Drinking Liberally Yankton Chapter Blog

Monday DL Links

Hi all,

It's a new week, and we've got some links for you to peruse at your leisure, should you be inclined to do so.

As always, read your Krugman: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/20/opinion/paul-krugman-cranking-up-for-2...

Charlie Pierce takes Maureen Dowd downtown: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a33160/maureen-dowd-t...

Even better (or possibly worse, just by nature of the subject matter), Charlie takes the execrable Bill "Wrong" Kristol downtown as well: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a33170/today-in-outri...

Digby presents a Venn diagram of Jebbie's advisors that might be the scariest thing you'll see all month. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/02/the-scariest-chart-you-will-see-t... Charlie Pierce has a reaction. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a33203/jeb-bush-annou...

Atrios muses about Wal-Mart's workplace strategy of kicking the poors, unlike what Henry Ford did with his workforce's pay: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2015/02/kick-poors.html

Sedition has become the new normal as state attorneys general coordinate to challenge and undermine the federal government. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/republican-attorneys-general-obama-white...

The Rude Pundit digs up some quotes about immigration from Abraham Lincoln (yes, rude words, etc.): http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2015/02/abraham-lincoln-would-still-fuck-...

Wait – Bill O'Reilly claims to have been a war correspondent during the Falklands the war? Turns out (surprise) it may not be so. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/02/remember-bill-oreillys-hot-falkla...

That's all for now. 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,

We're already into February, and winter let us know it wasn't done with us yet. So, if you're snowed in (or even if you're not), here are some links for you to peruse while you thaw out after shoveling.

Atrios awards his America's Worst Humans title for Wednesday to Michael Bloomberg, who apparently thinks (among other things) that "unionized" waiters and waitresses make $150,000 a year. I am not making that up. Oh, and he also thinks that unlike him, the ordinary American rabble is stupid and uninformed. http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2015/02/crazy-old-man-rants-central-...

Conservatives dance on the grave of ISIL hostage Kayla Mueller: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/conservatives-kayla-mueller-israel

In a non-rude post, the Rude Pundit brings to our attention an oil workers' strike currently going. The workers are protesting poor safety conditions. http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2015/02/photos-that-make-rude-pundit-want...

Echidne relates that Fox "news" talking head Stuart Varney accuses Democrats of "buying votes" by "bribing" people with food stamps. Ah yes; if you're concerned about social welfare and don't want people to starve, obviously you're just "bribing" them to vote for you. Or something. http://www.echidneofthesnakes.blogspot.com/2015/02/food-stamps-as-democr...

Digby alerts us that if you liked Dick Cheney, you'll love president Jebbie: http://www.salon.com/2015/02/13/jebs_quiet_wingnutty_past_why_he_has_to_...

Signage Corner: After a number of owl attacks on pedestrians in an Oregon park, Rachel Maddow suggests a "beware of owls" sign. Before you know it, the park has actually installed her suggestion. (copy and paste the following link in your browser) on.msnbc.com/1E6kSIj

That's all for now. 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,

We're already into February, and winter let us know it wasn't done with us yet. So, if you're snowed in (or even if you're not), here are some links for you to peruse while you thaw out after shoveling.

From the Washington Post, an article debunking the myth of the "American love affair with cars." http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/01/27/debunking-the...

Racism Corner: Drunken VIPs harrass Native American schoolkids at Rapid City hockey game. http://madvilletimes.com/2015/01/rapid-city-vip-hockey-spectators-harass...

Okay, think what you will of Mittens Romney, but this is just weird: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2015/01/white-horse-prophecy.html

The conservative movement is infested with scams and grifters. (h/t Atrios, who rightfully notes that left-leaning groups aren't without problems, but by comparison...) http://mediamatters.org/blog/2015/01/26/the-conservative-movement-is-inf...

Digby argues that in some police confrontations, judicious retreat is the better option – just as the police no longer conduct dangerous, often lethal, high-speed chases regardless of the infraction. http://www.salon.com/2015/01/29/they_could_have_retreated_why_its_time_f...

At Rolling Stone, Matt Taibbi writes about the financial industry's wide-scale scamming of ordinary investors – because, believe it or not, the industry apparently has no fiduciary duty to act in the best interests of its clients. http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/while-deflategate-and-chaitgat...

That's all for now. 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,

It's time to start a new week – the last one of January already. Here are some links to get you started with your nightcap or morning coffee, as the case may be.

