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An Elegy to Detroit

I would change Mr. Wooldridge’s title for his opinion essay to “How the Left and Right Together Detroyed Detroit” — the Left, with the welfare state, multiculturalism, and irresponsible unionism; and both the Left and the Republicorp Right with their aiding and abetting of illegal immigration and their support of big corporations’ outsourcing exporting of jobs and the resultant hollowing out of America’s manufacturing industries.
Here are some facts on Detroit, from Wiki:

  • Detroit was the United States’ 11th largest (most populous) city in 2009, with 910,920 residents.
  • In 2007, 33.8% of Detroit’s residents were below the poverty level, the highest among large U.S. cities.
  • As of the 2000 census, the city’s racial makeup was 81.6% Black, 12.3% White, and 5% Hispanic (mostly Puerto Rican and Mexican).
  • 31.6% of households in Detroit were headed by a female with no husband present; only 26.7% of households were married couples living together.
  • Detroit was the 3rd most dangerous U.S. city in 2009, according to a study by the CQ Press, using population figures and crime data compiled by the FBI.

H/t my friend Robert W.
~Eowyn
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How Immigration and Multiculturalism the Left and Right Destroyed Detroit
By Frosty Wooldridge – October 5, 2009
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%. 
…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.

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Dems & Media Fear Civil War From Obama Eligibility


In a remarkable radio interview with Steve Malzberg on December 30, 2010, Jeff Kuhner of the Washington Times says that people around the White House, Democratic circles, and the liberal media — including senior top editors — all know there’s something there about Obama’s birth eligibility but are afraid to pursue the matter.
Jeffrey Kuhner is a columnist, writer, and radio host on WTNT in Washington, DC. He is a regular contributor to the commentary pages of The Washington Times, where he writes a weekly column, and has written for Human Events, National Review Online and Investor’s Business Daily.
What Kuhner had to say is so important that I transcribed the relevant portions of the interview. The topic of Obama’s birth certificate begins at the 3:52 mark in the audio. Here’s the gist of what he said:
“They” know there’s a problem: Beginning at the 5:18 mark, Kuhner says: “I’m choosing my words now very carefully because I don’t want to burn my sources. People around the White House and especially in Democratic circles, in private at a cocktail party, at a restaurant, will tell you ‘Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.’ They don’t know what it is. Even some liberal members of the media I’ve spoken to off the record have said, ‘Jeff, we don’t want to touch this story because we know there’s something there. We don’t know what: We don’t know if it’s going to reveal his religion that was given to him by his father or stepfather; we don’t know if it’s records that will eventually come out about his travels to Pakistan when he was a student at a university; we don’t know if he applied for foreign aid as a foreign student. We don’t know exactly what it is, but the reluctance of the White House on not just his birth certificate, but his health records, school records. They are hiding something, there’s no question about it.’  And the only question is how bad the damage is going to be. If, and I emphasize if, it turns out that he was not born in the United States, we have a legal, constitutional and political crisis without precedent in this nation.”
Controversy is gaining traction: Beginning at the 8:21 mark, Kuhner says, “This controvesy is not going away. It is gaining traction. It is gaining momentum in the courts.”
Kuhner asks the question on all our minds — why won’t the media do the eligibility story?:  Beginning at the 8:42 mark, Kuhner says, “This is a very key point. What many members of the liberal media have been confiding in me. I ask them, ‘Look, this is a bombshell of a story. It’d be like a Watergate. It’ll make your name! All you’d have to do is break the story. I mean you’d look at a Pulitzer prize for the rest of your life, you’d be wealthy beyond imagination, all the fame and glory a journalist can ever want!'”
Media are afraid of a civil war: “They [liberal media] say, ‘Jeff, you don’t understand. The implications if this story turns out to be true, we fear it could be a civil war within America.’ This is what they’re telling me — that you’re going to have African-Americans so embittered, remaining loyal to the president; so many liberals so embittered, loyal to the president. But so many people in the country feeling that it’s a serious constitutional breach — that everything he has passed — because he’s unconstitutional and doesn’t have the right, the legal authority — everything he has passed is therefore illegal and unconstitutional. It would literally be the worst constitutional crisis that ever gripped this country. So they don’t want to touch this.”
Some other things Kuhner said in the interview:

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H/t beloved fellow Tina and ObamaReleaseYourRecords.
~Eowyn

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Man Says No to NFL to Care For Family

