Drinking Liberally Idaho Falls Chapter Blog

Add the Words

 

Add the Words in Idaho Falls!

SPECIAL EVENT:
  Date Monday, March 10th
Time 7:30pm
Place Veterans Memorial on Memorial Drive (intersection of Memorial & D St)
Bring Candles, signs, bodies, kids, cameras, songs, warm clothes, & good cheer!
 

Idaho statewide vigils are being held tomorrow night after work (Monday, March 10th) to end lawmakers' silence.

The Idaho Falls vigil is on the Greenbelt next to the river on Memorial drive at 7:30 pm and participants are being asked to bring candles.

This is our chance to help our friends in Boise.  Bring signs if you can, but your body is the most important thing.  WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!

Cheers,
Dan

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Thursday Night DL at Wild Russet

 

Making Excuses by Blaming Everyone

Next meeting:
  Date Thursday, March 6th
Time 7 to 9pm (show up when you can)
Place Wild Russet at 850 Lindsay Blvd (in the front of the Guesthouse Inn)
 

My Facebook post of the week:

In case you're not familiar with all of the references in that paragraph, it covers the following insane GOP legislative positions recently in the news:

  • the new "ag gag" bill that makes illegal the filming of animal abuses without the permission of the animal's owner
  • the Luker bill that would have permitted forms of discrimination based on "sincerely held religious beliefs,"
  • the new law that would allow concealed-carry weaponry on university campuses in Idaho
  • and the failure of a bill that would have removed the existing religious exemption that allows people to kill their kids if they refuse to seek medical attention for religious reasons

[Forgive me for not looking up and providing links to each of those – I just don't have the stomach for it tonight.]


For some strange reason, the ag gag bill has not gotten the insane defense that the other legislative farces have.  Almost no conservatives have mounted spirited defenses of that law, as far as I've seen.  However, I did get one spirited defense of the bill on my Facebook post.

To be clear, my commenter did not defend the law itself.  She merely objected to the law in a way that allowed her to blame all legislators rather than just the immoral ones.  And that pisses me off.

I've noticed this behavior quite often on the right.  Democrats do bad things and they blame liberals. Republicans do bad things, and they blame politicians.

In the case of the post above, my friend kept claiming that the bill was a problem only because it was redundant rather than because it was an immoral and blatant pandering to industry.  She actually claimed that we didn't need the bill because we already had whistleblower protections in place.  As if the ag gag bill were protecting whistleblowers by providing them safe lodging in prison cells.

The back-and-forth led me to the following analogy:

Imagine that you have one neighbor that cuts across your property to help an old woman on the other side, and the other neighbor walks across your property to throw his garbage in your back yard. It seems like your position is to object that too many people are crossing your property rather than to object to the one that is doing harm.

It seemed obvious to me that she was scrambling to find some reason to reject the obviously immoral law without objecting to the GOP.  So her objection took the form of all legislators do stupid things because we have too many laws (which is a silly thing to say, anyway).

Ah well.  Just another bad habit on the part of conservatives, I guess.  Unless we do it to.  Can anyone think of any examples on our side of the spectrum?

Join us this week at Drinking Liberally and share!

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Handy email service:  Megavote
Petition:  Tell Otter, Crapo, and Risch to help remove the religious sheild law that protects parents who kill their kids with prayer
Petition:  Add the words, Idaho
Petition:  Keep guns off Idaho campuses
Petition:  Raise the minimum wage to $15/hr

 

Quotations of the Week

"It started with Benghazi.  When you kill Americans and nobody pays a price, you invite this type of aggression."
Sen Lindsey Graham (R – Lying Idiot

 

"We are not really having an argument about same-sex marriage anymore, and on the evidence of Arizona, we're not having a negotiation.  Instead, all that's left is the timing of the final victory – and for the defeated to find out what settlement the victors will impose."
Ross Douthat (conservative columnist)

 

"The gay movement has really brought this on themselves.  These African countries have only been concerned about passing these laws after the global homosexual movement started pushing their agenda in these very morally conservative countries.  What looks like offensive action by these governments is really defensive … We were invited by these African countries when they were confronted with the problem.  And frankly, a lot of this comes down to male – you know, white male homosexuals from the United States and Europe going into these African countries because the age of consent laws are low and able to take these, you know, young, teenage boys and turn them into rent boys for the price of a bicycle.  And that just outraged the people in these countries."
Scott Lively

 

Poem of the Week

Postcards

When was the last time you mailed a postcard?

My mother kept the ones I sent her.  My sister mailed them back

to me after my mother died.  I had forgotten I had written

so many small notes to my mother.  The price of stamps

kept changing.  I was always mentioning on the back of cards

I was having a good time.  I can remember the first time

I lied to my mother.  It was something small maybe the size

of a postcard.  I went somewhere I was not supposed to go.

I told my mother I was at the library but I was with Judy

that afternoon.  Her small hand inside my hand.

I was beginning to feel something I knew I would never write

home about.

 

links … links … Links … LINKS … LINKS!

  A great video about the real welfare recipients
Good news from Texas
… and more good news from Texas
When may I shoot a student? (a BSU professor in the NY Times
  If you need more excellent linkage, check out Yankton!

 

Schedule

 

     
Mar 14 Fri IF City Club:  Education – Our Economic Foundation, by Rod Gramer, President & CEO of Idaho Business for Education (IBE) (Bennion SUB, noon – 1:30pm)
Apr 17 Thurs Idaho Humanities Council Distinguished Humanities Dinner & Lecture – 7pm at the Shilo Inn
 
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

 

Is Religious Freedom Dead?

Next meeting:
  Date Thursday, February 27th
Time 7 to 9pm (show up when you can)
Place Wild Russet at 850 Lindsay Blvd (in the front of the Guesthouse Inn)
 


Texas state senator makes a typo
(or perhaps it was Freudian)

More good news this week!  First, a federal judge in Texas has ruled that Texas's Constitutional marriage ban is, in fact, unconstitutional.  No gay wedding bells in the near future, though, as the decision was stayed while appeals progress, but still … Texas!

And over in Arizona, Jan Brewer does the right thing!  She vetoed the right-to-discriminate bill.  I have to believe that she lied about her reasons – which were likely 100% economic.  But still … Arizona!

Watch this interview of Arizona Republican State Senator (and gubernatorial candidate) Al Melvin by Anderson Cooper.  The guy cannot be more dishonest and shameless.  It's actually kind of embarrassing.  Kodos to Cooper for keeping up the questioning.


It's been fascinating to watch the right as they rolled out the concept of "religious liberty" as a method to hide their bigotry (although the term has a long history of similar service).  It reminds me of the invention of the "intelligent design" term to cover up their previous failure (creation science).  Some are saying that the religious liberty approach has been an obvious failure, but I'm not that optimistic.

