Utah Bloghive

A collection of political commentary from throughout the Beehive State.

The Vague Center

What If It's All Just Noise?

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It is possible that the GOP is nothing more than a noise making machine that...

Can Conservatism Save Us

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In the last two years, my mind has been dominated by the question: "Can Modern...

Perception Filters and Absolutism

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A guy is getting a large number of retweets with a banner saying:"With all this...

On Divergent Philosophies

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I see two distinct approaches to governance.The straightforward approach starts...

Conservatism and The Establishment

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A "conservative," by definition, is a person who prefers the established over...

The Party of Truth!?

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Many members of the GOP hold truth in esteem, while it is fashion for Democrats...

Conservatism v. Classical Liberalism

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In theory, the GOP includes an alliance between "classical liberals" and...

Another Interesting Excommunication

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Here is another interesting excommunication:Helmuth Hübener (1925-1942) was...

2014 United Nations Survey on E-Government

Dave Fletcher's Gov't and Tech Weblog
Last week, the UN published it's 2014 survey on e-government. I've been more...

I Did Not Have a Classical Liberal Education

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In past posts I've opined that the difference between classical and modern...

The Right to Self Definition

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This may come as a shock and appears to be unfair but most of the senior...

The September Six

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As expected, the founder of Ordain Women was excommunicated. The LDS Church...

People Don't Have to Listen

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There is no law nor moral imperative that says people must listen.A group...

The Elimination of Logic

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The US Founders had a Liberal Arts Education steeped in classical logic. They...

A Conservative Workers' Movement

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I finally broke down and read Mein Kempf this year. The book was as horrible as...

Which Liberalism?

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Yesterday I suggested that there is a way out of the poisonous left/right...

There is a Way Out

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The Left/Right split that dominates American politics was created by a...

Excommunication is Fundamental

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Kate Kelly, a Salt Lake City woman and force behind Ordain Women, is trying to...

The GOP as a Closed Bunker

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In 2009, the TEA Party (Taxed Enough Already) spoke about the ideals of the US...

Which Conservatism?

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This absurd Left/Right split is the most frustrating thing on the planet. The...

A Strange Thing Happened Several Decades Ago

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I live in Utah which is run by the LDS Church.Several decades ago a really...

DeCantoring the GOP

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This is interesting: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost to some Brat from...

Sacred Wilderness

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Here in the Western US, mountains are considered sacred wilderness. Most...

Photoshopping People Out of the Community

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First on the international front: A CONSERVATIVE family in Pakistan stoned to...

This is Conservatism. Is This Really What You Want?

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I've been asking the question: "Can Conservatism save America?"The answer is a...

Utah.gov 2014: More than meets the eye

Dave Fletcher's Gov't and Tech Weblog
Utah recently completed a significant upgrade to its portal, Utah.gov.  At...

Accenture Says US Dropping in Digital Government Performance

Dave Fletcher's Gov't and Tech Weblog
Accenture Digital Government Survey, 2014In their January 2014 study on digital...

2013 in Utah Government: Mobile Apps and Open Data

Dave Fletcher's Gov't and Tech Weblog
As I survey the landscape of digital government around the globe in 2013, there...

The Last 10 Years with Utah.gov

Dave Fletcher's Gov't and Tech Weblog
Ten years ago, there was no Facebook, no Twitter.  Tim O'Reilly had not...

Another Mobilegov Success Story

Dave Fletcher's Gov't and Tech Weblog
Last year, when the Utah Transit Authority made its real-time transit api...

Big Data in Utah

Dave Fletcher's Gov't and Tech Weblog
Big data is important, even in a small state like Utah.  Over the years,...

I'm Ready for the 5S

Dave Fletcher's Gov't and Tech Weblog
Yes, I am still using an iPhone 4. Personally, I don't like changing phones too...

Making Progress with Mobile

Dave Fletcher's Gov't and Tech Weblog
Although we still have a lot of work to do to enable the mobile citizen, we are...

Utah.gov 2013

Dave Fletcher's Gov't and Tech Weblog
We published the new Utah.gov portal last night and it looks like this:Probably...

Getting Ready for a Utah.gov Upgrade

Dave Fletcher's Gov't and Tech Weblog
In a few days, we will be introducing some new features on the state's digital...

Using Fusion Tables to Share Public Data

Dave Fletcher's Gov't and Tech Weblog
Google Fusion Tables is a great way to share public data.Here's a table with...

Mountain West Digital Library Anchors the National Public Library of America

Dave Fletcher's Gov't and Tech Weblog
The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) went live last week with much...

row for your life toward it

Shenpa Warrior
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Email to Sen. Urquhart -- Utah Reports Traffic Citations on the Criminal Database

Green Jello
Dear Steve U (my favorite legislator),I can't find your blog anymore, and...

