Civil Discourse Now

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Folly of government-funded professional sports.

   Our streets need fixed.

   I wanted to get home from the office in time to watch the kick-off. I stopped at Marsh for a couple of things for chili. I asked the cashier if the percentage of people in Colts regalia decreased after games started. Her non-answer was "I don't think one person should mean so much to people." Okay, this was Sunday, and maybe her reference was in the context of theology. I made it home in time to watch about the only good play the Colts would make, a first…


Added by Mark Small on September 12, 2011 at 5:46am — No Comments


Pael show. pa.u. l Ogden and mark Small hosting Greg Fettig and Luther Garcia, Show should be up at 11 a.m. Enjot.


Added by Mark Small on September 10, 2011 at 8:40pm — No Comments

Today's show: (1) Is it proper to call them tea baggers and (2) Did bin Laden meet his goals with 9-11?

This week's show!

Civil Discourse Now, the weekly show Paul Ogden and I co-host, will have a panel discussion today at 1:00 at Big Hat Books, just north of the Brew Pub on North Cornell in beautiful Broad Ripple Village. The first topic for discussion will be the propriety of calling people who espouse principles of the so-called tea party movement "tea baggers." The second topic will involve whether bin Laden achieved his goals with the attacks on the United States staged on…


Added by Mark Small on September 10, 2011 at 6:13am — No Comments

Did bin Laden achieve his goals in 9/11?

   In a few days is the 10th anniversary of the attacks plotted by Osama bin Laden and his cronies. Bin Laden's stated goals, as I understand them, were to deprive Americans of their liberty and to wreck our economic system. The use of commercial airliners filled with passengers to crash into buildings was a mechanism to achieve those goals.

   As to our liberties, what occurred in "the aftermath of 9/11"? That is a phrase we have heard or read many times. The (Orwellian-named)…


Added by Mark Small on September 8, 2011 at 6:21am — No Comments

All four hooves and the snout at the State Fair.

   In America, the desire for (more) money and material things is viewed as a positive quality. It drives the economy. It is the dynamic behind the free market. In the couple of weeks since the disaster at the State Fairs, plaintiffs' law firms have made an embarrassment of our profession in their efforts to be first to jump in and show themselves to be the champions of the downtrodden---the downtrodden being those who lost their lives or were injured when the stage collapsed before…


Added by Mark Small on September 5, 2011 at 6:19am — No Comments

AMend the Indiana Constitution: no more 50-year contracts.

Amend the Indiana Constitution: no more 50-year contracts.

Politicians like to give the image of having successfully solved a problem, with little or no cost to the average citizen. The average citizen is happy with this fairy tale. After all, taxes are bad. Higher taxes are even worse. So if a mayor gets money into, for an example, his city, and shortfalls are met and little projects are built, things are marvy-poo for John Q. Public and his spouse Jane. Let us say, for our…


Added by Mark Small on September 2, 2011 at 6:55am — No Comments

New Show: Civil Discourse Now!

On September 4, "Civil Discourse Now" will premiere at 11 a.m. on the website Indianapolis attorneys Mark Small and Paul Ogden will co-host panel discussion on local, state, national, and international political and social topics with different guests each week.

This panel show will be different in several ways. First, no one will talk over anyone else. The discourse, after all, will be civil. Second, the guests will not be quite what one may expect from an Indy…


Added by Mark Small on August 30, 2011 at 5:47am — No Comments

New Show on Politics: local, state, and beyond.

   Next week, on Sunday, September 4, our new show will premiere on the internet. Say tuned for details. We shall have a different take on matters.

Added by Mark Small on August 27, 2011 at 5:50am — No Comments

Bill Levin's commercial is good.

   Bill has shot a (not surprisingly) professional ad. The point he makes about people using discarded pizza boxes to make campaign signs for him is cool and also subtle in a couple of ways. It makes a point about outrageous campaign costs. It also addresses how people don't have money to spare right now, but with stuff they'd usually throw away, they can do their part. It was a refreshing break from the usual jacket-over-the-shoulder shot wedged between close-ups of a (not actually) thoughtful… Continue

Added by Mark Small on August 25, 2011 at 5:51am — No Comments

Where are the Governor's daughter's pictures of the stage collapse?

   Amongst the articles The Indianapolis Star ran about the stage collapse at the State Fair, one centered on the wife of the governor and her daughter. The governor's wife was whisked out of the place by an alert State Trooper. The crowd should have had benefit of that decision-making.

   The line that caught my attention concerned the couple's daughter. The article stated the daughter was there photographing the show on a contract she has with the State Fair. On her website, the…


Added by Mark Small on August 24, 2011 at 6:13am — No Comments

Greetings, from beautiful St. Lucia!

