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Getting Benghazied

Next meeting:
  Date Thursday, June 6th
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)
 


Mildred and Richard Loving

Loving Day

This coming Wednesday, June 12th is our annual Loving Day Celebration and Progressive Awards Banquet!  This year, we have a very special set of guests to honor – it’s perhaps not too hard to guess who they might be.  Every year, Loving Day seems to be more appropriate, doesn’t it?

Mark your calendars:  Wednesday, June 12th, 6pm.  We will again be at Sportsman’s Park Pavilion – That’s the picnic area on the greenbelt just off of the Key Bank building parking lot.  Bring some kids, some pets, some chairs, and your good liberal selves to this fun yearly event.


ACLU Volunteer Training

  When Tuesday, June 25th
Time 6-8 PM
Where Unitarian Universalist Church, 555 E St

Ready to become a true defender of civil liberties?  Take the ACLU Volunteer training!  Join us on Tuesday, June 25th, 2013 to learn how you can donate your time and talents with our Freedom Action Network and corresponding volunteer programs, ensuring that justice and equality are here to stay in Idaho.

I will be working to increase the visibility and activity of the ACLU here in Eastern Idaho, and the Freedom Action Network is a big part of that.  We will be setting up tables at the Independence Day celebration on the river, and at CommUNITY Fest later in the year.  So I’ll need a few of you proud civil liberties defenders to help support those efforts.

The training will cover various topics including:

  • Organizational update
  • Messaging and advocacy
  • Volunteer expectations
  • Upcoming office needs

To RSVP, email admin(at)acluidaho.org or phone the ACLU at 208.344.9750 x 201


Our good friend Darlene pointed out last week that the word Benghazi is becoming a verb.  It sounded like an interesting topic to write about, so I looked it up.  And it appears that there is a PR battle to claim the verb.  It would seem that a sensible definition would be something like this:

Bengazied
(vt, past participle) to be hounded by made-up accusations of scandal

Here’s an example of that use.  Obama getting Benghazied.  That’s clean, straight-forward, and it maintains a basic fidelity to reality.  It matches the way that we verbed the word Bork.  I guess we could have coined terms like Fast & Furioused or birth certificated earlier, but those are a bit unwieldy.

Believe it or not, there seems to be an effort on the right to claim the term for their own.  Grammar doesn’t seem to be an important factor, though.  Under the title “Obama Got Benghazied,” this blogger gives this definition:

What is getting Benghazied?  Lying about what you knew and when you knew it, of course.

I guess they want to emphasize that Obama is lying – but lying passively because it’s being done to him.  On that, your guess is as good as mine.

Another right winger gives it a shot:

“Benghazied” should mean:  what happens when government official caught out in a lie or misrepresentation and has to bear the responsibility for the action.

In essense, this guy is awkwardly renaming a concept that is already well-known and applying a trendy word.

Special Notes


I think that Benghazi has captured the imaginations of those on the right because of one thing:  it explains why they lost an election that they were expecting to win handily.  It was obvious.  They were leading in all the polls (that they wanted to look at).  They lived for two years with that certainty leading up to the 2012 election.  Obviously, if the American people had been told the TRUTH about Benghazi, then they would have realized the Mitt was the better man.  This “scandal” vindicates them!

They can’t stand it that Benghazi is becoming a symbol of mockery against them, so they are doing everything they can two OWN the thing before it gets away from them.  Grammar and sensibility be damned.

So Benghazi on over to D’railed this Thursday for the big Benghazipalooza!  We will Benghazi like it’s 1999.  Enjoy a cold Benghazi out on the back Benghazi and discuss … oh … I don’t know … something.

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Quotations of the Week

“… conservative reformers must pay lip-service to shibboleths about Barack Obama being the worst president of all time, who won’t rest until he has snuffed out the remains of constitutional liberty, etc. etc.  Dissent too much from party orthodoxy, and you find yourself outside the party altogether.

“Still … conservative reformers should admit, if only to themselves, the harm that has been done by the politics of total war over the past five years.  Now Republicans are working themselves into a frenzy that will paralyze Congress for the next 18 months at least, and could well lead to an impeachment crisis.  As it becomes clear that the IRS story is an agency scandal, not a White House scandal, conservative reformers need to be ready to do their part to apply the brakes and turn the steering wheel.  There will be a Republican president again someday, and that president will need American political institutions to work.  Republicans also lose as those institutions degenerate.”
David Frum

 

“That’s the attitude necessary to victory, a core belief that whatever Democrats are in favor of is a bad thing for America, because if it was good for America, Democrats would be against it.  Democrats are the Evil Coalition of Liars and Fools, and the job of Republicans is to convince America of this basic truth.”
Robert Stacy McCain

 

“I believe that the Obama administration is conducting psychological warfare on conservative Americans. Not only that but it is also waging this war on all Americans who previously viewed themselves, their country, their Constitution and their overwhelming belief in God as a force for good in the world … Seen through the lens of psychological warfare, the failure to defend our embassy in Benghazi need not be understood simply as a screw-up. It could reflect an actual strategy on the part of the administration to reinforce the notion that homicidal violence born of hatred toward America is understandable—even condonable—because we have generated it ourselves and are reaping the harvest of ill will we have sown. In other words, we should take our punishment”
Keith Ablow, psychiatrist and Fox News contributor

 

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  Repeated from last week, in case you missed it:  No More Samesies!
Why is Idaho getting more conservative?
Amazing video of tornado chasers
Fear of GMOs is a little overdone
Thanks, GOP:  immigration reform is probably dead
Bad news: 
widespread wiretapping by the NSA
  Yankton DL is still knocking links out of the park!

 

Schedule

 

     
Jun 12 Wed Idaho Falls Loving Day Celebration and Progressive Awards Banquet – Potluck picnic dinner, drinks and plates/utensils provided – 6pm, Sportsman Park - Key Bank parkinglot
Jun 13 Thu Public hearing – City Council hearing on nondiscrimination ordinance (City Council chambers, 6pm)
Jun 13 Thu IF City Club Annual DinnerTies that Bind:  Abraham Lincoln and the Birth of Idaho, with guest David Leroy, Lincoln Scholar, former Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General (Bennion SUB, 6pm)
Jun 25 Tue ACLU Volunteer Training – 6-8pm, Unitarian Universalist Church
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 at D'railed

 

Loving Day!

