Drinking Liberally Yankton Chapter Blog

Monday DL Links

Hi all,

It's Monday again, and here are some links for you to peruse if you so choose. Hopefully one or two will be of interest.

First, we need to discuss whether we want to have a Drinking Liberally Holiday Party this year, and if so, where and when. Let's not forget to make that decision. The time is creeping up on us already.

The Rude Pundit writes a poignant, non-rude tribute to a friend who is dying because of a lack of timely health care. "If you believe that some people should not be able to afford to get regular medical care, if you think that's ok or a built-in part of a capitalistic system, then you are a terrible human being, and, if Christianity is where your faith rests, you are a damned hypocrite who knows nothing about Christ." http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2014/11/a-note-to-politicians-who-helped-...

Josh Marshall does some more post-election analysis of issues that will keep surfacing in future elections. He makes several points, but I think his analysis underscores why it's silly to point to the stock market and crow about how well we're doing economically. The stock market is something that has no bearing on most working people's lives. Most people are falling behind economically, following a trend that started back in the 1970s. That's the reality they know, regardless of how well the investor class is doing. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/forget-the-chatter-this-is-the-democ...

How can progressives win elections or at least be competitive in unfavorable territory? Here's a wild idea from Howard Dean: Have a message! As the old saying goes, you can't beat Something with Nothing. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/11/if-youre-not-goliath-fine-by-blog...

Bob Schieffer serves up perhaps the biggest stinkburger in the history of our failed media's Sunday gasbag shows. Charlie Pierce is there to cover the carnage with as much humor as humanly possible. http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/Bob_Schieffer_Is_King_Of_The_Gobsh...

For Veterans Day/Armistice Day, bloodthirsty monster Bill Kristol takes time to bash WWI soldier Wilfrid Owen and call for a few glorious new wars — which he won't have to participate in, of course. He will simply watch from his armchair while others suffer and die for his amusement. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/11/hello-again-and-again-to-all-that...

Speaking of inexcusable human beings, Charlie Pierce reports on Don Blankenship, Coal King of West Virginia: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/Old_King_Coal

Whistleblowing of financial wrongdoing on Wall Street, which of course remains unpunished. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/11/another-narcissist-blow-whistle.h...

That's it for now. Stay warm, and come join us this week for Drinking Liberally!

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

Monday DL Links

Hi all,

The midterm elections are finally over, so now the talking heads on teevee can start speculating and yapping about the 2016 races. Hopefully they'll give us a little while to catch our breath first. In the meantime, here are some links for you to peruse if you choose. Hopefully one or two will be of interest.

Alec MacGillis at the New Republic roasts the press for its appallingly bad coverage of the Iowa senate race. Thanks in part to that, we now have dangerous lunatic Joni Ernst as a US Senator. Ms. Ernst is like Sarah Palin, only crazier and more committed. If only the Founders could see our failed media today, and how it's actively harming the republic. http://www.newrepublic.com/article/120118/joni-ernst-capitalized-broken-...

Charlie Pierce has some election night thoughts about what's glaringly obvious to anyone paying attention: The crazed, radical Teabaggers are now running the Republican party. Even our failed media could see that if they bothered to open their eyes. http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/Election_Night_2014 As Charlie notes, since the Reagan Revolution conservatives have divorced voting from being a civic responsibility, and transformed it into a toxic vehicle for unleasing your Id. Don't vote based on good public policy; instead, howl, gnash your teeth, spit bile, and vote to "stick it to" somebody.

Some election observations from Atrios. First, when you're running for office, stand for something; don't run away from your own party: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2014/11/the-morning-after.html Also, instead of the usual chorus of establishment mavens and DC sycophants blaming their own voters for not turning out, how about blaming the high-paid consultants and staffers who can't seem to turn out the voters? A car salesman who doesn't sell cars doesn't get the luxury of whining about his "idiot customers." Why do political consultants get away with being bad at their jobs, and blaming their own base? http://www.eschatonblog.com/2014/11/the-50-state-strategy.html and here: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2014/11/the-professional-left.html

Athenae also has some general analysis of the elections, in which once again too many Democrats ran timidly on a platform of nothing, with predictable results. http://first-draft.com/2014/11/05/dont-hurt-me-mr-republican-i-promise-i...

