Post-Conventions: Terminal Craziness on the Road to the White House

“Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?” –Joseph N. Welch “I watched as my beloved country lost its goddamn mind.” –Lewis Black Well, the Republican National Convention and Democratic National Convention are both over, Trump Read More …

Pokemon Go Indy event attracts more than 5,000 fans

On July 23, 2016, gamers of all ages gathered at White River State Park in order to “catch ’em all!” The event, created initially on Facebook, was successfully organized by Jake Waddell and received support from Pop Con. The event itself,  with all its proceeds, Read More …

Out, Loud, and Twangy Proud: A Night of Queer Honky Tonk with The Anointed and Lavender Country

On a hot July evening, I put on a borrowed blue leopard dress and got in my beat-up grey Nissan with my romantic partner in crime Millie and our mutual friend Rabbit, and headed down to Bloomington to a joint called The Back Door to Read More …

All Lives Matter, But That’s Not What We’re Talking About: The White Flight Away From Discomfort

Where do I even begin? How about the 60’s, when racism ended once and for all? Never mind the murder of Martin Luther King Jr. or the fact that it took until 1997 for a majority of Americans to stop viewing interracial relationships unfavorably. Or, Read More …

World News in a Nutshell: Britain Leaves the EU

By now, I’m sure most of you have heard the game-changing news regarding the United Kingdom officially leaving the EU. As world leaders meet tomorrow to discuss future actions, this massive shot in the dark has attached to it such troubling ramifications as to inspire uncertainty Read More …

How The 2016 Election Might Mark The Rise of The Third Parties

On Tuesday night, the election results came out of California, the last major contest in the Democratic Primaries, and the voters rang in for Hillary Clinton; with the former First Lady capturing 55.8% of the vote and 269 delegates, combined with her victories in New Read More …

Stanford Rape Case: A True Example of Rape Culture in America

    “You don’t know me, but you’ve been inside me, and that’s why we’re here today.” At this point on social media, most people have undoubtedly caught the story of Brock Turner, a man who was discovered raping an unconscious and intoxicated woman behind Read More …

On Shouting Liberty: Spirit of Vincennes Rendezvous

  This past weekend, while most people near Indianapolis were getting ready for the race, I packed up my road bags and sped south to the little city of Vincennes to participate in the Spirit of Vincennes Rendezvous for the second year in a row. Just like Read More …

Bathroom Boogeymen and Feel Good Legislation

One of the favorite pastimes of legislators and other public officials is making up problems and offering expensive solutions to them on the taxpayer’s dime. It’s not a bad racket. It certainly gets them out of doing an honest day’s work for a little longer. Read More …

Facts on Rape Culture: What You Should Know

What is Rape Culture? There are a number of statistics out there which all differ greatly. If one were to define rape culture, it would likely be any given environment in which rape is minimized or disbelieved as a victim’s experience. For example, if a Read More …

Walt’s Soapbox: Fuck Stage Fright

So after two months of rehearsal, script reading, buying costume pieces at Goodwill (or digging them out of my seemingly endless car trunk), not to mention the countless hours of trying to memorize my lines, we went live with Matt Panfil’s post-apocalyptic drama Meta/Stasis. Friday Read More …

I Went to a Trump Rally and All I Got Was a Headache

I wasn’t aware that Donald Trump was deciding to come to Indiana until the night before the rally. I had some free time before work and it sounded attractive in the same way an out of control dumpster fire in Terre Haute captivated me for an Read More …

Walt’s Soapbox: Dispatch from the Equality Revolution

Our Editor-in-Chief, Faren Coday, posted a brief piece from me the other day about the situation in North Carolina. The state legislature there is spending $42,000 a day to stop a non-discrimination ordinance in the city of Charlotte. The session was called for by Lt. Read More …

From Walter Beck’s Desk: Emergency Transmission from the Front Line of the Equality Revolution

The city of Charlotte, North Carolina passed a non-discrimination ordinance, protecting the LGBT community of Charlotte from discrimination in housing, public accommodation, etc. The ordinance is slated to go into effect April 1st. The Governor of North Carolina Pat McCrory has expressed that he hates Read More …

On Tin Whistles and Failure

I didn’t know much about my great-grandfather, my namesake. Still don’t, in fact. Growing up, I was told he hailed from Ireland. The promise of America lured him over. Before he left, he married a woman named Sarah. I dug a little deeper and dragged Read More …

Billionaire Bloodlust: The Violent Campaign of Donald J. Trump

“Blood in the streets runs a river of sadness Blood in the streets it’s up to my thigh Yeah the river runs red down the legs of a city The women are crying red rivers of weepin’” -Jim Morrison Six months ago, like most political Read More …

[Spotlight Series] Michal Hughes

IUPUI Lecturer Michal Hughes talks on science fiction, monsters, fantasy, and the future February 22, 2016/ Joe Swaz Last year, I had walked by the many vendors at the Indianapolis Comic Con and wondered, “What is all of this?”. It was hard for me to Read More …

Walt’s Soapbox: Battle of New Hampshire

It was around 7:00 PM when I woke up from an ill-advised nap. It had been somewhat of an off-beat day; no nearby substitute teaching gigs for the new job. But I still had the New Hampshire primary to look forward to. I lit a Read More …

Walt’s Soapbox: Breakdown on the Rainbow Road

“Move over for a damage case…” –Motorhead I had done two rallies back-to-back, and upon getting home from work, I saw that SB 66, the “Super RFRA” bill, died in committee at the statehouse yesterday. And then I immediately switched to the live feed of Read More …

Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, and “White Privilege”

Last night, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis dropped a song titled “White Privilege II”, sequel to Macklemore’s 2005 version of “White Privilege”. The song can be found at www.whiteprivilege2.com, and is prefaced with the following note: “This song is the outcome of an ongoing dialogue with Read More …

Walt’s Soapbox: Notes from the First Rally of a Long Cold Winter War

“Don’t they ever have to worry?Don’t you ever wonder why?It’s a part of me that tells youOh, don’t you ever, don’t ever say die!” –Black Sabbath I was standing on the statehouse steps, wrapped up my leather jacket and flannel shirt, waving the Trans Colors, Read More …

[Spotlight Series] 501st Legion

If you’ve ever experienced a comic con convention, odds are you’ve probably encountered an assortment of many colorful people in costumes. Some, you recognize from popular comics or TV shows. If one thing is for certain, you always have the pleasure of witnessing a fair Read More …

Walt’s Soapbox: I Can Show You My Favorite Obsession

“Only way to feel the noise is when it’s good and loudSo good I can’t believe it, screamin’ with the crowdDon’t sweat it, get it back to youDon’t sweat it, get it back to youOVERKILL, OVERKILL, OVERKILL!” –Motorhead It was around 6:35 in the evening. I Read More …