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Do You Belong To A Special Interest Group?  
User currently offlinefalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6105 posts, RR: 28
Posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 2529 times:
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With the incident in Connecticut and some unrelated political events here in Michigan I have been hearing a lot about "Special Interest Groups" lately. I hear people on both sides of the political aisle claiming they want to fight a special interest group, but they do it with another special interest group. Some people don't even realize that they belong to a special interest group. Sometimes at work I will hear a fellow union member say "we need to eliminate special interest groups because they influence politicians" I will usually say something like "so I guess we need to disband the union". They get all worked up because they don't think of the union as a special interest group, because they agree with its politics. I don't want to get into a discussion about what you think of a particular special interest group; I just want to know which one(s) you belong to. People like to knock "special interests" but they tend to be made of regular people, industries or businesses groups who want their opinions heard.

The special interest groups I belong to;

National Rifle Association; Endowment member
National Education Association
Michigan Education Association
Southeast Michigan Automotive Teachers Association
American Automobile Club

I used to belong to the Service Technicians Society, but that folded up around 10 years ago.


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User currently offlinetugger From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 5611 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 2503 times:

I belong to the military industrial complex and to a very liberal church and I drive and I have kids and I am married... how many groups do I belong to? A lot.

Now if you are talking who do I pay money to? I do not contribute money to any "interest focused" organization beyond charities and my church (which have their own of course )

Tugg



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User currently offlinezrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3174 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 2493 times:

I don't like the term "special interest group." Makes it sound like there are secret agendas. That said, I belong to/ financially support many organizations:

Association of Reform Zionists of America
AIPAC
Gay and Lesbian Center
Central Conference of American Rabbis
KPCC (Local Public Radio)
Multiple Synagogues
Union for Reform Judaism
Cancer Research
AIDS Research
Equality America
Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
Interfaith Alliance
Rape Center

many, many others



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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19730 posts, RR: 58
Reply 3, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 2480 times:

The SPCA, the Planetary Society, and the American Academy of Pediatrics (of which I am a Fellow).

User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39887 posts, RR: 74
Reply 4, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 2474 times:

Quoting zrs70 (Reply 2):
KPCC (Local Public Radio)

I used to live right down the street from you on Sierra Bonita between Colorado bl. and Walnut st.
Just a 1 minute walk from the Jiffy Lube at the corner.
Another A.net member used to broadcast there back in the late 1970s.

I don't belong to any special interest groups at the moment but I do support a small handful.



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User currently offlineiflylots From United States of America, joined Apr 2012, 485 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 2479 times:

I'm a member of AOPA, EAA, AAA, and the ASPCA


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User currently offlineSmittyOne From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 2469 times:

Quoting zrs70 (Reply 2):
I don't like the term "special interest group." Makes it sound like there are secret agendas.

Agreed!

It seems that "special interest" is code for any interest that isn't that particular person's.

It's like the old my shit = stuff but everybody else's stuff = shit.


User currently offlinesteffenbn From Denmark, joined Apr 2010, 263 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 2411 times:

Danish Defence League.
Stop Islamation of Europe.



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User currently offlinePacNWJet From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 980 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 2386 times:

Quoting SmittyOne (Reply 6):
It seems that "special interest" is code for any interest that isn't that particular person's.

In the scholarly literature in political science it is not very common to see the term "special interest group." The term used most often is "interest group." They exist all over the world. Every country aside from the most totalitarian countries have interest groups. They are a regular feature of all democracies. The term "special interest group" seems to be an expression unique to the United States where it typically is used either by those individuals who are not aware that the generic term "interest group" is the standard phrase used by people who practice or study politics, or by those individuals whose goal is to smear those interest groups with which they disagree ("My interest group benefits everyone. Your special interest group benefits only a small group of people.")


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29800 posts, RR: 58
Reply 9, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week ago) and read 2361 times:

I thibk there are several definitions of special interest groups. I am going to define them as grouos that have a significanr political lobbying effort in them.

Well i have a life membership in Alaska Flyfishers the local flyfishing club.
I think my membership in the Alaska Airmans Association also go me one with AOPA
And after about fifteen years i just got a new membership in the National Rifle Association. Yes it is a result of what happened in Conneticut.

I will say the AOPA and NRA have excellent magazines, well worth the dues!



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User currently offlinefalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6105 posts, RR: 28
Reply 10, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week ago) and read 2347 times:
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Quoting L-188 (Reply 9):
I will say the AOPA and NRA have excellent magazines, well worth the dues!

Yes they do. I am not a member of AOPA, but I do see their magazines around from time to time and I enjoy reading them.



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User currently offlineaerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 7193 posts, RR: 13
Reply 11, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week ago) and read 2344 times:

I'm part of the airliners.net lobby for more aeroplanes in our skies.. 

I'm not a member of any true S.I.G.


User currently offlineKBJCpilot From United States of America, joined May 2012, 176 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week ago) and read 2337 times:

DAMM

Drunks Against Mad Mothers



Samsonite, I was way off!
User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2294 posts, RR: 7
Reply 13, posted (1 year 9 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2324 times:

Quoting aerorobnz (Reply 11):

I'm part of the airliners.net lobby for more aeroplanes in our skies.. 

I'm part of the "Stop Designing Two (Under-Wing) Engine Jets" special interest group. This group militates for airplanes not to all look the same in our skies.

