Drinking Liberally Yankton Chapter Blog

Weekly DL Reminder

Hi all,

Once again I don't have any links this week. My apologies to those of you who might have been waiting for some fresh ones. Hopefully the computer woes will be fixed by next week. However, links or no links, we will still meet this Tuesday at Ben's at 7:00–the usual. See you there!

Chris

Weekly DL Reminder

Hi all,

Just a reminder that we will be meeting at Ben's this week per usual. Sorry that I don't have any links here to share—temporary computer issues are making things difficult.

Hope to see you at Ben's Tuesday!

Chris

New Year's DL Links

Hi all,

It's New Year's Eve, and just a reminder that we aren't having an "official" Drinking Liberally meeting tonight. We'll resume our normal schedule next week. However, we still have a few links, in case you would like a little holiday reading.

At Digby's Hullabaloo, Spocko writes about the gift that Dr. Christine Blasey-Ford gave him via her courageous testimony: https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2018/12/the-gift-i-got-from-dr-christine...

Atrios makes a pithy observation about how our discourse talks about income and the cost of living: https://www.eschatonblog.com/2018/12/whats-banana-cost.html

At the Huffington Post, Alex Pareene reviews the Year in Ideas: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/2018-the-year-in-ideas-a-review-of-...

At Alicublog, Roy begins his year in review: "The Year in Bullsh*t, Part I." http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2018/12/2018-year-in-bullshit-part-1.html

That's it for this week. Happy New Year!

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

Holiday DL Links

Hi all,

Happy Holidays! Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and best wishes for any and all holidays you celebrate this time of year. We aren't having an "official" Drinking Liberally meeting this Tuesday or next, since the dates fall on Christmas and New Year's, respectively. However, if you feel like venturing out, there still might be a liberal or two at Ben's who you can join. We're just not having an "official" meeting (inasmuch as we ever do anything "official") because of the holidays, so Ben doesn't need to reserve a table especially for us.

Now for some links, in case you would like a little holiday reading.

Our own Jay Williams had an op-ed piece featured in the Yankton Press & Dakotan about our country's out-of-control military spending: https://www.yankton.net/opinion/editorials/article_a6a71776-04d5-11e9-9e...

At The Intercept, Jon Schwartz chronicles the short, dreadful life of the Weekly Standard, which is a bracing contrast to the sad eulogies given for it by the Very Serious People: https://theintercept.com/2018/12/16/the-10-most-appalling-articles-in-th... Atrios has more: https://www.eschatonblog.com/2018/12/americas-worst-publication.html

Atrios also notices the NY Times doing a BothSides piece about congresscritters who are just so darned tired of all the goings-on down there in Warshington. https://www.eschatonblog.com/2018/12/theyll-be-on-cnn-labeled-patriot-pa...

'Tis the Season: At Dakota Free Press, Cory examines some of the results and costs of the rampant consumerism in our culture. http://dakotafreepress.com/2018/12/18/costs-of-consumerism-storage-bills...

In an actual good op-ed piece in the NY Times section, Sarah Vowell muses about impeachment. Not necessarily the specifics of impeaching Trump, but in general, about the act and what it means for the republic. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/20/opinion/trump-impeachment-guide-congr...

If you need some reading material this week, check out Charlie Pierce's pieces at Esquire that you might not have seen yet: https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/

Christmas Corner

"A Visit From St Nicholas" (a.k.a. "'Twas the Night Before Christmas") by Clement Clarke Moore: https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/visit-st-nicholas

"In the Bleak Midwinter" by Christina Rossetti: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_the_Bleak_Midwinter#Text There are many musical versions of this song available as well, done to at least two different tunes.

"Good King Wenceslas" (song) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6Xt5SjHbBA (and lyrics): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_King_Wenceslas#Textual_comparison

"Jeg Er Så Glad Hver Julekveld" (I Am So Glad Each Christmas Eve): https://youtu.be/m1YaP5tW60A?t=10

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

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

Weekly DL Links

Hi all,

Another week is here, and we have a few links for you to peruse at your leisure if any strike your fancy. (Side note: We will meet this week, but then take a two-week hiatus during the holidays, since our regular meeting time will fall on Christmas and New Year's Day. Happy holidays!)

Up for discussion: Intelligent, well-informed people have strong opinions on both sides of the impeachment issue. At Esquire, Charlie Pierce makes the case why he believes the impeachment process is vital and needs to start as soon as possible. https://link.esquire.com/view/5bd9e4a0ecf12a38683fe03b96hpm.3aa/62247b39

Another medical doctor with insane ideas is about to become a congresscritter. Charlie has the rundown. https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a25562935/congressman-mar...

The establishment media is suddenly noticing that "we" missed the rise of right-wing extremism all these years. Mr. Pierce is having none of the excuse-making. https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a25574930/new-york-times-...

