Drinking Liberally Idaho Falls Chapter Blog

Thursday Night DL at the Bee's Knees

 

 

On Divisiveness

   Next meeting:
  Date Thursday, June 25th
Time 7 to 9pm (show up when you can)
Place Bee's Knees at 850 Lindsay Blvd (in the front of the Guesthouse Inn)
 

So President Obama appeared, on Marc Maron's podcast, What the Fuck.  It's a good interview - you should listen if you can.  The name of the podcast doesn't seem to have caused a stir.  The right is up in arms because Obama said "nigger," though.

"How divisive of him!"

"He said something that we white people can't say!  That's divisive!"

"Only racists use that word!  Divisive racists ... the worst kind!"

Well, idiots making those kinds of silly statements apparently lack the ability to understand the use/mention distinction.  Mentioning a word, as Obama did, is not the same as using the word.  But that's a subtlety lost on most media conservatives.

The Confederate Flag issue* has some similarities to this minor uproar, beyond sharing roots in our racist past.

It seems that there is a surprising amount of momentum, even from some conservatives, to dump the official recognition of the flag. It seems possible that there might just be a small victory coming out of the Charleston killings.


What I haven't yet heard - but I guarantee we will soon - is how divisive it is to try to dump the flag.  It's heritage, it's identity, it's inclusive!  We are divisive and intolerant for wanting to eliminate official honorifics for the Stars and Bars.

That's right.  The divisiveness of the flag itself isn't at all an issue.  But the people wanting to get rid of its official recognition are divisive.  That's the real problem.

And Obama has faced this charge his entire presidency ... that he is the divisive one.  All while the extremist conservatives have done everything they can to create division.

According to them, a society that marginalizes black lives in many ways isn't "divisive."  But discussing shallow notions of racism is.

People losing homes or dying because of lack of health care isn't "divisive."  But trying to solve that problem is.

Mass murders in schools, churches, and theaters aren't "divisive."  But suggesting that we try some rational gun control is.

When is the American right going to return to its senses?

Join us this Thursday.  We'll have divisive conversations over divisive topics,and come up with divisive solutions.  We'll even drink a toast divisively.

Cheers,
Dan

 

*And I don't give a damn about whether it's the "Confederate Flag" or the "Battle Flag of Northern Virginia" or the "KKK Kolors."  We all know what we're talking about.  That symbol has come to stand for the traitorous Confederacy and all of the racist/slavery/segregation baggage that attains to that.  Anyone complaining about semantics and proper attribution when it comes to the Confederate Flag can diaper themselves with it and unload, as far as I am concerned.

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Quotations of the Week

"Racism, we are not cured of it.  Clearly.  And it's not just a matter of it not being polite to say nigger in public.  That's not the measure of whether recism still exists or not."
- President Barack Obama

 

"As a people, we are fighting to maintain the heaven ordained supremacy of the white man over the inferior or colored race ..."
- William Thompson, designer of the Confederate flag

 

"The Left's 21st century agenda:  expunging every trace of respect, recognition or acknowledgment of Americans who fought for the Confederacy."
- Bill Krystol

 

"Do not doubt me!  And I'll make another prediction to you.  The next flag that will come under assault - and it will not be long - is the American flag."
- Rush Limbaugh

 

Poem of the Week

This is the 4th (nearly annual) time I've posted this poem, and it should be obvious why it's appropriate this week.  And because I think it's one of the best poems I've found during my years of adding them to my emails.  Enjoy.

Enter the Dragon

For me, the movie starts with a black man
Leaping into an orbit of badges, tiny moons

Catching the sheen of his perfect black afro.
Arc kicks, karate chops, and thirty cops

On their backs.  It starts with the swagger,
The cool lean into the leather front seat

Of the black and white he takes off in.
Deep hallelujahs of moviegoers drown

Out the wah wah guitar.  Salt & butter
High-fives, Right on, brother! and Daddy

Glowing so bright he can light the screen
All by himself.  This is how it goes down.

Friday night and my father drives us
Home from the late show, two heroes

Cadillacking across King Boulevard.
In the cars dark cab, we jab and clutch,

Jim Kelly and Bruce Lee with popcorn
Breath, and almost miss the lights flashing

In the cracked side mirror.  I know what's
Under the seat, but when the uniforms

Approach from the rear quarter panel,
When the fat one leans so far into my father's

Window I can smell his long day's work,
When my father this John Henry of a man,

Hides his hammer, doesn't buck, tucks away
His baritone, license and registration shaking as if

Showing a bathroom pass to a grade school
Principal, I learn the difference between cinema

And city, between the moviehouse cheers
Of old men and the silence that gets us home.

John Murillo (he reads the poem here)
 

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  * Anti-intellectualism is killing America
* The Australian gun control experience
* Why does the GOP attract racists?
* In case you were wondering:  Jeb isn't any more honest than George
* Mike Huckabee really is insane and evil
* So this happened:  ballot initiative to have gays killed in California (a judge has ruled that the AG doesn't have to certify it)
* 20 wilderness areas to see before you die
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Schedule

 

       
July 5 Sun Soup Kitchen - join us from 11:30am - 2pm

 

Thursday Night DL at the Bee's Knees

 

 

Blackness in America

   Next meeting:
  Date Thursday, June 18th
Time 7 to 9pm (show up when you can)
Place Bee's Knees at 850 Lindsay Blvd (in the front of the Guesthouse Inn)
 

ACLU Fundraiser

You're invited to fill up on tails, taters, and tipple at the ACLU of Idaho's Crawfish Boil!

We're hosting a crawfish feed in Idaho Falls on Saturday, June 20th, from 6-9pm.  You won't wanna be late to this event!  Sponsored by the Jason Wood Law Firm, we are offering you a taste of the south to usher in the summer months.  A low country boil won't be a party without you!

