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