At Alicublog, Roy finds conservatives (and others) still ginning up fake outrage about Elizabeth Warren's ancestry, while using wildly offensive racial slurs to do it, of course. It's almost like they're not really sincere and it's not a real issue. http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2018/12/heap-big-bullshit.html

At Raw Story, Tana Ganeva interviews Sara Smarsh about how liberals should stop scolding "red state" voters en masse, and start talking about issues that in a way that will win elections. https://www.rawstory.com/2018/11/heres-buzzword-obsessed-liberals-stop-s...

Shirley Wang writes about the unlikely friendship between her father, a Chinese immigrant with a Ph. D. living in Iowa, and NBA star Charles Barkley. https://www.wbur.org/onlyagame/2018/12/14/lin-wang-charles-barkley

Geography Corner: You know how those old Mercator Projection maps from school always had Greenland looking the size of Africa when that really wasn't the case? Well now you can see the true size of anyplace on earth by clicking it on a map and dragging it somewhere else to compare. Want to compare Greenland to Algeria? Now you can! How about Brazil compared to Europe? Ditto! https://thetruesize.com

Comix Corner: Bloom County https://www.instagram.com/p/BrVNlASF57b/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshi...

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 and Such

Hi all,

Another week is here, and we have a few links for you to peruse at your leisure if any strike your fancy.

At Esquire, Charlie Pierce has an excellent remembrance of the career of George H. W. Bush. (This one caught my attention too late to make it into last week's links, but it should have been the first one I led with.) https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a25371742/george-hw-bush-...

At Dakota Free Press, Cory points us to a Missouri study showing that Tax Increment Financing (TIF) doesn't actually spur growth: http://dakotafreepress.com/2018/12/04/missouri-research-shows-tax-increm...

Atrios has some brief thoughts about the workability of Uber's business model: https://www.eschatonblog.com/2018/12/uberd.html You should definitely take time to read the article Atrios links to, which explains the economics in more detail.

At TPM, Josh Marshall writes about the nostalgia machine that's been cranked up to 11 to worship Bush the Elder: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/nostalgia-establishment-and-the-bus...

NY Times columnist pines for the days of white aristocracy running America "properly." In a related note, the NY Times wants you to subscribe to their paper to support this vitally important journalism. https://splinternews.com/ross-douthat-dreams-of-white-anglo-saxon-protes...

After losing elections, the GOP lame-duck legislatures are moving swiftly on their way out the door to limit voting rights: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/after-midterms-gop-steps-up-national-ef...

Although he now has a newsletter as his primary focus, check out Roy's place Alicublog from time to time. Here's his Friday roundup of some of the week's news: http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2018/12/friday-around-horn.html

Comix Corner: Tom Tomorrow's "This Modern World." https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-2O4QnTSMqaU/XAw2Yy8ZY3I/AAAAAAABA7s/M8YYGwTz0...

Culture Corner: As we approach the longest, darkest days of the year, let us appreciate the lyrics to the Nordic/Finnish folk tune and Advent hymn, "Lost in the Night" (especially the second line):

Must we be vainly awaiting the morrow?
Shall those who have light no light let us borrow,
giving no heed to our burden of sorrow?
Will you help us soon? Will you help us soon?

Poetry Corner: As Christmas approaches, consider reading the poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sir_Gawain_and_the_Green_Knight Don't expect a lot of rhyming; learn to appreciate alliteration instead. The original is in Middle English, but there are excellent translations that preserve the poem's alliteration and unusual "bob & wheel" structure." Here are a few excerpts:

Yet the warring little worried him; worse was the winter,
When the cold clear water cascaded from the clouds
And froze before it could fall to the fallow earth.
Half-slain by the sleet, he slept in his armour
Night after night among the naked rocks,
Where the cold streams splashed from the steep crests
Or hung high over his head in hard icicles.

*****

There hoved a great hall and fair:
Turrets rising in tiers, with tines at their tops,
Spires set beside them, splendidly long,
With finials well-fashioned, as filigree fine.
Chalk-white chimneys over chambers high
Gleamed in gay array upon gables and roofs;
The pinnacles in panoply, pointing in air,
So vied there for his view that verily it seemed
A castle cut of paper for a king's feast.
The good knight on Gringolet thought it great luck
If he could but contrive to come there within
To keep the Christmas feast in that castle fair
and bright.

*****

Gawain was glad to begin those games in hall,
But if the end be harsher, hold it no wonder,
For though men are merry in mind after much drink,
A year passes apace, and proves ever new:
First things and final conform but seldom.

*****

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 have a few links for you to peruse at your leisure if any strike your fancy.

At TPM, Josh Marshall does his usual good job of providing a clear, neutral, reasoned analysis – this time of George H. W. Bush's legacy: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/president-bush-and-the-road-to-trum...

Meanwhile, if you've been listening to the fulsome hagiographies in the media and are wondering if your memory has somehow failed, let us recall just a few of the oddly unmentioned parts of George H. W. Bush's record: The pardoning of Iran-Contra felons; the racist "Willie Horton" campaign; the pointless invasion of Panama; and the lies and carnage of Gulf War I – remember the lurid tales of "babies being tossed out of incubators," and the Highway of Death? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Highway_of_Death#Controversies

Charlie Pierce brings us horror stories of how nursing homes are run under Late-Stage Capitalism by companies like the Carlyle Group (you may remember them from such dynasties as the George H. W. Bush administration): https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a25323717/carlyle-group-n...

