Rather than let this weeks diatribe be one of those by the time you read this Ill be ... kind of spiels, Ill spare you the gloating that right now Im most likely in San Francisco at an alternative weekly newspaper conference. Sometimes people ask me what we do at these mini-conventions. Its not really that exciting but Ill tell you anyway. Editors, writers, publishers, advertising sales folk and graphic artists from papers like Boise Weekly across the country gather and plot how were going to take over the world this next year. We share ideas with each other how we can warp the news, misconstrue facts, push the liberal agenda and attack good, conservative, Christian values. We complain about media mega-lo-nopolies. We make believe that we are the only counter-force to the man and pat each other on the back for the hard work we do in our communities. But mostly we just drink.