Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
News flash: Carlos is going to have surgery and sit on his behind a few more months. What a shock. I admit it; I hopped on the "dump Boozer" wagon a while back. I listened to my brother call him "Wusser," "[----]er," "Loozer," and "that lazy --------------." I learned that Paul "double double" Millsap was the lowest-paid player on the team. I answered the phone when my mother called mid-game to say, "The Jazz shouldn't let Carlos do color commentary. He doesn't even pretend that he wants to play."
I heard the jokes about the Zions Bank commercial: "They used still photos because Boozer couldn't make it all the way through a layup." "Slow mo? That's live action." "They couldn't show the whole film; Boozer signed with Wells Fargo before they were done making it." Etc.
I have struggled with the Jazz-ticket concept for years. Each year (except for a Brokeback Mountain boycott), I signed up for shared tickets, but would feel a twinge as I walked past a homeless individual or realized what the Humane Society or the Red Cross could do with the ridiculous sums of money I was forking over. Unfortunately, I love the Jazz. I tape games. I rewatch close ones (when we win). I time my jogging so I can do it while watching a game or listening to Hot Rod. I went to Sloan's first game while recovering from surgery.
But I am sick of the "Oh, I stubbed my toe, I'd better sit out for six weeks" vibe we get from even our own players now. As someone who watched John Stockton and Karl Malone play through dislocations and everything else, I have a hard time when Andre Kirilenko rides the pine because of a sprained finger tip. It's the same trainer that Karl and John had -- what could be the difference? You say advice from agents; I say wussiness.
What does this have to do with Utah politics? OK, nothing. But I feel better.
Our eyes met. "Glurp," it said. I looked around, to be sure that no one would see us.Yeah, I hear those NASA whiners. "There has never been a private lunar launch from Utah, nor could there be, because [scientific mumbo jumbo deleted]." "It is physically, geometrically, logistically, and scientifically impossible to get to the moon and back in one weekend, even if there is a holiday in there." "This seems nothing more than a thinly veiled attempt to procure sponsorship of a major soup manufacturer," blah blah.
Of course, I could not speak its language, but I had to try. "Do you want some soup?" I gestured with my hands. "I have some Campbell Extra Chunky Vegetarian."
First of all, who made NASA the know-all of space travel? Jealous much? Second, I resent the implication that I am just trying to make money off an important subject like space travel. However, this is not the final draft, and my memory is starting to become clearer, Campbell. As I think more about it, it may have been a Pepsi . . .
It seems silly for a Congressman to boycott an entire newspaper (and yes, I do consider the Weekly legitimate media) for three years for something that occurred before the new editor. But then I've been known to try previously disappointing businesses again when I see an "Under New Management" sign.
Mullen should have gone into more detail about what originally sparked the boycott. Midway through the comments, she provided a link to what she says is the tsk tsk article, but since the whole column was accusing Matheson of overreacting, she should have explored the cause of the alleged overreaction more.
Finally, Hey, Matheson, vote for any torture-indefinite-confinement bills lately?
Monday, December 29, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
I'm sure the prospective parents are distraught, but I would be surprised if this result was really a surprise. There is a relatively clear, 30-year-old federal law: You have to have consent of the tribe to adopt a Native American child. This issue is usually not a close call, unlike, for example, the more complicated issue of whether an out-of-state biological father has met the statutory requirements for challenging an adoption.
While many adoption-related problems are created by adoption agencies who cut corners, lazy lawyers, and Johnny-come-lately biological fathers, some adoptive parents are also willing to subject a child to months or even years of fighting when they know they are likely to lose. (I'm not saying that these parents fall within that category; I have no idea what they were told or when.) Perhaps it is making lemonade out of a lemon, but at least this dispute was resolved in a matter of months, rather than years.
