Except that home invasion resulting in terror, violence, theft
and death and intimadation were very real in Florida for a decade in the 90s.
It didn't look like Zimmerman for fearful or standing his ground, he was hunting...
Good work here. I'd like to see a sequel to this editorial that expands the role fear played in this, and how that fear is programmed and exacerbated by the mainstream media. All you have to do these days is watch the news, or watch the TV shows they are producing these days, and you can see that we are bombarded with violence and fear programming that plays into this. I saw twice in the last 2 weeks a news clip on how to be prepared for a home invasion, where a video clip showed a large black man busting in the door and wailing punches down on a white woman who was sitting on her couch. How realistic is this to the average person, and how much do clips like these weigh on all of our psychees?
Would Hoppe feel better if Martin had been a 'home invasion'
guy, that shot up a family and robbed them. Then it would
be 'why didn't someone stop him' from the press. Hoppe
of course would justify he invasion because of 'childhood' issues.
Hoppe is just making his feel good 'politically correct' points for a column since he can't think of anything else to write about. So how about a 'tie-in' to gun bashing.
Did he write about the elder black gentleman who owned a
small store and was shot to death by a local punk in NE Indy.
No, because it wasn't a hispanic/black issue.
Nothing to read here folks, just another rant on gun issues.
'Stand your Ground' laws had nothing to do with this case
and wasn't even mentioned in the courtroom. You may as well as mentioned the speed limits in school zones as a cause.
Zimmerman had a gun because he and his wife had been cornered by an aggressive dog in the past. He and his wife both each got a gun after being advised to do so by an animal services employee.
A great library..culture and community vision!
I certainly endorse your comments on the importance of libraries as more than a collection of books. However they evolve, they should remain cultural centers for the city and its neighborhoods. As technology advances there will be a need for the young, poor and elderly to have assistance to access information and places where people can gather to exchange ideas. Thanks for the article and "Long Live The Libraries."
Brother Mike will soon step on his so called friends toes while hiding behind his "Moral Values". The whole state isn't Teabaggers.
Simply put, if everyone in Indiana, who is gay, supports, has friends, family, knows, or has known a gay person, were to make there votes herd, hell even (easer said then done) move out of state just think of the message it would send. Where would the checks come from? Where would taxes come from?
I'm the co-president of Indianapolis PFLAG (Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays). This video that we created explains what this potential bill would mean to LGBT Hoosiers and their families. Please share widely! Thank you!
For those who contend that they would like to stay in Indiana and fight, I salute you. However, it is a LONG and tough road ahead when the majority of Hoosiers vote for ultra-conservatives like Pence. Indiana maintains a Republican super majority (or at least it did the last time I checked), and this is a reflection of the state's populous. If the majority of Hoosiers are not against same-sex marriage, then why are they seemingly allowing their beliefs about fiscal conservatism to trump their fellow citizens' civil rights? Priorities, I guess. In 2005 I vowed to leave the state, as I knew that it would take many decades for Indiana to join the rest of us in the 21st century. I didn't leave before putting up a bit of a fight, though. But I stopped fighting when I realized it was a lost cause in a state where even the top LGBT lobbying organization was being led by . . . wait for it . . . republicans. Yes, republicans who actually wanted people like Pence in office. Talk about screwed up priorities. Last year I finally left, and while I didn't move too terribly far away, I did, at a minimum, move to a state where there are currently civil unions, and marriage is on the legislative docket later in the year. I decided that if the people in Indiana do not value my contributions, including my tax dollars, I would move to a state where the majority of people do value my contributions and believe I am equal under the law. I am with Hoppe in that LGBT Hoosiers should migrate to greener pastures, and take their contributions, cultural and otherwise, with them.
"being a Hoosier trumps being an American" - and this is why we will continue to fail on many measures until people begin to put pride aside and look outside for solutions to our problems. Hitching our wagon to the southeast is not a good idea, either.
I don't want to live in a place where my best friends can't get married because of another person's interpretation of a religion. The ONLY argument against gay marriage is a religious one, and I'm pretty sure we don't live in a theocracy. I believe in God, but I don't think he'd stand for this, either. I'm gonna fight this, and I know my friends will too.
I agree with the first two commenters. If we don't stay and fight, nothing will change. I'm not going anywhere and I will not stop fighting for the rights of my LGBTQ friends and family to marry.
"well, I'd think about moving to another state, if I were you."
Fuck that. I'm not going anywhere. Why should I have to uproot my entire existence just because some backwoods Governor disagrees with me?
If anything, Pence's recent stumbles in regards to DOMA and LGBT Hoosiers in general makes me want to stay... and fight.
What is left unsaid, is that Pence is pandering to those good, Christian bigots that inhabit too much of the state outside such counties as Marion, Monroe and too few others. His background and votes in the Congress should have given those morons who voted for him a clue.
Got news for all you good Christian, bible thumping, fools. Those states that recognize gay marriage will be the beneficiaries or a lot of talent driven out by a bunch of bigots in other one.
I'm hopeful that the LGBT community will remain here and continue to strive for their rights at the state level. This "Straight but Not Narrow" will be supportive.
It won't happen here, because there are too many cowards.
Your columns are the main reason I even pick up the NUVO fish wrap...you're not moving to the moon, are ya?
I have crohns and this is total B.S. I can get as much OxyContin as I need(which doesn't help and is highly addictive)...but I'd go to jail if I went for drug that might actually help cure the disease
To Christopher: The reason it "threatens forests and wildlife" because it is not regulated. You should think before you post. If marijuana is made legal, then the manufacturing process will be regulated to prevent these circumstances.
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