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Even the best intentions and grand ideas can have unintended consequences or, as the Scottish poet Robert Burns said, "The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry."
Krispy Kreme found that out recently when the doughnut chain formed a children's club in which the kids would decorate their own pastries.
The company advertised the opportunity on its Facebook page, but to keep it consistent with its brand, it called the club the Krispy Kreme Klub, or, unfortunately, KKK.
After a firestorm, it pulled the ad down and apologized.
The Utah Association of Realtors, similarly, had a great idea Wednesday, when it staged its annual lunch in the Capitol Rotunda for legislators and invited guests.
The patriotic-themed event was packed from one end of the hall to the other. The place was divided into sections, depending on where the lawmakers were from, and labeled by colors representing the red, white and blue of the American flag.
But Capitol visitors might have been taken aback by the sign for the legislators from Salt Lake and Davis counties, which said: "White Section."
The color of law • The Utah House seems to have covered the spectrum.
If visitors walk down the hall of the Capitol complex's West Building, where House members have their offices, they will see three offices in a row occupied by Republican Reps. Mel Brown, Brian Greene and Ed Redd.
LGBT should thank Rove • I wrote earlier this week that gay and lesbian groups should thank crusading Rep. LaVar Christensen for same-sex couples' ability to marry in Utah. After all, the Draper Republican drafted the amendment that voters approved in 2004 banning gay marriage, and without that prohibition, there would not have been a lawsuit and a judge's decision legalizing same-sex unions.
But LGBT groups may owe a bigger thanks to former President George W. Bush's political guru Karl Rove, an Olympus High graduate, who was credited by political insiders with orchestrating ballot measures banning same-sex marriages in 11 states in 2004.
Rove did so to get evangelical Christians to the polls in Bush's re-election fight against Democrat John Kerry. Those marriage amendments delivered a marked increase in voter turnout in rural Bible Belt areas.
The most critical of those 11 states was Ohio, where a marriage measure on the ballot boosted turnout in the Appalachian areas and other rural regions of the Buckeye State, offsetting strong Democratic showings in Cleveland and Columbus and effectively securing a White House victory for the GOP.
Those marriage amendments passed in all 11 states, but now such bans have been crumbling across the country. So, hey, LGBT community, how about a shoutout for Karl Rove?
The IRS scam is back • Here's a reminder about a scam from con artists pretending to be with the IRS.
Sandy resident Alan Linett says his wife received a call from a purported IRS official telling her that to avoid any legal action, she needed to call a number he gave her "immediately." Linett called the number and was told an audit of the family's tax returns from 2008 to 2012 showed they owe $3,112 and have one hour to pay it or be subject to arrest.
Linett was told to wire the money to a certain address. When Linett told the man the scam wouldn't work, the "IRS agent" hung up.
I wrote about this scam during tax season last year, when Utahns were fielding similar calls. One was Sen. Curt Bramble, R-Provo, who is an accountant and immediately called out the crook.