Next meeting:
  Date Thursday, May 30th
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)
 







Mildred and Richard Loving

It’s time to organize again for this year’s Loving Day Celebration and Progressive Awards Banquet!  This year, I hope to have a very special set of guests to honor – it’s perhaps not too hard to guess who they might be.  Every year, Loving Day seems to be more appropriate, doesn’t it?

Mark your calendars:  Wednesday, June 12th, 6pm.  We will again be at Sportsman’s Park Pavilion – That’s the picnic area on the greenbelt just off of the Key Bank building parking lot.  Bring some kids, some pets, some chairs, and your good liberal selves to this fun yearly event.

Special Notes


We’ve traditionally had a potluck with a couple of gas grills available, and burgers and drinks provided.  We’ll discuss details at tonight’s meeting.  Let’s get a big turnout this year!


Note the other big event coming up.  On Thursday, June 13th, the Idaho Falls City Council is holding an information-gathering meeting.  As I understand it, the council is asking for public input on the proposed ordinance, but they will not have a draft available at that time.  They will be gathering public sentiment.

My feeling is that there may not be very much opposition until a draft is written.  The opponents don’t want to be seen as opposing nondiscrimination in general.  They will probably gear up only when they can point to specific elements of the ordinance and claim a “threat” to their religious freedom, or to their ability to pee in public restrooms without worrying about cross-dressers.

It is important for supporters to show up and be heard, though.  We need to make it clear that we are watching for any behind-the-scenes interference by paid lobbyists.  And no “ID to Pee” clause will be tolerated.

It’s at 6pm, so will likely eat into our DL time that night.  But the cause is worth it!  We’ll have much to talk about afterwards.

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Quotations of the Week

“What happened to the Republican Party that I joined?  The party where conservative presidential candidate Barry Goldwater felt women should have the right to control their own destiny?  The party where President Ronald Reagan said a poor person showing up in the emergency room deserved needed treatment regardless of ability to pay?  What happened to the Republican Party that felt government should not overregulate people until (as we say in Oklahoma) ‘you have walked a mile in their moccasins’? … What happened to the Republican Party that felt that the government has no business being in an exam room, standing between me and my patient?  Where did the party go that felt some decisions in a woman’s life should be made not by legislators and government, but rather by the women, her conscience, her doctor and her God?”
Oklahoma state Rep. Doug Cox – Republican and physician

 

“The main difference is this: In contrast to the highly personal nature of the Clinton scandals, none of the so-called Obama scandals involve direct actions by the president or his wife, let alone their romantic or financial dealings before or during their time in office. Instead, the controversies swirling around the administration all involve the conduct of individuals within the federal government overseen by Obama as the head of the executive branch.”
Garance Franke-Ruta

 

“[Obama] is indeed a moderate Republican, which is why I’ve always liked his approach to governing and to policy.  And that, of course, makes Ross Douthat nervous, because Ross is a smart man trying to engage a party that is currently out of its tiny mind.”
Andrew Sullivan

 

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  Why Idaho should expand Medicaid
Women are disappearing from mainstream movies
No More Samesies!
As one who loves Mythbusters, this is a problem
A great idea
Who’s going to jail over the IRS “scandal”?  Probably nobody.
I know have flooring for my dream home
Really neat website with great ideas:  Repurposed Recycled Reused Reclaimed Restored (thanks, Hollis)
Great relationship advice:  Don’t try to solve it!
Great cover:  I’m Sexy and I Know It
Apparently, Christians are being persecuted in America:  The Thaw
… but some people aren’t buying it:  The Melt
A nice video, if you need your tear ducts cleaned out
  Yankton DL is still knocking links out of the park!

 

Poem of the Week

Bye Bye, Bachmann

She fought for our dear Constitution
Though on further inspection, we find
That Michele’s Bill of Rights
That’s for which she led fights,
Was a fantasy version that’s all in her mind

She would lecture her listeners on history
And a few finer points of the law
But her facts were all fictions
And odd contradictions
Reflecting a vision that only she saw

With muskets and pitchforks and torches
You could see she appealed to her base
She protected our right
To a more wasteful light

A conservative stance, when Michele made the case

Oh, Congress was clearly the problem
Or it was, when Michele came to call
She did her bit ending
Big government spending
By passing no new legislation at all

And now, as she rides to the sunset,
With her brief fifteen minutes long spent
Her history speaks
Of the strangest of streaks …
And we’ll all disagree about what Michele meant

 

Schedule

 

     
Jun 2 Sun Soup Kitchen – join us from 11:30am – 1:30pm
Jun 12 Wed Idaho Falls Loving Day Celebration and Progressive Awards Banquet – Potluck picnic dinner, drinks and plates/utensils provided – 6pm, Sportsman Park - Key Bank parkinglot
Jun 13 Thu Public hearing – City Council hearing on nondiscrimination ordinance (City Council chambers, 6pm)
Jun 13 Thu IF City Club Annual DinnerTies that Bind:  Abraham Lincoln and the Birth of Idaho, with guest David Leroy, Lincoln Scholar, former Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General (Bennion SUB, 6pm)
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 at D'railed

 

Scandal-monger’s Fatigue

Next meeting:
  Date Thursday, May 23rd
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)
 


GOP and Dem budget plans:  a comparison

A week has passed, and there hasn’t been a new “scandal” invented by the right.  They must be tuckered out.  Maybe they’ve got a wicked case of scandal-monger’s fatigue.

Strangely enough, of the three main “scandal” (IRS, Benghazi, and AP wiretapping), only the last one seems to be significant – and it’s getting the least attention.  That’s doubly strange because the press is very upset about it.

