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States do not possess "rights," either in theory or in the Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Posted by Mark Small on July 30, 2014 at 6:10am 0 Comments

   Republican candidate for the United States Senate in Iowa, Joni Ernst—who has run a TV ad in which she fires a handgun in a practice range, a metaphor on how “tough” she would be if elected—has been the subject of a story on The Daily Beast.  There the candidate was shown speaing on September 13, 2013, at “a forum held by the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition” in which Ernst said, among other things, Congress should not pass laws “that the states would consider nullifying” and “we’ve…


Tully's Sunday column---cheerleader for bad development and those who love TIFs (and for saying this Whole Foods can try to sue me; make my day)

Posted by Mark Small on July 28, 2014 at 6:30am 1 Comment

   Matthew Tully’s column in the Sunday edition of the shell of the former Indianapolis Star depressed me.

   I was not depressed about his recitation of aspects of crime in Broad Ripple. I have been depressed about crime here for a while.  His reference to a person’s smartphone app showing red over the Broad Ripple area—“indicating [Broad Ripple’]s depressing crime statistics.  That, he said, is what potential home buyers will see”—did not surprise me.  Crime has been on the uprise…


Should be fun: talking Constitution with former House Speaker Paul Mannweiler, David Whitney of the Institute on the Constitution, and Indianapolis attorney Jeff Cox.

Posted by Mark Small on July 26, 2014 at 6:16am 0 Comments

   Today’s Show will stream from Perk Up, 6536 Cornell Avenue, in Broad Ripple. We shall discuss whether there should be a constitutional convention, and the impact were such a convention to be held. Fellow host Matt Stone and I welcome three guest panelists for this conversation.

   Paul Mannweiler is former speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives.  He received his bachelor’s degree from IU and his JD from Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis. He has written a couple of…


Saturday's Show: Prospects of a Constitutional Convention.

Posted by Mark Small on July 25, 2014 at 6:31am 0 Comments

  People want simple solutions to complex problems. Simple solutions reassure. If solutions are too complex, people lost interest.

   Ignorance tends to instill fear.  Fear can lead to violence.

   People speak of the “Founders” of this country, and oftentimes use “Founders” to refer to the delegates to the 1787 Constitutional Convention held in Philadelphia.  I disagree with application of “Founders” to the convention delegates.  A “founder” is one who “founds or establishes.”  The…


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