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Having seen enough sports scandals, the Kwame Kilpatrick mess feels all too familiar. First, like an athlete in hot water, he blames rumors. When it's proven more than rumors, he blames "haters." When it's proven more than haters, he blames the media. When it's proven more than media, he blames racism. When it's proven more than racism -- when it's proven to be tangible, chargeable, real legal trouble -- he gets the best lawyer money can buy.
So now Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is in the biggest fight of his career, one that parallels many high-profile athletes who insist "they're out to get me." First, others take the fall, as happened with Michael Vick and Tonya Harding and Barry Bonds. Eventually the net tightens. And finally, we have a moment as we did Monday, where the star is fingerprinted and has his photo taken.
And his lawyers start talking.
The game must go on ...
Remember, Kilpatrick, the second-term mayor, was once a lineman for Florida A&M, captain of the football team. And having known and observed him for years, I have often thought he views himself like a superstar athlete, a member of the "in" crowd, entitled to star treatment, security, sleek vehicles, family members on the payroll. He does this while emboldened by a fervent "home" crowd that will love him simply because he wears the right uniform.
And, like some of the sports stars he often hugs and chats up, he feels the show cannot go on without him. The most maddening of all Kilpatrick's deceptions is that he is the only man who can run this city. He forgets there were mayors before him and there will be mayors after him. Certainly many people can run it better than him now, without the shadow of criminal charges and the daily drain of lawyers, worry and anger.
But Kilpatrick wants to play on, like Kobe Bryant with a sexual-assault charge, flying into court in the morning and back for a game at night, like Pete Rose, insisting he can still manage his team despite a Dowd Report that he gambled on baseball.
"I look forward to complete exoneration," the mayor said Monday. "... In the meantime, I will remain focused on moving this city forward."
As the famous quote goes, "A painter paints, a fighter fights ..."
And there is no endgame ...
The difference is, of course, that you are elected mayor by the people, you didn't sign a contract with a guaranteed salary. In sports, if you can perform, they'll pry open the vault, pull the fence out of the ground, because sports serves one master, winning, that is all that matters.
In public office, winning is only how you get there, not how you stay. There are different rules. Rules of behavior. Rules of ethics. As mayor, the word "honorable" comes before your name.
Which means you can't just wiggle out of a tackle, foul when the ref isn't looking, find a way to win and all is forgiven. Kilpatrick's predictable attempts to kill these charges by technicalities (How do you know I used the pager? Who says the text messages are admissible?) show this is just about winning now.
But that should surprise no one. His arrogance is his armor. And any thought of this guy quitting for the good of the city can be trashed right now.
He is the quarterback with an entire football field to cover and 11 men in front of him, a jump shooter with six hands in his face and a parking lot between him and the basket. And still he believes he is entitled to survive, not just survive but to prevail, so he will run, leap, shoot with everything in him, and only history will judge him, perhaps as sad, perhaps as pathetic. Won't matter. In his mind, he's the king, he's entitled, he's doing what a fighter does. He's fighting. You'll have to drag him out by his ears.
Nevermind that I have a number of other things I should be doing (i.e. 110 pages to read by Wednesday, a group project to work on, a 20-page paper to write, etc.)... What's going to happen with Vinnie and Mandy? Is E going to find love with Sloan? Will Drama and Turtle ever stop smoking weed and stop mooching off Vinnie?
We're only on season 2... But I seriously can't get enough.
P.S. I don't usually go for short guys, but how cute is E?!
Since Tiny seems to be a bit busy with work, classes, and talking on the phone (see below post), I thought I would step in as "Ghostwriter" and relieve her today.
Some people write autobiographies hundreds of pages long. What if you only had six words to sum it up? In Women's Health (my fav mag of all time!), they asked some of the staff to do such a thing. Some examples:
"Keeps champagne handy, just in case."
"Wrote this at the last minute."
"Ride, crash, laugh. Do it again."
"Ran fast. Forgot where I was going."
"I'll need more than six words."
"Hated Barbies. Now professional doll dresser."
"Ten cities, 12 boyfriends, one dog."
"Loves knowing, captures moments, kisses often."
That said, I wonder what it was like working before it all existed?
Today was an average day.
- 63 emails sent
- 76 emails received
- 65 emails flagged and waiting for me to take action
(I'm sure many of you could post similar/higher email stats...)
I wonder how much time the average professional spends each day emailing? Does it really help or hinder?
Now, I know that I probably said the EXACT same thing at the EXACT same point in my life so I have very little room to talk. However, everything in me wanted to stop her and say "Slow down. Enjoy it."