I wonder if the right isn’t too crazy about that “scandal” because they secretly like the authoritarian culture that allows wiretapping?  Also, they’ve been conditioned by their propaganda machine to hate the “liberal” press anyway, and to think of them as traitors.  So it’s hard for the right to get their teabaggers in an uproar over it.

Special Notes


  • » Drinking Liberally – Thursday, May 30th – the Rydalches will be visiting!
  • » Soup Kitchen – Sun, June 2nd – join us from 11:30am – 1:30pm
  • » Public hearing – June 13th, 6pm – City Council hearing on nondiscrimination ordinance (City Council chambers)
  • » IF City Club Annual Dinner – Ties that Bind:  Abraham Lincoln and the Birth of Idaho, with guest David Leroy, Lincoln Scholar, former Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General (Thurs, June 13th, Bennion SUB, 6pm)

Anyway, the press is predicting a resurgence of the teabaggers.  To paraphrase Twain:  “The reports of their resurrection are being greatly exaggerated.”  Personally, I predict that this uproar will die down as the public starts to understand just how big a nothing burger this IRS thing really is.  They’ve already reached that conclusion about Benghazi.

Maybe we can help them out.  What’s the next “scandal” they can use?  No fair blaming the Oklahoma tornado on him … they’re already trying that.  How about extra-legal killing of Americans?  Nah … that’s real and apparently uninteresting to the right.  Tax evasion?  Nope … they appreciate that.

I give up.  Scandal-mongering is harder than it looks.

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Quotations of the Week

“I mean, here are a group of people who are admittedly racist, who are overtly political, who tried as best they can to harm President Obama in every way they can … They are the Taliban wing of American politics.  We all ought to be a little worried about them.”
Julian Bond, former NAACP Chairman

 

“It was obvious during the runup to the Iraq war that what was going on in the minds of many hawks – and not just the neocons – was not so much a deep desire to drop lots of bombs and kill lots of people (although they were OK with that) as a deep desire to be seen as people who were willing to Do What Has to be Done.  Men who have never risked, well, anything relished the chance to look in the mirror and see Winston Churchill looking back.

Actually, I suspect that even the torture thing had less to do with sadism than with the desire to look tough.

And the austerian impulse is pretty much the same thing, except that in this case the mild-mannered pundits want to look in the mirror and see Paul Volcker.”
Paul Krugman

 

“It’s as if we took all the good ideas people had to help the economy and reduce the deficit and did the opposite. ”
Ezra Klein

 

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  A good wrap-up of the IRS issue (to date)
Interesting story about Tesla Motors, and why conservatives hate and fear it
George Takei responds to marriage bigots
50 really weird animals
Noam Chomsky explains how climate change became a liberal hoax
Why our falling deficit is a problem
Green investment victory:  Tesla Motors
A short documentary about Juggalos (definitely NSFW)
It’s a Coke commercial, but they deserve credit for doing it
Funny:  “That’s not arguing, that’s just you being a dickhead.”
Cool photo series:  daughter as famous women in history
  Yankton DL is still knocking links out of the park!

 

Schedule

 

     
June 2 Sun Soup Kitchen – join us from 11:30am – 1:30pm
Jun 13 Thu Public hearing – City Council hearing on nondiscrimination ordinance (City Council chambers, 6pm)
Jun 13 Thu IF City Club Annual DinnerTies that Bind:  Abraham Lincoln and the Birth of Idaho, with guest David Leroy, Lincoln Scholar, former Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General (Bennion SUB, 6pm)
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 at D'railed

 

The AP’s Fast & Furious Report on the IRS’s Role in Benghazi

Next meeting:
  Date Thursday, May 16th
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)
 

Special Event:  Don’t forget this Saturday morning is the Firework 5K Run!  The run starts at 9am in Freeman Park (probably near the Veterans Memorial).  And it is a benefit for CDG research.

Please come out and support Hannah!


A Whole ’Nother Special Event:  And this Friday night it’s Roy Zimmerman!  May 17th at 7pm at the Unitarian Church.  The cost is $18, or whatever you feel you can afford.  And I believe that Melanie Harby will be with him, too!  (Facebook event notice here)


This IRS thing seems to be a horrible case of Watergate-level politics (if you listen to some people), or just a confusing situation (if you listen to others).  It’s hard to say if you’re not paying close attention.

Special Notes


It seems like a lot of smoke with very little fire to me.  Which means that we’ll be hearing about it for the next year.  That should make me want to investigate all the details more fully, but I fear that here at the beginning of his second term, I have reached the end of my entire allotment of anti-Obama hysteria shits.  I just don’t have a single one left to give.

We should definitely discuss the topic tomorrow night.  I want the benefit of the collective insights of all our members.  Educate me.

But the bigger question is whether the extremist right has reached some sort of critical mass when it comes to hysterical overreaction.  I think they’ve realized that they weren’t being successful with just birtherism, or just Obamacare, or just czars, or just teleprompters.  But now they’ve gotten a taste of success with Benghazi/IRS/Fast & Furious/AP combination.  Perhaps what they’ll take away is that they have to have at least 4 scandals running in overdrive at all times.  Perhaps that level of hysteria is enough to overwhelm our press to the point where debunking just has no effect anymore.

It’s a scary thought.

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Petition:  Boycott Rush
Petition:  Oppose the GOP’s plan to take away overtime

 

Quotations of the Week

“You think you’re being persecuted?  By whom?  Jason Collins and the gays?  Obama and the liberals?  Jon Stewart and the Jews?  Did ESPN hurt your feelings because they gave Jason Collins a couple days of attention when he came out as the first gay NBA player?  After poor Tim Tebow got no press at all?  Oh, wait.  He did get press.  Tebow got negative press?  Well, not really.  I’d say he got annoyed press.  Tebow wasn’t the first Christian athlete, folks.  In fact, there’s an entire Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  And remember Kurt Warner?  How about Joe Gibbs?  Mariano Rivera?  Derek Fisher?  Or all the hundreds of athletes who thank God for their good fortune after a win?  If Tebow did get negative press, it was because he acted like he was special, like he deserved attention for praying, like he was the only Christian on the field.  And maybe also because he’s just not built for the NFL.”
Jennifer Mahoney

 

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  An open letter to fellow Christians, from a righteously pissed-off Hoosier mom
Chris Hadfield celebrates his final day in space with an epic rendition of Space Oddity by David Bowie
A great commercial (and the story behind the ad)
Hilarious Spock commercial
Have you heard about this:  Mother’s Day Shooting in New Orleans?  19 people shot and there’s no manhunt or lockdown.
So cool:  Prince Rupert’s Drop (really cool science)
Interesting science:  water from the air
Kind of funny in a train-wreck way:  Amy’s Baking Company meltdown
  Yankton DL is still knocking links out of the park!

