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Credit goes to Disney

Credit goes to Disney

When these stories are new, a lot of speculation goes on in the media; which is normal.

A man drives his truck up the capital steps in Utah – which were designed to not allow vehicles to drive up there – according to the Deseret News:

When the Capitol was renovated several years ago, the steps were built at a steeper angle as a security measure, designed to make a vehicle either bottom-out or be unable to make the climb.

“It was just the perfect-sized truck with the right amount of clearance to do what it did,” he said.

The same Deseret News aticle from page 1 claims:

Green has several DUI convictions and minor traffic violations, but no other criminal history in Utah.

The Salt Lake Tribune claims:

The man’s prior criminal history in Utah is minor: a few traffic violations and a charge of unlawful purchase, possession or consumption of alcohol by a minor when he was 18, according to a search of court records.

Some reports said the man wasn’t able to be tazed, but this report from The Associated Press said:

Troopers confronted him on the building’s third floor, where they stunned Green with a Taser, punched him in the face and arrested him.

I don’t know if this was a ploy to legalize marijuana or pump-up the drug war; a scheme to increase “Homeland Security” and the Bluffdale mega-spy-center or maybe it was only a youthful indiscretion.

Now here’s my point…

The fact remains that this dude could have just walked up those stairs and right into the building with a gun and shot anybody he wanted to, but he didn’t have a gun.

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I Have a Great Idea For Once

People should start sending – hand written – letters, through the mail to their friends.

There’s no way they can open all of them without being noticed, and it will create many jobs for mail carriers!

I’m a job-creator!

PLUS: It’s a felony to open somebody’s mail.

It only has to say: I love you.

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Rocky Anderson Seeking Justice Party Nomination for President

So Rocky has announced a run for president. And in predictable fashion, the Salt Lake Tribune has fed the fly fodder to its anti-Rocky fans. Pathetic. Rocky was a widely popular 2 term mayor of Salt Lake City and remains a widely popular former mayor.

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Rocky addressed the subject of the Occupy movement to reporters.

Onward!

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Conservatives Support Every “Hippie” Movement 20 Years Later

Posting this for your reference and pleasure. But especially those among my right-wing friends who are afraid of movements like OWS and who will criticize this movement as conservatives always do until years later.

Let us remind them that TODAY, they ALL SUPPORT: Emancipation, Poll Tax, Labor (generally), Civil Rights, Equal Rights, End the Vietnam War and the anti Iraq War Movement.  Tell them not to be afraid.

In every case, conservatives criticized these movement at the time.

This is an important part of our history. It is playing out again today with The Occupy Movement.  Now as then, every police action is met by ever larger numbers the greatest Americans, demanding our most cherished right to assemble and petition our government.

Berkeley in the Sixties (1990) is an award-winning documentary film by Mark Kitchell along with Susan Griffin and Stephen Most.

The film features Mario Savio, Todd Gitlin, Joan Baez, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Huey Newton, Allen Ginsberg, Gov. Ronald Reagan and the Grateful Dead. The documentary highlights the origins of the Free Speech Movement and the development of the counterculture of the 1960s in Berkeley, California.

In honor of Raphael Cordray (who has run the Free-Speech Zone in Salt Lake for as long as I’ve been here) and has been among the many brave and great occupiers of Pioneer Park.

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Not Expecting an Answer

As an Ancestral Mormon:

There are just two questions I would ask of the two Mormon candidates in the Republican race for president:

What do you think about the present day “Tea Party”?

and…

What do you think about the “Book of Mormon on Broadway” Play?

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Occupy Wall Street Day September 24. TeaCons AWOL. Full Media Blackout!

Please join SLC #occupywallstreet Facebook group

Real media…

This must not end.

Getting uglier…

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Utah Stands!

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You Go, Alicia Martinez! Getting the Safe Sex Message to People Who Need It

I read in this morning’s Trib about a Midvale mom who learned about STDs and set out to make sure people got the safe sex message and the tools to implement.  She goes to nightclubs and is putting herself out there and talking about this stuff.

Martinez is a volunteer with the Utah Department of Health, which is offering free HIV tests and counseling at the back of the club. On a table at the entrance, the department displays free “safe sex kits” — packages of condoms decorated with sombreros.

I’m not sure about  the sombreros but if it works, it works.  You wanna know something?  She’s doing something incredibly important and it may mean some awkward and embarrassing moments but it’s worth it to keep people whole.  I’m glad the Trib spotlighted this story.

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Carl Wimmer Throws Utah’s Hispanics Under The Bus

Sunday morning on KSL’s Sunday Edition, Utah State Republican Representative Carl Wimmer, R-Herriman said:

81 percent of the homicides, when you have a recorded ethnicity, are committed by Hispanics

It’s hard to know if Rookie Rep, Carl Wimmer really hates our Mexican friends or whether he is just pandering to Carl Wimmer voters. Remember, Carl Wimmer is the creative genius who cooked up the Patrick Henry Caucus (PHC) Billy Bob Road Show.

