Drinking Liberally Yankton Chapter Blog

DL Date Clarification

Hi all,

The weekly DL e-mail contained an error regarding dates. This week, December 6, we'll meet as usual at Ben's.

Next week, December 13, we won't have the usual DL get-together. Instead, we've been invited to join the Yankton Democratic Party's holiday potluck at the Copper Room from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Since most of our group will want to attend that, we're foregoing our regular meeting that night so everyone can attend the potluck instead.

Sorry about the confusion with dates. Hope to see you there!

Chris

Weekly DL Links

Hi all,

Another week is here, and we've got a few links for you. Hopefully one or two will be of interest.

But first an announcement: This week, Tuesday, December 13th, Drinking Liberally will not meet. Instead, Jay Williams has invited us to a party from 6:00pm – 9:00pm at Ben's Copper Room (upstairs from where we usually meet). The party is a Yankton Democratic Party pot luck. If you can bring a dish, please do so, and join everyone upstairs on Tuesday the 13th.

Now back to the links.

In the Jacobin Magazine, Cinzia Arruzza revisits comparisons between Trump and Berlusconi of Italy: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2016/11/trump-trumpism-opposition-democrats-p...

Via Cory at the Dakota Free Press, South Dakota's unnecessary and ill-considered "Marsy's Law" is already causing problems with Amber Alerts and crime reporting: http://dakotafreepress.com/2016/11/28/new-victim-rights-amendment-hides-... and http://dakotafreepress.com/2016/11/29/victim-rights-amendment-may-block-...

Tristero at Hullabaloo writes about moral choices: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2016/11/moral-choices-by-tristero.html

As always, Roy Edroso keeps tabs on Rightbloggers and presents us the results with a needed dose of humor: http://www.villagevoice.com/news/a-return-to-normalization-rightbloggers...

What's going on with the president-elect these days? Apparently making cabinet picks that even Warren G. Harding would find too much. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a51099/trump-romney-d...

Atrios has some thoughts about the Clinton campaign bungling the election. You may or may not agree (as is obvious from the commenters, if you're into that sort of thing). http://www.eschatonblog.com/2016/11/they-had-one-job_29.html

David Brooks thinks that the cure for what ails us is more technocratic centrism. The sort that appeals to David Brooks and his pampered friends, of course, who aren't affected by the whirlwind of the last election. http://www.salon.com/2016/11/29/more-bogus-new-centrism-from-david-brook...

Comix Corner: This Modern World. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2016/11/safe-spaces-for-angry-people.html

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,

Another week is here, and we've got a few links for you. Hopefully one or two will be of interest.

At Dakota Free Press, Cory ruminates about the actions our state's electors could take if they examined the writings of the Founding Fathers and took their jobs as gravely seriously as they should. http://dakotafreepress.com/2016/11/23/top-ten-reasons-south-dakota-elect...

In the NY Times, Ryan Lilla wrote a piece about how we need to get past "identity liberalism" in order to woo Archie Bunker into the Democratic party. Echidne has a few thoughts about where Lilla's argument fails: http://echidneofthesnakes.blogspot.fr/2016/11/the-end-of-identity-libera...

Digby and Paul Campos have some thoughts about the electoral college and what kind of democracy we have in the USA: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2016/11/what-kind-of-democracy-is-this-an...

Satire Corner: Atrios continues the Thanksgiving tradition of posting a mock press contract from the Dubya era. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2016/11/happy-turkee-day.html

Comix Corner, via the Lockhorns: http://joshreads.com/images/16/11/i161123lockhorns.jpg

Administrative Note: If anyone in our group would like to be an administrator of Yankton Drinking Liberally, either part-time or full-time, please let me know. I'm still doing it right now, obviously, but I would like to share the job with someone, or even pass the baton if someone else would like to take it. Think about it and let me know.

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, etc.

Hi all,

Another week is here, and we've got a few links for you. Hopefully one or two will be of interest.

Charlie Pierce writes about what motivated "white working-class voters." In at least some cases, it seems to have been a vague desire for change, to return to a time before their industrial towns hollowed-out, and before the opioid epidemic spread through their communities. A vote for Trump is a non-sequitur of course, but he was the candidate speaking more directly (if not coherently) to their concerns. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a50827/white-working-...

From the NY Times, an article discussing the Democrats' real turnout problem: http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/11/20/opinion/sunday/the-democrats-real-t...

