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August 2022 Blog Posts (9)

Or you can keep voting for idiots like Rokita

Indiana Atty General Todd Rokita is claiming victory in a case he did not “win.” An email from Rokita’s office claims he won “dismissal of a lawsuit challenging” Indiana’s law requiring drs, hospitals & abortion clinics to report 25 complications to the Dept of Health. 1/5

The order is a stipulation of dismissal “without prejudice”: i.e. it can be re-filed. At best for Rokita 1:18-cv-01219 is a “tie” at the end of the half w/control & degradation of women, not improved health…


Added by Mark Small on August 30, 2022 at 6:01pm — 1 Comment

Another week goes by without this iteration of the GOP offering solutions to gun violence

Hey! It’s another sunny Saturday afternoon and, since I’ve not heard that hell has frozen over or that pigs have acquired the ability to fly, this iteration of the GOP has not announced any plan to eliminate, or even simply reduce, mass shootings. We should be real on this issue. 1/5

The people yelling loudest about rights to guns in many instances are trying to deprive women of reproductive rights, deprive many of us our right to be free from one specific religion, and the whole…


Added by Mark Small on August 27, 2022 at 2:31pm — No Comments

Flag burning is protected speech

On 8/23/22, John Schmitz aired “smalltalk,” my segment of about 3 minutes on his podcast “Mouthwash.” I try to relate my talk to John’s topic. On 8/23 the guest, artist Theodore Winters, had painted an Indiana diner in an American flag motif after an officer was killed. 1/5

You can look up the work on-line. Since the mural involves free expression & the flag, I spoke of burning the flag as protest. Mr Winters was chagrined because, he said, the flag represents all of us &…


Added by Mark Small on August 24, 2022 at 8:53pm — No Comments

Deaths from guns or botched abortions, this GOP isn't pro-"life"

This iteration of the Republican Party hawks policy positions so its MAGA followers believe up is down and “right” isn’t what you think it is. The GOP lauds itself as “pro-life,” but embraces policies that kill a hell of a lot of people. Mass shootings at schools don’t concern the GOP. 1/5

No comprehensive plan to stop shootings is offered, but GOP Congress people wet themselves at the thought of NRA-incited throngs so the result: more kids die. This iteration of the GOP nearly…


Added by Mark Small on August 20, 2022 at 12:19pm — No Comments

Overturning Roe & impact on Indiana pro sports franchises

With the start of the NFL® pre-season, now is a good time to discuss why public monies should not be paid to professional sports franchise owners. Since Mayflower® brought the Colts to Indy in the dead of night in 1983, Indiana & Indy have made Colts owners rich. We gave them: 1/6

a new stadium, tax breaks and so many goodies that for a while the Colts were the NFL®’s most profitable franchise. Indy extended largesse to the Indiana Pacers. Studies show gov’t investment in pro…


Added by Mark Small on August 14, 2022 at 7:13pm — 1 Comment

This iteration of the GOP & comprehensive gun control...

Just in case one wondered, this iteration of the GOP has not announced any comprehensive plan to address mass shootings. An October, 2015, article in Rolling Stone noted “Republican presidents from Richard Nixon – who wanted a federal ban on handguns... 1/4

“to Ronald Reagan to George W. Bush all voiced support for gun control. George H.W. Bush was so furious at the NRA’s extremism that he renounced his lifetime membership during his term in the White House.” Guns kill people. Gun…


Added by Mark Small on August 13, 2022 at 2:53pm — No Comments

God wouldn't have fibbed to Micah Beckwith. Seriously.

“Alleged event that happened”: how a guest on “Mouthwash,” John Schmitz’s podcast, referred to Jan 6, 2021. That guest holds to a crazy notion that the MAGA hordes did not march to The Capitol to “stop the steal.” He’s wrong. I know it. God said it to Micah Beckwith. 1/5

Beckwith, a Noblesville preacher, ran for U.S. House in 2020. God, Beckwith claims, talks with Beckwith a lot. Beckwith knows quotes from authoritative sources must be accurate. Beckwith, on Jan 7, 2021, reported in a…


Added by Mark Small on August 10, 2022 at 8:20pm — No Comments

Make sure you're registered to vote & then vote. Or else? Don't bitch.

People died to secure the right to vote. If you (1) are eligible to vote (2) and fail to register or (3) register but fail to vote, you’ve repulsively raised your middle finger, as you sit on your butt, and demeaned their efforts. At this moment I don’t care for whom you vote. 1/4

If you lean Democratic Party: register & vote (R & V). Fair notice: I’m GOP precinct committee chair (PC), Marion County, Indiana, Washington Township, precinct 21-01. If you lean GOP: R & V. If…


Added by Mark Small on August 3, 2022 at 9:23pm — No Comments

Not about politics, but frozen custard...

After court in Laughalot this afternoon, a pit stop at The Frozen Custard clearly was mandated. Frozen custard is like ice cream, but with greater fat content plus magic dairy powder the formula for which has been a secret for generations, its disclosure punishable by death. 1/3

I pulled in the out lane. The driver of a rusted mini-van didn’t cut me slack & sneered at me over a rapidly disappearing cone. I backed up. She had right of way. I realized that in years (80-82 &…


Added by Mark Small on August 2, 2022 at 8:44pm — No Comments

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