The Rude Pundit has his own inimitable take on the midterm elections: "That'll teach that Negro to be President!" http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2014/11/random-observations-on-reaming-th...

If that's stated too bluntly, just repeat to yourself that It's Never About Race, even when you see conservative "art" involving totally-not-racist posters like this: http://www.salon.com/2014/11/05/the_rights_poverty_pimp_blast_how_a_raci...

On a more affirming note, Shannon County shall henceforth be Oglala Lakota County. No longer shall a good portion of the Pine Ridge Reservation be part of a county named for a man who negotiated land away from native tribes. https://sdsos.gov/elections-voting/assets/Shannon%20County%20Paper%20Bal...

In future elections, should RV owners be allowed to "live" at a mailbox they rent in Lake, Hanson, Minnehaha, or Pennington County for tax purposes, and then cast votes in South Dakota elections? See Cory's discussion of this, and the relevant statute. How is this not obviously "voter fraud" that conservatives are supposedly concerned about? http://madvilletimes.com/2014/11/elliott-perjury-complaint-status-uncert...

That's it for now. Stay warm, and come join us this week for Drinking Liberally!

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

Election Week DL Message

Hi all,

Election day is nearly here! Finally, we can go back to wall-to-wall pharmaceutical commercials instead of attack ads, which sadly is an improvement. There are only a couple of links here this week, because the main emphasis is on getting out to vote. Be sure you vote, and remind your friends, and help them get to the polls if necessary.

That said, here are a couple of links. If you need more, be sure to always check Digby, Atrios, TPM, and Paul Krugman. They'll set you up with what you need.

David Brooks remains a mendacious hack. Or, I suppose he could just be a moron, but I don't think he's that stupid. He's stupid like a fox. http://www.salon.com/2014/10/30/david_brooks%E2%80%99s_dumbest_column_ye...

Some grocery stores now stock "inglorious vegetables" – the fruits and vegetables that aren't perfectly formed, or are less attractive. They're still just fine inside, and the new campaign to use them helps address the problem of wasted food. http://www.balloon-juice.com/2014/10/31/no-it-really-isnt-heartbreaking/

That's it for now. Remember to get out and vote, and then come join us this week for Drinking Liberally!
What: Drinking Liberally
When: 7-9pm every Tuesday
Where: Ben's, downtown Yankton

Monday DL Links, no meeting this week

Hi all,

Happy Monday!

First, an announcement: This week there's a candidate forum here in Yankton at the time when we regularly meet. Because we don't want to discourage people from attending that, we won't have a regular Drinking Liberally this week. However, it's possible that some of the regulars might stop by Ben's after the forum concludes. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Now, with that out of the way, we've got a bunch of links to share this week, so hopefully some will be of interest.

Something to make you feel good: humble, patriotic service. Meet Seth Moulton of Massachusetts, candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives. http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/The_Best_Candidate_Anywhere Also here: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/watch/reporter-exposes-candidate...

Economic stagnation is optional, yet we never seem to learn that lesson. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/10/still-not-getting-it-stimulus.htm...

The Mobridge Tribune bravely weighs in that Marion Michael Rounds is too dishonest for public office. When will other state newspapers show even half the courage of a small-town paper like Mobridge and give the state an honest assessment of our dishonest former governor? http://madvilletimes.com/2014/10/zerr-rounds-too-dishonest-for-office-se...

On that same topic, is every good ol' boy in Pierre so crooked he could hide behind a corkskrew? The Madville Times notes that Rounds staffer Rob Skjonsberg apparently used his state position to funnel money to private projects, completely ignoring state "conflict of interest" laws — and once again, nobody in Pierre does a thing about it. http://madvilletimes.com/2014/10/skjonsberg-uses-state-position-to-send-...

Our failed media: Digby notes the difference in how US media (Hi, CNN!) covered the shootings in Ottawa, as compared to the Canadian media. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/10/exceptionally-hysterical.html Charlie Pierce observed the differences too: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/The_Voice_Of_Experience

Speaking of failed media, George Will spreads lies, fear, and paranoia about ebola. That is not hyperbole; he's knowingly contradicting scientists to spread panic. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/george-will-ebola-airborne

Charter schools: Poor results, no accountability, but the grift goes on. http://www.salon.com/2014/10/02/the_great_charter_school_rip_off_finally...