Also at the NY Times, Naomi Klein argues that Trump defeated Clinton, not women in general. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/16/opinion/trump-defeated-clinton-not-wom...

Another from Charlie Pierce: "This isn't about partisan bickering. This is about protecting civil rights." http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a50816/trump-jeff-ses...

Masha Gessen provides some rules for surviving an autocracy. http://www2.nybooks.com/daily/s3/nov/10/trump-election-autocracy-rules-f...

Finally, as a little pick-me-up, we provide the results of a simple Google search for "beautiful autumn pictures." Take a look. You'll be glad you did. And, if you find yourself having a rough day, substitute another kind of search, whatever suits your fancy. A little art therapy is a good thing. https://www.google.com/search?q=beautiful+autumn+pictures&biw=1214&bih=7...

Administrative Note: If anyone in our group would like to be an administrator of Yankton Drinking Liberally, either part-time or full-time, please let me know. I'm still doing it right now, obviously, but I would like to share the job with someone, or even pass the baton if someone else would like to take it. Think about it and let me know.

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

Post-Election DL

Hi all,

The never-ending election has finally ended. Thanks to everyone who did their civic duty and voted, and even more thanks to those of you who helped educate voters and got out the vote, and many many thanks to those of you who ran for office. It may seem like a futile, thankless task, but it's necessary. Even if the work seems to go unrequited and unnoticed, at the very least it's good karma. As Longfellow's poem "The Builders" says, "the Gods see everywhere."

Nothing useless is, or low;
Each thing in its place is best;
And what seems but idle show
Strengthens and supports the rest.

http://www.hwlongfellow.org/poems_poem.php?pid=118

However, the election went in perhaps a different direction than most of us would have preferred. Welcome to the first week of our four-year national nightmare. Cheers! We've got a few links for you. Hopefully one or two will be of interest.

Kareem Abdul Jabbar writes about what it's like to be black during a Trump administration: https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2016/11/10/kareem-abdul...

Thomas Frank offers an autopsy of the Democratic campaign for President: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/nov/09/donald-trump-white...

Charlie Pierce has observations as well: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a50522/hillary-clinto...

Of all places, Cracked Magazine (I know!) has a good article about "How Half of America Lost its F**king Mind" (h/t Hullabaloo): http://www.cracked.com/blog/6-reasons-trumps-rise-that-no-one-talks-abou...

Robert Reich writes that the Democrats used to represent the working class, but not anymore. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/nov/10/democrats-working-...

In a similar vein, Naomi Klein writes that the Democrats' embrace of neo-liberalism (i.e., mild social liberalsm mixed with pro-Wall Street economics) won the election for Trump: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/nov/09/rise-of-the-davos-...

Regarding the Democratic nominee, Atrios makes an observation that I also have been making (maybe I gleaned it from him—I don't remember). http://www.eschatonblog.com/2016/11/primary-colors.html

Health Corner: The reasons people don't call in when they're sick: http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20161101-the-reasons-we-dont-call-in-si...

On the bright side, Iceland's election featured the Pirate Party. Yaaarrr! http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-iceland-election-20161030-story.html

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

Election Week DL Links (and an announcement)

Hi all,

Election week is finally here, and we've got a few links for you. Hopefully one or two will be of interest.

First, an announcement: On election night, November 8, Drinking Liberally will meet upstairs in the Copper Room at Ben's. We can watch election results there and enjoy each other's company. Please bring along any friends who might want to join us for election night Drinking Liberally.

Second, make sure to get out and vote! If you haven't voted early, then it's vitally important that you make time to vote on election day. Thank you in advance!

Republican voter suppression is having its desired effect in places like North Carolina. This is why we have early voting, to allow busy people more time to vote, especially when anti-American political hacks are actively putting barriers in their way. And of course, the voter rolls shouldn't be politically purged in the first place. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a50326/north-carolina...

A reminder that the Both Sides Do It viewpoint is total nonsense, and a double standard: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2016/11/america-held-hostage-day-x.html

At Alicublog, Roy hilariously takes apart Jonah Goldberg's incoherent, self-contradictory arguments against early voting. Oh, and did I mention Goldberg thinks we should make it harder to vote? Maybe we could bring back the poll tax! http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2016/11/once-slow-goldberg-shows-hes-got-p...

