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Thursday Night DL at Wild Russet

 

Worlds Collide

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




Gubernatorial candidate A. J. Balukoff

SPECIAL EVENT!

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


This shirt can get you killed

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

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

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

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

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

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


Human Rights Training Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cheers,
Dan

 

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

 

Quotations of the Week

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

 

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

 

Poem of the Week

Why Is the Color of Snow?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

links … links … Links … LINKS … LINKS!

Schedule

 

     
Feb 13 Thurs IF City Club:  The State of the State, by AJ Balukoff, Democratic candidate for Governor (Bennion SUB, noon – 1:30pm)
Apr 17 Thurs Idaho Humanities Council Distinguished Humanities Dinner & Lecture – 7pm at the Shilo Inn
 
Mon The Nation Discussion Group – every 2nd and 4th Monday, 7:00pm, at Sandy and Merrick Brow’s home, 2269 Calkins Avenue, 524‑6230
 
Mon Film for Thought – every 1st, 3rd, and 5th Monday, 7:00pm, at Marsha and David Nipper’s home, 3031 S. Boulevard, 523‑8493

 

Thursday Night DL at Wild Russet

 

Third Party Blues

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

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

I don’t understand the depth of the anger.

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

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

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


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

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

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


Idaho’s “Religious Freedom” bill

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

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

Please contact the following people ASAP with your thoughts:

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

Minimum Wage bill

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


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

Contact these fine folks and let them know your thoughts:

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

Human Rights Training Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cheers,
Dan

 

Contact

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

 

Quotations of the Week

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

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

 

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

 

Poem of the Week

Not Waving but Drowning

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

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

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

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

 

links … links … Links … LINKS … LINKS!

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

 

Schedule

 

     
Feb 7 Fri ACLU Bill of Rights Dinner – in Boise at the Stueckle Sky Center; Laverne Cox of Orange Is the New Black is the guest speaker (we’re putting together a table and seats will be about $75)
Feb 13 Thurs IF City Club:  The State of the State, by AJ Balukoff, Democratic candidate for Governor (Bennion SUB, noon – 1:30pm)
Apr 17 Thurs Idaho Humanities Council Distinguished Humanities Dinner & Lecture – 7pm at the Shilo Inn
 
Mon The Nation Discussion Group – every 2nd and 4th Monday, 7:00pm, at Sandy and Merrick Brow’s home, 2269 Calkins Avenue, 524‑6230
 
Mon Film for Thought – every 1st, 3rd, and 5th Monday, 7:00pm, at Marsha and David Nipper’s home, 3031 S. Boulevard, 523‑8493

 

Thursday Night DL at Wild Russet

 

Call to Action

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

ACLU Fundraiser

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

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


Add the Words

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Idaho’s “Religious Freedom” bill

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

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

Please contact the following people ASAP with your thoughts:

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

Minimum Wage bill

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


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

Contact these fine folks and let them know your thoughts:

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

Human Rights Training Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cheers,
Dan

 

Contact

Follow IFDrinkLib on Facebook     Follow IFDrinkLib on Twitter     Email me

 

Action for the Week

  Drinking Liberally does not take official stands on issues and does not endorse any political candidates or parties.  Items appearing in this message are listed at the discretion of the sender/poster, and are intended for information purposes only.  Any opinions expressed in this message are those of the sender/poster only and not of the Drinking Liberally organization.

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

 

Quotations of the Week

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

 

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

 

Poem of the Week

Not Waving but Drowning

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

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

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

 

links … links … Links … LINKS … LINKS!

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

 

Schedule

 

     
Jan 2 Sun Soup Kitchen – join us from 11:30am – 2pm
Feb 7 Fri ACLU Bill of Rights Dinner – in Boise at the Stueckle Sky Center; Laverne Cox of Orange Is the New Black is the guest speaker (we’re putting together a table and seats will be about $75)
Apr 17 Thurs Idaho Humanities Council Distinguished Humanities Dinner & Lecture – 7pm at the Shilo Inn
 
Mon The Nation Discussion Group – every 2nd and 4th Monday, 7:00pm, at Sandy and Merrick Brow’s home, 2269 Calkins Avenue, 524‑6230
 
Mon Film for Thought – every 1st, 3rd, and 5th Monday, 7:00pm, at Marsha and David Nipper’s home, 3031 S. Boulevard, 523‑8493

 

Thursday Night DL at Wild Russet

 

Religious Freedom

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

ACLU Fundraiser

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

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





Another reason to be thankful for Obama

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

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

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


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

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

Cheers,
Dan

 

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

 

Quotations of the Week

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

 

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

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

 

Poem of the Week

Not Waving but Drowning

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

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

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

 

links … links … Links … LINKS … LINKS!

