Drinking Liberally Yankton Chapter Blog

Monday DL Links

Hi all,

We've got just a few links this week, but hopefully you'll find one or two of them interesting.

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

You know the conventional wisdom that Ross Perot cost George Herbert Walker Bush the 1992 election by siphoning votes away from him? Nice theory, and it's being trotted around the track again with reference to Donald Trump. The only problem is, the theory is completely untrue. Rachel Maddow explains. (Copy and paste the following link into your browser.) on.msnbc.com/1CYoFvp

Our Fourth Estate: The media is more concerned with having an "interesting" political race to cover than it is with accidentally committing journalism. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/07/lopsided-polling.html

Comix Corner: Tom the Dancing Bug and a parable of consumerism. http://a.disquscdn.com/uploads/mediaembed/images/2303/1967/original.jpg

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

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When: 7-9pm every Tuesday
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Monday DL Links

Hi all,

It's a new week, and here are some links for you to peruse if you're interested.

This Week in Urban Planning: New Rapid Creek wetlands absorb pollution in runoff water. http://listen.sdpb.org/post/new-rapid-creek-wetlands-absorb-pollution

Cory at the Dakota Free Press presents something I've argued for years ought to be a good-government priority in Our Fair State: An independent redistricting commission for state legislative seats. http://dakotafreepress.com/2015/07/15/end-gerrymandering-farmers-union-p...

More protection for bees who do the good work of pollinating our crops? Hear, hear! http://dakotafreepress.com/2015/07/17/south-dakota-working-on-pollinator...

If you missed it, check out Chris Hayes' week-long series on the water crisis in California. http://www.msnbc.com/all

In another edition of what Atrios terms "America's Worst Humans," David Brooks lectures Ta-Nehisi Coates about how he should talk about the black experience in America. http://www.salon.com/2015/07/17/david_brooks_scolds_ta_nehisi_coates_i_t... To quote Gene Demby of NPR, "I wish that column were a real person so I could punch it in the face." Charlie Pierce notices Brooks's nonsense too: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a36512/david-brooks-a...

While everyone is upset about Donald Trump insulting John McCain's war record, let's remember back to the entire Republican Convention wearing purple heart bandages to mock John Kerry. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/07/situational-sanctimony.html

History Corner: A WWII Enigma machine has been sold for a rather large amount of money. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-33379661

From the BBC, tips on avoiding memory loss: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-33505017

Critter Corner: A drunk squirrel takes over a bar in England. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-33541502

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 nearly here, and right on schedule here are some links for you to peruse, should any of them pique your interest.

While all the Very Serious People are opining about Greece and how ordinary people need more punishment before they are economically cleansed, Thomas Piketty points out some inconvenient truths to the German newspaper Die Zeit: The amount of debt forgiveness Germany received after a certain unpleasantness in the 1940s makes Greece look like pikers in comparison — and perhaps Germany shouldn't be lecturing other countries about their moral uprightness when it comes to debt forgiveness. http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2015/07/hes-right-williamson-merkel

As if to illustrate the point, Atrios brings to our attention one of the World's Worst Humans, arguing that postwar Germany was "more deserving" than Greece of debt forgiveness. Oh, sure, there was that "unpleasantness" just before mid-century, but that's nothing compared to those shiftless, irresponsible, swarthy types from southern Europe, amirite? http://www.eschatonblog.com/2015/07/the-worlds-worst-humans.html

In the NY Times, Eduardo Porter notes that "Germans Forget Postwar History Lesson on Debt Relief in Greece Crisis." But this is different, some argue. Agreed, but I don't think it's the best argument to say that Greece would be rewarded with more favorable terms if, say, they had started a war and committed genocide. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/08/business/economy/germanys-debt-history...

If you want a better insight into the situation in Greece, rather than listen to the High Priests of Wall Street who think that we need more human sacrifices to appease the gods of Economics, then listen to Sam Seder's interview with professor Georgios Giannakopoulos. http://majority.fm/2015/07/06/georgios-giannakopoulos-greeces-restoratio... More from Paul Krugman about it here: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/10/opinion/paul-krugman-greeces-economy-i...