Is there a growing movement to add the Right to Vote to the US Constitution? Somewhat surprisingly, that fundamental right is not already enshrined there, leaving the franchise subject to the whims of courts and local officials. http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/adding-the-right-vote-the-consti...

This is why a Right to Vote is important: Voter suppression explicitly benefits one particular party — the party that caters exclusively to the rich. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/cafe/turn-out-for-what-charts

What Atrios Said: You can't have a reasonable, Very Civil discussion with awful people because, in the end, they're simply awful people. I'm sorry if voicing that unpleasant truth makes the bipartisan ghost of David Broder cry. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2014/10/rossd.html

It's an impulse that goes back to the days of only white, male property owners being allowed to vote: Republicans don't think most people should be able to vote, and are doing their best to make that happen. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/cafe/republicans-deeply-cynical-move

Comix Corner: This Modern World by Tom Tomorrow. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/10/13/1333878/-Cartoon-The-counter-in...

That's all for now. Come join us this week for Drinking Liberally! (But remember — no official meeting this week because of the candidate forum.)

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

Monday DL Links

Hi all,

Happy Monday! We've got a bunch of links to share this week, so please peruse them to see if any are of interest.

Keep checking the Madville Times for the latest on South Dakota issues, including Mike Rounds' simmering EB-5 scandal: http://madvilletimes.com/

Digby provides an observation about the dust-up between Bill Maher, Sam Harris, Reza Aslan, and others. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/10/qotd-reza-aslan.html

What's more likely to be fatal to Americans than ebola? Just about anything, including fireworks, lightning, and bee stings. Remember that when the media tries to scare you for ratings. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/10/eeeek-ebolascare.html

The Dallas hospital at the center of the ebola scare lacked proper protocols. However, Texas nurses are not unionized, so they couldn't speak out without fear of being fired. Instead, they had to rely on the California nurses' association to relay the important public health news. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/nurses-union-dallas-hospital-lacked-ebola-pr... Also, the Dallas hospital waited three days before using Hazmat suits: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/dallas-hospital-waited-three-days-to...

No, the new New York Times report about Iraq does not vindicate Bush. I know many right-wingers are living in a post-factual world, but facts still matter. http://www.salon.com/2014/10/15/no_bush_was_not_right_about_iraq_how_con...

Atrios christened George Effing Will the "Worst Person in the World" on Saturday. The bowtied ninny truly earned his tongue-in-cheek title, as he prissily pooh-poohed the conservative War On Women. Sure, conservatives are constantly attacking women's rights and women's sovereignty over their own bodies, but... Actually, I don't think he really had a point. But the Washington Post still published him! http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/10/whos-civic-illiterate-george.html

Beer & Culture Corner: 10 Reasons Germans Love Beer and Sausages (from the BBC, no less!). http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/1knFGJ4QnPVmD9ZfzNCxlfC/10-reas...

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

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

Monday DL Links

Hi all,

Happy Monday! We've got a whole bunch of links to share this week, so please peruse them to see if any are of interest.

The national media is starting to notice the South Dakota senate race. For example: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/somethings-stirring-south-dakota Also here: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/ever-changing-senate-landscape-s... And here: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/The_Importance_Of_Being_South_Dako...

Rachel Maddow covers the South Dakota senate race here (including recounting the story of Larry Pressler hiding in a closet for 15 minutes after exiting a meeting through a wrong door): http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/watch/republicans-scandal-opens-...

Digby takes time to remind us who Larry Pressler really is, and it doesn't match the hype and gauzy memories. As a bonus, she extensively quotes a piece by South Dakotan Ryan Casey. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/10/who-is-larry-pressler.html As Mr. Casey notes, Pressler's current conversion to "Independent" is miraculously convenient, which fits a pattern of opportunistic behavior with Pressler.

Speaking of Pressler, are Larry and his wife committing voter fraud? Remember, "voter integrity" is something everybody is deeply concerned about when the wrong people do it (if you know what I mean — and I think that you do). http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/10/i-smell-voter-fraud-at-very-least...

At the Madville Times, Cory interviews our own David Allen about his PUC candidacy. http://madvilletimes.com/2014/10/interview-david-allen-seeks-puc-seat-to...

