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Restaurant Service

Somewhere a balance between good and ridiculous restaurant service exists which has to be found.

For example, I like to go out to eat, perhaps 2 or 3 times a week. I usually order a Coke with my meal, and when the coke is still 1/3 full the server will bring me another. I may or may not actually want another Coke, however the server doesn't ask me- they just bring it. The server surely thinks this is great service and expect a large tip, however this puts me in a strange position...

I now feel obligated to drink the damn second Coke. I mean, the person brought it out for me. So, I drink it...but I have to be careful. If I accidentally drink to much, the server will then bring me the dreaded 3rd Coke! There is NO WAY that I want to drink 3 Cokes while I sit there in the restaurant. I am not in a coke-drinking contest...What is this, do the servers have a running bet to see who can get there customers to drink the most soda?

What my table looks like after a meal.

If you wait tables for a living, I beg you, please just ask if I want a refill on my Coke...If not I may have a sugar-induced seizure on the spot, causing a great scene of twitching, belching, weezing and flailing about. Thank you!

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Express Lane woes

In the last couple months UDOT started offerring Express Lane passes so that us single drivers can enter the carpool lanes on I-15, even when we have no additional passengers in the vehicle. For $50 a month you too can get the pass and cruise along even during rush hour.

The pass is great and has saved my sanity several times while in a hurry I was able to bypass traffic jams, but the other drivers using the lane are enough to drive you crazy...

There are double white lines and signs stating not to cross them, but many people ignore these and illegally swerve in and out of the Express Lane. There are also drivers that think if they have two or more people they HAVE to use the lane, and they drive 65 mph in what should be the fastest lane on the road.

Carpool lanes

Many people have complained about the double white lines saying that they can't figure out when to exit...These people are morons. The Express Lane exits are located immediately following the freeway exits. Therefore if you are headed South and want to exit on 9000 S, you just leave the express lane at 7200 S. and make your way over. Not very difficult. 

For more info on the pass visit the UDOT Express Lane site.

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Salt Lake's sordid past

On 200 East between Main street and State street in Salt Lake City you can find an inconspicuous marker which reminds us of Commercial Street (now called Regent Street) and it's sordid past.

Police sanctioned prostitution openly took place here in the Mormon capital's own "red-light district." The only whores around now are to be found at Monk's which is located downstairs in the Walker Building, or perhaps among the staff of the D News. The street is now home to the Deseret Newspaper printing and distribution center...

The Sign reads:

Commercial Street, today called Regent Street, was Salt Lake City's red-light district from the 1870s to the late 1930s. Several Dozen buildings along Commercial Street housed legitimate businesses on the first floor and brothels or "cribs" for prostitutes on the upper floors. As in other American cities at the time, Salt Lake City's prostitutes operated with the tacit approved of local police. By 1908, each prostitute was required to register with the police and pay a monthly $10 "fine" which went into the city's general fund. The only remaining building from Commercial Street's red-light days is the Leader Cigar Factory Building located at the south end of the block.


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Let's move Momos...Mitt Romney, needs your help!

The Boston Globe published an article last week about meetings between Mitt Romney (Governer of Massachusettes) and many prominent Mormon leaders. In these meetings they discussed plans for a nationwide mormon network that could help promote Mitt in a 2008 US Presidential run.

The Globe stated that documents showed that President Gordon B. Hinckley was aware of the meetings and showed no objections to the formation of this network. Since this story went public however, the church has issued a release stating that they do not endorse Romney, and are standing firm in their neutrality policy when it comes to political elections...

Why wouldn't the LDS Church and it's members want a fellow Mormon for the president? I mean, God himself commanded Joseph Smith to run for president in 1844 (although God didn't let him win)...With a Mormon Prez they could ban anything that they didn't agree with, like short shorts, ho-mer-sexewals, two-piece swimsuits, and coffee.

However, alas, the church's dreams of pushing one of their own into the highest office in the land have again been thwarted. This time by nosy reporters and Non-profit orginization status laws that ban them from getting involved..oopsy!

Well, maybe once the golden boy, Steve Young, is ready to run they will finally get their mormon network in place and realize the dream of a Mormon Commander in Chief...I mean, why not, they've been running the state for 160 years!

(please note that this is written in fun, I mean, it's cool...some of my best friends are Mormon. Also, I mean the term Momo as a term of affection)-  :) Mr. X loves ya!

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Mayor Rocky Anderson is a bad ass.

The most controversial politician in Salt Lake City, Rocky Anderson, received a lot of criticism for speaking at an anti-Bush rally back when President Bush visited Salt Lake City a couple of months ago. It seems that many people also showed the Mayor support, including yours truley, MR. X.

Today Rocky sent his supporters an email which I thought was a good read. Here is the text from the Mayors email:

The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in a period of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.

John F. Kennedy, remarks at the signing of the charter establishing the German Peace Corps, June 24, 1963 (misattributing the statement to Dante)

Dear Friend:

Thank you for writing or calling to express your views regarding my speech on the occasion of President Bush, Secretary Rice, and Secretary Rumsfeld’s visit to Salt Lake City. I appreciate you taking the time to contact me.

In one of his most powerful statements about truth and conscience, Gandhi wrote, “A 'no' uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a 'yes' merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.” Gandhi’s words remind us of our fundamental, inescapable duty to tell the truth, to speak out when our country’s leaders fail to aspire to the high ideals and rich traditions that form the foundation of our nation and of our Constitution.