That's because the religious freedom argument is being used in so many different ways.  It's being invoked to fight the corporate mandate in Obamacare (to allow Hobby Lobby to impose the religious views of its owner onto its employees).  It's also being used to try and institute the idea that pharmacists can refuse to dispense medicine that they think might be used to murder little embryo babies.  I doubt that we've seen the end of this tactic.

But meanwhile, Albert Mohler, leader of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, was recently speaking at BYU and explaining that evangelicals and Mormons will be sent to jail together while defending religious freedom.

The good news is that Albert Mohler is trying to build a relationship with the Mormons at all.  He's the guy who said this:

"Here is the bottom line.  As an Evangelical Christian – a Christian who holds to the 'traditional Christian orthodoxy' of the Church – I do not believe that Mormonism leads to salvation.  To the contrary, I believe that it is a false gospel that, however sincere and kind its adherents may be, leads to eternal death rather than to eternal life.

"Indeed, I believe that Mormonism is a prime example of what the Apostle Paul warned the Church to reject – 'a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you.'"

So you know that the bigoted haters are getting desperate when they are forging bonds even when they can't stand one another.

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Handy email service:  Megavote
Petition:  Tell Otter, Crapo, and Risch to help remove the religious sheild law that protects parents who kill their kids with prayer
Petition:  Add the words, Idaho
Petition:  Keep guns off Idaho campuses
Petition:  Raise the minimum wage to $15/hr

 

Quotations of the Week

"The Lord is a warrior and in Revelation 19 it says when he comes back, he's coming back as what?  A warrior.  A mighty warrior leading a mighty army, riding a white horse with a blood-stained white robe … I believe that blood on that robe is the blood of his enemies 'cause he's coming back as a warrior carrying a sword.

And I believe now – I've checked this out – I believe that sword he'll be carrying when he comes back is an AR-15."
Gen Jerry Boykin (former Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence under President Shrub, current executive vice president at the Family Research Council)

 

"… the 'religious liberty' campaign represents a sort of Waterloo for right-wing nutbaggery."
Ed Kilgore

 

"Those in control of this state need to stop fighting the future.  They must stop governing by fear.  They must stop pretending there's some security blanket in laws that treat others unfairly."
Kirk Watson (Texas Senate Democratic Caucus Chairman)

 

Poem of the Week

At the Touch of You

At the touch of you,
As if you were an archer with your swift hand at the bow,

The arrows of delight shot through my body.

You were spring,
And I the edge of a cliff,
And a shining waterfall rushed over me.

 

links … links … Links … LINKS … LINKS!

  Guess what?  Boise police say that their nondiscrimination ordinance is working.
7 – 0
Idaho corruption, ctd
How to think better
Five disturbing facts about Stand Your Ground implementation
Heart-warming video of the day:  best buddies (for Hollis)
Shroud of Turin
Read how a bug-nuts insane woman describes Frozen
  If you need more excellent linkage, check out Yankton!
… and some from Oakland DL, too

 

Schedule

 

     
Mar 2 Sun Soup Kitchen – join us from 11:30am – 2pm
Mar 14 Fri IF City Club:  Education – Our Economic Foundation, by Rod Gramer, President & CEO of Idaho Business for Education (IBE) (Bennion SUB, noon – 1:30pm)
Apr 17 Thurs Idaho Humanities Council Distinguished Humanities Dinner & Lecture – 7pm at the Shilo Inn
 
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

 

Is Religious Freedom Dead?

Next meeting:
  Date Thursday, February 27th
Time 7 to 9pm (show up when you can)
Place Wild Russet at 850 Lindsay Blvd (in the front of the Guesthouse Inn)
 


Texas state senator makes a typo
(or perhaps it was Freudian)

More good news this week!  First, a federal judge in Texas has ruled that Texas's Constitutional marriage ban is, in fact, unconstitutional.  No gay wedding bells in the near future, though, as the decision was stayed while appeals progress, but still … Texas!

And over in Arizona, Jan Brewer does the right thing!  She vetoed the right-to-discriminate bill.  I have to believe that she lied about her reasons – which were likely 100% economic.  But still … Arizona!

Watch this interview of Arizona Republican State Senator (and gubernatorial candidate) Al Melvin by Anderson Cooper.  The guy cannot be more dishonest and shameless.  It's actually kind of embarrassing.  Kodos to Cooper for keeping up the questioning.


It's been fascinating to watch the right as they rolled out the concept of "religious liberty" as a method to hide their bigotry (although the term has a long history of similar service).  It reminds me of the invention of the "intelligent design" term to cover up their previous failure (creation science).  Some are saying that the religious liberty approach has been an obvious failure, but I'm not that optimistic.

That's because the religious freedom argument is being used in so many different ways.  It's being invoked to fight the corporate mandate in Obamacare (to allow Hobby Lobby to impose the religious views of its owner onto its employees).  It's also being used to try and institute the idea that pharmacists can refuse to dispense medicine that they think might be used to murder little embryo babies.  I doubt that we've seen the end of this tactic.

But meanwhile, Albert Mohler, leader of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, was recently speaking at BYU and explaining that evangelicals and Mormons will be sent to jail together while defending religious freedom.

The good news is that Albert Mohler is trying to build a relationship with the Mormons at all.  He's the guy who said this:

"Here is the bottom line.  As an Evangelical Christian – a Christian who holds to the 'traditional Christian orthodoxy' of the Church – I do not believe that Mormonism leads to salvation.  To the contrary, I believe that it is a false gospel that, however sincere and kind its adherents may be, leads to eternal death rather than to eternal life.

"Indeed, I believe that Mormonism is a prime example of what the Apostle Paul warned the Church to reject – 'a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you.'"

So you know that the bigoted haters are getting desperate when they are forging bonds even when they can't stand one another.

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Handy email service:  Megavote
Petition:  Tell Otter, Crapo, and Risch to help remove the religious sheild law that protects parents who kill their kids with prayer
Petition:  Add the words, Idaho
Petition:  Keep guns off Idaho campuses
Petition:  Raise the minimum wage to $15/hr

 

Quotations of the Week

"The Lord is a warrior and in Revelation 19 it says when he comes back, he's coming back as what?  A warrior.  A mighty warrior leading a mighty army, riding a white horse with a blood-stained white robe … I believe that blood on that robe is the blood of his enemies 'cause he's coming back as a warrior carrying a sword.

And I believe now – I've checked this out – I believe that sword he'll be carrying when he comes back is an AR-15."
Gen Jerry Boykin (former Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence under President Shrub, current executive vice president at the Family Research Council)

 

"… the 'religious liberty' campaign represents a sort of Waterloo for right-wing nutbaggery."
Ed Kilgore

 

"Those in control of this state need to stop fighting the future.  They must stop governing by fear.  They must stop pretending there's some security blanket in laws that treat others unfairly."
Kirk Watson (Texas Senate Democratic Caucus Chairman)

 

Poem of the Week

At the Touch of You

At the touch of you,
As if you were an archer with your swift hand at the bow,

The arrows of delight shot through my body.

You were spring,
And I the edge of a cliff,
And a shining waterfall rushed over me.