"This Cold House": The author of the NY Times piece investigates how cold he can keep his house in the winter and still be comfortable, thus saving energy. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/24/opinion/this-cold-house.html

Charlie Pierce also has some thoughts about the meaningless, empty ritual of the televised State of the Union address: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/The_State_Of_Our_Union_Is_Fake

Mr. Pierce also gives right-wing Beltway hack (and former head of the Associated Press) Ron Fournier a well-deserved kicking around the block for his bloviating about the State of the Union address. http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/Ron_Fourniers_World

Meanwhile, Arkansas celebrates the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., along with Robert E. Lee. And no matter what it looks like, it has nothing to do with racism, because shut up that's why. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/01/now-why-would-they-do-this.html

This Week in One-Party Rule: The Republican politburo in Pierre proposes weakening regulations against conflicts of interest. If their bill passes, their buddies can stuff their cars full of cash on the way out of Pierre, and the governor can say it's all okay. Small-government conservatism in action! http://madvilletimes.com/2015/01/second-benda-bollen-bill-lets-governor-...

In her response to the State of the Union address (one of the several dozen opposition responses that get televised when someone with a D by his name is in the White House), lobotomized hairpiece Joni Ernst regales the nation with tales of adolescent poverty during the Reagan Administration – only doesn't seem to realize that's what she's done. http://crooksandliars.com/2015/01/joni-ernst-tells-tale-time-trickle-dow... By the way, comedian Lizz Winstead noted that she grew up poor in Minnesota, and when they had to use bread bags to keep their feet dry, they wore them *inside* the shoes, so they wouldn't slip and fall on the snow and ice.

I had never before heard this story about Queen Elizabeth II giving a lesson in feminism to the king of Saudi Arabia. Just when you think the British royal family has nothing to offer, they pull out something like this. http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/01/feminist-boss-lady-queen-elizabe...

On the subject of Saudi Arabia, Atrios notes our weird double standard where we (and the hyperventilating Beltway press) lets them get away with atrocious, barbaric behavior, which would never fly if it happened in, say, Venezuela. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2015/01/mourning.html

Cinema Corner: Charlie Pierce reflects upon the Civil Rights movement after seeing the movie "Selma." http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/Seeing_Selma

Also, the Rude Pundit has a complex review of the movie "American Sniper." Yes, there's still rude language in the column. Would one expect any less? http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2015/01/i-dont-give-fuck-its-your-house.h...

That's all for now. 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,

A new week is upon us, and here are some links to get you started. As always, this is just a sampling. Be sure to check out our regular go-to sites for additional news, commentary, and other information throughout the week. I'm sure you'll be able to find something of interest.

Cory at the Madville Times has a run-down of Judge Schrier striking down South Dakota's unconstitutional marriage equality ban. http://madvilletimes.com/2015/01/federal-judge-rules-south-dakota-gay-ma...

Atrios revisits the role lead (coming from leaded gasoline) probably played in tendencies towards violent crime: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2015/01/unleaded.html

Was the Democrats' midterm thumping actually a good thing for progressives in Congress? http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/signs-the-left-is-ascendant

Charlie Pierce brings us the latest effluvium from the Beltway's astronomically overrated, yet somehow still well-regarded, bowtied hack, George Will: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/The_Hackery_Of_George_Will_Contd Note that in addition to his usual dishonesty and condescension, Will manages to work in a heaping helping of barely-coded racism, too. Watch how he dances impishly around the term "uppity" without actually using it!

High school girls basketball coach suspended after his team won 161-2. Only read the comments if you totally want to lose your faith in humanity. They support the theory that Yahoo comments are written almost entirely by yahoos—soulless a**hole bullies whose sole purpose in life is to punch down. http://yahoo.thepostgame.com/blog/heroes-villains/201501/high-school-gir...

That's all for now. Come join us this week for Drinking Liberally!
What: Drinking Liberally
When: 7-9pm every Tuesday
Where: Ben's, downtown Yankton

Weekly DL Links

Hi all,

A new week is upon us, and here are some links to get you started. As always, this is just a sampling. Be sure to check out our regular go-to sites for additional news, commentary, and other information throughout the week. I'm sure you'll be able to find something of interest.

