Making a Mockery

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Where Has All The Music Gone...

Every now and then a song just sticks and it is forever stuck in your mind. Over the last 3 months I have heard this song almost everyday on Sirius Satelite Radio… I love it and will be buying the album soon.

Somewhere over the last few years music has become boring to me. Very few new artists and songs really hit home. Over the last 4 months I have had Sirius I have rediscovered music. I first I couldn’t believe that my wife would buy me a satellite radio nor did I think that I should pay $150 a year to listen. In just a few short months however I have become a fan. The variety is incredible and it is so refreshing not to have endless commercials and radio lame radio dj’s who aren’t funny blathering on about nothing. I don’t think that it was that I was tired of adding new music to my collection as so much as the local radio stations were beating the hell out of crappy songs.

I have spent much of the last 10 years listening to 101.9/107.9 The End and over the last year they have really begun to suck big… My advice to them is to return to the early days. Play music people used to love to hear you play, Example like new wave, alternative etc. You’re A to Z weekends used to be awesome because you played all the great things hidden in your collection. Unfortunately You have played to death Cold Play and John Mayer… Return to 80’s and 90’s classics mixed with new stuff but not the same new stuff that every other damn radio station in Utah is playing. Another free piece of advice FIRE Chelsea… SHE SUCKS, She isn’t funny and has ruined the Chunga and Mister Show. Every time she comes on the show I change the dial. She sucks… and is a fun killer. I must commend Tyson Web the other day when I peaked in for a visit he played Johnny Cash’s cover of “Hurt”. It was quite refreshing. Too bad his co-host some “Britney wanna-be” girl had never heard of it nor of the Nine Inch Nails version. That just might be the problem hiring DJ’s who have no musical experience in your station’s genre. Until 101.9 The End changes I will be listening to the New Wave and ALT Nation Stations of Sirius.

For those who are interested..

Plain White T’s "Hey There Delilah"
Hear the song and See the Video Here

Hey there Delilah
What's it like in New York City?
I'm a thousand miles away
But girl tonight you look so pretty
Yes you do
Time Square can't shine as bright as you
I swear it's true

Hey there Delilah
Don't you worry about the distance
I'm right there if you get lonely
Give this song another listen
Close your eyes
Listen to my voice it's my disguise
I'm by your side

Oh it's what you do to me
Oh it's what you do to me
Oh it's what you do to me
Oh it's what you do to me
What you do to me

Hey there Delilah
I know times are getting hard
But just believe me girl
Someday I'll pay the bills with this guitar
We'll have it good
We'll have the life we knew we would
My word is good

Hey there Delilah
I've got so much left to say
If every simple song I wrote to you
Would take your breath away
I'd write it all
Even more in love with me you'd fall
We'd have it all

Oh it's what you do to me
Oh it's what you do to me
Oh it's what you do to me
Oh it's what you do to me

A thousand miles seems pretty far
But they've got planes and trains and cars
I'd walk to you if I had no other way
Our friends would all make fun of us
and we'll just laugh along because we know
That none of them have felt this way
Delilah I can promise you
That by the time we get through
The world will never ever be the same
And you're to blame

Hey there Delilah
You be good and don't you miss me
Two more years and you'll be done with school
And I'll be making history like I do
You know it's all because of you
We can do whatever we want to
Hey there Delilah here's to you
This ones for you

Oh it's what you do to me
Oh it's what you do to me
Oh it's what you do to me
Oh it's what you do to me
What you do to me.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

You Write the Letters that Make Me Laugh

I have thought about creating a website that did nothing but answer and comment on all the silly letters to the editors that are sent to Utah’s news papers. These letters are uncut diamonds of mockery just waiting to be made fun of their content. Today’s example comes from the Deseret News also known as “the orthodox Mormon paper.“

Underwear ads offensive
I have decided to cancel my subscription. Not because of poor reporting, editing or other obvious news errors. I am fed up with the constant stream of bra and underwear ads placed front and center in my reading material. Today there was nearly a half-page ad in the A section of a woman wearing only a bra. It was yet another "in your face." I hope you reconsider your policy regarding underwear ads. There are already plenty of these ads in the inserts. Please save the space in the newspaper for the type of ads that everyone feels comfortable looking at.Melissa McKayWest Jordan

Dear Melissa

With all the problems in the Deseret News, Utah and world, your most pressing issue is your offense to female underwear ads? I guess you are too young to small to wear such articles of clothing?

