Drinking Liberally Yankton Chapter Blog

Weekly DL Links

­Hi all,

Another week is here, and this time, on these hot summer days when everything seems contentious, we choose to present just a few lighter links. Hopefully you'll enjoy.

A UK town installed "Chat Benches" to help lonely seniors avoid being isolated, and to encourage people to engage in conversation: https://twitter.com/nowthisnews/status/1149485372126240768/video/1

(Performance?) Art Corner: Finland hosts heavy metal knitting championship. https://www.ctvnews.ca/lifestyle/finland-hosts-heavy-metal-knitting-cham...

Comix Corner: Ruben Bolling presents Tom the Dancing Bug's Super Fun-Pak Comix. https://boingboing.net/2019/07/10/super-fun-pak-comix-feat-che.html

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

What: Drinking Liberally
When: 7-8pm every Tuesday
Where: Ben's, downtown Yankton

Weekly DL Links

­Hi all,

Another week is here. We've got a passel of links for you. Hopefully a few will be of interest.

We begin with Labor Corner, wherein we turn to Business Insider to find that the average American worker takes less vacation time than a medieval peasant: https://www.businessinsider.com/american-worker-less-vacation-medieval-p...

On Independence Day, Charlie Pierce treats us to the writings of revolutionary-era patriot Ms. Mercy Otis Warren: https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a28281910/fourth-of-july-...

Sam Seder discusses the Fourth of July celebration and congressional politics with Alex Pareene of the New Republic magazine. At about 40:00 into the podcast, there's an interesting discussion about whether Nancy Pelosi is being kneecapped by Chuck Schumer on the impeachment issue, because Schumer can't – or won't – deliver votes from Senate Democrats to give cover to the House. https://majorityreportradio.com/2019/07/05/7-5-trump-tanks-the-fourth-of...

Digby encourages us to all take a deep breath and relax for a minute, and links to a column by Brian Beutler about the presidential primary: https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2019/07/we-all-need-to-take-breath.html

Tom Sullivan notes that nobody asks "how are we going to 'pay for' this" unless it involves domestic programs. https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2019/07/real-americans-dont-ask-by-blogg...

At Dakota Free Press, Cory discusses what seems like it should be obvious: That minimum wage lifts people out of poverty and doesn't hurt employment. http://dakotafreepress.com/2019/07/06/higher-minimum-wage-lifts-people-o...

Drew Magary writes that closing concentration camps should never be made into a political issue: https://www.gq.com/story/closing-concentration-camps-should-not-be-polit...

Atrios wonders why it isn't obvious to everyone, not just "the young people," that national Republicans are buffoons. https://www.eschatonblog.com/2019/07/buffoons.html

Speaking of the Old Guard Democrats, Mehdi Hasan writes that Nancy Pelosi has finally come out swinging against someone: The young congresswomen of color in her own party. https://theintercept.com/2019/07/07/nancy-pelosi-has-chosen-her-war-and-...

Science Corner: The Leader's administration halts tracking of the plunging honeybee population, while simultaneously allowing a dangerous pesticide to be used again. If you didn't know better, you'd be forgiven for thinking some people want to literally destroy the world so nothing is left after they're gone. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/honey-bees-usda-data-collection-cut_n_5d2...

Poetry Corner: We present two poems featuring the humble bee.

From Emily Dickinson, "Fame Is a Bee": https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/52139/fame-is-a-bee-1788

From William Shakespeare, "Where the Bee Sucks, There Suck I": https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/50655/song-where-the-bee-sucks-th...

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

What: Drinking Liberally
When: 7-8pm every Tuesday
Where: Ben's, downtown Yankton

Weekly DL Links

­Hi all,

Another hot, steamy week is here. We've got some more links for you. Hopefully a few will be of interest. Hunker down with a cool drink in the basement or air-conditioned room of your choice and peruse them at your leisure.

It's interesting how this story about an Oregon Republican threatening the lives of police officers is framed as a mere partisan squabble: "Democrats demand . . ." https://apnews.com/564277856fe24538838a640256a04b6f

At her website and at Salon, Digby offers some advice to the "helpful" Never-Trumpers who are imperiously lecturing Democrats about what to do to defeat The Leader: https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2019/06/nobody-knows-magic-formula-to-be...

