Drinking Liberally Yankton Chapter Blog

Blizzardy DL Links

Hi all,

It's a day for staying inside if at all possible. In case you need some reading material, here are a few links for you to peruse at your leisure.

At the Village Voice, Roy Edroso recaps conservatives' celebrations of Martin Luther King Day. https://www.villagevoice.com/2018/01/16/conservatives-emerge-from-trumps...

Be sure to check out Roy's posts at his own joint, Alicublog, too: http://alicublog.blogspot.com/

At Esquire, Charlie Pierce finds Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke doing his best to screw up America's crown jewels, the National Park System: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a15335456/ryan-zinke-natio...

In 1865, freed slave Jourdon Anderson received a letter from his former master begging him to return to work. Anderson's open reply ran in multiple newspapers. It's worth checking out. http://www.lettersofnote.com/2012/01/to-my-old-master.html

Culture Corner: Emanuel Macron agrees to lend the Bayeux Tapestry to Britain. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/17/emmanuel-macron-bayeux-tap...

Humor Corner, via the Onion: "New Regulation Requires All Protected Species To Be Actively Looking for New Habitat in Order To Receive Funding." If applied to people, it sounds like the kind of gratuitous shaming and hoop-jumping that Governor Doogie could get behind. https://www.instagram.com/p/BdvOzfuhUFg/

That's it for this week. Come join us for Drinking Liberally!

What: Drinking Liberally
When: 7-9pm every Tuesday
Where: Ben's, downtown Yankton

Weekly DL Links

Hi all,

Some old friends joined us last week, and we all had a great time. If it's been a while since you joined us, consider stopping by. Even if it's cold out, we'll give you a warm welcome (and/or a cold beverage).

Meanwhile, another week is here, and we've got some links for you to peruse if you are interested.

At Hullabaloo, Tom Sullivan examines Ryan Cooper's analysis of neoliberal economics from the 1970s to the present: https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2018/01/and-they-blew-it-by-bloggersrus....

From Cory at the Dakota Free Press: A number of South Dakotans including Lutheran pastors, nuns, and Muslims, host an interfaith gathering over coffee in Pierre. A prominent state Republican calls them unpatriotic and says they're using "terrorist style bullying tactics" (no, really–it's that unhinged). http://dakotafreepress.com/2018/01/10/lutherans-and-friends-have-coffee-...

On that same subject, legislator Tapio literally interrupts and yells at the interfaith group (including the Bishop of the SD ELCA), "I don't like being called a racist!" Which definitely helps establish him as a reasonable person and not a bigoted lunatic. http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/politics/2018/01/10/interfaith-day...

At Crooked, Brian Beutler separates the Democratic and Republican senators' questions regarding the Steele intelligence into two separate narratives. This reveals one party asking questions trying to get to the truth of the issue, and the other party being eagerly complicit in the president's misconduct. (h/t Digby) https://crooked.com/article/crime-worse-coverup/

Charlie notes some people trying to have it both ways, by stating that The Leader is an unprecedented danger, and then voting to give him unaccountable surveillance powers. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a15063799/trump-fisa/

Also from Dakota Free Press, while cleaning up its toxic sludge spill, TransCanada spills additional contaminated soil . . . and dumps some more intentionally by the side of the road. http://dakotafreepress.com/2018/01/14/second-truck-dumps-transcanadas-oi...

Humor Corner, from the old Hollywood Squares:
Peter Marshall:  Paul, the state flag of Alabama is all white with one very distinctive feature. What is it?
Paul Lynde:  Eye holes!

That's it for this week. Come join us for Drinking Liberally!

What: Drinking Liberally
When: 7-9pm every Tuesday
Where: Ben's, downtown Yankton

Weekly DL Links

Hi all,

Another week is here, and we've got some links for you to peruse if you are interested.

Charlie Pierce writes the political epitaph for August Statesman Orrin Hatch: "He wasn't as horrible as he could have been." http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a14533201/orrin-hatch-reti...

