Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Sorry, Mike Pence, You're Doomed

Seriously. Our former governor thinks he can survive Trump.

Pundits (including Frank Bruni) disagree (see his column in the New York Times).

"So why has Pence formed a political action committee, the only sitting vice president ever to do so," asks Bruni. "Why is he taking all these meetings, building all these bridges? I guess there could be some imaginable future in which Trump falls and Pence is left standing strong enough to soldier on."

Right now, Pence "is squeezed tight into a corner of compulsory worship."

At least he's no longer in the State House!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Pence: Mediocre

"Pence and the Rise of Mediocrity". The headline kinda says it all.

"He began as a talk show host in 1994 in small-town Indiana, fulminating about the global warming 'myth', the perfidy of Washington, and the verities of an evangelical Christianity menaced by cosmopolites.... A quarter-century later, Pence remains as small as his beginnings."

The article in "The Boston Globe" is positively scathing.

"As [Indiana] governor, Pence spearheaded a “religious freedom” law allowing business owners to deny service to LGBT citizens. Struggling to defend this, he gave an incoherent interview to George Stephanopoulos which exposed his excruciating inability to transcend robotic talking points. More than narrow, he looked dense," Richard North Patterson writes.

"Equally mindless was his opposition to a needle-exchange program, provoking an outbreak of HIV-AIDS in an Indiana county.... In the cul-de-sac of his mind, he plays to the only audience he knows — people who think like him."

Pence's "public persona reeks of smarmy sanctimony — every untruth, evasion, and vacuous bromide delivered in a portentous pipe organ voice accompanied by squints, nods, and shakes of the head which, Pence clearly imagines, convey a pious gravity. The effect is that of an unctuous church elder selling pyramid schemes to credulous parishioners, never doubting he is doing God’s work. Every self-serving self-deception reveals the depths of his shallowness, the breadth of his hypocrisy."

Is it any wonder that, facing almost certain defeat in his re-election bid as Indiana governor, he grasped 45's offer of an "honorable" escape? Unfortunately, 45 won the election and if/when he's impeached, guess who's next in line for POTUS.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Pence Now Tangled in Russian Probe?

This Indianapolis Observer notes that our (not) beloved ex-governor is now caught up in the Russian scandal engulfing the White House.

Add his name to the list of possible miscreants (Flynn, Manafort, Page, Stone etc.) as he appears to be the “Donald Trump transition team” member caught on wiretap.

The evidence of Trump-Russian collusion keeps piling up, as The Palmer Report points out, noting that "the more immediate question may be what Mike Pence kept discussing with Russian puppet Paul Manafort during the transition, and if it implicated Pence in Trump’s Russia scandal."

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 Lindsay@RAFIndianapolis.org.)

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.