Digby presents us with a helpful reminder about income inequality. The charts, particularly the one illustrating what a billion dollars actually looks like, are very helpful. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/01/happy-days-are-here-again.html

Tom Sullivan discusses the possibly unhelpful phrase "voting your own best interests" and how people don't vote their interests in any event; they vote their identities. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/01/thank-you-for-not-voting-your-bes...

When the NAACP office was firebombed recently in Colorado Springs, surprisingly little media coverage ensued. Or, perhaps, it's not actually that surprising. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/01/07/1356085/-Frustrated-by-lack-of-...

Digby writes about why the new congress might be even worse than you think: http://www.salon.com/2015/01/07/gops_coming_horror_show_why_new_congress...

Charlie Pierce does some great work giving us information and background about the Charlie Hebdo mass murder in Paris. He also gives us a razor-sharp summation of how a certain cable network is using the atrocity: "[Fox] is baptizing itself in borrowed blood again." http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/Death_In_Paris Juan Cole offers some insights about possible motivations behind the attack: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/01/turning-up-hate.html

Ruth Marcus pens another insipid column about the anguish her elite circle of friends suffers when they do such trivial things as break the law. Fortunately Charlie Pierce follows swiftly after to lay the wood to Marcus's barfworthy drivel. http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/The_Persecution_And_Wrist_Slapping...

For another installment of Today in Depressing Cluelessness, most of America's rich people think the poor have it easy: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/01/08/most-of-ameri...

Charlie Pierce also pens a longer article about the Obama presidency, which is like everything Charlie writes, worth reading: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/barack-obama-cynic-and-the-lame-du...

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

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

New Year DL Links

Hi all,

Happy new year! As does nearly everything else at this time of year, the links have slowed down. However, they aren't entirely on hiatus. We have a couple for you below, and as always you can check out Digby's Hullabaloo, TPM, and Eschaton as sources of news and commentary.

Cory at the Madville Times names Richard Benda as 2014's "Man of the Year" in South Dakota: http://madvilletimes.com/2014/12/2014-man-of-the-year-in-south-dakota-po...

Check out the year in review that Roy is doing at Alicublog. Here's a taste: http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2014/12/the-year-in-bullshit-part-four.htm...

That's all for now. Ring in the new year properly, and come join us this week for Drinking Liberally!

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

Holiday DL Links

Hi all,

The new year is looming on the horizon, and we're getting ready to bid 2014 adieu. Here is a variety of links to peruse if you wish, in which you'll hopefully find something of interest.

"Get the kid his peaches." A nice Christmas story retold by Digby. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/12/get-kid-his-peaches.html

Charlie Pierce catches a whopper of a document dump that occurred on Christmas Eve when no one was looking. http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/A_Christmas_Message_From_The_NSA

Charlie also brought the following song to my attention: "Strange Things Happening Every Day" by Sister Rosetta Tharp. You will listen now. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzqGq6jiorg

Paul Krugman writes about "the great illusion" that war can be profitable, not destructive, even if you win: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/22/opinion/paul-krugman-putin-neocons-and...

Howard Kurtz, Mr. Conflict-of-Interest himself, remains a hack — only sexist this time. http://www.salon.com/2014/12/23/howie_kurtz_mansplains_the_news_foxs_med...

Tom Sullivan writing over at Digby's place ruminates about being "addicted to fear," as our current culture appears to be. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/12/addicted-to-fear-by-bloggersrus.h...

Digby catches the White House press corps(e) having the vapors about presidential vacations. She takes the opportunity to lay down a few facts that the pampered media elite can't be bothered with. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/12/whos-real-scrooge-here.html

Wildlife Management Corner: It seems counterintuitive, but studies at Washington State University found that killing wolves for eating livestock actually *increases* the number of livestock that get eaten the following year. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/12/27/1353401/-Study-Killing-wolves-f...

Dictionary Corner: "Drapetomania." The things you can learn from the internets, and from the wonderful commentators at sites like Alicublog. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drapetomania

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

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

Christmas week DL links

Hi all,

The holiday season is here, and among the weekly links are a few Christmas-themed ones toward the end. Hopefully among the newsy stuff you'll also find one of the others to be a pleasant diversion.

President Obama changes the USA's Cuba policy after fifty years of failure: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/obama-united-states-cuba-embassy Charlie Pierce has some interesting thoughts about the revised Cuba policy: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/The_President_Messes_Up_The_Rebran...

