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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Blue Indy is No More

Good evening boys and girls. Hope you all had the happiest holidays imaginable, and we all wish you a Happy 2020. A little before Christmas the Indianapolis Business Journal ran a piece by Susan Orr detailing how the death trap electric car service Blue Indy is leaving Indianapolis.

In her December 20th, 2019 article Miss Orr has this to say

Blue Indy, the electric-car-sharing service that launched in September 2015, is pulling the plug on its Indianapolis fleet.

“We regret to announce that Blue Indy will end its collaboration with the City of Indianapolis, effective May 21st, 2020,” the company said in a letter sent to customers Friday morning. “This difficult decision to end the service has been made because we did not reach the level of activity required to be economically viable.”

As of August, Blue Indy had 3,000 active members—a fifth of the total it had projected that it needed for profitability. It had 92 stations and 200 cars—80 fewer cars circulating than two years ago.

When the Paris-based company backed by French logistics company Bollore and billionaire Vincent Bollore launched in Indianapolis, it predicted that it would be operating profitably by 2020, with at least 15,000 members, 200 stations and 500 cars.

This isn’t the only place Bollore has struggled with car-sharing.

Autolib, which Bollore launched in Paris in 2011, closed seven years later after city officials refused to contribute money to offset a revenue shortfall.

Indianapolis spent $6 million to help launch Blue Indy and wasn’t expected to recoup the investment until the service turned profitable.

The controversial deal came at the end of former Republican Mayor Greg Ballard’s administration, and spurred a lawsuitfrom the Marion County auditor, a Democrat, that was eventually dismissed.

In return for the $6 million, Blue Indy promised to share profits with the city—once its own investment was recouped and Indianapolis Power & Light recovered 125% of the more than $3 million in ratepayer hikes that made the charging stations possible. IPL initially filed a $12.3 million cost-recovery request to pay for installations but the request was denied by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.

Blue Indy, which has said it invested more than $40 million of its own money to launch the service, did not disclose its annual revenue or what performance it would need to achieve to turn a profit.

The company said it would remain in operation locally until May 21 but gradually reduce the number of cars it has operating over that time. It said it would stop charging monthly membership fees on March 21 and terminate the memberships.

The company did not say what would happen to the charging stations, which can be found all over Indianapolis and are heavily clustered in and around downtown.

All we can say is it’s about damn time Blue Indy left the Circle City. This boondoggle was never going to turn a profit. But former Mayor Ballard and company just couldn’t resist flushing more taxpayer money down the drain. Never mind the fact that Blue Indy’s cars and charging stations weren’t very safe. Paul Ogden of Ogden on Politics and the late great Gary Welsh of Advance Indiana fame have both written Bigly about Blue Indy. Click here and here to read the massive amount of material these two geniuses have written about Blue Indy. As disgusted as we are by the sheer waste of taxpayer money on this disaster. We are relieved to see it coming to an end. Gary Welsh is smiling down from heaven over this. Fear not my friends, the stone is being rolled off the tomb door, the resurrection of Indiana and the spirit of Gary Welsh is at hand! Sing songs of rejoicing and praise! As to the powers that be we have but one message to give to you: Be afraid, be VERY afraid! 

A little message to the power that be from Vincent Price:


Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Merry Christmas!

INDY REPUBLICAN just wanted to wish you all a belated Merry Christmas! Here’s old Burl Ives wishing you a Holly Jolly Christmas!



Thursday, December 12, 2019

Did Governor Eric Holcomb’s Administration Improperly Waive Safety Fines for Amazon?


Governor “Mad” Eric Holcomb 


Lindsey Erdody of the Indianapolis Business Journal wrote an article about the 2017 death of 59 year old Phillip Lee Terry at the Plainfield, Indiana Amazon warehouse.  Terry’s death by itself might just sound like a tragic accident on the job. But as Erdody reports there appears to be much more to this than an unfortunate accident.

Erdody writes:

An article, published Monday by Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting, details the death of 59-year-old Phillip Lee Terry and the state’s investigation into whether Amazon was liable. Terry died on the job at the Amazon warehouse in Plainfield in late September 2017 after a 1,200-pound piece of equipment dropped and crushed him.

The Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration was sent to investigate the death, and safety inspector John Stallone concluded a forklift had not been propped up as it should have been when Terry was working under it, according to the Reveal article.

Stallone asked Amazon for proof that Terry had been trained on how to properly work on the equipment, but the company did not provide adequate proof, so Stallone issued four safety citations for a total fine of $28,000, according to the story.

That same month, Holcomb directed state officials to try to lure Amazon into locating its second headquarters in the state. The Seattle-based company announced it was in the market for another location and had promised a $5 billion investment and 50,000 new jobs to the winning region.

In November 2017, while the public bidding war for Amazon’s HQ2 was still playing out, Stallone and his boss, Indiana OSHA Director Julie Alexander, called Amazon officials to talk about the citations and fine related to Terry’s death, according to the article. Stallone recorded the call, and Alexander can be heard telling Amazon officials how to reduce the fines and shift the blame to “employee misconduct,” according to Reveal.

