Nice shoes.

Pix ‘n’ linx goes into its second day with? More cars, with a little for you leg men:

I'll Take One in Red -- Detroit, MI

This one’s called “I’ll take one in red,” by Thomas Hawk, used under a Creative Commons license.

Busy-busy day today, so let’s get right to the linkage:

As someone whose lizard-brain fears are heights and falling, I can say this is a death I wouldn’t wish on anyone. I wonder why he wasn’t harnessed.

Via LGM, a nomination for Worst Column of the Month (and setting a high bar for the rest of the year): Tim Tebow for President! Seriously:

Obama, and so too the Republican candidates for president, can learn a lot from what is going on in the Mile High City. Our economy, and this country, are struggling with huge deficits of confidence and faith. We need a leader who can bring us together, exude confidence in us as a team, and lead us to where we need to go in the 21st century. A leader who is willing to admit mistakes and approach politics not by pointing fingers or scoring points but by helping us all be better people.


The second part of the Bridge package on Michigan’s higher-ed costs is on the student-loan anchor. All here. All worth reading.

My day tomorrow has to be timed almost to the five-minute window, so that I can make it from a can’t-miss meeting in Lansing to Detroit in time for Car Prom. So after depriving us of a white Christmas and giving us 50-degree days in January, when does winter finally arrive in the Midwest? Guess.

Happy Thursday, all. The weekend is in sight.

Posted at 8:22 am in Current events, Detroit life |

41 responses to “Nice shoes.”

  1. brian stouder said on January 12, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Today’s black humor excerpt:

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Two assailants on a motorcycle attached a magnetic bomb to the car of an Iranian university professor working at a key nuclear facility, killing him and his driver Wednesday, reports said. The slayings suggest a widening covert effort to set back Iran’s atomic program. The attack in Tehran bore a strong resemblance to earlier killings of scientists working on the Iranian nuclear program. It is certain to amplify authorities’ claims of clandestine operations by Western powers and their allies to halt Iran’s nuclear advances.

    Aside from that, here’s wishing Nancy safe travels, as the snow (and WIND) approach

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  2. Dexter said on January 12, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Ah geez, that poor guy in the water…yesterday on WJR the first reports I heard said it was not clear if ANY safety devices were being used…” ! W.T.HELL?

    It’s so rainy and depressing here in NW Ohio…how to spice up my day? Why yes…I’ll go kill some Taliban and piss on their corpses! That’ll make me famous and things won’t be boring for me until long after the trial…or will the Marine Corps say “oh it’s just boys being boys!”
    U.S. Marines Urinate on Taliban Corpses (Warning: GRAPHIC FOOTAGE) 11-JAN-2012

    So is this worse than American soldiers and Marines in Vietnam taking human ears and making necklaces of them? Oh, you thought that was just a wild story or rumor? Nope.

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  3. Dexter said on January 12, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Oh…since we can’t drink orange juice anymore because of Brazilian anti-fungus poison spray, let’s all switch to cow piss soda.

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  4. Bob (not Greene) said on January 12, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Yep, Dex. The “Greatest Generation” did it too. It ain’t the movies.

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  5. LAMary said on January 12, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Speaking of the greatest generation, Tom Brokaw just referred to the current Republican presidential aspirant as George Romney. At least twice. He’s on the Today show.

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  6. Deborah said on January 12, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Brokaw is certainly getting to be an old fart.
    Snow and wind predicted here too and my office holiday party is tonight. A few years ago, during the horrible days of the recession they started having it after the holidays to save $$ on the venue. This time it’s under the stained glass dome of the Chicago Cultural Center. And this year we were allowed to invite spouses or guests again. They had stopped that for a few years also because of the cost.

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  7. brian stouder said on January 12, 2012 at 10:44 am

    By the way, and speaking of newscasters, the attractive brunette with the nice gams in Nancy’s photo reminds me of CNN’s Erin Brunette (yeah – I know – ‘Burnett’; but that sounds like a newscaster with a curtain rod across her shoulders).

    Come to think of it, since the pic is BW (which makes the photo oddly pleasant; maybe because of her bright smile), she may not be a brunette at all.

    (but I say – she is!)

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  8. JWfromNJ said on January 12, 2012 at 10:49 am

    You certainly can drink orange juice if youn ante up for the real stuff – that’s one of the pluses to living in Florida. I can buy jugs of fresh sqeezed for $4 gal. I haven’t touched Tropicana since I saw the plant here, and since I learned to associate that logo with some of the longest trains I’ve ever had to wait on – I think once I waited 40 minutes as the train rolled north.
    It’s an interesting operation – the same rail line is used to ship massive stockpiles of Walmart crap to their regional distribution center, which is adjacent to the Tropicana plant so the trains are always full. Next year an ethanol plant that actually makes sense is opening in Vero that will use citrus peels, pulp, and rinds from the juicing process.
    I’d be remiss if I didn’t get that Indian River Citrus plug in here, and one of the nicest parts of living where I do is opening the windows and smelling orange blossoms!

