Drinking Liberally Yankton Chapter Blog

Weekly DL Links

Hi all,

Another hot summer week is in the books, and we've got some nice cool links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully you'll find one or two of interest.

The Rude Pundit explains that, unlike the GOP, the Trumps are (in his words) "[expletive] liars": http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2017/07/unlike-most-of-gop-trumps-are-shi...

At Hullabaloo, Tom Sullivan writes about necessary voting reforms for Congress that would eliminate gerrymandering and make a big difference in accountability: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2017/07/unpopular-revolt-by-bloggersrus.h...

To keep tabs on what's going on in South Dakota, be sure to check out Cory's blog, Dakota Free Press: http://dakotafreepress.com/

To keep track of the demolition derby that passes for national politics, check out Josh Marshall's TPM/Talking Points Memo site: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/

Atrios points us to the Center for Economics and Policy Research for a discussion of the mystifying conundrum of how employers can attract more workers. Shouldn't the Invisible Hand of the Market be taking care of this, in conjunction with the law of supply and demand? Or are wages the one variable exempted from those rules of Economics 101, because they're assumed to be forever stagnant? http://cepr.net/blogs/beat-the-press/lessons-on-labor-economics-for-the-...

Down Under Corner: The NY Times has an interesting article about Australia, featuring great pictures of the vast continent down under: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/07/13/world/australia/australia...

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 some links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully you'll find one or two of interest.

In Rapid City, Kristi Noem faces heat for her stance that Americans don't deserve health care: http://rapidcityjournal.com/news/noem-faces-heat-over-health-care-bill/a...

In the NY Times, a doctor argues that health care shouldn't be left to the free market. Why? Because there is no such thing as a "free market" where health care is concerned. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/10/opinion/health-insurance-free-market....

Charlie Pierce finds that a description of President Andrew Johnson in The Atlantic magazine in 1866 has some odd resonance today: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a56076/andrew-johnson...

At Hullabaloo, Tom Sullivan describes how the national party apparatus is basically a big fraternity, more focused on individuals climbing the career ladder and rewarding a network of friends, than it is to helping candidates or even having a message for voters. We've certainly seen the results of that in election after election. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2017/07/all-in-family-by-bloggersrus.html

Technology Corner: Atrios explains why he writes about (and against) the Jetsons-style fad of "self-driving cars": They're unlikely to ever materialize as promised, and in the meantime the fantasy leads to bad public policy choices. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/07/why-do-i-care-about-self-driving-car...

Roy at Alicublog and the Village Voice brings the weekly roundup of right-wing goings-on, the Independence Day edition wherein The Leader and his snarling fans attack our country's Fourth Estate. https://www.villagevoice.com/2017/07/03/conservatives-cheer-as-trump-bri... Also: http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2017/07/new-village-voice-column-up.html

Undeterred by their rousing success in the past election (and several previous midterm elections), the Democratic Party rolls out possibly the worst slogan ever. Has it occurred to party leaders that maybe they should have a coherent, appealing message? That if you want voters to come out and vote for you, maybe you should give them a reason to do so? Or are they going to whine, make excuses, and blame the voters when their non-strategy fails yet again? Erik Loomis at LGM has the story: http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2017/07/can-haz-slogan (For the record, LGM is very Clinton-friendly, so this slogan discussion isn't just a rehash of the 2016 primary fight by a so-called "BernieBro.") Remember, the DCCC didn't have money to help the Paula Hawks campaign, but it has money to blow on staff and consultants who produce genius work like this.

David Rees of The Baffler tells us of another instance of our billionaire tech-bro overlords attempting to take over the Democratic Party in the most Tech Guy way possible, to accomplish vague things they like. Centrist things. One might call it a Third Way. Because people haven't catered enough to the idea of Centrism™ over the past thirty years. Oh, and did I mention that the organization's acronym is (intentionally!) "WTF"? https://thebaffler.com/political-cartoons/bafflersplainer-win-the-future

Finally, at the Washington Monthly, David Atkins tells us the story of a Trump-supporting voter in Iowa who committed actual voter fraud—a felony—and who of course got off easy. http://washingtonmonthly.com/2017/07/09/trump-supporting-voter-fraud-cri...

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 Fourth of July! We know some people will be out of town or have other plans, but if you're around, Drinking Liberally will meet at 7:00, at least for a while. And if everybody's having a good time, who knows? Maybe we'll stay late. At any rate, we'll get together as usual this week for as long as anybody wants to stay.

Meanwhile, we've got some more links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully you'll find one or two of interest.

