Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Behind Closed Doors No More

It’s over. The door has been opened to the public. Kilpatrick can leave it alone now. In other words, let it go. The Michigan Supreme Court said the bucket argument doesn’t hold water. There is a hole in the pail.

I am so glad that all that was said and done is finally available to everyone and anyone to view. Hopefully, now what the h#@$ was carried out in the name of justice can be seen by all. We will all be able to see the pile of sh#@$ that was dropped in our laps and told to deal with it! Your money and my money has in the past and now in the future will be paying for this mess for a long time. Lies, lies, and more lies are now going to be brought to the light. I don’t know about you, but I am ready to SCREAM as loud as I can in Kilpatrick’s ear. WHAT THE H#$@ WERE YOU THINKING? DO YOU THINK I AM STUPID?

The sad part to all this is, Kilpatrick and his posse still think it was a political campaign. I got an e-mail that tries to blame the newspapers for “his” fiasco. As I said before, I am a journalist and I know better when it comes to what is legal and what is not. It’s part of being in business as a journalist. Picture this scenario. I just cut off Kilpatrick’s hand when I caught him with it in the cookie jar. As we stand in the kitchen - face to face - with the bloody hand in mine, Kilpatrick is swearing to God, it is not his. That I am imagining things.

We all know the old saying, “too much, too little, too late.” I wonder if Kilpatrick has ever heard it before. Lord knows I have tried repeatedly to give Kilpatrick the benefit of the doubt, being young and all, but this just shows how arrogant the brother was and still is. What was read on the news this afternoon from the documents was appalling, one deal to cover another deal and no explanation to the city council on the details. If they don’t take it upon themselves - as the charter allows - to remove Kilpatrick from his throne, then it will be time to give them a look over. But that’s another story that I am sure will be told soon.

To all of you out there in Metro Detroit, you better start demanding your rights, like the newspapers did. If you don’t, then we might as well continue fighting in the Middle East for somebody else’s treatment and forget about our own.

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Friday, February 08, 2008

Give me a Break

Okay, the sh*** has hit the fan and Mayor Kilpatrick needs to let it go. Let go of what you ask? Let go of the bull he is trying to mislead the public with. No, the news media did not gather their information illegally. If they had, they would have been no different from the news media of yore. Remember back in the day we - the Black Americans - would say the news media never let us have a voice. Now that we are the voice of the people, the mayor wants us to believe we don’t know how to tell the truth.

As a former newspaper columnist, I know for a fact that I, nor any other news reporters could possibly write untruths and not get caught. I know that we would do prison time if we did. Let us not forget the Black women - whom I will not name here - in Washington that told the lies about the kid in the ghetto. She wrote a week long expose on the child, won awards and then was discovered to be lying about the whole thing. Believe me when I tell you; a good journalist is not stupid enough to do a repeat job, especially, when it comes to government leadership and tax dollars.

Here is what I believe is Mayor Kilpatrick’s problem. It’s called an ego. Although his has been bruised somewhat, he still has an obsessive preoccupation with himself in the sense of “I made an egregious error but so what,” I am still the best thing running Detroit. I really don’t think he realizes just how much damage he has done or how to deal with it. His ego won’t let him face the music with grace. Instead, he’d rather face it with the “in your face” attitude of the streets.

It is so amazing to me that the Detroit mayor has no clue as to how much harm he has committed or the price he will have to pay for it. If I remember it correctly, it goes, “too much, too little, too late” having been exposed to continue hiding what one has done. Whatever went on between the mayor and the fired police officers have to be reckoned with and continuing to pretend it won’t, is just plain stupid. Mind you, I have never thought of Mayor Kilpatrick as stupid but, the way he is dealing with all this is showing me he has bad days just like the rest of us. In other words - like us - sometimes we don’t think before we speak or act then get upset when we get caught.

My suggestion to the mayor, stop, take a deep breath, think on it, look in the mirror, then ask yourself, how would I feel if the shoe was on the other foot and I was the one who had been duped? Then he should think that old refrain, I will tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help me God. Amen.

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