Note: Once again, the "law is the law" contingent on KSL.com are demonstrating that they don't really mean it. Yeah, it's a clear federal law. Yeah, it's been on the books since 1978. So what? We don't like this law; ergo, it need not be enforced.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
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First, they addressed procedural issues, such as beginning each session with roll call and prayer:
Mr. VARIAN. Don't you mean “prayer and roll call?” Transpose that.
Mr. WHITNEY. No; I think the roll call should be first, because until the roll call, we do not know whether there is a quorum present.
Mr. VARIAN. The minority needs the prayer as much as the quorum.
Mr. CANNON. I would suggest that the prayer usually comes first.
Mr. WHITNEY. My impression is, the roll call should come first.
Mr. EVANS (Weber). Suppose we should have divine exercises and after that the roll were called and there was found not to be a quorum present, the question would be, would the prayer avail anything? [Laughter.]
More shenanigans ensued as they discussed the proposed state militia, defined as male citizens aged 18-45:
Mr. MACKINTOSH. Mr. Chairman, I move to strike out the word “male” in the section. [Laughter.]
Mr. CHIDESTER. Mr. Chairman, I would like to ask the gentleman a question, who makes that motion? I want to ask if you belong to the militia?
Mr. MACKINTOSH. Now? Oh, no. I am exempt by the color of my hair.
Mr. CHIDESTER. I am going to say that if he did, for the purpose of improving the militia, I would support his motion. [Laughter.]
While most participants favored giving women the right to vote, Brigham H. Roberts was a staunch and persistent opponent. In truth, most of his humor appeared to be inadvertent, but this one was intentional:
Mr. ROBERTS. . . . I hold to the doctrine that each man who is married, in the exercise of his privilege of suffrage, is the representative in that act, not only of himself, but of the little group with which he is connected. He acts for his family, and gentlemen must not be carried away with the idea that they act independently of the influence of the wife in that case either. It may suit the fancy of man, it may be accorded by the shrewdness of woman to let him think that that is the case, but as a matter of fact, it is not the case. I think before I get through I shall be able to show you that women already have an influence in politics, and though indirect, it is none the less real, and that when a man who is married casts his vote, it is the expression of the mentality of the group with whom he is connected. The hobo and the bachelor may each for himself cast his ballot with no other consideration than how it affects him; but, gentlemen, the man who is a head of the family does not do it and he cannot do it, because there stands by his side a counsellor and he cannot escape hearing her. [Laughter.]
So was this witty rebuttal to Roberts' lengthy oratory against suffrage:
Mr. WHITNEY. . . . While he was speaking my mind scanned the pages of history in quest of some hero with whom to compare him. I thought of Horatius at the Roman bridge, standing single-handed and alone, beating back the Tuscan legions advancing to attack the Eternal City; and I fain would have compared my friend to that hero of antiquity. But I could not; because Horatius was fighting for freedom, and in my opinion my eloquent but mistaken friend was fighting against it. [Applause].
I went back farther into the past. I thought of Leonidas and his three hundred Spartans, defending the pass of Thermopylae against the overwhelming hordes of Persians, sweeping down like an avalanche upon his native land. I wanted to compare him to that hero_one of the noblest in history_but again I was met by the reflection that Leonidas fought and fell in a battle for liberty, and I was convinced that my friend from Davis County was taking part in no such engagement. [Applause.]
Then I remembered a little anecdote, one that is doubtless trite and common-place to you all. A bull was feeding in a pasture through which a railway track extended, along which an express train was advancing at lightning speed. The bull got upon the track and tried to prevent the train from passing. He did not seem to know what was coming, and “preferring his free thought to a throne” [laughter], planted himself squarely in the way of the invincible power that came rushing and roaring on. The bull, I say, did not seem to know what was coming, but the farmer, his owner, did [laughter], and with a gasp of astonishment, mingled with admiration he exclaimed: “Well I admire your courage, but d--n your judgment.” [Laughter and applause.]
But I did not like to compare my friend to a dumb animal; he had given convincing proof that he was not dumb; and though there was once an animal that spake [laughter], the property of one Balaam [renewed laughter], it spake by inspiration from on high, so that I could not compare it to the gentleman from Davis County. [Laughter and applause.]
