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Thursday Night DL at Wild Russet

 

Post-Christmas

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

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

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

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

Cheers,
Dan

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Thursday Night DL at Wild Russet

 

Religious Freedom in the UK

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




A little something to weird you out

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


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


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

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

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

Just no:

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

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

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

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

Why is this concept so hard for people to understand?

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Quotations of the Week

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

 

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

 

Poem of the Week

The Bandit of Benghazi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stephen Beazer Ryan, in Tuesday’s Post Register

 

links … links … Links … LINKS … LINKS!

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

 

Schedule

 

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

 

Thursday Night DL at Wild Russet

 

Quick Notice

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

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

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

Cheers,
Dan

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Thursday Night DL at D'Railed

 

All Over But the Poutin’

Next meeting:
  Date Thursday, Dec 5th
Time 7 to 9pm (show up when you can)
Place D’railed, located at 468 N Eastern Ave (next door to the Bonneville Humane Society Thrift Store)
 

NOTE:  Wild Russet is booked for a Christmas party this Thursday, so we’ve been bumped over to D’Railed for just one night.  Heather is holding 20 places for us, though, so we should be OK.


OK, the election’s all over … in spite of getting Ed Marohn elected, the outcome is a disappointment.  We’ll have four years of Barb Ehardt to suffer through.

But it isn’t that bad – especially from the point of view of public accommodations.  I was already thinking that we would have to take our time, no matter what election results we had.  We were probably going to take two years, even under the best conditions.  That’s what Ed said would be needed, and I think Rebecca Casper will be supportive under those conditions.


  • » 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)

And if we are going to take a couple years, then we might even be able to convince Dee Whittier.  He is very much like Ken Taylor, and I think Ken would have been converted with a longer, slower effort.

And who knows what Sharon will do in the next two years?

Right now, we have Ed, Mike Lehto, and Tom Hally.  With Rebecca as a tiebreaker, we can get it done.  The best news is that Barb by herself can’t do any damage (i.e., repealing the current ordinance – which she suggested would be her desire).

So let’s commiserate a bit.  But let’s not lose it.  We are in decent shape.  And we did get Ed in office.

One other point.  Here’s a comparison of the results from November and December:

      Nov 5th Dec 3rd
Seat #2 Paul Menser   35.1%   44.1%
Other   64.9%   55.9%
 
Seat #4 Ed Marohn   36.9%   55.0%
Other   63.1%   45.0%
 
Seat #6 Karen Cornwell   41.6%   46.3%
Other   58.4%   53.7%

All three of our candidates showed great improvement.  From 5% up to 18% better.  [Of course, this assumes that all the November voters who cast ballots for people other than Ed, Karen, and Paul, are basically conservatives who were predisposed to vote against them in the runoff, given that the opposition candidates in both cases were basically the same mold of conservative.  That’s probably not strictly true, but I think it’s mostly true.]

So let’s keep the faith!  The dinosaurs cannot win this battle in the long run.  They are on their way out, and they are scared.  We will move forward – that is the story of history!

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Quotations of the Week

“The way these things happen when both parties are healthy is that the popular, high-priority policy preferences of one party are bundled with the popular, high-priority policy preferences of the other.  However, what exactly do Republicans have that they need to pass and that Democrats could accept?  The Republican policy cupboard is pretty much empty.  There are some wild demands (balanced budgets, repealing Obamacare) that Democrats wouldn’t go along with for any price – ideas that wouldn’t really work anyway.  Other than those, there’s just very little.  I suppose Democrats could trade a solid increase in the minimum wage for cuts in food stamps, but it’s not clear that would be a deal liberals could support – and at any rate, it’s hardly a popular Republican demand, meaning that Democrats would be tempted to just run on the issue rather than accepting what they could get.”
Jonathan Bernstein

 

Poem of the Week

Slave Driven

i barely niggle a living squirreling around
the home office.  I work for myself as my own secretary.
it’s a shitty job, paperwork ceiling to floor.  the
technology changes every few months.  i’m on call
weekends and holidays.  no benefits or perks.
there’s no vacation or overtime.  the pay is less
than minimum wage.
it’s like every job I’ve ever had except I don’t drive
rush-hour traffic and can wear nightclothes if I want.
there are no racist vibes, no gender or sex preference
or intergenerational discrimination, quitting time
is determined by level of exhaustion.
i get no breaks.  i sit all day.
i grab a bite while on duty
the boss never has anything
good to say

 

links … links … Links … LINKS … LINKS!

