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August 2008

The Chronicles of Kwame

Detroit, Michigan is one of the few places in America that has the dubious distinction of not making me feel so bad about the bassackward things we do here in Florida. Case in point, the circus/soap opera that has developed around the scandals of Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

On any given day, the Detroit newspapers online are replete with one absurdity or another about Kilpatrick's case. Here's video of the heated exchange in which Judge Leonard Townsend grants the Mayor permission to travel to the Democratic National Convention.

Later in the day, 36th District Court Judge Ronald Giles, who is presiding over the Mayor's assault case, ordered the mayor to wear the electronic tether again and remain in the tri-county area.

To make matters worse, Mayor Kilpatrick's Mom, Congresswoman Carolyn Cheeks-Kilpatrick barely beat out her Democratic challengers and Dad, Bernard Kilpatrick is under investigation by the FBI for possible involvement in payoff schemes to steer city business to contractors.

There's an entire section of the Detroit Free Press devoted to Mayor Kilpatrick's crises.

Some of the top brass on the City's police force recently gathered together for a belated birthday luncheon for the Mayor. Each of them gave money to the Mayor for his legal defense. On the surface that may not seem so bad but when looking at the big picture in Detroit and the drama still to come in upcoming court cases, it would have seemed wiser to keep the birthday celebration on the low rather than add to the perception of the Mayor as arrogant and oblivious to the law.


Ellen DeGeneres Marries Portia de Rossi

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Comedian-actress-talk show host Ellen DeGeneres has married actress girlfriend Portia de Rossi before a small group of friends in Beverly Hills. DeGeneres announced the wedding after the California law banning same-sex marriage was struck down.

The two have been a couple for about four years; that's a long relationship by Hollywood standards. While I wish them the best, one has to wonder if marriage will ruin an otherwise great relationship? Only time will tell.

Ellen Announces Wedding Plans

John McCain and the Obama Nation Abomination

In case you haven't heard, Obama Nation, that trash of a book published by Threshold Editions, a division of Simon & Schuster, owned by CBS Corporation has gotten John McCain in hot water. It seems that Senator McCain made a rather flippant remark when asked about the book. His staff said he didn't hear the question correctly. Yeah, Yeah. Sure, sure.

Republican operative, Mary Matalin publishes theThreshold Editions. Obama Nation written by Jerome Corsi is one of this year's campaign attempts to swiftboat Barback Obama but it's not working. Wait. Mary Matalin? The woman married to James Carville? Yes, that one. James Carville the Hillary Clinton supporter…Hmmm…interesting.

Instead of condemning the book as he should have, McCain made a comment about having a sense of humor. Say what?

Then McCain was later seen dining with T. Boone Pickens, one of the financiers behind the swiftboating of John Kerry in 2004.

A blind person can see what's going on here. This campaign is getting more interesting and sleazy each day. Unfortunately, the GOP has chosen to play dirty and politics as usual. The Democrats have learned their lesson from Kerry's campaign and followed up on Corsi's book with rebuttals and portraying it as the monumental smear that it actually is.

To learn about the real John McCain, check out this book: The Real McCain: Why Conservatives Don't Trust Him and Why Independents Shouldn't.


Obama more than doubles McCain’s fundraising

Senator Barack Obama's presidential campaign has raised an astronomical $390 million. That's just mind-boggling. In a time where GOP operatives are purchasing copies of a trashy book about Obama in an attempt to make it appear popular; Americans are demonstrating their displeasure in politics as usual by continuing to donate to Barack Obama.

It has to be noted that Obama raised $51 million in July. That's more than the combined fundraising efforts of John McCain and the Republican National Committee during the same time period. Obama's donations are largely small donations from millions of American voters.

 


Church and State Not Separate at Saddleback Civil Forum

Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church and author of best-seller, The Purpose Driven® Life, questioned both presumptive presidential nominees in an interview session before 2,200 at the Saddleback Civil Forum. I can't say that anything new was learned about the candidates light night based on their responses.

