Drinking Liberally Yankton Chapter Blog

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.

Media Matters gives a rundown of some of the incredible nonsense, bigotry, and crackpot conspiracy theories you can see on The Leader's favorite Fox "News" teevee show: https://mediamatters.org/blog/2017/03/20/bigotry-and-idiocy-donald-trump...

Assessing the handwringing response to The Leader's election, Frank Rich writes, "No Sympathy for the Hillbilly." http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/03/frank-rich-no-sympathy-for-...

The Rude Pundit has advice to the senate for how to deal with The Leader's nominees while under FBI investigation: http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2017/03/advice-to-democrats-comey-has-giv...

In Vanity Fair, Graydon Carter writes that the current presidency is already a joke. http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/03/graydon-carter-trump-presidency-i...

Regarding the health care debacle in congress, Paul Krugman writes about the scammers, the scammed, and America's fate: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/24/opinion/the-scammers-the-scammed-and-...

Finally, we finish with Poetry Corner: Hope is the thing with feathers (254) by Emily Dickinson

Hope is the thing with feathers 
That perches in the soul, 
And sings the tune without the words, 
And never stops at all, 
   
And sweetest in the gale is heard;         
And sore must be the storm 
That could abash the little bird 
That kept so many warm. 
   
I've heard it in the chillest land, 
And on the strangest sea;        
Yet, never, in extremity, 
It asked a crumb of me.

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 as usual we've got a few links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully you'll find one or two of interest.

The Rude Pundit has some thoughts about TrumpCare/RepubliCare: http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2017/03/gop-straight-up-wants-people-to-d...

A Texas legislator proposes legislation to help men the same way that the male legislators propose "helpful" legislation to help the womenfolk understand how to use their own bodies. Oh, and she's sarcastically funny, too. (h/t Charlie Pierce) http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a53855/texas-lawmaker...

At the Huffington Post, Jason Linkins notes that the high priests of Bipartisanship have fallen silent now that Republicans are in power. Same as it ever was. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-pundit-shifting-standard_us_58...

Charlie Pierce takes apart Trump's budget, which among other horrible, cruel, stupid things, cuts all funding to Meals on Wheels. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a53897/trump-budget-m...

For some perspective on the budget cuts, see this simple graph illustrating the cost of a few items compared to the cost of keeping The Leader's family in a second residence in New York, instead of the already-provided White House. https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ZR5lauzy3bo/WMsMyhatxBI/AAAAAAAAsLs/qGjIfLyXP...

Atrios reflects on the long-lost good old days of the G. W. Bush administration: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/03/he-was-horrible.html

Has the EPA been in bed with Monsanto about concealing possible carcinogens in Roundup? http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a53906/monsanto-glyph...

RIP Chuck Berry: http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2017/03/chuck-berry-1926-2017.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,

The NCAA basketball tournament is here this week and we're a little light on links. I don't think those two things are connected, but you never know. Anyway, here are a few links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully you'll find one or two of interest.

Charlie Pierce examines the cruel, farcical RepubliCare bill being crafted in congress: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a53694/republican-hea...

In the NY Times, Gail Collins writes about getting freedom from health under the Republicans' new plan: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/09/opinion/getting-freedom-from-health.h...

Meanwhile, even the Mennonites are getting riled up at The Leader's immigration policy: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a53717/mennonites-pro...

If you need additional linky goodness, always check out Josh Marshall's TPM, Cory's Dakota Free Press, Roy's Alicublog, and Charlie Pierce at Esquire, at the very least.

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.

John Oliver entertainingly dissects and ridicules the Republican health care non-plan (video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEGpriv2TAc

Rachel Maddow invites New Yorker reporter David Remnick to discuss the many avenues of investigation for Trump Russia connection http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/many-avenues-of-investigation-f...

Speaking of Russian connections, Atrios has some thoughts about our new Attorney General, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/03/jim-crow-forever.html

Brian Beutler has some thoughts about the media's reaction to The Leader's speech: https://newrepublic.com/article/141053/worst-performance-trumps-presiden...

Alex Pareene makes a good point: The Press swooning about The Leader's military adventures is going to get lots of people killed. http://theconcourse.deadspin.com/you-cretins-are-going-to-get-thousands-...

Willing lapdog Kelly McBride at Poynter advises journalists to cover The Leader more positively, and to act not like reporters, but as theater critics. Avoid listening to or discussing substance. Talk about how you perceived his tone and style! Charlie Pierce disagrees with the journalistic recommendations. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a53535/trump-journali...

Iowa lawmaker who wants to politicize state universities cites a Sizzler Steakhouse "degree" on his resume: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/03/at-least-there-probably-werent-any.h...

