Friday, July 22, 2016

Gov. Pence, it’s not you, it’s me

Posted By on Fri, Jul 22, 2016 at 12:53 AM

For Seinfeld fans, the episode that George Costanza was dumped by one of his girlfriends using the line “it’s not you, it’s me,” was an instant classic. What was classic about it was that George thought he had invented that insincere, blameless reason for why a relationship just wasn’t working out. And now, someone was using it on him.

I feel a little like that with Gov. Mike Pence withdrawing his name from the ballot for reelection. I wanted Indiana voters to send him packing on Election Day, as I have consistently predicted they would. But miraculously, he found a better way to break up with us.

Donald Trump’s latest logic defying move gives me a chance to review why it was time for the Governor and Hoosiers to part ways. In a recent column by Abdul-Hakim Shabazz, a Hoosier political pundit, he tells those of us who wanted to “Fire Mike Pence,” to be careful what we ask for. Actually, we should be happy we got it.

Here’s why:

He is responsible for the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and all of its related misguided, throwback ramifications. Every time he got a chance to lead through the self-inflicted crisis, he failed. I am confident he would have fought progress here as long as he held office.

As governor, he repeatedly behaved as if he could thumb his nose at the federal government by simply refusing to abide by its clear authority. Not only are his defeats in court on matters like Syrian refugees and abortion expensive legal battles for the state, they are also damaging to the legacy of how government runs. Not liking what the federal government does is perfectly acceptable. Speaking out against it, likewise. Pretending Indiana can pick and choose when it will comply or not, however, is way out of bounds. In the fantasy land of the future, the one where Trump is president, I envision plenty of states and others refusing to obey. How ironic.

He let Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann get away from his administration. Oh how things would be different in Indiana government this week if this massive failing of Gov. Pence had not occurred. The disruptive mess of his winning The Apprentice game show for VP would have been far less deep and our governmental and political processes would both have been far better off as a result. I continue to believe that this parting of ways will turn out to be the most telling example of his inability to lead, and a national campaign might just bring that one back to a boil.

The quick list of the examples of his inability to lead is RFRA, Syrian refugees, abortion, Pre-K funding, Just IN (or Pence’s Pravda), and Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann. Did I leave anything out? Of course I did, but I’m limited by space.

RELATED: Ten times Pence didn’t make Indiana great again

The most important point to make here though is that there is only one item on that list that the governor backed away from after his mismanagement of them was clear. That was the state based news service, Just IN. He backed away from that brain cramp only after Republican legislative leaders made a public mockery of it.

Republican replacement gubernatorial candidates will be hopeful they can separate from him this fall by pretending they disagreed with him on some or all of these screw ups. But none of them actually did when it mattered. That is telling. Pence’s failings are about his ultra conservative ideology in part, but his inability to lead is the gas he throws on that fire. And all of these new candidates could have led a little on these things already and haven’t. The absence of Pence’s political brothers and sisters speaking up in a timely manner on these items just feels like silent approval to me.

The buzz for Republicans since Pence’s courtship with Trump began a couple of weeks ago centered on the clear opportunity for victory they felt his departure from the governor’s race would create for their party. Democrats preferred to run against Pence, and Republicans are happy they get to replace him.

It was time for Pence and Indiana to break up. So we aren’t sorry that we are getting what we asked for. And after thinking about it for a moment this weekend, the only regret I really have is that we didn’t get to be the ones doing the breaking up.

In this case, Costanza said it wrong, so I will fix it:

Gov. Pence: it’s not us, it’s you.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

#NUVOpop: Comicsgirl meets Snotgirl

Posted By on Wed, Jul 20, 2016 at 3:32 PM

7/20 Snotgirl from Bridget Wilson on Vimeo.

Hey everyone! Welcome back.

This week we have some new Rebirth titles starting- Batgirl and the Birds of Prey and Hellblazer. Super star writers, Garth Ennis and Bryan Lee O'Malley, are putting out new series as well.

Seriously, it's a beautiful week in comic book land. Stop by and say hi! 

Batgirl and the Birds of Prey
(W) Shawna Benson, Julie Benson (A) Claire Roe 

Batgirl and Black Canary are teaming up again! In the latest issues of Batgirl, it was revealed that someone knows that Batgirl was once Oracle- the world's greatest hacker. Now the unknown person is using Oracle's name to spread dangerous information to dangerous criminals. That information has been brought to the attention of Helena Betinelli- AKA Huntress!- and she's out for mafia blood..

Betty and Veronica
(W) Adam Hughes (A) Adam Hughes

The two best frenemies that anyone could ever have are back in their own series! Pop's Choklit Shoppe is being bought out by a popular coffee chain! When Betty and Veronica disagree about the ethics about what's going on, it starts the worst feud ever. Whose side are you on??

