Drinking Liberally Yankton Chapter Blog

Weekly DL Links

Hi all,

Another week is here, and we've got a few links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully you'll find one or two of interest.

At Rolling Stone, Matt Taibbi argues that the Democrats' message needs a reboot. http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/taibbi-the-democrats-need-...

At the New Republic, Brian Beutler writes about how Republicans broke American politics, and how the media establishment is blind to it . . . and to the dangerous consequences of it. https://newrepublic.com/article/142918/republicans-broke-american-politi...

Also at the New Republic, Diane Ravitch says that if you dislike Betsy DeVos in charge of the Department of Education, Democrats bear some of the blame, as for the past 30 years they've slipped in their support for public education. (Surprise, surprise, Bill Clinton helped get the ball rolling on implementing conservative ideas in education.) https://newrepublic.com/article/142364/dont-like-betsy-devos-blame-democ...

Charlie Pierce tells of New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu giving a great speech explaining why having monuments glorifying the Confederacy is inexcusable. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a55221/landrieu-new-o...

Atrios notes some additional problems with Uber, the quasi-technology fad that's going to revolutionize transportation and entrepreneurship and everything, until of course it doesn't. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/05/uber-death-watch.html

Atrios also encapsulates much of the way I feel about the current trend of worshipping STEM education to the exclusion of all else: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/05/everybody-should-learn-to-code.html

The Justice Department of Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III sides with a mortgage corporation foreclosing on a serviceman on active duty. Supposedly this is what the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) is supposed to prevent, but Republicans reflexively oppose everything done by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), so . . . http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a55299/justice-depart...

Scenic Drive Corner: Consider the Mississippi River Road in Iowa. http://www.traveliowa.com/aspx/getinspired.aspx?id=23

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,

Another week is here, and we've got a few links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully you'll find one or two of interest.

At Hullabaloo, Tom Sullivan provides a good primer about messaging, and how it works, using Jimmy Kimmel's example: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2017/05/if-youre-not-pissing-em-off-youre...

Charlie Pierce surveys what's going on in toxic areas of the country under the current administration's neutered EPA: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a55169/epa-regulation...

The Turkish dictator-president's thugs beat up protesters on American soil and apparently are immune from any sort of justice: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2017/05/the-turkish-connection.html

Drew Magary's advice to the graduating class of 2017: Walk more! It's at least as useful as any other advice they're going to get this year, given the state of the world. http://theconcourse.deadspin.com/walk-a-message-to-the-class-of-2017-179...

From the BBC:  Everyday habits that reveal personality traits:  http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170518-the-everyday-habits-that-reveal...

The Guardian looks at the "sovereign citizen" movement: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/15/sovereign-citizens-rightwi...

True Crime Corner:  The Guardian profiles the town where Twin Peaks' outdoor shots were filmed.  https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/19/twin-peaks-snoqualmie-wa...

Health Corner: Scientists took advantage of a natural experiment: 10 Russian cosmonauts, all healthy men, who were kept in isolation to simulate a long-haul flight to Mars, and they examined the effects of salt intake. http://www.metronews.ca/life/health/2017/05/15/ground-breaking-new-salt-...

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,

Another week is here, and we've got a few links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully you'll find one or two of interest.

At the Atlantic, James Fallows argues five reasons that the Comey affair is worse than Watergate. https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/05/comey-watergate/526...

Digby writes about the Tantrum Presidency and what it means for governance: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2017/05/the-tantrum-presidency.html

In the NY Times, Thomas Edsall argues that Republicans don't feel your pain, and then provides evidence using the Republican health care repeal bill. Note the incredible rise in premiums, and how much of a person's annual income they will eat up, in western Nebraska, for instance. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/11/opinion/republican-health-care-bill.h...

At the NY Times, Paul Krugman writes about Judas, tax cuts, and the great betrayal: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/12/opinion/judas-tax-cuts-and-the-great-...

Poetry Corner/Colonial Corner: Last Monday in 1753 was believed to be the birthday of Phillis Wheatley, the slave who became educated, and a poet, and eventually freed. https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poets/detail/phillis-wh...

That's all for now. If you have time, 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,

It's Monday again, and we've got a few more links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully you'll find one or two of interest.

At the Washington Post, Paul Waldman gives a rundown of the tax-cutting, healthcare-destroying abomination passed by the republians. https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/05/04/every-repub... As Atrios noted, they voted to kill people, and they're proud of it.

