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Thursday Night DL at Wild Russet

 

Abstract v Concrete

Next meeting:
  Date Thursday, Oct 24th
Time 7 to 9pm (show up when you can)
Place Wild Russet at 850 Lindsay Blvd (in the front of the Guesthouse Inn)
 


Take the Teabagger/Taliban challenge!

So the legislature of the State of New Jersey passed a marriage equality bill.  As it was going into effect, lawsuits were filed to overturn the law – including requests for the courts to enforce a stay on gay weddings until the issue was worked out in court. [Note that Republican governor Chris Christie, to his credit, declined to fight the law.]

But this is what the New Jersey Supreme Court said about imposing a stay:

The State has advanced a number of arguments, but none of them overcome this reality:  same-sex couples who cannot marry are not treated equally under the law today.  The harm to them is real, not abstract or speculative.

[…]

The State identified certain abstract harms … Weighed against them are immediate and concrete violations of plaintiffs’ right to equal protection under the law.  Because plaintiffs cannot marry under State law, they and their children are simply not eligible for a host of federal benefits available to same-sex married couples today.

Isn’t that a thing of beauty?  They are allowing gay people to get married while they decide whether the state has a right to deny that freedom.

Doesn’t that seem miraculous?  That simple, straightforward logic escaped the State of California during their Prop 8 challenges.  And it certainly escaped our own City Council during the nondiscrimination discussions.  The fear of maybe having a potential loss of vague religious freedoms by unidentified people trumped the actual happiness and safety of specific people.


Special Notes


  • » Idaho Falls city election Tues, Nov 5th
  • » IF City Club – Michael Zirinsky, Emeritus Professor of History, Boise State University, “Between Iraq and A Hard Place:  Modern Iran and Its International Relations” (Fri, Nov 15th, Bennion SUB, noon – 1:30pm)
  • » ACLU Bill of Rights Dinner – February 7, 2014, in Boise at the Stueckle Sky Center; Laverne Cox of Orange Is the New Black is the guest speaker (we’re putting together a table and seats will be about $75)

What is also interesting is that the real problem that we faced during the nondiscrimination battle was not the rights of LGBTQ people.  I think that particular argument has been won, and all on the council – and most of the opposition – agreed.  This was evidenced by the easy victory on housing and unemployment.  Nobody argued against them.  Had there been any real opposition on that point, those two issues would not have been givens for us.  (The reason that we have exemptions in those portions of the bill is related directly to the following point.)

The real problem we faced was a new and radical concept of religious freedom:  one that covers not just one’s beliefs and one’s religious practices, but also those activities that directly impact other people.  This new concept asserts that a pharmacist who has to count out certain pills is having his religious freedom threatened.  That a city approving a building permit for a mosque is a violation of the citizens’ religious freedom.  And that baking a cake for someone is approval of that person’s “lifestyle.”

Defeating that radical redefinition is our task now.


Proposal:  should our group champion the minimum wage issue in Idaho?  I haven’t had time to investigate the increase, or the signature window.  But it would be a good activity for us.

Join us this week at The Wild Russet, and bring your pro-minimum wage increase arguments.  There may be some people to convince!

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Quotations of the Week

“That is the state to which the whole thing has devolved.  The denizens of the monkeyhouse are bringing the world economy to the brink of chaos in order to fk their own staffs over on health insurance.  Or at least that’s what they say.  In reality, what this is about is a rump faction of one of our two major political parties that doesn’t think we should have a federal government at all, that wants to roll back its functions to a state half-past the Articles of Confederation, and that is doing so while believing itself to be some unholy combination of the Founding Fathers and the X-Men.  They have cast themselves in their own action adventure movie, and the rest of us serve pretty much the same function as New York City does in The Avengers.  We’re the set decoration that gets demolished as Our Heroes fight evil.  These are pathetic, worthless children, playing dress-up, and smashing things because they like the sound of things breaking…”
Charles Pierce

 

“The power rests with Ted Yoho because the castrato Speaker Of The House, Boehner of Ohio, cares more about his job than he does about his country.  The power rests with Ted Yoho because the American political system has tolerated carefully cultivated ignorance and carefully tailored bigotry for far too long.  Ted Yoho has been coming for years.  Ted Yoho was made inevitable by the NCPAC campaigns of the late 1970s and by the elevation of Ronald Reagan to the presidency in 1980 and, subsequently, to an artificially exalted place in our history after he left office.  The Republican party revelled in all the forces that are now tearing it apart.  The Democratic party was criminally negligent and abdicated its profound responsibility to fight against those forces; indeed, it spent the better part of the 1980s and 1990s trying to surf the wave itself.  The Democratic Leadership Council, and Blue Dog Democrats generally, bear a heavy burden of responsibility for failing to demonstrate to the American people in election after election how extreme the Republicans were becoming.”
Charles Pierce

 

“Ted fking Yoho.

A guy who should be a minor annoyance at zoning board meetings in Florida is suddenly capable of helping to bring down the financial stability of the world.  A guy who should be railing at his local drive-time talk-jock is giving quotes to The New York Times about the essential dismantling of the institutions of self-government.”
Charles Pierce

 

“Yes, the President has won an important battle against the zombies.  But while it’s possible to win a zombie battle, it’s never possible to win a zombie war.  No matter how many individual zombies you dispatch, there will always be ten more where they came from.  The Tea Party doesn’t take legislative defeat as a signal that it’s doing something wrong:  it takes it as a signal that nothing has really changed in Washington and that they therefore need to redouble their nihilistic efforts.  Take it from me:  come February, or March, or whenever we end up having to have this idiotic debt-ceiling fight all over again, the Tea Party will still be there, and will still be as crazy as ever.  A bruised zombie, ultimately, is just a scarier zombie.”
Felix Salmon

 

“I never, ever cheated.  I don’t condone cheating.  But I would sometimes spread misinformation.  This is a great tactic.  Misinformation can be very important.”
Sen Rand Paul

 

Poem of the Week

Gone

It’s that, when I’m gone,
(and right off this is tricky)
I won’t be worried
about being gone.
I won’t be here
to miss anything.
I want now, sure,
all I’ve been gathering
since I was born,
but later
when I no longer have it,
(which might be
a state everlasting, who knows?)
this moment right now
(stand closer, love,
you can’t be too close),
is not a thing I’ll know to miss.
I doubt I’ll miss it.
I can’t get over this.

 

links … links … Links … LINKS … LINKS!

