It's a grey, rainy afternoon here in Indy. Our two-year-old is down for her after-lunch nap. Our four-year-old is busy watching the superb 1986 Jim Henson movie Labyrinth, starring David Bowie and a very young Jennifer Connely. Cecilia adores this film, which I find interesting, as I wouldn't consider it normal preschool fare. But she really enjoys it, especially the scene where Bowie (as Jareth, the Goblin King) dances in his lair with a bunch of Muppets.
A few weeks ago, I checked out the making-of documentary included as one of the DVD special features. In a way, I'm almost sorry I did. It's fascinating to see how the filmmakers created the many illusions and characters for the film, but knowing how it was done does detract slightly from the wonder of subsequent viewings.
I was struck, however, by the footage of the ballroom scene's choreographer, Cheryl McFadden. Wow, I thought, she's a dead ringer for Star Trek: The Next Generation actress Gates McFadden; could she be her sister? Wrong: Thanks to the indispensible Internet Movie Database, I learned that it isGates McFadden, who was a "Muppeteer" prior to her well-known role as Dr. Beverly Crusher.
I'm working on some reviews for Destroy All Monsters right now, although I don't know if I'll finish them in time to post them today. I will, however, continue with my long-overdue resumption of posting throughout the afternoon.
A belated congratulations to former Kentucky Attorney General Ben Chandler, who won a special election for the House of Representatives seat vacated by his gubernatorial rival Ernie Fletcher.
Former state attorney general Ben Chandler on Tuesday easily won the U.S. House seat vacated by GOP Gov. Ernie Fletcher, ending a long Democratic losing streak in congressional special elections.
Chandler, scion of one of Kentucky's most prominent political families, defeated Republican Alice Forgy Kerr. He will fill the remainder of Gov. Ernie Fletcher's term in the central Kentucky district that includes Lexington and the state capital of Frankfort.
With 100 percent of precincts counted, Chandler had 83,890 votes, or 55 percent. Kerr had 65,300 or 43 percent. A third-party candidate trailed.
“I know what it's like to be on the other side and it feels pretty good to be on this side tonight,” Chandler said in his victory speech at a National Guard armory in Richmond. “It's been a wild ride for me and my family the last year and a half.”
In the nation's first federal election of 2004, Chandler became the first Democrat since 1991 to win a Republican-held seat in a special election. The win leaves Republicans with a 228-205 majority in the House, with one vacancy and one independent.
Some Democrats claimed the race in Bluegrass country, home to horse and tobacco farms, had national implications.
Robert T. Matsui, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said Chandler's victory was “a clear message to the arrogant Republican government in Washington that Americans are ready for a change” and that Republican policies “have totally failed to create jobs in Kentucky as in so many other states.”
But state Republican Party Chairwoman Ellen Williams suggested Chandler's name recognition was the key factor. “His name was in people's minds, and that makes a big difference,” she said.
...Kerr, a state senator from Lexington, based her campaign in large part on her support of President Bush, who had a 63 percent approval rating in a recent poll taken by The Courier-Journal of Louisville.
Mr. Bush made a commercial for Kerr's campaign and House Speaker Dennis Hastert stumped for her. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., gave her $10,000 and loaned top aides to run her campaign.
As Kentuckians realize that having elected a Republican governor means they have to live with a Republican governor -- in other words, that the rehetoric fails to meet reality -- Chandler's election is welcome news. Although the exact extent of its impact on the 2004 elections is impossible to judge, Chandler's election is pretty clear indication that Bush's political stock is indeed dropping. And it's always delightful to see Republicans make a political investment that fails to pay off. Democrats should see the wisdom in using its advantage in small, individual contributions to offset Bush's big-buck backers and forcing Bush to spend his massive campaign war chest playing defense, instead of the Republicans' preferred tactic of bogus smear ads.
I know I've really sux0rzed at blogging this week. My apologies to all, and my thanks to the many friends who have dropped by this week. I hope to catch up on matters tomorrow, and plan to re-create some of the missing posts from the past couple of days. See you then. In the meantime, thank you for your patience.
The truck penetrated a few feet into the home's front porch, located in the 4600 block of East Washington Street, Rinehart reported. The crash happened around 2:40 p.m.
The truck's driver, identified only as a 42-year-old Indianapolis man, was taken to a hospital with minor injuries, police said.
A resident of the home, Sandy Ayers, was there at the time of the crash. She was not injured.
"I was just sitting on the bed, and all of the sudden, wham, everything went," Ayers said.
Witnesses told police that the truck swerved across traffic and went through a few yards before striking the house.
The crash was under investigation Wednesday afternoon. Information on the cause wasn't available.
A hazardous-materials crew was called to clean the diesel fuel that spilled from the truck.
In addition to the HazMat crew, there were at least three fire engines, a rescue truck, several police cars, and two utility trucks from the local electric company. Besides producing a huge, metallic crashing noise, the accident disrupted electrical power to our house for a moment, possibly because the truch clipped a power pole on its way in. The truck was still there around dinnertime, and it made quite a sight. The rubble of the porch is currently roped off with yellow caution tape.
You can see a local TV news report of the incident here.