Thursday, August 31, 2006

He's Got the Unions


In a press release today, Brizzi announced the endorsement of a number of local Unions.

With the Unions going for Brizzi the Kennedy camp has got to be shaking in their boots. What most people would consider a historical Democratic group and its members backing Brizzi, Kennedy's hopes are fading away like the warm summer days.

The release is below.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday August 31, 2006

Unions Endorse BrizziAs Labor Day Approaches, Several Local Unions Announce Support for Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi's Re-Election
INDIANAPOLIS-- Six local unions endorsed Carl Brizzi for re-election as Marion County Prosecutor. Collectively, the unions represent over 13,000 active and retired members in Marion County.
Unions endorsing Brizzi include Teamsters Local 135, International Union of Operating Engineers Local 103, and American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Locals 725, 1437, 3131 and 3766.
The largest labor organization to back Brizzi is the Teamsters Local 135. A newsletter announced their support by stating, "As Marion County residents head to the polls in (early May and) November, they will vote for a prosecutor with a proven record. Carl Brizzi has been working tirelessly for Teamster members and the citizens of Marion County, keeping the city streets safe and prosecuting the most violent offenders."
Prosecutor Brizzi is humbled that so many local unions support him in his bid for re-election. "I'm honored and grateful to have so much support from the hardworking men and women of labor," stated Brizzi. "We've worked well together over the past four years and it means a lot to me to have their confidence."
ast week, the Prosecutor unveiled Brizzi Brief 2006 which includes a report on the progress of the last four years and Brizzi's future plans for the fight against crime. "Because we believe in the philosophy that criminals have a choice, victims don't, we've made our office an advocate for the victims of this county," said Brizzi. "We've made the prosecution of the most violent offenders a top priority and we've worked with law enforcement to conduct sting operations to catch sexual predators who solicit children on the internet."
Brizzi will participate in the Labor Day parade on Saturday, September 2nd.

Click here to see Teamsters endorsement Click here to see AFSCME endorsements

He Has Conviction


In Case you missed these effectively prosecuted cases, here they are:

Ex-firefighter gets 40 years for child molestation

Two men were sentenced Wednesday

2 convicted of murder in separate cases

That would be 5 separate people sentenced for crimes they committed because of effective prosecution by Brizzi's office.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Take Two


Looks like Carl Brizzi has the second installment on his new website up.

ExperiencedProsecutor.com

I still laugh everytime I type that in.

These ads are well done and a step above anything Kennedy has done so far. I am sure they are scrambling around to get something out.

That brings up another topic. At CarlBrizzi.com you can read the Brizzi Brief 2 which is now out.

It is a comprehensive description of what Brizzi wanted to do, what occurred, and what he plans for his second term. Pretty in depth.

So, Kennedy is scrambling to be more tech savvy, and to come up with a plan on what she would do. If it is anything like the other proposals she has put out, we should get loads of entertainment and laughter out of it.

Back-Tracking


Now the Mayor is suggesting that we should not go forward with all the initiatives and funding that is necessary to protect our city.

Bart seems to think that everything that has been done as of late is not the reason for the decrease in crime.

I really didn't think he could get any more ridiculous on dealing with crime until I read this article.

From the article:

"And if they stay in place, of course we have no way in our current budget to be able to pay for it. So, the funding needs are not gonna go away," Mayor Peterson said.

So, the mayor said it may be best to address those funding needs in phases. Phase one would take us from now through next year. Phase two would go toward what he calls the chronic problems in public safety spending. He hopes to have those numbers in the next few days.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Take A Bite out of Bart


Now, the Mayor has admitted that he can't even run a dog fighting program. The City is re-launching a program called Canine Crimestoppers."

No, I am not joking, that is really what it is called. Bart apparently could not get it right the first time and the program fell apart.

But, for some reason now, the Mayor thinks that the program will work and is willing to spend $10,000 on it to advertise.

Couldn't that money be used for something a little more productive to help public safety? The story is below:

City officials hope an ad campaign will curb dog fighting by prodding the public to call in tips about suspicious activity.