The UK might get a dumb, ridiculously-coiffed buffoon, Boris Johnson, as their next Prime Minister. You'd like to think people would at least learn from our mistakes. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jun/24/boris-johnson-prim...

Charlie Pierce observes that the Democratic Party is no longer running scared from the ghost of Ronald Reagan. (Finally! We've spent virtually my whole life in the iron grip of Archie Bunker's "Morning in America." Can we finally return to the civic values of FDR and Teddy Roosevelt?) https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a28208505/first-2020-demo...

Also, Charlie argues that John Roberts has "finished the job of turning American Democracy into a charade of self-government." https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a28212049/supreme-court-g...

Digby discusses an article at the NY Times about how "extreme" or far from the center our two political parties are compared to parties in Europe. It shouldn't surprise you to learn that our "center" between the two parties is actually far to the right when compared to what the world generally thinks of as the center. (Also, it's somewhat amusing to see the Times do their word gymnastics to make populism seem vaguely dirty and sordid. Instead of simply referring to right-wing, anti-immigrant parties as "nativist," they cobble together the longer, more awkward term "right-wing populist" to muddy the waters. The populists who fought against the Robber Barons a century ago would surely recognize the sneering tone.) https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2019/06/the-dems-arent-extremists-fergaw...

Subscribe to Roy Edroso's newsletter! Here he unlocks a post for non-subscribers to discuss the second Democratic debate. https://edroso.substack.com/p/introducing-president-harris?token=eyJ1c2V...

Another day in the Most Free Country on Earth™: Cory at Dakota Free Press relates how Davison County is squelching anti-CAFO viewpoints. (It's not the first time we've seen this kind of thing. Just do a search of East German-style Ag-Gag laws that prohibit citizens from talking about corporate agriculture in anything besides glowing terms.) http://dakotafreepress.com/2019/06/29/davison-county-squelching-anti-caf...

Comix Corner: Tom Tomorrow presents The Dumb Week That Was. https://thenib.com/the-dumb-week-that-was?id=tom-tomorrow&t=author

Art Corner: Yes, I know it's so well-known as to be a cliché, but with summer here, enjoy George Seurat's pointillist painting "A Sunday on La Grande Jatte." If you're in Chicago, go to the Art Institute of Chicago to see it. If you're not, read up on the Internet or at least watch Ferris Buehler's Day Off to appreciate it. https://www.artic.edu/artworks/27992/a-sunday-on-la-grande-jatte-1884

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

What: Drinking Liberally
When: 7-8pm every Tuesday
Where: Ben's, downtown Yankton

Bonus DL Link

Hi all,

We've got a bonus link this week—one for both Art Corner and History Corner. Behold the public sculpture commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the Winnipeg General Strike where around 30,000 people went on strike for better pay and working conditions.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/winnipeg-1919-general-strike-str...

Chris

Weekly DL Links

­Hi all,

Another week is here, and we've got some more links for you to peruse. Hopefully a few will be of interest.

At Esquire, Charlie Pierce says "Democrats need to stop with the closed-door hearings where we get shards of the truth. Drop the hammer—or stage an elaborate funeral for the constitutional order." https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a28116106/hope-hicks-test...

At the New Republic, Alex Pareene goes in search of the Democratic Party's nearly fighting spirit. "But even when Democrats deign to declare that they are opposed to Republican rule, it frequently seems forced, as if they're pandering to their supporters while secretly hoping their nonsupporters won't get offended. " https://newrepublic.com/article/154113/democratic-party-fighting-spirit-...

At GQ, Drew Magary asks if all this misery is worth it: https://www.gq.com/story/what-is-misery-worth

At Splinter News, Hamilton Nolan exhorts members of congress to just "say No War, you cowards." https://splinternews.com/say-no-war-you-cowards-1835724900

History Corner: It's the 100 year anniversary of the Winnipeg General Strike of 1919. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winnipeg_general_strike

Comix Corner: Tom the Dancing Bug presents "Socialist Invaders from the Future!" https://www.gocomics.com/tomthedancingbug/2019/03/15

At the Corner of Humor & Architecture we find McMansion Hell doing a tour of the most awful homes of Waukesha County, Wisconsin: https://mcmansionhell.com/post/185568373001/50-states-of-mcmansion-hell-...

