Author Archives: Mark

Just one week after the midterm elections, an all out assault on the EPA has begun… This is what we get for not voting

Just after winning reelection a little over a week ago, Republican Senator Mitch McConnell announced that his top priority would be to “rein in” the EPA. That’s right, the incoming Senate Majority Leader, when telling his constituents what he intended to do with his newfound power, didn’t mention the fighting for the middle class, or […]

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Art, Food, Sex and Trauma: Mark Maynard shoots the shit with the most important artists to live within a five minute walk from him… Episode 5: Jim Cherewick

Local song and dance man Jim Cherewick, when he’s not singing and dancing his way into the enlarged, slowly-beating hearts of Americans everywhere, can generally be found hunched over napkins and the like, feverishly scratching away, making what he refers to as “art.” Well, I caught up with Jim on one such occasion and forced […]

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Antiques Road Show: historic Ypsilanti edition

A few months ago I received an email from a fellow by the name of Roger Pellar. He’d apparently read my interview with historian Matt Siegfried about Ypsilanti’s Native American past, and was hoping that, through this site, I might be able to help him identify a few artifacts that he’d uncovered while making his […]

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Detroit gets the Daily Show treatment, looks stupid for shutting off water to the poor while keeping it flowing to non-bill-paying golf courses and professional sports franchises

Earlier this year, as I’m sure you’ll all remember, a decision was made by the powers-that-be in Detroit to terminate water service at several thousand residences. This, we were told, was absolutely necessary, given the fact that the City was insolvent, and could no longer afford to provide services, even critical ones, to those who […]

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If I ever use the phrase “Drink the Kool-Aid” again, please do me a favor and kick me in the teeth

36 years ago today, a charismatic, and increasingly paranoid Jim Jones commanded the assembled members of the Peoples Temple, who had followed him from the United States to the jungles of Guyana, to take their own lives by ingesting a cyanide-infused knock-off of Kool-Aid called Flavor-Aid. Despite the fact that Jones can be heard referring […]

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