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Detroit City Council Session Turns Crazy: Complete with Racism and Hymn Singing

March 9, 2009

Well, if people already didn’t think that Detroit City officials were wacky, this is sure to change their mind.  I heard about this driving home for spring break this weekend, and decided that I HAD to write something about this.

On Febraury 24th, the Detroit City Council voted against transferring Cobo Hall to the Detroit Regional Convention Authority.  Cobo hall is in need of expansion and repair (the roof leaked on some VERY expensive cars this past weekend at Autorama).  On March 4th, Mayor Ken Cockrel, Jr. vetoed the council’s vote.  On Thursday, the council called an emergency session (president Monica Conyers called the session) to override the veto.  Well, that wasn’t legal, so nothing really got done there.  An injunction against that veto will most likely be submitted, probably today, and the Council is meeting again tonight.

Now, on to the fun part.  The first video I have for you is from WDIV (Channel 4-NBC).  This is Councilwoman Barbara Rose-Collins going off on how Detroit cannot give up Cobo Hall to the Regional Convention Authority (a group of 5 people – 1 from each of the counties of Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb, 1 person appointed by the mayor of Detroit, and 1 appointed by the Governor):

http://www.clickondetroit.com/video/18865456/index.html

Next we have the video of Councilwoman Barbara Rose-Collins singing “Onward, Christian Soldiers” (and she’s joined by Councilwoman Martha Reeves), courtesy of FOX 2 Detroit:

Here Collins defends what she said in the meeting and accuses Oakland County L. Brooks Patterson of being a racist, courtesy of FOX 2 Detroit:

Finally, here’s L. Brooks Patterson defending himself and sharing his views on the situation, courtesy of FOX 2 Detroit:

Now, this just goes to show how sad of a state the Detroit leadership is in.  Barbara Rose-Collins is pretty much the very definition of a racist idiot.  She claims that Brooks Patterson called her a monkey.  He never did that.  He said that “instead of making decisions about the zoo, they ought to be in the zoo.”  Collins and other racists on the Council took that to mean that he was calling them monkeys, and Collins refuses to work with Patterson today because he won’t apologize.  Well, he has nothing to apologize for in my opinion, because he did NOT call anybody a monkey.

If he had compared the councilmembers to monkeys, even I would demand an apology from him.  Do you know how heartless and mean of a thing to say that is?  If I were a monkey, I would have been devastated!  All joking aside, Brooks Patterson did nothing wrong – he simply stood up to the council and showed how ignorant they were.  But he’s white, and most of them are black, so that makes him a racist in their eyes.

I have one other factual error to correct.  Collins talks about his involvement as a lawyer defending bus bombers in Pontiac.  She claims that he defended NAG, who bombed school buses.  Well, that’s also untrue.  For more about that, see the Detroit News piece on that: http://apps.detnews.com/apps/history/index.php?id=161.  I’ll go into quick detail – NAG was the National Action Group, and they opposed busing in Pontiac.  Well, the Ku Klux Klan bombed some school buses.  Patterson represented the head of NAG, Irene McCabe, but neither NAG nor McCabe were ever involved with the KKK bus bombings.  Collins here again twisted the facts to make Patterson look like a racist, but it is COLLINS who is the racist.

It’s not secret that I have great respect for L. Brooks.  Oakland County is one of the most successful counties in the nation, and it’s a county in one of the economically worst states.  Sure, his humor gets him into trouble, but it makes me laugh – I liked his jokes about Collins.

Anyway, I hope that Cockrel’s wish comes true, and Cobo is handed over to the Regional Convention Authority.  We’ve seen before that Detroit leadership ruins more things than it fixes, and I think Cockrel sees that here.  Hopefully his veto stands, and we can move on to fix and expand Cobo Hall.

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Lansing, Michigan Mayor: Automotive Union Members Have Sacrificed Enough

February 18, 2009

Yesterday on Happening Now on FOX News, Virg Bernero, the Mayor of Lansing Michigan, said that auto industry workers have already sacrificed enough and it’s time for Wall Street to start making some sacrifices.  Watch the video (courtesy of FOX News), and I’ll discuss it below:

Alright, honestly, the mayor went nuts in my opinion, and kinda made a fool out of himself.  He said, “I was a little offended by your question, you know, have the unions given up enough, has the working man given up enough?  You know, my question is, has Wall Street given up enough, for the billions that they have taken?”  Um, the anchor (who’s  name slips my mind at this point) never said ANYTHING about union concessions or anything related to it!

The anchor points out that that wasn’t his question (go back to the beginning and check – it was NOT his question).  When asked if he thought that the UAW should have to “swallow some pay cuts,” Bernero focused solely on health benefits, again NOT answering the question that was asked!

Bernero late shows exactly what the problem with Michigan is, when he asks the question, “What are we going to produce in this country, if we allow the auto industry to go by the wayside?”  For too long, Michigan has relied on the auto industry as “our industry.”  The fact is that the auto industry isn’t what it used to be, and we can no longer rely on it as our only industry.  And to ask what we will produce if we don’t produce automobiles, as if saying that’s all we produce, is insulting to those who work in other manufacturing fields.

The anchor also brings up the fact that UAW members don’t need health care for life!  That’s one of the reasons that the Big 3 are suffering, because they’re giving health care to people who don’t work for them anymore.  Bernero says that the UAW has given concessions.  True, they have, but they need to give up WAY more.  UAW members are WAY overpaid and get WAY too many benefits.

If UAW members would just realize that he auto industry is in trouble and can’t afford to pay them what they have been up until now, and would take some pay/benefit cuts, then the auto industry could rebound.  But while the UAW shares the mentality that Bernero has, the auto industry is going to continue to suffer.  I’ve said time and time again that while the auto executives share some of the blame, a lot of the blame falls on the greedy UAW for keeping the auto industry in such a choke hold.

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Detroit’s Bond Rating Now Matches the City: Junk Status!

January 8, 2009

Well, here’s more bad news for the city of Detroit: Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services downgraded the city’s bond ratings to junk status.  The ratings on approximately $2.4 billion of unlimited and limited tax debt were cut to BB.  They had formerly been BBB and BBB-, respectively.  S&P analyst Jane Hudson Ridley told reporters that the new rating “reflects a downward trend in some revenue sources that has made balancing operations difficult and the continued difficulty in assessing the city’s financial position, given its chronically late audits and its historical tendency to end the fiscal year with results that compare unfavorably with initial projections.”

