Drinking Liberally Yankton Chapter Blog

Monday DL Links

Hi all,

It's Monday again, and here are some links for you, from which hopefully one or two will be of interest.

Some people sure do hate the idea of people voting: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a33818/voting-is-fund...

Comix Corner: "This Modern World" by Tom Tomorrow. Click to embiggen! http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/03/16/1370685/-Cartoon-Just-kidding

The Washington Post's execrable Jennifer Rubin compares Democrats who don't want immediate war with Iran to Nazi collaborators. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/03/real-women-go-to-tehran-too.html

Digby notes that it's hard out there for the One Percenters, what with their reduced Wall Street bonuses being barely $170,000 this year. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/03/its-hard-out-here-for-one-percent...

These are the kinds of people Republican candidates have to pander to in their primary: Completely divorced from reality and consumed with Obama Derangement Syndrome. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/03/game-on-santorums-back.html

On that topic, Athenae has some pithy observations about our Very Serious political media pining for the days of yesteryear instead of dealing with what's in front of them: http://first-draft.com/2015/03/22/our-quadrennial-shock-at-the-state-of-...

Scott Lemieux at LGM takes apart some classic High Broderism from Fred Hiatt's crayon scribble page at the Washington Post. http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2015/03/how-to-be-a-hack-fred-hiatt-...

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,

It's a new week, and here are Monday's Drinking Liberally links for you to peruse. Yes, Monday's links come on Sunday now (usually), but that's just for convenience' sake. Regardless of their delivery time, hopefully you'll find one or two of interest.

Cory at Dakota Free Press does his homework and finds that the bill in Pierre to limit independent petitions is likely unconstitutional. http://dakotafreepress.com/2015/03/11/sb-69-prohibiting-party-members-fr...

At Rolling Stone, Matt Taibbi has some words for David Brooks after the latter's latest harrumphing about how the poors are awful people who should aspire to the moral superiority of Mr. Brooks: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/for-david-brooks-the-rich-are-...

Digby writes about the difficulty of correcting your permanent record, and how this problem is exacerbated in an era of declining privacy. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/03/what-to-do-when-your-permanent-re...

As Atrios notes, private toll roads continue to go bankrupt, but "public-private partnerships" are always the way to go, because... reasons. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2015/03/private-toll-roads-keep-going-bankru...

Right-wing hypocrites who want to use religion as a political bludgeon had best not do so within the hearing of Charlie Pierce. As Mr. Pierce himself might say, Charlie knocks this one way, way back, and it's probably not playable. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a33662/how-the-presid...

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 new week, and spring is nearly here. To celebrate, we've got some links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully one or two will be of interest.

The excellent local blog Madville Times has now become Dakota Free Press. Be sure to update your bookmarks. http://dakotafreepress.com/

Digby writes about a new study that shows "moderates" are actually politically incoherent. The term "moderate" has no real meaning when discussing voters, but "moderate" positions unsurprisingly favor the Beltway status quo. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/03/the-incoherent-moderates.html

Charlie Pierce presents an account of a nightmare charter school: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a33423/charter-member...

For-profit colleges and diploma mills are a corrupt scam. Arne Duncan and the "education reform" grifters ought to spend less time bashing teachers and more time going after the real bad guys. http://www.salon.com/2015/03/03/student_loan_fraud_factory_how_15_studen...

Our failed media are chomping at the bit to resurrect a Clinton "scandal." We all know they prefer to do theater criticism instead of journalism, but this is pretty sad and blatant. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/03/cokies-law-renewed-by-acclamation...

The Rude Pundit examines the DOJ report about systemic abuses committed by the Ferguson, Missouri, police department. The problems there go far deeper than the single Michael Brown incident. http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2015/03/random-thoughts-reading-through-d... More here from Tristero at Hullabaloo about the "pigment tax": http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/03/the-pigment-tax-by-bloggersrus.ht... Larry Willmore at the Nightly Show has been covering this as well. (I don't have a link, but you can find it at Comedy Central if you're interested.)

