Tag: Indiana

Murder and Mystery By the Ohio River


Piper Blackwell is an ex-GI. She saw service in Iraq with the 101st Airborne, seeing combat as an MP. Instead of serving her planned 20 years, she separated at the end of her hitch to look after her father, Paul Blackwell, ill with cancer. Her father, then sheriff of rural Spencer County, Indiana urged 23-year-old Piper to run for sheriff in his place. To her surprise, she won.

“The Dead of Jerusalem Ridge: A Piper Blackwell Mystery,” by Jean Rabe, is the fourth book in this mystery series. Blackwell is into her ninth month as sheriff. She has shaken up the sheriff’s department, mostly for the better. Even her election opponent, Chief Deputy Sheriff Oren Rosenberg, who would like for her to be inadequate so he could replace her, grudgingly admits her competence.

This book opens with Piper taking a three-day Labor Day weekend in Kentucky, with several ex-army buddies. They are playing paintball on land owned by one of them when tragedy strikes. They get attacked by an armed, active shooter. Several of the participants are killed, including the shooter. Others including Piper are badly injured.

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Another important development with long-term implications for the lives of the Aschlimann family from that year is that 79 was the year that my brother Tim started to get seriously dedicated to playing guitar. This turn of events had an auspicious-enough beginning: Dad had bought him a guitar, a Yamaha steel string country-style guitar with […]

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Co-host Bob Bowdon talks with Steven Wilson, Founder and former CEO of Ascend Learning, a charter school network in Brooklyn, New York. They discuss the emergence of anti-intellectualism in K-12 schooling, the topic of a controversial blog post in which Steven raised concerns about the increasing politicization and radicalization of the curriculum. He argues that this troubling trend threatens our ability to arrive at a shared, rather than subjective, understanding of reality and to pursue objective truth. This could ultimately lead to a totalitarian-style suppression of ideas rather than their free exchange. He also laments the loss of bipartisan consensus about the beneficial role charter schools play as an experiment in innovation and healthy competition, and he calls on charter supporters to make a stronger case for these schools.

Stories of the Week: In Illinois, a bombshell report revealed 20,000 incidents of children being sent to “isolation rooms” supposedly reserved for violent situations, but actually used in many cases for students with disabilities. A new survey shows some high school-age students are more likely to say that the First Amendment goes too far to protect free speech – is this the result of cyber bullying? In Indiana, thousands of teachers participated in a “Red for Ed” rally at the state capital to demand higher compensation, resulting in 45 percent of public school students missing class.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America welcome word that a federal investigation will be opened into how a prominent Indiana abortion provider allied with Pete Buttigieg ended up with more than 2,000 fetal remains in his home.  They also shake their heads as Kamala Harris not only calls for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh to be impeached but also contends that Christine Blasey Ford was “treated like a criminal” and that the Kavanaugh confirmation created a “crisis of confidence” in the Supreme Court.  And Jim has plenty to say as the two New York Times reporters behind the latest Kavanaugh allegation insist their original article included the fact the supposed victim has no memory of the incident but their editors took it out of the story.

Alexandra DeSanctis of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America tackle three crazy martinis today.  They wade into the battle of monstrous egos as CNN White House Correspondent Jim Acosta grandstands and tries to debate President Trump about the migrants headed for the U.S. border and Trump responds by calling Acosta a “terrible person” and pulling his White House press credentials.  They also recoil as Antifa protesters find the home of Fox News host Tucker Carlson, damaging his front door,  and chanting that they know where he sleeps while Carlson’s wife hides in the pantry.  They get a kick out of the rank hypocrisy of the left-wing Women’s March for berating the white women who voted for Republicans.  And Alexandra takes us inside the North Dakota and Indiana Senate wins for the GOP and what she learned from covering those two races closely.

October Surprises Continue Breaking Republicans’ Way


One week ago, I wrote a summary of “October surprises,” that were truly surprising. It is axiomatic that, each October, the media will unveil embarrassing, negative, damaging things about Republican candidates. The timing is intended to hurt Republicans and help Democrats at the ballot box. If the media doesn’t do it, a Republican self-sabotages. October 2018 started differently and has continued against the popular historical norm.

Media Revelations:

The Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Andrew Gillum, was reported by the Tampa Bay Times to have taken unreported gifts from lobbyists, then lied about it.

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How long has the anti-incumbent trend been going on and “they” are still shocked? I don’t know Michael Capuano, though I recall hearing his name a few times, and I don’t know Ayanna Pressley, but at this point and in the current environment, “shock” is not a word that comes to mind. There were, apparently, […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are in very good spirits as they savor three wonderful martinis for conservatives.  First, they celebrate the news that three American hostages are on their way home from North Korea in advance of the upcoming Trump-Kim summit.  They also applaud President Trump for withdrawing the U.S. from the Iran nuclear deal, which was riddled with inspection loopholes and was never properly submitted to Congress.  And they cheer the victory of conservative Patrick Morrisey in the West Virginia U.S. Senate primary, the lopsided defeat for “Cocaine Mitch” accuser Don Blankenship, and strong turnout for Republicans in three primary states.

