Tag Archives: Kwame Kilpatrick
From the Freep… I don’t want to beat a dead horse, but the Free Press wrote a story about where Kwame will be living for the next four months. Turns out he will be living in the same cell both Kevorkian and White Boy Rick – a teenager who stole hundred of cars in Flordia to traffic drugs.
What peeves me is that this special inmate cell is 15×10, which is larger than my dorm room in Markley. He also gets his own shower and toilet. Unfair.
Today marks the beginning the Governor’s Kwame Kilpatrick removal hearings. For indepth coverage I reccomend the newspaper that began it all The Detroit Free Press.
If you are a small country wedged underneath your former Russian Overlords… Don’t make the decision to tango with this man. He will destroy you.
“One World; One Dream” is the slogan of the Beijing Olympics… apparently Russia, Georgia, John Edwards, and Kwame Kilpatrick did not get the message that this is supposed to be a peaceful time.
From the New York Times: Russia takes a giant step in their war against Georgia by moving troops into Georgia proper… threatening the capital – Tblisi. Politically, I would like to point out that when the fighting broke out Putin rushed back to Moscow, but George W. Bush has stayed in Beijing to watch the games while Vice President Cheney has taken the lead in this crisis. Cheney has stated that the Russian aggression “must be answered.” Note to self: start building bomb shelter.
Also… Georgia is withdrawing the 2,000 Georgian troops from Iraq, which is the 3rd largest contingent.
From HuffPo: A conversation with Zbigniew Brzezinski on why Russia’s move is like Stalin’s invasion of Findland or Hitler’s invasion of the Sudeten.
From Talking Points Memo: Imagine this weekend if John Edwards had won the nomination or was selected for the Veep spot… I was once an Edwards supporter but this man betrayed his wife, his family, his supporters, and his party with his reckless actions.
From Harvard Dems: why the Politico sucks.
From the Detroit Free Press: Kwame might have broken the conditions of his bond agreement again this weekend.
KWAME LOSES BOND APPEAL
From the Detroit Free Press:
Wayne County Circuit Judge Thomas Jackson ruled this morning that Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick must pay $50,000 cash bond and wear a tether before he can be released from the Wayne County Jail. He also is forbidden to travel, meaning the mayor must cancel his trip to the Democratic National Convention and a family trip to Florida.
Jackson said earlier this morning that a lower court judge did not abuse his discretion in sending Kilpatrick to jail.
That’s right, the Mayor of Detroit will be tethered like a common criminal, or Martha Stewart. And no travel, either! I guess he won’t be able to go on any more of those vacations he likes to take on the city’s dime.
THE MAYOR IS HIT WITH MORE FELONY CHARGES
From the Detroit Free Press:
After spending a night in the Wayne County Jail on an unrelated criminal case, Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was charged with two counts of felonious assault today for allegedly shoving a sheriff’s deputy into his partner last month.
“We are charging defendant Kwame Kilpatrick with assaulting … police officers in the furtherance of their duties,” Cox announced in a news conference this morning.
The article went on to say:
“This is a very straightforward, simple case” that prosecutors hope to bring to a preliminary hearing within two weeks, Cox said.
“it is a very serious case. … I cannot recall, ever, seeing let alone hearing of a situion where a police officer trying to serve a subpoena was assaulted,” Cox said, adding that he has been a prosecutor for 20 years.
This (as Cox stated) is a serious charge, and one that may result in Mayor Kilpatrick being convicted of a felony quicker than his pending perjury and obstruction of justice charges.
There was one thing that CNN, Fox News, most blogs, and most major newspapers all had somewhere on the front pages of their websites today… The imprisonment of Kwame Kilpatrick.
This most recent blatant disregard for the law is not even the last straw; that moment occurred long ago. At this point it is purely a matter of Kwame Kilpatrick abusing the city of Detroit. At this point the city of Detroit must be freed of the his regime, which now hangs like a solid stone weight around the city’s neck.
This most recent development even brought his ardent supporters out calling for his resignation. This man, who once was the symbol of a new era and progress for Detroit, has lost the support of his power structure and the people who place such hope in him. He now laughs in their faces with an arrogant disregard for the rules and democratic process of our government. It is time for him to leave.
Even if Kwame were to be cleared of all he is accused of, which there is a hefty amount of evidence regarding his guilt at this point, his behavior during the last six months has only made a mockery of Detroit in the eyes of the nation. There is no going back now.
As Kwame Kilpatrick sits in his cell tonight I wonder if he understands what his arrogance is doing to his city. Does he see that his city needs a leader they can believe instead of another reason to be ashamed of Detroit? It seems more realistic that his thoughts are wandering to his own political future, his own fortunes, and his own grasp on power.