Mayor Bart Peterson joined enforcement officers from the city's Animal Care and Control Division in a press conference today to re-launch a program called Canine Crimestoppers. The officers credited the awareness initiative with boosting the number of investigations from six to 51 after it began in 2004.

Media Wilson, a spokeswoman for Animal Control, said the program petered out last year. The agency will spend $10,000 to for posters, bumper stickers, flyers and media ads that encourage the public to call the tip line, she said.The timing of the re-launch coincides with other city efforts to crack down on crime this summer, Peterson said. It was not prompted by several high-profile dog attacks or efforts to place limitations on pit bulls."One of the real scourges of our community is dog fighting," Peterson said. "Violent people are involved in dog fighting, people you don't want in your neighborhood."

Democrats Scramble to Find Actual Live Supporters


Looks like the local D's will have to start making phone calls with live people according to Steve Carter and the Attorney General's Office. Automated calls are not allowed.

Recent stories indicate Ed Treacy and the Marion County Democrats have had to use an out of State firm to make phone calls. Ed had to pay a pretty penny for those calls. Now, this ruling looks to force the local Dems to either pay for more phone calls, or actually have volunteers make the calls.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Very Very Quiet


Is it me, or has the political arena been pretty quiet the last few days? Almost like everyone is waiting for the next shoe to drop, whether it be another rash of crime in the City, or another misstep by a City-County Councilor.

All that has really gone on today, is:

Tully talking about The end of the overblown Eric Dickerson sale of his car dealership and Mister Ed paying for things his party can't get volunteers to do.

AND

Shella reminds us of the documentary "We the People."

I have a feeling something is about to happen. What you may ask??? I don't have that answer. I just have that feeling.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Web Ads

Carl Brizzi started his web ads today. I got the link in an e-mail this afternoon. The name is very clever, and takes a little hit at his opponent.

experiencedprosecutor.com

When compared to what Kennedy has already put up, the quality and message are a million times better.

A good way to get the message out to anyone and everyone when they want to see it. You can get an idea of who Brizzi is and what he stands for.

He is Special


A special prosecutor has been appointed to let us know what we already do, Ron Gibson broke the law.

Read below:

INDIANAPOLIS -- Investigators are taking a closer look at last month's scuffle between a city-county councilman and a Marion County sheriff's deputy.
Prosecutor Carl Brizzi has appointed a special prosecutor from Monroe County to look into allegations that City-County Councilman Ron Gibson shoved Deputy Jean Burkert, who was working security during Indiana Black Expo's Summer Celebration.
Gibson denies that he did anything wrong. He said Burkert was abusive. Both have filed complaints against one another.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Full Speed Ahead

The Marion County Criminal Justice Team got things started today to help ease some of the crowding issues in the jail. Night Court might not be as fun without judge Stone, but they could get Judge Stoner to hear cases!

A series of sweeping changes to the Marion County criminal justice system – prompted by the jump in violent crimes this year – begin today. Among the changes are a new night court to handle Class D felony and misdemeanor gun cases and a warrant strike team to go after defendants who fail to show up for court.

Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi says it’s all about speeding up the criminal justice system. “When you have somebody in jail on a “no bond” hold, rather than just languishing in jail, let’s expedite their appearance before a judge and decide what we’re going to do with their case,” he says. Officials say moving cases through the courts at a faster pace should reduce the number of people waiting in the county jail for trial and ease jail overcrowding. It’s hoped the changes will also eliminate the release of criminals when the jail reaches the court-ordered cap.

In addition to night court, most courtrooms in the county have expanded their hours so they can handle more cases. But longer hours and more courts means more personnel – judges, court staff, and prosecutors. City officials have estimated the changes will cost more than $7 million dollars through 2007, and they’re scrambling to find the money. They’re also not ruling out the need for a tax hike to cover the cost.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Might be "Too little Too Late"


Curfew Sweeps being done now????? Why wasn't this done 2 months ago???

