Drinking Liberally Yankton Chapter Blog

Weekly DL Links

Hi all,

Another week is here, and we've got some links for you to peruse, of which hopefully a few will be of interest.

*A reminder that our Drinking Liberally meeting hours have been modified to 7–8pm. You can still stay as long as they want, but be sure to come during those hours to see the most people. (Especially in the summer—which will arrive eventually, people assure me!—when more of us will have other activities too.)

Scott Pruitt, oil industry mole running the EPA, has racked up a $3 million bill for his insane security detail, including things like a bulletproof desk in his office. People trying to put the brakes on his profligacy were demoted or reassigned. Conservative fiscal prudence at its finest! https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/pruitt-spent-millions-travel-security

At a meeting with constituents in South Carolina, a representative brandishes a loaded gun to prove that it is safe. (Of course, had anyone been shot during his 2nd Amendment cosplay, it would have been described as an "accidental" shooting, not "negligent.") https://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/rep-pulls-a-loaded-gun-at-constitue...

As Atrios notes, we can't put together a recovery plan for Puerto Rico, which is part of the USA and close to the mainland, but we're supposedly going to stabilize Syria? Will this be like the stunning successes of Regime Change and Nation Building that we accomplished in Iraq and Afghanistan? http://www.eschatonblog.com/2018/04/we-cant-even-put-together-recovery-p...

Sports Corner: Want to prove your team is better than Villanova in basketball or Alabama in football? Check out the site My Team Is Better Than Your Team and explore the amazing, illogical, transitive property of who-beat-who. http://www.myteamisbetterthanyourteam.com/

Culture Corner: At the New Yorker, Molly Ringwald revisits The Breakfast Club in the age of #MeToo. https://www.newyorker.com/culture/personal-history/what-about-the-breakf...

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

What: Drinking Liberally
When: 7-8pm every Tuesday
Where: Ben's, downtown Yankton

DL Cancelled 4/3/18

Hi All,

Mother Nature is at it again. Given how much snow we have, and that it's supposed to keep snowing today, the streets and roads are going to be an absolute mess until the plows have cleared them—not to mention parking downtown.

For that reason, our official Drinking Liberally gathering tonight is cancelled. We'll resume next week. Meanwhile, if you are a die-hard who was planning on going to Ben's tonight, don't let our cancellation stop you. Ben will still be open, and you can go have a great time. We just won't meet "officially," so nobody has to feel pressure to be out on the messy, unplowed roads.

See you next week!

Chris

Weekly DL Links

Hi all,

Another week is here, and we've got some links for you to peruse. Hopefully a few will be of interest. But first, a housekeeping note about our meeting hours. In anticipation of spring and summer weather when more people will want to be outdoors – we trust it will arrive eventually! – we're modifying our Drinking Liberally meeting hours to be from 7–8pm, rather than 7–9. People can always stay as long as they want, but we want to try condensing our "official" hours, so that people don't show up after 8:00 to find out that several (or most) people have already moved on. So, to be sure to chat with the most people come from 7 to 8.

That said, here are some links for your reading pleasure.

At the Village Voice, Roy gives his weekly rundown of what people are saying in the right-wing world of anger and hysteria. This week, their incoherent rage is focused on the survivors of school shootings (no, really!). https://www.villagevoice.com/2018/03/26/march-for-our-lives-treads-on-co...

Charlie Pierce offers some opinions about the students' protests as well: https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a19601237/parkland-kids-m...

Digby finds the reason so many conservative "Christians" love them some Trump, despite his, er, seemingly unChristian conduct. The subset of Christian Nationalists for whom the most important issue is keeping America a "Christian nation." In other words, it's the nationalism. That's always been the core of MAGA, hasn't it? In this case it's Christian Nationalism, with the Christianity not so much a core belief, but rather worn as a cultural signifier, like a jaunty hat. https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2018/03/its-nationalism-stupid.html

At the Dakota Free Press, Cory finds that no state that has done it regrets expanding Medicaid: http://dakotafreepress.com/2018/03/28/no-state-regrets-medicaid-expansio...

Cory also poses an interesting question for conservatives hyperventilating about "voter fraud": Isn't South Dakota a sanctuary state for vehicle registration cheaters? And how about all those nomad RV owners who register their "permanent address" in Hanson County? http://dakotafreepress.com/2018/03/28/south-dakota-sanctuary-state-for-v...

Perhaps most importantly, Cory sounds the alarm on Mark Mickleson's effort to roll back democracy, the bill to kill grassroots initiative and referendum in South Dakota: http://dakotafreepress.com/2018/03/28/hb-1196-the-end-of-grassroots-init...

As always, for your dose of wit while monitoring the right-wing fever swamps, be sure to check out Roy's place, Alicublog. For example: http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2018/03/how-dare-you-philistines-object-to...

