How It Be In The D

September 27, 2008

Overpaid and Overrated

Filed under: Uncategorized — adlv2006 @ 13:34

In these highly competitive times, we live in an overpaid and overrated society. What I mean is that many people have an inflated sense their worth and, as a result, seek compensation that they feel is adequate. When this happens, we see it in varied instances. We see it in overpaid athletes whose sub-par performance hardly justifies that tens or sometimes hundreds of millions of dollars that their paid. The same can be said for executives and other officials in companies that are slowly dying and yet they make a nice payday for themselves. At which point did performance become irrelevant?

This problem truly troubles me, especially because we are now looking at a proposed bailout by the US government for the financial and investment industries. I have talked to people that are upset that whatever amount of money constitutes this bailout either: (a) goes to people that made foolish choices (i.e getting a subprime or adjustable rate mortgage to buy “too much house) or (b) rewards executives that secured themselves overstuffed retirement packages despite their companies not just underperforming but also, on occasion, going out of business. I do see their point.

Having said this, I think that definitely the government needs to take action. Am in favor of the federal government taking action on everything? Definitely not. I feel that it should keep its nose out of things that really do not need to be resolved by them. However, I feel that the current situation(s) are so dire that they need to be involved. Unfortunately, our economic state is not just affecting us but also has rippling ramifications elsewhere.

We need to fix to fix this situation. However, we cannot forget that there needs to be oversight. Since there definitely was not adequate oversight that could have prevented this situation from getting this bad, it needs to be part of whatever bailout plan is ultimately approved. Foolish people should fend for themselves, while lecherous need to be nailed to the wall. I feel that the bailout should provide just enough financial assistance to reestablish public confidence in the market and economy while also adding the necessary safeguards and oversights to lessen the chance of this repeating.

The lesson that I think we need to walk away from this is to take a look at value and performance. By overemphasizing performance, we sacrifice value. It is not that hard to pad one’s resume or pad one’s past achievements to look better. On the other hand, one might be quite valuable though never proven. I do not see an employer in these times easily taking a chance on someone that is unproven. Employers and supervisors like to see results to compare performance. Value and performance–not one without the other.


August 8, 2008

Kwame Kilpatrick-Leper or Politician?

99 problems

It all started with an email alert on my phone. Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sent to jail. The funny thing is that it wasn’t directly related to his “sex and text” scandal. It was due to stupidity brought on by his alleged assault on a Wayne County sheriff’s department officer and his trip to Windsor-allegedly because Windsor officials called it. His statement-his flimsy defense given to Judge Giles was not only pathetic, it was ludicrous and downright surreal.

First of all, Kilpatrick gave me the appearance of a kid with their hand caught in the candy jar. First of all, as his trademark, he took no responsibility for anything. These problems that he has were brought upon him by the media. They were out to get him. Kilpatrick further said that he understands the media scrutiny that Giles is under, as he is under similar scrutiny. Really? Most of Kilpatrick’s scrutiny seems to be because of his propensity for deny truth and reality. He would have us think that he’s always a victim of circumstance with no control over his future or any degree of free will.

Second, his explanation  that Windsor officials called the meeting turned out to be completely false. According to Windsor Star,  Cliff Sutts (Windsor’s lead negotiator in the Tunnel deal) said, “We are not tuned in to the conditions of (Kilpatrick’s) bail. Because the meeting was in Windsor, we didn’t know that he required consent. All we knew is that there was going to be a meeting.” Sutts also said stated that the meeting was called at Kilpatrick’s request. Now if, as Kilpatrick told Judge Giles, that he’d never committed any misconduct, that the meeting was at Windsor’s insistence and that he has total respect for the court, who’s telling the truth here? At this point, Windsor ( a very important neighbor) would see to want to keep their distance from Detroit. After alll, I couldn’t blame them. What they probably see is a city that can’t keep it together and has a scandal-ridden mayor that can’t seem to mind common sense.

Thirdly, I was extremely angry when Kilpatrick told Judge Giles, “My sons are watching this proceeding because I asked them to. I told them that I did something wrong.” Now which of many deeds of wrongdoing did he admit to his sons? Was it the original scandal? Was it the assault on a law enforcement officer? Was it the poorly covered up trip to Windsor? If he’s as smart as I think that he is deep down, why on earth would he subject his sons to the trauma of watching their father be sent to jail. Children, especially sons, view their father as a sort of infallible superhero that gives them a sense of safety and stability. I can’t imagine that his sons have that anymore, especially after yesterday’s proceedings. Assuming that what he said is true, then shame on him. Yet again, Kilpatrick’s using his children as a way to garner sympathy from the public. All that I can say is that my fountain has long been dry.

