Drinking Liberally Yankton Chapter Blog

Weekly DL Links

Hi all,

Today was Not My President's Day in many locations, and President's Day everywhere else. (I'm so old I can remember having a school holiday for both Lincoln and Washington's birthdays separately. Yikes!) We've got some more links for you to peruse at your leisure, and hopefully you'll find one or two of interest.

Charlie Pierce gives an end-of-week wrapup from Friday. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a53261/trump-tweet-me...

The New York Times presents yet another gauzy puff piece explaining how everyone needs to try harder to understand Trump voters, and how persecuted they are by liberals who are mean to them (just because they're racist/sexist/fascist. Come on! Can't you meet them halfway?!). LGM begs to differ with that analysis. http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2017/02/no-no-no-no-no-no-no-no-no-j...

Democratic Party elders and strategists continue to blame voters, rather than trying to appeal to them and make them want to go to the polls. It's possibly the strangest marketing strategy ever, used by no one except the highly-paid strategists who apparently are never wrong despite their continued failures. We turn to Atrios for a pithy summary: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/02/fuck-voters-they-dont-vote-for-us-an...

The Rude Pundit has some thoughts about one of the more recent chaotic disasters caused by The Leader: http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2017/02/photos-of-trump-that-assure-us-th...

A reminder: Austerity following the Great Recession was an economic disaster, a self-inflicted injury. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/02/kinda-thought-it-was-disaster.html

Comix Corner: If social justice movements tried not to offend anyone. http://jensorensen.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/socialmovements600.png

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, we've got some more links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully you'll find one or two of interest.

Why are Democrats so bad at getting credit for their successes? Jack Meserve at Democracy Journal has some thoughts. http://democracyjournal.org/arguments/keep-it-simple-and-take-credit/

From an intrepid commenter at Alicublog, a vintage cartoon explanation of Southern Chivalry, as Yertle the Turtle used against Senator Warren: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/31/Southern_Chivalry.jp...

Charlie Pierce visits that topic as well: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a52937/mcconnell-sile...

Charlie also provides us the forerunner of the Senate's gag rule (Rule XIX). To no great surprise, it was instituted to protect slaveowners and their delicate feelings, which is perhaps why the Republican majority is so comfortable invoking it today. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a52943/mcconnell-warr...

Digby has a few words about it too: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2017/02/resist-persist.html

Digby also points us to an article about the suddenly relevant fascist, racist, Nazi-affiliated Italian philosopher Julius Avola: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2017/02/whos-bannons-daddy.html

Immigrants in the US are fleeing to the Canadian border in the wake of The Leader's decrees. Whether you think they deserve to be here or not, the echoes of people fleeing Germany in the 1930s are haunting, and a stain on the USA. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/11/world/canada/trump-migrants-canada.ht...

As always, check out Roy's Alicublog to see what's up with the bitter, angry wingnuts on the right (and a heaping helping of humor along with it). Here's a sample: http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2017/02/an-inspiration-to-us-all.html

Atrios find Chris Matthews once again yearning for a Strong Daddy to make him feel safe. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/02/marmalade.html

Humor Corner: If you're a history buff and on Twitter, you might enjoy the postings of Donaeld the Unready. Bigly. Make Mercia great again! https://twitter.com/donaeldunready

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, we've got some more links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully you'll find one or two of interest.

At Hullabaloo, Tom Sullivan writes about Trump supporters' willingness to believe lies (which they call "telling it like it is"), and examines the parallels between the current administration and Soviet propaganda. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2017/02/that-they-should-believe-lie-by.h...

Atrios restates a point about the rules in our new dysfunctional government that the Adults In The Room need to learn, and quickly. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/01/rules.html

Atrios also shares some posts from Facebook that were violent, racist, right-wing responses to one of his friends' pro-protest comments. Just the other day at a local pizza parlor, we overheard a yahoo at a nearby table making some of the same arguments: protesters should be "shot with rubber bullets," all the protesters "were going to college for free," etc. The right-wing has been cultivating this resentment and anger for years, and it's coming to a head. We need to be vigilant and aware that it's out there. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/02/all-in-all.html

Financial deregulation is back! They're reopening the Wall Street casino with your money, suckers. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a52809/trump-financia...

Rachel Maddow discusses The Leader's disastrously botched Yemen raid with an expert: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/trump-tries-rewriting-history-o...

Health Corner: The best way to burn body fat might be the old tried-and-true method of . . . walking. One never knows whether to believe these studies, but it makes a certain amount of sense – and it's probably better on the knees. http://www.esquire.com/lifestyle/health/a52813/walking-is-apparently-a-b...

Humor Corner, courtesy The Onion: http://www.theonion.com/article/eric-trump-scolds-father-he-mustnt-inqui...

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, we've got some more links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully you'll find one or two of interest.