** The first issue of Betty and Veronica has about 25 variant covers, so go crazy. 
Black Hammer
(W) Jeff Lemire (A/CA) Dean Ormston

Jeff Lemire is back with a ongoing series. A group of heroes is now semi-retired. They were banished following a major crisis to a timeless town where they can live normal lives. However, as we all know, trouble has a way of finding those with super powers.. 

(W) Jody Houser (A) Pere Perez, Marguerite Sauvage, Colleen Doran

You gotta have a little faith! Valiant is bringing Faith back into a new ongoing series! When she's not posing as a journalist for a popular website, Faith is the superhero known as Zephyr- LA's greatest superhero! Has she met her match when she is ambushed by someone claiming to be her greatest foe yet?

**Can't get enough of Faith? Check her out this week in A&A #5 when she and Archer go on their first date! 

(W) Bryan Lee O'Malley (A) Leslie Hung

Snotgirl is a new series from Bryan Lee O'Malley! Illustrated by Leslie Hung, Snotgirl follows Lottie Person, the world's best fashion blogger. Lottie's life is less than perfect because of her allergies. How can she possibly handle her terrible allergies while trying to be a perfect 20-something year old blogger??

Tales From The Darkside #2
(W) Joe Hill (A/CA) Gabriel Rodriguez

Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez are reuniting to bring new life into the old series, Tales From the Darkside, which explores the supernatural and all manner of horror stories. In this second issue.. discover what mysteries the black box holds! 

**In case you're unaware, Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez created the best comic series ever, Locke & Key. You should DEFINITELY check it out if you haven't. It's a well written horror comic revolving around a series of keys that unlock different powers and abilities. It ended a few years ago, however Hill and Rodriguez are bringing it back in December! 

Well, that's it for this week. Next week, DC's Rebirth will be putting out Nightwing, Batgirl, Red Hood and Titans! Rom will start next week, and Civil War 2 #4 will be hitting stands so we can finally deal with what happened in the last issue!!!

If you need the full release list, click here! I'll see you next week.
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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Rage finds a trigger

Posted By on Wed, Jul 13, 2016 at 4:08 PM

  • Katherine Coplen

[Editor's Note: This article was published before the shooting in Baton Rouge on July 17.]

So many souls lost. So many scars upon the land.

The mass shooting in Dallas, Texas, of 12 police officers that killed at least five of them followed by a day the shooting of a black man by a police officer in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota.

Which followed by a day the shooting of another black man by a police officer in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Which followed by a few weeks the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, that killed 49 people.

Which followed yet another atrocity.

Which followed.

Which followed.

The tragedies in America now come with a numbing rapidity. Some horror occurs — some disturbed or angry or hateful person picks up a weapon and slaughters innocent human beings — and we all shake our heads.

We say, "Something must be done."

The temptation is strong to blame this on the National Rifle Association and the other members of the gun lobby for turning this country into a war zone.

Lord knows the gun lobbyists bear tremendous moral responsibility. They have worked to corrupt our political system so it defies public will and they tirelessly — relentlessly — have sold a message of fear to the American people. The numbers show now that fewer and fewer Americans are buying or own guns, but that the ones who do have firearms are purchasing more and more of them, in the process turning homes into weapons stockades and average citizens into walking arsenals.

(One of the suspected shooters in Dallas was carrying so much weaponry that the ammunition was literally spilling out of his pockets.)

It's not unreasonable for a police officer or any other person to fear that the stranger on the street, Black or white, could be armed to the teeth because that is what we have allowed our nation to become — a weapons bazaar.

But only a fool would argue that nothing more than the easy flow of deadly firearms afflicts us.

The truth is that we are a divided, distrustful nation, too determined to believe the worst of each other, too willing — even eager — to heed the angriest and most irrational voices among us.

Blacks fear whites. Whites fear Blacks. Scared bigots want to ban Muslims. Other bigots want to punish and demean fellow human beings on the basis of gender or sexual orientation.

Those oppressed, insulted or marginalized look for ways to lash back.

Rage stalks the land, searching for — and so often finding — a trigger to pull.

At times like these, people of good faith quote Martin Luther King Jr. They search through the King library to find admonitions about the importance of peace and the need for us to love one another.

One of the downsides of King's elevation to secular sainthood is that it prevents us from seeing him as the moral provocateur that he was.

However soaring his rhetoric might have been, King's strategy was unwaveringly earthbound. He sought, always, to spur the conscience, to force Americans of good heart into a moral awakening.

He drove us to stop thinking impersonally.

To stop saying and thinking, "Something must be done."

And to start thinking and saying, "I must do something."

I must do something.

We live in a time of horror. We watch our fellow citizens die on a regular basis. We snarl at each other as if there were no other way for us to talk.

We walk down our streets fearful of each other. We see fellow citizens as enemies.

This is who we have become, but it is not who we have to be.