Suggested donation is $25 for those 21 years or older and $10 for those under the age of 21.  Reserve your space online here, or by emailing jhansen@acluidaho.org, or by calling the ACLU office at 208-344-9750 ext. 1207.

Need an Idaho Falls contact?  Call Alicia at the Jason Wood Law Firm at 208-932-4204.

We hope to have a big turnout for this event, let's have some fun Idaho Falls!


ACLU News

On June 17th, 2015 the ACLU, the ACLU of Idaho, and the global law firm Hogan Lovells filed a class action lawsuit against the state of Idaho asking the court to force the state to fix its unconstitutional system of public defense.  Idaho's current system deprives thousands of Idahoans of their Sixth Amendment right to adequate legal representation and withholds the resources needed by public defenders throughout the state to effectively represent those prosecuted by state government.

More here.


It's possible that I may be the last white person to weigh in on the issue of Rachel Dolezal.  And it's probably a good thing that I waited a week to write about it.

It remains just as confusing as ever, of course.  There's the sex abuse case against the brother, and the religious extremist parents.  The quick and painless resignation by Dolezal.  Etc.

At this point, I wouldn't be surprised if Rachel Dolezal comes out of this looking pretty good.  Perhaps even sparking an unexpected new chapter in the racial awakening of America (and after Ferguson, NYC, and Baltimore, we sure needed a change in direction).

That's one possible good outcome.  Another good thing is that our country is talking about race in a new way.  A better way.  We may not be ready to accept that race is mutable at will, but we seem to have stepped a bit closer to recognizing that the concept of race is more polarizing that it is substantive.

This event seems to have brought us together in another new way.  Because it was so damn confusing, quite a few of us white people actually sat back and listened a bit.  The news shows actually asked black people about this situation - not because they had to promote some notion of balance - but because white people had no clue what to think.


Of course, the right tried to make some hay out of it.  They thought it was embarrassing to the left in some way.  A strange outcome of the overly tolerant.  And it seems like they've failed for the most part.  It just doesn't seem to have the traction that they'd hoped for.  They'll keep flogging it like they do everything else, not realizing how bad it makes them look.  They have almost nothing else.

So lots of good possibilities out of this one, weird, offbeat unscriptable event.  Who could have predicted that?

We may owe Rachel Dolezal a big round of thanks once this all plays out.

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Quotations of the Week

Poem of the Week

Summer Triptych

1.
The world is water
to these bronzed boys
on their surfboards,
riding the sexual waves
of Maui
like so many fearless
cowboys, challenging
death on bucking
broncos of foam.

2.
On the beach at Santorini
we ate those tiny silverfish
grilled straight from the sea,
and when the sun went down
in the flaming west
there was applause
from all the sated diners,
as if it had done its acrobatic plunge
just for them.

3.
Swathed from head to toe
in seeming veils of muslin,
the figure in the Nantucket fog
poles along the shoreline on a flat barge.
It could be Charon transporting souls
across the River Styx, or just
another fisherman in a hoodie,
trolling for bluefish
on the outgoing tide.

Linda Pastan
 

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* Great read:  from conservative to liberal
* Raul Labrador panders to bigots
* Good financial tips for young people
* A handy guide for straight white men
* OMG I want one!
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Schedule

 

       
June 18 Thurs IF City Club:  An Evening With Paul Menser and Legendary Locals of Idaho Falls (Bennion SUB, 6pm - 8:30pm, $15/$20)
July 5 Sun Soup Kitchen - join us from 11:30am - 2pm

 

Thursday Night DL at the Bee's Knees

 

 

Flag Standing

   Next meeting:
  Date Thursday, June 11th
Time 7 to 9pm (show up when you can)
Place Bee's Knees at 850 Lindsay Blvd (in the front of the Guesthouse Inn)
 

Rather than get all heated about the Great 2015 McKinney Pool Riot, I wanted to mention a topic that has come up a couple of times in the last few weeks on my Facebook feed.  I don't know why this is becoming a thing - either the protest act itself or the backlash against the protests - but I've seen the two examples pictured below within the last couple of weeks.

And I wouldn't have seen either except in the context of people complaining about the protesters.  In one case, it was a liberal Facebook friend who (apparently) disapproved, and posted the picture in an attempt to help identify the protester.

This is one of those weird issues - like the death penalty - where you regularly find liberals who stand with the conservatives.  And I don't understand that at all.

I don't know what any of the protesters in these pictures are upset about. - I don't know what beef they have with Uncle Sam.  Perhaps they're just being idiots.  But I do know that there are certainly actions that America has taken recently that people can be upset about enough to make such significant shows of protest over.

The United States has engaged in the murders of US citizens without any due process.  We have incarcerated US citizens for years in solitary confinement without filing charges.  We've tolerated racism and bigotry in our judicial and law enforcement institutions for decades - systematically disadvantaging entire families for generations.  We have broken up tens of thousands of hardworking families over something as minor as bureaucratic paperwork violations.

Now I think any one of those situations would make me angry enough at the US to stand on a flag if it happened to my family.  They're almost enough to make me do it just on principle.

I certainly wouldn't tell anyone in such a situation that they should be nice to a symbol of this country, whether they were a citizen or not.  It's a legal form of protest - a form of free speech that has been explicitly protected by the Supreme Court.  And protest is an American value.


Yet so many people become livid over people standing on cloth.  You can imagine the comments on those Facebook threads.  So many threats of violence.  Active attempts to identify the people and provide personally identifying information.  Really vitriolic hatred.

In other words, a clear attempt to intimidate people into silence using threats of violence.

Now, a couple weeks ago, I defended our "Everybody Draw Mohammad" event, based on the logic that we should never give in to people demanding that we respect their symbols and making threats against those who fail to show such respect.  In fact, I argued that we are obligated to violate such demands.  I guess by my own logic, I should be out doing a selfie on a flag.

