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  • Mitt Romney, Conservative Cultural Icon

    05/09/2012 3:32:07 PM PDT · by Utah Girl · 23 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 5/9/2012 | Peter Ferrar
    Obamunistas are saying that Obama is cool, and Romney is not. But cool to whom? Cool is in the eye of the beholder. I have to admit that if you are an aging hippie who never grew up, still think that the counterculture of the 1960s was the highwater mark of American civilization, reject America's capitalist economic system as inherently unfair and uncool in the grubby pursuit of profit, see America's historic world-leading prosperity as crass materialism causing global poverty, and regard America's world dominating superpower military as the tool of global imperialism, you would see Obama as very cool...
  • Salazar approves Utah gas wells

    05/08/2012 11:28:58 AM PDT · by Utah Girl · 15 replies
    KSL, AP ^ | 5.8.2012 | Paul Foy
    U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on Tuesday announced the approval of a major natural gas drilling project in Utah that the Obama administration says will support more than 4,000 jobs during its development while safeguarding critical wildlife habitat and air quality. During an appearance outside Salt Lake City, Salazar said Texas-based Anadarko Petroleum Corp. would be allowed to develop up to 3,675 new gas wells over the next decade in eastern Utah. "It will help power the American economy," Salazar said. The move comes at a time when the Obama administration is under fire from critics who say his energy...
  • Four reasons Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign had a bad week

    05/08/2012 11:20:01 AM PDT · by Utah Girl · 10 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 5/8/2012 | Jeff Greenfield
    If you don’t believe rigid mathematical formulas can tell you who will win a presidential election — and I don’t — you should be even more dubious about hunches divined from a stray incident or two. So why do I have the feeling that just such an incident--OK, make it four--made last week a very bad one for President Barack Obama’s re-election prospects? Because they connect to much bigger problems that go to the heart of the Obama campaign’s arguments for a second term. Moreover, the time to repair these problems is rapidly running out. Let’s take the first event,...
  • Sen. Mark Kirk now home — three months after stroke

    05/03/2012 5:12:44 PM PDT · by Utah Girl · 16 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 5/3/2012 | ABDON M. PALLASCH
    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, who suffered a stroke in January, has gone home. Kirk (R-Ill.), 52, had been hospitalized since he first suffered stroke symptoms on Jan. 21. Since February, he has been at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, where his doctors said he has made steady progress and will be involved in a research project that involves more field rehabilitation than normal. Though he will be spending nights at the homes of “various relatives,” his staff said, he will be reporting by day to the RIC to continue his rehab. A lift has been installed on the stairs at...
  • Who is Dan Liljenquist?

    04/24/2012 12:01:48 PM PDT · by Utah Girl · 9 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 4/23/2012 | Rachel Wiener
    Entitlement reform is on the lips of every Republican politician these days, and that’s good news for Utah state Sen. Dan Liljenquist. His party’s leadership picked the first-term legislator to reform the state pension system last year. The plan he came up with – along with the methodical way he crafted it – won accolades even from his political opponents. A year later he took on Medicaid reform, with similar results. Now, Liljenquist is preparing a likely primary campaign against Sen. Orrin Hatch (R) in 2012, in his short political career he has two solid achievements to run on. “I...
  • A Friendship Dating to 1976 Resonates in 2012

    04/08/2012 9:57:37 PM PDT · by Utah Girl · 26 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 4/7/2012 | MICHAEL BARBARO
    The two young men had woefully little in common: one was a wealthy Mormon from Michigan, the other a middle-class Jew from Israel. But in 1976, the lives of Mitt Romney and Benjamin Netanyahu intersected, briefly but indelibly, in the 16th-floor offices of the Boston Consulting Group, where both had been recruited as corporate advisers. At the most formative time of their careers, they sized each other up during the firm’s weekly brainstorming sessions, absorbing the same profoundly analytical view of the world. That shared experience decades ago led to a warm friendship, little known to outsiders, that is now...
  • Mitt Romney Never Flip-Flopped on Marriage

    03/26/2012 4:22:39 PM PDT · by Utah Girl · 30 replies · 21+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | 12/02/2011 | Maggie Gallagher
    This week, President Obama went negative, launching an ad a full year before the election attacking Mitt Romney's character for flip-flopping. Clever, Mr. President. Too clever by half. I'm not going to defend Romney from the charge that he has changed his mind -- on abortion he clearly has. But I do want to take up the one issue I know the most about: same-sex marriage. (snip) I don't mind anyone criticizing Romney for the things he has done. But this particular attack is grotesquely unfair. I know. I was there. In the summer of 2003, when I learned the...
  • Mitchell defense team files for acquittal, saying prosecutors failed

