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The Joy of Faux Outrage

One of my favorite films is Casablanca.   And while you would think my favorite character would be Humphrey Bogart’s  Rick Blaine (totally understandable), it is actually Claude Raine’s character Capt. Louis Renault, particularly the scene above when he tells Rick he is closing down the Club because he is  “shocked to find that there is gambling taking place there”.    I have that same reaction when I look at the reaction my Democratic friends are having regarding SB 621 which would reform Marion County government.

You would swear listening to their moaning and gnashing of teeth that this was truly the end of the world and a clear sign of universal Armageddon.   However, my informal poll of regular people who have to work for a living tells me otherwise.

This past Saturday I guest hosted “Unity in the Community” on AM 1310, with Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard.  The Mayor and I talked about SB 621 which would give his office more budget authority, control of his appointments and it would also eliminate the at-larges.  Democrats have said this the biggest land grab since World War II Europe, however the Mayor said he would be perfectly comfortable with a Democratic Mayor having the same authority.

What was actually even more telling was when we took the phone calls.  Not one person called about SB 621.  There were calls about streets and sidewalks.  Some people wanted to know about certain city services, but not one person called in to say, please Mr. Mayor, stop your blatant power grab!  You should not have the authority to choose your own Department heads without having to run back to the City-County Council every year to get them re-appointed.  No one called in to say “Greg Ballard, you are an evil man for wanting to get Sheriff john Layton’s spending under control because we the taxpayers have an extra $20 million just laying around for his amusement and entertainment!”   And not one person came out of the woodwork to say “save our at-larges”.  Even in my bi-weekly column in the Indianapolis Star the only person who complained was a Democratic elected official.

What’s more interesting has been the Democrats’ promise to withhold their support of mass transit if the GOP moves forward with SB 621.  I think it is fair to say that they would rather keep four of their friends in their part-time jobs rather than make sure thousands of their constituents have the means to get to work and become economically empowered and self-sufficient.  They must not realize that Greg Ballard is their best and only chance to get mass transit if they get a Democratic Mayor in 2015 Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles will see mass transit in this town before they do.

And the icing on the cake still remains that for all the crying about representation and diluting voter rights, I did not hear a peep out of my Democratic friends when the Council reduced Republican representation on Council Committees to ensure they had a super-majority in most cases.

Ah, the joy of outrage.  Now if you will excuse me, I have to go collect my winnings.

 

  • Disruptive element

    “make sure thousands of their constituents have the means to get to work and become economically empowered and self-sufficient” Really Abdul? Even a small glance at the facts of this mass transit Marion County taxpayer money grab would not warrant that statement. It will affect the taxpayers namely with increases in LOITS, COITS,CAGIT, CEDIT, not to forget property taxes which
    will increase due to Indy Go given permission to operate without restraint. Carmel property taxes do not fund bus transportation.The non-stop bus service from Fishers which was said was a raving success has ceased -Why might that be? Oh, it was unable to operate once the government subsidy ran out. Greenfield to Indianapolis failed due to lack of riders. I see the buses during the day in Indpls and they are mostly empty. There are bus stops within walking distance of most people in all areas of the city. They can’t make that work well so how can it be they should be given gazillions to operate this. The latest news on transit that has been built in other cities is buried on page 20 in fine print. It is not a raving success.

  • malercous

    Using my material are you? You changed it a bit, I said “even Ray Charles can see that” about 12 yrs ago in law school. You heard it as you were in the room, down front, stage right in your usual spot.
    You’re welcome.

  • CircleCityScribe

    To explain the joy of mass transit, it makes it possible for the patrons of Haughville, Brightwood and The Meadows to attend a Chief Keef concert at The Palladium in Carmel.

    Chief Keef, is an American rapper from Chicago. “Born as Keith Cozart, while under house arrest for a previous weapons charge, Cozart posted several public videos. In 2011, Cozart was apprehended on charges of heroin manufacture and distribution. He was found delinquent and served time on house arrest.

