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Thursday Night DL at the Bee's Knees

 

24 Hours of Trump

   Next meeting:
  Date Thursday, October 6th
Time 7 to 9pm (show up when you can)
Place Bee's Knees at 850 Lindsay Blvd (in the front of the FairBridge Inn, formerly the Guesthouse Inn)
 

From Happy Toast Arts (more pics there)

VP Debate Watch Party!

Tuesday is the night, and the debate promises to be a bit more substantive than the last one.  Which means it might be a little dry.  Which is EXACTLY WHY you need to watch with a fun group!

This watch party is a joint production of Drinking Liberally and the Bonneville Democrats, so it should be a ton of fun.  We're meeting at the new Bonneville Dem's Election Headquarters at 640 S Woodruff.

Please let me know if you would like to attend by RSVPing at the Facebook event.  Or reply to this email.  Or call me at (208) 351-2775.  Or just show up, no biggie.

We will be chipping in to order some pizzas if you'd like to participate, and feel free to bring some beverages of your choice.


I can't tell if I have nothing to write about this week, or that I have too much spinning around in my head.  Today I thought of the phrase "target-rich environment," and how much of a pathetic understatement it is for the Trump Campaign.  There has to be a stronger, more descriptive phrase.

The following events were from the last 24 hours.

Yesterday, I learned of another Trump outrage that I had not heard about before:

In 1983, [Trump was] among those named in sales tax fraud at the Bulgari store on Fifth Ave.  [He] bought $65,000 worth of jewelry and evaded the tax by having empty boxes mailed out of state.  Mayor Ed Koch said at the time that [he] and other customers should be jailed for 15 days as tax criminals.

Does a multi-billionaire need to skip out on state sales tax?  Say the NY state sales tax was 12% back in 1983.  That works out to $7,800.  He broke the law for that much.  Apparently, he did it multiple times, then testified against the store.


Today, the New York state attorney general ordered the Trump Foundation to cease fundraising after determining that it had been operating without proper authorization.  Real law and order guy, that Trump.  But the problems go way deeper than just not having the appropriate signatures.  It is a seriously unlawful enterprise.  Listen to Terry Gross interview WaPo journalist David Farenthold on Fresh Air last week.  [I've been predicting lately that David Farenthold will be winning the Pulitzer prize for his work this year.  I'm not the first.]

Then, tonight there is more news of Trump's illegal activities - giving 10 times the legal limit to the campaign of a former Florida attorney general, while Trump was doing business in the state.  This case, like many others, seems air-tight.

Then there's this, which just goes to show what kind of people that Trump surrounds himself with.

I've got nothing profound to say about any of these cases, or about the whole embarrassing campaign of Donald J. Trump.  I think we're all right to conclude that he's in for some serious legal troubles once this election is over.

Perhaps we should have a contest to come up with a more fitting phrase than "target-rich environment."  Any suggestions?

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Poll Trackers

    Source     Clinton     Trump                     
538 Polls Plus 68.5% 31.5%
538 Polls Only 71.8% 28.2%
538 Now-cast 79.8% 20.2%
The Upshot (NY Times) 78% 22%
DailyKos 72% 28%
HuffingtonPost Forecast 82.6% 17.2%
HuffPost Pollster * 47.6% 41.6%
RealClearPolitics * 47.9% 44.8%
Talking Points Memo * 48.3% 42.2%
Predict It 71% 30%
Paddy Power ** 73.3% 28.6%
Poll results as of 10/3/2016 (35 days until election day)
*  Predicted percentage of vote total rather than probability of win
** Odds converted to probability [denominator / (denominator + numerator)]

 

Quotations of the Week

"6. In 1983, you were among those named in sales tax fraud at the Bulgari store on Fifth Ave.  You bought $65,000 worth of jewelry and evaded the tax by having empty boxes mailed out of state.  Mayor Ed Koch said at the time that you and other customers should be jailed for 15 days as tax criminals.  Should this fraud disqualify you from becoming President? If not, explain why."
- Question to Trump from David Cay Johnston

 

"I think that certainly there are many role models that we have, and I believe he can serve as president, so absolutely, I would do that."
- Sen Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), asked in a debate whether she would call Trump a role model for kids

 

"I misspoke tonight.  While I would hope all of our children would aspire to be president, neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton have set a good example and I wouldn't hold up either of them as role models for my kids."
- Sen Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), about 3 hrs later

 

Poem of the Week

Appeal to the Grammarians

We, the naturally hopeful,
Need a simple sign
For the myriad ways we're capsized.
We who love precise language
Need a finer way to convey
Disappointment and perplexity.
For speechlessness and all its inflections,
For up-ended expectations,
For every time we're ambushed
By trivial or stupefying irony,
For pure incredulity, we need
The inverted exclamation point.
For the dropped smile, the limp handshake,
For whoever has just unwrapped a dumb gift
Or taken the first sip of a flat beer,
Or felt love or pond ice
Give way underfoot, we deserve it.
We need it for the air pocket, the scratch shot,
The child whose ball doesn't bounce back,
The flat tire at journey's outset,
The odyssey that ends up in Weehawken.
But mainly because I need it - here and now
As I sit outside the Caffe Reggio
Staring at my espresso and cannoli
After this middle-aged couple
Came strolling by and he suddenly
Veered and sneezed all over my table
And she said to him, "See, that's why
I don't like to eat outside."

