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Alternate Realities Roundup 11/20

by Eric S. Peterson
- Posted // 2012-11-19 -

The Phoenix-New Times in Arizona has reported that controversial Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has argued that “illegal aliens” keep trying to run away, so he will soon be issuing automatic weapons to all of his deputies.

Top of the Alty World

“Joe Arpaio: ‘Illegal Aliens’ Keep trying to Run Away, So All Deputies Get Automatic Weapons”—Phoenix New-Times

Palestinian civilians are bearing the brunt of the U.S. backed Gaza war.—Democracy Now!

Western-made assault rifles are showing up in the hands of Hamas militants.—Foreign Policy

Top of Alty

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert sends a list of questions about signing on to the federal health exchange to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.—KUER

The Utah Pride Center is having a Thanksgiving Day feast for LGBT Utahns without a friendly home to celebrate the holiday.—Q Salt Lake

The tragic end of former Salt Lake City Police Officer Lane Heaps highlights the lack of services for retired law enforcement.—Salt Lake City Weekly

Local activist Ashley Sanders discusses the Move to Amend national campaign to show Americans the effect of big money on election.—RadioActive!

Rantosphere

A collection of Utah politicos, media figures and others shows how some local conservatives are coping with Mitt Romney’s election loss -- such as Alan Osmond of the Utah singing Osmond family, who made this post a week after the election.

“Is Traditional America Gone For Good? Left-Wing ideology did NOT win the election. BIG SPENDING DID. Secularism is eroding traditional power! Church attendance is on the decline. Entitlement spending with birth control and after pills. Havoc in public schools. Babies born to unmarried women is driving poverty. Abortion zealots want abortion ON DEMAND. Human Rights Issues? Leagalized pot will involve millions. OUR POLITICIANS AND MEDIA ARE COWARDS AND THE TRUTH IS RARELY HEARD! It's time to "GET NOIZ" (NOISY!)”—Salt Lake City Weekly

The Long View

CW’s cover this past week looked at underreported national stories and showcased a few unexamined stories that locally have avoided mainstream press, such as the pollution of the Great Salt Lake.

“Its wetlands are the largest ecosystem in the West,” says Utah Rivers Council’s Zach Frankel. But that simple statement rarely if ever appears in print, he continues, “largely because people are unaware of it.”—Salt Lake City Weekly

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