We live in the land of the free, which means we're free to ban just about anything we don't like. In 2012 Americans dropped the ban hammer on public nuisances from goose livers to "gateway sexual activity."
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According to the breathless press releases I've been receiving from candidates of both major parties, if there's one thing Americans love more than politics, it's reading about politics in the newspaper. This must be why the print journalism industry is enjoying such unprecedented success. This is also why the second question swing state residents ask when deciding who to vote for — after "What's a newspaper?" — is "Who did my newspaper editorial board endorse?"
As far as the presidential race goes, the answer is probably Barack Obama. According to the Fix, if you add up the Sunday circulation of all swing state papers that have endorsed a candidate, those supporting Obama reach 3 million people, while those backing Romney reach 2.1 million.
Critics caution that newspaper endorsements may not "matter" much in themselves, but they're reflective of local opinion. Which is why I was startled to read this in the Salt Lake City Tribune…
"Therefore, our endorsement must go to the incumbent, a competent leader who, against tough odds, has guided the country through catastrophe and set a course that, while rocky, is pointing toward a brighter day. The president has earned a second term. Romney, in whatever guise, does not deserve a first."
Utah going blue is going to mess with my electoral college predictions.
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Utah's state auditor race is getting nasty, or as the Salt Lake Tribune says, "barbs are flying."
This being the Beehive State, those "barbs" consist of Mark Sage's opponent calling Sage a "puppeteer." Burn Notice: Salt Lake City, starring Donny Osmond, Jon Heder and Ken Jennings! Okay, "puppeteer" doesn't sound harsh, but swear words have lost their bite anyway. You can only put so much Sriracha on your scrambled eggs before you stop tasting anything. Maybe it's time for some new hot sauce around here: puppeteer, three-hole-punch, wet VAC. These are your new curses. Memorize them, own them, you dwindling blenders.
Now here's the factcheck. Accused puppeteer Mark Sage may actually dabble in puppeteering.
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The Olympics are supposed to be a time when nations set aside their differences and marvel at feats of athleticism, prancing horses and the ageless wonder that is Bob Costas. For Americans, it's an opportunity to learn about all the countries we haven't invaded yet and — at most — make a list of states that have enough natural resources to warrant democratizing good and hard in the future. But we're not supposed to go to war during the Games.
Tell that to Mitt Romney, who began his trip to London by questioning the host nation's preparedness, instead of trying to figure out whether to cheer for Bermuda or Switzerland.
"You know it's hard to know just how well it will turn out," Romney told NBC, "There were a few things that were disconcerting."
"The story about the private security firm not having enough people, the supposed strike of the immigration and customs officials, that is not something that is encouraging."
British Prime Minister David Cameron rebuffed Romney's skepticism and, er, made fun of Utah…
"We are holding an Olympic Games in one of the busiest, most active, bustling cities anywhere in the world. Of course it's easier if you hold an Olympic Games in the middle of nowhere."
Great, now "the special relationship is special" because we're at war with Britain.
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