This is our country. We can make it what we want it to be, what it should be. We can start by listening to each other, by lowering our own voices when others shout, by trying to understand, as best we can, the person who looks or worships or lives differently than we do.

We should do this.

We must do this.

The consequences for evading this moral responsibility are all around us.

So many souls lost.

So many scars upon the land.

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A Privileged Perspective on Police Brutality

Posted By on Wed, Jul 13, 2016 at 4:02 PM

  • Katherine Coplen

[Editor's note: This guest editorial was written before news broke of the shooting in Dallas, Texas that took the lives of five police officers and wounded seven others.]

I'm white. Most of my ancestors are from England and Germany. I sunburn easily, I can't rap, and "mild" is the spiciest salsa I can handle.

Because I am white, I don't stand out in my (predominantly white) hometown of Kokomo, Indiana. I don't have to worry about speaking for all white people when I discuss race. When I am pulled over by the police for speeding, my main concern is how I'm going to pay for the ticket, not if I'm going to make it out of my car alive.

Growing up, I was constantly told that if I'm ever in trouble and my parents weren't around, a police officer would be willing to help me. In the case of an emergency, I was always instructed to call 911 first, then my parents. Policemen were the "good guys" who were there to protect me.

This is not the case for Americans who are not white, especially Black Americans. However, I'm not addressing non-white Americans right now. You already know about the constant state of fear and oppression non-white Americans deal with, because you live that reality every day. You're not the issue.

White people, including myself, are the problem. We perpetuate racism, spewing microaggressions and hurtful stereotypes. We deflect from the root issue by arguing that the victim had a gun; he was resisting arrest; the police officer was acting in self-defense. We ignore the fact that white criminals also have guns and resist arrest, but somehow manage to stay alive during their encounters with the police. We cry #AllLivesMatter and #BlueLivesMatter in response to the pleas of #BlackLivesMatter, a very basic statement that shouldn't ever be refuted. We dig up irrelevant facts about these Black victims and their families in order to label them "criminals" and "thugs," while we search for any available evidence in order to prove that our white criminals are just "lone wolves," "mentally unstable" or "quiet and reserved."

Our stout refusal to reflect on our inherent and rampant racism is literally killing people. Over 130 Black Americans (and counting) have been killed by police this year alone, and it's only July. Some were armed; some were not. Some had a criminal history; others did not. It doesn't really matter. A police officer should not act as the jury, judge and executioner, with the exception of extreme cases of self-defense. However, these are not extreme cases. People, Black people, are dying because they have a broken taillight, because they forgot to use their turn signal, because they were selling loose cigarettes.

Our police officers need to be educated on de-escalation tactics, crisis intervention, implicit bias and other topics that will help to stop the disturbing pattern of police violence in this country. Body cameras should be consistently implemented and regulated, and the recordings should be made readily available to the public. Officers need to be held accountable for their actions and data on police shootings should be collected and released.

As white people, we need to be better allies to Black people. We need to listen to their perspective, believe them when they vocalize injustices that have been railed against them and educate ourselves on relevant issues. We also need to elevate their activism  —  share their posts, use your networks to connect them to various resources and support them in their fight for justice. Additionally, it's important for white people to call out other white people on racism and prejudice. Work on changing the white spaces you currently operate in to make them more accepting and safe for Black people.

Recognize your privilege and leverage it to do good.

We can all do better. Talk to your state representatives about the issue of police brutality. Educate yourself about systematic racism. Look up if the police in your city are required to wear body cameras. Support and listen to your Black friends. Call out other white people's racism.

White people need to recognize our implicit responsibility for violence against Black people and fix this mess that we have created through centuries of racism and violence.

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#NUVOpop: Let's Get Schwifty!

Posted By on Wed, Jul 13, 2016 at 11:19 AM

7/13 Let's Get Schwifty from Bridget Wilson on Vimeo.

Hello, everyone! Welcome back.

This is another amazing week for comic books. A death of an important character in Civil War 2 #3 causes a ripple effect throughout the entire Marvel universe. Conan has to make peace with an enemy camp of Kozakis in order to survive in the new Conan the Slayer series, King Kong is heading to Skull Island in Kong of Skull Island, Dick Grayson is returning as Nightwing, and the Powerpuff Girls are blasting into a new ongoing series!


Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps Rebirth #1
(W) Venditti (A/CA) Rafael Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona

Hal Jordan has had a rough few years. The Green Lantern Corps are barely around and in their place, the Sinestro Corps have begun patrolling the universe as the new protectors of the galaxy. If that weren't enough to drive a guy crazy, now Hal has to look after his two new recruits, Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz, who are constantly butting heads. But Hal Jordan won't quit. He's going to become a one man Green Lantern Corp and defend the galaxy from all manner of harm!

