Monthly Archives: September 2011

While activists sip tea, Romney fends off the latest flavors

Herman Cain is the new Tea Party fave of the month, mainly because he got 900 votes in a Florida straw poll and fessed up that he survived a bout with cancer a few years ago. Before that the flavor … Read More

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Morrisite War was a bloody little event in 1860s Top of Utah

(To see Cal Grondahl’s cartoon that goes with this post, click here) In the small northern community of South Weber, Utah, a monument was erected to the Morrisite War, a small but deadly 1862 battle between a group of Mormon … Read More

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Social media the engine behind coverage of Wall Street protests

Take a look at this photo. It’s of a cop in NYC reaching over a barrier and yanking the hair of a young woman protesting Wall Street. Now go to this YouTube link and watch several young women protesters be … Read More

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Elizabeth Warren is what many on the left want Obama to be

I’m struck by this quote from Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren, uttered recently at a campaign event. You can watch it here. At one point, Warren says, “There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own … Read More

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Obama is dishonest and demagogic in tax debate

If President Barack Obama wanted to be honest about the current debate over taxes, he wouldn’t repeat the lie that middle-class Americans pay more in taxes than the wealthy. The Associated Press has debunked that claim, which is being used … Read More

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Novel on Wells, Cannon scandal highlights how evil polygamy was

(To see Cal Grondahl’s cartoon that goes with this post, click here) A while back I wrote about the scandal between the Wells and Cannon families in 1880s Salt Lake City (Read). Louie Wells, a beautiful, talented daughter of a … Read More

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Joe McGinniss is the Robert DeNiro of nonfiction writing

A long time ago, Joe McGinniss wrote good books, including “The Selling of the President” and “Fatal Vision.” A long time ago, Robert DeNiro made great films such as “The Godfather Part II,” Taxi Driver” and “Raging Bull.” DeNiro got … Read More

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The Internet has served as a boon for truthers, other far-fetched conspiracy theories

I just read an interesting book, Among the Truthers: A Journey Through America’s Growing Conspiracist Underground, by Canadian journalist Jonathan Kay. There’s more than truthers covered. The book also looks at Birthers, the Obama-is-a-Muslim crowd, the vaccines-cause-autism folks, the New … Read More

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The economy is handcuffing the Obama administration

President Obama is having a bad day/month/year. His party lost a U.S. House seat in New York that it had held for 90 years. His campaign launched a very dumb website, Attack Watch (click), that is already being laughed at … Read More

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John C. Bennett was the Lucifer of early Mormonism

(To see Cal Grondahl’s cartoon that goes with this post, click here) Dr. John Cook Bennett: most Mormons probably know him from LDS Church Almanacs as “assistant president of the LDS Church” for a year or so during the Nauvoo … Read More

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