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Archive for November, 2009

Put the Smoking Gun Back in the Holster

Monday, November 30th, 2009

My friends at the Indy Star are reporting what I’ve been hearing for about a week now, the proposed expansion of the smoking ban is likely going back to committee.   You can hear my heart breaking.  Supporters hope to bring it back another day, but I doubt it will come back because the votes […]

Let the “War on Christmas” Begin

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

I know we’re just a couple days into the holiday season, but it’s never too late to start talking about the “War on Christmas”.   You know the time when people get upset because someone wished them “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas”.    They then go on ad nauseum to say America is continuing […]

Happy Turkey Day!!!

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

I want to take a few moments to wish all the readers of  Indiana Barrister a Happy Thanksgiving. This will be a special one for me for a couple of reasons.  This will be the first one with my lovely wife and as some of you may be aware, my Dad has serious health issues […]

It’s Not What It Is, It’s What It Looks Like

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

There’s a story about a guy who works on a sheep ranch.  That day his wife tells him they have a dinner party to attend that evening, but he has to work later than usual, so he takes his suit with him.   After spending the day working, the man gathers the sheep in the barn.  […]

IP$ $alary $chedule

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

As Indianapolis Public Schools look to cut $12 million from their budget, I decided to take a look at the salaries of the district’s more than 5400 employees.  The highest paid salary was Dr. Eugene White who makes $240,640 in salary and benefits.  The lowest paid employee is Devonna Craig, a food service employee who […]

Monday Morning Mayoral Musings

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Although 2010 is a few days away, it never hurts to take a sneak peak at 2011 and the Indianapolis Mayor’s race. Here’s what I’ve heard so far. Brian Williams has put together what could be considered the first political ad of the season. Melina Kennedy is touting another Union endorsement, that makes two if […]


Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

Although I’ve been in the “opinion” business for six years now, it still amazes me sometimes at the reaction I get from people.   I criticize Sarah Palin, I’m a liberal Democrat.  I  agree with one of Mitch Daniels’ policies, I’m a Republican shrill. I get e-mails all the time from someone telling me, “you’re […]

Going Rouge

Friday, November 20th, 2009

I went looking for a copy of Governor Sarah Palin book “Going Rogue” at the downtown Borders bookstore.  I couldn’t find it.  It wasn’t because they were sold out, but because I was looking in the fiction section. More than 1,000 people gathered in Noblesville to see the former Vice-Presidential candidate and get signed copies […]

Explain This One To Me…

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

The Center for Disease Control says in 2008, Indiana went from 6th to 2nd in the nation in the percentage of adults who smoke, but since 2005 more than 30 municipalities have imposed smoking bans in one form or another in public places. So although there are fewer places to smoke in Indiana more people are smoking.  […]

Paranormal Activity in IPS

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

I don’t know what rocket scientist came up with this rule in Indianapolis Public Schools, but I can’t think of a better way to get sued and cost the taxpayers thousands of  dollars. According to scienceblogs.com,  IPS  is blocking atheist websites from its computers; actually its blocking all  “alternative spirituality” websites. Sites that promote and provide information on […]