Am I hypocritical if I don't do that?  Or maybe just cowardly?

Join us Thursday night and tell me if you agree, disagree.  Maybe we can pose for some pictures.

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Quotations of the Week




Sen John Thune (R-SD):  most dishonest tweet in history?

"Now I wish that someone told me that when I was in high school that I could have felt like a woman when it came time to take showers in PE.  I'm pretty sure that I would have found my feminine side and said, 'Coach, I think I'd rather shower with the girls today.'  You're laughing because it sounds so ridiculous doesn't it?"
- Mike Huckabee

 

"The Church has gotten it wrong a few times on science, and I think we're probably better off leaving science to the scientists and focus on what we're really good on, which is theology and morality.  When we get involved with political and controversial scientific theories, then I think the church is probably not as forceful and credible."
- Rick Santorum

 

"The body of scientific evidence supporting creation science is as strong as that supporting evolution.  In fact, it may be stronger ....  The evidence for evolution is far less compelling than we have been led to believe.  Evolution is not a scientific 'fact,' since it cannot actually be observed in a laboratory.  Rather, evolution is merely a scientific theory or 'guess.' ...  It is a very bad guess at that.  The scientific problems with evolution are so serious that it could accurately be termed a 'myth.' ...  Creation science is educationally valuable ..."
- Justice Antonin Scalia (yes ... Scalia said something this brain-dead stupid)

 

"I believe we are in the midnight hour as far as God's clock is concerned or we may be in the last minutes, but of those last minutes it may be another hundred years, I don't know, but when you see how quickly our country is deteriorating, how quickly the world is deteriorating morally, especially under this administration, we have seen that it has just taken a nosedive off of the moral diving board into the cesspool of humanity."
- Franklin Graham

 

Poem of the Week

Squall

The squall sweeps gray-winged across the obliterated hills,
And the startled lake seems to run before it;
From the wood comes a clamor of leaves,
Tugging at the twigs,
Pouring from the branches,
And suddenly the birds are still.

Thunder crumples the sky,
Lightning tears at it.

And now the rain!
The rain-thudding-implacable-
The wind, reveling in the confusion of great pines!

And a silver sifting of light,
A coolness;
A sense of summer anger passing,
Of summer gentleness creeping nearer-
Penitent, tearful,
Forgiven!

Leonora Speyer
 

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  * A good overview of the Duggar situation, and sexual purity
* This professor's view is catching some flak (some here)
* Politics and hate
* Perry demonstrates that his smart glasses haven't made him smart
* Income and income taxes
* Perhaps the most disgusting thing you'll read about ... in maybe forever
* Whoopi schools the Duggars
* Hilarious:  fake animal descriptions at pet store
  * If you need more excellent linkage, check out Yankton!

 

Schedule

 

       
June 7 Sun Soup Kitchen - join us from 11:30am - 2pm
June 13 Sat Loving Day/Juneteenth Picnic (Sportsman Park, Key Bank parking lot, 4pm)
June 18 Thurs IF City Club:  An Evening With Paul Menser and Legendary Locals of Idaho Falls (Bennion SUB, 6pm - 8:30pm, $15/$20)

 

Thursday Night DL at the Bee's Knees

 

 

Families Under Attack

   Next meeting:
  Date Thursday, June 4th
Time 7 to 9pm (show up when you can)
Place Bee's Knees at 850 Lindsay Blvd (in the front of the Guesthouse Inn)
 

You know how we liberals mock conservatives when they claim that marriage equality will destroy the family?  How we say "If you don't like gay marriage, don't get one!" (a pretty bad argument, by the way*).  How we like to point out that if their family falls apart after gay marriage is legalized, at least one of them must actually be gay?  It seems such a silly claim to make.

I was reading the monthly selection of our AS IF book club the other day when I ran across this quote:

Homosexual lifestyles are threatening to Mormon leaders because if homosexual activity is acknowledged as anything other than a perversion, the traditional family will be undermined, and the numbers of tithe-paying, nuclear, heterosexual families which eventually expand Church membership and ultimately replenish its coffers, will be significantly impaired.
(An American Fraud, One Lawyer's Case Against Mormonism, by Kay Burningham)

That kind of lit off a light bulb in my mind.  I realized two things.


First, that conservatives can truly think that marriage equality can destroy marriage.  Their conception of family as a building-block of society is a man and a women raising children and filling certain gender roles.  And when you allow same-sex marriage, this single building-block becomes multiple different building blocks that aren't the same.

It is very apparent within the theological framework of the LDS faith, but it applies to conservatives generally.  In their world-view, marriage equality will destroy the family.

Second, that the LDS Church may not be able to ever recognize gay marriage.  I had always assumed that they were just one revelation away from joining civilized, moral society - just as they did in 1978 over blacks in the priesthood.  That any day there would be a pronouncment that gay marriage was OK, and what was the big deal?  But in that expectation, perhaps I was wrong.  The position of the LDS church in opposite-sex marriage is much more fundamental to their theological framework than I had assumed.  I can't really see how they can, with one pronouncement, end their bigotry.  I hope I am wrong now.

Cheers,
Dan

 

* It's a bad argument because we don't say the same thing about other moral issues.  We don't say "If you don't like murder, don't commit one!"  Yes, murder affects another life.  But those opposed to gay marriage also think that gay marriage will affect other lives.  What if a 2nd Amendment absolutist told you, "If you don't like assault rifles, don't buy one!"  Would that be a satisfying response in your mind?  In the same way, "don't get gay married" is equally shallow and unserious.

