A slight matter of dog does not bite man

Item: A young scallywag walked down the sidewalk across the street into the almost certain doom of an unleashed dog whose minder smoked a non-chalant cigarette some feet away. Upon seeing the scallywag, the dog erupted into barking and running towards him with a clear motive of murder in its eye. The scallywag, caught in the open, fled across the …

An instance of Mastodon

A friend sent along an early morning chat message two weeks ago. He suggested that I look at a new platform called Mastodon that will change social media. My interest piqued, I followed the link, created an account and, wheeee! … away I went. The next few days were filled with media stories about whether it would supplant Twitter. This …

Nestle

Last year, an enterprising reporter for the MLive media group was digging through public notices and saw one concerning a request Nestle made to significantly increase the amount of water it was taking from the ground near its facilities in Evart. When he reported this out, the environmental community predictably raised a giant fuss, since it seemed to be moving …

‘Too much proximity to folly tends to make it seem normal’

It’s a solidly-held truism that there is no such thing as a new idea. The only thing you can do, especially through writing, is to repackage old ones in ways that appeals to what is in fashion at the time. Occasionally, a writer — or any kind of communicator — will come up with something that remains relevant to an …

Trump’s spectacular Syrian light show

Hoo boy. As of this morning, America’s political media started dancing to a familiar tune … we were bombing someone, which is just alright. There is nothing more undignified than to watch the American media fall all over its collective self cheering the hometown boys upon the occasion of our killing brown people. “We see these beautiful pictures at night …

Gettin’ ’em where their most vulnerable, dildo-cam edition

Yeah, those Internet of Things gadgets seem like a hoot, don’t they? Control your coffee maker from your smartphone, because programming it the night before IS TOO MUCH. Okay, what most people are paying for is the gimmick of the thing, and because it’s a gimmick purchase they don’t think it all the way through. Here’s a fine example of …

Pat Colbeck’s steaming pile of dumb

A couple of years ago, in response to growing incident rates of preventable childhood diseases, the state of Michigan narrowing the aircraft carrier-sized loophole in the state’s immunization law. When it was just a handful of religious fanatics who didn’t want to immunize, it wasn’t such a problem. Thanks to herd immunity, outbreaks of preventable childhood diseases still remained pretty …

Ghosts of 2015 election haunt this year’s race

It was a bit shocking to interview both these guys this week. Mt. Pleasant’s two city commissioners whose terms expire this year this week confirmed that they will not run for re-election. Jim Holton, who has served for almost a decade including terms as mayor, and Mike Verleger, who is finishing his first term in office, gave different reasons for …

Bicycle chase an unforgettable thrill ride, featuring Oak Street in a cameo role!

Here’s a quick story: Ex-Marine comes out of house, sees that bicycle has been stolen. Ex-Marine hangs out. Thieves wander on by. Ex-Marine gives chance on bicycle. Wait for it, wait for it: “I hurried up and put my dog inside, then jumped on the bike they left, and chased them east across downtown into the woods off Oak Street,” …

All high speed chases lead to Oak Street

There is a great temptation to jazz this stuff up, referring to the local police as gendarmes and the riff-raff as a gang of highly competent international technology smugglers. But, that would just be wrong. When police signaled for the man to stop his vehicle because of a driving violation the driver ignored police lights and instead continued on for …