Something God intended.

The affairs of the Indiana Republican party don’t concern me anymore, but they had their annual convention in Fort Wayne over the weekend, and some news was bound to cross my social-media radar. There was a trio of truly laughable puff pieces from my alma mater on some delegates, but Richard Mourdock, the unsuccessful Senate candidate, blew everyone out of the water by going Full Godwin at the final curtain:

In a farewell speech to Indiana Republicans during the party convention Saturday, term-limited state Treasurer Richard Mourdock cautioned GOP members to be wary of politicians who promise entitlements and spending as debt grows. He said the Nazis made the same promises to Germans before that country’s 1936 elections.

…“And this is where I put on my state treasurer’s hat again for just a moment to give the most important lesson: The people of Germany in a free election selected the Nazi Party because they made great promises, that appealed to them because they were desperate and destitute,” Mourdock said.

He said the Nazis targeted one group after another, “but ultimately, they went after the Jews, they deprived them of their property, their rights, their citizenship. Because they were bankrupt.”

(Godwin’s Law, for those in the dark.)

I should be speechless, but who could be, at this point? I will say this: I always gave Steve Shine, the county party chairman, credit for hard work. To my knowledge, he’s never turned away a local willing to fly the flag, and that has included some real lunatics. To have a Jewish chairman defending statements like Mourdock’s, however, is either proof that the 11th commandment is alive and well or just shows how far I’ve come from northeast Indiana.

Fortunately, the state chairman seems to have his head screwed on straight. Standing ovation or not.

And that is something God intended.

A gorgeous couple of days we just had. I spent much of it working on my book project; it was a deadline weekend. School is down to its final-four days (finals for four), so I’ve made my last brown-bag lunch for the student. (I’ll continue making them for myself; brown-bagging is the way to go, for my money.) Kate’s band played at a shall-we-say nontraditional venue Friday night — an anarchist commune. Everybody was very nice. In keeping with the spirit of anarchy, there was no cover charge, just a “suggested donation in the $6-$11 range.” The commune is in an old Victorian pile, and the performance space behind looks like it was once a carriage house or someone’s motorcar machine shop. The anarchists fitted it out with a stage, and host events there on the regular. Alcohol is strictly BYO; we showed up with fo’ties and tall boys, the most depressing serving size on the planet, but for someone who long ago graduated to craft cocktails and designer beer, it was an amusing bit of nostalgia. And the girls played well, so it was a nice evening all around.

God, I’m so glad it’s summer. Every evening spent sitting outside just seems like a gift. In about an hour, I’m going to deliver on a long-promised drink with a friend, and I’m going to ride my bike there. It will be sweet.

My activities the last few days were pedestrian, and boil down to this: I’m glad I have an Aeron chair. So let’s go to the bloggage:

I’ve seen so many events like this I have to wonder if they’re deliberate setups. How often? Well, there was this one. And this one. This one was a prom, but I’d say it counts. Here’s another prom. When will they ever learn? Unless the bridge has a clearly stated one-ton load limit, or is made of cement, stay off. Unless you want to end up on the Today show.

I didn’t watch the Belmont Stakes, because I knew what would happen, and it did. I understand California Chrome’s owner went on a rant about the spoiler element of allowing tanned, rested and ready entrants into Triple Crown races to spoil it for horses like his. OK, I get it, but I think it’s a lot simpler: I think the whole thoroughbred line is cooked. Every thoroughbred goes back to three foundation sires, and are all related like an Egyptian royal family. Want to improve horse racing? Allow some selective crosses out to sturdier stock. But that’s just me.

So. Off for that drink, and then to make lamb chops. Unless I have three drinks, and it may be something a little more heat ‘n’ serve.

A good week ahead, all.

Posted at 12:30 am in Current events |

56 responses to “Something God intended.”