In the New York Times, Paul Krugman writes about "the uses of outrage": https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/27/opinion/the-uses-of-outrage.html?_r=0

Comix Corner: Tips for getting along with Trump voters! http://jensorensen.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/trumpvoters600.png

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

Charlie Pierce has some worthwhile ruminations about President's Day: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a53273/trump-presiden...

Josh Marshall at TPM writes about vandalism at a Jewish cemetery in St Louis – the cemetery where his mother is buried. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/the-vicious-hand-of-blood-and-soil-r...

The Rude Pundit finds a curious omission in the latest column by David Brooks: http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2017/02/in-brief-david-brooks-cant-figure...

Digby offers some insights about political strategy that don't agree with the constant Village desire to "reach out" to people who will never vote for you. As she says, "resistance *is* the strategy." http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2017/02/the-resistance-is-strategy.html

Immigrants are fleeing the USA for Manitoba: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38960035

Rare book theft in London: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/feb/12/thieves-steal-2m-of-rare...

While we're on the topic of London, here is the story of some funny Tube names: http://www.bbc.com/autos/story/20170208-how-tube-stations-got-their-hila...

Do you run chronically late? The BBC does some investigating into the phenomenon. http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20170209-why-some-people-are-always-run...

Sam Seder has been on vacation this week, but the Majority Report still has new podcasts featuring fascinating interviews. For example, historian Stephen Kinzer (@StephenKinzer) joined Sam to talk about his new book, "The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire." https://majority.fm/2017/02/22/stephen-kinzer-the-true-flag-theodore-roo...

Also, Professor Rebecca Spang (@RebeccaSpang), historian of France at Indiana University, discusses her book, "Stuff and Money in the Time of the French Revolution." https://majority.fm/2017/02/21/rebecca-l-spang-stuff-and-money-in-the-ti...

Environmental Corner: Water problems in sinking Mexico City: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/02/17/world/americas/mexico-cit...

Sports Corner: Charlie Pierce discusses an article about how sportswriters are becoming liberal and bad. At least I think that's the argument. Basically the author took an idea and squished it through the Conservative Word Grinder to generate an article-like product. Fortunately, Charlie deals with it deftly, and with the voice of experience to boot. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a53420/sports-writing-libe...

Science Corner: NASA finds a star with seven earth-sized planets. http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-39034050

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,

Today was Not My President's Day in many locations, and President's Day everywhere else. (I'm so old I can remember having a school holiday for both Lincoln and Washington's birthdays separately. Yikes!) We've got some more links for you to peruse at your leisure, and hopefully you'll find one or two of interest.

Charlie Pierce gives an end-of-week wrapup from Friday. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a53261/trump-tweet-me...

The New York Times presents yet another gauzy puff piece explaining how everyone needs to try harder to understand Trump voters, and how persecuted they are by liberals who are mean to them (just because they're racist/sexist/fascist. Come on! Can't you meet them halfway?!). LGM begs to differ with that analysis. http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2017/02/no-no-no-no-no-no-no-no-no-j...

Democratic Party elders and strategists continue to blame voters, rather than trying to appeal to them and make them want to go to the polls. It's possibly the strangest marketing strategy ever, used by no one except the highly-paid strategists who apparently are never wrong despite their continued failures. We turn to Atrios for a pithy summary: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/02/fuck-voters-they-dont-vote-for-us-an...

The Rude Pundit has some thoughts about one of the more recent chaotic disasters caused by The Leader: http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2017/02/photos-of-trump-that-assure-us-th...

A reminder: Austerity following the Great Recession was an economic disaster, a self-inflicted injury. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/02/kinda-thought-it-was-disaster.html

Comix Corner: If social justice movements tried not to offend anyone. http://jensorensen.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/socialmovements600.png

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

Why are Democrats so bad at getting credit for their successes? Jack Meserve at Democracy Journal has some thoughts. http://democracyjournal.org/arguments/keep-it-simple-and-take-credit/

From an intrepid commenter at Alicublog, a vintage cartoon explanation of Southern Chivalry, as Yertle the Turtle used against Senator Warren: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/31/Southern_Chivalry.jp...

Charlie Pierce visits that topic as well: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a52937/mcconnell-sile...

Charlie also provides us the forerunner of the Senate's gag rule (Rule XIX). To no great surprise, it was instituted to protect slaveowners and their delicate feelings, which is perhaps why the Republican majority is so comfortable invoking it today. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a52943/mcconnell-warr...

Digby has a few words about it too: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2017/02/resist-persist.html

Digby also points us to an article about the suddenly relevant fascist, racist, Nazi-affiliated Italian philosopher Julius Avola: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2017/02/whos-bannons-daddy.html

Immigrants in the US are fleeing to the Canadian border in the wake of The Leader's decrees. Whether you think they deserve to be here or not, the echoes of people fleeing Germany in the 1930s are haunting, and a stain on the USA. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/11/world/canada/trump-migrants-canada.ht...