 

links … links … Links … LINKS … LINKS!

  Guess what?  Boise police say that their nondiscrimination ordinance is working.
7 – 0
Idaho corruption, ctd
How to think better
Five disturbing facts about Stand Your Ground implementation
Heart-warming video of the day:  best buddies (for Hollis)
Shroud of Turin
Read how a bug-nuts insane woman describes Frozen
  If you need more excellent linkage, check out Yankton!
… and some from Oakland DL, too

 

Schedule

 

     
Mar 2 Sun Soup Kitchen – join us from 11:30am – 2pm
Mar 14 Fri IF City Club:  Education – Our Economic Foundation, by Rod Gramer, President & CEO of Idaho Business for Education (IBE) (Bennion SUB, noon – 1:30pm)
Apr 17 Thurs Idaho Humanities Council Distinguished Humanities Dinner & Lecture – 7pm at the Shilo Inn
 
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

 

Tone Trolls

Next meeting:
  Date Thursday, February 20th
Time 7 to 9pm (show up when you can)
Place Wild Russet at 850 Lindsay Blvd (in the front of the Guesthouse Inn)
 

I'm passionate about a couple things.  And I tire quickly of people who are either deliberately deceptive, or unconsciously obtuse.  So sometimes I'm less than polite.  And sometimes people complain about that.

Now, courtesy is a good thing.  Under most circumstances, the lubricant of civility is beneficial.  However, those of us who are objectively right, when faced by those who insist on being wrong – well … sometimes we lose our cool.  And that's OK.

In those circumstances, any person who issues a "Tut, Tut!" – meant to shame you, meant to say "You're hurting your cause with your rudeness!" – is a tone troll.  I have no use for tone trolls.  Especially when the tone troll is part of the opposition.


Like when I used to battle with bigots on the online comment section of the Post Register.  They'd argue that LGBT people deserved to be treated with disdain.  Or that the torture regime instituted by Bush was moral.  Or that Obama was a Kenyan bent on destroying America.  Or that Obamacare was for the purpose of killing old people.  In the face of such (probably willful) ignorance – one can maintain reasonable civility for only so long.  Sometimes a loss of gentility is warranted … even required.

And then the opposition would often sigh, "How rude!" – as if advocating torture weren't already a gross violation of civility.  Or what's worse, they will observe that the liberal is being so intolerant!  You can just picture them waving their hankies and gesturing for the smelling salts. The people who have no problem spreading propaganda and lying about everything they could think of would suddenly turn all Little Lord Fontleroy on you.

But here's the important thing:  the issue is more important than the tone.  I wrote this bit about California's Proposition 8 about three and a half years ago:

In this particular situation, if someone were to see kids committing suicide because of a hateful and poisonous atmosphere that Proposition H8 help to perpetuate, but object to my angry response, accusing me of creating an equivalent hateful environment, and urge me to be more civil, well … I say fuck civility.  Certain people are telling kids that they are immoral for being gay, unnatural for wanting to have a life-partner, perverted for wanting to love the person that they love – I don't care how goddamn polite they are while saying those things – they are part the problem.

I will not pretend that Prop H8 supporters have a valid viewpoint that should be treated with respect.  I'm not going to look for a way to compromise on other people's civil rights.  And I'm not going to hold my tongue so that people opposed to equal rights can feel more comfortable.  I don't want them to be comfortable.  I want them to know that their views are not welcome everywhere.  I want them to think about whether the archaic and arbitrary theism which underpins anti-gay-rights arguments is the same as morality.

I'm going to stand up for the weak party here … those gay kids who are getting hazed and shamed and ostracized, and who are desperate and crying and investigating suicide methods on the internet in their rooms at night.  My words may be uncivil, but my goal is to promote freedom and equality, and to prevent death.  Prop H8 supporters are largely civil in their use of language.  But are they civil in their goals?

I'm proud of that bit.  Of course, I can't do righteous vitriol like Dan Savage.  Needless to say, I don't take complaints about tone from conservatives very seriously.

But it's worse when the tone troll is from your own side of the issue.  You can be in the middle of unleashing a righteous and well-deserved verbal smack-down on a deceitful opponent, and some well-meaning, otherwise supportive ally will grind things to a halt just to educate you on the overriding importance of civility.

Don't do that.  There's no reason for that.  First of all, you will be derailing an ally.  Second, the thing that has that ally pissed off is much more important that what has you pissed off (i.e., their tone).

But thirdly, tone is not all that important.  There is a surprising number of people out there who are confused by issues like equality, torture, and adequate health care.  Not all of them are reachable by calm expressions of facts and reason.  Sometimes people need a different approach.  Mockery can work.  Anger can work.  And sometimes it's not the people who are being directly addressed that are the targets.  Sometimes it's the people witnessing the interaction.

So if you are tempted to tell an ally to be more civil, remember that you are not the Jackass Whisperer.  You don't know the only approach to take, or even the best approach to take in all circumstances.  Let different people do their thing.  And keep in mind that we are all working on the side of righteousness.


Some mellow Tiny Desk Concerts I've listened to recently:

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Handy email service:  Megavote
Petition:  Tell Otter, Crapo, and Risch to help remove the religious sheild law that protects parents who kill their kids with prayer
Petition:  Add the words, Idaho

 

Quotations of the Week

"The Tom Perkins system is:  You don't get the vote if you don't pay a dollar in taxes.  But what I really think is it should be like a corporation.  You pay a million dollars, you get a million votes.  How's that?"
Tom Perkins, America's wealthiest asshole (or most assholish wealthy person)

 

"Note to Tom Perkins – how about if we give poor people only three-fifths of a vote?  Would that work for you?"
Bruce Bartlett

 

"Obama vs. Alan Keyes.  Keyes was from out of state, so you can eliminate any established political base; both candidates were black, so you can factor out racism; and Keyes was plainly, obviously, completely crazy.  Batshit crazy.  Head-trauma crazy.  But 27% of the population of Illinois voted for him.  They put party identification, personal prejudice, whatever ahead of rational judgement.  Hell, even like 5% of Democrats voted for him.  That's crazy behaviour.  I think you have to assume a 27% Crazification Factor in any population."
Kung Fu Monkey

 

Poem of the Week

Onomatomania

the word for the inability to find the right word,
leads me to self-diagnose:  onomatomaniac.  It's not
the 20 volume OED, I need,
nor Dr. Roget's book, which offers
equals only, never discovery.
I accept the fallibility of language,
its spastic elasticity,
its jake-leg, as well as prima ballerina, dances.
I accept that language
can be manipulated towards deceit
(ex.:  The Mahatmapropaganda, i.e., Goebbels);
I accept, and mourn, though not a lot,
the loss of the dash/semi-colon pair.
It's the sound of a pause unlike no other pause.
And when the words are tedious
and tedious also their order–sew me up
in a rug and toss me in the sea!
Language is dying, the novel is dying, poetry
is a corpse colder than the Ice Man,
they've all been dying for thousands of years,
yet people still write, people still read,
and everyone knows that nothing is really real
until it is written.
Until it is written!
Even those who cannot read
know that.

