Smashing Ikons

A project of Ethel C. Hale and W. Paul Wharton

Salt Lake City, Utah - U.S.A.

April 23, 2016

In Memoriam, Ethel C. Hale


July 28, 2016
 


Paulís introductory comments:

We have set out to smash ikons. ďIkonĒ is an older spelling of ďiconĒ. We use the word in an older sense, too: ďan object of uncritical devotion ... a traditional belief or idealĒ - according to Merriam-Websterís Third International Dictionary (unabridged) © 1961 and 1981.

The ikons I have in mind are the suppositions that underlie social, political, and religious lives in these United States.

I do not suppose that my ideas donít appear anywhere else or havenít been thought by others - but I hope that what I write will startle and challenge readers enough that they will think.

I attach my name to what I write, claiming authorship. Readers are welcome to copy and use whatever they find to be worthwhile. Do so accurately and credit me.

W. Paul Wharton, 2006


Ethelís Introduction

Any and all sociopolitical commentaries that appear above my signature alone are my opinion and mine only.

There are no new ideas but I hope applications will be fresh. It is my intention to be informative in some entries, but mainly I hope to offer analysis and provocative opinion.

Copyright is inherent in any creative work; declaration and registration are for documentation and convenience. Any person or entity may use any writing above my signature on this Web Page, ďSmashingIkonsĒ, provided its use is intended to be accurate and honest, and is credited to my name. I may declare exceptions to this permission, individually, on some writings.

Ethel C. Hale, 2006


Table of Contents (click on the title-links)

Please note: In this Table of Contents, new entries are placed at the top.

July 28, 2016

2016:

345 Medical Choice paulís words

344 Biased Judges paul
ís words

 


343 Daniel Berrigan paulís words



 Contents prior to 2016--
 

2015:

342 SILVER TREE ethelís words

 

 


2014:

341 Proving Citizenship paulís words

340 Housework ethelís words

 


339 Leaves of Love ethelís words


338 Same Sex Marriage in Utah paulís words


 

 

2013:

337 Late September, 2013 ethelís words

336 Halloweíen 2013 words by ethel and paul

335 The Un-Paradise Tree words by ethel & paul

334 Trayvon Martin words by ethel & paul

333 Smoking Again ethelís words

332 Fifty Years ethelís words




331 FDRís Trees ethelís words

330 Who Has a Gun? ethelís words

329 Dragonfly ethelís words

328 Butterfly ethelís words

327 Tachycardia ethelís words



 


 

2012:

326 Elections ethelís words

325 Churro Sheep ethelís words

324 A Purple Cow words by ethel and paul

323 Russell C Means ethelís words

322 George S McGovern words by ethel and paul

321 Now Thatís Odd paulís words

 

320 Jesse's Birthday ethelís words

319 Goodbye, Brian Barnard words by ethel and paul

318 Peace ethelís words

317 America The Sorrowful ethelís words

316 SHINE ethelís words

315 Halie Fleurís Flower ethelís words



 


 

2011:

314 Somebody Shook the Earth ethelís words

313 No Iraq War ethelís words

312 Olympics Memorial words by ethel and paul

311 Michael ethelís words

310 Deprive Children; Balance the Budget paulís words

 

309 Moratoriums: Of Oil Spills and Airplanes paulís words

308 Native Immigrants ethelís words

307 Cognitive Impairment ethelís words

306 REMEMBERING ethelís words

 


 

2010:

305 Crazy Mitchell Who Sings in Court ethelís words

304 Taxes: Fair and Equitable? paulís words

303 Points and Dots, Period paulís words

302 Speedy Was Here ethelís words

301 Analyze the Data paulís words

300 Execution Rehash ethelís words

299 Dignity ethelís words

298 Pleasures Forbidden--Except Fat ethelís words

297 The Dark Ride Of Jesse M. GarcŪa ethelís words

296 Immigrant: New Definition ethelís words

295 Cars Cars Cars Cars ethelís words

294 John Joseph Flynn words by ethel & paul

 

