Saturday, February 13, 2016

13 Detroit fallout shelters that are bigger on the inside

BuzzFeed style meets Heritage Foundation fear appeal, and the results will amaze you!

Unfortunately, the map itself doesn't live up to the interactive promise of the email alert. If the asserted range of the missile upgrade is correct, the answer is "yes, if you live in the United States." If the previous assessment holds up, then they're not going to get much closer than Ypsilanti (sorry, Eastern) -- but what we're really looking for here is some mouseover action, maybe with mushroom clouds. Promising and not delivering is bad new-media manners, you guys.

At a fount of knowledge I worked at back in the previous millennium, a business writer summed up one of the periodic efforts to liven up the frontpage presentation: "It's like seeing my grandma at the disco." With respect to his gran and grans everywhere (especially those who stop in here every now and then), be reminded: One does not make the transition from Police Detain Suspect to Cops Nab Thug in this one weird trick.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Who had 'turn on the TV'?

Unless there's a new drinking game here to clue us in to, I think the instructions go something like this:

1) Turn on the TV
2) Sit in front of the TV
3) Watch debate

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Thanks, liberal media!

Why do we need Fox News when we have -- oh, CBSNewYork?

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Controversy continues to swirl around Beyonce’s Super Bowl halftime show performance.

And why would we think it does that?

The pop superstar is being accused of using her performance to attack police officers.

By -- anyone in particular?

“I think it was outrageous that she used it as a platform to attack police officers, who are the people who protect her and protect us,” former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani told CBS2’s Dick Brennan.

Well, that must be serious! What apparently seemed to be happening?

Beyonce and her dancers were wearing leather and black berets, which was apparently a nod to the Black Panthers movement.

One dance formation seemed to acknowledge Malcolm X, and other dancers had fists in the air, which was reminiscent of the black power salutes of the 1960s and 70s.

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Tuesday, February 09, 2016

I mixted you a metąphor

Somehow, I think we're missing the point here:

Hamtramck — It's Black Friday for foodies.

It's a last taste of decadence before a season of denial and penance.

It's Fat Tuesday. Paczki Day, as Metro Detroiters know it.

I'm not bothered by likening a Tuesday to a Friday, but Black Friday seems like the wrong one for a "last taste of decadence before a season of denial." Nor (having had two last night and one this morning) am I convinced that paczkis* are the stuff "foodies" are made of.
 But it wouldn't be a holiday without a little excess writering in the press, would it?

* Like both local papers, I kind of go both ways on how to pluralize it.

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Wednesday, February 03, 2016

And it tasted like chicken

Just a reminder, as useful for natural disasters as it is for campaign coverage: If it's the first thing that comes to mind, lie down and wait for a second thing to come to mind.

Headlines shouldn't be a drinking game. Storms don't have to sound like freight trains. Unfamiliar parts of nonnative reptiles don't have to taste like chicken. You don't have to say "establishment lane" or "Granite State" or "gloves came off" -- let alone "Real Clear Politics average." Think of the children.

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Mic drops of 1934

Clearly not the same flavor of dropping the mic we see today, but still worth a note. It's January 1934, and a popular radio personality is in Washington:

Father Charles E. Coughlin, Detroit radio priest, forsook the microphone today to deliver a typical Sunday afternoon sermon in the vaulted caucus room of the house office building.

His text was money; his audience, the members of the house committee on coinage and some three hundred of his radio fans, who filled every available seat and stood lined two deep along the walls to hear him.

This was back in Coughlin's pro-FDR days, so:

... "God Almighty is guiding Mr. Roosevelt: there's no question about that! And we're headed for a proisperity such as we've never even dreamed of."

I admit to a touch of longing for the days when we spelled "mike" the good old way, though given the Trib's spelling rules* of the time, I'm almost surprised that Col. McCormick didn't give "mic" a try.

* Capitalization is as in the original.

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Out of the mouths of babes

Kind of nice of the Washington Times to come right out and admit it, wouldn't you say?

The two most powerful voices in the Republican presidential primary are now in open warfare after Donald Trump withdrew from Thursday’s high-stakes debate hosted by Fox News, spurred by the network’s startlingly snide statement challenging the billionaire businessman’s ability to handle the presidency.

Imagine the fun if open warfare breaks out within the party press!