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The Mother of All Conspiracies

Okay, I freely admit this will probably be the most bizarre thing you guys have ever read me post. But trust me, it will be the most fun.

I was on the phone with a city hall source the other day and I asked them about the recent crackdowns on illegal gambling in Indianapolis this week. I asked why the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police department went after the poker club on the east side and the pea-shake house/car wash at 38th and Capitol. My source told me the city is simply tired of this illegal activity and is cracking down. They also told me that as much as I complain about crime, I should be happy. I was also told to expect more raids because the powers that be were tired of foolishness and nonsense.

I didn’t connect the dots at first, but one thing that has kept the city from cracking down on the pea shake houses has been being afraid of being called racist, because the pea shakes are in predominately low-income, black neighborhoods. Also, it’s no big secret the pea shakes have been rumored for years to have ties to a number of Black elected officials in Marion County. Everyone knows the Monroe Gray, Tony Duncan story. If not you can find it here. No white politician could attack a pea shake house without getting white sheets thrown at him.

However it’s much easier to go after pea shake houses as part of a greater crackdown on gambling, thus the raid over at the poker club on the eat side. Now think about this and let’s connect some more dots. Who stands to benefit the most with pea shakes shut down? Of course the neighborhood residents, but go a step further. Marion County is, for now, a one’party county with Democrats in charge, so if there is any political competition it’s different factions inside the party fighting for control, like Hamilton County.

So if pea shakes are notoriously rumored to have close ties to one faction of the current political party in charge in Marion County, it stands to reason another faction in Marion County would want to get rid of them. Cut off the pea shakes and you cut off the funding. Cut off the funding, you get rid of people in your party who embarrass you. And who has been the most embarrassed by the actions of some members of their own party? Who has the authority to order the actual raids? Who’s said recently the council hasn’t origniated a new idea in forever? Who has no real competition in the upcoming municipal election so they can turn their attention to cleaning up their own house? It’s a conspiracy my friends. A c-o-n-spiracy!

I told you this was going to be a bizarre entry.

  • Brian

    Abdul, You have been working WAAAAAYYYYYY too much lately, brother. Seriously though, your thoughts are not that far off the radar. Next time you interview the mayor, ask him if he ordered the raids. Ask him if he his embarrassed by the actions of members in the Democrat Party. And lastly, please ask him where his sheriff has been. If you ever do ask him, make sure it is in studio, because I am sure he will have a bad cell connection.

    You probably would never get another interview from the mayor, but you sure would have even more listeners! Keep up your good work.

    Brian

  • http://the-russ.blogspot.com Russ

    Abdul, heard your ideas on the conspiracy this morning… I had a different take on it, that because the cops know where this illegal activity is taking place, but can’t prevent the spate of rape/robberies, shooting and stabbings as of late, the city is taking the opportunity to crack down on the known crime at the known locations to make it look like they’re doing something about the bigger crime problem.

    Look at how easily people in this town are deluded and distracted. The Colts won the Super Bowl, and there were two murders that week plus the Pacers fight at Tremors, but people were so caught up in the Colts euphoria that no one cared. Then there was the weather… yet Metro PD’s response was not more manpower, not more patrols, not more people out from behind the desk… no, it was buying 100 street lights.

    At least they will be able to see better while they draw the chalk outlines…

  • Anonymous

    Killing two birds with one stone is not necessarily a bad thing….

  • Anonymous

    Abdul,
    They don’t call political science a science for nothing. What you mention as “conspiracy” is well rooted in historical precedence. One only need look to our neighbor up north,Chicago, to see how the South Wards used cash from the numbers racket to grease elections. The Indianapolis numbers racket (shake houses) were brought here to the black community from Chicago in the early 1900′s. In Chicago, as long as white politicians could profit from the black numbers racket the blacks were allowed to run their games. In time, the whites eventually took complete control of all black run numbers racketeering in Chicago with mobster Sam Giancana driving the last nail in the coffin of the Chicago black mafia operations. The old man Daily enters the political picture, becomes Mayor and the rest is history.
    Without the money and manpower that the shake houses provide to the black elite politicians in Marion County the current black power structure is destroyed. As a result, the black community benefits by allowing honest blacks, now in the shadows, to come forward without fear to better serve the black community.
    Money is the mother’s milk of politics. Take it away and the baby dies.

