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The LDS Church often involves itself in political issues. It strongly supported and lobbied against same-sex marriages in California and recently spoke out about nuclear storage in Utah.
| Quotes from today's S.L. Tribune:
"Utah's senators, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and more than 100 local and national conservation and social justice organizations also have sent letters to the bureau during the ongoing public comment period, voicing their opposition.
I'm scratching my head wondering why TSCC would weigh in against storing spent nuclear fuel. Could it be they don't want the Goshute Lamanite Nation to have the the political clout that comes with the money they will receive? Why should TSCC oppose the Indians getting some much need revenue? They sure as hell wouldn't ever be able to do what every other tribe has had to do, open a casino.
In a letter to Pam Schuller of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's Salt Lake Field Office, the House members - Rob Bishop, Chris Cannon and Jim Matheson - encouraged the bureau to deny Private Fuel Storage's applications for right-of-way across public lands and for access to public lands for the construction of a train-to-truck transfer facility."
I think there are plenty of Utahans who have an opinion on whether or not they want this facility. Why does TSCC have to put themselves in it? Could it be a F*and# You to the Federal Government, which has already approved it through a license granted by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission?
Revoke TSCC's tax-exempt status if they are going to do this crap. That would bring them down faster than attrition.
| Rep. Ernest Istook, R-OK, ran for governor of Oklahoma and was trounced by incumbent Brad Henry by a 2:1 margin.
If you go to Istook's website, you can find Mrs. Istook's favorite recipes (deja vu Mormon cookbook, I'm surprised there are no Jell-O recipes, but the last time I saw a candidate's wife's favorite recipes was in the 1960s) as well as bios of all of his children (which BYU campus they attended, whom they married--but vital information including mission service and temple marriage locations is unfortunately omitted).
In order to run for governor, Istook had to give up his House seat, and his Republican successor is "not a member of the church".
We nearly lost a second LDS Congressman: John Doolittle of California. He had a few ethics problems:
He was reelected in a squeaker, in a district where the Republican normally wins with >20%:
- Accepted dough from Abramoff
- Wife received a cut on all fundraising she did for hubby
If you click on Istook and Doolittle's names on the CNN pages, a box opens and you can verify that they are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Apparently Doolittle served a mission, while Istook did not. Obviously, this wide gap in worthiness explains why Doolittle was elected with 3% while Istook lost by 33%.
| I don't know how many of you have seen the actual memo. It's a memo from Loren Dunn to M. Russell Ballard dated 4 March 1997. In it, Loren Dunn outlines a strategy for defeating gay marriage.
The memo references Richard Wirthlin who is a Republican pollster, and conducts polls for the Mormon church. Richard Wirthlin is Joseph B Wirthlin's brother.
Joseph B Wirthlin's grandson is Robb Wirthlin (son of Joseph B's. son, Joe Wirthlin (little "Joe")), recently of Lexington, Massachusetts. Robb is Richard's grand-nephew.
Robb and his wife Robin Wirthlin are the couple that purposely enrolled their child in a Lexington MA elementary school to join the fight against same-sex marriage issues in Massachusetts. Recently, they have gained notoriety in the Cal. Prop 8 debate by generating a huge outcry about the ills being foisted on their innocent child, all supposedly due to Massachusetts' law permitting gay marriage.
They purposely downplayed and/or hid their Mormon connections, and unfortunately, the No on 8 campaign didn't pick it up soon enough. But, it's all there, in black and white, along with the Mormon's long-standing campaign of hate.
I had to look for awhile to find the memo. It apparently had been taken off one of the sites to which the articles over the past couple of days have linked. But I did find it here.
Read it before this page is pulled down, too.
It's a perfectly incestuous world those Mormons live in.
| From the article:
"LDS public affairs specialist" Mark Severts last month emailed dozens of southern Nevada stake presidents, each of whom oversees several LDS congregations, encouraging a get-out-the-vote drive for members and saying that those interested should contact Ron and Judy Tobler, according to Jon Ralston, an independent Nevada journalist who formerly worked for the Las Vegas Sun.
That’s why it sparked concern among some when the email to local church leaders in Mormon-rich southern Nevada from Severts included a PowerPoint presentation suggested for use in Sunday worship sessions or a special event. Nevada is seen as swing state in the race between Republican Romney and Democratic President Barack Obama.
From Mark Severt's public profile on Linked IN:
"You will note that this PowerPoint touches on both encouraging members to vote, as well as helping prepare them for difficult questions posed by their friends, work associates, neighbors, etc.," Severts wrote, according to Ralston, who first reported the message.
"Enclosed is a possible voting registration announcement that can be used or modified to meet your needs," Severts wrote. "You will note that it is formatted to be duplicated as a standard ward bulletin insert [front and back] that can be used to remind members of their responsibility and process to register to vote AND as a teaser for the type of responses to tough questions they can get answered from Mormonism 101."
Mark Severts's Overview:
I forsee an interesting conversation with a General Authority in Brother Severts close to immediate future...
Current - Director, Project Communications at NV Energy
Past: - President, Public Relations at Thomas Taber and Drazen, Corporate Communications Manager at Xcel Energy
Education - Brigham Young University
Mark Severts' Summary
A highly successful, multi-experienced communications professional who has excelled in both Fortune 500 corporate communications departments and the public relations agency world. Has a passion for developing and implementing external and internal communications strategies to achieve specific business and marketing successes.
Specialties - Crisis Communications; Media Relations; Issues Management; Project Siting; Environmental Issue Communications
Mark Severts' Experience
Director, Project Communications, NV Energy, Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; NVE; Utilities industry,
April 2007 – Present (5 years 6 months)
| From Northwest Public Radio:
U.S. Senator Mike Crapo apologized profusely Friday after pleading guilty to drunken driving. A judge outside Washington, D.C. ordered the Republican from Idaho to pay a $250 fine and take an alcohol safety class. Crapo will also lose his driver's license for a year.
Crapo was arrested two days before Christmas in Alexandria, Va. In statement after his court appearance, Crapo said politicians should be held to a higher standard.
Crapo got away with it.
As a medic, I spent most of my career dealing with drunks. The worst were drunk drivers. Entire families wiped out in a single moment; driving the wrong way on freeways, leading to multi-car collisions; and people maimed and disabled for life.
No one thinks they are drunk. If they get caught, most lie. In MY experience, They aren't sorry they did it, only sorry they got caught.
Crapo was driving a 2 ton piece of steel down the road when he was too impaired to operate it safely. Would you want to be in your car, with your family, driving on the same highway?
What would Crapo have to say that would encourage others not to drink and drive? "If you get caught, it helps if you are a US Senator and you have 'staff' and/or can afford taxis."? BTW, taxpayers pay for the 'staff.' The judge's job is punish people, not make public speakers. If he had killed someone, would it still be okay, because he can speak about it?
You think he'll be called to account by the church?
My bet is this isn't the 1st time he has done it. It may not even be the first time he has been caught. And I'll wager he will do it again.
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