    11/16/2010 8:03:21 PM PST · by Utah Girl · 17 replies
    The Deseret News ^ | 11/16/2010 | Pat Reavy
    Defense attorneys for Brian David Mitchell, accused of kidnapping Elizabeth Smart, filed a motion Tuesday for their client to be acquitted, claiming prosecutors failed to show "sufficient evidence" that proved their case "beyond a reasonable doubt." Specifically, defense attorneys claim prosecutors, who rested their case Tuesday, failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Mitchell transported Smart across state lines for the purpose of having sex. "To the contrary, the evidence suggests that the sexual activity, while foreseen by Mr. Mitchell, was incidental to the primary purpose of the trip," the defense wrote in its motion. Mitchell is facing a...
  • Hatching a ‘Reasonable Compromise’

    11/08/2010 4:56:48 PM PST · by Utah Girl · 15 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 11/8/2010 | Robert Costa
    Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah will likely become the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee early next year. From that perch, he’ll oversee the GOP’s tax-writing policy in the upper chamber. Before then, however, Hatch is keeping busy: In coming weeks, he will be one of the leading figures in the battle over extending Bush-era tax rates, which are set to expire at the end of the year. As he looks ahead, Hatch predicts that there could be a “reasonable compromise” with Democrats and the White House. He urges the president to “come in good faith” to the negotiating...
  • Live: The Elizabeth Smart kidnapping trial

    11/08/2010 11:39:32 AM PST · by Utah Girl · 3 replies
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 11/8/2010 | Sheena McFarland and Aaron Falk
    Click on the link, then click on the Print button. Refresh every 20 minutes or so. Lois Smart has finished testifying, Mary Katherine Smart is testifying. The experts aren't sure if Elizabeth will testify today or tomorrow.
  • TV One will only cover Obama, not McCain

    07/09/2008 5:26:35 PM PDT · by Utah Girl · 24 replies · 80+ views
    The Deseret News ^ | 7/9/2008 | Scott Pierce
    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — TV One will cover the Democratic National Convention because — and only because — the party's nominee is African-American. And yet, oddly enough, some of the people who will be involved in that coverage took umbrage at the suggestion that the cable/satellite network is, um, covering the Democratic National Convention only because the nominee is Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. "Yes, Sen. Obama running for president is a huge deal at TV One as it is in the African-American community," said Johnathan Rodgers, the CEO of the network that, in his words, "targets African-American adults." According to...
  • Leader Losing It: Senate meltdown (Harry Reid)

    06/30/2008 8:37:44 PM PDT · by Utah Girl · 39 replies · 121+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 6/30/2008 | Mark Hemingway
    There was a remarkable exchange on the floor of the Senate this past Thursday between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. It offers pretty stunning evidence of how personally petty Reid is, as well as his penchant for defining “partisanship” as anything that keeps him from getting his way. The particulars here aren’t terribly important, but what happened was this: The Senate was voting on a Medicare bill bloated with new spending. The bill was also an attempt to prevent cuts in payment rates to doctors who treat seniors on Medicare, and Democrats wanted to...
  • The case of the anti-Mormons

    06/30/2008 6:25:14 PM PDT · by Utah Girl · 420 replies · 214+ views
    The Deseret News ^ | 6/30/2008 | Scott D. Pierce
    Viewers of tonight's season premiere of "History Detectives" will learn that a book about the horrors of "Female Life Among the Mormons" is a work of fiction. And the woman who owns the 1856 volume will be "disappointed" by that news. "History Detectives" (8 p.m., Ch. 7) is a fascinating series in which historical objects are examined to determine if they're authentic. (Tonight's other two segments feature a World War II diary and a coin shot by Annie Oakley.) In the case of the 1856 book about the horrors of Mormon polygamy, Marcie Waterman Murray of Stanfordville, N.Y., bought it...
  • 'The leader we need is you,' (Glenn) Beck tells 17,000 at BYU