  If you do nothing else all week:  read this (and a follow-up with video interview)
And amazing legal battle against a scumbag
Measuring sea level (not as straight-forward as you might think)
I expect retailers will be all over this idea like Black Friday on Thanksgiving
The Benghazi Hoax (new ebook from Media Matters)
Reverse racism (comedy)
The myth of the Vietnam POW/MIA
Neat idea
Really cool stop-action video
A fine source of time-wasting quizes
How to beat up a baby
  If you need more excellent linkage, check out Yankton!

 

Schedule

 

     
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

 

Another Thanksgiving

 

Thanksgiving

Spontaneous meeting:
  Date Wednesday, Nov 27th
Time 7 to 9pm (show up when you can)
Place Wild Russet at 850 Lindsay Blvd (in the front of the Guesthouse Inn)
 

Of course, this Thursday is Thanksgiving.  As good Drinking Liberally members, we must allow Diane and Dane and the staff at Wild Russet a day off to spend with their families.  We must sacrifice our evening of libations upon the alter of our liberal principles.

Oh, wait!  No need to sacrifice!  Let’s just move up one day!

Come join us at Wild Russet on Wednesday night, for an informal, impromptu DL.  Get your Thanksgiving preparations done a little early, and then join us and relax.

And remember:  no shopping on Thanksgiving!


As I look back on seven years of Drinking Liberally, I have to say that this last year has been absolutely amazing.  It really stands out – both for the circumstances (IF Pride, the nondiscrimination ordinance, the city council election, etc), but also for the amazing people that have come into our lives through DL.

If you haven’t come in awhile, it might look a little different.  There are some new faces.  Some new to the area, and some just new to our group.  Some new to liberalism.  And even some newly formed from former, less-happy selves.

I cannot believe how incredibly lucky I am to know all of you.  You make living here not just possible, but something to be proud of.

If we don’t see you, have the wonderful Thanksgiving that you deserve!

Cheers,
Dan

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Doyle Beck is STILL a Dooty-head!

For any new Idaho Falls visitors, see this post.

Thursday Night DL at Wild Russet

 

You Can Keep Your Insurance

Next meeting:
  Date Thursday, Nov 21st
Time 7 to 9pm (show up when you can)
Place Wild Russet at 850 Lindsay Blvd (in the front of the Guesthouse Inn)
 


Look closely … we’re in the small print!

Special Event:  The IF City Club is holding a debate featuring the candidates for the three City Council seats this Thursday night.  It will be at the University Place Auditorium from 6:30pm to 8:15pm.

Needless to say, DL will be delayed.  We will repair to the Wild Russet afterwards, if you would like to meet us there.  And no doubt there will be people who show up there at 7pm, not having read this.


Did President Obama lie when he said many times, "If you like your current insurance plan, you can keep it"?

No.  Not at all.


You have to twist things and ignore context in order to claim that he did.  Remember, the claim from opponents at the time was that Obama was leading a government take-over of health care.  He was assuring people that Obamacare was a program being enacted to help people without insurance to get it, and was not designed to take away anyone’s existing health care.

Now, they are using those assurances in a different context.  They are trying to say that President Obama is responsible for anybody who has had their insurance plan cancelled by the insurance companies.  How is it possible to make that Obama’s fault?

I didn’t know this:  but all existing insurance plans back when President Obama made those promises were grandfathered in.  In other words, the new insurance plan requirements only affect plans created after President Obama’s promise.  And the only plans receiving cancellation notices because of Obamacare are plans that people signed up for after Obamacare passed – plans that the insurance companies created that they knew didn’t meet regulatory standards when they sold them.

It’s despicable, and our media are falling all over themselves to promote the falsehood that President Obama lied.

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Quotations of the Week

“If you can’t take some joy, some modicum of relief and mirth, in the unprecedentedly spectacular beclowning of the president, his administration, its enablers, and, to no small degree, liberalism itself, then you need to ask yourself why you’re following politics in the first place.  Because, frankly, this has been one of the most enjoyable political moments of my lifetime.  I wake up in the morning and rush to find my just-delivered newspaper with a joyful expectation of worsening news so intense, I feel like Morgan Freeman should be narrating my trek to the front lawn.”
Jonah Goldberg, author of Liberal Fascism and all-around twit

 

“I never drink water.  Dick Cheney tortures people with it, which gives it an awkward taste.”
Grover Norquist

 

links … links … Links … LINKS … LINKS!

