commented on Surely Right Wing Christians Will Protest This New Law In Indiana?
Brooklyn Reader, Earlham College is relatively close to the Indianapolis media market.
And being a Hoosier native, especially given that both Mike Pence is the current Governor and the Indiana Democratic Party, is, well, not the most cohesive state organization around (their components tend to cover their specific turf well, they just don't always work well as a statewide organization), no, this latest turn of events doesn't surprise me.
commented on Washington State Supreme Court Strikes Down Two-Thirds Supermajority Requirement. Finally!
@25: I agree with you regarding the process. What I think that means, however, is that the Republicans will use this issue as a big stick to go after Democratic candidates for and incumbents presently in the state legislature, in order to have the bodies, through a combination of electoral victories and intimidation, that they need for a state constitutional amendment.
It doesn't mean we can't defeat this new level of fearmongering - and in some ways this is where the real battle needs to take place - but it will require a better effort at educating the voters that we aren't paying for, and need to pay for, the services we want. We shouldn't expect it to be a cakewalk, at least for the first few electoral cycles. As with many victories of late, we can't afford to rest on our laurels.
commented on Congrats to Gomer!
@17 - Jim missed the Indy 500 in 2012 due to heart surgery, I believe.
That would be REALLY interesting if Jim was available for this year's running. My parents live there and both, while very conservative on most issues, consider gay marriage a tempest in a teapot and no one's business but those of the folks getting married. The libertarian-leaning versus "Jesus is an Old Testament Conservative" arguments could get a bit heated out there.
Since his marriage is already making the Indianapolis TV news, it will be VERY interesting to see how the Indianapolis Star (which seems to periodically want to vie for the title of "God's Anointed Newspaper") reacts to this.
commented on I Was at the Shooting at Twilight Exit
If a fund to help Greg comes into being, and they want to give us an address for those of us who aren't regulars at The Twilight but are willing to help, please let us know.
commented on Enjoy Your Retirement, Fremont Ruiner
Um, have you been to Bellevue? Crossroads versus Downtown are two very different places, and even immediately south by southeast of Bellevue Square is not quite like Downtown. Even the general area between 140th NE and Bel-Red Road is an odd mix of Elite Cash and newfound, often immigrant-based, businesses that give the lie to Bellevue as sterile.
Which I think points to the real concern - once an area is deemed "hip," the money follows as best it sees value in investing there. How best does a neighborhood like Fremont maintain that uncertain balance? It's unlikely to live forever on the laurels of cheap-cost/cheap-access businesses, but if the money chases away any possible new iterations of what makes the neighborhood beloved....