Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Breaking: ACLU Wants Convictions Under Ogden Anti-gang Injunction Thrown Out

Bad news for fans of the ever-encroaching American police state, wethinks

Good news for Ogden civil libertarians this morning, as both the Standard-Examiner and Salt Lake Tribune report that "[t]he American Civil Liberties Union and a local law firm Tuesday filed a class action petition under Utah’s Post Conviction Remedies Act, requesting that the state throw out all convictions of individuals charged with violating the Ogden gang injunction in light of the Utah Supreme Court’s decision last year dissolving the injunction":
Bad news for fans of the ever-encroaching American Police State, wethinks.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Weber County 2014 Election Roundup: The Standard Excels Again, With Three New 2014 General Election Stories

Bottom line: Utah is ripe for political change, wethinks, so long as ALL registered voters to actually show up to vote

We gotta say the Standard-Examiner is doing a bang-up job of covering the November Utah General Elections this year. Here are the latest SE 2014 election stories which popped up within the last 24 hours.

1) Seems that House District 10 GOP incumbent Jeremy Peterson is taking liberties with the truth, shall we say, with respect to his 2014 Democratic Party opponent, Steve Olsen,  Peterson already has an advantage in District Nine, of course, due to 2008 Leg District gerrymandering by the EVIL 2008 Utah Legislature:
Our take? Seems that this little twit, Peterson, feels the heat of a smarter and more competent Demo candidate (Steve Olsen), who's breathing down Peterson's "skinny" neck, in this race.

Sodden question, why would Mr. Peterson sink so low as to actively misrepresent Mr. Olsen's stance in this? Here's a helpful hint.  Democratic professional engineer candidate Steve Olsen probably owns 20 or 30 IQ points over this clownish and shabby GOP real estate salesman, and Peterson senses that his House 9 "gig is up."

We urge you to vote Steve Olsen on this one, folks!

2) Whilst your blogmeister is not really overwhelmed  about the depth of Cathy McKitrick's story today, here's a link to today's Ogden School Board election story anyway, nevertheless:
Our WCF out-take? It might have been nice for Ms. McKirtick to have interviewed all Ogden School Board candidates about the mindless hiring and support of the original hiring of nitwit Brad Smith, rather than focusing on Common Core,  That's the issue Ms, MCkitrick missed, unfortunately.

Ahem, People! Oust all the Ogden School Board "Incumbent Toadies" Puh-Leeze! 

3) Smart editorial from the Standard-Examiner, also following up on our earlier WCF story, wherin we also urged "bhusy" Utah voters to vote early :
Get out and vote ealy WFC Lumpencizens , just as the S-E urges.  Despite you crappy work schedule, with early voting, there'e no real reason that all Utah voters can't cast their votes, this election season

4) And here's one reason why Utah remains on the outskirts of GOP crack-pottedness, by the way:
Utah is ripe for political change, wethinks, so long as ALL registered voters to actually show up to vote.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Standard-Examiner: Utah SAGE Test Results Illuminate Math Struggles - Updated

Hoping that State Schools Superintndent Brad Smith does not lead the state system to the same horrible results he has achieved in Ogden

By: Blackrulon:

The results of statewide testing of schools (SAGE) has been released. Ogden School District posted results of 28.1% in Language Arts, 20.3% in Mathemetics and 26.8% in Science:
The State of Utah has selected former Ogden school District Superintendent Brad Smith to lead education in Utah. I only hope that he does not lead the state system to the same horrible results he has achieved in Ogden.

Update 10/29/14 8:30 a.m.: Interesting story from the Salt Lake Tribune, reporting that Utah Charter School SAGE test performance was merely on par with that of Utah public schools:
Click the link below to find out how your children’s specific schools performed:

House District 10 Incumbent Dixon Pitcher: Asleep At The Switch?

Keep your eyes on the ball, Weber County Forum Readers who reside in Legislative District Ten -  Unlike the the current incumbent, you can rest assured assured that Eric Irvine is definitely not "asleep at the switch."

