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Thursday Night DL at the Bee's Knees

 

What a Week

   Next meeting:
  Date Thursday, July 7th
Time 7 to 9pm (show up when you can)
Place Bee's Knees at 850 Lindsay Blvd (in the front of the Guesthouse Inn)
 

About two weeks ago we learned that Clinton has $42 million in the bank, while Trump has less money than Ben Carson.

Since that time, a variety of polls come out that show significant Clinton leads.  Five Thirty-Eight relases their 2016 General Election Forecast, showing a near 80% likelihood of a Clinton win.

Around the same time the House Whatever Committee that wasted $millions investigating the Benghazi "scandal" released their report exhonorating Clinton.

Just a week before that, Trump fired his campaign manager.  And since that time he's struggled to fill certain key positions.  It seems that many of the mainstream GOP political operatives do not want the Trump campaign on their resumes.


Trump did some buffoonish things ... too many to even remember after a week.  He started with a long awaited speech where he was supposed to have hit Clinton hard.  Turned out it was just a long littany of lies and whiffs.

Then he went to Scotland to open a golf resort and botched the whole Brexit thing.

Then he ended the week with a tweet that many felt was anti-Semitic.  The people who felt it was anti-Semitic were the ADL and other Jewish groups, and the various white supremicists who cheered Trump's tweet as if it were an acknowledgement of Trump's support.

Those groups seem to me to be pretty reliable on the whole anti-Semitic thing.

Clinton appeared with President Obama in their first joint campaign appearance, and also with Sen Warren.  Great successes.

Speculation on the VP picks being considered by Trump is filling the Dems with glee.  Chris Christie and Newt Gingrich seem to be leading the candidates on the spinny wheel, with Joni Ernst and Tom Cotton thrown in to make the hardliners happy.  Bob Corker backed out in the nick of time, and nobody of quality is raising his or her hand.

Then the Director of the FBI announced that no charges would be recommended against Clinton on the email scandal witch hunt.

Just as the media were about to spend a day speculating on how much this all hurt Clinton, Trump decides to praise Saddam Hussein's leadership and double down on the anti-Semitism.

Just think.  Only 18 more weeks to go.

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Quotations of the Week

"I'll leave that to the American people to decide."
- Sen Mitch McConnell, on whether Trump is qualified to be president

 

"I think [Donald Trump] stands for an evolving process of trying to come to grips with really big problems."
- Newt Gingrich, potential VP pick

 

"I don't believe that Donald Trump meant it in the manner that he said it."
- Gov Jan Brewer

 

Poem of the Week

Skit:  Sun Ra Welcomes the Fallen

Jupiter means anger.  Sun Ra does not.  Sun Ra dances the Cake Walk on Saturn's pulpy eyes.  If you believe that, I'll tell you another one.  The first is 13 and the next is 20.  They were not good boys but they were boys.  They were boys who died for this thing or that.  The next was 16 and the last was 18.  One had a cell phone.  One had a gun.  On earth, a goose opens its chest to a sound.  The goose takes the bullet this way.  A sacrifice denied to the wind since there is no such thing as sacrifice anymore having succumbed to fever and the millennium.  The bullet is all consequence.  Sun Ra refuses red-long and high, low and deep.  His arms are long enough to embrace them.

Ruth Ellen Kocher
(Listen to an audio version)

About This Poem

"This poem makes myth out of tragedy as a way to cope with the sublime horror of our racial reality.  We hear stories of black men and boys being gunned down every day.  Most of us wake up in the morning without expecting such a narrative to unfold in our own lives but, for me, and most other Black Americans, the body in the street is my husband.  The body is my son.  The body is my grandson who was sitting with me last night on the couch eating pizza.  Sun Ra is a fantastic and mythic hope, a cosmic embrace, that refuses the familiar narrative of slain black bodies."
-Ruth Ellen Kocher

 

 

links ... links ... Links ... LINKS ... LINKS!

  * Is the Stop Trump movement still alive?
* Robert Kennedy explains economics (something Trump doesn' t get)
* The GOP's war on voting is working
* Things I am tired of hearing
* David Broder gets one right (too bad he's been part of the problem he points out for a decade)
* What Clinton's emails say about her
* Charles Pierce:  how the GOP failed on the emails
* The Trump campaign is just a giant safe space for the right
* Phil Plait, Bad Astronomer, on the GOP's denial of reality
* Florida's AG is in deep trouble
* Jimmy Kimmel:  hilarious outing of Clinton-haters
  * If you need more excellent linkage, check out Yankton, Oakland, or Pasadena

 

Schedule

       
Aug 20 Sat Roy Zimmerman in concert
 
Sept 15 Thurs Laughing Liberally
 
Sept 16-17 Fri-Sat Idaho Falls Pride
 

 

 

Thursday Night DL at the Bee's Knees

 

DL is On This Week

   Next meeting:
  Date Thursday, June 30th
Time 7 to 9pm (show up when you can)
Place Bee's Knees at 850 Lindsay Blvd (in the front of the Guesthouse Inn)
 

Hollis and I will be back from our week-long vacation.  We haven't really paid attention to the news, so you all will have to update us.

Were there any international events of significance - such as a British vote to leave the EU?  And did Trump embarrass himself as usual?

Were there any Nazi-sponsored Trump rallies that erupted in violence?

Did Trump try to mock President Obama for playing golf while he was in Scotland opening a golf resort?

Did the GOP release some report about the lack of any evidence of Clinton's failures in Benghazi following a multi-year, multi-million dollar investigation?

Anything else going on?

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Schedule

       
July 3 Sun Soup Kitchen - join us from 11:30am - 2pm
 
Aug 20 Sat Roy Zimmerman in concert
 
Sept 15 Thurs Laughing Liberally
 

 

 

Thursday Night DL at the Bee's Knees

 

Convention Shenanigans

   Next meeting:
  Date Thursday, June 23rd
Time 7 to 9pm (show up when you can)
Place Bee's Knees at 850 Lindsay Blvd (in the front of the Guesthouse Inn)
 

Not sure this quote is actually from Foster

It's Pocatello LGBT Pride this weekend!