I truly and deeply hope that this is the wake-up call that he’s needed for some time. It’s time that he fesses up like a man and owns up to what he’s done. At this point, I can’t believe that Kilpatrick’s word counts for much. If he’s really trying to as much for the City as he claims, then he must have unshakable integrity. People dealing with him must trust what he says and does. If the lies in his statement to Judge Giles are any indication as to who he is and what he stands for, then he must be removed. How can Detroiters have a mayor that can no longer be seen as anything other than a liar? Detroit needs a better mayor. Detroit needs a better ambassador to the region. Detroit needs a better liaison to the Democratic party. Kilpatrick is none of those. It’s time that we find somebody that is.

July 31, 2008

McCain Plays The Name Game

I have to say that I’m pleasantly amused by the latest round of anti-Obama ads that McCain’s campaign has released. In this latest one, he compared Obama to Britney Spears and Paris Hilton. I thought to myself, “What?! Is he fucking kidding me?” In all honesty, McCain is so out of touch that he probably doesn’t even know who they are. If you remember, up until recently he didn’t even use email. How is McCain smart enough to draw the comparison? Well, he’s not, although his people that came up with his campaign try to be.

This is not the first time that McCain’s campaign has attempted a weak attempt at slinging mud at Obama. The commercial that comes to mind is the one where the commercial mentioned how Obama was against domestically drilling for oil. Even funnier, McCain tried to paint himself as some Republican environmentalist. Whether or not he is, I can’t say. I don’t have the image of McCain as trying to improve EPA regulations, emphasizing the need for alternative/renewable energy sources, etc. However, I do have the image of him as a decorated Vietnam veteran and, seemingly, a supporter for the wars overseas. The commercial was a trivial attempt for McCain to take on Obama’s characteristics and be seen as supporting the very things that Obama has. McCain isn’t young, charismatic and full of health and new ideas. He’s old, stagnant, with unpredictable health and supporting the same way of doing things that isn’t getting things done. You can always gain “experience.” On the other hand, new ideas are often more difficult to come by.

I am not naïve here. I know that in politics there’s mudslinging. There has been since probably cavemen gathered in groups to protect their mutual interests. Nothing has changed. One person wins while the other loses. Precisely how this happens is always different. While we don’t allow actual assassination, we do allow character assassination. This latest instance is the best and perhaps funniest one of all because this really is something that honestly can only roll off of Obama’s back. If McCain is so experienced and tries new things, then why not discuss the issues and arrive to new solutions?

July 30, 2008

The Last Lecture-Best Gift to Give

Yesterday, I watched the ABC Primtime special The Last Lecture: A Celebration of Life, which was a tribute to Randy Pausch. For those that don’t know, the recently deceased Pausch was a professor at Carnegie-Mellon that was given a diagnosis of terminal pancreatic cancer. What made him more than just another cancer victime was “The Last Lecture.” According to Pausch, Carnegie-Mellon has a custom where professors give a yearly lecture where they discuss a topic of their choosing. In this particular case, he gave a lecture that on the surface were a series of lessons that centered on how to live and achieve dreams. The punchline was that the lecture was a gift to his three young children. Somehow, video for the lecture made it to Youtube and became a huge sensation. Subsequently, Paush co-wrote with Jeffrey Zaslow “The Last Lecture.” This book has also became a runaway success.

When I recently heard about his death, I was tremendously saddened by his loss. I didn’t cry but felt a tremendous sense of loss. A person who made a huge contribution to the world and changed it for the better died. Pausch did it all along during his life in the way that he lived his life. He lived in the moment and took risk in order to achieve success. Pausch spread this message to his friends, family and everybody taht encountered him. Now, when he delivered “The Last Lecture,” it became a distillation of the message the he lived. Whereas others learned this by watching how he lived, we either saw his message online or through some of his TV appearances.

