“It Is Time For A Change In America, And That Is Why I’m Running For President Of The United States!” Barack Obama Delivers Nomination Acceptance Speech To 80,000! Steps Into History!
Thursday evening, around 8pm standard mountain time, Democratic Presidential nominee Barack Obama, stepped out of the political arena for a short time, and into United States history. Barack Obama became the first African American in U.S history to accept the nomination of a major political party. Standing in a stadium, that some estimate held almost 80,000 registered Democrats and a general audience of Obama supporters, Barack Obama stood poised and ready to do what it was that he came to Invesco Stadium to do: deliver a powerful acceptance speech that would shape and define his campaign for the next 67 days. Obama began with the crowd stirring line, “America, we are better than the last eight years!”
Barack Obama didn’t play softball Thursday. He played NFL style football with some serious tactical defense and offensive maneuvers. Obama, for the first time in the eighteen months that he has campaigned, attacked the policies and judgment of presumptive Republican nominee, Senator John McCain. “John McCain has voted with George Bush 90% of the time,” Obama pointed out. “I don’t know about you, but I am not ready to take a 10% chance on change.” Quick to point out that McCain should be honored and respected for his military valor, Obama on the other hand fired verbal missiles at McCain for being out of touch and “simply not getting it.” Obama’s verbal missiles continued with the Democratic Presidential nominee sarcastically, with an ‘in your face’ bravado, attacking McCain about his passive position towards the ‘war on terror’ in Afghanistan and the Bush administration’s non-existent efforts to apprehend Osama Bin Laden, the master-mind behind 9/11. Obama even shamelessly alluded to the fact that if Bin Laden were in a cave, McCain wouldn’t go in after him!
That’s Barack Obama on attack!
Senator Obama finally did what Republicans and their naysayers have complained about for months. Obama laid out his plan. Among making the usual political promises of cutting taxes, Obama told the crowd of more than 80,ooo at Invesco Stadium, that he would cut taxes for all 95% of middle class families. Obama said that he would “spend $150 million dollars to find renewable, affordable sources of energy…and invest in clean coal technology.”
With gasoline prices hovering nationwide around $3.66 a gallon and strategists claiming that oil prices are on a slow rise again, Obama promised that if elected, ”in ten years we (The United States of America) will finally end our dependence on foreign oil in the Middle East…NOW is the time to stop this addiction!” Public education is a major failure made even more critical by the Bush administration’s “No Child Left Behind.” This law has left children in urban neighborhoods farther than just ‘behind’ with schools closing because of not meeting up to the “No Child Left Behind” unstable and poorly thought out fantastical educational guidelines.
Obama, a strong advocate for education, announced that his Presidential plan is to develop an early childhood education program for children entering school and to hire more teachers and increase teacher’s salaries. Obama took universal health care to another level by making the plight personal. He mentioned that his cancer stricken mother, from her hospital bed, had to fight the insurance companies to get the health care coverage she needed but was discriminated against because of her illness. Many in the stadium and the millions watching could very much relate. Obama said that if he were to win in November, he would see to it that Americans have the same health care coverage that those in Congress have at their disposal.
A night filled with history, promises and plans, Barack Obama made a Super Bowl effort in cementing the loyalty of his supporters and winning over Hillary Clinton die-hard supporters. Reminding the world-wide audience that despite what the Republicans have said about him and his inexperience, “[This campaign] has never been about me. It is about you! It is about you!.”
“Change,” Obama concluded emphatically, “doesn’t come FROM Washington, but TO Washington.”
The Motown Sound was the backdrop for Michelle Obama, the wife of Democratic Presidential nominee Barack Obama, to deliver the speech that would give the nation a better glimpse at who her husband is. Michelle Obama was introduced Monday evening at the Democratic Convention, first by her older brother, Craig Robinson, head basketball coach at Oregon State and then to the Stevie Wonder hit “I Was Made To Love Her.”
How fitting that the Motown tune was selected to showcase Michelle Obama because essentially, that is what her speech set out to do. Michelle Obama’s mission in her speech Monday was a two-fold one. The first goal that Michelle Obama set forthin her speech was to connect with those would-be voters who believe that she and her husband are ‘elitists’. By repeatedly emphasizing that she is a girl from the ‘south side’ of Chicago, a traditional working class family that maintained strong familial ethics with the very same goals and dreams as every other American family, Michelle Obama commented that “the American Dream endures. Barackand I were raised with the same values.”
Recognizing that Monday marked the 88th anniversary of women obtaining the legal right to vote and the 45th anniversary of Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech, Michelle Obama poignantly said that “I stand here today at that cross current of history knowing that my piece of the American Dream is a blessing and hard earned by all of them.”
Among those that Michelle Obama recognized for their “hard earned” trek into history is Senator Hillary Clinton:
“…People like Hillary Clinton who put those 18 million cracks in that glass ceiling so that our daughters and sons can dream a little bigger and aim a little higher.”
The second and most important connection that Michelle Obama’s speech was intented to make is why her husband should be elected to the highest office in the country. Through out her speech, Michelle Obama made many a reference to Barack’s core values, his hope, dedication, resilence and concern for the citizens of America. Michelle Obama reminded the Convention delegates that her husband’s intentions has never been to acquire wealth and prestige, but to help those less fortunate.
Concluding her speech, Michelle Obama summed it all up this way:
“This [election] we will listen to our hope instead of our fears. This time we decide to stop doubting and to start dreaming. This [election] time, in this great country where a girl from the ‘South Side’ of Chicago can go to college and law school and the son of a single mother from Hawaii can go all the way to the White House…we have committed ourselves to building the world as it should be.”
