Drinking Liberally Yankton Chapter Blog

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

Monday DL Links & Holiday Party reminder

Hi all,

It's Monday again, and here are a few links to start your week. Also, remember our Holiday Party on December 9!

To no one's surprise, the legislators "investigating" the EB-5 scandal blame the dead guy, declare there's nothing to see here, and skedaddle. http://madvilletimes.com/2014/12/gutless-incurious-legislators-blame-dea...

Meanwhile, Gov. Daugaard's budget proposal is out, and once again South Dakota's schools are going to have to make do with hot air and empty promises. (Though there's plenty of money available for "executive management" in state government!) http://madvilletimes.com/2014/12/governor-gets-quarter-of-new-money-for-...

Gaius Publius at Hullabaloo discusses a Bill Moyers piece about the lives of the unbelievably, obscenely super-rich, and how society is distorted by the vast inequality that enables them. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/12/bill-moyers-on-lives-of-very-very...

The Rude One has a thoughtful piece about the non-indictment in Staten Island, despite video evidence and the coroner's report. http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2014/12/no-indictment-for-white-cop-who-c...

As cities and suburbs age, the old "donut model" of them is changing too. It's not always clear-cut that the old city center is the "hollowed-out" part, while the suburbs are the "good" part of the donut. http://www.newgeography.com/content/004788-voting-with-your-feet-aaron-r...

Cory at the Madville Times relays Nate Silver's finding that Rapid City has the most unpredictable weather in America: http://madvilletimes.com/2014/12/rapid-city-has-least-predictable-weathe...

Comix Corner: This Modern World by Tom Tomorrow. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/12/01/1348341/-Cartoon-Black-and-whit...

Culture Corner: There's a new biography of the late, great, sadly lamented comedian Phil Hartmann. http://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/phil-hartman-remembere...

Finally, it's time for our Drinking Liberally Holiday Party, Tuesday, December 9, at 7pm (our regular time), downstairs at Ben's where we regularly meet. It will be low-key — no speechifying or door prizes or anything like that — just good conversation and good fun. Bring friends, and bring potluck or treats if you want to share. We'll have a great time!

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

Post-Thanksgiving DL Links, Party Reminder

Hi all,

I hope you had a good Thanksgiving. We've only got a couple of links here this week, but there's a reminder about our Holiday Party on December 9. Don't forget to put that on your calendar!

At Hullabaloo, Gaius Publius tells us about a new law in San Francisco preventing employers from changing their employees' schedules capriciously and without warning. Violating the law requires them to pay additional "predictability pay." http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/11/shift-minions-getting-all-uppity-... There's an excellent quote at the end about a worker who asphyxiated while catnapping in her car between her split four-hour shifts: "The Economy did not attend her funeral."

I know people get tired of hearing about it, and some people feel defensive when the topic is even mentioned, but racism remains a problem in this country. Dating back to days of slavery and the founding of our country, it is our original sin, and it too often taints law enforcement and our justice system. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/11/black-bodies-arent-weapons.html

On a happier note, remember that our Drinking Liberally Holiday Party is next week, Tuesday, December 9, at 7pm (our regular time). We'll have it downstairs at Ben's where we regularly meet, so there won't be any stairs for anyone to climb. It will be low-key — no speechifying or door prizes or anything like that — just good conversation and good fun. Bring friends, and bring potluck or treats if you want to share. We'll have a great time!

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

Monday DL Links & Holiday Party announcement

Hi all,

It's Monday again, and here are some links for you to peruse if you so choose. Hopefully one or two will be of interest.

First, this year's Drinking Liberally Holiday Party has been scheduled for Tuesday, December 9, at 7pm (our regular time). We'll have it downstairs at Ben's where we regularly meet, so there won't be any stairs for anyone to climb. It will be low-key — no speechifying or door prizes or anything like that — just good conversation and good fun. Bring friends, and bring potluck or treats if you want to share. We'll have a great time!

Paul Krugman discusses examples of government success that conservatives don't want people to know about: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/17/opinion/paul-krugman-when-government-s...

Nick Hanauer asks whatever happened to overtime pay, and points out that overtime pay is crucial for maintaining the middle class: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/11/overtime-pay-obama-congre...

Brian Beutler writes that President Obama's executive actions on immigration reform aren't automatically illegal just because right-wingers pitch a hissy fit. This should be self-evident, but apparently it isn't. http://www.newrepublic.com/article/120342/republicans-obamas-immigration...

