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  • A Jew Walks Into A Nazi Bakery….

    03/29/2015 6:32:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 29, 2015 | Lawrence Meyers
    Indiana’s Religious Freedom Law is not anti-gay. It is not anti-Black. It is not anti-Semitic. It is, however, pro-religion and pro-freedom and that’s why Leftists hate it. Let’s read the actual bill and interpret it, then figure out how the crazy Leftists have managed to spin this into the worst thing since New Coke. The law is explicit. The government cannot substantially burden anyone from exercising one’s religion. If it does so, it must “further a compelling government interest and be the least restrictive means of furthering that interest.” This is no different than the laws in 19 other states,...
  • Angie's List sued – 'fraudulent,' 'deceptive'

    03/29/2015 6:31:44 AM PDT · by rktman · 21 replies
    phillymag.com ^ | 3/26/2015 | Victor Fiorillo
    The whole point of the popular website Angie’s List is that it is supposed to provide ratings and reviews of contractors, mechanics, dentists and the like based purely on customer experience, referring to itself in the company membership agreement as a “passive conduit.” But according to one Philadelphia woman, Angie’s List is anything but.
  • Barney's Blithering Misunderstanding of Business: 'Your Being There Means Somebody Else' Won't Be

    03/29/2015 7:53:12 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 18 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Two days ago I ordered online a used copy of Milton & Rose Friedman's classic "Free to Choose," hoping a liberal loved one would be willing to read it. That doesn't look like it's going to happen, so now I'm tempted to send the book to Barney Frank—since it's apparent that, like many liberals, he doesn't understand the most basic notions of how free markets work. On Steve Kornacki's MSNBC show today, Frank described business creators as being "given privileges." Barney then added this mind-boggler: "there's only a limited amount of space, there's only a limited amount of businesses. Your...
  • Analysis: Indiana Religious Freedom Law Is Not 'Anti-Gay'

    03/29/2015 7:04:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/28/2015 | Napp Nazworth
    A religious freedom bill signed into law by Indiana Republican Gov. Mike Pence Thursday is being characterized by major media outlets as a codification of anti-gay discrimination. They are wrong. Here is why. Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act is a state-level version of the federal RFRA. To understand what RFRA does, it helps to first understand how the law came about. History of RFRA In 1989, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling, Employment Division v. Smith, that was a radical departure from previous interpretations of the religious freedom clauses of the First Amendment. A member of the Native American...
  • Angie's List nixes $40M project over Indiana bill

    03/29/2015 6:27:39 AM PDT · by rktman · 26 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 3/29/2015 | unknown
    “Angie’s List is open to all and discriminates against none,” Oesterle said, “and we are hugely disappointed in what this bill represents.”
  • Black legislator accuses white colleague’s toddler of racism

    03/28/2015 7:49:11 PM PDT · by Baynative · 58 replies
    American Mirror ^ | 3/27/15 | Olaf Ekberg
    During a heated debate over an Indiana “religious freedom” bill, a Democratic representative took the opportunity to accuse the child of one of her colleagues of racism. The child is an 18-month-old toddler. “I told Jud McMillin I love his son, but he’s scared of me because of my color and that’s horrible,” Summers said, to groans. “It’s true,” she insisted. She urged McMillin to “introduce your child to some people of color so that he won’t live his life as a prejudiced person.”
  • NBA, Pacers issue statement in response to Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act law

    03/28/2015 8:38:50 PM PDT · by Liberty1st · 89 replies
    Pro Basketball Talk ^ | Mar 28, 2015, 6:30 PM EDT | Brett Pollakoff
    The NBA and the Indiana Pacers released a joint statement on Saturday in regard to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act that was recently signed into law in Indiana. The official release:
  • Pence to support legislation to clarify Religious Freedom Restoration Act

