Civil Discourse Now

Where the far left and far right overlap for fun and enlightenment

May 2014 Blog Posts (22)

Democratic convention, Mayor Ballard and cricket, and more!

   Today “Civil Discourse Now” launches its own channel on “Live 365.” The past two weeks we have experienced technical difficulties we previously had not encountered. We are unable to get on the air for nearly an hour. We no longer will have such problems.

   But, I digress.

   In February, after one of its fracking sites blew up large sections of a Pennsylvania township, corporate honchos at Chevron gave residents of the area damaged “free” pizzas.

   In ancient Rome, the poet…

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Added by Mark Small on May 31, 2014 at 6:07am — No Comments

State Democratic Convention, and new developments for "Civil Discourse Now"!

   Tomorrow, Saturday, May 31, “Civil Discourse Now” will stream live from the Indianapolis Convention Center, 100 South Capitol where we shall provide coverage of the Indiana State Democratic Party convention.

   Join us from 11 am to 1 pm as we interview candidates for State-wide office as well as delegates from all over Indiana. Matt Stone will join me. Kimann Schultz will provide her “Fashion News & Muse” segment. Plus, we shall feature a new episode of “Tail of the City,” with…

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Added by Mark Small on May 30, 2014 at 5:56am — No Comments

State Democratic Convention Saturday, 11 am to 1 pm, but also: we do not need a constitutional convention.

   Saturday we will stream live from the Indiana State Democratic Convention, from 11 am to 1 pm. We will have candidates for state-wide office, as well as delegates from all over Indiana, as guests.

   Another type of convention has been in the news the past few days. There has been a push to have a convention to address changes in the United States Constitution. A constitutional convention is a very bad idea.

   First, if large corporations dump money into specific Congressional…

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Added by Mark Small on May 29, 2014 at 5:37am — No Comments

May 31: Indiana State Democratic Party convention streamed on "Civil Discourse Now"!

   Next Saturday, May 31, “Civil Discourse Now” will stream live from the Indianapolis Convention Center, 100 South Capitol where we shall provide coverage of the Indiana State Democratic Party convention.

   Join us from 11 am to 1 pm as we interview candidates for State-wide office as well as delegates from all over Indiana. Matt Stone will join me. Kimann Schultz will provide her “Fashion News & Muse” segment. Plus, we shall feature a new episode of “Tail of the City,” with the…

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Added by Mark Small on May 26, 2014 at 5:47am — No Comments

Today's Show: guest panelists Rick Ward and George Wilson discuss the Indianapolis 500 from Good Earth!

   Today we will talk about the 500 with Rick Ward---whose racing team I once helped sponsor---and George Wilson, sports savant extraordinaire. We shall stream "live" from Good Earth in Broad Ripple. Matt Stone will provide his outlook on the Race and on current events. Kimann Schultz will give us her "Fashion News and Muse."

  

Added by Mark Small on May 24, 2014 at 5:59am — No Comments

Tomorrow's Show: the Indianapolis 500 (r).

   Near Kokomo, outside the hamlet of West Middleton on Sunnybrook Farm, where I was raised, an annual event was the radio broadcast of the Indianapolis 500. Sid Collins, who started his radio career at Kokomo's WIOU, was the "Voice of the 500." After Tony Hulman announced, "Gentlemen, start your engines!" the excitement was "on." 

   During the parade lap, announcers from various posts around the track would describe each car in two or three rows. "We go to Howdie Bell in Turn Two!"…

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Added by Mark Small on May 23, 2014 at 5:59am — No Comments

Mr. Tibbs and capital punishment: the Establishment Clause (and common sense) preclude divine imposition of the death penalty.

   This morning brought another interesting take on capital punishment from the blog “ConservaTibbs” by Scott Tibbs. Last week, I responded to his contention governments here should abolish lethal injection and should take back up firing squads, hanging, or electrocution as means by which people “who deserve to die” are executed.

