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A ‘very disgusting bodily fluid’ was found in soap dispensers

I once worked a biscuit factory. After an hour in the job, I swore never to eat that brand of biscuit again. Whenever I now see someone eating one, I wince and can’t look away. But maybe the taste of ‘personal extras’ are what keep the punters coming back?

Doubtless someone using the toilets at Detroit Metro Airport smelt their palms after washing them in ‘soap’ and thought “nice”. The rest of us are left wandering what the authorities mean by an “unusual substance” discovered in the toilets’ soap dispensers. It’s a “very disgusting… bodily fluid” they say. Which one?

We don’t know. But to be on the safe side all soap dispensers at Detroit airpot have been replaced, and we’d advise against washing your hands and to be on the look out for anyone sexually aroused by anything with a pump action. And that includes the NRA.

Spotter: Click on Detroit

Posted: 25th, September 2017 | In: News, Strange But True | Comment

Alleged unstable busstop knifer Terrence Lavaron Thomas might be a Muslim

Did you hear the story on Terrence Lavaron Thomas. He’s accsued of stabbing people at a Southfield, Michigan busstop.

The Washtingon Post reported it thus:


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Reading that you might suppose Terrence Lavaron Thomas hates Muslims. Reading on, we learn:

A Detroit man stabbed two people at a suburban bus stop after asking his victims whether or not they were Muslim, according to police. Federal authorities are now looking at the case as a potential hate crime, police said on Tuesday.

Seven paragarphs down we learn that Thomas is a Muslim.

The Daily Mail’s headline is different:

Lavaron Thomas Detroit


It’s version begins:

A Detroit man walked up to a bus stop Saturday asking if people were Muslims and stabbed two that responded no, police say.

The facts are the same. But how you presnt them can sugegst biased reporting.
The Detroit Free Press adds:

“We are getting indications through my officers that the suspect was somewhat incoherent afterward, and so there’s a question about his stability,” [Police Officer] Hawkins said.

Alleged Lunatic Stabs Popls at Bus Stop.

Posted: 19th, February 2015 | In: Reviews | Comment

The Detroit Watch Mystery: Sgt. Alex Vinson Does Time

WHEN a man’s body was found in Detroit, police noted the smart German-made watch on his wrist.  The Detroit News  says the watch along with the man’s other belongings was placed in an evidence locker. Sgt. Alex Vinson investigated. He found n othing, not even the name of the cdead man.

And then it happened:

This week, while Vinson was in Idaho for advanced police training, fellow homicide detectives decided to reopen the case.

The detectives wanted to take another look at the watch — but when they removed the victim’s belongings from the property room, the watch wasn’t the same one that was photographed at the start of the case. Instead, it was a cheaper model, [Police Chief James] Craig confirmed.

Craig added the FBI helped police recover the watch, which Vinson was wearing during the training session. Vinson returned to Michigan Wednesday, and was read his Miranda rights by Internal Affairs officers.

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Posted: 14th, October 2014 | In: Reviews | Comment

Detroit becomes a national park of wonders: how education works in a failed city

In this May 16, 2013 photo, a for sale/lease sign is displayed at the vacant Crosman Alternative School in Detroit which closed in 2007. Urban public school districts across the country, faced with enrollment losses and half-empty classrooms, are seeking ways to reuse shuttered buildings. Their answers may be found in Detroit, which is aggressively marketing dozens of closed schools to competing charter academies, community organizations and developers. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

DETROIT is a dead duck.Katie Pavlic sees one problem:

“In the city of Detroit, 47 percent of adults are functionally illiterate. Students in Detroit’s public school system have a higher chance of going to prison than they do of graduating high school.”

Iowahawk has a suggestion for Detroit’s future:

Turn Detroit into a national park, to show our kids the wonders of “Government Help.”

Detroit’s emergency management means many are concerned over the city’s public schools. They might well worry. This is about the now former president of Detroit’s school board:

The debate has been over whether formerDPS board president Otis Mathis should have resigned after exhibiting horrendous behavior and poor judgment. Mathis quit after admitting to “inappropriate actions” with his hand between his legs behind his desk while the district’s female superintendent sat opposite him trying to have a conversation.