And this one was just funny:
Mr. GOODWIN. May I ask the gentleman a question? If your amendment passes, suppose an emergency should arise in the Territory that the farmers throughout the Territory would need fifty thousand dollars to buy seed, wheat, and food, to carry them over until another harvest, how could they get the money if your amendment passes?
Mr. HALLIDAY. Get it out of the Tithing Office. [Laughter.]
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
We warned you, Moss. If you had just done your boondoggling duty, we wouldn't be in this mess. That must be the reason why all that China business isn't flowing in yet. Otherwise, one might think those "It'll bring business to Utah" claims in '07 were indeed a pile of hooey.
Now we are really ticked at ex-teacher Carol Spackman Moss, who decided that the whole thing was a bunch of hooey and that she could not in good conscience go. "If I couldn't justify it to myself or my friends, then it wasn't worth it," Moss said in the Tribune article. Not everything is about you and your conscience, Rep. Moss. If Utah's economy goes straight to the toilet, we'll be pointing a finger at you and that empty seat on the China Fun Bus.
Monday, December 08, 2008
These Blackwater guards may not get their wish, but judging by initial comments on the D-News story, it's worth a try. The same people who usually assume that all charges brought against anyone must be true are taking the opposite approach here: Aw, shucks, the shooters were just doing their jobs, and these charges are just "Monday morning quarterbacking." (Yes, someone actually compared alleged civilian massacre to a sporting event.)
Wherever held, this will be an interesting trial. Unlike people we have imprisoned at Guantanamo, these men will actually have a right to defend themselves in a court of law. Of course, there is a difference: Those guys at Guantanamo are all guilty. They must be, right? Because our government says they are. Or is that just a bit of Monday-morning quarterbacking?
Sunday, December 07, 2008
Every hour at the :45, a non-Christian-loving announcer came on with her indoctrinating voice and said, "As part of our holiday celebration, the Library will hold a class at 2 p.m. on Tongan holiday traditions," or Mexican "holiday" traditions, or English "holiday" traditions.
Patrons were enraged. "I've lost him after the 1820 census but I know he didn't die until 1834," declared one genealogist in response to the barrage of anti-Christian announcements.
"Have you tried tax lists?" another agreed.
Clearly, something must be done. Sen. Buttars, there is time to rewrite your nationally renowned resolution telling business owners to quit ruining the Christmas holiday by using the word holiday. Could you please include the Church in that?
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
That's right. According to Sen. Lyle Hillyard, Valentine actually voted against Hilder because Valentine was in a snit, or, as my mother would have said, having a maddy. In a recent Senate Site post, Hillyard said that Valentine was going to vote for Hilder, but then Hilder went and ticked him off.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Frankly, it doesn't surprise us that Stephenson's ideas about the proper role of government are 40 years old. Forty years ago, a legislator coercing a state agency to give millions in taxpayer dollars to a specific vendor might have garnered a wink, but nowadays nosy parkers like the Tribune have to go and make a big deal out of it. (Stephenson has a ready-made response to such scrutiny, though, judging by the section of his website called "Media Baloney and Bias.")
Stephenson says he just wants to save taxpayers money by, er, spending taxpayer money to have a private business review textbooks instead of school officials who have been doing it well for decades. Considering the generally high level of education in Utah, it's hard to see why this is a priority for Stephenson -- a huge priority, apparently, if he threatened to cut funding and fire people if they didn't sign up ProCert Labs forthwith. But as they say, "if it ain't broke, break it."
Hey, Senator, we have a suggestion: If you're going to micromanage the school system, how about monitoring the lunch menus? Obesity is a bigger concern to Utahns these days then putting the fix in on textbooks.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
For someone who has been on a Planning Commission, he sure doesn't plan very well (unless you listen to skeptics who think he planned it perfectly: Stay on the ballot until after the election, resign at the last possible moment, and thereby keep a bona fide candidate off the list).
