I saw a quote on Twitter yesterday in reference to Indiana’s 5 percent jobless rate by Governor Mike Pence that caught my eye. He said: “There is no denying the momentum of our strong Hoosier economy.” I know that is not very eye-catching for most people. Luckily, I am excited about explaining why it should be. President Bill Clinton coined the phrase: “it's the economy, stupid,” in reference to one of the most vital parts of his successful 1992 presidential campaign. Ironically, it is Governor Pence who is touting Indiana’s economic standing as the reason for his reelection in 2016. Technically, it ...

I have often dreamed of being a movie critic, and not just any movie critic. I want to be important like the late, great Roger Ebert. Movie goers would hang on my every word, and my job would be to watch movies all day, which is all I want to do most days any way. That job would be perfect for me. Except I always forget the number of awful movies Mr. Ebert must have seen. I like my current job better than watching a bad movie, though they have plenty in common. So just for fun this week, I am going ...

There is a strange phenomenon occurring in politics this year, and I was having trouble labeling it.  Labels seem more important than they used to be, since so many of us don't get far enough past the headline or the Twitter feed to understand the reasons for it.  That tendency doesn't apply to my readers. My punchlines are always at the end. Research served me well this week when I came across a 2012 study in the journal of Current Biology by a group of scientists from the University of London titled "Selfish-herd behavior of sheep under threat."  A conclusion in ...

Governing requires attention to detail. It has been a rough stretch in Indiana regarding the details, and frankly, I am outraged by it. The screw ups all belong to Republicans due to their near exclusive control of state government.  But when I pointed out yet another faux pas this week, I was basically told by a Democrat, that the electorate doesn't care about the "process." She may be right, but today I write why she should be wrong. Gustavo Flaubert, the French novelist, is credited by many for the origin of the old saying, "the devil is in the detail."  While searching briefly ...

Henry Chadwick, an English born historian and creator of baseball's box score, used the letter "K" to denote a strikeout in the scorebook because it was the last letter in "struck" as in "struck out."  He often used the last letter in a word because it was often more memorable, and more than 100 years later, a "K" means strikeout in America's past time. For hitters, there is only one thing worse than a swing and a miss at strike three and that is when strike three is called by the umpire without swinging at all. This disaster is known as ...