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More on Micah Beckwith as IN Lt Gov

Micah Beckwith [FN1] gave us a preview of what to expect if he gets his way and (1) is the GOP nominee for Lt Gov & (2) the GOP ticket wins. On 9/8/22 he was appointed to HEPL’s board of trustees. [FN2] He had a quick, nasty reply to some who questioned his vague goals. 1/8

“You want smut on the shelves!?” When he was part of a 4-3 majority on HEPL’s board, he was able to push a policy that pulled books from the “young adult” for review. Beckwith didn’t have specifics for whether…


Added by Mark Small on April 8, 2024 at 5:03pm — No Comments

Beckwith says what he will do if IN Lt Gov

This GOP has impaired our federal gov’t on orders from trump. Example: trump directed GOP members of Congress to stop bipartisan immigration reform. trump needs fear [FN1] to campaign on. Micah Beckwith [FN2] wants to be IN Lt Gov, but voters don’t like him. In 2020, he 1/7

lost a GOP primary for INCD5. [FN3] A 2022 end run on voters put him on the HEPL board. His bone-headed policy pulled books fr a “young adult” section, wasted $, got bad press & pissed off voters. Beckwith quit…


Added by Mark Small on April 7, 2024 at 9:02pm — No Comments

Indiana abortion law stayed based on RFRA!

Indiana’s Court of Appeals got it right on Friday {FN1] & affirmed preliminary injunctive relief to stay enforcement of I.C. §16-34-2-1, Indiana’s version of the maga-driven anti-abortion law. [FN1] The decision is based on I.C. §34-13-9-1, et seq, Religious Freedom Restoration Act. 1/3

The decision was unanimous. Plaintiffs argued that their religious beliefs are violated when they are denied access to abortion. The decision, and a very strong concurring opinion, run 76 pages. I…


Added by Mark Small on April 7, 2024 at 8:20am — No Comments

Those afraid to debate can't claim to "own the libs"

A far right person can’t claim s/he “own the libs” [FN1] when s/he runs away from a challenge to debate. Micah Beckwith [FN2] wants to be the GOP’s nominee for IN Lt Gov. That nomination is determined by the GOP State convention. Beckwith can dodge pesky questions. Such as... 1/7

If Beckwith believes “The Lord” spoke to him [FN3] about Jan 6, Beckwith’s lack of concern for people charged & convicted is cold. Making things up is colder to a lot more people. Mencken said no one ever…


Added by Mark Small on April 6, 2024 at 7:11pm — No Comments

Talks w/"God"? Beckwith should not hold public office

If “A” claims to talk to “God,” [FN1] A’s right is protected by the First Amendment, and validity of A’s belief is irrelevant. [FN2] The matter is different when the person seeks political office & claims to talk with “God” about political issues. Micah Beckwith is such a person. [FN3]

Micah Beckwith wants to be the GOP’s candidate for Lt Governor of Indiana. On 1/07/2021, he posted a selfie video to Facebook saying the “Lord” said to him: “Micah, I sent those riots to Washington.…


Added by Mark Small on April 5, 2024 at 1:42pm — No Comments

Micah Beckwith, Merde de Poulet, should not be IN LT GOV

On “Mouthwash” [FN1] 4/2/24, the central topic was debate in 2024's campaigns. To intro my 2-minute spot [FN2], John said I want to debate Micah Beckwith. [FN3] A real-time comment: “Micah would destroy Mark in a debate.” Beckwith, “Merde de Poulet,” will not debate me. 1/12

In poker, opponents’ words (e.g., cards to draw, bets) are important, but experienced players look for “tells.” [FN4] In 2020 I ran pro-choice & environment, anti-gun in INCD5's GOP primary. [FN5] On 2/1/20,…


Added by Mark Small on April 4, 2024 at 10:43am — No Comments

Nebraska and one (1) elector

This iteration of the GOP wants power & would place a dictator in The Oval Office. Every vote is important. A right-wing voice sounded an alarm: “Nebraskans should [] demand their state stop pointlessly giving strength to their political enemies.” [FN1] .Nebraska’s electors? 1/11

