Deep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the real universe is always one step beyond logic.
At least something good has come out of the attempt to repeal Right-to-Work earlier this year. I originally wrote this back on March 16th at the old Idaho for Dean weblog:
Man, son charged with trespassing
(Idaho Statesman, edition date 3/14/2004.)
A Canyon County father and son who circulated a petition at the Idaho Center on Friday were arrested on trespassing charges, police said.
Robert Allen and his son, Nate, were circulating a petition for the Idaho Citizens to Repeal Right to Work in the parking lot during a monster truck rally, Nampa Police Sgt. Kyle Winnicki said.
The Idaho Center is supported by tax dollars -- OUR tax dollars. Mr. Allen checked with lawyers beforehand to make sure it was legal to gather signatures there, and was informed it was completely within the law.
Yesterday afternoon I went to the Edwards Grand Teton Stadium 14 in Idaho Falls (the closest theater for me in SE Idaho) to watch Fahrenheit 9/11, and it was a real treat.
Attending the 2:10PM showing, I didn’t think there would be many folks there to see it early on a Thursday afternoon. After buying my ticket and hitting the concession stand, I remembered I wanted to buy a Post Register. PR reporter Milan Gagnon has let us here on 43SB know he was writing an article about F9/11's premier. According to the article, Wednesday’s 11:30AM showing had a technical problem, and the theater was unable to show the last 10 minutes of the movie, necessitating a refund to the audience.
When I returned to the theater, the movie had just begun, and the audience had swelled to somewhere between 40 and 60 people. A quick glance gave the impression that a majority of the audience were senior citizens, with the rest consisting of those under 30. Being in my 40s, I was definitely in the minority.
About the movie itself: read more »
Before I begin my personal review of F 9/11, let me mention a very well written article in the Post Register by Milan Gagnon about the opening of F 9/11. In Milan’s article he mentions “attendees were hesitant to give names or speak about the film or their motives for seeing it, and no one would consent to photographs.” Wow! Are people that afraid in Eastern Idaho to express their opinion without fear of repercussion? Why would that be?
Can’t be because of religious convictions, we have separation of church and state, nor arrogance of another political party, in America everyone is equal. Maybe because F 9/11 is all lies. At least that is what local GOP activist read more »
Good story in today's Idaho State Journal on the U.S. Congressional race between Lin Whitworth and Mike Simpson:
Simpson has defended his seat capably since taking office in 1998. The former Blackfoot dentist, a former Speaker of the Idaho House, snared almost 71 percent of the popular vote in 2000 and more than 68 percent in 2002.
Still, Whitworth radiates optimism.
"Can I beat (Simpson)? Not just yes, but hell yes," he said. "Don't tell me I can't because I can. That's the way I've had to face life."
This is what I want to see in every Democratic candidate throughout the Gem State. I want take-no-prisoners, spit in their eye, never-give-up-never-give-in and damn the torpedoes attitude.
Idaho has some serious problems, be it financial, social, educational, et al, and with the GOP's control of this state for so long, they've got no one to blame for our state's woes but themselves.
Too many of Idaho's Republican legislators make poor decisions, create discord and stifle communication, and can't be trusted with taxpayer money. If the road to Hell is paved with good intentions, our Republican legislators are a highway construction crew unto themselves.
Only by getting more Democrats into government statewide, and forcing the state GOoPers to actually think before they act, will we be able to turn things around for the better for Idaho's citizens. And candidates like Lin Whitworth will be in the forefront of that positive change.
For you Lewis Black fans (ranting is my speciality) a really good rant at campaign ads. Lewis pokes fun at MoveOn and Howard Dean but really puts a smack down on the red 527's. To enjoy this go to http://www.comcentral.com/ under "The Daily Show" and Back in Black campaign ads (or click here). A great way to start your day....
Governor Howard Dean, former Democratic presidential candidate, will debate former Green Party presidential candidate and current egomaniac Ralph Nadar. The debate will be broadcast live by National Public Radio next Friday, July 9 from the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Check out the press release here.