  What Ted Cruz is really like
Conservatives say:  the GOP can’t be trusted
Poverty explained (a good cartoon)
What is creating all those part-time jobs?  Obamacare or the recession?
Rachel Maddow:  What the GOP demanded, and what it got
What’s left for the Left?
America is not a Christian nation
Two atheists complain about atheism
Krystal Ball explains Obamacare
While talking about how Obamacare helps people, Obama helps people
Watch Bryan Fischer fall all over himself praising a completely moronic idea … and then realize it
Stephen Fry interviews a reparative therapist
Check out:  financial statements from all the candidates for office in Idaho Falls
  If you need more excellent linkage, check out Yankton!

 

Schedule

 

     
Nov 5 Tues Election Day
Nov 15 Fri IF City Club:  Michael Zirinsky, Emeritus Professor of History, Boise State University, “Between Iraq and A Hard Place:  Modern Iran and Its International Relations” (Bennion SUB, noon – 1:30pm)
Feb 7,
2014
Fri ACLU Bill of Rights Dinner – in Boise at the Stueckle Sky Center; Laverne Cox of Orange Is the New Black is the guest speaker (we’re putting together a table and seats will be about $75)
 
Mon The Nation Discussion Group – every 2nd and 4th Monday, 7:00pm, at Sandy and Merrick Brow’s home, 2269 Calkins Avenue, 524‑6230
 
Mon Film for Thought – every 1st, 3rd, and 5th Monday, 7:00pm, at Marsha and David Nipper’s home, 3031 S. Boulevard, 523‑8493

 

Thursday Night DL at Wild Russet

 

Fear of Looking Forward

Next meeting:
  Date Thursday, Oct 17th
Time 7 to 9pm (show up when you can)
Place Wild Russet at 850 Lindsay Blvd (in the front of the Guesthouse Inn)
 

Conservatives see the changes taking place today (marriage equality, health care reform, marijuana legalization, abortion rights, etc) as serious, fundamental issues that they need to fight against.  They are really uptight about them.  It’s existential.  Losing those issues means losing America.  [At least the rank-and-file conservatives see those issues as fundamental.  The movement conservatives just see those issues as tools to use to keep power and money flowing to them.]

Conservatives will tell you that those changes are indicators of a failing society – one heading for collapse.  Their view is profoundly pessimistic:  we used to be at the pinnacle of greatness, and we have to struggle to stay that way.  In fact, there is no way to be better than we were, except by being more like we were in the past.

To capture their outlook, we must paraphrase the apocryphal Dwight D. Eisenhower quote:  “Things have never been more like the way they are today in history.”  It becomes this:  “Things will never be better than they were before unless we become even more like we were back then.”

Special Notes


As liberals, we see those changes – marriage equality, health care reform, marijuana legalization, abortion rights – as improvements over our current shortcomings.  Ours is a doubly optimistic view:  our best days are still ahead of us, and we can make things better.  In fact, there may be nothing but better days ahead of us.

Could that be the fundamental thing that makes someone either conservative or liberal?  Does one have a positive, optimistic outlook on life, or a negative, fearful outlook?  Are we improving, or decaying?  Are conservatives just people who are pessimistic about the future?

That idea might explain other things about conservatives, too.  For example, if history is a process of decay from some prior period of glory, then how can evolution be true?  The idea that we must have started out as perfect beings (Adam and Eve), and we’ve been going downhill since then would seem to be more conducive to the conservative philosophy.

And it might explain their opposition to global warming as well.  Perhaps the environment is just supposed to get worse, too.  From Eden to hell on Earth.  There’s nothing we can do about it.  It’s part of our destiny and we can’t fix it.

In any case, we liberals are the optimistic, forward thinking, energetic ones.  If we lose on some issue (public accommodations), it’s only a matter of time before we are up and fighting again.  And we are right – so once we win, it’s very hard for the conservatives to take us back.  Even with all the Koch brothers’ money at their disposal.

Come join us this Thursday, and raise a pint to our future!

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Quotations of the Week

“You’re looking at me as though I’m weird.  My God!  Are you so out of touch with most of America, most of which believes in the Devil?  I mean, Jesus Christ believed in the Devil!  It’s in the Gospels!  You travel in circles that are so, so removed from mainstream America that you are appalled that anybody would believe in the Devil!”
Supreme Court Justice Anonin Scalia

 

“What I believe in is that if I live my life as well as I can, that I will be rewarded.  I don’t presume to have knowledge of what happens after I die.  But I feel very strongly that whether the reward is in the here and now or in the hereafter, the aligning myself to my faith and my values is a good thing.

When I tuck in my daughters at night and I feel like I’ve been a good father to them, and I see in them that I am transferring values that I got from my mother and that they’re kind people and that they’re honest people, and they’re curious people, that’s a little piece of heaven.”
President Barack Obama (before he was elected Senator, upon being asked if he believed in heaven)

 

“I don’t know if I am effectively communicating what is wrong with that picture and why it is deeply infuriating.  If a patriot can stand in front of the White House brandishing the Confederate flag, then the word ‘patriot’ has no meaning …

[T]he Confederate flag does not merely carry the stain of slavery, of ‘useful killing,’ but the stain of attempting to end the Union itself.  You cannot possibly wave that flag and honestly claim any sincere understanding of your country.  It is not possible.”
Ta-Nehisi Coates

 

“It’s time for the president to be honest with the American people for a change.  Defaulting on our national debt is an impeachable offense, and any attempt by President Obama to unilaterally raise the debt limit without Congress is also an impeachable offense.  A default would also be a shameful lack of leadership, just as mindlessly increasing our debt without trying to rein in spending is a betrayal of our children and grandchildren who will be stuck with the bill.”
Sarah Palin

 

Poem of the Week

My Skeleton

My skeleton,
you who once ached
with your own growing larger

are now,
each year
imperceptibly smaller,
lighter,
absorbed by your own
concentration.

When I danced,
you danced.
When you broke,
I.

And so it was lying down,
walking,
climbing the tiring stairs.
Your jaws.  My bread.

Someday you,
what is left of you,
will be flensed of this marriage.

Angular wristbone,
cracked harp of ribcage,
blunt of heel,
opened bowl of the skull,
twin platters of pelvis–
each of you will leave me behind,
at last serene.

What did I know of your days,
your nights,
I who held you all my life
inside my hands
and thought they were empty?

You who held me all my life
inside your hands
as a new mother holds
her own unblanketed child,
not thinking at all.

 

links … links … Links … LINKS … LINKS!

