Map of neighborhoods of near-downtown Indianapolis

Below is a list of neighborhoods within walking distance of downtown Indianapolis.  Click on the neighborhood name to see a Google Map of directions from Monument Circle (the exact center of Indianapolis) to that particular neighborhood.

I am researching moving downtown, and could not find a list and maps of all the downtown Indianapolis neighborhoods within walking distance of Monument Circle, so I made this list to save the next guy the trouble.

I currently live in FL, and have been looking everywhere online for video highlights of the Indiana v. Kentucky High School All Stars Boys Basketball games.  So far I’ve come up pretty empty, but here’s the few that I have found.

2012 Indiana All-Stars Senior Highlights (Seymour HS)

2012 Indiana All-Stars Senior Highlights (6.4.12) [HD]

93 Seconds of Random Footage

The Roster

  • Gary Harris – Hamilton Southeastern High School – Michigan State Spartans
  • Kevin ‘Yogi’ Ferrell – Park Tudor High School - Indiana University Hoosiers
  • Kellen Dunham – Pendleton Heights High School - Butler University Bulldogs
  • Ron Patterson – Broad Ripple High School - Indiana University Hoosiers
  • Austin Burgett – Avon High School - University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish
  • Jeremy Hollowell – Lawrence Central High School - Indiana University Hoosiers
  • Ronnie Johnson – North Central High School - Purdue University Boilermakers
  • Patrick Ingram – North Central High School - University of Iowa Hawkeyes
  • R.J. Hunter – Pike High School - Georgia St. University Panthers
  • D.J. Balentine – Kokomo High School - University of Evansville Purple Aces
  • Glenn Robinson III – Lake Central High School - University of Michigan Wolverines
  • DeJuan Marrero – Bowman Academy – DePaul University Blue Demons
  • Nick Osbourne – Muncie Central High School - Loyola University of Chicago Ramblers

Governor Bob McDonnell, also known as ‘Governor Ultrasound’, has recently signed a bill into law that would require an ultrasound for nearly all women seeking an abortion procedure in the state of Virginia.

To simplify things for women and doctors who want to know how Governor Ultrasound’s bill effects them, I’ve created a flowchart diagram, which I’ve entitled, ‘Virginia Ultrasound Law Guide for Women and Doctors’.  I hope that you find it helpful.

Virginia Ultrasound Law Guide for Women and Doctors Flowchart Diagram .pdf format (higher quality)

Brief history on the bill:

  • The original bill required a transvaginal ultrasound (involves invasive vaginal penetration) to determine the age of the fetus
  • Determining the age of the fetus is not medically necessary
  • To determine the most accurate age of the fetus, a transvaginal ultrasound must be performed
  • Public outrage ensued, and Governor McDonnell was dubbed ‘Governor Ultrasound’
  • The old bill was scrapped before it was signed into law, and a new bill was issued.

A revised bill was then issued.  Some features of the revised bill:

  • Transvaginal ultrasound is no longer required, instead transabdominal is required
  • The woman still must pay for her ultrasound, regardless of whether or not she has the funds to
  • The doctors opinion on the medical necessity of the ultrasound is irrelevant
  • The woman’s objection to the ultrasound is irrelevant
  • There are exceptions for medical emergencies where an abortion is necessary to prevent death or irreversible impairment to the woman
  • If the pregnancy is a result of rape or incest, there is no exception, unless the woman reported it to law enforcement (most rapes and incest cases go unreported)

Here is the full text of the Virginia Ultrasound bill, signed into law by Governor Ultrasound.

“What can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence.”

“Faith is the surrender of the mind; it’s the surrender of reason, it’s the surrender of the only thing that makes us different from other mammals. It’s our need to believe, and to surrender our skepticism and our reason, our yearning to discard that and put all our trust or faith in someone or something, that is the sinister thing to me. Of all the supposed virtues, faith must be the most overrated.”

“Human decency is not derived from religion. It precedes it.”

“[Mother Teresa] was not a friend of the poor. She was a friend of poverty. She said that suffering was a gift from God. She spent her life opposing the only known cure for poverty, which is the empowerment of women and the emancipation of them from a livestock version of compulsory reproduction.”

“The Bible may, indeed does, contain a warrant for trafficking in humans, for ethnic cleansing, for slavery, for bride-price, and for indiscriminate massacre, but we are not bound by any of it because it was put together by crude, uncultured human mammals.”

“Religious exhortation and telling people, telling children, that if they don’t do the right thing, they’ll go to terrifying punishments or unbelievable rewards, that’s making a living out of lying to children. That’s what the priesthood do. And if all they did was lie to the children, it would be bad enough. But they rape them and torture them and then hope we’ll call it ‘abuse’.”

“[O]wners of dogs will have noticed that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they will think you are god. Whereas owners of cats are compelled to realize that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they draw the conclusion that they are gods.”

“I apply the Abraham Lincoln test for moral casuistry: “If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong.” Well, then, if waterboarding does not constitute torture, then there is no such thing as torture.” 

“Violent, irrational, intolerant, allied to racism and tribalism and bigotry, invested in ignorance and hostile to free inquiry, contemptuous of women and coercive toward children: organized religion ought to have a great deal on its conscience.”

“The only position that leaves me with no cognitive dissonance is atheism. It is not a creed. Death is certain, replacing both the siren-song of Paradise and the dread of Hell. Life on this earth, with all its mystery and beauty and pain, is then to be lived far more intensely: we stumble and get up, we are sad, confident, insecure, feel loneliness and joy and love. There is nothing more; but I want nothing more.”

Facebook Scrabble is terrible, and doesn’t really resemble Scrabble at its core essence. Scrabble excellence required a skilled trilogy of (1) strategy, (2) special Scrabble vocabulary (special 2 letter words and Z, X, Q, J words), and (3) regular vocabulary.

The terrible Facebook Scrabble and its awful built-in dictionary

The terrible Facebook Scrabble and its awful built-in dictionary

The dictionary built into the game on FB has eliminated the last 2 and totally taken the vocabulary (and my edge) out of the game. Now it’s just a contest to see who has the most patience to enter unlikely word after unlikely word into the built-in dictionary to get that perfect play. That’s not skill, that’s data entry.

In regular Scrabble, if you played a word that wasn’t a word, I could challenge you and you would lose your turn. If I was wrong, I’d lose MY turn. Challenges added another level of skill that is now gone.

And now rereading this, I think this might make me an old man. Bastage, bring me their heads!

Rumors abound in Indianapolis that Peyton Manning will be out for the entire 2011-12 season.  Manning, the story goes, has a “floating bone” in his neck. This blogger heard the rumor 4th-hand.  The story goes that this news originates from a staff member in the Chicago hospital where Manning twice had neck surgery.

The latest surgery was on May 24, 2011.  Peyton Manning plays quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts, and has won the league’s Most Valuable Player award multiple years.  Un-retired quarterback Kerry Collins started the preseason game versus Cincinnati last Thursday.

The rumor was all the rage at one fantasy football draft  in Fishers.

“Since the Colts failed to develop the run-based double tight end offense that will accentuate a declining quarterback such as Kerry Collins’ skill set, they’ll be lucky to get 5 wins,” said fantasy football drafter Brady Glenn.