As an ex-cop and self-proclaimed Constitutional expert going as far back as 2009, Carl Wimmer knows well the concept of “innocent until proven guilty.”  Wimmer conveniently failed to mention that his 81% claim comes from ARRESTS, not convictions. That’s probably because he didn’t know. But hey, he BELIEVES!  Oh yeah, and his math sucks.

The Patrick Henry Caucus (PHC) Cinco TestoteronesGet Your Free Carl Wimmer Mustache Ride

Get Your Free Carl Wimmer Mustache Ride

Here’s the funniest part.  His so-called friends put him up to it…

I imagine it went something like this:

[BEGIN SCENE]

PHC Testerones Uno: “Hey Wimmster! Got a job for ya”

Carl Wimmer: “Anything for YOU Padre! Que pasa?”*

(A cool breeze tickles the ungrowable hairs between Carl’s nose and lips)

PHC Testerones Dos: “Anything?”

Carl Wimmer: “Hey, what’r Amigos for right?”

PHC Testerones Tres: “Remember that ‘waste of a vagina?'”

Carl Wimmer: “Forget it, Amigo. That ‘Lesbo’ scares the sombrero outta’ me.”

PHC Testerones Uno: “He’s kidding Carl.  This one’s easy.  Ya did so good scaring the b’Jesus outta’ the West Valley preggies, we need you go on KSL and scare the shit outta’ the Beaners.

Carl Wimmer: “Sho’ thang padróni ‘Herrodoni’. What’cha got?”

(A young light-skinned Latina intern hands him a piece of paper with a chart on it which. Distracted by her beauty, he fumbles and drops the paper on the floor)

Distracted by her beauty, the paper falls to the floor

Distracted by her beauty, the paper falls to the floor

Carl Wimmer: “What the butt plug is this Herrodeeee?”

PHC Testerones Uno: “We’ve done the math already.  Checked it twice even. You can take it to the Temple.  Just say, ’81 percent of the homicides, when you have a recorded ethnicity, are committed by Hispanics.’  And make sure you say ‘recorded ethnicity.’  That way, all the Bishops can defend the statement as technically correct if need be.”

{ END SCENE }

End Notes:
5% of Utah State and County Prison population are Hispanic. Sutherland Institute: Illegal Immigration study

* Carl Wimmer feels very cool when he speaks Spanish.

* Disclaimer: Law Enforcement Deserve our full respect until they quit, get fired and or fail and decide to become Republican politicians in Utah.

* I am still mad at Carl Wimmer for taking away my right to free speech on his Facebook page for nothing more than politely challenging him on a few of the amazingly stupid things he says.

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Meet Me On The Steps of The Utah State Capitol TODAY at 3:00pm

This complete disregard of both science and the economic and environmental future of our state demands our protest.

The Legislature has had its say, now it’s our turn.  Please come and invite your Facebook friends.

Despite our phone calls, letters, emails, and testimonies HJR 12 passed resoundingly in both the House and Senate, and HJR 21 is well on its way to the same fate. These resolutions, which denounce CO2 regulation and deny any human influence on climate change, were driven through the legislature by conspiracy theories and poorly contrived economic sob stories.  Utilize your right to assemble and join all those who still reject scientific half-truths and scare tactics in favor of reason and justice. We will be rallying on the steps of the Utah State Capitol on Wednesday, March 10 at 3:00 pm.  Former SLC Mayor Rocky Anderson, Senate Minority Leader Pat Jones, Rev. Diana Johnson Director of Utah Interfaith Power and Light, Joe Andrade from the U of U Engineering Department, former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Utah Jonathan Jemmings, and U of U Sociology Professor Andrew Jorgenson will be speaking at the event.

Climate change is the biggest issue facing humankind, and we must unite our voices in clear opposition to this retrogressive and selfish legislation. Bring picket signs, bring your friends, and ride your bike (or take the bus/carpool if you prefer).

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Yes, We Do Need Comprehensive Sexuality Education in Utah

Matthew Piccolo, of the Sutherland Institute, had an op-ed in the Trib this week arguing we don’t need comprehensive sexuality education in Utah.

To his credit, Piccolo (mostly) avoids the usual right wing lies about comprehensive sexuality education; his one nod to the right’s lies about sexuality education is a line in which he says: “the effectiveness of “comprehensive” education is highly debatable.”  This line is pure nonsense; the social science overwhelmingly demonstrates that comprehensive sexuality education is effective.  That there is a debate at all is a function of the right steadfastly refusing to accept the actual evidence (it’s an old trick the right uses all the time – raise a huge stink about something then argue that it is too controversial in light of all the hoopla you’ve just raised). Read the rest of this entry »

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Judge Memorial Reflections: Learning What’s Not in the Curriculum

I’ve long thought that children are adept at learning what adults teach and most adults aren’t teaching what they think they are.  When adults are intentional about modelling specific behaviors, about identifying what they believe is valuable and then acting on it – to put in other terms, when adults choose to be the change they want to see in the world – the children around them learn those lessons well.

Judge Memorial in Salt Lake City is justifiably proud of itself.  In terms of academics, it has a long and rich tradition of excellence that any school would envy.  But perhaps its most distinctive feature – I say this as a Judge grad – is the way in which Judge taught so many lessons that weren’t on the curriculum. Read the rest of this entry »

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