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Governor Mike Pence recently visited New York, purportedly to boost Indiana’s economic development. However he spent most of his time snuggling up with New York Republicans and Fox News broadcasters...


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Desiderata
You may be familiar with the famous poem 'Desiderata' written in 1927. Largely unknown during the author's life, the poem entered popular culture in the late sixties and early seventies by way of reprints and recordings. It was also reproduced on thousands...
Monday, December 30, 2013

"Let's Just Go!"
I thought a few readers might find the following article interesting. It was published by CQ Roll Call, a source of legislative news, election coverage and politics based in Washington, D.C.
Thursday, December 05, 2013

A New Blog. etc., etc., etc.
Hey faithful followers, here's a note to let you know that a new blog has registered for the Readers' Blog Section. It's called The Sprongs and features funny, fictional biographies of a family named...
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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Worse Than Watergate? Really??
Last week, members of the so-called mainstream media joined forces with hysterical conservative news organizations to help fan the flames of political partisanship. As the list of D.C. scandals grew and allegations of wrongdoing...
Sunday, May 19, 2013

Simple Pranks for April Fool's Day and Beyond
Any joke is appropriate on April Fool's Day, but your pranks should be highly original if you expect to get lots of laughs. Your main goal is to surprise unsuspecting victims. Therefore, the following simple pranks are not only perfect for April Fool's Day, they'll also work any other day of the year...
Monday, April 01, 2013

Comedian-In-Chief
President Obama accepted his second invitation and delivered a humorous monologue at the Gridiron Club dinner Saturday night in Washington D.C. The annual event is sponsored by the Gridiron Club, a 65-member group of distinguished political journalists. Surprisingly, the dinner is off-limits to non-member reporters, so coverage is usually provided by...
Sunday, March 10, 2013

Hospitals: Why Are Nonprofits So Profitable?
Under Internal Revenue Service rules, nonprofit hospitals are not prohibited from taking in more money than they spend. However they aren't allowed to distribute profits to shareholders...
Monday, February 25, 2013

Four-Flushers Fleece Flocks
Shelbyville's Republican city council was not required to pass an ordinance allowing Indiana-American Water Company to include a "fire hydrant fee" on your monthly water bill. In fact...
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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Messer's Partisan Rhetoric
According to a newspaper article Indiana's newly-elected 6th District Congressman, Luke Messer, recently traveled throughout his Republican district for the sole purpose of 'listening to what constituents have to say and to learn what issues concern them'. However, the article...
Sunday, February 03, 2013

Gritty Gabby Giffords Goes After Gun Lobby
On January 8, 2011, U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head at point blank range during a public outdoor campaign event in Tucson, Arizona. The shooter killed six of her constituents and wounded 12 other citizens...
Sunday, January 13, 2013

More Complications
Here's a newspaper article originally published Saturday, August 4, 2012 in The Shelbyville News. I thought I should include it so you would have some background for the August 6, 2012 cartoon...
Sunday, August 05, 2012

Mysterious Face Appears
Shelbyville, IN - It's common knowledge that Jesus Christ manifests himself by mysteriously appearing in everyday items all across America, but Richard (Dickie) Duckfeather of Shelbyville was stunned when he discovered a facial image of...
Sunday, April 01, 2012

From The Box To The Toon Tomb
The Shelbyville News published my weekly cartoons for many years. The majority of those cartoons focused almost entirely on local issues, which means that nowadays most people will find the cartoons neither informative nor funny. However...
Monday, March 05, 2012

Moving Forward
Here comes another flow of ideas and images and occasional memories. No, not a flow, more like a torrent. Where are all these thoughts coming from? I don't know, they've been arriving non-stop for weeks, arriving so furiously...
Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Pursuit of Happiness
Forget everything you ever learned about Thanksgiving when you were in elementary school. Here's the REAL story of Thanksgiving and why it became a holiday.
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Sunday, November 20, 2011

My Labor Day Rant
My type of patriotism not only allows me to support my country, but also gives me the freedom to criticize it. My patriotism is an ember, it...
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Saturday, September 03, 2011

Hidden Haiku
I'm not a poet and I don't know much about poetry, although I enjoy limericks because they are humorous and sometimes obscene. Lately I've become fascinated with haiku...
Sunday, August 21, 2011

Lest We Forget
I fixed a steaming cup of coffee, I sharpened a fistful of #2 pencils, I gathered a stack of lined writing tablets and sat down at my dining room table...
Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Code of Ethics
Americans are barraged by thousands of news stories from dozens of media sources every day. It gets confusing, doesn't it? How do we separate the truth from deliberate propaganda? Maybe...
Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Fear Factory
A new feature story published by Rolling Stone magazine digs deep into the past of Fox News chairman, Roger Ailes. The story chronicles Ailes' journey from hotshot TV producer to high profile political strategist.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011

