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    Unhappy Detroit , Michigan ~ ~ ~

    Frosty Wooldridge (born 1947) is a US journalist, writer, environmentalist, traveler)
    By Frosty Wooldridge

    For 15 years, from the mid 1970s to 1990, I worked in Detroit , Michigan. I watched it descend into the abyss of crime, debauchery, gun play, drugs, school truancy, car-jacking, gangs, and human depravity. I watched entire city blocks burned out. I watched graffiti explode on buildings, cars, trucks, buses, and school yards. Trash everywhere!

    Detroiters walked through it, tossed more into it, and ignored it. Tens of thousands, and then hundreds of thousands today exist on federal welfare, free housing, and food stamps ! With Aid to Dependent Children, minority women birthed eight to 10, and in one case, one woman birthed 24 children as reported by the Detroit Free Press, all on American taxpayer dollars. A new child meant a new car payment, new TV, and whatever mom wanted. I saw Lyndon Baines Johnson's 'Great Society' flourish in Detroit. If you give money for doing nothing, you will get more hands out taking money for doing nothing.

    Mayor Coleman Young, perhaps the most corrupt mayor in America, outside of Richard Daley in Chicago, rode Detroit down to its knees... He set the benchmark for cronyism, incompetence, and arrogance. As a black man, he said, "I am the MFIC." The IC meant "in charge".

    You can figure out the rest. Detroit became a majority black city with 67 percent African-Americans.

    As a United Van Lines truck driver for my summer job from teaching math and science, I loaded hundreds of American families into my van for a new life in another city or state.

    Detroit plummeted from 1.8 million citizens to 912,000 today. At the same time, legal and illegal immigrants converged on the city, so much so, that Muslims number over 300,000. Mexicans number 400,000 throughout Michigan, but most work in Detroit. As the whites moved out, the Muslims moved in.As the crimes became more violent, the whites fled. Finally, unlawful Mexicans moved in at a torrid pace. Detroit suffers so much shoplifting that grocery stores no longer operate in many inner city locations. You could cut the racial tension in the air with a knife !

    Detroit may be one of our best examples of multiculturalism: pure dislike, and total separation from America.Today, you hear Muslim calls to worship over the city like a new American Baghdad with hundreds of Islamic mosques in Michigan, paid for by Saudi Arabia oil money. High school flunk out rates reached 76 percent last June, according to NBC's Brian Williams. Classrooms resemble more foreign countries than America. English? Few speak it! The city features a 50 percent illiteracy rate and growing.

    Unemployment hit 28.9 percent in 2009 as the auto industry vacated the city. In Time Magazine's October 4, 2009, "The Tragedy of Detroit: How a great city fell, and how it can rise again," I choked on the writer's description of what happened. "If Detroit had been ravaged by a hurricane, and submerged by a ravenous flood, we'd know a lot more about it," said Daniel Okrent. "If drought, and carelessness had spread brush fires across the city, we'd see it on the evening news every night."

    Earthquake, tornadoes, you name it, if natural disaster had devastated the city that was once the living proof of American prosperity, the rest of the country might take notice.But Detroit, once our fourth largest city, now 11th, and slipping rapidly, has had no such luck. Its disaster has long been a slow unwinding that seemed to remove it from the rest of the country.Even the death rattle that in the past year emanated from its signature industry brought more attention to the auto executives than to the people of the city, who had for so long been victimized by their dreadful decision making."

    As Coleman Young's corruption brought the city to its knees, no amount of federal dollars could save the incredible payoffs, kick backs, and illegality permeating his administration. I witnessed the city's death from the seat of my 18-wheeler tractor trailer because I moved people out of every sector of decaying Detroit."By any quantifiable standard, the city is on life support. Detroit's treasury is $300 million short of the funds needed to provide the barest municipal services," Okrent said. "The school system, which six years ago was compelled by the teachers' union to reject a philanthropist's offer of $200 million to build 15 small, independent charter high schools, is in receivership. The murder rate is soaring, and 7 out of 10 remain unsolved. Three years after Katrina devastated New Orleans, unemployment in that city hit a peak of 11%. In Detroit, the unemployment rate is 28..9%.

    That's worth spelling out: twenty-eight point nine percent." At the end of Okrent's report, and he will write a dozen more about Detroit, he said, "That's because the story of Detroit is not simply one of a great city's collapse, it's also about the erosion of the industries that helped build the country we know today. The ultimate fate of Detroit will reveal much about the character of America in the 21st century. If what was once the most prosperous manufacturing city in the nation has been brought to its knees, what does that say about our recent past? And if it can't find a way to get up, what does that say about our future?"

    As you read in my book review of Chris Steiner's book, "$20 Per Gallon", the auto industry won't come back. Immigration will keep pouring more, and more uneducated third world immigrants from the Middle East into Detroit, thus creating a beachhead for Islamic hegemony in America . If 50 percent illiteracy continues, we will see more homegrown terrorists spawned out of the Muslim ghettos of Detroit . Illiteracy plus Islam equals walking human bombs.

