Drinking Liberally Yankton Chapter Blog

Monday DL Links

Hi all,

Apparently winter isn't ready to pack up and leave just yet. Well, never mind. We've got a few toasty links to get your started today regardless of the weather. Hopefully you'll find one or two to be of interest.

The cost of a living wage won't significantly impact prices at Wal-Mart or anywhere else. Plus, the workers wouldn't need food stamps to survive their low wages. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/04/no-cost-of-living-wage-wont.html

Refusing to expand Medicaid: "Almost awesome in its evilness." http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/04/awesome-in-its-evilness-krugman-m...

Cokie Roberts is even out of touch with her own profession. No, Cokie, there are not plenty of women pundits on the Sunday Showz. http://mediamatters.org/blog/2014/04/09/cokie-roberts-plenty-of-women-on...

As Barbara Walters fixes to retire, Alex Pareene reviews her "long, gross career" of consorting with powerful people instead of doing real journalism. http://www.salon.com/2013/05/13/the_long_gross_career_of_barbara_walters...

Humor Corner: A short story about a Libertarian Police Department. http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/shouts/2014/03/libertarian-police-...

As always, for daily links and information, check out TPM, Atrios/Eschaton, Digby, and Paul Krugman. For South Dakota politics, Cory's blog Madville Times is indispensable.

That's all for now. Come join us this Tuesday for Drinking Liberally!

What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesdays, 7-9 PM
Where: Ben's, downtown Yankton

Monday DL Links

Hi all,

It's a beautiful day, and we've got some links to get your started with your morning coffee.

As always, read your Krugman. If necessary, scroll past the wonkier stuff until you land on a topic more accessible to a general audience. You will not regret giving Dr. K. some of your time. http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/

David Dayen writes about debt collection malpractice, and how someone else's debt could ruin your credit: http://www.newrepublic.com/article/117213/debt-collector-malpractice-som...

Support for the death penalty is shrinking in the United States: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/majority-support-death-penalty

Paul Waldman discusses the moral "sunk costs" of the torture program. http://prospect.org/article/cia-and-moral-sunk-costs-torture-program

The Supreme Court gleefully delivers another damaging blow to democracy. The corrupt Bush v. Gore decision that let Dubya appoint Roberts and Alito continues to pay dividends for the robed hacks who orchestrated it. http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/mccutcheon-decision-campaign-finan... Digby chimes in: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/04/best-democracy-money-can-buy.html Atrios has a slightly different take: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2014/04/whack-mole.html

Speaking of bad events that Bush v. Gore enabled, March was the first month in eleven years without a combat fatality. http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/A_Milestone_Is_Reached

Atrios bring to our attention the overlooked fact that the USPS as a whole works really well. Also, he notes that competing private companies, such as UPS, often treat their workers really badly. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2014/04/the-usps-works-well.html

In happy news, women who worked in the factories in WWII are honored at the White House: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/04/see-all-old-people-arent-jerks.ht...

That's all for now. Come join us this Tuesday for Drinking Liberally!

What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesdays, 7-9 PM
Where: Ben's, downtown Yankton

Last Monday DL Links of March

Hi all,

Cross your fingers and hope for nice weather today. To get the day started off right, we've got some piping hot links for you to sift through.

Cory at the Madville Times draws our attention to some sensible positions held by Republican blogger John Tsitrian. While I don't know all his positions, it's refreshing to see a South Dakota Republican willing to have actual principles, and refuse to bow and scrape to the party orthodoxy in Pierre. http://madvilletimes.com/2014/03/tsitrian-maps-dem-route-to-gop-votes-on...

House Republicans don't want any more national parks. Not surprising, since they shut them all down in one of their tantrums last summer. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/03/26/1287592/-House-Republicans-prov...

Georgians (the state, not the country) can now take guns into bars and airports, but not into the legislature building where the law was passed. Someone alert Betty Olson! http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/03/26/1287439/-Georgians-can-soon-tak...