Leading Republican Cathy McMorris Rodgers from Washington state tries to kneecap Jimmy Kimmel's heartfelt monologue about his sick child. Needless to say, her response is cruel, heartless, and full of lies. Wonkette takes it apart: https://wonkette.com/616687/rep-who-voted-to-repeal-obamacare-tries-to-j...

At the Majority Report, Sam Seder interviews Jeff Spross about the idea of a public jobs option, and what that would mean for the economic stability, entitlements, and things like basic infrastructure improvement. It's similar to the WPA, but different. Give it a listen. https://majority.fm/2017/05/03/53-jeff-spross-democrats-need-to-create-a...

Josh at TPM talks us through an illustrative story featuring his company and their interaction with big monopolies, and how the monopolies made conducting business an excruciating ordeal. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/our-problem-with-monopolies-and-why-...

From the NY Times: Jury convicts woman who laughed during Sessions hearing. Clearly the most serious threats to the Republic are being dealt with swiftly and harshly. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/03/us/code-pink-sessions-laughter-trial.... More here: http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2017/05/laughing-jeff-sessionss-lies...

Art Corner:  The artwork of the few surviving medieval "angel roofs" in England.  http://www.bbc.com/travel/gallery/20170427-the-extraordinary-angel-roofs...

Comix Corner: Tom the Dancing Bug takes us around the world with Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III. http://media.boingboing.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/1335cbCOMIC-globe...

That's all for now. If you have time, 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,

It's Monday again, and we've got a few more links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully you'll find one or two of interest.

The Guardian features a piece from a woman in Kansas about the Red State vs. Blue State dichotomy, and how it doesn't exactly reflect the actual makeup of states. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/apr/25/us-politics-kansas-elect...

The NY Times does an excellent piece about what federal arts funding means in South Dakota, and how budget cuts have a much more severe impact in rural areas than in places like New York. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/25/arts/trump-budget-arts-endowment.html...

Via Twitter, the Colbert Report presents a look back on the "99 day dumpster fire we just lived through." https://twitter.com/colbertlateshow/status/857997621989957632/video/1

Canine Corner: The first funeral home Therapy Dog in Texas. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2017/04/friday-night-soother_28.html

That's all for now. If you have time, 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,

Another week is here and we've got a few links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully you'll find one or two of interest.

A reminder that if you have stupid, outdated zoning requirements mandating ridiculous amounts of parking, you end up with traffic congestion and un-walkable cities. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/04/the-donut-of-future.html

Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III shows contempt for the federal judiciary and the state of Hawaii: https://www.usnews.com/opinion/thomas-jefferson-street/articles/2017-04-... Also more here: http://crooksandliars.com/2017/04/sessions-writes-hawaiis-statehood-isla... It's worth noting that Hawaii took it on the chin for the USA back in 1941, whereas back in 1861 Sessions' state of Alabama committed treason and fought against the Union.

The Atlantic plays the "both sides" game with late night television hosts. http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2017/04/sides-late-night-edition

History Corner: The BBC presents a story about World War I Code Talkers http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-26963624

Biology Corner: Why did pronghorns survive when so many other ancient animals went extinct?  http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20170403-americas-pronghorns-are-survivor...

Sports Corner: The first woman to wear a runner's bib and participate in the Boston Marathon competes again 50 years later. http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/04/17/524381271/first-woman-...

That's all for now. If you have time, 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,

It's Monday again. Happy Easter! We've got a few links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully you'll find one or two of interest.

At Esquire, Robert Bateman discusses why Americans so easily support deadly warfare: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a54446/what-is-moab-b...

Meanwhile, The Leader's airstrikes in Syria accidentally killed 18 US-supported fighters. Oops. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/04/oh-those-moderates.html

The New York Times is a vitally important media outlet. Why are its pundits (not its news) so bad? http://theconcourse.deadspin.com/the-new-york-times-is-not-built-for-thi... Also here: http://fusion.net/the-best-of-bret-stephens-your-newest-new-york-times-o...

As always, for commentary and news about South Dakota politics, check out Cory's site, Dakota Free Press: http://dakotafreepress.com/

That's all for now. If you have time, 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,

It's Monday again, and we've got a few links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully you'll find one or two of interest.

Business Insider gives some helpful hints about how to save money and stop being so poor. There's a lot of condescending nonsense in it, but then it's not so much about advice as it is telling other well-off people that the safety net doesn't need improving. Poor people could be Elon Musk if they just tried harder! Also not acknowledged in the article: It costs a lot to move, even if a new job is available and moving is an option. http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2017/04/business-insider-tries-kick-...

