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Detroit: Worst City in America

Posted by redsatellite on September 5, 2008

Has to be. I mean…c’mon. It’s a cesspool of everything wrong about a large industrial city.

Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick pleaded guilty to felony charges here on Thursday and agreed to resign from office and serve 120 days in jail, ending eight months of political turmoil but also opening a new era of uncertainty for the city.

After the agreement, Gov.
Jennifer M. Granholm of Michigan suspended her hearing on whether to remove Mr. Kilpatrick for misconduct, relieving her of being in the awkward position of possibly ousting the mayor, a fellow Democrat, from office.

The City Council that will now try to bring stability to the nation’s 11th largest city is known for its volatility.

And some members of the Council are under federal investigation for possibly taking payoffs before approving a multimillion-dollar sewage contract. 

Detroit is a violent corrupt urban landscape. And may very well be- the most dangerous city in America (although Los Angeles is closing fast). And now it’s criminally mismanaged with no real leadership?

One big recipe- for disaster.

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And They Broke Me

Posted by Mark on September 5, 2008

I’ve never liked McCain. He didn’t follow the Party line. He was frustratingly obstinate.

Now, after this line, I understand.

Brokenness is a deep concept. And there is no doubt that no other Presidential candidate has ever spoken of his brokenness, his moment of absolute weakness as John McCain has tonight.

Until one is broken, one cannot follow from the heart. In John McCain’s brokenness, he became more than the sum of his parts. And to admit this in this most public of puplic forums shows a strength and depth of character unknown to national politics.

He is a great man. And for me to say that requires me to take back alot of what I’ve said and written in the past. Good job.

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McCain’s Speech 6: The End of the Beginning

Posted by Mark on September 5, 2008

Well done, Senator!

He nailed it at the end. Worth reading the speech, will go down as a classic, I think.

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McCain Speech 5 Home stretch

Posted by Mark on September 5, 2008

Drill here, drill now. Yep.

Americans know better than that. They do.

He’s inspiring optimism, back to Reagan basics.

Going after not just Iran, but Putin in Russia as well.

We face many threats in this dangerous world, but I’m not afraid of them. I’m prepared for them. I know how the military works, what it can do, what it can do better, and what it should not do. I know how the world works. I know the good and the evil in it. I know how to work with leaders who share our dreams of a freer, safer and more prosperous world, and how to stand up to those who don’t. I know how to secure the peace.

The heart of the difference between him and Obama.

“Known by the scars.” An oblique Messiah reference.

Not my own man, but my country’s. Powerful, beyond anything Obama can even concieve.

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McCain’s Speech 4

Posted by Mark on September 5, 2008

Education: the civil rights issue of this century. Nice.

He’s giving some specifics, not quite a State of the Union speech, but enough to blunt the criticism coming from the Obama camp of “no specifics.”

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McCain’s Speech 3

Posted by Mark on September 5, 2008

Back to the basics of Reagan. Rush must be cheering in Florida right now.

“We believe…” A conservatives creed. I need to come back to this.

He’s giving specifics on his tax plan, that’s good.

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The McCain Speech continued

Posted by Mark on September 5, 2008

I’m reminded of Mike Huckabee’s story of the school desks carried in by Veterans.

Lost their trust. He’s saying hard things, things the convention doesn’t want to hear. Leaders do that.

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The McCain Speech

Posted by Mark on September 5, 2008

Live blogging the McCain speech.

Good intro. The fact he can’t lift his arms above his head, and the reasons why, add to his charisma.

“No success comes without a good fght.”

Opens with gratitude to Bush. Good job.

Well, code pink has arrived. What idiots.

McCain handled it well.

Change is coming.

Ya know, I believe him when he says he will try to change the Washington culture.

I’d rather lose an election than watch my country lose a war.  Great, great line.

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