Monday, December 29, 2008

NWI Blogger Meetup

Attention Northwest Indiana bloggers!!!

Steve Dalton is setting up a blogger meetup on January 8, 2009 in Valparaiso at 6 p.m. No further details available at this time, stay posted!



Thursday, December 4, 2008

Ever had one of those days?

Like this guy? He lost it. . . .

Apparently the other guy must have been throwing stuff at him repeatedly:





Friday, November 28, 2008

Sarah Palin Turkey Pardoning Video

I wonder why no one moved her to the left a little bit. Daily Kos's comments got a little annoying. It's not as gory as I heard it was. Not very graphic at all. I really don't see the big deal here. . . .





I-65, Borman interchange open to traffic

Motorists had an extra reason to be thankful on Thanksgiving Day, with the early reopening of a 1.5-mile stretch of Interstate 65 and two newly built bridges passing over Interstate 80/94.

Indiana State Police and the Indiana Department of Transportation reported the ramp closures, traffic restrictions and detours were removed at 10:45 p.m. Tuesday. Access between I-65 and the Indiana Toll Road also is now fully open.

Officials with the Indiana Department of Transportation said earlier in the month that the changes were expected to take place in early to mid-December.

The closures began in March to reconstruct the I-65 bridges over the Borman Expressway and the ramps at the interchange. New features include a flyover ramp from westbound I-80/94 to southbound I-65, new entrance and exit ramp configurations at Ridge Road and wider entrances at the ramps with higher traffic volumes, including the eastbound Borman to southbound I-65 and northbound I-65 to the westbound Borman.

INDOT reported the improvements should result in less merging of traffic and improved traffic flow. Minor lane restrictions on I-65, the Borman and the interchange ramps will occur during shoulder work, INDOT officials said, but the interchange will remain open.

From The Times. . . .

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Forum on The Future of Northwest Indiana



The Future of Northwest Indiana Forum is the first-ever region-wide public meeting to help plan and create a vision for the future of Lake, Porter and La Porte Counties.

The event will take place on Saturday, December 6 from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM at the Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza in Merrillville. Registration and continental breakfast begin at 8:00 am.

The forum will use mediated small-group conversations and keypad polling technology to garner instant ideas and feedback from participants. Input on local priorities including transportation, environmental and economic growth, land use, and how to ensure social equity within the region will be the central focus of this first-ever meeting to develop a vision for the region’s future.

The forum kicks off a long-term effort to develop the region’s first three-county, comprehensive, regional plan to address the changing face of the area by the year 2040.

This conversation is about you, your family, and your local community.

JOIN US! REGISTER NOW!



Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Snow In NWI

Well we have our first snowfall of the year on this fine 18th of November, just nine days before Thanksgiving. Up north where I am didn't get anything, but Kouts and further south east has a foot or so! The Post Tribune reports that "Lake-effect snow and icy roads caused several vehicle crashes on Interstate 94 in Porter and LaPorte counties on Monday night. . . . Police said the interstate was like "a solid sheet of ice" from Portage to Michigan City. Troopers could travel only around 10 mph." Pretty crazy!

Why is it that everyone in the Region forgets how to drive during the first snowfall of every year? We do this annually!



Thursday, November 13, 2008

Man Cured From AIDS!

A bone marrow transplant may have saved a man's life from AIDS. The Associated Press reports:

An American man who suffered from AIDS appears to have been cured of the disease 20 months after receiving a targeted bone marrow transplant normally used to fight leukemia, his doctors said.

While researchers — and the doctors themselves — caution that the case might be no more than a fluke, others say it may inspire a greater interest in gene therapy to fight the disease that claims 2 million lives each year. The virus has infected 33 million people worldwide.

Dr. Gero Huetter said Wedneday his 42-year-old patient, an American living in Berlin who was not identified, had been infected with the AIDS virus for more than a decade. But 20 months after undergoing a transplant of genetically selected bone marrow, he no longer shows signs of carrying the virus.

"We waited every day for a bad reading," Huetter said.

It has not come. Researchers at Berlin's Charite hospital and medical school say tests on his bone marrow, blood and other organ tissues have all been clean.

However, Dr. Andrew Badley, director of the HIV and immunology research lab at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., said those tests have probably not been extensive enough.

"A lot more scrutiny from a lot of different biological samples would be required to say it's not present," Badley said.

This isn't the first time marrow transplants have been attempted for treating AIDS or HIV infection. In 1999, an article in the journal Medical Hypotheses reviewed the results of 32 attempts reported between 1982 and 1996. In two cases, HIV was apparently eradicated, the review reported.




Friday, November 7, 2008

Honoring Veterans in NWI

C.P. celebrates Veterans Day with beer, breakfast
NWI Times

While one Crown Point business toasts veterans with free beer, a Crown Point church will honor military personnel and their families with breakfast.

People have long shown their appreciation for others with what they have available to them. In the case of Crown Brewery, what its owners have to offer is beer.

That's why from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday the brewery, 211 S. East St. will unveil its new beer the Special Force Ale, and provide a free beer to all veterans.

"It's our way of saying 'Thank you,'" said Adam Grape, the brewery's marketing director. "It's what we can offer, but it's not much for what they've done."

Graper said the idea of a beer to honor those in the military had been floating around for a while, but only recently came to fruition. He said the beer is smooth and light, and its drinkers don't have to be beer lovers to enjoy it. The Special Force Ale will be one of the brewery's three "year-round" beers on tap, alongside three seasonal beers.

One street away, First United Methodist Church, 352 S. Main St., is combining its celebrations of Veterans Day and Thanksgiving with a project so large Pastor Mark Wilkins said it has taken on a life of its own.

The church has spent the last six months contacting the families of local military personnel to invite them to a breakfast Nov. 16. Wilkins said the church is not only honoring veterans, but saying thank you to the families of active service personnel.

"We want to say thank you for the lonely nights and the nights they've stayed awake wondering if their loved ones are OK," he said.

The church will have a service at 9 and again at 11 a.m. with a private breakfast receptions for the families in between.

Wilkins said the families who are participating have been shocked that they are being recognized too.

"They're gratified someone recognizes the sacrifice they make everyday," he said.

The city of Crown Point will have a Veterans Day ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday on the east side of the old courthouse with the American Legion and the VFW. The city also will remember troops who are overseas during the holidays with a ceremony at 6 p.m. Nov. 15 to light the tank at Goldsborough and Main streets.

Local veterans from the American Legion and VFW also are invited to a Veterans Day program at 9 a.m. Nov. 14 at St. Mary Catholic Community School, 405 E. Joliet St.

I'm definitely going to go claim my free beer ;)

Thursday, November 6, 2008

70% of voters show up at the polls in Lake County

It was very neat to see the large turnout at the polls on November 4, 2008. The NWI Times points out:

That exceeds the 55 percent turnout for the 2004 George Bush-John Kerry race or the 56 percent turnout for the Bush-Al Gore race.

"This election is obviously seismic," said James McCann, a professor of political science at Purdue University.

The number of voters had declined -- with few exceptions -- from 1960 to 2000 and were on a mild upswing until Tuesday's spike at the polls, McCann said. . . .

Perhaps just as precedent setting, Lake County elections officials managed to collect and tally all 214,023 ballots -- nearly 70,000 more than in the spring primary -- with much less trouble than in the spring primary when the delay of voting results made the county the butt of criticism across the nation.


I certainly noticed a much greater voter turnout at my polling station in Merrillville! Very encouraging to see more people becoming involved in politics! Now we'll see if it was genuine "change" in 2012 or if it was motivated by something else. . . .

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Election Predictions Versus Actual

Well the media has been saying it all along: Obama is the next president. I know the blogosphere was filled with election predictions, each favoring their particular candidate. I kept my prediction silent merely because I was just playing around with the RealClearPolitics Electoral Map Tool. I decided that I might as well post my prediction and the actual final results (or what we have so far).

My prediction:


Actual results (this far):


I wasn't far off. Not that it matters, but is there any word yet on Missouri or North Carolina? Congrats to Obama!



Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Conservative Black Republican Speaks Out Against Obama and Racist Stupidity

I saw this on Twitter, hat tip to @redstarvip. This is a young black man (who is a McCain supporter) who explains why he is not voting for Obama, and why his people are continually allowing themselves to be duped for a lie. Very interesting and great. It's 10 minutes long, and it gets really good right about at the halfway point. Check it out!



He says a lot of things that need to be articulated, but any white person who says them will be labeled a racist. Be sure to watch.



Voter Issues Rampant

I waited in line about two hours in Merrillville this morning, a sign of record voter turnout. I called the election hotline since a lady was electioneering for a school board candidate directly in front of the entryway (Federal law prohibits this within 50 feet from the entrance to the polls). I doubt they'll follow up on it, though. What is your voting experience?

Friday, October 31, 2008

I just got off the phone with Andy Horning

... who is the Libertarian candidate for governor of Indiana. Andy Horning wants to hear from the citizens of Indiana - you can call him directly on his cell phone at 812-585-0504.

We chatted mostly about Mitch Daniels, Horning admits that Daniels is going to win this election, but he also explained that a vote for Daniels is a vote for more of the same, while a vote for Horning sends a message to Mitch to listen to the voters who want to see Indiana's Constitution upheld.

Andy Horning says on his blog essentiallly what he told me on the phone:

Don’t waste your vote on Jill Long Thompson. She can’t win. No way.

Don’t waste your vote on Mitch, either. He’s already got you for another four years.

If you want your vote to say something at all, vote for me. That vote will tell Mitch that you want him to obey the oath of office. It will tell Governor Daniels that you’re not giving him a free pass to do whatever he wants to do with your life, liberty and property. It will tell all politicians that voters want the constitutions that protect citizens from ungoverned government. A vote for me says, “I’m onto y’all…we want our rights and property and lives back.”

So if you’re on the fence about who’ll get your vote for Governor of Indiana, vote for law and order, peace and principle…vote for Andy Horning for Governor and Lisa Kelly for Lt. Governor.

Go to HorningforGovernor.com for more info!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Do not underestimate the power of Twitter

I've been making it a goal to spend 30 minutes a day on Twitter. Yes that seems like a lot of time, but it really pays off. I've been making many new friends/followers, and it is helping me to really participate in the community aspects of Web 2.0. Not only that, people are more apt to visit your site when they know you and interact with you some. A good slice of my traffic comes from Twitter -- don't underestimate it! Plus, I like meeting new people!

Obama to make campaign stop Friday in Highland

Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., will make his "closing argument" to Indiana voters at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Wicker Memorial Park in Highland. In a press release from the Obama campaign, Obama will ask Hoosiers to "choose hope over fear, unity over division and the promise of change over the power of the status quo." Gates open for the free 7:30 p.m. event at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Local official seeks criminal probe of ACORN

Indiana's secretary of state Todd Rokita has requested a criminal investigation into the embattled community organizing group ACORN, which is accused of submitting hundreds of bogus voter registration forms in northern Lake County.

The request is based on Rokita's preliminary examination and analysis of 1,438 questionable voter registration applications ACORN submitted in the county, which includes the city of Gary. Rokita, a Republican, has concluded there is "significant, credible evidence" that ACORN violated Indiana and federal law.

So what is being done about this? ACORN is labeling Rokita as racist, biased, and every other excuse in the book other than taking the blame for its fraudulent activity. Typical. . . .

Monday, October 27, 2008

Funny Economics Lesson

I saw this on Aaron's shared feeds:

Bar Stool Economics NOT by David R. Kamerschen, Ph.D.

Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this:

The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.
The fifth would pay $1.
The sixth would pay $3.
The seventh would pay $7.
The eighth would pay $12.
The ninth would pay $18.
The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.

So, that’s what they decided to do. The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve. ‘Since you are all such good customers, he said, ‘I’m going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20. Drinks for the ten now cost just $80.

The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes so the first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free. But what about the other six men - the paying customers? How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his ‘fair share?’ They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody’s share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer. So, the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man’s bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay.

And so:

The fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% savings).
The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33%savings).
The seventh now pay $5 instead of $7 (28%savings).
The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% savings).
The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% savings).
The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% savings).

Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to drink for free. But once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings.

‘I only got a dollar out of the $20,’declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man,’ but he got $10!’

‘Yeah, that’s right,’ exclaimed the fifth man. ‘I only saved a dollar, too. It’s unfair that he got ten times more than I!’

‘That’s true!!’ shouted the seventh man. ‘Why should he get $10 back when I got only two? The wealthy get all the breaks!’

‘Wait a minute,’ yelled the first four men in unison. ‘We didn’t get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!’

The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.

The next night the tenth man didn’t show up for drinks, so the nine sat down and had beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didn’t have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!

And that, boys and girls, journalists and college professors, is how our tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start drinking overseas where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.

David R. Kamerschen, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics, University of Georgia

For those who understand, no explanation is needed.
For those who do not understand, no explanation is possible.

US Army Sees Twitter As Possible Terrorist "Operation Tool"

Mike from Slashdot writes "A draft US Army intelligence report has identified the popular micro-blogging service Twitter as a potential terrorist tool. A chapter titled 'Potential for Terrorist Use of Twitter' notes that Twitter members reported the July Los Angeles earthquake faster than news outlets and activists at the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis used it to provide information on police movements. 'Twitter is already used by some members to post and/or support extremist ideologies and perspectives,' the report said. The report goes on to say, 'Terrorists could theoretically use Twitter social networking in the US as an operation tool.' Just wait until the Army finds out about chat rooms and email!"

Redistribution of Wealth...

...is a horrible idea.





Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Obama not a U.S. citizen?

Ever heard of Philip J. Berg? He is a life-long Democratic attorney with impeccable career credentials. And he has something to share with you that is of extreme importance.

He wonders why Barack Obama refuses to give his birth certificate to a judge. No conspiracy theory here, this is an actual court case. AND YOU SHOULD CARE ABOUT THIS. As first seen on endiana.com:




Monday, October 20, 2008

Am I really connecting NWI?

While this blog had great intentions -- it is not accomplishing what I set out for it to do. I'm contemplating dropping this blog and simply posting articles of this nature over at Steve Dalton's Northwest Indiana Blogs or at Porter County Politics, both for which I am a contributor. I'm trying to focus my writing energies on prayeramedic.com and 390days.com and hopefully one of them will achieve at least 50 subscribers. That is my goal. I am mostly focusing on 390days.com and may try to merge prayeramedic with it. That won't be for awhile though. I'll keep you posted -- literally ;)

Thursday, October 16, 2008

China already owns most of the country, why not NWI too?

Apparently a delegation from Valparaiso University went to China to try to persuade them to invest in Northwest Indiana business. At times like these I'm reminded of the great wisdom of Thumper, "If you can't say something nice, don't say nothing at all."

Read more at NWI Times. . . .

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Downtown Valpo YMCA sold to...

BridgePoint Church. The fate of the YMCA was decided before it even had a chance to move to its new location.

Mayor Jon Costas said, "We're excited that the building will be put to good use, and we look forward to working closely with the church to realize their goals there. It's an important building in the downtown, and something we want to make sure provides a place for the community."

Read more at the NWI Times. . . .

Ross Township Volunteer FD to run out of funds soon

The town hasn't paid the volunteer FD the money it owes it for quite some time, only now the department may no longer be able to operate without it. This is sort of important to me since I used to serve as a volunteer for station #2. The biggest problem is the amount of money wasted on false alarms. The town needs to raise it ordinance fine for these alarms. There are several "frequent flyers" who CONSTANTLY ended up dispatching us for false alarms. From the NWI Times:

"The service responds to many false alarms and some occur at the same location multiple times a week.

Herzog said a stiffer penalty is needed because the service is wasting money when it responds to a false alarm. Councilmen have said false alarms also create safety issues.

