Sunday, May 25, 2008

Stay Classy, Fox News

"and now we have what ... uh...some are reading as a suggestion that somebody knock off Osama [after being prompted by the FNC anchor]....well both if we could [laughing]"

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Saturday, May 24, 2008

Weekend Photo

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Friday, May 23, 2008

Reason No. 212 Why Clinton thinks she should still be in the race

Indiana National Guard Member Faces Deportation from Canada

An estimated 50,000-90,000 Americans moved to Canada during the Vietnam war to avoid the draft. The Canadian government welcomed them after an initial reluctance. Now, decades later, many soldiers have deserted to Canada to avoid the war in Iraq. So far, Canada has rejected all claims for refugee status.

Corey Glass from Fairmount, Indiana is facing deportation back to the US on June 12th where he will likely be charged with desertion, which although unlikely, is still punishable by death.

U.S. deserter faces deportation from Canada

Sgt. Corey Glass, 25, says he fled to Canada to avoid fighting "illegal" war in Iraq

(CNN) -- A U.S. soldier who deserted to Canada will not face persecution if he returns to the United States, Canada's refugee agency ruled Wednesday.

National Guardsman Corey Glass says he fled to Canada to avoid combat in the Iraq war, which he doesn't support.

National Guard Sgt. Corey Glass, 25, says he fled to Toronto in 2006 after serving in Iraq because he did not want to fight in a war he did not support.

"What I saw in Iraq convinced me that the war is illegal and immoral. I could not in good conscience continue to take part in it," Glass said Wednesday. "I don't think it's fair that I should be punished for doing what I felt morally obligated to do."

Glass, who's still on active duty and is considered absent without leave, applied for refugee status at the Canadian border in August 2006 on the grounds of objection to military service.

But Canada's Immigration and Refugee Board denied his application for refugee status Wednesday, prompting the Canadian Border Services Agency to issue a June 12 deportation order.


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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Indy 2012

The NFL owners voted to award Indianapolis the Super Bowl in 2012. After the heart-break of last year where Indy was considered by many to have the superior bid but lost to Dallas, it is nice to see that one of the world's largest sporting events will finally make its way here. I guess third times the charm (Indy tried one other time in the 80's).

I don't know if the owners had much of a choice. Indy's competitors both had hosted Super Bowls previously with Arizona just hosting it last year. Plus it would have been one hell of a precedent to not award Indianapolis the Super Bowl after building a new stadium. The NFL likes to put the Super Bowl carrot in front of city leaders while they consider dropping 700 million or so on a new facility. Without awarding the Super Bowl to Indy this argument would have gotten much weaker.

But make no mistake, Indy will do a hell of a job. The city's compact downtown will make for a fun atmosphere. Maybe folks can't golf but they will be able to have a good time nevertheless. Plus I have never understood why there is such a huge priority on weather for the Super Bowl. If you can't get excited to see the largest football game on the planet without golf then you are a jackass.

I think the city getting the Super Bowl is really huge. It represents a culmination of a lot of vision of many great mayors to build this city into one that could host one of the largest events in the world. The thought of hundreds of millions of eyes on the city is very exciting.

And if the city never gets around to developing the old Market Square Arena site, there will also be plenty of ample parking.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Book Meme

I was tagged some time ago by Trifles from Anderson for this book meme.

The rules are:

1. Pick up the nearest book.
2. Open to page 123
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people, and acknowledge who tagged you.

The nearest book to me was a Spanish/English Dictionary, so I walked over to a bookshelf and closed my eyes to pick a book. I selected: An Underground Education by Richard Zacks.

The selection was from the section "The Real Life Criminal who Dueled Sherlock Holmes"

He is a genius, a philosopher, an abstract thinker. He has a brain of the firt order. He sits motionless, like a spider in the center of its web, but that web has a thousand radiations, he knows well every quiver of each of them.

Tagged: Lemming, Four Square No. 266, Tommyspoon, Left Hand Play, and Lawgeekgurl

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Keith Olbermann on Bush

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

West Virginia makes Indiana look Cosmopolitan

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Thursday, May 8, 2008

Oh Hillary

According to, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton made the following statement:

"I will be sending a letter to Sen. Obama and to Chairman {Howard} Dean expressing my strong belief that this issue about the voters in Florida and Michigan is a civil rights issue."

Really Hillary? Would this be a civil rights issue if Obama had "won" those two states. Or for that matter, would this really be an issue if Obama had even campaigned in either state?

Welcome back Dominic Rhodes

Super Bowl 41 hero Dominic Rhodes is returning to your Indianapolis Colts. You may recall that Rhodes left the Colts after the Super Bowl victory via free agency when he signed with Oakland. He got a two year deal with the Raiders for 7.5 million dollars. After he was cut recently Rhodes again became available. The Colts signed him to a one year deal for around 650 thousand. That's quite a pay cut.

But that is the life in the NFL with no guaranteed contracts. Rhodes became expendable after the Raiders took Darren McFadden with the fourth overall pick in this years draft. With his contract, three other running backs on the roster, and his large contract the Raiders deemed Rhodes expendable.

But I think it is a good fit for Rhodes and the Colts. Joseph Addai was a stronger back when he platooned with Rhodes. Addai ran out of gas near the end of this year and Rhodes should help give him some rest. I thought Kenton Keith did a fine job last year though. With those two and Mike Hart on board the battle to be Addai's back up will be one of the most compelling competitions to watch once Colt's camp starts.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Well it's over--now what?

Today the great Hoosier state may breathe a sigh of relief. The national spotlight will turn its focus out East towards West Virginia and their 28 delegates at stake. In case you actually went to bed before midnight, Hillary Clinton squeaked by Barack Obama by 2%. I am sure it was the most exciting primary in Indiana in my lifetime and I missed it. Although I had the pleasure of experiencing it here in Pennsylvania just a few weeks ago.

Make no mistake in both contests one factor came into play for the Clinton victory: Republicans switching sides to vote for Clinton. She is perceived as a more favorable opponent for McCain in the fall. Of course with Indiana's lax rules on primary voting it is no doubt that "solders" switching sides to vote for Clinton occurred. In fact I personally know two people who played this dirty game. If the state of Indiana can have the most restrictive voting ID law in the nation surely they can adjust their primary rules. It makes no sense that a party loyalist is counted the same as some ass clown who switches his party that morning because some pill popping douche bag on the radio tells him to. Voters should have to declare their party loyalty at least a month in advance.

But I digress. So what does this all mean for Clinton? Well not much. Obama's overwhelming victory in North Carolina put an end to Clinton's campaign. She even had the look of a desperate candidate last night. She is now touting the rant of "count all the votes" meaning Florida and Michigan. They didn't play by the rules Hilary and they aren't going to count. Hell Obama wasn't even on the ballot in Michigan. How in good conscience can she make the argument that those two states (who were warned not to move their primary) should come into play?

But I am starting to believe that the contest is starting to hurt the Democrats. It has divided the party and I don't know whether or not it will recover the longer this goes on. Anyone else notice that McCain is nowhere to be seen? Of course not. He could only hurt himself. Let these two duke it out. It is causing more damage then a million negative ads could ever do.

To unite the party it would take Clinton putting the good of the party before her own ambition. Based on what I have seen of her thus far, I don't believe that is even a thought in her mind.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Reason #359 why lead must be a dietary staple of Hoosiers

"I am definitely going to try to go with Hillary. I almost feel like [Obama's] the anti-Christ from the Middle East," - Mary Bunger, a 44-year-old single mom from Abington, rural Indiana.

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