Some great local news items:
First: Along with a watered down version of the Hate Crimes bill, the SB19 Smoking Ban in Utah clubs and bars was passed today and will go into effect in 3 years! I ask... why so long?
Second: Totally Awesome Computers which is owned by loud mouth, gun waving, right wing nut-job "Super Dell" Shanze is going out of business! Salt Lake Tribune reports that he's basically gone insane, quoting him recently as saying, "All the media in Utah are liars and murderers . . . . I would not want to be in your shoes having caused this. You are agents of Satan and you need to repent."
The Tribune reports that among the myriad of strange and offensive behavior, he ridiculed American Indians with a TV ad about a fictional, notoriously stupid tribe called the "Shiffers," indicating anyone who did not buy a Totally Awesome computer had "Shiffer brains". He's been investigated by the IRS and is also now awaiting trial May 10 on charges he sped through a Draper neighborhood and pulled a 10mm handgun after being confronted by several angry residents. Schanze, who says he was defending himself and his 8-year-old daughter against "a gang of vigilantes," is charged with brandishing a weapon, reckless driving and lying to police.
Hopefully he'll still be able to keep his other business venture Totally Awesome Guns open so he can start a religious compound.