Charlie also notes that the usual Very Concerned Republicans in the Senate are mewling about another unacceptable judicial nominee, only to magically have their concerns allayed and vote in lockstep – this time to support a partisan hack with a devotion to voter suppression that even William Rehnquist might find unseemly: https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a25310314/thomas-farr-jud...

Atrios has a good observation about running on your "brand," rather than trying to convince the voting public that you're something that you're not. He cites the example of New Labour vs. the Tories in the UK, and how despite all its posturing as Tory Lite, the party ended up losing ground. https://www.eschatonblog.com/2018/11/their-issues-our-issues.html

Transportation Corner: In City Metric, Jonn Elledge writes that "transport utopianism is stupid, and Elon Musk should shut up." (h/t Atrios) https://www.citymetric.com/transport/transport-utopianism-stupid-and-elo...

Poetry Corner: "The Tyger" by William Blake. Garrison Keillor read this poem last week on the poet's birthday, and it seems appropriate again with winter coming in like a tiger. Plus, it's always a good time to read William Blake (and see his original illustration of the poem at the link, if you're interested).
https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/43687/the-tyger
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/91/The_Tyger_BM_a_1794....

Tyger Tyger, burning bright, 
In the forests of the night; 
What immortal hand or eye, 
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies. 
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand, dare seize the fire?

And what shoulder, & what art,
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand? & what dread feet?

What the hammer? what the chain, 
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? what dread grasp, 
Dare its deadly terrors clasp! 

When the stars threw down their spears 
And water'd heaven with their tears: 
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee?

Tyger Tyger burning bright, 
In the forests of the night: 
What immortal hand or eye,
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

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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 have a few links for you to peruse at your leisure if any strike your fancy.

If you aren't already a subscriber, check out Charlie Pierce's newsletter, which supplements his Esquire column, featuring pieces such as this: https://link.esquire.com/view/5bd9e4a0ecf12a38683fe03b915jq.24h/9ac7c8ff

Similarly, Roy still maintains Alicublog, but he also has a newsletter that arrives multiple times weekly, conveniently in your Inbox. Here's a link to where you can sample it and subscribe, should you so choose: https://edroso.substack.com/

Helaine Olen at the Washington Post discusses why some people are so obsessed with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's finances: https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2018/11/20/why-som...

Poetry Corner: We give you "The Darkling Thrush" by Thomas Hardy. https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/44325/the-darkling-thrush

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 have a few more links for you to peruse at your leisure if any strike your fancy.

At Dakota Free Press, Cory looks at an article about charter schools and public education, and examines South Dakota's standing amongst the several states: http://dakotafreepress.com/2018/11/16/south-dakota-resists-charter-schoo...

Charlie Pierce takes us around the several states for a look at what's going on, such as Maine using Instant Runoff Voting in its elections: https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a25137613/miane-ranked-ch...

At TPM, Michelle Price and Nicholas Riccardi discuss how Harry Reid's machine transformed Nevada politics and whether it's a model for other states: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/harry-reid-dem-machine-swept-nevada-a...

As always, for the latest political news, be sure to check out Josh Marshall's TPM: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/

Food & Cinema Corner: At Hullabaloo, Dennis Hartley shares his list of great food-themed movies in anticipation of Thanksgiving. https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2018/11/stick-fork-in-it-top-10-foodie-f...

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,

Well, the midterms are over except for the recounts in some places. We didn't get the statewide results we hoped for here, but we had some good results locally, and nationally we got the main prize we had been aiming for: control of the House of Representatives. Maybe some checks and balances will be restored to our dysfunctional government.

Meanwhile, we have a few links for you, as always.

At TPM, Josh Marshall notes that The Leader is having a post-election dip in popularity, despite his ability to drive his fans to the polls with fear and anger. Josh notes that that phenomenon has become a pattern lately with hardline conservative voters, who suppress their cognitive dissonance at disliking candidates and policies long enough to vote for them anyway, because they're member of the same tribe. https://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/trumps-post-election-dip-is-no-surp...

From Buzzfeed: In response to the NRA telling them to shut up, doctors share their gruesome stories and photos of what it's like to treat victims of gun violence. https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/remysmidt/nra-doctors-response-this...

At GQ, Drew Magary is concerned that even after everything that's happened in the Republican party since 2000, Chuck Shumer and Nancy Pelosi have no idea what kind of fight they're in, or how to wage it properly. https://www.gq.com/story/chuck-schumer-and-nancy-pelosi-oh-god

Poetry Corner: "What If You Slept" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge https://allpoetry.com/What-if-you-slept-...-

What if you slept
And what if
In your sleep
You dreamed
And what if
In your dream
You went to heaven
And there plucked a strange and beautiful flower
And what if
When you awoke
You had that flower in you hand
Ah, what then?

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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