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Open Thread: Let's Keep This Party Polite, Never Get Out Of My Sight

DiceTDW is heading down to the 127th annual Indiana Democratic Editorial Association Convention at the bee-yoo-ti-ful Belterra Casino Resort & Spa in Southern Indiana, so she'll be posting off and on throughout the weekend, depending on her luck at the blackjack table and the availability of wireless access to the Internets.

If you're heading to the convention, see you there! If not, play nicely, and the blogmistress will feed the beast as often as possible.

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Didja see on the IBJ site that Honda is hiring only from select Indiana counties, after all the taxpayer incentives to lure Honda to Greensburg? Be gone, yous union types.

Make sure you eat at the Jeff Ruby Steakhouse. One of the best steaks I ever had.

"Be gone, yous union types. "

Exactly. More power to 'em.

Bravo! to the Morgans, who own Zionsville Golf Course. They have elected to sell the nine-hole course to the town rather than sell it for a whole lot more to a developer.

Told you there were three in the race for the CCC seat. Carson isn't a shoe in.
Wilson you are hurting Carson more than helping him.
If he were smart he would cut you loose.
Jen we in the other party have our spies too.

Actually, there's a fourth candidate too. Oh well...

For what it's worth, the info on the 3 candidates in the District #15 caucus was in the Indpls Star this morning. Does that mean the GOP has somebody who can read the local paper? Wowzers!!!

What is the "Indiana Democratic Editorial Association"?

Don't try and be folksy like Mitch by using colloquialisms incorrectly like "shoe in" -- the phrase is "shoo in", referring to the sound made by farmers while moving animals ... us Hoosiers know ruralisms when we see them!

"Does that mean the GOP has somebody who can read the local paper? Wowzers!!!"

How boorish. Ugh!

For 6:13 .... it is just exactly what it seems, a convention (aka big bash) of Democratic newspaper editors. Over the years the event has also come to also include all kinds of other Democrats from all over the state. Historically it as been held at French Lick, but with the renovation, it's recently moved to Belterra down on the river. Does that help?

"Does that help?"

Kind of, but what journalist would so easily admit a political affiliation?

"what journalist would so easily admit a political affiliation?"

Editorial writers, dimbulb.

Not editorial writers, editors. Those are the people that years ago often owned the papers or were responsible for editing stories. As for political affiliation, why not. There are people in lots of professions who have private opinions without bringing them into their public lives. Think doctors in women's clinics. Or pharmacists and birth control pills. As a journalist, you research and write. You try to present both sides of the story in a factual and honest manner that lets the reader decide for themselves.

"For what it's worth, the info on the 3 candidates in the District #15 caucus was in the Indpls Star this morning. Does that mean the GOP has somebody who can read the local paper? Wowzers!!!"

I posted the info earlier in the week Wilson. At the time there were only three. Remember your inquiry as to who the other two were? Jen asked the same question too, though I think she already knew “who” when she asked.
What’s wrong Wilson ? Are the Democrats keeping you out of the loop? Wonder why?

"Don't try and be folksy like Mitch by using colloquialisms incorrectly like "shoe in" -- the phrase is "shoo in", referring to the sound made by farmers while moving animals ..."

I'm not a farmer and I don't know their phrasing. I also don't mess around with live stock.
How about you Wilson? First hand experience?

Every attendee at the conference should be barred from ever working for a newspaper again.

Editors are supposed to be non-partisan.

Of course, we all know J-school is Bolshevik indoctrination.

"Editors are supposed to be non-partisan."

Why? Everyone is partisan. That's the way we are. A good editor is just someone who can put it aside in order to focus on the news.

"Of course, we all know J-school is Bolshevik indoctrination"

I do wish people would read more so they'd know the difference between liberals, conservatives, communists, socialists, libertarians, etc. You people bandy terms about in ways that would make Marx, Lenin, Stalin and Trotsky turn over in their graves.

"A good editor is just someone who can put it aside in order to focus on the news."

Then I suppose there's a paucity of "good" editors in this country.

IDA was formed over 100 years ago by mostly smalltown weekly newspaper editors. There's a Republican equivalent.

In those days, and, frankly, yet today, most smalltown weeklies are owned by blatantly partisan publishers.

I heard Lee Hamilton give an off-the-cuff 15-minute IDEA speech in 1982 about Reagan's promises and realities, that made the room stand still. Brilliant. But mostly it's meet-and-greet, liquor, cards, golf, liquor...

They wanted a weekend getaway once a year. They have it in French Lick.

Get over it.

Thanks 9:06. I doubt that the trolls will ever get over it. They'd bitch if they were hung with a new rope!

