Drinking Liberally Yankton Chapter Blog

Monday DL Links

Hi all,

It's time to start a new week – the last one of January already. Here are some links to get you started with your nightcap or morning coffee, as the case may be.

"This Cold House": The author of the NY Times piece investigates how cold he can keep his house in the winter and still be comfortable, thus saving energy. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/24/opinion/this-cold-house.html

Charlie Pierce also has some thoughts about the meaningless, empty ritual of the televised State of the Union address: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/The_State_Of_Our_Union_Is_Fake

Mr. Pierce also gives right-wing Beltway hack (and former head of the Associated Press) Ron Fournier a well-deserved kicking around the block for his bloviating about the State of the Union address. http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/Ron_Fourniers_World

Meanwhile, Arkansas celebrates the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., along with Robert E. Lee. And no matter what it looks like, it has nothing to do with racism, because shut up that's why. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/01/now-why-would-they-do-this.html

This Week in One-Party Rule: The Republican politburo in Pierre proposes weakening regulations against conflicts of interest. If their bill passes, their buddies can stuff their cars full of cash on the way out of Pierre, and the governor can say it's all okay. Small-government conservatism in action! http://madvilletimes.com/2015/01/second-benda-bollen-bill-lets-governor-...

In her response to the State of the Union address (one of the several dozen opposition responses that get televised when someone with a D by his name is in the White House), lobotomized hairpiece Joni Ernst regales the nation with tales of adolescent poverty during the Reagan Administration – only doesn't seem to realize that's what she's done. http://crooksandliars.com/2015/01/joni-ernst-tells-tale-time-trickle-dow... By the way, comedian Lizz Winstead noted that she grew up poor in Minnesota, and when they had to use bread bags to keep their feet dry, they wore them *inside* the shoes, so they wouldn't slip and fall on the snow and ice.

I had never before heard this story about Queen Elizabeth II giving a lesson in feminism to the king of Saudi Arabia. Just when you think the British royal family has nothing to offer, they pull out something like this. http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/01/feminist-boss-lady-queen-elizabe...

On the subject of Saudi Arabia, Atrios notes our weird double standard where we (and the hyperventilating Beltway press) lets them get away with atrocious, barbaric behavior, which would never fly if it happened in, say, Venezuela. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2015/01/mourning.html

Cinema Corner: Charlie Pierce reflects upon the Civil Rights movement after seeing the movie "Selma." http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/Seeing_Selma

Also, the Rude Pundit has a complex review of the movie "American Sniper." Yes, there's still rude language in the column. Would one expect any less? http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2015/01/i-dont-give-fuck-its-your-house.h...

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,

A new week is upon us, and here are some links to get you started. As always, this is just a sampling. Be sure to check out our regular go-to sites for additional news, commentary, and other information throughout the week. I'm sure you'll be able to find something of interest.

Cory at the Madville Times has a run-down of Judge Schrier striking down South Dakota's unconstitutional marriage equality ban. http://madvilletimes.com/2015/01/federal-judge-rules-south-dakota-gay-ma...

Atrios revisits the role lead (coming from leaded gasoline) probably played in tendencies towards violent crime: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2015/01/unleaded.html

Was the Democrats' midterm thumping actually a good thing for progressives in Congress? http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/signs-the-left-is-ascendant

Charlie Pierce brings us the latest effluvium from the Beltway's astronomically overrated, yet somehow still well-regarded, bowtied hack, George Will: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/The_Hackery_Of_George_Will_Contd Note that in addition to his usual dishonesty and condescension, Will manages to work in a heaping helping of barely-coded racism, too. Watch how he dances impishly around the term "uppity" without actually using it!

High school girls basketball coach suspended after his team won 161-2. Only read the comments if you totally want to lose your faith in humanity. They support the theory that Yahoo comments are written almost entirely by yahoos—soulless a**hole bullies whose sole purpose in life is to punch down. http://yahoo.thepostgame.com/blog/heroes-villains/201501/high-school-gir...

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,

A new week is upon us, and here are some links to get you started. As always, this is just a sampling. Be sure to check out our regular go-to sites for additional news, commentary, and other information throughout the week. I'm sure you'll be able to find something of interest.

Digby presents us with a helpful reminder about income inequality. The charts, particularly the one illustrating what a billion dollars actually looks like, are very helpful. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/01/happy-days-are-here-again.html

Tom Sullivan discusses the possibly unhelpful phrase "voting your own best interests" and how people don't vote their interests in any event; they vote their identities. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/01/thank-you-for-not-voting-your-bes...

When the NAACP office was firebombed recently in Colorado Springs, surprisingly little media coverage ensued. Or, perhaps, it's not actually that surprising. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/01/07/1356085/-Frustrated-by-lack-of-...

Digby writes about why the new congress might be even worse than you think: http://www.salon.com/2015/01/07/gops_coming_horror_show_why_new_congress...

Charlie Pierce does some great work giving us information and background about the Charlie Hebdo mass murder in Paris. He also gives us a razor-sharp summation of how a certain cable network is using the atrocity: "[Fox] is baptizing itself in borrowed blood again." http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/Death_In_Paris Juan Cole offers some insights about possible motivations behind the attack: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/01/turning-up-hate.html

Ruth Marcus pens another insipid column about the anguish her elite circle of friends suffers when they do such trivial things as break the law. Fortunately Charlie Pierce follows swiftly after to lay the wood to Marcus's barfworthy drivel. http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/The_Persecution_And_Wrist_Slapping...