  1. alex said on June 9, 2014 at 6:45 am

    Not to go full Godwin or anything, but in 1936 the electorate in Germany was awash in patriotic fervor and populist anger at minorities. Not to draw any parallels between the Tea Party movement or anything.

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  2. coozledad said on June 9, 2014 at 6:51 am

    Enemy combatants.

    Witnesses told police one of the shooters yelled “This is the start of a revolution” before shooting the officers. Gillespie later said he could not confirm that.

    The shooters then stripped the officers of their weapons and ammunition and badges, according to a law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation. They then covered the officers with something that featured the Gadsden flag, a yellow banner with a coiled snake above the words, “Don’t tread on Me.”

    Tea trash.

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  3. coozledad said on June 9, 2014 at 6:51 am

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  4. Julie Robinson said on June 9, 2014 at 7:17 am

    My thoughts exactly, Alex.

    They may have distanced themselves from Mourdock after the fact, but they nominated his deputy to succeed him. (After a 4.5 hour set of votes. Would that not be a circle of hell?) Shine must really be feeling the TP pressure, to disown his own heritage that way. And how is it that I just noticed the initials for the Tea Party are the same as toilet paper?

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  5. Julie Robinson said on June 9, 2014 at 7:25 am

    Oh, and make sure to check out the Google home page today; it’s a charming animation of an 11 year old’s art. Her prize was a $30,000 college scholarship, which, by the time she gets there, might pay for a semester at a state school.

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  6. devtob said on June 9, 2014 at 7:48 am

    Apparently, your alma mater considers it journalism to “recognize diversity in the Allen County Republican Party,” which is exactly what the county GOP chairman wants the newspaper to do.

    I only read the woman one (a hereditary Republican on the public teat) and I suppose the earnest details of the (intern-written?) story are laughable — “Mather is a woman in the Allen County Republican Party, and in her opinion, it’s the best time to be a woman in the Grand Old Party.” — but it should be Romenesko-level embarrassing to so obviously do the bidding of a local GOP boss in print.

    The counter-factual message of diversity and “no old white men here” is not just an Indiana thing. Usually the stenographers do a better job of pretending that it’s newsworthy.

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  7. beb said on June 9, 2014 at 8:13 am

    I remember how, in the Bush years, it was so de classe to ever mention Nazism and the Bush administration. Nowadays it seems like a week can’t go by without some senior Republican official going on on how Obama = Nazism. It’s all projection, you know. The things the Republicans see in the Democrats are the things they most want to do themselves. Burn a few more Jews? – Hey, it’s a Grand Ol’ Bonfire.

    OK, maybe that was going a little too far and I’m not sure if that real HTML. Won’t know until I post it….

    Atrois links to a Dallas newspaper feature on Open Carry Texas and specifically an account of a woman who reported seeing armed men on a bridge overpass to the police and a couple weeks later started getting anonymous death threats. There are just too many crazies in our nation.

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  8. beb said on June 9, 2014 at 8:15 am

    Apparently putting the word strikeout in angle brackets is not real HTML after all. The word, brackets and all have disappeared, though.

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  9. Suzanne said on June 9, 2014 at 8:21 am

    Alex @ 1: that was exactly my first thought when I heard what Mourdock said.

    As to the guys in Las Vegas, I guess that puts holes in the notion that the only stop to a bad guy with a firearm is a good guy with one. Two armed, trained cops and they couldn’t counteract the element of surprise.

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  10. Jolene said on June 9, 2014 at 8:30 am

    I had the same thought re the limited benefit of armed good guys, Suzanne. And, added to that is last week’s successful intervention by a good guy armed with pepper spray.

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  11. LAMary said on June 9, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Barely on topic, here I am with another unsolicited recipe. Last week the NYT food section online had a Mark Bittman recipe for Thai inspired beef salad. I made it last night and it was very speedy, very easy and very good. You can fake it on the salad greens if don’t have mesclun on hand. I used spinach and some other random baby greens.