American Ingenuity
An ancient family fossil is providing startling new clues that may explain why a subspecies of early homo sapiens never suffered from male pattern baldness. The fossil, known as the "Neanderthal skull" was discovered in California's Sierra Nevada Range in 1856 by my great-grandfather...
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Friday, April 01, 2011

Racino For Sale?
According to a report in the Indianapolis Business Journal, two racetrack owners have shown an interest in buying Indiana Live racetrack and casino in Shelbyville as the facility begins to sort out its massive debt. One potential bidder, Indianapolis-based...
Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Casino Sued for $600 Million
The company that developed and formerly managed operations at Indiana Live is suing owners of the Shelbyville casino, alleging they conspired to...
Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Just The Facts, Ma'am
Dum de dum dum... Dum de-dum dummm...

NARRATOR: The story you are about to read is true, only the names have been changed to protect the innocent. Well, that's not entirely true... the story has been changed a little bit. And the facts? Yeah... the facts...
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Monday, February 07, 2011

Roughly 1,000 Words
In which a local resident submits a comment about a recent "thumbs up" designation that appeared in the local newspaper; calculates the cost of creating a single job at the proposed "horse hospital"; discusses land use and zoning issues in the area; questions the size of the new spec building at Intelliplex and ties it all together by...
Wednesday, December 08, 2010

That Old Tax Magic
A visitor to the Guest Forum submitted a comment today that questions the wisdom of local politicians who enacted a Shelby County Food and Beverage Tax a few years ago at the urging of Governor Mitch Daniels. The tax was designed to demonstrate...
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Monday, December 06, 2010

Thanksgiving Thoughts
A Thanksgiving message from Keehotee Press II blogger, Francis Robinson
Thursday, November 25, 2010

Bee-labor
Okay. Let's get this over with.
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Friday, November 12, 2010

Casino Misses Loan Payment
The owners of Indiana Live casino and racetrack in Shelbyville failed to make a November 1 interest payment on $375 million in second-lien notes. The payment default caused Standard & Poor's to lower the rating on the first-lien credit by three notches last week to...
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Saturday, November 06, 2010

A Free Forum To Address Tax Caps
A recent poll claims 62 percent of all Hoosiers support placing property tax caps into the Indiana Constitution. If the data from the poll can be trusted, it would indicate most Hoosiers think changing the Indiana Constitution will guarantee that their property taxes won't increase. Will a constitutional amendment really keep property taxes from increasing? Here's your chance to learn about this issue at an upcoming public forum...
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Friday, October 22, 2010

Casino Woes?
An Indianapolis business publication is reporting that Indiana Live casino and racetrack is deeply in debt and in danger of default despite an increase in revenue. Meanwhile, local government officials continue to spend huge chunks of racino tax revenue for their own long-term projects. Is Indiana Live facing a serious financial meltdown? Or, is this another lobbying attempt to convince state legislators to reduce casino taxes?
Sunday, October 17, 2010

Ol' Whatshisname
Whatever Happened To "Ol' Whatshisname"? Every once in awhile someone asks me that question. For all of you who may have asked that question during the last three years about one particular individual, I thought I'd share the following three updates from the Associated Press which are all readily available on the internet.
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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Meet Keehotee II
Francis Robinson, a local author of the Keehotee Press II Blog on this Web site recently posted some comments about Shelbyville's new Progress Parkway. I thought I'd share his thoughts with you...
Sunday, September 26, 2010

The Croc and His Crock
It's a short story. It's fictitious. It's a fabrication. But I think you'll enjoy it because It has animals as characters. So, I guess it's a fable. However, it's not an Aesop Fable. Let's call it a DeeSop Fable...
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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Inception Deception
"Inception" is a crime caper film with lots of Hollywood special effects. The plot involves dreams... within dreams... within dreams. It's complicated. Watching the movie was like peeling an onion...
Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Raking Muck
I'm doing some pesky research this week. I recently began a project that has become troublesome and time-consuming because gathering public information from government offices and nonprofit institutions is not a simple task. Besides, it's one of those projects where...
Monday, August 02, 2010

Calling All Captains!
Calling all captains (of industry)! Are you searching for a challenging business investment? Do you possess the raw courage required to launch an honest-to-god, risky business venture? If your answer to both questions is 'yes', then bring your investment dollars to Shelbyville Indiana, where you will discover an...
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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Shelbyville Offers $6.4 Million in Tax Breaks for About 100 Jobs
July 8, 2010 - Shelbyville is getting another Japanese company, and it could bring about 100 jobs with a total payroll of $5.8 million. KN Platech America Corp. announced its plans Wednesday, the same day Shelbyville's city council approved tax abatements for it to locate an automotive parts manufacturing plant in the former Blue River Stamping Plant that belongs to...
Sunday, July 11, 2010