The family and I are off to a family reunion this week, so I'll be missing my second DL in a row.  I have failed to set up a guest host this week - perhaps a volunteer will step up?  But please join the crew anyway.


So there was a bit of drama this week at the Idaho Democratic Convention.

There are really three main tasks to accomplish by the party at the convention.  First, the platform needs to be written and approved.  Once that happens, then delegates to the national convention can be elected.  Finally, two official positions are elected:  National Committeeman and National Committeewoman.

At this convention, it was also agreed that delegates would be able to introduce resolutions to be debated and adopted.  They would not be part of the official platform, but would be part of the official record.  Those resolutions had to be submitted in advance of the start of the convention.  But it was also ruled at the convention that resolutions by petition would be accepted, provided that they got signatures from 25% of the delegates.  The resolutions were not considered essential business.

The Sanders delegation was there in force, as Sanders had earned about 78% of the caucus votes.  And early on, it appeared that some of them were suspicious of the proceedings, as if they were expecting that the "establishment" was going to cheat them in some way.


The resolutions - the ones submitted early and the ones submitted by petition - were debated, modified, and voted upon throughout Thursday and Friday.  Several of them were contentious, such as having the IDP advocate for drug legalization.  Others were just really bad ideas, such as having the IDP advocate to replace the Electoral College with proportional allocation by congressional district.  Others were just shortsighted and problematic, such as having the IDP express its approval of the Sanders platform in toto.  One had a "whereas" clause that condemned Hillary Clinton's "corruption."

In between those resolution debates, informal hearings on the platform were held and the Platform Committee accepted input by comment.  (A draft platform had been written and was available at the start of the convention.  It was a high-level statement of values - intended to allow candidates in Idaho to defend the platform with specifics that they can individually support.)  All the while, there were rumors that some in the Sanders delegation would torpedo the platform when it came up during official business on Saturday afternoon.  Perhaps they intended to substitute an entirely new platform, made up of more specific policy statements promoted by Sanders.  And unlike the resolutions, the platform HAD to be passed before national delegates could be elected.

So as Saturday afternoon approached, many of us were worried about how the more dedicated Sanders delegates would react.  Just before the platform was introduced, while dealing with a Sanders team resolution that failed by 7 votes, a question was raised about proxy voting, and that lead to an extended process by the Credentials Committee to verify and validate all the delegates present and their proxy voting rights.  This process took 2-1/2 hours - with no other business conducted.

Finally the platform was brought before the delegates and offered for debate.

The Platform Committee did a masterful job.  The chair introduced the platform as the most liberal in Idaho's history, then each member read one section each.  Two of the members cried.  Standing ovation.  Immediate move to close debate and a near-unanimous approval by voice vote.  More crying and hugs and cheers.  Even the Sanders people were mostly happy - some standing up to pledge that they were now proud to call themselves Democrats.  It was an unexpected kumbaya moment, for sure.

Later that evening, while the votes were being counted on the national delegates, we took up the last few resolutions.  At about 11:30pm, the Ada county chairperson unexpectedly moved to close the convention, postponing the resolutions indefinitely.  It was quickly approved by 2/3rds of the delegates.  There followed about 20 minutes of complaints and objections by the Sanders delegates - they were angry and acting like the establishment was railroading them.  Some complained that the earlier goodwill gained on the platform was destroyed, and that they were no longer inclined to be Democrats.  Many other delegates left, assuming the convention was completed.

Then the Sanders folks were successful in re-opening the convention - it was a combination of finding one that had voted to close the convention to offer a motion to reconsider, and then to re-vote.  Since lots of folks had left, they succeeded.

Bert Marley, chairman of the IDP and convention chairman, brokered a deal that allowed the reconsideration of the remaining resolutions, provided that the Sanders delegate who offered the resolution naming Clinton as corrupt would voluntarily withdraw it.  That ended up working, and we finally closed at 1am.

It all ended up fine.  Mostly because Marley bent over backwards to appease the Sanders crowd.  And we ended up passing those drug resolutions that the actual politicians in the convention begged us not to.

And I fear that Philadelphia may suffer a similar level of drama.

By the way - congratulations to Miranda, who was on the Platform Committee, and to Cecile, who was elected as a national delegate!

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Quotations of the Week

"In the course of a single conversation, I have been assured that Hillary is cunning and manipulative but also crass, clueless, and stunningly impolitic; that she is a hopelessly woolly-headed do-gooder and, at heart, a hardball litigator; that she is a base opportunist and a zealot convinced that God is on her side.  What emerges is a cultural inventory of villainy rather than a plausible depiction of an actual person."
- Henry Louis Gates (1996)

 

Poem of the Week

I Have This Way of Being

I have this, and this isn't a mouth
            full of the names of odd flowers

I've grown in secret.
            I know none of these by name

but have this garden now,
            and pastel somethings bloom

near the others and others.
            I have this trowel, these overalls,

this ridiculous hat now.
            This isn't a lung full of air.

Not a fist full of weeds that rise
            yellow then white then windswept.

This is little more than a way
            to kneel and fill gloves with sweat,

so that the trowel in my hand
            will have something to push against,

rather, something to push
            against that it knows will bend

and give and return as sprout
            and petal and sepal and bloom.

Jamaal May
(Listen to an audio version)

About This Poem

"The poem keeps negating its considerations while essentially building on the first idea, which is also one way to think of struggle and growth.  I think the closest anyone could get to an honest answer about who they are is a metaphor that shifts and evolves as they try to express it.  In that reach towards articulation we might spark, within ourselves, broader ideas and questions about the world we grapple with."
-Jamaal May

 

 

links ... links ... Links ... LINKS ... LINKS!