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  12. Jeff Borden said on June 9, 2014 at 9:33 am

    I just wish anyone who invokes Hitler and Nazism would at least take the time to read William Shirer or other historians who painstakingly studied and wrote about the man and the movement. The one’s who invoke the Naxzi cry almost never get anything correct about the movement and its root causes, which Alex alludes to above.

    I’m typing this using a Starbucks wi-fi connection before I enter the hell that is the Cook County Circuit Court. For the frigging fifth time in my 25 years in Chicago, I’ve been called to be a juror. An alternate this time, so maybe I’ll get lucky and be sent home early. I’m out in the boonies of Rolling Meadows. . .haven’t heard a siren or a foreign language yet.

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  13. Julie Robinson said on June 9, 2014 at 9:39 am

    Mmm, sounds good, Mary. Recipe or link?

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    • nancy said on June 9, 2014 at 9:49 am

      This link should fix you up.

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  14. Charlotte said on June 9, 2014 at 10:04 am

    Oy. The California Chrome owner. Don’t whine about the rules of the game when you lose. The “Triple Crown” has always been three separate races, with no obligation to run in all three. That’s what makes it so hard. That was a good horse, but not a great horse. And if I had a horse that had won the Peter Pan, at Belmont, and looked like a good distance horse, I too would have kept my mouth shut, and put him in the Belmont. The horse won, and some people won some big money by getting everyone else talking about, and betting on Chrome. Feature, not bug — so stop whining guy from Nevada who got lucky with his first horse. Go talk to some of these guys who have been in the game for a long time. It’s always heartbreaking. And I had horse people who should know better going on (on Facebook) about how Chrome was “robbed” by “cheaters”. Oy.

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  15. brian stouder said on June 9, 2014 at 10:10 am

    That looks good! I think I shall make the attempt.

    And, forget horse racing; one icy-cold Diet Pepsi says that Mourdock’s knotty grasp on 20th century history gets mentioned on Rachel’s show tonight

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  16. Judybusy said on June 9, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Don’t have a lot of time, but by happenstance am making a Thai beef salad tonight, from my cookbook, True Thai. If Bittman’s version is similar, don’t hesitate to make it. It’s just delicious!

    I also agree with what Alex and others have been saying. And now, off to the races. So to speak.

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  17. Sue said on June 9, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Good weekend here too. Perfect weather including some made-to-order sunshine and breezes for an outdoor church service yesterday.
    Then, my husband tried to make those kale chips we’ve been hearing about, even though we have avoided it for a long while because it seemed like such a precious fad. We used first harvestings of kale, tiny-leaved and delicate and … ohmygoodness. Such a perfect combination of all things good and seemingly bad for you. I don’t know how it would work with kale from the grocery store, but with home-grown baby kale – wow.
    And last night watched a movie on Netflix called In The Loop. Anyone seen it? Why haven’t I heard about such a wonderful, nasty, profane satire? I will have to watch it again just to figure out all that I missed trying to get the accents.

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    • nancy said on June 9, 2014 at 10:40 am

      Saw “In the Loop” and loved it. I’m glad to find at least one other person who has, because I felt like it played for an audience of one — me.

      If you liked “In the Loop,” you’ll love “Veep,” the HBO comedy. Same team, same spirit, same laffs.

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  18. Icarus said on June 9, 2014 at 10:50 am

    I thought one of the misunderstandings of Godwin’s Law was that “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches” not so much that it necessarily ends the discussion.

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  19. brian stouder said on June 9, 2014 at 10:54 am

    Yesterday our nine-year-old turned ten, and we were out driving here or there, and passed a Family Video.

    Grant indicated we should grab his (and his sisters’) report card and go there, as they offer free movies if you have an ‘A’.

    I think it’s been about 2 years since we visited that place; I’d say it won’t exist before long, with all the Netflix/Amazon/Hulu/what-have-you that’s a click away anymore.