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Quotations of the Week

"I have come to see all Americans as family.  Families look after each other, the sick, the less able, and those who disappoint us. We give our family members a leg up, educate them, and help in every way we can. What kind of a family would not do it that way?  Let us, as a country, act like the family we are and see that every member prospers.  In the end, we won't be able to justify having done anything else.  That's what I have learned from living this life."
- Steve Watts, 1932 - 2015 (from a Post-Register op-ed called "On learning from life" published November 3rd, 2013)

 

"I think that it now looks like if you take Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich, Dennis Hastert, and Robert Livingston - the Republican Speakers or would be speakers - Clinton is a choir boy."
- Barney Frank, on the Hastert scandal

 

Poem of the Week

The Silence of the Rocks

I sit upon the mountain contemplating the rocks.
"Rocks,"  I ask.  "Do you see me?  Do you feel my presence?"
Silence!
"Are you aware in any sense at all?""
Only silence.
If you could talk I wonder what you could possibly say.
Would you speak of the comings and goings of the seasons?
Would you tell of the animals that have rested on your craggy surface?
Or of the hungry fox that basked on your sun-warmed face in the evening's chill?
You were here before the first human walked the earth, indeed, before any creature walked the earth.
You are much closer to eternity than we who are mere flickers in the immensity of time.
My entire life passes between the beats of your ponderous rhythm so how
can we ever know each other's stories?
Are you aware of our common origin?
More silence.
We're both made of star stuff that is ever more ancient than you.
But even star stuff is but a stage in the evolution of the light of creation that
gave birth to us both.
You chose stability and longevity where I chose mobility.
So now I must leave you and go my way.
Someday I may return with more patience.
And I'll just sit and listen-
To your silence.

Richard Wilde (1932 - 2015)
 

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  * Another GOP vote-rigging scam (thanks, Jay)
* Interesting:  political makeup of professions
* One right-wing scam artist behind the effort to return federal lands to the states
* ... and 5 reasons why that's a bad idea
* I did not know this:  evolution is a religion that harms children
* Want some good info on the Clinton Global Initiative
* Someone wrote an opinion that the Democrats are more extremist than the GOP.  And the New York Times figured they'd publish it
* Clinton has very high unfavorables, yet she'll still beat the Republican
* American exceptionalism
  * If you need more excellent linkage, check out Yankton!

 

Schedule

 

       
June 7 Sun Soup Kitchen - join us from 11:30am - 2pm
June 13 Sat Loving Day/Juneteenth Picnic (Sportsman Park, Key Bank parking lot, 4pm)
June 18 Thurs IF City Club:  An Evening With Paul Menser and Legendary Locals of Idaho Falls (Bennion SUB, 6pm - 8:30pm, $15/$20)

 

Thursday Night DL at the Bee's Knees

 

 

Morality and Imposition

   Next meeting:
  Date Thursday, May 28th
Time 7 to 9pm (show up when you can)
Place Bee's Knees at 850 Lindsay Blvd (in the front of the Guesthouse Inn)
 



"Tell you what ... I'll let you draw me ...
if you let me chew on one of your wafers"


We are fond of thinking that we are moral people.  It pleases us.  We like to think that the tribes that we belong to are also moral.  (Maybe with the exception of the people we work with.)  And we like to point out how those "others" are trying to impose their beliefs on us or other members of our tribe.  Just like those Westboro Baptist types.  In fact, we often conflate the two notions:  morality becomes equivalent to the imposition of one's will upon others.

We say that it's perfectly fine if someone thinks gay marriage is wrong.  But if they just think that and refrain from imposing their view of marriage on others, then we suggest that they are merely wrong, but not behaving immorally.

But that's not really right to equate morality and imposition, is it?  In actuality, we all seek to impose our will on others.  That's what a society has to do.  We have to find compromise and cooperation between competing interests.  In a democracy, we all vote and the winners impose their views on the losers (mostly through our representatives).  We impose our desire for a clean environment onto those who do business in our communities.  We force service providers to deal with religions they don't approve of, and soon will force them to deal with married couples that they don't approve of.

But there are definitely times when imposition is immoral.  Take the well-known Islamic prohibition against depictions against the Prophet Mohammed.  Some Muslims take that prohibition very seriously.  Sometimes enough to kill.  Now I'd say that the prohibition on depicting Mohammed is an immoral imposition on anyone that isn't Muslim.  Who are they to say what can and cannot be drawn outside of their membership?

Which brings me to Everybody Draw Mohammed Day (which was held on May 20th).  My contribution to the event was the drawing above.

Some might feel that EDMD is outright rude and provacative.  A lot of people thought that Pamela Geller and her little stunt in Texas was outrageous, even before it was attacked.  They felt that it was a deliberate provocation.

But is drawing a picture a provocation?  Is it rude to do something that we are otherwise free to do, just because someone else might become offended?  Especially if the depiction isn't rude or provacative towards its subject?


For example, my drawing above is actually a jab at Christians (and particularly Catholics) who take the sacredness of their communion host very seriously.  Many people have been killed over perceived (or invented) slights to those little wafers.  My cartoon points out that Christians have their own little taboos that they expect others to respect.  To me, the wafer is a little unlevened cracker that I should be able to eat or toss in the trash as I like.  Even after it's been "blessed."  How should a Christian's belief about a wafer really affect me?

Of course, we should all show some measure of tolerance and regard for the beliefs of others.  I'm not going to go out of my way to insult people without any provocation or rationale.  I won't seek out anyone's sacred beliefs and deliberately violate them merely to provoke.

But if some religion tells me I can't draw a picture?  And they go further and start assassinating people because they've done that?  That's definitely an immoral imposition of will.  And we are obligated to object to the original imposition as much as to the killings.

So I don't think of my drawing as rude or provacative.  It's a defiant objection to an immoral act.  And if we don't object - if we comply with the theistic demands of a religion that we do not practice or believe in - if we feel that civility and tolerance requires us to live by the commands of other religions - then where will it end?  What kind of world will we find ourselves living in?

Join us this Thursday to ponder, to pontificate, to posture, or to provoke.