Would the Sheriff and Mayor get their heads out of their, as if they cared about anything until their numbers starting doing a nosedive.

The story is below from the Indy Star:

Local law enforcement pulled in 18 young people for violating curfew Thursday night.
The countywide sweep marked the first time police detained juveniles under a change in state law. Until recently, police could only issue a summons for curfew violations.


Curfew is 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday for anyone under 18. On weekends, 15-, 16- and 17-year-olds can stay out until 1 a.m.

The youngsters detained Thursday night ranged in age from 11 to 17, officials said today.
In 12 cases, parents or guardians were called to the Washington Park Family Center, 3130 E. 30th St., to pick up offenders.


The other six were taken to the Marion County Juvenile Center -- four for probation violations and two for being arrested on new offenses. One was caught with marijuana and the other had been drinking.

Authorities vowed the curfew sweeps would continue and said they are part of a broader effort to keep youngsters safe as school starts.

Most youngsters are not trying to get into trouble, Mayor Bart Peterson said.

"They are at risk, however, because nothing good can happened to you at that hour of the night," Peterson said.

In addition to the curfew sweeps, police are enforcing school speed zones, keeping an eye on bus stops and crosswalks and visiting schools.

IPD officers issued 153 tickets for speeding in school zones on Thursday.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Not Safe Anywhere


Now the Sheriff isn't even protecting the people that are in the jail. In the Star today, one of the Sheriff's employees is apparently involved in a plot to let a defendant on a murder case be placed in a jail cell all weekend long. During this "coercion" weekend, the defendant was able to get the witness to change his story.

I wonder if anyone ever did a background check on this Jail Clerk???

I wonder why there isn't more supervision by the Sheriff to make sure witnesses who help convict murders aren't better protected??

Just another example of how the Sheriff has no idea what he is doing.

Their Mouth is Writing Checks Their Body Can't Cash

It looks like the City-County Council is doing everything in their power to limit the budgets of public safety. Even after the Mayor made statements that the City will find a way for the funding, the Council is less optimistic.

WIBC reports that:

A City County Council committee is facing a nearly impossible task as it searches for some way to find millions of dollars for the county's criminal justice system. Committee members held a marathon hearing Wednesday night and listened to agency directors plead for more funding. "While I may understand any reluctance you might have to address an increase in our budget at this time, the needs of our court require your attention," Circuit Court administrator Theodore Sosin told the committee. But committee chair Mary Moriarty-Adams told him finding the money will be difficult. "Funds are very limited in this city, but we have an issue with criminal justice that must be funded," she said. "So we have to find revenues where we can." Police and court officials say the money is necessary to combat the violent crime increase that's hit the city. "We all have recently seen the cost of not addressing that," said Judge Cale Bradford, presiding judge of the Marion County Superior courts. Moriarty-Adams says right now, the council is looking at a three-prong approach for finding the money, which includes cutting other budgets, borrowing some funds, and using the county's dwindling fund balances to make up the rest.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Lost

In the Star today:


INDIANAPOLIS -- The state gained only 200 jobs in July from the previous month, to 2,976,800, according to preliminary Indiana Department of Workforce Development figures. That's 37,100 short of a peak reached in May 2000. The Indianapolis area lost 3,900 jobs from a year earlier. The region had 884,200 employed. (Star report)

Congratulations Mayor Bart. You continue to run our city into the ground!

Interesting Post

Indy Undercover has an interesting post about the unbelievable confusion in the Marion County Jail and a particular judges courtroom.

Read up.

Some More Disturbing News


After reading an article on WTHR I am even more baffled at the Mayor's Office. It appears as though the Mayor never requested any Federal funds for the 2005 year to help with public safety. That would explain why we were hurting for money. Additionally, it appears as though Mayor Bart has allowed our forces to go below the level allowed for the grants we received from 2000 to 2004 meaning we may have to pay back the $15 million we received.

Way to drop the ball once again on public safety.

The article reads:

Between 2000 and 2004 Indianapolis touted its take: more than $15 million to put 200 police officers on the street. But last year, it didn't see a dime.

