Tuesday, August 15, 2017

2017 Ogden City Municipal Primary Election Day Thread - Updated

Check back after 8:00 p.m. and join in on all the fun

Breaking news for WCF readers who may have been living under a rock: Today is Ogden City Primary Municipal Election Day; and assuming you're registered to vote, and that you haven't already availed yourself of "by-mail voting," you can nevertheless vote from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. today at the following "Voter Assistance Centers":
This morning;s Standard-Examiner story should serve as a reminder that typical Utah primary election turnouts are notoriously meager.
So if you want to see your favorite council candidates survive to run in the November election, don't stay home and rely on your neighbors to put them over the top, folks, even though you're confident that they're leading in the most recent polling.

If you still need to familiarize yourself with today's candidates, check out the election module in our trusty Primary Election Candidate Roster (also available in our  right sidebar) which contains everything you need to know about these eager aspirants to political office. "One Stop Shopping" for Emerald City Municipal Election candidates... that's what we aptly call it.

Check back in later this evening for real-time vote tallies, which we'll be posting here in a new update after the polls close at 8:00 p.m. Robust election night coverage is a 12-year tradition here at Weber County Forum, so be sure to come back and join in all the fun.

In the meantime however, we'll invite you all to chime in with a little primary election day conversation. We'd definitely like to hear how your voting experience went today. Were poll workers courteous and well prepared? Did you have any problems casting your vote? What could city and county election officials do, if anything, to improve the process?

That's it for now, Gentle Readers.

Who'll be the first to throw in their own 2¢?

Update 8/15/2017 8:22 p.m.: Okay folks. Today's results are already rolling in, Thanks to Weber County Clerk Ricky Hatch's Election Office:
With 19.9% of all votes counted at 8:58 p.m., it appears that the tallies are now strongly leaning in favor of City Council incumbents.

Update 8/15/18 9:27 p.m.: Here are tonight's final tallies, folks, indicating that all City Council incumbents drew the most votes in each precinct tonight:
Now that didn't take long, did it? It ought to be an interesting runoff in November, wethinks.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Ogden City Council Election Financial Disclosure Statements


Yeah!`We got's it totally covered

HAY, Ogden City voters!  In the event that you've kept your
Ogden mail-in ballots -in in yer back pockets,  awaiting Ogden City 2017 first set of financial disclosures...well here they are, thanks to the wonderful Tracy Hansen, of the Ogden City recorder's office, among others.

Read up, peeps.

We have all Ogden Council candidate financial disclosure statements posted here:
Yeah!`We gots it totally covered

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Standard-Examiner: MEET THE OGDEN CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES IN THE 2017 ELECTION

More info in re: Ogden City Election candidates

As the August 15, 2017 Ogden City Municipal Election fast approaches, we're delighted to highlight today's Standard-Examiner story, wherein Ace Reporter Cathy McKitrick provides thumbnail bios of most of our 2017 Ogden Council candidates. Read up peeps:
For much more info about these candidates, check out our Weber County Forum Candidate Roster.

Our take? Your blogmeister will not submit his own mail-in ballot until after August 7, 2017, when candidate financial disclosures come out.

Suit yourselves, however, folks.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Cool Hi-tech Ogden City Doins @ Tomorrow Night's Ogden City Council Meeting

Check it out, Ogden City Citizens

HAY! Check this out, Ogden City residents/taxpayers! The Ogden City Council is using the latest internet technology, to induce increased cyber-attendance at tomorrow night's Ogden City Council Meeting, wherein Ogden City's newest 2018 proposed budget will be discussed.

Read the introductory Standard-Examiner story, peeps:
Here's the Ogden Council Facebook link, where you can follow Tuesday's Council discussion in real-time, folks:
Check it all out tomorrow, Gentle Readers, and above all, do not hesitate to add your barbs to the respective Facebook and Weber County Forum comments sections

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Standard-Examiner: Backyard Chickens Could Help Stack the Next Ogden City Council

Backyard Chickens? Yes or no?

Backyard Chickens?
Happy Days Ogden City residents! As our 2017 Ogden City Council races to propel toward our August 15, 2017 Primary, it seems that a palpable Ogden City election issue has now emerged.

We'll turn to today's Standard-Examiner story to flesh this new development out:
C'mon, peeps. Check out our Weber County Forum 2017 Ogden City candidate roster page, to find out which Ogden City Council candidates oppose/support allowing backyard chickens in Ogden City:
And whatever you do, Ogden City residents, DO NOT FORGET to submit your mail-in ballots!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

2016 Ogden Municipal Election: Meet the Ogden City Council Candidates!

Via the venerable Junior league of Ogden, we're delighted to highlight this 2017 Ogden City Ogden election event, Gleaned form Facebook, of all places:


Here are the space-time coordinates:
When: Wednesday, July 26 at 7 PM - 8:30 PM
Where: Ogden City Amphitheater, 343 E 25th Street, Ogden, UT 84401, Ogden, Utah 84401
Here's the full skinny, Peeps:
Join the Junior League of Ogden and the Weber County League of Women Voters for a candidate forum in anticipation of this year's Ogden City Council election. Meet the candidates and hear them talk about real issues that affect real lives in Ogden. 
Not sure what City Council does? We'll cover that.
Not registered to vote? We can help with that, too!

Please join us for an interesting evening to "Meet the Candidates" on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Ogden City Amphitheater, 343 E. 25th Street, Ogden.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
The Junior League of Ogden is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

Standard-Examiner Editorial: Ogden Mayor Took City Government Into His Own Hands -Updated

Remember! Ogden City mail-in ballots go out early next week!

Bad news for our beloved Ogden City, according to yesterday's strong and scathing Standard-Examiner editorial.

Seems Ogden's "Mayor Mike" has suddenly gone haywire:
"Now the community needs to hold him accountable," the SE Editorial Board opines.

Here's how you accomplish that folks:

Go to our Weber County Forum 2016 Election Candidate Roster page, and prowl through it.

