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Thursday Night DL at the Bee's Knees

 

Bernie and #BLM

   Next meeting:
  Date Thursday, August 13th
Time 7 to 9pm (show up when you can)
Place Bee's Knees at 850 Lindsay Blvd (in the front of the Guesthouse Inn)
 



This is how y'all look saying #AllLivesMatter

Hmmmm ... what to talk about this week?  Trump vs Megyn Kelly, or Bernie Sanders and #BlackLivesMatter?  Since the former doesn't matter in the least, let's go with Bernie and #BLM.

So the #BlackLivesMatter supporters (or a few people who say that they are #BLM supporters) have been disrupting rallies for Bernie Sanders.  They have jumped up on stage and demanded to speak - which Sanders has allowed.  They've apparently gotten a little belligerent at times, calling one audience racist for a booing reaction.

It's been a delicate situation for Sanders, but he seems to be handling it well, releasing a new platform on the issue of racial equality in the past couple of days.

It has bothered me a bit that people are wringing their hands in worry about this, suggesting that this is hurting Sanders's campaign, or hurting the Democratic chances in general.  Specifically that the #BLM movement has come under criticism from some on the left for some perceived harm.  I don't think there's any evidence of this.


In fact, these disruptions have brought Sanders more press than he'd gotten by holding these massive rallies in the first place.  Secondly, it's a great opportunity for him to show leadership (which he seems to be doing) and to earn the support of a lot of fired-up, motivated people.  I can see this helping him greatly.

But to see liberals questioning the whole #BlackLivesMatter movement - that is the painful thing.  To see one set of good people objecting to the behavior of another set of good people working to correct some very serious and longstanding problems in our country - that is what poses a danger to continued progress and to the moral of the Democrats.

One question that I see asked is "why Bernie?"  As if it's baffling to see people pressing their case in front of a person that stands a pretty good chance of pulling off a surprise victory in the Dem primaries and then becoming President.  These people are focusing on Sanders for very good reasons.

First, trying to do this at a GOP candidate's event would be a complete waste of time.  Imagine the response of the GOP and its base to blacks disrupting one of their rallies:  "See!  Black thugs taking over!  Rude, malicious, and seeking handouts!  Just like blacks to expect us to fix their problems!"  When hateful ignoramuses like Trump are making threats, there's no reason to protest there.

Second, Bernie is drawing the crowds.  Hillary Clinton is maintaining her stealth-leader role.  You go where the people are.

Anyway, Sander's is benefitting from these protests.  And the issue being raised by #BLM is damn important.  Let's stop fighting against ourselves.

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Quotations of the Week

"The thing is, income inequality is due to some people working harder and selling more things.  If people voluntarily buy more of your stuff, you'll have more money."
- Rand Paul

 

Poem of the Week

The Dark Hills

Dark hills at evening in the west,
Where sunset hovers like a sound
Of golden horns that sang to rest
Old bones of warriors under ground,
Far now from all the bannered ways
Where flash the legions of the sun,
You fade—as if the last of days
Were fading, and all wars were done.

Edwin Arlington Robinson
 

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  * Thoughtful comments on the Bernie/#BlackLivesMatter issue
* I'm late posting this, but here's a compare/contrast on Caitlyn & Rachel
* Watch this:  How to Race Bait
* Cartoon:  If global warming is real, explain that!
* Bristol Palin attacks Erick Erickson for attacking Donald Trump for attacking women
* ALEC's man in Washington (they hope)
  * If you need more excellent linkage, check out Yankton!

 

Schedule

 

       
Aug 14 Fri Birthday Party for Social Security - Laborers Training Center (580 W 19th St) 7pm
Aug 15 Sat Pizza and Politics (Bonneville Democrats), Papa Tom's Pizza, noon
Aug 16 Sun Annual PFLAG Potluck Dinner, 4pm, Kate Curley Park
Sept 10-12 Thu-Sat Idaho Falls Pride
Sept 19 Sat SPAN Idaho Awareness Run Freeman Park shelter, 9am

 

Thursday Night DL at the Bee's Knees

 

Conservative Roots

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

The heart of the conservative philosophy is the desire to maintain or restore the values, institutions, and practices of the past.

A corollary to that definition is that conservatives will always, always be of the opinion that things are worse today than they were in the past.  They have to believe that, because they prefer the way things used to be.  Perhaps this is related to a deeply rooted theistic belief in the "fall" of mankind.  Or perhaps it's just a psychological bias that infects people.