Keep abreast of our intrepid Well-Regulated Militia by following the WellRegulatedMilitia twitter account: https://twitter.com/Well_Regulated_

When the Onion gets it right, they get it right. https://instagram.com/p/Bg9K8LKBlV0/

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

What: Drinking Liberally
When: 7-8pm every Tuesday
Where: Ben's, downtown Yankton

Weekly DL Links

Hi all,

Another week is here, and we've got some links for you to peruse. Hopefully a few will be of interest.

Charlie Pierce reminds us that 15 years after the Iraq invasion, nobody has been held accountable for the debacle: https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a19547603/iraq-15-years-g...

With the Cambridge Analytica story, Mr. Pierce reminds us that there is a very long, very sordid, very illegal history of "ratfking" in the modern Republican party: https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a19485380/cambridge-analy...

Political Advisor Luke Thompson joins the Majority Report to discuss whether Cambridge Analytica is "bunk" – i.e., whether they could actually deliver what they claimed. Thompson also provides some informed background information about the whole scandal. It's worth listening to, especially in light of the wild, hair-raising claims that Cambridge Analytica allowed the Trump campaign to manipulate human behavior. Thompson begs to differ. https://majorityreportradio.com/2018/03/22/luke-thompson-is-cambridge-an...

Robert Wright gives the sage advice to never trust "Woke Bill Kristol," even though he appears to be on the right side now. Trusting neocons is a suckers game. https://www.vox.com/the-big-idea/2017/12/11/16759130/truce-left-right-re...

Atrios notes that "free trade" often has little to do with "free trade," and more to do with corporations getting rid of pesky regulations they don't like: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2018/03/not-about-free-trade.html Also, some commentary about trade wars: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2018/03/trade-wars.html

One problem with self-driving cars, even if they work "perfectly": http://www.eschatonblog.com/2018/03/succinctly-put.html

At The Week, Ryan Cooper writes about how Democrats could win in a landslide and "fix America." http://theweek.com/articles/760739/how-democrats-wipe-gop-fix-america

Culture Corner: A student sings the national anthem in Lakota. https://www.argusleader.com/story/news/2018/03/19/student-represents-voi...

Health Corner: Could plain old walking improve your health? https://www.alternet.org/books/could-walking-be-solution-your-creativity...

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

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

Weekly DL Links and Spring Poem Links

Hi all,

Another week is here, and we've got some links for you to peruse. Hopefully a few will be of interest.

Atrios has some thoughts about the Lamb congressional victory in Pennsylvania, the subsequent spin, and the often inept branding of Team D: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2018/03/lamb-is-victory-for-wypipo-labor.htm...

Liz Cheney emerges from her lair and reminds us of what things were like during the Good Old Days of the Dubya administration (h/t Atrios). http://www.eschatonblog.com/2018/03/k-tel-best-of-2003.html

At TPM, Josh discusses the danger of The Leader's compromised relationship with Russia, and how that affects our government and international relations: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/trumps-dangerous-allegiance-threate...

Things are bad, and David Frum is making them worse: https://theoutline.com/post/2079/things-are-bad-and-david-frum-makes-the... Time to stop giving participation trophies to people who have been horribly wrong for years, even decades, just because they're "right" now. Maybe listen to the voices of people who were actually correct back when it would've mattered.

Travel & Science Corner: The Scottish cliff that changed our understanding of geological time. http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180312-how-siccar-point-changed-our-un...

Poetry Corner: In anticipation of its arrival, the Guardian features the ten "best" poems about Spring. Enjoy! https://www.theguardian.com/culture/gallery/2014/mar/21/the-10-best-poem...

That's it for this week. Come join us 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 some links for you to peruse. Hopefully a few will be of interest.

For a change, this week we lead with Poetry Corner. Helen Mirren reads Tennyson's "Ulysses" to Stephen Colbert: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJb_zJbJ7FI&sns=em

Charlie Pierce brings us the story of a small Canadian town that won a court battle with a big energy company about the right of the town to protect its water supply: https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a19130097/canada-water-oi...

Atrios helpfully reminds us that "Centrism" isn't really centrism: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2018/03/centrism-isnt-centrism.html

Alex Pareene writes about the latest round of conservatives getting paid to troll college students, then pretend they've been denied their First Amendment rights, and have the NY Times' resident opinion page trolls take up their defense. https://splinternews.com/if-you-truly-care-about-speech-you-will-invite-... Charlie Pierce has some thoughts about it too: https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a19177772/bari-weiss-camp...

On the Majority Report podcast, Sam Seder discusses the West Virginia Teachers' Strike with Mike Elk. https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-majority-report-with-sam-seder/i...