 

Schedule

 

     
May 17 Fri Roy Zimmerman! – 7pm, Unitarian Church, $18
May 18 Sat Firework 5K – 8am, Freeman Park – come support Hannah and CDG research
Apr 30 Fri
Jun 13 Thu IF City Club Annual DinnerTies that Bind:  Abraham Lincoln and the Birth of Idaho, with guest David Leroy, Lincoln Scholar, former Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General (Bennion SUB, 6pm)
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 at D'railed

 

Symbolic Shibboleths

Next meeting:
  Date Thursday, May 9th
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)
 




The disgusting and criminal Sylvia Browne,
praying on the gullible

So they’re arguing over where to bury the older Boston Marathon bomber, Tamerlan Tsarnaev.  (I guess that’s a little better than arguing over where to bury the younger one.)  None of the Boston cemetaries is excited about accepting his body.  I don’t really blame them – they are just responding to the threat of what other fine Americans would do to their facilities if they did accept Tsarnaev, and I believe that they are right to fear that outcome.

What is happening to Americans?  When did we become so petty?  And when did the mundane (burying a body) become so damn important that it has to become a stupid fucking problem?

Special Notes


Both Benghazi and Fast & Furious are examples of symbolic hysteria.  The right is more outraged that four diplomats in a war zone were killed than they are that 20 kids were murdered in a school.  And Fast & Furious was necessitated by conservative policies, and the identical tactics were used under the Bush Administration.  Yet somehow, false as they are, these issues have become shibboleths for the right.  For awhile, Obama’s birth certificate was part of the conservative collection of symbolic issues (although many of the saner minds on the right seem to have recognized just how crazy that issue made them look).

It seems that certain Americans have become slaves to the symbolic.  I know we live in an age of social media, and that everything must be Twitterized and Facebook memed.  But that’s not really what I’m talking about.  I’m talking about taking a subject, either large or small, and making it symbolic of patriotism or national security or testicle size.  Conservatives know that no matter how unlikely a particular obsession is, they are safe to pound any of these symbolic issues into the ground in any setting.  Their own side will not object.  The media will cover them with “balance” and “objectivity.”  And they somehow think that rote repetition and vocal demonstrations by idiots in goofy hats with misspelled signs is enough to lend legitimacy to any issue.

Another example would be how the GOP immediately demanded that the bombers be tried in military court rather than civil court.  They know perfectly well that it isn’t a matter of safety, or competence.  They know that we’ve done a much better job of trying terrorists in civilian courts than in military courts.  But it’s all symbology with them.  They really want to emphasize that there are ultimate evildoers that our normal institutions cannot deal with.

It’s an approach that emphasizes the separateness of people – there are people that need to be tortured or locked away without trial (or drone-bombed in foreign countries).  There are people who, even when dead, should be outcast.  There are people so evil that we need an enhanced secret military/industry and special extra-legal rules to deal with them.  It’s an authoritarian mindset, I think.

The Obama Administration has upheld many of the same horrible national security practices instituted by the Bush Misadministration (including some that seem disappointingly similar to the examples above).  For example, Obama is going heavy after Bradley Manning, and in a very secretive way.  And the Obama Administration also went to court to defend the spying practices instituted by Bush.  However, we lefties wouldn’t confuse those failures of Obama with liberal policies.  That is the conservative side of our moderate, center-right President.  And upholding certain unAmerican policies is not really the same thing as creating symbolic shibboleths from scratch.

So the question is:  are we on the left guilty of the same tactic?  Do we go ballistic over symbolic issues, to the point where we collectively seem nuts?  Was there anything similar during the Bush Administration?

Come join the discussion tomorrow night and explore this topic.  Just try not to mention how Bush planned 9/11.

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Petition:  Boycott Rush
Petition:  Oppose the GOP’s plan to take away overtime

 

Quotations of the Week

“If your ‘way of life’ involves handing deadly weapons to five-year olds, your way of life is completely screwed up and you should change it immediately because it is stupid and wrong.  (And, again, also, too:  goddammit, ‘learning to use and respect a gun’ means at least knowing that the fking thing is loaded when it’s sitting in the corner of the parlor like it’s a damn umbrella stand or something, and we should talk about that part, too.)  It is not in any way ‘normal’ to hand a kindergartner a firearm.  If a mother from the inner-city of, say, Philadelphia did that, and the kid subsequently shot his sister to death, Fox News never would stop yelling about the crisis in African American communities and the Culture Of Death, and rap music, too.  If your culture is telling you that children who have only recently emerged from toddlerhood should have their own guns, then your culture is deadly and dangerous and that should concern you, too.  If your culture demands that, in the face of a general national outrage over the killing of other children, your politics work to loosen the gun laws you have, as they apparently did in Kentucky, then your culture is making your politics stupid and wrong and you should change them, too.  I do not have to understand these people any more, and it is way too early in the day to be drinking this much.”
Charles Pierce

 

“Republicans think racism is when white people lose privileges.”
Jeff Anderson, via Facebook

 

links … links … Links … LINKS … LINKS!

  A great TED talk on gender violence prevention (thanks, Hollis)
Cool ad for kids
An enjoyable cover:  Who Let the Dogs Out by Matt Mulholland
Elizabeth Smart discusses the harm of abstinence-only sex ed
Sensible state Medicaid reform
Why is the GOP in hysterics over Benghazi?
Good link on paramilitary nature of GOP
Really beautiful:  Two months on an icebreaker
Just because today is Fibonacci Day:  a really fun video about spiral doodles
  Yankton DL is still knocking links out of the park!