Town councilmen have discussed an updated false alarm ordinance but have yet to vote on it."


Tuesday, October 14, 2008

3 governor candidates face off at 6pm tonight

Incumbent Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels, Democrat Jill Long Thompson and Libertarian Andy Horning will meet Tuesday night (tonight) at the Indiana University Auditorium in Bloomington to debate one another.

The debate will be broadcast locally live at 6 tonight on Lakeshore Public Television Channel 56. The debate will stream live at www.indianadebatecommission.com and will be broadcast on WEFM-FM and WIMS-AM, both in Michigan City.

Read more at the Post Tribune. . . .

Little Red Hen


I got this in my email, and it's hilarious... and true!

'Who will help me plant the Wheat?' said the little red hen.

'Not I,' said the cow.

'Not I,' said the duck.

'Not I,' said the pig.

'Not I,' said the goose.

'Then I will do it by myself,' said the little red hen, and so she did. The wheat grew very tall and ripened into golden grain.



'Who will help me reap my wheat?' asked the little red hen.

'Not I,' said the duck..

'Out of my classification,' said the pig.

'I'd lose my seniority,' said the cow.

'I'd lose my unemployment compensation,' said the goose.

'Then I will do it by myself,' said the little red hen, and so she did.



At last it came time to bake the bread.

'Who will help me bake the bread?' asked the little red hen.

'That would be overtime for me,' said the cow.

'I'd lose my welfare benefits,' said the duck.

'I'm a dropout and never learned how,' said the pig.

'If I'm to be the only helper, that's discrimination,' said the goose.

'Then I will do it by myself,' said the little red hen.



She baked five loaves and held them up for all of her neighbors to see. They wanted some and, in fact, demanded a share. But the little red hen said, 'No, I shall eat all five loaves.'

'Excess profits!' cried the cow. (Nancy Pelosi)

'Capitalist leech!' screamed the duck. (Barbara Boxer)

'I demand equal rights!' yelled the goose. (Jesse Jackson)

The pig just grunted in disdain. (Ted Kennedy)

And they all painted 'Unfair!' picket signs and marched around and around the little red hen, shouting obscenities.

Then the farmer (Obama) came. He said to the little red hen, 'You must not be so greedy.'

'But I earned the bread,' said the little red hen.


'Exactly,' said Barack the farmer. 'That is what makes our free enterprise system so wonderful. Anyone in the barnyard can earn as much as he wants. But under our modern government regulations, the productive workers must divide the fruits of their labor with those who are lazy and idle.'



And they all lived happily ever after, including the little red hen, who smiled and clucked, 'I am grateful, for now I truly understand.'



But her neighbors became quite disappointed in her. She never again baked bread because she joined the 'party' and got her bread free. And all the Democrats smiled. 'Fairness' had been established.



Individual initiative had died, but nobody noticed; perhaps no one cared..so long as there was free bread that 'the rich' were paying for.





EPILOGUE



Bill Clinton is getting $12 million for his memoirs.

Hillary got $8 million for hers.



That's $20 million for the memories from two people, who for eight years, repeatedly testified, under oath, that they couldn't remember anything.



IS THIS A GREAT BARNYARD OR WHAT?

Monday, October 13, 2008

Congrats Mitch!

I saw this over at HFFT: Kudos to Governor Mitch Daniels for the recent honor he received by being named one of just a short list of public officials of the year by Governing Magazine.

Governor Daniels was selected for putting our state on a solid financial footing in an era when most states are in fiscal trouble and for the health care reforms he implemented. Governing Magazine did not mention how well he straightened out the license branches, but we like that reform too.

Congrats to our Governor. You make Hoosiers proud!

Gary woman creates domestic violence database

Myra Spearman, a Gary resident and former victim of domestic violence, has created a database to warn other potential victims. She was in a 14-year relationship with a man who had a history of abuse and claims, "Had I known, I never would have dated him to begin with." Well now she is giving others the opportunity to know beforehand.

The Post Tribune reports:

It was that frustration that led Spearman to create an online database -- at theweakervessel.org -- that lists the names of Lake County residents who have been convicted of domestic violence or who have had protection orders or restraining orders filed against them in court.

Patterned after Internet sites that identify sex offenders, The Weaker Vessel identifies domestic abuse offenders and lists the person's name, city and county of alleged offense, case number and description of offense -- all public information gleaned from court records provided by the Lake County Sheriff's Department.

While imperfect -- not all entries include full names and birth dates, for example -- it provides enough information for interested parties to find out more.

That alone may save a life, Spearman said.


Read the full article at the Post Tribune. . . . Spearman also maintains a blog at http://twvblog.blogspot.com/.

Locals worry about retirement

Things are getting scary for locals who are watching their retirement savings plummet before their eyes, particularly local teachers. The NWI Times relates several stories of locals who have been taking a hard hit in their retirement accounts. Of interest is how many elderly men do not trust banks ever since the Depression and keep their money in boxes, not in accounts. Maybe they're onto something. . . .

Sunday, October 12, 2008

ACORN... busted

Secretary of State Todd Rokita has found credible evidence of voter registration fraud done by the ACORN organization, which supports Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama. They've found over 2,000 fraudulent voter registrations for Lake County. . . so far. Can we spell C-O-R-R-U-P-T-I-O-N?!?

Perhaps it wouldn't have been so hard to detect had it not been for the sheer stupidity of many of the fraudulent forms. "One form bore the name of a Gary man who died last year while another attempted to register the Jimmy John's sandwich shop in Crown Point." This is ridiculous. If Indiana goes blue in November, I think we know where we can start looking for an explanation. Do you want a guy running the country who needs to rely on fraud to get elected?

Read more at NWI Times. . . .

Friday, October 10, 2008

Great Perspective on Palin Trooper Firing

Advance Indiana has offered a phenomenal perspective on the Palin issue of being involved in firing a trooper.

In what has to be the poorest excuse for a political hatchet job legislative investigation, sham investigative findings, which were prepared by a partisan, financial supporter of Sen. Barack Obama's campaign, were released today saying that Gov. Sarah Palin exercised her constitutional power in firing her public safety commissioner but abused her power under the state's ethics law by pushing for the removal of her ex-brother in-law, who had enaged in various acts of misconduct, including threatening to kill Gov. Palin's father and using a taser on his own son.


Read the rest at Advance Indiana. . . .

AG hopefuls to debate in Hammond

Democrat Linda Pence and Republican Greg Zoeller will debate at Purdue Calumet on Tuesday, October 21st. Of course I can't find anything about this on Purdue Cal's website, but it is in the NWI Times. What's up with local colleges not posting political events on their public calendars? Recently Bob Barr spoke at Valparaiso University and not a word about was to be found on the Valpo website. Oh well. Sorry to get on a tangent.

The debate will take place at noon on the Hammond campus. Further details are pending. Zoeller, who defeated Valparaiso mayor Jon Costas as the Republican Indiana AG nominee, specifically pushed for the debate to held in Northwest Indiana. NWI Connect fully supports Greg Zoeller for AG! Be sure to watch the debates if you can!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Apply to FEMA for flood damage assistance

Federal Emergency Management Agency Disaster Representatives are in the area to help those who have been affected by the storms and floods starting Sept. 12.

To reach them for information or assistance, call the toll-free application number: (800) 621-3362 any time n 24 hours a day, 7 days a week until further notice. For people who use TTY, call (800) 462-7585. Flood victims can also apply online at www.fema.gov.

Before calling or going online, have the following information available: your legal name (no nicknames or abbreviations; current phone number and Social Security number; a list of damages and losses you suffered; the name of your insurance company and policy number, and bank account coding if you wish to speed assistance by using direct deposit.

Officials claim they will veto Lake County income tax

If the County Council adopts an income tax on Tuesday, the Lake County Board of Commissioners said they will hold a special meeting on October 16th to veto it. Of course since both commissioners are running for re-election, they will certainly be happy to veto it. "I will never pass an income tax," County Commissioner Fran DuPey, D-Hammond, said Wednesday. Commissioner Gerry Scheub, D-Schererville, echoed her remarks.