   Today, Mr. Tibbs, on his “Conservatibbs” blog, first set forth the philosophical foundation of his support for capital punishment—that it “is the clear…

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Added by Mark Small on May 20, 2014 at 6:16am — No Comments

Interview with the late Mayor Richard J. Daley of Chicago on the topic of corruption in the Circle City.

   Corruption is rife in Indianapolis. The “pay-to-play” system is in place., Donors of large amounts of campaign dollars receive largesse in the form of lucrative contracts.  Those few who are lucky enough to own professional sports franchises sniff out and chomp onto extra dollars Indianapolis might have at any given time.

   Last night I decided to speak with an authority on corruption—Mayor Richard J. Daley, former Mayor of Chicago. If you think he still is alive, you are thinking of…

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Added by Mark Small on May 18, 2014 at 6:42am — No Comments

Today's Show: at JT's Grill, 2210 East 54th Street and---I wish Scott Tibbs would stop by or at least respond.

   The death penalty is an archaic means by which fewer societies attempt to address crime.

   There are several reasons advanced “for” the death penalty. I addressed several this week in two of my posts on this blog. Scott Tibbs, who blogs at ConservaTibbs, had posted his view that we, as a society through our government, should ban lethal injection as a method of execution. He advocates firing squad, hanging and electrocution. I stated my view that we should abolish all means of…

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Added by Mark Small on May 17, 2014 at 6:28am — No Comments

Ronald Reagan: daily reminders of the legacy of possibly the worst President of the Twentieth Century.

   “The disparity in wealth began around 1980" ... “We began to experience these problems in the early 1980s"... “Regulations were eased in the 1980s”...

   I noticed a constant in recent stories about our economic, domestic and foreign woes. The year 1980 is used vaguely as a bench mark. There is an actual, specific date when those woes began. The date was January 20, 1981, when the worst president of the Twentieth Century—Ronald Reagan—was sworn into office.

   Barely two months in…

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Added by Mark Small on May 16, 2014 at 5:44am — No Comments

ConservaTibbs got me to think more about "Capital Punishment"---a new audience participation Show!

   Yesterday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Judicial Circuit halted the planned execution of Robert James Campbell.  Prosecutors had failed to provide Campbell’s attorneys with the results of two intelligence (IQ) tests that indicated Campbell’s IQ was under 70. The United States Supreme Court has held a person who is mentally retarded cannot be executed. Atkins v. Virginia, 536 U.S. 304 (2002). Also, the Court long ago held that the State is under an obligation to…

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Added by Mark Small on May 14, 2014 at 6:18am — No Comments

I agree with ConservaTibbs: we should abolish lethal injections as means of execution---but we should abolish ALL executions.

   In his “ConservaTibbs” blog yesterday, Scott Tibbs wrote that governments here should abolish lethal injection as a means of capital punishment. We, as a people, should employ firing squads, hanging, or electrocution as means by which people “who deserve to die” are killed.

   Mr. Tibbs perhaps has missed the past couple of hundred years of legal evolution.

   At the time the Framers met in Philadelphia for the Constitutional Convention, there were about 60 crimes, in the…

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Added by Mark Small on May 13, 2014 at 6:38am — No Comments

Privatization of Education in Indiana: guest Doug Martin, author of "Hoosier School Heist" and Justin Oakley of "Just Let Me Teach"

   "Hoosier School Heist," is a scathing analysis of the privatization of education in the United States, with a special focus on Indiana, written by Doug Martin. Mr.  Martin will be a guest on Civil Discourse Now today, streamed live from The Foundry at 236 East 16th Street, from 11 am to 1 pm.

   "Hoosier School Heist" portrays corporate greed and political corruption in a bipartisan light: the two "major" political parties have participated equally in the effort to dismantle this…

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Added by Mark Small on May 10, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

Tomorrow's Show: education from The Foundry with guests Doug Martin and Justin Oakley.

   Civil Discourse Now will stream live from The Foundry at 236 East 16th Street, Saturday, May 10, from 11 am to 1 pm. 

