Monthly Archives: June 2010

Bounds of Propriety

This week I want to talk about the bounds of propriety. In some respects what I’m about to share is old news. Last week, during the entertainment portion of KVNU’s For The People, a controversy was stirred. It was primary election day last Tuesday and I had the pleasure of being in studio with Tyler, Jonathan and Jason. We had done the regular show between 4 and 6 and then moved into a half-hour discussion of entertainment news.

Tyler started the news with a story about a young teen idol, Miley Cyrus, or Hannah Montana, or something. Evidently she’s a singer in addition to being an accomplished thespian and named-brand clothing designer for Wal-Mart. Well, during one of her recent rock concerts, Miss Cyrus had a wardrobe malfunction and her “privates” were a bit exposed. The news agency, Reuters, snapped a pic at an inopportune moment and the young lady’s privacy immediately vanished. read more

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The War on Drugs

Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing both of Utah’s Republican Senate candidates: Mike Lee and Tim Bridgewater. Both men are smart and appear to be capable candidates. Both men also claim to be philosophical conservatives. But in this day and age, thinking like a conservative sometimes gets mixed up with acting like a libertarian – and any discussion about the war on drugs seems to bring out this point.

Early in our interview, I told each candidate that I would now try to separate their inner conservative from their inner libertarian and asked both of them if they would push to end the war on drugs. Both candidates said they would not. Both men said they would not push to make illicit drugs legal. read more

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Ban on Homosexuality in the Military

This week I want to talk about the congressional move to repeal the ban on homosexuality in the military. In the old days, homosexuality was considered pathological behavior frowned upon by the military. It felt as if such behavior compromised critical and confidential efforts. It was also viewed as just plain weird within gender-segregated living conditions.

But attitudes have changed. For many people today, a public admission of homosexuality is no big deal – much like someone saying they’re a heterosexual (if they felt compelled to even say that). People just look at you and wonder why you felt to share that tid-bit. read more

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