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[quote="MrHardcandy"][color=darkred]I want Black folks to stop BITCHING about the game, and start PLAYING it TO WIN.[/color][/quote]

. . . . addendum, I still want the agitators to agitate and bitch BUT AT THE SAME TIME play to win.

mirrors what I said to my fellow hysterically black agitators so many years ago, "y'all march outside, I'm going inside to kick ass."
Thu Mar 14, 2013 8:56 pm View user's profile Find all posts by aisha Send private message

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[color=darkred]I guess I'd feel that way if the muthafuckaz outside weren't like a bunch of ants who had a blade of grass blown across their path. Agitators seem to agitate just to agitate and DON'T understand the issues and DON'T play for the long gain. They just want something to be pissed off about TODAY.

I'm over that shit. For real. Shit makes protest and agitation less and less effective and subjects the entire community to ridicule.

Sorry...I'm just in the middle of this shit down here and I wan't to put the entire DeKalb/Georgia NAACP on a bus headed off a cliff.[/color]
Fri Mar 15, 2013 3:14 am View user's profile Find all posts by MHC Send private message

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DAMN.....the message is brothers in high places need to keep their business on the legit tip at all times or YT will put your d%ck in the dirt FOREVER! He could have killed 99 black people and gotten a lesser sentence.

Kwame M. Kilpatrick, Disgraced Detroit Mayor, Gets 28-Year Sentence
Published: October 10, 2013

DETROIT — A federal judge on Thursday sentenced Kwame M. Kilpatrick, the former mayor of this beleaguered city, to 28 years in prison for widespread corruption that prosecutors say deepened the city’s financial crisis.
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“At the very least, a significant sentence will send a message that this kind of conduct will not be tolerated,” said Judge Nancy G. Edmunds of United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, before she read the sentence.

The punishment, which matched what prosecutors had sought, ranks among the strictest in such major state and local public corruption cases.

Mr. Kilpatrick, 43, was convicted of two dozen counts in March that included charges of racketeering and extortion, adding his name to a list of at least 18 city officials who have been convicted of corruption during his tenure as mayor.

His sentencing comes at a sobering moment for the city he once led, which is now remaking itself in bankruptcy court as residents wrestle over whom to blame for the fiscal mess. For Detroiters, Mr. Kilpatrick’s meteoric fall — from potential savior of a struggling city to prison-bound symbol of financial mismanagement — may be the closest they will get to holding past leaders accountable for decades of disappointment and poor fiscal decisions.

“He’s become the poster child of what went wrong with the city and why it went bankrupt,” said Adolph Mongo, a political consultant who worked for Mr. Kilpatrick’s re-election campaign. Yet he said it was unfair to pin the city’s problems on any single elected leader.

“It was a house of cards,” Mr. Mongo said of Detroit’s fiscal health. “Kilpatrick was the last card. He fell and it knocked everything down.”

Or, as prosecutors recently wrote in court documents: “Kilpatrick is not the main culprit of the city’s historic bankruptcy, which is the result of larger social and economic forces at work for decades. But his corrupt administration exacerbated the crisis.”

Mr. Kilpatrick’s lawyers, who were pushing for a sentence of no more than 15 years, emphasized to the judge Mr. Kilpatrick’s achievements as mayor and argued that he had been unfairly targeted as a scapegoat for the city’s insolvency. They have 14 days to file an appeal of the sentence.

But Mr. Kilpatrick, once known for his gregarious personality, spoke softy as he pleaded with the court for a lesser sentence on Thursday and apologized to any residents in the economically fragile city that he may have let down.

“They’re hurting,” he said, adding, “A great deal of that hurt I accept full responsibility for.”

Joseph Harris, a former auditor general for the city during Mr. Kilpatrick’s first term, said that the former mayor was just one in a string of leaders who failed to fully address the crisis of a shrinking tax base amid growing employee health care and pension costs.

Mr. Kilpatrick also increased the city’s debt obligations to fill budget gaps while he was in office. A $1.44 billion borrowing deal he brokered in 2005 to restructure the city’s pension liabilities, though applauded by many at the time, added to the city’s estimated $18 billion in long-term liabilities.

Known as Detroit’s “hip-hop mayor,” Mr. Kilpatrick became the youngest person to hold the city’s top position when he was first elected in 2001 at 31. He brought new attractions to the city’s riverfront and much-needed business investment downtown. But scandals and questions about possible misuse of city finances dogged his nearly seven years in office, ultimately ending a political career that had once seemed destined for the national stage.

In 2008, Mr. Kilpatrick resigned after he lied under oath during a police whistle-blower lawsuit and approved an $8.4 million settlement to try to cover it up. After pleading guilty to charges of obstruction of justice, Mr. Kilpatrick served four months in jail and was ordered to pay $1 million to the city. He was soon behind bars again for hiding assets from the court and telling a judge that he could afford to pay only $6 a month in restitution.

The former mayor and Bobby W. Ferguson, a city contractor and a friend, were indicted in 2010 on sweeping corruption charges. All told, prosecutors contend that Mr. Ferguson received $73 million worth of city contracts as a result of contract-rigging and extortion schemes with the help of Mr. Kilpatrick. He was convicted of nine counts and will be sentenced on Friday.

But there are Detroiters who believe that where Mr. Kilpatrick’s illicit dealings may have done the most damage was to the city government’s reputation, scaring away honest businesses and making it easier for state officials to justify an unpopular move: the appointment of an emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, who now runs the city and filed for Chapter 9 protection this summer.

Others said they were tired of hearing about Mr. Kilpatrick and were more focused on the challenges of living in Detroit, the nation’s largest city to navigate bankruptcy court, than in arguing about how it got there.

“Maybe instead of blaming Kwame we should thank him for getting caught,” said Al Conway, 45, who runs a hot-dog stand outside of City Hall. “It brought a light on a lot of issues that needed to be addressed.” Razz
Fri Oct 11, 2013 12:30 am View user's profile Find all posts by not4uplayer Send private message

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IT's a damn shame they gave this man 28 years. Who did he kill?
Tue Oct 15, 2013 4:54 am View user's profile Find all posts by attykat Send private message

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[color=darkred]I agree, atty. That sentence is some serious overkill. But let me ask this...

Is Kwame's 28 year sentence going to inspire wails and protests that "the brother was unjustly treated", serving to embolden other political hacks in our communities...or will the black electorate use this example to [i]raise the fist at our own leaders[/i] and let them know that [b]THIS [/b]is what [b]selling us out[/b] buys you?[/color]
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