"Any funds that would have been received by Indianapolis would be funds that they would have requested and in 2005 - that has not been the case," said Gilbert Moore, Department of Justice. Moore confirmed that there had been no requests for crime-fighting funds in 2005.

This may be a surprise to someone who has been out of the country for a while, but expected from anyone who has been following Bart the past 7 years.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

The Building Blocks for Crime

I am not an expert on the causes of crime, or the reasons behind behavior. However, on WIBC today it is reported that the IPS budget will be cut again.

There is fault on the government when crime levels increase. There are many things that can be done to protect against a rise. Things such as work programs, education and constantly increasing economic development. If these things are done, most of the time criminals will cease to run the streets.

But, if efforts are unfunded, or under-funded, crimes are committed. If you don't give police efforts the full financial and public support you will have problems. If you don't educate your children, they will grow up without the skills they need to be successful. If you don't work to keep business here and create new jobs, people will find a way to pay for things.

I believe what we have seen from the Mayor is a message of apathy. He has done nothing to fund public safety. He has done little to properly fund education in the city and he hasn't done a thing to promote business or jobs.

Crime does not just pop up. It is created by a lack of leadership and initiative. New York City was stuck in the middle of a crime epidemic in the early 90's. Look up the numbers, they will scare you.

Who led them out of that terrible problem? Their Mayor. He cut the murder rate by 76%.

The Mayor knows what the cause of increased crime is, he just doesn't like the answer.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Breaking News


The IUPUI Campus is smoke free. I know that is not really breaking news. The FIN is just waiting for Greg Bowes to take credit for it. Bowes, the Democratic candidate for Assessor, who has never assessed anything likes to flaunt the Indy smoking ban on his website. Not a single word on there about assessing.

There is more about smoking bans and soccer referees on Bowes website than anything else. I would place a bet that he is probably the least qualified assessor candidate in the State.

Bowes might believe this is a great achievement of being on the city-county council. But, it is really the only action he has ever taken. Bowes is adamantly against more jail beds, wanting criminals to walk the streets hours after being arrested. Bowes is against filing charges against people when they break the law because it causes the jail to be crowded, and he is against funding our public safety needs as he consistently votes against anything that is proposed to help the crime problem.

What a great man!

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Daddy Needs a New Pair of Shoes

Tully talks about downtown casinos to raise revenue for public safety. Not a bad idea. I like to gamble. It is important for the city to raise revenue anyway possible. Of course there will be the standard response that casinos raise crime and cause money problems for people. My question to that would simply be, "Could it get any worse than it is now?"

Here is the link to Tully's article.

Where Are The Savings?

I want to know where the city seems to find any of this savings.

Phil Borst and the rest of the City-County Council want to know exactly where the savings is coming from. The numbers don't match up. The police force will still be down 30 some officers and the city is in dire need of more protection.

Next year's fire and police department mergers in Marion County will save even more than originally estimated -- nearly $18 million per year, according to new figures from the Indianapolis mayor's office.

With savings of nearly $10 million from the Jan. 1 consolidation of the Indianapolis police and Marion County sheriff's forces alone, the city plans to restore 42 of 78 police positions reduced last year. That will bring the newly formed Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department to a combined strength of 1,604 sworn officers.

That budget also forecasts a savings of nearly $8 million from the merger of the Washington Township and Indianapolis fire departments. As a result, the city plans to restore two of the 44 firefighter positions cut last year, giving Fire Chief James Greeson a combined force of 865.
The savings were projected in Mayor Bart Peterson's proposed 2007 spending plan, which was released last week.

"To be put in a position where we don't have to make the draconian cuts we made last year is a good thing," the Democratic mayor said.

City officials did not itemize how the mergers would save $18 million. Instead, they compared the 2006 and 2007 budgets, subtracted new costs and said the difference is a result of merger savings.

The city had said the police merger would save about $9 million and the fire merger would save at least $2.3 million.

Republicans were skeptical about the new numbers.

