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Veterans Day Vigil

 

Veterans Day Vigil

Special event:
  Date Monday, Nov 11th
Time 6pm
Place Veterans Memorial
 

Today, Monday, November 11th, is Veterans Day, and Lyn is planning her annual Candlelight and Rememberance Vigil as a tribute to honor our veterans.  This is a wonderful event, and always very moving.  Please come out to honor the brave men and women who serve or have served in our nation’s armed services (some of whom are DL members!).  This year we meet at 6:00pm at the Veterans Memorial on Memorial Drive.

Dress warmly – the river bank be is likely to be cold and windy – candles furnished.  Bring your own memories or the names of family and friends to honored.  Questions?  Call 522-8269.

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Thursday Night DL at Wild Russet

 

Election Day

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




Notice the similarity?

GET OUT AND VOTE TOMORROW!  This is an important election – the fate of public accommodations depends upon getting the right city council members elected.

Further – the growing power of the liberal presence in Idaho Falls depends upon demonstrating some impact at the voting booth.  That goes for DL, and for the new Pride movement.  We certainly stunned the city with the numbers we could bring on the nondiscrimination ordinance.  But if we can’t bring those numbers out to vote, then it won’t matter.  Our reputation is on the line.

I can’t tell you who to vote for.  Drinking Liberally has to remain nonpartisan.  However, I can remind you of the candidates who visited with us:  Rebecca Casper, Ed Marohn, Paul Menser, and Karen Cornwell.  There are much worse ways to decide how to vote!


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

I can feel Idaho Falls changing, and you all are a big part of that.  If we can bring it at the polls tomorrow – if we can get LGBTQ-friendly people elected – then we will really have done something amazing this year!  And our reputation is on the line – elections are where it really counts.

Let’s round out 2013 with some victories in tomorrow’s election!  Make sure you vote, and make sure you get three other people to vote!


Speaking of tomorrow’s elections, I have heard just about enough of one particular campaign meme this season.  I bet I’ve heard it at every campaign event where more than one candidate appeared (that’s four events – I missed the Cornwell/Ehardt debate).  What is the meme?

Wants versus needs.

“That’s a want, not a need.”

“We have to focus on needs before wants.”

“I want you to want me.  I need you to need me.” (OK … didn’t really hear Cheap Trick lyrics at the debates.  I wish I had.)

Frankly, it is a shallow and wrong-headed notion that has no place in a grown-up discussion of policy.  And you should seriously consider voting against anyone who utters it.  I hope that none of my favored candidates have used it (I don’t think they have).

First, it is nonsensical on a basic level.  The definitions of wants and needs are not that clear-cut.  Many things I think of as wants are someone else’s needs.  And vice versa.  Very few things are widely and unquestionably recognized as needs.  And something that might look like a want – a spray park, for example – is also a need in the long-term sense.  Idaho Falls needs amenities like parks and play spaces for children.  If we had always prioritized by wants versus needs, we wouldn’t have a zoo, or golf courses.  But those are long-term needs for a thriving community the size of Idaho Falls.

But secondly, and more importantly, it is flat-out ignorant.  A functional city cannot prioritize things by wants and needs anyway.  A functional city has long-term planning in the works for a variety of development activities:  traffic patterns, commercial districts, parks and recreation, public safety, utilities, etc.  And all of those development activities need to be happening in concert all the time.  You can’t ignore three out of those five categories for a period of years while the economy recovers.  And any candidate who says you can is just ignorant.

Actually, that candidate is pandering.  Wants versus needs is just pablum for people who crave easy answers and simplistic solutions.  Much like Idaho Falls should be run like a business (don’t even get me started on that one!).

Remind me again which party it is that uses those slogans …

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Quotations of the Week

[NOTE:  This week is a recap of comments pertaining to the implementation of Medicare Part D, which was not very smooth.]