    03/28/2015 7:54:09 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 27 replies
    cbs4indy.com ^ | 03/28/2015 | Rebecca Bennett
    After a day filled with protests and the announcement Angie’s List is halting its expansion plans, Gov. Mike Pence told the Indianapolis Star Saturday he will support legislation to “clarify” the Religious Freedom Restoration Act he signed into law Thursday. “I support religious liberty, and I support this law,” Pence said in an exclusive interview with The Star, our newsgathering partner. “But we are in discussions with legislative leaders this weekend to see if there’s a way to clarify the intent of the law.” Pence didn’t provide details on the exact language, but said he expects the legislation to be...
  • 19 states that have ‘religious freedom’ laws like Indiana’s that no one is boycotting

    03/28/2015 3:29:15 PM PDT · by Salman · 21 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | March 27, 3015 | Hunter Schwarz
    Indiana has come under fire for a bill signed Thursday by Gov. Mike Pence (R) that would allow businesses to refuse service for religious reasons. The NCAA has voiced its concern ahead of Final Four in Indianapolis next week, there are calls to boycott the state, and Miley Cyrus has even weighed in, calling Pence a name that we can't reprint on this family Web site in an Instagram post. But Indiana is actually soon to be just one of 20 states with a version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA, according to the National Conference of State...
  • Isn't it time you upgraded your Race Card to a Gay Card? (Satire)

    03/28/2015 2:28:23 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 7 replies
    People's Cube ^ | 2/14/2015 | Komissar al-Blogunov
    Comrades, glorious news! You can now upgrade your old, outdated Race Card™ to a Gay Card™! What's a Gay Card? Why, it's like the old fashioned Race Card, but on steroids. You see, the venerable Race Card is starting to lose its edge, and white people are becoming less and less prone to bouts of guilt, self-doubt, and introspective soul searching for deep, subconscious, genetically coded racist tendencies. In fact, some white people even laugh off the Race Card when it's presented. But those days are over! That's right, with the new Gay Card you can do anything the...
  • Angie's List halts Indiana expansion over anti-gay law

    03/28/2015 12:22:26 PM PDT · by Oliviaforever · 93 replies
    WPTZ ^ | 3/28/15 | Hannah Bae Ben Rooney and Aaron Smith
    Add Angie's List to the roster of companies and business interests taking a stand against Indiana's new anti-gay law.
  • Huge gamer convention that threatened to withdraw from Indiana over 'anti-gay' bill has backed down

    03/28/2015 10:44:27 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 18 replies
    Business Insider ^ | March 27, 2015 | Julie Bort
    Full title: A huge gamer convention that threatened to withdraw from Indiana over its 'anti-gay' bill has backed down ... Gen Con, a huge gamers convention hosted in Indianapolis for more than a decade, said it would consider moving to another city if the bill became law. But citing hundreds of messages from the business community, it backtracked after the law was signed and said it would stay put through 2020, the length of its contract with the city ...
  • Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Explained

    03/28/2015 8:54:15 AM PDT · by guitarist · 12 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | March 27, 2015 | John McCormack
    On Thursday, Indiana governor Mike Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) into law, and some celebrities, politicians, and journalists--including Miley Cyrus, Ashton Kutcher, and Hillary Clinton, just to name a few--are absolutely outraged. They say the law is a license to discriminate against gay people:
  • Lawmakers approve religion as a veil for intolerance

    03/28/2015 5:59:28 AM PDT · by C19fan · 37 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | March 26, 2015 | Renee Graham
    Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed into law Thursday a bill he claims will protect religious liberty in his state. Overwhelmingly approved by that state’s Republican-controlled legislature, the law allows businesses and workers, citing their religious beliefs, to refuse service to anyone they find objectionable. Of course, what the so-called “religious freedom” act really does is legalize discrimination against lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgender people.
  • Gay Activists, Corporations Rip Indiana Law for Extending Religious Protections

