Drinking Liberally Yankton Chapter Blog

Monday DL Links

Hi all,

Today there's a smaller assortment of links, but hopefully you'll still find something of interest to you.

Lazy pundits who view politics as a horserace for their own entertainment are deeply upset that Texas governor Rick Perry is in legal trouble. It disrupts the whole "comeback" story they've been writing for him. However, the elite pundtis' dismissive attitude is wrong. http://www.texasobserver.org/pundits-dont-get-rick-perry-indictment/

Charlie Pierce adds more about the pearl-clutching about "criminalizing politics," and puts it in context from the crimes of Richard Nixon up through Iran-Contra and beyond. http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/Crimes_And_Whispers

Digby brings to our attention the lack of information about people killed by police, and the difficulty doing statistical analysis of those events. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/08/how-many-of-these-police-killings...

How do we know what, if anything, to do in Syria — particularly since the course of action advocated by a perpetually enraged John McCain and a hyperventilating Lindsay Graham just a month ago would be completely, 180-degrees wrong now. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2014/08/intelligence.html

If you need more links or newer information during the week, you can always check out Atrios/Eschaton, TPM, DailyKos, and other fine sources.

Come join us this Tuesday for Drinking Liberally!

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When: 7-9 PM every Tuesday
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Monday DL Links

Hi all,

It's Monday again, and we've got a big assortment of links for you to choose from to begin your week.

David Montgomery at the Argus Leader profiles Joop Bollen, silent profiteer from the state's failed EB-5 program. (h/t Cory at the Madville Times) http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/politics/2014/08/10/eb-secrets-lie...

We're giving Israel $700 million for its so-called "Iron Dome" anti-missile defense. Does it work? No. But the military contractor is making a handsome profit. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/israel-iron-dome-research-intercepts

Chris Hayes interviews author Radley Balko about the militarization of police departments. Why are police wearing camouflage and using equipment designed for battle in Afghanistan? on.msnbc.com/1nNkdS3 (cut & paste the link in your browser) Josh Marshall at TPM has more here: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/some-pictures-say-a-lot

Digby too: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/08/from-if-you-build-it-they-will-us... And some more here: http://www.salon.com/2014/08/15/warrior_cops_on_steroids_how_post_911_hy...

Jamelle Bouie of Slate also tackles the Ferguson troubles for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: http://www.stltoday.com/news/opinion/the-militarization-of-the-police/ar...

On a related topic, Tom Sullivan writes about "Confederate states of mind." http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/08/confederate-states-of-mind-by.htm...

In addition to the other benefits of reducing childhood lead exposure, Kevin Drum notes that it has reduced teen pregnancy as well as violent crime. Why? Among other things, exposure to lead causes problems with judgment and impulse control. http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2014/08/childhood-lead-exposure-ca...

Because the subject of clinical depression has been a topic of discussion since Robin Williams's suicide, here is an interview that Terry Gross of NPR's Fresh Air did with Rachel Maddow a couple years ago. During the interview, Ms. Maddow discusses what bouts of depression are like for her. The discussion of depression occurs about 30 minutes into the interview. http://www.npr.org/2012/03/27/148611615/rachel-maddow-the-fresh-air-inte...

When quoted accurately for bashing Robin Williams after his suicide, drug-addled gasbag Rush Limbaugh whined that he was "taken out of context" to try to dodge responsibility. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/limbaugh-robin-williams-clarifies

Atrios has a pithy observation about uninformed, appallingly bad pundit-"journalists" being paid handsomely while news organizations simultaneously bleat that they have no money to do proper journalism. What's wrong with this picture? http://www.eschatonblog.com/2014/08/journamalism.html

Culture Corner: Why are we nostalgic for music we heard as teenagers? Mark Joseph Stern has some answers. http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2014/08/musical...

Comix Corner: This Modern World by Tom Tomorrow. http://images.dailykos.com/images/99084/lightbox/TMW2014-08-13color.png?...

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's DL Links (the Night Before!)

Hi all,

To get a jump on Monday morning, here is this week's assortment of Drinking Liberally links. Hopefully some will be of interest. Please also note the announcement of a local charity event at the bottom.