    06/30/2008 6:09:36 PM PDT · by Utah Girl · 33 replies · 278+ views
    The Deseret News ^ | 6/30/2008 | James Davis
    PROVO — The answers to America's problems aren't found in Washington; they're found in the people of America. That's what radio and TV personality Glenn Beck told a vocal crowd of nearly 17,000 gathered at BYU's Marriott Center Sunday evening for America's Freedom Festival's annual Patriotic Service. "In a time when America is begging for a leader; in a time when America is shouting out, 'Where is the leader, when will he step forward?' I am here to tell you: You are the leader — the leader we seek. The leader we need is you; it always has been. "We...
  • Hillary's First Draft

    06/11/2008 2:13:53 PM PDT · by Utah Girl · 6 replies · 58+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 6.10.2008 | David Martin
    First draft of Hillary Clinton's concession speech found in her office wastebasket: "It is time. It is time for our campaign to take stock of what we have accomplished and to acknowledge the hard work of thousands of volunteers who brought us so close to the nomination. In the thrust and parry of electoral politics, harsh words are spoken and things are said which perhaps ought not to have been said. But it is time to put all that behind us and move on. Most of all, it is time to come together and consolidate our gains and move forward....
  • Texas sheriff defends raid on YFZ Ranch in one-on-one interview with Deseret News

    06/03/2008 10:09:31 PM PDT · by Utah Girl · 91 replies · 420+ views
    The Deseret News ^ | 6.4.2008 | Ben Winslow
    ELDORADO, Texas — He was the man at the gates in the white cowboy hat and the folksy southern drawl. Schleicher County Sheriff David Doran was one of the few outsiders whom the FLDS would initially allow onto the YFZ Ranch, and he cultivated a relationship with them. That relationship has been severely strained in the aftermath of the raid on the YFZ Ranch. "I did not have the power to step in and stop this," Doran said. "The state of Texas had an investigation. They had a call, an outcry of a child they had to investigate and we...
  • Texas judge walks off bench; when FLDS children will return is unknown

    05/30/2008 6:40:22 PM PDT · by Utah Girl · 514 replies · 1,282+ views
    The Deseret News ^ | 5/30/2008 | Ben Winslow and Nancy Perkins
    The devil was in the details. Discussions about a proposed order involving the return of children taken from the Fundamentalist LDS Church's YFZ Ranch broke down late this afternoon when attorneys for the families wanted to review proposed changes with their clients. Judge Barbara Walther announced the attorneys had better get all of their clients' signatures before she would sign the agreement and abruptly left the bench late this afternoon. A lawyer for the families, Laura Shockley, said she expected attorneys would return to an Austin appeals court Monday to push for an order returning the children. It was the...
  • Fleischer: McClellan Sounds Far-Left

    05/30/2008 6:20:38 PM PDT · by Utah Girl · 41 replies · 332+ views
    Fox News ^ | 5/29/2008
    You called Scott McClellan last night. What did you ask him? ARI FLEISCHER, FORMER W.H. PRESS SECRETARY: Well, I did. Actually it was before the story broke about the book. So, it was a social call and Scott brought up the book. We talked about it and he told me he thought it was going to be an honest, brutal, I mean honest, blunt book — he didn't say brutal. And I'm not sure I thought it was going to be as bad as it sounds like it is. HEMMER: What do you mean? FLEISCHER: From what I'm hearing from...
  • Court order: FLDS children to return beginning Monday, families will remain supervised

    05/30/2008 2:00:59 PM PDT · by Utah Girl · 184 replies · 114+ views
    The Deseret News ^ | 5/20/2008 | Ben Winslow
    SAN ANGELO, Texas — Lawyers for Child Protective Services have made a proposed agreement to return hundreds of children taken from the Fundamental LDS Church's YFZ Ranch. The agreement is being discussed by lawyers for mothers, children and child welfare authorities in a hearing underway that is in response to a Texas Supreme Court ruling that the children should be returned to their parents. A copy of the order, obtained by the Deseret News, seeks to have children returned to their parents beginning Monday. The proposed agreement also requires parents to complete parenting classes and cooperate with an ongoing investigation...
  • Bush wraps up one fundraiser, arrives in Marine One for event at Romney home in Park City