At the end of Michelle Obama’s passionate and at times, emotional speech, Motown shut it down again with Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely?” The Obama’s two daughters joined their mother onstage with Senator Barack Obama, via satellite, to congratulate Michelle on a job well done. As the Obama family left the stage, another legendary Motown group, The Spinners’ “A Mighty Love,” ushered in the conclusion of the Obama campaign’s orchestrated love fest.
Did Michelle Obama’s speech Monday do the job that it was intended to do? Will voters, come November, choose Barack Obama because he is the champion of the oppressed, a loving husband and father, and the Presidential hopeful that can most effectively establish the frequently over-used word “change?” Will voters see Barack Obama as a beneficiary of the “American Dream” and a conduit to theirs? Can Barack Obama deliver on his campaign promises of universal health care and a “responsible end to the War?”
Michelle Obama would have us to believe that Barack Obama can do all of this and leap a building in a single bound.
The staff here at ‘Lavande & Chocolat Amer” have come to this sickening reality: We are sick and tired of being sick and tired of covering Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his never-ending and confusing antics. We are tired of trying to make some sort of sense out of the circus that is going on in Detroit. One reporter told us that “it is a real live zoo here in Detroit.”
We agree. That is why all of us here at “Lavande & Chocolat Amer” have decided to call a Kwame Kilpatrick “black out.”
Until the Kilpatrick-Beatty trial begins, we will no longer present stories about the embattled Detroit Mayor and the Detroit City Council. We do have one exception, however. The decision whether or not to remove the mayor that is to be handed down by Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm WILL be reported. This is the only exception.
We at “Lavande & Chocolat Amer” made this collective decision because our personal opinions about the mayor and his legal issues was beginning to cloud our journalistic integrity and steal our time. “Lavande & Chocolat Amer” is an African American news and commentary site that prides itself in being objective, neutral and opinionated according to the principles of journalism. We are NOT a 24 hour Kwame Kilpatrick news wire service, of which we had slowly become.
So, no more Kwame until his and Christine Beatty’s perjury and criminal misconduct trial in the Fall.
We’re on a “Kwame Kilpatrick Strike!”
With just the right touch of excitement in his voice, Democratic Presidential hopeful Senator Barack Obama made known the worst-kept secret these past forty-eight hours: Senator Joseph Biden is Obama’s Democratic Vice Presidential choice. The six term senator from Delaware appeared to be overjoyed as he joined Barack Obama on stage in Springfield, Illinois, for what will be their only joint rally appearance.
In his introductory speech, Obama called Senator Biden “one of the finest public servants of our time.” Obama also stated that he was looking for “a man with a distinguished record. A man with fundamental decency. That man is Joe Biden…he is completely suited to be my partner as we work to put our country back on track.”
In a noticeable slam against current Vice President Cheney, Obama said that “instead of secret energy task forces stacked with big oil and a vice president that twists the facts and shut the American people out…I know that Joe Biden will give us some straight talk!”
Concluding his speech, that brought back memories of the Barack Obama the nation met in 2004 at the Democratic Convention, Obama emphatically pontificated:
“Now with Joe Biden at my side, I am confident we can take this country in a new direction…we are ready to overcome the adversity of the last eight years. We won’t just win this election in November, we will restore that fair shot at your dreams that is at the core of who Joe Biden is and what I am and what America is as a nation.”
In another embarassing moment for the King family, Dexter King, who was slapped with a lawsuit by his siblings, Martin Luther King III and Rev. Bernice King weeks ago, filed a counter-suit in Fulton County Court in Georgia, Monday, August 18, 2008. The intial suit alleges that Dexter King mismanaged the King Center and the Estate of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Inc., of which he is the chairman of both, for his own profit and benefit.
In his counter-suit, Dexter King accuses his siblings of doing exactly the same thing.
The suit gives example after example of alleged misuse of the King Center by Bernice and Martin Luther King III. Dexter King alleges that his brother, King III, used the Center to hold his wedding reception without joint authorization. Dexter also alleges that King III has access to a $55,000 luxury sport utility vehicle that belongs to the King Center. Whereas, Bernice King, Dexter points out, uses the King Center to promote her own agenda. The lawsuit details a rally that was held at the Center in support of a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriages. Dexter points to the fact that the King Center philosophy and policy is one of inclusion as Dr. King stood for.
In a recent telephone interview, Dexter King was quoted as saying that “my siblings, Bernice in particular, was trying to use the King legacy to further their own personal and religious agendas.”
What a sad, sad, footnote in the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and his wife, Coretta Scott King. This family against family, sibling against sibling is straight up ridiculous! It is apparent that all three King children are at fault. They should know better than anyone else what their parents stood for. No one should have to remind them, but unfortunately, it seems like someone should. This lawsuit, both of them, is an embarrassment and a humiliation for all of us. How dare these three adult children of Dr. King and Coretta Scott King fight over a legacy that was given them through the assassinated blood of their father and the hard work, perseverance and loyalty of their mother!
Pointing fingers and pontificating empty, meaningless words is not what the Kings were about. Infighting and bringing one another to court most certainly happens to be the invisible and irreparable giant ink blot on the memorial to Dr. King that stands in Atlanta.
