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Name: Steve
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Hometown: Ogden, Utah
Current location: South Western Utah
Member since: 2001
Number of posts: 698

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Trump's attacks on the FBI and Justice Dept. are the legal definition of Sedition!

According to Miriam-Webster - "The crime of creating a revolt, disturbance, or violence against lawful civil authority with the intent to cause its overthrow or destruction".

Democrat's in Congress should be pursuing this with a vengeance (no pun intended).

"Sanders Wins 2 States, But Clinton Retains Lead" - AP Headline on MSN

Another excellent example of misleading media bias.


Edward Abbey talks about Cliven Bundy from the grave!

The following quote is from a speech Edward Abbey gave at the University of Montana more than thirty years ago. It describes his disdain for what he calls "welfare ranching" which is exactly what the Bundy Criminal Family does for a living! Abbey died less than five years after making this speech.

You may have guessed by now that I'm thinking of criticizing the livestock industry. And you are correct. I've been thinking about cows and sheep for many years. Getting more and more disgusted with the whole business. Western cattlemen are nothing more than welfare parasites. They've been getting a free ride on the public lands for over a century, and I think it's time we phased it out. I'm in favor of putting the public lands livestock grazers out of business.

First of all, we don't need the public lands beef industry. Even beef lovers don't need it. According to most government reports (Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service), only about 2 percent of our beef, our red meat, comes from the public lands of the eleven Western states. By those eleven I mean Montana, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Idaho, Wyoming, Oregon, Washington, and California. Most of our beef, aside from imports, comes from the Midwest and the East, especially the Southeast-Georgia, Alabama, Florida- and from other private lands across the nation. More beef cattle are raised in the state of Georgia than in the sagebrush empire of Nevada. And for a very good reason: back East, you can support a cow on maybe half an acre. Out here, it takes anywhere from twenty-five to fifty acres. In the red-rock country of Utah, the rule of thumb is one section-a square mile-per cow.

The entire speech can be found at the following link:


Tea-Party Flag On Display In Southern Utah University Facility

Two flight instructors from state funded Southern Utah University, were killed when their aircraft crashed during a training flight earlier this week. During a news broadcast about the crash, a local news station showed video of the flight school's hangar at the Cedar City, Utah airport.

Towards the end of the video, there are two flags prominently displayed side by side on the wall of the hangar. One flag is a red colored school flag with the letters SUU. The other flag is a bright yellow "Gadsden" flag, now used by the extremist right wing hate group known as the Tea-Party!

As a lifelong Utah resident and taxpayer, I find the prominent display of this symbol of right wing extremism in a state subsidized facility to be offensive and out of line.

It is unfortunate that it took the deaths of the two flight instructors to show that this school has some ugly political extremism that needs to be dealt with.

The offensive display is shown at the 1:53 point in the video. It only lasts for about 3 seconds but how long has the flag been on display in the facility?


Out With The Old - In With The Same Old Dogma - Face The Nation

"Face The Nation" is debuting it's new host John Dickerson (who?) with the same old Bob Schieffer-esque Republican Dogma. I mean Chris Christie and Rick Perry?

Makes me want to hurl.

Rudy Giuiani on "Face The Nation" Today

Assumed his usual role of Racist, Bigot, Fuckwad Enabler of the NYPD. Other than that, FTN is merely more right wing tripe. BTW, Major Garrett is a worse disaster than Bob Schieffer.

Strange Aircraft Activity Observed In Southern Utah

I live in the small Southwest Utah City of St. George. While out for my daily afternoon walk today I observed a low flying aircraft flying in a clockwise rotation that took about five minutes to complete one revolution. This activity was first observed about one hour before dark and continued until dark when the aircraft flew off and disappeared. The only airport around here is a small facility with a half dozen daily commercial flights to and from Salt Lake City, so this activity was non-typical for this area. When I arrived home after my thirty minute walk, I observed the aircraft through my binoculars and determined that it was a Lockheed C-130 and probably an AC-130 Gunship.

It felt kind of weird for me to observe what was going on. I am a Vietnam Era Veteran and my neighbor is a Marine who was a door gunner on Huey's in Vietnam. He saw the plane also but didn't really know what it was doing at the time. Everyone else seemed to be oblivious to the activity.

Does anyone here on DU have any direct knowledge or experience with how these crews train and calibrate their equipment? Is this normal military activity or is there something else going on?

Children hurt when parade cannon malfunctions in Orem (Utah)

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

Three children were hurt after a cannon malfunctioned at the Orem Summerfest parade.

A Civil War reenactment group fired a cannon on 800 East, just south of Center Street, at the beginning of the parade. When the cannon went off, a spark landed on "a large pouch that contained additional charges for the cannon," according to an Orem Police news release.

Read more: http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58069425-78/cannon-parade-orem-twitter.html.csp

Having worked around and with explosives for much of my career, I just don't understand why such utter incompetence is allowed to flourish and thrive in the name of patriotism and flag waving. BATF needs to get involved and investigate this incident.

Religion is Pathological

Most of the national and local media enable and encourage religious buffoonery by publicizing and promoting their outrageous behavior and selling it for profit as legitimate news. Ted Cruz is a clever con artist and snake oil salesman who has found his sweet spot amongst ignorant, gullible evangelical tea-baggers. The dumbing down of our education system is playing into the hands of America's Taliban. Critical Thinking is frowned upon and obedience to Corporate authority is promoted. The separation of Church and State is the most important founding principal of the United States and now more than ever we need to embrace and encourage that ideal before the religio-fascists destroy the Country and remake it in their own twisted image.

Mormon owned KSL TV refuses to air gay themed sitcom "The New Normal"

Source: Salt Lake Tribune

NBC’s "The New Normal" won’t air on KSL this fall. The prospect of two gay men having a baby proved too much for the LDS Church-owned station.

"From time to time we may struggle with content that crosses the line in one area or another," said Jeff Simpson, CEO of KSL’s parent company, Bonneville International. "The dialogue might be excessively rude and crude. The scenes may be too explicit or the characterizations might seem offensive."

Read more: http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/54759750-80/ksl-nbc-normal-gay.html.csp

This is the business arm of the homophobic cult of mormonism that Mitt Romney and thousands of others contribute billions of dollars in tithing to every year. We need to send a strong message in November that this pathetic Cult and the Republican Party are on the wrong side of history. The cult also needs to lose their religious tax exemption for their past political activity.
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