Of course Gary could really use the money, but that's what you get when you elect a known crook into office as mayor. Let's see if Clay is re-elected. . . .

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Trick or Treat?



Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Donations Needed For Flood Relief

Donations Needed: Munster Med Inn Senior citizens were evacuated to Franciscan Physician's Hospital due to the flooding and will most likely be there until the Med Inn is remodeled.

These patients are on public assistance and had to leave with only the clothes on their backs. They are primarily in a wheelchair or bedridden. Franciscan Physician's Hospital is looking for donations of:

Sweatpants
T-shirts,
Socks
Slippers
Small lap blankets
Books
Magazines
Board Games
Items to decorate rooms

St. Catherine of Siena at 6525 Kentucky Ave, Hammond will be a drop off site for these items.

What's The Deal With Bloglines?

I use Bloglines to read my feeds, but lately it hasn't been receiving too many. For instance, I enjoy reading Steve's blog Porter County Politics, but recently I figured he hasn't been posting anything. I went the blog today and saw that he has posted almost daily over the last week, yet I haven't seen any of those posts in my Bloglines reader. What is going on? Maybe it's time to switch to Google Reader! Anyone else having similar issues?

Obama's "Pro-Life" Position Scam

The Barack Obama "messaging machine" is now in full overdrive mode, seeking to mislead religiously committed Americans into thinking that Obama has a middle-of-the-road position on abortion policy and will promote "abortion reduction."

In late September, the Obama campaign kicked off a "Faith, Family & Values Tour." A team of Obama surrogates -- including Pepperdine University law school professor Douglas Kmiec, evangelical author Donald Miller, and former Congressman Tim Roemer of Indiana -- will travel from state to state, seeking the votes of religiously committed Americans. According to a report on BeliefNet.com, the surrogates will be “doing grass-roots evangelizing for Obama in community centers (neutral sites –no houses of worship) and homes. The Tour will continue for weeks in most of the key battleground states. . . ."

"The scam depends on the Obama campaign, with cooperation from the mainstream news media, deflecting attention away from Obama's actual record, and from his extensive commitments to pro-abortion interest groups," Johnson said. "Barack Obama is firmly committed to an agenda of sweeping pro-abortion policy changes that, if implemented, will surely greatly increase the number of abortions performed."

Johnson noted that a few short months ago, during his primary contest, Obama and his advocates were boasting about his record of leadership in opposition to legislation to ban partial-birth abortions, to protect infants born alive during abortions, and to require parental notification for minors seeking abortions, among other pro-life bills. "Those boasts were well-founded, and the current effort to re-package Obama as a moderate is a brazen scam," Johnson said. . . .

Obama is a cosponsor of the so-called "Freedom of Choice Act" (FOCA, S. 1173), which Johnson calls "the most sweeping piece of pro-abortion legislation ever proposed in Congress." The FOCA is a bill that would make partial-birth abortion legal again, strike down restrictions on taxpayer funding of abortion, and nullify virtually every state and federal law or policy that would in any way "interfere with" access to abortion, including parental notification laws. In a letter sent to every member of Congress by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) on September 19, Cardinal Justin Rigali wrote, "No one who sponsors or supports legislation like FOCA can credibly claim to be part of a good-faith discussion on how to reduce abortions.” In a speech to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund on July 17, 2007, Obama said, "The first thing I'd do as president is sign the Freedom of Choice Act. That's the first thing that I'd do."

Read more. . .



Welcome a New NWI Blog!

A northwest Indiana resident blogging under the pen-name of "Ignatius Gallaher" has recently began a new blog entitled The Next Return To Freud. Gallaher recently posted about how Psychoanalytic therapy wins backing. If psychology, particularly Freudian/Lananian psychoanalytical perspectives interest you, be sure to check out The Next Return To Freud!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Find convicted felons in your neighborhood

Want to know where the bad guys are?

The government wants us to help them keep a tabs on convicted felons who have served their time, so they made their information public record.

If you click here a new window will pop up. Type any address in the blanks and view a map with near-by felons conveniently pinned. Included are the offenders names and crime committed.

If you live in a high crime area, you may find your neighborhood poked full of pin holes.

Thanks to endiana.com for this information!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Bailout won't fix home building

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Undercover Bailout

The media is falling all over itself to report on every minutiae of the so-called Wall Street "bailout bill" and its rejection by Congress yesterday.And why not? The media’s breathless coverage of the bill has produced a furious backlash by the public and hysteria on Wall Street in a self-justifying feedback loop that makes the media attention seem merited.

The startling truth which the controlled corporate media is not reporting, however, is that a bailout is actually taking place right now, completely out of the public spotlight. This program has already pumped trillions of dollars into Wall Street (compared to the mere $700 billion proposed in the legislation that the media is focusing on) to help prop up the faltering investment banks and promises to pump in even more, every dime of it to the detriment of the taxpayer though the public will have no stake in its success. Why, then, is this program not being talked about in the media?

Slipping under the radar last week amidst the hullabaloo in Washington over the bailout bill was this story noting that in the past week alone, the Federal Reserve had pumped an astonishing $188 billion per day into the system in the form of emergency credit. This means that in just four days, the Fed injected as much money into the system as the entire $700 billion bailout proposal. After the proposal was rejected, the Fed responded by immediately announcing it would pour another $630 billion into the global financial system.

The Federal Reserve, of course, is America’s central bank and although the above story conjures the reassuring image of a national bank lending out some of its vast reserves to help Wall Street weather the storm, the fact is that the Federal Reserve is not Federal and has doubtful reserves. In fact, the trillions of dollars that have been lent to the banks in the last few weeks were created out of nothing by the privately-owned Federal Reserve. When the Federal Reserve "lends" money to a bank through repurchase agreements (repos), credit auction or other method, it is not actually lending out money from its vaults. It is simply creating the money it "lends" out as electronic credits created in the recipient banks account. It is literally money out of thin air.

That the general public is on the hook for this money created out of nothing is not an exaggeration. It is paid for in a dimly-understood mechanism often known as the "inflation tax."

Inflation is nothing more than an indication that the ratio of money to products that can be purchased with that money has been increased. Since the overall number of dollars has gone up without any corresponding increase in economic production (as happens when the Federal Reserve creates money out of thin air), the value of each individual dollar goes down. That means that the value of the money in each individuals’ bank account (not to mention their pension and social security dividends) can be reduced simply by the flick of a pen of a Federal Reserve paper-pusher. (Unless of course that individual just happens to be a billionaire investment mogul or a Vice President who can divest themselves of U.S. dollars in time for this inflation not to affect them.) This is sometimes known as an inflation tax because its overall effect is the same as if the government came in and took that value out of the individuals’ bank account. Watch Ron Paul explain the inflation tax in the video below:



The most insidious part of this inflation tax is that the inflation does not begin until the new money begins to circulate in the system. In other words, the first person (or, more likely, giant corporate conglomerate) to use the money receives its full value, while those at the bottom of the pyramid retrieve the diminished returns of a devaluing dollar.

Why, then, is the public not furious about this stealth bailout, now taking place at the blistering pace of nearly $1 trillion a week, and all to the taxpayer’s detriment? The obvious answer is that the media is not whipping the public into a frenzy about it, instead focusing its attention on a $700 billion program and allowing the public to feel like they scored a blow against Wall Street when the program gets rejected. If so, it’s time the public got wise to how the system is really being run by and for the benefit of private bankers and at the expense of the average taxpayer. Otherwise, the fleecing of the public will continue unabated even as the public thinks they’ve won the battle. Wake up folks!!!

Source:
Corbett, J. (2008, September 30). Bailout by Stealth. The Corbett Report. Retrieved September 30, 2008, from http://www.infowars.com/?p=4977.

I cross-posted this at Tyranny Watch.

Decision 2008

Want to see where Barack stands?  May be hard to tell from debates and such, so here's a survey of questions to answer and then guage yourself against him.  