  Great story from local author and story teller Jo Deurbrouck
What Martin Luther King did:  he removed terror from the lives of millions
Heartbreaking Twitter story
A horrible story of an outing
A great resource for Idaho politics
Gov Otter gets fact-checked
Jesus visits Sarah Silverman
How the Kochs plan to win the US Senate
More GOP insanity
Funny commercial
Confused baby girl meets her father’s twin
  If you need more excellent linkage, check out Yankton!

 

Schedule

 

     
Jan 24 Fri IF City Club:  Park Price, President of Battelle Energy Alliance (Bennion SUB, noon – 1:30pm)
Feb 7 Fri ACLU Bill of Rights Dinner – in Boise at the Stueckle Sky Center; Laverne Cox of Orange Is the New Black is the guest speaker (we’re putting together a table and seats will be about $75)
Apr 17 Thurs Idaho Humanities Council Distinguished Humanities Dinner & Lecture – 7pm at the Shilo Inn
 
Mon The Nation Discussion Group – every 2nd and 4th Monday, 7:00pm, at Sandy and Merrick Brow’s home, 2269 Calkins Avenue, 524‑6230
 
Mon Film for Thought – every 1st, 3rd, and 5th Monday, 7:00pm, at Marsha and David Nipper’s home, 3031 S. Boulevard, 523‑8493

 

Thursday Night DL at Wild Russet

 

Minarchism

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

Martin Luther King Jr Banquet

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

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

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

ACLU Fundraiser

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

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


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

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

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


  • » Martin Luther King Jr Banquet – Jan 17th, Hotel by the Falls, $35
  • » ACLU Bill of Rights Dinner – February 7, 2014, in Boise at the Stueckle Sky Center; Laverne Cox of Orange Is the New Black is the guest speaker (we’re putting together a table and seats will be about $75)

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

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

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

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

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

Cheers,
Dan

 

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

 

Quotations of the Week

“The GOP poverty agenda right now includes opposing expanding Medicaid to millions of people; advocating for $40 billion in cuts to food stamps; and near-party-wide opposition to extending unemployment benefits.”
Greg Sargent

 

“Let’s get one thing straight from the start:  the Second Amendment does NOT guarantee an unlimited right to bear arms – it merely says ‘the people’ (collectively, not individually) can create WELL-REGULATED MILITIAS to ensure THE SECURITY OF A FREE STATE, without the national government having veto power over state and local law-enforcement power.  That’s ALL the Second Amendment was ever supposed to do; it was a response to the British government’s restrictions on the arming of local militias for local defense and law-enforcement.  Anyone who says otherwise is either an idiot or a lying demagogue.”
Raging Bee

 

“A federal judge in Oklahoma ruled Tuesday that the state’s constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriage violated the federal Constitution, the latest in a string of legal victories for gay rights and one that occurred in the heart of the Bible Belt.

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

 

links … links … Links … LINKS … LINKS!

Schedule

 

     
Jan 17 Fri Martin Luther King Jr Banquet – Hotel on the Falls, $35
Jan 24 Fri IF City Club:  Park Price, President of Battelle Energy Alliance (Bennion SUB, noon – 1:30pm)
Feb 7,
2014
Fri ACLU Bill of Rights Dinner – in Boise at the Stueckle Sky Center; Laverne Cox of Orange Is the New Black is the guest speaker (we’re putting together a table and seats will be about $75)
 
Mon The Nation Discussion Group – every 2nd and 4th Monday, 7:00pm, at Sandy and Merrick Brow’s home, 2269 Calkins Avenue, 524‑6230
 
Mon Film for Thought – every 1st, 3rd, and 5th Monday, 7:00pm, at Marsha and David Nipper’s home, 3031 S. Boulevard, 523‑8493

 

Thursday Night DL at Wild Russet

 

Kidnapping (and Catapulting) Babies

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




This weekend!

Add the Words

This weekend:  Add the Words Rally in Boise.  At the Capital Building at 2pm.  If you would like to go, or need a ride – let me know.