In the New Yorker, George Packer writes of Hillary Clinton and the populist revolt. Among the more interesting points is the newfound realization that the country needs blue collar jobs and people to fill them. Although education is an unqualified good, not everyone needs, wants, or has the aptitude for a college degree. As Packer describes it, the "advanced degrees for everyone" mindset of the 1990s became "a secular brand of Calvinism, with the state of inward grace revealed outwardly by an Ivy League degree". http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/10/31/hillary-clinton-and-the-pop...

On a similar topic Atrios notes that Philly is hiring bus drivers, and satirically recaps some of the demeaning, elitist arguments against blue-collar jobs like that. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2016/11/theyre-hiring.html Is there any reason that blue-collar jobs can't be good-paying jobs? If so, why? Everybody has to work somewhere, and not everybody can (or wants to) write code for Google or push paper at a huge financial firm. Some people might actually like doing "simple," necessary things, might be good at them, and might deserve to be paid a living wage. When we say that "nobody will do those jobs," it's implicitly because they pay so little. When we then say we want immigrants (subtext = "not 'real' Americans") to come do those jobs for pennies, what we're really saying is that we want to bring back the Servant Class, like they had in Victorian England. There has to be a better way for adapting to the modern labor market, and we need to start thinking of better solutions.

Charlie Pierce presents an article by Wayne Barrett showing close ties between Trump ally Rudolph Giuliani and the FBI – particularly the group within it determined to "clap the Clintons in irons" as Charlie said. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a50306/fbi-email-giul... Josh Marshall at TPM compiles more here: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/there-s-a-problem-at-the-fbi

The Rude Pundit has some extremely rude words for Trump voters (standard disclaimer: profanity, vulgarity, etc.; don't click if you're likely to be offended). http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2016/11/last-note-to-trump-voters-you-are...

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 and an Announcement

Hi all,

It's Monday again, and we've got a few more links for you. Hopefully one or two will be of interest.

First, an announcement: On election night, November 8, Drinking Liberally will meet upstairs in the Copper Room at Ben's. We can watch election results there and enjoy each other's company. Please bring along any friends who might want to join us for election night Drinking Liberally.

This week we'll meet in our regular location at Ben's. We're hoping to have Bernie Hunhoff stop by to help explain the various ballot questions. If you have any questions, bring them along, and we can discuss them together.

Speaking of ballots, you can go to the South Dakota Secretary of State's website anytime to verify your voter registration and print out a sample ballot. If you haven't done so yet, you might want to do that, given the number of items on this year's ballot. Here's the link to the website: https://sdsos.gov/elections-voting/default.aspx

For updates on the election and general news, be sure to check out the Dakota Free Press for local news: http://dakotafreepress.com/

And Charlie Pierce for more national topics: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/

And for a humorous recap of what's going on in the right-wing fever swamps, check out Roy's place, Alicublog: http://alicublog.blogspot.com/

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,

It's Monday again, and we're back with more linky goodness for you to peruse. Hopefully one or two will be of interest.

Confused about South Dakota's ballot initiatives? Cory at the Dakota Free Press publishes the recommendations of Democracy In Action from Rapid City. We present it here without comment to help you get familiar with the many items on the ballot. (See also Bernie Hunhoff's analysis later on in this post.) http://dakotafreepress.com/2016/10/19/ballot-measures-democracy-in-actio...

Charlie Pierce points to the elephant in the room. Why should anyone be surprised that Trump won't respect the results of the election? It's been standard Republican practice for 25 years. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a49829/trump-wont-res...

Charlie also keeps us up-to-date with a survey of what's going on in the several states. The amount of absolute nuttery makes it seem like everything is in complete meltdown. Trump as a major party's nominee for President is only the tip of the crazy iceberg. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a49850/kansas-house-s...

Will someone please buy Tom Friedman a seat in the House of Lords and stop him from bothering the rest of us with his upper-class fairytales? You know, the ones with the Wise Cab Driver who magically agrees with every Wall Street-friendly thing Tommy says. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a49774/thomas-friedma...

Atrios has some thoughts about what he describes as the "lazy faux-patriotic pundit trope about National Unity": http://www.eschatonblog.com/2016/10/but-what-if-nation-isdivided.html

Finally, we close by sharing Bernie Hunhoff's Facebook post explanation (with his permission) of the many ballot initiatives we South Dakotans will be voting on. These are presented for informational purposes only, not as recommendations from your friendly local Drinking Liberally club. If you'd like to discuss the initiatives directly with Bernie, we're hoping to have him attend the Drinking Liberally here in Yankton on November 1. Mark your calendars!

