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Debate Heats up as Presidential Visit to Salt Lake City Approaches, Part II

Mr. Mero’s use of divisive “us or them” language is crafted in such as way as to maintain the disparity and heighten the fears among those who disagree about the war in Iraq. If you’re “honest” and “of good will” then you agree with him and if you don’t agree with him, well, you get the picture. The problem with Mero’s argument is that it leaves out much of the complexity behind both sides of the issue.

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Debate Heats up as Presidential Visit to Salt Lake City Approaches

This Wednesday Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson and an estimated 5000 Utahns plan to protest the visit of President George W. Bush. The intended protest has been cause for much controversy over that past several weeks, provoking some critics to go so far as to label those who intend to participate as being “on the terrorists’ side,” but with the country embroiled in its third year of war and no end in sight, is now really the time for such “You’re either with us, or you’re against us” rhetoric? Some Utah families of fallen soldiers seem to think so.

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Real Salt Lake Stadium Plans Could Take Funding from Jordan School District

Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon has been under constant email attack since announcing his endorsement for the Real Salt Lake stadium deal last week. It was a confusing decision to say the least given Corroon’s early skepticism of the project and its $35 million cost to Salt Lake County taxpayers. So, what happened? According to The Salt Lake Tribune Corroon cited several elements that sweetened the deal for him and in his opinion for the county as a whole. For one thing, the county would own all of the land. The county would also rake in 50 cents for every ticket sold and supposedly would not be held accountable financially should RSL fail or decide to pack its bags. There's also the little matter of an extra $45 million of state money that which would supposedly be freed up for other projects. While those benefits sound great, it's not exactly the whole story. It was revealed Wednesday that a large potion of the property tax dollars committed to the project would come from the Jordan School District, except, the District didn’t know about it.

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Utah State Senator Chris Buttars Attempts to Clarify Racist Remarks

At this point we’re all pretty used to Utah State Sen. Chris Buttars’ putting his foot in his mouth, but when he stated during a recent radio interview with Logan radio station KVNU-AM that he thinks “Brown v. Board of Education is wrong to begin with,” few in the community have been willing to let it slide.

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Eugene Mirman at Burt’s Tiki Lounge

“There’s a reason there’s a stereotype of hacky stand-up,” says Eugene Mirman. “It’s because it was real.” The comic speaks of the 1980s and early 90s, when the demand for stand-up comedy was massive. Eddie Murphy and Sam Kinison had become superstars and a whole lot of people decided they were just as funny. Comedy clubs went up like Starbucks; pizza joints and Chinese restaurants staged comedy nights. The saturation, Mirman says, led to an inevitable end. “If the demand [for comedy] is huge, then it all becomes kind of similar.” Oh, how we know. The onslaught of Def Jam comics and their honky jokes, redneck comics and their redneck jokes, neurotic undersexed female comics and their jokes about being neurotic and undersexed—it was incessant and maddening. But things are looking up.

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Utah Legislature Mentally-Challenged When It Comes to Disabled Services

Apparently when it comes to the disabled, Utah’s state government doesn’t have a square to spare. Despite ending this fiscal year some $300 million dollars in the black, the state plans to make devastating cuts in services and cash assistance to Utah’s disabled. After an already demoralizing blow in federal cuts, the state is proposing to reduce the two-year time limit for cash assistance to Utahns with both long and short-term disabilities down to one year. This will, in effect, slash aid and benefits for close to 600 disabled and unemployed Utahns, which, according to the Salt Lake Tribune, amounts to “more than a third of the state’s 1,733-person caseload.”

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Upcoming Concerts: Jolie Holland, Kenny Chesney, Sound Team, Yonder Mountain String Band

Yonder Mountain String Band Though in their first decade, Yonder Mountain String Band harks back to classic folk/bluegrass sounds, and when I say ‘classic,’ I mean the early sixties folk revival, since those well-worn genres could both technically be traced back to the 1800’s. Both in their wistful melodicism and faux naïve cover art, they are really reminiscent of early sixties folk groups, yet also sharing an indie pop sensibility not unlike, say, the Shins. This is what makes them more than just another retro combo, talented musicians though they may be. It’s the conflict between the experienced voice of the typical pop song protagonist of a song like “Sidewalk Stars,” the opener of their new self-titled release and the innocence portrayed in the eyes of an angst-ridden innocent in “I Ain’t Been Myself In Years.” Perhaps tellingly, the former is in more typical pop instrumentation of guitar, drum and bass, while the latter is firmly anchored in sad yet somehow joyous banjo picking. Then at times the two combine on “How Bout You,” that could have come from a Golden Smog session outtake, with banjo picking and electric guitar solo simultaneously. And their ragged harmonies could be the Band itself. Oh yes, cause to rejoice. June 21, Port O' Call

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On Mitt Romney’s Chances in 2008

By all accounts, Mitt Romney is a whip-smart man of integrity with unique skills and qualities that would seem a perfect fit for the presidency. He is well liked and respected on both sides of the aisle and is widely considered a good man, but his potential bid for the presidency in 2008 just might force the GOP to deal with some major underlying tension between its devoted Mormon and evangelical bases.

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Upcoming Concerts: And 1 Mix Tape Tour, Jerry Joseph, Mike Andrews, Biirdie, Tesla, Gregory Isaacs

Jerry Joseph & the Jackmormons Local son turned Portland music scenester (that could describe a lot of people, no?) Jerry Joseph returns with his crowd-pleasing jam band-influenced singer/songwritering. Aside from a captivating live show, Joseph has been no slouch in the studio either, with last year’s Into the Lovely (Cosmo Sex School) the last in a long line of releases. One odd thing about the group: bassist Jr. Ruppell founded Salt Lake punk magazine SLUG in the late 80’s, so he’s seemingly the least likely musician to join a band anywhere near jam territory. San Francisco jam band Zero has added Joseph to their lineup again for their tour. June 15-16, Ego’s Also appearing: June 14: Denver, CO (Quixote’s True Blue) June 18: Victor, ID (Knotty Pine) June 19: Boise, ID (Neurolux)

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Works Every Time: LDS Leaders and Utah Senators Fall for Tawdry Gay Marriage Tactic

“Any country that would deny a gay man the right to bridal registry is a fascist state.” - Margaret Cho This weekend LDS church leaders urged members to lobby their senators in support of President Bush’s proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. As if Orrin Hatch was going to vote any other way, but okay. With gas prices and the Iraq war looming large in the minds of most Americans, is it any wonder that the Bush administration is reverting to its old standby brand of “Hey—look over there!” politics. This proposed ban was nothing more than a desperate and transparent move by a worried man, losing his Svengali grip on the American mind. So, why were LDS church leaders and Utah’s senators so eager to take the bait?

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