The one thing we need in Ogden City politics, wethinks, is an astute and vigilant Ogden City Council, to keep watch over Mayor Mike.

Remember! Ogden City mail-in ballots go out early next week!

Update 7/21/17 Ace SE reporter Kathy McKitrick adds this important reportorial insight:
Comments, anyone?

Monday, June 05, 2017

2017 Ogden Election Preview

Just remember, peeps, we have an Ogden City election coming up this year!
Here's a list of eager candidates who've so far signed up for available 2017
City Council slots:
Go to the Ogden city offices by 5:00 pm Wednesday, 5/7/2017, if you too would like to throw your own hat into the ring. And remember this, Ogden peeps!

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UPDATE 6/8/17: Looky here peeps! Ogden City's own hometown Super-hero, former Utah District House 9 representative Neil Hansen, has now thrown his hat into the Ogden Precint 3 Ogden City Council race! Why not elect an experiened Utah Legislator to the Ogden City Council, we ask?

Monday, May 22, 2017

GOP "Moderate" Replaces Crackpot "Hardliner" James Evans as Utah GOP Chair

No doubt about. The Utah GOP's "transformation" will be a thrill to watch, No?

At risk of coming off as WAY LATE to the party, we'll very belatedly report what happened in Utah GOP politics over the last weekend. The Standard Examiner set the stage on Friday, posting this highly informative story, reporting that three Utah GOP candidates (two hardliners- one "moderate") were poised to battle for the "plum" GOP Chairmanship. Here's the SE story, peeps:
Happily, incumbent GOP Chairman James Evans, whom we've regularly criticized here on Weber County Forum over the years, got his ass handed to him in the first round of Saturday's convention vote,

No doubt about it. The Utah GOP's "transformation" will be a thrill to watch, No?

Monday, May 01, 2017

Standard-Examiner: Bagpipe Band at Ben Lomond High Marches to Its Own Beat

Meal ur naidheachd, Ben Lomond students!

Fantastic Standard-Examiner story today, wherein SE reporter Anna Burleson puts the focus on Ogden's amazing Ben Lomond High school Scottish bagpipe marching band.

Here's the lede:

OGDEN — The room was filled with loud, off-beat drumming and quiet fluting one afternoon in April as the Ben Lomond High School Bagpipe Corps practiced individually and in small groups.
Then, seemingly out of nowhere and with no perceptible cue, the group of drummers and pipers assembled, playing in harmony together.
The Ben Lomond Bagpipe Corps has been a longstanding staple at the school and its members, including lead piper and high school senior Joseph Richey, couldn’t be more proud.
“It’s a long-standing tradition, and I think it’s really cool,” he said. “I hope over the next few years we can grow it and get bigger and better carry on the tradition.”
Read up, peeps:
Added Bonus: Watch Ben Lomond High's amazing student band belt out "Scotland The Brave" and "Elmo's World":



Meal ur naidheachd, Ben Lomond students!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Missing-in-Action Rob Bishop Gets invited to an April 18 Town Hall Meeting! - Updated

C'mon Weber County voters! be there; and don't let Rob Bishop down!

Hey, Utah Congressional District One consituents! As we all know, GOP Congressman Rob Bishop has been sorely missing in action in our District lately, whilst he's been otherwise fully occupied in Washinton, D.C. selling off our Utah public lands to the highest corporate bidders.

Here's the good news, Peeps. Congessman Bishop has now been located; and he'll be travelling back to our humble Congressional District NEXT WEEK, to "cuddle up" with we, his neglected constituents. Check this out, Peeps:
Utah County GOP crackpot Jason Chaffetz hosted a really great town hall meeting with his highly-animated constituents just a few weeks ago.

C'mon Weber County voters! Be there; and don't let Rob Bishop down!

Update 4/17/17: Uh-oh folks, looks like Congressman Bishop will remain missing in action:
Update 4/18/17: Via Indivisible Ogden, we find out that the show still went on to a packed house, despite the absence of the the arrogant little party-pooper:



Check it out, folks!

Update 4/19/17: The Standard-Eaminer has the story:

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Another Ogden Legendary Skier Suddenly Exits the "Mortal Coil"

These guys were all my lifetime ski buddies, and we in the Utah skier community will never forget them, we earnestly hope

Let's face it skier folks, it's been a tough year for Ogden-Based "Ski" heroes.
Sadly, here's another danged heart-breaking obit, concerning yet another heroic Utah ski-racer ski industry "heavyweight hero," who's now suddenly (just last week) "stepped off" the "mortal coil":
These guys were all my lifetime ski buddies, and we in the Utah skier community will never forget them, we earnestly hope!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Hatch, Lee Vote to Allow Greedy Internet Service Providers to Track and Sell Customers' Browsing History

Our take? If our sleazy internet providers want to make money by legally revealing our data, we should at least be mightily paid for their privilege, and we should all be be fairly compensated for the value of our "online data."

Here's a KSL story that'll be bound to "tick you off" Weber County Forum Readers, wethinks.

Here's the lede:

SALT LAKE CITY — The Republican-controlled Senate voted Thursday to roll back regulations that formerly prohibited internet service providers from tracking and selling customers’ browsing history.

Abolishing these regulations would allow ISPs like Verizon, Comcast and AT&T to track what their customers search online and in apps and sell that information to advertisers. ISPs previously had to ask permission to collect private data.

Here's the full story, WCF Readers, via the ever-awesome awesome Associated Press:
Our take? If our sleazy internet providers want to make money by legally revealing our data, we should at least be mightily paid for their privilege, and we should all be be fairly compensated for the value of our "online data."

So what say you about all of this, WCF Readers?

Friday, March 24, 2017

House Intelligence Committee Investigation is Dead on Arrival

Jackass House speaker Ryan won't appoint anyone else of course

This is what happens you appoint a lame-brain Tulare County, California farmer (with Zero legal training) to "lead" the "House Intelligence Committee," so-called:

Jackass House speaker Ryan won't appoint anyone else of course, since the US GOP has a shortage of "good, ethical lawyers" who have even a hint of "normal ethics."