Phil Borst, the GOP minority leader of the City-County Council, said the city's methodology did not break down what elements of the merger produced a savings.
"I think they still need to go back and show the comparison clearly," Borst said. "They haven't shown me where the savings are."

Rep. Phil Hinkle, R-Indianapolis, called the projections "fleeting fantasies."
He said the experience of Louisville, Ky., and other cities that have merged police forces shows that it doesn't produce any savings.

"I think this is really a shell game," said Hinkle, who led opposition to the mayor's consolidation plan in the legislature the last two years. "All we're going to do is stall this fiscal crisis with the illusion of savings today."

Suzannah Overholt, Peterson's transition director for the mergers, was confident the additional savings would be achieved.

"The proof will be there," she said. "That's what we propose as their budgets; so if they (the Police and Fire departments) can live within that, it's a real savings."
She said merger officials found savings opportunities in part by using civilians in the place of sworn officers who hold desk jobs. The change also would make more sworn officers available for street patrol.

Civilians generally cost about 30 percent less than officers, she said. The total cost -- including training, uniforms, cars, benefits, pension and salary -- of a sworn officer comes to around $100,000 per year, according to Overholt.

Most of the projected savings from the mergers will be dedicated to offsetting rising costs for fuel, health insurance and pensions.

Without the savings, residents' property taxes would likely have climbed to cover these costs, administration officials said.

While the city hasn't been able to calculate tax rates for next year yet, Peterson said spending by the city and county would not trigger a tax increase.

However, because they lie outside city control, the budget considers separately $156 million in spending on state programs such as child welfare and juvenile justice. A $33 million increase for these two programs next year will cause taxes to increase by $62 for a home valued at $100,000, Peterson said.

Merger critics, meanwhile, continued to question why the city never stopped to determine the cost of the different parts of the Sheriff's Department before the merger. If that had been done, they said, the total cost of the merged parts of the Sheriff's Department could be more clearly measured against the expense of the new department.

Only the sheriff's law enforcement and investigation divisions will be merged with the Indianapolis Police Department. The sheriff's budget, which includes the costs of running the county jail, has never broken down costs by division.

In any case, city Controller Bob Clifford said doing so wouldn't have provided a better estimate of savings. He said his budget calculations take into account an array of costs that offer the clearest view of the merger's financial impact.

Other critics, meanwhile, called on Peterson to fully restore the city's public safety forces. Clifford said the city hopes to restore the remaining police cuts of 36 positions by 2008.

Isaac Randolph, a Republican council member and Indianapolis firefighter, last week called on Peterson to fulfill his promise during police merger negotiations and restore all 44 firefighting positions lost.

"For me, it's very real," Randolph said. "If I get trapped in a fire, I want to know there's another set of hands to help get me out."

Mike Reeves, the president of the city's fire union, said he has faith in the chief's projected needs for the merged department.

"My position is that every apparatus should be fully staffed, and the city has committed to that," he said.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Dickerson Scores


An interesting look into a press conference Eric Dickerson held yesterday in his attempts to save a park from being the start line for numerous drunk driving trips.

http://www.advanceindiana.blogspot.com/

Dickerson, the Republican candidate for the 7th Congressional district has been seen throughout town riding in his RV and talking about issues that affect our lives.

The park, which was there and is being unilatterally removed is holding up the opening of the bar. There are city ordinances which prohibit bars from being certain distances from parks. So, without really any notice to anyone, the park has already started coming down. Word is, the man whom the park was named after received some consideration and a new park.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Street Justice

It was only a matter of time before people starting taking matters into their own hands. RTV6 reports:

INDIANAPOLIS -- Police said a potential threat on Indianapolis' streets was caught Wednesday before he could kill.

Anthony Taylor, 46, was pulled over along East 38th Street Wednesday night after officers said he was speeding.

What officers said they found inside his car was much more alarming than a minor traffic violation.

Investigators said a gun, bulletproof vest, clippings of suspects in recent shootings, alcohol and drugs were found in the car.

