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Body of MAJ Brent Taylor, Utah mayor killed in Afghanistan, returns to US

The body of Utah mayor and Army National Guard major Brent Taylor arrived in the United States on Election Day — a somber homecoming his widow called “fitting.” Taylor, who was shot and killed in an insider attack in Afghanistan on Saturday, had only days earlier praised the Afghan people who fearlessly filled up polling stations during that country’s parliamentary elections and also exhorted Americans to vote in Tuesday’s midterm elections. “It seems only fitting that Brent, who in death represents so much more, has come home to U.S. soil in a flag-draped casket on our Election Day,” Jennie Taylor said during an eloquent address in which she memorialized the ultimate sacrifice made by her husband. “The price of freedom surely feels incredibly high to those of us who know and love our individual soldier. The value of freedom is immeasurable to those who love American and all she represents.” Jennie ended her remarks by echoing Brent Taylor’s call to cast a ballot. “Brent himself put it best just days ago when he implored of us all, ‘I hope everyone back home exercises their precious right to vote and whether the Republicans or Democrats win I hope that we all remember that we have far more as Americans that unites us than divides us,” she said. Military officials said the 39-year-old North Ogden mayor was killed in Kabul by an Afghan commando he was training. The assailant was then killed by Afghan forces. Taylor is the eighth American killed in action in Afghanistan this year. Maj. Taylor had been expecting to return as Mayor Taylor in January. Aside from his wife, Taylor leaves behind seven children, ranging from 11 months old to 13 years old. “To say that our hearts are anything less than shattered would be nothing short of true deceit and yet to deny the sacred honor that it is to stand that close to some of the freshest blood that has been spilt for our country would be absolute blasphemy,” Jennie said. Following news of Taylor’s death, condolences poured in from far and wide. One of the letters was written by Maj. Abdul Rahman Rahmani, an Afghan Army Aviation pilot. Rahmani tweeted the letter, which he addressed to Jennie, saying he was a “better person” after meeting Taylor. “He died on our soil but he died for the success of freedom and democracy in both of our countries,” Rahmani wrote. Taylor, a military intelligence officer with Joint Force Headquarters, served two tours in Iraq and was on his second tour in Afghanistan.

As a former Military Intelligence Army (“field grade”) officer who also served in Afghanistan, this story really hits home on a personal level.  Our prayers are with Jennie and her kids during this heartbreaking time.  And, our thanks to Brent for his service and ultimate sacrifice.  For more, click on the text above.

American flag destroyed, replaced with ‘ISIS flag’ at Utah high school

An American flag at a high school in Southwest Utah was found destroyed and replaced with an ISIS flag Thursday, Fox 13 reported. An unknown perpetrator had taken down the flag at Hurricane High School, which is in the Washington County School District, and replaced it with “what looked like a flag used by ISIS,” police said. The American flag was left shredded at the scene. The words “ISIS is COMI” had been spray-painted on a wall on the school’s east side, KUTV reported. Ken Thompson, a spokesman for Hurricane Police department, said authorities don’t know if the perpetrator was a student or someone from outside the community. “Officers have received tips this morning and they’re following those leads and so far they haven’t generated a credible lead but tips can help us out a lot,” he said. Hurricane Police sent additional officers to the school Thursday to reassure students and faculty of their safety. Classes resumed normally on Thursday and will reportedly continue through Friday. Authorities released a statement saying school employees have replaced the “ISIS flag” with a new American flag, and removed the graffiti. Images of the ISIS flag were then sent to the FBI for analysis. “[B]ased on information we received from the FBI we do not believe this act was perpetrated by someone linked to the Islamic State,” Hurricane PD said in a statement. “This investigation is ongoing and investigators will continue to follow-up on leads.”

Hopefully they are able to identify the piece(s) of garbage who did this, arrest them and appropriately charge them.  Awful…

Trump moves to ‘reverse federal overreach,’ cuts down Bears Ears, Grand Staircase monuments

