THEM ON US for May 28, 2014

By on May 27, 2014

What do Wyomingites Google most? Photo credit: ESTATELY.COM

Gleaning from Google 

Ryan Nickum writing for Estately Blog picked through Google Trends to mine some interesting data. What can we learn about each of the 50 states from the most commonly searched questions on Google?

Wyomingites typed “Ann Coulter” into their search engines more than any other topic. Maybe not surprising considering the state’s proclivity for conservatism but Coulter’s star is hardly shining brightly of late. In addition, the conservative commentator has few ties with the state of Wyoming. A speech at UW in 2011 was heckled by liberal-leaning college kids.

Upon learning of the Estately Blog piece Coulter Tweeted: “What a fine state Wyoming is!”

After Coulter, Wyoming Googlers searched most for “The Constitution,” “Crank,” “Rush Limbaugh,” “Sheep,” and “Socialism.” We had to wonder whether crank and Rush Limbaugh weren’t included in the same search.

Nickum’s analysis on the Cowboy State read, “Not a fun state to be a liberal alpaca farmer.”

Meanwhile, our neighbors to the west seem to be living in Bizarro World. “Bigfoot” and “unicorns” topped Idaho’s list.

Sasha Johnstone conquers the Grand. Photo by David Gonzales.

Sasha Johnstone conquers the Grand. Photo by David Gonzales.

Grand teen dream 

What did you do last weekend? Teenage hotshot Sasha Johnstone just carved the Grand.

The 15-year-old made tracks down the 13,770-foot pinnacle, becoming the youngest ever to pull off the feat first accomplished by Bill Briggs in 1971. Dad Hans, mom Nancy, Grand legend Greg Collins and Davis Gonzales were in tow for the historic occasion.


The Bird hatches a mean one. Photo credit:

Burger for the Birds

May is National Hamburger Month. Business Insider celebrated by running a story that tracked down the best burger joint in every state. Congrats to The Bird, who took top honors in Wyoming.

“The Bird is a laid back bar and restaurant in Jackson that grinds all its meat in-house,” wrote BI. “Its burgers come on English muffins, and guests are strongly encouraged to order medium rare to get the full flavor. You can have fun ordering the ‘dirty @*&%’ which comes with bacon, a fried egg, American cheese, and pickled beets.”

The Bird’s burgerliciousness comes as no surprise to Planet readers. The Bird mined Gold in our Best Of reader’s poll for 2013 and 2014.

Maybe it’s the buns. Kara Hanson’s Dishing called the gluten-free “Jack Burger” the best burger bun she’s ever had in a November 2012 review of the restaurant south of town.


Max Mogren dishes on local papers.

NaG backwash

Is chemtrail alarmist Max Mogren making a bid to become the News&Guide’s new editor? The blogger, who rails on the conspiracy theory that some commercial airliners are deliberately “spraying” chemicals in their jet wash, posted the following recently on “The Jackson Hole News and Guide [sic] is currently seeking a new Editor. Perhaps our current Editor has grown tired of being forced to intentionally mislead our community on the most important issue of our time: human-caused climate change.”

Mogren followed that up with, “The mainstream media globally (and here locally in Jackson Hole, Wyoming) are willfully ignorant accomplices to the greatest crime against humanity and nature in the history of modern civilization. For this they deserve at least a mild nudging out of their self-induced stupor once in a while. Won’t you join me in jostling them? Do you want real journalism? My recent work speaks for itself.”

Mogren contends a concerted effort is being made to manipulate the climate via chemtrails, cloud seeding and other methods.

While bashing the NaG, Mogren pointed out Planet features “Snow Business” and “Climate Cowboys” as examples of local media just not getting it. Mogren said, “JH Weekly is generally perceived as the more conservative, mainstream newspaper here in Jackson Hole despite the fact that it’s all entertainment and arts and nonsense for the most part.”

Mogren added that he was pleased to see our paper back on the “normal grind” of covering non-news with last week’s cover story on women playing lacrosse.

The May 21 post ran under the headline: “JH News and Guide lies about climate change.”

Boise basketball comes to local radio

As part of its continuation to provide local programming, Rich Broadcasting is poised to offer Boise State basketball on its Classic Rock station, KZ95.

According to Learfield Sports’ website, Bronco b-ball play-by-play will be aired on both KZ95 (95.3 FM) and the low wattage repeater 96.3 FM, which carries ESPN programming. No word on whether the station will also carry football from a team that is based in Idaho, closer to California than Jackson is to Laramie.

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  1. anonyholic II

    May 27, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    Jake. Methinks you got seriously punked by Estately on that google search map. I mean, just look at it.

  2. Carl

    May 28, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Uber punked. Only idiots see that map as any sort of reality.

    Also, its not really ‘them’ on us when the ‘them’ is one of us. Granted, Max’s mind lives on the moon, but since his body is here, I think you’ve stretched the definition.

  3. Max Mogren

    May 29, 2014 at 1:27 am

    Thanks for the coverage, Jake. I really appreciate it. Keep looking up and you’ll see what I’m talking about.

  4. Hayden Riverson

    May 29, 2014 at 10:53 am

    It is obvious our valley is being sprayed from above with chemtrails, heavy metal’s Aluminum Barium Strontium on a consistent basis.

    Thank you for bringing up the topic in our local mainstream news and instead of focusing on Max personally, why not investigate wether these claims of spraying are true?

    All you have to do is look up?

    On certain days, several days a week, no matter the temperature or altitude, some plains leave long lasting trails while other planes in the same sky do not. Contrails dissipate after seconds, these chemtrails spread out over hours and leave a solid man made haze that changes a forecasted clear blue sky day into one layer of cloud.

    This is a new phenomena and was not happening before the 90s. When you see planes leaving trails over your head, watch what happens to the trails. Thank you Max for your efforts.

  5. Hayden Riverson

    May 29, 2014 at 10:54 am


  6. Scott

    May 30, 2014 at 10:14 am

    For the chemtrail crowd, I have a large roll of tinfoil you can have to protect your heads from the cosmic rays.

    Keep Jackson weird, folks!

  7. DM

    May 30, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Sooper-Punked. Don’t believe everthang ya read on the interwebs.

  8. Max Mogren

    May 31, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Ohhhh, Scott. Claiming that people who discuss things you know nothing about should wear tinfoil hats is about as tired and pathetic a joke as one can make. If it’s not OK in to make fun of people based on their weight, race, sexual orientation, religion, etc. why do you assume it’s OK to ridicule people who merely hold different opinions than you? Look up, buttercup.

  9. Max Mogren

    May 31, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Thanks for logical analysis of the situation and for the support, Hayden. It’s sad how so many people just assume that we’re crazy instead of doing a little research and stepping outside of their intellectual comfort zone.

  10. Peter

    June 2, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    “The 15-year-old made tracks down the 13,770-foot pinnacle, becoming the youngest ever to pull off the feat first accomplished by Bill Briggs in 1971. Dad Hans, mom Nancy, Grand legend Greg Collins and Davis Gonzales were in tow for the historic occasion.’

    Bill went down by himself without protection so it’s not quite the same but Sasha’s effort is still impressive. Just getting up the Grand is a lot of work.

  11. A smarter Scott

    June 3, 2014 at 8:51 am

    Yea Scott and if you were alive in the 60s you probably thought there was no way our honest and perfect government would have intentionally killed hundreds of thousands of people in Vietnam with chemtrails. You’re a fool if you think the weather is not being modified

  12. Omo Bob

    June 5, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Why did you put the word “spraying” in quotes?

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