"We're actually concerned because here we have a gentleman who's wearing a bulletproof vest. He's got binoculars in the vehicle. He's got guns in his vehicle, paper clippings of someone who's wanted for murder," said Marion County sheriff's Capt. Phil Burton.

"That, in itself, is just odd and strange and very dangerous if someone is in fact targeting someone."

Burton said Taylor was also wearing black gloves and sunglasses when he was pulled over.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

An Elephant Ear, and Extra Security


State Fair Officals indicated with IPD that extra patrols will be out and about to make fair-goers feel a little safer in the big city. WIBC reports:

With the Indiana State Fair starting up, Indiana State Police are arriving in the city in droves to help with security. This comes, as Indy experiences a spike in murders and violence across the area. ISP officials say they are concerned about the violence and are asking their officers to be vigilant. They say they plan to saturate the area in and around the fairgrounds, including using motorcycle patrols and undercover officers. ISP officials also say they're coordinating with Indianapolis Police, on State Fair security matters. ISP officials also say there will be some limited overtime work, by officers.

Even The Animals Aren't Safe!!!


Murders everywhere, and now even penguins are being attacked!

It is a sad thing, and I will apologize now to any animal lovers out there.

Just looking for a little humor on a Wednesday morning.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

The Mayor Sucks . . .The Life Out of Indy


The Mayor and his traveling group of lackeys proposed a budget last night that was incomplete, and lacked any details. He said that many changes would come because of the prior weeks events.

To start then, a few questions:

Was crime not a priority before last week?

Was the Mayor going to cut the budgets in public safety prior to last week?

Then Monroe Gray in his infinite wisdom is quoted in the paper today on the budget as saying, "I think everyone in public safety is out to spend money as wisely as possible." "At the same time, we can't put all the city's funds in the prosecutor's office and start laying people off in the parks and other parts of the city government."

No secret, I am Republican. Most of the time I have a partisan view of things. But, when it comes to safety and my comfort level on the street I am open to any ideas and plans. The planning, vision, and understanding this administration has with regard to crime is laughable.

The problems we are having today are the same problems we had 6 months ago, 1 year ago. The murder numbers have been on a record pace from the start. When you cut spending on public safety, when you merge police forces, when you have an inadequate facilities to house inmates, crime is going to go up!

This is not like some natural disaster as the Mayor seems to think. It is not catching us as a surprise. It is not some unforeseen random instance. Everyone, down to my barber saw it coming for some time. My barber even commented that he did not think the Mayor or Sheriff even cared. That is a statement from someone who rarely watches the news and does not read the paper.

I could be wrong, but the lack of leadership is sending this city into a downward spiral which it may never recover.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Take A Closer Look


The budget will be out tonight and there will be a lot of conversation of how money is being spent. There is one area that I think should be looked at a little closer. How much does the Sheriff spend on the upkeep of cars? Where does that money get spent? Where is the only real car dealership in business downtown? Who is listed as the official treasurer of the Sheriff's campaign?

The amount spent will be in the budget tonight, the other questions all have the same answer, Payton Wells.

Something smells a little fishy there. Payton Wells helps bring in money for the Sheriff's campaign to be Sheriff, the Sheriff throws hundreds of thousands of dollars towards the car dealership.

I am sorry, but Frank Anderson, and his $360,000 salary are about as dirty as you get.

The guy talks tough on crime for one day during his 3 years and office and everyone seems to forget his wrongs.

The next time you see the Sheriff, ask him how many bids he accepted before awarding Payton Wells the contract to take care of the MCSD vehicles!

Others Start To Speak Up

If you noticed, there is another Blogger out there who is concerned with fixing Indy. www.indyundercover.blogspot.com has been linked to this site.

The stories carry more of a law enforcement perspective, and have some very interesting insight into the problems facing our city.

It is nice to see others actually care about slowing the crime problem and addressing public safety head-on.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Do You Feel Safe?

9 more shootings last night and 5 more murders. When will it end? When will someone step up and do something to end the madness?