At Dakota Free Press, Cory takes a look at the concealed carry permit statistics per South Dakota county. I don't know if there's a particular trend, but it's interesting to see which counties potentially have the most paranoid citizens with Clint Eastwood fantasies. http://dakotafreepress.com/2018/01/06/hidey-holster-permits-down-in-2017...

At the LA Times, David Dayen writes that a higher minimum wage won't bankrupt businesses, but a low wages might: http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-dayen-minimum-wage-subway-san...

For humor along with a sampling of right-wing thought, you should check out Roy's place, Alicublog, at least weekly: http://alicublog.blogspot.com/

That's it for this week. Come join us for Drinking Liberally!

What: Drinking Liberally
When: 7-9pm every Tuesday
Where: Ben's, downtown Yankton

Happy New Year DL

Hi all,

Just a reminder that we don't have Drinking Liberally this week. We'll next meet on January 9. However, to tide you over during the holidays, we have a few links to peruse, if you have time and interest. Happy New Year!

Charlie Pierce writes about the obscene Billionaire and Heiress Relief Act passed by the Republicans in Congress. Where's Dickens when you need him? http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a14470051/paul-ryan-tax-bi...

Josh Marshall accurately categorizes the Republican bill as "the big heist" and "organized looting." http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/the-big-heist

Atrios once again pithily notes that if you want to win elections, you've got to give people something to vote for: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/12/gotta-give-people-something-to-vote-...

Atrios sums up the poisonous conceit at the heart of BothSides journalism: "The myth of the last several decades is that bothsides wanted similar outcomes, but they just disagreed about the way to get there." http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/12/both-sides.html

Where do they find these evil, soulless people? Charlie Pierce introduces us to Seema Verma, conservative hack from Indiana, who is now in charge of gutting Medicare, Medicaid, and nursing home regulations. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a14504814/trump-nursing-ho...

From Eoin Higgins at Deadspin, "Why Won't the FCC Let 'Orphan Counties' Watch Their Local NFL Teams?" It's more than a discussion about football games; the way the FCC long ago assigned counties to various media markets has serious consequences for local news and other information. https://deadspin.com/why-wont-the-fcc-let-orphan-counties-watch-their-lo...

New York Times reporters get snippy when called out on their stenography for The Leader: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/12/someone-does-work.html also: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/12/the-nyt-does-not-understand-journali...

If none of these suits your fancy, be sure to check out the old standbys who are still doing good work. For example, the Dakota Free Press, Alicublog, and others

That's it for this week. See you on the 9th!

Holiday DL Links

Hi all,

We have a few more links than usual this week because we're prepping for the holidays. Since most people will be busy with Christmas and New Year's, DL will meet this week (December 19), and then we won't meet the next two weeks. Well, if you're at Ben's and other DL regulars are there, then call it a meeting and have a grand old time. But we won't "officially" meet (as though we ever do!) until January 9.

So with that, have a wonderful holiday season, and enjoy the links!

At GQ, Drew Magary presents the Least Influential People of 2017. There's a healthy heaping of snark, so dig in and enjoy. https://www.gq.com/story/least-influential-people-2017

At the Dakota Free Press, Cory notes the national press starting to question the truthfulness of Kristi Noem's scary bedtime story about the estate tax: http://dakotafreepress.com/2017/12/11/holes-in-noems-estate-tax-tale-get...

At TPM, Josh Marshall exhorts the press not to cower before "authoritarians and liars." You know of whom he speaks. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/dont-cower-before-authoritarians-and...

An editorial at USA Today did not mince words about the unfitness of The Leader (naturally this caused some pearl-clutching from members of the Beltway elite such as WaPo reporter Robert Costa, whose interview with Brian Williams on election night was about as much of a conventional wisdom echo chamber as you could ever imagine): https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2017/12/unfit-to-clean-toilets-in-obamas...

Charlie Pierce writes about the Alabama election and sprinkles in some history to enrich the reporting: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a14424877/doug-jones-alaba...