So they will always have "evidence" to back up their claims against any proposed change:  that being their perception that things are worse.  And that "evidence" mounts instantaneously the moment any change is made and keeps mounting steadily as time passes.

We've had marriage equality in Idaho since November last year.  There have been no bad consequences.  There will never be any bad consequences.

But 10 years from now, conservatives will see the world as much worse than it used to be (even if it's actually better).  And they will blame gay marriage for that perceived decline.  (Or any other array of positive changes that have taken place:  Obamacare, immigration, the existence of taxation, regulation, the persistence of liberals, etc.  Or they will blame all those changes at various times, depending upon their mood.)


They are now railing against the proposed treaty limiting Iran's nuclear ambitions.  Had Republicans ever once said about any Obama administration proposal, "You know, we can't support the whole thing, we'd like to see some changes, but I think we can work something out," then perhaps we could believe them on the Iraq deal.  But no.  They've made the same identical prediction on every single proposal:  it's either extremely damaging to America or fatal to America.  Their pronouncements have no credibility.

I don't know if the Iran treaty is good or not.  This is one of those times that I've tended to trust the intentions and capabilities of the international coalition rather than do the hard work of investigating myself.  But the blanket opposition of the right is something that makes me feel comfortable with the treaty.

On almost every single issue you can name over the last 7 years, it's been the same story.  President Obama is changing things for the worse.  Every.  Single.  Thing.  Even though America is now better off in almost every single measure of accomplishment, they are still convinced that everything has gone to shit.

And the conservatives who aren't crazy and don't think like their extremist brethren are not standing up to fix the problem.  They are continuing to vote for the same extremists and support the same bad, reactionary policies.

Today's conservative cannot be reasoned with.  Today's conservative is not rational in any way.

Rant over.


And now for a great letter from Jim Sathe in the Post Register of August 1st:

Ignore the right

Rick Manning (guest column 7/25) urges his fellow Republicans to pick some important fights with President Obama and fight to win.  As part of the list, he throws in a racist comment about low income (black) housing being forced on suburban (white) neighborhoods.

I am sure he would be surprised to learn that there are millions more low-income white people than low-income black people. 
Well, Republicans have been picking fights with Obama for seven years and steadily losing.  That is because our President is overwhelmingly smarter and more strategic in his thinking than they are.

The problem for Republicans is their current Congress was put there by the crazy right-wing base of their party.  I am sure there are level-headed, clear-thinking, decent, caring Republican politicians (Jon Huntsman comes to mind) out there if there were enough level-headed, clear-thinking, decent, caring Republican voters to support them.

Unfortunately for the country, the racist, homophobic, gun-crazy base still controls the primaries.  The result is the current crop of clowns running for president on the Republican ticket.

Demographic studies predict a coming center left leaning in the American public.  If Republicans ever want to see the inside of the White House again, they will need to ignore the screaming of the right-wing base and think hard about making America a better place for all of us; instead of returning to a place where white men held absolute power.

JIM SATHE
Idaho Falls

 

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Quotations of the Week

"For all of the Republican National Committee's best-laid plans to have a streamlined and efficient primary process after a lengthy and bruising 2012 primary season, the size of the 2016 field — the largest in modern presidential campaign history — is working to unravel those efforts. Many chairs expect that it will be well into the spring of 2016 before the field is seriously winnowed down, even though few expect all 17 candidates will still be in the contest by early next year."
- Politico, "A Primary in Chaos"

 

"The remedy for misleading speech, or speech we do not like, is more speech, not enforced silence."
- U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill

 

"It must be galling for the party regulars to prostrate themselves helplessly before the base, purging any hint of independent thought, only to watch a formerly pro-choice, libertine if not liberal, Democratic donor waltz into the lead."
- Jonathan Chait

 

Poem of the Week

Sonnet VII [O Solitude! if I must with thee dwell]

O Solitude! if I must with thee dwell,
Let it not be among the jumbled heap
Of murky buildings; climb with me the steep,—
Nature's observatory—whence the dell,
Its flowery slopes, its river's crystal swell,
May seem a span; let me thy vigils keep
'Mongst boughs pavillion'd, where the deer's swift leap
Startles the wild bee from the fox-glove bell.
But though I'll gladly trace these scenes with thee,
Yet the sweet converse of an innocent mind,
Whose words are images of thoughts refin'd,
Is my soul's pleasure; and it sure must be
Almost the highest bliss of human-kind,
When to thy haunts two kindred spirits flee.