Keep your eye on the ongoing assault on voting rights. Kris Kobach and the Trump administration want the voting rolls of every state. A disinformation campaign and voter purge come next. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/06/everyone-with-name-match-will-be-vot... More here: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a56056/kris-kobach-el...

At LGM, Scott Lemieux takes apart the all-too-predictable mendacity of the NY Times house conservative, affirmative-action hire hack Brett Stephens, regarding health care markets: http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2017/07/serious-health-care-analysis... Remember: Newspapers are losing money and have to fire staff, including basic staff such as public editors, in order to make room for handsome salaries for dishonest hacks like Stephens and David Brooks. How many fact-checkers and copy-editors could be hired for just one of their puffed-up salaries?

Atrios states what should be obvious: People don't want health care, or anything else in life, to be such a complicated hassle. As an example he cites Josh Barro's story about using a Health Savings Account and the time-wasting nightmare of having to save and upload receipts to access his own money. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/06/life-is-neverending-customer-service...

Atrios also has a great summation about where we are with Obamacare: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/06/what-to-do-about-obamacare.html
The key bit: "The leading liberal think tank has decided to make another stab at bipartisan fixes to Obamacare because I guess whatever was in the water that made Obama think elected Republicans were interested in such a thing is still in the water in DC. I'm not sure why "here's a really complicated plan that people won't like much more than the status quo and has no chance of passing" is better than "here's a really simply-sounding (nothing is simple, of course, but the bureaucracies should handle the bureaucracy, not us) idea that would be popular and better and universal and has no chance of passing right now" but centrists gotta centrist I guess. "

Some on the right are openly advocating fascism and violence against people they disagree with. Charlie Pierce has more: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a56018/nra-recruitmen...

In these contentious times, when fascism is ascendant, what we need is more Civil Discourse, lest right-wingers suddenly be overcome with the vapors, clutch their pearls, and stagger unsteadily to the fainting couch. At LGM, Scott Lemieux brings us the piteous case of hothouse flower Jonah "Son of Lucianne" Goldberg. http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2017/06/solemn-plea-civil-discourse-...

Mass Transit Corner: How Andrew Cuomo broke the New York subway system. Remember this if this dimwitted snake ever runs for president. http://theweek.com/articles/709088/how-andrew-cuomo-broke-new-york-subwa...

Patriotic Corner: John Williams and the Boston Pops performing "Stars and Stripes Forever." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0Jf2AfyBKs

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 some more links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully you'll find one or two of interest.

What's the Libertarian reaction to the horrific apartment fire in London? Why, they're terrified that normal people's reaction might be to implement stronger government safety regulations—which to the Libertarians are worse than the charred human bodies. Roy at Alicublog has the goods: http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2017/06/this-young-weasel-will-go-far.html

Even this long after the Nixon years, we continue to learn new details about how awful Henry Kissinger is. But as Atrios notes, he's viewed in DC as a distinguished elder statesman, friends with all the right people. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/06/henry-kissinger-is-distinguished-eld...

Charlie Pierce addresses the latest news that the Russians meddled in our elections. Today's revelation: Alterations of voting totals. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a55832/election-vote-...

More from Charlie here: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a55836/obama-russian-...

The Rude Pundit thinks a little hyperbole would be a good thing in the Democrats' battle to save the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act: http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2017/06/note-to-democrats-little-hyperbol...

The Rude One also thinks that chaos is The Leader's best weapon: http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2017/06/the-comey-tapes-lie-chaos-is-trum...

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) might not be able to actively win many elections (nobody's omnipotent after all), but they certainly can screw up and torpedo elections that were otherwise winnable. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/06/on-that-note.html

Atrios also notes that instead of setting a metric ton of cash on fire to run ineffective TV ads (and make consultants very wealthy), maybe the DCCC could use that money to keep their field operation in business year-round, building party infrastructure—rather than packing up their tents like a bunch of carnies, only to reappear just before the next election. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/06/the-long-game.html

One more pithy post from Atrios: Politics isn't a debating club. It has actual consequences, and playing the "both sides" game can mean that real people die. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/06/not-debating-club.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 to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully you'll find one or two of interest.

In the NY Times, Paul Bogard writes about our omnipresent Kentucky bluegrass lawns, and how we might be better off doing things differently. Using native plants and grasses, for example, could result in using less water and fertilizer, less maintenance, and increased biodiversity. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/16/opinion/lawns-grass-ecology.html

Atrios keeps tabs on the latest with Uber: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/06/uber-death-watch.html

The Rude Pundit has some thoughts about the latest (as of Thursday) outbreak of Second Amendment Rights and the deaths and injuries that followed. http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2017/06/steven-scalise-supported-lack-of-...