   I tap this into my lap top as I lounge on the fan tail of the 80 foot boat I purchased yesterday here in St. Lucia. I acted on my own advice for the past couple of weeks. Each time I wrote on this blog that people should sell short, I actually did so. One moment, please---ah, I had to pour a bit more champers into the wine flute. There is not as much noise out here as there is inside, what with the music and dancing. The boat is rocking a bit, but that's what life is about, I…


Added by Mark Small on August 19, 2011 at 6:05am — No Comments

Texas governors should be banned from the White House, except as visitors.

   George W. Bush was President of the United States for eight years. He was not elected but selected by a Supreme Court, the majority of the members of which had been nominated by his father, Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. From 1969 to 2009, only one Democrat, Bill Clinton, held the office of President and nominated anyone to the Court. The Court ignored the law, issued a decsion it said would not be used as precedent, and let Bush move into the mansion on Pennsylvaia Avenue.…


Added by Mark Small on August 18, 2011 at 5:48am — No Comments

Happy Birthday Elvis Presley!

  Oops! Michelle Bachmann got another historical "fact" wrong. This time she was talking about a topic more important than the history of the republic. She was talking about the King. Elvis Presley's birthday is January 8. The date of his death was Agust 16, 1977. I was in Greencastle, Indiana, that day, preparing for the start of my last year a DePauw. I had dined on a fried banana-and-peanut butter on whole wheat sandwich. Well, the part about the sand wich is not true. But the part about…


Added by Mark Small on August 17, 2011 at 6:09am — No Comments

When's the last train out of Baghdad?

   There are several quotes about a foreign power's involvement in Iraq:

   "Our armies do not come into your cities and lands as conquerors or enemies, but as liberators."

   "Iraq could be a model for development and democracy for the entire region."

   "Our policy is actually working, and if 'prematurely curtailed, the result would be disastrous ... Withdrawal would lead inevitably to anarchy.'"

   "The only way to leave with honor would be to redefine the…


Added by Mark Small on August 15, 2011 at 5:52am — No Comments

Corporations are not people, Mit, you two-dimensional mope.

Corporations are not people.

Mit Romney, under pressure from Iowans on break from eating deep-fried Twinkies at their State Fair, said yesterday, "Corporations are people!" The rest of his brief comments seemed to indicate he meant since corporate profits go to people, that made corporations people.

Sorry, Mit, but giving an entity profits does not breathe life into it and confer on it the status of human. As I have written before, a corporation is not a living,…


Added by Mark Small on August 12, 2011 at 5:49am — No Comments

Is Michelle Bachmann always getting goosed?

   What is the deal? The cover of "Newsweek" carried a photo of Michelle Bachmann, eyes bugged out and quizzical expression on her face. She looked like somone just had goosed her. She frequentlyhas the same look. SHe also has a thing about looking off-camera. People make fun of politicians who use teleprompters, but get real---without that particular machine, Roald Reagan would have been lost. Of course, Nancy's astrologer always was in the wings.

   Bachmann's facial expression is a…


Added by Mark Small on August 11, 2011 at 6:29am — No Comments

The market is up?

Stocks rallied today, across the pond, for the usual imagined reasons markets rally or fall. John Candy's character in "Stripes" played poker with a kid who was, well, slow. He taught the kid how to play poker. "Let me see your hand," Candy's character said. After looking at the cards, he said, "You know what I'd do? I'd bet it all. Bluff. Come on!" Of course the kid did, and lost.

History does not repeat itself, but it does rhyme. I read that on another blog to which Paul's blog is…


Added by Mark Small on August 10, 2011 at 6:01am — No Comments

Get the point? Sell short.

I am not a stock market analyst. I do not give advice about matters related to stocks. The opinion I express here is my own. But damn, I have been right in stating people should have sold short yesterday.


Added by Mark Small on August 9, 2011 at 6:31am — No Comments

Repeat: sell short

The market made another significant adjustment downward. Everyone should have sold short. I said as much last week. So those heeded my advce would have enjoyed significant gains.

Matters look bleak. The tea baggers rejoice, out of ignprance. Those with foresight aare happy. And the baggers rejoice in tanking the economy. They have taken glee over the destructon that have wrought. And the Koch brothers, and their ilk, rejoice. Theirs is nihilistic view. 

Added by Mark Small on August 8, 2011 at 8:49pm — No Comments

Islam and school vouchers

This was written in response to a person on a website in Kokomo.

1) I did not use a debate tactic to muddy any waters. A reasonable inference as to people who claim originalism as a jurisprudential philosophy is those people can state, with precision sufficient to guide us, what the Framers of the Constitution intended. A first, and I would think necessary, step is to say who the Framers were. The Convention itself was muddied. Compromises were reached, especially as to slavery, only…


Added by Mark Small on August 8, 2011 at 6:16am — 2 Comments

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