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Weber County Forum Sunday Sermon: "And Jesus Said Unto Paul of Ryan ..."

Check your "Christian Values," US Republicans

Fine Nicholas Kristof Op-ed from the New New York Times. It's a true work of genius, we think, so we won't clip it; but will instead incorporate every dang word of it in full:

And Jesus Said Unto Paul of Ryan ... 
by: Nicholas Kristof

A woman who had been bleeding for 12 years came up behind Jesus and touched his clothes in hope of a cure. Jesus turned to her and said: “Fear not. Because of your faith, you are now healed.”

Then spoke Pious Paul of Ryan: “But teacher, is that wise? When you cure her, she learns dependency. Then the poor won’t take care of themselves, knowing that you’ll always bail them out! You must teach them personal responsibility!”

They were interrupted by 10 lepers who stood at a distance and shouted, “Jesus, have pity on us.”

“NO!” shouted Pious Paul. “Jesus! You don’t have time. We have a cocktail party fund-raiser in the temple. And don’t worry about them — they’ve already got health care access.”

Jesus turned to Pious Paul, puzzled.

“Why, they can pray for a cure,” Pious Paul explained. “I call that universal health care access.”

Jesus turned to the 10 lepers. “Rise and go,” he told them. “Your faith has made you well.” Then he turned back to Pious Paul, saying, “Let me tell you the story of the good Samaritan.

“A man was attacked by robbers who stripped him of clothes, beat him and left him half dead. A minister passed down this same road, and when he saw the injured man, he crossed to the other side and hurried on. So did a rich man who claimed to serve God. But then a despised Samaritan came by and took pity on the injured man. He bandaged his wounds and put the man on his own donkey and paid an innkeeper to nurse him to health. So which of these three should we follow?”

“Those who had mercy on him,” Pious Paul said promptly.

Jesus nodded. “So go ——”

“I mean the first two,” Pious Paul interjected. “For the Samaritan’s work is unsustainable and sends the wrong message. It teaches travelers to take dangerous roads, knowing that others will rescue them from self-destructive behaviors. This Samaritan also seems to think it right to redistribute money from those who are successful and give it to losers. That’s socialism! Meanwhile, if the rich man keeps his money, he can invest it and create jobs. So it’s an act of mercy for the rich man to hurry on and ignore the robbery victim.”

“How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of Heaven,” Jesus mused to himself. “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter heaven.”

“Let me teach you about love, Jesus — tough love!” Pious Paul explained. “You need a sustainable pro-business model. And you need to give people freedom, Jesus, the freedom to suffer misery and poverty.”

“The Lord God has anointed me to bring good news to the poor,” Jesus replied, emphasizing the last two words. Then he turned to a paralyzed beggar at his feet. “Stand up!” Jesus told the man. “Pick up your mat and go home.” As the man danced about joyfully, Pious Paul rolled his eyes dismissively.

“Look, Jesus, you have rare talent, and it should be rewarded,” Pious Paul said. “I have a partner, The Donald, who would like to work with you: He’d set up a lovely hospital, and the rich would come and pay for you to heal them. You’d get a percentage, and it’d be a real money-spinner. Overhead would be minimal because every morning you could multiply some loaves and fishes. You could strike it rich!”

“Blessed are the poor, for theirs is the kingdom of God,” Jesus said. “But woe to you who are rich, for you have already received comfort.”

“Oh, come on, Jesus,” Pious Paul protested. “Don’t go socialist on me again. Please don’t encourage class warfare. The best way to help the needy is to give public money to the rich. That then inspires the poor to work harder, galvanizes the sick to become healthy, forces the lepers to solve their own problems rather than kick back and depend on others. That’s why any realistic health plan has to focus on providing less coverage for the poor, and big tax benefits for the rich. When millions of people lose health care, that’s when a country is great again!”

“From everyone who has been given much,” Jesus told him, “much will be required.”

“Well, sure, this hospital would have a foundation to do some charity work. Maybe commissioning portraits of The Donald to hang in the entrance. But let’s drop this bleeding heart nonsense about health care as a human right, and see it as a financial opportunity to reward investors. In this partnership, 62 percent of the benefits would go to the top 0.6 percent — perfect for a health care plan.”

Jesus turned to Pious Paul on his left and said: “Be gone! For I was hungry and you gave me no food; I was thirsty, and you gave me no drink; and I was sick, and you did not help me.”

“But, Lord,” protested Pious Paul of Ryan, “when did I see you hungry or thirsty or sick and refuse to help you? I drop your name everywhere. And I’m pro-life!”

“Truly, I say to you,” Jesus responded, “as you did not help the homeless, the sick — as you did not help the least of these, you did not help me.”

Check your "Christian Values,"  US Republicans.

Dominus Vobiscum, Peeps!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Via William Harrel: The Look You Give When You're in the Presence of Pure Madness!

Hail Angela Merkel, The New Leader of the Free-world

Another great "catch" from FB Friend WM. Harrell, who offers this wry  commentary:

"The look you give when you're in the presence of pure madness. The United States of America is being sold out by a used car salesman turned traitor." 


Hail Angela Merkel, The new leader of the Free-world

Friday, March 17, 2017

St. Paddy's Day Special - Updated!

Erin go Bragh!

Happy St. Patrick's Day from Celtic Thunder:



Fasten the buckles on yer ceilidh shoes Irishmen and Irishwomen (but don't have a heart attack):



Added bonus, a few words from the President of Ireland (coincidentally the winner of the Bernie Sanders lookalike contest);




Happy St. Paddy's everyone!

Update 3/18/17: Added Bonus!