I disagreed with Obama on 92% of his positions, and actually would have been closer to 100% if I wasn't so sure that abortion rights should be decided by the states and not the Federal Government.   Looks like it's McCain for me

Take the test and report in your results.  

H/T to Fort Wayne News for the link.  Looks like Dan at Ft. Wayne News is even more conservative than I.  Big Surprise! 

Kudos to Pete Visclosky

The Indiana delegation voted 6-3 against the bill. Democrats Joe Donnelly and Brad Ellsworth and Republican Mark Souder voted to support the bill, while it was opposed by Democrats Andre Carson, Baron Hill and Pete Visclosky and Republicans Dan Burton, Steve Buyer and Mike Pence. Thanks to all those who opposed this awful bill!

A great quote yesterday from Rep. Pete Visclosky, Democrat:

"We are now in the golden age of thieves. And where I come from we put thieves in jail, we don't bail them out."

Go Pete!

Source: http://www.wsbt.com/news/election/2008/29902884.html

Monday, September 29, 2008

Bailout Vote Fails

And I'm glad. Hooray for liberty! Now hopefully Congress can keep it from getting passed. These CEO's and CFO's should be prosecuted, not bailed out. The free market can solve this much better than socialism!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Ron Paul Called the Housing Collapse in July, 2002. He Said That the Fannie and Freddie Would Be the Cause

From Hoosiers For Fair Taxation:

The bankruptcy of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac caught the government by surprise. That is because the government -- meaning the experts at Treasury -- do not understand Austrian School economic theory. Ron Paul does. Here is what he said on July 16, 2002. It shows how a promise of a $2 billion line of credit resulted in the transfer of $5 trillion in mortgages, with 20% of them bad, to the government. Henry Paulson did this on his own authority on Sunday, September 7, 2008. Congress rolled over. It always does.

If the government had passed Paul's bill, it would not be in a crisis today.

Mr. Speaker, I rise to introduce the Free Housing Market Enhancement Act. This legislation restores a free market in housing by repealing special privileges for housing-related government sponsored enterprises (GSEs). These entities are the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie), the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie), and the National Home Loan Bank Board (HLBB). According to the Congressional Budget Office, the housing-related GSEs received $13.6 billion worth of indirect federal subsidies in fiscal year 2000 alone.

One of the major government privileges granted these GSEs is a line of credit to the United States Treasury. According to some estimates, the line of credit may be worth over $2 billion. This explicit promise by the Treasury to bail out these GSEs in times of economic difficulty helps them attract investors who are willing to settle for lower yields than they would demand in the absence of the subsidy. Thus, the line of credit distorts the allocation of capital. More importantly, the line of credit is a promise on behalf of the government to engage in a massive unconstitutional and immoral income transfer from working Americans to holders of GSE debt.

The Free Housing Market Enhancement Act also repeals the explicit grant of legal authority given to the Federal Reserve to purchase the debt of housing-related GSEs. GSEs are the only institutions besides the United States Treasury granted explicit statutory authority to monetize their debt through the Federal Reserve. This provision gives the GSEs a source of liquidity unavailable to their competitors.

Ironically, by transferring the risk of a widespread mortgage default, the government increases the likelihood of a painful crash in the housing market. This is because the special privileges of Fannie, Freddie, and HLBB have distorted the housing market by allowing them to attract capital they could not attract under pure market conditions. As a result, capital is diverted from its most productive use into housing. This reduces the efficacy of the entire market and thus reduces the standard of living of all Americans.

However, despite the long-term damage to the economy inflicted by the government's interference in the housing market, the government's policies of diverting capital to other uses creates a short-term boom in housing. Like all artificially-created bubbles, the boom in housing prices cannot last forever. When housing prices fall, homeowners will experience difficulty as their equity is wiped out. Furthermore, the holders of the mortgage debt will also have a loss. These losses will be greater than they would have otherwise been had government policy not actively encouraged over-investment in housing.

Perhaps the Federal Reserve can stave off the day of reckoning by purchasing GSE debt and pumping liquidity into the housing market, but this cannot hold off the inevitable drop in the housing market forever. In fact, postponing the necessary but painful market corrections will only deepen the inevitable fall. The more people invested in the market, the greater the effects across the economy when the bubble bursts.

No less an authority than Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan has expressed concern that government subsidies provided to the GSEs make investors underestimate the risk of investing in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Mr. Speaker, it is time for Congress to act to remove taxpayer support from the housing GSEs before the bubble bursts and taxpayers are once again forced to bail out investors misled by foolish government interference in the market. I therefore hope my colleagues will stand up for American taxpayers and investors by cosponsoring the Free Housing Market Enhancement Act.


Congress did not pass this bill. The result is the worst economic catastrophe since the Great Depression, which Paulson now admits.

Congress and the media do not remind the voters of what Paul said would happen and why.

The taxpayers are at least a trillion dollars more in debt today than they were on September 6, 2008. This will get worse before the month is over.

The nationalization of Fannie and Freddie will make the housing market worse. Here's why: http://mises.org:80/story/3110.

Ron Paul is a lot smarter than people want to admit. The MSM would like to demonize him, but that's because he clearly exposes their folly!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Prestigious Group of 192 Economists - Including Nobel Prize Winners - Slams Bailout

I saw the list over at George Washington's Blog. The listed group of prominent economists, including numerous Nobel Prize winners, have written a letter slamming the bailout proposal. See the list by clicking here. See the letter by clicking here.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Attend Sept 30th panel at Valpo Univ on Credit Crisis

Valpo Univ Panel on Credit Crisis

I'm going to try and attend this, perhaps even live blog. By the 30th the Congress and President will have made up their minds on the plans being discussed today, but the long term implications will fall to the new President and Congress to manage. I'm sure hoping it's John McCain and that the Senate goes 50-50 so they are deadlocked and can't create more regulations.

Valparaiso, Ind. -- A panel of Valparaiso University business, economic and legal experts will discuss the ongoing crisis afflicting Wall Street and Main Street America and the government’s bailout plan on Sept. 30.

The panel discussion, which will address how the financial crisis and government efforts to bailout financial institutions on the verge of bankruptcy may impact the American public, will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Christopher Center Community Room. The event is free and open to the public.

Speaking are:

● Bruce MacLean, director of graduate programs in management. He is an entrepreneur with more than 35 years of executive management experience in large multinational corporations and medium-sized domestic corporations. MacLean founded the start-up education and training technology firm World Class Communication Technologies in 1989

● Alan White, assistant professor of law. He is an expert on
predatory mortgage lending and mortgage foreclosures who recently testified to the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services on the government's response to the foreclosure crisis. White is serving a three-year term as a member of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors Consumer Advisory Committee and in 2004 he was named National Association of Consumer Advocates' Consumer Attorney of the Year.

● Dr. Virginia Shingleton, chair of the Department of Economics.
Her research interests include labor market analysis and the influence of health benefits on labor market participation of various ethnic groups and races. She has been an officer in the Midwest Economics Association.

● Dr. Paul Newsom, associate professor of finance. His research
focuses on asset pricing models, and he won the Distinguished Research Award for his paper “An Aggregate Investigation of the Demand for Home Equity Credit” at the 2005 Allied Academies Conference, as well as the Best Paper in Financial Education at the 2006 Midwest Business Administration Association conference.

Serving as moderator for the discussion is Dr. Jaishankar Raman, associate professor of economics. Those attending the discussion will be invited to ask questions of the experts.

Sponsoring the panel discussion are the University’s chapters of Students in Free Enterprise, Delta Sigma Pi and Delta Epsilon Chi.

Source: Valparaiso University

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Who Am I?

Who Am I?

I am under 45 years old,
I love the outdoors,
I hunt,
I am a Republican reformer,
I have taken on the Republican Party establishment,
I have many children,
I have a spot on the national ticket as vice-president with less than two years in the governor's office.
Did you guess?










I am Teddy Roosevelt in 1900. He later became President when McKinley was killed!