Are not assigned to candidate for POTUS [FN2] based on winner-take-all. [FN3] Of Nebraska’s 5 electors [FN4] 2 go to the winner of the popular vote State-wide. The other 3 go to the winner of each…


Added by Mark Small on April 3, 2024 at 6:53pm — No Comments

3-card monte, this iteration of the GOP and an Art V convention

A woman testified before a House committee how Florida law forced her to carry a “baby until 37 weeks with no amniotic fluid and a certainty that he would not survive.” [FN1] A GOP House member said Jan 6 insurrectionists behaved “in an orderly fashion.” [FN2] 1/7

In 3-card monte, the dealer uses sleight of hand and misdirection to win. [FN3] This iteration of the GOP has 2024's elections awash in absurdities. Pandering to a contracting base might be only a stall. Some profess love…


Added by Mark Small on April 2, 2024 at 8:25pm — No Comments

Threats of violence do not mean anyone "owns the libs"

Steve Bannon says opponents of trump will be imprisoned once trump returns to the Oval Office. [FN1] trump stokes anger at rallies w/threats of violence. Election workers are threatened as DOJ is “investigating dozens of threats” and has charged 20 individuals so far.” [FN2] 1/10

Those who claim to “own the libs” don’t understand a lot of things. One: threats can’t be walked back w/a lame “nuh-uh.” That didn’t work w/mama & it only makes you look like merde de poulet. Two:…


Added by Mark Small on March 30, 2024 at 7:38pm — No Comments

Far right asserts w/reckless abandon just "Fine."

In 2017, I blogged about the 2016 election. Several threads made little sense, ate up my time, and always were rude. They were trolls: person who posts deliberately offensive or provocative messages for the troll's amusement, or to [cause] harm to other people. [FN1] 1/11

In 2016 Russian trolls tilted to trump, according to a Columbia University study. [FN2] On Facebook yesterday, a post expressed relief that trump was not in office for the bridge collapse in Baltimore. “Ted Fine” had…


Added by Mark Small on March 29, 2024 at 9:35am — No Comments

trump wants to "make" us pray & that's as wrong as it is silly

As trump hawked bibles [FN1] he posted, “Let’s Make America Pray Again.” Some, who claim to be devout Christians, claim to be persecuted by separation of church and State, i.e., if their god can’t run the lives of everyone, they are the ones who are (somehow) “victims.” 1/8

trump’s post is another reason to fear his return to power & anyone taking power who advances this belief. 1) We should take seriously that he & others will “make” us pray. In this context, the verb “make”…


Added by Mark Small on March 28, 2024 at 3:28pm — No Comments

GOP has lost any claim to being "Party of Lincoln," esp w/a treasonous speaker at a Johnson Co dinner

Shame & revulsion are positive if they spark change and the change is positive. This time of year, the two major political parties celebrate presidents each claims as its own. In 2016, the Indiana Democratic Party dropped the moniker “Jefferson-Jackson dinner.” [FN1] 1/9

Jefferson, 3rd POTUS, wrote a 1st draft of The Declaration of Independence, [FN2] but claimed to own human beings, whose numbers moved “above and below 200.” [FN3] Andrew Jackson had > 200 slaves & oversaw…


Added by Mark Small on March 26, 2024 at 9:00am — No Comments

We face internal threats to our country

Amongst replies on FB to a Far Side cartoon of “Aerobics in hell,” one [FN1] was serious: “They got two things wrong in this cartoon 1. the devil does not look like that. 2. in Hell you are utterly alone!!!!” In exchanges of posts, I tried for humor.[FN2] He didn’t. [FN3] [FN4] 1/13

November might see our last election if trump retakes The Oval Office. Threats of violence, explicit [FN5] and implicit [FN6], from the far right are a constant. Whether “born again,” “fundamentalist” or…