The downgrade could mean higher interest rates for the city, but it also allows investors with which the city engaged in credit swap agreements to request a payout from the city.  That payout could total up to $400 million.

Meanwhile, Mayor Ken Cockrel Jr. told reporters, “We are resolved to ensure that Detroit is financially stable.”  Right.  I’m sure that means a lot to the citizens of the city who’s bond rating was just downgraded.  He later continued, saying, “Ultimately the only way to deal with the problem is to fix it.”  Yes, Mr. Mayor – the only way to fix a problem is to fix it.  Who elects these people?

Joseph Harris, the city’s chief financial officer told reporters that city officials are putting together a plan so that creditors won’t demand their money.  He said, “We won’t be able to come up with $400 million.  We don’t expect anyone to ask us for $400 million.  What we expect them to ask us for is some guarantees or some assurances.”

You mean guarantees like, “I didn’t cheat on my wife and cost the city millions of dollars in a whistle-blower lawsuit”?  Oh wait, those guarantees were false.

Irvin Corley Jr., the City Council’s fiscal analyst, told reporters, “I would think they would understand that the city is not in a position to come up with $400 million.”  So, wouldn’t that make them want their money ASAP even more?

The reason S&P downgraded the status, was that the city was turning in yearly audits late.  This comes after former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick had about S&P raising the city’s rating from negative to stable.  Cockrel shares a different sentiment, saying that S&P officials feel that they were deceived by the city.

Harris continued his chat with reporters, saying, “We’ve got to put together a budget whereby our revenues either equal or exceed our expenditures.”  HOLY CRAP!  A budget where you bring in more money than you spend?  IS THIS LEGAL???  The fact that the city’s CFO has to actually say that statement troubles me.  Isn’t it common knowledge that you’re expenditures should be lower than your revenues, otherwise you LOSE MONEY?  Seriously, where do these people come from?

Perhaps Councilwoman Sheila Cockrel will be able to enlighten us.  After telling reporters that this is “as serious as you can get,” she said that “We as a City Council, as a community and as a group of city leaders are going to have to address the fundamental restructuring of city government.”  That might have been the smartest thing any city official said on the issue.

But in all seriousness, this is just sad.  Sure, other cities (New Orleans, for example) are in the same situation, but that doesn’t excuse it.  The city of Detroit needs COMPLETE overhaul.  I still say Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson the Great should just annex Detroit and become Supreme Ruler of it so that he can clean it up a bit.  I don’t know, maybe I’m asking for too much.  Maybe a balanced budget just isn’t in the cards for Detroit.  Maybe Detroit’s fate dooms it to utter disaster.  But maybe, just maybe, this isn’t a problem of fate or stars or cards, but a problem with GOVERNMENT, a corrupt government to be exact.  If Detroit cleaned up it’s act, I guarantee that it could get a better bond rating.

But Detroit can’t do this when it’s citizens continue to vote scum like Kilpatrick into office.  Detroit, the blame, for now, rests on your own shoulders – it’s your dumb mistakes at the ballot box that cost you this time, and now, it’s up to you to fix it.

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Effigy of Sarah Palin Hanging by a Noose is Despicable, but Legal

October 28, 2008

I’ve seen some pretty weird Halloween decorations before, but this one probably tops them all.  In West Hollywood, California, Chad Michael Morisette has put up an effigy of Sarah Palin hanging by a noose with John McCain up on the chimeny with flames coming out of it (as well as skeletons and spider webs on other areas of the house).

Well, this made some people very unhappy and even sparked an investigation the FBI as well as the Los Angles Police Department.

The LAPD has determined that this doesn’t rise to the level of hate crime (I don’t remember if the FBI has finished its investigation).

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Steve Whitmore told reporters, “I’m not defending this; I’m not criticizing it.  It doesn’t rise to the level of hate crime.  Now, if there was a crime against bad taste–.”  When asked about an effigy of Barack Obama, he replied, “That adds a whole other social, historical hate aspect to the display, and that is embedded in the consciousness of the country [but I am not sure that it would be a hate crime].  It would be ill-advised of anybody to speculate on that.”

Morisette claims that it’s  all in fun, saying, “It should be seen as art, and as within the month of October.  It’s Halloween, it’s time to be scary, it’s time to be spooky.”

The Mayor of West Hollywood, Jeffrey Prang, told reporters, “While these residents have the legal right to display Senator John McCain and Governor Sarah Palin in effigy, I strongly oppose political speech that references violence–real or perceived.  I urge these residents to take down their display and find more constructive ways to express their opinion.”

I agree with the Mayor here.  The point of a hate crime is that it has to threaten violence, or be violence toward a person because of discrimination (and hate crime isn’t a real legal term, but it’s easier to just say “hate crime”.  For the law that defines hate crimes, see U.S. Federal Code Title 18, Part 1, Chapter 13, § 245).  There is no threat of violence here.  Now, if this were done of Obama, I would say the same thing.  If it’s in a Halloween decoration, it’s generally not intended as a violent threat (as the sheriff’s department found in its investigation).  As long as it’s not being done to encourage violence for racist reasons, it’s not a hate crime.

So, I think this was over the line, but it’s still protected as free speech by the First Amendment.

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Illinois City Bans Trick-or-Treating for Teenagers

October 27, 2008

Well, this is about the most ridiculous thing I’ve heard in a while.  Belleville, Illinois passed an ordinance last Monday that restricted trick-or-treating.  That sounds normal, right, most cities limit the time that kids can trick-or-treat.  But the city isn’t just limiting when; they’re also limiting who can trick-or-treat.  And it also limits the wearing of masks, to only Halloween (unless you’re under 12).

Here’s an overview of the ordinance (unfortunately, Belleville is a little slow in uploading their meeting minutes, and all they have right now is a copy of the agenda, so this isn’t the exact wording of the ordinance):

  • Limits trick-or-treating on Halloween from 5:00 P.M. until 8:30 P.M.
  • Bans anyone in above the 8th grade (anybody older than 13 or 14) from trick-or-treating on Halloween, unless they are a “special-needs” child, and then they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Allows children age 12 and under to wear a mask and/or disguise any day of the year, but restricts anyone above 12 to being able to wear a mask and/or disguise only on Halloween.
  • Prohibits any and all child sex offenders from going to any event and/or holding any event for Halloween where any child (other than his/her own) will be present. Child sex offenders must also turn out their outside lights on Halloween night, and they are banned from handing out candy.