    03/28/2015 4:22:36 AM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies
    Aleteia ^ | March 27, 2015 | MARK STRICHERZ
    Gay activists and corporate leaders assailed a new Indiana allows that extends legal protections to religious business owners and individuals and vowed to boycott the state, according to CNBC. The law, signed by Pence on Thursday, allows businesses to use an owner's faith as a reason to refuse service to customers, including same-sex married couples. The law risks setting off a business chill in the state, with money-making conferences and major corporations threatening to pull out. Big corporations were among the loudest critics. Columbus, Indiana-based Cummins, the world's largest diesel engine maker, opposed the new law in strong terms. "Cummins believes...
  • Lawmaker Calls Colleague’s 18-Month-Old Toddler a Racist

    03/27/2015 4:16:38 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 37 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | march 27, 2015 | david steinberg
    The already contentious debate over Indiana’s proposed “religious freedom” bill took a surreal twist Monday afternoon when — in the midst of discussion on the bill — a Democratic lawmaker said that a Republican lawmaker’s child was “scared” of her because she is black. The comment by Rep. Vanessa Summers drew audible gasps, in no small part because the child — the son of Rep. Jud McMillin — is 18 months old. “I told Jud McMillin I love his son, but he’s scared of me because of my color,” Summers told McMillin, who is white, during debate over the Religious...
  • Video of President Clinton signing the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act

    03/27/2015 11:46:02 PM PDT · by Steelers6 · 3 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | March 28, 2015 | Joe Carter
    Yesterday Governor Mike Pence of Indiana signed into law the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The action has drawn sharp criticism by people and politicians who directly oppose religious freedoms and by those who are simply unaware of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the federal model for Indiana’s new law. Here is what you should know about these types of religious freedom legislation: What is the Religious Freedom Restoration Act? The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) is a 1993 United States federal law aimed at preventing laws that substantially burden a person's free exercise of religion. The legislation was introduced...
  • (Race Card) Indiana Black Democrat Representative Accuses Colleague’s 18-Month-Old of Being Racist

    03/27/2015 9:10:08 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 37 replies
    BizPacReview.com ^ | March 24, 2015 | BizPacReview.com
    Lawmakers gasp when black Dem Rep accuses colleague’s 18-month-old of being racist Proving that the race card has no bounds a Democrat Indiana lawmaker has accused an 18-month-old of being a racist. While debating the controversial “Religious Freedom Bill” recently signed into law by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, Rep. Vanessa Summers said the toddler, who is the son of her colleague Republican Judson McMillin was afraid of her because she’s black. “He looked at me like I was a monster and turned around and cried,” she said. “And I told him you need to introduce your child to some people...
  • George Takei Asks Twitter Followers to #BoycottIndiana Over Religious Objections Law

    03/27/2015 8:26:55 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 46 replies
    TIME ^ | March 26, 2015 | Eliana Dockterman
    Critics say the Religious Freedom Restoration Act legalizes discrimination Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill into law Thursday that allows business owners to deny same-sex couples service on religious grounds, then quickly defended it. Within hours, Star Trek actor and LGBT activist George Takei took his outrage to Twitter using the hashtag #BoycottIndiana, which began trending. Democratic lawmakers, LGBT rights activists and civil liberties groups have argued that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act legalizes discrimination.
  • Apple's Cook joins tech CEOs in blasting Indiana religious freedom law

    03/27/2015 5:18:29 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 139 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 27, 2015 | Reporting by Edwin Chan; Editing by Richard Chang
    (Reuters) - Apple Inc's Tim Cook, one of the most prominent openly gay American CEOs, has joined fellow tech industry chiefs in decrying a controversial Indiana law that opponents say could allow companies to deny services to gay people. Cook, who publicly declared his sexual orientation last year, joined other tech chief executives, including Salesforce.com Inc's Marc Benioff, in blasting the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which could let business and individuals turn away customers by citing "religious freedom." Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed the controversial bill into law on Thursday.
  • San Francisco mayor bans publicly-funded travel to Indiana