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  9. LAMary said on January 12, 2012 at 11:33 am

    It’s red grapefruit season again too. Who needs OJ when you can have a gorgeous red grapefruit for breakfast.

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  10. Deborah said on January 12, 2012 at 11:39 am

    When I was in college a bunch of us drove down to my house in Miami from Nebraska for Easter. Driving through the Florida citrus grove area was heaven for the other people in the car who had never experienced it before. We stopped every so often and bought a large jug of OJ, made a lot of pit stops to pee too.

    Love the red grapefruit. By the way Trader Joes sells the best jugged OJ, beats Tropicana for sure.

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  11. alex said on January 12, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Well, Nance, you’ll have to report back on any good celebrity sightings. If the grand opening of a Kroger’s in Fort Wayne is occasioned by the appearance of Patti LaBelle, I can only imagine what kind of glamorous star power they’ll have on hand for the grandest of all auto shows.

    Speaking of which, that Kroger store was like a Whole Foods on steroids the first few weeks. Now it has gone back to being the badly stocked dump it used to be, only with a fabulous facility. I was quite annoyed the other day to find they were out of Laura’s Lean Beef and fresh basil, the two main ingredients I went there for. When I went there for fresh salmon filets recently, their stuff looked atrocious, so I went to Meijer instead.

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  12. Kath said on January 12, 2012 at 11:46 am

    My brother worked on skyscrapers testing the welds on the steel framing. He said that many guys, including him, did not wear safety harnesses. They worried that, if they fell, when they reached the end of their safety tether it would snap them into the building. And they would rather be dead than paralyzed or brain injured.

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  13. LAMary said on January 12, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Costco fresh squeezed OJ is about 5.50 a gallon here and it’s great. TJ’s is usually 8 or 9 dollars a gallon, and it’s about the same quality. We go through about a half gallon of OJ a day at our house. I get exactly zero of that quantity. It all goes down the throats of the growing boys.

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  14. Chris in Iowa said on January 12, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Some of these comments (Kath @12, etc.) are making me more grateful today for the rather sedentary life of a middle-aged newspaper guy. I’m going to have to remember this the next time I feel like bitching, which will probably happen withing the next hour or so.

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  15. Connie said on January 12, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Also in Ambassador Bridge news, Bridge bosses Moroun, Stamper are led off to jail in Gateway project dispute.

    From the Free Press: Wayne County judge this morning sent billionaire Manuel (Matty) Moroun and his chief deputy at the Ambassador Bridge company, Dan Stamper, to jail until they are in compliance with his order to finish building ramps connecting the Ambassador Bridge to nearby expressways.

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  16. caliban said on January 12, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Tom Brokaw signed, sealed and delivered his certifiable old-fartism when he published The Greatest Generation, when what he really meant was The Greatest GI Bill Generation (Get off my lawn, you kids). On the other hand, it’s an accompllishment to acchieve the status of a national news reader when you elocute like you have a mouthful of green styrofoam packing peanuts. Mucho, mucho glottal on those consonants Tom. I always preferred Dan Rather’s cowboy chuck wagon affectations, and that horsecrap about W’s NatGuard records was nonsense. The AHOLE was AWOL.

    Two independent studies find direct correlation between education funding cuts and corporate tax avoidance at state level.

    What exactly is it about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that GOPers object to? It seems pretty logical that this has nothing to do with anything at all other than protecting financial institutions’ ability to steal money from people they peddle their services to.

    The financial, insurance and real-estate industries have given Washington politicians $135 million in 2011-2012, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Republicans received 56.3 percent of that largesse, versus 37.7 percent going to Democrats.

    And that is a well-turned ankle in that car photo. Just ask Tom Brokaw.

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  17. LAMary said on January 12, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Harry Shearer’s version of Tom Brokaw-speak is excellent.

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  18. caliban said on January 12, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Detroit Renaissance?

    One shining moment for Tom Brokaw.

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  19. Jolene said on January 12, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Ed Helms also does a good Tom Brokaw. Have seen him do it once or twice on the Letterman show.

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  20. Sherri said on January 12, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    Matthew Dowd must be trying to position himself to be Tebow’s Karl Rove when Tebow makes the inevitable move from from quarterback to politician. Given his quarterbacking skill, that shouldn’t be too far in the future.

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  21. MarkH said on January 12, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    SNL’s Chris Parnell also did a spot-on Brokaw back in 2000.

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  22. caliban said on January 12, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    If Obama loses.

    Mitt is just a complete SOB.

    The prototype for Tum Tubbo as politician has already been there, done that. That would be Heath Shuler, who was a better football player, hopeless pro QB, and a pretty vile blue-dog Democrat.