OK, so bullet points 1 and 4 I have no problem with.  It’s 2 and 3 that I have an issue with.

But before I go on, let me give you some quotes that Mayor Mark Eckert told reporters:

We believe that Halloween is for little children.  We just feel that we need to go that extra mile to protect the children.

We were hearing more and more about bigger kids knocking on doors after 9:00 at night and the people who lived in the homes were scared.  The seniors were especially scared.  They didn’t want to be the recipient of some kind of trick, but they didn’t want to open their doors late at night, either.

Sexual predators can’t have parties.  It’s not right, it’s wrong.  They lost that privilege.

OK, so I get the principle behind this, but here’s where you have a problem: Those teenagers out after 9:00 P.M. would be out past the overall curfew anyway, so they’d already be breaking the law.  What is the need for another law here?  If they’re out past 8:30, they can be arrested (I’m assuming that’s the punishment).  So that right there would solve your teenagers out late problem.  Banning trick-or-treating for anybody above the 8thgrade is simply ageism.  You cannot discriminate against somebody like this.  I’ll accept a curfew (although I have problems with those at times too), but to ban outright the practice of trick-or-treating for ANYBODY (other than felons who lose some rights when they’re convicted) is discrimination, and in my view, illegal!

Now, the mask/disguise ordinance.  You’re telling me that a 16-year-old kid can’t wear a mask outside at a Halloween party the night before Halloween (Devil’s Night if you live here in Detroit)?  Or what if a Star Trek convention comes to Belleville?  Are you telling me that masks aren’t allowed?  It’s ridiculous!  Unfortunately, without the ordinance I don’t have the city’s legal definition of “disguise” but would this apply to people dressed up as Santa Clause?  Are you going to haul away the Salvation Army Santa for being in a “disguise” on a day other than Halloween?  It’s dumb.  It restricts the Freedom of Speech (this isn’t a dress code in school we’re talking about here – this is just being out in PUBLIC generally!)!  It’s asinine, ridiculous, and it’s unconstitutional.

I hope somebody old goes out and trick-or treats, or wears a mask the day after Halloween so that this can be taken to court and overturned.  I’m a Law and Order Conservative – I abide by the laws.  I don’t speed.  I don’t drink underage.  I’ve never stolen a candy bar.  But when the law goes against Constitutional principles, it MUST be disobeyed so that it can be challenged in court, and this is one time where I say, “Break that law!”

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Live Analysis of John McCain’s Acceptance Speech at the RNC

September 4, 2008

Alright, we’re now waiting for McCain to come out and speak – he’s had his family come out and Cindy spoke, theyr’e playing a video of him now.  And his mom just called him a “mamma’s boy” – that was funny.

Talking about his service in the military, and talking about being held as a Prisoner of War – I gotta say, no matter who you are, you have to respect John and any of our troops.

Talking about his time in the Senate, “committed to protect the American people,” opposed to pork barrel spending and tax increases.

Talking about his family, his children.  “What a life, what a faith, what a family.”  Nice quote.

The video is now over, and we are waiting for McCain to come out.

And Fred Thompson is now narrating, John McCain has now come out.  There’s a huge roar from the crowd.

It’s been about 2 minutes, all he’s been able to get out so far is, “Thank you,” over and over again.

“Tonight, I have a privilege given few Americans, a privilege of accepting our party’s nomination for the President of the United States.”  There you go, he is now OFFICIALLY the Republican nominee.

“In my life, no success has come without a fight,” and this campaign wasn’t any different.  He’s saying that that’s a compliment to his former opponents, and he’s thanking them for now supporting him.  I think that’s one of the last few times he’ll need to try to bring bitter people over, people who had supported other Republican candidates, but not him.  Although he probably won’t sway over any more Ron Paul supporters that he hasn’t already won over.

He’s saying he’s grateful for George W. Bush, Laura Bush, George H. W. Bush, and Barbara Bush.  He said he’s “indebted” to Cindy and his 7 kids.  I “can’t imagine a life without the happiness you’ve given me. … [Cindy] is more my inspiration that I am hers.”  And that’s good – showing he’s a down-to-earth family man.  “And I know she will make a great first lady.”

He’s talking about his mother raising him as a kid, while his father was in the Navy, and he’s thanking her now.  96 years old!  Wow – she doesn’t look that old – Congratulations!

“I intend to earn [your trust].”

He’s saying that him and Obama will go at it, “but you have my respect and admiration.”  He’s saying that they’re both Americans, and that means more to him than anything else.  And that’s showing that McCain is going to keep this a civil election, and that ultimately, both want the best for America.

“My friends, we’re going to win this election!”  And that energized the crowd pretty quickly.  He’s showing a lot of optimism going into this.  After we’ve won we’ll “get this country back on the road to prosperity and peace.”  And there’s now a war protester, and they’re all drowning her out with chants of “USA.”  He can’t get a word out.  “My friends, please don’t be diverted by the ground noise and the static.”  And the crowd has erupted.  “Americans want us to stop yelling at each other, OK.”  Back to what he was saying, these are tough times, and he got interrupted again.  Anyway, talking about him showing that a McCain administration will turn the country around, and get us back on our feet.

He’s just talked about Sarah Palin being his running mate, and that she’ll make a great Vice President.  He thanked everyone for their warm welcome last night.  He’s talking about her executive experience, energy, corruption, balancing budgets, taking on special interests, reaching across the aisle – he’s emphasizing things that Obama, who is a rookie as well, hasn’t accomplished.  And that’s the difference of experience.  Both Palin and Obama are rookies, but Palin has actually DONE things!

“I can’t wait to introduce her to Washington. … Change is coming!”  And Palin and McCain will bring change to Washington (sure, not all of it will be good,  but most of it will).

“I’m not in the habit of breaking my promises to my country, and neither is Governor Palin,” so you can count on us saying that we will turn this country around.  They have the strength, judgment, and experience to carry this out, he said.

“I don’t work for special interests.  I don’t work for myself.  I work for you.”  And that was an awesome quote.  It both brings him down to earth, but also appeals to moderates.  He’s talking about fighting corruption, no matter what party, and fighting big spenders in both parties.  And this is one of the things that I love about McCain – he’s saying he’ll veto any pork bills that come to his desk, and I love that policy.  It’s time that we stop wasting money, and McCain will do that for us.