Josh Marshall gives us a helpful primer and review of what voter fraud really is, and how it basically never happens. Keep this handy for the next time the Leader or one of his spittle-flecked supporters starts gibbering about "voter fraud." Josh's takeaway? "The folks who push this are liars." http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/your-basic-primer-on-why-trump-s-vot...

Charlie Pierce gives us a recap of the Leader's press conference, which Pierce says ranks right up there with the Cuban Missile Crisis for scaring the bejeezus out of him. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a52588/trump-intervie...

Charlie also gives us his semi-weekly rundown of what's happening in the several states, including our own, where some of our dimmest bulbs and aspiring autocrats are gathered at the legislative cesspool in Pierre: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a52597/state-protest-...

What in the world are Senate Democrats doing, voting to approve the Leader's awful nominees? http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2017/01/is-our-democrats-learning-2

The White House dips its toe in the same fetid pool that the Holocaust deniers frolic in: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/01/holocaust-denial.html

Atrios links to an article about what impact NAFTA actually had on the US economy. Among the other things, I noticed that the places that felt NAFTA's disruption the least were Washington DC, northern Virginia, and Maryland – exactly the places where lawmakers are, so they essentially live in a bubble regarding the consequences of NAFTA. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/01/what-are-we-defending.html

Atrios also notices that the Leader's immigration ban (on a few select countries, but oddly not other countries like Saudi Arabia, Russia, or Pakistan) has very real, harmful consequences on our agreements with the European Union. For example, "a dual UK-Iranian citizen would be banned from entering the US on a UK passport." However, I'm sure that was well thought-out beforehand . . . http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/01/reciprocal.html

The Washington Post says "For a few hours, Badlands National Park was bad to the bone in defiance of Trump": https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/01/24/for...

Humor Corner from the WaPo: "The true, correct story of what happened at Donald Trump's inauguration": https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/compost/wp/2017/01/24/the-true-corr...

Humor Corner 2: Sassy Trump at the CIA. It's his actual speech verbatim, reread in a different voice. https://youtu.be/A6o4N1FT7CA

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

DL Tuesday 1/24

Hi all,

Tonight (1/24) is our regularly scheduled Drinking Liberally night at Ben's. Because of predicted heavy snow and bad weather conditions, we're not going to hold an "official" meeting—as though we ever have an "official" meeting, but you know what I mean.

If you're around and want to come to Ben's for Drinking Liberally tonight, then please do so. However, if the weather turns bad, we definitely don't want anybody out on the streets and roads when instead they should be safe.

So in short, use good judgment, stay safe, and if we don't see you this week, then we'll see you next. Cheers!

Chris

Weekly DL Links

Hi all,

Another week is here, and there are a bunch of links for you to peruse. Hopefully you'll find one or two of interest.

At the Washington Post, Paul Waldman has some thoughts about disingenuous calls for "unity": https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/01/20/a-liberals-...

Meanwhile, the NY Times' Public Editor reviews the paper's abysmal handling of campaign coverage in the run-up to the election: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/20/public-editor/trump-russia-fbi-liz-sp...

On a better note, the NY Times has pictures of the Women's World March: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/01/21/world/womens-march-pictur...

At Dakota Free Press, Cory notes that monopoly is a key problem in our economy and society, and it has largely been ignored by the Democrats since about 1980. (The other major party isn't particularly concerned about it, obviously.) http://dakotafreepress.com/2017/01/18/fighting-monopoly-key-to-democrati...

At the NY Times, Paul Krugman writes about Representative John Lewis's response to the incoming president: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/16/opinion/with-all-due-disrespect.html

Senators Franken, Sanders, and Warren show that Amway heiress Betsy DeVos is totally unsuited to be Education Secretary: http://dakotafreepress.com/2017/01/17/franken-sanders-warren-show-devos-...

If salty commentary is your style, then check out the Rude Pundit. A sample: http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2017/01/the-future-failed-presidency-of-b...

Atrios makes a good observation about political disagreements within the Democratic party, which often get papered over with disingenuous arguments: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/01/honesty.html

Public Health Corner: The NY Times writes about the coming crisis of ineffective antibiotics. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/01/honesty.html

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.

Finally, transportation agencies will measure movements of people, not just cars: http://usa.streetsblog.org/2017/01/12/transportation-agencies-will-final...

A new way to share office space: The BBC reports on a Swedish trend of sharing workspace in strangers' homes. http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20161230-the-swedes-ditching-desks-to-w...

From the New York Times, an article about why hypocrisy bothers us so much (of course, it doesn't bother right-wingers at all—not like it bothers normal people): https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/13/opinion/sunday/the-real-problem-with-...

Also from the New York Times, an article by Gary Taub about the evils of sugar in our diets. Regardless of your opinion on the matter, it's guaranteed to start some controversy, as evidenced by the (ahem) food fight in the comments section. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/13/opinion/sunday/big-sugars-secret-ally...