The lawsuit, both of them, is a waste of time and taxpayers money. Each King sibling could very well be guilty of misusage where the King Center is concerned and also guilty of mismanaging monies that rightfully belongs to the King Estate. It is very likely. But, the real solution should be a private one. The King siblings need to come together with a mediator and an outside accountant and conduct an audit. When the findings from the audit are known, then the King siblings should proceed from there. Starting from scratch. The beginning. A clean palate. This time, a checks and balances system should be inaugurated by the mediator so that accountability is expedient and fair.
However, if a judge hears this case, it will totally be out of the King siblings hands. The judge will do all of the things that was outlined in the previous paragraph and if the accounting isn’t exact, or just plain doesn’t add up, then someone is going down. Because if the accounting is found criminally fraudulent, then a King child is going to prison! If the accounting is found criminally tampered with, that means that taxes have been knowingly withheld from the U.S government; then WE ALL KNOW what that means. Prison time in the federal penitentiary.
So, King siblings, continue to act like stubborn, spoiled children, spitting on the foundation that your parents built and gave their lives for like the ungrateful children that you have become. Squabbling and playing tit for tat. If you don’t straighten this mess out before the courts get a hold of it, you’re gonna wish you had. What a horrible day it will be to see one of Dr. King’s children hauled off to the pen in hand-cuffs.
Presumptive Presidential Democratic nominee Barack Obama has chosen Delaware Senator Joseph Biden to be his Vice Presidential ticket partner, Obama officials announced via text and emails to the media Saturday.
Senator Joseph Biden began his senate career in 1972, at the age of 29. He is currently on the Judiciary Committee and the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Senator Biden has ran for President of The United States twice. The first time was in 1998 and then again in 2007-2008. Biden respectfully bowed out of the campaign in January of 2008 after losing the Iowa primary.
Biden is known as a leader in foreign policy and has a strong bipartisan ethic which earned him the respect of both Democrats and Republicans.
Senator Biden is also a strong opponent against acts of crime and violence against women and children. Biden authored and was successful at getting passed the Adam Walsh Act, the Violence Against Women Act and the Violent Crime Control And Law Enforcement Act also known as the Biden Crime Bill.
Senator Joseph Biden has been married twice. His first wife, Neilia, who gave birth to the couple’s three children, was killed in a car accident that also took the life of one daughter, Naomi, in 1972. A single parent of two sons, Biden remarried in 1977 to Dr. Jill Biden. Together, they have one daughter. In 1988, Biden suffered two aneurysms that were successfully clipped during brain surgery. The condition has not resurfaced.
I am the consummate reader. I truly am. I like variety. I like a full-bodied story. I like a story that can bring me into the plot and make me believe that I am right in the thick of the action. A novel has to capture my attention within the first two paragraphs. If not, it is a rarity that I continue reading. Being a book reviewer, I have read everything. Literally. Good novels, ugly novels. Sad novels, tragic novels. Romance novels, and Jackie Collins novels. I have also dabbled a bit into the ‘street’ or ‘urban’ novels.
With ‘street’ novels these days, there is an explosion of sorts. Omar Tyree claims to be the catalyst to the twenty-first century ‘street’ novel resurgence. Then there is my personal favorite, Vickie M. Stringer, publishing magnet of Triple Crown Publications. Vickie’s TCP happens to be the foremost publisher of ‘street’ fiction. Her company has gone international! But Vickie’s story begins after serving a bid in federal prison for being a drug ‘queen-pen’ in Columbus, Ohio’s biggest drug bust ever. Vickie decided to tell her story of life as a naive college girl, turned out and into street life by her drug dealing boyfriend in “Let That Be The Reason.” But she couldn’t find a publishing house that would take her manuscript. Always a sista trying to get her grime on, Vickie decided to self-publish her novel. Doing so, instead of hustling ‘in the life,’ Vickie M. Stringer turned her life story into a legitimate business where new authors, with a gritty story to tell, can do so freely.
Vickie Stringer, a Detroit native, is carrying the torch that another ‘hustler’ trailed years before. Detroiter and legendary author Donald Goins has sold over five million copies of his sixteen novels written in a five year time span. Goins was murdered execution style in his home in Highland Park, Michigan one evening in October 1974. His common-law wife, Shirley, was murdered right along side of him. Their two children were locked away in the basement.
Some say that Goins was murdered because of a drug debt. Others say that he was murdered because his novels were too realistic to be fiction. In other words, he supposedly talked too much about the wrong people. No one will ever know the full story because neighbors pleaded ignorance and legend has it that the killers were from out of town.
What is known, though, is that the body of work Donald Goins left behind is a prolific one. Getting his inspiration from reading an Iceberg Slim novel, Donald realized that he could legitimize his ‘street game’ by writing books about the world he was immersed in. Donald Goins wrote what he knew. He knew about pimping because he had been one. He knew about the dope game because he was a heroin addict. He knew about the ‘life’ because he lived it.
My first Donald Goins experience happened purely by accident. I was fourteen and a freshman in high school. My locker partner was reading this book she borrowed from her big sister titled “Donald Writes No More.” On the cover was a picture of this man in a casket holding some paperback books. First of all, I was freaked out by the cover. Is that a real dead man? In a casket? Next, this guy is a writer? When my friend finished the biography, I immediately grabbed it and took it home to read. I read it all in one night. I was intrigued and hooked.
