Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Religion And Politics 2

The LDS Church has always maintained its political neutrality. The problem doesn't really lie with The Church. I believe The Church is victimized by opportunistic politicians and also employees who do not understand the consequences of their actions. For example: Craig Foster who organized the Davis Co. GOP golf tourney by using his email address fostercl@ldschurch.org or Those at BYU who used their positions to rally for Governor Romney. I think it's absolutely appropriate for The Church to say to Mr. Mac, "look, you can be Pres. of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, or you can be on Senator Orrin Hatch's campaign payroll, but you can't do both". It's clear that The Chuch cannot rely on the scruples of politicians or the judgement of its employees. They need hard policy to put distance between themselves and politicians.

Religion And Politics

The LDS Church has always claimed political neutrality. But that doesn't stop ambitious politicians from standing as close as possible to The Church. Hopefully The Church will make some meaningful changes to discourage this practice. That is the only way The Church will survive its members reaching the top of the political game. For example, it's absolutely inappropriate for the President of The Mormon Tabernacle Choir to be on Senator Orrin Hatch's buddy payroll. If The Church is to survive the onslaught of Gov's Romney and Huntsman, they need to shed the small time bullshit games of disrespectful small ponders like Senator Hatch and Kem Gardner and get serious. Because what happened with the Boston Globe is only the tip of the public scrutiny iceberg that will dig through every email, schedule, and phone list available. The Church needs to get smart and push politicians to arms length.

Monday, October 30, 2006

The Utah Ledger

Friday, October 27, 2006

"Zing", Continued

Sometimes I'm misunderstood. I always blame myself, as I always know what I'm thinking but don't always know how to translate it. For the record, I posted Senator McCoy's comments because I thought they were 1) funny 2) a great response to the disturbing idea that everyone needs to be of the same party My education background is in East European Contemporary History, so ideas like that are big red flags for me.

Thursday, October 26, 2006


Courtesy of Senator Scott McCoy in response to the allegation that he can't get anything done on The Hill if he isn't a GOPer. "You have given me an idea. I will start co-sponsoring all the bills I don't like so that the House will kill them."

Complicity? Cowardice?

SLCo D.A. David Yocom and Utah A.G. Mark Shurtleff together decided NOT to investigate the illegal donation scheme of Dell Loy Hansen of Wasatch Property Management. Know why? Because Yocom is already up to his neck in an election eve sabotage investigation and another might backfire and Shurtleff is currently running ads for Lohra Miller.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Negative V. Personal

Congressman Chris Cannon blew up at Christian Burridge during a Daily Herald debate. He accused Burridge of making personal attacks. Attacking the Congressman's decisions is certainly a negative attack. But it is in no way personal. Congressman Cannon labels them "personal" because they question his "integrity". Clever. So don't criticize the Congressman, lest you offend his integrity. Apparently, that's against the rules.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Street Cred

Rebecca Walsh is in China with Governor Huntsman. As the Tribune explained, she earned her spot on the delegation. It was awesome to see the Tribune brag that Mayor Rocky Anderson "became so enraged with Walsh's reporting on him that he kept a dossier and tried to get her removed from the beat".


Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Slavish Redux

Remember when Mayor Rocky Anderson used the word "slavish"? He was pushed for an apology. He never gave one. It was in the papers, but I guess House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland missed the article.



Interesting the Tribune published this the day after they published this.

The Other Shoe Drops

When the Utah Legislature began poking its nose into SLCo's transit plans, some suspected it was just another way for the mighty State to make life hell for those it dislikes. Utah politics are the state's largest junior high school. Shane Johnson writes it up in the City Weekly.

Monday, October 16, 2006


Two sites you should add to your daily routine. New City Movement Voice of Utah


The Salt Lake Tribune endorsed Dr. Joe Jarvis over Senator Scott McCoy in the 2nd District. I disagreed with one of their reasons. While they noted gays were "underrepresented" at the statehouse, they said that Utah already had a "gay" legislator but no "doctor" legislator. I don't think that a representative has to share your lifestyle/ profession to politically represent you. While it's great to have a diversity of backgrounds, etc. on the hill, this is a flawed approach to democracy.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

What's Good For The Goose...

Senator Orrin Hatch helped spring Hip Hop producer Dallas Austin when he was caught in Dubai with 1.26 grams of cocaine and capsules of Ecstasy. Was it the right thing to do? Senator Hatch believes it was. An American in Dubai was just sentenced to four years in prison for posession of .14 grams of Marijuana. Should Senator Hatch step in? Absolutely, if only because he did it for Dallas Austin. And we said as much tonight on the Nightside Project. Listen to the segment.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Congressman Chris Cannon

Friday, October 06, 2006

Congressman Chris Cannon

I was stunned to hear Congressman Chris Cannon's take on the current D.C. scandal. Listen to it at the Nightside Project. Also in the segment are reactions from Senator Zell Miller, and Congressman Rob Bishop. I think the audio speaks for itself.

Congressman Chris Cannon

I was stunned to hear Congressman Chris Cannon's take on the current D.C. scandal. Listen to it at the Nightside Project. Also in the segment are reactions from Senator Zell Miller, and Congressman Rob Bishop. I think the audio speaks for itself.

Monday, October 02, 2006


I've been having way too much fun with the Nightside Project BackTalk Feature. Join in.