    03/27/2015 4:27:15 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 64 replies
    Politico ^ | 3-27-2015 | Adam Lerner
    San Francisco prides itself as a tolerant place, but it is closed off to one thing: Indiana. On Thursday, San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee, a Democrat, directed all City Departments under his authority to bar publicly funded travel to the Hoosier State. The decision followed Indiana Republican Gov. Mike Pence’s decision to sign a “religious freedom” bill that critics say effectively sanctions discrimination of LGBT citizens by private businesses. “We stand united as San Franciscans to condemn Indiana’s new discriminatory law,” Lee said in a statement. “San Francisco taxpayers will not subsidize legally-sanctioned discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender...
  • Hollywood Stars Condemn Mike Pence For Signing Religious Objections Bill (Lt. Sulu Boycotts Indiana)

    03/27/2015 2:00:50 PM PDT · by drewh · 83 replies
    A number of Hollywood celebrities have taken aim at Indiana Gov. Mike Pence after the governor signed a religious objections bill into state law on Thursday. Miley Cyrus, Ashton Kutcher, screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, and Broadway star Audra McDonald were among those who took to social media Thursday to decry Gov. Pence’s signing of Senate Bill 101, which forbids both the state and federal government from limiting a persons’ ability to exercise their religion. Critics say the law will allow Indiana businesses to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. “You’re an a**hole @govpenceIN,” Miley Cyrus wrote on Instagram Thursday....
  • NCAA Worried Gay Basketballers Won’t Be Able to Buy Wedding Cakes from Christian Bakeries in Indiana

    03/27/2015 12:26:12 PM PDT · by drewh · 71 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | March 27, 2015 | by Daniel Greenfield
    How can they possibly play the Final Four without the assurance that they can violate the religious freedom of Christian bakers and florists in Indiana? With the Final Four a week away from shining a spotlight on Indianapolis, NCAA President Mark Emmert said Thursday that the governing body for college sports is concerned about an Indiana law that could allow businesses to discriminate against gay people. The law would prohibit state and local laws that “substantially burden” the ability of people — including businesses and associations — to follow their religious beliefs. The NCAA offices are located in Indianapolis, and...
  • TEXT: Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act: SENATE ENROLLED ACT No. 101

    03/27/2015 10:33:26 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 9 replies
    Senate of the State of Indiana ^ | March 27, 2015 | Government of the State of Indiana
    SENATE ENROLLED ACT No. 101 AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning civil procedure. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana: SECTION1.IC34-13-9 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW CHAPTER TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2015]: Chapter 9. Religious Freedom Restoration Sec. 1. This chapter applies to all governmental entity statutes, ordinances, resolutions, executive or administrative orders, regulations, customs, and usages, including the implementation or application thereof, regardless of whether they were enacted, adopted, or initiated before, on, or after July 1, 2015. Sec. 2. A governmental entity statute, ordinance,...
  • #BoycottIndiana: Keith Olbermann calls on NCAA to pull Final Four from Indianapolis over RFRA law

    03/27/2015 7:02:30 AM PDT · by C19fan · 30 replies
    Twitchy ^ | March 27, 2015 | Staff
    Add Keith Olbermann to the now trending #BoycottIndiana mob looking to punish the state over its new religious freedom law — a law that closely mirrors the 1993 Chuck Schumer sponsored, Bill Clinton signed Religious Freedom Restoration Act:
  • Gay Money Is No Good in Indiana

    03/27/2015 6:44:37 AM PDT · by C19fan · 55 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | March 26, 2015 | Arthur Chu
    GenCon, the world’s biggest convention for tabletop gaming and a massive moneymaking machine for the State of Indiana, has responded to a bill that legalizes discrimination against LGBT customers by threatening to leave the state—and take their $50 million-a-year convention elsewhere. This isn’t because GenCon is run by political progressives or “social justice warriors” trying to make a difference. It really, really isn’t. If GenCon leaves Indianapolis it’ll be for the same reason it came to Indianapolis and abandoned its original home of Wisconsin, the home state of founder of D&D Gary Gygax (peace be upon him). Because it makes...
  • Indiana Governor Signs State Religious Freedom Restoration Act

