Windsor, ON has had a socialist government for 50 years. Portland, OR has been run by Dems forever, likewise Seattle.

Are you sure that the problem is Democrats?


7 posted on 07/05/2012 6:34:50 PM PDT by Jim Noble (Anna Wintour makes Teresa Heinz Kerry look like Dolly Parton.)
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To: PanzerKardinal

That’s madness. Funny and tragic at the same time. Kudos.


8 posted on 07/05/2012 6:40:34 PM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: Jim Noble

You might have a point. You might even be about to say where you’re headed with that comment. In fact you might say something to the effect that, for example, Sweden has been ruled by socialists for many years and yet it doesn’t look anything at all like Detroit.


9 posted on 07/05/2012 6:41:12 PM PDT by Blado (When the government controls your healthcare it owns your body and you are a slave.)
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To: Jim Noble

Good question.


10 posted on 07/05/2012 6:46:13 PM PDT by Eaker (When somebody hands you your arse, don't give it back saying "This needs a little more tenderizing.")
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To: Jim Noble

Toss in one major industry run by the unions and you got yourself Detroit.


11 posted on 07/05/2012 6:47:09 PM PDT by cableguymn (For the first time in my life. I fear my country's government.)
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To: Jim Noble

Toss in one major industry run by the unions and you got yourself Detroit.


12 posted on 07/05/2012 6:49:26 PM PDT by cableguymn (For the first time in my life. I fear my country's government.)
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To: Jim Noble
Just because Democratic/socialist policies don't destroy every city doesn't mean they aren't capable of destroying some.

The problem is that as the industrial midwest lost some business, the proper course of action would have been to downsize government and government expenditures as the tax base weakened. Instead, because those Democrats were beholden to public employee unions and the poor, they treated their city payrolls like jobs programs, and the tax base as something to be milked rather than rebuilt. Over time, that chased out much of what remained of the tax base. It's "sooner or later you run out of other people's money" writ small.

Republican mayors would have been more willing to cut city employment and services, cut taxes, and encouraged business to stay.

Other issue was schools. Democrats politically invested in busing, integration, and using the schools for social change led to white flight, which also helped damage those cities.

Republicans are just as capable of poor management as Democrats, but at least they don't have the bias of elevated the welfare of public employee unions above and the poor above everyone else.

13 posted on 07/05/2012 6:50:47 PM PDT by Bruce Campbells Chin
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To: PanzerKardinal

What amazes me is how there are libraries full of books, police stations full of files and mugshots, medical offices full of supplies and equipment all of it abandoned like you are looking at a scene in the Omega Man or some Zombie Appocalypse.


14 posted on 07/05/2012 6:55:18 PM PDT by LukeL (Barack Obama: Jimmy Carter 2 Electric Boogaloo)
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To: Bruce Campbells Chin

The state would like to take control of Belle Isle and the locals are throwing a tantrum about it. I’m not sure I want the state to take control but the city simply can’t afford upkeep.


15 posted on 07/05/2012 6:55:23 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: PanzerKardinal

Its called “Detroitification” ...the physical manifestation of the ultimate in Leftard thinking and behavior.


16 posted on 07/05/2012 7:08:40 PM PDT by mo (If you understand, no explanation is needed. If you don't understand, no explanation is possible.)
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To: cableguymn

Toss in a City Council like this and you got yourself a Detroit!

http://www.detroitmi.gov/CityCouncil/tabid/2509/Default.aspx


17 posted on 07/05/2012 7:11:50 PM PDT by vette6387
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To: PanzerKardinal; SeekAndFind
A great post by Freeper 'SeekAndFind' from a few years ago includes some photos comparing Detroit to Hiroshima, then-and-now.

Hiroshima vs Detroit -- 64 years later

18 posted on 07/05/2012 7:11:50 PM PDT by cweese (Hook 'em Horns!!!)
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To: PanzerKardinal

I plead guilty to being ignorant as to who this McDuff fellow is. Am I missing out on something good?


19 posted on 07/05/2012 7:15:05 PM PDT by certrtwngnut (It's not the people who vote that count, it's the people who count the votes. (Josef Stalin))
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To: certrtwngnut

Charlie LeDuff hammers the Conyers clan all the time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_t6x3h8vLI


20 posted on 07/05/2012 7:18:49 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Bruce Campbells Chin

Its crazy. There are people offering to fix city vehicles for free, The Red Wings are willing to buy in car computers for police and the city doesn’t respond.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAj4BlQ5b8c&feature=related


21 posted on 07/05/2012 7:26:35 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: vette6387

In other words, the council members are all a bunch of homeys who hate crackez’, right?