In our brave new Feudal States of America, workers' compensation for injured serfs is becoming a quaint relic of the past. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a33497/case-studies-h...

Today in Labor History: http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2015/03/day-labor-history-march-6-18...

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,

A new week greets us, and we've got some links for you to peruse at your leisure, should you be inclined to do so.

Be sure to check out Cory's coverage of the state legislative session at his Madville Times blog: http://madvilletimes.com/

In a very real, meaningful victory, the FCC will regulate the internet as a public utility: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a33365/aggressively-n...

At Hullabaloo, Tom Sullivan writes about "last place aversion" and how that translates to politics. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/02/prosperity-vs-being-picked-last-i...

Former Secretary of State Gant's voting machines produce up to a 20% error rate in Minnehaha County. Note that the party usually screaming about "voter fraud" doesn't appear concerned about it. Odd, that. http://madvilletimes.com/2015/02/minnehaha-election-committee-finding-do...

From the Department of Bad Ideas, here's one that stays evergreen and impervious to common sense. Apparently childish cops-n'-robbers fantasies are still really strong in a big group of people who are supposedly adults. That and something Freudian... http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/02/so-we-dont-have-to-fight-them-ove...

Graph of the week, courtesy Digby: 69% of Republicans say that President Obama "doesn't love America." I think this may be code for something else (whether they realize it or not). http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/02/what-nice-people-not.html

Why can't Republicans and Democrats have a kumbayah moment and come to magical, supergood Bipartisan Agreement about anything? Well, maybe because one party insists that "snow blizzards" disprove climate change, and accuse the head of the EPA of being responsible for "an epidemic of mental illness." There's an unfortunate epidemic mental illness afflicting this country all right, and it's concentrated on one side of the aisle. http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/scalise-epa-chief-snow-blizzards...

Digby examines the irrational, hysterical media coverage of ISIS and how it's designed to push us unthinkingly into war: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/02/chris-hayes-ftw-refusingtobuytheh... More here: http://www.salon.com/2015/02/26/tv_news_war_porn_craze_why_chris_hayes_l...

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 new week, and we've got some links for you to peruse at your leisure, should you be inclined to do so.

As always, read your Krugman: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/20/opinion/paul-krugman-cranking-up-for-2...

Charlie Pierce takes Maureen Dowd downtown: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a33160/maureen-dowd-t...

Even better (or possibly worse, just by nature of the subject matter), Charlie takes the execrable Bill "Wrong" Kristol downtown as well: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a33170/today-in-outri...

Digby presents a Venn diagram of Jebbie's advisors that might be the scariest thing you'll see all month. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/02/the-scariest-chart-you-will-see-t... Charlie Pierce has a reaction. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a33203/jeb-bush-annou...

Atrios muses about Wal-Mart's workplace strategy of kicking the poors, unlike what Henry Ford did with his workforce's pay: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2015/02/kick-poors.html

Sedition has become the new normal as state attorneys general coordinate to challenge and undermine the federal government. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/republican-attorneys-general-obama-white...

The Rude Pundit digs up some quotes about immigration from Abraham Lincoln (yes, rude words, etc.): http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2015/02/abraham-lincoln-would-still-fuck-...

Wait – Bill O'Reilly claims to have been a war correspondent during the Falklands the war? Turns out (surprise) it may not be so. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/02/remember-bill-oreillys-hot-falkla...

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,

We're already into February, and winter let us know it wasn't done with us yet. So, if you're snowed in (or even if you're not), here are some links for you to peruse while you thaw out after shoveling.

Atrios awards his America's Worst Humans title for Wednesday to Michael Bloomberg, who apparently thinks (among other things) that "unionized" waiters and waitresses make $150,000 a year. I am not making that up. Oh, and he also thinks that unlike him, the ordinary American rabble is stupid and uninformed. http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2015/02/crazy-old-man-rants-central-...

