Friday, April 18, 2014

Standard-Examiner Editorial: Our View: A 383-vote Weber Commission

It will be fascinating to see if Mssrs. Bell, Ebert and Gibson continue to pick a fight with the local newspaper
We have had some biased reporting, But maybe worse than that, lazy efforts of the (Standard-Examiner) editorial board have been laughable at best.
County Commissioner Kerry Gibson
In 'State of the County' speech, Gibson attacks Standard-Examiner
April 8, 2014
Never pick a fight with people who buy ink by the barrel.
Mark Twain
Brainy Quote
November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910
Ebert will be the next commissioner. There is no Democratic Party candidate in the race. The responsibility lies with Weber County voters to keep an eye on these three guys, and make sure they initiate no shenanigans to hijack the majority of Weber County residents in regards to the library bond. If they try to tailor it to the wishes of a few -- say about almost 400 -- voters, speak up loudly, and make sure they don't get away with it.
Standard-Examiner Editorial
Our View: A 383-vote Weber Commission
April 18, 2014

By: Blackrulon:

The Standard-Examiner has just published an editioral opinion on the 2014 Weber County Republican convention outcome:.
It will be fascinating to see if Mssrs. Bell, Ebert and Gibson continue to pick a fight with the local newspaper, yes?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Salt Lake Tribune Editorial: Bundy is a Lawbreaker, Not a Hero - Updated

Swagger and bombast shouldn't become the American way.

By: Ray

Been doing a slow burn over Bundy and his band off scofflaws and domestic terrorists. I think the Salt Lake Tribune nailed it this morning.
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Cliven Bundy and his ragtag band of armed support­ers forced the federal government to back down as the roundup of Bundy cattle was called off and the bovines returned to the Nevada rancher.
Some declared victory and hailed the outcome a clear blow against tyranny and a win for freedom.
Hardly. The only winner in this was a scofflaw who has twice lost in the courts for running cattle where they don't belong and skipping out on grazingfees. Some 20,000 ranchers in Western states abide by BLMregulations, so what makes Bundy special?
What makes Bundy special is the army of self-styled pa­triots who rallied to his ranch with their guns and grudges. If the government hadn't acted to defuse the situation by back­ing off and letting Bundy have his win, we might have wit­nessed Americans shooting Americans over a few cows and a specious interpretation of the Second Amendment and pri­vate property rights.
Here's the full editorial:
"The victory on Bundy's ranch, backed as it was by the threat of violence, is a danger to the peaceful functioning of a civil society. Swagger and bombast shouldn't become the American way. The government was right to back down to avoid possible bloodshed, but it should employ other means to see that Bundy doesn't profit from his lawlessness," the Tribune editorial board quite rightly intones.

Update 4/16/14 9:00 a.m.:  As an added bonus, Standard-Examiner blogger Catherine Burt is blogging on this topic too:
Don't let the cat get your tongues... O Gentle Ones.


Update 4/16/14 6:00 p.m.:  The Standard-Examiner is all over this situation too, with a parallel editorial of its own:

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Standard-Examiner: Weber Republicans Dump Zogmaister; Ebert Wins Nomination

Our view?  The inaction of the Weber County Democratic party in this instance is an abject disgrace

Heartbreaking news for democracy in Weber County, as the Standard-Examiner reports this morning on the results of Saturday's Weber County GOP nominating convention, about which at least one prominent local social media commentator semi-privately characterizes as "a strong advertisement for the end of the caucus system in Utah." Read up folks, about how a "tally of about 600 [GOP] delegates ended Commissioner Jan Zogmaister's bid for a third term, and gave" a heretofore unknown political newcomer, somebody named James Ebert, "an easy ride into office because there is no Democratic contender to challenge him this November":
We're scratching ot heads, still wondering why the Weber County Democrats didn't field at least a couple of  "token" opposition candididates to run in the two "open" Weber County Commision races, which were, nominally at least, up for grabs this year.   Perhaps one of America's most notable political curmudgeons was entirely correct:
Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.
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Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/h/hlmencke163179.html#mMfUVOPxkssEzdB0.99
"Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard." - H.L Mencken
Our view?  The complete inaction of the Weber County Democratic party in this instance is an abject disgrace.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Standard Examiner Crackpot Guest Op-ed:We Need Highly Effective Teachers in the Classroom

The day of reckoning is coming on hard and fast, as the 2014 General election approaches

Seems we're seeing the first few volleys in the 2014 Ogden City School Board race As one of our   soon-to-be ex-Ogden School District Board member, Joyce Wilson, delivers this Steaming Load of Guest Op Excrement:
Write this down so you don't forget it, O Gentle Readers, as these nitwit Ogden School Board incumbents, who bow down to the evil Ogden Schools Superintendent  i.e,. Brad Smith, erringly try to advance his mindless Crackpot Tea Party Theory, and are about get their comeuppance.

The day of reckoning is coming on hard and fast, as the 2014 General election approaches.