Paul Violi

 

 

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

  * Another day, another Trump scandal
* Scary and disturbing story of a Trump fan
* Here's a very good editorial
* Hilarious Trump photoes (more like the one above)
* Great debate parody
* ... and the SNL version
  * If you need more excellent linkage, check out Yankton, Oakland, or Pasadena

 

Schedule

       
Oct 4 Tues VP Debate
 
Oct 9 Sun 2nd Presidential Debate
 
Oct 15 Sat Black Lives Matter Public Forum at the Unitarian Universalist Church (555 E St), 3-5pm
 
Oct 19 Wed 3rd Presidential Debate
 

 

 

Thursday Night DL at the Bee's Knees

 

24 Hours of Trump

   Next meeting:
  Date Thursday, October 6th
Time 7 to 9pm (show up when you can)
Place Bee's Knees at 850 Lindsay Blvd (in the front of the FairBridge Inn, formerly the Guesthouse Inn)
 

From Happy Toast Arts (more pics there)

VP Debate Watch Party!

Tuesday is the night, and the debate promises to be a bit more substantive than the last one.  Which means it might be a little dry.  Which is EXACTLY WHY you need to watch with a fun group!

This watch party is a joint production of Drinking Liberally and the Bonneville Democrats, so it should be a ton of fun.  We're meeting at the new Bonneville Dem's Election Headquarters at 640 S Woodruff.

Please let me know if you would like to attend by RSVPing at the Facebook event.  Or reply to this email.  Or call me at (208) 351-2775.  Or just show up, no biggie.

We will be chipping in to order some pizzas if you'd like to participate, and feel free to bring some beverages of your choice.


I can't tell if I have nothing to write about this week, or that I have too much spinning around in my head.  Today I thought of the phrase "target-rich environment," and how much of a pathetic understatement it is for the Trump Campaign.  There has to be a stronger, more descriptive phrase.

The following events were from the last 24 hours.

Yesterday, I learned of another Trump outrage that I had not heard about before:

In 1983, [Trump was] among those named in sales tax fraud at the Bulgari store on Fifth Ave.  [He] bought $65,000 worth of jewelry and evaded the tax by having empty boxes mailed out of state.  Mayor Ed Koch said at the time that [he] and other customers should be jailed for 15 days as tax criminals.

Does a multi-billionaire need to skip out on state sales tax?  Say the NY state sales tax was 12% back in 1983.  That works out to $7,800.  He broke the law for that much.  Apparently, he did it multiple times, then testified against the store.


Today, the New York state attorney general ordered the Trump Foundation to cease fundraising after determining that it had been operating without proper authorization.  Real law and order guy, that Trump.  But the problems go way deeper than just not having the appropriate signatures.  It is a seriously unlawful enterprise.  Listen to Terry Gross interview WaPo journalist David Farenthold on Fresh Air last week.  [I've been predicting lately that David Farenthold will be winning the Pulitzer prize for his work this year.  I'm not the first.]

Then, tonight there is more news of Trump's illegal activities - giving 10 times the legal limit to the campaign of a former Florida attorney general, while Trump was doing business in the state.  This case, like many others, seems air-tight.

Then there's this, which just goes to show what kind of people that Trump surrounds himself with.

I've got nothing profound to say about any of these cases, or about the whole embarrassing campaign of Donald J. Trump.  I think we're all right to conclude that he's in for some serious legal troubles once this election is over.

Perhaps we should have a contest to come up with a more fitting phrase than "target-rich environment."  Any suggestions?

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Poll Trackers

    Source     Clinton     Trump                     
538 Polls Plus 68.5% 31.5%
538 Polls Only 71.8% 28.2%
538 Now-cast 79.8% 20.2%
The Upshot (NY Times) 78% 22%
DailyKos 72% 28%
HuffingtonPost Forecast 82.6% 17.2%
HuffPost Pollster * 47.6% 41.6%
RealClearPolitics * 47.9% 44.8%
Talking Points Memo * 48.3% 42.2%
Predict It 71% 30%
Paddy Power ** 73.3% 28.6%
Poll results as of 10/3/2016 (35 days until election day)
*  Predicted percentage of vote total rather than probability of win
** Odds converted to probability [denominator / (denominator + numerator)]

 

Quotations of the Week

"6. In 1983, you were among those named in sales tax fraud at the Bulgari store on Fifth Ave.  You bought $65,000 worth of jewelry and evaded the tax by having empty boxes mailed out of state.  Mayor Ed Koch said at the time that you and other customers should be jailed for 15 days as tax criminals.  Should this fraud disqualify you from becoming President? If not, explain why."
- Question to Trump from David Cay Johnston

 

"I think that certainly there are many role models that we have, and I believe he can serve as president, so absolutely, I would do that."
- Sen Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), asked in a debate whether she would call Trump a role model for kids

 

"I misspoke tonight.  While I would hope all of our children would aspire to be president, neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton have set a good example and I wouldn't hold up either of them as role models for my kids."
- Sen Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), about 3 hrs later

 

Poem of the Week

Appeal to the Grammarians

We, the naturally hopeful,
Need a simple sign
For the myriad ways we're capsized.
We who love precise language
Need a finer way to convey
Disappointment and perplexity.
For speechlessness and all its inflections,
For up-ended expectations,
For every time we're ambushed
By trivial or stupefying irony,
For pure incredulity, we need
The inverted exclamation point.
For the dropped smile, the limp handshake,
For whoever has just unwrapped a dumb gift
Or taken the first sip of a flat beer,
Or felt love or pond ice
Give way underfoot, we deserve it.
We need it for the air pocket, the scratch shot,
The child whose ball doesn't bounce back,
The flat tire at journey's outset,
The odyssey that ends up in Weehawken.
But mainly because I need it - here and now
As I sit outside the Caffe Reggio
Staring at my espresso and cannoli
After this middle-aged couple
Came strolling by and he suddenly
Veered and sneezed all over my table
And she said to him, "See, that's why
I don't like to eat outside."