John Keats
 

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  * Boulder-White Clouds bill passes the Senate!
* Good news for cows (and a win for the ACLU of Idaho)
* And good news in Texas
* Who made the debate?
* What do conservatives see in Trump?
* Trouble for Rand Paul
* Elizabeth Warren, kicking ass
* One of the root causes behind police shootings
* Trump & Sanders:  revolt against the ruling class
* A boost for the Iran deal
* Republicans brought the Trump circus on themselves
* The Post Register is up for sale
* This was very popular on Facebook this week
* This had me in tears of laughter
  * If you need more excellent linkage, check out Yankton!

 

Schedule

 

       
Aug 7 Fri IF City Club:  William Adams, Chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities (Bennion SUB, noon - 1:30pm)
Aug 16 Sun Annual PFLAG Potluck Dinner, 4pm, Kate Curley Park
Sept 10-12 Thu-Sat Idaho Falls Pride

 

Thursday Night DL at the Bee's Knees

 

Driving Privilege

   Next meeting:
  Date Thursday, July 30th
Time 7 to 9pm (show up when you can)
Place Bee's Knees at 850 Lindsay Blvd (in the front of the Guesthouse Inn)
 

Now that I'm training two kids with learner's permits, I find myself explaining to them the reasons behind our rules of the road.  For example, driving back from Boise last Friday on I-86, I encountered several people who just couldn't resist driving permanently in the left lane.  I'm kind of a stickler myself about driving in the right lane unless passing.  So I told them about how it was important for safety that all of the drivers follow the same basic patterns of behavior.

I don't know what people think when they stay in the passing lane.  Perhaps they don't even realize that they are driving in an annoying way.  They're just cruising along - normally at a rate of speed above the posted limit.  They have much less traffic to worry about.  It probably seems like the best, most convenient solution to them.  They aren't bothering anybody, really, and nobody is bothering them.  Plus, the left lane is often more smooth than the right lane because it has less traffic over time.  Why not just stay there?

Then a parallel struck me.  People like me - white, cis, straight - are like those people who drive in the passing lane.  We have the privilege of traveling through life in the lane that allows faster speeds, fewer obstacles, and smoother travel.  Other people are driving in the lane where there are obstacles - they frequently find themselves with a slower-moving vehicle in their path.  They need to signal to pass; they need to watch for traffic in the passing lane; they need to get back in their own lane once they've overcome their obstacle.


This analogy doesn't have to do with numbers of people in each category, or even with the ability to violate the law with less risk.  I'm not concerned at all with those aspects.  The mindset of the passing-lane driver is the important thing.  We white, straight, cis people have the privilege of speeding through life at our own velocity and we don't have to take notice of other people.

Our society is set up that way.  Some people are born in the fast lane, and never get out of it.  They're raised to feel at home there.  Other people are taught to stay in the right lane.  That's their place in life.  They are expected to deal with obstacles that exist in that lane.  And most of all, they are expected to deal with those obstacles in a way that does not inconvenience the rest of us.  Because nothing in life is worse than someone who is temporarily in our lane and causing us to have to slow down a bit.  That is unforgivable.  That is much worse than the expectation that they drive in the obstacle-filled and bumpier lane for their entire life.

And that's the truly insidious thing about privilege, isn't it?  That it both stratifies society and provides a way for the privileged folks to look down on the underprivileged folks - to blame them for being in their position.  "Why aren't they moving through life like me?  They must suffer from some sort of flaw."

This was just an attempt to generate another analogy to help explain the concept of privilege to those that don't seem to get it.  And how privilege can exist within a system in a form unrecognizable to those who benefit from it.  In fact - how that system of privilege can make the underprivileged seem responsible for the whole thing.

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Quotations of the Week

"This president's foreign policy is the most feckless in American history.  It is so naive that he would trust the Iranians.  By doing so, he will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.  This is the most idiotic thing, this Iran deal.  It should be rejected by both Democrats and Republicans in Congress and by the American people.  I read the whole deal.  We gave away the whole store.  It's got to be stopped."
- Mike Huckabee

 

"The GOP tends to preach and practice intolerance, xenophobia, nationalism and anti-democratic values (i.e., voter suppression).  In many ways, the GOP is anti-enlightenment, and embraces passion over reason.  The dangerous denial of climate change and other scientific facts seems to come out of the corrupt alliance of anti-intellectual traditionalism and corporate influence (i.e., oil and gas).

