Friday, July 20, 2012

Alternate Realities Roundup 7/20

Posted By on July 20, 2012, 10:57 AM

The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the Obama administration for the killing of three American citizens by U.S. drone strikes. “This suit is an effort to enforce the Constitution's most fundamental guarantee, the guarantee of due process," said Jamil Jaffer, deputy legal director of the ACLU, according to Mother Jones magazine.---

Top of the Alty World

“ACLU to Obama: You Can’t Just Vaporize Americans without Judicial Process”—Mother Jones

Mother Jones also provides some analysis on why outsourcing of jobs is a ridiculous political attack in the presidential campaign since both Obama and Mitt Romney support the measure.—Mother Jones

Meanwhile, in South Carolina, Charlotte’s underground drug and escort economy is gearing up for the Democratic National Convention in September, when the town will be flooded with newcomers and law enforcement will be too preoccupied with policing protesters to care about crimes of vice.—Creative Loafing Charlotte

Top of Alty Utah

Congressman Rob Bishop readies to push a bill that would attempt to use the recent Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act to give states control over Medicaid funds.—KUER

KRCL gets ready for ALEC’s meeting in Salt Lake City next week by bringing local activists from Alliance for a Better Utah and Occupy SLC to discuss the organization's corporate agenda in getting legislators to pass business-friendly legislation. The show also features Utah members of ALEC including Sen. Curtis Bramble, R-Provo.—RadioActive

A new animal-adoption center opens in Salt Lake City’s Trolley Square mall.—Q Salt Lake

Former political candidates Morgan Philpot and Joe Fabiano are set to launch an online watchdog publication to track the voting and actions of members of U.S. Congress.—Salt Lake City Weekly

Salt Lake City’s Move to Amend group will get a hearing before the Utah Supreme Court next week to argue that it should be allowed to put on the November ballot its initiative calling for a constitutional amendment that would state that corporations are not citizens and that money is not speech.—Salt Lake City Weekly

Rantosphere

CW founder John Saltas reflects on the ruffled feathers the Eagle Forum got over the fact that Bingham High School performed the play Dead Man Walking.

“The play, Dead Man Walking, ran its course this spring to hardly an utterance of objection. But it’s never too late for Gayle Ruzicka and her simplistic band of troublemakers to raise Holy Hell. So, they chastise the school. They unfairly blaspheme Bingham’s drama teacher, Michelle Willden. They want an apology from Bingham and the Jordan School District and are seemingly positioning for a new play-selection method that includes parental oversight.”—Salt Lake City Weekly

The Long View

Slate takes an in-depth look at the first publicly announced gay wedding held on an American military installation.

“Will and Erwynn prop open the computer on the dining-room table while Skyping with Will’s children in the evenings, so it’s like they are all having a family dinner. Family photos line the walls, alongside the American flag Erwynn took with him on every Air Force mission. Will had it framed for him. The two men have the same haircut and often wear virtually matching outfits. They even like to talk to people together on the phone. They seem a little giddy about finally being able to be themselves, together, before the whole world.”--Slate

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