Saying it was his duty to “reverse federal overreach” by both the Obama and Clinton administrations, President Trump on Monday signed two proclamations to pare down and carve up both the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments in Utah. At a speech in Salt Lake City, Mr. Trump said previous presidents have greatly abused their power under the century-old Antiquities Act, and stretched the law past its limits in cordoning off millions of acres of land and placing them under government control. “Some people think the natural resources of Utah should be controlled by a small handful of very distant bureaucrats located in Washington. And guess what? They’re wrong,” the president said to a supportive crowd that chanted “Four more years” immediately after his address. The president’s long-awaited actions — the final result of a review of nearly two dozen national monuments undertaken by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke earlier this year — were immediately decried by environmentalists and Democrats who threatened to sue the White House. The legal fight over a president’s authority to chop up national monuments is expected to last for years, and courts have never ruled on the full extent of an executive’s authority in that regard. Mr. Trump didn’t address to the legality of his action, instead saying the decision simply came down to giving land control back to the people. “The families of communities of Utah know and love this land the best and you know best how to take care of your land. You know how to protect it,” he said. “They don’t know your land and truly they don’t care for your land like you do.” Mr. Trump’s proclamations will dramatically shrink both monuments. The Bears Ears National Monument, created by former President Obama in 2016, will be cut from a single 1.35 million-acre monument to three separate sites encompassing roughly 220,000 acres. The sprawling 1.9 million-acre Grand Staircase-Escalante site, a highly controversial monument birthed by President Clinton in 1996, will see its acreage cut in half. The remaining 1 million acres will be divided up into three separate monuments, the White House said. In both cases, the monument designations shut off huge areas of land to energy exploration, some types of recreation, and other activities. At Grand Staircase, the change will allow access to a major coal mine. At Bears Ears, uranium mines likely will now be able to be tapped. The reductions have long been a policy goal of Sen. Orrin Hatch, Utah Republican, and other lawmakers who saw the Trump administration as a golden opportunity to finally reverse egregious federal land grabs. Supporters of Mr. Trump’s actions say they’re the beginning of true reform of how national monuments are created and managed. “These new proclamations are a first step towards protecting identified antiquities without disenfranchising the local people who work and manage these areas,” said Rep. Rob Bishop, Utah Republican and chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee. “The next steps will be to move beyond symbolic gestures of protection and create substantive protections and enforcement and codify in law a meaningful management role for local governments, tribes and other stakeholders.”

Gun-toting owners at Utah eatery show support for Second Amendment

When patrons stroll into Utah’s Sea Bears Ogden Fish House they typically have one of two questions, co-owner Tony Siebers said: What’s with the kilt or what’s with the guns? That’s because the restaurant workers – Tony, his wife and co-owner, Monika, and their four children – wear kilts around their waists and guns on their hips, KSL reported. The symbols are nods to the Scottish fare and the family’s stance as staunch supporters of the right to bear arms. “We’re big supporters of open carry and the Second Amendment,” Tony, 46, told FoxNews.com during a busy lunch rush on Monday. “Out here in the West it’s a little more common.” Tony said the business hasn’t had any issues with customers that may be uncomfortable around guns. And, more often than not, he said the customers are carrying, too. “People continually come up to the counter and say, ‘Hey, I like that you carry and I’ve got my concealed license and I’m carrying, too,'” he said. “It’s all been positive dialogue because we have like-minded people who really support the Second Amendment and support open- or concealed-carry.” The family first decided to bring guns into the business about a year ago to ward off any would-be criminals while the Siebers counted their money after closing or restocked supplies. But while they were waiting for concealed-carry permits to be approved, Monika began openly carrying, according to The Standard-Examiner. Tony wears either an EAA revolver or SCCY 9-mm. and his 22-year-old twin sons Collin and Chase both favor .357 Magnums. Monika carries a Smith & Wesson M&P 9-mm. in her holster. The couple’s other children, son Austin, 19, and daughter Toli, 14, don’t carry. Tony told FoxNews.com none of his family has ever had to use their weapon and he’s had no problems with customers who carry, either. “Never ever,” he said. “And like I said, it’s not those people you worry about. They use it for protection only.” Sea Bears got its distinctive nickname due to the couple’s three boys, as “Siebers” turned into the playful “Sea Bears.” “When they were growing up, their friends gave them a nickname,” Tony told KUTV. “They said, ‘Oh, the sea bears are here.’ That’s where the name came from.” The restaurant opened two years ago in Ogden, a city of about 85,000 people that sits around 10 miles east of the Great Salt Lake. The menu mostly boasts Monika’s creations, but the fish and chips is the eatery’s staple item. “We’ve been in this location for two years and this location has been really good to us,” Tony told KUTV. “It keeps getting better and better.”

Porn a public health crisis? Utah state senator thinks so

Is pornography causing a public health crisis in Utah? State Senator Todd Weiler thinks it is. The Republican lawmaker introduced a resolution Friday that “recognizes the need for education, prevention, research, and policy change at the community and societal level in order to address the pornography epidemic that is harming the citizens of Utah and the nation.” Utah has one of the nation’s highest rates of porn use, according to a 2009 Harvard Business School study. “I’m being mocked by the media about this but it is affecting people’s lives and families,” Weiler told FOX411. “This is not a Mormon thing, a Utah thing. This is not a conservative thing. It’s based on science. Not all scientists will agree on this, but scientists don’t agree on everything.” The divorce lawyer turned politician said he’s not trying to impose morals on anyone but simply making people aware of porn’s perils. “Like in the 1950s, people said tobacco wasn’t addictive and now we know it is. I think that porn is similar to tobacco back in the 50s,” he said. “Porn is being found to be addictive and damaging.” “The resolution is a warning telling us to be careful. I’ve been a divorce attorney for 20 years and it contributes to a lot of divorces in Utah,” Sen. Weiler cautioned. “It undermines relationships and families. I’m not trying to ban pornography. I know it’s not illegal. Not everyone who looks at pornography is going to get addicted, but a lot of people don’t realize it can have that impact.” Jeremy Boberg, sexual addiction specialist and founder of Utah Addiction Centers, agrees that pornography addiction is a big problem in his state. “Eighty-five to 90 percent of my clients that come in annually have a sexual addiction or compulsion. For the first time in the human race, you can make love to your computer, smartphone, or tablet anytime, anywhere, and the human brain was not designed for this,” he said. “It’s cocaine on steroids. It’s touch deprivation, so you don’t need to go to your spouse or your significant other for that connection, which is paramount to cultivating relationships.”