22 posted on 07/05/2012 7:27:28 PM PDT by max americana (Make the world a better place by punching a liberal in the face)
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To: CriticalJ

It wasn’t the policies that sunk Detroit, it was just that the policies were not implemented correctly. Yeah, that’s it.


23 posted on 07/05/2012 7:28:26 PM PDT by Tea Party Terrorist (Fast & Furious: Proof the Government should not have access to guns)
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To: max americana
In other words, the council members are all a bunch of homeys who hate crackez’, right?

It has a lot to do with it. A few years back, Monica Conyers made it clear that contracts to work in the city would not be going to people of the "wrong color".
24 posted on 07/05/2012 7:31:54 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: PanzerKardinal

You could have done that 20 years ago, you just would have needed a bag of balls and five extra sets of clubs.


25 posted on 07/05/2012 7:34:06 PM PDT by StAnDeliver (Or a bag of balls, one club, and a Glock...)
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To: PanzerKardinal
This is what I call golfing a city... scoring a 3427 (Par 2) (golf starts just after 13:30)
26 posted on 07/05/2012 7:36:17 PM PDT by C210N ("ask not what the candidate can do for you, ask what you can do for the candidate" (Breitbart, 2012))
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To: max americana
A pitiful Teamster official who practically crawled to the table on his knees expressing profuse respect for this disrespectful body was battered by both the crowd and the council.

When he dared suggest that an improved Cobo Center would create more good-paying jobs for union workers, Conyers reminded him, "Those workers look like you; they don't look like me."



Desperate, he invoked President Barack Obama's message of unity and was angrily warned, "Don't you say his name here."

Commentary: Elect a crazy council, get crazy results
27 posted on 07/05/2012 7:39:02 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Blado; Jim Noble

Welcome to BRA.

My eyes opened after I was stationed in the DC area and I spent several years watching the local and national events and happenings.


28 posted on 07/05/2012 7:39:15 PM PDT by OldMissileer
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To: cripplecreek

LOL these racist clowns. I would argue that the white devils who have the money should not be treated with disdain but these are close-minded blacks.


29 posted on 07/05/2012 7:48:24 PM PDT by max americana (Make the world a better place by punching a liberal in the face)
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To: cripplecreek

Thank you cripplecreek.
I think I like Charlie McDuff.


30 posted on 07/05/2012 7:50:32 PM PDT by certrtwngnut (It's not the people who vote that count, it's the people who count the votes. (Josef Stalin))
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To: Jim Noble
"Windsor, ON has had a socialist government for 50 years."

Canada's Liverpool. T***y bars and talentless garage bands. And a couple of decent Viet restaurants...

31 posted on 07/05/2012 7:52:57 PM PDT by StAnDeliver (=)
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To: CriticalJ
hate to inform you all but the biggest role in Detroits downhill slide was forced busing and no one except me ever mentions it...I was born in Detroit and lived in the city, but newly married and the cost of housing in detroit led us to the suburbs. That was in 1959. The city was still lovely...forced busing of kids from K-12 so black and white kids could sit in the same room was disgusting to both black and white parents....Hey guys, lets put your kindergarden kid on a bus, ride for 45 minutes and drop him off in a place he/she doesn't know....Middle class black and whites moved out as soon as they could. Left the only citizens the non tax payers and crooks for politicans....

No after school activities cause once the bus left the school, there was no way to get home unless your parents had 2 cars so a parent could pick you up and sometimes with traffic, the ride could take 45 min. to an hour. Back in those days very few people owned 2 cars....most women stayed home to raise the family....by the 70's women went to work usually just to make enough money to pay all the taxes....

The High Schools were all ready integrated...grades 1-6 was within walking distance from your home, grades 7-9 covered a larger area and variety of students...I went to pershing high school, took a regular bus with a discount card as a student, the ROTC when I was in high school actually brought their guns to school one day a week for practice.

32 posted on 07/05/2012 8:28:15 PM PDT by goat granny
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“In other words, the council members are all a bunch of homeys who hate crackez’, right?”

Actually, No. It’s just that they seem to be incapable of running a city. We have the same problem here in Oakland, CA. The nature of their being wedded to Socialism/Marxism destines them to failure. Their dependency on government solutions and their unwillingness to make hard choices doom them to failure. That plus a few of them going to jail for corruption.


33 posted on 07/05/2012 9:38:59 PM PDT by vette6387
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To: goat granny

Hard to believe that Detroit at one time was the biggest “middle class” city in the US - bigger than NY, Chicago, LA, Philadelphia, etc. The middle class simply got laid off/left. This is what remains. You don’t hear “hollowed out” in business speak much anymore, but Detroit is basically a “hollowed out” city.


