Why this city is a great place to be a journalist, or just a newspaper reader:
The mayor of Detroit is in jail.
And boy, does he look pissed.
beb said on August 7, 2008 at 12:30 pm
Yeah, but it would be the 5-10 years he deserves.
Peter said on August 7, 2008 at 12:54 pm
I’m wishy-washy on this one. Yes, you violate your parole and you can end up in jail. But if it was for 45 minutes (that’s a big if) and for a City meeting, I think jail’s a bit harsh. Of course, his crew could have run this by the judge for an OK before the trip…
beb said on August 7, 2008 at 1:12 pm
Kwame is a lawyer. Surely as a lawyer he understands that when a judge says “don’t leave the city” it’s not a suggestion; it’s a requirement. When you willfilly violate a judge’s orders they tend to get real prickly. Playing the sympathy card here, as he did by bringing his son to the proceedings isn’t goging to earn him any credit.
nancy said on August 7, 2008 at 1:18 pm
Under normal circumstances Peter would be right. But beb nails it: Ignoring the terms of his bond is s.o.p. for this guy, and the judge had simply had enough.
It’s only for a night, after all. He’ll come out with a bologna sandwich under his belt, circles under his eyes and street cred with his constituents.
(Although if Elmore Leonard’s prose is to be believed, the Wayne County Jail is no place to spend even an afternoon.)
Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on August 7, 2008 at 1:35 pm
Um, guys — he left the country. I know that’s not a long trip from Detroit, but they have flags and customs and “duty free” stuff all over the border . . . you can kinda tell. Leaving the country while under bond doesn’t take compulsive L&O watching to tell you “baaaaad idea.”
If he stays in jail through Monday, he will re-elected again someday by a 65% margin. That’s the sad part.
Julie Robinson said on August 7, 2008 at 2:43 pm
You said it, Jeff. The whole thing is sad. It seems it’s almost impossible to attract honest people to the political process. You have to sell your soul just to raise the money. It’s enough to make ME want to leave the country, but where would I go that’s any better?
Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on August 7, 2008 at 4:21 pm
Sweden and Switzerland aren’t sustainable, and Saudi Arabia and Singapore are intolerable (how did i get rolling on S-countries?). I’ll take our quirks over any country any day, but too many years of learning the dialect of lobbying and maneuvering in the Statehouses of three states tells me that you have to be a certain kind of person to get into and stay for more than one term in electoral office, and most of those people make me faintly queasy.
Darned if i know what to do about it, except keep on roasting those who are garishly obvious about their self-serving self-centered self-absorbed ways, and learn to enjoy watching them go down while not getting hit by the splatter when they land. If you toast enough Kwames, it keeps the others prudent if not honest. Which i can settle for.
(Who was it that said “an honest politician is one who stays bought?” That doesn’t sound as cynical to me as it did thirty years ago. I’ll take “stays bought” over “always for sale to the highest bidder” any day.)
caliban said on August 7, 2008 at 7:32 pm
Any of y’all believe anything about Cipro-Man? If he despised the sorrority girls, wjhy didn’t he send them the weaponized Anthrax he was incapapable of sending? He had some connection to some sort of liquid. How did he weaponize?? When the eidence is bogus. The evicence means this bastard was framed. Handan. well He said he took the job to make a living, and he couldn;t have cared less whose river he was. So we got him.
We tortured him and what we got was his admission was what he said in the first place. He was the driver.Whoopee.
I’m a patriot. This was some bastard trying to make a living. Torture him? Not my country. Make up swiftboat? Same thing’s going on right now.
There is not a single thing McCain has said is remotely true, and he’ll just lie his ass off. If the electorate is so stupid, dmaybe there’s no hope.
Kerry was the best. They took him down. Mayfe, there’s nobody else.
Dexter said on August 7, 2008 at 8:33 pm
NBC Nightly News interviewed a lady on a D street. She said “It may be great for the comedians but he’ll have to resign.”
There is a sentiment for him to resign, so what will it be in the end, street cred or the final straw? I say there’s no way he will resign.
Kilpatrick’s effort at embarrassing Judge Giles backfired, point Giles.
Words are cheap…Kilpatrick’s claim to loving justice serve as mockery for that system.
