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Terryh
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Post Number: 92
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Posted on Thursday, January 18, 2007 - 8:31 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The media has a field day with the city of Detroit for alledged and proven mismanagement of funds, yet when municipal misdeeds occur in suburban governments its a thirty-second spot on Fox2 or half a paragraph in local news.

All one has to do is pay close attention to news reports of local government officials gone astray. With Detroit officials its always a protracted investigation, whereas, with holier than thou hizzoner in the suburbs its hear all about it today-forget all about it tomorrow.

If I was a gambling man, I would wager that the sneaky back door deals of todays Detroit pales in comparison to Prohibition era Detroit when thousands of speakeasies operated unmolested by cops on the take. During the Cavanaugh administration there were allegations of Mafia connections to city hall- police brutality was rampant and condoned by a paranoid racially divided polity. All one has to do is review periodicals and newspaper archives from previous decades to realize that shifty-shady dealings didn't begin with King Coleman Young or hip-hop Kwame Kilpatrick.
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Lilpup
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Posted on Thursday, January 18, 2007 - 8:41 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

and?
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Irish_mafia
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Post Number: 688
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Posted on Thursday, January 18, 2007 - 8:52 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

well said lilpup
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Track75
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Posted on Thursday, January 18, 2007 - 8:57 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Nice piece of justification/excuse-making.

I wonder why the financial difficulties at GM get more press than the actual bankruptcy of Collins & Aikman? Could it be that more people are affected by the larger entity? Could it be that GM (or Detroit) are the big Kahuna in these parts and they'll always be in the spotlight?
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Irish_mafia
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Posted on Thursday, January 18, 2007 - 9:10 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The real question is why its so hard to find a good after-hours speak easy... in the city or the suburbs!

My parents bought a house in GP that my grandfather came to visit. He pointed out that the house behind theirs was an old speakeasy that had been owned by a Detroit cop that had been hurt and needed a place to make a few bucks in his "retirement."

The cops of the day looked the other way.... and my grampa did his best to contribute to the retirement fund.
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Terryh
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Post Number: 96
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Posted on Thursday, January 18, 2007 - 9:14 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Not by any means justifying. Just comparing and analyzing and looking for responses. Good point about being in the spotlight.
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56packman
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Posted on Thursday, January 18, 2007 - 10:36 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Yea, the local media just ignores Warren politics and its mayor Steenbergh. Never heard a word about it in the media. Yet despite all that goes on there, the city manages to provide services, the police really do care what goes on, and responds to situations immediately, and a suprising number of kids graduate from school and some go on to college. But you never hear about the mayor's dirty doings.

(Message edited by 56packman on January 19, 2007)
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Wash_man
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Posted on Friday, January 19, 2007 - 11:13 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Maybe because he doesn't go around town with a posse of thugs drawing attention to himself.

(Message edited by wash_man on January 19, 2007)
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Ro_resident
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Post Number: 192
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Posted on Friday, January 19, 2007 - 11:20 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

So none of you heard about the treasurer of Alcona County?

Alcona Co. treasurer charged with stealing county funds
http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs .dll/article?AID=/20070117/NEW S06/70117037/1048/BUSINESS05
Idiot. Talk about a violation of the public's trust.
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Lilpup
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Posted on Friday, January 19, 2007 - 11:25 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I'm sorry but how stupid do you have to be to fall for those email scams?
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Swingline
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Post Number: 677
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Posted on Friday, January 19, 2007 - 12:29 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

quote:

Maybe because he doesn't go around town with a posses of thugs drawing attention to himself.

Wow, a little contemptuous aren't we? Bitter even? Grow up man. The mayor certainly overstaffs when it comes to executive protection, but your post only succeeds in broadcasting your disrespect. Blah blah blah, the mayor listens to hip-hop, and since he is usually surrounded by people when he is in public, you label that group as a thug posse. Your nuanced view of things is impressive.
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Gannon
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Posted on Friday, January 19, 2007 - 1:04 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

It is not stupidity that fells them, it is simple greed.

Then pride gets in the way so they try to hide it.

The Alcona guy's troubles multiplied magnificently when he decided to go into the business himself to 'earn' his way out of his personal cash problem. Bringing the county's money into it was only convenient.


One quarter of their operating budget eliminated by mere human nature.
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Focusonthed
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Posted on Friday, January 19, 2007 - 1:07 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

NEPOTISM? BRIBERY? KICKBACKS?

Come to Chicago. They practically invented the stuff. Yet in spite of this, things get done there. That is why it gets so much attention in Detroit, if you ask me. Detroit has little wiggle room.
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Detroitrulez
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Post Number: 130
Registered: 12-2006
Posted on Friday, January 19, 2007 - 5:16 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

no kidding. Detroit can never catch a break. People need to realize that Detroit is rising because, among other developments, Woody Harrelson and Will Ferrell are filming movies here.
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Charlottepaul
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Post Number: 282
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Posted on Friday, January 19, 2007 - 8:55 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Detroit is to be the head of the metro area and demonstrate how things should be run for smaller communities that surround it. This is sort of akin to like a father and son scenario. Therefore, Detroit's mistakes should inherently get more coverage as I see it.
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Beavis1981
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Post Number: 71
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Posted on Friday, January 19, 2007 - 11:09 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

here in oxford the police chief was caught playing golf while collecting disability! 80% of the department was disbanded and handed over to oakland county pd. That same golf course was busted for having strippers on the course to improve business! and I'm sure nobody outside of oxford has heard about this
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Charlottepaul
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Post Number: 287
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Posted on Friday, January 19, 2007 - 11:29 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Not necessarily true. They did make a big deal about that guy when that happened a few years back 'a hidden camera investigation' or something like that.

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