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A Special Message to The Utah Patrick Henry Caucus

So I’m driving through the Aves, when I spied this sweaty Mexican gardener wearing a dirty a Patrick Henry Caucus t-shirt.  When I slammed on my brakes and backed up to check it out, he started to slunk away.  It took some time to explain to him why I wanted to take his picture.

You can tell be the look on his face, he had no idea why I thought his t-shirt was so special.  His English sucked.  But eventually, he figured out I was a friendly, and he kindly posed for this picture.

Patrick Henry Caucus T-Shirt

Patrick Henry Caucus T-Shirt

I asked him why he was here.  He said, “I just want to work.”  I asked him if he knew Carl Wimmer. That’s when he gave me the Patrick Henry Caucus salute.

I asked him where he got the shirt.  It looks pretty new. Finally, he said he found it in a trash can.  I figure somebody’s wife isn’t totally in line with the hubby.

Randall Amster: From the Heart of Arizona, We Still Have a Dream

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Utah is For Lovers, Gay and Straight

I took these shots at Gay Pride in Salt Lake City in 2008.

The most amazing thing about these pix is that they are all (except for 2) single, consecutive shots taken in the space of about 30 minutes walking from the library in one time around Washington Square.

I took a deep breath, and just walked around asking every *obvious* couple I saw if I could take their picture (not as easy as it seems).  I can’t really explain why they turned out so great.

Let them speak for themselves.

If you like this video, please consider attending the Tanner Center 2010 Conference that starts tomorrow at the University of Utah Museum of Fine Arts…and share this on Facebook.

Thanks – Cliff


KRCL: Radioactive

Fair boundaries



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The very special cowardice of Chris Buttars

So I’m watching KUTV’s ten o’clock news last night and they did a story about the Prop 8 film at Sundance, including an interview with Chris Buttars giving him a chance to correct any misimpressions about him the film created for viewers.

Buttars offered the most ridiculous defense I’ve ever heard: Sure he said offensive things but he was tricked into it by people wearing BYU shirts.

You can’t make this shit up.  If someone put this in a film and tried to pass it off as fiction, no one would buy it, it stretches credulity beyond the breaking point.

The film-maker sent the TV station photos from the day showing that he and his crew weren’t wearing BYU shirts.  So, not only is Chris Buttars a bigot, he’s a liar.  But we knew that.

In essence, Buttars’ is saying that what he said (gays are the biggest threat to America) is okay but he would only say it to someone in the club – i.e. to good BYU Mormons who would agree and who would keep his comments secret so he wouldn’t look bad.

What we’re seeing is a very special kind of cowardice on Chris Buttars’ part.  It’s not that he misspoke or said something and he’s changed his mind; he believes what he said and he’d say it again and still believe it.  Chris Buttars wants to not be held accountable for his words.  Like so many anti-gay conservatives, he wants to be able to say anything he wants and not have consequences.  Go to Uganda, tell the folks there that gays are the biggest threat to humanity there is and they must be stopped any way you can and when Uganda says, “Okay, let’s pass a law with the death penalty for gay people” you throw up your hands and say, “Oh my, I never imagined anyone would do such a thing after hearing me speak.”

Chris Buttars: a man of cowardly convictions.  Put that in your pipe and smoke it.


Chris Buttars: Creative Idiot or Plain Vanilla Idiot?

I just like that headline because it’s funny.  Actually, Buttars’ proposal to reconsider 12th grade is pretty intriguing.

I think such a plan would create disadvantages for college bound Utah students nationally; but it might also allow us to reconsider how we handle non-college bound students.

What if students who don’t plan on going to college could receive job training while we create a 12th year of school that is dedicated to college prep for college bound students?  Read the rest of this entry »


LDS Church: “Jump!”, Buttars: “How High?”

If you have not had your head buried in the sand you have likely noticed that Chris Buttars has been going all out to win the “ignorant homophobe of the decade” award. He is a veritable quote mine:

In interviews, Buttars says that gays and lesbians are the biggest threat to America and… are inherently amoral

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Glenn Beck Tea Party in America

And this is the real America.  I know. I grew up in rural Pennsylvania.  The part that voted for Bush twice and McCain Palin.

This is the enemy in the Culture War brought to you in a series of dispensations from Newt Gingrich and Tom Delay to Rove and Bush and whats left of the Republican Party.

Listen to the whole thing. This is also the core of the gun lobby.

See video of tea parties around the country here.

Of the Tea Parties, Paul Krugman wrote…

Republicans have become embarrassing to watch. And it doesn’t feel right to make fun of crazy people. Better, perhaps, to focus on the real policy debates, which are all among Democrats.

But here’s the thing: the G.O.P. looked as crazy 10 or 15 years ago as it does now. That didn’t stop Republicans from taking control of both Congress and the White House. And they could return to power if the Democrats stumble. So it behooves us to look closely at the state of what is, after all, one of our nation’s two great political parties.

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CAN we all just get along?

This resolution offered by Senator John Valentine, states that there is “growing incivility in our civic and public settings”, and urges “the people of Utah to return to fundamental principles that will lead to greater civility and a new spirit of community and invite[s] all Utahns to join us in affirming established ground rules for respectful public discourse and behavior.”

Despite my headline, the resolution does actually say “this is not an appeal for all citizens of the state simply to get along . . . , there are profound differences among Utahns, and spirited debate is a vital part of American democracy.”

