Category Archives: Detroit

“Who’s that tourist?” …Madonna joins the ranks of celebrities investing an afternoon to save Detroit

A terrifying relic from the ’80s was spotted making its way through Detroit today, and I’m not talking about RoboCop, who threw out the first pitch at tonight’s Tigers game in celebration of the recently proclaimed RoboCop Day. No, I’m talking about former pop star turned irrelevant fairground stripper Madonna Ciccone. (Those are Elton John’s […]

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Hamtramck gets an armored military assault vehicle… One wonders how long until they find a reason to use it

I was alerted today, by friends in Hamtramck, that their police force had just taken possession of an armored military assault vehicle, and I was reminded of a good conversation we had here about a year ago on the growing militarization of American police forces. If you have time, I’d encourage you to go back […]

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Mark Schauer on fundraising challenges, gay rights and the takeover of Detroit

As of this last January, before even announcing his intention to run for re-election, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder already had approximately $4 million in his campaign war chest. Money on the right, it would seem, is relatively easy to come by, when you’re willing to bring the likes of Scott Walker, Jed Bush and Chris […]

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Affirmative Action is dead in the United States… Now what?

The U.S. Supreme Court, as I’m sure you all know by now, upheld Michigan’s ban on affirmative action yesterday in a 6-2 decision, with Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg dissenting. (Elena Kagan, recused herself, presumably due to the fact that she was involved in the case prior to joining the Supreme Court, during […]

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Bring a casserole and watch me lie to the people of Hamtramck this Saturday

If you read this site with any regularity, you know my friend Steve. I’ve chatted with him here quite a few times in the past about his magazine, Stupor, and the art space he runs in Hamtramck, Public Pool. Well, he’s invited me to speak this Saturday at something called the Good Tyme Writers Buffet, […]

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