293 Homelessness--Nothing New ethelís words

292 Whitewoman Raising Flowers ethelís words

291 Swamp ethelís words

290 Hummingbird Murder ethelís words

289 Puny Minds ethelís words

288 The Assassin Bug ethelís words

287 Shoe Tree words by ethel & paul

286 SHAME on the CENSUS BUREAU paulís words

285 Open Letter to the Salt Lake City Council ethelís words

284 La Morena Cafe ethelís words

283 The New Gentrification ethelís words

282 Dumping Tires ethelís words

281 The Pointer ethelís words

 


 

2009:

280 Truth on Tobacco? Never ethelís words

279 Cops: The Good, The Maybe, The Brutal ethelís words

278 Cops and Their Victims ethelís words

277 WEEPING IN AUGUST ethelís words

276 Our Incursion into Viet Nam: Stretching Intent ethelís words

275 Refugees Refugees Refugees ethelís words

274 Equal Justice - Hah! ethelís words

273 Recycled Environmentalist ethelís words

272 University of Utah--Those Liberals! ethelís words

271 Food and Jobs and Other Trivia ethelís words

270 BEANS ethelís words

269 NAME OMITTED ethelís words

268 Good Morning. Howís Your Genitalia Today? ethelís words

267 FAT ethelís words

266 Four-Letter Words ethelís words

265 Torture ethelís words

264 The Tobacco Publicizers ethelís words

263 Make-Work; Prisons ethelís words

262 Revolution and Counter-Revolution--History ethelís words

261 Great Nation? for Whom? ethelís words

260 Who Are You? paulís words

259 Hating Government paulís words

258 Preserving the Red Rocks paulís words

257 Is Earthís Climate Changing? paulís words

256 Street Beggars  (Different from Suite Beggars) ethelís words

255 Ultimate Power--The Threat of Death ethelís words

254 Mignon Richmond Park ethelís words

253 Nagasaki, too ethelís words

252 Who Benefits? ethelís words

251 The Passing of a People ethelís words

 

250 Producing White Tape ethelís words

249 What We Dreaded Is Happening ethelís words

248 Celebration or Lament? ethelís words

247 LDS Mush in Paris ethelís words

246 Bits of Paris--Pissoirs ethelís words

245 Terrorists Under the Bed ethelís words

244 Cunning Capture of a Convict ethelís words

243 D.H. Oliver - A Black History Personality ethelís words

242 The Caragana words by ethel & paul

241 Evo Morales ethelís words

240 Self-Immolation and War ethelís words

239 Turncoating of a Sort ethelís words

238 Experience Learning or Learning Experience: Prisons ethelís words

237 The Death of Jesse GarcŪa ethelís words

236 The B.B.O.S.--The Sixties ethelís words

235 End Cancer ethelís words

234 USA: EMPIRE SUB-ROSA ethelís words

233 LEGISLATURE RETREATS ethelís words

232 Saving Trees words by ethel & paul

231 Blakk Holy Hole of Mormonism ethelís words

230 Footprints of TRAX words by ethel and paul

229 Trails and Trains ethelís words

228 Easy Ways to Kill a Pub ethelís words

227 A Bad Ad Dehumanizes All of Us ethelís words

226 Oases of Liberty: Pubs ethelís words

225 C. Wright Mills and the CIA ethelís words

224 Energy Solutions Pays ethelís words

223 Earth Without Life: Transformation of Earth ethelís words

222 A Ride on a Train ethelís words

221 Subject: Writing About Mormonism ethelís words

 



2008:

