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Repugnant: candidacy of Spartz (part 1)

Victoria Spartz successfully bought the Republican nomination for Indiana’s 5th Congressional District (INCD5) in the June 2 primary. Her positions on issues are deplorable. We should begin with her misunderstanding of The Constitution.

“Our constitutional republic was created with limited government functions to protect the individual rights to Life, Liberty and Property,” she states on her campaign website. 

The word “property” appears once in The Constitution of 1787: “The…

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Added by Mark Small on June 26, 2020 at 9:24am — 1 Comment

Did an officer abuse status to go wrong way on 1-way street on a date?

Mundane aspects of existence can be galling. I’m lucky - I’m a white male born in the USA in the mid-1950s. I saw a person in an unmarked car with cop plates pull quickly the wrong way on a one-way street.

The driver exited the vehicle - sorry if I start to write like a person who authors a probable cause affidavit, but I see a lot of those in my job - wore shorts and a t-shirt. That person walked to the opposite side of the vehicle.

The person who exited the passenger side…

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Added by Mark Small on June 12, 2020 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

I disagree w/Rev Al ... but please read why.

Rev Al Sharpton today was quoted as saying NFL owners should offer Colin Kaepernick a QB roster spot. I agree with the sentiment - Kaepernick is talented was right to take a knee, but I hope very much that he not take such a job.

For far too long young people have played football, the main dynamic of which is full contact explosive violence against one’s opponents. In the early 1980s the Monday Night Football half-time highlights featured the ugliest plays of the week.

The…

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Added by Mark Small on June 9, 2020 at 9:14pm — No Comments

If only they hadn't cut the deals at The Constitutional Convention

This country would have been better off had delegates to the 1787 Constitutional Convention not compromised on slavery. The most significant issue before the Convention never was mentioned in the Constitution passed out of the Convention.

In Art. I, sec. 2 we read of “three fifths of all other Persons” - a way to count slaves for the benefit of slave States. In Art I, sec. 9: “Migration or Importation of such Persons as any of the States now existing shall think proper to admit”…

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Added by Mark Small on June 4, 2020 at 8:38pm — No Comments

Cops joined hands w/protesters - that's a start to resolve problems

Random bits as this primary election day begins: protesters and cops joined together in Indy to march. Other places in USA police took a knee to express support for the protests. In D.C., trump used a bible as a prop and a church as back-drop to foment hatred.

Evidence that those who carried out violence acted to discredit the protests: no trump properties were attacked. And hey - they’re easily recognized, what with his name in big letters on each building he erects.

Mayor…

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Added by Mark Small on June 2, 2020 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

Proposal to address the violence

People of this country are not to be “run over” - and in their protests do not seek to “run over” anyone, regardless of the opinion of the current occupant of the Oval Office. Our People should be able peacefully to exercise their First Amendment rights without fear of reprisal by anyone.

Our Governor and the Mayor in each of our cities need to:

1) meet immediately with leaders of communities that most frequently suffer the effects of police violence;

2) address - and…

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Added by Mark Small on June 1, 2020 at 1:41pm — No Comments

Vote June 2 if you've not already!

Yesterday the news reported how many people have mailed in their ballots for tomorrow’s (June 2) primary election. If you have not voted, please do not be dissuaded from going to the polls to cast your vote.

I shop for food and other essentials at a store that also sells books. The past few times I’ve gone there, one book amongst “best sellers” has been turned so as to hide the cover. The first time I thought it was a mistake and turned the book back around.

Convincing people…

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Added by Mark Small on June 1, 2020 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Rob Kendall: You almost make me support the Gov!

I listened to a total of 15 minutes of Rob Kendall’s radio show, on Fox affiliate WIBC, this afternoon. To hear him, the City of Indianapolis is under siege by radical left wing radicals and a wimp Governor and wimp Mayor are AWOL.

Rob seems not to understand that acts of terrorism in this country are perpetrated largely by the right wing. There are left wing “eco-terrorists” - but they target things, not people. If you want old-fashioned terror against people, those on the right do…

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Added by Mark Small on May 31, 2020 at 3:13pm — No Comments

If I win June 2 primary I'll donate GOP $ to food banks in INCD5

As people die across the country due to the incompetence of the current occupant of the Oval Office, I believe we need to focus on what candidates in Tuesday's primary for Indiana's 5th Congressional District can do to help - with healing, not with stoking fires of hatred.

Mark Small for Congress

Indiana’s 5th Congressional District

GOP primary June 2, 2020

For release: May 31, 2020 Contact information:

Email: small4incd5.org

Only anti-trump candidate in…

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Added by Mark Small on May 31, 2020 at 7:01am — No Comments

Is the 2nd Amendment only for white people?

I’m different from the other white people who seek the GOP nomination for Indiana’s 5th Congressional District in the June 2 primary. I believe we have to return to the original values of the Republican Party.

The Republican Party held values that emphasized racial equality and justice. President Lincoln sought to keep the country together despite the wickedness that had been built into our nation’s structure in The Constitution.

Other Republican candidates brag about their…

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Added by Mark Small on May 30, 2020 at 9:57am — No Comments

How did Jerry stay awake during telethons?

Mark Small for Congress

Indiana’s 5th Congressional District

GOP primary June 2, 2020

For release: May 29, 2020 Contact information:

Email: small4incd5.org

Only anti-trump candidate in GOP field to hold telethon on internet

“Agree with what I say? Tune in, ask 3 friends to watch and ask them to ask 3 more.”