 

links … links … Links … LINKS … LINKS!

  Please read this:  A common thread among young-Earth creationists, gun enthusiasts, marriage exclusivists, and the 1%
Right-wing solutions:  mass-murder drills in public schools
A crazy idea that just might be sensible (and which just got an endorsement from Sen Warren)
What the hell just happened in Kansas?
An optimistic view:  gay marriage can't lose in court
27% crazification factor
Poor, misunderstood guy:  Joe the Plumber gets a union job
Tim Wise on the Jordan Davis murder case
The good news:  four anti-nondiscrimination bills failed on the same day
The bad news:  four anti-nondiscrimination bills existed
Who supports the political aims of the Koch Brothers?
An interesting newsletter
The Christianist florist
One of the very coolest XKCDs ever
Good news for a change:  way to go, Idaho!
If you like dogs and kids
  If you need more excellent linkage, check out Yankton!
… and some from Oakland DL, too

 

Schedule

 

     
Feb 22 Sat Touch of Prose, 7pm – a fun reading event for writers of all kinds – at the Unitarian Universalist Church
Apr 17 Thurs Idaho Humanities Council Distinguished Humanities Dinner & Lecture – 7pm at the Shilo Inn
 
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

 

Worlds Collide

Next meeting:
  Date Thursday, February 13th
Time 7 to 9pm (show up when you can)
Place Wild Russet at 850 Lindsay Blvd (in the front of the Guesthouse Inn)
 




Gubernatorial candidate A. J. Balukoff

SPECIAL EVENT!

We’ll have a very special guest this week!  The only Democratic candidate for governor – A. J. Balukoff – will stop by DL following another event that evening.  So if don’t get the opportunity to speak with him earlier in the day, then stop by DL and join AJ for a chat.

This will be our first gubernatorial candidate to visit since way back when Jerry Brady dropped by six years ago!

Also, AJ will be speaking at the City Club of IF earlier in the day.  No lunch reservations are available, but you can sit in the gallery for $5.  The presentation/question period is from 12:30pm to 1:30pm at the Bennion SUB.


They’re struggling over in Great Britain with a few cultural issues.  First, there was the issue I mentioned a few weeks ago:

There’s an organization in England that represents University administrators.  It’s called Universities UK (UUK), and it is caught up in a mini-scandal of sorts.  It seems that the universities in the UK have been dealing with invited Muslim speakers who demand that audiences for their talks be segregated by gender.  The claim being made by the speakers is that if a University does not allow for a segregated audience, then the Universities are guilty of squelching debate.  This has been a problem for several universities, some of which have allowed the segregation in order to have a robust discussion, and some of which have refused.  Both approaches result in complaints.


So the UUK issued a steaming mound of guidance on the topic.  And instead of suggesting that the Universities do the sensible thing – telling those Muslim speakers, “Sorry, that’s out of the question,” for example – they suggested that if audiences are segregated “fairly”  – side-by-side rather than back-to-front, with a mixed section for those who desire to sit within a special area reserved for those with impure thoughts – then everybody will be happy, conflicting rights will be balanced, and all sensitivities will be considered.

In other words, the “religious freedom” of the speakers should be accepted as a valid claim, to be balanced against other civil rights.


This shirt can get you killed

More recently at the London School of Economics, a couple of guys at the Fresher’s Faire – an event for welcoming freshman students, apparently – were harassed by the university’s security service for wearing shirts depicting a panel from the hilarious Jesus and Mo cartoon strip (shirt shown at left).

And even more recently, a Muslim politician, Maajid Nawaz, tweeted that cartoon from his personal account.  That sparked a massive protest from more fundamentalist Muslims and demands for his ouster.  The reporting on this incident has been almost as atrocious – with journalism outfits blacking out the image of Mohammed to avoid inflaming those radical Muslims.

Think about it.  A news organization is voluntarily censoring itself from presenting a bland image at the center of a controversy, based on the fear that it might “offend” some group of people whose offense is the center of the story.

Then we learn that the London South Bank University has banned a group from displaying a poster with the Flying Spaghetti Monster on it.  Because it might offend some faithful people.

On the heals of all these events, comes news from India where Penguin Books has agreed to destroy all remaining copies of a scholarly book about Hinduism based on the outraged demands of some outraged Hindus.

Ah – it’s a very good thing that we have our First Amendment protections here in America.  You know … the fundamental principle that prevents the government from imposing religious-based beliefs on us.  We’d never find the government here allowing religious people to turn their beliefs into law, or to encode protections for their beliefs over the equality of other people who did not belong to their faith tradition.  We are lucky, aren’t we?


Human Rights Training Day

Here’s a great opportunity.  And there is funding available for travel and lodging for anyone from Eastern Idaho!

The ACLU of Idaho is proud to announce our 2014 Lobby Day Training hosted in conjunction with our partner organizations Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest, Idaho Safe Schools Coalition, and United Vision for Idaho. Join neighbors and citizen activists from across Idaho to stand up for our rights: reproductive health care, LGBT nondiscrimination, medicaid expansion, and preserving your constitutional right to a lawyer. Make your voice heard and meet face to face with your legislators to talk about the issues that are important to you.

During this two-day training, participants will have the opportunity to learn more about Idaho’s legislative process and how to engage their elected officials on the issues that impact them directly. Sunday’s training will cover the legislative process, how to talk to elected officials, and a review of ACLU legislative priorities. On Monday, participants will meet with legislators to discuss their specific legislative interests.

Sunday, Feb. 16th 6:00-8:00 pm, Idaho Education Association
Monday, Feb. 17th 8:00-12:00 pm. IEA & Idaho Statehouse

No experience necessary.  We provide excellent training, great company, food, and comfortable lodging and transportation.  Don’t miss this fun and important day of action!

To reserve your spot, RSVP at the link above.  If you’d like to participate, but live outside the Treasure Valley, please contact our office at 208-344-9750 x 1204 to arrange travel.

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Handy email service:  Megavote
Petition:  Tell Otter, Crapo, and Risch to help remove the religious sheild law that protects parents who kill their kids with prayer
Petition:  Add the words, Idaho

 

Quotations of the Week

“WASHINGTON - Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) was embroiled today in a reasonableness scandal that could cost him his career, congressional insiders said.  ‘Speaker Boehner has presented a debt ceiling deal that is entirely rational and sensible,’ said Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn).  ‘I know those are harsh word to use, but if the shoe fits.’  Said Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas):  ‘The Speaker’s deal would keep the government running, free of disruptions, without holding the American people hostage and plunging the world economy into chaos.  That goes against everything we Republicans stand for.’”
Andy Borowitz

 

“Once I became official to my teammates, I knew who I was.  I knew that I was gay.  And I knew that I was Michael Sam, who’s a Mizzou football player who happens to be gay.  I was so proud of myself and I just didn’t care who knew.  If someone on the street would have asked me, ‘Hey, Mike, I heard you were gay.  Is that true?’  I would have said yes.  But no one asked.  I guess they don’t want to ask a 6-3, 260-pound defensive lineman if he was gay or not.”
Michael Sam

 

Poem of the Week

Why Is the Color of Snow?

