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    Thursday, July 24th marks National Tequila Day, and forget everything you know about the beverage. Those nasty old “tequilas” of yesterday were find for doing body shots, but tequila has become something of a luxury spirit while few were paying attention. Have you tried all the varieties of tequila? Can you tell the difference between blanco, joven, reposed, añejo and extra añejo?  If your local bar doesn’t have the stuff that will help you celebrate this important holiday, there are several bars that cater just to the tequila fan. There’s Aqua Rum and Tequila Bar in the MGM Grand Detroit Casino in Detroit, as well as Rojo Mexican Bistro in Novi, which offers more than 100 kinds of tequila, and Taqo Detroit, a new spot serving American-friendly Mexican fare and serving an astonishing variety of tequilas, more than 200 in all. Been waiting for a reason to drink up this south-of-the-border nectar? You got it. Guzzle responsibly.    

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  • DWSD to host water fair in wake of 15 day moratorium on Detroit water shutoffs

    In light of worldwide attention on its efforts to cut water service for thousands of Detroit residents, the Detroit Water & Sewerage Department said today it would host a Water Affordability Fair on August 2nd to explain options available to those facing financial hardship. DWSD officials said in a news release today the fair will be take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the department’s Eastside Customer Service Center at 13303 E. McNichols. The move came on the heels of growing pressure from opponents of the initiative and criticism from the U.S. bankruptcy judge overseeing Detroit’s Chapter 9 case. “Every customer that has come to DWSD with a legitimate financial hardship has not had their water service terminated,” said Darryl Latimer, DWSD deputy director, in a statement. “In cases where the water has been shut off, it’s been restored. We keep hearing at DWSD that there are poor people who are not receiving the assistance that they need, so we want to help them and we want to make it as easy as possible for the to receive that help. That’s why we created the Water Affordability Fair – ease of access and ease of assistance. We are here to […]

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  • Thrillist Names Detroit’s Motz’s Burgers Among Best in Nation

    The folks at Thrillist have again compiled their annual list of the nation’s best burgers, and Southeast Michigan, it seems, is well represented. Ranking alongside joints in major cities such as New York and L.A., is Detroit’s own Motz’s Burgers, hailed specifically for its Double Cheeseburger Slider. Via Thrillist: There’s nothing remarkable about the façade of this SW diner… it’s just a diner, like the hundreds of others in the D. The staff’s been there for years… and so have the regulars, who can’t get enough of Motz’s legendary smashed burgers. The formula’s nothing revolutionary: smashed, griddled patties with oozy cheese and onions that melt into the burger itself as it cooks. But it’s that unmistakable flavor of a well-seasoned griddle — which has also been here for years — that makes the difference. You can score big burgers with accoutrements, but this isn’t really a place to say things like “accoutrements”. Grab the old-school slider (the double cheeseburger one), and prepare for three perfect bites of Detroit’s finest. Flint’s Torch Bar and Grill also made the cut, most notably for its Deluxe Torch Burger with Bacon. Tucked away in an alley beyond the brick streets that used to mark […]

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  • In what weird ways are you paying for school? MT wants to know!

    The Metro Times is looking for college students or graduates of Michigan colleges that used atypical means to pay for their schooling (i.e. sugar baby, selling underwear, military enrollment purely for school help, etc.). We are looking for personal anecdotes about the lengths you went to help pay for school, what came of it, your monetary situation, if the resource worked to get you through college and more. If you have utilized any one of these avenues, or know someone who has, please drop us a line at

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  • Kid Rock ordered to produce dildo in ICP sexual harassment lawsuit

    File under “WTF” — attorneys representing former Psychopathic Records publicist Andrea Pellegrini announced Monday that they have subpoenaed Kid Rock to produce a glass dildo as part of Pellegrini’s sexual harassment lawsuit against the Insane Clown Posse’s record label. Pellegrini claims the glass dildo was given to her by Psychopathic Records employee “Dirty Dan” Diamond as part of a larger culture of constant harassment in which she was called “bitch,” made the target of explicit sexual advances by Diamond and other co-workers, asked to procure automatic weapons for a photo shoot, and even encouraged to “deceive government investigators from the US Department of Labor.” On Friday, Diamond admitted under oath that he told Pellegrini that he had “a fat cock” and that he would “fuck the shit out of her.” The dildo, though, was “a work of art,” according to Diamond, and should not be considered sexual harassment. Why is Kid Rock involved? Diamond says when Pellegrini declined his dildo, he gave it to Kid Rock instead (presumably as a “work of art” and not a sexual advance). So now, according to court orders, Rock has 14 days to produce the glass dildo so the court can better determine if it is art or, well, a dildo. We will […]

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  • Henry Cavill and Amy Adams spotted at Pig & Whiskey