Paul Violi

 

 

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

  * Another day, another Trump scandal
* Scary and disturbing story of a Trump fan
* Here's a very good editorial
* Hilarious Trump photoes (more like the one above)
* Great debate parody
* ... and the SNL version
  * If you need more excellent linkage, check out Yankton, Oakland, or Pasadena

 

Schedule

       
Oct 4 Tues VP Debate
 
Oct 9 Sun 2nd Presidential Debate
 
Oct 15 Sat Black Lives Matter Public Forum at the Unitarian Universalist Church (555 E St), 3-5pm
 
Oct 19 Wed 3rd Presidential Debate
 

 

 

Tuesday Night VP Debate Watch

 

VP Debate Watch, and Soup Kitchen

   Special Event:
  Date Tuesday, October 4th
Time 7 to 8:30pm (come a bit early to socialize)
Place Bonneville County Democratic Headquarters (640 S Woodruff Ave)
 

Tuesday is the night, and the debate promises to be a bit more substantive than the last one.  Which means it might be a little dry.  Which is EXACTLY WHY you need to watch with a fun group!

This watch party is a joint production of Drinking Liberally and the Bonneville Democrats, so it should be a ton of fun.  We're meeting at the new Bonneville Dem's Election Headquarters at 640 S Woodruff.

Please let me know if you would like to attend by RSVPing at the Facebook event.  Or reply to this email.  Or call me at (208) 351-2775.  Or just show up, no biggie.

We will be chipping in to order some pizzas if you'd like to participate, and feel free to bring some beverages of your choice.


Also, don't forget that this Sunday (Oct 2nd) is our Soup Kitchen day.  Join us at 11:30am if you can, at 301 S Blvd.  Also, please leave a comment over at our Facebook page so we know if we have enough people.  We'd absolutely love to have some newer members join us!

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Thursday Night DL at the Bee's Knees

 

How I'm Like Trump

   Next meeting:
  Date Thursday, September 29th
Time 7 to 9pm (show up when you can)
Place Bee's Knees at 850 Lindsay Blvd (in the front of the FairBridge Inn, formerly the Guesthouse Inn)
 

VP Debate Watch

Next Wednesday evening - October 4th - it's Kaine v Pence in the one and only VP Debate for 2016.  We will be holding a debate watch at the newly opened Bonneville County Democratic Headquarters (640 S Woodruff Ave).

Show starts at 7pm.  There are chairs, but you might want to bring one just in case we run out.

Right now, I'm thinking that we'll have it BYOB (bring your own beverage) & collect a few bucks to order some pizza.  But I probably should check with Miranda first.  Watch for the Facebook event.  I'll also send out a special event notice a few days before.


Trump is running for president in exactly the same way I would.  He's completely unprepared for the job, and is just assuming that he can pick it up once taking office.  So he's not really preparing for anything.

He is running a completely incompetent, poorly managed, and poorly lead campaign because he's run his whole life that way, and it's always worked out OK for him.


He's relying on the talents and drive of all the other people around him to know what needs to be done and how to do it.  They are carrying him and helping him pass as an actual presidential candidate, as long as it doesn't require having to disagree with him.  Because he has nobody near him who will contradict him.

I hope that's where the similarities with me end.  Because Trump also adds in some really bad characteristics on top of that.  He micromanages smaller issues related to his image.  He adds anger and thin-skinned retaliation.  He adds in self-aggrandizement.  He refuses to listen to good advice if it goes against his instincts (which are bad).

I know that many are fearful that he might actually win.  I don't see it.  Overall, he's run a terrible campaign and shows no sign of learning.  He has more reluctant backing from the moderate and sensible GOP voters, but not all of them.  His debate performance won him no increased support.  In fact, he insists on pandering only to his current voter base at the expense of picking up votes that are vital to his chances.

He does have a committed base of fanatical support.  Those alt-right and extremist conservatives are always in the GOP's corner, even if they are sometimes scornful of the GOP establishment.  But Trump cannot get above 20% with that horde.  He also has a bunch of reluctant voters who are full of irrational Clinton hatred.  But for every one of those, there are two who are voting for Clinton because they fear Trump.

And he keeps going against fundamental American principles.  How many of those are Trump supporters willing to give up, all because they fear Clinton?

  • Torture
  • Wall
  • Muslim ban
  • Libel laws
  • LGBTQ equality
  • Abortion rights

Americans aren't going to go for that.  Or maybe they will.  What do you think?  Join us this Thursday to discuss.

