Just minutes ago, Judge Friedman announced that he will not issue a ruling today on if Michigan’s ban on same-gender marriages violates the US Constitution. He will spend the next couple of weeks reviewing the case before issuing his ruling.
That means that there will not be any same-sex marriage licenses issued today in Michigan - and the opportunity to have them has been pushed out at a week. We will be posting information to our Marriage Equality Center as it becomes available.
Based on stuff I saw on the Twitters, the state's concluding argument is that it should be okay to discriminate if lots of people are behind it. Good argument, that.
One of the subjects in the title of this article is the centerpiece for a new video we did for the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit. You should probably check it out here, and be a mitzvah hero in the process:
March 7, 2014 by Colleen Stout
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David: Mom, what does blackmail mean?
Me: It’s when someone tries to get you to do something by holding something over your head.
Me: You know, say you cheated on a test, and I said if you don’t pay me $100 I’ll tell your teacher you cheated.
David: I think I’d rather just tell the truth. That sounds too complicated.
Me: You’re right. It’s better to just be honest. You’ll get in less trouble for telling the truth than you will if you get caught trying to cover up something.
David: I don’t want to ever be blackmailed.
Me: Well, you probably don’t need to worry about it. It usually happens to bad people who hang out with other bad people.
David: Wait. When you tell me and Wade that we can’t have ice cream if we don’t eat our dinner isn’t that blackmail?
Me: No. That’s a bribe and parents are allowed to do that.
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March 7, 2014 by Karen Dybis
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Hey, do you dig Detroit? Do you have a Twitter handle? Do you have next Thursday free? Then you need to show off some 313DLove.
Meet Terry Bean. He’s the executive director of all this love. Bean, who is a social-media pro, is one of the biggest proponents for the city and those who support it. That is why he’s turning March 13 (read: 313 Day) into an event that gives Detroit the love it so desperately needs.
In previous versions, 313DLove was an online thing. At 3:13 p.m., everyone Tweeted a message with that cute hashtag thingie, and we displayed our affection for Detroit through 140 characters of good tidings. Detroit “trended,” and that was it. It was pretty spectacular in its way, but it only existed for a moment.
This year, things are different. Things have been “activated,” to use Detroit speak. Bean and friends have organized a huge event at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. There are a dozen speakers who cover all races, colors and creeds, united in their visions for the city and their adoration for this crazy mess called Detroit. The event, which starts at 1 p.m., has a set number of tickets available: 313.
Numerology is on our side, me thinks. Bean agrees. After all, the number “1” stands for leadership. The number “3” is all about creativity. Put that together, and we have double the creativity of other cities. And, now, in many ways, we finally have the leadership we need.
“It’s about making a difference and having an impact. And we finally have that here in the Detroit area,” Bean said.
Shawne Duperon, a noted media coach, will talk about forgiveness – and there are decades of stupid moves, dumb ideas, poor judgment and cruelty Detroit and its neighbors need to resolve. Rabbi Yisrael Pinson, Executive Director at Chabad of Greater Downtown Detroit, will talk about his decision to move his life and family of seven to the city. Menachem Kniespeck of Operation: Kid Equip will talk about giving of yourself and giving away free books, supplies and school equipment. John George of Motor City Blight Busters will show how he saw the ugly side of Detroit and turned it into something beautiful.
Bean said he always wanted to do more with the event. However, the loss of his father last year postponed 313DLove’s growth as planned. So, he knew this year had to be more – especially because we are celebrating the city’s birthday.
“In August 2010 we had what was called Blood, Sweat and Gear week where we supported: Red Cross, Blight Busters and Operation Kid Equip,” Bean said. “Turns out it’s harder to get people to give blood, time (and sweat) and money/school supplies than you’d think.What seemed reasonably easy to give was a tweet.