    Fans of the latest Superman franchise got a treat at Pig & Whiskey this weekend. Actors Henry Cavill and Amy Adams were spotted amid the crowds of the festival that took place in downtown Ferndale as well as a local restaurant. Cavill, who plays the man of steel in the upcoming Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, stopped to chat with fans, take pictures, and sign autographs on Saturday afternoon and evening. He was wearing an inconspicuous black polo shirt as well as a signature Superman-style ‘do. Other fans spotted Amy Adams at Ferndale’s Imperial on Saturday night, some were even seated next to her at the restaurant’s communal benches. Adams reportedly was slightly annoyed that patrons continuously asked for her photo, but she smiled while cell phones snapped images nonetheless. The Zach Snyder film the two are starring in together is currently filming in Birmingham. Ben Affleck, who plays Batman, has been spotted around town with his wife Jennifer Garner recently as well. The closed movie set is under intense security and Brett Callwood attempted to infiltrate the filming last month, but was forced to give up his camera’s memory card, lest he make off with telling photos.

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Politics & Prejudices

The Fourth and our future

This holiday, a look at our increasingly dysfunctional country

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The other day, thinking about the state of the country, and the state of our own state, a ghastly image came into my mind from William Manchester's book, The Death of a President, about the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

In an especially riveting scene, the stricken president is in the hospital's trauma room, all the best machinery hooked up, the best doctors heroically massaging his chest, doing an emergency tracheotomy, pumping new blood into his veins.

"Everything Parkland had was going for Kennedy now ... [but] it wasn't working," the author related. Nothing could be done; JFK was beyond hope. That was, for those of us who were young then and are old enough to remember now, our defining traumatic news event.

A half-century later, I had been starting to wonder if it was, in fact, finally too late for our system. None of the so-called Founding Fathers, by the way, expected that what they created would have lasted this long. James Madison once said he thought the Constitution might endure for a little more than a century, but most of the rest expected more revolutions to come, probably in a few decades.

Yet what they left us proved marvelously elastic. But, there are clear signs that neither America nor Michigan is what it used to be. For years, we've been becoming more selfish on every level, less responsible, less rational and less willing to invest in the future.

Here in Michigan, virtually nobody made a peep when the state cut off welfare payments to tens of thousands of poor children. Nobody seemed to care very much when aid to education was slashed last year, or when they cut aid promised to cities, or the lawmakers broke their promise on the Michigan Promise Scholarships.

More and more, we are a society of complacent people, increasingly grossly obese, content to let future generations go down the drain as long as we can keep borrowing from China to keep up our consumption, while we whine about having to pay for it.

Raise taxes on those who can afford it to give kids a chance at a good education? "That's socialism!" we bleat, not having the faintest idea what the word means. 

Term limits mean our legislators don't really have to be responsible for anything — and so they aren't. Most of them make our current governor, pretty much a social Darwinist in his own right, look like a stunning visionary. His party controls the Legislature, and for two years he has tried to get the lawmakers to raise gas taxes and vehicle registration fees to keep our roads and bridges from falling apart.

They refuse to do it, though if they don't, more than half our roads will be in terrible shape within eight years. Decent roads are absolutely essential to our future.

But the morons mostly are terrified of losing their scummy little temporary elected jobs to some even nastier demagogue, if they do the right thing for the people they were elected to represent.

The last straw came two weeks ago. The state has less general fund money now than it did two decades ago, thanks to the recession and the refusal of lawmakers to raise revenue. But in what seems to be a cheap election-year ploy, the Michigan House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted to slash income taxes further!

The author of this turkey was a freshman Republican named Nancy Jenkins from rural Lenawee County, whose intellect is such that she once held down the job of public relations assistant at the Christian Family Center in Adrian. Her plan will cripple state government by an extra $800 million a year. Asked how we could possibly afford it, Nancy blathered, "This bill is based on expected revenue and will not lead to program cuts."

That may be a lie, or it may be what psychiatrists who work with disturbed children call "magical thinking." What disturbed me is that this civilization-destroying bill passed, 97-13.

Democrats who know better mostly supported it too, since they are all up for election, and felt they also needed to pander to the voters. Yes, those are our leaders.

Now, in their defense, our Legislature may have sold out the citizens, but they have loyally supported their real constituency:

Matty Moroun. 

They've taken his money and prevented a bridge crucially necessary to our future from even coming up for a vote. Fortunately, Snyder found a way around them to get the bridge done.

But our system is terribly broken.

Nationally, things seem almost as bad.

Four years ago, something astonishing happened: we elected, for the first time, a president of African-American ancestry. Yet ever since, he has been vilified by the nastiest and least rational smear campaign I have ever seen. Networks have actually devoted air time to examining whether the baby of two poor college students born in Hawaii in 1961 — an event duly recorded in the newspapers the next day — was actually born on the other side of the globe in Kenya.

That baby grew up to be President Barack Obama, who two years ago sacrificed control of Congress in a successful effort to accomplish what Franklin D. Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson, Bill Clinton and every other president utterly failed to do:

He got a national health care plan enacted. From the moment it was passed, what the right sneers at as "Obamacare" has been continually misrepresented and lied about.

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