"Numerous politicians have seized absolute power and muzzled the press. Never in history has the press seized absolute power and muzzled the politicians." - David Brinkley Utah State Representative Mike Noel (R-Kanab) recently spoke at an LDS (Church of the Latter Day Saints) conference castigating those people who would file lawsuits against Utah's chemical company polluters. Mr. Noel told his Mormon audience that he would sponsor frivolous litigation legislation to punish such individuals. This should be no surprise considering the fact that Utah's state motto is simply a single word: "Industry".
Three other states have one word mottos. Rhode Island's is "Hope". OK, that's awe-inspiring. Wisconsin's is "Onward". OK, both virtuous ideals. And then there is Texas, "Friendship". Well, not to JFK and the 478 individuals who have been executed since 1982, but it is home to the Dallas Cowboys who were quite generous to the New York Giants on New Year's Day, so I should not complain.
The people executed in Texas had committed murder. Some might make the same argument for the New York Giants, whose underdog upset victories over the Jets, Cowboys, Falcons, 49ers, Packers, and New England Patriots destroyed many a non-New York football fan.
Most state mottos inspire, such as New Hampshire's "Live Free or Die" or Iowa's "Our Liberties We Prize and Our Rights We Will Maintain."
But Industry? That might be inspiring to Monsanto or Dow Chemical, but as a state motto, I find it lacking.
In the past, Representative Noel has shown himself to be an ardent environmentalist by sponsoring legislation to sell hunting permits for bighorn sheep on state parklands in order to generate income.
What is Mr. Noel up to these days? Last week, he supported a bill that would send (his words)"animal-rights terrorists" to prison should these vile creatures dare to shoot films of animal torture on farms without permission. Who might you imagine is going to give permission to animal rights people to record illegal operations of animal abuse?
Certainly not Mike Noel, who also just happens to be a Utah cattle rancher and dairy farmer.
In voting for this legislation, Noel remarked,
"This is not about animals. This is a group of people who want to put us out of business. Make no mistake about it. We certainly don't want some jackwagon coming in and taking pictures of them."
From UrbanDictionary.com: Jackwagon - "a crybaby loser pussy-type who needs to grow some cajones and start acting like a man"
Taking pictures of who and what, Mike? The lawbreakers? No, of course not. Exposing lawbreakers is...er... un-American and most certainly is anti-industry! Where is Upton Sinclair when we need him? Whistleblowers deserve to be severely punished. On Friday February 24, 2012, the Utah House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved HB-187 which will discipline such animal rights terrorists with extreme prejudice.
The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)and the Humane Society (HSUS) will find a lack of Big Love in the Beehive state.
The Bill's sponsor, John Mathis (R-Vernal), is a veterinarian and farmer. He had these unkind words for PETA:
"They (PETA) raise millions of dollars for slick ads and propaganda" calling them "animal-rights terrorists" during a committee meeting.
So where can one find this Church of the Latter Day Aints? It is otherwise known as the Church of the Holier Than Thou Morons, or the Utah State Legislature.