 

Schedule

 

     
May 9 Thu IF City Club:  Emma Atchley, Vice President of the Idaho State Board of Education (Bennion SUB, noon – 1:30pm)
May 10 Fri Shirley’s open house – all invited to Shirley’s new home, 6pm
May 17 Fri Roy Zimmerman! – 7pm, Unitarian Church, $18
May 18 Sat Firework 5K – 8am, Freeman Park – come support Hannah and CDG research
 
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

 

Switch / The House I Live In

Next meeting:
  Date Thursday, May 2nd
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)
 

Idaho Gives Day!

On May 2nd, Idahoans will come together for a day of giving to support the nonprofits in communities across our state.  From those 24 hours a share of every dollar raised by Idaho nonprofits will be matched with funds from the Idaho Gives award pool.  In addition, the top five organizations with the most unique donors (nonprofits are divided by size) will receive bonus grants of $3,000, $1,000, $500, $250, and $250, respectively.

Some choices that would make me happy:

Of course, there are many other choices, and you should also definitely give your own preferences at least partial consideration in addition to my preferences.


Last week was a big one for documentary viewing.  On Saturday over in Boise, Hollis and I got to attend an ACLU-sponsored showing of Switch:  A Community in Transition (trailer here).  The movie was about the transition of the director, Brooks Nelson, who attended the screening and ran a discussion forum afterwards.

Special Notes


As the documentary makes clear, when an individual transitions, it’s more of an unvailing – the person isn’t changing so much as revealing a more true version of him or herself.  The real change is happening in the community around that person.  What was even more interesting was that Nelson focused on his immediate community:  his wife, and their circle of mostly butch lesbian friends, with a few gender-queer people.  And they weren’t all completely happy with Brooks.

It was a fascinating film, and well worth viewing (you can get a DVD at the link above).

Then, Tuesday night, the Social Justice Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Church ran a great screening/panel discussion on The House I Live In – a terrific film about the failure of America’s war on drugs (trailer here).  It was my first experience moderating, and it didn’t go too badly, I hope (although I might have been too free with my own opinions).

The documentary highlights how our drug enforcement laws, police incentives, mandatory minimum sentencing, jail economies, etc., have merged to create a draconian system that neither works nor allows us to fix it.  As David Simon says in the film, “What the drugs haven’t destroyed, the drug war has.”

Watch it online here, or check the PBS schedule here.

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Quotations of the Week

“Look, I lived through this.  I’m not minimizing what these murderous idiots did up here and, as far as I’m concerned, the surviving brother can celebrate Arbor Day in Pelican Bay for the rest of his life.  But every little detail that’s emerging about the brothers goes a long way toward defusing the OMIGOD MOOOOOSSSSLLIIIIIMMMMMM CALIPHATE JIHAD!!!! hysteria in certain precincts of the media.  The history of this country, alas, is replete with bloodshed inflicted on the innocent by rage-blinded misfits.  Some huge acts of mass murder inflicted by the angry and the lost have vanished from history almost entirely.  (Google ‘Andrew Kehoe Bath Michigan’ some time.)  The fact that we now have a frame made largely of unreasoning fear and reflexive xenophobia doesn’t change that.  Losers can kill people as easily as winners can, and ennobling the actions of a couple of bloodthirsty square pegs by draping those actions with vast, geopolitical significance is a bigger disservice to their victims than laughing at the two of them is.  Let them be ridiculed. Let them be tried.  Let them be convicted.  Let us then not hear of them again.  But let them be ridiculed first.  It’s healthy.”
Charles Pierce

 

“And the Iraq War was a disaster.  We spent over $1 trillion.  We lost thousands of lives.  I had a son that served there.  We lost thousands of U.S. lives, thousands of lives over in Iraq.  And the Iraq War for at least 20 years is going to affect us.  It’s already affecting our foreign policy in Syria.  It’s caused the president to not say, well I don’t know if I can do this because of what happened in the Iraq War.

It’s affected our domestic policy because the lack of funds, the lack of ability.  And it polarized the country.  And so I think we pause for a moment and say, yes he’s a good man.’ But in the end, the Iraq War was such a disastrous decision, it affected this country so dramatically.’ His tie to history is going to be completely tied to that.”
Matthew Dowd, Chief Political Strategest, Bush 2004 campaign

 

links … links … Links … LINKS … LINKS!

  Justice O’Connor having some second thoughts about Bush v Gore
Top 20 ways Bush harmed America
Which is worse:  childbirth or a blow to the testicles?
Spielberg to direct Obama biopic (staring Daniel Day Lewis, and Tracy Morgan as VP Biden)!
  Have I mentioned this great resource?  More great links from Yankton DL

 

Schedule

 

     
May 2 Thurs Idaho Gives Day – support your favorite nonprofit organization
May 5 Sun Soup Kitchen – join us from 11:30am – 1:30pm
May 9 Thu IF City Club:  Emma Atchley, Vice President of the Idaho State Board of Education (Bennion SUB, noon – 1:30pm)
May 10 Fri Shirley’s open house – all invited to Shirley’s new home, 6pm
May 17 Fri Roy Zimmerman! – 7pm, Unitarian Church, $18
 
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

 

Are Conspiracy Theories Harmless?

Next meeting:
  Date Thursday, April 25th
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)
 

Earth Day!

Plan now to attend the annual Earth Day celebration on Saturday, April 27, at the Tautphaus Park Zoo and Hockey Shelter.  Enjoy a day of live music, conservation education, games, crafts, and displays by local clubs and organizations.  Zoo admission will be free for children aged 12 and under, with a paying adult and a can of food for the Idaho Falls Food Bank or one of the recyclable items (cell phones, printer ink cartridges, used coats, used books, used bikes, electronics, rechargeable and alkaline batteries, eyeglasses, crayons, stuffed animals).

That’s this coming Saturday, April 27th, at Tautphaus Park.  Hope for decent weather!