Quoting KBJCpilot (Reply 12):

DAMM

Drunks Against Mad Mothers

I'm part of MADM myself. Mads Against Drunk Mothers.

Quoting steffenbn (Reply 7):
Stop Islamation of Europe.

In the 1500s I was part of the Stop the Christianization of the World S.I.G. I got burned at the stake though.

Also, I'm part of the NMBATOA one. "No more toddlers and babies on airplanes" is our motto.

Furthermore, I militate for "self-driving cars" and "self-shooting guns". Because guns and cars don't kill people, people kill people.


User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20641 posts, RR: 62
Reply 14, posted (1 year 9 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2303 times:

I'm a paid up member of OSLFET (one safe landing for every takeoff). So far, my dues have paid off in spades.


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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19730 posts, RR: 58
Reply 15, posted (1 year 9 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2281 times:

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 13):
I'm part of the "Stop Designing Two (Under-Wing) Engine Jets" special interest group. This group militates for airplanes not to all look the same in our skies.

Not a very effective group, are you?   

I forgot to mention that I am a card-carrying member of the Flat-Earth Society.


User currently offlineSmittyOne From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (1 year 9 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2267 times:

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 13):
Furthermore, I militate for "self-driving cars" and "self-shooting guns". Because guns and cars don't kill people, people kill people.

Seems legit.

[Edited 2012-12-19 16:47:38]

User currently offlineER757 From Cayman Islands, joined May 2005, 2529 posts, RR: 7
Reply 17, posted (1 year 9 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2263 times:

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 13):
I'm part of the "Stop Designing Two (Under-Wing) Engine Jets" special interest group. This group militates for airplanes not to all look the same in our skies.

Now that's one I'd love to join!

Mine:
AARP (Yeah, I'm old, so what?)   
Washington Trails Association

That's about it unless my subscription to National Geographic Society (so I get the magazine) counts.


User currently offlinen229nw From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 1952 posts, RR: 31
Reply 18, posted (1 year 9 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2245 times:

Quoting steffenbn (Reply 7):
Danish Defence League.
Stop Islamation of Europe.

   you know, this helps explain so much about that other thread about the birds and the bees and reality and all...

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 13):
Also, I'm part of the NMBATOA one. "No more toddlers and babies on airplanes" is our motto.

You guys need a better acronym. One that has its letters in the same order as the words they stand for. Otherwise, you might also be a member of DAM (Mothers against dyslexia)...   



It's people like you what cause unrest!
User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2294 posts, RR: 7
Reply 19, posted (1 year 9 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2239 times:

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 15):
Not a very effective group, are you?   

I forgot to mention that I am a card-carrying member of the Flat-Earth Society.

No, we are not  

Care to help with a small donation of just $69.99? Please send it to my address: PO Box 419, Lagos, Nigeria. We will send you a miniature kit of our best designs so far.

Well, the Earth is basically flat, at any point, locally.

Quoting n229nw (Reply 18):
You guys need a better acronym. One that has its letters in the same order as the words they stand for. Otherwise, you might also be a member of DAM (Mothers against dyslexia)...   

Damn! Is that why we don't get more new members? Gotta change that!

I am an honorary member of MAD. Every time I deal with the TSA...


User currently offlinefalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6105 posts, RR: 28
Reply 20, posted (1 year 9 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2205 times:
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Quoting ER757 (Reply 17):

That's about it unless my subscription to National Geographic Society (so I get the magazine) counts.

I also am a member of that. I love that magazine.



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User currently offlinesccutler From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 5521 posts, RR: 28
Reply 21, posted (1 year 9 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2181 times:

AOPA, EAA, NRA, several local humane societies, and a whole raft of industry trade groups related to construction.


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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39887 posts, RR: 74
Reply 22, posted (1 year 9 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2174 times:

Quoting steffenbn (Reply 7):

You have my full support!   



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User currently offline76794p From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 349 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (1 year 9 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2165 times:

NRA- Just renewed for three years
CCA- Coastal Conservation Association, they and Texas parks and wildlife, brought back the redfish in the gulf coast, after a certain cajun chef, who shall remain nameless, almost single handedly wiped them out. He made a seasoning that gave the same addictive properties as crack, he made them taste really freakin good.



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User currently offlinesteffenbn From Denmark, joined Apr 2010, 263 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (1 year 9 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2162 times:

Quoting n229nw (Reply 18):
you know, this helps explain so much about that other thread about the birds and the bees and reality and all...

I guess I shot my self in the head with that thread....



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25 Post contains images WestJet747 : Very interesting topic! But I'm not sure what you mean by "belong". I associate with several special interest groups, but none that I support financia
26 RussianJet : Oh Lord..... As for myself, only a trade union and the Russian Orthodox Church. I do make regular donations to a couple of charities, notably the Orb
27 Post contains images Revelation : I consider myself to be a member of a.net's Enginistas special interest group. We like to think about what happens when the temperature and pressure
28 FlyDeltaJets : AAA - American Automobile Association Also do unions count as special interest groups?
29 connies4ever : If a political party counts as a "special interest group", and I think it would, since it has a particular world view, then I do: Liberal Federation o
30 Pyrex : Speaking of which - congratulations! I heard Michigan, of all places, finally passed a right to work law and so being a "part of a special interest g
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