Commentary: Ten Primary Rules

first_imgBy Abdul Hakim-ShabazzIndyPoltics.Org It’s official, the May primary election season is here and in full swing. And, unfortunately, you are about to be inundated with television ads, campaign mailers and phone calls to convince you that you must vote for one candidate in order to save the republic or you must vote against another candidate in order to save the republic. I feel your pain.So, with that basic premise, I’ve decided to scribble down a few “rules” things that candidates should try to follow. With a little bit of luck, it will make their lives a lot easier and spare them some embarrassing moments, but more importantly, it will make the voters’ lives easier and spare them the grief of having to watch those embarrassing moments.Drum roll, please.Don’t tell me how you oppose the Trump agenda. Because to be honest, I think some of you are so blinded by your hatred of Donald Trump that he could propose universal health care, free college tuition and birth control, massive regulations and raise taxes on the wealthy, and you would still oppose him because his name was Trump.Don’t tell me how you support the Trump agenda. Because to be frank, I don’t think many of you fully understand it. If you did, you wouldn’t support tariffs that at the end of the day end up hurting Indiana pork and soybean producers because the Chinese will retaliate and impose their own tariffs on American products.Don’t tell me about your religion. I can respect you being a person of faith, but what does that have to do whether cutting taxes will help create jobs in a universe of 3.5 percent unemployment?When you say you’re “pro-family,” what exactly does that mean? Families come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, so do you have a preference? And to be honest, I always thought the best pro-family policies were the ones that let families keep their own money and make their own decisions (including whether to create a family) with as little government intervention as possible.I really don’t care that your family has been here since Indiana was part of the Northwest Territory if anything that means you never left. And if you’ve never left, you have no idea what life is like in outside world which frightens me even more.Don’t tell me we need to “cut the fat” and end “wasteful spending.” Give me details, particularly cuts that will impact your constituents. It’s easy to point out everyone else’s wasteful spending, but what pet projects are in your district are willing to go without?I know the other candidate is bad. Now, tell me why you’re good. Yes, the other guy is a RINO (Republican in name only) or DINO (Democrat in name only) and he doesn’t represent true conservative/progressive values. We’ve established that. Now, let’s talk about you.Don’t insult my intelligence. I am willing to bet money I’m a lot smarter than you, and if you don’t believe me, let’s sit down for a one-on-one interview so I can clearly demonstrate it to you.Stay in your lane. If you’re running for township trustee, talk to me about how you plan to stop wasting my money doing a job at an unnecessary level of government. Don’t tell me how you support building a border wall 2,000 miles away from your township boundary lines.Act like an adult and don’t talk to the voters like they are children. They are a lot smarter than you think they are. They usually don’t have a lot to pick from on the ballot.There are a lot of other things I could add – don’t blame the media for your screw-ups, don’t try to say you’re an outsider even though you’ve been on the government dole since the late 1990s. And if the government is such a horrible, evil thing, don’t go on ad nauseum telling me why you want the job.But I decided to limit it only to 10 items. I could have included a lot more. Unfortunately, there is not that much space in the cloud for all the rules I would need to write to bring some sense of sanity to the insanity that is coming this primary season.FOOTNOTE: Abdul is an attorney and the editor and publisher of IndyPoltics.Org. He is also a frequent contributor to numerous Indiana media outlets. He can be reached at [email protected] FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Members Of Turkuaz & Aqueous To Debut Electronic-Inspired Project, ‘SYNCPULSE’

first_imgMike Gantzer and Rob Houk from Aqueous and Craig Brodhead from Turkuaz have an exciting new side project on the horizon. While Aqueous is rooted in the more traditional jam band genre and Turkuaz is currently one of the most buzzed-about funk acts on the scene, this new project dubbed SYNCPULSE will allow the three musicians to explore more electronic side of music. As Craig Brodhead described in a Facebook post, “I’ll be doing live sequenced synths and loops with Mike and Rob on guitar and drums! It’s gonna be fun and weird and awesome.”SYNCPULSE makes its debut on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 25th, at the Grog Shop in Cleveland, Ohio. To check out this exciting new electronic-inspired project from Gantzer, Houk, and Brodhead, you can purchase tickets here.last_img read more