From that point on, I was on a hunt for Donald Goins. I knew that his books weren’t in the school library. But the liquor store across the street from school had a few for sale. My first book? “Dopefiend.” Scared the crap outta me! I knew dopefiends, had personal experiences with them because they lived in my neighborhood. Practically next door. Okay. Next door. But to actually get a picture of how they operated and survived from day to day, I was scared straight! Then I had to buy “Whoreson.” The shock began at the very beginning of the book. A prostitute gives birth to a baby boy and decides to name him exactly what he was: a whore’s son. What? Names have a spiritual effect contrary to what some perceive. Donald Goins knew this particular bit of psychology when he penned “Whoreson.” Whoreson lived up to that name and much more.
From “Whoreson” I went into one of my favorite Donald Goins tales, that of a “Black Girl Lost.” Reading “White Man’s Justice, Black Man’s Grief,” I was given the realistic picture of the justice system as it existed in Detroit during Donald Goins’ life. When I was a teenager, a lot of the places that Donald Goins wrote about in his books were long gone. Either due to the expansion of I-75 or the destruction of the ’67 riots, those historic neighborhoods of Blackbottom survive only in the story-telling of Donald Goins classic books.
Those books, even though I read them in secret, gave me a clear cut choice of what I could become if I didn’t listen to my parents, teachers and mentors advice. I didn’t need to experiment with drugs because Donald Goins showed me a picture of myself as a dopefiend. I knew to avoid the sweet, slick talk of smooth hustlers driving Cadillacs and wearing flashy, showy jewelry with the flyest threads and gators, straight from City Slicker and The Broadway. Feigning any type of interest in that lifestyle could land me on the dark corners of Woodward between Six and Eight Mile. You get the idea.
As a writer, Donald Goins inspired me to press forward despite adversity. A life long addict, somehow Donald Goins was able to crank out the novels despite jonesing for another fix and surviving poverty. Though popular, Donald Goins was broke down poor. So broke that his wife walked the streets to put food on the table…and heroin in Donald’s veins. Donald Goins’ heroin addiction was overwhelming, all consuming and overpowering. Heroin, a chemical substance derived from a poppy plant, but far more powerful and addictive than any other drug on the street; changes the chemical balance of brain cells upon the first hit. This leads to instant addiction. Having first discovered heroin in Korea, Donald Goins suffered his entire adult life with the battle of chasing that heroin high. In his books, Goins true to life depictions of dopefiends, the realism of shooting up, chasing that ‘smack’ high, the horrible pains of withdrawal, are as vivid and bright as a Claude Monet original. This is because Donald Goins was writing from his own personal tragedy. I felt and believed that as a voyeur in his world.
So, every ‘street’ novelist has got to give it up to Donald Goins because he was the first to give it to you straight from his 232 Cortland flat. One more thing, a true ‘street’ novel isn’t something that is drummed up out of a fictitious mind entirely. True ‘street’ stories comes from first hand experience or knowledge. A reader can always tell the difference. It’s in the story-telling. It is legitimate. Not fake like Rick Ross.
Hip Hop, too, owes its’ existence to Donald Goins. But that topic is for a different dissertation.
Donald Goins writes no more…but he doesn’t have to. He left a piece of himself and the autobiographical seedy side of ‘street life’ for posterity. Donald Goins, in all sixteen of his novels, never sugar-coated or glossed over and glamorized what it meant to be ‘in the life.’ As his own life ended tragically and abruptly, so Donald Goins truthfully left the message, for all those generations after him that would pick up his books, that the moral of his tales are simple: ‘BEWARE! The streets will eat you alive…and whole.’
If you are an avid reader of “Lavande’ & Chocolat Amer,” then you are familiar with the assessment that was given here in regards to the state of affairs in Detroit. Though the calls for Mayor Kilpatrick’s head in the form of a resignation letter would be a slight improvement in Detroit, it would just be that…slight.
As was seen all over the country Thursday, justice is spelled grammatically different in Detroit, Michigan. Only in Detroit will you find an obvious and blatant “suspect” Circuit Court Judge name Leonard Townsend, practice his own tailored style of justice for a man that has been charged with multiple felony counts and found in violation of his bond. Because Mayor Kilpatrick is “an important person,” in Judge Townsend’s eyes, it is ”unfair” to impose a restrictive consequence to a defendant that has repeatedly shown contempt for the bond that he is under. The defendant shouldn’t have to wear an embarrassing electronic tether on his person so the Court can be well-informed of his movements. In Judge Townsend’s eyes, all of this is mere “silliness.”
Well, I do agree with Judge Townsend on that point: the silliness of this entire Kilpatrick saga.
Yes, it is “silly” for the mayor of a major city in the U.S. to be walking around with a tether on. But who caused this minor event to occur? The mayor himself by knowingly and purposely violating the conditions of his bond and landing his behind in jail. That was straight up “silly.” When the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department attempted to serve a subpoena on one of Kilpatrick’s friends at his sisters’ residence, and the mayor proceeded to instigate a shoving match, that was “silly,” too. Cheating on your wife like she is just a nobody that birthed three of your children, that is “silly.” You know that I can continue with this train of thought, right?
But Kwame Kilpatrick isn’t the worst part of Detroit’s problems. As I previously mentioned in a another column, Detroit needs to be cleaned from the top down. It is more than obvious to the world that a lot wrong with the city of Detroit stems from those who have the power or are a part of the power structure. With the performance of Judge Townsend, so alarmingly and appallingly on ‘the take,’ it is not hard to understand why Kwame Kilpatrick is still in office. How could a judge out and out, in front of the whole entire viewing audience, bend the rules with an ‘in you face’ sarcastic attitude and a smile, and the citizens of Detroit not riot?