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Poll Trackers

    Source     Clinton     Trump                     
538 Polls Plus 56.6% 43.4%
538 Polls Only 57.9% 42.1%
538 Now-cast 62.5% 37.5%
The Upshot (NY Times) 70% 30%
DailyKos 64% 36%
RealClearPolitics * 47.4% 44.4%
Talking Points Memo * 46.4% 41.1%
HuffPost Pollster * 47.5% 43.0%
Predict It 69% 34%
Paddy Power ** 71.4% 33.3%
Poll results as of 9/28/2016 (41 days until election day)
*  Predicted percentage of vote total rather than probability of win
** Odds converted to probability [denominator / (denominator + numerator)]

 

Quotations of the Week

"The republic is under siege by a moron."
- Bruce Springsteen

 

"I'm officially done with the "she's so flawed but she is the lesser of two evils" rhetoric. Cause, you know, I'm flawed. And you are flawed. And Bernie Sanders is flawed and Barack Obama is flawed and even Michelle Obama is flawed. But the difference between all of them and me--and probably you, is that they have all given their flawed lives to public service. And now, they are all working together in their inevitably flawed ways, to save all of us, and the whole world from a sociopathic narcissist. And every day, Hillary puts a hopefully unflawed bullet proof vest on her flawed and aging and sometimes unsmiling self and stands up in front of people who have been incited by her opponent to shoot her, and she says calm and rational and intelligent (and sometimes flawed) things about how to make a difference. In my book that makes her a fucking rock star. And in the words of another flawed and resilient rock star. There is a crack in everything. That's where the light gets in. #imwithher"
- Pam Houston

 

Poem of the Week

How to Prepare the Mind for Lightning

In the recesses of the woman's mind
           there is a warehouse.  The warehouse
                      is covered with wisteria.  The wisteria wonders

what it is doing in the mind of the woman.
           The woman wonders too.
                      The river is raw tonight.  The river is a calling

aching with want.  The woman walks towards it
           her arms unimpaired and coated
                      with moonlight.  The wisteria wants the river.

It also wants the warehouse in the mind
           of the woman, wants to remain in the ruins
                      though water is another kind of original ruin

determined in its structure and unpredictable.
           The woman unlaces the light across her body.
                      She wades through the river while the twining
                                 wisteria

bleeds from her mouth, her eyes, her wrist-veins,
           her heart valve, her heart.  The garden again
                      overgrows the body-called by the water

and carried by the woman to the wanting river.
           When she bleeds the wisteria, the warehouse
                      in her mind is free and empty and the source

of all emptiness.  It is free to house the night sky.
           It is free like the woman to hold nothing
                      but the boundless, empty, unimaginable dark.

About This Poem

"I was reading Suzuki Roshi and enticed by the idea of boundless, generative emptiness.  Here's Suzuki Roshi:  'Sometimes a flash will come through a dark sky ... The sky is never surprised when all of a sudden a thunderbolt breaks through.  And when lightning does flash, a wonderful sight may be seen.  When we have emptiness, we are always prepared for watching the flashing.'"
-Brynn Saito

 

 

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

  * Best thing ever:  Trump is just storing that portrait for his charity
* Trump's son-in-law publishes a scathing denunciation of Trump
* Trump responds to charges about his charity, & is incoherent
* 9 great defenses of #BLM
* Roots of the right-wing Irish slavery meme
* How Americans view the #BlackLivesMatter movement (polls)
* Why do black people think everything is about race?
* A Clinton hater finds his way to Clinton supporter
* Interesting article about how the media handle lies (from 2008)
* Why one conservative isn't worried that Trump will win
* Between Two Ferns
* The Great Debate, abridged
* Idaho in the news again
* Animals with forward-facing eyes
  * If you need more excellent linkage, check out Yankton, Oakland, or Pasadena

 

Schedule

       
Oct 4 Tues VP Debate
 
Oct 9 Sun 2nd Presidential Debate
 
Oct 15 Sat Black Lives Matter Public Forum at the Unitarian Universalist Church (555 E St), 3-5pm
 
Oct 19 Wed 3rd Presidential Debate
 

 

 

Monday Night Debate Watch

 

Debate Watch!

   Special Event:
  Date Monday, September 26th
Time 7 to 9pm (show up when you can)
Place Brandy and Michael's home at 1190 Alayssa Dr
 

Monday is the night, and the debate promises to be one of the most exciting and important events of this or many other elections!

Will Clinton's calm mastery of the issues be enough?  Will Trump display some as-yet-unseen set of skills and win the day?  Or will the different expectations of the two candidates decide the matter?  Who knows?

Please let me know if you would like to attend by RSVPing at our Facebook event.  Or reply to this email.  Or call me at (208) 351-2775.

Please bring an appetizer to share, or some beverages.

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Thursday Night DL at the Bee's Knees

 

Don't Wet Your Pants

   Next meeting:
  Date Thursday, September 22nd
Time 7 to 9pm (show up when you can)
Place Bee's Knees at 850 Lindsay Blvd (in the front of the FairBridge Inn, formerly the Guesthouse Inn)
 

Debates

Anyone want to have a debate watch party next Monday night?  It's the first between Clinton and Trump, and ought to be a doozy.

We will need a place to watch.  One private home has been offered, so that is a possibility.  However, that would mean that we might not be able to have a larger group.

Please let me know if you would like to attend, and if you know of a good place to watch.  A suitable location must have video capability, and must be fairly isolated for noise reasons.  Plus, we'll be watching Trump, so alcohol must be allowed or available for purchase.


Every poll shows a tighter race.  Should we worry?

Hell no.

The race is still not close.  Clinton came out of the conventions with a very sizeable lead.  It has tightened up a bit over the last week.  Probably because of the pneumonia "scare" and the "basket of deplorables."  But there are things to keep in mind about both of those.

The health issue might sway a few independents.  Probably the ones that are likely Republican voters anyway.


The basket comment probably gave a lot of likely Republican voters permission to identify more with Trump than they had before.  It's kind of a defiant response - the "proud deplorable" types.  And "basket of deplorables" also seems like it will be a successful long-term play.  It will live on like Romney's 47% comment.

