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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 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.
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.
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”?
What do you think about the “Book of Mormon on Broadway” Play?
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.
This complete disregard of both science and the economic and environmental future of our state demands our protest.
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).
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 »
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 »