Drinking Liberally Yankton Chapter Blog

Memorial Day Weekend DL Links

Hi all,

I hope you're having a good Memorial Day weekend. For the rainy day we have some links to peruse, including another MST3K short at the end for your entertainment.

Josh Marshall reflects on the nascent media feeding frenzy about the Clintons. No matter how stupid or empty the allegations, the Village press chases these "scandals" like catnip – and they'll make up scandals if they have to, if none exist. Heck, it's easier than actually doing journalism. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/clinton-foundationpalooza-hurtles-to... Charlie Pierce also addresses that topic: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a35082/hillary-rodham...

In Rolling Stone, Matt Taibbi writes about the neoliberals' — including President Obama — push to get the disastrous, secretive, anti-democratic Trans-Pacific Partnership passed. Quoth Taibbi: "The Democratic party would triangulate its own mother." http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-democratic-party-would-tri...

Once again, the Too Big To Fail™ banks break the law and no one is held accountable. Just imagine the chaos that would ensue if ordinary citizens got away with a fraction of what the big banks do. This is organized crime with a cooked ledger and an Italian suit. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a35142/crimes-without...

Awful (alleged) human beings like David Brooks and Judith Miller continue to lie about the Iraq War. Naturally, they refuse to take any responsibility for helping gin up that war and causing thousands of deaths. But of course, in our failed media they remain Very Serious Pundits who we must continue to take seriously. http://www.salon.com/2015/05/19/david_brooks_sickening_iraq_apologia_how... http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/18/opinion/paul-krugman-errors-and-lies.h...

Charlie also takes a well-deserved whack at David Brooks. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a35092/david-brooks-a... If you're looking for someone taking the odious Judith Miller to task, search for Jon Stewart's recent interview with her.

Digby updates us on what's happening in the world of Duggar Family Values. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/05/quiverful-of-secrets.html

Finally, a well-deserved Humor Corner: MST3K presents the 1950s filmstrip "Why Study Industrial Arts?" https://youtu.be/t_ZMRyaAY1Q

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 (early!)

Hi all,

I know it's not even Monday yet, but I wanted to get a jump on the week. We've got a fresh batch of links including some science, history, cinema, and humor amongst the politics. Hopefully you'll find something interesting in the grab bag.

What's going on with Sheldon Adelson, anyway? http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/05/adelson-and-chinese-mob-nobody-ca... Charlie Pierce has more: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a34936/the-courting-o...

Paul Krugman writes about "the fraternity of failure" that allows people who were wrong about everything to continue being viewed as the only Serious People and experts on any topic (see: War, Iraq, for example). http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/15/opinion/paul-krugman-fraternity-of-fai...

I hesitate to link to anything by Dana Milbank, but here he discusses the President's attempt to strong-arm the TPP trade agreement, and his imperious contempt for people in his own party who disagree. http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/why-obama-is-in-danger-of-losing-... DDay, in a feisty mood at Hullabaloo, has more: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/05/ddays-in-ornery-mood-ddayen.html

Digby takes apart the latest lazy media rehashing of the "Democrats in Disarray" narrative: http://www.salon.com/2015/05/14/what_the_new_york_times_gets_shockingly_...

Science Corner: Rats will save other rats from drowning. If even rats have social empathy, maybe there's some hope for us yet. www.bbc.com/earth/story/20150514-rats-save-mates-from-drowning

History Corner: Behold some long-gone historic buildings in Sioux Falls — the Old Brewery and the Egyptian Theater. http://www.greetingsfromsiouxfalls.com/Brewery/Brewery.htm http://www.greetingsfromsiouxfalls.com/Egyptian/Egyptian.htm

Cinema Corner: Here's a link to the IMDB entry for the Glenn Ford movie "Pocketful of Miracles," directed by Frank Capra, which was brought up last week: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0055312/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_46

Humor Corner: Who among us doesn't love black and white 1950s-era school film strips? Behold MST3K's "Here Comes the Circus!" featuring an appearance by Emmett Kelly (no, really!). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXLpi8So1p8

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,

Hopefully the stormy weather has given you a pass and the week is starting off right. To give you a jump on Monday, here are some more links for you to browse if you're interested. Hopefully one or two topics will be up your alley.

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders holds up the Scandinavian countries as model societies. Digby helps explain why. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/05/sanders-on-nordic-nirvana.html

One of the relatively few things to dislike about Oregon is Nike and its job-outsourcing, labor-exploiting practices, headed by Sweatshop Phil Knight. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/05/obama-to-speak-at-nike-does-nike-...