220 A Notch Baby Bitches ethelís words

219 Marriage and Religious Hubris ethelís words

218 REMEMBERING WARSHAWS ethelís words

217 Overhaul the Health Care System? paulís words

216 ...establishing religion... ethelís words

215 HATERS ethelís words

214 Yet To Come ethelís words

213 One of This Kind, One of That Kind ethelís words

212 Skeletons That Tell The Tale ethelís words

211 UTA Wants Much Money paulís words

210 Stimulate, Stimulate, Heal a Dead Horse ethelís words

209 Wal-Smarts and Begging Banks ethelís words

208 Policing Pioneer Park ethelís words

207 What Else Causes Cancer? paulís words

206 Thanksgiving for Tobacco - November 27, 2008 ethelís words

205 To Stop Slaughter and Torture ethelís words

204 Nicotine Stimulates the Brain ethelís words

203 WALL STREET 2008 words by ethel & paul

202 ELEPHANTS, CRUELTY, UTAH, AGAIN ethelís words

201 Massive Cruelty: Elephants in Utah ethelís words

200 Symbolism of Elevated Seating ethelís words

199 YOUR VANISHING MONEY paulís words

198 WHAT ABOUT THE POOR? ethelís words

197 SAVE THE STUPID SYSTEM? ethelís words

196 Rethinking Zoos ethelís words

195 One Person, One Vote paulís words

194 Mexican Deportation Continuing--Resurrected Racism ethelís words

193 Remembered Heroes--Tijerina ethelís words

192 They Are Coming For...--Who Is Next? ethelís words

191 Veterans of Forgotten Wars ethelís words

190 TORTURE AS A WAY OF LIFE ethelís words

189 FOUR STOOD UP ethelís words

188 Salute to Joe Redburn words by ethel & paul

187 THE STENCH OF PERFUME ethelís words

186 THE BEAUTY OF WEEDS words by ethel & paul

185 AN IMAGINARY IOSEPA ethelís words

184 Your Diet, Air, and Water: If Not Mammal, What? ethelís words

183 Urban Landscaping, Salt Lake City: Add Wildlife ethelís words

182 The Writ of Habeas Corpus paulís words

181 THINKING THE WORST ethelís words

180 The Torture of Barzee ethelís words

179 The Use of Force--Barzee ethelís words

 

178 Barack Obama--The New Movie Star ethelís words

177 TEACHING FOR WAR ethelís words

176 PARENTS INSULTING CHILDREN ethelís words

175 FIRST, THEY WENT AFTER... ethelís words

174 THE SIXTIES: HOLDING HANDS ethelís words

173 THE SIXTIES: PUBLICATIONS ethelís words

172 SPEECH IN THE SIXTIES ethelís words

171 THE SIXTIES: OVERVIEW ethelís words

170 Old White Woman Ponders the Black Experience ethelís words

169 Say ďCheese-CakeĒ ethelís words

168 Utah: Abu Ghraib for Children ethelís words

167 Facts About Hale/Wharton and Mormon Media words by ethel & paul

166 The Federal Communications Commission words by ethel & paul

165 Torture and Murder of Children in Utah ethelís words

164 AT PEACE GOOD BYE ethelís words

163 POWER TO THE PEOPLE ethelís words

162 WHERE DO THE OLD MEN GO? ethelís words

161 THE STATE STREET DRAG ethelís words

160 SOMEBODY SHOOK THE EARTH ethelís words

159 THE OLD OFFICE CHAIR ethelís words

158 I REMEMBER WIND ethelís words

157 WAR ON DRUGS: MENACE TO CIVIL LIBERTIES AND INTERNATIONAL AMITY ethelís words

156 CONVICTING THE INNOCENT ethelís words

155 CIGAR BOXES ethelís words

154 All We Need Now Is The Facts; Just The Facts paulís words

153 Not Commander of United States paulís words

152 The Media Are Republican ethelís words

151 Birds in the ďNaturalĒ Garden words by ethel & paul

150 OMARíS HORSES ethelís words

149 IMAGINE A PRISSY PIONEER PARK ethelís words

148 ROCKY ROCKS ethelís words

147 Global Cooling Sun, Trees, Aerogel words by ethel & paul

146 POUNCE ON THE MEDIA words by ethel & paul

145 GUANTŃNAMO: SHUT IT DOWN ethelís words

144 Punishment as Grounds for Punishment ethelís words

143 VEHICLES: TOLERATED KILLERS ethelís words

142 ďBi-PartisanĒ Is One-Party Rule--But We Must Vote ethelís words

141 WAR GLORIFIES EVIL ethelís words

140 Revisiting Watergate: The Mormon Role ethelís words

139 NAME THE MADNESS ethelís words

138 MEDIA LIES ON VIET NAM AND ELSEWHERE ethelís words

137 THE DEAD DONíT TESTIFY ethelís words

 