“So I asked people to tweet #100KDlove and say what they loved about Detroit,” Bean continued. “Shortly after that, I knew I had to do the same on 3/13 and that’s when it all came to me. … I slept on it on 3/13/11 and finally did something on 3/13/12 and phoned it in on 3/13/13 cuz of a loss of a father on 3/12/13.”
But, now, they’re ready to roll.
“I knew I wanted to do more, so I rounded up some colleagues and friends. And I asked them if they would share what they do and why they do it in and around Detroit. All of them are doing inspirational things. And no one tapped them on the shoulder and asked them to do it. They just stood up and made it happen,” Bean said.
“What would happen if any one of us did the same thing? What if we stood up, came together and made the changes we wanted to see in Detroit? We’d be so much further along,” Bean added.
Bean sees a day when 313DLove gets big enough that it can fill Ford Field. He wants the goodness to grow. There is a gravitas to this event – it is a natural connection to our collective area code, the numbers that represent us, the moments that we collectively share. And finding people who inspire us to try more, to do more, to be more…That’s a great reason to get together.
“It really just came together. We were so thrilled with how easy it was. Everyone said, ‘Hell, yeah! We’re in.’ Everyone is doing it for free and from their hearts,” Bean said.
But there is some give back as well – four charities, including Operation: Kid Equip and Blight Busters, are benefitting from your entry fee. Support the sponsors, including Click Click Car and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. So sign up. Don’t just say you’re going on Facebook. Buy a ticket. Spread the love.
March 7, 2014 by Fouad Egbaria
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Michigan takes on the Hoosiers at the Crisler Center on Senior Night this Saturday, hoping to tie a tidy bow on the present that was this Big Ten season.
Date: Saturday, March 8
Time: 6:00 ET
Place: Ann Arbor, Mich.--Crisler Center
Conditions are still a bit on the chilly side (although it's projected to be in the 40s here in the Chicagoland area this weekend!), but things are about to heat up with the regular season coming to a close.
Before Michigan heads to the Big Ten tourney and the Big Dance, however, they'll take on Indiana tomorrow at home, a game that doesn't really mean anything on paper save for hypothetical NCAA tournament seeding purposes.
Oh, also, it's senior night for one Jordan Morgan, the guy who came in with very little hype and leaves Ann Arbor with two Big Ten titles, a NCAA tournament final appearance, a sterling record against the in-state rival Michigan State Spartans and the utmost respect and admiration of Michigan fans everywhere.
Tell him this game doesn't mean anything.
Season So Far
Since the Hoosiers downed Michigan in Bloomington way back on Feb. 2--which feels like an eternity ago--they've gone 3-5, include a 3-game losing streak on the heels of that win.
However, Tom Crean's squad has won two of its last three. Naturally, the Big Ten being what it is, the Hoosiers knocked off ranked Iowa and Ohio State squads at home, then followed that with a 70-60 home loss against Nebraska on Wednesday.
The Hoosiers have obviously had a down season, of course, but especially on the road, where they are 2-6 during Big Ten play--their wins came at Illinois in an 83-80 OT thriller on Dec. 31 and at Northwestern on Feb. 22.
Needless to say, while anyone can beat anyone etc. etc., the Hoosiers lose quite a bit of oomph when playing away from the friendly confines of Assembly Hall. Even so, the Wolverines can't afford another sluggish start if they hope to avoid another grind-it-out win (or worse, a loss).
By now you should be fairly familiar with the rosters around the Big Ten, so I'll try to keep this brief. Point guard Yogi Ferrell obviously leads the way for the Hoosiers as the heart and soul of the squad. As you'll remember, Ferrell went off against the Wolverines in the first matchup, dropping 27 points while having an out-of-body experience from beyond the arc (7-for-8).
You would think Michigan would try to do something a little different defensively this time around--getting a hand up on his shots would be a nice start. However, you'd also think that another 7-for-8 mark from three for the sophomore guard is unlikely.
