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2003-09-08 02:43:33 PM  
o/~ Gary Indiana Gary Indiana Gary Indianaaaaa! o/~
2003-09-08 02:45:51 PM  
First, for the total farking morons: O'Bannon was taken to a Chicago hospital because he was ALREADY IN CHICAGO FOR A CONFERENCE. Of course, the truly stupid would have been unable to spot that.

Second, O'Bannon has got to have been the worst ever governor Indiana has had. He managed to piss away a state budget surplus faster than any other state in the country recently. It was amazing. In September of 2000, Indiana had a gigantic budget surplus. By December of 2000, after he had gotten himself re-elected, it was impossible for the state to pay for anything because Indiana had a budget deficit.

The last budget he sent to the statehouse froze or reduced already inadequate education funding. Why? So he could make sure that his pet "social" projects got increasing funding. The Democrats in the statehouse built a scaffold while the Republicans went to get a rope. O'Bannon backed down.

One major problem with Indiana politics is that it's not conservative, it's atavistic. Republicans think it's 1950 and Joe McCarthy has just started his antics. On the other hand, Democrats here think that it's 1829 and Andrew Jackson has just implemented the Spoils System.

The only time the political party of the Indiana governor changes is when the previous governor is a roundly-hated idiot/crook or the designated heir (usually Lt. Governor) has less charisma than a dirt clod.
2003-09-08 02:51:27 PM  

Yeah, I love how O'Bannon took credit for the gigantic surplus that Bayh helped to create, and after he's re-elected, the nice, big surplus just disappeared into thin air like a Copperfield trick.

Gee, I wonder what happened to all that money? *coughpocketedcough*
2003-09-08 03:02:37 PM  
My vot is for this man for governor.

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2003-09-08 03:04:04 PM  
Dogface is right.

/Hoosier who wonders where the $billon surplus went
2003-09-08 03:06:18 PM  
Dogface: Not defending O'Bannon or degrading Bayh, but part of that surplus was a projected number. Although we had a nice surplus on hand, it was ballooned up by the Statehouse based upon projected firgures into the next year. With the dive in the economy, most the counted upon surplus that was figured upon was not available.

I have to agree that O'Bannon is the worst governor that we've had by far. And he did piss away any surplus that we had on hand.
2003-09-08 03:06:31 PM  
It's amazing how many of you asses think it might be funny to make light of the situation.
2003-09-08 03:17:12 PM  
MorningBreath: Oh give me break. I'm entitled to an occassional bout of bitterness, too. Besides, I've met Lugar, and his financier Van Smith. Went to college with the latter's kid. Textbook cases of "money talks".

Yes - no one deserves an anyeurism. But Lugar's still detestable in my book.
2003-09-08 03:21:02 PM  
Woody Burton, Dan's bro, wins my vote for most detestable Indiana politician. At least O'Bannon suspended the gas tax a couple years ago when prices skyrocketed.
2003-09-08 03:21:52 PM  
So he was "very healthy," eh? I don't believe that for a minute. I saw his live news conference in Evansville regarding the proposed I-69 route (which I believe was in Jan.). He looked terrible, stammering and trembling during his prepared speech. I wish him well, though.
2003-09-08 03:24:55 PM  
Indiana has a governor?
2003-09-08 03:28:39 PM  
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I thought it was for important stuff. That's what I get for thoughtin'.

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2003-09-08 03:32:29 PM  
When I lived in Indiana (20 years ago) the party who controlled the Gov's office also controlled the department of motor vehicles or whatever the heck the call it there. Any profits from car registrations and license plates went to the political party in power and for years they refused to change it because it was such a huge moneymaker.
I think it all goes to a fund to help poor kids now, but I'm not sure.
2003-09-08 03:45:48 PM  
I hope that Ohio doesn't take this opportunity to invade.
2003-09-08 03:58:03 PM  
Anyone who gets elected governor of Illinois has to win the love of whatever the KKK is calling themselves these days.