    05/28/2008 5:02:59 PM PDT · by Utah Girl · 4 replies · 182+ views
    The Deseret News ^ | 5.28.2008 | Lisa Riley Roche and Leigh Dethman
    President George W. Bush landed in Park City in Marine One around 5 p.m. this evening, where a small crowd of both supporters and protestors greeted him. The landing by Bush on ball fields adjacent to Park City Middle School drew the attention of local residents, who were gathering throughout the afternoon. What they saw was the landing of the iconic helicopter, as well as four other identical green U.S. Marine Corp. helicopters. They also got a wave from Bush before he climbed into a waiting SUV. The motorcade then quickly left, bound for the second fundraiser at Mitt Romney's...
  • Texas makes deal with FLDS couple

    05/27/2008 9:39:32 PM PDT · by Utah Girl · 68 replies · 373+ views
    The Deseret News ^ | 5.27.2008 | Ben Winslow
    A deal has been struck involving an infant caught up in the raid on the Fundamentalist LDS Church's YFZ Ranch. "I understand y'all have reached a tentative agreement," Judge Barbara Walther said today after a 2 1/2-hour delay, so lawyers could negotiate behind closed doors. The deal gives the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services sole conservatorship over the baby, born two weeks ago to Dan Jessop and his wife, Louisa Jessop Bradshaw. It names the parents as temporary possessors. "I feel good about it," Dan Jessop said as he walked out of the courtroom. "It's one step closer...
  • (LDS) Church's Wheelchair Initiative Turns a New Corner

    05/17/2008 9:42:15 PM PDT · by Utah Girl · 6 replies · 199+ views ^ | 3/20/2008
    Chris Jardine gingerly reached out with his fingerless hands to touch the new wheelchair he was just given. He lifted his body into the new chair, but after a moment he pulled himself out and went back into his old wheelchair. “I want to wait and get up Christmas morning and have this be my Christmas gift,” Jardine said in his 10-by-10 room located in an old hospital in Mahaica, Guyana. Jardine was in dire need of a new wheelchair. His old one had loose and broken wheels, making transportation especially dangerous and difficult. The new chair would be more...
  • Clinton's female fans wonder what if...and when

    05/17/2008 5:35:19 PM PDT · by Utah Girl · 33 replies · 71+ views
    AP ^ | 5/17/2008 | Sara Kugler
    Philipina Heintzman, 81, drove 80 miles across the South Dakota prairie to experience history in the making: a woman running for president, something she never dreamed as a child that she would live to see. That event, a Hillary Rodham Clinton rally in Bath on Thursday, also marked history unraveling. As Clinton's prospects sink in the Democratic race, Heintzman and many women like her are feeling the poignant letdown of seeing the first woman with a strong chance at the presidency fall short. "It would hurt my feelings a lot because I think she should be No. 1, she should...
  • Who Is Jesus Christ? (Ecumenic)

    05/15/2008 6:31:50 PM PDT · by Utah Girl · 51 replies · 65+ views
    The Ensign & Liahona via ^ | March 2008 | Boyd K. Packer
    Meeting with the Twelve at Caesarea Philippi, Jesus asked, “Whom say ye that I am?” Simon Peter, the chief Apostle answered, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:15–16). Peter later testified that Jesus “was foreordained before the foundation of the world” (1 Peter 1:20). He was “in the beginning with the Father, and [is] the Firstborn” (D&C 93:21). When the Father’s plan—the plan of salvation and happiness (see Alma 34:9)—was presented (see Alma 42:5, 8), one was required to atone to provide redemption and mercy to all those who accepted the plan (see Alma 34:16;...
  • California gay marriage ban overturned, but ruling not likely to impact Utah's ban

    05/15/2008 5:07:48 PM PDT · by Utah Girl · 46 replies · 118+ views
    The Deseret News ^ | 5/15/2008 | Lisa Lef
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In a monumental victory for the gay rights movement, the California Supreme Court overturned a voter-approved ban on gay marriage Thursday in a ruling that would allow same-sex couples in the nation's biggest state to tie the knot. Domestic partnerships are not a good enough substitute for marriage, the justices ruled 4-3 in an opinion written by Chief Justice Ron George. Outside the courthouse, gay marriage supporters cried and cheered as news spread of the decision. "Our state now recognizes that an individual's capacity to establish a loving and long-term committed relationship with another person and...
  • LDS Church expresses disappointment in California gay marriage decision

