Does Evan McMullin Reflect Utah Values?

The answer to the question all depends on what values you think Utah holds.

1. If you think Utah values are Hillary Clinton’s values of corrupt favoritism, Constitutional degradation, cronyism, partial birth abortion, “opposition” complicity, then you have your man. By his own admission, he’s ultimately in the race to ensure a Hillary win:

2. If Utah values include having your top advisor use expletives, threats, and sexually degrading comments to women, you have your man:

If that is the case, then why are McMullin and Finn associating with Republican, establishment political strategist, Rick Wilson who has a history of demeaning others and going on obscene Twitter rants, the very thing that McMullin and his supporters profess to find so abhorrent in Trump?

The specific quotes Rick Wilson used are at the link. Most are censored (you can figure out the word used) but the sexually degrading comment is not something that can be censored and I’m not going to post it here. To read McMullin’s super Utah-values advisor quotes, click the link.

Anyone who’s been around politics, knows the type of tactics and language Wilson uses so I’m not going to accept this is some kind of shocking revelation to the McMullin-Finn campaign. Nor do I want to hear McMullin’s campaign chide Trump for his language etc. since they embrace it themselves. Of course, it’s all good since certainly these are conservative values totally in line with LDS/Mormon teachings…right?

Brutal Utah Reality: It’s Trump Or Hillary (McMullin Admits To Helping Hillary)

Sometimes reality bites. This is one of those times. If you’re voting for Evan McMullin, you’re only going to help corrupt Hillary Clinton win the presidency along with her media-establishment praetorian guard. She’ll be as corrupt as she pleases with no substantive opposition.

If this election had a ‘Perot’ who was on the ballot on all 50 states and polling in striking distance, reality could be different*. But McMullin is simply in the race to act as a spoiler. He’s been placed in that position by establishment republican backers who are too embarrassed to simply admit they prefer a Hillary presidency (and retain their power and DC social status). He’s a transparent fig leaf.

(Edit: Fig leaf no more – McMullin admits he’s ultimately in the race to prevent Trump and hand power to Hillary).

So reality bites. We face a candidate who’s corrupt and will be incredibly destructive to the rule of law, national foundations, and national character VS a horse’s backside who will be opposed and power checked at every turn. As Ace put it: Hillary is an alligator in a pack of jackals while Trump is a jackal in an alligator infested swamp.

Ideal? Nope. I would prefer a Constitutionally-driven, righteous candidate. We don’t have that but for LDS folks, they need only flip open their scriptures to see this is nothing new but bright hope remains. On the cynical-positive side: look at Omni and Ether 10 – jerk leaders who did the right thing for the people (the bible offers other examples). On the bright side, the plethora of redemptive stories: Jonah, Alma (the younger – who ended up as chief judge and prophet!), Corianton etc. etc. etc….

Certainly, both Hillary and Trump can change and be truly redeemed through Christ but the risks involved with the former not changing vastly outweigh the latter. So I’ll vote for Trump, oppose his policies as needed, and pray for him to change (or at least do the right thing) just as we should do with all our leaders and ourselves! Realistically, all of us need to repent and turn to the Lord to right our drifting ship.

*Caveat: Even if McMullin were on all 50 state ballots, I highly doubt he would be polling anywhere close to striking distance. Besides the now exposed fig leaf, he represents the decades of shady political games/policy people have revolted against. Again, Trump is the creation of the establishment GOP’s (in)actions.

Sidenote: Many of us called a spade a spade long ago: “[McMullin is] the latest GOPe* gambit to ensure a Hillary victory and somehow pretend they had nothing to do with it“.

Data Mining Utah’s Voter Records

This is follow-up to my recent post on this topic. Two news reports were posted related to this:

Utah voter info continues to be sold by the state for $1,050


Lawmaker wants to let you decide if Utah sells your voter info. From the second link:

“What I’m hearing from a lot of people is it’s the business of the government to protect the people, not sell your data,” Rep. Edwards said.

The information is a matter of public record. The Lt. Governor’s Office, which oversees elections in Utah, routinely sells it to political parties and campaigns for $1,050. The state elections director told FOX 13 that some of the information has also been sold to data mining groups.

Rep. Edwards, who ran similar legislation in 2014, said it is time the state changed its privacy settings with voters’ info.

“We have put voters in a situation where they are having to choose between registering to vote and protecting their privacy,” she said. “No voter in the United States should have to be put in that situation.”

Must be nice to know that your right to vote is contingent on data mining companies being able to have all the analytical fun they can with your data. People get upset with Google, Yahoo etc with personal information but don’t appear to realize that the State of Utah plays just as loose with information they’ve gathered based on exercising a right. Furthermore, the sale of these lists allows stalkers and abusers to identify unwitting “former” victims who may not realize that their information is up for sale and have not protected it (please go to the bottom of the first linked article for the document to protect your info!).

Here’s hoping Rep. Edwards succeeds but it will be an uphill battle against the Governor’s office and the Republican and Democrat parties.

Read Of The Day: After The Republic

I ran into this on the Ace of Spades HQ blog. It’s a longer article but well worth it.

After the Republic By: Angelo M. Codevilla

Here are a few teaser quotes:

Over the past half century, the Reagan years notwithstanding, our ruling class’s changing preferences and habits have transformed public and private life in America. As John Marini shows in his essay, “Donald Trump and the American Crisis,” this has resulted in citizens morphing into either this class’s “stakeholders” or its subjects. And, as Publius Decius Mus argues, “America and the West” now are so firmly “on a trajectory toward something very bad” that it is no longer reasonable to hope that “all human outcomes are still possible,” by which he means restoration of the public and private practices that made the American republic…

…What goes by the name “constitutional law” has been eclipsing the U.S. Constitution for a long time…

…This arbitrary power, whose rabid guard-dog growls and barks: “Racist! Sexist! Homophobic!” has transformed our lives by removing restraints on government.