Conservatives dance on the grave of ISIL hostage Kayla Mueller: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/conservatives-kayla-mueller-israel

In a non-rude post, the Rude Pundit brings to our attention an oil workers' strike currently going. The workers are protesting poor safety conditions. http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2015/02/photos-that-make-rude-pundit-want...

Echidne relates that Fox "news" talking head Stuart Varney accuses Democrats of "buying votes" by "bribing" people with food stamps. Ah yes; if you're concerned about social welfare and don't want people to starve, obviously you're just "bribing" them to vote for you. Or something. http://www.echidneofthesnakes.blogspot.com/2015/02/food-stamps-as-democr...

Digby alerts us that if you liked Dick Cheney, you'll love president Jebbie: http://www.salon.com/2015/02/13/jebs_quiet_wingnutty_past_why_he_has_to_...

Signage Corner: After a number of owl attacks on pedestrians in an Oregon park, Rachel Maddow suggests a "beware of owls" sign. Before you know it, the park has actually installed her suggestion. (copy and paste the following link in your browser) on.msnbc.com/1E6kSIj

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,

We're already into February, and winter let us know it wasn't done with us yet. So, if you're snowed in (or even if you're not), here are some links for you to peruse while you thaw out after shoveling.

From the Washington Post, an article debunking the myth of the "American love affair with cars." http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/01/27/debunking-the...

Racism Corner: Drunken VIPs harrass Native American schoolkids at Rapid City hockey game. http://madvilletimes.com/2015/01/rapid-city-vip-hockey-spectators-harass...

Okay, think what you will of Mittens Romney, but this is just weird: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2015/01/white-horse-prophecy.html

The conservative movement is infested with scams and grifters. (h/t Atrios, who rightfully notes that left-leaning groups aren't without problems, but by comparison...) http://mediamatters.org/blog/2015/01/26/the-conservative-movement-is-inf...

Digby argues that in some police confrontations, judicious retreat is the better option – just as the police no longer conduct dangerous, often lethal, high-speed chases regardless of the infraction. http://www.salon.com/2015/01/29/they_could_have_retreated_why_its_time_f...

At Rolling Stone, Matt Taibbi writes about the financial industry's wide-scale scamming of ordinary investors – because, believe it or not, the industry apparently has no fiduciary duty to act in the best interests of its clients. http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/while-deflategate-and-chaitgat...

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 time to start a new week – the last one of January already. Here are some links to get you started with your nightcap or morning coffee, as the case may be.

"This Cold House": The author of the NY Times piece investigates how cold he can keep his house in the winter and still be comfortable, thus saving energy. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/24/opinion/this-cold-house.html

Charlie Pierce also has some thoughts about the meaningless, empty ritual of the televised State of the Union address: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/The_State_Of_Our_Union_Is_Fake

Mr. Pierce also gives right-wing Beltway hack (and former head of the Associated Press) Ron Fournier a well-deserved kicking around the block for his bloviating about the State of the Union address. http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/Ron_Fourniers_World

Meanwhile, Arkansas celebrates the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., along with Robert E. Lee. And no matter what it looks like, it has nothing to do with racism, because shut up that's why. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/01/now-why-would-they-do-this.html

This Week in One-Party Rule: The Republican politburo in Pierre proposes weakening regulations against conflicts of interest. If their bill passes, their buddies can stuff their cars full of cash on the way out of Pierre, and the governor can say it's all okay. Small-government conservatism in action! http://madvilletimes.com/2015/01/second-benda-bollen-bill-lets-governor-...

In her response to the State of the Union address (one of the several dozen opposition responses that get televised when someone with a D by his name is in the White House), lobotomized hairpiece Joni Ernst regales the nation with tales of adolescent poverty during the Reagan Administration – only doesn't seem to realize that's what she's done. http://crooksandliars.com/2015/01/joni-ernst-tells-tale-time-trickle-dow... By the way, comedian Lizz Winstead noted that she grew up poor in Minnesota, and when they had to use bread bags to keep their feet dry, they wore them *inside* the shoes, so they wouldn't slip and fall on the snow and ice.

