Obama can't win the "white vote?"

I, for one, am seriously sick of the Clinton campaign playing the race card but acting like they aren’t.

Since they can’t get anything to stick to Obama, they’re now attacking his electability. Specious arguments that she’s won the big critical states make absolutely no sense. They must think we’re all idiots.

And because Clinton has won West Virginia, we’re led to believe that Obama can’t win the “white vote?” This isn’t about winning the “white vote.” (Sorry, I have to keep putting it in quotes because it is so ridiculous.) Ever hear of UTAH? Well, Obama won Utah. And I can tell you this: there aren’t a whole helluva lot of African Americans in Utah. African Americans make up 0.8% of the entire Utah population.

Clearly, this is an issue of intelligence, not race. West Virginia is the most poorly educated state in the country. They’re dumb enough to vote for someone completely disconnected from their plight. What’s more, to vote against someone because of the color of their skin? Lovely.

More lanes on I-80 between SLC and PC?

I was listening to KCPW this morning. Rick Broth had a report with Utah state senator Kevin Van Tassell (R, Vernal).

Van Tassell suggested that additional lanes needed to be added to I-80 to alleviate congestion in Parley’s Canyon between Park City and Salt Lake City.

Apparently, Van Tassell has never driven on an LA freeway and knows nothing about herding mentality. Adding lanes never alleviates congestion but only makes it worse.

Hey Kevin, how about this? How about adding a commuter (NOT Trax, but a heavier and faster rail line akin to the Long Island Rail Road in the highway median? That might actually do something to alleviate congestion.

Maybe a quick visit to Albequerque is in order to check out their rail project between Albequerque, ABQ, and Santa Fe. Great foresight in that state!
Or maybe just go on down to SLC and see how TRAX could be expanded for sensible canyon mass transit.

religion sandwich

People often categorize both Utah and Kansas as being religiously extreme, and for good reason. Kansas is backwardly so, what with its suburban megachurches and school board battles over “intelligent design”. Utah of course is the reddest state in the union and home to the Mormon church. Utah spelled backwards is sometimes pronounced Hate-U.

But the meat in this sandwhich is decidedly Colorado. Home to such illustrious figures as Ted Haggarty — the meth-taking, gay prostitute frequenting hypocrite — Colorado takes the crown as the bizarro religious capital of the country. Have a spin through the FM and listen to all the loonies if you want to see what I mean. Normally, these stations are confined to the lower reaches of the dial. Along Colorado’s Front Range, they are all over the place. It makes it almost impossible to stumble on dangerous programming such as NPR.

On a recent trip I listened to Dr. James Dobson rail against companies trying to be inclusive by using “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas”. This was characterized as a “War on Christmas”. Is it really appropriate for a religious leader to use such a metaphor? Which century do this people live in?

Further in which field is Dr. Dobson’s degree? The only degreed people I know who insist on using the honorific when being addressed are MDs trying to maintain mystique, underachievers with weak egos, or those trying to get free upgrades on flights. I fall into the last category. It works.Aside from that, it’s just plain pompous.