Spaw - I think you're right all around. Unfortunately, what the NAACP did or didn't do doesn't get the FA off the hook, which I think is a real pity.
Unlike our guest, I don't question the committment or integrity of the Folk Alliance board members that I have met. This is a tough choice to make, no question about it. Go to the FA site and you can tell that a huge amount of work and planning has gone into this conference, not to mention the money. They have a lot at stake and will have to make the best choice they can, given the situation as they see it.
It's always easy to claim the moral high ground when you have nothing at stake.