Bil Browning

Tiny bits of bloggy goodness in every spoonful

Filed By Bil Browning | July 14, 2008 4:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Weekly Reader
Tags: Amy Masson, CNN, gay adoption, Indianapolis, Indianapolis Police Department, Insure.com, IPD, Jason Fishburn, John McCain, Paul Cameron, Richard Quest

I'm enjoying putting up these roundup of stories we haven't covered on the Project, but I wonder if anyone's reading them/clicking through. They rarely get comments, but there's never much commentary from me either. Either way, here goes:

  • You should definitely check out this response to John McCain's statement on gay adoption. I quote local blogger Doug Masson often, but this time it's Amy Masson, Doug's wife, who hits it out of the park. As I said in the comments section over there, I can remember when I was just about the only person blogging LGBT issues in Indiana; now we've hit critical mass.
  • Box Turtle Bulletin blogger Timothy Kincaid stumbled across a couple of anti-gay articles on Insure.com, an insurance industry site, including the gem "Top five ways to kill yourself and get away with it." Wanna guess what #1 is? Be gay. The company CEO is in the comments section making things worse by defending junk scientist Paul Cameron and acting like a general ass. As BTB editor Jim Burroway tells him, "You are now just commenting blindly - and embarrassing yourself in the process."
  • Openly gay CNN reporter Richard Quest has returned to work after being arrested in Central Park with meth and a rope tied to his cock.
  • And, finally, if you've been following my problems with neighborhood crime, this latest incident takes the cake. A police officer was shot in the head a few blocks from my home.

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I don't know if this is spitting in the wind or repetitive, but organizing your neighbors into a Neighborhood Watch is probably the only thing you can do personally. Other ideas, such as working with your local police precinct to increase patrols and other visibility in your neighborhood, requires the cooperation of the city.

It couldn't hurt to post several prominent Beware of Dogs signs and improve lighting.

Sorry about your troubles. Not feeling safe really sucks.

We have an active neighborhood watch. Most folks on our street have big dogs. (We have four.) We even have a policeman who lives on our street. Sadly, so far this year a dead hooker has been lain at his curb and a street thug involved in a shoot out has died on his porch.

Hmmm... Do you think it would be helpful to get professional training for your dogs to become guard dogs? It's hard to think of a better deterent than big dogs.

Robert Ganshorn Robert Ganshorn | July 15, 2008 5:02 AM

Bil,

Block club, motion sensitive night lighting, dead bolt locks, and the knowledge that you cannot control everything.

Have you a police watch commander who can attend your next neighborhood watch meeting? We had monthly meetings in Chicago where all reported crimes were laid out for us by location and type. If they are not doing the same they do not know where the crimes are occurring. Also you and your neighbors should know where crimes are concentrated and the police should provide this to you at every monthly meeting.

That BTB/Insure.com thing is just too ridiculous. I can't believe they're holding their guns on that one.