Josh Marshall writes about the return of the GOP government shutdown menace, and how that particular dysfunctional mindset is now an essential part of a core element of the party. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/the-return-of-the-gop-shutdown-golem

After President Obama's immigration speech, Right Wing World is hysterically claiming that the tyrant-in-chief has dissolved the republic, and is fairly openly advocating sedition. You think that's hyperbole? Check out some of the things they're saying. Roy at Alicublog has a good example. http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2014/11/greetings-from-occupied-dc.html

Why did Democrats do so poorly at the polls nationally in November? It might have been slightly inevitable in the current climate, but having campaign chairs ululating about CERTAIN DOOM for months probably didn't help spur voter turnout or enthusiasm. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/11/19/1345959/-Rep-Steve-Israel-think...

Finally, Conservation Corner: Americans could save a fortune this winter if they only understood how to use their programmable thermostats. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/11/21/americans-cou...

That's it for now. Come join us this week for Drinking Liberally, and be sure to put the holiday party on your calendar!

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 to peruse if you so choose. Hopefully one or two will be of interest.

First, we need to discuss whether we want to have a Drinking Liberally Holiday Party this year, and if so, where and when. Let's not forget to make that decision. The time is creeping up on us already.

The Rude Pundit writes a poignant, non-rude tribute to a friend who is dying because of a lack of timely health care. "If you believe that some people should not be able to afford to get regular medical care, if you think that's ok or a built-in part of a capitalistic system, then you are a terrible human being, and, if Christianity is where your faith rests, you are a damned hypocrite who knows nothing about Christ." http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2014/11/a-note-to-politicians-who-helped-...

Josh Marshall does some more post-election analysis of issues that will keep surfacing in future elections. He makes several points, but I think his analysis underscores why it's silly to point to the stock market and crow about how well we're doing economically. The stock market is something that has no bearing on most working people's lives. Most people are falling behind economically, following a trend that started back in the 1970s. That's the reality they know, regardless of how well the investor class is doing. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/forget-the-chatter-this-is-the-democ...

How can progressives win elections or at least be competitive in unfavorable territory? Here's a wild idea from Howard Dean: Have a message! As the old saying goes, you can't beat Something with Nothing. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/11/if-youre-not-goliath-fine-by-blog...

Bob Schieffer serves up perhaps the biggest stinkburger in the history of our failed media's Sunday gasbag shows. Charlie Pierce is there to cover the carnage with as much humor as humanly possible. http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/Bob_Schieffer_Is_King_Of_The_Gobsh...

For Veterans Day/Armistice Day, bloodthirsty monster Bill Kristol takes time to bash WWI soldier Wilfrid Owen and call for a few glorious new wars — which he won't have to participate in, of course. He will simply watch from his armchair while others suffer and die for his amusement. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/11/hello-again-and-again-to-all-that...

Speaking of inexcusable human beings, Charlie Pierce reports on Don Blankenship, Coal King of West Virginia: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/Old_King_Coal

Whistleblowing of financial wrongdoing on Wall Street, which of course remains unpunished. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/11/another-narcissist-blow-whistle.h...

That's it for now. Stay warm, and 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,

The midterm elections are finally over, so now the talking heads on teevee can start speculating and yapping about the 2016 races. Hopefully they'll give us a little while to catch our breath first. In the meantime, here are some links for you to peruse if you choose. Hopefully one or two will be of interest.

Alec MacGillis at the New Republic roasts the press for its appallingly bad coverage of the Iowa senate race. Thanks in part to that, we now have dangerous lunatic Joni Ernst as a US Senator. Ms. Ernst is like Sarah Palin, only crazier and more committed. If only the Founders could see our failed media today, and how it's actively harming the republic. http://www.newrepublic.com/article/120118/joni-ernst-capitalized-broken-...

Charlie Pierce has some election night thoughts about what's glaringly obvious to anyone paying attention: The crazed, radical Teabaggers are now running the Republican party. Even our failed media could see that if they bothered to open their eyes. http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/Election_Night_2014 As Charlie notes, since the Reagan Revolution conservatives have divorced voting from being a civic responsibility, and transformed it into a toxic vehicle for unleasing your Id. Don't vote based on good public policy; instead, howl, gnash your teeth, spit bile, and vote to "stick it to" somebody.

Some election observations from Atrios. First, when you're running for office, stand for something; don't run away from your own party: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2014/11/the-morning-after.html Also, instead of the usual chorus of establishment mavens and DC sycophants blaming their own voters for not turning out, how about blaming the high-paid consultants and staffers who can't seem to turn out the voters? A car salesman who doesn't sell cars doesn't get the luxury of whining about his "idiot customers." Why do political consultants get away with being bad at their jobs, and blaming their own base? http://www.eschatonblog.com/2014/11/the-50-state-strategy.html and here: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2014/11/the-professional-left.html

Athenae also has some general analysis of the elections, in which once again too many Democrats ran timidly on a platform of nothing, with predictable results. http://first-draft.com/2014/11/05/dont-hurt-me-mr-republican-i-promise-i...