[text of Bernie's post follows]

Const. Amend. R (tech schools): Doesn't deliver what proponents are promising, but a harmless clarification. I am Yes.

Const. Amend. S ( Marsy's Law for crime victims): South Dakota has good laws for victims. if more are needed, lawmakers will gladly pass them. Plus this doesn't belong in constitution. Vote No.

Const. Amend. T (redistricting): Repubs have 43% of registered voters and over 80% of legislature, partly because they get to pick their voters and they do. Want fairness and competition? Vote Yes.

Const. Amend. U (U stands for Ugly): This represents the deceitful nature of the powerful payday loan industry. It's a fake limit of 18% on loans. Sick politics. Vote No, No, No.

Const. Amend. V (non-partisan elections): Takes party politics out of Pierre's backrooms and off the ballot. We just run as South Dakotans. Pros and cons but I think it'll result in more moderate elected officials from both parties. I am Yes.

Initiated Measure 21 (true payday loan reform): Sets a 36% cap on payday loans as the federal gov't now does around military bases to protect soldiers. Industry apologists say such loans are the only thing available to people drowning in debt. That's like saying it's better to throw an anchor to a drowning man if you can't find a life jacket. The loans are killers. Vote Yes.

Init. Meas. 22 ( anti-corruption reforms): Personally i don't like the public financing of elections piece in this but the rest is too important ... the ethics commission, limits on lobbyists, more transparency and accountability. I am Yes.

Init. Meas. 23 ( (union fees). Due to a glitch in state law, unions can't charge fees when they represent non-union members in a grievance. If you just hate unions vote no. If you want to be fair then vote Yes.

Referred Law 19 (election laws): This began as an ok idea from the state election board and Sec. of State Shantel Krebs but it was kidnapped and turned into a partisan monstrosity by GOP leaders. A very sad day in Pierre when this passed. Vote No.

Referred Law 20 (youth minimum wage): Another bad bill passed by GOP lawmakers alone. Many teens work to help pay the family bills, and they can do most manual, retail and restaurant jobs better than old folks like me. Don't discriminate. Vote No.

[end text of Bernie's post]

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,

Happy Native American Day or Columbus Day, depending upon where you are. We just have a couple links to share this week. Hopefully you'll still find something of interest. If not here, always check out Digby, Charlie Pierce at Esquire online, Josh Marshall's Talking Points Memo, and Alicublog. A simple internet search will find all of them.

When it comes to the strategy of hectoring people into magically voting for your candidate, this has been another edition of What Atrios Said: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2016/10/how-many-polls.html

Culinary Corner: Why chicken doesn't taste like chicken anymore:  http://nypost.com/2015/04/26/why-nothing-especially-chicken-tastes-like-...

Related: Behold Mystery Science Theater 3000's vintage short, "The Chicken of Tomorrow." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1G0stojwYjI

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,

Here are a few links to peruse this week. Hopefully you'll find something of interest to you.

First off, here's a link to the South Dakota Secretary of State's website, where you can find your polling place and print a sample ballot for study before voting. That's especially important this year, with all the ballot items up for consideration. Happy voting! https://sdsos.gov/elections-voting/default.aspx

There's a new book out about the rise of Hitler, and how in the world he was able to rise from obscurity to control Germany. You might note a disturbing similarity between his story and the current Republican nominee for President. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2016/09/this-is-no-joke-kids-hitler.html

Did you know how close the world came to nuclear annihilation back in 1983 because of faulty Soviet military equipment? I didn't. To celebrate the anniversary, I wish you Happy "The Earth Isn't a Glowing Cinder" Day! http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a48987/nuclear-false-...

From the NY Times: "More jobs, but not for everyone: What fuels the backlash on trade." http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/29/business/economy/more-wealth-more-jobs...

From the corner of Elf Street and Iceland Avenue: After mudslides and flooding in Iceland, elves are suspects. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/28/world/what-in-the-world/iceland-elves-...

Health Corner: What does 2000 calories look like?  http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/12/22/upshot/what-2000-calories-...

Dessert Corner: The NY Times' most popular recipe ever, the plum torte. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/14/dining/marian-burros-plum-torte-recipe...

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