It is because the rotting stench of back-door politicking has become a way of life in Detroit. While the mayor temporarily gains a victory because he “is an important person,” African American men in Detroit are being shuffled to jail for life on trumped up convictions just to close out a potential cold case. While it is okay for the mayor to ‘jump bail’ by “simply going across the street” to Canada, (which by the way IS a country, Councilwoman Barbara Rose Collins!) can the same be said for ole ‘Joe Blow’ on Kercheval? Doesn’t someone in his life deem him “important,” too?
So, the next African American man that comes through the court of Judge Townsend should expect, no deserves to be treated like the mayor was today, right? WRONG! The corruption going down in Detroit and that was on perfect display for the world to see, doesn’t begin or end with the resignation of Kwame Kilpatrick. He is just a minor player in these stench-drenched games.
After the circus of mad justice that went down in Detroit Thursday, Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick released an ambiguous statement to the public announcing “that I don’t want to be a distraction at the Democratic Convention.” Yet, he did not disclose whether or not he would be in attendance.
This is a good thing for Kilpatrick, especially after a judge ruled late Thursday that Judge Townsend was wrong in eliminating the bond stipulation of Kilpatrick having to wear an electronic tether. A possible ruling in favor of the emergency appeal that the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office filed Thursday, would effectively suspend any of Mayor Kilpatricks’ traveling plans which could more than likely include an appearance in Denver.
A Michigan spokesman for the Obama campaign told The Detroit News that Kilpatrick “would be a distraction if he goes as a super-delegate.” Brent Colburn further explained that “the focus of the convention should be on Barack Obama” and “not the troubles of one individual.”
In a startlingly turn of events early Thursday, Wayne County Circuit Judge Leonard Townsend, shockingly lifted the restrictive bond placed on Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, reversing the court-ordered decree by Judge Ronald Giles for the mayor to be placed on a tether and all travel privileges suspended. The ruling took the entire courtroom by surprise because visiting Judge Leonard Thompson was to preside over the arraignment and hearing of Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and former Chief of Staff Christine Beatty on perjury charges. Kilpatrick’s defense team had not filed an appeal with the court concerning Judge Giles’ ruling that suspended Mayor Kilpatrick’s traveling privledges and enforced a twenty-four hour monitoring of the mayor by an electronic tether.
Judge Townsend, however, rescinded that order and declared that the bond restrictions were “silly” and that the mayor is “innocent until found guilty.” In fact, the mayor himself admitted in court to Judge Giles that he was GUILTY of violating his bond making the remarks of Judge Townsend “suspect.” Assistant Prosecutor Lisa Lindsey vehemently exclaimed that two (2) previous judges had indeed found Kilpatrick “guilty of violating the conditions of his bond” and emphatically called out Judge Townsend on his legal right to terminate the bond restrictions put in place by Judge Giles without a “full-blown hearing complete with witnesses and testimony.” For her indignation at the court, Judge Townsend responded by condescendingly stating that Ms. Lindsey had “lost (her) composure.”
Judge Townsend reasoned that the bond restrictions on the mayor was “unfair” and biased because the mayor is “an important person.” Jude Townsend also made a point of commenting that the mayor should in fact be in attendance at the Democratic convention based on its’ “importance and significance” arguing that the mayor would not chose to jump or violate the conditions of his bond because “everyone will know where he is…in Denver at the Democratic Convention.”
Asst. Prosecutor Lisa Lindsey, one of four members on the team to prosecute Mayor Kilpatrick, informed the court that she was outraged by the decision and that the Prosecutor’s Office would indeed file an appeal immediately. The first round of the emergency appeal was filed and granted Thursday afternoon when a ruling overturned Judge Townsend’s order to remove the electronic tether from the person of the mayor.
The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office released this statement late Thursday:
“Today the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office has filed an Emergency Motion To Review Pretrial Release with The Michigan Court of Appeals. The appeal is taken from the ruling of visiting Judge Leonard Townsend modifying Defendant Kwame Kilpatrick’s conditions of bond. Judge Townsend ruled that the defendant does not have to wear an electronic monitoring devise and that he may travel to the Democratic National Convention.”
The crisis that the city of Detroit faces is not an insurmountable one. Okay. I’ve said that. The next logical phase in this steady progression of bad government and worsening politics is not hard to decipher. It is just a matter of what is right and what is wrong. Unfortunately, in the world of twisted politics, what is viewed right is perceived to be wrong and what is wrong is applauded as ingenious politicking. Such as that quick stop “across the street” to Canada that Mayor Kilpatrick made days ago.
A lot of folks at this point are calling for the mayor’s resignation. Again. But this time around, those on the resignation bandwagon aren’t the card carrying ones from earlier this year. These new voices come from business and religious leaders. One religious leader in particular, the mayor’s former pastor, has publicly called for the mayor to step down. However, as this runaway train heads for a crash-landing, and believe me it will, is the calling for Kwame Kilpatrick’s resignation the key to healing a city that has been in crisis since the last breath of the Coleman Young years?
The resounding answer is shockingly: NO! Kwame Kiplatrick’s voluntary removal from mayoral duties can not even begin to fix what is deeply wrong with Detroit city government. Kilpatrick’s departure will only be a tiny band-aid on a gapping shot gun wound to the back. A band aid won’t stop the massive bleeding and the internal damage. Kwame Kilpatrick has been in office for almost seven years. The city, no matter what his administration offers in way of data, under Kilpatrick, has not benefited in the areas where it truly counts.
