There were a couple of interesting articles in the Star recently...
First, Spike Lee gave a speech at Purdue University. Now Spike's a smart guy - made several movies of critical acclaim - what could he have to say to young people? How to get in the industry? How to make a movie? What it's like to be a Hollywood visionary? Nope. He talks about what a loser Condeleeza Rice is. Way to go, Spike. Preach it.
Filmmaker Spike Lee urged blacks not to support Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice if she seeks the Republican presidential nomination.
Lee, director of "Malcolm X," "Jungle Fever" and "Do the Right Thing," spoke Wednesday on the Purdue University campus.
He said everyone should register to vote -- and cast their ballots. And he urged blacks to look beyond race if Rice runs for president in 2008.
The other quip was that Senator Brent Steele's "Defense of Funerals" bill has passed the state senate. This bill is specifically aimed at Fred "God Hates Fags" Phelps gang of ne'er-do-wells. They've been picketing military funerals lately claiming that God smote the soldiers because the United States is too tolerant of gays and lesbians. (Advance Indiana takes on the story too - along with more on the Brizzi hate crimes bill that's gone AWOL.) Keep in mind, Steele's bill isn't up for passage because of his disgust with the protesters' message - after all he's a homophobe himself - it's his respect for dead servicemen. Nothing like being slapped on both cheeks, etc?
A bill to keep protesters at a distance from grieving families at funerals passed the Indiana Senate today 47 to 1.
The measure, Senate Bill 5, now moves to the House. The author, Sen. Brent Steele, R-Bedford, said he plans to seek changes there to ensure that even quiet protesters are not allowed to violate the 500-foot distance from the gravesite or funeral home.
Under the bill, people who protest within 500 feet of the grave or funeral home would commit a Class D felony, punishable by up to three years in prison.