In a podcast posted by Reveal that included some of the audio from that conversation, Alexander is heard telling Stallone “I hope you don’t take it personally if we have to manipulate your citations.”

Stallone told Reveal that a few days after that call, he was called into a meeting with Indiana Labor Commissioner Rick Ruble and Holcomb, who allegedly brought up the Amazon deal and said it would mean a lot to the state to land the headquarters.

Ruble then told Stallone to either back off the Amazon case or resign, according to the story. Stallone told Reveal that he quit soon afterward.

Holcomb’s office denied that meeting ever happened.

“The claim against the governor is absolutely untrue,” Holcomb spokeswoman Rachel Hoffmeyer said.


Ms. Erdody points out that the Indiana Department of Labor on September 14, 2018 waived all proposed fines against Amazon. Click here to read the IDOL’s settlement with Amazon. Click here for the story by Reveal News which sparked interest in this case. Also check out Reveal’s podcast “Amazon: Behind The Smiles”. 

Our story doesn’t end here though. Governor Eric Holcomb and has responded in a most interesting way to media inquiries into their alleged conduct surrounding Amazon and the death of Phillip Lee Terry. In a follow up article on December 4th, 2019 Lindsey Erdody wrote:


Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb and the Indiana Department of Labor insist that the investigation into an Amazon employee’s death in 2017 was handled appropriately, even though the safety violations that were initially issued were eventually dismissed.

Reveal, part of the not-for-profit Center for Investigative Reporting, recently highlighted the investigation as part of a report on working conditions in Amazon facilities across the country. The Indianapolis Star also published the Indiana-specific section of the Reveal article, which alleges Holcomb was involved in getting Amazon’s fines eliminated after the September 2017 death of a maintenance employee in Plainfield as part of a strategy to win Amazon’s coveted HQ2 project.

Holcomb has repeatedly denied the allegations, even taking the unusual step of issuing cease-and-desist letters to Reveal and the IndyStar. On Tuesday, he said he believes the Department of Labor and the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration handled the case correctly.

Let’s stop and think for just a minute here. The Indianapolis Star and Reveal publish a story alleging that Governor Eric Holcomb and the Indiana Labor Commissioner sought to avoid making Amazon pay a fine in the death of one of it’s employees. All so that the state could hope to lure Amazon into placing a distribution center in Indiana. But rather than logically refute the story. Mad King Eric AKA High Tax Holcomb decides to do his best  imitation of a Soviet apparatchik and send cease and desist letters to Reveal and The Indianapolis Star merely for exercising their free speech rights, and for upsetting Governor Cry Baby. Such behavior from former Governor Mitch Daniels personal slave is not surprising. Indiana deserves better than Eric Holcomb. This is clearly the age of the second rater as far as Indiana government goes. 

Click here to read the text of Governor Holcomb’s childish cease and desist demand letters.


Fortunately several Indiana journalists have decided they are not going to bend over and let Holcomb slap them into submission. Neither Reveal or The Indianapolis Star have backed down or retracted there stories regarding Holcomb and Amazon. 

The Fort Wayne News-Sentinel published an editorial denouncing Holcomb’s antics. The Indiana Society of Professional Journalists also wrote an open letter to Eric Holcomb criticizing his attempts to quell free speech. We will end this post by reproducing the SPJ’s letter in full:

Dec. 3, 2019

Honorable Eric J. Holcomb
Governor of Indiana
200 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Dear Gov. Holcomb:

The Indiana Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists takes exception to your call for the Indianapolis Star and Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting to cease and desist reporting stories about your administration’s handling of worker safety investigations at Amazon facilities in Indiana.

Our organization, which represents professional journalists throughout Indiana, feels this move is a threat to press freedom.

According to Article I, section 9 of the Indiana Constitution: “No law shall be passed restraining the free interchange of thought and opinion, or restricting the right to speak, write, or print, freely, on any subject whatever: but for the abuse of that right, every person shall be responsible.”

In our view, your cease-and-desist letters, issued on Nov. 29, are designed to intimidate reporters and journalists looking into your administration. The letters also add to the overall climate in the nation that looks to undermine the credibility of journalists and media outlets.

Although you might not agree with the contents or conclusions of the report in Reveal and the Indianapolis Star, an unusual call by your office for a cease-and-desist order against the media could chill efforts to report an ongoing story.

Indiana Pro SPJ stands behind the efforts of local and national journalism outlets to report issues of public importance and hold leaders accountable. If there are disputes over accuracy, there are ways to address those concerns without issuing a cease-and-desist order.

Indiana should set an example for the rest of the nation to follow when it comes to press freedom. Our officers would welcome the opportunity to meet with you and discuss this issue further.

Sincerely,

The Board of Directors
Indiana Professional Chapter
Society of Professional Journalists

For more information, please contact:

John Russell, chapter president
(317) 250-6261

Michael Puente, chapter vice president
(312) 342-0056

Monday, November 11, 2019

Happy Veterans Day

We wanted to pay tribute all those who have served, fought and died for these United States. To all those who have sacrificed for the freedoms we to often take for granted, in this the greatest, most noble country in the history of man. We give you our sincere thanks. 

A little something for all of you servicemen and women. 
Enjoy!



