Author Archives: Mark

The new hate group next door… Ann Arbor’s American Freedom Law Center makes the SPLC “hate group” list

I may be wrong, but, a few years ago, when I interviewed Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) Senior Fellow Mark Potok about the activities of hate groups across Michigan, I don’t believe his organization, which monitors the activities of some 892 extremist groups across the United States, had identified any in our immediate region that […]

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Gene Wilder is gone, and there will never be another

I know it’ll likely come across as untrue, as it sounds like the kind of thing someone would make up in the wake of a famous person’s death, but I was just thinking about Gene Wilder. I mean I was literally thinking about him a few days ago, and not just in trivial, passing kind […]

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Now that Ann Arbor is going to be operating a school within Ypsilanti, maybe it’s a good time to broach the subject of our two districts working together, instead of against one another

On August 18, just a few weeks before classes were set to begin at Ann Arbor’s Allen Elementary, a water main broke beneath the school resulting in serious damages that parents were told would take several months to repair. Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS) Superintendent Jeanice Swift assured Allen families at the time that, in […]

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Pay your graphic designers, folks… or suffer the consequences

Earlier today, the website of a relatively new Ann Arbor brewery was taken down and replaced with the above message. And, since then, their Yelp reviews have gone into a tailspin. At last count, they had eight new one-star reviews, all calling for people to boycott the business on account of what one person called […]

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Free dildos await returning UT Austin students at “Cocks Not Glocks” rally against open carry on campus

Remember how, some time ago, I mentioned that students at the University of Texas at Austin were threatening a “Cocks not Glocks” protest in response to the Texas legislature passing a bill that would allow for open carry on their campus? [While guns are now acceptable on campus, the open carry of sex toys, which […]

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