As I watched the special last night, I had a hard time holding back. It really made me think about how I’ve lived my life and I came to a realization. I have been living my life as a coward-living in fear and for what? What have I been afraid of? I’m still relatively young, have excellent health and have full control of my faculties? If I have all of this, then why haven’t I done more? To be honest, I couldn’t come up with a good answer. The simple answer is that I need to do more.

The sad reality is that we don’t realize how we haven’t lived up to our full potential except when confronted by ours or others’ mortality. It’s not just the process of dying but in dying with dignity in a way that the person lives in the present. Once that any of us realize that we’re dying or at least that our time is up, then we’re most present and “living in the moment.” Whether it’s from receiving a terminal diagnosis or being a soldier with death all around, death rather than scaring that individual gives them a sense of tremendous calm. When you know what to expect, then what is there to fear?

I hope that this entry gives you a tremendous sense of not just what kind of man Pausch was but, most importantly, the message that he spread. It’s a message that we should keep alive constantly and remember always. Otherwise, we’re condemened to complacency and stagnancy. I’m not suggesting that anybody develop a death wish, but just remember the lesson. When looking at fear, they’re usually insignificant when comparing it to the overall big picture? So if this is the case, why let fear stand in the way of moving forward?

July 29, 2008

The Wooden Robot Otherwise Known As John McCain

Here’s my thing about John McCain. Is it me or is everything that he’s talking about revolving on the fact that he served in Vietnam and was captured? Furthermore, is it me or does he only seem to talk about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? One of the biggest things that he attacks Obama on is the fact that he never visited Iraq. Then, he attacks him for visiting Iraq. Well, which one is it?

Also, everyone talks about McCain’s “experience.” No shit. The man is old and has been in Congress for a long time. Anybody that has been in Congress as long as him (longer than Obama) will have experience. Does it necessarily make him better qualified or mean that he would be a better President? I’m not so sure. Can’t really say either way.

I just wish that if McCain is going to pump himself up and cut Obama down that he would make a real attempt at pushing the other issues. Other issues are mentioned in his commercials, although I feel that they are half-hearted attempts. The commercials that stick in my mind are those that mention his past military service.

I am not at all trying to take anything away from his military service or disrespect him. I just think that he should make more of a concerted effort to talk about other issues. This country is more than just the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. What else can he offer us beside his war record and “experience”?

July 27, 2008

Dark Knight Lives Up To The Hype

First of all, I can’t say this enough. It was truly an excellent movie-one that I was very glad to watch. I’ve heard all the press and have read the online reviews. I had previously watched the first two Tim Burton movies, the one with Val Kilmer and Batman Begins. I have refused and still refuse to watch the one with the Bat Nipples-not my type of thing. After the disaster that was Joel Schumacher directing the movies, I’m glad that Christopher Nolan is at the helm. He truly understands what Batman and his world are and is able to represent it on the screen.

The two standout performances were by Christian Bale and Heath Ledger. There was a tangible tension between Batman and The Joker. During the movie, I kept asking myself, “What is The Joker going to do now?” It almost seemed impossible to take down The Joker. The question that I asked and I’m sure that the audience did as well was, “What will Batman do to take down The Joker? What depths will he sink to in order to do so?” The Joker was pure anarchy and tested all of the characters. Some succeeded and some fell.

It’s funny that I’m even saying this but Dark Knight raised some really deep questions. I find it strange that people who have seen this haven’t remarked on it. It made me contemplate the nature of heroes: what separates them from villains? It made me contemplate the nature of what’s important: what is important is that which you can often not afford to lose. It made me contemplate people’s natures. With the exception of The Joker, just about all of the major characters had dual natures (i.e Batman/Bruce Wayne and Two-Face/Harvey Dent). Which personality is the true one? I could go on and one but I think that you get the idea.

About one of the weakest links was Maggie Gyllenhaal. I thought that her character was dispensable. I didn’t sense much chemistry between her and Aaron Eckhart. Weren’t Rachel Dawes and Harvey Dent supposed to be in love? Also, I didn’t really see how Bruce Wayne would be jealous of Dawes and Dent being together, if for no other reason than they were together? I didn’t really see Dent as much of competition for Wayne. When I watched the kissing scene w/Wayne and Dawes, I didn’t really think that it was very passionate. I’m sure that Dawes was kept to create some tension between Bruce Wayne and Harvey Dent. If this is the case, then I think that the writers were unsuccessful. In my opinion, most of the Batman love interests tend to be pretty disposable anyway.