The Rude Pundit has his own inimitable take on the midterm elections: "That'll teach that Negro to be President!" http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2014/11/random-observations-on-reaming-th...

If that's stated too bluntly, just repeat to yourself that It's Never About Race, even when you see conservative "art" involving totally-not-racist posters like this: http://www.salon.com/2014/11/05/the_rights_poverty_pimp_blast_how_a_raci...

On a more affirming note, Shannon County shall henceforth be Oglala Lakota County. No longer shall a good portion of the Pine Ridge Reservation be part of a county named for a man who negotiated land away from native tribes. https://sdsos.gov/elections-voting/assets/Shannon%20County%20Paper%20Bal...

In future elections, should RV owners be allowed to "live" at a mailbox they rent in Lake, Hanson, Minnehaha, or Pennington County for tax purposes, and then cast votes in South Dakota elections? See Cory's discussion of this, and the relevant statute. How is this not obviously "voter fraud" that conservatives are supposedly concerned about? http://madvilletimes.com/2014/11/elliott-perjury-complaint-status-uncert...

That's it for now. Stay warm, and come join us this week for Drinking Liberally!

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

Election Week DL Message

Hi all,

Election day is nearly here! Finally, we can go back to wall-to-wall pharmaceutical commercials instead of attack ads, which sadly is an improvement. There are only a couple of links here this week, because the main emphasis is on getting out to vote. Be sure you vote, and remind your friends, and help them get to the polls if necessary.

That said, here are a couple of links. If you need more, be sure to always check Digby, Atrios, TPM, and Paul Krugman. They'll set you up with what you need.

David Brooks remains a mendacious hack. Or, I suppose he could just be a moron, but I don't think he's that stupid. He's stupid like a fox. http://www.salon.com/2014/10/30/david_brooks%E2%80%99s_dumbest_column_ye...

Some grocery stores now stock "inglorious vegetables" – the fruits and vegetables that aren't perfectly formed, or are less attractive. They're still just fine inside, and the new campaign to use them helps address the problem of wasted food. http://www.balloon-juice.com/2014/10/31/no-it-really-isnt-heartbreaking/

That's it for now. Remember to get out and vote, and then come join us this week for Drinking Liberally!
What: Drinking Liberally
When: 7-9pm every Tuesday
Where: Ben's, downtown Yankton

Monday DL Links, no meeting this week

Hi all,

Happy Monday!

First, an announcement: This week there's a candidate forum here in Yankton at the time when we regularly meet. Because we don't want to discourage people from attending that, we won't have a regular Drinking Liberally this week. However, it's possible that some of the regulars might stop by Ben's after the forum concludes. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Now, with that out of the way, we've got a bunch of links to share this week, so hopefully some will be of interest.

Something to make you feel good: humble, patriotic service. Meet Seth Moulton of Massachusetts, candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives. http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/The_Best_Candidate_Anywhere Also here: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/watch/reporter-exposes-candidate...

Economic stagnation is optional, yet we never seem to learn that lesson. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/10/still-not-getting-it-stimulus.htm...

The Mobridge Tribune bravely weighs in that Marion Michael Rounds is too dishonest for public office. When will other state newspapers show even half the courage of a small-town paper like Mobridge and give the state an honest assessment of our dishonest former governor? http://madvilletimes.com/2014/10/zerr-rounds-too-dishonest-for-office-se...

On that same topic, is every good ol' boy in Pierre so crooked he could hide behind a corkskrew? The Madville Times notes that Rounds staffer Rob Skjonsberg apparently used his state position to funnel money to private projects, completely ignoring state "conflict of interest" laws — and once again, nobody in Pierre does a thing about it. http://madvilletimes.com/2014/10/skjonsberg-uses-state-position-to-send-...

Our failed media: Digby notes the difference in how US media (Hi, CNN!) covered the shootings in Ottawa, as compared to the Canadian media. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/10/exceptionally-hysterical.html Charlie Pierce observed the differences too: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/The_Voice_Of_Experience

Speaking of failed media, George Will spreads lies, fear, and paranoia about ebola. That is not hyperbole; he's knowingly contradicting scientists to spread panic. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/george-will-ebola-airborne

Charter schools: Poor results, no accountability, but the grift goes on. http://www.salon.com/2014/10/02/the_great_charter_school_rip_off_finally...

Is there a growing movement to add the Right to Vote to the US Constitution? Somewhat surprisingly, that fundamental right is not already enshrined there, leaving the franchise subject to the whims of courts and local officials. http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/adding-the-right-vote-the-consti...