“I’d rather lose an election than see my country lose a war” – using the quote he used during the primary, but that is such a GREAT quote, and it’s so true of John McCain and his “country first” slogan and policy.  Fortunately, the surge worked, and now McCain can go on to both win an election and help us win this war!

“I don’t mind a good fight [and] I’ve had quite a few tough ones in my life. … What you fight for is the real test.  I fight for Americans.  I fight for you.”  Again, a great quote, and McCain will fight for Americans.  Obama has spent most of his time in the Senate campaigning, and before that, he was in the Illinois legislature, where he voted “Present” most of the time.

He’s talking about making sure that the country where we have lost troops “will remain safe from its enemies.”  And he’s showing that he cares about these soldiers who have died overseas.

“We lost the trust of the American people when some Republicans gave in to the temptations of corruption … when we made government bigger … when we valued our power over our principles.  We’re going to change that.”  And he’s again, showing that he will reform government, even if it makes Republicans angry.  “The party of Reagan and Roosevelt and Lincoln is going to get back to basics.”  GREAT quote – as I was saying, Republicans have lost their small government principles, and McCain will bring us back to that.  He’ll end big spending, and give the money back to the people where it belongs.

He’s talking about “letting the people keep the fruits of their labor,” cutting taxes, etc.

“We believe in the values of  families, neighborhoods. … We believe in a government who doesn’t make choices for you, but makes sure that you have choices to make for yourselves.”  McCain will reduce spending and Obama will increase them (McCain said that).  He’s saying that he’ll cut spending, but Obama will raise it.  McCain will encourage jobs, but Obama’s policies won’t.  McCain says he’ll cut the 2nd highest business tax in the world.  He said he’ll double the child tax exemption to $7,000, and that’s something that’ll appeal to the middle class, as it should.

“Government assistance for the unemployed was design for the 1950s.  That’s gonna change under my watch.”  Thank you – the welfare system is so out of date.  We need to completely reform the system (I’d say get rid of it, but that won’t happen, because the American church, who used to do what the government does now, can never take back the responsibility of caring for the poor).

Talking about finding employment at a decent wage.

“Track and reward good teachers, and help bad teachers find another line of work.”  Or you could just fire them!  That was harsh, I know.  “Parents deserve a choice in the education of their children, and I intend to give it to them.”  That’s good, as long as it’s not vouchers.  We don’t let people get out of Medicare taxes if they won’t use Medicare, so I don’t see why we should do it for schools.  “I want schools to answer to parents and students” not unions and bureaucrats “and when I’m President, they will.”  Great quote.  The school system (especially in Michigan, and ESPECIALLY in Wayne County needs reform!).  We need to cut spending where we can, where it’s just being wasted and put it into areas that NEED money.

He’s talking about more offshore drilling, and the crowd loved that – more “Drill baby drill” chants, using nuclear, power, wind, hydroelectric, and tide power plants.  “We must use all resources … to rescue our economy from rising oil prices and restore the health of our planet. … It’s an ambitious plan … but we’ve faced tougher challenges.  It’s time to show the world how Americans lead.”  That’s good.  He emphasized that Obama doesn’t like nuclear, and I LOVE nuclear power, as do a lot of Democrats I know.  We can’t keep making excuses for every type of power plant we find.  There’s downsides to all of them, but we can’t just sit around waiting for the perfect energy solution.

Talking about Iran, and their terrorist-supporting administration.  Talking about Russia invading Georgia, in order to gain more control over oil.

“I know how military works. … I know how the world works.”  He’s talking about knowing what is good in the military, and he said he knows the bad things that have happened in the military.  He will strengthen our military.  Talking about his grandfather, and World War II, and then dying the day after the peace agreement was signed – that shows you what he was living for.  He wanted to see America through the war safely – that is an American patriot for you!

“In America, we change things that need to be changed. … The work that is ours is plainly before us.  We don’t need to search for it.”  From transportation fuel, to disaster response, to the way we train workers.  “We have to catch up to history, and we have to change the way we do business in Washington.”  Emphasizing change is good.  He’s showing that Obama won’t change Washington, he hasn’t.  McCain has been a champion of change, and when he’s President, he will CONTINUE to change Washington.

“I will fix problems that need to be fixed.  I will reach out my hand to anyone to get this country moving again.  I have that record and the scars to prove it.  Senator Obama does not.”  Great quote there – and showing that Obama has been a DO NOTHING Senator, but McCain has done stuff, even when it wasn’t popular.

“We can do anything we put our minds to.  I’ll ask Democrats and Independents to serve with me.  My administration will” be transparent.  And he’s shown he’ll have Independents – I think he’ll have Lieberman in his cabinet.

“I’ve never lived through days, good or bad, that I haven’t thank God for the privilege.”  Good quote there.  Now he’s saying that he “was blessed by misfortune … [in] serving with heroes.”  He’s talking about being captured by the Vietnamese, talking about getting ready to go out for his 23rd mission.  He’s saying that he was doing stuff for his own pleasure and pride.  Now he’s talking about being put into the cell.  Once they found out who his father was, they took him to a hospital, putting him simply in a cast, not setting the bones properly.  Saying that he couldn’t even feed himself, that he was no longer living for selfish independence.  Talking about being with 2 men.  “Those men saved my life.”  Talking about him being offered to leave early, but he refused, because there had been men shot down before him.  And that got a huge response from the crowd, as it should – he’s an American hero, and now they’re shouting “hero” – but he is a hero.  He’s an American patriot and hero.

He’s saying that after he turned down their offer, they abused him more than ever, and they eventually broke him.  He said he was ashamed, but a friend told him that he had fought as hard as he could, and no man can fight alone, but to get up and fight.  “I fell in love with my country when I was a prisoner in someone else’s. … I loved it because it was not just a place, an idea, a cause worth fighting for.  I was never the same again.  I was never my own again anymore.  I was my country’s.”  That was a GREAT quote.  It shows how much dedication he has to his country.  He doesn’t care about himself, but about all of us.

“If you find faults with our country, make it a better one. … become a teacher, enter the ministry, run for public office … teach an illiterate adult to read. … Our country will be better and you will be happier, because nothing is better than to serve a cause other than yourself.  I’m going to fight for my cause every day as your President. … With hard work, strong faith, and a little courage, great things are always within our reach.  Fight with me, fight for what’s good for our country, fight for opportunity for all.  Stand up and defend our country from it’s enemies.  Stand up for each other.  Stand up and fight.  We’re Americans, we never give up, we never quit, we never hide from history, we make history.”  And you couldn’t even hear him anymore, the crowd was just overwhelmingly loud.  They were just cheering and cheering him on.  “Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America.”

