Friday, January 04, 2008

What the Crap!!!, a dead body at the Capital

Body found in basement closet at Capitol dedication
Melinda RogersThe Salt Lake Tribune
Article Last Updated: 01/04/2008 03:46:08 PM MST

Posted: 3:34 PM- The Utah Highway Patrol is investigating the death of a person found in a basement storage closet at the State Capitol on Friday. The person was discovered during a dedication ceremony for the capitol's renovation this afternoon. Few other details were available. "I just know they have found an individual that has been deceased," said UHP spokesman Cameron Roden, who arrived at the scene shortly before 3:30 p.m. UHP is investigating the incident because the capitol falls under the state's jurisdiction, said Jared Wihongi of the Salt Lake City Police Department.

First hunting, then dad with MLK. Mitt is doomed as the GOP nominee

January 4, 2008
Authenticity Wins

Posted by TOM BEVAN E-Mail This Permalink Email Author

DES MOINES - Clearly, last night was the embodiment of what we've been sensing all along: this is an election about change. But last night was also the triumph of authenticity in both parties: the two winners were candidates who were not the most experienced, did not speak in terribly specific policy terms, but nevertheless were the most real and most sincere in their pitch to - and ultimately in their connection with - the voters of Iowa.

Last night we saw the result of the 'authenticity gap' in this race. Mitt Romney spent $7 million in Iowa touting himself as a candidate of conservative values and came away with only 25% of the vote. Hillary spent $6.7 million trying to portray herself as an agent of change and finished in third place with under thirty percent support. Voters simply did not buy the repackaging of these two candidates and instead opted for candidates who were, to use a cliche, exactly who they said they were.

You can see why this is such a problem for Clinton and Romney moving forward because while the composition of the electorate will change as they move to New Hampshire and beyond, the fundamental weakness of their candidacies will not. Will Clinton or Romney appear any more authentic over the next four days or even the next forty? It's hard to say they will.

The problem is especially acute for Romney, who has just a few days to regroup and retool his message against another candidate brimming with authenticity: John McCain. Romney is now in a do-or-die situation in New Hampshire, and unless he can somehow bridge the authenticity gap in the next four days he could very well finish second - or worse - and find his bid for the presidency critically wounded.

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His promise of change resonates more than Clinton's claim of experience

By Peter Wallsten, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer January 4, 2008

DES MOINES -- Barack Obama's surprisingly convincing win in Iowa on Thursday upended the Democratic presidential race and overturned some of the fundamental assumptions of modern-day American politics.Voters in an overwhelmingly white state embraced an African American candidate.

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$100.00 pb crude, $4.00 per gallon regular, here to stay

Crude Awakening

Posted: 04 Jan 2008 12:00 AM CST

WASHINGTON -- The frozen water pipe this morning was a rude awakening. I managed to thaw the pipe without bursting it, thus saving the cost of a plumber. However, a few hours later, I opened our bill...

Joe Kennedy is an idiot

Joe Kennedy, Hugo Chavez and That Free Heating Oil

Posted: 04 Jan 2008 12:00 AM CST

You've probably seen the TV commercials -- former congressman Joseph P. Kennedy II beckons you to enjoy reduced-price heating oil if you are struggling to keep your house warm, thanks to "our good...

Is now the time for a 3rd major party in America?

Meeting In The Middle

Posted: 04 Jan 2008 12:00 AM CST

Americans say they're sick of partisan politics, and some of them really mean it. In Norman, Okla., and Tallahassee, Fla. -- two university towns where football usually matters more than...

Dems more engaged for Change in Washington

Dems More Ready To Fight On In General

Posted: 04 Jan 2008 12:00 AM CST

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt built the Democratic Party by bringing previously unengaged voters into the electorate for the first time. Ronald Reagan's greatest political achievement was...

Maybe Democracy is not right for everyone?

Trying Times For The Spread Of Democracy

Posted: 04 Jan 2008 12:00 AM CST

"My mother always said, democracy is the best revenge." -- Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, son of the late Benazir Bhutto WASHINGTON -- Of all the understandings of the democratic idea, none...

Potomic Fever

Escape The "Washington" Mentality

Posted: 04 Jan 2008 12:00 AM CST

WASHINGTON -- I've said it before, but it bears repeating: People in Washington really should get out more. By "Washington," I mean not just the city but the state of mind, and by "get out," I...

State of Denial for the Jackass

2008 Finds Democrats In State Of Denial

Posted: 04 Jan 2008 12:00 AM CST

WASHINGTON -- If 2006 was a year of denial for the Bush administration -- demonstrating that patience in pursuit of a failing military strategy is not a virtue -- 2007 was a period of awakening. Like...

Handecapping The Races

Winners & Losers from Iowa

Posted: 04 Jan 2008 08:15 AM CST

After months of speculation about who'll win Iowa, we finally have winners and losers. Some of them are obvious, while others may not be. One thing for sure is that a rousing speech on caucus night...

Ouch for Romney, Strike One!

A Hard Loss for Romney

Posted: 04 Jan 2008 08:30 AM CST

It's one thing to lose as you are. What you lose is an election, but there's always another election and in the case of presidential primary politics, a new electorate that awaits you in the next...

Utah Influence Index

Utah Influence Index

Utah's Most Influential Political blogs

2 JM Bell 4
3 Mark Towner's Political Spyglass 5
4 KVNU's For The People 2
5 Centerville Citizen is a Democrat 20
6 Jeremy's Jeremiad -
7 The SideTrack 6
8 Saintless 13
9 A Liberal Mormon 19
10 The World, According To Me 9
11 Pursuit of Liberty 7
12 Simple Utah Mormon Politics 14
13 Weber County Forum 11
14 GenRolly Speaking 18
15 The Third Avenue 10
16 Woods Cross Citizen -
17 Hot Blava -
18 Voice of Utah -
19 Out of Context 15
20 Reach Upward 16

Blogosphere Influence Rating combines a variety of data sets to determine which blogs are most powerfully influencing the direction of the Utah political blogosphere. The exact method BNN uses to calculate influence scores must remain proprietary in order to prevent attempts to game the system. BNN's methodology takes into account the fact that all Internet data is profoundly limited in its reliability by using multiple data sets that, when combined, reveal a fair picture of activity in the blogosphere.