…Americans will no longer live politically according to their prejudices; they will be ruled administratively according to scientific knowledge…

For what it’s worth, this article meshes will with a couple of things I posted over the summer. Feel free to peruse those posts after reading the above article:

Our Divine Constitution
Will We Accept God’s Help?

“Available Jones” Strikes Again: Utah Violating Law To Sell Your Voting Records, Put Seniors, Others At Risk

First, please read the source op-ed, it also includes a link the the voter list website:

Herbert Admin Sells ALL Utah voters’ personal information – Except the Governor’s

Governor Herbert (aka “Available Jones”) continues to prove himself a donor’s best friend. Since 2012, I’ve tracked Utah’s mishandling of voters’ personal information. They simply don’t care at all about your privacy (note: if you have personal security concerns, please see this post to secure your info) – either you cease voting or you comply with political cronies’ data mining demands. This year, we find ourselves with yet another version of release of your voter information on the internet:

In its biggest single, ongoing release of personal information, the Herbert administration sells the full name, home address, phone number, age, year of birth, political party affiliation, etc.of virtually every one of Utah’s roughly 1.5 million registered voters to anyone willing to pay $1,050 for it despite an apparent prohibition in Utah Code—63G-2-302(1)(l).

First, take a look at the linked code citation. It is prefaced with “The following records are private:”

(l)    a record that:
(i)    contains information about an individual;
(ii)    is voluntarily provided by the individual; and
(iii)    goes into an electronic database that:
(A)    is designated by and administered under the authority of the Chief Information Officer; and
(B)    acts as a repository of information about the individual that can be electronically retrieved and used to facilitate the individual’s online interaction with a state agency;

It appears that the voter list would qualify under this section. Evidently, when priority is placed on pleasing the political elite and donor class, laws shall be ignored. Fortunately, they have good cover as the media and both political parties are complicit in this (Herbert may be the head honcho but the political enablers abound).

This release version also indicates that Lt. Governor engaged in kabuki theater when he was ‘asking’ for the voter list to be secured in 2014. As the custodian of the list and in charge of sales thereof, there’s been nary a complaint from him. Cox could also be a total dupe since Gov. Herbert’s information is protected and not on the website but Lt. Gov. Cox’s information (along with his family’s) is on the site.

The implications are obvious, anyone who has a security concern has a gaping personal privacy leak greatly simplifying an attackers’ job of identifying their victim’s (and family’s) location etc. The list also provides a convenient means for scam artists to target the elderly as year of birth, age, and phone number are also on the database. Finally, for a local touch, LDS Church and other local Jewish and Christian church leadership listed on the database may want to up their security given the recent threats from Daesh/ISIS to target them (see this post and scroll down for intel source links).

EDIT: Edited for clarity (see strikeout and underline). The list is still from the 2014 version but was posted in a new, easier to search format.

Another Hillary-Media Lie: The 2008 Financial Collapse

This is just a quickie to point out a lie that Hillary uttered in the debate and Democrat allies (eg the mainstream media) continue to parrot. She tried to pin the 2008 meltdown on tax policy. It is absolutely absurd. As noted in 2008, she only needs to look in the mirror. I’m not the only one who caught her lie:

In fact, tax policies had almost nothing to do with the recession of 2008. What caused the market crash was the collapse of the subprime market. If that collapse had an architect-in-chief, his name was Bill Clinton. This is not a speculation. It is an easily documented fact…

The article goes on to discuss Fanny Mae and Freddy Mac, Franklin Raines, Community Reinvestment Act, and arm twisting banks under thread of ‘racism’. Funny thing is all of that should sound very familiar. Here’s a blast from the 2008 past:

Burning Down the House: The Financial Fiasco in Under Ten Minutes (Updates)

Here’s the video I posted back then:

Ah, good times, indeed. If you want more on the bailout, use the bailout tag and scroll down to the 2008-2009 time frame.

Tony Yapias Charged With Rape

I was going to just post this on the Utah Rattles microblog but my comments and two articles made it too long and better suited here.

I didn’t know him on a deeply personal level so I can’t comment on his personalty. I know he liked playing the race card against people opposed to him. Nevertheless, this just about knocked me over when I saw it. I’m still shocked.

The article seems to indicate that he may have used her “immigration status” as leverage.

Prominent Latino activist Tony Yapias charged with rape

The defendant was also aware of the victim’s immigration status. As part of the text exchange on March 21, court documents indicate, Yapias stated: ‘I’m at meeting about immigration with representatives from Washington D.C.’

SL Trib article clarifies why Davis County will be prosecuting this instead of Salt Lake County:

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill said police initially brought the case to his office, but he asked Davis County to take over. Gill said he has known Yapias for years, their paths crossing in Utah Democratic Party circles and on community work on immigration issues. Gill said he had appeared on Yapias’ radio show during the previous election cycle, so he passed the case on to another prosecutor to avoid any possible conflicts.

They aren’t kidding when they say he was prominent, either. He was a lead in lobbying the LDS Church on the Utah Compact (I think he’s even in the photo op from that) and, as I recall, was also a staunch opponent of e-verify and big proponent of HB 116 likely teaming with LDS Church lobbyists, Senator Bramble, and the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce to lobby for the bill’s passage. He also coordinated a bunch of the amnesty marches in Salt Lake. So yea, he was prominent.

Everyone is innocent until proven guilty so we’ll see where this goes but based on the evidence presented in the article this doesn’t sound like it will end well for him. I’m still dumbfounded at this whole thing.