Absolute Moral Authority

Because plain old moral authority just wasn’t good enough — a mesablue production

All quiet on the Western-Baghdad front

Posted by mesablue on September 22, 2010

UPDATE — Since we’re contemplating getting back to “serious” blogging here, thought I’d bring up an old post from the past that actually had some feet on the ground fun.  Not the norm for the tubes in the old days. It was semi pertinent to what was happening at the time. Not my usual style, but —-

In the post Welcome to Baghdad West, I posted an article from the Detroit News that covered sectarian violence in Detroit between Sunni and Shia muslims.

I also mentioned that I would try to get to the area and take some pictures.

Vandals hit Shi’a stores

DETROIT — Muslim leaders say a spate of vandalism over the weekend involving stores owned by local Iraqis could stem from brewing sectarian Islamic tension over the execution of Saddam Hussein.
While Shi’a and Sunni Muslims are fighting in Iraq, the two groups generally get along in Metro Detroit and the United States. But Muslim and Arab leaders say the hanging of Saddam, and especially the timing of the execution, spurred hard feelings.
They say the vandalized property was owned or operated by people of Iraqi descent who are Shi’a.
“People are scared to come here. It’s very dangerous, this place,” said Inaam Alkhafaji, referring to her Detroit business, Dana Media, whose windows were broken.
“It’s a war with the Iraqi people. Maybe next time they kill us.”

I first went to the Seven Mile and Woodward area to try to find some of the vandalism described in the article since it is not too far from my house. This area is on the far North side of Detroit, quite a way from Dearborn. As I drove down Seven Mile I realised that finding a particular store or building with a broken or boarded up window in Detroit is kind of like trying to find a particular grain of sand on a beach. One third of all houses and buildings in Detroit are either abandoned or falling down. This part of Seven Mile is in a very sketchy neighborhood, but during the daytime it’s pretty safe, so I walked around and took a few pictures.

No obvious signs of damage in the first few pictures:

But, the rest of the neighborhood looked like this:

So, things didn’t look too out of order along the Iraqi stretch of Seven Mile.

To give you an idea of what a bizarre city Detroit is, on the way to my next stop I took a picture of a typical house in the Palmer Woods neighborhood. This house is only half a mile from the house pictured above.

You can pick this house up for a song, but the property taxes in Detroit are among the highest in the nation — not worth it. You’ll pay more in taxes than for your mortgage.

Ok, so on to the West side. Warren Ave. cuts through the Northern edge of Dearborn before continuing on to the Western border of Detroit. The stores and restaurant mentioned in the article are here:

Not much to see other than the one door still boarded up, the restaurant’s windows had been smashed and were already repaired.

On we go, I figured I’d take a few more pictures to give everyone a feel for the area. Pictures really can’t do justice to how arabic this area really is, almost every store’s sign is in arabic lettering and several have no english at all. I couldn’t tell what a few of them were.

I took a few more that didn’t turn out, I really wanted to show the picture of the halal pizza place. I just thought it was funny.

One thing that I’ve always thought a bit weird is the prevalence of strip clubs and liquor stores in Dearborn. One is right next door to LaShish, a very popular restaurant.

Gigi’s strip club (oops, gay bar), with badly placed light pole:

So, all in all, there was not much to see. Especially by Detroit standards, this was much ado about not much. The Sunni and Shia could declare war on each other and it might take a few days for Detroit to notice.

It’s much more exciting when the arab groups take to the streets to demonstrate, downright chilling. They turn out by the thousand on just a moments notice. I’ll make sure to get pictures of that in the future.

Oh, and if you read this post Dean Esmay, bite me — you couldn’t be more full of shit about what goes on here on the arab “street”. Going to lunch on Michigan Ave. once a year does not make you an expert on all things middle eastern in Detroit.

Linked at Stop the ACLU.

Update:Debbie Schlussel has an interesting post about the FBI’s Michigan Special Agent in Charge and his strange ways — Aleikum Salaam, Abu Roberts: Hoffa-Digging, Islamo-Pandering FBI Honcho Leaves Town; Dreams of Terror Suspect’s Return

Regular readers of this site know that I’ve tracked the doings of Dr. Smith (of “Lost in Space”) look-alike, Michigan FBI Special Agent in Charge Daniel Roberts, for some time.
His four biggest achievements are: 1) Wasting millions of dollars in a two-week dig for the body of Jimmy Hoffa at a Michigan farm (we had a daily count, “American Farm Held Hostage”); 2) Pandering ad absurdum to Islamofascists, terrorism supporters, and even a “former” Islamic terrorist; 3) allowing America’s largest Hezbollah financier to flee the country; and 4) working bankers hours for taxpayers, while spending the rest “chasing” terrorists on the treadmill at a local gym.