From the Detroit News:
A judge on Thursday ordered Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to jail, shocking the city and plunging the leadership of the nation’s 11th-largest city into uncertainty.
Despite a plea from Kilpatrick that invoked his sons, his respect for the judicial process and his love of the city, 36th District Judge Ronald Giles was unmoved. He revoked Kilpatrick’s bond, ordering him to jail on a bond violation for a July 23 trip to Windsor.
The article continues:
Kilpatrick will spend the night in jail. His attorneys immediately appealed to Wayne Circuit Judge Thomas E. Jackson, who said he will hear the appeal at 9 a.m. Friday. Conceivably, Kilpatrick could be released if he posts his entire $75,000 bond.
In other Kwame news, the Mayor of Detroit has waved his right to a preliminary examination in regards to his outstanding perjury and obstruction of justice charges. He will be arraigned in court on August 14, and then the big show will begin.
This is big, because the prelim examination – originally scheduled for September 22 – was part of the Mayor’s strategy of delaying trial until he is out of office. This choice to move forward with the trial as quickly as possible is a major shift, and will make it more likely that the people of Detroit and all the residents of Michigan will be able to move on with their lives sooner rather than later.
The office of the Mayor has released this statement:
Detroitâ€™s government will continue to operate as usual. As there is in any city, a deputy mayor is appointed to oversee city operations in the Mayorâ€™s absence. A letter filed with the city clerk nearly two weeks ago appointed Kandia Milton as Deputy Mayor beginning August 1.
Mayor Kilpatrick has also appointed very talented directors and deputy directors to run the day-to-day operations of our city departments. Trash will continue to be collected, recreation centers will remain open, grass will be cut, and fires will be extinguished.
Once again, residents can be assured government will continue to operate as usual.
^ Not on anyone’s Veep shortlist ^
Welcome to Monday, July 28th 2008… The weighty feeling of a Vice-Presidential selection is in the air… McCain met with his “inner-circle” yesterday and has no scheduled events today. Obama is meeting with top business leaders to talk economics.
From the Political Wire: Why we might have trouble keeping Michigan blue this November… It comes in the form of Mitt Romney. To refresh yourself on who Mitt Romney is you can go here, here, here, and here.
From The Huffington Post: A conversation between two HuffPo writers and Senator Carl Levin about how Obama’s trip will change the history of this campaign.
From Salon: THE BEST ARTICLE EVER – A rundown of all those artists writing songs about Obama. For a taste I direct you to this calypso beat entitled “Barack the Magnificent.” I will post the video after the jump.
From Politico: Why all those Latino voters we were so worried about at the end of the primary are now supporting Obama.
From the Detroit Free Press: Mr. Mayor, Enough! After shoving a police officer, being forced to take drug tests, and ordered to post bail – the editorial board at the Free Press says enough!
From Harvard Dems: A look at the true media bias against Barack Obama.
Friday, in Detroit’s Hart Plaza, scandal ridden mayor Kwame Kilpatrick took the stage at the Red Wings victory parade to trumpet Detroit’s hometown heroes. The result?
The volume and decibel level of the booing were so deafening, you would have thought Matt Millen just stepped on stage.
The man got booed by his constituents. In a moment of celebration this one man brought an angry and unhappy mood to to the atmosphere of celebration surrounding Detroit’s win. Kilpatrick’s toxicity is so strong it was able to reach into areas thought immune to politics, like the Stanley Cup. He should have stayed away from the parade and all the happy Detroiters who were able to put aside their hardships and corrupt leader for a day.
Which leads me to this bit of news…
Sen. Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee for the U.S. presidency, will visit Detroit on June 16, his first appearance south of 8 Mile since last summer.
“The campaign will host a public event and fund-raiser,” campaign spokeswoman Candice Tolliver said Sunday. “We were just in metro Detroit, obviously, but he’s glad to be coming back.”
The article further explores whether Kilpatrick will be invited to any of the functions on the 16th. One part of this article troubled me… a variety of different groups with tickets could invite him without the campaign’s consent. No one, in the article, was really clear about where Kilpatrick will be on the 16th.
Advice – Keep that man away from Obama… schedule some committee hearing in DC where Kwame has to testify about the Red Wings or proper telecommunications etiquette (that can be bundled with telecom immunity right?). If the toxicity of Kwame can infect a rally for the Stanley Cup, then that man will be able to sap the energy out of an Obama event. For a campaign based around hope, the future, and a new America, which Kwame, to many Michiganders, represents the exact opposite.
Kwame Kilpatrick could lose Michigan for Obama if the Republicans are able to crank their high-powered smear machine into high gear using a lovely photo of the two. Keep him away and keep him quiet.