Comedian Lewis Black has some thoughts about voter suppression (not safe for work): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xWaO2jYrLs&feature=youtu.be

Pink drill bits sent to fracking sites to "promote breast cancer awareness." Is it possible for the Komen foundation to jump the shark multiple times? http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/10/little-pink-bits.html

At the Daily Beast, Michael Cohen presents Leon Panetta as an example of what's wrong with Washington D.C. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/10/08/leon-panetta-is-what-s-...

Paul Krugman notes that the deficit is down, and nobody knows or cares. Good thing we "pivoted" away from dealing with job creation and prosecuting corrupt banksters, and instead focused on Teh Deficit. http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/10/08/the-deficit-is-down-and-nobo...

Mr. Krugman also writes about President Obama's tenure in office (so far) in Rolling Stone: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/in-defense-of-obama-20141008

Inadvertent Humor Corner: Angry conservatives can't tell the difference between actress Lena Dunham and Gilded Age economist Thorstein Veblen. http://www.vice.com/read/i-accidentally-fooled-conservative-twitter-with...

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

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

Monday DL Links

Hi all,

Happy Monday! We've got a whole bunch of links to share this week, so hopefully some of them will pique your interest.

Charlie Pierce directs us to a story about the almost cartoon-villain evil source of the Koch Brothers' outlandish wealth. http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/The_Great_Crime_Behind_The_Great_F...

At Hullabaloo, Tom Sullivan writes about the breakdown of American society not just by race and class, but by fear and money as well. It helps explain the Teabagger mentality, and increased political tribalism since the Reagan era. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/09/first-they-came-for-air-traffic.h...

Petty, pouty Harry Reid refuses to aid Rick Weiland in South Dakota's senate race because Reid wanted Herseth Sandlin to run instead. Never mind that she didn't want to run, or that Harry Reid doesn't get to pick candidates for every state. If Reid's tantrum costs Dems the senate, will he get voted out as leader? http://madvilletimes.com/2014/09/reid-pouts-says-working-for-weiland-goe...

Speaking of dumb things harming liberals' electoral chances, how's about another long, pointless war in the Middle East? http://theweek.com/article/index/269021/the-dumb-war-in-syria-will-haunt...

TPM investigates the "International House of Prayer," a charismatic "church" based in Kansas City with increasing influence in right-wing conservative politics. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/longform/inside-the-international-house-of-...

Bipartisanship is always a one-way street for Villagers and Republicans: http://www.salon.com/2014/10/02/the_rights_bipartisan_sham_why_their_cal...

Charlie Pierce points out yet again how George Will is a mendacious hack (as though that were necessary). Along the way, we learn some history about the Founding Fathers, and how they decidedly rejected term limits at the Constitutional Convention. http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/George_Will_Gets_It_Wrong_Again

Irony Corner: When new draconian voter ID laws affect a nice, white, conservative lady, suddenly it's "dirty tricks." No fair! Voting hurdles are only supposed to affect "those people" (if you know what I mean, and I think that you do). http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/10/hey-nobody-told-us-this-could-hap... But on the bright side, here is some good news about voter participation: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/10/and-now-for-some-good-news.html

Sports Corner: Why no one wants to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. http://sports.yahoo.com/news/why-no-one-wants-to-host-the-2022-olympics-... More here: http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2014/10/02/ioc_demands_oslo_drops...

Rude Humor Corner: The Rude Pundit has a list of short observations in list form. (Customary disclaimer: Not suitable for all tastes or work environments.) http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2014/09/in-brief-few-things-youre-thinkin...

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

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

Monday DL Links

Hi all,

It's Monday again, the last one in September. There aren't quite as many links here this morning, but hopefully you will still find one or two to be of interest.

It turns out that Germans are much more satisfied with their lot than Americans are. Why? A lot of it has to do with corporate structure, and how that affects jobs and the economy in the long run. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/09/germanys-creeping-satisfactionism...

Apparently some banks now are able to remotely shut off your car if you miss a payment. Never mind if you're stranded far from home, or in a bad neighborhood, or at a stop light (which snarls traffic and causes problems for everyone else). Who exactly thinks this is a good policy, especially from a public safety perspective? How does it even help the loan holder to recover the vehicle, more than a traditional repossession? It seems like it's just big banks throwing their weight around sadistically because they can. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2014/09/innovative-ways-to-make-shit-even-mo...