Horizon #1
(W) Thomas (A) Juan Gedeon

Zhia Malen was in a war a long time ago, and she's been working hard to put her past behind her and lead a normal life. However Earth is invading her home planet. And when Zhia arrives on Earth, the leaders proclaim that her presence is a sign that her planet is invading.

It's all about the government lying to us to get what they want!

New Super Man #1
(W) Yang (A) Viktor Bogdanovic

In the wake of Superman's death, the world is shaken to the core. Who will defend the world from the crazy aliens and monsters?  In China, they have an answer to the dilemma; they are going to make their own Justice League complete with a brand new Super Man!

Rick and Morty Lil' Poopy Superstar #1
(W) Graley (A) Marc Ellerby

It's time to get schwifty. In case you can't get enough of Ricky & Morty, now there's a new mini series to tide you over. In this series, Mr. Poopie Butthole is in trouble! So he turns to Summer Smith, the only person he can trust. But is he be completely honest with her or what, man?

There are also some bonus adventures from Rick & Morty in the back of this issue!

Sabrina #6
(W) Sacasa (A) Robert Hack

Y'know me; I love me a tale about cats. Even if the cat is technically a scorned wizard. In The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #6, we get the back story behind our favorite familiar, Salem! We get to find out his dark history and how he came to be Sabrina's familiar. 

That's all for this week! It was a pretty heavy week; trust me. Next week, Hellblazer Rebirth, Batgirl and the Birds of Prey and Rom are all hitting stands! 

If you need the full release list, click here! 

See you next week!
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Monday, July 11, 2016

The Pence’s weekend at The Donald’s

Posted By on Mon, Jul 11, 2016 at 2:12 PM

Every politically engaged Hoosier knew that when Gov. Mike Pence left Congress to run for governor in 2012, that part of the attraction was the ambitious opportunities being a governor would provide him.

Oh, how things have changed. Or have they?

Pence is being considered by the Trump campaign as a possible vice presidential nominee. Now for those of us watching Pence’s less than momentous reelection bid here at home, this might be a bit of a surprise. But there are plenty of folks who think he is one of Trump’s best available options, even though Pence didn’t even vote for Trump a little less than two months ago in Indiana’s primary.

The Hill ranked our governor at number four on their depth chart of options, and the first three are woefully inadequate choices. In that July 2 article, Jonathan Easley wrote: “Landing Pence would be a coup for Trump, if he can get him.”

Wow. Just wow.

Easley went on to acknowledge that “Pence is in a tight race for reelection as governor.” That seems like a throw away comment since the article’s top ranked contender is New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who Easley describes as “deeply unpopular at home.” I will pile on here by saying that Trump is getting killed in New Jersey polls, and Christie apparently won’t help him there.

Let’s face it, The Donald could use a true conservative as his partner this fall. He clearly needs much more than that, but if he wants to win some voters from the far right who are planning on not voting for either party’s candidate right now, Pence can help. And while I personally will be a little ashamed if our governor joins the Trump ticket, I am confident if asked, our governor says yes, immediately.

In fact, as the semi-old adage goes: he had him at “hello.”

Considering this is personally a no-brainer for Pence, it is politically a problem for him if he is not picked.

Personally, he wants the bigger stage. Even if a Trump/Pence ticket gets creamed in the fall, which it will of course, Pence will be on the national stage for the remainder of his career. After eight years, even Sarah Palin can still fill a room. I can’t vouch for the collective intelligence of those in any of those rooms, but that’s another topic.

So what’s the down side for him? Again, personally, there doesn’t seem to be any.

Pence told reporters after the news of his consideration broke on Thursday that his “focus is here in the Hoosier state and that is where it will stay.” That is predictably right out of every campaign’s playbook, but we know better.

The time Pence is spending with Trump this weekend is a bigger deal than many Hoosiers seem to think. It is an indicator of many things here at home and none of them are good for the governor.

First, it is an acknowledgement that his reelection outlook is not very strong. If he had confidence in getting four more years here, wouldn’t he take it and work to rebuild his own brand for a presidential run in 2020? In a word: yes. Being on this ticket will be the last national ticket for anyone who is on it—because this campaign has the makings of a historic defeat.

Second, merely considering this VP spot could further estrange him from the voters he needs most in his gubernatorial race: moderate Republicans. The supporters Pence lost last year from the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and then further alienated with his extreme stances on refugees and abortion, are not Trump supporters. Among other things, many of them are women.

If I were a Pence advisor, I would have tried to keep my weekend at The Donald’s a secret. But since I’m not, I will offer this free advice to Democrats: keep connecting Pence to Trump until November. This exercise makes his reelection more difficult, not less.

Rumors abound that internal polling numbers show John Gregg inching ahead of Pence here at home. This would be less notable if it weren’t for the significant investment the Republican Governors Association has spent attacking him on Pence’s behalf. It seems all these ads have accomplished is higher name ID for the challenger.