But underlying all that are two other things to keep in mind:

First, Clinton still has a sizeable lead in the polls.  Presidential contenders would generally kill for her lead.

Second, nothing has really changed in the underlying fundamentals.  Trump is still an unqualified buffoon who comes unglued at any question of his manliness.  And Clinton is still a highly qualifed politician with a fantastic campaign.  We have the debates coming up - which is an area where Clinton is strong and Trump is pathetically weak.  The way he won in the primaries will not work at all in the general.  And does anyone think that he's going to get significantly better on policy in the next week?

No worries.  This is just the normal up-and-down of the election season.  And she's still got a huge lead.


Polls Trackers: (48 days until election day)

    Source     Clinton     Trump                     
538 Polls Plus 55.5% 44.5%
538 Polls Only 56.2% 43.8%
538 Now-cast 51.9% 48.0%
The Upshot (NY Times) 75% 25%
DailyKos 65% 35%
RealClearPolitics * 45.3% 44.0%
Talking Points Memo * 48.2% 44.1%
HuffPost Pollster * 46.0% 41.9%
Poll results as of 9/21/2016
* RCP, TPM, and HuffPost report predicted vote totals rather than probability of win

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Quotations of the Week

"Birtherism was never truly about where Barack Obama came from.  It was about where he was allowed to go."
- Sarah Kendzior

 

"[The media have let Hillary Clinton] slide on every discrepancy, on every lie, on every D.N.C. game trying to get Bernie Sanders out of this thing.  If Republicans were doing that, they'd be warming up the gas chamber right now."
- Donald Trump, Jr

 

Poem of the Week

The Blues Don't Change

And I was born with you, wasn't I, Blues?
Wombed with you, wounded, reared and forwarded
from address to address, stamped, stomped
and returned to sender by nobody else but you,
Blue Rider, writing me off every chance you
got, you mean old grudgeful-hearted, table-
turning demon, you, you sexy soul-sucking gem.

Blue diamond in the rough, you are forever.
You can't be outfoxed don't care how they cut
and smuggle and shine you on, you're like a
shadow, too dumb and stubborn and necessary
to let them turn you into what you ain't
with color or theory or powder or paint.

That's how you can stay in style without sticking
and not getting stuck.  You know how to sting
where I can't scratch, and you move from frying
pan to skillet the same way you move people
to go to wiggling their bodies, juggling their
limbs, loosening that goose, upping their voices,
opening their pores, rolling their hips and lips.

They can shake their boodies but they can't shake you.

Al Young

About This Poem

Al Young, "The Blues Don't Change" from The Blues Don't Change. Copyright © 1982 by Al Young.

 

 

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

Schedule

       
Sept 26 Mon 1st Presidential Debate
 
Oct 4 Tues VP Debate
 
Oct 9 Sun 2nd Presidential Debate
 
Oct 19 Wed 3rd Presidential Debate
 

 

 

Thursday Night Laughing Liberally

 

Laughing Liberally

   Next meeting:
  Date Thursday, September 15th
Time 8 to 11pm
Place Shilo Inn, in the Convention Center
Cost $5 (or buy a Pride tshirt and get into all Pride events free)
 

Time for the 2nd Annual Idaho Falls Laughing Liberally event, which opens up the Pride weekend!

We have a great comedian coming over from Boise - Emma Arnold is a fantastic comedian on the country's national touring circuit.  She's bringing along Eli Nary - a regular opening act for her in Boise.

The show is being held at the Shilo Inn, in the Convention Center, starting at 8pm.  Cost is only $5!  Or, you can buy a 2016 Pride tshirt, and get into all the Pride weekend evening events with your wrist-band.

So it's going to be a great show and a great way to open Idaho Falls Pride.

And, whether you can go or not, please share one of the two events I've set up on Facebook (same event - made one for Drinking Liberally and one for Pride).

If you can't make the Laughing Liberally event, I will hold it against you.  But you can make it up by attending any of the other Pride events this weekend.

Polls Trackers: (57 days until election day)

    Source     Clinton     Trump                     
538 Polls Plus 68.6% 31.4%
538 Polls Only 69.8% 30.1%
538 Now-cast 74.0% 26.0%
The Upshot (NY Times) 79% 21%
DailyKos 72% 28%
RealClearPolitics * 45.9% 42.9%
Talking Points Memo * 45.7% 42.2%
HuffPost Pollster * 46.6% 42.2%
Poll results as of 9/12/2016
* RCP, TPM, and HuffPost report predicted vote totals rather than probability of win

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Quotations of the Week

"I think some of [Donald Trump's] supporters are way over their skeeze and have been downright nasty."
- Kellyanne Conway, Trump's campaign manager

 

"Donald Trump believes now that [Obama] was born in the United States.  I believe it, he believes it, we all believe it.  But it took a long time to get it out."
- Rudi Giuliani

 

Poem of the Week

The Awakening

I dreamed that I was a rose
That grew beside a lonely way,
Close by a path none ever chose,
And there I lingered day by day.
Beneath the sunshine and the show'r
I grew and waited there apart,
Gathering perfume hour by hour,
And storing it within my heart,
       Yet, never knew,
Just why I waited there and grew.

I dreamed that you were a bee
That one day gaily flew along,
You came across the hedge to me,
And sang a soft, love-burdened song.
You brushed my petals with a kiss,
I woke to gladness with a start,
And yielded up to you in bliss
The treasured fragrance of my heart;
       And then I knew
That I had waited there for you.