I guess he didn't have enough experience, either.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Will you be traveling by car or by boat in NWI?

Wow! We got hit with some rain. It took me almost an hour to get home the other day, and I was within a mile of my subdivision! Why? Because two of the only ways to get in were flooded, so I had to take Route 30 to get in a back way. The only problem is that Route 30 was backed up and hardly moving.

Later last night I got a call from my grandma in Munster, saying she got an evacuation order because the river was cresting. So I (somehow) managed to get to her house via back roads without turning my little Honda Accord into a glorified canoe. We then proceeded to load all of her prized possessions into my car, my mom's van, and my brother's truck. Wow. Imagining having to pack up everything you value in less than an hour because you know the water is about to ruin everything else. We tried to raise the furniture onto bricks and take everything off of the ground as well. My grandma, along with her neighbors, mostly elderly, were beside themselves. One of her neighbors is in her late 80's and can't walk. Very sad. By the time we finished loading up my grandma's stuff, the city made us leave.

It was night time when most of this occurred, so I couldn't get good photos, but I took photos of my backyard, Meijer's, Sedona, and Mesa Ridge subdivisions in Merrillville earlier in the day. Here's a little bit of what we experienced, click on any image to see it enlarged:


Those are trees in that lake, not shrubbery. They are almost all the way submerge. Notice the water level on the fence line.


Up-close of the submerged trees.


Care to go shopping at Meijer's anyone?


Now how exactly did you want me to get out of my neighborhood again?

Share your stories and email your photos to nwiconnect@gmail.com and I'll post them here! How did you fare through the storm?

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Remembering 9/11

Today is Patriot Day, a day to remember those who lost their lives in the tragedy on September 11, 2001. When I was little, my mom used to comment about how she can still remember exactly where she was and what was happening when Kennedy was shot. I used to figure that was simply because she was a woman (no offense intended). It's true though, when an event is associated with a strong emotion, that event is burned into our memory and we can recall it. Most things in womens' life are bonded with strong emotions, and thus they tend to remember EVERYTHING. The same thing happens with us men, we just typically don't care about much, so we don't remember much. See The Tale of Two Brains for a funny lesson on how men and women remember things.

But I no longer chalk it up to gender. I can remember EXACTLY what I was doing and where I was when the trade center was hit by the first plane. I was in my junior year of high school, and I was in the media lab watching it on television while printing out updates for teachers in the school. That was also when I first decided to join the military. It took me two years to finally join the Army, but I did (and am still serving). It's something few of us will ever forget. If you'd like to attend a memorial event about it today, the Times reports several options. Here are a few notable ones:

Hammond: Resident Herb Lewis will host a memorial service at 6 p.m. at his home, 3015 173rd St. The Hammond Fire Department will attend.

Munster: The Veterans of Foreign Wars, Munster Post 2697, will conduct a Freedom Walk and sunset ceremony about 6:50 p.m. at the Edward Robinson Community Veterans Memorial, near the intersection of Calumet Avenue and Superior Street.

South Haven: American Legion Post 502 will host a service at 7 p.m. at the post, 429 W. County Road 750 North. The South Have Fire Department, Porter County Sheriff David Lain, Portage Township Trustee Joyce Webster, Porter County Pilots Association and the South Haven Legion Honor Guard will be in attendance.

Several cities, including Crown Point, Valparaiso, Schererville, etc. hosted memorials this morning or early afternoon. I didn't post those because I am writing this post around 2pm. The memorials posted are still relevant for this evening. God bless America!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Change We Can Believe In?

Since the Democrats took over Congress, they have delivered the change they promised.

So what has changed since the Democrats took control of Congress in 2007?

Consumer confidence has dropped from -2 in January, 2007 to to -50 in August, 2008, the lowest in 20 months.

Gasoline prices in January, 2007 were under $2.20 per gallon then peaked at over $4.10 in the summer of 2008, retreating recently to $3.70 per gallon in August; still a 68.18% increase.

Unemployment stood at 4.7% in March of 2007. In September, 2008, the Associated Press reflected America's frustration by reporting, “The nation’s unemployment rate bolted above the psychologically important 6 percent level last month for the first time in five years.”

Home values have dropped. The National Association of Realtors reports in its Median Sales Price of Existing Single-Family Homes for Metropolitan Areas that the average home valued at $221,000.00 in 2006. In 2008 home values dropped to $196,100.00 before recovering some ground to $206,500.00, a 7.02% in drop in what has historically been a safe investment. [source] Bloomberg reported that "Home prices in 20 cities dropped 15.3 percent in April from a year earlier," in June of this year.

Even the World Socialist acknowledged that "Nearly 1.3 million homes—or more than one percent of all US households—were in some phase of foreclosure in 2007." The the paper stopped short of blaming the Democrats' socialist agenda.

RealtyTrac, the Real Estate online-marketer, added that the number of homes receiving default notices, auction sale notices and bank repossessions rose by 75 percent. By the end of 2007 foreclosure filings reaching 215,749, up 97 percent from December, 2006.

Obama says we need more change.

What do you say?

Change We Can Belibe

Saturday, September 6, 2008

McCain Camp Rescues Discarded Flags from Democrats

With McCain having prior service in the military, and with McCain and Palin both having children currently serving in the armed forces, they take the flag seriously and know that "these colors don't run." But if you're a Democrat, apparently it's OK to throw your flag away. I suppose "green living" excludes littering flags. Why not re-use them, even if you donate them to a local 4th of July Parade Committee? But have no fear, the McCain Camp showed some respect for the flags.

McCain supporters said the flags were discovered by a vendor at Denver’s Invesco Field after the conclusion of the Democratic National Convention. The vendor supposedly found trash bags full of flags in and near garbage bins, and turned them over to the McCain campaign.

Boy Scouts were sorting through 84 bags of flags in Colorado on Saturday, before a McCain supporter had veterans distribute them to the audience.

“We want to find good homes for these flags,” radio host Dan Caplis said at the rally, adding that whatever flags remained would be placed at memorials throughout Colorado.

Audience members, who booed when Caplis announced that the flags were left in Denver, waved the flags and chanted “U.S.A” before McCain arrived at the rally with his running mate, Sarah Palin. [Having listened to this on YouTube, I wasn't sure if this was a U.S. vs. Russia Hockey game or a speech...]

Damon Jones, spokesman for the Democratic National Convention Committee, released a statement saying McCain should applaud the fact that thousands of American flags were “proudly waved” at their convention.

“But instead his supporters wrongfully took leftover bundles of our flags from the stadium to play out a cheap political stunt calling into question our patriotism,” he said....

Obama said Friday that Republicans are trying to make the election a personality contest, and that “what they’re really saying is ‘we’re going to try to scare people about Barack....' Read more at Fox News...


But isn't that what Obama has made it the entire time? In reality, he's just upset he is losing the personality contest. That's really all this election is becoming anyways, a popularity contest. Obama himself admitted he doesn't have enough experience to be president:

Barack Obama direct quote: “I will NOT run on a National Ticket in 2008 because I won’t have enough experience by then.”

EVIDENCE – Senator Obama announced his intent to run for President of the United States in February, 2007. He is currently still in the race for the Nomination of the Democratic Party, for President of the United States (April, 2008). SOURCE 1, SOURCE 2, SOURCE 3

COUNTER CLAIM - Senator Obama is entitled to change his mind.

REBUTTAL - The Senator certainly is entitled to change his mind, but changing his mind is not what the argument is about. It is about his unequivocal statement that he would not run on a National Ticket in 2008, specifically because he would not have the appropriate experience needed (”some people may be comfortable doing that, I am not one of those people”) SOURCE. He is currently running for the top slot on the National Ticket for the Presidency of the United States (April, 2008).


