While Democrats nationwide rejoice, those of us here in Utah are cautiously optimistic. We’d be rejoicing too, except the four of us are afraid we’ll be hung and quartered–and maybe tar-and-feathered, too.
T.B. asked if there was a “shakeup” in Utah politics, like the rest of the nation saw. I laughed so hard I spit Frodka (Fresca and Vodka) on my computer screen, and that stuff is HARD to clean up.
The news ticker on all the local stations went something like this: If you are a republican candidate, you won. If you are a Republican candidate, you won. If you voted for a Republican candidate, they won. If you voted for a Republican candidate, they won.
As Forbes said:
Reeling Republicans can take heart that Utah still sings its favorite old songs. Loyal voters sent songwriting Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch, 72, to Washington for a state record sixth term. And exit polls showed majority support for the Iraq war and for President Bush’s job performance.
When the prophet speaks, the thinking has been done.
On another note, I am saddened to hear of the passing of Ed Bradley, 65. As Bloomberg reports:
Ed Bradley, an elementary school teacher and pioneering black reporter who rose to the heights of American broadcast journalism on CBS’s “60 Minutes,” died today. He was 65.
Bradley was my favorite 60 Minutes reporter.
And lastly, a Mormon scientist, who is CURRENTLY under academic backlash because of his belief in BIGFOOT, is also an ARDENT supporter of the Book of Mormon.
He says that pesky DNA evidence just doesn’t mean SQUAT. DNA will never refute the Book of Mormon!
“Ultimately we are impressed by the realization that the fundamental question of the veracity of the claims of the Book of Mormon lies beyond the ken of modern DNA research. The final implications of the book, as a witness of the prophetic calling of Joseph Smith and as another testament of the divinity of Jesus Christ, remain within the realm of faith and individual testimony.”
… many scientists are embarrassed by what they call Meldrum’s “pseudo-academic” pursuits and have called on the university to review his work with an eye toward revoking his tenure. One physics professor, D.P. Wells, wonders whether Meldrum plans to research Santa Claus, too.
As for me, it makes perfect sense. If you can TOTALLY disregard all the DNA evidence disproving the Book of Mormon, and spend hours and hours writing articles about how the BOOK OF MORMON DID happen, despite the DNA evidence and lack of archaelogical findings, then you just take the next step. If you can do all this and, faced with reality, finally end up saying GOD CHANGED the DNA EVIDENCE to make the Mormons rely on their faith (I am not quoting Meldrum here, but I’m betting he has considered this option), then Bigfoot is just a logical step.
And the Easter Bunny. And a Democratic majority in Utah. ALL OF THAT COULD HAPPEN. It could. Just ask Meldrum.