Thankfully, I quickly remembered all the people who used to tell me to "just enjoy it" and thought it best to keep my mouth shut.
Seriously, though, how amazing was college?
* The guy in the above pic seems to be in a hurry. Hence the connection to this post. Sorry. That's the best I could do on this one.
It's been somewhat of a joke between A and I that I had never tried them - nor could find them anywhere when I wanted to try them.
So, while we were at the game last night, we saw a booth and had to partake.
I had "banana split" flavor.
My thoughts? "Good. Weird. This isn't normal."
What do you think? You a fan?
Your Theme Song is Beautiful Day by U2
"Sky falls, you feel like
It's a beautiful day
Don't let it get away"
You see the beauty in life, especially in ordinary everyday moments.
And if you're feeling down, even that seems a little beautiful too.
This was actually the song I chose for when we were introduced at our wedding:)
I don't know about "And if you're feeling down, even that seems a little beautiful too"... but I love the song.
Thanks for the quiz tlc!
BATHE IN IT
PUT OUT A FIRE
MAKE BEER BARBECUE SAUCE
LOOSEN RUSTY BOLTSPour
CLEAR UP BROWN SPOTS IN YOUR LAWN
STEAM CLAMS OR MUSSELS
PASS A KIDNEY STONE
FIND DUE NORTH
SOOTHE TIRED FEET
MAKE A BEER SLIDE
LOWER YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE
TRICK A CHEAP LANDLORD
BAKE BEER BREAD
TIE A FLY
CALM AN UPSET STOMACH
BUILD YOUR NEXT HOME
BUILD A PLANE
ICE A HAMSTRING
BUILD DELIGHTFUL PATIO FURNITUR
TAME A WILD HAIR
Don't believe me? Check out the Men's Health article by clicking here.
In his resignation speech, Spitzer stated, "There is much more to be done, and I cannot allow my private failings to disrupt the people's work."
Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has not resigned after his text messaging scandal that cost the city of Detroit $9 million. (He is also currently linked to a murder investigation... But I digress...)
My favorite part? Kwame has now taken to being a victim of media frenzy ("This unethical, illegal lynch-mob mentality has to stop") and is now using race issues (i.e. "lynch-mob"), as well as his wife and children, to try to invoke sympathy and support.
I know when people get mad, they tend to use words and phrases that they shouldn't. And that stinks. However, don't try to cloud the issue. YOU'RE the public figure. YOU lied under oath. YOU cost Detroit employees their jobs. YOU cost the city of Detroit $9 million. YOU need to own up to your actions. YOU owe Detroit residents so much more.
I am truly appalled.
"The mayor still can't even bring himself to admit how he tried to deceive the City Council and the public, or explain why he sought to use the legal system to bury evidence of his affair with his chief of staff and his lies during the police whistle-blower trial. He has nothing to say about the widening scope of accusations and investigations." - Stephen Henderson, Detroit Free Press columnist
Please feel free to read more by clicking here.
P.S. Kwame, if the media was doing anything illegal, you'd be suing. This is all on you. Not them.
* According to guardian.co.uk.com.
You Are Basil
You are quite popular and loved by most people.
You have a mild temperament, but your style is definitely distinctive.
You are sweet, attractive, and you often smell good.
* According to guardian.co.uk.com.
I've never seen such a thing, but was amazed by the creativity and execution. I simply couldn't look away.
I wonder how a person decides they are going to become a sand sculptor...
* My second favorite part of the show, aside from the actual sculptures, was that they blew up (at random) three masterpieces. Reminded me of "The Lottery." The artists just stood there, waiting for their work to blow up...
AR Newark, NJ
AR Detroit, MI
I don't know about that five hour delay in Newark, but...
Hooray!!! We now have a flight itinerary!
This makes it much more real.
He is an Italian who speaks Italian, English, Spanish and Greek, German, French and some modern Greek.
He is a tour guide with GoAhead tours (the company we're traveling with in May). One of the tours he usually does is the London, Paris and Rome tour.
Why am I telling you all this? Basically, so you'll join me in praying that he is, indeed, our tour guide.
* I'm even quite positive that A and J would fall under Enrico's spell as well...
Maybe next time I will just try the tackle technique...
Javier Bardem No Country for Old Men (from Spain)
Why you ask? My University has called a snow day.
I'm in disbelief and currently thanking my lucky stars.
(It's amazing how exhilarated, awake and alive I feel at 6:45 a.m. when I know I don't have to go to work - or class! Yay!!!)