I had never before heard this story about Queen Elizabeth II giving a lesson in feminism to the king of Saudi Arabia. Just when you think the British royal family has nothing to offer, they pull out something like this. http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/01/feminist-boss-lady-queen-elizabe...

On the subject of Saudi Arabia, Atrios notes our weird double standard where we (and the hyperventilating Beltway press) lets them get away with atrocious, barbaric behavior, which would never fly if it happened in, say, Venezuela. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2015/01/mourning.html

Cinema Corner: Charlie Pierce reflects upon the Civil Rights movement after seeing the movie "Selma." http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/Seeing_Selma

Also, the Rude Pundit has a complex review of the movie "American Sniper." Yes, there's still rude language in the column. Would one expect any less? http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2015/01/i-dont-give-fuck-its-your-house.h...

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,

A new week is upon us, and here are some links to get you started. As always, this is just a sampling. Be sure to check out our regular go-to sites for additional news, commentary, and other information throughout the week. I'm sure you'll be able to find something of interest.

Cory at the Madville Times has a run-down of Judge Schrier striking down South Dakota's unconstitutional marriage equality ban. http://madvilletimes.com/2015/01/federal-judge-rules-south-dakota-gay-ma...

Atrios revisits the role lead (coming from leaded gasoline) probably played in tendencies towards violent crime: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2015/01/unleaded.html

Was the Democrats' midterm thumping actually a good thing for progressives in Congress? http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/signs-the-left-is-ascendant

Charlie Pierce brings us the latest effluvium from the Beltway's astronomically overrated, yet somehow still well-regarded, bowtied hack, George Will: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/The_Hackery_Of_George_Will_Contd Note that in addition to his usual dishonesty and condescension, Will manages to work in a heaping helping of barely-coded racism, too. Watch how he dances impishly around the term "uppity" without actually using it!

High school girls basketball coach suspended after his team won 161-2. Only read the comments if you totally want to lose your faith in humanity. They support the theory that Yahoo comments are written almost entirely by yahoos—soulless a**hole bullies whose sole purpose in life is to punch down. http://yahoo.thepostgame.com/blog/heroes-villains/201501/high-school-gir...

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,

A new week is upon us, and here are some links to get you started. As always, this is just a sampling. Be sure to check out our regular go-to sites for additional news, commentary, and other information throughout the week. I'm sure you'll be able to find something of interest.

Digby presents us with a helpful reminder about income inequality. The charts, particularly the one illustrating what a billion dollars actually looks like, are very helpful. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/01/happy-days-are-here-again.html

Tom Sullivan discusses the possibly unhelpful phrase "voting your own best interests" and how people don't vote their interests in any event; they vote their identities. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/01/thank-you-for-not-voting-your-bes...

When the NAACP office was firebombed recently in Colorado Springs, surprisingly little media coverage ensued. Or, perhaps, it's not actually that surprising. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/01/07/1356085/-Frustrated-by-lack-of-...

Digby writes about why the new congress might be even worse than you think: http://www.salon.com/2015/01/07/gops_coming_horror_show_why_new_congress...

Charlie Pierce does some great work giving us information and background about the Charlie Hebdo mass murder in Paris. He also gives us a razor-sharp summation of how a certain cable network is using the atrocity: "[Fox] is baptizing itself in borrowed blood again." http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/Death_In_Paris Juan Cole offers some insights about possible motivations behind the attack: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/01/turning-up-hate.html

Ruth Marcus pens another insipid column about the anguish her elite circle of friends suffers when they do such trivial things as break the law. Fortunately Charlie Pierce follows swiftly after to lay the wood to Marcus's barfworthy drivel. http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/The_Persecution_And_Wrist_Slapping...

For another installment of Today in Depressing Cluelessness, most of America's rich people think the poor have it easy: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/01/08/most-of-ameri...

Charlie Pierce also pens a longer article about the Obama presidency, which is like everything Charlie writes, worth reading: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/barack-obama-cynic-and-the-lame-du...

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