And YES! Your blogmaister is still celebrating St. Patrick's day!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Standard-Examiner: Let's Hear Your Defense of Leaving 52M Without Health Coverage, Rep. Bishop

Granted, the Standard-Examiner hasn't been even half so good as it used to be, before Doug Gibson was was demoted from the SE editorial page.

Nevetherless, here's a passingly-good editorial from the Standard-Examiner, which your blogmeister is pleased to highlight this afternoon.

Here's the lede:
As it turns out, the U.S. House of Representatives plans a long weekend March 24 through 26.
That would be an ideal time for Rep. Rob Bishop to return to Utah’s 1st Congressional District and share his views on the American Health Care Act.
Read up, folks:
And here's the Standard's "sodden question":

"If he believes it’s morally acceptable to adopt a plan leaving 52 million Americans without health insurance, the people he represents deserve to hear why - In person." 


Gotta say it's great to see the Standard actually "getting into the groove, for once," eh Gentle WCF Readers?

Monday, March 13, 2017

Impeachara®: Treatment for TIAD (Trump Induced Anxiety Disorder)

Talk to your doctor, to see if Impeachara® might be right for you

Via FB Friend Ordell Mindrum:

Do you find yourself feeling depressed, hopeless, having trouble sleeping,, struggling with frequent panic attacks, irritability, constant arguments with family, friends, or even with friends of friends on Facebook, yelling at your phone or computer screen and the constant urge to pull out your hair? If any of these sound familiar you may be suffering from TIAD, Trump Induced Anxiety Disorder, Impeachara® may help:



Talk to your doctor, to see if Impachara ® might be right for you. Also, do it fairly soon, before you lose your health insurance.

Awesome Trump Meme: A Picture Suitable for Framing?

Your children will look up to you and respect you for the time being. Don't be ashamed, Trumpanzees!

For all of you Trump supporters. Please enlarge, print up, frame it and hang it on a wall for all your kiddies to see on a daily basis. Feel proud and honored about your choice. Your children will look up to you and respect you for the time being. Don't be ashamed.


Comments please Trumpanzees, LOL?

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Breaking: Obama Admits to Wiretapping Trump!

Shocking, Ainnit?

Via FB Pal, Edward Flint. This below video reveals a ton of effort and patience. "Hats off" to whatever computer geek(s) spent endless hours compiling this video masterpiece!



Shocking, Ainnit?

Don't let the cat get yer tongues, ever-gentle WCF readers...

Friday, March 10, 2017

Boffo 2017 Utah Legislative Writeup, Thanx to GOP Party Outsider, the Ever Savvy Peter Corroon!

Write this down so you don't forget it, Peeps!

A legislative wrap-up from Democratic Chair Peter Corroon, via my mostest favorite FB Friend Angala Urrea.!

Hear ye, Hear ye! The 45-Day Reign of Terror is over. You are now able to come out of your houses.
This year during the 2017 Legislative Session, the legislature passed 535 pieces of legislation, a new record, and increased the state budget by over 7%. So much for small government! As usual, just small enough to control our lives.

Once again, we saw our Democrats fighting for education, government transparency and protection for the public against violent criminals. Our Democratic Legislators pushed to end the opioid epidemic, protect the health and safety of Utah children, and ensure that every person has clean air to breathe.

Our Democratic legislators continued to fight for a fair wage, worker’s rights, and an end to discrimination.

On the other hand, the Republicans, holding the majority, were able to halt measures that would have increased the ability of the people of Utah to access and control their own government. They stopped legislation that would have ensured our children receive education based in fact, science, and not ideology. Bills protecting homeless youth, registering to vote on election day, and an independent redistricting commission were all stopped in their tracks.
The following are some of the bills we followed:

THE GOOD

The state legislators put more money into helping the homeless. Great work!

A new bill will require that all rape kits be tested for DNA  at the State’s Crim Lab. This was very much needed.

All vehicles along the Wasatch Front and other areas must now pass emission tests. Great effort to allow us to breathe again in the winter and have our kids play outside!

The state will bond for $1 billion in transportation construction program. This is great but the timing is bad. Why cause construction costs to go up even further when you’re also building a $650 million prison and new airport. They forgot the old adage: Save in the good times, spend in the bad times. That is how you maintain a strong economy even in bad times.

Legislators also approved funding a presidential primary every four years to avoid the long lines during Utah's 2016 presidential nominating caucuses. Thank you again!!

The The Zion Curtain (and Ceiling) will fall. Makes Utah look a little more normal, but of course there is always a trade-off. (See “The Bad” below).

Legislators killed the prohibition on discussing homosexuality in a positive manner during sex education/a>. A little common sense this year.

THE MEDIOCRE

Legislators added $270 million in new monies for public schools, fully funding new student growth and increasing the per-pupil funding by 4 percent. Sounds like a lot but in reality, our GOP legislators once-again failed to make any meaningful effort to lift us out of the cellar in education funding. We are still at the bottom!

Teachers receive $5 million to pay for classroom supplies, and don’t have to pay for license renewal fees. A little bit of respect for our great teachers. Also, teachers who volunteer to work in the state’s poorly-funded and more challenged schools can earn $5,000 more a year. They deserve it.

THE BAD

A 10-foot open area from the bar or a 6-foot area with a short wall will be required instead of the Zion curtain. This bill hurts small businesses with smaller restaurants.

Utah will be the first state in the nation to lower its DUI alcohol level to 0.5 percent, down from a national standard of 0.8 percent. This is another effort by our legislature to drive away tourism and conventions. There are better ways to prevent drunk driving. Criminalizing drinking isn’t it.

THE UGLY

The legislature is phasing out credits for rooftop solar projects. Forget about breathing clean air and letting our kids play outside!

The GOP passed a resolution to reduce the size of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and rescind the Bears Ears National Monument, causing Utah to lose the twice-yearly Outdoor Retailers Association convention, taking about $45 million out of our economy, thousands of jobs and the opportunity to host the Inter-bike Show and other outdoor industry shows. So much for being a state that supports economic development!