Indianapolis, May 29, 2020 - Omitted from “invite” lists for most town halls and being left without a face (photo omitted) in lists of candidates,…

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Added by Mark Small on May 29, 2020 at 3:38pm — No Comments

Nurse Beth: hate campaign $? Give it back.

MONEY MONEY MONEY: laments Carlo, a Russian artist in the 1936 classic “My Man Godfrey,” who (ironically) freeloads on Carole Lombard’s fictional family, the Bullocks.

Today I received an e-mail from Nurse Beth Henderson, one of my opponents in the June 2 primary for the GOP nomination for U.S. House in Indiana’s 5th Congressional District. She bemoans other candidates spending $$$$$.

Nurse Beth has some pretty slick ads. She also has some pretty slick, monied interest groups…

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Added by Mark Small on May 28, 2020 at 2:01pm — No Comments

Science: the key to address COVID as well as gun violence

After mass shootings, NRA says we aren’t supposed to talk gun control. The pandemic is not related to guns. The Dickey and Tiahr amendments prohibit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) from being involved in studies of gun violence as a health problem.

NRA wants us to be ignorant, same as Big Tobacco hid cancer risks from main stream cigs pre-1964. For those who believe we should promote the “Progress of Science” U.S. Const. Art. I, sec. 8, here are a few questions (perhaps…

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Added by Mark Small on May 26, 2020 at 6:52pm — No Comments

"Gun Guy" Relford: drowning out people doesn't make you right

We learn from our mistakes: I never should have been so silly. A show on WIBC is “Gun Guy,” hosted by attorney Carmel Guy Relford. Wow, talk about red flags - gun(s), Carmel and WIBC. He stated things on his Saturday show and I called in to comment.

On Civil Discourse Now, we had people from various, sometimes bizarre (e.g., Paul Ogden) points of view. (Paul was co-host, but still...) Never did we cut anyone off, despite the sheer joy we might have felt.

Mr Relford is not…

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Added by Mark Small on May 23, 2020 at 6:43pm — No Comments

Guns & violence: we need to be able to learn the facts

My opponents in the June 2 primary for Indiana’s 5th Congressional District (INCD5) GOP spot are fixated on the 2nd Amendment. A lot of money is awash in this primary. Some of it might go back to the NRA. (Ninety percent (90%) of large bills would have traces of cocaine.)

Three questions about guns: (1) Can a person have too many guns? (2) Are there people who should not be allowed to have guns? (3) Are there types of guns that people should not be allowed to own?

(1) If…

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Added by Mark Small on May 22, 2020 at 5:48am — No Comments

"Original intent": would I be the only INCD5 GOP to survive that cut?

My opponents in the June 2 GOP primary for Indiana’s 5th Congressional District (INCD5) seem to like simple things, and that includes how our courts should construe The Constitution. They want to adhere to “original intent.”

Original intent” is a legal philosophy under which judges and justices would look only to the “plain wording” of The Constitution and the “original intent” of the delegates to the 1787 Convention to determine what The Constitution means.

Previously I’ve…

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Added by Mark Small on May 21, 2020 at 5:33am — 1 Comment

Streaming "live" each evening at 7! Citizens United be damned!

The past couple of evenings I have streamed videos in which I address issues in the 2020 race for Indiana’s Fifth Congressional District (INCD5). I invite folks to watch The Show. Here is one aspect of why people should vote for me in the June 2 primary. 

Money in politics is bad. The Citizens United case appears, each day, to be to Chief Justice Roberts what Dred Scott was to Chief Justice Roger Taney. In the GOP primary for INCD5 the GOP field has several candidates with big…

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Added by Mark Small on May 18, 2020 at 6:37am — No Comments

Clean environment: smart & saves $!

Disbanding the structure in the Federal government meant to address pandemics was the same as getting rid of the fire department in a town, except the former has (so far) resulted in the need deaths of tens of thousands.

Here are things that have to be done by the next U.S. Rep for INCD5: reverse the damage done. When an agency is headed by a person who long has advocated for its elimination, the results cannot be good.

My opponents Abernathy, Bales, Beckwith, Brizzi, Dietzen,…

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Added by Mark Small on May 17, 2020 at 12:43pm — 2 Comments

D.C. Stephenson would love (most of) my opponents

As a transitive verb, “disgust” is defined: “1. to cause loathing or nausea in. 2. to offend the good taste, moral sense, etc., of; cause extreme dislike or revulsion in” Random House Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary, 2d ed., 2001, p. 565.

The racism of GOP candidates Abernathy, Bales, Beckwith, Brizzi, Dietzen, Henderson, Hullinger, Niederberger, Mitchell, Spartz and Wakley is of two types. One is explicit - the ghost of D.C. Stephenson probably loves those ads by Spartz and…

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Added by Mark Small on May 16, 2020 at 1:18pm — No Comments

Brizzi, racism & my exclusion from 5/12 town hall

On the evening of May 12 a virtual town hall was hosted by the Republican Party clubs of Washington and Lawrence townships for Republican candidates for U.S. House of Representatives in District 5 (INCD5).

I was unaware there was a soiree. I telephoned the moderator yesterday morning. Another person called me as the first of two sets of candidates took to the air, said he would call the show’s sponsors, and help get me onto the program.

I have checked my e-mails and found no such…

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Added by Mark Small on May 13, 2020 at 6:23am — No Comments

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