Digby uses a batty, paranoid quote from Michele Bachmann to discuss Chris Mooney's book about differences in political approaches between conservatives and liberals. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/03/now-we-wont-even-have-death-panel...

Digby also notes that it's important to have professional diversity in the judiciary if people expect to get a fair trial. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/03/we-need-more-diversity-in-diversi...

Apologies for linking so much to Digby's site but this week she's a mother lode of info. For example, a helpful chart showing our military spending compared with the rest of the world – or, as she titled it, "Why We Can't Have Nice Things": http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/03/chart-o-day-why-we-cant-have-nice...

And here she gives a concrete reason why people should take the common wisdom of Village Dowager (as she calls her) Cokie Roberts with an enormous grain of salt: Cokie's family connections make lots of money from the positions she espouses, like the newest disastrous free trade agreement being discussed. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/03/and-now-word-from-your-congressma...

That's all for now. Come join us this Tuesday for Drinking Liberally!

What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesdays, 7-9 PM
Where: Ben's, downtown Yankton

Monday DL Links

Hi all,

Snow again? Oh well. We've got a few piping hot links here for you to look through with your coffee.

Charlie Pierce relays to us more local reporting on the toxic waste that oil companies are illegally dumping in North Dakota. http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/north-dakota-radioactive-dump-site...

The important thing to remember about Very Serious People like David Frum is that they're always wrong, with disastrous consequences, yet they will always be welcome among the powerful because they are Very Serious People. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/03/from-always-been-wrong-about-ever...

A couple short musings from Atrios about the Very Serious People and how people like them might have caused World War I. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2014/03/tragedies.html and http://www.eschatonblog.com/2014/03/they-sucked-on-it-tom.html

Cory at the Madville Times discusses a survey that shows that young South Dakotans strongly identify as conservatives. Some of the findings show that they aren't as conservative as some might expect on a few individual issues, but overall being Conservative is an essential part of their self-constructed identity. http://madvilletimes.com/2014/03/new-dakota-poll-no-liberal-surge-among-...

David Atkins at Hullabaloo explains a possible reason that so many average Democratic voters stay home during midterm elections: Democrats rarely give them something positive to come out and vote for. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/03/alternatively-democrats-could-giv...

That's all for now. The past couple weeks, candidates for local and statewide office have dropped by to join us. Why don't you come join us as well this Tuesday for Drinking Liberally?

What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesdays, 7-9 PM
Where: Ben's, downtown Yankton

Monday DL Links

Hi all,

It's supposed to be another nice day (even for a Monday), and we've got some links for you to peruse at your leisure.

Rachel Maddow presents a segment about oil companies illegally dumping radioactive waste in North Dakota — on reservations, in abandoned buildings in small towns, and even along the side of the road. (Paste the following link into your browser.) on.msnbc.com/1kkl39S

Charlie Pierce at Esquire Magazine reviews grifter Sarah Palin's speech to the C-Spackle convention. http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/sarah-palin-cpac-2014-030814

Charlie also writes about our desperate, immediate need to repair and rebuild our crumbling infrastructure. We can't coast by on what our great-grandparents built forever. http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/The_United_States_Of_Rubble

Kevin Drum at Mother Jones magazine says that, no, university students should not be required to have Facebook accounts. http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2014/03/no-university-students-sho...

Some people would rather pay more, get worse coverage, and die, rather than be wrong about hating "Obamacare": http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/03/theyd-rather-die-than-be-wrong-ab...

Jim Sleeper at the Washington Monthly gives us an excellent portrait of a Beltway armchair warrior spoiling for more intervention, more war, and more machismo in foreign policy. http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/ten-miles-square/2014/03/a_commentator_...

At The Atlantic magazine, Joseph Williams recounts his life in retail sales after losing his job as a reporter. (h/t Charlie Pierce for the link) http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/03/my-life-as-a-retail-...

Comix Corner: This Modern World takes a look at the Sunday gasbag showz. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Rgp9FBm3X5o/UyDMbeu0onI/AAAAAAAAQFg/afngZPIwzL...