34 posted on 07/05/2012 9:51:11 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: PanzerKardinal

Detroit currently has the highest percentage of blacks of any large city in the nation at 84 percent.

My daughter had a big dollar job offer to work there in the auto industry but turned it down after visiting. Her exact words were “It’s like a war zone. There was razor wire all around the buildings and parking lot. They told me not to walk outside the wire for any reason. I can’t live like that.”


35 posted on 07/05/2012 10:07:31 PM PDT by Gabrial (The nightmare will continue as long as the nightmare is in the White House)
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To: goat granny

“hate to inform you all but the biggest role in Detroit’s downhill slide was forced busing and no one except me ever mentions it”

That “Socialist/Marxist/Demorat Program” did damage throughout the country. And now we get to see the “final solution” in places like Detroit, Washington DC, you pick the city. People with the economic ability to move away from this crap did as fast as they could as you pointed out. The idea that you could force people of different ethnic and more importantly economic circumstances to “integrate” in this fashion was a loony idea from the get-go. It dragged everyone down to the lowest common denominator. The bums won, but it looks like they got the booby prize.


36 posted on 07/05/2012 11:06:37 PM PDT by vette6387
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To: Jim Noble

“Portland, OR has been run by Dems forever, likewise Seattle.”

And you think these two cities are proof that the RATS can run a city?


37 posted on 07/05/2012 11:14:51 PM PDT by vette6387
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To: Bruce Campbells Chin

“Republican mayors would have been more willing to cut city employment and services, cut taxes, and encouraged business to stay.”

The last Republican Mayor of Detroit left office in January of 1962. After a couple of white RAT mayors, they elected Coleman Young who was there for twenty years. He is mostly responsible for what has happened there, at least from the standpoint of the kind of government that has been practiced.


38 posted on 07/05/2012 11:22:06 PM PDT by vette6387
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To: Jim Noble

Yes, it was the democrats.


39 posted on 07/06/2012 12:32:57 AM PDT by exnavy (The time is upon us, fish or cut bait, may God guide your heart.)
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To: PanzerKardinal

I just realized why the muzzies like it up there so much.
It reminds them of home.


40 posted on 07/06/2012 1:35:51 AM PDT by mark3681
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To: PanzerKardinal

wonder how many balls lost


41 posted on 07/06/2012 1:44:12 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (let me ABOs run loose, lew)
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To: goat granny

I can still remember going to visit my grandma in the city... riding the busses to the stores, walking to the corner for ice cream ( that was so long ago that baskin robbins only had 1 flavor :)).....

So sad to see the deterioration....

I guess we can give a big thank you to soulman young...


42 posted on 07/06/2012 4:36:05 AM PDT by joe fonebone (I am the 15%)
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To: cripplecreek

He is a plagiarist. I don’t really care for him but this segment is great!


43 posted on 07/06/2012 5:23:40 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Romney scares me. Obama is the freaking nightmare that is so bad you are afraid to go back to sleep)
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To: goat granny

“hate to inform you all but the biggest role in Detroits downhill slide was forced busing and no one except me ever mentions it...”

Forced busing happened in other cities and the down hill slide was no where near as precipitous. So, it may have contributed, but I don’t think it was the biggest factor. Just a factor.

The state and city should declare a tax free industrial zone in some of the run down area. Give a specific time line so that manufacturers know when the tax free status ends. See if it encourages some return of manufacturing.


44 posted on 07/06/2012 7:20:30 AM PDT by CriticalJ (Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress.. But then I repeat myself. MT)
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To: CriticalJ; goat granny

I also put the blame on Mayor Colman Young. It became apparent to me, shortly after he was elected, that he was a racist who hated white people. When you are not wanted in a city, there is little reason to stick around.


45 posted on 07/06/2012 8:37:54 AM PDT by stayathomemom (Beware of kittens modifying your posts.)
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To: stayathomemom

I think Coleman Young was mayor for about 20 years...He told the criminals to take their business North of 8 mile road...He sure hated whites. For those that don’t know Detroit, 8 mile is its northern border...


46 posted on 07/06/2012 3:29:32 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: stayathomemom

“I also put the blame on Mayor Colman Young. It became apparent to me, shortly after he was elected, that he was a racist who hated white people. When you are not wanted in a city, there is little reason to stick around.”

I’ve read that opinion before.

He was way ahead of his time. A pioneer. It seems all Democrats hate white people now.


47 posted on 07/06/2012 7:45:11 PM PDT by CriticalJ (Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress.. But then I repeat myself. MT)
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