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  • Jumpin Jumpin: Police, fire fighters, and EMS workers to be honored at Sky Zone

    When we think of honoring the brave men and women who protect and serve the metro Detroit area, we think of trampolines.  We think they should jump on trampolines. And by trampolines, we mean an all-walled trampoline field where they can land in a pit of 10,000 foam cubes. They have to blow off steam some how. Sky Zone, the inventors of such a place, are hosting a special day at their Canton and Shelby Township locations that will be all about police officers, firefighters, EMS workers, and their families. On Tuesday, August 5 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. there will be free jumping for these folks. All metro Detroit police, firefighters, EMS workers and their families are invited to come, though an employee ID or professional organization ID will be required for admittance to 60 free minutes at the indoor park. The hour of free jumping comes with free pizza from Jet’s as well. This is the first event of its kind in Michigan.  Sky Zone Canton is located at 42550 Executive Drive Sky Zone Shelby Township is located at 50810 Sabrina Drive. Check for more information. 

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  • Metro Times is getting a new website today

    Your favorite local alternative weekly is getting a digital facelift at around 4 p.m. today, and we need your help. If you, dear reader, spot anything amiss or notice that any of our regular features are not working properly, do give us a shout in the comment section below or on social media. If, on the other hand, you find that you positively adore our new design (which we surely hope you do!), we’d certainly enjoy hearing about that as well. Let the countdown to launch begin!

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  • Detroit group Feral Ground is out to prove hip-hop is alive and well

    By LeeAnn Brown Some people say that hip-hop is dead. Local ban Fderal Ground is proving that is not the case. The seven-member band, consisting of three lead vocalists, a DJ, bass, drums and guitar, plays what they call “living hip-hop.” Their music, peppered with multiple styles, covers all aspects of life from growing up in the D to playing with fire despite knowing you will likely get burned. Their undeniable chemistry and raw lyrics compose a music that is living, breathing, and connecting to their listeners. It has been nearly 11 years since Vinny Mendez and Michael Powers conjured up the basement idea that has flowered into the Detroit funk-hop band Feral Ground. Throughout high school the two wrote and rapped consistently, playing shows here and there. In those years they matched their rap stanzas with the animated, dynamic voice of Ginger Nastase and saw an instant connection. The now trio backed their lyrics with DJ Aldo’s beats on and off for years, making him a permanent member within the last year, along with Andy DaFunk (bass), Joseph Waldecker (drums), and newest member, Craig Ericson (guitar). We sat down with Feral Ground and their manager, Miguel Mira, in their […]

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  • Yale professor talks Plato, James Madison and Detroit’s emergency manager law

    Much has been made about Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s decision this week to transfer authority of the city’s water department to Mayor Mike Duggan. In what is the most interesting read on the situation, Jason Stanley, professor of philosophy at Yale, pens an analysis on Michigan’s novel emergency manager law on the New York Times Opinionator blog. Stanley deconstructs Michigan’s grand experiment in governance by addressing two questions: Has the EM law resulted in policy that maximally serves the public good? And, is the law consistent with basic principles of democracy? Stanley ties in examples of Plato, James Madison’s Federalist Papers, and Nazi political theorist Carl Schmitt. A short excerpt: Plato was a harsh critic of democracy, a position that derived from the fact that his chief value for a society was social efficiency. In Plato’s view, most people are not capable of employing their autonomy to make the right choices, that is, choices that maximize overall efficiency. Michigan is following Plato’s recommendation to handle the problems raised by elections. Though there are many different senses of “liberty” and “autonomy,” none mean the same thing as “efficiency.” Singapore is a state that values efficiency above all. But by no stretch of […]

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  • Where to meet a baby dinosaur this week

    Walking with Dinosaurs, a magnificent stage show that features life-sized animatronic creatures from the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods, will be in town next week. But to preview the show’s run at the Palace, a baby T-Rex will be making an appearance at four area malls to the delight and wonderment of shoppers. Baby T-Rex, as the creature is being affectionately referred to, is seven-feet-tall and 14-feet-long. He’ll only be at each mall for about 15 minutes, so while there will be photo opportunities, they’ll be short. The dino will be at Fairlane Town Center Center Court at 18900 Michigan Ave. in Detroit from 2-2:15 p.m. today, July 30; The Mall at Partridge Creek at 17420 Hall Rd. in Clinton Township from 5-5:15 p.m. today, July 30; Twelve Oaks Mall at the Lord & Taylor Court at 27500 Novi Rd., Novi tomorrow, Thursday July 31 from 1:30-1:45 p.m.; and Great Lakes Crossing Food Court at 4000 Baldwin Rd., Auburn Hills from 5-5:15 p.m., tomorrow Thursday, July 31.  

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  • Detroit website offers stats, updates on city operations

    Interested in reading about what Detroit accomplishes on a week-to-week basis that’s produced by the city itself? Great. You can do that now, here, at the Detroit Dashboard. Every Thursday morning, the city will publish an update to the dashboard because Mayor Mike Duggan loves metrics, even if the data might be hard to come by. According to Duggan’s office, the dashboard will provide data on how many LED street lights were installed, how many vacant lots were mowed, how much blight was removed, and more. This week, the city says it has sold 13 site lots through, removed 570 tons of illegal dumping, and filed 57 lawsuits against abandoned property owners.  

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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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