    And those services introduced me to the term “binge-watching”, with Pam going for Grey’s Anatomy/Parenthood, and Shelby going for an updated Sherlock Holmes series, etc)

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  20. coozledad said on June 9, 2014 at 11:39 am

    from the killbillies’ facebook page, their likes.

    Ron Paul, Conservative Daily, Generation Opportunity, National Association for Gun Rights, Rand Paul, The Presidential Straw Poll, RightChange, Personal Liberty, American Crossroads, FreedomWorks, Rep. Allen West, ForAmerica, We The People Bracelet, America’s Power, Three Percenter Nationand 69 more

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  21. Sherri said on June 9, 2014 at 11:49 am

    “In the Loop” was a film spinoff of a British series “The Thick of It”, which is marvelous. I love Peter Capaldi, loved him here, loved him in “The Hour”, and am looking forward to his turn as The Doctor this fall.

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  22. alex said on June 9, 2014 at 11:50 am

    That’s about the umpteen-gazillionth iteration of Bittman’s Thai beef salad that I’ve seen so far. It seems like he publishes a new one every few months.

    Just last night I made the one where he uses flank steak, mint, basil and cilantro, English cucumber, both sesame oil and fish sauce in the lime juice for the dressing and the red onion cut lengthwise into long slivers, as well as finely diced jalapeno. The basil and cilantro were fresh from my own garden, by the way. For greens I went with baby kale and a thing called “power mix” from Kroger . Had a heaping serving for breakfast this morning and I’m looking forward to it again tonight. It’s fresh, cool, crisp and savory and I never get tired of it.

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    • nancy said on June 9, 2014 at 12:00 pm

      I had Power Mix scrambled with my eggs today. Feeling very powerful.

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  23. beb said on June 9, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    I had leftovers for breakfast and leftovers for lunch. Even work is starting to have a deja vu-ish felt to it.

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  24. Julie Robinson said on June 9, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Whatever the version, it sounds delish. We’ve got mint growing in a pot, too.

    We laughed ourselves silly at Veep, so the other two sound promising.

    Jeff B hasn’t been back, so he may be serving jury duty. I’ll never figure out the metrics on that–I’ve been called many times and served once, while my hubby has only been called a couple and never served. But this year I got a notice, then he got one, then our son got one. I sat around waiting for awhile and was dismissed, hubby got cancelled the night before, and our son ended up serving.

    It was a two-day trial for armed robbery (for a pizza and a handful of change), and though he was probably the youngest there, our kid got elected foreman. They acquitted after a witness disavowed his earlier testimony, and he’s got some pretty interesting stories to tell now.

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  25. MichaelG said on June 9, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Is ‘Power Mix’ some sort of dietary supplement?

    It was 104 here yesterday and is predicted to be 106 today. Warmish. Lord knows what it must be in Phoenix.

    Here is a great stat guaranteed to make everybody in the top 1% happy. Univ. of Cal. researchers conducted a survey of 383,900 grocery store workers and have discovered that their average wage went from $19.38 an hour in 2000 to $15.17 in 2012 with non-union people now earning less than $10 an hour. It was noted that Costco was an exception and pays its workers relatively well though no figures were cited.

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  26. alex said on June 9, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    It’s called “Power Greens” (my bad), just a salad mix consisting of arugula and so forth in a plastic box.

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  27. Sherri said on June 9, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    I saw an article about that study, MichaelG. It also mentioned that a private equity firm, Cerberus Capital Management, which already owns Albertsons, is in the process of buying Safeway. and quoted a Safeway spokesman as saying that the deal should benefit both workers and consumers. Because, you know, private equity has such a reputation for benefiting workers and consumers.

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  28. Dexter said on June 9, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    Any of youse ever make or even eat any of this? I used to have a friend who went on about his grandmother’s recipe … I never knew what was in it…but it sounds fuggin disgusting.