Interesting story from the Salt Lake Tribune, breaking down the chances for Utah Democrats to pick up a few state legislative seats in the upcoming 2014 November mid-term election. Within this story, SLTrib reporter Lee Davidson shines the spotlight on Weber County legislative District 10 race, wherein GOP incumbent Dixon M. Pitcher faces off against strong Democratic challenger Eric D. Irvine.

Earlier, we duly noted that Pitcher had "failed and refused" to stand for an interview with the Standard's Cathy McKitrick for this S-E story, wherein Ms. McKitrick originally reported that "Attempts to reach [Legislative District 10 candidate Dixon] Pitcher by phone were unsuccessful and he did respond to emails."  Although Pitcher seems to have finally responded after the fact (Ms. McKitrick's story has now apparently been amended), we'll reiterate that Mr. Pitcher  still doesn't seem "much interested in participating in [his own] election campaign,"  as is demonstrated  in the below  linked Lee Davidson 10/26/14 story, wherein Mr Davidson reports that "Pitcher [again] did not return phone calls":
Troublingly, we also learn from a separate online source that Mr. Pitcher was also a "no show" for yet another important campaign related interview:

 "That was the case when it came to candidate interviews with our PAC. He said he would be there, then never showed, then called a few weeks later to apologize because he had a conflict come up. I kind of like my legislators to be responsible with their commitments. I really hope you win, Eric," says the Utah Education Association's Matt Ogle.

Our take?  Mr. Pitcher's campaign performance can be viewed as troublingly "flaky" at best. It could also reflect just the kind of Utah GOP arrogance which we detest, in a worse case scenario, of course.

Keep your eyes on the ball, Weber County Forum Readers who reside in Legislative District 10. The Democrats have fielded a fine candidate in Eric Irvine, whom we heartily endorse. Unlike the the current incumbent, you can rest assured assured that Mr. Irvine is definitely not "asleep at the switch."

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Weber State University Game Day Thread: PSU v. WSU - Updated

Happily, our Wildcats are pegged as slight 1-1/2 point favorites

After last week's close road loss to MSU, our Weber State Wildcats (0-7, 0-3)  return home this afternoon to take on the Portland State Vikings (2-5, 1-2), with kickoff set for 1:00 p.m. at Stewart Stadium. The Vikings have lost four of their last five games heading into today's gridiron battle; and it looks like Coach Hill will be pulling out all the stops and will be switching quarterbacks.
Feast your eyes on these other pregame writeups, long-suffering 'Cats fans:
Interestingly, the Standard also presents this companion story, comparing the performance of current Coach Hill with that of former Coach Jody Sears, who was "dismissed" in 2013:
With seven straight WSU losses on the books, we'll assume that some disappointed Wildcats boosters have already set their tongues a-waggin', which will no doubt provide additional incentive for Coach Hill to finally put a "W" in this year's Win/Loss Column this afternoon.

Weber State Wildcats diehards who can't make it to the stadium can follow the game via the usual online sources, of course:
Happily, Sportsbet.Com reports that our Wildcats are pegged as slight 1-1/2 point favorites (the first time they haven't been underdogs this season) which probably takes "home field advantage" into account, we'd suppose.

We'll leave the lights on for your ever-savvy comments here at Weber County Forum, of course,

Go Wildcats!

Update 10/25/14: Dang. Our ass gets whooped again!
The game wasn't even halfway close.

Maybe it is time again, wethinks, to start thinking about hiring a competent coach.

In happier Big Sky Conference news, check this out:
Yep. Despite appearances, there are hopes for underdog success in the lopsided Big Sky Conference.

Update 10/26/14 7:41 pm:  More half-assed excuses from the (interim) Coach and a few other WSU sadsack LOSERS:



Wednesday, October 22, 2014

2014 Utah Election Update: Early Voting Starts Today

Don't vote? Don't complain!


