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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

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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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  • Shop Talk: Harvard and Duke students moderate panel discussion in Detroit

    The Social Club Grooming Company, a metro Detroit-based environmentally conscious company that focuses on health and beauty as well as education, will host Shop Talk this Thursday, a special in their on-going event series that will bring students from both Harvard and Duke for a panel discussion about the social-entreprenurial climate and business innovation happening in Detroit. Detroiters like Burn Rubber’s Rick Williams, fashion photographer Piper Carter, Crain’s Detroit’s Eric Cedo, Mission Throttle’s Jamie Shea, and campaign manager Bryan Barnhill will come together to discuss how to create change in the city’s economic landscape through innovation and entrepreneurship. Of course what makes this panel discussion unique is the way in which it will take place. As The Social Club is a barber shop, each panelist will be receiving a haircut while speaking, the trimmings from which will be used for their nitrogen content to help grow plants in the city. Part of a series that will help Detroiters meet city leaders, voices, artists, activists, and business owners, Shop Talk’s objective is to help young people understand their role in the city’s ever-changing economic system. “There’s so much positive energy in Detroit right now,” says Sebastian Jackson, The Social Club’s founder. “It’s […]

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We should be ashamed

In the Age of Charlie Sheen, H. Ross Perot looks absolutely statesmanlike

For increasingly the America rendered today in the American media is illusionary and delusionary disfigured, unreal, disconnected from the true context of our lives. —Carl Bernstein, The Idiot Culture

That's how things looked to one of America's most famous investigative reporters back in the long-vanished, more rational world of 1992. Poor Carl had no idea what was coming.

The man whose diligent reporting had helped bring down Richard Nixon was then scandalized by the media obsession with the likes of Ivana Trump and Marla Maples.

Today, we have progressed from the world of Bernstein's classic New Republic essay to something far worse. Today, the "idiot culture" looks downright dignified, and intellectual compared to what is daily portrayed in our media.

Viewed from the Age of Charlie Sheen, Maples looks prim, H. Ross Perot statesmanlike, and Geraldo Rivera seems a harmless clown. We now live in a nation where the bellowings of a defiantly ignorant hater — a dropout former druggie and drunk named Glenn Beck — are treated reverently by millions.

We live in a world where the Republican Party, after nominating a profoundly and proudly dimwitted governor of a backward state for vice president, has made her a cult figure whose devotees hang on her every utterance.

We live in a world where our leaders not only lie frequently, they — and increasingly, we — don't seem to give a damn whether anything they say is true.

Consider Mike Huckabee, a former Arkansas governor whose main accomplishment in life seems to be once losing 100 pounds. Recently, he said on a radio talk show of President Obama: "If you think about it, his perspective as growing up in Kenya with a Kenyan father and grandfather, their view of the Mau Mau revolution in Kenya is very different than ours because he probably grew up hearing that the British were a bunch of imperialists who persecuted his grandfather."

While it isn't clear whether Huckabee is stupidly ignorant, deliberately lying or both, this does clearly fall under what libel lawyers call "reckless disregard of the truth." Obama never went anywhere near Kenya until he was an adult, when he visited the grave of his father, something discussed in one of the best-selling autobiographies in history.

Later, a spokesman for the pork belly philosopher said that Huck had meant to say "Indonesia," which, if true (not) would have been even stupider, if possible. Those black Mau Mau terrorists would have felt especially out of place in Indonesia, given that there were no British or black people.

Back in the day when literacy was prized, comments like that would disqualify Huck from any job where a pitchfork wasn't considered high tech. But today's media doesn't care.

Probably the biggest disgrace, however, is the tolerance of the bawling moron Glenn Beck. Ignorant, hate-filled broadcast babblers are nothing new in America. But Beck may be a new low. In the past, most of the ones who went national had some credentials to abuse. Father Charles Coughlin, the Twelve Mile and Woodward Nazi, made it through the seminary. Sen. Joe McCarthy (R-Wis.) earned a law degree before becoming a demagogue and a drunk. Beck, now 47, took a short cut.

He managed to drag himself through high school before getting heavily into alcohol and drugs, but that was it. Eventually, he says, he sobered up, became a Mormon, and decided to educate himself by reading, for starters, Adolf Hitler, Billy Graham and Friedrich Nietzsche. Possibly he also stumbled on a book about how to run a carnival. At any event, he became one — or, at least, learned to his delight that he could make millions by delivering clownish, hate-filled rants on the airwaves.

President Obama, he's said, "has shown a deep-seated hatred for white people and the white culture ... the guy is, I believe, a racist." Isn't that cute? More recently, Beck said that Reform Judaism was a lot like "radicalized Islam."

He apologized for that one, probably fearing he would lose sponsors. His excuse was that he "didn't do enough homework." When caught in an open lie by someone he can't ignore, Beck used to refer to himself as a "rodeo clown."

True, that's insulting to rodeos. U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is anything but a liberal, but had the integrity a couple years ago to denounce Beck's know-nothing hate show as cynical and "antithetical to American values."

That's more than most of the mainstream media has done. The New York Times Magazine put Beck on its cover a few months ago, treating him as a serious subject. Howard Kurtz, the longtime media critic, called him a "talented, often funny broadcaster."

Last month, Beck crawled into local news here, showing some old pictures and ranting on the theme that Detroit is in worse shape than Hiroshima, and blaming "socialism." Ironically, he was right in a way he didn't understand. A government with a more vigorous public sector, something supposedly capitalist Japan has, would have pumped billions into rebuilding Detroit. That's what actually happened in Japan, with the American occupation government also providing vast amounts of aid.

What Glenn Beck did on his Fox segment was just rehash a right-wing rant that has been circulating on the Internet for years. Unfortunately, some of Detroit's leaders got defensive and acted as if Beck deserved respect.

Mayor Dave Bing invited him "to see and experience Detroit for himself." The Rev. Horace Sheffield said he was attempting to reach Beck's staff to schedule a meeting with their boss.

Coleman Young would have smacked them upside the head. Beck has no more interest in truth than my dog Ashley does in Jacques Derrida. My dog, however, did, as a puppy, sometimes turn belly up and emit a few drops of urine when a big, scary dog confronted him. Detroit's leaders don't need to do that.

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