  Rep Chris Van Hollen (D-Md)
discusses the rules change from Oct 1 (which prevents anyone but Boehner or his designee from bringing a clean CR to the floor)
A great analysis of the GOP’s position
The last days of the GOP?
The racist roots of the shutdown (a good history lesson)
The
little House rule change by the GOP to help shut the government down
Teabagger complaint:  Obama’s too rough!
Interesting chart:  the relative cost of health insurance under Obamacare across the nation
What the GOP is holding out for now:  the Vitter Amendment
Interesting analysis:  is Obamacare the largest tax increase in history?
Palin as President (funny)
I scored 24 – Elitist snob
Newsflash:  Glenn Beck is a sexist, totalitarian ass (and it’s child abuse to follow his parenting advice)
I want this book! (PDF version here)

 

Schedule

 

     
Oct 16 Wed City Council Seat 4 Debate (Ed Marohn/Jilene Berger/Evan Bastow), 6:30pm, Senior Citizens Community Center
Oct 18 Fri IF City Club:  Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, “Democracy’s Foundation:  The Rule of Law” (Bennion SUB, noon – 1:30pm)
Oct 22 Tues City Council Seat 2 Debate (Paul Menser/Dee Whittier/Jill Peterson/Alfred Higley), 6:30pm, Senior Citizens Community Center
Nov 5 Tues Election Day
Feb 7,
2014
Fri ACLU Bill of Rights Dinner – in Boise at the Stueckle Sky Center; Laverne Cox of Orange Is the New Black is the guest speaker (we’re putting together a table and seats will be about $75)
 
Mon The Nation Discussion Group – every 2nd and 4th Monday, 7:00pm, at Sandy and Merrick Brow’s home, 2269 Calkins Avenue, 524‑6230
 
Mon Film for Thought – every 1st, 3rd, and 5th Monday, 7:00pm, at Marsha and David Nipper’s home, 3031 S. Boulevard, 523‑8493

 

Thursday Night DL at Wild Russet

 

Public v Private

Next meeting:
  Date Thursday, Oct 10th
Time 7 to 9pm (show up when you can)
Place Wild Russet at 850 Lindsay Blvd (in the front of the Guesthouse Inn)
 

Special Note:  Keep in mind that we have moved to a warmer location!  We’ll be meeting at the Wild Russet for the winter.


Adding to my recent list of bad arguments is one that I’ve been hearing a lot in relation to the health care debate:  it asserts that private industry does everything more efficiently than government.  This was also asserted by Tim Downs, candidate for mayor, in the forum last week (he said it regarding the city golf courses).

Where does that belief come from?  It is accepted as absolute gospel by a large fraction of people.  But it seems to me that there are a whole lot of counter examples:

  • National defense
  • Food safety inspection
  • Police forces
  • Justice administration and prisons
  • National highway systems
  • Public transportation
  • Postal service
  • Public education
  • Regulating clean air and water
  • Fundamental research in science and technology
  • Running a monetary system
  • Running city, county, state, and federal governing bodies
  • Administering an effective social safety net

Of course, there are things that private enterprise does better:  advertising, selling toothpaste, making shoes in Indonesia, running fast food restaurants, etc.

Special Notes


Hmmm.  I’m starting to notice a difference.  Private enterprise seems to be very good at the not-so-important stuff.  And we tend to approach the important things with a socialistic viewpoint.

It is an absolute, right-wing-created myth that private enterprise is better at everything than the government.  There really is no competition, because the stuff that each is good at do not really overlap that much.  You want to run a food concession at Yellowstone?  Fine, get a contractor.  You want a national park?  You need government.

I think I’ll ask Tim Downs about that the next chance I get.  If private industry does everything better, why has he spent his entire working life in the public sphere?  Was he not good enough to get hired by a for-profit outfit?

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Petition:  Tell Idaho’s GOP delegation to knock it off
Petition:  Tell the GOP leadership to knock it off
Petition:  Tell the news providers to stop their “blame both parties” approach

 

Quotations of the Week

“We’re not going to be disrespected.  We have to get something out of this.  And I don’t know what that even is.”
Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind)

 

“People have more opinion than actual knowledge of the issues about which they hold opinions.”
Dawn Anderson (Facebook version here)

 

“[The teabaggers] refuse to compromise because, to them, compromise is capitulation.  If you go back to [Paranoid Style of American Politics author Richard] Hofstadter’s work when he’s talking about when the John Birch Society rode high, he talks about how conservatives would see people who disagree as political opponents, but reactionary conservatives saw them as evil.  You can’t capitulate to evil.”
Christopher Parker

 

“This country isn’t ran [sic] by just one individual it’s ran [sic] by four branches, but three branches that are in control of this.  As long as those three branches control it, then we all have to figure out how to negotiate.  Not all of us is [sic] going to get 100% of what we want, but we should do what’s right.”
Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK)

 

links … links … Links … LINKS … LINKS!

  Absolutely everything you need to know about the debt ceiling
Inside the mind of an angry teabagger congressman
A very disheartening view of the future of the American political system
Why the right will fight to the death on Obamacare (depressing)
An ill portent on American democracy (also depressing)
Posted over a year ago:  wealth inequality – what we want it to be, what we think it is, and what it is
13 reasons Washington is failing
Negin and Dean on CNN (including a clip from Idaho Falls – you really need to see it to believe it)
Ethics complaint against a GOP cretin who grandstanded by scolding a park ranger
Oh joy!  A new Roy Zimmerman song:  School the House Rock
  If you need more excellent linkage, check out Yankton!

 

Schedule

 

     
Oct 11 Fri City Council Seat 6 Debate (Karen Cornwell/Barb Ehardt/Ryan Davis), 6:30pm, Senior Citizens Community Center
Oct 16 Wed City Council Seat 4 Debate (Ed Marohn/Jilene Berger/Evan Bastow), 6:30pm, Senior Citizens Community Center
Oct 18 Fri IF City Club:  Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, “Democracy’s Foundation:  The Rule of Law” (Bennion SUB, noon – 1:30pm)
Oct 22 Tues City Council Seat 2 Debate (Paul Menser/Dee Whittier/Jill Peterson/Alfred Higley), 6:30pm, Senior Citizens Community Center
Nov 5 Tues Election Day
Feb 7,
2014
Fri ACLU Bill of Rights Dinner – in Boise at the Stueckle Sky Center; Laverne Cox of Orange Is the New Black is the guest speaker (we’re putting together a table and seats will be about $75)
 
Mon The Nation Discussion Group – every 2nd and 4th Monday, 7:00pm, at Sandy and Merrick Brow’s home, 2269 Calkins Avenue, 524‑6230
 
Mon Film for Thought – every 1st, 3rd, and 5th Monday, 7:00pm, at Marsha and David Nipper’s home, 3031 S. Boulevard, 523‑8493

 

Thursday Night DL at Wild Russet

 

Reign of Morons

Next meeting:
  Date Thursday, Oct 3rd
Time 7 to 9pm (show up when you can)
NEW PLACE Wild Russet at 850 Lindsay Blvd (in the front of the Guesthouse Inn)
 

Special Note:  We’re moving to a warmer location!  Meet at the Wild Russet!