2007:

136 Mitt Romney Speaks: Mormon Through and Through ethelís words

135 NON-MORMON MITT? ethelís words

134 Utahís ďLeader and FollowerĒ Customs Stifle Democracy ethelís words

133 OLD AGE: A PERSONAL APPRECIATION ethelís words

132 Why Is Medicare Going Broke? paulís words

131 WHO MURDERS CHILDREN? ethelís words

130 LOOK UNDER YOUR BED ethelís words

129 WHAT I LEARNED ABOUT FOOD STAMPS ethelís words

128 LANGUAGE AND ITS TABOOS ethelís words

127 There Are Seven Dirty Words ethelís words

126 Say It Again: Trees words by ethel & paul

125 Lies: Tools of Mass Deception ethelís words

124 Blessings of Atheism ethelís words

123 September Farewell ethelís words

122 Mormon Fingers in the Money Pie: Musings ethelís words

121 Grabbing the Publicís Lands--Endangered Parks ethelís words

120 Tobacco Terrorism ethelís words

119 Have Hope ethelís words

118 A Piece of Paper: Voting and Lowdown Tech ethelís words

117 Wishes to go Over Prison Walls ethelís words

116 Praising Purveyors of Anguish ethelís words

115 Jennyís Dad ethelís words

114 Same Old Corrupt Election Administration ethelís words

113 Judicial Propriety: A Judgment by an Unlettered Observer ethelís words

112 The Dog Question in Salt Lake City ethelís words

111 THE WEALTH OF MEXICO ethelís words

110 THE OLD DAYS ethelís words

109 CITY ELECTORAL POLITICS--2007 ethelís words

108 Trees Mother Life words by ethel & paul

107 PRAISE BROWN ethelís words

106 COAL IS NOT NEEDED ethelís words

105 ATTAINDER? A ďMarkĒ? ethelís words

104 WORDS: A FALSE POWER? ethelís words

103 Open Letter to Rocky, June, 2007 ethelís words

102 AUTOMOBILES IN YOUR LIFE ethelís words

 

101 STAYING PUT ethelís words

100 FOOD ON THE MOVE words by ethel & paul

99 Torture and Other Human Sports ethelís words

98 Tin Lizzie Turned Terrorist ethelís words

97 MAYORíS MANDATE: An Opinion ethelís words

96 GUNS OR EDUCATION - A CHOICE? ethelís words

95 Money and Mormonism - Why Mormons Love War ethelís words

94 CONSTITUENTS? ethelís words

93 Theocracy 101 ethelís words

92 Random Thoughts on Torture and Life ethelís words

91 Fear and Consequences ethelís words

90 Wasting Planet Earth ethelís words

89 WAR: THE OTHER CONSEQUENCES ethelís words

88 SENSE OF SMELL ethelís words

87 The Lovely Valley of the Great Salt Lake ethelís words

86 GUNS ARE HERE TO STAY ethelís words

85 GLOBAL WARMING COOLER words by ethel & paul

84 Guest Workers: White Tape and Barbed Wire ethelís words

83 DEAD PIGGY--WHAT IS IN IT? ethelís words

82 THE BAFFLING WAL-MART FUROR ethelís words

81 THE BELLOW IN YOUR BEEF ethelís words

80 Tax on the Price of Food words by ethel & paul

79 Animal Cruelty: Who Gets Punished? ethelís words

78 VALUES: BUSINESS OR PEOPLE? ethelís words

77 Theft of Sovereignty: I Would Call It Treason ethelís words

76 The Tattered Cry, ďOrganize!Ē ethelís words

75 The Hapless Homeless ethelís words

74 Thoughts on ďImmigrantsĒ from the Americas ethelís words

73 Mexican Hospitality and Mormon Hostility ethelís words

72 Cruel Deportation Needs Explanation ethelís words

71 LIGHTNING! BELLS! FLASHES! TRUMPETS! words by ethel & paul

70 HOPE LOOMS for ENDING WAR ethelís words

69 A CRACK OF DOUBT IN UNQUESTIONED CERTAINTY ethelís words

68 WHITENESS WITHOUT HEART words by ethel & paul

67 EXECUTION: BURYING THE EVIDENCE ethelís words

66 IF YOU SMOKE, SMOKE WITH JOY ethelís words

 


