Gabling, as you know, is taboo in Utah.
It's bad, says the Utah State Legislature, over and over and over.
So we have laws forbidding any form of that sinful practice.
And that's why stories floating from those close to the State Senate are so fun to hear.
It turns out a little Super Bowl pool, involving real money, made its way to the hallowed halls of the Senate, with some of our saviors placing their hard-earned cash in a pot, with the closest guess to the final score taking home the gold.
Out of Context:
Draper Republican Sen. Howard Stephenson went on a tear Wednesday after Salt Lake City Democratic Sen. Gene Davis had the audacity to ask senators to suspend their rules to approve a non-binding resolution opposing the proposed Divine Strake bomb test in Nevada.
Suddenly, Stephenson had had enough of routinely suspending the rules to accommodate a peer.
"We have known about this for at least 90 days before the session started," Stephenson said. "If this is urgent, I would have expected this to be scheduled for a committee hearing.
"This is another case where we suspend the rules and violate the normal process of the deliberative bodies we're supposed to be. I'm troubled that we keep violating our rules."
Senator, where were you on Tuesday, when the Senate voted to suspend the rules to vote -- not once, but twice -- for a Republican-sponsored funding package for Real Salt Lake's Sandy stadium?
Oh, that's right. You were there.
And now behold, my beloved brethren, I say unto you, do not suppose that this is all; for after ye have done all these things, if ye turn away the needy, and the naked, and visit not the sick and afflicted, and impart of your substance, if ye have, to those who stand in need—I say unto you, if ye do not any of these things, behold, your prayer is vain, and availeth you nothing, and ye are as hypocrites who do deny the faith.