Standard-Examiner: In 'State of the County' Speech, Gibson Attacks Standard-Examiner

Somehow we're getting a strong "psychic vibe" that this story isn't going to end well.
A lot has been said lately about our library system and what its future might be in our community," Gibson said. "Unfortunately this issue has been hijacked by well-meaning activists who have demonized any person who dares to ask a question or offer any conservative thought. Among the worst is some of our own local media.
County Commissioner Kerry Gibson
In 'State of the County' speech, Gibson attacks Standard-Examiner
April 8, 2014
We have had some biased reporting," Gibson said, "but maybe worse than that, lazy efforts of the (Standard-Examiner) editorial board have been laughable at best.
County Commissioner Kerry Gibson
In 'State of the County' speech, Gibson attacks Standard-Examiner
April 8, 2014
Never pick a fight with people who buy ink by the barrel.
Mark Twain
Brainy Quote
November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910

On the heels of the recent series of Standard-Examiner stories reporting on the recent Weber County Library bonding flap, it appears that yesterday's strong Standard-Examiner editorial was "the straw that broke the camel's back":
This morning's S-E hard-copy edition headline sums it up in a nutshell.  Read up on yesterday's Weber County Commission Chairman Kerry Gibson Tuesday rant, where he "lashed out at the Standard-Examiner and library proponents for recent stories, editorials and other material that criticized attempts to downsize a voter-approved bond."
Somehow we're getting a strong "psychic vibe" that this story isn't going to end well, as Gibson adds additional fuel to the fire, and goes to war with our home-town newspaper.

As a seasoned politician, you'd think Gibson would know better, yes?

Monday, April 07, 2014

Deseret News: Stuart Reid: A View from Both Sides of the Aisle

Moderate on moral social issues? Who knew?

Interesting Deseret News Sunday interview with Weber County's own "turncoat Democrat" State Senator Stuart Reid, who's following through with his 2010 campaign pledge, and will be retiring from the state legislature upon completion of one single term of office:
Among other things, Senator Reid expands upon his earlier-expressed theory that, with the passage of Senator Curt Bramble's SB 54, we'll soon be witnessing the death of the Utah Democratic Party, and the emergence of two factions in the Republican Party, i.e., a  "caucus-convention faction and  signature-gathering faction," which will [henceforth] "essentially make up the two parties in the state of Utah."

In an intriguing sidebar note, Reid characterizes himself as "conservative on fiscal issues and moderate on moral social issues," prompting the sodden question:

Who knew?

Gotta say Reid had us completely fooled.

Illuminating interview, wethinks, all-in-all.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Standard-Examiner: Weber County Library Expansion Hits Another Bump in the Road - Updated

"Looking forward to the 2016 elections, when voters will have a chance again to exercise their option to not renew their subscription to arrogant politicians"

By: Ray

I continue to be amazed at the hubris of Weber County Commissioners Gibson and Bell. As the Standard-Examiner states this morning, “Bell puts breaks on library plan.” Mr. Bell justifies his opposition by stating, “As this library plan was moving forward, there was absolutely no opposition to it and there should have been someone out there, including myself letting the public know a little more about it.”
"As Commissioner Matthew Bell sees it, the [2013 Library Bond] victory actually translates into only 17 percent of Weber's registered voters giving their thumbs up to the  plan."

What arrogance! After months of planning, public input, discussion, and a democratic vote, Mr. Bell decides everybody is ignorant except himself.

I look forward to the 2016 elections, when voters will have a chance again to exercise their option to not renew their subscription to arrogant politicians. Perhaps, “someone out there” will decide to run a recall petition on these holier than thou politicians.

Update 4/4/14 10:20 a.m.: In the interest of "balance," and thanks to a tip from yet another sharp-eyed and alert reader, we'll provide this fascinating counter-argument from Lynda Pipkin, current Weber County GOP Vice-chair, of all people, citing rock-ribbed, conservative Weber County political stalwart and GOP party donor Bert Smith, and additionally throwing in some very interesting "UN conspiracy" theory, for good measure::
Have at it, O Gentle Ones.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

ABC News 4: Seventeen Teachers to Be Let Go by Ogden School District at End of School Year - Updated

It gets interestinger and interestinger as the 2014 General Election approaches, dunnit?

There's more bad news for the children of the Ogden School District, as ABC News 4 reports that our Ogden School Board has followed up last year's devastating Librarian, Adult Education and Reading Coach kill-offs with a new round of sure-to-be-painful staff cuts.  Although the District's rationale is murky, what is clear is that it's 17 Ogden school teachers who'll be looking for new jobs next year:
We've also learned from a reliable source that of this seventeen, at least eleven are union members.

Coincidence?  Or is Ogden School Board management (so-called) now embarking on a new "tea party style" union-busting venture?

We're also informed that the Standard-Examiner staff is working on a followup story, which we'll link, assuming something a little more tangible pops up.

Stay tuned, folks.

It gets interesting and interestinger as the 2014 General Election approaches, dunnit?

Update 4/2/14 7:42 a.m.: As predicted above, The Standard-Examiner is all over this story, revealing, among things, that a seemingly disproportionate 6 teachers from Highland Junior High School will receive their "walking papers":
Displayed within this link is an "official" roster of Highland faculty and staff.  Scroll down and do the math:

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