So as much as this coup might help Trump’s campaign, and Pence’s future brand, there is one thing Pence is risking by going on this little weekend trip. And that is job security.
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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Bicycle Diaries of a Big Girl

Posted By on Thu, Jul 7, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Editor's note: NUVO is celebrating all things bikes this week, including revisiting some classic posts like this excerpt from Katelyn Coyne's bicycle diaries series, originally published in July of 2013. Find all our new cycling-related goodies here.

Releasing fear has been a theme of my bicycle experience.

I've let go of the fear of looking oversized on my bicycle's slender frame, the fear of helmet hair, the fear of traffic and cars, fear of sweating, fear of losing balance, fear of looking like a klutz and more. Some fears went the way of my learning coping strategies. For instance, I've learned to carry a brush and stash a spare deodorant in my work desk to combat helmet hair and sweaty underarms. Others more slowly evaporated.

My fear of biking in traffic melted away with practice and gaining a sense of the road. I know the traffic rhythms throughout my neighborhood and at various times of the day. I plan my route accordingly. I know when to speed up or slow down to catch or miss a light. I know when to take the lane and when to make room for others to pass. I set an effective pace as I hop from road to trail and back again.

The fear of cars on the road is, I think, a good fear. It can be managed but also keeps me alert and safe. While some drivers are unpredictable, many more drivers see me (and all cyclists on the roads) as unpredictable. Whether this is a fair assumption or not depends entirely on the cyclist (and the driver). However, this fear of unknown behavior on both ends drives a continued apprehension about sharing the road. I've learned to be mindful of my surroundings. And in doing so, I'm able to better predict which cars will share with me and which will not.

I relinquished my fear showing a lack of coordination after much practice as well. I've learned the subtleties of my bicycle and how to manipulate the mechanisms most efficiently. Not to sound overly Zen, but I really have become one with my bike. I find a rhythm on my way to work each morning as I twist and turn through downtown streets and trails. I feel the bike as a true extension of my body allowing me to make the most of my own energy output as well.

My balance and coordination are actually at a new high, a fact a credit to bicycling. I've even begun to master the "look-mom-no-hands" riding that I've seen cyclists in Lycra suits perfect as they take swigs from their Camelbacks. And while I still have a moment of fearfulness in the moment before I grab back onto the handlebars, I'm able to delay that moment longer each time.

With each fleeting fear a new boundary is broken. I find a new sense of pride and accomplishment. And I begin to look for new challenges and to discover new fears to push past.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Donald and Mike, strange bedfellows

Posted By on Wed, Jul 6, 2016 at 4:04 PM

The burgeoning bromance between the Republican Party’s presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence makes a weird kind of sense.

These guys need each other.

The mating dance between Trump and Pence over whether the Indiana governor will assume the position of being The Donald’s vice presidential candidate has befuddled many. What could a Hoosier Bible-thumper and a thrice-married plutocrat who has publicly rhapsodized over his own daughter’s sex appeal possibly have in common?

Well, as the cliché goes, politics makes for strange bedfellows – and necessity often serves to help the bedfellows consummate the union.

Pence is locked in the electoral fight of his life. If Democrat John Gregg defeats him in this fall’s gubernatorial election, Pence’s political career will be over. Losing the governor’s seat in a reliably red state only four years after Pence’s predecessor as governor, fellow Republican Mitch Daniels, made the Indiana GOP a national model of innovation and efficiency is something other Republicans will find hard to forgive or forget.

The way he’s campaigning indicates how panicked Pence and his people are that he might take that hard fall. Pence once famously vowed that he was done with negative campaigning, but now he and his team are accusing Gregg of everything but assassinating Abraham Lincoln.

It’s a strategy that smacks of desperation.

Making a challenger’s record the issue in a campaign rarely works. A re-election campaign almost always is a referendum on the incumbent’s performance.

That’s what scares the Pence team.

RELATED: Ten times Pence didn’t make Indiana great again

The governor’s first term has been punctuated by a series of blunders – the state-run news agency, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the ill-thought-out new abortion law – that have transformed the public image of the governor. He came into office perceived as a compassionate conservative with an easy smile. Now, much of the Hoosier public sees him, somewhat unfairly, as a mean-spirited scold who never passes up an opportunity to split the state in half over one of his pet social issues.

Pairing up with Trump gives Pence a lifeline.

If Pence becomes Trump’s running mate, he escapes a tough and high-risk re-election campaign. If Trump defies the odds and wins the presidential election, Pence serves as vice president for four or eight years and then has a shot at the presidency himself.

And, even if Trump loses, Pence likely will emerge as a winner. Vice presidential candidates rarely absorb blame for defeats and usually become top candidates for the presidential nomination the next time around.

Either way, Mike Pence gets a new lease on life.

But what would Donald Trump get out of this union?

