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June 2013 Blog Posts (19)

Music was good and I have no idea who performed it...

   That is not a partial recollection of my attendance of a concert in the 1970s.

   Yesterday we had an excellent Show. Guest panelists were Miah Akston, Andrew Kirch, and Jeff Cox at Claude & Annie's, 9351 East 141st Street, Fishers. If you did not catch The Show when it streamed "live," it will be re-aired this week on Indiana Talks dot com.

   We got home and I went out onto the deck to read, go on-line to check some things for The Show, and to smoke a cigar. The…


Added by Mark Small on June 30, 2013 at 5:46am — No Comments

Today's guest panelists Miah Akston, Andrew D. Kirch and Jeff Cox---live from Claude & Annie's, 9251 East 141st Street, Fishers.

   The United States Supreme Court certainly was busy this week. Guest panelists Miah Akston, Andrew D. Kirch, and Jeff Cox will discuss with me (Paul continues on his vacation) the DOMA, Prop 8, and Civil Rights Act cases handed down by the Roberts Court.

   Each of the cases has interesting nuances. The Prop 8 case had a bizarre combination of justices join in a single dissenting opinion. Usually when justices of such diverse views as Justices Kennedy, Thomas, Alito and Sotomayor…


Added by Mark Small on June 29, 2013 at 6:00am — No Comments

Saturday's Show: let's talk Constitution! from Claude & Annie's in Fishers.

   The action at the United States Supreme Court this week was fast and furious as decisions in several cases were issued. This reminds me of 1973 to 1974 when we would return from classes at DePauw and learn about some new ruling in regard to the Nixon White House.

   The Show will stream live at 11am until 1pm from Claude & Annie's, 9251 East 141st Street, Fishers, on the southwest corner of 141st Street and SR 37.  You must be 21 years of age or older to enter the…


Added by Mark Small on June 28, 2013 at 6:06am — No Comments

Dear Mayor Ballard: Do you want to be on our Show?

Dear Mayor Ballard:

   How are you? I know you have been busy, what with the new cricket field proposal (and, to be fair, games to be included on the schedule there would include hurling and Australian rules football; I always wanted to be one of the guys in the white hats and raincoats in the end zone who wave the little flags in Australian rules football---I watched it back when ESPN first started and had nothing with which to program between real games). Your travel schedule must…


Added by Mark Small on June 26, 2013 at 6:15am — 1 Comment

AutoReturn's contract w/Indianapolis: will AutoReturn act as it does in San Francisco?

   Contracts for City towing services used to be bid out competitively, with the City divided into districts and the bids let out accordingly. From a lifelong experience around the process of competitive bids (father and brother were contractors), I have known it to consist of several steps. 1) Specifications, blueprint, etc., for the project or service are issued; 2) A date and time by which bids must be submitted are set; 3) Bidders usually are required to have insurance and performance…


Added by Mark Small on June 23, 2013 at 6:53am — No Comments

Today: Road Dog Saloon, 4861 Southeastern Avenue, to discuss effects of the smoking ban and other topics.

   Sheila Kennedy, a friend of The Show and one of the best bloggers in Indianapolis, had an interesting blog yesterday about Margaret Doughty, a woman who has lived in the United States for 30 years and recently applied for citizenship. When asked what apparently is a "standard" question on her application for citizenship, about whether she would take up arms to defend the country, Doughty answered:

  "I am sure the law would never require a 64-year-old woman like myself to bear…


Added by Mark Small on June 22, 2013 at 6:17am — No Comments

F-35: info hacked but already shared and we get stuck for a huge bill for an unnecessary thing.

   Once information is in the system, it is gone.

   The shocking news yesterday was that someone or some country had hacked into the computer syste4ms and taken designs of the latest spiffy fighter developed by the United States, the F-35. (ABC News.) Why anyone in the military would place design plans for anything of a classified nature on computers accessible by the internet gives one an indication of military intelligence. I knew a computer sciences guy at Purdue who, in 1985,…


Added by Mark Small on June 21, 2013 at 5:47am — No Comments

Andy Mohr Toyota sale---if it seems too good to be true...

   "100% Reimbursement for your trade ... Any customer trading in a 2002-2012 model will receive 100% of the factory full base model MSRP when new." [FN1]

   The 8 1/2" x 14" envelope had required no signature. The postal carrier had folded it and pushed it through the slot of the front door. I saw it on the rug when I got home. The word "URGENT"---yes, in caps---appeared three times on the front of the envelope, although the letters were slightly smaller on one "urgent." There was no…


Added by Mark Small on June 19, 2013 at 5:47am — No Comments

John Sandford's "Silken Prey"---a good read from a really good series.

   John Sandford is the pen name of a St. Paul-Minneapolis journalist who writes novels. Most of the novels he has written have been in the "Prey" series. Perhaps John D. MacDonald started this method of titles/series with his Travis McGee novels. Each book included, in its title, a color. The series was about a self-described "marine salvage" expert who, in return for half the money a person lost to a con artist or thief, retrieve the monies lost. MacDonald started the McGee series in the…


Added by Mark Small on June 18, 2013 at 5:52am — No Comments

A visit to the Road Dog Saloon, a discussion of effects of the Smoking Ban, and Happy Nomad Girl appears.