    05/15/2008 4:56:54 PM PDT · by Utah Girl · 18 replies · 105+ views
    The Deseret News ^ | 5/15/2008 | Carrie Moore
    Shortly after word came Thursday that the California Supreme Court overturned a ban on gay marriage in that state, the LDS Church released the following statement: "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recognizes that same sex marriage can be an emotional and divisive issue. However, the church teaches that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is the basic unit of society. Today's California Supreme Court decision is unfortunate." The LDS Church was active in urging California residents to ban gay marriage through a public referendum in March 2000. Proposition...
  • Jessop says Jeffs to blame for FLDS troubles

    05/06/2008 10:31:19 AM PDT · by Utah Girl · 22 replies · 37+ views
    The Deseret News ^ | 5.6.2008 | Brian West
    It has been a busy month for Carolyn Jessop. In addition to myriad media interviews, promoting a best-selling book and taking care of her family, she just returned last week from her third trip to Texas helping educate government workers, volunteers and professionals about the unique culture of the Fundamentalist LDS Church. Jessop, Shannon Price and other Utahns have been sharing their insights into the religion with Texas authorities. Both Jessop and Price still strongly believe Texas is doing the right thing by placing more than 450 children into state custody and investigating allegations of abuse. "There's a level of...
  • LDS rebut N.Y. Times Web article

    05/06/2008 10:18:16 AM PDT · by Utah Girl · 157 replies · 120+ views
    The Deseret News ^ | 5.6.2008 | Aaron Falk
    The historian for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints took issue Monday with a New York Times opinion piece comparing FLDS polygamists in Texas to 19th century Mormons. In a statement released Monday, church historian Elder Marlin K. Jensen took exception to author Timothy Egan's portrayal in the Times. "Mr. Egan's cavalier comparison of FLDS polygamy practices with those of 19th century Latter-day Saints is historically unsupported and simply wrong," wrote Elder Jensen, a member of the church's Quorums of Seventy. "By implication, he also unfairly impugns the integrity of all Latter-day Saint marriages and families, the very...
  • Don't leave child-rearing up to world, Sister Beck says

    05/04/2008 9:53:36 PM PDT · by Utah Girl · 4 replies · 240+ views
    The Deseret News ^ | 5.2.2008 | Amy K. Stuart
    Thousands of women filled most of the Brigham Young University Marriott Center on Friday to hear from Sister Julie B. Beck, general president of the Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Sister Beck spoke to the theme "Strengthen Thy Stakes: Standing Strong and Immovable in Faith" for BYU's Women's Conference, which is co-sponsored by the LDS Relief Society. "Our task is great in this world," said Sister Beck. She is also the former counselor in the Young Women general presidency for the LDS Church. Sister Beck told a story about her mother, who was living...
  • Seeing Grit and Ruthlessness in Clinton’s Love of the Fight

    05/04/2008 9:44:10 PM PDT · by Utah Girl · 11 replies · 38+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 5.4.2008 | MARK LEIBOVICH and KATE ZERNIKE
    Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton is waving her fists across Indiana, signing autographs on boxing gloves. “We need a president who’s a fighter again,” Mrs. Clinton said at a rally on Thursday, adding that the next president must understand what it is like to “get knocked down and get back up: that’s the story of America, right?” In recent days, Mrs. Clinton has chided the experts for “counting me out” and Senator Barack Obama for his inability to “close the deal” and declared that no one was going to make her quit. “She makes Rocky Balboa look like a pansy,” North...
  • Retire the Presidents

    04/28/2008 6:38:29 PM PDT · by Utah Girl · 19 replies · 72+ views
    The New York Sun ^ | 4/28/2008 | Ryan Cole
    Since being ejected from the Oval Office in 1980, Jimmy Carter has spent his days conducting rogue diplomacy in global hot spots, dashing from the embrace of one dictator to another and generally making life miserable for sitting American presidents. For this, Mr. Carter is often called our greatest ex-president. Accordingly, his latest round of unauthorized diplomacy with Hamas will surely only enhance his post-presidential resume. But truth be told, no amount of hobnobbing with terrorists or international do-goodery at the expense of American interests will ever erase Mr. Carter's miserable legacy as president. From his disastrous handling of both...
  • (Harry) Reid asks AG to review federal efforts regarding polygamous communities