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  29. Dexter said on June 9, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    Rik Mayall has passed away at age 56. About 20 years ago a show he worked on, “The Young Ones” was played on MTV every Sunday night, and it was so damn funny it was can’t-miss TV. R.I.P. Rik Mayall 🙁

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  30. Connie said on June 9, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Study: Eating These 41 ‘Powerhouse’ Fruits And Vegetables Can Prevent Chronic Disease

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  31. Dorothy said on June 9, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    I had blueberries in my Life cereal this morning. I wonder why blueberries were not on that list, Connie?

    I’m feeling quite sober today. Found out that the sister-in-law of the man who built our previous house died suddenly last week. Her husband found her dead on the floor in their bathroom. All I was told (3rd party) was that she had a serious wound in her leg. I don’t know what caused the wound, or when it happened in conjunction with her death. I’m guessing it turned septic. She was 2 months younger than me. That is making me feel very, very sad this afternoon.

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  32. brian stouder said on June 9, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    Julie – jury duty; Ugh!!

    I’d have voted for your son for foreman, too.

    One thing I learned is – when the jury is first handed the case and retires to the deliberation room – do NOT use that moment to visit the restroom.

    If you use that moment to ‘powder your nose’, you will find that you were unanimously chosen to be foreman while you were away!

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  33. Connie said on June 9, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    Dorothy, from the article attached to the list: Fruits tended to score rather low on the tests. In fact, the highest rated fruit – red pepper – only scored 41.26. Notably absent from the list were a number of berries including raspberries, blueberries and cranberries.

    Researchers say that berries, while rich in non-essential nutrients, lacked the recommended intake of certain compounds.

    As for fruit in my life, I would county numerous rhubarb pies, but in fact rhubarb is a vegetable!

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  34. Scout said on June 9, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    MichaelG – it’s predicted to get to 109 in Phoenix today. Tomorrow we’re expecting a cold snap; it’s supposed to be about 106. It’s actually not that bad; it’s hot in the afternoon but the mornings and evening are cool. It’s, as they say, a dry heat.

    I buy power greens in a bag that consists of kale, spinach and chard. We use about half of it in salads and the other half we stuff into the vitamix with fruit for smoothies. I tried growing chard and kale last year but the peach faced love birds adopted my garden as their own personal salad bar. I know when I’m beat.

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  35. Basset said on June 9, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Connie@32, too true… happened to me a few years back.

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  36. Dorothy said on June 9, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    And red peppers are FRUIT?! Wowser. Learn something new every day. Well speaking of berries, I think for Father’s Day I’m going to have to make that mixed berry dessert I heard about last year on this very site. This would be the one:

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  37. Kirk said on June 9, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Dexter@29: “The Young Ones” indeed was a funny show. I always wondered whether Rik Mayall was related to John Mayall.

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  38. Heather said on June 9, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    I don’t eat much red meat anymore but may have to make an exception for that beef salad. I’ve got cilantro in a pot that I haven’t even used yet. Lots of mint too, of course. You can’t kill that stuff.

    I loved “In the Loop” but “The Thick of It” left me cold for some reason. The main writer behind those and “Veep,” Armando Iannucci, often works with Steve Coogan on his Alan Partridge character, always reliably hilarious.

    This weekend I made rhubarb ice cream. I wish it were a mite sweeter, but it’s very good. We have an almost endless supply of rhubarb from a big plant, so I’m sure I’ll get to try more variations. Boyfriend likes to make pies. I’m more of a crumble gal myself.

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  39. alex said on June 9, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    Turns out the Vegas cop killers were from “a hick town” in Indiana, although the town wasn’t identified, and neighbors in their Vegas apartment complex described political views that would have been right at home at the state GOP convention last weekend:

    And one of them worked at Hobby Lobby.

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  40. Sherri said on June 9, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Botanically, red peppers are fruit, in that they develop from a flower and contain seeds. So are tomatoes, nuts, grains, avocados, corn, squash, peapods, etc. Vegetables are leaves (lettuce), roots (carrots), stems (celery), or buds (broccoli).

