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On Illegal Immigration and Racism

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 16:16:54 +0000

An acquaintance of mine raised a complaint that’s fairly familiar and, so, seemed worth a blog post. He is questioning why some folks call him a racist for being opposed to illegal immigration. He says he’s fine with legal immigration but opposes illegal immigration. What is so wrong or racist about being in favor of […]

Indiana Bicentennial 12.10: Evan Bayh (1989 – 1997)

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:00:39 +0000

Evan Bayh (1989 – 1997) Evan Bayh is, of course, the son of Birch Bayh. It would seem that being the son of a Senator gives a guy a leg up. Birch was senator from 1963 to 1981 when he was beat by Dan Quayle during the Reagan wave. Evan was born in 1955 and […]


Thu, 01 Dec 2016 17:36:49 +0000

To the workers at Carrier who will keep their jobs, the Trump/Pence deal to persuade Carrier to export fewer jobs away from Indiana is big and good news. In the larger scheme of things, however, this is mostly political theater. During the campaign, Carrier’s exit became symbolic of a larger problem – the loss of […]

Indiana Bicentennial 12.9: Robert Orr (1981 – 1989)

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 12:00:14 +0000

Robert Orr (1981 – 1989) Robert Orr was not the star defenceman for the Boston Bruins. Rather, he was the son of an industrialist from Evansville. He mostly went to public schools but then enrolled in Yale where he received his bachelor’s degree before enrolling in Harvard Business School in 1940. However, World War II […]

Indiana Bicentennial 12.8: George W. Bush and Barack Obama (2001-2017)

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 12:00:38 +0000

We’re really getting into recent memory here, so I’ll just be hitting some highlights here as I finish reviewing the national scene and the Presidents. George W. Bush (2001 – 2009) George W. Bush was, of course, the son of George H.W. Bush. If the spoon in H.W.’s mouth was silver, I guess that makes […]

Corrosive Anxiety and Post-Election Ethnic Antagonism in Indiana

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 14:19:18 +0000

James Duffy, writing for the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, has an article on the increase in abuse directed at Latinos, blacks, and Muslims in Fort Wayne, and an increase in anxiety felt by members of those groups. Fort Wayne has seen incidents. The day of the rally, a garage on the city’s northeast side was […]

Indiana Bicentennial 12.7: Bill Clinton (1993 – 2001)

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 12:00:23 +0000

Bill Clinton (1993 – 2001) Bill Clinton was born to modest circumstances in Hope, Arkansas. His father died before he was born. His mom went off to nursing school and left him with his grandparents. When his mom returned, she married Roger Clinton, Sr., an alcoholic gambler who apparently beat his mom and step-brother. He […]

Happy Thanksgiving 2006/2016

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 12:34:38 +0000

I’ve been writing this blog long enough that I can now rely on that “ten years ago today” crutch and be a little bit lazy. As it turns out, my post from Thanksgiving 2006 is pretty applicable to Thanksgiving 2016: I know Thanksgiving is, at its root, a religious holiday, and I am not the […]

Indiana Bicentennial 12.6: George H.W. Bush continued (ft Dan Quayle) (1989-1993)

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 12:00:03 +0000

George H.W. Bush chose the relatively young and inexperienced Indiana Republican, Dan Quayle as his running mate to appeal to young Americans. Senator McCain apparently found him attractive, saying, “I can’t believe a guy that handsome wouldn’t have some impact.”  Quayle’s grandfather was wealthy publishing magnate, Eugene Pulliam who owned, among other things, the Indianapolis […]

Indiana Bicentennial 12.5: George H.W. Bush (1989-1993)

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 12:00:45 +0000

George H.W. Bush George Bush was Ronald Reagan’s Vice-President and the scion of a wealthy political family. His father, Prescott, was a U.S. Senator and a Wall Street banker. His grandfather on his paternal side was Samuel Bush who became associated with the Rockefellers and the Harrimans in the railroad business. Samuel became involved with […]