Rely on Charlie Pierce to keep us abreast of all the ongoing horrors of the corrupt clan running Washington. We're fortunate to have people like Charlie (and Rachel Maddow and Chris Hayes) paying attention to these details when it becomes overwhelming for us to do so ourselves. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/

Speaking of Rachel Maddow, you can check out stories daily at Maddowblog: http://www.msnbc.com/maddowblog

Comix Corner: Digby presents a collection of political cartoons from the past week. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2017/01/sunday-funnies.html

Architecture Corner: From the Wikipedia archives behold the Larkin Administration Building, Buffalo, New York, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and built in 1904-1906. Demolished 1950. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larkin_Administration_Building

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.

Will Bunch explains what Democrats are missing by focusing solely on Putin as the villain of the election (h/t Atrios): http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/attytood/Dems-need-to-stop-blaming-Pu...

Charlie Pierce discusses the state of faith-based politics in America: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a52038/american-polit...

Be sure to frequently check Corey's blog Dakota Free Press to stay abreast of what's going on locally: http://dakotafreepress.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

New Year DL Links

Hi all,

It's a new year with daunting new challenges. So, if you're ready to begin facing them (I'm not sure I am, but a person has to persevere), we've got a few links for you.

This has been another edition of What Atrios Said. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2016/12/fissures.html

In addition, Atrios notes that yet another Democratic strategy – run around with your hair on fire, yelling about Putin – is really ineffective. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2016/12/putin-love-isnt-anything-new.html

The new administration wants to open up Medicare to "balance billing" – also known as "predatory billing," which basically means draining the patient of every last penny with outrageously inflated charges. Ryan Cooper at The Week explains: http://theweek.com/articles/669573/republican-plot-devour-retirees-nest-...

Tom Sullivan at Hullabaloo adds to the commentary about Uber "autonomous car" scofflaws endangering the public and grifting for money: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2016/12/whats-few-mangled-pedestrians-by....

Armchair warrior Richard Cohen of the Washington Post descends to glib, Maureen Dowd levels of Freudian innuendo to argue that President Obama should have done "something" in Syria. I think the argument is that because there was no magic wand and Freedom Bombs, the U.S. Is now diminished and impotent. (No, literally, it makes about that much sense.) Fortunately, Charlie Pierce is on the case: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a51870/syria-obama-le...

Charlie Pierce writes of the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution, how it came about, and how the president elect will be in violation of it the minute his hand comes off the bible. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a51929/trump-emolumen...

Digby reminds us not to allow ourselves to get desensitized to the current state of affairs, because THIS IS NOT NORMAL. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2016/12/theres-nothing-to-see-here-citize...

Meteorology Corner: Rare heavy rainstorms create waterfalls on Australia's Uluru: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rains-transform-australias-ulur...

Landscape Corner: Finally, to soothe the soul, we have some beautiful landscape images. Enjoy!

Table Mountain, Cape Town: https://www.amagig.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Cape-Town-25.jpg

Norwegian fjord: http://wallpaper.pickywallpapers.com/1920x1080/norwegian-landscape.jpg

Northern lights in Iceland: http://www.zastavki.com/pictures/originals/2015/World___Iceland_Northern...

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,

I hope everyone is enjoying the holidays. We're taking the week off from Drinking Liberally (though you're still free to go enjoy a pint at Ben's anyway, of course!). However, we've still got a couple links for you as you sweep up pine needles and enjoy your holiday swets.

Josh Marshall at TPM provides a historical comparison between the assassination in Turkey and the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand that led to WWI, and how the two are not alike. It makes for interesting reading. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/the-history-you-know-is-wrong

Charlie Pierce directs us to some fine local reporting about pharmaceutical companies flooding tiny West Virginia towns with opiates: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a51673/drug-companies...

Atrios has a long (well, long by his standards anyway), year-end review post: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2016/12/nice-things.html

If you're looking for a good political podcast, there's always Sam Seder's Majority Report. Just within the last week you can hear Cliff Schechter discuss "where are the Democrats following the election?"; Heather "Digby" Parton about Trump's private security force and the lapdog media; and Ben Mankiewicz about Democrats' urgent need to connect with voters . . . for a change.
https://majority.fm/2016/12/23/final-friday-show-of-2016/
https://majority.fm/2016/12/21/digby-trumps-private-security-lapdog-medi...
https://majority.fm/2016/12/19/ben-mankiewicz-jerry-brown-hells-angels-a...

TPM has an interesting AP interview with Mikhael Gorbachev about the west's "triumphalist" blunders and missed opportunities following the breakup of the Soviet Union. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/gorbachev-us-was-short-sighted-after-s...

While many are gung-ho about "self-driving" cars, Atrios notes the huge, hidden infrastructure costs that would be required – and which would be diverted from other modes of transportation, of course. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2016/12/and-theres-punchline.html

RIP, George Michael. https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/dec/26/george-michael-obituary-wh... Wham's "Last Christmas" isn't the best song of all time, but it's poignant now. https://youtu.be/E8gmARGvPlI

That's all for now. Remember to take this week off, then come join us next week for Drinking Liberally.

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