Break probation, break parole…you go to jail for three days to the end of your sentence time…it’s up to the judge and the probation/parole officers. Kilpatrick gets a few hours with cacophony in his ears and a caged light in his eyes.
He’s slick, the mayor, and he’ll likely garner sympathy votes for this “ordeal”…what a world we live in! And match goes to Kwame.
kayak woman said on August 7, 2008 at 8:49 pm
john c said on August 7, 2008 at 8:59 pm
beb … you hit it on the head. He’s a lawyer. An officer of the court. Nuff said.
Hattie said on August 7, 2008 at 9:26 pm
You could have honest politicians if you got the money out of the campaigns.
caliban said on August 7, 2008 at 11:31 pm
Whose bitch? Well, if Paris Hilton made you a bitch when you’re campaign thought you were being cute, you’re just a crypt-keeperfool. For a fact, in the time it would get to foul the ANWR offshore, proper tire inflation would save 1o times more oil than might ever be pumped a few years from now. What a maroon.
Not quite as smart as Paris Hilton, and we thought she was an idiot and not particularly attractive. Holy shit Paris, if nanny told yoeu back in the day you were hot, whatever that moronic crap means, she was lying. On the other hand, if you can read a sensible energy policy of a teleprompter, you’re smarter than yoda.
What we know for a fact is McCain campaign lies. Making conservation out to be a joke is ridiculous: proper tire inflation between now and when anybody would pump ANWR and offshore Florida is something like 15:1. These are facts. According to the American Petroleum Institute, you know, Exxon, Mobil, those guys. If theya aren’t lying, they’re spectacularly stupid.
Now if somebody want’s to claim there’s an immediate impact on fuel prices from drilling, well then I’d guess they’d have to admit that the hedge fund investors are jacking current prices, but McCain and his oil buds insist those guys have nothing to do with current pump prices. If they can have it both ways, then rev those Harleys and threaten sensibilities with Cindy unclad. Botox never did wonders, and it sure wouldn’t work on saddlebags. And his abandoned first wife would probably look just as attractive.
As far as some unrealized oil bonanza is concerned, outside chance it would produce something like a tenth what proper tire inflation would realize in the next 15 years. So is the old fool lying or is he just deluded?
With regard to the tire guages, does he believe that’s Obama’s energy plan or is he an abject liar? Or is he a tool of oil companies? Or is he an idiot that can’t even read a teleprompter without a Karl Rove implant on his back?
WaPo and NYT, supposedly countering lies by pointing out that GOP lies means wading into the muck. If people that vote buy that shit, sems like there ought to be a bullshit and an intelliogence test at the polls, and most Murricans wouldn’t get past either. They already proved they couldn’t tell shit smeared on the Constitution from shinola.
Choose your issue. McCains taken both sides, and not only dan he not get either side right with a telestrator, his fist aligns perfectly with anti-American cash influxesd to his campaign.
Who makes money from offshore drilling, right now? Oil companies? Some. Oil consumers? (That would be ifiot voters) Not likely. Oil field services companies that have been serving tainted water and food to UStroops in Iraq and Afghanistan on no-fid contracts? Bingo Like Halliburton. Who gets rich? That obscene mole in undisclosed bunkers.
In all likelihood, Mayor Kilpatrick is an arrogant asshole that will get what’s coming to him. Bush and Cheney invented shit, attacked the Constitution , subborned the Constitution, lied their asses off, ruined people that actually hoped to serve for not being willing to serve, and they did it in service to AIPAC, the PNAC, Republican Party nihilism, stupidity, partisanship, anti-Americanism, in thrall to misanthropic creeps like Grover Norquist and Wayne Connerley.
They don’t like people that believe in accountability and they believe in some sort of unaccounatable monarchy, and it’s pretty clear they stooped to forgery and condoned murders committed by their predecessors: Orlando Letelier, Omar Torrijos, Pineapple Face that undoubtedly has the goods on HW and so survived in some ultimate Club Fed.