Hmm, there you have it straight from the horse's mouth!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Obama to be served lawsuit today challenging citizenship

America's Right, the blog that broke the story that long time Democrat Phil Berg filed a lawsuit challenging Obama's legal citizenship, says that Barack Obama will be served today. I wonder if the MSM will jump right on this story. They are trying to keep this a secret though it seems! From America's Right:

While the original summons was accepted ten days ago by the U.S. Attorney's office on behalf of the Federal Election Commission, also a named defendant in Berg's suit, proper service never reached the Democratic National Committee or Barack Obama's agent for service. Today's procedure will ensure that proper service is made, but the reasons behind the procedural hiccup remain a mystery to everyone involved.

"For whatever reason, Sen. Obama never received the summons," said Berg over the telephone this afternoon. "The court mailed everything out on August 22nd."


Be sure to read the reader comments on the story. Obviously many political insiders are reading. Some are pointing to an October surprise from the Clintons.

Hat tip to Hoosiers For Fair Taxation for this story!

Luke Puckett 2nd Congressional District Indiana on Sarah Palin

For Immediate Release
August 4th, 2008
Contact: Brian Sikma
Communications Director - Luke Puckett for Congress in Indiana
219.477.9009
South Bend, IN-The morning after Alaska Governor Sarah Palin accepted the Republican Vice-Presidential nomination, local Congressional candidate Luke Puckett praised the speech and offered some insight into who this new face on the national scene is. "Last night the American people got their first good look at who Sarah Palin is and what she will do as their Vice President," Puckett said. "Having met Governor Palin earlier this year when I was in Alaska, I can tell you that what the American people saw last night in public is the same person that she is in private."
Puckett continued by saying "Governor Palin's message last night was very simple: a McCain-Palin administration will focus on keeping taxes low and lowering them further where possible, strengthening our national security and our economy by making our nation energy independent, and standing up for the American dream by insuring that government never grows so powerful as to overshadow the promise of opportunity."
"The contrast between Senators Obama and Biden and Senator McCain and Governor Palin could not be more stark," Puckett remarked. "Last night Governor Palin proved that she not only has more executive experience than the entire Democratic ticket combined, but she also showed that she and her running-mate understand that the people of this great country are its greatest resource and they aren't waiting around for some new government program to get things done."
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Note: Mr. Puckett is available for comment to your organization on this topic beyond the statements made in this press release. Please contact Brian Sikma at the information listed above to schedule an interview with Mr. Puckett.

Google Chrome vs. IE8


How does Google Chrome compare to the Internet Explorer 8 (both still beta)? snydeq of Slashdot writes, "Google Chrome and Internet Explorer 8 herald a new, resource-intensive era in Web browsing, one sure to shift our conception of acceptable minimum system requirements, InfoWorld's Randall Kennedy concludes in his head-to-head comparison of the recently announced multi-process, tabbed browsers. Whereas single-process browsers such as Firefox aim for lean, efficient browsing experiences, Chrome and IE 8 are all about delivering a robust platform for reliably running multiple Web apps in a tabbed format in answer to the Web's evolving needs. To do this, Chrome takes a 'purist' approach, launching multiple, discrete processes to isolate and protect each tab's contents. IE 8, on the other hand, goes hybrid, creating multiple instances of the iexplore.exe process without specifically assigning each tab to its own instance. 'Google's purist approach will ultimately prove more robust,' Kennedy argues, 'but at a cost in terms of resource consumption.' At what cost? Kennedy's comparison found Chrome 'out-bloated' IE 8, consuming an average of 267MB vs. IE 8's 211MB. This, and recent indications that IE 8 itself consumes more resources than Vista, surely announce a new, very demanding era in Web-centric computing."

Palin's Speech

Watch and listen to the speech on YouTube below or...



Here is the full text transcript of the speech:

Mr. Chairman, delegates, and fellow citizens: I am honored to be considered for the nomination for Vice President of the United States...I accept the call to help our nominee for president to serve and defend America. I accept the challenge of a tough fight in this election... against confident opponents ... at a crucial hour for our country.

And I accept the privilege of serving with a man who has come through much harder missions ... and met far graver challenges ... and knows how tough fights are won - the next president of the United States, John S. McCain.

It was just a year ago when all the experts in Washington counted out our nominee because he refused to hedge his commitment to the security of the country he loves.

With their usual certitude, they told us that all was lost - there was no hope for this candidate who said that he would rather lose an election than see his country lose a war. But the pollsters and pundits overlooked just one thing when they wrote him off.

They overlooked the caliber of the man himself - the determination, resolve, and sheer guts of Senator John McCain. The voters knew better. And maybe that's because they realize there is a time for politics and a time for leadership ... a time to campaign and a time to put our country first.

Our nominee for president is a true profile in courage, and people like that are hard to come by.

He's a man who wore the uniform of this country for 22 years, and refused to break faith with those troops in Iraq who have now brought victory within sight. And as the mother of one of those troops, that is exactly the kind of man I want as commander in chief. I'm just one of many moms who'll say an extra prayer each night for our sons and daughters going into harm's way.

Our son Track is 19.

And one week from tomorrow - September 11th - he'll deploy to Iraq with the Army infantry in the service of his country. My nephew Kasey also enlisted, and serves on a carrier in the Persian Gulf.

My family is proud of both of them and of all the fine men and women serving the country in uniform. Track is the eldest of our five children. In our family, it's two boys and three girls in between - my strong and kind-hearted daughters Bristol, Willow, and Piper. And in April, my husband Todd and I welcomed our littlest one into the world, a perfectly beautiful baby boy named Trig. From the inside, no family ever seems typical.

That's how it is with us. Our family has the same ups and downs as any other ... the same challenges and the same joys. Sometimes even the greatest joys bring challenge.

And children with special needs inspire a special love. To the families of special-needs children all across this country, I have a message: For years, you sought to make America a more welcoming place for your sons and daughters.

I pledge to you that if we are elected, you will have a friend and advocate in the White House.

Todd is a story all by himself. He's a lifelong commercial fisherman ... a production operator in the oil fields of Alaska's North Slope ... a proud member of the United Steel Workers' Union ... and world champion snow machine racer. Throw in his Yup'ik Eskimo ancestry, and it all makes for quite a package. We met in high school, and two decades and five children later he's still my guy.

My Mom and Dad both worked at the elementary school in our small town. And among the many things I owe them is one simple lesson: that this is America, and every woman can walk through every door of opportunity. My parents are here tonight, and I am so proud to be the daughter of Chuck and Sally Heath.

Long ago, a young farmer and habber-dasher from Missouri followed an unlikely path to the vice presidency. A writer observed: "We grow good people in our small towns, with honesty, sincerity, and dignity." I know just the kind of people that writer had in mind when he praised Harry Truman.I grew up with those people. They are the ones who do some of the hardest work in America ... who grow our food, run our factories, and fight our wars.

They love their country, in good times and bad, and they're always proud of America. I had the privilege of living most of my life in a small town. I was just your average hockey mom, and signed up for the PTA because I wanted to make my kids' public education better. When I ran for city council, I didn't need focus groups and voter profiles because I knew those voters, and knew their families, too.

Before I became governor of the great state of Alaska, I was mayor of my hometown.

And since our opponents in this presidential election seem to look down on that experience, let me explain to them what the job involves. I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a "community organizer," except that you have actual responsibilities. I might add that in small towns, we don't quite know what to make of a candidate who lavishes praise on working people when they are listening, and then talks about how bitterly they cling to their religion and guns when those people aren't listening.

We tend to prefer candidates who don't talk about us one way in Scranton and another way in San Francisco. As for my running mate, you can be certain that wherever he goes, and whoever is listening, John McCain is the same man. I'm not a member of the permanent political establishment.

And I've learned quickly, these past few days, that if you're not a member in good standing of the Washington elite, then some in the media consider a candidate unqualified for that reason alone. But here's a little news flash for all those reporters and commentators: I'm not going to Washington to seek their good opinion - I'm going to Washington to serve the people of this country. Americans expect us to go to Washington for the right reasons, and not just to mingle with the right people.

Politics isn't just a game of clashing parties and competing interests. The right reason is to challenge the status quo, to serve the common good, and to leave this nation better than we found it.

No one expects us to agree on everything.