Schedule

 

     
Nov 21 Thurs IF City Club Debate – all six City Council candidates (University Place Auditorium, 6:30pm – 8:15pm)
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

 

Doyle Beck is a Dooty-Head!

 

If you have come here because of a flyer distributed by Doyle Beck and the Bonneville Republican Party (in what is supposed to be a nonpartisan race), then you may have seen a link to this site.  I want to welcome you and provide you with some helpful information.

You might find this interesting:

Did you know that Jilene Burger may be a John Birch Society member?  Check out her campaign disclosures here, but especially here.  The first is the campaign finance report that she failed to file on time, thus violating campaign finance laws.  But the second is very interesting.  She collected 20 different anonymous cash donations of $50 on one night (October 6th, 2013) and then 5 different $40 cash donations from anonymous donors on another night (October 11th, 2013).  Those are likely John Birch Society meetings.

Is that the kind of person who should be on our council?  Forget for a second that she said that she would turn down all federal grants to Idaho Falls – amounting to millions of dollars over the past decade that have gone to great projects such as the Memorial Drive improvement, beautification, new developments like Snake River Landing, as well as projects to help the needy.  She would vote against those grants – money that we paid to the federal government, but would never see again.

Both Dee Whittier and Barb Ehardt are joining up with Jilene Burger to run as a package.  Amazing!  Remember, these people have teamed up together.  They want you voting for them as a block.  Dee Whittier wants a John Birch Society member on the council, along with an extremist bomb-thrower like Barb Ehardt (imagine TWO folks like Larry Lyons on our council!).  That’s Dee Whittier’s vision for Idaho Falls.

Anyway, have a look around and do some reading.  And I hope you will join us at Drinking Liberally every Thursday night, 7pm, at the Wild Russet – 850 Lindsay Blvd (in the front of the Guesthouse Inn).

 

Thursday Night DL at Wild Russet

 

Selfish Freedom

Next meeting:
  Date Thursday, Nov 14th
Time 7 to 9pm (show up when you can)
Place Wild Russet at 850 Lindsay Blvd (in the front of the Guesthouse Inn)
 




Barb Ehardt showing how nonpartisan is done!

Special Event:  David Sealander is organizing a presentation of Legalize Democracy:  An Introduction to Move to Amend at the Unitarian Universalist Church next Tuesday night at 7pm.  Discussion will follow.

Move to Amend is the organization backing the We the People Amendment.  This is one of those issues that seems limited at first, but may be really fundamental to fixing America.  Come find out what it’s all about.


Deep thought of the day:  freedom isn’t a single, measurable quantity.  You cannot compare two different societal systems and determine that one has X% more freedom than the other.  There are just too many variables to contend with. Therefore, we cannot say that all countries lie on a continuum of freedom, with totalitarian regimes at one end and ’Murika at the other.


Nor is freedom the single most important concern when judging public policy or political candidates.  General wellbeing is just as important, for example.  So any political philosophy that has as its overwhelming goal the maximizing of a shallow definition of freedom is going to be bad for America.

The goal of our government and our noncommercial institutions is to maximize freedom and happiness for all citizens.  And we all need to realize that maximizing our own personal freedom is just about as unAmerican as … oh, say, slavery.  (Notice that we once practiced slavery in this country, as we currently practice maximizing individual freedom.)

I was thinking about this stuff while reading about the trouble that the atheist/skeptic movement is having with feminism.  Turns out, there are a bunch of boorish dudebros in the atheist/skeptic movement who take any suggestion that they should watch what they say or do in order to improve the environment for women as an attack on their First Amendment Right to be assholes.  They reject any calls to stop harrassing women online, for example.  “If a person can’t take the rough give-and-take of internet verbal sparring, then she should stay out of it,” they say.  Nothing is more important than their right to speak their mind – including sexist attacks.

There was a short comment by Emily Wishessurnameswereneverinventedinthefirstplace in this discussion:  “Simone de Beauvoir’s understanding of the necessity of intersubjectivity for freedom is instructive.  To put it crudely:  selfish freedom is not freedom at all.”