Now, the fact of the matter is that fascism died in the mid-20th century.  The GOP are obviously not fascists, but they share a family resemblance.  As stated above, the base have many similar passions - traditionalism, nationalism, intolerance towards immigrants or minorities.  They react with hostility towards the social progress of others and largely believe in a 'survival of the fittest' ideology."
- Conor Lynch

 

"I'd love [having Sarah Palin in my administration].  Because she really is somebody who knows what's happening and she's a special person.  She's really a special person and I think people know that."
- Donald Trump

 

Poem of the Week

Respect

Because her body is winter inside a cave
because someone built
fire there and forgot to put it out
because bedtime is a castle
she's building inside herself
with a moat
and portcullis
and buckets full of mist
because when you let go
the reins
horses
tumble over cliffs and turn
into moths before hitting bottom
because their hooves leave streaks of midnight
in the sky
because stuffed rabbits
are better at keeping secrets
than stopping hands
because when the world got
shoved up inside her
she held it tight like a kegel ball
and wondered
at the struggle Atlas had
carrying such a tiny thing
on his back

Melissa Studdard
 

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  * Fired Indiana clerk is suing because she isn't allowed to discriminate against gays (because not letting her discriminate is discrimination, you know)
* Chris Matthews rips Marco Rubio (and all the conservatives who personally insult our President)
* 50 reasons the Bush presidency sucked
* How to end up in a shack in the woods surrounded by snipers
* Interesting political test
* The difference between sexual empowerment and sexual objectification
* Hmmm ... can you legally murder in Yellowstone National Park?
  * If you need more excellent linkage, check out Yankton!

 

Schedule

 

       
Aug 2 Sun Soup Kitchen - join us from 11:30am - 2pm
Aug 7 Fri IF City Club:  William Adams, Chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities (Bennion SUB, noon - 1:30pm)
Aug 16 Sun Annual PFLAG Potluck Dinner, 4pm, Kate Curley Park
Sept 10-12 Thu-Sat Idaho Falls Pride

 

Thursday Night DL at the Bee's Knees

 

Viscious Conservatism

   Next meeting:
  Date Thursday, July 16th
Time 7 to 9pm (show up when you can)
Place Bee's Knees at 850 Lindsay Blvd (in the front of the Guesthouse Inn)
 




The Conservative Dream Team:
one more reason that we don't
have to worry about the GOP

Special Note:  Hollis and I will miss this week's Drinking Liberally (July 23rd).  We'll be in Boise to see The Book of Mormon.  Bob has gallantly offered to stand in as host.  Please come by and say "Hi."


So my parents were here over the weekend.  Had a fine time, and avoided most of the landmines.  But there was the comment about "the late Bruce Jenner."  Hollis and I both let that one go without response.

But thinking about it now, I have to say that I continue to be stunned by the outright cruelty of the modern American conservative.  Seriously, why would anyone say that?  This is my dad I'm talking about here, and I love him.  But why go out of your way to be viscious to anyone for no good reason?

On Monday, NPR had a story on how Texas is denying to issue birth certificates to certain children.  These would be children born in America.  Children that are American citizens according to the US Constitution.

A birth certificate would give such children health care, food stamp benefits, and entrance into the public school system.


  • " Laughing Liberally - DL will sponsor a comedy event to kick off Pride weekend (Sept 10th, Bee's Knees)
  • " Pride Concert - hoping to schedule Alana Davis and Rebecca Scott (Sept 11th, 7pm, Colonial Theater)
  • " Pride Parade - new course - UU Church to Shilo Inn (Sept 12th, 10:30am)
  • " Pride Festival - vendors, food, drink, Dr Zoo (noon-2pm, Shilo Inn)
  • " Roy Zimmerman - comedian extraordinaire (7pm, Shilo Inn)
  • " Pride Dance Party - Idaho Falls' only LGBTQ-friendly dance event (9pm, Shilo Inn)

Why would Texas deny them birth certificates?  Why ... to protect them, of course.  Texas thinks it's dangerous to issue birth certificates willy-nilly.  So they are demanding that parents applying for such documents to prove who they are.