Alex Pareene writes that the "long, lucrative right-wing grift is blowing up in the world's face." If you want to understand the Trump era, "You pretty much just need to be in semi-regular contact with a white, reasonably comfortable, male retiree." www.fusion.net/the-long-lucrative-right-wing-grift-is-blowing-up-in-t-17...

Atrios observes that the hagiography of maverick John McCain continues apace. There's literally no BS McCain can't pull, no hypocrisy too great, to shake the pundits' unwavering love of him and his maverick image. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/04/mccains-got-story-to-tell.html

The Rude Pundit has some thoughts about the Gorsuch situation that has every would-be Solon in the country donning a toga and (suddenly!) agonizing about the breaking of norms. (O tempora! O morés!) An already-broken congress and a stolen supreme court seat are trivial; Democrats having the gall to actually use the filibuster is a grave threat to the Republic. NSFW!) http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2017/04/on-gorsuch-republicans-are-more-f...

Charlie Pierce examines The Leader's lobbing of missiles into Syria, and the legislative branch's ongoing abdication of its constitutional responsibility to declare war, or to rein in a president who makes war unilaterally. (The pundits' reaction was predictable.) http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a54387/trump-syria-st...

Atrios offers a take on our bipartisan foreign policy establishment: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/04/the-bi-partisan-foreign-policy.html

The Rude Pundit notes that the people applauding military action in Syria are strangely silent about South Sudan: http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2017/04/if-were-gonna-be-cops-then-lets-d...

That's all for now. If you have time, 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,

Another week is here already. Time seems to pass more strangely since January 20, at least in some respects. To combat that, we've got a few links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully you'll find one or two of interest.

Have you wondered why it's so hard to convince some people of the truth, even when you have plain facts in front of you? Well, Digby points us to an article by Jeremy Adam Smith about "blue lies," a psychological concept that helps explain why so many people believe anything The Leader says, regardless of how obviously false it is. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2017/03/why-his-lies-work-so-well.html

In the NY Times, Sam Anderson writes about his family's pilgrimage to Mount Rushmore: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/22/magazine/why-does-mount-rushmore-exis...

Tom Sullivan writes about "the fetish of choice," and how having to constantly make decisions about what to spend, even on simple everyday things—as is done in Japan—is not freedom; it's a joyless, exhausting experience. So why not try it with healthcare? Shop around constantly for every medical need! http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2017/03/the-fetish-of-choice-by-bloggersr...

Charlie Pierce refers us to some investigative journalism by David Dayen about shadowy middlemen in the pharmeceutical industry jacking up prices and making a bundle, and not even other people in the industry always know what's going on. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a54202/free-market-he... Digby's place has more: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2017/03/anything-that-smells-like-money-b...

Charlie Pierce speculates that the Democrats in Congress may have finally learned their lesson about the negative consequences of enabling by being the Adults In The Room™ while vandals tear things down. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a54218/neil-gorsuch-d...

Also, our current foreign policy is little more than "free-fire zones everywhere." This is, as Charlie points out, problematic (as well as immoral). http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a54216/trump-middle-e...

Paul Krugman argues that Coal Country is a state of mind. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/31/opinion/coal-country-is-a-state-of-mi...

Health Corner: The BBC examines the health benefits of lemon water. https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/health-benefits-lemon-water

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,

Another week is here, and we've got a few links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully you'll find one or two of interest.

Media Matters gives a rundown of some of the incredible nonsense, bigotry, and crackpot conspiracy theories you can see on The Leader's favorite Fox "News" teevee show: https://mediamatters.org/blog/2017/03/20/bigotry-and-idiocy-donald-trump...

Assessing the handwringing response to The Leader's election, Frank Rich writes, "No Sympathy for the Hillbilly." http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/03/frank-rich-no-sympathy-for-...

The Rude Pundit has advice to the senate for how to deal with The Leader's nominees while under FBI investigation: http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2017/03/advice-to-democrats-comey-has-giv...

In Vanity Fair, Graydon Carter writes that the current presidency is already a joke. http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/03/graydon-carter-trump-presidency-i...

Regarding the health care debacle in congress, Paul Krugman writes about the scammers, the scammed, and America's fate: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/24/opinion/the-scammers-the-scammed-and-...

Finally, we finish with Poetry Corner: Hope is the thing with feathers (254) by Emily Dickinson

Hope is the thing with feathers 
That perches in the soul, 
And sings the tune without the words, 
And never stops at all, 
   
And sweetest in the gale is heard;         
And sore must be the storm 
That could abash the little bird 
That kept so many warm. 
   
I've heard it in the chillest land, 
And on the strangest sea;        
Yet, never, in extremity, 
It asked a crumb of me.

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