Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Open Discussion Thread

I would like to start doing periodic open threads to hear from you, the loyal readers of BTM, on any topics of your choosing. Consider the comments section on this and other open threads to be the BTM virtual town square. (Just ignore the guy over there doing interpretive dance to his iPod music.) Grab a piece of park bench and gab away. Conversation doesn't have to be politics-y. What's on your mind?

Need help? Here are a few conversation starters:

1. Dueling rallies/demonstrations tomorrow in DC:
Tomorrow is Torture Accountability Action Day.
If you're in Washington, DC, come on out.
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
John Marshall Park, 501 Pennsylvania Ave
(If you metro, ride to Archives/Navy Memorial and walk a few blocks down Pennsylvania toward the Capitol. The park will be on your left.)
There will be speakers and a rally from 11 to 12, then a march to the Department of Justice to demand the appointment of a Special Prosecutor for torture. Some participants may engage in nonviolent civil disobedience. Here is a list of demonstrations in other cities.

After participating in Torture Accountability Action Day, you can rally-hop over to the National Health Care Reform Rally.
Upper Senate Park Constitution and Delaware avenues, N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20002
Closest Metro: Judiciary Square
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
2. Something about secretly flying to Argentina. Huh?

3. It's hard out here for a totalitarian despot!


Becky said...

I'll be back with more later, but I am looking forward to "I'm hiking the Appalachian Trail" being the excuse of the summer. I guess that's one fewer 2012 contender. Seriously, that party is just shutting down. It's amazing to watch.

And thanks for that photograph. I'm making it my screensaver. Not.

Sara said...

I'm not sure which is worse: The story behind #2 or the photo.

I'm going to have to go with the pathetic story of spending "the last five days of my life crying in Argentina."

Amy said...

I KNOW!! Seriously, did he think he could go to Argentina for a week and no one would notice? People never cease to amaze.

Let us know how the protests go.

Dave said...

Our friend, Liz, points out that Sanford was a member of a very secretive Christian group in the DC-NoVA area called The Fellowship. He mentioned one of the fellowship's houses in his public confession, just calling it "C Street."

From what I can tell, it's like a weird Christian Skull and Bones kind of thing for Congressmen and other people in the Capitol Hill world. There are other little tidbits I've heard and read about the fellowship--weird things that ought to be exposed. Maybe I'll bundle them together into a post sometime soon. Or maybe Liz can chime in with some juicy tidbits.

Mason said...

Enough with boring politics! Here's a neat question: What will life and society be like in year 4009? It's really not that far away; there are bristle cone pine trees alive today that will still be alive then. If you had to pick one, would you say that 1. humans are extinct/non-existent as they are now 2. humans are much more advanced in every way, living longer, etc. or 3. surprisingly on par with life/society of today? Explain!

Elizabeth said...

Let's respond to Dave's question or Mason's....

I'm not authorized to talk about "that faith group". I haven't gone through the initiation yet. No, really.

Ok, ok, you've twisted my arm.

First, don't be fooled. It's not just a NoVa/DC thing. We're talking worldwide, people. Second, it's an organization that seeks to have spiritual influence with people of influence (politicians, ambassadors, movie stars, dictators...again, I'm not kidding) by being really, really secretive and not letting "just anybody in" (totally like Jesus, right?) Third, no one will straight-up say they're a member. Uh, ok...that makes no sense. And fourth, I would bet that every single member of Congress right now has either met with, lived or had a Bible study with the group. That's the kind of reach they have.

Do an expose Dave!

Dave said...

Or...4. Complex civilization has utterly crumbled due to war, disease, volcanic eruption, meteor impact, or whatever else, and humanity has been "reset" into widely dispersed hunter-gatherer tribes. Civilization begins again its long, slow march, and we eventually relearn agriculture and metallurgy and so on.

Dave said...

Thanks Liz! If I write something, I'll have to interview you first.