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Quotations of the Week

"So @jk_rowling wants Dumbledore & Gandalf to marry in Ireland; if it happens, WBC will picket! #NotBanned @pinknews pic.twitter.com/zY7hT09Nv4"
- Westboro Baptist Church (via Twitter), in response to JK Rowling's tweets cheering Ireland and speculating on a gay wedding between fictional characters

 

"@WBCsigns Alas, the sheer awesomeness of such a union in such a place would blow your tiny bigoted minds out of your thick sloping skulls."
- JK Rowling, in answer to WBC

 

Poem of the Week

Farrow

Full in the fat wallow of me,
                  Superfluity
         Even to the marrow-

Blood plumping along in a red swell
                  Of venules
         Blushing my most unabashed

Skinpatches:  nosetip, earlobe, wristshallow.  O
                  This mother
         Is a crush of too-muchness,

A malady of my baffled self awash.
                  Accomplished
         Finally the days, will I find

My bones I lost, will my sharps and edges
                  Hedge this fleshy
         Habit I've made of excess?

Already my heartracing startles
                  In another's
         Twitches, my dinner hiccups

Another's diaphragm.  Already and almost
                  I swear I feel
         The protein creep of me, cell

By splitting cell, into another's life.
                  This mother-grief
         Sorrows not for the heart-close one

I'll lose from me at my delivery
                  But for my own
         Soul overboiling, unbound, bound

To a stranger's groans, undone by his hurts
                  And remorses
         To the third and fourth

Generations.  What I'm birthing is my own
                  Diffusion.
         Never again mere.  Never again my own.

Kimberly Johnson
 

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  * Fantastic news in Nebraska
* ... Ireland
* ... and Greenland
* Tell me about that there religious freedom again (Christian pastor arrested for attempting a same-sex wedding)
* The big lie behind the GOP's legal attack on Obamacare subsidies
* Fox News covers the Duggar story (or not)
* Rachel Maddow levels the Kochs (and Idaho makes an appearance)
* XKCD:  Placebo Blocker
* Bill Nye, Science Guy:  "That just makes no fucking sense!"
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Schedule

 

       
June 7 Sun Soup Kitchen - join us from 11:30am - 2pm
June 13 Sat Loving Day/Juneteenth Picnic (Sportsman Park, Key Bank parking lot, 4pm)
June 18 Thurs IF City Club:  An Evening with Author Paul Menser (Bennion SUB, 6pm - 8:30pm, $15/$20)

 

Thursday Night DL at the Bee's Knees

 

 

ACLU Summary (as promised)!

   Next meeting:
  Date Thursday, May 21st
Time 7 to 9pm (show up when you can)
Place Bee's Knees at 850 Lindsay Blvd (in the front of the Guesthouse Inn)
 

For those of you who could not attend the ACLU Legislative Update a couple weeks ago, or the DL summary that I gave just after, here is a written version.

From the news, you would think that the Idaho legislative session was kind of a joke.  There was a lot of screw-ups, and a lot to make fun of.  However, the legislature did make some progress on some good topics, and the ACLU was also able to head off some bad initiatives.  Also, bad stuff happened.

And I'll remind you that this is where the ACLU shines - behind the scenes, lobbying for positive change and against bad legislation.  That progress rarely makes news, but it's often the best way to influence policy.

Criminal Justice

First, some success in the area of sentencing reform - one of the ACLU of Idaho's focus points.  Several bills were passed that reclassified several misdemeanors down to infractions.  Reclassified offenses include juvenile curfew violation, certain Fish & Game violations, dumping of trash, fireworks violations, and juvenile tobacco use/distribution.  There is more work to do in this area, and quite a number of violations that would do a lot more to remove the burden on public defenders and reduce the number of people actually sentenced in Idaho (such as driver's license infractions).


Second, a move was made to improve the sexual offender registry.  Which is good news.  The registry harms a lot of people, and is very unjust in application.  Getting off of the registry is very expensive and difficult.  The suggested improvement left a lot to be desired, though.  It would have created a 5-tier registry categorizing offenders based on the likelihood of re-offending.  In theory, people in the lowest category would be subject to less severe restrictions, and could get off the registry through satisfactory completion of counseling, etc.  The biggest problem is that the state would have automatically classified all current listees as category 4.  It would have required them, at their own expense, to appeal that classification.  In other words, the state was not going to provide the funding necessary to implement the tiered system fairly.  The legislature decided that the bill needed work and tabled it.  It may return next session.

Third, there was a proposal for a violent offender registry, similar to the sexual offender registry.  The ACLU opposed it (as it opposes the sexual offender registry).  Placing more burdens upon those convicted of crimes just makes it that much more difficult for people to reform.  This bill never got a hearing, but may return next session.

Finally, proponents of the death penalty have been having a hard time recently in the country.  Botched executions, due in part to the difficulty of obtaining the traditional drug cocktail components, have been increasing public opposition to the practice.  So a bill was introduced this session that would solve that problem by making a lot of the process secret from the public and from the courts.  It would shield the identities of the execution team, the procedures used, and the pharmaceutical companies supplying the drugs.  The executions themselves would not be secret (yet), but the process and details would be.  Luckily, the ACLU, the Idaho Freedom Foundation, and the press corp cooperated and were able to head it off.

LGBTQ Equality

HB2 got a hearing, though it did not pass on to the full house.  That was a victory of sorts, and you can be sure that the battle is not over.  It's only a matter of time before the State Affairs committee gives up its weird opposition.  The ACLU will continue to work hard behind the scenes to educate the public and our legislators on the need for the bill as well as the vacuous nature of the religious freedom argument against it.  The ACLU will also continue supporting communities that wish to pass nondiscrimination ordinances on their own.

Also, Idaho updated its anti-bullying statute, which was a major and surprising success.  In part, it was passed because certain enumerated classes of bullying were removed from the bill.  It improves the ability of our schools to recognize instances of bullying, treat it, track it, report it, and educate students about it.