“The implementation has been horrendous … The good news is that the competition that’s been created has lowered premiums significantly.”
Rep John Boehner (R-OH)

 

“Like most significant programs, the new benefit has not gone without a few isolated glitches and unexpected problems.  But I believe that if there is anything wrong with the plan, most of it has been fixed and that that hasn’t can be fixed over time.”
Rep Nathan Deal (R-GA)

 

“Any time something is new, there is going to be some glitches.”
Rep Tim Murphy (R-PA)

 

“Rather than trying to scare and confuse seniors, I would hope we can work together as we go through the implementation phaes to find out what is wrong with the program and if we can make some changes to fix it, let us do it and let us do it on a bipartisan basis.”
Rep Joe Barton (R-TX)

 

“I voted against it [Medicare Part D], but once it passed I certainly determined that I would try to do everything I could to make sure that New Yorkers understood it, could access it, and make the best of it.”
Hilary Clinton (in 2006)

 

Poem of the Week

Hunger for the Absolute

Earth you know is round but seems flat.

You can’t trust
your senses.

You thought you had seen every variety of creature
but not

this creature.

.

When I met him, I knew I had
weaned myself from God, not

hunger for the absolute.  O unquenched
mouth, tonguing what is and must

remain inapprehensible–
saying You are not finite.  You are not finite.

 

links … links … Links … LINKS … LINKS!

  Should you go see Ender’s Game or not?
TED Talk:  David Deutsch explains what makes good explanations (and therefore, enables progress)
True facts about the cuttlefish
Romney’s VP candidates:  fish nicknames
Fascinating article:  Douglas Hofstadter and the state of AI
I’ve never seen a Ron Burgundy movie, but this is hilarious
  If you need more excellent linkage, check out Yankton!

 

Schedule

 

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

 

Thursday Night DL at Wild Russet

 

Our Divisive Leader

Next meeting:
  Date Thursday, Oct 31st
Time 7 to 9pm (show up when you can)
Place Wild Russet at 850 Lindsay Blvd (in the front of the Guesthouse Inn)
 

Special Event!  The ACLU of Idaho is holding a reception this Saturday, November 2nd, at Whitewater Grill (355 River Pkwy), 5:30-7:30pm.  Come meet the staff and boards, and learn about the ACLU’s successes and action items for the year to come.

Appetizers will be provided.  Pleaes RSVP to Amy Collins (acollins@acluidaho.org, 208-344-9750).



A totally non-divisive charge of divisiveness

I posted the following quote on Facebook.  John McCain wrote it in an email he sent to me  (I know!  John McCain sends me emails!)  Actually, it came from GOP.gov – and I’m probably on their mailing list because I registered as a Republican last year.

“Barack Obama campaigned on the promise that he would bring our country together, reach beyond partisanship to solve our country’s critical problems.

“Instead, President Obama has proven to be one of the most divisive leaders our nation has ever seen.

The charge of divisiveness has bothered me since I first heard it early on in President Obama’s first term.  Since then, conservatives have spent five years creating fake outrage, manufacturing crises, doing everything they can to make sure President Obama’s term is less successful (including doing actual harm to America) – and now claim that it’s Obama’s divisiveness that has caused such discord in our politics.


  • » ACLU of Idaho Reception – Saturday, November 2nd, Whitewater Grill (355 River Pkwy), 5:30-7:30pm; RSVP to Amy Collins (acollins@acluidaho.org, 208-344-9750)
  • » Idaho Falls city election Tues, Nov 5th
  • » IF City Club – Michael Zirinsky, Emeritus Professor of History, Boise State University, “Between Iraq and A Hard Place:  Modern Iran and Its International Relations” (Fri, Nov 15th, Bennion SUB, noon – 1:30pm)
  • » ACLU Bill of Rights Dinner – February 7, 2014, in Boise at the Stueckle Sky Center; Laverne Cox of Orange Is the New Black is the guest speaker (we’re putting together a table and seats will be about $75)

It’s like the KKK saying that Negroes are the most divisive race, when it is racism that causes discord.  Or it’s like calling a battered woman divisive when she files for divorce.  Or an analogy perhaps more in line with recent events:  it’s like Sharon Parry, Barb Ehardt, and Evan Bastow claiming that those LGBTQ people are being so divisive by asking for full equality.

