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“I think we ought to move tanks, the whole goddamned thing. Put a division in there, if necessary. It’s time for action on it. If some Indians get shot, that’s too goddamned bad. If some Americans get shot, that too bad, too.” — Richard M. Nixon on the Wounded Knee protest, 1973.

A LIFE: JULY 19, 1922 — OCTOBER 21, 2012

George McGovern


I had a chat with one of the big shots from the shakedown department at a large Midwest NPR station this past week.

This person said the station had just completed its fall fund drive and it was a smash this year.

The station, according to the nabob, breezed way past its fundraising goal.

“Hmm, why do you suppose?” I asked.

“Oh, simple,” the person said. “The minute Mitt Romney started talking about Big Bird the calls started coming in. And this was even before the fund drive began.”

Fundraisers: Ray Magliozzi, Mitt Romney, & Tom Magliozzi

Thanks, Mitt.


As you know, plaster saints from coast to coast can hardly pray themselves to sleep at night for fear that gay marriage will be imposed upon them tomorrow morning.

Because, you know, all heterosexual marriages will be declared null and void and everyone will be compelled to marry and get naked with a member of their own gender. I wonder who my government-mandated new spouse will be. Pat Murphy?

Murph & Big Mike: Dear God, Please, No

Yeesh, no wonder the pious of this holy land are petrified.

Anyway, they’re fighting gay marriage like the deranged tigers they are. For instance, the town of Springfield, Missouri, this summer considered adding sexual orientation and gender identity to its boilerplate human rights ordinance. Natch, the righteous of Springfield started quaking and hollering that the world was hurtling toward hell.

The Springfield City Council held hearings during which the public was allowed to comment on the whole shebang. Some pastor got up and began railing about “the word of god” and “the immorality and lawlessness that will be characteristic of the last days.”

He went on to say…, oh, just watch it.

Hehehe. Neat, huh?

By the way, Springfield’s official nickname is “The Queen City of the Ozarks.”

Is there any need for comedy writers anymore?

The only events listings you need in Bloomington.

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

MUSIC ◗ IU Ford-Crawford Hall3rd Annual Indiana International Guitar Festival & Competition, Semi-finals of competition; 10am-1pm

MUSIC ◗ IU Sweeney Hall3rd Annual Indiana International Guitar Festival & Competition, Youth competition; 10am-3pm

CLASS ◗ Dagom Gaden Tensung Ling MonasteryIntroductory Course on Buddhism; 10am

STUDIO TOUR ◗ Brown County, various locationsThe Backroads of Brown County Studio Tour, free, self-guided tour of 16 local artists’ & craftspersons’ studios; 10am-5pm, through October

SPORTS ◗ IU Field Hockey ComplexHoosier women’s field hockey vs. Villanova; Noon

SPORTS ◗ IU Bill Armstrong StadiumHoosier women’s soccer vs. Wisconsin; 1pm

HALLOWE’EN ◗ Haunted Hayride & StablesFriendly hayrides; 1-7pm

FILM ◗ Buskirk Chumley TheaterDark Carnival Film Festival: Schedule:

  • Screening Series 4: “Mother Died,” “Chompers,” “Shine,” “Roman’s Ark,” “Harsh Light of Day“; 1:30-3:30pm
  • Screening Series 5: “Lovebug,” “Weight of Emptyness,” “Firelight,” TBA feature: 3:45-6pm

OPERA ◗ IU Musical Arts Center — “The Merry Widow“; 2pm

PHOTOGRAPHY ◗ IU Mathers Museum of World CulturesCurator’s Tour of “The Day in Its Color: A Hoosier Photographer’s Journey“; 2pm

STAGE ◗ Brown County Playhouse, NashvilleDrama, “Last Train to Nibroc“; 2pm

MUSIC ◗ IU Auer HallDoctoral Recital: Joni Chan; 2pm

FILM ◗ IU Cinema — “Detropia“; 3pm

MUSIC ◗ IU Sweeney Hall3rd Annual Indiana International Guitar Festival & Competition, Master Class, Martha Masters; 3-5pm

MUSIC ◗ IU Ford-Crawford HallSenior Recital, Daniel Herrick on tuba; 3pm

MUSIC ◗ IU Auer HallFaculty/Student Recital, Emile Naomoff & Kajeng Wong on piano; 4pm

