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Detroit's assets and connected operations are ALL potential targets of a chapter 9 bankruptcy. Wheter its the electric service or an island, OR a publicly financed display of polished feces on a marble stand. The Detroit News reports of Kevyn Orr's warning to Detroit Administration that nothing is 'off the table':
" The city's new emergency manager has told the Detroit Institute of Arts it may "face exposure to creditors" if the city is forced to seek bankruptcy protection, a spokesman said Thursday night.And why wouldn't they?
All of the warnings of financial collapse to the Detroit administration and city council have fallen on deaf ears for decades. For those same decades, the answer has been to personally raid the city piggy bank, allow infrastructure to fail, and the voters have rewarded that decision making with reelection and support; reinforcing bad decision making.
Clearly its time to cut the city loose to its destined end.
A little hard love could go a long way.
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Who will claim the decaying body that is Detroit?
Kevyn Orr, The emergency financial manager, was given an unworkable task. In a city that has been reassured repeatedly that it is too big to fail, the lights are going out. All manner of economic development incentive paid for by Michigan taxpayers as yet proves to be insufficient to generate the activity necessary for basic government services, and a sustained infrastructure. Four decades of progressive politics and fear of calling out bad decision making as it happened; fearing the sting of racial politics, and lack of compassion.
Its far too late now.
Banks that have loaned Detroit operating cash should count those loans as losses. Retirees that did their jobs, and counted on their employer to manage finances and their retirement moneys appropriately might wish to reevaluate their portfolios. Orr's current status report?
"Excluding proceeds from debt issuances, the City's expenditures have exceeded revenues from fiscal year 2008 to fiscal year 2012 by an average of $100 million annually. These financial shortfalls have been addressed with long term debt issuances (e.g., $75 million in fiscal year 2008, $250 million in fiscal year 2010 and $137 million in fiscal year 2013) and by deferring payments of certain City obligations, such as contributions to the City's two pension funds."But that's not all.
There are some other interesting items that have a familiar smell
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Kermit Gosnell is a murderer.
That is the conclusion in a trial that had a logical outcome; that killing babies outside the womb is obvious murder. Never let the fact that the snipped spinal cords of those children who never took a breath ended a number of miracles violently, yet were never prosecuted. How much of a leap is it to go from the 'fetal' slaughter to something that separates it by only the potential of minutes? (post term 'abortion')
Not a big leap at all.
Murder; the abnormality of the thought process that regards the calculated killing of the most defenseless among us as normal or "progressive". Gosnell simply followed to the logical end of such policy until it was seen for what it is. And now he faces the consequence:
"A Philadelphia doctor was found guilty Monday of murdering three babies born alive in an abortion clinic, Fox News confirms. He was acquitted in the fourth baby's death, and found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the overdose death of an adult patient."Three murders and 'collateral damage'.
The horror that is Gosnell and his evil actions is unfortunately not unique. Abortion mills still operate freely in this country and our state, performing late term abortions, snuffing out lives with beating hearts, and savaging what little is left of our nation's humanity. Detroit alone boasts a 38% baby murder rate. To think that that Gosnell's acts blur the lines of acceptability says much about our failure to recognize the same thing happening in utero in numbers that have totaled tens of millions in the last 4 decades alone.
Gosnell's evil is simply the face of a corrupted culture. Nothing to see here.
I have started a half dozen times to comment on the Kermit Gosnell trial, and usually cannot finish.
The barbarism that hides behind the pleasant names like 'family planning' and "women's health' and even the not-so-vile 'birth control' is enough to make one just stop and stare at the keyboard in a very unproductive way. The shock that some of the photos elicit is perfectly natural, and it stops one cold. Up to full grown babies, murdered with a snipped spinal cord, and snuffed out by people who might otherwise be more sympathetic to PETA. Callous and dangerous conditions that not only serve to murder the unborn, but also have claimed the lives of the confused mothers who were fooled into thinking their act was acceptable; and some who changed their minds held prisoner till the assassin's contract was complete.
How can we tolerate such atrocities, and those agencies which promote them? In Detroit, more than one in three (38%) of pregnancies end with the contract 'hit' on a defenseless baby. Is that even remotely acceptable?
That is all I can say.
Perhaps a couple of others can pick up where I can only leave off.
Matt Barber Townhall - Much Ado about nothing
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By golly, folks have a right to their opinions, but THIS is some straight up hyperbole:
Yeah, because we ought not really have any borders, and those border patrol agents just want to hang Latinos and burn crosses on their lawns. DEFINITELY NOT coffee ready pals!
I will let you folks make the connection as to whether she is a positive force or not in our state. She certainly must have SOME influence however, being a DPS school board member and all. And she is using that position to spread her love:
"Elena Herrada, a Detroit Public Schools board member from District 2, will give a talk titled "Detroit Public School Board Member in Exile" 2:30-3:45 pm April 24 in Room 134 S. Kedzie Hall. A reception in the CLS Office in Room 200 S. Kedzie will be held immediately following the talk."Obviously it will be centered on her trials and tribulations as a 'marked' school board member; one that will likely be openly complaining about Detroit's emergency manager, and his crushing blows aimed at minorities.
We've never seen this play before, have we?
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By KG One, Section News
This one is sure to give you a laugh (or make you cry, take your pick).
People, I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried.
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By JGillman, Section News
Troy had the right idea, and the right Mayor.
Once upon a time.
Mayor Janice Daniels in December of 2011 led the opposition in the Troy City Council for an $8.5 million train depot for good reason. Her opposition to a project that would be built with free money was framed with an understanding that nothing is truly free. Even after the project was stripped down a month later, and re-presented for a couple million less, she held her ground, and looked at the bigger picture. Ongoing expenses make the continuing use of the pusher-man's product not nearly as euphoric as when it was offered for free.
The Troy City Council didn't get it, and the vote for the effort was shifted. Even in the face of the citizen commentary that was recorded as 11-7 in opposition to the transit center. As RightMichigan.com poster Rougman pointed out at the time, its $5,500/sq ft cost was stripped down to $3,100/sq ft (a travesty for its cheapness) and the gold plated accoutrements would have to be withheld.
"By shaving off 400 square feet the project's cost has been lowered significantly. That was some expensive square footage there--roughly coming in at $5,500 per square foot. The smaller and redrawn project will cost a mere $3,100 per square foot which I find absolutely alarming...what kind of slum are these bureaucrats trying to push over on us? No gold toilet seats? No granite counter tops?"
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By JGillman, Section News
While the liberal Democrats pretend to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr day, lets look at what they do best.
Kill Black babies.
Remember, Detroit is still The Murder Capitol.
" Detroit for its part, struggles to keep up with the Joneses on such atrocities however. A calculated (from census and statistics numbers) account puts Detroit still in front on the abortion count. with fully a THIRD of all pregnancies terminated in 2010, maybe it should be asking for some of that blood money given by Bloomberg. It has a higher baby homicide rate, and frankly deserves its share!Of course I only assume that the higher concentration of blacks in Detroit would mean such numbers would be reflected in the wishes of such a pro death culture.
What a bunch of "characters"
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