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Opening Arguments

Lines, lines, everywhere a line

Indiana and Ohio are in hot competition to get a new Toyota plant. Fort Wayne Observed asks an interesting question: If the choice comes down to southeastern Indiana and Van Wert, Ohio, shouldn't those of us in this part of the state really be rooting for Ohio to win? The answer is certainly yes.

Posted in: Hoosier lore

The full-day option

So, is full-day kindergarten an educational necessity? The state is saying as much in its commitment to try to start funding it. But that require it to be free under the state constitution. Or is an option, nice but not necessary? In that case, school systems that offer it could charge extra for it.

Posted in: Hoosier lore

Do-it-yourself God stickers

The insanity continues, one small step by one nutjob at a time:

A Keller school district parent said political correctness has run amok at her daughter's elementary school, where the principal chose to omit the words "In God We Trust" from an oversize coin depicted on the yearbook cover.

Posted in: Current Affairs

An abnormal diagnosis

Posted in: Hoosier lore

Disappearin' railroad blues

How nice for the people of northwest Indiana to have options. Because of higher gas prices:

Posted in: Hoosier lore

Trekkies will leave the house

You know how, during the Three Rivers Festival, you see all these strange people you never see at any other time and wonder where they spend the rest of the year?

Posted in: Current Affairs

Our laws, our call

The United States Supreme Court is charged with judging the laws of the United States through its interpretation of the United States Constitution. Therefore, any law of any foreign country is completely irrelevant to the process. And there is no such thing as "international law" in any case. So why is anything Justice Scalia says even the least bit controversial?

Indiana's gambling gall

Ah, the Indiana welcome mat is out, and so many people undoubedly have so many wonderful memories of Hoosier hospitality. First, let's consider the case of Bryan Northern, who . . .

Posted in: Hoosier lore

The Three Fogies Festival

So for the Three Rivers Festival this year, we're getting Herman's Hermits, the Village People and a Beatles tribute band. Who says this town can't attract the latest, hottest acts? Has Fort Wayne been asleep for the last 30 years?

Posted in: Our town

Begging for a yard sale

How much of your house do you actually use? I read this story about tiny houses with some amusement:

Artist and architect Jay Shaefer, who lives in his own 70-square-foot home near San Francisco, designed and built Johnson's house when he lived in Iowa City. Shaefer is the owner of the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company. He sells plans for, and builds, tiny homes in sizes ranging from an extremely small 50 square feet to a practically roomy 500 square feet.

Self-deluded Americans

Now, this is funny:

Even more revealing, 23 percent say they have sex tips they could share. Thirty-seven percent between 25 and 34 say that they are experts on sex, but that falls to 13 percent when older people are were asked, a press release said.

Posted in: Current Affairs

Polling for equality

Here's another example, I suspect, of a poll's sponsor getting exactly the results the poll sponsor wished to get. Indiana Equality, "a coalition of groups focused on ensuring basic human rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Hoosiers," commissioned the poll, which found, surprise, surprise, strong support among Hoosiers for equal rights for gays:

Posted in: Hoosier lore

Home in Indiana

The Darfur crisis hits home in Fort Wayne, in a good read from ABC News.

According to Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration spokeswoman Gina Wills, the United States identifies certain people around the world who are eligible to be resettled here as refugees. Kimo, on the other hand, came to America first and now has thrown himself on the mercy of the court.

"In order to seek asylum they have to be here, and then they apply to be a refugee," Wills said.

Posted in: Our town

Embedded truth

This study from Indiana Unversity was well-designed and meticulously researched, but because it started from a faulty premise -- that "objective" reporting is the greatest journalistic good and anything less is somehow faulty -- it naturally reached the wrong conclusion. The study focused on field reports by CNN TV journalists early in the Iraq War, 64 by embedded reporters and 46 by non-embedded reporters. Julia R.

Posted in: Hoosier lore

A bad-PR sample(r)

Giant candy company picks on kids' little chocolate company. This will create as much good will as Wal-Mart going into a hissy fit over the Smiley Face logo:

"We don't research how big or small a violator is - we're an equal-opportunity trademark protector," O'Hara wrote me in an e-mail. "We have to be, or we could face losing our trademark."

[. . .]

Posted in: Current Affairs

Libertarians at the margins

Why libertarians have lost their influence in the political debate:

Perhaps the most interesting fact in the Pew survey, however, was that less than 6 in 10 libertarians voted for Bush in 2004. While few libertarians seem to have deserted the president between 2000 and 2004, they are split roughly evenly between the two parties. The Pew survey finds 50 percent of libertarians identifying as Republicans, 41 percent as Democrats.

Bono-in-chief

I'm just trying to imagine showing up for work and finding out this guy was my boss:

Irish rock star and Third World campaigner Bono turned guest newspaper editor on Tuesday with the Independent agreeing to give half its revenues for the day to fight AIDS in Africa.

He's even more obnoxiously pretensious as a newspaper editor than he is as a rock star.

Posted in: Current Affairs

11 ways to drive us crazy

America's Top Ten Driving Peeves. No surprise that No. 1 is distracted drivers talking on cell phones. My No. 11 would be: Bicycle riders who don't think the rules of the road (like stopping at red lights) apply to them.

Posted in: Current Affairs

Attack of the weathermen

Jon Stewart of The Daily Show takes on an ad from a Terre Haute TV weather team and finds it "----ing retarded."

“Today I found out the people who made the advertisement were somewhat displeased at me for showing it, which came as a complete surprise to me because I did not realize that that part of Indiana has the cable yet. So now that I know . . . "

Posted in: Hoosier lore

Hoosier dunces

Well, OK, guess those not buckling up are not all young men driving pickups in rural areas:

Indiana ranks second in the nation for fatal truck wrecks as a share of all deaths in road accidents.

Posted in: Hoosier lore
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