Star freshman F Noah Vonleh checks in at 11.6 ppg and 9.1 rpg. The bad news for IU fans is that he's been out for their last two games, and it's unclear (at least as I write this) whether or not he'll go on Saturday. While you never want to see any college player miss a game due to injury, his absence would be a relief for Michigan in this particular game, especially if Jordan Morgan is held out for precautionary reasons.
After that, Will Sheehey, who has had a somewhat disappointing season, has been on fire of late, averaging 16.2 ppg in IU's last five contests. This stretch included a brilliant 30-point effort in IU's high-scoring win against Iowa Feb. 27. He did score 13 in the loss against Nebraska, but managed just a 5-for-14 mark from the field (2-for-7 from three).
Troy Williams, Stanford Robinson, Evan Gordon and Jeremy Hollowell round out the major contributors (although like Matt Painter, Crean seems like playing with a pretty big rotation). Other than Ferrell, Gordon is the most effective three-point shooter on the roster (34 percent).
Williams averages just 6.9 ppg but is coming off of a nice 18-point effort in the loss against Nebraska, in which he shot 7-for-12 from the field and pulled down six boards, good for his best performance of the conference season.
- Run Ferrell off the line. Simply put, Michigan can probably live with Ferrell probing his way into two-point land (which he'll probably do with some success anyway). However, the Wolverines can't afford to let him get comfortable from outside. Even if he does hit a few early outside shots, they need to be contested. Perhaps my memory is hazy, but I remember some of those makes in the first matchup going up with nothing more than a token contest.
- Stauskas vs. Ferrell. If I remember correctly, this matchup the first time around ushered in the "Stauskas can't figure out what to do against smaller guards" meme into our collective fan-mind. After continued struggles after that game, it appeared figured out against MSU's Keith Appling that he can just over the top of a smaller guard. Even when he does miss, a three over a much shorter point guard is generally good to be a good shot for Michigan's Mississaugan.
- Don't take the exit to Cliche City. With the Big Ten title and the conference tournament 1-seed wrapped up, Michigan doesn't have much to play for except upping its stock for a 2-seed in the Big Dance. Nonetheless, if Michigan's lone senior doesn't play, the Wolverines will need to find a way to fill in that void of general grit and hustle that Morgan's absence would create. In short, it would be nice to avoid The Letdown.
Over the last year or so I have been a part of launching the Antioch Movement, a church planting movement in Ypsilanti, MI. It has been an amazing experience. One that I can’t really put into words. It’s been full of joy, pain, excitement, and anguish. I keep learning everyday about the depth of my own sin and the boundlessness of God’s overwhelming grace.
There is one thing that I seem to be more acutely aware of than ever before and that is the reality that the people of God are family. In the institutional church we experienced tastes of this through small groups or through relationships with certain people with whom we had an affinity. It’s different now.
The life of my natural family is completely and utterly intertwined with the life of my spiritual family. Our worlds are coming closer and closer together. We babysit for one another, we go out of our way to help one another, the rhythms of our lives are more naturally in tune because we are living together in community. Our kids have similar schedules. We frequent the same places. Our outside of the family friends crossover.
There have been many times in the last number of months that I have looked people who used to be my friends with a new realization that we are now family. We are brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, we are a family that God is knitting together for his glory.
The realization that we are family changes everything about how we interact. It allows us to fight and have disagreements because we’re not worried whether someone will leave. We know that we’re committed to one another as family. There is a bond that is more than a commitment to an institution. It’s a bond that comes from our commitment to mission together. We are family.
March 7, 2014 by Joshua Henschke
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The FRR updates you on the very latest regarding Michigan football recruiting. Find out which four committed Texas recruits discussed their interest in Michigan. Is there a potentially big visitor coming to campus soon? That and more.
Committed Texas Talent Talk U-M Interest
Eric Rutter and Jacob Nye from Scout.com recently posted an update ($) on four 2015 committed recruits in the state of Texas that hold some interest in the Wolverines. Safety Justin Dunning, defensive tackle Daylon Mack, athlete Blake Lynch and safety Jamile Johnson.
