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Butler, BCS books make Daniels’ list

If you waited until the last minute to start your Christmas shopping, Gov. Mitch Daniels has some ideas for you.

He recently put out his annual book list, which covers topics such as the financial collapse and the controversial Bowl Championship Series. Here is what he had to say about the books:

•“Diplomacy,” by Henry Kissinger. “If, like me, both your diplomatic history and your sense of the practical aspects of statesmanship could stand some touching up, this is the place to get it done,” Daniels said.

•“After the Fall,” by Nicole Gelinas. The governor said it’s one of the clearest books about the recent financial collapse.

•“The Time It Never Rained,” by Elmer Kelton. It’s a “wrenching study of the 1950s West Texas drought,” he said.

•“Who Are We?” by Samuel Huntington. Daniels said the late professor’s work “is looking more and more prescient these days. Here he sounds the alarm about the dangers of our eroding sense of national identity.”

•“Lone Survivor,” by Marcus Luttrell. The book tells the true story of a Navy SEAL unit’s battle. “You’ll never again think of yourself as either physically fit or mentally tough,” he said.

•“Forgotten Man,” by Amity Shlaes. The book examines the history of the New Deal and puts the present economic situation in perspective.

•“Underdawgs,” by David Woods. The book tells the story of Butler University’s historic run to the final shot of the NCAA Final Four.

•“City of Man,” by Michael Gerson and Peter Wehner. Daniels called the authors “two of the most thoughtful and caring people I know” and said it is a needed argument for gentleness in public discourse and greater tolerance by and of Christians.

•“Death to the BCS,” by Dan Wetzel and Josh Peter. Daniels warned that the Big Ten Conference leadership “gets worked over pretty hard” in this book about why Division I college football is the only sport without a playoff.

You’re nice but …

Sen. Richard Lugar is a nice man and all, but he shouldn’t be in the Senate any more, two tea party groups say.

After two leaders of Kosciusko Silent No More and Hoosier Patriots had breakfast with Lugar last week, they issued a statement saying the six-term lawmaker, “is very gracious and (a) kind man,” but “our ideas of conservatism do not match his.”

Greg Fettigs and Monica Boyer said they discussed with Lugar his support of the START arms control treaty, the DREAM Act, “the liberal judges he has rubber-stamped for President Obama, illegal immigration, earmarks and the Federal Reserve.

“Sen. Lugar stands firmly behind each of his decisions. We believe he has clearly lost touch with Indiana Hoosiers.”

Not explicitly said, but very clear: They won’t endorse Lugar for re-election.

Too soon?

Mayor Tom Henry’s re-election campaign may have gotten an early – yet unauthorized – start last week.

During the announcement of the state Democratic convention coming to Fort Wayne in 2012, party Chairman Dan Parker let everyone know his hopes for next year’s local races.

“Let’s make sure Mayor Tom Henry is still the mayor when we come,” he told the crowd.

Henry, who has not officially announced that he will seek re-election, responded with a laugh and said, “that was not a formal anything.”

Parker said regardless of the convention, the Fort Wayne mayoral race will be a top priority for the party next year.

Daniels’ joke a hit

During a news conference last week on sentencing reform in Indiana, a speaker told the group gathered that one in every 26 Hoosiers is under some sort of correctional supervision.

When that man was done speaking, Gov. Mitch Daniels took back the lectern and said the figures are probably understated because “some of us married men probably should be counted as being under correctional supervision.”

The group of 20 behind Daniels laughed in unison. Of course, there wasn’t a woman among them.

Journal Gazette Washington Editor Sylvia A. Smith contributed to this column.

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