 

Movie Screening and Panel Discussion:  The House I Live In!

On Tuesday, April 30th, the UUCIF Social Justice Committee is sponsoring a free movie screening and panel discussion on the very important topic of America’s Drug War.  The showing will take place at the Centre Twin Theater, and will include a distinguished panel, including Monica Hopkins, the Executive Director of the ACLU of Idaho.  I will be moderating the event, but don’t let that hold you back.  Here’s a description of the movie:

As America remains embroiled in conflict overseas, a less visible war is taking place at home, costing countless lives, destroying families, and inflicting untold damage on future generations of Americans.  Over forty years, the War on Drugs has accounted for more than 45 million arrests, made America the world’s largest jailer, and damaged poor communities at home and abroad.  Yet for all that, drugs are cheaper, purer, and more available today than ever before.  Filmed in more than twenty states, The House I Live In captures heart-wrenching stories from individuals at all levels of America’s War on Drugs.  From the dealer to the grieving mother, the narcotics officer to the senator, the inmate to the federal judge, the film offers a penetrating look inside America’s longest war, offering a definitive portrait and revealing its profound human rights implications.

While recognizing the seriousness of drug abuse as a matter of public health, the film investigates the tragic errors and shortcomings that have meant it is more often treated as a matter for law enforcement, creating a vast machine that feeds largely on America’s poor, and especially on minority communities.  Beyond simple misguided policy, The House I Live In examines how political and economic corruption have fueled the war for forty years, despite persistent evidence of its moral, economic, and practical failures.

Please join us for this very interesting topic.


Idaho Gives Day!

On May 2nd, Idahoans will come together for a day of giving to support the nonprofits in communities across our state.  From those 24 hours a share of every dollar raised by Idaho nonprofits will be matched with funds from the Idaho Gives award pool.  In addition, the top five organizations with the most unique donors (nonprofits are divided by size) will receive bonus grants of $3,000, $1,000, $500, $250, and $250, respectively.

Some choices that would make me happy:

Of course, there are many other choices, and you should also definitely give your own preferences at least partial consideration in addition to my preferences.


Lefty Conspiracy Theories

I’ve learned a new and useful term from the Boston Marathon bombing.  Stochastic terrorism:  the use of mass communications to stir up random lone wolves to carry out violent or terrorist acts that are statistically predictable but individually unpredictable.  In other words, stochastic terrorism is what certain personalities are doing when they broadcast messages designed to spur unstable individuals into violent action against people or institutions they don’t like.  Think of how Bill O’Reilly demonized Dr Tiller until a deranged anti-choice protester shot him in the head.

Special Notes


I’ve been involved in a discussion with a good, smart, lefty friend on Facebook.  He is also a 9/11 Truther, and is also postulating that the Boston Marathon bombing might have been staged for some unknown reason.  I don’t know why he thinks that the government has a reason to either stage such events, or cover up their actual causes with stories about terrorists.  I’m sure that you can think of a few possible movie scenarios.

But I can’t get him to evaluate the relative uncertainties.  He thinks that the two boys don’t really seem like plausible terrorists.  But he has no problem accepting that thousands of government flunkies can keep a massive secret.  He thinks that two security guys photographed on a street corner wearing black and carrying backpacks is highly suspect – yet some nebulous theories about some unnamed group profiting in some way from a terrorist activity is worth considering.  Or an impression that officials in a very confusing and life-threatening event were less than confident and straight-forward during press conferences seems very fishy – but hundreds of Pulitzer-hungry journalists being unable to recognize the signs of a conspiracy makes reasonable sense.

So he’s busy replacing an expected number of reasonable, plausible uncertainties with massive, implausible, and unnecessary uncertainties that he doesn’t bother evaluating.  A couple of factual gaps in a huge story, a few understandable discrepancies in the sequence of events, and some minor but seemingly inexplicable contradictions end up being replaced by a massive convoluted plot with tremendous holes and almost no factual basis (because the conspiracy is so good at hiding the facts, naturally).

I guess there’s evidence that the older Boston Marathon bomber was a fan of Alex Jones.  Alex Jones is another guy who sees government conspiracies everywhere.  He just asks questions, though.  He doesn’t actually advocate directly for violence, but his followers do commit violence based on his skewed picture of the world.  That’s stochastic terrorism.

We have a thriving subculture of people with the vast intertubes for coordination and anonymity continually making veiled accusations that our government is responsible for evil and violence and murder.  What happens?  Eventually, the most unhinged of that subculture actually takes action – causing the violence, evil, and murder.  Then the conspiracy subculture goes to work explaining how it’s the government committing the violence.

So it is not an innocent activity to be fanning the flames of conspiracies.  It is becoming an active pariticipant in stochastic terrorism.  All because one has an urge to distrust the government.

A healthy dose of skepticism is good.  We shouldn’t just believe everything the government says.  But the goal of that skepticism is to keep government functioning for our benefit.  When people cross over into portraying the government as an evil empire staging fake terrorist events … that is harmful, not helpful.

But, if you’re still interested in conspiracy theories, here’s a handy dandy visual flow-chart guide to help you along.

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Quotations of the Week

“It returns us to the dark ages of human oppression, which America was founded to remove humanity from, and it is the whole point of the push for homosexual marriage and homosexual rights.  The aim is not compassion for homosexuals, respect for homosexuals and all of this; the aim in the mind of these hardheaded, calculating, leftist, Communist, totalitarians is to destroy the family and to establish the notion that once you have seized power there is no limit whatsoever to what you can do.  If you want to tolerate abuses then those abuses can be imposed upon the people.  Once you establish that, the abuses are then not going to be confined to egregious outrages like this; those abuses are going to be committed against the whole society and they will in the end include the murder of the masses as has occurred in all Communist regimes that existed.  That includes as well the expropriation of all property because if you don’t respect the primordial God-endowed belongings that are associated with family life then why on earth would you be constrained to respect any other form of human property claim.”
Alan Keyes, who is definitely on to us

 

“You know it’s been cordial – but he lives in Washington and we live in Dallas. … You know, I just I don’t see him – much.”
George W Bush, on Dick Cheney

 

links … links … Links … LINKS … LINKS!