The Rude Pundit suggests that if you fly the confederate flag, you don't deserve a holiday on Independence Day. http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2015/07/for-independence-day-if-you-fly.h...

Credit Where Credit Is Due Department: A South Carolina legislator makes a moving, impassioned case for removing the confederate flag from the state capitol. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/jenny-horne-speech-confederate-fla...

Culture Corner: The BBC has a story about a pastor and church in Denver who focus on the outcasts of society – not just the poor and oppressed, but the LGBT community, for example. There's an interesting anecdote about how, to them, "welcoming the stranger" means welcoming people who come from the buttoned-up suburbs. http://www.bbc.com/news/33377925

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

Independence Day Weekend DL Links

Hi all,

Happy Independence Day! I hope you're having a good weekend, and if you feel so inclined, here are some links for you to peruse in case any look interesting.

Celebrate Independence Day by reading about patriot Mercy Otis Warren (h/t Charlie Pierce): http://www.gilderlehrman.org/history-by-era/creating-new-government/essa... Ms. Warren's Wikipedia entry is here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercy_Otis_Warren

Oh heck, while you're at it, check out Charlie Pierce's full Independence Day post. You won't regret it. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a36175/on-being-indep...

On the subject of history, why do people believe myths about the Confederacy? Because 150 years of propaganda pays dividends. http://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2015/07/01/why-do-people...

Atrios presents some sobering analysis of what the Greece-EU crisis is really about: Not so much the banking system (see the analysis from Forbes that he presents), but about unelected European bank officials wielding political power over member countries. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2015/07/whats-it-all-about-then_4.html

Pensions for me, but not for thee: The CEO of Boeing collects an obscenely large, unearned pension, after forcing his workers to give up theirs, with threats of taking jobs elsewhere. Welcome to the New Gilded Age. http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2015/06/today-in-the-new-gilded-age-...

History Corner: TPM presents passages about slavery that were not included in the final draft of the Declaration of Independence. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/cafe/slavery-declaration-of-independence-ju...

That's all for now. Enjoy your freedoms and come join us this week for Drinking Liberally!

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

Monday DL Links (now with added civil rights!)

Hi all,

Although sometimes it seems like Doom and Gloom stalk the land, the previous week was very good. Enjoy it, and enjoy the spreading of basic civil rights to another previously marginalized group. (If you're into schadenfreude, you can also enjoy the tears of impotent rage coming from right-wing bigots.) Then, if you feel so inclined, peruse the links here to see if any are of interest.

It's a great day for civil rights when marriage equality is the law of the land: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-33290341 Maybe the best quote from the article: "'It's my hope that gay marriage will soon be a thing of the past, and from this day forward it will simply be 'marriage,'' an emotional Mr Obergefell said outside the court."

Occasions like this are a reminder of why it's good to be a liberal, even in a frustratingly conservative, reactionary state. When given a universal good such as equal marriage rights, conservatives have to fume about it, bray neo-confederate nonsense about "states' rights," or remain stonily tight-lipped for fear of alienating their right-wing voters or the good ol' boys in Pierre. Meanwhile, we liberals don't have to twist ourselves into pretzels on this or any issue. We can say what we mean without worrying what some yahoo or party apparatchik is going to think about it.

More evidence that raising the minimum wage is a good thing: IKEA discovers that a higher minimum wage results in less turnover and better applicants. http://dakotafreepress.com/2015/06/26/increasing-minimum-wage-to-living-...

At the Dakota Free Press, Cory notes that raising the minimum wage didn't kill jobs in South Dakota. In fact, employment is up. http://dakotafreepress.com/2015/06/24/south-dakota-raises-minimum-wage-s...

Thanks to Conservative/Tory policies, child poverty is on the rise again in Britain. http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jun/20/child-poverty-rise-uk-hal...