 

2006:

65 TRUSTING SCIENTISTS ethelís words

64 WHO POLLUTES? words by ethel & paul

63 POLLUTION OR SUN words by ethel & paul

62 PROHIBITIONS ERODE FREEDOM AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY ethelís words

61 IS THERE A QUESTION ABOUT CANCER AND CAUSES? ethelís words

60 WHY DID THEY LIE ABOUT IT? The Anti-Smoking Campaign ethelís words

59 EXTRA DOPE IN YOUR SMOKES ethelís words

58 NO SMOKING ON PLANET EARTH ethelís words

57 HAVING A ďNICKIE FITĒ ethelís words

56 DOPE ethelís words

55 THE TOBACCO POLICE ethelís words

54 BALANCED NEWS paulís words

53 Lies Levitated - Ciggies In The Park ethelís words

52 Mistakes That Kill ethelís words

51 The Nazis - The Holocaust - World War II paulís words

50 A Famous Black Man Blames the Victim ethelís words

49 Rocky ethelís words

48 The Gosiutes ethelís words

47 Political Publicity ethelís words

46 Mayor Rockyís Protest Rally Against Bush ethelís words

45 No Safe Place For Children ethelís words

44 BUDGETARY POVERTY paulís words

43 So, you want to build a wall paulís words

42 War of Terror paulís words

41 CHURCH DICTATORSHIP ethelís words

40 RELIGIOUS LIES ethelís words

39 BRIDGES AND THE MORMON CHASM ethelís words

38 BASHING ethelís words

37 DIVINE (UN)-FAIRNESS ethelís words

36 WHENCE THE POWER OF CHURCHES? ethelís words

35 RELIGIOUS VALUES ethelís words

34 End Levity--End War ethelís words

 

33 SPRING TRA-LA ethelís words

32 Polygamyís Flouting of Law ethelís words

31 WALLS AND TROOPS? ethelís words

30 POLYGYNY AND POWER ethelís words

29 FATHER OF 47 ethelís words

28 PETTINESS IN PRISONS ethelís words

27 FRIENDLY SALT LAKE CITY ethelís words

26 ďIMMIGRANTSĒ AND THE IMAGINARY LINE DRAWN BY THE TREATY OF GUADALUPE-HIDALGO ethelís words

25 IMMIGRANTS and the MONROE DOCTRINE ethelís words

24 SCIENCE FICTION and MORMON POLITICS ethelís words

23 SOLUTION FOR PIONEER PARK ethelís words

22 Who Commits Crimes? ethelís words

21 RESIDUAL MALE DOMINANCE ethelís words

20 WAL-MART: CAN YOU BANK ON IT? ethelís words

19 MINDLESS MORMON MASS PROTEST ethelís words

18 EASY ENVIRONMENTALISM words by ethel & paul

17 IMMIGRANTS FROM MESO-AMERICA ethelís words

16 ROADS, TRUCKS, GROCERIES paulís words

15 WHOSE RIGHTS?  ALL PERSONíS RIGHTS paulís words

14 The WORDS of CHIEF SEATTLE

13 The DISAPPEARANCE of JESŕS MARÕA GARCÕA ethelís words

12 WAL-MART AND THE LOCALS ethelís words

11 MASSACHUSETTS TO ENFORCE UTAH LAWS ethelís words

10 WOMEN AND VIOLENCE ethelís words

9 WEHRMINISTER RUMSFELD paulís words

8 THE SO-CALLED ďHATE CRIMES LAWĒ ethelís words

7 WASTE OF WATER BY GOVERNMENT ethelís words

6 SIXTIES THEATER ethelís words

5 BILL OF RIGHTS or BILL OF GOODS? ethelís words

4 TERRORISM AT HOME IN THE U.S.A. ethelís words

3 Utah State SENATOR BUTTARS paulís words

2 HB 148 paulís words

1 GREETINGS to the NET ethelís words