  Do Racism, Conservatism, and Low I.Q. Go Hand in Hand?
Could the Boy Scouts be changing?  (Not enough, apparently; it only applies to kids, not leaders)
A great summary of the racist overreactions in Boston
Interesting perspective:  what will it take to make it safe for moderate Republicans?
What happens when you wring out a wet towel in space (not what you’d think)
Your Conspiracy Theory flowchart
Watch:  KIFI Local News 8, Thursday night
Sports balls replaced with cats
Cool dad
  Have I mentioned this great resource?  More great links from Yankton DL

 

Schedule

 

     
Apr 26 Fri IF City Club presents A Veteran and a Rookie: 
Perspectives on the 2013 Legislative Session
, with Sen Brent Hill (District 34) & Rep Wendy Horman (District 30B) (Bennion SUB, noon – 1:30pm)
Apr 27 Sat IF Earth Day, Apr 27th, 10am – 3pm, Tautphus Park
Apr 30 Tues The House I Live In – free movie screening and panel discussion, 7-9pm, Centre Twin Theatre
May 2 Thurs Idaho Gives Day – support your favorite nonprofit organization
May 17 Fri Roy Zimmerman! – 7pm, Unitarian Church, $18
 
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

 

Boston

Next meeting:
  Date Thursday, April 18th
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)
 




Let’s not overreact

There are way too many things being said about the Boston Marathon attack, without enough knowledge.  Needless to say, I have little to add, other than I feel a strong desire to train for and run in it next year.  Now that I’m 50, it should be easier to qualify.

Until we know something about the attacker, there isn’t much point in discussing the politics of it.  However, as a marathoner, I can tell you how hard it was to watch that footage.  I can’t get the image out of my mind of that one older man who happened to be running just at the point of the explosion – watching the shockwave strike him, and watching his knees buckling knowing what his legs must have felt like at that point.  It was also hard knowing that up to that point he had a pretty damn good pace for his age.

Special Notes


It seems that America is becoming more like the rest of the world.  Other countries have been putting up with terrorist attacks like this for decades (and we’ve been exporting some of it, too).  Perhaps we will see more overt political attacks in the future, even as the number of events may continue declining.

I know that a lot of people have been pointing out that so many people rushed toward the disaster to help.  And that is heartening.  But it isn’t “American” in any sense.  In fact, in some places terrorists plant a second, delayed explosion timed to explode after the good Samaritans rush in to help.

Which brings us to Patton Oswald’s inspiring response:

“I don’t know what’s going to be revealed to be behind all of this mayhem.  One human insect or a poisonous mass of broken sociopaths.  But here’s what I DO know.  If it’s one person or a HUNDRED people, that number is not even a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a percent of the population on this planet.  You watch the videos of the carnage and there are people running TOWARDS the destruction to help out. … This is a giant planet and we’re lucky to live on it but there are prices and penalties incurred for the daily miracle of existence.  One of them is, every once in awhile, the wiring of a tiny sliver of the species gets snarled and they’re pointed towards darkness.

“But the vast majority stands against that darkness and, like white blood cells attacking a virus, they dilute and weaken and eventually wash away the evil doers and, more importantly, the damage they wreak.  This is beyond religion or creed or nation.  We would not be here if humanity were inherently evil.  We’d have eaten ourselves alive long ago.”

I think it helps all of us to concentrate on the good – to see that this event only emphasizes how lucky we all are to be living with each other in this time and place – to not take that for granted.  And to plan for next year’s Boston Marathon.

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Quotations of the Week

“The damage from terrorism is primarily emotional.  To the extent this terrorist attack succeeds has very little do with the attack itself.  It’s all about our reaction.  We must refuse to be terrorized.  Imagine if the bombs were found and moved at the last second, and no one died, but everyone was just as scared.  The terrorists would have succeeded anyway.  If you are scared, they win.  If you refuse to be scared, they lose, no matter how much carnage they commit.”
Bruce Schneier

 

links … links … Links … LINKS … LINKS!

  Channel 8’s coverage of the nondiscrimination event
… and the Idaho State Journal’s
We all knew auterity was a bad idea, but who new it was based on a spreadsheet error?
An amazing photo essay:  My wife’s battle with cancer
Good news for small journalistic endeavors
Zefrank:  True Facts about the Sea Pig
Kind of cool:  a triple play in baseball
Hilarious:  Please help photoshop my picture!
  Have I mentioned this great resource?  More great links from Yankton DL

 

Schedule

 

     
Apr 27 Sat IF Earth Day, Apr 27th, 10am – 3pm, Tautphus Park
May 17 Fri Roy Zimmerman! – 7pm, Unitarian Church, $18
 
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

 

Nondiscrimination Forum

Next meeting:
  Date Thursday, April 11th
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)
 




Check out the full graphic

Tonight’s public forum on the upcoming nondiscrimination ordinance was a great success, I thought.  And I heard glowing compliments from several other people besides me as well.

We had an excellent moderator in Mark Young.  I would recommend him without reservation for all your panel moderation needs.

But the real credit goes to the panel itself.  We couldn’t have asked for a better group to discuss the ideas behind nondiscrimination.

The only drawback was that we failed to draw any opposition.  It would have been fun to have a little fireworks.  But more importantly, we didn’t really get any attendance by people who might have fears about the ordinance.  And that was one of our important goals:  to give people a forum in which to express their fears and concerns, and have them answered (hopefully).

On the plus side, I get to tell Debu this:  “Neener, neener!”  (You had to be at last week’s meeting to get that inside joke.)

Special Notes


The very best thing, though, was that it did accomplish real change.  We had several elected officials in the audience, and all were comlimentary when I spoke with them later.  One of them told me and Lyn that the event had made a convert of him/her!

So I’m still glowing about that.  Also, I got a nice email from Mayor Fuhriman thanking me for the event.  So that all feels good.

I also have to say that Lyn is a miracle worker.  Never pass up the opportunity to do something with her.