    03/27/2015 6:40:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Christian News ^ | 03/27/2015 | Heather Clark
    INDIANAPOLIS – The governor of Indiana signed the state “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” into law on Thursday, resisting critics who asserted that the legislation would allow people of faith to “discriminate” against homosexuals. Gov. Mike Pence signed SB 101 into law in a closed ceremony, with an estimated 70 t0 80 invited guests attending the event. “Today I signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, because I support the freedom of religion for every Hoosier of every faith,” he said in a statement. “The Constitution of the United States and the Indiana Constitution both provide strong recognition of the freedom of...
  • Community Rallys to Support Carmel Clay Teaching Assistant Arrested in Spain

    03/26/2015 10:29:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Fox59 ^ | 3/26/15 | Nicole Pence
    A Carmel teaching assistant is still behind bars in Spain after he was arrested and charged with assault and resisting arrest. Now, his church community in Indiana is doing what they can to help the family bring Brett Wright home. The 23-year-old man is a special education teaching assistant at Clay Middle School. Wright was arrested in Spain on March 15 after he fought with police officers. This was Wright’s first trip outside the country, and he doesn’t know Spanish.
  • Salesforce CEO Says Company Is ‘Canceling All Programs’ In Indiana Over LGBT Discrimination Fears

    03/26/2015 1:20:15 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 60 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | March 26, 2015
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff says he doesn’t want his employees subjected to discrimination as part of their work for the San Francisco-based company, and he is cancelling all required travel to the state of Indiana following the signing of a religious freedom law that some say allows business to exclude gay customers. On Thursday, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed into law a religious objections bill that some business leaders have opposed amid concern it could allow discrimination against homosexuals. Indiana is the first state to enact such a change this year among about a dozen...
  • Indiana governor signs religious freedom bill that could affect gays

    03/26/2015 1:03:27 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 20 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | 03/26/2015 | Mary Wisniewski
    Indiana Governor Mike Pence on Thursday signed into law a controversial religious freedom bill that could allow businesses and individuals to deny services to gays on religious grounds.Supporters of the bill, which was passed overwhelmingly by both chambers of the Republican-controlled state legislature, say it will keep the government from forcing business owners to act in ways contrary to strongly held religious beliefs. Opponents say it is discriminatory and broader in scope than other state religious freedom laws.Social conservatives have pushed for such laws following court rulings legalizing same-sex marriage, and Indiana Governor Mike Pence on Thursday signed into...
  • NCAA expresses concern over Indiana 'religious freedom' law

    03/26/2015 12:22:44 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 25 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | March 26, 2015 | Jon Solomon
    On the eve of next week's Final Four in Indianapolis, the NCAA expressed concern about a new Indiana law that will allow businesses to turn away gay and lesbian customers based on “religious freedom” and suggested future NCAA championships in the state could be impacted. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Thursday signed into law a measure that has created uproar in the state where the NCAA is located. Some conventions are threatening to pull out of Indianapolis. Greg Ballard, the Republican mayor of Indianapolis, broke with the Republican governor on the bill and said it would put the city's economy...
  • Pence declares public health emergency amid HIV outbreak [Pence authorizes needle exchange]

    03/26/2015 8:16:30 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 24 replies
    WISHTV.com ^ | 03/26/2015 | RICK CALLAHAN
    Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has authorized a short-term needle exchange program to help contain an outbreak of HIV in a county with 79 confirmed new infections since January. Pence on Thursday declared a public health emergency in Scott County, about 30 miles north of Louisville, Kentucky. He ordered the state health department to set up a command center to coordinate HIV and substance abuse treatment and establish a mobile unit to enroll people in a state-run health program. Indiana bars needle exchange programs, but Pence authorized a short-term exchange on the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...
  • With Sen. Dan Coats' Retirement, One More Gone From The Old School

