Daily Fix, July 27

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*Environmentalist Tim DeChristopher was sentenced yesterday to two years in prison for failing to make good on bids at a lease auction of Utah public lands. (SL Trib) District Court Judge Dee Benson noted that DeChristopher likely would not have been prosecuted or received jail time but for his “continuing trail of statements.” In protest, DeChristopher supporters chained themselves to the courthouse steps, blocked traffic and got themselves arrested in solidarity. It seems to me that DeChristopher got exactly what he wanted – for what is civil disobedience if there is no consequence? Where’s the statement if there is no penalty? Good job DeChristopher – you did it!

*First Lady Michelle Obama raised around $420,000 dollars for President Obama’s campaign at a Park City private fundraiser. (SL Trib) Mrs. Obama listed her husband’s accomplishments as: “turning “an economy that was on the brink of collapse to an economy that is starting to grow again, cutting taxes for middle-class families, extending a child-care tax credit, signing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and passing health care reform.” Lilly who? He’s selling his record on the economy, taxes and health care? Am I missing something here?

*The Redistricting Committee has finished its road show but only one thing is certain — some communities, many communities, will be split. The numbers require it. (SL Trib) The committee has changed from favoring 4 pizza slice districts, which would cut Salt Lake County into 4 districts, to something other than that. After the generous public commenting period, legislators have changed course and will likely divide Salt Lake County three ways instead of 4, but the committee still doesn’t know how. Even though many will likely call gerrymander, which is actually a pretty easy, lazy, and intellectually-deficient charge to make, kudos to the committee for traveling 2000 miles in 9 weeks in order to hear what Utahns want. Now, the legislators that Utahns chose will make the final decision. This is what democracy, I mean compound constitutional republic, looks like.

*And speaking of redistricting, South Carolina has finished its map, and the Republican-led legislature has mapped out 6 “safe” districts out of 7. (The Hill) Like Utah, SC picked up a congressional seat this year because of its population growth. If only those Republicans would stop growing.

*The Wall Street Journal is tired of the Republicans that aren’t jumping on Boehner’s bandwagon. (WSJ) “The idea seems to be that if the House GOP refuses to raise the debt ceiling, a default crisis or gradual government shutdown will ensue, and the public will turn en masse against . . . Barack Obama. The Republican House that failed to raise the debt ceiling would somehow escape all blame. Then Democrats would have no choice but to pass a balanced-budget amendment and reform entitlements, and the tea-party Hobbits could return to Middle Earth having defeated Mordor.” Hobbits. Nice. The paper continues, “This is the kind of crack political thinking that turned Sharron Angle and Christine O’Donnell into GOP Senate nominees. The reality is that the debt limit will be raised one way or another, and the only issue now is with how much fiscal reform and what political fallout.” I just liked the Hobbit reference.

*Mitt Romney has dropped three names as possible VPs — Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R), New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) (isn’t he beautiful?). (Political Wire) Also, I’m having a concert at my house next week and am inviting you all. I hope to have performing Elton John, Steve Tyler, and Lady Gaga.

*Now that our Pioneer celebrations have come and gone and nothing but hot temperatures on the horizon, what do we do now? Oh, those dog days of summer.

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4 Responses to “Daily Fix, July 27”

  1. Cameron Says:

    What a depressing piece by the WSJ.

  2. Bob Aagard Says:

    re: Mitt’s VP’s-

    My concert at my house is even better. I’m reuniting the Beatles. Elvis is opening for them. Everyone come! 🙂

  3. rmwarnick Says:

    Hobbits cannot “return to Middle Earth” because they never left. The WSJ probably meant return to The Shire. Geographically-challenged Senator John McCain (R-AZ) made this same mistake.

  4. rmwarnick Says:

    Civil disobedience includes accountability. However, you can’t say a TWO-YEAR prison sentence is a punishment that fits the crime. The BLM lease auction was illegal to begin with, none of the leases were ever issued, and DeChristopher’s action brought to light a corrupt auction process that was cheating taxpayers.

    Not to mention that “bid walking” is a common practice in the oil & gas industry, and no one has ever been sent to jail for doing what DeChristopher did. The judge made it clear that the sentence was punishment for exercising the right of free speech.

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