On Second Thought for March 18, 2013

“On Second Thought” is a weekly feature that takes a lighthearted look at news of the day.
The only unfortunate thing about the selection of the new Pope was that major networks called the results before all the Cardinals had a chance to vote.
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Google is testing a new smartphone interface called “Google Glasses.” Users would be able to see callers, browse the Internet or get interactive map directions by wearing these devices. You just know what’s coming after this — eye implants. If Apple gets hold of this, the iEye is just around the corner.
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Of course, that might be better than Googly Eyes.
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Paul Ryan came out with his latest budget proposal this week, which includes some interesting mathematical assumptions, such as that he and Mitt Romney actually won the election last November.
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A day later, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash, came out with the Democrats’ plan. It also makes interesting assumptions, such as that people can’t do simple math.
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Meanwhile, polls show most Americans are unconvinced that the automatic budgets cuts that kicked in this month will cause any pain. Shocked that ending public White House tours didn’t get his message across, the president settled on the nuclear option — taking Republicans out to dinner.
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Utah lawmakers adjourned last week after giving up hope of finding any Democrats.
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Actually, there were five Democrats in the Senate. The good news is they all could commute together each day in a compact car.
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Before adjourning, the Legislature passed a bill letting everyone in the state, and most domestic animals, carry concealed firearms.
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Lawmakers almost passed a bill to prohibit the feds from confiscating guns in Utah. They gave it up after realizing Washington doesn’t have change for a $20, let alone money to confiscate guns.
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Colorado’s Legislature, meanwhile, has passed new gun-control legislation. Ha! I guess we know who would win a war between the two states.
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A new report says Americans are drinking more water than soda pop, reversing a long trend and driving New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg crazy because he can’t take credit.
Jay Evensen is the associate editor of the Deseret News editorial page. Follow him on Twitter @jayevensen.

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Jay Evensen

Jay Evensen is the Senior Editorial Columnist for the Deseret News. He has 32 years of journalism experience covering politics and a variety of other assignments at news organizations ranging from United Press International in New York City to the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Deseret News, where he has worked since 1986. During that time, he has won numerous local, regional and national awards. Most recently, he was given the Cameron Duncan Media Award, given annually in Washington, D.C., by the advocacy group RESULTS, to the journalist judged to have done the most to further the cause of the world's poorest people.

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