Do your history homework if you don't know.
2003-09-08 04:10:23 PM  
Like all but two states, Indiana is having some fiscal problems. I lived in Indiana from birth through 25 years, and am fully aware of the political and economic problems in the state. I live in CA now, talk about a budget problem!! Surprisingly, I miss Indiana quite a lot. Hoosiers are the most unique, friendly, and kooky people in the country. Personally, I like Frank and hope that he pulls through. And, btw, the last thing Indiana needs is to be MORE conservative. Don't shoot for Alabama status, I would like to visit my parents for Christmas and not have to apply for an entrance visa.
2003-09-08 04:12:34 PM  
Is Indiana still a state????? What's the point?
2003-09-08 04:15:50 PM  

I think you're talking about the KKK influence in 1920's Indiana, not Illinois. After the D.C. Stephenson incident (read your history), the KKK influence began to diminish as most left the KKK to avoid any involvement with Stephenson. Recently the Nazis and the KKK had a rally at the Statehouse. No one really cared. *yawn*
2003-09-08 04:16:21 PM  
I agree with dragunsflame. This isn't a newsflash, it's a boooring.
2003-09-08 04:24:20 PM  
I think you're talking about the KKK influence in 1920's Indiana, not Illinois.

Dang. No Blues Brothers joke there.
2003-09-08 04:28:53 PM  
Hey, kids, it's me! I bet you thought that I was dead! But when I fell over I just broke my leg and got a hemorrhage in my head! HA HA HA!!!
2003-09-08 04:56:21 PM  
Democratic: [adj.] characterized by or advocating or based upon the principles of democracy or social equality; "democratic government"; "a democratic country"

Democrat: political party

Somebody is getting his talking points from Faux Noose.

Republican: [adj.] of, for, or characterized by the forms of a Republic (q.v.)

Lying shiatbird: political party
2003-09-08 05:01:11 PM  
Oh, great. If O'Bannon dies, Indiana is stuck with Joe Kernan.

/former South Bender
2003-09-08 05:05:27 PM  
phoxxy :
... but come 'on. Jim Davis isn't that famous.

Or even slightly funny. I think I saw a funny Garfield last in 1986 or so. One. Once.

Sympathy to the O'Bannon Family & the rest of IN.
2003-09-08 05:08:16 PM  
hell his brain probly expoloded when he got his property tax bill.
2003-09-08 05:14:40 PM  
Actually Kernan doesn't automatically get to be governor if the old man dies. The legislature and courts are somehow involved. See for more info.
2003-09-08 05:24:24 PM  
Man, I wish OUR governor would keel. That'd get at least one Bush out of politics.

/waiting for the knock at the door
2003-09-08 06:24:27 PM  
I live in Indiana, and, although I don't want the man to die, I just hope it makes him incapable of holding office now because let's just say he wasn't the best Governor a state could have. I REALLY wish that this would have happened to Mayor Bart "Violent Video Games Are The Devil" Peterson.
2003-09-08 06:37:21 PM  
Those are some pretty insensitive comments I'm hearing. Although now a resident of California, I still have a lot of respect for Mr. O'Bannon. Like Gray Davis, he did not "cause" a budget crisis in Indiana. 48 out of 50 states have budget problems due to situations beyond their control. An opposing partisan may want the truth to be different to suit their ambitions, but partisan politics and reality are not often the same thing. O'Bannon is beloved by many of the people in Indiana, he is a consensus figure of the old guard. Perhaps the times have changed and his brand of political dignity and civility is now lost on a generation tuning into rabid talk radio types and "your with us or the terrorists" platitudes.
2003-09-08 06:50:24 PM  
Born and raised in Lafayette, Indiana... However, there is town (rest stop? population of around 80) named for my family (dad's side anyway): Mauckport.

Here are some other famous people from Indiana:
Steve McQueen
Florence Henderson
James Dean
Carole Lombard
Sydney Pollack
Cole Porter
2003-09-08 06:59:25 PM  
Maybe he'll die and be replaced by a former professional wrestler / action movie star.
2003-09-08 07:35:33 PM  

He may have not caused it, but he certainly didn't help it at all. At least our money problems aren't as bad as yours.
2003-09-08 07:38:02 PM  
He can't die now! ! !

He just got himself a fancy new jet airplane to fly his fat ass around. And it only cost the indiana taxpayers a cheap 1 million per year.

