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Tue Mar 15, 2011 at 09:22 AM PDT

Utah: The future teabagger "Mecca"?

by lcj98

With the media focusing so intensely on the goings-on of Republican administrations and state legislatures from the Mid-west eastward it's not surprising that they are ignoring the politics of the Intermountain West.  I mean come on, the govenor of Michigan is the state into a fascist government; but here in Utah, that's just politics as usual.  Granted our high-minded legislature hasn't yet thought of a way to completely taking over municiple government but that doesn't mean they haven't tried.  Actually, many things that the shit our illustious state legislature has pulled for the 20 years I've lived here is what the teabaggers are gung-ho about.  If you go thru the teabagger checklist, Utah has "been there, done that".  For example, allowing people to carry guns into every building in the state, with the exception of federal buildings and elementary schools; or doing everything in its power to funnel money away from public schools.  And let's not forget one of the country's most backward liqior laws.  

Utah is a "Conservative" Republican's wetdream, assuming they admit to having wetdreams.  This state is quite possibly the reddest state in Union and looks like it going to get redder.  In a article from the Deseret News, by way of the NYT, there is an article about the big three in Utah Republican politics, Hatch, Romney and Huntsman.  However, this isn't an article about praise about but an article about how their days might be numbered.  Like some of you may know, in Utah Mormon equals Republican and sadly this is not a genarlization.  That's the way of Utah politics.  Yes, we do have a Democratic representative but more often than not he's been more Republican than our last govenor, ironically Jon Huntsman, Jr..  In Utah politics, the more to the Right you are, the more loved you are.  Which is why it's no surprise the teabaggers feel so at home here and which is why former Sen. Bob Bennett is a former senator.  During the primaries, he was labelled a "Liberal" because he dared to work with his Democrats, yet alone look in their direction and now Sen. Hatch, Gov. Romney and Amb. Huntsman are in the sights of the teabaggers.  A few short years ago all three held up as what good and responsible Mormon Republicans and as the article explains that image is diminishing quickly.  To the new teabagger influenced Utah Republican standard, they are just an angel-hairs breath from being no good dirty society-ruining Liberals.  In my opinion, this aricle lays it out fairly clearly the attitudes of the average Utah voter.  My favorite line from article:

"My mother says, 'If he's a bishop, he must be a good Republican,'" said Susan Southwick, state coordinator for a group called Utah Patriots. "I say, 'Do your homework.'"

Happy reading...

http://www.deseretnews.com/...

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Thu Mar 10, 2011 at 02:04 PM PST

Let's call it the "Blame Game"

by lcj98

[Kanye West]
Who's fault?

[John Legend]
Let's play the blame game, I love you more
Let's play the blame game for sure.
Let's call our names, names, I hate you more.
Let's call our names, names, for sure.

I'll call you bitch for short
As a last resort and my first resort
You call me motherfucker for long
At the end of it, you know we both were wrong.

But I love to play the blame game, I love you more.
Let's play the blame game for sure.
Let's call our names, names, I hate you more.
Let's call our names, names, for sure.

[Kanye West]
On a bathroom wall I wrote, "I'd rather argue with you than to be with someone else" (else, else, else, else, else)
I took a piss and dismiss it like, "Fuck it" and I went and found somebody else (else, else, else, else, else)
Fuck arguing or harvesting the feelings, yo, I'd rather be by my fucking self (self, self, self, self, self)
Til about 2am and I call back and I hang up and I start to blame myself. Somebody help

[John Legend]
Let's play the blame game, I love you more
Let's play the blame game for sure.
Let's call our names, names, I hate you more.
Let's call our names, names, for sure.

[Kanye West]
You weren't perfect but you made life worth it
Stick around, some real feelings might surface
Been a long time since I spoke to you
In a bathroom, gripping you up, fucking and choking you
What the hell was I supposed to do?
I know you ain't getting this type of dick from that local dude
And if you are, I hope you have a good time
Cause I definitely be having mine

And you ain't finna see a mogul get emotional
Every time I hear about other niggas is stroking you
Might say I hit you, he sitting there consoling you
Through the money, through the mudW, who's provoking you?
You should be grateful a nigga like me ever noticed you
Now you noticeable and can't nobody get control you
1am and can't nobody get a hold of you
I'm calling your brothers phone like, "What was I supposed to do?"
Even though I knew he never told the truth
He was just gon' say whatever that you told him to
At a certain point I had to stop asking questions
Check out dirt on each other like mud wrestlers
I heard he bought some coke with my money
That ain't right, girl
You getting blackmailed for that white girl
You always said, "Yeezy, I ain't you're right girl.
You'll probably find one of them 'I like art'-type girls."
All of the lights, she was caught in the hype girl
And I was satisfied being in love with the light
Now who to blame, you to blame, me to blame
For the pain and it poured every time when it rained
Let's play the blame game

[John Legend]
Let's play the blame game, I love you more
Let's play the blame game for sure.

[Kanye West]
Things used to be, now they're not
Anything but us is who we are
Disguising ourselves as secret lovers
We've become public enemies
We walk away like strangers in the street
Gone for eternityWe erased one another
So far from where we came
With so much of everything, how do we leave with nothing
Lack of visual empathy equates the meaning of L-O-V-E
Hatred and attitude tear us entirely
Chloe Mitchell

[John Legend]
Let's play the blame game, I love you more
Let's play the blame game for sure.
Let's call our names, names, I hate you more.
Let's call our names, names, for sure.

I can't love you this much
I can't love you this much
I can't love you this much
I can't love you this much
I can't love you this much
No, I can't love you this much
I can't love you this much
I can't love you this much

[Kanye West]
And I know that you are somewhere doing your thing
And when the phone called it just ring and ring
You ain't pick up but your phone accidentally called me back and I heard the whole thing.
I heard the whole thing, whole thing, whole thing, whole thing...

This is the lyrics to "Blame Game" by Kanye West and John Legend.  After reading Eclec's and Tom's diaries, then read most of their respective comments, then read two diaries in response to those diaries and comments this song immediately popped into my head...  and it's stuck on an endless loop.  I think this song, mainly the chorus, sums up those diaries and comments perfectly in my mind....  This song has also hepled come down from anxiety and anger I've from reading those diaries and comments.

I just wanted to share, not to shame.

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This bill provides a way to find the right balance between the public’s right to know and the personal privacy of both constituents and policymakers, while protecting taxpayer dollars... Our goal is open and transparent government.

That is a qoute from our most exulted govenor, Gov. Gary Herbert, after he signed the bill last night.  The bill in question, HB477, which sailed the both chambers in complete secrecy and made public late Friday, is a bill that will restrict the publics access to government records.  This is an attempt to the pesky "Liberal mainstream media" from bothering our illustious state legislature with those oh-so annoying questions.  As one state senator said, "this bill would merely inconvenience the media and called the anticipated impact of the bill 'hyperbole'."  

Even though there was a protest last night to urge the govenor to keep his word and veto bill, he decided against it because it's easier to go ahead and pass the bill now then call a special session in a few months and "have a process where everyone can come to the table."-- the Utah legislative session ends this Friday.  So between now and June this bill will be an enforced law that will keep the public from knowing who has been emailing and texting their state representatives.

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