Utahns will no longer have to have safety inspections on their cars and trucks, with registration fees going up by $1 a year. This bill will make you pay more attention to who is driving next to you. There will be more people “praying while driving”!

THE BIZZARE

New funding will go into efforts to deal with wolves in Utah even though there are no known wolves in Utah.

Legislators changed Utah’s anti-polygamy laws by modifying the definition of the practice and enhancing penalties.

That's a wrap! Thank you to our WONDERFUL Democrats on Utah's Capitol Hill!

Peter Corroon
Chair
Utah Democratic Party

Write this down so you don't forget it, Peeps!

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Breaking: Utah's Jon Huntsman to Be Trump’s Ambassador to Russia

Поздравляю, товарищ Охотник, Russian U.S. Ambassador, John Huntsman!

Too Funny! Despite this earlier Donald Trump twitter B.S.,  it appears that erstwile President Trump has had a change of heart, and picked our beloved former Utah Governor John Huntsman to be his U.S. Ambassador to Russia!

Here's the full story, folks!
As Utahns with reasonably long memories will recall, former Utah Governor Huntsman also served as US. Ambassador to China, during which time he reportedly became "fluent in (Mandarin and Taiwanese Hokkien) Chinese", although at least one particularly nasty anti-Mormon website seems to dispute this.

Given Governor/Ambassador Huntsman's already-demonstrated  facility with language, we'll just say this to the USA's new Russian Ambassador, whom we'll assume will be "fluent in Russian" in no time.
Please post a return comment, Mr. Russian Ambassador Huntsman, once you've finished the State Department's CIA-sponsored "Crash Course Russian Language/Spy School"

Thanks in Advance, Ambassador Huntsman!

Monday, March 06, 2017

Breaking: Food-tax Hike is Dead in Utah’s Legislature - Updated

Other tax, fee proposals still alive with three days remaining in legislative session, however

Via Utah State Senator James Dabakis: "Yay! Sales tax on food DEAD! You guys did it!"



Here's the Salt Lake Tribune story, Peeps:
Hold onto your wallets, however. Other big tax increases, such as hiked gasoline taxes, alcohol taxes, telephone taxes and a hike in drivers license fees remain on the Utah legislative docket, before our big-taxing GOP legislature brings down the closing gavel at the close of the 2017 Utah legislative session on Thursday night.

Read up!

And keep on voting Republican, Sheeple.

Update 3/7/15 12:00 pm: Let's highlight today's Standard-Examiner's strong editorial on the subject of a prposed Utah food tax:
"Utah’s poor caught a break. But as close as Republican leaders came to succeeding this time, they’ll return with a similar proposal in 2018".
We can’t allow the next Legislature to use Utah’s poor as a revenue stream," so sez the SE editorial board.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Sunday Funnies: In Red-State Utah, a Surge Toward Obamacare

Utah Buyer's Remorse? Read up, WCF readers

Eye opening article from the New York Times.  Here's the lead, Folks:
SALT LAKE CITY — From the moment the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, most elected officials in this sturdily Republican state have been eager to squash it.
But something surprising is happening here. Despite deep uncertainty about the law’s future, Utah recorded one of the biggest increases of any state in residents who signed up for coverage under the act this year. Now, the state is seeing a surprising burst of activism against repealing the law — including from Republicans.
“I’m naturally a really quiet person, but if I sit and do nothing and they take it away, how can I live with that?” asked Kim Nelson, 54, a Republican second-grade teacher who buys coverage through the Affordable Care Act marketplace and was recently treated for breast cancer. She has been calling and writing her congresswoman.
Many Utah residents still detest the law, but the activity here, and in other politically conservative states, highlights the challenges Republicans and the White House face as they struggle to come up with a palatable replacement.
Check out the full story, Peeps:
Here's one of the several "money quotes" contained within this interesting NYT story:
Mary Wood, a divorced mother of two who works three part-time jobs, none of which offers health insurance, said she had voted for Mr. McMullin as part of “this movement in Utah of people who had a hard time completely putting themselves behind either Trump or Hillary.” But now, she said, with Mr. Trump pushing for a repeal of the health law and for other policies she opposes, her vote is “one of the biggest regrets of my life.”
Read up, WCF readers.

Friday, March 03, 2017

Breaking: Utah’s Biggest Political Scandal Ends with Zero Convictions as Jury Clears Swallow

Sad news from the Salt Lake Tribune this morning, concerning beleaguered former Utah State Attorney General John Swallow. Here's the story in a nutshell:

"The burden of four years living under a cloud of suspicion and an intense four-week trial began to lift for former Utah Attorney General John Swallow with the sound of two words: 'Not guilty.'"

Read up the article collection from the SLTrib, Peeps:
The moral of the story, we guess?  If you're up to your eyeballs in public corruption allegations, hire Scott C. Williams to handle your seemingly hopeless criminal defense.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Standard-Examiner: Some Fear Legislation to Lower Utah's Blood Alcohol Limit Will Hurt the Economy

A utopian goal requiring excessive compulsion in the pursuit of unattainable perfection?

OGDEN — Supporters of House Bill 155, idiotlc "Mormon" legislation which would lower Utah’s legal blood alcohol limit from .08 to .05, have  "the ability to modify behavior by sending the strong message that 'if you drink, just don’t drive," LOL

HB 155, sponsored by Crackpot Mormon Happy Valley Rep. Norm Thurston, R-Provo, cleared the state House of Representatives in a 48-26 vote last Thursday, and now awaits debate in the Senate. But opponents of the measure fear that it broadcasts an even louder message in terms of Utah culture.

Read up Peeps:
And here's another counter-argument, from the libertarian website, Reason.com,,  i.e., arguing that a .05 limit is a "utopian goal requiring excessive compulsion in the pursuit of unattainable perfection":
So whaddaya think about all this, WCF readers?

Don't let the cat get your tongues...

