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The First Amendment is a Lot of Fun

June 11, 2017 9:02 AM Abdul-Hakim Shabazz 0 Comments

This weekend in Indianapolis there were two events that could not be any more different from each other, the Indy Pride parade and a rally against Sharia Law. Although I have to say, the anti-Sharia law crowd was a lot more “colorful” than the Indy Pride folks. The point of Pride was to celebrate the members of the LGBT community (I apologize if I left out a letter) and the point of the anti-Sharia law rally...

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X-rating the GOP

August 19, 2015 10:48 AM Dan Carpenter 5 Comments

In the late 1990s, Harold Hecuba, a journalist specializing in coverage of the porn industry, explained its huge success thusly:“Nobody ever goes broke overestimating the rage and misogyny of the average American male.”If you fail to see the analogy to Donald Trump in particular and today’s cavalcade of Republican Goodfellas in general, I strongly suggest you get your mind into the gutter.What elements of appeal to base male Pavlovian reflexes are missing, after all? You...

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President Trump’s Too Cozy Relationship with Racists

August 15, 2017 5:57 PM Megan Robertson 0 Comments

**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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God & Cable

May 15, 2015 8:03 AM Abdul-Hakim Shabazz 3 Comments

Whenever someone asks me to describe my attitude towards religion I always say it’s like cable TV. I tell them God is like cable and religion is the cable company.   I really do like cable, it gives me lots of choices, stimulates me to occasionally think outside the box, makes me laugh, cry and I’m really grateful for it.  I find the cable company annoying.  It’s always looking to raise my rates, limit my...

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

July 9, 2017 11:47 AM Abdul-Hakim Shabazz 0 Comments

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...

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Who Knows What's Best?

March 13, 2014 9:51 AM Andrew Downs 0 Comments

Those who watch the legislature carefully may have noticed a clever bit of work regarding HB 1318.  This bill was amended in the Senate Committee on Elections to include language that would require a referendum vote in the fall of 2014 to replace the board of county commissioners with a single county executive in counties with populations of 300,000 to 400,000 people. Marion County            904,789 Lake County               496,130 Allen County             ...

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Shining stars in a dark season

December 23, 2015 10:42 AM Dan Carpenter 0 Comments

No, Virginia, your little friends seem to be wrong about a war on Christmas -- at least, the bedecked walls are still standing again this year. But on the other hand, there are several groups of not-so-naughty Hoosiers who've had reason to feel under siege. They've all been left with a little something under the tree, though they'll open the packages carefully. Poor folks have the health insurance President Barack Obama tried so hard to give...

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Send Ritz Back to School

October 24, 2013 6:10 PM Abdul-Hakim Shabazz 1 Comment

Indiana's Superintendent of Public Instruction needs to go back to school. She filed suit against the State Board of Education for allegedly violating Indiana's Open Door Law saying the Board members had a meeting and tried to circumvent her authority and go to the Legislature to get the state's A-F grades done. First, there was never a meeting, a letter was circulated amongst the Board members via email. Second,  when this matter was discussed, Ritz was actually...

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Same-Sex Marriage Has Been Good for Business

February 14, 2017 11:42 AM Abdul-Hakim Shabazz 0 Comments

I was in Target the other day picking up a Valentine’s Day card for my wife.   I grabbed a card and looked out the outside which read “I found the perfect woman.” I opened it expecting it to read "and you found the perfect man", but it didn't.  When I opened it up it said, “And so did you.” I was a little confused for a second until I...

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Drawing the Line

February 5, 2015 8:08 AM Sheila Kennedy 0 Comments

Whatever one's views of the anti-vaccination "movement," its growth, and the current epidemic of measles that has resulted, offers a vivid metaphor for the basic tension that underlies liberal democratic governance. Our system restrains and limits government, especially when laws threaten to infringe on religious or political beliefs. Government is absolutely prohibited from interfering with an individual's beliefs, and must demonstrate a compelling purpose before interfering with conduct based upon those beliefs. One of the enduring debates...

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Whose Definition is it Anyway?

February 18, 2015 6:15 PM Pete Seat 1 Comment

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder refused yesterday to define recent terrorist actions in Europe, the Middle East and elsewhere as “Radical Islam” or “Islamic extremism.” Instead, he said, “The terminology has – it seems to me – little or no impact on what ultimately we have to do.” Those comments, catnip to the thriving talk radio industry, sent WIBC’s Tony Katz on a tirade. “Words matter,” Katz bellowed into his Monument Circle microphone this morning. As...