At The Atlantic, Ta-Nehisi Coates does an excellent job — with extensive historical references — explaining that the confederate flag is an emblem of racism, white supremacy, and a war to preserve slavery. This should be obvious to everyone, but for some reason we have to tap dance around the obvious truth because pointing it out would be rude. http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/06/what-this-cruel-war-...

Paul Krugman notes a few facts about slavery's long shadow in the south: http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/06/23/more-on-slaverys-shadow/?mod...

"Mainstream" doesn't mean what it used to. Digby examines "mainstream" Scott Walker's campaign to win by alienating every woman in America. http://www.salon.com/2015/06/24/scott_walkers_brilliant_electoral_strate...

More Krugman: The ACA is a success, despite the childish denial on the right, and lazy coverage from our failed media. http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/06/24/most-of-the-way-with-obamaca...

Finally, History Corner: Lest we think that same-sex couples are a new phenomenon, behold this collection of wonderful photos from the Victorian era to the 1920s: http://www.thegailygrind.com/2013/03/21/lgbt-history-photos-of-gay-coupl...

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 summer week is here, and we've got another collection of links for you to peruse if you're interested. Enjoy!

Texas gets bitten by the gold bug, creates its own version of Fort Knox to appeal to crackpot Gold Standard nutjobs. (Oh, and be sure to throw in a dose of paranoia and neo-confederate mumbo-jumbo.) http://talkingpointsmemo.com/cafe/with-eye-on-fiscal-armageddon-texas-se...

Athenae at First Draft gives some bracing advice to rich people who whine and complain instead of just living their lives comfortably: http://first-draft.com/2015/06/16/just-go-be-rich-rich-people/

Do "fast track" negotiating authority, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and other sovereignty-shredding trade deals violate the Constitution? http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/06/isds-provisions-in-tpp-violate-ar...

Iceland jailed the people responsible for its financial collapse, and instead of bailing out its failed banks it focused on social welfare policies. The result? Iceland's approach was a success, despite (or maybe because of) it being the opposite of the austerity programs the Very Serious People wanted forced on everyone. http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/06/12/iceland-jailed-bankers-and-...

At Alicublog, Roy tracks the neo-confederate butthurt about Charleston, and what our conservative brethren are saying about it. (Hint: They're the real victims, not the people who were killed by the terrorist white supremacist.) http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2015/06/charleston-2015-we-have-winner.htm...

On that same topic, Charlie Pierce is at his best, penning a typically epic post. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a35793/charleston-sho... More excellent Charlie here: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a35836/the-pageant-of...

Right on cue, the NRA blames the victims for their own murders: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/06/the-nra-gets-back-on-point.html

Digby presents us with some helpful charts comparing violent assault (not just gun violence) in various countries: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/06/violence-r-us.html

Humor Corner: This is almost 17 years old, but once again The Onion (America's finest news source!) gets to the heart of the matter in a simple, satirical image. http://www.theonion.com/graphic/georgia-adds-swastika-middle-finger-to-s...

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,

We're getting an early start on the week and sending out some suggested DL links for you to peruse today, or tomorrow, or whenever, as it suits you. Or, obviously, you don't have to view any of them if nothing strikes your interest. We're all about freedom of choice here. :-) Have a good week!

A study finds that Sesame Street is as beneficial to kids as Head Start: http://dakotafreepress.com/2015/06/08/sesame-street-as-good-for-kids-as-...

Congratulations to local boy John Thune, whose nonsensical tweet about Obamacare earned mockery from Charlie Pierce and John Stuart, mentions at TPM and elsewhere, and the tongue-in-cheek title of "America's Worst Human" from Atrios. That's some quality derp there, son. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a35565/john-thune-hea...

If Slate's being contrarian, then it must be a day ending in "-y". Slate gives a "centrist" space to troll Hillary Clinton's push for voting rights. http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2015/06/hillary...

Charlie Pierce notes that Ron Fournier and David Brooks are piping up with the same nonsense: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a35571/ron-fournier-a...

Now that it didn't turn out so hot, Donald Rumsfeld can't remember all the times he said the Iraq War would be good for democracy. http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/06/donald-rumsfeld-apparently-f...

