Saturday, March 29, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Yesterday, I didn't think there would be any need for this. As I listened to Sean Hannity in the car railing on and on about Jeremiah Wright, I rolled my eyes and thought he was making a mountain out of a mole hill. "No one thinks that Barack Obama hates America," I thought, "and you're misquoting Michelle Obama's 'pride' comment (again)."
But later, at dinner, a lifelong Democrat surprised me by saying, "Obama knew all along about what this guy was saying. He disinvited him from his first campaign announcement; what does that tell you? You can't tell me this guy (Wright) never said any of these things during the hundreds of sermons that Obama attended." Wow, I realized; this thing has traction. Obama realized that sooner, evidently.
This probably needed to be done, anyway, as a rite of passage for the country. As uncomfortable as it is, he will probably look back at this time as an opportunity more than a challenge.
UPDATE: I stayed to watch part of the speech -- what the heck? Where is the passionate, inspirational oratory? Did they tell him to chill out? The text of the speech was good, but this didn't strike me as an Obama delivery.
Monday, March 17, 2008
P.S. We think it's worth a periodic reminder (between now and, say, November) of which legislators spent our tax money on their Asian vacations, rewarding China for all it does for us and its own people. According to the D-News, they were:
• Senate Majority Leader Curt Bramble, R-Provo
• House Majority Leader David Clark, R-Santa Clara
• Senate Majority Whip Dan Eastman, R-Bountiful
Hey, didn't Eastman just announce his retirement? We want a refund!
• Sen. Peter Knudson, R-Brigham City
• Senate Minority Leader Mike Dmitrich, D-Price
Wait a minute -- didn't Dmitrich just retire, too? Got that China trip in just under the wire, huh?
• Sen. Howard Stephenson, R-Draper
• Sen. Mark Madsen, R-Lehi
• Sen. Brent Goodfellow, D-West Valley
• Rep. Sheryl Allen, R-Bountiful
• Rep. Kerry Gibson, R-Ogden
• Rep. Kory Holdaway, R-Taylorsville
• Rep. Carl Duckworth, D-Magna
• Rep. Eric Hutchings, R-Kearns
. . . and immediately thought of a joke someone e-mailed us once. It still makes me laugh out loud and can also serve as a word of warning, lest it happen to you:
A man drove downtown one day with a set of bagpipes in the back seat of his car. He parked the car, but as he was walking to his destination, he suddenly realized that he had left the back window rolled down. He raced back to the car, but it was too late--someone had already put another set of bagpipes in the car.If that whetted your appetite for bagpipe jokes, try this site.
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
We are presently compiling a list of other organizations whose finances should be next under this standard. Of course, first on the House's list will have to be the LDS Church. As this morning's D-News pointed out, a lot of fraud in Utah is committed by bishops and other persons in positions of trust within the Church:
That investigation may take a while. Let us know when you're through, House Squad; we should have the rest of your list ready by then.
"It is very prevalent," said Charlene Barlow, the Utah attorney general's section chief over financial crimes. "I have victims that sit here and they say, 'I can't believe I was so stupid. But you know, he was a church member. He was in my ward. He was my bishop.'"
Thursday, March 13, 2008
The Sutherland Institute is urging Gov. Huntsman to veto SB 81 because it is not accompanied by a promised task force, which was supposed to study the bill's impact so that unintended consequences (a specialty of our legislature) could be fixed beforehand. Anyone who heard Doug Wright's show on KSL after the bill passed knows what we mean: That may be the angriest he has ever been on air, venting at House Speaker Greg Curtis and the legislature generally for the task force bait-and-switch.
The Sutherland Institute is rrr... -- wait, we can do this -- is riiii... right in asking the Governor to veto SB 81 because without the task force study, it could be a disaster waiting to happen.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
In light of these fraud schemes, the First Presidency of the LDS Church recently passed along a message, which in part reads, "We are concerned that some Church members ignore the oft-repeated direction to prepare and live within a budget, avoid consumer debt, and to save against a time of need." It goes on to recommend members invest with responsible and established financial institutions.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
We encourage each of you to call the cops on your lawbreaking acquaintances. We will feel righteous satisfaction when Mr. Shurtleff busts the two LDS bishops, the recently returned mission president, the former city council member, the lawyers, the award-winning community activist, and others we know -- not us, of course -- who will be participating in one particular pool.
You know, we really ought to. Can you think of a faster way of getting our silly laws changed than to have hundreds of our state's most prominent citizens hauled into court?
Monday, March 10, 2008
to ensure that the NRCC has the maximum funds necessary to regain our Republican House majority and keep the White House in Republican hands.(Shouldn't that be the minimum funds necessary?)
I won't forget all the little bloggers I met on my way up. But don't just take my word for my wonderfulness; take the Committee's word:
Here at the National Republican Congressional Committee we hold special friends like you in the highest regard.I thought Amendment 3 did away with "special friends" . . .
Few individuals can match your proven devotion to our country,Ah, they got my affidavits.
your unfailing commitment to President Bush,Um . . .
and your dedication to the continued success of the Republican Party.Really? Few individuals can match me in their dedication to the success of the Republican Party? If that's true, can you say 'landslide'...?
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Exit polling in Ohio and Texas indicated that a majority of Democratic voters there believe that superdelegates should support the candidate who wins the popular vote. Hillary Clinton has a shot at pulling that off, so presumably her camp likes that idea. By contrast, according to one of Obama's superdelegates this morning, Obama's camp wants superdelegates voting in accord with the delegate count, not the popular vote.
It may be moot if Obama goes into the convention with both the popular vote and the delegate count. Otherwise--wow, this could get messy.
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
Sunday, March 02, 2008
Buttars' great-grandfather, David Buttar, was born in Scotland in 1822. He came over in 1854, but never legalized his status. Although he (or someone) told the census taker in 1910 that Mr. Buttar was naturalized, that's not what federal immigration records indicate.
Now, I know what some of you illegal-coddlers will say: "It was hard for polygamists to get naturalized back then, blahblahblah." Tough. If you can't be here legally, you can't be here. It's called the rule of law. And, of course, the polygamy problem went away in 1890. After that, many of Mr. Buttar's Cache County neighbors were naturalized, but we didn't find one for him.
Meanwhile, illegal immigrant Buttar was getting government benefits that should have gone to Americans. For example, he got free land under a homestead act. He was protected by U. S. soldiers when he moved to an area where Native Americans were already living. And he made the government expend resources on prosecuting him by violating the rule of law with his multi-spouse lifestyle choice.
And that's not all. This scofflaw wasn't legally married, either, even before he delved into polygamy. His second wife was never divorced from her first husband, it appears. (Not to mention that she absconded from England with their child without her husband's consent--typical illegal, already committing crimes before even getting here.)
Doesn't it make your blood boil? This man and woman, living together in sin, yet wanting the same benefits as a real marriage? The nerve! The only thing that could have made this worse would have been if Clarkston, Utah, had a domestic partner registry. Illicit relationships like that shouldn't be encouraged.
Saturday, March 01, 2008
Josh must have realized that there wasn't much more he could do to support the cause than Jim Matheson has already done, so what would be the point?