the vindication of kwame kilpatrick

Earlier this week, Time magazine singled out Detroit’s inept, corrupt, scandal-prone Mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick, as one of the three worst mayors in the US… One wonders if they would have said the same thing had they waited until today though, what with the new Detroit theme song, “What It’s Like in the D,” being released and spreading like wildfire over the globe, erasing every bad perception that ever existed, and fixing problems that years of hard work and legislation never could have.

This is an exciting day. This is the day that everything changes for Detroit. You can feel it in the air… And clearly someone at Time owes the Mayor an apology.

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  1. Posted April 21, 2005 at 10:42 am | Permalink

    How can you talk with your tongue stuck so far in your cheek?

  2. Posted April 21, 2005 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    Listen: In the D

  3. George Hotelling
    Posted April 21, 2005 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    This is the perfect background music for a montage of the city being fixed! Now we’ll just have a bunch of shots of the city turning around (and occasionally some hillarious kids goofing off) and by the end of the song it’ll be “a great time in Detroit.”

  4. Posted April 21, 2005 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    Maybe we could reuse some of these shots and pretend the last 40 years never happened.

  5. Posted April 21, 2005 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    City on the Move is one of my all-time favorites! Followed only by Detroit You’ve Never Met

  6. Vistor
    Posted May 13, 2005 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

    What a bunch of fools. To think listening to some local garage band music is to somehow save Detroit. Stop talking or listening, and start doing. Create businesses, build tourist attractions (not casinos), and reduce crime, etc, etc… Or don’t. It’s your city, screw it up all you want.

  7. Part of the City
    Posted May 26, 2005 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    This song sounds absolutley terrible. And it does not reflect anything that is currently taking place in the City of Detroit. I work at one of the City Departments, and everyone in this building is very concerned for their future as an employee. The population of low-income citizens is about to grow ten-fold, and the services provided to those families who cannot afford their utility bills, or rent, or mortgage, is going to be cut drastically. The people of Detroit and the State of Michigan better wake up and realize this City is in rough shape. Not a day after a house burned down across the street from my office, people were stealing the siding so they could get money. The brick is missing off of other homes so that people could get money. The community is desperate, the City is Desperate, and we need someone in office with common sense about running a business and compassion for its people.

  8. Teddy Glass
    Posted May 26, 2005 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

    I don’t doubt that things are desperate but I can’t imagine that the number of people on welfare is going to grow by ten-fold. For that to happen, the number of people living in Detroit would have to grow enormously and I don’t see that happening.

  9. Posted May 26, 2005 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    I wouldn’t be so sure, Mr. Glass. People with money are the ones moving to the suburbs. Detroit’s 2%+ personal income tax is a big deterent to living in the city if you make honest money.

  10. john galt
    Posted May 26, 2005 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

    best thing for detroit would be to somehow create a clone of Sherman from DNA, then this time have him burn detroit.. then start over. To stop him just create a clone of Robert E. Lee.

  11. Posted June 3, 2005 at 11:32 pm | Permalink

    Check out this Kwame T-Shirt

  12. Posted June 4, 2005 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    What do the Maya have to do with it? Wait… didn’t the Maya cause the collapse of their civilization by burning up all the trees making cement for monuments?

  13. mark
    Posted June 4, 2005 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    Human sacrifice at the Manoogian Mansion!

  14. Posted January 30, 2008 at 12:27 am | Permalink

    Kwame’s shenanigans continue…as he rips $9 million+ from the ravaged city he mismanages to pay for the coverup of his sex and text message scandal.

    When will Detroit elect an honest mayor?

    Look for Kwame to apologize in front of a church…then spend more of Detroit’s meager funds on his personal Fun Fund…trips to Hawaii…cars on the city books for his wife…credit card purchases…and maybe a new girlfriend–without the city-funded pager this time???

  15. Posted January 30, 2008 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

    Kwame…a thug; a thief. No integrity, no scruples, no conscience, no shame. At a time when a once-great Detroit needs a leader, all she has is this coward.

  16. egpenet
    Posted January 30, 2008 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

    The Detroit business community (whoever THAT is) … and with whom the Mayor had a “deal” to keep it straight … needs to pull the plug on his (dis)honor. What’s really sad about Detroit is … I don’t think they (whoever they are) have the nerve to ask for his head. He’ll keep hiding in the mansion and doing his thing. They (whoever they are) made a deal with the devil … but anybody knows, you gotta keep the devil WAY down in the hole.