    04/23/2008 6:08:04 PM PDT · by Utah Girl · 26 replies · 36+ views
    The Deseret News ^ | 4/23/2008 | Suzanne Struglinski
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has asked U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey to review the federal efforts to stop child abuse or other criminal activity in polygamous communities. Reid said the raid earlier this month at the Fundamentalist LDS Church ranch in Eldorado, Texas, "illustrates the depth of the problem and the pressing need for federal leadership to combat this problem." Two years ago, Reid wrote former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales that the federal government needs to work with state officials to look at the "broader pattern of serious criminal conduct by all those who use multiple marriages to...
  • Alison: Your Aim Is True

    01/23/2008 10:26:14 AM PST · by Utah Girl · 61 replies · 1,417+ views ^ | 1/23/2008 | Mike C Adams
    A recent essay by Alison Piepmeier of the College of Charleston provides some of the best examples of the cruelty, heartlessness, and utter self-absorption embodied in the modern feminist movement. Aptly titled, “Choosing Us,” the essay shows that, for feminists, abortion is a device to prevent one thing: Feminist inconvenience. Alison begins her abortion story by informing her readers that her unwanted pregnancy began with an “ecstatic, hushed fling on the cold tiles of the bathroom floor a few weeks earlier” while her brother and his girlfriend were in the other room. She had used contraception, but the contraception had...
  • Protesters Could Disrupt Rose Parade (Calling Cindy Sheehan)

    12/29/2007 8:37:08 PM PST · by Utah Girl · 22 replies · 67+ views
    There could be some discord during the Tournament of Roses Parade as demonstrators promise to raise issues during the holiday spectacle that has been going on for more than a century. Human rights advocates plan to protest a float honoring the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and anti-war activists, including "Peace Mom" Cindy Sheehan, intend to rally for peace. The theme of this year's New Year's Day parade is "Passport to the World's Celebrations." It will feature 46 floats, 21 marching bands and 18 equestrian units. Volunteers have busy in Pasadena and nearby areas this past week decorating the floats with...
  • 80 Percent of Americans Would Vote for a Mormon

    12/11/2007 9:50:19 AM PST · by Utah Girl · 177 replies · 96+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 12.11.2007 | Jim Geraghty
    Gallup asked whether Americans would vote for candidates with particular characteristics. The first day of polling was the day of Mitt Romney's speech. Between now and the 2008 political conventions, there will be discussion about the qualifications of presidential candidates — their education, age, religion, race, and so on. If your party nominated a generally well-qualified person for president who happened to be [ITEM A-H READ IN ORDER], would you vote for that person? Catholic? 93 percent yes, 4 percent no. Black? 93 percent yes, 5 percent no. Jewish? 91 percent yes, 6 percent no. A woman? 86 percent yes,...
  • Mormon Tabernacle Choir gains new fame, repertoire

    12/11/2007 5:30:34 AM PST · by Utah Girl · 13+ views
    The Deseret News ^ | 12.11.2007 | Doug Robinson
    Craig Jessop, the director and conductor of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, doesn't have a clue about self-promotion. Won't sit down to do interviews for stories about himself. Won't take credit. Insists on sharing the baton and the stage. Has a humble streak about as big as the "Hallelujah Chorus." Even now, he is cringing as he reads this, so let's move on to ... ... Mack Wilberg, the choir's associate director. Same story. He is loathe even to come out and take a bow on stage and has to be coaxed into it. After performances he disappears to who knows...
  • In Olympics Success, Romney Found New Edge

    09/19/2007 1:35:25 PM PDT · by Utah Girl · 6 replies · 131+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 9/20/2007 | Kirk Johnson
    Mitt Romney walked onto the Olympic stage in 1999 a rich businessman still smarting from losing his first bid for public office. He walked off, three years later, a star-polished candidate who would be elected governor of Massachusetts in a matter of months. This was the place of his emergence and his transition. In rescuing the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games, which had been tarnished by scandal, Mr. Romney learned the ways of Washington and the hurly-burly of politics, mastered the news media, built a staff of loyalists and made fund-raising connections in Utah that have proven vital to...
  • LDS plans one-stop 'Welfare Complex' (LDS Caucus)

    09/13/2007 3:05:12 PM PDT · by Utah Girl · 8 replies · 151+ views
    The Deseret News ^ | 9/13/2007 | Lynn Arave
    The first-ever comprehensive, one-stop "Welfare Complex" of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will open in Layton by the end of 2008. Now under construction at 900 W. Hill Field Road, the 65,000-square-foot facility on 6.3 acres of land will put seven different aspects of the LDS Church's welfare program — Deseret Industries, Distribution Services, Family Services, LDS Employment, Bishop's Storehouse, Family Home Storage Center and a Humanitarian Service Room — all under one roof. According to Scott Anderson, manager of construction for Deseret Industries, this type of new complex — a single-story block building — should become...
  • President Hinckley gets citizen award

