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August 2013 Blog Posts (24)

What are the arguments against marriage equality?

   Our Show today will focus on the efforts by some in the Indiana General Assembly to amend the Indiana Constitution to define marriage as between "one man" and "one woman." This week I have advanced arguments against the amendment, also opposed, amongst others, by major corporations (e.g., Eli Lilly, Cummins) that do business here. Earlier in the week, I invited several proponents of the measure to be guests today. Unfortunately, those folks ether are out of town on vacation, out of town…

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Added by Mark Small on August 31, 2013 at 6:31am — No Comments

After IRS announcement, marriage equality makes even more economic sense: Saturday's Show about LGBT rights and Indiana's proposed constitutional amendment.

   The IRS has announced that same-sex married couples will be treated as married for income tax purposes even if the State in which a couple resides does not recognize marriage equality. As our friend Gary Welsh points out at "Advance Indiana," this presents a problem for Governor Pence and the General Assembly. Indiana generally follows Federal income tax procedures. If the "marriage is only between one man and one woman" is adopted by the Indiana General Assembly, filing of income tax…

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Added by Mark Small on August 30, 2013 at 7:40am — No Comments

Marriage equality makes economic sense: Saturday's Show about LGBT rights and Indiana's proposed constitutional amendment.

   When local mega-businesses like Eli Lilly and Cummins support a progressive position on an issue, one tends to take notice. This is not an ALEC pose on a matter of social issues. 

   The word "progress" and derivations of that word have been given pejorative connotations in recent years. As a noun, "progress" means "a proceeding to a further or higher stage, or through such stages progressively."  American College Dictionary, 1962 ed., p. 967.

   Why would large corporations…

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Added by Mark Small on August 29, 2013 at 6:34am — No Comments

Saturday's Show: Amending the Indiana Constitution to define "marriage" as between "one man" and "one woman."

   The existence of an Indiana State constitution was mentioned vaguely in my high school Indiana History class. The United States Supreme Court was in the headlines a lot back then, in the 1960s. Of course, the Court is in the headlines (or blogosphere or other appropriate parallel to "headlines") today. In the 1960s, and early 1970s, the headlines usually seemed to indicate a Court that advanced rights. I knew when "Dragnet" aired any given week, Jack Webb would highlight a new criminal…

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Added by Mark Small on August 27, 2013 at 6:02am — No Comments

Indiana's proposed constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage: next week's topic.

   A panel show that aired Friday night took an interesting twist near the end of the broadcast. The host mentioned, in passing, that all three members of the panel were gay. In years past---maybe only as recently as five---an entire panel of lesbian and gay guests would at least have received some promo. There might have been commentary in a few newspapers or on some blogs. This occurred with little fanfare.

   This is an example of how members of the LGBT community have been…

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Added by Mark Small on August 26, 2013 at 6:30am — No Comments

Too many people and too much money in too few hands.

   January 20, 1981, was a pretty lousy day in American history. Since that Inauguration Day, the American economy has seen a redistribution of wealth---the middle class nearly has been eliminated and wages held in check to enable the one or two percent richest to grab more and more. There only are so many marbles on the table. The amount of wealth under United States control was phenomenal at the time. We controlled a lot of the marbles in the world. With only five percent (5%) of the…

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Added by Mark Small on August 25, 2013 at 6:14am — 2 Comments

Main dynamic of Obamacare: Why the Constitution was written---not outside the powers of the Fed.

   "By late 1785, Madison recognized that individual states would never regulate commerce fairly.  States with active ports could not resist taxing goods from nearby states, while their neighbors retaliated in any way they could.  When three New England states tried to win concessions from the British by restricting their trade, Connecticut undermined them by aggressively promoting its own trade with Britain." Stewart, "The Summer of 1787," 2007, p. 8.

   The Articles of Confederation…

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Added by Mark Small on August 24, 2013 at 6:09am — No Comments

Fear of Obamacare: it might just work.

   In the lead-up the passage of Medicare in 1965, some warned of the imminent Apocalypse. Ronnie Raygun always viewed "socialized medicine" as the harbinger of Marxist-Leninism. Those warnings were strident and loud. The bill passed. Earlier these year, when the far right rumbled about replacing Medicare with a voucher program in which a person would have a credit voucher for several thousand dollars to take anywhere she or he pleased---Gee, I wonder how many clinics would fashion their…

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Added by Mark Small on August 23, 2013 at 5:58am — No Comments

GOP's greatest fear about Obamacare: it will work. Saturday's Show we debate the Affordable Care Act.

   Yesterday I addressed two areas of argument Ryan Ripley---libertarian, Libertarian, host of "The Shill Report" on Indiana Talks and my opponent in a debate on the constitutionality of Obama care we shall wage on Saturday's Show from 11 am to 1 pm---has offered opinion.

   One quick comment about yesterday's blog. Colleague and friend Paul Ogden pointed out the Supreme Court's decision on ACA held the Commerce Clause does not provide the basis for the Federal Government's ability to…

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Added by Mark Small on August 22, 2013 at 6:32am — No Comments

Objections to "Obamacare": Saturday's Show.

   On Saturday, August 24, from 11 am to 1 pm, Ryan Ripley, a libertarian (or is that Libertarian?) who hosts "The Shill Report" on Indiana Talks, will debate me on whether the Affordable Care Act is constitutional. Ryan debated in high school. We agreed upon a format in which each of us will give an opening argument, then proceed to polite interaction on several areas of focus. Ryan e-mailed to me areas he wants to address. (We agreed to make the discussion one of principles with focus on…

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Added by Mark Small on August 21, 2013 at 6:13am — 1 Comment

Mitch Daniels, the 38 percent of all people are a**holes theory and its corolary.