Martin Luther King Jr Banquet

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

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

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


Read an interesting story (I think originally at Andrew Sullivan’s site) about a recently auctioned painting depicting the kidnapping of Jewish kids in 19th-century Italy.  Apparently, Italian authorities would routinely seize Jewish children based on an allegation that the children had been baptized (by gentile servants of the family, for example).


  • » Add the Words rally in Boise – January 11th
  • » Martin Luther King Jr Banquet – Jan 17th, Hotel on the Falls, $35
  • » ACLU Bill of Rights Dinner – February 7, 2014, in Boise at the Stueckle Sky Center; Laverne Cox of Orange Is the New Black is the guest speaker (we’re putting together a table and seats will be about $75)

Once a child had been baptized, of course, Italian authorities could not allow him or her to be raised by Jewish parents.  The soul of the child belonged to Jesus, so removing him or her from the home was the only moral thing to do.  [Barf – I just wrote that!]

Besides being an interesting historical point, and a horrific practice now relegated to our past, I mention this because of the parallel to events today.  Here’s a letter from the Post Register from a few weeks ago:

U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby’s action to force Utah to abandon its marriage law is not merely a surprise; it is a travesty and a tragedy.  It denies freedom of religion.  Marriage between a man and a woman is a religious tenet. …

[blah blah Elder Dallin Oaks blah blah God’s law blah blah Bob Loblaw’s Law Blog blah blah LDS Church said blah blah]

Religion is important to people of various faiths; so is marriage.  Preserving traditional marriage and religious freedom is not only an issue for Utah, but it resounds in Idaho and in the nation.

MARY JANE FRITZEN
Idaho Falls

Do you see the parallel?  Mary Jane Franzen thinks it’s a matter of religious freedom that she be able to impose her religion on those who do not share it.  She isn’t stealing babies, but she isn’t far from that.  She is stealing happiness, freedom, and family bonds.

Cheers,
Dan

 

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

 

Quotations of the Week

“The historian Richard Hofstadter, who died too young in 1970, foresaw the persistence of right-wing outrage in his 1965 book, The Paranoid Style in American Politics.  He saw in what he called the ‘pseudo-conservative’ movement, which had pushed forward Barry Goldwater’s failed run for president, the appearance of an ostensibly patriotic faction that was, paradoxically, deeply unhappy and angry with America and the American system.  Hofstadter understood that elements of this movement would survive:  ‘In a populistic culture like ours … in which it is possible to exploit the wildest currents of public sentiment for private purposes, it is at least conceivable that a highly organized, vocal, active, and well-financed minority could create a political climate in which the rational pursuit of our well-being and safety would become impossible.’”
James Boylan

 

“The breaking off of a large chunk of the polar vortex and its visit to the northern U.S. is a random event resulting from a serendipitous arrangement of weather systems.  In short, the clockwise flow around giant areas of high pressure over Alaska and west of Greenland have forced the atmosphere’s steering currents to shove the vortex into the northern US.

It happened before humans dumped billions of tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and will happen again.

This polar vortex excursion is a single weather event directly affecting about 2 percent of the world.

Climate change is measured by evaluating continental to global trends in weather over decades – not events happening over a few days in a little region.  For this reason, a fleeting cold wave (or snowstorm) over part of a continent should never be used as evidence for or against climate change.”
Jason Samenow

 

links … links … Links … LINKS … LINKS!

  So this guy in Utah is on a hunger strike against marriage equality
Keith from Rexburg writes another good column
Chris Christie is having more problems (and they’re getting worse)
Matthew shares:  Elderly couple dances to Bob Marley
Neat video on time
Babies and catapults
Another fine Fox News commentator
True facts about the frog
  If you need more excellent linkage, check out Yankton!

 

Schedule

 

     
Jan 11 Sat Add the Words rally in Boise – a bunch of us are going over
Jan 17 Fri Martin Luther King Jr Banquet – Hotel on the Falls, $35
Jan 24 Fri IF City Club:  Park Price, President of Battelle Energy Alliance (Bennion SUB, noon – 1:30pm)
Feb 7,
2014
Fri ACLU Bill of Rights Dinner – in Boise at the Stueckle Sky Center; Laverne Cox of Orange Is the New Black is the guest speaker (we’re putting together a table and seats will be about $75)
 
Mon The Nation Discussion Group – every 2nd and 4th Monday, 7:00pm, at Sandy and Merrick Brow’s home, 2269 Calkins Avenue, 524‑6230
 
Mon Film for Thought – every 1st, 3rd, and 5th Monday, 7:00pm, at Marsha and David Nipper’s home, 3031 S. Boulevard, 523‑8493

 

Thursday Night DL at Wild Russet

 

Capitalism

Next meeting:
  Date Thursday, January 2nd
Time 7 to 9pm (show up when you can)
Place Wild Russet at 850 Lindsay Blvd (in the front of the Guesthouse Inn)
 




Come out tonight!

