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Common Ground: A Eulogy

I am often asked why how can support gay rights and be a good Mormon at the same time. The answer is simple. If the Church lets the state GOP ignore everything they’ve ever said about social justice, immigration, abortion, or education, I feel they won’t care if my views on homosexuality conflict with what McConkie says is doctrine. Due to typical ignoring of constituents by the GOP, and a total lack of moral courage on the part of the LDS Church, Equality Utah’s Common Ground Initiative has failed. In other words, rights basic to the liberal system of free markets and free government have been determined by committee not to apply to some on the basis of what they like to do in their bedrooms. Likely, none of us will have the balls to throw the pigs out in two years, especially with the meaningless ethics bills poised to cover the legislators from any form of criticism. I will not comment on the Buttars fiasco.

But it was fun to think that somehow the Church’s meaningless post-Prop 8 message actually meant something, that it would return to being a meaningful conservative institution instead of the reactionary vanguard it has become.

A wake will be held for the measure tonight from six to eight at Nobrow.

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Filed under: Utah Politics

Better Pot Policy

Kleiman explores marijuana decriminalization:

I’m not a big fan of legalization on the alcohol model; a legal pot industry, like the legal booze and gambling industries, would depend for the bulk of its sales on excessive use, which would provide a strong incentive for the marketing effort to aim at creating and maintaining addiction. So I continue to favor a “grow your own” policy, under which it would be legal to grow, possess, and use cannabis and to give it away, but illegal to sell it. Of course there would be sales, and law enforcement agencies would properly mostly ignore those sales. But there wouldn’t be billboards.

My stoner friend suggested precisely the same thing several months ago.

Filed under: Miscella

The Silver Lining

As the New Great Depression deepens, some good indicators from the twitternets:

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Obama to speak in Utah Irredenta

Obama is going to promote his anti-reality plan today in one the larger burghs of the Mormon Empire:

Obama will announce his Housing Save shortly, from the “where?” suburb of Phoenix called “Mesa, Arizona.” Mesa is one of those places that had 722 residents in the year 1900. Now, it’s got nearly a half-million people, most of them added since 1980. Like the rest of Phoenix and Las Vegas and San Diego and the “Inland Empire” and the entirety of Florida, Mesa has been foreclosed upon, by Fate.

Basically, all the silly towns made up by developers in the ’70s on the ruins of failed 1850s Mormon settlements are probably going to return to desert, like they should; people will go back to living in places where you can survive without air conditioning, vaguely-worded contracts, and Mexican slave-labor. The Church won’t sell the half of Florida it still owns, and Las Vegas will revert to being a Cove Fort-style place for your grandparents to torment you on the way to/from L.A., except controlled by the Mafia. Even if Obama succeeds in saving people who will do anything a realtor tells them to do, concern for the environment and/or actual environmental devastation will halt desert growth, meaning that bands will once again regularly stop in inhabitable Western cities like Salt Lake, Denver, and Missoula instead of imaginary places like Taos, Tempe, or Henderson. Coachella and Burning Man will be relocated to Ketchum and Provo (with “man” replaced by “third-rate cow college”).

[Wonkette]

Filed under: Politics, Utah Politics

GOP renews attack on marriage, family

Rather than strengthening “traditional marriage,” civil unions and other separate-but-equal regimes have the opposite effect:

…it is terribly humorous and ironic that the French created civil unions to protect the institution of marriage…and now civil unions are undermining marriage because people are opting for them instead of marriage.

One of the few dozen people on earth to have actually read Burke, Sully, chimes in:

In this, the gay movement, in its support for civil marriage equality, is a force right now for social conservatism; and the Christianist movement is the one fomenting the real attack on the institution of marriage

Meanwhile, the Utah GOP continues its radical revanchist crusade against LGBTQ Utahns and their families, striking down all but one of the Common Ground bills supported by 83% of Utahns (the last is slated for execution tomorrow). Some post by an idiot on Craigslist captures the view of America’s whitest sausagefest:

The closer you get to the blade of the fan the more likely you are to get your finger chopped. This follows the same logic as the people in Europe who had to get their guns registered. As soon as all of the guns were registered, it was easy to collect them and the people were defenseless against tyranny. If you have civil unions, it follows that it is one small step away from gay marriage, and then we will be ripe for destruction like Sodom and Gomorrah. God help this perverted country before it is too late.