James Weldon Johnson

About This Poet

"James Weldon Johnson was born on June 17, 1871, in Jacksonville, Florida.  In 1920 he became the national organizer for the NAACP.  Johnson's works include Fifty Years and Other Poems (Cornhill Company, 1917) and Saint Peter Relates an Incident:  Selected Poems (The Viking Press 1935).  He died on June 26, 1938."

 

 

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

  * Clinton email story is out of control
* It's not like George W Gush didn't lose a few emails
* Trump's 9/11 lies
* This is how to interview Trump spokespeople
* 'It's fact:  HRC gets more negative press
* Joan Walsh:  can the Dems win back the white working class?
* Basket full of Deplorables:  Trump campaign manager describes Trump fans
* Trump finally admits Obama was born in the US (at least his spokespeople claim he does)
* XKCD:  A timeline of Earth's average temperature
* If You Give a Racist a Candidate ... A Child's Guide to Understanding the Basket of Deplorables
  * If you need more excellent linkage, check out Yankton, Oakland, or Pasadena

 

Schedule

       
Sept 15 Thurs Laughing Liberally
 
Sept 16-17 Fri-Sat Idaho Falls Pride
 
Sept 23 Fri IF City Club:  Decision 2016:  Idaho Supreme Court Candidates (Brody and McKenzie) (Bennion SUB, noon - 1:30pm)
 

 

 

Thursday Night DL at the Bee's Knees

 

Next Week:  Laughing Liberally

   Next meeting:
  Date Thursday, September 8th
Time 7 to 9pm (show up when you can)
Place Bee's Knees at 850 Lindsay Blvd (in the front of the FairBridge Inn, formerly the Guesthouse Inn)
 

We will meet as usual this week.  But there's no regular DL next week - Sept 15th - we will be at the Shilo Inn for the 2nd Annual Idaho Falls Laughing Liberally event to open up the Pride weekend.

We have a great comedian coming over from Boise - Emma Arnold is a fantastic comedian on the country's national touring circuit.  So it's going to be a great show and a great way to open Idaho Falls Pride.


This one tweet seems to me to embody some crucial aspect of modern conservatism.  The guy is explaining why he supports Trump, and expressing an almost existential fear of radical Islamic terrorism.  As if it is one of the leading issues in this election.  Why is that?  What has the guy experienced that would lead him to think that Islamic terrorism is so important, if not the most important thing?


The fact is that less than a dozen Americans have been harmed by Islamic terrorism within the US in the last year.  And it was a big year for terrorism.  During this calendar year, more people have been killed by toddlers with guns than Islamic terrorists.

Here is a list of things in decreasing order in terms of risk to the average American, as made up by me in my head:

  • global warming
  • corporatocracy
  • unregulated capitalism
  • GOP economic policies
  • guns
  • cancer
  • car accidents
  • [...]

  • lightning
  • choking on food
  • [...]

  • mass murderers
  • [...]

  • undocumented immigrants
  • ISIS

I don't know how absolutely accurate it is.  I've probably left off a couple very large things within my top 7.  But I think I'm basically in the ballpark on the relative rankings.  The point of making the list was not to be precise.

Notice anything about the top 5 items?  They are all things that the conservative end of the political spectrum actually seeks to increase or extend (or at least do nothing about).  And that seems to be one of the fundamental characteristics of modern conservativism.

It creates in its followers an ass-backwards list of priorities.  Followers often fear the least fearful things, and approve of the most fearful things.

That's what conservative thinking does to people.  It warps their evaluation of risks in the world.  And that distorts their values and priorities.


Polls Trackers: (69 days until election day)

    Source     Clinton     Trump                     
538 Polls Plus 65.9% 34.0%
538 Polls Only 67.3% 32.6%
538 Now-cast 66.8% 33.2%
The Upshot (NY Times) 83% 17%
DailyKos 73% 27%
RealClearPolitics * 45.9% 42.8%
Talking Points Memo * 43.8% 42.0%
HuffPost Pollster * 47.8% 42.4%
Poll results as of 9/7/2016
* RCP, TPM, and HuffPost report predicted vote totals rather than probability of win

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Poem of the Week

In My Dreams

In my dreams I am always saying goodbye and riding away,
Whither and why I know not nor do I care.
And the parting is sweet and the parting over is sweeter,
And sweetest of all is the night and the rushing air.

In my dreams they are always waving their hands and saying goodbye,
And they give me the stirrup cup and I smile as I drink,
I am glad the journey is set, I am glad I am going,
I am glad, I am glad, that my friends don't know what I think.

Stevie Smith

 

 

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

  * Great idea:  Guac the vote
* This is how frightened the conservatives are
* Matthew Chapman tweetstorm:  media coverage of Clinton is a disaster
* Paul Krugman:  Clinton gets Gored
* This is a fascinating story:  PTA mother terrorized
* Joy Reid Slams Media For Obsessing On 'Clinton Optics'
* Trump's ground game problem
* Will the debates finally kill Trump's campaign?
* Cool science
  * If you need more excellent linkage, check out Yankton, Oakland, or Pasadena

 

Schedule

       
Sept 15 Thurs Laughing Liberally
 
Sept 16-17 Fri-Sat Idaho Falls Pride
 

 

 

Thursday Night DL at the Bee's Knees

 

Kaepernick

   Next meeting:
  Date Thursday, September 1st
Time 7 to 9pm (show up when you can)
Place Bee's Knees at 850 Lindsay Blvd (in the front of the FairBridge Inn, formerly the Guesthouse Inn)
 

Click to embiggenate

Gotta say I'm getting pissed off about this whole Kaepernick business.  It seems to be the perfect symbolic representation of the right-wing craziness that has taken over about a third of the country during the last 30 years or so - a synecdoche, if you want to use the highbrow vernacular.  Even the White House botched their response.