Neighborhoods, despite new development, are still languishing on the verge of existence and invisibility. Schools, schools that have a rich history in Detroit, are being closed down. Crime and violence has overtaken the city and no one seems to have a workable plan to combat it. The city streets are dirty and filthy with piles of garbage collecting in various corners due to the lack luster bulk pick up program. Most importantly, Detroit’s vulnerable citizens, seniors citizens, voices are being ignored and at times preyed upon. Major grocery stores have left the area and with it variety and comparison-shopping. Malls are steadily closing down. Transportation services are fraught with shortages, basically unsafe and unreliable.
How will the resignation of Kwame Kilpatrick save Detroit?
It won’t. It’ll feel really good, but won’t help Detroit’s situation. Kilpatrick knows this as well. He also knows that he isn’t the only one responsible for the chaos in Detroit. More than likely Mayor Kilpatrick feels that if he has to step down, a whole gang of folks should be packing up right alongside of him. Kilpatrick is absolutely correct. If Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick steps, everyone associated directly or indirectly has gotta go.
For instance, like Chief of Police Ella Bullings Cummings. Pack it up. Text messages show that she and a couple of others in the police department knew of the plan by former chief of staff and lover of Mayor Kilpatrick, Christine Beatty, to unjustly fire three Detroit Police officers simply because they did what the taxpayers of Detroit pays them to do. Folks have been charged, arrested and jailed falsely. Knowingly. Why? The Mayor wants to wrap up a case in the public eye immediately and Chief Cummings bows to the pressure and arrests innocent people, trashes their names in the media and then releases them silently through the back door of Police Headquarters.
Fire or ask for the resignation of every top head of ALL city departments. I mean one and all. Get rid of them. Both of my grandmothers have complained about being double-billed for city taxes. When they have rushed down to pay these taxes and questioned as to why their homes are being threatened with city and county foreclosure because of non-payment of taxes, when this is obviuosly not the case, the city officials told them both that this is a new taxing method that the city has. It was slipped under Detroit tax payers noses to get more fees. Huh? Fire them.
City Council? Get rid of them, too! Martha Reeves knows nothing from nothing about Detroit government and could really care less. It was because of name recognition and nostalgia for those “dancing in the street” Motown days that got her elected. Detroiters need to stop this nasty habit, too. That is how Alonzo Bates, Barbara Rose Collins and Monica Conyers were elected to the Council. Name recognition. Not job performance or potential. Send ‘em packing, too! Clear out all cronies aka friends and family that only want to collect a check and perks, too! These are a gigantic part of the equation as well. For more analysis, take a survey of people working in the Kilpatrick administration that are connected to or a direct descendant of a cronie. You will be greatly surprised at what you find.
When you have cleaned Detroit city government thoroughly, with bleach and Pine-Sol, you will be amazed at the lovely smell and atmosphere that will permeate through-out. A new, clear and sanitized atmosphere that will allow for some real healing and work to be done. The last time Detroit city government had a deep cleansing of this kind was back in the early seventies when the legendary Mayor Coleman Young swept through Detroit governmental offices like a hurricane. Okay. Like a handsome African American “Mr Clean.”
It has been almost thirty-six years since Detroit had a good cleansing. Don’t you think that it is waaay past due for another one?
Legendary singer-songwriter, producer, arranger, composer and actor Isaac Hayes was found dead at home by his wife early Sunday, Memphis police announced. Found near a still-running tread mill, Hayes was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Isaac Hayes was 65.
The man many knew as “Black Moses,” Hayes made a name for himself as a songwriter at Stax Records writing major hits for Sam and Dave, The Emotions, Mable John and Carla Thomas. But in 1969, things changed dramatically for Isaac Hayes. With the release of his debut album, “Hot Buttered Soul,” Isaac Hayes was on his way to becoming a icon. With deep, rich and lush orchestrations that rose to a orgasmic crescendo, Hayes was able to transform soul music into a totally new listening experience.
Bald, black and beautiful, with a huge long gold-chain like rope cascading from his body, Isaac Hayes embodied a feeling in time that enraptured Afro-America. His stance was one of a strong, talented and inspirational African America man, even though there were some in Caucasian American who were threatened by this beautiful specimen of a man.
Isaac Hayes went on to score the cult classic, “Shaft,” which made him and the tough but debonair ladies man Richard Roundtree famous. Hayes was recognized for his stellar composition and scoring of “Shaft” with an Academy Award. He was the first African American to walk away with the statute in the category of “Best Film Score.”
Isaac Hayes made nine consecutive albums between 1969 and 1979. Some of the favorites are: “Hot Buttered Soul,” Black Moses,” “Joy,” “Live at the Sahara Tahoe,’ and “Chocolate Chip.” Isaac Hayes was the recipient of three Grammy Awards and numerous other accolades.
To the newer generation, Isaac Hayes portrayed the witty and wise ‘Chef’ on Comedy Central’s “South Park.” His tenure there was interrupted by his rumoured displeasure with “South Park” writers over a proposed episode that poked fun at Christian Scientists, a faith that Hayes practiced.
Issac Hayes, a symbol of musical genius, dead at 65.
“That was my man,” long-time fan Francine Stigler reminisced late Sunday afternoon. “I used to play his music from sun up to sun down!”
You sure did, Mom.