   On Saturday, June 22, from 11 am to 1 pm we shall stream live from the Road Dog Saloon, 4861 Southeastern Avenue. Road Dog is one of the Indianapolis bars that has been hit hard by the ill-conceived smoking ban enacted last year that took effect June 1, 2013.

   Also, Happy Nomad Girl will be in town. Usually she has phoned into The Show from wherever she happens to be. This weekend we shall have a chance to meet her, talk with her in person, and get a look at the van in which she…


Added by Mark Small on June 17, 2013 at 5:30am — No Comments

Listen to "Indiana Talks," including The Show, via this website---please.

   Every Thursday, we do a 20-minute or so bit with Gary Snyder on his "The Gary Snyder Show."

   Gary Snyder started the "Indiana Talks" internet network of Indiana-based talk "radio"---although few are terrestrial radio---shows at the start of the year. The network is carried on Live365 under "talk," and also at several places on the internet. Since sources for local news coverage have expired with great frequency in recent years, thanks in large part to the internet, it only seems…


Added by Mark Small on June 15, 2013 at 6:09am — No Comments

Saturday's Show: Clarke Kahlo and Dan Sockrider, development(s) in Broad Ripple, all at Good Earth.

   Join us from 11 am to 1 pm on Saturday, June 15, as guest panelists Clarke Kahlo and Dan Sockrider discuss plans for development in Broad Ripple---and other matters of local, state, national, and international importance.

Added by Mark Small on June 14, 2013 at 5:59am — No Comments

Development(s) in Broad Ripple, including whether we should have a system of residential parking permits.

   When I lived in Chicago, just off Fullerton and Clark on Arlington Place, no one I knew who lived in the neighborhood owned a car. If one owned a car, there was the problem of where to park. To park on the street was a crap shoot as (1) spaces were rare and (2) if one left anything of value in plain view---a paperback book on a front seat, for example, there was the risk a wino would smash in a window to sell the paperback for a quarter. (Such is the price one pays for existence within a…


Added by Mark Small on June 13, 2013 at 6:39am — No Comments

Smoking bans and Depauw alumni reunions.

   Last weekend was DePauw University's alumni weekend. Because I was on a special five-year program for my degree at DePauw, I have two "reunion" years---anniversaries of graduations divisible by the number five.

   Putnam County, in which Greencastle and DePauw are located banned smoking in 2007 in public places. I spoke with a lot of people about the Indianapolis ban and the litigation over it. I was (pleasantly) surprised by the reaction of the alums with whom I spoke. Generally,…


Added by Mark Small on June 11, 2013 at 6:32am — No Comments

Whole Foods and other "box" stores live off our welfare system.

   On June 13 an important decision will be made in regard to the edifice proposed to be erected on North College in Broad Ripple where now reposes the old Minton Shell station.

   First, I would like to address media coverage of the May 23 meeting the Broad Ripple Village Association held to let the public know about the plans afoot for development. I previously commented about coverage that seemed to avoid the absolutely worst comment of the evening. A lawyer for Feagre Bakers and…


Added by Mark Small on June 10, 2013 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Gay Pride Parade: tomorrow's Show.

   On Saturday, June 8, we will stream live from downtown. Since we go on at 11 a.m., the Gay Pride Parade will be over by the time the podcast starts. However, "Civil Discourse Now" will be downtown where people will mill about after the parade.

Added by Mark Small on June 7, 2013 at 5:31am — No Comments

Will New Jersey Governor Chris Christie blow an opportunity w/a temporary Senate pick?

   Perhaps Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey will blow an opportunity to (1) gain political good will by (2) doing the "good thing" when he names a temporary replacement for the late United States Senator Frank Lautenberg. Lautenberg not only was a "liberal," but was "very liberal." He still was to the right of me on most positions, but he was elected by the people of New Jersey. In other words, the majority of registered voters who voted in the election in which Lautenberg won voted for…


Added by Mark Small on June 6, 2013 at 5:58am — No Comments

Help decide whether Broad Ripple should adopt residential permit parking.

   A few weeks ago I responded to an ad in the Broad Ripple Gazette in which volunteers were sought to help determine the direction that should be taken in regard to a system of residential parking permits in Broad Ripple. That such a program was under consideration was news to me. I e-mailed the Broad Ripple Village Association and signed up. I was sent an invitation to the committee meeting and a confirmation e-mail.

   Last Thursday, May 30, about a half dozen folks showed up for…


Added by Mark Small on June 3, 2013 at 6:12am — 2 Comments

Today's Show: at Perk Up, 6536 Cornell Avenue we will discuss Belle Gunness with lawyer and forensic anthropologist/historian Andi Simmons.

   As I have posted this week a couple of times, The Show today will focus on Belle Gunness. Belle was one of those Hoosier "success" stories that did not quite make it to the commercials they ran during timeouts of IU and Purdue basketball games in the 1980s. Belle croaked quite a few people, and was unique amongst serial killers who have been caught or otherwise identified. She did not have a "type" or category of people whom she targeted. Ted Bundy killed women with medium-length brown…


Added by Mark Small on June 1, 2013 at 6:07am — No Comments

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