Monthly Archives: April 2009

The Political Surf on why Ayn Rand's surging today

The number are in, and paleo-capitalist Ayn Rand’s hot again.  “Atlas Shrugged” is selling at a pace not seen since the novel was published in 1957. Sales of her other major novel, “The Fountainhead,” are up as well. It’s clear … Read More

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Political Surf on fear of flying … fat

A colleague and I were discussing United Airlines’ new policy where on sold-out flights, if you’re too fat, you pay for two coach seats. My thin colleague is all for this trend in aviation seat pricing. “Get them to step … Read More

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Political Surf on why we should allow religion to be defamed

Recently the United Nations passed a resolution that condemns the “defamation of religion” and compares such defamation to a human rights violation. The resolution reads in part, “…defamation of religion is a serious affront to human dignity…” The resolution was … Read More

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The Political Surf on Twilight's sex is too hot for Deseret Book

I guess hints of sex between married vampires was just too hot for Deseret Book. In a rather odd development, the longtime LDS bookseller took Mormon author Stephenie Meyer’s popular “Twilight” series off the shelves and off its official Deseret … Read More

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Political Surf on the tea parties, the media, taxes and big spending

Over the weekend I read a very interesting, well-written critique of last week’s “tea parties” from Casey Jones, an editorial writer for the Salt Lake Tribune. I disagree with Jones, but his column is worth a read at http://www.sltrib.com/opinion Jones … Read More

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The Political Surf on fight night in Ogden and Billy Zumbrun

I’m a huge boxing fan, but from a safe distance outside the ring. So I jumped at the chance last Friday to again cover a boxing card in Ogden. Alas, the days of cities boasting three fight cards a week are long … Read More

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The Political Surf on "apostates," typos and humorless BYU flaks

The latest issue of Currents, our digital-only opinion and culture section, is out. All subscribers to the Standard have access, so check it out. Here’s a peek at what’s in Currents: a column I wrote on the BYU Daily Universe … Read More

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The Political Surf on Ogden's Tea Party

I went to the Ogden Tea Party against taxes, socialism, government, Obama, liberalism… on Wednesday at noon. It was on Washington Boulevard, by the city offices. Despite the rain and snow, there were about 150-plus or so enthusiastic, flag- and … Read More

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Political Surf on Obama moves toward Bush on terror war

When President Obama was Candidate Obama, he argued against the Bush administration’s use of warrantless wiretapping and restriction of legal rights for War on Terror detainees. To the anger of many Obama supporters, including The New York Times Editorial Board, … Read More

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The Political Surf on gay marriage

The gay marriage issue is back in the news. The Iowa Supreme Court, by a 7-0 ruling, overturned that state’s ban. The justices cited an equal protection clause for all state citizens to justify the activist decision. Equal protection is … Read More

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