Don’t forget tonight’s party:  we have the IF Pride Gala!  It’s at the Hotel on the Falls starting at 9pm.  Only $10!  It will be the best New Year’s Eve party in town.


So just how harmful is capitalism?  How beneficial is it?  I’ve touched this topic in several conversations lately.  And I’m not sure how I feel about it.

There are so many issues these days where we are encouraged to take the middle road.  People get nervous when anyone takes an extreme position.  We are bombarded with the conventional logic that half-way in between the two opposing views is the appropriate, moderate, centrist, sensible position.  Which is generally bullshit.  That “advice” is why we have a centrist-Republican government these days producing Republican solutions to every issue.


  • » Soup Kitchen – Sun, Jan 5th – join us from 11:30am – 2pm
  • » Add the Words rally in Boise – January 11th
  • » ACLU Bill of Rights Dinner – February 7, 2014, in Boise at the Stueckle Sky Center; Laverne Cox of Orange Is the New Black is the guest speaker (we’re putting together a table and seats will be about $75)

So I generally distrust any call for moderation and centrism, just on general principles.  But in the case of capitalism, I’m kind of a moderate centrist.  It seems like a great thing, as long as it is tempered by a strong regulatory framework and backed by a robust socialistic safety network.  And as long as the important things are not left to the free market.

I love this quote from Robert Reich (featured a couple weeks ago):

In reality, the “free market” is a bunch of rules about 1) what can be owned and traded (the genome? slaves? nuclear materials? babies? votes?); 2) on what terms (equal access to the Internet? the right to organize unions? corporate monopolies? the length of patent protections?); 3) under what conditions (poisonous drugs? unsafe foods? deceptive Ponzi schemes? uninsured derivatives? dangerous workplaces?); 4) what’s private and what’s public (police? roads? clean air and clean water? healthcare? good schools? parks and playgrounds?); 5) how to pay for what (taxes, user fees, individual pricing?).  And so on.

These rules don’t exist in nature; they are human creations.  Governments don’t “intrude” on free markets; governments organize and maintain them.  Markets aren’t “free” of rules; the rules define them.

Please read Reich’s entire column.

I know I’m mixing up capitalism and free markets here, but I think in this context they are interchangeable.  What do you all think?  Do we agree that capitalism is good in moderation?  That we need it for a functional society, but that it cannot run unchecked?  Or should we advocate only socialism to counterbalance all those teabaggers and libertarians demanding only “market-based” approaches.

Join us with your thoughts at Wild Russet this Thursday night.

Cheers,
Dan

 

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

 

Quotations of the Week

“Francis may be transforming the perception of the church and its mission, but not its core doctrines.  He has called for a church more welcoming to gay people and women, but he will not challenge the idea that homosexual acts are sinful, refuses to embrace the possibility of same-sex marriage and insists that the ordination of women as priests is not ‘open to discussion.’”
Kenan Malik

 

“Given this, why all the enthusiasm for bitcoin?  Partly, the technological ingenuity of the scheme, of course.  And people have misinterpreted the run-up in price as a sign of success rather than failure.”
Eric Posner, on the inevitable collapse of Bitcoin

 

“Predictions for 2014:  (1) The federal minimum wage will be raised to $10.50, (2) Congress won’t shut down the federal government, (3) Congress won’t pass anything significant on immigration reform, gun safety, or tax reform, (4) Republican Senate and House primaries starting in March will intensify the GOP civil war, which will grow even more heated throughout the year, (5) Americans will forget how badly the rollout of Obamacare was botched, and by year’s end a majority will support it, (6) Hillary Clinton won’t yet declare for president and speculation will increase about Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren, (7) Democrats will retain control over the Senate and Republicans will retain control over he House in the midterm elections (8) The Dow will close 10 percent lower by year’s end than it was at the start, (9) Wall Street will be rocked by a huge insider-trading scandal, and (10) Both parties will tout strategies to reverse widening inequality, which will have grown worse.”
Robert Reich

 

links … links … Links … LINKS … LINKS!