Racism Corner: A spokesmodel at Fox "News" declares that Eric Holder ran the Department of Justice "much like the Black Panthers would." http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/andrea-tantaros-eric-holder-black-... More here: According to the same talking head, he's also one of "the most dangerous men in America" (if you know what I mean — and I think that you do). http://mediamatters.org/video/2014/09/25/fox-host-calls-eric-holder-one-...

How can Wall Street be so poisonous and dysfunctional towards the economy and society at large? Because it operates solely for the benefit of individual financiers within the system — not even for the benefit of the rapacious companies they work for. In short, greed and climbing the career ladder. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/09/once-they-get-their-egg-golden-go...

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

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

Monday DL Links

Hi all,

On this fine Monday we've got a new assortment of links to get you started. Hopefully you will find one or two of interest with your morning coffee, tea, or beverage of choice.

In fundamentalist news, ISIS wants to ban teaching of evolution in Iraqi schools, along with other subjects in science and philosophy. http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/isis-targets-evolution-iraqi-sch...

The Senate GOP kills the Paycheck Fairness Act. Keep doing the same work for less pay, ladies! That's the message Senate conservatives are sending loud and clear. http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/senate-gop-again-kills-measure-p...

At Slate, William Saletan writes about corporal punishment of children, and how it doesn't accomplish anything it's intended to do — unless the intent is to teach children hitting as a method of conflict resolution. http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/frame_game/2014/09/adria...

Paul Krugman discusses the proper role of "civility" in public discourse, specifically about economic arguments. http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/09/14/wild-words-brain-worms-and-c...

Atrios makes a pithy point about the craze for the STEM snake-oil cure in education. Even if you think STEM is super awesome and humanities are worthless, STEM doesn't help anybody get jobs if there ain't no jobs. (Some mildly NSFW language.) http://www.eschatonblog.com/2014/09/shit-is-fucked-up-and-bullshit.html

Yet another graph illustrating why you can't use the stock market or GDP as a measure of how well the economy is doing. Those things only measure a tiny, distorted aspect of the economy. All those GDP gains are floating up to an elite few, while everyone else is getting ground down. As the quote says, "You can't feed a family with GDP." http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/09/you-cant-feed-family-with-gdp.htm...

Politics meets Comedy meets Catharsis: Sometimes it feels like Pierre could use a little of this — Ukrainians literally throwing a corrupt politician into the garbage. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/ukrainian-politician-thrown-in-tra...

Recreation Corner: The Mickelson Trail makes the list of Top 10 car-free bike paths in the USA: http://madvilletimes.com/2014/09/mickelson-trail-makes-list-of-best-ten-...

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

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

Monday DL Links

Hi all,

We've got a new assortment of links to get you started this fine Monday. Hopefully you will find one or two of interest. Dig in!

Cory at the Madville Times has been doggedly following the Mike Rounds-Joop Bollen corruption scandal that Republicans in Pierre are covering up. Check out Cory daily for more information. http://madvilletimes.com/

Digby directs us to an article by Rick Perlestein about the pardoning of Nixon, and how that seminal event led to the illegal actions of our ruling class being consequence-free ever since. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-ramifications-of-pardon.html On that subject, more here: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/09/why-lack-of-accountability-among....

Up in North Dakota, the scramble to extract every last drop of oil is poisoning farmland, rendering it permanently sterile. http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/Poisoning_North_Dakota

At Salon, Digby discusses the moral depravity (her word) of Antonin Scalia's enthusiasm for the death penalty. http://www.salon.com/2014/09/08/scalias_utter_moral_failure_how_he_destr...

Rachel Maddow chronicles how Congress is running away from its Constitutional duty to debate issues of war. on.msnbc.com/1lUDgzY (copy & paste the link into your browser)

House Republicans slash funding request to combat ebola. If only we could call in airstrikes on ebola, then maybe they'd be interested. http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/house-republicans-slash-request-...

On a related note, is ISIS much more of a public relations machine than a military juggernaut? It's a pertinent question as screaming-Mimis like Lindsay Graham flutter their hands and try to stampede us into another quagmire in the Middle East. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/isis-pr-machine

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

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