Paul Krugman proclaims Alan Greenspan the worst former Fed chairman ever: http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/05/06/the-worst-ex-chairman-ever/?...

For-profit diploma mills are horrible, but to add insult to injury, they're allowed to claim bankruptcy while the people they ripped off aren't. Their victims remain saddled with their student debt. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/05/proudly-ripping-off-poor-people-t...

At Salon, Digby patiently explains that the culture war isn't over, because it's never over, for better or for worse. http://www.salon.com/2015/05/07/rise_of_the_gops_culture_war_zombies_why...

Wondering what the heck Thune, Rounds, and Noem have been doing? Cory at Dakota Free Press gives us a rundown of the priorities of our right-wing Republican congressional delegation: http://dakotafreepress.com/2015/05/10/rounds-thune-noem-vote-to-cut-medi...

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,

Monday is almost here again, and to prepare you for the week, here are some more links for you to browse if you're interested. Hopefully one or two topics will be up your alley.

Starbucks and Arizona State University are collaborating to help cafe workers get college degrees. Is this a model for helping more Americans reach the middle class?
 http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/05/the-upwardly-mobile-...

Whaddaya know? Black dads aren't so "absent" from their children after all. A handy chart compares several categories. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/05/stop-presses-black-dads-arent-abs...

LGM steals a march on what will be this election cycle's version of a Third Way or No Labels type of political party (a.k.a., the Tom Friedman Is A Very Special Snowflake party): http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2015/04/we-need-to-unbundle-the-inte...

Digby draws our attention to an "epic" piece of journalism at The American Prospect about "accountability-free" politics: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/04/accountability-free-politics.html

Digby also has a few brief observations about senator Bernie Sanders, comparing where he is on the spectrum with most Republican senators. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/04/we-are-all-democratic-socialists-...

On that same topic, Charlie Pierce compares Bernie Sanders with other politicians all the way back to Eugene V. Debs to see where he might actually fall on the spectrum, as opposed to what the D.C. Villagers and our failed media say about him: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a34711/there-is-now-a...

The New York Times editorializes that, across the country, wages need to be raised: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/01/opinion/picking-up-the-tab-for-low-wag...

Meanwhile at the Washington Post, Jared Bernstein discusses the proposed "Raise the Wage Act": http://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2015/04/30/the-raise-the...

No More Mister Nice Blog analyzes another edition of "America's Worst Humans" (h/t Atrios) starring yet again David Brooks: http://nomoremister.blogspot.com/2015/05/y-kant-david-brooks-read.html

As always, read Cory's Dakota Free Press for takes on local issues such as the Pierre Politburo's contempt for democracy: http://dakotafreepress.com/2015/05/01/democrats-party-of-democracy-suppo...

Culture Corner meets Humor Corner: From something that came up in last week's discussion, we present Mystery Science Theater 3000's treatment of 1950s school film "The Truck Farmer." Enjoy! https://youtu.be/O0YqJZV7lt4

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. Hopefully everyone had a good weekend. Here are some more links for you to browse, should you be so inclined. Hopefully one or two will be of interest.

It's not new, but this remains a handy graphic illustration of wealth inequality in America: http://images.dailykos.com/images/139401/large/wealth-spread-in-us.jpg?1...

At Eschaton, guest poster Avedon gives us an excellent Kurt Vonnegut quote from 1965 to sum up the dying middle class and spreading American class system: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2015/04/explanatory-thread.html

Atrios reminds us that means-testing Social Security doesn't actually save any money: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2015/04/mean-testing-doesnt-get-you-anywhere...

Also, one of the dumber parts of our failed media's coverage of Real America is their own contempt for it, which they irritatingly present as "understanding" Flyover Country: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2015/04/100-diet-of-rendered-bacon-fat.html

From LGM, Brian Beutler reports that the people who want to repeal the Affordable Care Act already have health care. But that's different, because Medicare is totally not government-provided healthcare, because shut up that's why, you commie. (Or words to that effect.) http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2015/04/the-core-of-opposition-to-th...

As the Washington Post's inexcusable Fred Hiatt agitates for a pretty new war, Charlie Pierce sets history straight. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a34497/fred-hiatt-wou...

On the topic of inexcusable people employed by the Washington Post, Crooked Timber celebrates Krautmas, commemorating Charles Krauthammer's perpetual wrongness: http://crookedtimber.org/2015/04/22/krautmas-came-two-weeks-early-this-y...

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 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