Monday, November 17, 2008
It seems too bizarre to be true, but a couple of clicks on the legislature's nifty audio links confirmed it. (By the way, leg-webbers, thank you for breaking the audio down now by speaker - it's very convenient.) Last year, we jokingly offered $100 to anyone who could prove inappropriate conduct by Buttars, a la Larry Flynt. But if senators are going to start sticking their noses into judicial candidates' religion and marriages, we will make the offer real, and extend it to all senators, figuring it's fair game now.
Hilder has been endorsed by 13 recent Utah State Bar presidents, but what do they know? Ironically, according to the Tribune, Hilder may not get confirmed because senators such as Buttars think that Hilder should have delved into the Second Amendment in a ruling several years ago instead of confining his ruling to an interpretation of statute. In other words, Sen. Buttars wishes that Hilder had been -- yes -- an activist judge. There's just no pleasing these guys.
P.S. No picture today. Note to the Trib: Bigger pictures, please...
Thursday, November 06, 2008
On Friday morning, Gov. Huntsman's appointee to the Court of Appeals vacancy, Robert K. Hilder, is going before the Senate Judicial Confirmation Committee. Hilder is widely regarded as one of the best judges in the 3rd District Court, a smart guy. But in a series of emails that have been circulating, some prominent lawyers have expressed concern that Buttars and etc. will ignore Hilder's qualifications, and instead punish him for one or two rulings it didn't like, such as the one five years ago when Hilder opined that state law allowed the University of Utah to exclude guns from its campus (which, incidentally, was also consistent with public sentiment).
As this morning's Tribune (and Huntsman's 77% vote) pointed out, Utahns want moderation these days, not more of the same ol'. Perhaps these lawyers are just paranoid. But with Chris Buttars involved, this may be one of those times when being paranoid doesn't mean that someone isn't out to get you.
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Tonight, Round 2 went to Beck, a tireless campaigner who defeated He-Of-the-Great-Lung-Capacity by 243 votes in a gerrymandered Republican district. Yippee!
Not to take anything away from Beck, but we figured Christensen had an uphill battle once it was discovered that he was single-handedly responsible for global warming.
Still, good job, Beck. All you need now is a quote book...
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
This lifelong Democrat was a little chagrined at admitting that he had voted for Horiuchi, but he had a specific reason he couldn't get out of. We understand. We used to vote for Horiuchi, enthusiastically in fact, but the list of questionable transactions just got too tiresome.
We would prefer a 5-4 Democratic majority on the council, but we can't vote for someone whose integrity we seriously question. This DeBry guy might be a novice, but right now, Horiuchi's experience is the bigger problem.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Sitting in my office this afternoon, I am enjoying my daily Sean Hannity. I love listening to him as he gets more and more panicked. It makes me laugh. VoU2, on the other hand, can't abide one syllable of his grating voice.
I have tried to explain:
Some of today's gems:
VoU1: "It's pretty funny; he's just flailing around because
there's nothing he can do."
VoU2: "I don't care."
- An African American expresses concern that he does not feel welcome by the Republican Party, and Hannity is incredulous. After all, he says, the GOP is "the party of Lincoln."
- A woman can't figure out why the American people "don't seem to care about Obama's past associations." Hannity admits that it's because this stuff is all b.s. Ok, not really - he agrees with her that it's "obvious" and is mystified as to why "thinking people" don't seem to agree.
- He tells an Obama supporter that he is "getting off track" and needs to "focus with me here" when the caller starts praising Obama's tax plan.
- Says Obama "wants to turn America into France or worse." Worse than France? Like what, Sweden?
- Played the song "More than a woman, more than a woman to me" after a call from a male Obama supporter. See, that's why I listen--intelligent debate.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
GOP candidates warn voters about perils of one-party rule
I look forward to Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz sounding that alarm here in Utah...