But we are expected to govern with integrity, good will, clear convictions, and ... a servant's heart.

I pledge to all Americans that I will carry myself in this spirit as vice president of the United States. This was the spirit that brought me to the governor's office, when I took on the old politics as usual in Juneau ... when I stood up to the special interests, the lobbyists, big oil companies, and the good-ol' boys network.

Sudden and relentless reform never sits well with entrenched interests and power brokers. That's why true reform is so hard to achieve. But with the support of the citizens of Alaska, we shook things up.

And in short order we put the government of our state back on the side of the people.

I came to office promising major ethics reform, to end the culture of self-dealing. And today, that ethics reform is the law. While I was at it, I got rid of a few things in the governor's office that I didn't believe our citizens should have to pay for.

That luxury jet was over the top. I put it on eBay. I also drive myself to work.

And I thought we could muddle through without the governor's personal chef - although I've got to admit that sometimes my kids sure miss her. I came to office promising to control spending - by request if possible and by veto if necessary. Senator McCain also promises to use the power of veto in defense of the public interest - and as a chief executive, I can assure you it works.

Our state budget is under control.

We have a surplus.

And I have protected the taxpayers by vetoing wasteful spending: nearly half a billion dollars in vetoes. I suspended the state fuel tax, and championed reform to end the abuses of earmark spending by Congress.

I told the Congress "thanks, but no thanks," for that Bridge to Nowhere.

If our state wanted a bridge, we'd build it ourselves. When oil and gas prices went up dramatically, and filled up the state treasury, I sent a large share of that revenue back where it belonged - directly to the people of Alaska. And despite fierce opposition from oil company lobbyists, who kind of liked things the way they were, we broke their monopoly on power and resources.

As governor, I insisted on competition and basic fairness to end their control of our state and return it to the people.

I fought to bring about the largest private-sector infrastructure project in North American history. And when that deal was struck, we began a nearly forty billion dollar natural gas pipeline to help lead America to energy independence.

That pipeline, when the last section is laid and its valves are opened, will lead America one step farther away from dependence on dangerous foreign powers that do not have our interests at heart. The stakes for our nation could not be higher.When a hurricane strikes in the Gulf of Mexico, this country should not be so dependent on imported oil that we are forced to draw from our Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

And families cannot throw away more and more of their paychecks on gas and heating oil. With Russia wanting to control a vital pipeline in the Caucasus, and to divide and intimidate our European allies by using energy as a weapon, we cannot leave ourselves at the mercy of foreign suppliers.

To confront the threat that Iran might seek to cut off nearly a fifth of world energy supplies ... or that terrorists might strike again at the Abqaiq facility in Saudi Arabia ... or that Venezuela might shut off its oil deliveries ... we Americans need to produce more of our own oil and gas.

And take it from a gal who knows the North Slope of Alaska: we've got lots of both.

Our opponents say, again and again, that drilling will not solve all of America's energy problems - as if we all didn't know that already.

But the fact that drilling won't solve every problem is no excuse to do nothing at all. Starting in January, in a McCain-Palin administration, we're going to lay more pipelines ... build more new-clear plants ... create jobs with clean coal ... and move forward on solar, wind, geothermal, and other alternative sources.

We need American energy resources, brought to you by American ingenuity, and produced by American workers.

I've noticed a pattern with our opponent.

Maybe you have, too.

We've all heard his dramatic speeches before devoted followers. And there is much to like and admire about our opponent.

But listening to him speak, it's easy to forget that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or reform - not even in the state senate.

This is a man who can give an entire speech about the wars America is fighting, and never use the word "victory" except when he's talking about his own campaign.

But when the cloud of rhetoric has passed ... when the roar of the crowd fades away ... when the stadium lights go out, and those Styrofoam Greek columns are hauled back to some studio lot - what exactly is our opponent's plan?

What does he actually seek to accomplish, after he's done turning back the waters and healing the planet? The answer is to make government bigger ... take more of your money ... give you more orders from Washington ... and to reduce the strength of America in a dangerous world. America needs more energy ... our opponent is against producing it. Victory in Iraq is finally in sight ... he wants to forfeit.

Terrorist states are seeking new-clear weapons without delay ... he wants to meet them without preconditions.

Al Qaeda terrorists still plot to inflict catastrophic harm on America ... he's worried that someone won't read them their rights? Government is too big ... he wants to grow it.

Congress spends too much ... he promises more. Taxes are too high ... he wants to raise them. His tax increases are the fine print in his economic plan, and let me be specific.

The Democratic nominee for president supports plans to raise income taxes ... raise payroll taxes ... raise investment income taxes ... raise the death tax ... raise business taxes ... and increase the tax burden on the American people by hundreds of billions of dollars.

My sister Heather and her husband have just built a service station that's now opened for business - like millions of others who run small businesses. How are they going to be any better off if taxes go up? Or maybe you're trying to keep your job at a plant in Michigan or Ohio ... or create jobs with clean coal from Pennsylvania or West Virginia ... or keep a small farm in the family right here in Minnesota.

How are you going to be better off if our opponent adds a massive tax burden to the American economy? Here's how I look at the choice Americans face in this election.

In politics, there are some candidates who use change to promote their careers. And then there are those, like John McCain, who use their careers to promote change.

They're the ones whose names appear on laws and landmark reforms, not just on buttons and banners, or on self-designed presidential seals. Among politicians, there is the idealism of high-flown speechmaking, in which crowds are stirringly summoned to support great things. And then there is the idealism of those leaders, like John McCain, who actually do great things. They're the ones who are good for more than talk ... the ones we have always been able to count on to serve and defend America.

Senator McCain's record of actual achievement and reform helps explain why so many special interests, lobbyists, and comfortable committee chairmen in Congress have fought the prospect of a McCain presidency - from the primary election of 2000 to this very day. Our nominee doesn't run with the Washington herd.

He's a man who's there to serve his country, and not just his party. A leader who's not looking for a fight, but is not afraid of one either. Harry Reid, the Majority Leader of the current do-nothing Senate, not long ago summed up his feelings about our nominee. He said, quote, "I can't stand John McCain." Ladies and gentlemen, perhaps no accolade we hear this week is better proof that we've chosen the right man.

Clearly what the Majority Leader was driving at is that he can't stand up to John McCain. That is only one more reason to take the maverick of the Senate and put him in the White House.

My fellow citizens, the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of "personal discovery."

This world of threats and dangers is not just a community, and it doesn't just need an organizer. And though both Senator Obama and Senator Biden have been going on lately about how they are always, quote, "fighting for you," let us face the matter squarely. There is only one man in this election who has ever really fought for you ... in places where winning means survival and defeat means death ... and that man is John McCain.

In our day, politicians have readily shared much lesser tales of adversity than the nightmare world in which this man, and others equally brave, served and suffered for their country. It's a long way from the fear and pain and squalor of a six-by-four cell in Hanoi to the Oval Office.

But if Senator McCain is elected president, that is the journey he will have made. It's the journey of an upright and honorable man - the kind of fellow whose name you will find on war memorials in small towns across this country, only he was among those who came home. To the most powerful office on earth, he would bring the compassion that comes from having once been powerless ... the wisdom that comes even to the captives, by the grace of God ... the special confidence of those who have seen evil, and seen how evil is overcome.

A fellow prisoner of war, a man named Tom Moe of Lancaster, Ohio, recalls looking through a pin-hole in his cell door as Lieutenant Commander John McCain was led down the hallway, by the guards, day after day.

As the story is told, "When McCain shuffled back from torturous interrogations, he would turn toward Moe's door and flash a grin and thumbs up" - as if to say, "We're going to pull through this."

My fellow Americans, that is the kind of man America needs to see us through these next four years. For a season, a gifted speaker can inspire with his words.

For a lifetime, John McCain has inspired with his deeds.

If character is the measure in this election ... and hope the theme ... and change the goal we share, then I ask you to join our cause. Join our cause and help America elect a great man as the next president of the United States.

Thank you all, and may God bless America.