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August 15, 2017 5:57 PM

President Trump’s Too Cozy Relationship with Racists

**This is the first in a series of two blogs posts in response to the riots in Charlottesville.** In life, there are often two sides to every story and blame to be shared by many on “all sides.” Saturday was decidedly NOT one of those times. When President Trump refused to specifically blame Nazis and White Supremacists for the violence in Charlottesville, most of the nation was shocked and outraged. It is difficult to understand…

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July 28, 2017 7:54 AM

Holy hell

Sen. Lindsey Graham promised there would be “holy hell to pay” if Donald Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions. That was unusually strong language for Washington (though it paled in comparison to the blue comments by the incoming White House communications director), uttered in defense of Graham’s former Senate colleague, a racist liar who conveniently forgot about his meetings with Russians. Yet Graham saw fit to vote, once again, to repeal the Affordable Care Act.…

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July 25, 2017 3:42 PM

The Hoosier Connection game isn’t fun anymore

A longstanding observation in our household is that, when there’s news, some Hoosier must be connected to it. Not just when Purdue grads go up in space either. It’s sort of a game to note, for example, that the killer whale’s victim at SeaWorld grew up in Cedar Lake; a woman who carried an embryonic twin in her brain was an Indiana University doctoral student; and George Donner, who led an expedition west that ended…

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July 17, 2017 5:10 PM

The Revolution Has Been Gentrified!!!

Normally when I write my annual blog post about the Second Saturday night of Indiana Black Expo, it’s about the interaction between law enforcement and the youth in downtown Indy.  Not this year.  Like the past four years, the kids and cops were fine.  There were a couple of minor issues, but no more or less than normal on a Saturday night in downtown Indianapolis.  No, this year the fun was earlier in the day at the Black activist Don’t…

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July 15, 2017 9:23 AM

A Few More Facts About Police Action Shootings

Last year I did a deep dive into the data regarding police action/officer related shootings as they were very prominent in the headlines. It looks like this will be an annual event.   Part of my motivation is today’s rally at the statehouse where, if their past statements are any indication, the 21st century equivalent of a lynch mob is going to call for criminal prosecution of the officers involved in the Aaron Bailey shooting…

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July 9, 2017 11:47 AM

Let’s Talk Taxes (And Fees While We’re At It)

When I drove to Chicago over the long holiday weekend with my brother, we were worried about how much the increase in the state gas tax was going to cost us. He drove, and I paid for gas, so I  carefully monitored how much gas we put in the car for the trip.   His car usually gets about 30 mpg on the Interstate, and a round trip to Chicago usually runs him about 11 gallons.…

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July 1, 2017 8:39 AM

Lets Get the Facts First

You all know by now when it comes to crime,  I have minimal sympathy for people who break the law and bad things happen to them in the process. With that said, my legal and journalistic training mandate getting the facts first before making a judgment call.  You can do some informed speculation based on what you know at the time, but getting the facts first and straight tend to resolve a multitude of issues.…

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June 30, 2017 11:23 AM

Trump: Twitter or tennis?

Some thoughts about Donald Trump’s ridiculous attack on newscaster Mika Brzezinski: One, the insults were fairly par for Trump’s pricy course, nothing we haven’t heard him say before. And though his remarks were vicious in that way he reserves for women, the umbrage taken by Brzezinki’s media colleagues misses the point. Trump’s barrage of criticism of the news media and the judiciary, as well as his gleeful lying and flagrant rejection of scientific fact, undermine…

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June 28, 2017 9:53 PM

IPS Makes Right Move

Despite the wailing and gnashing of teeth on social media, Indianapolis Public Schools is making the right decision by closing Broad Ripple High School and turning Northwest and Arlington into middle schools.  It’s also continuing with its plans to close down John Marshall. I understand the emotions attached to these institutions, but there is a certain reality that needs to be faced here.   The district has been losing population at the high school and if…

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June 14, 2017 3:38 PM

Domestic terrorism in D.C.

It’s hard to imagine that more than a few people who share the warped sensibilities of the gunman are not horrified by the shootings this morning in Alexandria, Va. No elected official – indeed, no one – deserves to be targeted for his or her actions or beliefs. Period. That said, a few thoughts come to mind: One, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was taken to a Washington D.C. hospital, where he undoubtedly and appropriately…

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