Want some interesting podcast topics to listen to? Try Sam Seder and the Majority Report. A selection of recent ones (if you follow the link, there's another link at the top of the page to play the podcast):

Sam talks with K. Sabeel Rahman, Brooklyn Law Professor and author of Democracy Against Domination. Then Sam catches up with fellow Air America Alumn, who also happens to now be a federal Senator from Minnesota, Al Franken. https://majority.fm/2017/06/16/not-so-casual-friday-k-sabeel-rahman-and-...

Sam talks to Duff McDonald, author of The Golden Passport: Harvard Business School, the Limits of Capitalism, and the Moral Failure of the MBA Elite. https://majority.fm/2017/06/15/duff-mcdonald-on-harvard-business-school-...

Matt Karp (@karpmj) discusses his new book, This Vast Southern Empire: Slaveholders at the Helm of American Foreign Policy. https://majority.fm/2017/06/13/matt-karp-the-vast-southern-empire/

(As a side note, if you like the Majority Report podcast and become a supporter of the show, you can get a discount on fair-trade coffee, tea, and chocolate from JustCoffee.coop in Madison, Wisconsin.)

For daily links, check out Charlie Pierce at Esquire Magazine: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/

To keep tabs on what the right-wing brethren are doing, while taking it with a dose of wry humor to make it bearable, check out Roy's 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,

Another week is here, and we've got a few links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully you'll find one or two of interest.

Atrios has some thoughts on the surprising UK election results here: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/06/the-kids-are-alright.html and about Corbyn being "far left": http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/06/corbyn-communist.html and perhaps most succinctly here: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/06/you-go-to-elections-with-voters-you-...

Meanwhile, a senior adviser to Hillary Clinton's campaign thinks that a winning strategy for the Democrats in 2020 is to chase suburban Romney voters. No, I am not joking (about the idea that using the failed, four-decades old "Chase the Reagan Democrats" strategy is a winner, or that a senior campaign adviser to Hillary Clinton is offering election advice, rather than having the humility to live the rest of his life as a hermit). http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/06/romney-voters.html

Right-wing British tabloids are even worse than ours:  https://www.theguardian.com/media/2017/jun/07/daily-mail-devotes-13-page...

Charlie Pierce gives us some perspective on the scary, rudderless place in which we find ourselves as a country with The Leader at the helm. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a55514/end-of-trump-presid...

Charlie also gives us a roundup of what's going on in the several states, including the latest on the Kansas Catastrophe under Sam Brownback: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a55545/kansas-brownba...

On that topic, from the NY Times, finally something isn't the matter with Kansas. People there are finally rejecting the Kansas Catastrophe engineered by Sam Brownback and the Republican legislature. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/12/opinion/finally-something-isnt-the-ma...

At the Majority Report, Sam Seder covers Karen Handel stating that she does not support a livable wage in a debate with Jon Ossoff. Afterward, Sam interviews Jonathan Taplin, the Director Emeritus, USC Annenberg Innovation Lab and author of, "Move Fast and Break Things: How Facebook, Google, and Amazon Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy." Mr. Taplin explains how the Internet economy is killing content and creating monopolies, wealth inequality, and the loss of democracy. https://majority.fm/2017/06/07/67-jonathan-taplin-how-facebook-google-am...

Narcissistic tech billionaires want to "reform" education and sell schools lots of expensive products.  https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/06/technology/tech-billionaires-educatio...

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 to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully you'll find one or two of interest.

Atrios reminds us of the anniversary when, fourteen years ago, Very Serious Pundit Thomas Friedman went on the Charlie Rose show and announced that the reason for the Iraq War was to show people we had a big, swinging . . . er, military, and tell everybody in the Middle East to "Suck. On. This." (Actual quote!) Because we could. And because it made Little Tommy feel big and strong. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/05/almost-forgot.html Also here: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/05/still-sucking.html

While he's commenting on punditry, Atrios also is getting fed up with allegedly serious journalism speculating pointlessly about What Trump Thinks About Things: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/06/trumps-worldview.html

From the New Yorker magazine: The Addicts Next Door. West Virginia has the highest overdose death rate in the country. Locals are fighting to save their neighbors—and their towns—from destruction. http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/06/05/the-addicts-next-door

From the NY Times, an analysis of the upcoming British election. The infighting and backstabbing by the right-wingers in the Labour party is reminiscent of the entrenched "centrist" elite in the Democratic party.  Both seem more concerned with furiously destroying any heretics to their left within their own party than they are with defeating their common opponents or enacting policy.  https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/01/opinion/labour-jeremy-corbyn-british-...
 