    09/13/2007 12:43:50 PM PDT · by Utah Girl · 71+ views
    The Deseret News ^ | 9/13/2007 | Tad Walch
    LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley read "1776" and "John Adams" cover to cover, but he only skimmed another best-seller by historian David McCullough, the 1,000-page Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Harry Truman. "At my age of 97," President Hinckley joked Wednesday with McCullough, "I cannot afford to read anything that long." McCullough joined additional luminaries and nearly 1,400 others crammed elbow-to-elbow into a downtown hotel ballroom to honor President Hinckley with the Municipal Citizen of the Century Award for his decades of work building bridges in Utah's communities. The Utah League of Cities and Towns presented the award on the...
  • Massacre site service focuses on forgiveness

    09/09/2007 9:26:25 AM PDT · by Utah Girl · 1 replies · 121+ views
    The Deseret News ^ | 9/9/2007 | Carrie Moore
    MOUNTAIN MEADOWS, Washington County — The lilting melody of a lone bagpipe and a Christian sermon on forgiveness echoed across this small mountain valley Saturday, as did the names of 120 men, women and children who were massacred here. Their memory is a solemn warning about the dangers of inflammatory rhetoric, peer pressure and myth disguised as fact, according to Western historian and author David Bigler. Members of the Mountain Meadows Association and others whose ancestors were either killed or did the killing on Sept. 11, 1857, joined in a memorial service — and later, a dinner meeting — to...
  • Huckabee: a Republican who can lead us back home

    08/22/2007 5:47:05 PM PDT · by Utah Girl · 48 replies · 1,023+ views
    Newsday ^ | 8/22/2007 | James Pinkerton
    Let's compare Mike Huckabee to some of the other presidential candidates. The former governor of Arkansas is not as rich or handsome as fellow Republican Mitt Romney, nor is he as heroic and tortured as John McCain. And he's certainly not as intense and operatic as Rudy Giuliani. As for the top Democrats, Huckabee is not nearly as careful and calculating as Hillary Rodham Clinton. Nor is he as dashing and Bobby Kennedy-like as Barack Obama. And he's nowhere near as shiny and pretty as John Edwards. And he certainly doesn't talk as much as Joe Biden. In an interview,...
  • A Test Case for Abolishing Family

    08/22/2007 4:49:57 PM PDT · by Utah Girl · 10 replies · 668+ views ^ | 8/22/2007 | Terence Jeffrey
    As odd is it might seem, the next to last day of 2003 may someday be seen as a fateful moment for the traditional family. That is the when the United States Drug Enforcement Agency busted a pair of methamphetamine dealers in Philadelphia. In a remarkable example of the corrosive force liberalism exerts on our society, the arrest of these drug dealers led to an opinion issued July 31 by U.S. District Judge Marvin Katz that -- if sustained by the Supreme Court -- could erase the special status marriage and the traditional family enjoy in American law. (snip) The...
  • Them and Us (LDS Caucus)

    08/17/2007 11:33:07 AM PDT · by Utah Girl · 6 replies · 273+ views
    BYU Speeches ^ | 6/2/1991 | Elaine Jack
    Once upon a time, in a ward you know, a visitor attended on an average Sunday. It was a happy, pleasant ward, with great diversity. Children, youth, and adults of many ages sat together in sacrament meeting. The building seemed well kept, the leaders well organized, the lessons well taught. The visitor thought as she observed, "What lucky people live in this ward. What a warm, inviting place this must be. They must truly love one another." She decided to come again, not to look but to listen to what these people said about their relationships. This is what she...
  • Scholarship yanked due to LDS mission

    07/24/2007 9:32:20 AM PDT · by Utah Girl · 16 replies · 638+ views
    The Deseret News ^ | 7.24.2007 | Shaya Tayefe Mohajer
    If West Virginia University student David Haws had chosen to go to school elsewhere, it's unlikely the Mormon would have been forced to choose between his religion and his state-funded merit scholarship. "This is not common," said Kim Farah, a spokeswoman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in a telephone interview Monday from Utah. "Deferring scholarships until missionaries complete their missions is a common practice that many universities follow." Farah said in her eight years working in public relations for the church, she'd never heard of a similar case, adding, "and we would have known about it."...
  • Plame's hubby joins Hil's team