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

What: Drinking Liberally
When: 7-8pm every Tuesday
Where: Ben's, downtown Yankton

Happy Juneteenth!

Hi all,

In anticipation of tomorrow, Happy Juneteenth (Emancipation Day) from Yankton Drinking Liberally!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juneteenth

Hope to see you at Drinking Liberally—and even if not, we still hope you have a great Emancipation Day and rest of your week.

–Chris

Weekly DL Links

Hi all,

Another week is here, and we've got some more links for you to peruse. Hopefully a few will be of interest.

At Dakota Free Press, Cory brings us the story of a Girls State attendee being harassed and expelled for her anti-Trump political beliefs. http://dakotafreepress.com/2019/06/16/girls-stater-expelled-after-postin...

The Dakota Free Press also informs us of the Trump Administration's push to cut funding for rural broadband access. Maybe our influential Republican governor could talk to her BFFs in Washington and get them to reconsider? Or would that be too much work for her? http://dakotafreepress.com/2019/06/12/trump-fcc-seeks-cap-on-rural-broad...

At GQ, Drew Magary writes "When people are asked to blindly worship the military and never have to lay eyes on the reality of war, that gives warmongers free rein to continually send troops to their doom." https://www.gq.com/story/cheapening-of-war

Digby brings us an article by Anne Applebaum of the Washington Post discussing offshore secret bank accounts, how they can launder money, and how they undermine global democracy. https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2019/06/oh-jared_15.html

Digby writes about "Mitch and Elaine: the perfect power couple of the Trump era." She also notes how deluded it is for Joe Biden and others yearning for those halcyon bipartisan days of yore to assume that Republicans are going to become Eisenhower once Trump is gone. As many have noted, Trump is a symptom, not the disease. https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2019/06/mitch-and-elaine-perfect-power-c...

Also at Digby's place, Tom Sullivan discusses Nick Hanauer's persuasive argument that economic inequality isn't due to some "failure" of education. https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2019/06/not-failing-schools-failing-econ...

Canine Corner: Behold a dog playing Jenga. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PrnVkKN0HE

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

What: Drinking Liberally
When: 7-8pm every Tuesday
Where: Ben's, downtown Yankton

Weekly DL Links

Hi all,

Another week is here, and we've got a bunch of links for you to peruse. Hopefully a few will be of interest.

On the anniversary of D-Day, Charlie Pierce favors us with a thoughtful remembrance of those who served: https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a27784085/d-day-world-war...

Digby discusses an article in favor of impeachment written by former Harry Reid staffer Adam Jentlesen. In short, "The Democrats have to stop assuming they will win by default." https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2019/06/the-political-arguments-for-impe... Jentlesen himself notes that "declining to impeach isn't a decision to pivot to other topics, it's a decision to cede control over what fills the space between now and election day." (And before everyone starts arguing about semantic details, for the purposes of discussion we're assuming "impeach" means "start the process of [possibly lengthy] impeachment hearings"; it doesn't mean "leap immediately to an impeachment vote on the floor of the House.")

She also writes about the "Trump Doctrine" of crude economic imperialism, where that "doctrine" (such as it is) comes from, and the very bad possible consequences of following it: https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2019/06/the-trump-doctrine-crude-economi...

In addition to publishing mendacious conservative hacks in their precious Op-Ed space, MediaMatters finds the NY Times getting the vapors over a supposed "crisis" of free speech on college campuses – you know, wherein those dastardly students are bullying poor right-wing speakers. One problem with this (in addition to students having little actual power other than protest when a school brings in notorious racists and warmongers to speak) is that the Times has been on the fainting couch about this urgent issue for literally 100 years. https://www.mediamatters.org/blog/2019/06/04/how-bret-stephens-and-bari-...

Another South Dakota nursing home is closing due to funding and worker shortages: http://dakotafreepress.com/2019/06/05/sioux-falls-nursing-home-to-close-...

Charlie Pierce notices that the USA still does not have an anti-domestic terrorism law on the books: https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a27733112/domestic-terror...