Former CNN spokesmodel Campbell Brown is the latest person to join the education "reform" grift. Valerie Strauss fact-checks Brown and finds her claims inaccurate at best. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/08/03/fact-chec...

Charlie Pierce has more on Campbell Brown, her connections, and who's paying her to help destroy public education: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/The_Campbell_Brown_Moment

But Campbell Brown isn't the only Mark Twain-style huckster grifting for money. A supposedly pro-troop charity uses the money it raised to pay off Tea Party cronies, not the troops it was supposed to help. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/08/05/exclusive-pro-troop-cha... More here: http://www.salon.com/2014/08/06/wingnut_scams_the_troops_how_tea_party_q...

Digby marks John Negroponte's return as a serious policy analyst in the beltway Village. http://www.salon.com/2014/08/04/reagans_crony_returns_to_spew_his_drivel...

While on the subject of covert illegal activities, although this topic was first mentioned last week, the Rude Pundit now weighs in with some thoughts about President Obama's shockingly blithe remarks about torture. http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2014/08/we-tortured-some-folks-and-we-wil...

Digby also discusses pieces by Greg Sargent and Noam Chomsky that seek to explain the current paranoid hysteria about border security. According to Chomsky, it fits into a bigger pattern, one as old as the republic itself. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/08/child-zombies-at-border.html

Once again Atrios contemplates the Good Old Days when everybody got along in Washington. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2014/08/remember-good-old-days-when-everybod...

At The Nation magazine, Dave Zirin writes about the San Antonio Spurs hiring Becky Hammon as an assitant coach: http://m.thenation.com/blog/180913-why-has-it-taken-long-mens-pro-sports...

Charity FunTime Corner: The Rhythm & Brews fundraiser for the Yankton Boys & Girls Club will be held at Minerva's on August 23. If you're interested in beer tasting, playing games, and supporting a worthy charity, please consider buying a ticket and attending. Here's a link where you can get tickets: https://secureonlinegiving.com/Donations/Site/index.asp?eventID=1259

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,

It's Monday again, and we've got more links for you to peruse at your leisure, should any be of interest to you. I think I even spelled the subject line correctly this week, so hopefully we're off to a good start.

No one could have predicted: Centrist, status-quo protecting groups like "No Labels" are just grifting to make money for themselves. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/07/theres-money-in-it.html

The Majority Report discusses Mark Ames's piece about Holocaust denial in libertarian flagship magazine "Reason." http://majority.fm/2014/07/28/mark-ames-reason-magazines-holocaust-denia...

The highway bill and veterans' health care improvements stalled in Washington, along with everything else, because of Republican roadblocks. How does our illustrious representative Kristi Noem respond? Why, she talks about suing the President, of course, because that's responsible and productive. Cory at the Madville Times has more. http://madvilletimes.com/2014/07/noem-votes-to-sue-president-desires-cou...

Stars & Stripes reports that Afghanistan will end up costing more than the Marshall Plan. And yes, that is adjusted for inflation. http://www.stripes.com/news/afghanistan-to-cost-more-than-marshall-plan-...

Atrios directs us to a new article about more abuses in our glorious surveillance state: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2014/07/surprising-nobody.html

President Obama admitted that "we tortured some folks," but if that in any way upsets or appalls you, you're just being "sanctimonious." http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/08/he-called-torturers-patriots.html

And now, to cheer you up from the news, a series of cute dog photos. You're welcome. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/cute-dog-photos/

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 Linkes

Hi all,

It's Monday again, and we've got more links for you to peruse at your leisure, should any be of interest to you.

Charlie Pierce writes a tribute to James Garner: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/RIP_James_Garner

John Oliver tackles our broken prison system, even enlisting the help of the Muppets to explain it. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/john-oliver-broken-prison-system

LGM asks if there should be a Bad Business Tax for businesses who pay atrocious wages and force workers to use state-provided services to get by. http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2014/07/bad-business-fee

Digby responds to Chuck Schumer's misguided call for more "jungle primaries" like the chaotic ones in California. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/07/making-everyone-frustrated-is-fea...