Atrios has some thoughts about public transit and the "visionaries" like Elon Musk who warp priorities and sensible development: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/12/visionaries.html

Atrios also has some thoughts about the density of development needed for cities to thrive (they don't have to be anywhere near as skyscrapery as Manhattan to make it work): http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/12/paris-is-hell.html and here: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/12/nice-things.html

Happy News: Digby relays the story of a puppy saved in Puerto Rico. https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2017/12/friday-night-soother_15.html

Sports Corner: Don't know who to root for in next year's World Cup Soccer Tournament? Let the Reykjavik Grapevine persuade you to choose Iceland with their get-to-know-you feature about the Iceland team: "Meet the Smiters." https://grapevine.is/mag/2017/12/08/meet-the-smiters-aron-the-annihilato...

Music Corner: The Onion's AV Club presents The Year in Band Names. https://www.avclub.com/and-of-course-anal-trump-the-year-in-band-names-2...

Art Corner: "Truth Coming Out of Her Well" by Jean-Léon Gérôme. Note the whip she bears, with which to chastise mankind. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Truth_Coming_Out_of_Her_Well

That's it for this week. Come join us for Drinking Liberally!

What: Drinking Liberally
When: 7-9pm every Tuesday
Where: Ben's, downtown Yankton

Weekly DL Links

Hi all,

Another week is here, and we've got some links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully you'll find one or two to be of interest.

Atrios makes a brief point about the purpose of a liberal arts education, which is unfortunately necessary in the Age of STEM – you know, all the people breathless with excitement about how every person needs to learn to write code at age 5, and that's all there is to life. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/12/the-liberal-arts.html

Digby points us to a Columbia Journalism Review study of the 2016 election. One of the key findings: The main problem with "fake news" wasn't that Russian hackers were somehow swaying the election; it was that the major media, such as the NY Times, were covering the race in a grotesquely distorted way. Specifically, they mention the nonstop coverage of Clinton's "scandals" versus the negligible coverage of real Trump scandals, while simultaneously covering his "policies" in a gullible, credulous way. https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2017/12/but-her-emails.html

"I Don't Think the Moral High Ground Exists Anymore" – Charlie Pierce has some thoughts about Al Franken's departure. He also quotes and links to a piece by Dahlia Lithwick discussing the same issue. (You may have differing opinions about the whole depressing issue, but it's a topic worth examining.) http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a14381583/al-franken-resig...

At the Jacobin, Matt Breunig and Ryan Cooper argue that the Obama administration's coddling of big banks during the foreclosure crisis caused a huge loss of wealth for the 99%—in particular, the wealth of black households was lost. https://jacobinmag.com/2017/12/obama-foreclosure-crisis-wealth-inequalit...

Culture Corner: From Lapham's magazine, a cavalcade of insults delivered by famous people. https://www.laphamsquarterly.org/comedy/charts-graphs/name-calling

That's it for this week. Come join us for Drinking Liberally!

What: Drinking Liberally
When: 7-9pm every Tuesday
Where: Ben's, downtown Yankton

Weekly DL Missive

Hi all,

It's been a couple weeks since the last e-mail. I apologize, but we were traveling and it wasn't easy to collect links or get logged onto the website to send an update. However, I trust everyone managed just fine all the same—alternately looking at the news, averting your eyes, getting hugely upset, and then doing some kind of activity to calm down . . . and then repeating the process. (These days we have to complete the full cycle at least once an hour, sadly.)

As for tonight, everyone stay inside, warm and out of the storm. When things calm down tomorrow, come out and join us for Drinking Liberally!

What: Drinking Liberally
When: 7-9pm every Tuesday
Where: Ben's, downtown Yankton

Weekly DL Links

Hi all,

Another week is here, and we've got some links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully you'll find one or two to be of interest.

