Republicans in several states are dumping a voter-registration firm after discovering that the company submitted bogus forms in Florida. According to Reuters correspondent David Adams, "Election officials in Florida were scouring their records for fraudulent voter-registration forms on Friday."
Since our home is within spitting distance of Rice-Eccles Stadium, we've grown used to the silliness surrounding the U vs. BYU grudge match. On even-numbered years*, our neighborhood traditionally plays host to the most rabid
assortment of random football zealots imaginable.
Coverage of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., inspires many things: rage, nausea, and in some cases, the hurling of objects at TV screens. But, I never expected it to inspire brilliant, impassioned prose from a top Utah lawyer.
As a gay man who survived the political Culture Wars of the 1990s -- not to mention public school over the better part of the previous two decades -- I've learned it's best not to get too sensitive over other people's poorly chosen terminology. Sure, I'll vocally object to being called "faggot" by anybody who isn't a fellow faggot.
It was the courage of some quick-witted gay men -- along with a measure of sheer luck -- that thwarted a potential tragedy early Thursday morning at club JAM (751 N. 300 West) when, according to Salt Lake City blogger Fernando Noriega, several lighted incendiary flares were launched onto a fenced-in patio during a popular Wednesday-night karaoke event. Noriega's blog TheGayHotSpot.com reports that 30-40 individuals were on the patio when they were "pelted with what are believed to be at least 6 lit high-temperature flares." Miraculously, nobody was seriously burned -- the flames were soon doused by alert homosexual karaoke aficionados.
Even though the whole Chick-fil-A kerfuffle is so last week, and everybody's moved on to something else now, at least one good thing came of it. In response to my Aug. 4 blog entry lamenting the failure of the local chicken-chain protest, activist and PRIDEinUtah blog author Eric Ethington was inspired to write a thoughtful and well-worded essay, "Seizing the Future for the LGBT Community."
Yesterday must have been a tough day for LGBT employees at Chick-fil-A (assuming Chick-fil-A has any LGBT employees). In his own inimitable manner, however, Randy Rainbow seemed to take it all in stride:
I’ve been thinking that the whole Chick-fil-A kerfuffle is an ideal marketing opportunity for KFC to finally overcome its sketchy history on gay issues.--- Not that it would mean more humane treatment for the chickens or make them taste any better but, businesswise, a public announcement in support of marriage equality would allow KFC to capture a traditionally brand-loyal consumer base.