  • Inside The City

    Abdul,
    They don’t call political science a science for nothing. What you mention as “conspiracy” is well rooted in historical precedence. One only need look to our neighbor up north,Chicago, to see how the South Wards used cash from the numbers racket to grease elections. The Indianapolis numbers racket (shake houses) were brought here to the black community from Chicago in the early 1900′s. In Chicago, as long as white politicians could profit from the black numbers racket the blacks were allowed to run their games. In time, the whites eventually took complete control of all black run numbers racketeering in Chicago with mobster Sam Giancana driving the last nail in the coffin of the Chicago black mafia operations. The old man Daily enters the political picture, becomes Mayor and the rest is history.
    Without the money and manpower that the shake houses provide to the black elite politicians in Marion County the current black power structure is destroyed. As a result, the black community benefits by allowing honest blacks, now in the shadows, to come forward without fear to better serve the black community.
    Money is the mother’s milk of politics. Take it away and the baby dies.

  • Shorebreak

    Let’s see if the rest of the peashakes get busted – for good. Then let’s see if the laundering apparatus is exposed and if the folks on the profit end are indicted. Then let’s see who was involved on the political side and in the law enforcement community.

    Do you really think that level of police work is gonna take place and that all of the people who are feeding from the racketeering trough will be held accountable? It won’t happen without public pressure and without media pressure on where the police investigation is going.

    Anyone who can add 2 + 2 can easily determine that the peashakes have been protected in this city. That means that any real police effort will include rounding up the crooks in politics, in the police department, and in the laundering business. Otherwise, logic dictates that these busts are window dressing to slake the thirst of the public. Nothing more.

  • Inside The City

    It’s no secret that Julia Carson hates the new Marion County Democratic Chairman Mike O’Connor. If the black faction of the party had as much control as they like to think they do then there would be a black Democratic Chairman. This thing’s going to get nasty.

  • Anonymous

    Follow the money.

  • Anonymous

    Bart Peterson, Frank Anderson, & Carl Brizzi have been unusually mute to the media coverage of central Indiana’s illegal organized gambling over the past three months.

    Where are they hiding? You would think this would be an opportunity for some political grand standing.

    Let’s have the media put their positions on the record.

  • Anonymous

    It would be nice to hear something constructive from someone in leadership from the black community in regards to illegal gambling. (Concerned Clergy, Urban League, Black Expo,Black Caucus, IUPUI Black Student Union, NAACP)

  • Anonymous

    Perhaps Bill Cosby or Juan Williams should come to town and put this in perspective for people who want to defend dysfunctional behavior using community, history, or cultural excuses.

  • Bill

    You guys in the press may want to do some checking into a not-for-profit called “The Smoke Line.” It’s address is 300 East Fall Creek Pkwy N. Drive. 317-327-6097 (odd phone number for a not-for profit since “327″ is a city hall prefix). It’s a not-for-profit company set up by some firefighters to accept donations for smoke detectors and other monies.

    If you ask nicely, you could find a bounced check written to Lowe’s Credit Services. The check number is 1144 and was written on the Greater Indianapolis Firefighters Credit Union.

    The check bounced and Lowe’s cut the city off from purchasing materials. Bob Clifford, the city controller, was fit to be tied since he was not aware of this account. And the best part of it all, one of the individuals authorized to sign on this account is the one and only “Sweet Pea” along with another CCC member, a fire Marshall, and a captain.

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  • old guy

    Abdul, it’s a election year. Know who Tuffy Mitchell was. He ran the Numbers in Indy for decades until the late 60′s. And guess what? Tuffy was a smart boy. He shut down during City Elections. Good advice to the present gang.

  • Anonymous

    It’s a bizarre conspiracy that leading public officials would enforce the law of the land and distance themselves from trouble makers?

  • Disgusted Citizen

    Make all forms of gambling legal in Indiana. Tax it and hire more police to go after the illegal drug traffickers just as aggresively as they are the gamblers. Drug sales and addiction are the root for many of the serious crimes today. The dope peddlers have nothing to fear while they are helping to destroy more lives than the games of chance are doing

    . Mayor Peterson speak up. We can’t hear you! Your focus is wrong as Mayor. This city is not safe while you continue to support wealthy developers building momuments. This city is going to hell in a handbasket of more bank robberies, carjackings, murders, assaults, and homelessness. Take your head out of the sand and look around this city. Do you see what we see?