Rep. Andre Carson Put My Family in Danger


Rep. Andre Carson has made the startling statement that I am guilty of hate speech, and have put his family and congressional staff in danger. Why? Because I have been talking and writing about already published news stories in the Washington Post, FOX 59, The Daily Caller and others that are exposing Carson’s relationship with anti-Semite and bigot Louis Farrakhan.

In an interview with Indy Star Opinion Editor Tim Swarens:

In a flash of anger, the congressman reserved his strongest comments during our interview for WIBC talk show host Tony Katz, who’s been sharply critical of Carson recently for refusing to denounce Farrakhan.

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Apologies to @jamespethokoukis for the fair-use plagiarism of his original post So Donald Trump is taking credit for saving nearly half of the 2,000 Carrier manufacturing jobs that were headed to Mexico. The manner in which this happened makes me smile. And now he has his sights set on another Indiana manufacturer: Preview Open

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On this week’s Commentary Magazine podcast, the Not-So-Fearsome Threesome—Podhoretz, Greenwald, and Rothman—discuss Ted Cruz’s Hail-Carly play on the vice presidency and how it’s aimed almost entirely on securing female support in next Tuesday’s literally critical Indiana primary.

There’s also talk of Trump and why his support appears to be expanding out from his working-class base. And why is it that we are being told to consider a century’s worth of unimaginable progress merely “crumbs” provided by the supposedly ungenerous and penurious system called capitalism?

Cruz Cedes OR, NM Primaries to Kasich; Focuses on Indiana (UPDATE: Trump Responds)


Jeff Roe, Cruz for President’s campaign manager released the following statement late Sunday:

Having Donald Trump at the top of the ticket in November would be a sure disaster for Republicans. Not only would Trump get blown out by Clinton or Sanders, but having him as our nominee would set the party back a generation. To ensure that we nominate a Republican who can unify the Republican Party and win in November, our campaign will focus its time and resources in Indiana and in turn clear the path for Gov. Kasich to compete in Oregon and New Mexico, and we would hope that the allies of both campaigns would follow our lead. In other states holding their elections for the remainder of the primary season, our campaign will continue to compete vigorously to win.

A Smoky Heaven: Nicky Blaine’s in Indianapolis


Author’s Note: Thanks to my full-time and freelance jobs, I have traveled extensively throughout the United States. I have visited every major city multiple times, and many small towns in between. For each destination, I always try to see something different. This is the first in what I hope to be an occasional series of articles about some of the uniquely American places I have been, and if possible, you should try to visit as well.

I was all set for a trip to San Francisco, when my boss told me that I was being sent to Indianapolis instead. As soon as I heard “Indianap,” I gleefully thought to myself “I get to go back to Nicky Blaine’s.” After I got the reassignment, I immediately contacted two of my best friends, Tony Katz and Fingers Malloy, who live in Indianapolis, to let them know I was coming to town. Where we were going to eat was not important, but it was naturally understood that after dinner, we were going to Nicky Blaine’s.

Please Stop Celebrating the Naked Public Square


RFRA_Indianapolis_Protests_-_2015_-_Justin_Eagan_02-615x458Fifteen years ago, as a college undergraduate, I had the opportunity to visit Yad Vashem, Israel’s official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. It’s an interesting place, and some parts are quite moving. Nearly everyone comes away haunted by the Children’s Memorial, commemorating the 1.5 million Jewish children killed in the Holocaust. For me though, another very memorable bit was the main museum, which told the story of the Holocaust from an angle I hadn’t seen before.

Of course, I had studied the Holocaust in school and seen the classic movies. I had heard the pious cliche (laughable when you think about it) that “this is disturbing but we study it anyway so that this can never happen again.” But when American schoolteachers cover the Holocaust, the impression they give is that the extermination of Jews just resulted from a random outpouring of wild-eyed hatred, which could as easily have fallen on short people or green-eyed people or anybody else who happened to be a little different. Yad Vashem’s narrative was much more attentive to the fact that it was not short people or green-eyed people who were hated and killed; it was Jews. And that really wasn’t a point of random happenstance.

In the end, that museum basically amounts to a kind of apologia for the State of Israel. (This also explains another slightly eerie thing about Yad Vashem, which is that it is usually packed with armed and uniform-clad IDF soldiers. I gathered a visit to the museum was a normal part of their training.) It certainly gave my 20-year-old self a lot to consider. That was the first time I understood the really interesting (and tragic) thing about the Holy Land, which is that everybody there has a victim complex and, as inconvenient as that is politically, everybody there has some justification for having a victim complex. Their “victim narratives” ring true, at least to a considerable extent.