Digby also directs us to an article by Jeremy Scahill about how the government arbitrarily puts citizens on certain lists. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/07/minority-report-for-dummies.html

The USA wasted $34 million trying to get Afghans to grow soybeans – a crop Afghans are unfamiliar with, and which is unsuited to their land and farming methods. http://thinkprogress.org/world/2014/07/24/3463603/the-us-wasted-34-milli...

Paul Krugman writes encouragingly about the end of the "cringe" mentality in liberals. http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/07/25/the-end-of-the-cringe/?modul...

More Digby (yes, she's that good): Middle class decline is worse than you think, but almost nobody realizes it. When they do realize it, that's when change will happen. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/07/what-middle-class-decline.html

Anjan Sundaram writes about the media's retreat from reporting foreign events: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/27/opinion/sunday/the-medias-retreat-from...

On a similar topic, Atrios notes how quickly the media and the talking heads flit from one topic to the next. A month ago "President John McCain" and the rest of the Beltway bobbleheads were discussing how much we needed to re-invade Iraq. Amazingly, that has all been forgotten about a month later. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2014/07/it-was-only-yesterday.html

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,

It's another Monday of another week, and we've got more links for you to peruse at your leisure, should any look interesting to you.

At Salon, Digby writes about what the far-right's real Supreme Court strategy is in suing President Obama: http://www.salon.com/2014/07/14/far_rights_secret_scotus_strategy_what_b...

At her own blog Hullabaloo, Digby also writes about why it's impossible to have a reasonable debate with the Tea Party: It's more like a religion than a political faction. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/07/the-cult-of-absolutes.html

For a moment, forget "Red vs. Blue" as a way of categorizing states. A contributor at TPM has an alternative way to think about the cultural divisions on a state-by-state basis. Your mileage may vary as to what you think of its accuracy or comprehensiveness, but it's a refreshing alternative idea. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/cafe/forget-red-vs-blue-here-s-a-whole-new-...

Paul Krugman has a theory about why Wall Street types love Rick Santelli, even though he's constantly wrong about everything. It does explain quite a bit of the irrational behavior among a class of people who puff themselves up about being cold, hard-headed, rational businessmen. http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/07/14/rick-santelli-and-affinity-f...

Charlie Pierce gives a master class in how to take apart sycophantic, morally bankrupt journalism. The subject is the execrable Politico (who else?) and their fawning puff piece about America's Worst Family. Everyone involved deserves endless shunning or a trip to The Hague. http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/Politico_Dances_With_The_Devils

From Washington Monthly, the article "Thrown Out of Court: How Corporations Became People You Cannot Sue." http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/magazine/junejulyaugust_2014/features/t...

Conservative media kills a Texas charity's plan to help refugee children. Because conservatives love Teh Childrenz so much. http://mediamatters.org/blog/2014/07/16/how-conservative-media-killed-a-...

How much confidence do foreign countries have in President Obama versus the previous occupant of the White House? Here is a helpful chart. https://twitter.com/conradhackett/status/489854090147811328

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,

It's Monday and this week there's a smaller batch of links for you. Still, hopefully you will one or more to be interesting.

Jill Lepore writes that the Founding Fathers would be totally baffled by the Teabaggers' politics. http://billmoyers.com/2014/07/04/july-4th-note-to-tea-partiers-your-poli...

Oh, the unbearable difficulty of being David Brooks. Driftglass is not particularly sympathetic to Lord Brooks' complaints about his life of extreme privilege. http://driftglass.blogspot.com/2014/07/several-species-of-small-privileg...

Science wasn't a consideration in the Hobby Lobby case. Literally. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/science-irrelevant-in-hobby-lobby

If you're craving more reading material, always check out the blogs of Charlie Pierce, Paul Krugman, Digby, Atrios (Eschaton), and Roy Edroso (Alicublog). You won't be disappointed.

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,

I hope you all had a good Independence Day weekend. It's back to the routine now on Monday, and so here are some links that hopefully you will find interesting.

Monopolies are not more efficient, despite some arguments or appearances. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/06/your-fascinating-long-read-of-day...