As the leader of a successful movement that peacefully ended the rule of an oppressive colonial regime, Gandhi knew that following one’s conscience and speaking truth to power is rarely easy or agreeable. He also knew that the obligation to do so transcends what many would consider as edicts of civility. Standing silent in the face of injustice is far worse than being impolite.

I was obliged to speak at the protest on August 30 because of my deep conviction that the Bush administration, aided by a cowardly and corrupt Congress, has been an unmitigated disaster—economically, morally, and spiritually—for our great nation.

On the economic front, the federal administration and Congress frittered away a surplus of $86.4 billion dollars in 2000 and racked up a deficit of $493.6 billion last year. The 2004 budget deficit of $568 billion was the largest in history. The astoundingly irresponsible fiscal policy currently reigning in Washington is due as much to the prevailing lack of fiscal discipline as it is to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Non-defense discretionary spending skyrocketed from $298.6 billion in 2000 to $435.3 billion in 2005—an increase of about 45.7%. This makes President Bush one of the biggest-spending presidents in history. He has yet to veto a single spending bill.

This reckless spending has been accompanied by equally reckless tax cuts, the majority of which benefit the wealthiest in our country. Between fiscal years 2001 and 2006, the tax cuts promoted by the federal administration and passed by Congress deprived the Treasury of over $1 trillion in revenue. If the tax cuts enacted since 2001 are made permanent, they will cost the country an additional $3.3 trillion over the next 10 years.

The federal administration’s economic and social policies, which favor those who already enjoy the greatest advantages in our country, have also led to decreasing wages and a widening gap between rich and poor. The median hourly wage for American workers has declined 2% since 2003, while corporate profits are at their highest level since the 1960’s. In 2004, the top 1% of wage earners received 11.2% of all wage income, up from 8.7% in 1984 and less than 6% in 1964.

       The Bush administration and Congress have needlessly mired our country in an unnecessary, immoral war in Iraq, based on false pretenses. According to The Lancet, approximately 665,000 people have been died in Iraq as a result of the war – and many have been seriously maimed, brain damaged, or rendered mentally ill.  Our nation’s reputation throughout much of the world has been destroyed.  We have many more enemies bent on our destruction than before our invasion of Iraq.  The hatred toward us has grown to the point that it will take many years, perhaps generations, to overcome the loathing created by our invasion and occupation of a Muslim country. As William F. Buckley, Jr., one of the founders of the modern American conservative movement, recently declared, “One can’t doubt that the American objective in Iraq has failed.”

The administration’s blatant disrespect for domestic laws and international treaties has fostered the kidnapping and torture of suspects worldwide, without even the pretense of due process of law. President Bush has repeatedly promoted the idea that the Geneva Conventions—international standards to ensure the human rights of those involved in combat—do not apply to detainees captured as part of the war on terrorism. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, acting at the time as White House counsel, wrote a memo in 2002 concluding that detainees should not be treated as prisoners of war under the Geneva Convention, as their lack of POW status would reduce the chance of subsequent prosecutions against their US captors under the domestic war crimes statute. Clearly, something has gone terribly wrong in our country when our government strives to provide legal and intellectual justification for the torture of human beings

President Bush and members of Congress make much of so-called values. They don’t generally mention the values of torture, of killing, of war-profiteering, of constitutional violations, of choosing to invade and occupy a Muslim country that posed no security risk to our nation, or of generating even more hatred and terrorism by our government’s unjustified, illegal tragic actions. Rather, they speak incessantly of what they term “freedom,” “democracy,” and “good and evil.”

On August 30, I spoke about a different set of values. We cherish the freedoms and liberties of our country. As patriotic Americans, we don’t malign those who speak out against our nation’s leaders as being unpatriotic or un-American, or accuse them of providing aid to terrorists. We have good, wholesome family values. In our families, we teach honesty. We teach kindness and compassion toward others. We teach that violence, if ever justified, must be an absolutely last resort. In our families, we teach that our nation’s constitutional values are to be upheld, and that they are worth fighting for. Our family values promote respect and equal rights toward everyone, regardless of race, ethnic origin, and sexual orientation.

The Bush administration and Congress have acted in complete derogation of those values. For that reason, we all have a duty to raise our voices in calling for change.

America suffers when we remain politely silent or apathetic on such important issues. We renege on our obligations as citizens of this great nation, and as human beings, when we stifle our conscience on issues that matter. America suffers when some attempt to silence those who question the direction of our country by disparaging them as being “un-American” or likening them to appeasers of fascists or terrorists. We sully the noble principles of this nation when we equate those who plan attacks on American soil with those who, through honest and thoughtful criticism, seek the best for our country.

“Here in America we are descended in blood and in spirit from revolutionists and rebels—men and women who dare to dissent from accepted doctrine,” said President Dwight Eisenhower in 1953, at the height of the Cold War. “As their heirs, may we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.”

We perform the greatest service to our nation and to the world when we remember, with President Eisenhower, that the good of our world often depends on the courage to seek justice precisely when it is most inconvenient to do so. The duty of dissent is greatest precisely when the need for it is most pressing. This is such a time.


                                      Ross C. Anderson



 Keep it up Rocky!

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