That's all for now. Come join us Tuesday for Drinking Liberally!

What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesdays, 7-9 PM
Where: Ben's, downtown Yankton

Monday DL Links

Hi all,

I don't want to jinx it, but it seems like Spring might be tentatively approaching. Enjoy the nice weather today, and while you're inside, here are some links for you to peruse.

For a more clear-headed analysis of the crisis in the Crimea – or at least an analysis of the unhelpful Beltway warmongering about it – check out Michael Cohen's article in The Guardian. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/mar/03/obama-ukraine-russi...

David Atkins at Hullabaloo makes a good point about who actually are the Job Creators™: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/03/i-know-about-job-creation-because...

Charlie Pierce takes David Brooks to task for his hacktacular warmongering about the Crimea. http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/David_Brooks_Loses_To_History

As always, read your Krugman. Here he discusses the real poverty trap (as opposed to the fake one that people like Paul Ryan yammer about): http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/03/04/the-real-poverty-trap/?modul...

Digby and Lee Fang take apart a Wall Street Journal piece that deliberately misinforms its readers about the Koch brothers' political spending: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/03/the-kochs-arent-exactly-forced-to...

I'm not sure if this qualifies as unintentional humor, but the birthers are taking their irrelevant conspiracy theories to a whole new level of crazy: http://nomoremister.blogspot.com/2014/03/obamas-parents-marriage-has-ins...

Comix Corner: This Modern World presents the further adventures of Invisible Hand of the Free Market Man. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/03/03/1280730/-Cartoon-A-job-for-IHOT...

That's all for now. Come join us this week for Drinking Liberally!

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

First DL Links of March

Hi all,

Does this count as March coming in like a lion? Let's hope it goes out like a lamb. Meanwhile, as everyone shivers and/or digs out of the snow, we've got Monday links for you to sift through and see if any strike your interest.

On Fresh Air on NPR, Julia Angwin discusses privacy and anonymity while online. http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/02/24/282061990/if-you-t...

Atrios has a short observation on the topic of bitcoins: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2014/02/bitcoinery.html Also, Charlie Pierce weighs in on bitcoins: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/bitcoin-bubble-022514

Cory at the Madville Times discusses fatuous or misleading coverage of South Dakota politics, including some from Chuck Toddler: http://madvilletimes.com/2014/03/chuck-todd-mike-rounds-slight/

Pampered heir to the Swanson Frozen Food fortune Tucker Carlson refers to equal rights as "fascism." Apparently Carlson doesn't have a dictionary, much less a sense of decency. http://mediamatters.org/blog/2014/02/26/foxs-tucker-carlson-its-fascism-...

A grad student at Brown investigated the NRA's illegal campaign finance activities in the state (which involved plenty of Democratic machine politicians in Rhode Island), and managed to drive the NRA out of Rhode Island politics. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/nra-rhode-island-pac

Atrios notes that the deficit is lower than it would have been if we followed the recommendations of the Simpson-Bowles Traveling Medicine Show — not that anyone actually cares about the deficit, of course. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2014/02/nothing-to-cheer.html

Digby quotes a piece by Ian Milhiser to show how using the "religious liberty" argument to justify hating others is practically an American tradition. You will not be surprised to find parallels in Jim Crow laws. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/02/using-religious-liberty-as-excuse...

The right wing doesn't need to defund public broadcasting anymore, because they've browbeaten NPR into doing "journalism" like this: http://americablog.com/2014/02/npr-interviews-holocaust-revisionist-hate...

I don't often pass along the stories that Atrios designates as the "Worst Person in the World," but this guy in Arkansas really takes the cake. http://www.balloon-juice.com/2014/02/28/empathy-fail-2/

That's all for now. Come join us this week for Drinking Liberally!

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

Monday DL Links

Hi all,

It's the last Monday of February, and we've got some Farewell to February links for your perusal.