The man who wants to take our country back versus the blowhole who would hand it to the right-wing twits for another four years — this ought to be good listening!
Cute little human-interest story about folks from Illinois visiting our lovely North Idaho area.
Our neighbor's son was across the street and was in his National Guard uniform talking with his mom. I asked how everything was going. His wife is pregnant, just built a new home and to top everything off the National Guard is shipping him out on July 3rd. They couldn't wait an extra day or two to spend time with their families, how patriotic of them...
Well, even though we celebrate the fourth of July on the fifth in this part of the world, miracles do happen. Fahrenheit 9/11 is coming to Eastern Idaho! In Idaho Falls the Edward's Grand Teton will be the place to be and in Twin Falls your viewing pleasure will be at the Twin Falls Cinema 12. This is a good time to show support and let everyone know the movie is in town. So tomorrow I intend to sit back, enjoy the ride and let the discussions begin...
It would be one thing if this were just an isolated incident, but it happens a lot more than we imagine:
An Idaho National Guardsman was fired from his state job a day after being called for active duty in Iraq.
The firing of Pfc. Britt Haustveit is indicative of a larger problem that citizen soldiers have with employers, Guard and military reserve advocates said.
Haustveit, 23, had been working for the Transportation Department for nearly a year when his Guard unit was put on alert in late February. He told the Lewiston Morning Tribune on Monday that his supervisors asked him almost daily if he was being called up, and he kept telling them it was unclear because he was in a support, not a combat, unit. read more »
From Christian Coalition to casino chicanery — another right-wing "do as I say, not as I do" moralist get's caught with his hand in the cookie jar.
When Ralph Reed was the boyish director of the Christian Coalition, he made opposition to gambling a major plank in his "family values" agenda, calling gambling "a cancer on the American body politic" that was "stealing food from the mouths of children." But now, a broad federal investigation into lobbying abuses connected to gambling on Indian reservations has unearthed evidence that Reed has been surreptitiously working for an Indian tribe with a large casino it sought to protect--and that Reed was paid with funds laundered through two firms to try to keep his lucrative involvement secret. Reed has always operated behind the scenes, and apparently he didn't want to risk becoming a humbled hypocrite like his right-wing cohorts William Bennett and Rush Limbaugh.
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Yoiks — nothing like pissing off an entire stadium of baseball fans:
(Vice-President Dick) Cheney, who visited both clubhouses after batting practice, watched part of the game from the box of Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and part from a first-row seat next to the Yankees dugout, where he sat between New York Gov. George Pataki and former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. Cheney was booed when he was shown on the right-field videoboard during the seventh-inning stretch.
Cheney, Bush and the rest of the neo-freaks can spin these outbursts as much as they want, but the fact is that day by day, more and more people don't trust them, don't like them, and want them to go away.
At this rate, by the time Election Day arrives, Dubya's administration is going to feel like a pi
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Over 1,600 Idahoans with the Army National Guard's 116th Armor Cavalry Brigade have been and are in the process of being sent to Texas for training in preparation for possible deployment in Iraq. But it looks like a lot more folks — who probably thought their term of duty was long over — are going back into the military, whether they want to or not.
Army Plans Involuntary Call-Up of Thousands
(Reuters) - The U.S. Army is planning an involuntary mobilization of thousands of reserve troops to maintain adequate force levels in Iraq and Afghanistan, defense officials said on Monday. read more »
Smoke ‘em if you got em, bum ‘em if you don’t, because if you’re a smoker, you don’t have much time left to light up in indoor public places.
Imagine walking into your favorite local restaurant, taking a deep breath and smelling .. only food.
Come July 1, that clean air will be no accident. It will be the result of the Idaho Clean Indoor Air Act, passed earlier this year by the state Legislature.
The new law will affect more than just eateries, however. read more »
Box Office Mojo shouts, 'Fahrenheit 9/11' Ignites Box Office Passion:
With $21.958 million in the till since its record-breaking debut in New York City on Wednesday, Fahrenheit 9/11 is already the highest grossing documentary of all time -- excluding large format, concert and other non-"apples-to-apples" sub-genres – surpassing Moore's own Bowling for Columbine's $21.6 million lifetime gross.