Special Guests:  Join us this Thursday night at DL for a visit with three city council candidates:  Ed Marohn, Paul Menser, and Karen Cornwell.  Ed is running for the open seat #4.  Paul is running for the open seat #2.  Karen is running as an incumbent for seat #6.  All are important races, with seriously conservative challengers.  And each of our guests is a solid supporter of a full nondiscrimination ordinance.


So there’s a group in Kansas that has filed a lawsuit against the Kansas Board of Education alledging that the new multi-state science standards teaching evolution are a violation of their religious freedoms.  That’s right.  If schools teach evolution, it is a violation of some people’s religious freedom.

Does that sound familiar?  It should.  The majority of our city council believes basically the same silly thing.  They think that a simple statement of full equality protecting all of our citizens is a violation of the religious freedoms of certain people.  That if we don’t allow certain people – that small subset of people who somehow interpret their religious faith as requiring them to practice discrimination against LGBTQ people – to treat others as second-class humans, then we are violating that small group’s freedoms.  We are denying their freedom to discriminate.

Special Notes


This is a radical view of religious freedoms, but it isn’t new. Conservatives are supporting the so-called right of pharmacists to withhold medicines from people if the pharmacist doesn’t like what he assumes the medicine will be used for.  That requiring someone to do something as simple as counting out pills – a job requirement – is a violation of religious freedom.  And they support the owner of the Hobby Lobby chain who thinks he has a fundamental right to decide what things his employees buy with their benefits.  They really do think that if an employee is allowed to pay for some medical service or product at her choice, it constitutes a violation of the religious rights of the employer.

It’s an insane concept.  And 4/7ths of our city council accepts it.  If you want to help Idaho Falls, take the opportunity this November 5th to help alter the makeup of the council.  Support Ed Marohn, Paul Menser, and Karen Cornwell.


Ezra Klein:

In return for a one-year suspension of the debt ceiling, House Republicans are demanding a yearlong delay of Obamacare, Rep. Paul Ryan’s tax reform plan, the Keystone XL pipeline, more offshore oil drilling, more drilling on federally protected lands, rewriting of ash coal regulations, a suspension of the Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to regulate carbon emissions, more power over the regulatory process in general, reform of the federal employee retirement program, an overhaul of the Dodd-Frank financial regulations, more power over the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s budget, repeal of the Social Services Block Grant, more means-testing in Medicare, repeal of the Public Health trust fund, and more.


Charles Pierce:

’We have elected an ungovernable collection of snake-handlers, Bible-bangers, ignorami, bagmen and outright frauds, a collection so ungovernable that it insists the nation be ungovernable, too.  We have elected people to govern us who do not believe in government.

’We have elected a national legislature in which Louie Gohmert and Michele Bachmann have more power than does the Speaker of the House of Representatives, who has been made a piteous spectacle in the eyes of the country and doesn’t seem to mind that at all.  We have elected a national legislature in which the true power resides in a cabal of vandals, a nihilistic brigade that believes that its opposition to a bill directing millions of new customers to the nation’s insurance companies is the equivalent of standing up the the Nazis in 1938, to the bravery of the passengers on Flight 93 on September 11, 2001, and to Mel Gibson’s account of the Scottish Wars of Independence in the 13th Century.  We have elected a national legislature that looks into the mirror and sees itself already cast in marble.

“We did this.  We looked at our great legacy of self-government and we handed ourselves over to the reign of morons.”


Am I alone, or is Proud to Be An American the absolute worst song in the history of singing?  I can’t even tell you how much I detest that song with every fiber of my being.  I refuse to listen to the soundtrack at the fireworks show for fear that they’ll play it and I’ll have to hear it.

A couple days ago I saw a “Proud To Be An American” bumper sticker.  Is there anything less impressive to have plastered on your car?  I mean, unless you’re a naturalized citizen, what are you really saying?  That you’re proud of the random accident of your birth location?  You might as well have a “Proud To Be A Mammal” bumper sticker.

I referenced Game of Thrones a couple weeks ago, and it’s coming again.  After King Joffrey throws a hissy fit his grandfather, Tywin Lannister, says, “If you have to say ‘I am the King’ you are not the king.”

If you have to boast about your pride at being an American, then you are not American.

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Quotations of the Week

“So on the one hand, Washington was shut down because Republicans don’t want Obamacare.  On the other hand, Obamacare was nearly shut down because so many Americans wanted Obamacare …”
Ezra Klein

 

“You can only set so many houses on fire before people finally figure out that this isn’t happening by accident and you must be an arsonist.  The GOP is now flirting with that moment.  It can’t come soon enough.”
Michael Tomasky

 

“I’ve never seen a time – can you remember a time in your lifetime when a major political party was just sitting around, begging for America to fail?  It’s chilling to me.  It just seems spiteful.”
President Bill Clinton

 

“This is a political fight, and it will end when the GOP decides to cut its losses.  Speaking from the Rose Garden today, Obama signaled that he’s ready to bring the pain … [Obama repeatedly called] the standoff a “Republican shutdown.”  That’s language he has never used before.  His slam at “what the Republican Party stands for these days” was his broadest indictment of the GOP ever.  He’s escalating the pressure on the entire party in a big way.”
Will Saletan

 

links … links … Links … LINKS … LINKS!

  Sen Warren nails it
Great column from David Adler
Why will President Obama negotiate with Russians but not with the GOP?
The GOP declares war on democracy
The Idaho Freedom Foundation’s Wayne Hoffman would rather be an outlaw
What do you think:  Ashley Treatment
Joseph Gordon Levitt and Stephen Merchant in a great lip sync contest
Slam poetry:  what’s wrong with education today?
Too cute:  Daddy and daughter with ukulele
Neat short film:  Zombie dad tries to save infant daughter
Bunny released to the wild
  If you need more excellent linkage, check out Yankton!