‘First and foremost a priest’

first_imgThe funeral Mass celebrating the life of University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh on Wednesday afternoon commended him to heaven with the strength of more than 1,000 participants.Erin Rice | The Observer At the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, where he was first ordained in 1943, more than 100 of his brother priests from the Congregation of Holy Cross processed through the Basilica and gathered behind the altar. They were joined by six bishops as well as Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, archbishop emeritus of Washington D.C. and Cardinal Roger Mahony, archbishop emeritus of Los Angeles.The top leaders of the Congregation of Holy Cross also led the celebration of his life. Fr. Richard V. Warner, superior general of the Congregation, came from Rome, and Fr. Thomas J. O’Hara, provincial superior of the U.S. province of the Congregation, was the principal celebrant. University President Fr. John Jenkins delivered the homily.A congregation made up of family, friends, University administrators, trustees, faculty, staff and students prayed over Hesburgh’s casket during the ceremony, which lasted an hour and 40 minutes. The Gospel reading focused on social justice, a theme central to Hesburgh’s 97-year-long legacy.“At Notre Dame, I’m often faced with daunting tasks. None are more difficult than the one before me: finding words to do justice to the life of Fr. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C.,” Jenkins said at the beginning of the homily. “We should begin with what was central to his life. … For all the momentous events in which he played a role, all the honors he received, Fr. Ted always said that the most important day of his life was when he was ordained a priest, here in this church on Notre Dame’s campus.”All Hesburgh wanted was a simple funeral in the Holy Cross tradition, Jenkins said, and after the ceremony he would be “laid to rest under a simple cross, undistinguishable from the graves of the Holy Cross brethren who lay with him.”Jenkins’ homily addressed the key milestones in Hesburgh’s life, from growing and expanding the University into what it is today to accepting the invitation to stand alongside Martin Luther King Jr. at a rally in Chicago to fighting for human rights in Cambodia.“How can we draw together the strands of a life that spans so many years, served in so many ways, touched so many lives? Fr. Ted gave us the answer,” Jenkins said. “He was first and foremost a priest. That vocation drove him to build a great Catholic university; it gave his work in the public life its moral focus; it shaped his generosity in all his personal interactions.”Hesburgh’s younger brother Jim spoke at the end of the ceremony, remarking that “good brothers and good friends are God’s special dividends in life. Ted was a wonderful brother, good friend, counselor and mentor.”“Today we celebrate his life, and all that we had for so long taken for granted with Ted suddenly comes into focus,” Jim Hesburgh said. “Today we think of the totality of Ted’s life here on earth.”He said his brother’s appointment as University president came during his own freshman year at Notre Dame, and “that gave me pause, I’ll tell you.”“He only wanted to serve, and serve he did, with all his energy and all his considerable talent, in every way he knew how,” Jim Hesburgh said. “Ted took his God-given gifts, his intelligence, good health, leadership ability and his pursuit of excellence and brought major change to Notre Dame, to this country and to the world.”But beyond the national and international impact Hesburgh had, Jenkins said the countless personal acts of kindness are an equally important part of his legacy. He reflected on the support Hesburgh offered him during the tumultuous time following the University’s invitation to President Obama to deliver the 2009 Commencement address.“When my invitation to President Obama to speak at our Commencement caused an uproar, a number of people approached my mother and criticized my decision,” Jenkins said.She was anxious, he said, but Fr. Ted “got wind of that” and took action.“Without mentioning anything to me, he called my mother to reassure her. … There were no more worries after that, and from that day forward she and Fr. Ted were fast friends. I can’t begin to tell you all the kindnesses he showed me personally.”At the end of his homily, Jenkins said Hesburgh’s last day on earth was the fulfillment of his lifelong prayer.“Fr. Ted prayed that on the last day of his life, he would be able to celebrate Mass. At 11 a.m. at Holy Cross House last Thursday, Fr. Ted joined the community and concelebrated Mass,” Jenkins said. “In the evening he was struggling to breathe. … He was surrounded by people who loved him. He passed away quietly, just before midnight.”“Today, we gather to celebrate the Mass Fr. Ted so loved and to commend him to God. … We cannot but believe that the Lord will respond with the words of today’s Gospel reading: ‘Come, you who were blessed by my Father.’ We love you Ted. …We will miss you.“We know you now rest in the arms of Notre Dame, our Lady. Throughout your life, you drew strength, sustenance and guidance [from her].”After Jim Hesburgh’s speech and the final prayers over the casket, the family processed out of the Basilica, where a crowd had gathered to line the path to Holy Cross cemetery.“For Ted, problems were challenges, and his forte was in finding solutions,” Jim Hesburgh said. “His friends were endless, of every religion, every nation, every class and every profession. His life was amazing.“His faith, his hope, his dedication and his achievements speak for themselves.”Tags: congregation of holy cross, Fr. Ted, Fr. Ted Hesburgh, Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, Funeral, Hesburgh, Mass, memoriallast_img read more

