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Strange Aircraft Activity Observed In Southern Utah

I live in the small Southwest Utah City of St. George. While out for my daily afternoon walk today I observed a low flying aircraft flying in a clockwise rotation that took about five minutes to complete one revolution. This activity was first observed about one hour before dark and continued until dark when the aircraft flew off and disappeared. The only airport around here is a small facility with a half dozen daily commercial flights to and from Salt Lake City, so this activity was non-typical for this area. When I arrived home after my thirty minute walk, I observed the aircraft through my binoculars and determined that it was a Lockheed C-130 and probably an AC-130 Gunship.

It felt kind of weird for me to observe what was going on. I am a Vietnam Era Veteran and my neighbor is a Marine who was a door gunner on Huey's in Vietnam. He saw the plane also but didn't really know what it was doing at the time. Everyone else seemed to be oblivious to the activity.

Does anyone here on DU have any direct knowledge or experience with how these crews train and calibrate their equipment? Is this normal military activity or is there something else going on?

Children hurt when parade cannon malfunctions in Orem (Utah)

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

Three children were hurt after a cannon malfunctioned at the Orem Summerfest parade.

A Civil War reenactment group fired a cannon on 800 East, just south of Center Street, at the beginning of the parade. When the cannon went off, a spark landed on "a large pouch that contained additional charges for the cannon," according to an Orem Police news release.

Read more: http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58069425-78/cannon-parade-orem-twitter.html.csp



Having worked around and with explosives for much of my career, I just don't understand why such utter incompetence is allowed to flourish and thrive in the name of patriotism and flag waving. BATF needs to get involved and investigate this incident.

Religion is Pathological

Most of the national and local media enable and encourage religious buffoonery by publicizing and promoting their outrageous behavior and selling it for profit as legitimate news. Ted Cruz is a clever con artist and snake oil salesman who has found his sweet spot amongst ignorant, gullible evangelical tea-baggers. The dumbing down of our education system is playing into the hands of America's Taliban. Critical Thinking is frowned upon and obedience to Corporate authority is promoted. The separation of Church and State is the most important founding principal of the United States and now more than ever we need to embrace and encourage that ideal before the religio-fascists destroy the Country and remake it in their own twisted image.

Mormon owned KSL TV refuses to air gay themed sitcom "The New Normal"

Source: Salt Lake Tribune

NBC’s "The New Normal" won’t air on KSL this fall. The prospect of two gay men having a baby proved too much for the LDS Church-owned station.

"From time to time we may struggle with content that crosses the line in one area or another," said Jeff Simpson, CEO of KSL’s parent company, Bonneville International. "The dialogue might be excessively rude and crude. The scenes may be too explicit or the characterizations might seem offensive."


Read more: http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/54759750-80/ksl-nbc-normal-gay.html.csp



This is the business arm of the homophobic cult of mormonism that Mitt Romney and thousands of others contribute billions of dollars in tithing to every year. We need to send a strong message in November that this pathetic Cult and the Republican Party are on the wrong side of history. The cult also needs to lose their religious tax exemption for their past political activity.
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