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Still mad at the Colony

I hope you don't lose too much sleep over this, but the Brits don't like us much these days:

The YouGov poll found that 77 percent of respondents disagreed with the statement that the US is "a beacon of hope for the world".

[. . .]

A massive 83 percent of those questioned said that the United States doesn't care what the rest of the world thinks.

Posted in: Current Affairs

Sorry state of affairs

New Jersey has shut down. Did you notice? Do you suppose many people there did?

The dice stopped rolling, dealers quit shuffling and slot machines fell silent Wednesday as New Jersey's casinos closed for the first time, the latest victims of a five-day state government shutdown that showed no signs of ending soon.

Posted in: Current Affairs

Give me their food

Am I being insenstive if I wish Cindy Sheehan the greatest success, if you know what I mean, with her peace diet?

About 150 protesters sat in front of the White House on Monday to savor their last meal before starting a hunger strike that some said will continue until American troops return from Iraq.

Posted in: Current Affairs

Bored members

I think this member of the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority should be gracious and leave the board so that someone with more time and/or interest can be appointed:

Sports agent Eugene Parker has attended less than a third of the meetings of the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority, on which he serves, in the last year. Even so, he continues to have the support of Mayor Graham Richard, who appointed the Roanoke-based lawyer to the board in July 2004.

Posted in: Our town

A matter of control

Most people aren't paying attention to this. I think it's going to be a big deal, but I have no clue how it's going to turn out:

Indiana started taking applications Monday for statewide video franchises, upending the decades-old system by which each locality decided which cable company or companies could operate on its turf.

The Cranky Old Man report

Posted in: Hoosier lore

Bauer's toll-road blues

Indiana House Democratic leader Parick Bauer writes in USA Today about his displeasure over the Indiana Toll Road deal. Keep your eye on the cards -- he deals one or two from the bottom of the deck. Though the state is leasing the road to a private consortium, Bauer keeps calling it a sale:

Posted in: Hoosier lore

Dance to the music

Japan seems to be in a really retro mood these days. The populace is trying to relive the 1960s:

The Beatles visited Japan only once as a band, but the country is commemorating the 40th anniversary of their concerts as if the Fab Four had never left the stage.

Posted in: Current Affairs

How to beat the rap

I like reporting like this, which tells us something we probably wouldn't know if we'd never been involved. If you get a traffic ticket, you've got nothing to lose by going to court:

Beanie Baby felony

Perhaps a lawyer could explain why this is a felony with $5,000 bond -- probably not because of the value of the items, a couple of Beanie Babies, or the location, a cemetery anyone can visit without breaking in. I'm not suggesting any sympathy for the woman. Someone who'd steal something from a grave would steal anything from anybody at any time.

Posted in: Hoosier lore

Live long and prosper

I am reminded of an old quip, which I have heard attributed to various people but will credit to Minnie Pearl, since I heard her say it first: "If I had known I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself.":

Posted in: Current Affairs

You be poor, I'll take rich

Another silly survey, this one trying to spread the myth that money doesn't buy happiness:

Although most people imagine that if they had more money they could do more fun things and perhaps be happier, the reality seems to be that those with higher incomes tend to be tenser, and spend less time on simple leisurely activities.

Posted in: Current Affairs

Steel-eyed Hoosier

I've met Evan Bayh -- nice enough fellow, astute politician (having people think he's a moderate, despite his voting record), in the normal intelligence range. But, come on. Anybody who writes about him this way needs to get a life:

A note to the future

Emerson Keller Elkins died 13 years ago but left a little something behind that will keep his name alive, his own personal time capsule:

Workers renovating the Indiana Memorial Union found a letter hidden inside a wall nearly 70 years ago, a message its writer said he didn't know would ever be read.

The letter, dated Jan. 15, 1939, mentions Hitler and Mussolini, conflict between Japan and China and President Franklin D. Roosevelt's problems with Congress.

Posted in: Hoosier lore

Weighty solution for heavy kids

I suppose this approach is worth the effort:

Health researchers investigating ways to tackle America's childhood obesity epidemic have a possible solution: heavier toys.

A study of the effects of giving children weighted blocks to play with found they burned more calories and had higher heart and breathing rates than when playing with lighter blocks.

Posted in: Hoosier lore

Mia's kids

Well, for a start, she might want to keep them away from Woody Allen:

Mia Farrow shocked audiences a generation ago in "Rosemary's Baby." Now, the actress is trying to save children . . .

But she probably already knew that.

Posted in: Current Affairs

Lightning strikes

Posted in: Science

Howard the hippie

This might be the single most incoherent raving by a political figure I've seen in the last six months:

America is about to revisit one of the most turbulent decades in its history, Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean told a religious conference in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. "We're about to enter the '60s again," Dean said, but he was not referring to the Vietnam War or racial tensions.

Bring in the plumbers

We can agree or disagree with some of the assessments in this story about the true extent of the damage caused by the continuous publication of leaked secrets. But I think it gets one thing exactly right:

Posted in: Current Affairs

Humpty Dumpty tossed

Maybe this guy should be forced to put a sign in his yard that says, "I am a greedy, opportunistic jerk who got what he deserved":

The Indiana Supreme Court says a Munster man who leaned back too far and tumbled backward off the top row of gymnasium bleachers is responsible for his own fall.