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Blog 24-104: So sayeth the candidate

Micah Beckwith has claimed he has talks w/”The Lord” about events or matters specific to Beckwith’s run for IN Lt Gov. [FN1] Temptation to use satire to lampoon an extremist candidate, like Beckwith is great. We also need to address the chats seriously and as falsehoods..1/11

There seem to have been two “chats.” The first was described by Beckwith in a “selfie” video Beckwith shot in his car: “I sent those riots to Washington. What you saw yesterday [01/06/21] was my hand at work.”…

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Added by Mark Small on June 20, 2024 at 3:44pm — No Comments

Blog 24-103: staring down stupidity w/absurdity

Last weekend, delegates to Indiana’s State GOP convention nominated Hamilton County preacher Micah Beckwith for Lt Gov. The result shocked campaign staffers for Mike Braun, the GOP’s nominee for Gov, who had chosen as a running mate, a woman. [FN1] 1/8

Cynics might suggest Braun really wanted Beckwith, a male, as a running mate. Realists might counter that suggestion w/a simple fact: Braun staffers sent promotional emails for his pick for running mate to delegates on the morning of…

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Added by Mark Small on June 19, 2024 at 2:47pm — No Comments

Blog 24-102

People can try to shut you up because you’re boring, but when they shut down access to media, it is something more. Last week, in a two-minute op-ed on “Mouthwash,” John Schmitz’s podcast on Facebook, I criticized Micah Beckwith, IN GOP’s nominee for Lt Gov. 1/8

Beckwith took a different approach by recruiting people to “run” for slots as State convention delegates. Beckwith probably recruited people who have the capacity to be moral. Beckwith has said only Christians have the…

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Added by Mark Small on June 18, 2024 at 8:18pm — No Comments

Blogpost 24-11

Nobody boards an airliner if informed the pilot is suicidal. [FN1] Last Tuesday, Hamilton County preacher/GOP nominee for IN Lt Gov Micah Beckwith was a scheduled guest on “Mouthwash.” [FN2] My op-ed expressed a view both different & not liked. [FN3] [FN4] That “view”?  1/11

1) Beckwith is power-hungry; 2) He’s delusional re chats w/”The Lord,” but to think he doesn’t aspire to high Fed office is more delusional than Beckwith; 3) Evangelicals are nihilistic, esp re: Armageddon;…

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Added by Mark Small on June 17, 2024 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Blog 24-99

Often the person who shouts “morality” loudest lacks that quality. Indiana’s GOP convention, on 6/15/24, nominated Hamilton County preacher Micah Beckwith, 891 to 828, over Rep Julie McGuire, the nominal pick of GOP primary winner Sen Mike Braun. There are indicators 1/11

Braun was not enthusiastic about McGuire as a #2. (E.g., Braun’s campaign emails, touting McGuire, were sent to delegates the morning of the convention). He can say his effort to name a woman for #2 was spoiled by…

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Added by Mark Small on June 16, 2024 at 6:21am — No Comments

Blog 2024-98

We all should fear Beckwith, the Indiana GOP nominee for Lt Governor. In April a person said to me: “Beckwith on the GOP ticket is good for the Democrats.” I replied: “Never should hope the worst people on the other side in elections get the nominations.” It’s not a game. 1/9

Elections are to sporting contests as Supreme Court justices are to umpires in baseball: they’re not. The futures of our country & world are at stake. Once Beckwith gets the power he craves, he won’t want to…

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Added by Mark Small on June 15, 2024 at 4:57pm — No Comments

trump didn't endorse Beckwith, the Christofascist

Tomorrow is the xGOP State convention. Here are some important points:

1) This iteration of the GOP (“xGOP”) is a corporate entity w/benefits (e.g., automatic placement on the ballot of its candidates, public finances for its PR (a/k/a primary elections).) 1/10

2) Far-right Terre Haute attorney James Bopp, central to creating xGOP & voters will find trying to re-take xGOP back nearly impossible.

3) xGOP has no valid claim it’s the “Party of Lincoln”: it would gut…

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Added by Mark Small on June 14, 2024 at 10:21am — No Comments

Getting FB to block posts isn't "owning" this lib

On 6/11, Facebook removed posts I’d written. Later, on “Mouthwash,” John Schmitz’s podcast, the guest was Ham County preacher Micah Beckwith, who is seeking the GOP nomination for IN Lt Gov. For a 2-minute spot I do each week, I talked about Beckwith. Context: GOP issues 1/8

GOP candidates for Gov ran on issues far outside a governor’s authority.

Beckwith calls himself a Christian nationalist. I addressed the nihilistic foundation of Beckwith’s beliefs. Beckwith believes the book…

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Added by Mark Small on June 13, 2024 at 2:58pm — No Comments

Censorship works for Christofascism

I’m beginning to get it. Even when I cite sources for information that I rely upon for points that I make about a Christofascist who is seeking the GOP nomination for Lt Gov in Indiana, and I do not pander or mislead, I get reported for violating Facebook rules.