Much of the speculation has focused on the fact that Pence would help Trump with social conservatives, many of whom have been lukewarm at best to The Donald’s candidacy, or that Pence’s credentials as a former congressman and current governor would help pad the ticket’s resume. Both are valid points, but perhaps not the essential one.

Pence is a political bride who might bring a dowry to the alter.

At one time, Pence was the favored presidential candidate of Charles Koch – the senior and perhaps dominant half of the immensely wealthy Koch brothers who have funded much of the modern conservative movement. When he still was contemplating a presidential run of his own, Pence had seeded the Koch brothers’ organization with former staffers.

Trump has backed away from his earlier pledges to self-fund his campaign – and even sought ways to be reimbursed for his campaign expenses. His fellow Republicans have charged that the reason he won’t release his tax returns is that those returns will show he doesn’t have anywhere near the $10 billion net worth he claims. There is some well-documented reporting that suggests Trump may not even be a billionaire.

Trump also has shown little aptitude for or interest in fundraising, which is why Hillary Clinton’s campaign is outpacing in that arena by such a wide margin.

The Kochs and others in their vast network sat on their wallets during Trump’s ascendancy. Trump could see Pence as the key to the Koch cash register.

That’s why Donald Trump and Mike Pence are flirting right now. They both have needs the other can fill.

That’s often the way it is with marriages of convenience.

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#NUVOpop: Friendship, Romance and Zombies

Posted By on Wed, Jul 6, 2016 at 1:49 PM

7/6 Friendship, Romance and Zombies from Bridget Wilson on Vimeo.

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a fun and safe Fourth of July. I spent most of Sunday and Monday crying because there won't be any new episodes of Games of Thrones for nearly a year. Thankfully comics are great for soaking up tears.

This week in the land of Civil War 2, there's a new tie-in that's King Pin-centered; you get to discover the secret to Wilson Fisk's success over the good guys. There's also a new Doctor Who series where the Cybermen unlock the secrets to time travel, and in Superman #2, Superman and son team up to fight a monster known as the Eradicator.

(W) Kurtis J. Wiebe (A) Mindy Lee

Bounty follows the Robin Hood-esque duo known as the Gadflies. The Gadflies were the most wanted criminals in the entire galaxy, and the bounty on their head is HUGE. I'm talking about "retire on an island planet in some corner of the galaxy" huge. Now the Gadflies are going to become bounty hunters in order to collect the bounty that's on their heads.

(W) Adam Glass, Mike Benson (A) Harwinder Singh

Drew is a kid that gets constantly bullied in school, and his family is being muscled out of the neighborhood by Russian gangsters. One day his granddad is telling him the story of a powerful entity that guards their family. But that story can't possibly be true, right? After one particularly terrible day, will Drew try to summon said supernatural avenger?

(W) Mark Russell (A) Steve Pugh

The good people of Bedrock are going through a reboot! In this first issue, remember all the wacky things you loved about classic Flintstones in a "modern" take of a prehistoric world. In the first big issue, Fred and Barney are taking a bunch of Neanderthals out on the town!

Justice League Rebirth
(W) Bryan Hitch

Taking place after DC Rebirth #1, everything is strange with the Justice League. The Superman everyone loved is dead, Lex Luthor is trying to weasel his way into the League and something strange is going on in the universe. Now, the new Superman from a dead universe is here to join the League. Can he be trusted? Batman and Wonder Woman aren't so certain.

Kim and Kim
(W) Magdalene Visaggio (A) Eva Cabrera

If you've been waiting for a new and exciting story revolving around female friendships, trans women, and queer women, then look no further. Kim and Kim follows two twenty-somethings as they try to make a name for themselves in the game of inter-dimensional cowboy law enforcement. But everything gets screwed up after they try to hijack a bounty and end up in something that's WAY over their heads.

Walking Dead #156
(W) Robert Kirkman (A) Charlie Adlard & Various

I'm a sucker for a good love story. Take a break from the impending doom that is certain to come and watch as two people unexpectedly fall head over heels for each other. Well, watch Negan try to work his way under Alpha's decayed layer of skin and into her heart. It's certain to be the greatest unrequited and creepy romance since Brienne of Tarth and Tormund Giantsbane (sorry, Game of Thrones has consumed my life).

Thanks for watching! It's been a great week. Next week, there's a new Conan series starting, we get introduced to the NEW Superman from China, and Powerpuff Girls is relaunching.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Lecturing women on how to be women

Posted By on Tue, Jul 5, 2016 at 1:38 PM

It didn’t take the men who brought Indiana’s punitive and ill-thought-out abortion law to respond to a federal judge’s decision to issue an injunction that will keep it from taking effect.

The law, which was conceived late in the 2016 session of the Indiana General Assembly and researched and written in less time and with less thought than it takes to order a pizza, would have banned abortions performed because a fetus might have a severe disability.