Let’s ask a poet with no way of knowing.
Someone who can give us an answer,
another duplicity to help double the world.

What kind of poetry is all question, anyway?
Each question leads to an iceburn,
a snownova, a single bed spinning in space.

Poet, Decide!  I am lonely with questions.
What is snow?  What isn’t?
Do you see how it is for me.

Melt yourself to make yourself more clear
for the next observer.
I could barely see you anyway.

A blizzard I understand better,
the secrets of many revealed as one,
becoming another on my only head.

It’s true that snow takes on gold from sunset
and red from rearlights.  But that’s occasional.
What is constant is white,

or is that only sight, a reflection of eyewhites
and light?  Because snow reflects only itself,
self upon self upon self,

is a blanket used for smothering, for sleeping.
For not seeing the naked, flawed body.
Concealing it from the lover curious, ever curious!

Who won’t stop looking.
White for privacy.
Millions of privacies to bless us with snow.

Don’t we melt it?
Aren’t we human dark with sugar hot to melt it?
Anyway, the question–

if a dream is a construction then what
is not a construction?  If a bank of snow
is an obstruction, then what is not a bank of snow?

A winter vault of valuable crystals
convertible for use only by a zen
sun laughing at us.

Oh Materialists!  Thinking matter matters.
If we dream of snow, of banks and blankets
to keep our treasure safe forever,

what world is made, that made us that we keep
making and making to replace the dreaming at last.
To stop the terrible dreaming.

 

links … links … Links … LINKS … LINKS!

Schedule

 

     
Feb 13 Thurs IF City Club:  The State of the State, by AJ Balukoff, Democratic candidate for Governor (Bennion SUB, noon – 1:30pm)
Apr 17 Thurs Idaho Humanities Council Distinguished Humanities Dinner & Lecture – 7pm at the Shilo Inn
 
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

 

Third Party Blues

Next meeting:
  Date Thursday, January 30th
Time 7 to 9pm (show up when you can)
Place Wild Russet at 850 Lindsay Blvd (in the front of the Guesthouse Inn)
 

I’ve had several discussions online over the past couple of weeks with groups of liberals who are mighty displeased with the idea of Hillary Clinton running in 2016.  There is a lot of anger about her, but I can’t pretend to know what it is about.  The gist is that she is too centrist, but it is more vicious than the expressions that you hear about other centrists (like Obama, for example).  She’s a warmongerer, a sell-out to big business interests, a practitioner of the Southern Strategy (i.e., a racist).  Worse than Mitt Romney, even.

I don’t understand the depth of the anger.

It does no good to remind these people that we have a two-party system.  That is, even though there are more than two parties, it just happens that our political institutions, our electoral system, our campaign finance laws, and our journalistic enterprises all conspire to maintain two relatively equally powerful parties.  They are convinced that if only enough people would wake up and vote for their real interests – that if we all magically stop voting for the “lesser of two evils” – then the Dem/GOP stranglehold on power will be broken.

People cannot be reasoned out of that belief.  Maybe because it makes them feel so good about themselves:  they are not sheeple, they see the big picture, they are more intelligent and more discerning.  And yet, nothing can change the reality of what they are proposing:

Every liberal that lodges a third-party protest vote against Hillary is basically casting a vote for whatever monstrosity that the GOP nominates.


Ralph Keyes, a writer from American Scholar magazine, recently appeared on All Things Considered with a proposal to replace foreign words with words that sound more Americany.  Why?  Beats me.

Overly foreign word    Suggested replacement
mensch tinglet or zing
frisson Mandela or Truman
schadenfreude saddenjoy
simpatico doughnuts

Can you think of a worse idea?  Or a worse suggested replacement?  Neither can I.


Idaho’s “Religious Freedom” bill

This is insane.  It’s just another example of flailing by those opposed to equality and fairness.

HB 426 is a bill to insure that no state-granted license can be revoked based on an act of religious-based discrimination.  In other words, this is kind of the opposite of Add the Words.

Please contact the following people ASAP with your thoughts:

House State Affairs Committee
      Republicans
Chair Thomas F. Loertscher tloertscher@house.idaho.gov
Vice Chair Gayle L. Batt gbatt@house.idaho.gov
Eric R. Anderson eanderson@house.idaho.gov
Ken Andrus kandrus@house.idaho.gov
Lynn M. Luker lluker@house.idaho.gov
Brent J. Crane bcrane@house.idaho.gov
Joe Palmer jpalmer@house.idaho.gov
Kathleen Sims ksims@house.idaho.gov
Vito Barbieri vbar@house.idaho.gov
James Holtzclaw jholtzclaw@house.idaho.gov
Shannon McMillan smcmillan@house.idaho.gov
Jason A. Monks jmonks@house.idaho.gov
Kelley Packer kpacker@house.idaho.gov
      Democrats
Elaine Smith esmith@house.idaho.gov
John Gannon jgannon@house.idaho.gov
Holli Woodings hwoodings@house.idaho.gov

Minimum Wage bill

I’ll have more news on this in the future, but there is word that a minimum wage bill will be printed this session.  It’s supposed to do the following:


  • The proposed bill would increase the hourly wage to $9.75 split into a two year incremental increase which would be implemented by July 1, 2015 and then tie it to the CPI
  • Tipped wage would increase from $3.30 to $3.80 and then to $4.25 by July 2015 and then tie it to the CPI in 2016
  • Training wages apply to persons 18 and over, and raise from $4.25 to $4.70, and to $5.35 by 2015 and reduced the 90-day training period to 30 days so that seasonal workers cannot be paid less than minimum for the existing 90 days and then be fired
  • The critical part of this bill is that it ties wages to the CPI going forward

Contact these fine folks and let them know your thoughts:

Senate State Affairs Committee
      Republicans
Chair Curt McKenzie cmckenzie@senate.idaho.gov
Bart M. Davis bmdavis@senate.idaho.gov
Russell M. Fulcher rfulcher@senate.idaho.gov
Brent Hill bhill@senate.idaho.gov
Chuck Winder cwinder@senate.idaho.gov
Patti Anne Lodge palodge@senate.idaho.gov
Jeff C. Siddoway jsiddoway@senate.idaho.gov
      Democrats
Michelle Stennett mstennett@senate.idaho.gov
Elliot Werk ewerk@senate.idaho.gov

Human Rights Training Day

Here’s a great opportunity.  And there is funding available for travel and lodging for anyone from Eastern Idaho!