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Lots of stuff to vote on today. Straight ticket? No, thanks. Yes, Obama . . . Yes, Matheson (pressing screen with one hand while holding nose with the other) . . . Where's the guy running against Horiuchi--there he is. Yes, Not-Horiuchi. . . . Should these 500 judges be retained? . . . Oops, didn't study that issue, but the legislature apparently wants it so better vote no . . . .
Is this your vote? Are you sure? If you change your mind more than twice, we will take away your card and vote for you. Would you like us to vote for you?
Your vote has been cast. Would you like to be heckled? Yes/No.
"You vote like a girl! My great-grandmother can press the screen harder than that!" "Took you long enough--did you stop for lunch?" "You have the fingerprint of a sex god--Give it back!"
Sunday, October 19, 2008
"I was thrilled when I heard about this opportunity to visit Utah..."
"I know Bill wishes he were here, too."
". . . to address issues important to the voters in this state."
Thursday, October 16, 2008
That's VOU2's theory for why the Republicans keep running, let's say, "unexciting" candidates against Matheson. LaVar Christensen gave up his spot as a state legislator, but was too obsessed with gay sex and Nancy Pelosi even for Utah Republicans, got wiped out in the general, and is now trying to go back to being a big fish in a little pond.
Christensen was at least noticed. Dew is just . . . out there, somewhere. We think. And we do mean out there. Check out his campaign video. His daughter says that they used to get up at 6 a.m. and "read the Constitution" together. Okaaaay.... I'm all about constitutions -- we have more than one, by the way -- but that sounds a little weird.
So, once again, it's Torture-Bill vs. The Head Scratcher if we stick to the usual suspects. Time to get out the Voter Information Pamphlet...p. 8...Matthew Arndt, Libertarian. College teacher, good...liberty brings more peace and prosperity, good..."Government's only proper role is to protect property, enforce contracts and settle property disputes"--What? Government is just a big courtroom? Glad you're not in charge of regulating our retirement funds.
Guess that leaves Dennis Ray Emery, Constitution Party.... "No Statement Provided." You had us at No...
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Not content with taking on breathable air, bicycle safety, and other non-gay-marriage issues, now Becker apparently has a problem with hunger and poverty. He has signed a proclamation declaring tomorrow World Food Day in the City. I don't quite grasp the details, but I figure participating restaurants will know what I'm talking about:
Each participating restaurant will offer a special food item that can be ordered at a reduced portion size that patrons may price themselves. A portion of the profits collected from the sale of the item will go to each restaurant’s favorite food-related charity.Okay, it benefits the Utah Food Bank, etc. That's great, but the key issue, of course, is where can I eat lunch tomorrow? Options are listed below.
In Utah, 9.7 percent of the population lives in poverty and the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that 5.1 percent of residents are dealing with hunger. Observing World Food Day in Salt Lake City will be an opportunity for local restaurants to give back to community members and raise awareness about hunger and poverty in Utah.
SQUATTERS BREW PUB
147 West 300 South
657 South Main Street
TIN ANGEL CAFE
365 West 400 South
779 East 300 South
249 East 400 South Suite 100
390 East 1700 South
2148 South Highland Drive
NOBROW COFFEE & TEA
315 East 300 South
473 East Broadway
2280 South West Temple
LUNA'S ITALIAN ICE CAFÉ
[no address given]
ONE WORLD EVERYBODY EATS
41 South 300 East
CEDARS OF LEBANON
154 East 200 South
249 East 400 South
151 South 500 East
300 South 345 EAST
FREE WHEELERS PIZZA
150 SOUTH 400 EAST
CURRY IN A HURRY
2020 SOUTH STATE STREET
(so that's where these guys went!)
Mm mm good.
Carlene Walker is relatively moderate, and sometimes does nutty things like focus on practical issues such as identity theft and drunk driving rather than peeking in bedroom windows. She runs a good committee meeting, doesn't automatically dismiss competing views, and is intelligent.