Click this handy link below for additional information, including Weber County early voting polling locations:
For further information on candidates and issues appearing on our Weber County ballots, check out our handy 2014 General Election Module in the right sidebar, which features (among other things) our below-linked online voter information guide:

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

2014 Weber County Election Update: A Couple of Informative Stories Via The Standard-Examiner

We've also provided a link to our own handy pre-election candidate information page, for those readers who'd like to dig a little bit deeper

With the Utah Elections looming in under 14 days, we'll augment our 2014 election coverage with two excellent stories appearing on the pages of the Standard-Examiner this week.

First, Cathy McKitrick provides this candidate overview, briefly providing thumbnail sketches of most of the candidates appearing on your November 4, 2014 Weber County Ballots:
Notably, regarding Medicaid expansion, one of the biggest issues in Utah this year,  Legislative District 8 candidate Gage Froerer's approach to the issue is pretty typical of the rest of the GOP candidates, who seem to be reading from the same script, a script no doubt authored by those out-of-state political meddlers, American Legislative Council (ALEC):
Froerer favors a work requirement in order to access Medicaid services and also questioned the federal government’s ability to reimburse the state’s costs into the future.
In our view the Democratic Party candidates generally adopt a more sensible and humane approach, we think, as is expressed by Legislative District 9 candidate Steve Olsen:
“... [A]ny unbiased examination of the facts are clear that simple Medicaid expansion would have been the smarter fiscal choice (as the Governor’s blue ribbon committee reported),” Olsen said, “and the only reason we didn’t do it was because the name ‘Obama’ was attached to it.”
Seems it's only paranoid GOP candidates who are obsessed with possible "freeloaders," we guess.

And here's a story quote which we believe stuck out like a sore thumb:
Attempts to reach [Legislative District 10 candidate Dixon] Pitcher by phone were unsuccessful and he did respond to emails.
Pitcher isn't much interested in participating in an election campaign, we suppose.  If for only that reason alone, we believe his Democratic opponent, Eric Irvine (whom we've already endorsed for a variety of other reasons), deserves your vote, in Legislative District 10,

P.S.: Regarding the Weber County Government races, it's a shame that so many (GOP) candidates are running unopposed, and that Weber County voters don't have more choices,  we'll add.

Next, Ms. McKitrick also provides a particularly robust story, concerning  one of the four proposition-type measures appearing on November ballots, i.e., Weber County Proposition 1. Read up, folks.  This is by far one of the most informative election writeups that the Standard-Examiner has carried during the current election cycle:
Our take? This ballot measure ought to be approved by Weber County voters with a hearty slam-dunk.

We'll also helpfully provide our own handy pre-election candidate information page, for those readers who'd like to dig a little bit deeper:
The floor's open for you comments as always, O Gentle Weber County Forum Readers.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Weber State University Game Day Thread: WSU v. MSU - Updated

Fine day for an upset, no?

Undeterred by another close loss, our Weber State Wildcats (0-6, 0-2) head back on the road to begin the second half of the season this afternoon as they take on nationally ranked Montana State Bobcats (5-2, 3-0) at Bobcat Stadium in Bozeman, where kickoff's set for 3:30 p.m.. The Bobcats are ranked ninth in the nation and are tied for the lead in the Big Sky Conference.

Here are the pregame writeups, just to set the mood:
Loyal 'Cats fans can follow the game via the usual online sources:
Sportsbet.Com reports that our Wildcats are pegged as 19-point underdogs, but what do them e evil gambers know?

As our mostest favorite Standard-Examiner editorial editor sez:

"Anticipation mixed with dread"

Fine day for an upset, no?.

We'll leave the lights on for your ever-savvy comments here at Weber County Forum, of course,

Go Wildcats!

Update 10/18/14 10:15 p.m: Here's the bad news 'Cats fans:
But here's the good news:

Although "Weber State is now 0-7 on the season, it will play three of the next four games at home*."
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*The WSU "Happy Place"

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