    You have already seen it in Madrid , Spain; London, England and Paris, France with train bombings, subway bombings and riots. As their numbers grow, so will their power to enact their barbaric Sharia Law that negates republican forms of government, first amendment rights, and subjugates women to the lowest rungs on the human ladder. We will see more honor killings by upset husbands, fathers, and brothers that demand subjugation by their daughters, sisters and wives. Muslims prefer beheadings of women to scare the hell out of any other members of their sect from straying. Multiculturalism: what a perfect method to kill our language, culture, country, and way of life.

    I PRAY EVERYONE THAT READS THIS REALIZES THAT IF WE DON'T STAND UP, AND SCREAM AT WASHINGTON , AND OUR STATE, CITY, AND LOCAL LEADERS THIS IS WHAT AWAITS THE REST OF AMERICA . IF YOU FOLLOW THE NEWS AT ALL YOU KNOW THIS HAS HAPPENED IN ENGLAND , AND FRANCE AND SPAIN .

    IF YOU THINK THIS IS JUST A BUNCH OF HOOEY AND YOU FEEL NO DUTY TO FIGHT FOR THIS COUNTRY, THEN I DON'T KNOW WHAT IT WILL TAKE FOR YOU TO STAND AND FIGHT.

    "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." -- Benjamin Franklin

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    ha ha ha a beachhead for Sharia Law. That guy needs to move himself out and take a deep breath.

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    How many times are you going to post this nonesense? There are plenty of good reasons to hate. We don't need to Intellectualize them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Winstonbiggs View Post
    How many times are you going to post this nonesense? There are plenty of good reasons to hate. We don't need to Intellectualize them.
    ooops , how 'bout this ---> http://www.detroitblog.org/?p=287

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    Quote Originally Posted by kelly View Post
    ooops , how 'bout this ---> http://www.detroitblog.org/?p=287
    You live in Denmark, a**hat. WTF do you care? Your country is the size of Rockland County and is known for....umm.....f*cking nothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Winstonbiggs View Post
    How many times are you going to post this nonesense? There are plenty of good reasons to hate. We don't need to Intellectualize them.
    What part of it is nonsense to you? Can you separate the talk of muslims and mexicans from the point that Detroit is a failed liberal experiment? They are a good example of why you can't continue to spend and tax. They show that no matter how much money you put into a school system if there is no buy in from the families then they will fail. Detroit kept increasing the number of people on handouts so the people paying in to the system left. These policies do not work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PlumberKhan View Post
    You live in Denmark, a**hat. WTF do you care? Your country is the size of Rockland County and is known for....umm.....f*cking nothing.
    Famous Danes

    American football's National Football League all-time leading scorer Morten Andersen
    oooh and badminton

    Badminton players Morten Frost, Erland Kops, Peter Gade, Poul-Erik Høyer Larsen, Flemming Delfs, Camilla Martin, Tine Baun and Lene Køppen

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    Quote Originally Posted by RaoulDuke View Post
    oooh and badminton
    And they own Greenland.

    lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trades View Post
    What part of it is nonsense to you? Can you separate the talk of muslims and mexicans from the point that Detroit is a failed liberal experiment? They are a good example of why you can't continue to spend and tax. They show that no matter how much money you put into a school system if there is no buy in from the families then they will fail. Detroit kept increasing the number of people on handouts so the people paying in to the system left. These policies do not work.
    Detroit is an example of the failure of US manufacturing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Winstonbiggs View Post
    Detroit is an example of the failure of US manufacturing.
    Or of a town that sold out to unions and liberal ideals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trades View Post
    Or of a town that sold out to unions and liberal ideals.
    The crap that Management has been responsible for dumping on the US and world consumer for almost 50 years isn't the fault of Unions or liberal idealogy. It's the fault of crappy management operating in what they thought was essentially a monopoly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trades View Post
    What part of it is nonsense to you? Can you separate the talk of muslims and mexicans from the point that Detroit is a failed liberal experiment? They are a good example of why you can't continue to spend and tax. They show that no matter how much money you put into a school system if there is no buy in from the families then they will fail. Detroit kept increasing the number of people on handouts so the people paying in to the system left. These policies do not work.
    It wasn't about policy; it was a piece designed to incite hatred and misunderstanding.

    Unless you feel the alarms against Islamic hegemony are perfectly acceptable, and an action item for the Federal Government.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Winstonbiggs View Post
    The crap that Management has been responsible for dumping on the US and world consumer for almost 50 years isn't the fault of Unions or liberal idealogy. It's the fault of crappy management operating in what they thought was essentially a monopoly.
    BINGO!!

    It wasn't the union members who brought us the classic sh*t sandwiches such as the Pontiac Aztec or the Chevy Cavalier or the Pontiac Sunfire.

    Edumacated egghead engineers and marketing a-holes came up with that stuff...

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    Quote Originally Posted by PlumberKhan View Post
    And they own Greenland.

    lol
    don't forget the faroe islands

    fyi :

    ~ ~ The Faroe Islands are a self-governing territory under the sovereignty of the Kingdom of Denmark.

