Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Worldliness

Coming back from a long weekend, I noticed that the last comment I posted was regarding Hellewell's efforts to further theocratize public schools. The Tribune's reports over the last few days over the declining Mormon population in Utah will hopefully rightly relegate Hellewell and like-minded folks to batsh_t crazy Utah Valley zealot garbage.

What I think was the most interesting tidbit from this reporting was the fact that Utah County, which is a large, urban county, is still like %75 LDS. So does this mean that a new homeland is in the midst and that Salt Lake County has been written off by the faithful? Has the center of Zion become too worldly? Are good upstanding LDS folk fleeing the stench of wickedness that lies between the Wasatch and the Oquirrhs?

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Because the Non-Mormon Kids Aren't Feeling Sufficiently Awkward.

Well, we can at least take comfort in that this will be an easy target for the ACLU. Just when you think you've safely dodged Hurricane Buttars, T.S. Hellewell looms.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Just Figured It Out

Everyone knows or should know that no one in the White House of any importance will actually be held accountable for what they do. Karl Rove is no exception. My prediction: Bush's flip-flop on Rove (only convicted felons get the boot) will buy him at least another year or two before an indictment is handed down by Fitzgerald, then the trial will ensue for about another year, and when it's all said and done, it will be lame-duck pardoning season. Then Karl can continue orchestrating evil campaigns.

I mean, think about it. You really think the man (yes, the, as in singular, man, and no, not Bush, not Cheney, but Rove) who has managed to conquer three branches of government is going to let himself be subjected to the laws of the common people?

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

We are not making this up.

"It's unfortunate that Mr. Dean would politicize [the Schiavo] family's tragedy."

-Sen. Curtis Bramble, R-Provo.

Think of the Children

The party-line vote over extending benefits to non-married couples is a complete letdown, however Scott McCoy's comments do offer a silver lining:

"The younger generations are absolutely in favor of this," he said. "By fighting the fight, we're making the future come faster."

The ridiculousness of the gay marriage/civil union debate, demonstrated by the SL County council and repeated countless times across the country, is something that younger folks can cope with by relying on the liklihood that it will die with the older generations that are currently in power. In fact, I think we can expect a complete backlash against the current parochialism that has brought us religious bigotry and corporate corruption in government. Being the first generation to experience mass-market media, baby-boomers have not developed a strong-enough resistance to the pop-culture b.s. and have therefore latched on to all sorts of meaningless causes. They have confused their lives with those that are portrayed on TV and are more concerned about superficial endeavours like the so-called moral issues than things that really matter like progressive taxation, energy independence, and the social, political, and economic effects of emerging globalization.

So the reason we're not extending benefits to non-married couples is because of our moral values. Couples that are struggling to build a life together are not deserving of a break. The people who buy this are those that wear morals on their sleeves, not in their everyday actions. Helping families, who, in the reality-based community, come in all shapes and sizes, is morality in action. Denying the rights families are entitled to based on a shallow, "show" morality is the mark of a facile, decadent culture.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Did I mention I have gay friends?

Please take a minute to enjoy CassBar's kerrraaazzy new game,

"FUN WITH DISCLAIMERS!"

Just finish each sentence - it's easy and fun!

1. "I'm not racist, but _________________________________________________"

2. "As you know, I'm totally color-blind, but I can't help to notice that __________________"

3.* "I hope I don't sound bigoted, but _________________________________"

*Provided by David Wilde, Salt Lake County Councilman