  * Is Trump broke?
* Is Trump paying a fictional ad agency?
* An American horror story
* Live tweeting from a Trump rally
* As I've been saying, Trump can't run a campaign
* Thinking about Clinton:  a plea for reason
* Bill O'Reilly can't remember any abortion clinic violence
* Cuz he's black (slam poetry)
* Dear Donald Trump (slam poetry)
* I'll be trying this interesting app on my trip to Florida
  * If you need more excellent linkage, check out Yankton, Oakland, or Pasadena

 

Schedule

       
June 25 Sat Pocatello LGBT Pride
 
Aug 20 Sat Roy Zimmerman in concert
 
Sept 15 Thurs Laughing Liberally
 

 

 

Thursday Night DL at the Bee's Knees

 

Press Failure

   Next meeting:
  Date Thursday, June 16th
Time 7 to 9pm (show up when you can)
Place Bee's Knees at 850 Lindsay Blvd (in the front of the Guesthouse Inn)
 

Composite of polls and prediction markets
(note that graph at link may change with time)

I apologize for not saying anything about Orlando and the Pulse nightclub tragedy.  It fills me with such pain that I find it hard to discuss without tearing up.  I certainly don't trust myself to say anything insightful about it.

The perpetrator seems to have been a confused, intersectional terrorist.  His motivation seems to be ISIS-related, but also not so much.  And anti-gay, but also he was likely gay.  It wouldn't surprise me if the investigation shows that he was just acting out toxic masculinity.

So it's hard to think about how to respond.  Other than to push for sensible gun regulation.

Hollis & I have now donated to The Brady Campaign.  I encourage all of you to find a similar organization to support in any way you can.  Or perhaps something related to the LGBTQ community.  Or the Latino community.

And let's continue to oppose the forces of conservatism, which have been on the wrong side of every aspect of this tragedy.  From opposing gun regulation to lashing out against Muslims to othering LGBTQ members to cutting mental health support to starving our governmental institutions.  The best thing we can do is to continue supporting liberal goals and liberal politicians.


The press is taking a bit of a beating - and engaging in lots of introspection - over its approach to Trump.  I honestly don't blame them for any failure here.  Our press is not designed to deal with a candidate like Trump - nor should it be.

Let's keep the blame for the rise of Trump right where it belongs - on the conservative right and the GOP.  They're the ones that foisted a "very lucky sociopath who thinks he's a con man" onto our political stage.

It seems like the media is coming around because of the obvious threat posed by Trump, but also because of the public response to the free ride being granted to him.  He's been coasting through without spending much money by dominating the news cycles by strategically uttering bits of ignorance and hate.  He's found a way to flood the news cycle with fluff - and avoid the serious subjects that he should be struggling to address in depth.

But that road is coming to an end.  It has obviously happened too late to impact the GOP primary race.  But that's OK with me.  The GOP now gets to contend with the long-term damage of having nominated a belligerent buffoon with all the depth of Sarah Palin and less charm.

And Trump now has to look at a campaign season where the press is not friendly to him, and where he will now have to raise and spend money more like a regular candidate.  Which is apparently proving difficult, as well.  In this environment, who's going to be donating $millions to a self-proclaimed billionaire who has bragged about not needing donations?

I know that lots of us are worried about Trump actually winning.  And some are not buying my arguments that Clinton will win easily - and even some admonitions that an excess of confidence could be the thing that defeats her.

But when people who have money and look at this race - when they are deciding where to bet - only 1 in 5 are willing to put it on Trump (keep in mind those betting markets are mostly foreign gamblers).  Remember that the American population includes 20% who are hard-right, irrational morons.  The ones who think the GOP is way too liberal.  The die-hard defenders of Bush and Palin.  They've already voted in the GOP primary.  Their numbers will not grow much larger in the general.

So not very many sane people are betting on Trump actually winning because they think he has an actual chance to win.  Some of the larger, most reliable contributors to the GOP are not jumping in.

Trump is also doing poorly in the national polls, and will be doing worse once the Dems feel the need to rally behind one nominee.  And now the mainstream press sees that it's OK to be tough on him, and they're figuring out how to do that.

Then there's the fact that Trump really is a shitty politician.

November does not bode well for Trump.


I will be in Boise this coming Thursday, so cannot be with you all.  But Patricia has graciously volunteered to be the stand-in, stand-up host for the evening - so the party will go on!  Join the regular crew at the Bee's Knees.  Who knows - there may be some big Sanders news to discuss.

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Quotations of the Week

"[Trump] isn't a con man.  He is a very lucky sociopath who thinks he's a con man."
- Ana Marie Cox

 

"Hispanic.  Female.  Veteran.  Three great verbs."
- Donald Trump (he misspoke and corrected himself)

 

"I think he is a stunning ignoramus on foreign policy issues and national security, which are the issues I care most about.  And he's said one stupid, reckless thing after another, and he's shown absolutely no temperament to try to learn the things that he doesn't know, and he doesn't know just about everything. ... The guy has a chimpanzee-level understanding of national security policy."
- Mike Murphy (GOP strategist, speaking about you-know-who)

 

"Remember this:  When we got out, we shoulda taken the oil.  I'll never forget, some of the pundits, most of them, they don't have the brains they were born with, they said, 'They're talking about a sovereign country!'  Iraq!  Crooked as hell.  How about bringing baskets of money, millions and millions of dollars, and handing it out.  I wanna know, who were the soldiers that had that job?  Cuz I think they're living very well right now, whoever they may be."
- Donald Trump, commenting on American soldiers in Iraq

 

Poem of the Week

Blue Vase

Because you like to sleep with curtains drawn,
        at dawn I rose and pulled the velvet tight.

You stirred, then set your hand back on my hip,
        the bed a ship in sleep's doubled plunging

wave on wave, until as though a lighthouse
        beam had crossed the room:  the vase between

the windows suddenly ablaze, a spirit,
        seized, inside its amethyst blue gaze.

What's that? you said.  A slip of light, untamed,
        had turned the vase into a crystal ball,

whose blue eye looked back at us, amazed, two
        sleepers startled in each other's arms,

while day lapped at night's extinguished edge,
        adrift between the past and future tense,

    a blue moon for an instant caught in its chipped
            sapphire-love enduring, give or take.

About This Poem

"This poem is an actual transcription of an event, which is a bit unusual for me:  a blue vase set between two windows refracted the morning light.  And then, Hart Crane's poem 'Repose of Rivers,' which I have always loved, in which the wind is 'flaking sapphire,' surfaced in the last lines; an example of the poem itself catching reflected light, as the vase did."
-Cynthia Zarin

 

 

links ... links ... Links ... LINKS ... LINKS!