  17. Dwayne Jones
    Posted February 6, 2008 at 10:45 am | Permalink

    Looks like Kwame made a fool of someone. Time Maginzine doesn’t owe anyone an apology. Citizens of Detroit who voted for Kilpatrick got exactly what they deserved. To bad some folks had the blinders on. They probably still do!

    Blaming, “Da white man” never gets you anywhere.

  18. egpenet
    Posted February 6, 2008 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

    EMU benefits as a result … having the “better” man as its superb legislative lobbyist … Freeman Hendricks.

  19. Mathew
    Posted February 8, 2008 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    In some eastern european countries Kwame means liar or lying, so what’s new with kwame, he is afterall living up to his name.

  20. Robert
    Posted December 11, 2009 at 2:16 pm | Permalink


    DETROIT (AP) — Attorney General Mike Cox will give a deposition in a lawsuit claiming ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and others stifled the investigation into a stripper’s slaying.

    Friday morning’s deposition will be in federal court in Detroit.

    Attorney Norman Yatooma is suing Kilpatrick, the city and a former police chief for $150 million on behalf of Tamara Greene’s three children. Greene is rumored to have danced in 2002 at a never-proven party at the mayoral mansion.

    She was shot to death in April 2003. Her murder remains unsolved.

    Cox investigated the party, but says he found no evidence to prove it took place. He has referred to the rumors as an “urban legend.”

    Cox is seeking the GOP nomination in the 2010 governor’s race.

  21. Robert
    Posted December 11, 2009 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

    Sorry about the “DEPOSITION” misspelling in the title of the article posted in the previous comment. Here’s the report from Channel 7 WXYZ Detroit:

    And here’s more on Mike Cox’s suspicious handling of the Manoogian/Greene investigation:


    By David Ashenfelter
    FREE PRESS staff writer

    Michigan State Police Detective Sgt. Mark Krebs testified in a deposition last month that the state investigation of the rumored Manoogian Mansion party struggled against stonewalling by Detroit police, pressure from Attorney General Mike Cox’s office and reluctant witnesses.

    The out-of-court testimony was taken in connection with a federal lawsuit filed by the family of slain stripper Tamara Greene. Here are excerpts from that testimony.


    Krebs said Deputy Michigan Attorney General Tom Furtaw, who has since died, quickly began pressuring investigators to finish.

    “Tom Furtaw wanted this closed out within the first two weeks,” Krebs said.

    “Tom appeared to be under a strain to get this closed out quickly because Mike Cox wanted it done. …

    “For somebody to tell me to hurry up to close this out, I thought that was unusual.”


    Krebs said the investigation suffered a major setback when Furtaw and Assistant Attorney General Suzan Sanford wouldn’t authorize a search warrant for hospital records to identify the beaten stripper, saying they didn’t see a need to do so.

    “They just didn’t see it,” Krebs said. “The words were, quote, unquote, ‘They just didn’t see it.’ ”


    Krebs said he was surprised that Cox wanted to interview the mayor without State Police investigators present.

    Krebs added: “I was told by my lieutenant colonel, Bob Bertee … through Tom Furtaw, that Mike Cox had told him just to consider this meeting between Cox and Kwame Kilpatrick a meeting between two politicians and let it go at that.”

    “What does that mean?” asked Greene family lawyer Robert Zawideh.

    Link to Free Press article:–Way-probe-handled-was-%5C-unheard-of%5C-

  22. Robert
    Posted December 17, 2009 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

    I guess it doesn’t bother too many people that our state attorney general and leading contender for our next governor is (by our state’s standards) an admitted felon.

    from wiki:

    Adultery law
    Cox received nationwide press in 2007 when the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled that adultery could, at least in theory, be prosecuted as first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a resulting life in prison sentence. This unanimous decision was reached as a result of an appeal sought by Cox’s office on a drug case that touched in part on this strange loophole in the law.[23] In November 2005, Cox himself admitted to committing adultery while accusing Oakland County lawyer Geoffrey Fieger of blackmail, claiming that he threatened to reveal the affair if Cox did not drop an investigation into Fieger’s alleged campaign finance violations.[24][25] Cox said his personal conduct was “inexcusable” and had reconciled with his wife. Cox did not publicly reveal the fact that pursuant to MCL 750.30, one of the laws he swore to uphold, adultery is held to constitute a felony. Pursuant to MCL 750.31, however, only Cox himself, his wife, or parties to the marriage (if any) of the co-adulterer or adulterers with whom he committed felonies may pursue a complaint for prosecution of felony adultery. Cox did not recuse himself from the decision to file a complaint for prosecution of his adultery notwithstanding the apparent conflict of interest.

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