For another installment of Today in Depressing Cluelessness, most of America's rich people think the poor have it easy: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/01/08/most-of-ameri...

Charlie Pierce also pens a longer article about the Obama presidency, which is like everything Charlie writes, worth reading: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/barack-obama-cynic-and-the-lame-du...

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

New Year DL Links

Hi all,

Happy new year! As does nearly everything else at this time of year, the links have slowed down. However, they aren't entirely on hiatus. We have a couple for you below, and as always you can check out Digby's Hullabaloo, TPM, and Eschaton as sources of news and commentary.

Cory at the Madville Times names Richard Benda as 2014's "Man of the Year" in South Dakota: http://madvilletimes.com/2014/12/2014-man-of-the-year-in-south-dakota-po...

Check out the year in review that Roy is doing at Alicublog. Here's a taste: http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2014/12/the-year-in-bullshit-part-four.htm...

That's all for now. Ring in the new year properly, and come join us this week for Drinking Liberally!

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

Holiday DL Links

Hi all,

The new year is looming on the horizon, and we're getting ready to bid 2014 adieu. Here is a variety of links to peruse if you wish, in which you'll hopefully find something of interest.

"Get the kid his peaches." A nice Christmas story retold by Digby. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/12/get-kid-his-peaches.html

Charlie Pierce catches a whopper of a document dump that occurred on Christmas Eve when no one was looking. http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/A_Christmas_Message_From_The_NSA

Charlie also brought the following song to my attention: "Strange Things Happening Every Day" by Sister Rosetta Tharp. You will listen now. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzqGq6jiorg

Paul Krugman writes about "the great illusion" that war can be profitable, not destructive, even if you win: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/22/opinion/paul-krugman-putin-neocons-and...

Howard Kurtz, Mr. Conflict-of-Interest himself, remains a hack — only sexist this time. http://www.salon.com/2014/12/23/howie_kurtz_mansplains_the_news_foxs_med...

Tom Sullivan writing over at Digby's place ruminates about being "addicted to fear," as our current culture appears to be. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/12/addicted-to-fear-by-bloggersrus.h...

Digby catches the White House press corps(e) having the vapors about presidential vacations. She takes the opportunity to lay down a few facts that the pampered media elite can't be bothered with. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/12/whos-real-scrooge-here.html

Wildlife Management Corner: It seems counterintuitive, but studies at Washington State University found that killing wolves for eating livestock actually *increases* the number of livestock that get eaten the following year. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/12/27/1353401/-Study-Killing-wolves-f...

Dictionary Corner: "Drapetomania." The things you can learn from the internets, and from the wonderful commentators at sites like Alicublog. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drapetomania

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

Christmas week DL links

Hi all,

The holiday season is here, and among the weekly links are a few Christmas-themed ones toward the end. Hopefully among the newsy stuff you'll also find one of the others to be a pleasant diversion.

President Obama changes the USA's Cuba policy after fifty years of failure: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/obama-united-states-cuba-embassy Charlie Pierce has some interesting thoughts about the revised Cuba policy: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/The_President_Messes_Up_The_Rebran...

Charlie also reviews the recent Sunday bobblehead shows on the teevee machine. Unlike most weeks, Charlie isn't able to summon any humor when describing this week's conversations with monsters. http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/The_Gobshites_Cease_To_Be_Funny

At Salon, Digby writes about Dick Cheney's "grotesque legacy." http://www.salon.com/2014/12/15/time_to_take_the_gloves_off_how_dick_che...

Digby also ruminates about excited Villagers speculating that Jebbie of the noble House of Bush will be the next Republican Daddy to come in and save the party. http://www.salon.com/2014/12/17/can_you_smell_the_aqua_velva_why_jeb_bus...

Charlie Pierce doesn't want people to forget about Jebbie's role in the Terri Schiavo hospice case: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/Michael_Schiavo_Is_Ready_For_Jebbi...

President Obama could restore overtime pay to 1975 levels in an executive action. Will he do it? http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/12/obama-can-restore-overtime-pay-to...

The increasingly useless Washington Post editorializes against President Obama's easing of relations with Cuba. According to the WaPo, our 54-year-old embargo was just on the cusp of working! This is from the same paper that penned a loving eulogy to fascist dictator Augusto Pinochet, so take it for what it's worth. http://www.salon.com/2014/12/18/washington_post_our_54_year_old_cuba_pol...

A further note about the sanctimonious hypocrisy gurgling around what the Very Serious People say about our torture and Cuba policies: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/12/the-sanctimonious-hypocrisy-is-al... Of course we don't care about hypocrisy anymore (if we ever did), but it's good to note it just the same. Standards still exist, even if we don't observe them.

Poetry Corner: Christina Rossetti's "In the Bleak Midwinter," with its Christmas theme. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_the_Bleak_Midwinter There's also a version of it set to music by Gustav Holst and performed by the Gloucester Cathedral choir: http://youtu.be/xRobryliBLQ

If you're up for more ambitious reading, there's always "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight." It's a medieval chivalric tale mixing elements of Christianity and Celtic paganism, with the key action taking place at the winter solstice: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sir_Gawain_and_the_Green_Knight If you're looking for the text in the library, check out the Marie Borroff translation, which is generally regarded as the best. (Fun Fact: J. R. R. Tolkien also did a translation of the poem.)

For some lighter fare, there's the comedic classic from Mystery Science Theater 3000, "Santa Claus": http://youtu.be/iXKOF6rntUg Info on the original movie here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Claus_%281959_film%29

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,

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