let's start with today's behind closed doors column in the indy star:
Both parties apparently ran into some transition friction in the final days before Bart Peterson surrendered the mayor's office to Greg Ballard.
Ballard this past week said Peterson wouldn't let his people enter the 25th-floor offices. But the level of animosity between the two camps went beyond that, though not quite reaching the legendary removal of W's from the keyboards in the White House at the end of President Bill Clinton's administration.
the removal of W keys from white house keyboards was indeed "legendary", if by "legendary" you mean that it never happened. two paragraphs in, and we already have a blatant falsehood. nice editing, guys.
and what evidence is there that outgoing peterson aides mashed the place up on their way out? why, there was a dirty supply room! plus, they shredded some stuff! (imagine that... after eight years, they had accumulated some crap they wanted to throw away. the horror! democrats are such dicks!)
but then the column gets a bit more interesting, as it moves on to explain troubles surrounding ike randolph, who apparently won't be getting a high-profile appointment in the ballard administration after all. as it turns out, nobody actually selected ike to be on ballard's transition team; he basically appointed himself. neither ballard nor ike's bosses at IFD were too pleased when they found out what'd happened. see advance indiana for more.
elsewhere, ruth holladay helps set the record straight regarding andré carson. unfortunately, ruth has a bad habit of falling for right-wing bs until her sources come in and straighten her out, and that's what happened here (see also: rishawn biddle and indyundercover, both stories she got wrong before she got right). a couple days ago, ruth posted about the garbage rumors that andré is a member of the nation of islam (farrakhan's people). of course, the rumors are false, and have already been addressed infinity+1 one times, but the julia-haters keep repeating them. but now (finally), ruth's follow-up post has a statement from erin rosenberg, a regular blog commenter who's also andré's campaign treasurer, which i guess makes infinity+2.
and oh... if you have ten thousand dollars, you too can get your picture taken with mayor ballard! power to the people!
i'm pretty much out of political news by now, so i'll just note that avant-garde composer henri chopin has passed away (not to be confused with frédéric chopin). i'd honestly not really heard of the guy, but there's a bunch of his music for free on the fantastic ubuweb site, and it sounds pretty good to my ears. ¶