There you go – McCain emphasized his moderate views, his reformer views.  He also emphasized his conservative views, but showed that he’s not dedicated to the party, but the American people.  He is dedicated to the American people, and will fight for them if that means opposing Republicans, Democrats, terrorists, or anybody else.

Overall, I’d give it an 9/10.  It was REALLY good at the end, but at other parts, it just didn’t click with me.

Now, the balloons are falling as McCain and Palin’s families are on the stage now.  The crowd is still going wild.  Sarah Palin just said, “They’re beautiful” (at least I think that’s what she said – there’s no mic, I’m trying to read lips).

The balloons are continuing to fall, and the crowd is still cheering, it’s just a fun atmosphere.  McCain and Palin are going out and waving to the crowd, smiling together.  The McCains and Sarah Palin are now walking the crowd, and that is going to wrap up my coverage of the Republican National Convention.  Thank you for reading, and come back here for updates all through until November!

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Live: Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Pleading Guilty to Charges, Expected to Resign

September 4, 2008

This is happening live.  Kwame Kilpatrick is about to plead guilty, and he’s expected to resign as Mayor of Detroit.

The judge (supposed to be Judge David Groner, but I never saw anything that said anything today confirming that’s who the judge was) is now informing him of what right’s he is giving up (trial by jury, being assumed innocent until proven guilty, being able to testify, being able to cross examine witnesses, appeal this case).

He has  just said that he will waive those rights and plead guilty.

He has just said that he is pleased with the job his lawyers have done.

He has just said that he is ready to plead guilty today, saying, “I’m here,” implying that he wants this done as soon as possible.

They’re now showing the courtroom around him and wow, there are a LOT of people there.

Kwame Kilpatrick has just reentered.  The court is now officially in session.

Judge: “Mr. Kilpatrick, on the dates of October 11,  2004, at a civil deposition in the City of Detroit … and on August 29th … in the Wayne County Circuit Court, did you do something wrong that causes you to plead guilty today.”

Kilpatrick: “Yes, I lied under oath … regarding information that was relevant to claims made by [the police officers]. … I lied under oath … for the lawsuit.”

“The Court is satisfied and will accept the plea for the 2 counts of obstruction of justice.”

The Judge is now setting a sentencing date of October 28 at 2:00 P.M.  The judge has now gone on to another case for Kilpatrick.

Kilpatrick is to plead no contest to charge 1 and charge 2 will be dismissed (I’m not sure what charges these  are for now), and he is to tender a letter of resignation no later than September 18, surrender his law license, as well as 120 (I think that’s what he said) days in jail.

The judge is saying the charges are: public officer assaulting/obstruction.  So this was the case where he shoved the cop off the porch.  He’s pleading no contest to charge 1.  He will be convicted of this charge, and at the sentencing hearing, the 2nd charge will be dropped.

The judge is now making sure that Kilpatrick understands the rights that he’s giving up, just like he did with the perjury charges.

The prosecutor now gave the factual basis for the case, and the judge accepted the plea.

The sentencing date for that will be the same as for the perjury charges.

The judge is commending all lawyers on both sides of the case, including Prosecutor Kym Worthy, saying that he’s glad we could settle this today.

And they’re done.  Kilpatrick is now  hugging somebody – I think it’s his wife, but it might be his sister.  Kilpatrick is now leaving the court room.  Kilpatrick has  left the court room.

Well, that’s honestly something I didn’t expect I would see.  I figured it’d go to trial.  I’m glad to see that Kwame finally gave in.  They were saying something about pleading “No contest” and the possibility of a civil suit, so we’ll see what happens.

I’ll keep you updated if anything else develops.

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Analysis of Sarah Palin’s Speech at the RNC

September 4, 2008

OK, I’ve had meetings and homework all night, and I’ve been trying to catch up on these speeches.  Palin’s is so long that for now I’ll just analyze half, and then I have to get sleep, or I’m just gonna crash.  So, here goes:

Here she goes, “I will be honored to accept your nomination for the Vice President of the United States.”  And she got a big response right there (of course it was expected) – they really like her.

“I accept the call to help our nominee for President to serve and defend America, and I accept the challenge of a tough fight in this election, against confident opponents, at a crucial hour for our country, and I accept the privilege of serving with a man who has come through much harder missions and met far graver challenges and knows how tough fights are won.  The next President of the United States, John S. McCain.”  She seems very formal in her speaking (and remember, I had to leave for class when she gave her speech in Ohio, so this is really the first I’m seeing over her since she was chosen).

Now she’s talking about being committed when everybody counted him out of the election.  Talking about him saying he’d rather lose an election than a war.  “The pollsters and the pundits overlooked just one thing when they wrote him off.  They overlooked the caliber of the man himself, the determination and resolve, and the sheer guts of Senator John McCain.”  And that got a pretty good response.  “There’s a time for politics, and a time for leadership, a time to campaign, and a time to put our country first.”  She’s building McCain up as this great person for America, but I don’t know what’s different about it.  She seems to be doing it in a unique way, not stressing the moderate viewpoints, but just saying that overall, McCain cares for this country.

She’s talking about serving the country in the Navy, and talking about the troops in Iraq “who now have brought victory within sight.  And as the mother of one of those troops, that is exactly the kind of man I want as Commander in Chief.”  And now they’re showing her son.  But that’s a good quote from her – it shows that as a military mom, she trusts McCain to take care of her son and all the troops overseas.

She’s talking about her son going over to Iraq in a week, as well as her nephew who’s over there now.  She said that her family is so proud of all of the men and women serving the country in uniform.  Now chants of “USA” have broken out.

Now she’s back to talking about her family.  Now she just introduced her daughters.  They look like such a nice loving family, and the youngest daughter is so cute.  Bristol’s boyfriend (soon to be husband) is with Bristol now – holding her hand.  Again, I wish them the best!

She’s talking about her son, who has Down’s Syndrome and that “children with special needs inspire a very very special love.”  And that got a HUGE response from the crowd.  Sarah just seems like such an amazing mother – she’s down to earth and just comes across as so nice and loving.  She told families of special needs children that “if [we are] elected, you will have a friend and advocate in the White House.”