Four-star Dunning, a Texas A&M commit, considers TAMU the perfect school for him and holds a fairly firm pledge to the Aggies. However, in order to get Dunning's attention and interest, Michigan will need to offer him first.
"I would probably want to take a visit (if the Wolverines offered)," he said. "A couple of my coaches like some of the northern schools, so it's a possibility to go see them. Distance really wasn't a factor when I made my decision [to commit to A&M]."
Mack, a five-star and Texas A&M commit, currently does not have an offer but the coaching staff has shown some interest in the past. However, according to Mack, he is only focused on three schools: TAMU, Ohio State and Auburn.
Four-star Lynch, a Baylor commit, references Denard Robinson for the reason that he is interested in the Wolverines.
"I just remember him and how effective (Robinson) was there," said Lynch. "If I felt like Michigan was the place for me in Ann Arbor and I fit in their system... and if they gave me an offer and I liked it on an official I wouldn't have a problem going there."
Three-star Johnson, an Oklahoma commit, is not shutting down his recruitment process completely after committing to the Sooners. In order for Michigan to get a visit from him, he must get an offer from them.
"I would love to go to Michigan," said Johnson. "They are great and are a Big Ten team. I love the Big Ten, but it would take an offer for me to visit. They were close to offering me this spring, but they just need to look over my film some more."
Save for Mack, the general consensus is that Michigan would need to offer before their interest in Michigan increases, which is understandable. However, it will be very difficult to pull talent out of the state of Texas. With TAMU surging and Texas looking to rebound, they will be picking their state clean.
Steve Lorenz from 247Sports recently teased a big visitor on his latest Inside Michigan Recruiting ($) piece. It has already been confirmed that 2015 four-star corner back Garett Taylor will be visiting next week. But, according to Lorenz, this potential visitor is a pretty big deal.
"I want to get this out there in case we aren't the first to confirm it when it happens, but a rock solid source at Michigan has informed me that there is a potential "huge" visitor coming next weekend. I wasn't given a name yet because the player has not confirmed for sure yet, but it is a possibility... My belief is that it's an offensive player, and could be a quarterback of some kind. That's pure speculation at this point though."
As far as guesses go, I am not really sure. Fans will have to wait this one out until something more concrete emerges.
Also mentioned in the post is that five-star defensive end Terry Beckner Jr. will visit Michigan sometime this spring.
In the mean time, below is a highlight tape from Taylor.
General Odds and Ends
Syracuse.com has a great article (FREE) on top Michigan target and legacy Tyrone Wheatley Jr. Wheatley's coach discusses Michigan interest briefly.
Most recruiting analysts believe Michigan is the team to beat, given the ties the family has to the school. Wheatley's father was a standout running back in Ann Arbor in the '90s before a long stint in the NFL with the New York Giants and Oakland Raiders. Naturally, there's an attraction to following such a legacy, Hopkins said.
"Growing up in that household," he said, "you really can't not be a fan of Michigan."
247Sports' Clint Brewster listed some early favorites ($) for Michigan which features at least three Michigan targets with Crystal Ball predictions at 100% to Michigan.
Be sure to follow Maize N Brew's Joshua Henschke on Twitter, @JoshuaHenschke
Oh baby! It’s my favorite day of the month (OK..Paczki Day is actually my fave this month, but FF is a close second!) it’s the day when I hand out free blogging advice to every single person who leaves a comment. Just tell me your URL and I’ll respond with one tip to make your blog even better. How easy is that??
Here’s how it works…
Between 8AM and 5PM EST (ending a little earlier then usual, I have to teach tonight) post your blog/website link in the comments and I’ll reply with one tip for improvement. I’ll do my best to give each person a different suggestion so you can come back and use all of my tips to make your blog look shiny and new.
I’m also happy to answer short questions like “Is the font I used for my post titles too difficult to read?” or “Should I make my photos bigger?” Questions that will take a longer explanation will be saved for coding & design posts.
Alright – have at it!