Wire-to-wire win is special for England’s Matt Fitzpatrick

first_img The first prize of £500,000 will certainly fund a replacement for his current four-year-old Mondeo, with Fitzpatrick’s dream car – an Ascari A10 – costing around £425,000. The victory also lifts Fitzpatrick from 111th in the world rankings to within sight of his goal of a place in the top 50 to secure a return to the Masters in April. After winning the US Amateur title in 2013, Fitzpatrick played alongside defending champion Adam Scott and US PGA winner Jason Dufner at Augusta in 2014, missing the halfway cut by a shot. “If you’re in the top 50 it opens so many doors and my dad says it’s self-perpetuating,” Fitzpatrick added. “The money is bigger, ranking points are bigger and your card is easier to keep.” Kjeldsen, Zanotti and Lowry were all left to rue missed opportunities on the greens, with Zanotti three-putting the 13th and Kjeldsen and Lowry missing numerous birdie chances. “I played great today, I really did. But I struggled on the greens,” said Kjeldsen, who won the Irish Open in May. “As well as I played the long game, that’s how much I struggled on the greens.” In his second tournament since winning the Bridgestone Invitational, Lowry added: “I t was another day of playing good golf and holing nothing. Woeful putting is the only term I can use. It’s just frustrating and it’s hard. I lost confidence on the greens. But my golf is good enough to finish in the top three putting bad, so there a lot of positives to take.” Fitzpatrick carded a closing 68 at Woburn to finish 15 under par, two shots ahead of Paraguay’s Fabrizio Zanotti, Denmark’s Soren Kjeldsen and Ireland’s Shane Lowry. The 21-year-old from Sheffield, who was the youngest player in the field, said: ” It’s unbelievable. It’s not going to sink in for a long time. A first professional win, British Masters, in England, with my family here; it does not get any better. “W inning wire to wire is something most players dream of. Jordan Spieth did so when he won the Masters and for me to be in the same category as him is pretty special. I have spent a little time with him (they share apparel sponsors) and I would love to get a (congratulatory) text from him.” Fitzpatrick insisted he did not feel he had his ‘A’ game this week, revealing he had phoned coach Mike Walker after each of the first three rounds, despite leading after an opening 64 and sharing the lead on Friday and Saturday. “We were just trying to fix a couple of things and today I probably hit it the best I have all week,” added Fitzpatrick, who moves to 12th in the Race to Dubai and top of the early Ryder Cup qualifying standings. After starting the final round tied with Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat, a level-par front nine left Fitzpatrick two shots adrift of Zanotti and Kjeldsen, but birdies on the 11th and 12th drew him level before a massive turning point on the par-five 15th. Kjeldsen looked set to gain the upper hand when he found the putting surface in two, only to run his eagle putt off the green and narrowly miss the birdie attempt. In the group behind, Fitzpatrick holed from 20 feet to take the outright lead for the first time and things went from bad to worse for Kjeldsen when his pushed drive on the 16th finished at the base of a narrow tree. From there the 40-year-old could only advance his ball to within 50 yards of the green and when he failed to get up and down, Fitzpatrick had a two-shot lead which he maintained in brilliant fashion with a birdie from four feet on the 17th after Zanotti had holed from outside. “This year my goal was to keep my card and I was not 100 per cent sure I was going to be able to do that after the start I had, but I managed to start to play well and the past two months have really got going and made a lot of money,” Fitzpatrick added. England’s Matt Fitzpatrick admitted life could not get any better after claiming his first European Tour title with a wire-to-wire victory in the British Masters on Sunday, taking his season’s earnings to more than £1million. Press Associationlast_img read more