22 Responses to “All quiet on the Western-Baghdad front”

  1. JVD said

    Excellent, you are definitly the real feces! The relationship of the ethnicity and the vicinity are remarkable. Bizarre indead.

  2. Tugar said

    Gigi’s is a Gay Bar, not a strip club.

  3. harrison said

    1st Cowboy: Sure is quiet.
    2nd Cowboy: Yeah. Too quiet.

  4. Nice Deb said

    “They turn out by the thousand on just a moments notice. I’ll make sure to get pictures of that in the future.”

    Be careful when you do.

  5. Barry in CO said

    Why do people live in Detroit?

  6. Scott said

    Tugar, thanks for the info.

    That makes even less sense for Dearborn. Not that there is anything wrong with that. Hey, I live in Ferndale.

    There are several strip clubs right down the street. It’s just interesting seeing the contrast.

  7. Scott said

    Barry, I wish I knew. Most people here are happy with the suburban lifestyle — not much different from suburbs anywhere else. We just don’t have the nice city that is normally the reason for the suburbs.

    Nice Deb, thanks for the concern. Not too worried though, I know when to stand up and I know when to run. Plus, I’m not a small guy — 6’4″ 225 ( in good shape), and I spent a lot of years learning sneaky ways to not get hurt, which is a nice way of saying that I can take care of myself — ask Wickedpinto, he knows.

  8. Tushar D said

    you may be 6’4″, but wild dogs can bring down an elephant. Just to be careful, hang a “Press” pass around your neck. A bag that says AP or Reuters will give added protection. They won’t attack one of their own.

  9. shh. you hear that?


  10. monica said

    Your photos captured all the bleak grey skies and typical dysthemia that is Detroit.

    I’m a Downriver girl, myself. No, I do not have teased hair and a bare navel…sheesh.

    I’m now about 4 hours from the D, and much better for it. Sure I miss Wyandotte and whatnot, but it’s nice to live in a place where they have street sweepers and enforced zoning codes. Dearborn wasn’t quite as ethnic when I lived up there. Interesting how much it’s changed. Hamtramck isn’t all Poles anymore either.

  11. carin said

    FTR, Mesablue was playing dumb, but Ferndale is also known as “Gaydale” here in the D.

    I need to send you a picture of my house over on the East side. Why do people live here? You can get older houses (some of us like them) for a good price (although you will pay in taxes.) I prefer older neighborhoods to the ‘burbs (straight streets.) I grew up here, my family is here … etc.

  12. carin said

    Not all is bleak. Detroit has pockets of humanity. Of course, unless things change, even the bright spots of Detroit (t the zoo, the Henry Ford to name a few) won’t be enough.

    Believe me, I’m one of the first to criticize Detroit, but there are some positive things in the city.

  13. carin said

    Ok, not to go one – but I guess my bigger point is that the things that are wrong in Detroit is simply a concentration of a disease that can be found everywhere. Detroit is the result of a high concentration of Democrats and racial politics.

  14. Lisa said

    For those of you concerned, I’ve seen Scott and I think he can take care of himself.
    …and it’s also known as “fashionable Ferndale”.

  15. cranky said

    Scott, what is a Beirut Pastry, a grenade?

  16. Beth said

    FUCK! I almost cried looking at all that Arabic scribble all over the place!

    I guess you could say the one plus to living near that hellhole is that it’s unlikely to be a terrorist target…right?

    Still. No thanks. 😉

    /Sweet Home Alabama
    //I don’t miss Washington DC jihadis

  17. Wow, God bless you, Cranky.

    Didn’t expect to find you here when I moved this post up. We all loved you.

  18. Oh, and hi Beth!

  19. PattyAnn said

    And they said these internet relationships wouldn’t last.

  20. Beth said

    Hi! 😀

    I’m lazy today, as usual.

    I know.


    Maybe I’ll get a second first wind in a few hours. x_x

  21. Beth said

    Cranky. 😦

  22. Yeah, nice to see him again, and sad.

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