Monday, November 4, 2019

Open Letter To Senator Rand Paul

To: The Honorable Senator Rand Paul of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

From: Disgruntled former supporters of Senator Paul

Subject: Senator Paul’s betrayal of conservatism and libertarianism.

Dear Senator Paul,

We would like to start by saying that we are very glad to see you have recovered from the attack you sustained in 2017. Now that we have dispensed with the pleasantries, we would like to discuss some areas in which your conduct has made it impossible for us to EVER support you again in the future. As you are well aware your brethren in the House of Representatives are conducting an impeachment inquiry into President Trump, and his pressuring of the Ukrainian government into investigating his possible presidential opponent Joe Biden. Leaving aside the issue of whether or not the President should be impeached. Your conduct today at a rally with President Trump has shown you have completely sold out to the forces of big government socialism. 

At the rally in question you demanded that the press release the name of the whistleblower in the Ukrainian scandal. Notwithstanding the media may not know who the whistleblower is. The whistleblower’s identity is protected by federal whistleblower laws. Therefore by encouraging others to publicly out the whistleblower you could possibly be encouraging possibly criminal conduct on the part of the media. 

You would do well to read what Congressman Justin Amash who backed your 2016 presidential bid had to say about whistleblower’s:


Also take a look at Congressman Joe Walsh’s response to your asinine defense of unlimited government power:


Government transparency, openness and rule of law are the cornerstones of true conservatism. These ideals have been part and parcel of the values we conservatives hold dear, since before Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan. Your selling your nonexistent soul to the apostle of unlimited statism Donald Trump is sad and unfortunate. Mostly for you Senator Paul. You could have chosen to be a man and stand up to the powers that be. Instead you decide to emasculate yourself so much you make Richard Simons look butch. Well if you ever grow or craft a pair. We would welcome you back to the cause of truth and human liberty. Till then take care and try to keep your pandering to Vladimir Putin to a minimum. You would look like human scum in Russian clothes.

Sincerely, 

Indy Republican and the Gang AKA Human Scum




Wednesday, October 9, 2019

A Closer Look at Trump’s GOP Presidential Challengers

Understandably most of the media attention has been focused on the contest among democrats in their presidential primaries. There also are some republicans who seek to deny President Trump renomination. The announced republican challengers to Mister Trump are: Former Massachusetts Governor, U.S. Attorney, and 2016 Libertarian Vice Presidential nominee William Weld. Also running is former South Carolina Governor and Congressman Mark Sanford, and also another former Congressman and talk show host Joe Walsh. Of the three challengers Bill Weld and Joe Walsh have been the most visible. 

Like many Reagan/Buckley/Goldwater conservatives Indy Republican opposes the renomination of Donald Trump and we have already endorsed Joe Walsh for the 2020 GOP Presidential Nomination. However should either Governors Weld or Sanford knock off Donald Trump we will back them.

We hope to go into more detail soon about the merits and demerits of the three men who have chosen to challenge Donald Trump. For the moment we thought we would share some videos of these three men and links to their campaign websites. Please peruse the following videos and websites.

Interviews/Ads of Joe Walsh:






Interviews/Ads with Bill Weld:










Interviews/Ads with Mark Sanford:








Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Some R.E.M. Mood Music

Good evening our children! INDY REPUBLICAN is on the rise in INDIANA! We will get back to our regular blogging soon, but for tonight we thought we would unwind with this enduring REM Classic. It’s The End Of The World As We Know It Babies! And We feel fine! 

Enjoy!



Tuesday, October 1, 2019

America’s Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s Continued Dive Into Madness

We can remember how not long ago we once were great admirers of former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani. His leadership during September 11th, 2001 and his refusal to be railroaded by others was admirable. But due either to hitting the bottle too often, or having an unknown head injury for which he refused to seek treatment for. Rudy Giuliani has forever tarnished his name and will be remembered among the ranks of the dishonored. His role in the whole Ukraine incident and his being a slavish follower of the Democrat plant Donald Trump are beneath contempt. Chris Cillizza has a little video that breaks down Giuliani’s decline:



Monday, September 30, 2019

Carmel Businessman to Primary Governor Holcomb


Brian Roth Republican Challenger to Eric Holcomb 

The IR posse has been deluged with work and article requests this past month. We came across an article written on September 10th, 2017 by Lindsey Erdody for the Indianapolis Business Journal  in which Ms. Erdody wrote about Brian Roth. Erdody writes that Brian Roth is:

a Carmel resident and president of a consulting and leadership development firm called Employment 2 Deployment LLC, has filed paperwork to create a committee to run for governor.

According to Roth’s LinkedIn profile, he graduated from Taylor University in 1988 with a degree in physics and served in the U.S. Navy for 24 years.

Lindsey Erdody says that there has not been a contested Republican gubernatorial primary in Indiana since 2004.

As our readers are aware neither INDY REPUBLICAN, Paul Ogden or the late Gary Welsh care at all for Eric Holcomb and would glad see the worthless fool thrown out of office on his ass. We say that a contested GOP primary for governor is long overdue. We wish Mister Roth well. And if we get more information on Roth we will blog about it.