Added by Mark Small on March 24, 2024 at 11:55am — No Comments

Beckwith as Lt Gov lacks authority to carry out his scary policies

Maybe it’d be fun to call Micah Beckwith [FN1] a gussied-up name, [FN2] but he doesn’t seem to read. As an HEPL board member, he did not seem to have read books in that library. Now he appears not to have read a description of an office, Lt Gov, he seeks via end run. 1/10

Beckwith’s “action plan for serving” as Lt Gov is redolent of a 1924 minority that ruled Indiana from offices on the Circle. The head of IN’s KKK, D.C. Stephenson, ran the State, but could not, as a candidate, win an…


Added by Mark Small on March 22, 2024 at 10:05am — No Comments

GOP Gov candidate Dodin as WSS mascot for this iteration of the GOP

The last war [FN1] this country fought ended 9/2/45 with Japan’s surrender [FN2], longer than any time in our history without war. Elected political officials have found circumvention of formal declarations of war as convenient as the use of war as metaphor for anything else.1/9

Eric Doden is a candidate for IN Governor in this iteration of the GOP. He lays claim to being an “outsider.” [FN3] That’s not true. His GOP primary loss in a 2011 run for Mayor of Ft Wayne [FN4] is not the…


Added by Mark Small on March 21, 2024 at 3:54pm — No Comments

Gun control could have stopped Broad Ripple shootings

After the shootings in Broad Ripple around 1:20 a.m. on 3/16, in which one person was killed and several wounded, I blogged about the absurdity of circumstances that give rise to death tolls from our gun culture. Police weren’t called to the scene, but were working near the bar. 1/8

The officers ” heard multiple shots go off inside” the bar, [FN1] a bar catering to a younger set. [FN2] Officers were steps taken in June 2023 to address gun violence. [FN3] “The wild west” is movie…


Added by Mark Small on March 19, 2024 at 8:41pm — No Comments

With Manafort on the team, Russia has an "in" once more

Russia still has a hand in our elections. Paul Manafort chaired the GOP presidential campaign in 2016. He later admitted he lied to investigators & under oath “about his contact with a Russian associate during the 2016 campaign.” [FN1] Manafort was pardoned by trump. 1/5

Some of the information was “internal polling data” and was shared with Konstantin Kilimnik, a “Russian and Ukrainian political consultant” and that “Russia could have exploited such inside information to target…


Added by Mark Small on March 18, 2024 at 7:05pm — No Comments

trump's "bloodbath reference was not out of context

After my post this morning about trump’s threat, during a speech in Dayton OH 3/16/24, that if he loses on November 5, there “will be a bloodbath,” one comment was “bloodbath” was taken out of context from a speech about the auto industry. YouTube has several replays.

trump talks for a bit more than a minute. He describes jobs going to Mexico that should be here. He then says that, if he is re-elected [FN1] he will put a 100% tariff on cars from China. Then he says that if he does not…


Added by Mark Small on March 17, 2024 at 8:03pm — No Comments

trump threatens "bloodbath" if he loses - vote AGAINST him & his supporters

In a speech in Dayton OH Saturday afternoon, trump said that if he loses on November 5, there “will be a bloodbath.” The word “bloodbath” is defined as “a ruthless slaughter of a great number of people; massacre.” [FN1] In Indiana, voter intimidation is illegal, specifically: 1/8

Indiana law forbids intimidating, threatening or coercing an individual to vote or attempt to vote.” [FN2] This goes to the heart of the right to vote. Neither trump nor any member of his crime family should…


Added by Mark Small on March 17, 2024 at 7:01am — No Comments

If one gun violence corpse has a value of 1.0, how many deaths did s/he/them save?

Gun violence on 3/16 claimed at least 1 more person in Broad Ripple. Police “working near” a bar on Broad Ripple Ave “around 1:20 a.m.” heard multiple shots go off inside” the bar, [FN1] which caters to a younger crowd. [FN2] IMPD took measures last summer 1/9

to address violence after four people were shot, three of whom died, last summer. [FN3] In the latest shooting, police were not called to the scene. They “heard multiple shots go off inside” the bar. Close proximity of police…


Added by Mark Small on March 16, 2024 at 2:39pm — No Comments

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