John Edward’s Affair and the Media Circus Surroundng It; Smoke Screen For Potential U.S. War Against Russia
How can it be that the biggest story on the news at the moment is about John Edwards and his affair?
John Edwards is not running for the Democratic nomination. He is not running as a Vice Presidential candidate. He is not campaigning for either Senators McCain or Obama. Why is the media running around like a chicken with its head cut off over a story that in no shape or form matters? It is simply because the American media, ran by Caucasian males, like to hear titillating illicit sex stories about one of their own. It is a sad hypocrisy about America in general. In public, the media and government claim to be against pornography and any sexual conduct outside of heterosexuality, when privately, these very acts are entertained and encouraged. The facts speak for themselves.
The real story is taking place in what was formerly the Soviet Union. Georgia, a province of Russia is being repeatedly bombed by Russia. Georgia, claiming independence, is under attack for its democracy. Georgia has been calling for the U.S to help them. So far and the media is always shaky with figures, more than 2,000 Georgians have perished in the bombing. If the U.S. DOES come to the aide of Georgia, it will result in the THIRD conflict that the U.S. will have a hand in, simultaneously.
Think of the tax dollars, the billions of dollars that will go overseas to finance this “war.” Where will the troop numbers come from? A draft, perhaps? Will a war be the propellant to McCain getting his foothold in the White House?
With those issues on the horizon, why isn’t the attack on Georgia taking prominence, center stage, instead of this ‘John Edwards Cheated on Sick Wife’ ridiculousness? Maybe this is being done purposely by the media to keep you and I in the dark about what is REALLY the story of the day.
The Associated Press has just reported that one of ‘The Original Kings of Comedy,’ Bernie Mac has died as a result of serious complications from pneumonia. Bernie Mac was 50.
An inspiring and multi-talented African American man, Bernie Mac was able to parlay a past-time into a fortune. Growing up poor and living on a diet of “bologna for dinner,” Mac once said, “it was through a little luck and perseverance” that he was able to transcend a poverty-stricken existence to star in some of Hollywood’s notoriously financial blockbusters such as, “Bad Santa,” the “Ocean’s Eleven” franchise, “Transformers,” “Friday,” “Get On The Bus,” and the stellar “Original Kings of Comedy” tour and documentary by Spike Lee. Currently Mac has two films in post production.
“The Bernie Mac Show,” a magnificent sitcom about raising his drug-addicted sister’s children in California, earned Mac the prestigious Peabody Award in 2002. When the “Bernie Mac Show” premiered, it took America back to the “Cosby Show” with excellent values, realistic situations, a loving married African American couple that formed a stable nucleus to sustain a family. The major problems came with FOX constantly changing the date and time slot of the show due to so-called ‘low’ ratings. Despite the ratings and movement of “The Bernie Mac Show,” it continued to win numerous NAACP awards and was beloved by the African American community.
Bernard Jeffrey McCullough, born October 5, 1957, also known as Bernie Mac, “was a good father, raised his kids. My heart goes out to his family. This is a heartbreak,” lamented fellow “Original Kings of Comedy” stand-up comic, morning show host and friend Steve Harvey. “My heart goes out to his family,” Harvey said this morning.
Bernie Mac…Dead at 50.
Mayhem has literally broken out on the streets of Detroit. Protesters have formed outside of city government offices with placards and voices screaming, “Free Kwame! Free our Mayor!” Dissension is in the air and the citizens of Detroit are at one anothers throats over the Mayoral Madness.
But could this all perhaps be a part of the master plan? What master plan, you ask? The plan to run away with a legal victory in favor of Kwame Kilpatrick. Far fetched? Could be. But the facts, however, proves the case.
Why would Mayor Kilpatrick knowingly break the statutes of his bond just to go across the bridge for a 90 minute meeting? Especially after Judge Giles had specifically told him not to appear before his court with another bond violation or else? Being the mayor of a large and thriving city, Kwame is used to the usual above and below board perks. Isn’t one of those perks being able to contact any judge in the city of Detroit, informing and requesting an okay to handle “emergency” city business? Does anyone really believe that a judge would turn down this request? As the mayor, what red tape existed that Kilpatrick patriots could not have cut in an expedited fashion to save a city in crisis?
Kilpatrick has top-notch legal representation that he pays enormous fees to, or so he alleges. Did he perhaps run this emergency past them? Did they agree to his scheme to run across the bridge to save the city of Detroit? Did they warn him of what would be the out-come if he violated the conditions of his bond?
Or did they encourage him to do so?
Ponder this: Prosecutor Kym Worthy has a pretty strong case against Kwame Kilpatrick. She has text-messages. She has public apologies. She has the resignation of Christine Beatty. She has piles and piles of testimony from the civil lawsuit that cost Detroit taxpayers nearly nine million dollars. She has an open and shut case for perjury and criminal misconduct. Any “Law and Order” fan will accurately surmise this. How can you beat a case with this much evidence?
Strategy. With all the media and citizen hoopla going on in Detroit, where will the Kilpatrick legal minds find an unbiased jury? A jury without passion or a jury who could really care less in the city of Detroit? EVERY ONE has an opinion in the ‘D.’ With Kilpatrick’s arrest yesterday, which made nationwide headlines, will it be hard to get a change of venue? Take the trial to Howell, or Flint, or Northville. Anywhere but Detroit. Anywhere the population is resistant and neutral to Kilpatrick and the climate can be manipulated.