The event to which he alludes never actually happened, but does appear to be some sort of NRA-bastardization of Fascist/socialist gun control programs. The gun debate, along with abortion and gay rights, is dominated on both sides by ideologues who don’t pretend to care about reality. I’m pretty sure God would like families to succeed, but your bizarre anti-gay fetishism is making us look like idiots.

Filed under: Utah Politics

Denmark sells out

legoRemember the Danes, how they saved the vast majority of Danish Jews during the Holocaust, whose number one export was once moral courage? Well, not anymore:

A number of school administrators have come forth in recent days to confirm that they recommend Jewish children should not enrol at their schools….

On Monday, headmaster Olav Nielsen of Humlehave School in Odense publicly admitted he would refuse Jewish parents’ wish to place their child at his school….

Other headmasters have now come forth to support Nielsen’s position, adding that they are putting the child’s safety first.

Well there goes centuries of rigorous liberal thought!! But remember, kids, this is anti-Zionism, so it’s okay, as it only assumes 45% of Jewry is responsible for everything bad that has ever happened.

Filed under: Politics,

Haha Iran makes same mistake twice

Juan Cole explains why Khatami’s second time around will also accomplish nothing:

Khatami has many flaws. He is at base a Khomeinist and so supports a regime that has a poor record on human rights. He may have high principles himself, but so far he has been relatively ineffectual in getting them implemented. His unwillingness to risk a crisis by pushing hard liners too far may contribute to social peace, but it also gives the hard liners a veto on reform.

All this election will do is give some legitimacy to the regime, which has suffered from very low voter turnout recently. By voting for a proven incompetent quasi-liberals, all Iranian liberals will do is put themselves backward. If you are reading this and can vote in Iran, don’t. Then read this guy.

Filed under: Politics,

Big Labor

Tula Connell of the AFL-CIO explains:

What do Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have in common? They both oppose provisions in the economic recovery package that would ensure that taxpayer dollars are spent on products that are made in America-to the maximum extent possible.

This bizarre brand of left-revanchism continues to undermine my hopes that Obama and the Hill Dems can actually make progress on the most important issue of our time, Climate Change. If this kind of meaningless crap can get the great unwashed of the Midwest to start fighting against the Green movement, the Democrats won’t have the spine to stand up to them.

While I was volunteering with an enviromnental organization last year, the union-industry reps came in and gave us all oxymoronic hats and t-shirts. Interestingly, these “Clean Coal” products were all made in China.

[UPDATE: It appears America’s Power is actually just industry science-deniers, no labor involved. But I still am worried that labor will be more AFL, less CIO.]

Filed under: L'Ecologie, Politics

hipster zeitgeist

Carles captures the spirit of the times:

Are yall scared about ‘getting older’ and ‘losing ur swagger’?
What r u doing 2 deal with ‘growin up’ or r u ‘just gonna die young or live 4ever’?

I’m pretty sure I’ll die before I’m forty. Sure, I eat well and don’t do drugs or alco-pops, but for some reason I woke up with heartburn this morning. I’m hoping I die at 29 so I can be like Percy Bysshe Shelley, only without the free luvs (gross).

Filed under: Miscella

Mah Fave Quotez

“Let others complain that the times are wicked. I complain that they are paltry; for they are without passion.”
-Kierkegaard

“In our age there is no such thing as ‘keeping out of politics.'”
-George Orwell

“After a time, you may find that having is not so pleasing a thing, after all, as wanting. It is not logical, but it is often true.”
-Spock

“The two pioneering forces of modern sensibility are Jewish moral seriousness and homosexual aestheticism and irony.”
-Susan Sontag

“I don’t might straight people so long as they act gay in public.”
-Nate Davis

“An artificial appropriation of different styles from different eras, the hipster represents the end of Western civilization – a culture lost in the superficiality of its past and unable to create any new meaning.”
-Douglas Haddow (ostensibly not a hipster)

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