The ACLU of Idaho is proud to announce our 2014 Lobby Day Training hosted in conjunction with our partner organizations Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest, Idaho Safe Schools Coalition, and United Vision for Idaho. Join neighbors and citizen activists from across Idaho to stand up for our rights: reproductive health care, LGBT nondiscrimination, medicaid expansion, and preserving your constitutional right to a lawyer. Make your voice heard and meet face to face with your legislators to talk about the issues that are important to you.

During this two-day training, participants will have the opportunity to learn more about Idaho’s legislative process and how to engage their elected officials on the issues that impact them directly. Sunday’s training will cover the legislative process, how to talk to elected officials, and a review of ACLU legislative priorities. On Monday, participants will meet with legislators to discuss their specific legislative interests.

Sunday, Feb. 16th 6:00-8:00 pm, Idaho Education Association
Monday, Feb. 17th 8:00-12:00 pm. IEA & Idaho Statehouse

No experience necessary.  We provide excellent training, great company, food, and comfortable lodging and transportation.  Don’t miss this fun and important day of action!

To reserve your spot, RSVP at the link above.  If you’d like to participate, but live outside the Treasure Valley, please contact our office at 208-344-9750 x 1204 to arrange travel.

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Handy email service:  Megavote
Petition:  Tell Otter, Crapo, and Risch to help remove the religious sheild law that protects parents who kill their kids with prayer
Petition:  Add the words, Idaho

 

Quotations of the Week

“There are few things more fundamental to smart political strategy than the understanding that other people may not share your beliefs, and may not have the same emotional reactions you do to certain people and events.  That understanding is what allows you to make thoughtful decisions about how to persuade the number of people you need to achieve your political goals, whether it’s passing a piece of legislation or winning an election.  This is something Republicans often struggle with, but when it comes to the Clintons, they’re absolutely blinded by hate.  To take just one example, if Hillary runs, we’re going to be hearing a lot about Benghazi, because Republicans are not only sure she did something scandalous, they’re also sure that if they just hammer away at it long enough, everybody else will become convinced, too.  But just like with Bill’s impeachment, exactly the opposite is likely to happen:  the more they talk about it, the more voters will become convinced that they’ve taken leave of their senses.

And that, more than anything else, may be what gives Hillary Clinton such a good chance of winning in 2016.  When they’re looking at her, her opponents just can’t see straight.”
Paul Waldman

 

“Life is tragic simply because the earth turns, and the sun inexorably rises and sets, and one day, for each of us, the sun will go down for the last, last time.  Perhaps the whole root of our trouble, the human trouble, is that we will sacrifice all the beauty of our lives, will imprison ourselves in totems, taboos, crosses, blood sacrifices, steeples, mosques, races, armies, flags, nations, in order to deny the fact of death, which is the only fact we have.  It seems to me that one ought to rejoice in the fact of death – ought to decide, indeed, to earn one’s death by confronting with passion the conundrum of life.  One is responsible to life:  It is the small beacon in that terrifying darkness from which we come and to which we shall return.”
James Baldwin

 

Poem of the Week

Not Waving but Drowning

First, this face–history did it,
winters, two world wars, long
days bent in the fields in the sun,
a few blows, fear, sorrow.

This face is evidence left over
when those years denied what happened
and stole away, the shell still whispering
of treasure and wreckage in the sea.

And then beyond this mask–that’s where
everything else begins to wake up:
what the wars were about, how the field boss
discovered a truth God had in mind.

There’s a bell somewhere.  This face
looks up, the way old people listen.

 

links … links … Links … LINKS … LINKS!

  Some heroes in Idaho
… and the result
Some on the right are truly insane
Many on the right really are insane
More lies in the GOP response to the SOTU
Didn’t know this:  Missouri executes people while their appeals are still active
More scummy GOP tricks
So just why do people say that we
shouldn’t compare the movement for LGBTQ equality to the Civil Rights movement?  I’ve never seen a good argument, including this one.
Truly bizzare video (part II here)
The life you can save in 3 minutes
Coolest vehicle ever?  I want one.
  If you need more excellent linkage, check out Yankton!
… and some from Oakland DL, too

 

Schedule

 

     
Feb 7 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)
Feb 13 Thurs IF City Club:  The State of the State, by AJ Balukoff, Democratic candidate for Governor (Bennion SUB, noon – 1:30pm)
Apr 17 Thurs Idaho Humanities Council Distinguished Humanities Dinner & Lecture – 7pm at the Shilo Inn
 
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

 

Call to Action

Next meeting:
  Date Thursday, January 30th
Time 7 to 9pm (show up when you can)
Place Wild Russet at 850 Lindsay Blvd (in the front of the Guesthouse Inn)
 

ACLU Fundraiser

I have two tickets for this terrific event!  The featured speaker is Laverne Cox of the HBO show Orange is the New Black.  The venue is equally interesting:  the Stueckle Sky Center at the top of the Bronco’s stadium in Boise.

Please let me know if you’d like to attend with us.  We can make it a weekend!


Add the Words

You know how to tell when you’re winning?  When the other side is flailing.  Hollis had an interesting phone call with Idaho State Sen Brent Hill last week:

“Well, that was interesting.  I just got off the phone with Senator Brent Hill.  When I brought up the point that 87% of Idahoans support Add the Words his response was that Idaho is a republic and not a democracy.  Therefore, he does not have to listen to his constituents and he feels it more important to vote his ‘moral’ conscience.

“He also does not believe that qualified professionals choose to NOT work in Idaho – when recruited by INL and other large companies – because this state does not have protections for our LGBTQ citizens."

Amazing.  Hollis had told him what we learned from the recruiting people at last years’ nondiscrimination lecture that we organized:  that INL and EIRMC struggle with recruiting because of the lack of protection afforded to LGBTQ people and their allies.  Instead, he answers, “I represent me, not you.  And besides, companies don’t have that problem.”

Down in Oklahoma, they’re taking a different approach.  If the courts say that they have to treat gay people with equality, then they just won’t marry anybody.  Seriously.  Taking their ball and going home.

If you care, you can listen to Focus On the Family explain how equality and nondiscrimination are an assault on Christians.

They are flailing.  They have nothing.  It’s all coming down to how long they decide to drag this out.


Idaho’s “Religious Freedom” bill

This is insane.  It’s just another example of flailing by those opposed to equality and fairness.

HB 426 is a bill to insure that no state-granted license can be revoked based on an act of religious-based discrimination.  In other words, this is kind of the opposite of Add the Words.

