"No experiment can be more interesting than that we are now trying, and which we trust will end in establishing the fact, that man may be governed by reason and truth. Our first object should therefore be, to leave open to him all the avenues to truth. The most effectual hitherto found, is the freedom of the press. It is, therefore, the first shut up by those who fear the investigation of their actions." --Thomas Jefferson to John Tyler, 1804.

Inconvenient in Boise

Idaho may be digging in to the right, but Boise continues shuffling to the left. This is a mere incident, perhaps, but the numbers are telling: Al Gore, scheduled to speak on January 22 about global warming, has sold out his appearance.

That’s not just the 700 seats in the Jordan Ballroom on the Boise State University campus, which would be ranked as decent turnout. No, this is a sellout of the place the speech was moved to after demand exceeded the Jordan’s capacity: The Taco Bell Arena, with 10,000 seats. Those tickets, with an admission charge of $5 each, went up for sale yesterday and were gone by mid-afternoon.

10,000 is a number to reckon with. Boise, as noted here earlier and reflected in last year’s elections, is going through some changes.

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