  * If you are a liberal and think Clinton is corrupt and untrustworthy, you're rewarding 25 years of GOP smears
* A guide to Donald Trump's conspiracy theories
* GOP:  a party of grifters
* Fun 538 election projection tool
* An overview ofClinton's chances
* Digby says:  how the Dems can capitalize on Trump
* And it will keep on growing when Sanders suspends
* Trump, insulting the soldiers
* A great thread on Twitter
  * If you need more excellent linkage, check out Yankton, or Pasadena!

 

Thursday Night DL at the Bee's Knees

 

Loving Day This Saturday!

   Next meeting:
  Date Thursday, June 9th
Time 7 to 9pm (show up when you can)
Place Bee's Knees at 850 Lindsay Blvd (in the front of the Guesthouse Inn)
 

Looks like the Dems have picked Hillary Clinton!  I'm pretty happy with that, and looking forward to a good trouncing in November.


Special Event:  Loving Day   This is our annual celebration of Loving Day, combined with a Progressive Awards Banquet.  This is always a fun and moving event, and it's great to see people outside of our regular Thursday night gathering.

This year's event will be on June 11th, at 4pm.

We'll be holding the event at Sportsman's Park (by the Key Bank parking lot).  We provide drinks and hot dogs/burgers.  Please bring a dish to share, if you can.

And share our Facebook event, too.



Also, remember:  I will have free drink certificates for all new attendees.  And I will be generous if you've just started coming in the past couple of weeks, or if the last time you came was before we started at the Bee's Knees (actually, before we started at the Wild Russett, which became the Bee's Knees).

Invite your friends or coworkers, and mention this deal.  Maybe you can even arrange a kick-back.

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Quotations of the Week

"When he gets called out by his own former students, or by his own employees ... what does Trump do at that point?  Does he man up and take his licks?  Does he offer people their money back?  No!  No, no.  He whines about the press, he whimpers about the students, and he complains that the judge doesn't like him.  Well Donald, it's time to stop sniveling and put on your big boy pants because this is what accountability feels like!"
- Elizabeth Warren

 

"Every day there is another story or another incident that completely disqualifies him from being president.  Every day there is another piece of evidence that exposes this small, insecure money-grubber, who just doesn't care about anyone but himself."
- Elizabeth Warren

 

Poem of the Week

Letter Beginning with Two Lines by Czesław Miłosz

You whom I could not save,
Listen to me.

Can we agree Kevlar
backpacks shouldn't be needed

for children walking to school?
Those same children

also shouldn't require a suit
of armor when standing

on their front lawns, or snipers
to watch their backs

as they eat at McDonalds.
They shouldn't have to stop

to consider the speed
of a bullet or how it might

reshape their bodies.  But
one winter, back in Detroit,

I had one student
who opened a door and died.

It was the front
door to his house, but

it could have been any door,
and the bullet could have written

any name.  The shooter
was thirteen years old

and was aiming
at someone else.  But

a bullet doesn't care
about "aim," it doesn't

distinguish between
the innocent and the innocent,

and how was the bullet
supposed to know this

child would open the door
at the exact wrong moment

because his friend
was outside and screaming

for help.  Did I say
I had "one" student who

opened a door and died?
That's wrong.

There were many.
The classroom of grief

had far more seats
than the classroom for math

though every student
in the classroom for math

could count the names
of the dead.

A kid opens a door.  The bullet
couldn't possibly know,

nor could the gun, because
"guns don't kill people," they don't

have minds to decide
such things, they don't choose

or have a conscience,
and when a man doesn't

have a conscience, we call him
a psychopath.  This is how

we know what type of assault rifle
a man can be,

and how we discover
the hell that thrums inside

each of them.  Today,
there's another

shooting with dead
kids everywhere.  It was a school,

a movie theater, a parking lot.
The world

is full of doors.
And you, whom I cannot save,

you may open a door

and enter a meadow, or a eulogy.
And if the latter, you will be

mourned, then buried
in rhetoric.

There will be
monuments of legislation,

little flowers made
from red tape.

What should we do? we'll ask
again.  The earth will close

like a door above you.
What should we do?

And that click you hear?
That's just our voices,

the deadbolt of discourse
sliding into place.

Matthew Olzmann
(Listen to an audio version)

About This Poem

"The day before this poem was accepted for publication, my workplace went on lockdown because a man with a rifle was sighted on campus.  Later that evening, there was a mass shooting in California.  When I wrote the first draft of this poem two years ago, I thought it was an elegy, but realized quickly that it's less about mourning, and more about anger—anger that this is normal; this is everyday, and our rhetoric around gun violence does not change."
-Matthew Olzmann

 

 

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Schedule

       
June 11 Sat Loving Day 4pm, Sportsman's Park
 
June 16 Thurs IF City Club Annual Dinner:  An Evening with Dr. Zackery Heern:  Islamic History and Modern Islamic Movements in the Middle East (Bennion SUB, 6pm - 8:30pm)

 

 

Thursday Night DL at the Bee's Knees

 

Loving Day Plans

   Next meeting:
  Date Thursday, June 2nd
Time 7 to 9pm (show up when you can)
Place Bee's Knees at 850 Lindsay Blvd (in the front of the Guesthouse Inn)
 

Time to think about Loving Day!  This is our annual celebration of Loving Day, combined with a Progressive Awards Banquet.  This is always a fun and moving event, and it's great to see people outside of our regular Thursday night gathering.

This year's event will be on June 11th, at 4pm.

We'll be holding the event at Sportsman's Park (by the Key Bank parking lot).  We provide drinks and hot dogs/burgers.  Please bring a dish to share, if you can.


Also, something new this week.  I've been thinking about how to build attendance, and had an idea.  Heather at the Bee's Knees agreed.


I will have free drink certificates for all new attendees.  And I will be generous if you've just started coming in the past couple of weeks, or if the last time you came was before we started at the Bee's Knees (actually, before we started at the Wild Russett, which became the Bee's Knees).

Invite your friends or coworkers, and mention this deal.  Maybe you can even arrange a kick-back.