A real man. A role model for America.
What an inspiring story!
~Eowyn

Former Jets safety Keith Fitzhugh chooses family over football
By Jenny Vrentras – The Star-Ledger – Dec 8, 2010
Yesterday afternoon, Jets director of pro personnel Brendan Prophett phoned Keith Fitzhugh. The team needed a safety, with Jim Leonhard lost for the season and James Ihedigbo injured in Monday night’s 45-3 loss at New England.
Fitzhugh would have been a good fit. He was an undrafted rookie in 2009, and knew the system from three stints with the Jets. But the 24-year-old did something few would do: He respectfully turned down the NFL, and a team in good position for a postseason bid.
“I know I haven’t won a Super Bowl; it would be a once-in-a-lifetime chance,” Fitzhugh said by phone from Georgia yesterday. “But you only get one mom and one dad. That’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance. I’d rather be there for my mom and dad than go for a Super Bowl chance.”
Fitzhugh has a stable job, with health benefits, as a conductor with Norfolk Southern railroad outside Atlanta. Work involves trips to Chattanooga, Tenn., and back, building trains in the yard or being on call through the night. It’s important for him to have a steady stream of income — more often than not elusive in the NFL — because his father is disabled and cannot work. Keith Fitzhugh, Sr., has had hip replacements and bad knees, and struggles to walk. He has been unable to work since his son left to play football at Mississippi State.
Fitzhugh lives at home and helps support a family that is not big, but very close-knit, particularly since losing his younger sister, Brittany, to the West Nile Virus five years ago. She was bitten by a mosquito when she was 11, and her condition slowly deteriorated as if she had multiple sclerosis: she began losing her vision and hair, developed lesions on the back of her brain and burst blood through her neck. She passed away at age 14, the day before Fitzhugh played his first spring game at Mississippi State.
“That’s why I’m so strong about being around family now,” Fitzhugh said. “Life is short, and you never know what will happen. When I went through the period of time being unemployed, my family was there for me. I didn’t want to take a risk and lose everything again, especially when I have a great job like I do now.”
Fitzhugh told the Jets he was very thankful for the opportunity they extended. But to him, the risk was too great: he might only be on the roster for a couple of weeks, or even less, and as a result would give up the railroad job that can offer him long-term employment.
He knows well the uncertainty of professional football, calling the unemployment between stints with teams “lonely.” He signed as an undrafted free agent with the Jets in May 2009, was waived in August and added to the practice squad in September. In December of that year, he was signed to the Ravens’ active roster and spent the playoffs with them. Baltimore withdrew its tender offer to him this past spring, and he was unemployed until the Jets signed him during training camp. He was waived 11 days later.
That’s when he began working for Norfolk Southern. Choosing to keep the steady job was a mature decision his mother, Meltonia Fitzhugh, left up to him but was moved by when he told her what he had done. She works as an office supervisor for a division of Nippon Express, a freight forwarder. “He’s always been that kind of a kid,” said Meltonia Fitzhugh said. “If you would ever know him and were to meet him, he is that kind of kid. He tries to help everybody. It wouldn’t be just for me, he would do it for anybody. I take it as a blessing.”
Fitzhugh did not want to rule out ever playing in the NFL again. This opportunity didn’t make sense for him, and the Jets will look elsewhere, possibly at Emanuel Cook or Don Warren, who were in camp with them this year. But Fitzhugh didn’t want to speak in absolutes. He keeps in shape, citing Norfolk Southern’s wellness program for employees. Climbing up and down train cars is a workout, he said, and when he can’t get to a gym while traveling for work, he’ll do 100 push-ups and sit-ups or walk a few miles.
He started playing football when he was 8, and the NFL was a childhood dream. But he also says that he was like many young boys who love trains and hope one day to ride them. In that sense, Meltonia Fitzhugh said, he has lived out both of his dreams.
“The kid has more heart than anybody I know,” said Daniel Rose, his agent. “I don’t think this is the last you’ve heard of Keith Fitzhugh.”

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Why Do Blacks & Jews Vote Democrat?

A new CBS News/New York Times poll has good news for us about Tuesday’s elections. Republicans continue to hold an advantage over Democrats in the generic House ballot: 46% of likely voters say they plan to vote Republican, while 40% say they will vote Democrat.

But the poll also shows that blacks continue to be slaves to the Democrats, with 90% of them still approving of Obama. 