I did neglect to get back with Ed fast enough on the Idaho Humanities Council dinner tomorrow night.  So I don’t know where I’ll be at 7pm on Thursday.  He’s working on getting us in, but I won’t know until the morning.

There will still be a DL, and there will be fellow liberals to unwind with -- and to celebrate our successes with!  Join me and/or them at D’railed.

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Quotations of the Week

“Tolerance is a virtue, but, like all virtues, when exaggerated it transforms itself into a vice.  We need to be careful of the ‘tolerance trap’ so that we are not swallowed up in it.”
Boyd K. Packer, senior “apostle” of the Mormon Church

 

“This issue is lost.  I don’t care what the Supreme Court does, this is now inevitable.”
Rush Limbaugh

 

links … links … Links … LINKS … LINKS!

  A fantastic Neil DeGrasse Tyson essay on science spending (thanks, Hollis!)
Interesting:  two more potential mayoral candidates
Awesome slam poem
Ze Frank at TED
An organized collection of irrational nonsense
Bill Maher on libertarianism
Cool:  how far is it to Mars?
I generally don’t like popular music, and the commodified, commercialized, calculated way that new acts are packaged and mass-marketed.  But then along comes one that uses new-found fame to do something freaking amazing like this.
Powerful:  You don’t need to understand Spanish to understand this
Good news for Dems in 2016?
  Have I mentioned this great resource?  More great links from Yankton DL

 

Schedule

 

     
Apr 11 Thurs The Idaho Humanities Council presents the 6th Annual Eastern Idaho Distinguished Humanities Lecture and Dinner, featuring author Alexandra Fuller, at the Shilo Inn, $35
Apr 27 Sat IF Earth Day, Apr 27th, 10am – 3pm, Tautphus Park
May 17 Fri Roy Zimmerman! – 7pm, Unitarian Church, $18
 
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

 

Nondiscrimination

Next meeting:
  Date Thursday, April 4th
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)
 



Note:  this is a draft flier for the event

SPECIAL EVENT!  Next Wednesday evening, April 10th, there will be a public panel discussion regarding a proposed nondiscrimination ordinance in Idaho Falls.  I’d love it if we can get some representation there!

The City Council of Idaho Falls is considering the writing and passage of a nondiscrimination ordinance that would prohibit discrimination in public accomodations and employment based upon sexual orientation and gender identity.  Because this is an emotional issue and because there is a lot of misinformation available on the subject, both the IF City Council and we as individuals feel that it is important to conduct an open, deliberate, and respectful conversation within our community, and to provide all interested parties the chance to learn about the ordinance and to voice their concerns.

As part of this process, P-FLAG of Idaho Falls is planning to hold a panel discussion, open to the public and free of charge, on Wednesday, April 10th, from 7-9pm, at the Bennion Student Union Building (1776 Science Center Dr).

This meeting is being planned and sponsored by individuals and nonprofit organizations in our community, and is entirely independent of the City Council of Idaho Falls.  The City Council will hold its own public work sessions to gather input and to help draft the ordinance some time in the future.  However, we believe that there is good reason to hold an independent meeting that is not focused on the drafting of the ordinance, but rather one that offers to the community an opportunity for public discussion of the benefits of such an ordinance while also permitting questioning by those who are unclear about what that might mean.

Special Notes


Mark Young, of the Idaho Falls City Club is our moderator.  For panelists, we are reaching out to local clergy members (especially those that adhere to more traditional social views), local businesses that have nondiscrimination policies (INL, EIRMC, and Meleleuca) to provide the business rationale for supporting nondiscrimination ordinance, those who have been affected by discrimination in our community, and legal experts on the issues involved.  We expect that several City Council members will be in attendance as citizens, but again, this is not a city-supported event.

The event will be tightly moderated, to prevent any acrimony or personal attacks.  There will be an introductory portion, where the panelists will introduce themselves and present their views briefly.  Then a moderated panel discussion, with a pre-selected set of ideas to explore.  And finally a question-and-answer period that will be conducted via written note cards, much the way that the City Club operates.

We need to be there to prove that Idaho Falls is a welcoming place for all, and no longer a conservative backwater that believes that intolerance is OK.  Please come out and support this effort!

Cheers,
Dan

 

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Petition:  tell National Geographic to denounce the Boy Scout policy of discrimination (since they are producing a TV show about them)

 

Quotations of the Week

“You always know the mark of a coward.  A coward hides behind freedom.  A brave person stands in front of freedom and defends it for others.

“Don’t hide behind the Constitution or the Bible.  If you’re against gay marriage, just be honest, put a scarlet ‘H’ on your shirt, and say, ‘I am a homophobe!’”
Henry Rollins

 

“The President, the Senate Majority Leader, the House Democratic Leader, and the Chair of the Democratic National Committee (in whose home state this hearing occurred) made funding Planned Parenthood an issue in the 2012 campaign.  They should now all be held to account for that outspoken support.  If the media won’t, then voters must ask the pressing questions:  Do these Democrats also believe a newborn has no rights?  Do they also endorse infanticide?”
Reince Priebus

 

links … links … Links … LINKS … LINKS!

  Idaho in the news:  10th grade science teacher being investigated for using the word “vagina”
Great marriage equality signs
Saying this for years:  deficit spending is fine
a 60-second primer on Bitcoin
What is wrong with the right these days?
  Have I mentioned this great resource?  More great links from Yankton DL

 

Schedule

 

     
Apr 7 Sun Soup Kitchen – join us from 11:30am – 1:30pm
Apr 10 Wed A Conversation About Nondiscrimination – Bennion SUB, 7-9pm
Apr 11 Thurs The Idaho Humanities Council presents the 6th Annual Eastern Idaho Distinguished Humanities Lecture and Dinner, featuring author Alexandra Fuller, at the Shilo Inn, $35
Apr 27 Sat IF Earth Day, Apr 27th, 10am – 3pm, Tautphus Park
May 17 Fri Roy Zimmerman! – 7pm, Unitarian Church, $18
 
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