Women's Rights

In its wisdom, the legislature decided to add challenges to women seeking access to legal health care options.  HB154 passed and was signed into law by Otter.  It increases medically unnecessary requirements on physicians who provide medical abortions, and banned the practice of telemedicine even though it is not being used in Idaho for medical abortions.  Apparently, there are only two locations in Idaho providing abortion services, so telemedicine would seem to be a great option for the citizens of Idaho.  But the wise men and women of the Idaho legislature have decided otherwise, and it won't be happening anytime soon.

A second bill that would have required admitting privileges for any doctor providing surgical abortions was also introduced.  Such bills are popping up throughout the country, and have passed elsewhere.  The ACLU and Planned Parenthood lobbied against this bill, and it died in session.

Conclusion

So that's it.  I hope that was some interesting info.  There is some big news upcoming, too, but I can't reveal it yet.  Stay tuned!

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Quotations of the Week

" ... you claim that it is environmentally friendly to ride a bike.  But if I am not mistaken, a cyclists has an increased heart rate and respiration.  That means that the act of riding a bike results in greater emissions of carbon dioxide from the rider.  Since CO2 is deemed to be a greenhouse gas and a pollutant, bicyclists are actually polluting when they ride."
- Rep Ed Orcutt (R-20th district, Washington State legislature)

 

"A big country, a tolerant country, ought to be able to figure out the difference between discriminating someone because of their sexual orientation and not forcing someone to participate in a wedding that they find goes against their moral beliefs.  This should not be that complicated.  Gosh, it is right now."
- Jeb Bush

 

Poem of the Week

Homeport

Even on weekends the cruiser
          would shudder, flicker spaces
                  with a redorange blink,

then a gasket crack or a valve stick shut
as if by weather or malicious hands,
                  the engine room home

          of all catastrophe.

                  I would stretch and reach
across the bed to find furrowed sheets
where my husband had slept until 3 a.m.,

when he answered the captain calling,
          whose perpetual fury machine
was the only system that never broke,

and my husband would yessir to him
          who was steamingmad on the ship,
                  before slipping into the chill of coveralls,

Jehanne Dubrow
 

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* Would you like some tea?  (Consent explained)
* Los Angeles approves $15/hr minimum wage
* Missed this news:  GOP candidate linked to terrorism plot
* Huffington Post covers Drinking Liberally
* The importance of Fox News (from conservative Bruce Bartlett)
* The right is peeved about Dan Savage
* Understanding gender
* Jeb Bush, struggling with equality
* Anecdotal, but powerful video
* Why do Republicans really oppose infrastructure spending?
  * If you need more excellent linkage, check out Yankton!

 

Schedule

 

       
June 13 Sat Loving Day/Juneteenth Picnic (Sportsman Park, Key Bank parking lot, 4pm)

 

Thursday Night DL at the Bee's Knees

 

 

A Tragedy

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





Josh Olzak

I am both floating and depressed today.  It's a weird feeling.

On the plus side, my daughter won honors at Skyline High School's annual recognition ceremony last night.  It's mostly for the graduating seniors, but she won Freshman of the Year!  We were surprised by the award, and Hollis, Carly, and I are all floating today.

When I got home and checked Facebook for all the nice comments that you all left on my photos from the event, I learned that Josh Olzak had passed away.  I didn't know Josh, but many of us do know his wife, Gabby.  She is a server at the Bee's Knees - and she recently served our group when Diane's schedule was altered back in February.  Also, Gabby attended DL a couple of years ago.

Josh had left the Peppertree Lounge late on Friday night with a friend of his, Josh Loveless.  They were followed by 9 men in 3 vehicles.  There were some road-rage-like incidents before Josh and Josh finally pulled over to see why they were being followed and harassed.  The attackers beat the two men.

Josh Olzak was maintained on life support until his organs could be donated, and he was declared dead early on Monday.  Josh Loveless was scheduled for surgery on his jaw on Monday.  On the news this morning, they reported that there was no connection between the attackers and the two men, other than they had all been at the Peppertree Lounge, and that there was no altercation at the bar.  It was also reported that one license plate number was being investigated.


I don't want to jump to any conclusions about this horrible event.  However it seems to bear all the hallmarks of a hate crime.  And this - combined with the personal connection with Gabby has me very upset.  We'll have to wait for the police to catch the perpetrators, which seems likely in an event like this.  If it turns out to be the kind of event that it appears, then I imagine that we will hear about the motivation of the attackers.

[A Facebook friend suggested an alternative that I had not suspected, one having to do with the general atmosphere of scumminess that he says generally dominates at the Peppertree Lounge.  That possiblity, too, should become obvious when the perpetrators are caught.]

There is a GoFundMe campaign to raise money to help Gabby with funeral expenses.  We will be collecting donations for the fund on Thursday, so please bring a little extra cash.  It's possible that the campaign will exceed the needed amount before Thursday, but we will support it anyway.  Gabby has several children including one young daughter with Josh, and will need the help.

Cheers,
Dan

 

PS.  I've told some that I would write up the ACLU event that we held last week.  And I will get to it next week, I promise.

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Quotations of the Week

"The only one that can fix the infrastructure of our country is me - roads, bridges, airports.  I know how to biuld [sic], politicians only talk!"
- Donald Trump

 

"I was particularly excited to meet David Koch earlier tonight because I have a Super PAC, Colbert Super PAC, and I am - thank you, thank you - and I am happy to announce Mr Koch has pledged $5 million to my Super PAC.  And the great thing is, thanks to federal election law, there's no way for you to ever know whether that's a joke."
- Stephen Colbert

 

Poem of the Week

Showers

The child tells me, put a brick in the tank,
don't wear leather, don't eat brisket,
snapper, or farmed salmon
-not tells,
orders-doesn't she know the sluice gates
are wide open and a trillion gallons
wasted just for the dare of it?