I had no idea who Colin Kaepernick was before two days ago.  Now I see a hero.  And not only because I admire anyone who can elicit that kind of knee-jerk asshole-ish response by conservatives.  I started to think about it.  First, I agree 100% with his concern - that America is failing to treat people of color equally.  I also approve of his method of bringing attention to the issue - a nonviolent but effective protest that utilizes a fundamental American freedom.

Then I started to think about what it would take to do what Kaepernick did.  If I were highly paid and famous, would I be willing to do what he is doing?  I don't think that I have that kind of courage.  Imagine just doing it here in Idaho Falls, at an Emotion Bowl or a Chukkars game.  Or at the Independence Day parade.  How many of us could do that?


Of course, as my friend Kristen pointed out, a white guy like me could probably get away with it.  People would assume I had a reason like a physical disability, or just being distracted and forgetful.  Black people don't get the presumption of innocence that I get.  And that's a part of white privilege that we all tend to forget.  It takes much more courage for people of color (or other minorities) to challenge the prevailing attitudes.

What the whole episode proves to me is that the conservative right in America is more concerned with lapel-pin patriotism than it is about the issue of systemic, ingrained racism that continues to treat young people of color as second-class citizens.

They are complaining that Kaepernick is hypocritical.  Why?  Because he makes a bunch of money, or because he's been treated well by the American system.  Do they even think about what they say?

They are complaining that he should be protesting in a different way, by spending his money on the cause.  But they don't know how he spends his money.  He seems like the kind of person who would actually be doing that.  Whether he is or not is actually irrelevant, and does not either validate or invalidate his point.

They are complaining that he's hypocritical because he earns a ton of money playing sports, and contributes to wealth inequality - that he's a hypocrite for not demanding an end to wealth inequality.  What kind of boneheaded thinking is that?  Who says "you can't protest issue A unless you also protest issue B?"  You know who makes that complaint?  People who want to silence protests about issue A.

Maybe the worse complaint is that Kaepernick is somehow disrespecting our military.  That is just baffling.  How is objecting to racism an insult to our soldiers?  When did our national anthem become the property of the military?  This objection is particularly gallling, because it reveals the arrogance and self-centeredness of the American right.  Conservatives identify their beliefs with the core defense of the nation - their beliefs are the norm.  To protest using the anthem is to commit an act that represents an attack on our soldiers - or even threatens the security of the nation.  It's really insane.

He's under no obligation to adhere to the made up rules of conservatives who are just outraged that he's pointing out racism.

I'm reminded of this great comment by Ta-Nehisi Coates:

We live in a country that may well be offended by racism, but it's equally offended that anyone might actually charge as much.


Polls Trackers: (69 days until election day)

    Source     Clinton     Trump                     
538 Polls Plus 72.5% 27.5%
538 Polls Only 77.3% 22.7%
538 Now-cast 76.6% 23.3%
The Upshot (NY Times) 88% 12%
DailyKos 77% 23%
RealClearPolitics * 46.7% 41.4%
Talking Points Memo * 46.3% 42.7%
HuffPost Pollster * 47.0% 40.4%
Poll results as of 8/31/2016
* RCP, TPM, and HuffPost report predicted vote totals rather than probability of win

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Quotations of the Week

"Perhaps the most important reason to skip a psychiatric assessment of Trump is that it just isn't necessary.  You don't have to be a psychiatrist to know that there's something seriously wrong with the candidate.  The lessons I learned in preschool, kindergarten and elementary school - not in medical school, residency and years of psychiatric practice - are what tell me that Trump is unfit for the job.  My core values as an American - not my professional training - are what make me concerned about a Trump presidency.

"Trump should never be president, but not because he may or may not have a mental disorder.  He shouldn't be president because he disparages women, denigrates Mexicans and Muslims and mocks the disabled.  He shouldn't be president because he demonizes the media and impugns those who challenge him.  He shouldn't be president because he insinuates that his rivals might be assassinated and advocates the commission of war crimes.  He shouldn't be president because he rejects science and demonstrates a remarkable lack of knowledge or interest when it comes to foreign and domestic policy."
- Matthew Goldenberg

 

"What should horrify Americans is not Kaepernick's choice to remain seated during the national anthem, but that nearly 50 years after Ali was banned from boxing for his stance and Tommie Smith and John Carlos's raised fists caused public ostracization and numerous death threats, we still need to call attention to the same racial inequities.  Failure to fix this problem is what's really un-American here."
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

 

Poem of the Week

What Trump Supporters May Be Thinking

A man who goes ballistic
At trivial rebukes
Is just the sort of person
One wants in charge of nukes.

