Aug 12 2011

Another Hoosier Hypocrite

Indiana State Representative Phillip Hinkle (R, of course) was caught soliciting craigslist for a gay prostitute using his public email address. And if you were wondering – yes, he’s a good married Christian who opposes gay marriage. Such a good Christian, in fact, that he’s the person who forced the In God We Trust license plates on the state.

Before those plates just made me giggle whenever I saw a driver with them breaking some sort of traffic law or being an all-around asshole. Now they’re a symbol of Christian hypocrisy. Nice.


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    The thing that always makes me wonder is why they tend to use their public e-mail addresses, so on. In other words, they make it easy to get caught by being dumb. Best, and keep on blogging.

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    Colin McCulloch

    I’m sure he just wanted someone to carry his luggage for him… yeah that’ll be it

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    Grammar Merchant

    I’m no psychologist, but what if some of these guys are struggling so much with cognitive dissonance that they’re subconsciously (or even consciously) setting themselves up to be caught?

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    Lady at the BMV asked if I wanted a “plain Jane” blue plate or an “In God We Trust” plate. I audibly laughed. She did not think it was that funny.

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    I look at it this way: if the only ones who get caught are incredibly stupid about their illicit behavior, how many are there that are careful, that never get caught?

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    Makes you wonder about some people. It’s like if I couldn’t control my candy-bar and fast food habit, I therefore should push for huge social pressure and laws to ban all candy and fast food. Strange way of dealing with your own problems.

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    When I got my plates, the BMV worker gave me the IGWT plate without asking me which standard plate I wanted, and then tried to convince me to keep it when I asked for the “plain Jane” plate.  She kept telling me over and over the the IGWT plate didn’t cost anything extra, as if that was the only possible reason I wouldn’t want it.To be fair, I don’t think this was purely an attempt to push a religious belief.  I think at least half the reason she resisted giving me the non-IGWT plate was that she didn’t want to have to redo the paperwork.

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    Jen – Do you use US currency at all?

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    Ugh!  Again???  These cases are becoming too numerous to keep track of.@70c379de1847c0e4590e3d5f0aac655b:disqus I’m no psychologist either, but I wondered the same thing.

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    Ben Crockett

    I have to admit, a part of me laughs every time I see a story like this. While it may illustrate a sad state of affairs, the entertainment value of these stories never fails!

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    Isaac Emery

    Sounds like someone was hankerin’ for some Hinkle-in’!

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    I read the news story in the Star linked to in joe my god.  The sister of the prostitute told the Hinkle’s wife that Hinkle was gay, on Hinkle’s phone that he had given her as a bribe to keep quiet about this!  That was the awesomest news article I have read in a while…

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    Now [the plates are] a symbol of Christian hypocrisy.Given said Christians as loudly claim to adore the Constitution as they flagrantly violate the First Amendment thereof, I’d say the symbolism was there all along.

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    I did too, thought it might have come out as more of a snort.

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    Eugene V. Debs. Kurt Vonnegut. Albert Beveridge. Dave Chapelle. Madam C.J. Walker. Will Shortz. Harold Urey. Amelia Earhart: all from Indiana.Sometimes, I have to try really hard to remind myself that there are good things that come from Indiana, after all. I grew up there, and while I am often painfully reminded of that fact, there are a few things that are good about it.

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    “In God We Trust” on license plates is smart, because you sure as hell would not want to trust the driver.  Money it makes less sense, I think, at least for the Christian God.  He seemed rather opposed to accumulating wealth, money-changing, and the like.  It is like a Timothy Shay Arthur line of volka.

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    On US currency is the one time I really don’t mind “In God We Trust”. US currency is backed by nothing except faith in that it will be accepted by others in exchange for goods and services. If God belongs anywhere, it’s on a note with no substance.

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    Tom Coward

    Let us not forget Michael Jackson was from Gary!

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    Spicy McHaggis

    One day (when I FINALLY get out of my pseudo-home Indiana—I’ll be a upstate NY-er/New Englander until I die), I’ll pull up alongside one of those Indiana ass-clown drivers that habitually run red lights with their minivan/SUV, with the stickers showing how good a ‘breeder’ they are, and ask them if their god on their license plate miracled their ass through that red light they just passes without blinking an eye. I hate IN drivers almost as much as the Ohio drivers that putt along at 67 in the passing lane on the interstates due to not wanting to get “stuck” behind that semi 3 miles ahead.

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    Bob E Sherman

    What would Jesus say?

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    Thanks Jen.  As a former Hoosier-best Belly Laugh all week!At least I didn’t have a mouthful of liquid beforehand-I loose more keyboards that way-the monitors usually survive with just a wipedown.

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    I believe the usual form of that notion is “What Would Jesus Do?”, or WWJD.I just substitute “Who” for “What”…

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    Yeah, I have that same problem.  I also have to reconcile that my parents, one of my siblings and my daughter also still call “Hoosierville” home.I reconcile this against Purdue, IU and Rose-Hulman, and remind myself that not all Hoosiers are total f^@king idiots (ala Jen, for example…)

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    Bob E Sherman

    I never argue with a moose

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    Tim DeLaney

    Here in South Bend the drivers are mostly courteous and sane. I think the reason is that there is very little traffic congestion here. Just a few miles West (where Jen hails from) they’ll run you off the road just to move up a car length. (t’s even worse in Chicago, if that’s possible.)

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    Tim DeLaney

    I am always amazed at politicians who seem to be willing to trade their career in politics for an orgasm. Every time this sort of thing comes to light, I say to myself: “WTF was he (yes, invariably ‘he’) thinking?”

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