Please contact the following people ASAP with your thoughts:

House State Affairs Committee
      Republicans
Chair Thomas F. Loertscher tloertscher@house.idaho.gov
Vice Chair Gayle L. Batt gbatt@house.idaho.gov
Eric R. Anderson eanderson@house.idaho.gov
Ken Andrus kandrus@house.idaho.gov
Lynn M. Luker lluker@house.idaho.gov
Brent J. Crane bcrane@house.idaho.gov
Joe Palmer jpalmer@house.idaho.gov
Kathleen Sims ksims@house.idaho.gov
Vito Barbieri vbar@house.idaho.gov
James Holtzclaw jholtzclaw@house.idaho.gov
Shannon McMillan smcmillan@house.idaho.gov
Jason A. Monks jmonks@house.idaho.gov
Kelley Packer kpacker@house.idaho.gov
      Democrats
Elaine Smith esmith@house.idaho.gov
John Gannon jgannon@house.idaho.gov
Holli Woodings hwoodings@house.idaho.gov

Minimum Wage bill

I’ll have more news on this in the future, but there is word that a minimum wage bill will be printed this session.  It’s supposed to do the following:


  • The proposed bill would increase the hourly wage to $9.75 split into a two year incremental increase which would be implemented by July 1, 2015 and then tie it to the CPI
  • Tipped wage would increase from $3.30 to $3.80 and then to $4.25 by July 2015 and then tie it to the CPI in 2016
  • Training wages apply to persons 18 and over, and raise from $4.25 to $4.70, and to $5.35 by 2015 and reduced the 90-day training period to 30 days so that seasonal workers cannot be paid less than minimum for the existing 90 days and then be fired
  • The critical part of this bill is that it ties wages to the CPI going forward

Contact these fine folks and let them know your thoughts:

Senate State Affairs Committee
      Republicans
Chair Curt McKenzie cmckenzie@senate.idaho.gov
Bart M. Davis bmdavis@senate.idaho.gov
Russell M. Fulcher rfulcher@senate.idaho.gov
Brent Hill bhill@senate.idaho.gov
Chuck Winder cwinder@senate.idaho.gov
Patti Anne Lodge palodge@senate.idaho.gov
Jeff C. Siddoway jsiddoway@senate.idaho.gov
      Democrats
Michelle Stennett mstennett@senate.idaho.gov
Elliot Werk ewerk@senate.idaho.gov

Human Rights Training Day

Here’s a great opportunity.  And there is funding available for travel and lodging for anyone from Eastern Idaho!

The ACLU of Idaho is proud to announce our 2014 Lobby Day Training hosted in conjunction with our partner organizations Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest, Idaho Safe Schools Coalition, and United Vision for Idaho. Join neighbors and citizen activists from across Idaho to stand up for our rights: reproductive health care, LGBT nondiscrimination, medicaid expansion, and preserving your constitutional right to a lawyer. Make your voice heard and meet face to face with your legislators to talk about the issues that are important to you.

During this two-day training, participants will have the opportunity to learn more about Idaho’s legislative process and how to engage their elected officials on the issues that impact them directly. Sunday’s training will cover the legislative process, how to talk to elected officials, and a review of ACLU legislative priorities. On Monday, participants will meet with legislators to discuss their specific legislative interests.

Sunday, Feb. 16th 6:00-8:00 pm, Idaho Education Association
Monday, Feb. 17th 8:00-12:00 pm. IEA & Idaho Statehouse

No experience necessary.  We provide excellent training, great company, food, and comfortable lodging and transportation.  Don’t miss this fun and important day of action!

To reserve your spot, RSVP at the link above.  If you’d like to participate, but live outside the Treasure Valley, please contact our office at 208-344-9750 x 1204 to arrange travel.

Cheers,
Dan

 

Contact

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Handy email service:  Megavote
Petition:  Tell Otter, Crapo, and Risch to help remove the religious sheild law that protects parents who kill their kids with prayer
Petition:  Stand for equality in Idaho

 

Quotations of the Week

“If the Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing for them a prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of government then so be it!  Let us take that discussion all across America because women are far more than the Democrats have played them to be.”
Mike Huckabee

 

“What’s the politically correct word for mentally retarded?”
Peter Schiff

 

Poem of the Week

Not Waving but Drowning

God snaps your picture–don’t look away–
this room right now, your face tilted
exactly as it is before you can think
or control it.  Go ahead, let it betray
all the secret emergencies and still hold
that partial disguise you call your character.

Even your lip, they say, the way it curves
or doesn’t, or can’t decide, will deliver
bales of evidence.  The camera, wide open,
stands ready; the exposure is thirty-five years
or so–after that you have become
whatever the veneer is, all the way through.

Now you want to explain.  Your mother
was a certain–how to express it?–influence.
Yes.  And your father, whatever he was,
you couldn’t change that.  No.  And your town
of course had its limits.  Go on, keep talking–
Hold it.  Don’t move.  That’s you forever.

 

links … links … Links … LINKS … LINKS!

  Luna is out
Why Republicans keep calling women sluts
A good question:  will NBC mention the role of American conservatives in Russia’s crackdown
Bookmark this site:  Idaho’s marriage equality case
NPR reporters have been in Idaho this week
Marijuana debate:  Nancy Grace vs Nancy Grace
For Hollis:  elephant reunion
Guess what?  Republicans are lying about voter fraud.
The future of empathy
Another low-class Republican
Voters hate their bosses
Rachel Maddow gets a loony Republican all worked up
Good news for Idaho (although bad that this was ever considered)
Clever bank response to ATM robbers
  If you need more excellent linkage, check out Yankton!

 

Schedule

 

     
Jan 2 Sun Soup Kitchen – join us from 11:30am – 2pm
Feb 7 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)
Apr 17 Thurs Idaho Humanities Council Distinguished Humanities Dinner & Lecture – 7pm at the Shilo Inn
 
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

 

Religious Freedom

Next meeting:
  Date Thursday, January 23th
Time 7 to 9pm (show up when you can)
Place Wild Russet at 850 Lindsay Blvd (in the front of the Guesthouse Inn)
 

ACLU Fundraiser

I have two tickets for this terrific event!  The featured speaker is Laverne Cox of the HBO show Orange is the New Black.  The venue is equally interesting:  the Stueckle Sky Center at the top of the Bronco’s stadium in Boise.

Please let me know if you’d like to attend with us.  We can make it a weekend!





Another reason to be thankful for Obama

So it looks like some of the local nutjobs are going to attempt a ballot initiative to repeal the nondiscrimination ordinance.  What clueless morons.  Read that thread if you want to be depressed.  [I encourage you all to request membership in that group.  I have been denied.  And please correct their misimpressions of reality.  But do so nicely, or you will be banned.]

If you read that thread, you can see how utterly baffled they are about what freedom of religion really means.  They seem to have come to the conclusion that when they lose a privilege that’s the same thing as being denied a fundamental right.  And the fundamental rights of LGBTQ people have to take a back seat to the privileges of right-wing Christians.

Idaho also made the national news last week.  You may have noticed that I’ve featured a petition in the Action section for the last few weeks:  help remove the religious sheild law that protects parents who kill their kids with prayer.  Amazingly enough, some are opposed.  Again, based on religious freedom reasons.


Whether it’s LGBTQ equality, protecting kids from kooky parents, separation of church and state issues, or contraceptive rights, the issue of religious freedom is being used (often successfully) as a smokescreen tactic by conservatives.  We really need to figure out how to counter that.  Any ideas?

I think atheism is a great start.  But that obviously won’t work for everyone.  Join us at the Wild Russet and discuss.