    07/17/2007 10:17:45 AM PDT · by Utah Girl · 55 replies · 1,371+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | 7/17/2007 | James Gordon Meek
    Former Ambassador Joseph Wilson signed on with Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign yesterday, saying "it's entirely possible" his ex-spy wife will hit the trail with her, too. Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame, was outed as a covert CIA operations officer by President Bush's advisers in 2003 as they sought to discredit her Iraq war critic husband. She's writing a memoir due in the fall. "I would expect her to be engaged [politically] probably after the book tour," Wilson told the Daily News after Clinton announced his endorsement. Wilson said his wife shunned politics during her two decades as a covert spy. But...
  • The No-Surrender Caucus

    07/12/2007 11:28:10 AM PDT · by Utah Girl · 5 replies · 337+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 7.12.2007 | Kathryn Jean Lopez
    You've heard about Dick Lugar. You’ve heard about Pete Domenici. Republicans who have dramatically distanced themselves from the commander-in-chief on Iraq this summer are news. That’s in part because there are many other Republicans in the Senate — ones who are not blind to polls or bad news, but who believe it’s their role right now to trust the general they sent to Iraq, on the frontlines, and give the surge a chance. Lugar and Domenici, in other words, don’t speak for the Republican caucus in the United States Senate on Iraq. Thankfully, the majority of Senate Republicans may just...
  • Compare and Contrast

    07/09/2007 10:16:54 PM PDT · by Utah Girl · 4 replies · 398+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 6/28/2007 | David Frum
    I recently had a chance to spend some time watching Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani answer tough questions on foreign policy. I will blog more on this later and with more specifics, but here's my takeaway impression: Mitt Romney has an amazingly orderly mind and an impressive grasp of detail. He also has a serious Garbage In/Garbage Out problem - that is, while his mind processes information in a lucid and logical way, his intake valves lack filters for screening out nonsense. The overwhelming impression that I took away from his presentation was that it was ... silly. Rudy Giuliani...
  • Romney As "Too Quirky?"

    07/09/2007 9:46:48 PM PDT · by Utah Girl · 17 replies · 515+ views
    Townhall ^ | 7.6.2007 | Hugh Hewitt
    The ordinarily indispensable Geraghty goes way off the rails with today's broadside at Mitt Romney. Here's just one take from the column: There are 519 blog posts that use the terms “Romney” and “creepy” according to Technorati. According to Google, there are 202,000 web pages that have those two words. There are 1,282 blog posts that connect "Hillary" and "creepy," and 871,000 Googled web pages with those words, and she is still the most formidable candidate the Dems have.There are 412 blog posts that connect "Giuliani" and "creepy," and 316,000 web pages with the terms courtesy of Google. Less blog...
  • In Iowa, Clinton Relies Heavily on Husband's Star Power

    07/03/2007 7:47:17 AM PDT · by Utah Girl · 22 replies · 402+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 7.3.2007 | Dan Balz and Anne E. Kornblut
    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton rolled out the ultimate campaign surrogate Monday night, sharing a stage with her husband, Bill Clinton, as one of the world's best-known women sought to reintroduce herself to the voters of Iowa. The former president came to offer validation for his wife, and his appearance underscored the campaign's determination to deal with what has become a nagging problem in a state that could be crucial in determining who wins the Democratic nomination: Hillary Clinton leads in national polls, but she has been struggling in the state with the first caucuses of the nomination process....
  • Why the Commutation Makes Sense (Scooter Libby)

    07/03/2007 6:55:45 AM PDT · by Utah Girl · 16 replies · 739+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 7/2/2007 | John Podhoretz
    Libby was convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice — but even if you accept that these convictions were just, what Fitzgerald did not demonstrate was that any kind of harm was done. Whatever Libby did was unrelated to the the publication of Valerie Plame Wilson's name in Robert Novak's column. We know of a certainty that it was Richard Armitage who retailed her name, first to Bob Woodward before Libby ever heard of her, and then to Novak. Armitage, a State Department official, did this independently of any actions taken at the White House or anywhere else. Therefore, even...