    And Sherri could be right. Tum could use a brain to go with his jorts.

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  23. alex said on January 12, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Tebowing — sort of like teabagging, really. It’s all about getting in peoples’ faces with a part of you that’s supposed to be kept private, then posting it on facebook.

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  24. Bob (not Greene) said on January 12, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Alex wins.

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  25. adrianne said on January 12, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Wow, that column was incredibly stupid, even by the low standards of TV.

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  26. JWfromNJ said on January 12, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Alex wins.


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  27. Dexter said on January 12, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Connie, I never imagined I would ever see the day Matty Maroun was sent to jail! He’s 84, for one thing.

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  28. Connie said on January 12, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    And a billionaire besides!

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  29. Rana said on January 12, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    You all have seen this, right?

    I have two thoughts about it: first, this guy is tossing out over a century’s worth of journalistic practice and doesn’t even seem aware that he’s doing so; second, that this is the attitude of someone who has forgotten the role of editors and such, if he ever knew it. Clearly he seems to think the process is something like “interviewer asks question; interviewer transcribes answer; newspaper publishes transcription.” No wonder the print media is in such trouble, if people like this–I mean, my god, “editor” is right in his job description–don’t understand the most basic aspects of what makes the whole thing work.

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  30. brian stouder said on January 12, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Rana – that is an annoying piece, and you couldn’t be more right, although I think the guy (who looks like Huntsman’s older brother) is purposely poking at us and wanting to make people respond.

    But, back to the brunette with the gams emerging from the car. Didja notice the laptop pc she has in her grasp? Pam and I were watching an attractive woman on MSNBC, delivering election returns in front of a big flat screen the other night, and she had a laptop on one hand. I was noticing how nice she looked in her not-quite-too-tight (but almost) dress, and how she was posed (and not moving) with her hips swiveled; and then Pam said “Look at her computer”. I said “Huh? What?” – and then she pointed out that the computer she held had some sort of holster or strap, so that it stays on her hand. I went back to looking at her hips, etc, and didn’t think much else about it…but Nancy’s car woman seems to have the same sort of glove or harness, to hold the computer on her hand.

    Is this yet another new fad that I knew nothing about? Is it something only hot women would utilize; a fashion accessory? Just wondering.

    And by the way – agreed about Alex winning!

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  31. Dexter said on January 12, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    reddit will go dark on January 18 to protest SOPA. Now if Twitter and Google get on board, maybe this lunacy will stop.
    Can you imagine if Google shut down for 12 hours in protest? That would shake the world.

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  32. caliban said on January 12, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Brian, the fashion look is the utterly impeccable Mrs. Peel, who did minis even better than catsuits.
    she’s a dame and one of the greatest actressews that ever lived. And despite what moron gender bouffes might say. No shit you morons?

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  33. Joe Kobiela said on January 12, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    I have yet to hear Tim Tebow say anything on the national stage about religion other than what he believe’s. I have never heard him say he was right and anyone else was wrong, or that anyone that dosn’t believe the way he does is bad. I find it refreashing that there is a kid out there playing his guts out, and not looking like he’s there for the check. I like that he dosn’t have 5 kids with 5 different mothers, I like that he’s not covered with tatoos, or is trying to run a drug ring.I enjoy he dosn’t come from a broken home. I don’t think the bronco’s will win this weekend but I hope they do. Just sit back and watch the fun, and enjoy the show.
    Freezing back home in Ind,
    Pilot Joe

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  34. caliban said on January 12, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    A we couldn say Mittster, and whatever, this guy is an asshole. Newt is a despicable piece of shit. Listen to Newt about how he stands.

    rick is a bizarre piece of shit.

    do we oike gambling or we dont

    / Think about the no shit meeting bwetween Remy McSwain and that hot luscious ‘whatever she is. No shit? Are you morons about this?
    what we think about what we think about things. But you dont care/?

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  35. caliban said on January 12, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    I mean you can’t mean what folks can claim whatever.
    what we say. We say

    are you kidding? Dumbass?

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  36. Sherri said on January 12, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    That looks more like an iPad in a case in her hand to me than a laptop.

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  37. 4dbirds said on January 12, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Shorter Joe: I like that Tim Tebow isn’t black.

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  38. Joe Kobiela said on January 12, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    No way!! There are white players with many of the same problems, don’t be foolish and bring race into this.
    Pilot Joe

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  39. Kaye said on January 12, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Agreed Joe.

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  40. Sherri said on January 12, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    The best response to the NYTimes Public Editor’s query Rana mentioned at 29:

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  41. Brandon said on January 12, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    “Tum Tubbo”

    I just realized you meant Tim Tebow. Of course, his physique is anything but.

    Anyway, T-Boing: The act of vending foodstuffs skewered on a stick.

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