Bejeezis Rejects Queries
Recently, I've hyped the imminent arrival of a new blogger on this site who goes by the moniker "Bejeezis". The blogger's intention is to launch a Q & A blog based on questions received from readers. Last month, I solicited e-mail questions from website visitors then forwarded them to the anonymous Bejeezis in order to...
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Sunday, July 11, 2010

New Section! Tons O' Topics
Nowadays, many newspapers have either limited, or eliminated, special interest publications but their loss is my gain. Read this article to find out how it benefits you, too!
Sunday, July 11, 2010

Donk-A-Donk!
A sizable contingent of Shelby County Democrats worked their donkey-asses off last week at the Shelby County Fair. The group of spirited individuals interacted nightly with hordes of visitors at...
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Monday, July 05, 2010

It's UNANIMOUS!
June 7, 2010 (Shelbyville, IN) - The Shelbyville Common Council passed a resolution to use a portion of racino revenue reserve funds for distribution to local nonprofit organizations...
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PERCENTAGES%%%
For those of you who missed it, the following is a newspaper report on a special meeting of the Shelbyville Common Council. At the meeting, council members united behind a proposed resolution to outline a process for dealing with social agencies and nonprofits that want to receive grants
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Wednesday, June 02, 2010

DOLLAR$$$
According to Indiana Code, Indiana Live! Casino must pay a slot machine wagering fee equal to three percent (3%) of the adjusted gross receipts received from slot machine wagering each fiscal year to Shelby County. However, the casino...
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Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Intelliplex May Grow
Shelbyville, IN - City officials are looking into constructing a  50,000-square-foot brick building at Intelliplex Certified Technology Park to be used as an incubating facility to help develop startup businesses. According to Mayor Scott Furgeson, such a facility would satisfy the request by...
Sunday, May 23, 2010

Chickens Home To Roost?
A story in Thursday's edition of The Shelbyville News reported that city officials are looking into constructing a 50,000-square-foot brick building at Intelliplex Park to be used as an incubator to help develop startup businesses. You can...
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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Time To Abolish Paid Actors?
Paid actors seem to be everywhere nowadays! Some folks claim they are even popping up in (gasp!) POLITICAL ADS! And everyone knows that is contrary to good ol' Hoosier Values and the American Way of Life! Maybe it's time to start a crusade...
Sunday, April 25, 2010

The Great Wall of Silence
On any given day, there are many under-the-radar news stories that people are completely unaware of, except perhaps, those people who are directly affected by the story. Often, there's a local connection. Investigative environmental correspondent, Phreddie Phenol, reports on one such story...
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Friday, April 16, 2010

Where My Ideas Come From
The question I get asked most often is, "Where do you get your ideas?". A variation of the question is, "How do you come up with all that stuff?" I'm fairly certain the reason both questions are asked...
Sunday, April 11, 2010

To Spend Or Not To Spend?
A credit rating service has downgraded its credit rating for Indiana Live Casino and warned that the casino might face a bankruptcy filing because of its debt load. Moody's Investor Service doesn't expect Indiana Live to earn enough revenue to...
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Monday, April 05, 2010

City & County Working Together!
The Mystery Journalist
The Mystery Journalist
SHELBYVILLE, IN (April 1, 2010) - Shelbyville Mayor Scott Furgeson and Shelby County Commissioner Tony Newton announced today that they have reached an agreement on the best way to invest the millions of dollars in racino revenue that each local government receives from Indiana Live! Casino...
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Thursday, April 01, 2010

Cronyism, Casinos & Capers
Pubic-accountability legislation to increase monitoring of public funds in local governments was passed in the Indiana General Assembly in May, 2009. The legislation was pushed by Indiana Attorney general Greg Zoeller with the intent to order groups receiving money through agreements tied to casinos to produce annual public records. The measure took effect July 1, 2009 and is the main reason why the City of Shelbyville established a separate fund for its share of racino...
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Monday, March 29, 2010

New Poll Shows Burton With Huge Lead
With the May 4 primary election less than five weeks away, a new poll shows 5th District congressman Dan Burton has established a commanding lead over his Republican challengers...
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Monday, March 29, 2010

Quoth The Raven, "Forevermore?"
How to spend the windfall of racino money pouring into Shelby County is an important issue that should be of utmost concern to all citizens. Millions of dollars in monthly racino revenues began flowing into local government treasuries in 2008. Much of it has already been spent by our local officials despite early pleas from area residents calling for public forums to discuss how best to allocate the money...
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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Economic Development: Worth The Gamble?
When people play the slots they begin by inserting money into a gaudy, shiny machine. The game is activated as soon as the player pushes a button which sets off a cacophony of bells accompanied by multi-colored flashing lights and...
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Welcome To Skunkville
Have YOU ever smelled a skunk? If not, you will soon, because winter is behind us and spring is just around the corner. So are the skunks. They're coming out of their winter dens at about the same time we're emerging from our...
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Say Cheesy!
Indiana's 5th District Congressman Dan Burton and members of his staff staged a Town Hall Meeting in Shelbyville on Saturday. I thought the meeting might deliver a firsthand account about what's going on in Washington. I also hoped it would provide some cheap entertainment. I wasn't totally disappointed...
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Monday, February 22, 2010

