Drinking Liberally Yankton Chapter Blog

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

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When: 7 -9 PM, every Tuesday
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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

Monday DL Links

Hi all,

On a fine Monday we've got a fresh batch of links to start your week. Hopefully one or more will be of interest.

Unbelievably, the same group of appalling people who sold us the Iraq invasion are back, inexplicably offering criticism as "experts" in the subject. In a just world, they'd get a shunning to make the Amish look like pikers, or better still, they'd get something out of Dante's Inferno. Unfortunately, in our world they're still considered Very Serious People. Charlie Pierce does his best to remedy that situation. http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/The_Past_Is_Shooting_At_The_Presen...

At the Madville Times, Cory discusses an article about how handwriting helps students (and adults, too!) learn. http://madvilletimes.com/2014/06/handwriting-helps-kids-learn-common-cor...

Cory also notes that our rabidly anti-Obamacare state government is in fact encouraging retirees to abandon the increasingly expensive state plan and sign up for the Affordable Care Act. http://madvilletimes.com/2014/06/sd-retirees-face-premium-hike-repeal-ha...

The rich "job creators" aren't even bothering to invest their money. They're just hoarding piles of cash, essentially depriving the economy of its lifeblood. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/06/the-rich-are-just-sitting-on-mone...

Meanwhile, Reasonable Centrist™ Paul Gigot opposes minimum wage increases, because it teaches workers that poverty is bad. Because unlike normal people, pampered elites like Paul Gigot can't figure that out on their own. Either that or they just want cheap labor and poor people to suffer. http://crooksandliars.com/2014/06/paul-gigot-opposes-minimum-wage-hike

At TPM, Josh Marshall gives us historical perspective about the frightening but inevitable collapse of Iraq: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/on-the-cusp-of-the-deluge

Do yourself a favor and instead of watching the Sunday gasbag shows each week, instead read Charlie Pierce's Monday installment of "What Are the Gobshites Saying These Days?" http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/The_Bergdahlian_Gobshites

Once again, Rachel Maddow clearly illustrates why you should never trust PolitiFact, even when they seem to be supporting your point. http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/watch/politifact-fails-again-des...

George Will mocks rape victims in his latest column, for which he is paid handsomely by the Washington Post. http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/George_Will_Lives_On_The_Dark_Side The comments at Charlie Pierce's article also contain some thoughts about George F. Will that are well worth reading.

Did Nixon sabotage Vietnamese peace talks to gain an electoral advantage? http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/The_Huston_Plan_Is_Back

Satire Corner: The Rude Pundit revises an "Open Carry" editorial to reveal its unintentional Freudian content. (Slightly not-safe-for-work, but tame by the Rude One's usual standards.) http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2014/06/the-truth-about-open-carry-revisi...

Cinema Corner: Because it came up last week during discussion, here's information about the classic German Expressionist silent movie Metropolis. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metropolis_%281927_film%29

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 a rainy Monday, but we've got a fresh batch of links to start your week. Hopefully one or more will strike your interest with your morning coffee.

Rachel Maddow covers the D-Day anniversary by showing an interview with a 93-year-old veteran who parachuted into Normandy for the anniversary, and an 89-year-old veteran who sneaked away from his nursing home to go to the commemoration as well. http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/watch/june-6-1944-breaking-news-...

California's "Top Two" primary system was discussed at last week's gathering. David Atkins provides compelling evidence for why it's an awful method for winnowing out the field. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/06/its-time-to-repeal-top-two-primar...

Digby notes how our deficit-reduction mania has deeply hurt our economy and our future. It's the economic version of "why are you hitting yourself?" http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/06/tweet-o-day-collective-self-harm-...

Digby also reports the latest blow to the 4th Amendment. Actually, it's something that's apparently been going on for a while. We're just finding out about it now. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/06/rip-fourth-amendment.html

Will Bunch surveys the appalling right-wing reaction to Bowe Bergdahl's release and asks, "America: What's Wrong With Us?" http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/attytood/Americawhat-the-hell-is-wron... The comments under the article will just make you sad. However, Tristero at Hullabaloo provides a blunt counterpoint: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/06/wrong-question-by-tristero.html

Rachel Maddow presents the "secret decoder" that lets you understand the Republican response to anything President Obama does (copy & paste the link): on.msnbc.com/1pGQjEU Or, if you prefer, Groucho Marx summed it up more succinctly: "Whatever it is, I'm against it." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29E6GbYdB1c

Pardoned Iran-Contra felon Oliver North is back, and Digby gives him the welcome he deserves. To paraphrase Charlie Pierce, when Oliver North opines on foreign policy, it's a miracle his tongue doesn't turn to flame. http://www.salon.com/2014/06/05/worlds_worst_bergdahl_hypocrite_the_desp...

Deadbeat rancher Cliven Bundy, Welfare Queen of the West, owes more in grazing fees than all other Nevada ranchers combined. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/cliven-bundy-grazing-fees-ranchers...

There's a full post as well, but in the initial two pictures, Digby succinctly captures the differences in heroic leadership now and in FDR's day: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/06/they-dont-even-bother-to-pretend-...

History Corner: The BBC provides readings of original D-Day news reports done by celebrities, as well as an original one from the day. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01zkdry

That's it 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 a fresh batch of links to start your week. Hopefully one or more will strike your interest with your morning coffee.