Selfish freedom is not freedom at all.

Selfish freedom is not freedom at all.

That was kind of eye-opening for me, just because if its broader applicability to our politics.  It comes from de Beauvoir’s philosophy presented in The Ethics of Ambiguity, and I will need to get a better education to understand the development fully.

The conservative end of our political spectrum is consumed with the Randian notion of individual liberty, and the maximizing of said liberty over all other aspects of society.  And that single-minded dedication to simple-minded philosophy has resulted in a whole lot of trouble for decent people.  It has also corrupted once-honorable social institutions like Christianity (to a surprisingly large extent, and despite the existence of many lovely Christians and several decent Christian denominations).

The Virtue of Selfishness probably lays it all out, I’m sure.  Anybody want to read it and let me know (I haven’t got the stomach for it)?

I guess that means that Simone de Beauvoir is the anti-Ayn-Rand, and worth paying attention to.  Please be selfless and show up this week to instruct me.

Cheers,
Dan

PS.  Next week’s email will be related:  individual versus societal rights an obligations.

 

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Quotations of the Week

“I realize now that my prejudices against conservatives were, in many ways, just as uncompromising as the prejudices I’d often projected onto them.  They were just people.  Not issues.  Not votes.  People whose daughters go to school with my daughters, whose dogs run away and come back and run away again, whose hands found my shoulders and who didn’t judge, the night I wept over a friend who had taken her own life.”
David James Poissant

 

“The plan is to allow those things that had been proposed over many years to reform a health-care system in America that certainly does need more help so that there’s more competition, there’s less tort reform threat, there’s less trajectory of the cost increases, and those plans have been proposed over and over again.  And what thwarts those plans?  It’s the far left.  It’s President Obama and his supporters who will not allow the Republicans to usher in free market, patient-centered, doctor-patient relationship links to reform health care.”
Sarah Palin, when asked about the teabagger alternative to Obamacare

 

“This is evangelical Christianity in America in 2013.  White.  Rich.  Right-wing.  Dishonest.  Predatory.  Outwardly pious, inwardly corrupt.  It’s all about political tribalism.  Jesus simply isn’t in the picture.”
Anonymous find on the Internet

 

Poem of the Week

Thought Problem

How strange would it be if you met yourself on the street?
How strange if you liked yourself,
took yourself in your arms, married your own self,
propagated by techniques known only to you,
and then populated the world?  Replicas of you are everywhere.
Some are Arabs.  Some are Jews.  Some live in yurts.  It is
an abomination, but better that your
sweet and scrupulously neat self
emerges at many points on the earth to watch the horned moon rise
than all those dolts out there,
turning into pillars of salt wherever we look.
If we have to have people, let them be you,
spritzing your geraniums, driving yourself to the haberdashery,
killing your supper with a blowgun.
Yes, only in the forest do you feel at peace,
up in the branches and down in the terrific gorges,
but you’ve seen through everything else.
You’ve fled in terror across the frozen lake,
you’ve found yourself in the sand, the palace,
the prison, the dockside stews;
and, long ago, on this same planet, you came home
to an empty house, poured a Scotch-and-soda,
and sat in a recliner in the unlit rumpus room,
puzzled at what became of you.

 

links … links … Links … LINKS … LINKS!

  Good news for Idaho
Related:  Boise Public Radio discusses gay tax filing
Real people hurt by the GOP (food stamp cuts)
The GOP is still the scummiest party
Here’s a great idea, and a turning of tables on the religious right:  Voice of Choice
A parable:  The self-made conservative
Really?  A school district in Florida just now voted to rename a high school named for the founder of the KKK (now we’re seriously post-racial, I guess)
Fascinating:  the link between height and cancer
Traffic stop goes downhill fast (remember:  when stopped, don’t clench)
Amazing footage:  9 skydivers survive mid-air impact (watch the pilot’s story down the page, too)
Rubber band babies
True-to-life science fiction stories
Rapper recommends tha ACLU card
  If you need more excellent linkage, check out Yankton!

 

Schedule

 

     
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)
Nov 19 Tues Legalize Democracy:  An Introduction to Move to Amend, 7pm, discussion to follow, Unitarian Universalist Church
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

 

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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