   On this week’s Show we shall discuss education with Doug Martin, author of “Hoosier School Heist.” Justin Oakley, host of “Just Let Me Teach” and former candidate for Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction also will join us. We may have one more guest panelist, but again, at this writing, I do not have confirmation.   

   The system of public education…

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Added by Mark Small on May 9, 2014 at 6:05am — No Comments

Rep. Susan Brooks will have to get past Shawn Denney in 2014 to face---Evan Bayh for Senate in 2016?

   The dust has settled from the May 6 primaries. Yard signs now can be taken down and recycled. We all can take a big, deep breath and look ahead.

   There are two races for United States House of Representatives in Indiana that might prove interesting. In the Second District, incumbent and Republican Jackie Walorski might have her hands full.  The Second was reconfigured (i.e., gerrymandered) to be more secure to Republicans. However, Walorski is seen by some as weak. She is extremely…

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Added by Mark Small on May 8, 2014 at 6:34am — No Comments

Way to go, Shawn Denney!

   Congratulations are extended to Shawn Denney for his victory in the Democratic primary election for the 5th Congressional District. He will run against incumbent Representative Susan Brooks in the general election in November. I also would like to say “good job” to Allen Ray Davidson who gave it his all, but came up short in the Democratic primary for the same position. Finally, I would say a similar “good job” to David Stockdale, who lost in the GOP primary for the 5th.

Added by Mark Small on May 7, 2014 at 5:57am — No Comments

Today's primaries: polling sites should be made easy to find and---don't vote for David Ford in the 5th Congressional District.

   If you want to know where to vote, one place at which you can find that information is the Voter Information Portal - Indianapolis on the internet. Another is the website of the Office of the Marion County Clerk.

   Last week I received a post card from the Office of the Marion County Clerk. The card was quite helpful, as it was notice of where our precinct polling site is located.  If I had not shuffled through the junk mail, found, and read the card, I would have driven to…

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Added by Mark Small on May 6, 2014 at 5:52am — No Comments

Tomorrow's primary: if you are a fan of the "tea party" and live in the 5th Congressional District, vote for David Stockdale

   Tomorrow, May 6, are the Democratic and Republican primary elections. A lot of candidates are unopposed. One race, about which I have blogged extensively over the past week-and-a-half is for the Democratic Party nomination for 5th Congressional District. Three candidates will be on the ballot. Shawn Denney and Allen Ray Davidson are well-qualified. I would be honored if either of them was elected as my Congressperson. I will vote in the Democratic Party primary, as I have since I first…

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Added by Mark Small on May 5, 2014 at 6:24am — No Comments

Gary Welsh and Paul Ogden: why I've blogged about David Ford's "stealth" candidacy in the 5th Congressional District.

   Gary Welsh's "Advance Indiana" and Paul Ogden's "Ogden on Politics" are blogs I read. I disagree with them on a wide variety of issues, but respect them for the views they hold.

   Yesterday Gary posted a question about my recent blogs in regard to David Ford, who appears to be a "tea party" candidate, but running in the Fifth Congressional District Democratic Party primary. On FaceBook yesterday, Gary asked why I obsessed over this guy, noting that even if David Ford wins the…

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Added by Mark Small on May 4, 2014 at 8:04am — No Comments

Today---the Indianapolis 500 Festival Mini-Marathon! Good luck to everyone and: let's be careful out there.

   Today I will participate in my 16th consecutive "Mini." Two years ago I slowed down just past mile 10 and took the bus to the finish live. Otherwise, I have made it all 13.1 miles on foot each year.

   I was gratified this week when David Barris, on Channel 8, did a piece about my participation in the Mini and my diagnosis with MS in 1994. When I was diagnosed, the MS had rendered my legs immobile. I began to walk as therapy, and later used the challenge of the Mini to walk the…

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Added by Mark Small on May 3, 2014 at 5:37am — No Comments

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