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Ironically, auto racing and crossroads are a poor mix.

Indiana is a corn-growing state in the upper midwestern United States. The residents are known as Hoosiers. It is sometimes referred to as "The Midwest's South".

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[edit] Cultural touchstones

  • The Indianapolis 500, a competition to see who can drive fastest while turning left.
  • In 1897 the Indiana State House set the value of pi to 3.2 "If we pass this bill which establishes a new and correct value for pi, the author offers to our state without cost the use of his discovery and its free publication in our school text books, while everyone else must pay him a royalty.'"
  • New Harmony was an early experiment in utopian communal living, hampered by crank monetary ideas.
  • A community of pugilistic Irishmen (mostly between the ages of 18 to 23) living in a Parisian church.
  • The First Baptist Church of Hammond, a creepy cult megachurch affiliated with the Independent Fundamentalist Baptist movement that has produced several pastors directly linked to sexual assaults against children and other serious crimes.[1]
  • Beat the South at their own game- the Ku Klux Klan were a powerful force in the late 1910s-early 1920s, to the point that much of the state government had Klan members or sympathizers. About 30% of native-born white men in Indiana were members of the Klan at the time. [2]

[edit] As an American laboratory of privatization

The Indiana Toll Road is what the British would call a "motorway" and what Germans would call an "autobahn." Many Americans would call it a "freeway", but that would be technically incorrect since you must pay a toll to drive on it. The Toll Road is part of a network of toll roads that runs from the South Side of Chicago, Illinois to Boston, Massachusetts. The highway, which predates President Eisenhower's Interstate Highway system, was incorporated into that system rather than build nearby parallel freeways. (The route of Interstate 90 was overlaid onto the entire route of the Toll Road. Interstate 80 also overlays the Toll Road from Lake Station to the Ohio state line.)

In 2006, thanks to the eternal hard-on for privatization that seems to afflict all Republicans and too many Democrats, Governor Mitch Daniels and the GOP-led statehouse leased the publicly owned Toll Road to two foreign companies that specialize in operating toll roads -- Macquarie Group of Australia and Cintra of Spain. Between 2006 and 2011, the toll on the Toll Road -- which hadn't increased by so much as a penny since the 1980s -- doubled, with most of the increase going to the foreign investors. According to the Huffington Post, the lease agreement allows Macquarie and Cintra to "raise the toll annually at one of three rates -- at a flat two percent, at the percentage increase in the consumer price index or at the percentage increase in gross domestic product -- whichever is highest." [3] The lease will expire in 2081; however, the current operator has gone into bankruptcy, and plans to sell off the lease to pay off its debts.[4]

[edit] Red State

In perfect respect to the Establishment Clause, Indiana sells license plates with the words "In God We Trust" as part of the design, because apparently none of the Christians involved in that decision had ever read Matthew 6:1, 5-8. Interestingly, this alleged trust in God does not prevent most of the drivers from driving five miles under the speed limit.[5]

[edit] Footnotes

  1. http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/January-2013/Let-Us-Prey-Big-Trouble-at-First-Baptist-Church/ Let Us Prey: Big Trouble at First Baptist Church,] Chicago Magazine online
  2. http://historymuseumsb.org/the-golden-era-of-indiana
  3. Jamieson, Dave. "Toll Road Privatization: As Ohio Considers It, Indiana Serves As Cautionary Tale", Huffington Post, posted 16 June 2011.
  4. Indiana Toll Road to get new operator amid bankruptcy, Indianapolis Star, Sept. 22, 2014
  5. One observed aggressive driver with the IGWT plate design also had a radar detector installed on the windshield; so much for trust.


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