Talking about her husband, Todd, who is a union member, and that could help with union members, especially in Michigan, where the race is close and we have a lot of unions.  And she’s talking a bit about how they met.  The crowd loves him as the whole family stands up.  Honestly though, I think some of this could’ve been cut out to save time.  Maybe I’m just tired of speeches (or tired period), but I think this speech may seem too long.  She’s talking about her parents now.

She’s talking about hard working Americans who “love their country in good times and bad, and they’re always proud of America.”  Talking about farmers and factory workers, the working class citizens of America.

She’s talking about having the privilege of living in a small town and being a hockey mom and on the PTA.  And there’s some chants of “hockey mom” in the crowd.  “They say the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull, lipstick.”  That was a good one.

She’s talking about joining the PTA to make children’s education better, and running for city council.  She’s talking about being mayor of her hometown, and then running for Governor.  “I guess a small town mayor is sorta like a community organizer, except that you have actual responsibilites.”  ZING!  Wow – that got a great response from the crowd.  And that was just an exceptional point to make – showing that even rookie politician Sarah Palin has more experience than Barack Obama.

“I might add that in small towns we don’t quite know what to make of a candidate who lavishes praise on working people when they’re listening, and then talks about how bitterly they cling to their religion and guns when those people aren’t listening.  No, we tend to prefer candidates who don’t talk about us one way in Scranton and anothe way in San Francisco.  As for my running mate, you can be certain that wherever he goes and whoever is listening, John McCain is the same man.”  And it’s good to get that perspective of how offensive that was to small town Americans.  It really shows how out of touch Obama is, and how offensive that comment was to small town Americans.

And this seems like a good spot to stop for now.  I’ll finish up my analysis in the morning.

OK – back up and finishing her speech:

“Well, I’m not a member of the permanent political establishment … and if you’re not a member … some in the media consider a candidate unqualified for that reason alone.  Here’s a little newsflash for those reporters and commentators: I’m not going to Washington to seek their opinion.  I’m going to Washington to serve this great country.”  And that got a HUGE response from the crowd.  She’s showing that she’s not the same old politician that we’re used to, but that she CARES about the people she’s serving.

She’s talking about the right reason being “to serve the common good and to leave this nation better than we found it.”  She’s talking about being expected to govern with integrity and a servant’s heart, and she just promised to carry herself like that as Vice President.  She’s saying that this is the same spirit when she ran for Governor and stood up to corrupt politics.  She’s talking about true reform being hard to achieve, but she had the people’s support and was able to overcome the corrrupt machines inside of Alaskan politics.

She’s talking about ethics reform, and getting rid of stuff that Alaskan citizens shouldn’t have to pay for, such as the luxury jet that she put on eBay.  She said that there’s no reason that she needed a personal chef.

Now she’s talking about using the veto, and that McCain will use it to avoid wasteful spending.  She’s talking about ending earmark spending from Congress.  She said no to the Bridge to Nowhere.  If Alaska wanted to build the bridge, she said “we’d do it ourselves.”

She’s talking about breaking away from oil company lobbyists and breaking their monopoly on power and resources.  She said she’s a champion of competition and fairness.

Talking about the natural gas pipeline, “to help lead America to energy independence.”  She’s saying that we will have to rely less on dangerous nations.  We won’t have to draw from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve when a hurricane comes into the Gulf of Mexico.

“We cannot leave ourselves at the mercy of foreign suppliers.”  She’s talking about Iran and Russia trying to take over more and more of the oil supply.  She’s saying that “we need to produce more of our oil and gas. … Take it from a gal who knows the north slope of Alaska–we’ve got lots of both.”  And the crowd liked that one, but she makes a good point.  And there go the “Drill baby drill” chants again.  Anyway, Palin, an Alaskan understand more than most people that we CAN drill in and off the shore of Alaska, without harming the wildlife as a whole.  Will we hurt some animals?  Probably, but that happens ANY time we build anything.  With people come cars, an it’d inevitable that a car will hit an animal, but we don’t say, “We need to save the squirrels, so no more roads,” so why are we keeping from drilling in Alaska because we may wind up killing 100 or so animals?

Now she’s going on about drilling, that it won’t solve our problems, “but the fact that drilling won’t solve every problem is no excuse to do nothing at all.”  And that’s so true.  We should be doing EVERYTHING we can to end the energy crisis: drill for oil, build nuclear power plants, build wind power plants, etc….

She’s saying that a McCain Palin administration will drill, build a pipeline, build nuclear, wind, solar, geothermal, and other power plants.  She’s a nuclear power girl!  I like her!  Talking about using AMERICAN workers.

“I’ve noticed a pattern with our opponent … we’ve all heard his dramatic speeches before devoted followers, … but listening to him speak, it’s easy to forget this this is the man who has authored 2 memoirs, but a single major law or even a reform, not even in the state Senate!”  And  that’s awesome right there.  Reminding people that Obama has done pretty much nothing as a legislator shows that he’s inexperienced.  Inexperience is different than being new.  Palin is new, but she has experience.  She has actually DONE THINGS since she’s been in office, not vote “Present” or go around campaigning for President for 2 years.

“This is the (or a) man who can give an entire speech about the wars America is fighting and never use the word “victory” except when he’s talking about his own campaign.  And that right there makes the military families happy about McCain.

Now she made a joke about Obama’s fake White House columns getting taken back to a studio – it was a pretty good joke.  She’s saying he’ll take more money and weaken us as a nation in the world.  She said, “Victory in Iraq is finally in sight, and he wants to forfeit.”  She’s talking about Al Qaeda terrorists getting ready to attack us and “he’s worried that someone won’t read him (a terrorist) his rights.”  That’s good right there – she’s showing that a lot of what Obama wants is simply BAD for America.

“Government is too big, he wants to grow it.  Congress spends too much money, he promises more.  Taxes are too high, and he wants to raise them.  His tax increases are the fine print in his economic plan.”  He’ll raise income, payroll, investment income, death, and business taxes.  It’s good that she’s showing that Obama WILL raise taxes (other than those making around I believe it’s $40,000 a year or less, and trust me, $50,000 is not that much to live off of that you need to be taxed more).

She’s saying, how will these people be better off if Obama increases taxes?