My Doughnut's Got A Hole In It
A story in the February 6, 2010 edition of The Indianapolis Star reports that the doughnut counties surrounding Indianapolis have a new study that shows they are not receiving near the benefits that the city claims they are. The study came on the heels of a separate study issued by the one-man Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute in mid-January...
Saturday, February 06, 2010

Breaking The Bank
Oops! Sorry, Sis!
Oops! Sorry, Sis!
When I was a kid I had a ceramic piggy bank. The bank had a small slot on top where I could deposit coins. However, the bank had no other openings to allow retrieval of the coins after they'd been dropped into the coin slot. That puzzled me. I concluded that the bank was defective, so I carried it to my Mom and...
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Saturday, February 06, 2010

Intelliplex Re-certified - Why Am I Conflicted?
Here are two news stories about the recent re-certification of Intelliplex. The first story was published by a weekly business periodical in Indianapolis, the second story was published by a local newspaper. Both stories originated from the same source, yet each contains information not included in the other...
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Saturday, February 06, 2010

Indiana's Indigenous Animals
Are you aware that dozens of different animals call Indiana home? It's true! In fact, many native animals can be found right here in Shelby County. And some of the wilder critters regularly roam the streets and alleys of Shelbyville...
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Monday, February 01, 2010

We! We! We! All The Way Home!
I think it started with Luke Messer, but it appears that candidate Messer is not the only local politician displaying symptoms of the affliction. I'm fairly certain that Shelbyville Mayor Scott Furgeson is similarly afflicted. Afflicted? Affliction? "What affliction?" you may be asking...
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Monday, January 25, 2010

Hail Hail the Eyeball Kid!
Is there really such a thing as the DREADED EVIL EYE? Do vile individuals in our community possess an eerie, supernatural power that allows them to cast strange spells on their enemies? Are local political leaders in mortal danger of being DESTROYED by diabolical EVILDOERS? Or... is it just a figment of tortured imaginations???
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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Campaign Reports From District 5
Dan Burton, Indiana's incumbent 5th Congressional District Representative, sent letters to Republican Senators asking them to wear pink ties or shirts when debating health care. Burton's stated intention for the wardrobe advice was to serve as...
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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Kittens & Puppies: Tra-La-La
... you are about to read something unsettling. If you want to avoid having your innocent holiday wonder and exuberant Christmas spirit crushed, then you should move on to a different article. On the other hand, if you continue reading, maybe you will be able to...
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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Indiana's Best Newspaper: 15 Miles
A former Shelbyville News editor leads a news department that has consistently been honored for outstanding design, investigative reporting and opinion page writing. The newspaper is owned by ...
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Sunday, December 06, 2009

Harley-Davidson Wins
(York, PA) - Harley-Davidson will keep its motorcycle assembly plant in York, Pennsylvania and will consolidate operations under one roof, ending seven months of speculation that the company would close the plant and move its operations to ...
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Thursday, December 03, 2009

No #2 ... No Crap!
Pick a number between one and three
Pick a number between one and three
Shelbyville, IN - Several mossbacked Republicans are challenging U.S. Rep. Dan Burton for his seat in Indiana's ultra-conservative Fifth Congressional District. One member of the herd is Luke Messer who currently resides in Shelbyville. Messer recently announced the opening of a campaign headquarters ...
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Monday, November 23, 2009

Questions? Anyone?
After discussing a $246,000 shortfall in next year's city budget, Shelbyville's City Council kicked the can down the road. It was almost as if Shelbyville's predominantly Republican city council has embraced President Obama's message of "Hope." Except in this case, city officials are simply hoping next year's budget will magically heal itself sometime in the ...
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Sunday, November 15, 2009

John Scott - A Journalist's Journalist
Last week, Francis Robinson added an article to his Keehotee Press II Readers' Blog. In the article titled "People I Miss" Francis recalls people in our community who have had an impact on his life in one way or another. One of the individuals he mentions is John Scott, the long-time, former newspaper editor of...
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Friday, November 13, 2009

Teabaggers! Where Are You!?
Why izzit you can never find a teabagger when you need one? Why aren't there Tea Party protests on the steps of City Hall? Don't the teabaggers think it's the least bit peculiar that the city is projecting a $250,000 shortfall in next year's budget yet continues to hand out millions of dollars worth of tax abatements to a handful of businesses?
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Sunday, November 08, 2009

