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Linette and I just celebrated our 17th anniversary

Seventeen years ago this week, after seven years of living with one another in sin, I married my friend and collaborator Linette Lao. Sadly, as it took place in an age before smartphones, little evidence of this wondrous and magical event exists today. We are fortunate, however, in that we do have this one image, […]

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Ypsi/Arbor Exit Interview: Johnny Lupinacci

A few weeks ago, shortly after earning earning his PhD from Eastern Michigan University, local Ypsilanti activist John Lupinacci packed up all his belongings and headed west to begin his new life as a academic. Fortunately, though, I was able to track him down and force him to submit to an exit interview… Here are […]

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Syed Taj on the separation of church and state, going up against extremist conservative candidates, and running for the House of Representatives as a Muslim

I’ve spent a great deal of time these past few weeks explaining why it is that I think that folks shouldn’t vote for either the Tea Party activist Kerry Bentivolio or the white supremacist Daniel Johnson in the race to represent Michigan’s 11th congressional district, but I haven’t really made the case as to why […]

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This is what I know about Kerry Bentivolio, Michigan Republican for Congress

A few days ago, I told you about Kerry Bentivolio, the Republican candidate running to represent Michigan’s 11th congressional district in the House. As you may recall, Bentivolio, a self-described Tea Party activist, only came to be on the ticket when the incumbent, Thaddeus McCotter, was forced to drop out of the Republican primary after […]

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Church shopping

A friend of mine recently asked me to pose the following question to the readers of this site: “I don’t know anyone who goes to church in Ypsilanti. Do you go to church in Ypsilanti? Where? Why?” This friend and his family live here in Ypsi, but attend a church elsewhere, and now they’re looking […]

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