Drinking Liberally Yankton Chapter Blog

Monday DL Links

Hi all,

Another week is here, and we've got a bunch of links for your reading pleasure, should any of them catch your interest.

As Charlie Pierce notes regarding the alarming trend of law enforcement problems, "you get what you pay for, and we're not willing to pay for anything anymore." http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a34321/this-is-all-ve...

On a similar topic, here's a sobering headline we should never have to read in the USA: "Private Company Conspired With Police To Hold Poor People For Ransom, Lawsuit Charges." http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2015/04/15/3647374/private-probation-la...

Further, another problem with sending the National Guard into war zones is that when they're deployed domestically, they see their fellow citizens as "enemy forces." The increasing militarization of the police exacerbates the same problem. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/04/we-have-met-enemy-and-he-is-you-b...

This week in security theater: Metal detectors at baseball games. An expert says they won't actually make you safe, but they will make you miss a few innings. http://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2015/04/14/baseballs-new...

For people gearing up for campaign mode, here's an article from New York Magazine about whether Hillary Clinton is "any good at running for president," and whether that really matters. http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/04/hillary-clinton-2016-campai...

The article is talking about British politics, but it applies here as well: Obsessing about the deficit is a con; it's "an excuse for redrafting the social contract on behalf of the elite." http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/apr/14/labour-bean-countin...

TwitterFail: Senate Republicans tweet how indebted they are to Lincoln's assassination. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/senate-gop-lincoln-tweet

Athenae has some choice thoughts for shameless Iraq war hustler Judith Miller, who's now promoting her book and still claiming she was right. http://first-draft.com/2015/04/19/make-room-judith-miller/

As always, for more South Dakota news and blogging, check out Corey's Dakota Free Press. http://dakotafreepress.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

Monday DL Links

Hi all,

Another week is upon us, and as always we have some links for you to look through with your coffee if you're interested.

With more and more people favoring increasing Social Security benefits, some right-wing pushback has begun. Here Michael Hiltzik in the LA Times dismantles the erroneous, mean-spirited, mendacious arguments of glibertarian princess Megan McArdle: http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-mh-bloombergs-megan-mcardl...

At the New Republic, Brian Beutler argues that we should make the Confederacy's defeat a national holiday: http://www.newrepublic.com/article/121406/civil-war-150th-anniversary-co... The article is thought-provoking, but the comments are useless – that is, unless you've miraculously found a use for screeching butthurt from Confederate fanboys. After the tiresome, predictable hissy fit thrown by resentful Confederate apologists, Mr. Beutler wrote a follow-up: http://www.newrepublic.com/article/121477/civil-war-150th-anniversary-so...

Paul Krugman discusses areas where government excels: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/10/opinion/paul-krugman-where-government-...

South Dakota is among the ten states most dependent upon federal funding. Note the number of Red State moochers on the list. http://dakotafreepress.com/2015/04/10/south-dakota-among-ten-states-most...

George Will remains a shameless liar while burbling about Saint Reagan's job creation numbers. http://mediamatters.org/blog/2015/04/05/george-will-revives-tired-canard...

On a brighter note, this week's Culture Corner features Washington Irving, as presented by Garrison Keillor in the Writer's Almanac. Who knew that Irving was responsible for such iconic things as Santa Claus's sleigh, and the belief that in Columbus's time, Europeans thought the world was flat? http://writersalmanac.org/episodes/20150403/

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,

I hope you had a good Easter weekend and are ready to get back to the grind. Here are some links to look through with your coffee if you're interested.

Athenae makes the observation that although civil rights takes time to move forward, that doesn't mean that years ago everyone was bigoted or discriminatory. It just means that overall, those attitudes were more acceptable. However, there were always some outstanding, equality-minded people among us. http://first-draft.com/2015/03/29/not-everyone-got-enlightened-at-once/

Charlie Pierce weighs in on the blowback for Indiana's discrimination bill, and "polite" opportunistic bigots like David Brooks who support it. Though of course Charlie deals with it more colorfully than this abstract does justice. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a34023/david-brooks-i...