Charlie also reviews the recent Sunday bobblehead shows on the teevee machine. Unlike most weeks, Charlie isn't able to summon any humor when describing this week's conversations with monsters. http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/The_Gobshites_Cease_To_Be_Funny

At Salon, Digby writes about Dick Cheney's "grotesque legacy." http://www.salon.com/2014/12/15/time_to_take_the_gloves_off_how_dick_che...

Digby also ruminates about excited Villagers speculating that Jebbie of the noble House of Bush will be the next Republican Daddy to come in and save the party. http://www.salon.com/2014/12/17/can_you_smell_the_aqua_velva_why_jeb_bus...

Charlie Pierce doesn't want people to forget about Jebbie's role in the Terri Schiavo hospice case: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/Michael_Schiavo_Is_Ready_For_Jebbi...

President Obama could restore overtime pay to 1975 levels in an executive action. Will he do it? http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/12/obama-can-restore-overtime-pay-to...

The increasingly useless Washington Post editorializes against President Obama's easing of relations with Cuba. According to the WaPo, our 54-year-old embargo was just on the cusp of working! This is from the same paper that penned a loving eulogy to fascist dictator Augusto Pinochet, so take it for what it's worth. http://www.salon.com/2014/12/18/washington_post_our_54_year_old_cuba_pol...

A further note about the sanctimonious hypocrisy gurgling around what the Very Serious People say about our torture and Cuba policies: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/12/the-sanctimonious-hypocrisy-is-al... Of course we don't care about hypocrisy anymore (if we ever did), but it's good to note it just the same. Standards still exist, even if we don't observe them.

Poetry Corner: Christina Rossetti's "In the Bleak Midwinter," with its Christmas theme. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_the_Bleak_Midwinter There's also a version of it set to music by Gustav Holst and performed by the Gloucester Cathedral choir: http://youtu.be/xRobryliBLQ

If you're up for more ambitious reading, there's always "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight." It's a medieval chivalric tale mixing elements of Christianity and Celtic paganism, with the key action taking place at the winter solstice: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sir_Gawain_and_the_Green_Knight If you're looking for the text in the library, check out the Marie Borroff translation, which is generally regarded as the best. (Fun Fact: J. R. R. Tolkien also did a translation of the poem.)

For some lighter fare, there's the comedic classic from Mystery Science Theater 3000, "Santa Claus": http://youtu.be/iXKOF6rntUg Info on the original movie here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Claus_%281959_film%29

That's all for now. 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,

Last week's Holiday Party was a terrific success. Thanks, everyone, for coming! There was lots of great food, about three dozen familiar faces and new-ish faces, and a good time was had by all.

And now, to start off the new week, we have a selection of links. Peruse them at your leisure and give a click to any that look interesting.

As privileged insiders wail and gnash their teeth about the demise of The New Republic magazine, Ta-Nehisi Coates writes an unvarnished appreciation of the influential magazine's uncomfortable racist legacy. http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/12/the-new-republic-an-...

Charlie Pierce notes that the Supreme Court is becoming increasingly isolated in its echo chamber, removed from the real world, and paying attention only to high-powered corporate lawyers. http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/Supreme_Disenfranchment

From Hullabaloo, we have a Torture Apologia Chart to diagram the excuses given for violating taboos, our own laws, and international law: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2009/06/torture-apologia-chart-by-batocch...

At the Majority Report, Sam Seder interviews Marcy Wheeler (a.k.a. "Emptywheel") about the torture report. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5bG7v6jgOY

At Salon, Digby writes that Mark Udall's Senate speech revealed a little-noticed smoking gun about our government's torture program. http://www.salon.com/2014/12/11/torture_reports_hidden_fiasco_how_mark_u...

Charlie Pierce comments on the odious budget bill passed by the lobbyists – I mean congresscritters – in Washington. http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/The_Senator_Professor_Lands_A_Punc...
Digby and Dday note additional horrible provisions sneakily crammed into the omnibus bill: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/12/protecting-most-vulnerable-among-...

Matt Taibbi at Rolling Stone also has some thoughts about the gutting of Dodd-Frank during the recent outpouring of "bipartisan" kumbayah: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/dodd-frank-budget-fight-proves...

Be sure to regularly check the Madville Times for news about what's going on here in Our Fair State. http://madvilletimes.com/

Come join us this week for Drinking Liberally!
What: Drinking Liberally
When: 7-9pm every Tuesday
Where: Ben's, downtown Yankton