Until the staring eye shares that thrill,
witnessing:  I am just iris and cornea,
blind spot where brain meets mind,
the place where the image forms itself
from a spark&–image of the coming storm
.

Still the child waits outside the bathroom
with the watch she got for Best Essay,
muttering, two minutes too long.

Half measures, I say.  She says, action.
I:  I'm one man.  She:  Seven billion.

If you choose, the sea goes back.

D. Nurkse
 

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  * Responses to Baltimore (thanks, Dave)
* Myth of the absent black father
* MRAs are upset (this time it's very important ... a woman is starring in Mad Max!)
* Jon Stewart on Texas
* Too bad:  This lawsuit would have been fun
  * If you need more excellent linkage, check out Yankton!

 

Schedule

 

       
May 16 Sat Unitarian Universalist Annual Dinner and Auction (Unitarian Universalist Church, 5:30pm)
May 16 Sat Martini Mayhem (Bee's Knees, 5pm, $18)
June 13 Sat Loving Day/Juneteenth Picnic (Sportsman Park, Key Bank parking lot, 4pm)

 

Thursday Night DL at the Bee's Knees

 

 

Short Notices

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

Sorry for the short notice this week.  And sorry for the short notice, too.  Both short notices are due to being extra busy this last week with camping and houseguests.

My houseguests were Leo Morales, acting Executive Director of the ACLU of Idaho, and Kathy Griesmyer, Public Policy Strategist of same.  They were here to give an update on the legislative session just past and about to start up again briefly.  Most of you missed it (shame!), but I will give an update at our meeting if you care to hear the details.  It really was an interesting session, beyond the comical and tragic stuff that made the news.

So join us at the Bee's Knees for our well-deserved liberal relaxation period - where everybody knows your name, and everybody knows you're sane.

Cheers,
Dan

 

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2015 Session Confessions

 

 

2015 Session Confessions

   Special Event:
  Date Tuesday, May 5th
Time 6 to 10pm
Place Keefer's Island, in the Shilo Inn at 780 Lindsay Blvd
 

Join us for an evening celebrating and questioning the happenings of the 2015 Legislative Session.  ACLU staff will be on hand to share information about their top priority legislation as well as offer predictions for new policy during the 2016 session.

Light appetizers will be served along with a no-host bar.

To RSVP, or for more information, contact the ACLU of Idaho at (208) 344-9750 or admin@acluidaho.org.

Cheers,
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What We Forget

   Next meeting:
  Date Thursday, April 30th
Time 7 to 9pm (show up when you can)
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Tweet by David Roth

Note:  Hollis and I will be at a fundraiser tomorrow night for most of the evening.  I will definitely try to make it over later, so stay if you can!


One thing that annoys the hell out of me in the gun debate in America is that the 2nd Amendment absolutists only look at half the problem.  And I'm not talking about how they ignore all the murders and the mass killings to focus on the defensive, self-protective uses of guns, or to fantasize about being the hero and taking out the bad guy with the gun.  I'm talking about all the ancillary costs due to our gun-worshipping culture.  The lonely suicides.  The argument betwen drunken best friends that gets out of control.  The road rage shootings.  The stolen guns used in crimes.  And even the fear that is evident in the over-reactions of the members of the police.  Those guys are responding more and more like their working assumption is that everyone they have to deal with is carrying.

Something similar is happening relative to the riots in Baltimore.  Most sane people will admit that there are some longstanding problems with policing in specific and with many of our social institutions in general when it comes to our history with minorities.  But when the rioting occurs, this is the kind of thing that you hear too often from moderates and from those on the left:

  • There's no call for that kind of behavior
  • Peaceful protesting is fine, but we shouldn't put up with looting
  • Those rioters are ruining any goodwill that they had
  • Too bad the looters are hurting their own cause

And that's nothing compared to the hatred and vitriol coming from the right.  That stuff makes me sick, and I don't even want to search some up as an example or two.


What this ignores completely is that not rioting has completely failed to fix the racial problems.  Those racial problems have morphed and submerged, but they are still there.  This kind of minimalizing of the situation - speaking of the milder forms like those in the bullet list - demands of people that they not react to generations of outrage and oppression.  It's a demand that minorities not respond viscerally when atrocities happen, even though those minorities have to live constantly with institutional racism and racial biases in law enforcement and being first on the list of people whose needs are ignored.  When you live with the knowledge that your kids have a lot less opportunity than others in the society, no matter what you do.  And minorities live with these outrages to their dignity and their hopes all the time, generally with grace and decency.

So how insulting is it to be badgered by the likes of an absolute dick like Wolf Blitzer.  Deray McKesson did a great job of presenting the case for protesing, and refused to condemn people for their righteous anger, even in the face of Blitzer's condescension and single-minded focus on getting some assurance that everybody agrees that we will talk it out and nobody will harm me I mean white people I mean anyone.

The rioting is a bad thing by itself.  And innocent people get hurt and killed.  Property gets destroyed.  It's easy to shake our heads and commiserate with those victims.  We see mostly black residents of low-income, inner city neighborhoods hurting the very businesses and government services that they rely upon for what little employment and support that they receive.

But those people are suffering similar indignities and threats all the time.  It's not like if everyone agreed to be polite and peaceful during the protests that atrocities wouldn't be happening anyway.  Tim Wise:

While I understand the statement by the Congressional Black Caucus and certain other progressives from whom I've heard it, to the effect that 'riots don't bring justice,' you know what else doesn't bring justice?  Supporting Democrats just because they're Democrats, and lecturing impoverished black folks about how they should behave while doing nothing to rein in the police.  Oh, and more to the point, let's invert the equation shall we?  Because the bigger point is ... justice doesn't bring riots.  If there were justice there would be no 'riots.'  Let's focus on the cause, not the effect.