David Atkins notes that it's three times more expensive to leave homeless people on the street than it is to house them. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/05/it-would-be-three-times-cheaper-t...

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) criticizes Veterans' groups in a cheap attempt to make political hay out of the problems at the VA. But I imagine he has a yellow ribbon magnet on his car, so it's all okay, right? Support the troops! http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/veterans-groups-rip-richard-burr-v...

In the wake of the latest shooting massacre, Tbogg gives us the essay, "I Was the NRA": http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/05/25/i-was-the-nra/

On the same general topic, Digby adds a parable: Shut down the pump. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/05/reprise-shut-down-pump.html

Where is all your tax money going? Well, toys for the border patrol, for one thing. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/05/boys-and-their-toys.html

Charlie Pierce takes to task Fred Hiatt, unconscionable warmonger-editor of the Washington Post: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/obama-retreat-from-afghanistan-052...

Via Digby, Daniel Ellsberg of the Pentagon Papers seems to have a different view of whistleblowers than Secretary of State John Kerry: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/05/i-happen-to-have-daniel-ellsberg-...

David Atkins presents us excerpts and a link to an excellent article to help us understand the conflict between Russia and Ukraine: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/05/the-best-thing-youll-read-on-ukra...

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

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

Memorial Day DL E-mail

Hi all,

It's a Memorial Day, and here are some links to start your week. As usual, we hope a few will be of interest.

First of all, information about Memorial Day. Not that we aren't all familiar with it already, but it's interesting to note its origins and the differences between it and Veterans Day. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memorial_Day

At Esquire.com, Siva Vaidhyanathan writes about why Rutgers students really protested against Condoleezza Rice. http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/rutgers-condoleezza-rice-speech-05...

David Atkins at Hullabaloo draws our attention to an NPR report about how the poor are increasingly being charged for court costs and other legal fees they cannot afford. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/05/npr-puts-america-to-shame-with-re...

From Digby, "anti-voter fraud" crusader Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas forgot his ID at the polling place. Fortunately for him, his manservant was able to run home and fetch it for him. Surely everyone else could do the same, right? http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/05/jeeves-go-fetch-my-id-will-you-an...

Josh at TPM spots that the House GOP agriculture bill takes a small program that provides school lunches to kids, and changes it to apply only to "rural" kids. Gee, I wonder what "rural" and "urban" are code words for? Why would "urban" kids need food less than "rural" ones? Or is there some other motivation behind this (if you know what I mean, and I think that you do)? http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/wtf--15 More here: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/house-gop-school-lunch-program

Marriage equality moves forward in South Dakota, in a lawsuit challenging our existing discriminatory laws. http://madvilletimes.com/2014/05/six-same-sex-couples-sue-south-dakota-f... Also here: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/south-dakota-challenge-gay-marriage-ba...

Always eager to service those in power, "liberal" Michael Kinsley's rancid punditry might finally be well past its expiration date. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/05/michael-kinsley-once-again-takes-...

Finally, Paul Krugman asks a humorous question about writing and English language usage. The comments are also delightful. http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/05/21/questions-about-student-writ...

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

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

Monday DL Links

Hi all,

It's a mid-May Monday, and we've got some more Drinking Liberally-related links to start your week. As usual, we hope a few will be of interest.

Some clinics are closing because of the Affordable Care Act, but it's actually good news: Because people now have insurance, they no longer need to go to charity-run free clinics for their medical care. They can get proper medical care through their newly-acquired insurance. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/washington-free-clinic-closed-obamacare

Net Neutrality might not be dead after all: http://www.newrepublic.com/article/117777/net-neutrality-comeback-why-fc... Joan McCarter at DailyKos adds more: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/05/15/1299587/-FCC-moves-forward-with...

If you haven't done so before, check out Roy Edroso's weekly Monday-morning review of what's happening in the Right Blogosphere. With a good sense of humor to leaven the unhinged rantings he covers, Roy does us a great service of keeping us informed of what's stewing in the right-wing fever swamps. http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2014/05/opprescious_rightblog...

Never forget: Dishonest right-winger Ron Fournier was once the head of the Associated Press. Surely all news under his leadership was fair n' balanced. http://mediamatters.org/blog/2014/05/12/ron-fournier-tim-geithner-and-th...

Speaking of dishonest, Tim Geithner's self-serving account of his heroic stewardship of the Fed is dissected by Felix Salmon. https://medium.com/@felixsalmon/fc88741a0025

Another surprise: Tim Geithner doesn't understand how Social Security works. But he knows that he wants to cut it, just like all the other Very Serious People! http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-mh-what-tim-geithner-20140...

Atrios summarizes the Geithner situation and its relationship to the great con Alan "Maestro" Greenspan's played on Social Security. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2014/05/the-worlds-worst-human.html

Also, David Dayen recounts Tim Geithner's horrible legacy on the housing crisis: http://www.salon.com/2014/05/14/this_man_made_millions_suffer_tim_geithn...

First Draft has a helpful post about how to explain Teh Gay to your children, if you're among the people currently concerned about such things. http://www.first-draft.com/2014/05/whats-hard-to-explain-to-children.htm...

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

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