    03/26/2015 5:49:37 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 16 replies
    npr.org ^ | 3/25/15 | Ron Elving
    Senate Republican Dan Coats of Indiana announced Tuesday — probably surprising no one — that he would not seek another term in 2016. Although he has been a stalwart Republican through a turbulent generation in Washington, Coats seems less at home in the hyper-partisan world of Congress today. While Coats, 71, said his decision was strictly personal and age-related, he did refer to the "terribly dysfunctional Senate" in an interview with the Howey Politics Indiana newsletter. Coats has had two tours of duty in the Senate, one from 1989 through 1998 and a second beginning with the Tea Party election...
  • Groups May Boycott Indiana Over Religious Objections Bill [Christian Group Sides With LGBT!]

    03/25/2015 9:16:14 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 28 replies
    CruxNow ^ | March 25, 2015 | Tom Davies
    Groups May Boycott Indiana Over Religious Objections Bill By Tom Davies March 25, 2015 INDIANAPOLIS — Organizers of at least two major conventions set for Indianapolis have joined some business leaders in urging Republican Gov. Mike Pence to veto a religious objections bill that opponents say could provide legal cover for discrimination against gay people. In a letter to Pence sent Wednesday, leaders of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) warned the legislation was causing them to reconsider plans to hold their 6,000-person General Assembly in Indianapolis in 2017. The CEO of a gathering of gamers considered to be the...
  • Indiana Gov. Declares Public Health Emergency Over HIV Spike

    03/25/2015 4:49:55 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 18 replies
    abcnews.com ^ | 03/25/2015 | Gillian Mohney
    The governor of Indiana has declared a “public health disaster emergency” after a spike of HIV cases in southern Indiana has alarmed health officials. Gov. Mike Pence made the declaration for Scott County after 71 confirmed and seven preliminary positive cases of HIV were found in the southeast region of the state. While nationwide HIV is primarily spread through sexual intercourse, this outbreak has been fueled by intravenous drug use, according to the Indiana Health Department. "I am deeply troubled by this outbreak, and stopping it is a top priority for our department," State Health Commissioner Dr. Jerome Adams said...
  • Indiana Sen. Dan Coats will not run for re-election

    03/24/2015 9:53:13 AM PDT · by Abathar · 38 replies
    FOX59.com ^ | March 24, 2015 | Kylee Wierks
    Indiana Sen. Dan Coats announced that he will not run for re-election in 2016. Senator Coats released this official statement: “Today I am announcing that I will not seek re-election to the United States Senate. This was not an easy decision. While I believe I am well-positioned to run a successful campaign for another six-year term, I have concluded that the time has come to pass this demanding job to the next generation of leaders. “Until the end of my Senate term, I pledge to my constituents that I will continue to focus all of my time and energy on...
  • This Longtime IHOP Owner Sold His 16 Restaurants Because of Obamacare

    03/22/2015 7:51:07 PM PDT · by PROCON · 16 replies
    dailysignal.com ^ | March 22, 2015 | Rob Bluey
    Four years ago, my reporting on Obamacare brought me to the city of Terre Haute, Ind. Located near the Illinois’ border, about an hour’s drive from Indianapolis, the city of 60,000 residents reminded me of the area where I grew up near Utica, N.Y.It was a brisk March morning, nearly a year after President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, and I had trekked to the Midwest with a camera crew to meet Scott Womack, owner of about a dozen IHOP restaurants in Indiana and Ohio. Womack’s testimony before Congress earlier in 2011 caught my attention and I wanted to...
  • We Found Black Girl Who Filmed Viral Indianapolis Beat Down of White Girl & Little Brother