SB 197 Gives $87 Million Dollar Tax Gift to the Oil Refineries; Manufacturing Giants

Keep on voting Republican, Utah sheeple, Ha. Ha. Ha!

Via State Senator Jim Dabakis:

You won't believe this one... SB 197 gives $87 million dollar tax gift to the oil refineries & manufacturing giants-- straight out of the pockets of working Utah families.



Mmmmmm, Jim, stay calm, stay calm, stay calm...

Keep on voting Republican, Utah Sheeple, Ha. Ha. Ha!


Sunday, February 26, 2017

Sunday Funnies: Trump Voters, Your Savior Is Betraying You

"You have a false savior, and you will have to turn on him to save yourselves and our nation,"

Eye-opening morning op-ed from The New York Times: Here's the lede, Peeps:
Dear Trump Voters,
You’ve been had. President Trump sold you a clunker. Now that he’s in the White House, he’s betraying you — and I’m writing in hopes that you’ll recognize that betrayal and hold him accountable.
Trump spoke to your genuine pain, to the fading of the American dream, and he won your votes. But will he deliver? Please watch his speeches carefully. You’ll notice that he promises outcomes, without explaining how they’ll be achieved. He’s a carnival huckster promising that America will thrive with his snake oil.
“We’re going to win, we’re going to win big, folks,” Trump declared Friday at the CPAC meeting, speaking of his foreign policy.
Great! Problem solved. Next? He then outlined his take on drug trafficking and what will surely be his outcome:
“No good. No good. Going to stop.” Wow! Why didn’t anyone else think of that?
Read the full NYT editorial, folks, which describes Trump's problems at length.:
Here's more:
Trump’s career has often been built on scamming people who put their faith in him, as Trump University shows. Now he’s moved the scam to a much bigger stage, and he boasts of targeting Muslims, refugees and unauthorized immigrants.Please don’t cheer, or acquiesce in these initial targets. The truth is that among the biggest losers from Trump policies will be you Trump voters, especially those of you from the working and middle class. You were hoping you’d elected a savior, and instead Donald Trump is doing to you what he did to just about everyone who ever trusted him: He’s betraying you,.
In summary, "[t]he sooner you recognize that, the sooner you can fight back and push for policies that will protect your health care and Social Security, defend the integrity of our election system and protect your own interests. You have a false savior, and you will have to turn on him to save yourselves and our nation," this morning's New York Times opinion writer, Nicholas Kristof, warns.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Science Saturday Special: 1 In 3 Americans Would Move To An Alien Planet To Escape U.S. Politics

Immediately, hundreds of people tweeted their intentions of relocating to the alien worlds or proposed that Trump be sent there by himself

WASHINGTON — If it meant escaping the current political atmosphere, nearly 1 in 3 Americans say they’d be willing to leave Earth altogether.

That’s according to a SurveyMonkey poll conducted Thursday, which found that 29 percent of U.S. adults would consider temporarily moving to one of the newly discovered Earth-like planets to avoid the next four years under President Donald Trump.

The journey wouldn’t be easy. Those seven planets are orbiting a dwarf star some 39 light-years — or 230 trillion miles — away. But whatever it takes, right?

Read up, Peeps:
Immediately, hundreds of people tweeted their intentions of relocating to the alien worlds or proposed that Trump be sent there by himself.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Video: Hitler Finds Out How Incompetent Trump Is

This video is pretty funny, Peeps... so danged funny that I forgot to laugh...



As yer blogmeister's FB friend Steve Conlin sez: "My German is a little rusty, but I'm pretty sure this is spot on ..."

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Why Germany Never Wins the Iditarot

No German wiener dogs were harmed during the filming of this great pic, so far as we know

Time for a little humorous cultural, non-political change of pace, LOL!


Trust us folks! We'll be getting back to our usual hyper-critical complaints about crooked GOP politicians in a "New York Minute."

Added Bonus: No wiener dogs were harmed during the filming of this great pic, so far as we know.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Standard-Examiner Op Ed: Why Would a Northern Utah Lawmaker Want to Kill Rebates for Rooftop Solar Panels?

Mr.Peterson looks like such a clean-cut Mormon boy, no? So what's the deal with his love for dirty fossil-fuel?

Just to keep the conversations going on another slow news day, we'll turn our attention to this tantaliziing Op Ed piece from Standard-Examiner reader Valerie Philips, who contributes her 2/7/17 letter/op ed:

Here's her tantalizing  lede and sodden question, Peeps:
Breathing clean air is critical for every Utahn. One would think our state leaders would want to do everything possible to clean up the gray haze all along the Wasatch Front.
So it's hard to figure out why Rep. Jeremy Peterson of Ogden is pushing a bill to get rid of the tax credit for homeowners who install rooftop solar panels, HB 23. Why would he want to choke out Utah's solar industry, when there are days that our children can't go outside to play because the air is too filthy to breathe?
Read the full story, folks:
Clean, renewable energy is clearly is "booming" people...
Meanwhile, old style "dirty' energy generation goes the way of the buggy-whip:
So why, we ask, would the "honorable" House District 9 Rep.Jeremy A. Peterson want to revert to the nineteenth century and "choke Utah's children" with coal and oil smoke, especially in a 21st century world where the coal and oil industries are suffering their death throes?

Mr.Peterson looks like such a clean-cut Mormon boy, no? So what's the deal with his love for dirty fossil-fuel, and hatred for clean, renewable energy?

Update 2/13/17 10:00 p.m.:  We contacted Mr. Peterson's 2018 Democratic opponent, the smart and wonderful Ms. Kathie Darby, concerning Mr. Peterson's decision to pass a bill killing the existing rooftop solar exemption which we mentioned above, and here's her response:
My first question, why was this credit ever appropriated from the Utah Education Fund? This does not make sense to me. What does it have to do with teacher pay and class size?
I would not discontinue this credit. Solar panels help to produce clean energy. Our air quality has been the worst in the nation this winter. Why would we go against any sort of incentive that helps to make our State cleaner and more energy efficient?
Here are Ms, Darby's Campaign Website and Campaign Facebook Page, people, for those of you who'd like to familiarize yourselves concerning this Great Leg 9 Candidate.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

2016 Presidential Election; What's the Worst That Can Happen?

Think about it peeps

Bestest photo meme ever from the 'wild and wooly' internet, in the aftermath of the 2016 National election, and in the wake of many pleas, from sundry political quarters, to give Trump a chance:

Our take?