MUSIC ◗ Muddy Boots Cafe, NashvilleDavid Sisson; 5-7pm

MUSIC ◗ IU Ford-Crawford Hall — Junior Recital, John Cooksey, baritone; 5pm

MUSIC ◗ IU Auer Hall3rd Annual Indiana International Guitar Festival & Competition, Finals of competition; 5:30-7pm

MUSIC & BENEFIT ◗ The Player’s PubSalaam, For Middle Way House; 6pm

FILM ◗ IU Cinema — “Unprecedented: The 200 Presidential Election“; 6:30pm

FILM ◗ Bear’s PlaceRyder Film Series: “Side by Side”; 9pm

MUSIC ◗ IU Ford-Crawford HallOctubafest, Daniel Perantoni, director; 7pm

STAGE ◗ Bloomington Playwrights ProjectIke & Julie Arnov PlayOffs, Writers, directors, & actors stage original mini-plays using themes, props, and single lines given to them 24 hours previously, Mayor Mark Kruzan will open the proceedings; 7:30pm

MUSIC ◗ The BluebirdDrive-By-Truckers; 8pm

MUSIC ◗ IU Ford-Crawford Hall3rd Annual Indiana International Guitar Festival & Competition, Guest Recital, Edoardo Catemario; 8pm

MUSIC ◗ The BishopBrainstorm, The Kickback, Mid-American; 9pm


ART ◗ IU Art MuseumExhibits:

  • “New Acquisitions,” David Hockney; through October 21st
  • “Paragons of Filial Piety,” by Utagawa Kuniyoshi; through December 31st
  • “Intimate Models: Photographs of Husbands, Wives, and Lovers,” by Julia Margaret, Cameron, Edward Weston, & Harry Callahan; through December 31st
  • French Printmaking in the Seventeenth Century;” through December 31st
  • Celebration of Cuban Art & Film: Pop-art by Joe Tilson; through December 31st
  • Threads of Love: Baby Carriers from China’s Minority Nationalities“; through December 23rd
  • Workers of the World, Unite!” through December 31st
  • Embracing Nature,” by Barry Gealt; through December 23rd
  • Pioneers & Exiles: German Expressionism,” through December 23rd

ART ◗ Ivy Tech Waldron CenterExhibits:

  • Ab-Fab — Extreme Quilting,” by Sandy Hill; October 5th through October 27th
  • Street View — Bloomington Scenes,” by Tom Rhea; October 5th through October 27th
  • From the Heartwoods,” by James Alexander Thom; October 5th through October 27th
  • The Spaces in Between,” by Ellen Starr Lyon; October 5th through October 27th

ART ◗ IU SoFA Grunwald GalleryExhibit:

  • Buzz Spector: Off the Shelf; through November 16th
  • Small Is Big; Through November 16th

ART ◗ IU Kinsey Institute GalleryExhibits:

  • A Place Aside: Artists and Their Partners;” through December 20th
  • Gender Expressions;” through December 20th

PHOTOGRAPHY ◗ IU Mathers Museum of World CulturesExhibit:

  • “CUBAmistad” photos

ART ◗ IU Mathers Museum of World CulturesExhibits:

  • “¡Cuba Si! Posters from the Revolution: 1960s and 1970s”
  • “From the Big Bang to the World Wide Web: The Origins of Everything”
  • “Thoughts, Things, and Theories… What Is Culture?”
  • “Picturing Archaeology”
  • “Personal Accents: Accessories from Around the World”
  • “Blended Harmonies: Music and Religion in Nepal”
  • “The Day in Its Color: A Hoosier Photographer’s Journey through Mid-century America”
  • “TOYing with Ideas”
  • “Living Heritage: Performing Arts of Southeast Asia”
  • “On a Wing and a Prayer”

BOOKS ◗ IU Lilly LibraryExhibit:

  • Outsiders and Others: Arkham House, Weird Fiction, and the Legacy of HP Lovecraft;” through November 1st
  • A World of Puzzles,” selections from the Slocum Puzzle Collection

PHOTOGRAPHY ◗ Soup’s OnExhibit:

  • Celebration of Cuban Art & Culture: “CUBAmistad photos; through October

PHOTOGRAPHY ◗ Monroe County History CenterExhibit:

  • Bloomington: Then and Now,” presented by Bloomington Fading; through October 27th

ARTIFACTS ◗ Monroe County History CenterExhibits:

  • Doctors & Dentists: A Look into the Monroe County Medical Professions
  • What Is Your Quilting Story?
  • Garden Glamour: Floral Fashion Frenzy
  • Bloomington Then & Now
  • World War II Uniforms
  • Limestone Industry in Monroe County

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