Paul Krugman with some thoughts on The Leader pulling the USA out of the Paris Climate Accord. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/01/opinion/trump-gratuitously-rejects-th...

If the news feels overwhelming and relentless, check out Alicublog. Roy will keep you up to date on what the conservative brethren are foaming about, but with enough humor to make it entertaining. 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,

Another week is here, and we've got a few links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully you'll find one or two of interest.

At Rolling Stone, Matt Taibbi argues that the Democrats' message needs a reboot. http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/taibbi-the-democrats-need-...

At the New Republic, Brian Beutler writes about how Republicans broke American politics, and how the media establishment is blind to it . . . and to the dangerous consequences of it. https://newrepublic.com/article/142918/republicans-broke-american-politi...

Also at the New Republic, Diane Ravitch says that if you dislike Betsy DeVos in charge of the Department of Education, Democrats bear some of the blame, as for the past 30 years they've slipped in their support for public education. (Surprise, surprise, Bill Clinton helped get the ball rolling on implementing conservative ideas in education.) https://newrepublic.com/article/142364/dont-like-betsy-devos-blame-democ...

Charlie Pierce tells of New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu giving a great speech explaining why having monuments glorifying the Confederacy is inexcusable. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a55221/landrieu-new-o...

Atrios notes some additional problems with Uber, the quasi-technology fad that's going to revolutionize transportation and entrepreneurship and everything, until of course it doesn't. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/05/uber-death-watch.html

Atrios also encapsulates much of the way I feel about the current trend of worshipping STEM education to the exclusion of all else: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/05/everybody-should-learn-to-code.html

The Justice Department of Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III sides with a mortgage corporation foreclosing on a serviceman on active duty. Supposedly this is what the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) is supposed to prevent, but Republicans reflexively oppose everything done by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), so . . . http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a55299/justice-depart...

Scenic Drive Corner: Consider the Mississippi River Road in Iowa. http://www.traveliowa.com/aspx/getinspired.aspx?id=23

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 to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully you'll find one or two of interest.

At Hullabaloo, Tom Sullivan provides a good primer about messaging, and how it works, using Jimmy Kimmel's example: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2017/05/if-youre-not-pissing-em-off-youre...

Charlie Pierce surveys what's going on in toxic areas of the country under the current administration's neutered EPA: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a55169/epa-regulation...

The Turkish dictator-president's thugs beat up protesters on American soil and apparently are immune from any sort of justice: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2017/05/the-turkish-connection.html

Drew Magary's advice to the graduating class of 2017: Walk more! It's at least as useful as any other advice they're going to get this year, given the state of the world. http://theconcourse.deadspin.com/walk-a-message-to-the-class-of-2017-179...

From the BBC:  Everyday habits that reveal personality traits:  http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170518-the-everyday-habits-that-reveal...

The Guardian looks at the "sovereign citizen" movement: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/15/sovereign-citizens-rightwi...

True Crime Corner:  The Guardian profiles the town where Twin Peaks' outdoor shots were filmed.  https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/19/twin-peaks-snoqualmie-wa...

Health Corner: Scientists took advantage of a natural experiment: 10 Russian cosmonauts, all healthy men, who were kept in isolation to simulate a long-haul flight to Mars, and they examined the effects of salt intake. http://www.metronews.ca/life/health/2017/05/15/ground-breaking-new-salt-...

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 to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully you'll find one or two of interest.

At the Atlantic, James Fallows argues five reasons that the Comey affair is worse than Watergate. https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/05/comey-watergate/526...

Digby writes about the Tantrum Presidency and what it means for governance: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2017/05/the-tantrum-presidency.html

In the NY Times, Thomas Edsall argues that Republicans don't feel your pain, and then provides evidence using the Republican health care repeal bill. Note the incredible rise in premiums, and how much of a person's annual income they will eat up, in western Nebraska, for instance. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/11/opinion/republican-health-care-bill.h...

At the NY Times, Paul Krugman writes about Judas, tax cuts, and the great betrayal: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/12/opinion/judas-tax-cuts-and-the-great-...

Poetry Corner/Colonial Corner: Last Monday in 1753 was believed to be the birthday of Phillis Wheatley, the slave who became educated, and a poet, and eventually freed. https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poets/detail/phillis-wh...

That's all for now. If you have time, come join us this week for Drinking Liberally!

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