Last but not least, I need to talk about Heath Ledger’s performance. Without a doubt, he was the best Joker. Forget about Cesar Romero (the TV show) or Jack Nicholson. There was no camp-almost pure grit. With pure anarchy and chaos, Ledger’s Joker scares the shit out the audience. The only problem with The Joker is how Batman deals with him. I look at how Batman handled Ra’s Al Ghul compared to The Joker and see a disparity. That’s all that I can say without giving the movie away.

All in all, I have to congratulate Nolan and the cast for their excellent job. Nolan was able to successfully raise things up a notch. Considering that normally sequels tend to be worse than the preceding movies, this movie was better than Batman Begins. It’s almost as if Nolan and Co. felt even more comfortable in their roles. As long as Nolan remains as director, Bale as Batman and Oldman as Gordon (should there be another movie), then I’ll be there to watch it. I can’t see a significant weakness in this movie. Excellent from top to bottom!

July 8, 2008

I Can Drive 55

Filed under: Op-Ed — adlv2006 @ 10:19

During this period of struggling to pay our gasoline bills, we are looking for ways to save or at least to lessen the hurt. It appears that the Michigan legislature is looking into some of them, which would involve new possible legislation.

Last Wednesday (July 2nd), reported that State Rep. Aldo Vagnozzi urging Congress to lower the national speed limit to 55 mph. Also, (July 2nd) likewise reported that Gov. Granholm suggested at a press conference that the State should look at lowering the speed limit. Both suggestions on lowering the speed limit follow what news channels lately have discussed regarding the difference that driving slower has on mileage. By dropping from 65 mph to 55, drivers can recover about 4-5 mpg, depending on the vehicle.

While I recognize the positive effects of driving at a lower speed, I’m a little suspicious regarding the need to have legislation order it. Right now, Michigan is hurting. Jobs seems to be lost left and right. Residents are leaving for better opportunities out-of-state, which reduces the tax base. I’m not saying anything new. What is new is my feeling that the real reason for bringing down the speed limit is to increased the number of speeding tickets; thus, generating revenue for the State.

I now choose to drive slower because it is my personal choice. Also, I was never much of a fast driver to begin with. As I’m making the adjustment, I’m realizing that the only real reason that I went up to 70 mph is because I felt that I was in a rush. In the end, the time that I supposedly saved didn’t help me when I went to the gas pump.

To be honest, what could really make a difference in helping drivers save money isn’t legislation to bring down the speed limit but in changing traffic lights’ timing. I can’t tell you how many times that I’m in front of a light that just turned green, begin to accelerate and then have to decelerate because not just the next light but the light after is red. A green light quickly following by a series of red lights doesn’t make any sense! Factor in people in front of me that can’t drive and it adds up to stop-and-go driving. The sudden stops and starts isn’t just a nuisance but probably eats up more gas than speeding does.

I applaud our legislators for looking at all of the options. However, it seems that the only option getting any attention is lowering the speed limit. It seems to make sense but, in the end, I think that there are all the wrong reasons involved with this. Lowering the speed limit isn’t going to change the behavior of drivers that are prone to speed anyway. These people don’t care. What will make a difference is in changing the timing of traffic lights. If you’re going to have a red light, then have it be following at least two green lights. This would give drivers an opportunity to stop but, also, lessen the effect of stop-and-go driving. Maybe the reason that we feel so rushed is because we’re trying to make up for the time that we’ve lost due to traffic lights.

June 6, 2008

Keeping It In The Family

Just recently, my girlfriend returned from the Mackinac Policy Conference and brought back with her lots of great insights. By spending time with many of Michigan and, in particular, Detroit’s movers and shakers, she was able to interact with people who will direct Michigan’s future. One of them is Detroit’s importance to Michigan and its complicated relationship.

The easiest way that I can describe Detroit is as your crazy relative. You know them. You love them. You talk about them. Only you and your family could love this person. Yet God forbid that somebody outside of the family talk about this person the way that you do. The privilege is reserved only for family.

In the same way, we see the craziness that always seems to be tied to Detroit. I wish to be perfectly clear in saying that I in no way feel that Detroit is abnormal or worse than the rest. Many of its problems (i.e corruption, scandal, etc) are also symptomatic of just about any other major city. However, since we are area residents and since we constantly hear about Detroit’s foolishness, it remains fresh in our collective consciousness. For us, it is our reality.