 

Schedule

 

     
Oct 6 Sun Soup Kitchen – join us from 11:30am – 1:30pm
Oct 11 Fri City Council Seat 6 Debate (Karen Cornwell/Barb Ehardt/Ryan Davis), 6pm, Senior Citizens Community Center
Oct 16 Wed City Council Seat 4 Debate (Ed Marohn/Jilene Berger/Evan Bastow), 6pm, Senior Citizens Community Center
Oct 22 Tues City Council Seat 2 Debate (Paul Menser/Dee Whittier/Jill Peterson/Alfred Higley), 6pm, Senior Citizens Community Center
Nov 5 Tues Election Day
Feb 7,
2014
Fri ACLU Bill of Rights Dinner – in Boise at the Stueckle Sky Center; Laverne Cox of Orange Is the New Black is the guest speaker (we’re putting together a table and seats will be about $75)
 
Mon The Nation Discussion Group – every 2nd and 4th Monday, 7:00pm, at Sandy and Merrick Brow’s home, 2269 Calkins Avenue, 524‑6230
 
Mon Film for Thought – every 1st, 3rd, and 5th Monday, 7:00pm, at Marsha and David Nipper’s home, 3031 S. Boulevard, 523‑8493

 

Thursday Night DL at D'railed

 

Three Trifles

Next meeting:
  Date Thursday, Sept 26th
Time 7 to 9pm (show up when you can)
Place D’railed at 468 N Eastern Ave (next door to the Bonneville Humane Society Thrift Store)
 

Controversy

The right has figured out that if they object to any issue, then the media will automatically refer to that issue as a “controversy.”  Global warming is now “controversial,” merely because the right refuses to admit that it’s real.  The flat-out fact of evolution is now “controversial,” just because some fundamentalists seek to portray it that way.

They don’t need to show why it’s a controversy.  Just the fact that the right is raising a stink makes it automatically so.

What’s worse is that we seem to have a phobia about touching issues that have gained the status of controversial.  That we will avoid dealing with any topic that has been deemed so.  And it’s probably worse around here:

“There’s a common tack in Mormon communities that’s similar to this – you’re supposed to ‘avoid contention.’  How convenient this is for the people in privileged positions to make disagreeing with them a misstep without every getting their hands dirty.  Being upset simply that a controversy occurred is an implicit siding with the status quo.”
Wilson (comment at June 17, 2013, 1:54 pm)
 

I definitely noticed that problem with some of our city council members.  Public accommodations got labeled “controversial” merely because certain people raised a stink.  They could never provide an explanation as to why it was controversial.  Neither could the city council.  But the council had to drop public accommodations because it was.  And we have to wait until it’s not controversial any more before they will vote for it.

Controversy requires more than people being up-in-arms.  It requires a factual basis, too.


Too Many Laws

Another subcurrent that I noticed in the nondiscrimination discussions:  the complaint about too many laws.  Really?  How is that a problem?

Special Notes


Is there a specific number of laws that makes sense?  Is there a number above which we become overburdened?  Is there some way to number laws, or measure their volume so that we can say, “Cut it back by 10% and we’ll be OK.”  You know, if you are passing a law to correct some deficiency in society, what possible sense does it make to say “Whoa!  Too many laws!”?  Do we have to find an old, obsolete law to throw out, just to keep under quota?

If we are adding a new category of protection to a set of laws that already exist, then what is the burden?  Is it really so difficult for some yahoo to remember that it is no longer OK to discriminate against someone because she’s holding hands with her girlfriend?

If you think that laws mandating good behavior actually cause bad behavior, then maybe.  But that’s a pretty counterintuitive thing to say.  We’ll have to see some evidence for that.


Deeply Held Religious Beliefs

Finally, can we dispense with the bogus concept of “deeply held religious beliefs”?  When you examine it, that concept really has no substance whatsoever.  Really, anybody who demands respect for and consideration of his or her “deeply held religious beliefs” should be penalized 10 yards and get 3 minutes in the penalty box.

People can have deep religious beliefs.  As an atheist, I’m really not sure why, but it’s fine with me if that’s what someone wants to do.  However, if you want to have some influence over public policy – your “deeply held religious beliefs” and $4.25 should get you a vente frappucino at Starbucks.

If you want to say that your “deeply held religious beliefs” should be considered in public policy, you’d better be able to cite some concomitant public good that is served.  And that public good ought to – by itself – outweigh any potential negative consequences.  In other words, you should be able to make your argument without resorting to any religious beliefs whatsoever.

We don’t let people withhold medical treatment from their kids because of a “deeply held religious belief” in the power of prayer.  We don’t let Muslim women wear burkas for their driver’s licenses because of their beliefs, no matter how deep.  We don’t let Christian Identity members violate our racial protection laws just because their beliefs are are of the deep sort.

We are a secular country.  Religious views by themselves shouldn’t have any power in our legislative process.  Unfortunately, that was the entirety of the opposition’s case.

Perhaps our council shouldn’t quite have snorted at people using that phrase.  But the fact that they didn’t even mention their secular responsibilities is an embarrassment.

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Quotations of the Week

“When you’ve reduced your entire movement to saying ‘no’ to Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi, is it any surprise that whoever shouts ‘NO’ the loudest will wind up defining what counts as ‘conservative’?

“Indeed, if you happen to be a demagogue running for president on the platform that you are the only True Conservative and everyone else is a squish or a RINO or a secret liberal, then the best plan is to find the most convoluted, self-destructive, but nevertheless very loud way of saying ‘no.’  Which is basically what Ted Cruz and his allies have done with the demand that Republicans tie keeping the government open to defunding the ACA.”
Jonathan Bernstein

 

“In their cocoon, the GOP base believe they haven’t had a true leader since Reagan.  And given how apocalyptic they feel about the US, and how completely nuts they will become at the prospect of Hillary Clinton’s candidacy, Paul and Cruz could go much further than most Washington pundits want to believe.

“At least, that’s my bet.  These people thought Palin could be president, remember?  Never under-estimate their recklessness or extremism.”
Andrew Sullivan

 

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  A great letter from our friend Keith in Rexburg
Like a little Bohemian Rhapsody with your string theory?
Very interesting – people’s math ability goes down when doing calculations with facts that are in opposition to their political leanings (and the better they are at math, the more likely they are to reach the wrong conclusion)
Check in with Jim and Rosie (and Spenser and Karen, too)
Great spoken-word poem:  an OCD-sufferer in love
The most important image captured by Hubble
How Gary Bauer gets rich by promoting hatred and bilking donors
Michelle Obama says “Drink more water;” conservatives say “We hate water!”
New beginnings
The producers of the Atlas Shrugged movies have resorted to begging for funding (I think John Galt would not approve)
The cost of saying “No” to Medicaid expansion
A neat talk about traffic
Watch
Chris Wallace show visible disdain for Tucker Carlson on Fox News
Why journalism in America is a joke
Shades of color test – I got 27, but my two youngest beat me
Another “success” for concealed carry:  two guys shoot each other in road rage incident (I thought concealed carry was supposed to make us more polite to each other, rather than more aggressive)
  If you need more excellent linkage, check out Yankton!