Also - remember that this coming Sunday is our Soup Kitchen day.  All are welcome, but check with us to make sure that we don't have too many.  You know that you're missing out when we occasionally have to turn people away!

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Poem of the Week

The Leash

After the birthing of bombs of forks and fear,
the frantic automatic weapons unleashed,
the spray of bullets into a crowd holding hands,
that brute sky opening in a slate metal maw
that swallows only the unsayable in each of us, what's
left?  Even the hidden nowhere river is poisoned
orange and acidic by a coal mine.  How can
you not fear humanity, want to lick the creek
bottom dry to suck the deadly water up into
your own lungs, like venom?  Reader, I want to
say, Don't die.  Even when silvery fish after fish
comes back belly up, and the country plummets
into a crepitating crater of hatred, isn't there still
something singing?  The truth is:  I don't know.
But sometimes, I swear I hear it, the wound closing
like a rusted-over garage door, and I can still move
my living limbs into the world without too much
pain, can still marvel at how the dog runs straight
toward the pickup trucks break-necking down
the road, because she thinks she loves them,
because she's sure, without a doubt, that the loud
roaring things will love her back, her soft small self
alive with desire to share her goddamn enthusiasm,
until I yank the leash back to save her because
I want her to survive forever.  Don't die, I say,
and we decide to walk for a bit longer, starlings
high and fevered above us, winter coming to lay
her cold corpse down upon this little plot of earth.
Perhaps, we are always hurtling our body towards
the thing that will obliterate us, begging for love
from the speeding passage of time, and so maybe
like the dog obedient at my heels, we can walk together
peacefully, at least until the next truck comes.

Ada Limón

About This Poem

"Oh to go back to the days 'before we knew better.'  In this poem I wanted to capture that thrill of absolute freedom before the great leveling fear of death pierced the mind.  I miss that motorcycle."
-Ada Limón

 

 

Schedule

       
June 5 Sun Soup Kitchen - join us from 11:30am - 2pm
 
June 11 Sat Loving Day

 

 

Thursday Night DL at the Bee's Knees

 

Clinton's Chances

   Next meeting:
  Date Thursday, May 26th
Time 7 to 9pm (show up when you can)
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Composite of polls, excluding outlier Rasmussen
(note that graph at link may change with time)

In response to my request for interesting political podcasts, Kyle came through with a good one that I hadn't known about.  The Skepticrat is a comedy podcast focused on politics.  It can be slightly crude, but it is very funny.  Check it out.


My arguments about how the Dems really can't lose the presidency this year (barring some unexpected event, like a health challenge or a terrorist attack) have been based solely on voting history and population trends.  They have not been based on the particular candidates that are nominated.

Now that we basically have two real people, I am even more confident.  And that is despite the recent polls that are being portrayed as showing a tightening race, or even a tied race.  That's not really happening.  What's happening is that the GOP is showing some consolidation around Trump, while the Democrats are not yet at that stage.


As shown above, if you eliminate the notoriously biased Rasmussen poll, Clinton actually has a 7 point lead.  Including Rasmussen, she has a 1.6% lead, which will grow once Sanders leaves the race.  And remember, Obama won landslide victories with only a 4% lead in the popular vote (he won 68% and 62% of the Electoral College votes in 2008 and 2012, respectively).

Clinton's advantages:

  • Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama will be out campaigning for her.  Trump has Mitt Romney and GW Bush campaigning against him.
  • She is by far the most qualified individual to run for the seat in my adult lifetime - including Bill Clinton.
  • Electing our first woman will be a huge motivator for many.
  • Trump is incoherent on issues.  He simply doesn't know anything.  She will clean up in debates.  Without having to attack him directly.
  • Clinton looked great when being grilled for 11 hours by the Gowdy Benghazi/Stop-Hillary panel.  She has the ability to shine when attacked.
  • Economy is in comparably good shape.
  • Trump excels at one thing - zippy insults.  Will that be effective against Clinton?  Nope.
  • The GOP is in a civil war.
  • Trump has not brought any new people into the GOP.  But Sanders did bring many new people into the Democratic party.

Trump is seriously disliked.  By people on both sides.  By large chunks of vital populations.  Women.  Latinos.  Sane people.  His negatives affect large parts of the general population.  But Clinton's negatives are more isolated to people who wouldn't vote Democratically anyway.

But if you're still worried about Trump, and not completely satisfied by the historical demographic trends and voting patterns, or by the general points I made above, then here is a quick, back-of-the-envelope calculation.

Imagine that there are 1,000 voters in the country.  About 700 would be white, with 300 nonwhite.

Trump is very unpopular with POC.  He's less popular with Hispanics than either Romney or GWB.  And they didn't do very well - Romney won only 27% of Latinos, after the worst thing that he said was the self-deportation comment.  Clinton has nearly as much support from black Americans as did Obama (over 90%), so Trump will not do very well with them, either.  I've seen polling numbers that suggest that Trump will get 11-12% of the black vote.  Democrats have been averaging about 80% of the minority vote since 1976.

So let's be generous and give 25% of the nonwhite vote to Trump.  That would be 300 × 0.25 = 75 Trump votes.

Among the 700 white voters, 53% are women.  That's 371 voters.  Trump is kind of unpopular with them, too.  Again, let's be generous and give him 50% of the white female vote.  That is 371 × 0.5 = 186 votes (round up for conservativism).

To get 50% + 1 of the total votes, Trump will need 240 more white male votes (501 - 75 - 186).

There are 700 × 0.47 = 329 white males.  Therefore, Trump needs 240 ÷ 329 = 73% of the white male vote.

As a reminder, Romney got 62% of the white male vote in 2012.  GWB got 62% in 2004.  Bush Sr got 63% in 1988.  Reagan got 63% in 1980.

What chance does Trump have of getting 73%?  And remember, that was with generous assumptions about his share of women and POC.  The worse he does with them, the more white males he needs.  Can Trump really out-perform Reagan?  By a minimum of 10%?  No way.

And if that doesn't convince you, then take a look at the betting odds.  Trump has a 33% chance of winning, even when the polls have drawn nearly even.  That should tell you how much the recent polls are worth.

