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Love has no pride

Bonnie Raitt with Crosby and Nash:

Perseid meteor shower tonight

It’s hard to see because of the full moon, but here’s a little trick that can help.

Soldier

Nicos Gun, who will be performing at the Piazza Aug. 24th:

We are never leaving Afghanistan

The horror continues.

Oops!

Emails shared with The Indianapolis Star suggest that state Rep. Phillip Hinkle — responding to a local posting on Craigslist — offered a young man $80 plus tip to spend time with him Saturday night at the JW Marriott hotel.

The emails, sent from Hinkle’s publicly listed personal address, ask the young man for “a couple hours of your time tonight” and offer him cash up front, with a tip of up to $50 or $60 “for a really good time.”

The email exchange is in response to the Craigslist posting in which the young man — who lists his age as 20 in the ad but says he is 18 years old — says, “I need a sugga daddy.”

The young man told The Star that they met, but that he tried to leave after the man told him he was a state lawmaker. He said the lawmaker at first told him he could not leave, grabbed him in the rear, exposed himself to the young man and then later gave him an iPad, BlackBerry cellphone and $100 cash to keep quiet.

When contacted by The Star about the emails, Hinkle, a Republican who represents portions of Pike and Wayne townships, did not contest the emails but said, “I am aware of a shakedown taking place.”

Asked what he meant by shakedown, Hinkle would not elaborate. He directed further questions to his attorney.

Hinkle’s lawyer, defense attorney Peter Nugent, said he was unable to say what Hinkle meant by a “shakedown.” Nugent said he is investigating the situation, but he does not know what happened Saturday. Nugent said he has not filed a police report and does not yet know whether he will.

Corporations are people, my friend,” says Mitt Romney, who looks like a middle-aged Ken doll and acts like he has an industrial coolant coursing through his veins. A people expert, no doubt. His valiant defense of the ruling class didn’t play well with some Iowans…

Cokie’s law

If they’re reporting it as fact, we must act as if it’s true.

No, Cokie, the S&P downgrade didn’t cause the market crash. Although wouldn’t it be pretty to think so?

Still trying to keep the blood pressure down

But when I heard Mitt Romney complaining yesterday about how “half of the people in this country don’t even pay taxes,” I knew he wasn’t talking about rich people. Duncan saw it, too.

Shhh, it’s a secret

Blue Gal (of Blue Gal and Crooks and Liars) is getting married this Friday to the very funny Driftglass.

Here’s the thing: They’re broke. Really, really broke. (They’re so broke, they can’t even afford to live in the same state because of Drifty’s job.) Blue Gal’s church is kicking in with an all-expenses paid night at a B&B for the newlyweds, which is wonderful. (They were thinking a night at Pizza Hut with BG’s kids, so yay.)

But I just wondered how many more Blue Gal fans there are out there, and how many people might want to go hit the tip jar on her page to give this lovely couple a little extra money as a wedding present.

She’s one of the nicest, smartest, funniest people — and so’s Drifty. If you want to send a gift to the happy couple, click here.

Looter A: Listen, mate, two quid will get you ten boxes of the latest Franzen, in hardcover.
Looter B: Bollocks! What about the new Xbox 360 games?

Cutbacks in social services for the poor helped trigger riots this week in England, and good old consumerism kept enthusiasm high among participants. But why did looters shun bookstores?

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