The epic battle between reality and delusion rages on in Utah these days. Most recently, parents and school administrators in Davis County (largely considered a suburb of Salt Lake City) voted to put another storybook for children depicting families with gay parents as “normal” in the objectionable category. In a 6-1 vote, a district-level committee comprised of parents, educators and administrators decided to move In Our Mothers’ House … [Read more]
“I’ll CUT the DEFICIT!” The words scream down from a billboard along I-15 in a rural part of the county north of me. I’ve seen it several times in the last few months during my drives from one end of the state to the other. The dude smiling in the picture isn’t even running for Congress anymore, so I guess maybe he was running a deficit of his own with regard to campaign finance.… [Read more]
I know I’m probably a douchebag for taking pleasure in seeing Utah’s U.S. Senators make fools of themselves. No, I’m not talking about Orrin Hatch’s singer/song-writer career. I refer to the junior senator from Utah, Mike Lee. Who? Yeah…that’s what I thought.
Mike Lee ousted incumbent Bob Bennett in the 2010 Tea Party wave that washed over Utah (and much of the country).… [Read more]
The internet has been on fire since Wednesday’s announcement that President Obama supports marriage equality. I’ve received several IMs, texts and email messages cheering the news, with several friends and family members pointing out that I must be so elated over this development. Actually, I don’t really give a shit.… [Read more]
We hear a lot every election cycle (particularly the federal elections) about lousy voter turnout. In 2010 (a non-Presidential election), less than 40% of the voting-age population actually showed up or walked to the mailbox to cast a ballot. The 2008 Presidential election brought a higher turnout, but it was still less than 60%. For a nation hell-bent on “love it or leave it” patriotism, voter apathy among Americans seems rampant.… [Read more]
Living in Utah, I never really paid much mind to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). After all, even if DOMA is repealed, my state defines marriage as “one man and one woman,” which is irony at its best since the very folks who demanded that amendment to our state’s constitution head into Mormon temples every day to perform spiritual polygamist marriages.… [Read more]
Unless we end up with one of the most entertaining RNC conventions in decades, it’s pretty certain Mitt Romney will face President Obama in the 2012 battle for the White House. And when he does, expect Mormons across the country to take a keener interest in bolstering their food supplies.
The White Horse Prophecy (WHP) has long been a source of debate and consideration among Mormons, resurrected regularly anytime a prominent member of the LDS church throws his hat in the ring for the ultimate race.… [Read more]
I have a confession. I am a registered Republican. There…I said it. Judge if you will. But I’m not ashamed.
I’ve struggled with my party affiliation since moving to Utah. I haven’t struggled with my political beliefs, ideals or convictions. Those are all pretty well firmed up. The struggle I refer to is how to be significant in what is really a one party state.… [Read more]
An interesting thing happened in Utah over the last few weeks. The general populace overcame their religious stranglehold, engaged in productive political activism and forced a rational and logical outcome. It was truly a sight to behold.
80% of the Utah’s state legislators are Mormon, and as a result wear the self-appointed titles of “Purveyors of All Things Moral.” They mostly run uncontested in their districts (meaning they don’t often have to fight off challengers in their own party; running as a Republican in Utah against a Democrat basically means “uncontested”).… [Read more]
When all the dust settles and the GOP finally accepts the fact that Mitt Romney will be their horse in the proverbial race, their candidate will finally have to deal directly with some of the thornier issues in his personal and professional past. Without Santorum and his fascination with vaginas and anal sex, or Newt with his plans to make Tang our national beverage, the media and the American people may actually expect Romney to answer some key questions.… [Read more]
Every year in Utah, the circus comes to Salt Lake City to amaze and entertain the masses. With 104 clowns and one spectacular Ringmaster (and plenty of supporting cast), this group spends 45 days every winter doing their best to solicit “oohs” and “ahhs” from the citizens of Utah. They tend to get more “ughs” than anything.… [Read more]