He expressed deep regret and then, inexplicably, asked for his resignation back, buoyed by the comments of fellow board member Reverend David Murray, who dismissed the behavior of the 55-year-old Mathis this way: “He’s a young man; maybe he didn’t know it was offensive to her … That’s just the way it is.”

He resigned in 2010. He cited “health problems”.

Joanne Jacobs reports on other education news:

Aproduct of Detroit Public Schools now leads the school board that’s trying to raise worst-in-the-nation literacy scores. Otis Mathis can’t write, reveals Detroit News columnist Laura Berman. The board president’s e-mails are notoriously garbled:

Do DPS control the Foundation or outside group? If an outside group control the foundation, then what is DPS Board row with selection of is director? Our we mixing DPS and None DPS row’s, and who is the watch dog?

In another e-mail:

If you saw Sunday’s Free Press that shown Robert Bobb the emergency financial manager for Detroit Public Schools, move Mark Twain to Boynton which have three times the number seats then students and was one of the reason’s he gave for closing school to many empty seats.

Mathis concedes, “I’m a horrible writer.” He was placed in special education in fourth grade and was “kicked out” of several high schools.

He graduated from Southwestern High School in 1973 with what he says was a 1.8 grade-point average but was previously reported as a .98 average. After serving in the Navy, Wayne State placed him in a special program to help academically unqualified students move forward, on the G.I. Bill.

Mathis told Berman he can read, but “sometimes needs to read documents two or three times to fully comprehend their contents.”

After working as a counselor at Wayne State, Mathis worked as a substitute teacher in Detroit schools, ran a nonprofit and served on the Wayne County Commission. He is liked by colleagues, who elected him board president on a 10-1 vote.

Mathis and some of his supporters say he’s a role model, showing that it’s possible to succeed despite limitations. He understands the problems, backers say.

One Kevin108 on

“Only in Detroit and in the public school system would someone who can’t compose a basic sentence be the best candidate for school board president. If I lived in Michigan, I would be outraged that my tax dollars were going to such an unqualified individual.”

It’s kind of scary to even talk about,” says Patrick Martin, 49, a Detroit contractor whose 12-year-old son is a student at Noble Middle School.

“If this is the leader, what does it say about the followers?

Said Mathis:

I would tell the kids about my grade point and how I survived,” Mathis told Frank Beckmann this morning on WJR AM-760.  “I’d tell them about my grandchild, who’s been identified as special needs since birth.  And that’s all I would say.  Don’t let them stop you no matter what anybody says. Don’t let them stop you. Don’t let them stop you.”

Reach for the stars…

Posted: 8th, August 2013 | In: Reviews | Comment (1)

Another idiot idea: Make those northern suburbs grow like Detroit

SIR Simon Jenkins, very important man that he is, fully paid up member of the Great and the Good, has managed to get infected with yet another of the idiot ideas that flow from the US to the UK.

So, the great journalistic mind opines on what ails Britain’s cities and comes up with the wondrous idea that what we actually need is a little less capitalism red in tooth and claw and a little more planning and direction by the Great and the Good. It isn’t, of course, an unusual reaction from a member of any group. What the country needs is that more power should be given to my group and everyone should do what members of my group tell them to do.

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Posted: 9th, May 2012 | In: Money | Comment

Fully aroused man in sheer tights seeks bikini wax

TO Detroit, where a man dressed in a backwards baseball cap, a shirt inside out and backwards, slippers, and sheer pantyhose cut off at the ankles is looking for a bikini wax at salons in the region.

Says Anna Pagac, a receptionist at Salon Bliss in Rochester Hills:

“They were completely see through so we could see everything. He had no underwear on or nothing.”

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Posted: 21st, March 2012 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Detroit Cop KOs Man In Casino

YES, we all know that the police forces of the world have a pretty lousy job. They have to do some pretty unpopular things in their bid to keep law abiding citizens safe.