And because President Obama announced a relaxation in how the US will handle families within our immigration enforcement system - Texas decided to limit the acceptable forms of identification allowed.  They decided that the only acceptable identification are the types that require people to go back to their home country to get.  Like driver's licenses or passport visas.

That's right.  Parents of US citizens in Texas now face the choice between not having a birth certificate for their American children and going back to their birth countries then not being able to get back into the US.

I don't think it is said often enough:  Fuck Texas (though not all the good residents).  And fuck conservatives.  How is it that they can be so damn viscious and hateful?  What makes someone think like that?

I have no answers.  But I think it's deeply related to what has gone so wrong with the modern conservative movement.  Come share your thoughts this Thursday at Drinking Liberally.

 

Cheers,
Dan

 

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  * The
greatest column on race in America (well, maybe top 10)
* Is Idaho shifting leftward?
* Clinton's liberal cred
* One neat way to respond to KKK marchers
* Perhaps a bit hyperbolic:  the really big earthquake
* Robert Reich shoots down four right-wing lies about inequality
* Almost everything you've heard about the Sweet Cakes by Melissa is wrong
  * If you need more excellent linkage, check out Yankton!

 

Schedule

 

       
Aug 7 Fri IF City Club:  William Adams, Chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities (Bennion SUB, noon - 1:30pm)
Sept 10-12 Thu-Sat Idaho Falls Pride

 

Special Event Tonight at the Colonial Theater

 

Dr Adler at the Colonial

  Special Event:
Date Tuesday, July 21st
Time 5 to 6:30pm
Place Willard Arts Center at 498 A St (in the Colonial Theater)

Sorry for the very short notice, but Dave Adler is up to something that I think you'll want to be aware of.

He is hosting a special informal reception for his new venture:  The Sun Valley Institute.  For those of you who have been with us long enough, you might remember a lecture series that Dr. Adler taught on the notorious Supreme Court decisions.  It was one of the most worthwhile things I've ever had the pleasure of attending.  And he's told me that he wants to do something similar in the near future through this new role.

Here's the blurb from Carrie Scheid's newsletter:

New "Civic Education and Dialogue Institute:"  You are invited to a reception hosted by Greg and Steve Carr to introduce Dr. David Adler and the brand new "Sun Valley Institute" to the Idaho Falls Community on Tuesday, July 21, 5-6:30 pm at the Willard Arts Center in downtown Idaho Falls. The Sun Valley Institute is "a nonprofit organization committed to advancing civic education and dialogue on some of the most pressing challenges facing Idaho and the United States."  No RSVP required.  Just stop by and learn more about this new effort.  Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served.

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Thursday Night DL at the Bee's Knees

 

 

Quick Notes

   Next meeting:
  Date Thursday, July 16th
Time 7 to 9pm (show up when you can)
Place Bee's Knees at 850 Lindsay Blvd (in the front of the Guesthouse Inn)
 

Sorry for the very short notice, and the late notice, too.  Things may not be too different in the near future, either.  Life is interrupting.


  • " Laughing Liberally - DL will sponsor a comedy event to kick off Pride weekend (Sept 10th, Bee's Knees)
  • " Pride Concert - hoping to schedule Alana Davis and Rebecca Scott (Sept 11th, 7pm, Colonial Theater)
  • " Pride Parade - new course - UU Church to Shilo Inn (Sept 12th, 10:30am)
  • " Pride Festival - vendors, food, drink, Dr Zoo (noon-2pm, Shilo Inn)
  • " Roy Zimmerman - comedian extraordinaire (7pm, Shilo Inn)
  • " Pride Dance Party - Idaho Falls' only LGBTQ-friendly dance event (9pm, Shilo Inn)

Special Note 1:  I've been told that The Bee's Knees has lost their liquor license - not because of anything that they did.  Apparently the Balls owned the license that Heather was using, and they sold it to Buffalo Wild Wings.  Heather has purchased a beer-and-wine license, which will allow them to operate (and I've verified that it is in place as of today).  Anyway - no change for most of us, but a few of us will not be able to buy mixed drinks until this problem is solved.

Special Note 2:  Hollis and I will miss next week's Drinking Liberally (July 23rd).  We'll be in Boise to see The Book of Mormon.  If you'd like a chance to be acting host, let me know.  Duties include showing up and being yourself.