    03/22/2015 4:14:27 AM PDT · by bkopto · 81 replies
    Got News ^ | March 16, 2015 | Charles Johnson
    The girl who recorded and originally posted video to Facebook of a vicious attack on a white girl and her little brother is Toshonna Ferguson, Gotnews.com has learned. Ferguson can be heard laughing as the girl and her 5-year-old little brother are assaulted by “Nook” a.k.a. Destiny Martin. Her Facebook page (along with ‘Nook’s’ – the girl doing the beating – are now deleted). Martin was arrested yesterday. No idea of Toshonna’s status (or if the police know who she is).
  • Perry, Cruz to speak at NRA meeting

    03/20/2015 10:02:26 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 5 replies
    KHOU.com ^ | 7:09 a.m. CST March 3, 2015
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Several potential Republican candidates for president are scheduled to speak at the National Rifle Association's annual meeting in Nashville in April. The speakers include U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. The NRA's annual meeting takes place April 10-12, and the GOP politicians are scheduled to appear as part of an event put on by the NRA's lobbying arm, the Institute for Legislative Action.
  • Underground Blasts Fire Indianapolis Manhole Covers Into Air

    03/19/2015 2:46:35 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 16 replies
    AP via ABC News ^ | March 19, 2015 | Jeni O'Malley
    Underground explosions caused by electrical arcing shot manhole covers into the air at a busy downtown Indianapolis intersection on Thursday, disrupting commuters, closing businesses and raising concerns about safety as the city prepares to host the Final Four next month. Indianapolis Power & Light officials said Thursday that the arcing — electrical current jumping a gap in a circuit — occurred in 120-volt underground cables and caused the system to short-circuit.
  • Suspect in Viral Indiana Beating Video Arrested in Unrelated Incident: Police

    03/16/2015 6:32:54 PM PDT · by massmike · 32 replies
    nbcchicago.com/ ^ | 03/16/2015 | n/a
    A girl who was reportedly recorded in a viral video that showed the brutal beating of another girl and a young boy near a playground in Indianapolis has been arrested for an unrelated incident, according to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. The 14-year-old girl was arrested for disorderly conduct in downtown Indianapolis Saturday night, police said, but she was also identified as a suspect in the earlier beating of another 14-year-old girl and a 5-year-old boy in an attack that was caught on camera. Lieutenant Richard Riddle with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department’s media relations office said authorities believe the...
  • Indianapolis men face federal charges in fatal shooting of Jennings County gun store owner

    03/15/2015 10:56:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    WXIN-TV ^ | March 13, 2015 | Matt Adams
    (from left to right) Darryl Worthen, Dejaun Worthen, and Darion Harris.Three Indianapolis men face federal charges in connection with the robbery and murder of a Jennings County gun store owner. Darryl Anthony Worthen, 25, Dejuan Andre Worthen, 23 and Darion Dashon Harris, 20, were arrested in September following the death of 61-year-old Scott Maxie, who owned Muscatatuck Outdoors, a gun store located at 8485 W. County Road 200 S. in North Vernon, Ind. U.S. Attorney Josh J. Minkler announced federal charges in the case Friday. Maxie was found dead in September 2014. He’d been shot in the head and killed...
  • Reid 'heartened' that seven GOP senators didn't sign Iran letter

    03/11/2015 8:55:52 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 28 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 3/11/15 | Jordan Carney
    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Wednesday praised the Republican senators who declined to sign a controversial open letter to Iran. "I'm heartened ... that a few Republicans, seven to be exact, didn't sign the letter. That's nice. Seven out of 54, certainly seven better than nothing," Reid said from the Senate floor. The open letter, signed by 47 Senate Republicans, states that any deal reached on Iran's nuclear program could be overturned “with the stroke of a pen” after President Obama leaves the White House in 2017. Republican Sens. Bob Corker (Tenn.), Susan Collins (Maine), Jeff Flake (Ariz.),...
  • [Dem] Anthony Weiner's former sexting partner in new scandal with [Dem] Indiana lawmaker

