Drinking Liberally Yankton Chapter Blog

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At The Atlantic, Ta-Nehisi Coates does an excellent job — with extensive historical references — explaining that the confederate flag is an emblem of racism, white supremacy, and a war to preserve slavery.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!

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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

Monday DL Links (early!)

Hi all,

I know it's not even Monday yet, but I wanted to get a jump on the week. We've got a fresh batch of links including some science, history, cinema, and humor amongst the politics. Hopefully you'll find something interesting in the grab bag.

What's going on with Sheldon Adelson, anyway? http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/05/adelson-and-chinese-mob-nobody-ca... Charlie Pierce has more: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a34936/the-courting-o...

Paul Krugman writes about "the fraternity of failure" that allows people who were wrong about everything to continue being viewed as the only Serious People and experts on any topic (see: War, Iraq, for example). http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/15/opinion/paul-krugman-fraternity-of-fai...

I hesitate to link to anything by Dana Milbank, but here he discusses the President's attempt to strong-arm the TPP trade agreement, and his imperious contempt for people in his own party who disagree. http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/why-obama-is-in-danger-of-losing-... DDay, in a feisty mood at Hullabaloo, has more: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/05/ddays-in-ornery-mood-ddayen.html

Digby takes apart the latest lazy media rehashing of the "Democrats in Disarray" narrative: http://www.salon.com/2015/05/14/what_the_new_york_times_gets_shockingly_...

Science Corner: Rats will save other rats from drowning. If even rats have social empathy, maybe there's some hope for us yet. www.bbc.com/earth/story/20150514-rats-save-mates-from-drowning

History Corner: Behold some long-gone historic buildings in Sioux Falls — the Old Brewery and the Egyptian Theater. http://www.greetingsfromsiouxfalls.com/Brewery/Brewery.htm http://www.greetingsfromsiouxfalls.com/Egyptian/Egyptian.htm

Cinema Corner: Here's a link to the IMDB entry for the Glenn Ford movie "Pocketful of Miracles," directed by Frank Capra, which was brought up last week: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0055312/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_46

Humor Corner: Who among us doesn't love black and white 1950s-era school film strips? Behold MST3K's "Here Comes the Circus!" featuring an appearance by Emmett Kelly (no, really!). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXLpi8So1p8

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,

Hopefully the stormy weather has given you a pass and the week is starting off right. To give you a jump on Monday, here are some more links for you to browse if you're interested. Hopefully one or two topics will be up your alley.

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders holds up the Scandinavian countries as model societies. Digby helps explain why. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/05/sanders-on-nordic-nirvana.html

One of the relatively few things to dislike about Oregon is Nike and its job-outsourcing, labor-exploiting practices, headed by Sweatshop Phil Knight. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/05/obama-to-speak-at-nike-does-nike-...

Paul Krugman proclaims Alan Greenspan the worst former Fed chairman ever: http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/05/06/the-worst-ex-chairman-ever/?...

For-profit diploma mills are horrible, but to add insult to injury, they're allowed to claim bankruptcy while the people they ripped off aren't. Their victims remain saddled with their student debt. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/05/proudly-ripping-off-poor-people-t...

At Salon, Digby patiently explains that the culture war isn't over, because it's never over, for better or for worse. http://www.salon.com/2015/05/07/rise_of_the_gops_culture_war_zombies_why...

Wondering what the heck Thune, Rounds, and Noem have been doing? Cory at Dakota Free Press gives us a rundown of the priorities of our right-wing Republican congressional delegation: http://dakotafreepress.com/2015/05/10/rounds-thune-noem-vote-to-cut-medi...

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,

Monday is almost here again, and to prepare you for the week, here are some more links for you to browse if you're interested. Hopefully one or two topics will be up your alley.

Starbucks and Arizona State University are collaborating to help cafe workers get college degrees. Is this a model for helping more Americans reach the middle class?
 http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/05/the-upwardly-mobile-...

Whaddaya know? Black dads aren't so "absent" from their children after all. A handy chart compares several categories. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/05/stop-presses-black-dads-arent-abs...

LGM steals a march on what will be this election cycle's version of a Third Way or No Labels type of political party (a.k.a., the Tom Friedman Is A Very Special Snowflake party): http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2015/04/we-need-to-unbundle-the-inte...

Digby draws our attention to an "epic" piece of journalism at The American Prospect about "accountability-free" politics: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/04/accountability-free-politics.html

Digby also has a few brief observations about senator Bernie Sanders, comparing where he is on the spectrum with most Republican senators. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/04/we-are-all-democratic-socialists-...

On that same topic, Charlie Pierce compares Bernie Sanders with other politicians all the way back to Eugene V. Debs to see where he might actually fall on the spectrum, as opposed to what the D.C. Villagers and our failed media say about him: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a34711/there-is-now-a...

The New York Times editorializes that, across the country, wages need to be raised: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/01/opinion/picking-up-the-tab-for-low-wag...

Meanwhile at the Washington Post, Jared Bernstein discusses the proposed "Raise the Wage Act": http://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2015/04/30/the-raise-the...

No More Mister Nice Blog analyzes another edition of "America's Worst Humans" (h/t Atrios) starring yet again David Brooks: http://nomoremister.blogspot.com/2015/05/y-kant-david-brooks-read.html

As always, read Cory's Dakota Free Press for takes on local issues such as the Pierre Politburo's contempt for democracy: http://dakotafreepress.com/2015/05/01/democrats-party-of-democracy-suppo...

Culture Corner meets Humor Corner: From something that came up in last week's discussion, we present Mystery Science Theater 3000's treatment of 1950s school film "The Truck Farmer." Enjoy! https://youtu.be/O0YqJZV7lt4

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 Monday again. Hopefully everyone had a good weekend. Here are some more links for you to browse, should you be so inclined. Hopefully one or two will be of interest.

It's not new, but this remains a handy graphic illustration of wealth inequality in America: http://images.dailykos.com/images/139401/large/wealth-spread-in-us.jpg?1...

At Eschaton, guest poster Avedon gives us an excellent Kurt Vonnegut quote from 1965 to sum up the dying middle class and spreading American class system: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2015/04/explanatory-thread.html

Atrios reminds us that means-testing Social Security doesn't actually save any money: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2015/04/mean-testing-doesnt-get-you-anywhere...

Also, one of the dumber parts of our failed media's coverage of Real America is their own contempt for it, which they irritatingly present as "understanding" Flyover Country: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2015/04/100-diet-of-rendered-bacon-fat.html

From LGM, Brian Beutler reports that the people who want to repeal the Affordable Care Act already have health care. But that's different, because Medicare is totally not government-provided healthcare, because shut up that's why, you commie. (Or words to that effect.) http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2015/04/the-core-of-opposition-to-th...

As the Washington Post's inexcusable Fred Hiatt agitates for a pretty new war, Charlie Pierce sets history straight. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a34497/fred-hiatt-wou...

On the topic of inexcusable people employed by the Washington Post, Crooked Timber celebrates Krautmas, commemorating Charles Krauthammer's perpetual wrongness: http://crookedtimber.org/2015/04/22/krautmas-came-two-weeks-early-this-y...

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