Monthly Archives: August 2009

A bipartisan proposal: Tort reform and the public option

Finding real candor from a pol at a health care town hall meeting is quite rare so here’s three cheers for former DNC chair and ex-Vermont governor Howard Dean for giving this honest answer as to why there is no … Read More

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Several thousand hours of practice leads to a black belt

The following column is in today’s edition of Currents, the Standard-Examiner’s digital-only section on politics and culture. In Currents, it is accompanied with an original cartoon by the Standard-Examiner’s Cal Grondahl. For more information on Currents, call (801) 625-4400. Last … Read More

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Bennett writes a Book of Mormon book in time for the campaign

Journalists are cynical, particularly when it comes to pols.  I gotta say, Sen. Bob Bennett’s new book on why he believes The Book of Mormon is true seems to be targeted to reach Latter-day Saints — and voters — in … Read More

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Left's tired hate charge against GOP still being pitched

Look at this hissy fit in print from the New Republic’s Jonathan Chait. It’s titled “Crazy Train: The GOP welcomes the fringe on board.” http://www.tnr.com In it Chait tries an old liberal trick. He attacks some legitimate protesters with the … Read More

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Mormonism's best bad movie

(This column is in today’s Currents, the Standard-Examiner’s digital-only section on politics and culture.) The competition’s tough, but “The Home Teachers” is Mormonism’s Best Worst Movie! After watching “Best Worst Movie,” the film homage to the deliriously bad “Troll 2,” … Read More

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Fox, MSNBC exemplify the great political divide

I usually sample cable news — I like Fox’s Special Report and some segments of Bill O’Reilly. I try to catch more than a few minutes of Keith Olbermann on MSNBC. He fascinates me. With his Gordon Gekko haircut, skin … Read More

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Illegals aliens are not covered in health care reform bill

One of the myths circulating is that illegal aliens will be covered under HR320, the only health care reform “bill” under consideration right now.  They aren’t. Section 246 of HR320 says, “Nothing in this subtitle shall allow Federal payments for … Read More

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Obamacare's public chaos

The Obama administration has lost control of the health care debate. Its civil war with congressional liberals over ditching a public option was actually a positive sign from the president — until he backed away from it and allowed silly … Read More

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New York Times peddles the president's column (Update)

(UPDATE) According to Laurence Reisman, NCEW member and editorial page editor for Florida’s Treasure Coast newspapers, the New York Times has dropped its efforts to sell the Obama column and will refund to newspapers any sales it previously made.) Here’s … Read More

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A peek into Currents: Review of "Hooligan"

I didn’t like “Hooligan” as much as I thought I would. Perhaps I have too high expectations: I had just read “The Tree House,” author Douglas Thayer’s powerful novel of a young Provo man’s journey from teen years to a … Read More

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