However, sometimes it feels like they’re not there to protect civvy street at all. As we saw in yesterday’s video, the NYPD got very hands-on with some protesters at Wall Street.

While the New York video is pretty tough to watch in places, that’s got nothing on the casino surveillance video which is at the heart of a lawsuit against the police department of Detroit.

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Posted: 27th, September 2011 | In: Reviews | Comment (1)

In Pictures: The 2010 International Auto Show, Detroit

THE 2010 International Auto Show, Detroit, MI, in pictures: big is better. Slap the word “hybrid” on the side if it makes you feel good. But big cars are in.


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The Dodge Challenger on display at the 2010 International Auto Show in Detroit, MI, USA on January 11, 2010. Photo by James Fassinger/ABACAUSA.COM

Introducing the Ford Fusion Flex Fuel (North American car of the Year), Cadillac Escalade Hybrid, Chrysler Delta, Honda CR-Z Hybrid, the Chevrolet Aveo RS, Mazda 2 2011, BMW Concept Active E, Chrysler Delta, Fiat 500, Ford Transit Connect Van, Audi R8 V10 Convertible, Audi A3 TDI, Ford Escape, Maserati Gran Tourismo Convertible, Chevrolet Camaro, GMC Granite Concept, Chevrolet Camaro SS, Audi e-tron Electric Sport Car, VW NCC New Concept Coupe Hybrid, Toyota FT-EVII, BMW X6 Active Hybrid, Mercedes Benz ML 450 Hybrid, Buick Regal GS concept car, Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid, Toyota Sienna, BUGE by Harvey Coachworks, Mercury Milan Hybrid, Ford Taurus, Dodge Challenger, Mini Concept ‘Beachcomber’…

Posted: 13th, January 2010 | In: The Consumer | Comment

Demi Moore Drops Susan Boyle To Twitter Shaheen Jafargholi

SUSAN Boyle Watch: Anorak’s looks at Britain’s Got Talent agonist Susan Boyle in the news, with Demi Moore and the City of Detroit…

Demi Moore dazzled by Britain’s Got Talent’s Shaheen

Having gone bonkers for the Boyle, Demi Moore has a new idol to stalk:

Young Britain’s Got Talent star Shaheen Jafargholi has wowed Hollywood star Demi Moore. Moore, who is married to Ashton Kutcher, revealed on her Twitter site that she thought the 12-year-old from Swansea was “awesome”.

Twitter is dead. What about Susan? Oh, my love, my darling…

Anorak Fact: DEMI Moore has been watching Susan Boyle – a woman who is exactly what Moore would look like without surgery!

The actress became a fan of Susan Boyle after watching her surprise performance last week, but this week she was just as blown away by the young Swansea star.

Not long after the show, Demi posted a Youtube clip to the performance on her site and said: “Wow, this kid is something else.”

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Posted: 19th, April 2009 | In: Celebrities | Comment

The Average House In Green City Detroit Costs $7,500

THE Chicago Tribune reports that the average price for a home sold in the month of December 2008 in Detroit was $7,500.

Yeah, why buy one in the world’s first green city?

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Posted: 1st, March 2009 | In: Money | Comments (6)

Detroit Is The World’s First Green City

DETROIT is all set to become the modern world’s first green city. The Detroit blog tours the city’s north end:

Now it’s the realm of crickets and meadows, where besides the dope dealers, the hookers, and the walking dead ambling past empty fields, are regular but poor people who have to live surrounded by decay and misery, in a neighborhood most others are too scared to drive through, surrounded by grinding poverty and the dregs of society, the only world they know, utterly unaware that a normal, safe neighborhood once stood here but was wiped off the face of the earth.

It’s like Machu Picchu, but less hilly and with better air quality:

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Posted: 23rd, January 2009 | In: Reviews | Comment (1)

Rev. Charles Ellis Is Praying For SUVs

Rev. Charles Ellis, of Detroit’s Greater Grace Temple, knows what’s important, and it isn’t anything to do with the Christmas message of love and peace.

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Posted: 8th, December 2008 | In: Reviews | Comment