Karen Walker is also smart and focuses on issues that actually matter, such as education. She is compassionate but practical, and is not afraid to think outside party lines on issues such as immigration.
The tie-breaker for us? Vouchers. Walker caved to party or other political pressure and voted for vouchers, even though it was directly contrary to Utahns' wishes and detrimental for public education. Still, she says she won't do it again, and we believe her.
So basically, this bites. Senate 8 has two good candidates and only one slot. We have an idea, though: Morgan wins the race. The legislature then gerrymanders Walker into another district. The current senator in District X is caught buying "Nailin' Palin" with a state credit card, resigns in disgrace, and moves to Sandy. Gov. Huntsman appoints Walker to fill out his term. Voila! Election gods, please make it so.
In the first article, Sandy City council member Steve Smith dared to buck Mayor Tom "almost lost my last election" Dolan, suggesting that maybe Sandy should admit that "calling the theater privately funded is 'just semantics' because ultimately Sandy would be paying off the developer's loan," while another councilman suggested that maybe the city should figure out how much it's going to cost city residents before adding more parking problems to the city.
In the second article, the Deseret News announced that Salt Lake City will announce tomorrow that a 2,400-seat Broadway-style theater is to be built downtown on Regent Street. Expected at Mayor Becker's press conference are Governor Huntsman and Bishop Burton with the LDS Church. Hmm... Did Salt Lake City finally get one over on Dolan? Can Greg Curtis intervene in time? Stay tuned.
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
A woman once told one of us that, while she was choosing an adoptive family for her newborn child, her physician Dr. Brinton told her, "I know you're going to do the right thing and give this baby to a Mormon family," and that he arranged for a priesthood blessing for her in her hospital room. (She was not LDS.) Wasn't there, can't confirm it, but ever since then, his name in the paper always catches our eye.
The latest: He was indicted this morning, along with 17 others, for an alleged illegal online prescription drug ring. But apparently he's innocent. "We talked to Dr. Brinton on the phone this afternoon," KSL writes. "He says he only supported advertising Phentermine on the Web site and would help with quality control." Well, sure, because when one thinks of "quality control," who doesn't think of Dr. Brinton?
Monday, October 06, 2008
According to a 2006 study sponsored by the Security Industry Alarm Coalition, that would be a bad idea. A telephone survey of Salt Lake residents found that two-thirds of voters disapprove of their city's policy and that 60 percent would vote against a candidate that supported such a rule.The D-News didn't say how the study was worded, but one can imagine questioning a la a Utah Dem push poll: "Do you favor or oppose a rule that puts people at risk of being robbed and murdered in their own homes?"
Let's face it: If you can afford a burglar alarm system, you can probably afford to put something in the till if you waste the cops' time with two or more false alarms in one year. And if 98 percent are false, it seems to make some sense for a private guard to respond first, as Salt Lake City and West Valley require. A qualified guard could do some good in the other 2 percent in which something is actually happening.
Saturday, October 04, 2008
- Former TV news anchor Phil Riesen (D-Salt Lake) leaks a story to TV news that Greg Hughes (R-Draper) told another representative that, wink wink, if she would vote for vouchers, she might, you know, notice a few extra OOOs in her campaign account. The unusual part: Riesen leaked it to KSL, rather than his former employer KTVX.
- Hughes gets into a "So's your mother" with the House speaker's chief of staff, and is escorted out of a parking lot by the Highway Patrol. He also hires an attorney to defend the ethics complaint and maybe sue Riesen, KSL, and anyone who watched the news or thought about it. Re-elect Greg Hughes: He's job security for law enforcement (and ethics investigators, and attorneys...).
- Earlier, Hughes (is this guy hogging all the ink or what?) suggested that Voices for Utah Children, Roz McGee's old organization and now Karen Crompton's, had endorsed him. Turns out that the letter he was quoting had been sent to every legislator who voted for a certain bill. But maybe Crompton sealed his with a kiss...