I’m not sure to whom this resolution is directed, but the language is interesting

WHEREAS, it is vital that the importance of rights and the dignity of each individual be remembered;
WHEREAS, our society is founded upon the proposition that all people are born free and equal in dignity and rights, and that freedom of conscience and expression is at the foundation of our rights;
WHEREAS, each of us should be responsible both in the exercise of our rights and in protecting the rights of others; . . .
WHEREAS, on divisive issues, areas of common ground should first be explored, and effort should be given to build broad-based agreement, giving due regard to the concerns of minority points of view: [emphasis mine]

I sincerely love those words about all people being equal and everyone being responsible for protecting the rights of others. Isn’t this all the supporters of the Common Ground Initiative have been asking for?

And then this.

WHEREAS, intimidation, ridicule, personal attacks, mean spiritedness, reprisals against those who disagree, and other disrespectful or unethical behaviors destroy the fabric of society and should not be tolerated;
WHEREAS, those who engage in this behavior should be brought to light, held accountable, and should no longer enjoy the public’s trust;

If the legislature approves this resolution, does this mean that Sen. Buttars will have to step down since he is no longer entitled to enjoy the public’s trust.

Or have I misread the whole thing, and this resolution is really directed at the media and bloggers?

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Buttars is low-hanging fruit

He makes it too darn easy. He just opens his mouth, and we have ALL KINDS OF STUFF to write about. Give a listen.

Of course, I have to watch this documentary when it comes out. I just want to see him saying:

They’re the meanest buggers I’ve ever seen.

(Did he really say buggers?)

What is the morals of a gay person? You can’t answer that because anything goes.

They’re probably the greatest threat to America going down I know of.

Um. Threat to what?

Earlier today there was a video posted on YouTube, part of the Cowen interview, in which Buttars brings up the topic of “Pig Sex”. The video has been taken down now, but I did see it before it was removed. Buttars says gays engage in pig sex but he refuses to say on camera what that is. The interviewer looks it up and reads the definition. Buttars is dissatisfied as the definition is not explicit enough to suit him. Here‘s the definition from Urban Dictionary which sounds like the one read by the interviewer.

(UPDATE: Video is back up, so here it is)

And finally, I have to ask what so many others are asking tonight: Why doth Buttars protest so much?

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Trapped in a Mormon Gulag

This is the hottest story on DailyKos today.  Its about the West Ridge Academy (a.k.a. Boys Ranch) in West Jordan, Utah.

Go there and read it, especially the comments.  The average person cannot believe this nightmare is happening today.  Is it?  Knowing Chris Buttars…

Trapped in a Mormon Gulag

by Chino Blanco Mon Jan 05, 2009 at 05:07:42 AM PST

By Eric Norwood
Republished with author’s permission
Further info at Mormon Gulag

This story is about Eric Norwood’s personal experiences at a place called The Utah Boys Ranch, which models itself as a “tough-love” prep-school, but while Eric was there, he witnessed some unbelievable atrocities. It is a Mormon-funded and staffed facility, and religious indoctrination is a fundamental aspect of the school. There was sexual, physical, and emotional abuse, suicide, staff corruption, and escape. A major Utah political figure, Senator Chris Buttars, was the executive director while Eric was there.

This is Eric’s story:

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Happy HOLIDAYS, Senator Buttars, and I mean that

What pressing matters will take up the valuable time of our busy legislature this session? Taxes? Schools? Roads?

How about war? As in, the war on Christmas.

State Senator Chris Buttars is declaring a war on the ‘War on Christmas’. He’s sponsoring a resolution encouraging retailers to embrace Christmas in their promotions rather than the generic “holidays.”

Sen. Chris Buttars wants Utah’s Legislature to declare its opposition to the “war on Christmas.” [snip]

“It would encourage the use of ‘Merry Christmas,'” Buttars said of the non-binding statement that is still being drafted. “I’m sick of the Christmas wars — we’re a Christian nation and ought to use the word.” [snip]

Now you’re expecting me to make the obvious comment on the “we’re a Christian nation” thing, right? Well, I don’t think I need to. The stupidity of that statement stands all on its own.

Who else thinks it’s a good idea?

“I think Christmas is a wonderful holiday,” said Sen. Curt Bramble, R-Provo. [snip]

While Bramble believes that America is grounded in Judeo-Christian beliefs, part of that thinking involves tolerance of other faiths, he said.

“I don’t find it offensive when someone says ‘Happy Holidays,’ ” Bramble added. “What is offensive is if we’re embarrassed to say ‘Merry Christmas.’ “

I’ll be blunt. It pisses me off that our legislators waste time on such ridiculous non-issues. If they are so lacking in serious issues as to have to resort to this, then maybe we can cut back on the legislative session and save some taxpayer money. Yeah, right.

In fact, is pisses me off that I wasted time writing about this! Bah, humbug!

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The Chris Buttars Round File

For Ugly, Black, Baby Judicial Appointments

For 'Ugly, Black, Baby' Judicial Appointments

Hello One Utah! One Utah? Really? Are you all deluded? Can’t you just hack off Park City and join the Peoples Republic of Boulder?

Good luck with this Buttars charat… caracte…. catarac… catastrop… caricature.

Love, Brigham

cross posted at The Bloggernacle Back Burner

(P.S. It is intentional that the title of the post is the first part of the kitteh aht and the later portions are repeated below. I don’t need the red-ink brigade on my back. Thank you. Come Again.)



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