May 5, 2016

Utah AG: Planned Parenthood ‘cavalier and dehumanizing’ in videos

The Planned Parenthood videos keep hitting, and with each, the conversation becomes more awkward and difficult, for pro-life and pro-choice advocates alike. Now, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes says his office has received calls to investigate Planned Parenthood for wrong doing. While he did not comment on any investigation, in a statement to Utah Politico […]

Gill and Bennion in the press: a study in restraint and the lack thereof

It’s hard to tell who feels more “fortunate” right now: the “prosecutor,” the “press,” or the “politician.” The first, Sim Gill, has just finished a difficult investigation into the shooting death of an unarmed woman by West Valley police in November of 2012. His findings, relying heavily on forensic evidence at the scene of Danielle […]

Murder? The Gosnell trial and media silence

If you’ve not heard about Gosnell, I recommend you google it. According to Wikipedia (I know, the lazy man’s research tool): Kermit Barron Gosnell is an American medical doctor who ran two women’s health clinics in Philadelphia between 1972 and 2011, and as of April 2013, is on trial for first and third degree murder, […]

So this is Christmas…

It’s Christmas. With several versions of John Lennon’s “So this is Christmas” playing on the airwaves and in retail establishments across America, it’s a bittersweet reminder that while we celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace, we have not as a nation, or as practicing Christians, yet learned his message and how to apply it.

Indeed, this has not been a peaceful year. Looking at the global state of things, conflicts, some decades in age, there are at least twelve ongoing conflicts that have resulted in deaths in 2012 (according to a Wikipedia page called “List of ongoing military conflicts”), including the war in Afghanistan that killed at least 03,000 in 2012, the Syrian civil war with 37,787 deaths, and one in Burma that started in 1948 and resulted in 10,000 fatalities (bet you missed that one on the nightly news round up). And, lest we forget, there are still American troops in Iraq, too, where over 8,000 people have died in the last two years.

Taken all together, it’s a depressing prospect. And when seen in light of the shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut this month, it is perhaps more sobering and dispiriting, too.

When ex-boyfriends go bad: the “bear did it” edition.

It’s said that “hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.” So what is it when a man is scorned? Dumb, if the following news report is in any way correct. Dumb, drunk, and murderous. Clyde Gardner, kicked out by his girlfriend after 5 years, a child, and various allegations of abuse, decided to take revenge by […]

When truth is stranger than fiction: a revenge plot foiled

Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction. Or at least would make good fiction. Straight from the pages of the New York Times comes this story about rape, revenge, conspiracy, mistaken identity, and an innocent wrongly accused. It’s definitely good enough for an episode of Castle, if not for one of Dick Wolfe’s many iterations […]

Smart: ‘I know that you know what you did was wrong’ | The Salt Lake Tribune

Brian David Mitchell has been sentenced to life. “I don’t have very much to say to you,” [Elizabeth Smart] said as Mitchell sat with his eyes closed, hands clasped and singing softly. “I know exactly what you did. I know that you know what you did was wrong. You did it with a full knowledge. […]