This is why a Right to Vote is important: Voter suppression explicitly benefits one particular party — the party that caters exclusively to the rich. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/cafe/turn-out-for-what-charts

What Atrios Said: You can't have a reasonable, Very Civil discussion with awful people because, in the end, they're simply awful people. I'm sorry if voicing that unpleasant truth makes the bipartisan ghost of David Broder cry. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2014/10/rossd.html

It's an impulse that goes back to the days of only white, male property owners being allowed to vote: Republicans don't think most people should be able to vote, and are doing their best to make that happen. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/cafe/republicans-deeply-cynical-move

Comix Corner: This Modern World by Tom Tomorrow. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/10/13/1333878/-Cartoon-The-counter-in...

That's all for now. Come join us this week for Drinking Liberally! (But remember — no official meeting this week because of the candidate forum.)

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

Monday DL Links

Hi all,

Happy Monday! We've got a bunch of links to share this week, so please peruse them to see if any are of interest.

Keep checking the Madville Times for the latest on South Dakota issues, including Mike Rounds' simmering EB-5 scandal: http://madvilletimes.com/

Digby provides an observation about the dust-up between Bill Maher, Sam Harris, Reza Aslan, and others. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/10/qotd-reza-aslan.html

What's more likely to be fatal to Americans than ebola? Just about anything, including fireworks, lightning, and bee stings. Remember that when the media tries to scare you for ratings. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/10/eeeek-ebolascare.html

The Dallas hospital at the center of the ebola scare lacked proper protocols. However, Texas nurses are not unionized, so they couldn't speak out without fear of being fired. Instead, they had to rely on the California nurses' association to relay the important public health news. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/nurses-union-dallas-hospital-lacked-ebola-pr... Also, the Dallas hospital waited three days before using Hazmat suits: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/dallas-hospital-waited-three-days-to...

No, the new New York Times report about Iraq does not vindicate Bush. I know many right-wingers are living in a post-factual world, but facts still matter. http://www.salon.com/2014/10/15/no_bush_was_not_right_about_iraq_how_con...

Atrios christened George Effing Will the "Worst Person in the World" on Saturday. The bowtied ninny truly earned his tongue-in-cheek title, as he prissily pooh-poohed the conservative War On Women. Sure, conservatives are constantly attacking women's rights and women's sovereignty over their own bodies, but... Actually, I don't think he really had a point. But the Washington Post still published him! http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/10/whos-civic-illiterate-george.html

Beer & Culture Corner: 10 Reasons Germans Love Beer and Sausages (from the BBC, no less!). http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/1knFGJ4QnPVmD9ZfzNCxlfC/10-reas...

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

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

Monday DL Links

Hi all,

Happy Monday! We've got a whole bunch of links to share this week, so please peruse them to see if any are of interest.

The national media is starting to notice the South Dakota senate race. For example: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/somethings-stirring-south-dakota Also here: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/ever-changing-senate-landscape-s... And here: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/The_Importance_Of_Being_South_Dako...

Rachel Maddow covers the South Dakota senate race here (including recounting the story of Larry Pressler hiding in a closet for 15 minutes after exiting a meeting through a wrong door): http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/watch/republicans-scandal-opens-...

Digby takes time to remind us who Larry Pressler really is, and it doesn't match the hype and gauzy memories. As a bonus, she extensively quotes a piece by South Dakotan Ryan Casey. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/10/who-is-larry-pressler.html As Mr. Casey notes, Pressler's current conversion to "Independent" is miraculously convenient, which fits a pattern of opportunistic behavior with Pressler.

Speaking of Pressler, are Larry and his wife committing voter fraud? Remember, "voter integrity" is something everybody is deeply concerned about when the wrong people do it (if you know what I mean — and I think that you do). http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/10/i-smell-voter-fraud-at-very-least...

At the Madville Times, Cory interviews our own David Allen about his PUC candidacy. http://madvilletimes.com/2014/10/interview-david-allen-seeks-puc-seat-to...

Comedian Lewis Black has some thoughts about voter suppression (not safe for work): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xWaO2jYrLs&feature=youtu.be

Pink drill bits sent to fracking sites to "promote breast cancer awareness." Is it possible for the Komen foundation to jump the shark multiple times? http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/10/little-pink-bits.html

At the Daily Beast, Michael Cohen presents Leon Panetta as an example of what's wrong with Washington D.C. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/10/08/leon-panetta-is-what-s-...

Paul Krugman notes that the deficit is down, and nobody knows or cares. Good thing we "pivoted" away from dealing with job creation and prosecuting corrupt banksters, and instead focused on Teh Deficit. http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/10/08/the-deficit-is-down-and-nobo...

Mr. Krugman also writes about President Obama's tenure in office (so far) in Rolling Stone: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/in-defense-of-obama-20141008

Inadvertent Humor Corner: Angry conservatives can't tell the difference between actress Lena Dunham and Gilded Age economist Thorstein Veblen. http://www.vice.com/read/i-accidentally-fooled-conservative-twitter-with...

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

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