   A theory I have developed is that 38% of all people are assholes. A corollary to this theory is that all people have the tendency to be assholes. (Since Justice Alito announced two years ago that broadcast TV is dead and implied the rule against the "seven words" no longer holds, I shall continue on this topic.) By "asshole," I mean someone who is self-centered to the point that she or he would ruin someone else simply out of spite, at the very least verbally abusive to most people whom…

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Added by Mark Small on August 20, 2013 at 6:30am — No Comments

Bread and circuses in the Circle City: where did "hope" go amidst so much corruption?

   We have pumped hundreds of millions of dollars into "sports" in Indianapolis over the past 30 years. The largesse has seemed most prolific in the past five years. One can point to the now-famed Pan Am Games in 1987 as some sort of hallmark. The flow of greenbacks began before that.

   Years before the disembodied voice spoke to Kevin Costner's "Ray" in 1989's "Field of Dreams---"Build it and he will come!"---the City of Indianapolis erected an edifice to professional football,…

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Added by Mark Small on August 19, 2013 at 6:38am — No Comments

Next week's Show: Whether the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare'") is constitutional? The card: Mark Small vs. Ryan Ripley.

   Next week's Show features a debate between Ryan Ripley, co-host of The Shill Report on Indiana Talks, and me. We shall debate whether the Affordable Care Act---a/k/a Obamacare---is constitutional. 

   October 1, 2013, is a date on which I shall rejoice. As many of you know from my past blogs, I have Multiple Sclerosis. That means I cannot obtain regular health insurance. I have to go through Indiana's high-risk pool. That ran me one grand per month---even though I have not had an…

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Added by Mark Small on August 18, 2013 at 5:55am — No Comments

   To those unaffected by disparage treatment, such treatment does not exist. Many advances in people's rights were made in the 1960s and 1970s, that people have presumed the inequities in the areas …

   To those unaffected by disparage treatment, such treatment does not exist. Many advances in people's rights were made in the 1960s and 1970s, that people have presumed the inequities in the areas in which those advances were made no longer exist.

  The Equal Pay Act of 1963 was signed into law by President John F. Kennedy to end the "unconscionable practice of paying female employees less wages than male employees for the same job."  Inequality still exists in levels of pay between…

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Added by Mark Small on August 17, 2013 at 6:16am — No Comments

Women and equality in the workplace and the economy: August 17 Show from jean marie's shop, 1134 E. 54th.

   With the show "Chicks on the Right" in the spotlight recently, we thought it would be a good idea to discuss women's equality---in the workplace and in the economy---and obtain perhaps a more accurate view than that advanced by the program just mentioned.

   I stopped using the word "chick," or variations of it, to describe female human beings when I was in college and was castigated by a female classmate who said I had used a sexist term. In a couple of the on-line dictionaries,…

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Added by Mark Small on August 15, 2013 at 6:11am — No Comments

Women and equality in the workplace and the economy: August 17 Show from jean marie's shop, 1134 E. 54th.

   Fifty years ago, the Equal Pay Act of 1963 was signed into law by that most ardent lover of women---sarcasm---President John F. Kennedy. As he said, the Act was meant to be the end of the "unconscionable practice of paying female employees less wages than male employees for the same job."  That was the age in which "Mad Men" is placed; an age in which white males were expected to have leadership roles. For everyone else, the notion that "any person born in the United States one day could …

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Added by Mark Small on August 14, 2013 at 6:47am — No Comments

Cyber bullying and free speech

   The United States Constitution protects the freedom of speech. Article 1 of the Indiana Constitution contains similar provisions. "Political speech" is speech that is amongst the most protected. That is speech meant solely for expression of political belief. When a law is challenged on the grounds that it infringes the First Amendment's protections of free speech, and the defendant(s) claim the speech is political, the court must subject the ordinance or law to the strict scrutiny test.…

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Added by Mark Small on August 10, 2013 at 6:21am — No Comments

Cyber bullying and Cyber stalking: Saturday's Show and real problems faced in today's World.

   The lives of young people---from my perspective these days, that would be anyone under the age of 40, but, on a more general basis I mean people of high school age and younger---in 2013 are dominated by computer-based communications systems. Nearly all communications today could be said to be computer-based. A call from a rotary-dial telephone goes through a computer somewhere, instead of simple wires that lead to the Mayberry switchboard. By computer-based communications, I mean messages…

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Added by Mark Small on August 9, 2013 at 6:16am — No Comments

Football should be banned as an organized "school" sport.

   When I thought about a title for this blog yesterday, I thought "the time has come to seriously consider..." Then I realized, the time is now.

   I have been a fan of football. I like to watch college and professional games. My Division III alma mater plays our foe each year in the Monon Bell Game, the oldest rivalry west of the Allegheny Mountains. I grew up watching the Chicago Bears each Sunday. The only World Championship of a sports teams, of which I have been a lifelong fan,…

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Added by Mark Small on August 8, 2013 at 6:07am — No Comments

"Bullying" is not something about which kids should just [have to] "deal with it."

   About half of teens have been the victim of cyberbullying. Only ten percent (10%) of those kids tell their parents. The latter should not be a surprise. A kid---male or female, whatever ethnicity, color or religion---especially if the kid is a teenager, does not want to have to go to mom or dad and say, "I'm getting bullied." That was true over 40 years ago (Ah! I'm that old?) when I was a teenager. It is no less true today; maybe more so. When I was in school, the bullying took the form…

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Added by Mark Small on August 7, 2013 at 5:55am — No Comments

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