Added by Mark Small on June 13, 2024 at 10:26am — No Comments

Censorship of criticism of Beckwith's lame-ass god

Facebook pulled my 6/11 blog: “It looks like you tried to get likes, follows, shares or video views in a misleading way.” The blog/tweets concerns Hamilton County preacher Micah Beckwith and his effort to be nominated for Lt Governor by the GOP. 1/7

Most posts in social media try “to get likes, follows, shares or video views.” There are metrics that assist in this matter. FB’s AI perhaps views the blog as “a misleading.” There’s little point in trying to talk w/a human at FB or Meta…

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Added by Mark Small on June 12, 2024 at 7:52am — No Comments

Beckwith's lame-ass deity

There is little reason to speculate about the dead in the past: he’ll deny accountability & probably dispute numbers. [FN1] There’s even less reason to guess at dead in the future. IN Lt Gov hardly has any authority. He’s only saying what Hoosiers want to hear. We live in scary times. 1/11

Hamilton County preacher Micah Beckwith seeks the GOP’s nomination for Lt Gov at the State convention this Saturday in Indy. For a year he’s worked to get 908 of the 1,814 delegates [FN2] &…

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Added by Mark Small on June 11, 2024 at 6:40pm — No Comments

Blog about Ernie Pyle offends FB

Today I posted, on FB and “X/formerly twitter,” a blog/tweets about Ernie Pyle and his writings after D-Day. Pyle was born in Indiana, was a student in IU’s School of Journalism in the 1920s & won a Pulitzer for his writings as a war correspondent in WW2. Later, FB notified me: 1/3

“It looks like you tried to get likes, follows, shares or video views in a misleading way.” On a different screen it is noted, in part: “Our technology found your content doesn't follow our Community…

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Added by Mark Small on June 7, 2024 at 6:33pm — No Comments

Ernie Pyle and D-Day

A brilliant Hoosier writer, Ernie Pyle was a war correspondent; 80 years ago, he wrote about D-Day. In part: “It was a lovely day for strolling along the seashore. Men were sleeping on the sand, some of them sleeping forever. Men were floating in the water, but they didn’t know they 1/8

were in the water, for they were dead. [] The wreckage was vast and startling. The awful waste & destruction of war, even aside fr the loss of human life has always been one of its outstanding…

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Added by Mark Small on June 7, 2024 at 2:17pm — No Comments

Indiana's Constitution does not confer upon Lt Gov role of insurance against policies

Hamilton County preacher Micah Beckwith [FN1] wants to be the GOP nominee for IN Lt Gov. In a 20-sec YouTube video, he looks into the camera & says he’ll be “an insurance policy against the woke mob.” [FN2] His target audience: delegates to the GOP State convention. [FN3] 1/11

Beckwith recruited people 2 B on the May 7 primary ballot as delegates because those delegates name the party’s nominee for Lt Gov. But Beckwith’s run for Lt Gov is based on falsehoods & each day brings…

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Added by Mark Small on June 3, 2024 at 7:20pm — No Comments

The GOP ticket for Governor and ...?

In November, Hoosier voters can vote for Governor, just like Hoosiers in May’s GOP primary cast a ballot for Sen Mike Braun. Each time, voters had an illusion of voting for a person who would fulfill the duties of the office of Gov if Braun prevails in November. 1/8

The problem is Hamilton County preacher Micah Beckwith [FN1] who’s running to be GOP’s nominee for Lt Gov. [FN2] If you do not recall having the chance to vote for a candidate for Lt Gov on your primary ballot, that’s…

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Added by Mark Small on June 2, 2024 at 3:14pm — No Comments

No one should be a RINO in a RICO

Yesterday the jury, in People v Donald J Trump, 71543-23, returned a verdict of Guilty on each of the 34 counts brought. There are “vibes” today reminiscent of 1974, Congressional hearings that went from investigation to impeachment, and Pres Nixon’s overreach for power. 1/9

I was in undergrad. In 1972 I’d passed out campaign literature for the McGovern campaign. In 1974 I worked in the Democratic Party tent at the county fair. I’ve voted, primary and general, in every election since…

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Added by Mark Small on May 31, 2024 at 8:34am — No Comments

"Importantville," the need for local journalism & Merde de Poulet

Tuesday (Tues, 5/21, 9 pm) on John Schmitz’s podcast “Mouthwash” [FN1] the guest will be Adam Wren. [FN2] He writes for Importantville [FN3] which fills gaps the internet created in local news coverage. In 1994, a daily newspaper like The Indianapolis Star was a fixture. 1/11

For all its faults, The Star covered local news in more categories than politics, & in tones less “rah rah.” Mr Wren’s interview of Micah Beckwith [FN4] shows local focus on questions that no one else has…

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Added by Mark Small on May 20, 2024 at 5:31pm — No Comments

Not remotely a family resemblance..

“Sources” are important, whether in mundane conversations or in posts on social media. I try to footnote posts in my blog and on “X” (formerly twitter) and, if a post is a work of satire [FN1], I sometimes label it as such, unless omission of that label [FN2] is unnecessary. 1/8

Last evening, I realized that a noise emanating from a desk drawer was from a flip-phone. The number is known to few because it’s a flip-phone, tossed aside for years. I dug it out, but did not recognize the…

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Added by Mark Small on May 17, 2024 at 4:12pm — No Comments

Parable of two guys & control of a submersible

The 2024 election for President viewed in context of a submersible that dives to the wreckage of HMS Titanic.

“I think we ought to go back to the surface,” the skipper says, “I didn’t know this isn’t certified as safe for these depths.” 1/7

Smart-guy passenger shoves skipper aside. “I can run this. In military school; they said I was brilliant in everything I did.”

Skipper reaches for the controls. “We need to go to the surface. The pressure is tons per square inch. This…

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Added by Mark Small on May 15, 2024 at 3:28pm — No Comments

What about outcomes...

I expressed concerns re what might ensue in Indiana if 1) Pres Biden & VP Harris win re-election in November, but 2) trump wins Indiana’s 11 electors. Sen Mike Braun, GOP nominee for Gov, but for the Jan 6 insurrection, would have voted to reject the 2020 election results. [FN1] 1/10

Several ppl shared my concern. Another person pointed out: “Braun won't be sworn in until after the election. Until that happens Holcomb will be in charge.” True, but Gov Holcomb was on the fence on…

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Added by Mark Small on May 13, 2024 at 8:29pm — No Comments

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