Digby points us to an interesting article about a psychological study of internet trolls, and the dark personality types who are prone to trolling. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/02/wallowing-in-fever-swamps.html

How does the USA rate among other countries in high-speed broadband service? Not well. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/02/americans-we-love-paying-more-for...

Cory at the Madville Times keeps us up to date on the latest vandalism from the state legislature in Pierre. It has been somewhat better this year than most, but there are still plenty of awful ideas being pushed there by ALEC members and people fighting the culture wars. Be sure to check his site regularly. http://madvilletimes.com

David Atkins writes about the right's "crony capitalism" dodge, and how it indicates that they're losing the argument about the economy. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/02/the-rights-crony-capitalism-dodge...

Unencumbered by soul or ethics, walking conflict of interest Howard Kurtz worries that the long-dead Fairness Doctrine might somehow make a return. Which would be bad. Or something. http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/howard-kurtz-fcc-022114

Kindness of Strangers Corner: A Norwegian children's charity wanted to know how many people in Oslo would help a shivering eleven-year-old boy at a bus stop. Here's the video: http://www.tnp.no/norway/multimedia/4336-how-would-people-of-norway-help...

Comix Corner: Tom Tomorrow's "This Modern World." http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/02/17/1277416/-Cartoon-The-one-rich-g...

That's all for now. Come join us this week for Drinking Liberally!

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

Presidents' Day DL Links

Hi all,

It's Presidents' Day, and we've got some links for you to check out, whether you have the day off for the holiday or are at work per usual. It occurs to me that we don't have any Presidents' Day-themed links, but hopefully you can overlook that.

Check out Cory's ongoing coverage of the legislature in Pierre at the Madville Times: http://madvilletimes.com/

David Atkins brings our attention to an article in Forbes magazine about how German management of the housing market keeps prices affordable and the economy strong. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/02/housing-prices-are-low-in-well-ma...

Atrios notes that the term "labor shortage" might not always be used correctly. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2014/02/shortages.html

In The Nation magazine, Rick Perlstein writes about Al From, the disastrous Democratic insider who helped push the party rightward from failure to failure in the Reagan and Clinton eras. http://www.thenation.com/article/178337/friends

Alec MacGillis at the New Republic writes a great article about the seamy underbelly of New Jersey politics that led to the rise of Chris Christie. http://www.newrepublic.com/article/116601/chris-christies-rise-and-fall

A perfect example of why "Ag-Gag" laws are an awful idea—that is, unless you enjoy animal cruelty and yearn for a return to the days of Sinclair Lewis documenting revolting conditions at meat packing plants: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/02/when-caught-abusing-animals-just....

That's all for now. Come join us this week for Drinking Liberally!

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

Monday DL Links

Hi all,

On a chilly morning we’ve got some links for you to peruse with your coffee, and/or while you're watching the Olympics.

Esquire magazine presents an article about survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing embarking on a trip together: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/news/the-way-back-boston-marathon-cruise?cl...

An interactive map of the USA: When did your county's population peak? http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/02/02/1270828/-When-did-your-county-s...

Digby relates the story of a man who, as an experiment, spent a month watching no news but what they showed on Fox 'news': http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/02/a-month-in-fox-news-hole.html

David Atkins encourages us to embrace a basic Postal Service banking service: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/02/say-yes-to-postal-banking-by.html

Digby presents a real-life Wall Street murder mystery. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/02/wall-street-murder-mystery.html

On a similar topic, David Atkins directs us to an article about Goldman-Sachs bleeding entire countries dry with bad investments, which could be argued threatens to destabilize those countries and regions. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/02/the-vampire-squids-money-funnel-b...

TPM picks up the comments of a South Dakota Republican legislator that “our crazy legislature makes people not want to live here.” http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/south-dakota-lawmaker-republican-c...

Atrios points us to a gigantic waste of government money that few people seem very concerned about, including the teabaggers. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2014/02/a-giant-waste-of-money.html

That's all for now. Come join us this week for Drinking Liberally!

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