  • Anonymous

    When Evan Bayh was governor, he wanted to shut down the pea shake houses when the Hoosier lottery came on line. Bingo for the Catholic Church was legalized, he received their backing and votes. Pari-mutual betting, Casino gambling, pull tabs. Betting pools in government and corporate offices for the NCAA, Super Bowl, NBA playoffs, 500 Mile race, Brickyard 400 remain illegal. The Claypool Courts has a legal betting parlor in the heart of downtown. The major white financial contributors to both political parties own these operations. They want the “black dollars” in gambling too.

    Congresswoman Carson, Senator Howard, Rep. Bill Crawford, Councilman Monroe Gray, Constable Tony Duncan, Trustee Carl Drummer all need to sponsor a bill in the General Assembly next year and get Pea Shakes legalized. Each have benefited financially from these businesses. Or just maybe, they don’t want it to be legal. No more shake downs, less street money for their political campaigns if they were legal.

  • Scary Argument

    12:18′s comments are odd…Carson, Gray, Duncan, Drummer, et al, can’t introduce legsilation at the Statehouse.

    Are the IndyUndercover kindergarteners playing with keyboards again?

    Gov. Bayh made no attempt to shut down the peashakes. Can we get a few things straight here?

    1. Governors have almost no power in this situation, except to direct the state police superintendent.

    2. Making all gambling legal might make things better. But it’s not legal now.

    3. Social pressures notwithstanding, the geography and political heritage of peashake operators should have no influence whatsoever in determining whether prosecution ensues.

    It looks to me like Abdul, the new kid on the reporting block, may have hit a triple here…Mayor Bart has little to worry about his re-election. Prior, if you beleive the rumors, no Democrat dared challenge the peashakes because of their backers’ political pull.

    By the by, for anyone who looks at election numbers, the folks who have been screaming for more power rarely deliver the numbers they should deliver. Now, if Bart’s re-election is almost assured (it is), maybe his political handlers finally realize the dog always barked but had little bite.

    It’s still a fact: more Center Township voters stay home than vote. If their political bosses woke up to that fact, and did more to up their numbers, it might be a different story.

    Finally, hopefully, those Center Township bosses will get their due, and it will be death by their own sword.

    Oddly fitting.

  • Anonymous

    6:22 PM Your comments do not apply to the Democrat support group for elected state legislators they have supported could introduce the legislation to make pea shakes a legal game in the state. Law enforcement could focus on more serious crimes being committed in the city.

  • JJ

    9:28,
    Why does there need to be legislation to make the shakes legal. They WERE made legal. It’s called the Hoosier Lottery. Organized crime will still run their own operations just like they do now even if the shake houses were legalized.
    Besides, isn’t a bit racist to allow special gaming priviledges just for the blacks only. Fat chance that’s going to go anywhere in the legislature. If legalized does that mean that whites can open up shop in the inner city too across the street or next door to the black ticket houses and run their own games? There would be quite a body count if that happened. Organized crime doesn’t like competition.

  • Anonymous

    5:50 PM 33 Presently, the white majority seem to be earning all of the profits from all of the legal games. How many African Americans own casinos, or race tracks in the state. Owners would apply for a gaming license like all the others. Your racist attitude shows.

  • JJ

    Cry me a fricking river 5:50! Black entitlements using the race card is getting little bit old don’t you think. If that makes a person racist well that’s too bad.
    Are you actually naive enough to believe that blacks really control the numbers games in this city? You’ve been putting money from the shakes in the white man’s pocket from day one. That’s not racist, that’s just the way it is.
    If blacks want a race track or a casino then they can go build one. Last time I checked it was still a free market.
    Cut the race bait bullshit!

  • Anonymous

    33 8:00 PM Tell that to the politicians who are the ones who control and decide which group will get the licenses.

  • Dodgegrl33

    did you know tuffy?

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  • sharon

    i have been looking up the history of tuffy mitchell i think he is my grandfather sharon from Indianapolis in.,