Having said this, I feel that we need to move forward. Not forget, but begin to forgive. I feel that any scandal that further damages Detroit’s public image or results in mismanagement of funds should be addressed and, if necessary, prosecuted. Nonetheless, I don’t that the emphasis should be on what Detroit is not but on what it is.

As much as many of us have fallen into the trap on piling on the bash Kwame Kilpatrick bandwagon, how many of us have piled on the great things about Detroit one? Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is not Detroit. Let me be clear. He is a resident who is mayor of the City. In the way that we view what’s happening, should draw the distinction between Mayor Kilpatrick and Detroit. Furthermore, we need to step up and make things happen for Detroit.

Suburbanites might ask themselves, “What does Detroit have to do with me?” They might live in another county or not even spend any time in the City. What do my statements have to do with them? EVERYTHING! I hate to break it to everybody: if Detroit fails, then we all fail. While Michigan’s government is seated in Lansing, its core is in Detroit. Michigan began with Detroit. Michigan’s auto industry started when Henry Ford build his first cars in Southwest Detroit. When traveling out of state, one of the cities that first come to mind is Detroit. Everything revolves around Detroit. To try separate oneself from Detroit is to be a fool.

If you’re a suburbanite, go into Detroit to catch a game or to support the business. If all that you’ve known is your own small community, try to get acquainted with varied ethnic areas. Try to Detroit’s cultural centers (Detroit Institute of Arts, Orchestra Hall, Detroit Opera House, etc). To close oneself off from Detroit is to starve to death. Detroit is slowly starving. However, if we take action, it can be revitalized and return to its former glory. If its leaders wake up and if we look outside of ourselves, Detroit and Michigan also can come back.

April 2, 2008

When Two Worlds Collide

Filed under: Culture — adlv2006 @ 14:06
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Just recently, I returned from an out-of-state Mexican/Indian wedding. The groom was Mexican (actually half Mexican and half Polish) and the bride’s family was Indian. Before I go further, I need to clarify that I’m talking about Indians from India and not Native Americans. To say that the festivities were interesting is an understatement. The only thing Mexican about the wedding was some of the food during the reception. The strongest mark was by the bride’s Indian heritage.

I was struck by Indian culture’s classicism. Almost everything in the festivities (all of which I’d seen for the first time) was rooted in some sort of long-held custom. The night before the wedding, the bride participated in a number of rituals to prepare her hair, skin and appearance for the ceremony. The bride and groom were kept separated (in ancient times so that neither would be injured or otherwise unable to make it to the ceremony). At the wedding, the groom carried out the custom of paying for the bride (exchanging goods to compensate for the daughter). To carry out the ceremony’s symbolism, the groom gave a small amount of cash. Going into the Sikh temple, I had to cover my head with a scarf. The men sat in areas segregated from the women. Following the wedding, all the guests ate. Particular attention was paid in feeding the bride and groom. I was one of the people responsible for getting them food. At the ceremony, the Indian women sat apart from the men. During the dancing, men danced separate from the women. One of the repeated themes was keeping the men and women separate.

I feel fortunate not to regularly engage in those customs or belong to such a society. I remember that one of the Indians told me, “This is one of our customs although I’m not sure what the purpose is.” You would think that this was a young person that told me this. It wasn’t. The person was one of the elders and also an immigrant. The point that this person made is that the custom was followed for so long that the people forgot why it was followed in the first place.

While I’m an American born of Mexican parents, I pick and choose what customs I feel are important. I don’t blindly keep a custom just to keep it. I don’t accept the explanation, “It’s how it’s always been. We’ve always followed it.” While it is necessary to keep one’s customs since customs are an important characteristic of culture, customs were once brand-new practices. Customs didn’t come from nowhere. Somebody did something new and enough people kept repeating it that it eventually became a custom. Just as much as customs came into being, customs can also end. Not all customs are worth keeping. Some are downright cruel and barbaric. I would ask that before you follow a custom, ask yourself if it’s something worth following.

I Love You Detroit

These were the words that concluded Kwame Kilpatrick’s State of The City Address, although his actions would indicate otherwise. The multiple lawsuits are moving against him and the City and we have lost two conventions. What else needs to happen before businesspeople and Detroit residents realize that Kilpatrick is a liability that needs to go.