    03/11/2015 2:30:48 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | March 11, 2015
    An Indiana legislator issued an apology Tuesday for what he calls 'poor judgment' after sending nude photographs of himself and gifts to a woman tied to a 2013 sexting scandal involving a former New York congressman.[Dem]Rep. Justin Moed issued a statement to the media Tuesday saying he was 'truly sorry I have hurt the ones I love most with my poor judgment. I am committed to rebuilding trust with my family and my community. ... I apologize to my constituents and to everyone I have let down.'This as he is set to be married this September.Moed did not directly address...
  • Indiana Democrat Justin Moed sorry for sexting, sending gifts to porn star Sydney Leathers

    03/10/2015 6:34:06 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 76 replies
    Fox ^ | 3-10-15 | diana falzone
    Congressman Justin Moed, a Democratic legislator representing downtown Indianapolis, the state’s largest city and its capital, posted graphic sexual texts to Leathers on Twitter using the handle “Bitch Boy” and sent her gifts including a “Fetish Fantasy Series Pink Leash & Collar." Moed apologized on Tuesday in a statement to the Indianapolis Daily Star. "I am truly sorry I have hurt the ones I love most with my poor judgment. I am committed to rebuilding trust with my family and my community. This is a private matter and I ask for it to be treated as such. I apologize to...
  • US Supreme Court Throws Out Lower Court Decision On Obamacare Contraception Rules

    03/09/2015 6:38:15 AM PDT · by mn-bush-man · 67 replies
    CNBC ^ | March 9, 2015 | CNBC
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  • Data project will track preschoolers into elementary school

    03/07/2015 8:33:50 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 10 replies
    WANE.com ^ | 03/07/2015
    <p>FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Three northern Indiana preschools and an elementary school will participate in a pilot program that will monitor children through third grade to help improve early learning.</p> <p>The program will track students entering kindergarten this fall and send scores from a variety of screening tests back to their preschools to help them improve educational programs, The Journal Gazette reported.</p>
  • Police leaning toward self defense after woman shoots, kills ex-boyfriend

    03/05/2015 12:33:32 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 19 replies
    cbs4indy.com ^ | 3-4-15 | Tanae Howard
    Police were no strangers to the apartment at 5844 W. 25th street in Speedway. Police were dispatched to the building again for what would be the most devastating call yet. Just after 4 o’clock Wednesday morning a woman called 911 claiming her ex-boyfriend was trying to force his way inside her apartment–she told police she had a gun. When police arrived the had been shot dead near the entry of the home. Neighbors were starting to react to the news of what happened. “It makes me really scared. I have a roommate and we’re both girls and we live alone...
  • (61) Members of Congress Skipping Netanyahu’s Speech (Iran Lobby says 61 will boycott!)

    03/02/2015 7:01:25 PM PST · by Dave346 · 51 replies
    NIAC ^ | March 2, 2015 at 9:24 PM
    Currently, 61 members of Congress have confirmed they will not attend the speech. Arizona Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) California Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA) Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) — “I am disappointed Speaker Boehner chose to irresponsibly interject politics into what has long been a strong and bipartisan relationship between the United States and Israel. As President Obama has noted, it is inappropriate for a Head of State to address Congress just two weeks ahead of their election. I agree that Congress should not be used as a prop in Israeli election campaigns,...
  • 1 of 6 Bosnian immigrants accused of financing terror groups recently arrested in Indiana

    02/28/2015 4:09:34 AM PST · by BCW · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | 27 FEB 2015 | Associated Press
    INDIANAPOLIS – A New York man who's among six Bosnian immigrants accused of funneling money and military supplies to terror groups in Iraq and Syria was arrested in central Indiana in early February. FBI spokeswoman Wendy Osborne said Friday that 26-year-old Nihad Rosic of Utica, New York, was arrested Feb. 6 outside of a business in Plainfield, just southwest of Indianapolis. Federal prosecutors indicted Rosic, two Illinois women and three people from St. Louis County on Feb. 5. Rosic was arrested the same day President Barack Obama visited Indianapolis, but Osborne says it was "entirely coincidental." A federal magistrate later...