  Rachel Maddow:  This one feels different
Great piece on privilege
Fascinating story on the original welfare queen
The one thing that conservatives lack
I’ll probably watch this in January
David Adler:  Idaho marriage amendment unlikely to survive
Burn the system to the ground
Great column about being wrong about everything
Catholics argue that Catholic judges can’t rule on the ACA
Good overview of whiskey from Tom Ashbrook
Really neat map
I don’t remember this dance from Charlie Brown’s Christmas special
Amazing perspective (right up until the end)
  If you need more excellent linkage, check out Yankton!

 

Schedule

 

     
Jan 5 Sun Soup Kitchen – join us from 11:30am – 2pm
Jan 11 Sat Add the Words rally in Boise – a bunch of us are going over
Feb 7,
2014
Fri ACLU Bill of Rights Dinner – in Boise at the Stueckle Sky Center; Laverne Cox of Orange Is the New Black is the guest speaker (we’re putting together a table and seats will be about $75)
 
Mon The Nation Discussion Group – every 2nd and 4th Monday, 7:00pm, at Sandy and Merrick Brow’s home, 2269 Calkins Avenue, 524‑6230
 
Mon Film for Thought – every 1st, 3rd, and 5th Monday, 7:00pm, at Marsha and David Nipper’s home, 3031 S. Boulevard, 523‑8493

 

Thursday Night DL at Wild Russet

 

Post-Christmas

Next Meeting:
  Date Thursday, Dec 26th
Time 7 to 9pm (show up when you can)
Place Wild Russet at 850 Lindsay Blvd (in the front of the Guesthouse Inn)
 

I hope that you all had fine Christmases.  Hollis was especially nice to me, we had great friends over, my kids are happy, and we just have a few returns to take care of today.  All in all, a fine Christmas.

If you’re still feeling jolly, come join us at Wild Russet tonight for our regular (yet fairly unpublicized) DL gathering.  Perhaps we can do a little year-end review.

And don’t forget this New Year’s Eve:  we have the IF Pride Gala!  It’s at the Hotel on the Falls starting at 9pm.  Only $10!  It will be the best New Year’s Eve party in town.

Cheers,
Dan

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Thursday Night DL at Wild Russet

 

Religious Freedom in the UK

Next meeting:
  Date Thursday, Dec 19th
Time 7 to 9pm (show up when you can)
Place Wild Russet at 850 Lindsay Blvd (in the front of the Guesthouse Inn)
 




A little something to weird you out

Sorry for the late notice!  We’re still on tonight!


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


  • » Add the Words rally in Boise – January 11th
  • » ACLU Bill of Rights Dinner – February 7, 2014, in Boise at the Stueckle Sky Center; Laverne Cox of Orange Is the New Black is the guest speaker (we’re putting together a table and seats will be about $75)

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

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

Just no:

They shouldn’t be attempting a “balance of interests” between equality and inequality, segregation and no segregation, apartheid and no apartheid.  Would they attempt that if a “controversial” racist speaker demanded the audience be segregated by race?  I certainly hope not, and I also think they absolutely would not.  So why are they giving away the rights of women with such a free hand?

The good news is that, after 6 or 8 weeks of outrage, the UUK has withdrawn its recommendation for reconsideration.

Another case in Britain caught my eye, but this time they got it exactly right.  An older B&B-owning couple had denied lodging to a gay couple that showed up after making a reservation online.  They too expected that it was within their religious freedom rights to deny a basic service to other people.  They lost at the Brittish equivalent of court, and at appeals court, and now at their supreme court.  Good on the UK for that.

British courts recognize that religious freedom applies primarily to what people choose to believe.  And secondarily to how they worship when practicing their faith.  But it applies almost not at all to how they treat other people when operating a place of business that is otherwise open to all.  And to how people are treated in open venues in general, both private and public.

Why is this concept so hard for people to understand?