Meanwhile the state is facing a huge deficit.
2003-09-08 07:55:02 PM  
Greg Kinnear, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Steve McQueen, Carole Lombard, Frances Farmer, Janet Jackson, Dick York, Chad Everett, Peter Lupus, Scatman Crothers, Forrest Tucker, Ma Kettle, Karl Malden, Alex Karras, Jo Anne Worley, and of course the incomparable Joyce DeWitt.
2003-09-08 07:56:17 PM  
Where is Indiana???
2003-09-08 07:57:57 PM  
By the way, I met Frank and Judy one time at a downtown home tour, and Judy was nothing but poised and pleasant to me (basically a nobody in shorts). Frank done good.
2003-09-08 08:17:31 PM  
Don't forget Don Mattingly. He's from down here in Evansville.
2003-09-08 08:25:19 PM  
Woah - sounds quite serious:

ndiana Gov. Frank O'Bannon is in a drug-induced coma and the next 24 to 48 hours are critical to determining his survival, doctors at Northwestern Memorial Hospital said after the governor underwent brain surgery.

Dr. Wesley Yapor, the neurosurgeon who headed the surgical team, said blood was removed from both sides of the governor's brain. The source of the major bleeding appeared to be a stroke, Yapor said, but said some other blood appeared to be caused by a fall.
2003-09-08 08:26:41 PM  

Until you live in a state of then California I'd keep my trap shut.
2003-09-08 08:55:14 PM  
One other famous Hoosier:

Harlan Sanders.

Kentucky hates to admit that (and that Louisville Sluggers were made in Indiana for most of the company's history).
2003-09-08 09:04:04 PM  
When I was a lowly radio reporter in Valparaiso, I got to interview O'Bannon several times during his first run for governor against Steven Goldsmith. He always struck me as a very genuine man who had the best interest of the state in mind. During his two terms, he's been somewhat wishy-washy, but I think the state has fared better than it would have under either of his opponents.

He's not a polished, camera-savvy politician. He's very humble, but straight forward. He doesn't read well from a teleprompter, but can make a friend with anyone he meets no matter what their political inclinations. This is tough for Indiana -- a state whose citizens have tremendous respect for their governors. (Evan Bayh, Dr. Otis Bowen, Robert Orr, etc.) Hopefully, he will be able to recover enough to turn his office over to the lieutenant governor for the duration of his term.
2003-09-08 09:56:07 PM  
Mr. O'Bannon is a very nice man. That in no way means he is exceptionally better than merely competent. All his life he has been a dutiful party hack. That's spiffy when everything is hunky-dory. When there are difficulties, though, mere party hacks do not rise to the occasion.
2003-09-08 11:42:05 PM  

Osgood may be bad, but Moores Hill is much, much worse. :) Or, up from where I'm from... Kendallville.

O'Bannon's a good guy. I've done work for his campaign. My thoughts are with him and his family

oh, and in the list of famous people, you forgot Rod Woodson and Heather Headley (both from Fort Wayne).
2003-09-08 11:46:57 PM  

How can you say that O'Bannon did better than his opponents? Doing nothing is better? Goldsmith would have at least attempted to make progress in the state - during his time as mayor of Indiana, he turned Indianapolis into a 100 square mile begging zoo into a place that we can actually brag about. O'Bannon has done nothing but sit and spend (I crack myself up)

2003-09-09 12:38:53 AM  
Not that anyone is still reading at this point....

But I was at Northwestern Memorial tonight (sprained foot) and had to fight my way around news trucks to get home.
2003-09-09 08:22:22 AM  
O'Bannon got elected as a massive tool of the old machine. He is so monumentally bad that even Democrat party officers make jokes about how Democrats are all fighting with each other to make sure some OTHER Democrat gets his endorsement in the upcoming gubernatorial election.
2003-09-09 12:03:35 PM  
Don't forget Hoagie Carmichael, David Letterman, John Mellencamp, Eugene V. Debbs, Tony Hulman (Indy 500), Benjimin Harrison, Ernie Pyle, Virgil Grissom, Clement Studebaker, James Whitcomb Riley, Eli Lilly, Karl Malden, Jane Pauley, Oscar Robinson, Red Skelton, Kurt Vonnegut, Wilbur Wright, and many others.
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