Michigan State got crushed at Indiana Tuesday night, 70-55, leaving Sunday's home showdown with the Ohio State Buckeyes as the final regular season game for the green-and-white. The Spartans can win an outright Big Ten championship if they defeat OSU, but should they lose, will likely tie with Ohio State and possibly the University of Michigan for a shared conference title.
Indiana's Assembly Hall was rollicking, and the Hoosiers were on fire with their three point shooting and rebounding. They intercepted numerous Spartan passes and generally just outhustled and outplayed the shell-shocked visitors from East Lansing. For perspective, consider that Indiana earlier this season defeated No. 1 Kentucky at Assembly Hall, and also beat Ohio State, who was ranked No. 2 at the time. So last night's victory doesn't bum me out too much. I suspect we'll take care of business Sunday at the Breslin Center.
Besides, I am very happy about some of yesterday's election results, and that counteracts the Spartan defeat. No, I am not referring to Romney's Michigan victory, but the defeat of a local bond issue requested by the always-hungry-for-money-and-addicted-to-spending East Lansing Public Schools.
By a 53-47 percent margin, East Lansing residents defeated a $53 million proposal that would have meant higher property taxes for decades. Believe me, we residents of East Lansing already pay through the nose when it comes to property taxes (and somehow, the taxes never seem to go down commensurate to declining real estate values).
I and a couple of my nighbors on the other side of the street were among the few in our subdivision to plant "VOTE NO" signs in our front yards. We were outnumbered by the "VOTE YES" signs, and I was proud to go against the liberal grain. Several times the VOTE YES canvassers tried coming to my door, but either I wasn't home or if I was, did not answer the door. They would leave a brochure full of their propaganda (paid for by my tax dollars, no doubt). East Lansing is a nice town with great parks, neighborhoods and one of the nation's most beautiful campuses, Michigan State University. But in addition to high property taxes, a plethora of left-wingers is the other price one must pay to reside here.
WARM WEATHER — It's been a warmer than normal winter in Michigan, with below average snowfall. A real blessing after the bitter cold and snowy winters of 2009-10 and 2010-11. I heard on the weather forecast today that the high Friday is supposed to be 52 degrees. This is good stuff!
R.I.P., DAVY JONES — Monkees lead singer and 1960s teen heartthrob Davy Jones passed away today at age 66, succumbing to a heart attack. Hate to admit it, but I am old enough to remember their TV program, and to this day I still enjoy some of the Monkees' catchy tunes such as "I'm a Believer" (written by Neil Diamond) and "Last Train to Clarksville." R.I.P., Davy, and condolences to your wife and children.
THIS WAS NO FLUKE — A Georgetown Law School student named Sandra Fluke testified in front of a Nancy Pelosi panel created to drum up support for the Obama administration requirement that religious institutions provide contraceptives and sterilization in their employees' health insurance coverage. She was whining about Georgetown, supposedly a Jesuit university, not providing contraceptives and how this imposed a financial hardship on her and other sexually active women. “Forty percent of the female students at Georgetown Law reported to us that they struggled financially as a result of this policy," said Fluke, who dubs herself a reproductive rights activist. Incredible that she just doesn't get it: Life is about making choices and setting priorities: If you can afford to attend one of the best law schools in the land, you ought to be able to afford birth control. And if you cannot afford the latter, then you need to attend a less expensive college or tame the libido. But don't expect the taxpayers to pay for your contraceptives! Isn't this just another example of the pervasive entitlement mentality?