 

Schedule

 

     
Sept 25 Wed IF Mayoral Candidate Debate, 7-8:30pm, University Place
Sept 28 Sat CommUNITY Fest, Tautphaus Park Hockey Shelter, 11am to 7pm
Oct 6 Sun Soup Kitchen – join us from 11:30am – 1:30pm
Nov 5 Tues Election Day
Feb 7,
2014
Fri ACLU Bill of Rights Dinner – in Boise at the Stueckle Sky Center; Laverne Cox of Orange Is the New Black is the guest speaker (we’re putting together a table and seats will be about $75)
 
Mon The Nation Discussion Group – every 2nd and 4th Monday, 7:00pm, at Sandy and Merrick Brow’s home, 2269 Calkins Avenue, 524‑6230
 
Mon Film for Thought – every 1st, 3rd, and 5th Monday, 7:00pm, at Marsha and David Nipper’s home, 3031 S. Boulevard, 523‑8493

 

Thursday Night DL at D'railed

 

Pride Recap

Next meeting:
  Date Thursday, Sept 19th
Time 7 to 9pm (show up when you can)
Place D’railed at 468 N Eastern Ave (next door to the Bonneville Humane Society Thrift Store)
 


Alex Henry

SPECIAL NOTE:  The deck at D’railed is done!  We’ll be headed back over there to enjoy the close of summer.  Bring a jacket if you chill easily.


If you actually missed Idaho Falls Pride 2013 – boy, do I feel sorry for you.  It was one of the most amazing things ever to happen in this town.  From the movie premier on Friday night all the way to the After Hours party on Saturday, every event was bigger and better than we could have dreamed.

Special Notes


Near the start of the parade, I counted up to 718 people walking (before being interrupted by a phone call from someone coming from out of town to find the event, and a lost child).  So I guessed 750, total.  Then people kept joining in, all the way around.  We estimated way over 1000 people at our Festival.  And every event had 2 to 3 times the number of participants that we had hoped for.


Rod Taylor

I can’t find a picture that captures the magnitude of Pride.  Hollis and I both picked the ones I’ve included here, but nothing does the event justice.  One thing that every single picture of the event does do is capture the beauty and the joy.  I swear, it was impossible to take a boring picture of Idaho Falls Pride!

If you were in bed with a deadly disease and couldn’t make it, here’s a great video that captures some of the feel.  But nothing will excuse you from joining in next year (mark your calendars:  September 12, 2014).  Be there, or be a queer-hating, gay-baiting, straight-dating, conservative-in-waiting scumbag!  So there!

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Quotations of the Week

“You know things are bad for President Obama when even Warren Buffett has soured on Obamacare and says that ‘we need something else’.”
Jeffrey H. Anderson

 

“It appears that Buffett made his anti-Obamacare comments in 2010, thereby showing that he, like most of the American people, has opposed Obamacare since even before it was passed.”
Jeffrey H. Anderson, after having the timing of Buffett’s comment pointed out to him, but still failing to realize that Buffet said that while pushing for a stronger version of Obamacare

 

“I am too stupid to be writing for a national publication.”
Jeffrey H. Anderson (imaginary quote, but in a rational world with a sane conservative wing, he would have to write this in his resignation letter)

 

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  For all you poor saps who missed it:  Idaho Falls Pride
Thanks, Obama!
The great Miss America controversy … not
The closest thing to an Obamacare swindle:  the
Defund Obamacare racket
Why the Fed didn’t taper:  because Republicans suck
A great political ad
  If you need more excellent linkage, check out Yankton!

 

Schedule

 

     
Sept 19 Thurs IF City Club:  Stephen Weeg, Board Chair Idaho Health Exchange (Bennion SUB, noon – 1:30pm)
Sept 21 Sat Pocatello Pride Picnic and BBQ
Sept 25 Wed IF Mayoral Candidate Debate, 7-8:30pm, University Place
Sept 28 Sat CommUNITY Fest, Tautphaus Park Hockey Shelter, 11am to 7pm
 
Mon The Nation Discussion Group – every 2nd and 4th Monday, 7:00pm, at Sandy and Merrick Brow’s home, 2269 Calkins Avenue, 524‑6230
 
Mon Film for Thought – every 1st, 3rd, and 5th Monday, 7:00pm, at Marsha and David Nipper’s home, 3031 S. Boulevard, 523‑8493

 

Thursday Night DL Cancelled

 

Meeting Cancelled!

I expect all of you to be at the nondiscrimination hearing tomorrow night!  So I’ve told D’railed that we’re off tomorrow.

It is much more important for you to come support the cause of nondiscrimination.  Basically, several members of the city council have been cowed by the flyers and the ignorance and the Bathroom Panic exhibited by certain wealthy, straight, privileged assholes.  They think that the populace is not ready to grant a full and simple statement of equality to everyone.

In other words, full equality in all day-to-day activities will have to wait until a certain element with our community becomes “educated.”

Special Notes


The funny thing is that those people are already educated, but they’re too dim to realize it.  They’re going to the bathroom all the time with transgender people – they just don’t know it!  So they’re already perfectly comfortable.

Meet tomorrow evening at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 5:30pm.  Wear a white tshirt (turn it inside-out if it has a design).  Bring an extra if you have one.  No signs – we will be doing our signage on the shirts.  Bring folding chairs if you want – we’ll be sitting for awhile over at the City Annex Building.

If you can’t come that early, show up by 7pm at the Annex, and join us there.  Still bring a white tshirt if you have one.  We will provide one if you don’t have one.

We need a crowd.  It is important to tell the city council that civil rights don’t wait for some people to become “educated.”

