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Pillage a city, Seduce a daughter; All in a leftward leaning day

Imprisoned ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was among several people today indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of looting the city and/or various area non profits under their control.

Also indicted were the ex-mayor’s father, Bernard Kilpatrick;  local contractor Bobby Ferguson; forrmer water department chief Victor Mercado; and Derrick Miller, former aide to both the ex mayor and his mother,  US Rep Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrack (MI-13). 

The Detroit Free Press reports:

Miller and Ferguson are also close friends of the former mayor. Miller was a former basketball teammate of Kilpatrick’s at Cass Technical High School and later worked for his mother, U.S. Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (D-Detroit). In 2002, Kwame Kilpatrick appointed Miller as his chief administrative officer.

Ferguson, who owns a Detroit demolition and excavation company, became friends with Kilpatrick after Kilpatrick was elected state representative in 1996. They socialized, rode motorcycles together and Kilpatrick appointed Ferguson as the city’s cleanup czar. Under Kilpatrick’s tenure, Ferguson’s business with the city increased dramatically.

Mercado, who became the highest-ranking Hispanic city official when Kilpatrick named him head of the water department in 2002, said in September that he had testified before the federal grand jury in Detroit. At the time, he said he was told he was not the focus of the investigation.

Mercado, who was the general manager of the Bexar Metropolitan Water District in San Antonio, Texas, offered no further details.

Today’s announcement follows earlier convictions of several of Kilpatrick’s closest associates, including two brothers on his staff who were childhood friends, and charges of fraud and tax evasion against the ex-mayor himself.

Miller and Ferguson are also close friends of the former mayor. Miller was a former basketball teammate of Kilpatrick’s at Cass Technical High School and later worked for his mother, U.S. Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (D-Detroit). In 2002, Kwame Kilpatrick appointed Miller as his chief administrative officer.

Free Press coverage is here:
Frankly, I’m getting sick of reading Facebook posts by affluent, educated and even idealistic friends and relatives who pat themselves on the back in the form of little OFA smiles for having voted for the President and creeps like these.
I am particularly sick on reading this week that Columbia University Political Science professor David Epstein is charged with conducting a several year long incestuous relationship with his daughter.
He, too, is an OFA guy, a blogger for The Huffington Post.
Insight into the Epstein defense seeped up from the gutter today, as his lawyer Matthew Galluzzo was quoted as follows:

“Academically, we are obviously all morally opposed to incest and rightfully so,” Galluzzo said. “At the same time, there is an argument to be made in the Swiss case to let go what goes on privately in bedrooms.”
“It’s OK for homosexuals to do whatever they want in their own home,” he said. “How is this so different? We have to figure out why some behavior is tolerated and some is not.”

Link: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2010/12/10/huffington-post-blogger-charged-incest

Patrick Moynihan was onto something when he spoke of a society defining deviency down.

Expect there to be a groundswell of complaints from the left about a government chasing down poor old Kwame for just doing what every other urban guy has been doing forever.

And another groundswell of opinion that as long as the daughter was an adult, and it was ‘consensual’, who are we to judge?

There is a portion of the Jewish Torah which has historically been read on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year.  It deals with relationships which are beyond the realm of civilized life;  included are prohibitions on homosexuality and incest.

Many of the non-Orthodox congregations in America have taken to dropping the reading, replacing it with something much less controversial.

As there isn’t much left these days that is definitively out of bounds, look for prohibitions against raping cities and national governments to be dropped as well.

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