Would Kwame Kilpatrick, who claims ”I listen to my attorneys,” go along witha plan that included an over-night stay in the Wayne County Jail, simply to deconstruct and prepare a whole new case, complete with new faces and places? If this is the plan, IF this is the plan, Kym Worthy gets part of her wish granted. It is true that the 36th District Court may lean a great deal towards the Kilpatrick administration. IF the hypothetical plan succeeds, then the motion to change venue is more than likely.
YET, taking the trial that has affected every living soul in Detroit for almost six years now, out of the city limits, PERIOD, is not a good thing. Maybe Kwame’s attorneys have found a way to beat an air tight case of solid truth with a technicality.
It happens all the time.
Contributed by Lavande’ & Chocolat Amer Staff Writer Shala-LaNice Stigler and Editorial Director Tracey Ricks Foster
Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, jailed Thursday for violating his bond, was released on a new restrictive bond this morning by Judge Thomas Jackson. The terms of that modified restrictive bond includes a $50,000 cash bond, Mayor Kilpatrick will wear an electronic tether device and all travel, business or pleasure, will be suspended.
In other Mayoral news: Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox has formally charged Kilpatrick with two felony assault counts or obstructing an officer of the law. This occurred when Wayne County deputies attempted to serve a friend of the Mayor’s at his sister’s residence last month. Kilpatrick, present at the home, incited a struggle with the deputies. If convicted, Mayor Kilpatrick could face up to two years on each count and a $2,000 fine.
Detroit City Council members are meeting in their chambers at this hour discussing mayoral forfeiture proceedings. This meeting was scheduled before Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was shipped to the Wayne County Jail for violating his bond.
In a stunning twist of events, the Detroit City Council finds itself in a more poised position to successfully wrestle control of the City of Detroit from its’ embattled mayor. Governor Jennifer Granholm has agreed to begin mayoral removal proceedings on September 3rd, per the request of the Detroit City Council.
Late Thursday, Council President Ken Cockeral, Jr. said that it is a “very unfortunate saga that we hope draws to a conclusion real soon.” Barbara Rose Collins, Detroit City Council member expressed her feelings on the matter:
“I think he (Kilpatrick) should resign. I don’t like those Kilpatricks. The fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree.”
Not wanting to get in the middle of the tug of war struggle between Detroit City Council and Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, a war which has been raging for seven months now, Gov. Jennifer Granholm has decided to get her feet wet.
Thursday evening, a representative from the Michigan Governor’s Office announced that Gov. Granholm had indeed set a hearing date for September 3, 2008, in order to hear arguments regarding the removal of Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick from office. More than likely, Gov. Granholm was forced to reconsider her neutral stance after the jailing of Kilpatrick Thursday.
Detroit City Council asked Gov. Granholm to intervene in the process of removing Kilpatrick from his mayoral duties soon after the mayor was indicted on misconduct and perjury charges stemming from the firing of three police officers, and an alleged affair with his top aide, Christine Beatty.
Another one for the scrapbooks. Jailed Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s mugshot has been released to the public. This is his second mugshot in months. Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was jailed Thursday afternoon after a 36th District Court judge found him guilty of violating the terms of his bond.
Wayne County Sheriff Warren Evans held a press conference Thursday afternoon, after the Mayor was safely transported to the Wayne County Jail in Downtown Detroit.
“The Mayor will be treated no better or no worse than every other prisoner in the same situation in the Wayne County Jail,” Evans explained. “The Mayor will be put in a restrictive area for high profile people. This goes in accordance with the policies that dictate how to handle high profile prisoners.”
Wayne County Deputy Sheriff Warren Evans also added that because of the altercation that the Mayor incited between himself and a Wayne County sheriff a few weeks back, Kilpatrick’s involvement with the inside administration ”will be restricted to some extent.” Mayor Kilpatrick will have access to his attorneys and allowed a visitor within 24 hours.
Thursday morning, Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick stood before 36th District Court Judge Ronald Giles and said “I’m sorry.”
“This is not an affront to you and this court…I have been doing the best of my ability. I always listen to my attorneys and I am trying to be a good mayor.”
With that, Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick went into his litany of excuses for why he knowingly and consciously broke the terms of his bond on July 23. The first target? The media. “I have been under intense media scrutiny for the past seven months.” He then started to elaborate about the numerous helicopters and reporters that follow him every day. “That reporter right over there,” Mayor Kilpatrick pointed out in the court room, “sits outside my house every day.”
Then Kilpatrick blamed “the $300 million dollar deficit that was left to me by the previous administration.” That would be former Mayor Dennis Archer. He indirectly blamed the Windsor City Council for nearly letting the Detroit/ Windsor Tunnel fall through the cracks. If it was not for his own quick thinking and timing, Mayor Kilpatrick explained, the City of Detroit would have eventually come to a screeching halt.
“If I didn’t dig in to get this deal back on track,” Kilpatrick rattled on, “700 police officers would have lost their jobs, fire fighters would be laid-off and recreation centers would have to close.”
Which is why Mayor Kilpatrick made the “emergency decision” to make a quick jaunt across the tunnel to “make a presentation to the Windsor City Council and I succeeded,” meaning he was able to convince the Windsor City Council to go along with the deal to run the Detroit side of the tunnel. “I respect the process and I did violate the bond because the Windsor City Council had decided to veto the deal,” Kilpatrick confessed boldly. So, the blame also is shared with the Windsor City Council.
He concluded his statement by saying: ”I told my sons to watch these proceedings because I did something wrong. I’m not disrespecting you or this court or the City of Detroit.”