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Petition:  Support Pocatello’s nondiscrimination ordinance
Petition:  Tell Otter, Crapo, and Risch to help remove the religious sheild law that protects parents who kill their kids with prayer

 

Quotations of the Week

“In reality, the ‘free market’ is a bunch of rules about 1) what can be owned and traded (the genome? slaves? nuclear materials? babies? votes?); 2) on what terms (equal access to the Internet? the right to organize unions? corporate monopolies? the length of patent protections?); 3) under what conditions (poisonous drugs? unsafe foods? deceptive Ponzi schemes? uninsured derivatives? dangerous workplaces?); 4) what’s private and what’s public (police? roads? clean air and clean water? healthcare? good schools? parks and playgrounds?); 5) how to pay for what (taxes, user fees, individual pricing?).  And so on.  These rules don’t exist in nature; they are human creations.  Governments don’t ‘intrude’ on free markets; governments organize and maintain them.  Markets aren’t ‘free’ of rules; the rules define them.”
Robert Reich, on why free markets aren’t natural

 

“Let’s look at the two parties’ records on ‘partisanship.’  In Bush’s first term, he got sizable and crucial help from Democrats on his two biggest domestic initiatives (aside from tax cuts, where a few Senate Democrats gave him a lot of help, too), No Child Left Behind and the Medicare Rx Drug Benefit.  Democrats notoriously gave Bush the power to wage the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars.  There were no government shutdowns or big crises over the budget.  And all that’s after Bush won a contested election via a Supreme Court intervention, having lost a plurality of the popular vote, and then proceeded to put together a highly partisan administration as though his accession to the White House was the most normal thing in the world … But there was nothing, nothing like the right-from-the-beginning GOP obstructionism Obama faced, as best evidenced by the refusal of the GOP to offer even a single vote in either House for a health care plan modeled explicitly on Republican precedents in the Senate and in Massachusetts.”
Ed Kilgore, responding to this garbage by Ron Fournier

 

Poem of the Week

The Bandit of Benghazi

It’s the bandit of Benghazi and he’ll be coming to your door;
he’s not robbing the rich but from the middle and the poor.

The media made him president; that was the goal they sought;
and now with depleted wallets we can’t even buy us squat.

Those on the left, of this man’s deeds, they are so very proud;
I hear them in the market place defending him out loud.

They seem to find great pleasure in making all so blue,
if you’re getting really hungry try eating a worn out shoe.

I say this all with tongue in cheek, an attitude so bland
I know it’s really serious this elected danger in our land.

We elected this man president giving him care of all us;
now when asked to perform this task he raises such a fuss.

The answer resides in Heaven, Hell’s celebrating with a feast;
will the leavening now rising bring us a marking of the beast?

What could the final goals be, will those banners be unfurled?
The country, just a pawn you see, in his quest to rule the world.

We might all be so tempted to point at him with blame,
but let us not be exempted we are all players in this game.

Freedom, we were all promised to enjoy our land of peace,
but if our God isn’t kept foremost our freedoms soon will cease.

Stephen Beazer Ryan, in Tuesday’s Post Register

 

links … links … Links … LINKS … LINKS!

  Stand your ground and shoot some old people
Idaho’s pro-ALEC politicians
Very cool interactive video:  Like a Rolling Stone (use your UP and DOWN arrows to change channels)
Libertarianism and atheism
The polarization of American politics
New disease:  Povertenza
This man was almost president
Public schools outperform private, charter schools
Seven answers to climate contrarian nonsense
Cool animated illusions
Taylor Mali:  Ya know?
Photos of New Yorkers that people don’t see
How the media will report the apocalypse
Why science works
Highlights in the year’s stupidity
What would headlines look like if we were math-literate?
  If you need more excellent linkage, check out Yankton!

 

Schedule

 

     
Jan 11 Sat Add the Words rally in Boise – a bunch of us are going over
Feb 7,
2014
Fri ACLU Bill of Rights Dinner – in Boise at the Stueckle Sky Center; Laverne Cox of Orange Is the New Black is the guest speaker (we’re putting together a table and seats will be about $75)
 
Mon The Nation Discussion Group – every 2nd and 4th Monday, 7:00pm, at Sandy and Merrick Brow’s home, 2269 Calkins Avenue, 524‑6230
 
Mon Film for Thought – every 1st, 3rd, and 5th Monday, 7:00pm, at Marsha and David Nipper’s home, 3031 S. Boulevard, 523‑8493

 

Thursday Night DL at Wild Russet

 

Quick Notice

Meeting:
  Date Thursday, Dec 12th
Time 7 to 9pm (show up when you can)
Place Wild Russet at 850 Lindsay Blvd (in the front of the Guesthouse Inn)
 

This week has been a domestic disaster of the homeowner variety.  So the notice this week is very short and very late. Sorry about that!

Still – Drinking Liberally goes on.  Please join us tonight at the Wild Russet for your weekly invigoration.

Cheers,
Dan

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