Hearsay, I Daresay
Our Man Mitch
Our Man Mitch
Rumors are rampant concerning the future of Harley-Davidson in Shelby County. One of the most recent unverified stories circulating locally is a claim that Harley-Davidson will relocate the remnants of its York, Pennsylvania operation to Shelby County, Kentucky. If true, that means Indiana's full tilt recruitment efforts were for naught. Even though no official decision has been announced by the motorcycle company, the finger pointing has begun ...
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Thursday, November 05, 2009

Handling Rejection:
Read the newspaper reports concerning Harley-Davidson's decision to drop Shelby County, Indiana from its list of possible relocation sites. Latest news stories from Indiana and Pennsylvania included.
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Thursday, November 05, 2009

Willie to the Wescue
The Opinion Page of Tuesday's edition of The Shelbyville News contained a submission credited to Dr. Willie Reed, dean of Purdue's School of Veterinary Medicine. In the article, Dr. Reed expounds on the partnership with Shelby County and the City of Shelbyville concerning the proposed $10 million equine surgical hospital and ...
Thursday, October 29, 2009

Blood Sport
According to Chinese martial arts folklore and American pop culture, the Dim Mak ("Touch of Death"), is a legendary and deadly fighting tactic. The Dim Mak is a multiple-blow attack where the attacker rapidly strikes an opponent at various pressure points on the body. When properly executed, the vicious technique can result in incapacitation, paralysis, even ...
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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Conundrum or Karma?
If your business enjoys a 65% share of market and the market expands by 13% over a ten-year period, is it reasonable to expect that your business will also grow by 13%? It seems it would grow by 13% if you simply maintained your market share, doesn't it? But what if the market expands and your business doesn't grow? Or, what if the market expands and ...
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Friday, October 23, 2009

Will the Fat Lady Sing Jail House Blues?
When is the fat lady gonna sing?
When is the fat lady gonna sing?
Maybe you thought the controversy between Shelbyville and Shelby County governments concerning continued occupancy by the City Police Department in the Criminal Justice Center had been settled when the Shelbyville City Council made a decision three months ago. So, did the fat lady sing three months ago? Apparently not.
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Monday, October 12, 2009

"Point Men" Fired Up! Ready To Go!
Fired Up!
Fired Up!
According to a report in the Monday, October 5, 2009 edition of The Shelbyville News, local officials will be presenting arguments to the Indiana Economic Development Corporation soon in an attempt to get Intelliplex Park recertified as a state certified tech park. Shelbyville's mayor and Major Hospital's CEO will be "point men" in that effort...
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Tuesday, October 06, 2009

One If, Seven Ands, Two Butts
Cute or not cute?
Cute or not cute?
Are you familiar with the political stereotypes about cats and dogs? You know, the one that claims cats are Democrats and dogs are Republicans based on their basic animal traits and personalities? It goes something like this. Cats are Democrats and dogs are Republicans because...
Sunday, September 27, 2009

Narc! Narc! Who's There?
Don't Bogart that joint!
Don't Bogart that joint!
Attention local stoners! It's time to start paying more attention to how well you stash your weed. Maybe you should start thinking like a chipmunk. Or a squirrel. Those industrious little critters plan ahead. They prepare for the long, cold winters by storing their nuts where others can't find them. So, hide your nuts because you don't want to be surprised some night by an over-zealous narc knocking at your...
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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Yesterday's News!!!
Obama receives standing
Obama receives standing "O"
If your sole source of current events is The Shelbyville News, you didn't see any coverage of President Obama's speech in today's edition of the newspaper. Here's what you did see, though: Shelbyville's city council voted to give Purdue University $1.15 million of economic development tax revenues for their proposed horse clinic. No surprise there. Today's newspaper also published the fourth (or fifth) follow-up report on Morristown's, still-secret, very mysterious entity that may take over the town's former license branch...
Thursday, September 10, 2009

New Stuff! Read All About It!
You gotta read this!
You gotta read this!
You may have noticed I've been experimenting with some new features during the past couple of weeks. Nothing earth-shattering, I'll admit, but a few additions are worth shouting about. A couple of them were suggested by regular visitors, others were added because I thought they might be fun to do. However, everything is intended to...
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Monday, September 07, 2009

McVey to Burton: "No More Junk Mail!"
Brose McVey
Brose McVey
Fifth District Republican Congressional candidate Brose McVey has called on incumbent Representative Dan Burton to stop sending political junk mail at taxpayers' expense...
Monday, August 31, 2009

A Guy Walks Into A Newspaper Office
A guy walks into a newspaper office and is startled to see several chimpanzees sitting at desks in the newsroom banging their tiny fists on computer keyboards. The guy goes to the editor's office and asks, "Why are those chimps...
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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Damned Lies and Page Counts
I haven't been watching much TV lately. My weekly intake of television programming consists of Comedy Central's Daily Show, The Colbert Report, a few shows on HBO, and an occasional boxing match. That's about it...
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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Lennen Lands On His Feet
On August 11, 2008, many in the community were dismayed by Tony Lennen's abrupt resignation as Major Hospital's president and CEO. Lennen had served in that position for twelve years and was widely considered...
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Friday, August 21, 2009