South Dakota doesn't have any money for schools, roads, or health care, but the state can find plenty of money for corporate welfare. Maybe the secret is for everyone to incorporate, then belly up to the trough. http://dakotafreepress.com/2015/06/09/corporate-welfare-building-sioux-f...

The Rude Pundit pens a serious post: "America's Obsession with Punishment: Who Cares If You're Guilty?" http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2015/06/americas-obsession-with-justice-w...

At Hullabaloo, Tom Sullivan writes about "reclaiming the heartland" from the right-wing partisan death grip it's in. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/06/reclaiming-heartland-by-bloggersr...
FunFacts about food stamps to use the next time you hear someone poor-shaming: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/06/the-undeserving-poor.html

Chart o' the Day: The death toll of workers during construction for recent Olympics and World Cups. Russia would look horrible if it weren't for Qatar, which totally blows them away — and not in a good way. http://screamer.deadspin.com/chart-the-qatar-world-cup-death-toll-is-stu...

Cory at the Dakota Free Press takes the measure of Daugaard on the Affordable Care Act. http://dakotafreepress.com/2015/06/11/daugaard-cutting-health-insurance-...

Canine Corner: Dogs will snub people who are mean to their owners. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/12/your-enemys-enemy-is-your-d...

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. In your spare time, when you're not attending the World Youth Field Archery Championships in Yankton, hopefully you'll find a link or two to browse.

At Salon, Digby pins down Hillary Clinton's toughest opponent: The "world-historic narcissism" of the political press. http://www.salon.com/2015/06/02/hillary_clintons_toughest_adversary_the_...

Speaking of the media, Atrios notes: "Sometimes they pursue these stories, sometimes they don't." http://www.eschatonblog.com/2015/06/your-liberal-media.html

Canada has released a report from its Truth and Reconciliation Commission regarding its treatment of native people. I think it's safe to say we'll never have the courage to get anywhere near such a commission here in this country. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a35446/the-truth-abou...

Was Dick Cheney instrumental in creating ISIL? Not in the more general (but also true) way of sowing chaos in the Middle East, but in the specific way of disbanding the Iraqi army. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/06/more-from-who-really-fd-it-up-fil...

Gaius Publius at Hullabaloo asks the question, "How mainstream is Bernie Sanders?" http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/06/how-mainstream-is-bernie-sanders-...

Charlie Pierce has some words about the killing-lust of the governor of the Great State of Nebraska: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a35514/nebraska-gover...

In his own inimitably rude way, the Rude Pundit writes about how not to be a . . . let's just say "jerk" . . . about Caitlyn Jenner (warning, naughty words, etc.): http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2015/06/how-not-to-be-conservative-asshol... For a rundown of how the right-wing brethren are reacting to it (and for one of the best comments sections on all the Internets), check out Alicublog: http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2015/06/why-do-all-these-transsexuals-keep...

Humor Corner: The best Shakespalin tweets. http://www.buzzfeed.com/expresident/the-best-shakespalin-tweets#.db2kqq0...

More Humor Corner: If you like your comics surrealist, vaguely in the vein of the old Far Side but a little more out there, check out the work of Glen Baxter. http://www.glenbaxter.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,

It's a short list this week, but here's hoping you will find one or more things among the links to pique your interest.

Charlie gives us a lesson in recent Central American history, courtesy the Pope: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a35248/the-pope-does-...

At Dakota Free Press, Cory forwards a proposal to turn the former Yankton College, now a federal prison, back into a community college: http://dakotafreepress.com/2015/05/26/onward-yankton-proposal-reclaim-fe...

As always, check out The Majority Report with Sam Seder. You can download podcasts and archived shows if you see a topic or guest you like: http://majority.fm/

Krugman speak. You listen. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/29/opinion/paul-krugman-the-insecure-amer...

Digby also has many posts daily worth reading: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/

And for some amusing right-wing watching, along with some of the best commenters on the internet, be sure to visit Alicublog: http://alicublog.blogspot.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

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