I am offended that the Deseret News would print such a letter. Isn’t there any real letters?

Making a Mockery

I thought the Daily Herald printed a great letter today.

Book of Al Gore, another witness of global warming

And Al Gore looked down upon his people and said, "It is not good that there is great consternation in the land, especially among those souls in the eastern parts."

The people were in fear due to the oppressive mildness of the temperature. They began to cry to the heavens for relief; the temperature had risen 0.7 degrees over the past five generations.

Because of the people's great faith in him, Al Gore established a new church: the Church of the Global Footsteps. And the people believed, heaping their praise upon him, as well as monetary contributions.

Soon, all of the eastern parts were converted, save a handful of evildoers (83 percent of all climatologists).

The oppressive mildness was removed in very few weeks and bitter cold was ushered in.

Life-altering conferences on warming problems could not be held. And the people were sore amazed, and full of joy (except for the evil climatologists, who were stranded at airports, forced to shovel snow).

And Al Gore looked down again and said:

"This is good. Within my generation, I've invented the Internet, been elected president and solved global warming. Praised be my name."

Glenn Musick,

Dear Glenn

It’s nice to see a satirical letter to the editor mocking Al Gore and his recently discovered gravy train scam. Al Gore is Chicken Little screaming about the sky falling and all for fun and profit. No one seems to notice that he is doing it for two reasons fame and fortune and not the altruistic sense of saving the world. Can’t anyone see through this smoke screen? Gore is raking in profits and is gaining political clout and I expect to see Al Gore run for a national public office in the near future.

Making a Mockery

Here are a few interesting points about it…
The Global Warming Business
The Great Global Warming Swindle

Here is my comment on The Global Warming Business Post
There are many companies who like to exploit the green movement. I once worked for a local environmentalist, Robert Redford. At Sundance, protection of the environment was the most important thing and it was so important that we paid twice as much for electricity. Utah Power has/had a wind program where you paid a premium price for “wind power”. Link The price of wind power was almost 100% more than regular power and there was no real proof that it was wind power since you cannot separate out the power grid. UPL said that they were buying the same amount of energy used from a “clean” source. My take on it was that UPL saw Redford as a fool and soon parted him of his money. Really can you prove that the power you bought is wind power? UPL buys power from a variety of sources and why would they pay more just to get wind power? UPL wouldn’t as it would lower their profit margins of a publicly traded company who has since been purchased by Warren Buffett’s energy conglomerate (Buffett to purchase U.S. utility). We all know that Buffett isn’t about to lose money. From Buffett to purchase U.S. utility, "The energy field is one that I basically like," Buffett said by telephone. "It's not a business you can dream about; however, it's a capital-intensive business that provides decent returns. It's stable and it's predictable."

Robert Redford is just as hypocritical with the environment at times putting his business ahead of the environment. I do believe that he does more good than harm. I was privileged enough while working at Sundance to be in the conference room of a Global Warming Summit with world leaders including Al Gore and his “Inconvenient Truth” presentation. Gore hadn’t released the movie yet but he gave a presentation that was an outline and basis for the movie. He showed clips of the movie. After seeing his presentation I thought to myself the same things that you are writing about here. What was Gore’s real agenda? In the past Al Gore and environmentalist didn’t really seem to go together. It seemed odd to me and to others I mentioned it to at the time. To me it seemed like it was agenda driven and I thought he is thinking about a comeback and is going to use the environment to defeat the Republicans in 2008. Fast forward a few years to now and that is what a lot of others now think also. Again not being altruistic but using the environment as a platform to gain power. See Goremovement 2008

I think there is a lot of hype and not enough hard facts and data. Mostly it is just media madness. (Anne Nicole media frenzy) Today's media loves gloom and doom and the environmental movement is full of gloom and doom. What's more gloomy than the end of the world and thus we have the media frenzy stirring it up. In reality the earth has survived many ice ages and thaw cycles. I am sure it will survive another.