Anyway, for all the reasons given above, and with the back-of-the-envelope calculation, I remain highly confident in a strong Clinton win.

Come share your confidence or concerns at this Thursday's Drinking Liberally.

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Quotations of the Week

"I don't want to have guns in classrooms, although in some cases teachers should have guns in classrooms frankly, because teachers are - you know - things that are going on in our schools are unbelievable."
- Donald Trump

 

Poem of the Week

Work

I could tell they were father and son,
the air between them, slack as though
they hardly noticed one another.

The father sanded the gunwales,
the boy coiled the lines.
And I admired them there, each to his task

in the quiet of the long familiar.
The sawdust coated the father's arms
like dusk coats grass in a field.

The boy worked next on the oarlocks
polishing the brass until it gleamed
as though he could harness the sun.

Who cares what they were thinking,
lucky in their lives
that the spin of the genetic wheel

slowed twice to a stop
and landed each of them here.

Sally Bliumis-Dunn
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About This Poem

"I saw them only for a moment, the father and son mentioned in this poem.  There was a strong feeling of contentment and concentration in the air as we passed them on our kayak.  I was very drawn to it and them and wanted to explore the attraction I felt."
-Sally Bliumis-Dunn

 

 

links ... links ... Links ... LINKS ... LINKS!

  * Markos lists eleven reasons for Sanders' loss
* Interesting turn in the minimum wage debate in Idaho
* GOP Chairman Steve Yates says his values are better than ours
* Melissa McEwan tells Trump that plenty of people respect women more than he does
* Bad decision from the Madison School District
* ... and Sanders really isn't doing better than Clinton when matched against Trump
* Politifact says:  no procedural problems at Nevada convention
* This is pretty funny:  Chewbacca lady
  * If you need more excellent linkage, check out Yankton, Oakland, Pasadena, or Claremont!

 

Schedule

       
June 11 Sat Loving Day

 

 

Thursday Night DL at the Bee's Knees

 

Political Podcasts

   Next meeting:
  Date Thursday, May 19th
Time 7 to 9pm (show up when you can)
Place Bee's Knees at 850 Lindsay Blvd (in the front of the Guesthouse Inn)
 

Likely written in response to this
(which is funny and worth reading)

I have some political podcast recommendations.  I try to listen when I can, but can't really catch them all in a given week.  But they are all pretty interesting.  Sometimes I steal ideas.

But now is the time to start listening to them.

  • NPR Politics Podcast (various NPR political reporters):
  • This podcast normally drops on Thursday or Friday, but they do special drops for breaking news of interest.  It's usually hosted by Sam Sanders and Domenico Montanaro, with lots of guests.  Typical centrist NPR coverage, but thoughtful and in depth.

  • Slate Political Gabfest (Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz):
  • This is a fun podcast that is normally just a discussion between the three hosts.  I was originally annoyed by Emily Bazelon, but lately I've liked her more and more.  This podcast normally drops on Thursday.


  • The Weeds (Ezra Klein, Sarah Kliff, and Matthew Yglesias)
  • This is a podcast for policy wonks by policy wonks.  If you can take a 30-minute discussion of the land value tax concept, it's for you.  That episode was actually very fascinating.  All of them are.  Weekly.

  • 538 Elections (Nate Silver, Jody Avirgan, Clare Malone, Harry Enten)
  • Well, of course.  Nate Silver's political polling podcast.  Do I need to say more?  Weekly, and usually on Monday.

  • Keepin' it 1600 (Jon Favreau and Dan Pfeiffer)
  • A podcast by former Obama Administration staffers.  Really interesting for the inside knowledge.  My newest find, and I'm really enjoying it.

  • Whistlestop (John Dickerson)
  • This is great, historically focused podcast that hosted by John Dickerson.  It's normally a long-form story about a fascinating political campaign from history.  This comes out every other week or so.  Dickerson has just announced a book based on these podcasts.

  • Serial (Sarah Koenig, This American Life):
  • Not really a political podcast - it's only on the list because it is fascinating, and the most successful podcast of all time.  The first season focused on a single murder of a teenager in Baltimore.  The second season focused on the Bowe Bergdhal story.  Just really, really good.  The second season has ended (you can listen to all of them at your leisure), but it's weekly when it's in season.

Join us this Thursday, and bring along your favorite podcast if you have one.

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Quotations of the Week

"... family income isn't a predictor of Trump support in any of our models.  More importantly this narrative is difficult to square with the reality that though Blacks and Hispanics have significantly worse economic outcomes than whites, few have rushed to support Trump.  In addition, we find that variables connected to economic anxiety do not predict Trump support after other factors are controlled for ... Rather, we find that what drives support for Trump is the mistaken belief that the government serves the interests of Blacks, rather than whites."
- Jason McDaniel and Sean McElwee

 

Poem of the Week

Holidays

The holiest of all holidays are those
   Kept by ourselves in silence and apart;
   The secret anniversaries of the heart,
   When the full river of feeling overflows;-
The happy days unclouded to their close;
   The sudden joys that out of darkness start
   As flames from ashes; swift desires that dart
   Like swallows singing down each wind that blows!
White as the gleam of a receding sail,
   White as a cloud that floats and fades in air,
   White as the whitest lily on a stream,
These tender memories are;- a Fairy Tale
   Of some enchanted land we know not where,
   But lovely as a landscape in a dream.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

 

links ... links ... Links ... LINKS ... LINKS!

  * If you're still going to vote tomorrow, you have some time to watch this Supreme Court nominee debate
* Watch this excellent video:  Dear Trump supporters
* Great description of what happened in Nevada (written by a Clinton delegate, so be aware of the little bit of bias)
* Awesome story about Twin Falls helping refugee families (why isn't Idaho Falls involved)
* Walmart eating at the public trough (again)
* OMG this is an awesome, must-read rant
* A really fascinating history map
* Fascinating science:  what physics teachers get wrong about tides
* ... and if that interests you, check out amphidromic points
* Ted Cruz's epic Twitter meltdown
* Cool idea
* Pulling the hearstrings:  this is very worth watching
* Why Sanders is actually winning
  * If you need more excellent linkage, check out Yankton, Pasadena, or Claremont!