If anything, it served to spotlight the difference in the decision-making style and thought process of the candidates. Obama is more insightful, deliberate and contemplative while McCain's is simple, combative and cowboy-like as in our current President. With McCain at the helm, the U.S. is certain to be a war with another country throughout his tenure. Think what that will do to our already fragile economy and families already in pain because of the war in Iraq.

McCain's response to the question about his greatest moral failure was very interesting. He mentioned the failure of his first marriage but did not elaborate at all as to what that meant and how it impacted him or his family. That story has yet to really be told.

I don't think voters will change their minds based on last night's interview. Most of the responses from both candidates were clearly expected and there were no bombshell moments. McCain was noticeably more at ease during that interview than others.


Barack Obama Action Figure Great For Collectors

My Barack Obama action figure arrived and it's a definite keeper for Obama fans and collectors. I did remove the figure from its box to test its pose ability.

There's movement in the arms and the neck swivels. It appears sturdy and well-made. At $19.99 plus shipping, it's a tad pricey but I'll likely buy another as a collectible and not remove it from its box. Check it out.

 

 


Victoria Osteen not guilty

Victoria Osteen, co-pastor of Lakewood Church and wife of Joel Osteen was found not guilty of assault in a lawsuit filed by Continental Airlines flight attendant Sharon Brown. The jury deliberated for about three hours before deciding on the verdict.

One juror felt that something happened between the two women but it didn't rise to the level of legal recourse. Needless to say, Mrs. Osteen was pleased and never lost her faith that the verdict would be in her favor.


Kilpatrick Off the Hook for Latest Violation Calls for Resignation Grow

The Capitol Chronicles' Susan J. Demas pulls no punches and makes a comparison to Richard Nixon as the calls for the resignation of Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick continue. Kilpatrick was not charged with violating his bond when visiting his sister as had been reported by others. A group of Detroit ministers has asked Kilpatrick to consider resigning in the best interest of the City.


American Politics by John McCain: Dumb it Down

John McCain's attempt to make light of Barack Obama's recommendation that Americans check the pressure of the tires on their automobiles to help save energy. Instead of responding intelligently, McCain proceeded to send out tire gauges implying that the use of them was Obama's entire energy plan.

It is that kind of low brow campaigning that speaks volumes about McCain's character and why so many Americans have become disillusioned with traditional Washington politics. McCain is appealing to the least intelligent and least informed American voters. Perhaps he's going for the same voter demographic that Hillary Clinton's campaign tried to appeal to. And perhaps he's really trying to continue the Bush legacy.

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The Trial of Victoria Osteen: Now Somebody’s Just Lying

Victoria Osteen, wife of Joel Osteen of mega-church, Lakewood in Houston, and its co-pastor is on trial for assaulting Continental Airlines flight attendant Sharon Brown in 2005. Ms. Brown alleges that Ms. Osteen assaulted her because a spill on the armrest of her first-class seat was not cleaned up fast enough. Ms. Brown is seeking 10% of Ms. Osteen's net worth.

I watch Joel Osteen's sermon each week and love his preaching/teaching style. His church regularly draws at least 40,000 people to its services so I am not alone in my admiration of him. I am disappointed by the facts as I see them in this case.

The fact is there was some sort of altercation between to the two women. Regardless of the degree of shoving and shouting, if that did in fact occur, Ms. Brown has produced witnesses to the incident. That doesn't bode well for Ms. Osteen unless the credibility of the witnesses is questionable. On the other hand, Ms. Osteen denied the charges and her husband took the stand in her defense but did not actually witness the incident as he was in another part of the plane.

The Associated Press reports that Pastor Joel Osteen referred to the incident as an "unfortunate misunderstanding". A what? Misunderstanding? I don't think so; somebody's just lying.

 

Related link: Osteen's wife denies assaulting flight attendant