Sunday, November 21, 2021

Carmel Gets a Shout Out in the NY Times

The New York Times heaped praise on the roundabouts in Carmel, Indiana, this weekend: "An Indiana city has the most roundabouts in the country. They’ve saved lives and reduced injuries from crashes — and lowered carbon emissions."

"Carmel, a city of 102,000 north of Indianapolis, has 140 roundabouts, with over a dozen still to come. No American city has more. The main reason is safety; compared with regular intersections, roundabouts significantly reduce injuries and deaths," writes reporter Cara Bukley.

" A recent study of Carmel’s roundabouts by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety found that injury crashes were reduced by nearly half at 64 roundabouts in Carmel, and even more at the more elaborate, dogbone-shaped interchanges," she reports.

Friday, November 19, 2021

BMV profits by selling Hoosiers' data

CBS4Indy.com reports: "Records show the Bureau of Motor Vehicles is selling people’s personal information and has been for years."

Yep: the repository of all the "REAL ID" information on millions of Hoosiers is sending that detail out into the world. The bureau that collected our birth certificates and passport information and utility billing details has been SELLING the data for profit. "CBS4 dug through public records and found the agency has made $43 million off of the practice since 2018."

"CBS4 spoke with several people outside of the BMV. None of them were aware their information was being accessed by third party companies."

Read the whole report here.

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Mike Braun campaign repeatedly violated election rules

The Indianapolis Business Journal has an online feature today about the mutiple violations uncovered in a Federal Election Commission audit.

"Republican U.S. Sen. Mike Braun improperly gave more than $1 million to his 2018 campaign, and received contributions in excess of legal limits, a federal audit has concluded," IBJ.com reports.

The ethical lapses have been reported by other media as well, including the Daily Beast.

Braun's disingenuous hedge that "he can’t fully answer the government’s questions because one of his key staffers "vanished" falls apart when The Daily Beast notes they found the "missing" staffer "within minutes".

This Indianapolis Observer waits for the next shoe to drop.

Sunday, October 24, 2021

GOPer Jim Banks steps in it again

Rude, arrogant, discourteous, stupid, coarse, ill-mannered, ungentlemanly ...pick your adjective. There's no excuse for Banks' boorish behavior toward Dr. Levine.

As noted on Huffpost: "Twitter suspended the account of Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) on Saturday for violating its hateful conduct policy after he intentionally misgendered Assistant Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine, the nation’s first openly transgender four-star officer and federal official confirmed by the Senate."

If only our elected reps would stop conforming to the Indiana hick stereotype....

Read the article here.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Yet another GOP rep from Indiana caught in lies

According to CNN, "GOP Rep. Jim Banks lamented on the House floor that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi prevented him from serving on the House committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol on Thursday [21 Oct 2021]. And yet, Banks sent a letter to at least one government agency falsely claiming that he is ranking member of the committee in his signature."

Seriously? He thought he could get away with that blatant lie?

Banks has served as the U.S. Representative for Indiana's 3rd congressional district since 2017.

Read all about his chicanery here: "Liz Cheney calls out Jim Banks".

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Quayle finally did something good

Yeah, yeah: we've all made jokes about Dan Quayle's inability to spell potato (and other innocuous gaffes) but this year he did something that might actually have saved the country.

When Mike Pence called him to consult about Donald Trump's efforts to have him nullify the Electoral College vote, Quayle said "nope". The former vice president told Pence he couldn’t throw out the election results in order to keep Trump in power. What a concept!

Here's one place to read all about it: "Dan Quayle Convinced Mike Pence To Ignore Trump’s Decertification Pleas"

As MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell said, "“Wow. Dan Quayle comes to the rescue of the republic.”

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Venable's Indy Kiss-Off Gift

Lou Harry notes: "More than the resources, tech, and cost, what’s staggering and saddening about this is that an entire floor of an ART MUSEUM is being devoted to this sideshow, which is to art what an amusement park Laser Floyd show is to an actual Pink Floyd concert."

And, even worse (IMHO) it's just one of 50 such shows on view at the moment. The IMA (excuse me, "Newfields") should rue the day it let Charles Venable reset its focus.

Read the rest of his commentary here..