Salt Lake City Weekly | Issue Archives | Jan 22, 2009
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  • Jan 22-28, 2009
  • Vol. 25, No. 36

News

  • Hits & Misses | Anti-History Chaffetz, Pro-Education Huntsman & Anti-Drinker Waddoups
  • Hits & Misses | Anti-History Chaffetz, Pro-Education Huntsman & Anti-Drinker Waddoups

    HDrill DelaynPlugging Arches and Canyonlands full of holes for oil and gas rigs will have to wait. A federal judge foiled the Bush administrations last-minute auction of Utah’s redrock country by postponing the sales while he considers environmentalist arguments for additional study. The move should keep the drillers at bay until Bush is back in Crawford, Texas, and may give Obama a window o...
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  • 5 Spot | Mike Thompson, executive director for Equality Utah
  • 5 Spot | Mike Thompson, executive director for Equality Utah

    Mike Thompson, right, is executive director for Equality Utah, a nonprofit that advocates for LGBT statewide and local civil rights. He and his staff (L-R) Stephanie Pappas, Lauren Little, Keri Jones and Will Carlson are looking for common ground with this year’s Legislature.nWhat was your personal reaction to California’s Prop 8 passage?nIt was like I got kicked in the gut. Bara...
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  • Editorial | Rasmuson:  Ramblin’ Man
  • Editorial | Rasmuson: Ramblin’ Man

    Alone in a car, doing 80 on 80—west of the airport where the dark, smooth slope of the Kennecott tailings mesa looms—I am half listening to Morning Edition on KUER 90.1 as my mind wanders in free association: my days on the Kennecott payroll, reading On the Road, and, unavoidably, the Donner Party. nOn a beeline to Donner Pass, I am timed to beat an approaching storm, 550 miles with ga...
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  • Staffbox | How would you cut government expenditures?

    This year, Utah is in store for some painful budget cuts. If you were in charge—at any level of government—how would you cut government expenditures? n nLia Pretorius: I’d start by eliminating tax shelters for religious organizations that use their funds to influence public policy through political activism. Think how nice it would be to have all those additional funds—you...
  • Rant Control | Chafed About Chaffetz

    Ted McDonough’s Hits & Misses column Jan. 15 made mention of the TV antics of Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Chaffetz’ sponsorship of a bill to prevent reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine—but neglected to lavish the freshman Congressman with unbridled praise, drawing much ire from members of Chaffetz’s personality cult. But it was a reader named “Typical Libe...
  • Mullen | Hail the Handoff: A changed people, and a changed newspaper.
  • Mullen | Hail the Handoff: A changed people, and a changed newspaper.

    Three million people on the Washington Mall. CNN talking heads keep telling us this, during the final minutes leading up to the inauguration of Barack Obama as 44th president of the United States. How do you get your arms around that number? The 1963 March on Washington, for the cause of civil rights on this same site, brought out 250,000 people. Nothing in the history of this national gathering p...
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  • The Ocho | The <em>City Weekly</em> Cut List
  • The Ocho | The City Weekly Cut List

    nEight features and columns that didn’t make the final cut in the City Weekly redesign: n8. Transgender Pet of the Week n7. Goth Fashion Corner With Aasagarth n6. I Saw You ... and I’m Watching You Right Now n5. Guess Who Lost Their Liquor License? n4. Last Week’s Weather in Review n3. Scratch ‘n’ Sniff Sudoku n2. Notes From the Drunk Tank n1. The Nueve...
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  • Citizen Revolt | How to Rage Against the Machine
  • Citizen Revolt | How to Rage Against the Machine

    A Kettle of HawksnRage. It’s about damned time, isn’t it? Honestly, people, if you’re not pissed off nowadays, you’re really not paying attention. So let’s do something about that, shall we? Yeah, we all know it’s a dirty system: politics, law and government. But face it, folks, you’re not fixing it unless you get your hands dirty, real dirty—up to y...
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  • The Straight Dope | Low-Temp Lowdown
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  • The Straight Dope | Low-Temp Lowdown

    I’ve been hearing a lot lately about miraculous improvements in auto engine parts, golf balls and clubs, razors, and even brass and stringed musical instruments, all by subjecting the object in question to a deep freeze of -300 degrees or more. Is there any solid evidence for this? Sounds like pseudoscience to me. n—Mickey Houlahan, Chicago nI wouldn’t go that far. As a former h...
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  • Ask a Mexican | Thin Meat & Samuel P. Huntington
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  • Ask a Mexican | Thin Meat & Samuel P. Huntington

    Dear Mexican: Mi hermano y yo tenemos un dispute. We all know that Mexicans love their bistec sliced muy thin, but why? My brother is adamant that the diet of free-range vacas mexicanas results in tough meat, necessitating a thin slice for easy mastication. I think the reason is purely an economic one, since Mexicans are famously poor. Are mis amigos south of the border just trying to pinch a peso...
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  • Free Will Astrology | Jan. 22-28
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  • Free Will Astrology | Jan. 22-28

    nARIES (March 21-April 19)nIn The Devil’s Dictionary, Ambrose Bierce defines history as follows: “an account mostly false, of events mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools.” Bear that in mind as you interpret what I mean by the following: You won’t make history in the coming weeks. Instead, you will help generate an ...
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  • News Quirks | Suspicious Habit

    Curses, Foiled AgainnWhen Jeffrey P. Cannon, 20, arrived at Washington’s Dulles International Airport from Ireland, customs officers detained him because a check of the passenger list turned up an outstanding DUI warrant. Officers searched his luggage and found “a large amount of tea bags,” Border Patrol official Steve Sapp told The Washington Post. The bags’ bulky shapes a...

Eat & Drink

  • <em>On the Line</em>
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  • On the Line

    nI recently reviewed 10 Arts restaurant in Philadelphia, the new fine-dining outpost for Eric Ripert, of New York City’s Le Bernardin fame. By coincidence, I also received Ripert’s new book for Christmas, after Log Haven chef Dave Jones recommended it to my wife. On the Line: The Stations, the Heat, the Cooks, the Costs, the Chaos and the Triumphs might be a clumsy book title, but this...
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Music

  • Music | Caught Up: Devotchka transcend time, space, trends.
  • Music | Caught Up: Devotchka transcend time, space, trends.

    There are myriad ways to describe Devotchka: Easter-bloc indie rock, gypsy-punk, Romani-blues, mariachi-surf rock. But words cannot define their sound—there’s much more to the Denver collective. To understand them, you have to join the crowd. nUp close and personal, Devotchka’s four members strike a commanding pose. Dressed in clothes that appear dusted and somehow road-weary, th...
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  • Shots of Local Nightlife: The Trapp Door
  • Shots of Local Nightlife: The Trapp Door

    Le Castle Vania set the mood Jan. 15 for the 2009 film festival party scene at The Trapp Door. The dance floor was packed and full of the most beautiful people in the valley. DJ JSJ (G Elect records) started the night off right with a blazing set on the ones and twos. And Eli Smith, a DJ from LA, won over the crowd with an entrancing display of the dopest beats from out west for the lovelies to sh...
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Culture

  • The Essentials | <em>City Weekly's</em> Entertainment Picks Jan. 22-28
  • Arts & Entertainment
  • The Essentials | City Weekly's Entertainment Picks Jan. 22-28

    nTHURSDAY 1.22nRyan Brown @ Coleman StudiosnFor more than a century, mainstream artists and critics have rejected traditional art such as portraiture, landscape and still life. Good art was considered valid only if abstract, conceptual and progressive. One result was an abundance of sub-par, commercialized representational art. However, artists such as Ryan Brown—currently showing at the Col...

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