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  41. Mike said on June 9, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    I knew that the Nazis consolidated power by ’33 so my immediate response was Mourdock was full of it. But I went googling and indeed the Nazis did hold elections in 1936. However, the only party allowed to run was the Nazi party. I still think he’ full of it. Entitlements weren’t really Hitler’s style. I think he more likely promised a big army.

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  42. coozledad said on June 9, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    alex: Yeah, the female killbilly listed her profession as something like “Needlepoint Director, Hobby Lobby”.

    Hobby Lobby really needs to change its stance on US procreation and start getting its shitferbrains’ tubes tied.

    And it’s past time to waterboard Sean Hannity to see how much he knows about the Bundy Ranch connection.

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  43. Dexter said on June 9, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    Kirk: I checked but NETFLIX isn’t streaming ”
    The Young Ones”…disc rental is available but I don’t roll that way.

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  44. Dave said on June 9, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    I received a notice for potential jury duty late last fall but we went off to Florida in January and I never received any more mail from Allen County. What I should say is that I know that some of our forwarded mail never made it to Florida and I have wondered if perhaps another summons also failed to get to us. I certainly hope not.

    Never have served on a jury, always got let go for one reason or another. Only once was I actually trying to get out of it.

    Mourdock. Steve Shine should have denounced him with a passionate fury, he’s been the local party chairman here forever and he could have done it. Really sucked far into the abyss, Mr. Shine.

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  45. jcburns said on June 9, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    Beb, in the name of all that is HTML, please don’t put a <BLINK> tag into your comment or we’re all magically catapulted back to 1997.

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  46. Basset said on June 9, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    Lots of Young Ones episodes on YouTube. Time to go fire up the Chromecast.

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  47. Dave said on June 9, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Las Vegas cop killers are from Lafayette, or she was, anyway. Not certain about him. With all the negative comments made here just a few days ago about Lafayette, a town I know little about other than W. Lafayette and the home of Purdue, I thought it strange coincidence and wondered what else lurks there.

    I spent several years running into Frankfort, IN, about twenty miles southwest of there.

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  48. coozledad said on June 9, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    The Obamas have excellent taste. Best city in the US outside of New York and Durham, NC.

    My French girlfriend wept when I took her there. She didn’t think it was possible in the US (after being stuck in Greenville NC).

    “It is a European town!” She screamed with relief.

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  49. coozledad said on June 9, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Ooops. Link:

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  50. Kirk said on June 9, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    Rik Mayall’s dad was John Mayall, but not the famous one.

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  51. alex said on June 9, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    Steve Shine’s willingness to bend over and take one for Mourdock got me to thinking about how he managed to hold on to his chairmanship of the local GOP several years ago when a nutter won the Republican mayoral primary in a very stunning upset, leading the local Republican establishment to openly coalesce around a Democratic candidate — “Republicans for Tom Henry” — who, incidentally, had to be drafted into running because no Dems had even bothered to run for the office that year. The crazies took enormous umbrage at the fact that most of their own party had abandoned them and when the dust all settled they were calling for Shine’s tiny head on a stick and forced it to a vote. Shine held on by a substantial margin. I thought perhaps the fanatics had learned their place. Now I see by his cowardly words that it was really Shine who learned his.

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  52. brian stouder said on June 9, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    I recall once, Friend of NN.c Mark ‘the shark’ GiaQuinta (then a City Councilman; he could have been Mayor if he wanted, but instead he went for the superb but very non-sexy Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of Trustees, where he easily wins one of the two city-wide “at large” seats every four years) once said that the Allen County Republican party electorate would elect a giraffe, if it got onto their ticket.

    I believe that was true then, and remains true

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  53. Crazycatlady said on June 10, 2014 at 1:24 am

    Beb, Sorry about the leftovers. It’s been a rough day. Love you.

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