    He left his grandmother’s home holding a coat over his hands in front of his waistband. A policeman stopped to question the rapper, who dropped the coat, flashed a handgun and ran away. Officers chased then 16-year-old Cozart, who turned around several times and pointed the gun at them. The policemen discharged their weapons, but missed. They caught him a half-block later and recovered the pistol, which was loaded. Cozart was charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a firearm on a police officer and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. He was also given a misdemeanor charge for resisting arrest. He was held in the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center until a judge sentenced him to home confinement at his grandmother’s house.

    This year he was taken into custody after a juvenile court judge ruled that the aforementioned gun range interview video constituted a probation violation. Two days later, Cozart was sentenced to two months in a juvenile detention facility and was additionally made a ward of the state. On March 14, 2013, Keef was released from a juvenile detention center after serving the 60 days for violating his probation.”

    -Now when does that new Regional Mass Transit Stop at The Palladium open in anticipation of the Chief Keef Concert there????

  • CircleCityScribe

    Indianapolis riot police cannot properly prevent the mayhem from happening at the downtown bus stops on the weekend…and some idiot wants to propose regional ass transit?????

    Liberalism does not work! Look at what happened in Chicago last week!

    “Nearly 30 people were arrested downtown on Saturday night for disturbances that ranged from bumping into passersby on sidewalks to attacking passengers aboard a CTA train, authorities said, citing preliminary information.

    Seventeen of the people in custody — all but two younger than 18 — were charged with misdemeanor reckless conduct, said Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro. The two adults are Bobby K. Rhodes, 19, of the 1100 block of North Cambridge Avenue, and Marquell Hicks, 18, of the 3200 block of West Diversey Avenue, police said.

    Those arrests happened on the Magnificent Mile near North Michigan Avenue and East Huron Street between 7 p.m. and about 7:40 p.m., authorities said. The suspects were alleged to have bumped into other people on the sidewalks, blocked sidewalks and traffic on the street and started fights among themselves.

    In a separate incident, police arrested 11 teens at the CTA’s State/Lake station in The Loop about 6:35 p.m. after the group attacked two women on an elevated train car, authorities said, citing preliminary information.”

    <bTo explain the joy of regional mass transit, it makes it possible for the patrons of Haughville, Brightwood and The Meadows to attend a Chief Keef concert at The Palladium in Carmel.

    Chief Keef, is an American rapper from Chicago. “Born as Keith Cozart, while under house arrest for a previous weapons charge, Cozart posted several public videos. In 2011, Cozart was apprehended on charges of heroin manufacture and distribution. He was found delinquent and served time on house arrest.

    He left his grandmother’s home holding a coat over his hands in front of his waistband. A policeman stopped to question the rapper, who dropped the coat, flashed a handgun and ran away. Officers chased then 16-year-old Cozart, who turned around several times and pointed the gun at them. The policemen discharged their weapons, but missed. They caught him a half-block later and recovered the pistol, which was loaded. Cozart was charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a firearm on a police officer and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. He was also given a misdemeanor charge for resisting arrest. He was held in the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center until a judge sentenced him to home confinement at his grandmother’’s house.

    This year he was taken into custody after a juvenile court judge ruled that the aforementioned gun range interview video constituted a probation violation. Two days later, Cozart was sentenced to two months in a juvenile detention facility and was additionally made a ward of the state. On March 14, 2013, Keef was released from a juvenile detention center after serving the 60 days for violating his probation.”

    -Now when does that new Regional Mass Transit Stop at The Palladium open in anticipation of the Chief Keef Concert there????

  • anon

    They actually do go pick up people after IMPD makes arrests. I witnessed this myself when some protestors were blocking off a sidewalk. IMPD officers made the arrests, and a Sherrif’s pady-waggon hauled them to the jail for processing.

  • CircleCityScribe

    …so there was NO motorcycle, or bicycle used???