Monthly Archives: June 2018

International Property Maintenance Code – General Overview

General Overview – City of Casper (COC) Ordinance #13-18, the International Property Maintenance Code

1) Ordinance #13-18, the entire International Property Maintenance Code, passed the first of three readings by the Casper City Council on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. The vote was 5 to 4, with Humphrey, Huber, Hopkins, Powell and Pacheco passing it, and Morgan, Walsh, Laird and Johnson voting against. This ordinance was passed with several other Codes that the State mandates, via the Wyoming Fire Marshall’s office and the Fire Council. Second Reading of Ordinance #13-18 is expected to occur on July 3, 2018 – regular council meetings are every two weeks. read more

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Understanding What’s At Stake

by Mike Pyatt

Mike Pyatt

Canadian, Marshall McLuhan, media and communications scholar, in 1964, popularized, “The medium is the message,” coining terms of “hot” and cool” communications. He often quoted artists, politicians, statesman, and poets like Yeats, Whitman, Eliot, de Tocqueville, and Bacon, demonstrating how words impel one to think, feel and react. He stated the obvious, “Language is the main means of human communication,” understanding the transforming power of words, cinema and photos. The 1960 Kennedy-Nixon debates were defining moments in American politics, where substance, style, and visceral reactions moved a political nation as never before. At the time, CBS President, Frank Stanton, stated bluntly, “Kennedy was bronzed beautifully…Nixon looked like death.” Those watching the first TV debate declared Kennedy won by a landslide margin. Radio listeners gave a slight nod to Nixon. TV was “hot media.” Radio was “cool media.” Subsequent polls and surveys reflected the stark chasm between visual and listening audiences. Post debate newspaper coverage in1960, was balanced, suggesting not a landslide, but a slight edge to Kennedy. Most surveys lacked controls such as pre-debate preferences like party affiliation, religious preferences, education, etc., making it difficult to measure how much the debate altered pre-debate views. Roughly 88 per cent of households had TVs, compared to 10 per cent in1950. Demographically, most radio listeners were more rural, predominately Protestant, with a skewed bias against Catholic Kennedy. The role of the visual image was the singular difference in the first debate. read more

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A Voluntaristic Approach to Promoting American Values

By Bradley Harrington

Brad Harrington

“A dictatorship is a gang devoted to looting the effort of the productive citizens of its own country. When a statist ruler exhausts his own country’s economy, he attacks his neighbors … Statism NEEDS war; a free country does not. Statism survives by looting; a free country survives by production.” — Ayn Rand, “The Roots of War,” 1966 —

Last week, I discussed the means by which our military has become “an often-aggressive vehicle for interference in international affairs,” and said that it’s time we “return to a policy of strict self-defense as needed” instead (“Self-defense is the only valid motive for military operations,” WTE, Dec. 3). read more

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Doing It Their Way!

by Mike Pyatt

Mike Pyatt

“For what is man, what has he got, If not himself, then he has naught, To say the things he truly feels, And not the words of one who kneels, The record shows I took the blows, And did it my way. Yes, it was my way.” Nearly fifty-years ago, Frank Sinatra recorded, “My Way,” a song written by former rock n roll heart throb, Paul Anka, in1967, specifically for Sinatra. That song has been played at funerals and President Trump’s inaugural ball, and covered by nearly every vocalist, from Elvis Presley to David Bowie. Anka reportedly said, “I’d never written something so chauvinistic, narcissistic, in-your-face and grandiose.” It personifies too many contemporary lives. We’ve seen this rerun-it’s not a comedy. read more

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Self-Defense Is the Only Valid Motive for Military Operations

By Bradley Harrington

Brad Harrington

“Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none …” — Thomas Jefferson, “First Inaugural Address,” 1801 —

Last week, I discussed the virtue of military service as it pertains to protecting and defending the values of the United States, and I said that such service was not a “sacrifice” but “a profoundly selfish act rooted in the desire to protect the ideas of our society and culture” instead.

Just because the idea of military service is honorable, however, does not guarantee that the men and women who sign up for it will be deployed for the proper purposes, or on sound principles of conduct. read more

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