It passed amid considerable controversy. It was a largely Republican measure, but several female GOP lawmakers raised objections during the session and refused to vote for it. They said it was too restrictive and was in many ways degrading to women.

That didn’t matter.

The men in the Indiana General Assembly adopted it and another man, Indiana’s Gov. Mike Pence, signed it into law.

The determination of these men to ignore women’s voices when talking about women’s bodies and reproductive choices continued when Judge Tanya Walton Pratt – yes, a woman – issued the injunction.

Indiana Senate President Pro Tempore David Long, R-Fort Wayne, fulminated that Pratt’s decision wasn’t the final one in the matter – and then lectured the judge on not being sensitive enough in her descriptions of fetal tissue and other child-bearing issues. Long’s moral authority to deliver such a lecture presumably springs from his many experiences in bearing and giving birth to children.

Pence – who, as governor, occupies a seat that, unlike Long’s, cannot be gerrymandered into elective unassailability because it is statewide – seemed slightly more sensitive to the optics of lecturing women about how to be women during an election year. Perhaps that’s why he asked his spokesperson Kara Brooks – yes, a woman – to issue a statement condemning Pratt’s action.

Brooks’ statement was a masterpiece of the non-sequitur school of thought. It started out talking about abortion, took a couple of sharp zig-zags and then somehow magically ended up discussing jobs and schools.

“While disappointed in today’s ruling, Gov. Pence remains steadfast in his support for the unborn, especially those with disabilities. The governor will continue to stand for the sanctity of human life in all stages, for the compassionate and safe treatment of women faced with an enormously difficult decision, and for the rights of citizens to determine appropriate medical safety standards and procedures through their elected representatives. While the judicial process continues, the governor remains focused on growing the already robust Hoosier economy and providing a world class education for all our children.”

In other words, Pence wanted to try to have it both ways. He wanted to reassure the social conservatives who provide what is now his only reliable base of support that he still is with them. At the same time, he wanted to send a signal to those business Republicans and moderates who worry that his preoccupation with divisive social issues distracts him from the questions they care about that he was keeping his eye on the ball.

Good luck with that, governor.

This law was a product of arrogance – the arrogance of unchecked power.

Male Republican lawmakers rushed it through the legislative process simply because they had the votes. The Republican supermajorities in both the Indiana House of Representatives and the Indiana Senate mean that there is no mechanism, other than a court or an election, to force lawmakers to think, ponder or weigh consequences.

They can act in haste and leave the rest of us to repent in leisure.

Just how this law would have been enforceable is a mystery. Absent significant innovations in telepathy, just how doctors or anyone else would have been able to determine conclusively a woman’s motivation for seeking an abortion was a question Indiana lawmakers and the governor left both unasked and unanswered.

Indiana likely will continue this fight, which is a waste of time and taxpayer money.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision a few says earlier striking down another restrictive abortion law in Texas suggests that the chances that Indiana’s law will stand are somewhere between nil and non-existent.

The men in Indiana’s state government may not feel obligated, though, to listen to the nation’s highest court.

Three of the votes on the Supreme Court, you see, belong to women.
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Traveling and retiring in the Hoosier State

Eye on the Pie

Posted By on Tue, Jul 5, 2016 at 1:07 PM

The award-winning Indianapolis Airport is a great place to watch people and think about whatever you happen to think about.

I was thinking about travel, tourism and retirement. Which led me to consider how little our state does to encourage people to visit and retire here.

Our Indiana highway map has lots of ads about where you might go, but doesn’t help you get where you want to go. Most state highway maps include good maps of the largest cities. Indiana shows you only Indianapolis. Either we have no other cities or we are ashamed of them. But how can there be room for city maps when we have sold one whole side of our map to advertisers?

Many states have impressive, sparkling clean “Welcome Centers” as you enter the state. Indiana has a fine showplace off the highway in Hammond, but that’s it. Our other “Welcome Centers” are adjuncts to smelly toilets. Our website is OK, but look for yourself and see what others have done.

For decades Hoosier officials charged with promoting travel and tourism have bemoaned the low level of funding they receive. In addition, it’s virtually impossible to gather statistics on travelers and their activities. Firms in the travel and tourism business don’t want to cooperate with government, to reveal information they believe will help only their competitors and increase their taxes.

Nationally, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) maintains a Travel and Tourism Satellite Account on the industry with funding from the Office of Travel and Tourism Industries. Those data don’t (can’t) distinguish between money spent by Americans on the road or Aussie visitors at the 500 race.

What the numbers tell us is that travel and tourism accounted for five percent of all economic activity (GDP) in 2015, down from 5.8 percent in 2000. Although at an all-time high in 2015, Travel and Tourism output grew by only 11 percent since 2000 while the national economy advanced 30 percent.