On Gun Control

Green Jello
While I think we should consider limits on the kinds of weapons and ammunition...

Best of Digital Government in Utah 2012

Dave Fletcher's Gov't and Tech Weblog
Another year draws to a close and this blog is now over 10 years old. As you...

Analyzing Mobile Visitors to Utah.gov

Dave Fletcher's Gov't and Tech Weblog
ZTE ChorusIn the past 30 days, the Utah.gov portal...

The Efficiency of E-Government

Dave Fletcher's Gov't and Tech Weblog
We have always known that digital government saves money.  It also allows...

Thinking of New Online Services

Dave Fletcher's Gov't and Tech Weblog
Interactive digital government is falling behind.  Even though it seems...

The Phenomenal Success of Jobs.Utah.gov

Dave Fletcher's Gov't and Tech Weblog
In reviewing the metrics for the Utah.gov domain for 2011, not many things...

In WI we are having a “Chicago Tea Party” to protest Obama’s plans to tax us in to oblivion…would you attend?

Pursuit of Liberty
by sashamd Question: In WI we are having a “Chicago Tea Party” to...

Do we need an “Anti-Tea Party” or Tea Party reform?

Pursuit of Liberty
by Modern_Language_Center Question: Do we need an “Anti-Tea Party”...

Liberty`s Kids: #01 “The Boston Tea Party” (2/2)

Pursuit of Liberty
Liberty`s Kids Season 1 Episode 01 Part 2/2 “The Boston Tea...

President Ronald Reagan – Address on the Challenger Disaster

Pursuit of Liberty
View the full speech here: millercenter.org An address to the nation...

“Defending the Tea Party Against Sen. John Kerry”

Pursuit of Liberty
Fox and Friends August 8th

Ronald Reagan Sings Eureka College Alma Mater at GWU, 1991

Pursuit of Liberty
In this remarkable and rare video from the special collections of...

The Tea Party Goes to Washington: Rand Paul on the intellectual bankruptcy of both major parties

Pursuit of Liberty
Rand Paul (R-Ky.) took an unusual path to his seat in the United...

Tea Party Leaders Cite Member “Concern” about Speaker Boehner’s Leadership

Pursuit of Liberty
Complete video at: fora.tv Tea Party Patriots co-founders Mark...

Ron Paul has a Ronald Reagan Moment

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When badgered with the age question at a CNN presidential debate,...

Mad Tea Party, Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World HD (1080p)

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Mad Tea Party within Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World May 2011 in...

Utah.gov 2012: Built on Data

Dave Fletcher's Gov't and Tech Weblog
Today, we introduce a major change to the state of Utah portal, Utah.gov....

More on the Internet of Things and Government

Dave Fletcher's Gov't and Tech Weblog
You may not know this, but April 9th is Global Internet of Things Day.In...

United Nations E-Government Survey 2012

Dave Fletcher's Gov't and Tech Weblog
I downloaded the 2012 UEN eGovernment Report to iBooks while in the elevator on...

Setting the Agenda for 2012 and Beyond

Dave Fletcher's Gov't and Tech Weblog
I'm looking at the Federal agenda for 2012 as set out a few weeks ago by...

Best of Digital Government in Utah 2011

Dave Fletcher's Gov't and Tech Weblog
It's time to move on to 2012 and it's now been ten years since I started...

Connecting the Data Dots

Dave Fletcher's Gov't and Tech Weblog
In our latest Utah Architecture Review Board meeting, we recommended moving...

Another Great Mobile App

Dave Fletcher's Gov't and Tech Weblog
A couple of years ago, the Utah Department of Transportation created a new...

2012 -- Flat Tax Proposals

Green Jello
The GOP presidential hopefuls are in the thick of taking up conservative causes...

Huntsman: Even the Rich Should Sacrifice.

Green Jello
The ever scrappy son of Utah's richest man Jon M Huntsman Jr. says if he is...

Of Lucky Ducks

Green Jello
Many of the GOP presidential wannabes are going at a new approach to raising...

It's been a while......

Green Jello
I have been wanting to come and write for some time, but caring for two...

2011 Legislative Session (Week 6 Udpate)

Lincoln's Legislative bLOG
Well, the week six may be redundant for all of you who are actively following...

2011 Legislative Session (Week 5 Udpate)

Lincoln's Legislative bLOG
Week 5 UpdateUtah League of Cities and TownsWhile week five was fairly...

2011 Session -- Week Four

Lincoln's Legislative bLOG
Week 4 Update2011 Utah Legislative SessionWeek 4 proved to be a great week for...

2011 Session -- Week Three

Lincoln's Legislative bLOG
Alcohol:With Valentine’s Day upon us, it was only appropriate that Sen....