Fahrenheit is also the first documentary to land in the weekend top five, let alone be No. 1. Its opening topped Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction's $9.3 million as the best ever for a Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or winner, and it was Tarantino's jury that handed Moore the prize this year. read more »
I won't get a chance to view this for myself until Wednesday or Thursday, but Julie at Red State Rebels has already experienced Fahrenheit 9/11, and posted a great review at her site.
President Harry Truman once said, "I never did give them hell. I just told the truth, and they thought it was hell." Dubya and his buddies just felt the temperature jump in a big way.
Last month, the Idaho Press Club filed a “friendly lawsuit” against the state Legislature because it (meaning the Republicans, of course — the state Democrats hold their meetings in the open) continued to hold meetings in secret, behind closed doors, in violation of Idaho’s Open Meetings policy.
This issue arose during the 2003 legislative session, when a half-dozen closed meetings of official legislative committees were held, including the House Revenue and Taxation Committee, the Senate Health and Welfare Committee, the Senate Agricultural Affairs Committee, and the House and Senate resources committees. Media groups from throughout the state, including the Idaho Press Club, the Idaho Allied Daily Newspaper Publishers, and the Idaho State Broadcasters Association, protested in a joint letter delivered to legislative leadership on May 3, 2003.
That letter said in part, “Closed meetings violate state law, but just as importantly, they violate the public trust. Secrecy in government arouses suspicion. Transparency in government fosters trust. We respectfully urge the Legislature to incorporate Idahoans in the committee process – and follow the letter of the law – in all of its future meetings.” read more »
Del Bunce, candidate for House seat 14B, and Naomi Preston, running for the
U.S. House of Representatives, will be in Eagle this Saturday at the Wild Wild
West Coffee shop. They'll be registering Ada County residents to vote this November,
and you can even request an absentee ballot.
Stop on by, grab a tasty beverage, take a minute to register to vote and chat
with Naomi and Del. They're both top-notch folks and terrific candidates —
you'll be glad you dropped in.
Patty Nance, campaign director for Whitworth
for Congress, sent this note out today:
We are looking for a few (okay 50+) good union members who would be willing
to walk in the Pocatello 4th of July parade with Lin Whitworth, candidate
for the Second Congressional District.
We will meet at the Whitworth office (lower level of the Labor Temple, corner
of Wyeth and Arthur, Pocatello) Sunday, July 4 at 9 a.m. The parade starts
at 10 a.m. We will have signs and candy ready for each participant. We expect
to be done by noon.
PLEASE WEAR YOUR FAVORITE UNION T-SHIRT AND
BRING YOUR UNION SIGNS IF YOU CAN!
I know many of you want to go out of town, spend the day with the family or
just sit under a shade tree in a hammock on the 4th but think about this:
Lin Whitworth spent countless hours gathering signatures and organizing the
Repeal Right-to-Work effort in Eastern Idaho when he could have been spending
that time with his family or just hangin' out under a tree in his own hammock
Thanks in advance for your help — please share this with your membership
and together we will have the biggest representation of Idaho's labor community
that anyone has seen in years!
Thanks — you're the best!
This Message brought to you by Whitworth for Congress, Richard Stallings, Treasurer
I know from firsthand experience how hard Lin and his family worked to gather
signatures for repeal of Right-to-Work, and they gave 200% effort to the cause.
This man truly is a friend to Labor.
Idaho Falls will be holding their celebrations on Monday the 5th, and the Whitworth
for Congress folks would love the company of good I.F. area Union members to
walk with them in that parade. They'll meet at the Civic Auditorium (by Idaho
Falls High School on South Boulevard) at 9:30AM The parade starts at 10AM and
the Whitworth campaign will have signs and candy ready for every union member
that joins in.
All of you Labor folks in Southeast Idaho, come out and support a man who has
spent his life supporting Unions and union membership. Walk with Lin on Sunday,
July 4th in Pocatello and Monday, July 5th in Idaho Falls. Let's show our corner
of the state that we need to send a real working man to Congress!