 

Schedule

       
May 17 Tues Idaho primary elections (state and local issues)
 
May 19 Thurs IF City Club:  Dr Rick Aman, President Eastern Idaho Technical College (EITC), The Case for a Community College in Eastern Idaho (Bennion SUB, noon - 1:30pm)
 
June 11 Sat Loving Day

 

 

Thursday Night DL at the Bee's Knees

 

Primary Losers

   Next meeting:
  Date Thursday, May 12th
Time 7 to 9pm (show up when you can)
Place Bee's Knees at 850 Lindsay Blvd (in the front of the Guesthouse Inn)
 

This

I sometimes try to give information on upcoming elections.  The upcoming primary elections on May 17th do have some important races, although too many for me to cover effectively.  Also, because DL is nonpartisan, I cannot suggest that you vote for any particular candidate.  But I can give you some information.

First, check out the races here.  And you can find your district number here
There are some contested races on the Republican side, but none on the Democratic side.  However, everyone can vote in the Idaho Supreme Court justice race.

The Democratic primaries are open and you can register on election day  The GOP primaries are closed - you cannot vote in them unless you are a registered Republican.  I recently switched my registration away from Republican in order to participate in the state Democratic convention, so no primary shinanigans for me.


I will mention that two candidates for the legislature are members of DL:  George Morrison and Jim De Angelis.  Both are unopposed in their primaries, so do not really need your vote.  In November, Jim will be running against Janet Trujillo, who is probably a very nice person when not acting as a legislator.  George's opponent will be selected in the primary race between David Smith and Bryan Zollinger.  Smith is an Idaho Falls city council member, and is a decent guy.  Zollinger hangs around with criminals.

If you attended Tuesday's meet & greet with Judge Gutierrez, then you likely formed your opinion about the Supreme Court race.  Alternatively, you can watch the Idaho PTV forum here.

If you're in District 30, you should remember that one of the candidates visited with us two weeks ago.

There are several other races that certainly make one wish that one could cast negative votes.


Last week's Slate Culture Gabfest, The Worst Man in the World edition (5/4/2016) had an amazing discussion about the cultural reasons for Trump's political success.  Stephen Metcalf describes how it actually has its roots in the Viet Nam war.  The podcast is well worth a listen, or you can read Metcalf's article here.


Which GOP candidates have been fatally harmed by this year's primary season?

Rubio Dead.  Seems like no future in politics.
Bush, Kasich Probably finished but would be by age anyway; perhaps cabinet positions
Carson Dead.  And comatose.
Christie Dead dead dead.  Maybe a cabinet position open if Trump wins.  I.e., dead.
Fiorina dead dead dead.  Like Palin dead.
Cruz Well-situated to resurrect himself in 2020 or 2024
Trump Soon to be dead dead dead
Rand Surprisingly marginal this year but undamaged, may run again
Santorum, Huckabee Zombie candidates.  Cannot be killed.  Will run forever.
Ryan Not even a candidate this year, but situated to battle Cruz in 2020 or 2024
Gilmore He probably actually did die, and nobody noticed

So Rubio probably had the best career path open to him, and has probably lost it. He lost the most. Perhaps Christie in second place.

Cruz came out in the best shape, unfortunately. Could easily run again. Rand and Ryan in second best (Ryan isn't first because he really doesn't belong on the list in the first place, and Rand isn't first because he's a loon who won't do any better next time).

Come share your thoughts Thursday at the Bee's Knees.

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Quotations of the Week

"The GOP has become an insurgent outlier in American politics.  It is ideologically extreme; scornful of compromise; unmoved by conventional understanding of facts, evidence and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition."
- Norman Ornstein and Thomas Mann, from 2012

 

"What part of the Obama coalition ... how many obama voters even in 2012 or 2008 ... are going to turn and vote for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton?  At the end of the day that is what you have to ask yourself if you think there is a possiblity that Donald Trump can win the Presidency."
- on Favreau, Keeping it 1600 podcast (Episode 8)

 

Poem of the Week

The Mystery

I was not; now I am-a few days hence
I shall not be; I fain would look before
And after, but can neither do; some Power
Or lack of power says "no" to all I would.
I stand upon a wide and sunless plain,
Nor chart nor steel to guide my steps aright.
Whene'er, o'ercoming fear, I dare to move,
I grope without direction and by chance.
Some feign to hear a voice and feel a hand
That draws them ever upward thro' the gloom.
But I-I hear no voice and touch no hand,
Tho' oft thro' silence infinite I list,
And strain my hearing to supernal sounds;
Tho' oft thro' fateful darkness do I reach,
And stretch my hand to find that other hand.
I question of th' eternal bending skies
That seem to neighbor with the novice earth;
But they roll on, and daily shut their eyes
On me, as I one day shall do on them,
And tell me not the secret that I ask.

Paul Laurence Dunbar

 

 

links ... links ... Links ... LINKS ... LINKS!

  * Brutal anti-Trump ads from the Clinton campaign
* US Justice Department spanks North Carolina
* Great news from Alabama:  Chief Justice Roy Moore suspended from office
* GOP members truning against Trump
* ... even the vile Erick Erickson
* FBI interviews Clinton staff on emails ... seems that there's not much there
* A field guide todebunking fake Clinton scandals
* Donald Trump's comments about women
* WaPo fact checker slams the media for giving Trump a pass
* Why Trump will lose
* Rachel Maddow goes off on the Trump nomination
* Meet the Trump campaign team
* The Scibabe debunks food myths (including "organic" and anti-GMO myths)
  * If you need more excellent linkage, check out Yankton, Oakland, Pasadena, or Claremont!

 

Schedule

       
May 14 Sat Martini Mayhem - Bee's Knees
 
May 17 Tues Idaho primary elections (state and local issues)
 
May 19 Thurs IF City Club:  Dr Rick Aman, President Eastern Idaho Technical College (EITC), The Case for a Community College in Eastern Idaho (Bennion SUB, noon - 1:30pm)
 
June 11 Sat Loving Day

 

 

Thursday Night DL at the Bee's Knees

 

Miscellany

   Next meeting:
  Date Thursday, May 5th
Time 7 to 9pm (show up when you can)
Place Bee's Knees at 850 Lindsay Blvd (in the front of the Guesthouse Inn)
 

The built-in advantage for this year's Democrats

I want to thank everyone for coming to both the ACLU Session Confessions and our 10th anniversary events.  Both were great successes.  I look forward to ten more wonderful years with this group.