At Hullabaloo, David Atkins observes that trust in society's institutions is eroding because of income inequality. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/06/more-decline-in-institutional-tru...

At TPM, Josh directs us to a NY Times article about the incredibly dysfunctional relationship between out-of-control military contractors and the Bush II State Department. It appears that Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice didn't get to the bottom of anything, even though people in her department had apparently been threatened. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/blackwater-knocked-down-probe-by-thr... Paul Krugman adds more: http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/06/30/the-iraq-stain/?module=BlogP...

The five right-wing hacks on the Supreme Court issue another raft of awful, cynical decisions. (Thanks, Sandy O'Connor and the Bush v. Gore crew for Roberts and Alito! They're continuing your integrity-free work on the bench.) Erik Loomis of LGM analyzes the latest work of the Supremos. http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2014/06/scotus-war-women-workers

On a related topic, Digby quotes Joan Walsh and Corey Robin to discuss the real motivation behind the conservative war on birth control: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/07/the-private-sphere-is-real-battle...

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,

It's the last week of June (already!), and we've got a small bunch of links here for you to peruse as you get ready for July's arrival.

Rachel Maddow makes the case that if members of Congress want to run their mouths about going to war, they need to put their money where their mouths are and take an actual vote on declaring war. After all, the Constitution explicitly gives the Congress the sole power to declare war, so it's not an academic question. http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/rachel-maddow-congress-should-mak...

Digby writes about the wingnuts' destructive shenanigans and the media that enables them. McCain fanboy (and former AP head) Ron Fournier takes umbrage. http://www.salon.com/2014/06/23/wingnuts_destructive_shenanigans_and_the...

Athenae notes that children are not a retirement policy, no matter how much some people hyperventilate about couples having fewer children — and inexplicably trying to link it to "generous" Social Security benefits in old age. (Naturally, the writer of the original article is from the conservative American Enterprise Institute.) http://www.first-draft.com/2014/06/kids-are-not-insurance.html

Par for the course: A teabagger gets lots of government help, then makes money going on the right-wing circuit and complaining about "Big Guv'ment." http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/06/24/1309252/-The-time-the-head-of-t...

Another reason why GDP isn't the best measure of economic health: Although GDP dropped recently, it seems to be related to a decrease in what Americans are paying for health care. In other words, people saving money under the Affordable Care Act might be what's reducing GDP. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/06/yes-economy-is-still-broken-but-i...

Digby compares the ongoing horror of the Guantanamo prison-torture camp with the remembrances of a Soviet dissident. You will not be surprised (but you will be repulsed) by the similarities. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/06/civilized-torture.html

At TPM, Tom Daschle makes a plaintive case for a bygone (and largely imaginary) era of civility. Among D.C. Insiders, the most important thing is not what policies you advocate; the most important thing is Civility. If only we could all get together for afternoon tea and finger sandwiches on the veranda, policies would take care of themselves. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/cafe/daschle-how-different-the-senate-would...

David Atkins points us to an excellent article by Nick Hanauer about how income inequality is a very real threat to social order, not just economics. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/06/just-go-read-hanauer-today-by.htm...

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,

We've got a smaller batch of links this week, but hopefully you'll still appreciate one or two of them. If you need more links, you can always check out Esquire's politics blog, Atrios's site Eschaton, or Roy at Alicublog, just to name a few.

Josh Marshall at TPM does an excellent analysis of the offensive, racist nickname "Redskins" compared to other similar nicknames. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/what-about-the-celtics

Paul Krugman discusses the silly catchphrase "creative destruction."
http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/06/16/creative-destruction-yada-ya...

Digby writes about the right-wing noise machine's latest attempt to whip up a scandal for the rubes to froth about. This time, it's missing e-mails! http://www.salon.com/2014/06/17/gops_sad_quest_for_an_obama_scandal_no_t...

Watching the inevitable events happening in Iraq, Athenae at First Draft reminds everyone that "we" weren't all wrong when "we" all rushed to war with Iraq. Plenty of people opposed it for obvious reasons when "we" made that decision, even if the media conveniently forgets that now. http://www.first-draft.com/2014/06/to-be-worthy-of-remembrance.html

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