CBS News Headline: Kilpatrick Verdict: Guilty Of Racketeering


3/11/2013

A few days back, I wrote under our “It’s Worth Repeating” category: “Offered the choice of getting hit by a deadly hurricane or elect Democrats, any American city is obviously better off with the hurricane. (cf, for example: Detroit, Michigan)”

Here’s today’s headline from CBS News pertaining to the corruption trial of former Detroit mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick: Kilpatrick Verdict: Guilty Of Racketeering.”

I don’t want to pat myself on the back, or toot my own horn, or call myself prescient or anything…Ok, maybe I will. Just a little.

Here are some interesting excerpts from the article itself:

Kwame Kilpatrick, Bernard Kilpatrick and Bobby Ferguson were hit with more than 30 charges of federal mail and tax fraud, extortion, bribery and racketeering — with Kilpatrick convicted of 24 charges. Ferguson was the only one without tax fraud charges, and Bernard Kilpatrick was the only one not convicted of racketeering.

and:

Included were allegations that Cobo Hall contractor Karl Kado knew he had to deliver $10,000 cash to the mayor’s office anytime he got a call from Kilpatrick asking him to stop by. [emphasis added] Another businessman seeking City Hall contracts said he got no interest from the Kilpatrick Administration until he paid $4,800 to get the mayor’s suits out of layaway — and was then invited to bid on a contract.

But there was a catch, he testified, because he soon learned Kilpatrick’s longtime best friend Bobby Ferguson had to be included as a subcontractor for him to win any work.

 Then there’s:

Prosecutor Michael Bullotta also highlighted testimony from former Kilpatrick pal Derrick Miller and fundraiser and family friend Emma Bell, who both laid out a system of kickbacks and bribes they said they had to follow when Kilpatrick was in office. Testimony detailed cash delivered in a vacuum cleaner bag, taken from shoes, stored in Bell’s bra and delivered in the bathroom of a local Chinese restaurant, among other oddballs. [empahsis added] [Editor’s Note: You couldn’t invent this stuff! People would laugh it off as not credible. It truly is incredible!]

Or:

Prosecutors said Ferguson made more than $80 million [Editor’s Note: Eighty Mill! Holy Mackerel!!!] while Kilpatrick was in office with schemes hatched between himself and the mayor, showing stacks and stacks of cash [emphasis added] he had hidden in his home and office.

Needless to say, Kilpatrick is just one of a long series of Democrat Party mayors. The last non-Democrat in the mayor’s office in Detroit was Republican Louis Miriani who departed in 1962.

Again:  Given the choice of getting hit by a monster hurricane or elect Democrats, any American city should immediately take the hurricane and run. Don’t give ’em a chance to withdraw the offer!

Detroiters have to be saying, “Where’s our hurricane?!? Bring it on! Maybe it’ll carry away all the trash!”

— xPraetorius

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