Breaking News!  Trump sews up the nomination.

That's all I care to say about that.


There is a lot of talk about the primary process.  People complain about caucuses being undemocratic.  The Sanders camp has complained about closed primaries.  And the idea of superdelegates has taken some heat.  Even coin tosses to resolve ties in precinct voting for state-level delegates.

And no doubt there are some things that need fixing.  But should we really standardize the process?

Should we make the party selection process fully democratic?  I.e., as close as we can get to individual voters selecting the party nominee?

I get to be a contrarian ass now.


What skills and characteristics do we want in a president?  Assume we make the primary process consistent and more democratic.  Do we want a president that appeals to the most people?  That's nice when people are supporting a candidate like Sanders.  Not so nice when they support a candidate like Trump.

I suggest that we want a president that can win in a lot of different types of contests.  We want a candidate that can run a massive organization to handle a complex process with a large staff and a huge team of volunteers.  We want a candidate who can evaluate and prioritize his or her time effectively in a complex environment.  So standardizing the process removes our ability to find that out.

Like I said, there probably are some fixes.  Voter registration is one area that can be liberalized and automated.  Let's make it easy for everyone who wants to vote to participate.  For states that have caucuses, perhaps we could add a method for non-attendees to cast a vote in advance.

But let's not ignore the benefits of a complicated, contradictory process for selecting nominees.


Of course, when there is breaking news of a mass shooting, we all worry about the victims, and about the motivation of the perpetrator.  We worry about the underlying causes of the act, and how society should respond.

But there are some more selfish worries.  These are selfish worries because they have to do more with how we feel than about the people suffering in the event itself.  And I don't mean that in a bad sense ... we all have these selfish responses.

When I hear about a mass shooting, I worry that it's a black or Muslim person.  I worry that it might be a person with identifiable mental health issues.  I worry that it might be an undocumented immigrant.  I worry about those things because of the impact that it will have on those already vulnerable minority populations - and specifically how the right will respond to that aspect of the crime.

What I don't worry about is that it might be a person motivated by liberal politics.

I wonder what conservatives worry about?  Don't they worry that it's another person motivated by conservative thought?  Maybe another far-right gun fetishist who thinks that the government is out to get him.  Or a racist with obvious conservative ties.  Or an anti-abortion extremist.  Or a misogynist.  Or another Rush Limbaugh listener.

[This is not to say that every mass shooter has to have an ideological motivation.  But enough of them do that such considerations must occur to everyone when they first hear about another shooting.]

And don't they worry about why they have to worry about that?

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Quotations of the Week

"The left is making a big mistake here.  What they're offering people is a full stomach and an empty soul.  The American people want more than that.  This reminds me of a story I heard from Eloise Anderson.  She serves in the cabinet of my buddy, Governor Scott Walker.  She once met a young boy from a very poor family, and every day at school, he would get a free lunch from a government program.  He told Eloise he didn't want a free lunch.  He wanted his own lunch, one in a brown-paper bag just like the other kids.  He wanted one, he said, because he knew a kid with a brown-paper bag had someone who cared for him.  This is what the left does not understand."
- Rep Paul Ryan

 

"We're going to say 'Merry Christmas' again."
- Donald Trump, GOP nominee for President

 

Poem of the Week

A Nearly Perfect Morning

It was a nearly perfect morning-bucolic, pastoral-
so I found myself cataloguing my past humiliations.
Really, there was no reason for it!  I might as well have
looked for an ant hill to lie down on in a meadow
of goldenrod.  I can't explain it but perhaps I thought
that with the rising sun as my witness, with the catbirds
crows, and whizzing hummingbirds my soundtrack
that I could ameliorate them, neutralize their charges
against me by holding them up to the woods now in wait
for the light to balance on their individual leaves, on
the absorbing vastness of my fortune.  The concentric rings
of the spider web have the wiry shine of guitar strings
there's been so little wind it seems the trees have not
yet shook themselves awake, but we are moving around
this light at such a pace that by now the sun is nested
in the crook of two thin branches that could not hold
anything else.  I was barely up to the third count
against my integrity when the whole lake turned white
but I decided it was not aghast, just trying to erase.

Jessica Greenbaum
(Listen to an audio version)

About This Poem

"It's funny what good fortune does in the wrong mind!  I mean, I try to catch myself when I'm giving my own good luck short shrift.  The poem falls in that category of my preoccupation in poems (and not in poems) with the relativity of sorrow, and how to find a place for it.  I'm thinking of the stellar, oft-cited poem by Jack Gilbert, 'A Brief for the Defense,' in which (to be crassly reductive) he talks about the need to genuinely praise delight so that the depth of real suffering has its own integrity.  How does the luxury of serene beauty - a commodity so out of reach for so many - sometimes serve as a backdrop for our self-destructive, fortune-destructive tendencies?  And how can we manipulate that?  How can we interpret our contextual surroundings in order to best respect the richness of what we have in the world and in ourselves?  And then, how to complain?"
-Jessica Greenbaum

 

 

links ... links ... Links ... LINKS ... LINKS!

  * The most important economic chart you may see this year
* Science says:  why electing women is good
* George Will isn't happy
* ... but he's still an idiot on climate change
* The GOP's electoral map problem
* Journos predict top 5 picks for Clinton's veep (notice no Warren or Sanders; also notice who's in the #1 slot:  my guy Julian Casto)
* ... and the same for Trump
* Privilege allows Sanders supporters to say "Never Clinton"
* Map of epic literary road trips
  * If you need more excellent linkage, check out Yankton, Oakland, or Claremont!

 

Schedule

       
May 7 Sat Truman Banquet
 
May 17 Tues Idaho primary elections (state and local issues)
 
May 14 Sat Martini Mayhem - Bee's Knees