Unintended consequences: “Raging Bitch” beer to be sold in MI thanks to SCOTUS ruling on data mining/marketing

Two years ago the Flying Dog Brewery released a Belgian-style IPA called Raging Bitch with the following ‘artist’s statement’, if you will, on the label:

“Two inflammatory words … one wild drink. Nectar imprisoned in a bottle. Let it out. It is cruel to keep a wild animal locked up. Uncap it. Release it … stand back!! Wallow in its golden glow in a glass beneath a white foaming head. Remember, enjoying a RAGING BITCH, unleashed, untamed, unbridled—and in heat—is pure GONZO!! It has taken 20 years to get from there to here. Enjoy!” — Ralph Steadman

The Michigan Liquor Control Commission refused to grant Flying Dog a license to sell Raging Bitch in Michigan and, in March of this year, Flying Dog filed suit, citing a violation of their 1st Amendment rights.…

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Sleeping Bear Dunes beaches best on the Great Lakes

This isn’t news to me.

Dr. Beach’s 5 Great Great Lakes Beaches

#1. Sleeping Bear Dunes


National Lakeshore, Lake Michigan, Michigan

Here you will find some of the most spectacular coastal dunes in the world — I especially liked trekking up the huge dune on the north end of this expansive park. There are a variety of beaches with fine to grainy sand and clean, clear water. Children often play and look for Petoskey stones (beautiful pebbles of fossilized coral) in the small, shallow creeks that drain into Lake Michigan, where the water is warmer than the lake.

Dr. Beach is a guy who rates beaches around the world.…

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26% of Americans don’t know who we declared independence from on July 4th.

Really? Is one-quarter of the U.S. population this stupid?

There’s good news for American education. About three-quarters of residents — 74% — know the U.S. declared its independence from Great Britain in 1776. The bad news for the academic system — 26% do not. This 26% includes one-fifth who are unsure and 6% who thought the U.S. separated from another nation. That begs the question, “From where do the latter think the U.S. achieved its independence?” Among the countries mentioned are France, China, Japan, Mexico, and Spain.

Hell, in the South, a third of the people didn’t know that it was Great Britain.…

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Benton Harbor-area developer with ties to Whirlpool busted shoplifting porn

Mark Hesemann, managing director of Evergreen Development Company in St Joseph, Michigan was arrested for shoplifting porn DVDs from an “adult entertainment” store this week.

Hesemann is a developer deeply involved in the Harbor Shores real estate development. One of the partners in this development is Whirlpool, the multinational appliance company that dominates much of what happens in Benton Harbor. He was also instrumental in bringing in Jack Nicklaus to design their golf course.

The whole vision of Harbor Shores has been more than golf; it has been about the revitalization of a community.

Nicklaus got involved when he heard the story of the revitalization effort of Benton Harbor through Mark Hesemann, managing director of Harbor Shores and colleague of Nicklaus.

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So THIS is where Politico gets their hot tips at the state level!

Well, this is inneresting:

Mike Allen following Eclectablog? He must want to know what’s going on in Michigan. I mean it’s not like the Detroit Free Press or the Detroit News are giving the left’s fight against Republican overreach a fair shake, are they? Allen’s not going to pick up news about, say, a 6,000+ person union rally on the steps of the Michigan Capitol building from them, eh? Or about the Pontiac Emergency Manager outsourcing the city’s water treatment to a company facing federal indictment on 26 felony counts for violations of the Clean Water Act. And he’s certainly not going to read about the GOP House Speaker spending oodles of dollars to fight his recall through frivolous lawsuits in our state’s two biggest newspapers, right?…

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Upcoming Clean Water Action events in the Ann Arbor area

I’m a big fan of Clean Water Action and our Michigan team is rock solid. What is Clean Water Action all about? This is what they are all about:

Clean Water Action is an organization of one million members working to empower people to take action to protect America’s waters, build healthy communities and to make democracy work for all of us. For 36 years Clean Water Action has succeeded in winning some of the nation’s most important environmental protections through grassroots organizing, expert policy research and political advocacy focused on holding elected officials accountable to the public.

If you are in the Ann Arbor area, they have some events coming up that I thought I’d share with you.…

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BWAHAHAHAAAAA!!! Seriously? McCotter? THADDEUS McCotter???!

Bwahahahahaaaa!

Rep. Thaddeus McCotter will officially kick off his bid for the White House on Saturday, three people briefed on the matter said late Thursday.

The Livonia Republican, now in his fifth term in the U.S. House, has been publicly mulling a run for the nation’s top office for more than a month after being prodded into considering it by Greg Gutfeld, the late-night host of Fox News Channel’s “Red Eye,” just weeks after the release of McCotter’s book, “Seize Freedom!”

McCotter plans to file paperwork today with the Federal Election Commission, and his website, www.mccotter2012.com, is planned to be up and running today.

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The jackbooted foot of Republican overreach on the neck of every Michigan union member

It’s been a really tough week in Michigan, but yesterday was the worst day.

The Republicans in our state legislature passed a package of four bills designed to strip away significant rights from unionized teachers. Two of them, H.B. 4626 and 4628, were particularly egregious.

House Bill 4626 allows schools to fire teachers for almost any reason that is not arbitrary and capricious, a much lower standard than current reasonable and just cause protections.

Under House Bill 4628, public employees will lose the right to collectively bargain many critical topics, including evaluation, job placement, merit pay, and more.

The changes are the most sweeping revisions to the state’s Public Employment Relations Act since 1994, when lawmakers and then-Gov.

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