Certain residents of Baltimore are now getting just as much hatred and insults as those in Ferguson, MO.  All because America is terrified of rioting by minorities.  If I've learned anything over the last year (or back to Treyvon Martin, really) it's that America needs a hell of a lot more rioting.

Ta-Nehisi Coates said it brilliantly (of course, it's news when Ta-Nehisi says something that isn't brilliant):

These well-intended pleas strike me as the right answer to the wrong question.  To understand the question, it's worth remembering what, specifically, happened to Freddie Gray.  An officer made eye contact with Gray.  Gray, for unknown reasons, ran.  The officer and his colleagues then detained Gray.  They found him in possession of a switchblade.  They arrested him while he yelled in pain.  And then, within an hour, his spine was mostly severed.  A week later, he was dead.  What specifically was the crime here?  What particular threat did Freddie Gray pose?  Why is mere eye contact and then running worthy of detention at the hands of the state?  Why is Freddie Gray dead?

The people now calling for nonviolence are not prepared to answer these questions.  Many of them are charged with enforcing the very policies that led to Gray's death, and yet they can offer no rational justification for Gray's death and so they appeal for calm.  But there was no official appeal for calm when Gray was being arrested.  There was no appeal for calm when Jerriel Lyles was assaulted.  ("The blow was so heavy.  My eyes swelled up.  Blood was dripping down my nose and out my eye.")  There was no claim for nonviolence on behalf of Venus Green.  ("Bitch, you ain't no better than any of the other old black bitches I have locked up.")  There was no plea for peace on behalf of Starr Brown.  ("They slammed me down on my face," Brown added, her voice cracking.  "The skin was gone on my face.")

When nonviolence is preached as an attempt to evade the repercussions of political brutality, it betrays itself.  When nonviolence begins halfway through the war with the aggressor calling time out, it exposes itself as a ruse.  When nonviolence is preached by the representatives of the state, while the state doles out heaps of violence to its citizens, it reveals itself to be a con.  And none of this can mean that rioting or violence is "correct" or "wise," any more than a forest fire can be "correct" or "wise."  Wisdom isn't the point tonight.  Disrespect is.  In this case, disrespect for the hollow law and failed order that so regularly disrespects the rioters themselves.

Exactly that.  When we try to silence protesters, telling them to be peaceful and polite, or when we complain about thugs (the word polite people use instead of nigger), we are commiting another act of violence against justice, and another act of disrespect towards people who are regularly victimized by our society.

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Quotations of the Week

"It is time for the people to be allowed to choose who shall police their communities. Every new recruit should have to spend 60-90 days in a probationary period, walking the streets of the community, meeting with stakeholders--religious leaders, teachers, business owners, families, kids, etc--and sharing their vision of policing with the community. Then, at the end of the probationary period, the community should get to vote up or down on each recruit, based on their interactions with them. Come off like an overbearing, militaristic prick? Y'aint getting' the job. Show humility and a desire to work WITH the people? Welcome to the community. This would be better for the people in the community and the police as well...it would engender trust and tend to weed out the folks who want to play "cops and robbers" and "catch the bad guys" like when they were 8 years old...also, it will tend to weed out the folks just back from Iraq who think they're still at war, only this time with their own people..."
- Tim Wise

 

Poem of the Week

Doha Thing Long Thought and Kind

A gift is a risk.  Let roses be the prodrome.
It's like it dropped a gold and a silver

ring with its name on it
in my brain.  That was the gift

before the storm.  It sent you a stumbling
block.  Just scribble yes or no

on the form.  Now every time the doorbell
rings I think someone's sent me one.

A gift is a guess.  Did it come close?
It's what you need most

that turns you nerve side out.  Right
now I think I'm growing something

long thought and kind of
clumsy.  Just wrap it in drafts with awk

in the margins.  Stuff it
in a wooden pillow with a drawer.

A gift is a task.  It could be oxblood
or puce.  You have to decide

whether to send those flowers that drop
whole from the stem or

the ones whose petals fall one
by one.  You know how rain will

turn the roses nerve side out?
A gift is a test.  They need to know that.

When she wrote their thorns
are the best part of them I can't begin

to tell you how many kinds of
right she was.  Now I think I'm growing

something long thought
to be the prerogative of certain

entitled individuals.  Wings
or thorns.  When all I wanted was

a more subtle pulse
at the throat bone.  Well what size

do you wear?  I am smelting you a surprise.
Not another luminous lyre

cum lint remover.  Take it
from me.  If you depend on gifts

for what you need you'll end up with
a gold and a silver shoe both

for the same lame foot.

Alice Fulton

"Doha, a traditional Indian form, features aphoristic couplets offering spiritual wisdom - sometimes in a dialogic, call and response pattern.  While my poem strays far from classical examples, it does contain a counterpoint akin to a teacher/disciple dialogue.  Of course, both voices can exist within the same person when the mind argues with itself.  Generally, this doha poem is interested in the mysterious provenance and power of gifts as well as the 'noise' or humor of friendly attempts to advise."

 

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  * Great news:  Bernie!
* 2016 is about the Supreme Court (thanks, Hollis)
* Conservatives were seriously calling for Kagan and Sotomayor to recuse themselves (because they'd both officiated at same-sex weddings)
* Read this:  Ta-Nehisi Coates on rioting and violence
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Schedule

 

       
May 1 Fri IF City Club:  Legislative Leadership in Idaho: Challenges and Opportunities, with Sen Bart Davis (Senate Majority Leader) and Rep John Rusche (House Minority Leader) (Bennion SUB, noon - 1:30pm)
May 5 Tues 2015 Session Confessions - an ACLU-sponsored review of the legislative session, 6pm, Keefer's Island (in the Shilo Inn)
May 2 Sat Truman Banquet Speaker:  Sen Michelle Stennett, Minority Leader of the Idaho Senate (Bennion SUB, 6-9pm)