WISH TV

WTHR

Indy Star

The Mayor pledges to do something (Talk talk talk). What concerns me is the simple fact that this has been going on for the last month and only now does the Mayor feel he should act. Let's step it up and do something.

Nothing like having a crazy, deadly evening when thousands of out of town race fans are here.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Tully Does It Again

He has nailed it on the head one more time. Tully's article today dealt with the rise in crime and the necessity for public safety to be our top priority.

The Mayor does not seem to know what to do, so here are a few of my suggestions:

  • Spend the grant money given to the Sheriff's office as it is intended (Violent crime task force grant money is not being completely used)
  • Hire more officers to be out on the streets
  • Hire someone who does know what to do (i.e. A new Mayor)
  • Elect a new Sheriff who will spend money on officers and equipment instead of landscaping at his million dollar home.

I think if we try these things, we may see our city as being a little safer.

All Talk, No Action

The Mayor is talking about being tough on crime, but just isn't doing a thing. Here is a quote from the WISH TV story:

"The most important thing we can do is fight back and fight back with everything we have," he says.

The mayor also says there are a lot of people doing the right things. They're just not getting the right results. In the end, he says the influx of drugs is, as he put it, "probably the root of all evil in our society."

So, we need to fight back, but how? Bart is great about saying the right thing, but rarely does he act on his words. Talk is cheap as they say and what is coming out of Bart's mouth is worth about $0.03!

Thursday, August 03, 2006

To Do List


Yesterday I received my annual notice in the mail to renew my bar dues with the Supreme Court of Indiana. As I usually do, I reviewed it, and got it ready to be sent in. It took me a whole 2 minutes.

After doing this, I thought it best to send a reminder out there to my fellow attorney friends to renew their license and stay on the active list. I know it is very time consuming, and complicated.

But, you never know when it might be important!!

So, mark the little boxes on the form and send your money in. It really isn't that hard, or that expensive.

When you drop it in the post office, you can do a little dance and enjoy your ability to practice law for one more year.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Paint it Gray

In what has to be one of the greatest quotes in recent memory, my favorite City-County Councilor, Monroe Gray is quoted in today's Indy Star as saying,

"I understand the jail crisis. People whose rates we raised will ask why their failing septic system wasn't fixed and why I gave that money to jail beds."

That has got to be one of the funniest things to date. So, he gets the jail overcrowding issue and the problems we are having with crime. But, he thinks the sewer system was really more important?!? He thinks that fixing the septic system was a bigger deal and he simply voted for more jail beds because that is what people wanted.

Monroe Gray is a special man.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

National Night Out

Tonight is National Night Out against crime. Everyone is encouraged to go out tonight, have your outside lamps on and talk to your neighbors.

I just encourage each of you to be careful and alert. With crime at a record level, even nights like this can be dangerous. I wonder if the Mayor and Sheriff will even be out after seeing that Indy was ranked as the 4th worst city for crime.

The link for the story will be up shortly as USA Today decided to take down the story.

Who is Against This?


Why in the world would Ed Treacy and his puppets (Riordan and Sullivan) be against cleaning up the voter polls? They claim that they are protecting the voters of Indiana and particularly Indianapolis. How is fighting to keep the poll books bloated with duplicates and thus increasing the likelihood of error, fraud, or mistake a good thing for the voters in this City?

Crazy Ed has always got his things. Every year he tries to make it look like Republicans are against letting people vote. Every year he claims it is some racist ploy. I always enjoy it because I don't think his own party even takes him serious anymore. In a way, I think he is getting more and more like the television character Mister Ed. He talks, and it is amazing some of the things coming out of his mouth, yet no one takes it serious.

The cost of running an election and the number of poll workers could be lowered if the Democrats and Mr. Ed would allow folks to follow the law and remove duplicate listings for a voter off the poll. I don't want my name on there twice because I know I am only allowed to vote once.

Mr. Ed is really just trying to keep as many names on the poll books so that he and his Democratic friends can cheat and steal elections without being caught. You are either for fair elections and correct voter rolls or not and it is clear Ed is not for fair elections.