Think about it peeps.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Salt Lake Tribune: Patagonia Drops Out of Outdoor Retailer Show Over Utah Leaders’ Opposition to Bears Ears - Updated 2X

Our take? Why not stick with clean outdoor recreation as Utah's top industry? Why cater to the "dying" fossil fuel industry?

Here's a boffo Pat Bagley political cartoon which appeared in this morning's Salt Lake Tribune, people:


Here's the lede, Utahns, via the inimitable  Salt Lake Tribune:
As Outdoor Retailer show organizers open the search for a host city, one major player in the industry says it will boycott the convention as long as it takes place in Utah.
Patagonia announced Tuesday it is withdrawing from Outdoor Retailer in response to a resolution passed last week by the state legislature and signed by the governor, urging President Donald Trump to rescind the newly-designated Bears Ears National Monument.
Here's the full Erin Alberty story, folks:
Take your choices, people, as other "clean" recreation-oriented industries will no doubt follow Patagonia's early lead.  Would you prefer for Utah to be the Outdoor Recreation Capitol of the USA, or, alternatively, would you prefer to live in a state where the air smells and feels like your nose has been taped to a diesel smoker exhaust pipe?

Check your political loyalties WCF Readers, inasmuch as voting Republican in this messed up state can actually kill you and your family.

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Our take? Why not stick with clean outdoor recreation as Utah's top industry?  Why cater to the "dying" fossil fuel industry?

Comments anyone? Don't let the cat get yer tongues.

Update 2/9/2017 6:00 p.m.: The chips continue to fall, people:
"Arc’teryx, a company that has long supported preservation of wild spaces, formally announces today its withdrawal from Outdoor Retailer in Salt Lake City, Utah due to the state’s efforts to rescind protection of Bears Ears National Monument and other public lands. The company stands in support of Patagonia’s move to leave Outdoor Retailer in Utah and is following suit. Funds that would have been spent to attend Outdoor Retailer in 2017 will be reallocated to the Conservation Alliance’s new Public Lands Defense Fund," according to the above-inked story.

Update 2/12./17 12:12 am.: It seems that even more outdoor recreation companies are bailing out, according to today's SLTrib story:
Are you happy now Mormon straight ticket GOP voters, now that clean, recreation-oriented  industries are leaving Utah for a more enlightened Colorado?

Friday, January 27, 2017

Standard-Examiner: Ogden Lawmaker Blogs About Women's March, Later Removes All Traces of It

This isn't the first time that the "cocky" Mr. Peterson has suffered "foot in mouth" disease  in the public press

Great Standard-Examiner expose', via top notch reporter Cathy McKitrick.

Here's the lede, folks:
OGDEN — An Ogden state representative drew criticism after making light of Monday’s Women’s March on the Utah State Capitol in a now-deleted post on his blog.
Rep. Jeremy Peterson, R-Ogden, called the action, which drew an estimated 6,000 participants on a snowy day to the capitol, “The Potpourri Passion Protest” in a blog post that he later removed.
“I am sure this won’t be the last protest we see at the Capitol before the Legislature finishes its work in March,” Peterson wrote. “Lets (sic) hope the next one features symbols other than crudely named knit-caps.”
Check out Ms. McKitrick's full writeup, peeps:
Just to fully flesh the whole story out, here's a link to Rep. Petersons's original blog post, which he's now deleted (in a very cowardly manner, may I add) from his Mr. Peterson's Perspective blogsite. Sit tight folks, as it takes something like 15 seconds for this particular link to load, inasmuch as it comes from one your blogmeister's trusty archive recovery websites. Believe us.  It;s worth the wait:
We'll thus take issue with the wonderful Ms. Cathy McKitrick's statement that this arrogant Leg 9 Rep scrubbed his blogsite "without a trace." remember, people, almost everything you post on the internet stays permanently, in one place or another.

And one more thing: This isn't the first time that the "cocky" Mr. Peterson has suffered "foot in mouth" disease  in the public press:
Happily Ms. Kathy Darby is preparing to take on Rep Peterson in 2018, as Ms. McKitrick reports.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Simple Economic Truths, Which Even Deranged Big-spending Racist Trumpanzees Ought to be Able to Understand.

Face it, Peeps! Our US President is completely Nutzo!

Simple Economic Truths, which ever deranged big-spending racist asshole Trumpanzees ought to be able to understand:


Face it, Peeps! Our US President is completely Nutzo!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Sales of George Orwell's 1984 Surge After Kellyanne Conway's 'Alternative Facts'

Comments made by Donald Trump’s adviser have been compared to the classic dystopian novel, pushing it to become the sixth best-selling book on Amazon

Via That wonderful British news publication, The Guardian

Here's the lede, peeps:
Sales of George Orwell’s dystopian drama 1984 have soared after Kellyanne Conway, adviser to the reality-TV-star-turned-president, Donald Trump, used the phrase “alternative facts” in an interview. As of Tuesday, the book was the sixth best-selling book on Amazon.
Comparisons were made with the term “newspeak” used in the 1949 novel, which was used to signal a fictional language that aims at eliminating personal thought and also “doublethink”. In his book Orwell writes that it “means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them”.
Read the full Guardian piece here, peeps:
As a courtesy to those WCF readers who don't already have a dog-eared copy of Orwell's Magnum Opus in their home libraries, we've helpfully added an Amazon "purchase link" in our left sidebar.

