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SanChonino's Articles In Politics
October 27, 2008 by SanChonino
I read a thought-provoking article this morning from the Deseret News' incomparable John Florez (by far one of their best editorial writers - he's on the money quite often) explaining about the need for ethics reform in the state of Utah.

He makes some compelling arguments for ethics reform, and why it seems so distant. To quote from the article itself:

Any effort to introduce reform legislation each year gets killed and never sees the light of day. And those in power grab more each year....
October 20, 2008 by SanChonino
I thought that I had for sure locked my vote in. I was a true Nader fan. I was ready to go and cast my (useless) vote with pride.

Until I saw this campaign poster.

Ah, the only person who could possibly turn me away from a principled vote for Nader - the Man, the Myth, the Legend that is Bruce Campbell.

Surely this will be a landslide victory for the man from the cabin in the woods.

After all - Hail to the King, baby.
October 13, 2008 by SanChonino
My sister received an interesting e-mail earlier today which she forwarded to me, asking my opinion on what it said. While I was able to give her my response, I felt compelled to broaden it and re-post it in the name of honesty. To beg

in with, it's important to analyze the original message. While it will be difficult (since it is an embarrassing attempt at cogent writing - frankly, my five-year-old niece could do better) to re-post it, I'll do so in the name of full disclosure.

This wi...
October 11, 2008 by SanChonino
SNL hasn't kept me entertained for years. It's been at best mildly amusing, at worst a maudlin attempt at weak humor that fell flat on its face. That is, until this current season. It helps that they've been given so much fodder by the imbeciles running for national office in this country, but they've really been having serious success at the political satire this season. Tina Fey's Sarah Palin is on-the-spot incredible. And it's only gotten better.

-->But they both hit it out of the ba...
October 8, 2008 by SanChonino
I've been pondering the modern, twenty-first century version of politics for months now. (That's, of course, what happens when primaries and general elections are interminably long and arduous.) I've thought a lot about the ads, the debate tactics, the way that the system is set up, and various and sundry other concepts. Of course, it doesn't help that I've been on a hefty reading diet of politically charged books, papers, and blogs, but what can I say? I'm a politics junkie.

However, I'm...
October 1, 2008 by SanChonino
To those who read this:  this article was originally posted on my Blogspot blog, where I do the majority of my blogging these days.  But because Whip is so insistent that I stick around, I thought I'd give you all a taste of the urine and bile you're all missing out on over there.

So here goes.  Whatevs.

It seems that every election I'm confronted by the same situation. (And this is on almost every level - local, state, and national.) I'm given a slew of lackluster candida...
September 15, 2008 by SanChonino
Priceless Tina Fey impression of Sarah Palin - it's flawless.


Yeah, the Hillary Clinton stuff is really funny, too.  But Tina is Palin to a T.
April 22, 2008 by SanChonino
(Thanks to erathoniel, whose article inspired this.)

San Chonino would make the best president for three reasons.  He will get respect from foreign nations, he has all the necessary experience, and he will lead the nation through the turbulent times we face.


First:  San Chonino would make the best president because he will get respect from foreign nations.  Our opponents respect hotties, and he is pretty much the biggest hottie of them all.  Having an ol...
October 12, 2007 by SanChonino
September 26, 2007 by SanChonino
People always worry about Big Brother. They have that image fixed in their minds - the thick, dark mustache, the heavy brow, and the growling visage, overlooking everything. But I'm more and more convinced that a "Big Brother"-style government is a concept that will never have credence in the US, simply because we've been weaned on the idea that a government like that is bad. (Never mind the long conversation we could have about how Huxley's dystopic vision is the frightening future of the US...
July 19, 2006 by SanChonino
I've been thinking a lot lately about how I can change my life and make myself a better person. (I know, you may be thinking to yourself, “What the crap?” but I just want to make some changes.)

At any rate, I've been pondering why I argue and how I can debate more effectively. And it occurred to me – the problem is that, once I resort to name calling, any argument – no matter how important it might be – loses all validity once the mudslinging begins.

This is true of a lot of us, I fear. ...
February 8, 2006 by SanChonino
As I've already explained in the comments to my last blog, I was really mad when I wrote that post. Looking back at it twenty four hours later, I realize that I don't even agree with a lot of the things that I said in that post. Of course I don't support illegal immigration, and if I had taken half an hour to cool myself down and think about it before writing that, I could have saved some serious face.
It occurs to me that blogs written when under extreme emotional duress often go that way. ...