Urban Development Corner: LGM presents more evidence of how horrible modern urban sprawl can be, and how nearly-impossible it is to undo it once it's done. http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2015/04/sprawl-terrible-in-all-ways

Digby and Paul Waldman point out what people actually mean when they refer to any negotiaions with Iran as "Munich 1938": http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/04/what-munich-means.html

Having a uniform minimum wage does not hurt employment or the economy. http://dakotafreepress.com/2015/04/02/youth-minimum-wage-no-economic-dat...

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,

Another week, another set of links to get things started. If you're so inclined, look through them at your leisure and see if any spark your interest.

There are still some people of courage left when it comes to freedom and women's sovereignty over their own bodies: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a33942/theresa-fedors...

Be sure to check Alicublog regularly for excellent posts such as this: http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2015/03/the-violent-bear-it-awaythat.html Roy does yeoman work, and his comments section is invariably a delight.

Solitary confinement serves no purpose for rehabilitation, if that's your goal for imprisonment. However, if your goal is to drive people insane, solitary confinement works quite well. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2015/03/in-membrain.html

Always be sure to read your Krugman: http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/03/24/liberals-conservatives-and-j...

In 2014, Wall Street bonuses dwarfed the combined incomes of all Americans working minimum wage. Here's a helpful graph to illustrate: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/03/they-are-so-worth-it.html

More and more people are suggesting that South Dakota voters fix the minimum wage law that the vandals in Pierre slashed in their last session: http://dakotafreepress.com/2015/03/24/gop-businessman-calls-for-referend...

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, discussed in secret and without public input, is much worse than we thought: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a33946/the-tpp-is-eve... More here: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/03/new-leaked-tpp-chapter-worse-than...

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 Monday again, and here are some links for you, from which hopefully one or two will be of interest.

Some people sure do hate the idea of people voting: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a33818/voting-is-fund...

Comix Corner: "This Modern World" by Tom Tomorrow. Click to embiggen! http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/03/16/1370685/-Cartoon-Just-kidding

The Washington Post's execrable Jennifer Rubin compares Democrats who don't want immediate war with Iran to Nazi collaborators. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/03/real-women-go-to-tehran-too.html

Digby notes that it's hard out there for the One Percenters, what with their reduced Wall Street bonuses being barely $170,000 this year. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/03/its-hard-out-here-for-one-percent...

These are the kinds of people Republican candidates have to pander to in their primary: Completely divorced from reality and consumed with Obama Derangement Syndrome. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/03/game-on-santorums-back.html

On that topic, Athenae has some pithy observations about our Very Serious political media pining for the days of yesteryear instead of dealing with what's in front of them: http://first-draft.com/2015/03/22/our-quadrennial-shock-at-the-state-of-...

Scott Lemieux at LGM takes apart some classic High Broderism from Fred Hiatt's crayon scribble page at the Washington Post. http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2015/03/how-to-be-a-hack-fred-hiatt-...

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 a new week, and here are Monday's Drinking Liberally links for you to peruse. Yes, Monday's links come on Sunday now (usually), but that's just for convenience' sake. Regardless of their delivery time, hopefully you'll find one or two of interest.

Cory at Dakota Free Press does his homework and finds that the bill in Pierre to limit independent petitions is likely unconstitutional. http://dakotafreepress.com/2015/03/11/sb-69-prohibiting-party-members-fr...

At Rolling Stone, Matt Taibbi has some words for David Brooks after the latter's latest harrumphing about how the poors are awful people who should aspire to the moral superiority of Mr. Brooks: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/for-david-brooks-the-rich-are-...

Digby writes about the difficulty of correcting your permanent record, and how this problem is exacerbated in an era of declining privacy. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/03/what-to-do-when-your-permanent-re...

