Monthly Archives: June 2009

Political Surf on the climate change bill

Last week, while on vacation, I watched with interest the U.S. House debate over Obama’s energy bill, and in particular, efforts to reduce global warming, including a cap and trade clause that would create a market for carbon. I’m a … Read More

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Political Surf on the life of Mormonism's first intellectual

In the 19th century, for many in the East Coast of the United States, Brigham Young may have been the image they saw when they thought of Mormonism, but the ideas they heard coming from the new religion came mostly … Read More

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Political Surf on the media blame game and Stewart's sanity break

So David Letterman has apologized for a crude joke he made at Sarah Palin’s daughter’s expense. OK, can we forget about it now? Apparently not. On my Facebook page there’s an ad from “Fire David Letterman.” Sigh. We have a … Read More

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Political Surf on Gallup's conservative nation

Here’s some interesting polling data on how Americans describe themselves politically. Despite a liberal president and liberal majority in Congress, 40 percent of Americans call themselves “conservative.” Only 21 percent describe themselves as “liberal.” http://www.gallup.com/poll These are the highest numbers … Read More

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Political Surf reviews Bill Maher's anti-religious 'Religulous'

The following review is available in today’s Currents, the Standard’s digital-only section on politics and culture. In Currents, it is accompanied by an original cartoon by the Standard’s Cal Grondahl. Subscribers have access to Currents. If you need help, call … Read More

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Political Surf on grieving and a son's birthday

It’s June 10 as I write this post. Nine years ago our oldest son, Ray, was born. On June 11, nine years ago, Ray died. Having to deal with the helplessness of having a child die is unique to a … Read More

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Political Surf on the maze of paying for health care reform

If you can believe the news, the Obama administration will soon start to press for health care reform. The president wants a mandate that all Americans be covered. The trick is how to pay for all of this. Obama enjoys … Read More

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Political Surf on how Mormonism's secret to success is its imperfections

I was watching Richard Bushman on DVD speak at some conference or other, the DVD — bought at alas, a remaindered discount at Seagull — doesn’t say where the conference was, or maybe I missed that information. In any event, … Read More

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Political Surf on the public rejecting Obama on Gitmo

The public has told President Obama how it feels about his plan to close Guantanamo, and the new president has been dealt a very sharp rebuke. According to a USA Today Gallup Poll, 65 percent of Americans oppose closing Gitmo. … Read More

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Political Surf on Prop 8 heads to federal court

An interesting twist to the current legal status of California’s Proposition 8, which prohibits same-sex marriage. On July 2, before Bay Area Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughan Walker (a Bush I appointee) legal stars Ted Olson and David Boies will … Read More

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