Midday Commentary on Last Night’s News — Nov. 10, 2015

I’m always one for a great play on words, but “Family Homo Evening“? Reasonably clever, sure. But it just continues to show that the The Pride Center and Equality Utah can’t help but shoot themselves in the foot. The mainstreaming of all gender attractions is the only thing that will ever work, not the “freak out the GoodLuckBrethren” approach the two organizations often use.

There are a lot of really good questions being asked about the new policy, and it will surely create a bigger mess than church leadership counted on.  But co-opting one of the most sacred nights in LDS culture by slapping “homo” on it is surely traveling down the HOV lane to Brethrenfreakoutville.

But hey, it got you an easy story in the Trib, so it must have been worth it. Right? For a slightly less obnoxious approach, Doug Fabrizio does a reasonable job over at RadioWest.

• An understandably cranky Troy Rawlings reiterated that the feds are being jerks for not releasing what he feels is important evidence against former AGs Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow. (Fox 13) He has a nice piano metaphor, but he missed a real opportunity to land a real insult. Maybe:

“I can explain it to you but I can’t understand it for you,” or

“You’re really living up to your potential,” or

“What you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul” or,

most blistering of all…

“I bet you like your steak well done.”

(Yes, ruthlessly stolen from this reddit thread and Billy Madison.)

• Some interesting research at Intermountain Medical Center shows higher rates of severe heart attacks on bad air days. Seems logical. The story takes the easy potshots at lawmakers for snoozing on the job or something. But unless we ban older cars and maybe restaurants and dry cleaners outright, we’re never going to make a reasonable impact on pollution levels. You can’t just shoot down an oil refinery and fix the problem. The sooner we have self-driving electric cars, the sooner we can really address the problem. Also the sooner we can shelve UTA.

And if none of that interests you, perhaps it’s because you’re trying to figure out how a massive cat painting from the 19th Century just sold for a million bucks. The best part is the title of the painting.

Midday Commentary on Last Night's News -- Nov. 10, 2015

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