Can conservatives be that self-deluded?  Can they be so confused that they believe the divisive charge?  Are they that unaware of the overwhelming role they play in creating the division?

Absolutely.

If there’s one thing conservatives have mastered, it’s the fine art of projection.  They forced the health care exchange on us in the first place, and are now whining about how it doesn’t work well (when the Medicaid expansion is working great – the part that they opposed).  The individual mandate is the GOP’s idea, but they are blaming Obama for it, and claiming that it’s unconstitutional despite the SCOTUS ruling last year.  They shutdown the government, then complain that national parks and monuments are closed.

Furthermore, the base on the right is capable of being led by incantation and allegory -- they prefer those to reality, actually.  It’s kind of a religious approach they take to politics.  Just think of all the times that you’ve heard them claim that Congress is exempted from Obamacare, when in reality Congress is the only employer forced to participate in Obamacare.  They really worship people who have been set up as figureheads without significant accomplishment (Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin, George Bush, etc) and then defend them with a passion verging on beatification.  They buy books (scripture) in bulk, and pass them out for free like Gideon’s Bibles.  (And then, because of the projection, they accuse the left of doing the same.)

Another reason:  selective, short-term memory.  Conservative ideology seems to have a way of overriding recent history pretty effectively.  How else to explain Bush’s 2004 victory?  I don’t have any deeper insight into this phenomenon, but it seems prevalent on the right.

Tribal mentality is also at work.  We are currently watching Barb Ehardt run a very sleazy campaign, and her supporters are bending themselves into pretzels defending Barb’s dishonesty.  The same can be seen throughout the nation, at all levels.  Victory for their tribe is more important that being truthful, or even adhering to reality.  (And again, they project the same practice onto liberals.)

Finally, as my friend Jim Culleny (see his poem below) suggested, the GOP is a sick party.  Sociopaths do not perceive a difference between right and wrong, or they define the difference in terms of their own desires.  And this is a serious problem.  Our country needs a healthy, two-party system.

Join us this Thursday – Halloween! – and discuss your diagnosis for the divisiveness charge.

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Quotations of the Week

“Someone had posted something with a picture of Barack Obama and across it said ‘traitor.’  And, you know, I don’t always agree with the guy, I certainly didn’t vote for him but I gotta defend him on this one.  I just don’t think it’s right at all to call Barack Obama a traitor.  There’s a lot of things he’s done wrong but he is not a traitor.  Not as far as I can tell.  I haven’t come across any evidence yet that he has done one thing to harm Kenya.”
State Rep Larry Pittman (R-NC)

 

“Just imagine for a moment that Obama fired Sebelius and was forced to appoint a new head of the HHS, who would of course need Senate confirmation.  This person would almost automatically be labeled the new ‘Obamacare czar’ and would be unlikely to win confirmation unless he or she promised to push for, say, the repeal of Obamacare and the imprisonment of everyone who voted for it.  When the Senate goes to unprecedented lengths to block executive branch appointments, it creates a situation where the president is highly unlikely to make personnel changes.  Holder undoubtedly remains in his job largely for this reason.  Any new appointee for Attorney General would be forced to disown Holder’s record entirely and declare the necessity of investigating what Darrell Issa called ‘the most corrupt government in history.’”
Isaac Chotiner

 

Poem of the Week

Falling

Falling’s weightlessness is a troubled one
It’s not like the airtime of up-drafting hawks
or homosapient gliders hung on wires under
silk billows out of their element
snubbing gravity putting on airs,
nor like the honking camaraderie
of southbound geese chasing solar flares

To know that speeding mass
in collusion with collision brings bereavement
in worlds of muscle bone and blood
is usually enough to keep most breathers
from dancing on edges or diving off ledges

By a wise prescience we understand
that freefall without orbit
must be a heavy weightlessness
no matter how long its freedom lasts
if gravity’s die is cast

Bodies are more fragile than stone and steel.
In falling minds minutes are surreal
and time expands as down mind coasts

–as future shortens past grows richer
and now’s edge is honed so fine
as to split the hairs of ghosts,
and life’s full-tipped to spill last hours out
which cling to sides of tissue pitchers

Past becomes a fuller world, more here,
which is why old fallers often go there more
than fresh fallers do, who, still green,
in exhilarated falling feel only wind in hair
the sheen of mornings crisp and new
being blessed to not fully grasp
that they are falling too
.
.