Jews comprise such a small percentage (2-3%) of the U.S. population that their political preferences typically don’t show up in polls such as the CBS/NYT poll, unless pollsters specifically target them. But, according to anecdotal data, despite being disillusioned with Obama, all signs point to Jewish Americans continuing to vote mainly Democrat next Tuesday.
Which brings us to this question: Why do blacks and Jews vote the way they do?
Obama has done little that really benefits blacks, other than have the Dept of Justice look the other way on the new Black Panthers’ 2008 voter intimidation. After half a century of the “War on Poverty,” blacks are still mired in crime and poverty, although a black middle class has arisen due mainly to Affirmative Action racial quota and government employment. (BTW, did you know that Affirmative Action was installed by a Republican administration — that of Richard M. Nixon?)
In the case of American Jews, it’s even more baffling, as this article by James Lewis addresses.
~Eowyn

Why Do Jews Vote for Their Enemies?
By James Lewis – American Thinker – October 27, 2010

American blacks vote Obama for the color of his skin. American Leftists vote O because they hope he will shaft this country more royally than anybody else has so far.
So what excuse do the Jews have? The black and the radical leftist vote O for reasons I can understand. Obama is black, even if his life experience has no relationship to the average American black person — none at all. And Obama is a radical, so even the radicals have a reason. However, why does Obama keep his favorable standing with American Jews? It makes no sense.
With his favoritism for Muslims, by trying constantly to undermine the elected government of Israel and by constantly reaching out to a Hitler-wannabe in Iran, Obama has made it clear enough what side he’s on. His friends Jodie Evans of Code Pink and Bill Ayers agitated for the Gaza flotilla that turned into a planned PR disaster for Israel. His administration supports the grotesque and shameful farce of Iran, the Sudan, and Libya sitting on the U.N. Human Rights Council. Those are genocidal, torturing, and utterly reactionary regimes. And that’s just the start of Obama’s bitter hatred of Israel and Western values. There’s more coming — you betcha.
American Jews are voting against their plain self-interest. They voted for someone who listened to J-Wright ranting against Jews and whites for twenty years. Wright is a race-hater, pure and simple, and he hates Whitey and the Jews. What’s more, Michelle Obama is the daughter of a Chicago ward boss who grew up in that atmosphere, rife with Louis Farrakahn and the Black Muslims, J-Wright, and the ranting Father Pfleger. Michelle grew up with the Jesse Jackson family, and we know where Jesse stands. Put all that together, and you get classical Jew-hating. It’s obvious to anybody who pays attention.
Obama’s pal George Soros helped set up the phony front group J Street, which specializes in undermining Israel while claiming to defend it; it’s classical Stalinist agitprop. Anybody could find that out. Granted that the media tried to cover it all up, but it’s on the web, for goodness’ sake. Use your fingers and it’s right there.
Jews have the reputation of being intelligent, and academically, they often are. But Jewish smart people seem to be — how shall I say this? — incapable of thinking straight about politics. Once many Jews figure out what side in politics they are rooting for, they are stuck for life. No facts, no matter how persuasive, will change their minds. This is nuts. It is certainly not intelligent. In politics, American Jews seem to be idiots savant: Very bright in one part of life, but with big islands of ignorance, denial, and wishful thinking.
And yes, some of my best friends, and all that.
I can make up all kinds of imaginary reasons. Back in Europe it was the socialists and Soviets who ultimately did the most harm to the Nazis, so Eastern European Jews were drawn into that horrific maelstrom and chose the only side that wasn’t systematically threatening and killing Jews. But that’s historically one-sided. George Soros infamously grew up in Hungary selling the (stolen) furniture and art of the Jews who were marched to the concentration camp. Liberal Jews still admire the man.
Jews are attracted to the fantasy world of the lion lying down with the lamb. But reality tells us it hasn’t happened yet, and the chances that peace will break out all over are not high. The Left constantly runs that sucker play, and American Jews fall for it. I’ve talked with Jewish friends, and I keep trying to figure it out. Can’t they spot a cruel scam when they see it? Where is their intelligence?
The Jews in Europe had a very bad time with Catholics and Orthodox of various stripes, especially in Poland and Russia. And yet the European Enlightenment that started the liberation of Jews from the medieval ghetto was created by many Christians and some Jews. Historically, Christianity has both anti-Semitic elements and philo-Semitic ones, as the historian Paul Johnson points out in his history of the Jews. Listen to Mozart’s Requiem Mass. Half the text comes from the Hebrew Bible.
A billion Muslims in the world are exposed to classic anti-Semitic hate propaganda. You can see it day by day on the MEMRI website, with straight translations from the Persian and Arab language media. Hate-Jew cartoons are all over those Islamic media. Hitler’s Mein Kampf sells like hotcakes in Egypt. The Saudis sponsored a truly filthy TV series shown throughout the Arab world based on the Elders of Zion, the phony czarist anti-Jewish propaganda tale. (It features those folks with caricatured Shylock faces who are constantly plotting to take over the world, talking like Snidely Whiplash and rubbing their hand in glee while they are preparing to kill a Christian baby for Passover.) This is sleazy, nasty, hateful, and moronic stuff. Arab audiences in Egypt and Iran just love it. They are mental throwbacks to the Dark Ages.
And yet, American Jews vote for Obama. Now, Obama himself is careful to avoid any appearance of militant hatred of Jews. He just inveighs against “Wall Street Fat Cats” and “Neo-cons” and protects Black Muslims who are caught in voter intimidation in Philadelphia. A lot of those targets of abuse are Jews, and a lot of them sort of agree with Obama’s rants against capitalism. But capitalism frees people, and the Jews, who have suffered more than their share of oppression, should recognize that instantly.
Half of American Jews are women. Women are badly used and abused both sexually and physically throughout the Islamic world. So are gay people. So are Christians who profess a religion that does not elevate Muhammad as the last prophet. Jews by the million have been forced to leave Muslim countries and are now settled in Israel and America. Every other day Ahmadinejad issues another nuclear threat against Tel Aviv. The Muslim Brotherhood, which inspired Hamas, has acted to destroy Jews and Israelis since its World War II alliance with Hitler. Jimmy Carter is a big fan of Hamas and brought that other medieval throwback, Ayatollah Khomeini, into power, thereby driving Jews and other Iranians out of that country.
And still the Jews vote 70-plus percent for their enemies.
Two plus two does not equal four.
This is not adult, rational behavior. It is not intelligent. It is not wise or benevolent. It is not charitable toward the weak and oppressed peoples of the earth. It is not good for future generations. And as 97 percent of the Israeli public has decided, Obama is very bad for Israel; after all, he’s done nothing visible about Iranian nukes, which are the biggest genocidal danger to Israel ever. A second Holocaust has never been closer. Obama’s backed off now for the election, but he’ll be back at Netanyahu’s throat as soon as the election is past. His White House “advisors” are all for shafting Israel but good. It’s their substitute for sane foreign policy.
Something isn’t right here. People usually don’t vote for those who hate them and who constantly act in alliance with genocidal haters like Hamas and the Iranian fascisti.
Something isn’t right.
Now watch the midterm elections, when the country will render its first verdict on Obama and his cronies in office, on the recession, the insanely high budgets, Obama’s friendly alliances with ranting enemies of America and Israel.
I’ll bet that Obama’s crew gets more than 50 percent of the Jewish vote in the midterms.
Is this crazy, or what?
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Race Relations Worse Under Post-Racial President

