Friday, September 30, 2005

Clearing the Air

I'm listening to KCPW right now and it's interesting to hear the Mayor's explanation for the various issues of the day. What's interesting is how his explanations differ to the selected quoting of Heather May. Why, he almost sounds reasonable.

Why does the Mayor fail to follow the script?

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Wine, Horrors! Beer, Horrors!

Rocky's comments about this particular issue are pretty acidic - and appropriate. This has got to be one of the dumbest issues that Heather May feels is worthy of newsprint real estate. Thank God we have Nancy Saxton and Dale Lambert to weigh in on the issue. Saxton says Rocky should "ante up" and pay for Richard Daley's beer. Three cheers for leadership, Nancy.

Watch for "Rocky Boozehound/Taxpayer Money/Limousine Liberal" letters in the two dailies.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Salon Covers the Diamond Fork Rave

Most of the arrests made that night were for disrespecting police officers. Interesting.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

SLC Rank-and-File Fail to Follow the Script

It appears that 80% of the employees in the Mayor's Office are "satisfied" with their job. Well, dog my cats, maybe Deeda's account of working there isn't representative of how things work as a whole. Funny thing - the people who are dissatisfied with the way Rocky treats all happen to be appointed officials. What's up with that? It couldn't have anything to do with the fact that these people have higher profile positions and all the entitlement issues that go along with that, could it?

Paul Rolly has noted that during the last two Mayoral campaigns, Deeda has routinely shopped around for candidates that would give her the best gig. She's a well-connected gal and probably has well-honed skills when it comes to establishing beneficial alliances with SLC politicos. The problem with this is that these type of folks develop a sense of entitlement that sometimes overshadows their obligation to serve at the pleasure of their appointer. She has served on the City Council and held several positions with Rocky's administration and it's not entirely implausible that she may have felt she was in somewhat of an elevated position. Rocky's claim that she threatened to conjure a media storm upon her termination is indicative of this type of mindset. She probably felt that she was a power to be reckoned with and that some aspects of her on-the-job performance were beyond reproach. Rocky's definitely gone through appointees like toiletpaper, but it's important to remember that appointed officials often have an agenda of their own. It may be something as benign as a resume-builder or a plank to bigger and better things, but most appointees don't take the job simply because they need the paycheck. They seek the recognition, the prestige, and the power that comes with being in a politician's inner circle. Unfortunately, the people who really fall victim to the workplace abuse aren't in a position to have Heather May take down each and every juicy tidbit - no matter how embellished - to embarass their former boss. And given the amount of meat Deeda has thrown to Rocky detractors, she'll no doubt have plenty of new job offers. Hey, that brings up a thought: there isn't a Mayoral election coming anytime soon, is there?

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

A View from Across the Pond

For all those who have grown tired of the saccharine-bomb portrayals of N.O. refugess in Utah - mainly brought to us by our local media - here's a rather decent article that can be found in today's edition of The Guardian (UK).

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

That Crazy Mayor

If you've ever worked for a local government agency, you know that, when it comes to community development, there's two types of cities- the accomodating and the resistant. The former will usually have a separate department called something like "development services" that is separate from the city's planning, building, engineering, and public works agencies. The purpose of this department is to coordinate development projects and shepherd them through the process and various departmental reviews in order to provide some reasonable expectation of when a development project will be permitted. With close to $2 billion's worth of development slated for downtown and the myriad of permitting that would accompany it, hiring a Downtown Building Coordinator would seem like a logical thing for a city government to do. For those who scoff at Rocky's portrayals of the City Council as a nest of naysayers, please explain this.

Friday, September 02, 2005

Dear Leader in Action

Below are photos of Bush during times of national crises. In the interest of brevity, I have limited these photos to events where more than 1,000 people died.

9/11:
The Iraq Quagmire:

The Destruction of New Orleans:

Thursday, September 01, 2005

The Price We Pay for Electing an Idiot

So, it appears that FEMA is loaded with Bush cronies who have no qualifications other than their ability to fundraise. Whether or not you agree that a PDB entitled "Bin Laden Determined to Strike within the United States" was enough information to put in protective measures to prevent 9/11, it is now becoming clear that this administration is so incredibly incompetent that we now have to measure the actual level of ineptitude by the thousands of people that have died under their watch. 3,000 in 2001, 1,800 and counting in 2003-2005, and in N.O., a number to ghastly to even fathom right now.

Those who continue to blindly support Bush will be regarded by history as the enablers for the worst presidency EVER. No one can seriously deny that the disaster in N.O. is not a direct result of this administration's no-holds barred efforts to compromise what would otherwise be the world's most capable government. Impeachment must being NOW.