Here's an added "graphic teaser." peeps:


Added bonus for Ogden City residents! I just spoke with my friend Marcy Rizzi, the proprietor of Ogden's most excellent Booked on 25th bookstore 147 25th St, Ogden, UT 84401, who informs me that she has "a couple of copies" on her shelves right now! Moreover, Marcy informs us that "there is free shipping if customers choose the option to pick up at the store."

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Trump Administration Day 1: Pictures From Women’s Marches Around the World - New York Times

Crowds in hundreds of cities around the world are gathering Saturday in conjunction with the Women’s March on Washington

100.000 protesters in New York
Via several of your blogmeister's most-excellent Facebook Friends, one of whom particularly prefaced the below-linked NY Times photo gallery thusly:
For all my friends who called all this progressive stuff  "a tantrum"  yesterday...Forget "going viral" ...Progressive women are going global!!
Scroll to the bottom and see that women are mobilizing across the earth!!
Trump must really be dropping mud now as he tries to wrap his mind around it all...lol
Check it out, Peeps!
The Grey Lady will Will reportedly be adding new photographs as they get them throughout the day, so be sure to bookmark this Times story.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Weber County Forum Special: In Re Tomorrow's Presidential Inauguration Ceremonies

Buckle up, people.  It's bound to be a thrilling next four years, no?

One day shy of Donald Trump's January 20 presidential inauguration, we thought it would be appropriate to cite a few items concerning Donald Trump's BIG  coronation swearing-in ceremony. Sadly, folks it still seems it ain't yet working out exactly as planned.  Here goes:
Even now, even at this late date, there still seem to be a few unplanned glitches;
The Good news for Trump is that bestest Choir in America has agreed to perform at Friday's the inauguration "gala":
The bad news? One erstwhile Mo Tab Choir member stirred up a major brouhaha with this:
"I've tried to tell myself that it will be all right and that I can continue in good conscience before God and man," (resigning choir member Jan) Chamberlain wrote in a Facebook post. "I only know I could never 'throw roses to Hitler.' And I certainly could never sing for him."

Adding to the religious maelstrom was "The Petition," which modern day LDS "Prophet, Seer and Revelator" and LD$, Inc. Chief CEO Tom Monson promptly ignored:
No word yet, whether the highly ethical Ms.Chamberlain will emerge from her brave and admirable "act of  religious conscience" with her holy temple recommend left intact, inasmuch as the bulk of the top LDS Church hierarchy were (or are) solidly registered Republicans, according to this interesting 2014 Salt Lake Tribune story:
And here's the link you've all been looking for, Weber County Forum Political Wonks:
Added bonus:
Additional Added Editorial Bonus:
Here's the REAL problem, wethink, despite the above "cover story":


Music will begin at 9:30 a.m. EST and opening remarks will start at 11:30 a.m. The official transfer of power happens at noon, when Trump will be sworn in by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, according to US Weekly Magazine

Buckle up, people. It's bound to be a thrilling next four years, no?  That's assuming his presidency lasts that long:
"Again, impeachment would be all on the Republican-controlled House, so it seems unlikely that they’re going to want to impeach Trump. That said, you can place an even money bet that he won’t finish out the term over at Ladbrokes right now. Maybe he’ll just get bored and quit. Stranger things have happened, and you’d still get the money."

Place your bets with your favorite bookie, Peeps! HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

Update 1/20/17  9:00 am Hey Folks: Check out this C-SPAN feed, which is broadcasting the Trump  Coronation WAY early:
Don't forget to have your "barf bags" readily available, People.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

This is actually what America would look like without gerrymandering

YES! This is actually what the  American voter base would look like without crackpot GOP gerrymandering, peeps

In his State of the Union speech, President Obama called on lawmakers and the public to take a number of steps "to change the system to reflect our better selves" for "a better politics." The top item on that list was to end partisan gerrymandering: "we have to end the practice of drawing our congressional districts so that politicians can pick their voters, and not the other way around," Obama said.

In most states, state legislatures draw the district boundaries that determine how many delegates the state sends to the U.S. Congress, as well as the general partisan make-up of that delegation. State legislatures are partisan beasts, and if one party is in control of the process they can draw boundaries to give themselves a numeric advantage over their opponents in Congress. This process is called gerrymandering.

This is a good read, wethinks, people:
YES! This is actually what the American voterbase would look like without crackpot GOP gerrymandering, peeps.

Write it down do you won't forget it, peeps!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Breaking!!! Fragile Internet Racists In Turmoil Over Black Lady Liberty Coin!

Our take? Given the history of human rights in Amerika? Lady Liberty should always be cast as an African-American woman with freshly-broken chains

Via the ever-inimitable "Wonkette Blog" one of yer blogmeister's all time favorites!
Here's a handy thumbnail summary of today's featured web article,, Peeps:
Imagine how sad your life has to be to fall into the throes of agony because there are people on coins you’re probably never going to use in your life that are not the same race as you! Or upon seeing a fictional character you thought was white being portrayed as a non-white person?
I mean, these people are always talking about how people on the left are all “crybabies” and “snowflakes” and what have you — but can you even imagine what they would do if they had to deal with 1/10th of what people who are actually oppressed go through? If they’re traumatized by a damn $100 coin that’s only going to be bought by collectors? They would fall down dead in a half hour, max.
Read the whole story, WCF Political Wonks:
Our take? Given the history of human rights in Amerika, Lady Liberty should always be cast as an African-American woman with freshly-broken chains.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Uniquely Utah: Mural Honoring Local Jazz Legend Unveiled in Ogden

Via Weber County Forum regular Winston Smith

"In my town! Love Joe McQueen":

OGDEN, Utah -- Last Friday night a crowd of roughly a hundred gathered in the cold to dedicate a mural to 97-year-old jazz musician and local legend, Joe McQueen.

Check it out, peeps!



Joe McQueen is the "Gold Standard," as Ogden Jazz musicians go, wethinks!

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