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Handy email service:  Megavote
… and don’t forget to sign up for Idaho Bill Tracker
Petition:  Tell Otter, Crapo, and Risch to help remove the religious sheild law that protects parents who kill their kids with prayer
Petition:  Stand for equality in Idaho

 

Quotations of the Week

“The fact that one major political party in the US rejects outright this massive preponderance of scientific research [for antropogenic global warming] is now so familiar to us that we forget just how obscene it is.  It is not a position or an argument.  It is a transparent lie in defense of short-term material interest against the long-term interests of everyone.  There can and should be plenty of debate about what to do about human-caused climate change; but there should simply be no serious debate about its causes.  It’s impossible to take the GOP seriously until they recant their knownothingness on this subject.  At this point, it is simply an affront to reason.”
Andrew Sullivan

 

“I really fucking love abortion.  A lot.  It’s one of the greatest equalizers between the sexes.  Abortion and birth control.  The ability to control my fertility and my family is a privilege.  No, I take that back.  The ability to control my fertility and my family is a basic human right that should never be offered to me or anyone else as a privilege.

Last year, I asked for an abortion for Christmas.”
Elyse

 

Poem of the Week

Not Waving but Drowning

Nobody heard him, the dead man,
But still he lay moaning:
I was much further out than you thought
And not waving but drowning.

Poor chap, he always loved larking
And now he’s dead.
It must have been too cold for him his heart gave way,
They said.

Oh, no no no, it was too cold always
(Still the dead one lay moaning)
I was much too far out all my life
And not waving but drowning.

 

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  Great story from local author and story teller Jo Deurbrouck
What Martin Luther King did:  he removed terror from the lives of millions
Heartbreaking Twitter story
A horrible story of an outing
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Gov Otter gets fact-checked
Jesus visits Sarah Silverman
How the Kochs plan to win the US Senate
More GOP insanity
Funny commercial
Confused baby girl meets her father’s twin
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Schedule

 

     
Jan 24 Fri IF City Club:  Park Price, President of Battelle Energy Alliance (Bennion SUB, noon – 1:30pm)
Feb 7 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)
Apr 17 Thurs Idaho Humanities Council Distinguished Humanities Dinner & Lecture – 7pm at the Shilo Inn
 
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

 

Minarchism

Next meeting:
  Date Thursday, January 16th
Time 7 to 9pm (show up when you can)
Place Wild Russet at 850 Lindsay Blvd (in the front of the Guesthouse Inn)
 

Martin Luther King Jr Banquet

The African American Alliance is holding the 8th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Banquet on January 17th – this coming Friday.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Lucretia Murphy, a woman who grew up here in Idaho Falls.  In 1988, she was Idaho’s Junior Miss, and third runner up in America’s Junior Miss competition.  She holds a doctorate in higher education policy from the University of Michigan and a law degree from University of Texas.  Murphy has served as the executive director of the See Forever Foundation and Maya Angelou Public Charter School.  Her work is focused on improving educational systems, with a special focus on providing opportunities for low-income and disconnected youth.

To make ticket reservations, call Dave Snell (522-8513), Robert Brooks (360-8708) or Keith Morse, (522-4896). Please indicate meal selection when making your reservations.

ACLU Fundraiser

I have two tickets for this terrific event!  The featured speaker is Laverne Cox of the HBO show Orange is the New Black.  The venue is equally interesting:  the Stueckle Sky Center at the top of the Bronco’s stadium in Boise.

Please let me know if you’d like to attend with us.  We can make it a weekend!


Here’s a potential new word for you:  minarchism:

… a political philosophy that “holds that states ought to exist (as opposed to anarchy), that their only legitimate function is the protection of individuals from aggression, theft, breach of contract, and fraud, and that the only legitimate governmental institutions are the military, police, and courts.  In the broadest sense, it also includes fire departments, prisons, the executive, and legislatures as legitimate government functions.  Such states are generally called night-watchman states.

“Minarchists argue that the state has no authority to use its monopoly of force to interfere with free transactions between people, and see the state’s sole responsibility as ensuring that contracts between private individuals and property are protected, through a system of law courts and enforcement.  Minarchists generally believe a laissez-faire approach to the economy is most likely to lead to economic prosperity.”


  • » Martin Luther King Jr Banquet – Jan 17th, Hotel by the Falls, $35
  • » 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)

It sounds to me like a branch of libertarianism – the branch that includes the more reasonable libertarians who agree that certain minimal functions need to be supported by taxes.  Minarchism is apparently very close to Objectivism, which doesn’t speak well for it.

I made this objection to a Facebook friend who claimed minarchist tendencies:  “A minarchist believes that tax dollars should be used to pay for the arrest, conviction, and incarceration of a black man for sitting at a lunch counter owned by a racist and refusing to get up.  That’s hard to wrap my head around.”  He didn’t take that criticism too well.  But it seems sound to me.

The definition of minarchist very plainly rules out things like explicit civil rights and rules in the libertarian reliance on completely free markets in the area of public exchange of goods and services.  It includes taxpayer-funded police & courts for the protection of people – mostly for contract enforcement, I assume, but also for maintaining a very basic level of peace.  So a racist’s cafe is very much allowed under minarchism.  And a black man defiantly sitting in such an establishment is very much trespassing.  I see no other outcome in that situation other than arrest, conviction, and incarceration of the trespasser.

That’s generally the same problem I have with any libertarian.  Essentially, libertarianism is based on a fundamental axiom that everything can be reduced to property rights.  And anything that can’t be expressed as property doesn’t matter.

And Idaho Falls just seated a council member that believes this minarchist crap to her core.  Woe is us.

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Greg Sargent

 

“Let’s get one thing straight from the start:  the Second Amendment does NOT guarantee an unlimited right to bear arms – it merely says ‘the people’ (collectively, not individually) can create WELL-REGULATED MILITIAS to ensure THE SECURITY OF A FREE STATE, without the national government having veto power over state and local law-enforcement power.  That’s ALL the Second Amendment was ever supposed to do; it was a response to the British government’s restrictions on the arming of local militias for local defense and law-enforcement.  Anyone who says otherwise is either an idiot or a lying demagogue.”
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“A federal judge in Oklahoma ruled Tuesday that the state’s constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriage violated the federal Constitution, the latest in a string of legal victories for gay rights and one that occurred in the heart of the Bible Belt.

The state’s ban on marriage by gay and lesbian couples is ‘an arbitrary, irrational exclusion of just one class of Oklahoma citizens from a governmental benefit,’ wrote Judge Terence C. Kern of United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma, …  The amendment, he said, is based on ‘moral disapproval’ and does not advance the state’s asserted interests in promoting heterosexual marriage or the welfare of children.”
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Schedule

 

     
Jan 17 Fri Martin Luther King Jr Banquet – Hotel on the Falls, $35
Jan 24 Fri IF City Club:  Park Price, President of Battelle Energy Alliance (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