“In politics, there are some candidates who use change to promote their careers, and then, there are those, like John McCain, who use their careers to promote change.”  And there you go – she’s showing that Obama is just using what America wants to hear to get elected, but in reality, he’s going to drive America into the ground.

“They are the ones whose names appear on laws and landmark reforms, not just on buttons and banners, or on self-designed Presidential seals.”  That was a good one again.

She’s saying that “there are those, like John McCain, that actually do great things,” that they’re the ones we can “count on to serve and to defend America.”  She’s talking about Senator McCain having a great record on reform, and that’s why lobbyists oppose him so much.  “He’s a man [who will] serve his country, and not just his party.  A leader who’s not looking for a fight, but sure isn’t afraid of one either.”  And that shows that McCain is different from other politicians, but he’ll stand up for what he believes in.  And the fact that liberals hate him, means that “we have chosen the right man.”  And she’s right here – the fact that liberals hate him so much, means that he’s what we need in the White House.

“Take the Maverick out of the Senate–put him into the White House.”  GREAT quote!

“There is only one man in this election who has ever fought for you,” contrasting that against Biden and Obama saying that they’re fighting for “you,” meaning the American people.  And that’s true.  All that Biden and Obama care about is getting themselves elected.

She’s talking about McCain bringing compassion, wisdom, and confidence to the White House, all because of what he faced over in Vietnam, seeing evil, and seeing evil be overcome.

She’s telling a story of McCain smiling and giving a thumbs up to a fellow POW, after McCain would come back from being beaten, a smile of encouragement and that everything would one day be OK.  “That is the kind of man America needs to see us through the next 4 years.”  And she’s right.  McCain has been through trials and tough times, and he’s shown that he can not only pull through himself, but help others pull through as well.

“For a season, a gifted speaker can inspire with his words, but for a lifetime, John McCain has inspired with his deeds.  If character is the measure in this election, and hope the theme, and change the goal we share, then I ask you to join our cause.  Join our cause and help America elect a great man as the next President of the United States.  Thank you, and God bless America.  Thank you.”

And there you have it, Sarah Palin’s speech to the RNC.

Overall, I thought it was a good speech.  She definitely appealed to the Republican base, portraying McCain as both a conservative and reformer (just like herself).  But she also showed that McCain is a Maverick on some issues, and some of her speech will appeal to undecided voters.

Overall, I say it was good, but it wasn’t the best speech I’ve heard through the conventions.  I’ll give it a 9/10.

Done Analyzing,

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Analysis of Rudy Giuliani’s Speech at the RNC

September 4, 2008

Here’s my next speech analysis.  This one is for Wednesday’s keynote speaker, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani:

He’s talking about him supporting John McCain, just like he said he would.  “This year, with what’s at stake, 2008 IS the most important election in our lifetime, and we’d better get it right.”  A great quote from Giuliani.  It’s emphasizing the fact that, sure we say that every year, but this year its actually true.  This is a major cornerstone for American and whoever wins will have a huge impact on the future of this nation.

“This election represents a turning point.  It’s a decision to follow one path or the other. … The citizens of  the United States get to decide the next President [then he lists liberals].  Not anyone else but the people of America.”  And the crowd begins to chant “USA.”  And that’s just basically him saying, “Don’t pay attention to Hollywood and the media bias.  Go out and vote for a good candidate, John McCain.”

“To those Americans who still feel torn in this election. … Think about it this way: you’re hiring someone to do a job, an important job, a job that relates to the safety of yourself and your family. … You have 2 job applications in your hand with the name and the party affiliations blocked out.  They’re both good and patriotic men … You have to decide, “Who am I gonna hire?”  He’s talking about McCaain having “passed every test. … Even his adversaries acknowledge … that John McCain is a true American hero.”  And he’s talking about McCain’s sacrifice, and that really appeals to the undecided voters, and it especially appeals to military families.  He’s talking about McCain knowing that “America comes first,” and that McCain has shown that he knows this.

He’s talking about McCain running for House and Senate as a foot soldier in the Reagan Revolution.  Then he switches over to Obama, a man who’s gifted with a great education, who “worked as a community organizer.  What?”  And the crowd really liked that.  “He worked!  I said–I said–Okay, okay, maybe this is the first problem on the resumé.   He worked as a community organizer.  He immersed himself in Chicago machine politics.”  Talking about him being elected to the State Legislature, “and nearly 130 times, he couldn’t make a decision, he couldn’t figure out whether to vote yes, or no.  It was too tough.  He voted, ‘Present.'”  And these were some great quotes here.  He first went and took Obama’s “experience” as a community organizer and showed that it’s basically useless.  Then he went and showed that Obama basically did NOTHING when he was a state legislator.

“‘Present’ doesn’t work in an executive job.  For President of the United States, it’s not good enough to be present.  You have to make a decision.”  And that was a great line there – it really shows just how inexperienced Obama is.

Now he’s talking about Obama being a “celebrity Senator.”  He’s saying that Obama has never run a city, state, business, military unit, and he’s never had to lead people in crisis.

“He is the least experienced candidate for President of the United States in at least the last 100 years.  Not a personal attack, a statement of fact.  Barack Obama has never lead anything, nothing, nada.  Nada.  Nothing.”  People are really liking Giuliani.  This is so far a much better speech than I expected.  He’s really emphasizing that Obama doesn’t know how to run anything when it comes to executive power, and Giuliani is an expert when it comes to this.

“The choice in this election comes down to substance over style. … This is no time for on the job training.”  Another great quote!

“We agree with Joe Biden.  One time.  One time, when he said that, until he flip flopped and changed his position.  And yes, being President means being able to answer that call at 3 in the morning.  And that’s the one time we agree with Hillary.  I bet you never thought Hillary would get an applause at this convention. … Well no one can look at John McCain and say that he’s not ready to be Commander in Chief.  He is and he’s ready and we can trust him to deal with anything, anything that nature throws our way, anything that terrorists do to us.  This man has been tested over and over again, and we will be safe in his hands, and our children will be safe in his hands, and our country will be safe in the hands of John McCain.  No doubts!”  Those are some great quotes.  He’s really firing up the crowd, and really pushing the fact that McCain is ready to lead, and he’s shown before that he CAN lead.

He’s talking about Obama saying that this election is about change vs. more of the same, but it’s actually good change vs. bad change.  “Because change is not a destination, just as hope is not a strategy.”  GREAT quote showing that Obamahas no knowledge on what to do with Iraq, let alone most key issues.