As always, check out Roy's Alicublog to see what's up with the bitter, angry wingnuts on the right (and a heaping helping of humor along with it). Here's a sample: http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2017/02/an-inspiration-to-us-all.html

Atrios find Chris Matthews once again yearning for a Strong Daddy to make him feel safe. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/02/marmalade.html

Humor Corner: If you're a history buff and on Twitter, you might enjoy the postings of Donaeld the Unready. Bigly. Make Mercia great again! https://twitter.com/donaeldunready

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

At Hullabaloo, Tom Sullivan writes about Trump supporters' willingness to believe lies (which they call "telling it like it is"), and examines the parallels between the current administration and Soviet propaganda. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2017/02/that-they-should-believe-lie-by.h...

Atrios restates a point about the rules in our new dysfunctional government that the Adults In The Room need to learn, and quickly. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/01/rules.html

Atrios also shares some posts from Facebook that were violent, racist, right-wing responses to one of his friends' pro-protest comments. Just the other day at a local pizza parlor, we overheard a yahoo at a nearby table making some of the same arguments: protesters should be "shot with rubber bullets," all the protesters "were going to college for free," etc. The right-wing has been cultivating this resentment and anger for years, and it's coming to a head. We need to be vigilant and aware that it's out there. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/02/all-in-all.html

Financial deregulation is back! They're reopening the Wall Street casino with your money, suckers. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a52809/trump-financia...

Rachel Maddow discusses The Leader's disastrously botched Yemen raid with an expert: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/trump-tries-rewriting-history-o...

Health Corner: The best way to burn body fat might be the old tried-and-true method of . . . walking. One never knows whether to believe these studies, but it makes a certain amount of sense – and it's probably better on the knees. http://www.esquire.com/lifestyle/health/a52813/walking-is-apparently-a-b...

Humor Corner, courtesy The Onion: http://www.theonion.com/article/eric-trump-scolds-father-he-mustnt-inqui...

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

Josh Marshall gives us a helpful primer and review of what voter fraud really is, and how it basically never happens. Keep this handy for the next time the Leader or one of his spittle-flecked supporters starts gibbering about "voter fraud." Josh's takeaway? "The folks who push this are liars." http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/your-basic-primer-on-why-trump-s-vot...

Charlie Pierce gives us a recap of the Leader's press conference, which Pierce says ranks right up there with the Cuban Missile Crisis for scaring the bejeezus out of him. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a52588/trump-intervie...

Charlie also gives us his semi-weekly rundown of what's happening in the several states, including our own, where some of our dimmest bulbs and aspiring autocrats are gathered at the legislative cesspool in Pierre: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a52597/state-protest-...

What in the world are Senate Democrats doing, voting to approve the Leader's awful nominees? http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2017/01/is-our-democrats-learning-2

The White House dips its toe in the same fetid pool that the Holocaust deniers frolic in: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/01/holocaust-denial.html

Atrios links to an article about what impact NAFTA actually had on the US economy. Among the other things, I noticed that the places that felt NAFTA's disruption the least were Washington DC, northern Virginia, and Maryland – exactly the places where lawmakers are, so they essentially live in a bubble regarding the consequences of NAFTA. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/01/what-are-we-defending.html

Atrios also notices that the Leader's immigration ban (on a few select countries, but oddly not other countries like Saudi Arabia, Russia, or Pakistan) has very real, harmful consequences on our agreements with the European Union. For example, "a dual UK-Iranian citizen would be banned from entering the US on a UK passport." However, I'm sure that was well thought-out beforehand . . . http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/01/reciprocal.html

The Washington Post says "For a few hours, Badlands National Park was bad to the bone in defiance of Trump": https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/01/24/for...

Humor Corner from the WaPo: "The true, correct story of what happened at Donald Trump's inauguration": https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/compost/wp/2017/01/24/the-true-corr...

Humor Corner 2: Sassy Trump at the CIA. It's his actual speech verbatim, reread in a different voice. https://youtu.be/A6o4N1FT7CA

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

DL Tuesday 1/24

Hi all,

Tonight (1/24) is our regularly scheduled Drinking Liberally night at Ben's. Because of predicted heavy snow and bad weather conditions, we're not going to hold an "official" meeting—as though we ever have an "official" meeting, but you know what I mean.

If you're around and want to come to Ben's for Drinking Liberally tonight, then please do so. However, if the weather turns bad, we definitely don't want anybody out on the streets and roads when instead they should be safe.

So in short, use good judgment, stay safe, and if we don't see you this week, then we'll see you next. Cheers!

Chris