About TLS

J.M. Bell

Jeff Bell is a professional writer, part time indie-film maker, musician, wonk and political consultant. He’s been working in and around politics since 1989 when he volunteered on a City Council campaign for free guitar strings. He’s worked or consulted on more than 20 campaigns in 4 different states, mostly in communications strategy, IT design and strategy and campaign management.

Jeff is the former Democratic National Committee  Communications Director for Utah (2005-2007), and the the president of the Children’s Justice Corps, a non-profit entity that educates about sexual and physical crimes against children and lobbies for smarter, long term prosecution and punishment for offenders.

Jeff is also the Creative Director for Defenestrate Media Group, making documentary features, handling graphic design and managing social media internet development for Defenestrate Media clients.

  • Favorite Actor – 51% William Shatner / 49% Bruce Campbell
  • Favorite Movie – Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
  • Current Favorite Band – Kings of Leon
  • All time favorite Band – Pink Floyd
  • Favorite US Writer – David James Duncan
  • Favorite Writer – Patrick O’Brian or Bernard Cornwell


Sgt. Jake Winegar, USMC (ret.)

Jake Winegar

Jake was born again hard on November 10th, 1991, fresh from the fires of the grim reaper near San Diego as a newly minted US Marine. Since that time, he’s become increasingly unstable and easily infuriated at any injustice, any untruth, or appearance of impropriety.

He periodically crusades against the corporate corruption of his rosy colored nation state, the U.S.A, when not distracted by …  Oh, shiny! Instead of being institutionalized (again), he joined the only place left accepting – if not encouraging to – people like him… The internet, pursuing 1337d0m, and coming up 404.








Forrest Shaw

Forrest Shaw

Forrest Shaw has done nothing particularly important politically, other than vote. When he’s not voting you’ll find him obsessing over things most would find trivial: Helmets, buckets, sirens, and especially Garbage Day. Dig a little deeper and you will see that all is not as it seems in his Empire.
Forrest is a dreamer with one foot on the ground. He inspires others to be all that he is not. He’s a realistic optimist. He has an extreme dislike for extremists of all kinds, which also makes him an extremist, but he’s okay with this. Actually, he likes it.
Forrest also welcomes the challenge of a good discussion. He’s more afraid of being right than wrong, he’ll tell you how he sees it and warn you if you should wear your helmet. He’s never at a loss for words until he writes about himself in the third person…






JC Carter

JC Carter

JC Carter is a professional interaction designer, web designer, web marketing consultant, graphic designer and occasional writer and editor. When his wife and kids allow him free time, he fills it teaching Tai Chi and Yoga, producing and directing local theatre productions and volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America.
He became interested in politics in college. First when he minored in political science at Utah Valley (now a university, then a community college). Then, when he actively protested the original Gulf War (including organizing a sit-in with JM Bell). and culminating when he helped found “The Progressive Club,” whose motto was, “There aren’t many liberals in Utah County, so we all need to stick together.” Most recently he directed Great American Speeches, a spoken word CD that included speeches from William Jennings Bryan and Chief Joseph.
JC is the creator and director of BackstageUtah.com, an online theatre community and resource site, and is also the marketing director for Around the Globe Theatre Company and is currently acting as its president.





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