Monday, April 18, 2016

Hoosierland Mystery

Your Indianapolis Observer often cringes to read descriptions of inhabitants of our fair state, Indianans though we aren't.

The latest assessment comes courtesy of The New York Times:

Indiana is "a working-class state with below-average educational attainment among white voters," writes the NYT in an article about Donald Trump's GOP primary chances.

Wisconsin "is better educated than Indiana, it has higher marriage rates, and it has more voters with an ancestry rooted in predominantly Protestant countries in northwest Europe," Nate Cohn continues.

"Most obviously, the Indianapolis area — and the state of Indiana — is conservative and tends to vote Republican. That’s underpinned by the demographic characteristics of the state: It’s more evangelical, less educated and, in particular, has fewer people with postgraduate degrees."

Friday, March 25, 2016

"How Dare You, Gov. Pence?"

It boggles the mind that GOP legislators and governors have such little regard for the female half of the population.

Obviously these (mostly white, mostly middle-aged men) don't trust women to make their own decisions about their lives.

Gov. Mike Pence (and the Indiana GOP legislators) showed that they preferred political games over women's reproductive rights once again with the anti-abortion bill he just signed. With a prayer, no less.

This Indianapolis Observer thinks Gov. Pence needs a remedial course not only in constitutional law (this sadistic piece of legislation will end up costing Hoosier taxpayers big bucks to defend before it's shot down) but in basic human decency.

How dare he (and his ilk) impose himself on a woman's decisions regarding her own body? How dare he (and his ilk) require a woman to carry a deformed fetus to maturity? How dare he (and his ilk) require women to pay for internment of the results of the abortion?

This Indianapolis Observer knows that if men got pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament.

As Suzette Hackney wrote in today's Indianapolis Star, "How dare you, Gov. Mike Pence?"

Monday, March 14, 2016

Mean, Short-Sighted, Scary ... Downright Stupid

This Indianapolis Observer wonders how this absolutely vile piece of legislation passed the Indiana Legislature and wound up on Gov. Pence's desk.

As reported on Salon.com, "Indiana’s Legislature has passed a bill that forces women to give birth if a doctor has detected a fetal abnormality. Which, yes, would mean that a pregnant woman who contracts Zika would lose her right to abortion, while a woman with a healthy pregnancy would retain her right to say no to giving birth. Even some Republicans balked at the sadistic pleasure their colleagues take in the idea of forcing women to give birth to children who will suffer, die or be too much for women to care for.

“'Today is a perfect example of a bunch of middle-aged guys sitting in this room making decisions about what we think is best for women,'[ state Rep. Sean Eberhart, a Republican, said. He voted no on the advice of his wife."

A big shout-out to State Rep. Eberhart for exhibiting common sense and a big slap upside the head to the idiots who voted for this obviously unconstitutional piece of legislation restricting a woman's right to abortion.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Population Control in Indiana's Scott County

Indiana's still in the news for trying to codify discrimination, but we're also getting ink for the catastrophe that is Scott County.

This Indianapolis Observer often wonders how Gov. Pence (and others of his ilk) can sleep at night.

Check out "How They Die in Scott County".

Monday, February 22, 2016

The Economic Effects of Overt Discrimination

Does Indiana really want to drive businesses out of the state?

The American Zeitgeist has changed.

Look at what's happening in Georgia: "Religious Liberty Bill..."

Friday, February 12, 2016

Bye, Bye Good Manufacturing Jobs!

How is Gov. Pence spinning Carrier's decision to abandon its Indianapolis workers in favor of those waiting in Monterrey, Mexico?

Needless to say, the employees aren't pleased that the corporation decided the Hoosier state is a bad place to operate a factory.

One report is here.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

"Affluenza" and Park-Tudor

This Indianapolis Observer senses a lot of existential angst in affluent households on the northside of Indy and in Hamilton County as the Park-Tudor child pornography and predation scandal continues to grow.

It has all the hallmarks of a telenovela: bureaucrats claiming ignorance, lawyers withholding evidence, coaches soliciting sex from students, predators encouraging violence against their prey...and the mysterious suicide of the school's headmaster.

Seems that even a tuition north of $20,000 per year doesn't ensure that one's entitled offspring are safe while at school.