This industry is important to all states because it can set the ground to attract and retain retirees, people who earned and saved money in the past, money they will now spend in a new setting. Go after the wealthier among these people and they will put few demands on public services while rewarding private businesses and local institutions.

Which brings us to a weak “study” of the best places to retire by Four of the five top places in the nation are in the D.C. suburbs. Carmel ranks 137th of 196 U.S. cities, Anderson 160th, and Indianapolis 176th. No other Hoosier places are mentioned.

But that’s what is out there and what people will read. We haven’t heard a word from candidates for governor or the legislature about their plans to attract more travelers, tourists or retirees to Indiana. Perhaps they’re too busy worrying about who uses which restroom.
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A dozen ways to share the road

Everybody be safe out there.

Posted By on Tue, Jul 5, 2016 at 8:42 AM

  • Photo by Alper Çuğun via Flickr Creative Commons
Ian Seecof is the former Central Indiana Biking Association (CIBA) Safety & Education Chair and a League Certified Instructor with the League of American Bicyclists. He's previously held positions with the Hilly Hundred and is the author of The Mayan World Tour, which covers his self-lead 30-day bicycling adventure through Central America. Find more of Seecof's training and safety tips at

Here's Seecof on a dozen ways to share the road with cyclers. NUVO is celebrating the joys of biking all week long. Find our bike issue on stands Wednesday. 

1. Wait until it is safe to pass and allow at least three-feet clearance. Keep in mind that not all streets are wide enough to allow cars to safely share the lane with a bicycle. This is the reason cyclists frequently “take the lane.”

2. Size matters when bicyclists’ smaller profile makes them invisible to motorists who are looking through them in search of larger vehicles. This explains why so many motorists claim, “I never saw them” after a crash.

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3. Common sense should not evaporate at stop signs where motorists and cyclists interact. Cyclists should never “swarm” motor vehicles or blow through stop signs, and motorists should not occupy the oncoming lane and bully their way ahead of their turn. The first rule of the road is first come, first served.

4. A “left hook,” where a motor vehicle fails to yield right of way and turns left into a cyclist’ most assuredly will deliver serious injury to the cyclist and their bicycle. Some bicycles are not worth more than $100, but don’t be surprised by a property damage claim of $5,000 to $14,000. A few seconds of patience can be worth its weight in carbon fiber.

5. A “right hook” is tough to defend against. Only a gut feeling precludes an impatient motorist’s passing, then suddenly slowing to execute an immediate right turn. This is a perfect example of not being predictable.

6. Cyclists should ride to the right as far as “practicable” so as not to obstruct the flow of traffic. However, they must avoid being squeezed into an inescapable position involving turn lanes, rough pavement, curbs and drains, roadkill and debris, as well as the ever-present danger of being doored. These are prime reasons that experienced cyclists frequently choose to position themselves in the right tire track, or about three-feet from the road edge.
7. Every road user is required by law to signal when turning or changing their position on the roadway. This includes cyclists that should first do a head-check, signal their intentions, and perform another head-check prior to changing their position just as a motorist should do. Many crashes occur when individuals are inconsiderate, too lazy to bother signaling, or preoccupied with a smoke/cup of coffee/fast food/GPS/music devices/cell phone/conversation or all of the above distractions.

8. R.E.S.P.E.C.T should exist on both sides of the handlebars. While cyclists are required by law to ride no more than two-abreast large groups of cyclists show courtesy and safety-savvy by breaking down into smaller groups that are friendlier to the flow of traffic. Experienced cyclists are skilled in the art of transitioning back and forth between double pace lines and singling-up as traffic dynamics require. Motorists help avoid crashes by allowing these dynamics to evolve into a safe-passing situation.

9. Interstate crashes involving multiple vehicles are frequently the result of operator-error due to miscalculations influenced by vehicles traveling at varying speeds. The incidence of potential hazards increases proportionally, with an increase of the speed-ratio that exists between motorized and human-powered vehicles. Motorists that do not slow down when passing cyclists, in either direction, flirt with injury/fatality statistics by ignoring factors such as response time, stopping distance, and force of impact. Vehicles passing at high speed can disrupt air-flow to the point of blowing a cyclist off the road or creating a vacuum that sucks them into the path of other motor vehicles or taking-down fellow cyclists.

10. Immature operators of diesel-powered vehicles might find it humorous to discharge large clouds of black exhaust intending to engulf unsuspecting cyclists, while unaware that most crashes occur during a moment of inattention.

11. It is almost a given that oncoming and overtaking vehicles will intersect at a point where both operators focus and fixate on a cyclist or runner. A slight change in this point of passing will avoid braking suddenly and the possibility of a chain reaction involving additional vehicles.

12. While some cyclists have traveled the world, crossed the USA, or pedal every day, other people on bikes are on a bicycle that has been hanging in their garage since last summer. Recognizing the different expectations can save lives.

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