Whether your schedule permits you to help the cause of freedom or not, please take some time to write or call the council members:

Jared Fuhriman (208) 612-8235 mayor@idahofallsidaho.gov
Ida Hardcastle (208) 529-5204 hardcast@srv.net
Michael Lehto (208) 569-2317 mlehto@idahofallsidaho.gov
Thomas Hally (208) 680-8886 thally@idahofallsidaho.gov
Kenneth Taylor (208) 589-0886 ktaylor@idahofallsidaho.gov
Karen Cornwell (208) 524-6647 kcornwell@unitedwayif.org
Sharon D. Parry (208) 523-6339 sdparry@cableone.net

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Quotations of the Week

“Courage requires us to remain steadfast in our beliefs. It asks that we stand by the convictions we express and never give an inch, no matter what the cost. However off base, wrongheaded, or patently false a position we’ve staked out may be, courage nonetheless demands that we blindly pound home our stupid fucking point, never letting up.”
The Onion

 

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  A fun tool:  political donations by zip code
Pat Robertson:  scummier than you thought?
Advice from a father:  seeing a woman (thanks, Hollis)
A preacher that gets it
One mind-blowing juggling act
Another great response from a mom who loves her son
Your great commercial for the week

 

Schedule

 

     
Sept 12 Thurs City Council work session – nondiscrimination ordinance to be discussed (Council Chambers, 680 Park Ave, 8:30am)
Sept 12 Thurs City Council Meeting – nondiscrimination ordinance to receive second of three readings, hopefully (Council Chambers, 680 Park Ave, 7:30pm)
Sept 13 Fri Idaho Falls Pride Opening Movie! – 7pm, Colonial Theater
Sept 14 Sat Idaho Falls Pride and Festival! – 10am, Unitarian Universalist Church
Sept 14 Sat Idaho Falls Pride After Hours! – 8pm, Hotel on the Falls
Sept 19 Thurs IF City Club:  Stephen Weeg, Board Chair Idaho Health Exchange (Bennion SUB, noon – 1:30pm)
Sept 21 Sat Pocatello Pride Picnic and BBQ
Sept 28 Sat CommUNITY Fest, Tautphaus Park Hockey Shelter, 11am to 7pm
 
Mon The Nation Discussion Group – every 2nd and 4th Monday, 7:00pm, at Sandy and Merrick Brow’s home, 2269 Calkins Avenue, 524‑6230
 
Mon Film for Thought – every 1st, 3rd, and 5th Monday, 7:00pm, at Marsha and David Nipper’s home, 3031 S. Boulevard, 523‑8493

 


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Thursday Night DL at Wild Russet

 

Bigot Propaganda

Next meeting:
  Date Thursday, Sept 5th
Time 7 to 9pm (show up when you can)
NEW PLACE Wild Russet at 850 Lindsay Blvd (in the front of the Guesthouse Inn)
 

SPECIAL NOTE:  We’ll be meeting at the Wild Russet again this Thursday, while the back patio at D’railed is completed.  It worked out very well last week.



Today’s edition of dirty bigot tricks

This disgusting flyer was mailed out to a targeted list of Idaho Falls residents today.  It is as we expected:  the opposition is doing a last-minute, big budget disinformation campaign to try and derail the nondiscrimination ordinance.  And they are in full Bathroom Panic™ mode, too.  They’ve even got a slick website to go with their nasty campaign to derail equality for our LGBTQ friends.

Obviously, they have some bucks.  They are completely anonymous, too, and going to great pains to hide their identities.

Special Notes


[BTW – if you received one of these flyers, please, please bring it to the meeting tomorrow.  We are trying to collect as many as possible for use during the next city council meetings.  Yes … I have no problem drawing the council’s attention to the flyer.  It is a winning point for us, as far as I’m concerned.  I want to wave as many of them in the faces of the council as possible.]

Do you know that our budget for supporting the nondiscrimination ordinance is a whopping $0?  I’m not asking for money here – we really haven’t had to spend any money, since we have lots of actual supporters willing to volunteer their time and energy.  We’ve beaten them at public meetings, too, with 5 to 10 times the representation.

However, they are beating us at emails, lately.  The city council is being flooded.  And this hateful bit of Göring-worthy propaganda will likely increase that flood significantly.

Unfortunately, it will probably increase the number of low-information, easily outraged conservative types at the next city council meeting on September 12th.  So I really need all of you to come out as well.

On the plus side, we stand a better-than-even chance of hearing about more roving bands of transgender terrorists.  So that should be fun.

But please take some time to write or call the council members.  And remember:  the flyer is insane.  The council members know that the flyer is insane.  We just need to look calm, rational, and in control of the facts.  Then we win.

Jared Fuhriman (208) 612-8235 mayor@idahofallsidaho.gov
Ida Hardcastle (208) 529-5204 hardcast@srv.net
Michael Lehto (208) 569-2317 mlehto@idahofallsidaho.gov
Thomas Hally (208) 680-8886 thally@idahofallsidaho.gov
Kenneth Taylor (208) 589-0886 ktaylor@idahofallsidaho.gov
Karen Cornwell (208) 524-6647 kcornwell@unitedwayif.org
Sharon D. Parry (208) 523-6339 sdparry@cableone.net

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Quotations of the Week

“Girls’ sexuality is so much the focus of our ire.  Women who have sex are dirty.  Men who have sex are men.  Girls who dress to be ogled are hoes.  Men who ogle are just doing what comes naturally.  This is the kind of reinforced behavior that makes it perfectly acceptable to legislate a woman’s access to birth control and reproductive health care without engaging in balanced conversations about covering Viagra and vasectomies.  Our girls cannot win in this environment, not when they are tots in tiaras, not in their teens or when they are coming into adulthood.”
Shelli Latham

 

“With the president’s red line, why was there no call for military response in April?  Was it delayed to divert attention today from the Benghazi, IRS, NSA scandals, the failure of Obamacare enforcement, the tragedy of the White House-drafted sequestration or the upcoming debt limit vote?  Again, why was there no call for a military response four months ago when the president’s red line was crossed?”
Rep. Joe “You Lie!” Wilson (R-SC)

 

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  Karma is a bitch
On the “Miley Cyrus” brouhaha:  what about the guy?
Conservative confusion (deception?) over death panels
Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd,
answers a minister on marriage equality
Potentially great news from Canada on the HIV vaccine front
This guy is good
  If you need more excellent linkage, check out Yankton!

 

Schedule

 

     
Sept 13 Fri Idaho Falls Pride Opening Movie!
Sept 14 Sat Idaho Falls Pride!
Sept 14 Sat Idaho Falls Pride After Hours!
Sept 19 Thurs IF City Club:  Stephen Weeg, Board Chair Idaho Health Exchange (Bennion SUB, noon – 1:30pm)
Sept 21 Sat Pocatello Pride Picnic and BBQ
Sept 28 Sat CommUNITY Fest, Tautphaus Park Hockey Shelter, 11am to 7pm
 
Mon The Nation Discussion Group – every 2nd and 4th Monday, 7:00pm, at Sandy and Merrick Brow’s home, 2269 Calkins Avenue, 524‑6230
 
Mon Film for Thought – every 1st, 3rd, and 5th Monday, 7:00pm, at Marsha and David Nipper’s home, 3031 S. Boulevard, 523‑8493

 

Special Labor Day Notice

 

Special Labor Day Notice

First, happy Labor Day weekend!  Hug a union member!