- Utah Democrats launched an irritating push poll that basically asked, "Would you rather vote for Republican X, who kicks puppies, or Democrat Y, who thinks you're cute?" Well, since you put it so objectively . . . .
- Democrat Jay Seegmiller, who is giving Greg Curtis (R-Real Salt Lake) another run for his considerable money, was also victimized by push pollers, who suggested that Seegmiller wants government to pay for abortions performed by illegal immigrants. Too little too late: looks like Curtis's days might be numbered.
- And last: Genealogists ruin everything! According to a security expert and KSL commenters, Ancestry.com and genealogists who post things on the interweb are promoting identity theft. Forget those letters we get monthly from our banks, investment brokers, hospitals, retailers, and internet providers telling us that they've, um, mislaid our personal data -- we were fine until Aunt Betty posted grandma's obituary.
Monday, May 26, 2008
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Saturday, April 26, 2008
For other city officials who are behind the curve, The Trib offers an instructional diagram, roughly translated as: "You approve my bonus, I'll approve your bonus."
The most impressive yield is by Sandy City Administrator Byron Jorgenson. For administering a city of 100,000, Mr. Jorgenson makes a salary of $151,000, plus (so far this year) $12,500 in bonus money. Sandy residents can't really complain about that. I mean, his salary is only 150 percent of the governor's salary, and he's worth way more than that, especially since, according to Sandy City,
"A large part of Mr. Jorgenson’s leadership strength comes from his high standards of personal ethics and integrity, which he exemplifies himself and demands in those around him."
And that's why Mr. Jorgenson deserves such a huge bonus -- because he spends so much time demanding integrity from others.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
I'm sorry; did I read that correctly? Apparently so:
Utopia's board of directors is developing a new business model it hopes finally will place the struggling, municipally owned network onto a solid financial footing. As part of that plan, it wants to require each new customer to pay a hefty fee upfront.
"We've identified a range of around $1,000, but eventually it could be two to three times that amount," said Utopia's chairman Alex Jensen.
Utopia's board is negotiating with several banks about providing financing for the connection fee so that customers who don't want to pay upfront can make payments over time. "If that [financing] is what customers want, it would be like going down to RC Willey and buying a piece of furniture," said Jensen, the Layton city manager.Financing a hookup fee? Up to $3,000 just to be allowed to pay a monthly internet fee? Right. Maybe if it's superfast, makes breakfast every morning, and picks up my dry cleaning. Holy smokes.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
I thought about it. Assuming -- as we did -- that Democrats are more likely to help low- and middle-income people, and assuming -- as we did -- that Republicans are more likely to help upper-income people, that meant . . . .
"I'm voting against my economic interests," I said. "I should be voting for Republicans."
Well, that's different, he seemed to suggest; it wasn't stupid for me to vote principle over pocketbook. But it was for his lower-income friends? Hmm . . .
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
Anyway, I just have to say: Tanner Transmission, how do you pay for all that advertising? I see your face almost as often as Siegfried & Jensen's. And how about a new one once in a while? The only ad I want to see over and over for 20 years is this one:
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
Salt Lake County mayor Peter Corroon has raised nearly $148,000 for his re-election campaign. GOP opponent Michael Renckert has raised $700. That roughly resembles the anticipated margin of Corroon's victory.
Now, a groan-out-loud moment:
Randy "Never met a conflict of interest I didn't like" Horiuchi is up to his old tricks, racking up $63,000 toward his re-election campaign. The primary donors are--do we even need to say?
Well, you know what they say: Developers are a girl's best friend. And being a councilman means never having to say you're sorry.
More than half the incumbent's contributions ($35,900) came from home builders and real estate management firms, including North Star Builders, Wasatch Pacific and Cottonwood Development.
Monday, April 07, 2008
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
"It's not fair to say they will be [negatively affected]. They could say, 'I would rather pay more taxes,' and choose the flat tax this year," she said. "The reason it's optional is they can choose which is best for them."Nice to know that Huntsman's spokesperson has a finger on the pulse of the people.