    > http://www.visitfaroeislands.com/Default.aspx?ID=8945



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    Quote Originally Posted by WestCoastOffensive View Post
    ha ha ha a beachhead for Sharia Law. That guy needs to move himself out and take a deep breath.
    fyi :

    'Black flight' the new 'white flight' in Detroit ?

    > http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/in...white_fli.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Winstonbiggs View Post
    How many times are you going to post this nonesense? There are plenty of good reasons to hate. We don't need to Intellectualize them.
    hey Winstonbiggs ,
    here's some more " nonsense " for ya :

    ~ ~ America's Most Dangerous Cities, 2011
    > http://realestate.yahoo.com/promo/am...ties-2011.html




    p.s. check out who's #1

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    Quote Originally Posted by kelly View Post
    hey Winstonbiggs ,
    here's some more " nonsense " for ya :

    ~ ~ America's Most Dangerous Cities, 2011
    > http://realestate.yahoo.com/promo/am...ties-2011.html




    p.s. check out who's #1
    I know Denmark is a very enlightened country and the Nazi party doesn't openly threaten transsexuals. Be assured after they purify Denmark of the Muslims and Jews, you won't be safe. I would consider becoming an independent if I were you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Winstonbiggs View Post
    I know Denmark is a very enlightened country and the Nazi party doesn't openly threaten transsexuals. Be assured after they purify Denmark of the Muslims and Jews, you won't be safe. I would consider becoming an independent if I were you.
    what are YOU...
    twelve years old ? ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Winstonbiggs View Post
    I know Denmark is a very enlightened country and the Nazi party doesn't openly threaten transsexuals. Be assured after they purify Denmark of the Muslims and Jews, you won't be safe. I would consider becoming an independent if I were you.
    How About a Little Danish ?

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Well lookee here: the inevitable move toward taxing unhealthful foods to raise income and discourage damaging diets has begun. Last month, Hungary, almost unnoticed, began taxing foods with high levels of fat, salt and sugar. And earlier this week, with just a little more fanfare, Denmark instituted an excise tax on foods high in saturated fat...

    rest of article :
    > http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com...h/?ref=opinion

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    Sometime soon, probably by the end of April, the city of Detroit is likely to run out of cash. Its revenues are falling and its expenses are growing. If that happens, paychecks will not be issued, doors of public buses and city agencies could be closed, and streetlights will be shut off in more neighborhoods.

    Having lost so much — a quarter-million people in just a decade, its industrial base, its political clout — Detroit is now on the verge of losing control of its ability to make its own decisions. If it does not find a way to quickly stabilize its finances through spending cuts and union concessions, the state may appoint a manager to take over its budget from the mayor and the City Council.

    No one, least of all the state, wants that to happen. In Michigan, emergency managers can break union contracts, fire city officials and sell off city assets. That has already begun in four other cities, all of them largely black, that the state has taken over in the last few years. Black officials and union leaders have charged that Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican elected in 2010, has an ideological and racial agenda, and taking over Detroit, which is 83 percent black, would only magnify the tension.Muscling the city aside would clearly be undemocratic, and it is not even clear how effective it would be. The state took over Detroit’s schools in 2009, and has little to show for it yet except for more closed schools and a continuing exodus of students and teachers. But an emergency manager may be inevitable.

    Detroit simply does not have a large enough tax base to pay for city services and billions in long-term liabilities. The turnaround in the auto industry brought about by the government bailout has been good news for Michigan and the region, and has helped lower the state’s jobless rate to 9.3 percent from 14.1 percent in 2009. Little of that, however, has trickled inside the city limits, where the unemployment rate is estimated by city officials at close to 30 percent.The city that once teemed with auto plants now has only two, a Chevrolet and a Chrysler factory. Chrysler’s gritty new slogan, “Imported From Detroit,” is a bit painful to local residents who know that the Chrysler 200, featured in an Eminem ad, is made in the suburbs, and the 300 and the Town & Country are made across the river in Ontario.

    Chrysler’s gleaming Jefferson North plant on the east side of town does churn out Jeep Cherokees and Dodge Durangos, and President Obama noted in a speech last week that it has been adding new shifts. But it is not enough. Just blocks from the plant is some of America’s worst urban devastation, acre upon acre of vacant land, abandoned houses, burned-out stores. A city that held nearly two million people in the 1950s is now down to 714,000, more than a third of whom live in poverty.There are glimmers of hope on the city’s southwest side, where newcomers from Mexico and other countries have revived several avenues with restaurants, groceries and other stores. “More diversity, more immigrants — that’s the key for the future,” said Jordi Carbonell, born in Barcelona, who runs Café con Leche, a coffeehouse crowded with young patrons and laptops.But rebuilding the city with coffee cups will take too long, and Detroit is running out of time. Crime is going up, buses are breaking and left unrepaired, and the exodus continues. Even if City Hall can stave off a takeover with union givebacks, layoffs and pension cuts, it will only be for a short time.

    The solution may be in the suburbs that have siphoned off Detroit’s money and jobs and talent for decades. A true emergency manager, as many people here have suggested, would have the power to begin merging the tax base of the city with that of suburban counties in hopes of saving the region. Bailouts can come in many different forms.

    > http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/05/op...=1&ref=opinion

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