 

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Quotations of the Week

"You don't have to be the world's policeman, but we have to be the world's leader - and there's a huge difference.  This guy, this president and Secretary Clinton and Secretary Kerry, when someone disagrees with their nuanced approach - where it's all kind of so sophisticated it makes no sense, you know what I'm saying?  Big-syllable words and lots of fancy conferences and meetings - but we're not leading, that creates chaos, it creates a more dangerous world."
- Jeb Bush

 

"Fox News is not real news and you're not a real reporter.  I talk to real news only."
- San Fransisco City Supervisor Scott Wiener

 

Poem of the Week

Stridulation Sonnet

Tiger beetles, crickets, velvet ants, all
know the useful friction of part on part,
how rub of wing to leg, plectrum to file,
marks territories, summons mates.  How

a lip rasped over finely tined ridges can
play sweet as a needle on vinyl.  But
sometimes a lone body is insufficient.
So the sapsucker drums chimney flashing

for our amped-up morning reveille.  Or,
later, home again, the wind's papery
come hither through the locust leaves.  The roof
arcing its tin back to meet the rain.

The bed's soft creak as I roll to my side.
What sounds will your body make against mine?

Jessica Jacobs
 

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

  * I sometimes say, "This will bring a tear to your eyes."  Well, this one had me sobbing.
* Sweetheart deal:  Boy Scouts buy the Melaleuca building on South Yellowstone
* They may never give up
* One great opinion column from North Dakota
* "Fox News is not real news, and you're not a real reporter"
* Dent County, Missouri, did something painfully stupid (even compared to all the county clerks resigning or refusing to issue marriage licenses)
* ... then did an about-face
  * If you need more excellent linkage, check out Yankton!

 

Schedule

 

       
Aug 7 Fri IF City Club:  William Adams, Chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities (Bennion SUB, noon - 1:30pm)
Sept 10-12 Thu-Sat Idaho Falls Pride

 

Thursday Night DL at the Bee's Knees

 

Easy Questions

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




Ben Carson:  the doctor is in

There are tricky questions in society.  It's a complex undertaking when you get up above a few dozen people.  And we can't plan perfectly or create comprehensive rules to govern every conceivable situation.

  • If school districts ban gang clothing, should they allow Muslim girls or women to wear face coverings?
  • How do you balance individual freedoms with societal security?
  • Should the top tax bracket be taxed at 60% or 80%?

Other questions are not so tricky.

  • Should gays be able to marry?
  • Should states display the Confederate flag?
  • Should George Bush be impeached?

I've noticed that conservatives tend to give very easy, quick answers to almost everything.  Simplistic, easy-to-apply ideological rules are substituted for thought.  During the Great Confederate Flag Debate, I can't tell you how many people said something like this:

Businesses can serve whoever they want, as long as they post it.  "We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone" is allowed.

How is it that so many people can make it to adulthood and not see how that is so contrary to reality?

But I was thinking about another tactic that is often used.  Since nuance is not their bag, they will often resort to missing the question entirely.  Complex questions get simplified down to where easy answers fit.


  • " Laughing Liberally - DL will sponsor a comedy event to kick off Pride weekend (Sept 10th, Bee's Knees)
  • " Pride Concert - hoping to schedule Alana Davis and Rebecca Scott (Sept 11th, 7pm, Colonial Theater)
  • " Pride Parade - new course - UU Church to Shilo Inn (Sept 12th, 10:30am)
  • " Pride Festival - vendors, food, drink, Dr Zoo (noon-2pm, Shilo Inn)
  • " Roy Zimmerman - comedian extraordinaire (7pm, Shilo Inn)
  • " Pride Dance Party - Idaho Falls' only LGBTQ-friendly dance event (9pm, Shilo Inn)

A friend posted this story on Facebook, about how Ben Carson is profiting from his presidential run, even though his chances of actually winning (or of drawing more than 2% in any contest) is minuscule.  The takeaway is that the GOP field (possibly excluding only Jeb Bush) is a clown car full of grifters who are robbing their gullible base and building a future on the lecture circuit.

In the comments this one guy kept making very ignorant statements like "OK so what makes him any different than the Clintons in this aspect?  Maybe he should charge 6 figure speaking fees instead of 5."  We explained that the issue was that none of the Republican candidates have any shot at winning, while Clinton certainly does.  "Now I get it only Republicans are greedy!"