In the NY Post (!), Karol Markowicz argues that active shooter drills in schools "terrorize our kids pointlessly." https://nypost.com/2019/06/02/school-shooter-drills-terrorize-our-kids-p...

After delaying for over a week due to objections by Republicans, the House passes a disaster relief bill. 58 Republicans still voted against the disaster relief. https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a27729872/congress-pass-d...

City Planning Corner: At The Week, Ryan Cooper makes a convincing case against "car supremacy" in the design of US cities. https://theweek.com/articles-amp/845442/against-car-supremacy?__twitter_...

Along those lines, in American Affairs Journal, Hubert Horan writes about Uber's "path of destruction." As he says, "the widespread belief that [Uber] is a highly innovative and successful company has no basis in economic reality." https://americanaffairsjournal.org/2019/05/ubers-path-of-destruction/

Culture Corner: Behold the fascinating, remote, and (it must be said) improbable Maryhill Museum above the Columbia River Gorge in remote south-central Washington state. https://www.maryhillmuseum.org/ Its Wikipedia entry is here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maryhill_Museum_of_Art

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

What: Drinking Liberally
When: 7-8pm 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 to peruse. Hopefully one or two will be of interest.

Dave Weigel tweets some statements from Elizabeth Warren that show that she understands what it's like to motivate people and make them want to vote *for* you. For example, "When a candidate tells you about all the things that aren't possible, about how political calculations come first... they are telling you that they will not fight for you." https://twitter.com/daveweigel/status/1134894159100170245?s=11

Digby points us to an excellent article by Steven Rattner that explains how "the economy" is less and less likely to predict whether an incumbent will be reelected: https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2019/05/its-values-stupid.html

Instead of hiding under the covers and pretending the ongoing Constitutional crisis will go away, Digby advocates impeachment proceedings and forcing the Senate to show that they're merely Trump's servile lackeys: https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2019/05/let-mcconnell-show-country-what-...

Atrios has an observation about the Democrats' strategy of cowering in the corner, desperately hoping that a Republican Daddy would save them from having to DO SOMETHING with the limited power they have: https://www.eschatonblog.com/2019/05/too-late.html

Atrios also re-reads a piece from Chris Hayes about the difference between political junkies and "ordinary" people who pay less attention. Draw your own conclusions about what this means for strategies to engage them and get them to vote. https://www.eschatonblog.com/2019/05/undecided-voters.html

Social Commentary Corner: Rick Steves shows us a statue of a hand giving the middle finger in front of the Milan Stock Market. https://twitter.com/ricksteves/status/1133177242656239616?s=11

Culture Corner: A genuine write-up of an early baseball game by Walt Whitman. https://ourgame.mlblogs.com/walt-whitman-baseball-reporter-973282e2ab58

Incidentally, if you're interested in buying a first edition of "Leaves of Grass," self-published by the author, one sold a few years ago for $305,000. https://www.cnbc.com/2014/06/19/walt-whitman-book-sells-for-305000.html

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

What: Drinking Liberally
When: 7-8pm 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 to peruse. Hopefully one or two will be of interest.

As you know, it's Memorial Day weekend: https://www.pbs.org/national-memorial-day-concert/memorial-day/history/

Drew Magary asks why we keep giving people like Rahm Emanuel cushy media jobs: https://www.gq.com/story/rahm-emanuel-two-new-jobs

Digby takes a look at Justin Amash and the rest of his fellow Teabaggers, and finds that, for all his many faults, he's about the only one taking the Tea Party's supposed principles seriously. https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2019/05/justin-amash-one-true-tea-partye...

At Hullabaloo, Tom Sullivan writes about Democratic issues, and how to address them, in rural, Republican areas: https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2019/05/improving-lives-and-shaving-marg...

Charlie Pierce checks in on the confluence of Midwest flooding and our old friend, the toxic sludge pipeline Keystone XL: https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a27545714/keystone-xl-pip...

Literature Corner: With all the rain and flooding this year, if you want a good supernatural horror story to match the setting, try "The Willows" by Algernon Blackwood: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/11438

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

What: Drinking Liberally
When: 7-8pm every Tuesday
Where: Ben's, downtown Yankton