Is There A Harley in Shelby County's Future?
Harley-Davidson, the Milwaukee-based motorcycle manufacturer, is reported to be visiting sites for a new motorcycle assembly plant that would create a minimum of 1,000 jobs...
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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Critter Control
Earlier this month, Shelbyville's Common Council voted to amend the city's Code of Ordinances in order to establish standards and clarify restrictions governing the keeping of bees within the city limits...
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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Hypocritical Mass
There's a good chance that during the past week, uninvited messages containing outrageous rants and outright lies about government health care reform have glutted your e-mail inbox. There's also a good chance that somewhere in our country today, a raucous mob...
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Monday, August 10, 2009

Two Parts Hydrogen, One Part Oxygen
Shelbyville Mayor Scott Furgeson and Greenwood Mayor Charles Henderson joined employees of Indiana American Water Company at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new water treatment facility...
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Thursday, August 06, 2009

Welcome To Skateville
The city's new Skateboard Park appears to be on schedule despite the Indiana Highway Department's current resurfacing project on Harrison Street. That's good news for area teens who are anxiously awaiting...
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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Psst! Meet me in the lobby!
Lobbies representing special-interest groups spent over $5 million from May 2008 through April 2009 in order to buy access to our Indiana legislators. Many reports are still trickling in...
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Monday, July 27, 2009

Shafted
Shelbyville's Jim Hall, an accomplished journalist, talented writer and published author, contributed regular blog articles to this website for several months during 2008. In December of last year, Jim announced to readers that he was taking a sabbatical from Deebonner.com in order to devote more time to his other writing...
Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Bucket's Got A Hole In It
The City of Shelbyville built a conference center at Intelliplex Park with a $1.2 million Certified Technology Park Grant from the State of Indiana and a $400,000 city loan to the Shelbyville Redevelopment Commission. The 4,500-square-foot publicly-built conference center is connected to two 20,000-square-foot wings of a privately-constructed office building...
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Friday, July 03, 2009

Oligarchies Rule!
There's abundant speculation that the crowded primary field challenging Dan Burton in Indiana's 5th District will probably result in "Cantaloupe Danny" retaining his congressional seat in 2010...
Monday, June 29, 2009

Assessing Change
Here's another clipping. This one was originally published in September 2004 in the Nation, a national progressive magazine. The writer, Sasha Abramsky, visited Shelbyville and talked to local residents about the 2004 political climate. The article is worth sharing because...
Sunday, June 28, 2009

How's That Three-Point Plan Workin' Out?
During my tenure at The Shelbyville News, I acquired a habit of clipping newspaper articles and filing them for future use. More precisely, to use for cartoon fodder...
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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Ditchy-Mitchy
One day, Ditchy-Mitchy was eating a deep-fried, breaded pork tenderloin sandwich on the steps of the Indiana Statehouse when... KER-WHACK! ...
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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Thank You Francis Robinson! And Other Items of Interest
Francis Robinson is a friend and classmate from our Shelbyville High School days. He contributes to this website with his "Random bits of wisdom and foolishness" through a Readers' Blog, titled Keehotee Press II...
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Huh? And Hmm...
Mike Murphy, a state legislator from Indianapolis, is one of four candidates hoping to unseat 5th District Congressman Dan Burton in the May 2010 Republican primary election. Last week, Murphy announced that he has garnered some important political support from three prominent Shelby County Republicans...
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Monday, June 15, 2009

Where Does the Time Go?
Where does the time go? I don't know...
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Accountability and Public Funds
Since Shelby County receives millions in casino revenue, I thought some of you might find the following three news articles of interest...
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Monday, May 18, 2009

A New 5th District Cartoon and More!
Just a note to tell you that I didn't forget this week's 5th District Funnies cartoon. You can view the latest episode (Episode #7) in the 5th District Funnies Section, or...
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Friday, May 15, 2009

Unintelligible Intelliplex
A story about re-certification of Shelbyville's Certified Technology Park appeared in the local newspaper this week. The article stirred up considerable interest throughout...
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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Perplexed by IEDC Probation?
According to a recent news report, the mayor said the IEDC "put hard parameters on us" 18 months ago by insisting on a new spec building and 50 new high-tech jobs at Intelliplex. The mayor's "hard parameters" were requirements mandated by the IEDC in order for Intelliplex to retain its high-tech certification...