No matter how many times he was told that this had nothing to do with the relative greed of the various candidates or parties (they're all greedy, possibly excepting Bernie Sanders), he just kept oversimplifying the issue.

I finally made this comment:

Advisor to Clinton:  "You have the experience, the staff, and the fundraising ability to win the presidency.  Plus, afterwards you can write books and increase your speaker fee."

Advisor to Sanders:  "You have the energy of the base, your ideas are mainstream, and you can crowdsource all the funding you need.  You might unseat Clinton, and you'll definitely pull her from her center-right positions.  Plus, afterwards you can write books and increase your speaker fee.  And give the profits to charity."

Advisor to GOP Candidate X:  "You can't win.  Not the primary, and certainly not the general.  But afterwards you'll be set to write books and increase your speaker fees."

He still didn't get it.  "I call it blind partisanship to justify $200,000 speaking fees while criticizing a Republican candidate for $25,000 to $50,000 speaking fees.  Once again I hope this is the Democrats strategy in the up coming election if Hilary is nominated!"

Now this guy was particularly infuriating.  But no moreso than all the conservatives asking why we didn't demand to take down the American flag because it flew over slavery, too.

Conservatives seem to be losing the ability to form analogies at the same time that they are failing to understand basic concepts.

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Quotations of the Week

"The biggest failure of modern conservatism is the broad belief that it's not just acceptable, but *important* to act like an asshole."
- Anil Dash

 

"Germany really is the prime example of a country that has never repaid its government debt."
- Thomas Piketty (translated), regarding Germany's harsh treatment of Greece

 

Poem of the Week

I, Too

I, too, sing America.

I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.

Tomorrow,
I'll be at the table
When company comes.
Nobody'll dare
Say to me,
"Eat in the kitchen,"
Then.

Besides,
They'll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed-

I, too, am America.

Langston Hughes
 

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

  * My DL friend, Julianna Forlano, interviews my Idaho Falls native friend, David Neiwert, about a book in my library, Of Orcas and Men
* Is socialism more popular than capitalism?
* The full story behind Sweet Cakes by Melissa (you probably don't know the important details)
* How the GOP plotted to obstruct Obama
* Guns don't deter crime (a somewhat exaggerated caption)
* A (two-year-old) Twitter battle between Donald Trump and a comedy writer (is Trump really a contender in the GOP?)
* So this is hilarious:  two documentarians in a spat over their anti-feminist film (may not be interesting if you haven't followed Gamergate)
  * If you need more excellent linkage, check out Yankton!

 

Schedule

 

       
Aug 7 Fri IF City Club:  William Adams, Chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities (Bennion SUB, noon - 1:30pm)
Sept 10-12 Thu-Sat Idaho Falls Pride

 

Thursday Night DL at the Bee's Knees

 

 

We're Still On

   Next meeting:
  Date Thursday, July 2nd
Time 7 to 9pm (show up when you can)
Place Bee's Knees at 850 Lindsay Blvd (in the front of the Guesthouse Inn)
 

Apologies for the non-notice notice this week.  I'm on travel and don't have the time to gather all the normal stuff that I put in here.

However, we have the Fourth of July weekend coming up - what a great reason for a liberal celebration!  We also have the SCOTUS decisions on Obamacare and marriage equality to discuss.  Join us on Thursday night at the Bee's Knees.


Also keep in mind that this Sunday is Soup Kitchen for us.  If it's like our last Independence Day meals, we'll have a traditional hot dog & chips kind of thing, maybe with some watermelon.  Please watch the DL Facebook page for volunteering details.

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Thursday Night DL at the Bee's Knees

 

 

On Divisiveness

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

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

"How divisive of him!"

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cheers,
Dan

 

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

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Quotations of the Week

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Poem of the Week

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

Enter the Dragon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

John Murillo (he reads the poem here)
 

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

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

 

Schedule

 

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

 

Thursday Night DL at the Bee's Knees

 

 

Blackness in America

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

ACLU Fundraiser

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

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

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

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

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


ACLU News

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

More here.


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Quotations of the Week

Poem of the Week

Summer Triptych

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

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

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

Linda Pastan
 

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

  * Link
* Great read:  from conservative to liberal
* Raul Labrador panders to bigots
* Good financial tips for young people
* A handy guide for straight white men
* OMG I want one!
  * If you need more excellent linkage, check out Yankton!

 

Schedule

 

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