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It’s that time of year when we (and I’m assuming that if you read my stuff, this applies to you) all lose a few friends due to political conversations. Choosing between the lesser of two evils is dicey stuff. Only the most loving or ambivalent of friendships withstand the test.
Good thing we have Gary Johnson & Bill Weld to save the day!
Worst case scenario, your friends will think you are overly optimistic for supporting the Libertarian candidates. That’s an indictment I will happily live with.
Governors Johnson and Weld came to Salt Lake City on 6 Aug for a rally at the University of Utah. We had an awesome turnout, a roaring crowd of 1500 people along with coverage from every news outlet in town. I had the privilege of photographing the event and participating in the press conference beforehand. The podcast episode attached to this post contains the audio from the press conference. Senator Mark Madsen (newly minted Libertarian, having recently left the Republican Party), joined Johnson & Weld for the media Q&A.
Gary Johnson and Bill Weld are well known for their ability to “reach across the isle”. Their political careers provide the evidence; I’m now beginning to see the mechanism behind it. They don’t spend time talking negatively about thier opponents. They understand that words have power, and choose to focus that power on THEIR ideas, principles, and plans. Not only that, they come to every conversation with an understanding that most of us have more in common than we realize. When you begin a political conversation by recognizing and discussing the points you have in common, it sets the stage for a truly open minded exchange where differing points of view may be considered. “Debate” is nearly useless as a tool for convincing people. How many times has your mind been changed because someone proved to you how wrong you are? That’s what I thought. 😉 A couple of thoughts from the unofficial Gary Johnson / Bill Weld playbook of sharing Libertarianism:
90% of the time, I’m the one asking the questions. Chris Holifield, host of I Am Salt Lake podcast, did the asking this time, and I did the answering. We talked about my mailman years, why doing stand up comedy is better than any drug, and how my wardrobe came to include nylons & heels.
Former Utah Legislator Jackie Biskupski visited the studio today to discuss her bid for the Salt Lake City Mayor Office. We talked transit, Mayor Becker’s handling (or lack) of the sexual harassment case in the SLC Police Department and the resulting departure of Chief Burbank, being Utah’s first openly gay elected official, and whether or not we are ready to have nice things.
Judge Napolitano: How to get fired from Fox Business in under 5 mins:
It’s Group Therapy Wednesday with Scott Carter from Salt City Counselling and Consultation. Today’s topic is sexual predation. Scott is an expert in working with troubled teens, who so often are plagued by this pernicious social cancer. Sexual abuse and conversations about it have been so hard to have in the past. We endeavor to shed some light on it and ecourage a more open dialogue about this problem that affects such a huge portion of society. If you, or someone you love needs help dealing with the effects of sexual predation, give Scott a call for a free consultation.
Links referred to during the show:
Thoughts. Ideas. Weirdness from my brain, delivered into your mailbox: In your mail box:
On today’s show, former SLC Mayor Rocky Anderson joined us to discuss an important lawsuit that he’s involved with. Anderson is part of a legal team that is suing the Commission on Presidential Debates in an antitrust lawsuit that sees to dismantle the Commission and return Presidential Debates to the open forum they were meant to be. If they win this lawsuit, this will have massive effects in the political landscape of America, making it possible for 3rd party candidates to get a fair shot in the debates, and thus, the polls. Please consider supporting the legal fund for this important battle. Learn more and support the cause at www.fairdebates.com
Where do presidential debates come from? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commission_on_Presidential_Debates
But seriously – Mayor Anderson gave us a great primer on the history of presidential debates, where they went wrong, and what he’s doing to fix it. Give the show a listen! Earlier in the show, I spent some time talking about Edward Snowden and NSA spying. Check out these stories of the NSA spying on all communications from everyone in the SLC area during the 2002 Olympics. If you lived here during that time, all of your emails, texts, calls, have been recorded:
Here’s the John Oliver video I played and promised. Spoiler alert: includes real Russians, patriotic “truck nuts”, and John Oliver delivering the best interview of Edward Snowden known to mankind.
On 28 March 2015, I had the opportunity to present an awesome lineup to my audience in a private edition of The Paul Duane Show. The evening consisted of the always brilliant comedy of Levi Rounds, an informative segment from henna artist AJ Rasmussen – and then the walking canvas of AJ’s work, the infamous Kendra Sunderland.
For those that don’t know the story behind the meteoric fame of “The Library Girl”, here it is in a nutshell:
Sunderland, a freshman at Oregon State University, was dabbling in the world of webcam modeling. For the uninitiated: a model, such as Sunderland, will engage in a video chat session with a viewer / customer. The viewer will request the model to do various provocative things on camera. The more daring, the more they have to pay to see it happen. Think of it as a web enabled peep-show. Kendra was performing a webcam show in the library at Oregon State. Though she had several close calls, her 30 minute webcam session went undetected. Until a short time later, that is. She began getting unexpected attention on social media and soon discovered that the video had been leaked, shared, and proliferated. It wasn’t long before the video found it’s way into the hands of university administrators, police, and ultimately, the media. Between the efforts of the police, and the resulting media reports, Kendra Sunderland has become an overnight sensation in the adult entertainment world.
I had the opportunity to have Kendra live, in the studio, for a show. We had a full house of Salt Lake City’s most beautiful, and most interesting people. Check out the photo gallery below. After having spent the day with Kendra prior to the show and having extensive conversations with her, I am left to wonder: Who did the best job of leveraging the higher education system for the purpose of starting a career: Kendra, or the rest of the students there who will graduate drowning in school debt with a degree that probably won’t lead to any lucrative job prospects?
Many thanks to the Photo Collective Studios, Five Wives Vodka, and Bohemian Brewery for making the event possible. Giving some LOVE to : Venue: Photo Collective Studios | refreshments by Five Wives Vodka and Bohemian Brewery | custom suit by H.M. Cole | hosiery by Cecila de Rafael |
Prior to the show, Kendra joined me in the studio for a gorgeous photo shoot. You can see those images here. (NSFW)
On any given night, follow Jonathan King’s Instagram and Facebook feed, and you’ll see Mr. King seemingly simultaneously appearing in 4 different places at the same time. He explains how one can get involved and become a part of all the exciting things in the community.