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On second thought ...

Published: Monday, Dec. 5 2011 10:30 a.m. MST

In a New Hampshire campaign speech last week, Rick Perry said: "Those of you that will be 21 by November the 12th, I ask for your support and your vote." Of course, 40 years ago the voting age was lowered to 18, and Election Day in 2012 is actually Nov. 6. But then, Perry isn't likely to be on the ballot, so those little details won't matter.

Apparently, the Texas governor didn't know people between 18 and 20 have the right to vote. That's coincidence, considering many people that age don't know Perry is running for president.

Just for fun, the GOP should nominate Perry and see if he keeps campaigning until Nov. 12.

The wind blew so hard in Utah last week some people thought the GOP had decided to bring its national convention here, after all. But of course if that were true the gusts would have been much hotter.

Utahns are gearing up to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Salt Lake Winter Olympics in February. Ten years is a long time. Who would have thought back then that Mitt Romney would grow up to challenge Jon Huntsman Jr. for the White House?

A Brigham City man claims his dog shot him in the behind last week while they were duck hunting on the north end of the Great Salt Lake. Police gave no word as to a motive, but just before the blast the dog was heard to yell, "No, YOU sit!"

For years, journalism professors have taught students that, "Man bites dog" is the very definition of news. Now we have the answer to what happens after man bites dog.

The NBA will begin its season Christmas Day. All this means is that more of the 99 percent will get to shell out money to fund the powerful 1 percent, who will just dribble it all away.

No word on whether Occupy protesters will take up shop outside NBA arenas. They have announced, however, that they will try to occupy the Tournament of Roses Parade on Jan. 2. Too many corporations are underwriting floats, they say. Yes, what a horrible thing, paying for pretty flowers to make colorful art in the dead of winter.

Occupiers plan to make a "human float" and come in at the end of the parade. They hope to get airtime by the mainstream media broadcasters covering the event. Of course, those broadcasters are employed by corporations that can conveniently skip to a commercial whenever they wish.

The Rose Parade is organized mainly by hundreds of volunteers, which means they get even less than the 99 percent for all their work. Something tells me the Occupy movement won't come out of this smelling like a rose.

Jay Evensen is the Deseret News associate editorial page editor. Follow him on Twitter @jayevensen.

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