Indiana

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Colonel Sanders with Alice Cooper for some reason.

Colonel Sanders

On September 9, 1890, a legend was born in Henryville, Indiana. His name was Harland Sanders, but for those of us that knew him, and for the millions around the world that know of him, he?s simply, the Colonel. His humble beginnings and varied career path laid the foundation for a life that symbolizes the American Dream.

The Colonel?s life was a life of ups and downs, and probably more downs than ups in his earlier years. His dream of success, like most great entrepreneurs, centred around the values of hard work, honesty, loyalty, recognition, giving back, and most of all, passion. He was passionate about hospitality, he was passionate about delicious home-cooked meals, and more than anything he was passionate about his Original Recipe, the secret blend of 11 herbs and spices.

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A Dream Engagement Turned Nightmare

??You think you?re in love with someone, and you want to believe her. Now I look back, and I don?t believe anything she told me.?

Don Huckstep thought he?d found true love in his small hometown of Fowler, Indiana. But when Teri Deneka mysteriously vanished from his life, the disappearance foreshadowed a bizarre?and grisly?series of discoveries that left Huckstep, police, and another man?s family with more questions than answers.

Every now and then, Don Huckstep wonders how the heck it happened. How did a normal, everyday guy from Indiana get caught up in a bizarre, made-for-TV drama? Mostly, though, he tries to forget.

Where to start? Maybe near the end, right before everything unravelled. In the summer of 2014, Don was on a roll. At age 57, he had a nice home in Lafayette, a job he loved in sales and marketing, and a fiancee he adored named Teri Deneka. The couple was planning a trip to Italy for an early honeymoon, after which they?d return home to say I do.

To Don, it seemed the getaway couldn?t come soon enough for Teri. She had been under a lot of stress for months. Her 68-year-old mother, Nena Metoyer, had leukemia, and in August she came up from Florida to stay in Teri?s home in the small town of Fowler, Indiana, so Teri could care for her. But Nena?s condition worsened. Teri told Don she was taking her mother to visit family in Chicago. On September 11, Teri texted him. ?My mom past [sic] last night,? she wrote. ?I don?t want to talk right now. I just wanted you to know. As soon as they release her, I?m taking her to Florida. I?ll call you when I?m ready.?

Don barely heard from his fiancee over the next several days, receiving just a few brief texts, which included a cryptic apology. ?It?s just a hard time for me and I really don?t want to talk to anyone but I do love you,? Teri wrote. Don tried to give her space. They had talked about death before. Neither handled it well. He understood her need to be alone.

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All over for Ted Cruz as Trump cleans out Indiana

Ted Cruz’s campaign is over as the funders tell him “enough”. Kasich’s plan to hang in for a contested convention is also in tatters.

Donald Trump, the amateur politician, has handed the professionals their arse and boy are they upset. The same fools who loathe and underestimate the skills of John key are likewise dissing Donald Trump.

The pundits are silenced.

Donald Trump, mocked and minimized by the media for months, dismissed by the pundits as a fringe character, is now the de facto Republican nominee.

While I took him seriously from the beginning, I have to pause and remind myself that a non-politician, a billionaire real estate guy, just beat all these senators and governors and took control of the GOP.

In the end, Indiana was an anticlimax. The only surprise was that Ted Cruz, who vowed to fight on to the convention, abruptly dropped out.

Cruz didn?t mention Trump in his passionate withdrawal speech. Trump called him a hell of a competitor. ? Read more »

Why people think Ted Cruz’s last name starts with C and ends with T

Ted Cruz is not well liked inside the Republican party nor in wider Washington. He is widely acknowledged as being somewhat of an asshole.

That is why the establishment hasn’t really fallen in behind him, and only will if they absolutely have had to in order to attempt to choke off Donald Trump.

But now that he can’t possibly win the required delegates prior to the convention people are starting to recall why he is an asshole…and he’s helping them remember.

In the space of just seven minutes here Thursday, Ted Cruz reminded fellow Republicans that he has few friends in the party.

First he tangled with former House speaker John A. Boehner, a longtime foe who so dislikes Cruz that he labeled him ?Lucifer in the flesh.? Then Cruz undercut another Republican, fellow presidential candidate John Kasich, who had entered into an alliance with him to stop GOP front-runner Donald Trump.

?There is no alliance,? Cruz told reporters on Thursday, acting as if a pact announced by his own campaign days before had never happened.

Minutes later, Kasich strategist John Weaver dispatched a cryptic tweet: ?I can?t stand liars.?

For Cruz, it was just another day of brawling with leading figures from his own party ? a role that has formed the cornerstone of his short political career. But for many Republicans, it crystallized an overriding problem for Cruz?s campaign: Many people simply don?t like him.

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Pletch?s stolen aircraft is towed away after landing south of Bloomington.

Pletch?s stolen aircraft is towed away after landing south of Bloomington.

America?s First Highjacking

Earnest Pletch was mad on planes and mad on flying. In itself, that was scarcely?uncommon in the America of the 1930s, a dozen?years?after Charles Lindbergh?s solo crossing of the?Atlantic?turned?the United States into the epicentre of everything exciting?in the aviation world. Yet?Pletch was a pretty unusual case. He came from a well-off?family, but?had dropped out of school to find work in a travelling show. He was a serial husband and adulterer who was already, at the age of 29, planning to abandon his third wife. And he?had actually?been taking flying lessons.

Now ? late on the afternoon of 27 October 1939 ? Pletch was looking forward to going solo. He?was not going?to take the controls in the usual way, however. He was going?to do so after?shooting?his?pilot in the back of the head.

He?may be?long?forgotten now, but Pletch?came briefly to America?s?attention that autumn?after booking tuition?in Missouri?with a pilot by the name of?Carl Bivens. Midway through the third?of these sessions, while airborne at 5,000 feet and?sitting in the rear seat of a tandem training plane equipped with dual controls, he pulled a revolver from a?trouser pocket and, without giving any warning, sent two?.32 calibre bullets through Bivens?s?skull. Pletch?then managed to land the plane, dumped?the instructor?s body in a thicket,?and took?off again,?heading?north to his home state to? well, what he intended to do was never really?clear.

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