Monthly Archives: July 2009

On smooching and angry calls

My wife and I kiss often. It’s probable that we’ve smooched on Main Street Plaza a few times, perhaps even hugged once or twice. It’s unlikely, but not impossible, that we shared a hug there that involved my hand giving … Read More

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Will 'birthers' contaminate the GOP?

Make no mistake about it — the “birthers” are creepy. They are packs of obsessive haters of President Obama convinced he was not born in Hawaii but out of the nation, and hence cannot be president. What foolishness. The evidence, … Read More

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Political Surf on voters are figuring out Obama

Voters are starting to figure out President Obama and that’s bad news for the president. Rather than a catalyst for positive change, a leader who transcends race, more and more of us see the president as a pretty cool guy … Read More

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Political Surf on amateur fight night in Ogden

One of the reasons I enjoy a night at the fights, whether professional or novice amateurs, is that there is always a great fight that stands out from the others. It’s either the distinct styles being pitted against each other … Read More

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Political Surf on a shift in the culture wars?

There’s an interesting piece in Forbes online today. Titled, The Next Culture War, by Joel Kotkin, it argues that a long-term culture war in this nation over religion values is over, and right-wing zealots were routed. Ironically, though, adds Kotkin, … Read More

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Political Surf on poll shows Obama and Romney tied in 2012 matchup

A presidential preference poll three years before an election is only slightly more valuable than a copy of the newspaper three Mondays ago, but Rasmussen Reports has just released a very interesting, albeit gossipy poll. “If the 2012 presidential election … Read More

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Political Surf on biography of Juanita Brooks, Utah historian

In his book, “Juanita Brooks: Mormon Woman Historian,” Levi S. Peterson describes a woman who lived two distinct lives. In one, she was the Bunkerville, Nev., native one or two generations away from early-Mormon pioneer life, bred to be a … Read More

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Political Surf on abortion and health care

Will abortion prove to be a deal-breaker on President Obama’s health care reform initiative? According to Congressional Quarterly, it just might. A fight is brewing over whether abortion will be part of a recommended minimum benefits package that a committee … Read More

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Political Surf on 'Seinfeld' hearings and judicial activism

Law professor Randy Barnett has a very interesting article on the Sotomayor hearings, which he compares to Seinfeld, in that the hearings are about nothing more than scoring political points for both sides. You can read Barnett’s piece here: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124744026183929741.html … Read More

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Political Surf on the mysterious Great Brain movie

This column is in today’s Currents, the Standard-Examiner’s digital-only section on politics and culture. All subscribers with Internet have access to Currents. Last week, in the Sunday Standard-Examiner, I wrote a column on the late Utah-born author John D. Fitzgerald, … Read More

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