As Atrios notes, private toll roads continue to go bankrupt, but "public-private partnerships" are always the way to go, because... reasons. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2015/03/private-toll-roads-keep-going-bankru...

Right-wing hypocrites who want to use religion as a political bludgeon had best not do so within the hearing of Charlie Pierce. As Mr. Pierce himself might say, Charlie knocks this one way, way back, and it's probably not playable. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a33662/how-the-presid...

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 a new week, and spring is nearly here. To celebrate, we've got some links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully one or two will be of interest.

The excellent local blog Madville Times has now become Dakota Free Press. Be sure to update your bookmarks. http://dakotafreepress.com/

Digby writes about a new study that shows "moderates" are actually politically incoherent. The term "moderate" has no real meaning when discussing voters, but "moderate" positions unsurprisingly favor the Beltway status quo. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/03/the-incoherent-moderates.html

Charlie Pierce presents an account of a nightmare charter school: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a33423/charter-member...

For-profit colleges and diploma mills are a corrupt scam. Arne Duncan and the "education reform" grifters ought to spend less time bashing teachers and more time going after the real bad guys. http://www.salon.com/2015/03/03/student_loan_fraud_factory_how_15_studen...

Our failed media are chomping at the bit to resurrect a Clinton "scandal." We all know they prefer to do theater criticism instead of journalism, but this is pretty sad and blatant. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/03/cokies-law-renewed-by-acclamation...

The Rude Pundit examines the DOJ report about systemic abuses committed by the Ferguson, Missouri, police department. The problems there go far deeper than the single Michael Brown incident. http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2015/03/random-thoughts-reading-through-d... More here from Tristero at Hullabaloo about the "pigment tax": http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/03/the-pigment-tax-by-bloggersrus.ht... Larry Willmore at the Nightly Show has been covering this as well. (I don't have a link, but you can find it at Comedy Central if you're interested.)

In our brave new Feudal States of America, workers' compensation for injured serfs is becoming a quaint relic of the past. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a33497/case-studies-h...

Today in Labor History: http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2015/03/day-labor-history-march-6-18...

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 greets us, and we've got some links for you to peruse at your leisure, should you be inclined to do so.

Be sure to check out Cory's coverage of the state legislative session at his Madville Times blog: http://madvilletimes.com/

In a very real, meaningful victory, the FCC will regulate the internet as a public utility: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a33365/aggressively-n...

At Hullabaloo, Tom Sullivan writes about "last place aversion" and how that translates to politics. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/02/prosperity-vs-being-picked-last-i...

Former Secretary of State Gant's voting machines produce up to a 20% error rate in Minnehaha County. Note that the party usually screaming about "voter fraud" doesn't appear concerned about it. Odd, that. http://madvilletimes.com/2015/02/minnehaha-election-committee-finding-do...

From the Department of Bad Ideas, here's one that stays evergreen and impervious to common sense. Apparently childish cops-n'-robbers fantasies are still really strong in a big group of people who are supposedly adults. That and something Freudian... http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/02/so-we-dont-have-to-fight-them-ove...

Graph of the week, courtesy Digby: 69% of Republicans say that President Obama "doesn't love America." I think this may be code for something else (whether they realize it or not). http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/02/what-nice-people-not.html

Why can't Republicans and Democrats have a kumbayah moment and come to magical, supergood Bipartisan Agreement about anything? Well, maybe because one party insists that "snow blizzards" disprove climate change, and accuse the head of the EPA of being responsible for "an epidemic of mental illness." There's an unfortunate epidemic mental illness afflicting this country all right, and it's concentrated on one side of the aisle. http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/scalise-epa-chief-snow-blizzards...

Digby examines the irrational, hysterical media coverage of ISIS and how it's designed to push us unthinkingly into war: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/02/chris-hayes-ftw-refusingtobuytheh... More here: http://www.salon.com/2015/02/26/tv_news_war_porn_craze_why_chris_hayes_l...

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 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