Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Random Acts of Flowers Indianapolis

Random Acts of Flowers Indianapolis is part of a nationwide non-profit that seeks to improve "the emotional health and well-being of individuals in health care facilities by delivering recycled flowers, encouragement and personal moments of kindness".

Most of the "lightly used" blooms come from florists, grocery stores and funeral homes, others come from private celebrations for weddings or birthdays. (If you'd like to donate, contact Lindsay Potter, Program Manager, at

Maybe you don't have still-perky picked flowers to donate, but you probably have at least a shelf full of unwanted vases. If they're 6 to 9 inches tall and "not too thin or too wide", take them to Random Acts of Flowers Indianapolis, Suite F, 1057 East 54th Street, Indianapolis, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Another place to drop them off (if you're in the northwest quadrant of Indy) is 8222 Moore Road, Indianapolis: "put at front of stable in labeled plastic bin".

Help make a day brighter for someone who needs a bit of sunshine.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Pence Tries to Explain Away His Use of AOL Account

This Indianapolis Observer finds it easy to believe that former Governor Mike Pence used AOL to conduct Indiana State Government business (he's that clueless about the 21st Century).

But it is difficult to believe that he expects the courts to buy the argument that the public has no right to see what the hacker last summer has already read, that some of his AOL emails are too "sensitive" to release.

Read all about it numerous places, including The Washington Post.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Are Pence's Government-Related Emails Secret?

While former Indiana Governor Mike Pence is frantically trying to keep his emails secret, a decision by a West Coast court does not bode well for his success.

"California’s Supreme Court ruled Thursday that texts and emails sent by public officials on private accounts or devices are a matter of public record, marking a victory for transparency advocates," reports Mollie Reilly in The Huffington Post.

"The state’s Supreme Court says the public has a right to access all communications about government business."

According to The Indianapolis Star, "Vice President Mike Pence continued to fight to keep secret a political white paper emailed to him while he was Indiana governor, petitioning the Indiana Supreme Court not to review a public records denial for the controversial papers. If opened, the communications could reveal a slew of Republican political strategies that Pence and dozens of other U.S. governors devised to fight former President Barack Obama and an executive order of his concerning immigration."

Read more about it here.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Confusing Fame for Competence

Philip Gulley nails it in the March 2017 issue of "Indianapolis Monthly":

"If you ask me how America ended up with Trump in the White House, I would tell you that two Americas have been contending with one another for some time. The first America values science, education, and reason. You know, all that boring stuff that made us the envy of the world. The second America confuses brashness for expertise, and fame for competence. The second America will give us the Trumps and the Kardashians, but never a Lincoln or a Jefferson. They will give us heat but no light, sound but no sanity. With the ascendancy of Trump, the second America has spoken. Cover your eyes, folks, this ain’t gonna be pretty."

Read his whole column here.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Party at Pence's Yesterday a Smash Hit

Well, the party is history, but evidently it was great fun for the participants.

"Brandishing rainbow flags and signs that read 'Queer Love' and 'Trans Power', scores of activists marched Wednesday night toward Vice President-elect Mike Pence's rental home in Northwest Washington, D.C."

You can read more about it here, in coverage from USA Today.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Pence's Dance Party is January 18

"A queer activist collective in Washington, D.C. is planning a dance party in front of Mike Pence’s home this week, ensuring that the Vice President-elect never forgets a big ol’ group of queers partied on his front lawn.

"Organized by DisruptJ20 and WERK for Peace, the dance party, slated to take place in Pence’s Chevy Chase, D.C. neighborhood, will include plenty of biodegradable glitter and “rainbow paraphernalia,” scheduled in conjunction with a series of actions pegged to the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump. The event will start at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18, two days before Trump is sworn into the highest political office in the developed world."

(Read all about it here.) This Indianapolis Observer can't wait to read the news coverage on the bash!

Friday, December 9, 2016

HUSTLER Hollywood is Coming to Indy!

Your Indianapolis Observer seems to have missed the controversy. So, for those who follow such things, here's the official press release:

"HUSTLER Hollywood today responded to community concerns and outcry regarding the location of its proposed Indianapolis retail store along with brand misperceptions by local residents.

"Despite rumors surrounding the proposed HUSTLER Hollywood store in Indianapolis, the company currently has 21 stores throughout the country and is aggressively expanding operations. The company has doubled the number of its retail locations over the past year and plans to have close to 30 locations by the end of 2017.

"When looking at a potential location, HUSTLER Hollywood conducts thorough due diligence in each city with a team made up of lawyers, real estate experts, and its retail executives. All zoning regulations and retail codes from the city are obtained, and each store and its displays are individually tailored to meet all local city requirements. HUSTLER Hollywood never violates city zoning laws and works closely with city officials and agencies to obtain all necessary permits.

"Based on Indianapolis’ qualifications for a retail store, HUSTLER Hollywood is a retail store. The zoning board used discretionary action to reclassify the business after the fact based on emotional and knee-jerk reactions from some of its residents.

"HUSTLER Hollywood has stood distinctly apart from its peers by offering an upscale consumer experience, and unparalleled customer service. HUSTLER Hollywood is an upscale boutique that offers all the top pleasure product brands, lingerie and much more, including a large selection of apparel, sportswear, accessories, jewelry, gifts & novelties, along with bath & body items. Supported by knowledgeable and dedicated staff trained to provide education and recommendations based on individual needs, we are dedicated to ensuring every customer feels welcome and comfortable while experiencing our shopping environment."

HUSTLER Hollywood is an upscale, modern erotic boutique offering sex toys, lingerie, apparel, funny gifts and more to the sexually curious. With Pence as Trump's VP, it seems perfectly logical that HUSTLER would consider the Hoosier metropolis for an outpost.