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Expect the Unexpected

Smart Bomb: The completely unnecessary news analysis

The Wackadoodle Blitz Continues

Taking a Gander: Minority rule is here


Once identified and analyzed, megatrends could be predictive. The speaker explained how his company relied on newspapers to map the future.

Beating the Drums

Taking a Gander: A Tribal Mentality
Between conspiracy theories, idiotic legislators, rabid so-called "Christian" zealots, reverence for the "Lie" and a remarkedly-stubborn, almost-suicidal dedication to move our country backwards 100 years or more, it appears that the America we thought we knew and loved is really screwed.

Alternate Reality

Smart Bomb: The completely unnecessary news analysis
Feeling crazy lately? If not, there's probably something wrong with you—unless you are living in a sensory-deprivation chamber.


Taking a Gander: Exploiting the American consumer
Sadly, what's happening is not demanded by necessity, though the robber-baron businesses would certainly have you believe that.

Mickey Mouse You Rat

Smart Bomb: The completely unnecessary news analysis
You know things are going south when the culture wars entangle Mickey Mouse and Goofy and the all-American cast that makes up Disney World.

Looks Like an Easter Bunny, Slithers Like a Snake

Taking a Gander: Just Who is Mike Lee?
Senator Mike Lee, the publicity-seeking, self-aggrandizing constitutional law expert, and supposedly red-blooded, loyal American, is not who he says he is.

A Big Moby Dick of a Thing

Smart Bomb: The completely unnecessary news analysis
If you haven't seen it, then surely you've heard about it. Salt Lake City has a brand new whale and it's gigantic and multi-colored and WOW!

Tough Talk

If you thought Dallin H. Oaks' talk during the General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sounded familiar, you wouldn't be crazy.

Ketanji Brown Jackson

Taking a Gander: A fortunate failure of obstructive politics
What our country just experienced was a reminder that confirmation hearings for the U.S. Supreme Court may be worse than a Marine boot-camp.

Beer Congress to Ban Conservative Books

Smart Bomb: The completely unnecessary news analysis
Fed up with the faux piety of Utah's conservative lawmakers, a bunch of beer drinkers lashed together an Alternative Congress to right wrongs and undermine stupidity.

Trump's Endorsements

Taking a Gander: Sleeping with the Enemy
I guess you've all heard the news: Donald Trump, in a rare act of decency, has buried the hatchet with Stormy Daniels.

If You Can't Lick 'Em—Cheat!

Smart Bomb: The completely unnecessary news analysis
It's no secret that Utah Democrats are sick and tired of being represented in Congress by the likes of conservative Republican ditto-heads Mike Lee, Chris Stewart and Burgess Owens.

Fighting Words

Taking a Gander: Was it really a gaffe?
After years of America's hyperactive cancel culture, we are all acutely aware of how a few badly chosen, inflammatory, politically incorrect or insensitive words can dismantle careers and wreak havoc, disappointment and even despair in people's lives.

What's Behind 'Release the Kraken'?—OMG!

Smart Bomb: The completely unnecessary news analysis
We had no idea about the serious doodoo we could have been in—they were going to release the "Kraken" and that's some pretty scary stuff.

Just Who are the Good Guys?

Taking a Gander: In the absence of truth, nobody knows
Putin's unprovoked assault on Ukraine began almost a month ago, and great numbers of Ukrainians are fleeing, suffering and dying.

Nothing Up His Sleeve—Or Above His Collar

Smart Bomb: The completely unnecessary news analysis
Reyes political skills are, shall we say, remarkable, given that his Midas touch often turns events into something that isn't exactly gold—more of a brownish hue.


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