Monthly Archives: December 2009

Are Americans a bunch of weenies? Yup!

So I’m watching all the hubub over this Detroit Christmas terrorism bombing thing, and I see this commentary by Ruth Marcus in the Washington Post asking, really, how can this be? Her commentary is here (click!) and it’s reasonably good, … Read More

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Never mind that, read this!!

OK, step away from the computer. No, seriously. It is Christmas eve, Santa is loading his sleigh, children are dreaming of sugarplums, and you’re sitting here reading about health care reform, missing wives in Salt Lake City, the Iranian mess … Read More

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Utah's health care congressional idiots

Well, thanks to Sen. Hatch, Sen. Bennett and Rep. Bishop’s idiocy, Utah can count on no goodies from the newly passed health bill. As regular readers of my column know, I’m all about our Congresspeople bringing home the bacon. Other … Read More

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Why do we always prefer the private, high cost option?

It’s fun to slam the US Postal Service, but I’ve never been quite clear on why we do. After all, if you know of a private commercial carrier who will deliver something for you, in two days, to a location … Read More

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What next, hold Apple Pie for ransom?

May I take a second to express my intense disgust at the US Senate’s GOP caucus for using the military funding bill, the bill that supports our troops in the field, in combat, to play political games over health care? … Read More

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Sex, murder and kidding in the news

This paper used to run a regular item called “20 years ago today” and “50 years ago today,” featuring small stories from those numbers of years ago. I have to admit they lost appeal to me when I realized the … Read More

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Chri$tma$ Cheer? Not so much

Steve Lopez, who writes a really excellent column in the LATimes, had a good one today on the puzzle we face over the economy. On one hand, we consumers are told that the state of the economy is determined by how … Read More

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Vietnam redux, and where Utah's special glow comes from

I finished up my class at Weber State University last week, studying Vietnam and Watergate through popular culture. High praise for Justina Bernstein for teaching it. The class was an eye-opener for a lot of reasons, not the least of which … Read More

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Sarah Palin in extremis

So I was Sarah Palin driving home yesterday and Sarah Palin heard the news that Sarah Palin was in Salt Lake City Sarah Palin selling books about Sarah Palin that Sarah Palin didn’t write but nobody Sarah Palin cares because … Read More

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Needed: A way to stick it to health reform

OK, here’s my theory: People will support health care reform when they can think of a way to work the system so they get more back than they pay in. In fact, what they really want is a way to … Read More

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