Want to stay informed about petitions, the GEAR UP scandal, and everything else going on in South Dakota politics? Check out Cory's posts at the Dakota Free Press. http://dakotafreepress.com/

Need to find out what's going on amongst the wingnuts and Fox News crowd, but don't want to immerse yourself directly in it? Check out Roy's posts at Alicublog for the latest, served up with big bunches of cleverness (and for some of the smartest, funniest commenters you'll find on the Intertubes). http://alicublog.blogspot.com/

For daily posts about politics with a focus on economics, check out Atrios's blog Eschaton. For example, his take on the constant lament about how "there aren't any workers" for employers . . . despite wages staying stagnant. As Atrios says, "If only there were some [economic] way to attract new workers . . ." http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/11/if-only-they-could-find-away-to-attr...

At the Boston Review, Elizabeth Catte writes about "the mythical whiteness of Trump Country": http://bostonreview.net/race-politics/elizabeth-catte-mythical-whiteness...

Humor Corner (also Architecture Corner): Behold the website McMansion Hell. http://mcmansionhell.com/

That's it for this week. Come join us for Drinking Liberally!

What: Drinking Liberally
When: 7-9pm every Tuesday
Where: Ben's, downtown Yankton

Weekly DL Links

Hi all,

Another week is here, and we've got some links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully you'll find one or two to be of interest.

Atrios makes the point that one never-mentioned reason for the estate tax is that it makes things simpler for most heirs. Read on to see what he means. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/11/the-estate-tax.html

Some people are finally deciding to unlearn the wrong lessons from 1972, quit running from the unfair caricature of George McGovern, quit cowering in fear and crawling to the right, and instead offer policies that are both popular and geared towards the future:  https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/01/opinion/democrats-economic-policy.htm...

At Rolling Stone, Matt Taibbi writes about "why Donna Brazile's story matters – but not for the reason you might think." This isn't a piece about who allegedly cheated whom; it's more a story of "why did anybody do this in the first place?" http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/taibbi-why-donna-brazile-book-...

Dave Weigel at the Washington Post notes that Democrats have been losing support as the media focuses on Trump scandals. He argues that they should regain support by running against tax cuts. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/11/02/pollsters-de...

Tales of Poor Development: From Alexander Heilner at Politico, the story of a Florida boomtown that shouldn't exist. In addition to being soulless and all its other problems, one big storm could wash it away . . . but it's the fastest-growing city in the USA. https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/10/20/fastest-growing-city-...

Poetry Corner: Now that the chill and early evening darkness have returned, how about "No!" by Thomas Hood? https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/no

Poetry Corner II: If Thomas Hood's poem isn't your style, how about "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard" by Thomas Gray? https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/44299/elegy-written-in-a-country-...

That's it for this week. Come join us for Drinking Liberally!

What: Drinking Liberally
When: 7-9pm every Tuesday
Where: Ben's, downtown Yankton

Weekly DL Links

Hi all,

It's another windy Monday, and we've got some links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully you'll find one or two to be of interest.

At the Dakota Free Press, Cory remains vigilant on the story of sexual harrassment of female legislators in Pierre: http://dakotafreepress.com/2017/10/24/deutsch-equates-stern-advice-from-...

Charlie Pierce finds the New York Times straining hard to play the BothSides™ game: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a13073641/new-york-times-t...

Charlie also examines Jeff Flake's profile in "courage" that has everyone a-swooning, and finds it rather lacking in substance. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a13086190/jeff-flake-leavi... Also fellow Centrist heroes Corker, Sasse, and Saint McCain get in on the fun: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a13089764/republicans-cons...

More men behaving badly: Clio Chang presents the story of Leon Wieseltier at the New Republic. https://splinternews.com/leon-wieseltier-was-always-hiding-in-plain-sigh...

A poll suggests that Democratic voters want to ditch the current party leadership, move left, and embrace the grassroots. https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/10/25/tensions-simmer-poll-shows-...

Travel Corner: Pets are now allowed in Icelandic restaurants (if the restaurant permits it, of course): https://grapevine.is/news/2017/10/27/pets-now-allowed-in-icelandic-resta...

That's it for this week. Come join us for Drinking Liberally!

What: Drinking Liberally
When: 7-9pm every Tuesday
Where: Ben's, downtown Yankton