Surprise!
Race relations are now worse despite America’s first bi-racial and post-racial president.
But, but…. It’s all Bush’s fault!
~Eowyn


David Gardner of the UK’s Mail Online writes on October 8, 2010:
Hopes that race relations in America would improve with the election of the nation’s first black president have been dashed – with figures showing that the situation has actually worsened in the past two years.
A new poll found that just 36% per cent of voters now believed that relations between black and white was getting better. This is compared with 62% a year ago and 55% in April.
According to the Rasmussen survey, black respondents were less optimistic – with just 13% believing that understanding between the races was heading in the right direction, compared to 39% of whites.
Confidence that America had broken through a major race barrier with Mr Obama’s election two years ago appears to have sunk along with the popularity of his administration.
Washington analysts believe voters became more polarised as jobless figures continued to rise, the economic recovery remained sluggish and the Democrat-controlled government pushed through unpopular health and financial reforms. It didn’t help when several prominent Democrats – most notably former president Jimmy Carter – suggested that opposition to the party’s healthcare overhaul was motivated by racism.
[…] Rasmussen claims that 27% of Americans now believe that black and white relations are actually deteriorating, up by 10% from last summer, while 33% think they are about the same. 
The survey, carried out last weekend, suggested that relations between whites and Hispanics in the US were even worse. Only 21% thought they were improving while a staggering 50% felt they were getting worse, while 24% said they were unchanged.
Men quizzed by researchers were more optimistic than women. 59% of blacks remained more optimistic that America was moving in the right direction under Mr Obama, a view shared by just 27% of whites.
However, 69% of voters still said US society is fair and decent, while only 20% think it is unfair and discriminatory.

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