 

‘Where White People Meet’ dating site billboard turning heads in Utah

Utah – A billboard for a dating website along SR 201 in West Valley City is getting a bit of attention, with many Utahns saying the website it advertises represents outdated thinking. The giant ad for WhereWhitePeopleMeet.com, between 5600 W. and 7200 S., is turning heads and leaving residents with many unanswered questions. A FOX 13 viewer who wanted to remain anonymous voiced concerns about the dating service that, according to its website, has a main office in North Salt Lake. Several Utahns spoke with FOX 13 News about their take on the billboard. “I just don’t think it’s the way to teach our kids to love all when you see billboards like that,” Kim Gilbert said. Michelle Dessau said she thinks the billboard represents exclusionary views. “I just feel we should be past that whole mindset of staying within our own race and segregation pretty much,” Dessau said. Kayla Lemmon said she is opposed to the idea of dating sites aimed at a single race. “I have a lot of friends who are biracial couples and they’re in love and they’re happy,” she said. “I don’t think we should have a dating site with only one race. I think it excludes someone who could be your soul mate and is a different color than you.”

And the beauty of that is that there are sites for that as well!  God bless capitalism and choices!!    There is something for everyone!  When I first read this article, I remember shrugging my shoulders and thinking, “and? So?  What’s the point?”  Of course this story is in keeping with the racial template of the dominantly liberal mainstream media.  So, they’re the one’s making a big deal out of it, and playing the race card.  But, here is an interesting question…  How come they didn’t make a similar big deal out of the commercials on TV this past NFL season for:  blackpeoplemeet.com   HMMMM???!!??  Remember those?  I do.  And believe me, there are tons of other online dating sites for black people as well.  Just do a little Googling if you doubt.  Again, those ads ran on TELEVISION during the middle of NFL games which were broadcast to a national audience!!  And, yet NOBODY in the liberal media said, “That’s not very open minded.”  or.. that’s “outdated thinking.”  Of course not!  That would run counter to their racial agenda…which includes the position that only white people can be racist.  And, that’s the bottom line.  One thing we like to do here at The Daily Buzz is illustrate hypocrisy.  And, this is one of those textbook examples of how the dominantly liberal mainstream media plays the race card when it suits their agenda and fits their narrative.  But, when doesn’t, and they’re called on it as we’re doing here, they’re silent.  Typical..   Let’s be clear… There is nothing wrong with this billboard, or the site it’s promoting…anymore than it is for the blackpeoplemeet.com web site to exist.   We’ve reached out to the two authors of this article for comment, and have thus far not received a response…not that we’re surprised.

Six Black Men Attack White Man Over Confederate Decal on Pickup, Possible Hate Crime

SALT LAKE CITY — A fight outside a Salt Lake City hotel early Sunday morning could possibly be investigated as a hate crime, authorities said Monday. Cell phone video captured a black man throw a punch at a Caucasian man who knocked him out. The fight was over an argument about a Confederate Flag decal on a truck parked at the Red Lion Hotel. The truck belonged to Kelly Leeper’s friend. Leeper was in town for the Garth Brooks concert. On Sunday, he said looked out the window of his room at the Red Lion and saw a group of black men near his friend’s truck. In the back of the truck, Leeper said there was $50,000 worth of welding equipment. There was also a Confederate Flag decal on the side. “The point is it’s my right to drive what any kind of vehicle I want. If I want to fly the Confederate Flag, it’s my right,” Leeper said. Leeper went to the parking lot with his friend and confronted the group. That’s when the fight turned violent. In one fast and powerful punch, Leeper’s friend was knocked out. A scuffle ensued and Leeper was taken down by a group of six men. “I’ll be damned if I ever come to Salt Lake again without bringing my gun,” Leeper said. The fight was captured on cell phone video. The video has been turned over to Salt Lake City Police. Someone at the scene also wrote down a partial plate number of the vehicle the suspects’ drove away in. “Somebody thought to get a plate number as well and that’s really going to help in this case. I think we’ll probably be able to track down that vehicle,” said Sgt. Robin Heiden, spokeswoman for Salt Lake City Police Department. It is only a partial plate number and it comes from a temporary Utah license tag. The car is described as a silver two-door car with the partial plate 9-7-S-20. Leeper said the fight turned racial.

Gee…ya’ think?  Hopefully the authorities will catch these animals, arrest them, and then the SLC DA can charge them for this obviously racially-motivated assault.  We’re not big on the whole so-called “hate-crime” thing here at The Daily Buzz, because you have to prove you know what they were thinking when they committed the crime in question.  But, c’mon.. This is a slam dunk.  To see some photos, and the cell phone video of the assault, click on the text above.