One of the biggest parties that I have a problem with are those clergy that insist on supporting him. I view the clergy as the community’s moral guides and protectors. However, I feel that they have failed in their capacity if they continue to support a man that really didn’t show any contrition until he was caught. They continue to support a man that consistently appoints cronies to positions or creates positions for them. It would be one thing if they actually did something to improve the city. Instead they protect him, serve as his mouthpieces or take the fall for him. Instead of being the Pharisees (false teachers), the clergy needs to be more like Christ overturning the moneylenders’ tables. I implore the clergy to serve your community and take a stand.

Also, I have a problem with the regular citizens that continue with the same tired defenses. “What goes on behind closed doors should stay behind closed doors.” “He’s (Kilpatrick) has done a lot for the city.” “Let’s leave the man alone and let him do his job.” “The media should go and focus on somebody else.” These are just a few of the defenses that I hear on the local TV stations. I’ll address these defenses that I’ve listed.

In regard to keeping private matters behind closed doors, I agree. I would agree if these private matters didn’t occur on City time, with a City employee during when Kilpatrick was supposed to conduct City business. If he wishes to cheat on his wife, then let him do it on his time and with his own money. While I am not a resident, I am a City tax payer. I have a big problem with subsidizing Kilpatrick’s extracurricular activities. If I’m going to contribute money to the City’s funds, I want to see some good occur.

I would disagree that Kwame has done a lot for the City. There have been buildings renovated and business returning to the City. Nonetheless, I don’t see improvement in the day-to-day things. On the way to work, I drive by Trumbull and pass old Tiger Stadium. I’ve seen the space left by a stolen pothole, which has been there for at least two months. The only thing that sometimes marks it is the rubber bottom of a construction cone. I’ve driven through portions of Detroit and seen massive potholes. One is even so wide that it takes up the entire lane of side street. I’ve seen bags of garbage and large items left on the side of I-75, I-94 and the Lodge, since bulk garbage pickup has largely disappeared. I’m seeing people leaving the City rather than waiting. I don’t blame them. They’re leaving a city with virtually no services; high property and auto insurance rates; almost no major grocery stores. The bulk of the tax bracket that could have bulked up the City’s coffers has left. Many of the people remaining can barely support their own families. The stores that could provide food, groceries and other goods for Detroit’s residents are in the suburbs. What motivation is there to be a Detroit resident?

I do not think that Kilpatrick should be left alone. For lack of a better term, he is a child that needs to be watched. Left to his own devices, Kilpatrick has shown a deplorable pattern of behavior. Unsupervised, he conducts shadowy deals. Unsupervised, he makes settlements without informing City Council. Unsupervised, he engages in reprehensible personal conduct that has left Detroit with a tremendous political liability (himself) and the source of local, state and national ridicule. Until Kilpatrick shows that he can handle himself, I don’t think that he should be left alone. To be left alone to do his job, Kilpatrick first needs to do it.

Lastly, I don’t entirely agree that the media is singling him out at the expense of other news stories. Yes, I know that part of the media’s business is to sell newspapers and to have high ratings. However, they are also in the business of keeping the government accountable. Kilpatrick has rarely been forthright for an extended period of time. While he did promise to have regular press conferences so that the media and the people could stay informed on his activities and work, it didn’t come to be. When documents were sought under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Kilpatrick fought those attempts. If I were in the media and I have the choice of covering another Kilpatrick revelation or something less substantial, I would go with the Kilpatrick revelation. Media almost always goes for the bigger story. If the media were never to focus on ratings or increasing circulation, then they would be out of business. The constant balance between ratings/circulation and reporting the truth is something that will always be. As long as the truth isn’t compromised, then I don’t have a problem.

In short, I don’t feel that Kilpatrick has shown Detroit any love. Instead, he has shown his contempt in denying allegations that are slowly solidifying. Kilpatrick has shown lack of respect for the intelligence of his constituents and of interested parties. He has shown selfishness and lack of self-control. Kilpatrick has also shown a convenient ignorance for past statements that he has seemingly contradicted with either subsequent statements or in those troubling text messages. He has rarely shown himself to remain consistent in his statements and behavior. It is time for Kilpatrick to live his words of showing love for Detroit and stepping down.

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