Here is another favorite letter from the week…

BYU fans showed lack of class by booing Ute players

I love the students at BYU. I'm also proud of their conduct and achievements. Generally, they're fine representatives of the LDS faith and the standards that its church and BYU uphold.

But on occasion, I want to hang my head in shame for them.

Take the BYU-University of Utah basketball game on March 3, for instance. The gentleman who offered the opening prayer asked that we might remember to be good sports. No sooner had the "amens" been said than the students began booing as the opposing team members were introduced.

Is that good sportsmanship? Aren't we better than that? That team and their visiting fans were our guests.

Was our students' behavior an example of the way Latter-day Saints typically treat guests? I don't think so.

I was embarrassed for both teams.

Personally, I think anybody found booing our guests should be invited to leave the forum because they don't represent what BYU is all about.

Geri Brinley,

Dear Geri

It’s amazing how fast kids grow up these days… I can’t believe that the generation without dodge ball is now in college. My advice to you is suck it up and get tough. Booing has been a right of the paying fan since the inception of sports. Get over it already. Toughen up get some thicker skin. You are probably also is that kid who is frightened by speech and is offended by the use of the W-word when you are really Scandinavian American or the use of M-word to describe a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

It wasn’t that long ago that BYU fans didn’t cheer or boo and it has nothing to do with being a follower of Christ. Paying outrageous prices for BYU sports buys you the right to scream and yell all you want.

Making a Mockery

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Thursday, March 15, 2007

New Alternative. New Impacts. New Input.

Come and give input on 2100 North as a potential Mountain View Corridor alternative and see how it may affect you.The Utah Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration are conducting an Environmental Impact Statement on the Mountain View Corridor, a proposed highway and transit corridor in western Salt Lake County and northwest Utah County. As part of the EIS process and in response to concerns that have been raised, UDOT is reviewing the alternatives in Utah County. 2100 North is now under consideration as an additional freeway alternative. The public is invited to attend an open house to review and to discuss all alternatives with project team members.

Open House

Thursday,March 15 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Sego Lily Elementary School550 East 900 North, Lehi

Can't attend the meeting?

Get more information on the web at

Give your input online or call 1-800-596-2556

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, individuals requiring special accommodations during themeeting, should notify Karen Ritchie ( 801-288-3257) five working days prior to the meeting.For more information about public transportation services, call 1-888-RIDE-UTA or visit

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Thursday, March 08, 2007

Naked Grandmas Aren't Sexy Enough to Tempt Children

I love the Daily Herald… Over the years it has become a must read, not for its breaking stories, not for its genius writers but for its absolute and complete silliness. Today’s gem is from the Letters section. It’s responding to the recent “porn” that was published in the newspaper. Just as a reminder in Utah County, most magazines covers that are sold at the check out counter are considered hardcore porn including Oprah’s O magazine. Allegedly there was an ad for Dove soap that went too far past the standards of good taste and has managed to offend some of the Herald’s more sensitive readers. This letter puts it all into prospective.

Naked grandmas aren't sexy enough to tempt children
I am writing in response to a letter to the editor in the Feb. 28 edition of the Daily Herald.

The letter stated that the Life magazine insert should be removed from the paper because it ran an ad featuring a naked woman, and it claimed that nudity is synonymous with pornography.

Although I wasn't a fan of the Dove lotion ad featuring an elderly, overweight, nude woman, I doubt that many would consider the photograph to be pornographic (in other words, sexually enticing or stimulating).

If you were to remove the Life insert, it would only make sense to remove the Mervyns, Sears and JC Penney advertising supplements that feature considerably younger, considerably more attractive women in nothing but underwear.

We need not be too concerned about our children being sexually enticed by 300-pound grandmothers.

Trevor Christensen,

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