The First Step is to Admit….

February 18, 2006

Fighting desperately, but I just can’t get away. Since the shootouts Thursday night I’ve been pulled back into my opiate of choice, watching both the USAC and the Truck races yesterday. Today its Bushe league, tomorrow the Big One. If I haven’t OD’ed by Monday, I’ll be back to pointing out the obscene miscarriages perpetrated by our paid off Reps and myopic media. Till then, we’re on our own, with a Repub foot on our necks, just the way they like it.

Oh yea, by the way, News of the Weird gives a real news story a different spin. Life sentence huh? No more yachting for you ey, Duke?

Luckily, I read Kirby first thing this morning, so I have a voice of some reason keeping my head from just exploding. Wow, that was close.

My bad, its next to News of the Weird in Nation in Brief.

Thanks Mell for this little heads up.


Cooler Heads Prevail

February 17, 2006

Jim Wallis has a chapter in God’s Politics called,”Protest Is

Good:Alternatives Are Better.”

I hope we’ve brought some alternitive thought to the blogosphere here in our beautiful state.

Thanks Sisyphus

Your Invited to the Party

February 16, 2006

Tea Party

Friday 17Feb06, Radisson Hotel, Downtown SLC. 1:30-3:00pm, OOh, just hit the first Link. Its All there.

What we’d like to know is, what’s happening while we’re spending so much time wrestling the shot gun away from ultra super secret tricky Dick?


Thanks for the pic.

Flying Desks

February 15, 2006

Air Force 2

We used to know an Air Force Major who’d been an ace in Nam. Back in the early 80s He said,” Never work for an Air Force Officer who flies a desk.”

Do you see any wisdom in that?

Then we found a ray of hope.

Thanks for the pic.

Act Now

February 14, 2006

On The RoadOn The RoadMatt and Tyler on the Beach 2001Our workMore WorkMore

I’m going to have to go back to work soon, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still get together sometimes to discuss our world and the changes being made.

Here’s a list of things we can do, think about, and play with.

See ya on the next one, Clint.

Minimum Wage Increase

And finally,Happy Valentine’s Day. And good luck Mayor Coroon.

Minimum Wage Increase

February 14, 2006

Thanks Cory, always happy to help.


Contacts: George Neckel, Utah Jobs with Justice. (801) 606-2074

Corey Hilton, Organizer, IBEW Local 354. (801) 319-3144

Dan Belnap, Utahns Against Hunger. (801) 328-2561


Low income workers to testify on economic hardship

Salt Lake City, UT. Tuesday, February 14, 2006. Low-wage Utah workers will present testimony before a Workers Rights Board on February 17 on the need for an increase in the State’s minimum wage. The workers will describe their efforts to support their families on less than $7.00 an hour. Utah’s current minimum wage is $5.15 an hour, the same as the federal minimum, which has not been increased in more than eight years. This provides an annual income of only $10,700 for a full-time worker.

Among those testifying will be a receptionist for the United States Forest Service, a fast-food worker struggling to provide for her three children and an oil company worker supporting a developmentally disabled son with substantial medical bills. In addition, the Board will hear expert testimony from economist Dr. Sarah Wilhelm, of Voices for Utah Children.

The testimony will be heard by a panel drawn from the Workers Rights Board of Utah Jobs with Justice. The panel includes Cathy Hoskins, Executive Director of Salt Lake Community Action Program; Salt Lake County Council member Joe Hatch; Glen Bailey, Executive Director of Crossroads Urban Center; and Dee Rowland, Director of the Peace and Justice Commission of the Catholic Diocese. Robert “Archie” Archuleta, Chair of Utah Coalition of La Raza and former Administrator of Minority Affairs under Mayor Rocky Anderson, will moderate the panel.

The hearing is part of the Citizens’ Day at the Legislature, organized by Utah Issues. Legislation introduced by Sen. Ed Mayne would increase Utah’s minimum wage to $7.00 an hour. A full-time worker would need to earn $7.74 an hour to meet the federal poverty line for a family of three.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that 19,000 Utahns are working at or below minimum wage. The real value of the minimum wage is near its lowest point in 50 years. If the minimum wage in 2005 was worth what it was in 1968, it would be $8.88 an hour. And if it had gone up at the same rate as average CEO pay in the 1990s, the minimum wage would today be almost $45 an hour.


Nationwide, fourteen states have raised their state minimum wage above the federal minimum, ranging up to $7.65 an hour in Washington. The city of Santa Fe, New Mexico has set minimum wage at $9.80 an hour.

Utah Jobs with Justice is a coalition of 18 labor, community and faith organizations working for economic justice. The Workers Rights Board is a project of Utah Jobs with Justice that unites community, religious and business leaders to enhance and ensure the democratic rights of all workers.

The hearing, which is open to the public, will be held Friday, February 17th from 1:30 – 3:00 pm at the Radisson Hotel Downtown, 215 South Temple, Parleys Rooms 1 and 2.

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PO Box 3151

Salt Lake City, UT 84110

801.606.2074 fax 801.328.2564

Great Job

February 13, 2006

Kirby Nails it.

And another little something thats been bothering us lately.

A special thank you James MacMurtry and the Heartless Bastards. It was a great show, but I didn’t see the Elephant.
James and Timthanks Ryan for the pic.

And last, but in no way least, Reddhead gives the farm report.