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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Basic Info About IEDC and Tech Parks
The following information about the IEDC and Indiana's CTP Program is from the official website of the State of Indiana...
Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Gasp! Is The Governor A Socialist!??
...After reading the article, I wondered if Governor Daniels was going through some type of political transformation. You know... like United States Senator Arlen Specter...
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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Daniels' Butler Commencement Address
In a job in which public speaking is an occupational hazard, there are two categories I try my best to evade: eulogies and commencements. The thoughts of the audience are likely to be elsewhere, and the chances of saying anything remotely original or memorable are, well, remote...


Sunday, May 10, 2009

Hold Onto Your Wallets!
Speaking of Governor Daniels, here's another short news article you might find interesting...
Sunday, May 10, 2009

Our "Disgraceful" Legislature
When I was a 21-year-old freshman on the Indiana University campus in Bloomington, I often found myself stumbling through the early morning haze of Dunn's Woods on my way to...
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Monday, April 20, 2009

Messer Announces Candidacy
Republican Congressman Dan Burton picked up another opponent from his own party...
Sunday, April 19, 2009

Candidate Messer Talks to the "Folks"
"This is a very serious time in our nation's history," Messer said at a gathering with supporters in Shelbyville. "And, in tough times, Hoosiers step...
Sunday, April 19, 2009

Messer Joins Republican Race
Representative Dan Burton, a Republican, has served the district for 27 years and has already stated his intention to run for a 15th term. This time, his biggest challenge will come from within...
Sunday, April 19, 2009

Messer Plans To Take The Fifth
Indiana's 5th congressional district is made up of the eastern and northern suburbs of Indianapolis and includes Grant, Hamilton, Hancock, Huntington, Miami, Tipton and Wabash counties, plus portions of Howard, Johnson, Marion and Shelby...
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Sunday, April 19, 2009

About the New "5th District Funnies" Section
The new "5th District Funnies" Section is a gallery of periodic cartoon commentary with a laser beam like focus on Indiana's 5th...
Sunday, April 19, 2009

It's National Humor Month!
We're living in tough times. I don't think I need to enumerate all of the serious problems facing our city, state, nation or the world right now, suffice it to say that there's lots of uncertainty. And with uncertainty comes...
Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Timberlake Visits Shelbyville
Justin Timberlake rolled into Shelbyville late Sunday evening accompanied by his girlfriend, actress Jessica Biel. Timberlake arrived from Chicago where he appeared on Friday's Oprah Winfrey Show...
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Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Scooter Gangs Holding City Hostage
Now that the worst of winter weather is behind us, electric mobility scooters are becoming a common sight on the streets of Shelbyville. Residents are using the small, 4-wheel motorized chairs in increasing numbers as a way to navigate...
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Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Screaming Beets
The Great MidAmerican Seed Company in Fargo, ND recently announced the successful completion of two-year's worth of experimental trials designed to genetically modify...
Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Some Things Are Obscure
Residents of Wellington Heights appear to have legitimate complaints about the hellacious increase in traffic in their neighborhood and the behavior of motorists...
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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Amy Poehler Makes Me Laugh
Poehler is an actress and Emmy-nominated comedian perhaps best-known for her work as a cast member of NBC's "Saturday Night Live" where she performed brilliantly...
Monday, March 23, 2009

A Wee Bit O' Irish Humor
A man stumbles up to the only other patron in a bar and asks if he could buy him a drink.


Tuesday, March 17, 2009

I Owe You An Apology... Or Two
I owe you an apology.

I fully intended to write an article today but it looks as if I'm going to pull the same stunt that I pulled last week when I pretended not to write an article but wrote one anyway...
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Monday, March 16, 2009

I'm Not Writing An Article Today
I've been kicking around some ideas for an article, but I can't seem to focus on a topic. So, I've decided not to write an article today. Let me tell you why...
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Sunday, March 08, 2009

Interpreting "In-tur'-pri-ta'-shun"
The ongoing ruckus between our city and county governments concerning the Shelbyville Police Department's continued occupancy at the Criminal Justice Center gets sillier by the day...
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Sunday, March 01, 2009

Slam-Bam-Thank-You-Ma'am!
City and county elected officials are beginning to publicly address the Shelbyville Police Department's continuing occupancy in Shelby County's Criminal Justice Center. Not surprisingly, the city and county are at odds over the issue and...
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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Stadium Tax Redux
If you've been following the news in the Indianapolis media during the past few weeks, you are aware that our nearby sports capital is awash in red ink.

On January 27, the Capital Improvement Board (CIB), the Indianapolis body that owns and oversees Lucas Oil Stadium...
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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Valentine's Day: Heaven or Hell?
Some people are smitten with Valentine's Day. Others think it's a day from hell.

It may not matter which group you're in, because Valentine's Day has been pretty much ordained to make people feel awful. If you're single, you can feel like the...

