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Alternate Realities Roundup 10/5

by Eric S. Peterson
- Posted // 2012-10-05 -

Mother Jones looks into why President Barack Obama didn’t mention the “47 percent” video during the Denver debate. Strategists say (or spin) that they didn’t want the debate to become a “slugfest.”

Top of the Alty World

“Why Obama Didn’t Mention the 47 Percent Video”—Mother Jones

While Obama got trounced at the debate, he got some good news with unemployment declines and private-sector job gains.—Slate.

On the 11th anniversary of the Afghanistan war, veterans struggle with mental-health issues, suicides and violence in their lives at home.—Democracy Now!

Top of Alty Utah

Republican Salt Lake County Mayoral candidate Mark Crockett issued a cease-and-desist letter to a liberal blogger, simply for tweeting a link to another blogger who posted information about the candidates’ outstanding tax liens.—PRIDE in Utah.

Democratic candidate for Governor Peter Cooke wants to go on the offensive for a program to ensure Utah’s Hill Air Force Base is protected against possible closure.—Salt Lake City Weekly.

KCPW hosts a discussion with city leaders about what the downtown SLC Performing Arts Center might actually look like.—City Views

KRCL hosts Fraser Nelson of the Utah Foundation and discusses how the organization is directing philanthropy to build up and unite communities in Utah.—RadioActive

Rantosphere

Rebecca Walsh says LDS Church-owned KSL shouldn’t have made a martyr out of the gay-themed TV show The New Normal. She also calls out church leaders for being hypocritical about which shows meet their morality test.

“Despite 38 seasons and a firm hold on American pop culture, the venerable comedy show [Saturday Night Live] still offends the late-night sensibilities of the octogenarians in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Quorum of the Twelve. Those 12 angry men apparently have no problem with the body count on Revolution or hook-ups on Love in the Wild—both mature-themed NBC shows airing in that precious family time Bonneville International is so worried about.”--Salt Lake City Weekly

The Long View

I write about being stuck in the office last week only to watch a fatal police standoff unfold outside my office window.

“The most disturbing thing about the shot that killed him was the casual finality of it. Beyond the very loud report of the gun, there was no drama. The shot pushed [Anthony] Mayhew back. He crumpled to the ground. There was no gory blood spray and his body was not thrown like a rag doll. This was not a movie death. He simply lay down and died.”—Salt Lake City Weekly

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