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A saint-to-be and an unholy alliance

May 24, 2015 2:42 PM Dan Carpenter 0 Comments

The beatification of martyred Bishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador last Saturday, May 23, marked a stunning reassessment of the Catholic Church's historically crabbed position toward liberation theology, also known as listening to the poor and acting accordingly. This penultimate step in the canonization process also stands as an invitation to the United States to come clean about its complicity in the impoverishment and violence that Romero denounced from the pulpit at the cost of his...

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School Smarts and Street Smarts

April 5, 2014 3:05 PM Sheila Kennedy 1 Comment

My mother used to say that common sense is far too uncommon. In the wake of McCutcheon, a friend of mine noted that a viable and robust democracy requires attention to a number of elements: voting equality, free and fair elections, civic literacy, opportunities for dialogue and civic participation, and competitive parties--and none of these operates in isolation. It's a whole cloth. Pull a thread from the democratic fabric and it unravels. In McCutcheon, the Court's majority once again issued a decision that considered...

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Federal Pressure on Indiana K-12-- Mon Dieu

May 5, 2014 12:31 PM Cecil Bohanon 2 Comments

At a recent meeting of like-minded free market economists and scholars I learned that Canada’s K-12 education system generated better educational outcomes, as measured by standardized tests than the United States. This was no surprise. I also learned that the Canadians spent less per students than we do. This was a bit of a surprise, but not a shocker. The last fact I learned about Canada’s education system is that there is NO national department...

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The Road to Compromise

April 1, 2017 8:04 AM Abdul-Hakim Shabazz 0 Comments

There are now two distinct plans circulating through the Statehouse with regards to road funding.  Both House and Senate Republicans have put forth proposals on how to pay for Indiana’s infrastructure, long-term. The House plan includes a 10-cent increase in the gas tax, shifting the entire sales tax on gasoline to road funding, and increasing the cigarette tax by 60 cents to help indirectly fill the budget gap created by the sales...

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The President & The Disliked Media

July 2, 2017 11:10 PM Larry Lannan 0 Comments

I last made my living as a journalist in July of 1983.  There were many reasons I chose to leave that profession, but one had to do with the nature of the job.  Nearly everyone disliked you. Even the radio station where I worked looked at me and my colleagues as “overhead” and expendable.  Their view was - If it wasn’t for that darned Federal Communications Commission, maybe we wouldn’t have to hire journalists at all. ...

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Je suis Camus

January 10, 2015 7:13 AM Dan Carpenter 0 Comments

In response to the horrible crime in Paris and in solidarity with the Charlie Hebdo staffers who were gunned down for their words and pictures, cries of "The pen is mightier than the sword" are being sounded throughout the Western world. It is a fine old sentiment, but generally only half appreciated. Yes, writings and drawings, mass-produced, are powerful. But power itself is neutral. Markings on paper and the Internet can fell tyrants, and they can...

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The Hoosier Connection game isn't fun anymore

July 25, 2017 3:42 PM Mary Dieter 0 Comments

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 in...

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18 Things 18-year olds Can Do Except Drink

April 28, 2014 7:27 AM Abdul-Hakim Shabazz 2 Comments

When I saw the story about the two IU basketball players who got in trouble last week for having fake IDs and trying to get into a bar, I thought about a few things that 18-year olds get to legally do.  Here are a few of them... Vote Get married. Get divorced. Enlist in the military. Sign a contract. Sue someone. Be sued. Buy a home. Rent an apartment. Adopt a child. Serve jury duty. Be eligible for the death penalty. Buy a lottery ticket. Get a tattoo. Change...

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After Hogsett

July 18, 2014 10:26 AM Jim Shella 0 Comments

Lost in the speculation over a potential mayoral bid by Joe Hogsett is the question of what happens in the U.S. Attorney's office after he leaves. It's problematic. First of all, it's possible that the post will remain open for some time.  Secondly, anyone chosen by the Obama Administration will have to survive Senate confirmation and, with just a year and a half left in the President's term, it's a risky proposition for the nominee.  Who wants...

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