Monday, February 09, 2009

Devil Indemnity
The Tasmanian Devil is a carnivorous animal found only on the Australian island of Tasmania. It is the largest carnivorous marsupial in the world, the size of a small dog, but stocky and far more...
Tuesday, January 27, 2009

An Old Guy Stumbles Into A Bar
An old guy wearing a crimson IU sweatshirt stumbles into a bar. The guy's carrying an aging, silver-grey schnauzer. The schnauzer is also wearing a crimson IU sweatshirt...
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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Thank You, Rush Limbaugh!
The recent Presidential Inauguration brought about such a feeling of euphoria that I found it difficult to concentrate on other things. How about you? Were you gleefully, ecstatically happy? Did you...
Saturday, January 24, 2009

This Week In History
January 25, 1915 - From New York, Alexander Graham Bell inaugurated the first transcontinental telephone service when he spoke to his assistant, Thomas Watson, who was in San Francisco. Within the hour...
Saturday, January 24, 2009

Accidental Stories
Four accidental little stories for your amusement...
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Friday, January 09, 2009

Some Words Should Actually Be Avoided Or Maybe Actually Banned
Actually, one of those words is "actually". I actually don't have anything against the word in its spoken form because I realize that certain words and phrases actually circulate throughout the population, that's actually a normal occurrence. However, the word "actually" has migrated into the...
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Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Find Your Fetish
I just wanted to write a note to let you know about some new things on the Website...
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Monday, December 29, 2008

Furgy Went A-Courtin'
Mayor Scott Furgeson is on a mission. He intends to purchase the First Christian Church building located across the street from City Hall.

The mayor plans to use the church sanctuary as a city council chambers and to convert the second floor of the current city hall into additional office space. He claims the city administration is woefully crowded...


For Mike Carpenter, "Citizen and Activist" Are Not Dirty Words
An activist is often labeled a rabble-rouser, or a troublemaker, or nowadays, a terrorist. But contrary to what some would have you believe, "activism" is not a dirty word...
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Sunday, October 19, 2008

My Exclusive Interview With Senator John Sidney McCain III
Democratic Presidential Candidate, Senator Barack Obama, has visited Indiana 46 times during 2008. His Republican opponent, Senator John McCain, has visited only twice, on February 22 and July 1.

If comedian (and philosopher) Woody Allen was correct when he said, "80 percent of success is showing up", then Senator McCain may have a mere one in five chance of winning Indiana in...
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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Politickles and Badfellas
The Shelby County Democratic Party recently commissioned me to produce an original cartoon illustration to use as a fundraiser at the organization's Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner scheduled for Tuesday, October 21, 2008 at Occasions Banquet Hall in...
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Monday, September 29, 2008

Hospital Salary Disclosures
A newspaper story published September 5, 2008 reported on the promotion of Jack Horner, former Major Hospital chief information officer and vice-president, to the position of interim chief executive officer and president of the hospital. Horner was elevated to the position following the abrupt "resignation" of former CEO, Tony Lennen on...
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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The Shock Doctrine
Perhaps you've noticed that our country is experiencing the most serious economic crisis since the Great Depression. The Bush Administration has jumped in with both feet and proposed urgent, new policies designed to "save the economy" while totally ignoring,,,
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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Who the @#!?% is Curtis Gene Jones?
Many readers were introduced to Curtis Gene Jones when they saw his name appear in a couple of news stories following the surprise resignation of Major Hospital's president and CEO, Tony Lennen on Monday, August 11...
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Monday, September 01, 2008

Intelliplex? Problems Solved!
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is the primary investigatory arm of the United States Department of Justice. The FBI serves as both a federal crime investigative body and a domestic intelligence agency...
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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Shelby County is Number Three!
According to the latest data in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Toxic Release Inventory, Indianapolis metro-area companies put 5.5 million pounds of chemicals into the air in 2006, the most recent year for which data was available.
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Sunday, July 06, 2008

Offshore Drilling Sham
President Bush is again accusing Congress of blocking his energy proposals. This time, he says Democrats are to blame for high gasoline costs that are pinching Americans' pocketbooks because they are against offshore drilling.
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Sunday, June 29, 2008

I've Been Thinkin' About the Casino Revenue
Last week, I attended a special public meeting at the Shelbyville Middle School auditorium. The meeting was co-sponsored by city and county elected officials to hear suggestions from the public on how to spend Shelby County's share of gaming revenues
Wednesday, June 25, 2008

If You're Happy And You Know It, Clap Your Hands!
Seven weeks ago, a story, titled "City Eyes Church for Police Headquarters", appeared in the local newspaper (The Shelbyville News, April 12, 2008). In the article, Mayor Furgeson...
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Monday, June 02, 2008

Wild Weekend
Do you remember the 1989 movie "Weekend At Bernie's"? It's a comedy about two young executives who must create the illusion that their recently murdered boss, Bernie Lomax, is still alive...
Sunday, May 25, 2008

Shelby County Cartoonist Exhibit
An artists reception will be held on Sunday, May 18, 2008 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and is open to the public...
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