Monthly Archives: February 2015

James Barker Shooting

Thoughts on the James Barker Shooting By Ken K. Gourdin The Salt Lake Tribune reports that the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office found the shooting of James Barker, who used a shovel to attack the officer who shot him, … Continue reading

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ISIS Threat Not Existential

Why Isn’t ISIS an Existential Threat? By Ken K. Gourdin National Security Adviser Susan Rice, in her delivery of the Obama Administration’s National Security Strategy, says that the threat posed by ISIS is “not existential.” Rice said, “While the dangers … Continue reading

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Days of Their Lives

The Saga of Kyle and Erin, aka “The Days of Their Lives” By Ken K. Gourdin The Salt Lake Tribune ran a story on the disclosure by City Council members Erin Mendenhall and Kyle La Malfa of their romantic relationship—a … Continue reading

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Dragnet and Adam-12

Dragnet & Adam-12: Dated? Sometimes Stilted? Yeah, But Also Timeless and, in Their Way, Cool By Ken K. Gourdin Dragnet and Adam-12 are not without their shortcomings. In some ways, they are less a reflection of genuine police work than … Continue reading

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Seeking Redemption

Beau Babka – Seeking Redemption: Thoughts on Losing and Regaining The Public’s Trust By Ken K. Gourdin The January 15, 2015 edition of the Deseret News has a feature story on former Cottonwood Heights Police Officer, former Salt Lake County … Continue reading

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Words Mean Things

Words Mean Things—Though Sometimes, It’s Hard to Figure Out Exactly What By Ken K. Gourdin The United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, which includes Utah in its jurisdiction, was faced with the prospect of untangling a mass of … Continue reading

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Reflections on mortality

Brief Reflections on My Own Mortality By Ken K. Gourdin I just returned from the memorial service of a longtime friend of mine and my family’s. I went to school with her for quite a few years. In keeping with … Continue reading

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Missing Persons

Will Someone Miss Me When I’m Gone? By Ken K. Gourdin This story in The Salt Lake Tribune, about the discovery of as-yet-unidentified skeletal human remains, caught my eye: http://www.sltrib.com/news/2150235-155/more-bones-surface-after-human-skull (last accessed February 6, 2015). I commented: I’m reasonably sure … Continue reading

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Axelrod account of concession call doubtful

Veracity of Axelrod recounting of Romney concession call to Obama seems doubtful By Ken K. Gourdin Garrett Jackson, adviser to 2012 Republican presidential nominee and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, disputes an account contained in the forthcoming memoir of former … Continue reading

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Selma and Civil Rights

Thoughts on the Civil Rights Movement in Light of the Recently Released Movie Selma By Ken K. Gourdin I recently saw the movie Selma, about the march the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. led from Selma to Montgomery, Ala. to … Continue reading

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