Talking about McCain will lower taxes and reduce govnerment to strengthen the dollar, lead us to energy independence, and get us to drill off shore.  The crowd chants, “Drill baby drill.”  And Giuliani is just laughing and so happy.  He’s really enjoying and feeding off of the energy of the crowd, and then putting his own energy back into the crowd.  They are loving him and this speech.  He can’t even get a sentence out.

He’s saying that McCain will promote growth, jobs, and prosperity.  “We need John McCain to save our economy and make sure it grows.  But we need him for a more important purpose … John McCain will keep us on offense against terrorism at home and abroad.”  And this is where McCain’s strong points are – national security.

“For four days in Denver, the Democrats were afraid to use the words, ‘Islamic terrorism.'”  He’s saying that they’re afraid they’re insulting someone if they use that phrase.  “Who are they insulting when they say, ‘Islamic terrorism’?  They’re insulting terrorists!”  He’s saying that they hardly mentioned September 11th.  He’s saying that they’re in denial “about the biggest threat that faces this country.”  “John McCain can win and bring victory for this country.”  He’s talking about McCain supporting the troop surge.  Now he’s just rapidly emphasizing McCain’s strong points when it comes to national security, and he’s really showing how great McCain is when it comes to these issues.

“In the single biggest policy decision in this election, John McCain got it right, and Barack Obama got it wrong!”  Showing just how bad Obama is when it comes to national security, a huge contrast to McCain.  He’s saying that McCain took a political hit for the good of the country.

Now he’s talking about Obama flip flopping on public financing, an undivided Jerusalem, and wire-tapping.

“I tell you.  If I were Joe Biden, I’d wanna get that VP thing in writing!”  That was a GREAT line.

Now, he’s quoting McCain, “I’d rather lose an election than a war.  Why, because that’s John McCain.”  Again, a great quote – showing that that’s McCain’s personality, showing that McCain has America’s best interest at hand.

Now he’s talking about McCain’s stance on the Georgia/Russia issue and that Russia has to respect the integrity of other nations.  Quoting McCain, “We are all Georgians.”  Obamafirst said that both sides were equally responsible, just like he described the relationship between Palestine and Israel.  He later changed his position and said that the UN Security Council could find a solution.  He’s saying that apparently nobody told him that Russia has veto power in the UN Security Council.  So he changed again, and put out a statement basically the same as McCain’s.  “I have some advice for Senator Obama: next time, call John McCain.”  And hat was such a GREAT example.  He showing that Obama flip flops on so many foreign policy issues.  He’s changed his timetable for Iraq so many times that I don’t even remember how long he’ll keep us there anymore.

He’s saying that like Ronald Reagan, McCain will enlarge our party.  He’s saying picking Palin was a choice for the future, that she represents a new generation.  And that she has more executive experience than the Democratic ticket combined.

He’s talking about her being a mayor, and that he likes that about her.  He’s saying that Obama said it’s not flashy and cosmopolitan enough for him where she was mayor.  He’s talking about her reducing taxes and government spending and her stances on energy.  He’s said that she’s one of the best governors in the country.  “She has an 80% approval rating.  You’d never get that in New York City.”  “This is a woman who stands up for what is right,” talking about her stopping corruption and standing up to corruption INSIDE the Republican party.

“Can you imagine how they’re gonna shake up Washington!  Look out!”  Talking about them being Mavericks.  “How dare they question whether Sarah Palin has enough time to spend with her children and be Vice President.  How dare they do that.  When did they ever ask a man that question?”  And they’re flashing over to Cindy McCain and the Palin family, and they’re all agreeing, including Bristol Palin, by nodding their heads.

He’s talking about giving people the right to work, giving parents choice for where kids go to school, and believing in America’s success, “a shining city on a hill” – a Reagan quote!  “So my fellow Americans, we get a chance to elect one of our great heroes and a great American.  He will be an exceptional President.  He will have with him an exceptional woman who has already proven that she can reform and that she can govern.  And now the job is up to us.  Let’s get John McCain an Sarah Palin elected, and let’s shake up Washington and  move this country forward!  God bless America.  Thank you.”

Wow – wow – that was the BEST speech I’ve heard from both conventions.  That right there my friends is a 10/10.

He hit everything he needed to hit.  He shored up the moderates, the conservatives, the economic conservatives, the national security conservatives.

That was a great speech, a very energetic speech, and one of the best speeches I’ve ever seen.

Done Analyzing,

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Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s Guilty Plea Postponed Until Tomorrow Morning

September 3, 2008

This is developing news coming out of Detroit right now.  Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick had been expected to plead guilty to charges in the original text message scandal case at 5:15 P.M. EDT today before Judge Edward Ewell Jr., the presiding judge of the Criminal Division of Wayne County Circuit Court.  Apparently the details of the plea deal hadn’t been completely ironed out by 5:15, so the decision was made to postpone the court appearance until 9:00 A.M. tomorrow, where he’ll appear in front of Judge David Groner.

At this point in time, I have to say that this has not been confirmed.  All that we know for sure is that Kilpatrick will be in court tomorrow morning.  One of Kilpatrick’s defense lawyers, Joseph Niskar, told reporters, “I can tell you it’s a not a bond motion.  We’ll see.”  He specifically did not answer the question of whether or not Kilpatrick will be taking a guilty plea.

After reporters headed over to the Wayne County court due to rumors that a plea deal was to be made around 5:00, Maria Miler, a spokeswoman for Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy told reporters, “We believed a plea was imminent. … We believe it may take place [Thursday].”

Kilpatrick’s attorney, James Thomas, told reporters, “It is apparent that they are close” to a plea deal.  Thomas had been at forfeiture hearings that Governor Jennifer Granholm had been holding today to possibly remove Kilpatrick from office.

Now, I fail to see why a guilty plea is even being offered here.  It’s CLEAR that he perjured before.  I see no reason that we should let him off easy.  I say take it to court and if he pleads guilty, then he pleads guilty, but I wouldn’t be offering a plea bargain here.  I think there’s enough evidence to avoid this.  Of course, I don’t know ALL of the facts, but just from what’s been released, I don’t think any jury could find REASONABLE doubt to not find him guilty.  Then again, weirder things have happened in Detroit.

I’ll keep you updated as anything more develops (and if I get time, I’ll try to get some transcripts from today’s hearing by Governor Granholm).

Done Reporting,

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