"You people bandy terms about in ways that would make Marx, Lenin, Stalin and Trotsky turn over in their graves."

What Leftists like yourself cannot undertand is that once you take a single step back from that lot you mentioned, differences are more perceived than real, focusing mainly on personality.

Differentiation amont their ideologies is nothing more than hair-splitting, your turf wars, notwithstanding.

Indianapolis Star reporter Dick Walton, who won numerous awards for the newspaper in a 29-year career, left the Star today to pursue a free-lance writing career.

Walton won the Indiana Associated Press Kent Cooper Award for the top story in the state four times, including once for a series of reports on sexual abuse by priests in the Lafayette Diocese of Indiana.

He also won two Lester Hunt Awards, formerly the Star’s top prize for excellence in reporting.

His stories included investigative reports on unnecessary deaths in state mental hospitals due to negligence and a series about state government's failure to protect children from abuse and neglect.

Walton resigned Aug. 14 and is available for writing assignments. Asked about the immediate future, however, he said, "I plan to take Monday off."

His e-mail address is walton_dick@yahoo.com. An informal sendoff is scheduled for Friday at 6 p.m. at the Chatterbox.

(The Walton thing is today, by the way.)

Man, Bart really screwed up, this morning, didn't he?

He left thousands of IndyGo riders stranded with no way to get to work.

This guy is incapable of running the city.

Had Enough?

Vote Ballard!

ummm...Ballard really screwed up the busses bigtime. He's as much to blame as anybody else! Of course, both IndyGo and the Drivers Union have apologized already. The flailing, desperate Republicans will next try to pin Watergate and Pearl Harbor on Mayor Peterson ... pitiful!

Well I would pin the MOVIE Pearl Harbor on him - 3 hour movie with about 15 mins of good special effects.

:)

Like some undercover blogs Piker.

Now really, blaming Peterson for this morning's Indy-Go labor issue and promoting Ballard as the solution is bizzare. We know little of where Ballard stands on most issues - including mass transit and dealing with labor. If he thinks like some of his supporters, his solution would be to eliminate Indy Go and let 19,000 people a day drive cake to work. However, a cursory reading of his website leads me to believe that he is much more moderate and communitarian than many of his ardent supporters on the Internets.

Aren't the republicans having their big thing in Indy this weekend? No difference

Ballard is a joke. Stands there touting transparency in government while refusing to answer legitimate questions about his own campaign. People in glass houses should not throw stones.

"Now really, blaming Peterson for this morning's Indy-Go labor issue and promoting Ballard as the solution is bizzare. We know little of where Ballard stands on most issues - including mass transit and dealing with labor."

Peterson is obviously not much better than Ballard when it comes to labor. He has yet to pass a living wage of $12/hr. Him and the council are responsible for IndyGo. Why are they letting the powers that be engage in unfair labor practices with a unionized group of employees. I guess even with the Dems in charge, the unions still haven't been given their balls back.....until now it seems.

Unions well remember how GOP Saint Ronald Reagan castrated the Air Traffic Controllers Union.

Unions also remember how Mitch Daniels on his first day in office abrogated contracts with state employee unions.

We need no crocodile tears from weepy Republicans suddenly loving the labor movement!

Actually Indygo is a private corporation which does not require mayoral or city council approval. It is a private corporation. Bart did step in and help resolve it. Put aside your partisan rantings and give credit where credit is due.

Uh, Wilson...I grew up in a union household, BUT:

The IndyGo management wanted to put drivers' names on a deskplate-sized placcard, mounted in the bus.

There is no earthly good reason for the union members to halt work because of that.

And for the record, yes, IndyGo is technically a private corporation. Whose board is entirely appoitned by city and county politicians.

Since the issue of unions has been brought up...

I, too, grew up in a union household. My dad never did make much money, despite being a member of the union for 40 years. When his union decided to strike (and more than once, I might add), he had to find other work so we could keep our house (I lived in a mobile home.) Believe me when I say that the union my father belonged to didn't do squat for us.

Unions are so great? Where was the union to help out when my parents had to get government cheese? Where was the union when my dad had to pay the light bill, but couldn't cross the picket line?

I'm sorry, but if unions do anything positive, they somehow missed my house.

So, when I tell you that I'm not all that impressed by unions, it's not because of my political afiliation - it's because of my experience with them growing up.

AR

ps: TDW, thanks for the great title for this thread - Guys and Dolls is a great musical!

C'mon, TDW, there's plenty of wireless internets here at Belterra! Give us some meat.

Mea culpa.

I'll try to post something later today.

I hate paying beaucoup bucks for wireless Internets.

Wilson and farm animals? Oh Wilson, how low will you go?

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