At GQ, Drew Magary writes that the Democrats can't stop using the same old broken playbook: https://www.gq.com/story/democrats-bank-deregulation-vote

At The Week, Ryan Cooper argues that it's time to reboot the Democratic party: http://theweek.com/articles/759261/reboot-democratic-party

Paul Krugman writes about our Trumpy trade war: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/08/opinion/trump-trade-tariffs-steel.htm...

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

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

DL Blizzard Announcement

Hi all,

Because of the blizzard and dangerous conditions outside, Drinking Liberally is cancelled this week. That's not to say you can't show up yourselves if Ben's is open (be sure to check first before driving on these roads!), but we won't "officially" meet this week. We'll be back at it next Tuesday. Hopefully winter will give us a break then!

Chris

Weekly DL Links

Hi all,

It's a snowy day, but we've got some links for you to peruse. Hopefully a few will be of interest.

Roy Edroso surveys the NRA fanboyz as they whine and lash out at the Parkland shooting survivors: https://www.villagevoice.com/2018/02/26/nra-stans-ask-who-will-protect-u...

It's not just for Flint, Michigan; there's poisoned water at Camp Lejeune too, and has been since the 1950s. https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a18753348/camp-lejeune-wa...

Atrios makes a key point about campaign issues: "Lukewarm proposals inspire the opposition but not supporters." http://www.eschatonblog.com/2018/02/gotta-give-people-something-to-be.ht... Also: "...don't be surprised when common sense rhetoric about 'common sense proposals' doesn't inspire your base to turn out at midterms. Also, too, stop blaming those voters for not voting for you. It's your job to get them to the polls." Just read the whole thing. It's short.

Check out the Twitter post of one of the Florida school shooting survivors. She points us to a New Yorker article about the despicable NRA lobbyist who has worked for decades to make Florida's gun laws as insane as possible. https://twitter.com/emma4change/status/968304451298701317?ref_src=twcamp...

The Intersection of Humor & Learning: If it's your cuppa tea, check out Drunk History on Comedy Central. Each half-hour show features three vignettes which will teach you a surprising amount of history about subjects you probably weren't familiar with. http://www.cc.com/shows/drunk-history

That's it for this week. Come join us 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 some links for you to peruse. Hopefully a few will be of interest.

At TPM, Josh discusses the "Mutually Assured Massacre" theory favored by the gun nuts, in which everybody being armed at all times somehow means everyone is safer. https://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/gun-rights-positive-good-and-the-ev...

The Rude Pundit says that extremist gun owners are "sick and in need of help": http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2018/02/lets-call-extremist-gun-owners-wh...

For an excellent weekday podcast, check out Sam Seder at the Majority Report. Here are a couple of recent ones:
Fascism: What it is today and how to end it, with Shane Burley https://majorityreportradio.com/2018/02/22/2-22-fascism-today-what-it-is...
How Democracies Die with Daniel Ziblatt & Steven Levitsky https://majorityreportradio.com/2018/02/16/2-15-how-democracies-die-w-da...

In South Dakota news, the state house of representatives investigates Rep. David Johnson (R-33) for allegedly threatening Rep. Lynn DiSanto (R-35) on the house floor: http://dakotafreepress.com/2018/02/24/house-investigates-johnson-for-all...

Oregon passes a bill banning gun ownership for people with domestic violence convictions: https://twitter.com/thehill/status/966782920965881858

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

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

President's Day DL Links

Hi all,

Another week is here. Happy President's Day! I'm so old I remember when Washington and Lincoln got their own days. Oh well. We've still got some links for you to peruse. Hopefully a few will be of interest.

It's obvious, but needs to be said: Trump's food box plan to replace food stamps is inefficient and wasteful, and its primary purpose is to punish the poor. https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/dems-trump-food-box-plan-punish-poor

Atrios finds more people obsessing about dumb, obviously unworkable ideas for mass transit (dumb because they don't actually move large numbers of people efficiently, which is kind of the goal of mass transit). But it's "hyperloop," so its sexier than actually improving existing transit strategies that work. It's weird how people would rather light $millions on fire trying to create The Jetsons, rather than improve what they've already got. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2018/02/sure.html

At TPM, Josh Marshall discusses school shootings and the nature of terrorism: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/numeracy-school-massacres-and-the-n...

At Hullabaloo, Tom Sullivan writes about the Florida school shooting and the students' response to it: https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2018/02/mine-mine-mine-mine-by-bloggersr...

On Twitter, Lara Schwartz posts a cuttingly sarcastic thread about how arming teachers is the "solution" to our gun violence epidemic: https://twitter.com/lara_schwartz/status/964139995337551874?ref_src=twca...

Humor Corner: Wulfgar the Bard presents an illuminated cartoon of Donæld Unready's daily briefings: https://twitter.com/wulfgarthebard/status/963812481381687298?s=11

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

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