Friday, December 15, 2006

Indiana Governor Bans Song

Indianapolis (AP): Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels has privatized Interstate 90 in his state, with those revenues from his so-called "Major Moves" going to road construction. Now he has proposed to privatize the Hoosier Lottery, and give those revenues to higher education, in part to stem the "brain drain" of young educated Hoosiers who leave the state for jobs elsewhere.

In a surprise move today, announced at the Circle Center Mall in Indianapolis during the height of the holiday shopping, Governor Daniels banned any radio station from playing the R. Dean Taylor oldie "Indiana Wants Me," which includes the refrain:

Indiana wants me, Lord I can't go back there.

Daniels claims this message is the wrong one for young Hoosiers to hear.

In other news, Hoosier rock star John Mellencamp has been contacted by the governor's office to make another Chevy truck commercial. While the governor's office did not comment on the fact that Mellencamp's commercial is a counter to well known right wing country crooner Toby Keith's ad for Ford 150s, the publicist did confirm that Mellencamp was asked to switch the song "This is our country," and substitute lyrics about the joys of corn, soy, and the Wabash river.

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