These are a bunch of assholes that let Chalabi run free in the world and willingly suspended disbelief to belive every lie he told and promulgate it like it was truth from some victim of Saddam instead of some international crook that embezzled $50mil from international banks. Banking is where this sleaze takes place, and Kerry
caught the Raygunistas at it, in the Iran-Contra contretemps. Bush family had been running the scam for years, all the way back to Prescott. Why they hated him so much they pulled Swiftboat. Here’s the deal. If Americans can buy Swiftboat when it was such a load of crap, and they can ignore the proof that W was in Bummingham whuffing coke while Kerry was pulling a bud out of the Mekong under fire, and both of these circumstances are supported by credible witnesses, what makes anybody think electing a president is rational or beneficial to the general good?
I’d really like to hear from anybody that would try to claim the bastards didn’t slander Kerry. That immense lies weren’t percolated and told through the stovepipe, that Kenneth Blackwell and Diebold didn’t rob the election, and that things wouldm’t be better if the imp hadn’t been impacted for his second four years.Tell it to vets on their fourth tour and the familes of those who died for no reason but PMACenturion , chickenhawk bloodlust when those aholes had nothing personal to lose.
Kwame Kilpatrick, Randy Newman’s got you covered (trippin’ all over your ownsel now). Bush and Cheney, and your Screwtape minions that parsed torture and shitcanned the Constitution, our side (I mean me and my scary companion from whom I have to hide the knives) , we’d leave you to Tom Waits, ‘way down in the hole’.
If any of you think McCain is the maverick, guess again. Anybody that gets slimed the way McCain was in SC in 2000 and then licks the boots of the slimers isn’t somebofy that’s telling the truth, and sure as hell isn’t anybofy to trust. But he’s busy with the image of his beauty queen and her millions taking off her top to flash bikers, who famously love it when they sag below the horizon.
Horizon, you know. That imaginary point nobody ever gets to. Like the surge, you know, that increases on the beach and recedes. The surge troop levels increased but now they’re 15.000 more kids in harms way for no good reason than homeland politics.
And as far as bending the English language is concerned, what about that they stand up, we’ll stand down crap? Not in Kirkuk, not ever. Aside from paying millions in American taxpayers money in actual cash with no accounting involved, are the Sons, and the Daughters, of Iraq anything but a mirage, and wasn’t that the surge success, along with Sadr melting into the woodwork? Along with massive numbers of people leaving the country and ethnic cleansing of neighborhoods? With apharteid walls preventing people that enjoyed their neighbors in better times from simply going to work.
W is lecturing Chinese about human rights. Can some Chinese spokesperson say Guantanamo?
moe99 said on August 8, 2008 at 1:04 am
Dayum, Caliban, do you ever come up for air?
Terry WAlter said on August 8, 2008 at 5:43 am
“Plunged leadership of the nations 11th largest city into uncertainty”. Seems that was a trip about as short as the one to Windsor.
Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on August 8, 2008 at 8:17 am
America’s Ten Fastest . . . Dying Cities
Well, cheery Friday to all — this dang story and slideshow pretty much circumscribes my entire adult life, but the good news for many regulars here: Fort Wayne & Indy don’t make the list.
Danny, LAMary, go ahead, start snickering at us from the land of unstable tectonic zones and shifting hillsides. (Well, WV is filled with sudden mine subsidence and foundation cracks wider than your head, so its all relative, as are the weddings.)
del said on August 8, 2008 at 8:56 am
Uh, I enjoyed your post caliban. As Dickens wrote, “Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires . . .”
alex said on August 8, 2008 at 9:16 am
Jeff, I’m amazed Gary-Hammond-East Chicago didn’t make the top ten. Then again, it might not count as a dying city but an already dead one.
brian stouder said on August 8, 2008 at 10:53 am
Kwame’s troubles begin to cascade
State police have wrapped up their investigation of a confrontation between Kilpatrick and a sheriff’s detective who claims he was pushed while recently trying to serve a subpoena on the mayor’s friend.
I suppose this is part of the prelude to an enforced ejection from office… the spectacle has gone from burlesque comedy through quasi-drama; and now seems headed for the dead-end destruction of political Kwame-ism (but not his mom….yet!)
Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on August 8, 2008 at 11:34 am
Gary as a metro area is oddly defined, but is around 100,000, with Charleston WV more like 300,000 (but i think the city itself is quite small, with lots of continguous non-incorporated areas taking it to the higher number).
I’m guessing, Alex, that it was this quirk in the census definitions that got them cut out; i just rode the South Shore through Gary and Miller a few weeks ago, and it looks better than it did in the 70’s, but just barely.
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