Two items to mention:

Tomorrow is Soup Kitchen day.  I got it wrong in my last meeting notice, and nobody pointed it out.  Way to pay attention, people!  But regardless – we will need a crew tomorrow, and since it’s the Labor Day weekend, we may find ourselves short-handed.

For those of you who have never participated, tomorrow might be a great chance for you.  We love having new people join us.  You can show up at 11:30am, and whistle while you work until about 2pm.

Please email me if you can make it.


Second, it appears that the Idaho Falls City Council is being flooded with emails and notes from people who are very concerned about where trans people pee.  This is forcing the council to consider ways in which they should compromise on the public accomodations section of the nondiscrimination ordinance.

One compromise involves exempting all bathrooms, changing rooms, and locker rooms from the ordinance.  In other words, a business would not be able to discriminate against any LGBTQ customers, but would be able to tell people which bathroom they were allowed to use.  This “compromise” is being pushed by the Meikle faction, apparently.

Another compromise would involve limiting the definition of public accommodations to those businesses included in the original 1964 Civil Rights Act (restaurants, gas stations, hotels, and entertainment venues).  Our ordinance currently uses the much broader definition that is in Idaho’s criminal Civil Rights code that protects people against discrimination based on race, religion, age, etc. (check part e under Definitions).

Neither of these compromises is acceptable.  Please take a little time and send a comment to your council members.  Emphasize that we want public accommodations fully protected, as in the draft written by Randy Fife before amended on August 8th.  And tell them WHY.  Bathroom fears are a stupid way to make public policy.

Jared Fuhriman (208) 612-8235 mayor@idahofallsidaho.gov
Ida Hardcastle (208) 529-5204 hardcast@srv.net
Michael Lehto (208) 569-2317 mlehto@idahofallsidaho.gov
Thomas Hally (208) 680-8886 thally@idahofallsidaho.gov
Kenneth Taylor (208) 589-0886 ktaylor@idahofallsidaho.gov
Karen Cornwell (208) 524-6647 kcornwell@unitedwayif.org
Sharon D. Parry (208) 523-6339 sdparry@cableone.net

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Thursday Night DL at Wild Russet

 

The Size of Your Weapon

Next meeting:
  Date Thursday, Aug 29th
Time 7 to 9pm (show up when you can)
NEW PLACE Wild Russet at 850 Lindsay Blvd (in the front of the Guesthouse Inn)
 


The Guesthouse Inn, our meeting location this week

SPECIAL NOTE:  We’ll be meeting at the Wild Russet this Thursday, to try it out while the back patio at D’railed is completed.  The indoor space at the Wild Russet is larger, which will be good for us because winter is coming.  I’ll try to be there a little early to find a good space for us to gather.

My problem is that I often can’t remember the name of the Wild Russet.  I keep thinking it’s called the “Rustic Spud” for some reason.


So Antonin Scalia spoke at a Federalist Society meeting in Bozeman this month.  The guy is obviously intelligent, but twisted in a way similar to the Westboro Baptist leaders.  Most of us would lose a debate with any of those folks.  They know facts, history, and logic, and they are masters of rhetoric.  Yet they say insane things.  It’s hard to put a finger on what kind of mental disorder or skewed morality allows them to think the way that they do.

Special Notes


Scalia, for example, is a supporter of the death penalty.  But he goes farther than your average death penalty supporter.  He actually supports it in spite of the fact that he knows and admits we will kill innocent people.

In Bozeman he seemed to say that it is an open question whether there are any limits to the 2nd Amendment:

What remains to be determined … appears to be the scope of the armament that people can keep and bear.  Can they bear shoulder-fired rocket launchers?

Really?  Is it true that shoulder-fired rocket launchers are in that fuzzy area between illegal armaments and valid home defense?  I wonder if he thinks that the line between a Suburban and an Abrams M-1 tank is equally fuzzy.

The right has successfully thrown into question what types of guns fall under the definition of assault rifle.  They are redefining lots of things.  A Republican healthcare plan is socialism.  A fetus is a human being.  And mental midgets like George Bush, Rick Perry, and Sarah Palin are leaders.

What is sad is that half of American voters fall for such crap.  Is that half going to wake up anytime soon?  Can the conservative wing of American politics go too far?

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Quotations of the Week

“Why is ‘gay conversion therapy’ so terrible that it must be banned but physical sex-change operations not?  Seems a bizarre double-standard.”
Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke), National Review

 

“In a speech in Montana on Monday, the jurist [Antonin Scalia] was asked about the Second Amendment and what arms were protected by that provision of the Constitution.  That ‘remains to be determined,’ he replied.  As one example, he asked if people have a right to ‘bear shoulder-fired rocket launchers?’  Perhaps they do, Scalia suggested.  The answer would turn on the historical understanding of the Framers, who Scalia said included the Second Amendment in part to preserve the right of people to revolt against a tyrannical leader.”
Adam Winkler

 

“They’re precisely the same people who are unwilling to cut the spending, and their ‘Gimme, gimme, gimme – give me all my Sandy money now.’  Those are the people who are bankrupting the government and not letting enough money be left over for national defense.”
Sen Rand Paul, regarding Hurricane Sandy survivors [average disaster relief spending over the last three years:  $45 billion (source); national defense budget:  $840.7 billion (source)]

 

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  A fantastic idea
Amazing statistic for the week:  more Louisiana Republicans blame Obama for the botched response to the 2005 Katrina hurricane response than blame Bush
8 reasons young Americans don’t fight back
Scalia:  do we have a right to rocket launchers?
It seems so hard to raise money for good causes, yet idiots have money to spend on this
It’s a tidal wave
It’s our turn now:  Ted Cruz is a foreign-born communist!
Fascinating:  delusions affect perception
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Schedule

 

     
Sept 8 Sun Soup Kitchen – join us from 11:30am – 1:30pm
Sept 13 Fri Idaho Falls Pride Opening Movie!
Sept 14 Sat Idaho Falls Pride!
Sept 14 Sat Idaho Falls Pride After Hours!
Sept 19 Thurs IF City Club:  Stephen Weeg, Board Chair Idaho Health Exchange (Bennion SUB, noon – 1:30pm)
Sept 21 Sat Pocatello Pride Picnic and BBQ
Sept 28 Sat CommUNITY Fest, Tautphaus Park Hockey Shelter, 11am to 7pm
 
Mon The Nation Discussion Group – every 2nd and 4th Monday, 7:00pm, at Sandy and Merrick Brow’s home, 2269 Calkins Avenue, 524‑6230
 
Mon Film for Thought – every 1st, 3rd, and 5th Monday, 7:00pm, at Marsha and David Nipper’s home, 3031 S. Boulevard, 523‑8493