 

links … links … Links … LINKS … LINKS!

Schedule

 

     
Nov 2 Sat ACLU of Idaho Reception, Whitewater Grill (355 River Pkwy), 5:30-7:30pm; RSVP to Amy Collins (acollins@acluidaho.org, 208-344-9750)
Nov 5 Tues Election Day
Nov 15 Fri IF City Club:  Michael Zirinsky, Emeritus Professor of History, Boise State University, “Between Iraq and A Hard Place:  Modern Iran and Its International Relations” (Bennion SUB, noon – 1:30pm)
Feb 7,
2014
Fri ACLU Bill of Rights Dinner – in Boise at the Stueckle Sky Center; Laverne Cox of Orange Is the New Black is the guest speaker (we’re putting together a table and seats will be about $75)
 
Mon The Nation Discussion Group – every 2nd and 4th Monday, 7:00pm, at Sandy and Merrick Brow’s home, 2269 Calkins Avenue, 524‑6230
 
Mon Film for Thought – every 1st, 3rd, and 5th Monday, 7:00pm, at Marsha and David Nipper’s home, 3031 S. Boulevard, 523‑8493

 

Thursday Night DL at Wild Russet

 

Abstract v Concrete

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


Take the Teabagger/Taliban challenge!

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

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

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

[…]

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

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

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


Special Notes


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

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

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

Defeating that radical redefinition is our task now.


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

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

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Quotations of the Week

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

 

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

 

“Ted fking Yoho.

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

 

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

 

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

 

Poem of the Week

Gone

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

 

links … links … Links … LINKS … LINKS!

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

 

Schedule

 

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

 

Thursday Night DL at Wild Russet

 

Fear of Looking Forward

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

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

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

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

Special Notes


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

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

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

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

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

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

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Quotations of the Week

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

Poem of the Week

My Skeleton

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

links … links … Links … LINKS … LINKS!

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

 

Schedule

 

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

 

Thursday Night DL at Wild Russet

 

Public v Private

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

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


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

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

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

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

Special Notes


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

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

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

Cheers,
Dan

 

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

 

Quotations of the Week

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

links … links … Links … LINKS … LINKS!

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

 

Schedule

 

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

 

Thursday Night DL at Wild Russet

 

Reign of Morons

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

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

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


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

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

Special Notes


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

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


Ezra Klein:

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


Charles Pierce:

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Quotations of the Week

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

links … links … Links … LINKS … LINKS!

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

 

Schedule

 

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

 

Thursday Night DL at D'railed

 

Three Trifles

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

Controversy

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

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

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

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

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

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


Too Many Laws

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

Special Notes


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

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

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


Deeply Held Religious Beliefs

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Quotations of the Week

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

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

 

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

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

 

links … links … Links … LINKS … LINKS!

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

 

Schedule

 

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

 

Thursday Night DL at D'railed

 

Pride Recap

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


Alex Henry

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


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

Special Notes


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


Rod Taylor

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

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

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Quotations of the Week

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

 

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

 

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

 

links … links … Links … LINKS … LINKS!

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

 

Schedule

 

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

 

Thursday Night DL Cancelled

 

Meeting Cancelled!

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

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

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

Special Notes


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

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

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

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

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

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

Cheers,
Dan

 

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CONTACT:  Write or call the city council members (see above for phone numbers and addresses)

 

Quotations of the Week

“Courage requires us to remain steadfast in our beliefs. It asks that we stand by the convictions we express and never give an inch, no matter what the cost. However off base, wrongheaded, or patently false a position we’ve staked out may be, courage nonetheless demands that we blindly pound home our stupid fucking point, never letting up.”
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Advice from a father:  seeing a woman (thanks, Hollis)
A preacher that gets it
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Another great response from a mom who loves her son
Your great commercial for the week

 

Schedule

 

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

 


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