Calvin Trillin

 

 

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

  * Propane Jane delivered an amazing tweetstorm on how All Lives Matter is not about all lives
* Dumbed down democracy
* Jim Wright responds to the Kaepernick flap
* Remember the claim that Trump was registering waves of new voters?  Maybe not so much.
* Maddow grills Conway
* Imani Gandi on Margaret Sanger, eugenics, and racism
* Make sure your workplace is white-sensitive
* The moron's case for Hillary Clinton
* Life in the universe may be getting more likely over the next 10 trillion years
* Paranoid in North Idaho
* Various animals sitting on capybaras
  * If you need more excellent linkage, check out Yankton, Oakland, or Pasadena

 

Schedule

       
Sept 15 Thurs Laughing Liberally
 
Sept 16-17 Fri-Sat Idaho Falls Pride
 

 

 

Thursday Night DL at the Bee's Knees

 

Black Lives Matter

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

Roy Zimmerman's concert last weekend was awesome, as expected.  But one of his songs - DWB - was painful and brought me to tears.

Meanwhile, the Black Lives Matter sign at the Idaho Falls Unitarian Universalist Church has been vandalized for the third time, just after Rev Lyn received several emails demanding that the sign be removed.

This is too much for me to take.

I'm going to ask you all to contribute some cash this week to donate to the UU Church to support their BLM message, however they see fit.  I will also come with information about how to support the national BLM movement, if you like.  I had purchased a BLM tshirt, but it shrunk in the wash, and now belongs to Carly.  I need to order a new one.  [And yes ... for now I am worried about Carly wearing that shirt.  But I will wear one proudly.]


The best response that Lyn found was to attach a notice to the sign that proclaims that every time someone vandalizes it, a contribution will be made to the BLM movement.  I would like Drinking Liberally to help supply the funds for that.  Plus, I'd love it if word could get out that the attacks have resulted in direct contributions.

Please come this week, and share your ideas about how to support and defend the BLM movement here in Idaho Falls.


Has anyone figured out who actually runs Trump's campaign?  Steve Bannon is the "campaign CEO," whatever that means.  Kellyanne Conway is the "campaign manager."  Until he quit, Paul Manafort was the "campaign chairman."  What do all these jobs entail, and who is the top dog?

I guess we can just be thankful that Roger Ailes, Sean Hannity, and Michele Bachmann are merely "campaign advisors."


Polls Trackers: (77 days until election day)

    Source     Clinton     Trump                     
538 Polls Plus 75.9% 24.1%
538 Polls Only 84.9% 15.1%
538 Now-cast 87.0% 13.0%
The Upshot (NY Times) 89% 11%
RealClearPolitics * 47.0% 41.5%
Talking Points Memo * 46.7% 42.7%
HuffPost Pollster * 47.2% 39.8%
Poll results as of 8/23/2016
* RCP, TPM, and HuffPost report predicted vote totals rather than probability of win

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Quotations of the Week

"Bill Kristol:  Republican Spoiler, Renegade Jew"
- Breitbart headline, c/o new Trump campaign CEO Steve Bannon

 

"The Solution to Online 'Harassment' Is Simple:  Women Should Log Off"
- Breitbart headline, c/o new Trump campaign CEO Steve Bannon

 

"Gabby Giffords:  The Gun Control Movement's Human Shield"
- Breitbart headline, c/o new Trump campaign CEO Steve Bannon

 

Poem of the Week

Ghost Eden

after Anthony Haughey's "Settlement"

             Garden of rock.
Garden of brick and heather.
             Garden of cranes with their hands raised
as if they know the yellow answer:
             to gather together—safety in numbers.
Garden of drywall frames, holes for windows
             punched out like teeth.  Garden of bar fights.
Garden of rubble and gaps,
             spectral for-sale signs knocked
from wooden posts, bleached down
             to numbers ending in gardens of overgrown lots.
We are falling into ruin, garden
             of scaffolding and shale and gravel-
give us back our peace:  a half-built garden
             of theft, treasures hidden in darkness,
newspapers crumpled on subfloors telling us
             to hold fast to that which is good.
Garden of rebar and saplings with trunks
             encased in corrugated piping
because many animals can girdle
             a tree's bark quickly:  deer, stray cats, rabbits.
Garden of Tyvek wrap loosed
             and flapping like a ship's sail
in the gales, in the sheeting storms.
             Hanging laundry left out in the garden
past darkness, fruit from the tree
             of human-ness:  socks, shirts, underpants.
Garden of long exposures, half-light, traces
             that empty themselves in tire treads running
like ladders through red clay mud:
             the dirt from which we are formed
and crushed and formed again.

About This Poem

"I was on a Fulbright in Northern Ireland last spring and doing research at Belfast Exposed, a contemporary photography gallery, which also has an archive of community photos that include the period of the Troubles. On my way out one day, I picked up a card from an old exhibit of Anthony Haughey's work, which led me to his website, and his images of Irish Ghost Estates—housing developments abandoned mid-build due to the economic crash—called 'Settlement.' I used his images to write this poem."
-Erika Meitner

 

 

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

  * Some facts about the Clinton Foundation
* Hilarious:  local "pundit" tries to take Neil deGrasse Tyson to task.  Tyson responds.
* Which polls?  All of them.
* Related:  the Trump campaign's distrust of polls
* Joy Reid asks a great question
* What if we just gave people money?
* A profile of Steve Bannon from last year
* White identity under attack:  the alt-right movement
* Who's to blame for our very long recovery?
* A doctor discusses Trump's medical report
* A really haunting short story
* 100 greatest films of this century (so far)
* Extreme gerrymandering in NC
  * If you need more excellent linkage, check out Yankton, Oakland, or Pasadena

 

Schedule

       
Sept 15 Thurs Laughing Liberally
 
Sept 16-17 Fri-Sat Idaho Falls Pride